mightthinkthat: Francis is cloaked in darkness. (concerned)
 [Francis is tending to his dogs, who were rattled by the collision, with tender loving care, soothing them.] Well, I suppose being woken up is one sign of power returning? 

[He's a little irked that this is the most interesting thing to happen here. He's no real taste for torture, even if he's not shy of it, it's gross and unnecessary, so he's bored of it whenever it comes up. He's looking forward to something happening. And his standards for that something is getting lower.] 
mightthinkthat: Francis sits next to a table with a drink and food in hand (relaxing)
[He wonders briefly if this is yet another sign of What Is To Come. But that hardly matters now. It's a little aggravating that he's apparently being fobbed off on a warden without a file, but hey, he's new to being paired, so a little taster would hardly be unwelcome.]

Have I been up to something that requires 'being kept an eye on'? [He's obviously terribly amused by this.] I'll guess I'll leave the torment of you all until 'Mordred' is looking in the opposite direction. I know you were all on tender hooks. [No, he doesn't think you were.] 

[Private to Mordred]

[Francis is still smiling.] Hello. I'm afraid, I won't have much for you to do without my file. But as I'm new to being paired, perhaps you'd like to let me know how this all works.
mightthinkthat: Ian Richardson posing in front of parliament. (Default)
[Francis looks a little distracted and uncertain. He lets out a sigh.]

I wonder if I might prevail on one of the ladies of the Barge for some company? [He smiles in acknowledgement of how it sounds.] Nothing, untoward, I... just was reminded of how I missed my wife in that port. She's an intelligent, witty woman and I very much relied on her to give me a grounding.
mightthinkthat: Ian Richardson posing in front of parliament. (ain't I a stinker?)
 [Private to self]

Well, of course it wasn't that easy. And there was the matter of placing myself on that world. So like my own. [He lets out a laugh.] Apart from that 'Below' business. 

But not my world. I wasn't present at all. [He smiles.] What a poorer world for it! [Contemplatively:] A terrible shame what became of the lady. She was well loved in this world. Still, she had two sons here, so that was something to be grateful for.

Now we have 'the Barge'. I remember what Elizabeth said. That I should always find a challenge. Keep my mind active and sharp. It seems that in killing me, she guaranteed it! [He looks thoughtful again.] Would that she know about it. 

[Public]

When I was growing up, my pastor was filled with the grim vitriol of the passioned believer, slamming his bible against the pulpit, telling us all that we were destined to end up in the fiery pits of hell to be burned and scorned for all eternity. We were all sinners and we all needed repent them. 

Of course, it was something of a double edged sword. When your religion exhorts you to be a good boy while simultaneously telling you that any attempts on your part to do so was ultimately futile because God had decided your fate long before you were born, you tended to form a kind of apathy about the whole thing, whether you believed or not.

I confess, while I lay bleeding to death in my wife's embrace, my being sent to hell... or 'purgatory' for you lightweights [He smiles a little], didn't occur to me in the slightest. I'm sure it occurred to others, of course, but politics will do that.

[There's a slight twinkle in his eye.] ...Do you think the Admiral is a Labour man?

I will admit, I don't remember any of my teachings to feature such a... 'high tech' purgatory, with dining halls and 'wardens'. 

As I discovered, [he shoots the camera a disarming smile] there doesn't seem to be much freedom to escape. So I'm a little unclear on the point of wardens? To keep us from bashing each other's heads in? Surely, not a concern to our Admiral, given his skills. 

You can come and go as you please, so perhaps you're solely here to hammer home just how trapped inmates are. Of course, no doubt there's a certain... satisfaction in being above others, particularly others that you can point to be less... moral than you are, but otherwise, I don't see the appeal.

Of course, if anyone should care to enlighten me, I'd be obliged.

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