Jun 23, 2018 6:08 AM
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(And off Library of Alexandria goes.)

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"What are the secret identities for?"

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"So that villains won't go after us when we're unprepared, nor after our friends and families."

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"My friends and family are really far away and it's a really bad idea to try to hurt them, so I might not need a secret identity."

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"It's also to help separate our regular lives from our jobs as capes. Parahumans are - celebrities, here, and not always in a good way. Kids could be bullied at school for their powers, or get unwanted attention, and that's true even for adults."

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"...you're not going to make me go to school, are you?"

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"We're not making any plans right now. It's usually seen as good for children as young as you are to go, but I'm not under the impression we could actually hold you anywhere you don't want to be."

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"If it helps more people for me to work with your government and your government has stupid rules I'll try to follow the stupid rules, but you only have one of me and so my time is pretty valuable and what do humans of my equivalent developmental maturity even learn in school? Like if it's 'electrical engineering' or 'computer science' your world's too far behind for me to learn anything - I love learning languages and only speak a handful of Earth ones, I'd be happy to take language classes -"

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"- they learn to write and do basic mathematics, children your age learn electrical engineering?"

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"Well, actually, my home universe hadn't even invented writing or the wheel yet when the multiverse found us, but now that I live in Warp I study whatever I want and we were designing a planet for our interstellar consortium so I learned a lot of engineering - if I want to make buildings that aren't just copies of other buildings I have to know what I'm doing - and I know a lot about encryption because file security when there are people who can conjure arbitrary matter around is hard. I don't know much Earth history, but it'd be really tempting while I was studying it to conjure scale models of places and the complete written works of various kings and so on, it'd be frustrating to study and not be able to do that -"

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"I think we might be able to skip school," he says, trying pretty hard to keep up.

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"Yeah. I should read about how Cube did their tech jump - Cube has an Earth and someone found the Earth in 2005 and got it up to a budding galactic power in like ten years, and that was with the planet dented and they didn't have a demon - and then I can figure out how to give you a tech jump, it'll be very educational so you don't have to worry about me learning enough. ....also when Lári had to be a child soldier they had people sit with her while she worked the assembly line and teach her lessons, you could have someone give me lessons while I tapped people to heal them -"

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"That could work, yes. I'm not the best at that kind of task, I'm more combat tactics oriented, but I'm sure the Protectorate can find people who can help turn our planet into a galactic power - does that mean aliens exist, then?"

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"Yeah, you've got a crowded universe, hundreds and hundreds of species with written works. I came to the Earth first because I know how Earths work and it's unlikely I could pass for any of the other species."

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"Our scientists will be very interested in that." He shakes his head a bit. "Should we head to Chicago now, so you can build your house?"

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"Sure." Pop, they're floating over Lake Michigan.

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He brings his wrist to his lips and says, "Can you find and purchase an empty lot?"

"How big?" The answer's not loud, but Epic can make it out anyway, and Legend echoes it to the Elf.

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"...I might end up making people, so, as big as they can spare? On the water'd be really nice...I can pay them back right away, I don't need to do any reading to feel comfortable selling you handheld universal translators and 23rd-century computers and stuff."

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"On the water?"

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"Like, on the coast? I could figure out how to do something in the middle of the lake but if I make people they won't have any powers and it'd be inconvenient for them."

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He relays these things to whoever he's talking to on his wrist, including the part where Epic has powers that will let him be able to produce any material goods so he can basically purchase whatever, and eventually he's given coordinates and starts flying that way, somewhat (much) slower than he strictly needs to be because Epic isn't completely indestructible like he is (as far as he knows).

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He flaps along, considering what kind of house would fit in with Earth architecture while being sufficiently pretty. 

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And they reach an uninhabited spot with some signs saying that construction work will happen Soon!! "Is here a good enough place?"

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"Yes!" 

 

And he teleports out the dirt and puts it somewhere outside the star system (this is not responsible behavior, but he thinks he gets a pass under the circumstances) so he doesn't have to worry about the stability of the foundations, and then he flies around making a nice non-demonstrative not-obviously-from-an-alien-society house, putting in Gleet biofilters instead of glass but putting in the kinds with a sheen to them so birds won't fly into them constantly.  

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"Okay!" he says happily after a minute.

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"Wow," he breathes, floating down until he lands. "That's... incredible."

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