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Nov 27, 2020 12:11 PM
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Wait, they have one now? - Or do you just mean, like, after I die and stuff - ?

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Nah, apparently the reason they left you alone is that another one was called and they didn't realize they should be looking. I'm sorry, I mentioned it to Wishbone but maybe after he'd mailed your last letter. It's weird. They think there's never been two before but it's conceivable that they missed it then, too.

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Oh. - I mean I guess I sort of died, but - I guess I didn't expect that to count. Since I'm. Y'know. Here and stuff.

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I wouldn't have expected it to count either, and we're not entirely sure that's the cause, but it does seem like the likeliest. Anyway, two Slayers is nothing but good news.

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Yeah, that makes sense. All right. At least it means the council probably won't bother us.

Anything we have to do over the last few weeks of summer?

 

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Well, an apocalyptic cult of Maltese fire demons is planning to drown the world in blood tomorrow afternoon and they've kidnapped a couple hundred people to ritually sacrifice to kick the thing off, so I figured we'd start with that.

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Is that sarcasm? Because my first thought was 'oh boy!', but then I remembered that sarcasm existed, and also that that's a terrible reaction to have to people kidnapping hundreds of people to end the world, and also that if there were an actual really serious emergency you would maybe not be waiting until the eleventh hour for me to happen to get back from Magic Mountain today to do anything about it.

I will totally fight stuff if it's not, though.

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I know you would. No, Sunnydale's had a very quiet summer and the world will keep spinning without any heroics on our part. Sorry.

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I suppose I will just have to content myself with reading and hanging out with friends, then.

Oh! At some point you have to tell me how secret any secret things I may or may not know are, so that I don't accidentally get you in trouble for treason or something. Also I have written up a list of several questions that I have, because it has come to my attention that I should try just asking more questions of people I trust, with like, words, before I resort to breaking into the cars and computers of government employees to learn classified information.

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Oh! Yeah, you can ask questions. I haven't told you anything you're not allowed to know, but, my name, Father Michael's name, those are a secret, and then stuff like how many Quendi there are and where we all are and at what range we read minds and so on are all .... things to be judicious with, since our enemies do not presently know them. 

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OK! Maybe give your secrets to dogs less. And sorry if I got you in trouble. But cool, got it.

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It's not about getting in trouble, there's not really - there's not really anyone whose authority I respect enough they can get me in trouble, I guess. It's just not super safe.

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I'm pretty sure there's a definition of 'trouble' that makes that stop making sense, but OK.

So. Questions. How do you block telepathy?

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There are different kinds. Some are mostly of surface thoughts, and you can train the skill of making those misleading; some are much harder to misdirect than that. I'm not allowed to say how to block osanwë but I won't read you if you don't want, and neither will anyone else.

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Osanwë's what you call yours?

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Yeah. I'm sorry. I'd tell you if I was allowed.

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No, it's OK! 'I can't tell you' is much better than you being like 'oh, there's no way' and me being like, 'roll to disbelieve, you said the Mayor might be blocking you and also that he keeps being boring and therefore you don't have anything, which implies that there's some kind of limit on what you can do, and I wasn't born yesterday, I was born like three cosmic weeks ago'.

- oh, speaking of which, do we have anything on the Mayor?

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Got better at blocking me. We're set up so we can blow up his mansion any time that seems like the best move but we do not presently have great options short of that. 

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Ah. Guess we still need to be focusing on that, then. Didn't come up with any brilliant ideas while I was away, though.

I had some more things but my notebook's in the trunk and I forget them now. So, uh... do you want me to swing by wherever you are and pick up Wishbone?

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Sounds good. I've been staying at Michael's.

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Cool. - is Michael still at Michael's house? 

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Yeah, they're having a bit of a time finding anyone who wants to replace him. Apparently it's even more dangerous to be a priest in Sunnydale than it is to be a random civilian in Sunnydale, who'd have thought?

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Depressing, but unsuprising. I'll see you in a bit?

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Sounds good.

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