“And yes,” Human Sally said with a gusty mammalian sigh, “I am aware of how bad that sounded.”
Twistunder lifted his main gripping appendages in what he had learned humans took to be an interrogative posture.
“Then why did you ask the question?” he asked.
“Because I didn’t figure out how bad it sounded till after I asked it.” Human Sally replied. “I mean in the context it wasn’t so terrible.”
“But you did have the context that your coworkers would take it in,” Twistunder said, carefully parsing the complex human auditory language. “Are you saying that you were deliberately ignoring data you had access to?”
Human Sally groaned and rolled her eyes. It meant something but Twistunder was a touch unsure what exactly.
“Look Twistunder,” she said. “Sometimes the filter just fails.”
“What filter?” Twistunder asked.
“The one between a human’s thoughts and her mouth,” she explained. “That two decades of learned behavior that we are supposed to have by the time we are legally considered adults.”
Twistunder pondered this. Perhaps it was simply one of those mysteries that they would have to accept about their new allies. But still…
“And you truly expressed that you found it odd that people…” Twistunder paused as he worked to repeat the near gibberish phrase the human had used.
“Look,” Human Sally interrupted him, “I know how to make stuff work how it really isn’t supposed to right? Jury-rigging we call it.”
“One of humanities most useful skill sets,” Twistunder replied. And its most terrifying. He thought privately. Though the thought that a fully adult, non-neuro compromised human couldn’t control what they said was perhaps a close second.
“So in that context my statement made sense,” Human Sally said nodding her head. “If I know a different way to do something with the tools at hand I don’t see why it would disturb someone I am benefiting by doing that.”
“Perhaps you should state that way in the future,” Twistunder suggested.
“I suppose you’re right,” Human Sally replied.
“For the record please state the phrase you used earlier,” Twistunder requested.
“I just don’t understand why folks get so uncomfortable when I offer to misuse knives.”