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Isabella Amariah ⍋ "Amariah" ([personal profile] dark_light) wrote2013-01-31 03:10 pm

symbols hold infinite layers of meaning

Isabella studies her new alethiometer dictionary between magical assignments from Metis. She even found a book of sample questions and answers - the English originals of the questions and the professional readers' deciphering of the answers are given, and she can try her hand at composing symbolized versions of each. She uses the exercises sparingly. There aren't that many of them, and she doesn't want to contaminate her knowledge of the subject while she's still learning, not until she has an actual alethiometer in her hands and can try asking it questions to which she already knows the answers to calibrate.
truthwright: (⑹ of all that you could see)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-01-31 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
At some point, Kas appears, with Petaal lying across his shoulders as a linsang.

"What's up?"
truthwright: (⑷ sweet sweet thing)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-01-31 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
"My sweetie is fluffy," he hums, petting said sweetie on his fluffy head. "How's your studying? Is it fun? Whatcha learning?"
truthwright: (⑶ anticipatin' fun)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-01-31 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Petaal jumps to the floor and lionizes. Kas perches on him.

"So how're you doing it?"
truthwright: (⑺ have things my own way)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-01-31 11:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Brightly: "Can I try?"
truthwright: (⑸ got no innocence)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-01-31 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Kas accepts notebook, pen, and phone.

He spends some time scrolling through meanings.
truthwright: (⑻ who i really am)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-01-31 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, okay. Crocodile, horse, cornucopia, those are just obvious. But they don't tell the whole story. The question's too narrow, anyway, like it's forgetting this thing speaks to you in full sentences whether you like it or not.

"Hey," he thinks to ask, "can you use two levels of one symbol at the same time?"
truthwright: (⑽ something inexpressible)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 12:14 am (UTC)(link)
"Huh. Okay," he says. "That makes my life a lot easier."

He goes back to his perusal.
truthwright: (⑿ when all the world's asleep)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
Kas goes back to his reading.

After some scribbling and hemming and hawing, his page looks like this:

Cornucopia - abundance, currency

Horse - Europe, transition

Crocodile - America
truthwright: (⑷ sweet sweet thing)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 12:33 am (UTC)(link)
"This is fun," he declares, and puts all the stuff down so he can bury his hands in Petaal's fur and snuggle her a bunch.
truthwright: (⑹ of all that you could see)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
"When you get an alethiometer, can I play with it?"
truthwright: (⑸ got no innocence)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 01:04 am (UTC)(link)
"I won't break it," he promises. "What do curses do, anyway?"
truthwright: (⑶ anticipatin' fun)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
He snorts. "Cute."
truthwright: (⑴ my troubles  will be few)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 01:11 am (UTC)(link)
...Petaal giggles.

After a moment, so does Kas.
truthwright: (⑹ of all that you could see)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
"Nothiiiiiiiiiing," Petaal singsongs. "Hey, I wanna hug you. Can I hug you?"
truthwright: (⑷ sweet sweet thing)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
"Okay," says Petaal. Kas unperches from her, and she shifts bat to fly into Isabella's lap and linsang to snuggle up in it.
truthwright: (⑸ got no innocence)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
Petaal nudges her head under Isabella's hand, in a very 'pet me, pet me' manner.

Kas curls up happily on the floor.
truthwright: (⑹ of all that you could see)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
Kas is indeed smiling. Petaal is indeed soft. And she makes a happy humming sound when Isabella pets her.

Actually, they both do.
truthwright: (⑷ sweet sweet thing)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
After a little while of everyone enjoying themselves, Petaal turns into a fluffy long-haired cat and requests belly rubs.
truthwright: (⑺ have things my own way)

[personal profile] truthwright 2013-02-01 01:43 am (UTC)(link)
Purrrrrr.