dark_light: (a ~ la la)
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."
prodigal_miser: (b. Exactly what I wanted)

[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."
prodigal_miser: (b. Exactly what I wanted)

[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."
prodigal_miser: (d. I see what you did there)

[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.
prodigal_miser: (c. What a pleasant surprise)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:48 pm (UTC)(link)
"That makes me feel better. I'm still not getting up earlier, though."
prodigal_miser: (a. I call this a victory)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-11 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
He giggles.

Ooo! Delicious appetizer! It is exactly what is sounds like, on both accounts. Adarin tucks in.
prodigal_miser: (b. Exactly what I wanted)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-12 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
Adarin has cheesecake as a dessert, instead. Not quite as nice as the soufflé, but still delicious. He enjoys it, along with the rest of the dinner, quite a bit. He's not sure he could deal with going to a fancy restaurant all the time, but it's certainly nice on their anniversary.
prodigal_miser: (d. I see what you did there)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-12 12:15 am (UTC)(link)
"Huh. Yeah, that'd be annoying. How would you steal bites of my cheesecake if you couldn't eat it? I'd have to order something else."
prodigal_miser: (c. What a pleasant surprise)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-12 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
"Very! I'd have to change a third of my recipes, as well, possibly more, just to cook for you."
prodigal_miser: (a. I call this a victory)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-12 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
"It would be very annoying," says Adarin, sappy smile on his face. "I would probably just stop cooking with dairy products entirely so I didn't have to have multiple cooking books."
prodigal_miser: (b. Exactly what I wanted)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-12 01:13 am (UTC)(link)
"I suppose so! But also for organization and storage space. Too many cook books and I would get incredibly annoyed and try to alphabetize them all."

(He loves her so much.)
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[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-12 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
Adarin snickers. "A man has to have boundaries, my dear. Alphabetizing is one step too far, I'm afraid."

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