Sep 26, 2022 2:18 AM
Cam and Warrior Cats
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"I will probably get used to this. Eventually. Should I just fly there or what?"

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"It's probably motorcycling distance."  She names an address in the town Cam drove out to last night to pick up omnilol after dark.

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He will hop on his motorcycle and head out.

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And here is a tastefully decorated establishment, with heads in laps, the description of an elaborate color-coded wristband system posted on the wall, and a serious-looking bartender.

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Gosh, what do the wristbands mean?

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They appear to signal what kinds of drugs and 'affections' the wearer is open to.  Alcohol's on the list; none of the others are recognizable.

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Presumably "here to mention that I wanna collect bribe money" is not on the list. Is there a "just business" one or something?

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"Not participating" is indigo and "first time" is a pale yellow charm clipped on one of the holes.  ('ALL wristband charms MUST BE RETURNED before exiting the premises of Laxtrict.  Theft is a crime.'  And on a neatly-markered index card taped next to the sign: 'Disposable wristbands do not belong in the charm basket. Being inconsiderate to staff is rude. Tip your Arbiter.')

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He will take an indigo and a yellow charm and venture further in among the people. Can he... tell... which of them are the "tame" solquinoxen?

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They're the ones with black metal bracelets instead of plastic wristbands, but even without those it's mostly possible to spot them by vibe; they're the ones who have a head in their lap, and/or are petting someone's hair, and/or are giving a massage, and/or are dressed very sharply, and are all looking completely composed and unnaturally gorgeous as opposed to on drugs and with a usual range of attractiveness.

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Any of them currently unoccupied-looking? And maybe not in an obviously predatory mood while he's at it.

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Here's one.

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"Good day! It has come to my attention that your gemini collective or whatever you call it has a fund for appeasing powerful entities, do you know much about that?"

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". . . Good evening.  An interesting question, and conveniently one I had been reading up on earlier this very day.  Are you perhaps an interesting person, or a convenient one?  Or: both."

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"I am unambiguously interesting and ambiguously convenient, why do you ask?"

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Cam receives an appraising look.

"I would like to establish that I have not been drugging my brother's cat."

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"...oh, is it you with the mysteriously appealing treats? How do you get them that way without drugging her, then?"

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"I don't know about mysterious.  Do people usually achieve deliciousness via drugs where you're from?"

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"To my knowledge I'm the only human who can talk to cats so I'm not sure how you achieved culinary superiority but I suppose it's not impossible."

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"It isn't particularly difficult to discern what food a cat does or doesn't like if one pays attention.  And this is presumably even less the case when she is, apparently, secretly a person and applying her intellect to communication."

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"Well, congrats on your five-star feline cheffery. Unrelated to the appeasement fund though."

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"Quite.  How shall my less incidental geminis contact you?"

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"Write 'letter to Cam' on the correspondence. There is no step two."

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"How terrifying.  Are you interested in any more-immediate deals; I expect this one to take some time to process especially if you have no legal or financial identity."

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"Go ahead and pitch me."

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