Margaret Peregrine is a high school sophomore. Most of the time, she's either at school, at the school robotics club, at the school chess club, or doing schoolwork. Today, she's cleaning out her late great-grandmother's attic.
"I don't know of anything else to do in Bolivia so without teleportation it would never have made sense to go."
"There's probably something else to do there, but yeah, cool tourist locations are definitely not well distributed for people who have to travel to get places."
Their crepes arrive! Mmm crepes.
Mmmm crepe. Mmmm fraises.
She probably should not attempt to hang out with Bella all day, that would be irresponsible.
"I have things I need to do today and you probably have more important ones," she says with only a small amount of regret.
"Uh? Okay. ...this has been nice."
"It has been! I'd like to go out again sometime when you're free? Like next weekend or something?"
"That sounds good! Your turn to pick where."
"Hmmmm . . . pyramids of Giza?"
"Ooh, good one! I bet those are good to fly over. Invisibly."
"Yeah! I think they don't usually let tourists go up close to them, but we can get as good a view as we like without disturbing anything."
"Is the Sphinx right there or is that a separate trip, I don't recall."
"Huh, I don't remember either. I can look it up. I hope it is, that would be amusing."
"Regrettably I don't know of a giant dragon monument."
Giggle! "Statues of magical critters are pretty rare in general for how common they are in stories. --Guess you're just special."
"Or my ancestors had dumb priorities."
"Maybe at some point we can figure out how all the legends ended up how they are."
"Yeah, I don't really see a better route than interviewing people who were there. And it's not really a priority."
"If we wind up able to raise the dead we need to be sure they won't just start trying to feud again."
"Yeah. We'll want to put a lot of thought into the ordering. See if we can find records of anyone agitating for peace and get them before anyone doing the opposite."
"Yeah. I guess going by personal vouch won't do because somebody at some point was probably like 'now that it seems my enemies are dead, I'll settle down and have kids' and the kids remember them as a nice person not in a feud."
"Yeah. It is any amount of evidence, but it's not a guarantee. Maybe knowing that anyone who gets killed is likely to get resurrected again will discourage feuding."
"Or at least limit it to nonlethal methods but those could still be bad."
"Yeah. Well, we have a whole lot of spell development time before we need to have this figured out." How did a pair of teenagers end up in charge of the future of their civilization anyway? At least one of them is Bella.