At long, long last, I’ve my three main characters (Chris, Cat, Maya) in proximity, at UC San Diego. I also came face-to-face with a problem I’d known, but chose to ignore: they are almost exactly one week out of synch.
For Chris & Cat, just two weeks have passed; an eventful two weeks! However, for Maya, it’s closer to three – if not a day or two more. Once I start editing, I’ll have all my notes and glosses to tally everything up. But: a week apart.
Last night, came home from day-job, made coffee (1/2 and 1/2 reg and decaf so I don’t kill myself), added some brandy, and was able to finish C&C’s trip home from the Newman Center and their dinner (just what was Cat alluding to when she whispered her embarrassing desire to Chris?). After that, I got Maya from the SD airport to the NE side of campus, where the Supercomputing Center (and thus, Gordon) is; what an UGLY building! Maya uses a bit of future-tech to talk to Gordon – with a cameo by Dorina – and she leaves, hunting for her brother and his intended.
A week out of synch.
I stared and the screen all the way through the second coffee/brandy. Nothing. Metaphorically tossed everything into my unconscious mind and descended to the basement to watch some animes with my wife.
Woke up. Nothing.
Just before lunch, I saw something: while Maya was in the machine’s home – ‘cyberspace’ if you will – who’s so say the passage of time was 1:1 with ours… especially with that very odd incident with the male figure, whom she couldn’t see, at the end, who called her ‘my daughter’? What if Gordon had kept the room with the sensorium locked for – oh, I don’t know, let’s say, a week? That gives me two things:
A solution to my temporal decoherence and a very, very hungry Maya.
Back in the game!