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Glam and Ashras in Wormverse
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You guys captured Purity?
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I'm not as happy about it as I could be, but yes.
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Why not?
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She blasted Lance and I reacted without thinking, always a bad idea, and hit her with a force blast. Which accomplished the goal of getting her out of the air, but more harmfully than I would have chosen if I'd been considering the bigger picture at the time, and also if Lance hadn't caught her before she hit the ground she'd probably be dead.

And for some reason I'm not allowed to personally apologize to her, which is frustrating.
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Oh. I'm sorry *hugs* Is there anything I can do to help?
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I don't know. Part of me wants to do a bunch of intensive weapons testing focused on things I can actually take out on patrol instead of things to kill Endbringers with, but that wouldn't actually have helped, I still can't knock an unprotected flyer out of the air safely without my own damn pair of wings.

Any brilliant ideas for how I can get my wings in the next week?
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I'm still somewhat fuzzy on the exact details of what counts as sufficiently amazing and such.
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It's a pretty fuzzy subject. If I weren't such an overachiever, capturing two supervillains in my first month with the Wards would probably have done it, but I'm finding it hard to congratulate myself under the circumstances.
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In that case I'm not sure there's anything you could do that'd count short of actually killing an Endbringer.
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I actually think even getting a solid hit in would do it. And that much we can certainly accomplish. But not until the next Behemoth or Leviathan attack. In the meantime I'm torn between not wanting to go out on patrol at all since it seems to do nothing but waste my time and encourage me to lose track of my priorities, and wanting to get back out as soon as possible to protect my teammates. I like my teammates.
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Do you even have a choice on the matter? I thought patrolling was mandatory.
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I don't go out again until I write a report on how I intend to correct my mistake.
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That's terrible.
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I mean, it would be almost reasonable if it weren't for the underlying attitude... it's hard to describe, but I did not feel like I was in a cooperative discussion with someone who wanted to help me improve.
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Well, they're probably used to dealing with typical teenagers, which you're clearly not.
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Aren't I?
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Not in all respects, at least!
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I seem to be more interested in saving the world than the average teenager, it's true. Although I suspect Lance feels similarly.
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You also seem to actually look into ways of doing it instead of just playing that role.
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Well, yes. I don't know, I think other people could do that too with a little encouragement.
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I'm pretty sure most teenagers do not think in terms of 'being in a cooperative discussion with someone who wanted to help you improve.'
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Don't they? Why not?
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You'd have to ask them, but my best guess is that they don't think of themselves that way, as people-who-improve, or something along those lines. I mean, that's true of people in general, but teenagers in particular seem to want to fit molds and play roles and even 'being a superhero' is a mold that has specific things that should happen and such.
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Well, that's silly.
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Isn't it just.
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Anyway. How have you been? Catch any supervillains while I wasn't looking?
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I didn't! My life has been pretty uneventful, no superpowered shenanigans as of yet.
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Uneventful in a nice way, I hope.
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Uneventful in a not-awful way, at the least.
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Acceptable.

I hope I'm in a better mood by Sunday; I'd hate to show up and then hide under a blanket all day. That would be totally contrary to the spirit of the enterprise.
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We could cuddle under the blanket and drink hot chocolate.
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That sounds wonderful.
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Yup! And I'd pet you and your adorable fluffy tail and we'd kiss and talk about how we're going to save the world and that'd make you feel better about stuff.
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Okay, you're winning me over.
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Good!
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I'm glad I know you.
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It was surely auspicious in several ways for you to suddenly appear in my room.

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Of all the people whose rooms I could have suddenly appeared in, I'm definitely pleased with the one I got.
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Mmhm, I'm definitely pleased with that, too.
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I suspected you might be.
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Anyway, I wanted to ask earlier but forgot, and if you don't wanna talk about this subject anymore that's fine, but why don't they let you apologize to Purity?
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Apparently no one's supposed to talk to her? Which sounds cruel to me, but it might just have been an excuse concealing some other, less cruel reason.
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Oh. It makes sense, it's probably to protect her civilian identity.
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That sounds stupid. Can't they just give her a mask?
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Well, maybe? That's actually a good idea, but if it's not the civilian identity thing then I dunno. Maybe they're just evil or something.
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I don't think they're actually evil. I do think they're neither as smart nor as good as they like to think.
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That's probably true of most people.
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Not me, though.
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I sure hope you're right ^^ You'll never see me saying that, though.
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No?
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Nope! I'm already too overconfident for my tastes, saying I'm exactly as smart or as good as I think I am won't actually help.
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But if you think you're less smart than you think you are, don't you end up in fact thinking you're less smart than you thought you thought you were...? Where does it end?
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Well, in theory the feedback loop could be dampened and it'd end at a finite specific quantity, but in practice I basically just consciously keep all my unconscious thoughts about my smartness and goodness in check.
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As long as it works for you, I guess.
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Not very well, actually! But it's better than the alternative.
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That'll have to do.
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Yup!

Do you have the new weapons to try, by the way?
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I've been doing a lot of design work to distract myself from my real problems, so yes.
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Your real problems?
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Not being able to apologize to the person I nearly killed, that sort of thing.

