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 05:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"I doubt doing so will interest any of them," she shrugs. "They gravitated to me because I return conversation. Not many people talk to ghosts, but they can spy on whomever they like. In a way, it has been cleansed from their system."
Edited 2014-05-14 17:32 (UTC)
ofthefallen: (Listen to the whispers)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"Certainly. I will handle it, if problems are caused."
prodigal_miser: (i. Paranoia is necessary for survival)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"If you don't," says Adarin, "then we will."
ofthefallen: (Ancestors defiled)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"I would expect nothing less."
silkhiding: (Solonne)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 05:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'm... Not sure where I'll go or what I'll do, now that I'm here. Those work, as well as anything else. I'm fine with passing for a witch, and being available to be - useful to projects."
silkhiding: (Default)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)
She remembers what she and her companion interrupted, and looks suitably embarrassed. "No, I expect you won't. Thank you, that's very kind."
prodigal_miser: (Default)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 05:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Adarin considers the little mage. From what he knows about her, she's not particularly harmful. "... I'll give her the translation spell," he decides, after some thought.

He goes and finds his book of cheat-sheets, finds the appropriate page, and does the spell.
ofthefallen: (Another tale for the ages)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Her companion does not comment on if she's being excluded or not.
silkhiding: (Bravura)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-14 06:03 pm (UTC)(link)
"Seraphina. Seraphina Odaliath," says the mage with the little bird daemon.
ofthefallen: (Default)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 06:04 pm (UTC)(link)
"Xiara," says the other, apparently not caring to expand on it more than that.
ofthefallen: (Blind not even in darkness)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 11:47 pm (UTC)(link)
"I do not have enough to teleport, no. I was planning on just - picking a direction and walking with my allies scouting out potential places to 'hole up and wait.'"
ofthefallen: (Another tale for the ages)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
"I was going to avoid the cities."
prodigal_miser: (g. Think about this more)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-14 11:56 pm (UTC)(link)
"Translation spells are one thing, but teleportation spells are a bit bigger. Sorry, no. I need the mana."
ofthefallen: (Ancestors defiled)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-14 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Xiara seems honestly surprised for the first time since she's arrived. Her cat flicks his tail, back and forth, agitated. "... Your cities are that large? Then I shall take the lodgings. Perhaps the translation spell would also be wise."

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