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Maebella
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Tue May 15, 2018 9:13 pm

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Maebella was glad to be back from Scalvoris. It wasn't that she'd disliked what she'd seen of the island but simply that it hadn't been home. It was an odd thing in truth but she had believed that she'd be thrilled to finally see more of the world, a greater variety of culture and language. Alas, her ability to enjoy it had been limited, Virikai's presence had left her feeling tethered. Perhaps it was due to the fact that he had sprung more than one surprise upon her in a relatively short number of trials. If she'd felt that she had warning, had time to process and feel that she had choice then it might have been all right but instead, he had made her move in with him and had then chosen to take a trip through the Portals. It had been a number of new experiences but she was glad to return to familiar ground and familiar habits. Once more, she had some freedom and independence and so she had chosen to make herself scarce, to escape the Fortress and return to her old student accommodations to see Gara.

When she arrived at the familiar door, it was strange to knock rather than fishing out a key and simply opening it herself. She wasn't even sure that the Ellune would be present and if she was not, it would be the height of awkwardness; the young woman had never gotten on with her other housemates that well, despite knowing them for longer.

When the door was pulled aside, the taller woman stood there, face splitting into a joyful smile at the sight of her fellow scholar and friend.

"Maebella! You are back!" she cooed delightedly, her voice soft as always, the gentle child of Treid feeling little need to raise her voice to an excessive degree.

The Eídisi smiled crookedly. "How very well observed," she teased as she stepped through into the familiar hallway and made her way to the kitchen without any conscious thought; it was simply habit. "How has Viden been in my absence? Anything of interest occur? Any exciting breakthroughs in your studies and research?" she questioned, partly out of politeness and partly out of genuine curiosity.

By this time, she had arrived at the kitchen table, its surface covered in various books and papers from Gara's work. A page with crude drawings on it caught her eye first, drawing a puzzled frown from her before she saw the doll. Or at least, what she thought was a doll. It had an organic look but that wasn't what clued her in to its living status; as she cast her eyes over it, it moved.

"By Yvithia! What-" she gasped, taking a startled step back, trying to process the unexpected sight, the surprise of the little living thing. It looked like a plant.

Gara laughed musically. "This is what happened while you were away. This is Leeloo, she is Tunawa," the Ellune explained. "I'm trying to teach her Common. She struggles with the sound but look, we try." She leaned low, gestured to herself and said her own name before pointing to the Tunawa, slowly but clearly saying, "My name is Leeloo," so that the little one would have time to copy her.

Maebella simply gaped.
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Thu May 17, 2018 2:58 am

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Leeloo had been 'studying' alongside Gara. Well Gara had been studying and Leeloo had been drawing her portrait at the edge of her paper. Despite the trauma she had gone through recently, she was doing well and adjusting to this new life. Her rescuer Gara was the kindest well.... She wasn't sure what exactly what Gara was. The woman was much taller than any other person the Tunawa had ever seen. She dwarfed even Lyssia's father. Her skin was like snow with grey patches. She may have been unlike any other human in looks, but also in heart. She left food for Leeloo and at night filled a mug with warm water for the small women to soak in it helped keep the cold out of her. Leeloo got the feeling that she genuinely cared about her well being, and Leeloo would always be in debt to the grey woman.

She smiled returning to mimicking Gara's words. Until there was a knock on the door, "Ah! Ga-ra!" She mimicked the knocking noise. Leeloo repeated this a few times, yelling Gara and then the knocking noises on the last one she ended on a dove's coo. The Tunawa quieted down as Gara opened the door and enthusiastically greeted who ever was on the other side. Straining in to hear who the visitor was Leeloo concluded by the sound of the voice it was a female. The temptation to hide was there, but if Gara knew and trusted this woman she would too. She went back to her doodles and began to hum. Gara would introduce her if it was necessary.

A shocked voice made Leeloo jump before slowly looking up to see the woman Gara was so happy to see, "Eh?....Ah!" Looking up Leeloo expected another giant grey woman, perhaps Gara had a sister... But instead stood a woman of frozen blue skin. Was this normal? Was she really really cold? By the looks of her she needed to get warmed up and fast! Turning to Gara, Leeloo pointed at the woman and pretended to shiver, "Brrrrr Ga-Ra!!! BRrrr!"

Gara approached her words soft and kind. Maybe this was normal? Frozen people. Leeloo turned her attention to Gara's words and gestures. She pointed at Gara and loudly exclaimed, "Ga-ra!!" When pointed at she slowly mimicked what Gara said, "My....n-na.. My nam... ees....My nam ees Leeloo?" She looked up and Gara to see if she had said the sentence right. Looking at the gaping frozen woman she pointed to herself," Leeloo! Lee Loo. La Leeloo La! Leeloo La!" She pointed her finger to the new woman seeking her name now, "Brrr?"


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Mon May 28, 2018 10:34 pm

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A Tunawa. She'd read about them of course but Maebella supposed that she'd never truly believed that the race really looked like this. Or made such a peculiar sound. The Eídisi could only stare, caught between fascination and some degree of alarm, as she watched Leeloo interact with Gara. The shivering and the sound she made indicated cold, the scholar quick to determine her meaning even as her friend began to chuckle.

"It isn't funny. Surely she knows that people don't normally acquire my colouring from cold alone," Maebella quipped, some irritation in her tone as her cheeks darkened in hue. Her white gaze turned to the Ellune, wondering if the little thing had had a similar reaction to her taller friend. After all, the Ellune race often walked around coated in ice and snow and even when they didn't, there was a more frozen, lifeless quality to their skin when compared with the average humanoid. It seemed doubtful that she could explain it to Leeloo though; the plant woman's grasp of language was decidedly limited. Instead, the scholar was left a little exasperated by the communication barrier. However, her interest was more strongly piqued now, unaware that she was channelling some of the scholarly observation that her fiancé frequently indulged in as part of his work in the FRA.

The thing didn't lack intelligence. She seemed quite quick but there was something about her manner, the sing-song way she said her name, the little tune that she broke out into that made her seem childish. The Eídisi's head tilted to one side as she considered the Tunawa. Were they naturally like this or was this one quite young? Or perhaps it was something else. She'd learned that sing-song tone from somewhere and so she wondered if her manner was a result of environment. If so, she'd either been infantilised or had actually been socialised with children. Well, she had mistaken Leeloo for a doll initially so perhaps that was a clue to her past. Perhaps someone had used her as a living doll.

When the Tunawa requested her name, Maebella bit her lip. Gara's name was simple for the little thing to say, short and with simple syllables. She worried that her own name might be too complex for Leeloo to say without butchering. Although some version of her name, even butchered, seemed preferable to 'Brrr!'

She placed a hand on her breast. "Maebella. May-bell-AH," she enunciated, trying to be as clear as possible as she spoke slowly.

Her gaze darted to her scholarly friend and she shook her head minutely, impressed and disbelieving. "How have you had the patience to communicate with her? She can hardly speak and she's like a child," Maebella remarked. "Not a very advanced child at that but she seems quick enough under it. Is there any way I can tell her that I'm not cold though?"

The Ellune spread her hands helplessly and gave a shrug.

With a sigh and feeling stupid, she pointed to herself, shook her head and mimicked shivering as she said, "Not brrr!" Even as she said it, her face took on colour, the young woman glad that there was no one else to witness her making a fool of herself. To think that her grasp of language was so good, her vocabulary - in Common and the Ancient Tongue at least - quite extensive and yet she had been reduced to this!
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