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Jul 04, 2020 5:32 PM
in which karen teller saves expat fairy celegorm from zombies
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"Well, that's good. Though I guess you'll mostly be away from home when she is, if you guys have the same job. Well, one of the same jobs."

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"Maybe she'll want me to quit once it occurs to her that she's allowed to tell me to do that."

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"Do you wanna quit?"

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"No? What if there are more zombies and she can't handle them all?"

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"Then she's not gonna tell you to."

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"She's gonna have a hard time getting paid back while never telling me to do anything I don't want to do."

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"I think she probably doesn't care about actually getting anything. Just if you, like, think you're even.

"And I think if she had to do cemetery stuff alone it would make her sad."

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"Then probably I shouldn't quit."

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"Yeah. I guess not."

 

He plays with Zana for a couple minutes and then packs up his homework and heads inside.

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He'll stay out here with Zana until they're called in to bed, he guesses.

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She gets home around sunset. She calls them in to dinner. It's Saturday, so they're having spaghetti, because spaghetti is one of like three kinds of real meals she knows how to make.

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He eats spaghetti. "I can cook, you know."

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"That'd be cool. We're mostly living off TV dinners right now. I used to think Zales couldn't cook, but it turns out I'm even worse than her."

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"Well, then, you should let me cook dinner and it'll count for a lot and we'll have dinners. Win-win."

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"Sure. You can cook dinner from now on."

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She's pretty confused about which things make him happy. Maybe just anything that pays off his debt? But apparently school would pay it off and he definitely wasn't happy about school.

"I would count it as a favor if you did the dishes." There, that's not an order, that's at least thirty-seven percent less sketchy than giving orders. Still kind of sketchy but she's still working out how to be actually not sketchy about whatever this thing that he insists she has to do is.

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He'll do the dishes.

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Okay then.

"So, do you have, like, any stuff you need to get from your parents' house if you're going to be staying here a while?"

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"I brought clothes and shoes. My books are all at school, I never bring them home."

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"......so are you gonna need, like, a toothbrush?"

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"What's that?"

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"I'm really concerned about you on multiple levels." She heads back to the bathroom to get a toothbrush. "This is a toothbrush. You put toothpaste on it and then you brush your teeth with it, and it keeps your teeth from smelling weird and rotting."

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"Do my teeth smell weird?"

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"I dunno! It's how, like, eating works, the food particles get in and they rot and rotting things smell. Normal parents teach people to brush their teeth when they're Zana's age."

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