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Isabella Amariah ⍋ "Amariah" ([personal profile] dark_light) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2014-05-11 03:17 pm

anniversary

Time passes. Canada is cooperative about portals and now there's one each in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, on a second floor of the hub with customs agents Isabella is tolerating for the time being as long as they're well-behaved. Japan and Australia and the UK all follow suit at roughly the same time, so then there are portals in their big cities, too, a couple new ones per week. Other nations are slated to trickle in as they handle their red tape to deal with sudden new national borders that don't have the built-in delay of airplanes. Some of the parking garages are being replaced with custom-built installations. Isabella pays off her loan, renegotiates for the continued use of her shiny credit card, and has reason to be grateful for her retained law firm, which is kept busy by frivolous lawsuits by airline companies. She's not appreciably cutting into their traffic yet - sure, the price point is dropping, but they're still competitive. They can just smell their own demise coming from a mile away.

Five witches besides Isabella ward the colony site. Robots guard the site of the portal, obligingly letting colonists through during scheduled trips and reporting to Isabella by mirror if anybody else shows up. Other robots help the colonists with setting up their farms and houses in the warded area. It'll hold a city, no problem, although another transfer of silks and bags to pay for warding a second site is going to be called for before they get literally everyone across, since in addition to city they need farmland, and since they can't build vertically as effectively as fully industrialized Earthlings or the deceased aliens.

One day:

"It's been exactly a year now since you crashed my picnic. Let's go to a fancy restaurant and celebrate."
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[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Adarin laughs. "Fancy restaurant, sure. Is there some specific brand of restaurant you'd like, or just the fanciest?"
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[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 10:29 pm (UTC)(link)
"Fanciest, understood."

He goes and looks one up. While cuddling, because he now has a fancy phone and has internet access on it.

"Found one." He shows her his phone, it has the restaurant's website pulled up. "Shall we, then?"
prodigal_miser: (a. I call this a victory)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Adarin's delighted with her. Has he mentioned that, lately? It's quite true.

Off they go to sit. It's a very nice restaurant.

"Do you know if we have the infrastructure set up to do the glass bauble thing? It seems like it would be appropriate."
prodigal_miser: (b. Exactly what I wanted)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 10:47 pm (UTC)(link)
"Some kind of floating candle holder, then. Later we can get the proper kind, but for now we can just do something cute."
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[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 10:54 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes," agrees Adarin. He'll share her appetizer, orders an entrée, and is amused with the excruciatingly professional waiter.

"I do have to say that this is one of the most eventful years I've ever had. Also easily the nicest."
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[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Adarin snorts a little. "That too. I was politely ignoring the valleys, though. You have a cloud-pine."
prodigal_miser: (d. I see what you did there)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Adarin giggles. "I love you, too. I couldn't resist. At least it wasn't a pun."
prodigal_miser: (a. I call this a victory)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)
"A play on words is wit, my dear, not a pun. I do agree that you are nice like that."
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[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
He giggles. "Yes. There will be a TV show about us and the people who play us will spend six seasons never getting together and viewers everywhere will throw popcorn every time we almost kiss."

Adarin's gotten far more comfortable with the culture, in a year.
prodigal_miser: (d. I see what you did there)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Adarin laughs, pleased with hand-kisses. "Yeah, it'll be terrible. But it'll also make millions. Our backup plan in case portal-capitalism fails?"
Edited 2014-05-11 23:26 (UTC)
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[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"Sure, though I'd rather hire actors to play us, since the TV show would involve lots of us almost kissing. It would get dull."
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[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:35 pm (UTC)(link)
"I would be extremely surprised if I went to kiss you and you didn't let me. Also sad. Perhaps also a touch broken hearted."
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[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:44 pm (UTC)(link)
"Would you not let me kiss you if you had morning breath? If so, I am extremely glad that I do, because that is terrible."

He takes her hand and kisses her fingertips, just as demonstration.

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