MALDIK:…uh  … yeah …

YANORA: (Very serious) Maldik, I do want you to succeed.  I want you to succeed as a leader, as a patriot, as a prince.  If the world could furl itself up and unfold again into something different, I would want you to succeed as a horse trainer, or anything your spirit wanted to embrace – but we are here, we’ve done what we’ve done and you are who you are.  And, it seems, you need some help. Let us help you, before it’s too late.

MALDIK: You  wouldn’t.

YANORA: We would.  (laughing) Gods, what other option do I have?

MALDIK: You … you’re always … you always have something.  Some extra card ready to play.

YANORA: What if that card is you?