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: (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.
silkhiding: (Default)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 05:14 am (UTC)(link)
"With the - the... Everything?" She fidgets. "I didn't know about half of it, not until - not until Enathira broke down and told me about - everything. I don't - I'm not a mover and shaker of the world, my magic's pathetic and my husband's - departed. I don't know what I could have done."

"We're sorry," whispers the bird.
prodigal_miser: (k. Not the way I'd planned)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 05:15 am (UTC)(link)
"That's really not an excuse for not at least trying."
silkhiding: (Lacrimoso)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 05:17 am (UTC)(link)
Wince, cringe. This is becoming something of a theme. "No, it's not. I'm so sorry. I didn't know what to do. So I suppose I didn't do - anything."
silkhiding: (Reprise)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 05:26 am (UTC)(link)
"... No, she didn't."
ofthefallen: (Default)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:27 am (UTC)(link)
"But before yesterday," says the redhead, "she hadn't met me. And she couldn't get here on her own."
ofthefallen: (Ancestors defiled)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:40 am (UTC)(link)
"I am two hundred and twenty eight. I have long grown weary of politics and marriages of convenience, while I watch the ghosts of wronged innocents pile up. I give them some measure of peace before they fade away. But I would much prefer if they didn't have to die needlessly." She cuts Adarin a look. "So if I must act to prevent further bloodshed, I will."
prodigal_miser: (i. Paranoia is necessary for survival)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 05:41 am (UTC)(link)
"That," he replies, "was in defense-"
ofthefallen: (Listen to the whispers)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:42 am (UTC)(link)
"Yes. It was. But I would prefer to avoid it, all the same."
ofthefallen: (Another tale for the ages)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
"I am reasonably strong, magically speaking. My talents lie in earth and stone - I tend to use it to make tombs, memoirs, tablets outlining a person's life. It could be reasonably re-purposed to include architecture. While I will not claim their talents as mine - I have ghosts with me that will lend aid if it seems appropriate. Searching, finding, past wards and defenses. I don't know of a way to convince you to trust me, and frankly I don't care if you do."
silkhiding: (Portamento)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 06:00 am (UTC)(link)
"Um," says the other. "I'm not very powerful. But I'm patient? I... Enchanted ribbons, one at a time, to be strong and do what I tell them to. I can just -" She snaps her hand out, the end of a ribbon flies from her hand, tangles itself around a tree branch, and she pulls it back - branch and all. "Do that. I don't know what to call it."

She fidgets. "I um... Haven't hurt anyone in my life? I don't know what would convince you to trust me..."
prodigal_miser: (Default)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 06:13 am (UTC)(link)
"Human resources," supplies Adarin. "Meaning we can't afford fallout if you upset people or your ghosts go - spying."

He is visibly uncomfortable about the ghosts.
Edited 2014-05-14 06:15 (UTC)
ofthefallen: (Ancestors defiled)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 06:17 am (UTC)(link)
"Ah. I don't typically disturb the peace. 'My ghosts' go as they will, however, though I won't ask them to spy."
silkhiding: (Default)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 06:17 am (UTC)(link)
Her companion doesn't look particularly surprised by Isabella's pronouncement. But she droops a little.
Edited 2014-05-14 06:18 (UTC)

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