Well. Allowed. Not being allowed to apologize to the person I nearly killed. I'm sure I am technically able to manage it if I try.
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Yeah. I mean, she didn't actually die, she might not even know there's something you should be apologizing for.
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She will have noticed that I hit her with a staff-sized force blast. That's not the sort of thing that's easy to miss.
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Well, yes, but she doesn't necessarily know she almost died of it.
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It's still worth apologizing for on its own, by most people's standards. At least when the people involved are Aluvai. Do capes who hospitalize each other just go about their business afterward with no hard feelings?
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No more hard feelings than otherwise, more or less. In fact, if a cape who hospitalized another came back to apologize I'm pretty sure the other would assume that was taunting and there'd be more hard feelings.
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That seems stupid.
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Well, think about it from her perspective. Someone just literally almost killed her, and then they go and say, 'I'm so sorry I was powerful enough to drop you in one hit,' not bound to help, yeah? And of course you won't phrase it like that but capes are selected for liking conflict and drama.
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Seems like a cultural difference, then. If I was almost killed and woke up in the hospital and the person who did it had the capacity to visit me and apologize but didn't, I'd be tempted to send a strongly worded letter, depending how I felt about the incident. If they did show up, I'd expect to be able to tell the difference between gloating and a sincere apology. And even gloating I might accept if it came with good-faith observation of the principles of reconciliation.
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That's probably true among normal people anyway. It's just, capes.
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I still would prefer to at least try reconciliation. Capes can't be that bad, at least not unfailingly. My teammates are capes and they mostly aren't.
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If you say so. I mean, they did go through horribly traumatic experiences to get powers, and then went ahead to join an organization dedicated to basically fighting other people.
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Hasn't anyone tried being nice to villains? They haven't, have they.
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Define 'being nice to villains'...? Most interactions with them seem to follow the general script of "Hey, you, stop doing that illegal thing you're doing!" "Make me!" *fight*
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Finding out why they are doing illegal things. Encouraging them to pursue alternate forms of income/entertainment/etc. I can't be the only person who's thought of this. Maybe everyone else was too cynical. Or picked the wrong villain to befriend and got themselves killed.
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You'd have to actually get one to stay still and listen to you. You can't just come up to one and talk because secret lairs, and when you do manage to talk you're still aligned on opposite sides so they don't want to listen. That said, there have been some mysterious villain disappearances followed by mysterious hero appearances that had suspiciously similar powersets to the disappeared villain's. Also yes to being too cynical and probably to getting themselves killed.
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I would absolutely do this exact thing if I hadn't just spent my first month as a Ward pissing off successively more powerful and highly placed members of the biggest local villain organization. I mean, they're E88, so that doesn't necessarily burn any bridges with anyone who isn't a racist, but it does sort of set me up a public reputation that would get in my way if I tried to come over all diplomatic on somebody.
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Yup, you are correct. Also homophobic and transphobic, don't forget those things, if they found out you were bi they'd be even more annoyed.
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Yes, I was oversimplifying. I'm actually keeping that in mind in case it's ever tactically useful for them to suddenly want to kill me more than they already do.
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What, are you gonna shout 'By the way I'm bi!' in the middle of a battle?
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I'd find a way to be slightly more subtle about it than that, but yes, potentially.
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Like how?
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I don't know, it would depend on what opportunities I saw. I'm a pretty clever speaker, though, I'm sure I could come up with something less blatant than "Hello! I am a bisexual!"

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A bisexual. That sounds so funny in my head.

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It was meant to!
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I keep imagining the reactions, you arriving with your hands on your waist all superhero style announcing, "I am a bisexual!" and the E88 just looking at you, unsure of what to do, looking at each other in confusion.
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Perfect.
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I mean, realistically they'd take the opportunity of you stopping to talk to attack or something.
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Not necessarily a bad thing. In any situation where I'm using this option I already want them to attack me.
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You have quite a bit of offensive power but can you actually defend against any of them?
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I'm really good at getting out of the way. Better than I have yet had a chance to demonstrate, for sure.
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If you say so.
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I do say so!
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Just make sure you don't die, we need to save the world first.
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I have absolutely no intention of dying before the world is good and saved. Yours and mine both.
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It'd also be nice if you didn't get too hurt or maimed.
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I'll do my best.
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Good.
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I'd hate to disappoint you.
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Yes, we have a date on Sunday, you should be in one piece then.
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I will, I promise.
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And eventually Sunday arrives.
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And Ashras shows up at Sadde's place around nine in the morning.

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That's late enough that she's in fact awake!

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"Good morning!"

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"Good morning!" Kiss. "Given that the horrible sphere of fire is up in the sky, what do you want to do?"

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"The horrible sphere of fire is pretty horrible. Let's snuggle and watch movies or something."

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"Okay! Any preferences?"

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"Not especially."

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"Okay, then, let's see, how about a musical? I like musicals."

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"Sure." Hug.

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Eee hug! She hugs back. "Hmm, do you have movies in Aluvanna? And do you prefer an animated musical or live action? If no one's introduced you to Disney yet I might just have to do it."

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"We don't! We don't have, like, electronics. No one has introduced me to Disney. I mean, I've heard of Disney, I've read plot summaries, I've never actually seen any."

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"Well, then! Let's see, my favorites are The Lion King and Mulan, do you prefer Hamlet with talking animals or Chinese misogynists being shown their place?"

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"Let's have Hamlet with talking animals to start. I like Shakespeare."

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"Okay!" So she grabs the right file on her computer, then full-screens it and turns off the light. She presses play then pulls Ashras onto her bed.

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Cuddles! Lions!

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And singing! Sadde may have to stop herself from singing along a couple of times.

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That is adorable and he must snuggle her more.

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No complaints!

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Good. Snuggles are important.

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Yes! They are! Watching movies while snuggling is a Sadde-favorite activity.

She may also steal a couple of kisses every now and then.
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Ooh. Kisses. Kisses are excellent.

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Pretty excellent!

And then the movie's over.
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And they are still snuggling.

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They are!

And now, oh my, they're kissing!
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Ooh. Kissing. Gosh.

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Right? Surprising.

"So," she pulls away to ask. "Do you wanna watch another movie or...?"
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"Tough choice. What's your opinion?"

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"My opinion is that I really like snuggling with you and also I want to see you naked again but if we start we won't stop for a while and I also kinda wanna see another movie."

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"So let's watch another movie and then do things that involve me being naked. We do have all day."

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"That sounds like a grand idea. Chinese misogynists having their hineys kicked is on," she says, and:

Mulan.
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Snuggling and Mulan!

Ashras likes Mulan. Mulan is awesome.
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Mulan is so great! And Sadde cannot but sing along 'Be A Man'.

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Sadde singing is adorable.

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It's such a great song!

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And Sadde is so cute!

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Sadde might have to kiss Ashras some more.

In a way that doesn't block much of Ashras' view because even though she's seen this movie enough times to know the lyrics by heart he hasn't.
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"This is very distracting," he points out.

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"I'll stop," she says, and does.

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"Thank you." Snuggle.

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Snuggle snuggle!

Movie.
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Snuggle snuggle movie snuggle snuggle end of movie snuggle snuggle kiss.

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And now Sadde doesn't have an excuse to stop the kiss.

(Well, it's lunch time, they might need to eat.)

