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Chapter 27 - Self Configuring Modular Robot[]


"Bad dreams?...

...last night, Liz?" Henry Ngo is the same age as Victor Steiner-Davion, and, right up until he came back from the bathroom last night, he'd been on a completely different course-Blackjack, not the Nagelring.

Last night, five minutes in the presence of the Royal Family has altered that course.

"Uhm...I had a nightmare."

"You used to find me or Pat when you had nightmares." Henry said.

"I'm..." Elizabeth mumbled, then grabbed a box of cereal and a decanter of milk.

"What's that?"

"I said I had...nightmares during the jumps here too." she told him, "This is the first time it's been in...like, reality-really asleep?"

"Look, lil'bit, there's probably a good reason, you've been under a lot of pressure, and traveling a lot for the family, and living with strangers for quite a while." Henry assured her.

"You get them too." she said.

"Shhh! nope, everything is copacetic in Henry-Ngo-Land." He assured her, "No weird nightmares about people I don't know if they exist doing things that I don't understand. Not at all...and if you know what's good for you, you're the same, because you don't want to end up like Great-Aunty Mai."

"Right." Liz sighed. "What do you do, if you can't talk about it??"

"I write stories and make art." Henry confided, "Won two Junior Literature contests last year, remember?"

"Those weird horror stories??"

"The very same" He nodded, "and if the anxiety gets too bad, I go to the gym and work it out on the bags until my head's clear...IF I was having weird deja-vu and strange nightmares all the time...you know, 'hypothetically'."

"They changed your Academy." She said.

"Yeah, now instead of going to Blackjack where I can dress how I want, I gotta buy a Nagelring Dress-blues suit like Pat did...You're going to be fine, Lizzie."

"I hope so."


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