her_imperial_radiance: (princess)
Author: her_imperial_radiance
It's something of a truism that "it's not like the Empress is going to make a speech or anything" when the Masquerade folds up. Regardless, there comes a time when the incessant requests to be allowed to make a documentary about the Golden Coven are met not with "absolutely not", but instead, "let's talk".

Elspeth does a fair amount of the negotiating for this - she does run PR. Harley, presently thirteen, is allowed to sit in on a few of the storyboarding discussions - the documentary will not be fictionalized, but they still have concern for narrative flow. It's going to be very long, after all.

Significant portions of the documentary will be conjured recordings of events, from outside or even first-person perspectives, but an entire segment is devoted to personally profiling members and peripheral associates of the Golden Coven, one by one. Harley's not on the list - it's mostly a history documentary, with younger generations present almost entirely for 'where are they now' color, and he's not, technically, her son - but Elspeth and most of her family is. And Harley is permitted to lurk around the studio setup while various people prep with their interviewers, or eavesdrop, or - if they are sufficiently non-vampiric to allow makeup to stick - get that applied. It's a big production; the supernatural community would have found it just as convenient to spread it out, but the film people want everything taken down, edited for a consistent look-and-feel, and released according to schedule within a certain time frame.

So there are a lot of people around. Mostly vampires, but plenty of hybrids - there are most of Emmett and Rosalie's kids, over there, with the proud parents themselves - and wolves; Jacob is over with Elspeth - and even a few humans, ranging from imprints to Lizzie who's with Carlisle, Esme, and Lily, and also Alice and Jasper and their son Brandon. People not normally seen around the Golden Capitols have been hauled in. There's Marcus, no longer as craquelure thanks to magic, and Didyme at his elbow, literally radiating happiness. (Bella rendered her power opt-in along with several other mind-affecting abilities that can't be turned off, but it's very inviting, so people usually do so opt.)

And of course Bella and Edward themselves are present, flitting around, mingling. Their interviews aren't until later.

Kerron waves to Harley when he shows up.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley waves back! There is all this stuff going on, and it is kind of fun to wander around and bother the people who actually have to worry about the stuff in between their stuff-doings. Kerron looks like a prime target.

"Why are you even here, are you getting in everyone's way? I'm getting in everyone's way," Harley says brightly.
pina_colada: (jokespawn)
Author: pina_colada
"I'm not important enough to be here on my own merits, but I'm here to talk about Safesun," says Kerron. "Maybe lean into frame when Dad gets interviewed. Thwarted anyone's schedule yet?"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Give me time," he giggles.

Random hug!
pina_colada: (Default)
Author: pina_colada
Hug! "So how've you been, mini-mum?"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley sporfles.

"I ate a whole pie by myself the other day," he brags. "And then Zeus was sad that he didn't get any pie so I made him another one."
pina_colada: (yeah?)
Author: pina_colada
"Are humans supposed to eat entire pies?" asks Kerron dubiously. "Is this a full-sized sugary kinda pie we're talking about?"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Yeah," giggles Harley. "It was strawberry with whipped cream on top and it was really good."
pina_colada: (natespawn)
Author: pina_colada
"Sounds like it. Did your wolf get the same kind to be fair or would that've been too repetitive?" It amuses Kerron to speak as though Harley is Zeus's imprint, solely on the basis of the amount of time they spend together.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Well, I still had the rest of the strawberries, and I wasn't gonna eat the second one," Harley shrugs.
pina_colada: (over here)
Author: pina_colada
"Makes sense. I try not to eat too much solid food unless it's for social reasons. Makes my hair grow faster."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley giggles. "I think you'd look good with long hair! Maybe I should feed you pies."
pina_colada: (yeah?)
Author: pina_colada
"I did grow my hair out for a bit when I was six but I didn't care for the look. Besides, there's apparently a guy in another world who looks like me but isn't an alt, and he has his down to the shoulder."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley peers thoughtfully at Kerron's shoulders.

