Mar 23, 2023 7:15 AM
a little mermaid in a fantasy larp school
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The Preceptor seems confused about this but gets her into the gown with some ado and belts it shut and then reblankets her. "Is there someone I should call to come get you?" he asks.

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Headshake.

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"...do you have... a house."

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Headshake!

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"Can you tell me how you got here?"

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Headshake headshake headshake!  . . . Throat tap-tap.

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"Right. And you can't write either, are you dyslexic?"

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Blink?

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"...writing? On paper?" He points at the scrap he gave her, mimes a bit.

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With the help of the miming Cyllene can develop a pretty good guess about how to use these objects!  She's not so sure about which end of the stick thing goes up, though.

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...he will draw a little squiggle on the paper to demonstrate, though he doesn't look like he expects this to help.

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It totally helps!!  Oh wow.  She grasps the pencil in her fist and creates squiggles and lines and hatches of her own, filling up the entire scrap.

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But she produces no words at all, which is what he would have called the best case scenario.

"Do you have any way to communicate besides mouthing words for people to lipread?"

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Headshake headshake.

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"Well. I'm not very good at lipreading and don't know if anyone in the school is. Can you read?"

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Blink?

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"I don't want you to freeze, so you can stay here for now, but we're really not equipped to play host to an illiterate mute."

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Nod nod.

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"I'll go tell the rest of the faculty about you - as much as I know, anyway, which is hardly anything - have you even got a name -"

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Cyllene.

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"Sallin?"

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Sssssssssai llllllllllleeeeennnnn.  Cyllene.

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"Saileen?"

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Nod nod nod.

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