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Sprung from cages out on highway nine.
Thu Jun 1, 2017 21:25

Amelia grinned gratefully at the promise of forgiveness if she started yawning at the table. “Thanks,” she said. “I took a nap before the Feast, so I might be okay, but…yeah, thanks,” she laughed.

She listened, nodding, as the other girl discussed her possible future. Even with as much variety as there was in her set of family occupations, Amelia still thought of a future being one of her older relatives, not adding more variety to it. If it was just her and Mama – or really, her and Uncle Geoff would be a better comparison – she could only imagine it would be even easier to imagine just following in someone else’s footsteps. Her brother seemed to be doing so, after all, and it wasn’t as though she could really follow in the footsteps of her cousins – well, Alicia and Rachel, anyway. Winston Pierce was (if her assumptions about his willingness to not kill her if she mentioned to people that their cousins were married to each other were accurate, anyway) extremely unlikely to marry her and she didn’t think she’d like Rachel’s job at all. Maybe she could be a mediwitch like Kate, she didn’t know if she’d like that or not.

“I don’t know,” she said. “I mean, it always looks kind of boring, what Uncle Geoff does. Potions class isn’t that bad, but I don’t know if I’d want to just sit and have to concentrate like that all the time forever, you know? Plus Lionel already is there, and Uncle Geoff could still have kids, plus Aunt Anne has a baby now – so I’m not the only one there is, anyway, so he shouldn’t be too disappointed if I don’t go into it.” Maybe. It wasn’t always easy to tell when Uncle Geoff was joking, but she did think he really did sort of favor her and Alicia over the other nieces and nephews for being Aladrens like himself, and while it wasn’t impossible that Thad and Alicia would see the sense in taking on Uncle Geoff’s business interests when he died, it didn’t seem too likely as they presumably would have plenty of their own by then. On the flip side, though, there were still Aunt Helena’s kids. Amelia didn’t even know them. There was nothing stopping one of them from being the equivalent of an Aladren, moving back to America, and taking over for Uncle Geoff someday.

“I guess this is going to sound…really Aladren-y,” said Amelia, almost apologetically, “but it’s just – there’s so much in the world, I don’t even know how to pick something!” She thought for a moment. “Or maybe it’s Pecari-y. I don’t know. Lionel was in Pecari, though, and he’s really laid back. Have you had anyone else come here for school before?”

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    • Sprung from cages out on highway nine. — Amelia, Thu Jun 1 21:25
      • So, you wanna be Bruce or Wendy?Cleo, Fri Jun 2 03:06
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