"So," says Bella to Rúmil one afternoon, "a few weeks ago I told myself that if in a few weeks I had not come up with an actually good way to bring up a thing I would just mention it anyway on the grounds that if it came up somehow later and I had not done so that would be weird."
Can we move everyone else off the planet and then black hole it?
Don't have a way to target the people over the whole thing in one go, not-in-one-go would constitute warning, and anyway if Vulcan and Afterlife are anything to go by they'd probably object to losing their animals and stuff.
Probably. I suppose we can still find him if he does leave between now and then.
Yeah, and he doesn't know we know he's bad news, or that we can find him.
And he is a Maia, he's not aiming to do harm on a short-term scale or he could have already done a lot of it -
He's not even being particularly corrupt as politics goes far as we can tell.
Didn't the Space one get elected orc president without even rigging it? Maybe they get off on at least one thing that is not inherently evil.
Maybe. I suppose if we get him safely pinned down in Loki's neighborhood we could ask about whether he can settle for nonevil political ambitions here on out, wouldn't that be nice.
Is there anything he could conceivably say that would convince you?
Yeah. Even if we met one before Utumno I don't know.
I would feel worse about killing one of those. I mean, if you leave Ardas alone long enough lots of people we like do not acquit themselves very well.
I know. But - I would in fact feel uneasy about trusting Fëanáro's family if they later-years turned into sadists bent on causing as much evil as possible. They don't.
Yeah, "would feel worse about killing", maybe "would consider stashing in a neighborhood where we're nigh-omnipotent for suspicious observation", not "would let him go do whatever".
I can do spell development anywhere, are you someplace Bell-friendly in Space?
What makes a place Bell-unfriendly? Well, I know one answer to that but I have detected no hostility to either science or hubris.
I would feel awkward about showing up on Afterlife even if they don't all know what Cam's girl alts look like.
I would feel awkward in Afterlife because it has Valar and their alts did something unforgivable, so I guess I can relate. Anyway, no, Ambaróna.
She goes to snuggle her Rúmil while she works on her spell.
This is a good decision. They can do it while listening to acceleration songs, even.
Tireh pops into Shadow.
There is some mildly privileged information afoot, when is a good time for her to talk to the King.