Soleil could now bundle cords, the process of tying separate streams together along their lengths to create a new trunk. A bound set of cords proceeded differently. The conversations illuminated each other. Once she could tell them apart, she learned how to put them together. To do this, she used a viewport or a streamviewer. Though it meant she was parked in one spot more often, this was her greatest degree of self- agency aboard their ship.
Soleil understood this to be a living network, which continually amazed her. People felt this as they breathed and walked, like a part of their biology. The streams were always responding. The ways they were created, combined, and recombined blew her mind.
They were so much like humans. How long have they been Vedani? Where did they come from?