May 26, 2019 10:17 PM
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He just stares at the demon for a while once it's clear that Micah isn't coming back for it anytime soon. Eventually he goes to find Valan.

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Valan is findable.

"What's happening?"

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"I'm not sure. Micah handed me his demon and walked away."

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"That's weird. What does the demon say about it?"

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I say I hope you're less touchy than he is.

And that he doesn't do anything stupider than this, she adds as an afterthought.

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"I think they got into a fight?"

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"Why do you think that?"

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"It says it hopes I'm less touchy than him and that something he did was stupid."

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"It'd be more convenient if I could talk to it."

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"Yeah. I still don't–like the way it talks in my head, but at least it's not completely new anymore."

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"Do you feel like asking what the fight was about?"

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As if I'd tell you.

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"It says it doesn't want to tell me."

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"You could ask if there's anything it does want to tell you. Or me."

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I'm bored and Micah is boring and touchy and I'm tired of him. You should do interesting things.

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...He'll pass this on without comment.

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"What kinds of things are interesting?"

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New places. New languages. New problems. 

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"I don't really know any other languages but there are some dialect differences in Sesati that I could tell you about."

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That'll keep her busy for a bit, yeah!

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And it won't be showing the magic foreigner around Azan or any of the other much more dangerous ways to entertain their guest.

"Where I'm from people sound like this," he says, taking care to use his native accent, "and we have different words for some things. The animals that say 'moo' are cattle to us and cows to people down here. Maki, help me out, I don't know what normal words you don't use."

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"Uh, Sesati sometimes uses a double plural where there would otherwise be an ambiguity between the plural and the adjectival form?"

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"Is that not an everyone thing? ...Is it only adjectives? ...Is it about ambiguity? I never thought about it before, I just... said it. I guess I haven't heard any Azanis say it that way."

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"Yeah, see, like that."

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"Yep. I guess they don't care as much about ambiguity here. What else is there... I'm still not sure what the Azani word is for a woman of ill repute, but I don't think they use any of the terms I learned up north."

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"Ill repute?"

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