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Aug 10, 2022 9:47 PM
wen ning's trial
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"Um. I am glad you people are saying all of these nice things about me but I think the bluebird and the angel are mistaken? I'm not a Good person at all actually. I was just scared."

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"...you defied your parents because you were scared?" the judge asks. 

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"I didn't defy anyone-- or-- not on purpose," Ninio said. "I was just too much of a coward to do the things that people expected me to do, that's all. Um. I know that this is your guys' decision and everything and I don't want to argue with you because you-- you know so much more than me about, um. Everything, actually. But I really think I should go to Axis. Because I mostly followed the rules and the way that I didn't want to hurt people doesn't... count. That's all."

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"Humility," says the bluebird.

The angel: "do I need to dig out the cites--?"

The judge: "I don't think anyone needs the cites on the opposite of one of Asmodeus's primary areas of concern being both Good and Chaotic."

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The bluebird: "Look, if you are going to decide for Elysium, I'm happy to settle for Elysium."

The gears: "I really don't think you can justify Elysium."

The bluebird, gently: "Can you tell me more about what you were afraid of, Ninio?"

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"I was afraid of''-- it sounds so stupid, he wants to shrink on himself and be small and quiet but he can't do any of that in this body-- "I was afraid of the heretics being mad at me. If I threw rocks at them and hurt them. And I didn't-- it just made me sad to see the dogs being hungry. That's all. I didn't mean anything Good by it. I'm sorry, I know"-- he doesn't know the right honorific for angels-- "I know you guys tried really hard for me, but I don't really see how I could be good."

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"Well, I think that's settled," the judge says. 

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And Ninio's vision goes dark--

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--And when he wakes up, he is a very small baby rabbit. 

He blinks in confusion. 

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A larger rabbit waves at him. It is an odd effect. 

"This is Nirvana."

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Ninio's eyes widen. 

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"It's okay," the rabbit says, "you're Neutral Good, you made it. You don't have to be worried about anything ever again. You're okay."

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"Is this," Ninio says, very quietly, "the place for weak people?"

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"Yes, it is," the larger rabbit says. "And you can be weak here as long as you want."

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"No one will be mad at me?"

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"If you want, no one will be mad at you ever again."

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Ninio considers this terrifying statement, and then says, "...what am I supposed to do?"

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"Whatever you want."

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...that's terrifying though! If he decides what he's supposed to do, he might decide wrong!

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The larger rabbit looks at his facial expression and laughs. "This part of Nirvana is a place for recovery, for getting better. And the thing you need right now is to be able to decide what you want to do, when none of the options are wrong."

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"I'll do my best, ma'am."

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The larger rabbit laughs again. "...you can often tell what your next step in recovery is because it's the thing that sounds most uncomfortable."

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"What kind of things do rabbits do, ma'am?"

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"Well, you can sleep, or explore, or talk to other animals around here, or dig, or eat grass. And if you have any other questions, you can ask me. My name is Yoon, anyone will be able to direct you to me."

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