Commander Sam Vimes, Ankh-Morpork City Watch (notsirsam) wrote in notpureinwater,
Commander Sam Vimes, Ankh-Morpork City Watch
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The Promised Tour (Finally)

Vimes leads Ali out of the Palace and into the Plaza of Broken Moons. "Right there," he says, pointing to the statue at the end of Broad Way, "That's Old Stoneface Vimes. Ancestor. Vetinari bought me off by putting the statue up. I'm sorry, 'rewarded.' For stopping the war. And so I'd take the bloody Dukedom."
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She peers at the statue while he talks. "I see. He's very...stoic?"
"Yeah." He smiles grimly. "He beheaded the last King of Ankh-Morpork.
"I see." She makes a bit of a face. "Even the French don't have statues of their executioners. Not that I know of."
"He was a monster. The king. He needed to be gotten rid of." His voice is harsh. "And sometimes, when the Law is corrupt, the only justice is an axe."
"Yes, that's true enough. I prefer a sword though. Axes are heavy. So, tell me about this man-times-great grandfather of yours? What did he do afterwards?"
"Oh, he ruled the city for a few month then was drawn and quartered and burried in five graves. His crest was removed from the books, and other moronic things like that."
"I see. What'd he do wrong?"
"He tried to rule well, and people didn't like it. Plus, he beheaded the king. He was Commander of the Watch back then."
"This is why anyone attempting a coup needs a very loyal military and a willingness to enforce martial law. Nice statue though."
"Martial law." He snorts. "I've had my fill of that already." He falls into his normal rolling gait, heading across the Plaza towards Sator Square.
She follows, realizing after a moment that people are staring at her. "Um, Vimes? Everybody's staring at me."
He gives her a brief glance. "You just look different. They won't do anything if you're with me."
"...ah. Note to self, wear something more conservative next time."
His lips quirk. "Probably a good idea." He leads her past the Maul and into the Square. "There's the University. The Tower of Art there's the tallest building in the city. Dibbler's probably around selling something or other, try to avoid him if you can."
"You wouldn't want to get a reputation..." she smirks, looking up at the tower.

"Why would I want to avoid Dibbler?"
"I've got a reputation. Not that kind, of course, but..." He smiles wryly. "He can talk you into buying anything. Most horrendous sausages, too. Hungry?"
"Yes, a bit. Not for sausages though."
"Ha. No. How 'bout curry?"
"Curry sounds good. Is it spicy?"
"Can be."
"Oh good." She smiles. "I love spicy food."
"Good, then. You can get the vindaloo." He grins and nips down an sidestreet and cuts through to Scandal Alley and Mundane Meals. He holds the door open for her. The aroma of hot, spicy Klatchian food wafts out.
"Thank you," she murmurs, favoring him with a smile when she passes him to step inside. She moves to one side of the door, closing her eyes to take a deep breath and enjoy the aromas. "Mmm, yes, I like it here already."
He nods to Gorriff as he shows Ali to a table. The man comes over after a moment and takes their orders.

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