Jul 17, 2019 12:33 AM
Thario and forests in Milliways
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She is abruptly less cheerful. "After Morgoth killed the Trees."

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"Oh," he says. "… Sorry."

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She shakes her head. "It was yéns ago."

Then she smiles, weakly. "I probably shouldn't distract you while you're on shift, however interesting your power is." (The way she flicks her eyes over him implies it's more than just his power she's finding interesting.)

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He shrugs. "I think the main thing is that I'm available if anyone needs me, and it should be relatively clear, so long as I keep an eye on the door? Maybe sit over that way?"

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"If you're sure," she says, her smile more impish this time.

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"Yeah?" he says. "I'm up for power testing."

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"Well, then," she says, and she takes his hand and leads him over to the table.

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He looks mildly surprised but follows.

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And she sits down at the table, moving her chair close to the one she clearly intends him to take. "So," she says. "I bet you can't tell what I'm thinking."

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He takes the chair and seems to think. "You might be wrong there."

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"Hm?"

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"It's almost like," he says, "you're telling the truth, but expect me to factually expect you're lying from your words."

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"The implication of the statement, that I did not expect you to be able to automatically tell, was true, but I did expect that you could quite easily find out."

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"Mm," he agrees. "That's true."

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"You don't want to know what I'm thinking."

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"I'm actually curious what you're trying to test here. You're relatively confident in that guess but it is only a guess."

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"Whether you can tell that guesses are that. Whether you can extract the truth value of statements independent from what people believe -- that one is a little hard to test properly."

There's a brief pause, and then she adds, more lightly, "Whether my guess was correct."

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"– First one, I can tell, second one, I can usually tell if my strongly-held beliefs are true but I'm mostly limited to just what people think other than that, and third one… I actually am curious."

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She makes a fascinated noise at the second statement.

"But you haven't been trying to find out," she responds (mostly to the third).

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"I didn't know how much you wanted that, against how much you wanted to test my power," he responds.

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