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Iri smiled. "I looked at a few old memes once, but they made so little sense I just decided to ignore memes from then on."

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Rizzo explained "Most of them are in-jokes. You have to know where they originally came from for them to be funny. This does of course make old memes horrible for most people. Even humans."

 

At this point Steve sent "IRI! I was just telling the Hybrid about how Rizzo was doing so well with keeping out of crime after he got his job and all then I looked away for five seconds and now I can't find him!"

 

 

 

((Spoiler alert. He's going to visit us. Once Steve had found out Rizzo had a job he had of course asked all sorts of questions about it untill Rizzo relented and told him. Steve then told this to Twitchy and now Twitchy is curious))

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"Oh no. Rizzo!" Iri called across the field, noticing as she did so that it seemed a little harder than talking normally. This wasn't just volume increase, it actually required a little effort. "Twitchy's missing!"

 

((It's the little details. Yelling is harder than talking, but you don't normally notice it.))

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Rizzo immediately snapped to attention "What?! He's missing?! Did Steve have any idea where he would have went?"

 

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Any ideas where he might be? she asked Steve, then started saying, "Well, first of all, it should be 'where he would have gone'," knowing that with a robot's processing time she would have a "second of all" to say long before she was done saying her "first of all".

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Steve sent "Well I'm pretty sure he flew away because he left a big splash of infrared where he last was which would suggest he flew off but it's really difficult to track something that-"

 

At that moment back where Iri and Rizzo were a shadow zipped by overhead. Rizzo looked up with a "What the-" when whatever the shadow was seemed to realize they had overshot it, turned back around and landed. It was the hybrid who told them "FoundYou!" then looked around in his usual birdlike way. He noticed Rizzo's asp in the box that by this point was very near completion and walked over to inspect it. This of course triggered the motion sensor causing the snake to pop out and give Twitchy quite a fright. He yelled "WHATISTHAT!!!" and flew backward into the nearest garbage pile. Rizzo cringed at the resulting collision but the hybrid seemed to get up with nothing more than a few scratches and a "Sorry. Sorry. My bad."

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I don't believe this! Could've wrecked the junkyard, could've gotten hurt, and probably everyone in the town saw him...

Wait. Everybody in the town probably saw him!

"Hey, Twitchy," Iri said abruptly, "I bet if you flew around town a bunch, the people you're working with would find you and you could go back. You might start remembering things!"

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"YouThinkSo?" Asked Twitchy.

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Iri nodded. "Sure! Your organization is probably already looking for you, all you have to do is make yourself easier to find."

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"YesThatSoundsRight. I will try that." Said Twitchy before zooming off however he came back a second later and said "Oh! BeforeIForget. I came here to askSomething. What does Rizzo build?" Despite Twitchy's asking Iri that question Rizzo gave an answer seeing as the question was about him. "Anything I want as long as it can be sold for a profit." He said. The Hybrid turned to Rizzo and asked "YesButWhatSpecifically?"

"What?" Rizzo asked back. Twitchy repeated "Yes but what specifically." Rizzo replied "So far I've built this silly thing (gestures to the asp in the box) and Iri's jetpack. Long story as to how it became Iri's jetpack by the way. The short version is I messed up and that was my apology."

Twitchy gave the asp in the box an unsure look but his attention was immediately taken by the jetpack. He ran over to Iri and asked "RizzoBuiltThat? Or....repaired it at least? And you trustItEnough to fly it?"

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Iri shrugged. "Obviously I was careful to test it first. We used a dummy the first time, and I tested it the second. I was a little more durable back then." She poked her soft skin to demonstrate that it didn't make a pinging noise like it used to. "But yes, I fly it, and so far I've found it very reliable. Why?"

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Twitchy didn't answer. He just stared at Iri as if he had been told dragons exist or that dodos still existed and were friendly or something else equally as awesome while at the same time puzzling. Then he was gone.

 

 

 

((Twitchy had not thought humans could be useful any way other than what was being done where he came from. This news is making him question his role))

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Iri watched him until he was out of sight, then shrugged a little and turned back to her work.