(Or not.)
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Meh, who cares about food when there are kisses.

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That's a good point.

Kisses!
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Kisses! Delicious kisses!

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A veritable myriad of those, accompanied by pleased noises and hands making their way under Ashras' shirt.

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Ooh. Fun.

So they were going to do things involving Ashras being naked, right, now was the time for that?
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Yes! Yes it was the time for that! Sadde believes his shirt should be the first thing to go.

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Ashras agrees!

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"You," she accuses, "are unfairly attractive."

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"I apologize. I'll stop immediately."

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"Do not, that would be even more unfair," she explains.

And now onto kissing!
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Kissing! Whee!

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And in the meantime, Ashras' pants can go away, too. Shoo, pants.

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Shoo, pants. You are not wanted here, pants.

Instead of pants: more kisses!
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Kisses! So many of those, on Ashras' lips and face and jaw and neck and shoulders and chest and shoulders again!

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Mm, kisses. Sadde can also have kisses. Lots of kisses. Is she still wearing clothes? If so, what'd she go and do that for?

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Well, she was too busy undressing Ashras, who's actually still wearing underwear so that can stop being a thing, too.

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That can totally stop being a thing. Kisses. Kisses instead of clothes.

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Yup! Those. Instead of her clothes, too, which she will eventually remember to remove after playing a little bit with various parts of Ashras' anatomy.

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Sadde is so good. And kissable. Sadde is so kissable.

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Mmmm, naked kisses, she's really been enjoying these frequent naked kisses she's been getting, Ashras is great.

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Mmmmmmmm naked kisses. Yes. Excellent. This is delightful. Sadde is a delight.

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But in addition to a delight, Sadde is also Sadde, so it's terribly unlikely that the naked kisses would remain just kisses. Watch her hand prove her point.

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This was a predictable outcome.

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It was, wasn't it? But well, why should she even care about being predictable, is Ashras at least enjoying it?

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Absolutely.

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Good! "So, is there anything in particular you want to do today?"

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"Anything in particular in - context, you mean? Because I have a very specific weapons testing schedule for this evening but before that I am entirely without plans."

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"Yes, I do mean in context. There are several things we haven't explored yet, even when it comes to vanilla heterosexual naked shenanigans."

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"Well, then. Suggest me some vanilla naked shenanigans. Heterosexuality optional, that part being entirely up to you."

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"We-ell, I haven't actually topped you yet..."

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"Hmm?"

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"...did that expression go over your head or was that you expressing interest in the idea?"

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"The expression was ambiguous, I'm curious what you mean."

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"Hmm, before I tell you why don't you explain to me what hypotheses you came up with so far?"

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...He blushes. "What if I don't want to?"

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"...you're too adorable when you blush. And well, I'll tell you what I meant if you don't want to, but why don't you want to?" she asks, and starts nuzzling his neck.

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"I - it's - I can deal with shyness and I can deal with running up against the limits of my command of this language but I find it hard to deal with both at once."

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She reaches behind him with both hands and squeezes his butt. "Oh, well. Can you at least tell me what your general feelings about the hypotheses you generated are?"

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He giggles. "My general feelings are positive!"

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"Well, then! The two options I considered for now were using a certain toy I bought so I could," she squeezes his butt again, "in this shape, or switching to my other shape and using my natural parts and doing it with them."

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"I have positive feelings about both of these options." Snuggle.

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She starts nibbling on his neck. "Any preferences?" she tells it.

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"Not really!" Snuggle snuggle.

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"Well, then, I suppose I should go get that toy, shouldn't I."

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"Suppose you should." But first: kiss.

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Kiiiiss!

And then she gets up and goes to her bathroom and returns with the appropriate toy and a tube of lube.
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Ashras welcomes her with snuggles.

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Snuggles! And kisses!

...and hands!
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All of these are good things!

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They're great things! Sadde will continue doing them for a while longer, there's no rush.

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Snuggles and kisses and hands. And Sadde being great. Sadde is so great.

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She likes being great! And eventually this greatness will consist in starting to apply the lube generously on appropriate parts of Ashras and then maybe starting to explore that area with a finger.

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This is an interesting, novel, and positive experience. Happy snuggles for Sadde.

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Eeee, snuggles! And of course she can continue doing this thing while snuggling, and since it's a positive experience: second finger! She's slow and careful about what she's doing, making sure he's comfortable with everything.

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Doing this thing while snuggling is an excellent combination. So excellent.

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Excellent! And there'll be some neck nibbling. And... what does he think of a third finger, perhaps...?

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Positive thoughts!

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Good! She likes positive thoughts! Three's quite enough, however, and then she'd like to try something else.

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Ashras is in favour of trying new things.

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Good! So she should probably get that toy and prep it up. While pausing every now and then to kiss him.

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Kisses are so good and Sadde is so good and everything is so good.

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Everything is great! And then Sadde positions Ashras just so, lying on his back so she can look at him when she... starts...

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Sadde is so good.

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She likes being good! She really likes looking at his face, it is a great face and he's super cute and-

Oh dear.

...

She can deal with this later, she'll continue having sex with him for now.
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Good. That is good. That is a good thing for Sadde to be doing.

Ashras is very fond of Sadde.
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Sadde is very something about Ashras, but she'll need to unpeel and study that something at a later date. Preferably when he's not looking so edible and doing such faces.

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He does do faces. Faces are a thing he does. He can't help it, Sadde is just too good.

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Good. She reaches down and uses her hand on him to continue encouraging this opinion at the same time as she leans forward to kiss him.

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Mmm, kisses. Mmm, Sadde. What a beautiful amazing wonderful person. She should know how amazing she is. Perhaps if he kisses her enough she'll get the idea.

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She just might!

However, given her shape right now and how turned on she is, she thinks she wants him to top her before he's spent. Is he amenable to that suggestion?
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That's a pretty great suggestion. Ashras is in favour.

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Good! She slooowly slides out, kisses him some more, then grabs condoms because he still has claws and that's an insurmountable problem of course.

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Yes, excellent, Sadde is excellent, everything is excellent. Cuddly affectionate kisses. Cuddly affectionate sex. That is what should be happening right now.

