“Flex your fingers please.” Achingly slowly the fingers of her right hand began to bend. She had expected to feel every movement, a click or creak of parts, fluids like blood in veins squirting into tubes and wires, but there was nothing, no sensation at all. If she hadn’t been watching her hand, Rhana wouldn’t have been aware of movement at all, not until the nails touched her palm. The acrylic tips dug into the synthetic skin, triggering sensors, alerting her brain to the contact. The corner of her mouth lifted as she let out a small snort. The tech allowed her a minute to fully experience the new discovery, familiar now with the reactions of those receiving cybernetic replacement parts.
Rhana pressed her new nails into the palm of her hand producing several rows of red indentations, each one triggering receptors in the neural lattice, interfacing with the encephalon enhancements. Opening her fingers out straight she examined the pale flesh with its web of thin receivers and transmitters, fine purple and blue wires fanned out, criss crossing each other under the surface.
“It’s not what you expected is it?” Dr Dorrian hovered behind her shoulder. Rhiana shook her head, transfixed by the limb, her limb, her hand.
“I thought it would be metal, all shiny and heavy.” Dorrian smiled down at her as he walked around the chair. Lifting the limb in his hand he turned it over before taking hold of the tip of a finger and wiggling each one in turn. Rhana felt the smooth caress of his fingers as they brushed her own, revelling in the sensation, the silky slide of his skin across hers, the slight tickling sensation that registered instantly.
“I can replace it with an older model if you like.” He joked, returning the hand to her lap. Reflexively she folded her fingers into a fist, pulling it protectively against her body. She knew he was kidding, but the memory of loosing one limb was still too fresh to joke about removing another.
“Everything seems to be in working order doctor, although, we haven’t touched on the other improvements as yet.” Rhana’s head shot up, shooting a confused look between doctor and tech.