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More of the Sanir's eggs have been hatching since Victor started meddling, hooking them up with calcium supplements and dark leafy greens, and this hatching ceremony is particularly productive, in part because Victor's hatching an egg as well. Metaphorically.

She's burning herbs with the rest of the prospective parents, singing the birthing song, fretting a bit over the health of her spawn (and the other children of the community). She spends so much time here that the past batch of hatchlings all know her by name, and the oldest of elders hum greetings to her.

They're all painted in the room, with plant paste, with clay, and she has feathers woven into her hair because she has no feathers of her own.

It's stifling in the hut, with the eggs surrounded by warm rocks and cloths, and a long shape under a sheet, about the size of a child.

Date: 2012-02-16 01:11 am (UTC)
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Cole's still a little bit weirded out by the robot kid thing - mostly in that he really can't see himself in a father role to him right now, exactly - so he's not quite helping with the ritual. But he is present, supporting both her and the other prospective parents.

Date: 2012-02-16 02:04 am (UTC)
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He offers up a small smile, knowing she doesn't want to jump the gun either, although he doesn't want her to chicken (ha!) out of activating Jude at the last minute either. Not after all the encouraging he's had to do to get them there.

"Wait for a couple first," he mouths at her silently.

((sorry for delay, had a phonecall))

Date: 2012-02-16 02:16 am (UTC)
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Even if not all of the eggs hatch, it's pretty rewarding to see the ones that do, and he's pretty proud of her for getting this whole thing going, given the state of things before. Even if it does mean occasionally having to put feathers in his hair to fit in, it's for solidarity's sake.

Date: 2012-02-16 02:23 am (UTC)
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He looks at her now, and nods, silently encouraging her to go ahead. She won't be stealing anyone's thunder now. Even though the kid isn't exactly an egg.

Date: 2012-02-16 02:43 am (UTC)
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In a way, it's in sync with the hatchings going on, because it's not clear how long those are going to take either. He reaches over and gives her hand a squeeze, just for a moment, long enough to hopefully lend some support before he goes to try to comfort one of the parents whose eggs aren't showing signs of life.

Date: 2012-02-16 03:01 am (UTC)
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Too bad he doesn't have a progress bar, Cole thinks to himself. He knows that she does badly with waiting.

Date: 2012-02-16 05:38 pm (UTC)
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"Give it time," he suggests, quietly, under the hum of the songs.

Date: 2012-02-16 06:26 pm (UTC)
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"I know. You're doing great."

Date: 2012-02-16 06:50 pm (UTC)
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He puts his hand over hers, silently telling her not to worry, and to stop pushing the button because it won't help.

Date: 2012-02-16 06:58 pm (UTC)
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No need for the little hammer here, thank goodness, because that wouldn't help either. He holds her hand, waiting to see what happens. He really hopes she did everything right, if only because he's spent so long assuring her that she hasn't.

Date: 2012-02-16 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Cole relaxes slightly, because the kid seems all right, and definitely seems human. He nudges Victor slightly. "I can get your bag if you have one in there."

Date: 2012-02-18 04:41 pm (UTC)
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"You just got your legs. Take it slow and easy." Cole isn't sure if Jude has any kind of instinctual responses, like how to walk, or whether that got left out of his programming. Either way, it's like watching a newborn foal try to stand.

Date: 2012-02-18 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Cole follows, trying not to hang back too much, although this is Victor's kid and not really his as such. "Of all the food in the world to be your first, and you choose cake. Good choice."

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