I can’t find Lyta anymore. I log into Otto’s Lyta Scenario, but she doesn’t appear. I’ve plugged her algorithm and her DNA signature into his search functions, but he doesn’t find her. I don’t know what that means. Has she died? Last time I saw her she was walking north, away from her group, with her mate Garv and their son, her adopted son Boah and their ‘dog’ (a loose term for a Plio-Pleisticene version of dogs) Ump.
I miss her. She’s curious, friendly, with a sophisticated style of communication I wouldn’t have dreamt existed when mankind was new. At first I thought Otto intended to answer my research thesis–why did Homo habilis prosper and prior hominids like Australopithecus became extinct. But when I couldn’t get my grant renewed (they wanted me in the field, not talking to an AI), I applied for a DARPA grant. That got sticky and off the track, but into the real world where realpeople were affected by my work.
It’s how I met Zeke. More on him later.
I know Otto could find her. His programming allows me to enter a DNA profile into a space-time location. Maybe he doesn’t want to expose her. Maybe she’s hiding.
I miss her.