Talk to it like it’s a horse, Phila says, and don’t insult the ghost in the machine. There are metal-spirits and wood-spirits; water and fire and air all have their souls too, ancient beyond reckoning, and a good mechanic knows that. Sing the body electric, magnetic, and thermal–opening line of an old, old hymn.
We’re servants of the elements, still and yet.
Phila wishes they’d provided her with a cybernetic horse. After all these centuries, she still misses the steeds of South Continent.
In time, in time, I say.
There are things you don’t learn about someone until you have to share an Avatar at close quarters.
The narrator is Naime the Shipwright. From character interviews for the Ship’s Heart universe.
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Even the most commonplace things are so deliciously alien and otherworldly. Thank you for sharing.
Sharing an avatar sounds tricky!
Fantastic snippet! You should be very proud of it!
The body electric… and old hymn; love the connections here to our lives, to reality and fantasy, to a future I can almost (but not quite) touch.
Wonderfully written and composed. Fantastic snippet! 😀
“Talk to it like a horse” – excellent advice, love it. Another wonderful snippet. I savor these!
Very intriguing snippet. I really love the rhythm you use for the prose. Very ambiguous and yet so expressive.