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Sep 30, 2022 8:38 AM
a very small alien in anomaland
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Ari will need to sleep for several hours in between; she muses that lots of little naps would have some good points regarding scheduling but that the overhead of getting up and going to bed is best done as rarely as possible. 

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The next day: Kalen!

"Hello! So, where's this new friend I've heard so much about?" he asks, hanging his travelling-coat by the door.

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"Welcome back!" Ari says, giving him a hug and a hairpet. "She's taking a nap but she'll be up any minute now."

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(Indeed, her little nest is emitting the tiniest snores.)

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"Oh, she's adorable! The pictures were an adequate warning but they did not include sound."

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"She's a total sweetheart. So how was your trip?" 

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"It was good! The Sycamore City rep showed me some very interesting usage statistics that totally changed my guess about the ideal order for electrifying our rail links."

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A tiny yawn issues forth from the nest, and a sleepy creature emerges, levitating up to Ari's shoulder height to peer curiously at the new arrival. "Friend husband yes?" she inquires.

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"Yes! Hello friend Petal, I am Kalen. It's a pleasure to meet you."

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Bounce bounce. "Happy meet friend Kalen!"

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"She's picking up Convergentlanguage so fast! I wouldn't have guessed she hatched yesterday."

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"She is! I'm so proud*."

*Translator's note: Convergentlanguage has several words that could translate as "proud"; this one refers to admiration for an intellectual accomplishment in which the speaker participated only peripherally.

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"What's-that yesterday?"

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