[The feed opens to Betty and Kel in Very Professional button down blouses and office slacks. Kel looking stiffer than normal, which is a feat. There’s a moment of silence, and right before it actually gets awkward, Kel clears her throat and speaks first:]
Hello, some of you might recognize me. I’m Lady Knight Keladry of Mindelan, and today I’m speaking as a representative of the Ambassador’s office in De Chima about something we’ve come up with to...-to help the community-[Said as if reading off an internal script]
-especially the most vulnerable of us.[She glances at Betty and the camera moves a bit to focus on the other woman. Betty, considerably more at home in business formal, smiles slightly at the camera.]
Yes, hello, uh, network. My name is Dr. Elizabeth Ross and I've spoken with a number of you about this project in the past. With the Lady Keladry's enthusiasm and support, and the blessing of our elected Ambassadors, it's finally underway.
We would like to formally announce the YimCA - or Young imPorts Child Advocacy. [She takes a moment to look somewhat embarrassed. Culturally-speaking, this is probably her fault.]
As you know, the Porters sometimes bring in very young imPorts, and while, as a whole, they tend to be exceedingly resourceful and capable children with a wealth of world-experience. You know the kinds of worlds some of us are from--the kids are the same. [Smile twisting a little wry, like she's remembering]
. They tend to be tough, but their age still puts them at a disadvantage.
So far, we've been doing pretty well as a community. Our young people tend to find their way to one or more... guardian… figures who'll watch out for them. We're not trying to replace that kind of networking system, but to reinforce it. Sometimes people… sometimes people port out without warning. Or are incapacitated for other reasons. This would be a backup, for both sides of the equation.[Kel nods and joins back in, leaning forward as she does so.]
Our goal is to provide our younger imPorts with resources they might not know exist, and to make sure they have people to fall back on, if their housemates are ported out again...or they’re assigned someone who they may not feel right living around. [YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE]
To apply to act as a caseworker, we'll need you to be Registered. I’m sorry, but accepting government funding means we need to follow this rule. [Look of embarrassment]
You need to have no criminal record and preferably
have lived here at least a month. [Betty's been watching Kel as she speaks, at first with an expression of polite attentiveness, but growing increasingly bemused as the other woman’s shirt strains hard at the seams]
And if you're a younger imPort yourself, you're always welcome to contact us at this number [which appears on the screen]
. We’re going to be contacted about new imPorts, but any one of you who already lives here is free to choose if you need our help.[Kel looks back at Betty and nods, then to the camera:]
Thank you for your time, we hope to hear from you.[As Kel reaches out to turn off the camera, there is a distinct RIPPING sound from her shoulder]Sarden fuckin-![Click]
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