Nov 19, 2019 2:05 PM
Klimati in goldmage
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He is entirely happy to!

 

After a couple of turns, her last bead lands in an empty hole. He beams and nods approvingly and scoops up all the beads from the corresponding hole on the opposite row, deposits them in a pile in front of her, gives them a little pat: yours now.

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She giggles.

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Aww. Good, he's doing a good job.

More beads! He doesn't capture any that turn, but the next turn he does. Now he can have a little pile too.

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She continues to point at bowls, accept beads, and drop beads when he points at where they go.

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Then they can have a very pleasant game!

It takes some strategizing to let her win, but he's good at this game -- plays a lot with Saria; something about the game format helps her with modeling an opponent's plans without having to think of them as a person, and occasionally she can lean on that technique in other situations.

So eventually the board is cleared, and Klimati has the larger pile of stones. He points this out, grins again, gives her a little half-bow in acknowledgement.

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She looks like she maybe suspects he let her, but smiles.

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(There was a brief interval when he could let Saria win -- after she'd lost enough not to call him out on it, before she'd started just being confused by the game playing suboptimally against her.)

 

"Well played," he says, because it's starting to look like she may be here long enough to need to learn the language, and it'll be easier if she's hearing it spoken.

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Smile.

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Hmm. The sun's getting low in the sky, but it's not yet late enough to reasonably sleep...

 

... well, there's one easy test he can do. Would she like to go for a walk with him?

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Okay.

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Iliar knows all the prettiest parts of the temple grounds. Lovely tree-lined walkways! Scenic overlooks! People he smiles and waves at! This bubbling spring here!

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She smiles awkwardly at people! She ooooooohs at scenic overlooks like she has never seen one before.

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Maybe she hasn't. (Maybe she should be confined to bed all the time because of some mageprice he hasn't figured out yet and he's making everything so much worse aaaa--)

He sits by the side of the spring, trails his fingers in the water.

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Sit.

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He smiles and dabbles in the water idly, in the hope of getting her to imitate him.

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She tilts her head. Dips her hand, splashes his arm.

No color.

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...huh.

Well. That makes the situation much less stressful, if more complicated in some ways.

 

He giggles and splashes her back, because pretending he's not up to anything is simpler than trying to explain.

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Splash! Giggle.

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He will happily entertain her until it's getting close enough to dark that they should walk back!

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And then she will go to sleep obligingly enough.

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And Iliar will take over from his sister's servant, and he and his sister will sleep snuggled up.

 

 

In the morning: breakfast!

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Ooh, breakfast.

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Saria, at the breakfast table, evinces no particular interest in Klimati.

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On the other hand, once Iliar fetches his father and reminds him to eat, he looks quite interested in Klimati's existence.

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(Iliar provides food to everyone.)

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