Wanted: Brawn for newly commissioned brainship. No brainship experience or Sunex training necessary. Ideal candidate will be familiar with FTL navigation, grav sled piloting, I-346 AI systems, anthro- and xeno-diplomacy, anthro- and xeno- first aid, basic ship and servo repair, and Lystyx operating system, but will train the right person. Must have a skillset suited to some line of brainship work and an interest in cooperative puzzle games, emergent systems, poetry, animal behavior, or a similar topic. Familiarity with shellperson etiquette a plus. Must be available to start on 6/10/2218. If interested, please send a resume to Denika, XD-1213, contact number 64-4891-5287, by 5/30.
Denika rereads the ad one more time, dithering over details: should she add another interest? Cut the bit about AI knowledge? (Bunny is, after all, hers; she doesn't expect that her brawn will ever interact with it, much less need more than a layman's knowledge of how to, even if it is part of standard brawn training.) Emphasize her flexibility about the type of work they'll be doing? (No; she wants someone with the attention to detail and nuance to pick up on that, buried as it is.) Leave out her name - uncommon for a shellperson to use in public - or the designation that isn't technically hers yet, or both? Tinker with it in some other way? Scrap the whole thing and put up with a Sunex brawn, at least for a while?
She concludes, eventually, that it's fine as is, or at least unlikely to be improved by nervous editing, and sends it off with just a few minutes to spare before she has to head to her afternoon classes: with two months to go until graduation, she could slack off - she's run the numbers; she'll graduate either way - but the last thing she wants is the psychs called down on her head again, and anyway, singularity jump math is fun, even if she won't be using it anytime soon. And she's put up with the ubiquitous Sunex brand loyalty propaganda this long; another two months isn't so bad, and then - if all goes well; if her ad turns up someone suitable; if she can keep up with her repayment schedule - she will be free, only obligated to ever interact with them when she needs repairs. It's a comforting thought, and she plays a triumphant little tune over her speakers as she rolls off to class.