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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5018

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02


"No. That it most certainly did not. You got knocked around a bit. You sounded kind of messed up before. Are you okay?"

"There are no lingering effects, and recent backups exist in the event of unforeseen future degradation. A number of my debris field sensors have been damaged. I am fabricating and deploying replacements. An exit window that meets the specifications of your skill set and ship should be identifiable in approximately eighteen hours. Until then, is there anything I can help you with?"

"Yeah. You can tell me what to do."

"Issuing orders is not my role. I can offer advice if you like."

"Please."

"What is your dilemma?"

"What is my dilemma? I just found out that at least two planets with people on them are going to be frozen, crushed, blown up, or roasted."

"That is likely. What is your dilemma?"

"I can't do anything about it, that's what!"

"That is unfortunate. What is your dilemma?"

"How can I live with myself knowing that this is going to happen if I don't do anything?"

"Simple. Had you not received that package, this would have happened without your foreknowledge. Had you died in the crash upon this planet when you first confronted Agent Fisk, or had you chosen virtually any other place to hide, or had timing and good fortune turned out any differently on both Tessera and Operlo, you would be dead and this would happen regardless. It was the most probable outcome, and remains so. Your knowledge in no way obligates you to take action

lip and fall from a ledge, would you be obliged to hurl yourself after her?"

"What, just because? With no safety gear?"

"Affirmative."

"Of course not."

"Would her resulting death weigh upon your conscience?"

"No. I mean, I'd feel bad that it happened, but there's nothing I could have done."

"Then your anxiety is out of place. There is no evidence to suggest that risking your life would make an appreciable difference in the course of events regarding the Gemini Project."

Lex considered the statement. Slowly he shook his head. "I don't know. It just. . . I don't--"

"It is a binary condition, hinging upon the variable of ability. If you can help, you are obligated to do so. If you cannot, you should feel no personal fault. Since you do feel fault, your anxiety must stem from the belief that you have the ability to prevent this tragedy. If this is so, then you must pay any price to achieve such a goal, by your own rules. It is vital that one follow one's own rules."

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