Jul 17, 2019 8:29 PM
Promise and the Master
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"I would prefer verbal directions."

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The angel gives her directions, that involve taking multiple turns to emerge above ground, then taking several more once on the surface. 

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And these she follows.

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Eventually she will reach what used to be the garden.

It is partially obscured by rubble and completely dead. But the dirt is loose enough in the non-obscured parts that it should be easy to draw in.

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She writes out a message: To travel back in time, approach and close your eyes. And then does up a little chart of distances away at which to stand in order to be transported various amounts.

"Can you hear me from here?" she asks.

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"Yes," an angel says, from out of view behind a building.

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"Can you see what I wrote or do I need to get out of the way?"

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"Stop looking at it."

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She turns aside.

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And, moments later, an angel is there, staring down at the writing.

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"Can you read it?"

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"Yes, but I don't think they could without me."

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"Well, you don't have to be able to read it forever. Will you be able to remember the marks? And reproduce them?"

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"They will try."

The angel attempts to reproduce the marks in a bit of dirt Promise isn't looking at.

It works.

 

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"There you go! Do you like the look of the chart -" It has "ten minutes", "six hours", "two days", "one week", "one month", "one year", "ten years", and "one hundred years" on it. "The short time isn't meant to be a substantial food source, it's so people can cheaply test it."

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"They're going to go try it now."

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"Okay. Can you tell me how that goes? Or went? I'm still not totally used to time travel."

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"They're going to take me with them, but if it works, the ones here will leave."

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"Can you tell me when and where I should go to check in with you, if I ever come up with another way for you to communicate and want to see how it's going, maybe update your signs depending on how these are working...?"

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"They say you have to stay until they know it works. If you want to talk to them again, you just need to draw a picture of one."

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"I can stay here for a while. What degree of success are you waiting for?"

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"People stop running away."

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"Okay." She sits on the ground and waits.

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Two days later, when she's not looking, the angel vanishes. 

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She is by this time pretty hungry. She carries food on her by default now but not two days of it.

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