“I don’t know”: Well, one thing I certainly DO know is that both Sophronim and Seegmon D’fraud are full of it. I can’t say it better than Raissa Baiard did: sometimes (indeed, usually) an Amphyplax is just an Amphyplax, and hey, how about feeling sad about the Amphyplax’s death just because you’re A SENSITIVE, GOOD-HEARTED PERSON who would rather life went well for those around you? Not to mention that the orange-shirt breasts comment was just downright creepy and generally un-OK. Of course, the other side of the coin is that Doris’s own view of relationships and sex and love still needs a lot of refinement: there are ways to “know” another in the dark, and not just physically. Of course I see the tie-in to the [hl=black]night blindness that becomes a theme in the later Doria stories[/hl], which means it’s no mistake that [hl=black]this chapter ends with Doria’s reflections on her “fantasy man” from some time ago[/hl]. Hmm...! I think I see what Pan is getting at about finding a PLACE to connect to, and ways that that too could be prophetic for Doria’s own story. As to this former almost-love-interest of Maris’s, I’m pretty sure I know exactly who that is, and have a feeling Doria will eventually get the chance to learn more about him. “I Mean, I Really, Really Don’t Know!”: Well, one thing Doria does seem to know really well is how she plans to proceed with her seedling droid project. Her proposed design makes good sense, a lot better than Tendra’s a protocol droid who would presumably be giving some sort of lengthy and very PROGRESSIVE speech in the process of casting seeds. As Raissa notes, it just goes to show how completely unable the average red-shirt student is at thinking outside a very small, very specific box. It goes without saying that her reasons for not liking the astromech-based design (and you can probably guess which grabber-happy astromech I'm imagining in the role...) are totally off the wall. I suppose it shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, given how red shirts seem to depend on their shirt for all their advancement in life anyway. Of course, the droid project is one thing, but the business of Alderaan is another entirely. That little quiz question goes even further to show just how in the dark Miss Perfect Red Shirt really is. Yes, face it, honey-bun: a HUMBLE orange shirt knows and sees more than you apparently do. (And indeed I can only imagine that when Tendra DOES eventually learn the truth, it will hit her and hurt her a LOT harder than it did Doria when she learned—which is saying a lot.) Finally, I just want to say that I’m fine with any posting schedule you choose to use for this. Do what works best for you, and whatever that is, I’ll be here to follow.