Oct 15, 2019 2:31 PM
catherine goes from fairyland to milliways and everybody is very concerned at her
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I have no idea! I mean, I guess it means that there are fairies! - the one, Rána, he looks like me and - I think he enslaved her because she was thinking about it earlier - 

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Huh. That's kinda fucked up.

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You don't say. That's why I thought - anyone but me should be -

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No, I get you, yeah.

"Uh, so, I dunno fairyland, but whoever you left on the other side is gonna be a while, right, because time freezes when you're in here. So you could hang out here as long as you wanted with no consequences, they wouldn't even know."

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"I am aware that fairies are fast and that when you're with them humans are so slow that they look like they're stopped. I've been fast for almost half a day. I don't know why everyone thinks this is the confusing part."

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"...I think that's different, whatever that is, none of us are fairies. Like, Alex is whatever Alex is, but - hey, you're not a fairy, are you, Alex?"

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"Nope! We call ourselves Quendi. I've never heard anyone call us fairies."

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"See? No fairies."

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"Obviously not," she says. And they can't be, if they were they couldn't lie about it. 

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...so what exactly are we trying to do here, I'm not actually an expert on freeing people from fairies, if I were gonna I'd ask, like, the dog or someone.

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I sent Maedhros to get Karen and maybe he'll also think to get Wishbone but who knows how long it'll take them to get back? I just want her to not run off back to fairy slavery before we get a chance to pitch her on, instead, not fairy slavery. 

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Makes sense.

"You gonna, like, eat any of that, Bar made it special for you. I bet it's good."

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"Shouldn't accept favors."

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"...okay, but like, the fairies can't stop you here, you're not gonna get in trouble for it."

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" - I realize you're not fairies, but I don't know how any of this works, and I do not want to be given things because I don't want to belong to anyone else."

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I got nothing, man.

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"Uh," he says from across the room, "in my universe, slavery is bad, and illegal, and no one practices it, and if they do, we make them stop that. And accepting favors from strangers doesn't mean you owe them a damn thing."

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"Well that's not how it works in mine."

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"Uh huh. But you're out of it. And you don't have to go back."

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"Yes, I do, I left my son there. And it doesn't matter - what you think of things, it matters what fairy thinks of things, and I can't see the fairy rules, so as long as Rána isn't here I should just - probably shouldn't even be talking to you."

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"We can figure out some way to get your son."

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"I have five children. One of them is here, one of them is with the person who is not your father, and three of them are hundreds of miles away, and Rána is going to help me get them back when the night is over, and I don't want help because I don't know anything about you, except that you look like him, and it could be a terrible situation to end up in your debt."

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"I'm sorry. I'm not - I don't think you could possibly trust me, in that situation. And I don't know anything about how fairies work."

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She doesn't really know what that means, or whether it's a bad idea for him to end up in her debt if she answers more questions, and so she sighs and snuggles her baby.

She should probably go back through the door and find Rána before she gets kidnapped again, she won't get as lucky as last time twice. She just doesn't really want to - deal with the thing where he doesn't care about her, really, especially now that she's upset again, so maybe she can just wait a little bit for her heartbeat to even out again and then go find him.

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It super does not sound like she should go back to this guy ever, actually. 

"Is there - some kind of interaction it's safe for us to have under the rules of fairyland?"

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