Sep 18, 2020 10:24 PM
native Fëanorian Amentans
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"Say 'hi Senel this is Telkam, borrowing someone's device, I need three thousand tap for reasons I'll totally call and explain once I have service' - Senel's his social secretary -"

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"Do they know Tapap -"

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"Uh, bits and pieces, I've been teaching them, but I can spell out the Anitami for you -" sigh. "Or you could give me the phone and I can go wash later, this is a bit absurd."

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"I could put it on speakerphone. I don't want to get in trouble -"

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"Sure, let's try that."

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She dials whatever he tells her to dial and puts it on speakerphone.

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"Hello!" says a cheery female voice in Anitami.

         "Hi, Senal. I need some money quickly, can you put me through -"

"Need money for what?"

         "Child credit. It's a long story."

" - it's not even the right season -"

         "Not mine. I met a girl and they're behind on payments and in Tapa apparently they shoot the kid for that and I wanna pay it off because what the fuck."

"- in other words you met a girl and she had a sob story about how she needs - how much - from the foreigner who doesn't know anything about how Tapai law works -"

        "Three thousand tap."

"Uh huh. Who even leases a child credit."

       "She said she didn't plan the kid - maybe she has a birth control allergy or something -"

"Uh huhhh."

       "Just put me through, please."

"He's not to be interrupted."

       "Can he call me back when he's done."

"You quit your job to go play commoner that's your lookout, but if you're going to do it and beg off everyone else so you can keep living like a green -"

      "I want to speak to my brother."

"I'll tell him you called." Click.

 

He scowls at her phone.

 

"I have another idea."

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"I'm not allergic - or stupid - he just didn't warn me - I can show you pictures of her if you don't believe me -"

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"She's just a moron. Most people are. If they weren't I'd feel slightly bad about suggesting this."

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"Suggesting what?"

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"I'm green. I dyed it and signed up for the army because I hated my life. My dad switched castes as a kid and he didn't even dye his hair. No one notices, no one checks, everyone just assumes - bleach your hair, take the baby - the bleach'll fuck up her skin, if it's not coming in like bright red you might just say it's orange or something - crash at my place and I'll lean on my brother for papers -"

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"- hers actually is orange -"

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"There you go, even better. It's a stupid fucking system and the best way to rip it up is for people to just switch whenever the fuck it doesn't suit them."

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"- even if you are really really sure you want to put us up timing will be dicey -"

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"I don't give a fuck - I mean, I'll crash somewhere else, but I usually do that anyway - can you keep her in the truck with you so when there's an opening -"

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"She's quiet but I don't know if she's that quiet..."

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"I could, like, see if I can get Makel to show up for morale or something and then we could get a ride back with him."

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"Okay like do you mean the singer -"

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"Uh, yeah -"

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"Um. Wow."

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Snort. "I don't want to call again but I can confess to my unit commander and ask."

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"...okay."

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The next time his unit commander seems to be in a good mood he asks.

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"Entertainment visits go through the desks, but I don't mind as long as he does the one about the bird."

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"Thanks."

He asks the desk.

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