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Sep 22, 2017 9:56 PM
Sadde and Isabella in Eclipse
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They bring Alex and a moldy apple to the cave, and none of them go. Some further experimentation reveals that the problem with the moldy apple is both the seeds and the mold - they don't have the wherewithal to really control for the presence of spores in an environment without grown mold, or the presence and evolution of bacteria when crossing the threshold.

From a legal perspective, they don't have a lot of ground to stand on. The property is the government's, and it isn't selling. Laws tangential to the issue, such as those relating to oil or caves, could get it to be argued several ways, and the only way to make it work as they want to is if they actually create another portal like that on land they actually own. Or it would be, if it weren't for the more relevant Outer Space Treaty, which most relevantly says that celestial resources are the common heritage of mankind, and must not be explored by any one single State.

And Isabella's week off ends and they have to return to New York (or, in Sadde's case, go there for the first time).

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It's disappointing they don't get to just have Sadde legally own the planet but as consolation prizes go getting to bring her pet home is a pretty good one. Here is Isabella's small but shiny apartment in Manhattan!

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Sadde feels very flattered to be considered, as a prize, comparable with a planet.

And: small but shiny apartment! "Ooh, this place's nice."

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"Seeing the future: it pays the big bucks."

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"Imagine where you'll live once you can see a week into the future."

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"It'll probably have as many as ten extra square feet. I don't need all that much room and this is Manhattan."

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"What, no lavish mansions with large pools and fountains with cherub statues?"

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"In downtown New York? Not so much. I mean, I guess I might live somewhere else at that point."

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"You could telecommute," she suggests.

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"This is in fact viable with good precognitive range."

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"Yeah. On the other hand smaller places do have the advantage of being easier to take care of."

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"Well, with cherub statue money I could hire help."

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"True. I wonder what we'd do with such a big place, though, we're just the two of us."

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"Yeah, probably not worth it considering the opportunity cost of money."

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"I think I skipped that econ class."

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"Opportunity cost is what else you'd do with the resource you're spending on a thing. Money's very fungible - did you take that econ class?"

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"Yeah."

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"So you could always spend the money somewhere else, so blowing a bunch on rent is high opportunity cost because you could also give it to charity or, I don't know, buy art."

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"Yeah, smaller's probably better."

She starts exploring the place.

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Kitchen, small but neatly organized. Living room with comfy squashy furniture that wouldn't hurt much if you tripped into it. Bedroom; queen size bed. Bathroom; the shower curtain has clocks on it.

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"This is adorable why are there clocks on your shower curtain?"

(Also: queen size bed~)

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"Gag gift from Alex. Because I see the future, you see."

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"I need to send Alex a thank-you note."

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"For my shower curtain?"

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"Yes, it's adorable and makes sense."

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Isabella giggles and kisses her. "I have stamps around somewhere."

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