Dec 02, 2022 1:12 AM
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"They pull vehicles. They're not the best choice for Rekk, really, the climate doesn't agree with them. We do have plumbing, though I don't know if it's different from yours."

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"I was not a professional plumber but may be able to reconstruct some things about how our plumbing works if it's better. Which I am starting to suspect it may be."

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"Plumbing innovation is the sort of thing that's worth going out of my way to keep you alive. I can get you a meeting with someone who'd know more than I do about how plumbing works but I need to have some idea what to tell them that doesn't look like a paper-thin lie."

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"- I think your teeth look weird. Do my teeth look weird to you." He displays them. He has six teeth between each pair of canines, not four, and they're small.

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"Very, yeah. The thing is, I hear about unique birth defects sometimes and I've never heard of an alien before."

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"My hair grows in like this. If you pull one out it will be red at the root too. - I have my pocket everything with me." He pulls it out; it notices it is being handled and displays the time and his number of accumulated notifications (zero).

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"What is that?"

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"My pocket everything," he repeats. "I don't have a way to charge it here. It will stop lighting up in a few days, faster if I use it for more than keeping time. But maybe enough people could see it in the meantime?"

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"Yes, that seems like it should work. Do you want me to throw a party where we show it to people?"

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"...that sounds better than being murdered?"

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"I am entirely competent to throw a party on short notice. What does your pocket everything do, though?"

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"- on another planet not very much. It can play music. And show pictures of things that I saw and wanted a picture of at the time. - the music will not be in this language, which, I don't know how I speak it, it seems arguably stranger than being here at all."

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"...That is also weird. Maybe I should invite some linguists to the party, too. And people who've studied the history of music. Will tomorrow be soon enough?"

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"Yes, it will still have charge then."

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"Okay. And if it's not magic then is there a simpler thing, or a prerequisite field of study, or something, that I should invite people who know about?"

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"Do you have electricity at all, or people who study - lightning, or the way things can zap you when the weather is very dry -"

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"I will see if I can get anyone who plays around with electricity to come."

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"There's probably no real chance of getting this charged but if there's... magic... then that could surprise me." He is uncurling very slightly at this point.

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"Mermaids make life, I don't know if your thing is alive enough for that to help. I'm not very sure what dragons and phoenixes do, we don't see much of them."

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"It's not alive at all."

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"Even though it does things? Hm. Well, was being unverifiably polluted your only objection to coming in and letting my cook fix you something? I suppose actually we should give you a small amount of one thing now and a small amount of something else later and see if you feel sick, only we don't really have that much time before I have to throw a party and you should probably be seen eating something at it..."

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"Yes, that was all - uh, why is it important I be seen eating something -"

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" - You know, you're right. It'd stand out for you not to but ideally no one's going to doubt that it's because you're an alien and worry it's really about poison."

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"I should definitely test things to see if I feel all right soon, though, so if I don't I have time to try other things before I starve."

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"Yes. Are we definitely not worrying about whether you'll track invisible dirt through my house?"

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