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It is! It really is. She snuggles up and kisses him and nibbles on his neck and shoulder and lips and makes soft whimpery noises and louder moans and eventually bites down on a scream, arching her back and shuddering, curling up her toes and squinting her eyes shut.

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Ashras has been continually overwhelmed with joy for quite a while now, but he is extra overwhelmed with joy at that.

Time for happy afterglowy snuggles?
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Yes, those. Those are great and fantastic and Ashras is great and fantastic and there'll be snuggles.

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There will be such snuggles.

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Mmmhmmm! And head scritches.

And a pause.

"Mmm."
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"Mm?"

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"Yes, that." Pause. "I need to prod my brain about something a little bit but I have a tentative conclusion and I'm not sure right now's the best time to talk about it."

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"...I am slightly bewildered but okay?" says Ashras.

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"Well, the thing is I think I may be in love with you."

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"Oh."

He blinks.

"...I think I may be in love with you too," he says after a moment.
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She blinks, too. "Oh. Well, that works out nicely, then, doesn't it?"

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"Yes!"

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"Good!" She hugs him.

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Hugs!

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"...do I get to call you boyfriend? I want to call you boyfriend."

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"You can absolutely call me boyfriend."

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"Awesome!" More hugs! So many hugs. And kisses, too.

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Hugs. Kisses. Snuggles. Nuzzles. All of the affection.

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So much affection!

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"We're going to save the world together."

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"Yep!" Stomach growl. "But for now, how about lunch?"

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"Lunch. Yeah, good plan."

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"Given that the dread sphere is still out, I could cook you something or we could order."

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"The dread sphere," he giggles. "Yeah, either one of those, I have no strong preference." But he must kiss her. Because of the dread sphere.

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So she kisses him back, because of the dread sphere. Or something. She's not clear on why the dread sphere is a good reason to be kissed but hey, she's not complaining.

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Sadde is adorable and her phrasing is adorable! That is why the dread sphere leads to kisses.

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Ah, of course. Well, then. Kisses. And then another stomach growl prompts her to stop kissing and-

"...I'm not that good a cook and I don't want to stop kissing you for too long, I'm gonna order sushi if that's alright?"
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"Perfectly," says Ashras.

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"Good!"

She goes to her computer and opens a text document with several phone numbers and places, dials, and orders.
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Ashras interferes with this process by hugging her a lot.

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She giggles a bit but manages to place the order anyway.

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Snuggles!

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"You're too cute!" she accuses.

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"I am exactly cute enough!"

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"Nope! You are excessively cute. Every time we see each other I risk cuteness overload! The cuteness police should arrest you, with a tiny little handcuff for your tail."

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He flicks his tail and giggles and hugs her.

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She hugs him back, giggling, too. "...I love you," she tries, and giggles more. "Yep. I definitely do."

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"I love you too! You're beautiful and amazing and adorable and we're going to save the world."

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"Right back at you! We're gonna be the best hero couple since Flashbang and Brandish."

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"Who?"

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"They're part of this team of unmasked superheroes, independent from the Protectorate. They advocate more stringent policing of capes and not hiding identities and such."

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"Oh, interesting."

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"Yeah, and they're two families, Flashbang and Brandish are Carol and Mark Dallon who are married."

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"Huh. An interesting concept. How's it working out for them?"

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"No takers so far," she shrugs.

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"I guess we'll see. That's the sort of thing I might want to think about after we save the world - whether or not it would be good for more capes to reveal their identities."

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"Depending on how complete your definition of 'save the world' is, that might be a moot point."

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"Oh, you know. The Endbringers all dead, the Enemy likewise. That's the point at which I start seriously dealing with lesser problems."

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"That sounds like a good definition for having saved the world!"

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"I thought so!"

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Snuggle.

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Snuggle snuggle. Adoring snuggles.

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She squirms a bit. "Did you always look at me like that?" she wonders.

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"I don't know, did I? I haven't been keeping track."

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"Mmm." She kisses him some more. "I wonder what I can manage to do to you in the time it takes for food to arrive."

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"Let's find out!"

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"Do let's."

Food will arrive in fifteen minutes. Will she have to hastily put something on between giggles to answer the door?
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Yes. Yes she will.

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Then that's what she does!

She returns bearing food and a grin. "Behold: food!"
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"I like food!"

He also likes hugs. Behold: a hug.
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Yay, hug! She rests her head on his shoulder a bit and scritches his hair. "Hmmm, you're too tempting but I'm hungry," she complains.

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"We can have food and snuggles at the same time."

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"How would the logistics of that even work?"

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"We... sit next to each other and eat food?"

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"That's insufficient snuggling for my current needs!"

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"Well then, we can have food and inadequate snuggles at the same time, and move on to adequate snuggles after we're done with the food."

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"Alright," she sighs in mock unhappiness before planting a kiss on his cheek.

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And now: food! Inadequate snuggles! Adoring gazes!

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Awwwww! Aaaaaaawwwwwwww! There will definitely be kisses between sushi.

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Good. That is good. Kisses are good.

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They are, especially on Ashras!

And eventually they're done with the food.
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Time for adequate snuggles.

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Eeee adequate snuggles!

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Snuggles are important.

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They very much are. So are kisses. Snuggly kisses on Sadde's bed are among the best.

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Snuggly adoring kisses on Sadde's bed.

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"I loooove you," she says, giggling. "You make me feel all warm inside when you look at me like that."

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"Good, that's exactly what should happen when I look at you like that."

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Hugs! "It was a very good coincidence that you mysteriously appeared in my room."

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"I am very happy that I mysteriously appeared in your room in particular."

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"So, what do you wanna do? For that matter, how's your sleep cycle going with the whole sun-in-the-sky thing?"

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"Not yet in need of a nap." Snuggle. "Any more brilliant suggestions since the last one turned out so well?"

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"Several, if you're still too shy to come up with your own."

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"What can I say, I really like your suggestions."

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"They're pretty good, aren't they?"

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"They are very good!" Kiss.

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Kiiissss!

And other things. She does have quite a few more suggestions.
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Ashras appreciates her suggestions. They are such good suggestions. He also appreciates Sadde. He shall express his appreciation of Sadde.

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And she will pay in kind, because she also really appreciates Ashras and would like to express it. Ashras is great and this is great and they'll save the wooooorld together!

