May 21, 2022 2:28 PM
a dyr in green
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"Okay. I don't get it but it's your under-the-bed-zone."

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"Petal's zone!" she agrees, continuing to tidy it.

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"How many petals do you wanna get?"

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"Lots!" She thinks to herself, and surveys the available space under the bed. "...one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one petal! Then zhoop."

She looks to be not too far off from that goal; at a glance there's maybe a couple dozen petals in the hexgrid.

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"Why thirty-one?"

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"For zhoop!"

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"Is zhooping thirty-one better than zhooping twelve or forty-eight?"

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Petal considers this. How to explain...

"Zhoop one two three, get one. Zhoop one two three four five, get one two..."

Her habit of naming numbers by counting up to them is a bit of an impediment in this context, but she manages to convey by means of small examples that zhooping only works on odd numbers, so an odd number that zhoops into an odd number that zhoops into another odd number all the way down to three into one is the best kind of zhoop.

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"Huh! Why's it work that way?" Suvi asks.

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"Doesn't know!"

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"How did you find out it worked that way?"

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"...knows," she says, with a stumped-looking scrunch on her tiny face.

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"That must be so confusing to know all this stuff you can't possibly have learned," says Deshi.

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"Mysteeeeerious!"

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"So mysterious." Pet pet.

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Soft little floatgoat. Soft little burbles.

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