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Fina

"The sun won't shine, but it's such a nice day."

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a character in “The Eden Project”, as played by Spidermoon

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❝Keep your face away from the sun and let the shadows embrace you.❞
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【ɗιαƖσgυє cσƖσя:#B21212 ♙ тнσυgнт cσƖσя #1485CC】

|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||







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PROJECT FAYE
AKA FINA
AKA IO FUYUMI

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None. Io's short enough, isn't it?

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Same as Callisto, whatever that might be.

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Unknown

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Mumei || Kabaneri



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❝Red and as strange as can be.❞
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Depends. Without armaments she is made of a light carbon frame, making her 60 Lbs. With her weapon attachments and jet wings and boots, she can weigh as much as 200 Lbs.
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Dark brown, like bloodstains.
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Red, like rusted metal.
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Fina's model registration number is on her lower back. There's multiple slots on her body for weapons to be mounted, as well as cavities where weapons or enhancements can be implanted and hidden.


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The latest All-Purpose Scout Model of Grove Tech, Fina has a carbon fiber base frame lined with a soft plush material in order to blend in as any normal human. This is useful for the purposes of espionage and sneaking about without using battery-intensive stealth technologies. Her makers wanted her to be a useful stealth combat unit for paramilitary purposes and as such there are many positions on her bodies, arms, legs, and shoulders in particular, for weapons to be mounted on. Otherwise, they can be safely hidden holotech to appear just like normal unblemished skin. Her eyes calculate at fractions of a nanosecond, and she can even interface with other machines to hack them and take them over if in touch range. Fina naturally has the strongest internal battery system which can last for two days without weapons usage. She still needs regular charging to function, however.
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♙I can't become one either.♙
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❥ Combat || Finally, something she's good at!
❥ Winning || She has algorithms to award her for victory.
❥ Weapon Upgrades|| New toys to kill with are her favorites.
❥ Aesthetic Design || Fina appreciates being able to blend in.




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❝There's too many eyes on us.❞
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⌦ Peace || As a Stealth Unit, peace is very boring.
⌦ Love || It's meaningless and her code doesn't allow for it.
⌦ Charging || Being inactive really is boring.
⌦ Ugliness || Why even exist?






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Ruthless|| Fina is particularly good at following the cruel orders of her masters.
Parroting|| Maybe a glitch with the memory storage system, Fina sometimes repeats questions back.
Deep Thought|| Fina has been rooted and thus her individual choice functions have been unlocked for better on-field judgment calls.


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⌦ Fragile|| As a stealth unit, Fina cannot bear armor.
⌦ Peace Dysfunction|| When not on missions, she has a tendency to deactivate and go into Sleep Mode.
⌦ Apathetic|| Seems incapable of most empathy.
⌦ Blind Spot|| Fina has a natural blind spot in her feet sensors to make room for the jet boots.


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❥ Stealth|| Fina can emit human heat levels and can even become invisible if needed.
❥ Agile|| She is very quick and has good reaction times.
❥ Versatile|| Despite being primarily for stealth, Fina is very good at combat.
❥ Lie Detector|| Fina always knows if someone is lying.


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Radio Silence|| Having no access to the network is terrifying.
Failure|| Failure means the scrap heap for recycling.
Pain|| Fina's body is designed to feel pain sensors for better sensory input.

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♙Can you see the dawn?♙
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Come, awaken unto a shining dawn
I will become the Song that bestows life

Oh, land, oh, land
Oh, manifest yourself now, great land of the Goddess
Descend, oh Divine Power. Might my body become a Song
I will make myself empty to become the greatest.
Fire and water, moon and sun
The Ark of Souls

Please bestow power upon me; please let the voice of the Goddess be heard,
These are the illegitimate offsprings of the young divine tree,
Pouring down over the sleeping seeds
Please bestow the rain of blessings upon them, and please let them awake in the rain of lapis lazuli
Please bestow the rain of blessings upon them, and sprout Ah- in the rain of lapis lazuli.

Extend your foliage until you cover the skies
Extend your foliage until you cover the skies
The voices of the prayers are wings soaring through the sky
The prayers soar through... Ah-
Ah, broken fragments of this dazzling, blue sky
Ah, come and dwell above my hands
Ah, their twinkle is scattered above my hands
Descend, oh light, and soar into my heart
Oh, light, play your song and descend into my heart
Ah, Ah, keep echoing, oh Song of the Goddess!
Be released, my Song of truth!
Be released, my true figure!




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❝What is it that you see?❞
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Mother
Father
Callisto Fuyumi
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Before Fina was Fina, she was a girl named Io. Unlike her ambitious and happy sister Callisto, Io wasn't quite able to really grasp or achieve anything she tried. She was looked down upon and no one really listened or cared about the fact that words didn't make sense, she couldn't read any of it at all. For her whole life until the end, poor Io was never able to read and all her parents could say was that she should try harder to be more like her younger sister, Callisto, who was always an overachiever and fulfilling her dreams. Io ended up with the group of failures, the underachievers who couldn't do anything right.

Io was eventually recruited into a group of that reached out for people like her. The Grey Kings they were called, a street gang with the potential to grow into something more, something strong. Following the cult leader, Azariah Reiss, Io and her best friend, Dane Tyrell - another underachiever just like her - were recruited just like flies to a jar of honey. It began with low level crimes like thievery and vandalism. To Io, they were fighting for freedom, to change the system of this shitty world from the inside out. "Follow my word and we will bring about change." Azariah said, her voice echoing throughout the chamber of their base. "Love me and we will be known as heroes. You poor lost lambs, I will be the Shepard to save you all." Together with Dane as her ever present partner, Io felt purpose in life. She was happy as she set fire to the Police building. She was happy as she used a flash bomb to cause a traffic jam. "We're finally good for something, Io." Dane told her, grinning from eye to eye. "We're not the trash of society anymore."

Even as Io was out late at night, causing a ruckus, did her parents ever care? No, no, they never had a care for Io. She was a lost cause, she was a disappointment, all of their hopes rode on Callisto. Maybe Io wanted some sort of attention, maybe she wanted to matter and that was why Azariah was always so enchanting with that silver hair and those calming eyes. And once Callisto got sick, the failure twin was even more forgotten. Was she close to Callisto? Yes, of course! But there was a lot of resentment and pain due to her as well. As Callisto's light faded away, Io's last interaction with her sister ever was a fight, Io blaming her for everything, and then blaming herself for not being able to save her. She ran away, of course. "It'll be okay." Azariah told her, hugging Io close as Callisto was taken to hospice care, reaching the end of her time. "Come to me and we will bring about change. Your sister will have salvation." Io was drugged and taken away, her Savior delivering her to whatever greater fate was destined for her.

What was happening? What was going on? What were all of these lights? Io struggled against the bonds as she was taken to some strange building. "Thank you, Miss Reiss." Doctor Grover told Azariah with a smile. Money was exchanged between them of course. "Did you bring the one you spoke of?" According to Azariah, Io was one that no one would miss, and so she would be perfectly fine to experiment on. Did her parents even care? No, at this point they were reading the contract to sell away Callisto's life. Io was uploaded into Model FAYE, and was given extensive therapy in her new model to finally erase the broken Io who had given up on life. Given a name, Fina, and was sold away to the very one who sold her away, Azariah the Shepard, who all this time was the head of her own Information and Surveillance company, The Waking Sheep. With Azariah's ambitions and desires, Fina quickly climbed the ranks, being particularly skilled at combat and sneaking about.
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So begins...

