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  1. So! Awhile back I posted a hint about why Flick couldn’t be possessed. It was a fill in the blanks, and went like this: _ _ _ _ _ ‘_ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ / _ / _ _ _ _ _-_ _ _ _ _ _ _
    Reader tearlessNevermore was the first to get almost every word correct, filling it in as: ‘Flick’s/Already/Possessed/By/A/Rogue-Seosten’. He later fixed that to the 100 percent correct: ‘Flick’s/Already/Possessed/By/A/Child-Seosten’. So congratulations to tearlessNevermore for being the first one to get that!

    And speaking of congratulations, there are some in order for our winners of the September mini-interlude drawings! As noted before, there were over three hundred dollars in donations in September, so we have three winners. They have already been contacted via e-mail, so we’ll see what they choose to do with their mini-interludes.

    In any case, I hope you guys enjoyed this little twist of things, and there will obviously be more answers later. As always, thanks for reading!

    Tags for this chapter are: Charmeine, Columbus Porter, Felicity Chambers, Flick, I’m Not Entirely Convinced The Seosten Plan Has Taken Gaia’s Reaction To Her Adopted Daughter Being Imprisoned And Waiting To Be Murdered Into Account., Tabbris, Well That Answers A Few Questions – And Brings Up Even More.

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  2. You actually did it. You maniac. You actually had Flick be possessed by Tabby.

    Now the real question is who Tabby’s mom is. Larrissa deployed whatever defense Sariel came up with, but for that defense to be Tabby, Sariel would have to have created a create Seosten spell that can be cast by one human on another human.

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  3. Well this is certainly confusing, Sariel taught Larrissa how to make Flick immune to possession yet she was still possessed by Tabby? How does that work?

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      1. Huh. Well, that explains that, you haven’t actually said that in the story anywhere I think. In the Larissa/Sariel interludes it just said Sariel taught her how to cast the spell to protect her from possession.

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    1. Actually, that interlude doesn’t specifically say Sariel taught Larissa a spell. The word spell isn’t mentioned at all in that passage.

      The other woman met her gaze evenly. “There is something we can do. There is something–we can protect her. I was hoping there would be a place to–someone to–” She cut herself off then, looking distant before straightening. “There is something. But I need your help to do it.”

      “Anything,” Larissa replied immediately. “What?”

      Swallowing hard, Sariel took another moment before answering. “I need you to–”

      And then she told her what to do in order to ensure that Felicity Chambers would be immune to Seosten possession.

      That’s still misleading, because she’s not actually immune to possession, but not in the way you’re saying it is.

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  4. So… Sariel sent a child, Tabby, to possess Flick and make her immune to possession. Leaving her alone, in isolation, and unable to live a life of her own. Without, at the time, having a very good reason to think Flick will end up being important.

    That thought’s… actually making me shiver.

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    1. As opposed to leaving her around Seosten corruption and brainwashing into being a good little soldier/assassin? 😉

      Also, as you’ll find, there’s a little bit more to that whole situation as far as her being ‘alone and isolated’ goes.

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    2. Sariel was unaffected by the memory spell. She knew who Jocelyn really was. She had every reason to think Flick was important.

      Additionally, given Seosten memory, she could very easily have been originally planning to have Tabby break the memory spell on Jocelyn and remove the Bystander Effect on the family. Even if Tabby couldn’t immediately understand the instructions well enough to follow them, she’d still remember them perfectly and be able to try again. That turns the plan into sending Tabby to live as Jocelyn Atherby’s foster daughter, which is a pretty good idea.

      Plus what Cerulean said. Living Flick’s childhood second-hand is a hell of a lot better than being another cog in the Seosten Empire machine.

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      1. Yeah I think the real issue for her would be growing to know and care for people that she doesn’t know will accept her. Expesialy at the beginning when they where still buying the whole all alters are evil thing. That must of been really terrifying and considering how short that lasted whos to say how much off Flicks thinking has been pushed by Tabby? If you think about it we havent really been reading it from Flicks perspective but more of mix of both of them.

