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Jace

"Please don't take my sunshine away."

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

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❝Keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.❞
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【ɗιαƖσgυє cσƖσя:#8B7B8B ♙ тнσυgнт cσƖσя #8CDD81】

|| Violet Evergarden || OST Cover ||




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PROJECT PRO ARM
AKA JACE
AKA JAYME PRACER

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JJ, The Bodyguard

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20-22

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Gay

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Jack the Ripper || Fate Grand Order



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❝There's something missing, I just can't put my finger on it.❞
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5'8

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A bit heavier than the typical carbon fiber, her frame base is made out of a dense alloy, coated in steel.

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Jace's hair is a mix of gray and white.

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A venomous green and yellow combination.

{☛ ⒷⓄⒹⓎ ⓂⒶⓇⓀⒾⓃⒼⓈ ☚}
Jace's registration number is on her wrist. She was also given two artificial scars to give her a tough looking exterior.

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Jace is a very special model, put together by hand to the specifications of her buyer. She has an alloy and steel based frame, programmed with some of the fastest reflexes and recovery time. Her skin is silicone based, making it both heat resistant and hard to pierce. Her eyes are resin and hand painted with technological filament and her limbs are made of a flexible, porous material so that even when submerged, Jace will not be limited. Originally made as a combat unit, she had a hidden compartment within her thighs and arms that contain discreet blades that can pass through any security checkpoint. Her legs are more flexible, allowing her a longer stride so that she can cover more ground and gain speed despite her weight. Programmed for hand to hand and close combat, Jace typically dresses in light weight clothing that does not interfere with her work.

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♙"When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine." ♙
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❥ Protecting || Jace has been given an assignment, she likes to fulfill her purpose by working.
❥ Music|| The one advantage of working with an idol is that you meet many people in the music business.
❥ Salty Snacks || Jace's body runs off of salt, an interesting material of choice, but her makers wanted something that was widely available.
❥ Knives || A weapon aficionado at heart, Jace loves to collect sharp objects.





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❝I just want to make the world smile.❞
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⌦ Rushing || Rushing into battle is what leads to casualties.
⌦ Interference || Similar to an animal on a hunt, when Jace is chasing something, she becomes very single minded and does not enjoy interference.
⌦ Sky scrapers || They interfere with her view of the sky.
⌦ Change || Jace does not do well with sudden, drastic changes.





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Apathetic || Jace does not understand most emotions. As a full combat unit, her programming does not allow her to experience many emotions, but she is slowly learning from her charge.
Knife Dance || There is a cute little trick Jace picked up in which she twirls a knife between her fingers rather ominously.
Lifting || If her charge does not move quickly enough, Jace will pick them up and carry them over her shoulder.


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⌦ Fireworks || Perhaps due to a fear in her previous life or a design flaw, Jace can be disabled for a span of five seconds during loud, sudden explosions.
⌦ Emotions || Her emotional capacity is not the best.
⌦ Drinking || Androids cannot get drunk, the closest they can get is a system scramble, which happens when a circuit is temporarily overloaded. Therefore, Jace simply likes to go to bars and "drink" in order to scope out possible dangers to her charge.
⌦ Lita || Jace was not originally made for Lita, her unit was an outdated combat model that was living in disrepair. Grove Tech upgraded her when a buyer showed interest in her potential and assigned her to Lita, therefore, Jace knows that she must protect Lita at any and all costs.


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❥ Flexibility || PRO Models have displayed excellent skill in bending their limbs in rather unique fashions.
❥ Durability || Made for heavy combat, Jace was built to last.
❥ Night vision || Lita has night vision mode in order to scope out targets hiding out in the dark.
❥ Heat Sensors || As an extra special upgrade, Jace can pick up the heat signature of a body from a mile away.


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Losing Lita || It would mean game over, permanent shut down for failure.
Remembering || Jace does not want to recall her past self, she is fearful as to what she might have done.
Fireworks || Jace does not enjoy the malfunction it brings onto her system.

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♙"You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars."♙
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Come over here beside me. My restraint crumbles.
Don’t fear me.

A flightless bird dreamed of the sky.
The color mixing there is a different kind of red.

I covered my ears to the sound of knocking on my door.
Is that you knocking? Or is it some other?
Will your lips taste the kiss of death?

Darling, fate runs through my veins
As this world begins to move …is it love?
I want to melt like no one has before, Darling.
So don’t fear me, just kiss me now!

I want to taste you …does that make me weird?
It’s something we’re unable to feel all alone.




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❝We can see the same moon, you and I.❞
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Twin Sister

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Jayme Pracer was a starry eyed child with big ambitions, but with no ability to get her there. Born into an abusive family, Jayme was the scapegoat for every bad thing that ever happened to her parents. She went to them, looking for love and was denied time and again by her Mother and Father. Her drawings were torn, her efforts squashed beneath their feet. Then, Jayme had a little brother. He was idolized by her family, treated like a fragile little doll that could never do anything wrong. Their daughter was jealous, all she had ever wanted was her parents love and approval and here came in this tiny little child who didn't deserve it, but Jayme was going to protect him with her life. As soon as he was old enough, her parents began to hit him too. Why couldn't they be better children? Why couldn't they be talented? It didn't matter that they had never enrolled either child in school or lessons, it didn't matter hat any hobby or talent they had tried to pick up was demeaned.
Then one day, Jayme's little brother came home with a box. Inside of it was a kitten, scruffy and abandoned. The children hid the little thing from their parents, feeding it from the scraps they would receive at the table. When Mom and Dad found out, they were furious, their Dad stepped on the cat, breaking it's neck and his children's hearts. Fed up with their antics, Jayme made a plan with her little brother to run away. They were tired of living on scraps, of being forced to do chores in order to sleep on a bed, or scrub toilets so that they could take a shower. Their Utopian society completely overlooked bad parents, instead it rewarded them for having children. On the first night of summer, when their parents went out drinking, Jayme and her brother ran away. They took what little belongings they had and left with the hopes of a better future.
It was there they met Dr. Grover, a woman who lured them in with the promise of a warm bed, a hot meal, and plenty of love. The children jumped at the chance and for a while, life was great.
It was around then that the experiments began, at first slowly, a test here and there, a reward for their cooperation, Jayme didn't mind, neither did her brother. They slowly became more frequent until the children were being driven to the point of exhaustion on a daily basis. Their bodies could not keep up with the demand and Jayme's little brother, at the young age of twelve, attempted to kill himself out of misery. No doubt he would have succeeded had he not been implanted with a transmitter that was watching his vitals. Miserable without her brother, Jayme too, began to deteriorate. Dr. Grover decided they needed to act quickly and so, she put the two children to sleep, uploading their consciousness into a database to save for later.
When Jayme first awoke, the last thing she could recall was her brother's suicide. She had been asleep for years, making the memory extraction an easy process. Thus, Jace was born, a fully weaponized combat unit armed to protect her charge.
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So begins...

