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The Reading Lesson
September 15th, Tag Nala
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It was midday, before the start of Nala's shift, and of Kaalth's shift as well, since Nala or Jaya or both had apparently decided that he and Nala should always work at the same time.

That had made the last few days rather difficult, it was hard to work at the same place as someone and avoid them at the same time, but Kaalth had done his best, working hard at all of the jobs that involved being off the floor. Especially when Nala was dancing. Her dancing was beautiful and skillful and sensual and positively painful to watch since she'd rejected him.

So he'd decided that the best course of action was to remember manners that his father had taught him when he was around unmarried women-speak only when needed, stay a few feet away, breathe through an open mouth, to avoid their pheromones. Not that any of this would discourage pursuit by a really determined woman, but it was meant to be a clear indication that he, as a well brought up young man, wasn't interested in any improper relationship. Instead he was supposed to work hard, keep his head down, and wait.
He hadn't done that with the copy of Nala, he'd been brazen, looking for excuses to be near her, to speak to her, to make sure that her needs were taken care of, and he'd started on the same path with the real Nala. Tried to do things the modern way, and that had ended in disaster. Not that being old-fashioned about it was going to attract Nala's attention, but it at least meant that he didn't have to watch her lead other guys into a back room, didn't have to be reminded that he wasn't good enough.

Now, though, he had a chance to prove himself. To show that he was capable of learning, and he'd be alone with her. Which was-well, Kaalth reminded himself, it wasn't considered scandalous, not any more, but still, it was something. She wouldn't let him into her personal quarters if she completely hated him. Not hating him was a start, at least.

So he knocked on the door, holding the data pad and stylus that he'd used for his lessons before. He'd scrubbed it, of course. There had been a bunch of data files that were full of practice sentences that she'd had him compose on his own, and they'd mostly said things like:

Nala is pretty.
Red is my favorite color.
I like kissing Nala.
Kaalth loves Nala.
Nala makes Kaalth happy.

with the quality of the penmanship and the complexity of the sentences increasing as his writing had improved. All of those were deleted now, he wouldn't risk embarrassment for either of them. This wasn't a romantic visit, this was a reading lesson.

Just a reading lesson he told himself firmly as he knocked on the door.
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Nala was more uncertain about the lesson she had planned than she'd like to admit to- it had been awkward enough being around Kaalth when she had rejected him so harshly and that was when they had a strong buffer between them. This lesson would be just the two of them again- something that had her fidgeting in discomfort while she awaited his arrival. Nala knew logically that there should not be even remotely anxious about the arrival of the bouncer- and yet she found herself drumming her fingers on the table while she sat.

Overthinking things as usual, she stood abruptly and crossed the room to throw open her window as it occurred to her that the confined space might cause their scents to concentrate and he didn't need that help.

Admittedly... Nala wasn't certain she'd fare much better- especially considering she could reign in her scent- something that was beyond Kaalth's abilities.

Focusing on the task at hand she returned to her seat and began to straighten the few items on the table. Nala had gathered together a few different activity books that she thought might be a nice change of pace from children's books- a few word searches (ones with simple words and large letters) a few find the item style puzzles- and a few connect the dots to help with his penmanship. Admittedly that last one was a bit of a stretch but it wasn't exactly like she had ever taught a grown man to read before.

...Nala had also brought a few of her first books with her, though she wasn't certain he'd be terribly interested. She used to make her father read her the same one every night- about a woman who explored the Galaxy. Her dad used to say that the heroine was just like Nala's mom.

Of course she also had her own data pad and stylus so that she could set up a few extra lessons for him. Questions to answer- that sort of thing. She figured it would be good practice for him to read handwriting and reply in kind- and it would give her a good idea of his current level.

Hearing the knock on the door she startled upright and took a deep breath to calm her racing heart. Just a reading lesson, she reminded herself, even as she crossed the room to open the way for him to enter. "Hello Kaalth, please, come in, take a seat." Nala offered in a soft voice, not smiling but not frowning either.

Moving back to her own chair she tapped her datapad to awaken it and opened the file she had begun with the sample questions. Passing it to the other side of the table she wanted no time getting down to business. "If you will- answer the questions as best as you can- in written format. Don't feel the need to hurry, I just want an idea of where you are starting- if you'll pass me your device I will upload some other exercises to it while you work."
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"Hi." Kaalth said as she opened the door, "I'm here for the reading lesson." a reminder to him that this was all it was, that it wasn't, for example, an excuse to spend time alone with her, and an acknowledgement to her that he understood that she was just doing this out of kindness. Kindness and a desire to help, which just showed how wonderful he was and-No, he was just here for a lesson.

