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Sep 25, 2020 4:20 AM
Factor 5 Nova gets scooped by a slightly older mutant runaway
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"Sure, I don't think I've ever had that.  'S basically what it sounds like?"

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"Pretty much. It tastes better than it sounds though."

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"Cool, let's try it.  Wanna eat dinner first, though?"  She pulls the new loaf out of the fridge and pops two slices in the toaster.

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"Ah, yes. Dinner first, definitely."

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Then the bread will be toasted shortly, and dinner can then commence!

"D'you want any help cutting things up, or whatever, for the pudding?"

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Blaze half goes to refuse. "Ah- if you want to? I can do it on my own, but uh, if you want to..."

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"Sure, why not?  'Ll be more sociable, and I'd rather not get settled in working and then have to come back up in half an hour.  Or else not come back up and let your pudding get cold.  Or warm, if it's a thing you serve cold?"

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"Typically served warm, although not entirely unpleasant cold. It would be...nice. To have help."

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"Sounds like a plan, then!"  She dishes herself out a bowl of soup.  "Everything go okay while I was working?"

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"Yes. There was a lot of interesting things to learn. And so much other information!"

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"Neat!  Anything in particular catch your eye?  Did the speech recognition give you much trouble?"

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"Ah, no, I think I got the hang of it. And I ended up following stuff about food webs, and the...ecology? The ecology of that kind of thing?"

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"Oh, cool, that sounds like fun!  ...uh, I guess you probably need the internet safety talk?  Probably should've done that earlier.  Um, there can be upsetting stuff online and some of it isn't signposted very well.  If you run across something that upsets you and you want to talk about it, it's okay to interrupt me and I won't be mad."

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"Oh- Ah- yes. Yes, okay?"

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"Okay, cool.  Also there are ways to be safe meeting new people if you want to do that, but that can wait till it's more relevant if you want?"

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"Ah- yes. It- doesn't seem...likely. Right now."

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"Yeah, that's fair.  Plenty of time."  Nom nom soup.  "Feels like there's something I'm forgetting but I guess we can catch it when it comes up."

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"I- that seems...a good amount? But I don't know what else there might be..." (Blaze is also eating, fear not.)

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"Mm, yeah, if you're mostly just reading stuff there's not all that much trouble you can get into.  ...oh, okay, I remember the thing.  So this is really really rare, I don't wanna scare you, but if anyone says you have to do something or they'll blackmail you, they're almost certainly lying and you can just ignore them.  But if you don't feel comfortable ignoring them, you can tell me and I'll get a friend to look into it."

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"Oh- I-" Blaze shifts, closes in on herself a little, before straightening again and nodding. "I will."

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"Anyway, that concludes the depressing public service announcement. Did you wanna say anything else about ecology?  I kinda sidetracked us."

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"Oh- Ah-," Blaze thinks for a moment, and then starts talking about something she learned.

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Cassie will nod along and ask encouraging questions occasionally, and if Blaze doesn't seem inclined to be done with the topic can keep active-listening until their soup is done.

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She'll occasionally falter, and seem uncertain about how much she's speaking, but the questions reassure her, and she can keep talking till their good is done.

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"Okay!  Pudding time?  What do we need besides bread?"

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