Bruce Banner has just returned from his lab, where his latest experiment came out really well. He should go straight to bed, because it's six in the morning, but he can't seem to become the right kind of tired, probably also because it's six in the morning. So instead he's watching the sun rise out the window of his cozy (tiny) grad-dorm single room.
"See, you deserve for nice things to happen to you and not terrible things. --I don't think much of the Erogame about this."
"I definitely would have preferred if it had prevented that." He goes tense in Leia's arms. "--There's something else I'm worried about."
"Okay, this is going to sound awful, I realize that. Um. If it's possible for someone to have sex with me and not realize I'm having a bad time, it's possible for me to have sex with someone else and not realize they're having a bad time and now I'm worried I might have. Not because of any specific reason, just, I don't know how to be sure. There's a perk for it but I haven't unlocked it yet and maybe I should avoid having sex with anyone I don't know well until I do because if there's a way it's possible to misread people I will inevitably do it sooner or later."
"...do we know they didn't realize or did they just not care?"
"I don't know, because I wasn't able to explain the problem out loud like an adult." He's surprised Leia isn't telling him off for being irresponsible, but maybe she can tell he's not at his most mature right now and is putting it off for later.
"Well, if they didn't care, then you wouldn't have to worry about it because you do care."
"Oh, if it isn't a hard problem and he just wasn't paying attention . . . that makes sense, I hope it was that."
He's still not sure he won't hold off on casual sex for a while anyway. It's like that time he ate some guacamole that had been open too long and regretted it and didn't want guacamole, even totally fine guacamole, again for a while.
"People shouldn't rape you."
"Mmhm. I wish I knew why the Erogame--I mean, what it or they or whoever thinks of all this. Did I make the game angry, somehow, or is this all part of some bigger plan, or . . . ?" God, does he miss being an atheist.
"Well, it did say something about rape in Erogamer's Mind."
"Yeah. It implied I won't take permanent mental damage, which is good." It also implied that he could in some sense have shrugged it off without feeling even temporarily shitty, which is embarrassing.
"I don't think much of the Erogame! If it thinks it's a good idea to go around making you get raped!"
"And I don't even know why so I can avoid it happening again. Like, maybe it was just a one-time thing, or maybe I'm supposed to learn something specific from it, or stop doing something I was doing, or start doing something I wasn't doing, but I don't know what because I only speak human languages and not Omens of Doom."
"Maybe it was just trying to make you get hugs from me." He looks up at the sky. "I would have hugged him anyway."
"You definitely would have." He hugs his good trustworthy human right back.
"I dunno, maybe this would be hotter if I wasn't at PRV 1."
Bruce is not at all sure how he feels about the thought of Leia getting off on comforting him while he's sad. "Well, I have a quest for spending 24 hours in bed with you with the implication that we should marathon good TV for most of it; what does PRV 1 think of that?"