A pity you couldn't have been there, you would have been touched." He leaned forward intently. "I trust you realize that you are a dead man, Lord Eddard?"
The queen will not kill me, Ned said. His head swam; the wine was strong, and it had been too long since he'd eaten. "Cat... Cat holds her brother... "
The wrong brother, Varys sighed. "And lost to her, in any case. She let the Imp slip through her fingers. I expect he is dead by now, somewhere in the Mountains of the Moon."
If that is true, slit my throat and have done with it. He was dizzy from the wine, tired and heartsick.
Your blood is the last thing I desire.
Ned frowned. "When they slaughtered my guard, you stood beside the queen and watched, and said not a word."
And would again. I seem to recall that I was unarmed, unarmored, and surrounded by Lannister swords. The eunuch looked at him curiously, tilting his head. "When I was a young boy, before I was cut, I traveled with a troupe of mummers through the Free Cities. They taught me that each man has a role to play, in life as well as mummery.