11/01/2018 at 06:34 #31584
And this Mundy goes by Adelaide, while her great-aunt is Adele, alive, and not retired, though from what I’ve been able to find out so far she has a desk job in the Admiralty on Nova Praetoria. Wherever that is.11/01/2018 at 06:57 #31586
Funny that. I haven’t cracked his files yet, but he spells “Konrad” with a “k”, which, after all, is the way it was originally, before the Celts got at it. I think he’s a few years older too. Wonder what his career has been like?11/01/2018 at 17:35 #31588
Hmm… if, from this admittedly small sample, K is statistically used more frequently in this universe, then all our decryption algorithms are a tiny bit off — just like everything else. It might be worth trying a few tweaks. I’ll see what I can come up with.11/01/2018 at 18:20 #31590
Nhaima shook her head and laughed ruefully.
“And here, I’ve been a model citizen as far as I can tell.”11/01/2018 at 21:34 #31596
You are the very model of Imperial Navy Officer… what rhymes with officer?11/01/2018 at 22:09 #31598
You have there, the best coffee, sir!11/01/2018 at 22:12 #31600
Scratch that. “You have indubitably the worst coffee, sir!”
And why does it not surprise me that records show Nhaima is a model citizen? That would fit a certain congruency of skills and aptituds.12/01/2018 at 00:37 #31602
“That might have something to do with it, but you’d be surprised at the difference when the XO is interested in debating the finer points of TSN-UCMJ and the Rules of Engagement, or when they just want you to pull the trigger that carves open holes with maximum efficiency, and if someone’s stomach for some reason got a little queasy then they report to sickbay afterwards and next time for a calcium carbonate supplement…”12/01/2018 at 01:21 #31604
Calcium carbonate supplement to cope with the coffee or the carnage?12/01/2018 at 03:32 #31607
“I suppose it could be prescribed for one whose coffee dependency outstripped their ability to consume the chemical solvent packaged in military coffee tins, but the latter was what came to mind first,” she answered, her lips twisting into a vaguely feral grin.12/01/2018 at 03:58 #31610
Nods in understanding. Then, suddenly struck by inspiration, she starts quietly singing,
To be the very model of Imperial Navy Officers
We’d better drink Earl Grey tea, no we can’t have any coffee, sirs,
For coffee is a solvent with effects most deleterious,
If you consume a quantity the consequence is serious.
Stops singing and looks slightly embarrassed.
Dammit. I don’t suppose Adelaide makes up lyrics to Gilbert and Sullivan… I wonder what kind of music she likes. If she’s reprogrammed my computer by the time we get home I shall be most put out.
12/01/2018 at 04:08 #31613
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Despite the strangely different face, Nhaima’s customary smile pulled at the corners of her mouth and she clapped appreciatively.
“Couldn’t care, really, so long as we aren’t in mixed company as it were, or otherwise being surveilled. Mine does, and I like it that way.”12/01/2018 at 04:40 #31615AramondParticipant
The smile that came from hearing Mundy sing is quickly replaced by horror.
What are the actual chances that our kounterparts have taken our places, rather than us just hijacking their bodies?12/01/2018 at 04:48 #31618
Nhaima looked thoughtfully towards the deck then shrugged.
“I’m more familiar with string theory and jump drive mechanics rather than quantum theory and the practical applications of parallel universes, but it seems like the most likely of the options I can imagine. Either that, or whatever we did caused those people to be killed and erased entirely and I’d rather not think about that at the moment.”12/01/2018 at 04:58 #31620
Or caused our whole universe to be changed so profoundly that we only think we’re in a different universe. There are plenty of bad options to choose from. I am currently telling myself that we’ve stepped through the Looking-Glass and can eventually get back, when we work out how. I don’t actually know if I entirely believe that, but I would like to.
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