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Now that's just giving him ideas to try it until it works - after all if it goes wrong it can't be half as bad as drowning, right? He knows burns, has scars to prove it. For now the shoes get discarded on the beach, joining Palmer in the water, skillfully running despite the rough underground, the waves tugging at him.
 
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Palmer loves the water, it's like flight but easier. This world has six-legged lizard things crawling along the ocean floor, as well as a small round creature that uses spike-tipped legs to walk through sand, and he watches them go by curiously.
 
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The kid loves it for the same reasons and now he can swim, Palmer has to watch him less. Only he still sputters out water after being toppled under, can't dive as long as he'd want to, eyes blurring underwater. Tricks he has yet to learn, can't figure out without the hints of DNA cursing through his cells.
 
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He'll get there soon, once he changes enough to absorb and does so to a few water-dwellers. Until then Palmer is happy to keep an eye on him for safety's sake.
 
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Until then there's some frustration and satisfying curiousity by gently catching things, hold them in the water for better examination - never hurting, never careless lifting them out of their element and most of the time releasing them back into the wild. "Think you could fry things on the stones? If it gets hot enough?"
 
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Palmer considers this, then shakes his head. "It's hot, but not enough to cook much with. Something very thin, maybe, but not a whole piece of meat." In any case it would be hard to find a big enough rock in all this sand. Maybe further from the beach, but the rest of the lava field has been overtaken by plants by now.
 
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„But we could?“ he probbed, curious. It'd be a way to make something without fire, even if it were just little scraps of meat. “Like... like that things, with the thin fish and ricerolls?” Sushi he'd only ever seen from afar, way too expensive to even try, but it seemed a fascinating idea, the little pretty rolls, the details. Nothing like what food had been in Republic, aesthetic and not just functional.
 
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"Oh, sushi? I guess you could try, if you can find a rock in all this sand." Meanwhile he's already fed on lizard things and round creatures, so Daniel will have all the sushi to himself.
 
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Palmer sharing food has never been an issue, the kid preferring it if they have at least some meals together. It's about the shared experience, the fun of trying something new, another attempted accommodation for his fear of fire. He'll at least try to find a rock, locking for all the protruding edges that might hide one.
 
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That Daniel is trying to avoid fire is very much appreciated. Thus Palmer helps him look, eventually finding a large flat rock that's hot enough that he turns his hands scaled as well before picking it up and carrying it over.
 
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“Now we just need some fish!” It's not going to be a big meal, not when they can only use thin slices, so they'll have to supplement it with more. But it will be nice, sitting in the sun, waiting for the sun to do the work. Daniel only brings out a towel for himself to sit on, in lieu of scales – though he keeps toeing the sand, trying to will the protection into place.
 
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It takes a bit for Palmer to find any actual fish, and those he finds are so small with such long, trailing fins that they almost look like squid. They're edible enough, though, so Palmer catches a few and brings them over.
 
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The fish are beautiful and it's almost sad to kill them, something that might be easier had Daniel caught them himself. But it's still too hard to swim and do that, it gives Palmer some part in this and the kid won't complain when it means getting to eat. He'd gone and got them some rice in the meantime, as well as some sauce the machine recommended that's rather salty, but overall nice.
 
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They're definitely pretty fish. Palmer has absorbed one to help him remember how pretty they are. Daniel does have to eat, though, so cooking it is. The rice with soy sauce is good, and so are the long waving fins of the alien fish.
 
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Daniel only has memories to keep the fish in mind, though if the ship can be used for reading and teaching, maybe he can find a tool to paint things too, learn that. And there's more than enough fish left in the ocean, so it won't hurt to eat some. They do get well done on the stone, the fins delicate enough to heat through. He took the hibernation better this time too, not as groggy as the last times, albeit after eating he curls up on the towel, sleepy.
 
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Painting would definitely be something worth learning, but they can figure out all that later. For now he'll just watch his friend sleep, protective as ever.
 
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Not all asleep yet, he asks some quiet questions: “Do your others think I'm like them?” Still always this need to fit in, to be part of something and not the outlier Republic made him. He wants to do what Palmer can, not be stuck needing help.
 
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Palmer goes dead still for a moment, considering. "You have come close. You are not prey. You are not yet what you will be, but it is coming--and soon." His voice and expression are slightly off, but then he smiles again and all is well.
 
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It's all the reassurance he needs for the moment, closing his eyes and drifting off. Knowing that the others are there and watching over him too, until he'll be ready. Better to embrace this side, not cling to humanity lost, though how fast 'soon' will be is hard to tell. He changes but the one main ability is still missing.
 
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The Thing watches Palmer's friend rest for a moment, then mentally shifts back to being Palmer and lays down next to Daniel. It's nice to have him near.
 
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