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Isabella Marie Swan ✴ "Stella" ([personal profile] self_composed) wrote2013-01-20 08:48 am

it's not all crises and public appearances

Bella goes on TV with Pat. It goes pretty well. She doesn't have a PR person yet, but running at 5x and thinking carefully means she doesn't trip over herself when called on to talk enough that most people would notice. She takes questions-slash-requests from the crowd, and winds up healing an amputee, showing off a pretty illusion of terraformed Mars over the crowd, and flying around. She gets to talk about the nice features of Mars, including the fact that any further amputees could just make their way there and sit in one of the medical devices for a moment to clear that right up. Pat gets to look like she "discovered" Bella. It's a decent arrangement.

Then the time designated for the spot is up, and Bella bids everyone goodbye and teleports away over the shouts of investigative reporters, and it's not currently baseball season so she goes ahead and extends her protection-from-media over Renée and Phil in case someone figures out who she is despite having only her first name to work with.

She goes to Moonstone Palace. She has nothing in particular to do. She decides to read Alice.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 05:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Alice, unusually, is not sewing or baking or listening to music or making recreational coins.

Alice is in his lair, curled up in bed, thinking. About Bella.

It's hard for him to figure out exactly what bothers him about what went down with the Joker. Until he knows, he doesn't want to go bugging her about it; it's not like yelling at her is a thing he does for fun. It's really upsetting and he wants to do as little of it as possible.

So, he knows it has to do with her not telling him what she was going to do before she did it. At the time he pointed out the obvious asymmetry of her concealing a plan from him because he'd find it upsetting, when if he did the same thing to her she would probably, well, stick him on an asteroid. But that's not even the main problem, just the first one he saw. What he is actually hurt about, and not just vaguely uneasy, is the part where she took someone he loved away from him - to somewhere they might very well not have come back from - and didn't give him the chance to say goodbye.

Oh.

Hi, Bella.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 05:26 pm (UTC)(link)
That is a cute place to put him. Bella is cute.

Alice sighs.

[Okay, but do you understand why that doesn't really... help? He still might've died, even though it turned out he was fine. And I just kind of, you know, if it's an option, I want to be able to talk to him first.]

Meaning: to let the Joker know he is sad that the Joker is going to die, and to receive and understand the feelings the Joker has about that, and to hug him and kiss him and and love him and share in the knowledge that they are doing those things for the last time.

He doesn't really expect to be able to do any of that, in the normal course of things, given that they live in different universes. If it turned out that the Joker died somehow or other and Alice wasn't there, he'd miss what he couldn't have, but he'd be okay about it. But if the Joker's death is something that Bella is causing on purpose, then she has the opportunity to bring Alice into it, and as far as he can tell she wasn't going to. As far as he can tell, she didn't even think of it.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
[Okay.]

He hugs his pillow, comforted. Bella might not always be able to tell what he's going to want, but once she gets something and says she'll do it, he trusts absolutely that she'll follow through.
Edited 2013-01-20 17:33 (UTC)
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 05:35 pm (UTC)(link)
[We'd deal,] he says, laughing. [We're weird people.]
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[...I guess n... actually yes.]

Specifically, why Bella kept assuming that the Joker was likely to fuck Alice over, even though Alice knew he wouldn't, and said so. He feels like this is the one subject where he can really be considered the ultimate expert.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 05:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Alice giggles a little, because despite everything, 'Wanna bet?' is pretty funny.

[He was fucking with you, Bella. And anyway, look what happened: there were sure as hell parts where I didn't like it, but I didn't teleport away, because I wanted to be there.]
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 05:53 pm (UTC)(link)
[Well, now you know better, right?]
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 05:58 pm (UTC)(link)
He'll take that. It's not really worth having another fight over.
Edited 2013-01-20 17:58 (UTC)
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
[Huh.]

He kind of approves!

[But would you still not trust the blowing-shit-up you?]
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[Huh,] Alice repeats.

Bella is still his favourite Bella, but a blowing-shit-up Bella might be fun to meet.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 06:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[She can get coins out of me if she wants,] he says, deliberately construing the phrase to mean generating them rather than asking him to hand over some of the existing surplus.
Edited 2013-01-20 18:15 (UTC)
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
[And I like it, that counts for something, right?]
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
[If we meet a you who'd hurt me even if I didn't like it, she still gets to hurt me. But I'm keeping the coins.]
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 06:35 pm (UTC)(link)
He laughs. [Okay, so much for that.]
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2013-01-20 06:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[Who knows?]

That is what he loves about Milliways. It is full of surprises.