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    3. She sent Tabby to a foster dad up to the task. With a very interesting foster-sister. As well as a first class intro into empathy. Plus, the kid’s just been given a premium education about the Evil Overlord’s List and why, if you turn bad, you really should follow the suggestions on it. No monologues! 😉

      For a Seosten, this is an education money (and their current sociological structures) can’t buy.

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  5. Ok so in the future interlude thing Flick possess some guy in space. My question is if thats possible if Tabby is already possessing Flick. If its not then I’m very concerned about Tabbys well being in the future. But hey maybe she will join the atherbys and I’m being overconcerned.

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  6. Hm. Not sure how to feel about this. Being led to assume Sariel outright made Flick immune to Seosten possession, yet it is actually her being possessed by someone else. Seems a little bait-and-switch to me. And assuming that Tabbris can indeed free Flick, they still have to race across a city in a rather tight time frame to prevent her team/friends from dying.

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  7. Okay, so this is going to blow up in Charmeine’s face. The question is, how much of an explosion will it be? I am hoping so bad it leads to the Seosten being exposed in some way.

    Is it weird that I’m wondering what’s going to happen to the guard? It looks like Tabby just knocked him out so… will Flick kill him and the others? Or will she just bail out of the building? I don’t know why, but I’m curious.

    And Tabby… I’m not sure what to think about her yet. I know I feel for her right now. I’m looking forward to learning more about her circumstances.

    After Charmeine gets put down, that is.

    Each little part of you, cut open, pulled out, and examined until we know all of our secrets, everything that makes you… tick.

    I think you missed a “y” because you wrote “our secrets” when you seemed to have written “your secrets.”

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    1. Also, are you tagging her as Tabby or Tabbris? Her appearance in Sharkhunt is tagged as Tabby, and you use Tarbbris here. No big deal either way, I’m just wondering.

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      1. The thing about that is that I didn’t want people who aren’t to this point to click the Tabby thing to see how many chapters she appears in and get spoiled about this big reveal immediately. That’s why I was planning on tagging her differently from this point on.

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    2. One more thing. Charmeine mentions wanting to use Seosten bodies to counter Haiden, Larissa, and Katarin. But didn’t it come up on SB that there’s a host market among thr Seosten that includes Heretics? Shouldn’t they already have Heretics to counter the trio? Or was Charmeine just throwing out a possible use of the survivors to fuck with Flick?

      BTW, this chapter left me a sick to my stomach. Kudos for that.

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    3. I too am wondering about that. Killing a helpless opponent really isn’t Flick’s thing, but I could see her doing it given enough incentive, and keeping Tabbris secret might be that incentive. On the other hand, Tabbris is potentially good at memory magic (she’s obviously good enough at magic in general to counter spells being done on Flick in real time), so she could potentially just erase his memory. On the other other hand, he’s clearly a bad guy, and it would probably be safer all around just to kill him.

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      1. Ooh, this makes me hope she’s Sariel’s daughter even more, because it means Sariel named her after free will while giving birth to her in prison.

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  8. And that… well, that would have looked very bad for Gaia, wouldn’t it? Bad enough that it wouldn’t be hard at all to have her removed from her position.

    Should probably close off them quotation marks.

    That was a thing. I quite like how it’s pretty much a toss-up as to whether Flick does actually get out of this one, even with Tabby’s help. Given what we’ve already seen, we know it’s very possible that she fails. It’s a creative use of the flash-forward, gotta say. Maybe Flick gets exiled now, maybe later – who can say, with time travel involved? Does Seosten space even run at the same speed as Earth? I genuinely have no idea what could happen, which is quite refreshing.

