Cam catches a summons while he's in the middle of Atriama. He's seen it before, it's fine.
He hops up on the couch and starts kneading down a comfortable spot.
"Can we have some Twoleg word things in here for the next while?"
"Sure." Word things.
Most of the cats settle down to variously nap and words. A few of them pop outside instead.
If none of them need anything else he'll go make sure there are plenty of spare translators for anyone who might wish to pick one up.
Is it anywhere near nightfall yet.
Not unless he flew very extremely slowly on purpose as a time filler. He has two new texts from Ashley, though!
What has Ashley to say?
It's two pictures of pencil-handwritten pages, sent a few minutes apart.
I hope everything is going well with resurrecting other people, if you have been doing more of that. I have been feeling a lot better today. I'm sorry for acting ungreatful for being alive again and now that I'm in less pain I'm glad you did that. I hope you have been communicating better with everyone else about what is going to happen to them.
Have things been going better? Do people feel less bad waking up? My uncle says we could host one more person, and if you need a lot of places to put people he could talk to some trustworthy and discreet people who might be able to help.
If you want a lot of details about my condition I could try but I'm still pretty tired and having trouble concentrating. Maybe that would mean it's good practice though.
The second one is a closer shot, slightly blurrier, the handwriting looser and messier.
My uncle said not to say this and I won't push it but the thing you're doing seems really stressful and it you need someone to help unwind let me know ;)* We could go see a movie or try a float box or something.
*The wink is drawn vertically rather than being an emoticon, and plausibly could just be a regular smiley with misshapen eyes. It's hard to tell unless one was for some reason reading it rendered into a standard font, in which case it would be very clear.
I'm glad you're feeling better, and yes, we're improving on the communication issues. Current state of the art is to resurrect people into chamomile-ful bodies so they can promptly sleep it off. I have plenty of space but it's kind of you to offer. I've been in zero gravity before but appreciate the thought!
Just realized maybe float boxes are maybe really bad for people like me if we have more of a need a connection to the stars to live!!! Careful
Good question, I will tell my assistant to ask in case any stars know!
This time it's a text.
Cam finds the nearest Felicity.
Here she is! "I think the babies are allllmost ready! I was going to come find you shortly."
"Oh that's great news! Is the process not as all-at-once as I'd thought, that they're taking a while?"
"I'd compare it to, hm, putting on a boiler suit - while tied up, and it's too small and of a very rough fabric - and while you're in the process you can feel more and more of what's happening in it, a little like coming down from omnilol, then once you've fully got it on the bindings come off and you can move intentionally even if it's very uncomfortable. And since this is our first batch I think it's smart to be very safe about things like 'what if they're moving reflexively instead of intentionally', 'what if they've just been at it so long that they can move a little even though they aren't all the way in', that sort of thing."
"I don't know what a boiler suit is but I think I follow anyway."
"A pair of coveralls? Painter's costume? A thing you put on over your regular clothes when doing work that might ruin them."
"Aha. Uh, are the baby bodies... hungry."
"They're mostly very sleepy, which is most of why I'm having trouble telling whether they're ready."
"It's just it's been a while and they're so small!"
"I think they're just about ready but if you want to send another shuttle out with some milk to be on the safe side I won't object."
"Is there another batch that could be heading out now anyway?"
"Not sufficiently organized yet, information-wise."