(2018-12-29) Desperately Seeking Mischief
Desperately Seeking Mischief
Summary: Syd meets Cid and Cora. We find out that Cid is being very naughty with the security AI…
Date: 2018.12.29
Related: None
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Metis/Prometheus Lobby
This is the lobby of the Metis/Promethius residence hall. The walls are nearly 2 meters (6 feet) thick, and that there are no windows wider than 10cm (about 4 inches). For all that, it's cheery and bright inside, lit with high-quality LED lighting. The travertine floor is covered with warm rugs, there's a fireplace with holographic fire when it's on, surrounded by comfortable La-Z-boy overstuffed sofas. At the other end of the room is a hallway leading to the girls' halls, and stairs and an elevator leading to the boys' halls upstairs. There's also a counter, staffed 24x7 and post office boxes. The defensive turrets in the room are carefully hidden, as are the blast doors that can close to protect the residents. There are rumors of defensive turrets, too, but if they're there, they're cunningly hidden. The lobby's cream paint is accented with Metis green and Prometheus yellow trim, and the emblems of both teams are prominently emblazoned on the wall.


It's almost New Year's Eve. The school still has a lot of people gone for the holidays. One that isn't gone is Cid. Waiting to experience his first New Year. Sitting asleep from the looks of things. Though odd things could be noticed around the room. Any cameras or other tech moving differently than usual. Though at times all is just quiet and calm in here. Almost empty.

Sydney wanders into the lobby. It's been a quiet Christmas, though at least there's been one, for a change. Still, she's had some time to notice…and become annoyed with… all the surveillance. So when that camera there doesn't follow its usual pattern (you moved, look at you) she cocks her head to look at it. "Now what are you up to?" she asks softly.

Cid does have the camera turn to the sound. Studying her for a moment before letting a voice echo. "Just looking." Coming from the speakers. "Who are you?" Probably not having had time to talk to Sydney. Might have seen her about from the camera occasionally, hard to say.

Sydney folds her arms across her chest. "So… I thought the security system was all AI or something. We weren't being watched by people. Or was that just a nasty rumor?"

Cid is sleeping, seemingly, and Sydney is standing and discussing with a camera.

There is a silent moment before the voice speak again. It does sound like a young child though. "I think it depend on what you consider people, and AI." He suggests. "AI can be smart people too, no?" Perhaps teasing Sydney, or actually being honest.

Cora comes walking out into the lobby, she's carrying a bag of sweet and spicy Doritos, and an e-reader. While on her ears is a set of headphones. She's humming along to some song that seems rather jaunty and bouncy. Though she's not singing the words.

Sydney looks at the ceiling, her eyes bugging out a little. "Are you saying… you are the security AI? " Syd sighs. "Sorry. I'm used to the 'normal human' news where AI that can recognize your face like cats do is all the rage. I know better, too. I've talked to AIs here before. I'm Syd. What's your name?" Her glance does head Cora's way, but the other woman seems unplugged from the conversation.

Cid shakes the camera's 'head'. "No, sorry. Just borrowing this one. The AI didn't seem to mind. When asked nicely." Then it goes silent for a long time. "Cool. I am not allowed to look into student's personal records. Even after I asked." He offers. "I'm Cid." Then it goes silent and moves as normal. Perhaps seeing Cora walk by. As he does whisper in her earphones. "Hi." Breaking up the song a little, but not too much. Hence the whispering. Then Cid himself is rising. "Sorry. I was bored." The same voice as the camera. The words offered to both of them.

Sydney blows out metal cheeks gently. "You're that deep into the security system?" That could certainly be useful, Syd decides. She looks at Cid closely. "So you're a computer mentalist, basically?" She notes his talking to Cora too. Recalls that an ereader and an mp3 player are also computers. It makes her suspicious what else he's been up to.

Cora suddenly pauses and blinks at the voice in her headphones. It ends up dragging her right back to reality though, and in doing so she offers a little wave to Syd. "Hey." She greets, and starts to reach up to take her headphones off. "Want some chips?" She offers, holding the bag out towards Dyd.
Cid tilts his head, "No." he says to Sydney, smiling softly. "I'm AI, I guess. I'm CID ISAK." He offers and smiles a bit brighter, showing dimples. Glancing to Cora as well. Letting the two talk. "Have you two met?" He asks curiously.

Cora nods and says, "Yeah. Good as it could be I guess. Especially with the crazy girl attacking us with toys when we went into town." Is she serious? That doesn't sound like she's joking… "But I got to have the Beef Wellington they cooked up, and I love that. So the rest of it was great."
Cid nods about the holiday. "Indeed. I wonder if there is more about that." He say about the attack. Smiling and having his hands in his pockets. "What have you been up to lately?"

Sydney whistles. "Beef Wellington? That's some good stuff." Wait, and not attacked with… Syd goes on. "Not much. Watching Netflix, working out, hanging out a little. It's nowhere near as much fun as it was last summer. There's a certain lack of warm beach…

Cora nods quickly to Sydney. "Right? It's my favorite food. And such a good Christmas meal." She agrees, looking even as she says that like she obviously loves it as much as she says. "Not much for me either, mostly just like, reading. And my Physical Therapy Rehab stuff with Dr. Ricci."

Cid smiles and nods to both of them. "It was tasty." He agrees about the beef Wellington. "Still sound like you both had fun. Minus the beach." A nod at that. "I've been doing the same old as well. Want to do something though." He admits and shrugs.

You say, "Like… what? I mean if you have the security AI on a leash… there's all kinds of mischief that's possible."

