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The Floating Market is the safest place in London Below, as long as the enforced truce holds. This may be why the door chose to bring Matilda here.

Or maybe just because it's also one of the most interesting places in the city. Anything you can imagine and some things you can't can be found in this place - or rather, at this market, since it's never in the same place twice.

Today, it's in the catacombs under Camden. Once used as stables, they have a good source of light from the cast-iron grilles in the road above, and are clean and dry. Not that it's easy to tell that, since every inch of free space is covered with stalls and browsing people.

Date: 2006-05-24 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
Wearing a bag on her shoulder and a jaded expression on her face, Matilda walks through a door and into this confusing location. She spends a bit of time looking around and wondering where on earth, or possibly earths, she is. During this time she probably gets bumped into by several people. In any case, she begins wandering aimlessly, inspecting anything interesting that she sees. What such interesting things might cross her path?

Date: 2006-05-24 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
The first thing that might attract her attention is the mountain of a man working a portable forge, in the middle of the long low room.

This is Hammersmith. He's quite friendly.

Date: 2006-05-24 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
Well, large people with forges call the attention pretty easily, 'tis true.

She wanders over and tries to see what he's working on. Failing that attempt, she asks him instead. "Excuse me, but what's that you're making?"

Date: 2006-05-24 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
He peers down - and down - to see where the voice came from, and finally breaks into a smile as he spots her.

"Well, hello, little miss!" He holds up the fine dagger he's making for her to see.

Date: 2006-05-24 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
"Hello, rather larger mister. That's pretty. Is it for any reason in particular, or did you just feel like making it?"

Date: 2006-05-24 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
To save leaning down or her stretching up, he simply reaches down with one huge hand and scoops her up to set her on the stall top, more or less at his level.

"Call me Hammersmith. And it's a commission, see?"

Date: 2006-05-24 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
The mun is reminded of Sophie and the BFG, and must quiet her giggles before continuing.

"Oh. So someone wanted you to make it, then. I'm sure they'll be happy with it; it's quite nice. Pleased to meet you, Hammersmith. I'm Matilda Wormwood. Where am I?"

Date: 2006-05-24 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
"Why, you're in the Underside. London Below. Didn't you know that?"

Date: 2006-05-24 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
"Nope. I've never even been to London before; I just walked through a door and here I was. I've been getting that lately. Is this place under London, then? Figuratively or literally?"

Date: 2006-05-24 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
"Literally, Miss Matilda. But I don't go topside."

He shivers a little at the thought.

Date: 2006-05-24 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
"Oh. Why not? Is it smelly up there or something?"

Date: 2006-05-24 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
"It's too... big. Too much space for my liking."

[ooc: must sleep. slowtime?]

Date: 2006-05-24 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
[Sure, no problem! This is loads of fun! Tag again whenever you're ready.]

"Oh." A pause, with shrug. "Do you know of any good libraries around here?"

Date: 2006-05-24 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
"Libraries? Well, the Earl has a library, it's said..."

Date: 2006-05-24 11:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
"The Earl? Is he Earl of anyplace in particular, or...?"

Date: 2006-05-24 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
"He's the Earl of Earl's Court", Hammersmith tells her in tones of slight surprise that she doesn't already know.

Date: 2006-05-24 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
"Oh."

Contemplative pause.

"...What's Earl's Court?"

Date: 2006-05-24 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
"Where he rules. On the trains."

Date: 2006-05-24 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
"...Trains...?" Matilda is beginning to get the feeling she lacks a basic set of knowledge somewhere here.

Date: 2006-05-24 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
"Of course. It's where he holds court. You'll need a timetable to find him."

Date: 2006-05-24 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
"Why... trains? And where does he put his library on one?"

Date: 2006-05-24 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
The huge man looks confused.

"It's where he's always been."

Date: 2006-05-24 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
"...All right. But where's the library then?"

Date: 2006-05-24 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] street-sparrow.livejournal.com
"At the court", is all he can offer.

Date: 2006-05-24 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] precocioustilda.livejournal.com
"Okay then. Where would I get a timetable, so I can find the library?" Matilda has a one-track mind when it comes to books, it seems.

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