Dec 02, 2022 1:27 AM
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"I do like your house! You're picking things up really quickly - I know you don't think so -"

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"I suppose I have high expectations of myself. I am not used to– I mean, I am used to doing things that are very hard, but not for the difficult part to be concentrating on something for longer than ten minutes. It leaves me feeling very - broken. I think it is getting a little easier, though." 

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"It seems to me like it is. And - I'm sure it is hard for it to take time, but it isn't very surprising. Certainly no one was expecting you to bounce back immediately. - well, I guess I was a little terrified you'd do that. But. Not once we saw what had actually happened."

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"What was the other thing you thought might have happened - oh, I suppose if you thought I had just been working for Melkor...?" 

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"Yes. Which - in certain states of information might've been reasonable? But it'd have been terribly complicated."

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"Looking back, I am surprised he did not try just erasing my memories all the way back to my arrival in Arda and beginning again, so that he could control my information state completely. I would be especially paranoid on arrival in a new world, but I was also especially paranoid when I believed myself in Melkor's hands, so it would not have made my level of suspicion worse." 

Pause. "...Maybe he did do this. I have not finished sorting through all of the memories yet. It somehow manages to be tedious and upsetting both at the same time." 

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"I can imagine!" He squeezes his hand. 

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Leareth squeezes back, without speaking.

His new house isn't ready for inhabiting yet, so he heads back with Maitimo to his very basic one. 

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Where Maitimo can sing him to sleep, if he'd like.

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Leareth would like that. He also doesn't really want to let go of Maitimo's hand, but will at any indication that Maitimo prefers that. 

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No. They shouldn't do anything else until it's not a disaster if Maitimo leaves - Maitimo thinks he prefers not actually having romantic relationships where he is not allowed to be angry or leave - but they can hold hands. And pine. It's nice. It feels...emotionally healthy, or something.

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It's confusing and honestly kind of frustrating, but that's not unique to pining, a majority of Leareth's experiences are some amount of confusing and frustrating. And it's also nice. 

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