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Katherine materialises inside a bedroom, alongside the strange future version of Alexand. She can see Inajda, sleeping in a chair beside a bed, and in that bed, a very sick Alexand.

Katherine’s back story, set in China (3991)

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Katherine has grown impatient and as the fifth day of her recovery approaches, post-surgery, she is curious to peek out of her bandages, to find out if she can see properly, and more importantly, gain access to her laboratory. (This story is dedicated to my mum, as it is her birthday very soon. My mum, Barbara, is one of the kindest, wisest, warmest, happiness-inducing and funniest people I have ever known, and as some readers know, Alexand Merek is very loosely based on her, although Mum would probably disagree. Happy Birthday Mum, I love you so much xxx)

Katherine’s back story, set on board the Kyuunansen (3991)

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Heyem slept next to Alexand, guarding her sister, waking occasionally to check she was still breathing. It’s nearly dawn, and the sun is appearing on the horizon, a faint sliver of light peers through the curtain, and Heyem feels something sticky.

Heyem’s back story, set in China (3991)

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Heyem can’t help feeling angry that Alex hasn’t woken up, that she’s leaving her alone. It’s dark, and everyone else is asleep. She has crawled in bed next to her sister, attempting to come to terms with Alexand’s decline.

Heyem’s back story, set in China (3991)

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It is time for Katherine to undergo the operation to restore her eyesight. She has insisted on being conscious, as her curiosity about the advanced science outweighs any fear.

Katherine’s back story, set onboard the Kyuunansen (3991)

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Alex hasn’t been able to speak or move for the past few weeks. She is rapidly declining, and her doctor has predicted she only has a few weeks left. Inajda and Heyem sit at her bedside, unable to do anything. Heyem sits opposite, after Inajda retrieved her from Hong Kong, warning her that Alex was close to death.

Heyem’s back story, set in China (3991)

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Katherine has spent the past few weeks under Ajeeta Kothari’s strict rehabilitation programme, and her recovery has accelerated. She has been waiting to undergo an operation to restore her eyesight. There is a day to go, and she is getting impatient. (This issue is dedicated to Margot Kidder, one of my childhood heroes. You always were and will ever be the best, the funniest, gutsiest, most unpredictably brilliant and warmest, Lois Lane.)

Katherine’s back story, set onboard the Kyuunansen (3991)

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