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First a word of thanks for your visits and comments last week. I had technical issues and found that a number of my likes and comments did not post, including my responses. My apologies, I did visit everyone and enjoyed your snippets immensely.
Next, a comment about my character’s first name. Amahle /aˈmaːɬe/ is a Zulu name, and means “the beautiful one, the prettiest, the finest”. The ‘hl’ sound in Zulu has no English equivalent and a lot of phonetic approximations render it as similar to ‘shl’ (as in ‘schlep’). To make the sound correctly, you place your tongue just behind your front teeth, as if you are going to say ‘l’ (as in ‘lemon’), and instead of voicing the ‘l’ sound, you breathe out the ‘h’ (as in ‘hot’), whilst holding your tongue in the slightly curved shape of ‘l’. Have fun trying it out. Amahle , can be broken down into three syllables the short ‘uh’ (using the ‘u’ in ‘up’), a longer ‘mu’ (as in ‘mud’) and the ‘hle’ with the ‘e’ from ‘let’. Uh- mu- hle.
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The head of the multidisciplinary team dealing with her case had called her into his award-embellished office, shortly after that.
“Well Dr Lusinga – Amahle – it would appear that your condition is settling. Our observations over the last few months have allowed us to reach a unanimous agreement to release you.” Dr Narang shifted in his chair. “You will be able to function normally as a human, but sadly for humankind, your career in quantum engineering is over. Fortunately the patents from your engine and the royalties from your research have set you up for life. After a statutory period of 12 months, the curators of your trust will return control of your financial affairs over to you. Should you keep your record clean, and should you continue to function at your current cognitive levels, you will be free to live your days out with comfort and security.”
©Kim Magennis 2017
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