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Apr 05, 2020 12:44 AM
River Tam has a dream
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Addy smiles widely. It's good that River is starting to relax.

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The laughter seems to be getting a bit hysterical, actually.

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Addy's smile disappears. She considers trying to physically comfort River but that seems unwise for someone traumatized. Instead she just says, "Everything will be alright. It'll take time but things will turn out alright." She mostly believes what she's saying. She has niggling doubts but in the worst case River's tether will pull her into the dreamscape if her body dies.

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"It's not! It's not alright now!"

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"No, it isn't. The things they've done to you are horrific and they'll always be with you. Once you're away from the monsters doing these things, and with enough time I do believe you'll be able to heal, but it isn't going to be easy and it's going to take a long time."

'Maybe...' Addy thinks but doesn't say, 'Maybe someone else should have greeted River'

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"Who else is there?"

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"Oh, I keep forgetting you're a mind reader." She chuckles a bit hollowly. "There's a bunch of people in the dreamscape but mostly it's just a few of us that interact with new people. There's Emma, who's an empath and has her own history of trauma, though not as bad as yours, she made the dreamscape. Sen's more focused on being a teacher, mostly physical skills and meditation she was a spy and later a diplomat when she was alive, Lib tends to the dreamscape's main library, she's also just about the only person who can find things there. And then there's Cray, but she's something of an acquired taste and she's not allowed to greet new people unless we're really sure they'll like her."

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She nods. "I like you. So far."

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"I'm glad, I like you too. I want to do everything I can for you." She pauses for a moment, "If your telepathy is involuntary we could probably help with that, at least while you're here, the waking world is harder."

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"It's involuntary. I see everything in everyone's heads."

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"That must be overwhelming, do you want me to try to help? Emma's more experienced but I've picked up some things over the years."

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"I don't want to stop right now. Maybe sometime." Right now she's still not sure Addy's safe.

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"Alright, just let me know." Addy correctly surmises that's the reason.

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"Is there anything other than this room here?"

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"Yeah, it's the whole house, and the yard."

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She nods and goes to explore.

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There's another bedroom opposite this one though it's pretty sparsely decorated, and a third right next to it also pretty sparse. There's also a rather nicely appointed bathroom.

After that there's a staircase before the hallway continues.

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Hmmm...

She runs down the staircase.

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The bottom of the staircase is right in front of a door to the outside made out of mahogany wood, there's thin floor length windows to either side that show a bit of the porch and of a yard with a few trees and flowerbeds. To the right there's a formal sitting room with rather upscale furniture there's a closed the door at the end. To the left there's a larger room with an impressive looking speaker setup and a variety of small couches, some tables and some chairs surrounding a small dance floor. Behind her there's a hallway.

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What's through the closed door in the sitting room?

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A formal dining room with a crystal chandelier hanging above a table with 12 chairs, there's cabinets in each of the day corners with plates and glasses. Between them there's a buffet made of a dark wood with several drawers and two cabinets. The left wall has larger windows that give a better view of the front yard. There's more trees and flowerbeds visible from here and you can also see a road beyond the yard. Beyond that is an endless white expanse.

The right wall has a few paintings and another door.

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She heads for the outside.

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The front door opens easily enough. The porch is tiled with stone slabs. There are stone steps down to the yard, and a brick pathway leading from those steps to the driveway. The grass is a lush green and on both sides of the path there are flower beds with a riotous mix of colors. Behind the flowers there's a short relatively thin tree that splits in three right at ground level. To the right about even with the end of the house there's a birch tree, to past the thin tree there's a studier tree that looks climbable. To the left there's an pine tree that reaches up what must be at least three stories next to the driveway.

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She heads over to the climbable tree, scampering up.

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The lowest branches are just within reach of her hands so she'll need to pull herself up and then after that there's a variety of routes she can easily get even with the second story windows without much trouble, past that the branches are a bit thin.

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