May 21, 2019 1:44 PM
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"I guess- room? I don't-"

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Lee makes another soothing noise. "We'll make it warmer," she promises.

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He nods, and half reaches out for her.

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She holds out her free hand to meet his, not quite touching, letting him take the initative.

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He takes it, relaxes a little.

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This gets him a tentative smile, and then she looks back up at Erie.

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"Back via the store?"

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Lee nods.

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Well then, he'll usher for them to go ahead of him.

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Lee lets Erie guide them, holding tightly to both their hands.

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And he takes them back to the store-room with all the bedding in it.

"Have at," he says, waving his free hand.

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Lee very reluctantly releases Erie's hand, so he can stand watch and she can help carry.

She looks at Star assessingly, trying to judge whether asking him for preferences will strain him further.

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He looks a little awestruck, but not necessarily overwhelmed, and is thoughtfully stroking what looks to be a very soft blanket.

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"You want that one?" Lee asks softly, smiling tentatively.

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He's quiet for a moment, a brief, internal struggle. "I- Yes. Please?"

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Lee nods, and waits for him to be done before she picks it up.

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This might not be the most efficient way to collect nest materials, but it's definitely effective for getting Star to make choices.

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Well, if Star isn't in a hurry to get back to their room, she isn't either. Erie will keep them safe.

"...wow," she observes, softly, of the blankets.

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"We're a tactile bunch," he offers quietly.

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Lee nods, distantly, apparently still distracted by how soft the blanket is.

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Eventually, Star seems to be done with looking at all the potential materials.

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And Lee has gathered up the materials he showed particular interest in, rigging a sling out of one of the blankets when she starts to get overloaded.

She gives the collection an assessing look, and then takes a few more pillows, balancing them precariously.

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"Ready?" Erie asks, still at the door.

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She smiles at him, if still a little shakily. "If Star is," she agrees.

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Star nods, a little uncertainly, but more because there's not many things he's entirely certain about.

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