He saw that she'd left a window open, and he was glad for that, since it would make things easier. Especially since these had been his quarters as well, for the time that-reading lesson, he was here for a reading lesson. Keeping a careful distance between them, Kaalth sat down at the table across from Nala, noticing the books that were on the table-real books, and they looked different than the ones that Jaya had replicated for him. They looked well read, and he realized that they must be ones that had belonged to Nala. He was glad, it would be nice to read something different, and these didn't look familiar.

With a nod, Kaalth took the pad and handed her his, glad that he'd taken care to remove any files that might be awkward for her to read, and began answering the questions. He could see that they were at a variety of levels. Some were very simple, and he was able to answer them quickly, others it took him a few minutes to sound out all of the words, and he wasn't quite sure that he'd answered correctly. Still, he worked carefully and did his best, being careful, as he worked to keep his mouth open, since not breathing through his nose minimized pheromone exposure, even though in this case it was more a polite indication that he wasn't interested in her physically. Which was as close as he could come to a lie, not that she'd be able to scent that, he was too nervous for anything else to be obvious.

After a few minutes he looked up at Nala, held the pad out to her and said "I'm done. I underlined all of the words I didn't know, and circled all the questions I think I got wrong, or if I wasn't sure. Maybe we can go over them?" hoping that she wouldn't be too disappointed.
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Nala held her laughter at his remark- because it was vaguely endearing that he was stating his purpose for entering. As though she had any doubt of his reasons. No, Nala was quite certain she had burned that bridge- which admittedly stung in a way she hadn't been anticipating. In part it made her wonder if she was destined to be alone, but it also made her feel rather immature. She'd been trained to never destroy a connection in the off chance she'd need it again and yet here she was.

Nala pinched her thigh slightly to return her focus to the matters at hand. She did her best to ignore the wide berth Kaalth was leaving her- something that as a professional seductress left her feeling more than a little small- and returned to her spot. It would potentially be more difficult to teach one to read from across the room- but she deserved that kind of treatment so she'd have to do her best.

She accepted his datapad comfortably, taking care not to brush his hand in the process. Nala gave a brief nod of approval as he set to work and began collecting the various tasks she had set for him, putting them in easily found folders with helpful titling. Accidentally deleting one of the files, she bit back a curse before going diving into the garbage folder.

Nala of course restored her file quite easily- but she was altogether too curious about the other file that remained. Particularly as it had a name similar to those she had just organized- suggesting it was work Kaalth had done for- Nala frowned slightly- for the other Nala. Glancing up to be certain he was still focused on the task at hand she gave in to temptation and opened the document.

It took her a moment to parse the words- admittedly not because they were very poorly written, simply in that they were written by an unfamiliar hand. She raised an impressed eyebrow for a brief moment after she began to read but before she realized what the phrase said.

'Nala makes Kaalth happy.' She read, unintentionally mouthing the words as she did. She paled with shame before exiting out and pretending she had never seen it. Yes- the other Nala made Kaalth happy. Where as this one just yelled at him and threw his gifts on the ground. Nala chuckled every so quietly at herself- she was jealous- of someone who didn't even really exist. Part of her wondered whether her and Kaalth could have had that kind of-.. That kind of love. If he hadn't met her shadow first. Or if even a theoretical 'copy' of her was still nicer and more enjoyable to be near than Nala herself.

When she glanced up and saw how deliberately he was breathing through his mouth she knew the latter must be true. He had asked her out because he thought she was as nice as her echo was- and now that he knew better, he'd certainly want nothing to do with her. She had practically forced him to work the same shift as her. She hadn't given him a choice about attending the reading lesson- if she weren't set on making his lack of education right, she'd tell him to go if he wanted.

Maybe she should go.

Especially considering she couldn't avoid his scent like he could hers- she reigned hers In, left the window open and could breathe through his mouth. For Nala to breathe in through her mouth would be to state outright exactly how much she liked his smell- with it being so much less potent, to avoid it only made it clear that it was pleasant for her senses. It didn't help that the air seemed to be blowing past him and right into her face.

Wonderful. She was tearing herself to pieces over a man she was still very angry at.

