Oct 23, 2019 8:16 PM
Dama in Kith
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"People vote for different people, there's often close races. Not everybody wants the same things out of their leaders."

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"...I'm glad that works out for them," she says, trying to sound less uncertain than she feels.

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"There's an age limit, you won't be able to vote till you've been around for eight centispans, that's to stop people making folks who agree with them just to stuff pollboxes."

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Wooooow that's a bad concept. She makes a face.

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He misinterprets the face completely. "You're still allowed to talk in policy meetings that admit the general public."

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"Is that a lot of them? How long is a centispan, anyway?"

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"About three hundred and fifty sleeps."

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About a year, then. "Who should I talk to to learn more about this? Once I'm more fluent."

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"About - what, voting?"

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"And policy meetings and so on. It's all different here from what I'm used to."

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"I think the civic offices have brochures they put out."

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"Oh, good." Eight years is a long time but maybe she'll find something she's good at before then and if not then at least she'll have time to learn more about governance here.

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"Yeah. I don't know if you can get an appointment to talk to a person about it if you don't have a specific reason you're special though."

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"I mean, if you flash a lot of money at somebody you can probably talk one into sitting with you outside their normal hours? That would be sort of like being special."

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"If there was a library I could just go learn there."

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"You can buy books if you want, once you have money."

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"Are books as easily made as people, here?"

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"No. Well, I guess a really well made person might be more laborious than a book. But they don't just appear, people put work into them, that's why you have to pay for them."

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"But what if someone else bought the books I'd need?"

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"Then you wait till the store stocks more."

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"I can scribe if scribing is in demand."

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"...it isn't. We make them in batches with a press. When a book sells well, another batch gets made."

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"Really? I have to t--oh."

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"You have to what?"

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