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omens: love robot in watercolours (misc - love robot)

Robot AU!

[personal profile] omens 2013-04-02 01:16 pm (UTC)(link)
THE ONE WHERE REESE IS AN ESCAPED/DEFECTIVE GOVT-ENGINEERED AI BUT FINCH IS THE BETTER ROBOT. Human robot. Better at being a robot, even as a human. >___> I just want Finch to tinker with Reese's insides okay, and Reese to have so many feelings for his metallic soullll. [Kara is probably a robot, too! I love Kara! Go anywhere with pairings/ratings/etc. BE FREE, robot prompt!]
Edited (subject line, right!) 2013-04-02 13:21 (UTC)
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Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] laurakaye 2013-04-05 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
John is having problems again. Nothing like before, of course; Harold would never let it get that bad, not as long as it was in his power, but John just wasn’t built to maintain a steady routine of the kind of stresses their work involves, and he’s gotten tenser and sadder than usual lately. Harold knows that if left alone long enough, it will result in exactly the kind of downward spiral that had happened the last time. Fortunately, Harold also knows exactly what he needs to do to fix things.

He should. He wrote the protocols himself.

John comes in to the library as usual, and Harold allows himself a half-smile at the bag of fresh muffins he brings with him. It’s astounding, really, the level of empathy that he displays. The CIA had no idea the treasure that they had wasted.

“Mr. Reese, could you assist me for a moment?” he asks, and of course John agrees. When he’s leaning over to reach the server rack Harold asked for help with, Harold says “the serpent has fled from the nest, Mr. Reese,” and John tumbles face-down onto the table and Bear is barking in alarm and Harold has to soothe him and shut him in the other room. What comes next will be delicate work, after all.

“There, now,” Harold croons, running a hand over John’s back, warm through his shirt. He is so beautifully made; It’s an indulgence, to let himself touch, but there’s nobody there to see. “Things will be all right, John, I promise.”

He moves a row of books from one of the shelves and unlocks the hidden safe that they were hiding, taking out the laptop (never networked, purpose-built and only ever used for this) and the interface cable. The original protocols had called for a wipe-and-restore after each mission, but Harold had never liked the idea; if you wanted drones you should use drones, if you wanted to build yourself artificial operatives you should permit them to learn and grow the same as the organic ones. All the constructed memories in the world couldn’t take the place of experiential learning.

He runs his fingers through the thick, soft hair at the base of John’s skull, searching for the hidden catch. It feels like a scar, but Harold knows how to unlock it, the precise twist of fingers impossible to do by mistake, and the tiny port rises from its hiding place. Harold smiles, and plugs the cable in.

John’s body twitches with the connection, and Harold pets him absently, already scanning the indicators on the maintenance console; just as he thought, there are lots of reds and yellows on the dashboard, but nothing severe enough to require direct edits.

Harold starts running the first maintenance routine, which compresses and archives traumatic memories. John won’t forget these experiences, but any negative emotions he connects with them will feel dulled and distant, as though they happened long ago. It’s a shame organic people can’t do the same; it’s a much more efficient process than therapy. While the routine runs, he checks the relationship matrices. The area devoted to Harold himself is larger than ever, sprawlingly connected to nearly every other memory node and taking up a large percentage of John’s nightly integration subroutines. Harold should really compress this node, but John is so high-functioning he can tolerate a few inefficiencies, and Harold finds a wild and tangled beauty in the web of John’s code. Anyway, he suspects that the wipe-and-restore protocols had been largely responsible for what happened to Kara, leaving her unprepared to cope without someone regularly trimming and tidying her mind when she finally broke free, leaving her vulnerable. Kara had been designed for loyalty and emotionless obedience to the mission; he’d traded much of that to give John more resilience and empathy. He’d succeeded beyond even his most ambitious goals, and John had soon developed a deep and steadfast loyal streak of its own, his self-preservation routines peppered with connections to his other primary nodes to the point that danger to Harold or Carter or Fusco or Bear triggered more intense responses than threats to himself.

It’s a pity, Harold often thinks, that he can’t connect to organic people like this, can’t hack into their firmware and determine their motivations and loyalties, look at the web of their lives and emotions sparkling like a net of stars. It would certainly make their jobs easier.

The maintenance routine finishes with a chime, and Harold scans the report with a smile. All the warning indicators are gone; John should feel much better when he wakes up. He turns on the low-level functions on John’s body, but not his consciousness, yet.

