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She ignored Johnny's jab, as she'd been accustomed to doing for the last nine and a half of the ten or so years they'd known each other. If he'd really meant anything by it, he'd have kept going, anyway.

"Can't see much yet, but there's Venus, and Mars will be visible in just a bit. After that, Castor and Pollux will be on the horizon, and then we - well, I - can look for the constellations." She had a book, pages frayed at the edges and the spine so well-worn that it would lay open and flat without her having to hold it, that held maps of all the constellations one could see at the different times of year. Northern Hemisphere in April gave them Leo and maybe Virgo, Ursa Major and a few other, lesser-known ones. Of course there was always the Big Dipper and probably Orion, but everyone could pick those out without any help. They were boring.

The stars Arcturus and Vega would be easy enough to pick out, and Vega would lead her right to the constellation Lyra and then easily enough to Draco. Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, would be somewhere between the two stars. They'd probably be able to pick out Cygnus and Cassiopeia without the telescope. Johnny would probably get a kick out of Cygnus, a big bird all on its own, flying through the endless void of space, a dragon on one side and Pegasus on the other.

Raina preferred Pegasus, herself. More regal.

After that, she could probably hunt down Jupiter and maybe Saturn, and they could try to get a look at the Virgo nebula if she hadn't bored Johnny to tears with science talk that went way over his head by then.

She stepped back and urged Johnny towards the telescope with a nod of her head. "It should be focused on Venus right now. Have a look."
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."

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