Thanks for the felicitations, guys! It's been pretty hectic, since we also recently moved to a new apartment, but we're starting to settle in now, and enjoy our new home and of course our marriage. :)
Anyways, enough about that. We have 1 vote for option two, 2 for option one, and 3 for option three: "It's Only Time," by the Magnetic Fields.
No change in stats.
A slow piano song from the turn of the century starts up, and Stephen Merritt's lugubrious bass begins, "Why would I stop loving you a hundred years from now? It's only time."
It's true: your heart has not changed so much over the years, though everything else has. What you love, you have always loved, will always love, for as long as you live. When you were young, the thought of yourself at fifty was incomprehensible. That seems silly to you now, but understandable. Time is not symmetric: the past is always closer than the future. You drift to sleep.
The next day, you take Arachne to the range just outside Washington, D.C., hoping walking around one of her favorite kinds of places will cheer her up. Although Arachne had been excited about the prospect of your becoming more machine-like at first, the possibility of your death during surgery seems to have sunk in.
The idea that you may not always be around seems to have put Arachne in a somewhat melancholy mood. "I'm not young anymore, either, Master," Arachne says. "You might not think of me as aging, but technology ages even faster than people. I look just old and clunky compared to the robots around us. When you built me, people would throw away their computers after just four years. Their phones, after two."
"Nobody's going to throw you away," you assure Arachne.
"Without you, I'll probably stop working. Someday," Arachne looks off into the distance. "If I die, Master, do you think I will continue to exist after death in some form?"
- "You'll live on in the ways you changed people's lives, Arachne."
- "I don't see why you couldn't have a soul."
- "But that's the difference between us, Arachne. You never need to die."