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Message no. 1
From: Ulrike Ulrike@*************.com
Subject: [Challenge] Focus [1/1]
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 23:53:01 +0200
I was created - born, you can say.
But not whole yet, still sleeping.
Until I felt the warmth flow through my orichalcum veins, I started
to dream, almost aware.
I dreamed about the world of cold stone and metal, glowing life and -
her. We are linked, she gives me warmth, sensations whilst I rest
comfortable within her presence.

Danger! In a flash I'm awake. Desperation, rage. Magic fire burns.
Determination. We merge, are one being, more than the sum of two
parts. Seeing more than the physical world, drawing the whirling energy
around us, forming it, forging a weapon and willing the bright missile
to hurt the lurking presence of the enemy. Oh, the extasy of the moment
-being whole with her and with magic. Deflecting the counterattack,
sending death again, crushing the enemy. Triumph.
Satisfaction. We look for nearest candlelike sparks. Friends. Some
are weak, flickering. We feed their fire until they burn bright and
steady. Contendment.

I'm dreaming again, about that what was and will be, waiting to be
whole again - with her, with magic.


Message no. 2
From: Ulrike Ulrike@*************.com
Subject: [Challenge] Focus [1/1]
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 23:53:01 +0200

From iridios@*********.com Tue, 13 Apr 1999 22:07:36 -0400
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 22:07:36 -0400
From: Iridios iridios@*********.com
Subject: The Challenge

Here we are again, Slick Rick's favorite hangout. Oh how I hate
this place, he seems to spend most of his time here lately. Doesn't
he realize that all his drinking is killing me? Oh sure, not all at
once; in fact only a very little bit at a time. But all those times
start adding up and my performance starts to fall off.
He doesn't even realize that it is his fault, he just blames SOTA.
Always saying 'Gotta get SOTA.' or 'Need to stay SOTA.' I'M SOTA


He went to that hack again last week, the one that calls himself
'Doctor'. At first I thought Rick was going to wise up and take out
those damned wired reflexes. It turns out I was both right and wrong,
he had the Wired Reflexes taken out, but he asked for an installation
of 'Move-By-Wire'. It was bad enough trying to warn him not to strike
out of reaction before; I can forget about trying now.
Of course he put all his faith in the tech, and not what he was
given. He blames yesterday's failure on his brand new a

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