Nothing to add on the rewriting/editing front. Same as last week.
From Elios, which is slowly taking shape:
Areel paused a moment and lowered his head. “Soon, we’ll be reunited.”
I nodded. “Yes, very soon.”
“You’ll see, you’ll feel better once you’re home.”
“I can’t help but wonder about the softness of her skin and the pleasure we would have experienced with the briefest sharing of our thoughts.”
Areel gasped and for a moment his image faltered. “But you haven’t attempted a Share with her? You told me you hadn’t—”
“I’m the epitome of the perfect Observer.” I looked at him and shrugged. “Never touched her. Never kissed her.”
“Good. That’s good. Because you know what would have happened to her if you had.”
I raised one hand to stop him from spelling it out for me. Every Observer knew the rules and I didn’t want to talk about scraping her mind clean of my memories.
But Areel keep talking. “She could lose her mind through the process.”
“I know.” The procedure was the equivalent of a sophisticated lobotomy.
“You know the exposure to us changes the subject’s DNA—”
“Then you also remember that the subject transfers Solean DNA in their genes and passes the memories of us to the next generation, and then the next, changing both their history and ours.”
“I remember!” I finally shouted, but Areel wasn’t done yet.
“There are too many implications in having a superior knowledge way ahead of time. Especially for a violent society like the humans.”
I was furious with him, but I composed my voice and repeated, “I did not touch her.”
“I trust you.” He sounded apologetic and before I could ask what was all that about, he whispered, “It makes everything easier.”