[4/9/2013 8:56:32 PM] Josie: No problem!

[4/9/2013 8:58:00 PM] Josie: An anxious slug was trying to persuade Coil to rescue its host's sister! Also said host may still be alive somehow.

[4/9/2013 8:58:22 PM] Coil: Right!  Which was weird.

[4/9/2013 8:58:42 PM] Coil: Coil was going to go seek counsel from the broken android next.

[4/9/2013 8:59:33 PM] Josie: Alice should indeed be awake now.

[4/9/2013 9:00:14 PM] Coil: He goes to the room he left her in.

[4/9/2013 9:01:26 PM] Josie: Her eyes move to look at him. "I am still in need of repair."

[4/9/2013 9:02:01 PM] Coil: I know.  I'm sorry.  There have been many complications.

[4/9/2013 9:02:50 PM] Josie: Alice: What manner of complications?

[4/9/2013 9:05:08 PM] Coil: You were being transported aboard this vessel to a Coalition space station by Captain Irene Lark.  She died during an escape attempt, and now her sister wants to join this crew.

[4/9/2013 9:05:57 PM] Josie: Alice: How does that impact my... impairment?

[4/9/2013 9:06:34 PM] Coil: You're a wanted criminal.  We're still docked at a Coalition station.  We can repair you until we're clear.

[4/9/2013 9:08:18 PM] Josie: Alice: I understand.

[4/9/2013 9:08:29 PM] Coil: We will repair you, though.

[4/9/2013 9:08:45 PM] Josie: Alice: I would like to be ambulatory again, or have access to a databank.

[4/9/2013 9:11:23 PM] Coil: Why a databank?

[4/9/2013 9:12:28 PM] Josie: Alice: I cannot move; I am alone.

[4/9/2013 9:14:47 PM] Coil: ... I'm sorry.

[4/9/2013 9:14:59 PM] Coil: Just a little bit longer.

[4/9/2013 9:15:25 PM] Josie: Alice: I should feel upset.

[4/9/2013 9:19:01 PM] Coil: ...

[4/9/2013 9:19:17 PM] Coil: Coil gets on the intercom.  "Vir, can you come to cabin 4?"

[4/9/2013 9:20:43 PM] Josie: Vir: Yes.

[4/9/2013 9:20:57 PM] Josie: It takes a few minutes, but Vir opens the door and steps in eventually.

[4/9/2013 9:21:22 PM] Coil: ... can you help Alice here become ambulatory with what we have aboard?

[4/9/2013 9:23:30 PM] Josie: Vir: Yes. ... likely.

[4/9/2013 9:24:22 PM] Coil: Can you work on that?

[4/9/2013 9:25:10 PM] Josie: Vir: I would like to.

[4/9/2013 9:26:54 PM] Coil: Alice feels like she should be upset.  The least we can do is restore her ability to walk.  We'll head to a market station after this and see if we can't give her a fresh start with new personality circuits.

[4/9/2013 9:28:03 PM] Josie: Vir: ... there may be some difficulty in that regard.

[4/9/2013 9:28:45 PM] Coil: How do you mean?

[4/9/2013 9:30:10 PM] Josie: Vir: Her circuits have fused as a result of being shot. They're melted together.

[4/9/2013 9:30:33 PM] Coil: So you can't replace her personality circuits?

[4/9/2013 9:31:24 PM] Josie: Vir: I can, but there will be some elements missing, likely in the area of expression.

[4/9/2013 9:31:48 PM] Josie: Alice: I will have no use.

[4/9/2013 9:31:56 PM] Josie: Vir: You will find a new use.

[4/9/2013 9:38:04 PM] Josie: Alice: I believe I would find that agreeable had I the capacity to feel agreeable.

[4/9/2013 9:38:12 PM] Josie: Vir: Likely.

[4/9/2013 9:38:16 PM] Coil: Coil frowns.  "Do what you can, Vir."

[4/9/2013 9:38:23 PM] Josie: Vir: Of course.

[4/9/2013 9:38:30 PM] Coil: Coil heads back to the bridge!

[4/9/2013 9:38:54 PM] Josie: It is blissfully slug and catwoman free!

