They are in the basement.
"Keep doing what you like."
...she thinks she saw a pretty shell, before. She goes to pick it up and look at it! (Then she wants to show it to Xan.)
Xan is more careful, still looks at the count-as-humans cautiously, but will go look at the shell.
As does Maurice.
She freezes and holds it out carefully. What did she do, he said she could -
She also freezes.
"Why are you doing that?"
"It was pretty. I'm sorry."
"No, I'm sorry. I keep scaring you."
Why is he saying sorry to her. She's pretty sure that's not right.
She doesn't know what to do though.
Maurice starts tearing up. "How can I make you happy?"
Is that a question? Should she be answering it? How does she answer it?
"I like recess and games and things that are pretty and when things make sense." (She doesn't say that she likes being punished less, and when no one is hurting Xan; that is bad to say like this.)
She is looking more scared.
Maurice takes a deep breath. "Than it is recess."
She thought it already was on recess or why wasn't he mad when she ran around?
And why was he asking that before?
But if he said it's on recess then it's definitely sure on recess (she thinks/hopes). More careful watching, this time, but she goes to look for more shells.
It's good that he said that and now they know he said that, and it's - bad, she thinks, if Jany said she is happy on recess and he said 'then', but humans can decide things and no questioning. And it's bad that he was crying she thinks but she hasn't seen humans cry like that before except on tv and she doesn't know.
"Come look at more shells!" (Again she's looking less tense as nothing bad seems to actually happen.)
She doesn't know everything that's happening and a lot of it is probably bad. But she doesn't know what to do, and there isn't anything she can do that she knows. And right now he said recess and Jany is happy at the shells.
She goes to look.
Stan floats down next to them. "Whatcha looking at?"
Why again, she doesn't understand, and it's not like anything Xan explains -
She is still again and looks down and holds them out.
"Shells." (Is he also not a sir? She doesn't know. She tries not.)
That doesn't sound like he's mad but she still doesn't know why he said that. Doesn't move.
"Want me to get you some more?"