Dec 18, 2017 5:31 AM
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Elf Edie and Emily in Valinor
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"Well, I didn't assign it low weight because I thought he was a paragon of virtue who would never, I assigned it low weight because all the negative rumors I heard about him suggested that his issues were due to a lack of ability to--navigate people--not an inclination to wield the ability negatively, but while I would love to be able to say that I think most people would consider that when deciding whether or not to give him the benefit of the doubt, yes, you probably should."

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"I will write up some pamphlets and tuck them away in the workshop somewhere. Thank you."

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"You're welcome.

I do like him, now. But I didn't know much that wasn't--general public knowledge--at the time."

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"I promise I wasn't screening for loyalty to my father."

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"No? I've known him for less than a month, I'm not sure I'd describe myself as more than superficially loyal yet. I just wanted to clarify that I wasn't giving negative rumors about his lack of social graces undue weight in my opinion of him."

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"That I'm glad to hear."

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"And the rumors about his genius appear to be entirely accurate."

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"I have the same impression!"

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"You'd know better than I would."

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"Would I? I live up in the city proper and am not working on anything at all sufficiently interesting."

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"Well, yes, but you've known not only him but everyone else with an informed opinion multiple orders of magnitude longer than I have."

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"I know everybody. I'd say 'it's my job' but that'd be nonsense, it's just fun. But I might be biased when it comes to my father."

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"I accepted an apprenticeship from him based on his showing up at my door saying he liked a paper I wrote and did I want to actually learn something. I am not wholly without reason to prefer to think he's brilliant enough to justify doing that."

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"Okay, fair. What were you doing before?"

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"D'you want the technical detail, or...?"

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"I will find it incomprehensible but nod appreciatively."

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"I mean, I can summarize in non-technical detail!"

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"Then I will find it comprehensible and nod appreciatively!"

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She summarizes.

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And is rewarded not just with nods but with some followup questions.

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Which she can answer!

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"Thank you! I understand why my father was fascinated."

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"Thanks."

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"Do let me know if you need anything, all right?"

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"I will."

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