Jul 02, 2022 5:11 AM
a dyr in green
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"Doesn't know!"

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"Huh. If I just try to make the nest nicer would that help at all or does it only help if it gets zhooped?"

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"Doesn't know..." she says doubtfully.

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Well, Deshi can busy herself finding things to nicen the nest. She can make it a little canopy out of a scarf and some cardboard, and put in a cottonball as a pillow?

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Regardless of their effects on naptime length, these renovations do seem to delight the floatgoat.

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Excellent. Deshi pets her. "I should order dinner," she says, "if you're nervous about meeting people you probably don't want to go down to the dorm dining room with me so I can just eat in here."

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Soft contented burbling.

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"- do you eat?"

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Intrigued noise. "Eat? Eat food?"

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"Yeah, do you eat food? - you're very small so I should probably not order an entire separate thing for you but you could have some of mine."

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She mutters very very quietly for a few seconds, then settles on announcing, "Eat food!"

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"What food do you like?"

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"Doesn't know!"

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"Okay, I'll just get whatever I would get anyway I guess."

She gets a noodle stirfry. When her phone bleeps at her that it's arrived, she goes and sticks her head out the window; there's a simple pulley setup outside each column of dorm windows and the deliveryperson attaches the bag to one of the hooks attached to the rope loop. "Thaaanks!" Deshi yells down, and she pulls the bag up and unhooks it. She tears part of the lid off her takeout container and sets it aside as a Petal-plate and puts taste sized amounts of each ingredient out for her.

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Petal ventures little nibbles of the ingredients, and makes variously valenced burbling noises about them. She likes mild flavours and vegetables, and when she tries an especially complexly flavoured nibble she has to flop down flat on her little tummy for a few seconds to fully process the experience before she floats up again with a cheerful chirp.

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Awwwww petpetpetpetpet. She can have more of the bits she likes.

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She will consume many mild flavours and vegetables, and even venture a second nibble of the Slightly Too Exciting Food, and eventually curl up in her nest for a nap...

...which, if Deshi happens to be watching the clock, is about a minute faster than her usual extremely consistent time.

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Deshi is not actually watching the clock, alas. She's tossing her takeout container - the trash can is in a tiltable compartment that can be pulled into her room and has a corresponding hutch it normally exists within that opens into the hall, so whoever's on garbage collection can grab everybody's trash without having to go into the rooms. Then she's nipping out for a quick shower, which she completes before Petal is done napping. By the time Petal's up Deshi's in her pajamas for the evening and back to captioning practice.

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Window antlerbonk?

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"Oh - yeah okay, but you're not going to be able to do that while I'm asleep, okay? I sleep for a lot longer than you do, all at once." Window open.

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Petal burbles thoughtfully on her way out the window, and comes back with a saffron crocus petal to deposit with the rest, and then picks up the cottonball pillow from her nest and floats it over to Deshi. "Put in Deshi nest?" she suggests. "More nest, less sleep?" Then, looking back and forth between Deshi and her suggested pillow, she sheepishly concludes, "...maybe too small."

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"Yeah, I have a pillow like this," says Deshi, leaning over to fluff the pillow on her bed. "And a nicer bed wouldn't make me sleep faster."

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That pillow is SO BIG. Petal has to take a moment to contend with this revelation before she returns her cottonball to its place in her nest and curls up there to sleep.

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Deshi stays up another few minutes but by the time Petal wakes up again she's in bed with her eyes closed and has turned out the lights and drawn the curtains.

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Petal spends the night alternately napping and harvesting lapis lazuli. By the time Deshi wakes, there's quite a collection going, arranged in a neat little hexgrid on the floor.

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