Jun 16, 2019 2:52 AM
Margaret in Neuroi World
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Well, she thinks, if it won't touch her she's okay with being surprised. She's about to say, "Alright, show me the first thing"--

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Mala grins and pipes up before Margaretta can, in a pretty close copy of Margaretta's accent, "Alright, show me the first thing!"

And then looking at Freya and also accent-copying, "Don't get too carried away. I will not. Promise!"

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"Whoa! You can read people's minds?!" 

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"No. I see - What you will do." Mala crosses her arms at the exact same time her brother does without looking. "Is hard. Is fun!"

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She giggles as the arm-crossing. "Fun! How long before someone does a thing can you see it?"

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(Further translation and getting new English words redacted for brevity.)

"About five seconds. And only people near me. It can be confusing. It's like - I am you? But only a little bit."

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"That sounds . . . very strange. I'm glad you like it. I don't think I would. Do you know if you want to use it for anything?"

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"I don't know yet. I can also help someone do a thing that I see. Make you really strong or fast for a second. Or stop them. Miss Freya thinks there might be something else I can do."

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"What does 'helping someone do a thing you see' mean? Is it like if you see someone is going to fail at a thing you can make it so they succeed instead?"

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"I don't know for a lot of it. Sometimes I can help, yes. Almost like bending what you do so it works? But only if I know how to do it right. If I see you drop something I can make you catch it. If I see you do a puzzle wrong I can't make you do the puzzle right. My brother helps me practice sometimes. Favorite brother."

(Said brother rolls his eyes, but smiles slightly.)

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"I can see how that would be good in emergencies."

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"Yeah. It's hard to do right though. You said you do magic to metal?"

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"I do! I can tell where metal is and what kind it is, and move it around, and maybe learn to do other things too."

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"Huh. Just metal? We don't have a lot of metal where I'm from."

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"We don't have a lot where I come from either. I want to see the great forge works at London; I bet it will be amazing. So much metal, and so many things being done with it!"

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Freya hmms. "I wonder if our sloop's anchor will be the largest metal thing you've ever seen? It's bigger than an anvil but its shape is such that it might be less metal anyway, anvils are rather boxy."

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"It might be! I expect I'll know when I get near it; I remember the anvil quite well."

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Mala shivers a bit. "There are too many things and too many people. I've never heard of any of them. It's kind of scary."

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"Aww, don't worry, I bet the new things will mostly be fun. After all, I'm one of the new things and I'm not scary."

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"You're a little bit scary. So is Miss Freya. So is - everyone being different from us. My brother isn't scary."

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She nods sympathetically. "Is there anything you really like to do, at home?"

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"...I like harvest times. Everyone is together and there's so much food, and singing, and stories."

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"Ooh, yes, singing and stories are great. And the sense of accomplishment when the harvest is in and you've all helped out somehow."

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"Harvest time means festivals and special harvest foods. And after, it's the easy season where everyone has less work. Maybe that is what I like about it."

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"Special foods are pretty great! How about you, Eredan, what's your favorite thing about harvest time?"

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