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Jun 24, 2017 3:10 PM
At the End of All Things Elves in Revelation
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That obvious, huh. Well, nothing was riding on it being a private matter. "Thank you."
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He leans back, closes his eyes, and sings. It's stunning, and also for some reason desperately sad. It's in one of the other languages; the lyrics are about little children playing by a brook. 

 

When he's done without comment he sends Cam home.

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Demon has his reunion with his parents!
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He is probably too distracted to pick over those languages or that weird series of questions for quite some time! But probably not forever. Probably before extraction begins, even; he's not an Elf.

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For one thing, his parents sleep, and he, instead, drinks coffee.

Pick pick pick.
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Languages: five in which he is fluent, two in the same language family and two in a different language family and one related to none of the others, none of them related to any spoken on Earth. Two more in which he is conversant, not counting English, which came with some very weird turns of phrase and vocabulary. Those two are unfamiliar to everything else also. 

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His laptop does not have an input method for the alphabets, Wikipedia's list of languages doesn't have them...

...the heck?
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Conjuring for the complete works written in them gets only a handful of texts, for most, and none at all, for some, and entire libraries for Thindarin. 

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Well. He will read the handsful, first, then start rummaging through Thindarin.
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Nothing in particular seems to distinguish the handful; they're mostly notes. Some mention unfamiliar names and titles. Maybe Matthew was really into conlanging in his youth.

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Yeah no.



Can he make a Matthew.
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What the fuck.



Further digging reveals that Matthew's father did... die a long time ago... and has produced a lot of "posthumous" work. That there was a whole Thindarin-speaking civilization nobody knows about. That he can produce irregular, frustrating bits of stuff related to the places and things Matthew mentioned.

He can't make Matthew but he can make his cellphone and find out what its number is and call it.
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"Matthew Carter, how can I help you?"

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"Hi, this is the demon you summoned a few weeks ago, is this a good time?"
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"Hell has cell service now? It's not, especially. I'm at work."

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"I can call back later."
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"Thank you. I plan to retire in ten years." Click.

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...Cam was thinking like "later that day". He calls back a few hours later.
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"Matthew Carter, how can I help you?"

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"Are you off work yet?"
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"No, I told you, I'm working until I'm sixty. It's the best pension plan."

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"I suppose literally never leaving work has an advantage commutewise, but seriously."
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He switches to Quenya. "Not a good conversation to conduct over the phone and did you check where I work. Call my brother -" and he gives another number.

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"Didn't check, sorry." He hangs up. He calls the other number.
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