>>29242086 "Yes." "And again when you fail at this." "If." "And again, and again, and again." I don't answer that. "You really take after dad." "Do I?" I sigh, bouncing into the horn socket followed by the skull. "Mhm. I'll go for the bucket." The shape walks away from the doorway. There is reacting whatsoever when my blade enters her skull, the spark that once connected long since shattered, but it still allows her to interface with the translator too. Messages scroll through our consciousness, the machine bridging a connection to us. >System warm up: Done >System check: >>Memetic scanner: ok >>Memetic synthesiser: ok >>Coolant systems: ok >>Buffers: all ok >System status: all ok. >Bridging connection: >... >... >... >Subject a not responding to pings, trying alternate methods... >... >... >Subjects a b c pinged succesfully >Initiating memetic probes.
I hold my metaphoric breath. This is where it's failed every time before, leashing back with enough feedback that there's never enough buffers to keep it from reaching us.
>Probes a through d: critical failure. >>Mitigating feedback, stand by for discomfort... >Probe e: success.
I have to contain a whimper.
>Initiating memetic scan... >>Memetic structures identified. attempting translation... >>>Translation failure. attempting sanitization... >>>>Sanitization failure, attempting basic visual display... >>>>>Image storage incompatible or not found. >>Translation status: all fail. >>Attempt raw communication?
The skull pings a yes immediately, the system awaiting for my decision.