Dec 13, 2018 12:31 PM
loki falls on the grandmaster
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"What's your sister like?"

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The other three have drifted away to continue their conversation about symbiote politics.

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"Thor is very cheerful and violent and honorable. The picture of an Asgardian warrior princess."

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"Not the qualities I'd pick for a monarch but I've seen plenty of places do great with way worse."

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"Well, obviously she wouldn't be my first choice."

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"Who would be, if you could choose anyone?"

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"Me!"

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He laughs. 

"No other perfect rulers hiding among the common folk?"

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"Not that have come to my attention."

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"So tell me," he says, smile playing on his lips, "what makes you the perfect ruler?"

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"I paid attention in statecraft lessons. I'm smart, and as is culturally necessary I'm good in a fight even without magic - beyond what I needed to be able to safely handle a blade in the first place, anyway. I think long-term. And I can admit when I've made a mistake, like claiming an apartment that's far away from everything without considering how hard this would make it to take people back to my place."

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He grins delightedly.

"A valuable trait!" he says, "I do just happen to have a bike parked downstairs."

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"I've never ridden a bike!"

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"It's fun! I would say it feels like flying but you know what that actually feels like."

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"If you'd like to learn, I can also turn other people into birds. But it does take more practice than just riding the bike you already know how to use."

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"You know I've refused that every time the Grandmaster has offered but you seem less likely to forget to turn me back. How much practice?"

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"It took me a few weeks. And I had to shapeshift every time I failed because I picked my kind of bird for airspeed - and it can't take off from the ground, or walk."

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He laughs. 

"I love your priorities. There weren't any fast birds that could walk?"

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"Not this fast! And I don't need it to walk now that I can fly. When I change I can arrange to have the new form be anywhere as long as it overlaps at least a little, so I wind up near the top of my head and have plenty of altitude to be getting along with."

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"How fast are we talking?"

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"About a hundred miles an hour."

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He whistles.

"Nice. My bike can't beat that, though I can get to the edge of the city fast enough for most purposes."

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"I like being a fast bird."

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"Better than being a slow one! Not better than having hands but you really have the best of both worlds there."

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She wiggles her fingers at him.

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