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He doesn't show her how much sign he knows right away.

He might be assessing threats.

He might be, even if he knows (parts of) her story better than he should.

He would never consider himself as fluent as she is, someone who relies a hundred percent on sign.

He's (getting) comfortable in silence. But it's not exactly the same.

Later, he'll tell her. He'll sign enough for her to understand in her own language, native to her as she is to this land, as her two hands are.

The things he knows they have in common. Shared pains, uses.