Feb 16, 2019 7:13 PM
an Isabella and a Margaret in Eclipse
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"Yup. Unfortunately, leaving when he's told to is enough that the faculty don't care to do anything about it."

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"That's the trouble with institutions like schools, they have to come up with a set of rules that mostly works most of the time and then stick with it, instead of trying to get the right answer every time."

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"That's a good way of putting it."

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"Thanks. Sometimes I wonder if control training has a bad case of that. Not that I think anything could make it not stink, but I bet it could be made better for at least a subset of people if it didn't have to be so one-size-fits-all."

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"Well, if you run a virtuality there can be more of them to choose from."

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"Ooh, true."

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"Maybe eventually they can be meaningfully distinct instead of one size fits all government stuff."

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"Yes. Even just things like shorter exercise periods more often, or longer exercise periods more rarely. . . . Now I kind of want to take a physiology class at some point."

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"Ooh, good thinking. I got pretty screwed up, they had to send me to a mage and I need the cane more than I used to anyway."

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"I got a bit screwed up too, believe it or not I was even shorter when I went in and now I keep losing track of my knees and elbows."

"If it's any consolation you really pull off the cane as a fashion statement."

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"Thanks." She gives it a little twirl.

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"So did you daydream about getting magic a lot as a kid?"

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"Yup. Got the one I wanted too. Alex was so glad it wasn't him, I would have bossed him around."

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"Congrats. I mostly daydreamed about being a mage and healing people and giving myself a unicorn horn, but I really liked getting psion. Who's Alex?"

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"My twin brother."

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"Oh, cool. I'm an only child; having a twin sounds nice."

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"I like it. I miss him but I can telepathy him from here so it's okay."

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"Neat! I take it that goes both ways?"

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"Took longer to let him initiate conversations but I could hear him reply while I was trying from early on, yes."

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"That sounds way more convenient than email."

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"It's pretty great. I just bug him whenever I'm bored and don't have enough time to make it worth getting into magic practice mode."

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"Nice. I just read tiny chunks of book at times like that." She gestures at the neglected history of cryptography.

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"Am I keeping you from your book?"

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"Oh, not at all, if I'd wanted to read instead of meeting people I'd've stayed in my room. Am I keeping you from anything?"

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"Nope. I mean, I wouldn't be bereft if you had to run but nothing time-sensitive."

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