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"I have to say, I'm glad that you chose the zoo," Raguel says enthusiastically, piloting the battered pickup along a climbing, winding road toward Griffith Park. "I spend as much time as I can in this area, but I don't get to wander that part of it much."

Once they enter the park, the road takes them through an area that has clearly been devastated by fire, now with signs of new growth here and there as the greenery starts to come back. Around and around goes the road, Raguel taking turns confidently enough but with no apparent reasoning. He points out landmarks as they go, some more recognizable through the devastation than others.

"There was a fire here last year," he says by way of explanation. "A few of these roads are still closed, but I think it's worth the detours to come this way instead of the freeway."

He glances over at her hopefully. Though at this point he should be mostly hopeful that she's not about to be sick.

Date: 2008-04-02 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Focusing on the pickup truck as they travel to the zoo is comforting to Sallie. It's easier to focus on than the alien asphault (though she's seen such things before) and the endless amounts of cars (and she's never seen so many of those).

And the winding turns?

"It's shuai, in its way," Sallie affirms. "Shadow is...flat. Not like this at all."

Date: 2008-04-03 01:15 am (UTC)
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"Shadow's supposed to be as close to Earth-th...Earth, that you can get in my where and when."

For a second, Sallie almost thinks to ask why Raguel couldn't come visit. She doesn't voice the question.

"There's an ocean, sure. Two moons, even -- makes the tides funny."

Date: 2008-04-03 01:42 am (UTC)
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"...And spread out would be the exact opposite of all o' this, I think. It's been awhile since I've seen this many folk together who weren't trying to trade for something."

The pickup gets parked, and Sallie waits until Raguel steps out of the truck to figure out how the lock works, and then follows.

"Must be fair popular."

Date: 2008-04-07 09:16 pm (UTC)
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"What, exactly, are we coming to see? In particular, I mean."

Sallie stares up at the sign, possibly expecting it to grow wings.

"Beyond horse, cows, and squirrels, I think most anything'll be a surprise."

Date: 2008-04-07 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Sallie takes the flyer, but doesn't look down, not at all.






"Did you just say dragons. Like. Dragons, dragons."

Date: 2008-04-07 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Sallie nods, fervently.

"Do you know what dragons are, to the myths o' my where and when?" the woman asks, following Raguel through the beginnings of pathways, passing animals she doesn't quite take the time to look at yet.

Continuing, "Water 'n rain and such. Even on the churches sometimes you'll find dragons for luck and protection."

Date: 2008-04-08 12:17 am (UTC)
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"Not necessarily sacred, on churches, anyhow."

After eyeing the building, and wondering what the hell Komodo meant, Sallie looks to Raguel, attempting to sound hopeful.

"...maybe they're babies?"

Date: 2008-04-08 01:24 am (UTC)
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Sallie walks up to the first enclosure, and there's a textbook specimen relaxing on a large (artificial-looking) log, and Sallie tilts her head to match the tilt of the reptile's, staring back.

"Kind of looks like Malcolm, doesn't 'e?"

Date: 2008-04-08 10:04 pm (UTC)
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"And the scales." Beat. "Joking! Promise. C'mon."

They exit the house again, staring at the remaining choices.

"I'm thinking on skipping the spiders, if you don't mind overmuch."

Date: 2008-04-09 02:33 am (UTC)
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"That I do -- lil' furry things, hopping and what not. I approve."

Old ladies are generally predictable, in the fight between furry creatures and...well, theoretically spiders can have something like fur, but Sallie doesn't equate the two by any stretch of the imagination.

Date: 2008-04-09 05:02 pm (UTC)
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The kangaroo might be unconcerned with Sallie, but Sallie is staring quite intently at it, leaning on a post of the barrier between them.

"How neat. Like bein' born with aprons on."

Date: 2008-04-10 02:10 am (UTC)
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"Only the female humans with the aprons too, in my experience," Sallie jokes.

Sallie 'oooh's appropriately, then asks, "What's a capture look like, here? I didn't want to bring one from home..."

Date: 2008-04-10 02:21 am (UTC)
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"Um. Lord, how do you explain a capture?" There really needs to be an official introduction to Earth-that-Was written down someplace. "A machine, that captures images, so's to have them saved for later?"

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