After getting situated at her hotel room Naoko went to the park deck, one of the additions Bronson had built twenty years earlier. 2.3 square kilometers in size and with an active ceiling twenty meters high that could pass for sky on planetside the park was popular with everyone on the station. While Yuki, Doug, and Naoko shot the breeze Eric and King played. Catching Frisbees and balls showed off King’s prowess to onlookers, commenting on how handsome the dog looked. More than a handful of women and girls came up to pet the spirited creature, its luxurious fur most soothing to the touch.
When it came time for dinner at the family’s quarters the playing had the intended effect. Eric was tired and King equally so. Playing his part the doxie insisted to be carried with Yuki taking the task. Naoko knew King relished being nestled against Yuki’s bust, and after dinner was rewarded with bits of steak fat in his bowl for behaving himself, not once peeking into the dining ar