First, I need to clear some thinks up after thinking about it.
For all intents and purposes, Tyler is a machine. He has grown up using machinery. Sight, sound, and a multitude of other (which means I can't think of them right now...) senses are only possible for him because of artifical sensors.
What he -is- lacking is the tactile sense. But don't worry, he's not depressed.
What I say next I mean in purest sincerity, so -please- don't get angry or upset with me about it.
McCafree never went into detail about what truely seperates brainships (aka shellpeople) from "normal" people, so I did. I got the idea from the physically disabled. Not those who became so from some accident became blind, but those who were -born- with it.
If you never knew about, colours, let's say (if you were born totally blind); would you -really- care about if it's a red or a blue car?
I belive the answer is no. But this is just my opinion. Now, back to the real topic.
Since he has never been touched, as he was encased (enshelled?) from birth, he would have no need to be held or for that matter, to hold. Not just that, but his training (getting there later) -conditions- him against it.
I say all this because of the last little bit of the section. When I read over it, it -seemed- a bit suggestive. So I want to clear this up.
TYLER AND EMILY ARE NOT ATTRACTED TO EACH OTHER IN PHYSICAL WAY.
They are just very good and very close friends. Now we arrive at the reason for the little speech at the start. They may be joined in heart, mind and soul, but they will never be together in anyway else.
Hope that helps.
Now, back to more on Tyler's...body.
As I said, he was put into his shell from birth. For his next few years (Since he doesn't need to worry about walking, eating, etc...his mental development far outstrippes normal humans.) he undergoes intense schooling; in mental health and a multitude of subjects. Basically, the next ten years of our lives (when we are born to when we leave high/senior school) is compressed into three for him. Another note, he -never- sleeps, ever (this makes up for some lost time).
Eventually, after years (16 actually) he gets moved to his permenant home, his spaceship; and becomes a brainship. As I said, he controls everything. Indoor lights, thrusters, communications, life support, etc and so forth.
Now, became he -is- a ship he can't go everywhere and he can't interact with everyone. I mean, who would -you- feel if you had to talk to a ship? So, in a very small sense, she is his avatar. But neither Emily or Tyler would think of it like that.
She is his mobile half. He is stuck with the ship, so he can't go indoors, can't shake hands (that touching thing again...) and, as stated right above, some people have difficulties talking with him. And yes, that last aspect -does- come up in the story later.
"What we feel for each other…it is not love. Not physical passion, never that. But something..."
Searching back through history he found the description he was looking for.
I wrote that. Tyler is contemplating himself and Emily.
If there is some other stuff you would like to know about, say so. Keep in mind, I will -not- post my whole story here. Unless the mods set up something that will prevent others to copy and paste, and therefore steal whole sections of my story.
"Mine is the story of the end time. I know this because the third Core has been found."
Brain/Brawn pair of Freelancer