Overnight

Oct. 7th, 2014 08:57 pm
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There are things to do, of course, besides being Aya's cuddle buddy. Prime is usually quite busy, and now is no exception. Just because he's personally out of mana, doesn't mean he's utterly useless. His plane's got mages in it, after all - and many of them owe him favors or are amenable to being paid. And they need mirrors, for communication. After longer than was strictly prudent spent comforting Aya, he bids her goodbye and goes to handle the less glamorous moments of being him. That is, talking to people, asking for favors, paying favors, persuading them to say yes, they'll use some of their precious magic stores to make mirrors.

Ironically enough, the one thing missing when he's finished is the mirrors themselves. Easy enough to fix, with Revelation. But he'll take care of it tomorrow - he's tired, and it's been a long and complicated and emotionally exhausting 'day,' even if he doesn't properly have them anymore. Sleep, and then he'll get back to dealing with it all. The mirrors, first, they're easiest, then continuing to figure out what to do about Aya.

When he wakes, he goes to talk to a demon about that. Knock, knock, calling Inferno, is Revelation in?

Date: 2014-10-10 04:44 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (l ~ my papers)
From: [personal profile] namesthesky
"Hi," she mumbles.

Date: 2014-10-10 04:49 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (m ~ milord)
From: [personal profile] namesthesky
Squirm.

"You remember how I said I was trying very hard not to try to get everything I want without compromising? I don't have any methodology geared at not doing that. The more I wrote down the more I - I'm practically afraid to talk to you, because I have to choose topics and words somehow and every time I do it there's a chance something in my brain that I cannot dig out is going to hijack those decisions to -" She interrupts herself and goes back to crying, on him.

Date: 2014-10-10 05:05 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (k ~ all the others)
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"It's what you'd expect from somebody who touched a magic love necklace."

Date: 2014-10-10 05:13 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (l ~ my papers)
From: [personal profile] namesthesky
"I usually allow myself arbitrary license to want things. This is different."

Date: 2014-10-10 05:27 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (n ~ shaking)
From: [personal profile] namesthesky

"I let them kill me because I was afraid of what I might be able to talk you into. And part of me is telling me to give you enough credit for hundreds of years of successfully detecting manipulation, that I couldn't get you to do anything you didn't want to do, and I don't think any of the people you've interacted with over those hundreds of years were this motivated and I'm pretty sure that part of me lives next to the part that wants me to stop watching what I say. It might be reasonable for you to flee."
Edited Date: 2014-10-10 05:27 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-10 05:37 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (l ~ my papers)
From: [personal profile] namesthesky
She opens her mouth. She shuts it, biting her lip.

She says, very carefully, "If I thought it was smart I would have done it before."

Date: 2014-10-10 05:42 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (k ~ all the others)
From: [personal profile] namesthesky
"I've managed this long. I - don't know."

Date: 2014-10-10 05:54 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (k ~ all the others)
From: [personal profile] namesthesky






Aya takes a deep breath.

"I'm vulnerable. I don't like it. I'm not even remotely concerned about my ability to consent, and if you don't believe me you can interview all my alts, and if you don't think I'm in a good position to determine if my alts are capable of proxy decisionmaking for me you can ask them about that too. I'm not vulnerable to being taken advantage of, Adarin, I am vulnerable to neglect, that more than anything else is what you could do to hurt me, and I cannot begin to tell you how unsafe it makes me feel that the only concrete reason you have to pay even modest amounts of attention to me is that I'm a victim, how much time I have spent literally weeping over the fact that I have gone from moderately useful to an active drain on your time and emotional resources, that the only things you have seen fit to ask of me have been to tell you things that are hard for you to hear. This is in no way what I want, or what I would have wanted without the necklace, I am not accepting of the quiet background redefinition of the word 'burden' you're doing so that you can reassure me because you think you could somehow hurt me more if you let yourself love me back. And I think you could, that's the thing of it, there's every reason to think you could even if you've got a tournament-winning poker face and think it could possibly hurt me more to let me see more than hints that you might."
Edited Date: 2014-10-10 05:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-10 06:32 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (l ~ my papers)
From: [personal profile] namesthesky
"Were you expecting it to be about you? It's myself that scares me - my moving parts won't move anymore." She shudders and leans on him. "I don't know what sort of project I'm good for right now. Something easy, I guess. Playing tour guide in Tayane and turning my alts loose on anything that requires complex problem-solving, maybe."

Date: 2014-10-10 06:52 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (g ~ new learning)
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"Are you claiming to have had no emotions in reaction to my little speech? And I think the cultural gap between me and people from New Kystle is more than challenging enough when I'm proselytizing like I've practiced for most of my life and when my brain's behaving itself, so unless you don't have another obvious candidate for the job -"

Date: 2014-10-10 07:15 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (j ~ over the border)
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"Okay. I can - tell people about seasons. I'm familiar with seasons."

It was part of the plan that she fail at manipulating him. That was the idea. If she truly wanted to succeed she would have done something else -

A box. That's where reactions to her go. Okay.

Date: 2014-10-10 07:29 am (UTC)
namesthesky: (k ~ all the others)
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"I want to help you. Explaining seasons doesn't sound hard. A project might be good for me."

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