Jan 20, 2022 8:37 AM
jingyan from abide in loyalty sees how things would have gone without him
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"That's the spirit! You'll fit right in."

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He doesn't say: I did last time, apparently.

"Thank you."

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“Yeah, of course.” Fundy waves at Tubbo. “I’m gonna check what Fundy wants now if that’s alright?”

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He nods. "I'll leave you to it."

...he's going to have to introduce himself to everybody again. At least avoiding Philza will be easier.

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“Bye!” Tubbo waves and heads over to Fundy. 

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... There are a lot of sensible, practical things he could do. He could get geared up. He could re-introduce himself to people.

Going through the Nether to Logstedshire is neither sensible nor practical. But-- he needs to see. To check. He's not going to get anything else done until he does that.

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The first thing Jingyan notices is that the portal to Logstedshire comes out a bit farther than he remembers; he has to walk a bit to get to it. Not very far, though.

 

When Jingyan first saw Logstedshire, there was a tent, a nether portal, and an open-roofed area.

The main portal's been broken. Where the tent and the open-roofed area used to be, there are two craters.

And there's a one-block tower, stretching up and up and up into the sky, with no way down.

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Jingyan can... Make some guesses about what the craters mean. And what that tower is for.

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And then he sees Tommy, walking towards Logstedshire.

As soon as Tommy sees Jingyan he jumps back and pulls out an enchanted netherite sword; he's shaking badly. "Stay-- stay back!"

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Jingyan is trying very hard not to react. To not let the grief rapidly transmuting into hope show on his face. To not shout "Don't do that," or "Don't you know everyone thinks you are dead? That Tubbo thinks you're dead?"

Because this Tommy does not know him from a bar of soap.

Because the craters and the giant tower to nowhere are telling.

"Are you a ghost?" Because that very much will change how he interacts with him.

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"I'm not a fuckin' ghost, I'm, I'm flesh and bones, I, who fucking are you--" His knuckles are turning white from gripping his sword; his breathing comes fast and shallow.

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Okay, he is going to be the calm one here. Because he is almost certainly going to be better at it that Tommy right now. "I'm Jingyan. I'm-- new here."

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"Why are you here, I'm--I'm not a fucking ghost--" Tommy's plan to Conquer His Fears: maaaaybe not going so hot right now. In his defense, he was not prepared for a random stranger calling him a ghost, because until today he had a 100% success rate of Not That, because that is a fucking weird way to greet a stranger!

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"I'd heard you were dead, so I wasn't-- sure."

And now he is going to have to work out a brief and sane sounding explanation of why he is here.

It would be so much easier if sending a whisper of 'Tubbo, help,' would actually help, except instead there would be two to three panicking people instead.

"I was sent here by DreamXD from... a different version of this server. I knew the you there, and when I heard-- I had to see for myself." 

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"Well, I'm not--I'm not fucking dead, okay, I'm fine, and I don't fucking know you."

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"I'm-- glad you're not dead. --I honestly did not expect to find you here." On account of the whole 'being told he had killed himself' thing.

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didn’t expect to find you here!” (He gets a little less shaky at “glad you’re not dead”. Just a little.)

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"Your reason for not expecting me here makes more sense."

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“Yeah! Fuuuuuuuck, man. I fucking, I always make sense. I should— I shouldn’t be here— d’you know Dream? I, I think he’s looking for me.”

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"I don't know this particular world's Dream, but I have no reason to like him, especially if he is looking for you."

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“He, he thinks I should’ve stayed here, y’know. He makes my brain go all cobwebby. Here, too.” He gestures at a poster stuck to a dirt wall; it’s a meme, a picture of Tubbo with the caption “DREAM. DREAM PLEASE ESCORT TOMMY OUTSIDE OF L’MANBURG”. “It’s all, fuckin’, confusing, innit.”

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...He is unqualified to reconcile Tommy and Tubbo, but he would really, really like to.

"It sounds like it would be. Is there anything I could do to help?"

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“I dunno, I— I don’t fucking know you. Leave please.”

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"I understand." He turns towards the portal. "...do you mind if I tell Tubbo?"

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“I— I dunno, sometimes I think Tubbo’s my friend but sometimes I think Dream’s my friend and they both, they both want me here, don’t they? I don’t, I don’t want to be here again, I don’t—I told you to fuckin’ leave, mate.”

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