It was sure to be a lively meeting, as long as you focused on the substance. By now, Abúi knew better than to expect grand gestures, or indeed any gestures at all. No one raised their voices; indeed, much of the conversation was completely inaudible, taking place in messenger windows displaying both public conversations and eyes-only talk between individual councillers. What Abúi and Framm did hear was this:
* The council was not pleased at all with Framm leaving his scooter at all, his breaking of government property, his extremely high caloric intake as measured by his scooter's built-in measuring equipment, his risk-taking by going outside and especially his inspiring others to start moving around on their own feet.
* The council was also not happy to have an alien with wings in the city, though there were no laws against being an alien or having wings on the books. "We can make some," one councillor suggested, but that did not seem to be on the agenda today.
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