Nov 22, 2019 4:21 PM
in color amentans meet hazel
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She waits. She takes Felix's advice on diplomacy with the tiny people.

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Felix proposes a few changes to the machine translation and then thinks she should tell the tiny people stories about teaching her little sister to swim and about attempting a complex project and about cooking food (not derived from animals).

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...sure, she will tell them about teaching Sofa to swim and about building her website and about the family bean soup recipe.

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They reciprocate with a story about the time a scallifer nested in the awnings of the spaceport and about explaining to one's grandparent how to put on shoes, and seem very pleased with her. 

 

Some more breadboxes pop into existance.

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Why wouldn't one's grandparent know how to put on shoes already?

Hello, additional breadboxes!

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Well, how would they? 

 

The additional breadboxes communicate that they are terribly grateful! They can take Breadbox The First home with them now.

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By having been around for a while -? It's presumably not important. She releases her breadbox into the custody of the other breadboxes.

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Oh, parents (and thus grandparents) are really slow learners. They're so terribly grateful. Goodbye!

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She is sure more Amentans will drop by to meet them more formally soon! Bye!

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They will be so delighted to meet Amentans, Amentans seem amazing! Bye!

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Awww, she likes them.

She writes detailed notes on the encounter and Felix's suggestions and goes to check out Cene's planet.

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It's acceptable. Its year-length is about 85% of Amenta's and it's big and outrageously mountainous. It has one extremely salty ocean and oxygen concentration high enough to make people a little giddy.

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Well, if half the population of Cene moves there the oxygen concentration will soon drop to reasonable levels. She takes a lot of pictures and notes coordinates and gathers other information Cene will want and then she turns around and goes back to Earth.

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"Do you think Pelape'd want us to fill those orders for her?" he asks Miranda. "This once, I mean. Definitely not forever."

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"...Did she write the note before or after she took the potion, is the question, I guess. It seems like maybe a waste of being-on-Felix time not to do it first? She could have added that part after she took it though."

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"Mmhmm. I - if she's going to be destroyed over it anyway we might as well at least get the planets but if it's making things worse to let it go on longer -"

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"I don't know, and the library doesn't know, either, most people can't actually keep it up that long apparently, the record is something like two months and that involved brewing it mostly by themselves and someone they were diverting ingredients from poisoned their next dose in their sleep."

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"Then we won't renew the orders. Not worth the - not worth it - don't you think -"

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"You know more than I do about how much a planet's worth. It is - I mean, if it works, if she comes back with a planet in hand - not in hand - you know what I mean - if it works it is not at all implausible to me that she really would think -"

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"- no if it works it'd be worth it for as long as she could keep it up but - "

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"And if it doesn't work you can stop renewing the orders once we know that. I guess."

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He doesn't renew the orders but he tells his mother to.

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Various wizards accept money through more and less circuitous channels, outlined in Pelape's invoices.

Cauldrons bubble.

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She had a month's worth. They wait until a month has passed.

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Pelape lands two days earlier than that and doesn't need to immediately sweep about the globe picking up all her prescriptions. She lands, returns the ship to its owners, pays all her fines out of the Various Secret Magical Business Slush Fund, accepts her assigned court date and ankle tracker for grand theft spaceship, and takes a shuttle up to the capital in time to fall into step with Aitim on his way home. "Hello!" she says. "I seem to have some minor legal trouble! But also a planet! And I met aliens! They were so small." She gestures. "Ships yea big."

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