Jim was seemed like a pretty good AI but his bedside manner, and really just his ability to make information accessible left a lot to be desired. So, after the usual back-and-forth about what his explanation meant and after Jill did her best to translate his explanations into something more approachable (her skills weren’t that much better than his), I was able to understand that my body had changed and that my lungs had changed and could now breathe regular air and whatever gas was in the atmosphere of that asteroid. Jim couldn’t tell what gas the new bits of my lungs could absorb, as in, what the actual element was, but Jill’s theory that my body had changed was confirmed.
“It must have been something Wise did for me to keep me from asphyxiating right there on the spot.”
“He did kiss you,” KJ said.
“Yeah, I don’t think it was that kind of kiss,” I said.
“How do you know?” Kate said smiling. I shrugged again.
“Does this seem like a good time for me to start dating again?” I asked.
“Probably not,” Kate said, smiling.
“Definitely not,” Jill said. “So, now that we’re at least pretty sure you can survive the atmosphere of that asteroid, the next step is how to get you back.”
“Can’t Jake just use the history settings on the Accessory?” Kate asked.
“Sure can,” Jill said. “He may even be able to bypass the Fire Escape in the men’s room at his workplace.”
“But wait—dude is going to be going right back to the same place and time he left from,” KJ said.
“Yeah, I’ll be facing down those thugs again. I’ll need some kind of weapons or something to go up against those guys. They had guns,” I said.
“Hm, weapons…” Jill’s voice had an almost ominous tone to it.