This fills the square “The Three Languages,” and is from the Stranded World, from the seasonal siblings’ mother Eugenia. The Stranded landing page is here.
The Three Languages: talking about Strands
“They say a child found the strands.” Eugenia had gathered her children for storytime.
She cleared her throat. “A child who had no skill. So her father sent her out to the woods to learn a language.
“She came back the next night. ‘I know how to speak to the wildness,’ she told her dad.” Eugenia always did the voices. “‘Bah,’ he said, ‘try again.'”
“She came back the next night, again. ‘I know how to speak the calm order.’ And ‘Bah,’ he said, ‘try again.'”
“And the third night. ‘I know how to speak to kinship.’ And that was that for her dad. ‘Out,’ he bellowed.
“And out she went. But she had learned the language of the Strands, and she did not return.”
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