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Chapter 44 - Self Configuring Modular Robot[]

They were short one...

...of their number. This was not something Penelope Doons was willing to just 'accept'. Arthur Steiner-Davion decided to make it clear why.

"This, is what she's dying of." he finally said, laying a thick stack of data sheets. "It's never been cracked. Doctors and scientists have worked on it for centuries without figuring it out."

"She just gave up??" Sierra was aghast. Penny looked like she was going to cry, and Yvonne Steiner-Davion...had already cried about it.

"Yeah." Arthur said, "She's just going to let it happen."

"Naw. Naw she ain'." Jess drawled, "Nat gon' let her, ayeh? Ain' nuthin' cain't be fixed 'cept maybe at'chully bein' dayd."

"I almost understood that." Penny noted. "okay, so it's a system problem."

"A system problem??" Dr. Sweed, on loan from NAIS medical, inquired.

"Yeah, it's got to be. Not just 'one' thing is causing it, it's gotta be a system fault or it'd be fixed by now." Sierra's black mood was lifting, and beside her, the youngest one, Yvonne, was perking up. "It's inherited, right? That's what they say? runs in families?"

"Yes." the doctor nodded, "It does run in families."

"So maybe what everyone is missing, is that it's not one bad recessive gene!" Yvonne announced, "It's several, which is why..." she paged through the stack, "...why it's one in five million or thereabouts!"

"Huh, maybe..."

"Like some Cancers!" Yvonne added. "I need medical books!!"

They were one short, but they were off to the races with a new challenge.

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