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Jan 27, 2022 7:23 AM
Jing Yi meets Cascadia!Lev
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Alas, he is going to have to be strong and peel himself out of the comfy warm bed and put clothes back on.

He walks out into the kitchen. "Silly ettiquette question: on a scale of one to ten, how much am I meant to be gone already?"

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"Not at all? I am going to politely fail to inquire about the sleeping arrangements of my partner. Do you want pancakes?" 

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"I wouldn't want to impose, but also yes."

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"I guessed we'd probably have guests, so." He serves them up with maple syrup. "Behold the one thing I can cook."

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"It's more things than I can."

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"I learned it in order to try to get Asher to wake up in the morning, which--"

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Asher somehow wanders into the kitchen with his eyes closed, grabs a plate with a pancake on it, shovels it into his mouth with his hands, and then zombie-walks back to the bedroom.

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"--which worked less well than I hoped."

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"Give yourself some credit, he was at least briefly out of bed."

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"Sleep-pancake-eating."

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"It's an impressive skill. Very Asher." He takes a bite. "These are really good."

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"Have a good time?"

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"It Was A Pleasant Evening."

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Social duties done, Lev is going to take out his phone and start scrolling through something muttering unclear and mostly derogatory opinions.

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"Do you mind if I ask you a stupid question?"

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He looks up. "Go ahead."

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"People keep seeming to think I'm a woman?"

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"Probably because you're wearing a dress. Men sometimes wear dresses in Cascadia but it's not usual."

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"And they just assume that despite the-- everything else? I mean, and the long hair, I do not understand why you all cut it so short, but you definitely do that."

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"When a person who looks like a man is wearing female-gendered clothing many people tend to assume that they're trying to tell everyone they're a woman, the same way that-- do you have other clothing that conveys messages in Great Tang--"

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"We have clothing that conveys class, and sex, and people do definitely try and send more subtle messages--"

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"So we assume the thing people have more control over is the thing they prefer. Especially if you're at a class for new immigrants most of whom won't have gotten to be on hormones long enough to look as androgynous as Rose."

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"So it's partially because people think I'm from Gilead."

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"Yeah, but some people are going to think you're trying to communicate that you're a woman even otherwise."

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"I know you-- Cascadia-- have a thing about personal choice, and I'm a guest here, as such--" ... "--So it's going to be an assumption people will make."

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