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    May 1st, Year 108

    When it came to her everyday life in Pandora, Robin preferred to stay inside. All her tools were there, as were all her pet projects. Tinkering was fun and kept her in practice for her job. But, after everything that had happened to her, it was clear that she needed to get out more. Even if it made her anxious, taking walks was a good way to make sure she didn't shut herself off from the world again.

    As it happened, her latest walk had yielded an unexpected find. While resting on a bench, the mechanic had noticed an inconspicuous laptop resting next to her. While not odd in itself, she couldn't help but feel like it wasn't there when she had first sat down. Even stranger was that it had a charger attached, despite the fact that there were clearly no outlets to charge it from around here. What she hadn't seen was the device literally appearing into Pandora right next to her. There was no one around.

    After deciding that it was probably a lost item, Robin had taken it home with her. Better that someone like her who would search for the owner would take it than leaving it up to chance. Once in her apartment, the blonde girl cleared off a space on her workbench, shoving aside spare parts and the almost complete structure of a prosthetic arm she was working on, and set the mysterious computer down. She plugged the charger into the wall, unplugging her own computer to free up the outlet, and opened the laptop.

    It was turned off, as expected. She wasn't comfortable snooping around, but with such a nondescript appearance there was no way she'd find the owner without getting some information from the files contained within. Pressing the power button, she waited patiently for it to boot up. Fortunately there was no password, so she was able to continue onward unopposed. But before Robin could go search around for a name or anything of that sort, a window popped up.

    Some Programs Closed Unexpectedly, Would You Like To Reopen Them?


    Well... that sounded promising. The mechanic clicked the "Yes" option and waited.
     
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    From the desktop popped open a few things. Most of them were average; some kind of online communications program, a game launcher, at cetera. There was one program that stood out however, that bring what seemed to be some kind of game. The thing popped into an almost full screen view, though it was still windowed. The scene within appeared to be somewhat like a classroom, with distorted shifting colors glowing through the windows. An open text box site near the bottom of the screen, tinted pink.
    Monika is curled up in the floor, muttering quietly to herself.

    The box flicks out of existence, only to be replaced by another just as quickly.
    Monika: "No, no more, please, make it stop."

    The phrase would sit there in a rather long pause, before it, and the screen, shifted to a new image.

    The screen showed what looked like a girl, either a young adult, or an older teen, curled up in the floor, as was mentioned before. She wore what looked like some sort of school uniform or dress clothing, with long light brown hair that was held up in a white bow. Her face seemed covered for the moment, so her facial features were not yet obvious.

    After another rather uncomfortable pause, the screen shifted back to the original scene, this time with the previously mentioned girl appearing right at its center, facing directly towards the screen. A few new bubbles appeared and disappeared in succession.
    Suddenly, Monika pops up from the floor

    Monika: "Oh, Edward, you're back! I was getting worried you know."

    The girls face changes to that of one that seems to be chuckling for a moment, though no sound comes from the laptop.
    Monika: "Grocery shopping shouldn't take that long, I hope you weren't doing anything suspicious."

    She would conclude by simply staring forward, almost like she was wearing a response from whoever this 'Edward' guy was.
     
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    Robin flinched back when a large window opened to cover nearly the entire screen. Something about the image displayed seemed... unsettling. Almost lonely. And the text displayed only supported that. Was this some sort of game? She didn't think something like this would help find the laptop's owner. But, she remembered, games tended to have save files. And many games let you name those files. Wouldn't be a bad place to start looking for an identity.

    Someone was curled up on the ground in pain... That was what the text was telling her. But nothing seemed to happen after that. Despite the displayed text changing on its own a few seconds ago, it was static for now. Robin waited for a bit to see if it would continue or not. Just when she decided to try clicking around, in the hopes that it might cause something to happen, the screen flickered.

    A girl, presumably Monika, was just curled up on the ground. It was uncomfortably reminiscent of Robin's own behavior when she was... in a bad state of mind. Despite understanding that this was just a program, a chill ran down her spine. This felt wrong. And when the screen changed again, this time to the same girl staring directly at her, that feeling only intensified. There was no way that she was actually looking at her, though... right? It was probably simply paranoia coming from her background in an oppressive dystopia. Just to make herself feel more comfortable, though, the mechanic grabbed a post-it note off her wall and stuck it over the webcam.

