self_composed: (Default)
Author: self_composed
The guest list winds up being pretty huge.

To start with, there are now eight Bells. Pattern isn't bringing anyone besides herself, and Aegis no one besides herself and her Whistle, but everyone else -

Between Alice, the Joker, the rescued Queenie, Kas, Micaiah, and Sue, plus Ghosty who Amariah picked up on her way home, that's seven Whistles. (Stella thinks ahead: there is a soundproofed orgy chamber away from the main party awning. With a few nodes off of it in case more than one orgy forms; she can think of at least two other likely ones.)

There's an equally absurd number of Sherlocks and Tonies if you count them together. They have Juliet's matched set, Shell Bell's matched set, two other matched sets from Bell-less worlds (one with souled vampire, one both human), a stray Tony, and a stray Sherlock from Downside.

Amariah grabbed a random Libby on top of the random extra Whistle, but at least she's not incorporating anyone from home.

Golden's bringing much of her family and many of her friends - although Edward is staying home, that still leaves Elspeth and Jacob, Alice and Jasper with little Brandon, Rosalie and Emmett and little Henry, Nathan accompanying his mate and their child Kerron, Esme and Carlisle and their Lily, Addy, and Elena who'll get to see her brother. Golden claims that this is a conservative list and she could easily have produced another twenty enthusiastic guests. Stella doesn't doubt it. She puts up a few signs reading Please Conduct Adult Conversation Only Via Brainphone. Little Half-Vampires Have Good Ears And Perfect Memories. As a last-minute surprise, Golden has taken Elspeth's suggestion to bring Edward's deceased mother Elizabeth, too.

Juliet has, on top of her boyfriend and his - progenitor? - her tiny Libby, James, a tagalong thereto called Virginia, and a ghost called Minnie, plus Giles.

Angela's list is more modest: her, her husband, and their friends Alleluia and Caleb.

Shell Bell is responsible for half the Sherlocks-and-Tonies all by herself, a tagalong called Pepper, and also someone called Darcy and also Matilda. (Shell Bell is also the reason Angela is not inviting her brother-in-law.)

Stella herself is responsible for inviting Libby, Orfeo, Chris, Mary, Anna, Sandy, Eights, Chainsaw, Lazarus, Kolya (who is informed that it would be awfully inconvenient for a majority of Bells to all have to coordinate on pretending he doesn't exist when only one of them has even met him to be able to identify him in the first place, so he can simply stay home if he's planning to be hidey), and Bridget.

Stella sets up a name tag system. Everyone will have a tag stuck to them. Solo persons - a minority - will just have their names. People with template names and nicknames will have both stamped on automatically. ("Hi! I'm a Bell, and you can call me Stella!"; "Hi! I'm a Whistle, and you can call me Alice!" "Hi! I'm a Sherlock, and I don't have a distinguishing nickname yet but as soon as I pick one it will appear here!")

She conjures up a nice buffet of food and beverages which will stay its correct temperature until consumed, and assorted synthetics for the vampires (labeled not for human consumption), and dishes and flatware (all glass; even some of the food-eating guests might dissolve anything else) and fusses with the awning opacity until it lets in just the right amount of sun, and, what the hell, she throws in a stage in case Angela wants to sing or she decides to play the flute or someone decides to pentagon some other performative skill to entertain the crowd. She makes sure there are enough bathrooms for all the people who still need bathrooms.

She puts out a few tables here and there with little bowls of squares and triangles - a mix of her glowing red and Alice's shifty black - in them for everyone's convenience. She accumulates coins in those sizes faster than she generally uses them and has a great many, so there are plenty for anyone to dip and wish if something comes up. She double-checks to make sure the Martian ground rules prohibit any misuses available for those size coins.

Jane gets one of those high-tech holographic projectors, on wheels, which she promptly manifests in, drives around the floor, and makes faces through.
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Author: jovahs_heiress
Angela and Alleluia have decided to sing for the party. Mostly to put Alleluia more at ease by giving her something to do other than mingling with so many strange people. (Caleb, by contrast, is having a grand time all by himself.) They know the same repertoire of popular and sacred music, for the most part, and they've performed one hymn a capella so far and are discussing their next selection.
dearsweetsoulful: Thoughtful or uncertain. (== some measure of appeal)
Author: dearsweetsoulful
A Sherlock appears. His nametag denotes him 'Plus'.

"Hello," he says. "I play the violin."
jovahs_heiress: (considering)
Author: jovahs_heiress
"...How good are you at reading music?" inquires Angela. "Alleluia, do you mind an accompanist?"

"That's fine," says Alleluia.

"Because I don't think we have any songs in common, but even if the notation is different I imagine a conjured book would be able to render in whatever you're familiar with."
dearsweetsoulful: Double-take or mild amusement. (<= unnecessary but quite satisfying)
Author: dearsweetsoulful
"I expect I can muddle along," he says cheerfully. "As long as someone spots me the violin. I neglected to bring one."
jovahs_heiress: (content)
Author: jovahs_heiress
"You could get a square out of one of the bowls and wish one up. I don't know if our instruments are the same as yours," Angela suggests. "We're still deciding what to sing next; what sort of music do you like?"
dearsweetsoulful: Grinning affectionately. (!= the next best thing)
Author: dearsweetsoulful
He squares up a violin.

"I suspect our worlds are different enough that it's not feasible for me to explain. I liked your opening number just fine."
jovahs_heiress: (upward)
Author: jovahs_heiress
"I imagine tempo and so on are universal, but all right," laughs Angela. "Alleluia, how about Brightest Summer, that's nice with strings - or is everything Delilah says about you and exclusively sacred music still true?"

Alleluia winces delicately. "I have had to let her think so, but no, I will be happy to sing Brightest Summer if you'll key me in."

Angela nods and conjures a music stand and some sheet music for Plus. "Doable?" she inquires.
dearsweetsoulful: Smiling contentedly. (!= I still insulate just fine)
Author: dearsweetsoulful
jovahs_heiress: (content)
Author: jovahs_heiress
Angela nods a beat, and sings, and Alleluia joins a bar later.
dearsweetsoulful: Beaming. (!= and that is why I love you)
Author: dearsweetsoulful
Sherlock does indeed muddle along.

He's very good.
jovahs_heiress: (warm)
Author: jovahs_heiress
Angela smiles approvingly at him during a rest but doesn't otherwise interrupt the song.

It's about five minutes long, and she and Alleluia finish up a minor third apart, Sherlock supporting Angela's melody line.