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The Perennials 6/16

The Perennials 6/16 published on 18 Comments on The Perennials 6/16

Blush: You learned how this works because of your sister, is that right? Tell me about her.

Violet: Sure. She was born when I was eleven.

We found out she was a long-runner when she was just learning to stand.

Violet (past): That’s good! Really good!

Violet (narrating): She got this look on her face, like she was concentrating really hard on something . . .

Violet (past): You can do it, Cymbeline!

Cymbeline: Ohhhh! That’s my name now!

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Ah, so they can talk in full sentences almost immediately?

Depends on your assumptions on how development of speech happens. I would guess that realistically they might know how to speak but their baby bodies do not have the fine control for speech exercised into their throats and mouths. I don’t know how well that works.

But then this joke could not be made and we have to make allowances for its sake.

That might be what she was concentrating on: remembering how to speak and getting her body to work with what she was capable of mentally.

It could also be a trade off thing… getting upright sparked a memory in the haze of input… all concentration to speech centers while ‘we’ just lean here… that sounds like… praise… Cymbeline…”Ohhhh! That’s my name now!”

The duty of the writers is to tell the story, not to explain the details of fictional conditions.

Limited control of tongue, rest of mouth and throat will not prevent you to make complete sentences – it will just make harder to speak clearly; you might have a lisp or something but would still be able to tell long sentences with long words.

You know, this sort of thing really only can work in a culture that is deeply set in to be comfortable with this.

Because this is really, really disturbing otherwise.

Yeah, how did ancient cultures who believed in, or actually dealt with, demonic possession handle this kind of thing?

That’s not it. It’s the dissonance of having an adult in a child’s body. A baby’s body even. They still need to go to school (if a special school meant to update their education), still need baby clothes (but not actual baby clothes because they aren’t babies damn it!) and so on.

This requires having the idea of adult-in-child’s-body to be a culture-wide thing and everyone knowing of it. Otherwise it would mean daily freak-outs over every interaction or being forced to pretend to be a “normal” baby, which is pretty torturous to someone who has already done that.

Having been the “precocious” child, it would certainly be easier in a world that understood, but I imagine this world’s take on them would be a blend of “wow this child is a genius!” and “too bad they’re also mildly nuts, hopefully they grow out of that part” from believing they had a past life where they learned it all. Though, maybe with more fear when they’re a baby still. There is currently a real-life 4 year old who is doing college algebra for fun. There may be others with the capacity but none of the support.

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