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Saturday night, The Clocktower
"In the past three weeks, several acts of sabotage have taken place at the International Runway competition being hosted here at Gotham City. An incident of food poisoning, which was initially thought to be an accident. Then a girl lost half her hair when someone hid a razor in her brush." Barbara was typing away, pulling up clips and feeds from the competition, shots of models on runways, in bathing suits, evening gowns, an a few looking nervous and posing with white tigers.

"Classic beauty queen melodrama," Helena said, trying to hide her yawn. Dinah giggled into her popcorn.

"This week," Barbara said, ignoring the commentary, "it's escalated. Two young women landed in the hospital. The scenery had been sabotaged at one of the preliminary fashion shows. And I have recordings of one person being two places at once." She clicked and showed the images. "A real maintenance worker... and a fake one, who then takes on the appearance of a person in the crowd, and disappears." She sighed in frustration. "We have a meta. A shapeshifter. Trying to end the competition for some reason."

"Ooo?" Dinah checked.

"Ooo." Helena agreed.

"We need to get inside that competition," Barbara said, carefully not looking at Dinah. "Protect the girls, and get a closer look at the possible suspects." She took a breath, then looked at Helena. "The upper age limit on the competition is twenty-four."

Helena's eyebrows rose, and then she turned and looked at Dinah. Who looked back, mouth full of popcorn.

"What?"

Barbara was looking at her too, over her glasses.

"What?!"

Helena folded her arms. "Congratulations. I've finally aged out of the 'bait' pool... and you've aged in."

Dinah stared at them both. "Oh, you have got to be kidding me."



[establishy, but open for phone calls]

And, given the way the narrative universe worked, it was at precisely that moment that Dinah's phone began to ring.

Dinah's relief was leavened by Helena's "This conversation isn't over," and Barbara's, "I promise, no one will know you're undercover," before she managed to get the phone open and herself into the next room.

"Jaime! Hi! I'm so glad you called!"

"Ooooh, did I interrupt a conversation with your sisters?" Jaime knew how that could go.

"It could have been a conversation with -- okay, my sisters are the most likely," Dinah had to admit, flopping down on the couch and ignoring Helena and Barbara's continued conversation. "I mean, there's nothing like a good run of stalling to make things seem less inevitable, right?"

"That's the spirit!" Jaime laughed. "And I'm glad I could help you out with that."

"I am really, really grateful," Dinah said fervently. "How's your exciting Saturday night in CrazyWorld?"

"Kind of quiet, actually. I think the island must have decided that the whole 3-minute dates thing was enough chaos for one day." Jaime shook his head, just imagining how insane it must have been down at Caritas earlier.

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Momoko hadn't finished the full translation of the acceptance letter, but Dinah's phone was getting a picture message of what she had so far!

It wasn't fancy, but it was enough to show that it was from the Tokyo City Police Academy and that she'd been accepted into the program.

Momoko sat and grinned at the phone, waiting to see if Dinah would respond before she went back to the rest of the translating.

And that would be Dinah calling back immediately to squee.

"Yayyyyyy!"

Momoko grinned and clutched the phone to her ear. "I know, isn't it great? I didn't think I even wanted it, but I'm actually excited!"

"I told you tests would go well. This is so awesome! So you'll be going back there in September, is that right?"

"I want to put off leaving the island for as long as possible, so probably?" Momoko sat back, tossing her pencil for Moshi to chase. "The spot doesn't open up for me until after that anyway."

"So, might as well hang out that long." Dinah paused. "It'll give you more time with your... friends."

"Exactly!" Although now she was wondering if there would be a point to hanging around all summer. Jaime usually went home at any opportunity, as did most of her friends, and she didn't have a job...

Momoko shook her head; she'd worry about that then. "So that's my totally awesome news! What's happening with you?"

"Ummm. Nothing?" Dinah tried.

Helena's laughter might still be audible over the phone there.

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