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Jun 24, 2021 5:00 PM
Catherine goes to fairyland and meets some Feanorians
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"There's really not, I'm mostly just curious."

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"I wouldn't even know where to look. I guess we should also think about where we want to live when we're slow, can't really just indefinitely wander through the woods when there are so many people around to take issue with it. And I don't really speak very good German."

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"England?"

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"That is where my parents are. I kind of never thought I'd get to see them again, but - you could meet them, if you wanted, and I'm sure they could get us set up with food."

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"I don't speak a word of English but - seems all right. And he'd have a hard time getting there if he didn't start there, so that's something."

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"It's technically under Imperial control, but if we keep our heads down I don't imagine anyone will notice us. You'll have to farm, I'm afraid, but then you'd probably have to anywhere."

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"It sounds kind of boring but not impossible or anything. 

- actually it might be impossible in England."

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"Fairy claims?"

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"Yeah. That's where we started, it's much much denser with courts."

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"Ah. Plausibly England is not the best place, then. But I guess maybe you could learn a trade, or try to mostly work with animals, or something."

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"I've always wanted to interact with an animal."

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"We have several animals."

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"Then that might be all right."

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"Hmm. Will the no-farming affect me and the children, too? Because that might be slightly more complicated to work around."

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"I don't - think so? Slow humans don't accumulate debt, under normal circumstances."

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"All right. Then I guess I get to see my parents again."

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"What are they like?"

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"...very serious. Very responsible. Very focused on working hard and not prioritizing present happiness over future stability. I like them, though, they're - thinking about useful things. I do have very little idea how I'm going to explain any of this to them, but I guess I have time to figure that out."

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Nod.

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Then she can tell stories and make some attempt to pay off her debt to his court, and at some point they can go to England.

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It is, as predicted, dense with fairy courts, and the fairies speak slightly differently, and he has a more difficult time than usual negotiating their passage. Luckily none of her stories have been retold all the way over here, not yet.  

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That's good. She has a lot, but not infinitely many, and it's good to be able to use the same ones again a few times.

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And eventually they find a court not too far from where they started, willing to slow them down in exchange for lots of tellings of all her stories and his continued service afterwards until they're evened out.

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She can tell her stories lots of times.

"You gonna be okay?"

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"Yeah. I'll get this cleared up, I'll go home and get that cleared up, it'll be ten more days tops."

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