Jul 18, 2018 10:21 AM
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"Right now I'm not bound with a circle at all, and when I was it let me do more things, yes."

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Zana nods sagely at this, though she is not entirely sure what it means to be bound with a circle in the first place. 

Connor knows, at least the basics. He looks pointedly at Kalia.

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"You should never unbind a daeva. This is a really special circumstance because of the pirates. Honestly you shouldn't unbind a daeva even to deal with pirates, this is also special because the daeva in question is Cam. And we're gonna resummon him now that we've found Zana."

"Fine," says Connor, in the tone of someone who wants everyone else to know that he is taking a lot on faith here right now.

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"Here's my usual circle for whenever you feel like doing that," Cam says, making one.

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"Thanks," says Connor, eyeing the circle suspiciously. He clears his throat. "Thanks for stopping the pirates and stuff."

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"You're welcome."

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The kids go back to playing after dinner, and then in another hour they are herded off to bed. Kalia tells them a bedtime story (she is, in fact, pretty good at telling bedtime stories), and then tucks them in and closes the door to each of their rooms.

"...OK. Now that that's in order. I can resummon you now, but do you want to, like - I've kept you away from your house for like two days, if you want to go home and then pick stuff up tomorrow then that makes sense, we don't actually need anything else tonight anyway. It doesn't even actually need to be tomorrow, if you need a break."

(Aaaa.)

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"I'm not homesick or anything but if you want to wait till morning I can sleep in my own bed tonight, sure."

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"It seems sensible."

She thinks about dismissing him but is not actually able to think about this for an entire minute.

"..........can I maybe have a hug first though."

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"Of course." He steps forward, hugs her, wraps her in his wings.

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She hugs him back. Hugs are good. She's not going to apologize for needing one because she's pretty sure that she's still within the normal amount of hugs that people need after losing their sister and almost losing their niece and seeing a bunch of corpses and embarking on at least two quests that they are not even slightly remotely prepared to carry out.

"Thanks," she says, after a minute. "Think I needed that."

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"Anytime."

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Annnnd dismiss. And then bed. Maybe a little working on a proper circle, but then definitely bed. 

In the morning she'll resummon Cam and dismiss Zana (after assuring her that she will definitely resummon her later). And then they have a space station site to get to.

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Cam appears promptly with finished station plans!

Rozben is delighted to see Zana again!

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Zana is delighted to see Rozben too! Cam and her Auntie Kalia are going to make a whole entire space station, but she is supposed to stay with Rozben because her circle doesn't let her make things and also her magic is a secret. 

There will be BLANKET FORTS and ICE CREAM and VERY DETAILED PLASTIC DRAGONS.

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Rozben is delighted to assist her in any way necessary with the forts and desserts and toys. "How long are you going to stay? I haven't introduced you to my girlfriends yet because I think they'll be sad if they get to meet you but then never see you again, but if you're going to be here a lot, then maybe today would be a good time to meet them."

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"I can ask Auntie Kalia when she's done with her space station. I like Auntie Kalia and Connor but I also like Hell. And Cam is nice but Cam can go to Hell sometimes too."

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"Okay, they can wait for you to ask your aunt."

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"OK!"

BLANKET FORTS.

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Blanket forts!!!!!

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Which leaves Cam and Kalia free to build a space station.

"Did you pick a site out? It's gonna be a bit of a road trip, so if you want I can resummon you when we're closer, but I think I do need a shuttle that doesn't belong to Elysium."

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"I found a free orbital and filled out most of an application for you but you'll have to add the bits I didn't know and submit it yourself to the Federated Stations Central Office, since you're a legal person and all that cool stuff. Happy to make the shuttle, happy to come along."

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"Cool! Then I will trade you one unpublished story for a Wanderer 17, assuming you trust my flying skills."

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"Ooh, an unpublished story. I will be perfectly safe even if you crash into an asteroid, but do you want to do it yourself or would you rather I fly it?"

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"I'm pretty sure I can do it. My skills are solidly intermediate and I do not intend to fly through any asteroid fields."

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