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Feb 23, 2019 12:27 AM
Jean and Felix in Eclipse
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Jean really never planned to spend this much of his life in high schools.

And yet, here he is, putting on Hamlet.

Again.

He never thought he'd get bored of 'to be, or not to be,' either.

 

...is that. Is someone eating cracker jacks in the audience. During his monologue.

If that someone were not literally fifteen and this were Broadway instead of a high school auditorium he would make sure they never got a ticket to any kind of live theater performance again ever.

Jean projects castle over the stage even louder. If basic manners won't make teenagers pay attention, maybe literal mind control will.

 

Dying on stage is always fun.

 

And curtain and bows and someone hauls out folding chairs and it's time for the Q&A session. Because this is educational, after all. (Because Jean is going to be terribly disappointed if he performed in acoustics this terrible and doesn't find any worthwhile prospects.)

Dom, he projects, as he smiles and leans forward a little and asks "any questions?" Authority. Approachable. Interesting.

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Felix makes his best to pretend that he doesn't know the guy eating cracker jacks next to him. Considering that said guy is his identical brother Trevor, the pretense doesn't work. "First, that was an incredible performance Mr. Dulac, and - I know you have answered this before - but how do you manage to balance the obligations between magic and theater? Especially while performing so well."

If Jean did any research at all on this eclipse school he definitely will recognize the Kingsley triplets, the third one is not is sitting on the left of this one.

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Jean lights up at him -- it's always hard to get highschoolers started asking questions, encouraging the first one seems to work best. He's in fact a little disappointed not to get the full set of the famous triplets, but it's fine, he'll be around a while.

"Well, let me start by saying, thank you, you're too kind. To answer your question, I'm lucky enough to be -- if not self-employed, on the board of directors for my company -- and it's always been a priority of mine to build time for acting into my career. I hope I'm able to offer that same flexibility to other eclipsed whose passion isn't necessarily magic. And, of course, we work to incorporate magic into our performances. I'm sure everyone noticed Serafina here doing some special effects."

(Serafina, a lovely blonde woman still in her disheveled Ophelia costume, smiles and waves.)

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Trevor totally noticed Serafina and winks at her.

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Felix, still ignoring Trevor's existence, smiles and waves back. "I noticed, my brother - the one not in here, he is talking telepathically - wants to know her power set and what other applications she uses it to."

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Serafina smiles ambiguously at Trevor. She's a very pretty dom; she was playing sub, in the best Shakespearean tradition, but now that she's out of character it's impossible to mistake her, even still in costume.

"I'm a mage, and I specialize in moving objects short distances forward or backward in time. From your point of view, of course, that looks like temporarily disappearing or duplicating it -- you saw me playing with the duplication in the duel scene with the swords. When I was your age I was doing mostly telekinesis, and I had companies pressuring me to improve scale or detail to get a better contract, but I was corresponding with Jean and he encouraged me to pursue the temporal angle. When I'm not acting, I do work at CERN -- they're working with such tiny short-lived things that doubling something or preserving it an extra couple of seconds after it pings the sensors can be a big advantage."

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"Oh, we heard about you..." Felix relays a couple of other questions to her from Fenris, but then Felix apologizes and says they should go back to the topic.

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She is more than happy to answer questions about magic and science until they're redirected!

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And Jean smiles and accepts a question from another student, who wants to know about a double-casting decision they made.

(He has a hook for talking to the triplets later, now, which is excellent, since they seem quite promising.)

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A couple of more students do ask Serafina about the scientific applications and implications of her power. But the others ask questions that are more topically relevant to theater, a sub shyly ask for an autograph.

Neither of the two-thirds of the triplets ask for more questions, but they both are paying attention.

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Theater questions autograph scoping out the prospects, looks like there's a handful who might be interested in their more conventional career opportunities but really only the triplets who are worth seriously looking into. Of course someone else might turn up later on, you never know.

Eventually Jean thanks everyone for coming and says he'll hang around a few more minutes in case people want to talk with him but all the other actors are going to go crash now, it's been lovely, good questions everyone.

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And the politer Kingsley triplet wants to ask questions, but they're more along the vein of PR and how to incentivize eclipsed to pursue careers in healing.

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Jean knows a lot about PR! It's ... a third specialty, maybe, after acting and magic. In his experience lots of eclipsed like the idea of healing, people like helping people, he just tries to make it as easy as possible for them to go that way, and to do it in a way that maximizes lives saved instead of profit for medical companies.

He's very interested in ... it's Felix? Felix's own ideas on PR. And is he thinking about going into healing, then?

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"We don't have a plan for PR besides leveraging our," he waves absently, "statistical impossibility to get attention. And healing. Well, the actual goal is immortality and figuring out resurrection. But healing and getting more healers is a good step towards our goal, and a nice one to boot."

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"Immortality and resurrection, hmm?" He sounds a little amused, but like he's amused by the way Felix said it; he sounds like he's taking the idea itself quite seriously.

(It's a very specific kind of amused-sounding. He's good at that sort of thing.)

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Taking the idea seriously is apparently the correct reaction.

"Yes, but a less anti-social approach to immortality than stopping one's own aging and living alone somewhere remote. If anything, we would like to be very prosocial and generous about who gets to be immortal."

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"That's admirable. Do you have a serious expectation of making progress on this, or is it just an aspiration -- not that there's anything wrong with that?"

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"Oh, yeah. We researched..."

Felix gives Jean a basic outline of their plan on how to reach the point where Felix can reverse aging in others. It is partially but not completely dependent on his brothers progress - Trevor is mainly an extra source of income, while Felix specializes in biological magic for healing and de-aging, Fenris is currently working on reversing the need to sleep because it gives extra hours in the day to work on magic and scales very well, then Fenris will get shareable eidetic memory (it boost learning magic too) and then start working on post-cognition.

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(I want you. You are going to be a part of my secret organization I want you you are--)

"That's very impressive," he intends to say, "I'm sure you have a particular advantage in cooperating with your brothers, but I think I could offer you some extra leverage if you'd be interested in..."

 

 

What he actually says, in a voice that's pretending so hard not to be condescending that it's twice as condescending as would otherwise be possible, is, "How nice. I'm sure you'll get to do something like that when you're grown up."

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Other people might've failed to notice the brief surprise, confusion and disappointment crossing Felix's face, but not Jean.

"Well, yes. I certainly agree that is a nice thing to pursue and something that I'll definitely will pursue."

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(somehow none of those are as satisfying as he'd hoped)

"It's good to dream big, I'm sure. You and your brothers seem like good-hearted boys."

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Annoyed resignation.

"Yes, sure."

Trevor, rescue me from this dude. Felix sends so Fenris can relay.

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Trevor detaches himself from the sub he was making out with (did they even knew each other before today?) and gets closer.

"Hey, Felix, time to go."

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"And this must be your brother. The one who wasn't brought up to behave in the theater. Were your parents even around...?"

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And the word "around" barely has escaped Jean's lips and he gets shoved into the floor by Trevor.

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And Felix is holding Trevor back while everyone looks in astonished silence.

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