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"That was weird." Said Rizzo. "I probably don't need to say that but I'm going to anyway. That. Was. Weird. You should probably tell Steve he's ok. Unless of course you have in which case I said two unnecessary things."

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"No, actually, I didn't," Iri admitted, a little embarrased. Quickly she sent the message. Twitchy came over to our work. Now he's flying around to try to get the people he works for to notice him.

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"I'm so glad to hear that you found him. I was getting worried." Steve sent. "But I'm not sure getting him notised is a good idea."

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Why not? Iri asked, puzzled.

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Steve sent "I don't know if I like the idea of this organization or whatever it is that he works for. I'm worried they might not be good people. When I was telling Twitchy about Rizzo's job he told me he didn't know feral humans could have a job. I know this could just be because the Hybrid doesn't know very much thanks to his amnesia but what if it's more then that? What if his boss flat out doesn't think humans can be useful on their own? Also, when I was looking for Twitchy earlier I found this." Then he sent a picture of one of Twitchy's earlier drawings. It was one of the ones of that spider thing but it had been ripped apart and taped back together. Furthermore some of the tape was ripped in half as if it had happened twice.

Steve continued "Whoever this is I don't think Twitchy likes them. He just doesn't remember that he doesn't like them. If this is one of his co-workers or his boss or something this can't be a good thing. ....Right? Or am I just being paranoid. Please tell me if you think I'm being paranoid because I feel like I'm in some kind of dystopian movie right now."

 

 

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Hmm, Iri said. It does seem odd. I don't know if we need to be too worried about it, though. Anyway, I'm not sure we can find him and stop him right now. When he gets home, maybe we can see. She sighed a little. Had she just sent Twitchy back to a job he hated?

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((I'm going to be mean to our characters and make all of them worry now))

Rizzo started working on some rocket powered skates. Throughout the day Steve sent Iri a message of "He's not back yet." over and over. Even by the end of the day there had been no sign of Twitchy.

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Iri was starting to get really worried. It was a new sensation, and she didn't like it. Maybe Twitchy's group had found him. Was that a good thing or a bad thing? She wasn't sure anymore.

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Rizzo noticed the new shape Iri's eyes had taken on and asked "Hey. Are you ok?"

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"I'm all right, just worried, and uncertain, both of which are fairly new emotions for me," Iri said.

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"Why?" Rizzo asked "If I may ask that is."

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Iri shrugged. "Of course you can ask. Well, I'm worried about Twitchy, because Steve still hasn't seen him coming back, and I'm not sure it was the right idea to send him out looking for his people. He might not have liked them very much, from some things Steve said."

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Rizzo patted Iri on the shoulder and said "Don't worry about it. Steve's probably just being paranoid. He may be an AI but he's also an even bigger collection of emotions than a lot of humans. Plus he watches a few too many movies and that can make his mind take crazy leaps of logic. I'm sure Twitchy will be fine."

 

 

 

 

((Rizzo is the type of guy who often says "Don't worry about it" but then worries about it himself after his mind has let it stew for a while. In other words he's going to eat his words later))

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Iri nodded. "You're probably right, I guess." Still, before she left, she messaged Steve. Any news on Twitchy is worth waking me up for, just as long as it's not another update of "I still haven't seen him".

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"Thank you Iri. The fact that you care means a lot." Steve sent back.

There was no news about Twitchy during the night and none the whole next day. At this point Rizzo openly admitted to being worried too. It was only the workday after than when Steve sent a joyful "HE'S BACK! HE CAME BACK!"

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How is he? What happened? Has he eaten anything since he left you guys? Iri realized she sounded just like a mother human, but she couldn't help it.

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Steve replied "Well. I just fed him and based on how fast he's eatting I would guess that at the very least he hasn't had breakfast yet. And probubly not dinner last night ether. His armor has a few more scratches in it. I wonder if he crashed into anything on his outing. It's nothing bad. Most people probubly wouldn't notise but I do have really good cameras so I do notise. He did get a more noticable nick on his cheek but again nothing actully dangerous to him. Give him a bit and I'll ask him." A minute later Steve sent "Evedently he got lost. The slight damage is from a little freak out he had during that time. I can't get much else out of him at the moment. He has fallen asleep. In fact he did it mid sentince."

