The connection was terrible, but Simson could make out most of what Bicke was saying.

“Yes, I checked the files like you said. The information you got from the satellite uplink was correct; the Mimi-Decorse language is only known from a single word list collected around 1900. Mistake, hoax, and everything in between have been theorized. Nobody’s ever found a living speaker.”

“Well, I’ve got news for you,” Bicke said through the static. “I found a native speaker.”

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