Sep 15, 2019 1:37 AM
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"No. But that does not make it your fault. I am going to pick you up again to get you into the transport, if that is okay?"

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Then Epimetheus will do that, and follow the rest of her unit into the helicopter.

It's blustery until they're inside, and then it's just loud as the rotors speed up to lift them. Epimetheus hands Vanya a headset, much like the ones the rest of her unit are now wearing.

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"You're welcome," Epimetheus says, or it sounds like she says it - it comes through the headset, but her lips don't move.

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"Oh. I am an AGI. An android. I can interface directly with the communication systems."

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"Like Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel?"

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(The sounds of someone stifling a laugh comes over the headsets.)

"I do not believe I have enough information to say one way or another if I am like 'Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel'."

("...How do you get a zombie-robot anyway?")

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"I'm not sure. I mostly heard about him secondhand."

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"Well. I am...I suppose 'robot' would be an accurate description of what I am. Myself and three of my siblings were created by our parents...effectively as computer programs, and then they built us bodies so we could interact with the world more."

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"...It was. Yes. Telamon still prefers not to pilot a body, says that it is too restrictive. I like the ability to interact with the physical world."

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"Why can't you do both?"

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"Whoever said I was not?"

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"Telamon just finds piloting a body tedious. Says it is too slow for their needs. You should try and get some rest, unless you have questions?"

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If she wakes up here again, that's pretty good proof that she's not asleep after all.

"They can wait."

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"Then rest. We have a few hours in transit."

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Nodnod. She curls up in the most comfortable position she can manage.

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A comfortable position is not entirely easy to find, but it is possible. However, sleep does not lead to her waking up - at least, not anywhere except back in the helicopter a few hours later, as they seem to be coming in to land.

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Okay, this isn't a dream. That changes... rather a lot of things.

Is Epimetheus still there?

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She is, attention on the encroaching landing pad.

The rest of her squad is there as well, although a couple of them appear to be catching a last few winks of sleep.

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She'll wait until they land, then.

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That's only a few minutes more. Once they're down, Epimetheus turns her attention back to Vanya.

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