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Isabella Amariah ⍋ "Amariah" ([personal profile] dark_light) wrote2013-01-28 09:22 am

the cold is harmless

Isabella Amariah takes a little under a day to fly to Québec City from her teacher's home in Maine. She doesn't have to spend that long in transit, but the book she's fetching isn't urgent; as long as she's faster than international overland shipping it's worth sending her.

Witches are politely ignored by customs on undefended borders as long as no clans are giving either government particular trouble. As long as she's in the air, obviously a witch and not a human dressed up as one to play a stereotyped character on television, she doesn't even have to dip down and show her clan tattoo to prove that she's descended from those who give allegiance to the Olympic clan. (Clans still refer to themselves by geography, though her teacher is as Olympic as she and lives on the other side of the continent and cloud-pine hasn't gotten any faster recently.)

Isabella touches the symbol inside her left wrist: two concentric circles, two lines. It doesn't mean anything, it's just unique, simple, easy to draw on the floor in herbs or honey or lighter fluid for a spell that refers to the coven.

"If only you were a proper Harry Potter owl," Isabella tells Pathalan, "I could send you for the book, you'd be able to carry it all by yourself, and I could be working out the kinks in this latest impossible assignment."

"Perhaps you wish I were an albatross," says Pathalan dryly, coasting through the air in her wake. "To fetch and carry and be not a bit like you at all."

"No," laughs Isabella. "Owl's fine. Soft and see-in-the-dark."

"It's never dark," says Pathalan. "Never quite."

She approaches the city, and attracts attention; witches are known but hardly common. A teenager - not even old enough to look properly ageless and spectacular like Metis Imestha, her teacher, or even Ranata Ekamma, her mother - dressed in raggedy black silks that whip around her in the wind, soaring over the streets on cloud-pine, is more unusual still.

Isabella Amaraiah coasts to a stop outside the correct address - witches can benefit from Google Street View even when they do not use streets - and descends to ground level.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Speaking of teenagers, there's a boy about her age in a huge puffy brown coat struggling up the street when she lands. He waves.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 05:52 pm (UTC)(link)
He laughs.

A tiny white fox with enormous ears pokes his head out of the cozy warmth of the boy's hood and sticks his tongue out at Path, then retreats again immediately.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
The boy has moved about ten more feet up the hill in that time. He looks back and spots her coming out again.

"That was fast!" he says amicably. His accent isn't local; it sounds more Brooklyn than Quebec.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:12 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'll show you a good one if you buy me lunch," he bargains, displaying a charming smile.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"Deal," he says, and turns onto a cross street. He makes much better time on level ground.

The fox's nose emerges from his hood again. She waves her tiny paw at Path, then scrambles back into the warm interior.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
"Have I got a name," he muses. "I might. Then again, I might not."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:28 pm (UTC)(link)
"Really?" he says, interested. "Which ways?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:31 pm (UTC)(link)
"Maybe I used to have one," he suggests. "And I didn't like it, so I threw it out."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:35 pm (UTC)(link)
"Guess not," he says cheerfully, and makes another turn. This time they're going downhill, which is a little quicker.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:40 pm (UTC)(link)
He laughs. "All kinds of things," he says. "My best friend calls me Truthwright; you might like that better." Merrily, "Or not. Why don't you pick something?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"'Cause I lie so much," he says, grinning over his shoulder at her.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
"Nope," says the fox, sticking his nose out of Truthwright's hood again just long enough to deliver the word.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-01-28 06:56 pm (UTC)(link)
"Okay," says Kas. "Fine by us. Does it mean something?"

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