May 21, 2022 2:16 PM
lornell in green
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"Words, not cytesine."

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"I also know words like BIOME and ZIRCONIUM and SUNKENMIDDLEOFACAKE*!"

* Literally something like "valley" but an archaic form now fossilized to mean only this property of baked goods.

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". . . Maybe example.  Us all go go go go at there - " they point to a tree waaay over on the other side of the park, "Person who, for a moment, is an only person there, is best?"

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The kids puzzle over this for a minute.

"You want to race them?" suggests an adult who's been reading on a bench nearby.

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"Maybe!"

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"Maybe?"

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"I don't know what are words!  May I or n't know what are words!"

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"I'm not going to tutor you in Lozan, why are you looking for Lozan tutoring in a park?"

"I'M GOING TO WIN," hollers the astro-child and off he runs for the tree.

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Lornell starts back-handspringing after astrokid.

. . . That's still not slow enough to lose automatically?  Even with the head start??  They incorporate greater numbers of backflips until their pace matches.

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The kid is clearly running as fast as he can! He tags the tree and then sprints back to the other kids.

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Lorn jogs behind on the way back and isn't out of breath by the time the two of them return.

"You want not," they illustratively breathe heavily for a moment, "this?  You may take of me!  What is a word of that."

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Astro-child giggles. "You talk funny!"

"Make SENSE," says the musician kid, less amused.

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"May may may may what is a word of that?"

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"May may may may may," repeats the musician. "May may may may may may may may..."

Cake kid is getting bored and wandering away.

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Does bench adult seem to have any sort of opinion about this.

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Bench adult is ignoring him.

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Excellent.  Sigh.

In Cretari: "Does anyone here speak Cretari?"  In Bloudelake: "Does anyone here speak Bloudelake."  In Fareregnite: "Why did the shopkeeper not come back to work after the seasonend?  Because winter autumn spring summer."  (It's a pun.)  In the conlang built for that one play Lorn went to go see two years ago, did it have a name Lorn thinks it probably didn't: "In time of old, when heroes cultivated their own bravery and less was the price of sobriety . . ."

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Musician kid apparently likes the Fareregnite word for summer and says it 24 times.

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Lornell keeps trying languages.  "'You may value neither your life nor your face, but I, one - may I keep it?'  'The hunted, weary souls cling dear to their hope like a thrashing trout.'  'Forcing you to use both halves of your brain at the same time, a capella.'  'My friend Nara went to Sairus once, and came back with the most interesting hairdo made out of precisely-copied cowlicks; it was really cool.' 'You can't just slow down in the middle of the road, y' . . . know . . . .'"

. . . Lorn notices that they don't actually expect this tactic to work.

In Lozan again: "Sorry and may - ah, please? - where is a persons of words, of where 'something very mysterious has been happening at me', of where person offenses in mysterious country?"

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"Mysterious country mysterious country," chants musician kid. Cake kid is building a cairn out of rocks now. Astro-kid says "Do you hafta go on an emergency vacation?"

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"What is an emergency vacation?"

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"It's if you get overwhelmed about your whole life and not just like a room," says astro-kid, "and you go to a hotel for a few days and decompress."

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"And . . . are there a person of something very mysterious has been happening at me?"

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"...maybe? I dunno."

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Lorn does a walkover into an elbow stand and then drops their head and starts running their hands through their hair.  Sighs.

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