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Aug 13, 2020 3:54 AM
Amentan Silvers and Vivids continued
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She is equally pleased and embarrassed by the praise over her Luck Ring prototype! It certainly makes her more resolved to get better at the skill. 

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Blues are, in fact, very weird sometimes, but Dasi isn't going to argue if it gets her a job in a household as nice as this one once she's had her twins. She shows up respectably early for her interview, and then waits patiently to be seen, resting on the furniture provided for those applicants who are, like her, pregnant. Five months into a multiple pregnancy, she really can't afford to spend too much time on her feet. 

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The interviewees are treated very nicely and served tiny fruit cakes and juice while they wait.

The blue has a security gray (Lia) and a green friend during the interview.

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 The interview goes normally, except for the fact that the green is clearly one of those weird Art Greens that dress weirdly and do some arcane kind of performance like looking at Dasi through some weird crystal thing the entire time.

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Well, a Weird Art Green or two isn't going to stop Dasi from doing her best! The advertised benefits and pay for this job are really top-notch, and she'll soon have two new mouths to feed! She presents herself as friendly, yet respectful and competent - all of which she is - and hopes that her obvious qualifications will help carry her through. 

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They are impressed. Suddenly, Isteri's husband walks in with one of the triplets, and turns to... Patiri. "Sorry, I think."

"Okay, okay, I shall sacrifice my beautiful green hair. To entertain your little prince. Lia, could you take this and keeping looking at her through it?" She asks like this is the most normal thing in the world. And hands Lia the amulet.

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"Of course," Lia agrees, crossing the room to take the amulet. She smiles down at the little one as she lifts it to cover her eye, and then pauses, staring. Her head turns, slowly, to look at the purple they are interviewing, watching something unseen to the rest of the room. 

Then, acting as if nothing had happened, she hums and moves back to her place by the door, continuing to watch Kadasi Holir through the amulet as Patiri had been before. She can bring up this result once the interview is complete. 

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Kadasi is busy smiling at the smol blue baby, and only barely notices anything odd about Lia's movements. The interview can continue without any interruptions from her.

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Thus, the interview is concluded, and they promise to contact her shortly about it.

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And home she goes, feeling optimistic!

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And Lia brings up what she saw through the amulet, passing back to Patiri as she does so.

"It looks like we'll have to hire her. She and her children have the Gemini magic - it passed from Dateovont to her while I was watching," she tells them, "It took a moment - it was just doing it when I looked through the amulet."

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"That didn't happen to the ones before her."

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"The babies' room is two floors above, they could've been just too distant. ...We should take Dateovont back, through the side door, and check if any other interviewees got it as well."

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She nods, "We should - I could take him back while Patiri checks? There are still more interviewees for you to see." 

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"True and while I want to come off as weird, I don't want to be rude."

They hand the baby to Lia.

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And Patiri checks.

Yup, the magic got one other pregnant woman, it was even the one closest to the door.

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And Lia takes Dateovont back to the nursery. 

Eventually, she rejoins the other two. Once the interviews are over, she speaks up. 

"This changes things," she points out. "If gemini powers pass from the children to unborn twins, we can't take any of the children - besides yours, Patiri - around others during spring and early summer." 

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They nod. "We could take them to the south hemisphere? At least when they are young. Which... is by far not an ideal solution."

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"It would be hard to move around that much, that's at least a third of the year in a given hemisphere and some weird accident might happen. A pregnant tourist from the North could happen to come near them or something. Even if the odds are small." She shakes her head. "...We need to test this, figure out if the distance by which the spread happens is constant, or by what factors it might change. Which means a serious risk of it spreading further."

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"We can do our best to screen for good candidates there," she points out, "We're already doing that, it's just more urgent now. As for moving south whenever it's spring, there's also the effects on us to consider. Swapping hemispheres like that so often - I'd expect at least some of us to start permaspringing. We're going to need to raise them somewhere more isolated than we originally thought, either way - somewhere out of the cities, at least. Even if the range is small, and we return to the city during late summer through winter, we can't keep them locked up somewhere for most of two seasons." 

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Isteri really wishes she had a small bundle of comfort and joy in her arms. "Maybe a protectorate island or remote mountain district? I think I can rent a yatch or something for now and be out in the sea..."

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"There aren't that many unborn twins around this much into summer. The upside is the low risk of spreading further this season. Downside is that if we want to test anything we will have to hurry up to do any test, or import. Or wait until southern spring and import."

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"Do we have the influence to import mothers with twins? It would look very strange, wouldn't it? And, is there some estate out in the agricultural areas we could use while we wait, instead of a yacht? Taking probably six pregnant women, assuming we take the two purples who were exposed, out onto the open sea sounds like a disaster in the making." 

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"We do have some influence, but it wouldn't be trivial to import mother with twins, not at this point. And it would look very strange, we would need to allege some twin specific experiment and likely need to negotiate around the international treaties by having them count as separate credits. I was specifically talking about myself and the triplets staying in the boat, I think we will have a place the time yours come along. And I was also thinking of avoiding places with underground tunnels where... Reds come and go." She fidgets uncomfortably.

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