Aug 03, 2021 3:35 AM
sad Cam in Milliways, with company
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She checks a scheduling app on her tablet and has a date and location. "I don't remember what it was called, though."

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"Either question suffices." Seafood plate.

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"Ooooh." Smile. 

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"It's pretty handy."

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"It seems it. Can everyone do that, where you're from?"

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"Everyone where I live when I'm at home."

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"It seems like that'd produce a fascinating society. What do people get up to when they don't need to work to live?"

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"Art. Obsessive neighborhood association regulations. Research and writing and analysis. Flying around. Breeding exotic animals. Physics experiments. Social drama."

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"Oooohh. Children? Or does your species do that differently?"

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"My species can't have children."

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"Do you want to?"

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"Some people do."

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"Amentans would not make that trade. Infinite abundance for infertility, I mean."

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"I get that impression."

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"I can say it pretty confidently, blue credits cost more than a luxury apartment two blocks from where you work and a full time personal staff of eight and six vacations a year to anywhere you might want to go and I don't know anyone who had that kind of money and decided not to have the kid."

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"Wow."

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"What are the other species you've encountered?"

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"I'm a demon. There's also humans, angels, fairies, Elves, orcs, Dwarves, Maiar, and Valar. Maiar and Valar might be the same thing."

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"Is there a guide we should read?"

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"There is not."

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She eats her seafood, quietly.

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He resumes his reading. It's on his computer, which is a bit fancier than pocket everythings what with the being controlled by his mind.

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He seems kind of touchy and apparently blew up a planet, she's not going to interrupt. She thanks him for the lunch when she's finished.

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"Anytime."

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"Is there a good time to talk more?"

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