Nov 26, 2020 11:55 PM
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Ugh.

"Anyway. Sorry for making you sadder. I can go, if you want."

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Nod.

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"Bye. Still think you're cool."

And she heads off towards her little house, feeling like she probably messed something else up just now but not remotely sure what it was.

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He goes to his house and cries.

It’s not fair. Which, of course it’s not fair, it’s not the kind of thing that’s supposed to be fair, but he’s not the worst him, he’s not, he’s not ridiculous to think about, he’s not stupid - he is stupid - he is stupid and stupidly loved someone who he had important unrelated obligations to, and now he just has to get over it, and stop trying to think of ways it could be all right, because it cannot.

He does not come out for a long time.

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Diamond Queen Elizabeth eventually declares today's magic resistance practice to be over. 

Hmmm. Still not sure whether we should use the spell. Or on who. I was thinking about using it on us, but I'm not entirely sure how safe it is? And it would be really bad if anything happened to us. I guess it would also be pretty bad if anything happened to anyone else. Although I'm pretty sure we could get any of the others back. At least any of the ones who don't die for good.

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Well, that leaves Hagan and Korva, because we don't know for sure we can get Valentine or fairies back.

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Yeah. I just really don't wanna mess things up for them. And also don't want to make them mad.

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That makes sense. I think if it worked they'd be happy, and the spellbook usually does what you actually mean it to. 

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That's true. It just seems - what if it makes them disappear and then everyone else freaks out that I disappeared them? What if nothing dramatic happens but they figure out I did something and everyone gets worried that I'm going to stick them to random people? Even if it isn't mind control-y.

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I guess they do seem to randomly worry you’ll hurt them a lot.

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Yeah. I'm very powerful. So it's kind of my job to be predictable, so people don't think I'm going to make random terrible decisions.

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I guess that makes sense. I’m really curious what it does, though.

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Yeah.

Mrrrgh. Maybe we could ask her sister whether she thinks it'll be any good for them?

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Oh, that makes sense. She might guess better whether it’d freak them out.

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Yeah. Not perfectly, but - I guess I figure I basically trust my sister to look out for me on this front, and it seems like most of the other me's feel kind of similar.

She heads out to find Asmodia.

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Asmodia has been talking to Cecelia's sister for some time. She is pretty sure that there's a weird amount of subtext in this conversation for a conversation with herself, but she hopes that she's been pretty clear about following almost none of it. 

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"Hi. I was wondering if you could talk to me for a second? It's about your sister. It's nothing bad, I just need advice."

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" - sure. Let's take a walk." 

And she heads off to pace the perimeter. The rain forest is too full of people crying these days.

"What's up."

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" - okay, so, don't freak out. I got this spell that's a matchmaker spell? And it says that what it does is it sends two people on a magical adventure that's meant to help them appreciate each other more, if they ought to appreciate each other more. I don't think it does any mind control, or anything, just - drops you in a story that'll help you sort out your feelings. Probably. And I kind of want to test it, but it seems like it might whisk you away from whatever you were doing, and I don't really want to be whisked away right now, and also I might be needed to get people back later, and - anyway I think also maybe it might actually be good for Imrainai and Hagan to go on an adventure together. But I don't want to tell them about it because I don't want to mess with the results, you see, and - I just also don't want to do something that they're going to see as a betrayal or something later. So I was wondering if you could maybe tell me whether this is a good idea or not."

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She considers.

"No mind control? No love potiony stuff?"

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"Pretty sure no. Not a hundred percent but I'd be pretty surprised."

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"And it's safe, whatever happened you could get them back right away if you were worried?"

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"Think so. And I don't expect it to kill them but if it does I can wish them back."

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"Hmmmmm.

"I'll get back to you, kid, I wanna do some reconnaissance first. Thanks for asking."

She heads off to go find her sister.

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Her sister is glumly drawing things in a different notebook at the kitchen table.

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