Beauty and youth
But, before I start, let me say that everything worked fine (in case someone was worried after reading my last post). I transmigrated without any mishap at all and now I have, once more, one whole life ahead of me. My new body fits me, and it seems in perfect conditions. I remember one life when I was given a body which had a scar over one eyebrow. A small scar indeed, but it made me uneasy for one whole life to have that scar and not having any memory at all about how I got it. When I complained, the people at the CCM (center for clone maturing) told me the usual thing, they always say they can't control at all times what the kids are doing. Whatever...
Nevertheless, this time my body looks great. The only problem is that it is not too matured yet and I feel somewhat shorty and when I arrived back home I had to try to find something that fits me, it was crazy, all my clothes were too large! Besides that, I think you already know how one feels when one changes an old, 67-year-matured body with a brand new, 15-years-only one: "By good superclusters, my backache is gone!" "Finally, I am not fat any more!" "Finally...!" Maybe I don't need to give more details, do I?
But the best of all this is not just to feel young, the greatest fact is to feel young in a place like this. No doubt this region of the Galaxy is like a paradise for any human coming from sector 3: forests with exuberant vegetation, warm-water crystal-like oceans, fabulous gold-shining edifications, exquisite fruits with every possible colour, texture and flavor... Even the Grung cluster is a spectacular place, puting aside the horrible traffic. The Xáng grouping has it all: prodigious nature, traditional refinement, and avant-garde modernity. All together. And, along with all these marvels, the beauty of the Xángian race.
In some aspects, they are so similar to us, humans!, it is unbelievable... their anatomy, physiology, cell system, everything has an awesome parallelism with that of human beings. Even the way to code the individual's characteristics through a double-helix-shaped molecule is practically the same (and, thanks to that, all our cloning techniques can be applied to them too). But of course, their features are both different and unmistakable. I still remember that, lives and lives ago, well before the settlers carried back to planet Mother the news of all the races found in this part of the Galaxy, I was fond of some fiction stories in which there was a depiction of the hypothetical inhabitants of other stellar groupings. The curious thing is that the features of the people who live here agree quite well with those of the above-mentioned fictional beings: their height is slightly lower than ours, their bodies generally thinner. They show high cheekbones, almond-shaped eyes, lips usually somewhat thicker and more outlined than ours, with a natural-color sensual tone. And their skin is very smooth, in golden tonalities, generally lacking any body hair. Something in which they are different to the fictional people that I remember is that they do have hair on their heads, usually dark and thick. They have eyebrows as well.
An overall picture of these Xángian people is, added to this all, one of youth. There is something in their metabolism (or maybe in their diet?) that makes them look always less bodily-matured than they really are. But undoubtedly the characteristic that makes them most different from us is that they are hermaphrodites. This, together with their apparent youth, makes them seem, to our eyes, quite homogeneous regarding physical features. But regarding behaviour, they are really varied. In fact, in spite of being hermaphrodites, many of them adopt roles that seem almost copied from the ancient roles of gender in humans. I may fancy that they actually copied those roles from the first settlers, but I am not certain about it. Some of them even choose to receive treatment with human hormones in order to develop human secondary sex characteristics, such as breasts, or facial hair. I am sure that the reason why they do things like that is to somehow break the homogeneity of their race; the same reason why some color their hair of bright red, or some wear jewels.
Of course, to them I look funny. In some planets nobody is used to see humans frequently. Especially now that I look so shorty, I can feel everyone's gazes shift towards me. As I mentioned in a previous memory, in Xáng it is frowned upon to take a couple of free years right after a transmigration, so I am already in my usual work routine again. Fortunately I could arrange things to travel to the Department of Transmigration during one of my free months, so, when I got back to work, at least my hair had grown, otherwise I was only lacking a uniform in order to make everybody suspect that I had escaped from the CCM.
I guess I will write more, later on, about the work I do at the Mhidl Institute for Cosmic Science. I can say I am happy working here, despite the somewhat precarious conditions and the absurd restriction for accesing the SIN (they say it's for the sake of safety, can you believe it?). Anyway, at least it seems they have finally appreciated the real value of my work, and right this month they have offered me to continue in my current position for two more lives, with some increase in the compensations. I haven't given them an answer yet, but I think I will say yes. Although I am sure that it will feel like a true eternity to be so many lives far from Jyna.