Jul 17, 2019 8:21 PM
elf!Andalites & Butterfly
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"Wow what a decidedly hypothetical question."

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<I am going to be way more messed up by Andalite-human contact being an unmitigated disaster than by another dose of that, but I can probably teach you the long way, they keep not showing up. So, Andalites who get promoted tend to be very procedural and very concerned with how they will defend their actions to their command and in terms of the values of our people. There are no first contact procedures, they will be very guidable, and once they have worked with you a while they will be inclined to believe you that you are the person to work with because otherwise they have to go navigate all that without any guidance all over again.>

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"Why aren't there first contact procedures?"

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<Well, there are some, they are just very bad fits for the situation. Earth is neither a previously uncontacted society or one under Yeerk threat or one they should be afraid to approach.>

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"Fair enough. So I'm underinformed and mysteriously influential pay no attention to the employment history not behind the curtain, I provide a simplified guide-to-humans cheat sheet so they get used to taking cues from me, I'm delighted to see them, hoping to see more of them - very admiring of their shiny technology or is that a sore spot?"

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<Depends who, a lot of the detail handling depends who, I am hoping I will still have a fair bit of freedom of movement or that if I don't Finleran will ->

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<It is an option.>

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"I am not a Yeerk and will not insta-desensitize or whatever it is they do, you know."

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<If it will hurt you that is a reason not to.>

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Tail-swish. <Talik used to get mad at me for this kind of thing.>

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"It is a frustrating kind of thing."

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<I do not think I would find it frustrating in someone else? But I would also know what they actually needed, that probably makes a difference...>

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"Yeah," she says. "I have no idea what you need."

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<I need it to all have been worth it. I need Earth to thrive. I need you to grow into the galactic cosmopolitans that I regretfully had to tell you did not exist, when we first met. I need young Andalites in a few decades to read the history and wonder how it went so right if I was so wrong. I need to get the news in prison and be able to feel irrepressibly smug. And I need not to feel like if I'd given any more of myself back when I was firing the rockets that set this unknowable trajectory - 

- and I like the idea of giving that particular skill to people, I'd give it out in a heartbeat if the mechanism were anything different -

- and I would definitely still be a wreck over it, it is very understandable not to want it for that reason ->

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"I'll do my very best to send you the most smugness-inducing media of all time," she murmurs, and - "- If it works like you're thinking at all it would work quickly. And they keep not showing up. Let's - see how much you can tell me the long way and if it's crunch time and I'm incompetent and we're really wedged - maybe revisit it then - when you soon enough won't have to have me around all the time."

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So in between expanding universal basic income and fixing legal issues that arise from morphing and signing new treaties that further blur the line between a corporation and a world government and building Andalite-modern infrastructure in cities rather discombobulated by much of their citizenry now being capable of flight -

- he talks her through Andalite contact procedures and who she might meet and what signals of credibility they will look for and what Andalite media will pick up on, once they are here, and how to handle this contingency and that one -

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She takes extremely diligent notes almost as though not feeling obliged to do psychological harm to someone she likes were at stake. She flings herself into work like she expects it to catch her, and it sort of does. She makes sure to hang out with Cayaldwin sometimes. She gets better at hiring people and delegating things and managing staff; one of her legal attachés starts calling her "Imperatrix" as a joke, and it catches on.

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(Andi starts a moderately popular Youtube channel on which she morphdances.)

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The Andalite fleet makes its dazzling arrival five years after the end of the war.

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Many dazzle. Very delight. Wow. Bella strategically places edibles in most rooms of HQ.

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They land over the ocean, Dome ships floating on the waves, and then send smaller ships for Beijing. Their technology has improved since this share of the fleet broke off for Earth; the ships are sleeker and faster and hover. When they sweep into Beijing, obnoxiously close to the ground, Finleran is distinctly envious of that handling.

 

<Convenient they came here> Matirin says. <You can go out and do the 'welcome' routine, and it will occur to people to wonder why you are doing it but after everything they should not wonder too much. Imperatrix Isabella.>

 

 

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"Okay. Here goes nothing."

She goes out, smiling, assuming they've done enough surveillance to know that smiles are friendly.

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They have! And to get the general idea from being approached by an important person and her retinue (Matirin points staff members at appropriate places to be a retinue.) And they are here belatedly, they say, because the Yeerks have been defeated here and the need for them was more desperate elsewhere, but it is urgent that they understand what transpired in the war for Earth, who should they speak to about that?

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