Lenore: No, it wasn't her idea really.
Nessa: Oh, I don't like the sound of that at ALL.
Nessa: They can't think you children know anything about the murder, though?
Nessa: Oh, I don't like the sound of this at all, Little Wren. Not one bit.
Nessa: Good for Tegen!What did they say to that?
Lenore: Jade suggested she'd watched too many police dramas, but they did agree to let her stay for the interviews. And, honestly Ama, mightn't we know SOMETHING about, well... not the murder... but about the break-in?
Lenore: The night of the break-in was the night Marius left, Ama...
Nessa: Oh Gods, I saw him with a briefcase on the stairs! It didn't SEEM like something he would carry. Oh! That thieving rat! I KNEW we never should've let him in this house. I TOLD Thorne nothing good could come of it.
Nessa: So... oh, Little Wren. So, you can't tell Azrael and Jade about him.
Nessa: Oh Wren, yes. I guess you do. They can't know he was here. It will endanger everyone if they find out. Sometimes, Wren, you HAVE to lie because the truth is too dangerous, or sometimes too upsetting.... Wren, you DON'T know where he is now, do you?
Lenore: Right, Ama.
Lenore: It's okay, Ama. I can play with Spot and practice my violin while you're away.
Nessa: Good girl. You might give a thought to cleaning your room too.
Lenore: Yes, Ama. (smile)
(sounds of Nessa leaving... Lenore is alone in the house, with Spot and her thoughts)
Lenore: I didn't want to lie to her, Spot. But it was just like she said. She would be so upset if she knew... Lies are confusing things, Spot. Sometimes they're okay, and sometimes they're not, but that isn't what I've ever read before. Alice didn't ever lie in Wonderland, I don't think. (sigh) But I suppose it is the way things must be.
Lenore: And now I think we have to write to Hawk and tell him what's going on here, Spot. And figure out how to forget he was here for the interview tomorrow. (sigh) It is all rather tricky, Spot. You're lucky you're just a fox and you don't have to worry about lies and such things.