Oct 19, 2017 11:29 PM
A Tale of Two Hells
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Demon Edie and Demon Cam in Milliways
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Yeah, given what did happen having children in Valinor would have been a disaster.

She's going to be beautiful and amazing and the happiest, most loved child anywhere and it's kind of sad we won't get more of her childhood than we will but--it'll be amazing, every minute of it.

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Yeah. And, hey, we can go here and close the door until they've got immortality sorted so my family doesn't miss a thing. 

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We're sure we'll be able to get back in, after?

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I mean, we'd need Imliss to stay in, or someone else.

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I'm not sure I feel comfortable risking Imliss ending up several years older than me and I doubt she will be either but it's hard to say that's worse than having your family miss the baby's childhood.

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I mean, it's not risking anything exactly, she could decide how long she feels comfortable doing it and then open the door after that long.

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I am honestly not sure I trust her right now to open the door when she feels uncomfortable instead of being self-sacrificing about it.

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Really? Why not -

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Because she's decided to react to everything that happened to you guys by--raising her standards for various thresholds of suffering. Well. I say decided. She thinks I haven't noticed and I'm letting her because it helps her cope.

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That doesn't sound helpful at all.

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I'm not sure that she won't go into an awful spiral of self-loathing if she thinks that something she did made me unhappy. She--

She died first and I--didn't last long after that. It's. Hard. To get her not to blame herself for my dying.

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Uh, if you'd made it across you'd. Have died anyway. Everyone died. She does realize that?

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People blame themselves for other people dying when this shaves a handful of decades off their lives. She and I lost five hundred years. I'm not saying I agree with her, it's obviously not her fault, it's just that she has a boatload of different traumas rubbing each other the wrong way.

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Okay. So we don't close the door, it's fine.

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We could ask Circle to find someone trustworthy to be in Milliways and just have Imliss on this side of the door with us.

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That works too.

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Yeah. Snuggle. I am very much in favor of no one having to miss any of Artemis's childhood.

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As best as we can, yeah.

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Yeah.

Let's go ask Circle about it.

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Hey, do you have people cleared to hang out in Milliways?

 

"Says it's fine," he murmurs a minute later.

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Good. Squeeze. Of course, this way it'll be a while before I want to use the immortality thing. But that's no great hardship.

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Why does it change when you'll want it?

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I'm assuming it freezes my age? I mean, I won't want it for a few years regardless, but like, if it's a ring or something I need to hold onto it for a few years without losing it or wearing it if it's finished now.

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What age are you waiting for -

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Twenty-one. That's when I stopped last time, and I'd rather have as close to my old body back as I can.

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