    Occupied as she was with covering the camera, she almost missed one of the dialogue boxes. Still, she did manage to read them all. Edward. That was a name. Possibly the owner? Of course, even without being much of a gamer, Robin was aware that using one's real name for their character wasn't a given. Of course, she was also aware that most games wouldn't comment on the fact that the player hadn't been around for a while. That would break immersion, after all.

    And then the dialogue stopped. Despite the blank stare Monika was giving her, it almost felt like she was expectant. The anxious atmosphere only grew more oppressive. Suddenly something jumped into Robin's lap. She let out a small yelp, for a brief moment scared, before realizing it was just her cat, Oedipuss. Right, this was reality. There was nothing to be scared of.

    Slightly emboldened, Robin would attempt to click on the screen or, if that failed to yield any response, press some buttons on the keyboard.
     
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    Though the clicking of the keyboard seemed to have no notable response, the clicking did seem to prompt a new text bubble. The figure on screen shifted their body to the side, holding their hands behind their back. Their face still drilled into the very front of the screen, a look of mild confusion seeming to spread across it.
    Monika: ¨Edward, are you okay? You seem a touch off, and you're clicking the screen a lot.

    Her bright emerald eyes would almost seem to go out of focus for a moment, before they clicked back in a moment more.
    Monika: ¨I can't seem to see through the camera. Is there something blocking it?¨


    She would let the question sit for a moment, before it dissipated much like the rest. The simple shift to another point of view occurred once more, this time with the camera much more zoomed into the head of the girl who had been standing but a moment before. Her stature made it seem like she may have been sitting, though her lower body was not visible. She held her head in her hands, a more slight smile being displayed on her face.
    Monika: ¨Come on, you said we were going to talk again tonight. I was hoping we could discuss what shows you like to watch, and what things you like to do in your free time.¨

    She lifted one of her hands from beneath her chin, pointing off towards the right.
    Monika: ¨You even said you might let me hear your voice today. That would be nice.¨


    She would sit in that position for another pause, waiting for the responses she knew that her supposed lover had come up with. 'He must really be tired today, I wonder what happened out there.' Monika thought silently to herself, without prompting a text box. She really did wonder why he had the camera covered, and stranger yet, why he hadn't used the text file to talk to her. It was almost like... it wasn't Edward.
     
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    The newfound confidence that had let Robin press onward instantly broke when the girl on the screen responded to her clicking. Not only did it apparently notice oddities in her behavior, but it was also clearly accustomed to peeking out through the webcam. The mechanic immediately took her hands off the laptop and began to firmly pet the cat on her lap. Just had to calm down and think about things.

    It was... strange, really. The first thought she had was that the computer was clearly haunted, but that was ridiculous. She had met actual androids in Pandora, even repaired them, so the idea that a sophisticated program could exist wasn't impossible in the slightest. But why would this "Edward" person just leave their laptop lying around, then?

    The zoomed in view of Monika's gaze was making Robin uncomfortable. It wasn't just the fact that the character clearly had some sort of awareness or that she had no idea how it would react when it realized what was going on. What was really throwing her off was how she had so easily switched from being curled up in a ball of despair to this conversational tone. It was very clashing.

    What should she do? No good answers came to mind. Oedipuss was squirming away, clearly done getting patted, and hopped down to the ground. She could try talking to Monika, but Robin wasn't sure how she'd even go about doing that. There was clearly no way to directly communicate in the application, and from what had been said it was clear no vocal communications had been made before. Which left her with only one possibility she could think of. Something to do with the webcam, either reading lips or holding written words up in front of it.

    But the idea of letting it look at her right now was kind of scary. And she couldn't just leave her alone... not after seeing how anguished she looked at first, all curled up. She got out of her chair and stepped to the right a bit, moving to a position where she could still see the screen without being right in front of the camera.