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  9. So, several months ago, I came up with the theory that she was possessed, then I remembered that they did the possession check, and decided that the seosten know how to make people immune to possession instead, and dropped that idea, eventually forgot about that, then came up with that theory again a while later, then remembered I already had this theory and the reasons why it would never work and dropped it. Not once did I consider that the seosten could of slipped out during the check (Just had a sudden thought and gone to check, yes, she went to the toilet before being checked) and slip back in after. As with that previous thought, yes, tabby was probably the one who made her need to go to the toilet so she could slip out, and the sudden intuitions were tabby as well, I’m also thinking I forgot something else I wanted to write but since it took me 10odd minutes to find the right chapter it’s completely slipped my mind. Bah.

    Or not, I just remembered again. The seosten wondered why their magic didn’t work on her either, I just assumed that was part of the protection spell way back when my possessed theory fell apart on itself, but Tabby was the one to undo the spells, wasn’t she?

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    1. p.s. The first time I read tabby coming out of Flick, I read “through my tears,” as “though my ears” Which threw my brain for a loop for a while as it tried to still reject the whole possession thing because of my old theory, and wonder what the hell was going on, till I read it again, properly, and figured out that I am just a raving lunatic that can’t read at times.

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  10. So… Sariel taught Larissa how to make Flick immune by summoning Tabby and letting the child Seosten posess her. Tabby got told by her mum that she had to hide. This would probably mean that Sariel is Tabbris’ mom… right? So, Tristan and Vanessa have a younger (half?) sister? Or did I mess up things? x)

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  11. The one thing that grosses me out here is that Tabbris gets a front-row seat when Flick/Avalon/Shiori have adult moments. She’s a little young for that, no?

    Wait until Avalon realises she just became an unknowing pedophile.

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    1. She’s nine, tops. Sariel was taken ten years ago and Cerulean stated in SB awhile back that Seosten pregnancies are 11 months long.

      Given that she would have beem one or two when she was sent to Flick, it seems thay Seosten children may mature faster than humans.

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      1. Either that or Seosten children can instinctively possess people and already have the perfect memory, so Sariel gave her the instructions, but she didn’t really understand beyond “secretly possess this person” until she was a bit older and could review the memories.

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    2. Fortunately all they’ve done so far is kiss, albeit heatedly (as far as I can remember was shown on-screen). Although I guess Tabbris would have had front-row memories to any fantasies Flick had, which…well, actually, Flick usually cuts those off when she comments in her narration. Maybe that’s Tabbris being like “ew, no, gross”. Or I’m just reaching.

      But anyway, assuming Flick is still around Earth after this arc, I assume she’ll tell at least Avalon and Shiori about Tabbris, and she’ll probably be willing to give them privacy when necessary.

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    1. Little sisters tend to duck and run when big sisters get that embarressing. It’s in the sibling contract. Along with “ye both shall slide under the table in synchronised horror should your father try solo dancing at a family wedding”.

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      1. Little brothers do have “be as annoying as humanly possible” in their contracts, though. It’s perfectly legit. However, see the Dancing Dad clause: everybody needs a partner or two to share the hot embarrassment with. 😉

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  12. This was probably covered already, but what happens to the host when the Soesten is elsewhere?.LIke when Charmaine and Mandalay met with Isaac on that island, or when she met with Elisabet in the theatre, was Columbus kept asleep somehow or what?

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    1. The Seosten can knock out their host, yes. That’s what Tabbris just did to that guy that she possessed for a few seconds. She basically instantly knocked him out by possessing him and then switching his consciousness off.

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  13. I could have sworn the possibility of fossor doing something to prevent possession was mentioned by the Flick gang more than once. So her being surprised by the idea seems odd to me.

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  14. I think it’s safe to say that this is the biggest reveal in this story so far. Which is really saying something, considering how for a while there, we had at least one reveal every chapter. But judging by the 6 pages of discussion on Spacebattles, the higher-than-usual volume of comments, and the two separate fanfic snips written before the next chapter even came out (a day early), this is really setting a high bar major reveals. Because seriously, revealing that another character has been riding along with the main character’s perspective for 27 arcs and subtly affecting things is a BIG DEAL, let alone who Tabbris’s family is and how she got here.

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