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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 2009-04-05 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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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-06 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
Felix practically has to turn his entire head upside-down, curls of hair threatening to dangle in the gutter, to get a good look under the car. What he sees isn't anything definitive: just a clear straight line of light divided in two by some kind of small, blobby shadow.

The shadow shifts. A car goes by, erasing the line of light for a split-second; Felix frowns, trying to scoot a little closer.

"I think so," he says --

And then he jumps back in surprise as two pairs of small, amber eyes reappear inches from his face, both of them blinking curiously.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-06 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
Obediently, Felix scoots aside. Once Kaya's settled, he leans his head around again -- albeit with a lot more caution than before -- to peer into the shadows.

They hold his attention until Kaya mimics the squeaks they've been hearing. He twists around enough to stare at her.

"You can understand them?"

...What? Magic exists in her world. Maybe that includes talking to animals.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-06 05:53 pm (UTC)(link)
"I think..."

He's squinting again, reaching out with one hand to brace himself on the side of the car. Light catches on a patch of fur as the shapes move closer -- bright, orangeish-red.

With dawning awe, Felix whispers, "I think they're foxes."

He's never seen wild ones before; just photographs, or pictures in storybooks.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-07 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
With dogs, Felix knows you're supposed to offer them your hand to smell. Should he do the same thing to a fox, or will it bite him?

Uncertain: "Should we call someone?"

They have people around here who take care of injured wild animals. But...the foxes aren't acting like they're injured. Just scared, like Kaya said.
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-07 02:39 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah."

He'll skip the telephone explanation for now.

"They've got people who take care of wild animals if they're hurt, or if, um." Felix, mindful of the cubs, peeks under the car again. "You didn't see their mom or dad, did you?"
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[personal profile] phoenixmuses 2009-04-07 03:07 am (UTC)(link)
Okay. Letting them smell his hands is, apparently, the way to go.

Still with the same uncertainty -- and the same quiet awe, which has never been too far away -- Felix offers both hands to the smaller cub, palms up, fingers spread. He tries to imitate the same sound Kaya made before: tik-tik-tik. "It's okay," he whispers. "I'm not going to hurt you."

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