Jan 27, 2022 7:20 PM
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"And if we don't hate each other but it doesn't pan out, you want to cannibalize it yourself?"

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"Yeah. I've been picking assignments based on their cannibalism potential for two years now, and this should be pretty good even if I end up changing tacks."

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Chloe chews on her lip a bit, looks at the mal goop, and nods. "All right."

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"Awesome." Is that smile too suckup-y? "I'll need the mana tomorrow."

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"What do you store in?"

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"Ivory." That's unusual, among English-speaking students, which Annisa is mildly irritated with her parents about; she would have liked to come in basically culturally American, if the aim was for her to come out allied with New York. Admittedly it's hard to raise your children in a culture you aren't yourself a member of, but you know what else is hard? Surviving your teens. And admittedly American culture seems stupid (proof: Orion Lake is stupid, Magnus Tebow is stupid, Todd Quayle is stupid, Jack Westing was stupid, and she can't think of anyone strikingly smart who'd balance them out; America doesn't produce valedictorians), but it's the stupidity of being under less selection pressure.

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"Ooh. Okay, I'll clear it with the other New Yorkers."

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"If you get back to me at dinner I can start tomorrow."

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"I should know by then."

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The thing she's tempted to say is 'you're pretty cool, for a New Yorker', but she doesn't know Chloe well enough to guess how it'd land. She just nods and gets back to her work.

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The next day is El's show-and-tell with the sutra phase-change spell. Annisa's invited, though presumably she isn't going to be able to afford the spell.

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And she'd have to learn Sanskrit. Thinking about what you'll do if you survive is getting a bit ahead of yourself but she intends to have children by a genius polyglot and hope they all inherit from him, even though her language problem might not even be genetic; none of her siblings have it. 

 

She attends anyway, hums to herself during the recitation. It's a very impressive spell. It'd be useful for the jetpacks, if she could afford it and learn it. 

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It's looking likely that it'll be mostly seniors who'll get it, at least for now. El liquifies lignin in a nice wood specimen and curls it around her precious book. Then she liquifies some silver for a project of Aadhya's and solidifies it very neatly as it gets where it's meant to be.

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