Jan 20, 2020 10:47 AM
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"Eeeeeenh," Alli makes a buzzer sound. "Population one. That we know of, I guess."

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"Two, my parents are both alive."

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"Right, sorry. Plus at least one without a medallion."

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Jenny is still stewing in a mix of guilt and priest-directed rage, but manages a confirming nod.

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"You guys knew?"

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"The only reason to keep it a secret was the concern that there might be somebody somewhere who would start a war over it, but sphinxes actually were extinct and the 'were' is because of how Isabella's mom conjured her up. And I don't think she's going to declare war on me. So I've been gradually rolling out the tidbit and we're going to go properly public at some point."

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"Isabella's a-" Words fail Emma entirely and she just gapes.

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Alli pokes Emma in the rump a couple times without much of a reaction, save for a tail swish that looks like a reflex. "Did you break her? Man, May, I think you broke her."

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"Isabella's mom doesn't like it when things are extinct. So she tried to make a baby sphinx and a dragon to bring up, but the spell only worked on extinct things so Isabella's an only child."

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Emma's tail smacks Alli, this time rather more intentionally. Emma herself just stares at May in bemusement. "She, um. Doesn't like extinct things? That's, uh. That's a reason, I guess."

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"...have you not met Isabella's mom? Cause this would make perfect sense if you have ever spoken to her for more than a minute about global warming, trust me."

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"She's very environmentalist."

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"Oh. No, I don't think I met her." She frowns in thought. "Isabella isn't particularly, is she? I don't remember it, at least."

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"She - gives the topic more thought than any random passerby probably does but does not feel as strongly about it as her mom."

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Jenny lifts her head out of her hands looking both upset and annoyed. "I need to- just gonna- be right back," she mumbles, and heads to the counter to ask to borrow a phone. She's got some very pointed questions to ask her priest.

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Emma watches her go in concern, but decides to wait till she's done. Instead, she asks May, "So, uh, if you're not a wyvern, what's different?" She smiles slightly. "Guess I know why I haven't seen you in fullform, but is it just the shape? Um, sorry if it's a weird question, just- dragon."

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"Wyvern tails have barbs and mine doesn't. And dragons have a cool magic power. And if I produced wings they wouldn't replace my arms, and I don't know if wyverns actually ever have horns like mine or my color scales."

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"...I don't suppose your cool magic power lets you make medallions," Emma says wistfully.

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"I would be extremely reluctant to use my cool magic power to do any magic intended for use by anyone but me. It suppresses magic that's on me, personally, which means I can cheat a lot at spellcasting, but I wouldn't make an object with that cheating and hand it to somebody else. Me and Isabella still plan to work on that among other things but don't have a shortcut."

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Emma only understands maybe half of what May's talking about, but she gets the gist of 'no such luck.' She hadn't been hoping, exactly, but her face falls a little anyway. "I- yeah, it's okay. I'm just, um," she gestures at her lower half, "kinda tired of being stuck in Avalon."

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"I get it. I'm sorry. Maybe someday we can stop hiding altogether."

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Alli snorts. "Our grandkids, maybe. I'd rather not turn into a lab rat."

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"I'm not sure becoming publicly known is quite on the level of being a lab rat."

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"Yeah, but I also don't wanna be the one to find out?"

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"There's a huge number of critters. I would want to coordinate something with most or all of us at once."

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