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Linyabel Miriat ⍟ "Linya" ([personal profile] isthisart) wrote2014-08-21 06:29 pm

symphony

The day of the party approaches. Linya learns a Barrayaran-original solo piano symphony, adds some flourishes of her own where the composer has marked that it may be played "freely", memorizes the whole thing, and arranges to be playing it on the grand piano when party guests file in on the day of. She smiles and nods at them and takes note of how they arrange themselves in the room; there are thirteen minutes in the piece unless she decides she needs an extra three (if there seem to be a lot of stragglers; if there isn't a good path to the people she wants to meet and around the people she wants to avoid) and takes the repeat at the end to prolong it.

She doesn't wind up taking the repeat; the end of the symphony without it has her playing the final chord when Lord Auditor Vorthys is nearer than anyone she's hoping to evade. She counts out the beats, holds for a moment longer, and then lifts her hands from the keyboard. She has decided that given her choice of titles she's going to address this particular guest as -

"Professor Vorthys."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 10:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"Lady Vorkosigan," he says, with a friendly professory sort of smile. "A pleasure to meet you."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 10:48 pm (UTC)(link)
"My specialty is failure analysis," he says, brightening. "And yourself?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
"I don't think I'm any kind of expert in outward aesthetics," he says. "If I have a sense of style at all, it's based in function and efficiency. Systems working to produce intended results."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 10:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Amused, he says, "That horrible building? As far as I know it isn't ImpSec's fault as such, but I may be misinformed. Architectural history isn't my specialty either, at least not until the buildings fall down."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 11:01 pm (UTC)(link)
"Perhaps the ugliness is meant to produce a result too. I wouldn't know."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
"A result, if not necessarily an intended one." He smiles.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 11:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"Perhaps the ground floor. Any higher, and I'd worry that the neighbourhood children might fall off the ladders. Children are not known for their unquestioning adherence to safety procedures," observes the professor.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"Ah, but once you're using grav equipment you're back in the realm of expense."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 11:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"And what are these?" inquires Professor Vorthys.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 11:26 pm (UTC)(link)
"Fascinating," he says. "You designed this yourself? The calculations must have been incredible, to maintain a fixed projection from a freely moving source. How did you manage it?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-23 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"If you succeed at the fountain pen version, I wouldn't mind one myself," he says. "Or even if you don't."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-24 03:08 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'll wait," he says. "The fountain pen version sounds charming."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2014-08-24 03:59 pm (UTC)(link)
"Well, how many Barrayarans of other categories have you asked?" he inquires reasonably. "And how many of them have wanted pointy pens?"

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