"Yeah, I could see that working for you," he says. "I will bake you tons of delicious pies until your hair grows out as long as mine. It'll be an evil scheme. An evil, tasty scheme."
pina_colada: (jokespawn)
Author: pina_colada
"I will thwart it with a set of clippers and you'll run out of pie crusts."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I never run out of pie crusts," says Harley, grinning.
pina_colada: (aww c'mon)
Author: pina_colada
"You know, I don't think anyone has actually experimented with the appetite capacity of half vampires? I know we can eat as much as wolves do if we want, I dunno what happens if someone just keeps offering us pie and we never say 'no I couldn't possibly'."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I bet it doesn't make you grow tons of hair all of a sudden," snorts Harley. "But if you ever want me to bake you a million pies just to see what happens, you got it."
pina_colada: (Default)
Author: pina_colada
"Sure, we should do that sometime. I think I'd get sick of pie in particular at some point, though, might have to throw in mozzarella sticks and swordfish steak and chicken soup and whatnot for variety."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Sure," Harley says cheerfully. "I like cooking. Cooking's fun."
pina_colada: (natespawn)
Author: pina_colada
"For you, sure. Mini-mum," says Kerron affectionately.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley rolls his eyes.

"Yeah, yeah. Jokers are not literally the only people who like to cook," he says.
pina_colada: (jokespawn)
Author: pina_colada
"Sure, but you look way less like Lily."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley cracks up.
pina_colada: (yeah?)
Author: pina_colada
"Besides, she does fancy molecular gastronomy. Deconstructed haggis or whatever's new this week. If she ever made a 'pie', the crust would be over here, probably raw and cut into some kind of shape with a cookie cutter, and the fruit would be over here arranged in a flower, and there'd be a little pile of cinnamon-sugar over here and then she'd drizzle it all with a caramel spiral and lecture everyone on how to eat it."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley wrinkles his nose. "No thanks," he says. "I think the best way to eat a meal like that is to throw it at a wall and go get pizza."
pina_colada: (jokespawn)
Author: pina_colada
"If you pick a fight with Lily I want to watch."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Hey, I didn't say I'd throw the pie at her," Harley points out, grinning.
pina_colada: (aww c'mon)
Author: pina_colada
"She gets fierce about the value of deconstructing food. Also about appointment-keeping and dressage and comic books. Things in general. It's weird, her parents are lambs."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"This is not a person I would get along with and if I have to hang out with her I am going to throw food at something," Harley predicts.
pina_colada: (meditative)
Author: pina_colada
Kerron considers, then discards the possibility of telling Harley that on some occasions Lily's ferocity has taken the form of biting. "Well, she lives in Barcelona, these days, so you won't run into her if you don't want to."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Kerron is wise in the ways of Jokers.

"Good!" says Harley. "She can stay in Barcelona and keep her half-baked pie."
pina_colada: (over there)
Author: pina_colada
"Well, she's here," says Kerron, glancing around, "but I don't think she'd be hard to elude."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley giggles.
pina_colada: (enh)
Author: pina_colada
"Mr. Corlett?" says one of the film people. "Are you Mr. Corlett?"

"If you'd drop the formality I could tell you if you're looking for me or my dad," Kerron says.

"...I don't know how to pronounce the first name."

"Then yep, I'm Mr. Corlett. It's Keh-run."

"All right. This way, please?"

"Sure. Later, Harley!"
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
Emmett hears Harley's name. "Harley!" he calls, waving. "We're bored, come distract us."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"My favourite thing to hear!" says Harley, skipping over to Emmett and company. "Hi, Emmett. Hi, Rosalie. You're still pretty."
alicornucopia: (minibell)
Author: alicornucopia
"Thank you," says Rosalie, chuckling.

"What are you up to?" asks Henry. "Are you getting interviewed or are you just tagging along with Elspeth?"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Tagging along with Elsie, getting in everybody's way, threatening to feed Kerron pie," says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"How terrifying," says Parker.

"I doubt anyone appreciates you deliberately getting in their way," says Nicole.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley blinks at Nicole.
alicornucopia: (pen)
Author: alicornucopia
Nicole rolls her eyes.

Emmett says, "You coming to watch the Olympics this year, Harley?"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Dunno. Maybe," says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"I'm in for swimming and Lindsay for gymnastics," Parker volunteers.

"Are you going t-" Lindsay starts to ask Harley. "Oh, right," she corrects herself. "Maybe there should be a human division."

"That's just the regular Olympics," says Nicole.

"They're different in other ways," Oliver says.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley giggles.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Are you ever gonna turn into a vampire, do you think?" Henry asks.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Nah," he says. "Well, not and stay that way."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Temporary turning?" asks Emmett thoughtfully. "I don't think anybody's - well, no, that one Joker alt did it, I remember hearing about that."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Yeah, see?" says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Don't think anyone else has though. Especially now Bella wishes the thirst away on request, it's nice."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Well, yeah," says Harley. "But I'd miss food, for sure. And being squishy."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"What's good about being -" Lindsay begins, but Rosalie shakes her head and she stops, puzzled.

