Sep 22, 2021 4:42 PM
Cam and Warrior Cats
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"I know a few of their words."

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"Words for what?"

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"'Princess,' 'Smudge,' 'Henry.'  'Rusty.'"

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Cam starts trying words for "Princess", starting with English.

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"Yes, that's it."

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"Okay, cool, that means I'll be able to talk to them, which is weird but convenient. Is there anything having a translator would be useful for?"

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"I would want to talk to some other cats about that first."

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"Sure. Can I meet them too?"

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"Would you swear to stay here and not harm anything while I went and fetched them," he replies after a brief consideration.

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"This'll take how long?"

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"I'd be back well before sunset."

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"...yeah, okay, I'll wait here till sunset at the latest." He makes himself a chair and produces his computer and starts looking through local written material.

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The first thing he checks is in comprehensible English, at a glance.

"Do you swear it," interrupts the cat.

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"Is that special somehow? I don't have a particular specialness associated with it."

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"I already don't want to have to tell my Clanmates I left a talking Twoleg trespassing unescorted in ThunderClan territory, but more than that I wouldn't want to explain that I didn't even get him to swear not to go rampaging through it.  It won't change the minds of cats determined not to trust you but it's better than not."

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"I can swear to it but I do want to be clear this is not a stronger commitment for me than announcing my intention to take it really seriously. I swear I will wait here for you until sunset."

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"That's all I was asking.  It won't be quite that long," he meows, and trots off.

English mostly continues to be English (of the early 2000s variety, even), though he catches a few odd words and constructions here and there before he hears a bell jingling through the forest, somewhere off that way and low to the ground.

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And what might this bell belong to?

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Another cat, apparently!  Cam spots her before she spots him and she startles once she does.

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"Hi?"

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"Hello," she chirps back, sounding remarkably unsurprised.

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"I'm Cam, what's your name?"

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Now she looks surprised.

 

" - Princess.  You can actually talk, not just imitate cat speak?"

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"Yeah, it's a whole thing. Nice to meet you, Princess."

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"Nice to meet you too.  What are you doing just sitting in the forest?"

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