Sep 16, 2019 10:19 PM
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What a good cloud. She goes and feeds Cathei. She reads herself dinner. She feeds Cathei again. She sleeps.

In the morning she feeds Cathei and reads herself breakfast and notes that she is kind of lonely. And that she's neglected to take out her and Cathei's earrings, which she does at once. And then she starts looking for people who might be good to read.

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The books are full of every type of person one might imagine. There are the protagonists, who have a tendency towards hubris and recklessness, but are genuinely good at heart and would gladly assist her (though there'd be a slight risk of them taking over). There are the smaller characters, but those are sometimes hard to get an accurate read on. But, after a few hours, she'll have a few promising options.

There's the minor god from the first pile of books she's found. He seems kind, though it's not always obviousand has a fondness for children. He's also powerful enough to protect them if any threats exist here, though his magic isn't good for much else. 

There's a fairy around Rabka's age. She has a four year old son and is notable for her utterly unbreakable determination and general optimism. 

There's the matriarch of a clan of wyverns. She's gentle and wise and was willing to take in a lost fairy child when no one else would.

There's a friendly, inquisitive scientist from fairyland's companion world, Earth, which occasionally sends in visitors. She'd be delighted by the magic here and is responsible enough to look after a child.

There's a singer from a world where everything is, at it's core, made of music. He can convince the world to conform to his whims with a beautiful enough song and delights in this ability. He's good natured, though a bit distractible. 

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Since Rabka does not really know what wyverns are she's gonna pass on the wyvern.

She bookmarks the musical guy for later but since it's unclear if he likes kids she'll wait on him.

The fairy sounds nice but until she's more established adding more kids sounds like a mistake.

She debates between the god and the scientist but decides not to involve gods at this time.

She reads the scientist into existence.

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She appears and then starts and looks around.

Her eyes land on Rabka.

"I wasn't expecting this."

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"Hey, yeah sorry, I don't think I can make you be expecting stuff."

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"Make me?"

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"So like I have these weird powers now where I can make stuff out of books if I read it? But I tried writing something else in once and it didn't work so I don't think I can change what's in the books. Like by having you start expecting to be read out of a book."

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"You can make stuff out of books? Can you show me?"

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"Sure, are you hungry?"

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"A little."

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"Lemme find my food bookmarks..." She locates the food bookmarks to show Glen.

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"I've been wanting to try one of these," Glen says, stopping at the author's description of a woven apple.

 

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"Sure. You haven't? Why not?"

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"You can only get them in Lelyn. I've been meaning to visit, but there are just so many places to see."

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"Well, you can have one now." She reads it and looks at it curiously once it appears.

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The apple is a vivid red and is soft to the touch. If you look closely, you can see the silk threads that have been woven together to create the apple's skin. The stem is similarly woven. 

 

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"That's amazing," Glen says, "How does it work? Have you always been able to do it? Can you create anything?"

 

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"It's new. I don't know if there are things I can't make, as long as I can find them in a book, though. I just showed up here with my baby - nobody read me, it was deserted - and I could do it."

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"So we're not in fairyland? I recognized the Marques's library."

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"Nah, I made the castle but none of the rest of the place is fairyland."

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Glen takes a second to absorb this.

"Can I see my book?"

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"Sure." She passes it over.

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Glen takes a few minutes to look through the book and then she takes in a deep breath and lets it out slowly.

"So, I'm not real, or wasn't. I guess fairyland never did make much sense."

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"It didn't?"

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She shakes her head.

"No, none of the magic seemed to follow any rules or it sometimes had rules, but they changed whenever it was convenient. I was convinced there had to be some core principles buried beneath it all, but I couldn't find them."

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