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Oct 16, 2019 4:42 PM
Faith and Co. and Silvers in WWII America.
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Maira was never really good at making friends. She doesn't think the other students dislike her, they just have their own friendships going on.

At least that is what her bigger sisters say.

So she is hopeful when she realizes her class is getting a new student.

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Here is a new student! Her satchel is bulging with books, and she's holding a particularly bulky one in one hand and trying to simultaneously read it and find the correct classroom in a new school.

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Maira approaches the new face and puts on a smile like an armor and says: "Hi? Are you new?"

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"I am! Say, if you suppose a shark is a fifth the size of a submarine, how many sharks do you think it would take to beat the sub in a fight? Assume the sub has torpedoes, and the sharks don't attack each other but they don't coordinate either." The new girl has a British accent.

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Maira is so shocked by this weird question that she actually thinks seriously about the answer, because the part of her brain that filters weird questions blew a fuse.

"I think it depends how many torpedoes the submarine have too. I don't think sharks can sink one through biting, but they can keep it busy and unable to go up for air and food?"

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"Yeah, I guess sharks can't bite through steel, there's those diving cages, right." She sighs. "Maybe if you strapped depth charges to the sharks? You still have to have depth charges but you don't need radar, sharks must have some way of navigating to hunt."

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"Yes, but it would be easier to just use depth charges? Or torpedoes? Why does it need to be sharks?"

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"Well, obviously it doesn't make sense to use them if it's worse than just using depth charges, but it seems like you should be able to do something with enormous sharks."

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Maira thinks about this. "They would scare people, so then they would have to use submarines instead of swimming?"

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"I don't think swimming people are the greatest threat to the Allies."

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"I didn't know that is what you wanted the sharks for," Maira says defensively.

Then some parts of her mind get a hold of yourself.

"I forgot to introduce myself, I'm Maira Prince."

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"Prudence Whitney. Friends call me Pru, which yes means you should. I think I've got the tyrannosaurus versus tank calculations worked out, but if you have any novel insights you should share!"

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Maira giggles. "I don't know anything about tyrannosaurus... or thanks. But that would be incredible to watch. Oh, I was going to ask if you a lost for your next class too."

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"Oh, yeah, actually, I think I've walked by the right area three times, I keep getting distracted."

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"You get used to. What is your next class? And where are you from?"

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"I'm s'posed to have maths next, I'm pretty sure. I'm from London, my parents've been wanting to get me away from the bombing and stuff for a while and since the angels made travel and stuff way safer they decided it was a good time for that so they sent me over." She sounds a little disappointed about this.

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The angels, part of Maira still don't quite believe the newspapers, but most of her found the idea too delightful to care.

"Do you miss London?" Maira guesses from the disappointment.

 

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"I came with my friends so that's good but it's so far away from everything here."

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"Uh, the town isn't big, but it isn't that small. But good thing you came with your friends! Did they enroll here?"

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"They -- um. None of'em would be here, and two are too old anyway, that's how come we could come without any parents. But, yeah, wouldn't be here, they're Negroes."

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"Oh."

 

"One of my sisters really hate they can't. I mean all of us don't, but it really bothers her."

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"That's good. I mean, like, not good she's bothered, but good she's bothered, you know? One've my friends is the same, she's trying to make WASP even though they don't let'em, I'll be super surprised if she doesn't make it."

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"I hope she does. One of my sisters, another one, joined it."

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"How many sisters have you got?" Pru laughs.

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"Just three. They are triplets and older than me. Well, obviously they are older than me, since one is in WASP. The other two are a doctor and a nurse. I live with the one that is a nurse, Felicia. My parents are back in San Francisco and decided here was safer," Maira adds casually, since those are times where it would be reasonable to assume something happened to them.

"Do you have any siblings?"

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"Nah, it's just me. But I grew up with my friends and it's practically the same. Jay's the one still in school and Ruby's a nurse and Manna's the one who wants to fly. Triplets is so cool though, are they identical?"

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