While Alex ate the stew, the woman brought him clothes. She placed the clothes next to the chair he was sitting in and said something. Alex decided that he had to communicate to her that he didn’t speak the language she was using. He figured the best way to do that was to speak in a language unfamiliar to her. He looked her in the eyes.
“You won’t understand this, but I do not speak your language,” he said to her.
The woman looked surprised. She pointed to him with her left hand and with her right hand she tapped her ear. She spoke loudly with a tone Alex interpreted as a revelation, her eyes wide. He realized that she thought he was deaf! The woman began to laugh. Alex began to laugh, too. It was easy for him to see how the misunderstanding could have spawned. Not knowing the language, he may as well have been deaf.
Alex felt lucky that he wasn’t deaf, though, because he liked hearing the woman’s beautiful and calming voice.
The woman pointed to the clothes she had brought Alex and said “Ze’o”. Alex stood up and grabbed the pants. They were gray and felt like leather. When he put them on he felt a burst of energy surge throughout his body. The pants radiated a blue light and made a low-pitched hum. Alex made a loud yelp and removed the pants instantly, startled at the sudden life they had. He jumped at least a meter away from them, his heart was beating faster than it had ever beaten before.
The woman was confused by his reaction. She repeated the word again.
“What’s going on? What does that mean? What just happened?” Alex asked, panicked.
“Tiap keb diggos ze’o,” the woman said and pointed to the pants.
Alex looked at the pants beside him. ‘What could she possibly mean?’ he asked himself. Alex was dazed by the spontaneous sound and light that had come from an ordinary-looking piece of clothing.
“Ze’o,” Alex repeated the word to the woman.
The woman nodded, “Ze’o,” she said.
Alex shrugged and put his arms up, shaking his head and repeating the word, trying to tell her that he didn’t understand.
The woman looked to be getting frustrated. Her eyebrows furrowed and her hands balled into fists.
She raised her voice, “Ze’o! Ze’o!” she said.
Alex made an expression that said “I don’t know”. He shook his head and shrugged again.
The woman suddenly began to remove her own pants. Alex looked away.
“What the hell are you doing?” he shouted. He was even more confused now than he had been in his life.
“Ueio!” the woman yelled.
Alex closed his eyes. “What do you want from me!?” he cried.
The woman walked over to him, grabbed his shoulders and twisted him to face her. She grabbed his head in her hands. Alex opened his eyes. “Ueio,” she said calmly. She let go of his head and stepped back. She pointed to her eyes and said it again. “Ueio.”
Alex realized what she was saying. She was telling him to “look”. Alex looked her in the eyes and nodded. He pointed to his own eyes with one hand and with the other he pointed to her. He repeated the word, this time with confidence, telling her that he understood the word now.
The woman stepped further back to make room for her demonstration. She began to remove her pants. Alex felt a small amount of embarrassment, but he continued to “ueio”. Though this woman had just fed him, she was much taller and more muscular than he was and she could easily break any of his bones if she wanted to. He didn’t want to frustrate her any more than he already had.
Once the woman had completely removed her pants, they began to fade from the light, sky-blue they were into the same gray color as the ones she had given him. She started to put them back on and, as she did, she repeated the word that had given them both such a hard time before.
“Ze’o,” she spoke slowly.
With the pants now completely around her hips, she quickly held out her hand and said “Yakis’e”. The pants began to glow and hum exactly as the other ones had. Alex squinted. The glowing began to subside and the hum gradually got quieter until, finally, it stopped. The woman pointed to her pants, which were now back to being blue, and repeated the word.
Alex, though confused by the glowing and humming of the pants, walked over to the ones that he had jumped out of and picked them up. He examined them, bent over, put one leg through and then the other. He pulled them up to his waist and they lit up and began to hum. Alex felt the familiar rush of energy he felt when he had put the pants on before. He waited for them to cease their bizarre behavior and once they had, they were the same light sky-blue as the woman’s were.
The woman spoke. “Do you know what I am saying?” she asked.
Alex looked at her with wide eyes, stunned. He understood her!