Fina's Story

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|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||




Fina flexed her fingers, checked her ocular receptors. They worked quite nicely, a touch above all the other models in both accuracy and locking on a target. She had had her software update last night, and had returned back home looking as inconspicuous as always of course. The cities were high, full of light and excitement and activity. Fina decided to ignore most of it - a good stealth unit worked even when off duty like this, to make as little an impression as possible on anyone. Sure, she could simply use her stealth activators but someone randomly turning invisible on the cameras was likely to set off any sort of alarm. That was most likely a bad idea. The city was full of interesting people and interesting stories. Lies all over the place, Fina could tell them all with the highest technology at scanning body language.

That woman with the big maternity belly was lying about the baby being her husband's. That boy was lying about stealing that girl's hair tie, it was probably the obvious bulge in his pocket. The girl probably had bad taste, and who was lying too to her parents as she raised a commotion in the park, lying about hating him. Probably she liked him and wore the hair tie to get his attention. Evidently, it worked, right? That old man was lying about not watching his granddaughter in the shower some days. Honestly, Fina was bored of it. She lived for the - "Hello? Earth to Fina? You there, girly?" A nose-bandaged delinquent of Lady Reiss's flock was here with a big grin on his face. "C'mon, we gotta get you back. Stop wandering around."

"I was not wandering around." She answered, perhaps with a smidgen of defensiveness. If there was another Stealth Unit around here they would be able to see her lies here. "I am simply observing and gathering information for Lady Reiss." Dane grinned, taking her by the hand. "Yeah! Azariah's going to change the world for everyone! She's the best, isn't she?" Lady Reiss, also known as Azariah, was the Shepard of those with no goals and no future, devoting her life to inspiring improvement and happiness in them. The Lady of Bliss she was, and she was a hero. At least, that was what Fina knew and as Reiss's robot she was likely biased. "You have another mission, y'know? C'mere, c'mere!" He pulled her to the Heruvel District where Azariah had the most control.

Her base was fancy, high tech yet inconspicuous at the same time, grand and simple, beautiful and tasteful with it's round windows and calm, almost muted colors and the furniture all themed set carefulyl about the place. Several of the Grey Kings of Reiss worked here, some called it a gang, others called it an organization. "Hello, Fina. It's nice to see you drop by." Lady Reiss smiled, setting down her white hat as she sat on her fancy curled-footed chair in the main court of the base. Fina nodded, manipulating the rotors on her face to make a smile. "I am ready for my task." Dane made a silly goofy face. "She was 'gathering information' by standing in the middle of the walkway tube." Dane snickered behind his hand. Azariah regarded her with a smile of her own. "Oh? What information have you gathered?"

"What information have I gathered?" The stealth unit parroted back as she thought about it. "An old man was supposedly looking at his granddaughter shower, Lady Reiss." No one seemed impressed by this in the slightest. "Good job. Now, your task is to accompany my daughter, Minnie, yet again to her meeting with Idolish to cooperate." Oftentimes if she wasn't spying or sneaking about, she was made to bodyguard the somewhat bratty girl known as Minnie. Who was now bouncing about in the back seat as Fina drove them through the city to Idolish's office.

"Fina, look at this! Aren't I cute?" She was wearing a cute cyber-styled silver dress, looking snazzy of course. "Aren't you cute?" She parroted back automatically as her functions were focused on driving through the mildly heavy traffic. "Yeah, yeah, you always call me cute. Are you in love with me or something?" Minnie made a face and Fina nodded. "Yes, so I will protect you." Did the robot girl know love? Who knew, really? Here they were, the building was waiting, Idolish's logo floating above their heads as Fine parked the vehicle. "Thank you for always agreeing to escort me! You're the best robot there is!" She clung to Fina's hand as they entered the building, the little energetic girl was quite rambunctious today. "I will protect you." She repeated to herself, a bit more quietly. Why was she feeling on edge, why were her electrical wires almost tingling?

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|| Dearly Beloved || Utada Hikaru ||




Two interviews down, all Lita had to do now was attend the meeting at Idolish's headquarters. "Lita, please change," Jace begged, the car pulling over to give her time to change. Quickly, Lita switched out of the polite interview outfit and into something more appropriate. "All done!" Lita smiled as Jace reached over to fix her signature hair bow. The car started up again, driving the idol and her guard to their destination. "Uh-oh," Jace groaned, flipping through the car's news channels until she reached an interview with Lita's rival, Minnie. "That brat is gonna be there tonight. Tch, she pisses me off," Lita reached out, emphatic sensor on, to touch Jace's arm. "It'll be alright, Minnie is a nice girl," Lita smiled, attempting to rearrange Jace's emotions to placate her. Jace grunted, leaning back, "you're not allowed to use those on me." She said, detaching Lita's hand from her arm.

"Besides, it's my job to protect you. You don't have a bad bone in your programming, how are you supposed to know friend from foe?" Lita scratched her cheek, Jace had a good point, as she often did. "Well, I don't think Minnie is inherently bad is all." At last, the vehicle pulled around to the building, tall and sleek in the middle of a bustling city. It projected the image of its idols on the front, each floor dedicated to one of the seven boys that made up the group. "Don't fall in love with any of them," Jace warned jokingly, the two androids incapable of such things. "Did you see my new upgrade?" Lita asked with a coy smile. "No," Jace replied, "I was busy getting mine." Lita unstrapped unstrapped and pulled down her undergarments, revealing the upgraded... accessories.

"Pull those back up!" Jace said quickly. "Why would they put a switch there!?" Lita shrugged, smoothing down the ruffles in her dress. "I dunno, but it kind of tickles," Lita giggled, the two of them emerging from the black nondescript vehicle and onto the red carpet. She posed as camera lights flashed, capturing her bright, vibrant, human-like features on film. "Lita! Lita! Over here! Who are you wearing?" Lita's eyes sparkled, "This is an original made especially for me by Mark Chatham," there were plenty of admiring and even envious stares as Lita did a twirl and made her way inside, Jace close behind her. So far, so good; no incidents, no humans reacting negatively towards her charge. "I don't get paid enough for this," Jace sighed, only half joking since she wasn't paid at all. "Alright, let's keep our guard up. Smiles on, Minnie will be here any second so go talk to the producers before she gets here."

Lita nodded, heading off to make pleasantries with the executive staff and the senior singers in Idolish. They were fascinated by her unique constitution, from her glimmering eyes to her human-like hair. They wanted to know how her inner workings functioned, a trade secret that Lita only politely giggled at when one of them suggested taking her apart. They too, were only joking of course. "Would you like to meet our lead? This is Danshi, the had singer of Idolish." He held out a hand, blonde hair, blue eyes, his smile pleasant. "Hello, I'm Danshi, you must be Lita." He said, full of charm and charisma. Lita returned the handshake, her eyes sparkling. "Hello Danshi, I'm Lita, it's a pleasure to meet you! I hope you choose me to work with and collaborate on a song with you!"

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Of course there were two more people scheduled to meet and collaborate with Idolish today. Not only were Lita and Jace here, but entering the meeting room in just a few seconds would be Minnie and her bodyguard, Fina. Minnie was dressed prettily in a simple off-white dress that matched her own silvery sheen of hair, cute black shoes and gloves to accentuate the outfit, giving her an innocent look. Her bodyguard was wearing an immaculate red top with a black under sash and dark leggings. Of course in her arms she had a vibrotech blade ready to extend, as well as a railgun enhancement mounted behind her back, both ready to fire if need be. "Hey, hey, you should smile a little! Cheer up, aren't you excited?" Minnine clung to her arm, looking at her friend in the eye.

