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Feb 27, 2020 9:12 PM
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"Okay," she agrees, smiling at him a little.

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He pushes himself carefully up so he's sitting, and reaches out an arm to wrap around her. "You two okay?"

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She wraps an arm around him too, immediately. "Yeah. A little worn out, but -- no trouble."

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"You slept right?"

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"Yeah. Autumn took first watch."

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"Good, that's- good."

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Lee squeezes him.


"How much do you remember?" she asks, after a little while.

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"Mmm. Not much. All kinda blurry. Mostly--mostly you and Autumn being there. Other people?"

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"Yeah," she says, her arm tightening around him. "Asked our mysterious friend for help. I didn't -- I couldn't -- "

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"Hey. M'okay. We're okay? Was the right call."

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She leans into him. "Yeah. Worked out okay."

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"What they like?"

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"Our mysterious helper was --" she describes his appearance briefly. "Offered to help carry you, but backed off when I refused. Seemed a little uncomfortable. Talked a bit about his past when I asked him why, later -- I don't know how much you remember of that?"

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"Not...masses. Broadstrokes. He was... on the streets? At some point?"

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"Yeah." She repeats what he said, as best she can remember it. "And he wanted to know what we needed -- that's why I was pushing about his motives so much -- so after that I told him we could use more fruits and vegetables, and he said he would add that. He brought us here, said we could use this cabin, and let us be."

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"He seem level?"

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"Yeah. Autumn said he was being genuine enough to make him uncomfortable, too."

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"That's something I suppose."

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Lee squeezes him. "I -- don't know how much we can trust them but -- they did help."

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"At least enough that if this happens again..."

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Lee squeezes him. "Yeah. They did offer to fix more of it, but -- yeah."

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He squeezes her back. "Hey, m'here, m'good."

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She leans into him.

"The other two people we saw were the doctors -- one of them was -- I don't actually know what -- some kind of fairly human-looking alien, I think? She was -- trying not to be scary, I think. Asked before doing things."

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"I'm guessing she wasn't exactly succeeding at the 'not scary' thing?"

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"She -- was with her mannerisms? It was what she was that was scary."

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