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Jun 02, 2020 4:41 AM
Dusk and Forests Eclipse Phase
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Lun hangs around grumpily for a few more seconds and then disappears into the bushes.

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Sola relaxes and starts purring again.

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Xiulan gradually calms down again as she pets Sola, heartbeat slowing back down and the quiet tension loosening.

After a while, she breathes in sharply and goes still for a moment, and then relaxes, abruptly, letting the breath out in something like a sigh.

"Thank you for keeping me company," she says to the cat, with a wan smile.

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She purrs a little louder and leans into the petting.

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"You're very friendly."

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Smug. "Yeah." Purr purr.

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She scratches behind her ears.

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Purr purr lean!

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She pets Sola for a bit longer, and then sighs. "Well. As nice company as you are, I cannot stay here all day."

She efficiently wraps up the remains of her leftovers.

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When she stands, Sola jumps down from the bench and watches her expectantly.

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Hm.

She consults the map of the area on her mesh inserts and starts walking back to her apartment, occasionally stopping to chat with a street vendor or a passerby.

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Sola follows, maintaining a discreet distance - she's certainly not with her, no - but staying visible and making a point of catching her eye every few blocks or so.

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If she wasn't being obvious about it, if it wasn't one of the cats that matched their description --

Well. That's not the case.

Xiulan smiles at Sola, and continues making friends with the people around here.

Eventually they reach an elegantly functional apartment building; Xiulan pauses to let it recognize her mesh id and to key in her codes, and cues it to stay open for longer in case the cat decides to follow her inside.

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Nah. She lurks by the door for a few minutes and then heads off to explore the neighborhood.

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Over the next few days Xiulan appears, now and then, talking to various people in her neighborhood, and, once, going somewhere that she returns from after most of the day, weary.

The day after that she gets food and eats in the park again.

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Sola and Lun appear together, this time. After two morsels, Sola jumps up next to Xiulan and nudges her for pets, while Lun stays on the ground at her feet.

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She doesn't flinch when Sola nudges her for petting; just, after a moment, pets her. "What have you been doing since I last saw you?" she wonders, conversationally. "Meet anyone interesting?"

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"And you?" she wonders of Lun.

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He looks away, one ear still pointed at her, the other angled back a bit.

Sola leans into the petting for a moment and then jumps back down to walk in front of him and then lick his shoulder. "Lun," she then tells Xiulan, "shy."

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"I've known plenty of people like that," Xiulan says agreeably. "Should I not bother your friend, or keep talking to him?"

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"Brother," she corrects, and then considers. "Play?"

She licks his shoulder again, and after a moment Xiulan receives an invitation to join the augmented reality game Bug Dancer from Lun.

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She hesitates for a moment, doing a search and setting a couple of alerts, before accepting the invitation.

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Now she can pilot a variety of small brightly-colored creatures (and a smaller selection of non-creature options, like soap bubbles and abstract shapes) around the area for him to chase, or set several going at once and pick from a small set of behavior patterns for them.

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She selects, after some hesitation, the soap bubbles, setting a couple going with a simple drifting behavior pattern and then piloting one herself.

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