BUILDING BURNT BRIDGES

Samantha has always been bothered by the state of affairs between Remora and her family; she can’t help feeling responsible for the events leading to Remora becoming an outcast when she fell in love with Thomas. That all happened after Remora came to live with Samantha, although to be fair, Remora was intentionally sent by the merfolk to study human culture.
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MAGIC

Saturday was the Dorm Talent Show, an event cooked up by Patina. Year by year she’s proving to be an able replacement for Samantha as resident advisor. (Pam…well, if you like drama…)
Speaking of which, the talent show delivered that by the truckload. Pam’s agenda was to create a situation where Pam was *expected* to transform into a cat, and then actually do so in a way that everyone, including the magician, thought was all a trick. She would therefore satisfy her mother’s demand that she not arouse suspicion.
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MAGICAL THINKING

Feryl turns out to have an interesting background: she was raised by her father who was a traveling stage magician. During summers she would accompany him from town to town, acting as his assistant and learning the craft. In addition to various tricks and gags, she also studied stagecraft and general theatrical skills.
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NEW HIRE

Samantha is looking ahead to being away from the lab for three years, and one of those tasks is ensuring that there’ll still be a lab when she gets back. That requires people in charge that she trusts to maintain order.
Unfortunately, Rupert and Rosalind, for all their brilliance, don’t meet that criteria. They’ve shown to exercise poor judgment in the past, and now they have a full plate of responsibilities at home. Worse, Department Chair Prof. Allele is totally useless.
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WEEKEND UPDATE

I traveled back to Havens in order to receive an update to the operating system of my mascot costume. It’s yet another part of the process of synching me with the tech running the Mars mission. I could’ve stayed out west to receive the data, but the folks in charge of the mission are highly security-conscious. I would have to download the update directly from Samantha’s laptop at her home.
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TAG ALONG

After Pam (as the cat Palmtop) was discovered by Vince and Feryl, she made the most of it by acting affectionate. Vince knew immediately what she was up to, but he had to play along. Pam then began investigating Feryl’s purse.
Meanwhile, Samantha was in the lab when she got a call from Feryl’s phone. (Samantha’s been on Feryl’s contact list since her initial transformation.) During the date Feryl had gotten a call, and then put it back in her purse without turning it off. Pam’s tail brushed against the screen and accidentally activated FaceTime.
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FIRST DATE

Pam has been vociferously insisting that she had zero feelings for the former mouse Vince, probably in effort to convince herself more than anyone else. That’s a hazardous strategy in the Game of Love, and Pam ended up with a losing hand.
Feryl gave Pam every opportunity to step up and declare her feelings, but when Pam refused to do so Vince and Feryl left to see “Rogue One.” That was the start of the their relationship.
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MORALE BOOSTER

With the launch now a year away, the support staff of the Mars mission has been working feverishly to meet the deadline. The pressure’s been intense, as they’ve been launching construction crews into space at a rate previously unseen in manned exploration. They’ve successfully completed the now-operational ship, and they deserved a break.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR

In one year’s time we’ll be heading off to mankind’s greatest adventure. As the interface between the crew and the shipboard computers, I have a hugely important job in maintaining the integrity of the mission. Virtually every day I receive new updates to my OS from mission control.
For the sake of online security I’ve also disconnected myself from all other data sources. While I have an innocuous cover as an ordinary sports mascot, one never knows who made be out there. The mission sponsoring company Fastrack, Imc. is mainly concerned about Elon Musk getting our secrets, but there are more nefarious entities out there to be suspicious about.
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ANIMAL CONTROL

Vince was faced with a conundrum. Pam and Feryl had been taken away by Animal Control, and he was trapped in his mouse form. As they were being locked up he called after to them, promising that he’d get them out.
He scampered back to the lab. He could’ve become human, but that wouldn’t have helped in a rescue. Instead, he searched the lab for genetic treatments that happened to be stored in containers that could fit through a chain link fence. He found two, and put them in a Christmas stocking intended for the lab’s holiday party.
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