Jace's Story

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|| Violet Evergarden || OST Cover ||




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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❝Keep your face away from the sun and let the shadows embrace you.❞

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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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|| Dearly Beloved || Utada Hikaru ||




It wasn't over of course, once Lita had completed that interview, she had another one for a holo publisher that wanted the inside scoop as well, for those that didn't want to watch or missed the broadcast. It was a busy day, meeting one person after the next, giving them all the same, carefully worded story. After all, Lita wasn't allowed to confirm whether or not it had been a terrorist attack, an attempt on her life, or a ploy against the Tower Records company until she received permission. They also needed to figure out the reason as to why it had happened in the first place. For now, they all received the same explanation. Lita was scared, she knew something was off, there was a bomb in the basement, Lady Reis had come to offer her protection, they needed to find the still at large Minnie Reiss.

"You have a meeting with Idolish next, it's time to start recording the song." Jace reminded her, to which Lita smiled. "I'm so excited! My first real recording session!" That's right, as an android, Lita's takes were usually one and done. Sometimes she would need to come back in to help smooth out little kinks, or to hear how it sounded and make sure it meshed with her public persona, but since it was Lita's first time working with humans, no doubt there would be more than one session. They headed in the armored vehicle towards the traffic, their hover car driving itself to their destination. They wouldn't be meeting at Idolish's cafe or residential building, today was all business. Lita couldn't wait to present her song as well, her first original.

I'm sorry Lita, it's probably awful. Callisto seemed saddened, but Lita only shook her head with a smile, Jace watching her out of the corner of her eye. "What are you smiling at?" She inquired suspiciously. "I wrote my own song," Lita pulled her holo pad out of her bag and opened up the document to show Jace, who scrutinized it heavily. Even though she was in charge of protecting her, Jace wasn't actually a fan of Lita's music. Perhaps it was the android in her, or maybe it was just the way she was programmed, but Jace couldn't find the connection in it that many humans sought solace in. "Wow this is... decent," Jace seemed impressed and Lita giggled in response. "I knew you would like it!" She took the holo pad back and tucked it into her bag, hoping ttat she would get the approval of Tower Records to record it.

The recording session went far more smoothly than they had anticipated. As it turned out, Idolish and Lita seemed in tune to one another when recording, their voices melding nicely. They stopped a few times for water to quench their parched vocal chords, Lita partaking only because she liked the taste of the liquid. When today's session was over, Jace seemed relieved to head back to their apartment. Those boys were nice. They were clearly leering at you, Lita Callisto said, voice echoing in Lita's skull. Lita shook her head, "No, they're just being friendly."

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




Fina's eyes were narrowed, she was full of frustration. Charles Palladion was the producer that was willing to give Minnie a chance. And now here he was, possibly the one behind it all. In his hands was the exact same mask that Black Jack had, so what could this mean? That was what she was here to find out? "So why do you have that? And why didn't you try to hide it from me?" Sure, Fina wasn't strong like Jace, but she was quick and she knew a human's weak spots. Sure, she couldn't technically harm humans, but that rule was of a lower priority than her top priority, which was Minnie's protection at all costs. Palladion gave her a smile. "Because I found it. I wanted to help with the investigation."

She scanned him, her lie detectors on full blast. But as much as she examined him over and over again she was unable to detect the lie, the falsehood. Why? Why was he telling the truth? "Are you the one responsible?" She asked, eyes flashing, ever rotor ready for her to pounce on Palladion. "Are you the one who took her away?" This man was trouble, Fina should have known that he was not to be trusted! He was tricking her sensors somehow she knew it. "What was the condition you mentioned that she had to do?" Charles shook his head, placing the mask delicately back down on his desk. Despite the angry android up in his face Fina did not detect any fear in his eyes. "No, I'm not the one responsible for her disappearance." He said affably, sitting back down with a light tap of his shoe scuffing against the corner of the desk. "I'm trying to find out who's in charge of Black Jack."

"How do you know about him?" She didn't detect any lies on this end either. But still, something wasn't quite adding up. Not that Fina could figure that out, she was never one for smarts. "Hey, don't blame me for this. Just punch him out or something." No, she wasn't allowed to do that unless he was an enemy but her lie detectors couldn't spot anything. "I contacted her mother this morning, and she gave me this to investigate." He explained, still smiling fearlessly. It was arrogance, didn't he know Fina could beat him up if she was authorized to do so? "I want her found just as much as you do. Minnie's a good kid, she deserves to be safe." Fina relaxed her rotors, still not wanting to trust this man who dodged around her question of the condition.

But what could she do now? How was she going to find Minnie and save her? The poor silver maiden must be suffering horrible pain right now as her illness wracked hell on her body without the medication. This was all Fina's fault, she should have been more careful. "I'll keep moving forward." Fina decided, not having an interest in Palladion anymore. "Until she's safe and with me again." It'd be faster to jump out the window and continue the search and so that's what she did, her shock absorbing ankles allowing her to land without damage back on the pavement.

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|| Dearly Beloved || Utada Hikaru ||




"I'm going to help with the investigation. Don't open the door for anyone, stay here, stay away from the windows." Jace instructed as she went to the door. "Bye, have fun! Be safe," Lita waved as Jace exited, locking the doors behind her. Lita settled on her bed, looking around her boring room. It was black and white, not a splash of color to be found. "We're just going to have to change that," she smiled as she set to work, putting on a pair of old clothes and beginning to prepare decorations. Are you sure you should be doing that? Callisto inquired pointedly. "Of course," Lita replied with a smile as she cut out pink hearts. "What else would I be doing?" Lita could practically feel the eye roll coming off of Callisto.

