Jun 24, 2021 5:58 PM
Stork Dusk gets et
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He grins back! That will be so good.

He hesitates, waiting in case she wants to try to say anything else or ask something.

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She waits too, for a moment, and then goes back to her work.

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He leaves. For a while. If she's still at it when it gets hot he'll stop by again.

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She's still there, but taking a break from engraving the wagon to sit in the shade and sketch something.

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Good, he's glad she takes breaks.

He leaves her some water.

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She wasn't running low yet, but after yesterday that's a fair enough concern; she thanks him, takes a drink, and gets back to her sketch.

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He leaves her alone for another while.

Next time he stops by he brings fresh fruits and carrots.

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It's reasonably enough lunchtime, so she pauses for a break; she leans against one of the wagon wheels where it casts a shadow and pats the ground next to her to invite Vaayo to sit.

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He sits and watches her.

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She watches him back, for a few moments, and then looks thoughtful.

She points to herself, and then signs: "Dosk." Points to the bird, signs again, "Nawi." Points to him.

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"Vaayo," he says out loud, enunciating carefully. He would give her a sign if he had a sign, but he doesn't.

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"Vaayo," she repeats back, in her own voice this time, and then signs to Nawi for a few seconds without him translating. Then: "Vaayo work?"

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He signs his name so he'll remember it.

He thinks about how to explain himself. It's not going to be easy, he can tell already.

"Vaayo work." He thinks for a while and then smoothes the dirt in front of him and tries drawing. Three boxes. In one box he draws a row of growing corn. In another he draws an adult with several children. In the third he draws a hammer and knife. Then he makes a dot outside all the boxes. "Vaayo," he says, then touches the dot.

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Huh.

She gives him the words for "farm" and "creche", and "make" he already knows. Then she draws a box around his dot and looks at him questioningly.

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"Three person. Farm person, creche person, make person. Vaayo... not three."

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...fair enough. She shrugs and nibbles on a carrot.

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"Dosk make-person?" He gestures at the three pictures of things a person can do.

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She nods. "Dosk make."

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Nod.

He has so many questions and so few words so he'll just wait and see if she wants to try to say or ask anything else.

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She really should get on teaching Nawi the language, soon. Can she even explain that she wants to, though?

Well, she can try.

"Nawi speak -" conveniently, the sign involves pointing to her mouth, that should give him a clue. "Vaayo speak. Dosk not speak." She looks questioning again: does he get it?

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Yep. He nods and doesn't look lost. He waits for her to say more.

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"Nawi speak," some new word, which she doesn't try to translate. "Vaayo speak...?"

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He guesses she might mean the language. "Yuyaem," he says, enunciating very carefully.

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She nods, and takes a moment to teach Nawi this word too.

"Dosk and Vaayo work Nawi, Nawi speak Yuyaem. Vaayo work Nawi?"

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He doesn't know how to teach a language at all, he definitely doesn't know how to teach a language to a crow...

"Vaayo work," he agrees. But he looks pretty confused.

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