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A Night in a Cabin

Kiristeen ke Alaya

"Go ahead, Christine, touch it."

"It doesn't look anything like what I expected."

"You have spent time considering what it would look like?"

"Yes, quite a lot actually."

"And is it all you expected?"

"It's not as smooth as I thought it would be. It's much more, bumpy."

"Bumpy? Really, Miss Chapel. While the ridges give it a less than smooth appearance, I would hardly describe it as 'bumpy'."

"It's so...so...velvety. Oh! It moved!"

"When you touch it, it becomes excited. It quivers because it believes it is an emergency."

"I didn't think that was possible."

"Indeed, the is a common misconception. My father informed me that my mother received the same reaction when she touched her first one."

"Oooo! Now it's weaving back and forth. I feel like a snake charmer."

"Yes, Christine, you have successfully charmed it. That is a rare occurrence."

"Really? It seems automatic."

"On the contrary, it is highly intelligent, for a plant."