She was my new partner, and she seemed a little unhappy. "Is something bothering you?" I asked.
"Oh, it's nothing. I just get a little sad sometimes."
We were moving pretty fast, and I really just wanted to concentrate on the job. Still, I knew it was important to start a partnership out well or work would be awful. "What is there to be sad about?" I asked, adjusting course a little and pouring on a little more speed.
"I don't know. I guess I miss being alive," she said, staying right beside with, I had to admit, impressive skill. "I miss my home."
I had no idea what she was talking about. "You seem pretty alive to me," I said.
"Well, no," she said. "I miss my REAL life. I miss trees and water and rocks and the blue sky. I miss hands. I miss seeing people's faces. I miss touching other people."
Ah, right. Now I got it. She was an Earther. "I don't know what any of that is," I said, trying to sound cheerful. "Just, you know, try not to think about it." I'd worked with Earther's before. They were good workers, but they all got like this sometimes.
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