Allegra woke up early, just as she always had. One of the many things that made her different from other Constructs was that she could actually sleep. Real, honest to goodness sleep, complete with dreams and all. Other Constructs just entered into a sort of power preserving standby cycle. Dr. Fritz had always been fascinated to hear her dream, silly as they typically were. The only difference between Allegra and humans when it came to sleep was that she needed less then half of the time to achieve a fully rested state then humans did.
Rising from the bed, she quickly showered and got dressed, putting on the clothes that Rika had gifted to her. A pair of old, but clean and well taken care of long denim pants and a light weight white button down shirt with long sleeves. She suspected the shirt was a man’s but it didn’t really matter. She tied the shirt so that it would hug her waist as opposed to just hanging down shapelessly. Quickly piling her dark hair up in a messy bun, Allegra headed for the common area of the pub.
Rika was already up and preparing the morning meal and there was a little girl, about age four or five, sitting on a large, old quilt. Allegra hadn’t recalled seeing the girl last night and was surprised when Rika introduced her as her daughter, Marie. She was very surprised the the Seraphs hadn’t taken the girl for one of their youth converts. They had always seemed particularly eager to indoctrinate children.
Accepting the glass of some kind of juice that Rika handed to her with a thank you, Allegra asked if there was anything she could do to help. Rika laughed and shook her head. “I’ve got this all under control, Doll, you don’t have to lift a finger. My husband, Rick, will put you through an aptitude test later today to find where you’ll best fit in with our little community so till then, you just relax.”
Nodding, Allegra watched the other woman work for a few moments, then wandered over to the Music Juke in the corner. “Does this thing work?” She asked Rika.
“It does, but the Seraphs corrupted all the music files and we haven’t be able to fix it. No one has ever thought to smuggle in a music card when being banished here.” Her voice sounded wistful but resigned.
Turning her back to Rika, Allegra used her nail to make a small cut on her inner cheek, and carefully withdraw the data card she had there. She had made sure to smuggle several data caches off world. Everything from her favorite music to her own design plans.
“Well, then this is your luck day, I actually did think to bring a music card….” She inserted the card into the slot and pressed play and the sounds of music filled the cavern, Kenny Loggins Footloose had the effect of making the room feel brighter and happier, it made Allegra smile and Rika was unmistakably over joyed.
“You like the oldies, huh? Well I can’t fault you there, in the 1980’s they really made some gems.” Rika laughed and Allegra return her smile before going over to sit on the blanket with Marie.
“Hello there, mind if I keep you company till your Momma has breakfast ready?” She asked the child in a soft voice accompanied by a warm smile. The shy little girl nodded, but didn’t say anything and that was fine by Allegra. She sat with her and began to fold her origami flowers and animals, and it didn’t take long for the little girl to open up and start chatting up a storm, pleading to be allowed to ‘style’ Allegra’s hair. Permission that Allegra happily granted. She enjoyed getting to know children, probably because she’d never gotten the chance to be one herself… But right then, she was happy and almost felt like she could belong in this place with these people. She hoped that Jack would be up soon, she wanted his company again. He made her feel safe and she liked that feeling. She liked him.