"So," says Bella to Rúmil one afternoon, "a few weeks ago I told myself that if in a few weeks I had not come up with an actually good way to bring up a thing I would just mention it anyway on the grounds that if it came up somehow later and I had not done so that would be weird."
"You know the gender-swapped Arda? Ithil?"
"Yep, haven't been down there yet but I saw the notice -"
"Sibyl met her you, unlike most Bells who do not wind up encountering yous... but she was one of the people the Melkor grabbed on her way out of Valinor for some reason and got obliterated in the eclipse that killed the Melkor."
"Oh no. That's the kind of dead we can't make any progress on - wait, how long was it between the Melkor grabbing people and the eclipse -"
"About a decade. Sibyl tried talking to her early on but she said not to so she stopped."
"The Maitimos think even when we can fix that kind of dead she wouldn't want to come back."
"No, I don't think so. Are you okay?"
"Now everyone who ever gets out knows that they'll go out of their way to get us back if they ever get a chance, if they possibly can -"
"That's why she did it, has to be, I wasn't doing anything important in 1400, I have a history of what I did with my life from my Millennia alt -"
"It'd explain it, yeah. ...Our Valar had better get a move on catching the Telperion Sauron, Sibyl found out how they can communicate with Melkors in lockup..."
"Valar know the content of oaths sworn to them."
"They want to destroy people. I don't want to have let them. But - sometimes that's hard."
"Ours is still locked up and the Valar know not to let him out but Ithil's didn't even do that - they need to catch the Sauron, he has wizardry available, I had Elspeth run them an update but they still haven't actually budged -"
"Is he even still around, with wizardry he could have left -"
"...if the Shadow one and their Melkor are in the Materia cluster after all they could have met -"
"Is there any way to check -"
"I could rule it out if I have Sibyl report on what happens if I earwire Telperion's Sauron, and if he's in Telperion or Materia proper - or Warp I guess - then I'd reach him and if I didn't he'd have gone off some other direction..."
He closes his eyes. "We should have - actually I don't know what we could have done but - let's do that, let's at least check -"