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At the mention of him falling asleep, Iri suddenly gasped. He probably hasn't slept at all either! What was he thinking???

Suddenly the memory hit her. She was the one who had suggested that he go looking for his people. This is all my fault!

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Steve sent "Don't be upset Iri. Your plan was founded on the logical idea that Twitchy would be very h.ard to miss should he fly around a while. Your intentions were good and that matters a lot. Plus I do think it's a little weird that no one saw him. Really someone should have. Heck the humans have been talking about it on the local underground news station which I CAN pick up. If the humans noticed someone who was actually looking for the guy should have too."

 

 

 

((Underground news station. Because of course humans would make their own news whether they could be hired for the job or not. AI's usually avoid it because they view it as full of conspiracies and biases but Steve will watch and listen to everything. Such stations aren't outlawed they are just kind of looked down on))

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Maybe nobody was looking for him. Maybe they don't even care. If they don't bother to find him, then it's probably best that he's not found. Iri felt a little better. Even if this didn't work, it was a good test for whether or not he even should go back.

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Steve thought for a moment then said "If they don't care about him that's kind of sad. They made him this way and they don't even bother looking for him after all the trouble it probably took to do it. He could have been hurt doing whatever it was that broke his helmet. ......I'm glad he's out of their hands." The message was full of anger and disgust to a point that it seemed weird to have come from Steve who's emotions usually consisted of curiosity and a calm friendliness. After that the more Stevey emotions returned and he sent "You should let Rizzo know Twitchy is back. He pretends not to worry but I know he does."

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Oh, right! I can't believe I forgot! Iri turned to Rizzo and said, "Twitchy's back. He seems to be all right."

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Rizzo paused what he was doing and said "Really?! Oh thank god. As annoying as Twitchy is I didn't want anything to happen to the guy."

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"I know what you mean," Iri agreed.

I told him. He was really relieved.

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"Ha! knew he would be!" Steve replied joyfully. The rest of the day went normally. With renewed spirits Rizzo's work speed not only returned but increased. He fully finished the asp in the box, repaired a pair of rocket shoes (which admittedly were not as broken as the jetpack before he fixed it) and started work on a small hologram generator. Later that night however Steve woke up Iri with a message. "Sorry to bother you but it actually is important this time." followed by a video of what was happening at that moment. There was a figure creeping around Rizzo's yard. It looked a lot like the "android" that had attacked Rizzo and Iri for the pocketknife of doom once. Steve told Iri "I think it's a hybrid based on it's heat signature." The other hybrid looked into the windows of Rizzo's house then seemed to scan the yard. It stopped then whispered "Prototype one. Report."

Twitchy came into the camera's view and walked over to the other hybrid as if under a trance. 

The other hybrid asked "Where is your helmet?" 

Twitchy replied "Broken beyond repair."

"Where is your helmet?" Repeated the other hybrid. Twitchy walked off and returned with the broken helmet.

"Okay. Damaged helmet confirmed." The other hybrid said as he examined it. There was a sound of static as if Steve was picking up a signal but it was too advanced for him to decode as it passed through him. Bits of words came through "Hybrid recovered. (Static) re (static)" then the other hybrid started to speak again. He told Twitchy "Voice recognition software on."

"Voice recognized." Twitchy replied.

The other hybrid ordered "Set order. Return to base."

Twitchy replied "Checking ranking. Higher ranking confirmed. Order confirmed." he took a stance like he was preparing for take off but then he stopped and seemed to freeze up "Error. Error. Order terminated."

The other hybrid seemed to get annoyed by this "What?! You can't do that! Prototype 1. Set order return to base."

Again Twitchy took a stance as if ready for take off and again he froze up before giving the error message.

The other Hybrid gave a exasperated shrug like someone trying to do an assignment on a computer that keeps crashing then he told Twitchy "State error."

Twitchy replied "Stalemate detected. Order can not proceed."

