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She's not going to understand most of the questions, but she'll do her best to engage even though she has no idea what's going on.

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They want to know her word for this object and this object and for the numbers one through twelve and for a bunch more objects and for "here" and "there" and "my hand" and "your hand" and for "my pen" and "your pen" and for "room" and "bed" and "balcony".

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She has another mini anxiety attack over whether she should communicate these things in Confederate One or in Etra La, and decides on Etra La on the grounds that they're using spoken language and will probably find it easier if she does that, too.

She doesn't have a word for the balcony; she settles on "platform" and makes the motion for uncertainty (one hand, shaking from side to side a little as if you're not sure whether you want to wipe away what's been said) to indicate that it isn't quite right.

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Cool, then Lindë has the vocabulary to communicate "your bed, your room, your balcony. Lindë here? Lindë go?"

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- well that's weird, but OK, if this is where they want her.

She looks like she's sort of agonizing over whether to tell Lindë to stay or to go, but she settles on "Lindë here." 

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Okay! In that case she'll ask about a bunch more objects and get some videos on the viewscreen to try to get some verbs and then try to get words for 'person in charge' and 'person who made things' and so on.

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She will try to offer words! She will not always have a very good word and will not always be able to tell exactly what word they're trying to get at. She's not sure whether they want master or leader for "person in charge" - do they have slaves here, and even if they do, is the word more general than that? But if it's specifically that she doesn't want to get confused. She guesses "master" and makes a mental note that she wasn't actually sure.

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With more vocabulary Lindë will explain 'the master of this planet lives Entucuilëon. Lindë say 'person here, no Quenya, no Sindarin, no Tumunza, no Erdege, no Khazad, no Nandorin, no Elechad'. The master of this planet come to help. Come in an hour. Lindë here, Lindë go?"

 

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- master of a whole planet is probably not a thing, they probably did mean leader, although she's not sure that having to talk to the leader of a whole planet is actually less terrifying. That's actually probably more terrifying than having to talk to someone's master, oh frick she is so far in over her head.

But the Alteri could come, so she can't lock herself in a closet right now, because that would be irresponsible.

"Lindë.... choose?"

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"Uh -" she requests a couple more words. "97816 looks is scared. Lindë making scared 97816, Lindë go. 97816 scared other thing, Lindë stay."

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"97816 scared of other thing." Mostly.

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"Draw thing?"

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She laughs, which seems to startle her for a moment, but she nods.

She draws an insect with twelve legs standing on a planet with ships around it and a ring, and points to it and calls it "Earth". She draws another planet and calls the other planet "here". She draws an arrow from the first planet to the ring to the second planet. She draws a stick figure between the planets, in the middle of the arrow, and calls it "97816".

She circles the insect and makes a motion stretching from the first planet to the second.

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"Scared that your people will not know where find you?"

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"A little scared of that. Mostly scared that they will. Some people on Earth are nice, some... aren't."

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She looks really confused. "They find you, they not nice, you say them 'go'."

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She looks slightly horrified by this suggestion. "They won't go."

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"They bad at going?"

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"They're - uh - "

She draws another spaceship with a bug inside and attempts to draw it blowing up the planet labeled "here". This may not be very clear and is not strictly speaking what is likely to happen, but she doesn't know how to draw the Alteri conquering a planet and enslaving all of its inhabitants.

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"If they try to go, they will end the world?"

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She makes a frustrated noise that she only partly succeeds at muffling behind her hand. She can do this. She has no idea if that's true but if it isn't then they're in a lot of trouble, so she's just going to assume she can.

"Alteri want to be masters of this planet. All planets. Alteri come here and hurt people. If they can't then they might try to end the world, yes."

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"- oh, the people of this planet like the masters we have. Not want new ones. They can have a different planet. If it is nice, people go there."

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"The Alteri don't care, the Alteri want all planets."

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"....well, they can't have planets other people using. They can have lots planets."

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"The Alteri say no, all planets," she says, and then has absolutely no idea how to communicate the concept of violent conflict. "I'm scared that the Alteri will come here and try to take the planet. And kill me, I guess, but the planet is really more important." Half of those words aren't going to be comprehensible but she's tired.

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