Arys stiffened slightly when Jaime laughed. The irony in the statement made him uncomfortable, though, after all this time, it probably should not have done. As green and ineffectual as it made him feel, he couldn’t deny that he looked up to Jaime in some regard. Any complaint Arys had in PM’s employ Jaime had also, only with ten years more worth of grievance. Any reward Arys had in serving the Baratheons, Jaime also had multiplied. While Arys had the satisfaction of looking after Myrcella like a surrogate niece, Jaime had that in actual. The black mark of Jaime’s disloyalty to Aerys Targaryen wasn’t something that Arys could do much to reconcile, however, so he largely ignored it until such a time as it was mentioned.
“Yeah,” he said slowly, to fill up space as he compressed his foot against the clutch, moving into a lower gear once they straightened out on the Mall. The blue flicker from the police bikes started to glow on the empty asphalt.
“I like it over at Martell,” he finally spat out, wondering how much he’d given away and how close Jaime would keep it. “Their head of security gives me a hard time, but they run a good show.” He cocked his chin slightly as he thought over what to say next. “I don’t know. Maybe it would be easier. If we weren’t locked in.”
Jaime nodded along slightly with Arys’ words. He could tell the other man was being careful, stepping around a subject he obviously didn’t want to talk about. “I imagine it would be a good place to work.” He muttered thoughtfully. He wondered if perhaps Arys was considering to leave for Martell Steel when the time came to jump ship. It was a good business and from what he’d heard Doran’s daughter Arianne, now the CEO, tolerated Robert’s assigned guard more readily than the rest of her family.
“He can’t be anyone worse than the guys you work with here.” He joked. He didn’t know Martell’s head of security well. Actually, he didn’t know him at all. It wasn’t his business to know the grunts who protected the Martells, unless he was ever sent against them. However, even without knowing him he didn’t imagine he could hold a candle to the sorry band that Robert had gathered to form his ‘kingsguard’, other than himself and Arys, of course.
He chuckled mirthlessly as he looked out the window, the police bikes pulling up close to the side of the cars as Arys let it crawl to a stop and waited. “A lot of things are easier when you’re not stuck behind a locked door.” He shrugged, scratching at the stubble underneath his chin - he would need to shave, Cersei preffered him clean-shaven - and turned away from the lights reflecting off of the window. “But a locked door keeps people out as much as it keeps you in. You’ll be thankful for it, eventually.”