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(12:46)SonjaOfTheMoon: Hey, I'm getting some distrurbing PMs.
(12:47)metampsychotic: D: ?
(12:47)SonjaOfTheMoon: Well, one's Rasputin being weird. The other...
(12:47)SonjaOfTheMoon: It's my Mother.
(12:48)EntropicPhantom: Th- that sounds important
(12:48)SonjaOfTheMoon: Is it?
(12:48)EntropicPhantom: Of course D:
(12:48)SonjaOfTheMoon: I guess I'd better reply to it, then.
(12:50)SonjaOfTheMoon: Hello, Mother.
(12:51)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Oh my God, you're alive!
(12:51)SonjaOfTheMoon: Was this in doubt?
(12:52)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Of course it was! When you disappeared, no one knew where you were, of course people assumed the worst!
(12:52)SonjaOfTheMoon: I thought you'd assume I was in my room. You know, like usual.
(12:53)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Don't you take that attitude with me, young lady. You had the whole station up in arms! Where on Earth are you?
(12:54)SonjaOfTheMoon: From "Oh my God, you're alive!" to [censored]ing at me in two minutes. Is that a new record?
(12:54)SonjaOfTheMoon: As for where on Earth I am, you got it in one.
(12:55)CmdrCordovaOfficial: And what's that's supposed to mean?
(12:55)SonjaOfTheMoon: Really, Mother, after all you've told me about critical thinking skills? I assume you exhaustively searched the station and didn't find me. Therefore, I must be somewhere else.
(12:56)CmdrCordovaOfficial: You're on Earth?!
(12:56)SonjaOfTheMoon: Yes, Mother, like the overwhelming majority of the human population.
(12:57)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Sonja, what happened?
(12:57)SonjaOfTheMoon: Just out of curiosity, why did it take you so long to contact me? There weren't any offline messages when I got back.
(12:58)CmdrCordovaOfficial: I could ask you the same question, young lady. Would it have killed you to tell me you were alright?
(12:58)SonjaOfTheMoon: I'm sorry, I had other things on my mind.
(12:59)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Like what?
(13:00)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh my gods, did I just find the secret to getting your attention?
(13:00)SonjaOfTheMoon: If I'd knowing going off the grid would get you this riled up I'd have done it years ago.
(13:02)SonjaOfTheMoon: What? I feel like I have legitimate grievances here, and I'm old enough that I don't have to be beholden to you any more.
(13:03)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Oh don't give me that.
(13:03)SonjaOfTheMoon: You started it.
(13:06)CmdrCordovaOfficial: How have you managed to turn news that you're alive into a source of frustration?!
(13:06)SonjaOfTheMoon: I don't know, Mother! Perhaps it's the sense that I can have my own life finally, and there's nothing you can do about it!
(13:06)SonjaOfTheMoon: I'm not even a virgin any more, Mother! I'll bet you never thought of THAT when you decided to [censored] Dad all across the C&C!
(13:09)CmdrCordovaOfficial: How do you know about that?
(13:10)SonjaOfTheMoon: ...you didn't actually [censored] Dad in the C&C, did you?
(13:11)CmdrCordovaOfficial: There's something I have to tell you.
(13:12)SonjaOfTheMoon: We've been secretly running a space porn company this whole time?
(13:13)CmdrCordovaOfficial: This is serious.
(13:13)SonjaOfTheMoon: I think lying to your kid about why you have a space station is pretty serious.
(13:14)CmdrCordovaOfficial: You're deflecting.
(13:14)SonjaOfTheMoon: From what? You think you know me so well, don't you?
(13:14)CmdrCordovaOfficial: From the idea that you might be wrong.
(13:14)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh, swell diss, Mother. And what topic am I so roiled in self-doubt that I subconsciously "deflect" conversations away from it?
(13:15)CmdrCordovaOfficial: That maybe your vision of me as a petty tyrant is inaccurate.
(13:17)SonjaOfTheMoon: You think I think you're a tyrant? No, Mother, that's not it at all.
(13:18)SonjaOfTheMoon: You decided to conceive a child on a space station, one with no one else her age to interact with, and raise her there in utter isolation from anyone who isn't 20+ years older than her.
(13:18)SonjaOfTheMoon: You made a stupid, selfish decision and I've been paying the price for it ever since, and will be for the rest of my life, because guess what, that sort of psychological deprivation doesn't go away with time.
(13:19)SonjaOfTheMoon: To say nothing of the social ramifications of wearing a body brace, probably forever, which I didn't even have until my [censored] boyfriend improvised something.
(13:19)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh, that's right, it turns out that microgravity does weird things to developing bones; did that ever factor into your decision-making process?
(13:19)SonjaOfTheMoon: Or did you two just go, ""Oh, hey, honey, C&C sure is empty right now, let's get it on"?
(13:20)CmdrCordovaOfficial: I never said that. How did you do the text color?
(13:21)SonjaOfTheMoon: A FRIEND SHOWED ME! One of the ridiculous, bizarre, close bordering on intimate friendships I have made IN SPITE OF YOUR NEGLECT, Mother! A part of my life you know jack [censored] about because YOU NEVER ASKED!!!!!
(13:22)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Now that's not fair. You're glossing over the part where you told me to stop "prying" into your life. I tried to respect your request for privacy, Sonja. You can't have it both ways.
(13:23)SonjaOfTheMoon: That doesn't change anything else I said.
(13:23)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Where did this bitterness come from?
(13:24)SonjaOfTheMoon: It's always been there, Mother. Ever since I was old enough to understand what you did to me. I just could never admit it, living up there.
(13:25)SonjaOfTheMoon: But now? I'm down here. And I ain't repressing [censored].
(13:26)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Sonja, there is something you don't know. You need to understand this.
(13:26)SonjaOfTheMoon: What could you possibly tell me that would make any of this okay?
(13:27)CmdrCordovaOfficial: May I start at the beginning?
(13:28)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Eugene Panak is a very bad man.
(13:29)SonjaOfTheMoon: THAT'S your moon-shattering revelation?! Golly, Mother, even if buying safety equipment from the lowest bidder didn't give it away, I figure the kidnapping would have!
(13:31)SonjaOfTheMoon: Why do you think I'm on Earth? There's a reason the Griddle is lying in irradiated pieces.
(13:32)SonjaOfTheMoon: Your story first. How does this relate to you deciding to conceive me?
(13:33)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Panak wanted to perform an experiment to see what would happen to a child raised in microgravity. His terms were simple: I'd accept you onto the station, or I would be replaced with someone who would. I don't know why, Sonja. But from a strictly biological perspective, you are his child, not mine.
(13:36)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Your father wanted to get the media involved, resign in protest if needed. I was afraid for what he would do to us if we did... and what would happen to you, raised by someone of his choosing.
(13:39)CmdrCordovaOfficial: Nine months later, Panak's girlfriend delivered you. You were sent up here discretely, and your father and I acted as though you had always been our child.
(13:43)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh my gods.
(13:45)CmdrCordovaOfficial: I don't know, Sonja. He's sick in the head.
(13:45)CmdrCordovaOfficial: And complicity in his scheme is the price your father and I must pay to see the stars. But if not us, then who?
(13:48)SonjaOfTheMoon: Look, Mom, uh, this is going to sound a little bit out of left field. But Alex and I have been talking about something, and I think you could help with it.
(13:49)SonjaOfTheMoon: How would you get a signal to the Iolanthe?