Leonard had always been a touch too perceptive. It was a strength that stood out among his many flaws, having been fine tuned for a short time by a father who had not loved him and seen him as little more as a tool to further his legacy. The harsh words and lessons that his father had inflicted upon him as a child had not disappeared after he had entered the Order. In anything, they had found a way to flourish. The boredom that had come upon the lectures of Chantry sisters and brothers had allowed for the distraction of watching others. A weak body had allowed the mind to further itself, as the natural talent for strategy had allowed for perception to grow. When a rival had appeared, the quality had truly grown. After all, one does not defeat an enemy without knowing them.
So, it was fairly easy to recognize that Genevieve was not telling him everything. Her smile did not seem to reach her eyes, leaving the hint that she was either lying or leaving out information. Either way, he was not particularly surprised. After all, she was Orlesian. From what he understood, lying was the national sport.
Then you do not know me very well, he found himself tempted to say in response to her compliment. However, he held his tongue, figuring that the implication would not be taken well. "A rather gruesome way to put it," he said, chuckling softly, "I imagine I mostly lack the eloquence required for politics." It was not a lie, not truly. He had practically grown up in the Templar Order and the Order usually cared more about one's abilities as a warrior than their eloquence.
The Orleasian Templar's question was not one he had expected, but was one he was not entirely surprised by. "You will be provided with what you require," he said diplomatically, neither confirming or denying that this would mean that she'd be given money. While he held a loyalty to the Templars, any trust he possesses was merely a fraction in comparison to what he held for himself. He could not confidently say that he trusted those within the Order to not abuse certain freedoms, particularly considering the state of things.
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