“Master, this will increase my efficiency dramatically!” exclaimed Mila.
“Well, more bodies does tend to have that effect.” I replied, leaning against the wall. I was still feeling shaken by the experience. The memories were too much, giving me a momentary headache if I thought too much about them.
“You didn’t increase the number of bodies, master, only the speed. Are you feeling okay?” asked Mila.
“I’ll be fine. I hadn’t realized you had four bodies.” I told her.
“I don’t, master. Only two, unless you’re including the cars, but I am not seeing any difference in those.
What? I know I enchanted four… I cringed away from the memory. As effortless as enchanting those bodies had been, thinking of all I had done was too much right now. There were four though.
Aaliyah winked at me, grinning.
I wondered what she was thinking, but knew I couldn’t take it. The memory of seeing more of her was far too much for me; her mind would be even beyond what I saw. A thought occurred to me as Mila danced around her mother with incredible speed and grace. Maybe I enchanted future bodies as well. Aaliyah knew I didn’t want to use that room again, so she might have saved me some future effort. When Mila did want more bodies, she wouldn’t want them left without enchantments after growing accustomed to the increased abilities of her current ones.
“I think I’m going to try on my own suit.” I announced, wanting something to take my mind off what had happened.
“Sorry, boss-man, sir.” replied Aaliyah.
“I’ll be fine. I know you mean well.” I assured her.
“About your suit.” she stated.
I stared at her blankly, not sure what she meant. I enchanted one for myself as well. I knew precisely where the suit was and moved to grab it. As my hand touched the fabric, things clicked. I sighed.
“I can’t use it, can I.” I told her.
“Well, you can wear it.” she replied.
Nodding glumly, I said, “But the enchantment is worthless on me. My own magic will counter it.”
“I’m sorry, boss-man, sir.” she stated again before coming over to hug me.
Mila hugged me as well. “Now I feel bad for complaining about not getting an upgrade. Had I known you couldn’t, I’d have been less pouty.” she told me.
“I’m glad I was I able to help you, Mila. No need to feel bad.” I told her, though I was greatly disappointed. The gap between Alma and I would be rather large when she wore hers. “I guess I could use Carnwennan to destroy this.”
“Boss-man, sir, that’d be quite wasteful.” stated Aaliyah, sounding disappointed that I’d suggest such a thing.
“No one is my size, so this’ll just take up space. We can’t exactly resize it.” I argued. “Oh. I suppose Brandon could resize himself to fit.”
Aaliyah flicked the suit, causing its shape to ripple and shrink. “Boss-man, sir! This suit’s perfectly sized for Aurora!”
“I guess the suit could be resized, but how is giving Aurora a suit wise? Wouldn’t that cause issues when she’s at home?” I asked.
“Not if she’s only allowed to wear it here.” replied Aaliyah. “You won’t have to worry about her stripping this way, since the suit will keep her comfortable.”
That truly would be a tremendous advantage. Ai and Mai would certainly have less to complain about when they did find out about Jarod’s lab assistant. “Point conceded.” I told her.
“Another option would be to give the suit to our sleepy friend there. I could totally do fairy size.” suggested Aaliyah.
I looked at the tiny fairy resting on a workbench and felt she was perfectly fine as she was. Having her be any more dangerous could be extremely hazardous to others. Looking back to Aaliyah, I said, “No, I think Aurora will enjoy it more. They fey don’t really seem to enjoy clothing.”
Aaliyah shrugged and grinned as Mila took the resized suit over to Aurora. There was a bit of an exchange between the two, and I quickly turned around as Aurora started to strip. The girl had no sense of modesty at all.
“She was easily convinced.” I mumbled.
Aaliyah giggled and said, “Aurora’s been wanting one, silly. She really is observant, boss-man, sir.”
I supposed the girl would take interest in what else was being done down here, considering the sorts of things Jarod normally did, but I didn’t think Aurora and a semi-thick suit meshed well without knowing what all it did.
“You’re focusing on the wrong train of thought, boss-man, sir.” suggested Aaliyah.
I took a moment to consider before saying, “She really does just want to fit in?” I had also been considering how much quicker she’d be able to complete her project, wondering if I could get Brandon’s suit to adjust to his abilities in some way, and pondering what Alma might be doing.
Nodding, Aaliyah said, “I can also point you in the right direction to improve Brandon’s next suit, but I’ll tell you upfront that letting the Slayers learn about magic to transform matter is a bad idea.”
I could think of far too many ways they might abuse such magic if they learned of it, so I couldn’t argue. “I don’t really see them finding out the specifics of how to accomplish it.” I admitted.
“They won’t, but that’s another spell you should hold off on showing Alma till after you’re married.” she insisted.
“Do you have some insane prenuptial agreement written up?” I asked.
“Of course, boss-man, sir!” she exclaimed with a grin.
I found myself briefly hugged by Aurora before she ran back to her station and started moving her arms around very quickly. She seemed to have mastered the gesture interface already.
Aaliyah informed me “Hers is custom, of course, as is her schooling. Aurora will end up living here eventually.”
“What? Is something going to happen to her parents?” I asked.
:They die in a car crash and Aurora is hospitalized on a family vacation.: she replied.
I took a moment to realize that Aaliyah hadn’t spoken aloud. Aurora was staring over at us now.
:The suit enhanced her hearing as well due to those spells you added, and she can’t know in advance.: explained Aaliyah.
:Won’t you save them?: I asked. I knew she could.
:That’s their time, boss-man, sir.: she stated.
I knew by her tone there was no arguing. When Aaliyah said someone’s time was up, nothing I said could change her mind. :Doesn’t she have other family?: I asked.
:Yes, but she wouldn’t be happy with them.: she insisted. :She’ll have all the family and friends she’ll ever want here. You bring so many people together.:
:I’d argue that you do, and I am just blessed by it.: I told her.
She smiled and said, :If you hadn’t saved me, I wouldn’t have helped you find them. I can show you how many people you’d personally have found and saved then. There would still be many, boss-man, sir. In all the realms of what could have been possible, you were always magnificent.:
I laughed and gave her a hug. I made far too many mistakes to really be that amazing, especially without her help, but no one could compare with my tiny secretary.