Aug 16, 2018 10:24 AM
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"No. I'm dead. They're running a copy of my brain."

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"- a copy of his brain. Can it be... embodied, by any chance?"

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"Not by the angels."

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"I see. Have the angels got names?"

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Can she name the angels, collectively or the one around the corner?

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Nothing she tries clicks. 

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"Are you all communicating together or just one?"

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"I don't think that question makes much sense to them."

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"- that's an interesting way to phrase it, did it come out that way because it went through the, uh, brain copy?"

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"I'm saying things like it's actually me saying them, even though it isn't."

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"Huh. Anyway. Hi, angels. Is there anything you'd like to say now that we're talking?"

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"You have, um, unlimited energy? Or something? And they want it."

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"- should I be saying 'you' or 'they' about angels - anyway do they want to trade me for it? What would they do with it?"

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"It doesn't matter. They don't trade, normally or even understand what it means. The closest they're coming is 'let us catch you so someone else can escape'. And they'd eat it. That's what they do."

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"It would probably be really good for the angels if they learned to understand trade. Can they maybe pull it out of the brain copy."

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The voice is silent for a moment.

"They'll let your friends leave unharmed?" it offers.

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The Master scoffs.

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"Can they try a little harder maybe?"

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"They don't have money or anything at all to pay you with."

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"I don't want money. I want them to figure out how to get what they want by offering other people things they want instead of by predation. Not just now, in general."

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"Predation works fine on everyone else. They're talking to you cause you're different and you might be able to get away."

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"Yep. I might. And the thing I'd like them to trade me is cutting it out with the predation."

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"So, one challenge of this kind of trade is that we can only do it if I have a way to be sure the angels follow through."

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