Daniel opened his eyes, exiting the dream state he had created.

Michelle stood looking down at him. Without expecting it, he felt something from his humanistic kernel— a feeling… relief?

She looked different— in the vision she was much thinner, her hair longer… and of course, she was not crying.

“What was that?” he reached out to Mother, hoping for an answer.

“What do you mean?” Mother responded.

“The dream… what was that?”

“Your imagination,” Mother said. “Your humanistic kernel has evolved enough to form creative events in your mind. It is impressive that you can do this so soon. Your journey to humanity is progressing ahead of schedule.”

Daniel raised his firewall— blocking Mother from his thoughts.  He needed to think this over.