"Howard, you should have got directions. You have no idea where we are do you?"
"I dunno, this don't look as easy as you said it was gonna be..."
But the old world continued in spin...
"I am telling you there is no doubt about it! They are planning to come up here and that'll be the end of this happy epoch!"
"I had no idea when I got him. And he'll get to be two or three times his present size. And now I understand they take to a saddle well. We'll see!"
"And this one, this one is of course my ex Jonny Gunn. He is so into those immersive reality games, especially the first person shooters. even has a rep in gaming circles. He told me he enjoyed posing for this one, he is such a stud muffin you know? Anyway, both the painting and him are available fairly cheap."
Filters. Filters and lenses and cameras. It's been my whole existence. I feel so, so unsaturated. Know what I mean?
Got me a new dog. Ugly as hell, slobbers all over everything and got an endless appetite. But he laughs at all my jokes, so he's a keeper. ☺
Update. Police stopped by, said the dog was chasing a kid on a bicycle. I told them bullshit, the dog doesn't have a bicycle.
"How do I see Jorge? Very well actually. I just use your eyes." There was a slight pause, a sort of a latency, then she continued, "It's a lovely view isn't it? Would you like to see more?"
Jorge didn't know if he actually felt them or simply imagined tendrils teasing at the corners of his mind, little twinges of the scalp and twitches of the eye, but right at that moment Jorge wanted two things. He wanted his kilo of sendol, worth 50 times what his most prosperous classmate would make in a lifetime, and he wanted to get away from the shapeshifter.
She was a strange girl. She had always been a strange girl.
"Met her down on the strip, I dunno. Six, seven years? Anyway this punter slapped her, know? When she cut that punter open so's he bled out, I said Hell, that's the one for me!"
The initial contact seemed innocuous enough. The little creatures were even kind of funny in appearance. Appearances can be deceiving.
It was a sweet jewel of a planet, a rare gem even among the brightly sparkling heavens of Comrin's Cluster.
I'd advise you not to bug me!