Challenge #01633-D172: First FairsteemCreated with Sketch.

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Fairy floss, Cotton Candy whatever you call it, it was pure Empty Calories. -- Anon Guest

The refreshment booth was called Simple Carbohydrates and had display cases full of complicated things made out of those simple carbohydrates. Of course it was run by a human. Humans had had centuries to create astonishing things out of flour, potatoes, and sugar.

Rael watched as the vendor wound what looked to be coloured cobwebs onto a stick. He could smell the caramelised sugars in the air, but he could not correlate them to the cobwebs.

This was his first time at Amalgam's Station Fair. One among many attempts to let the humans cut loose without causing a Silly Season. He obviously had much to learn about this insane and dangerous Deathworlder species. Watching this vendor create a... rainbow flower... out of these sweet-smelling cobwebs was a source of fascination.

"I knew I'd find you near the cotton candy," said Aunty Fan-Fan. "What's surprising is, you haven't got one."

"Cotton? I thought that was a textile."

"It's a descriptive, in this case. Some people also call it 'fairy floss'. More evocative, but lousy for any teeth." She handed over a small handful of Seconds for a pre-made flower and handed it over. "Pure sugar. Try it."

Rael bit. The instant his digestive processes hit his mouthful, it dissolved into a solution. The calorie boost was way beyond what he was expecting. He wanted to engulf the enormous thing, but that would disturb so many. He did, however, remember to smile and thank Aunty Fan-Fan for her assistance. Pure sugar, unadulterated by much more than colouring. Easy to process. Easy for all but the most tender of Havenworlders to consume.

His interest in the booth and the fair increased fivefold. Fair Food was a Faiize paradise.

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