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Jun 04, 2020 12:44 AM
the gang try to get their shit together (and fail miserably)
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Anders seems exhausted beyond words, and it still slumped in Seo's side. 

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Seo holds Anders closer. "Good plan. Is Nat close by?"

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"The fact you have to ask someone else is troubling. I'll text her."

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Harriet points at Anders. 

I can fix that. 

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"...no. Ask him first. Don't merge alternate universes version of us without permission."

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Harriet sighs. 

Anselm, can I please change you with your alternate self who isn't droopy?

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Anders pales even further, and lifts his head to stare at Harriet, horrified. "What did you call me?"

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There's a version of you that can actually handle being called his birth name. I was hoping to swap you with him.

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"What the fuck-" 

He looks up at Seo in a panic.

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She can't hear my side, dumbass, I'm not projecting. Can I swap you with him so that they can interact with an "Anders" who has his shit together?

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"I- I'm going home. I can't-"

Anders hugs Seo tightly, fingers digging into her, and then kisses her forehead. "I can't be around her." 

He reaches over to hug and kiss Lorie good bye too. 

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"Wait. No. Harriet, whatever you just said to him. You can't do that. You need to leave. Thank you for everything you've done today, I will think more about what you want from me. But you can't do things like this to my friends. I'll show you the door."

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"She doesn't know any better. She's Soulless." 

Anders loops his bag over his head. "I've got to get back anyway. After last night, Irving's on a rampage." 

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Harriet seems more bored by the events than anything. 

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"She's not an idiot. I'll drive you." She kisses Lorie, untangles herself and picks up her keys. "You gonna stay here?" she asks Lorie.

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Harriet blows a raspberry.

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"I'll call mum to come get me. I should get started on finding us a time-traveler anyway." 

She grips Anders' hand once, then lets go.

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"Seo, please, I just-" 

His hand tightens on his bag strap, and then he slumps. "Fine." 

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"Eventually everyone bends to my will, but you just keep being surprised." She ushers Anders out the door and to the car.

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"Can't be bothered fighting," Anders says, tiredly. 

He clambers into her passenger seat. 

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"Exhaustion. My one true ally."

She hops into the car and - pauses. There's something on her steering wheel.

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It's a note, in Nat's unmistakable handwriting. 

You're a bitch. Also, if you need someone experienced with 'timey-wimey' bullshit, ask around for Kasper.
I miss you. Fuck you.  

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Seo sighs and thumps her head back against her seat. "You heard of someone called Kasper?"

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"If they're not in our group, you can assume with safety I haven't."

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She figured but doesn't hurt to ask. She quickly takes out her phone, snaps a shot of the note and sends it to Lorie.

"Can we eat before I take you home?"

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