Dec 07, 2021 1:52 AM
wwx meets chu chu
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"Literally what do you think I'm going to do if I'm not supervised."

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"Blow yourself up."

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"Would I do that? I wouldn't do that."

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"Well, I don't know, maybe if you wanted us to trust you you shouldn't have tried to fucking take Monday morning shop."

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Chu Chu has been (metaphorically) lost for the past week or so. (She has been, on a few alarming occasions, literally lost too.) Everyone else seems to know what their doing? And she has the basics. The very very basics. But not much else.

(Apparently there are some Americans that are probably even more lost than her? That sounds pretty scary. She hopes their doing okay.)

So she has very little idea what to expect in Intro To Lab. Hopefully... not anything... scary?

But she is going to go over to where the people who speak the one language she speaks and look like they know what they are doing are.

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"Hello!"

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"Don't say hi to random people!"

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"Uh, she's not random, she clearly has a Chang'an powersharer."

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"If she's not random why have we never seen her before in our lives?"

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Wei Wuxian, who couldn't pick out any of the members of Chang'an enclave in a lineup, shrugs.

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...So she should probably know these people. There are a lot of people she should know and does not yet-- And yes, that looks like a powersharer... probably? Probably a powersharer. (She totally knows what they can look like! Yes. Definitely.)

They must be from one of the other Chinese enclaves and... that does not narrow it down. She has barely memorised the faces of the people from Chang'an she talks to. She has no clue what city these people are from, let alone who they are or whether they're friendly. ("Friendly towards her" and "friendly towards Chang'an" are, unfortunately, separate questions, she's coming to realise.) 

"Hello, I'm Chu Chu, and I'm... new?" Is that an appropriate answer to why she does not know them and they don't know her. She hopes it is.

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"Well, yeah, everyone's new. This is freshman Intro to Lab. Unless you failed last semester so you have to retake it?"

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"You don't retake a class if you fail it, dumbass. You get eaten."

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"New to the... enclave...?" Is that the right answer? Is she meant to admit that? She had enough trouble with people in middle school and now she is at a high school that might eat her and has ?alchemy? class and she is. Not prepared. What is she meant to do in this situation.

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"How do you be new to an enclave?"

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"You're new to the enclave!"

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"I was six! That doesn't count!"

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...she was aware enclaves were like families, but maybe not how much? Seeing as this person is apparently new despite being part of it since he was six.

How does she answer this?  And what has she got herself into?  "I was... eligible?... for induction... by surprise."

...NAILED IT.

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"Man, you must have great test scores. --I'm Wei Wuxian."

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"Jiang Wanyin but everyone calls me Jiang Cheng."

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"Lan Wangji."

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... she actually was pretty close to the top of her class in biology back in middle school. She is aware that is not the tests he is talking about, but it isn't technically a lie so she doesn't have to correct him. "Nice to meet you all!"

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"How do you be eligible for induction by surprise?"

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...and here she thought she had managed to escape this line of questioning. She wants a good grade in human social interaction, a thing that is both normal to want and possible to achieve, because otherwise she is going to be eaten by... social interaction.

She is pretty sure she should not give the full answer. Because the full answer involves things like "a family friend worked out I was magic" and "he used to be part of the Chang'an enclave but-- something happened?" (There was too much shouting for her to follow what exactly happened) "he decided to-- possibly because he was dying? he looked like he was dying-- try and throw me into the induction circle" and "I am pretty sure this is not how inductions are meant to go." Any part of that is probably very politically sensitive but she has no clue which, and so she should not say anything to the people from this enclave she can't identify yet.

"Did you hear about Xiao Jinli?" Because that is the one thing that she knows is... a sensitive subject, but not politically sensitive.

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"No idea!" Wei Wuxian says cheerily.

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"He died."

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