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(12:24)Seabiscuit: S-so you really could see our chat? This entire time? For how long? Why didn't you speak up sooner?
(12:24)Anarchon: Yes, no, he told me not to.
(12:25)Seabiscuit: H- huh? D:
(12:25)Anarchon: I can only see it in my dreams, and only sometimes. UR said he would kill Hannah if I told anyone.
(12:26)Seabiscuit: B- but you're telling us now? Is- is she gonna be okay?
(12:26)Anarchon: We talked about it and decided it's a bluff.
(12:27)Arbiter: Ana, you delightful gold game wizard! How's the cat?
(12:27)Anarchon: Erwin is okay.
(12:28)Arbiter: Not that it's not great to hear from you (if almost as confusing as weird Aunt Bertha's thoughts on race relations), but how sure are you?
(12:28)Anarchon: Sure. I'd rather not talk about it.
(12:28)System: Temp Shoulder Angel sent a private message to #vague-omnipresent-jury: hey umm... About the nature of our reality. I'm sending this to a webcomic's comment section. It sounds like some of these messages seem like they're being sent through the actual program Unichat? We don't have Unichat as a chat service. Hrm. I'm going to start signing my messages with the date and time. If I'm understanding this correctly I should probably ask something. Can any of you who are directly using Unichat tell me your middle name? -2:28 AM GMT February ninth 2019
(12:29)Temp Shoulder Angel: I vaguely remember writing that...
(12:30)CONNECT_1200: I'm also getting a PM from myself. Can I query myself?
(12:31)Arbiter: Xeno could easily have known that, since she's dating you.
(12:31)Anarchon: Then share yours.
(12:31)Arbiter: Uh, okay. Lucas.
(12:31)Xenocartographer: H. Lucas Traitor.
(12:31)Arbiter: Xeno, [censored] off up the model village.
(12:32)Xenocartographer: But I'm cute! Also, pretty much omnipresent.
(12:32)AthensOwl314: Hello, Arbiter.
(12:32)Arbiter: Who the devil are you?
(12:33)Anarchon: The devil doesn't exist and He'd be a poser if He did. Cthulhu, too.
/message CONNECT_1200 So you've got a desk, too. We're more different than I thought. Come to think of it, even the dreaded Dot Com Bubble Pop Disaster doesn't seem a likely split point now.
(12:30)CONNECT_1200: Don't elementary schools have desks in your timeline?
(12:30)CONNECT_1200: Why are you at an elementary school?
(12:31)CONNECT_1200: ... That is a good question.
(12:31)CONNECT_1200: Well, you are dreaming.
(12:32)CONNECT_1200: If we're talking directly to each other, we can't possibly be the same person.
(12:32)CONNECT_1200: No, I'm definitely not asleep.
(12:33)System: Incoming private message from Xenocartographer: There's a simple way to check. Light switches don't usually work in dreams. If you're not near a light switch, look at a clock and see if you can clearly make out the time.
(12:33)CONNECT_1200: Did you also get a PM from Xeno just now?
(12:33)CONNECT_1200: We're on the same account.
(12:34)CONNECT_1200: I can't flip the lights.
(12:34)CONNECT_1200: I can't read the timestamps on this log.
(12:34)CONNECT_1200: Okay, that gives us a way to check. Thanks, Xeno.
/message reply ...
(12:35)CONNECT_1200: So I was wrong. We're both asleep.
(12:35)CONNECT_1200: But what does that mean?
(12:34)AthensOwl314: I've just received it all, and read it, all the logs up to this point.
(12:34)AthensOwl314: Arbiter, you've known, haven't you?
(12:34)AthensOwl314: That Unichat is... nonexistent, or a webcomic, or whatever.
(12:34)AthensOwl314: But there must be some reason you kept this secret for so long.
(12:35)Arbiter: I didn't realize saying things in a more or less public channel counts as keeping it secret.
(12:35)Arbiter: And for the record, no, I, didn't realize either.
(12:35)AthensOwl314: But you posted about it. If you didn't know, how would you have done that?
(12:35)Anarchon: Dream logic.
(12:36)Anarchon: Sometimes buried memories come up in dreams. I should know.
(12:36)Seabiscuit: S- so, we read a webcomic and collectively suppressed our memories of it? D:
(12:36)Anarchon: I guess.
(12:36)Arbiter: To steal some interloper's word, "Why?"
(12:36)CONNECT_1200: I don't know. What if we're wrong?
(12:36)CONNECT_1200: You mean, what if we are the same person somehow?
(12:36)CONNECT_1200: You got that awfully quickly.
(12:36)CONNECT_1200: But we're communicating in real time.
(12:36)CONNECT_1200: This is going to sound weird, but, are we? The webcomic only covered a few months. It's been over a year in real time.
(12:37)CONNECT_1200: ... I forgot about the webcomic.
(12:37)CONNECT_1200: So what if I'm the dreaming one, and you're the waking one?
(12:38)CONNECT_1200: You mean we're the same person in different states of consciousness?
(12:38)CONNECT_1200: But... Unichat is only a webcomic in the waking world.
(12:38)CONNECT_1200: Oh, right.
(12:37)Anarchon: It doesn't have to be as dramatic as you're making it out to be.
(12:37)Anarchon: It's normal for people to half-remember things in dreams. That's all.
(12:38)Arbiter: So I only "half-remembered" the comic.
(12:39)Anarchon: Anyway, you're all asleep.
(12:40)SansFinalGuardian: then how do the messages we send in the comments work?
(12:40)Anarchon: You're awake for those.
(12:41)Arbiter: Hold up, I need to think about this.