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Sep 19, 2020 7:28 PM
Triplets and Triplets in Resonance
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"Yeah. Are you okay?"

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"...I wouldn't have blamed you if you'd decided to stay. Or if you wanted to leave entirely. That was..." He glances at the door, sighs. "Well, not what I was expecting to walk in on." If he'd been less distracted he would have been more careful about making sure Felix didn't get a look inside the room before he'd made sure Aleixo and Angél weren't getting up to their... usual antics, in there. He supposes it's a good thing they weren't. 

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"What? It's really okay. Everyone has their own pace."

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Smile. "Yes." 

"On that note... lunch?"

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"Lunch! And no worries, okay?"

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"Okay." 

Does Felix know any good places to eat around here? Gabriel hasn't spent much time in this part of the city.

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Felix has not, but they can figure out.

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It'll be an adventure. 

But first, another long trip in an elevator. One of the downsides of the top floor. 

He's not quite sure how to start the conversation again. After a moment, somewhat tentatively, he asks, "Did you live in São Paulo before, or did you just move here for university?" 

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"We did, actually. We went to the Paulo Coelho Institute."

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"Oh! We would have liked to go there, they're well known for their magic curriculum. It wasn't... prestigious enough, though, in our grandfather's opinion. And he preferred we focus on other areas, though he didn't mind if we took some classes on it as well." 

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"Wow. Is he the sort with strong opinions on their descendants' careers?"

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"He is, yeah. Our family owns the Anes Group - he wanted us to go into business so we could contribute to the family's fortunes. He also had custody of us, so his opinions were of more relevance to us than they would have been otherwise."

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"Yikes. I am sorry."

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He smiles at Felix, "It's alright. We're out of his control, now, though he'll still have Beatriz for another year." He shakes his head. "What about your family? What are they like?" 

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"I am sorry to hear about Beatriz. And our family is great. We are adopted and both our adoptive mother and aunt are in magic. Our mom basically coordinates all magical public works in the Rio state and has always been supportive of me and Fernando desire to follow her footsteps, and then Thomas when he came along."

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"That sounds amazing - ah, 'when he came along'?" What an odd phrasing.

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"Oh," Pause. "The three of us were taken by human traffickers when were babies. And separated. We only met Thor when we moved to Sao Paulo, and a classmate recognized him in one of those amateur magical clubs."

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He stares for a moment.

"...That's horrible," he begins, once he's determined that Felix is probably not joking, "It also sounds like the plot of a soap opera."

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Felix chuckles despite himself. "It sure is. It made the news? I don't think we showed our faces, current gifted protection law enforcement is good enough for that, at least."

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"Oh," he thinks back, "That - does sound familiar, now that you mention it." Pause. "What happened to Thor? Obviously he's alright now, but..." He shakes his head, "Sorry, that's probably personal. I'm glad you found him. The idea of having grown up without either of my brothers-" He shakes his head, "I can't even imagine it."

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"It's not that personal. The traficking ring got dismantled and he got shuffled around until he ended up with a woman that raised him as an aunt. She was not particularly good, but not particularly bad in his opinion. And yeah, it was a shock. But... we are used to it. The similarities and divergences are sure amazing to behold."

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"Huh. What kinds of similarities do you mean?"

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"We are all kind of ambitious in a pro-social way? Except, Thor will claim he wants to do that because he wants to have statues of himself. Also, we are all bi. That sort of thing."

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He laughs a little, startled, "Really? So are we. Bi, that is. When it comes to pro-social ambitions, I think we vary more. We all want to help. We have different opinions about how to go about doing that, though. I think if Angél were given the option he would prefer to wander off into the wilderness and fix things as he came upon them. And Aleixo gets very frustrated with working within the system. They're both here because I am, more than anything - I convinced them it would be worthwhile to get a formal education." 

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"Aha. Meanwhile, I think Thor is the only one of us with a problem with formal education, and that's partially because he wouldn't be able to get into it. Not a lot of money growing up. He is also tempted by the fix things as coming upon them. And so am I. Only Fernando is good at the sort of higher impact thinking, but he is the one that would wander off into the wilderness, or at least the most likely to."

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