Kari and Leesandra casually walked their way through the garden surrounding them. They only walked on the path even though it wouldn’t have hurt the grass to be trodden on. Almost every plant in the spaceport was genetically modified to be more resilient like that, the grass only ever grew so far as well, so it never needed to be cut.
There was another sector for the flowers, vegetables and trees that were transplanted from Earth but it was kept well away from this one. The effect cross pollination could have on unmodified specimen was not thoroughly studied unlike human and Kyber breeding.
They traveled directly forward from the elevator they had arrived in. The fauna sector was spread out along the curvature so it took up about quarter of this ring. The main rotational ring was technically made up of several smaller rings, they were all structurally attached to each other but were separated by airlocks. Leesandra had frequently compared it to the trains off Earth, where if there were bandits on the carriage behind you could just disconnect it from the rest.
The hologram at the airlock thanked them for coming to visit the gardens. They smile and waved back at it. It seemed to take great pleasure in being acknowledged like this, smiling wildly.
The exit door slid open automatically with a hiss and a dull thud, they entered into the airlock and gush of cool air blew over them. The next door open and they were hit with the distinct smell of consumer sector ‘B’. It was a stark change from the sweet and floral aromas of the flora sector. The mingling of grilled, baked and glazed goods, and a variety of spices brought from every culture of Earth. People had made jokes about bottling the air and selling it to the other spaceports.
“Great, now I’m hungry too.” Leesandra could feel herself salivate with every word.
“Me too. Let’s hit up the first place that does coffee.”
There was a old style coffee machine coughing and spluttering two stalls down from the airlock. There was a girl standing behind the machine operating it with clear proficiency. She poured milk into a cup that she had previously prepared and handed it to the the only other customer at the stall. Leesandra grew jealous of her hair. It was only on one side, pink and actually pulsed with light. Without access to her Interfaces her hair would remain an auxiliary heat-sink grown out into a thick, glowing blue braid.
“What can I get you?” The girl asked.
“Two flat whites and some slices of that pizza you have.” Kari ordered politely, Leesandra hadn’t even noticed the food behind the girl, she was entranced by her dragon tattoo that swam up and down her left arm.
“How many slices?” She smiled as she noticed Leesandra watching her tattoo.
“That’ll be two hundred necessity credits and forty luxury credits.”
The economy on the spaceport was largely driven by trade, unfortunately there wasn’t much manual work to be done. Only consumer sector B even had physical people operating the stalls. Most of the population isn’t technically employed.
Every living person regardless of skill or job is paid the same amount of necessity credits. Those credits can be used to pay for food, accommodation and even transport if you wanted to get to a different side of the station fast, they expire and the end of a week and are replenished then too. Luxury credits are also paid out at the same time, these do not expire and can be used on anything that can be bought. Those lucky enough to work a job will be paid in luxury credits.
Kari stuck her hand on the stall counter. The girl did the same, they processed the transaction using the counter as a direct interface. Leesandra is be able to do the same thing but unable to check if she’s paying the right amount until she got home. No-one has charged her incorrectly yet.
“We’ll sit here.” Kari motioned at the table and chairs pushed up against the counter.
“I’ll bring everything over to you when it’s ready.” The girl mentioned just before the sound of the coffee machine would have cut off every word.
Leesandra sat down and peered down the path, she could see the the ground curve upward out of view. It was times like these that she was thankful there were no windows, even thinking about the universe spinning madly around them made her slightly ill.
“So how’s your mother?” Kari attempted to start another conversation.
“She’s doing okay.”
“She’s a purebred right?”
“She’s human, yes.”
“You know what I meant, non-kyber.”
“Yeah, that’s why I said she was human.” Leesandra laughed.
“How’s she coping in the low gravity?”
“She’s been fine, keeping her exercise up has been keeping away any atrophy.”
“I heard she was in the hospital recently.”
“Genetic disorder, they put her through some therapy so it’s all cleared up but it’ll be a while till she can move properly again.”
“It degraded her bones in her legs, she’ll be back to normal after this round of treatment.”
“She didn’t want to make the move to kyber?”
“I honestly don’t blame her. Feeling like there’s something inside you that you can barely control isn’t something I chose.”
Kari made a face at her, like she didn’t know how to respond to that.
The pink haired girl put down their coffees then used her other set of arms to place down the plates.
“Thank you.” Leesandra smiled genuinely at her.