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 Family Time and Other Disasters, March 20th, Tag Joelle
Amara Aquilla
 Posted: Nov 29 2016, 08:58 PM
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With one exception, Amara had met all of Sam's siblings who lived in New York, although, if she was being honest, she'd admit that it had been quite some time since she'd seen Paige, and she wasn't precisely in a hurry to have that encounter. Besides, it was more important to meet Joelle, who she'd never actually met. Or at least it was more important than trying to avoid a knock down fight with Paige, which would, she was sure, be the inevitable result of Paige finding out that she and Sam were working out the details of marriage and children.

Not that she was planning on telling Joelle about that right from the start, no, this was going to be a low-key trip into Salem for a hamburger and a chat, just to get to know each other. She'd arranged via text, which seemed to be Joelle's preferred mode of communication, to meet the girl in the garage. So Amara was leaning against the car, looking around for Joelle.

She was a little surprised when she saw the girl-Sam had told her that Joelle was 'different', but that hadn't prepared her for the buzzcut hair, aggressive makeup and dark clothing. All of the other Guthrie girls had either favored utilitarian clothing or had liked ruffles and frills. This was unexpected, but Amara didn't really care how Joelle dressed, her main priority was to make a good impression on Sam's sister.

"Hello." she said, smiling in a friendly fashion "I'm Amara, its good to meet you."
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Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Dec 9 2016, 12:41 AM
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Joelle didn’t necessarily have anything against her siblings having boyfriends or girlfriends. Okay, sure, Izzy had decided to lift her skirt for a Cabot, but that was understandable. Sure, Jay had been sleeping with a different Cabot, but she’d managed to keep her mouth shut about that one. Sure, she called Paige a hypocrite, but that was just because she was being a hypocrite by… having a boyfriend. Hell… maybe she did have something against her siblings having boyfriends or girlfriends. At least she liked Jay’s girlfriend, she supposed? Of course, she was keeping a whole other boyfriend at the same time, so Joelle didn’t know if that was something to get pissed about. She was going to figure that one out when it actually came up in her presence.

Whatever her personal biases were, after her talk with Paige, Joelle wasn’t really looking forward to this dinner with Sam’s little bed-buddy. What was the point, really? “Oh, hi, I’ll get to know you so that I can put up with you until my brother wises up and starts nailing someone who isn’t completely fucking crazy”? Please. Lame. She would have just said no, but she could use a night out of the school and food that wasn’t from the cafeteria for a change. As long as Fake-Roman Barbie was going to pay, what did Joelle stand to lose by going? Nothing, really, and staying, she’d lose out on a free meal, which would just be the height of stupidity. When someone offered you food, you ate it.

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I wonder if ancient Roman hamburgers have to be sacrificed to the God of Cholesterol before you can grill them.  #DontDateTheCrazy


She pushed her hand with her phone into her pocket, cracking her gum as she walked across the garage to where the girl with delusions of antiquity was waiting for her, giving her a once over (which, honestly, Joelle was kind of used to now). “Hi. I’m Joelle,” she answered, her expression flat, sizing the other woman up. Paige said she was crazy. Paige also said that she was a bitch who’d picked fights with her when they were both at the school. If she thought getting a rise out of Joelle or something lame like that was going to be easy, she had another thing coming.
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The girl certainly had 'surly teenager' down pat, but Amara wasn't going to let that bother her. Joelle had just relocated, just had her powers manifest, and she was at the age where most young people were varying flavors and degrees of 'impossible to get along with', at least for anyone who was in authority. Amara hoped that Joelle would come around, though, she didn't have any real power over the girl, and was close enough in age that she'd have a chance at being a 'cool older sister' for the girl.

"Are you still in the mood for a burger?" Amara asked pleasantly as they got into the car, a Jeep that Sam had assigned her. It was part of the Xavier's motor pool, but most of the time she was the one who drove it. She liked it, the Jeep reminded her of the one that Nova Roma owned, shared with the headman of the nearest outside village, and useful for the occasional trips to the nearest town, or even into Sao Paolo. Amara still remembered how excited she'd been, when, at twelve she'd been old enough to go with her father into the city. "The ones at Harry's are still the best that I've ever eaten." as she spoke, Joelle might notice that although her English was fluent, it was tinged with an odd, unplaceable accent.
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Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Dec 17 2016, 03:18 AM
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Joelle wondered where the girl was actually from. She wasn’t British that she could tell. Maybe it was some kind of eastern European accent… but didn’t they all sound kind of like Russians? No, probably not, but she hadn’t ever met one so it was hard to really tell. Maybe it was some weird African accent that you’d never expect a master race pinup to be speaking in. Yeah, that was probably it. Still, she wasn’t starting any shit yet, and Joelle was damned if she was going to start it.

And, dammit, a burger did sound good… “I guess,” she said.

She was forced to wonder for a moment if Paige was the one that had started all the bitchiness that went on between the women, but that was beside the point. Paige was her sister, not Amara, so it was pretty clear whose side she had to be on here, wasn’t it? “You're allowed to take a car? We don’t need to travel in an ox cart?” Joelle asked in that flat, hard-to-read tone as she got into the jeep, sending off a text to Paige.

