Oct 28, 2021 11:34 AM
Kyra takes a train and meets a Calypso
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He steps forward and through the door.

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The engine room is blisteringly hot and filled with brass dials displaying pressure, temperature, and other train vital statistics. The noise in here is similarly immense. There's a kind of biological look to the copper pipes snaking their way around the room, though, and it gives the impression of being inside the chest cavity of a whale. Not that Kyra has experience with this, probably.

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Calypso's body starts hissing as it bounds in as well, attempting to shunt body heat out and finding it much more difficult than it was a few moments previous. Ignoring this, it turns a few knobs on the dashboard to raise the shutters at the windows. Light streams in, and you can see the rails greedily being gobbled up under the wheels.

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He runs to the windows.

"This is the best thing I've ever seen."

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"Isn't it just. Best view in the whole place, I should think."

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"It really is."

He stares at it in silence for a few moments.

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He's very small. Can he actually see up there?

"Do you want a boost up?"

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"Yes please."

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This boy is light and easily scooped up! It has very strong and gentle hands.

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He giggles and kicks his feet.

"I can see much more from here!"

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He really can. In the distance, a towering mountain range looms, consuming half the horizon. At its base, he can see windmills slowly turning, and dark pools of water with waves like the oceans slowly making their way across. The track leads up the mountain, into the clouds and out of sight.

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"Did you know that this train actually goes up the mountains, not through them? It turns out that blasting a tunnel was harder than building a more powerful engine."

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"Really? How far up will we go?"

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"Most of the way up. Many people like the way the train becomes shrouded in clouds. A different meaning of skyclad, so to speak."

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"Oh, I can't wait!"

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It's getting kind of warm in here. It might be time to move on.

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Bounce bounce. 

"Dining car now?"

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"As you wish. Follow me."

It gently places him down on the ground and shutters the windows, then thinks better of it. It picks Kyra back up, just for fun, and steps back out of the car, closing the door behind it.

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Gasp. He is being carried! This is a very good occurrence.

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It passes through several other cars on the way to the dining car, each prettily decorated though not as lushly as Kyra's. As it slides open the door to the dining car, their eyes are treated to yet another gorgeous room. Taking up the entirety of the car is a single compartment with a circular bar in the center pulled high with multicolored bottles. Under glass covers, various treats sit, begging for someone too come and take a bite. The ceiling is lit with multicolored neon in triangles and circles, and benches along the edges of the room have a beautiful view of the slowly setting sun which casts the whole scene in a rich golden glow.

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"Gosh."

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"Isn't it just? Would you like a treat from our collection?"

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"I would! Very much actually!"

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"What sort of treat would you like? Fruity, chocolatey, spun sugar, biscuits?"

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He thinks hard for a moment.

"Can I have a little of all of them?"

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