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Blake: “Blank-outs”?Sounds worrying. And . . . unfamiliar. Tell me about them.

Kara Lynn: I —

Jany: It was really worrying! She would just freeze up, in the middle of whatever she was doing. Like a buffering video. And she wouldn’t respond to anything!

The theory we were told is that fighting was an important part
of Beings’ original programming. So if they don’t do it on a regular basis, their program deduces that they aren’t necessary, and starts to shut down.

Blake: I see . . . If we can’t even hold our own in the Game, of course we wouldn’t be worthy to stay around . . .

Kara Lynn: What’s that?

Blake: Just a different theory!

My Master will have to explain all that when you meet her.