QUOTE (Little Sis)
Off to dinner with Sam’s chew toy.  Want me to give her your love?  Maybe tell her you can’t be a virgin sacrifice anymore, get you off the hook?


The woman didn’t look like anything other than a cheerleader who liked attention. She didn’t know what a Roman princess was supposed to look like, but nothing about Amara screamed that to Joelle. Were Romans even blonde, anyway? Rome was in Italy, and Italians were usually dark skinned and dark haired, weren’t they? She thought so, but she wasn’t sure. Damn living in the sticks, all you really knew for sure were what other rednecks looked like.
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Amara Aquilla
 Posted: Dec 19 2016, 09:55 PM
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The reason Joelle couldn't place Amara's accent was because she'd never encountered one of the very native Latin speakers who lived outside of Nova Roma, which Amara would have been glad to explain, if Joelle had asked. Just as she would have also been happy to explain that her own light skin and blond hair, although they weren't unusual in Northern Italy, either today or when her own distant ancestors had left for Nova Roma, were simply the result of recessive genes combining in interesting ways.

"Burgers at Harry's it is, then." Amara said, naming a bar and grill popular in town, and one that students were not allowed in without an adult escort. Which might impress some of Joelle's classmates, if Joelle were to drop that particular nugget of information.

Amara wasn't sure if Joelle was making a joke or asking a question, but she decided that there wasn't any harm in treating it like a real question. "Outside of Nova Roma, its permitted to use cars. The city has a few jeeps, that we share with the nearest village, when trips into the city are needed." she smiled "And besides, have you even ridden in an ox cart? No thank you. They are fine for hauling goods, but I'd rather go on horseback, or walk than be jolted around by oxen."
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Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Jan 2 2017, 12:43 AM
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Joelle, unfortunately, wasn’t easily impressed. She didn’t really feel more adult by going to a bar, not when she was getting in by getting chaperoned by her brother’s chew-toy. Besides, what was the big deal about a bar? Oooh, they sold beer there. You actually had to drink some for it to be impressive, and since she didn’t feel the need to go drinking herself into a Cabot-like state (stupid, not drunk, although they usually were that, too), bars didn’t really have all that much use for her. Still, if the burger was good, the burger was good, and she didn’t feel like getting more spaghetti from the cafeteria and hearing her mom’s voice in her head telling her how it’d go to her hips if she kept eating it.

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I think from now on I’m going to just ask people if they like to eat a lot of pasta as my way of getting them to agree that they have a big ass without them knowing it.


“Nope, can’t say I have. Horses work just fine for everything that isn’t powered by gasoline,” Joelle said, ticking off ‘doesn’t follow her pagan-Amish rules when it suits her’ in her head. Looking down at her phone again, she added “Oh, my sister wanted to make sure you know that she doesn’t qualify for virgin sacrifice anymore. Just, y’know, in case it ever came up.”
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Amara had hoped that Joelle would be excited about going to Harry's, when she'd been at Xavier's it had been the height of cool to get to eat at Harry's, but perhaps times had changed. Still, a good hamburger was a good hamburger, and the fact that Joelle was being cooperative about going out to eat was a good thing.

"You're lucky, then." Amara replied "I've done it a couple times, and it was not fun at all. Oxen do have their uses, though, they're calmer than horses, and are better at pulling." she smiled slightly "In Nova Roma, horses are used for anything that can't be powered by oxen. We don't use gasoline, except for things on the outside. And that is mainly because not using cars or electricity, or other things like that would attract attention to us." she knew from experience that people often wanted to know why it was that she had no problem with using modern technology.

When Joelle passed on the information about Paige, Amara stopped her explanation of how things in Nova Roma worked, not sure what had prompted Joelle to share that text. "Are you speaking about Paige?" she asked, wanting to be sure, because her initial response was mild shock that Paige had allowed anyone access to her person.
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Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Jan 13 2017, 01:30 AM
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“So using horses and ox carts for everything instead of cars like everyone else draws less attention to you. Got it.” God, that didn’t even make sense. “I guess that horse poop all over the roads is a good trade-off for car exhaust,” she guessed. How much did that place smell, she wondered? How much did an ox poop, she also wondered? It might be a minor miracle if this place didn’t have its own ozone layer hole from all the methane… oxen were like cows, right? It’s not like she’d ever really seen one, after all, who has an ox on their farm?

“Yes, that’s my sister’s name,” Joelle answered, rolling her eyes without Amara (who was driving) really being able to see it. She could almost sympathize with the shock in the woman’s voice. Paige was, after all, a little bit of a tightass, but then maybe that’s what her guy liked about her. And with that minor horror of phrasing, Joelle tried to abandon that line of thought, because… ew. Just ew.

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She sends her love too.  Maybe you and Sam can double date now.  That’d be fun.  Sam and her liked to double date before or something, right?  You should totally do that.


