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Eventually Daniel pulls himself away, guessing they'll not be able to keep this. He'd probably argue that a screen isn't the same thing, just like the Replicator isn't real food on a psychological level. What he is missing more are colors in the ship, decorative flags and holographs catching his eye just like he wonders at elaborated clothes, the strange houses and many more things. Turns out there are some street vendors still, handing out a wide variety of treats. “Can we teach ours to do some of that?” Or maybe it already can and they just never asked.
 

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"I certainly hope we can. Lets get a few things, at least." A little of the local food can be saved to program the replicator, and they can get decorations and copy them. Whether they'll ever learn to make their own is another question, but they can try.
 
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This plan will work well and he picks out the food that looks interesting, that is safe for him to eat. What's becoming more obvious is that Daniel likely never owned a coloring book or the tools for it, another thing missed out because Repulic didn't put a focus on it. He's fascinated by children coloring on the street, a group of art students, a walk-way exhibition of photographs.
 
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Palmer spots a few children drawing on the sidewalk with chalk and walks over. "Pretty colors, aren't they? We could probably find you some if you want." Hell, they could get him paint and canvas if they really want to.
 
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“We can?” The kid sounds excited, though he holds back a bit hesitant. He's been treated like an adult far too early, never able to try things out that weren't considered useful. “But we don't have a street inside” Like it'd be too much to join in here, have fun between the others.
 
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"If they can do it here, so can you. Right?" Not like anyone seems to care about the kids. "In the ship you can try painting."
 
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The difference was that all those were children, while he wasn't – but then here he was the only human, so no one knew what he was. As long as Palmer stayed around he felt safe, joined them, if a bit on the side. The chalk seemed to not belong to anyone particular, everyone taking what they needed and soon enough he was drawing up a landscape from one of the other planets, happy.
 
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Palmer is willing to let him have fun for as long as he wants, encouraging him and offering suggestions. He's half-tempted to join in, even, although it would look a bit silly for them both to do it.
 
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There's not much help needed, at least not when replicating memories – he knows perfectly what it looks like and has the skill to match the colors and perspective. It's artistic, something new to do with his hands that'll stop him from thinking too much about everything else. Better if Palmer doesn't join here though, all the kids sharing the same chalk, some of them having soft tentacles that'd easily pick up an infection.
 
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Palmer notices that as well, before long, so he just sits quietly nearby. Getting used to not touching things again is going to be a bit of a hassle. On the other planets any creature he touched could simply be eaten, but here it would be too easy to touch some poor person and take over.
 
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Of course the kid knows this, doesn't want his friend all alone on the side either, so when his landscape is done, he comes over and hugs him. “Let's go back, have some food?” Not just for him, for Palmer too. This outing is for them both, but in a civilized town it's hard to find him some living beings for feeding and he doesn't know how much he told the people here about it, whether they are willing to provide.
 
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Palmer nods. People are far too tempting once he starts to get hungry around them, so it's probably better if he eat now. "Food sounds great."
 
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They've never really had that problem before, not with people, but the kid can imagine and adapts. Food first, then they can see what do with the rest of the day – maybe he'll sleep some too, socializing is exhausting after weeks of just the two. Still, it's exciting, plenty of things to learn and he aches to be part of it, to communicate, so on the way back he starts up with the questions about the ships language again.
 
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Humans were something Palmer was used to, something he was. Seeing new intelligences with new knowledge is enticing in a way he doesn't really enjoy. It brings out the fractures in his psyche.
 
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They both got their problems, Palmer his different mindsets, Daniel past trauma. His only gets better as long as he is away from Earth, from humans, from war – getting caught up in the latter would probably cause a breakdown all over again, all the more so after learning that it's ok to not want it. It's an ongoing process till they'll find a middle ground, with both of them still changing. For now the kid is distracting his friend with questions.
 
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Palmer is okay with being questioned as long as he knows at least some of the answers, and more than happy to keep away from war. His former self was in Vietnam, and that was war enough for two lifetimes.
 
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The questions are more vocabulary ones, pointing at things and asking what it's called, trying to pronounce it with unfit vocal chords. Easy ones. Daniel never might've been forced to be a soldier and kill, but then he saw all the horrors up close, had to fight all the same. It'd been too much.
 
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Palmer has to change his mouth and throat to pronounce half the words, so he does his best to reassure Daniel that it's okay to not be perfect. "Better to say it wrong than to hurt your vocal cords or bite your tongue. Hell, half of these words seem to be said through the nose or some shit."
 
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"But I have to learn it somehow, right? The ship doesn't know English. No one but you out here does. If I want to talk to anyone, I have to use it." And translation was hard enough when you had to account for different grammars and non-verbal communication. He's thrown into a world where his mothertongue is useless and he has no concept of how scary that can be, having never lived anywhere it was a possibility.
 
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Palmer sighs. "Yeah, true. It's a shame you can't change your mouth enough yet." He probably doesn't know what to change it to, either, but that's another story.
 
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