May 28, 2020 8:20 PM
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"Mm. I maintain that he's just falling for the wrong people. Elaine was just as fucked-up as he was, Susan was the kind of woman who expects a journalism degree to protect her from a conclave of vampires, and Sheila, as mentioned, was a backstabbing agent of Hell. He just needs to go for someone sensible and not evil."

He rolls his eyes. "But that rules out more or less his whole dating pool."
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"Alas, wizards cannot so much try online dating."

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He snickers. "It's tragic. And the lonely hearts mailing lists have been out of vogue since the eighties."

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"Should I be keeping a lookout for a certain type or anything? I mean, I'm usually hanging out in your basement, and therefore not meeting people to set folks up with, but I was planning to make time to volunteer at miscellaneous schools and pat large quantities of children on the head."

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"That is astonishingly sensible," David says. "I am absolutely horrified that we're not doing that already."
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"I know, right? It's easier to find opportunities at home because my mother's a kindergarten teacher, but it's not actually that hard to find a way to volunteer at a school and shake hands with the little kids and it should already be being done, more comprehensively than I can personally pull off. I was six when I had decently wieldable magic! I and everybody around me is really lucky that I had an unshakable sense of morality when I was fucking six! That my mom made weird friends who knew people who knew people who knew actual wizards and I didn't have to self-teach!"

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"Goddamn Council-" He shakes his head. "I can't even blame the Council for this. We should have been doing this. Ugh. I'm going to have someone slightly less magical contact the whole- what'd they call themselves, the Paranet?"

He gets up to find a Post-It. "Idiot."
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"The what?"

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"They're these- hedge witches, minor talents, whatever you want to call them, most of whom don't have enough power to kill a computer without wanting to, and they got together over the Internet and started to meet up alternate Thursdays or whatever. They were being hunted by a vampire of the White Court, so we helped them out, and we've been taking advantage of the fact that they exist for information gathering and sending out bulletins to the greater magical community and such."

He scribbles himself a note in his very pretty cursive and flops back onto his couch, looking more disgruntled than bohemian.
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"Yeah, involving them is a good idea as long as they know where to forward a kid with a bigger talent than they've got. I can provide advice on how to seem like a good school volunteer. It involves giving the teachers cookies and smiling until your face hurts."

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"They all know about Harry. Or the Council, I suppose."

He does not seem delighted at the prospect of forwarding a young talent to the Council, but perhaps that's latent hatred of some other monolithic cabal of elderly fascists burning behind his eyes.
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"Well, if Harry - or you - are prepared to take on more apprentices that's all to the good, I suppose, but I'd sooner not hand the kids directly to the council. My teacher was good, I sent her the one miniwizard I found."

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"We'd forward them to various other practitioners who are more competent to take on students, yes; Luciozzi springs to mind, for instance, being a relative moderate and apparently having more free time than he knows what to do with. The Council was mentioned in case someone thinks Harry eats babies, which is an opinion that has been known to occur."

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Snort.

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"Had you run into this opinion before? I'd almost be surprised if you hadn't, really."

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"I mean, yes, but while it's not outside the realm of possibility that there are evil warlocks who also put themselves in the phone book under 'wizard' and underprice their services and... act like Harry... it's not the most conservative hypothesis ever and the White Council is itself."

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He grins. "It is indeed."

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"I've avoided tangling with them so far, but..." Shrug.

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"Mm. Are you registered? Officially, I'm a generalist of rather pathetic talent, which was an acting job and a half, let me tell you."

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"I'm registered. I was six and it didn't even occur to me to throw the tests."

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He winces. "My condolences. Do you have to attend the meetings?"

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"Of course not, I have a horrible disability which would qualify me for a free universal-public-healthcare wheelchair in a civilized country and definitely means I can't be expected to pick up and haul via woefully inaccessible transit whenever the council says jump."

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"I see, I see. Harry will very considerately not offer to take you through the Ways next time they drag him to Shanghai."

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"The Ways are very out of compliance with the ADA."

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"I could see that. The ramps are very poorly maintained, and there are sometimes a lot of flashing lights. Especially when Harry is around."

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