Dec 14, 2018 8:54 PM
an imrainai summons demon cam
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Pizza and ice cream is a reasonable set of foods. But Cam offers Kalia a celery stick.

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She graciously accepts both the pizza and the celery stick. She passes on the ice cream. Maybe they'll be able to develop something in the neighborhood of balanced nutritional intake if she can convince Zana to take turns with other people.

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Cam has no concerns about his nutritional intake, but he puts peppers on his pizza slice.

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Zana is very proud of her pizza. Eventually she and her brother finish eating. They play for about another hour before Connor declares it to be bedtime and Zana declares that this means they need a bedtime story. (They always need a bedtime story. Bedtime stories are very important.)

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Kalia agrees that bedtime stories are very important, and is perfectly willing to provide them. When she's done, she returns to Cam.

"Sorry, probably should've asked if you wanted to be dismissed earlier, you've been here all day. Did you want to work more on identifying summoner relatives of famous people tomorrow, or should I just put together what I can and plan to see you again for the certification test?"

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"I'm happy to help - there's nothing except a handful of casual social relationships, back in Hell, that I can't have here, I don't really need to be home unless I have an appointment of some kind."

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"OK! Uh, you're obviously welcome to stay on Pialral as long as you want, it'd be fine if you wanted to move into one of the rooms and just, uh, have a place to spend the night if that was ever something that was for some reason convenient. I suppose it doesn't matter very much given that it only takes a minute to summon you, but - just say the word whenever you want to go home, and also know that you're welcome on this side pretty much whenever. I'll see you tomorrow?"

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"See you tomorrow. I'll go help myself to a one-bedroom, then, shall I."

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"OK! Goodnight, Cam!"

She has an easier time falling asleep this time; she feels like she's accomplished things that were worth accomplishing, and like she's going to do the same thing tomorrow. She's up bright and early to work on identifying more dead summoner relatives.

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Licensed summoners are less common than schoolteachers; she will be a while finding them. Unlicensed summoning she can't find at all on her own.

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She has a while. It's not like she has anything better to do with her life, honestly.

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By the time Cam wanders in she will have found two licensed summoners and compiled the names of many more family members and noted friends of her chosen famous people.

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"Found two licensed people and a really long list of family-and-friends people who may or may not have ever summoned anyone," she says. "If you wanted to make breakfast I could really go for some toast right now."

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He gets plates. "Anything on it?"

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"Butter and cinnamon sugar, I think."

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Butter and cinnamon sugar on perfectly toasty brioche! He makes himself a churro, perhaps inspired.

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"Thank you!" She turns back to her list. "Politicians are mostly old and probably know lots of dead people, right?"

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"The high-up career politicians are old, anyway, you won't get far going after a municipal department of transportation."

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"Yeah." Time to check the families of all the heads of state and legislators that she can find information on. It'd look weird if all the daeva they found were related to movie stars and authors anyway. If she gets bored of politicians she can check famous businesspeople.

It's kind of nice, getting little glimpses into what lots of people's lives used to be like and who their families consist of. She can't do it forever - at some point she'll have to get up and take a break and play with Zana for a bit - but she's pretty sure she can keep coming back to it for as long as she needs to. Which seems like it'll be kind of a long time, so that's convenient.

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Cam runs a search on her data for people who were not licensed summoners, dividing them into groups of a hundred, then binary-searching when he gets circles, then telling her daeva type. He accumulates a pile of paper circles and tiny model wings.

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Progress! Progress is good. They probably want at least a couple hundred, especially since they don't know how many of the ex-summoners are going to cooperate with whatever specific plan they come up with. That's probably several days worth of work, so she'll also have to contact Rozben and dismiss Zana and get Zana back and at some point switch gears to thinking about the certification exam, but other than that, she's mostly content to focus on adding to their list of names.

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Cam puts on music, after a bit, but is otherwise also happy to work on this all day.

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If she takes half-hour breaks every couple hours then she can pretty effectively keep her brain from turning to mush. She does not think that this would be true if the thing she were working on were less important, but it's true for this. At one point she checks how many people die each day, and haha, wow, that was probably not something she should have looked up right now. 

She manages to go to sleep at a reasonable hour even though it feels kind of like murdering a hundred thousand people. She'll ask Cam if he wants to go home for the night before she does.

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"Nah, my binding allows coffee, I'll stay up here and get some stuff done."

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"OK then. See you in the morning."

Don't think about the hundreds of thousands of people. She's not going to be able to get through this whole plan without sleeping, which means she needs to not think about the hundreds of thousands of people.

She's up early the next day, though, working on the same thing.

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