"There," Seemie said, opening her eyes. The probes deactivated and she swiveled toward him. "What is it, Peter?"
"What? Oh. Uh, where's dad?"
"Let me check." She turned toward the console, a lovely unselfconscious gesture, really a half twist in her chair, and reached. "Geneva," she said. "He's in Geneva. Council business." She smiled, made another gesture. "He'll be back tomorrow night. Why?" She looked at Peter curiously.
"Nothing," he said. "I just wondered."
"Bored?" She tilted her head.
He shrugged. "A little. I've got a problem, too, and I'm stuck."
"Can I help?"
"I dunno," he said doubtfully. "It's a little techie."
She smiled. "I do have some expertise," she said, gesturing at the mozart console.
"Yeah, I know. But you're a, you know, an artist. It's a family science problem." He paused, looked at her, then continued. "I've organized all the data, but I'm sort of stuck. You used to tell stories about Grandma Molay, how she could sometimes know things before they happened. I'm trying to determine if there's any correlation with certain mitochondrial DNA segments and EEG potentials..."
Seemie sighed. "Well," she said, looking away. "She was, you know, one of them."
"Yes, I know that," he said impatiently. "I don't care that she was a unisex convert."
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All text © 1986 Rob Swiggart. "Portal : A Dataspace Retrieval" is available courtesy of the Author's Guild Backprint Programme. ISBN: 0595197841All programming and software © 2002 Salim Fadhley. Released under the GPL. Code available on request.
Updated: Wed Apr 17 2002
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