[4/9/2013 9:39:12 PM] Coil: He rings up STella Lark.

[4/9/2013 9:40:51 PM] Josie: Stella answers; audio only. "Captain."

[4/9/2013 9:41:04 PM] Coil: ... yes.

[4/9/2013 9:41:58 PM] Josie: Stella: ... you'll have me?

[4/9/2013 9:43:06 PM] Coil: Yes.

[4/9/2013 9:43:46 PM] Josie: Stella: ... good. I'm already packed. When can I come aboard?

[4/9/2013 9:44:22 PM] Coil: Give us an hour?

[4/9/2013 9:45:10 PM] Josie: Stella: All right. ... I look forward to it, sir.

[4/9/2013 9:45:18 PM] Coil: Coil signs off.

[4/9/2013 9:45:25 PM] Coil: Well, we're in it now.

[4/9/2013 9:45:47 PM] Josie: No one answers! He's actually alone for once.

[4/9/2013 9:48:56 PM] Josie: Now what?

[4/9/2013 9:51:13 PM] Coil: HE'll go on the comlink and announce to the rest of them that they're having a new crew member.

[4/9/2013 9:52:52 PM] Coil: Then he'll wait for Stella at the airlock.

[4/9/2013 9:52:55 PM] Josie: Lou mutters something about wiping her records and the slug seems thrilled.

[4/9/2013 9:53:15 PM] Josie: Vir doesn't answer beyond "acknowledged."

[4/9/2013 9:55:03 PM] Josie: After about 45 minutes since he's been in the hold, the intercom crackles on. "Lark requesting permission to come aboard."

[4/9/2013 9:58:01 PM] Coil: Granted.

[4/9/2013 9:58:10 PM] Coil: He opens the airlock, letting her through.

[4/9/2013 10:00:15 PM] Josie: She looks ... pretty different. Her hair is loose and down, and she's wearing a very revealing semi-transparent dress in shades of emerald green and blue. She's tugging a floating chest behind her--probably her personal possessions.

[4/9/2013 10:00:47 PM] Coil: He raises an eyebrow.  "... are we having a prom that no one mentioned to me?"

[4/9/2013 10:01:07 PM] Josie: Lark: You're not military, and you didn't inform me about any dress code.

[4/9/2013 10:02:46 PM] Coil: No, there isn't one.  Just unexpected.  Follow me, I'll show you to your quarters.

[4/9/2013 10:03:27 PM] Josie: Lark: I've been wearing black for more than five years.

[4/9/2013 10:04:43 PM] Coil: I'm not about to judge.

[4/9/2013 10:04:52 PM] Coil: Coil opens one of the cabins.  "You can stay in here."

[4/9/2013 10:07:59 PM] Josie: She peers inside and nods, stepping in and tugging her luggage behind her.

[4/9/2013 10:08:36 PM] Coil: I'll let you get settled.

[4/9/2013 10:09:01 PM] Coil: Or Ill show you to the bridge while we shove off.

[4/9/2013 10:10:10 PM] Josie: Lark: Show me to the bridge.

[4/9/2013 10:10:42 PM] Coil: He takes her do the bridge, and settles in the pilot's seat, unengaging from the station.

[4/9/2013 10:11:20 PM] Josie: She sits in the navigation chair and watches quietly.

[4/9/2013 10:11:32 PM] Josie: Lark: I expect you're wondering why I'm here.

[4/9/2013 10:11:52 PM] Coil: I am.

[4/9/2013 10:12:13 PM] Josie: Lark: I felt like a change.

[4/9/2013 10:12:31 PM] Coil: A change?

[4/9/2013 10:13:40 PM] Josie: Lark: A change. I don't want to be stuck wearing black on a small station in the middle of nowhere forever.

[4/9/2013 10:14:09 PM] Coil: So now you're on a ship barely wearing green and blue.

[4/9/2013 10:14:22 PM] Coil: Not that I'm complaining, it's quite lovely on you.

[4/9/2013 10:15:45 PM] Josie: She reddens a bit. "I spent time with butterflies; one misses bright colors afterward."

[4/9/2013 10:17:09 PM] Coil: I suppose one would.

