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Sep 22, 2021 5:15 PM
satine discovers an artifact
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"Another sensible choice." She takes the tea and wipes at her eyes. "You seem to make a number of those."

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"I try, Miss Laurent. Please, can you get me that mask? It may be the most important thing you do in your life."

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"I can certainly try.

...and thank you."

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"You're welcome. --I would very much prefer you not be in danger. Shall I have my driver take you home?"

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When she smiles back it's the real one, not the dazzling one. "Yes, please."

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He escorts her to the door. "You make quite sensible decisions yourself."

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"I do try."

 

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When she returns home, Ana is practicing her scales in the living room.

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Lucas is in his room with the door locked.

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She doesn't interrupt Ana-- contemplates knocking on the door-- sits down in the living room and waits for Ana to be done.

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Lucas remains, silent, in his room, for as long as Simone waits.

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When Ana's done, Simone pulls her aside and says "Is it just me, or has Lucas been... kind of weird lately."

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"He hasn't spoken to me all day? I thought maybe he was mad at me. Maybe I did something wrong at the party."

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God. "No, he's been weird to me too, I don't think it was you at all.

--also you sounded really good just now."

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She blushes. "Thank you! I think the secret ingredient is that I didn't know you were there. --What do you think is wrong with Lucas? Is his father after him about the law firm again?"

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"No idea," she says, lyingly. "Could be? Anyway, thank you for confirming it isn't just me, I should probably go try talking to him."

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"That sounds good! You're way better at talking to him than I am."

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That's mostly because Simone is better at talking in full generality than Ana is (and because Lucas actually respects Ana which means he gets tongue-tied around her) but she's not going to say that. She smiles at Ana and then turns and knocks on Lucas's door.

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"I'm busy!"

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"With what?"

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"Helping Ana!"

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Ana looks terrified at this prospect.

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"Well, let me in so I can help you help Ana."

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"I'm handling it!"

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"Last time you said you had a plan that you were definitely handling and I wasn't allowed to know what the plan was, it ended with a car being driven into the Hudson River. Let me in."

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