She could almost picture Page turning purple as the comment sunk in, and that made her smile a little. Sure, she loved Paige, but that didn’t mean that Agent Tightass didn’t need to get kept in her place a little.
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"Dung is useful as fertilizer, and in the city we have people who collect it, so it doesn't stink.." Amara pointed out. "Nova Roma is quite isolated even now, so it doesn't draw attention that we don't use the latest technology. More importantly, if we did use gas powered engines, that would make us more dependent on the outside. We'd have to import parts, and fuel, or else set up our own plant to produce bio-diesel. Using animals allows us to retain our independence, and if someone does stumble upon Nova Roma, and finds us odd...well, not everyone who finds us returns to the outside world. Some of them by choice, of course." the last was said with a bit of a smirk. Part of what had allowed Nova Roma to stay hidden for the past few centuries was the way that they'd very sure that it stayed a legend. Just one mysterious "lost city" off in the rain forest, with only a few eccentrics taking the stories seriously enough to go chasing them.

Amara didn't see the eyeroll, but she did hear the sarcasm in Joelle's voice "You do have other sisters." she said, mildly. And, not wanting to be disagreeable she added "Well, I'm glad that Paige finally found someone. I hope that they are happy together." wondering if Paige had found someone as rigid as herself, or if she'd loosened up a bit.
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Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Jan 27 2017, 01:20 AM
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Joelle took Amara’s answer as a ‘yes’ on the horse-crap tradeoff, no matter what she said about it not stinking. If you grew up with it, you didn’t smell it, that was one thing she knew from living on a farm. If you spent a day or two in the city and then came back? Oh good lord, you could smell the cows from a mile away. She wasn’t going to delude herself into thinking that the farm didn’t stink to a lot of people, she just hoped that she wasn’t still nose-blind and that she smelled all right by now. She’d washed all her clothes at least twice before she’d satisfied herself that it had to have gotten any residual farm-smell out, but she couldn’t help feeling like people could just sense the farmgirl in her. That, naturally, just meant that she had to be sure she didn’t act like one, she had decided.

That, though, wasn’t the part of Amara’s answer that caught Joelle’s attention. ‘Some of them’ by choice? What the hell was she telling her that for? Joelle opened her mouth and closed it a few times before her jaw was set. This was sounding more and more like one of those whackjob cults you heard about, this one pretending to be ancient Romans instead of whacked-out Christians. Well, at least Sam had her here instead of her trying to have him there, right?

If it hadn’t been for Izzy, Joelle would have pointed out that Paige was the only sister in any place to be having sex, but naturally Izzy had screwed that up when she’d gone full retard. And actually, now that she thought about it, Melody was probably knocking boots with someone now that she was a free woman. That was what models did, right? Shack up with movie stars and stuff like that? Only Melody wasn’t that big a model, so… what would she be with, commercial stars? Broadway stars? Huh. That was a tough one to stereotype, and that sucked. Oh well, she’d manage to think of something by the time it was relevant. “Yeah, happy. That’s what boyfriends and girlfriends totally do for you,” she said dryly. “Not cause every single bit of drama I’ve watched my brothers and sisters have every time they left home.”
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Amara Aquilla
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Amara caught Joelle's reaction and took it for worry about Sam "Don't worry, Sam will be able to come and go as he pleases. I will insist on that, and will even make sure that it is in the marriage contract, when the time comes for that." deciding that it would be a good time to bring up the idea that her relationship with Sam was going to be very, very long term " But some of the visitors to Nova Roma have not been as mannerly or welcome as your brother, and so their treatment was rather different."

When Joelle made her observation, Amara couldn't help but laugh "I can't completely disagree with you, when a relationship goes sour or were never a good idea to start with, they can produce plenty of drama. But when a relationship is good...well, there is nothing sweeter than that." managing to avoid telling Joelle that she'd understand when she was older, since that would only cause offense. Especially since it was the truth. "So if Paige has found someone she can be happy with, then I'm glad for her. Just as I hope that she can be glad for her brother." the last said knowing that Paige was unlikely to approve of the match between herself and Sam.
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Joelle Guthrie
 Posted: Feb 22 2017, 01:52 AM
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Who the hell talks like this? She’d been dating her brother for a few months, and now she was talking about marriage contracts, like her little Renne Faire playground was a real thing? There was something about this that Joelle just didn’t trust, and she wasn’t sure if it was the ultra-xenophobe headspace or the casual talk of marrying her brother. Lacking anything more useful to rebuke her with, she slid back into snark, which never failed her. “Oh, well, as long as they were rude,” Joelle said. “Kidnapping guys and maybe killing them is shitty, but when they’re jerks, it’s totally okay.”

QUOTE ((Little Sis))

So what do you give a Roman Princess for a wedding present?


“So. Wedding contracts,” Joelle commented, still peering out the window. “That’s not premature or anything. Would Sam have to provide the bull to be sacrificed so everyone can bathe in its blood or whatever? Or is there a delivery service for that in the jungle?” she asked. Fuck, did Pagans and shit still do naked rituals? This wasn’t one of those things, was it? Because she’d be damned if she was going to get naked for… oh, ew, her family would be there for that, too, that was just… What was she thinking? This wasn’t actually going to happen or anything. Her brother was smart, right?
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