You could help with the investigation, or at least do something productive. Callisto suggested, clearly frustrated with the way that Lita chose to relax. "No, that's up for Jace and Fina to handle, that's not my job. I'm not a hacking unit, I'm not even a combat unit." Lita informed her mind reading companion. You can still try! Why are you just sitting around, playing with pink crepe paper? Well that was an easy thing to answer, because she wanted to decorate the space. "Jace told me to stay here and keep my nose out of it, so that's exactly what I'm going to do." Lita rose, grabbing an old pink, fur coat to turn into a seat cover for the vanity. Lita hummed one of her own songs as she worked, making sure her living space was the best, of the best. She wanted it to be perfectly cute of course, just like her.

Ugh, I can't believe we're doing this, Callisto complained, clearly tired of Lita's behavior. [color=#F54D70]"Say, Callisto, what's it like living in someone's head?"[color] Lita wanted to know as she sat down with her holo pad to make last minute corrections to her song, the ones that Jace had pointed out. She had no idea that Jace had an ear for music, she would have that her stuffy fluff bodyguard was boring in all aspects of life. Strange, I can hear both your thoughts and mine too, like thinking for two people, or when a lady is pregnant and can tell everything her child wants, I guess.

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




"No, I don't really do much exercise." One woman said as her friend flattered her for her figure and how much she could eat. "I have a really big six pack!" A man declared as he flaunted his biceps for a blonde girl. "My toy is better!" A child protested as his friend refused to share his toy with him. Lies, lies, humans lied everywhere but Minnie never did. Not once did the Requiem angel ever speak a lie to Fina, she was one of the rare pure humans in this world, one worth caring for. Even if it was strange, even if it made no sense for an android to care, she still did. Was it love? Attachment? Programming a la Azariah Reiss? "It doesn't matter. Just save her already, walking around and eavesdropping isn't gonna do any good."

And then she felt it, the electromagnetic pulse. Fina jumped back as her sensors let out the warning. Then she felt it, the distress signal. "That's Jace, isn't it? Is something happening?" Fina had a bad feeling - was Lita in trouble? She was supposed to be spending the way with Jace today, right? Feeling grim, Fina closed her eyes. Was she in range, was this close enough? "Activate Artemis Mode." She said, and then she could see the outline after inputting Jace's registry number. She was in what seemed to be a bar that was just opening up for the evening. Why would she be in a bar? Fina sprinted in, having a feeling Black Jack might be here and on the prowl. Lita did not seem to be in the vicinity.

Closer now, the bar was in sight. "Activate Stealth Mode!" She declared once she was closer, becoming cloaked in invisibility. While EMPs were good at frying androids, newer models had some protections against it. Still, the protections that autofire would definitely consume a heavy amount of battery. Did Jace have enough juice left in her to survive it? It was hard to say, but Fina jumped into the bar as people were cowering at the scene before them. Jace was there, and Black Jack was about to deliver the finishing blow. Fina jumped and delivered a kick, not enough time to charge up her railgun or extend her vibroblade. Her Stealth Field disabled and she was there, spinning to kick him again before landing elegantly on her feet, standing between the enemy and Jace.

"What are you doing?" Why wasn't he going after Lita? What reason did he have to attack Jace like this? From behind the mask Fina could almost feel as if Black Jack was smiling. "Taking out the competition means it'll be easier to go after Lita." He replied with a chilling laugh. Fina clicked her wrist, vibroblade extending. "Well, I'll eliminate you here and now. Jace, are you okay? Run to safety if you can." That was when her beeper activated, a message from Jarvis going to both herself and Jace, warning them about Black Jack going after Lita this very moment.

Wait, how was that possible? Wasn't he right here right - "He's controlling both at once, isn't he?" Black Jack faded into invisibility before her eyes and Fina shoved her wire into Jace, sharing half of her battery power. "I'll take care of him, so you should get to Lita's side." There was a good chance neither of the two here were the real ones, that the real one was still wherever Minnie had been taken.

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Hmm, what should Lita do with her free time? She wasn't sure. She was alone, save for the security posted everywhere. "I should take a bath!" No doubt her exterior was dirty after a day full of activity. Lita went into the bathroom and filled up the claw footed tub, satisfied with the work she had done on her bedroom. The android removed her clothing and sunk into the tub, her sensors telling her that it was pleasantly warm, a safe temperature for her to dip into. "Ahh, that feels good," Lita crossed her legs, the bubbles brushing against her cheeks. "What was it like having a twin sister?" Lita wanted to know, wondering if Callisto was still there. Her head was silent, it seemed that Callisto had gone dormant for the time being. That was alright, she'd probably wake up on her own later. Lita sort of enjoyed the silence in her mind, not constantly being invaded by an outsider.

Lita sank lower, washing her synthetic hair and brushing it carefully in the water. She cleaned her orbital sensors as well, able to see a bit more clearly. Once Lita was sufficiently freshened up, she exited the tub, finding no reason to linger, and wrapped herself in a fluffy towel, fresh from the laundry, courtesy of Jarvis. The idol unit returned to her room to prepare for the evening, wondering if she should attempt to work on another original song, this one without the assistance of Callisto. "I could, or I could make something yummy to eat," food was fuel with this new prototype, so Lita was eager to try out her skills in the kitchen. She downloaded a recipe off of the net and went into the cooking space, frowning when she realized that they had no ingredients. "Aw, that stinks," Lita frowned, closing the fridge.

She jumped back, a man in a mask standing behind the door. "What stinks?" He asked, a blade appearing in his forearm. "This!" Lita grabbed a bottle from the counter and hit it against him. His registration number was masked, but Lita could tell based on the fact that she could attack him that he was, in fact, an android. She ran to the next room, slamming the door shut behind her and locking it. Lita grabbed a chair, tucking it underneath the handle, her sensors flaring danger messages at her. She put out a distress signal, hoping that Jace would answer the call and come running back to the apartment. "Come out, come out, wherever you are!" A blade stabbed into the door, Lita covering her mouth with both hands so that she wouldn't scream.

She crawled underneath the bed, hoping that he would move on to the next room. Instead, he continued to kick at the door until the handle broke, the door swinging open. Lita lay still, hoping that his optical sensors wouldn't be able to pick up on her heat reading. "There," he grinned, diving into the closet and pulling the door open. "No, not here," he frowned, circling around until he spotted the bed. "Ah, there," he flipped the bed up, grabbing Lita and yanking her arm. "No! Let go!" She screamed as he pulled her arm behind her and out of the rotor socket. Lita screamed, attempting to pull herself away.

The door to their apartment slammed open, the walls shaking. Jace had carried Fina here, not wanting to leave her behind in the bar. "Jarvis!" Jace barked, "activate full security mode!"