[4/9/2013 10:18:26 PM] Josie: Lark: Do you care for music?

[4/9/2013 10:18:43 PM] Coil: Sure.

[4/9/2013 10:21:22 PM] Josie: Lark: I brought my instruments.

[4/9/2013 10:22:22 PM] Coil: You play?

[4/9/2013 10:22:39 PM] Josie: Lark: Yes.

[4/9/2013 10:22:53 PM] Josie: Lark: The viola and the cello.

[4/9/2013 10:24:20 PM] Coil: ... you should meet the rest of my crew.

[4/9/2013 10:24:43 PM] Josie: Lark: The rest? I thought you only had an engineer.

[4/9/2013 10:25:20 PM] Coil: He clicks on the intership intercom.  "Everyone to the bridge, please."  He figures it's like tearing off a bandaid.

[4/9/2013 10:27:29 PM] Josie: Slug walks in first. Lark stares. "... what... what...."

[4/9/2013 10:28:38 PM] Coil: Coil watches, carefully.

[4/9/2013 10:28:49 PM] Josie: Slug beams and waves. "Hallo!"

[4/9/2013 10:29:03 PM] Josie: Lark: Irene! But... but how are you... I was told you were dead!

[4/9/2013 10:30:11 PM] Josie: Slug: ... er, well. I'm afraid Irene *may* be dead, in point of fact.

[4/9/2013 10:30:16 PM] Josie: Lark: ... what?

[4/9/2013 10:30:26 PM] Josie: She looks at Coil.

[4/9/2013 10:30:31 PM] Josie: ... so does the Slug.

[4/9/2013 10:31:18 PM] Coil: ... we're not sure.  She's kind of alive.  She's kind of... merged.  With something else.

[4/9/2013 10:31:37 PM] Josie: Lark: With *what* else?

[4/9/2013 10:31:43 PM] Josie: Slug: With me, I'm afraid!

[4/9/2013 10:31:52 PM] Josie: Lark looks at the slug, then back at Coil.

[4/9/2013 10:32:28 PM] Coil: A proscribed species.

[4/9/2013 10:33:32 PM] Josie: Lark: ... I'm sorry, I don't understand. That's... not Irene?

[4/9/2013 10:34:12 PM] Coil: I believe it kind of is Irene.  Partially her and partially another being.

[4/9/2013 10:35:47 PM] Josie: Lark: A proscribed species. Is it some sort of... psychic influence on her? Can we get rid of it?

[4/9/2013 10:36:07 PM] Josie: Slug: Excuse me, I would prefer not to be gotten rid of. And it's rather rude to speak as if I'm not here, you know.

[4/9/2013 10:36:48 PM] Coil: Well, maybe you should explain what happened.

[4/9/2013 10:38:52 PM] Josie: Slug: Irene was quite heroic, I'm afraid. She was transporting several prisoners. One escaped--I'm not entirely certain how--and assisted the escape of another. Irene attempted to stop them and was killed. I, er... well, I cannot exist, per se, without a host, and so I... took possession of her body. As it turns out I *may* have been somewhat premature as it does seem Irene is still in some sense *here.* Beyond simple memories.

[4/9/2013 10:42:25 PM] Josie: Lark: ... so you're possessing her?

[4/9/2013 10:42:43 PM] Josie: Slug: Er, well. If I left her I would die, or she would. This way we can both survive, you see.

[4/9/2013 10:44:01 PM] Coil: While this being is in her body, it heals.  Captain Lark wasn't breathing before.  Now, her body is breathing.

[4/9/2013 10:44:34 PM] Josie: Lark: So it's like... some sort of bizarre therapy?

[4/9/2013 10:45:10 PM] Coil: Could be.

[4/9/2013 10:45:45 PM] Josie: Lark: Can I... speak to Irene?

[4/9/2013 10:45:50 PM] Josie: Slug: I'm not sure!

[4/9/2013 10:46:29 PM] Josie: Slug: ...she'd like to, and I'd like to let her, but I'm not really entirely certain how to do it. Er... she'd quite like to give you a hug just now.

[4/9/2013 10:46:40 PM] Josie: Lark: ... how do I know you're telling the truth?

