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Aug 22, 2019 9:42 AM
huddled masses is working for wolfram & hart now and celegorm is very disappointed
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- nod.

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"Karen, I'm really glad you're here. Don't touch the magic experiments, please. There's a chair over there. Michael can sit with you while you wait. If we need you to do anything else, we'll tell you. There are magical protections on Milliways, powerful ones, and I don't think Wolfram and Hart can possibly find you here, but we're going to take some measures to be more sure of that, all right?"

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(She has at this point been mentally trying to disappear for at least a minute.)

- it's not really herself she's worried about, is it, it's what happens to her kids if she doesn't figure out how to keep things smoothed out, but if she tells these ones anything else about her kids then they'll know and she isn't really super confident that they're - friendly.

Her money should all eventually be accessible to her kids. Hopefully. There's some percent chance that Wolfram and Hart somehow has power over it and uses it as leverage to get her kids to do awful things, but she doesn't know how to guard against that, so -

- she can't do anything about any of this anyway.

She nods and sits down in the chair and doesn't say anything.

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He sits with her and doesn't say anything. He might be praying. It's not entirely clear.

 

Everyone else has returned to work. 

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She'll just... sit. And try not to melt into a puddle.

This isn't great but she's not sure how to improve on it.

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He comes back up a couple minutes later. "Called Azalea. Got the room across the hall -- can you do whatever to it so we can be sure that --"

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"Yep. What's the room number?"

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"407."

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"This numbering system -"

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"Thought you'd say that."

 

He walks over to Karen. "Okay, which is worse: pizza, or no pizza?"

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She is kind of hungry and will eventually starve if she doesn't eat anything.

She is also kind of unsure what the full range of potential consequences of eating food given to her by Wolfram & Hart enemies is.

She's not sure she can make herself do generalized poison testing with people watching her but it's hypothetically plausible that they might eventually stop watching her.

"I'm - not really hungry but maybe I'll wanna have it here for later?"

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He sets it down. "Ice cream or no ice cream?"

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Can't do generalized poison testing for ice cream before it melts.

"I don't think I need ice cream. Thank you."

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"Star Trek or no Star Trek."

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"Star Trek is... fine."

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"Princess Bride or no Princess Bride."

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- how do these people even - maybe she and the other Karen really are the same person and the other one just made all of the right decisions and she's made all the wrong ones -

"...Princess Bride sounds ok."

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" - hug or no hug."

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"....m'good."

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“You wanna be alone? Once the room’s secure and everything?”

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She is not going to succeed at poison-testing this pizza until people stop looking at her. If nobody is looking at her then it's possible that Wolfram & Hart will find her and retrieve her without anyone else knowing about it, and this could be slightly good or really really bad depending on a bunch of stuff.

"Whatever's convenient for you."

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Sigh. "Okay, once they're sure it's safe I'll set up the movies and leave you alone."

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"Sounds good."

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And about ten minutes later - "all right, all set."

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"Thank you." 

 

He leads her across the hallway. This room is identical, except that it doesn't have a ton of people in it and it has a TV. He gets the movie running. 

"When you're hungry, you need to come get me. This is important because sometimes rooms in Milliways get disconnected and run at different speeds from each other, so it could easily be ten hours in here before it's been five minutes for me. Are you going to be able to do that?"

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