Mar 08, 2021 5:22 AM
Scott and Sadde go shopping
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"I dunno," he sighs. "I'm not good with names."

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His mother, however, notices a very small snow owl over there. The other owls seem to dislike it as much as they dislike Sadde.

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Scott observes the owl saga unfold while he tries to think of names.

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"Baby, come here a minute?"

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He sighs but does. The other owls dislike him. The small one doesn't seem to.

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"I think that one likes you!"

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He blinks and comes closer. The owl lets out a soft, high hoot. "Can I have them?" he whirls on the spot to ask the shopkeeper.

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"I don't see why not. That owl has been rather unpopular thus far, so you'll be getting a fairly low price."

He proceeds to offer a fairly average price for the owl. 

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Laura sighs and goes to deal with the whole "purchase" part of the process.

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And Sadde offers the snow owl a finger. It nips shyly at it.

"Are you a he-owl or a she-owl?" It hoots once. "He-owl." It hoots again. "She-owl?" It doesn't hoot. "Okay. I'm gonna call you Richard." Low, happy hoot.

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"That's a good name! You said you were bad at names!" 

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"Scott, honey, we talked about this." 

She pays for the rat. 

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The purchase is fairly easy!

He'll just take her money, and would she like to sign up for this newsletter, or his member's club?

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No member's club, thanks muchly.

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"It's because of Richard Feynman. I'd have named it Marie if it had been a girl owl."

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"Who's he? That sounds like a good way to do names." 

The boy tags along behind Sadde.

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His mother falls into step with Laura.

"Hey. Nice to meet you. Are you new, too?" 

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"In a manner of speaking. I didn't know about - all this - until recently, no."

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"He was a physicist! Marie Curie was one, too."

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"Oh, okay. Jane Goodall, maybe. Wait, is it a boy or a girl rat? I should have asked the shopkeeper."

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"I didn't know anything. My ex-husband didn't see fit to tell me the whole time we were married, and he left just in time for Scott to start...doing magic, I guess."

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"My son was quite the active accidental mage. I knew about magic since he was one year old. But until recently, I didn't know of any other magic than his."

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"You could ask," he suggests, petting his tiny owl with a finger through the cage.

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He heads back towards the shopkeeper, and runs back.

"Boy. I don't know any men who studied animals. I should find a book on it." 

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