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26 April 2019 @ 08:58 am
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Tenuously connected scene . . .

“Milo . . . go away and chase after some woman who will not alienate your dad, sabotage your political career, horrify your friends, and disgust you when all my deep dark secrets come out.”

“No.” The infuriating creature kicked back in the chair next to hers, completely at ease.

:: Arno? I’m going to have to exercise the nuclear option on Milo. ::

:: Ooo! Can I come watch the expression on his face? ::

:: No! I’m just warning you. ::

:: No problem. Enjoy, kicking the poor sad creature. ::

:: Shut up. ::

“Milo. My biomother is Rael Withione Montevideo. The Rael. My father is . . .”

“Xen Wolfson. Did you really think no one’s noticed? Well, not the Team Trainees, they’re not terribly bright.” He grinned. “It’s the hair. If you’d dyed it, or shaved it off, maybe you could have gotten through your first semester without being recognized.”

“Oh, good grief. I always figured I could ditch you with that, if I got desperate.”

“Desperate? Nope, you don’t look desperate. You look like a young woman who thought no one would love her if they found out your . . .” His voice dropped two octaves. “Deep. Dark. Secret.”


He grinned. “Now you’re going to have to come to terms with the knowledge that the people worth hanging around with don’t care. Or worse, think it’s interesting.”

(Anonymous) on April 26th, 2019 05:55 pm (UTC)
This actually brings up a good point, the Wolf Kids are all the children of women who married War Party grandees, as such their own politics, & thus that of their social circles were & probably still are, mostly War Party supporters, meaning that the kids grew up thinking everyone hates them & their father, because the War Party still hates Xen.

So it could be interesting at some point for some of them to discover that Milo isn't necessary the outlier, & that there may even be a significant chunk of the wider population who consider Xen's greatest crime to be failing to bring the War Party down entirely...
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on April 26th, 2019 06:13 pm (UTC)

Empire of the One

"These horse show people, mostly War Party or are the Isolationists active there too?"
"Both. It’s an approved high society activity. And then the wives swap around so much, they’re pretty indifferent to the label they take on when they marry someone of the other party. They’re real good at not saying the wrong thing, and hiding their real opinions.

So the mothers may now be married to members of other parties or just be avoiding the top.

Poppy, Jay's mother did eventually marry Ajki who qualifies as a Grandee, if an oddity. This is more friend of his kinswoman Xiat however. Plus The Wine of course.
ekuah on April 26th, 2019 08:25 pm (UTC)
Well, those ex war party wives can be pretty bad poison to any following husband who fail to sire a child with them.

Pretty risky. Or a job for the joy juice.

I feel really crappy for defining those women just by the party affiliation of their former husbands.
matapampamuphoff on April 26th, 2019 08:49 pm (UTC)
Well the Game wives sort of package themselves like status commodities. "Two ministers and a governor couldn't get me pregnant. Think you're man enough to do the job?"

I really invented a rather crappy society, and most of the women I single out for attention get out of the game.
(Anonymous) on April 26th, 2019 10:15 pm (UTC)
In an Austrian accent...
"Tell me more about your mother..."
ekuah on April 26th, 2019 11:11 pm (UTC)
Still, it would feel nicer to define them as the mothers of Xen's half oner children.

Less impression of chattel or commodity there.

And on the other hand, The Empire of the One appeared even crappier than warmonger earth in the beginning.
They read like a bunch of megalomaniac fanatics.
Total disrespect for natives
Suicide on capture

Now the empire is quite likable place and earth is still the backward, retarded villain.

High time for an emergency on earth so that they need the help of disco. Something of the scale of cannibal world.
(Anonymous) on April 27th, 2019 12:26 am (UTC)
ekuah on April 27th, 2019 05:44 am (UTC)
Maybe something new.
Maybe someone working more subtle.
Maybe something that needs magic to defeat.
Maybe someone with machine-made dimensional abilities.

How do you fight a tank that is reinforced with reverse bubbled armor plates?
(Anonymous) on April 27th, 2019 01:47 pm (UTC)
I think there is a hint of foreshadowing in an offhand comment by Q in Meet the Family .