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Fina was prepared to hold off Black Jack here if it meant Jace would be able to get away safely. She was down to 30% on her battery though while it was impossible to know just how much power Black Jack still had in him, or at least this copy of him. But Jace refused it, she grabbed Fina and pulled her along. Black Jack went into Stealth Mode but Fina did not, she wasn't sure if she'd have enough battery power remaining for that and so she and Jace rappelled up to the rooftops to continue their run back to the Reiss Four Towers where Lita would be and where she was currently under attack. "Or you can do that, that works too." It was probably smarter this way than to lose fighting a more powerful enemy than herself anyways.

How were they going to handle Black Jack's ability to remote control extra bodies to fight like this? Jace was probably only strong enough to fight one at a time, and Fina was distinctly weaker than a single unit. Was it possible that they could win against this enemy? It all depended on Jarvis's ability to track down the hidden location where Minnie Reiss was being held, wherever that might be. "Protect Jarvis too!" He was their hacker, if he was taken he wouldn't be able to finish work on cracking the transmission code from the transceiver from the previous shell. They had arrived, they were here to save the day. Fina felt something kick her to the side, and then grab her. "Why are there two of them?" Jarvis queried as the two Black Jacks revealed themselves, ready for a fight.

"I have a proposition." Black Jack spoke, or well, one of them did but it was impossible to know which one was doing the talking. "I have a bomb set up, and you will all die. But if you-" Fina punched him in the head to interrupt the speech, trying to pun him down. The other one fired a plasma blast, but she rolled out of the way, rotors whirring with all their might. "No, you're lying! I can tell!" He was, it was a bluff. He must be getting scared then. The second one then rushed right for Jarvis, aiming to tear him apart. He backed away, not meant for combat. The transceiver was still in his grip as his opponent attacked. "Don't let-" Fina was thrown into the wall by the second one she had been pinning down.

"WARNING, Battery Charge low. Please enter your charging port." The cool pleasant female voice spoke in her head. "Please blah blah charging port." Io mocked her derisively, for some reason not stressed out by what was going on at all. "Get caught on purpose, then you can get to Minnie." Io advised inside her head. "You always have her medicine on you, that way you can help her." Fina hated to admit it, but that was a good idea. So she charged again and that was when Black Jack kicked out her knee and hauled her over his shoulder. "I suppose this is a victory too." He rappelled out, with Fina unable to do much but put up a token resistance.

If they don't find the medicine hidden in her shoulder mount, then maybe Minnie would be okay after all.

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Slowly, Fina could find herself swimming back to almost consciousness, but not quite. She could faintly hear voices speaking around her, one familiar, the other, not even almost. "It hurts, it hurts." An angel's voice nearby, a girl was whimpering. Protective instincts flared up in Fina, she had to do something but she wasn't sure what. "It'll be okay, honey." The second voice, deeper, gruff, definitely male. The Stealth Unit was unable to detect any lie, either, which was curious. "Daddy loves you, please just stay calm. We'll pay your mother back tenfold for this!" Father? Minnie's father? As far as Fina knew, she didn't have one, right? Something wasn't quite making sense but the Stealth Unit didn't know quite what to make of it.

Fina roused herself back to wakefulness. Someone kicked her in the side. "Don't try to let out your signal, we have blockers here." Black Jack, with his mask off for once. He seemed almost normal if not for the fact that he was an android. On the other side of the glass wall trapping Fina and for some reason, Jace, inside containment, there was a suited man, somewhat chubby with ragged hair, hugging who was undoubtedly Minnie Reiss. "Who are you? Why are you touching her?" Fina wanted to flip him over his head this very second but she couldn't escape the bars. She was very low on battery, she wouldn't be able to fight out of this one. And how had Jace been captured, wasn't the Combat Unit the strongest of all? "She probably did what you did. Shh, just pay attention. That tophat guy, he's suspicious." But there weren't any lies, were there?

"I'm her father." The tophat man explained as he helped sooth Minnie who's pain and fatigue would only get worse. Was she even conscious and aware right now? It was hard to say for but for her sake it'd be best if she wasn't. "Roderick Heterach, and my job is to take down that awful woman, Azariah Reiss." But what did Jace or Lita have to do with this? "I have medicine, it's enough for three days." Fina pulled it out of her shoulder, the white pills. "Give them to her, Minnie will die if she doesn't get it!" Roderick's eyes looked at her curiously as Black Jack grabbed the pills and tossed them his Master's way. "Jace, you of all people should want to team up with us. We can take down Azariah Reiss together, can't we? I can free you and that Lita from her influence."

Fina grit her teeth. No, this wasn't right! "She'll be free, all you have to do is make sure my daughter doesn't return to Reiss's hands." The Stealth Unit glared at Jace, as if daring her to turn against Reiss. "You can't! Minnie will get hurt!" Black Jack was grinning, waiting for Jace's response to this as Minnie continued to whimper on her table. "We will protect you and Lita from Reiss. There's no need for us to be enemies." Fina wasn't sure what to do! "He's lying!" She lied and Black Jack snickered. "No, Fina, you're the one spitting out falses." His eye gleamed and Fina felt trapped Why wasn't Roderick giving Minnie the pills? What was going on here?

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Jace awoke slowly, the buzz still in her body. At least the shock had jolted her battery, giving her a little extra juice. She sat up slowly to navigate her surroundings, noticing Fina first, then Minnie Reiss, the missing idol; Black Jack and another man dressed in an ill fitting suit that was a size too small. Suspicious, but Jace said nothing as she observed, watching as Fina stupidly handed over the pills without question. There was a lot here that Jace still needed to process, even as an offer was already being proposed to her. Jace scrubbed a hand over her face, my oh my, this was much more complicated than she had previously believed. Jace thought her job would be to get the girl and get out, but now, this man wanted to complicate things further.

"Lita is not under the influence of anyone except Tower Records. As I am under temporary ownership of Azariah Reiss, I cannot take any action against her." Jace rose to her feet, managing to limp towards the cell door. "That being said, I don't believe you. Fina's lie detectors rely on many human cues, which can easily be disguised." In an android too, or if Fina's lie detecting ability wasn't operational at the moment, it couldn't be relied upon. "You said that you mean us no harm and yet, you blew up Tower Records," Jace held up one finger, the first strike. "Then, you send your lackey to take me out in a bar rather than have a chitchat, like we are now." Two fingers, "After that, you sent another one after Lita," ding, ding, ding, three strikes and you hit out.

