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Minor Characters ([personal profile] alicornucopia) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2015-09-25 09:43 pm

here is a door

And now this door is not itself any longer, not quite.
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 04:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"You have an organization designed to support you and you still have to worry about high scool Latin class?" Gloria asks incredulously. "If I, or more realistically my wife, were designing a support system for the only person in the world who keeps a population of malevolent supernatural beings under control, it would involve, one, shock troopers to take some of the workload off your shoulders, and two, a jet of some kind to get you wherever nasty things were nastying their nastiest. Equipping you with state-of-the-art whatever it is you use ought to go without saying. Are these people being incompetent on purpose?"
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[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
"You know, sometimes I'm not sure? The one who's directly responsible for interacting with me is okay by and large. The rest of them I suspect of deeply stupid and unethical Slayer-related behavior, of which 'not paying me' is perhaps more forgivable than some. Latin is actually job-relevant, though. Interpreting prophecies and so on."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 04:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"Do I want to know what kind of stupid and unethical Slayer-related behavior? I suppose it doesn't really matter, does it, there's not much I can do about it from here. It's 2026 in my world, what about yours?"
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[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 04:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"2005. So that's promising, depending on what's within errand reach of your door. But, well, consider that, one, Watchers view Slayers principally as tools for keeping demons and vampires under control, and two, Slayers are non-volunteer randomly selected teenage girls whose title passes only when one dies."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 05:02 pm (UTC)(link)
"You think they're encouraging a high turnover rate?"
cross_and_bow: (k ~ suspicion)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 05:03 pm (UTC)(link)
"I don't think they have incentives to kill off the average Slayer - training does make a difference in effectiveness - but if one doesn't want the job on account of the job not caring if it's wanted or not? Easily."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 05:05 pm (UTC)(link)
"I see. The one you've got with you, you described him as decent, I'm guessing he'd side with you over them if it came down to it?"
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 05:06 pm (UTC)(link)
"Probably. And I mean, I don't object to saving the world as an occupation, I just object to my limited institutional backup and my stupid, stupid power set. I have to punch things. It's really dumb."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 05:11 pm (UTC)(link)
"That is really dumb. I do hope you haven't decided to give in to the idiocy by not acquiring suitable weapons. What I actually meant, though, about your friend, is that it might be worth asking him not to overtly disobey them if they told him to do something nasty to you. Claim you worked it out or avoided it somehow. Having an inside man in a creepy sinister organisation sounds rather useful, don't you think? I imagine if he's with them in the first place he probably wouldn't spy on them for you before they've proven themselves overtly terrible, but."
cross_and_bow: (d ~ eyeroll)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"I have a crossbow, I have stakes, I'm considering various bladed options - my powerset comes with competence at physical combat generally, but it's still dumb. And that's probably worth bringing up with Giles, yeah."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:40 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes...I'm trying to remember what things have been invented in the past twenty-one years, and I'm not coming up with much that's both useful and portable. Smaller electronic devices, sleeker cars, they've started replacing asphalt roads with solar hexes...Klaudia will probably have a better idea, she likes mechanical things."
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[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
"My vampires don't like ultraviolet, I have porch lights that take advantage of that and a UV laser pointer but the laser pointers were invented by someone now dead and the noble work has not been taken up so I can't distribute them like party favors... if you have good automatic translation that knows ancient languages that could help with the prophecies in Sumerian and what have you with less laborious work from my Watcher..."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 08:04 pm (UTC)(link)
"I have no idea whether we have decent automatic translation that knows ancient languages. I know someone who knows ancient Egyptian circa 1800 B.C.E, if that helps. We use ultraviolet light in the club--that's what blacklights are. I don't know about laser pointers, but it wouldn't surprise me."
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[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
"I don't have anything on me in ancient Egyptian to translate, I was hoping for a futuristic widget."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
"I know, I know, I'm just thinking out loud." She pulls out her phone, and starts poking at the screen. "We do have ultraviolet laser pointers...Sumerian, Sumerian. I'm seeing some dictionaries, but no good automatic translators. Do we have UV lasers somewhere nearby, I don't really have time to wait for shipping...Walmart doesn't have it...Target doesn't have it...Radioshack has it. Well, it looks like I'm sending someone on an errand."
A voice comes in from outside. "Gloria? Why are you standing in the doorway playing with your phone?"
cross_and_bow: (e ~ checkout)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Bella peers to see who's speaking.
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 08:18 pm (UTC)(link)
A young woman with long wavy hair, most of it pulled into a ponytail, but with escaping locks obscuring one eye. She's dressed in a skirtsuit and carrying a briefcase.
"Hi, Jeanine, the door got hijacked by some kind of world-hopping bar. I'm trying to help this person who's from the world of Everything Is Terrible And Will Kill You If It Can."
She turns to Bella. "This is my accountant-slash-childhood friend, Jeanine Jennings. Jeanie, this is...gosh, did I forget to get your name?"
Edited 2015-09-26 20:19 (UTC)
cross_and_bow: (c ~ smirk)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 08:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'm Bella. What's your name?"
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 08:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"Gloria. Gloria Scott. What an embarrassing oversight."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 08:26 pm (UTC)(link)
"Gloria, someday you're going to announce that you've found the lost continents of Atlantis and Mu, and I'm just going to say, 'That's nice. Here's next month's budget.'"
"I'm not that bad."
"Every single strange thing that has entered our lives, you discovered. Gloria's turned into a vampire. Gloria's discovered a magical artifact no one thought existed. Gloria's cocktail waitress has been kidnapped and we need to go rescue her before her heart's cut out and sold to the highest bidder."
"None of those were my fault!"
"I'm sure it won't be your fault when you find Atlantis, either."
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[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 08:26 pm (UTC)(link)
"What's the magical artifact?" wonders Bella. "Is it cool?"
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
"It...is keeping the aforementioned cocktail waitress alive. We prefer not to tell people too much about it, because that results in people kidnapping her and trying to kill her. No offense to you, of course, but talking about it overmuch is not a habit I want to be in," Gloria explains.
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[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"All right. Not gonna kill your cocktail waitress."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 08:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"Good, I didn't think so. So, Jeanie--"
"Yes, I will go around front and start setting up for you because you have once again landed yourself in shenanigans."
"You're a peach." Gloria grabs the keys out of her purse and hands them to her friend. "If you see anyone--particularly Hepzibah or Chris--will you send them back here? I have errands for them to run."
"Of course you do. Sure thing," she says, waving the hand with the keys in it and walking away out front."
"That woman puts up with more of my nonsense than I deserve," Gloria remarks.

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