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Mizuno Ami☿Mercury ([personal profile] waterfell) wrote in [community profile] aquapoetic2012-11-20 03:33 pm

I realize we only get to stay so long...

Who: Ami ([personal profile] waterfell) and Master Chief ([personal profile] one_one_se7en)
What: Preparation and goodbye before Chief leaves for his world.
When: Spread over a bit of time, a couple weeks
Where: The Nexus / [livejournal.com profile] dear_multiverse

Summary: John asks Ami for help fixing Cortana, but it may not be possible to do as much as he'd like, and Ami's feelings may be mixed on the subject anyway. When the Master Chief offers for Mercury to fight at his side in his world, the AI Guardian Mist offers to accompany him instead. Once it's time to say a final farewell, Ami realizes all too keenly how much a part of her had wanted to accept.
one_one_se7en: (An angry tide)

Re: Please Fix Cortana

[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-20 07:05 am (UTC)(link)
John had another dream yesterday.

He dreamed of the last day of the Forerunner empire. There was a massive figure that insisted to a solemn, mournful woman that the activation of the rings was murder. That he had the means to stop the infestation, to fight off the timeless menace.

But the woman rejected the notion. Their war had been lost for three hundred years already. Reduced to a handful of pockets, and now stranded in Earth and the Ark, fighting in the Maginot line against an insurmountable fleet led by the servant of the Timeless One.

"This may be our last communication. I'm begging you. Fire the Array. Light the weapon, and let it be done."

Numerous warnings and screens appear in holographic warnings in an ancient language. The remains of their fleet fought tooth and nail, as they knew it would not be an easy fight; it was also one they could not lose.

It is his own six-fingered hand what ignites the rings. The end of everything.

"It's done. By my hands. The pyrrhic solution is ignited. All I have left is the quiet of space to lull me to sleep. I will dream of you."

For seconds, there was violence.

After a minute, all life in the galaxy died as the rings ended everything the Forerunner swore to protect.

For a long time, there was sorrow.

And then, anger.


From the nexus, Ami would notice the Spartan had been busy. Many sections had been repainted, and he was gathering weaponry. When he walks over, his motions are too direct -- more than usual. Something is coming.

But he still takes the time to kneel in front of her, and bow.

"Thank you for coming."
Edited 2012-11-20 07:09 (UTC)
one_one_se7en: (Grim)

[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-20 07:32 am (UTC)(link)
Truth is, there was so much he wanted to talk to her about. Of his dream, of the signal, of the things he would need to gather for his journey, of Cortana... Of what this could mean for the two of them.

He pauses for a moment before answering.

"A beacon showed up a week ago... From my world." For a second, his visor stays still to look at her, seeking for reactions, before he continues. "It's the strongest signal there has been in five years. It means a portal will open up soon."
Edited 2012-11-20 07:32 (UTC)
one_one_se7en: (Side)

[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-20 07:52 am (UTC)(link)
"I know there will be."

The Insurrection, a Covenant splintered in Civil War, the machines of the dream, the sphere hidden for millennia.

There would be fighting. And he would have to be prepared.

"But I need something else from you. You're the best I know for this." He lowers his head. His visors wander around the books she had accumulated for this task.

John remembers Halsey.

"I want you to fix an AI."
Edited 2012-11-20 07:53 (UTC)
one_one_se7en: (Obscurity)

[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-23 05:48 am (UTC)(link)
"... A 'smart' one. From my world."

His fingers hold on to the same crystal chip he left with years ago. He hesitates on the answer for two reasons: He would have to explain what a 'smart' AI means when it comes from his world, and the fact this wasn't any AI.

"There are two types of AI where I'm from. 'Dumb' ones are programmed. 'Smart' ones are based on human minds." The mind of her creator, and his caretaker. "Brain tissue is used to copy its patterns. They're creative AIs with minds of their own that can perform a lot of tasks."

The 'minds of their own' being important. It's who she was. It's who the person is.
one_one_se7en: (Demon)

[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-23 06:56 am (UTC)(link)
"Her."

It's not some AI. She was not equipment. She was a person.

He berates himself for the outburst. A part of him wonders, if she was a lot more human than she was.

"Before Econtra... She kept me safe from everything after the fall of Reach."

On the Halo rings. On High Charity. On the Ark.

"She was the one that sent the beacon."

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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-25 05:32 am (UTC)(link)
John is asleep by midnight. His armor is in the best conditions it would ever be, and his weapons are laying in a single crate, ready to be carried until he found the nearest ship of the UNSC to let them work with it. Now all that mattered was getting as much rest as he could manage.

