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SD241806.25|| Joint Personal Log || "Hello, Computer"

Posted on Tue Jun 26th, 2018 @ 3:11am by Major S Pilgrim & Artemis

Mission: Comedy of Errors
Location: The Longshot, USS Artemis

The ship was on downtime, letting everyone recover from...whatever the heck it was that had happened to them. Artemis was just happy that everyone was back. She'd had what would be the computer equivalent of a panic attack when everyone was gone. Now, she was just jumping around meeting people again.

As she popped into the back of the Longshot, she looked around and saw someone she didn't know! A second's worth of processing told her who it was, and she walked over. "Hi," she said brightly, standing there in her insignia-less uniform with the red collar, silver eyes bright and silver hair loose over her shoulders.

Major Pilgrim was enjoying an old military delicacy known as SOS. The replicators could make just about anything he could wish for, but many days he just felt like something simple. SOS was certainly that. He was in process of forking some more of the slop into his face when he stopped abruptly. There was an odd looking young woman standing next to him. She didn't reflect light quite as she should. "Hiii...." Pilgrim replied and finished take his bite of food.

She tilted her head and smiled. "Major Pilgrim, yes? Commander of the ship's Marines. We haven't had Marines on board before." She took a step closer to the table and offered here hand. "I'm Artemis."

Major Pilgrim put down his fork and took her hand in his. "Well met, Artemis. Yes, I am the Commander of Marines. You must be our famous artificial intelligence. Where are the pups?"

As she leaned back, her smile grew and she cocked her head the other way. In an instant, the three silver wolfhounds appeared around her. They sat down simultaneously, looking at Pilgrim with preternatural awareness. "My dogs can often be a bit much for people, so I don't always have them with me."

Pilgrim reached out and rubbed between the ears on the closest hound, and smiled. "I know that they aren't real," he began. "Not biological anyways, but I still feel compelled to pet. I'm not sure anymore what "real" means. I want to pet him, and I do. That seems real to me."

The hound pushed his big head into the major's hand. Artemis smiled again. "I feel perfectly real," she said. "Is it not, I think therefore I am? I have a body, albeit variable. A mind, a personality, and memories." She shrugged her slender shoulders lightly, then waved at a chair. "May I sit?"

"Of course," the major replied and nodded.

"Thank you," she said warmly as she sat down across from him. "So tell me, Major, how are you doing here on the Artemis?"

"I'm doing ok, I suppose. Whatever recently happened was bizarre. I suppose it was actually real? I don't know. As I touched on earlier who is to say what "real" is. It was disturbing to realize we could just be picked up and moved somewhere. I don't mean like a teleporter, obviously I'm used to that. I mean we were like in another dimension or something. That really fucks with the head. You'll just have to trust me on that? But I shouldn't really complain too much as you didn't exactly sign on to be the ship's Chaplain," he replied.

"We've never had one of those either," she commented idly. "Though there was a time we saw much of one, but he was attached to Starbase Leto, which we frequented at the time." It was a strange thing to consider that an AI could wander off on a tangent, but wait and see... "You know, I always found that funny. Leto. That's the name of the mother of the goddess Artemis, and naturally her twin Apollo. And the Artemis was at Leto a lot. Almost like some giant writer was crafting all of this and just...ran out of ideas. Or thought they were amusing."

Pilgrim looked at a nearby wall. "You're right...it's almost exactly like that."

Artemis grinned and winked. "I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees it," she said breezily. "But anyways... It was pretty rough for everyone. It was pretty wretched being active on this ship alone, even if just for an hour...for me. An hour is a long time for a computer."

Major Pilgrim stared blankly at Artemis for a moment. "An hour? We were gone only an hour? I don't even know that. That just makes it all even more bizarre. Though I suppose I really shouldn't be surprised...." he said.

The AI nodded. "It was roughly an hour of ship's time, but if you were in another dimension or even time travel by some device, like what they saw in the basement, then it could make sense that it would be a little...warped."

"Soooo...Artemis," Pilgrim said. "Where do you go...when you're not here? What are you doing?"

"Interesting question," Artemis said in a musing tone. "I'm usually around. On a starship, there's always someone who's awake for me to visit. But when I do leave the physical world, I...live in the computer core. It's like my bedroom, I guess. I'm only partially aware when I am, like I'm asleep, I guess."

Major Pilgrim nodded. "I see. That makes sense. I am always curious about things like that. I had imagined maybe you were always conscious when you were away and then the more I thought about that it seemed lonely. I think I'm glad you're more like half-asleep.. Anyways, it was nice finally getting to meet you, and the pups. Feel free to drop in anytime and say hi," Pilgrim paused as if considering something. "Actually, not any time. Like maybe not when I have company or am in the shower? But most other times!" Pilgrim said and laughed.

Artemis grinned. "I'll keep that in mind. I do try to respect people's privacy." She winked. "Well, I sense someone about to check something in the core and I like to be present for my doctor's appointments. Catch you later, Major!" With that, she blinked away.

((OOC: It's the joint log gag reel!

As she popped into the back of the Longshot, she looked around and saw someone she didn't know! A second's worth of processing told her who it was, and she walked over. "Hi," she said brightly, standing there in her insignia-less uniform with the red collar, silver eyes bright and silver hair loose over her shoulders.

"Ahhhg!" Major Pilgrim shouted as he lept up and flipped his food tray towards the intruder. "Wuurgaagagag!" he exclaimed once more as he turned and ran towards the door.
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