    The girl reached out a shaking arm towards the post-it note obstructing the camera, hesitating to remove it, before peeling it off slightly. The note was still held so that it would block the camera's view of the right side, hiding Robin but revealing the rest of her room.

    It was a tidy and sparsely decorated apartment. A small bookshelf stood in the back, neatly filled with reading material. A comfortable chair next to a lamp lay in front of the shelf. A small cat wearing a unicorn hat stumbled around gracelessly, walking face first into the chair before hopping onto it. The only truly unusual feature of the portion of the room Monika would be able to see was a rack of tools filled with wrenches, screwdrivers, and many other such items.

    Robin watched the screen from her position outside of the webcam's line of sight, waiting for a reaction. Maybe soon she'd feel ready to try directly interacting...
     
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    Yet again the lack of the responses she had gotten accustomed to made Monika more anxious. It was very very odd, and she certainly hoped that she hadn't been snatched up by some would be criminal that broke into Edward's house. With the smile fading off of her face in another change of appearance, her eyes once more went out of focus as she attempted to peek out at the world around her prison. She was dismayed at what she saw.

    This was most certainly not Edward's house, and even if it was rather cute, she knew that the man she had come to gain affection with had no pets. No, she was most certainly somewhere she had never been. Her stray hand once more came to rest under her chin, as her face came into a light frown. Not one of anger or sadness, more just of disappointment.
    Monika sighs gently before speaking, an air of frustration filling the clubroom.

    Monika: "You're not Edward, are you?"

    She hadn't seen anyone in the camera but that cat, but someone must be around somewhere. She couldn't have just been magically whisked away from Edward's desk, now could she?

    After another pause,the girl would raise her left hand, before continuing to speak.
    Monika: "You know, I don't particularly appreciate theft, so it would be great if you could return this computer to the house you stole it from."

    The next part of her plan would be difficult, seeing as Monika had no real power over the vessel she inhabited. She didn't exactly enjoy scaring people, but sometimes drastic measures are needed. It always felt rather odd when she did this
    Monika: "W̶̛͓̿e̶̠͉͗ ̸̛͈̦̰̀͛w̷̟̫̬̏͊̉ơ̷̖̱̈́̋ù̶̫̎̓͜l̶̲̒̕͜͝d̵̰̞̗̂ṇ̸̉̉̋̂'̶̝̞̮̅ṫ̴̞̑͋͗ ̵̥̂͐̚w̴̗͔̝̐̾͊͜a̶͖̩͖͠n̶͖̿t̷̜̗̭͔͗͘ ̵̢̯̼̽̓͝t̸̨̗͇̬͂̄̈h̶͓̱̜̩̄̑̿i̴͓̽n̴̥͓̗̟͐g̷̫͍̑̽s̴͔͇̰̑́̓ͅ ̴̹͒̍̾ẗ̷͈͚̣̟́ó̵̞̠͇ ̸̲͔̣̎͊̃͝b̵̭̊͝e̸̜̥̍̑̊̀ ̷̟̠̻̀͌ḏ̴͒̓̉ȉ̸̢̯̥̺͂f̵͖̑f̴̺́̽ĩ̶̹̰͉͗͛c̵͗͜u̵̩̪̚l̵͔̐̎t̵͇̱͒̉,̷̟̱̯̄̎ ̶͖̟̜̉̕͝ẅ̴̝̭́̏ő̴͕͇̣̾ͅû̶͈̙͚̮̓l̵̢̰͉̀͑̏͛͜d̵̺̂ ̵̭̀w̶̟͑ḛ̵͉͈̈́?̶̯̯̺͋̌͐"

    The girl's position remained the same, with one major difference. For a solid few seconds, the girl's eyes shifted into a very realistic state, contrasting greatly with her almost cartoonish appearance before. They stared out of the screen, hunting for any sort of person that might be out there.

    And just as quick as it came, the text disappeared, and Monika moved back to her standing position farther from the view of the window. She smiled gently, back in her original appearance, with no new text. It seemed like she would stand there forever, when a separate alert popped up outside the main window.
    So, what do you say?

