Field Trip 28-07

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“So, let me get this straight,” Isaac spoke about an hour later. “You’re seeing us through your eyes and through that thing’s eyes?” With one hand, he was pointing at me. And with the other, he was pointing at my newly-created fox as she perched on a rock in the corner of the cave.

From where she was standing, Jazz shook her head and muttered, “I can’t believe you know how to cast the theriangelos spell. Do you have any idea how long I’ve wanted to use that? I never really wanted to be a Heretic, but one thing I did want was magic. Especially that spell.”

Sands was nodding (which, considering she was a little bit behind me, I could see through the eyes of my fox, but not my own eyes). “Tell me about it. Scout and me, we used to talk about what kind of animal we thought we could get once we learned the spell. She um.” Sands swallowed hard. “When we were little, Scout really wanted to get a penguin.” A slightly choked laugh escaped the girl then, and my fox could see the dampness in her eyes. “I tried to tell her that wouldn’t be a cool animal for spying or fighting, but she didn’t care. She just likes penguins.”

“I’ll teach it to you guys,” I promised. “It’ll just take a few days. But yeah, you should learn it.” Biting my lip then, I turned to look over my shoulder at the other girl. “And you’ll see her again, Sands. We’re going to survive this long enough for Gaia and the others to find a way to pull us back.”

She didn’t respond for a moment. Instead, the girl just looked back at me in silence that dragged on almost uncomfortably before glancing away with a muttered, “Yeah. So let’s survive.”

I don’t think she believes you, Tabbris whispered in my head, confirming what I already knew.

Yeah, I thought back to her, so we’ll just have to prove her wrong. Aloud, I cleared my throat while looking to Isaac. “Anyway, yeah, it’s a little weird, seeing through two different sets of eyes at once. It, uh, takes some getting used to. And it can give you a nasty headache if you do it for too long. I made myself throw up once. So, mostly I like to close my eyes and just see through hers when I’m using her.” To demonstrate, I did just that, letting my eyes close and focusing on the fox. At a thought, she hopped down from the rock and moved to sniff a bit at Isaac’s shoes.

The boy looked a little uncomfortable for some reason as he took a step back while clearing his throat. “Uh, so you use that fox to scout out the area around here, huh? What are we supposed to do in the meantime? You know, besides become world champion thumb twiddlers?”

“There’s a lot more we need to know,” Jazz pointed out, looking at the fox. “You want us to believe all the stuff you’re talking about with these Seosten and all that, we need more details.”

I nodded once without opening my eyes. The fox’s head did the same, and I saw the others give a brief double-take between both of us. “You’ll get them. Trust me. But right now, we need to know what’s around us. We’re gonna need water and food. And we need to know if this area’s safe enough, because Radueriel and his people are definitely going to be searching for us.”

“Come on,” Sands gestured for the others to go with her to the other side of the cave. “Roxa and me can tell you about most of it while Flick scouts things out. Then she can fill in the blanks.”

Gordon straightened a little, giving my fox a brief glance. I saw the boy open his mouth before hesitating. It looked like he was about to say something, but stopped himself. It was one of the first times I could ever remember him actually looking hesitant or unsure. Whatever he had been about to say, it seemed like it was something important. In the end, however, he just followed the others to the other side of the cave while giving me a brief glance on his way.

Um. Do you think he’s okay? Tabbris sounded worried, and I wondered how much of my noticing Gordon’s look was myself and how much was the Seosten girl. He, um, he looked like-

Like he wanted to say something, I agreed. I dunno. He’s been taking in a lot. They all have, but the others seem more… shaken by it? Isaac’s just making jokes like he usually does, but I can tell there’s something off about him too. And Jazz is really freaking out. But Gordon… it’s almost like this isn’t that much of a surprise to him. But I can’t tell how much of that is just Gordon being Gordon, and how much of it is him knowing more than we thought he knew. He’s hard to read.

