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A Rebecca lands in Scriven
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Rabka is standing in an unfamiliar room, holding her baby.

Three of the walls are a semi-translucent silver. 

The fourth is made of light. 

Words appear in the light.

Welcome.

You are here because the last speaker has died.

In an effort to prevent magic from entirely leaving this world, I have created this place.

You are now a speaker. 

To use your power, you must simply read out loud. Whatever you describe will come into existence before you.

If you wish to share this power, simply bring another into this room and announce that they have your blessing to become a speaker. But beware, in the wrong hands this power can lead to great destruction.

 

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Rabka's going to assume it's talking to her and not Cathei. Since Cathei can't talk yet.

"- the last speaker?" she tries, since that's written in front of her and maybe they could explain things better.

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There is no response, but the light of the wall does fade so she can see beyond it.

On the other side of the light there is a vast library. The library, and everything within, are the same semi-translucent silver as the other walls of the room. 

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What, no suddenly appearing last speaker? Damn. Must be more complicated.

She steps into the library, looking for other things to try reading.

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When she steps onto it, the floor crumbles beneath her feet.

It is only the top few inches of the floor, the part that resembles wooden planks if wood was ever translucent or silver, that crumble. Beneath the boards there is something studier that will bear her weight. 

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Well that's startling, but she doesn't fall far enough to drop the baby. Cathei wakes up and fusses. Rabka sticks a nipple in her mouth. She shuffles forward, kicking aside soapbubble-wood.

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She's surrounded by shelves and shelves of silver books, but any book that's as fragile as the floor would be impossible to read.

If she explores deeper, she'll find a corner of the library that has been spared from the silver. 

There's a wooden desk which is a familiar shade of brown, a comfortable looking chair, and a piece of the wall. The wall was originally a dark, forest green.

On the desk, there's a pile of half a dozen books no one ever re-shelved. 

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...sure. What's in those half a dozen books?

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All of the books seem to be fiction. 

The top book is called The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. It's a tells the story of a young girl who finds her way to fairyland and then finds she's the only one who can save it.

The other books are titled:

These False Stars
Reversals
Poisonwood
The Commonwealth
Periapt
Keter Class Anomaly 

 

 

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First order of business, do any of them have food in them.

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In the second chapter of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, the main character is given a slice of rich red velvet cake. She decides to eat it despite the old stories that warn that eating food from fairyland means you can never leave.

 

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...Rabka flips to the end of the book to find out if she eventually leaves.

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She does. 

The story ends with her reuniting with her parents and wondering if she'll ever get to go back to fairyland again.

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Okay that's all the caution she has time for she's hungry. She reads the description of the cake.

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The book's description is short, no more than a single sentence. When she finishes reading it, the cake appears in front of her, sitting on a pretty china plate.

It looks delicious. 

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- is there a description of a fork.

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It is mentioned in passing several sentences down when the girl begins to eat the cake.

 

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She attempts to read into existence a fork.

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A fork appears along with the napkin mentioned in the same sentence.

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Cake time!

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The cake is as delicious as it looks.

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Oh good.

She eats her entire cake and reads up another slice and looks for something other than cake while she eats the second one.

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In some places in fairyland it snows sugar. 

A king is served 'a mug of mint, and doubloon sandwiches with just a scrap of butter'.

A street-side vendor invites her to buy a snow cone made of frozen moonlight.

She is given an envelope in a fine restaurant. When it opens, a pie lands in front of her. It is made of writing and filled with ink and pen nibs and typewriter keys. It is surprisingly tasty. The keys burst like soft grapes and summer cherries in her  mouth. The crust made of writing is both buttery and smooth and there's a hint of nutmeg and apple in the flavor.

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Very desserty. She reads another slice of cake - she was in the magic for a while - and skims the next one for food that is made of ingredients and not weird stuff.

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The food in 'These False Stars' isn't significantly better.

There is coffee and mushroom wine and solace fruit (which may only be eaten in small quantities) and dark-dewed cherries (you feel as if you can run forever) and prisoner's honey (it contains fragments of memories). 

The characters occasionally eat fish, but the fish in this world may not be normal either. 

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Why is all the food so weird! She tries a fish.

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