“Maintenance Protocol Seven, Mr. Reese,” he says, and the body activates with a tremor under his calming hand. “Not to worry, we’re almost finished. Stand up, if you please, and then move slowly to the armchair in the corner.” The body obeys, stiff and somewhat unnerving without its gentle and lively inhabitant. (He’d heard distressing rumors about the goings-on in the body development lab, but he prefers not to dwell on the possibilities.) Harold follows, staying close enough not to risk disconnecting the cable.

“Very good,” he says. “Now sit, please, slowly, and lean back. Arrange yourself comfortably. Maintenance Protocol Eight, Mr. Reese. When you awake you will remember helping me move the servers and then sitting down comfortably in this chair, where you drifted off for a pleasant and refreshing nap. Maintenance Protocol Eight ends.” He closes the console and removes the cable; by the time John wakes, eight minutes later, the laptop and cable have been re-stowed and Harold is ensconced at his desk with every appearance of having been there for hours.

“Good afternoon, Mr. Reese,” Harold says, eyeing him for signs of confusion or disfunction. “Did you have a pleasant nap?”

John blinks, and then smiles, sunny and uncomplicated the way he very rarely is. “Actually, yeah,” he says. “Sorry to conk out on you like that, but I feel great.”

“You should allow yourself more downtime,” Harold says.

John smirks. “Is this the ‘even computers need to defrag sometimes’ talk, Finch?”

“Indeed, Mr. Reese,” Harold says. He loves when John is sarcastic; the data webs it makes are so intricate and lovely. “And you are so much more than any mere machine.”

Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

(Anonymous) 2013-04-05 11:45 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm not the prompter but this is very lovely. I like how Harold cares for John and is affectionate even if it doesn't make any difference to him. I will post a new prompt inspired by this in which John secretly knows he's a robot.

Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] eileenlufkin 2013-04-05 11:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Lovely and faintly creepy and then lovely again. I really liked this.
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[personal profile] killalla 2013-04-06 12:18 am (UTC)(link)
Finch the (doll)maker, quite literally. No surprise that I really enjoyed the slightly creepy undertone in this - it's very well done.
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Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] omens 2013-04-06 01:04 am (UTC)(link)
SO GOOD! Awww, this so hits the spot! I loved it, thanks so much!
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[personal profile] laurakaye 2013-04-06 02:43 am (UTC)(link)
also, sorry, I forgot to say- rating is General.
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[personal profile] loligo 2013-04-06 03:06 am (UTC)(link)
OMG this is... disturbingly believable. And good!
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Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] neery 2013-04-06 11:08 am (UTC)(link)
So good and yet so creepy!
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Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] dethr0ned 2013-04-06 05:55 pm (UTC)(link)
So creepy and amazing, I love it!
tinny: POI - John Reese (poi_reese green blue)

Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] tinny 2013-04-06 07:01 pm (UTC)(link)
So so awesome. The love Harold feels for John and obviously can't bring himself to curb John's love for him, either.

It’s a pity, Harold often thinks, that he can’t connect to organic people like this

Is it sad that I can identify with that?
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[personal profile] annchi 2013-04-06 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)
This is lovely, the slightly disturbing undertones are perfect, and I love that Finch can appreciate sarcasm even when it's encoded!

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(Anonymous) 2013-04-06 08:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I love it! xxxxxxxxx
aerye: (reese and finch)

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[personal profile] aerye 2013-04-07 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
This is marvelous!
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[personal profile] rheasilvia 2013-04-07 04:11 pm (UTC)(link)
This is so lovely. Creepy and borderline non-con and yet sweet and caring... perfect.
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Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] sam80853 2013-04-08 03:03 am (UTC)(link)
*smiles* Oh Harold...
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Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] aqua_eyes 2013-04-09 06:16 pm (UTC)(link)
♥ ♥♥ Defrag yourself or Harold will do it for you? <3 Absolutely lovely.
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Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] memyselfandi 2013-04-11 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
oh my god, this is absolutely brillaint.
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Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] greeniron 2013-04-24 01:11 am (UTC)(link)
Lovely!

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(Anonymous) 2013-04-28 07:18 am (UTC)(link)
Perfect!! :)

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[personal profile] huggle 2013-08-14 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know that I have words enough for how much I love this.
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Re: Fill: Robot AU!, Reese/Finch overtones, No Warnings

[personal profile] zoi_no_miko 2015-12-07 05:58 am (UTC)(link)
UG I LOVE IT. <3