Matt’s note: This one is sourced from Portia’s speech to Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice
JOINED (any gender, late teens on up)
Here I am.
When I speak the codes, you won’t see much more than what you’ve already seen. I’m very simple. I’ve lived the way that I find comfortable. We don’t need much around here so I haven’t done much to improve myself.
That was before today. You are about to take me to places I only dreamed of. I never thought that I could meet an actual commander. I never thought a commander would want to join with me.
If you join with my mind I promise I will grow up. If you need me as a lieutenant, I’ll train. I’ll improve my body, I’ll improve my hunting skills, I’ll memorize the whole mapping database. I’ll do it all twice, three times if that’s what you need. There are many other people with more skill. But they get tired and I don’t.
Just one warning: Once I speak the codes, once we are joined, there is no going back. If you try to separate us, we will both break down.
The words: Sky. Avery. Axle. Landing.
and here we are.
Copyright 2016 by Matt Haynes.
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