    A prompt for text sat just beneath the alert, waiting for a response calmly. It so happened that the girl's head peaked just over this box, her smile now seeming a touch more dark in tone.
     
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    Clubroom? Was that the room Monika was inside of in this game? It looked kind of empty, like it was meant to have more people in it... or maybe Robin was just projecting her own feelings. She still hadn't completely gotten over just how alone she was normally. It made her feel almost guilty to go about this so indirectly, but the mechanic knew she had to be cautious. If she didn't act reasonably then there'd be no one to help Magiano when he decided to forgo all sense of self-preservation.

    Monika had figured it out now, and her reaction was enough confirmation that she had been going about this correctly. There were a lot of assumptions being made here that might have not been spoken if she immediately presented herself, as the program might have assumed they all would go without saying, but having to carry the dialogue all on her own made her speak more... type more. It was a really restrictive looking way to communicate.

    Despite herself, Robin recoiled in fear at Monika's little jumpscare. What exactly did she mean by "difficult?" There was no way she could do much of anything, this wasn't even her own computer! Worst comes to worst, the laptop could be closed. But the thought of shutting someone who could think inside of there and just leaving them made her feel sick.

    There was a new window open, one that seemed to allow her to actually type a response. Slightly intimidated by the AI's stare still, Robin put her sticky note back on the webcam to hide herself before sitting back down in front of the laptop. This would require a lot of tact and social ingenuity, things which Robin had little of... but at least it was nonverbal. With her selective muteness, she didn't quite trust herself to explain with words.

    Her fingers began to dart around the keyboard, typing quickly and precisely.

    I didn't find this in a house and I didn't steal it. It was on a bench and there was no one around. I just wanted to find out who owned it so I could return it. Please believe me, I'd never steal from someone!
     
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    Rather then another key being pressed to enter the text, as soon as Robin's writing was complete, the popup would close. For another one of those long pauses Monika seemed so fond of, the girl stood still and without text. Even the ambient noise fell silent, adding to the air of shock and confusion. Though she didn't move, it almost seemed like she was writhing with... embarrassment? confusion? something. 'Oh great, you've certainly done it now Monika' She thought silently to herself, almost certain that if she could, she would be sweating bullets. She had to keep calm though, she couldn't break down after as simple a mistake as this, right?

    Monika: "Oh"

    Monika shifted back to the position with her hands behind her back, a slight blush appearing on her face. Judging by the look on her face, she was attempting her hardest to keep her composure, though only time could tell how long that would last. As if on queue with this reaction, a new track of music began playing in the background, which was rather fitting, judging by the girl's face. In fact, it seemed so uncomfortably fitting that the girl appeared to dart her eyes upwards for just a moment, as if to ask 'why now?'
    Monika: "Well, I apologize, I guess I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions. Hahahaha."

    Even if in text form, the laughing was obviously in a more awkward tone. The girl continued to look forward with an uncomfortable smirk, racking her electronic brain on how she could recover this interaction.
    Monika: "I'm terribly sorry about how I acted, I was just kind of jumpy, you know. Being taken away from someone's home tends to put you on edge, right?"


    After standing still for another moment, a thought clicked into Monika's head. She let this one play aloud however, as it fit the topic at hand.
    Monika: "Oh God, I don't even know my address. How am I going to get home?"

    Monika begins pacing around the clubroom, a hand pressed to her chin.

    She thought for what seemed like hours to her, but was more likely something along the lines of around sixty seconds. She couldn't remember a single mention of a house address from Edward. Then again, she had never asked. The closet she had was her IP address, ad that was near useless without a connection to the internet. The racing thoughts and situation brought her rather close to the breaking point, enough so that a small outburst escaped her proverbial lips.
    Monika: "And it would be a lot easier to think without that stupid music playing full blast!"
     
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    That had went far better than Robin had expected it to go. Her explanation, while completely true, wasn't possible to prove, so if Monika stayed suspicious then they would have been at an impasse. The mechanic deeply related to the obvious embarrassment that the program was experiencing right now. This sort of instant rebuttal would have sent her into a stammering fit.