"I don't believe you're in it for the good of anyone but yourself. You know Minnie Reiss needs those pills and yet, instead of giving her one, you're still holding the bottle." Jace wasn't dumb, she was a combat unit, but she did have the power of observation. "If your intention is to truly only bring down Reiss, then leave Lita and I out of it, we want no part in this game of yours. Lita's purpose is simply to sing and bring joy to the world and mine is to protect her while she does it." Jace had a very simple function, to destroy anything that got in her way and these two, were very much in the way. Sure, she couldn't hurt the human, but Black Jack? Jace wasn't going to lose again.

Back at the new estate, Lita sat all on her lonesome in a room protected by armed guards. She didn't like being the only one there, with no Jace to talk to. She didn't like the fact that Callisto wasn't responding to her either, although Lita knew that it depended on the temperament of how her head-space sharing companion was feeling. "Callisto?" Lita inquired quietly, knowing she wouldn't respond. "What should I do?" But alas, there came no answer.

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Roderick Heterach. Fina burned the memory of his face into her mind and engraved it into the enemy slot. It wasn't like Jace, who was relatively harmless as long as you didn't get in her way - no, this was something far more sinister. Minnie's father? Okay, there was some resemblance. They both had the same eyes - burning with a passion. They could both see some sort of dream and were striving forwards. Fina? Maybe it was because she was just an android, or maybe it was because she was an offshoot of Io most likely, but she didn't have any dream to look towards. She couldn't see the brightness Minnie was always trying to follow. What was it like to be able to see something like that? What was it like to dream and wish?

No, that didn't matter right now. "Focus on Minnie. I can't do all the thinking for you, I'm a sheep, remember?" Io chastised her angrily from inside her head. At least Jace wasn't falling for Roderick's lies, but still he couldn't be trusted, could he? "I see. That's a shame, then, Jace." Roderick sighed, seemingly bored of Jace now. "But I can't just leave you two alone. You both are affiliates of Reiss, and she's taken interest in you. You're either on her side or on mine." Fina glowered, trying hard to think. Minnie was panting, breathing heavily on her table, her chest was heaving. Black Jack was still playing with the pill bottle as if it was of no importance. "Please give her the pills." She needed it, how dare they withhold her from her medication?

"Hah! You freaking morons!" Black Jack stuck his tongue out at them, mocking them for their apparent idiocy. "You don't know anything. But that's because you're both weak." One of his eyes seemed to shine. "You're not strong like me, so you can't protect anything." Rage burned in Fina's eyes but she knew she didn't have enough battery left to put up any sort of resistance. "You don't know anything. Don't you know what the pills are?" What? What was this about? "Minnie's there, suffering, and you think I care about whatever jargon you're spouting? Give her the pills!" With a ragged breath, her angel spoke. "F-Fina..." Minnie coughed, she looked nauseous and awful and yet still so beautiful all the same. "It'll be - it'll be okay, I promise." A lie, a lie, it was a lie. "Daddy said... I just have to... be strong."

Fina took a deep breath. She was at five percent, would she really be able to save Minnie like this? How had her gamble gone so wrong? "Why aren't you giving her the pills? What does Reiss have to do with it?" Roderick gave her a pitiful sort of frown as he patted and stroked Minnie's silver locks. "To free her from depending on Reiss. There's another way. There's a miracle cure that can fix any illness."

"There's a miracle cure to save your sister, Io." Lady Reiss said, cupping Io's cheek as she sobbed. "All you have to do is trust me."

"Just trust me, Fina. I only want what's best for my daughter."

"I only want what's best for you, my precious adorable sheep." Lady Reiss kissing down her collar, a loving embrace, the kindly mother. "So do as I say and Callisto will live on."

"Just listen to me, and Minnie can live on."

Anger burning up inside of her. It was as if everything made sense now. "Y-you're going to turn her into an android!" Fina tried to punch at the electric barrier, hurting herself in the process, frying her entire left half into nonfunctionality. "You're going to curse her with the same hell me and Callisto and whoever Jace was-"

Roderick gave a smile. "My daughter will live on eternally. It's my job to protect her."

"You're going to kill her!"

"Please... it's okay." Minnie sniffled, trying painfully to sit up and look at her. "This is the... only future for me. I was never... going to succeed as an idol anyways. Lita was always better." The broken angel stared at her and Fina couldn't do anything for her. "I'm just like the rest of the sheep, I'm a useless too." Roderick hugged her, arms wrapping around her too thin waist and Fina wished that it was her instead. "It'll be okay. I'll fix you, you won't be useless anymore, baby girl."

What could she do? What could she do?

"Jace..." Fina clung to the combat unit, powerlessness coursing through her. "I know you don't care about her... but please, please save her. I'm useless, I can't, but if it's you, then maybe..."

Pain. Pain all over. Three percent left. "That won't work. You know who can convince her, and it isn't Jace." Shut up! Shut up, anyone but her! Fina was supposed to be the closest to Minnie, not Lita! Yet why wasn't she able to do anything? "We need Lita here, only a fellow idol could give her will to fight back." Fina was useless, someone like her would never be able to unbreak Minnie from whatever brainwashing her father and Black Jack had subjected her with.

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Jace grit her teeth. "Haven't you ever heard of chaotic neutral?" The android inquired, crossing her arms over her chest and cocking a hip. "That's Lita and I, chaotic neutral. Well, she's more of the lawful good type I think." The android mused aloud, shaking her head. "That's not important, anyhow, becoming an android is stupid. Humans can't become androids! They're not the same, they aren't compatible!" Besides, why would anyone want to put their child through that grueling torture? Surely, if people could become androids, it would be extremely painful. "At this point, you're gonna kill her before she can ever become an android." Jace shook her head, "Sad isn't it, when a parent hurts their own child?" As an android, the only parent that Jace had was Dr. Grover, her creator, her coder, her Mother and Father both.

"Don't call yourself useless," Jace turned towards Fina, "you were given a purpose, weren't you? Isn't it to protect that child? As long as Minnie is alive, you aren't useless." She grinned, "besides, we still need to have our rematch." Jace turned towards the glass again, using her optical scanner to look over the area. "There's no guards here aside from Black Jack," she had an idea, one that might help Fina's Minnie. "Lita is having a concert tonight, in a few hours actually. If we can broadcast it here, maybe it can remind Minnie why she became an idol in the first place?" With a wicked grin painted on to her expression, Jace stretched her neck, gears clicking into place. "Do you have any extra wires?" They could tap into the network with that. Jace wasn't a coder, but if they could contact Jarvis, perhaps he could reprogram the net for them?"