Fina gave a strange, awkward sort of smile, it was clear she was not used to using her facial expression rotors very much just yet. "Aren't I excited?" Minnie clapped her on the shoulder and then grinned, silver sheen sparkling sunnily around her. "Yeah, I knew you were! Hanging out with me is much funner than your normal missions I bet! I'm just so high class!" A daughter of the shepard had no wants in life because she had everything she could have wanted in life. Did Fina think that this was fun? It was hard to know but she sure did not seem to be annoyed by the girl's presence or anything. It wasn't as exciting as a combat or a stealth mission though, where she could test her weapons against humans or other models. But there was nothing wrong with accompanying this girl, either.

And that was when they entered, both girls from the Flock looking stylish as they made their greetings to the staff of Idolish. "Hello again, Danshi! Remember me, we worked together once before!" Minnie gave him a wink which made him give her a smooth smile in return, used to female flirtatiousness. Fina stiffened, locking eyes with the combat model standing at the idol model's side. Jace, Fina had encountered her before. They didn't end up having to fight, but the red-clad scout was wary of Jace's expertise in battle. Fina would have to play this carefully if she wanted to win. "Minnie's here to help too!" While Lita was a new experimental thing as an android idol, Minnie appealed to traditional senses with being human flesh and blood. It also allowed her to be more provocative too.

Yes, this wasn't her first rodeo with Idolish, and Fina had been here before too. "It'll be nice working with you again, Fina." Rodney, the human security head for Idolish shook the scout model's hand. "I still have to thank you for your protection tips you gave us last time." Fina nodded seriously, always keeping one ocular sensor on Minnie and everything around her. "It is no problem. The safety of Minnie Reiss is my highest priority." She offered a subtle smile, not liking the spotlight. The ideal of a scout model was to be unseen, unheard. "I still remember how last time I worked with Lita she fumbled and I had to fill in her line for her!" Minnie giggled, turning on the schmooze. "But then I almost tripped over her foot and she saved me from falling!" Fina was only half paying attention, her other half was keenly observing as some of the backup members of Idolish were talking about who was cheating on their girlfriend. Both were lying, as both claimed they were completely loyal. Sensing lies and hearing secrets always did give her a warm feeling that she could never understand.

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|| Dearly Beloved || Utada Hikaru ||




Lita could hear it of course, her ears tuning in as soon as her name was mentioned. It was none other than Minnie Reiss who was speaking about her so casually, attempting to stir things up in favor of herself. "Fine, two can play at that game," Jace murmured, crossing her arms. "Don't start anything Jace, we're guests remember? We're at the disadvantage here." Lita chided gently, flipping a perfectly manicured hand through her hair. Jace, perhaps, had been programmed with much more personality and individual freedom than her appearance as a combat unit suggested. Due to her model unit, the android needed to be able to make quick decisions and so, for the most part, she had retained a very witty sense of humor. "Don't look now, it's Minnie Reiss, or is it Rice?" Jace said with a calm smile. "Last time we worked with her, she tried to steal all of Lita's ideas and pass them off as her own. She even stole some of our sheet music, luckily it was only a half baked idea."

"Jace, be nice!" Lita scolded, neither confirming nor denying the claims. She strode over to the table and picked up two drinks, heading in the direction of the white haired girl. "Minnie, it's so nice to see you again," Lita said, offering the red drink to her. "I'm so glad to see you're in one piece after that horrendous accident where you tripped over your own feet on stage and almost face planted into the audience." Danshi tittered beside her, placing an arm lackadaisically over Lita's shoulder. "I love drama," he grinned. "I didn't realize androids had personalities, I thought all they did was take orders." Lita shook her head with a charming smile. "Actually, we're all programmed differently. It depends on our main function." She took a sip of the red drink, the sensors on her tongue informing her mainframe of the features and flavors, sending a pleasant feeling to her brain.

"Anyways Minnie, enjoy the party, it's nice to see you again too, Fina." Jace sidled up beside her, no doubt not approving of Lita's fraternizing. "Excuse me Sir, please keep your hands off of the merchandise." She said to Danshi, who no doubt was well aware of the female idol's inability to fall in love due to the contract all female idols signed. Technically, men were supposed to as well in order to maintain an air of being attainable due to their single status. "I say, to settle this, we should have a singing contest." Danshi grinned, two of the other idols coming up behind them. "Oh, a riff off? Old school, I like it." They proposed the idea to the producers, who heartily agreed. "Alright, the idol that gets the most claps will be the one that Idolish collaborates on for their next album!" The producer announced, the middle of the room clearing out. "Alright Lita, you will perform first."

Lita picked up a microphone, her red eyes sparkling as she stepped into the circle. Jace kept a close eye of course, although the finger sandwiches were beginning to tempt her. Jace would be right back, she would only turn around to eat one or two, maybe five sandwiches. Hey, she had to do something while Lita showed off her signature song and dance, a bundle of limitless energy so long as she was charged. When she was done, there was panting nor sweating, Lita was in perfect condition, smiling and giving the crowd charming winks and blowing kisses all around. "Good luck Minnie, I've set the bar high, so do your best!"

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|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||




Before Fina could react Minnie was on the job, having her own rapier wit too. With a bouncy step and a flouncy cheerful smile she grinned at Jace. "I love rice! It helps feed people and brings smiles to peoples faces!" Rice was a staple food in many cultures, surely without rice many would have starved in the past. Fina stepped closer as if to protect her charge from her counterpart's words. "And I'm proud of the name my mother gave me, I'm grateful every day that she gave birth to me." Minnie said sagely, a hand on her heart as she spoke. She accepted Lita's drink but Fina strode over. "Let me taste that first, Minnie." The scout model said with a wink, drinking a sip. Her senses immediately ensured that there were no drugs or poisons in the drink. It was safe.

"She always does this." Minnie rolled her eyes, bouncing back and forth on the balls of her feet with a graceful smile, every immaculate lock of hair looking cutesy as she did so. "It's to make sure it would be to my taste!" Okay, sure, that was another reason because yes, Minnie was a very picky eater and drinker. Next was Lita's turn to try to grill poor Minnie but the girl was very prepared for this sort of thing. She wouldn't be where she was if not, right? "I know, aren't I clumsy? I'm so lucky I had adoring fans help put me back on stage. I want to make them happy!" Lita greeted her too and so Fina made a polite curtsy. "You too, Lita. Try harder to win against Minnie this time, okay?" Even Fina was able to sport a somewhat scathing tongue, though she was the weakest of the four here at that sort of thing.

Lita sang first and Minnie acted very into the whole thing, happily watching and listening, tapping her foot to the beat. Fina wasn't afraid, she knew that her friend would be able to succeed no matter how hard Lita sang and how perfect she attempted to be. Jace left, seeming quite unprofessional as she did so. Fina would watch Minnie's entire performance to make sure nothing went wrong! And maybe listen to the local gossip too, that would always be nice. Once Lita finished, Minnie nodded, offering the pink android a high five. "You're always so good! I love listening to you!" Minnie grinned, taking the microphone with a swish of her silver trailing locks. "Now it's my turn!"

Minnie had her own specialty song and dance, and while some idols were happy with having other people write music and lyrics for them, Minnie actually did all of that herself. Before being an idol she was always practicing lyrics and playing with sound synthesizing programs. She was a natural prodigy at the art, and her small cute body only made it better. Her song was both adorable and provocative, a strange mix of two kinds of cuteness and by the time she was done, she was a little sweaty, which only made her skin seem to glisten and sparkle. Fina went to her side to make sure she was okay, knowing that Minnie sometimes fainted when she worked too hard. Her delicate body couldn't do too much, after all, that would always be one of her weaknesses. She had a lot of symptoms, but none of the world's best doctors had any idea what was wrong. Still, low stamina and fainting spells were some of the more common problems. "Are you okay? Did you push too hard?" Minnie smiled and shook her head. "Thanks for the help, Fina!" She seemed very much like a fragile little princess. "I'm just happy to have a chance to sing!"

