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May 25, 2019 12:54 AM
Factor 5 Nova gets scooped by a slightly older mutant runaway
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Blaze pauses for a moment. "Yeah, that's fine. Thank you."

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"Mmkay, tomatoes, onions, carrots, what else... squash maybe?  Or green beans?"

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"Um- either? Both? Whatever you prefer?"

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"May as well get both, I think squash keeps pretty well... any fruit while I'm in the produce page?"

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She thinks for a moment. "Apples?" (They're good quick snacks.)

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"Apples it i- wow, I knew there were a ton of kinds of apples, but, like, there are a ton of kinds of apples.  Uh.  Gala, I guess?"

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"-Yes?" (Apples were apples weren't they??)

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"So, Gala apples, then, ooh, and we're coming up on clementine season...  anything else in produce, or what's the next thing?"

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She thinks for a moment, shakes her head at the offer of more from the produce section, and moves on with her mental list.

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Once she gets to the end, Cassie hmmms a moment and then says, "If you need toothpaste, or like, sundries?  I can hand you the laptop if you don't wanna tell me.  Except maybe they'd all come in the same bags?  There's probably a gift packaging option, I guess?"

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"I- uh, no. That's- It's alright- I'm fine?"

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"Mmkay."  Cassie types and clicks things for a while longer, then sets the laptop back on the card table.  "Okay, you can have Bill Nye back now.  I usually do in-store pickup 'cause I can get there all right, so once it's time you can pick whether you go along or stay here?"

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She nods rapidly. "I- yes. Thank you."

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Cassie glances over at her workshop area, then settles back into the couch.  "Should be- I think about an hour?  They do text notifications- so we should have time for two, two and a half episodes."

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Blaze smiles, and rejoins Cassie on the couch.

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Cassie's a bit more fidgety this time- she pulls the Rubik's cube back out about ten minutes into the first episode, but doesn't seem to be focused on solving it, just spinning the cubes around and around.

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Blaze notices. "I- you don't have to- if you don't want-?"

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"No, I- I mean.  Sorry.  I usually don't- I can figure out some stuff that's lap-sized.  'S fine."

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"If you're...sure? I don't want to- keep you?"

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"No, it's not- you're not-"  She runs a hand through her hair.  "Here, give me like two minutes and I'll be right back, I promise you're not imposing or anything."

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She nods, and looks...if not convinced, then at least somewhat reassured.

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"Okay.  Okay, let me just..."  She chews on her lower lip, looking around the workshop for a moment, and then moves into her chair and clatters off, collecting a couple of older-looking computers, a large plastic tub, and a small divided tray like for beads or fishing tackle.  "Sorry, I just- I get twitchy, sometimes, when I don't have something to do with my hands, 's not your fault."  She scoots the laptop a little toward Blaze so there's room for the tray and tugs the table as close to the couch as it will get.  "How's that?"

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"I- yes, that's- this is...good?"

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"Okay, thanks."  Computers go on couch, Cassie goes on couch, tub goes on chair, chair turns out to have hidden compartments from which tiny screwdrivers can be produced.  "Let me know if I get too squirmy to lean on comfortably, okay?"

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She nods. "Yes'm."

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