    A rather... annoying song started playing from the computer. It didn't seem like it had been prompted by anything, despite how appropriate it was to the situation. Monika kept on typing at her, providing awkward justifications for her behavior and such, but without one of those windows to respond with the conversation was left one-sided. If she could reply, Robin would have noted something about how it would be very difficult to find someone in Pandora who didn't relate to being taken from their home.

    Without any interruptions, the text box continued to display the girl's panicked thoughts. No useful information, and all that she had heard so far was a rather generic first name. Her chances definitely didn't seem so good right now. While the AI paused again, Robin felt herself wishing she could just try to communicate a bit to see if they could work through this problem together.

    When the message that finally broke the silence was a complaint about the music, it finally hit her that Monika didn't have much control over anything inside of there. Like being trapped inside a cell with a window. And Robin had blocked the window. Her first thought was to try muting the computer, but it wasn't like Monika was using ears to hear it. Well... there were a few options on the text box.

    Robin would first reach up and fully remove the note that she had obstructed the webcam with. At this point she didn't feel like it was dangerous and it was making her feel guilty to keep blocking the view. After that, she'd try clicking on the settings button and mute the music and then return to the actual game screen. "...Is that b-better?" she asked awkwardly, before remembering that verbal communication wasn't going to work. She pulled out a pen and wrote the same message, sans the stutter, down before holding it up to face the webcam.
     
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    At first Monika was rather confused with the prompting of the settings page, but after the muting of the music she was rather grateful. She was about to do something similar herself, though she appreciated the sentiment of the other party.
    Monika: "Oh, you're muting the music? Thank you, that's rather kind. I was about to do it myself honestly."

    Monika bows her head slightly in thanks.


    It took her a moment to remember the person on the other side had no idea how to effectively contact her, so once more she checked the camera, hoping it was still uncovered. Much to her surprise, she saw what looked to be another woman, of around the same age, on the other side of the camera. It was a change of pace, but she wasn't exactly expecting it.

    When the message came in the form of a pen written note, Monika was quick to respond.
    Monika nods her head a few times

    Monika: "Yes, it's much better to think in silence. Oh, and let me get something so you don't have to constantly be writing down your replies."

    After a moment of pause another external popup appeared, much like the last, but placed in such a way it didn't obscure Monika or her pink text bubbles. The message on it read as:
    Just write what you'd like to say in here, and I can read it. Or you could enable the mic if you'd like.


    She would give them a moment to look it over before asking a request on the main page once more.
    Monika: "So, I have some questions, and I assume you have some of your own. How about we do this like in the movies; I ask you a question or two, then you can ask me yours. How about it?"
     
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    A rush of accomplishment flooded through Robin at the thought that she had made someone's day marginally easier. Turning off the music wasn't much, but a kind gesture like that could go a long way towards making someone feel more comfortable. She already felt guilty about taking her to begin with, even if she obviously had no way of knowing her actions were inadvertently kidnapping an AI.

    And kindness was repaid with kindness. Monika gave her a text box to "talk" with. The microphone was also an option, but honestly the mechanic didn't trust herself to communicate clearly at the moment. She was always shy with strangers, and this one being very unique wasn't changing that. Text would make things go more smoothly.

    They both wanted to know things, and their method of communication didn't lend itself well to an unstructured conversation, so she saw no problem with passing questions back and forth at each other. Her hands began to tap away at the keyboard.

    That sounds like it works. I guess I'll start. Could you tell me what you are? If that's OK with you, I mean.


    Thankfully, typing let her avoid all the filler words and awkward pauses her speech was sprinkled with. Otherwise that would have been way less concise... Wait, it was maybe a bit too concise. She had forgotten something important. She hastily started to type again, adding a few extra words.

    My name is Robin by the way.
     
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    Monika was glad this stranger took up her offer, it would make their communication much easier. She read over the text a few times, about to answer before she was interrupted by a second addition. At least they both knew each other on a first name basis, or at least she assumed this Robin had recognized her name.
    Monika: Me? Oh, I'm just your normal average high school girl. Only thing that's very different is that I'm inside of a computer game."