Either way, I was gonna have to worry about it later. For the moment, everything I’d already said was true. We really did need to have food and water, and we did need to find if there were any Seosten search teams anywhere nearby. Everything else was going to have to wait for, for now.

So I focused on my fox. Seeing through her eyes, I sent the little magically conjured animal out of the cave. She easily slipped through the bush covering the opening, back out into the narrow, foliage-covered canyon. There, I made her sit and simply listen for a few long seconds. Animals. I could hear what I thought were animals, and smell them. But other than that, there was silence. If there was a Seosten search team nearby, they weren’t making a lot of noise.

I had to get out of the canyon, to where I could actually see better and get the lay of the land. To that end, I made the fox start looking around, hunting for a quick way to climb up. Meanwhile, I silently asked, I’ve gotta ask you something, Tabbris. You said you’ve been getting rid of any spells that Fossor has been trying to put on me. You did the same thing with the Seosten, right? They weren’t just trying to figure out why I was immune to possession, they also wanted to know why none of their spells were working. That was you. It was all you, the whole time.

I felt her embarrassment, and uncertainty. Um. Uh… uh huh. I was trying to be subtle about it at first, like… make it look like they just messed up the spell or something. But they kept trying, so I thought if I just undid all the spells, they might think someone like Gaia or Mr. Prosser was doing it. Except, uh, I guess Charmiene figured out that there weren’t any Heretics going near you before the spells were broken. So she must’ve decided you were doing it somehow.

Or that it was happening automatically, I agreed, smiling a little to myself. That must’ve confused the hell out of them. But, I added pointedly, how did you do it? You’re… well, you’re awesome. That’s for sure. But how could you possibly just erase the spells that a three thousand year old Seosten and an ancient necromancer put on me like that? It seems really impressive.

Now I really felt her embarrassment. Oh. Um. It’s.. uh, easier to break things than to make them. It’s like how… how it can take a long time and a lot of skill to make a vase, but you can break it really easily? It’s a little tricky to do it to a spell without setting it off, but um, it’s easier to break them than to make them. Mama showed me some tricks, cuz she knew they’d come after you.

Still smiling, I replied, Downplay it all you want, I still get the feeling that you and Wyatt would be an amazing team. You’ve been working with magic and spell-countering since you were tiny. If you two worked together, you could probably figure out a spell to do anything.

There was silence from the other girl for a few long seconds before she tentatively asked, You really think we’ll get back to Earth? The banishment orbs are really powerful. Remember the problems the Meregan had with Tristan? And they’re not even behind the same magic wall that S-Seosten space is. Remember, Uncle Haiden and Aunt Larissa have been out here for years.

We’ll make it back, I promised her. Just like we’re gonna find your mom, and the others. The biggest advantage the Seosten have is people not knowing about them, Tabbris. That’s something else you have in common with your people. Secrecy, that’s their biggest thing. It’s how they’ve gotten away with so much. We’ve got Gaia, Wyatt, Gabriel, and probably a lot more working to get us out of here. Trust them. All we have to do is stay alive and free long enough.

By that point, my fox had found a narrow path against the wall of the canyon to climb up and out. As she clambered onto solid ground, I made her look around slowly, taking everything in.

The forest didn’t look that different than one that we could’ve found back on Earth. The trees were a bit bigger (but not as big as the ones at Eden’s Garden), and the leaves were more of a blueish-purple color while the bark itself was closer to red. And I saw a bunch of roughly waist-high bushes with a mixture of orange, yellow, and red leaves. But overall, it looked like a normal forest. In the distance, I saw an animal standing between two trees, munching on a few of those leaves. It looked kind of like a zebra, except it had a really long neck like a giraffe and it was red and a dull orange instead of black and white, to better blend into the trees and bushes.

