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May 11, 2021 9:38 AM
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There's bouldering for her to do all week. Father Michael arrives on Friday, escorted in by slightly discomfited soldiers who seem to be trying to figure out what species he is without, you know, rudely staring.

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Oh good! Then she'll go find him as soon as she has any free time.

"Hi Father! Thanks for coming."

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"Hi, Karen. Are you achieving the things you wanted to, here?"

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" - I think so? I made some friends and learned some things and discovered that I have really insane endurance and ruled out the possibility of certain specific government conspiracies. So I think that's all good."

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"Oh, good. Alex has worried."

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"The first couple weeks were rough. It turns out it helps when you've ruled out the possibility that summer camp is secretly evil, though."

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"I am terribly sorry. We should have been clearer from the start that we were really quite sure of that."

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"I think it's not really the sort of thing people normally think to clarify beforehand. But I think I am gonna ask Alex for general confidence levels in various people more in the future."

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"If you were to ask all of the Quendi who the evilest Quendi in the universe are, they'd say it's us, and they'd be ...pretty much just uncontroversially right unless you really, really penalize not doing things. So you can have that, as sort of a maximum theoretical evilness level when dealing with Quendi."

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Karen looks like she is thinking very hard about this.

"I don't know how much that clarifies things," she says, eventually.

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"Sadly I am not sure I can clarify much further. What did you need from me here?"

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"Ohh, did they not tell you about the lizard babies? You should talk to Emmy about the lizard babies. We haven't baptized them yet, because I'm pretty sure I know how to do it but I'm not a hundred percent sure, and if we get it wrong it'll mess up the science and we won't be able to tell whether they're people or not. Also Emmy needs to make a confession."

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"I'm familiar with the case but not the person. I'd be happy to try."

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"OK! I'll go find Emmy."

And she goes and does that.

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Emmy looks conflicted but mostly happy. "Can we baptize them now - only, if something happened -"

"Yes, of course."

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Karen doesn't super have a reason to be here anymore, but she's kind of invested in the lizard babies now, so she's just gonna sort of follow people around until her presence becomes awkward and not just irrelevant. 

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The soldiers escort them back out, not-staring at Father Michael again. Father Michael hums quietly in the car. It seems like there can't really be such a thing as a beautiful humming voice but he has one. 

 

Emmy's lizard babies are kept in a military installation thirty miles from the camp. Their guards are replaced by more serious guards who don't seem in doubt about what Michael is. They do side-eye Karen. 

"She's my friend," says Emmy.

"Carter cleared it," says Father Michael.

 

They baptize the little lizard babies with just a little bit of water, distilled and unblessed.

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"Are you gonna - figure out how to do the thing to find out?"

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"Yes." He carefully removes the tray in which the water collected. "I can witness personally, if that'll help you feel more confident in the results, but I think they don't want you two in the sector for prisoners."

"Prisoners?"

         "You need a vampire to check whether it's holy water."

"Oh. ...is that .....okay?"

         "It doesn't hurt them very badly, it's like running your hand under water and realizing it's much hotter than you wanted and pulling it out. We'll be able to get a volunteer."

"Right, okay."

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"Yeah, I'd feel better if you were there. Thanks for this."

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"Of course. It's good to see you. I will tell Alex that you're not dwindling away in misery."

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She is maybe a little excessively pleased about the fact that this is a concern. 

"Yeah, I'm mostly good. I did break into a car at one point, but that was like a week and a half ago, and I feel like I've really matured as a person since then."

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"A week and a half of a lot of personal growth?"

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"It was a good week and a half! Also I have decided to talk to people more before I resort to juvenile delinquency in the future."

It occurs to her, belatedly, that she should possibly not admit to having committed crimes a week and a half ago in the middle of an ultra-secure military base where everything probably is in fact being recorded, even if some of the relevant people already know about this. No takebacks, though, so she might as well not worry about it. This time. Maybe she should do a little more worrying before she says things. There's gotta be a correct balance of saying things and not saying things to be found in here somewhere.

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"Based on the limited context I have that sounds like a smart plan. Are you two okay waiting in the foyer upstairs while we check if the baptism was successful?"

"Yeah," says Emmy.

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