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The ride from Maine via Kobie and portkeys wasn't exactly uncomfortable, but she DID let the Three Thousand drive since she was more worried about Kitt than what was going on on the roads.

As he pulled through the gates onto the large property, Hattie looked up and out the windshield briefly, then leaned over to run her fingers through Kitt's hair. "We're home, Kitt. We'll figure something out here."

She jumped out at the front door and let Kobie take him to the garage, going inside and asking for the butler and the gardener. If she could, she was going to avoid lifting Kitt into the house by herself. Not because she couldn't, but because she was fairly certain that she'd draw more talk NOT asking help than if she did.

Once he was settled on the bed, she thanked the staff and shut the bedroom doors. Then, she stood there and stared at the prone body of her husband.

Date: 2009-02-20 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight3000.insanejournal.com
Kobie's dulcet tones sound in her ear. "I have done what I can to eradicate the remaining traces of the virus. It took me some time."

Date: 2009-02-20 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Thanks, Kobie."

Hattie hadn't taken out the earwig, both because she wasn't sure if she was going to need to talk to the other car and also because... well, she didn't feel quite so alone with it there. Still, with Kitt on the bed, out cold, she wasn't sure what she should do. It didn't fit in with any of her training and Kobie had done what he could, right?

So, she stood on the opposite side of the room and stared at Kitt's body for a very long time, finally working up the courage to move closer, placing one hand on his shin. "Kitt?" She wasn't really expecting an answer. "KITT?"

Date: 2009-02-20 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
It was another few minutes before his eyelids fluttered open in the darkened room. He blinked, disoriented, his eyes taking in his surroundings without recognition for several long moments. He didn't move, other than to bring his hand to his chest, briefly probing the sore spot where Karr's boot had held him to the ground before even that was too much effort. He tried to lick his lips, but his mouth was dry, so instead he closed his eyes again, shaking his head slowly.

Date: 2009-02-20 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight3000.insanejournal.com
"Hattie. My sensors indicate that Kitt's neural pathways are once more active at normal levels. Is he awake?"

Date: 2009-02-20 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
She'd finally moved from the bed to the window, but when she heard the voice in her ear, she spun around and stared at the bed. When she didn't see him move again, right away, she started to tell Kobie 'no', but then she saw his head shake.

"He looks like he might be," she answered as she skirted the bed. "Kitt?"

Date: 2009-02-20 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"Hat." It was a whisper, with barely enough breath, his eyes still closed. His hand moved across the coverlet, his fingers seeking hers.

Date: 2009-02-20 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Kitt."

She felt tears spring to her eyes and she left his side only to go into the bathroom and fill his glass with water. Then she came back to the bed and sat on the edge, holding the glass out for him. "Here. Water."

Her fingers slid through his. "Drink, Kitt."

Date: 2009-02-20 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
He was sore, making sitting up a slow and difficult process, but he finally managed with Hattie's help. He took the water gratefully, sipping at it carefully at first before swallowing in great gulps. He hadn't realized how thirsty he'd been.

He set the glass in his lap, leaning back and closing his eyes again. "What happened?"

Date: 2009-02-20 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"I don't know," she said immediately and then stopped and shook her head a little. "That's not true. Apparently, you'd gone to Maine. Some house out there. Someone found you, Karr? He attacked you with a virus. He showed up, Kitt."

She waited until he was sitting comfortably and then eased onto the bed, too. "I hadn't heard from you. Kobie was monitoring for anything out of the ordinary and that virus was it."

Date: 2009-02-20 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
He smiled suddenly, opening his eyes to look at her. "I found him. Yes. I found him. He's here, and he's alive, Hattie. I have another chance to make things right with him."

He settled back again, the smile fading as he began to remember why he'd been in Maine in the first place. "Is Kobie all right? Did the virus attack his systems as well?"

Date: 2009-02-20 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
Hattie sat back when he showed signs of being fully awake and functioning, her jaw dropping slightly when he focused his eyes on her.

Calmly, she slid off the bed, crossing her arms in front of her. "Kobie's fine. He managed to isolate the virus. You can talk to him about it." She paused, and tried not to stare. "WHO is here, Kitt? Who's alive?"

Date: 2009-02-21 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"Karr, Hattie. He's here, in this world. Not the same as the one I remember, of course, a different version, but still, he's here. I have another chance." He frowned again, but seemed relieved about Kobie. "I would like to talk to him."

So she was closing down, crossing her arms in front of her. Fine, she was still angry. Well, he wasn't exactly happy, either. And if she kept staring at him perhaps he'd make use of that cottage again, sooner rather than later.

Date: 2009-02-21 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Karr. Your... predecessor." Her eyes narrowed in confusion. "He's the one that- Kobie has it on visual. Part of you retained it. I think you, um-"

She cleared her throat. "Kobie? Is Kitt still- I mean, something's different about him. He's not-" She leaned down to peer into his eyes. "His eyes are different. Could it be a residual effect of the virus?"