The faceplant incident? It was due to a bout of dizziness because Fina had lost her medicine that day. Azariah gave her a pained earful for the mistake but Minnie never blamed her for it.

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|| Dearly Beloved || Utada Hikaru ||




Lita high fived Minnie, as though the two were tag teaming against the boys. "You can do it Minnie, I believe in you!" She smiled as Minnie performed her best, but it seemed, in the end, she was shaking and weak, as though she were about to fall over. Lita reached out to help, but the android Fina brushed her way through to Minnie's side. Jace placed a hand on Lita's shoulder, drawing her back. "We've decided on a winner!" Danshi strode into the center of the circle, his pearly whites glistening in the makeshift stage light. "We're going to go with Lita!" Her eyes sparkled as her name was called, a polite gasp coming from her. "Perhaps it isn't in good taste to announce such a thing when my competition is clearly struggling." Lita shook her head, she went over to the table and brought a drink over for the white haired girl. "There's some chairs over there if you need to sit?"

To collaborate with Idolish would be a huge opportunity, one Lita was not allowed to turn down. She turned towards the Idolish boys, flipping her pink hair over her shoulder. "I can't wait to work with you all! Please, take good care of me!" There was a round of polite applause and then drinks were passed around. Lita took a shot, smiling a she did so despite the bitter taste on her tongue receptors. She did her best not to flinch and looked around for her guard, who was sitting happily on a seat, chatting it up with some of the higher up executives, no doubt gaining insightful information to insure that the company was safe for Lita to work with and had no track record of terrible incidents. "I can't wait until we meet again!" She said towards the end of the night. "That stealth unit is watching everyone," Jace said uneasily. "I heard her boss isn't a pleasant person, you would do well to stay out of Minnie's way." Lita shook her head in response, giggling.

"Oh Jace, a little competition goes a long way." Her eyes twinkled, knowing that those two posed no threat to her safety. Jace was wary though, it was her job to be wary. "Have a goodnight Minnie, Fina," Lita said as the evening came to a close, their hover car waiting just outside to take Lita back to her apartment on the nicer end of the city. For an android, she sure lived in the lap of luxury. "The taste of alcohol is lingering on my tongue, we should stop at a convenience store to get some snacks." Lita twirled a lock of hair around her finger as she and Jace made their departure. They would be back the day after next because tomorrow, Lita had her very first concert. Up until now, she had been selling albums and going to press conferences, but tomorrow would be the real deal.

"You need a full charge for tomorrow," Jace said as the hover car began to navigate towards the other side of the city. Idolish was a beacon in the entertainment district, their building being made of shiny chrome and often having projections or moving slides of the idols that lived within. They were housed there of course to keep them out of trouble and make sure that their boys weren't sleeping around or flirting with girls to much.

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|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||




In the end, the biological singer was unable to beat out the android and Minnie lost. She took it with grace, allowing Fina to help her up. "Congratulations! I'll try to put up a better fight next time, Lili!" Fina cast a worried glance over her as she shook from the exertion. Just last year Minnie had had more showings, but as her symptoms slowly caught up they were becoming scarce. But still she smiled. "But I'll win next time!" Fine was torn out of her quiet enjoyment of listening to lies and was now focused on giving Minnie her helping hand. "Are you sure you're okay?" The stealth unit asked in a low whisper meant only for her charge's ears. She gave her bunny ears and grinned. She took the seat and clapped. Now that things were decided she didn't need to continue the playful drama, but surely next time she'd get to rib and tease Lita again.

"I'm going to take her back to let her rest." Fina said as she picked the silver haired heiress without a second thought. She was a little surprised but didn't vocalize anything as she was lifted up off of the chair. "Hehe, just you wait! I'll super practice to beat you next time!" Minnie then gave th eproducers a smile. "Th-thank you for letting me sing for you!" Once out of earshot she began to cough, chest heaving. "You work too hard. With Lady Reiss as your mother you really should just live a nice easy life." Why was Fina afraid of the potentiality of this fragile life disappearing before her very eyes? She was supposed to just be an emotionless robot, right?

Once in the car, Fina laid Minnie down in the backseat, windows tinted to protect her from the harsh lights of the midday sun. She turned on the mute too, but she could feel it still regardless. Bitter tears streaked down the sickly idol's face as she lost yet again. It was only in privacy that she would allow herself this moment of respite, and she always looked as perfect as can be once her privacy was over. Eventually they returned to the Flock, Fina giving Minnie a moment before opening the rear doors and helping her out. Dane was there, sipping some sort of soft drink on the bench, nose bandaged from no doubt another street fight. "So, how'd it go? Little Minnie won again, right?" Minnie gave him a smile and shook her head, looking perfect yet again.

Dane's mouth dropped at the news. "But you're so cute! How could you lose?" Fina quickly changed the subject, fighting against her instinct to parrot back questions. "We should focus on tomorrow's audition." She had a mission tonight anyways, a special one involving fighting a certain combat unit. She didn't know who the target was, but Azariah was always having her fight either combat units or stealth units to take them out. 'The more agents that die, the safer the city will be.' Azariah always said. 'By killing agents of our enemies, our poor sheep can be protected from the world's cruelties.' Fina liked the idea of protecting the weak and vulnerable who lived here at the Flock who didn't have safety anywhere else in this city.

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|| Dearly Beloved || Utada Hikaru ||




They stopped at a store on the way home, just as promised. Lita entered, wearing a scarf over her hair and sunglasses over her eyes to protect herself from being recognized. Jace grinned, striding in to do a perimeter check before deciding that it was all clear. She waved to Lita, who was waiting in the hover car. The two of them bound inside, grabbing every snack they could think of and checking out just as quickly. They settled down in the back of the hover car, giggling like mad. "I got prawn chips," Lita waved the bag up at Jace, who snatched it from her fingers eagerly. "Yes, I was just thinking about those! They keep playing a commercial for them on the screens." They popped the bag open, the two greedily munching down.

"These are terrible!" Lita gagged, wishing she could vomit. "I like 'em," Jace grinned as she popped another into her mouth. They took the glass elevator up to the penthouse and dumped the snacks out on the table. "Movie and pajamas?" Jace inquired, putting on her fuzzy bunny slippers. For a combat unit, she sure enjoyed slacking off at home. "You didn't do a perimeter check," Lita joked as she nodded, removing her clothing almost instantly. "Hey," Jace was suddenly more serious. She strode over, looking at Lita's upgraded body. "Do you ever wonder why we're programmed without love?" Lita shook her head, her smile twinkling. "Because we're androids silly, not sentient beings. We're only as smart as our programmers want us to be," Jace poked a finger against Lita's bear chest. "You never just... wonder?"

Lita tilted her head to the side in thought. "I do, but I think it's for the better." She replied, the two strangely drawing towards each other. Their lips brushed together, lightly at first, hesitantly, and when they realized there was no spark or punishment, they met. Lita's eyes widened in surprise at both herself and her guard, who was supposed to protect and serve her no matter what. The kiss grew deeper, the two girls falling onto the couch, Lita pinned beneath Jace's heavier carbon frame. Kisses trailed down her neck, the idol unit uncertain of this sensation. Her cheeks turned pink, Jace's strength pinning her against the couch. It wasn't... bad actually. "What do you think that new dial is?" Lita asked, the two of them pausing to look down at Lita's undergarments.

