Jun 22, 2021 1:15 PM
An Althea and an Ev in Tenebre
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She gestures to the grass, and says, "Grass," and she gestures to herself, and says, "Person." Then she asks, "Grass, person, are?"

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"Nouns?" She names a few other things: a wall, the sky, a flower. "All," she says, indicating each of the previously mentioned things in turn, "are nouns?"

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She hesitates for a moment, and then asks, "Grass, person, am, you, are?"

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"Grass is, person is, you are, I am. Grass and…" she looks around, points at the flower again, "flowers are." Then repeats: "Grass and flowers are."

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"You is noun? Am is noun? Grass and flowers and you and I and and and are and am is noun?"

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"You is a noun, am is not a noun, am is a verb, grass and flowers and you and I are nouns, 'and' is not a noun, are is not a noun, are is a verb." She pauses and then says, "I am Ev, I am not Airta. You are Airta, you are not Ev."

Infodump, hopefully with the necessary components. She'll repeat it more slowly if necessary.

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"Grass and flowers are?"

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She nods. "Grass and flowers are there," she says, pointing at them. "Grass and flowers are alive, I am not grass and I am not flowers. I am alive. The wall," she says, pointing at the conveniently-placed wall, "is not alive. Clothes," she says, pulling at her shirt and then at her pants, "are not alive."

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... Alright, she clearly doesn't have enough vocabulary to extract specific words. She nods at Ev.

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… Well okay then. Ev will raise an eyebrow and point at her clothes. "Clothes." Does that get a nod?

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Airta tugs at the sleeve of her dress. "Clothes," she says. She tugs at the skin of her wrist. "Not clothes?"

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"Not clothes," she agrees. "Skin," she says, tracing a finger over her arm, palm, and then tapping her face.

And then: "I am Ev," she says. "I am human. I am alive. You are Airta. You are human. You are alive."

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"Human is noun? Alive is noun? Airta is not noun?"

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"… Alive is adjective," she says, feeling like she is possibly going into complicated territory with this. Oops. "Airta is name?" She can just drop the articles, who needs 'a' and 'the', not a new language learner, that's who!

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Airta is going to have a lot of trouble with articles.

"Adjective and noun and verb," she seems confused and pauses for a moment before hazarding, "Are?"

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She nods, then says, "Adjectives and nouns and verbs are words?"

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"Magic tattoo... Magic tattoo noun is alive word?"

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She tilts her head. "Magic tattoo… is noun?"

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"Magic tattoo person and magic tattoo grass and magic tattoo human and magic tattoo flower. Word is?"

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"… Magic?" she tries. "Tattoo," she says, indicating Airta's tattoo, "is magic? Magic tattoo person, magic tattoo grass…" she shrugs.

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"Magic alive is tattoo alive is word?"

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"Magic is not alive, tattoo is not alive…? I am alive, you are alive, person is alive, human is alive?"

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She makes the same gesture she used when she was emoting confused before.

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Ev seems to understand it as confusion. "Magic is not alive, tattoo is not alive…?" she repeats, seeing if that gets the confused action.

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Airta seems a little bit frustrated.

"Tattoo is not alive. I am tattoo, I am magic, you are tattoo, you are magic?"

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