[4/9/2013 10:47:30 PM] Josie: Slug: Well, that would be rather problematic, actually. Even if she were not, er, in here with me, I would have access to her memories, so I would be able to refer to something only she knows. That said I am afraid you're simply going to have to take my word for it.

[4/9/2013 10:47:36 PM] Josie: Lark eyes Coil.

[4/9/2013 10:48:09 PM] Coil: I believe that something of your sister survives and will continue surving thanks to this entity.

[4/9/2013 10:48:19 PM] Coil: Coil offers his hand to Stella.

[4/9/2013 10:48:24 PM] Coil: Check my pulse.

[4/9/2013 10:49:25 PM] Josie: Stella nods, and takes his hand, this time putting her fingers very obviously on his wrist. "Is... do you believe Irene, or part of her, is still in there somewhere?"

[4/9/2013 10:49:51 PM] Coil: I do.

[4/9/2013 10:50:35 PM | Edited 10:50:49 PM] Josie: Lark: Is this being a liar?

[4/9/2013 10:50:41 PM] Josie: Slug: I say!

[4/9/2013 10:51:20 PM] Coil: No.  This being seems very honest to me.  It might not even know how to lie.

[4/9/2013 10:51:48 PM] Josie: Slug: I would never!

[4/9/2013 10:52:32 PM] Josie: Lark looks at Coil's hand for a moment, and then lets it go. "... I hope you're right."

[4/9/2013 10:53:02 PM] Josie: Lark very tentatively hugs the slug, who beams and pats her on the back cheerfully.

[4/9/2013 10:54:19 PM] Coil: Coil looks for the others!

[4/9/2013 10:55:01 PM] Josie: Lou is lurking just outside the door. She looks nervous.

[4/9/2013 10:55:11 PM] Josie: Lark finally lets the slug go, *eyeing* her.

[4/9/2013 10:56:08 PM] Josie: Lou steps in.

[4/9/2013 10:56:18 PM] Josie: Lark: ... this is one of the prisoners.

[4/9/2013 10:56:47 PM] Coil: Yes, well.  After I saved one, I saved another.

[4/9/2013 10:57:55 PM] Josie: Lark: ... are they *all* here?

[4/9/2013 10:58:35 PM] Coil: No.  The android's personality and memory circuits were destroyed.  The male prisoner... he's dead.

[4/9/2013 10:59:18 PM] Josie: Vir peeks in. "I can't carry Alice and I am not finished mending her."

[4/9/2013 10:59:28 PM] Josie: Lark: Thank goodness.

[4/9/2013 11:00:03 PM] Coil: That's okay.

[4/9/2013 11:00:21 PM] Coil: This is Vir.

[4/9/2013 11:01:24 PM] Josie: Lark: Another criminal?

[4/9/2013 11:01:32 PM] Coil: My engineer.

[4/9/2013 11:01:44 PM] Josie: Vir nods after Coil says that.

[4/9/2013 11:01:48 PM] Josie: Lark: Ah, I see.

[4/9/2013 11:02:55 PM] Josie: Lark: Good to know I'm not the only non-criminal.

[4/9/2013 11:03:35 PM] Coil: The Argent is apparently a ship for second chances.

[4/9/2013 11:03:44 PM] Josie: Slug beams.

[4/9/2013 11:04:01 PM] Josie: Slug: I am so glad he decided to bring you aboard. Irene was quite emphatic about it.

[4/9/2013 11:04:13 PM] Josie: Lou: I'm not saying *anything* incriminating.

[4/9/2013 11:06:28 PM] Josie: She stalks off, tail lashing.

[4/9/2013 11:06:40 PM] Coil: She was against you coming here.

[4/9/2013 11:07:04 PM] Josie: Lark: If I were still working for the Coalition I'd be obliged to report you all.

[4/9/2013 11:07:10 PM] Josie: Vir: You're not.

[4/9/2013 11:07:16 PM] Josie: He stares at her outfit. She colors up a bit.

[4/9/2013 11:08:04 PM] Josie: Lark: I'm not.

[4/9/2013 11:08:51 PM] Coil: So, Lark, what do you say?  Can you work with us?

[4/9/2013 11:10:45 PM] Josie: Lark: ... yes.

