Dec 02, 2022 1:23 AM
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"If you aren't worried about it I don't imagine it's in my interests to convince you to be, as no clean Amentans look to be dropping out of the sky," he sighs.

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"If this is a mistake I can have the housekeeper wash everything anyway. Possibly except my books but I don't let arbitrary people touch my books anyway. You're welcome to come in and touch inanimate objects that aren't in my library or my bedroom or behind a lock of any kind and aren't the personal possessions of my household staff or of any guests of mine. I don't normally add conditions that explicitly but that's not anything that isn't generally understood to apply to most people, I'm just being explicit because you come from a very different context."

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"That's understandable." He gets up, a bit stiffly.

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She gathers up her letter and writing supplies and, carefully avoiding actually touching him, holds the door open. "Anyway, I didn't catch your name. I'm Tema Miara, second part of that is a hereditary surname."

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"I'm Nelen Suta, second part of that is a job name."

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She shows him inside. The building is airy and seems like it probably gets a lot of its light from the sun, though today is too overcast for that to work well, and there don't seem to be any electric lights. She has some fancy silver candlesticks.

Her housekeeper is lurking near the stairs down, obviously waiting to see the mysterious alien and not even really pretending to be productive.

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Nelen smiles at the housekeeper - toothily, in case that helps - and waves a little.

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"Nice hair," the housekeeper says, waving back.

"Tyela, this is Nelen, who is apparently an alien. Nelen, this is Tyela, who works for me."

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"It's nice to meet you, Tyela."

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"You too," Tyela says.

Tema heads down the stairs, gesturing for Nelen to follow, and points out various doors that lead to various rooms on the way to the kitchen.

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Nelen follows, tentatively but keeping up with her.

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The cook can be found exhaustedly flopped on a couch doing something that involves herbs and flower petals. He has matches out but hasn't lit any yet, and puts them away in his pocket when he sees Tema and Nelen. He has substantially darker skin than Tema and Tyela.

"Chanai, this is Nelen, who is apparently an alien who appeared out of nowhere. Nelen, Chanai. So I need help figuring out what aliens can eat and I am going to throw a party tomorrow so I'm leaving Nelen here with you while I go talk to people and you need to cook for a crowd of science types here to find out if Nelen is really an alien and ask him about plumbing. Yes, I know it's on short notice, apparently his alien magic thing is going to give out soon."

Chanai blinks and smiles and rises, pocketing an amethyst as he does so. "Pleased to meet you, Nelen, would you like to try one berry and see if it gives you a stomachache? I just got a basket of them."

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"I wonder if maybe I should try smelling things and see if any of them smell - foody? Before I actually taste anything."

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