“None of you had anything like this at your home-trees?” David asked the gathered elves. A chorus of low whistles and shaking heads gave a clear “no.”

The crowd had started to grow. It had really started with just Shelarya. She was fascinated by Earth culture, and always wanted to see more. The elves that shared their dorm would often poke their heads in, too. Word must have spread, though, because it seemed that every time he was giving a demonstration of something from Earth, more and more people showed up.

“Peresi children do not have possessions, David,” Shelarya told him.

“It’s not about… that’s not important, I guess.” He held up a piece of paper, with a list of items written down in his clumsy, but legible Peresi. “The game is called a scavenger hunt. You form into groups, and you have to find as many things on this list as you can.”

“And you just take them?” one of the elves asked. She was young, if David was guessing her age right, and looked timid. “Is theft not a crime on Erth?” Her face suddenly turned a purplish shade of red, and she added, “I didn’t mean to offend!”

“No offense is taken,” David said. He decided not to correct her pronunciation of Earth. She was embarrassed enough. “It’s usually played with cameras these days… a device that captures images. We’ll be using the Memory Sight spell, instead. Make sure at least one person on each team knows it.”

“And whichever team finds the most of these wins?” Shelarya asked.

David nodded. “Yes. Let’s say one elya,” he said. That was roughly eighty minutes. “After that, you all come back here and show me the sights you’ve captured.”

“What is the prize?” It was Preya. He often kept company with Vennesul, but wasn’t so bad if Vennesul wasn’t around. He was right, too. Games like this required a prize for the winner. Usually candy or some small privilege, since, as Shelarya had reminded him, Peresi children didn’t have their own toys.

He tried to think of something suitable for a group of college students. “The winners can drive the remote control car,” he offered. He’d gotten a lot of requests to try out this non-talisman.

There was a general assent to this, and David started handing out copies of the list to the groups.

“Any advice?” Shelarya asked quietly, when he handed her a copy. She had teamed up with the young elf, whose face had almost returned to it’s natural color.

“All items are worth one point. Finding a licretia crystal is worth just as much as a Watchful Rune, so start with the easy ones.”

He glanced down at his watch. “Everybody ready? Go!”

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