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Mar 04, 2021 6:51 AM
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"People... name soup... where you're from?"

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"I mean, not always? Sometimes it's just whatever was in the pantry and it's not a recipe exactly. But lots of recipes have names, or titles." 

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"It's called 'this is what the market stall I like was selling cheap'," shrugs Maurabel. "I'm sorry Daline scared you earlier, by the way. I've told her you're going to move out soon."

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"Mmm. I wasn't that scared, it was mostly just awkward and I worried she'd, I don't know, steal your things or something. Anyway, how was the rest of your day?" 

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"Pretty ordinary. I'm - of mixed opinions on coming back to school next term, actually."

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"Oh. Um, is that related to me being here now or a different thing?" 

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"Sort of both? It gives me something else to be doing. I haven't learned all known magic but I'm getting there and can probably figure out a lot on my own, and they take a bunch of my money, and it might be more valuable for me to be working on smuggling elementals to your world and trying to integrate them there."

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"That makes sense. And - it doesn't seem like the university is a great place for you to be trying to recruit other people who also want to free and smuggle out elementals?" 

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"Yeah, it's terrible for that. I mean, no place is actually good for it but school has, y'know, people who are accustomed to using elementals all the time."

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"You know, I'm a lot more impressed now, that you ended up deciding it's not okay to enslave elementals even though literally everyone else you know thinks it's fine. I - think it's a lot easier to see that sort of thing from the outside, I'm sure there are all sorts of things in my world that you'd think were terrible that I didn't manage to notice." 

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"Well, I could go check."

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"You should come, once I know how to get back and forth more easily! I would really like to introduce you to people I know, too. Trev would think you're great." 

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"And he's already lifebonded so I won't have to be paranoid about it! There's something I already don't care for about your world."

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"Fair. I guess you could meet my parents, and my Uncle Van and his, um, boyfriend, and they're all lifebonded already so it wouldn't be a risk." She realizes halfway in that she has no idea how Maurabel's world feels about shaych people, but it's too awkward to elide at that point. 

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"His - huh. Okay."

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"Do, er, people in your world ever fall in love with other people who're the same sex as them?" 

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"I did not know it to be a thing between humans."

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"Well, I don't know about humans in your world but it's a thing in my world - I actually know another lifebonded couple who're both men, they're the ones who taught me the weather barrier spell." 

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"You sure know a lot of people this has happened to."

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"Right! It's kind of weird, it's not representative at all - I think I might know most if not literally all of the lifebonded people in Valdemar. I guess there's sort of a thing where - my friends are more likely to be the sort of people where the gods are meddling in their lives?" 

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"That doesn't make me feel very reassured about the odds of it happening to me."

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"...I guess you might have a point, although I still think it'd be harder if our gods didn't know you existed until I found your world by accident. But it's true I'm not sure what They do and don't know." 

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Maurabel gives a little shiver. "Well. If I help you commit grand theft I should probably not be nearby after that regardless of the romantic hazards in your world."

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"Mmm, that makes sense." 

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"And we can nip back and make further raids once they're out of harm's way."

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