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Sep 30, 2022 9:07 AM
anakin has two moms. no not like that. unless... [thinking emoji]
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"So what have you learned lately?"

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Maul is happy to talk!

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And she's happy to listen.

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Salí takes him with her to select the site for the new estate, and has him acquire it with her supervision - involves him heavily in the physical and systems design of the estate - and she leaves the Naboo estate under the care of another handmaiden for a time so she can assist him in establishing the estate, but once they're actually ready to move the family - 

"You're ready to take up the mask," she informs him. "I will continue to mentor you and lend my aid, but this estate is yours."

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"Thank you, handmaiden. I will strive to be worthy of it."

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"See that you do."

"It will be Palpatine who names you."

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Let's go see her now, then.

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"Salí has told me you're ready, handmaiden."

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"Yes, Mistress."

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"Then come, and kneel, and recite your oaths."

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He does so, speaking in a low, fervent voice.

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She watches with a heavy gaze.

At the end: "Your oaths are accepted. Rise, and take up your mask, Handmaiden Bastí."

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She does so. donning it carefully.

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"How does it feel?"

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"It feels correct, Mistress."

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"You wear it well, handmaiden."

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"Thank you."

There's a smile underneath the mask.

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Wonderful.

"We're ready to move my family to the estate," she says. 

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"It stands ready for us."

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"Good."

Then: logistics?

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Logistics.

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Moving a kid firmly in the back half of Being A Toddler is probably the most logistically interesting part of that. (Anakin had NOT wanted to PACK or get on a SHIP or leave her ROOM.)

Fortunately for Basti, handling that had been firmly Elesse's job, and Anakin's now calmed down and switched into 'asking five million questions about space.' Also she's been reminded that the Cool Animals that Elesse shows her pictures of sometimes are what they're going to see, and she sometimes gets into tangents about that. Also space cats. Elesse are there cats in space??? Can Anakin have a kitty? They're going to cat planet and she's being very good (now), she thinks she should get a kitty, that seems only fair -

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There are occasionally cats in space, but only in spaceships. There are not, to her knowledge, vacuum-adapted cats. Anakin is being very good (right now), but there are no cats on this spaceship, and given the aforementioned lack of naturally-occuring cats outside in space, any acquisition of a kitty will have to wait until at least their arrival at their new home. And given that a kitty is a long-term investment, Anakin shouldn't get a kitty if she's going to get bored of it quickly and stop paying attention to it and taking care of it. So if Anakin's still interested in kitty-acquisition by the end of the trip, they can revisit the question. They could investigate what sorts of things a cat needs to be happy in the meantime, if she wants.

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She needs that broken down and re-explained a few times (the future is weird and possibly fake, still; she kind of has an understanding of 'after' or 'later' now but she's still struggling a lot with the difference between 'five minutes later' and 'a day later' (a week later is basically never, she's pretty sure)).

"I want kitty forever," she assures Elesse. (She also hasn't figured out tenses yet. Has Basic considered being less complicated?) "Happy kitty." 

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