Oct 23, 2018 8:46 PM
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"Thank you. I'm sorry I spooked you."

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"It's okay. You're right that it's worth it."

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"Mm-hm." She kisses his cheek.

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"Did you really steal a spaceship?"

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"Kind of! I signed up to copilot one - the scheduled pilot had a cold and was in a quarantine hotel. Then I took off before the other guy was on board. The Floo will have busted my ankle bracelet and Aitim will presumably be tidying up after that and getting me a more licit ship." She leans on him to kick up the ankleted heel. "It's not very decorative, is it."

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"Not really. I have never stolen a spaceship and I don't think I had in mind a clear picture of what happens if you do - well, if you do and aren't related to Aitim - I'm really glad it worked."

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"I have a court date I expect him to disappear. I don't think Felix would have put me on a ship that was just going to get shot down or something. The art objects on board might have helped. Weren't perishable or urgent, were too expensive to blow up?"

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"I suppose Felix knows what it's doing."

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"It does! If we ever find ourselves with an embarrassment of the stuff you could have one of the safe doses, it's really something. You'd probably figure out how to terraform Mars."

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She giggles. "I don't know why it's not more widely used! Surely plenty of wizards are working on projects that would pay for it, if only they had a breakthrough that would take less than twenty-four hours? Maybe they just in fact are not."

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"Doesn't it cause overconfidence? In some fields that might not be worth it, magic seems risky."

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"I guess that could be it. Should work fine for science stuff, I think? Easier to cross-check."

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"Yeah, I'd expect so. Or any proofs that are hard to find, fast to test..."

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"Sure. A handful of times in a person's career."

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"What happens to you once you stop it?"

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"Karen didn't know many details but it didn't sound like it'd kill me."

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"Mmmhmm. Okay. - have you been springing alone in space -"

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"I wasn't out that long, I don't have one of those really sensitive systems, but it will probably kick in next trip."

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"Well, next trip I'm coming with you."

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"And I'm very glad of that! I love you."

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Hug. "Thank you for the planets."

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"You're welcome. All the caveats aside it's really my pleasure."

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Her shipments of Felix arrive.

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She stays on her regimen. She assumes Aitim has been handling the procurement of a new ship and the presentation of the planet to Cene and sending ambassadors to smol aliens.

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