Aug 08, 2022 3:53 AM
gazette in survivorverse
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She is not overtly wielding this paper as a weapon. She just takes notes on it - she presses pretty hard with her pen - and puts it in her pocket.

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Fair enough! Then he can show her the door and give directions to the nearest library, without incidentally at any point letting her get a look at any of the members of his organization other than himself or the young lady who was with him earlier.

She's in a small town - by Renaissance standards, a small city - in the Midwest, and the sun is hot and high in the extremely blue sky above. If you look far enough, there's fields - mostly corn and soybeans - off in the distance, and occasional pasture.

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She puts her hat back on against the sun. Inconvenient Iskander doesn't have one.

They walk to the library.

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Nobody interferes with this project! A few people give them slightly funny looks. The library building that the Tyrant pointed them at is large and fancy by the standards of any building not a temple or palace, not very large or fancy by the standards of temples or palaces. Very clean by any standards, though.

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Wow, there are so many books here.

That's not what they're there for though. Ky, feeling a certain kinship with librarians, approaches the one behind the desk.

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"Hello... ma'am?" The librarian behind the desk has been a small-town librarian for a while, and people wearing Greek tunics do not usually just walk in. Maybe she was at a costume party and hasn't had time to change? (Or maybe she's a SUPERHERO. Probably not, though.)

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"Hello. We have come by a translator that once belonged to the Smith and would like to get in touch with him about it," she says, gesturing at the translator.

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SUPERHERO!

The librarian is polite and she is not going to be very excited about that, but when someone speaks an unknown language into a fancy electronic box and English comes out of it, a Famous Superhero being involved is PRETTY LIKELY. "All right, his public number's in the Yellow Pages, do you need help finding it, or with the telephone?" Or does she just need to borrow a phone?

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"Iiiii'd appreciate your help with the whole thing."

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Right! So what you do is you look up his number in the Book That Lists All Numbers, and then you type the correct number, and then...

"... Yes, it's for the Smith... there's someone who says she has his translator... she's using it to talk to me..."

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"We don't speak any of the languages here, and need it," she adds.

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Then that will be repeated!

"He says he can hear it in the background, but he wants to know who you are and - he says he wants to talk to you?"

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"I'm Gazette and this is my brother Iskander. I don't know if the translator works over the phone."

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"Uh, you can try it?"

The translator is a little box you speak into; she attempts to hand the phone to Gazette, which phone is unfortunately designed so speak into its mouth directly, not with a little magic box in between.

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She'll try being... louder? "Hello!"

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"[Something untranslatable!]" Whoever he is sounds very interested. "[Totally untranslatable? Totally untranslatable.]"

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"I can't understand you, sorry." She hands the phone back to the librarian.

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Who listens, and - "He wants to know where you're from and where you found it and - excuse me, Smith - one moment - how you got here -"

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"Weeee don't know how we got here. We're from Scythia and were lent the translator by the first person we met."

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"Uh - he's curious where that is and how the translator got to be here, if you have any idea?"

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"The first person we met introduced himself as the Titanium Tyrant. It was walking distance from here."

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The librarian blanches.

"Thank you," she says, after a long pause. "He, uh, wants to know if the Titanium Tyrant asked you not to tell him his name."

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"No... I guess that might mean he's planning on not being around here anymore soon?"

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"... He says he'll be right over."

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"Cool. Can we wait here in the library?"

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