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Jan 27, 2022 7:27 AM
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She tries that.

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It works.  He gasps, and sags, and almost falls over, but they manage to catch him in time.

"What... who are... you?" he murmurs.

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...Kaylee tries to ping Mallory: 'Mal, we found a guy who had a Witch's Kiss and Lianne managed to cure him.  Should we - tell him about stuff, or...?'

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'He'll be in a fugue state for a while. Probably best to tell him he's having a bad dream, and that he should return home.'

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She relays this to Lianne, but adds, 'I'm not sure how I feel about telling him it's a dream, though...'

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'Yeah. It's probably what's safest and least distressing for him, though...'

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'Maybe.  Yeah.'

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'I hate lying though. But... We don't want him to be a target. If he knows. So.'

She turns to the guy and says, "You're just having a bad dream. It'll end when you go to sleep at home."

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He nods.

"Do you know where you live?" Kaylee asks.  "You know how to get there?"

He nods again.

"Okay.  Don't get lost."

He wanders off.

'I think I want to follow him home,' Kaylee says.  'Make sure he gets there okay.'

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'Yeah. Let's.'

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He's out of it the whole way, but he doesn't get into any trouble.  Eventually he goes into a shoddy-looking apartment building.  Kaylee visibly relaxes when he does.

'That was,' she says, and sighs, and doesn't say anything else.

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'Yeah.' She shudders slightly. 'At least now we can do something about it.'

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She puts an arm around Lianne's shoulder.

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Hug.

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Hug.

"We should get home, huh."

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"...Yeah, we should. Emma'll be back soon-ish."

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They head home.  It's a somewhat more subdued trip.

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That was... yeah. 

'Want to try again tomorrow?' Lianne asks. (She doesn't like giving up. And, hey, at least they saved a guy last time.)

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'Yeah, let's.  Think you'll be able to get away?'

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'...Maybe. We'll see.'

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'Yeah.  We've still got the scouting group, though.  And if you can't, I'll go hunting myself and kill an extra witch for you.'  She offers Lianne a small smile.

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'Heh. Yeah.'

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Kaylee does end up going hunting alone on Friday, and a handful more times while Lianne's still grounded.  They both keep hunting with the scouting group as well; they never seem to run out of witches to kill.  Weeks pass.

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Tobi makes her way across the American south, at a leisurely pace, stopping frequently in cities to hunt and refuel and spend a couple days in a real bed.  She's heading toward the Carolinas; Tag's noticed some odd suicide epidemics that may point to a wandering witch.  She makes the trip in a ridiculous enormous heavy-duty matte gold Jeep, her pride and joy, bought a couple years ago with lottery money after she finally got her driver's license.  She alternates between, on the one hand, posh suites in fancy hotels, and on the other, driving a ways offroad into the desert, locking the doors, and sleeping curled up in the backseat.

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One night, sprawled out on a hotel bed, she tries pinging Kyubey.

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