Date: 2015-06-13 01:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hebethen
I guess I didn't really feel any tension like that when I read it. To make sure I understood, you're saying that the reader doesn't know, at least on first reading, whether that world *has* dinosaur-human relationships and the "if" is just referring to whether the narrator is actually in such a relationship, right? But the opening lines echo the sorts of what-if games that we play all the time. "If you were an elemental you'd be a fire elemental." "If I were in Hogwarts I'd be in Hufflepuff." "If we were gems and we fused, what would the fusion be?" So no, there was not even one instant when the thought crossed my mind that the narrator was referring to the possibility of there being actual, existing dinosaurs.

It's a valid interpretation of the text, I think, no matter if it's the first or fiftieth time you read the piece. I don't know if it was the intended one, and I'm doubtful that it is a widespread one.
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