Nov 12, 2018 5:14 PM
Emma meets a friendly neighborhood architect
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"Uh, they were tasty, but did you just compare the cheese tarts to this library."

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"All right, I admit, they were not anywhere near this good."

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"Different types of good," Emara allows. "I would not want to eat the library."

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"Me neither. It's not a very tasty library."

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"I'm sure it's fine. That's, uh, not normally a requirement." Emara flips a couple pages in the book she's holding, realizes she's probably being rude, and shoves it back in the shelf.

...now what. Social graces, help. "How long have you been doing this?"

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"Architecture? Oh, a while," he says vaguely. "It's a lot of fun!"

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"You're lucky you have a job you like," she says. Perhaps a little more wistfully than she meant to. "What about the rest of your family, uh, what do they do? You said the architecture was a Land thing, not a family thing?"

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"—oh, I don't—uh, really have any."

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That is not a face that invites asking further questions. "Oh. Uh. I'm sorry, I didn't- sorry. I didn't mean to pry."

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"Eh, it's fine, you couldn't have known. Most people don't have my problem."

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"Everyone's family has its own problems," Emara agrees.

It is possible from her expression she is not talking about his family. Maybe.

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"I noticed that, yeah."

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Well, that's horribly embarrassing. Emara sighs. "Yeah, um. Sorry if there was too much shouting."

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"Eh, I've seen worse."

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"That should probably make me feel better", Emara observes, sounding unconvinced. Then: "...uh." That was probably an attempt at reassurance, wasn't it. "I appreciate the thought?"

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He shrugs. "I just mean - you don't need to worry that it bothered me, or anything."

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...she laughs. "If I say I've seen worse, does that even make sense outside my head?"

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"...Maybe not."

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She considers. "Kinda that you'd already said that, but, um. That you did not in fact seem at all bothered, I'm just horribly embarrassed by basically everything my parents say or do?"

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"Yeah, fair enough."

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Emara looks around the library wistfully. "I should probably get back to the party eventually," she says, sounding not at all interested in this prospect. "Otherwise they'll be all... preachy at me."

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"Or you could wander the city all night, but in those shoes you'd probably start regretting it pretty quick."

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"Beauty is pain," she mutters. From the eye roll, it's probably a quote.

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Snort. "Well it shoudn't be."

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"Wouldn't that be nice," she says with a laugh. "And the parties should be optional and the cheese tarts should be mandatory. But alas."

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