Jun 23, 2021 8:54 PM
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"You're dressed oddly," says Bella. "You're not that far off from my size. I can loan you an outfit."

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"...How oddly? Like, would people think I was foreign or just a weird kid? Though I can change into any outfit I can move easily in, I guess."

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"Weird kid, but very weird. It'll attract questions, and then you're new to the language on top of that."

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"Okay. I'll change."

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Isabella gives her some jeans like hers and a T-shirt. "The shoes can stay, they're not as far off. If someone asks where you got them, they were a gift. - Elspeth can't lie convincingly, unless the person she's lying to has never heard her tell the truth even once, so we'll have to navigate around that if anyone's very curious."

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"I'm a very good liar."

"Don't know the language that well, but Master Anakin's picking it up faster, and she can relay words to me telepathically."

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"Can you hear super- or sub-sonic sounds?"

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"Yes," comes her voice from the thin waver of air she's currently letting show her position. "Though I often filter it out mentally."

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"Okay. I can speak supersonically and feed you cues if necessary. It shouldn't come up, but it's advisable to have a contingency plan."

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She nods. "Of course. Translations would also help, if there's anything being said to Lily that we don't recognize, as well as things like - normal behaviors we can't really get from watching, flow of traffic, laws... Anything like that."

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"I'll do my best."

And they can walk into Sheboygan and find the library.

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Lily avoids coming off as too bizarre, probably, at least once she's changed. 

Library!!! She doesn't know this script so she'll need help interpreting any words, though, but she can look at pictures and use that to narrow down what she wants to start with. 

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Elspeth is happy to teach her to read! Very quietly because it's a library and you have to be soooo quiet in libraries, and also because it would be sorta weird to be learning to read at Lily's age.

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Well she's a second language speaker, so that's probably a bit less weird! She can read and take notes in her native language, anyways. (Though she's fascinated by everything being paper.)

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There are a few computers - Bella has a laptop and is doing things on that - but indeed it is mostly paper. They can get little pencils and scratch paper from a librarian if she wants to practice handwriting.

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Sure! It'll help her remember the letter shapes, if nothing else. (A lot of them are really similar.)

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Once Lily is mostly reading on her own Elspeth finds her the astronomy section.

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She picks out an assortment of things, and also learns how to navigate the computer so she can look up more things online, and studies them very intently, flipping the page when Master Anakin tells her to.

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Elspeth settles in with some YA fantasy novels.

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And Anakin reaches out -

(It's farther than it ever has felt before. She can't reach... Nearly anyone, actually. But one of her quasi-students has the same Force signature as her, with basically the same mental structure, and is always very, very easy to reach - Anakin gets through to Anathema and sends her as much as the girl will remember.)

(She gets some concern and exasperation back. Apparently Lily's droid isn't being very helpful. Anakin pokes Anathema with a reminder that Anakin's Force signature is programmed to access Tyrant, too, though Anathema will have to use the dark side to unlock anything. The response is sheepish, then agreeing, then - an unfolding sense in her head of the different probabilities for how the cavalry could get to Earth. Most of them don't feel likely at all, at least not to Anathema.)

(Anakin pushes fondness and a soft sense that she and Lily are fine, right now, across. She withdraws, then, after a promise from Anathema to try anyways, and returns her attention fully to the library.)

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She mentally pokes her teacher, gets a watered-down reflection of the conversation, then nods.

They've gotten everything they really need, and Lily's head is getting kind of full with astronomy, so she goes to poke at what the library's other sections are.

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The library has cookbooks and romance novels and picture books and science fiction and encyclopedias.

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Encyclopedias are worth browsing through, at least to get a quick overview of this planet's technology level, but Lily's head is still mostly full enough that she just sets some out of view of any humans or possible cameras for Master Anakin to flip through if she wants, then goes to poke the science fiction.

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The selection isn't great and it's missing the first books in a bunch of series but she can find some standard fare such as Ender's Game, Frankenstein, and Dune.

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She's a pretty fast reader so can get through at least enough to figure out which ones are most interesting to her, then find a collection of classic short stories and read those.

She does eventually get hungry, though.

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