[4/9/2013 11:11:56 PM] Josie: The slug beams, and hugs Lark, squashing her a bit. "Why are you wearing that, by the way? Is it mating plumage?"

[4/9/2013 11:12:07 PM] Josie: Lark: No!

[4/9/2013 11:14:04 PM] Josie: Slug lets her go. "Are you quite certain?"

[4/9/2013 11:14:09 PM] Josie: Lark: Yes. I'm *very* certain.

[4/9/2013 11:14:39 PM] Josie: Slug: Oh, well then! I'm going to go re-organize the kitchen again. Someone seems to have undone all my work. Tally-ho!

[4/9/2013 11:14:47 PM] Coil: Coil nods.

[4/9/2013 11:14:50 PM] Coil: All right then.

[4/9/2013 11:14:52 PM] Josie: Vir: ... and I will return to Alice.

[4/9/2013 11:15:10 PM] Josie: Vir and the slug depart, leaving Coil and the still-slightly-pink Lark.

[4/9/2013 11:15:20 PM] Coil: Coil sits back in the pilot's seat.

[4/9/2013 11:15:57 PM] Josie: Lark: ... that thing isn't eating my sister or something, is it? That's the one that was in the case, wasn't it?

[4/9/2013 11:16:27 PM] Coil: Yes.  But I don't think its hurting her.  I think it's healing her.

[4/9/2013 11:16:47 PM] Josie: Lark: What does it do here, anyway?

[4/9/2013 11:17:08 PM] Coil: It's going to be our doctor.

[4/9/2013 11:18:36 PM] Josie: Lark: And I'm your telepath.

[4/9/2013 11:20:00 PM] Coil: Mmm.  Well.  I suppose you are.

[4/9/2013 11:20:29 PM] Josie: Lark: What does that mean?

[4/9/2013 11:21:03 PM] Coil: Well, you're an interrogator.  Good at detecting lies.  As good as a telepath.  That's what you meant, right?

[4/9/2013 11:23:06 PM] Josie: Lark: No. I'm a telepath-augment.

[4/9/2013 11:23:14 PM] Coil: ...oh.

[4/9/2013 11:24:07 PM] Josie: Lark: I won't use it until you order it.

[4/9/2013 11:24:57 PM] Coil: Okay.

[4/9/2013 11:25:44 PM] Josie: Lark: It takes some effort.

[4/9/2013 11:25:52 PM] Josie: (And as Coil knows, it's killing her.)

[4/9/2013 11:26:03 PM] Coil: Coil nods.

[4/9/2013 11:26:22 PM] Josie: (Well, destroying her brain, anyway.)

[4/9/2013 11:26:42 PM] Coil: So you can't read my mind right now.  I mean, beyond reading body language and nonverbal cues.

[4/9/2013 11:26:52 PM] Josie: Lark: Correct.

[4/9/2013 11:27:14 PM] Coil: Good.  I find your dress very distracting.

[4/9/2013 11:27:48 PM] Josie: Lark: Good.

[4/9/2013 11:29:04 PM] Coil: That was the point?

[4/9/2013 11:30:06 PM] Josie: Lark: No. The point was to feel free.

[4/9/2013 11:30:48 PM] Coil: Coil nods.  "There's a lot of freedom in what we do."

[4/9/2013 11:31:59 PM] Josie: Lark: It worked. ... I like this ship.

[4/9/2013 11:32:44 PM] Josie: The communications console bleeps; Coil has been left a text-based message.

[4/9/2013 11:32:52 PM] Coil: Coil reads it!

[4/9/2013 11:33:42 PM] Josie: It's a job offer from one of his contacts! A fairly reliable contact, too.

[4/9/2013 11:34:20 PM] Josie: The job doesn't pay *especially* well but it's very very simple--ferry a passenger from one planet to another one. It'll take about three days and you can get there in about six hours if you choose to take the job.

[4/9/2013 11:34:38 PM] Coil: Coil agrees to it and sets the destination!

[4/9/2013 11:35:20 PM] Josie: Lark: Where are we going now?

[4/9/2013 11:35:43 PM] Coil: We got a job.  A passenger ferry.  Non-prisoner this time.

