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Sadness and Aether in Milliways
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They've apparently remodeled the train station a lot since last week; it seems to be set up to look like a restaurant now.

Sadness goes looking for the train.

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"Hi. This is an interplanar bar, apparently," says a human sitting at the (interplanar) bar.

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"Interplanar? Do you know where they've put the train station?"

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"Uh, my understanding," she holds up a napkin with writing on it, "is that the train station you were looking for is where it's supposed to be, but the door you went through happened not to lead there this time, but if you go back and close it it'll be back to normal."

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She looks relieved.

"Oh. Thanks. So, Interplanar means the door sometimes leads here and sometimes doesn't? When does it lead here?"

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"Infrequently? I only know what's on this napkin." She offers the napkin.

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"Thanks."

She reads the napkin.

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It describes the workings of Milliways!

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Sadness looks surprised.

"Different universes?"

She thinks.

"If that's true, you'd wouldn't be from Riley. Are you from Riley?"

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"No, I don't think I've ever been anywhere called Riley. I'm from the Imperium. Well, an Imperium."

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Sadness is fascinated.

"What's an Imperium? What are they like? I've never met anyone who wasn't from Riley before."

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"Uh, it's a large monarchy with a bunch of provinces and a decently high standard of living at least for humans?"

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"A Monarchy? That's- a sort of country right? I hope things aren't too bad for nonhumans there. Who are you from?"

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"...what do you mean, who?"

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Sadness is looking anxious and speaking hesitantly again.

"Like- I'm from Riley, she's twelve years old and she plays hockey and lives in San Francisco? And you must be from someone else?

San Francisco is a city."

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"I'm... uh... how are you from a person?"

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"Oh! You mean you aren't? You're an actual real human, not just an imaginary one?"

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"I am a human. I'm not sure why you'd think I was imaginary."

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"Um. Wow. I've never met a real human like this before. I think maybe I should get the other emotions?"

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"...the... other... emotions?"

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"I'm Riley's sadness. That's how I'm from her."

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"How do you... be... someone's... sadness...?"

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"I live in her head and make her be sad about bad things?"

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"She can't, uh, do that herself?"

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"That... seems like an awkward problem to have."

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