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Lita awaited nervously in the car for Jarvis and Lady Reiss, who would both be attending the concert. Dane was driving them, he too, would be escorting her, as well as an armada of hired armed vehicles. "Relax darling, you'll be fine," one of the boys from Idolish was tagging along, curious as to how a concert with an android worked. "I know," Lita smiled "I just always have Jace with me and I don't know where she's run off to. She isn't answering my calls," Lita didn't get nervous, she was just... wary was all. Lady Reiss and Jarvis entered the vehicle, the three of them being whisked away towards the concert venue. Tadashi Hall, one of the largest in the country. "Do you think she's at the hall already?" Lita inquired, tossing a perfectly manicured hand across her pink hair.

"I don't know," Jarvis replied, "and I am unable to lie, so I can honestly answer your inquiry with a question." That wasn't much help. Lita looked down, squirming. "I'm sure Jace is going to be there waiting for you," Lady Reiss said, "and I can lie, but I don't feel the need to." She said, for clarification. Lita didn't think that was right though, Lady Reiss didn't have much confidence in Lita's combat unit considering Lita had been kidnapped twice and had almost been blown up a third time by a masked mad man.

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"You don't get it, do you, Jace?" Black Jack taunted. Fina could tell he wanted to beat them up some more and gloat about how powerful he was compared to them. As far as Fina could tell they would need to stop him as well as make Minnie realize that she could still acomplish her dream. As much as she didn't like or trust Palladion, he seemed to believe in Minnie, didn't he? "You don't know the big secret. Dr. Grover takes humans and puts their mind into android bodies." He looked directly at Fina with a nod. "Grover will come by soon and then Minnie here will become just like us." Fina glowered, she didn't want this! She didn't want any of this! "She'll be erased, she won't remember anything." She ignored Black Jack, focusing on Roderick.

"Why do you want to hurt her like this?" She shook her head in desperation. Two percent left, she wasn't going to be able to do anything if it came down to the wire. "My daughter is always in pain and suffering. As a parent, do you think I could let go of this chance?" Roderick embraced Minnie tenderly as she coughed and panted, tears rolling down his cheeks with a somber grimace. "She'll be able to live without pain, without exhaustion. She can do anything she likes." He showed them the contract between him and Dr. Grover, their master plan. "She was going to be the second edition of the Idol Model, using information from Lita's own diagnostic analyses to create her." Minnie's eyes went wide in surprise at that.

Fina's eyes were flickering, she was almost gone as the tophatted man helped his daughter back into a laying down state. "I can be... an idol?" He gave her a kiss on the forehead. "That's right, honey. You won't be Minnie anymore, but you'll still be able to sing and dance, even better than before. You'll be enhanced, you'll be fixed." Fina tried to reach through but the electric wall was trapping her in. One percent left. She wasn't going to be able to do anything. "but you're not broken! You're perfect! I-" No, she didn't feel that. Androids didn't feel love, so clearly it wasn't that, just a delusion of an android enchanted by the girl who had a dream.

Jace had her plan, it was all up to her. "Take whatever you need, if you think you can get through the signal blocker." She was almost gone, she would have to shut down any time now. "Can you save her?" She happily exposed her inner frame for Jace to take whatever she needed. "My battery's..." The Stealth Unit went limp, she had no juice left in her. But hopefully with this act Jace would be able to save Minnie for her.

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Humans... were inside of androids? That came as a shock. Jace didn't care though, this information would be processed later, when she wasn't in battle mode. "Sure, whatever, but that doesn't make what you're doing right." They had explicit instructions to never harm humans, wasn't this harming a human? "You've got your values confused,"[/color] Jace said, inching towards the barrier. Didn't they know that androids could charge themselves like this? Jace popped out her extra charging wire she always kept on her for emergency purposes and subtly connected it to her neck, plugging the back end into the electrical barrier. Their charge wasn't enough that it would fry them, otherwise the androids within would have been toast from the static electricity alone.

"I'll take care of it, don't worry." Jace whispered, feeling power flow back to her. Fina shut down, unable to remain up for much longer. Jace grit her teeth, it seemed that she was going to be alone. She began to use her encrypted line in the hopes that Jarvis would pick up, or at least respond to her message. The two men turned away almost as soon as Fina shut down, allowing Jace to fiddle within and turn the stealth unit onto projection mode. There was no word from Jarvis, not that she expected any. Lita was going to start her concert any minute now, no doubt he was focused on making sure that no one interrupted the concert. Would this work? Jace hoped so. It was a big risk to take, but one that was necessary. Hopefully it would all pay off once this was over, but they needed to convince Minnie that she wasn't worthless in the first place.

"Isn't it a bit cruel to call your daughter broken?" Jace inquired, trying to buy them some time. "She isn't a machine that can just be sent into maintenance and repaired. Besides, there's a lot of disadvantages to being a robot. For example, I can't punch your stupid face." Even now, Jace wanted to hit him for doing something like this.

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Fina was gone now, and Minnie was almost relieved. She didn't feel comfortable seeing the clear pain in her friend's eyes. The requiem angel glanced at Jace, who was still trying to fight for her. "I'm not doing anything, I'm just following orders." Black Jack snickered, leaning over the one enemy left. "If anything's harming her it's the sickness that makes her broken!" Minnie winced at it, she'd tried to fight these feelings for a long time now. But after her father came for her after so long, he confirmed the truth she had been trying to ignore. With the constant pains and tremors and the fatigue and nausea, she really was dependent on the medication in order to live. Her father asked if that was what living was, but Minnie didn't know.

Jace was questioning her father's cruelty. But was it really cruel? Sure, it hurt, it was awful, but it also was kind of necessary in a way, wasn't it? "You know Lita?" Father asked Jace, tipping his tophat her direction. "She used to be a sickly girl, dying slowly. But she was given to Dr. Grover and was gifted with a new life, where she can dance happily and be free. Why can't I wish the same for my daughter? I don't find this to be cruel." Minne nodded, gulping. Was she scared? Of course! She didn't know what becoming an android would mean. But father was only ever nice to her, so she trusted him. He wasn't like Mother, he cared about her. "Please don't hurt... my father." Minnie implored to Jace. "He cares... about me. He's different... from mother." This love and hate made her blind, but Minnie could not see that she was a pawn in the game of divorce.

