Apr 19, 2019 4:38 PM
Fabulous Bell in the Raadch
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Xander studies Radchaai, and writes stuff down like Bella tells him, and watches movies and goes dancing, and ventures occasionally farther afield - museums, shops, tourist attractions.

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It seems like their early reading successfully front-loaded all the horrible things about Anaander that are learnable from the public internet at all; nothing new and awful turns up. No one bothers them. The tablet mentions that Anaander thought it might be nice to meet locals and there's budget to hire someone for something if they want.

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"Hire someone for what?"

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"I don't know. Tour guide? Housekeeper? Tutor?"

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"Maybe a tour guide but I feel like it makes sense at least for me to frontload the language. You do excellent work but having an obligate intermediary's just a bit awkward. If we're meant to meet people I could entertain academic types, if any academic types want a look at me?"

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"I'll take a tour guide, I'm never gonna get fluent in this damn language anyway."

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