What's the right question?
Sat Apr 21, 2018 14:47

The other person was a student, something like Ankh or Alfie or Antoine but none of those actual names, just another A-starting name that Jesse couldn’t think of right now but he knew that he knew it, somewhere in his brain. Archie started rubbing his eyes and Jesse thought he was crying, and that maybe he was upset that he was lost, too. Jesse wasn’t upset, he was just lost, and even if he was upset he didn’t think he would cry about being lost. That didn’t make much sense because then you would just be lost and crying, and wet eyes would make it harder to find your way. Jesse didn’t cry much anyway, only when something happened that really, really hurt and he couldn’t help his eyes from getting wet even if he wanted to, but maybe some people just cried all the time. Lola cried all the time but she was still little, and a girl, so maybe those two things meant she just cried more. Maybe they didn’t. Jesse didn’t know for sure, he didn’t know any other little girls very well for comparison.

It turned out that Ali wasn’t crying because he was lost, anyway, because he then said that he did not think he was lost. Jesse was optimistic that was the case, because then he could rely on the older student to help him out of the passageways, and then he could go and find food, because now that he’d thought about it, he decided he would actually like to eat some. Next time he came to explore these corridors, Jesse thought it would prove more beneficial to bring some food with him rather than Lilly-Anna’s maps, which had not been as useful as Jesse had been hoping. Even if the maps had helped to navigate the passageways, however, they would have been no help at all in finding the watch that Amit had lost.

“I have been walking around in circles for quite a long time,” Jesse answered, not correcting the perplexing word order Alvin had used. “I haven’t seen a watch,” he said, and he would have used an apologetic tone if he knew how. “Although I wasn’t looking for a watch, so it is possible I walked past it as many as three times without noticing,” he conceded.

It was only at this point that Anssi exclaimed a recognition of to whom he was speaking. Had he been conversing all this time without knowing it was Jesse? Did he think Jesse was a disembodied voice? Was he crying so much that he couldn’t see at all? Except it didn’t seem like Aaric was crying at all, now Jesse considered it. His voice sounded normal, and he wasn’t sniffing or sobbing, so perhaps he had been rubbing his eyes for another reason. Maybe an eyelash had fallen into his eye. “Can you see okay?” Jesse asked, in case that was why the other boy could not find his watch. “I can help you look for your watch but then we might both get lost and I think I might like to eat something soon.”

  • He had not really been expecting that whoever-it-was would be able to help him, because that would have been just too convenient, but still Anssi couldn't hold back a small, disappointed sigh at... more
    • What's the right question? - Jesse, Sat Apr 21 14:47
      • It's probably not left - Anssi, Sun Apr 22 21:31
        “Three? Why three?” That was such a specific number. When Anssi was lost, he was lost in a complete way, enough that he didn’t know where he was or how he had gotten there and definitely couldn’t... more
        • *Takes the left path* - Jesse, Wed Apr 25 15:08
          Why three? That seemed a strange point to focus on, however Jesse explained, “That’s how many times I have walked the same part of the passageway. By accident,” he clarified. “I started going one... more
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