Oct 28, 2021 9:33 AM
Kyra takes a train and meets a Calypso
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There's a clicking noise in its throat. "We're heading for the cloud layer, so this should be quite the view. Follow me — if you're done with your sweets, you can leave the dishes here; otherwise please do take them with you. I'll clean up."

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He takes the dish, just in case, and follows Calypso.

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It leads him through the car he saw from outside the train, and up some stairs.

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He looks at every single thing they pass.

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When they reach the top, they're in a glass-roofed room with wraparound windows and silver fittings. In the middle of the room, there's a long bench with cushions on it, and outside they can see the oncoming cloud front.

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"Calypso. This is the prettiest place I've ever been, ever."

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Head inclines. "I'm glad to hear it, sir. Have a seat. I'm told that the view as we enter the clouds is spectacular."

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He sits down. The seat is surprisingly soft.

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It sits and wraps an arm around him. It is very warm.

 

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That has not happened to him in ... a very long time.

He scoots closer.

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"You seem cold. I can help with that." Squeeze.

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He is definitely not tearing up.

He leans into Calypso.

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It points at a cloud. "What do you think that one looks like?"

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The warmth of Calypso and the soft thrum of the train are combining to make him very sleepy.

"A.... a duck, I think. What do you think?"

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It whirs in a way that somehow sounds approving. "I'm not very good with imagination. They just look like clouds to me. I'm told that it's nice to visualize things in them, though. I could perhaps see a duck."

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He moves even closer to it and lays his head on its shoulder.

"It is nice to imagine things in them. Makes them nice to look at."

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"That must be nice, yes." Mostly it's just enjoying listening to him imagine, though. "What kind of things do you imagine?"

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"Animals.. friends... pretty dresses... unicorns... anything, really. Not even just in clouds, all the time."

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"Fascinating. Where else do you see these things?"

They're very close to the clouds now, billowing and promising to swallow up the train whole.

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"In my head! I spend most of my time thinking about nice things. It's better to imagine things than to look at real things, most of the time. Not here though. This is exactly like something I would imagine."

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It stands, moving like an unfolding Pixar lamp.

"There are so many beautiful things in the world, Kyra. I hope you get to see them all."

Towards the front of the train, the engine's nose dips into the cloudfront and out of sight.

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"Oh! Oh! We're going into the clouds!"

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It seems to approach slowly at first, then it accelerates until it feels like it might crush and consume them like the other cars. With a soft whump, it envelops them in a hazy blanket and the room turns dim.

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It clings a little closer to Calypso.

"I've never been this high up before."

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"Most never go this high at all. It's a privilege, being this close to the sky." It idly tousles his hair.

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