“Delay you say. Make haste, I reply. Even the finest juggler cannot keep a hundred balls int he air forever.”
“You are more than a juggler, old friend. You are a true sorcerer. All I ask is that you work your magic awhile longer.”
Synopsis: chasing cats through the palace, Arya literally runs into Tommen, and in escaping from his guards, finds herself in the cellars of the Red Keep where the dragon-skulls of House Targaryen are stored. Hidden inside one of the skulls, she overhears Varys and Illyrio conferring about the status of their conspiracy. She manages to escape undetected and report back to her father, but her warning is garbled and Eddard dismisses it as the rehearsing of mummers (ironically, not that far off from the truth. Yoren arrives with bad news.
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