Oct 21, 2018 8:15 PM
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"I appreciate that."

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"So is there anything you want to do in particular next?"

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Well, is he conveniently thinking about any options that seem interesting?

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He's thinking the things she's most likely to want - or the things he'd be most likely to want if he were in her place - would be to check books out or differences in technology or walk around to get to know the place and understand the culture better.

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"I'm curious about the technology," she confirms. "I won't know where to start, obviously."

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"Oh, well - what did you see here that's very new and different? Computers and electronics in general seems to be a pattern..."

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"Yes, we don't have those. Or the thing I rode in, or the kind of pavement it went on, or anything the fellow with the beard has, or the thing that took us between floors."

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"Okay... things you do have? Might be too general, but I'm trying to see how far I should try to explain and show stuff..."

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"We get around with horses, alone or hitched to carriages. We have - hm, we have glass but not in such large panes. I can't figure out what all the materials here are."

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"Why not in such large panes?"

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"I don't know, I've just never seen a plate of glass larger than about -" She gestures.

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"Huh. How is glass mostly made where you're from, do you know?"

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"I'm afraid I've never looked closely into glass manufacture. Conventional glass manufacture, anyway, I've tried sculpting it with my bare hands for fun."

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He nods. "Yeah, makes sense. There's - probably a way to fit that into a history of glassmaking so I can figure out how far back you are..." He goes to Wikipedia and starts looking stuff up.

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Large-paned glass was a relatively recent invention on Earth too. Kiri doesn't have to read over his shoulder to "read over his shoulder".

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"Okay, hmm... Gunpowder? Is that a thing?" He's speaking English for the word but the concept is clear enough in his head.

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"For fireworks - we don't use them the way you're thinking."

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"How are wars conducted? No explosive weapons?"

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"Welce doesn't usually get into wars. There are, I believe... ships? Swords?"

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"Yeah, okay, I think I might be able to work with that. Do you prefer to go out and see tech or read books or the internet?"

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"Going out would be fun but usually I have my brother along to make sure I don't trip into range of anybody and it took him a while to get the hang of it so I'm not sure I could reasonably expect you to manage with that today."

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"What's the hard part about it?"

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"You need a good intuitive sense of my range and how easily I trip and you need to be able to catch me and shoo people at the same time."

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"I see. And the fire could burn people if you stumbled. How about a wheelchair?"

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"I wouldn't burn people! I have perfectly good control over that, it's my actual body I'm not good with. Wheelchair seems like it'd work fine if people'd give me enough space, that's a clever invention - I'm sure we have chairs with wheels but not quite that nice so I've never had the tradeoff make sense."

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