"Physical reconfiguration complete," the woman reported into her headset. "Heart rate is steady for both individuals. No apparent drop in vitals. Operation successful." On the pair of operating tables before her lay a child and a teenager. The process they had underwent lasted for several hours, and the woman had been there for all of it, recording her observations throughout. "Patients will no doubt regain consciousness momentarily." She turned around and pressed a button on her headset. "Cornelius, please come down to operating room 113 immediately."
The woman turned around to see the child, a boy of about 10 years, open his eyes.