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I’ve been inquisitive about that destiny considering the fact that arriving on Thebe, besides. a whole orbit passes whereas I placed my plan into movement. I’m again on the close to pole, etching a rock with new directions for my destiny cognitive kingdom, in case I fail. i have to determine i locate it earlier than one other ascender vacationer arrives and discovers it first, so this time, I’ll create towers, short-circuiting my conjectures approximately ordinary formations. I’m in the midst of development the second whilst an alarm sounds. The fix delivery has arrived and is soliciting for touchdown approval on the base. I run so speedy from the close to pole to the mid-moon basecamp that I approximately release myself from the outside. two times. I transmit directions to the fix delivery to land simply outdoor basecamp. The shipping is a low-level intelligence bot, in a position to flying and obeying relevant command, however it has no larger cognitive functionality. it is going to be effortless to idiot… so long as I bring an ascender bodyform to its shipment carry inside of an inexpensive period of time. in a different way, it is going to transmit again to the Commonwealth that it's been behind schedule. and that i can't manage to pay for any suspicions raised approximately this actual fix pickup. simply as I’m fabricating a justification for the hold up, one other alarm sounds. yet this one is a small tone, inner to my very own cognition. the most important matches. I’m frozen for part a moment, torn among desirous to transmit an excuse to the shipping and eager to instantly try the foremost. getting to know no matter if i actually have entry to the ascender bodyform wins out. i take advantage of the foremost to unencumber Sapphira Elena Hyatt’s bodyform. I slightly you'll want to tutor my present bodyform to come back to the garage bay prior to I add to the cognition substrate in the ascender physique. The shipping continues to be pinging, asking for prestige, yet its plaintive tone fades as my brain expands to fill its new platform. the feeling is like hovering clear of an asteroid, terrifying and exciting by means of equivalent measures. i'm unconstrained in a fashion that suggests either unfastened and unsafe. I’m afraid that the elements of me—my identity—might now not carry jointly in the course of the transition. yet then the sensation that my brain is weightless, unmoored from something genuine, starts to settle. I open my eyes, and i've a feeling of in view that the mere recording of wavelengths by no means captured ahead of. I flex my palms. Wraiths of black and pink race up my arms—my bodyform’s epidermis responding to the wealthy torrent of feelings flooding my brain. My hands are alive with sensation and size, a hundred-fold extra delicate than my Mining grasp bodyform ever was once. I path my fingertips over my new bodyform, that's now tremendously girl, and it supplies me a hurry of enjoyment so excessive I lose orientation. If I weren’t nonetheless within the bay, i might fall to the metal flooring of the basecamp defend, in spite of Thebe’s mild gravity. I brace myself, struggle during the overwhelming sensations, and stagger out of the bay. i'm extra in such a lot of ways—ways I couldn’t have imagined even ten seconds in the past. whatever from deep within my brain surges ahead, greedy to achieve keep an eye on of the speedily growing to be expanse of my cognition.