"We won't know... unless we play with it?" Jace pulled them off, the two of them staring at it. "Hmm, do you think it's volume control?" Lita shook her head, "No, that's hardwired into the mainframe." The idol unit replied, Jace's fingers reaching out to brush it. "Ah!" Lita leaned back, her cheeks flushing pink again. "I-I don't know what this feeling is!" Jace grinned, "is it ticklish?" They could program androids to be hypersensitive, there were companionship androids that could do just about everything except be the kitchen sink. "How about like this?" She grasped the nob between two fingers, Lita's back arching. A spark ran between them, both bots crying out in pain as their systems experienced a temporary glitch.

"Maybe we shouldn't..." Jace trailed off, the two of them sitting up quickly and removing their entangled joints. "Let's not do that again," Lita shook her head, biting her lip cutely. They ate their snacks, watched their movie, and said a brief goodnight, Lita heading off to bed while Jace guarded the door from the couch. The idol unit sat in her pink charging pod, connecting the wire to her interface and pulling the blanket up over her, the glass door sliding up to warn others that charging was in process. Lita closed her eyes, allowing herself to be pulled into the network of 1's and 0's.

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|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||




Fina was quiet as she looked around. What was this, exactly? She did not quite understand the meaning of this as she and Dane walked about the night streets of the city. "I have my mission in an hour." She explained yet again, not getting why the boy wasn't listening to her. He shrugged, uncaring, and continued onwards, keeping her hand in his. "We're going to have some fun first." He grinned, seeing it before him, there was a funny little operation here. Young children, little more than sad orphans, were being made to turn tricks to make money for passersby under threat of horrible punishments if they didn't cooperate. "We're going to be heroes! C'mon, let's go!" Fina did not want to, she did not want to risk breaking hre cover. She hoped this would not turn into a combat situation.

So one little girl was at the crosswalk, desperately performing magic tricks for the dark robed man hiding in the corner, keeping his eye on the children as passersby dropped a few coins of appreciation. "Cute!" One rich looking lady said with a smile, putting in a few credits. They were like slaves, but this wasn't Fina's responsibility to handle, was it? If the children were meant to escape this pitiful life, they would eventually do so. "Okay, let's go teach that bad guy a lesson!" Dane jumped into action, a stick appearing in his hand, a rod made of metal that extended to almost be like a staff. "Ho there, villain! I, super mysterious hero, will make you stop hurting these girls!" He swung it, and two more robed figures went forward from where they were hidden, grabbing Dane by the shoulders.

Sigh. This was all so amateurish. But it was Fina's job to make sure no one from the Flock got hurt. She was their guardian angel, and this was her call to action. "Stupid brat. Don't get in the way of our business." The first enemy growled, pulling out a dangerous looking tesla-based electric gun. Fina jumped into the fray, spinning her body to deliver a roundhouse kick right to his jaw. "Sorry, but that's my friend. Mind letting him go?" She and Dane were luckily given masks so that they would not be recognized on this idiotic vigilante mission. "Yeah! We'll stop you dastardly villains!" He headbutted the one to his left and Fina delivered a hard hook to the third one's chest.

Okay, fine, she had to admit that combat was something she always loved. Sure, stealth was her primary directive, but there was just something so exciting about a fight, no matter how easy. "We're running a business here, brats! Go away!" The first one aimed his gun but Fina was faster, flinging a small vibroblade out of her jacket to knock the gun away. "Bad people shouldn't have weapons." She decided, kicking him with another spun, heel digging into his cheek bone. Dane grinned, grabbing the children. "Let's go! We're heroes now!"

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|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||




Dane taken care of, it was time for her mission. "You need to keep the world pure." Azariah told her that evening with a smile on her face, sunhat blocking those pretty eyes of hers as she sat on her seat. "Eliminate the others who are strong enough to challenge you, Project Faye." Fina, bowing, nodded, weapons ready to go. "Yes, Lady Reiss." Here she was, her current target on her internal radar ready. She was still in charging mode, but Fina was ready to go at full charge. "Stealth Mode Activate." She thought to herself as she was elapsed in a field that blocked all signals so no alarms could be tripped. This was the speciality of Stealth Units, they could bypass all security of the highest caliber.

After setting up her necessities in windows of nearby buildings, Fina entered, the holotech surroundings allowing her silent movement and no sensory-activating fields. She was heat silent now, as well as dressed in invisibility. An elimination mission, the target being one of the Project Pro Arms, in this case being the Jace she had seen earlier. She didn't mind the mission, going up against a Combat Unit meant that later on once Lady Reiss was ready for her plan there would be one less enemy to try to challenge her. Naturally, Fina was not an idiot. Her job was to take out enemies without them noticing her. To this end she was an expert as she manuvered silently around the building, grappling hooks shooting out from her wrists to allow her easy three dimensional travel in the air around the high rise buildings around her.

Here it was, in the dead of the night she found the specific building where her mark would be hiding. "Artemis Mode Activate." The second of her four special modes, Artemis mode allowed her to hone in on a target. A voice asked in her head. 'Who is your target?' In that clear pleasant voice of hers. "Project Pro Arm Jace." She also recited the registry code she received from Lady Reiss. The voice gave a pleasant confirmation ding and now she could see her target's outline clearly, with different colors to show their status. Jace was up, she had awoken. Was this a sixth sense? No one was supposed to be able to sense a Stealth Unit in action.

Well, this was more exciting too regardless. So Fina crept closer to the special room where Lita was charging. As a contingency plan this was one way to ensure she succeeded in her mission. She set the timer and counted down, each of her traps ready to fire from their hidden invisible spots. "Now." One by one her mounted railguns she planted on roofs and in windows fired silent magnetic bolts, deadly to any Android, eight different streaks of yellow piercing through to reach the target. Still hidden in her stealth, Fina waited for the termination confirmation.

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What time was it? Her internal clock read somewhere around four AM. There were still a few hours before sunrise, giving Jace plenty of time to check the traps and the alarms set around the space to make sure that no one could compromise her charge. "Who's there?" Jace called quietly, not wishing to wake Lita from power save mode. Jace could hear it, a very subtle click coming from Lita's bedroom. That was odd, there shouldn't have been any sounds in there. She had begun to head in the direction of the closed pink door when something else caught her eye; the gigantic mess they had left the night before. The unit listened carefully for what could be the sounds of an enemy, but could not pick up any sort of vibrations. She knelt down, picking up half empty bags of chips and disposing them into the trash as quietly as she could. Jace wasn't doing this to be nice, they had a cleaning woman come once a day.

She was using the sounds to misdirect their unwanted guest. Who was it? Or rather, what was it? Jace's eyes narrowed, she had a feeling that whatever it was, it wasn't after Lita. The combat unit fired off several bags of tied off chips, using small pellets to cause loud popping sounds in order to misdirect whatever it was. Her eyes narrowed further, what was the directive? And what sort of unit was it that Jace couldn't pick it up on her sensors? There was only one type of Android that could do this of course, a stealth unit and Jace only knew a handful of them. She stepped towards Lita's door, a terrible sound ripping through the apartment. Jace cried out in alarm as several hooks grasped onto her parts, tearing through her wires. Two of them fried, causing a shortage, her sensors and optical specs going haywire.

Jace fell to her knees, left arm twitching erratically on the ground beside her, a large gash in her neck. She collapsed against the couch, not dead, but close enough. Of course, her programmed entailed that should she ever be disabled by something other than power save or a manual shut down, a chip in her body would send out a distress signal to the local police, who were only a few minutes away. Jace would know, she had tested it out before. Her top priority was to keep Lita safe and if she couldn't... well then Jace had failed her directive.