[4/9/2013 11:36:38 PM] Josie: Lark nods. "I won't be especially useful, then, most likely."

[4/9/2013 11:36:53 PM] Coil: Probably not.

[4/9/2013 11:37:57 PM] Josie: Lark: Is there anything you'd like me to do, then?

[4/9/2013 11:38:34 PM] Coil: Get settled in, get familiar with the ship.

[4/9/2013 11:39:19 PM] Josie: Lark nods. "What are the protocols?"

[4/9/2013 11:39:29 PM] Coil: Protocols?

[4/9/2013 11:39:57 PM] Josie: Lark: Do I address you as captain? what about the rest of the crew? How does the pay situation work?

[4/9/2013 11:41:46 PM] Coil: I'll have to draw up contracts.  Everyone gets an equal share of every job.  Most of the money from every job goes toward the ship.  Maintenance, food, etc.

[4/9/2013 11:42:50 PM] Josie: Lark: And what are my duties?

[4/9/2013 11:43:40 PM] Coil: Standard shipboard chores, beyond the times I need you for negotiations and the like.

[4/9/2013 11:44:26 PM] Josie: Lark: What sort of chores?

[4/9/2013 11:44:43 PM] Coil: Cleaning, simple maintenance.

[4/9/2013 11:46:25 PM] Josie: Lark: I don't have much technical training.

[4/9/2013 11:48:58 PM] Coil: Simple maintenance.  Vir and I can show you.

[4/9/2013 11:50:28 PM] Josie: Lark: All right.

[4/9/2013 11:50:45 PM] Josie: Lark: ... why did you let me stay?

[4/9/2013 11:53:05 PM] Coil: ... you wanted to get away.  I felt bad about your sister.

[4/9/2013 11:54:36 PM] Josie: Lark looks at him. "That's not all of it, is it?"

[4/9/2013 11:59:38 PM | Edited 11:59:57 PM] Coil: Nope.  But it was the main reason.

[4/10/2013 12:01:23 AM] Josie: Lark: ... thanks. I'm not sorry I kissed you.

[4/10/2013 12:01:46 AM] Coil: ...that dress makes me glad I said yes.

[4/10/2013 12:03:26 AM] Josie: She smiles. "It might make people underestimate me. Not you, though, I think."

[4/10/2013 12:06:37 AM] Coil: No, not really.  I once knew a deadly martial artist who was clothed only in tattoos.

[4/10/2013 12:08:47 AM] Josie: Lark: Really? What sort of martial art?

[4/10/2013 12:10:46 AM] Coil: Rigellian Five-Dragon-Path.

[4/10/2013 12:11:13 AM] Coil: She was also four and a half feet tall.  People didn't really have long to underestimate her.

[4/10/2013 12:12:13 AM] Josie: Lark: I'm more than five and a half feet tall. And if I sleep with you it's not part of the job.

[4/10/2013 12:12:57 AM] Coil: Well, considering our current job is a passenger run, I should *hope* not.

[4/10/2013 12:15:51 AM] Josie: Lark: There's always the next job.

[4/10/2013 12:16:22 AM] Coil: I suppose so.

[4/10/2013 12:17:22 AM] Josie: Lark stands up. "I'm still thinking about it. I know you're interested. ... think about it."

[4/10/2013 12:17:28 AM] Josie: She slips out of the cockpit.

[4/10/2013 12:18:02 AM] Coil: Coil rubs his eyes.

[4/10/2013 12:20:43 AM] Josie: The slug sits down beside him a few minutes later.

[4/10/2013 12:21:38 AM] Coil: Helllo.

[4/10/2013 12:23:00 AM] Josie: Slug: She took it rather well, I thought. Irene would like me to thank you on her behalf.

[4/10/2013 12:24:30 AM] Coil: You need a name, still, don't you.

[4/10/2013 12:24:47 AM] Josie: Slug: Certainly!

[4/10/2013 12:27:23 AM] Coil: Maybe you should ask Stella for input.  Figure out what she'd like to call you.

[4/10/2013 12:28:57 AM] Josie: Slug: Oh, that's an excellent idea! Although you *are* rather closer to being my parent, which I believe is the custom, is it not?