Nala snapped to attention at his response. "Of course- we're here for you to learn after all." She said, offering a small, brittle, smile. She took the pad from him to scroll through quickly. Nala was rather surprised by how far he had gotten before he had started struggling- certainly she had made the list with not the most complex questions in the world- but that didn't change the fact that a man learning for as long as Kaalth had should not have been able to answer nearly so many.

Flipping it back around to him, she smiled. "Start by trying to sound out this word for me. Then we can go over its meaning- and what it's purpose in the question is." Nala explained, pointing to the first word he had underlined.
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Even with Nala limiting her pheromones, even with her on the other side of the room, Kaalth couldn't help but be hyper-aware of her. The whiffs of her scent he caught, along with the way she was sitting told him that she was distressed and uncomfortable, and it wasn't hard to know why that must be. This was the first time they'd really interacted since their date had abruptly ended, and now they couldn't avoid each other. She must be wondering how his original lessons had gone-the ones with the copy. The copy, who he'd-who he'd loved, in a way. It hadn't been like being in love with a real person-the closest he'd ever been able to describe it was that it was like when he'd been a kid, laying in bed at night, listening to stories about the Princess Rana, imagining that he was Faithful Sareth, who'd gone with her on all of her adventures-and had a few of his own, since moving big piles of rocks and killing dangerous animals were jobs that were better for a man to do. When he was little, he'd told his grandfather that he was going to marry Princess Rana when he grew up and have adventures, and the old man had laughed, and told him that his mother and grandmother would find someone as special as Princess Rana had been. What he'd felt for the copy of Nala had been a lot like that, except of course that Nala actually existed, and that being with the copy was a good way to get to know what the real woman was like.

So far, it seemed like he'd gotten a good indication of what she was like-including the temper, which he'd seen flashes of, but had never been directed at him. Of course, he'd never deserved it. Now, though-well, if he'd hoped that she'd forgiven him, he'd been wrong-just look at the way that she was sitting on the far side of the room, further away than simple politeness required. Well, he'd do his best to make sure that the lesson was pleasant, and maybe eventually they could salvage some kind of friendship. He'd like to be her friend, and maybe one day-no, he was just here for a reading lesson.

He saw the frown, and the slightly surprised look on her face, and his heart sunk with shame. He'd worked so hard to learn, but obviously the copy had been a more lenient teacher, or had cared for him, at least as much as copies were capable of feeling emotions, and had hidden her disappointment. "Ok." he said with a nod, taking the pad. Careful not to touch her hand "Con-sigh-de-red" he said, trying to sound out the first word on the list- which was *considered*. "Is that right?" he asked, knowing from her expression that the answer was probably 'no'.
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Nala couldn't help but notice the embarrassed look on Kaalth's face so she rushed to elaborate with a bit of hand waving to catch his attention. "Sorry for the surprise- I just didn't expect you to get through quite so many." She tried to pass it off as nonchalant but her cheeks warmed slightly. "You seem to be quite an impressive learner." She added softly, looking closely at the work on the table to keep her own embarrassment from showing.

Nala listened closely to his reply before smiling and turning her face up to him, pointing to her mouth as she formed the sounds. "Cahn- Sid- Erd." She replied slowly. "Considered. You got very close though- it's not one that's very clear if you're just reading the sounds. It means 'to have thought about.' So altogether- the question 'Have you considered visiting the House of Dawn?' means 'Have you thought about visiting the House of Dawn?' "

She pushed the stylus back towards his hand. "So how would you answer this question?"
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Kaalth smiled at the compliment, "Thank you. I had a" he stopped himself before he said that he'd had a good teacher, given who his previous teacher had been it was probably best not to say too much "I had a lot of time to study, while Jaya was away." he finished, hoping she wouldn't catch the slip up.

"Considered." Kaalth repeated, and then tapped the syllables on the table in front of him, so that he'd be better able to remember "Con-sid-ered." He nodded in understanding as she explained what the word meant-like a lot of longer words, it wasn't one that was in his everyday vocabulary, although he did recognize it, once she'd said it.

When Nala asked him to answer the question, he couldn't help but shift uncomfortably in his seat. Because he had considered visiting the House of Dawn. He'd thought about going back with Jaya when...but no, things like this were going to keep coming up, and he couldn't freak out every time it did. So he took the stylus and wrote, as he could "Yes, I have considered visiting the House of Dawn." Hoping that she be satisfied with a grammatically correct answer, and not ask for details.
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Nala's smile became brittle at the slip- she knew he didn't intend it- he was too kind for that- but it was hard to hear about her echo. Somehow it felt like being compared to a rival- only worse. Since this rival seemed to actually be a perfect version of her- not something one could compete with. Not that she wanted to. Of course. She moved on with the lesson, watching in pride as he tapped out the syllables on the table.

