A few days later Alvara gives Rafa a call. Does she want to have an interview with that healer they talked about?
"Of course, but it would save total spell-casting time."
"I mean in order for the skeleton to get those properties in the first place, wouldn't it take several years of people associating squeamishness with it? Or does it borrow the squeamishness people have for skeletons in general rather than for that specific instance?"
"Oh, I meant the general squeamishness people have around skeletons and the other symbolic associations."
"Makes sense. And is really cool."
Well, would they like to sign these non-disclosure agreements and get to see what one of his covenmates is up to?
Fernando agrees as well (after a brief text message exchange with his mom). So they do.
Mostly of the process is explained by an intern. They are working on an interestingly integrated ward effect for someone's house (they don't disclose if it's a vacation house or not). There was already a minor monitoring ward that recorded images of whoever got in or out of the property. Good but outdated, done a decade ago when magical wards became a fad due to their new accessibility.
Their job is going to be to carefully unravel the current ward, then replace it with a new version that is cleaner and harder to break, and line the walls with these metal disks that produce an effect that pushes people away. People wouldn't be able to hold or step onto the top bricks properly. They are going to use the same effect on the area around this tree house as an invisible safety net.
The monitoring ward is going to be done by the coven proper in situ, but most of the warding disks are being done in batches by the interns.
Oooh! ...why the tree house?
Well, it's the most likely place for someone to fall from a dangerous height, they tweaked the disks such that people can still walk over the area, but if they are moving vertically their momentum will be redirected so they will safely slide off.
Oooh yes good idea this is really awesome!
They try! Here are some more technical notes on how to actually do all of that.
She pays actual attention, asking targeted questions and showing overall excellent understanding of the theory and practice.
Of course she does! Or at least it's of course to Fernando, but he and everyone else are impressed. Fernando also provides some commentary because he has an obvious interest in kinetic magic.
Are they going to show them anything else?
Indeed that was all they had to show for the day. It was a delight to have them here!
It was a delight to be here!
Back to school?
Back to school! Fernando kisses her once they leave the building.
She kisses back and giggles. "What was that for?"
"You are amazing. That is all."
"Why thank you, so are you. I had fun there."
Fernando kisses her again. "Love you."
She kisses back. "I love you too! But also I'm curious what this all gains us."
"Contacts, letters of recommendation, even a future internship. Mom says that even mentioning that you've met someone important can reflect well on you."
"Hopefully I can keep impressing important people then."
"As long you meet sensible important people you won't have a problem with that."