and it occurred to me that there are many and varied ambiguous situations where you're not sure what is what
and it might seem simple, like someone says Help Me so you call for help, but even then it's so much context and room for error
and even apparently familiar situations with a simple script can just be all sorts.
So then I think
And Sunnydale denial never made much sense to me, because the rule is It's Always Real. Right?
So you see and hear and figure it's ... well, anything from demons to vampires to werewolves, all sorts of things.
unless said supernaturals have really blatantly introduced themselves
there's always all this interpretation work.
And Sunnydale has been giving out a wrong framework for interpretation
stuff about gangs and drugs
except there were gangs, cause one of them ended up zombies, so it's not so much wrong as misapplied.
And most people mostly don't have to do this figuring out.
So anyone encountering Bad will just try and figure it for the first time based on limited data, in the dark, and while they were thinking of something else and going somewhere.
And maybe a lot of them figure I can't have seen that, I didn't seen that, oops. That's not helpful. But interpretation errors were supposed to seem more easy than actual supernatural beings, so maybe nothing gets done about stuff.
Like, probably still the correct response is to call the police, and then the police would do the further figuring, but Sunnydale police may have had the knowings anyway.
But just random people figuring out What Do?
I can see how they'd continue not to figure.
... which is pretty scary.
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