"STALEMATE DETECTED?!" The other hybrid yelled then he seemed to remember he was sneaking around someone elses property and glanced around before quieting his voice. "Override stalemate."

"Error error. Can not override stalemate." Twitchy replied.

The other hybrid snapped "Now what?" then said "State error."

This time Twitchy only replied "Error. Error. Error."

Even though there was no need to whisper Steve used the tone of a whisper and sent Iri "I've seen this before in rouges I've helped track. He's resisting his own programming."

"State error!" repeated the other hybrid.

"Error. Error. Error. Override overridden." Replied Twitchy. Now the other hybrid was really mad. "Ok. Now you're just messing with me. Prototype 1. Return to base!"

"Error. Error. Error." Replied Twitchy.

By now Steve had had enough. He revved his engines and turned on all his lights. The static flew through the message Iri was getting again. "(Static) level 5 (static) engage? (more static) downed sattlight (static)"

((If you're curious he said "A really old ex-level 5 is intervening. Should I engage? He's so old he has rust but he's also very big. Appears to be a downed sattlight of some kind))

Steve then sent Iri "Welp. I just got involved and I have no idea what I should do." as Rizzo and Dave peaked out the windows to see what was going on.

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Iri gasped. Turn down your motors, I can't hear! I guess you should probably ask him what he's doing there. Tell him he's tresspassing or something. If it looks really bad, fly Twitchy away or something. Where's Rizzo? I'm coming over, but I'll try not to let him see me unless I'm really needed. Keep me posted! In her half-awake state, she was jumping from one topic to another. Quickly she grabbed her jetpack and headed right out the window. Forget the door.

It suddenly occured to her that there might be a point when she would have to start wearing clothes, in which case leaving quickly would be more difficult. But she didn't have time to worry about that now.

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Steve turned off his engines again since he now had the new hybrid's attention. He kept the camera feed flowing to Iri so she could watch what was going on as she made her way over. He turned the camera that he was sending feed from upward towards the two familiar faces poking out of the window's of Rizzo's house (Rizzo and Dave) in response to Iri's question then turned his attention back to the invading hybrid. Pulling up some very old programming on how to sound official Steve replied in a way that almost made him sound unrecognizable as Steve. "You are trespassing on private property without a warrant. State your reason."

The invading hybrid replied "My reason is classified. Unavailable to civilians. Not even veteran civilians."

Steve repeated "You are trespassing." 

The invading hybrid told him "And my reason is classified."

Breaking the act a bit Steve said "Look. I know you're here for Twitchy."

"Twitchy?" Asked the invading hybrid. Steve explained "Oh. Sorry. Prototype 1. We call him Twitchy here."

The invading hybrid stared at Steve as if he had just seen a rocking horse poop in front of him.

 

 

 

 

((Just edited to make a new post so it would take out unneeded clutter. Not that it matters horribly but it was easy so why not?))

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Iri set down about a block away, then glided silently through the night towards the house. Quietly she called Rizzo's phone(though her method of 'calling' was more like a text). I'm on my way, Steve's sending me a live feed of what's going on. I think you should probably stay in the house--from things Twitchy said, I don't think his superiors believe humans are worth much.

 

((Did the same))

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Rizzo texted back "Yaaa I kind of picked up that too. Dave and I getting noticed would be a very bad idea."

 

 

The invading hybrid asked Steve "You call him Twitchy? Who is we?"

Steve could occasionally be a bit absent minded but he wasn't dumb. "Considering the fact that you're intruding on my property without a warrant I don't think I'm legally obligated to answer that. Especially since you aren't explaining yourself. What goes around comes around you know." He told the hybrid.

The hybrid asked "Did you seriously just quote kindergarten teachers?"

"Ya." Admitted Steve. "Really old quote too." There was a noticeable creak as the ship's folded solar pannles tilted up slightly then down slightly in Steve's version of a shrug.

The invading hybrid stared for a moment more then there was that static.

"(Static) appears to (static) be infected. Not surprised. (lots of static)"

Steve sent to Iri "I think he's talking about me. How rude. Should I tell him that I can pick up some of those messages or do you think that would get me in trouble?"

