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"It wouldn't make sense to get you in trouble for something I magic-utteranced," says Elspeth.

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"I'm the nearest unicorn, it's still my responsibility."

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"Then it is fortunate that Elspeth's magic utterance has both satisfied our curiosity and not landed you in unjust trouble."

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There's a silence, and then Isibel says:

"I have met another one of my beloveds - I did not see him with the others, now that I can remember clearly what they all looked like."
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"Another one? Dang, did he have an us?"

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"I think so. He recognized me. I think I made him upset. I didn't meet her."

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"Of course you made him upset - you were broke and he couldn't fix you," murmurs Aegis, "and he has a Bell and I bet he loves her to bits and you were like her. We should find them."

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"I don't know how to do that."

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"Through Milliways. You met him, you'll have the best chance at forcing the door," Shell Bell says. "I'll go with you."

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"All right."

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"Bye," says Liselen.

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Shell Bell waves at the unicorn and cues Jane, and she and Sarion vanish.

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"So if the new Joker recognized Sarion then presumably this one is a girl too. Are we all going to be girls except me? That could get really tiresome if there are ever, like, forty of us and I'm still the only boy one."

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"Relax," snorts Juliet. "Given that we come in boy at all we probably come in boy more than once per forty. If there are even that many Bells in the multiverse."

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Liselen eyes the assortment of Bells.

"There are an awful lot of you."
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"Used to be Golden and Stella met occasionally, and then I met Shell Bell and we set up a thing in the interdimensional hub to collect more of us," says Amariah. "It's worked pretty well, I guess Sarion didn't get gotten that way because she never went up to the bar."

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"Minus recognized me before I went up to the bar," says Cam. "I'm still pretty impressed by that."

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"He's very clever," says Juliet comfortably.

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"Minus is a weird name," opines Liselen, who still hasn't told the peal his.

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"It's not his name, his name is Sherlock, but there are a bunch of those, too - Shell Bell's girlfriend and some others without Bells attached - and so they had to pick nicknames. And they are much worse at it than Bells are."

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"Minus's nickname refers to the fact that he didn't use to have a soul. Now he does, so it's not even accurate anymore."

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"Oh," says Liselen.

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"Have you got a name?" Stella asks Liselen.

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"Yes! It's Liselen," says the unicorn.

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"We are mostly named Isabella, but we all have different nicknames to keep ourselves straight in particularly Bell-dense cohorts," says Angela. "I don't know if you'd get any use out of them or not."

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