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Joly gets a few bursts of static, some mention of the Directory and Consulate, and "Fifth", and Courfeyrac, before the call goes definitely silent.

So...Bossuet and Courfeyrac are going to the Republic, of some point, and..Fifth? Or they're going to THE Fifth? Or, given how drunk they obviously are, they're going to GET a fifth, or had one, and then...

then "the Labyrinth", which might be taking them anywhere, never mind where they think they're going.

No, Joly isn't about to sit around waiting for them to get back. He sets the watch-hand for 2. "Combeferre? We had talked about exploring the Labyrinth? I think we might have to plan to do that right now."

Date: 21 Jan 2015 05:59 (UTC)
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Combeferre is almost too excited to hear his watch talk to remember that a response is called for. He's still not used to this new tool.

"Yes? What's wrong?"

Date: 21 Jan 2015 06:44 (UTC)
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Combeferre reaches for his own bag. He packs an extra shirt, the sandwich Bar gave him for lunch that he'd forgotten to eat, some medical tools, and a pocket knife.

"Shall I meet you in your room, then, and we can go to the Labyrinth together? I don't know how to find the Labyrinth myself , I'm afraid."

He looks about for his coat and doesn't see it. Did he leave it in the library? Damn. Well, it's not like his ideas of proper dress apply here, anyway. He can leave the room in shirt, waistcoat and trousers if he pleases, and still be wearing more clothes than most.

Date: 22 Jan 2015 03:31 (UTC)
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"I think I forgot my coat somewhere," says Combeferre. "And--well, yes, surely you don't think we'll need all that? I have my medical supplies and some food." A sandwich, anyway.

"...are you bringing the cats?"

Date: 22 Jan 2015 04:31 (UTC)
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"I'll borrow a cape, if you don't mind," says Combeferre.

He scribbles a note to Enjolras:

My dear Enjolras,

I've gone with Joly to the Labyrinth. I told you that we've meant to explore it for some time, and we've been planning our expedition. We have had to speed up our plans thanks to Bossuet and Courfeyrac sneaking off to the Labyrinth while drunk. We're going to extricate them and hopefully learn something about the Labyrinth as well.

Regards,

Combeferre


Then he looks at Joly. "Let's contact them on the watches as well?"

Date: 22 Jan 2015 05:01 (UTC)
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Combeferre looks at his watch and presses '1.' "Enjolras?"

He thinks Enjolras is in the library, though he's not sure.

(He spares a moment to grin and roll his eyes at Joly putting cats in harnesses. Joly is, at times, much too endearing.)

Date: 22 Jan 2015 05:11 (UTC)
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A few moments pass. (In the library, Enjolras remembers what his watch chiming twice means, extracts it from his pocket, listens and waits briefly to see if there's any more message coming.)

Then his voice comes through the watch: "Yes?"

Fortunately, he's in a relatively isolated corner. He's not really sure of the etiquette of carrying on one-sided conversations into one's watch in a library.

Date: 22 Jan 2015 05:14 (UTC)
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"Enjolras? It's Combeferre--this is a wonderful device, isn't it? Can you imagine medical care with this? Sick people always able to see a doctor? Yes, well--I wanted to let you know that Joly and I are going to the Labyrinth now. We'd planned to go sometime later, but Bossuet and Courfeyrac just wandered in there drunk, so we're going to fetch them."
Edited Date: 22 Jan 2015 05:19 (UTC)

Date: 22 Jan 2015 05:30 (UTC)
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There's a very brief pause.

(In the library, as Combeferre can doubtless picture, Enjolras is wearing the expression of a man repressing the urge to bury his face in one hand.)

"Do you want me to come?"

From his tone, he assumes the answer will be yes.

Date: 22 Jan 2015 05:34 (UTC)
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Combeferre can indeed picture it. He's seen it before. He's worn it before, he suspects.

"No, I don't think so," he says. "But please keep an eye on your watch? I'd like to try using the watches to communicate with you from the Labyrinth. I want to test it and see if it works."

Combeferre is still not finished playing with, and learning about, the watch's technology. Why miss an opportunity to do so?

Date: 22 Jan 2015 05:45 (UTC)
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"All right, if you like."

The you here is plural, to include Joly.

"Be careful, though. We don't know what's in there besides what Bossuet ran across."

And Bossuet ran across A DRAGON.

Besides, Combeferre and Joly are brave, brilliant, loyal, observant, and not in the slightest known for reinforcing each other's tendencies towards common sense.

Date: 23 Jan 2015 00:36 (UTC)
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"I don't think there's much chance of that," Combeferre says dryly, looking at Joly's heaps of provisions, supplies, and cats.

"Let's be off? You know how to get there, don't you?"
Edited Date: 23 Jan 2015 00:36 (UTC)

Date: 23 Jan 2015 03:18 (UTC)
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Combeferre quickly lets Bahorel and Feuilly know what is happening.

He casts a look at Joly's belongings. "Shall we? And let me carry some of that."

Date: 23 Jan 2015 04:22 (UTC)
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They go.

The woods are dark, and Combeferre doesn't know where to turn. He suspects Joly doesn't, either.

But then--

"Look!" Combeferre points. There's a triangle-shaped light floating in front of them. He takes a step, and another, and the light moves on ahead.

He turns to Joly, drawing a deep, excited breath. "It's shaped like a delta. Didn't you say that was how the Labyrinth was marked? This must be the way."

Date: 23 Jan 2015 13:24 (UTC)
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...yes, it does. Combeferre has been accused of absent-mindedness often enough, when he's concentrating on some scholarly pursuit, but surely this is too much even for him.

"I don't know," Combeferre says. "But I think we can safely say we are in the Labyrinth."

They go on until they see a wall directly in their path, with no way of going around it.

The wall has two doors, each high and arched and improbably covered with purple sparkly material, and each door has a guard.

"Good day, messieurs," says Combeferre. "We're looking for a couple of friends of ours who have come in here--do you happen to know the best way?"

"This way," says one guard, pointing to his door.

"Don't listen to him, he's a liar," says the other. "My door is the right way."

Combeferre looks at Joly, eyebrows raised, and pulls him aside to whisper. "Is this meant to be a judgment of character? Or a logic puzzle?" He shakes his head. "I wonder how Bossuet and Courfeyrac managed to even get inside, as drunk as they are."

Date: 24 Jan 2015 05:19 (UTC)
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Combeferre frowns, and then smiles. "If it's a logic puzzle, I know how to solve it. We ask either guard this question: If I asked the other guard whether you would tell the truth or lie, what would he say? And you see, if we're talking to the liar, he will say the other guard will say he--the first guard, that is--will tell the truth. If we're talking to the truthful one, he will say the other guard will say he will lie."

Combeferre beams. Surely this is the simplest and most explicable way out of their dilemma.

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