Sep 26, 2020 1:00 PM
Idaia and Boots in Milliways
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...Finwë is a good king as kings go and really, really terrible at having a family.

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Yeah, I noticed. Feanaro seems much better at it.

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He'd almost have to be, but I'm glad.

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One of his sons--the one I'm married to, actually--has reading problems so he invented him a better alphabet.

I write everything that doesn't need to be comprehensible to anyone other than myself or my sister in it, now. To remember him.

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Tiny Fëanáro asserting that his children will all be good at things and if they aren't he will invent them things to be good at.

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He's good at things! He is so good at things. He can talk to animals (he apologizes to bees) he's an amazing archer (she's pretty damn good, by now, from his tutelage, but he's so amazing) he made my ring (she shows her her ring).

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Fëanáro must be so proud!

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Yeah.

I'm pretty sure they're all dead now.

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Mandos isn't gonna let him out - I don't know about the rest of them -

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She relates the exact terms of the Doom. They're not coming back. Not unless I--I'm magic, you saw that when I was explaining Kilaiuossa, nobody's ever managed to, to resurrect anyone or get somewhere clearly not physically on the planet anymore like Valinor, but--we've got really good biological science now, if I figure out a cure for aging maybe someday--

(She doesn't think this is likely but she can't just give up on them)

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I can't do anything like that - I thought I was going to die on the spot when the Valar sent me back because I'd ever tried science, I don't dare do it actually in my world -

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My world's inherently inimical to the concept of experimentation. Universe doesn't like being picked at. I was - I was a really good wizard and getting better all the time in Valinor, I invented so many things - I haven't cast a single spell since I got back because I don't know how to be sure it's not too scienceified, I don't even cast high school level cantrips anymore - subtle arts, my mind powers, those are more practice based, so I kept what I learned there but -

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And they sent you back? Fuck the Valar. I mean, except Orome, probably, I liked him, but if he was down with sending you home fuck him too. Now I'm very glad I didn't meet any of the others, I mean, probably they wouldn't have done that considering I was metaphysically married to a prince, but.

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They told me I'd be safe but I don't know if I've stayed alive this long because they protected me somehow that actually worked or because I've been very careful and the world only cares about science on its own turf.

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Do you want to come to mine, if Milliways allows it? We totally have science, if you're a great wizard maybe you could help with the curing aging thing but even if you just wanted to fuck off to a cabin in the woods and never speak to anyone again no one should have to deal with that.

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I want to but I'm worried Fëanáro's going to try to rescue me and get himself eaten and I have a stack of foreign language dictionaries in my apartment to distract him while I run to the interplanar studies department in the nearest university I don't know what will happen if I'm not where he expects me if he tries that -

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You could leave him a note? And then maybe he could come to my world too, I bet he'd love to help rescue his alt and his alt's kids.

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He would, but - it's already been years, a note's not going to stay in my apartment long enough - maybe if I could get an a-mail to someone and have them tell Emily, he might check Emily -

- he used to write stories in which he landed in my world and had adventures and one time he was in a bad mood and wrote one where at the end a dragon ate him it was by far the most realistic -

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Okay.

Feanaro learning languages is so cute, and I say this as someone who only ever met the adult version.

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Did he still invent the Quenya alphabet in your world - I got there before there was one and he'd never seen writing in his life and I had a few textbooks on me and he thought they were the most beautiful things in the world -

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He did! Imliss and I were so impressed, meeting someone who had invented writing.

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Olórin told me once that he had nice prophecies - that thousands of years in the future everyone still wrote in his alphabet...

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Maybe. I don't know. Not as many thousands as it took for me to reincarnate.

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Yeah. I think I can get my crystal ball without letting go of the door and I can a-mail my parents to tell them I'm going and Professor Winters to ask her to tell Emily. And to cancel all my appointments. Not sure I can reach the bookshelves from here - well, maybe I could knock them over and then I'd be able to see at least some of the books from the closet door, bring a few with.

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