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Sep 19, 2020 1:46 AM
The meeting of some space werewolves and some silvers
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Peg will take a small helping of fish and pass him the platter, then.

 

(Ayla and Gran Tarlin have meanwhile started a quiet and context-heavy conversation about the pack's finances, while Brett Joel is telling the little ones a story about a big old bullfrog who ate up all his stew and got bigger and older.)

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Felix helps himself with some before passing it to Thomas.

The triplets try to pay attention to both conversations. They might chime in if there is an opportunity.

 

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"And the bullfrog got sooooooo big that he was too big for his shoes-"

"Bullfrogs don't wear shoes!"

"Do so!"

"Nuh-uh!"  

"Mr. Thomas, tell Anry bullfrogs wear shoes!"

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"C'mon, kiddo, let the guests eat in peace."  Peg breaks a fritter into pieces and puts them at the edge of the table where the toddler can reach, nodding toward Sennet once Thomas has served himself.

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"It's okay. Kiddo, I am sad to inform you that bullfrogs prefer flip-flops." He says with a completely serious face.

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"Have you got bullfrogs on your planet?  How big are they really?  ...When they haven't eaten up all their stew and gotten big and strong, I mean."  Sennet piles fritters on her plate. "And do they all have poison spikes, or is that just the kind from Pantan?"

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"We got bullfrogs on them, not sure how big... on Earth I would expect them to get about this size?" He holds his hands roughly to the size of a soccer ball.

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"I am not sure they are bullfrogs, but I remember a picture of Elan augmented frogs getting this big," he holds his hands at about three times the radius of Thomas' hands.

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"I am sure those ate all the stew their mother gave to them."

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"Fa fa fa!  Bih fa!" Chou cheers, bouncing in their seat until Peg has to put her fork down briefly and use both hands to steady them.

"Whoa, Earth?"  Anry stares, and Lil Tad echoes the "Whooooooa!"  Several of the adults also look variously impressed, but Cressy pokes sullenly at her stew and grumbles,

"Nobody's really been to Earth.  He's just messing with you."

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"If you had a map of Earth, I would be pretty sure in telling that we haven't been there."

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"You didn't get the full story that we are from a Earth from another universe?"

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"I think there should be a facsimile of one in the library..."  Ayla raises an eyebrow at Gran Tarlin, who nods, and she pulls out her tablet and starts tapping at it.

Brett Joel looks fascinated.  "D'you mean an Earth like New Novyearth or Earth Daini, or an alternate version of the actual cradle-of-humanity Earth Earth?"

Ayla slides her tablet down the table.  South is at the top and half the map has been eaten by some kind of distortion, but it's recognizably Australia and the Americas and a bit of Asia.  (The coastlines are a little different- probably sea level rise, half of Florida is missing- and very few of the political boundaries and labels are familiar even through the translation effect.)

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"Earth Earth, where humans evolved and the coastlines are similar enough, I think the changes were caused by sea level rise. Those are definitely continents I recognize."

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"The countries look different, but I guess that is to be expected."

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"Do you have star maps."  Big Tad half stands up, leaning toward the triplets, plate forgotten. (He's the only one at the table who didn't take any stew or fritters, just a largish portion of fish which is now squashed under one hand.)  "Can you get star maps, do you remember what any constellations looked like-"

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"We are from a pre FTL world set. Star maps are not... an everyday thing."

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"Our people might find us, and they could presumably figure that out."

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Ayla puts a hand on Tad's arm, and he nods after a moment and settles down.  "I think- everyone would be very interested to learn whatever you can find us.  If you're able to get a method of two-way transit set up, we could collect some folks from the Explorer's Union and send them through with spectrographic equipment, perhaps."  She shares a look with Gran Tarlin.  "Quietly."

 

"There should be- did you have one moon, really fucking big as moons go, sorry Gran, near enough to eclipse the sun?"  Brett Joel glances around the table.  "Tidally locked, orbital period something like- twenty or thirty days?"

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"Nearer thirty, if Old Earth days are close enough to calendar days.  Would she know us, though, d'you think?  What if she didn't?"

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"Closer to thirty. And I don't think we cam assume our Earth would be able to know things?"

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Fernando can provide some more detail Earth and Moon space trivia.

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"No, the moon, and we meant her spirit, not the physical sphere of rock."

Space trivia corresponds to the equivalent here, although Ayla has to take her tablet back to look some things up at one point, and several have just been forgotten. 

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"It's the having a spirit part that I am not sure about."

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"There is a place, with multiple portals to multiple worlds and I bet that there are times you can see multiple full moons through it," Thomas comments conversationally.

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