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19 August 2019 @ 11:41 am
_Professor_ part 24  
Just so you know I'm not completely goofing off . . .

“Yes. Disco reports from the Utopia battle. I’ll forward them to you.” Rael tossed a look toward Xen herself. “And ask Xen if he has any other evidence from the other branches of the Cyborg . . . well, I suppose it’s an Empire. Sometimes it seems more like an infection, the way it spreads.”

***

After the party it was time for swabs and labeled bags.

When she eyed Xen, he shrugged. "I was watching my tongue, not doing instant genetic analyses at a party. Whatever's lurking behind this . . . interesting situation . . . is nothing I know about."

Indeed? And with wording like that I can't rule out Comet Fall. One trusts you aren't sending me into a maze, to protect anyone from Magic Central. Or whom the Collective thinks should keep up the good work.

Or, dammit . . . he wouldn't fake DNA, would he?

Rael winced. I need to stop suspecting him!

A deep chuckle. "It's much more fun when you do suspect me." A kiss on the back of her neck. "Although the roots of this have got to be several generations back. It's too widespread to just be the Directorate School."

She leaned back into him. "And starts with poor childhood preparation. The whole bloody society is infected with all the wrong ways to raise children who will grasp power."

"Yes. So . . . what exactly is the relationship between the One and the Collective Subconscious? Who is in control . . . not that I'm not all too aware of how that works on me, but . . ."

"The collective subconscious . . . people with power are louder in it . . . but still a minority. It influences the general tenor of the One. As we used to be aggressive, but after Ajha broke the absolute majority and argued for peace and friendship, we're . . . better."

He grinned and kept his mouth shut.

 
 
 
(Anonymous) on August 20th, 2019 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I was starting to suffer from Multiversal withdrawal. :P

Hope you're enjoying your vacation.

--TheOtherSean
matapampamuphoff on August 22nd, 2019 09:45 pm (UTC)
*Roll eyes* Other than twisting the heck out of my knee the first day . . . Beautiful cool weather, excellent scenery, not getting any exercise.
(Anonymous) on September 10th, 2019 01:26 am (UTC)
Gamer
Gamer should vacation with other Gamer on Tyrant world. That would help her to be confident about what she's capable of doing.

It could also maybe give you a place to stage cyborg interest with Eldon, Rael and other Oner involvement.
matapampamuphoff on September 10th, 2019 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: Gamer
Qamar, when threatened, flew.

While Rael was busy, she's probably been working on her magic, but I am considering Rael getting her out to the School and really showing her _what_ the Magic School does to the self confidence of their students, and what Rael's doing that builds both control, ability, self-confidence, and confidence in their control.

Eldon's got an adventure coming up, with Cyborgs. Which will be an independent story. But it will lead up to . . . possibly a second Cyborg attack on Earth, that pulls in Disco, and then starts a Oner espionage mission . . . that goes badly.
(Anonymous) on September 11th, 2019 01:31 pm (UTC)
That's all good news. I'll await with baited breath.