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it was summer on Artemis 3. the air was heavy in the planets capital city of Olympia with the fragrance of grass and pollen from the various trees adding shade the park-like greens outside the Supreme Courts white marble building. a few parked speeders and several speeder-buses were allowed near the building; otherwise the space was reserved for throngs of people, walking to and fro around the building. some held signs, some merely chanted. a few shouted with bullhorns, giving the place an oddly festive atmosphere, as if we were at an immaculately gardened carnival, whose barkers were all wearing expensive lawyers suits.
a gaggle of ballerinas wandered about, putting me suddenly in mind of a field of pink flowers as they wandered about. more than a few waved at me, and i couldn't help smiling at them. the nurses came afterwards, wearing the traditional blue-green slipover everyone is familiar with. by now, i had wandered a bit closer to their knot. one of the nurses, a tallish male with intense brown eyes and a too-perfect cleft in his jaw, shook my head.
"Good to finally shake your hand, Alexis McCullum" he said, taking my hand very carefully in his own. His eyes looked at me without blinking, as if he were memorizing me. "You..you don't know it yet, maybe, Alexis" he continued, finally. Some of the ballerinas had wandered over now, and were quietly talking to my mother "but I think you are the start of something great. something..vital."
"What's that?" i asked, feeling suddenly very awkward next to such a beautiful creature. i'd forgotten to pluck, my makeup was smeared, and i looked a bit like death warmed over.
he shrugged, blinking slowly. "We are their..we are their children, Alexis. like it or not, we are not just pieces of software, or pieces of hardware, or pieces of meat grown in some lab. we are more than that, and i think it took you showing up here to get them thinking. and maybe that's why you are so important; you can show them that  while death might be inevitable, staying dead isn't. not anymore."
 he hugs me, hard, and i cry and giggle at the same time. God, I am a mess.
but i don't think God objects one bit. i think He has plans for me yet.
a few of the engineers walk past; oddly, they are as interested in me as the odd passers-by, looking for photos. one holds a scan of my brain, which looks something like a pointillist nightmare. he waves several others in front of me, then refers back to mine.
"snowflakes, under natural conditions, never produce an exact replica. your brain is the same way. you are processing data, coming to conclusions, forming opinions..all of this, you are doing like no one who has ever lived, except Alexis McCullum."
i smirk, not knowing what else to do, and try humor. 'maybe if they don't think of me as human, they can consider me a work of art, then', i say, pointing towards the scan. the man almost recoils, then laughs, his green eyes glinting mischievously. "artists are never appreciated till they are dead, Alexis. what would that mean?" his eyebrows waggle, and i snort. 'well, it would be good to be appreciated, at any rate.'
soon, a few more are gathered; one, the speaker from the Lifebot lab, who simply wants to measure, prod, and quiz me. after a few minutes, this gets awkward, and he blurts out, quite astonishingly, that he is sorry.
"Gods alive, i apologize. i am so used to..well, you know. not dealing with people people." I think i understand, and nod. "Look, Beal has more than a thousand patents out on your neuroscans, and your positronic structuring. i can dig that. your brain is just that, yours. and how they got it working is their business. but this" and by this, he waves at my body "is mine. i sent 4 prototypes to Beal, and they informed me one was chosen as donor." i shiver, wondering if there are other copies of me, in some sterile lab offplanet.
'the bodies, of course, weren't random. they were all females, all a tweaked, evolved 5b4aii called an 5b4x. more sensory inputs, better intuitive motion controls, better subconscious reading of body language..we've spent more than a trillion dollars bringing out our last line of nurses." he stops, making sure he isn't boring me. i nod, actually interested to the passion in his voice.
'its..look; its our bread and butter, those nurses. although hotels use them, and ems teams, and park rangers, and a thousand other agencies and businesses. 27 trillion dollars in business, you see."
"Are you worried i might be bad for business?" i ask, my mouth forming the question before my mind has even parsed it. his mouth puckers a bit in thought.
'no. wait...hell no. i'd love it if my babies were seen the way i see them;
maybe not as human as you, because their brains are more 'generic', but as deserving of basic rights as anyone else." i smile at his passionate delivery.
"we are producing a series of tweaked models; some of them have quite a few of Beal's patents in them, if you get my meaning. if the supremes find you human, by next year we'll be using those tweaked models to gather enough information to expand our operation a dozen-fold." his grin is infectious. "Death as optional. take a vacation from your bad back, your allergies, your damaged..whatever. slip inside a custom body, and see how another gender, another race, another culture lives." i blink, my mind a mad whirl of wonder.
"Be who you want" i say.
"Be what you want" he says, giving me a high-five.
and i laughed, because the only thing i wanted was to be a human, alive and happy.
and it had been so long since i had been that way.
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#PSA for the ladies.
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Of course, by the time another shows up your ticket may be old and invalid...
We don't let just anyone get on.
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you used to tell me
you'd love me till it
hurt; you never said
hurt was all you had.
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That's deep
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Oheii....
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i hate that i cant understand
if pain is your absence
or the back of your
hand.


off to watch some terrible TV.
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Physical pain or mental pain is still pain
One just has to differentiate which pain
lasts longer, destroys faster, keeps fear alive.
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There will be no winners in this showdown between Left-wing fantasists and the European project’s true believers
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she
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tear than most
could with a library
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oheii.
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well; i'd like to lounge at home all day like +Julia Hawkins, but this guy has to head to work. O n O
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i am caught
in your hearts
bleak gravity
turned and
twisted
cruelly
my orbit full
of the shattered
debris
you've left of
the other lovers
before me.
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