"Food's a thing. I guess. I can't remember it much," says Emmett.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Food is so a thing," says Harley, "food is the greatest thing, I love food."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Bubbly's tastier," shrugs Oliver.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Not to me!" snorts Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"What does it taste like to you? Have you ever tried it?" Parker inquires.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Weird and kind of bitter," he says.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Huh," says Nicole.

"Quarter-vampires don't like it as much but they still like it. I don't know about one-eighth," muses Parker.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I wonder how little vampire somebody can have in 'em before it stops even mattering," says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"It will probably always matter a little, but it can start getting washed out by normal human variation around one-sixteenth, I think," says Henry.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Are there any one-sixteenth vampires running around?"
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Lemme think," says Parker.

"Yyyyes," says Oliver. "Yeah, I think Catrina and Lucio are one-sixteenth. Ella's great-grandkids? Via, I don't think I know if it's Rodrigo or Silverio but it's one of her sons, not Francisca."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"How old are they? Are they immortal?"
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"They're nine and six, so, no idea," says Oliver. "I met them one time at the big Safesun festival."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley shrugs.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"One-eighths do stop aging though," Oliver says.

"I think being a half is the best deal," says Lindsay.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I like being human," Harley says cheerfully.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Why, though? I mean, I guess you can patch a lot of the problems with it by magic, but even still," Lindsay says.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
He shrugs.

"'Cause it's me and I like being me."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"There's nothing the matter with being human," says Rosalie. "I liked it perfectly well most of the time."

"You didn't change back when you had the chance, though, Mom," says Nicole.

"I could have what I wanted about being human without changing everything. And Harley can have anything he would like to have about being a vampire without changing everything."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley beams at Rosalie.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
Rosalie pats him on the head.

Nicole snorts quietly.

"All right, Cullen family interview," calls a poorly informed crew member.

"Which one?" call Henry and, from across the room, Brandon, at the same time.

"Er. Emmett, Rosalie, and their participating children?"

"See you around, Harley," says Emmett, and he claps Harley gently on the shoulder.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Bye, everybody," says Harley, and he wanders off in search of someone else to distract.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
Some more of the Cullen family is over there. Esme waves happily at Harley.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley waves back.

"Hi, Esme!" Hug!
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
Hug!

"How have you been, Harley?" Carlisle wants to know.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Baking stuff! I like baking, it's awesome."

He hugs Carlisle too.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Do you usually go by recipes or just make it up?" asks Brandon.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I go find a recipe if it's something I haven't done before but somebody else has," he says. "Or if I wanna remember how to do something tricky. Otherwise I just go by memory or make it up."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Going by memory doesn't count as - oh, do you not have that hexed?" asks Brandon.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"No," giggles Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Why not?" asks Alice curiously.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"'Cause it's more fun when I can forget stuff," he says.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Why?" asks Brandon, fascinated.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Well - okay, cooking, for example," he says. "If I remembered exactly how I made something last time, and it turned out really good, then I might just decide to do the same exact thing again. But that would be boring as hell if I kept doing that! If I don't remember it exactly then I'm going to do something different, and maybe it'll turn out worse and I'll figure out how I did it before and go back to that, but maybe it'll be even better and then I'll do it more like the new way next time. Or maybe it won't be better or worse, just different. I like different."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Well, I mean," says Brandon, "I can remember exactly how I made particular lego sculptures when I was eight months old, but if I would find it boring to make them again, I don't have to. I don't see where forgetting has to come into it."

"I suppose you'd always be consciously varying a theme or starting from scratch," says Esme. "You wouldn't be surprised the same way."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley beams at Esme. "Exactly."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
Lily appears. "Hi guys. I'm all interviewed."

"Did you bite the interviewer?" asks Brandon with mock interest.

Lily scowls. "No."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"...Do you bite people a lot or something?" says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"No!" says Lily.

"More than never," says Brandon.

"Brandon," sighs Jasper.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I used to bite people," Harley says cheerfully. "When I was like two."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"I don't just go around biting people," says Lily.

"Of course not. You have to be pretty riled first," says Brandon, smirking.