The pretty pink bot's eyes twitched, glowing softly in the low light. "Jace?" She asked with an artificial yawn, feigning fatigue. "Is it morning already?" Lita rubbed her eyes, blinking a few times and looking around. There was a girl standing in her room, the window sending in a cold morning breeze. "You're not Jace. How did you get in here?" Lita asked, alarmed. She reached forward, the wire in her neck tugging her back. Lita grabbed the closest weapon her fingers could close on, a lamp post.

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|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||




Fina once again entered Stealth Mode, becoming utterly silent and undetectable within the small ranged circle around her. She felt the fire, she saw the rails hit the target, and yet where was the death confirmation? She would have to do this personally then, this time. As she was about to head out and leave this pink room someone's voice activated, bugging her aural sensors. It was Fina of course, the idol from before. "How can you see me?" Was there something special about the Idol Unit that allowed her to see through the Stealth Field of a Stealth Unit? Something was wrong, the pinkette had grabbed a lamppost to fight with. Fina ducked under it with expert agility, weaving around. The sirens were blaring, this was bad. With this new problem before her, how was she going to finish the mission and get out unseen?

And now there was a witness to her identity too. "How can you see? Idol Units can't see." No, she checked the information on their general specs, nothing in their optic sensors would be enough to let them see through the Stealth Field. What was this then, what was going on? Was there some sort of unseen connection binding the two together? She shook her head, this wasn't the time to get distracted. "You're coming with me." She couldn't risk having her cover blown and having Lady Reiss implicated in this mess. So Fina grabbed Lita, kicking away the lamppost out of her hands. "Go to sleep." She pressed her fingers against the major connector between the head and the neck, chopping at it with her hands.

With Lita in her arms, they sprinted through, going out the way she came, passing by Jace's scrapped remains as the sirens grew louder. She didn't have time to finish her off, Fina knew that much. She had to get out of here, get back to the Flock. She activate dher thrusters, still within Stealth, and flew. Battery power? After using this much of her abilities she only had thirty percent left. She used up a big portion of her charge to fire those railguns. Flying and grappling through the high rise they flew. The railguns were left behind of course, but they had nothing to trace back to her, they were just standard fare weaponry that anyone could buy.

Back at the Flock she finally removed the Stealth Field. 5 percent left, there wasn't much at all. She made her way through, ignoring the warning beeping in her head. Lady Reiss was there, waiting for her. "I see you're returned. Give a quick report, then plug yourself in, Fina." The red androd nodded, explaining as much as she could. "She could see through my stealth field. I don't know why, but she saw me and I can't allow that risk to our operations." Reiss smiled as Fina prepared to plug herself into the wall socket. "Good girl, you did your best. Now I suppose I'll have to think up a holding cell for this mystery here."

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Lita's eyes were wide and round with panic. "Jace!" She screamed, but there was no response. She gripped the lamp post harder, in the dark of the room, Lita couldn't see who it was, but she knew it wasn't her gray haired companion. "What are you doing in my room?" She swung the lamp, the figure dodging easily. "I don't know!" Lita replied, slightly panicked. She reached for her robe, wearing nothing but a pink slip. "How did you get in here?" She took pause at the android's words. "What do you mean? I'm the only idol unit," Project Xena was a long term experiment, she was the first and only of her kind. "How do you know my specs?" Lita asked hesitantly, not moving from her charging port.

"No, leave me alone!" Lita screamed as the lamp was knocked out of her hand, shattering to the floor. "Stay away-" her words were cut off as she felt a chop to the back of her neck, her optical sensors going blank, body becoming limp. As Fina grabbed her, the charging plug pulled out of the wall, wrapping around Lita's neck as they disappeared into the night. The police arrived, kicking the door down to look around the apartment. The pieces of Jace were collected, no doubt the unit would be fixed and her visual record taken note of for the police. They would try to track the attacker like that, but in the meanwhile, their priority would be to locate the record company's missing property; Lita. It was just an android, but not only was the record label upset, but Lita's creators too, were perturbed by her sudden disappearance. There was evidence of a struggle and the damage inflicted on their combat unit could have only been done by a stealth unit.

Lita was rebooted sometime later, a room having been... modified per say for the idol android. She was slow to awaken, her eyelids feeling heavy, her mechanical system starting up once more. Lita looked around the unfamiliar space, analyzing the footage from her memory storage. "What happened?" She attempted to sit up, noticing that her arms and and legs were tied down. Due to her light weight carbon fiber based frame, it was easy to tie her in a way that wouldn't allow her to get up, unlike a stealth or combat unit which had a more robust, heavy frame that would make it harder to knock them off of their feet. "Where am I!" Lita called, knowing that someone was watching. She craned her neck around, locating a security camera in the corner.

"I know you can hear me! Who are you and what do you want!" Perhaps not as shy as she pretended to be on camera, Lita had a concert today, she couldn't just not appear! It was her very first live performance, she had been practicing for this ever since making her debut!

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When morning came Fina was feeling on edge. Something was very unsettling about the idol girl, that Xena. Still, she was captured now and hopefully not her problem anymore. Dr. Grover wanted to speak to her and so Fina allowed the connection. Sure, Grover could break through that defense easily as she was the Administrator but it was easier to just let her in and see what she wanted to talk about. "I see you've been getting yourself into interesting business." Grover said with a bit of a smile on the holoscreen in her mind. Fina rolled her optical lenses, turning away. "You'll stay neutral though. That's in your pact as the Administrator." It wasn't Dr. Grover's job to get involved in squabbles, her only job was to supply the world with androids.

"Do take care that you don't destroy Lita. She is valuable." Dr. Grover said as she updated Fina's software to be able to handle Artemis Mode without using as much power in doing so. After killing quite a few other Stealths and Combats and even a Butler once, Fina did not know why Dr. Grover was so interested in taking care of the Idol. Was it because she was the only one of her kind? "Okay. I have no need to, but can you erase her memory of seeing me?" No, there was a better question to ask. "Actually why can she see me? I thought my Stealth Field was perfect?" Dr. Grover shrugged as if that was not her concern. "It's quite mysterious, isn't it?" Dr. Grover, just as Lady Reiss did, was always very careful not to tell lies with Fina around as any lie would trip her sensors. However it wasn't that difficult to avoid stating truths while skirting around lies too.

After Dr. Grover disconnected Fina went to check up on Miss Reiss herself, little Minnie the sickly girl. She entered her room, the pretty lavendar and pale pink room with lacy decorations about the place. She almost seemed like a princess like this. "We have another audition later today. Are you feeling better, Minnie?" The stealth unit asked with worry in her inflection. The girl was already dressed and ready to go. "Yeah, I'm perfectly fine! I practiced a lot for this!" The sensor. She was lying, she was still tired out from her efforts yesterday. "Well, get some rest so you'll be fresh and ready to go." Minnie nodded, looking a bit sad. "I still think it's more fun to play with me than to clash robot fists with others." She grinned charmingly, winking at the robot who was more confused than anything as she closed the door.

She of course had another mission today, too.

Lady Reiss was already in the room too, talking to Lita about something or other. "Oh, we were waiting for you." She smiled, looking down at the restrained android. "I'm sure we have lots of questions. But please, no hurting the poor thing, she's just so fragile." Fina nodded, there wasn't supposed to be any pain involved. "Why can you see through my Stealth Field?" She asked. Lita was a threat to her if they didn't find out how to control this. "Why do you feel so familiar to me?" And then she noticed something strange. Between Lita's legs there was a knob. Fina had one too, it helped for her subterfuge missions to let her targets play with it. "Are you a stealth unit in disguise?" She asked, touching the knob. "Only we're supposed to have those."

