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Isabella Marie Swan ᗜ "Aegis" ([personal profile] autokinetic) wrote2013-07-29 10:37 am

i'm not here

Unfortunately, when Sue comes back from Alethia, Peace is still empty of Aegis. Jane is still down.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:03 pm (UTC)(link)

Hell with it; he knows what he has to do.

Aegis's campaign for Hegemon has just barely crawled out of the domain of rumour when she vanishes. It's not too late to switch gears a little. So Sue does that.

He maintains absolute public ignorance of what the hell happened to Admiral Peace, and publicly grieves her absence. He continues to be the only person who can talk to the buggers; there's some exchange of language going on, but first he has to demonstrate what a language is and why they should care, and it's not an easy job. He doesn't explicitly point out that he could quit doing that anytime and leave the two species with a hell of a diplomacy problem, but the spectre of this threat hangs over him nonetheless, and he is okay with that.

Early on, one of his more prominent allies decides to provide one of his nastier rivals with some information on the sly that could lead to his assassination, if his assassination was a physically possible thing. Sue decides that he does not like this. His ex-ally is poisoned the next morning, with a substance that is nearly but not quite entirely undetectable. Sue calls for an investigation. It's the method they were planning to use on him, and while there isn't enough evidence to convict in an international court of law, the court of public opinion is another matter. His rival's reputation goes down in flames.

The media discovers that he has an unprecedented ability to make himself look good. Copious use of magic and his mutant power means that he's never caught off-guard by an unexpected question; he can spin any scandal, explain any policy. Everyone loves him, except a few vocal minorities - increasingly vocal, but increasingly minor - who hate him for some combination of being a mutant, negotiating peace with the buggers, changing his name to Sue Ivy War, and being unapologetically sixteen (seventeen eighteen nineteen) years old.

Three years after Aegis disappears, the previous Hegemon retires. An election is called. Admiral War beats the next candidate down by a twenty percent margin, and proceeds to show the world that he meant every single word he said in those three years about transparency, accountability, and making the universe a better place.
Edited 2013-07-29 18:06 (UTC)
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Shit! says Sue. Aegis, fuck, I missed you - are you okay, is Jane okay, where are you? I'll give you what I've been up to but it's kind of long, like four years long, I don't wanna hit you with it all at once.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Hold off, I'm in a press conference. Five more minutes and I'm all yours. I can catch you up in the meantime if you want, or you can tell me what happened to Jane; yours is probably shorter.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:18 pm (UTC)(link)
I love you, says Sue, in full emotional depth. ...And you're still fifteen, wow, I might have some weird feelings about that?
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I think Sarion kinds of wins that contest, but I'm still gonna have weird feelings. You fifteen and me sixteen is okay; you fifteen and me twenty is - less okay than that.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm definitely not going to dwell on the idea of welcome-home kisses while I'm talking to reporters, he says fondly. We can talk about it in a bit, okay?
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Love you.

That part hasn't changed at all.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh. Why did we not already do that? We should've already did that, says Sue.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, but it's always the thing you don't expect that bites you in the ass, he sighs. Anyway. Here's what I've been up to...

He gives her a condensed summary of three years of campaign and one year of being Hegemon. The existence of magic is now classified information; the circle of people in the know is small, but steadily expanding, and he freely makes use of coins to help things along wherever it wouldn't be obvious to anyone who doesn't know. He has long-term plans for dropping the secrecy eventually, any of a number of ways depending on how things go.

The Hegemony is not what he would have chosen to do with his life, but he is really, really good at it.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I wasn't gonna just leave your campaign hanging, he says. Anyway. Now I can hand it off to you, but probably not in the next few years. And we'll have to cook up a story to explain your disappearance. If Jane's stable enough, though, we can unveil resurrection and maybe say you were dead - that'd be a good next step, I think, we could get that station you were talking about up and running. It'll hit pretty hard but I think people can take it. Bet it'll kick up the numbers in the colonization program; you think Earth's crowded now, wait'll it's full of dead people, right?
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:53 pm (UTC)(link)
...goooood question, says Sue. I would maybe have fewer weird feelings if you looked nineteen. Which is silly and shallow, but there it is.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:55 pm (UTC)(link)
I love you too. See, the problem is, I don't actually want you to spend four years growing up without me but I want the results of you spending four years growing up without me. Whatever. I'll live with what I've got; I'm good at that.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:56 pm (UTC)(link)
He laughs, entirely in their heads, and hugs her similarly.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 06:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Mindhugs. The huggiest of mindhugs.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
It's just wrapping up; Sue is concluding his response to a question about a proposed rewrite of the Hegemony constitution, reminding everyone that the date of the first international conference to discuss it is a month and a half away, and throwing one last charming smile at the cameras.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I love you too.

The conference is over. He announces that he's sorry but he has to go, and teleports Sue-style directly to Aegis. (The fact that he can teleport is widely known, and it's how he gets to and from most places he goes.)

Hug! Snuggly snuggly hug. "I missed you so much," he mumbles into her shoulder.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 07:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Ummm," he says, "can I keep Aurora waiting for like... thirty more seconds of snuggles?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 07:21 pm (UTC)(link)
"Sounds good to me."

Snuggle, snuggle, and snuggle.

"Where to? The Belltower?"
Edited 2013-07-29 19:22 (UTC)
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[personal profile] mind_game 2013-07-29 07:23 pm (UTC)(link)
[Yup, new roomie is plugged in. Yoink!]

And here is the Belltower.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-07-29 07:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Sue follows.