 

 

((Gee. What do YOU think Steve? XD))

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Iri sighed a little. No, it's probably not a good idea. Suddenly another idea came to her. What if she could listen in? She was a more modern model, after all. Though, Steve was pretty much made to pick up and transmit radio waves, and she wasn't. Still, she could tune in to local radio stations, so it was worth a shot. Hey, Steve, what wavelength is he using?

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Steve told her "You know that one only the military and the government are allowed to use? It's that one. Also it's SUPER encoded which is actually the real reason I get so much static. Whoever these people are they do not want people eavesdropping on them."

 

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Iri nodded. I think I can decrypt most of that. If we share it with each other, we might be able to get the whole thing. It'll take a lot of processing power, though. Iri turned most of her basic functions down a lot. She even dimmed her screen to black--better for hiding anyway. Then she tuned in to the wavelength.

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Smart enough to know he shouldn't let himself look like he was listening in Steve told the invading hybrid "Anyway, back to the main point. It is obvious to me that Twitchy is fighting your commands. If it's not his will to go with you then you may not take him."

The hybrid did that "one moment please" hand gesture.

Now that the transmissions could be heard Iri found that there was a second voice replying to the hybrid's calls. Just from the voice alone and the way it felt one could tell it was most likely an AI. One that was almost a stereotype in nature it was so far down that end of the spectrum. 

The hybrid sent "The ex-level five just confirmed intentions to get in the way. He is defending Prototype one's attempt to defect. Should I engage."

The new voice replied "Scan level five."

The hybrid stared at Steve and something in his helmet gave the ship a scan before the hybrid sent the results of that scan to the AI on the other side of the transmission. It was a really deep scan. One that showed every one of Steve's parts.

"Huh. So that's where that went. How in the world did they do that? Raccoons are crazy Iri." Thought Steve when he saw a chew toy lodged between the back upper corner of one of his indoor monitors and the wall.

The new voice in the transmission sent "Wow. Didn't know any of those still existed. Engage but show caution. Possible size hazard detected."

Steve didn't like the sound of that. "Do you think he means arguing or fighting? Should I flee?"

 

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Iri was in position, hiding in the bushes on the far side of the yard from Steve. Watch what he does. Your processing speed is probably higher than his, giving you a faster reaction time, since you're full robot. At the first sign of physical attack, take Twitchy and go. I'll distract him.

As she watched, she wondered what had gotten into her. "I'll distract him"? There is a distinct possibility that he could kill me. Why am I willing to risk that for Steve and Twitchy? Without even thinking about it! And I still don't regret that choice! Do all humans do this?

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"I am however a heck of a lot bigger with more mass to stop and start. This will be interesting. And scary. Interesting and scary." Steve sent back. Because he was very uncomfortable with the situation and he was very scared of a possible fight despite his great size he decided to see if he could get Twitchy to come to him.

"Hey Twitchy!" Steve called. Twitchy turned to Steve with the look of someone lost in a crowd who had just heard their name be called but couldn't quite pinpoint where it came from.

The invading hybrid snapped "That's not his name."

Steve snapped back "I'd bet prototype one isn't the name he was born with ether." then he called again "Twitchy! I'm over here!"

Twitchy's eyes finally focused in on Steve.

The invading hybrid called "Prototype one! I was not done talking to you!" Twitchy turned his attention back to the other hybrid who continued "That AI is infected. Forget him and set order return to base. You'll need treatment for possible infection."

Steve said "Maybe this particular infection is a good thing though! I for one like it. Is it really an infection if I like it?"

"Error error error." Twitchy said. This pulling from both ways must have been very confusing for him.

The invading hybrid told Steve "You don't understand what you're doing."

Steve replied "Then explain it. Keeping secrets only makes me dig deeper. I'm naturally curious and that's both part of my personality and also part of my programming. I mean, I am half sattlight. It was once part of my JOB to look into things. When I wasn't just catching and sending signals I mean. I did have jobs that required me to anilize those signals along the way before sending them on. Curiosity is very good for that. I'm not going to stop being a sattlight in the model sense just because I'm no longer a sattlight in the occupation sense."

