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Dec 01, 2021 1:34 PM
I decided that he needed to get some sense knocked into his head
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"Let me actually introduce you guys. Trevor, Felix, and Fenris Vasilis," he says, gesturing at each in turn, "from Athens. And these here are Chloe Rasmussen," the girl from earlier, "Jermaine Thomas," the snickering boy, "Magnus Tebow," magnanimous boy, "Scott Harris, Anna Brisbol, and Jackson Newman," gesturing at three freshmen who had not been in the queue with them, "from New York. He," and now he's pointing at non-enclavers, "is Geoff Martin, from Atlanta, that one's Theodosia Richmond, from Portland, and that one's Violet Carlson, from Florida."

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Felix smiles all around, with some added polite questions relevant to people's families when he has the relevant knowledge.

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Trevor can be friendly too. Jermaine gets an eyebrow wiggle.

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"Are you doing better?" Fenris asks Scorpius.

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Jermaine raises an eyebrow at Trevor but shrugs it off and, after a wave to the Athenians, resumes his conversation with Geoff and Theodosia.

"- hm? Yeah, I'm alright," says Scorpius to Fenris. "Helping out with the politics and all that, I bet Nico will be so proud of you guys."

    "You're Jomanah Vasilis's grandkids, right?" asks Chloe. "That must be so cool, I bet she had a lot of stuff to teach you all."

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"We are and yes she did. Mostly to Fenris who is the alchemist of our trio, but both she and our other grandmother came up with some recipes and Fenris got some advanced theory."

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"I already mentioned the antidote to Scorpius, but they invented brand-new recipes that combined their purification and coating affinities. There is a drain cleaner that wards off mals and a spray meant to go on surfaces that should glow if anything with malice touches it that they developed."

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"Don't go sharing the trade secrets with any pretty face, you two."

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Felix pinches his index and thumb together. "Just try not to make people uncomfortable for five minutes."

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    Magnus perks up at that list, whistling low. "Can those even be made by freshmen? That would be pretty great to trade."

        "I'd guess not," says Chloe, "but still useful to have for when they can make them."

"Don't worry about that," says Scorpius to Felix. "Discomfort is very easy to dispel when you present people with something to induce greed."

    "It's not greed," counters Magnus while Scott sniggers. "It's just business sense."

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"Nico and our juniors are going to do it for us, closer to Field Day because applying the drain cleaner once before and after is the most efficient."

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"It works pretty well on only just your room, but if your neighbors also apply it, it's an extra layer of separation between you and the mals. We might offer a bulk discount."

Fenris doesn't say that the mals would want to eat the neighbors instead of you. But that is just the default in the Scholomance. Which might be why his voice got flat again.

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"Boys, boys," Trevor tells both Scorpius and Magnus, "you're both right. It just makes good greedy business sense."

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"I'm just the muscle," shrugs Scorpius, which seems to really irritate Magnus for some reason.

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"Don't say that. There are also so many other parts of you that are attractive."

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    "What Lake means to say," says Magnus, "is that he's too stupid to have a real conversation."

        "He's not -" starts Chloe, but Magnus interrupts immediately with, "I know he isn't but that's what he's saying."

Scorpius is just grinning a bit idiotically there.

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"Aha, at least he is not fishing for compliments."

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"Why... are you saying that?" Felix asks Scorpius.

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Fenris doesn't mention when Scorpius used the same term earlier, but he gives him Scorpius a look while thinking about it.

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Scorpius waves a hand. "Magnus is exaggerating. I just don't have patience for politics or all this enclave stuff. You're much better at this than I am, Tebow."

    "Granted," shrugs Magnus, "but Magistra Rhys would still be irritated."

"Pretty sure 'irritated' is just Magistra Rhys's resting emotional state."

    "...also granted," agrees Magnus, and the other enclavers all nod along with that, "but you're dodging my point."

"Sure am!"

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Felix exchanges meaningful looks with his brothers. "It's pretty understandable to be put off by it? And anyone aiming for Dominus of New York is going to be... really devoted to the goal," he says diplomatically.

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"Very much. It might shock you guys, but I really don't want to be the political enclaver."

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    "I never would have guessed," drawls Magnus.

"You really shouldn't complain, Magnus. You want it, I don't, pretty much everyone else is fine handing you it, just keep it."

    Magnus looks like he wants to come up with a retort but can't really think of one so he shrugs and returns to his food.

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"So, how is everyone finding your classes?" Felix says in the tones of 'crazy weather' but it's less awkward than the silence. "No jokes about finding spells," he tells Trevor.

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