LAST BIT OF CUT SCENE REGARDING WRITING HOKU'S STORY FROM HEART FORTUNE. Here was opening as revised by Glyssa annd Jace that Jace read to the Hawthorns
I opened my eyes to see the fog thin from the cryonics tube, and the top opened before my brain came completely online. Some techs and Umar Clague and his lady stood beside me.
Umar was significantly older than when we'd parted and I watched the fog take him under – late fifties or early sixties. He looked as close to cracking under pressure as I've ever seen him.
His lady's smile was strained as she said, "Welcome back, Netra."
I tried to open my mouth to ask them what was wrong, but couldn't. A pretty female tech I didn't know leaned over and wiped my face with a soft cloth. She gave me a juice cup with a straw. Clague and a male tech angled me up and my eyes stung because my body lost some contact with the steady and comforting vibration of the ship.
My first words were, "Are we going to die?"
"I hope not," Clague said.
Unlike me, he was – had been – a man of an optimistic nature.
This was bad.