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Ivan Xav Vorpatril ([personal profile] middlingalong) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2016-02-17 06:33 pm

miles to go before i sleep

Karaoke is a charming old Earth pastime in which music which normally has lyrics is played without them and supplying vocals is left as an exercise to the participant. Ivan was coaxed into going by a local handing out drink vouchers for the bar which offers the activity, and there he got slightly tipsy, sang the only three Barrayaran songs in the entire catalogue, made out with a somewhat drunker girl, got her number, and stumbled home while some Earthling was stumbling through interminable verses of some song. It has not been a bad evening.
last_one_out: (6. you won't believe)

[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:07 am (UTC)(link)


Between the tubeway's exit and the embassy's entrance, there happens to be someone coming the other way on the sidewalk who looks a whole awful lot like Ivan's cousin Miles, if Ivan's cousin Miles had suddenly and inexplicably grown a fashion sense.
last_one_out: (5. it could be worse)

[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:14 am (UTC)(link)
"Hi," says the stranger who is not immediately pointing a weapon at him. "Can we talk?"

That's... not Miles. Miles natively has a Barrayaran accent much like Ivan's, except when he comes over all hills-like, and he can do a good Betan much like his mother's, but he does not have any settings that sound like a Londoner.
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[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
"That's one of the things I was hoping we could talk about, yes."
last_one_out: (a. it's not the same)

[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:17 am (UTC)(link)
He glances around. "Not here? Not your embassy, either. I want some semblance of privacy that I won't have to pretend to be Miles Vorkosigan to achieve."
last_one_out: (3. without a doubt)

[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
"Nah, go ahead," he says.
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[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:23 am (UTC)(link)
"Sure," says not-Miles agreeably. (His accent is not quite entirely London-centric, but whatever else is in there, it's not familiar.)
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[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
"The thing is..." he starts, when there isn't anyone else obviously in earshot. "I'm in kind of a difficult situation, and I'm looking for your help."
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[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
"You want the whole story in order, or just the summary version?"
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[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:44 am (UTC)(link)
"A vengeful Komarran expat ran off a couple clones of Miles, would've been when he was about six, raised us for a substitution plot, whichever one turned out better was supposed to impersonate him and kill a bunch of people, the man hasn't picked yet but it's getting down to the wire, I need you to help me rescue the other clone."
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[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:49 am (UTC)(link)
That elicits a smile.

"A little old house in a quiet neighbourhood. I can give you the address. I have to be back in two hours or it'll tip off the boss, but there's time to plan."
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[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
"Not that I've ever had a chance to use. The boss just calls us both Miles, and if he needs to tell us apart it's Miles One," vague elsewhereish gesture, "and Miles Two," gesture at self.
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[personal profile] last_one_out 2016-02-18 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
"Hah. Fine, then, call me Aaron. The other one gets to be Mark."

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