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“I know she is scared of this simple task even if the fear is something she can't—or won't— acknowledge. Fear, perhaps, is not based on the chemical component of adrenaline alone. It acts also on inexperience, or venturing into the unknown, even if that unknown is as uncomplicated a thing as a swimming pool. At least, the pool feels uncomplicated to me, a natural extension of myself. To Xanthe, who has never been in one, it might seem like the great wild unknown.”
“From a distance, a clone's luminous eyes are meant to draw in humans and make them feel safe. Up close, the eyes appear hollow. Because of that, humans tend not to look into our eyes too closely, which I've been told is socially preferable, as eyes without souls behind them can be frightening.”
“What's better, I wonder - to be a toy for the humans, or to control your own destiny, even if the only way to do so is suicide?”
“The desert adapts. The people adapt. Live. Die. Struggle. Suffer. Create. The people in the real world beyond Demesne's ring are not all manufactured perfection. They deal.”
“Whoever invented adding melted cheese over starchy goodness was surely the most brilliant human ever.”
“Danger is a state of mind." Farzad informs me. "Conquer it, and you ride heaven.”
“Maybe your unspeakable defects give you power too?”
“Everyone on this island wants something kept quiet. I want to roar”
Becky is the other Beta teen available at this boutique. When I first arrived, Becky informed me that Betas were harder to sell as a buyer cannot be one-hundred-percent assured that a Beta will always operate as programmed. Becky and I are teen Betas, the first of our kind. Becky said when she first emerged, Dr. Lusardi informed her that while some buyers liked the cachet of being the first to own a new model, the teen Betas were not expected to do well because not that many adult humans actually like teens; in fact, many actively try to forget they'd once been teens themselves.
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