Oh, it was almost time. Lita's show was about to begin! Wait, but how was she going to watch? "I'm going to go and set up the appointment with Grover." Father patted her hair, taking his phone from his tux chest pocket. "Keep enduring it, and then you'll be rewarded." He stepped out of the room, but Black Jack remained on guard, playing with one of his many masks casually. "Lita's show is starting." Minnie murmured, more to herself than anything. "I hope... before I become... an android, I hope I can see her." It was clear, despite being rivals, the silver girl really did respect and adore Lita's skills.

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The concert hall was already brimming with audience members, buying concessions, t shirts, light sticks, and anything else they were selling in the stands. Lita was taken through the back entrance, escorted on a golf cart through the wide area towards the dressing rooms. It was heavily guarded, there were sniper units on the roof, stealth units mixed in with the crowd, looking for suspicious behavior, and security units around the perimeter. Lita wasn't nervous, in fact, she was excited! Her first live show in this arena! Despite how eager she was, Jarvis beside her, was frowning. "That's strange," he mused, whipping out his holo board to begin typing. "What is?"

"Nothing," Jarvis replied promptly. "We're here," indeed, the golf cart came to a stop in front of the dressing room and Lita was whisked inside, Jarvis following behind her. Did he have an opinion about all of this? No, not really. Lady Reiss had told him to stay with Lita and see to the android idol's needs, so that was what he was doing. "Stupid Fina, dying," he murmured, clacking away as Lita was prepped in one of the cushy chairs. Her first outfit for the evening was elaborate in its design. After makeup and hair were done and Lita was in her outfit, it was nearly time to begin. "Do you need anything?" Jarvis inquired, "water? A charge?" Lita tapped the back of her neck, exposing the wire. She had been charging this entire time.

"No, I'm alright, but thank you Jarvis." Lita giggled and in response, the servant type unit blushed. "If Jace does show up, send her right to the front row." Lita directed, wanting to know that her trusty combat unit was safe. "I will see to it," Jarvis rose, it was about time to get to the stage. Lita's back straightened, she stretched her rotors, unplugged herself from her charger, and began to head towards the golf cart that would take her to the stage. One of the largest arenas in the country, they had sold out of tickets in less than fifteen minutes nearly one month ago, when it was announced that Lita was going to make an appearance.

The boys from Idolish were in attendance as well, VIP's sitting in their own box at the top of the arena, where they could view the concert in comfort. The one that had driven with them in the limo was reunited with his friends, no doubt eager to see how an android would outperform them on stage. "There," Jarvis sent the transmission to Jace, the only confirmation that he had even received it in the first place. The music began to start up, Lita could feel a rush in her wires as she bound out on stage, waving happily at the audience, her image projected for millions to see, including coming from Fina's optical sensors, which had been set to projection mode.

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As Jace began the broadcast, granting Minnie's wish to be able to see Lita's concert before she became an android and sacrificed her human life, Black Jack immediately got to work. "Hey, stop that. That's probably against the rules!" He snapped his fingers at Jace to try to get her attention. "No, please let me watch." Even breathing was painful but still Minnie wanted to watch, it was her last respite. To get to see a real idol at work, not a broken one like her - and who knows? If she was lucky enough to catch a break and become an Idol Unit, couldn't everything be okay? That's what father told her and when was he wrong about anything? "Well, fine. It's probably harmless anyways." Black Jack relented, allowing it.

Minnie's heart swelled and clutched painfully as she saw Lita's extravagant outfit. She just looked so beautiful as she was and honestly, a heavy dose of envy was there too. Not an unhealthy kind of envy - it wasn't like she wanted to kill Lita and take what she had. No, it was the opposite, it was admiration and wishing to be able to do the same as her one day. "Do you...remember your... human self?" She asked Black Jack curiously, seeng as how he knew the truth of androids, maybe he knew himself now too. Not to her surprise, the android nodded. "But that's not for you to know." He muttered, crossing his arms. "Only I can know my past." Minnie was thoughtful, silver hair wafting about her. "I hope I remember too."

Right before the show started Dane had one last moment with Lita backstage as one of her bodyguards. "Don't forget what we were told." He whispered to the pink idol, giving her a bit of a smile, one full of worry for his friends. Lady Reiss had spoken to them about this upcoming concert, it was their chance. "Reiss predicted that somehow Jace or Fina would allow Minnie to be able ti watch, apparently you need to make her believe in herself again through song." Minnie was never one to lose to her illness and Dane didn't want that to change starting now. "It's up to you, uh, Lita." Would she obey? Who really knew at this point?

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Lita smiled with a nod, "Yeah, I remember." She reassured Dane, not wanting him to feel uneasy at her performance. They had also predicted that there would be some sort of security breech, of what sort they didn't know. Your whole life has amounted to performing like a puppet on strings. The whisper in her head murmured almost dreamily as Lita strode onto the stage, full of smiles and waves. And yet... this is what you've always wanted, isn't it? Lita nodded, wondering if Callisto understood. This is what she was designed for, what Dr. Grover had poured life and soul into; an idol that could bring joy into even the most sullen, that could move the hearts of the stubborn. She turned to face the audience, knowing that somewhere out there, there was a little girl watching who needed to see what it meant to be an idol.

"Hello everyone, I'm Lita! Thank you all so much for coming, let's jump right into it. Shall we?" A cheer rose to the occasion as the music started up, fans screaming even louder as Lita opened her mouth, a stream of memorized lyrics coming from her lips while she pranced around the stage in perfect sync. Look at them, they're all so happy. Why? You're not even a real person. How can you speak to their hearts? It was Lita's special ability. Her songs that touched people, that made them want to get to their feet and dance like no one was watching. Songs that made them cry and laugh, to bring one another into an embrace and never let go. This is what Lita was known for.

And she wouldn't have it any other way.

While Lita did her thing, Jarvis got to work with his thing. Once he could send in the streaming signal, he could also tap into Jace's network via the maintenance route and grab her IP address, therefore, also reaching her location. "I've got it," Jarvis entered the broadcast room, where Lady Reiss was watching the concert and eating snacks. "I've retrieved the data you've requested." He presented a small, round, metal circle with a glowing blue line in the center. "Thank you Jarvis, timely as usual." Lady Reiss smiled, turning back to the stage, where Lita pranced around without breaking a sweat. She made it seem so effortless, her skin glimmering under the synthetic flourish of the lights. "Amazing isn't it? How the world is so taken by something so inhuman. What would they do if they knew what was within her?"

