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May 15, 2021 4:32 AM
Amentan Silvers and Vivids continued
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Seni notices he is there. "Mika? What are you doing?"

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It is a lot of words! Her eyes are very wide by the time Tepam finishes. The visible part of her face - the lower half is hidden behind a book, and her forehead covered by pale lavender bangs - looks about half-eyes.

"You gotta breathe more," she tells Tepam, worried. She peers at the ring, "It's very pretty. Is glowy rings the only thing you can do with the magic?" 

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Mika pauses in his comparing, "I'm trying to figure out if the ring gem is the same colour as your hair," he tells Seni. He holds out his hand, adorned with the glowing ring, to let Seni get a better look.

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"But why?" Seni says pulling a strand of his own hair to compare.

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"People tell me that. And you can do lots of things with magic, but that's what I learned today."

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"Cause that's why I picked it! Mum let us pick our first rings to enchant from a big basket of them and I wanted to pick one that matched someone I knew, and I thought this one was the same as yours and Karo's and Teo's so I picked it." 

He holds up the ring to get a direct comparison, squinting between them, and then whispers 'aglimmer' to turn it off. He grins, "I think it is the same!" 

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"Ohh... what kinds of things?" She kicks her legs a bit, finally lowering the book to show the rest of her face, "Are you gonna learn more tomorrow?"

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"Mama and aunt Lia do protection things, warming, cooling, healing, luck, a bunch of things." Pause. "Tomorrow, I will do more glowing rings and I think I might learn two different types or rings, but I will be crafting more rings because that's how you get better at magic."

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Seni nods. "Oh, and if you pick one that matches our hair you get to pick a colour that matches three people. That's clever."

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"...Uhhm I didn't think of that but that's true," he agrees, blushing a bit. That's a bit more forethought than he usually puts into things. "I didn't find any that matched anyone else before I found this one." Hmm, "Here," he pulls the ring off his thumb and offers it to Seni, "Does it work for you too? You say 'aglimmer' to turn it on and off."

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"That's a lot of things. Is it just you and," she looks over at Lesi, settled in a nearby chair with her ring, which isn't doing anything obvious to an observer this far away, and Mika, showing his ring to one of the blue triplets across the room, "those two learning?"

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Nodnod. "Mom said only we can do it. Because they were pregnant with us when they got the magic."

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Seni tries saying "aglimmer" and then tries something with a similar meaning in Voan.

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The first one works, the second one doesn't. The ring continues glimmering at him, the light the same shade as his hair is.

"It's a trigger word," Mika explains. "Mum picked that one since most people here will know what it means but we don't say it much." 

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"Oh... that's too bad. It sounds like it would be nice to learn. And that means there's only five people who can, right? That's not a lot." It'd be hard to be one of only five people who could do something special.

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"It really isn't." Tepam says, thinking it'd be hard to not be one of only five people who could do something special. "Maybe there is a way for magic to fix that."

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Seni thinks it's a nice color. "Oh, okay. Could it be any word then? Or something that isn't a word?"

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His eyes go a bit distant as he tries to pull the instructions to the front of his mind. It's hard, but... "I think you can make the trigger any sound, with not too hard a change to the... recipe?" He says the last bit uncertainly, not knowing a better word. "Movements would be harder, cause that's a bigger change." 

(It is a nice colour, it's true. Like the sky.)

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"Can magic fix magic?" Sefoni asks, thoughtful, "I guess we have other kinds of magic, right? I'm sure one of those can fix it."

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Tepam nods. "Dad is trying to use the crystals to duplicate magic things."

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"Cool, maybe we could set up things like underground farm lit with those? Or full-day farms. I don't know if plants need darkness too."

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Slow nod, "But this is magic people, right? We can't copy people, can we? That would mean less babies." 

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"I think maybe some plants do?" He hums, "I don't know a lot about plants. But underground farms... that would mean a lot more food!" He bounces a bit, "Aaand... if we could do warming magic things in peoples' houses we'd need a lot less power, right?" 

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Seni gives him a rare smile, he always takes his Determination blessing to mean being serious. "It would. We should tell the adults that."

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"I was thinking of copying the magic, not the person? The crystal can copy people, but it's like brain uploading, but with magic instead of computers, but you can still people." 

She asked if they could use that to give her a twin, it's unfair she can't have one. She is not literally the only non-twin among the children, but it sometimes feels like it.

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