I had just finished pushing the body off the edge of the skybox. As the once-danger vanished below the cloud layer, my entire psyche suddenly...shook. I nearly fell off the edge of the box myself. Luckily, I slipped in the right direction and fell through the trap door back into the living space.
I crawled to the bathroom, fighting my structure's urge to shut down immediately before the damage got worse. I stared blearily into the mirror. I reached behind my new hairdo and detached my cranial latches. The mass of curls and the bone-china beneath it rolled into the sink. I stared in the mirror at the mass of whirling gears jutting over my brow, searching for some scrap of plating that fell loose, or foreign particulate that needed dislodging in my higher functions.
I saw nothing. I closed my eyes and focused on the colors and shapes that symbolized my essense. My once-glorious Spheres were replaced by a cacophany of whirling gears, locking the circles that used to bask in free-will.
[Disturbance Location: Mind Sphere...Localizing...]
Gears within gears, rotating unevenly, pushing slightly back and forth...
[Localized: Psychic Essense trapped between Ego and Superego]
A Passenger! The LAST thing I needed! I couldn't feed, I couldn't even contact Master lest I give away his location.
I tried to "push", but it felt like my psyche was ready to tear apart. Friction. So much friction! And Master had just recalibrated me after my outburst so I would run smoothly...
I lost perspective. Memories spat out of metaphorical file cabinets in a flurry of images. The aether chatter I actively avoided seemed like thunder.
(Fire in Baltimore...Spreading through City...Request Assistance)
It's not my problem...not...
[Memories of winding passages, blades and bullets piercing heartbeasts. Beware the Hydra...]
I looked in the mirror again. I felt...powerful. I hurriedly locked by cranium back on, letting my curls fall where they may. Daintiness suddenly felt inconsequential. Frantically...no...purposefully...I tuned to a frequency I had relegated to the store of obselete memories.
[Opening hailing frequences....]
[Captain Projects to CVFB! Captain Projects to CVFB!]
[Hwat?? Hoo iz ziss?]
[Captain Qlippothic Proj...]
[No, zat can't be! She's right here vit us!!]
[I mean Qlippothic Stee...Qli-thr...Gematri...IT'S *ME* GODDAMMIT!!]
[Sister?!? It really is you! But I thought you had...]
[Can the bloody travelogue drama! We have a Level One Distress Call! Ready me a helmet and the Nitrogen-Bubble projector under the Stairs! Qli-2! Prepare CIRRUS airships and turbine-boats for mass-GT passage to incoming coordinates! We have a FIRE to FIGHT!!]