"I'll get riled," Lily snaps, and Brandon holds up his hands in a placating gesture.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley giggles.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
Lily crosses her arms. "Anyway, my interview went fine, thank you for asking, she had lots of thoughtful questions about how our family is put together compared to families that have to deal with aging and dying and crap like that, and about me personally, and stuff."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Cool," says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Elspeth hasn't technically adopted you, right? I guess if she did you'd be my grand-nephew," Lily says, peering at Harley. "If we insisted on humanizing all the relationships, which like I explained to the interviewer is a little silly."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Nah, she hasn't," he says. "Humanizing as opposed to what? Vampirizing?"
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Basically. Or I think I heard someone say 'transhumanizing', I liked that. Like, you can't even do that anyway without it being weird, because me and Alice and Jasper and Bella and Edward and Rosalie and Emmett all have Mom and Dad as parent-figures, but then if you cash that out, whoops, incest, and for everyone except me it was mostly a convenient front, except, built on actual scaffolding of respect and stuff. Jasper's older than Mom, but - whatever, you can watch my interview later if you care."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Huh," says Harley. "Maybe I will."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"You live in the Qu├ębec capital, right? With wolves?" Lily inquires. "What's that like?"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Very fluffy," he giggles. "And there's always somebody who'll eat my pie."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"You frequently have pie and no idea what to do with it?" asks Lily archly.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Well, I'll eat it myself if nobody else wants to," he snorts. "But I like cooking and it's more fun when somebody wants to eat it."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Do you. What kind of cooking?" asks Lily.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Um... kinds... that produce food?" says Harley quizzically.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"So no particular style or anything, just home cooking, basically?"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Yeah? If I want something and I don't know how to make it I ask the internet."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Ah-huh. I'm saving up for my own restaurant; I'm going to call it Piecemeal."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"That's cute," says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"It wasn't actually my idea, it was Cara's, but she said I could use it."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley shrugs.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"I'm calling it that because it's going to be about deconstructed food," says Lily. "I've been really into it lately, taking standard dishes apart to see what makes them work."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"How does that work?"
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"People have got taste-memory; if you eat something it's still vivid for a little while after. If you separate something into all its parts, and then have them in sequence instead of all muddled together, they're all sharper, and you can do the blending in your head, and even if you don't want to eat that way all the time it'll make it easier to pick out the flavors next time you eat the regular thing. I don't just take apart ordinary food, though, I've been trying some experiments, I came up with a soup I really like."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"How do you do taken-apart soup, though, isn't that like the opposite of the point of soup?" he wonders.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Well, obviously it's not soup anymore once you've done it," says Lily, "but it can have its basis in soup - if I deconstruct clam chowder, you wind up with potatoes and clams and celery and so on on a plate, arranged nicely, spiced correctly, and I turn the broth into a reduced cream sauce, but it's still clam chowder even though it isn't clam chowder, you know what I mean?"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"N...o," says Harley, "well - yes, but it's still not soup, it's like - unsoup. You've taken all the stuff that goes into a soup and made it into something that is definitely not soup."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Right," says Lily, "but the kind of soup that it isn't, is clam chowder, you'd never mistake it for a lasagna."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"The kind of soup that it isn't," giggles Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"You know what I mean!"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Well, yeah," he says, "that's why it's funny, it wouldn't be as funny if it didn't make any sense."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"I actually really liked the deconstructed trifle," says Brandon.

"I like deconstructing foods that are normally conceived as inherently layered. Arranging them horizontally instead of vertically," says Lily happily.

"I mean, it was some cake, and some custard, and some fruit," Brandon says.

"Yes, that's what trifle is."

"But then there was also this side dish of excessive philosophizing that I thought had a weird aftertaste -"

"You don't have to eat my food if you don't like it!"
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley giggles again.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"What, would you like if it people took something you made and didn't care about it at all and didn't want to talk to you?" Lily demands of Harley.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Um, no?" he says. "But that doesn't make it not funny. I mean, I also think it's funny when I fall out of a tree and break my arm."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"What's funny about that?" asks Brandon.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I dunno, it just is," says Harley. "What's not funny about it?"
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"No joke setup, no clever wordplay, no comedic timing, I'm not really seeing elements of humor in falling out of a tree and breaking your arm unless you, like, fled into the tree to escape vengeful mobsters who wanted to break your arm and you have irony to lean on," Brandon says.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"And yet, I did it, and I was giggling for like ten minutes," says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"High on endorphins," suggests Alice chirpily.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"And it was funny," says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"You have some crossed wires," snorts Brandon. "I guess we knew that."