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And eventually Ashras will need to nap. Snuggly nap?

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Snuggly nap! Since they ate and then jumped straight to... well, each other, she's also a bit sleepy.

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Cozy snuggly nap. Yes. Perfect.

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She'll sleep for about forty minutes to an hour.

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And Ashras will sleep a while longer than that. Cozily.

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She'll keep cuddling him until he wakes up. Maybe running her fingers through his hair, softly.

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Mmmmm. So cozy.

He wakes up and yawns and snuggles closer.
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"Good not-morning."

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Giggle. Kiss.

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Kisss!

"I think it's about dark enough that we can go weapons testing?"
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"Maybe! I am experiencing a moderate temptation to stay in and kiss you some more first."

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She touches his chest with the tip of her index finger and starts trailing down. "Just moderate?"

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"The temptation increases by the moment."

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"Weeelll," she says, her finger slowing down and then stopping just shy of... "We wouldn't want to damage your moral fiber, would we?"

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He laughs and kisses her.

"Well, which would you prefer? Another hour here, or immediate weapons testing?"
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"Well, if we go weapons testing, we'll return home earlier and you can sleep over again and so we'll have longer uninterrupted time. Plus, I really like the effect explosions have on you."

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"Weapons testing it is, then!"

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So Sadde has to find clothes for herself because even if she's going out in costume, she shouldn't go naked under it.

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Ah, yes. Clothes. What a terrible thing.

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Verily. But being arrested for public indecency wouldn't look good in either of their resumes so, clothes it is. "Ready to go? What's the testing schedule?"

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"Lots of personal weapons, stuff I could theoretically take on patrol, not necessarily to an Endbringer fight."

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"Cool. Any particular reason?"

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"I'm annoyed by my current scarcity of options."

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"Scarcity of options?"

She is now clothed. Is he also clothed?
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Yes, yes he is.

"I mean - if I'd had a different force staff when I was fighting Purity, I could have knocked her around without knocking her out of the air. If I'd had more stun wand combinations than just the basic silver when I was fighting Hookwolf, I could have tried something that might've actually taken him down instead of just throwing him into walls until he got fed up and left. It's theoretically possible to build all this stuff, I just don't know how yet. So I want to learn."
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"Fair enough, I suppose." She grabs her keys and opens the door and asks, "Shall we?"

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Off they go!

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And eventually Sadde suits up and flies them out into the ocean again.

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Ashras tests out a succession of varyingly gentle magic weapons.

"If only your conjured items didn't respond to expectations I could have you conjure a fake Hookwolf for me to stun repeatedly..."
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"I can't make people."

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"Are you sure?"

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"I haven't been able to."

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"How hard have you tried? I mean, I don't necessarily want you making real people, but fake or decoy people seem like a useful resource. And you can already make objects that do things. Propellers that propel, that sort of thing. I bet you could make a copy of your suit that behaved in a plausibly you-like way without a you actually in it."

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"...maybe. I hadn't thought of the suit idea."

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"Let's see if it works! It's going to work."

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She grins and kisses him. "There's no reason why I could conjure my suit on me and not not on me. So I'm gonna conjure it not on me," she reasons, and -

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- there it is!

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"Adorable," pronounces Ashras, gazing at the suit, which is obviously going to behave just as Sadde does when Ashras calls them adorable.

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"You're adorable," Sadde and suit say at the same time, then look at each other and blink. "Whoa," they say at the same time.

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"Did I not say it would work? I definitely remember saying it would work," says Ashras.

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They eye each other and the original says, "You don't do anything," to the suit before pouncing on Ashras.

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Ooh. Pounces. Ashras approves!

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"You're great. Do you have any other amazing ideas hiding in your sleeves?"

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"...Well, I know what I'd do if I suddenly discovered I could duplicate myself..."

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"Do tell."

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"I and my copy would make out. While plotting how best to use this ability to become unstoppably powerful and save the world. Naturally."

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"...that's a very good idea, but what sounds like an even better idea is making a copy of you and watching you two make out."

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...Ashras laughs. "You're right, that does sound like a good idea."

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So Sadde looks at where she expects there to be another Ashras.

There is not another Ashras there.
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"Are you insufficiently convinced?" he wonders. "Should I make out with your copy as an intermediary step?"

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"My copy's just a personless suit," she points out - "Oh. Um. I suppose that's not the correct frame of mind."

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"I haven't been thinking of it as a personless suit since you made it. Want to find out who's right?" He pauses just a moment, then adds, "It's me. I am the one who's right."

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She giggles. "You can make out with my copy but I want to make out with you first," she points out, and proceeds to do just that.

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Entirely reasonable of her.

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She pulls away and says, "I think this will work better if I close my eyes."

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"Sure."

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So she does. The copy raises its hands to take off its mask -

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And Ashras is, of course, right.

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Of course he is.

"Can I open my eyes?" the original asks.
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"Yes," says Ashras, smugly.

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She does, and blinks at her other self, and reaches out to touch it -

- and it does the same in turn, mimicking her movements precisely.

"Wicked," they both say at the same time, and giggle.

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Ashras giggles, too.

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They both turn to eye him speculatively.

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He grins at them. "Yes?"

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"Well -" they say at the same time, but stop and look at each other.

"Are you -" starts original.

"Nope," interrupts copy.

"Are you sure?"

"Quite sure."

"If you say so. We'll need to explore this at some point."

"Yes, we will, but for now we should make out with our boyfriend and possibly other copies of him and ourselves."

"That's a terribly good idea."

They look at him again.

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"Are you what?" wonders Ashras.

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"Sapient," both of them answer at the same time.

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"Oh. Yes, that would be unsettling."

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"It would, but thankfully she's not sapient, according to herself."

"So, how about those makeouts?"
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"I'm in favour."

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"Good!" they say in unison.

"I'm not sure how three-way makeouts work, though."

"Do we just take turns?"

"Should I make new people to share?"

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"If we're going to abandon weapons testing in favour of duplicated makeouts, should we go back to your place first, or will there not be room?"

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"Well, that depends on how many people I make."

"But I don't think there'll be room for even two new people, probably."

"Besides, you're right here, looking all edible and stuff."

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He giggles. "Well, then, one or the other of you should kiss me, clearly."

