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Sep 26, 2022 1:18 AM
anakin has two moms. no not like that. unless... [thinking emoji]
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She's now starting to move from 'vaguely grouchy and withdrawn' to 'kinda upset.' "But I go to the city and the forest and everything alone all the time! I won't touch things again!"

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"We're not at the city or the forest right now, Anakin."

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"But - "

Frustrated noise. 

"I'm sorry I touched the thing. But that's not fair!"

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"It is a proportionate response."

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"No it isn't!" She's tearing up. "I touched one thing! I didn't attack anyone or anything!"

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Deep breath.

"I want to make sure the same situation can't happen again, until we have a chance go over everything in more depth. And to me, your mama feels like she'd feel safer if she had that assurance about where you are and what you are doing. "

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She turns a very betrayed look on her mama.

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...Squirm.

"I would. I'm - worried about you getting hurt."

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"I just want to be alone." Her voice cracks a little. 

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...Oh no. 

"I - can't actually refuse you that, love. You - you have the right to be alone when you want, and I don't want to deny you it or hurt you." Well, she doesn't want that endorsedly.

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"I don't want you to be worried."

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"Would - check ins be alone enough? Let me know you're doing okay maybe - every thirty minutes? And I'll try not to look for where you are or what you're feeling. And if you don't reach out, I'll reach out to you, and if you don't respond I'll come find you. And I'll come find you if something seems - wrong during a check in."

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She bites her lip and thinks. Then - "That's okay, I think."

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She glances at her Elesse. "Does that work for you, too?"

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"I think it does."

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"Thanks." Hugs?

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Hugs.

(Crisis averted.)

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Hugs as well. 

"Stay safe, fuzzball."

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"I will, mama!" And off! (To find a small, hidden nook to curl up and have emotions in.)

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"Thanks," she says to Lyli.

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"Helping you and Anakin's what I'm here for," she says, a bit awkwardly. And then - "It... Helps, I think, that I've had a kid her age before." Tiny wry smile at Salacis. "She's practically easy mode in comparison."

Pause. "But - stuff's going to get harder now... She's stressed."

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"Understandably so," Elesse agrees.

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" - And, uh, it might be a while before it comes up if ever, but - "

"I - struggled a lot with mental illness. Still do. And I - don't know how much will carry over to her. So it's... Something you'll want to watch for."

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"Thank you for letting us know."

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Nod. "It's not really as urgent as - all this - but I can also just... Describe the problems I've had at some point? So you know what to watch for."

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