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May 25, 2019 5:12 PM
Fuschias and Palatinates continue to play with time
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She sighs. "It's hard to know anything for sure, though." She glares at a bookshelf. "I hate this."

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Jenn steps close enough to nudge their shoulders together. "You and me both."

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Lean. "Yeah..." She shakes her head. "Let's check if the Moment's rebooted, I think we've got most of what we need?"

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"Yeah," Jenn agrees, fishing the Moment into the palm of her hand.

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She examines it as Elizabeth comes down the stairs.

It's functioning, much better than before.

"Come on," Bina says. "We should probably go."

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"Definitely," Jenn agrees. "You ready, Elizabeth?"

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"Yeah. I found a few things, but there's not much more to dig through."

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She nods. She'll see about getting information out of Elizabeth when they're back in the moment.

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Bina fiddles with the Moment, opens its new interface - bright green, interacting naturally with the unlight in her hand, and not requiring she uncover it - 

And, once Jenn and Elizabeth have their hands on her shoulders, she moves them into the Moment.

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"That was a bit less frantic," Jenn says.

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"I'm very glad for that. I've had enough running to last me a lifetime..."

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"Your knees could probably do with you being off them for a day or two."

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"Ugh. I guess."

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"Yeah, I know, it sucks," Jenn agrees. "Wanna see if we can ask Three those other questions?"

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"Yeah. Let's."

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Back to the Viewers then.

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Three's contactable, pretty easily. "Good. None of you died," she says.

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"Oddly enough, we rather prefer it that way."

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"I'm not arguing with that. You have questions?"

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Jenn nods, and sets about going through their list of questions.

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She doesn't know what happens after the others appear to vanish - the Viewers shouldn't stop working at all. It's possible there's something involved that'll make her decide to cut them off - she'll need to look indirectly. If she'd decided to disable the Viewers, that means there's something happening there that people shouldn't be looking at. If interference from the Botfly did... She's not sure.

She doesn't know where the Botfly came from. Her theories on 'why today' are - essentially 'today was when it trapped Ant.' It possibly had been able to reach out tendrils before, like little pieces of fishing line - and the tendril towards Ant was the first to catch something since Josephine. To impact the world in a meaningful enough way to get it someone working towards its goals.

She doesn't know why today. She doesn't know how Josephine died, or why the Botfly would kill the factory workers - and she's not confident in saying it must've been an accident.

The Botfly doesn't work against what's been established. The rules don't change on you, and all the rules she's discovered explain things that've happened before perfectly. It appears to be affected by paradox, too - she's never seen it change a timeline.

It's likely responsible for the weird abilities. No one else in the other loops than Ira or Bina has actually seen it, but - that's a logical thing for it to do, to get people to look at it.

The Moment's shrinking because the fragment of the day she built it out of is being ground down. Burning space, to extend time. The more people in it, the more stress it's under, and the faster it decays. It can't be stopped. The only way to slow it is to avoid actually entering the Moment - using it just for instantaneous time travel will damage it far, far more slowly.

The Botfly seems to communicate with Ira through a watch-like device - that Three's fairly certain is the dead Moment. Like, this very one. No she has no idea how that happens, before they ask.

The space between times is just a hallucination. Your mind can't actually comprehend what happens when you timetravel, so it back-fills that you were falling.

Ira doesn't seem inclined to negotiate. The Botfly seems even less inclined. She's never known it to use English. She's not sure what it's doing with the dreams.

She has no idea what its goal is beyond "be looked at."

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Jenn listens thoughtfully. "I...feel like we need to stop the be looked at goal," she says, to Three, and the people on her side of the Viewers.

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"Yeah. Yeah. I think that's - probably the most important thing."

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"The best way to do that would likely be destroying the Botfly's Moment - which could cause problems, and might just make it a later day's problem - or preventing it from ever having been seen in the first place - which is a massive paradox, and also might just kick it down the line - or somehow removing its ability to be observed, which is probably physically impossible."

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"...But given it does appear to be able to just... remove things. From the timeline. I'm not sure we have a choice in stopping it."

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