Oct 28, 2021 11:40 AM
Kyra takes a train and meets a Calypso
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It lifts the lid on the plate of sweets, and uses filigreed tongs to place four treats onto a glass plate with a radial star pattern on it. There's one pink macaroon, a brown rectangular cookie, a powdery white cube, and a tan rectangular biscuit.

"Some tea for you as well?" It holds up a delicate glass teapot.

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"Yes please!"

He takes a bite of the pink macaroon.

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It's filled with a strawberry foam! Calypso can't smile beyond the placement of its faceplate, but it tilts is head approvingly.

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"Can I try the tea?"

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It nods, and reaches behind the counter to retrieve a frosted-crystal teacup with the design of Sagittarius picked out on the side and a deep blue saucer with the Reflected Path picked out in gold leaf. The teapot is raised high, and a cup is poured. Not a single drop falls out of place. The whole process seems unnecessarily theatrical, perhaps for the benefit of the other diners.

"Milk, sugar?"

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"Both, please. Why are those designs on there?"

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It opens a porcelain sugar bowl with leafy patterns of lotus pads on the outer surface, and removes two cubes, a dusting of sugar drifting to the bowl's saucer. They fall with small plops into the tea itself, spreading out as the liquid suffuses them and vanishing after one stir with a silver spoon, ornately decorated with a clam shell bowl and starfish along the handle.

It pours the cream from a polished bronze jug that's smooth and flawless enough that Kyra can see his reflection in it. The cream spreads in the tea and spirals out, mixing with the tea until it settles to a uniform honey color.

It hands over the cup in a steady hand, kneeling to Kyra's level. "Your tea, sir."

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"Thank you so much," he says, grinning and taking the cup with gentle hands.

He takes a long sip and finishes the rest of the macaroon before turning back to Calypso.

"You didn't answer my question though."

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It looks embarrassed, somehow. It places another macaroon on his plate absently as it responds. "My apologies, sir. I believe that the designs were chosen by the railway designers in honor of the first route, which follows the Reflected Path."

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"The Reflected Path?"

This macaroon he will eat in one bite.

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"You know, up above?" It gestures vaguely at the sky. "You see it at night, that one wider band of stars?"

It notices that he's liking the macaroons and places another three on the plate.

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"Oh! I love those! Can we look at them tonight?"

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Head tilt. "Of course. They're quite stunning at altitude, and the observation car is perfect for that purpose."

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He smiles and goes for the powdery white cube.

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It tastes of pistachio and cardamom and spun sugar and it absolutely melts in his mouth.

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"Oh..."

He closes his eyes for a moment.

"That tastes wonderful."

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"Another?"

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"Oh, another would be so good, but I don't want to make myself full before being able to try everything."

He bites into the tan rectangle.

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It's a buttery, flaky biscuit with scalloped edges, filled with gooey caramel that sticks to his teeth and almost burns to swallow without liquid.

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It quietly replaces both sweets on the plate. All the sweets for him.

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"Are you sure I can have so many?"

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"My role is to supply you with what you want."

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"Anything I want?"

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"Anything we have the power to give. We pride ourselves on the rider experience."

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"I want to go to the observation car."

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