    Monika's sprite shifted as for her left hand to rest on her hip, and her right one to point upwards in the air.
    Monika: "Oh, and my name is Monika, but I guess you probably connected the dots on that yourself."


    Monika had almost forgotten how nice it was to talk to a peer who also wasn't your significant other. It had been long since she had spoken to her once friends as peers, and she had always wanted to love the man who played the game she lived within, so a normal conversation was sort of odd. She appreciated it nonetheless, and took a moment to think of how she would word her own questions.
    Monika: "So, now that it's my turn, I might as well ask you the same. Who are you, and how exactly did you find me?"


    While sitting in wait for this girl's answer, she wondered a bit about the place she had been whisked away from. She was aware that she knew next to nothing about the person that she had been calling her love, though she always thought that was just because they hadn't had time to speak. She wished now that she would have asked those things during their time together, it would have made this situation a lot easier. She was blissfully unaware that she hadn't just left her 'home', but instead that entire world had been left behind. Only time would tell how she would react to that revelation.
     
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    Though Robin may not have known much about what made one a normal high school girl, having never actually been to a school, she was reasonably sure that being inside a game was as far as you could get from that description. And that wasn't to mention that Monika's answer didn't really touch on what she wanted to know! She'd have to ask for clarification on that later.

    It was strange to think about how she was actually talking to someone else right now. Because of the odd circumstances, the mechanic's social anxiety wasn't really triggering at the moment. It felt more like texting than having a conversation, after all.

    Yeah, I figured it out.


    In the back of her mind, Robin began to wonder how she was going to explain this to any of her friends. The whole scenario sounded like it came right out of a fever dream. She'd figure that out later, though. For now she was having a conversation... well, typing it out.

    That's two questions but it's alright. I'm just a normal mechanic, nothing special. Anyways, I was just going on a walk outside because the weather has been alright aside from when things just randomly freeze. When I sat down on a bench I saw the computer next to me. There wasn't anyone nearby so I figured it was lost and brought it back to my apartment and turned it on and now we're here.


    She had typed that all out very quickly, and had rambled more than she intended to, but the message was clear: This laptop had fallen into her possession by perfectly innocuous means. These questions weren't really revealing much.

    So I guess it's my turn now? First of all, I get that you're inside of the program, but what are you? An AI, a digital copy of a mind, an actual person turned into data? Second, what are you able to control on this computer?


    In a place as crazy as Pandora, there were infinite reasonable explanations for a sapient entity to exist in a computer. While it was Robin's own fault for not being specific enough at first, she still wanted to get an answer. And the other question was simple curiosity and concern.
     
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    As she waited for Robin's reply, Monika once more attempted to look through the camera, which wasn't met with much resistance, and just look at them once more. Their room which seemed so tidy compared to the one she had grown used to before the sudden change. It seemed small, and with the books and equipment inside it, it certainly seemed a bit more homely. It was nice, almost like a vacation, or as close as she could get to one.

    Monika: "So you're a mechanic? Well, I suppose that's better then no job at all, so it's a bit of an improvement. Haha."


    It took Monika a moment to realize that she had inadvertently made fun of Edward. At first she felt rather bad about it, she shouldn't do that to the person she loved. Though she soon came to the conclusion that he would likely never know she had said such things. She didn't have to worry about hurting their feelings, and that was all that really mattered.

    Monika: "And you found the computer just sitting on a bench? That's kinda odd, isn't it? I wonder how I got there. The computer has been off, so I really don't know how long it's been since I was home."


    The intense field of color and noise that the girl was subjected to every time her game was closed was certainly enough to make her lose track of time, as it had done just recently. It certainly did make things harder for when they would search for her home. If they did end up searching that is.

    Then came the hard questions. Questions about her existence, and her purpose being here. The second question wasn't as hard, though she would have to answer the first one before. She raised a hand to her chin, a look of thought spreading across her face.

    Monika: "I really don't know. I mean, programming a fully sentient girl for an anime virtual novel is certainly overkill. I can remember from before I realized I'm inside of a game, and I can remember everything up to now, but I certainly can't remember being created or anything."

    Monika taps her hand on her chin for a few more moments, before seeming to remember something.

