Cam catches a summons while he's in the middle of Atriama. He's seen it before, it's fine.
There was a cloud of her geminis who did it for her but I don't know which one.
There's a metaphorical knock on the conversation. Just thought I'd check in.
Felicity, hello, this is - cloud, do you have a name - Jackie's successor. Some nudgecloud did DNA for them, can you track that down? Also Jackie recommended letting you explain to her folks, I'll text Nicholas to tell the authorities, biofam will congregate for the funeral and can be explained to then.
I've been relevantly tracked down already and came over in part to say so.
- Ian and Jordan aren't my folks. They're my family, and so is Princess, but it's not like an adoption thing. . . . And wasn't for Jackie either.
I do not actually speak Latin, I speak a mysteriously similar language in which 'folks' is usefully ambiguous on that topic.
I'm gonna... go down unless there's more to cover here.
Down he goes.
When he has a body again he's going to start... hm... yeah, crying, that seems like just the thing. Though he will also text Nicholas to the effect that he should go ahead and contact whoever you're supposed to tell when there's a body.
And he already told Felicity everything she needs to know and has no immediate tasks till whatever their name is wants a couple bodies, and -
Yeah, crying. On Cricket, who paws his face gently about this development.
There are a few Felicities outside enjoying the morning's weather but none of them knock to interrupt him.
Eventually he pulls himself together and exits the camper, Cricket in his arms. Glances at the nearest Felicity to see if there's anything to say.
Oh no. ". . . You wanted me to remind you that some dead cats wanted some folks checked on. If it's sufficiently later for that yet."
"Right. I'll send you my notes on that, give me a sec." He organizes them into something a step better than "note to self".
"Thank you. . . . Would a human hug help or does Cricket have it covered?"
"Human hug'd be great." He shifts Cricket to his shoulder and hugs her.
She's got twenty-eight lifetimes' experience at giving hugs and the sweaters he made her are very soft. Another of her swings by and the hugging one passes the notes off. "She'll be alright, you know. It was hasty but they'll figure it out."
"This is the first time anyone I have met has ever ceased to exist, and she did it in the middle of a sentence."
We don't really think of it that way here. Though I can see why you would . . ."
"It's better than people getting permanently annihilated, which is what I thought happened to dead folks till I was one, but then it turned out there was an afterlife, you see."
"That makes sense. She . . . didn't want to exist, you know. I've been there. And now someone gets to, who has all of her important qualities but is actually capable of using them, without having to constantly flinch away from everything that resembles something with an impact - and the boy, I don't know how to describe it but when you're a New Year's Eve lots of things seem impossible. Not like with the summers and how they end up hurting people; it's that accomplishing basic tasks can require drawing on an enormous well of willpower for seemingly no reason at all; it's less dramatically awful but still not fun.
"And so how it shakes out is they'll both mostly feel like themselves except that all of a sudden they can just do things. It's freeing. And they might be fumbling over how to refer to themselves, but that's for clarity and because it's just how star clouds talk. It doesn't mean the two of them are gone forever."
"Huh. I probably should have - considered asking you about it as a first line instead of crying on Cricket - I was definitely imagining it as more of a, can't unscramble an egg, situation, not, uh, an egg yinyang."
"Maybe so, but I'd say your response was pretty reasonable. . . . I don't hold the One's sayings as infallible and I certainly don't expect you to, but there was something it said in our first conversation that might be useful, which I think you may not have had the context to understand at the time."