Dec 13, 2018 1:59 PM
Mariko discovers magic
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She laughs. 

"Oh well. I can probably pass you off as my apprentice if you can keep pretending."

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"What does pretending consist of besides saying you taught me and letting your sons pick my outfits?"

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"Honestly even if it's terribly unrealistic no one's going to question it too much. Though, if you have political ambitions you might want to the story to hold up a tad better."

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"Can you help with that?"

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She nods.

"You'd have to actually be my assistant. If you're truly talentless with fashion, I could claim your skills were in marketing, if that'd be easier to manage but you'd still have to show up at fashions shows and parties and make a good appearance."

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"I'm not sure I'm innately talentless but it's not something I've paid attention to before."

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"You could fake it for a few years and then have a dramatic change in interests once everyone has gotten used to you."

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"Sure. What are the basics I'll need to know to fast-talk people about it? And if there's specialized vocabulary I'll want to know it in English too, in case anyone would otherwise be suspicious about the gap."

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She looks at the twins.

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"Mom," they say in unison. 

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"You're the ones who brought her here," she says in an amused tone, "And I'm very busy."

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They sigh.

"Fine."

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"Sorry. I can self-teach if there are books?"

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"As long as you don't get really obnoxious."

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"I don't think of myself as really obnoxious but I admit I'm not sure what you have in mind."

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The twins shrug.

"You seem fine."

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"If you do get obnoxious we can throw books at you then."

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"I'd rather you tried verbal reprimand first."

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The twins laugh. 

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Their mother shoos them.

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They give her a brief summary of terms and current trends. They're a little distractible, but not terrible teachers and they seem genuinely enthusiastic about the subject.

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Mariko takes diligent notes and asks intelligent questions about semisynthetics and shades of indigo and the use of ruching as appropriate.

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There's enough that they can't get through it all at once, especially since she'll be expected to know the details of their brand and some fashion history as well.

A few hours in the twins decide that they're done. They leave her with a pile of fashion magazines and some websites.

 

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