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28 October 2019 @ 12:54 pm
_Professor_ part 53  

“And all we’ll be able to charge him with is assault and battery, and negligent homicide.” Ox shrugged. “And espionage. No doubt the diplomats will be salivating at the possible utility of live spies in our hands. Not that they have much that we want.”

Rael cleared her throat. “Unless they’ve kept the real Eshy and Adse incarcerated all these years. Getting them back, publicizing their experiences, kidnapped and held prisoner for seventy years. Excellent PR to beat Earth over the head with. And if they’re dead, two innocent college kids . . . same thing.”

“Politics.” Ox grunted. “Thank you, Rael, for once again being a force of chaos, blasting everything wide open. Now, please go away, and don’t do it again any time soon.”

Rael grinned. “Gladly! I don’t want to be the one to break it to Eshy and Erdu’s wives.” She turned to go, and paused to look over her shoulder. “Eshy’s got two daughters that we really ought to test for dimensional abilities. Sometime. Ta!”

As she left she could hear Ox . “. . . always wanted to be the one who got to arrest that woman. Now? I’m really glad it never happened, because . . . nothing happens normally around that woman.”


Rael passed Milo on the way to the Administration Building.

Raised her brows at the new bruise.

“Kissed her.” He grinned and touched his cheek. “Totally worth it.”

Oh One! This is going to be interesting!

But she kept going. Urfa wanted the whole Directorate school senior staff in on his meeting with the University Chancellor. In the big conference room. Ejti was standing with Urfa up at the head of the table.

Name places around the table.

Department heads up at the head, plus Professor Ivy and Ymco, whoever that was. And her own name, right beside Urfa’s.

Me? What are you up to, Boss?

Or is this Chancellor Ejti’s show?

Ejti sat at the head of the table, Urfa to his left. Rael circled around and sat beside him, and everyone else found their places, with some glowers from down the table. Four department heads, for the School’s six departments. Twenty-three section heads.

Ejti tapped the table. “This meeting of the School of Directorate Studies of the University of the Empire, New York is in session. As you know both your school and the School of Magic have lost personnel this week. I will address the School of Magic situation in a later meeting. This meeting involves only the School of Directorate Studies.

“Chancellor Urfa and I have discussed and agreed on a course of action. If it proves difficult to implement, we will reconsider other options at an appropriate time.

“I now turn the meeting over to Chancellor Urfa.”

“Thank you Chancellor.” Urfa nodded to him, then looked down the table.

“We have lost two section heads this week. I am appointing Dr. Ymco Withione Madras Head of the Department of Languages. Dr. Ymco, you will need to appoint a new section head for Modern Languages.

“I am appointing Dr. Ivpi Withione Head of the Department of Social Sciences.” Urfa’s mouth quirked a little at the glare from Ivpi. Dr. Ivpi, you will need to appoint a new section head for History.

“I am removing the Magic Section from the Department of Social Sciences, and forming a new Department of Magic . . .”

Oh shit.

“. . . under the direction of Rael Withione Montevideo. Dr. Rael, you will need to draw up a plan for the organization of your department, and we will discuss how best to implement it.” A wry smile. “And how to pay for it.”


A faint squeak from Dr. Qaif, head of BioSci. “My budget!”

“We will attempt to finance the initial costs though patrons, so the running finances will be spared a hit.”

Ivy huffed. “And where is the Department of Magic going to . . . land?”

Rael suppressed a giggle. Wait till I tell Oliver and Awful that they’re going to get a chance to design the first ever building utilizing bubbled rooms.

“That will depend on the financial situation. I will attempt to be out from under your feet as quickly as possible.”

Ivy glowered. “No doubt taking your posh office with you.”

“No doubt. But I’ll leave the other double office, if you want it.” Real grinned. This may really be fun!


Rael swallowed hard. "No. He will not be so protected he can't live. He will have as close to a normal childhood as we can manage." her mind boggled briefly at the concept of her life being anyone's standard for "normal," let alone Xen's. "And that requires not being smothered in security."

Ox looked exasperated. "We already have a trio of guards assigned to Ryol and Arno, and keeping completely in the background. I'll add another, to keep an eye on your house while you and Xen are both absent."

"Right. Have all four of them drop by this evening, so we can all recognize them, and Jess and the kids won't think they're being stalked."

matapampamuphoff on October 28th, 2019 05:55 pm (UTC)
Right, I need a cozy domestic scene to wrap it up and it is done!
cnmckenney on October 28th, 2019 07:27 pm (UTC)
Cozy domestic scene?!?! My sainted aunt! It might start out as cozy and domestic but I'm sure that someone from somewhere will show up and off we go again.
Ms. Uphoff, anyone ever tell you you should be writing for the screen? Those movie and TV scripts where the denouement comes and everyone relaxes and congratulates everyone else on a job well done. Then you catch a glimpse of the train hurtling toward them and "CUT". So we get to wait for the next one to see what happened. You would do very well at those scripts.
matapampamuphoff on October 28th, 2019 08:19 pm (UTC)
This is my SF/F Soap Opera. Unfortunately I haven't heard from anyone crazy enough to want to film it.
(Anonymous) on October 28th, 2019 07:38 pm (UTC)
Perhaps a bit more with Jues(?)? Dropping her off at her house drunk out-of-her mind was good, but a little more resolution of the hostility between her and Rael would be nice.
matapampamuphoff on October 28th, 2019 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Jues
Right. Cozy domestic scene . . . a knock on the door. Jues. Now who is she going to punch?
(Anonymous) on October 28th, 2019 08:35 pm (UTC)
Ivy doesn't seem to be the laid back intelligent guy he seemed in the Directorate School books. He sounds a lot like a jealous bureaucrat in this last scene. It was other professors that were jealous at the beginning.
(Anonymous) on October 28th, 2019 09:18 pm (UTC)
No, I can see it. Ivy is being kicked out of his nich into administration. Much less teaching much more paper shuffling and ego clashes.

(Anonymous) on October 28th, 2019 09:10 pm (UTC)
A little bit more on who Erdu is would be satisfying for me. His story doesn't feel complete to me, it feels like there is still a loaded gun sitting on the table, waiting for something to bump it, oops. Can we have a scene where Rael removes the Chain and our favorite Priest compass from Marooned tells us what's going on with him?
(Anonymous) on October 29th, 2019 02:19 pm (UTC)
I think Erdu remains very much a cipher. If he's an Earth-created clone, where and how did he get trained? He had to have enough training to at least not go broadcasting "I am an Earther spy" everywhere he went. Did the Earthers use Powers from Purple to help? What was he trying to accomplish? How did he locate the Felis brothers? (For that matter, how closely related are they to Jamie?)

(Anonymous) on October 30th, 2019 02:56 am (UTC)
I feel the same. I know it's another story but I wonder about Ice/Harp and Cat/Kat's reactions to the murder or imprisonment of the original Eshy and Adse (maybe Xen can look for them) and news of the clone. There's a violence that they are now a part of and Earth's attitude is to still make slaves of people who are other