Oct 15, 2021 10:19 PM
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Gonna start dismantling everything for peacetime. Maybe have something people can enlist in instead of the army, if they want the - cross-ethnic and cross-species exposure and the immersion and the advancement opportunities - but it can be building infrastructure or making magic items...

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You can send them to help colonize the south continent.

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They'll appreciate it!

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Kiss!!

Game of Governor tomorrow?

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That sounds absolutely perfect.

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Then the next day they can play. He does not let Cor have anything easily but he does indulge in staring delightedly at Cor more often.

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Cor likes being stared delightedly at but not too much to ruthlessly stomp Maitimo's plans.

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He is, as ever, captivated by this, but this time he does not immediately sweep Cor off to bed. "Come here? I need to tell you something."

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"...yeah? What -" He goes and tucks himself under Maitimo's arm.

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Snuggle. "I love watching you think. It's - I watch thinking the way other people watch - sports, or something, and you're so lovely at it and it's so elegant and sculpted -"

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Giggle. "That's sweet."

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"A few days after I met you I realized I'd been wrong about something really important. I'd - hurt people and I hadn't needed to, because I'd thought that - being willing to hurt people went hand-in-hand with being willing to get done the sort of things I needed to be able to get done, that they were the same skill, that you could be a good and soft person or a dangerous and cruel one. It, uh, was less obviously stupid in context, I hadn't met anyone else who could match me at 'dangerous' without compromising at all on anything else."

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"- I would not have pegged that in particular as my unique skill but, yeah, I have that."

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"You have a lot of unique skills. That was the one that, uh, I hadn't even realized I could have."

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Cor squeezes his hand. "What happened?"

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Lean. "The civil war - I killed Findekáno's parents. I had to, there was no way to do it without that. I think he agreed, actually - but you can understand things you can't forgive - I needed him. He would have left. So I kept him, I made him swear to stay."

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"- uh."

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"I did tell you it was horrible. I can explain my reasoning in more detail if you're curious but it's, uh, really not the important thing."

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"You needed him like - how -"

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"Like before the war."

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"Why did... you need that?"

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"People were dying on my orders all the time, or worse, the stakes couldn't have been higher and it wasn't ever going to change and I was shit at this job, I wasn't ready for it - I don't think anyone could have been ready for it - and there was one thing that had been right in Valinor and it was gone but I could sleep at night as long as I had the facsimile."

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"I may need to talk to him."

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