Jul 10, 2020 5:54 AM
Dama in Kith
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"Yours maybe'll come in handy if you want to write things in code I guess. Or if it's a dead language and there's texts in it."

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"How would I find out if it is?"

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"Well, I haven't seen it anywhere and we have a bookstore, so if it were somewhere on the round I'd probably know about it, but you could travel, check out other bookstores or talk to historians. Once you know a common language."

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"I think maybe I want to do that."

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"You could try to get a job on a sail."

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"Is that like a ship?"

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"I think so? Your language doesn't tell me everything about your memories. A sail is an air-boat, they tether them at the tops of tall buildings and travel to other rounds on them."

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"That sounds fun."

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"They can use people fetching and carrying even if you aren't made to sail, I think."

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"If it's something I can learn, I'll learn it."

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"I can teach you sail words, then." He does this.

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It's nice to have something to work towards.

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Eventually she has a modest conversational grasp of the language. The writing is preposterously difficult, not remotely phonetic; she can learn characters for individual words if she wants to, but doing it enough to read a book will probably take years. Suirban helps her apply for jobs on sails. There are many options at the sailtowers! Where does she want to go?

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Somewhere far. She likes this round fine, but she wants to cast a wide net.

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These folks are going all the way over there to that round you can barely see, with a cargo full of jewelry, spices, and musical instruments.

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That sounds perfect.

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They'll have her hauling sails to and fro and keeping the boat clean and doing weatherproofing work if they have to fly through a storm. They will assign her this guy as a buddy to show her the ropes, she has to do whatever he says.

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"It's nice to meet you!"

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"If you don't work enough to earn your food we'll throw you into space," he tells her gruffly. "You call me Boss Haror, if I'm not around you listen to Porlan over there. We're packing and loading supplies for the trip now, follow me." He shows her how to get food and water and salt and soap and spare parts and so on boxed and padded and aboard the sail with the cargo elevator, which they have to haul up via rope.

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She follows what he's showing her.

When she gets a chance she asks Porlan if they'll really throw her into space.

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"You have to really fuck up to get thrown into space," says Porlan.

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"Oh, good. Thanks."

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"Yeah, don't skip your shifts or make anybody or steal things or set fires or whatever and you'll get there."

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"I think I can handle that."

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Porlan teaches her to tie knots. Apparently there are many important kinds of knots.

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