Jul 17, 2019 1:24 AM
an imrainai summons demon cam
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"If it would ever help for me to also tell her that I wanted a book rec, let me know."

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She laughs weakly. "I don't think that would help right now. But I appreciate the offer."

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"No problem."

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"D'you want some food or something? Uh, I don't know if demons need food at all, but it might be a while before they find the leak still."

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"I'm putting calories in my coffee. I do eat, most days, but I'm not going to get hungry like so. And we don't need to eat, we just get a little hungry and then not any hungrier than that."

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"Oh, that's cool. Uh, I'm gonna make a sandwich or something for me, and if you want one too then you can have one?"

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"I would feel bad about taking your food if you're on short rations or anything, I don't know what-all the angel airified..."

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"A lot of stuff, but we're not in imminent danger of running out of food. I think they decided to go with the rocks plan before they got that far. It's not any real trouble, though, we're gonna be fine. If you feel bad you can replenish our food stores when you make the other spare equipment later."

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"I would be happy to. All right, I'll take a sandwich unless you make it out of that kind of cheese with the bugs in it or something."

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"No cheese with bugs," she promises, and gets to work in a tiny kitchenette in the other room. She feels significantly better about herself while doing something that's even a little bit arguably useful. 

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The demon sips coffee and makes air and reads her book.

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She completes her sandwiches, eats one, and serves the other. And then she takes one of the books from the pile and starts re-reading it, because this is immensely less stressful than trying to indefinitely make small talk with an exceptionally nice demon.

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Then they will hang out in this strangely windy room eating sandwiches and reading books!

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This is a pretty good way to be, in her opinion. She's not inclined to do much else until the the leak is found, unless that takes a really long time.

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Someone turns up a leak, although it seems so small, not like it could really have caused all this trouble. That's probably the only one though, the odds that there are two are very low. Looks like a tiny meteorite impact.

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And the angel's able to fix it without a problem?

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Yup. He can put a rock near the crack to fill it in and there it is, all fixed.

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She cheerfully informs Cam that the leak has been found and fixed, then hands him a piece of paper with several not-very-striked-out book titles and one circled one.

"Had to think about which one was best," she says. "They're all good, though."

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"Thank you! And now we can negotiate a new task or you can send me back if you're done with me."

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"New task would be good, if you're up for it. I'm not actually sure how to use the emergency circles to summon someone specific. Also not sure what the colony needs off the top of my head, though, other than food, so if I'm keeping you from anything then I'll understand if you need to go home now."

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"I have no pressing engagements. I don't have your colony's shopping list but if you want to compile some requests I can fill 'em. I can also tell you how to do circles for someone specific, but you can't use an emergency preprint for that, you'd have to let me make it for you."

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"It'd be good to know how. I'll want to check it to be sure it's right before I use it, though, and that'll take time, so if you could hold off disappearing while I see what the situation is, that'd be really great. Oh, and uh, if you can really make another station, are there resources you'd need in order to do that? The designing parts?"

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"I need to be able to make my computer to work on, and conjure reference data as needed if I want something I don't already have on it."

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She nods. "You can conjure your computer and any reference data you need to be able to make a station."

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"...you don't want to make that conditional on my coughing up the station?"

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