The Duke of Birds
<she stops a moment and glances at the solid bunny as a light passes over her legs slowly> Or never. If we are unable to repair the transceiver, I will be forced to watch myself interact, and the few minutes of memory files I have from her perspective means I will know exactly what I am missing by not being able to...able to...this:
<Marius's heart broke seeing Aurora's hand pass through his own. He loved the idea of a physical iteration of her, but the original Aurora was the one he fell for. He had a hard time reconciling the physical and holographic bunnies as avatars the same entity.>
<she passes her hand over yours and sighs as it passes through you and through the table> I will always miss being with you and holding you...but she will be with you still, and seeing her is a constant reminder to me of what I almost had. I suppose it is only logical that you may prefer her company, though I hope to still be wanted with you as well. <you detect a tinge of sadness in her voice, even though her encoding should make that impossible>
"Aurora, of course I--"
<the solid bunny sits up and glares at the holonurse> I am still you, and I'm right here! I will work with you to share this experience! Why are you acting this way?
The security station from the garden? Down the hall to the garden, then from there go back out and right, immediately down the main stairs, then continue until you reach an elevator. Security station 1 is on sublevel 4. You can follow these dots to guide you. <the holonurse waves her paw as a series of yellow dots start to glow, leading out the door and down the hall. The solid bunny starts to sit up as well and looks excitedly at you> Marius, you're leaving? Please wait and I will join you! I will be just a...
<the holonurse turns sternly as a robot arm coming from the bedframe gently pushes her back down> Negative, you must remain until your diagnostics are complete and your wounds have been treated. Marius, you are medically cleared to leave the infirmary, but I will have to stay a while to concentrate on these repairs to Rora and will join you shortly. That is, if you desire my company still? <she looks on hopeful as the solid bunny lays back on the table, watching the monitors closely>
"I'd like both of you to stay here and make sure Mambi and Arizona are okay. There's something I have to take care of."
<Marius headed to the door, but was stopped by Arizona.>
<Marius glared at the hybrid, but reluctantly kept his bill shut as he eyed the sword.>
"None of you are gonna leave this room until I have safely apprehended an' contained Hydra to the... best of my abilities!" She says, glancing at the avatar of Aurora. "Stay here where it's safe! I am not going to lose any of you to this glorified calculator, alright!? We've gotten this far with all of us mostly intact, an' I'm gonna keep it that way." She says, determinedly gripping the door to the infirmary.
"AURORA. If ya don't tell me where he is, I'm gonna go out there blind and find him myself, alright!? None of you try an' stop me. These types'a situations are my specialty."
"I was going to go get a piece of him, myself." <Marius muttered only loud enough for the Auroras to hear.>
"I NEED HIM ALIVE!" <He shouted to Arizona.>