Sep 25, 2020 6:47 AM
Osirian Isama
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"I hope they don't care who Rabab is sleeping with, as far as I know it's nobody but imagine how embarrassing."

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"I think they'll care that she knows not to get into trouble with anyone in the palace but not at all about whatever she's up to outside."

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"She's very sensible."

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"You have good taste in people."

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"Thank you! Took some practice, but I was good at it by the time I had my own hiring to do."

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So they can get their servants screened and her private rooms (near his, but not shared) set up, and invitations sent to the more tolerable cousins.

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Cousins all agree to attend the royal wedding!

"Now here's a question, what was in these rooms last month?" Ismat wonders. "Were they standing empty in the anticipation of wives? Is Khalil in what was to be a wife suite? Suppose you wind up with eight wives and forty children and they only budgeted for seven and thirty-two, will we all need to move?"

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"They were guest suites," he says. "And I think the servants use them when there aren't guests. I think if I had that many wives then some of them would end up on a different floor of the palace and there'd probably be secret power struggles over which so I'd better not."

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"Well, how many blackmailed crossdressers can there really be out there, I suppose."

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"I have no particular reason to think I'm any more or less likely than the average person who doesn't particularly want a second wife to change my mind about that. I guess I have more options and am also choosier and I don't know how those balance out."

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"I don't think I'd make a fuss about it if it came up but it's just as well if it doesn't."

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"If you disliked her I almost certainly wouldn't. My father gets along really poorly with his father's later wives and it was stressful for everyone and a big waste of energy."

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"Well, pharaohs, do they get much choice about it?"

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"Not really." Sigh. 

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"Long may he live," she remarks.

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Fervently: "Amen."

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She puts her house on the market. Rabab demonstrates non-assassinhood and takes over day to day management of Trilliant with the remaining employees on days Ismat doesn't go out, duck into the back, and teach or conduct interviews; but most of Ismat's work can be done in the dome. She attempts to strike up a friendship with her future mother in law.

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Her future mother in law is very pleased with her and wants to see if she can pick up the magic item making.

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Maybe she can! Ismat'll see if she can translate what she knows into the relevant area of expertise.

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She's tried her hand at making jewelry occasionally but she mostly does sculpture.

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Maybe they can make very jeweled sculptures.

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Sounds potentially interesting!

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She won't likely get it before the wedding but they can make some pretty stuff trying.

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And eventually the wedding day arrives. The ceremony is inside the Dome, though outside the palace proper; about a thousand important people she doesn't know are invited. Everything is done up stunningly in red and gold.

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"Well, that's a lot of people," remarks Ismat. "Why do they even all want to come? Do you know them?"

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