Dec 07, 2021 1:16 AM
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El does some of hers, pausing occasionally to go through some yoga poses and stretch out.

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New York probably has some hangers-on do Orion's homework in exchange for protection, which is a completely reasonable division of labor. (Annisa wants to get into New York so badly). It's weird that Orion is awkward about this. Maybe El's been rude to him about it and now he thinks most people will think it's unethical? 

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Eventually El has to go do her maintenance shift.

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After a digression into how maintenance shifts actually work Orion volunteers to clean the labs with her.

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"Clean the labs", huh. Annisa's not going to third-wheel a maintenance shift. She cheerily wishes them good luck and puts up a couple more wards because working here alone seems potentially risky.

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"Don't fuck with my carrel while I'm gone," says El, but she doesn't back it up with a particular threat so that's friendly.

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Honestly a great day, all things considered. On the way back to her room she ropes some people into a trip to the vending machines and uses Jack's tokens to buy herself....a canned wet Vietnam-era combat ration, okay, she'll stash that in her room for sometime when she has to miss dinner.  

 

And before bed she'll swing by El's for Jack's stuff, less the shirt.

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El hands it over. It's all there. "When during the course of me doing your Marathi are you gonna get me the divining rod, you said two weeks?"

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"I can do two weeks, yeah. If you find any grubs, pass them over, so your divining rod can have its fill of blood."

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"Any kind of grub?"

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"I haven't noticed a difference. Agglos don't work because the divining rod can't do anything to them."

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"All right. I'll save 'em for a few maintenance shifts if I can get a jar."

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"I'll pass you one in class tomorrow." And she heads off to her room, which has a crawler in it, camouflaged above her bed and evidently waiting for her to fall asleep so it can drop on her face.  The warning gives her enough time to cast a spell, even though her spells tend slow. She chops off its limbs with her knife telekinesed, and then uses soon-to-be-El's-divining-rod to finish the job. "See?" she says brightly to the rod when the crawler stops twitching. "You're a weapon. You're a weapon that can detect your enemies."

 

 

And she sleeps.

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A while later, after Orion spectacularly saves a bunch of people in the library reading room, El is... out of it. It's a miracle she hasn't been killed by six things dividing her between them if she's been walking the halls like that.

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" - did something bite you before Orion exploded it? You look like death."

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El doesn't answer.

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"I don't know what happened to her, she wouldn't tell me."

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Annisa pokes El with her divining rod. "Well, she's not presently cursed, unless I did it." Possibly that was an unwise joke to make, she's not sure Orion has a sense of humor. "Is someone doing her homework?"

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"...no? I don't think she's behind, so hopefully she'll... shake it off..."

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- has Orion Lake ever in his life planned for a worst case scenario or does he just go around effortlessly squishing mals. She knows the answer to that question. Who's language-track with El - "Liu?"

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"I can pick up some of her work if she's not better by tomorrow morning," says Liu.

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Orion looks concernedly at El for a bit and then he gets up, drops his power-sharer into his pocket, and starts - routing mals from every corner of the cafeteria, much to the consternation of anyone who was hoping to eat something they were hiding behind or sit beneath their ceiling haunts. He finds a nest of decent-sized ones and effortlessly squishes them and then, practically glowing with mana, he stomps back to the table and shoves all of it into El.

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El yelps and gets up and does - something - Liu shrieks, a couple of passing freshmen fall over -

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Wow Annisa would like her life to feature less of Orion Lake doing things! Other than killing mals, that's objectively fine. It's honestly kind of an argument for Boston over New York; he's the son of the new Domina and he's clearly a lovely human being but she just prefers to be somewhat less at his mercy than New York is inevitably going to be. 

Does El look okay, though?

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She looks a lot better! She sits down hard.

Liu murmurs to Orion, "What did you do?"

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