Sep 25, 2020 5:47 AM
alteriverse!imrainai lands in sanity
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"Do you want to go back to Valinor now?"

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"Yeah. I think so."

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So they get back on a shuttle.

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She's very quiet on the way down. She doesn't sleep, even though she's very tired now.

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The Elves sing. Mostly about her story. They seem to have all heard the story and not the conversation afterwards.

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Weird.

It was a very good story, though. She's glad it wasn't lost and she's glad she didn't know that anyone else was watching at the time. Insofar as 'glad' is an emotion that she's capable of feeling right now.

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They land in Tirion. Fëanáro and his family and some other people are waiting for her.

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"- is he going to help?"

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"He said that he was going to give me a shard of his power. And then he said that he'd given me the power to make anyone do anything I wanted."

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"Did he say anything about... how you do that, precisely, or is it something you could conceivably do by accident."

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"He did not say any other things, really."

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"He didn't say anything else?"

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"He said - " her voice takes on a slightly different tone - "'I want to help you, Imrainai. I will give you a shard of my power. Now you can make anybody do anything you want. I hope this helps you help your people.'

"And then he vanished."

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"Okay. I have no high confidence predictions from that. He didn't start with a shortage of ways to make that happen. Aesthetic guesses would probably be something like being able to influence coincidence so people get railroaded into choosing to do things as you like - rather dangerous to try or rely on - or maybe just seeming like an authority when you issue commands, like he used to do to the Valar all the time, which is safer to check but still a potential mess like... every possible implementation of that. Ugh. I'm so sorry."

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Nodnod.

"I'm - going to not try to use it until people have decided what I should do with it. But I don't know whether it's happening anyway."

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"You might not want to phrase things in the imperative till we learn more. Or... dwell on wanting people to behave differently."

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Nodnod.

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"If we're very lucky the Valar will be able to get any detail out of him."

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"Okay."

...she's just going to stand here quietly until someone tells her what to do, she thinks.

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"Did you want to go back to your friends from your ship?"

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"I - kind of want to sleep. I guess."

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"Okay. Let's head back to the guest room here, then."

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She can follow them back to the guest room, then.

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"I suspect you want me to leave you alone," he says. "So I am going to annoyingly stay, for ten more minutes."

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"....I appreciate this, because this would be moderately reassuring, except that I don't actually super want you to go, and - also I kind of want to see people take actions that lead me to believe that I am not accidentally mind controlling everyone around me, which probably kind of complicates the process of figuring out whether I'm accidentally mind controlling everyone around me."

(She sits on the bed and shivers and tries very hard not to want a hug.)

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