"I still don't really know what else there is to do here. It's been so quiet since I got here and all." Cora shrugs. "But the library is awesome, and… I'm, I'm just happy to have a place to be. And since I chose my team a real room too. Not just a guest one. It's like, so cool. So weird."

Cid looks to Sydney, "Mischief?" He asks, as if trying to learn the word. A smile then, "Mischief seems interesting. Though disruptive, I don't know if that would be good." Then remembers something, looking to Cora. "Oh, right. Sydney was the one you were looking for before, right?" He asks, beaming a smile to both. Not a literal beam though, of course.

Sydney chuckles. "I dunno. I mean I can't get myself… or you guys… thrown out of here, so we don't want to be too bad. Smoking pot in the room… nooo… but there's gotta be something fun we can do.

"I tried to tell Buddy he should turn into a Newt. Then he could accuse the rest of us of being witches." Cora says, but then gets a little pouty looking. "He thought it would make him a bad Buddy though." Suddenly Cora looks at Sydney with wide eyes too, when the mention of pot is made. It's very disbelieving.
Cid doesn't quite follow about pot. Just pondering and listening. Snickering about Buddy. "We could go somewhere, or sneak out after curfew." Perhaps heard that from others. "I occasionally leave the room mentally if not physically." He says and shrugs.

Sydney ponders. "I dunno… Damn, I used to know how to have fun… "

Cora ends up just taking out a chip and taking a bite of it as if to fill some time for now. Then, a few moments later she takes a deep breath and adds "As long as I'm not like… kicked out, or something…" She does sound worried about it. "Let alone like, sent back to juvie or something."

Cid snickers at Sydney's words. Then looking to Cora. "We'll find something." He says before pondering more. "I have been meaning to make an escape room. Might make it like Saw." He says and snickers again, perhaps not something to do now though. "We could perhaps redecorate one of the classrooms?"

You say, "An escape room?" Syd cocks her head. "What's that? And what's Saw?""

Cora nods to Cid as she takes another bite of her Dorito chips. Or really, a few more. She seems to be eating them rather quickly, and these are the spicy ones! But after a few of them she asks, "Isn't Saw like… a scary movie or something?"

Cid nods, "Escape room, or escape game, is an experience. You go into a room and need to find clues to get out. SAW is a scary movie about people getting locked in a room and has to do bad things to get out. So of course, I would not hurt anyone. But scaring people a little and making a fun experience, could be fun." He says and grins. "Doesn't have to be scary. Put the scary part could be as a prank." He suggests and smiles brightly.

Sydney hmms. "Scaring people around here could be a really super bad idea. I mean… I'm one of the less destructive people around. I might not be able to knock the building down. I was thinking something more like wild-ass haircuts or something.

"Yeah, that. Scaring one of us seems like something that could go bad pretty quickly." Cora says with a bit of worry in her tone. She suddenly reaches up to touch her hair then. "What like… wild? I kinda like my hair. It used to be longer though…" Yep, Miss Goody-two-shoes.

Cid nods, "Unless someone can shut powers off." He suggests and grins, but nods agreeing. "Clown hair?" He suggests and grins.

Sydney laughs. "Not clown hair, no…

Cora bites her lower lip a moment, "Maybe like… a dark blue or purple or something. Or black. They'd all go well with the clothes I like, if I can ever get some more of the clothes like that." She covers her mouth and yawns then. "It was nice to see you two. I should probably get back and take a shower before bed. Hopefully see you tomorrow?"

Cid ponders, "Very dark purple might be nice." He offers to Cora. "Good night Cora! And hope so." He offers before looking to Sydney. "Are you also going to sleep?"

Sydney nods. "Probably should, yeah. Catching up after all the finals stuff.

Cora offers one of her little smiles and a wave as she steps back towards the Prometheus Girls' Wing. "Night." And then she slips out.

Cid does look to Sydney and nod. "You should get a mohawk." He offers and smiles. Turning to bow to Cora as she slip off. Then back to Sydney. "Are you huamn steel or robotic?" He asks curiously.

Sydney chuckles. "I was thinking that direction too. I'm human steel. But still human."

Cid nods and smiles, "Interesting." Tilting his head. "I might be able to design something for you as well. Clothing wise." He suggests and smiles brightly.

Sydney spocks an eyebrow. "Clothing? I'm really hard on clothes…

Cid smiles and nods. "Up to you. I won't make something I don't think would be good. Or enjoyed." He suggests and smiles. Studying her some.

You say, "Well it's more like… I start moving, I fall and slide, my clothes disintegrate. I mean… I weigh 600 pounds."

Cid ahs and nods, "Special weave then, perhaps nanites." He suggests, "Might need some help with all that, but it should be able to work itself out." He assures her. "I know a bit of engineering, might be able to use that." Is suggested. "And the hair up in a mohawk would be neat. Perhaps color it?" He suggests. Just jumping between conversations, perhaps also to see how the outfit will fit with different styles of hair and such.

Sydney chuckles. "That'd… well in theory I can change it. I mean it comes in steel like the rest of me, but I do change it… but only this color. So… you design clothes?

Cid smiles and nods. Pondering and nodding. "I see. Cool." He offers before nodding about clothes. "I like designing things." He explains. "Clothes and interior so far. Made Cora a jacket as a Christmas gift."

You say, "Nice…." Syd smiles and grins. She also yawns. "Yeah… I should head to bed."

Cid smiles and nods. "Good night!" He offers and bows his head to her. Letting her head off before doing the same.

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