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"I think I want to watch," original pipes up.

Copy floats over to Ashras and gives him a very inviting look.
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So Ashras kisses her.

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And original watches. "Well that is pretty hot," she comments.

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Ashras grins smugly and then kisses the copy again.

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"...I am starting to get jealous but I'm not sure of whom."

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"Well, kiss each of us and then decide which one was more fun."

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"Clearly you'll both be just different kinds of fun. But since I haven't ever kissed myself..."

The copy smiles and floats over to her, and wow she's a really good kisser, she didn't know that!
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"This is kind of amazing to watch," says Ashras.

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Original pulls away to say, "I should make another copy of me and one of you. Can you expect both of those to exist really hard?"

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"Absolutely. What are you going to do with three of you?"

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"Well, right now I want one of me to be a boy me and watch you two make out, and then watch you make out with the other you, or the other way around, or maybe the three of you can figure out how three-way makeouts work."

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Pop, pop! Two new people.

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Ashras giggles and kisses the boy-copy.

Copy-Ashras looks speculatively at girl-copy-Sadde.
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Girl-copy-Sadde is happy to follow the speculative look to its logical conclusion.

Real Sadde... watches this all with a lot of interest. "I do wonder if we shouldn't find a more private place that's not my place."
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"Yet another reason why I want my wings. We could just portal into my Sphere and make out with ourselves to our hearts' content."

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Copies continue making out! Boy-copy now eyes original speculatively. "Making out is only the tip of the iceberg of what I'd like to do with all of you, gorgeous."

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"How much attention can one pay to a conjured thing before it goes away?" wonders Ashras. "Let's find out."

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"It has something to do with which sense is used. Touch is the least sensitive of them, I have found. The order's touch, smell, hearing, taste, and vision."

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Boy-copy looks very hungrily at original Sadde while the two extant copies continue making out, so she indulges and kisses him.

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"Least sensitive meaning what?"

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She has a few more seconds of making out with herself before she pulls away again and says, "Meaning I need more of it to count as proper squinting."

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"...Really."

Ashras glances at copy-Ashras. Copy-Ashras, despite not apparently paying any attention, breaks away from kissing copy-Sadde and comes over to kiss original-Ashras. They will thoroughly test how much touch-based squinting a copied person can endure.
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Well, all three Saddes will have to stop and stare at that, won't they?

It turns out the answer is "only slightly less detailed than needed to memorize the topography of a person's skin," if that's a coherent and generalizable concept.
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Copy-Ashras vanishes after some serious kissing.

Original-Ashras says, "...Well. Are you sure we couldn't all fit on the bed on your floor? How sure?"
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The three of them are staring.

"That was incredibly hot," boy-copy opines.

"Very," girl-copy agrees.

"I'm somewhat sure? I'm not completely sure. And it occurs to me that we're in the middle of the ocean so as long as I don't fall asleep I could actually probably conjure a larger room here..."
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"...It occurs to me that we're in the middle of the ocean and if you get to the point of wanting to fall asleep you will nevertheless have to fly us all the way back to shore and then go home. Maybe we should take our chances with the size of your floor."

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"Fair enough, I suppose." The two copies disappear. "We got distracted, though. Was there more you wanted to test?"

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"...Yes but it can wait and I really want to explore the possibilities of duplicate makeouts right now."

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"Awww, but I wouldn't want to keep you from your science." She lands and takes a few steps to close the small gap to him, sliding a finger along his chest. "I'd feel so bad if I distracted you."

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"And yet, here you are, distracting me." He kisses her. There may be growling.

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Oooh, growling! That's very exciting. She wraps her arms around him, but pulls away. "Dear me, am I. What a terrible person I am."

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"You're delightful," kiss, "and delicious," kiss, "and beautiful," kiss, "and I adore you."

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"Hmmm, I think I am wicked. Look at me, keeping you from productive, prosocial work, just with my aura. Gosh, who knows what I could do if I actually tried! I must have a silver tongue."

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"I am making a perfectly reasonable and well-considered decision to go make out with you and leave the rest of this series of tests for later."

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"But how can you be sure I'm not subtly influencing you into doing something you'd prefer not to?" she says, and doesn't wait for his answer before she starts nibbling on his neck.

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"I know because, mm, I very much prefer making out with you over not doing that," he says.

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"I could still be messing with your preferences," she says, her hands wandering while she continues to nibble on him.

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"You aren't, though."

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"Hmm, then I think I should try harder."

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Giggle.

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She hugs him and kisses him and lifts him because flying kisses are the best and also she doesn't strictly need to see where she's going, at least while they're still above the ocean.

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Hugs! Kisses! Flying!

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The kisses have to stop for a while because Sadde would prefer people not know she can fly.

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Oh well.

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But eventually they're in Sadde's place again.

She eyes her living room/bedroom speculatively. "We won't fit on the floor, but I could conjure something like an extension to the bed and that'd probably be enough."
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"Sounds good to me."

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Pop! New bed.

Pop, pop, pop! Copies! On the bed!
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Ashras and Copy-Ashras glance at each other, and then converge on original-Sadde.

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Oooh! Can they converge on the bed, too? It's a more comfortable place for convergences.

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Yes. Yes they can.

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Good! Sadde catches her copies making out from the corner of her eye, and that's pretty hot too. She doesn't say it, but nonverbal cues (especially noises) are a thing, and all three Saddes are full of those.

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Ashras and copy-Ashras seem to have figured out the three-way makeouts thing, at least when it's the two of them with real-Sadde.

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Ooh, three-way makeouts! She heartily approves! Now where will her hands go, with two obvious targets?

...oh wait, she has two hands, doesn't she? Well, then.
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Sadde is so great.

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Ashras is so great. Both of them are!

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In conclusion, everyone here is great. And Sadde is going to be so extremely thoroughly kissed. And snuggled. And nibbled on. And gently clawed.

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Well, the copies are feeling a bit neglected, now.

(Not really, but they're acting as if they were.)
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Only one of the Saddes present has an internal experience and therefore only one of the Saddes present gets double Ashras makeouts. That's just how it goes.

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Oh well, original just can't bring herself to care. Her two copies disappear, she'll make out with herself at a later date.

