Sep 19, 2020 5:44 PM
A Margaret in a transdimensional transhumanist beauty salon
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"Let's go exploring, then! I think I saw a waterfall earlier."

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"Sounds fun!"

Waterfall: is massive, spilling down over rocks embedded with little crystals, catching the light perfectly.

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"Wow, shiny!" She flies around admiring it from several angles. There's a space behind it she can't quite fit in, but Silv could if they wanted.

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Silv does, in fact, squeeze back there, laughing.

"There's some cool rocks in here, want me to bring out samples?" they call.

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"Ooh, sure!"

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Rocks! They've got interesting bands and colors and little flecks of something glimmering.

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"These are pretty. Maybe when I'm not in debt I should look into getting a cool paint job."

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"You'd be extra pretty with something like that, yeah!"

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"How much does your shapeshifting let you change that sort of thing? Like, when you're a bird, can you be any kind of bird? Or a kind that doesn't exist, like a blue cardinal or something?"

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"Yes to both! There's some stuff I can't do - gotta be organic basically? As far as I can tell."

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"That's really cool." Being inorganic is so much better, honestly, but de gustibus non est disputandum.

"Could you be a dragon?"

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"I can be dragon-shaped! Breathing fire's hard, and I need to pay attention to being actually aerodynamic if I want to fly - the forms themselves aren't magic - but, yeah. I usually like having fur a bit more than scales, but the variety's nice. Probably could be a furry dragon actually..."

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"That sounds bizzare but also adorable. I like being armor-plated, it feels so safe and clean."

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"I can see that! I like being soft. I think we have a bit of time, wanna see me play around with my shapeshifting?"

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"Definitely!"

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They morph into a fluffy wolf with fluffy feathered wings, fur in grey, wings shading from grey to green.

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"Ohhhhh my gosh that's adorable. And super cool." She does not ask to pet them because that would be impolite but she definitely has to decide not to ask.

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"I know! I'm fluffy!" They flutter their wings, bouncing a little.

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"You are fluffy! Can you fly like that? It looks a bit unbalanced."

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"Not really efficiently! Body plan's pretty similar to a vulture in terms of weight to wingspan, so taking off's hard, but it's possible."

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"That's honestly really impressive in, like, a constrained-optimization way."

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They laugh. "Thanks! And, yeah, had to get a real sense of air stuff before I could fly effectively..."

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"That makes sense. One day I'm going to know enough engineering to be able to design and build a body like the one I've got."

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"Neat. That sounds like an awesome ambition."

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"It might well take me more than a human lifetime to get that good. So, good thing I'm not human."

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