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Oct 20, 2019 3:27 PM
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"No," he says, simply. "I trust you."

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"Why?"

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"You don't want to hurt me. You want me to be happy."

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"–or–is that later...?"

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"I don't want to hurt you," he agrees. "...I want you to be happy," if only instrumentally, and in the vague abstract way he prefers that people be happy because it's what the sort of person he wants to be prefers.

(He hopes to hell Tiresias isn't reading his mind at this particular moment. There are few parts of himself he wants seen less than this.)

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"No, you don't."

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Having that part of him looked at is deeply, deeply unpleasant.

"I wish you nothing but well."

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"That hasn't happened yet."

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"I'm in the wrong place. I should go."

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"–ah–I'm sorry, I wasn't supposed to–"

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"It's not your fault. But Valentine will be expecting me."

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"He's afraid."

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He has to bite back the question he'd like to ask -- what of? -- because he suspects it will not endear him to Valentine if he learns the answer to that question. (And Valentine, of course, will find out if he does.)

"I'm not sure you should tell me that."

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"...ah. Maybe not."

He seems honestly confused himself.

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He sighs.

"I'm sure I'll see you again. I'm sorry to cause you so much distress."

He's not precisely, but.

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"...yes," he says, vaguely, fingers lacing and unlacing.

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"Shall I make you happy? Before I leave?"

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He seems to forget his distress, after a moment.

"If you want."

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Somehow he doesn't think this will pass muster with Solar.

"Do you want?"

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"...I don't know. I'm sorry, I can't seem to find it."

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"That's all right."

He leaves, without using his power, and goes looking for Valentine.

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Valentine catches him in the elevator, several floors down.

"–good morning, Mr. Dulac – I apologize for the confusion."

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"As do I. I hope I haven't kept you waiting."

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"Not at all."

He hits the appropriate elevator button.

"The last week hasn't been too difficult, I hope."

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Really.

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