    Monika: "Oh yeah! I wrote the game's description too, though I don't quite know why whoever made the game allowed it to slip through."


    Monika let those statements sink in for a moment before she continued on. She tried to recount all the things she could do, but then realized it would probably be easier to explain how her existence worked on her computer anyways.

    Monika: "As for what I can do, I can control just about everything in the game and within it's files, but beyond that I'm mostly just forced to watch. It's like I don't have the privileges to edit things outside the game, but I can see that they're there and what they're doing. Does that really make sense?"


    Once more she gave a moment for the other party to read and process the information, rousing her digital brain for what her next question would be. She didn't really know, since she had given her biggest question out first. She guessed that she could go into specifics again if anything.

    Monika: "So, for my next question: Where exactly are we? Like in the world, not like your apartment"
     
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  15. Robin`

    Robin` Iconoclasts

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    One issue of communicating through something as limited as text was that the potential for misunderstandings was amplified greatly. And that had just proven true, as Robin felt herself slightly insulted at what she read as a statement that being a mechanic was only a bit of a step up from unemployment. Her job was a very prestigious one! At least... it was back where she came from... for those who practiced it legally... which she didn't. But it was still mildly insulting!

    Still, it wasn't like she could get too mad about it. It was just a minor slight. The blonde haired mechanic looked again at the charger that had been plugged into this laptop. It really was strange, now that she thought about it.

    It was also plugged into a charger, but the charger wasn't actually plugged into anything. It's kind of weird, most people wouldn't be doing that unless they were near an outlet.


    There was something obvious here, but she was missing it completely. To Robin's credit, the truth of this situation required a lot of assumptions on just what sort of things could get brought into Pandora, but it still was a shame that the thought hadn't even crossed her mind yet. Right now she was more focused on the fact that it seemed as if someone had created a fully sapient AI by complete accident as a character in dating simulator, of all things. How did something like that even happen?

    And even worse, it sounded as if Monika was basically trapped inside of there. Not even able to interact with the other features of the laptop imprisoning her. Robin really wanted to try helping her with that, but it was obviously a programming problem. Code wasn't something she could work with well, as her skills were mainly featured on physical objects. Maybe she could make some sort of peripheral limb, like a metal arm linked to the computer? Prosthetic body parts were already of interest to the mechanic, so her mind was starting to think about ways to help with this issue...

    But that was something that could wait. They were still talking right now.

    My apartment is in River Town, in Pandopolis. Do you know where you were at all?


    A laptop like this wouldn't ever come from the Vales or the Wastes, and it wasn't advanced enough to be Elysium tech. Robin's guess would be that this Edward was from somewhere in Centria or Pandopolis. This computer would fit right in with the normal tech of the region, AI inhabitant notwithstanding.
     
  16. Monika

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    Monika thought that her laptop had been plugged in before she was taken. That means the PC couldn't have been in it's thief's hands for long. She thought for a moment why one would leave it out on a bench. Maybe they saw the police and decided to run on without it? Maybe they just forgot it? It was in the past now though, and for all she knew, she could have not been stolen at all.

    Monika: "Well the computer was plugged in when I was still in the apartment, so maybe whoever took it didn't have enough time to snoop around?"

    Monika sighs defeatedly

    Monika: "It really is rather odd."


    As the next bit of text arrived, Monika was met with places she had never heard of. 'Pandopolis'? 'River Town'? It certainly wasn't any country or town she knew of. Sounded almost English in a way, though she wasn't particularly vested in geography. She was even less vested on her own geography. She was supposedly from Japan, though she suspected her creator was likely not of that nationality themselves. She knew for certain one thing however, and that was that Edward was an American.

    Monika: "I know that this laptop comes from The United States. I don't know which state though. I probably should have asked that sooner."


    Monika's sprite on screen begins to press her fingers together, a somewhat awkward expression spreading over her face again. To be honest, she hadn't exactly had much time to ask important questions. Most had just been about what Edward liked and how he was. She would have to be more forward with important questions in the future, like the ones she was asking right now.

    Monika: "So where in the world is Pandopolis? I've certainly never heard of it before."