I can see patterns developing in how my older daughter talks to her younger sister: it sounds just like ME.
Smedley has increasingly been taking on the role of Wise And Gentle Benefactress / Overlord for her little sister. Sometimes she truly is wise and gentle, as in this overheard conversation from the other day:
Smedley: "What are you afraid of? What scares you?"
Sparky, after pondering the question: "Really hot coffee."
I have no idea of the source of either question or answer, but there's some magic there, as I watch my girls learn, grow, think for themselves, and assert their own personalities.
The not-so-wise nor gentle Overlord part of Smedley's new role kicks in more often, however, and will keep them both firmly planted in the realm of possible time-outs for a lot of years to come.