Jul 19, 2019 10:11 AM
Foresight in the less fun parts of Kith
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"If we need more soon I'll make them if you don't want to."

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"If you think it's something that can be taught I'd like to learn, but that might be a good idea," she says, pulling up a weed. "With two of us, I think I can add some more plants than just berries and peanuts--potatoes, I think, and maybe some spinach and a pumpkin vine." She elaborates with descriptions of what those are, since presumably Kiray has never heard of them.

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"- I know what a potato is," Kiray interrupts. "I think they're a good idea."

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"Ah, sorry, I don't remember everything I've talked about with Sovi. I'll get started on potatoes; do you have any thoughts on where to out them?" She takes her wings off (sigh) and starts on a potato with lots of eyes.

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"I don't know if you ever talked about potatoes with Sovi," Kiray says. "I'll churn up some earth over there for them."

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"Thanks. So you might know about plants Sovi's never heard of . . . I wonder if you know about any Earth plants I've never heard of, or if you can't know that because the information is on Earth, so to speak."

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"I don't know if I can know things you don't, since I don't know what you know, but I think Sovi tried to make it so I'd know what you knew at least."

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"Well, if you feel like listing some obscure plant facts, or listening to me do it, we can try to find out." Potato, potato, potato.

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"The potatoes will sprout from their eyes, and the part we eat will grow under the ground," says Kiray helpfully.

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"I knew that one. Hmm . . . It's a good idea to alternate alfalfa with other crops, because alfalfa replenishes the nitrogen in the soil?"

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"I didn't know it had to do with nitrogen but I did know the alfalfa thing."

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"Huh. Okay." She has a little pile of sprouted potatoes now, for whenever Kiray thinks the new plot is ready.

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Kiray starts planting potatoes. "I don't know what the quality of the soil is right now. We might want to cook or dry out our dung so it doesn't give us any diseases and use it as fertilizer."

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"I think I'd be alright with that if I had any way to get soap." She's been cleaning herself via deleting and recreating parts of her surface, and it's adequate but she could still really use a bath. "Maybe ash and olive oil would work."

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"That I don't know."

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"It seems worth a shot. And now that I think about it, I should be providing wood for the campfires, too; it's got to be easier and more sustainable than Sovi gathering it." She starts in on butternut squash, having decided it will be easier to cook than pumpkins; the first couple go on a leaf-plate for today's "dinner".

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"Weren't you going to do pumpkins?"

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"I realized the only thing I know how to make with pumpkins is pumpkin pie, and that needs lots of stuff I don't have. Squash I can just roast and it'll be pretty good."

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"Okay. I don't know how to cook."

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"Do you know if there was anything stopping Sovi from making you know everything she knows plus everything I know?"

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"I'm not sure. I think she might have been especially concentrating on farming."

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"Huh. Well, farming is definitely the most important thing right now, but if I was making someone I think I'd want to give them as much knowledge as possible. You never know what might come in handy. I hope that wasn't a rude thing to say, sorry."

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"It's all right."

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She starts planting the squash, a few each of a couple different kinds. "What do you know about good growing conditions, should we be finding somewhere shadier or sunnier for anything?"

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"I think I don't know more than you about that. We could plant some of everything in different places and see which grows best."

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