bellfounding: (b ~ beam)
Isabella Marie Swan Ø "Pattern" ([personal profile] bellfounding) wrote2013-07-25 03:15 pm

rich with activity

Bella keeps her empire humming. Her staff swells; her population booms. Earthlings solicit more and more tweaks here and there until it's nearly as safe and pleasant as Saturn in some places, although the realities of economics, prejudice, and politics mean that Saturn continues to be particularly inviting to certain classes of people. Bella receives Earth's tired, its poor, its huddled masses yearning to breathe free. There are political cartoons with spikes on her halo-crown, a torch in her hand, and her telling Uncle Sam, "Well, someone ought to do your job."

People on the Internet complain that she is technically an absolute monarch who has not, in fact, limited herself with a Constitution of any kind, only posted about what she does and does not expect to want to do on her website. Other people on the Internet point out that she seems to want and not want to do those things just as predicted and that it doesn't really affect anyone's quality of life if she happens to wear a ringcrown while she does it. Still other people point out that even if she wrote up a Constitution and swore to uphold it, this would not, in any way, shape, or form, cut her magical power in such a way that anyone could make a practical objection should she change her mind.

A lot of dead people come back to life. She does not make a particularly big dent, but it's enough to give hope, and the fact that the resurrected immortals don't suffer unusual levels of existential dread or lose their ability to appreciate classical music leave a lot of those who have never died more willing to try immortality.

Time passes. The Empire of Rings is the new normal. She still gets attention, but she's not nearly as memetic anymore. Her spotlight continues to shed spare interest on Ripper and his musical career.
tearingup: (⑤ deny mercy)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Ripper keeps making music. He does more tours. Around the time of his third solo album, he figures out the logistics of touring completely by teleport and stops needing to spend any money on airplanes or hotels. And he has money, now; his musical career is actually starting to pay for itself. Which is probably because of his imperial girlfriend, and he is okay with that.

There are things he likes and things he doesn't like about being somewhat more famous. Being able to teleport away from overeager fans is a big plus. Living on a planet that actively guards its inhabitants against unwanted media intrusion is an even bigger one. Without those, he thinks he might quit - but he has those, and he likes getting on stage in front of thousands of people who want him to be there.

So, all in all, he's okay.
tearingup: (⑩ see in the dark)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 10:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes. That would be bad.

And plenty of people have seen him mostly naked by now; his album covers are still distinctly... themed. Not to mention the fact that performing shirtless is so routine for him that he has been good-naturedly booed for wearing a jacket to an outdoor venue on a cold day.
tearingup: (④ welcome consequences)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh.

[I love you,] he says. [Yes please.]
tearingup: (② chew on things)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
[Now I can be shirtless more often! My fans will also love you.]
tearingup: (① laugh it off)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:10 pm (UTC)(link)
He laughs.

[You up to much presently?]
tearingup: (③ sweeten the pot)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
[Take a guess.]
tearingup: (① laugh it off)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
[Well, I'll be at home, playing the guitar, shirtless, while you figure it out.]
tearingup: (② chew on things)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
[We-ell. Just this once, if you warn me first, you can skip the knocking.]
tearingup: (④ welcome consequences)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:25 pm (UTC)(link)
[If you sneak up on me with kisses I might drop my guitar, and that would be tragic.]
tearingup: (⑤ deny mercy)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:31 pm (UTC)(link)
[Or you could wait until I'm not holding my guitar,] he suggests thoughtfully. [Don't you have that superspy power?]
tearingup: (② chew on things)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
[This is a strangely appealing plan.]
tearingup: (④ welcome consequences)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Ripper laughs. [Ooh. Suspenseful.]
tearingup: (① laugh it off)

[personal profile] tearingup 2013-07-25 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
He thinks about it, then says, [Yeah. I mean, as long as the meeting isn't going to run for a day or something. Somewhere between a few minutes and a few hours?]

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