Jan 21, 2019 8:06 PM
I have a crush on demon cam not the kind where you kiss them the kind where you torture them
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"They've had a pretty bad time. I'm hoping that once Melkor is defeated relations will return quickly to how they were before the war."

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"They won't be scared of you anymore?" Jim asks skeptically.

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"There might not be a lot of tourism, but if someone wanders across the border in the middle of the night they can expect to get dropped off at home, and people can be friends on the internet, and maybe with time it'll get better."

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"Maybe."

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"I don't know your history but I think after wars people usually figure out how to reconcile, eventually."

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"I mean - yes, but not soon - sometimes not till after everybody alive during the war is dead."

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"That's a scary thought." Sigh.

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"Yeah."

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They head back on up. "There are a lot of people who'd like to meet with you if you're interested - ambassadors, mostly. Are you interested in talking with any of them?"

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"Oh. I guess, if they speak English or if the translator's good enough for that sort of thing by now."

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"If you want to check how much it has improved and let me know, I'd be happy to schedule for you."

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"They'll all speak your language?"

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"Okay -" She fetches the translation device. "Say something? Something elaborate."

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"The delegation from Tumunzahar is interested in a trade agreement because their electronics industry has been suffering since they lost access to a major southern tunnel route."

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She repeats that back in English with a questioning inflection. "That's grammatically complicated but it's not nuanced, that's where it'll really fall down if it's not good enough."

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"Hmmm." He recites a poem.

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She repeats the English translation, which doesn't rhyme and is clunkier but does say what the poem means more or less.

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"That pretty much has it."

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"Okay, then I should be able to do that."

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"Sounds good! Let me know when would be a good time for you and I'll arrange scheduling."

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"Maybe after, uh, what time is it, I think my circadian rhythms are going a bit funny underground however good the artificial lights are - is lunch next -"

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