(18a) Addendum to (18)
The Misha Campaign (111-1121 and 112-1121)
Robert in Sparkly Pink Mode
(1) Sparkly Pink Communications (111-1121)
Suddenly Robert is in a void. He's floating in
that void, but there's something he's aware of. Ah, that would be
it. There's a sensation of knowing where everyone is because there's
a little signal from their commdots. Yeah, he can feel where they
are, all inside him somewhere. Most of them are staying still, but
Helia's dot is floating backwards and forwards, presumably as she swings
in her hammock.
Something's blocking him in, though. Around
him is dead space, nothing. He wishes he could break out of this
somehow. He explores the surface of the Arm, and it's like a blocking
wall that's keeping him in. He reaches out to push his finger through
the cracks, but they're dead ends and he can't reach out that way.
There's always something blocking him. It's irritating.
There's so little stimulation here. He knows
he's ready to pick up anything that might be around, but there's so few
sources to look and and feel. He can do what he wants in here, it
feels good, he is communications, he is the comm exchange, he can
relay, he can send, he can receive. All there is are a few commdots.
Oh, and there's a personal computer or two -- it's a very unfamiliar and
somewhat unnatural signal, but he can wire it into himself, his being.
Now he comes to think of it, his ears may not have heard that song before,
but he himself knows what it is and can fiddle with it to make it audible.
Got it. Good.
But that's it. There's so little here.
He could just go to sleep, knowing he'd wake up if something else appeared.
Or he could just step out, and let the ship handle it. It should
be easy enough not to need his help.
Robert drops out of sparkly pink mode. He's
back on the bridge.
(2) Sparkly Pink Computer (112-1121)
He finds himself in a sort of hookup with the computer.
He can feel its presence, and there's some common ground for communication,
but it's morphing its symbols too fast for him to follow. It's just
a natural feel thing, it's not like he sees the symbols, but he is
the symbols. He feels like he can't get in to the computer
like he can get into the communications, but he can get a really close
link. He just doesn't quite have that link matched yet... but if
he could, it would be a good way to relate to it, to tell it things, and
particular with the communications he can patch in the personal computers
and so on.
Just be the communications again, push here,
and the personal computers are linked with the ship. Almost immediately,
the ship says it's done. Robert leaves the link up, so that the ship
can continue to read from or send to the personal computers as it wants
-- he knows the Baron and Shark leave theirs on all the time. With
an adjustment to the communications state:
he ensures the link will always be there. It won't cover the difficult
Imperial military communications, but any simple Imperial transmitting
device is pretty much covered now. Of course the commdots are already
connected, and now the football sensor data is being received too.