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27 February 2019 @ 01:21 pm
_Guardsman_ part 27  


Then the younger kids galloped in, ten-year-old Raaz, and eight-year-old Oxy, AKA Oxre.///

Also nice kids, asking about Xiaz and Ixto, his five years old twins.

They all crunched mice healthy vegetables while the three women giggled as they finished up dinner prep. Kept the conversation light all through natural roast beef, mashed potatoes, asparagus, and peach cobbler.

Then a tour of the house, with Oxy showing off his basement bedroom with the door to the back garden, courtesy of a dimensional corridor. Much discussion of how dimensional phenomena could change architecture once the price came down.

“Once I get better at it.” Ryol bounced and giggled, in a manner terrifyingly like her biomother. She scowled at her brother. “Arno’s way advanced. But I’ll catch up.”

Izzo looked at the boy. “Think you’ll be able to make gates?”

“Yes, sir. It putting them where I want them that’s the problem. The lessons with Disco have been interesting. I think I can find home reliably, so I could go through a powered gate, and make a permanent gate back. I think.”

“Oh . . . already. I hope you’re planning on the Directorate School. Not that we won’t hire you, if you go freelance.”

Ryol grinned. “It’s on the top of the list for both of us, right now. And we’ve got enough extra high school credits that we can probably graduate in two more years, in the fall of 1415.”

“The University of the Empire in New York has an excellent sciences department.” Arno’s voice squeaked a bit, and he sighed resignedly. Cleared his throat. “So I can take extra science, beyond what the Directorate School offers.”

Izzo eyed the boy. “Don’t answer, if it’s too personal, but you’re not doing the hormone suppressants?”

“I talk to Xen about it. He said it’s a lot less . . . socially weird if I wait until my voice settles, and then suppress it until I’m twenty-two or so.”

Ox sighed. “The world has gotten very strange.”

matapampamuphoff on February 27th, 2019 07:34 pm (UTC)
Mind you, I've put this in as chapter 2, but that is subject to change. It'll be awhile before these two threads merge, and I'll probably jump back and forth inmplying a month or two between scenes and get to the Presidential race as soon as possible.
(Anonymous) on February 27th, 2019 09:12 pm (UTC)
They eat mice!!
"They all crunched mice healthy vegetables"

I originally thought you intended 'nice health vegetables' but I now think it should be 'mice, healthy vegetables"
Michawl Dolbear: pic#111005956Michawl Dolbear on February 27th, 2019 09:53 pm (UTC)
RE: They eat mice!!
matapampamuphoff on February 28th, 2019 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: They eat mice!!

I'm a horrible typist (you guys have probably noticed) but M-N is one of my regular errors, because just as I was ramping up and starting to write a lot, the #1 son dissected my keyboard to see how it worked. He got _most_ of the letters back in the right spot. But somehow the wrong pattern got stuck in my head.
Ian BirchenoughIan Birchenough on February 28th, 2019 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: They eat mice!!
And I was hoping for another experimental rodent story!
(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2019 02:51 am (UTC)
RE: They eat mice!!
I vaguely remember a reference to Roman high society banqueting on a dish of doormice in honey. Might be a touch of the exotic in the culture, so far everybody seems very Western excepting the !Zolts.

(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2019 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: They eat mice!!
During Michael Omega's visit to Makkah during "Directorate School" he ran into a few non-Western folks, such as suicide bomber and the man refusing to enter the mosque because he didn't want to marry his underage cousin. And India still seems at least a little exotic in the few glimpses we've seen ("Lucky Dave" and "Warriors of the One"). I wouldn't expect anything too exotic given over a thousand years of unity and the Oner influence, plus shared popular culture.

matapampamuphoff on February 28th, 2019 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: They eat mice!!
And Oners, half of them prefer vat meat and fabbed food.

Eat a *mouse* !!!!!

But, no doubt, there are extreme antisocial groups who go out of their way to eat things that will disgust "normal people."
(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2019 05:27 am (UTC)
Re: They eat mice!!
And of course, with all their various connections to the Directorates, Ryol & Arno will be fully aware that being adventurous with regards to diet will be an advantage to their future.

Though I have to wonder if one of Xen's kids (or maybe Q's) might not think to buy a containerized hyroponics setup & install it in a bubble against "a bad trip"...
(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2019 05:38 am (UTC)
RE: Re: They eat mice!!
Not bad.
We're starving!
Ok, hold on while I adjust the time dilation on this bubble. Right, vegies are grown for salad. If I put the stew on in the kitchen bubble right now, it'll be done in half an hour.
If you want a roast you'll have to go hunting.
What? Do you expect me to do everything on my own? Who do you think I am? She's?
(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2019 05:39 am (UTC)
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Damn spellcheck. She's used to read Ebsa.
(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2019 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Re: They eat mice!!
IIRC, in "Project Dystopia" Ebsa DID serve rat. I'm sure he could find a recipe for mice. 8^)
matapampamuphoff on February 28th, 2019 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: They eat mice!!
Umm, umm, Rat Kebobs! Yummy!
(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2019 11:47 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: They eat mice!!
Vat mouse meat gets around the skinning and cleaning, also a great treat for pets so should be available.

matapampamuphoff on March 1st, 2019 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: They eat mice!!
I totally failed to consider the possibilities for spoiling pets in the tech I've given them!