Oh, and she has control over one other thing, too. Copy-Ashras' shirt is suddenly gone, oh my, who could have predicted this, it's like magic.
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Both of Ashras giggle.

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"That was completely accidental," she says innocently...

...his shoes and socks pants are gone, too, how clumsy Sadde is with her power.
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"It was not," says original-Ashras.

"But if that's where you want this to go..." says copy-Ashras.

They both shrug. The copy kisses Sadde some more while the original takes off his clothes.
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She giggles and kisses the copy back for a few seconds but then decides to watch original Ashras strip. "Two of you, yes that's where I want this to go, but I don't mind if you don't."

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Copy-Ashras nibbles on Sadde's neck instead.

Original-Ashras giggles.
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She giggles, too. "Okay, then."

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And now it is Sadde who is wearing too many clothes! That's okay, though. Ashras and his copy can help.

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She will definitely not complain about being helped, there.

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Good! The idea is for her to enjoy herself.

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He should enjoy himself too, though, so she'll do her best there, and hopefully his copy will help!

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Ashras has no objections to this plan.

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She'll probably want a boy copy of herself too because she's always wanted to know what it'd be like to do herself and there's a lot things to do with more than two people.

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This also seems like a good plan!

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Good plans all around! They'll be busy for a while.

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Yes. Yes they will.

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And eventually there will be cuddling!

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So much cuddling.

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Cuddling with copies who disappeared a few times during the proceedings and had to be popped back but such is the nature of this business.

Cuddling the adorable great amazing boyfriend, eeeeee!
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Adorable great amazing cuddlepile!

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But eventually she asks, "So did you find a good enough Earthly equivalent to Ceirene politics?"

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"Oh, right!" he says. "I'd say Ceir is... if you imagine a category including the United States, the European Union, and the Commonwealth of Nations, Ceir is in that category somewhere. If I'd paid more attention I could tell you more about how it works - I think they have a common currency but it wouldn't surprise me if there were a few holdouts; I know there are lots of different governmental structures at play, but they mostly all still think of themselves as Ceirene before they think of whatever part of Ceir they happen to be from."

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"The 'everyone's the same species' part probably helps."

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"Mm? Isn't everyone on Earth the same species too?"

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"Yeah, but we're the only sapients as far as we know, I expect if there were another species or whatever here people would think of themselves as 'members of that species' first and members of wherever they're from second."

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"...Ceirene and Aluvai are both human," he says.

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"Right, I mean..." She struggles for words. "Okay, so, people often have an us vs. them sort of bias? Humans do, anyway. Many Americans see themselves as Americans first, and whatever state they're from second. But there is interstate rivalry and stereotypes and such, it's just, when compared to an outsider, Texans and Californians identify with each other. The fact that Ceir and Aluvanna exist and are different enough that the humans have developed different phenotypes would be the same general kind of thing, is what I'm saying."

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"Hmm. Yeah, I see what you mean."

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"Also what word do you use to distinguish the... whatever-it-is that's different between Ceirene and Aluvai?"

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"It depends? In some contexts it comes under the same heading as ethnicity, in some contexts it's more like nationality. Not that those two concepts are completely distinct in Earth culture either, but the - relationship between them seems a little different. The word we'd use for the - categories of phenotype, specifically - would be something I'd translate into English as 'type' or 'kind', but I might say 'race' if I didn't have time to summarize the cultural background first."

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"Do you guys have any idea how you even evolved those in the first place? They're the kind of phenotype I'd associate with thousands, perhaps millions of years living in isolation."

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He shakes his head. "No, no idea."

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"Well." She reaches for his tail to pet it. "I still find it unutterably charming."

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He giggles.

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Kiss! "I love you."

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"I love you too." Kiss. "We're going to save the world."

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"We aaare!" she singsongs. "And speaking of which, these duplicate makeouts have sort of interrupted something..."

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"Yes. But now I'm all cozy." Snuggle.

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She giggles, and her boy copy nuzzles his neck from behind.

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See? So cozy! Sadde is best at cuddles.

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Sadde is so good at cuddles. "So what do you wanna do? Cuddle until we fall asleep, possibly with dinner somewhere in there?"

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"That sounds like a fantastic plan."

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"But then we'll need to have yet another weapons testing date!"

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"The horror," puts in her copy.

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"Somehow we will survive." He kisses Sadde, and then turns around to kiss the copy, and then turns back around to kiss Sadde again.

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She giggles. "You are the cutest thing."

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"Oh, I don't know, I'm pretty cute."

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"We are all adorable." Snuggle. Kiss.

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"You are, as usual, correct."

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"It's a talent!"

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"It is!"

And she can spend a long time snuggling this talented adorable tailed boy.

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It is so good and cozy.

As usual, he wakes up in the middle of the night and leaves.

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zzzzzzzzzz

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Huh, that keeps being a thing, doesn't it.

Well, anyway.

When he gets home he emails Sadde:

So when do you want to do this again? And what do you suppose will distract us irretrievably next time?
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Sadde won't reply until morning, probably, though early since it's a Monday.

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Yes. He spends the intervening time learning mathematics and refining magic weapon designs.

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Then:

Wednesday evening? And if I could predict that I don't think it would actually distract us.
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Well, true. Wednesday evening works for me! I'll have the rest of what was going to be yesterday's testing schedule, plus extra.
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Okay! And now I have to go to school. I love you!
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I love you too.
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Soon enough it's breakfast time.

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Ashras supposes he can spare the time to go have breakfast.

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Not a lot of people are there; it's a Monday morning and the Wards usually go home on the weekend and go straight to school. Dauntless is present, though.

"Good morning!"

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"Good morning!"

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"Did you have a good Sunday? I didn't see you here yesterday."

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"Yes, I did. Turns out Disney movies are fun, who knew?"

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"Well, lots of people, I suppose! And I keep forgetting you're from, you know, not-here."

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"I make it pretty easy to forget."

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"Yeah! Even with the tail and ears."

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He laughs. "You'd think they'd be a clue!"

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"Surprisingly less telling than they could be," he laughs. "So, ah, how's that report going, by the way?"

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"I'm trying to treat it with the seriousness it deserves," he says. "Which I'm afraid our administration isn't."

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"How do you mean?"

