The nicest thing about graduation, Bea thinks, is that in the brief window after breakfast and before the flames burn through, most of the mals are migrating down to the graduation hall. So it's possible to let one's guard down slightly more than usual and not feel too bad about it. And if you go two to a room instead of separately to wait for the cleansing to finish... it's not like curfew's being enforced.
"It'll be a couple days before we could get to you, probably..."
"Dani's closer... And I can stall - or try to hide for a bit..."
"And we can make a plan for what'll be needed."
"Might be able to send you out the gate with some of it..."
"...Not too much of the really creepy things, please."
"...DNA sample doesn't have to be big. We can just stick it in something. And that kind of test will probably be the hardest part. I can throw together an evil lair. But I can't leave traces of specific people."
"I'll do what I can. Helping is what friends do, after all."
"I'll look at what I have and work on lists for later."
"Sounds like a plan."
They can focus on the snack bar feast and general alliance celebration the rest of the time until Induction, then.
No objections from Luthien's corner. (...Though she's going to have to wait all the way until after dinner to work out her tension with El...)
El has faith that she'll survive.
Possibly by the skin of her teeth.
How much she hates waiting definitely helps with idly building mana, though.
So actually it's good for her.
She'll need more convincing about that.
El will see what she can do about that.
Luthien isn't sure if she should be excited or apprehensive.
Some of each, perhaps.
Hmmm... A good compromise.