Jan 22, 2019 11:52 AM
Sadde in Pact
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"Respects us enough to negotiate. That's what matters. If we ask some other imp for something, anything that recognizes its name is that much more likely to pay attention."

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"Yeah. We'll need to work to not let it become a trend that only demons get this Seal, though."

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"This one said it'd spread it, and there aren't very many demons around to spread it to."

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"Yeah, I suppose."

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"It's going to try to use this to weaken the first Seal. I'm not very inclined to care; that could take centuries."

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"And in any case for Others this Seal subsumes the first, agreeing to it is tantamount to agreeing to the first plus some restrictions."

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Shrug. "You and I see it that way. And we do have the advantage of being right. Not really our problem anyway."

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"I guess. And, hey, good news, we won't have to have the headache that was washing these last time," she says, removing her robe.

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"Or the headache that was making them need washing. We don't really know that we would have beaten Hauri."

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"Counterfactuals are useless, and we didn't have to find out."

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"Yeah. Best-case result, this time."

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And Sadde waits a couple of days - dealing with demons always brings some bad karma by default, animals and people being more aggressive, bad things happening - and after he's reasonably sure he's good he calls Diana up and asks her out on a date.

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That...in retrospect should have been less surprising. What with him having been her favorite person this side of the magic/mundane divide in a long time. She's all in favor.

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Awesome! Does she have preferences about venues?

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She mentions the name of a bookstore before thinking. (Then she realizes that probably makes her the kind of person whose first thought that is, and sticks with it.)

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Sounds great! Time and place and he'll be there.

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She's there.

They'll end up in the attached coffee shop doing very little reading, despite being loaded down with books (mostly science fiction in her case).

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He's getting fantasy and some science, and he thinks she's adorable.

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She is well aware of that, and kind of already thought the same about him. That being a decent fraction of the point of a first date, she barely has to think twice before suggesting a second one.

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Oh good he thinks that's a great idea. How about she show him a place he's unlikely to have visited since moving?

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He's new; there are lots of places like that. She picks one.

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It's a second date, then.

Now, how inclined is she to kiss him, he wonders?

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It doesn't immediately occur to her, but once he signals it occurred to him she's not opposed!

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Oh good! This date was a Success.

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Diana can't hear the capital letters, but Agrees.

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