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[M] The Thing AU

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Sadly growing up is nothing that can be taken back now, no matter how many games are played, how often he gets read to sleep and watched over every step. But that doesn't make it a bad thing, odd as it is to see Palmer doing this. After all underneath is still a predatory swarm.
 
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Palmer is indeed a monster still, but a monster that is very good at being human. In any case Daniel belongs to the swarm, and the swarm is merciless in a way that the old Palmer wasn't. Anyone who hurts Daniel will soon be wishing they hadn't.
 
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Whatever the reason, the kid is protected now, from his past, the future. They'll have yet to see what path he chooses in life, but for once there is no pressure, nothing hurrying him. Might as well feel like a kid with a parent for a while.
 
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The morning brings ham and cheese sandwiches for Daniel, though mostly because Palmer wanted to see how close he could come to making a live pig and didn't get very far. The food replicator has no instructions for 'pig' and barely any understanding of 'alive,' after all, so it wound up giving him a statue of something vaguely piglike, made out of ham.
 
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Daniel likes sandwiches, so that is fine – though he'll not let Palmer choose his food every day, needs that bit of control. Still, sandwiches are good because he's more likely to grab one throughout the day for snacks, therefore getting more overall food. Taking more full meals would only feel weird. “Morning” he greets his friend, smiling.
 
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"Morning." Palmer smiles back at him.

If sandwiches help he'll be happy to make them regularly, although letting Daniel decide is important too. Eventually Palmer intends for Daniel to be as healthy as he can get, but he knows that the same food over and over is boring.
 
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Lucky for them there are many variations to sandwiches, the kid just doesn't know them yet, isn't used to anything more fancy. But it's something to try out, to change with taste. And there've been plenty times where he had the same over and over, so that'd only remind him of back when it was no other option, instead of ever getting bored.
 
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Of course Palmer also has to feed on living flesh, but the replicator can manage live cells. Just not very interesting ones. He doesn't even bother with pretending to eat it normally, letting it be absorbed directly through his skin.
 
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Daniel will never forget about Palmers needs, those mattering to him. Like going somewhere there is living beings for him to explore, to feed on – every trick added to his friends repertoire might safe them one day, might be something he can learn some day in the future. There is nothing disturbing about it.
 
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Palmer appreciates it, but still likes to at least pretend that he's eating normally. Certain things just taste too weird for that.

"So, you wanna play some more games or what?"
 
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There is a big social aspect to eating together too, the normalcy of sitting together at a table more than Daniel had for too long. „Sure“ He doesn´t want to read just yet, grabs the plate with the sandwiches to take along.
 
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Palmer grins and heads over to the game room, then sets up some kind of racing game. It's set underwater, which is a bit odd, but then Palmer isn't used to games like this anyway.
 
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Daniel isn't used to any games, but that only makes this easier, since he is open to everything. As long as they do something together he is going to have fun, reflexes unnatural fast, reactions to which at times even the steering can't hold up to. Still fun and eventually he's even cheering, laughing, like a kid should – not the eery quiet concentration Republic instilled.
 
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Palmer loves when the kid laughs, something far too rare. No one that age should be so sad and serious all the fucking time.

The underwater racing game becomes more difficult over time, predators and sharp rocks getting in the way. Palmer thinks it's great.
 
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It started out rare, but already they can see how much he's improved, just by virtue of being safe, protected, having enough food and free time to spend as wanted. Palmer did this and it's something he can be proud of, saving this one kid from the future. Good too that the game picks up the difficulty, he needs the challenge and is a good looser.
 
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Hopefully the improvement continues.

Palmer wishes he could prevent that future, but paradox is a dangerous thing and he'd rather not find out the hard way than causing one destroys the universe or something. So he sticks to saving one for now and lets time pass how it likes.
 
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Better not to dabble into the future, not as long as Daniels existence is still tied up in it. There is a lot of time till then and maybe he'll be different enough, healed enough, that he won't want to go back. Right now there's still family obligation, attachments to a home not worth it that are hard to shake.
 
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Palmer somewhat understands family now, but there's still a strangeness to it: he mostly understands through the memories of the person he used to be. He would be willing to help Daniel save his family if it was possible, but the reasons why are a bit muddled even to him.
 
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Maybe one day, if the Thing takes some more bits from Daniel, he'll understand better. They are related, more and more as the kid changes. He'll not be human forever and either way, there is no going back to his place in time. Saving his brothers for a better chance at living was all that gave him a goal to go on, so it's still anchored in.
 
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Four days pass surprisingly shortly on the ship, and before long they land on a small island in the middle of a vast, shallow sea. Almost ridiculously shallow, in fact: you could probably wade a hundred yards out before you had to start swimming.

What looked like grass at first flees at their approach, revealing itself as photosynthetic crab-like animals. The sky looks like sunset even at mid-day, due to a noticeably thicker atmosphere. It's all rather fascinating.
 
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