Tue Jul 24, 2018 18:36

Elliot laughed at the answer, which came from one of his fellow Aquila first years—the one who never wore robes. G-something. “Right? Like I know that wizards have the whole old-timey medieval witchcraft aesthetic,” after all, quills were on the school supply list, instead of the mechanical pencils Elliot was used to using. Quills looked awesome (Elliot’s favorite one was from a guineafowl and was black with white spots) but they were a nightmare to use so far. Elliot was left-handed and he wrote fast and that left him with a lot of smudgy, streaky letters. It was worse than graphite turning the side of his hand black, “and it’s cool, but it’s the twenty-first century now. There’s gotta be a way to modernize.”

Modernizing RMI would be a big job, though. Elliot hadn’t noticed any outlets or other power sources in rooms besides this one. He was good enough at tech stuff (read as: the effortless sort of technological ability that came from being part of the digital native generation) that Mama sometimes asked him for help when she was having smartphone problems so that Dad wouldn’t know that she didn’t know how to do it herself. But all the things he knew how to fix were all on devices that were somewhat functional. Bringing RMI into the current decade would take wiring and electrical engineering and that kind of thing, which Elliot couldn’t do on his own.

“I guess they probably can’t get a wifi signal down here,” he speculated. He wasn’t sure how far underground the school was, but since there was an entire city above them it had to be at least a few hundred feet, for all the plumbing and basements and stuff that were part of Boulder. Unless RMI was the kind of magicked building that wasn’t actually where it was supposed to be—the elevator from Pearl Street could be like a portal and lead somewhere besides right below the bookshop, even if it just felt like the elevator was going straight down.

See, if he had his tablet and an internet connection right now, Elliot could just open an app that had GPS and figure out whether or not they were right under Pearl Street. Ugh. Dead zones were the worst.

He clicked around the file explorer to look at what RMI’s computers could do. “There’s a word processor and a LAN chat,” he reported. The chat didn’t involve the internet, so you could just send messages to other people on the network, which was just this room. Being able to message someone in the same room was always great, but not what he was looking for. What else was there? He found a dropdown with a promising name. “They have games! Oh, wait, just solitaire and minesweeper.” Elliot sighed heavily. “That doesn’t even count. If I wanted to play solitaire I would just get a deck of cards.”

  • Alosersayswhat - Georgina Philpott , Tue Jul 24 16:53
    So far RMI had been better than Gigi had expected. She’d ended up with a roommate but Vi was pretty cool, if kind of annoying. The Aquilas’ main point of contention so far had been Georgina’s pet... more
    • Huh? - Elliot, Tue Jul 24 18:36
      • Are you always this articulate? - Georgina, Wed Jul 25 15:41
        The nerd laughed, which was a good sign, because sometimes people could get tiresomely uptight when Gigi swore in front of them, and she swore a lot. The nerd went on to wax lyrical about the lack of ... more
        • Only on days that end in y - Elliot, Thu Jul 26 05:22
          Elliot was confused. He was pretty sure that he had complained about the lack of internet, and then his Housemate had said that not having the internet sucks, and Elliot had agreed with her , and... more
          • I’ll use short words from now on - Gigi, Thu Jul 26 07:13
            Ugh, she was right, the nerd had taken her comment as an invitation for discussion and Gigi was so uninterested. Yes, it would help her right now to be able to send an e-mail, but she was just fine... more
            • My overworked brain thanks you - Elliot, Thu Jul 26 11:06
              Elliot shrugged. “So do I. Doesn’t mean they’re the best at what they’re for.” Again, wizards had the whole magical aesthetic thing down . They definitely went for form over function. Quills might be ... more
              • You are now indebted to me - Gigi, Sat Jul 28 16:01
                Gigi grinned. Maybe the nerd was only swearing so openly because she already had, but Elliot didn’t sound like the foul language spewing from his mouth was unpractised. Her own mother used swear... more
                • How can I repay you? - Elliot, Tue Jul 31 14:23
                  Elliot nodded. It wasn’t hard to imagine spending that much time with his parents. His mother being nocturnal-ish meant that she was home during the day, so before Elliot had started school, it was... more
                  • I'm saving it for a rainy day - Gigi, Tue Jul 31 15:11
                    Aunt, right, that made sense. Same last name, lots of hugging. Georgina mentally filed away that tidbit for future reference. Tycho was now the sticky kid, and sorry, sweetheart, but there’s nothing... more
                    • Guess I’ll just stay in the red - Elliot, Tue Jul 31 16:06
                      Elliot could not keep the grin off his face as Gigi gaped at him. He always liked telling people what his parents did. The fact that his dad made video games for a living probably wouldn’t be as... more
                      • Suits me - Gigi, Thu Aug 2 15:20
                        Peregrine . That was a sort of bird, right? Georgina was mentally storing and cataloguing much of what Elliot was telling her. He liked flying and video games, which his Dad literally played with for ... more
                        • But not me! - Elliot, Wed Aug 8 22:29
                          Gaming was the only time Elliot could stand to sit still for hours and hours and hours (besides sleeping, but even then, he didn’t sleep a lot, usually going to bed late and getting up early) Elliot... more
                          • Sucks to be you - Gigi, Tue Aug 14 08:31
                            Cool, the tech nerd wanted to play Seeker. Not strictly within the stereotype of sitting every day for hours in front of a screen, but as they had already established, that wasn’t really so much of... more
                            • Actually, it rocks - Elliot, Fri Aug 17 18:27
                              “I don’t think my parents would give a shit if I did magic at home,” as long as he didn’t use it in a bad way, “but I only got my wand a couple weeks before school started and we were super busy so I ... more
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