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Nov 30, 2020 12:51 PM
James is left for dead on a deserted island right before the Trojan War
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“Yes, but it’s the sort of thing I want to tell you about in advance so you don’t think I’m using you for... your muse?”

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"The one who will inspire my art, my music, my poetry. The one I will write and sing about. That's how you know you should marry someone."

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“Oh,” she murmurs, very quietly. She fidgets with his hair a bit, then turns and presses a gentle kiss to his cheek.

“I think I’m flattered that I even maybe qualify?”

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"Well of course you do!"

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"You say 'of course,' but I don't know any better. Do you find muses often or easily?"

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"Well, no, otherwise I would be married!"

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"Well, in my defense you didn't definitively say you didn't already have a wife! ... That's admittedly a bit flimsy, I assume you'd mention her if you had one and cared about her at... all..."

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"I definitely do not already have a wife or a muse."

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"And if you did you would mention it!"

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"Naturally."

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This earns him another cheek kiss! Along with a little squeeze.

"You're such a good man."

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"I like to think I am!"

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She makes a little hum and nuzzles him a little.

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... Then she goes still and buries her face in his shoulder.

"I'm maybe not a good woman," she blurts, in a rush. "I mean, for reasons besides being half fish, I-I, the thing I hadn't gotten around to telling you, um. I'm. I'm a siren, and I and my sisters sort of accidentally lured a ship of men to their extremely unpleasant deaths on a deserted island. I mean, the luring was on purpose, we didn't realize it would kill them because w-we didn't, uh. We don't need to drink fresh water? At all? And. And. Humans do. And." She whines, then attempts to hide from the world in his shoulder, somehow. "I-I, we wouldn't have if we'd known..."

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...well that was sudden.

"Oh, Eutelia, no, don't - don't worry, ships crash all the time and you did not know, it wasn't your fault..." Okay yep hugs.

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Huuuuuugs.

"It objectively kind of was!!"

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"You didn't know."

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"It's kind of on me to know things before I go doing freaky song mind control to people to strand them on islands, Zotikos!"

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"- well, yes, okay, I suppose it is."

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"See! I'm a bad person," she says sagely, then resumes hiding in his shoulder.

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"Do not think that's how it works." Pet pet pet.

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"Oh, well, if you have the rulebook for what makes one a good or bad person, please let me peruse it sometime soon..."

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"I don't think there's such a thing."

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"Yes, that was my point. You have no basis to say it's not how it works!"

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"I have a basis that is not a book!"

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