May 21, 2019 8:42 AM
Dama in Kith
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She’ll take that as a good sign, even if it means waiting longer.

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Busy, annoyed people are going over paperwork and talking to various people at various levels of confusion and upset. Eventually a busy annoyed person is free to talk to Dama through her translator, who rushes through an explanation most of which Dama hasn't a prayer of catching and then translates a question, "Do you have any friends here?"

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"Do you have any useful skills?"

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“I don’t know what skills are considered useful here. Where I was before today, I was...” She considers her phrasing. “An assistant to the king.”

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"Just - list your skills," says Suirban, not even relaying this answer to the worker.

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Okay. “I’m trained in unarmed combat. I don’t have a perfect hand but I can write evenly enough to be a scribe. I spend a lot of time listening to complaints and settling disputes but I don’t expect I’ll have enough context to do that here. Same for delegation and such, I don’t know the people here or what needs done, and I’m not in any position to make use of that even if I did.”

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The worker and Suirban chatter back and forth and Suirban finally relays, "Are you able to work manual labor?"

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“Some, maybe.” 

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"What do you mean 'some, maybe'?"

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“I’m a little stronger than I look but not a lot.”

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"I mean non-intellectual work, like stocking shelves, not necessarily hauling huge weights."

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“I should be able to do that.”

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There is a brief exchange and there's a form Suirban starts filling out. "Did you - arrive in this city today?"

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He writes down what may be a date. "Name?"

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"I'm going to write that like so, do you want me to write it on your hand so you can memorize it?"

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“ ...Yeah, go ahead.”

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He writes it on her hand. He resumes filling out the form. "Would you rather have a room in new construction with roommates or a shabbier room to yourself?"

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...That’s a harder question. She doesn’t know if being alone or with strangers will make her miss Dira more. Being alone would probably give her more time in which to miss him but she wouldn’t be concerned about anyone seeing her upset.

”Roommates,” she decides. The less she thinks about home while figuring out how to get back, the better.

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He checks a box. "Were y- do you have any foods you can't eat?"

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“Not that I’m aware of.”

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"If the authorities come to the confident conclusion that they have found who made you do you want them prosecuted?"

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“My parents are dead,” she says, even though she knows that isn’t what he means.

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