Challenge #01631-D170: What a Maker WantssteemCreated with Sketch.

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You make stuff, sometimes your shopping list is a bit weird. Then someone decides to search your bags (you're innocent), and then there's the explanations. -- Knitnan

There's Things and then there's THINGS!. The latter is a gigantic labyrinth of the former. There's also refreshment islands with ablution kiosks and Galactic Food Choices[1] in a mini-kitchen. People who go there tend to spend all day, and then bookmark their location so that they can come again.

Rael had set his personal alarm set to let him know when he had a comfortable amount of time to reach his domicile and refuel before entering his rest cycle. He marched down the shelving, looking for specific items. He was a cogniscent with only so much time to spare.

In one of the middle lanes was a lizard with a trolley. It contained quite a number of disparate things. Bricks of printing paper, samples of coloured paper, a cutting mat, several boxes of beads, packets of knitting yarn, several colours and patterns of ductape, random spools of wire, cable, and what seemed to be printer materia. They were looking over the air-clay and temperature-sensitive plastics, with a silicone mould in one hand.

On closer inspection, the trolley also contained a feather boa, some bolts of cloth, and three completely unrelated costumes of varying quality.

Rael took a guess. "Cosplay?"

"Yes! Please say, honoured JOAT, which is best for icing mould?"

Rael considered the options before them. "Go with the temperature-plastics, but oil the mould with something non-toxic and fill in small amounts by pressing pieces into the bottom. And place the whole thing in an ice bath to set."

The lizard voluntarily handed over a Half Hour Note. "Many thankings." And then, with every expression of glee, loaded the biggest container of temperature-plastic beads onto the already significant heap.

Somebody was going to have an immense amount of fun, an immense amount of learning, an immense amount of anguish, and then an immense amount of fun all over again. The faces of fandom may change, Rael reflected, but some things were universal.

[1]: There are some foods that can be consumed by all known species. You may be surprised at the variety of options.

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