This particular patch of forest is relatively unremarkable save for the path - wide enough for a good-sized wagon, though not smooth enough for the wheels of one - running through it; a skunk browses on low-hanging raspberries planted alongside the path while songbirds flit from branch to branch overhead, and there's the sound of underbrush being cut away somewhere in the middle distance.
All right. She's not great at eyeballing clothes for fit, so - knee-length grey skirt and loose white shirt okay?
Sounds good! That's pretty close to her casual clothes anyway. Thank you again!
She makes those, flattening the remaining crafting material out and folding it into quarters so she can cut a circle skirt out of it, which she adds a stretchy waistband with a partial drawstring to, and then flattening it again and folding it in half so she can 'cut' a simple shirt and a couple sizes of undershorts out of it - hopefully one of the pairs of shorts will fit well enough. There's not much crafting material left when she's done; she'll have to remember to bring more over in the morning.
These are great! Thank you. This remains super interesting -- the way these people use magic is just so different than she's used to.
Can she ask to see the crafting material itself instead of just the clothes? Or is honeysuckle wanting to go home?
She's not in a rush; here's the rest of the crafting material. Its current form won't tell her much, though, that's completely changeable.
(It looks and feels like a bundle of ordinary cloth scraps, right now, though if she finds where the shirt and shorts were freed from it she'll see that the layers of fabric are fused to each other there.)
Neat! She inspects it for a little bit and then hands it back. If it's not something inherent about the material that does track with what she's observed but she's glad to somewhat verify it.
She is not going to ask honeysuckle to leave, because that would be rude, but she is going to kind of hover awkwardly and maybe start messing with the buttons around the house again, which honeysuckle can join her in if she wants.
Honeysuckle heads out as soon as it seems like Mabel is done with her, saying that she'll be back in the morning with the clothing miniatures.
Sounds good! Mabel nods and smiles.
She takes a bath and then puts on her new clean clothes, and then she's going to sleep again.
Honeysuckle turns up again at midmorning, with a plate of apple-cinnamon french toast; hopefully she didn't leave Mabel waiting, she didn't want to wake her if she'd decided to sleep in.
Mabel does generally sleep in! She lets honeysuckle in and shakes her head no to indicate that she wasn't waiting long. The toast smells very good -- cinnamon is something she's familiar with but it is still somewhat of a luxury in her world, so she is going to eat that.
Are they going to learn more words now? She picks up her stack of dictionaries and tries to hold them inquisitively.
Sure! She does also have the clothing miniatures - she left the boxes on the porch, they're really going to want to add a table out there - but that can wait until they want a break.
Crafting, tools and objects, plants and animals, or natural phenomena next?
Tools and objects is probably going to be most useful for her, she'd like to try that dictionary. She doesn't need new clothes yet.
Tools and objects it is, then. The general tech level implied by the dictionary is... odd, mostly, compared to places with less ubiquitous or less flexible magic: on one hand, they don't seem to have infrastructure or nonmagical crafting, no electricity or engines or even metalworking, but on the other hand, 'self-propelled', 'robotic', and 'adjustable' are all traits that things can have - including self-propelled vehicles, robotic book-printers, and adjustable heaters, if the example sentences are to be believed. It's a bit hard to get a sense of what they do and don't have, beyond that; they seem to tend not to name specific inventions, but just have lots of options for describing what a particular instance of a general type of object, like houses or boats, is built to be able to do.
Mabel is probably not going to find these as immediately practical as the other dictionaries, but she's also definitely going to want to talk about these! Everything is so different. She wants to read all the books and ask all the questions, especially if descriptions are so vague.
Honeysuckle answers whatever questions Mabel manages to formulate without seeming annoyed! And she explains very well, Mabel can follow it all. She's, amazingly, having a good time.
Cute! She has a few questions of her own, when Mabel's questions offer hints of the world she's from - what is it like there? Or does she not have enough vocabulary to say, yet?
It's hard to describe with the vocabulary she has, but she gives it a try.
She explains cities, where many people live in the same territory even if they're not related. She tries to explain different species but she doesn't really have the vocabulary beyond "many types of crafters," and she's not good at drawing. Lots of vehicles run on water and heat -- she doesn't know the word for "steam" or "coal." People (crafters) can't make robots; they make themselves.
It's sweet that honeysuckle is so interested!
Cities sound interesting; most crafters would hate them but if they have... multiple different species about as smart as crafters? she'd write that like so... anyway if they have those then it wouldn't be too surprising that they all had different instincts and things. Steam she recognizes (and would write like so); coal she doesn't. Robots that can self-replicate sound neat but surely someone has to have made the first one? And, like, knows how they operate and everything so they can make modifications and stuff?
Cities can be a lot for sure! "Species" is a useful word to have -- some species live in cities and some species live alone.
Someone probably made the first coldsteel but nobody knows who for certain. She tells honeysuckle that the robots believe a powerful person with strong crafting ability made the first robot, and they have stories about it and give her lots of gifts, but she is not known for crafting and has not said that it was her. Now the robots only craft each other. She also doesn't know how to say that they're violent, so she tries to write that coldsteels have strong territory instincts. Now that she knows "species" she can say that in her world robots are a species -- it's not quite what she wants to say but it's close enough. She gets the feeling that robots here are not a species?
They are not! Robots as crafters make them aren't alive in any sense or smart in any but the most abstract sense, even the dumbest of bugs is smarter than they are.
Huh! So... like clockwork, kind of? People have made some interesting clockwork machines that are not people.
She doesn't know how to say this so she draws gears.
She's never seen gears before, so she's not sure! Crafted robots have parts that react to different things - touch, or sometimes light levels, or more rarely other stimuli - by doing things like moving or reshaping themselves, which can set off chain reactions in useful ways. The fan in Mabel's bed nook is robotic, for example, and the lights in her house only aren't because they don't have any moving parts - some robots are much more complicated, you really want to copy an expert's design for a cart or a self-propelled house or something like that, but plenty of robots are just simple things that move a little.
Oh, that makes sense! Definitely more similar to -- she doodles gears again -- instead of people-robots.
The self moving cart was very interesting and not something Mabel is used to -- she knows as soon as they read through the animals dictionary she'll probably know how to write "horse," but for now she'll draw a horse-drawn carriage.
If honeysuckle doesn't know much about robots is there something she usually prefers to make?
She's not particularly specialized and just does a little bit of everything, but her favorites are animal traps, which are often a bit robotic, and large housewares, like furniture and things - she's been wanting to get into house design, too, but hasn't had an opportunity to make anything full-sized yet.
Oh, neat! Sometimes it's useful to do everything. A lot of the furniture here is different from what Mabel is used to, which she wouldn't have expected; it's cool!
House design sounds interesting too; Mabel writes that she hopes honeysuckle can design one someday.
It'll happen. Maybe not soon, though; her mom is pretty good with having people in her space, but there's a difference between that and letting someone build in it, and honeysuckle doesn't want to move out alone - the plan right now, if nothing else comes up, is that she'll take over the territory when her mom gets too old to want to run it anymore, but probably something will turn up before then.