shesepankh: (a ~ winged)
Isabella Marie Swan ([personal profile] shesepankh) wrote2014-06-17 08:03 pm

bugbear

Bella amasses a spreadsheet full of runes. She learns enough about programming to store them a bit more elegantly than that and get the program to make suggestions that do various results. Doesn't have a GUI wrapper, but it works for the part that is about choosing runes and sizes, if not laying them out - that still has to be done by hand.

Invisibility is going to be very popular with monsters who want to go out in the world.

As far as scrolls are concerned: Xeroxing them doesn't work. Carbon paper does, even on gray paper where the runes are barely visible for intellectual property reasons, and tracing a xeroxed copy also works fine; a simple spell takes about five minutes to make a stack of four. The spells are available in French and Spanish. There isn't a huge selection to start. But it's something.

They give Angela an after-school job tracing them according to demand so they have more time to discover additional runes and work out additional spells, and they put up fliers in the Avalon advertising a mail-order service.

Bella gets a car. It's a beat-up station wagon, but it works.

Bella has a small business, a vehicle, and a long-term career plan.

She sets about making arrangements to skip the eleventh grade, and Darren follows suit.

The two of them are adorably attached to each other. There is a lot of kissing. Savannah teases them a lot and Bella messes with her and Darren blushes.

By the time summer vacation starts, they have a stabilized price point, sufficient regular buyers, enough repertoire, and a nest egg of money that permit them to rent a small storefront and hire a teenage griffin to sell scrolls in the Avalon. They are on their way out (Savannah accompanying for kicks, Bella driving) to seal the deal and drop off a batch of inventory. Bright and early.
castmyown: (e. That's an interesting point)

[personal profile] castmyown 2014-06-18 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
Darren's delighted with Bella when she organizes their runes with a program. He tells her so. Kissing is involved. Then he starts working on making new spells - practicing them, inventing new ones under pressure, and the like. Bella's caught up to his library of runes, and then periodically he discovers a new one. None of the ones he finds are wonderful breakthroughs in that one spell that they wanted to do, but discovering more certainly couldn't hurt.

They make scrolls, and then scrolls kept are on their persons at all times. Invisibility, a shield spell, simple healings, and luck spells. Darren's trying to figure out how to get that last one onto an object that can go on their persons, but hasn't managed it yet. He thinks he's closing in on managing it, though. Soon.

Now without new runes to give Bella, Savannah isn't subjected to nerdy teaching talk. She's subjected to nerdy magic talk, instead. "Do you think," says Darren consideringly, "that it's worth the extra trouble of using fur or hair or something just to avoid having to draw out like ten more runes to keep things from catching on fire for the luck spell? It's so flimsy, but I keep having trouble trying to get something made out of metal or the like to work."
castmyown: (d. Did you come up with that yourself)

[personal profile] castmyown 2014-06-18 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
"Hmmm, maybe. We could also give feathers a shot, see if those count to catch fire or not in a controlled setting. They're sturdier than a lock of hair, I would know."
castmyown: (k. So much to do)

[personal profile] castmyown 2014-06-18 03:36 am (UTC)(link)
"True. And I wouldn't exactly find it fun to rip out feathers."
castmyown: (c. Magic fairy princess)

[personal profile] castmyown 2014-06-18 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
He nods. "I could always grow my hair longer, have it flowing in the wind behind me. Pretend to be Fabio."
castmyown: (d. Did you come up with that yourself)

[personal profile] castmyown 2014-06-18 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
Darren giggles. "I am, aren't I. I would get annoyed with carting around the fan required to properly rock long hair."
castmyown: (b. Just what I'd hoped for)

[personal profile] castmyown 2014-06-18 03:48 am (UTC)(link)
"Cast it when I enter the room, maybe. Have the wind blowing through my hair upon entry and flip it every now and then."
morethanimaginary: (Kind of awkward)

[personal profile] morethanimaginary 2014-06-18 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
"Mmm?" says Savannah. "Oh uh - sorry, I was thinking."
morethanimaginary: (Fine)

[personal profile] morethanimaginary 2014-06-18 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
Savannah grunts in a vaguely disgruntled manner.
castmyown: (e. That's an interesting point)

[personal profile] castmyown 2014-06-18 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
Darren is confused. Savannah's lots of things, but closed off and standoffish is not one of them.

"... What are you thinking about?"
morethanimaginary: (No shit)

[personal profile] morethanimaginary 2014-06-18 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
"Private stuff, don't worry about it."
castmyown: (i. Unexpected)

[personal profile] castmyown 2014-06-18 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
Okay now Darren is even more confused.

"Are you okay? Is there a topic that I need to avoid in the future? You're usually only quiet when you're angry about something."
morethanimaginary: (Kind of how it works)

[personal profile] morethanimaginary 2014-06-18 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
Savannah rolls her eyes. "No, it's fine, nerd, stop prying."

'Nerd' does not have the vaguely affectionate ring that it usually has. It just sounds derogatory.
morethanimaginary: (Not the type for mercy)

[personal profile] morethanimaginary 2014-06-18 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
"Ugh, I'm fine, but I'm getting kind of annoyed that you two keep poking me. Shoo, go back to talking about magic."
castmyown: (n. Uncalled for)

[personal profile] castmyown 2014-06-18 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
Eyebrow raise.

"... Are you sure you're okay?"
morethanimaginary: (Informative)

[personal profile] morethanimaginary 2014-06-18 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
"I said I'm fine. Shoo!"

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