There were also a couple birds flying overhead. As I turned the fox’s head to look up, I saw them passing by. They looked like oversized parrots. Seriously, the brightly colored birds were as big as vultures. As I watched, one dove to grab something out of a tree. I couldn’t see what it was, but the thing struggled for a few seconds before going still in the giant parrot’s talons as it was crushed to death. Apparently these things ate a lot more than just nuts, fruit, and insects.

Right, focus, Flick. Pausing then, I thought, Hey, was that me thinking that, or you telling me?

You, Tabbris quickly answered. It was you. Um, and maybe just a little me. I mean, you thought it too. I was mostly thinking about how I hope Marian doesn’t have to fight one of those things.

Marian? I echoed before realizing what she was talking about. Oh, the fox. Why Marian?

Again, I felt her embarrassment. You know, like Maid Marian. In the Disney cartoon Robin Hood.

I barely resisted a chuckle at that. I knew I loved that movie a little too much for just one person. Dad used to say I was almost obsessed with watching it. That was you too, wasn’t it?

That time, her embarrassment turned to what felt more like… almost shame. I’m sorry, she hurriedly apologized. I’m sorry, I was little and I was scared. I was… I w-was still new to everything after I woke up, and when you watched that movie, I felt… a little better. But I–

Tabbris, I interrupted, It’s okay. I get it, trust me. You were a kid, you’re still a kid. But back then, you were barely more than a toddler. You were scared and alone, and the movie made you feel better. You wanted to see it so much that it rubbed off and made me want to see it too.

There was silence for a few seconds then before she replied, Mostly it was after… after Aunt Larissa didn’t show up. Mama’s message said that she’d… she’d visit me once I woke up, that she’d help teach me some things so I wouldn’t… so I wouldn’t be alone all of the time. But…

I winced. But she never showed up. She never showed, and you didn’t know why until we found Scout and Sands. Did you know who they were, who their mother was, when we first met them?

Uh huh, Tabbris answered quickly. Some of the messages Mama left were about Aunt Larissa and her family. I… I didn’t know what happened to her until they told us. Until they told you.

Oh God. So she had been left for years without anyone to talk to, without anyone who even knew that she existed. With Larissa gone and no way to contact, or be contacted by, her mother, Tabbris had had absolutely no one. And she spent years like that, hiding inside me, trying not to control me to the point that she felt guilty because her desire to watch a kid’s movie might’ve influenced me to watch it. Where did we even start with making her feel better about any of it?

Well, first thing’s first. You didn’t do anything wrong, I insisted. It’s okay if you wanted to watch a silly movie. I’m pretty sure little sisters have done a lot more than you did when it comes to forcing people to watch the movie they want to watch, okay? I’m not mad, Tabbris. It’s okay.

I had to keep exploring. We still needed food and water, and everything else. Sending the fox–Marian to the nearest tree, I tilted her head to look up. As far as I knew, foxes didn’t generally climb trees. But this was a special case, and I was particularly motivated.

After judging where the branches were, I turned Marian around and had her run back a few yards before crouching like a runner at a starting gate. Hearing the imaginary pistol, I made her dart forward. I ran straight at the tree, leaping from a few feet out. Crashing against the tree partway up, I dug in with the fox’s hindlegs, scrambling to push off while using the claws in her forepaws to hold on and pull up toward the lowest branch that looked like it could hold her.

It probably looked really awkward for more than one reason, not the least of which was the fact that it was my brain directing the fox. But she made it up, then I had her jump from branch to branch in order to get higher. The whole time, I tried not to think about those big parrot things. If one of them came screeching down out of the sky to grab my fox-self, I might need new pants. And I was pretty sure there wasn’t a mall anywhere nearby to take care of that little problem.

Actually, I realized then, that reminds me of another question. When you popped out of me, you were wearing a blue… what was that, a bodysuit? Where’d that come from? I mean, I kinda doubt you just had it on when you, um, arrived back when you were that little.

