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Sep 15, 2019 2:25 AM
Brainship Dusk and Brawn Jean
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Stores and restaurants line a wide brick walkway dotted with trees and clusters of seating. A few blocks down they can see a fountain set into the ground with children running through the randomly-spurting water.

Denika gets off the train platform and out of the way before coming to a stop. "Wow, there's so much. I have no idea where to start."

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Ifan giggles. "I admit, I don't really have a good guess of what things you're going to find exciting!"

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"All of it, I expect! But we could go for - things that will make a good story later, or things it'd be hard to get the experience of if I wasn't here in person?"

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"Ooh, hmm..." Ifan scans the flyers tacked to a wall of the station. "--there's a petting zoo a couple of blocks from here. For kids mostly, but still."

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"Ooh. Yes, good idea."

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He beams like a toddler who's just been handed a cookie, locates a street sign and heads off in the appropriate direction.

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Denika follows along, letting the screen switch to a happy purple pattern with black and red and blue travel demarcations as she does.

She gets a few more stares, here, but they're more curious than confused or put off.

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Awwww he loves the emotionscreen so much! He pats it affectionately and ignores the starers.

 

The petting zoo is a ramshackle little operation supervised by a bored teenager; most of the visitors are indeed under the age of eight. (Several of them, reasonably enough, seem more than a bit intimidated by little goats that are nevertheless taller than they are.)

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Awwwww. (There's a slightly bluer shade of purple, with a slightly spikier texture, briefly, before her face comes back.)

She seems content to just watch, for the moment. Some of the kids - both sorts - watch her back.

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Ifan pays the nominal fee to the teenager, makes a few moments of small talk with her, and then returns to Denika.

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She's gotten the attention of one of the goats, and is bleating back and forth with it.

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Gosh. Gosh. This was such a good idea.

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She certainly does seem to be enjoying herself.

A second goat comes over to see what the first one is doing; after a moment, it decides to investigate Ifan instead.

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...Ifan has no idea what to do with a goat. This was not in his training.

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There's a coin-operated feed dispenser at the corner of the pen, and a few toys strewn about - dingy balls, and a couple crates with ramps for the goats to stand on.

The goat pokes its head through the fence to snuffle Ifan's hand.

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