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December 28, 2002
‘Why?’ Charlie asked.

‘I don’t know. It was as if, just maybe, they might suddenly come alive again. Now that I know that under their clothes they’re just charcoal and cotton stuffing…’ he shrugged, ‘they’re just dolls in a glass case.’

‘The genius of humanalogue technology was always in giving the illusion of life with plastic and metal.’ Charlie said. ‘You know we’re not human, but you can’t help reacting to us as if we were.’

Nick raised an eyebrow. ‘That’s a profound thought for a simple peacekeeper.’

‘I’ve had a lot of spare time to think over the centuries.’