And they're deposited at the local portal station!
People flow into rows of inscribed circles on the floor by ones and twos, selecting their destinations by touchscreen registers on the way. They vanish without so much as a flash of light; on the other side there are rings with people arriving just as smoothly.
Most people here are either human, anthropomorphic foxes, or some combination of the above, but there's an elf over there in a dark suit carrying a briefcase. Most people wear casual athletic clothing with the occasional black thorned necklace; they seem fairly standard, and one of them even has its hooks buried in the skin of the person it's on.
The portal hub seems to be set up in the middle of a garden. The walls enclosing the space are actually hedges; out one entrance she can see a tree with a plastic basket of skylimes under it. Planters bristling with flowers separate the ingoing circles from the outgoing ones.
"From here you can reach anywhere in the city," says Audrey. "Have fun."