Just a girl who wanted to save her sister, a girl whose body was frozen in time, riddled with a deadly cancer that would take her life if she ever woke up. "Sing along with me!" Lita smiled, holding one of the microphones up to the audience, which chanted the lyrics to the chorus of one of her most popular songs with her.

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Minnie Reiss stared at the projection, she stared at Lita. Once upon a time the angel would have welled up with a mixture of envy and determination - envy that Lita had the stage rather than her, determination to one day see the same stage as well - but that was all but gone now and all that was left was a sense of admiration as she listened to Lita's song. "Hmpf, it's all meaningless." Black Jack said with a shrug. "Can an android really feel? Aren't we just programmed to think we do?" Minnie tuned him out, she didn't want to listen. Lita was so beautiful, her song was so vibrant. Minnie watched and she trembled, gasping, another wave of pain went through her body as she tried painfully to sit up and get a better look.

The door opened, and someone was there. It was father, he had come back. "Hello, my dear." He brushed her hair out of her eyes and gave her an embrace, not the first time but maybe this was the last now. "Dr. Grover approved taking you in. All you have to do is show your consent." Minnie, not turning away from the screen that Fina had turned into, nodded. "Okay. How do I do that?" Lita really was amazing. There was no way someone broken like her could become vibrant and wonderful like that. She was just a sheep, but Lita was amazing in so many ways. "Here." Roderick placed it in her hands, a syringe. "If you inject it into your vein here, you'll go to sleep and when next you wake, you'll be fixed in a whole new body." She would be an android. "You hear that music? You can be just like that. You can be wonderful."

There was something niggling in the back of her mind. What could it be, Minnie wondered? "I want to sing along." She admitted, gripping the syringe with all of her pathetic might, needing her dad's help to guide it to her vein where it needed to be. Drifting off to sleep to Lita's music, was there any comfier way for her to go? "Being an android sucks." Black Jack muttered from his corner, watching the exchange curiously. "But maybe it's better than that messed up body." Roderick smiled as the syringe was ready. All that was left now was for her to press it in and then click the top. "Do it. Then you can be happy." Minnie nodded, panting a little. She glanced at Jace, still in the cell. "Um, Jace? When... Fina wakes up, can you tell her something?"

She couldn't pass without leaving one last thing behind after all. "Can you tell her that being my friend made me very happy?"

And then she jabbed the needle in, finger on the top of the syringe. A bit of pain, but it was nothing compared to the pain going through the rest of her right now. All she had to do was press down and then... and then she would be free. Everything would be better. She could be an idol, she could achieve her dreams. Just one press and it would all be over, wouldn't it? An end, a light to close the tunnel.

So why couldn't she press her thumb down? Why was she staring numbly at the syringe as the song of inspirations played through the room? Something clicked in her head as she held the syringe there, staring at her father right in the eye. "Dad... if being an android will make me happy... then why does Black Jack always look so sad?" There was a reason he needed that mask, wasn't there? "Why does Fina look so tired, and why doesn't Io come out?" She didn' know Jace but there had to be something with her too, right? "And... how does me becoming an Idol Unit mean Mother's downfall?" Something didn't make sense, not in the slightest. No, this was wrong. it wasn't adding up and just now she was getting it.

"You were going to make me a Combat Unit to kill Mother, weren't you?"

The love and care in Roderick's face contorted in that very moment. "Just be a good girl and do what Daddy says. Press on the syringe and then you won't have to worry about anything anymore. All you have to do is-" Minnie tore it out of her arm, breaking it, the liquid seeping onto her gown. "No! I won't let you kill me!" Sudden strength found itself within her despite all of her pain and her illness taking it's toll. "I can't die and become someone else! I have to be Lita's rival!" Father grabbed her wrist, pushing her painfully against the wall then. "I was being nice, but you don't have a choice. This is your destiny, Minerva Reiss!" He grabbed another syringe and Minnie knew she couldn't win.

But there was someone who could.

"Jace, save me!" She sceamed, kicking against the fuse, shorting it long enough that the cell would unlock for half a second. She struggled, fighting for her life as the man who was once her father tried to turn her into a puppet of his own design. "All you had to do was obey!" He threw her onto the ground, syringe slipping into her arm. "But don't worry. Daddy loves you, I'll make you perfect."

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Jace grinned, "I thought you'd never ask!" Her eyes flashed dangerously as the cage shorted out, allowing her to escape. Protect one human without killing the other, that was easy enough. It would be doing this all with Black Jack in the way that would be the real issue. Regardless, Jace sprung to her feet, leaping through the open door and towards her enemy. She zapped him with an electrical charge, not enough to hurt, but enough to warn him to stop. She kicked the syringe out of his hand, her programming allowing her to protect a human against another. It also alerted the authorities, the shortage enough for the outgoing call to give at least Jarvis a location. No doubt by now he had locked onto them and would be sending back up.

"You're done," Jace grinned, lifting Minnie up and landing a blow to the side that made him tumble backwards into the table. If Black Jack had any protest, he didn't show it. "Any minute now, the authorities will arrive and then you'll really be toast." The music was finishing up, it seemed that Lita's concert was at a close. Jace had heard these songs dozens of times, but as Lita's most recent number, one about hope in a dark situation, came over the speakers from Fina's body, it seemed right. Serving justice and taking names, Jace kind of liked the sound of that. "If there truly are humans inside of us, then our feelings are just as valid." Jace said to Black Jack as she inched back towards the cage in order to retrieve Fina's body.

In the meanwhile, Lita had finished her last set and was being shuffled off stage while the crowd screamed for an encore. There would be none of that tonight, not with the situation at hand. Lita understood the risks and consequences of appeasing her fans of course, she needed to return to where it was safe, as boring as that was. "Marvelous," her stage manager said, beaming as Lita returned, her skin shiny, still glimmering from the disco dust that had been powdered on midway to make it almost look as though she were sweating. "Did you like it?" Lita beamed, cocking her head to the side cutely as her little hat was unfastened from the top of her head. "I did, you were great! I can't wait to tell the boss!"

"Lita!" Jarvis called, grabbing her by the crook of the elbow. "No time for fraternizing, I'm afraid, we must be on our way." Lita nodded, she didn't truly understand the complexities of the situation, but she did realize that Jarvis was anxious to leave for whatever reason. "I've locked on to their location," he said under his breath. "Really?" For an android, Lita sure could emulate human emotions well. Her face looked so hopeful, as though she were whole heartedly worried about Fina, Jace, and Minnie.