Jan 17, 2021 8:29 AM
kyeo and sarham in citrelia
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"Thank you very much." Sarham glances at the map to see what else is labeled.

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Grocery store, laundry, ice house, government offices, showers, a few clothes stores, research facility, several restaurants, general store.  Plenty more buildings drawn than have labels, most of which are probably apartment buildings.

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"I think we're all set, thanks."

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He nods and bids them goodbye, and they are alone in their apartment.

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Kyeo inventories the groceries; Sarham cases the place for bedding and toiletries and starts making a list.

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The groceries are almost entirely things they'd encountered before coming to this planet plus a few things they tried before they left Telerta.  There's some meat and fish in the icebox and the cupboards have dishes and silverware in them.  The beds have sheets and blankets folded at their feet; the bathroom contains things bathrooms should contain.  Their sinks' water pressure is higher than the showers' were.

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Kyeo puts away their clothes and their remaining travel food and then looks a little helplessly at the contents of the kitchen till Sarham comes out and fries them some fish (he sniffs it first and cooks it a little too long) and vegetables.

They spend the rest of that day and the next learning their way to key marked locations and learning how to ask people to copy their languages and sometimes kissing and the day after that they go to the research center.

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There's a front desk with somebody staffing it.

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"Good morning, we were told to ask for Zarian?"

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"Told by whom?"

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"I'm not sure he gave his name... if he did I don't remember it, I'm sorry."

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"Mmhm.  Who shall I tell her is here for her?"

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"I'm Kyeo Sebe Luk and this is Sarham Peng."

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" - Oh, you're the - "  They pause for a moment and continue in Ibyabekan.  "I can show you to her office; follow me."

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Aliens follow along.

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There's two flights of stairs and a very brief conversation the aliens are left out in the hall for, and then they can go inside.  Two chairs are set out for them in front of a desk, which has a vividly red-haired woman sitting behind it.

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"Hello."

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"Hello, it's nice to meet you," says Sarham, presuming he is to take a chair.

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Kyeo takes the other chair when Sarham sits down.

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"Likewise!  I'm Zarian.  Why don't you tell me a little about yourselves."

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"I'm Kyeo Sebe Luk. I'm from a planet called Ibyabek and was until recently serving in its military but was at the time we appeared here trying to integrate into Outer Sohaibek, another planet in the same system."

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"I'm Sarham Peng, I'm from United Kular which is a six-planet polity but I was attending school studying economics on Outer Sohaibek when Kyeo arrived and was visiting him when the thing happened."

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"Could you say a bit more about 'the thing'."

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"...yes, but mind it sounds as weird to us as to you. A thing like a giant snake with an outsized full length oval mirror for a face appeared, out of nowhere, in front of us in the room we were sitting in, and then it lunged at us and we went through the mirror and we were in a park on this planet."

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She starts taking notes.  "Just to check: here, people occasionally sit in rooms and snakes occasionally lunge at things.  Were those the only things recognizable for you as well, or were there other familiar elements even though the situation as a whole was unusual."

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