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Dec 01, 2021 2:09 PM
Rachel in Astrocracy
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"There's only one, and not for several hours; he has an actual vocation that isn't self-study.  I continue to exercise no authority over your actions and to express no opinion about whether you should look like a human girl or like my cat."

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Rachel demorphs! It continues to be very gross. She continues to not acknowledge this in any way. She really does not want to wait hours to break the most important news in the world but her impatience does not change the fact that dropping it on Jackie alone would not actually be helpful. At least it gives her time to Frolis maneuver herself together a new cat form so she doesn't have to keep stealing Princess's face, and maybe try some other morphing experiments.

"You mean, like, a job? I would think so! What's he do?"

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Jackie passes Rachel the sweats and socks.  "He does gardeny maintenancey things at the park.  And designs like, fancy perfume bottle stoppers and stuff."

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"Cool! Hey, speaking of jobs, what might I be able to do, here?"

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"How old are you?"

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"Sixteen!"

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"Then school."

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"Well yeah, but like for part-time jobs? Summer jobs?"

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"I haven't been watching out for who's hiring around here.  . . . We are, like - I'm still not committing to anything, let alone on anyone else's behalf, but - Ian's hospitable; he took me in when I needed a place to stay, and he's not like, stretched tight financially.  Y - I would be pretty surprised if you ended up having to work in order to live and stuff for a while."

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"Well, thank you! I do sincerely appreciate the effort you're going to for me. Ian took you in? That...says good things about him."

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"I haven't really gone to any effort for you and probably I won't.  But yeah, he's good, for the most part."

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"For the most part? And you took me back to your house even when you probably thought I was crazy or lying; that's effort."

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"I think almost no one exists who's good for the whole part.  And that's just basic hospitality; what else was I going to do, leave you there."

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"...Yeah. Yeah, that's right.

And...I think in my city, someone from another world wouldn't get a ride from the first person they ask. If they're really unlucky they might even get the cops called on them under the theory that they're probably crazy and if they're crazy they must be dangerous.

...I suppose that kind of thinking did help us fight most of our war with the aliens in secret, which saved lives on both sides."

It's so weird to be able to just talk about it.

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"Calling the cops on you seems kind of like a primo example of the exact thing I'm trying to avoid."

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"That is very good!"

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(It isn't.)

"Sure."

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