Dec 13, 2018 1:16 PM
Alex and Glen enter the world from Muse
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He waits until they're free, then goes up to them. He speaks softly, but his accent and the lack of precision in his speech are obvious. 

"I'm sorry to bother you, but I'm new here. I'm hoping to talk to someone with authority, but I'm not sure where to start."

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"The mayor's office is up that hill -" She points. "In the green glass building."

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"Thanks."

Alex catches Glen's attention and they head up the hill together. 

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The green glass building is gorgeous.

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Glen is discreetly recording everything. She makes sure to stop for a moment to focus her eyes on the building. 

They approach the front door. 

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There's nobody standing by. It's unlocked.

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Alex steps inside and looks around. 

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Glen lingers outside the door.

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The door opens silently. There's signs pointing to the office of the mayor, the office of the director of the city budget, the office of the planetary government liaison, the office of the registrar, etcetera.

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Alex follows the sign for the planetary government liaison.

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Top floor. She's got the door and windows open for ventilation and blinks at him before averting her eyes. "Can I help you?"

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"Yes. I'm an off-world visitor. I'm hoping you're the right person to talk to."

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"- someone's reattained pathcarving?"

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"Possibly, the technology might be similar, but we've never called it that. I'm happy to demonstrate, but first, can I ask if I'm making you uncomfortable? I'm not familiar with local customs yet and I don't want to be rude."

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"- you're dressed oddly. I didn't want to make you self-conscious."

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"Don't worry, I expected to make a fool of myself at least once. Would you be more comfortable if I changed?"

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"Do you have anything to change into?"

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"A few things, but I'm not sure if any of them would be better. Is what's wrong the kind of thing you can explain?"

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"It's just - it - it's ugly," she says. "I have spare clothes here but they won't suit you at all - your coloring is a little like Apollo, if you covered your hair -" Having been given permission to re-garb him she seems to find it urgent; she rushes off and comes back with somebody's spare outfit.

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He doesn't mind.

"Is there somewhere I can change or does that not matter?"

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"Nobody's going to watch -"

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Alex thanks her and changes into the offered clothes.

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She's much more comfortable when he's draped nicely and has the scarf over most of his head. She adjusts a couple of folds into place for him. "There, much better."

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"I can also speak through a machine if my accent is hard to understand, but I thought that might be a strange way to start."

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"- I don't think that would help, no."

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