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"All right."

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She hands him a several-page-long printout. "And here you go. I don't promise it's good, but it's better than the last two books I read, which I cannot in good conscience recommend to anyone even as a magical formality."

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"Thank you," he says, folding it up so he can stuff it in his pocket. "I'm sure it's delightful."

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"We'll see," she says, but she can't help smiling at least a little.

And once they have a shuttle she will fly him (and Connor, she's not gonna spend another day flying Connor out) to their destination.

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Cam reads the story on the way.

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Fly, fly, don't ask about the story lest she spoil the experience of reading it, fly.

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"This is cute," he remarks, regarding the story.

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"I'm glad you think so!" she says, lighting up. "Most of the ones I'm writing now are, like, things I made up putting Connor and Zana to bed, but I try to revisit the ones I like later and polish them into more cohesive stories that actually, like, work in a more general context."

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"That makes sense! One thing I haven't gotten around to seriously trying even as long as I've been around is writing fiction."

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"Really? I guess there's no rush when you have forever, though. That'll be nice, I don't have to worry about getting all of my stories out before I die anymore. I suppose if I were a demon then publishing anything on earth would be logistically complicated for a while, but hey, I'll take it."

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"And you can publish in Hell, there's billions of people there, and sometimes the angels and fairies and Limbo get updates - data's easy to fit on the train."

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"Yeah, that sounds approximately as cool. - oh, wow, there are a bunch of demon authors that none of us have ever heard of, aren't there. That's terrible. Also great? I have no idea how to feel about the fact that there are tons of other literary traditions that we're completely unaware of but that I could totally find a way to investigate. Putting investigating that on the to-do list, right after 'end death as we know it'."

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"I like your priorities," he chuckles.

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"Ending death does seem like it should stay at the top of the list. And I reserve the right to go back to researching obscure and probably useless fields of knowledge exactly as much as I want for the rest of my existence after I have managed it."

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"To which pursuit you have every right."

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This is a pleasant thought. She'll just put the shuttle on autopilot and get to work on her paperwork for a while.

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The shuttle autopilots along. "Do either of you mind if I practice violin?"

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"Not at all, go ahead."

Connor's playing a game in the back with a headset and has no opinion on the matter.

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Cam plays violin. He has had a lot of hours of practice over the years, unlike with fiction writing.

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She will quietly but very sincerely applaud when he comes to the end of a piece.

"You're really good at that. Not that I have any particular ability to tell when someone is really good at music versus when they're a normal amount of good, but you sound really good."

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"Thank you! I picked it up because I thought it would be terribly entertaining to learn The Devil Went Down to Georgia and it went from there."

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"This is honestly a pretty good reason for doing something," she says, smiling. "I imagine you've exhausted most of the obvious puns by now. You've been a demon for what, like, a hundred and fifty years? Ish?"

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"Yes, although since I can't usually talk while I'm summoned that puts paid to a lot of the obvious 'go to Hell' type ones."

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"Well, you're welcome to cross any remaining ones off your list if you run into any really good setups," she says cheerfully. "...So you died, like, right around revelation, then?"

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"Few years subsequent, yeah."

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