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Wired, New Gotham, Monday
No classes on Monday meant Dinah could follow up and apply for internships. Some in person, some online, a couple over the phone. Two of them looked promising but were going to have to get back to her in a week or so, after the background checks were done.

So, coffee time at Wired, with her laptop open surfing for more possibilities. And avoiding her history of incarceration paper. She sent out a text: Bored and caffeinated and jobless. How are you guys doing?

[open for phone calls, texts, or IM chat]

"Entry-level internship with a couple investigation firms in the city. They're running my background check now. And I'm hoping that one time I punched a reporter doesn't come up." Dinah made a face, settling back into her booth. "175 days 'til Graduation. Give or take... what's the homework?"

See! Not awkward!

"Accounting." Did he need to say more? "And I'm not one to advocate violence, but punching a reporter should totally count in your favor."

"See! This is what I think. And it was years ago." Dinah grumbled and added, "These days I wouldn't get caught... And that's not meant to be sinister." She wrinkled her nose, and asked, "I'm guessing 'I'll hire an accountant' doesn't fly in that course."

"Not so much, no. I mean, I figured it can't be more than basic math, right? I can do math." Lots of recipes required math, for instance! Fractions! And don't get him started on halving or doubling recipes. "But they took basic math and made it all . . . businessy."

"Don't they have computer programs for that too?" Dinah had to wonder. "How is the business of diner-running going into the holiday season, anyway? More alien foodstuffs coming in?" She looked out the window at the New Gotham windy gray day. "So far, no one's started their holiday crime spree. Yet."

"Actually, it usually gets a little bit quieter around here at the holidays." Especially without Karla around to convince him to loan the students his kitchen for Thanksgiving. "And alien foods are fine so long as they don't come to life and attack the cook." That'd been quite the mess, that one time. "You get a lot of holiday themed villains in New Gotham I should know about?"

"Robot Santas," Dinah said immediately, before she could think to censor herself. "Usually controlled by one criminal mastermind or another. I don't think kids in New Gotham believe in a jolly old elf past kindergarten here. Also, the Mad Hatter sometimes breaks out and does weird things with mistletoe and jingle bells that traumatize tourists."

"I swear, you must live in a city filled with adrenaline junkies. Or are all cities in your universe like New Gotham?"

"No, no. New Gotham's kind of the... most intense?" Now she had to think about this. "Metropolis is pretty shiny, probably because Superman's there. Central City is close to S.T.A.R. Labs, so, sometimes, uh, they get people who've been experimenting too much... Starling City has smuggling and mobsters. Also, possibly ninjas." And didn't she owe a guy there a visit? Maybe? Hmm. "It's Arkham, I swear they need to just install a revolving door and get it over with."

"Oorrrr maybe get better security on it?" Priestly suggested. "I mean, if they know what they've got going on isn't actually keeping the dangerously insane in. . . ."

"Part of it is that nobody wants to work there, I think. So they don't exactly get the top-rated shrinks or guards." Dinah paused, and added, "And I have to include myself on that list. That's not on my possible internship list, you know?"

"Good." There was maybe a touch too much emphasis on that, there, Priestly. "I mean, if you wanted it, I'd totally support you, but that sounds like asking for waaaaaaaaaay too much trouble."

"Awww. Heh. Too much chance I might get recognized. Either as Dinah Lance, or you know. Other me." Not the kind of thing she wanted to say in public. "That would end badly, I kinda think... Momoko talked me through applying to the firms here. One's mostly financial, but it's big. Lots of experience. The other one's medium-sized. Really well-established, though. Not really *excited* about either, but. It's just an internship." Right?

"Hey, you're just putting in ground work, seeing what you really like to do. You'll find the exciting stuff, later, and this stuff will help you know that you're ready for that stuff."

"Lots of stuff...True. True. I mean, it probably won't start until after New Year's, anyway." Enough time to keep looking, or get used to the idea. And get her grades up. "What are you doing for Thanksgiving?"

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