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"No, I am, just not so -" He waves a hand. "I don't get this way with people, I don't see someone and want to make out with them because they're - pretty. This is confusing, my head doesn't make sense anymore..."

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"Who used to be your keeper and are they going to be jealous?"

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"My dad. My - adopted dad. He's not likely to be jealous, he'll just - be really, really confused. Also worried."

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"I don't want to hurt you," she says gently. "But it's sounding like I cannot accomplish that by, say, leaving you alone..."

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"I know you'd never hurt me," he says, sounding lovestruck. Then he pauses, and looks confused. "... Because of weird head rewiring instead of evidence. That's creepy. Er. If you're - I'm not going to stalk you or anything, I genuinely do not want to do anything to make you unhappy."

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"That's - good, but the fact that you are politely making it possible for me to abandon you does not mean that I ought to do that. Unless that is a convenient loophole in the odd juxtaposition of your artifacts and you'd be able to lead a normal life if only we didn't cross paths ever again?"

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He shakes his head. "No." Wince. "I'd still need to tell you any secrets I get later. I'm - I'm genuinely sorry, I... we can keep it to a minimum and just - only talk for me to fling secrets at you and then flee?"

Aldaras looks kind of miserable about this method of solving the problem.
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Okay, time to abuse her power. Sort of.

"Please tell me what would have to happen for you not to be miserable."
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"... The necklace would need to fix the cut. Instead of just a defense against them. I - when it comes to you I don't know, I don't know specifics, I just -" He winces again. "I think I want to stay around you if you're okay with it."
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"How much of the time?"

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"I - don't know. I - have things to worry about, too, I need to go try and save my sister. If it's possible. So not - all of the time, certainly."

Even if he wants to.
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"Did the Dean's assistants tell you how long it would take to get information about the - you should go tell them what you've found out just now, actually, so he doesn't waste his time, when he wakes up looking for your side effect first."

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"I - really should, yeah. They said it'd be at least - seven more hours, at least."

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"The department is also probably going to want to know that you have a new keeper, especially if they give you passcodes."

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He coughs. "Yeah. That, too. I, um - they might want to meet you, do you want to come with me, or for me to leave you alone as much as possible?"

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"Being left alone is not currently a priority of mine. I was actually -" She gestures with the department literature she was reading. "I was looking for a loophole to work with the Department without having to be a tracker. My privacy is non-negotiably important but I wanted to work on magic."

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"... Hi, my name is Aldaras, and I'll be your loophole for the day."

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"Exactly. We can go leave a message for the Dean now, if you don't have anywhere else you need to be at this moment."

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"I don't have anywhere else I need to be, I'm - waiting on the Dean."

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"Okay. We can go make sure he doesn't duplicate any work when he wakes up, and see if they want to change that passcode," it seems like it would be unhelpful of her to remark that she's already forgotten it, "and - generally be responsible with your twice-touchedness and its exciting side effects."

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"Thank you," he says, genuinely. "Really. It's - very nice of you."

Is he looking at her with a lovey-dovey look on his face? Yes. Yes he is. Annie can Do No Wrong.
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Annie puts her departmental literature in her bag and puts her hood up again against the wind and heads back whence Aldaras came. "I hope the necklace can help your sister. The side effect is - not great, but not worse than death, and probably a lot easier to deal with if one isn't a tracker. Is she a tracker?"

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"She's not. Neither of us were thrilled about the idea of her constantly spouting out her secrets to me. And I'm the one who's a terrible liar, anyway, this is just a - step further."

Back they go!
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The receptionist at the department is surprised to see him again so soon. "Yes?"

"Do you want to explain or should I?" Annie asks him.
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"I should. Hello, I just found out what the side effect of the necklace is." He motions to Annie. "I have fallen hopelessly in love with her at first sight." Pause. "That's - not me being flirty with her, that is literally what happened, it was incredibly confusing and also she's now my keeper."

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