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Sep 18, 2019 5:46 AM
Brainship Dusk and Brawn Jean
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"Or at least make sure we all have the most lucrative jobs they can set us up with. Yeah, I dunno."

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"--might be someone pulled that off, actually, decided that a good way to make a difference would be to get that embedded in the institutional norms, and managed to do it."

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"Maybe. I'm not sure what we're supposed to be getting out of it, though, if that's the case. Not that I mind, of course, but we end up so tightly scheduled..."

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"Out sooner? Less time to indoctrinate you? But you'd know better than me whether that would make it something worth doing."

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"I'm not sure what would be different, if we stayed those two extra years. It feels like it'd be mostly neutral, though, I don't think they make that much progress on the indoctrination in the final year right now."

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"Reasonable. Then I'm really not sure at all why they do it."

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"Yeah."

"I wonder if she's paying attention for any time we mention Sunex."

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"I think I'd be surprised if she wasn't!"

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"Yep, you got me. The thing about sixteen-year-olds is that you still have good brain plasticity; if you wait much longer than that you won't settle in right. They tried a bunch of stuff with the beta run, to get it to work for eighteen-year-olds, but nothing worked reliably enough."

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"Oh, that's very explanatory, thank you."

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"You're welcome!"

Denika giggles. "I like her."

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"As do I! She seems a very competent woman."

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"Yeah. And I really wish we got to spend time with older shells more."

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"No prizes for guessing why that is."

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"Yeah. I mean, we are pretty busy, us and them both, but."

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"Yeah, and it wouldn't be worth your while to have them talking to you about what to expect when you're out in the real world, pull the other one." Sigh. "It's amazing how many different ways Sunex comes up with to be assholes."

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"No, they do that, it's just only a set of lectures and a couple hours of moderated question-and-answer."

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"Well. I suppose that is not, technically, nothing. Good job, Sunex, you were not literally the worst you could possibly have been."

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"Yeah. It's still not really what I want. But I guess I'll get that soon enough, now."

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"Yes, you will."

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Heee.

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His brainship is the best brainship and shall have everything she wants.

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Her brawn's pretty awesome, too.

"So do you want to hang around here for a while, or go see if we can find that promenade or something?"

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"Whichever you'd like, really, I've seen the outdoors before."

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"All right. Let me figure out something with the trains... okay." She gets moving; apparently they're going to a different stop than the one they got off at.

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