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Jun 23, 2021 8:20 PM
a very tired werewolf falls on the Burial Mounds
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"I guess it depends on what you mean by unfinished business?" Wen Qionglin says hesitantly. 

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"Yeah, maybe.  Or it could be something totally weird, like, more atheists means more people don't expect to be able to come back and haunt shit, which makes them less... sticky? I dunno exactly, I don't think anyone's, like, studied why some people come back and some don't."

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"That word isn't translating." He makes a fair attempt to pronounce 'atheist.'

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"Oh, people who don't believe in gods- or like, I was using it to mean that sort of thing generally, I think if somebody believes in ghosts and magic but no higher powers they wouldn't call themselves an atheist even if it technically fits."

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"Does America have a lot of those?" Wen Ning asks politely and almost entirely concealing his deep skepticism about how one might as well refuse to believe in trees. 

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"Oh yeah, not like a lot a lot but more than anytime previously- uh, so at some point in the past- or like various points probably, I can't imagine anyone was better at agreeing on things back then- anyway.  All the various sorts of supernatural creatures are hiding from normal people for their own various reasons, so uh.  Mostly people, or like... the sort of person who studies things a lot, anyway, usually either believes in a god or gods who set the universe going and then mostly has a personal relationship with you but doesn't do big flashy miracles, or that the universe just straight up runs on math."

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He has so many questions and eventually decides on "how do you get all the fierce corpses to pay attention to that?"

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"We don't really have them?  Not in the sense I think you mean, physical nonsentient ones?  Most people can't see ghosts at all... I mean, you do get people believing in all sorts of things where you couldn't get taken seriously if you tried to go study them at a university, and I think ghosts is the most common.  They don't really police their own the way people who have to live in the physical world do."

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"America must have very good programs for burying its dead. Or do you do soul-calming ceremonies?"

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"Uh, couldn't say but it's definitely not, like, standard- but it's like, unfinished business, right, I'm not gonna go around trying to guess who wished they could've reconciled with their estranged relatives and who's living their best life far far away, that's not my place to judge and it's not my business and even if it was I wouldn't have time.  But some stuff is obvious, like, you've gotta figure every murder victim at least wants to see their murderer get caught, and even then not every murder leaves a ghost behind."

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