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13 August 2018 @ 03:59 pm
_Meet the Family_ part 6  

Rael grabbed a hank of mane as she aimed Calico at the gate, but the mare hopped through like an old hand and trotted down the sandy double track in front of them. "Guess your previous owner did a lot of corridoring." She spotted two long green tiles roofs on the far side of the nearest hills. She looked back . . . rolling low hills, the grass looking greener and thicker that direction.

As the track crossed the swale between the low hills, Rael spotted the buildings below the roofs. Two three story ornate marble edifices, with columns and carvings and steps as broad as the whole building . . . The road was paved for a few hundred meters . . .

And that was it.

Just two huge buildings, plunked down in the middle of rolling hills.

Rael cocked her head at a sound . . . Surf? She stopped Calico in front of the first building. No sing of anyone, and lowering her shields confirmed that both buildings were empty.

Some Wizards School!

What did Mink say? If no one's there just follow the path to the beach?

She peeled out of her jacket. Wiped sweat off her forehead, and took off the long sleeved shirt as well. Calico moved out as soon as she picked up the reins and headed for the path.

The hills lost more vegetation, becoming definitely sand dunes and then beach.

Calico slammed on her brakes and snorted at the big waves.

"It's just water, silly."

A snort of disbelief.

Rael spotted movement to the left, and leaned that direction. Calico kept a suspicious eye on the aggressive water, as she headed left, resisting Rael's attempt to get her out onto the firm wet sand.

Rael could feel the power usage ahead, and spotted fireballs soaring out over the waves.

Nice! No fire hazard.

The fireballs stopped as the two tall figures turned toward her. She blinked as she recognized the closest one.

"Duke Dydit. I didn't realize . . ."

The tall good looking man just grinned. "That I didn't stay at Ambassador Never's side full time? Rael Withione, correct? I don't think we ever actually spoke." His sleeves and pant legs were rolled up . . . unlike the decrepit beach bum coming up behind him.

Rael looked beyond the ragged cutoff pants and threadbare shirt and into the eyes of a predator. She swallowed. "Xen suggested I should come and impress Nil with my shield piercing abilities."

The old man eyed her, then turned his head. "Bari! Come take the lady's horse." He looked back at Rael. "And then we'll just see who impresses whom."

Maybe I ought to have just stuck to kissing sleeping gods.

Rael slid off and handed to reins to a wiry muscled carrot top of a boy, and walked out to meet the Archwizard.

"Shield piercing, eh?"

"Well, it's more like sneaking through than piercing."

"Indeed? Get through this."

Rael boggled at the sheer strength of the physical shield, then raised her own as she reached and felt the frequency of . . . the first layer. Matched that, matched the second reached and tapped the wizard, jerking her fingers back quickly as the man threw up another as he stepped back, startled.

"That . . . Yes. I am impressed." Nil turned to glare at Duke Dydit. "Get that smirk off your face."

Dydit grinned. "She almost a granddaughter-in-law. That gives me a right to smirk."

The old man glowered at him, and turned back to Rael. "So do you do the same to mental shields?" His hardened as he spoke.

She already had the frequency and double shielded to incoming before she matched frequencies. And whispered, "long it takes her to Holy Cats!" and then shielded as hard as she could.

It turned into a whole day exploration of her techniques, his adaptations, her adjustments . . .

They had to break several times to eat and drink and rest.

With students looking on wide-eyed.

"I think I interrupted your class."

"Wizards need to be flexible. It's good for them to see that even I have a few things to learn."

A chuckle from Dydit. "Like staying at least ten feet away from Oner Princesses? And hoping they don't know about warping light?"

Rael grinned. "It's not well known. So . . . has Xen had any luck flying?"

Fortunately there was a brisk wind off the ocean, so she demonstrated. Kiting up a hundred meters, circling a few times, and managing to make the landing look easy, instead of unusually graceful.

"More gliding than flying, really." She giggled at their expressions. "Learning to land is the hard part."

Nil was frowning. "Just a pull, and shaped shield wings."

"A head wind, and a tail for stability. Frankly it's showy and fun, but not terribly useful except in an emergency when you need to get down from a high building or aircar."

Dydit grinned. "I think I'll wait till no one is looking before I give it a try."

Rael pointed. "I'd recommend starting from up on a sand dune. Although anchoring your pull might be harder in loose sand. And, umm, Dydit? Your heavy build is going to make it difficult."

He eyed her thin build and nodded. “It may take a rather large surface area.”

 
 
 
(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2018 10:16 pm (UTC)
Confused
"She already had the frequency and double shielded to incoming before she matched frequencies. And whispered, "long it takes her to Holy Cats!" and then shielded as hard as she could."
This sounds as if Rael is whispering, but the content of the whisper sounds more like Nil or Dydit.
matapampamuphoff on August 14th, 2018 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: Confused
Yes. That's how she showed him that she was through his mental shield and reading his surface thoughts. I'll make that more clear.
1stew1stew on August 13th, 2018 10:51 pm (UTC)
Half Breed
She knows she is part mage from Bran...It will be interesting to see if she mentally embraces more of her "Fallen" heritage than she already does...even though she views herself a "Oner". So what is her genetic make up anyway being from a mage and a oner? She's not really a witch is she?
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on August 14th, 2018 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: Half Breed
Both Rael's X Chromosomes are Oner (Bran isn't a Wizrd/ Mage like Falco_ so the Wine Bran's Bran X

See _Flying_
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2018 01:09 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Half Breed
The mage gene is on the y chromosome, so women can't inherit it. Like the farmer girls deciding not to be traditional mage wives any more and getting genetic engineering so they could have some power. Rael has two One x chromosomes. One from Kael and the other from her Oner part father. That Wine struck again. Have pity on that poor, shocked, respectable Lesbian.
matapampamuphoff on August 14th, 2018 02:08 am (UTC)
Re: Half Breed
Wait till Rael loses her temper and shows Kael that picture . . .
James ResoldierJames Resoldier on August 14th, 2018 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Half Breed
Oooo ouch!
(Anonymous) on August 17th, 2018 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: Half Breed
Kael already knows. She has known since Rael was in hospital after the assassination attempt.
matapampamuphoff on August 17th, 2018 05:04 am (UTC)
Re: Half Breed
Kael rejected the possibility that she'd had relations with a native. Genetic analyses are very private information, released only at need, although I did have searches for specific things and Interior then getting the names and contacts in _Empire of the One_. No doubt there were warrants involved.

In any case, Urfa would not have passed the information on to any one except the president, and maybe then only if he felt the president needed to know as a security matter.

So Kael may (or more likely not) have doubts now, but Urfa would not have sent her Rael's detailed genetic analysis.

I wonder if Kael knows the significance of the "One of Makkah" on her own birth certificate?