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Isabella Marie Swan ✴ "Stella" ([personal profile] self_composed) wrote2013-01-04 12:56 pm

the empire of the stars

Bella has watched a simple, managed Martian ecosystem and a glitteringly colorful first city pour procedurally out from assorted points of origin on her computer with a variety of rand seeds, and picked the prettiest result.

She's standing on that ideal origin spot now - the top of Olympus Mons, under a blue-dyed sky and a breathable layer of atmosphere - holding her laptop which holds this specification under her left arm. All present to witness this moment are Alice, Libby, Lazarus, and Bridget.

She defangs a trio of stars: one for the terrain, one for the wildlife, one for the city of Olympus. To be dramatic, she squares them off her bandolier and holds them high in the air between the fingers of her right hand.

"Welcome to Mars," she says.

Wishwishwish.

Moss ripples out from under her feet and carpets the landscape, giving way to forest further downhill and, further away, to freshwater ocean. Birds, startled by their existence, take off. An instant later they're all standing at the foot of her crystalline tower that sits at the center, watching skyscrapers riddled with magical appliances sprout from the ground, and streets pave themselves with smooth tiles.

Bella defangs more stars and lays down what she's taken to calling Ground Rules with another gesture. Mars is going to be peaceful. Mars is going to be safe. Mars is going to watch its people and report to her.


Mars is going to be the seat of the Empire of the Stars.

(There's a flag, on the spire of her tower. It's sky blue, and there are half a dozen seven-pointed stars spangling it. It ripples in the breeze that's begun to waft in from the sea.)
edgeofyourseat: Grinning, friendly. (⑵ extraordinarily nice)

[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-04 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
"I love you," Alice declares.
regularsized: Smiling slightly. Looking down. (② avoiding stress isn't the secret)

[personal profile] regularsized 2013-01-04 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"I am thoroughly impressed," says Bridget. "Anybody mind if I quit school and move to Mars?"
nonbird: (2. a baker's dozen)

[personal profile] nonbird 2013-01-04 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'm standing on a magic planet," Lazarus says happily.
regularsized: Laughing. (① not as rare as you'd)

[personal profile] regularsized 2013-01-04 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
"Whee!" says Bridget, and goes charging down the mountainside.
nonbird: (6. proving more intricate)

[personal profile] nonbird 2013-01-04 09:42 pm (UTC)(link)
"Probably a good idea," Lazarus concurs. "Can I move to Mars? Actually, hold that thought, I should talk it over with Kolya first."
prima_sequentem: (ℂ say the sweetest things)

[personal profile] prima_sequentem 2013-01-04 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"Eventually, yes," she says. "But I should probably stay on Earth for the time being. I have responsibilities."
prima_sequentem: (ℕ what's in a name)

[personal profile] prima_sequentem 2013-01-04 09:51 pm (UTC)(link)
"Have you decided how you're going to introduce that notion to the various governments you will be providing with shiny new borders in unexpected places?"
prima_sequentem: (ℂ just wanna have fun)

[personal profile] prima_sequentem 2013-01-04 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
"That should be interesting."
nonbird: (a. well hmm)

[personal profile] nonbird 2013-01-04 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"We're going to talk about it later," he says.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-04 10:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Janine is (1) still without a journal of her very own and (2) present.

"...Um," she says, staring.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-04 10:22 pm (UTC)(link)
"Um!" says Janine.

"...Why are you the Empress of Mars?"
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-04 10:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Janine considers this for a moment.

"Where did you get the magic?"
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-04 10:31 pm (UTC)(link)
"If magic is the kind of thing that lets people be Empress of Mars, why are you the first Martian empress I've heard about?"
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-04 10:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"I don't want to be Empress of Mars," says Janine. "Do they need electrical engineers on Mars? Does anyone else live on Mars yet? How hard is it to go back and forth?"

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