“Okay,” Annie said, closing the back panel, “how’s that?”

There was a mechanical whir as Copper performed another self-diagnosis. “All systems are fully operational,” she said. “I am much obliged for your assistance, Miss Annie.”

“Glad I could help,” Annie said. “And it’s just Annie, no need for the ‘miss’.”

“My apologies.”

“Nah, don’t worry about it.” Annie swung her tool bag over her shoulder. “Let me know if there’s anything else you need.”

“Actually,” said Copper, her cooling system whirring into life, “I am practicing my culinary skills tonight, and I would be honoured if you would join me.”

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