It seemed that maybe she wasn't such a terrible teacher.

Nala tapped her cheek slightly as she thought aloud "It's one benefit you have over most Orions learning to read- I imagine you know most of the words already- you just need to connect the phonetics with the text." Reaching out for the datapad, she read over his answer, and began scanning down for the next good teachable question. Without thinking about it she tapped her thumb and forefinger together a couple times- to say to him he was doing well even though her face was trained on the datapad.

Finding another one that was not so much a question of him just second guessing himself, she again flipped the tablet around and slid it in front of him. This one had no underlines, meaning no problem words she could target. Instead she tapped the frame of the device to the left of the question to point it out. "What made you think you got this question wrong? Can you explain to me what you think the question is asking?"
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Kaalth knew that she'd spotted the slip up, and mentally kicked himself. He knew that there was nothing he could do-an apology would only draw further attention to the mistake. He'd just have to do better at not reminding her that he'd been involved with her copy, and then tried to hide it from her. Now that she'd been in the Hub a few days, and started to see the difference between real people and copies, it probably made it even worse. He had to admit that being with a copy wasn't his proudest moment, but he'd been so lonely, and so desperate for another Orion that he'd been willing to settle. He'd told himself that it was ok, that he'd just be learning about the real Nala, but clearly she hadn't seen it that way. So yeah, do better next time.

"Yeah, kind of." Kaalth agreed. "The universal translator helps too. Orion has changed, some of the words mean different things, and if I can say the word out loud, the translator helps me understand what the word means now. But yeah, I do know most of the words." that wasn't an insight that the copy would have made, he realized with a little pang. Copies weren't stupid, exactly, but there was a level of reasoning and abstract thought that they just didn't get.

"That was kind of the problem I had with this question." he continued, pointing at the one that she'd indicated "In the old days, that word, 'drink' only meant something that had alcohol in it, and I think that now it can mean any liquid that you drink, but not always. So 'what is your favorite drink' could mean different things, and I wasn't sure what 'drink' you meant." as he spoke he watched her, hoping that she didn't think he was stupid for not being able to work it out from context.
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Nala curled and uncurled her fingers while she waited for him to reply- the air was brittle like glass with tension. One wrong move, and they both would get cut to pieces. Mentally she sighed, thinking back to when her mother would call her out for her flair for dramatics. That thought made her sad as well, albeit for a different reason. Focusing on Kaalth's words she nodded along. "Yes- makes sense- I can barely imagine how much the language has changed in the past five hundred years."

"Ah" She said with a small laugh. "Yes- I meant drink as in anything liquid and consumable. Sorry that that wasn't clear." Nala added with a small wrinkle of her nose before scrolling down to the next question considering she was quite confident of his ability to answer what his favourite drink was. She located another good one and smiled. "On the topic of having thought of things- rather than ask you to pronounce this, I'll just tell you that it does say 'thoughts.' Which I know doesn't really sound like it should be spelled that way."

She passed the tablet back. "So how would you reply to this question?"

[Question: What thoughts did you have when you entered the hub?]
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"It isn't that different." Kaalth said "When I first came to the Green Goddess, before I got the universal translator, I could understand everyone, and they could understand me. Most of the time, anyway. Its more that the slang is all different, and that some of the words mean different things. Like I didn't know that a 'glass of malak' meant a good looking woman, or that," he stopped himself before he mentioned that one of the words where the meaning had changed had been 'coupling', and now that he thought of it, saying the thing about men had probably also been a mistake. She might think he was trying to flirt. This was strange, and awkward, and he hoped that they'd eventually get past it.

"Its ok." Kaalth said "Its an easy mistake to make." then she moved past the question, and onto the one about how he'd felt when he'd arrived in the Hub. He wondered if she'd composed these questions before their date, if she'd done it when she'd wanted to get to know him better, or if she'd just thought that talking about himself would be easiest. Or maybe she still wanted to get to know him, even if she wasn't interested in him romantically.

