Title: Negotiations

Author: badly-knitted

Characters: Danae, Sparhawk.

Rating: G

Word Count: 183

Summary: Danae wants an unusual pet, but she might be willing to compromise on something slightly less exotic.

Spoilers: Nada.

Written For: cozy_coffee's comment_fic prompt 'Any, any, humming bird.'

Disclaimer: I don't own The Tamuli novels or any of the characters; they belong to David Eddings.

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"Well then, father," Danae said, looking up at Sparhawk with an air of total innocence. "If you won't let me have a whale for a pet, can I have a humming bird instead?"

"I don't think that would be a terribly good mix, you already have a kitten; keeping cats and birds together is just inviting trouble."

"Oh, don't be so stuffy, Sparhawk! Mmrr wouldn't harm my humming bird, I would never allow that." Danae could switch between speaking as his young daughter and speaking as the child goddess Aphrael with often bewildering rapidity.

"You don't play fair; you know that, don't you?"

"Of course, why would I, father? You Elenes are so easy to manipulate."

"Don't you think that's just a little underhand?"

"Perhaps, but does it really matter? You love me anyway."

Sparhawk couldn't deny that; Danae and Aphrael were equally adorable.

"So, about my humming bird… I think a blue one would be nice, don't you?"

"Danae…"

"Or I could always go back to asking for a whale."

Sparhawk had the sinking feeling he was about to lose this discussion.

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The End