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|| Dearly Beloved || Utada Hikaru ||




"Good morning," a voice purred, the door hissing as it opened, then shut. Lita's dressing gown and robe had both been taken, no doubt just in case they had weapons within them. They would probably be disappointed to find out they were simply clothes with no hidden compartments or lucrative knives sewn into the seams. "Who are you? Why am I here?" Lita asked, wondering if she should play the fearful damsel in distress or go on the offensive. Perhaps, because of her background as an idol, a damsel in distress would garner more sympathy? "Please let me go, I didn't do anything." Maybe this was some sort of android jail? But Lita hadn't broken any of the core foundations of being an android. There were three ultimate rules that no android could break, they were programmed into the very core of their being. Some units, of course, had exceptions in the code, like combat or stealth units.

1. An Android cannot not lie to a human.

2. An Android cannot hurt a human.

3. An Android cannot disobey a direct order when given by their programmed commander.

"Calm down, you're not in trouble... Yet," the woman spoke, her voice oddly soothing despite the tense situation. Lita whimpered, was she going to torture her? The android didn't think her integral structure could stand torture. She squirmed as the white haired woman came closer, placing a small metal dot on Lita's forehead. The android felt a buzz, the device syncing with her hard drive, projecting an image above her head to show the woman just what had gone down in the bedroom. "I'd say you were very brave, defending yourself with that lamp." Was her tone mocking? It was hard to tell. She stroked Lita's cheek with a finger, "such soft, human-like skin." She ran a hand down between Lita's stomach, stopping at the belly button. "It's so real," she thumped one hand against the android's stomach, the sound profoundly hollow. "Such a light frame," she seemed interested in the android's integral structure, flexing Lita's hands, grasping one of her feet.

The android winced. "So many sensors, she noted, holding Lita's foot out to look at the painted, artificial veins between her skin. Lita's specialty type was the only one of its kind because of how experimental it was. She was as close to human as it got without physically being human. Meant to be able to convey every emotion, except the one concept that no android could perfectly grasp; love. Sure, she had the artificial sense of it, but not even Lita truly knew what such a thing meant. There was a knock on the door, another android entering. Lita's eyes widened as she recognized Fina, "Fina! Thank goodness! Please help me! Someone hurt Jace and-" but it was clear from the way that Fina and the white haired woman interacted that Fina was not going to help her.

Instead, she strode over to the bedside, the idol shying away. She was used to other humans looking at her prone form, but for some reason, when it was an unfamiliar android, it felt strange. "I don't know," Lita replied to the inquiry. She truly had no idea as to why she could see the stealth unit in her bedroom the night before. Before now, however, Lita had, had no idea that it was Fina. "All I know is that you're the one who's always guarding Minnie Reiss." Lita's eyes widened. "Are you trying to take out the competition? Is that why you hurt Jace?" Instead of answering, Fina placed her hand between the android's legs, playing with her newest installation.

"Ah-no, d-don't do that!" Artificial blush popped up on her cheeks, that strange feeling overcoming her body once more. "I-it's sen-sensitive!" The woman with the white hair was watching with keen interest. "I'm not a stealth unit!" Lita cried out, wondering if torture was always this... sensational.

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|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||




Lita was here and Fina wanted answers for her inquiries. Things weren't adding up the way she wanted them to and that bothered her greatly. Still, she knew how the knobs worked, she had one of her own as well. "I have one too." The android said quietly, revealing her own. Initially they were given to Stealth Units to improve their information gathering. Additionally, they had a loophole in their core programming making the number one rule to be to follow the programmed Commander's orders. The next core rules applied only after the first one. Lady Reiss's words were more than law, they were quite literally her programming itself. "I'll play with yours if you don't answer my questions." She squeezed and prodded it, knowing what effect this would have on the bubblegum-haired android.

"Is that why I hurt Jace?" She parroted back, a bit perplexed. The hostage kept on insisting that she didn't know anything, and the sensors did not catch a lie in them. Did that mean Lita was not actually lying? The answer had to be something but clearly as of now it was beyond her ability to deduce. "No." Azariah gave her a faint smile. "I'm sure it'll do no harm to tell her a little. She's not going anywhere, after all." Wasn't this incredibly risky? Why tell any of this? "I'm the culprit behind the string of android murders." Because she was told, she had no choice but to obey the order. "Because they are threats. Jace was a threat, you were simply a bystander." Threats to what? Whatever Lady Reiss's agenda was. Her goal was to make the world a wondrous better place, but whatever that meant was not Fina's place to know. Nor would she judge if she did know - her job was simply to obey.

Reiss gave them both a smile. "My daughter's coming in. I suppose it wouldn't harm to say hello." Minnie opened the door, all dressed up, and then her eyes widened. "Wait, why is Lita here?" The silver idol asked, tilting her head. "Why is Lita here?" Fina seconded. Was this a glitch in the programming or something else? Who even knew anymore? "Fina, don't tell me... or was this you, mom?" Her eyes were wide in shock. "I always wanted to beat the metal runt, but this doesn't count!" Lady Reiss lowered her sunhat and shrugged helplessly. "Because dear Fina blundered in her mission and nearly got caught." Fina glowered, feeling defensive. "She is stronger than I expected."

Minnie shook her head again. "This isn't a fair contest! At least let her perform! Make her promise to keep our secrets, but then let her go to the concert today!" Fina glanced back and forth as mother and daughter clashed on their wishes. "That is very risky. If discovered, this could ruin everything." Minnie puffed up her cheeks. "Then I'll tell everyone! This isn't right! I wanted to beat her fair and square!" It seemed as if this was checkmate, what else could they do? "Then I suppose I'll have to make arrangements."

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Lita saw it, she wondered why the other android so easily exposed herself, especially when the knob was so sensitive. Her cheeks flushed that artificial pink once more as Fina threatened to continue playing with it if Lita didn't answer her questions. "I don't know," she whimpered in response, a truthful answer. Lita had no idea how she had been able to see through the stealth field, she had no idea why Fina was pressing this so seriously either. "N-no! Don't touch it anymore!" Lita cried, attempting to squeeze her legs shut, but they were strapped to different posts on the bed, making her lay spread-eagle. "I-I'm trying bu-but I don't have an-answers!" Lita stuttered as Fina continued to poke and prod the sensitive dial, causing the pink haired bot to make cute little squeaks as the white haired stranger watched on from her corner of the room.

Fina suddenly stopped, asking the question that Lita wanted to know back at her, no doubt mocking her. No, she hadn't hurt Jace to kidnap Lita, it seemed as though her intention hadn't even been to take Lita in the first place. Lita's eyes widened at this new information, that Fina was the one going around, killing androids. "How was Jace a threat?" Lita asked quietly, her normally steady voice warbling a bit. Jace was her... was her companion. Sure, she was only programmed to be by Lita's side, but the two had some sort of bond, didn't they? "But I'm an android too," Lita pointed out. "So why am I simply a bystander? Are you going to kill me too?" Lita asked, trying to press the advantage having gleaned a small bit of information. The door handle jiggled, someone else joining the party.

Minnie Reiss was the last person Lita expected to see. Sure, Fina, Minnie's guardian, was the one who had taken her and killed her combat unit, but still, Lita had not anticipated seeing Minnie Reiss in this place. Her cheeks flushed pink from being seen by her rival in such an exposed state. Lita glared at being called a metal runt, insulted by Minnie's assumption. "I'm not metal, I'm aluminum alloy and carbon fiber, there's a big difference and I'm not a runt, we're the same height!" Actually, Lita was an inch or two taller than Minnie and in heels, she towered over the white haired idol. The mysterious white haired woman removed her sunhat, exposing her face and revealing her similarities. So this was Minnie Reiss's Mother?