"Your reputation precedes you," whispers Lily loudly.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley snickers.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"Do you even know the other guy?" asks Brandon. "Man, I would be so weirded out if there were more of me. There's another Dad but he doesn't have another Mom."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I saw 'em all when I was just a baby, I don't remember it," says Harley. "Which is another good reason not to want a perfect memory, 'cause I'm gonna meet 'em all again and I want that to be the first time."
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"If Jane's ever back. If she doesn't come back you're stuck with the Imperial Mint," says Lily. "He's not here today - actually I don't think they're interviewing him at all, I think the reveal here is limited to the array of species and witches. Elspeth told everyone that if we mention magic we should keep it kind of vague."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I don't mind being stuck with the Imperial Mint," laughs Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"I would rather like to meet another of me, I think," says Lily.

"Not me," says Brandon.

"Well, it's academic, Peace doesn't have an Alice and there haven't been copies of Mom and Dad found anywhere."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I wonder what makes there be piles of some people but one each of everybody else," says Harley.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
"No idea," says Lily.

"Glass was the best hope of figuring it out and we can't get at her now," sighs Alice.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley shrugs.
alicornucopia: (Default)
Author: alicornucopia
And then it's Brandon and Alice and Jasper's turn to be interviewed, and off they go, and Lily says, "Well, Mom, Dad, I'll see you Thursday, I'm going to hop home, I'm meeting Solana in a few," and she hugs Carlisle and Esme, and ruffles Harley's hair - she remembers when he was a baby - and teleports away.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley giggles. His hair is very ruffleable! He understands why people ruffle it. If he were somebody else he'd ruffle his hair too.
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Author: alicornucopia
"It's so nice to have this sort of thing finally happening. No more hiding," says Esme.

Carlisle nods. "It's been a long road."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Awww.

"I'm gonna go find somebody else to pester," says Harley, and he hugs them both and wanders off.
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Author: alicornucopia
"Off" takes him in the direction of Marcus and Didyme, who are not talking to anyone else right now, just quietly smiling at each other and their surroundings while they wait. They are holding hands; they are rarely seen doing otherwise.
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Author: pythbox
Harley beams at them.

"Hi! You're adorable," he says.

Of course he opted in to the aura of happiness.
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Author: alicornucopia
"Thank you," says Didyme sunnily. "I believe you're called Harley, is that right?"
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Author: pythbox
"Yep!"
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Author: alicornucopia
"We've been somewhat withdrawn from Imperial affairs, since I'm no longer asked to help newborns settle in with other sorts of magic available; what is your story?" she asks.
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Author: pythbox
"I'm a Joker," he says. "Elsie took me from another world 'cause she found me when I was a baby and Jokers have really nasty parents, so now she's raising me instead. I love Elsie, she's great."
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Author: alicornucopia
"She is," agrees Didyme warmly. "She was a great help to Marcus and I, in the aftermath of the revolution."
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Author: pythbox
"I kinda sorta heard about that!" says Harley.
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Author: alicornucopia
"I would imagine she'd be an excellent storyteller if she so chose," laughs Didyme.
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Author: pythbox
"She iiiis," he giggles.

And then looks at Marcus, and wonders, "Do you talk?"
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Author: alicornucopia
"Not frequently," says Marcus.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley laughs. "Okay. Why not?"
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Author: alicornucopia
Marcus shrugs. "I rarely have anything to say that has not already been said."
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Author: pythbox
"Huh," says Harley. "Why'd you take over the world?"
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Author: alicornucopia
"I was not much of an active participant by the time takeover was attempted," Marcus says dryly. "It was easier to do as Aro and Caius asked than to attempt to gainsay them, and I was much drawn to ease after my mate was killed." He lets go of her hand and puts his arm around her shoulders; she pats the back of his hand. "Aro feared the coordination humans were capable of in the face of vampire fractiousness - it was why he was so pleased to find Chelsea, and to have me to abet her - and Caius desired power."
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Author: pythbox
"I'm really glad you got brought back to life," Harley says earnestly to Didyme.
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Author: alicornucopia
"So am I," says Didyme. "And glad too that Paola did not have to be permanently displaced for it."
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Author: pythbox
"You're nice," Harley observes.
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Author: alicornucopia
"So I'm told," laughs Didyme.
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Author: pythbox
"You aaare, you're really sweet, I like you," he declares.
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Author: alicornucopia
Didyme laughs. "You're very kind."
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Author: pythbox
"I'm very friendly," he says. "I like people!"
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Author: alicornucopia
"How convenient that there are so many," she laughs.
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Author: pythbox
Harley giggles.
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Author: alicornucopia
Presently it's time for Marcus's interview, and he won't go anywhere without Didyme, so they both go, Didyme waving to Harley as they leave.
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Author: luminous_regnant
Bella finishes looking over somebody's clipboard of checklists, and has a moment of stillness, no longer running around micromanaging everything to her satisfaction.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
So naturally Harley decides to pester her next.