To my surprise, Tabbris corrected, Actually, I did. It’s Seosten clothing. It um, it grows with you. It was really little when I was, and when I got bigger… it did too. It’s self-cleaning, and I think it’s supposed to be bulletproof, fireproof, and… some other things. At least, that’s what Mama said.

Oh. I paused then, considering that for a second. That’s really cool. I could use something like that. But I do think we need to get you some other clothes when we get a chance.

I felt the Seosten girl’s curiosity then. She hesitated before slowly asking, Other clothes?

Sure, I confirmed slyly before adding, After all, I’m pretty sure it’d be easy to find a couple of those Robin Hood shirts in the Disney store. And you’d look really snazzy in them.

I felt the girl’s delight at the thought, even as I made myself focus on what Marian was seeing now that the little fox had reached the top of the tree. Peering out, I took in the sight.

The forest stretched on for miles in every direction. I saw a river not too far away, with what looked like fish jumping in it. That solved our water and food problem, for the moment at least.  It was like this whole area, or maybe the planet itself, was some kind of nature preserve. Which might make sense. If it was meant to provide water, even air and other resources for space stations, they might deliberately keep it as undeveloped and natural as possible.

One thing that definitely wasn’t natural, however, was the thing flying over the top of the forest way off in the distance. It was far enough away that I could barely make it out, but it looked like a spaceship of some kind. The thing looked like it was about the size of a C-130 jet, and it was flying very slowly a few hundred feet above the treetops. As I watched through Marian’s eyes, it flew steadily along a straight path for awhile before moving out of sight. A minute or two later, it came back from the other direction and just a little bit closer.

They’re scanning, I realized. That’s why they didn’t send search teams to scour the woods. They’re using that ship to slowly scan the whole area for us. Actually, they’re probably using more than one of the things. They’ll find us that way.

No, they won’t, Tabbris corrected. I know a spell you can put on the cave to hide from their scanners. I can um, I can teach you, and you can just say that Gaia taught it to you?

I found myself nodding a little bit, both my own head and the fox’s. Good idea. Let me bring her in and we’ll get started before that thing gets any closer.

Bringing Marian back into the cave, I opened my eyes to find the others watching. Sands spoke up. “Did you find anything?”

“Food and water,” I replied. “And the ship that’s flying over the forest scanning for us.”

That definitely got everyone’s attention. Eyes widening, Jazz demanded, “A ship that’s scanning for us? What are we supposed to do, keep running? There’s probably more than one.”

I nodded. “That’s what–” I stopped myself from saying we at the last second. “–I thought. But don’t worry, Gaia taught me some other spells, like how to hide from scans like that. I need to put a spell on the cave, so we’ll have to stay inside while they’re going overhead. Once they move on, we’ll deal with the food situation.”

“It’s pretty lucky that Gaia taught you all this,” Gordon observed. “Is she the one who taught you the spell you used to get rid of that cyborg and all his troops?”

“Or was it Gabriel?” Roxa quickly put in with a brief glance toward me. Clearly, she was giving me an out so I didn’t have to reveal Tabbris.  

Her former teammates all looked at her then, Jazz blurted, “Gabriel?”

I nodded. “Gabriel Prosser. And let’s just say that thing we used against Radueriel won’t work a second time. It was a one-shot deal, for emergencies.”

There. I didn’t actually say that Gabriel had been the one to teach me the word. I just confirmed his name and then told the truth about the thing being one-time use. So it wasn’t… technically lying. But I also wasn’t going to tell them about Tabbris. There was way too much that could go wrong if they knew about her.

“Prosser.” Jazz’s voice was awed. “You’ve met Gabriel Prosser? How? Why?”

Biting my lip, I hesitated before moving over to the nearby cave wall while reaching for the field-engraver in my pocket. “Let me get this spell started so we’re safe,” I replied. “Then… we’re on another planet.”

“Uh, yeah? What’s your point?” Isaac asked.

