Jul 17, 2019 8:29 PM
an Ahrotahn goes dungeon-delving
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He's very complimentary, albeit a bit confused about grace!

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Lennah is completely unqualified to explain theology to a sword, but she can hold his hand and share her sense of gratitude and awe, of living in a world that was made for a purpose, and of having been given the chance to enjoy these simple pleasures, and how the world seems a little brighter when she stops to remember it.

 

Livia accepts his compliments gracefully.

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That isn't very clarifying but he's not going to push it right now.

He's still energetic and pretty bouncy after dinner, but now he's interested in Family Things that he only vaguely remembers the barest sensory impressions of. What are some Family Bonding Things?

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...wel~l, they could start in in the project of inducting him into the family favorite movies. How about The Lion King?

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!!! What is a lion and why do they have kings?

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A lion is that thing! And they don't really have kings, in real life they're just animals, but this movie pretends that the animals are people because otherwise it would be hard to tell a story about them.

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Oh! Okay! That makes sense.

(He turns out to be really terrible at sitting still through movies. He has so many questions.)

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Talking about the movie is one of the advantages of watching at home with the family. They'd have to be quiet if they went to the theater. (Also the theater usually doesn't have classic movies like this, only new ones.)

And at home they can pause and rewind if he doesn't understand something, that's important.

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He's probably going to have to watch it again at some point when he gets all of the references!

For now he really likes the colors, and the acting, and he gets super into the film, gasping at dramatic scenes and sniffling at sad ones and cheering at triumphant ones.

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Yep! And next time he can sing along with the music.

 

(Watching with someone who's seeing it for the first time is its own kind of exciting – like seeing it fresh again, vicariously.)

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Music! Is great!

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Friendship! Romance! Dramatic fight scene!

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Exciting!!!

(Movies: such a good. Human senses for enjoying things like movies: also such a good!)

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And then the story comes full circle ("The cii~iircle of liiife!"), and the credits roll.

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"That was amazing!" he expresses, yet again.

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"You see why we wanted you to see it."

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"Yeah! Are there more movies?"

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"So, so many."

"But we shouldn't stay up trying to watch them all tonight. It's getting late, and it's been a long day. I need to get to bed."

"Do you think you want to sleep in human form, or sword?"

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"...I'm not sure I - sleep? I'm not... Feeling less energetic?"

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"...huh. It might just be that you woke up later than me today, but... it might be that you just don't get tired like a human."

        Livia pokes at her phone, and "Google says weapons don't need sleep, but you do need downtime. Mental rest."

"There you go, then. The rest of us do need sleep, though, so I'm sure we'd appreciate it if you kept it quiet during the night. You can play with my phone if you like, I'll plug it in by the couch so you don't have to worry about running down the battery."

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"Okay! I'll be super quiet!"

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"Then I'll see you in the morning." And she hugs her brother(!) goodnight, and heads upstairs.

        Livia shows him how to use Google and Wikipedia, and warns him about the reliability of both, and admonishes him not to download or install anything, and then she heads off to brush her teeth and to bed.

        And then he's alone with Jack.

 

        There follows an excruciatingly awkward (at least for Jack) conversation, covering the very basics of what sex is, and likewise condoms, STDs, pregnancy, and masturbation. Sex and masturbation are not allowed in this house. —nor outdoors, in case that needed to be said. All of these things are not to be discussed in polite company, and in particular not in mixed company, nor around children should he meet any.

        Jack is, despite his obvious discomfort, at least patient with answering questions.

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What does mixed company mean? Also who's polite company? - Does he know if weapons can even be involved in that stuff?

He seems more confused than awkward.

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Mixed company means men and women together; for his purposes, this works out to "around women".

There's no hard-and-fast definition of polite company; you just have to learn to tell. If you're not sure, you should assume you're in polite company. Until he learns to tell the difference, let's go with the rule that if no one else is talking about it then he shouldn't bring it up. Likewise, if people are talking indirectly, vaguely, delicately, or euphemistically, then he shouldn't be more direct or explicit than them.

He shouldn't have any cause to find out if weapons can be involved in those things, since he won't be doing them.

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He's still kind of confused about why he's automatically and entirely counted in 'men' but, eh - he thinks his human-shape might not be like entirely set, what if he turns into a woman? That doesn't feel any weirder than the idea of turning into a guy?

(And that sounds like... There's information that might be useful? He also isn't sure he appreciates being told what to never do like that... He doesn't say this though, he can use google he guesses.)

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