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Oct 02, 2022 4:25 PM
Zeke and Rebecca graduate
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Okay! My dad wants to take your family to dinner. He was thinking ramen but I don't know if you guys like ramen?
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ramen would totally work!

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great I will forward you the reservation info!


She does this.
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should i meet you at the airport or the ramen place or another time and place that exists

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ramen place!
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cool! see you then i love you

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love you!!


Mr. Dillard has reserved them a private room at the ramen place in question, and when Zeke's family arrives the Dillards are there. Rebecca has had time to go clothes shopping so she's not borrowing her sister's things any more and is wearing a silky silver-colored dress, and has also had time to go nuts at a Sephora so she's got a little makeup on too, and had gotten hair extensions to tide her over till her actual hair has recovered from her Scholomance cut. "Zeke!" she exclaims when she spots him.

Also present are Rebecca's sister Beth, just one year younger and very closely resembling Rebecca; their brother John, who is presently 15; and Judy, who is six now and still looks between Rebecca and Beth with some puzzlement about the situation.
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Zeke is wearing a tailored black suit and an orange tie; it makes him look like he’s being 6’7 on purpose, suddenly elegant and formal. He seems simultaneously much healthier and much more sleep deprived than his scholomance median. 

His father is only a few inches shorter than him, and looks very athletic for probably-fifty-something; his mother is nearly six feet tall, and a bit alarmingly thin. His older brother, Damien, looks like he just stepped away from a high fashion photo shoot where a mal ate his puppy; his younger brother, Lincoln, is eleven years old and SO EXCITED about everything.

”Rebecca!”

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Rebecca is wearing reasonably practical flats - she refused pumps - and zips right up to him for a hug.

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Hug! Lifting-her-up-and-spinning-her-around-only-a-decorous-and-appropriate-amount! More hug! 

“You look so pretty I love you I missed you!”

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"I missed you!!! It's always very weird to go a long time seeing people every day and then NOT see them for DAYS in a ROW!" she squeals, giggling when spun. "You don't think I went overboard, with the hair and the everything? -"

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“Your hair looks super nice! Did you use - a hair growth thingy, or something?”

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"Pff, no, it's a mundie thing, I don't have a spell for growing hair."

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“Oh! Like makeup except for your hair, cool.”

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"Yeah, exactly! These are my parents, Dan and Cass, and my sisters Beth and Judy, and my brother John -"

"Hi!" says Beth.

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“Hi!” says Zeke to the tiny cute child. He had sort of forgotten what tiny cute children looked like. “I’m Zeke, this is my mom and my dad - they’re Warren and Edna - and this is Damien and this is Lincoln!”

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”Charmed,” says Damien.

”It’s lovely to meet you!” says Edna.

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"Are you WIZARDS," says Judy. "I want to see magic. Rebecca won't show me ANY magic except the one where when she does it I fall asleep."

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“We ARE wizards! But magic is super shy around people who, like, aren’t wizards, so we can’t show off the really flashy stuff.”

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"Well show me SOMETHING," insists Judy.

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“What is a rose? But a petty flower,

Bred with thorns that merely hiss;

A hint of a massive, faded hour;

A rose? No, merely - artifice,” says Damien, drawing a rose from his sleeve and presenting it to her with a flourish.

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"Ooh," she says, and she tucks it into her collar and bounces back into her chair.

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The Bannisters settle down into the chairs that look like they should be thus settled.

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"So obviously Rebecca's had a lot to cover and not enough time to go into much detail," says Mr. Dillard. "We know the, ah, broad strokes, but what can you tell us about yourself, Zeke?"

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“I can figure out spells in twenty languages if I, like, have a dictionary, and my affinity is for layering spells, and my mana handling isn’t great so I don’t usually do big stuff all at once? Right now I wanna learn this one thingy for really short-range teleportation, where the range gets better and better if you cast it a bunch in a row, but I’m definitely not gonna learn it in time for - I guess that doesn’t have a deadline anymore actually, I’ll just finish learning it whenever.

I like - clouds, and trees, and the sun, and whatever? Kinda missed those. And having a gym that’s just a regular gym is cool. And I like Rebecca a lot, thank you for making Rebecca.”

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