Wednesday, 18 December 2013

S6.201 - Step Up

The Story So Far: The inhabitants of Fractal City have been teaching personified math about the nature of their existence. Very soon, a decision will be made as to whether the high school functions are reunited - or recycled.

"Don't take Koch too seriously," Julia soothed. "He often speaks in riddles."

"More to the point, he abstained from our vote!" Hill remarked, folding his arms as he stared at Logan. "I was against you being here at all. As were Henon and Pinski."

"Mmm. Compared to us, their formulas are all so... so restrictive," Henon said dryly from the main table. Pinski didn't say anything, merely adjusted his monocle.

"Well, they haven't run screaming from the room yet," Candice said, smiling as she draped herself over her podium. "So things are going just fine!"

Cosecant cast her own glance over the assembled. They really were a mixed bag, now that she looked closer. She also noted that only Weier, Julia and Can-Tor bothered to meet her gaze. "Three against," Csc said. "At least one abstention. Can I ask how many of you were in favour of this gathering?"

"Four," Weierstrass admitted immediately. "It was a close call. That said, what we now have to decide is whether a member of the step functions is prepared to join us at a podium."

"Wait, what?" Hevvi said in surprise.

"You have the ability to come here through a Jump Gate," Thomae 'Popcorn' West said, without looking up from her book. "Same as me. And as Can-Tor said, you haven't run screaming. So one of you is now entitled to represent your steppe, the same way I'm representing unique functions."

The three step ladies exchanged glances, as eyes in the room turned to them expectantly. Then, without a word, Flora stepped forth, moving behind one of the empty podiums that was present. Weierstrass nodded. "All right then. We are now twelve. Logan! Is it still the wish of your group that we facilitate your path to statistics?"

The redhead looked sidelong at Koch, then at his companions, then nodded. "It is."

Weier looked back out at the room. "In light of this new information, all those in favour of bringing CF to town?" She raised her own hand, as did Julia, Can-Tor, Flora, and after a moment, Vicsek. "Those against?" Bert, Henon, Pinski, and Popcorn all raised their hands.

"Nothing against you," Popcorn remarked, looking towards Logan. "Just don't like CF being around. Freaky person."

"Mmm. That's why I'm abstaining," Howie said, crossing his arms.

"Ha! You'd be against it, except you don't want to be seen agreeing with Bert!" Henon shouted across the table. Howie simply grunted.

"Regardless, motion carries, 5-4," Weier concluded. She picked up a gavel and knocked it against the table, then looked to Logan. "At this point, I would ask you who are guests to step outside for a moment. I'll escort you out of the X-Mansion as soon as we deal with one more item of business."


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