Oct 01, 2020 3:51 PM
Raafi finds something strange
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"That's pretty. Maybe one of the half-dryads will figure out a way for me to say it. Anyway, are you ready?"

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"Ready!" It seems to have figured out how to alter the intonation when it's replaying his words, though the tone sounds off still.

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"Okay." He chants, just a few words this time, and the scene around them changes; it's warmer, a little, and the sun is higher in the sky between the leaves of the trees that surround them. The promised lake is a little ways away; they're on the path that leads down to the pebbly, loamy beach that surrounds it. A bird calls in a nearby tree, alarmed at their sudden appearance.

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October repeats the bird call, then turns a bunch of very delighted yellows and oranges, and waves tendrils around, exploring.

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"I'm not sure how long Everia will be - ten minutes or so, probably, but I don't know if she was busy. You can look around a little while we wait, she won't mind."

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The being chirps and starts spreading out, investigating, meandering towards the water - still, keeping a tendril near Raafi. Of course, it's very big, and apparently can spread out quite a bit, so it's able to get pretty far rolling down the path before it's stretched itself too thin to stay near Raafi and keep going at the same time.

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He follows, when the problem becomes obvious. "I'm not going to stay long, I don't think," he adds conversationally, "but maybe a day or two. I'll be back, though, I usually spend at least a few weeks here in the winter. Nice climate for it."

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The being makes a humming noise - seems more contemplative than sad, at least - and pokes towards the water.

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"I do sometimes stay longer. But I think you'll have plenty of friends here, even without me. Do you swim?"

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A ripple, something like a shrug, and the being flows into the water a bit more - then back out then the leaves become a bit waterlogged.

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"I guess not. That's all right, the beach is nice too." He finds a rock to sit on, and does so.

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The being curls around him, trilling happily.

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He pets them again. "Do you want to hear more about-"

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"Hey, city boy," the call comes from up the path. "Where'd you go?"

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"By the lake!" he calls back.

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Everia stumps into view a minute later - a small creature, shorter than the farmers' children, who seems to be made of grey rock in a feminine humanoid form, vaguely enough so that the lack of clothing simply seems practical. "What did you find this time?"

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"Well, I'm hoping you can tell me. Friendly, though." He gestures with the tentacle wrapped around his hand.

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October trills happily, waving several leafy tendrils at the new potential friend.

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She comes a little closer and offers a hand, the same way Raafi did at their first meeting. "Leaf and Juuni should be here soon - Leaf's a half-dryad," she directs at the creature's main mass, "and might be able to understand you."

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"They do talk a little, mimicking - I've got Tongues on, I'm not sure they'd understand me without it." He repeats Everia's message about the half-dryad to the creature, in case the language magic is helping.

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A tendril curls around her hand.

"Leaf! Juuni! Friend! Half-dryad?"

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"Mmhmm. Dryads are a type of fey who are partly trees, and live just in one place like that, but they have a body like mine or Elveria's too. And half-dryads are more like us, they can go wherever they want, but they're still a lot like plants, and can talk to them. And Juuni is a baby dragon, I bet he's really going to like you."

    "-huh, I understood that."

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"Trees! Dragon! Friend?" These are very exciting concepts!

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"I expect so."

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"Friends are good."

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