Dec 07, 2021 12:36 AM
Kyra takes a train and meets a Calypso
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HIs eyes light up as he stares up at them.

"Thank you."

He lies back to look up at them.

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They dance and dart about, spelling out his name. It can't respond with its speaker obscured, though.

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"I can't believe you're doing all this for me. I've seen pretty shows before, ones most people would call prettier than this, but none of them have ever made me feel like this before."

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It pauses its show to respond. "Our goal is to provide you with close personal attention that you may have the most delightful and fulfilling experience possible while aboard. My personal hope is that you take the memories with you always." It resumes tracing spirals of vines and roses.

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He first smiles, then stops for a moment.

"Do you ... mean that I won't be able to see you once the train gets where it's going?"

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Another pause. "My place is on the rails, little one."

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"B-but...," his lips tremble and he turns away as his eyes well up with tears, but he turns back and throws his arms around it.

"You can't make me leave you, please, I'll -- I'll be good, I'll help on the train, no one's ever been so nice to me before,-"

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"You are a passenger. I belong to the train. Our paths only overlap for a short time, this is the nature of things. I will still be here if you ride the train again, and I will be glad to see you next time just as much if not more so than this one." It wipes a tear from his face. "But you must be strong. There are many people in the world, and you will gather those that are nice close to you. And together, you will form your perfect world. Isn't that beautiful?"

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His breath is coming in short, shuddering gulps, and his hands clutch at the delicate metalwork on its chassis.

"No- please you can't- you're leaving me, I've never met anyone so nice in my life, and you're leaving-"

He abruptly stands, and in the strange golden light of the traincar, his face glistens with tears and he looks utterly despairing.

He turns and runs from the traincar.

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It stands quietly for a moment, face still upturned to the sky, now streaked scarlet with wispy cirrus clouds. Then it picks up the discarded plate and cup, and descends the stairs.

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He stumbles through the traincars, pushing aside annoyed-looking patrons, back past the beautiful dining car, back past the door to the engine, until he finally is back in his own traincar, and flops facedown on the bed and sobs.

After a moment, he takes a now-cracked macaroon out of his pocket and shoves it in his mouth. It does not taste as good when mixed with tears.

He sits on the bed and sniffles and waits to see if Calypso will come for him.

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It calmly places the used dishes in a tub for washing, and depresses a hidden button in the surface to signal that it's full. It walks back through the cars, offering its services to some of the more irate passengers. Though none of them take it up on its offer, it was important. It prides itself on its customer service, or at least the line does. It knocks on the door of Kyra's compartment and waits patiently for a reply.

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A muffled "come in".

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It slides opens the door, filling the room with a rush of sound before it closes again. "May I be of assistance to you, sir? I believe you indicated interest in seeing the stars, which I'm told are quite spectacular at this height. They will be out soon."

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"You- you can't just do that!"

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"Do what?"

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"You don't really care about me and now you're asking me if I want to look at the stars!"

He digs his nails into one arm, eyes filling with frustrated tears that he wipes at before they can fall.

"And- and you didn't even ask whether I was okay, and you're just a dumb robot anyway and I should never have thought you could actually be my friend!"

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"I care about you as I care for every patron of these rails. It is my role to ensure your experience is as beautiful as the train itself." It pauses, clearly having trouble with its next words.

"It's clear to me that you aren't okay, Kyra. But it is difficult for me to press the issue given our difference in station. The best that I can offer is that which the train provides, and a listening ear. I wish I could do more to salve your hurt."

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"... Can I have a hug?" he says hoarsely.

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It kneels and wordlessly embraces him. "All you had to do was ask."

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He clings to it.

"Most people don't hug me when I ask."

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It pats him on the back sympathetically.

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"Are you sure I can't stay here with you forever?"

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"I'm afraid not."

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"But... I'll be good and I won't bother you and it'll, it'll be like I'm not even here, just, please don't make me go back, I can't."

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