Sep 29, 2022 4:40 AM
the tyrant in Auradon
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"The island's not Auradon," she says.

(She has no intention of being flirted with. DO NOT GET PREGNANT is one of these fundamental things about the island that Alida has learned and holds to, and the way she reads it this means not getting into bed with any man she can't beat barehanded.)

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"In some ways the Isle makes people I like better."

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Now that's just flattery.

"Right," she says drily. "I think I can guess that you shouldn't say that around too many Auradonians if you want to pass Remedial Goodness yourself."

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"Not having to censor what I say is one of the advantages of being here and not Louisiana."

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I'm sorry, what.

... No, what does that sentence mean.

("Censor" is not a word in common use in the Isle, which has neither censuses nor any authority with the power to control information more precisely than "if you say it near me I'll punch you.")

He sounds like he's saying "not having to consider the consequences of my words is one of the advantages of being here and not Louisiana." But he has to consider the consequences of his words, everyone has to consider the consequences of his words. Maybe he means he's more powerful here, so he can get away with more stuff, so in that sense he doesn't have to, he just ought to, and he's strong enough that he can be tactically inefficient if he wants to indulge in the luxury of flirting with islanders?

"Hm. Well. It's good to be a prince."

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"Not a prince. Technically."

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"Technically."

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