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Nov 27, 2020 11:41 PM
James is left for dead on a deserted island right before the Trojan War
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“And what would that be?”

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"Your heart?" he tries, lamely.

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Eutelia cracks up with laughter that's just a trace hysteric. But also sincere? It's a rather complicated laughter.

"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I know you meant that sincerely, but that answer was so, so... so narratively disappointing, especially after all of the build up! It's just. It's a little ridiculous??" Lean, snicker. Then she calms down and her voice gets more serious. "I—I actually more wanted to tell you than get reassurance from you about it, I. Am going to try to figure out how to, to atone or something? It's more. I didn't... want you to not know. And also some wallowing in how I am not very okay with myself. On account of what basically amounts to murdering some people."

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"Well, everyone murders someone accidentally at some point, the backstory needs some tragedy."

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".... I mean, yes, that's how it works in all of the songs and poems, but. It. Shouldn't."

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"I am pretty convinced it is the gods' fault somehow."

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She huffs a sigh and leans on him.

".... Yeah, probably," she agrees, grudgingly.

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Hug hug. He doesn't have much to say to that.

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Snuuuuggle.

"Sorry I'm so, uh. Temperamental?"

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"I do not particularly hold it against you." Pet pet.

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"I'd find it kind of upsetting if my only company kept crying out of nowhere, personally!"

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"I don't think I'd characterise this as 'keep crying out of nowhere'!"

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"From this side it feels a bit like it keeps being out of nowhere!!"

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"It is not that frequent."

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"It also doesn't feel like it from this side," she grumbles into his shoulder.

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Pat pat pat.

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Grumble grumble grumble snuggle.

 

"So you picked out a daughter's name, are you so opinionated about a son's?"

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"Somewhat less. Do you have thoughts?"

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“No, not really, it’s just unexpected? The impression I had of men was that a daughter would be, maybe not a waste, but less important than a male heir. So it’s surprising that you’d have a name for a daughter before a son.”

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Shrug. "Maybe outside Sparta that's how they think."

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"And what do they think inside Sparta?"

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"Women who die in childbirth are as heroic as men who die in combat. Women have their own battles they fight, no less important than men's."

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"Aw! Kind of grim and fatalistic, but aww!"

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He laughs. "Well, that was just a way to explain it. Everyone is important, regardless of their gender."

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"Huh. Well. That's sweet and I approve. Though, are there only those two - heroic ends? That seems rather, uh. ... Reducing people to what they provide."

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