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Apr 09, 2020 4:00 AM
the classic twin trope strikes again
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"Ah, that's a shame. It seems most magic systems can't be shared easily. I have a few small items we traded for, at home, but we only managed to collect one magic system - the twins will apparently be manifesting powers when they turn four." 

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Yeah, Ken will wait.

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"Oh, can you share that? I am a twin."

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(Angel figures she might as well stick around too.)

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"I don't think so," he says regretfully, "From what I understand it can only be passed on before birth." 

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("So we are magic," Tobir says, nodding, "I thought so.")

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That's still hard to believe, but Heri nods.

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"That's too bad, but..." he shrugs.

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"What sorts of magic things do you have back home?" 

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"A few things. A ring of invisibility, a visor which shows the wearer's surroundings - though the power source for that has almost run out. The remains of the system we used to keep in contact with Milliways. I should actually go back to get all of them, before we settle on a world to move into." 

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"I thought we were gonna go to the other Heris' world?"

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"Well, we should ask Kenta's mother what she thinks before we decide," he points out.

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The Henries look at each other. Very meaningfully.

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Remi notices this, and frowns. "It seems as though you expect trouble from her," he observes. 

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Henries, in synchrony, look between Remi, Heri and Tobir.

"We definitely think you all should stay together."

"I absolutely don't think Kenta should be separated from his mother.

"Me too, but... our version was not... ideal."

"To put mildly."

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Tobir grabs Heri's hand as though this will prevent anyone from separating them. 

"She's bad for Heri but not for Kenta?" He asks, uncertain. 

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"Ah," Remi closes his eyes, regretful. "If I'd known where Sirien had taken him..." he sighs, "No, I couldn't have. Raising them together could have easily become a death sentence for all of us, if the wrong people had noticed. I might have been able to take him somewhere else, though."

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"She is not." One Henry answers Tobir.

"And we are not going to separate you two." Reassures the other. "And you did the best you could given the information you had."

"But... wherever you go, I think at least one adult set of clones of me and Gabe should come along with."

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"That does seem like a good idea, yes," he agrees. He frowns. "Do you think she's likely to want to go back? Rather than moving to another world? I'm not sure I could conscience sending a red child back to Amenta when there's an option to safely remove him from it. Strictly speaking," he sighs, "We should also be evacuating some of our neighbors, if we're leaving for good. Though of course there's trade-offs there, in that the disappearance of a large group of reds would likely send the clean castes into a panic... and the reds as well, come to think of it..." he trails off. 

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"We're not leaving for good," Tobir insists. "We're gonna come back when we're older and fix things."

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"I'm sure you'll try," he agrees, tired but fond. "You're too much your parents' child to do otherwise." It's entirely possible they'll never get a door again, however, he doesn't point out. Tobir can be very stubborn.

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"We have to go back." Heri says nodding at Tobir. They have to return to stop reds from being hurt ever again.

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The Henries nod. "Gabes are lucky at finding Milliways doors, and one advantage of our world is... our abundance of Gabes."

"But we still should look at our other options."

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"Ah. Well, that does make evacuating less urgent," he agrees. "Still, there remains the question of her reaction to all this - what is her name?" He asks Heri. 

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