I decided to go for a walk around the courtyard when I was feeling a bit alone today. Dad always said excersize makes you feel better, and in this case, he was right!
I bumped into Shanta, Muna and Vivian hanging out there!
They were all in rather good spirits, but I hardly recognized Muna because he was in a dress. Apparently Bijan wanted him to tramp around town in it to pick up free stuff. Bijan pretty much can't make Muna do anything, though, so I think Muna must have wanted to as well. Maybe since he's not very manly, he would rather be pretty? I did see a cute girl in nearly exactly the same dress yesterday and used a random school owl to deliver a pretty headband I made from brown and blue crumpled paper but... I don't think I'll be telling anyone that.
Shanta went to get changed (and took FOREVER) and Vivian, Muna and I stood around near the fountain talking about their families.
Apparently Munas family is one of those nomadic desert elf tribe things, but his parents and he must have been banished. Muna said if they ever returned they would be killed. I thought it was a joke at first, but then I realized he was serious.
Thats so barbaric!
Who ever heard of family killing family, in this modern age!
They call dwarves a bit backwards for living underground, but at least we dont do death threats against members of our community! Good ole' physical labour is the most practical punishment, I'd say.
I do wonder what they did to get banished though.
Maybe they also killed someone?
Vivians family was an urban elf community, she said, but her father was not allowed in. I guessed he must have been human, and she confirmed it.
Elf culture is very strange- not very inclusive. Dwarves, as far as I know, are pretty good at getting on with other magical/non magical beings, but undercities are mostly dwarven because elves and humans find it terribly uncomfortable or something. I don't know what they're on about, though, because at least undercities don't have the heating and cooling problems that surface cities seem to have. Vivian didn't talk much more about her family, and I didn't ask. Maybe I'll ask her more about it later?
I didn't talk about my family, and they didn't ask.
We went into Justus, into the bookstore. Vivian wanted to name girl Muna "Melissa" and I wanted to name him "Molly". I won the paper scissors rock game, so from now on, Munas girl disguise name was 'Molly'.
Muna has trouble reading English, so I helped him pick an audiobook. He nearly didn't have enough, but apparently he has a gig selling bugs to someone, so he made enough in the end, with some leftover for these sweets he likes. I'm not a huge fan of lemon, and he's so low on money that I couldn't accept lollies from him.
Vivian found a dumb book about a kid going to a magical school. Sounds like my life, but more fictional, which makes it somewhat silly to bother reading. I'm not sure if she bought it, in the end.
I found a nice book about identifying plants (which is handy because I really do not recognize all of these overseas species) and also another Detective Kun-Kun novel.
I didn't talk about what I bought, and they didn't ask.
We headed out and met Shanta who had been doing her own thing, and wandered down to some 'merchant' that the others all seem familiar with. He was having an argument with a customer, and they all hid. I didn't really understand why, so I just went into the cart to look at stuff.
It was mostly illegal or junk, and there were used condoms on the floor. Apparently the merchant lives out the back, but hey! At least if you're not confining the sex to the bedroom, dispose of your plastics properly! He was hitting on Muna pretty hard, but Muna either didn't care or didn't know. I got a bit grumpy at him, and when he started trying to hit on Vivian too, I may or may not have inadvertently told him he ought to be punched in the face, and left the shop. He deals Muna some stuff, and they seem to get along well, but I don't really like him.
The Justus Sunday markets were on, so we went to check out some stalls. The others headed over to the fountain where mr. angry customer was hanging out. I broke the ice with an amazing story about the scar on my knee, and they continued to have a conversation with him as I looked around the markets for a bit.
I saw a pretty blue piece of lacquered malachite on a gold chain, and thought it matched Vivians outfit, so I bought it on the sly. I sent another random school owl to her with it, because I feel kinda funny about giving gifts to people in person.
We got onto the topic of halloween outfits because the angry customer 'scarface' looked like a pirate. Apparently he has a friend with an eyepatch, too! I made a joke about that, and Vivian said I was funny. I felt so pleased! But they're busy on Halloween, so they won't go to any functions. Oh well!
We kinda decided Vivian could make a sexy vampire, Muna could be a cutesy bunny, and Shanta could be a princess or something. Nobody asked me what I would be, but I put it out there that I might dress up as a mummy, and Vivian said it was a good idea.
Last but not least, I found a fossil at the markets!
Its nothing like what I would dig up on the outskirts of my undermountain- its so exotic! Vivian said it was fake, so I'm trying to learn how to determine the age of the rock and see if it matches the fossil type.