[4/10/2013 12:29:24 AM] Coil: I'm horrible at naming *objects*.  I imagine I'm worse at naming people.

[4/10/2013 12:32:09 AM] Josie: Slug: How about Albert?

[4/10/2013 12:32:31 AM] Coil: That might just confuse people.

[4/10/2013 12:33:16 AM] Josie: Slug: Oh? Why?

[4/10/2013 12:34:15 AM] Coil: That's generally a male name.

[4/10/2013 12:34:55 AM] Josie: Slug: Oh. What about Alphonse?

[4/10/2013 12:35:18 AM] Coil: Althea.

[4/10/2013 12:36:09 AM] Josie: Slug: Oh, I say, I like that! What does it mean?

[4/10/2013 12:36:38 AM] Coil: I don't know.  BUt you seemed to like names that started with 'Al'.

[4/10/2013 12:37:15 AM] Josie: Slug: We ought to look it up. ... do I have permission to use the ship's computers?

[4/10/2013 12:37:49 AM] Coil: Coil nods.  "Of course."

[4/10/2013 12:39:20 AM] Josie: Slug: Excellent!

[4/10/2013 12:39:45 AM] Josie: She tippety-types and then beams. "Why, it means healer! That's perfect!"

[4/10/2013 12:40:04 AM] Coil: All right, the.  You're Althea.  And she's Irene.

[4/10/2013 12:41:15 AM] Josie: Althea: I'm Althea and she's Irene!

[4/10/2013 12:41:19 AM] Josie: Althea beams.

[4/10/2013 12:42:28 AM] Coil: Coil gives a small smile.  "Okay then.  That's settled.  We have a job, another passenger run, hopefully one that's a bit less complicated.  remember, no one is to know what you really are."

[4/10/2013 12:43:47 AM] Josie: Althea: Oh, right! Except the crew of course.

[4/10/2013 12:44:18 AM] Coil: Well, they know.  I mean, anyone we bring aboard.

[4/10/2013 12:44:32 AM] Coil: That isn't part of the crew.

[4/10/2013 12:46:03 AM] Josie: Althea: Oh, all right! If you insist. ... dissembling isn't one of my very strong points, I'm afraid. Perhaps Irene... yes, Irene says she'll try to help.

[4/10/2013 12:46:14 AM] Coil: ...good.

[4/10/2013 12:46:17 AM] Josie: Althea: She is rather clever, you know.

[4/10/2013 12:46:27 AM] Josie: Althea: Do you think I ought to get a dress like Stella's?

[4/10/2013 12:46:55 AM] Coil: You don't need to lie, just don't tell everyone you meet everything.  And... well, that's up to you.  And Irene, I would guess, since it's her body.

[4/10/2013 12:47:51 AM] Josie: Althea: Oh, we prefer to think of it is as a sharing arrangement. She's not terribly happy about the end of her career but she's planning to write a book about my species.

[4/10/2013 12:48:08 AM] Josie: Althea: ... she'd quite like to be able to speak, however. It is very tiresome not to.

[4/10/2013 12:48:46 AM] Coil: Well, maybe you'll be able to work that out as time goes on.

[4/10/2013 12:49:11 AM] Josie: Althea: Oh, I'd be happy to surrender control if I could. It's only fair.

[4/10/2013 12:50:03 AM] Josie: Althea: ... ah, she says that *particular* dress might not be appropriate, but it is against regulations to continue wearing the uniform.

[4/10/2013 12:53:06 AM] Coil: Well, we'll have to find you some new clothes, then.

[4/10/2013 12:53:54 AM] Coil: ... we have about six hours before reach our destination.  I'm going to get some sleep.

[4/10/2013 12:55:20 AM] Josie: Althea: Oh, sleep! ... how does one accomplish that?

[4/10/2013 12:55:47 AM] Coil: ... the body usually does it.  it's not a learned skill.

[4/10/2013 12:56:31 AM] Josie: Althea: Oh! ... lying down, does that really work? Does horizontality matter that much?

[4/10/2013 12:56:48 AM] Coil: I don't know.  It seems to help.

[4/10/2013 12:57:48 AM] Coil: Coil waves and goes to his room!

