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Minor Characters ([personal profile] alicornucopia) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2014-03-24 03:31 pm

chalk

In Paraasilan, Esmaar, a pair of roommates are about to break a rule that, compared to the one about running in the corridors or even the one about unlicensed teleportation, is there for a good reason.

In unison, they complete their shared spell.

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with Adarin (Aestrix)

with Ekador (kappa)

with Brilliance (kappa)

with the admin (kappa)

with Teah (kappa)

with Katran (lambda)

with Hall (kappa)

with Joy (kappa)

with Kalinda (Christy Hotwater)
taytahn: surprised/afraid/hopeful (alert)

[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 09:35 pm (UTC)(link)
A woman appears, middle-aged, with dark hair and medium skin, wearing an embroidered red robe and thin braids in her hair.

She freezes mid-gesture, and frantically pats herself as though hoping to find something in a pocket. Her look of alarm turns to horror.
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[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Deep breaths. Assess. She looks around.

There are bookshelves on the walls, but that doesn't indicate much. More pertinently, there appears to be some sort of circular design on the floor around her. Almost out of habit, she steps aside to clear the entry point—

—and bumps into something invisible.

This is not the first time she has appeared in a cage.

She reaches into her robe, grasping but not revealing a stylized yet functional dagger.
taytahn: looking at you intensely from under her eyebrows (intense)

[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 09:57 pm (UTC)(link)
The woman watches and waits.

Come to think of it, the fact that the girls look so different from each other is also suggestive. It's not impossible that they're both native, but it'd be somewhat unusual.

Then again, much about the situation is unusual.
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[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 10:01 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'm standing here, aren't I? How did I get here without touching a book? And how do you know Rivenese?"
taytahn: looking at you intensely from under her eyebrows (intense)

[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 10:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Her grip on her dagger tightens a little at we don't need you for long.

The other part made less sense, though, having translated roughly as "Korulen used a translation skill".

"I have never heard of anyone who could translate a language they didn't know," she says, trying to sound casual. "My compliments on your skill."
Edited 2014-05-08 22:25 (UTC)
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[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 10:43 pm (UTC)(link)
The word used to translate "magic" is one she heard occasionally growing up, and more often in her time with the Moiety; it's used to describe things considered incomprehensible and terrifying. Originally, it was most often used for wahrks or storms; later, it was more often used for Gehn or herself.

She is not especially surprised that someone who would take her away from her world would describe themselves in this way.

"Magic indeed," she says, bowing but not taking her eyes off them.
taytahn: eyes downcast (lookdown)

[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 10:48 pm (UTC)(link)
They thought – they're not hostile, she was just unlucky, they assumed

"I – I don't have a book with me," she says despairingly. "I can't go home."
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[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 10:56 pm (UTC)(link)
A terrible desperate hope rises in her throat. Her hand quavers, and she releases the hilt of her dagger for fear of cutting through the silk sheath.

"You can send me back. Because - you're magic." She lets out a single shaky laugh of relief.
taytahn: eyes downcast (lookdown)

[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Between the girl's words, the girl's face, and her own half-disbelief, it's not hard to guess. Her fragile newfound hope shatters.

She seems to be sitting on the floor now. This is probably due to her legs going on strike in protest.
taytahn: eyes downcast (lookdown)

[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 11:08 pm (UTC)(link)
She can't bring herself to believe that. Not so soon after the last time she let these girls give her hope.

And not after the last two children she thought were foolish but well-meaning.

"Sure," she says quietly.
Edited 2014-05-08 23:10 (UTC)
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[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-08 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Their distress seems genuine. That's... possibly a good thing? Not much to do but wait and see.

Maybe she should risk addressing the elephant in the room.

"Why is there a wall here?" she asks, pressing a hand against the invisible barrier demonstratively.
taytahn: eyes downcast (lookdown)

[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-09 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
"So you can't open it unless you can send me home." She sighs. "Oh well."
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[personal profile] taytahn 2014-05-09 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
The woman is fairly good at the general sort of thing that "thinking of something else" is likely to entail, but she's not especially inclined to help these girls avoid getting in trouble for bringing her here. So she says nothing.

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