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SURE you can link them into the system?"

"It's risky, but it can be done. We'll have to set up a trickle-flow, so that the memories and though patterns are transferred in something approximating chronological order. But you have to understand that there may be some lapses, a few points where she won't be able to remember something from her early life, and may remember a shadow of something from her later life. She'll probably write it off to a faulty memory in the case of the former, and the echo of a bad dream in the case of the latter, but the risk is still there."

"It'll have to do," Marcus said. "I've arranged to have the funds transferred into your account every six months. The transfer will be key-coded to her DNA sequence and brain-wave signature once she gets to that point in her development. If either one of them stops, or shows any sign of damage, the payments stop."

"Understood," Quijana said. He folded the plasticine bag, placed it in his jacket pocket, then studied Marcus for a moment. "Just so we're both clear, you DO realize that what you are asking me to do -- clone a new person with the memories of the original person -- is patently illegal."

Marcus smiled. "Spoken like a man who has heard that same warning himself, from time to time. Just remember, I don't want her to have all the memories. Only the memories up to and including the specified year, month, and day. No more than that."

"That kind of precision is impossible," Quijana said. "I can give you an approximation of that, but it may be off by a bit. How far, I don't know. But I'll do the best I can."

The doctor stood and extended his hand. "To ensure that my work doesn't fall into the wrong hands, who will be taking custody of the body in thirty-two years?"

Marcus smiled.

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