Aug 10, 2020 4:50 PM
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He starts marking down kinds and magics in the Red Flight (Canvas - marigold calyx - sees heat; Triumph - silkpuff - sleeps 24 hours once a year) and the Diamond Nine (Prism - flamewreath - control fire at a touch; Signature - inkvein - acute hearing).

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Promise makes stars next to ones that could be inconvenient and leaves unmarked things like the silkpuff that she thinks are unlikely to interact with anything they do.

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This seems like a sensible practice.

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So sensible.

Eventually it is late. Promise is on a sleep cycle concordant with the forest's night; she flutters up to bed and utters nouns.
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Arcane stays up a little later, filling out the chart with more details and starting on Queenspalace maps with traps and harmonics included; then he occupies the guest room in a noun-free fashion.

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Promise is up bright and early and chipper the next morning. She's gonna overthrow the Queeeeeeeeeen! With Arcaaaaaaane!

She makes enough breakfast for three in case Secret's already on her way.
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How astute of her. Secret shows up whole she's making breakfast.

Secret looks... like somebody who has been sleeping on a forest floor and eating only intermittently for several years.
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"Hi, Secret. Are you okay? Here, breakfast."
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"Mm," says Secret. "Thanks."

She sits down to consume breakfast.
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Arcane emerges from the guest room.

He peers at Secret.
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"Secret, Arcane. Arcane, Secret."

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Arcane... looks concerned.

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"Hi," yawns Secret.

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"Secret, have you been eating anything besides what I've left with my notes?"

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"...maybe," she says. "I don't remember."

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"At a guess, no," says Arcane.

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"I would've left food more often if I'd known you weren't going to forage."

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"'Sok," mumbles Secret.

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Promise gets her some extra food.

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"Thanks."

Nom nom.
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"But anyway, you don't have to go out by yourself in the forest anymore if you don't care to, Arcane ate the haws and I've got him out from under the Queen for the moment and now if he tells you his name it'll be de facto."

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"Mkay."

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"I might wait until you are finished your breakfast," says Arcane.

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Promise snorts and goes back to her own. (It is a grainy porridge with fruit in it.)

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It is a tasty breakfast.

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