Sep 18, 2019 5:54 AM
audrey, not teah, in federation
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“I suppose it’s possible, though they would have had to put in false memories or have kept me in some form of extremely controlled environment...” 

She looks at her hands consideringly - then blinks.

“... My hair wasn’t silver before I arrived here. It was brown. Something changed, either about me or about the world around me.”

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"I've never heard of that as an effect of cryonics but it's not exactly well-studied... you said that, ah, no one cared enough to give you a surname?"

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“Never had a real family, though I vaguely remember a silver-haired woman who helped me when I was younger. Then she left, and I was alone. I never really got along well with humans.”

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"You're not human?"

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“Well...”

She frowns. “I’m of the human species but not the human mindset, I guess? They’re so... blind and uncaring and tribal and they want everyone else to be just like they are, they don’t understand when others aren’t the same. If you say you’re different, they call you a liar: if you insist, they call you crazy. I got tired of being the crazy girl very quickly. Alone was better.”

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"But you're not literally an alien," he clarifies.

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“No.”

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"But you -- also didn't have parents? You raised yourself, mostly?"

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She nods, crossing her arms and hunching a little.

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"A personal topic. I apologize."

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“If talking about it helps prevent everyone here from dying...” 

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"Then it can still be unpleasant for you. Besides, the details don't seem immediately relevant. My guess from what you've said is that you were an experiment in genetic engineering -- there was a certain amount of that, about your time -- that the woman you remember was some sort of scientist who eventually abandoned the project, and that you were found and cryofrozen. It doesn't explain how or why you were brought here, but otherwise it's not an unfamiliar story."

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She pauses a moment, processing. 

“... alright, so then let’s work the other end of this. Why was I brought here?”

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"I don't know. It -- almost makes sense, but -- ah, the reason they're intending to destroy all life on this planet is the presence of a group of -- political dissidents -- among whose activities is sheltering the genetically engineered."

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“If they just wanted to dispose of me, they would have doubtless had many more opportunities in the last hundred and fifty years - and... how imminent is the attack?” 

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"We don't know. We're -- putting them off as long as we can."

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“... alright then. So maybe I’m supposed to die here, but maybe - I could be here to do the opposite, maybe a last-ditch shot by a sympathetic gene editor. We can’t rule out that possibility, and something is definitely special about me - last I checked, humans don’t come with silver hair, so either it’s been dyed, which is weird, or something else strange happened, which would also be weird. So... relevant characteristics about me: I’m young, I’m a girl, I’m from far in the past, I don’t like hu - people, I spontaneously appeared - are there any species that can teleport or have supernatural powers of some kind?”

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"The only sapient aliens we've encountered are Vulcans -- they have some telepathic abilities, which I suppose you might characterize as supernatural, but nothing of that sort, no."

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“Telepathy - ... I’m maybe a bit too smart for your average teenager, don’t you think? Maybe there’s something special about my brain. Do you know anything more about Vulcan telepathy?”

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"You're very bright, but enhanced intelligence is common among the genetically engineered. Vulcans are touch-telepaths; they can use skin-to-skin contact to communicate mentally, and form bonds with other Vulcans which allow them to do the same over long distances."

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“I don’t like being touched. Which strikes me as convenient in exactly the kind of way that makes me feel like I ought to touch someone who doesn’t mind maybe having their mind read.”

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"...you said you were smart for your age; how old are you? In your own experience, that is, setting aside the current date."

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“Fourteen, I think. I had more important things to do than celebrate birthdays.”

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Snort. "All right. Not mine, then, and my sister knows too many secrets. I expect we can find a volunteer, though."

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“Let’s move quickly, then.”

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