Jul 23, 2019 8:13 PM
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Lee makes a soft, reassuring noise, and nods to Erie.

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He pauses for a moment, eyes slightly distant, then rescues a couple of the pillows, opens the door, and leads them back towards their room.

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Lee is more tense in the hallways, especially with her arms full (but Erie wouldn't put them at risk).

She follows him, keeping an eye on Star.

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He seems okay.

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Outside the door there's a box. Erie shakes his head slightly. "Hot water bottles," he explains.

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Lee gives it a thoughtful look, and then slips inside the room to put down her bundles.

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Star follows close after Lee.

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Erie nudges the box into the room with one foot, following it in and letting the door close and lock behind him.

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Lee relaxes some when she hears the door lock -- not dramatically, but noticeably, at least to them. Safe.

She sets the bundles down, glances at Star and Erie, and tilts her head toward them: Do you want to help?

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Erie seems to be distracted by the box of hot water bottles.

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Star puts his bundle down with Lee's, shrugs.

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...he seems overloaded, still.

She tries to include him, as she sets to work on expanding the nest.

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-Yeah. He can do things he's pointed at. It seems to help him unwind somewhat.

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Lee asks Star's opinions of various arrangements, as well as giving suggestions for what he could do, although she doesn't seem to require answers she takes his reactions into account.

She keeps half an eye on Erie, and tries to draw him in as well when he's done with the hot water bottles.

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He smiles at her - he's not separating himself, but he's pretty sure that Star and Lee have the nest expansions covered.

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-- she keeps asking for his opinion on things, here and there -- it's his nest, too -- but doesn't push.

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Their nest. And honestly, Lee's always been a better nest builder.

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Well, Lee thinks he may be underestimating his skill at nest-building.

In any case, they do, eventually, finish expanding the nest.

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Well then. Everyone back in? With added hot water bottles for Star.

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Sounds like a good plan.

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Yes. Good. This is good.

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Erie watches them, smiling fondly.

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Lee reaches over to pull him in with a quick smile.

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He gives a quiet laugh, and goes willingly enough, tucking himself around Lee.

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Lee snuggles them contently.

"Better?" she asks Star, eventually.

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