"...You know what, it's probably faster to do this. Kaff? Can you do non-invasive lie detection? No peeking at anyone's thoughts, just, magically judging whether an utterance is true."
"No. No wishing for information."
"Right. What about - Don't do this yet, not until I'm sure I want it, but could you give me the ability to do lie detection like that? Add it to the magic I can do."
"...I can do that. I never thought of that. I can give Spirit Bearers new spells. I would want forty hours of work equivalent as a favor."
Tara gives a nervous little chuckle. "It's been done before with other genies.. Uh, I should specify how it should work. Deliberate activation on things currently being spoken or signed. Ends when I stop focusing on activating it on a single person. I should get the feedback the same way as my other sensory powers. Can you give me degrees of truthfulness? 'This is mostly true' if something is left out, or 'this is mostly false but based on something true'. So it's not a binary total truth or total lie."
"No. Only true or false. I would need to understand humans very well to do what you ask."
"How much of my own magic would it require?"
"I don't know. Not excessive amounts."
"Would it work on writing? Through phones?"
"Only if you watch things being written. No."
"Hmm. Bella, uh, I would be well satisfied by getting this lie detection and asking you to verify what you've told me. So, do you see any flaws in this idea?"