‘I’d like to be a person again,’ said the disembodied voice. ‘I liked being a person.’
The Official stared at him with surprise, insofar as anyone can ever truly stare at a disembodied voice.
‘You do remember the responsibilities that come with a human body, don’t you?’ he asked, consulting his notes. ‘You might be a bit out of practice. Human society has changed since 1412, y’know.’
‘I can do it,’ pleaded the voice. ‘Just give me one more chance!’
‘Very well,’ sighed the official, portentously snapping his fingers.
In the Lindo Wing, a long-awaited baby’s voice began to mewl.