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 2014-05-15 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."
ofthefallen: (Blind not even in darkness)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-15 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
"Simple enough."

How incredibly fortunate indeed! They must look very strange, but Xiara does not look like she cares in the slightest.
silkhiding: (Solonne)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 12:55 am (UTC)(link)
Seraphina assures the person behind the desk in English, "We won't cause any trouble, we're just - not familiar with the area, and this is the first time I've been in a - hotel."

Her accent is noticeably better than Xiara's. It actually rivals Adarin's extremely clear accent, though she speaks slower and more carefully. She's good with her voice, not familiar with the language.
Edited 2014-05-15 01:07 (UTC)
silkhiding: (Reprise)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
Seraphina looks between Isabella and Adarin, confused. When they're heading to the elevator, she asks, "... Why aren't you two married yet?"
prodigal_miser: (k. Not the way I'd planned)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-15 01:13 am (UTC)(link)
"Um," says Adarin. That's about all he can manage.
silkhiding: (Portamento)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
"Because you very obviously love each other?" says Seraphina, confused. "And if you were married it would be harder for anyone to - challenge, or do anything about."
prodigal_miser: (i. Paranoia is necessary for survival)

[personal profile] prodigal_miser 2014-05-15 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
Adarin is now blushing and looking embarrassed!
silkhiding: (Solonne)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 01:24 am (UTC)(link)
"No, of course not, but it's - harder for anyone to weasel their way into thinking that they have a chance to end your relationship. If he is your boyfriend, he can break up with you and that's it, if he is your husband, there's - it's harder to do, harder to walk away from. They would recognize that."
silkhiding: (Bravura)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 01:31 am (UTC)(link)
"They're unlikely to try and learn about the country's divorce rate. Or about how a witch acts with her - um, lover. But marriage is a thing they can judge by their rules, and act accordingly. It fits with their perception of the world and people... Like sticking to that, rather than letting it be changed."
silkhiding: (Incalzando)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, yes. But - several of them would just try to... 'Wait you out' is the appropriate term. Adarin's going to live for hundreds of years. They just - wait for you to die and then try to snatch him up after. Less risk."

She does not know about witch lifespans.
ofthefallen: (Good has been done)

[personal profile] ofthefallen 2014-05-15 01:38 am (UTC)(link)
Xiara laughs, softly. "Well. That changes things, a bit."
silkhiding: (Reprise)

[personal profile] silkhiding 2014-05-15 01:40 am (UTC)(link)
"... You should not advertise that. Not right now, not when the relationship is comparatively new and they need to settle into accepting that killing you is not the best solution. Who did you tell?"

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