Oct 15, 2019 3:53 PM
catherine goes from fairyland to milliways and everybody is very concerned at her
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The kids think this is excellent. Even Tyr and Sigrun are impressed, and this time they seem to be having something somewhere in the neighborhood of fun with it. Zana helps Frey memorize the names of every single animal they come across.

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Oh good.

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"How does one work at a zoo?"

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"Oh. Uh. I have no idea how fairy stuff interacts with getting a salary, do you?"

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"We engage in trade between courts."

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"If you can do it without making the whole population of Colorado Springs endangered should any of them lie or swear falsely or whatever, the way it works is that we manufacture a qualifying job history for you and you learn English and then you go convince them you'll be suitable and they pay you to clean up after the animals."

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"And then you take the money?"

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"...no? Why would I get the money."

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"You own us right now. Also I don't even know what to do with it."

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"No one owns you. You spend the money on food, and rent, and clothes and excursions like this one."

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"Which you are currently paying for."

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"Will you feel better if I'm like, yes, you work all day and give me your money?"

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"Where I'm from it's considered polite to cut out any intermediate steps that entangle other people."

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"Sure. Fine. Whatever. You can become a zookeeper and give Cassie your money and she'll use it to pay for your rent and groceries."

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...Cassie is okay with this but kind of confused about the thought process here?

"Did you, like, tell him that if he has his own money and isn't living off the charity of strangers then he gets to, like, decide what kinds of clothes and food and whatever else he has without having to ask anyone else whether he deserves to have them? Because I find that this is an important feature of having one's own money."

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"I mean we're already pretty willing to accommodate food and clothing preferences if they've got them? But I can try to sell him harder on keeping his money.  I wasn't really sure what he was trying to get at by claiming it was ours."

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"Maybe he's in magical debt to us and wants to get even. I guess it would be kind of weird if he hadn't incurred any."

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He asks about this. 

"Are you in our debt right now?"

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"Obviously? - I know you can't see it but you've been giving me things, if you'd missed that."

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"Do we need to do anything about that?"

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"You'll hurt Cecelia if you lie or swear oaths falsely or -"

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"I can't do that."

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"Hmmm?"

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"Quendi can't swear oaths falsely. Doesn't work if you try."

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"Well, that's one fewer thing that can go wrong, I guess. Are you trying to work out whether you have the right to beat me? You do."

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