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no_thief ([personal profile] no_thief) wrote2009-04-02 10:51 pm

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She's looking around as they step out through the door, half wary, half fascinated.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-03 03:57 am (UTC)(link)
Felix offers a tiny smile. "Nope," he says. "It happens all the time here. You'll want to see it, it's a -- "

The whole time he's been talking, the sound's been building, no longer so low or so distant anymore. Right before he can tell her what it is, the noise peaks, and --

Whoosh.

The branches of the taller trees ripple a bit as a Colonial Raptor passes overhead.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-03 04:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's a Raptor." He can't help but grin. "They're part of the Colonial Fleet, they're, um -- "

Ordinarily, here is where he'd spout off a long list of facts about both the Fleet and Raptors themselves. In the interest of simplifying it for Kaya, though, Felix restrains himself. "They're a type of machine they use to fly between planets and other ships that're up in orbit. We're really close to Fleet Headquarters, so they come through here a lot."

Usually not quite that close, though. The Raptor crossed about a hundred feet up; Felix is more used to that number being significantly higher.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-05 03:05 am (UTC)(link)
"Um -- "

Okay. He was good the first time. There's only so long Felix can keep his natural impulses in check.

So what follows is an earnest -- and, to Kaya, entirely incomprehensible -- flood of information about the basics of Raptor flight. It's going to segue into spaceflight soon enough if she doesn't stop him.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-05 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah," he says with a nod. "Raptors're mostly for flying to other ships, like battlestars, but they can go planet to planet if they want. And we've got different kinds of ships that just do nothing but planet-to-planet stuff."
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-05 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
Felix, by now, no longer gets that small, irritated flare -- the one that felt a little like being caught in a miscommunication and a little more like being talked down to -- that he used to get when he heard the word magic. "Right. There's no magic here. It's all technology."

A beat. The tiny smile, this time, is a little mischievous.

"We could catch the bus down to Fleet Headquarters if you wanna see them up close," he suggests.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-05 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
"...I'll explain on the way there."

(That faint dryness to his voice will become very, very well-honed in another seventeen years.)

It's not too far a walk to the bus stop -- five minutes, maybe, and less to put them level with the roadway. Cars and people alike bustle past; Felix makes sure to keep pace with Kaya, uncertain how she'll react to everything.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-06 12:37 am (UTC)(link)
Picon's a comfortably middle-class colony: not the hub of prestige that marks Caprica, but not a poor and disenfranchised planet like Aerilon, either. Kaya's ragged clothes are just out of place enough to garner a second look; it's the sort of second look that's followed by a shrug and prompt dismissal, though.

Felix doesn't notice any of that for at least a minute. When he finally does, he steps a little closer to Kaya, as if to say, It's okay -- both to her and to the people on the street.

"We're gonna turn left up here," he says as he takes a break from his explanation. Felix points to the corner just ahead.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-06 01:13 am (UTC)(link)
"We're -- "

He intends to finish that sentence with not that rich, but it's cut off by another rising thought: you are to somebody like Kaya.

Confronted with the embarrassment of something he's never thought about before, Felix falls silent, hands finding his pockets again.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-06 01:43 am (UTC)(link)
Relieved, Felix jumps back on topic. "It'll stop automatically," he says. "Unless it's too full to take anybody else -- then we've just gotta wait for the next one. All we have to do is stand under the sign that says it's a bus stop and -- "

Abruptly, he stops in his tracks.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-06 01:48 am (UTC)(link)
"Did you hear that?"

He's got his head tilted to one side as he frowns, slightly.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-06 02:42 am (UTC)(link)
"I thought I heard..." Felix trails off again, still poised and listening, before he turns to a line of cars parked on the side of the road.




Squeak. Squeak-squeak.

"That!" he hisses.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-06 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
"I don't know," he whispers back.

Squeeeeak.

Whatever it is, though, it sounds like it's coming from underneath a car just ahead of them. Felix begins to drift that way, mumbling a quick, "'Scuse me," as he crosses paths with another pedestrian; once he's there, he wipes off his hands on his knees, squats down, then realizes that's not going to work and rocks forward to kneel on the curb.

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