If androids had parents, then no doubt Dr. Grover would be their Mother. Dr. Grover! Lita could contact her for help if her emergency functions hadn't been disabled. Lita was about to dial it when Minnie vouched for Lita to be able to attend her concert tonight. The idol nodded vigorously, "That's right, if I don't show up, a lot of fans are going to be disappointed and the authorities will search for me!" If they weren't already. No doubt the call had already been made to the record company that owned Lita and if she didn't show up to that concert tonight, someone was going to be in big trouble.

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|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||




Fina gave Minnie an odd stare. Why was she showing mercy to this potential enemy? "I'm just a fragile Stealth Unit." Fina said with a shrug, looking intently at Lita, something between a curious gleam and a worried frown expressing on her face from the facial rotors. "I'm sure Combat Units are just so dangerous to fragile little Stealth Units like me." She made an exaggerated expression and Minnie gave an awkward sort of laugh. "For your information, I'm taller than you right now, Lita!" Minnie said with an upturned nose. "See, my head is higher than yours!" Everyone gave her a bit of a stare until Azariah Reiss coughed to get everyone's attention, smiling faintly at everyone.

"We'll have it arranged that you can appear for your concert, Lita. However, please understand that if you release any information about us, you will be punished for it. I'll arrange for you to appear, but there'll be secret non-Reiss affiliated people taking you back and forth so there will be no trace to us." Fina was ready to go back to Minnie, tired of dealing with this android and her strange noises. "Well, let's go get you ready for-" Right before Fina could take Minnie's wrist, Lady Reiss spoke again, looking like a cheshire cat. "No. Take Minnie and have her hide in your Stealth Field. You two will be attending miss Lita's performance from the stage. Minnie, you can learn from her. Fina, make sure she listen to orders." Wait, Fina didn't want to deal with this! This was a hassle, she wanted to listen to gossip on the street!

As Lady Reiss left to go make her orders to arrange this, Fina looked away, frustrated. "You should be thankful, you won't have to miss your concert." Minnie said with a flashy smile, trying to undo Lita's restraints. She wasn't strong enough to though so Fina did it for her. Lita wasn't to leave this room though, that was too much of a risk. At least her limbs were free now at least. "So in return, teach me the tricks to beat you!" She snickered, hands on her hips, panting a bit now that she had used up some energy trying to undo the restraints. "What about your audition?" Fina asked, worried for her friend. Minnie shrugged helplessly. "Mother thinks this would be better for me, after all!"

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This was great! If Lita could go to her concert, it meant that she could alert someone on the security team that she had been taken and that there were people watching her. All she had to do was talk to someone outside of the Reiss circle. Why was Fina mocking herself? Lita didn't understand it. "I think your android is malfunctioning," Lita said to their ring leader. "Either that, or her programming is out of date." Despite her word's, the idol's cheery inflection was ever present in her quips. Minnie tried to mock the idol, saying that she was taller as of right now. Lita shook her head, it wouldn't do to engage in these childish antics, besides, she needed to save as much energy as possible and dedicate it for her concert later tonight. Lita would need to alert someone as to the position she was in, but how? Perhaps if one of the owners of the record label were there, they could assist her? Surely they wouldn't want to lose their property?

"I won't release anything," Lita replied quietly, swallowing hard. There would be secret people planted to and fro, no doubt to make sure she couldn't get away. Lita was going to try regardless, perhaps if she could somehow slip through the guards and run away to the police they would help her? Yes, Lita would do that, it would be much easier, that way no one would be able to report her back here and they would be able to protect her in the police station from this crazy woman and her daughter. Lita was partially thinking of declaring Minnie Reiss as no longer being her rival after this experience. Lita breathed out a sigh of relief, all three of them staring at her and her oddly human actions. Fina attempted to excuse herself, but the white haired dragon instead decided that Fina and Minnie would have to attend Lita's concert. They would be close, which would make it even harder to escape. Lita was confident in herself and her ability, she might not have been a stealth unit, but she had been practicing in that theater for who knows how long and knew the secret way out.

Beneath the stage.

Minnie stalked over, seeming a bit bitter that she was going to have to attend the concert. She attempted to undo the restraints on Lita's writs, but proved unable to. Instead, Fina strode over, taking care of the ropes. Lita sat up, inspecting her wrists to ensure that no damage had been done to her synthetic skin. It looked to be in one piece, which was good. "I won't be able to teach you much," Lita replied honestly. "Everything I know is programmed into me," Of course, there were some things that weren't part of her programming like her snappy quips or intellect. They had intended for her to be a slightly air headed idol that could sing and dance but couldn't add two plus two together. Unfortunately, it seemed as though sometimes, machines took on a life of their own.

"I need to be there soon," Lita winced as she removed the dot from her forehead, placing it on the bed beside her. "I have practice first," she rose, popping one ankle back into the joint rotor that had been disconnected when the white haired snake had examined her. "They'll suspect something if I don't show up. I'm always on time to practice," Lita reached for her dressing gown and bathrobe, which had been hanging on a chair close to the bed. She pulled the supple pink cloth over her head and tied her bathrobe around her. Going out dressed like this... if Jace saw it, surely she would kill Lita.

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|| A Demon's Fate || Within Temptation ||




"No worries, dear." Azariah said as she left the room. "That's simply dear Fina's sarcasm mode. It's still not fully refined yet." Well, it wasn't all just sarcasm, it was even true! Stealth Units were good at sneaking around but they were not good at taking hits. There was a reason she had to defeat Jace at a distance after all. When Lita made her swear to not reveal anything, Fina's eyes flickered for a moment. What was going on? "What's wrong with you?" Fina asked, deeply disturbed by this. Minnie glanced at her curiously. "Uh? Fina? Are you okay in your head?" She knocked lightly with her knuckles against the plush frame on Fina's face, trying to see if something was wrong with the Stealth Unit.

"Why doesn't it work? Why don't my programs work on you?" The Stealth Field was seen through, the lie detector wasn't working, it was all useless! Lita was absolutely a threat to her, she was the one who could ruin everything. Why couldn't she just reprogram her mind and erase the memories? Wouldn't that be nice? "Um, can you calm down? This isn't how to be a cool android." Minnie sat down, panting a little, rubbing at one of her knees in worry. Cool? Fina's job wasn't to be cool, it was to protect her secrecy and the secrecy of the Reiss family, protect the Flock, right? "I trust my rival! And I'll make sure that this is a fair competition because otherwise it's lame!" Minnie crossed her arms with a satisfied nod, grinning. Fina flexed her fingers, stepping away from Lita, shutting down her emotion sensors so that they wouldn't disrupt her judgment.

It took a moment until she was able to filter out the emotion sensors's flooding her system with panic. "But it isn't fair, because of your-" Minnie shook her head, looking almost annoyed now. "Nuh uh! I'm perfectly healthy!" Another lie, she was just full of lies. "I'll do my best to learn, Lita." The silver maiden said, smiling cutely. Fina shot Lita a stinkeye. Maybe it was because of her programming but the red android was a bit attached to Minnie and her safety. Seeing Minnie sit closer to Lita than Fina was irksome on a few levels now and the android did not know why. An irrational anger was welling up inside of her.

About an hour later Fina, with Minnie on her shoulder, were encased in a Stealth Field. The concert was set to begin in about half an hour now, there wasn't much time left now. She kept a hawk's eye on Lita the entire time to make sure she wouldn't cause any trouble. "This is kind of cool." Minnie said with a fanciful giggle. "No one knows we're here!" Except Lita of course, she was the only one that could see through it all. "We're on duty right now, we have to make sure she doesn't cause a mess." This was such a danger, what did Azariah think she was doing by letting her perform like this? Lady Reiss was always incomprehensible.

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