She switches to the backstroke after ten laps. Ten more and she rolls over again; breaststroke. She has waterproof headphones and an audiobook going.
"They make everyone take Basic Finance. Unless you dropped out even earlier than I did?"
"I dropped out a little bit earlier than I was strictly allowed to."
"Well, you're not missing anything you couldn't have gotten out of a randomly selected six posts on Lotsa Math Budgeting."
"I figured as much, yeah."
"How did you get away with dropping out early?"
"'Get away with'?"
"With respect to compulsory education? Or did you only drop out once you were four?"
"Only once I was four," he agrees, "but as soon as I could, then."
"Then who wasn't strictly allowing you to?"
"I see. I'm lucky in my parents being generally pretty amenable if I present a case. I mean, matters less now I'm five, but."
"Matters a lot less now that I do not live with him anymore," he agrees.
Ohan pets him from the chair.
"Are we all compatible in living arrangement preferences, I wonder. If this lasts long term."
"Wheelchair access. Mild preference for something I can turn into a workshop."
"Thought you could use one at the uni?"
"I can but, you know."
"What kind of workshop setup do you need, is that going to narrow down what buildings will rent to us even more than being a mixed group?"
"I don't really need it, it's more if we could find somewhere that has an extra room that could be repurposed. I could deal with the soundproofing myself."
"And I guess we can always move into a bigger place when there's a kid in the picture, that'd be years off."
"Yup. And if I'm not involved in their making I won't have to worry about them inheriting my dysphoria."
"Your what? We're rolling dice on my thing but I think it won't matter much in a green who doesn't specifically want to be a field research marine biologist who has to be on boats all day and nobody in my family has it."
"It's - sometimes, every few days, I have a few days where it feels really awful to - be in my body? I've read some stuff about people who describe the same sort of thing and it gets better if they get a surgery to change their genitals to the opposite sex but theirs is usually ongoing while mine just sort of comes and goes so I don't know if it's the same sort of thing."
"Huh, it sounds like the usual kind would be a body map thing but that wouldn't be transient. I'm just guessing obviously."
"I think I've read something about that at some point but not in much depth."