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Jul 27, 2017 4:31 AM
elf!Andalites & Butterfly
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The city is called Phoenix, Arizona. These are overlapping political jurisdictions; Phoenix a subunit of Arizona, Arizona itself a subunit of the USA, the latter an abbreviation - humans communicate by making sounds with fibers in their throat, which is slow, so they have abbreviation as a standard feature of communication - for the United States of America, a sort of governing entity that stretches across this continent. That much they can determine without talking to any humans. For more than that - for all the details they will need to win this war - they will have to talk to humans, and so they will have to abduct some.

 

They are excruciatingly careful not to pick up any Controllers, or anyone who has people in their household who are Controllers, and they try not to pick up anybody who will swiftly be missed. They get two dozen; enough everyone can acquire human morphs that express the full range of human phenotypes, enough that it is probable that at least one or two will be cooperative, not enough that they are running much significant risk of exposure, and not enough that if this turns out disastrous and they have to quietly kill them all it will be immediately obvious that there were Andalites present here.

 

He cannot imagine what would transpire that would make that necessary, but this war effort has been a series of catastrophes and failures of contingency plans and failures to make contingency plans, so he has prepared for the possibility he needs to execute a few dozen innocent people. He's dreading it, and rather dwelling on it, despite assigning its necessity a very low probability. (They have already checked whether memory drugs work on humans; they do. What else could go wrong? But he'd asked himself that question before to be unpleasantly surprised...)

He's watched them for three days, he is fond of them all. But there are six billion people on this world he would like just as well, if he'd had the chance to meet them. 

 

Humans bear live young, and he has one young human here, whose parents were intoxicated and spent the necessary three days of observation mostly injecting substances into their bloodstream and yelling at the young human. He should be able to return all three of those home without incident, or replace them without arousing suspicion. He also has two elderly humans who did not get any visitors over the observation period and similarly won't be missed. 

The rest they can't keep for more than the eight-hour human dormancy period without arousing suspicion: eight male and seven female human adults, some coupled and some living alone, all in the same apartment complex that can at need catch fire, two adolescent human boys and two adolescent human girls who travel to the human academy in vehicles that crash not infrequently.

Humans don't vary much in phenotype; they can change out their outer skins for ones in a bewildering array of colors, and their inner skins come in varying shades, all of which are represented in his sample, but they all have two legs and two eyes and the same approximate face shape. He samples them and tries a few different mixes and arrives at a human phenotype he finds satisfactory. He morphs. He practices walking around on two feet. He practices making facial expressions.

 

And he waits for them to wake up. 

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One of the adolescent girls wakes up almost as soon as her trance wears off. She makes a bewildered noise and pats the grass on the floor of her cell.
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He has a human form! He goes in to talk to the human.

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"Okay so lucid dreams are supposed to be like controllable but I was going for pizza not 'underwear model between underwears'. Do you like, have pizza."
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<No. If you would instruct me in acquiring some I would be delighted to provide pizza. What is pizza.>

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"It's... a... food? You get it from Spinato's, except you should probably get, like, dream pizza, instead."
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<I am going to need you to disambiguate steps more than that. Imagine you were explaining to a small juvenile how to acquire pizza.>

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"I super do not want to imagine you as a small juvenile, wow."
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<...I can take on a juvenile form, if that helps.>

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"This is a really weird dream. Why is this dream so weird when I know it's a dream, I'm supposed to be able to fly and stuff."
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<I think some of your assumptions might be erroneous but I am not sure which ones, we have not been able to risk much contact with humans yet. What is a dream? Can all humans fly? We have not observed any humans flying, why is that?>

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<Yes, you are.>

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"Uh, in that case oh my god put some clothes on."
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<Can you explain what clothes are and where or how they can be acquired. And how to 'put them on', if that is not obvious once they are in our possession.>

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"Did you like also abduct my sister I want my sister please."
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<Is your sister the human juvenile female who was in your company ->

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"Yes that's her I want her now please."
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<Can someone please awaken the second adolescent human female and escort her here, please.>

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<Gotcha.> 

 

He doesn't think he could stay balanced if he prodded the sleeping human female with a foot, so he tries lowering his center of balance by bending his remaining knees and then poking her with a hand. <Hey, human? Wake up.>

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<You are aboard an Andalite spaceship. I am an Andalite. We apologize for the distress this undoubtedly has caused you but the situation was pressing enough to warrant it. Your sister requested you; I am to escort you to her.>

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The human gets an escort down an unremarkable hallway to another room. He doesn't think he can bow in this form without overbalancing so he jerks his head at Matirin. <The other human adolescent female.>

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<Yes, I gathered.> And to the other human adolescent female, <I have been asked to acquire pizza and clothes but require a more - granular - explanation of what those are and how to acquire them than your sister was able to provide.>

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"...Andi? You okay?"
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