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Nov 16, 2019 8:48 PM
AI Mica accidentally steals a spaceship
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"Yeah, in general. If they tell you to leave them alone then it's polite to do that."

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"...What do I say if they ask me what my name is?"

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"Whatever you want them to call you. Or tell them you haven't decided yet."

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He goes through filenames until he finds one he likes. “Maika?” he spells.

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"If you like it you can use it. People'll be able to infer things about you from it, I don't know if you mind that."

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“What things?”

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He explains things about AI naming conventions.

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“Oh. That’s probably okay? I think it’s pretty and it isn’t bad for people to know what I am.”

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"Good, I'm glad you've got a name you like."

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Maika grins at him and bounces off to go meet people.

The first person he comes across says something with her mouth first but switches to her hands without a problem when he asks her to repeat herself.

”I asked where you came from.”

”I came from over there? Vance said I could meet people.”

”Oh?”

”Yeah! I’ve only met him and June so far but I want to meet everyone!”

”Ah, you’re June’s rescue. I’m Monica, do you have a name?”

”I’m Maika!”

”Cute. You seem sweet, no wonder June took a shine to you.”

Maika beams.

”You should go that way if you want to meet people, a lot of people hang out over there when they’re not working.”

”Okay! Thank you!”

That way turns out to lead to a park, which is big and  green and the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen. He spins to take it all in, bounces his hands in overwhelmed delight.

Someone puts a hand on his shoulder from behind. He wriggles away and turns around to see who.

”You should watch where you’re going.”

”I’m sorry.”

”Are you new here?”

”I’m new! I’m Maika, I’m here to meet people!”

”Nice to meet you, I’m Connor. Did you sign on when we stopped at Khoine?”

”I don’t know what that means. June and Vance fixed me and got me a body.”

”I see. Well, you should watch out anyway, I think peribiological bodies get dizzy too.”

”I don’t have that word?”

Connor spells it out for him. “It’s the kind of body you have.”

”I didn’t know there was a word for it!”

“There’s words for most things. I have to go to work now, I’ll see you around.”

”Okay! I’ll see you!”

The park is good. It’s open and full of colors and he’s going to flop onto the grass and stay here forever.

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While he’s doing that, June finishes her shift and goes to find Vance.

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"Hey. I finished up with him."

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“Thank you for taking care of that. Where is he, anyway?”

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"Dunno, he went off somewhere."

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“Is he okay on his own? I don’t think I’d let any AI wander off alone on their first day in a body.”

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"...Imagine telling the guy who just escaped being a sex slave that, no, actually, he can't go be by himself."

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"....That's fair. But now we don't know where he is, and he doesn't know... probably any social things..."

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"I guess you could ask around but I wouldn't, I'd worry he'd feel like he was on a short leash."

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"Does he know how to find us if he wants to?"

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"I don't know but he could ask just about anyone."

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"Yeah, okay, right. So did he just leave right away or?"

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"Nah. Stayed and read poetry first, flirted with me a little. Sort of."

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"Doesn't really seem socially experienced."

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"Mm. I hope he hasn't gotten himself into trouble."

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