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I knew what she intended. "Come on, Audrey," Lentz coaxed her. "It's lunchtime. you are able to do this. you probably did it the day past, for Christ's sake. " yet the previous day lay at the a long way facet of a collapsed tunnel. the day prior to this, ten years in the past, early life, earlier existence research: all sealed off. Audrey used to be not only locked out of her own residence. She sat at the hunch, now not even conscious of the shield at the back of her, not able to show round. not able, even, to come back up with the suggestion of in. Lentz gestured, sufferer back. "In the soup. Spoon within the soup. " Encouraging, reinforcing. displaying how. Audrey, careworn, published her spoon into the minestrone from on excessive. deal with first. Lentz sighed. He scooted his chair round subsequent to hers. "I'll do that," Constance provided. "No you won't," Lentz informed her. "Come on, Audrey. Let's devour a few lunch. " "Nurse. This guy is making an attempt to harm me. " Lentz addressed her plate. "Here we cross, spouse. Have a chew. " yet he wouldn't feed her. He picked up the spoon. Dried it off. placed it again in her hand. mentioned the trail from bowl to mouth. Supervised education. No reliable until she labored out the specifics herself. "She's getting worse," Lentz saw. "It's an off day. " Cheery Constance. After lunch, Lentz recommended a walk round the grounds. "It's too chilly for her," Constance stated. "Is it too chilly for you, Audrey? " Lentz requested. Audrey stood at awareness and studied her footwear. "Oh, name it via a few larger name," she stated, "for friendship sounds too chilly. " Lentz chuckled and hugged her. She hugged him again, guffawing. "The database continues to be intact," he reported. "As is the retrieval. it really is simply that means that is long past. Huh, spouse? " "Just meaning," she echoed him, shy and unsure back. Lentz got Constance off, and he, his spouse, and that i paced the corridors of the house. fresh, discreet, and genteel. As harrowing as a gothic nightmare. I seemed away, to maintain the scene from imprinting. Lentz, nevertheless, rallied within the face of numbers. "Radical reductionism at its finest," he narrated, waving down one of many cat-acombs the place the soulless shuffled. "Age, disorder, demise. substantial prob-lems, short of isolation and resolution. good, we have now dealt with it. If now not eradicated from conception, at the very least from perform. give some thought to the undertaking all yet finished. " "Well, i will be. " Audrey shook her head in bewildered enjoyment. "Everybody has whatever to assert! " She crooked a thumb at her hus-band, shrugged at his ludicrousness, and winked at me. "Isn't that correct? " The gesture nonetheless listed the lady she was once, as soon as. "Increasing keep an eye on over the entire variables. Divide and overcome. Max out the task or put off it. destiny tech. that is what technological know-how is all approximately, Marcel. potency. productiveness. overall immunity. Regen-eration of misplaced components. everlasting, ripple-free existence, frozen in our early twen-ties. Or die attempting. " "And after? " i discovered it some distance more uncomplicated to chatter again at Lentz than to examine her. to work out any of the Audreys gazing me on either side. "After we clear up getting older? will not we nonetheless have to persuade ourselves of our personal sleight of hand? " "I'm shocked at you, Marcel.