"Hi, Bella!"
luminous_regnant: (fine)
Author: luminous_regnant
"Hello, Harley. How've you been?"
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Author: pythbox
"Kerron wants me to feed him tons of pie for science! And Marcus and Didyme are adorable."
luminous_regnant: (attention)
Author: luminous_regnant
"What form of science is advanced by feeding Kerron tons of pie?"
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Author: pythbox
"Seeing what happens if a hybrid just keeps eating food," he says. "Maybe he'll explode!"
luminous_regnant: (ceiling)
Author: luminous_regnant
"I don't think that would be pleasant for Kerron. Also, I think he might call off the experiment before it happens."
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Author: pythbox
Harley giggles.
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Author: luminous_regnant
"It would be interesting to know the results, regardless."
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Author: pythbox
"I'll tell you if he explodes," Harley promises.
luminous_regnant: (ceiling)
Author: luminous_regnant
"All the other witnesses would presumably be too busy mopping up the aftermath to think of notifying me."
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Author: pythbox
Harley snickers.
luminous_regnant: (fine)
Author: luminous_regnant
"Any activities besides cooing over everyone's favorite reunited-after-centuries-of-despair couple and plotting to detonate your nephewoid?"
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Author: pythbox
"General pestering," he giggles.
luminous_regnant: (skyward)
Author: luminous_regnant
"Always productive."
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Author: pythbox
"I am the most productive," he says. "They should credit me in the thingy when it's released. Nobody'd get anywhere without me pestering them."
luminous_regnant: (hee)
Author: luminous_regnant
"We shall see," says Bella.
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Author: pythbox
Harley beams at her.

"Best empress!"
luminous_regnant: (skyward)
Author: luminous_regnant
"Locally, at any rate, I will accept the title."
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Author: pythbox
"Why, is there some other empress you think is actually better?" he wonders.
luminous_regnant: (ceiling)
Author: luminous_regnant
"You know," says Bella, "at Bellparties we would occasionally talk about having contests, but never actually set one up or even discussed how it would be judged."
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Author: pythbox
"You should have us judge it," giggles Harley.
luminous_regnant: (skyward)
Author: luminous_regnant
"That would be one way to do it, I suppose. What sort of criteria do you have in mind?"
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Author: pythbox
"I dunno!" he says. "Besides just being awesome?"
luminous_regnant: (fine)
Author: luminous_regnant
"I imagine Aurum and Atlantis and Eos and whatever other empires have been formally established by the time we meet again all have our own unique characters of awesomeness."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Yeah," says Harley. "And I bet you'd love having all the Jokers tell you how awesome you all are."
luminous_regnant: (skyward)
Author: luminous_regnant
"I don't imagine any of you require the excuse of an explicit contest to do so if inclined."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Yeah, but the contest would get us thinking about it," he says.
luminous_regnant: (hee)
Author: luminous_regnant
"It could do the same thing if we had Sherlocks or Matildas or Libbies doing the judging," chuckles Bella.
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"And those ones would probably come up with a winner," says Harley. "So maybe you wanna go with them."
luminous_regnant: (fine)
Author: luminous_regnant
"Possibly. I may bring this up with other Bells, if I ever see them again."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"Do you think you're gonna?"
luminous_regnant: (floor)
Author: luminous_regnant
"See them again? I don't know. I certainly hope so."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
"I hope so too," says Harley. "Anyway, you're my favourite empress."

He hugs her.
luminous_regnant: (hee)
Author: luminous_regnant
She hugs him back. "I'm glad."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
He beams at her.
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Author: alicornucopia
And here is the Emperor. "Hello, Harley."
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Author: pythbox
"Hi, Edward!" says Harley. "What's up?"
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Author: alicornucopia
"The interviews are going smoothly - your mother is holding up fine, Bella - and there has been no mayhem so far."
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Author: pythbox
"Aww," says Harley, grinning. "But I like mayhem!"
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Author: alicornucopia
"What sort of mayhem do you imagine would suit this project?" inquires Edward.
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Author: pythbox
"I don't," he laughs. "But you knew that already."
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Author: alicornucopia
"Yes," says Edward archly, "or the conversation would have gone a bit differently, I suppose."
pythbox: A book. (Default)
Author: pythbox
Harley cracks up.