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1st May, 1889 — Hawthorne Hollow, Beltane Bonfire
Lucky this didn't so much count as a party, or Conall wouldn't have bothered coming. As it was, the Beltane celebrations were a pleasant harkening back to his childhood in Ireland, and the fact that they were out in the Hollow, a little removed from Irvingly's innermost order, meant he at least did not feel entirely out of his element.

A drink or three had helped that well enough, as well: whether from the alcohol or the heat of the bonfires blazing nearby (or perhaps both combined), Conall's face had gained a healthy flush, and he found himself in a hardy good humour.

He had been loitering by the brush around one of the bonfires when he spotted one. A fire salamander darted in and out of sight amongst the kindling and the flames. A corner of his mouth twitched upwards.

"Well, aren't you a beauty?" Conall remarked, with feeling. As he glanced upwards again, however, he found that his effusions had apparently found themselves an unintended recipient, in person rather than salamander form. A person standing before him in perfect earshot - and staring, now.
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