Dec 16, 2018 1:13 PM
Alex and Glen enter the world from Muse
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When she wakes up, she tries to hold onto the dreams. 

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They linger a little better than normal dreams, though they're still inexact, definitely not something she can fully enjoy as nothing but a memory.

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Her tent, Glen notices, is really very ugly.

Which, she realizes a moment later, is a thought she's never had before in the many years she's owned the tent. 

Suspicious, but not letting herself be alarmed yet, Glen listens to one of her favorite songs, a fast instrumental piece she likes putting on in the background while she works. 

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That helps!

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She does her best to record her dreams, but isn't remotely satisfied with the results. She tries a second time and the results are even worse. She stops herself. 

She really has never had dreams quite like those before. A single night of dreams isn't enough to make any conclusions, but, this tent definitely wasn't ugly when she picked it out.

As a test, she takes out her own computer to play a video-game she likes and suspects the people here would hate. It's a strategy game with simple graphics that are optimized for conveying information clearly. She's capable of spending hours on end playing it when she's in the right mood. 

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Maybe the gameplay unfolds prettily. It's certainly nothing much to look at.

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The game doesn't catch her attention the way it normally was but it's not unplayable either. 

This could be nothing. If anything is likely to get her to pay abnormal attention to the aesthetics of things, it's being on this planet. 

She records her observations in detail anyway, in case they do turn out to be significant later. 

Did her buyer receive their cubes?

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Yes, and wants to know if there are more.

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There are, but Glen has a limited supply so she'd want a higher price to part with another one so quickly.

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He can go higher.

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How much was the payment for the first set worth? 

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She could pay a few months of rent in a nice place with it.

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She asks for a 50% increase in price and hopes that she didn't overreach. 

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He tries to knock off ten percent but will take it either way.

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She'll sell it for ten percent off if he puts up a review saying he got the cubes and they worked. 

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Sure!

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She'll put another set up for auction a few hours after he puts up the review and mention that her supply is running low so this is the last one she can sell for a while.

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The bidding goes pretty high. A new person wins; first guy's out of money.

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How far along is medical research here?

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Decent. Not an area of major focus but they haven't lost anything since they landed.

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She can't completely rule out that this is something the colonists brought with them, but it doesn't seem likely. This universe isn't magical and while someone from outside the universe could have come in and done this and left, that also seems unlikely.

So, it's likely something on the planet. It could be contagious. It could be environmental. Glen hasn't eaten any local food yet and she has enough of her own to last a while, but that isn't exactly a scientific test.

She needs expertise she doesn't have. She does not have the capability to contact someone from home without opening a two way connection and if this is contagious that is a very bad idea. 

So, she she'll need to recruit a local biologist. She isn't in a tremendous hurry. If she wanted to leave to avoid the chance of whatever this is happening to her, she would have done that already and the people here have been living with whatever this is their entire lives. 

She reads papers. She looks for researchers who seem humanitarian and researchers who seem insatiably curious and researchers who may be less skeptical than is typical and researchers who have tackled problems remotely similar to this.

This takes her most of the day. She eats her food she brought with her.

And then she compiles what evidence she has. The comparative statistics, a summary of the vast difference in how the cultures she's familiar with experience art and beauty, the history of colonization and how it makes more sense given the premise that people on Earth are more like her.

And then she goes and tries to convince people. She'd prefer to do it remotely, but the ability to teleport adds a lot to her argument. 

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Here's an infectious disease specialist! He volunteers at a clinic when he's not researching and was a major factor in containing an outbreak of a local illness a couple of years back and he says he's seen a UFO!

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He seems promising.

She'll go and introduce herself. 

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"Hello, to what do I owe the pleasure?" he says.

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"Let me demonstrate something first to make my claims slightly more plausible."

She teleports across the room and then teleports back. 

"I'm from off-planet and I've arrived in the last few days. I think there's something on this planet, I'm not sure what, that is changing you significantly from baseline humans and I'm trying to figure out what exactly is going on."

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