They are in the basement.
She curls up on the sand.
She lies down, beside her but far away enough to not risk a touch in if she falls asleep.
She, before long, she does.
Jany wakes up first. Xan is still asleep. She won't wake her; Xan needs to rest if she is asleep.
She moves a little away and starts building in sand again.
"Mind if we play?"
Should she say at your disposal? But they didn't ask about her.
She tries shaking her head.
The tan boy starts building a stand castle beside hers.
She shrinks a little and is very careful not to interfere with his, but she keeps working on hers.
"You're good at this."
...she thinks that can count as him saying she got skills and not that she is good, so it's ok.
She smiles a little.
He smiles back.
...weird! But she doesn't think it's bad.
Sandcastle! She will decorate it with these shells here.
"So, what does that collar do?"
It binds her power so she can't use it without permission!
...she's pretty sure it's bad to say things about that. Some things about that? She thinks of a thing to say anyway.
"If not I think I would be executed."
"That really sucks."
...she thinks it's bad to say things about that too and this time doesn't think of a thing anyway.
He decides to change the subject. "You know what flying buttresses are?"
"Want me to show you?"
She wants to say something then remembers that she shouldn't and then doesn't know what to do and doesn't say anything again.
She looks like she wants that though and like she's holding herself back from saying something.
Evan eagerly shows her how to construct them out of wet sand.
She didn't say anything and if he says he shows her that's ok. Sand!
...that will distract her! She jumps up, runs over to Xan, stops just away, not touching but clearly distressed.