Aug 03, 2021 3:28 AM
okay by comparison Voa and Tapa look like thriving modern democracies
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"My wife might leave me over this. My daughter's started trying to contest ownership of the House but that doesn't work as well when I've seceded."

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"They don't want to have a planet?"

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"My daughter thinks it might turn out to be polluted or have strings attached. My wife might stay on the planet, she's just unhappy with me."

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"It was made from scratch last week, it's not polluted."

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"It wouldn't surprise me, let alone my daughter, if you thought it was funny to make it polluted anyway."

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"Are the only people here who think torturing reds is bad also people who pollute things for fun?"

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"Even edgy greens usually have pollution instincts. You don't."

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"Well, the planet's not polluted and the only conditions are the ones we told you about in the first place. Sorry people are being stupid."

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"My family isn't stupid."

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"I said being stupid. Would it help if they met more important people or something, got a sense of them..."

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"I don't see how that would change things. Maybe."

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"I could probably arrange that if it'd help. Are you safe here, if people are mad at you..."

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"I think the greys are siding with me."

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Nod. "If you want a different planet and want to watch it being made or something they could probably do that."

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"That doesn't really get to the heart of the issue."

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"But if someone wants to come meet my wife and daughter I can probably still get them to come to dinner."

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"I bet that one of Prince Nelyafinwë would enjoy himself and be helpful but I'd feel awfully presumptuous asking."

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Shrug. "You don't have to."

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"I know that. You're cool, I want things to work out okay for you."

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"I don't know what to make of it when you approve of me."

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"...cultural thing?"

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"Not really. You don't have the - psychological architecture you'd need, to understand my motivations or my reservations, it just adds up in a way you like."

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"I don't think you're cool because you decided to sign up for membership, I think you're cool because you don't do the no-exit-clause contracts and try to get everybody a kid and are scared for your citizens that we might arrest them and stuff. Those are good things. It doesn't matter if your reason is - thinking God will reward you or wanting to impress someone or wanting to spite someone or whatever else. Your people have the kids and now a planet no matter what the ...psychological architecture that made you do that."

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"All right."

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