[4/10/2013 12:57:53 AM] Josie: Althea: Oh, all right. Thank you!

[4/10/2013 12:57:56 AM] Josie: So does Althea. And Irene.

[4/10/2013 12:58:11 AM] Coil: ((To his room?))

[4/10/2013 12:58:29 AM] Josie: No, to theirs! Thankfully.

[4/10/2013 12:58:44 AM | Edited 12:58:56 AM] Coil: ((Oh, good!))

[4/10/2013 12:59:03 AM] Coil: Coil falls onto his bed.

[4/10/2013 1:00:04 AM] Josie: He's alone in bed!

[4/10/2013 1:00:15 AM] Josie: Of all the women on board not *one* of them is in his room.

[4/10/2013 1:00:38 AM] Coil: Coil is kind of glad of that -- he needs the sleep.

[4/10/2013 1:02:01 AM] Josie: He falls asleep.

[4/10/2013 1:02:26 AM] Josie: He dreams of barely-clad women. Some of them are twins. ... some of them have blue antennae and turn into slugs.

[4/10/2013 1:02:35 AM] Coil: Which is weird stuff!

[4/10/2013 1:02:44 AM] Coil: But probably better than his normal dreams.

[4/10/2013 1:03:24 AM] Josie: They have a certain sexiness component, yes.

[4/10/2013 1:07:26 AM] Coil: Which is better than the dreams of blood and dying people he usually has when he remembers his dreams.

[4/10/2013 1:08:35 AM] Josie: Indeed.

[4/10/2013 1:08:46 AM] Josie: He wakes to see Alice standing over him, expressionless.

[4/10/2013 1:09:58 AM] Coil: you're ambulatory.

[4/10/2013 1:10:52 AM] Josie: Alice: Yes.

[4/10/2013 1:11:31 AM] Coil: Well, good.  What can I do for you?

[4/10/2013 1:11:40 AM] Josie: Alice: Vir said I was to request a purpose.

[4/10/2013 1:12:07 AM] Coil: What are your capabilities?

[4/10/2013 1:14:06 AM] Josie: Alice: Primarily combat. Sex is no longer likely; my personality circuits are damaged. Vir said I will have to... develop my own personality.

[4/10/2013 1:17:00 AM] Josie: Alice: ... I feel I have lost something important and cannot remember what it was.

[4/10/2013 1:17:57 AM] Coil: I'm sorry.

[4/10/2013 1:18:39 AM] Josie: Alice: You were not responsible.

[4/10/2013 1:20:00 AM] Coil: No.  But I am.

[4/10/2013 1:20:44 AM] Josie: Alice: You are?

[4/10/2013 1:21:36 AM] Coil: I mean, I'm sorry even if it isn't my fault.

[4/10/2013 1:21:53 AM] Coil: ... I don't know about giving you a purpose.  But I can give you a job.

[4/10/2013 1:22:54 AM] Josie: Alice: What job? Maintaining, installing or utilizing weapons?

[4/10/2013 1:23:43 AM] Coil: All of the above.  I'm the only fighter in the crew.  Granted we dno't always need another fighter, but I like the idea of having backup.

[4/10/2013 1:24:55 AM] Josie: Alice: I would...

[4/10/2013 1:25:06 AM] Josie: She hesitates, and thinks it over. "... like. I would like that."

[4/10/2013 1:26:06 AM] Coil: All right, then.

[4/10/2013 1:26:50 AM] Josie: Alice: Where are they?

[4/10/2013 1:27:02 AM] Coil: Where are what?

[4/10/2013 1:28:16 AM] Josie: Alice: The weapons.

[4/10/2013 1:31:00 AM] Coil: I'll show you later. They don't need maintenance right now.  I would like to get back to sleep, though, if you could leave my quarters.

[4/10/2013 1:31:29 AM] Josie: Alice: We have arrived at our destination.

[4/10/2013 1:32:04 AM] Coil: Coil sighs.  "Okay, then.  Still, please leave."

[4/10/2013 1:34:17 AM] Josie: Alice nods and leaves.

[4/10/2013 1:35:02 AM] Coil: Coil gets dressed!