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Yvette Larinyan ([personal profile] poll_the_stars) wrote2015-04-27 06:43 pm

Come on wuss it's just a door

Avetlarinyarenesaar... Is currently trying to force herself to walk another few steps. She hasn't managed it, yet. Her reason for stopping was perfectly ordinary - check the address, make sure it was correct, be sure she was in the right place. She'd been quite sure, but there wasn't any downside to double checking, so she double checked. And triple checked. She stopped herself from quadruple checking, but she wanted to anyway. To - be sure that she was right. Yes. Not because she was procrastinating, or nervous, or thinking what am I going to say? She wanted to be sure that she was right.

Well. She's right. She checked three times, there's no doubt to it.

"Look," she mutters to herself, "I get it, it's scary, but deal. You are not allowed to - to -" To what? Go home? Maybe try to work up the courage later? Maybe try and avoid the shren house like so many other dragons?

It was a door. It's idiotic to be afraid of a door. Sure, there were shrens on the other side of it, but there could conceivably be shrens on the other side of lots of doors, some of them were in hiding, hair dye existed. Subtle colors existed. She could have been near shrens any number of times.

That - did not actually make her fear go away. Instead it makes her want to curl up in her little apartment and not go outside again.

Great. Okay. Stop that train of thought, it's not useful. If she stands here any longer, people are going to stare. (Is that person over there staring? Probably. Damn.) Just - door. Go. Walk.

She forces herself to walk to the door, somewhat stiffly. And then she is at the door. ... Does she knock? Does she just open it and go in? She has no idea. It's customary to knock, so... She takes a deep breath and does so. Resisting the urge to flee and teleport away (or scamper into the bushes) isn't easy, but she manages it.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
An empathic signature (blunted, businesslike curiosity over background self-assured dissatisfaction) approaches. The door opens.

A turquoise shren is there. She glances at Avet's hair. "Can I help you?"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)


"Research," says the turquoise.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:08 pm (UTC)(link)
"So we do," says the turquoise, exasperated, inwardly eye-rolling. "I don't think you'll get many takers if you offer to let parents make the swap, and if you would, there's already a way to do that."
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
"What do you want to do?" inquires the turquoise. "Look at us? Here I am. You're looking at me. When you aren't averting your eyes in dismay."
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
"I feel fully informed now," says Jensal dryly. "Certainly this suffices to convince me to hand you an infant for whom I'm responsible."
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
"In which case I might be able to find you a consenting volunteer, but this is obviously less likely if they'd be volunteering for a mystery experiment."
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"Are you actually a wizard?" wonders Jensal.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
"Just checking. Is this the first shren house you've tried?"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"I can ask around. What's your name so I can send you a note if I find a volunteer?"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"Mm-hm. If you don't hear from me in a week, most likely the house has nobody who wants to be analyzed."
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Jensal doesn't smile. Jensal steps back and closes the door.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Two days later she receives a letter in a sky-blue Esmaarlan-flagged envelope. The note says that Jensal's found her a volunteer from another house who will be around to meet her at Jensal's house anytime in the next few days.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-04-27 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
When she knocks, a short silver-haired woman answers the door.

"Hello."

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