Jun 21, 2021 12:59 PM
imrainai in Silmaril
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Melody shows Anne appliances, which might also be convenient for Catherine if she didn't retain all of that yesterday. "My daughter really liked bubble baths when she was little, I bet these kids would like that too."

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"Bubble baths sound like a fantastic invention, should we investigate them Ingolfr?"

Ingolfr nods, so they investigate them. Frey is sort of weirded out by the concept of bathing, but Ingolfr takes it in stride.

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If Frey instead wants to play on his own, or go through the connecting door into Melody's apartment and play piano or watch television, he can do those things.

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Frey will maybe do those things once he is done making sure that Ingolfr's not going to get sick from being wet for so long. Television and pianos are cool but he's really more excited about figuring out how much running he can do without actually having to leave the safety of his house.

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Quite a lot, with the four flights of stairs and the attic! Some of the bedrooms turn out to have little secret passages in the closets, connecting them.

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This house is really neat! It doesn't make up for the fact that he's away from his siblings and his friends and his father and his entire country, but it's a decent consolation prize.

Eventually Ingolfr gets out of the tub and joins his brother in running around the house.

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"Hey. You holding up all right?"

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"For certain values of all right."

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"Dumb ones, it sounds like."

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"...I'm trying to be all right. It's embarrassing thinking that I've held up so much worse than you have. And we're safe here, Sigrun and Tyr can come back if they want, there's nothing preventing us from going wherever we wish, except perhaps home - "

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"But it hasn't been fixed." She kisses her forehead. "We'll fix it. Don't you worry."

They investigate television shows and see if they can cook anything and wait for word on Anne's husband and other children.

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Melody will happily show them how to heat up frozen things in their oven.

 

The television has news shows and (recommended) history-of-Vanda-Nossëo-for-newcomers shows and incomprehensible sports and cooking shows.

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Catherine wants to watch the history for newcomers stuff. Anne wants to watch sports, and points out that Frey also wants to watch sports, so the three of them spend an evening attempting to decode the game's rules and scoring system.

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In the morning Melody has waffles and fruit salad and maple syrup and whipped cream and news of Anne's family. She has one surviving son, her eldest, and one now in the queue for resurrection ("though unfortunately it will probably be a while, I'm very sorry"). Her husband is alive and well but eventually remarried. 

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"Well that's... awkward but reasonable." She has not read enough of the Bible (or, indeed, any) to have much of an idea of how heaven is supposed to deal with the logistics of remarried people. "We should go visit Thomas though! And our parents, are our parents OK?"

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"Fine, and living in the same town as your husband! I think a visit is a great idea."

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"Great, let's go!"

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"You're sure it won't be a problem that Anne is, uh, responsible for an attempt to assassinate their ruler?"

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"It's looking pretty likely that England will vote to stop being part of Scandinavia. I think a visit to England should work out okay, though if we are asked to leave we'll have to leave and though a visit to the city you recently left from wouldn't be permitted."

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"Naturally. Frey, Ingolfr, let's go meet your grandparents and cousins!"

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Melody accompanies them to England and from there to the village so they don't have to deal with confusing magic bus transfers. 

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"Thanks so much! I think I'm getting the hang of these, though. We'll just hang out here with my parents for a couple weeks until we get all the lovey dovey out of our systems, all right?"

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She looks at Catherine. "Do they have space and food for all of you for an unannounced several-week visit?"

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"They're not likely to be prepared, but we'll manage. We'll help with the farm, of course, and - if they were really in need I expect their friends and neighbors would help them. One doesn't put off visiting with one's long-lost daughters and grandchildren for the sake of logistics."

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"All right, if that's what works best for you. I'll visit every day to pick the kids up for visitation, and I can bring anything you think of when I visit."

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