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Nov 22, 2019 5:57 AM
in which karen teller saves expat fairy celegorm from zombies
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"Yeah. It seems horrible to have bad things happen to you all night."

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"I don't think they hurt people very much, like, long-term. It's not like real bad things happening to you, it's like - once you're awake you mostly know you're safe, and then in a few minutes you mostly forget, like with other dreams. It's just - not fun while it's happening."

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"I guess that's better but it still seems really bad? Like - if you got a better version of un-say that let you undo five minutes, and you spent it torturing people and then undoing that, I'd think that wasn't very cool even though they didn't remember it."

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"I mean, yeah. I guess there's just - nightmares aren't anyone's fault, and almost everyone has them sometimes. And I wouldn't know how to fix it. Maybe there's magic or something. Although I'd have to put off doing other stuff with it."

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"If you got magic to - control your dreams or something - that'd be more hours in the day to practice magic, it'd speed everything else up."

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"I don't think we know that that's how it works? But - I guess I'm not currently doing anything while I sleep, and maybe using that time for something is a pretty big improvement on the status quo - "

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"Yeah, it's a lot of time to not be using - I guess maybe if you try not to sleep you'll just get something where you don't need to sleep? And that'd work too?"

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"I guess? I think I would worry about, like, side effects. Although I'm not sure how to do dream magic specifically. I guess I could put other stuff on hold and try whatever people try when they're trying to figure out nonmagical lucid dreaming?"

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Cuddle. "Up to you."

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"...maybe I can try lucid dreaming stuff after I figure out more healing. The nightmares aren't gonna, like, kill me."

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Nod. Snuggle.

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Snuggle. 

"Sweet of you to worry."

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"WIsh you could have my dreams. They're much nicer."

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"Why, what do you mostly dream about?"

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" - you, mostly."

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- enthusiastic snuggle. "You are so adorable."

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"Before I was yours I mostly dreamed about wandering in strange places and that was nice too."

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Snuggle. Telepathy back on so she can insistently think about how adorable he is at him. - also this thing where they're snuggling and he still doesn't have a shirt on, this thing is nice. She may have to give up her general disapproval of sexy Halloween costumes as a tradition.

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Sexy Halloween costumes are a great tradition he can't see why she would disapprove. Also he could just not wear a shirt to bed, if she wanted.

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Oh gosh she can just tell him to do that. Aaaa being able to tell him to do things is exciting. Probably she is enjoying this thought too much but yeah it might plausibly be nice if he did that.

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'enjoying this thought too much' doesn't make any sense conceptually. And yes she can do that and then he will be shirtless and snuggle her it'll be great he's so happy.

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Eeee. Snuggle.

It does so make sense conceptually, though, she just needs to remember how. It's something like - there are some things that are okay to do a little but not a lot, and if you don't enjoy them or only enjoy them a little then you won't be tempted to do them too much, and if you enjoy them a lot then you might be tempted to do them a lot, and that could be bad. So, like, if she likes telling him to do things maybe that's okay sometimes, but if she told him to do things all the time he might get annoyed with it, or something, and yes he's her slave and stuff but she still doesn't want to inconvenience him? And thinking about things that are - exciting - might be the sort of thing where if she ever does it it's okay but if she lets herself do it whenever she wants then maybe she'll end up wanting them even more and making worse decisions, or something -

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That's kind of why he thinks she should get the spell, actually, so they won't be tempted to have sex? He didn't mean to think about that, he doesn't want to pressure her about the spell. He thinks about exciting things a lot and he doesn't think it affects his judgment really but maybe humans are different or maybe she is. But also, thinking about what you find exciting is how you get comfortable with it and aren't taken aback by it or unable to think about it and that definitely leads to bad decisions.

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How would that lead to bad decisions, couldn't you just, like, never do any sex things? Also she doesn't really feel like he's pressuring her to take the spell. Like, she is in fact planning to take it. Probably. She thinks. There's - an argument that it's more intimate than things that they should be doing but she's not really sure that trying to match intimacy levels to anything else really makes sense as a thing to do. Other than that she mostly just feels embarrassed about how exciting it sounds, because, uh, something something enjoying things too much. She's not actually sure there's anything reasonable there now. Maybe she's just bizarrely afraid of being happy or something.

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Never doing any sex things can totally be a bad decision? If you would be better off doing them, or if you, like, want kids, or things like that. He thinks probably for most people never doing any sex things ever in their whole life would be a really bad decision for them to make. Also maybe they would fail at it and just do sex things without knowing what they're into. 

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