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Jul 12, 2020 1:43 AM
Margaret in Medallion
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"Should be prepared for them to know stuff we don't. Even if we wait a while."

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"That could be a good thing, if we play our cards right. We could recover all sorts of lost inventions. But yeah, it's another thing to be careful about."

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At this point a waiter brings them their bills and regrets to inform them that they need to close up the restaurant.

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"Whoops. Okay. You're the one with the euros, Margaret -"

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"Right, yes--" she hands over the appropriate Euros, puts the remaining few back in her wallet.

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"Merci," Isabella tells the waiter. And out they go.

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"I guess the one problem with teleporting is that neither of us can offer to walk the other home. . . . Which means I'm tempted to suggest we just wander around Paris for a while instead."

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"Sure, that sounds lovely."

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Paris! It's gorgeous!

Margaret is quietly beaming at everything, but especially at Bella.

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"That is a beautiful sunset that I hope doesn't ruin our circadian rhythms."

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"Yeah. I don't think it's making me tired yet." Though possibly she wouldn't notice if she was, what with the ongoing stomach butterflies. Now that they aren't talking shop she doesn't have anything to distract her from them.

"Alsoyou'reprettier."

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"Aww, thank you. You're pretty too."

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Eeeeeeeeee 

"Thank you!" Big silly grin.

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Giggle.

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It's getting a bit too dark to see much sightseeing.

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"Probably time to go, uh, west."

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"Yeah. I'll see you next Saturday?" That was not supposed to sound like a question.

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"See you then."

Margaret may have a little cheek-kiss.

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Oh gosh!!! Bella may have a little return cheek-kiss and also Margaret's face is as pink as her true form is green.

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"Bye." And Bella teleports away.

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Margaret heads back to Seattle, still beaming, does her daily tadpole maintenance, and hangs out in her room as a dragon for a while, just enjoying how awesome everything is. She had a daaaate! With a girl, which is pretty weird and messed up, but she's a dragon who runs a web store and is trying to create immortal frogs, so "not weird and messed up" wasn't really on the table. Besides, it's Bella, anyone in their right mind would want to date her if they knew how cool she was (which they don't, because she has lots of secrets and trusts Margaret with a bunch of them!). And Bella enjoyed the date and they have another one in a week!

Eventually post-date warm fuzzies turn into post-date "remembering every single thing she said or didn't say and worrying about how it was understood", so she goes to distract herself with her website. Even if there hasn't been any activity, she still has this morning's new medallions to post.

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She has more orders! The news has reached a couple more Avalons.

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Nice! She gets the orders boxed up and ready to go in the mail first thing on Monday, and updates her spreadsheet of which species are most popular. Then she spends the rest of the weekend alternating between homework, enchanting next week's batch (this world be so, so much more annoying if Bella couldn't recharge spell diagrams), and adding the option to leave reviews/comments on her website.

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She gets reviews! This person doesn't like the clasp on their medallion and is now stuck with it for the rest of their life. This person thinks you should examine a human foot for a solid hour before you take the plunge to determine if you're okay with having toes. Most people leave comments more like "I finally got to go down to the beach" and "churros are way better fresh".

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Awww, it's pretty great that people can get churros and go to the beach and things now.

Clasp person gets a reply saying that most of the magic is actually only on the medallion part, and they can swap out the chain if they're okay with it not being magically durable and not resizing itself when they change shape. Also she makes a note to herself to get a couple more kinds of clasp because some people ever take their medallions off, and to offer "make nearly arbitrary objects durable" at the same time she sets up "get your potentially enchanted objects inspected."

Human foot person is very sensible: toes are frankly ridiculous and even perfectly normal ones look malformed. She has nothing to say to them or any of the other commenters; mostly she's relieved that nobody is seeing glitches or got a human form with medical problems or anything like that.

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