Dec 03, 2021 3:11 PM
owls and turquoises in all night laundry
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“If you’re gonna get all ‘violence is never the answer, padawan’ with me about the guy who fed me to an old god, we’re gonna have to agree to disagree.”

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"That's not--I--" 

She folds her arms around herself. 

"I don't...have anything. Even a name. And he feels important."

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"If you have to hurt him to stop him, I won't--I won't say boo. But. Hurting him just to hurt him? I'll try to stop you." 

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“Not super sure how to respond to that, to be honest.”

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"Respond to it by showing me the back of your head so I can try to figure out how dangerous cutting the wire would be." 

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“Should I, like, be concerned about letting you near my head with a sharp object? Since you said you’re gonna stop me if I do something I’m predictably gonna do.”

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"Emily can do the actual cutting if cutting is remotely safe. If I wanted to stop you proactively I would just make something up that would mean cutting the wire would definitely kill you if it were true, and then you'd be stuck here." 

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“I’d probably be super dead if you did that, actually, I’d cut it off anyways and at least I wouldn’t have that thing inside my fucking head - go ahead and look, I guess.”

He bends down so as to make this possible.

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She parts the hair around the wire, inspecting how and where it's joined to the skull. She prods it, gently, to see if the connection has any give. It doesn't. 

"I think the most useful thing I have to say is to be careful while cutting it off, I'm not completely sure it doesn't extend into the brain case at all."

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“Dunno what a brain case is. Emily, you wanna go ahead and do the honors?”

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"Sure. The brain case is the interior of the skull, you know, where the brain is." She gets up off her knees and holds out a hand for the shard.

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(Meanwhile, the amnesiac kneels down next to Edie to see what she can do about that arm.)

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He hands her the shard.

“Makes sense.”

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She saws gently at the wire, being very very careful even when the amnesiac does things that hurt extra and Edie swears loudly. 

Eventually, she gets all the way through, and the cord falls to the ground with a thump. 

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And Edie is sitting up and rubbing her arm, which is bandaged with the scarf, torn in half to cover both holes. 

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Zeke... doesn’t drop dead on the spot! Hooray!

He runs experimentally to the other end of the courtyard.

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The back of his head remains totally unencumbered, the wire that had been attached to it still laying still at Emily's feet. 

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He attempts a backflip, doesn’t stick the landing, and ends up sprawled on the ground! He’s totally okay with being sprawled on the ground! He isn’t bound to an alien monster from beyond the veil of space and time at all.

He’s maybe going to spend the next few minutes doing ecstatic acrobatics and weird calisthenic poses and running around while cackling.

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"We should do something about the name thing." 

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"--Hm?" 

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"Well, you recognized Jan's name. Maybe you'd recognize yours." 

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"Oh. Well, it's worth a shot." 

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"Let's see...Mary Molly Janet Karen Susan Elaine Della Alice Amy Beatrice..."

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Headshake. "None of those sound familiar." 

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