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: (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."
ofthefallen: (A task for you)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-15 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
"Apparently so."
prodigal_miser: (Default)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-15 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
Adarin will just be over here, casting another translation spell on Xiara. There it goes, translation spell. He is the Dude That Casts the Translation Spell, now.

"There you are, now you both can understand and speak English," says Adarin in English. "And also every other language ever."
ofthefallen: (Impressed with deeds)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-15 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
"... This is a clever spell. I am impressed," says Xiara in slow, accented English.
prodigal_miser: (Default)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-15 12:13 am (UTC)(link)
Adarin is so pleased by this praise! He grins, delighted with Isabella's sappiness.
silkhiding: (Dolce)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 12:14 am (UTC)(link)
"You two are very cute together," says Seraphina, smiling.
prodigal_miser: (g. Think about this more)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-15 12:22 am (UTC)(link)
Up Adarin goes, as well. "Let's aim for a nice one, I kind of don't want to see what sort of trouble they would get into at an unsavory one."
ofthefallen: (Another tale for the ages)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-15 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
"I have been in many unsavory places before. Is there something that would make this any different from those?"
prodigal_miser: (g. Think about this more)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-15 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, to be fair, there's absolutely no frame of reference to compare them with. Out largest cities before the invasion don't compare to what you have here."
silkhiding: (Portamento)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
"... They don't?"
prodigal_miser: (b. Exactly what I wanted)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-15 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
"They really, really don't. This plane is amazing."
silkhiding: (Cédez)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 12:33 am (UTC)(link)
Seraphina stares.
ofthefallen: (Good has been done)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-15 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
"... Hm," says Xiara. "That's something I haven't seen before."

And that's the end of Xiara's commentary. Her cat prances along behind her, looking up towards the buildings but otherwise unaffected.
ofthefallen: (Another tale for the ages)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-15 12:37 am (UTC)(link)
"I was not going to walk in front of the large, fast moving, metal magical constructs. I am not an idiot."
silkhiding: (Default)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
Seraphina seems to have lost her voice and is just going to meekly follow. This is such a big city, with such - scary things.
ofthefallen: (Default)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-15 12:43 am (UTC)(link)
"Mm." She eyes a pedestrian crossing the road at a crosswalk, and notes the procedure there, as she follows Isabella. "The small paths across the road, only, I expect."

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