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Jun 25, 2017 1:15 AM
Sindri proposes marriage to Demon Cam
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Having never been called upon to build a glacier, I don't have my design choices finalized, but I expect I'd go for a variety. No mammoths, though, not unless I went overboard and decided to take thousands of years to construct an entire planet with a carefully crafted biological and geological history. Fake frozen mammoths in my artificially produced glaciers just feels so inauthentic otherwise.
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Being a demon does not make me immune to accidentally inhaling orange juice I will have you know.
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I apologize. Well, I apologize while cackling gleefully, but the apology is nevertheless sincere.
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If you would find it convenient to visit Only Technically Nonrandom Rural Location, Canada, you could do that and we could have an actual date modulo the possibility that I will suddenly freak out upon being confronted with your seventeenness in person.
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I have been a thane of Thule and therefore in all respects a legal adult for a year and a half, but I understand that that logic may not be operative in your reaction to my seventeenness, particularly since in your benighted country I wouldn't even be allowed to drink alcohol for another four fucking years. I would be happy to visit your technically nonrandom rural location.
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Cam sends him the location of a gazebo a half-hour flight from the castle. And:

I didn't drink alcohol even once it was legal, and, be fair, that's an irregular age requirement even in the States, virtually everything else is eighteen or younger. I felt very mature at seventeen and do not in retrospect think I was in error, but I'm pushing chronological thirty for all that I still look twenty-two, and even twenty-two would be kinda sketchy.
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Oh, sure, I don't deny that it's reasonable to be worried in your position, it's just - not even that I think I'm a stunningly mature seventeen-year-old so much as that I took the þainneið on my sixteenth birthday and therefore as far as my country is concerned I have been not only an adult for the past year and a half but specifically someone who upholds a personal responsibility to make the world around me a better place in whatever ways I am capable of.

The age of majority in Thule for most purposes is eighteen; sixteen is just the earliest you can take the þainneið, and once you do that it's sort of stupid to keep considering you a child in any respect, so we don't. Most sixteen-year-olds do not choose to take on the responsibility of thanehood, and many wouldn't be accepted if they tried, but I did and I was and now I am a thane. I can officiate marriages, I can issue emergency orders to members of the military, and if I break the law I'm tried more leniently but sentenced more harshly because the assumption is that I probably had a good reason but if I didn't I sure as hell should've known better.
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Who accepts or doesn't accept you?

Also, in case it was ambiguous given that I suggested a date after you proposed marriage, please don't officiate anything while you are here.
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The Grand Duchess of Thule or duly appointed representative.

I am certainly not going to marry you until you explicitly accept my proposal. Marrying people who don't want to be married is the sort of thing a thane should know better than to do. Marrying them to oneself even more so.
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Just checking. In case 'come have a date with me! In Canada!' seemed a little too acceptance-shaped.
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Ah. No, it sounded date-shaped, but I can see why you would have wanted to clarify.
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When's good?
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Saturday afternoon? Around one o'clock, your local time?
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Sure. Show up hungry, I do good food.
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Will do!
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Should I plan on anything more elaborate than dinner?
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Oh, I don't know. Feel free to surprise me.
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I feel like this would be an awkward place for a glacier.
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I'm sure you'll think of something.
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Suppose you are disappointed and I am uncreative and bad at guessing?
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If you cannot think of any interesting gifts, set pieces, geographical features, exotic potted plants, lost wonders of the world, or other miscellanea to add to our date, I will be very surprised indeed.
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We shall see.
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Indeed.
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When Sindri shows up the gazebo is decorated with interesting demonic artwork and there is unfamiliar baroque music playing.
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He arrives by fairy, and when he waves to her she zips off.

"Nice," he says of the setup.
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