“My point,” I replied easily, “is that we’re not within range of the Seosten’s memory spell. Which means I can tell you about my mother. And about the rebellion.”

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  1. And that is gonna finish out this arc, guys! I hope you generally enjoyed how this one went, with some pretty big fighting in the beginning, followed by a few chapters of discussion about… well, all the shit they had to talk about. And hey, nobody’s attacked or tried to kill any of the others yet. Which, considering at least one of the people we’re talking about, was kind of a real concern.

    Anyway! The winners of the latest monthly donation free mini-interlude drawing have been notified via e-mail, so we’ll see what kind of ideas they come back with. And starting now, I’m also going to be making an addendum to the ‘free mini-interlude’ drawing. If you happen to win and either can’t think of what you’d like to spend it on, or outright do not want to order a mini-interlude, you may also exchange it for 1/3rd of a regular bonus chapter. In simple terms, if you choose that option, I will simply count your free mini-interlude as a 25 dollar donation toward a bonus chapter.

    And speaking of donators, now that it’s the end of the arc, all of you lovely people who donate to this story can expect an e-mail before long, so that you can help choose the next interlude subject. In this case, you will be voting on something very specific. I will send you a list of characters, and you will choose which one you want to see reacting to Flick and company disappearing. That’s right, every option for voting will be a character who is affected by what happened in New York, and you’ll be deciding which one the interlude should focus on. Which, you know, makes me glad that you guys have to pick in that case. 😉

    But yeah, expect that e-mail a bit later on if you’re a donator. And either way, thanks everyone for reading! Tags for this chapter are: Felicity Chambers, Flick, Gidget, Gordon Kuhn, Isaac Acosta, Jazz Rhodes, Roxa Pittman, Sands, Scout Likes Penguins. She’s Becoming Even More Awesome And She Hasn’t Even Appeared In An Entire Arc., Tabbris, The Seosten Are Like – “Maybe Kidnapping A Bunch Of Kids With Unknown Powers Who Could’ve Teleported Anywhere On The Planet By Now Was Poor Planning.”

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  2. >The boy looked a little uncomfortable for some reason as he took a step back while clearing his throat. “Uh, so you use that fox to scout out the area around here, huh? What are we supposed to do in the meantime? You know, besides become world champion thumb twiddlers?”

    Careful there Isaac, animals can sense fear… >:)

    >I saw the boy open his mouth before hesitating. It looked like he was about to say something, but stopped himself. It was one of the first times I could ever remember him actually looking hesitant or unsure.

    Huh, was he considering telling Flick about his heritage? Interesting, if so.

    >We’ll make it back, I promised her. Just like we’re gonna find your mom, and the others. The biggest advantage the Seosten have is people not knowing about them, Tabbris.

    Hm. I can understand the need to reassure Tabbris, but at the same time, Flick may be overpromising on things she may not be able to achieve.

    >Sure, I confirmed slyly before adding, After all, I’m pretty sure it’d be easy to find a couple of those Robin Hood shirts in the Disney store. And you’d look really snazzy in them.
    I felt the girl’s delight at the thought,

    *smiles* It’s very difficult to hate Tabbris, especially with her joy at the simple things in life. She deserves some time in her own body at some point, preferably when the group manages to return to Earth.

    >“My point,” I replied easily, “is that we’re not within range of the Seosten’s memory spell. Which means I can tell you about my mother. And about the rebellion.”

    Hmm. Looking forward to the reactions after Flick is done. Probably initially there will be expressions of “Bullshit!”/disbelief.

    Nice update.

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    1. Careful there Isaac, animals can sense fear… >:)

      Hopefully he’ll have a lot more reason to show that fear before too long.

      Huh, was he considering telling Flick about his heritage? Interesting, if so.

      Considering it, but his caution won out.

      *smiles* It’s very difficult to hate Tabbris, especially with her joy at the simple things in life. She deserves some time in her own body at some point, preferably when the group manages to return to Earth.

