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"The singer? Yeah, he couldn't get away with it."

When Telkam is bewigged they can catch a grey bus. It's not strictly caste-exclusive - there's two purples and a yellow along for the ride - but it's a line that goes through grey neighborhoods and to grey workplaces.

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He'd at a minimum attract attention, and now he doesn't. It's very satisfying. 

 

He stares longingly out the window at the neighborhoods even though they're objectively less nice.

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Well, not strictly; they have bigger yards and bigger parks, sacrificing some house space for room for the kids and even the adults to run around.

"I live two blocks down from that stop but the springs are another three past it," says Ialtem, pointing.

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"The yards are nice." Sigh. 

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"My grandmother lives with my parents, did the whole time I was growing up, and turned half of ours into a garden, I had to play in the neighbor kids' yards lest I squash her vegetables."

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"You poor thing."

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"Eh, at least nobody made me do math after I could count and figure out money."

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" I think actual greens actually enjoy it. But then somehow there's me."

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"You're a fake?" snorts Ialtem, elbowing him.

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"I did ask my mother once if there was any chance - she made such a face at me -"

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He laughs. "I've got a purple great-grandma but I can't say I've ever felt a calling to be a barista."

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"My dad's actually blue. Ran away from home as a teenager, showed up at a university across the country with honestly a really thin lie, invented - well, bunch of stuff, half of cryptography's his work - and then when they figured it out he was just like 'I dare you to make a thing of it'. His mother's green, though, so it's not like it came out of nowhere."

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"You don't think you'd rather be blue? Could make the case."

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"One of my brothers did. I'd be even worse at blue than green - green there're a couple ways you can flex it, blue there's really not - and I can't stand any of them anyway - Aitim's okay but all his friends -"

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"I dunno that I've ever met a blue, up close, are they awful -"

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"Not really, I'm not being very fair. But they're - the only people they actually have to convince is other blues, you know, talking to everyone else is just performance. Very likable performance, in some cases, but -"

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"Just, I'm So-and-so Neli and I have so much respect for the greys of Aleta City, who I am told can throw things and hit stuff, vote for me?"

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"Aitim would make a pont of looking up in advance who'd been having a very good throwing-things and hitting-stuff season and drop a reference." Sigh. "I might just have problems with authority."

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"Don't make it sound like it's your problem," snorts Ialtem. "This's our stop."

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"Authority might just be unworthy of my good regard." Off they get. 

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The hot springs are pleasant to soak in, stark naked, after a long day of hitting each other with sticks. The water is clear enough to be unobstructive to ogling.

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He might do some ogling. People who can beat him up are a thing.

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He is ogled right back.

"So do greens fuck on first dates or would that be declassé."

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"Are you under the impression I would care. - it's allowed, really, but if it weren't that'd be more reason. You said your place is four blocks?"

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"It was the last pickup line left in the store last I went shopping, sue me. Four bus stops, it's a nice run."

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