<he takes a drink and his eyes widen> Mmmm, that is a nice cider, isn't it? How sweet of them!!! <he waves over to the duck and mouths "thank you!">
<Marius nodded back with a sly smile.>
<as the note from Arizona arrives with the gun and coin, you and the holoduck read it eagerly, as you carefully examine the gun she sent. Aurora waves her paw over the gun and on a display a series of schematics is listed in strange symbolic language. She turns several of the symbols green and points to them>
She was correct, these items highlighted can be salvaged with ease. How very generous of her! We should contact Lucien when convenient to see how to proceed.
<she looks confused a moment> Query: Arizona's note says she has given a coin as well? Most curious...where is it? Perhaps she neglected to deliver it in her excitement?
<you look down at the coin in your hand right under the holoduck's face, and hold it up to her as she glances into your hand and continues obliviously> We can inquire later, though additional luck is always beneficial when performing experiments! As I have no need for finances, you may possess the coin on our behalf when she gets a chance to deliver it.
"Uh...ok." <Marius wasn't sure why she didn't see the 1899 dime sitting plainly in his feather hand but he decided to shrug it off. It wasn't the weirdest thing to happen so far. With that, he dropped the coin into his pocket>
"Heh, how much more luck could I need when I've already met you?" <He winked at the holoduck and picked up the gun.>
"Lucien said time was short, so we might as well take it to him now. Hey, do you mind walking with me? I'd rather not scare anyone walking through the hallways with this thing."
<Aurora agreed and let Marius know that she contacted Lucien who requested a meeting at the fabricator. The two waved in unison to the other couple on the way out of the garden, leaving them to wonder where the ducks were off to in such a hurry and with such mischievous laughter.>
<They made their way to the fabrication machine without passing another soul and they met up with Hydra who was waiting for them.>
Do you have the bag?!
"Not as such." <Marius presented a very confused and impatient Hydra with the gun.> "It's a cloning gun."
All of the parts on your uncle's list compromise its construction. <Aurora waved at the gun to display the schematics again.>
<Hydra accepted the gun and skeptically looked it over. His scowl faded.>
Yes, I suppose this will work. I've already started the modifications to the fabricator.
Under my uncle's direction. Now, Aurora, stand over here and you can use this console to complete the form displayed on the screen. You can determine the parameters of what your body will look like. I will disassemble the gun to get to the usable parts and complete the modifications. The body needs to be created in its entirety nearly instantaneously or the organic structures will collapse.
<Hydra produced a tiny black box on the tip of his finger and continued.>
This quantum transceiver will be embedded in the back of the skull. I'll provide you the algorithm you'll use to implant your sentience into the body with it. It is also used to sync your memories with your core, but the range is limited. It will only work while the body is inside your superstructure. If you should die outside, any memories after the latest sync will be lost forever. When the body does die, your core and other avatars will remain unaffected.
<Marius was relieved to hear the risk to her safety was nearly zero.>
The brain will have preloaded awareness of the rest of the body so you'll know how to walk and talk and function as if you were incorporated into the body since an infantile birth. The process will require full access to your core. But since there are doubts of my trustworthiness despite my years of service, I will stay on the far side of the room so you can disable full access if you feel threatened. Any questions?
"Can I help?" <Marius asked sheepishly.>
Make yourself useful and bring some food from the kitchen. I am...hungry. Aurora will likely need to eat shortly after we're done. Don't worry, we won't start without you.
<Hydra calculated a 93% chance of success, but if the process went wrong, he wanted Marius to witness the horror unfold. As much as that trauma amused him, he needed the process to work for his own secret reasons. As Marius went to get some food, Hydra began disassembling the cloning gun. Aurora was too busy inputting the specifications of her body to notice Hydra was proceeding without the need to follow any instructions or communicate with his uncle.>