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Anywhere and Else *Me (Thestarjar) and That Guy*

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Theida's tail twitched. "I guess. Welcoming guests probably wouldn't be a responsibility I'd get, though." She looked up and saw the uncertainty on his face. "Hey, though, you let me--"

"S-Sorry to keep you waiting!" Spindle re-entered the room, making Theida straighten up in startlement. "I'm not sure wh-when you typically go to sleep? But the sun's getting low, so I-I figure we should at least show you w-where you can rest."
 
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"Oh, that's..!" Hother fumbled for a moment, to try to arrange his thoughts into something coherent. "That makes sense...and...so considerate. Thanks so much!"
 

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Theida nodded. "That would be great."

Spindle stepped past them and through the doorway at the back of the dining room, and led them into a cozy room with a couple of nests set up made sturdily out of branches and leaves. He looked them over for a few moments before opening his arms in welcome.

"Th-they're a little dry, as I--as I thought, but we can get that fixed shortly. F-feel free to make yourselves at home, um, in the meantime. Give a shout i-if you need anything, and..." He struggled for a way to conclude, looking about as though the answer would be on the walls. "Oh! And, um, I-I hope you don't mind sharing a r-room? If you, uh, if it's a problem, w-we can... can certainly figure something out..." Spindle began to pace as though he'd already gotten the negative answer and was trying to find a solution.
 

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"It's fine!" Hother found himself replying without even thinking, and once the words left his muzzle, he turned his gaze to Theida, wearing a look of evident and apologetic concern at-- potentially-- having spoken out of turn, or too forcefully, or any other myriad ways his thoughtlessness might be considered reprehensible. "...It...is fine, right..?"
 

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"Oh--yeah, yeah," Theida said, seeming a little surprised to even be asked. "Slept at your place, didn't I? And I'm small, anyway, you'll barely notice me." She rolled her eyes, but it seemed mostly a friendly gesture.

Spindle squinted slightly, but he refrained from the urge to comment, and instead said, "W-Well, that's--good! Good. Glad it works out. I-I'll go, um, I'll get the...yeah." He lingered a split second more before quickly walking out of view, not wanting any more opportunities to embarrass himself.
 
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After holding his tongue for more than a proper length of time, the dog finally exhaled in what might have been halfway towards actual mirth.
"Hah... Spindle really does remind me of myself-- all cautious and anxious and stuff. It's kind of reassuring to see I'm one-hundred percent definitely not the only one." His ears twitched. "...It's not, like, irritating, is it? --He says, knowing entirely too well that, if it is, commenting on it and phrasing it as a question will only make it worse..."
 

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Theida pressed down on one of the nests with her forelegs. Seemed fine to her, frankly, being plenty used to dry bedding. But if their hosts wanted to make it softer, then they could go right ahead.

She looked up at Hother and tilted her head. "...Nah," she said honestly. "Maybe kind of silly. Seems like a lot of effort to care that much about what other people think. But not in a bad way, it just feels... genuine." She turned her eyes to the ceiling--it looked weird, made of woven and overlapping plants. "So by extension, I guess maybe I'm not as suspicious of Spindle as I thought. Bristlecone, though... I dunno. I guess Spindle likes him. Do you really think he--uh, these guys are trustworthy?"
 
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Hother turned the question over in his mind, shifting his weight as anxiously as absentmindedly.
"Well... Someone as imposing as Bristlecone... and-- and I don't mean that in an insulting way; just... someone like him could probably defeat us easily through raw strength alone, and he hasn't. Or... not yet, anyway." Swish, swish. His tail proclaimed its restlessness in no subtle order of magnitude. "But if they were waiting for us to fall asleep before attacking... wouldn't that be a waste of time? --And supplies, for that matter, after going to the trouble of giving us food and so forth..."

Finally, he forced himself to sit, tensing enough to manually implore his body to still its myriad twitches and tics long enough for him to at least trick himself into thinking he felt at total ease, and afforded himself a steadying breath.
"...But that's just my, uh... landslide of thoughts. Maybe I'm just kidding myself. Am I-- is this... have I..? --Okay, forget everything I said. Do you trust them? I'll just... follow your lead. Anyone's judgement is more reliable than mine-- to... to me, anyway."
 

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"No, those are good points," Theida decided. "Doing all this for people you're going to kill would be... dumb. Or sick." She stepped off the bed and started slowly pacing the room. "I thought... I kind of thought Spindle was scared of him, at first. So Bristlecone acting all friendly was putting me really on edge. Even more than I already was about someone so... big." She turned around and walked back the other direction. "But Spindle's just anxious about everything. And I haven't seen Bristlecone do anything scary, yet. So I guess it's a tentative 'okay' from me...?"

She paused in her pacing to give Hother a closer look, and a frown. "But are you okay? You're allowed to have your own opinions."
 

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"Ah?!" His ears pricked up at the question, thoroughly disarmed. "No, yes, I'm... I'm fine. It's just... I don't want to risk being wrong, you know? ...About anything. ...Ever."
 

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"Pfff. I guess." She shrugged. "People don't tend to care if I'm right...? I mean, that sounds sadder than it is. It's just that none of my work had anything to do with what I thought of anything. Uhhh." Too much. Bring it back. "I mean, it's a good thing to care about whether you're right, yeah? Not to get all anxious about it, maybe, but worrying means someone cares. Or that you care. This is... I'm bad at being encouraging, Hother. Dammit. You can be wrong. It's fine!"
 
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There was some melancholic spark in his eyes, for just a moment, that betrayed something on a vast spectrum between fear, apprehension, surprise, and safety. After digesting the thought for a moment, he inclined his head.
"Thank you... I think..?"
 

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"Yeah," Theida said. "Uh... yeah."

"Um, h-hope I'm not interrupting anything!" Sounded a familiar voice from outside, and then Spindle stepped into view, a fair-sized basket of greens and branches held tightly on his head until he put it down. "Um. D-Don't mind me, I'm just going to, uh..." He started fiddling with the nest nearest Hother (or rather, the one that Theida wasn't halfway occupying) and plucked out drier pieces while laying out a mat of fresher stuff.

Theida stared at him for a few moments before catching ahold of herself and stepping off of her claimed nest. She turned to look at Hother instead, suddenly feeling supremely unsure of what do do with herself.
 

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He returned her look with one of his own, hoping that his blank expression radiated some kind of considerate politeness as he shuffled aside, himself.
"Is there... Like, should we... do... anything..?" he managed, his tail flicking back and forth at an unsteady pace. "You've been great hosts so far... a-and we appreciate it so much."
 
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