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Sep 25, 2020 2:04 AM
I predict this will be a self-indulgent shippy meditation on power and responsibility but it's honestly hard to predict these threads
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"I guess? It just - 

" - it sounds untenable to be married to someone who owns you."

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"I think that - fairy slavery is somewhat different than human slavery. It doesn't mean that I'm - expendable, or unimportant to him. It doesn't mean he doesn't love me. In some ways it means the opposite; if we were trying to keep things even then he couldn't be kind to me without thinking about the debt, couldn't take care of me the way he does. It means I have to trust him, but I don't think it means that we're not - that we have the sort of relationship that is incompatible with marriage."

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"I guess if it's magic.

"Does he make you - do things?"

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"He doesn't often give me orders. Only when it's important. And - husbands give their wives orders too, of course."

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"I - guess there are circumstances under which that would make sense?"

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"Do women not obey their husbands where you come from?"

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"Not usually? I mean - they listen to each other? And if one spouse is a crew leader then of course the other person has to listen to them in that capacity? But - I don't think husbands usually, uh, give orders to their wives."

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"That seems very strange."

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"The Osirians talked about women promising to obey their husbands, too. Maybe it's common, among free Liars? But - that seems kind of - depressing."

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"I'm kind of confused about how households work without it. Someone has to make the final decisions, surely?"

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"Uh, no. You can talk about things and pick someone who you can come to a consensus with. Orders are mostly for - parents with children or crew leaders with crews or masters with slaves. But not married couples. That's supposed to be one of the places you have that's free of that. That and friendships, I guess. I - guess I kind of hoped that if Liars were free they'd have a lot more relationships that looked like friendships. But - maybe that's actually a slave thing, or something."

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"That seems possible."

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"Huh.

"Well. The fairy's good to you?"

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"Yes. I'm really not in need of saving anymore."

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"Okay. Well. Take care of yourself?"

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"I'll try. You take care of yourself, too."

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"Yeah. I'll try."

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Nod. 

She heads back home. She feeds and sings to her baby.

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"What'd she want?"

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"Mostly to talk, I think. She was curious about what marriage was like among other peoples. And she was concerned about the slavery. I think she was a slave, before she came here."

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"Is she okay?"

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"Not entirely, I don't think. She's pregnant. Looking for someone to act as a father to the child."

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"Well, does she have a me? He'll want her."

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"There's one from her world. She says they haven't spoken much. She didn't seem to think he'd want to be a parent."

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"Huh."

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