May 26, 2022 10:09 AM
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"Ah! It's a parrot! I mean, uh, it can talk!" says Deshi.

"You're not a parrot, you're a floatgoat," Suvi tells it.

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"Floatgoat," says the floatgoat, bobbing slightly in the air.

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"Yeah! You're a teeny tiny cutie floatgoat. Where'd you come from?" says Deshi.

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"Come from?"

She's eyeing the pebble in Suvi's hand again, torn between pursuing it and this interesting new noisemaking game.

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"Do you want this back?" Suvi holds out the bead.

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She meeps and floats forward to retrieve it; it hovers by her shoulder, and she floats down to the floor to set it next to the other two, forming a tidy little triangle.

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"How do you float the rocks?" asks Deshi.

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"Rocks!" she echoes. "Floatgoat rocks?"

She nudges one of the pebbles toward the other two, and they all sort of wobble and contract toward each other, and then where the triangle of pebbles was previously sitting, there is now one much bigger and sparklier pebble. It doesn't quite look entirely like lapis lazuli anymore; the streaks of blue and grey and occasional glittering gold are laid out in flowing swirls now, instead of the usual patterns found in rocks.

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Deshi shrieks. Suvi's jaw drops. "What was that?" Suvi asks.

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Tiny squeak of alarm! Hiding under a shelf from the Large Startling Creatures!

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"Oh, no, I'm sorry, cutie," says Deshi. "I just didn't know what you... did. There were three of those beads, right? And then you turned them into this?"

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...meeeeep? Cautious peering out from under shelf.

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"Sorry," says Deshi again.

"There were three beads and now there's one bead! How did three beads become one bead?" says Suvi encouragingly.

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"Beads..."

She floats down to the floor next to the much bigger pebble and taps her tiny hooves on the floor three times, drawing a triangle like the one she set the pebbles into. "Bead bead bead..." and then she taps her hooves on the bigger one, "bead?"

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"Yeah!" says Suvi. "Three little beads and one bigger bead."

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She makes a thoughtful sort of mrrrble sound... and then curls up on the floor to take a nap.

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"Why is it so tired," whispers Suvi.

"I don't know!" says Deshi.

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Slightly less than twenty minutes later, up she pops, and goes straight to the lapis lazuli to harvest another one of the small beads.

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"Why are you doing that?" asks Deshi, when Suvi elbows her and she looks up from her phone game.

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"Why doing that?" she echoes. "Why why doing that?"

She carries the smaller bead down to set it on the floor close to the bigger one.

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"Do you just really like beads?" asks Deshi.

"More to the point how are you doing that? Is it magic?" says Suvi. "Same with the floating."

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"Floating! Floatgoat. Floatgoat float."

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"Yeah, you sure do! You float!" giggles Deshi. "Floatgoat floats! We can't do that."

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"We can't float?"

She levitates back up to around eye level.

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"Yeah, only floatgoats float. - are there other floatgoats? One floatgoat -" Deshi points at the one floatgoat.

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