Luna couldn't help but smile back at Fossil's smug, slightly superior smirk. He was teasing her! She couldn't remember the last time she'd been really teased by anyone, even Celestia. She gave a proud, yet playful toss of her starry mane, as though to say he could keep his mystery- the Princess of Dreams would know all things soon enough -but the effect was spoiled somewhat by giggle that escaped her.
The Seal Enclosure was something of a shock to Luna, however. There were pups and adults in the pen, and while the pups were fluffy bundles of adorable, the parents... Well, she kept looking from one to the other. There were the same dewy eyes, the same cat-like face, the same ungainly, clumsy body... But what was endearing in the baby was rather unattractive in the adult. Those dewy eyes were just a little too... bulbous. The cat-like face reeked a fishy smell, and the yawping yelps that emerged from them, anything but charming. Yet... the difference was really so slight. Her dismay showed plainly.
"I suppose..." she said doubtfully after a long, long stare, "I suppose fluffy fur truly makes a very large difference in the "cuteness" of a creature." The alicorn felt sure that this wasn't it, but for the life of her, she couldn't lay her hood on the reason why baby seals were so cute, and adult seals so... ugly!
Oh that giggle. If anypony could hear such a sound surely they would not believe it to have been made by the being that had once been Nightmare Moon. It was not one of a Princess either. It was the happy giggle of a mare. A dark colored mare with a starry mane. No Princesses on this date.
The seal enclosure seemed to get mixed reviews from Luna. On the one hoof she nearly let out a squee at the fuzzy pups, but had an opposite reaction to the adults. "It does. The smaller and fluffier something is, the cuter it seems to be. I still like the looks of the adults though. They kind of look like fat wet dogs with a smushed face. Other seals look a bit different, such as the leopard seal which has spots.They can be trained well too. Performing flips and water acrobatics you wouldn't think something so lumbering on land could do. You can even teach them songs. A common trick at a show is to bring out a line of differently tuned horns and have a seal play a small song. They can also clap, hoof bump, and even blow kisses when trained."[/b]
Fossil waited for a second to let some of the positive points to a seal sink in for a moment before speaking again. "Of course, should any come your way I will have to make sure none reach you. As lovely and deserving of affection as you are, I can't stand idle to any flirtatious actions sent your way." He joked and leaned forward to give Luna a small nuzzle. "Quick, lets away before any seal gets ideas and I have to jump in there to challenge one to a duel."
Luna didn't giggle that time. She outright laughed! A fat wet dog with a smush-face... looked at in that light, she could see some appeal in the appearance of an adult seal. And if they were indeed so clever as Fossil was suggesting, then they had other endearing qualities. Even so, she did not quite relish the idea of a fishy kiss, and turned to move on with Fossil willingly enough.
"A Duel for honor... Now that is a courtesy I have not thought of for the longest time. Tell me, do they still do such in these days? If they do, it must have fallen out of favor. I remember a time where one could not go a day without hearing of such-a-one and another dueling over some trivial matter. I have not heard of a single instance since my return. Are the old laws for it even in effect?"
The downside of dueling, however, pressed home a moment later and she pressed against her companion, reassuring herself that he was there. "But I would not have you duel for my sake." she insisted softly. "I wouldst rather have you by my side in disgrace, as long as you wert happy, than killed outright in even the most honorable and memorable of battles."
Fossil thought on the matter of dueling for a moment. He was up to date on customs, but was he up to date on the legal matters surrounding on it. His thoughts were suddenly cut off though by the warm body of a very lovely mare pressed against him. He smiled softly at her words and leaned in close to nuzzle her gently to reassure her of his presence. He knew how prolific dueling had been at some point, and for her to voice her thoughts on it, that she would want him by her side no matter the situation, spoke volumes coming from her.
"Fear not, my Starlight. I would much rather be by your side than injured or worse. If there is anything I feel I may need to prove, I know it will not be at the risk of my own life." The stallion's nuzzle shifted a little and he kissed Luna upon her cheek. "As is the trend in modern times there are two types of ponies who duel. There are those who belong in a duelist club, in which ponies compete for points and small wagers. Then there are ponies in the upper social class who may challenge another to a duel when they have perceived a great insult. It is used to tell another that they are offended and demand an apology. In such matters the ponies tend to talk things out."
As Fossil spoke he began to walk and direct Luna. The couple left the seal exhibit gaining a few looks from other visitors to the zoo, but were not deterred. He lead her to another aquatic enclosure that was similar to the one they had just been. There was water, and a good amount of land to stretch out on. A number of various small toys were strewn about, some floating in the water, on land, or at the bottom of the pool. A few low-slung hammocks were placed around for the animals to use as they pleased. A quartet of furry otters called this their home. One was content to nap in his hammock, another was spending their time swimming laps along the length of their pool, and the other two were just happy floating on their backs and playing with some toys.
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