When he took the stylus he wrote "I was very scared. I thought that I had died, and that I was surrounded by-" he looked up and asked "how do you spell 'spirits'? Because that is what I thought the Terrans were, at first."
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Nala laughed unintentionally, slapping a hand over her mouth to try and stifle the sound. "I can only imagine how confusing that must have been." She replied once she had her laughter under control- despite the proper smile that was pulling at her mouth. "I hope for your sake that there were no other confusions." She added with a small giggle- she could picture it not going well. Especially since men were far more free to talk about sex than they had been in his time.

She snickered again without thinking at how much time that must take to get used to.

Focusing back on the here and now, she nodded briefly in thanks for his understanding before tapping the datapad to return his attention to it. She watched him writing before smiling and tapping her fingers. "Ess- Pee- Eye- Arr- Eye- Tee- Ess. Spirits. And I wonder what kind of strange spirits Terrans must have seemed." She said softly.

"How did you come to arrive in the hub? I don't think Jaya told me- but then, I was more worried about how she had come to exit the universe at that point in time." Nala added as an afterthought- wincing slightly with the remaining pain she felt from the fear that she had killed her cousin.
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Nala's laughter was infectious, and Kaalth couldn't help but laugh along with her "Oh, there were a few." he replied. More than a few, starting with the fact that he hadn't had the first clue about how to go about courting a woman. Well that wasn't entirely true, but the things that he'd been taught he'd also been told only applied after marriage, but he'd worked it out, with only occasionally horrible embarrassment. "I got over it, eventually." he said, glad that they'd been able to share amusement. It seemed to have broken the tension a little.

"I didn't know what kind." Kaalth said "They didn't look like any I'd ever heard about, that was part of the reason I was so scared." he'd been frightened, and confused, and had run and hid. It hadn't been until he'd spoken to the being who'd claimed to be Death, and who might be, since they spoke Orion, and they'd told him what had happened that he'd been sure he was still alive.

"There was a cave-in." Kaalth replied "I was a miner, I told you that, I think. Anyway, I was down in the mine, and something went wrong and one of the big support beams started to crack. I was closest to it, so I took the weight on my back, and everyone ran for the entrance to the chamber. They got out, and I'd just stepped away from the beam to try to make a run for it, when everything on the other side of the beam collapsed. So I was stuck in this little chamber, and a portal opened up by one wall. I went through, it was that or stay down there and wait to run out of air. So I did, and then I was in the Hub."
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For a brief moment, Nala's eyes met Kaalth's as they shared their amusement- it was a small beautiful moment- and for just a second her heart beat like a drum. Swallowing around her suddenly very dry mouth she flushed and looked back down at the table. "Yes, that would make things easier I imagine."

She gave him a small smile at his comment about the strange spirits. "Yes I can imagine that would be rather frightening." She flushed slightly. "I would have thought demons I imagine, if I hadn't been taught from youth."

Her smile fell at his description, Nala's mouth falling open with slight awe. "That's-" She shook her head, reaching across and squeezing his hand without thinking. "That is incredibly brave. Even if I were strong enough- I don't know that I could have made that choice." Realizing that she had grabbed his hand, she pulled back her own as though she had been burned.

"Anyways!" Nala exclaimed, eyes wide, as she turned the datapad to a different file. "That's great process on the questions- we'll go back to those next lesson and you can tackle them again- In the mean time, please move on to these." She said with another attempt at a smile. "Take each of these sentences- and then rewrite them with different words." She said carefully.

"There's an example right at the top."

[Example: Spending time with friends and family makes me happy,
I am in a good mood when I am with people I care about]
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Kaalth noticed the way that Nala was starting to relax around him, and, as often happened with Orions, it started a feedback loop with their emotions. Their behavior and their pheromones said relaxed and happy, and so it was easy for them to continue on that path. Which was good, the brittle awkwardness had been almost too much to stand.

"I'd always imagined that demons were like Orions, but with spikes coming out of all their joints." Kaalth said that had been a carving on the side of the temple he'd seen a few times when he'd going into the city,"But once I'd been here, and someone had explained things, I could see that they were just people. Weird looking, and strange acting sometimes, but people."

And that was a difference between the real Nala and the copy, some distant part of Kaalth noted, while most of his mind focused on the feel of her hand squeezing his-the copy hadn't had the imagination to think what she would have done in that situation. This one did, and even better, she was impressed by him. Then she was pulling her hand away, and the sudden lack of contact was almost physically painful. Kaalth did his best not to show that and just said, modestly "I didn't really have time to think, I was just acting on instinct. Any one of the other guys would have done the same thing if they'd been standing there."

