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May 26, 2017 1:29 AM
Glen summons Cam
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Glen carefully copies the last line of the diagram. Though she doubts the existence of souls, she's not willing to risk losing hers, and the summoning circle has all of the standard protections. 
She stands back and waits.  

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A demon appears promptly. He does not, obviously, say anything, but he looks at her with a sort of hopeful expression.
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"I apologize for the gag, but I don't know enough yet to risk letting you talk. If you stay in the circle and answer some of my questions, I'll give you the names of my two favorite blogs and a representative post from each."

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...this is kind of a thing he can't do while gagged. He tilts his head.
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"I'll ask questions that can be answered with yes or no. Does the gag prevent you from nodding or shaking your head?"

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...well, he doesn't nod or shake his head and does look annoyed, so presumably!
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"I didn't realize it was that restrictive. Can you blink your eyes twice for yes?"

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Apparently not!
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"Whoever designed this must have met an extremely convincing demon. Would you be willing to create a selection of internal demon literature on the subject of souls and wait here while I read it, in return for my previous offer?"

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"Yes, summoner."
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"Great. Thank you."

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And a small stack of books appears at his feet.
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Glen picks up a long tree branch she previously collected from the ground outside, and pokes the books out of the circle. 

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The demon can, apparently, roll his eyes.

The top book in the stack is entitled A History of the Practice of so called 'Soul theft' (1798 English translation).
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Glen checks the rest and then gives the names of the promised blogs and representative entries. 
She opens the top book and starts skimming the first chapter. 

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The demon raises an eyebrow and sits in his circle.

The other materials are apparently a demonic remake of Dr. Faust for the stage and a compilation of short stories on the theme "what if we could steal souls, what would we even do with them, huh".
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A few minutes later, Glen marks her current page with a scrap of paper and sets the book aside.
"If you can make more than one deal, I'll tell you the name of twelve promising patents and their corresponding papers published in the last year in return for three summoning diagrams. The summoning diagrams need to summon a specific demon, allow that demon to speak, and not result in the summoners death."

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The demon looks at his circle. He looks at Glen.
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"So either you can't accept another deal, the circle prevents you from accepting this specific deal, or that circle already does what I asked for," Glen says, watching the demon carefully.

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Well, the circle does not seem to be allowing the demon to speak. He sighs.
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"Or none of the above. My internet search is monitored carefully enough that I can't risk looking it up. I was lucky enough that this diagram was in my required reading. Fine, I'll test it. I hope you're not impatient to leave," Glen watches the demon's expression carefully when she says the last sentence.
"If I offered to give you a patent title in return for a grape, could you accept?"

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Apparently he can't even say 'no summoner' in response to that. He doesn't look impatient so much as frustrated.
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"I'm going to send you home and try to summon you again in five minutes. If you feel inclined, you could write a message and I could make a deal for a copy of it."
Glen concentrates on wanting the demon gone.

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And in a minute, gone he is!
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She moves to another part of the floor and redraws most of the summoning circle. Five minutes after she dismissed the demon, she draws the last line. 

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Oh look! A totally different demon! She smiles at Glen.
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