      She really does.

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  3. Ahem… one technical quibble.
    The C-130 (note the hyphen) isn’t a jet, it’s a prop plane. Well, *turboprop* if you want to get really technical, but I wouldn’t expect Flick to know that level of detail. I could even understand her leaving out the hyphen. But calling a plane with four big propellers a “jet”… I’m sorry, but my inner Plane Geek is just in tears, here. 🙂

    And yes, Tabby continues to be totes adorbs. I imagine Flick will have some separation anxiety once the time finally comes to reunite lil’ sis with her birth family and let Tabby have her own life full-time.

    (and now I can’t stop thinking of bad “coming out” (in the Jane Austen sense) puns for when that happens….)

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    1. lol, sorry for making your inner plane geek cry. 😉 I figure Flick wouldn’t really know enough about it. I will correct the hyphen because it’s a narrative thing, but I’ll leave the jet thing.

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  4. And Roxa’s no longer closing in on Best Fallen Angel for Best Girl.

    More seriously: Tabbris remains amazing. Every scene she’s in is perfect.

    Flick and Tabbris are catching on that Gordon is more than he appears. Sadly they’re not catching on to Issac yet.

    Flick finally compared Tabbris and Wyatt’s talents. Oh, and she wants to arrange things so they can talk shop.

    Tabbris actually did tweak Flick’s taste in entertainment a bit. Doesn’t even look like it was intentional, just emotional bleed. And of course Flick doesn’t mind.

    Tabbris has an orbital scan jammer spell. OK, really, an air recon jammer spell, but still. Raduerial is going to be furious when he realizes he can’t find his escaped prisoners from above reliably.

    You really can see just how shitty Tabbris’s life has been in many respect just from her reaction when Flick mentions going clothes shopping. And, that outfit sounds incredibly handy. No doubt Crossroads or its successor will at some point figure out some way to duplicate the enchantments on the thing.

    And now it’s time for Flick to tell the The Joselyn Atherby Story. Or parts of it, anyway.

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    1. More seriously: Tabbris remains amazing. Every scene she’s in is perfect.

      Aww, I’m glad you’re enjoying her.

      Tabbris has an orbital scan jammer spell. OK, really, an air recon jammer spell, but still. Raduerial is going to be furious when he realizes he can’t find his escaped prisoners from above reliably.

      Worse, he has no way of knowing if they’re even still on the planet.

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  5. “There. I didn’t actually say that Gabriel had been the one to teach me the word. I just confirmed his name and then told the truth about the thing being one-time use. So it wasn’t… technically lying. But I also wasn’t going to tell them about Tabbris. There was way too much that could go wrong if they knew about her.”

    I hate to say it Flick, but you are lying. It’s just a lie of omission rather than emission.

    I totally agree with the lie, but she shouldn’t be thinking that she’s not lying, because she is.

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      1. I’m pretty sure that the point is that a lot of people (including me and apparently Flick) don’t see “lying by omission” as an actual lie and therefore think of it as not as bad as outright saying a falsehood.

        On the other hand, Flick is still lying. She said Gaia taught her the spell that Tabbris actually taught her. I’m not sure why that doesn’t bug her but lying about Gabriel telling her the command word to banish Radueriel does bother her.

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    1. I hate to say it Flick, but you are lying. It’s just a lie of omission rather than emission.

      It makes her feel a little bit better about it, even if it’s not logical. And as DeathDragon58 said, it would help against truth seeking powers.

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    1. LOL, yeah, as I said below, I wasn’t sure if she should be tagged since it’s just Flick puppeting her, but maybe it would make it easier to find chapters that she’s used in.

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  6. Unless the phrase “smiling a little to myself” has some special meaning we are not aware of yet the usage of the exact same phrase twice really close together is a bit jarring. Maybe change the second instance to “Still smiling to myself” instead?

