Oct 23, 2018 8:40 PM
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Deskyl and Daisy in Amenta
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She walks over, stopping before she'd crowd anybody.

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"Ma'am?" one eventually says.

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"- I don't actually want to go back to Amenta," she explains. "Not after Rivik. If it'll scare people too much to have me around, I'll figure something else out, but -" she shrugs. "You'e happy, here. This is the thing I want to be reminded of having gotten done, every day."

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"- do they know about this -"

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"Nope. And I'm not planning on letting them; I can set down a false trail, let 'em think I hit a planet on the way back instead."

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"...they might decide to set up guards around here to keep us from ever leaving."

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"Yeah, I'll be surprised if they don't. I have a good shot of getting past them if I ever really want off, though - I didn't teach them much about cloaking. And - give 'em a decade or so to find the rest of the universe and figure out that nobody else is going to put up with their superstitions, and they probably still won't like you, but they're going to have to figure out something better than trying to quarantine everybody they have a problem with."

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"No, I mean, they might notice the ship is here -"

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"So we dismantle it. I can build another one."

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Nervous reds. "Why don't you want to just tell them you're moving -"

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Sigh.

"I don't need their permission. And I don't want to talk to them - I haven't wanted a single thing to do with them for a couple years, now. Rivik was - " headshake. "I can feel it, you know, what people are feeling. Especially when it's a lot of people, and especially when it's strong feelings. I knew it was going to be bad, but -" headshake, shrug. "If you don't want me, I'm still not going back, I'll just find a planet of my own instead."

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Nervous reds don't tell her no.

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She goes back into the ship. Doesn't take off, though; gives them a couple days to think about it, instead.

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DZ takes the opportunity to catch up with Peka and Katin and siblings.

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Peka and Katin are gardening. Or farming. They're doing sufficiently extensive gardens in this colony as to blur the line. "Hi!" says Peka.

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"Hi! We're all done, did you hear?"

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"Yeah! That's really awesome, we can just get settled in without needing to worry about more people showing up and needing stuff different."

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"Yeah! Anyway we're going to be here a couple days, I think, if you want to come by and visit we'd love to have you."

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"Sure, why not."

"Me too?" asks Katin.

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"Mmhmm!'

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"We'll finish up with these potatoes and come by."

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"Awesome. We're in the usual spot; see you soon."

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Peka and Katin arrive on a bus a bit later.

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Deskyl and DZ go out to meet them. Hug?

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Hug!

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