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"He didn't seem the like the jealous type, but I didn't know to what extent the two of you were...uh...involved...<he tugged again at his bowtie> and I didn't want to cause any kind of...rift--anyway you're right; the sunset is amazing..."
<At that moment, in his mind's eye, Marius imagined a little version of himself in a white suit and red tie sitting on his shoulder.>
"What are you doing? She's a super complex artificial intelligence and hundreds of years old. You're a duck. You can't fall for her."
<Another tiny version of himself in a red suit and white tie sat on his other shoulder.>
"Don't listen to him. You're not just a duck; you're a merganser!"
"And that is a hologram!"
"A very attractive hologram in a very small bathing suit. Sitting next to you. And she likes you. And you like her. What's the problem?"
<The white-suited merganser rolled his eyes.> "I don't need to remind you, you can't touch a hologram. You'll pass through her and she'll think you're an idiot!"
"She even explicitly said your crest is attractive. That's the merganser equivalent of inviting you in for coffee." <the red-suited merganser winked>
"She doesn't know that and she doesn't drink coffee!" <the white-suited merganser protested while making air quotes with his feather fingers.>
<The red-suited merganser started mimicking Marius's dance from the competition.> "Even if the two of you can't feel anything, what if she still reacted as if she did?"
"What did she say about having 'medium passionate levels' again?"
"Three of them in skimpy bathing suits sitting with their arms around you is 'medium'?!"
<Even the white-suited merganser didn't have a response to that.>
"It's too soon to run and too late to hide." <he said with a evil grin before the two disappeared.>
"...just like you." <Marius added quietly.>
<she nods as she replies, her eyes widening slightly in surprise> Mambi has not exhibited any known signs of jealous emotion in the time since my activation, however I was not aware that you were capable of generating rifts? Scanners show no unusual readings for your species; is Mambi aware of your abilities?
<she pauses as she hears your quiet addition, and smiles warmly> Thank you, your appreciation of me is appreciated, as you have many fascinating characteristics as well. Relative to this, as you appear to hold creativity and humour in high regard, may I show you something?
<she waves her arm as in a series of small shimmers, a dozen glowing-blue butterflies appear and flutter along the water, adding to the serenity of the garden sunset. She extends her arm as one "lands" on it and she examines it closer> I hope this addition of the lifeforms is decoratively pleasing to you. I have been experimenting with rudimentary independent subroutines operating in isolation to conscious control. These are the result so far...<she holds the landed one up to you proudly>
While I control their existence, I do not control their actions outside of that fact, as they are uniquely designed with independently programmed sub-processes! Their actions do not route back to my consciousness, but rather act as a multitasked virtual application with their own memory allocation and processor cycles. To simplify, they are the only avatars that exist currently in this structure that are effectively separate entities from me...all others are me. Their physical and mental forms have been kept simple for security purposes.
<she blinks and smiles> Do you find them "dorky"?