    And AGAIN later on, at least this time it was “I smiled a little to myself” instead of just her “smiling a little to [herself]”. Really, does this phrase have some sort of significance?

    Gidget is tagged but she never showed in the chapter. We know she’s there just… not doing anything. I think I asked about this same thing with Vulcan not too long ago.
    On a related note is Marian going to get her own tag or not?

    Scout Likes Penguins. She’s Becoming Even More Awesome And She Hasn’t Even Appeared In An Entire Arc

    Damn straight she has. Penguins are the best. Penguins (and to a lesser extent puffins) are kinda my family animal (with cats being the, more practical, second), when a young me compared my mother to a penguin (in a rather unflattery manner I might add) and it just kinda stuck. Since then we’d pick up a lot of stuffed penguins from places and penguin related things and so on.
    So, yeah, penguins are cool. (Pun totally intended. Not even sorry.)

    Tabby needs all the hugs. Maybe save a few for some other people but, seriously, give the girl a lot of hugs. And chocolate, or what ever sort of sweet she likes (I know it’s crazy but some people don’t like chocolate! I’m not one of these heathens though.) And a cannon, girls love cannons (paraphrased to be nicer).

    So next chapter we get to see the fall out of these three learning about the rebellion and the fallout that came from it. Joy joy. Sounds like a fun time.

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    1. Next chapter is an interlude. (I’m not sure if you saw that and meant “next non-Interlude chapter,” but I wanted to let you know in case you didn’t.)

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    2. Unless the phrase “smiling a little to myself” has some special meaning we are not aware of yet the usage of the exact same phrase twice really close together is a bit jarring. Maybe change the second instance to “Still smiling to myself” instead?

      And AGAIN later on, at least this time it was “I smiled a little to myself” instead of just her “smiling a little to [herself]”. Really, does this phrase have some sort of significance?

      All fixed, thanks. It happens sometimes.

      Gidget is tagged but she never showed in the chapter. We know she’s there just… not doing anything. I think I asked about this same thing with Vulcan not too long ago.

      Indeed. She’s there, just not doing anything.

      On a related note is Marian going to get her own tag or not?

      Hadn’t decided. She’s technically just Flick puppeting a magic animal, but still, it might make it easier to see chapters that the fox is used in.

      Damn straight she has. Penguins are the best. Penguins (and to a lesser extent puffins) are kinda my family animal (with cats being the, more practical, second), when a young me compared my mother to a penguin (in a rather unflattery manner I might add) and it just kinda stuck. Since then we’d pick up a lot of stuffed penguins from places and penguin related things and so on.
      So, yeah, penguins are cool. (Pun totally intended. Not even sorry.)

      Aww, good to hear.

      Tabby needs all the hugs. Maybe save a few for some other people but, seriously, give the girl a lot of hugs. And chocolate, or what ever sort of sweet she likes (I know it’s crazy but some people don’t like chocolate! I’m not one of these heathens though.) And a cannon, girls love cannons (paraphrased to be nicer).

      Indeed, my father is one who doesn’t like chocolate despite not being allergic to it or anything. He just doesn’t like it.

      And Tabbris with a cannon would be amazing. 😉

      So next chapter we get to see the fall out of these three learning about the rebellion and the fallout that came from it. Joy joy. Sounds like a fun time.

      As Prince Pondincherry said, next chapter is an interlude. It will be Monday’s chapter when we get back to these guys.

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      1. Give Tabbris a cannon with a Dare style hammerspace buff magazine and it goes up to awesome and terrifying.

        Give her a Warframe-style bow/railgun hybrid and people will have nightmares about little girls with bowcannon things once she starts learning from mom.

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  7. I fully support the appreciation of anthrofox Maid Marrion. I also put forward a The Fox and Hound, Little Mermaid, Brave and Moana binge-weekend-combined-belated-birthdays party as soon as is feasible.

    All the Pixar and Disney! Much cupcakes!

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