Then it was back to the lesson, and Nala had supplied him with sentences to re-write. He couldn't help but flush a little when he saw them, that had been one of the ways he'd flirted with the copy, using sentences like this to pay her little compliments. Not that he'd do it this time, of course. That would bring back the tension, and he didn't want to do that.

Spending time reading and writing makes me happy

I am in a good mood when I am cooking.

Not that he could resist trying to talk about things that Nala would approve of, but the answers were also honest. When he'd finished writing he said "could we read for a little bit? I think you have some books I haven't read."
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Nala took a soft breath to try and regain her composure- the fact that the air was filled with the happy scent of the two of them was not beneficial to that. It did have the muscles in her shoulders relaxing however- and the rest of her soon followed. Certainly she wasn't completely relaxed- but it was nice. Felt a little more like being around a friend- albeit a friend who smelled amazing.

She wrinkled her nose slightly at the image. "I feel like spikes coming out of your joints would just make it harder to move." Nala offered with a small smile to him, listening to the rest in silence. "Yeah- I used to rather dislike humans- but then their scent and colouring is hardly their fault. Not everyone can have the luck to be born Orion." She added with a near giggle.

It was interesting to Nala that Kaalth didn't reply until after her hands were safely clasped together- and his scent spiked with the sort of pheromones that would usually have her running to get a first aid kit- why was he in pain? Admittedly it was muddled enough that she wasn't certain that he was experiencing anything more than a twinge- but it was still concerning. She wondered idly if he had hurt his hands- in which case he should have told her and they could've just read today.

She realized with a pang of guilt that he probably hadn't felt terribly comfortable saying much of anything to her before their lesson had started. Nala wouldn't be surprised if he still wasn't comfortable doing so. Focusing on the conversation at hand, she offered him a smile. "They might have- they might not have. But you did. And that's what makes it brave- that you didn't even think, you just did what you could to save them."

She knew very well that just because he was the first one in position didn't stop him from being able to pass the load off to someone else and run. "Did you hurt your back doing that?" Nala asked, forgetting for a moment that this occurred five years ago for him.

Nala watched patiently as he worked, and then did some work herself- that is to say she valiantly fought off a smile when she saw what he had written. His penmanship was- well it wasn't good- but it was legible. Hearing his question, she was reminded again that his hands might be in pain and so she slid him back his datapad before taking a book from the middle of the pile.

"I put some other exercises on there, please try to get some done before our next lesson- but otherwise, yes we can read. Go ahead and start." She said with a smile as she passed the book to him as well.
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"I never thought of it like that." Kaalth admitted, he'd accepted the carvings at face value, and not given much thought to whether or not it was a realistic body plan. Of course he, like the person who'd done the carvings, had never seen anyone who wasn't an Orion.

And then she was praising him again and instead of arguing, he just ducked his head and said "Thank you." he was humbled that she'd found his actions praiseworthy,and meant a lot, coming from someone who risked their life for the sake of their people, and had traveled all over the galaxy. Maybe, in time, she'd decide that he wasn't completely despicable. "I hurt myself a little bit." he said "But that was a long time ago-about five years, and it wasn't any permanent damage." which was a good thing, he'd have been in trouble if he'd been stuck in the Hub with a serious back injury and without anyone to help him out.

"I'll get them all finished, I promise." Kaalth replied, and then took the book. "Nana had three daughters, their names where Galina, Lasina and Rana. Rana was the youngest, but she was braver and more clever than all of her sisters, and when she grew up, she decided to go off and explore the galaxy...." he continued reading occasionally looking up at Nala when he wasn't sure of a word.
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Nala flushed slightly when she was reminded of the time between his arrival and now. "Yes. Of course." She offered quietly when he mentioned how long it had been. "Well it is good to hear that you healed properly." She replied, voice clear, but so soft it could be easily missed if one wasn't looking directly at her lips to see the movement.

Nala raised an eyebrow at the declaration and waved her hands slightly. "There is really no need to get them all done- I have supplied a number of them in anticipation of any complications in setting up another lesson. This way if it is delayed for any reason, you will have more to work on. Alternatively, this way if I am too busy to prepare more- you will still have something to work on after our next lesson."

She folded her hands primly in her lap as she listened to the words. The benefits of having passed him her favourite book from childhood was that she would know instantly without having to stand too close to Kaalth whether or not he was mispronouncing or misreading things. The familiar words uttered in such a soothing voice lulled her into a very calm state- A small smile lighting up her face as it did.
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