Jun 23, 2021 7:06 PM
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The tear leads to the backyard of a little cottage at the edge of some woods, where a man who looks plausibly human at first glance is picking cherry-plums. He was not expecting company, let alone magically appearing company, but apparently that's what's happening today.

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She wasn't expecting this either! The tear was between her and some very tasty-looking silverplums and now she is in the wrong universe and has no silverplums. She feels around behind her with one bare foot but doesn't feel the telltale temperature differential - not a gate she can just go through the other way.

"- hello."

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"Hello to you too. What brings you here?"

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"Accident. Where am I?"

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"My house. Between Chequy Tower and the human lands."

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"...the human lands?" Is the world not infested the whole of it over?

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"I am not sure how much I need to back up and explain. You know what a human is?"

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"I've heard of them."

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"Well, there are places where they live by themselves and don't have to put up with us. And you can get there by crossing these woods."

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"What kind are you?" He looks human but perhaps he's merely had a disfiguring accident.

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"A fae but I do get asked that a lot." He shrugs self-consciously.

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"You look a lot like a mortal, why is that?"

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He hesitates slightly as he reminds himself that she is clearly lost and foreign and might have a very different idea of which questions are rude. "I started out as a changeling and I guess I didn't mind it. I don't know, why do you look like a plant?"

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"I'm a leaflet."

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"I've never heard of a leaflet."

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"We're not especially common."

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"Also I've never heard of a categorization scheme that 'leaflet' would fit comfortably into."

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"...it's a kind of fairy? Like - glowgolds." He might be a glowgold, they do changelings.

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"I have never heard of a glowgold, either. Is this... how you avoid names, where you're from?"

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"No? We just use nicknames."

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"...How do you make that work?"

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"...I'm not sure what's confusing about it - what do people call you?"

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"'My younger sister's friend who's a changeling', 'my coworker who likes soap operas', 'the guy who lives by the woods and grows cherry-plums'..."

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"...and you can't decide that you're going to tell everyone to call you Cherryplum or what have you because..."

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"Then my name would be Cherryplum, and I'd be telling people my name?"

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"- I see. Well, I guess calling me 'the leaflet' will do."

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