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GesticulateThe TARDIS rarely failed when it came to speech, but the finer nuances of Thergart body language were proving to be well and truly lost in the translation.

So far Rose had managed to ask the deeply amused shopkeeper if she could dine on his second most-loved daughter.

Jack's assistance wasn't much better. Amid much arm-waving and gesticulation, he'd managed to add a completely different, yet typically Jack, emphasis to the word dine.

The Doctor joined his companions and ordered lunch with a flourish, quietly apologising for inflicting tourists on the locals. He'd forgotten that humans could be this embarrassing.

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dw100challenge #84: charade

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irishvampire13
8th Sep, 2005 06:03 (UTC)
~~He'd forgotten that humans could be quite so embarrassing.~~
Yeah, he should try being human sometime, if he wants a fine example of what embarrassing can truly be. Lol!
redwolf
8th Sep, 2005 06:10 (UTC)
Your friends can always find ways to embarrass you in public, but no one can do it quite like your own mother.
irishvampire13
8th Sep, 2005 06:19 (UTC)
*grins* I take it you've been the victim of such a situation. Thus far, I've been lucky; my own mom has only embarrassed me in private. *cringes at the memory of her trying to discuss sex with me a few years back* Some things should not be discussed with a parent.
sanda56
8th Sep, 2005 06:08 (UTC)
LOL It's funny 'cos it's true.

Jack's quite right though, you do have to wave your hands about a lot when you're talking to foreigners. My upstairs neighbours are Eastern European Gypsies and yesterday us girls were sitting round having a hilarious chat about what Viola should do with her new hairdo, all in sign language. Wonder if I was insulting their sister's mother's goat? ;)
redwolf
8th Sep, 2005 06:12 (UTC)
You should be right, goats tend not to worry about insults. Owners of goats, on the other hand...
sanda56
8th Sep, 2005 06:26 (UTC)
LOL!
edenfalling
8th Sep, 2005 06:40 (UTC)
*is dead of laughter*

Ah, tourists. Ah, humanity. Poor Doctor.
redwolf
8th Sep, 2005 06:59 (UTC)
At least they were trying and not doing the talking really loudly in they native language thing.
msgenevieve
8th Sep, 2005 09:28 (UTC)
So far Rose had managed to ask the deeply amused shopkeeper if she could dine on his second most-loved daughter

Mwaha ha ha ha!

Lovely drabble - I'm grinning madly here.
redwolf
8th Sep, 2005 09:32 (UTC)
I was stuck with the movie Charade in my head for a while and then this hit me.
chessie_reeves
10th Sep, 2005 05:48 (UTC)
*grins* The dining on second most-love daughters and tourist comments made this piece hilarious. Great job!
redwolf
10th Sep, 2005 05:54 (UTC)
Thanks! It's funny what floats to the surface when an idea kicks in.
pheral
10th Sep, 2005 14:50 (UTC)
Lmao, she's lucky the shopkeeper was just amused. You never know on these alien planets, he might have taken her seriously.
redwolf
11th Sep, 2005 08:01 (UTC)
Happy to have amused.
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