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May 26, 2017 1:31 AM
Mortal and Promise in fairyland
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Mortal provides his mother with food. When he accidentally drops something in the kitchen she jumps and runs towards a corner and starts crying, which causes him to stop what he's doing to hug her and cry with her. She calms down, they eat in silence, and she doesn't ask him how he did it or how he met Promise or who the boring fairy with highlighter yellow hair is. They don't talk much, and after they're done eating she says she wants to sleep, so Mortal finds her a place to and stays with her until she falls asleep. Which takes quite a while, and even after she does she tosses and turnes and murmurs, which she never did before Thorn.

And she wakes up screaming a few minutes later.

So Mortal only returns to the main computer room to check on the last stages of Thorn-wrangling a couple of hours after that, once he's managed to get his mother to relax enough to get some rest. She'll probably be there a while.

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Promise is conducting interviews now. This fairy seems harmless and just wants to go find a place with lots of flowers to live and decompress. Promise has her let go under light safety orders only.
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...that makes him smile. "We actually did it."

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"Yeah."
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"Where's Thorn?"

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"Parked in his room in this site in case I need him for anything while I disassemble it."
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"And how's that going? How many have you gotten so far?"

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"Four."
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"All of them like that? Wish they weren't under Thorn, want to go be free and collect pretty things?"

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"No. This was the nicest one so far. The torturers in particular probably should not be let go."
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"Are they... like Thorn? Just want to make people suffer?"

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"Not quite like Thorn but they wind up in their jobs for aptitude."
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"Did they all get there by- how did they get there? How did Thorn start?"

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"They've all got different stories. I don't think I've found anybody he's had more than a couple hundred years yet."
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"Right," he sighs. "...I think I'm gonna go through that gate to the court and get more cameras and stuff there and ask fairies to go drop them at the other courts, we don't need to limit ourselves to only this single bug."

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"Okay. Please no careless order enforcement, you could disrupt something delicate."
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"Of course. ...actually might just ask Thorn how to not disrupt anything delicate."

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"I think it'd be safer if the question came from me; he's not supposed to fuck with you but he's more likely to be able to."
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"Yeah, you're probably right. I'll watch and learn."

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"You look at me like that a lot, what does it mean?"

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"...I don't know, I haven't been keeping track of occasions on which I look at you like that."
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"What'd it mean this time, then? I've been taking it to mean something like mild approval but I'm not sure that makes sense."

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"...something like 'this is hard, you're doing okay'?"
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"Yeah, fits. Thank you, I try."

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