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"I'm sure there are cultural differences at work, but... I think the Director and I have different ideas of what the problem is and how best to solve it."

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"...I think the problem she wants to solve is that you don't look penitent enough about it."

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"Yeah, I think that's accurate. And it's getting in the way of solving the actual problem, which is that I nearly killed someone and I don't want to do it again."

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"Usually fear of punishment plus guilt are thought to be good motivators to avoid their causes in the first place."

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"Well, that's not how it works with me. I don't need to be any more motivated to avoid killing people; it's pretty self-evidently a bad thing."

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At that he starts laughing.

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Ashras smiles.

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"Well, in any case, do hurry up, we miss our teammate."

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"I'm touched," he says. "I'll keep working on it."

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"Thanks. And by the way, I think I recall Willow mentioning you wanted grappling hooks?"

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"I really, really do!"

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"Do you want me to get you the forms for that?"

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"That would be much appreciated."

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"I can get you them later today, then. After school."

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"Thanks!"

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They finish eating, and he has to go to school.

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Ashras spends the day rotating between sleep, academics, and magic weapon design, while thinking about that infamous report in the back of his mind.

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In the afternoon there's a knock.

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He answers it.

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"Hey! Got your forms," he says, handing them over to Ashras. "You have to fill them out and give them to the Director and then schedule a bunch of evaluations and training sessions."

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"Thanks, I'll do that."

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Off he goes!

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He fills out the forms and then goes right back to what he was doing.

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No one bothers him before the evening, but then:

Hello! You know, it occurs to me that we're using email for communication and that is rather silly.
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Silly compared to what?
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Other, more instantaneous forms of communication, like -

And she suggests a couple of instant messengers as well as links to them and their mobile versions.

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Slightly less amenable to multitasking but I do see the appeal.
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You can multitask while you do it, conversation needn't necessarily be synchronous but it's more optimized for actual conversation rather than sending long, formal letters.
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Yes, yes.


And then he is on IM!

Hi.
This is still going to sink more of my attention than email did, but I'm sure I'll live.
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I can promise not to bother you too much?
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If I find you too much of a distraction I'll just go back to email.
You're a nice distraction as distractions go, anyway.
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I aim to be.
How'd your day go?
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Went all right.
Still not sure what I'm doing about that damn report.
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What do you mean?
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I know what I'd write if my father wanted to know how I'd ended up nearly killing someone and what I was going to do to make sure it didn't happen again.
Pretty sure the person reading it won't be my father.
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We can start from that. What would that be?
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All right, maybe I don't know exactly
But it would sound very much like the tactical analysis I gave Director Piggot
And Director Piggot did not receive that analysis like my father would have
She received that analysis like...
I'm struggling to find the words for the attitude that is the problem here
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Would "acting like you're not actually capable of changing or doing better so just punishing you in order to drive a point home and condition you" be an approximately accurate description?
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Yes
Sort of
But it's not just that
It's like...
It's like the fact that I nearly killed someone isn't even the real problem
The real problem is that I see myself as a person engaged in the business of saving the world and working with these people toward that end, and not as...
Not as some kind of domesticated animal belonging to this institution and subject to their authority on an intrinsic level
This is an incredibly uncharitable reading on my part but I'm not sure it's actually wrong
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I'm sorry.
I... sort of expected something like that, though?
It's why I decided not to be a Ward.
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Good decision.
So. I want to approach this with honesty and integrity, the way I would at home, and...
I'm not sure I can
Well, no
It would be really satisfying to write the report I'd write for my father and dare them to take issue with it.
And it would be soul-destroying to back down and pretend I'm a goat.
But if I don't act goatlike enough, I might lose access to important world-saving resources.
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Are you certain the report you'd write for your father wouldn't work, though?
Maybe they just want you to sink in a long time into this so you'll feel Appropriately Contrite.
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She really didn't seem impressed with my tactical analysis.
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Right but if the point is just making you lose time she might not even read it and just make sure you actually spent enough time on it.
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...He sits there blinking at his screen for several seconds.

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Like, if the goal is punishment then making it look like you were appropriately punished would be sufficient.
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I can't decide whether I'm more insulted or appalled.
I think I'm going with appalled.
If that is actually the way they run things around here, I am surprised this organization is still standing.
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I think your society is very different
This wouldn't be much different than how High School teachers would treat you.
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If I save the world and then ask very nicely, do you think maybe I can abolish high school?
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Don't think so, sorry
What would you even put in its place?
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If everyone here wasn't so Ceirene I'd invite them all to live in Aluvanna.
As soon as Aluvanna isn't under threat of destruction by invading aliens, anyway.
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I'm not entirely sure lots of people would take you up on that.
What's technology like there anyway?
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Not like it is here. But we'll catch up fast.
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If you do they might go.
But immigration isn't super easy or even desired, people get very attached to the place they're from.
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Believe me, I know.
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Also there's probably a lot of cultural variation that way
Like, people go to school because they need that for proper jobs, especially specialized ones
And then there's the thing where making everyone literate and knowing certain basic facts improves quality of life enormously.
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What do you mean by cultural variation?
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I mean stuff like that, I'm not sure people here would know what to do if they didn't have some form of school when they were young and stuff, it's a basic part of the landscape.
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I'm sure they'd adjust.
I'm just
This is like going to a country where everyone is hit on the head with bricks once a day from age eight to eighteen
And hearing "but the daily bricking is important, it's where we learn to read"
I'm all in favour of literacy but come on
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Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
It's not that bad!
And it's not just literacy, there's basic math and geography and history and stuff.
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From everything I have heard about high school
If I had to attend it while I was here
Someone would have to sit on my grandfather when he found out or he'd start a war
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Over high school?
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He'd react like he would if I spent half my time here in prison
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You can go home, you can socialize, you don't actually need to learn stuff, just pass exams...
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So it's not like spending all your time in prison, just some of it
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Okay, yeah, I suppose.
I never really contemplated the alternative because it was not in fact feasible.
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I bet you won't have to go to high school after we save the world
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I'm not really expecting to save the world before I turn eighteen so I will not take that bet.
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I'm definitely expecting to save the world before I turn eighteen.
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Really? Even the Simurgh?
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I like to aim high.
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I'll say
It's kinda hot.
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Ha
I love you
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I love you too!