Sep 24, 2019 4:43 AM
Foresight among Pokémon
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Margaret watches, no pun intended, to get used to the UI. 

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Eventually Bella has a list of a dozen random scientists she can send a copy-pasted email about Margaret to. "Anything in particular you want me to highlight?"

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"Whatever you think is best. Probably none of them will be able to get me home."

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"Probably, but you never know." She types.

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"Yes. The best would be if I could go both ways and our worlds could trade."

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"That would be ideal! I wonder if you can live longer if you spend time digitized? Pokémon do but there are diminishing returns."

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"As in, time in a ball counts less for aging? That sounds cool, though I would miss things while I was in it. Unless I could do it instead of sleeping. Does that work for mon or do they need to sleep out of the Pokéball?"

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"What brought it to mind is that you might care less about missing things than about catching whenever somebody manages to invent portals or whatever. Mon can sleep outside of Pokéballs but don't need to unless they're out a lot."

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"I think it would depend on how likely portals or whatever seem to be and how much time I could expect to get, but yes." Also on the odds of Bella dying and her Pokéball getting lost in an attic for centuries or something, but that's a bit morbid and also paranoid.

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"I'll ask for ballpark estimates from anybody who thinks it can be done at all."

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"Thanks. And we can try the sleep thing tonight, see if I feel rested after being in a ball instead of sleeping."

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"Sounds good."

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"Okay. What next? I can read more if you have other things to do."

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"Do you have, like, ideas for ways to use your powers that don't require a bunch of people already believing you they exist?"

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"The easiest thing to do a lot of is valuable living materials, like the pearls. And I could make plants from Earth that you don't have here, and maybe plants from here. Maybe parts of Pokémon, if there's a kind that has valuable antlers or something."

"In time I will return."

"Huh. Apparently I'm good enough at this language to get prophecies in it now."

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"There are parts of Pokémon that command high prices but, like, mostly on the black market unless it's just fruit or something that falls off anyway."

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"I'm afraid that's about all I can think of; most magical girls do stuff that doesn't involve their powers at all."

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"Really? Huh."

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"Yeah. I use my powers at work, but I would still be able to do my job without them. And even the magical girls who do have jobs that center on it, it usually involves other people knowing about them."

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"In a way where passing you off as a Pokémon wouldn't close the gap?"

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"I could probably do something useful with the danger sense while being passed off as a Pokémon; I would just need one person who I could pass warnings to."

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"How do you deploy the danger sense, do you have to be personally in danger or anything?"

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"It's always on, and detects anything above a certain amount of likely to harm me--I don't know the exact likelihood--within a range of a few hundred feet."

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"Harm you how much?"

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