This section covers the rehearsals for the Councillors' welcome.
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Wednesday 05/05/2094 6pm
At 18:00 Charlie and Jennifer arrived. George and Kerstin welcomed them.
Kerstin said. "Jennifer, Charlie is used to our ways but George and I wonder what you think. What has Charlie told you?"
Jennifer said. "Charlie told me that you could guarantee that we would be healthy for the rest of our lives if we did what you told us to do. We both know that it involves what you call sharing comfort. We both know that Spacers and non-Spacers never get emotionally involved with each other and for you sharing comfort is the way you show friendship. Charlie never tells me what you do. All he has said is that you do not worry about wearing clothes and you share comfort a lot. Everyone knows that you are highly trained and talented people. Charlie thinks you are very nice people to work for. He has often said to me that he can trust any of you to be straight, honest, kind and helpful. He feels that he must prove that he can be trusted never to say anything about your affairs in return.
Charlie did say that you could do things for us which you would show us tonight. Then we could choose any or none of the things you offered. I am very intrigued and curious. I would love you to show me everything you can do."
George said. "Would you two like to go to our cabin with us so that we can show you our talents in relative privacy?"
Charlie said. "Yes Commander McFigg. I would feel easier about it. In any case your cabin is nicely decorated, even if I say so myself."
Kerstin said. "Jennifer, it would be easier if you called us George and Kerstin. Shortly you will meet our partner Marita."
Jennifer said. "I asked Charlie about Marita but he would not say anything except that she was officially dead. Is Marita a ghost or something?"
George said. "In a way she is. Marita is a very beautiful and friendly ghost."
When they arrived at the cabin Jennifer said. "What a beautiful room. The bed is enormous. I have never seen a bed as big as that before."
George said. "This cabin was designed to suit Marita. Charlie organised it. Marita was as big as Kerstin so she needed a very large bed. Now you can meet Marita. She is a ghost who looks almost the same as Kerstin and she lives with Kerstin now."
Marita said. "Hello Jennifer. I know it seems strange because I look like Kerstin talking to you. I am borrowing her body to talk to you. When I had my own body it was hard for anyone to tell which was Kerstin and which was me. Now we have only one body between us, it is even harder to tell us apart. Our friends know the difference and Charlie knows that I change Kerstin's Lieutenant's tattoo to a Commander's tattoo to show I am here.
Watch the tattoo change. This is one of the simple things we can do. Now we can start to show you what you asked for. We will tell you what each thing is because many of the things cannot be seen, they can only be felt. To start with, we will show you how we make people feel happy to be with us. We will do it then stop and do it again and stop. Then you will know that we are doing it. How do you like that?"
Charlie and Jennifer started to speak together. "Marvellous/lovely!"
Marita said. "If you want us to do it all the time, say so and it will be done."
The answer from both was "Yes please."
George said. "Now you are feeling more comfortable, Marita, Kerstin and I want to give you a little test. It you can pass the test without worrying too much, we will know what we can show you without scaring you.
Charlie, take Kerstin's clothes off and you, Jennifer, take my clothes off."
Kerstin helped Charlie to feel less nervous. Jennifer did not need any encouragement.
Kerstin said. "Now I want you to have a good look at us. Feel us as if you were doctors."
Charlie was still a bit hesitant but showed more confidence when he saw how Jennifer was doing.
Kerstin said. "If you are ready, we will take your clothes off so that we are all nude together."
Kerstin detected how Charlie was looking at her. She gradually made him feel that it was a nice thing to do. He was obviously affected by the way Kerstin removed his clothes. He almost wished himself dressed so that she would do it again.
Jennifer saw how Kerstin was proud to show herself and tried to copy her example. George sensed Jennifer's hungry looks and delicately took away her inhibitions about touching him.
Charlie was standing proud and Kerstin made him feel proud to offer himself to her.
Jennifer said to Charlie. "Ooh you do look good Charlie. Treat Kerstin as you would me, I don't mind. I hope that you don't mind if I play with George."
Charlie indicated his approval by kissing one of Kerstin's breasts.
Kerstin said. "We will be a lot more comfortable on the bed. There is room for four of us. Then we can talk."
When they were on the bed Jennifer said. "I'm sorry Kerstin, I don't feel like talking at the moment, I just feel like dreaming. Can it wait until later?"
