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At the End of All Things Elves in Revelation
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What does the narrow Atlantic Ocean attach to on the other end?

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It sort of meanders, a couple thousand miles, taking weird twists and turns. It's literally about a sailboat wide. 

 

Then it reaches England.

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Cam looks at the weird glass thing in his hand.

"I should probably have thought this through before I made it while on a walk."

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"Can't help you there, sorry. You could take it back to my room but I think my roommate hates me."

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He breaks it up and puts it in a paper grocery bag. "I'll chuck it when we pass a trash can."

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"Does Hell have very full landfills?"

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"Yes. And lakes of fire."

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"Cute. I wonder if it's - some kind of emergent consequence of something about humans, it's not Eru's style at all."

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"Couldn't tell you."

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"You don't get anywhere by conjuring demonic history?"

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"I haven't read the whole library of Hell but things are murky before writing."

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"My father invented writing."

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"That's very cool but what I meant was the introduction of writing to Hell."

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"That I can't help you with." They're back at his dorm. "You don't need sleep, right?"

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"I do not." He chucks the glass path to Valinor.

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"Elves need sleep but way less often than humans. This is among the reasons my roommate hates me. The other one - you should see it, actually -" In they go!

 

His room has been very illegally remodelled; it looks like a very expensive apartment, with fancy wood panelling and a fountain with a little creek that meanders (under glass) around the room. There are bookcases full of leather-bound old books lining the walls, and a ridiculously nice computer desk setup. 

 

And a human teenager. "Oh, hi, Aricin," he says, rolling his eyes. 

"I wanted to show Cam how I'd set up my place."

       "He was fucking nuts about it. Refused to summon anyone, did it all by hand, slept outside until it was done. Nice to meet you, I'm Will."

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"Nice to meet you too. Wow, this must have taken forever and your RA probably hates you too."

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"I bribed him with homework help."

       "Yeah, he also already knows everything, I don't even know why the fuck he's in college."

"I taught here in the 70s," Aricin says complacently, sitting down at his desk and pulling up some kind of modeling program, into which he inputs the ocean path to Valinor.

       His roommate ignores this; apparently it is not an unusually weird thing to say.

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"Cool. I taught at U Dub for a bit."

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"Oh? What'd you teach?"

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"Summoning."

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"I wanted to take that as an elective but it didn't fit my schedule. Want to go flying."

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"Bit chilly, no thanks, but have fun."

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"Oh, not now, I mean that's why I'd want to learn, so I could try it. Should I leave you two -"

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"Oh," said Aricin, "no, sorry - no, I just needed to get this into my computer before I forgot."

      "What is it?"

"Magic route to a lost mythological paradise."

    "D&D game or something?"

"Or something," he agrees, completing the route. "I'm going to be out of town all next week, family reunion in North Dakota."

    "Uh, okay."

"Sorry."

    "You're not actually even the weirdest person on our floor, dude, just weird in more of a could-stab-you-in-your-sleep way."

"I promise I wouldn't do that," Aricin says solemnly. 

    "Did you get through the 8 pset -"

"Yes," he says, his mood suddenly improved, and he turns the computer off and animatedly talks his roommate through it. 

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