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Poem: "Whatever We Feed" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Whatever We Feed"
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kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: September 20th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
So if you can avoid a disaster simply by stepping out of the way, that's usually a good idea.

They can avoid a direct disaster for themselves, but the disaster the niggling suspicion might cause for someone else has the potential to create a lot of collateral damage which might affect them, even if they don't care about the damage to the person directly affected.

does a relationship count as symbiosis if the parties involved feel that they are gaining something from it, even if there is harm involved; or does it only count if there is mutual benefit without harm

I don't think I know enough about how what the cloud is or does, what's wrong with the boy, or how the two of them interact to make much of a guess. We know from other stories and backstories that what started out as human can become something else, and that what looks human might not be, in this place. That cloud seems like a bad thing for a normal human child, but perhaps that's so unlike what the boy is (now) that that's not a good yardstick -- perhaps they're a crack team of emotional predators, and while that's all kinds of bad for the folks around them, it's a pretty dandy matchup for them.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 21st, 2012 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)

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>>They can avoid a direct disaster for themselves, but the disaster the niggling suspicion might cause for someone else has the potential to create a lot of collateral damage which might affect them, even if they don't care about the damage to the person directly affected.<<

To a certain extent this is true. On other hooves ...

* Messing up the environment by killing things really can cause more damage.

* People who get into negative thought patterns tend to attract trouble. This is just one example of that.

* Sometimes the consequences of a poor choice can be a wakeup call.

>> I don't think I know enough about how what the cloud is or does, what's wrong with the boy, or how the two of them interact to make much of a guess. <<

I haven't figured it all out yet either. But the questions are interesting.

>> We know from other stories and backstories that what started out as human can become something else, and that what looks human might not be, in this place. <<

True.

>> That cloud seems like a bad thing for a normal human child, but perhaps that's so unlike what the boy is (now) that that's not a good yardstick -- perhaps they're a crack team of emotional predators, and while that's all kinds of bad for the folks around them, it's a pretty dandy matchup for them. <<

Yeah, it's definitely not good for people around them. I am starting to think they're a mutually loyal match though.
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