For the city that hosts the congress of nations, Deqla looks surprisingly uncrowded to the eye. The streets are all relatively wide, letting in plenty of sunlight and allowing sufficient of room for bicyclists and pedestrians to coexist with public transport and delivery trucks, while only a handful of buildings cap out over ten stories tall. It was a city that was designed by people who knew what the future would look like, and had plenty of budget to make whatever was needed to further Aramaia's status on the world stage to visiting diplomats and dignitaries happen. Further away from the congress and the local universities, the work is rather less extravagantly maintained, but even the side streets are well lit and relatively clean to help keep crime statistics down. What they don't have is a lot of people in them on early weekday afternoons, which makes the fact that her appearance is completely unobserved a bit less unusual.
"Well, improbable might be more accurate. All the individual things have perfectly rational explanations, it's just taken together that she ends up looking like a miracle worker sometimes. When we were younger the most obvious one was always her multitasking; she and Gemina would spend a whole study session helping the rest of us with essay outlining, and then it'd turn out that despite being busy the whole hour she'd have already plotted out her own essay in detail. Between that and her people skills I can't say any of us were surprised that she chose to go into politics, though Gemina was holding out hope on her getting a degree in math for a while."
"She sounds like an interesting friend to have. Who's Gemina?"
"She's the smart one of us misfits; er, that's the name of our friend group. There's me, Karen, Gemina, Maya, Jaron, and Jennifer, which is pretty much everyone that might drop by to visit unless one of them happens to have a sibling tagging along. I'm pretty sure you'll get along with all of them if you want, though there's no pressure if you get busy or overwhelmed or just not interested."
"It'd be interesting to meet some more people. It'd help to get a handle on the local culture, and also I just like them. People in general, I mean."
"I'll let them know they don't need to hold off, then. Do you have any close friends back home, or is that the kind of topic I should be avoiding reminding you about for now?"
"Well, I sort of did. I used to play roleplaying games in high school, but when we went to college that group broke up and I haven't seen any of them for like a year... In college I had a brief but pretty intense romance with that girl I told you about, the one I helped escape her family. Her name was Opal, last name Essence - it was a bit of a joke but it stuck, she didn't want to keep her family's last name for obvious reasons." She shakes her head.
"We supported each other really sharply through a hard time for both of us - I'd just moved out and was having a real time of it getting my feet, and of course she had her family to contend with. I made a lot of memories with her, but it got kind of messy and complex and ultimately ended with us breaking up half a year in. There was another girl she liked more than me, and I could see that... holding on to me was hurting her... So I stepped aside." She rubs the back of her neck. "Still. She taught me a lot."