Jun 18, 2018 5:30 AM
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"Until you're fourteen."

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"How old are you?"

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"Twelve."

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Tarinda nods. She doesn't volunteer her age. She flips through the dictionary.

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Eliko and the old man continue their conversation on rhetoric. The vocabulary is probably a little beyond Tarinda yet.

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It's very helpful on advanced grammar, though. And it's distracting from her odd behavior with the dictionary. Flip flip flip.

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After a while, another customer comes in and the old man goes to help them.

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"What are you doing?"

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"I'm looking at this dictionary."

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"I have a thing that can remember it and remind me how to say things."

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"That sounds useful."

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"It is!"

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"Is it part of what you're going to build?"

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"The thing I have knows how to build the thing."

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"What else can it do?"

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"It can show me pictures and put sounds in my ears but only I can see and hear them. - that sounds bad. I know exactly how it is doing it but it is doing it in a way I cannot show you. It knows a lot of things. It can remember anything I see or hear. It can do complicated math very fast. It can control some other things I have in my body for me."

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"That sounds helpful."

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"It is!"

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"What are you going to do when you finish the dictionary?"

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"See if there are good ways to make some money."

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"You might have to wait until tomorrow."

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"Why?"

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"It's getting late. Things are closing."

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"Yeah. I guess I can camp out and I won't need food urgently right away."

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