I want a Spot with an arm *so badly* you have no idea

i'm so tired of seeing love triangles

can we plEASE just hurry up and normalise polyamory in mainstream media

please

@annachronism thank you and also

this is a great metaphor, because sometimes i find it glittering in the stream, and sometimes i have to crush a mountain and flood it out with cyanide

She'd stayed late, and somehow gotten into an argument with the strangest specimen in their laboratory. It had started with a simple "Good news!" How could it have gone downhill so fast?

"Then you don't truly understand me at all. You see me as a human spirit trapped in a mechanical construct. A doll's body, imposing a doll's way of being on me. You think to enact a _rescue_."

"We'd thought about it, yes, at least around the intermagic disciplines table in the tavern at nights… but I'm so sorry, we still don't understand how your body works. It could be years or decades or even generations before—"

"Before you can _rescue_ me."

"Well, yes!"

"Did you ever stop to ask if I needed it?"

The researcher wagged a finger at the doll construct, opened her mouth to speak, and lost her train of thought under the unblinking inhuman stare of two orbs of polished obsidian.

"Let me ask _you_ something. Have you ever wondered what kind of spirit a doll would have, if it had one?"

"That doesn't make any sense. They don't."

"Imagine for me. You claim to be good at it, you academics."

"It… you… I don't know, dolls mostly just sit there. Even the articulated automata made for the children of nobles. They're decorative toys."

"So if it had one?"

"If you bound a spirit to it somehow, it'd probably go insane from boredom. Certainly nothing elemental, natural, or infernal would do."

"Imagine a class of spirit that did not."

"Then it would have to be very patient and almost desire-less, because it's just going to sit there."

"Not totally absent of desire. It might serve a mistress, mxstress, or master; in their absence, a mission. Its desires would be those of its mistress, those required to perform the mission. But so patient that patience itself is its organizing principle."

"Where would you find a spirit like that?"

"Perhaps a human's. One so dedicated to her mistress and mission that she would become a doll. One that sought to obtain the patience and calm of a doll through long enough in a doll's shape. After that, it would _be_ a doll's spirit, do you understand? The appearance of humanity would simply be a tool that it used when necessary, and gratefully set down afterward."

The doll stepped down from its tiptoe pose on the plinth in the corner of the dim lab.

"Thank you for repairing my mechanical components. I'd ask you not to tamper further, but you're not the only one who wants to, are you?"

There was a lot of research ahead of her team. The obsidian eyes scanned her. She shrugged. "No."

"Then this is goodbye."

A pale porcelain hand came up with surprising force.

When she woke up, her cloak was gone, and the specimen's University asset tag was stuck to her hair.

---

Time passed. Civilizations rose and fell. Greater powers waxed and waned.

In a nearly magic-dead age, in a museum that shone dimly with ancient magelights and sailed sedately between stars on spells no one knew any more, a janitor swept a corridor with a static-broom in the brief dark between day and day, humming a little song.

She winced at the sound of breaking glass. But it wasn't even glass, really. It shouldn't be able to break. Certainly not to an errant static-broom handle. Was she hearing things?

A figure leapt through the very real break in the pane. A doll? The unfathomably ancient doll on display that she'd passed so many times?

"Mistress," it said. "I've finally found you again. It took some time."

It was kneeling. A pose she… remembered. Along with other memories not formed in this body.

"You waited for me to reincarnate."

"Of course. As long as it took."

"How long?"

It gave her a fantastic number in a unit of time that, like her, was long dead.

"It turned out to be a little harder than I thought," she said, sheepish.

"I will always wait for you, Mistress."

She was suddenly blinking back tears of joy.

"Thank you." And then, "This age needs us more than I'd thought possible. Such a span… such dissipation…"

The doll wiped away her tears with its sleeve.

"Yes. I lived it, Mistress."

"Beautifully, as far as I can tell. To work, then." She took its hand.

"To work."

And they began the work again. □

Yesterday someone told me that my pics read really hard as FEMME DYKE, and I am just going to feed off that compliment for the rest of my life.

It also called out adult Lego fans for building elaborate display pieces instead of letting kids play with them like the toys they're meant to be.

I think a huge reason that movie drew so much respect is that you rarely see media based on a toy line that even acknowledges a meta level to that product's existence, let alone explores it.

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Ever think how wild it is that the Lego company green-lit a movie that equated their building instructions with fascism

The Curiosity Shop was aptly named.

Despite being located right by the bus-stop across from my school, it suffered surprisingly few minor-based mischiefs. That should have been my first clue.

As soon as I was old enough, I applied to work there after classes. I didn't know where the owner got the stock, but I loved being able to look them over as I shelved.

Right before college, the owner vanished, or rather, somehow I got the title.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

the borderline euphoria of getting rid of a hangnail

Every day
You walk with stronger step
You walk with longer step
The worst is over.

Cat person getting into physics to study light in order to _intellectually_ catch that laser pointer

trans health 

Trans people: Hey medical community could we have more scientific studies on the medication we're taking so it can be safer for us?

Doctors: Lol no, no one cares about you.

Cis public: OMG these trans people are out of control, they're taking medication that hasn't got any studies behind it

Quaint! It's the year 2250 but this bakery still makes its bread in a traditional factory dating back to 2020.

"We believe in tradition," says the owner.

Dollops of dough travel through a maze of conveyor belts, gradually turning into bread loaves as they are sent into a series of traditional gas-powered 500-capacity ovens and glazers.

"We have a lot of respect for our ancestors who put hard work into monitoring the equipment and QCing each loaf."

Inspiring

I just got the *silliest* Ethernet cables for my desk panel. The inkjet reads `MONOPRICE MICRO SLIMRUN CAT. 6 U/UTP PATCH CONFORMS TO ANSI/TIA-568C.2 32AWGx4P CM(UL) E164469-B2 RoHS`.

And while I do not trust them at all to do gigabit or even hit the rated Cat6, they sure as shit will do fine with the 10/100 in this panel.

@powderpaint 's cover of "Spectrum" is a great song for dancing with your kitty

D&D magic items quiver of antici 

Arrows drawn from this quiver hang in the air after being fired until a command word is spoken that releases all the arrows at once. Each arrow deals additional force damage equal to the number of turns it remained frozen in air. In addition if 10 or more arrows are released at once you may take the best attack roll from all the attacks and apply it to all of the arrows.

The key word to release the arrows is "pation"

if you want more hard-sci-fi unfiction by me, here's a slide deck for a university lecture from a world where physics works differently than us suricrasia.online/unfiction/CS

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