TV announcers: Our twelve points go to . . . Hello, Central! Good evening, Kolpos! We have contact with the judges from Homu! Homu, how do you vote? . . . to Beal! … Tamapoa, douze points!
. . . and we have the winner of the Kolpovision Song Contest 3013!
Tansy (whispering): If there’s anything the in-laws might try to surprise us with that I should know —
Thorn (whispering): Don’t worry, sis, I’ll send you a full write-up.
kale.r (text): Will leave quietly soon — don’t worry. I’m told to shelter in place @ home until further notice.
testragon (text): oh good to know, thx
Juniper: Boss, we can tell something’s up. If there’s any way a team of knights could help —
Thorn: Not a military issue, Juniper, I promise!
Leif: Um . . . does the voting have to take this long? Can’t they call it for the front-runner by now?
Thorn: The rest of the countries still want to cheer when they get points!
Thorn (thinking): Maybe Leif has a point, though . . . This already kinda feels like the longest night of my life.