She switches to the backstroke after ten laps. Ten more and she rolls over again; breaststroke. She has waterproof headphones and an audiobook going.
"This is pretty cool, where'd you hear about it?"
"I'm on the digest email list for open-access lectures that Purple Brain puts out. They don't check if you're purple."
"It's a purple-oriented website for sorta - continuing or supplemental education, for enrichment without worrying about whether it'll make money. They do the lecture list, and book reviews, and purple interest meetups in things like history and poetry and physics. They have enough purple supremacists working with them to make the website a kind of uncomfortable read but the lecture list is legit."
"Oh you poor innocent soul. Do you ever read anything not written by a green?"
"- look, most of my reading is papers!"
"Nerd," he says affectionately.
"There are supremacists in all the castes. The purple ones are the loudest about it, I think, probably because it's not that threatening to anyone in power if purples come by a policy opinion that is unlikely to get broader traction."
"Well the greens are all like 'we're the smartest, we should rule everything' but no one takes those seriously, we can't even agree on economics -"
Snort. "Funny you should say that."
"We were just having an exchange wondering if there was any listening-to-economists low hanging fruit out there."
"Not my area!" he declares cheerfully.
"Maybe I should drag you to econ lectures."
"You dragged me to this one."
"Does it count as dragging if you're the one steering the chair?"
"This isn't an econ lecture, it's a history lecture which happens to be about currency!"
"See, I told you, -"
"- not my area," Sahde says in unison with Ohan.
"That's why there need to be more lectures. I like econ ones."
"Maybe I could give you an Intro to Econ crash course."
"I took Intro, I'm not that specialised."
"All I've had formally is Basic Finance and the Bookmaking elective, but I read a lot."
"I haven't had anything formally but I also read a lot."