SF Drabble #135 “Alpha Aurigae”

Observing the Capellan “Red Fur People” one is quickly familiarized with their courtship and mating customs, since any trusted observer is invited onto the communal sleeping mat (whereas any untrusted observer would likely not live long enough to see the mat.)

The female is the instigator, choosing from amongst her passive suitors. Once paired, they stand together in the center of the mat. It is the only time standing upright is not a major social transgression. Once they have received the attention and tacit consent of the entire Pueblo, they find some privacy in a corner to perform actual mating.

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