There is a new element in his armor. In his right shoulder piece, there is the kanji of luck painted in white.

A symbol that he got painted by his days in the nexus. A reminder of his experiences with Yuuko, and the lessons of everyone he met in his world. Leonidas. Rock. Stark. Leon. Samus. Anadra. Yuuko.

Ami.

He dreams of them. But he also dreams of the machines, and of the Entropi.
Edited 2012-11-25 05:33 (UTC)
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[personal profile] lightandreason 2012-11-25 06:41 am (UTC)(link)
Piece by piece, she was slowly rebuilt, her consciousness reappearing to the sight of the girl... and of John. Every section of her that almost turned to rampancy and inactivity was restructured. The weight of five years of sleep weighted heavily on her, more afraid of not even knowing what had John gone through in all that time. And in spite of the girl's help, there was a reason she grew to resent her.

She had John with him.

Cortana was almost overcome by sadness by not being able to be with him, even when she knew she didn't want him to see her like this. Not when she succumbed to her time aboard the Dawn.

She materializes from the crystal disk, levitating in the same way she came to be under the guidance of her mother. The first words Cortana speaks upon being set on the table are in italian, the language she used when Halsey created her.



<<When there is life, there is hope>>
one_one_se7en: (Caution)

[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-25 06:54 am (UTC)(link)
The voice is familiar. It almost takes him out of the nightmares, like the woman of his dreams.

Slowly, the lines of his heads-up begin to appear in his sight... and for a moment, he thinks he wandered into his dreams again.

His hand moves towards the figure, looking at him. Forming a smile.

"Cortana..."
one_one_se7en: (Black)

[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-26 02:20 am (UTC)(link)
His visor turns up towards Ami, noting her smile as a form of pride instead of a show of envy. Holding the crystal disk as if it was much more fragile than it actually was, carrying her holographic figure.

"Ami..."

John's mind wanders around several things he wants to tell her, not knowing which of them to use. That he was grateful for her, that she saved the most important person to him and that he wanted to bring back to Earth. The person he promised he'd go to Earth with.

Slowly, his thumbs meet. His visor lowers.

"Thank you."
lightandreason: (Envy)

[personal profile] lightandreason 2012-11-26 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
The AI notices the act. It only takes a few milliseconds of processing to identify all factors. The timing of her words, he slight inflection of pride of her voice, the forced smile, the lowering of her brow.

It's a false smile. If what she did was right, she didn't do it out of kindness.

Below the Spartan's hold and sight, Cortana looks at the girl with a solid look. She knew what she was up to. She knew what she wanted. But would not speak of it in here with John with them.
Edited 2012-11-26 02:25 (UTC)
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[personal profile] lightandreason 2012-11-26 06:55 am (UTC)(link)
Cortana keeps track of her eyes. Only for a brief moment for biological minds does the girl look at her before turning back to John. It continued to confuse her why did she work on her. In the second that passes, she processes several reasons she could have done it with this amount of disdain she had towards her.

It baffles her. But she comes to remember she held herself together not for mankind, but for John.

"I'm glad that we're back together..." She says, softly. "But... You need to sleep. Your body's slower than usual."

She speaks to him in a caring tone, almost filial. For once, not in the playful tone she normally uses. Her tiny hand touches him,

"It doesn't take a genius to know you haven't done it in days. It's alright, really. We'll catch up in the morning."
one_one_se7en: (Into dust)

[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-26 06:57 am (UTC)(link)
He looks confused by the request. He shakes his head.

"No. I waited for you."

The truth is, he is still tired. He hasn't slept as much. But he can't just go back to sleep now that she is back with him. It's been too long.
lightandreason: (Wake Up)

[personal profile] lightandreason 2012-11-28 05:52 am (UTC)(link)
"I know what is good for John." She turns her heard towards the girl, only slightly. For barely an instant, her avatar flashes red.

She turns back to John.

"John. I know you're eager to take your helmet off, but I can tell you have a hard time keeping your eyes open." She smiles to him. "Go to sleep. We have a few things to take care of. I'll see you tomorrow."

Her avatar breathes. A part of her wished she could understand, -feel- the gesture she had always seen in him.

"I promise."
one_one_se7en: (Listening)

[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2012-11-28 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
From the back of his mind, as he hears the words Ami directs to Cortana, and the response she gave in return, he feels something is wrong. Even from his slight motions, he doesn't doubt Cortana would be able to notice them.

But it would have to wait.

Slowly, his armor tucks itself again as his head lowers. His visor lingers over her blue form, as he nods off.

"Tomorrow."

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