Charlie was in no mood to say that much. Kerstin was giving him an introduction to his new hobby. George and Kerstin wished the two well as they gave Charlie and Jennifer beautiful, long drawn out samples of what they would experience a lot in the future. Kerstin and George worked together to make Charlie and Jennifer feel closer each other. Their recovery periods were reduced to two minutes. Marita gave Charlie the ability to link directly to the vidcom net. At the same time she arranged that he would not have any calls that evening to disturb him.
When Charlie and Jennifer were recovering from their first experience of Spacer comfort, George and Kerstin willed them to want to pay attention to what was on offer.
George said. "You can start again if you like but you must be prepared to listen and talk this time."
When he sensed that both were listening attentively, George began.
He said. "In a moment we will let you look into our minds. You will know what we have given you already and how it will affect you. You will also be able to see what else we can give you. Each gift has its pros and cons. For example. We have shown you how to share comfort Spacer style. You now know how beautiful it is. The down side is that you will want to spend all your spare time sharing comfort with each other. Look into our minds and see. Do not hurry. It could take you more than an hour. We will keep you both happy and comfortable while you are looking."
They felt what it was like to be Marita collecting rocks. They felt Kerstin's shot in the leg. They saw the wonder of EDEN. They felt what it was like to be with Undepoldus. They felt Marita's pain and recovery. They knew what it was like to communicate directly with Undepoldus. They experienced the friendship of sharing with lots of people. They enjoyed the fun of Marita's pranks. They felt what it was like to juggle cannon balls. They felt what it was like to share with reversed gender. They knew how Kerstin and George had changed into devils and back again. They knew what it was like to communicate mentally with each other. They knew that they loved George, Marita and Kerstin. They knew their lives had changed forever. They knew who had been given youth and that they could have it too. They knew that they were privileged to be shown such wonders. They knew what they wanted to do. They knew that it would be done as they desired it. They knew it had been done. They knew that they had made the right decision. They felt that they ought to help with the rehearsal. They thanked George, Marita and Kerstin for everything. They wanted to convey the happy news to the others and found that they had. They were delighted by the welcome they received while they were still with George and Kerstin. They were reminded that they still had unfinished business and felt what it was like to be given phantom comfort to help them do what was needed. They felt the companionship of the others sharing with them as they tried to express their gratitude to Kerstin, Marita and George. They cried with happiness.
Wednesday 05/05/94 8:00 pm
Jennifer soon teamed up with Sarah and Eva as the rehearsal progressed. They showed her how to be an demon in all forms and let her know that they now regarded Spacer sharing as an essential element of their lives.
Charlie appointed himself as stage manager. He knew how to organise the equipment and facilities available better than anyone. He linked in robots and processors to control the lighting, the curtains, and the gravity neutralisers. Then he used his newly acquired ability to link with the vidcom net to adjust and operate them.
All helped Marita develop her devilish looks. She tried hard to produce good looking wings with advice from everyone but when they became big enough they flopped down like the ears of a spaniel. In the end she settled for small symbolic wings. Then, as Tun Wong put it. "How would anyone know what real devils looked like?"
Marita's maleness was more easily developed. Rachel and Annie helped her to practice using it. The two girls were in their element as they helped Marita rehearse tickling them under their chins and other places. Then Marita tried out her new skills on the other girls for the fun of it.
Charlie arranged low power gravity neutralisers in appropriate places so that Marita could look even more demonic and still manoeuvre without effort. He also organised a tracking microphone to magnify her altered voice to a really thunderous level.
Marita held her shape as she helped the others practice turning into what was laughingly called a standard demon. Rachel became the standard version and the others did their best to look exactly like her. They rehearsed switching from neuter to male, neuter to female, male to female and female to male as a squad drill. Then they created the individual devilish faces they would use later in the presentation as they exchanged places. By the end of the rehearsal they could all switch from one appearance to another as easily as they could smile.
Charlie practised at not being seen so that he could move around and make emergency repairs if needed without being noticed. He made sure that all security cameras and recording equipment in the suite were disabled.As the trial rehearsal came to an end, robowaiters appeared from the service lift with refreshments for everyone. Jennifer and Charlie felt elated at being united with such a friendly group. Then they discovered that they would be welcomed into the group more closely and energetically than they had ever expected.
The Main rehearsal took place as planned with some of the crew acting as councillors.
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