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Kas Petaal ([personal profile] truthwright) wrote2013-07-25 12:32 pm

i've written home to mother

They fly from the aquarium to Charlie's house, because Helen wants to see Charlie.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 04:48 pm (UTC)(link)
It's a longish flight. Ranata elects to follow the highway. There are a lot of billboards. For miscellaneous services, for miscellaneous products, for miscellaneous movies.

Apparently in four months audiences may expect yet another movie about the Shade-Dreamer. This one is entitled "Isabella Amariah and the Harpies' Bargain"; the actress they have got to play her at least looks like a convincing witch when photographed and does have an owl posing dramatically on her shoulder, albeit a barn owl.
Edited 2013-07-25 16:56 (UTC)
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:02 pm (UTC)(link)
"What's a harpy?" says Helen. "And isn't that my secret mom's name?"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:03 pm (UTC)(link)
"A harpy is a creature that lives in the afterlife and acts as a gatekeeper there," says Ranata, "and - yes - yes it is, they're talking about the same person."
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:05 pm (UTC)(link)
"Why's there a movie about my secret mom? Isn't she a secret?"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:05 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's a secret that she's your mom. It's not a secret that she did what she did."
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"What'd she do?"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:08 pm (UTC)(link)
"She made the afterlife."
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:09 pm (UTC)(link)
"Really?" says Helen. "How'd she do that?"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:10 pm (UTC)(link)
"No one knows exactly." Ranata swallows. "Most witches think she did a sacrificial spell - with herself as the sacrifice - and that that's why she hasn't turned up since - but something Kas said makes me think maybe that isn't what happened - he would know more than me about it, though, he was closer to her at the time it happened and he won't tell me everything."
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:15 pm (UTC)(link)
"Oh."

Helen contemplates this.

"Why not? Is it because she's secret?"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
"I don't know why he won't tell me. He just won't."
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:21 pm (UTC)(link)
"I bet it's because she's secret," says Helen.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:22 pm (UTC)(link)
"She's only partly secret. They make movies about her," says Ranata. "But that you're her daughter needs to stay a secret, because people would bother you about it if they knew."
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"I don't want people bothering me about her," says Helen. "Because she's secret."
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:24 pm (UTC)(link)
"Very good," sighs Ranata.
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:26 pm (UTC)(link)
And that is all Helen has to say on the subject of her secret mom for now.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:26 pm (UTC)(link)
They arrive at Charlie's eventually.
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Helen swoops upon him for hugs.

"Hi, grandpa! Manatees are really huggable, did you know? And Grandma is more huggable than manatees. She is like the best manatee. She's a granatee!"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:27 pm (UTC)(link)
He hugs her. "I did not know that about manatees," he says, laughing softly.
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's true! We looked at some and they looked huggy," she asserts.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"But you didn't try it and see?"
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"There was a sign that said we're not s'posed to. So I hugged Granatee instead!"
Edited 2013-07-25 17:34 (UTC)
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:35 pm (UTC)(link)
"Is that my name now?" chuckles Ranata.
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"No! Your name is Ranata Ekamma," says Helen. "Granatee is your other thing."
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"Her other thing?" asks Charlie, amused.
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
"The other thing that's not a name but it's what you call somebody! Like grandma and grandpa and granatee and mommy and daddy and spinach!"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"All right then," laughs Ranata. "But I'm still only secretly your grandma, so 'granatee' is a word for in private, okay? I only ever had - the one child, so if people knew you were my grandchild, they would know about your... secret mom."
Edited 2013-07-25 17:40 (UTC)
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:40 pm (UTC)(link)
"Okay," says Helen.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:40 pm (UTC)(link)
"Good." Forehead-kiss. "Let's have some food, that was a long flight."
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
"Food!" says Helen. "I like food!"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2013-07-25 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
And thus, a late dinner is produced and consumed.
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[personal profile] carillons 2013-07-25 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Omty nomty nom.