You’re probably wondering about… Simon’s nephew.
(Blue hair. Anyone would believe he was Simon’s nephew. Hopefully, anyone will.)
I would love to have a very long talk with you about this boy. For now – see the attached diagrams and components list. Along with the estimated power requirements. It’s not easy, but it works.
Also note that the “buffer” can be activated as a stand-alone on someone who has already passed the Clan’s adulthood rite. I don’t know of anyone else who reacted as badly as I did, but it… really helped smooth over some painful edges. I’m doing much better lately. Though part of that may just be reduced stress, given I now have some help in Simon-wrangling.
I’d like you to meet that help.
I will admit here and now that I have ulterior motives. Simon intends to expand a certain set of elective study options. For now, we’re calling them “nonstandard physics”. But at the moment Hancock only has two people qualified to teach the, er, higher math portion. Simon and Tiburon can teach the applied biofeedback techniques, and the young King actually knows a fair amount of both – at least the theories behind it, even if his own application can be shaky.
In short, we need more teachers. And you managed to get these critical life skills through my skull, even when we all knew I was starting from scratch. Would you be interested in a visit, to consider it?
I’ll also admit to a second ulterior motive. I know whose birthday is coming up, and… I don’t want Svitlana to hurt the way I did.
Your grateful son and brother,
Ja’far Zmiinyi Zvezdilin.
P.S.: Be careful opening Simon’s enclosure. He won’t let me see everything that’s in it. Says you deserve a surprise. The mind reels.
P.P.S.: And Alan added his own note. That one should be safe. I think.