The invading hybrid told him "I...can't....tell....you....it's....classified. Do...you....un...der....stand?"

Steve said "Now that's just insulting. I'm old but I'm not THAT old."

The invading hybrid replied "Then stop making me repeat it. I already told you I can't tell you. I didn't say that for no reason."

Steve turned the camera he was looking at the hybrid with sideways slightly and said "Well we're at a bit of an impasse then aren't we? Friends don't let friends get taken by people they don't want to go with and Twitchy there does not seem to want to go with you. Therefore if you can not explain yourself in a way that makes me feel letting you take him is the right dissison I can not let you take him."

The invading hybrid told Steve "He doesn't belong to you." to which Steve replied "Twitchy doesn't belong to you ether. Sentient beings do not belong to anyone. When they do that's called slavery and if your superiors are ok with that they should be ashamed of themselves. Especially if they are AIs. Have you ever looked back at history? Do you know why there was conflict between the biological and the mechanical? Look it up. I think it will horrify you."

(("Especially if they are AIs" implying that AIs had it done to them in the past and so should know better. But of course there are few if any AIs alive at this time that were alive back then. Steve saw the end of the conflict but even for him it was before his time he never saw what started it. Still, he is the guy who has seen the entire internet. Including things few want to see))

The invading hybrid did a "come on!" hand gesture and said "What? You are REALLY infected. You've hit the illogical stage! He's glitching that doesn't mean anything about his opinions. Besides you can't seriously mean to imply that he LIKES the name Twitchy. That's ridiculous!"

"Is that so?" asked Steve tilting his camera the other direction. He continued "Alright. How about a little game? Release your hold on his programming and see which one of us he goes to."

The invading hybrid stared at Steve for a few seconds then turned to Twitchy and said "At ease."

Twitchy blinked and his stance became much more natural. (A.K.A. his twitchyness returned) He did his birdlike glance around thing and once his eyes landed on Steve he immediately darted over to him.

Steve told the invading hybrid "Now, I don't usually tell people I told you so but um...." he nodded a camera to Twitch then continued "I told you so."

Confused the invading hybrid called the AI on the other end of the transmission he had called earlier "Prototype one appears to have taken on a new identity and has attached himself to the ex-level five. What are your orders?"

"Prototype one is infected. Same as before." The AI on the other end sent back. The invading hybrid sent an "Understood." then balled his hands up into fists. Steve knew that these hybrids had a very good chance of coming with weapons on their wrists and sent a "Uh oh." to Iri before he opened his door to Twitchy. Twitchy immediately caught what Steve was hinting and darted inside. Steve then shut his door and turned on his engines preparing for take off. The invading hybrid ran at him. Steve defensively turned a thruster in the hybrid's direction knocking him back. "HA HA! I have a thruster on every side of me! Helps with maneuverability." he said. The hybrid got up to go after Steve again but paused when a popcan pelted him from above. Followed by pencils and erasers and a carton of milk. Rizzo and Dave were throwing things out the windows regardless of the danger to them. Sure Iri had volunteered to Steve that she would help but in the end the humans would not stay out of it ether even though Iri had told them to stay back.

 

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Iri

Iri turned on her flamethrower and headed for the hybrid. She had two choices. She could call attention to herself so the hybrid wouldn't target Rizzo and Dave, or she could sneak up on him while he was distracted. If she did that, she could actually do damage. Or, she supposed, she could try to de-escalate the conflict, but it was probably beyond that. She didn't want to really hurt the hybrid, just give Steve and Twitchy a chance to escape, and he looked like he was ready to blast the window right out of the house any second now.

"Hey! Over here!" As he turned, she shot an arc of fire his direction.

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The hybrid turned to Iri then jumped out of the way. Steve lifted off the ground. With the fact that he was now being ganged up on and the fact that his target was now being guarded by a currently flying space ship the hybrid seemed to decide that things had escalated beyond what he was ok with dealing with. He had been ok with the humans but two AIs might be a bit much. He turned to flee.