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"Wait," said the alien, "I have heard this story before."
The human paused. "Oh, maybe I have told it-"
"How can this be? A story is given, from teller to listener."
"Yes?"
"How can you still have this story?"
"Oh! Humans do not lose a story once it is told. We share."

@MicroSFF
This reminds me of the more fungal~bacterial aliens in the scifi I've read. Maybe like a distributed web, they keep some metadata to reference it, but prefer to reassemble it from floating blocks of other neural debris across their ecosystem.

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