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Rombach

Tegan cries angry grownup tears all the way to the zoo.

“Maybe we shouldn’t go, Tegan,” says Marlo quietly.

“Why,” mutters Tegan, “did I not teach you to call me Mom?”

“Because–”

“That’s enough, Marlo.” She wipes her eyes again.

Most of the animals are indoors, but Rombach the Panthera leo persica is out and pacing. He doesn’t have much of a mane; his eyes are brave. Marlo watches him until Tegan makes her leave, then slips away and comes back and gets yelled at entirely too much.

Marlo gets a stuffed lion at the gift shop with her own money.

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