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."
ofthefallen: (Another tale for the ages)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
That is when two women women teleport to lake Michigan. The taller of the two looks over Adarin and Isabella with a bored expression, despite what they're doing.

The Siamese cat that appears beside her gets barely a glance. She was expecting this outcome. (The cat is just as unsurprised.)
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silkhiding: (Reprise)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 04:10 am (UTC)(link)
However, her companion makes an 'Eep' sound, looking embarrassed. Her new tiny bird flies to hide under her hair, and she murmurs, "Perhaps this is a bad time...?"
ofthefallen: (Default)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 04:21 am (UTC)(link)
"That saves us an explanation," says the taller woman, archly.
prodigal_miser: (f. Forgive the confusion)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 04:23 am (UTC)(link)
Adarin's looks up, and stares. "... Why," he says, sounding disturbed, "do you have six ghosts following you?"

Isabella sees no ghosts, only the two mages.
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ofthefallen: (Blind not even in darkness)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 04:25 am (UTC)(link)
"They wanted to come."
silkhiding: (Solonne)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 04:26 am (UTC)(link)
"... They're really all quite nice," says the smaller one who is - cringing an awful lot like Enathira did. In fact, she looks very much like her.
ofthefallen: (Listen to the whispers)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 04:28 am (UTC)(link)
"You do not have the proper magic to see them," says the redhead.

"However magical you may be," adds the Siamese.
silkhiding: (Default)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
"... Um. N-Nothing... Nothing bad, don't worry, we're not - going to do anything." She winces a little. "Not even try to - convince you to go back, or something. Especially not that."

Her little bird trills a few sad notes.
prodigal_miser: (m. Troubling subject)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
Adarin looks between the two, and focuses on the cringing one. "... You're Enathira's sister."
silkhiding: (Portamento)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
Another wince, some more shrinking. "Yes. I am."
prodigal_miser: (o. Vernaia)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
Vern snuggles him. She preens Path, a little. Adarin currently has his cold poker face on, he's unreadable. (But he takes Isabella's hand.)
silkhiding: (Lacrimoso)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 04:50 am (UTC)(link)
"... Um. I-I wanted... To apologize. For - everything."

Her daemon whispers something in her ear, and she pets him, apparently finding whatever it was soothing. She looks honestly sorry.
silkhiding: (Solonne)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
"She wasn't - doing it, it's the sort of thing that someone should apologize for and I don't think anyone else was." She looks down. "So I am."
prodigal_miser: (i. Paranoia is necessary for survival)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
"Thank you," says Adarin, but he's not calming down. Not right now.
ofthefallen: (Impressed with deeds)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:04 am (UTC)(link)
"Actually," says the other mage, "we are here because we agree with you. So we're offering help."
silkhiding: (Bravura)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 05:06 am (UTC)(link)
"Both of us." She glances at something Isabella can't see. "... And - Xiara's ghosts, them, too..."

"We'll go if you want us to but we hate what New Kystle's become," says the little daemon from under her hair.
prodigal_miser: (g. Think about this more)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 05:10 am (UTC)(link)
"... I am a little curious as to why now, why not earlier?" asks Adarin, coldly.

Cuddly daemons. Such cuddly daemons.

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