Jun 20, 2018 7:29 AM
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Rats.

She goes and has a closer look at the wearable wings description.

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The wings are attached at the top to a necklace. When someone puts the necklace on, the wings attach to wearer's back, ignoring any clothing. The wearer can feel the wings just as if they were another limb, though the wings can't be injured, and flying is intuitive. 

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Well that sounds pretty cool and might get her up, although maybe she'll crash into the ceiling. She reads the wings.

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They appear in front of her.

The feathers move in an invisible wind.

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Keen. She puts it on and tries flying up the stairwell.

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Flying is effortless.

At the top of the stairwell there is a landing and a closed door. The door will crumble easily if she tries to pass through.

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Cool. She continues exploring.

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The stairwell's door was carefully concealed in the entryway of a small house.

The house sits in a desert. It's early evening and the air is almost cool. 

The house and the road leading up to it have been entirely consumed by silver. Occasionally, a thread of silver runs off from the road to envelop a cactus or shrub, but most of the visible landscape is the soft brown and yellow one would expect from a desert. 

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Weird.

She goes back to check on Cathei, who has taken exception to being left all alone.

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She's exactly where Rabka left her.

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Good. Can she still fly with her in arms?

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She can.

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She brings Cathei up in the air to see if there's anything but desert and house.

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The small road eventually joins a larger road, which leads to a small town.

There is a scattering of housing along the way. One is notably larger than the others and could almost be mistaken for a castle. 

A smaller house, which lies at the end of a winding dirt road, has completely escaped the silver.

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Might as well check them out to see if any of them are pleasanter-looking to live in.

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The small house is very small. The doors are locked, but Rabka can see in through the windows.

It's mostly one big room inside, with a bed in one corner and a kitchenette on the opposite wall. Paintings of varying quality cover every free inch of wall space. There's a pile of paintings in the corner of the room and a few peeking out from beneath the bed. 

There's a shed behind the house. It contains a small tank and a pipe that leads straight down into the ground. 

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Huh.

What about the other houses, like the castle one?

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Mostly transformed into the same semi-transparent silver.

Sections of some of the houses are spared. When this is an upper story or roof, the house crumples.

In the mansion, Rabka will be able to find a room with an elaborate modern train set up and a bathroom with fluffy towels and fancy soaps that have flowers embedded in their centers.

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There aren't any skeletons around, are there? The mansion seems nice; how much of it is silvered?

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On the road there are occasional cars. 

If she stops to inspect a car she will find a silver person inside. Accurate and human in every detail except what they are made of. 

Most of the mansion is silvered. A handful of rooms have mostly escaped, the train room, a restroom, a study, and a guest bedroom. The guest restroom has lost some of it's left wall to the silver and a thread of silver has snaked into the study to consume a potted plant that was sitting in the corner. 

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The people in the cars are creepy. She doesn't disturb them.

Maybe she should just read herself a totally not silver house. She goes back bookward, trying to remember any nice houses in the books.

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She could have the castle of the fairy queen if she liked.

The ending of Reversals has the demon and his adopted children moving into a slightly too small but comfortable house. The book doesn't give much detail beyond that.

The family in Poisonwood's house is described in more detail. It's roomy but well lived in and has somewhat fallen into disrepair. The front step of the porch is broken and the attic leaks when it rains. It is also has a few well described luxuries like the parent's feather mattress and a collection of hand carved, wooden children's toys. 

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Well, there's lots of room in the desert if she decides she doesn't like the castle of the fairy queen. She can add the feather mattress and the children's toys separately.

She removes all the books from the house, sweeps it for any more books, and goes out to find a site for the castle.

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There's a nice flat spot of desert over here that has no traces of silver. 

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Marvelous. She sits down, Cathei in lap and book on sand because her arms are tired, and reads the castle.

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