Jun 23, 2021 8:06 PM
kyeo in cascadia
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"There is also widespread disagreement in Cascadia about what makes a person have good character."

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"I suppose that does not surprise me."

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The conversation is interrupted by a knock on the door.

"Who is it?" Lev calls. 

"Francis."

Lev looks around the office, quickly closes two tabs on his computer, then says, "you can come in."

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Who might Francis be?

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Francis is a black teenager wearing a leather jacket and boots which are covered in mud. (He does not step on the papers.) He has three piercings in his left ear and he's wearing brightly colored eyeshadow. 

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"Didn't know you were coming to visit today."

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"Dad said I could. --Who's that?"

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"It's secret."

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"You and Dad always say it's secret like you're James Bond or some shit and then it turns out that you're trying to figure out the effect of a hundred-dollar increase in the child allowance on the work incentives of single moms with two years of high school education."

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"How do you know that if it's secret?"

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"I eavesdrop."

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Is Kyeo meant to not introduce himself, if he's a secret? He looks uncertainly between the others.

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"This is Kyeo and he can't tell you anything else about himself," Lev says, for Kyeo's benefit as much as Francis's. "How was JROTC today?"

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"We learned to build IEDs," Francis says, in the bored manner of teenagers being questioned by adults everywhere. "What's for dinner?"

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"You'll have to scrounge for yourself but Juanita made cookies."

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"Nice!" Francis says, distracted by cookies.

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"Save some for everyone else!" Lev calls to Francis's retreating back. "--He won't," Lev says to Kyeo as the door slams.

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"He won't?"

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"I mean, you know teenage boys. They'll eat everything."

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"Not if they have been brought up to share responsibly."

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"I guess? The kids already had theirs, though, and in the worst case I can get Juanita to make more tomorrow. --I guess you might want some."

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"I have eaten, thank you."

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"On Ibyabek the teenage boys don't end up devouring all the cookies?"

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"I have not heard it said and do not recall it happening when I was a teenager."

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"Wonder how you guys got that to happen."

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