Jan 18, 2020 6:43 PM
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May and Isabella write Joel the white stag leader of the Christina Lake Regional Avalon. He is surprised. When he calms down, he has some suggested tweaks, which they make, and then they start envelope stuffing, a task accomplished substantially with magic.

They include, after some deliberation, a fundraising scheme: Isabella can heal people and they're planning to run around visiting lots of Avalons. If anyone would like them to visit their Avalon sooner rather than later, they can bid on the privilege, and while they're anywhere Isabella will heal needy parties. (They suspect, but have no affordances to test immediately, that May might be able to soak up some of the side effects of the healing, like an eaten spell. They mean to find this out as soon as possible.)

Before they mail out the final letters, it occurs to May to call her friends back in Toronto. She starts with Alli.
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"May! Hey! How's the middle of nowhere?"

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"It's nowherey. Is this a good time?"

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Alli checks her watch. "Sure, why not. Unless it takes more than an hour, I'm meeting people for dinner."

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"I mean, that's very much up to your reaction. Remember how I'm a dragon?"

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"Wait, you're a dragon?!"

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"I'll take that as a yes. So, the day I was born, somebody who was very sad about how extinct dragons and sphinxes were cast a spell to conjure up baby extinct things. She did not get a dragon, because look how not extinct I am, but she did get a sphinx."

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"Merde, ce n'est pas bon. Are you okay? Did anything happen?"

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"No no no I'm fine. She doesn't bite. The conjurer tracked me down - wyvern turns up out of nowhere, apparently this is kinda suspicious - but they're friendly. And it turns out that somehow the spell managed to pull my entire personality to give to the sphinx. We even have the same voice and handwriting. Although she's white. Might be that sphinxes never intermixed with Asian populations or something so she couldn't look like me and be a sphinx."

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"Oh wow. So what, now you have a sphinxy twin sister? How does that work?"

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"Okay, let's stay far, far away from the sister terminology? Like, very far away, because we are also both bisexual and she has her head in my lap and before I called you we were making out."

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Alli bursts into hysterical laughter, which eventually winds its way down towards breathless giggles. "You didn't! Man, this is why we're friends. Well, also the crazy dragon thing, but- but-" aaaaand the hysterical laughter's back.

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"I thought it was the hours on a plane together. I'm crushed. Anyway, I want to tell Jenny, but I'm not sure how she'll take the girlfriend thing, let alone the magical duplicate extinct species thing."

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"I think you'll be okay..." Alli says uncertainly. "I can't remember her making a fuss about anything, anyway. And isn't that friend of hers gay? The tall guy in band?" She huffs. "Enh, I don't know, I don't have a questionnaire for this stuff I ask people to fill out. But if I had to guess, you'll be fine."

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"I'm going to lead with the girlfriend part. If she cannot handle the girlfriend part she does not get special advance knowledge privileges on the dragon sphinx thing."

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Alli shrugs. It then occurs to her that May cannot see her do this, but she elects not to care. "Seems fair to me, I guess. Let me know if she gets weird about it and I will make judgy faces at her?"

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"Sure. I'll let you know. Oh, and the girlfriend's name is Isabella."

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"Oh thank god, if it had been 'May 2' I would have gotten so confused."

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"Pff. No. Probably if we were both named May we'd start going by April and June just to disambiguate."

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"Hah, okay, that is just too nauseatingly cute. I have to eat after this, you jerk."

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"I wish I had more cuteness to share, but we haven't been dating very long. But now I know your weakness. So watch out."

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"Hey, us magically impervious folks have to have some weaknesses. It's only fair to the rest of you."

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"Very sporting of you. I'm gonna call Jenny now."

And so she does.
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"Hey! Long time no talk, what's up?"

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"Couple things are up. Thing one, I have a girlfriend. I don't think you knew I was bi, so this could be surprising."

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"EeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEE!"

Pity the dogs near Jenny's house. Pity them.

"Oh my gosh you have a girlfriend! What? When? How? That's so cute I want to know everything, tell me things!"
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