Oct 16, 2019 4:46 PM
Sad Cam and Milliard
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There is a bar. In the bar is a demon. The demon is sad.

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Jean has been in the bar for years but he does need to sleep occasionally so he is not always in the bar part of the bar.

Having just woken up, he returns to being so. Since the bar is currently occupied, he doesn't put up his sign immediately, instead sitting down near the demon and ordering breakfast and a drink.

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The bar provides, of course.

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The demon looks up when he sits down. "- hi."

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"Hi! I'm Jean. Been here before?"

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"I'm Cam. Just got here a couple hours ago subjective."

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"Welcome to Milliways, then. Nice place, isn't it?"

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"Yes."

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"Place you're from less nice?"

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"Oh, home's nice. I just haven't been there in a while."

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"No? How's that?"

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"I'm a summonable demon. I got summoned. Spent a few years in a war."

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"Ah. My sympathies."

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"...Thanks."

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"My world hasn't seen war in living memory, but we haven't forgotten what it's like. Insofar as people who haven't lived it can remember."

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"What's your world like?"

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"Nice, in most ways, by most standards. Post-scarcity. An Earth, if you've encountered those. Only occasionally murders planetsful of people."

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"Uh?"

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"If you happen to have a way to prevent a bomb from hitting a planet in two point six seconds or less, I would be unspeakably grateful to know about it."

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"Uh. Probably. Why is someone bombing your planet?"

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"There's a small group of political dissidents on it. Among a population of millions. The government would dearly like to eliminate the dissidents and has plausible deniability regarding the method."

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"- do there exist any recorded materials of any kind anywhere that would support this description of the situation?"

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"Mm ... Bar can certainly get you materials which establish the existence of the political dissidents, and my relationship to them, and the nature of their causes -- which you're reasonably likely to find sympathetic -- and the government's opinion of them -- which you're reasonably likely not to. But as the immediate situation is ongoing, and the government prefers it be hushed up anyhow, there won't be any publications addressing its specifics."

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"Not necessarily publications, internal documents would work too. I don't have to get them from Bar."

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"Well, that's a hell of a security concern, but under the circumstances a convenient one. Need it be a physical document? We do nearly everything electronically."

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"Electronic is fine."

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