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"Fair enough. Are there things about this country that it's occurred to you I should know?"

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Eeeeeeeeep surprise pop quiz that's not fair Marian is a grown adult and can handle this. What would someone from a fantasy universe find surprising about the United States? 

"It's really big - I don't know what the usual population of a country is in your world, but there are like three hundred million people in America - seven billion in the world in total. There's - probably a lot more bureaucracy and different parts of the government than you're used to, because it's so big? The leader of the country is elected by a vote and so are a lot of other people in the government, but then there are also all these departments in charge of different things, like national security or healthcare - there's a government department that does stuff related to infectious disease safety for the whole country, and I wouldn't be that surprised if the hospital already contacted them about your infection last night, since we hadn't seen it before. Uh. The government is officially not religious and it's illegal to discriminate based on someone's religion, but most people in the country are Christian and there's definitely weird politics around that and I think it'll affect how people react to you once they believe you're really from another world, I just...don't know how...

- I'm not sure how long it'll take before anyone in authority believes it. There are a lot of organizations that write news articles about things that sound crazy and usually they aren't real." 

Marian is personally hoping it takes a while hopefully long enough that she can quietly back away from the situation before important people show up she shouldn't do that if she can still be helpful, this is really important, but she wants to so badly. Why. - because US bureaucracy paying attention to her personally has never been a good experience and what if they demand to see her immigration paperwork and it turns out her visa is somehow not in order and she gets banned from the country forever or something. 

"- I have bad experiences with the government bureaucracy in America. Mostly about letting me be in the country to work. They're really strict about border control and especially who can have a job here - ugh it's just occurred to me that I think we can't legally pay you - I don't know if you being here would be an immigration problem, that would be really stupid, but I'm - not actually sure I trust the government to respond in a way that isn't really stupid. It feels - hard to predict." 

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"A lot of governments are hard to predict, unfortunately." Not everywhere can be Lastwall. It's interesting that they make elections work on such a massive scale, though, or really that they make having a country that big work at all.

"Is there something I was supposed to do when I arrived in the country that I didn't do because I was unconscious? Should I go do it as soon as I'm done healing people for today? If you teach me nonmagical medicine instead of paying me, would that be legal?"

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Wow, Marian has no idea! Is there a protocol for this situation - Samora arrived without crossing any borders, which would be hard to do without magic, but it's not like she snuck in illegally, it wasn't her fault or intention. She wonders what happens if someone, say, comes in by air but doesn't actually go through Customs because they have a medical emergency on the plane and have to be rushed directly to a hospital, that might be the most closely analogous situation that, like, happens with any regularity... 

"I should ask? Normally people would arrive via a border and there would be a process. We should try to figure it out today, probably, but I don't think you'll be - more in trouble if you wait until later today..." 

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"That makes sense. Are we close enough to a border crossing that I could get there in a day or two? Oh, but I'd have to explain why I was coming from this direction and they might not believe me, hmm. Maybe I could cross into the next country and then I'd be in that one legally? All of that can wait until you have answers to the plane case." Also if she understands what 'plane' means correctly from context then planes are very cool.

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That sounds so complicated and exhausting. "We're not actually, uh, very close to a border to the nearest other country, and you can't fly without identification documents, I think there's got to be a better way? ...But yeah, I'll try to find out more." 

Also it looks like the remaining ICU patients plus hallwayful of ER patients are now arranged to everyone's satisfaction and ready for healing? 

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That at least is doable from right here. Heal!

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And now the hubbub of patient conversation is a LOT louder. 

...The guy who was previously talking to the journalist is possibly going to, uh, slip out and go see if she's still around. This SHOULD be in the news, right? Also he's never been interviewed for a news article before and it's pretty cool to be one of the first people healed by a faith healer with actual miraculous powers. 

The 5C charge nurse did take a video on her phone - it's fine either way as long as she doesn't do anything with it, right - and is now trying to pin down Dr Harrison or failing that at least one of the residents to figure out if there's a HIPAA-compliant way to show it to her boyfriend, who does after all also work here.

(She absolutely wasn't the only one videoing it, and may be the most conscientious about checking the legalities of sending it to everyone she knows.) 

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Aaaaaand Marian is going to go, uh, ask around for advice from Americans on a) whether Samora is likely to get in trouble for her immigration status and what she should do, and b) how exactly they think (the relevant parts of) the US government are going to respond once it gets out more broadly that this is for real.

 

 

...and by 'ask around' she means she's going to ask Fraser first, because she at least knows for sure that she won't have to fill him in on any other parts of the story first and she feels really tired of doing that. 

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Fraser gives her the most exhausted look. "Man, I have no idea. Wouldn't you know more about the immigration shit, you've actually had to deal with it and everything? ...I'm too tired for this, let's go ask around." 

And he forges toward Pod Three, which is still where a significant fraction of the nurses on the unit are. "Hey! We're trying to figure out if we should, like, call someone from the government? What do yall think?" 

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"You want to get the government involved? Are you nuts?" says Catherine. "They'll arrest her for not filling her red tape out in triplicate, maybe the rest of us too. Better not let them decide that Something Must Be Done until we've all lawyered up hit the gym and deleted Facebook."

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Marian had also absolutely not been thinking they should actively call anyone! What the fuck! 

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(Fraser would mostly just really like this to stop being his problem and become someone else’s.)

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Ugh. 

"Do you really think they would arrest her?" Marian says. "Over paperwork? I - that seems like not taking seriously how important this is -" 

Though on reflection she feels like it might also be bad - for Samora, that is - if they did take seriously how important this is... 

"Anyway, it's probably going to be in the news soon, so - I don't know how long it'll take before someone does take it seriously? I guess maybe a while, if it sounds super fake." 

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"It does sound fake, but I've seen a lot of cameras out today. It could depend on who sees what, how skeptical they are, and how slow of a news day it is. --Also part of my worry is that she doesn't speak English and looks kinda middle eastern, which there is absolutely nothing wrong with, but some people are a-holes, you know?" 

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Ugh, seriously?? ...yeah, no, Marian can believe that. She starts to have the thought 'man America sucks' but that's a bit unfair, Canadians can be weird about that too. 

 

It still feels stupid. Surely there's a way to be - less stupid - about something this big and important? ...Except that Marian does find herself predicting that it's at least pretty likely the US government will react in an awkward terrible way to this news, whether they believe the world-changing magic or not. 

"...I should probably go, uh, let her know." 

 

And she's going to head back to Samora. 

"Uh. I tried to get advice and - at least one of the other staff thinks the government might actually arrest you - and maybe all of us - for not having done the right paperwork. I - don't know how likely that actually is - but I think maybe it's a good idea to contact your party now? I think we don't urgently need you for anything, it's going to take a while to figure out who else you can heal." 

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