Nov 28, 2020 8:19 AM
season two: in which the council notices our heroes
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"Fear demon; the point wasn't the murders themselves, but the hysteria caused by them."

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"What did Sir Durin kill on November 16th, 1247?"

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"What is the Dragon of Wasting. That really does seem more like a jeopardy question than like something I'm gonna have to know, at least in that format."

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"I begin to think you're entirely too prepared for this."

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"OK. Ask me something else."

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"How do you kill a Sopuro demon?"

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"That I don't know. If I ran into one and it needed to be killed and the usual tools for the job weren't working, I would ask my sources and see what they could tell me, although I presumably wouldn't know I was dealing with a Sopuro demon and would have to settle for a description of whatever it was."

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"It's very bad practice to name names."

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"...Karen, I don't know what has contacted you or what they've gotten you to believe about their nature or their intentions, but the stage is larger than you know, and the vast majority of its players are not on your side. The Council of Watchers exists to train and help slayers; all other powers that you may encounter will be fair-weather friends at best, and much more often will be attempting to take advantage of your inexperience and naiveté for their own evil ends. You've been the slayer for a week, at most, and throwing your lot in with, statistically speaking, some sort of prophet or mind-reader, most of which, again, are evil, will only lead to your untimely demise, and possibly result in the destruction of much more than just yourself."

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Alex? He thinks I've only been the slayer for a week.

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- well, that’s interesting. I’ll pass it along.

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"I understand your concern. I just feel like what I'm doing is working out for me so far."

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"And what exactly are you doing?"

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"My job. Now, if you have a lesson plan or a lead on a dangerous evil about to poke its head up, then I'm ready and willing to listen, but if we're just gonna play more supernatural jeopardy then actually I have some homework."

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"Your studies of demons? Perhaps you can show me where you've been getting this information."

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"No, I mean, like, trig."

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"I see." He sighs. "Karen - whatever you're embedded in is likely very dangerous, and I really must insist that you tell me precisely what it is that you've been doing."

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"And I really do understand why you'd be concerned, but - I have reasons for trusting the people I trust, and I don't really have those with you? Like, even if I were going to trust the Watcher's Council, I don't even really know that you are a watcher, you're just a British guy in a suit who knows what a slayer is. And - I really am sorry if I'm making this hard for you, but I don't think I really have the luxury of trusting everybody who walks by and asks me if I know what a fairy ring is."

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"I see. Well. Feel free to do your homework, then, we will discuss your situation at greater length tomorrow."

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"OK." She heads back towards the school.

I think I made him kind of sad and really concerned.

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Seems like an occupational hazard when your occupation is attempting to make scared teenage girls with superpowers feel inadequate so they'll trust you until you set them up to be murdered.

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- y'know, this is a fair point, but I don't know what exactly I should be expecting really concerned watchers to do. He knows I'm listening to people who aren't him, and he thinks the people who aren't him are probably evil, and I don't know if we've actually done ourselves any favors here.

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Council can't hurt us. I guess we can give important people a lot of headaches and should maybe not do that, but - not sure he's any less stressed if you try to hide that you have allies, either.

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Can I ask why you're so confident they can't?

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