There will be some bonus material from The Burns and the Bees in a couple weeks! In the meantime, here’s the fallout for Thorn’s sister.
Tansy (thinking): I love scientific conferences in Getsun! Everything is well-organized and easy to find . . . Nothing beats authentic local Getsunese food . . .
. . . and people assume polyamory-by-default, no need to explain.
Attendee: I am “fluent” in Ceannic — I write my own technical papers! But I’m still not good with the language in . . . casual situations.
Tansy: I could take you back to my hotel room and help you “rehearse.”
Attendee: Oh? I like the sound of —
Tansy: Sorry — this is my brother, I need to answer.
Attendee: It’s okay! Family is always important.
Tansy: Thorn! Hi! Yes, my eggs are still on ice. And of course the offer still stands. Are you making plans? I didn’t think Leif —
Just checking, huh? Oh, I knew it would be hard with him, I just didn’t realize it was illegal.
Think about whether you want them screened, okay? For what either kid has. If you ever use them, it should be your choice.
I can’t sign anything right now, I’m at a conference. Yes, actually — trying to get some right now. No, Larch still doesn’t.
All right! See you then. Love you, bro. [BEEP] Now, where were we?
. . . eh?
Attendee: I understood just enough to know that your life sounds too complicated for me.