Jul 16, 2019 4:02 AM
in color amentans meet hazel
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One of the greys calls the yellow over. The yellow comes and looks at him attentively.

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Slower. "Excuse me, do you know where all the people are who were in the palace - my sister worked in the kitchens there - lots of people -"

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"I'm sorry, I do not know. This is a build site."

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"Who should I ask?"

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"If you would like to submit a written query we can send that up. If you are willing to wait until I am less busy I can write it for you if you cannot read."

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"I can read. I can't write in your language, does it have to be in your language?"

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"No, we can translate it."

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"The same way I translate for the workers here, but in an office dedicated to that."

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He writes a note in Portuguese.

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The yellow feeds it into a slot in the lid of a large box and resumes translating for purples and workers.

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He lingers listening.

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The purples and yellow and greys all have different dialects but seem to understand each other if they moderate them a bit towards some fourth standard.

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And none of them are doing any magic.

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Not a speck.

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After a while he leaves. Reports all of this back at home.

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"...was the box magic? That the letter went in?"

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"Not noticeably so but of course it could've been - I want to take a look at their weapons but that seemed risky -"

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"A bit, yes."

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"I'm not taking chances, promise." Kiss. "But I think they were Muggle weapons."

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"I mean, if they only expect Muggle rock throwers..."

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"With a wand you can stun them."

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"They clearly want to be more punitive than that, Muggles you can also just lock up."

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"It'd be really nice to know the underlying philosophy, if it's 'people who throw rocks deserve to die' we're really not going to get along but if - no, actually, I can't think of a justification."

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"I suppose it's loosely possible they'd say if asked - do they take regular mail -"

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