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Date: 2009-02-21 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
It was the cavalier way he said 'eventually' that really pissed her off. She stood there and blinked at him for almost a full minute, trying to think of something intelligent to say. In the end, she came up with, "Eventually?"

Date: 2009-02-21 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"Yes, eventually." He emphasized the word for good measure. "As it didn't seem as though you wanted me to come back. You certainly did a good job of pushing me out the door. At the very first opportunity you made sure to remind me of my past indiscretions, didn't you? Indiscretions that had 'supposedly'," - he raised his hands to make air quotes around the words - "been forgiven." He shook his head. "I know what I did. Thank you for that reminder, though. I might have forgotten otherwise."

Date: 2009-02-21 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Didn't seem-? Because people never have fights. Kitt, you're not supposed to STAY gone. You're not even supposed to GO. Just-"

She made a disgusted sound. "What are you even talking about? 'Indiscretions'? I don't even know what you mean."

Date: 2009-02-21 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
He looked away. "I've never been involved in an argument such as this before." He sighed, glanced at her, then began picking at an imaginary stray thread on the coverlet.

"You said that I didn't know my wife or my home. How else was I supposed to interpret that?"

Date: 2009-02-21 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
Her eyes narrowed. "You mean after you said if you felt like remembering where you lived?" She nodded once. "You're absolutely right. What could I have possibly read wrong in that?"

Shaking her head, she moved across the room toward the door. "You're the one that swore I wasn't here for three days once. That's all I was saying. But you're right, Kitt. It was long past and I shouldn't have ever brought it up again. You should be able to come and go as you please. Stay gone as long as you want. Don't call. Why should I care?"

Date: 2009-02-21 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"After YOU made a snarky remark telling me to remember!" He was shaking his head now, gritting his teeth and trying to remain calm. "Swore? Swore? So you think I'm lying to you about that? Using it as some sort of excuse?" He threw the covers off, swinging his legs off the bed. "Indeed. Why should you care? I was only planning on going for a drive. You're the one who made sure I didn't WANT to come back."

Date: 2009-02-21 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"I wouldn't know, remember? I wasn't HERE." And then, "I made sure? I made sure you didn't want to come back?" She almost laughed, and DID smile. "You have to be joking. If you want to go, Kitt? Go." She waved her hands at him. "Go. No one's stopping you. If I had known that you wanted to stay gone, then I wouldn't have bothered looking for you."

The look she gave him was pure ice. "Just go." She took three steps toward the door and rephrased it. "Oh, wait. This is all yours, Mr. Knight Industries. I'll go," was what she snapped before she yanked the door open.

Date: 2009-02-21 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"So of course I made up the whole thing, because I'm just that delusional!"

He leaped off the bed and grabbed her arm, spinning her around to face him. The look in his eyes was venomous. "No one's stopping me? You're my driver. If you'd found me you could have ordered me to return. I didn't want to come back. Not to someone who doesn't believe me, who doesn't trust me, who thinks nothing of dredging up past wrongs and throwing them in my face. If I want to get away, I have to disappear."

He let her go, shaking with anger. "You have a cruel streak that doesn't become you, Miss Jackson." So saying, he pushed past her, stomping off down the hall.

Date: 2009-02-21 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Did I say you made it up? No. I said I WASN'T HERE." She stomped after him, refusing to rub her arm where he'd grabbed it. "If being your driver means that I have to be your babysitter? Kitt, no. ORDERED YOU? You don't have to come back. I'm telling you right now that you don't have to come back at all."

She stopped at the top of the stairs and looked at him. Her voice was calm, she wasn't shouting. She crossed her arms lightly over her chest, partially to calm herself and partially to give an appearance of calm. "I'm cruel and you feel like you have to disappear." She shook her head. "Go, Kitt. No one will look for you. I'll leave Kobie here for you if you need him."

So saying, she turned and walked back to their bedroom, trying not to think about the scene they were making.

Date: 2009-02-21 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"I didn't have to tell you anything of what happened while you were gone, and yet I did. I didn't expect you to be happy, but I NEVER suspected that you were lying when you said you forgave me. We both know how that's gone, don't we?" He smiled, a cruel smile of his own. "Don't worry, Hattie. From now on, there is only one child in this house. I expect Kobie will be more than eager to take on the challenge of helping me to re-write my own programming." He paused. "That is, of course, unless YOU have any objections. After all, when I've tried to make similar decisions for myself in the past they've been roundly vetoed by you. I'm assuming by your words that I now have your permission."

Date: 2009-02-21 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"I wasn't lying, Kitt, I was angry. I didn't expect you to leave for days without calling in retaliation-"

Her eyebrows went up and her mouth fell open. "Only one child? Are you serious? Is that what this is about? You think I've held you back? I've VETOED something?" She shook her head and held up her hands, refusing to let him see her cry. "Do what you want. You are so far gone anymore, I don't even-"

Date: 2009-02-21 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"So angry that you had to make sure I'd never forget how badly I'd hurt you? And you're the one speaking of retaliation? YOU must be the one joking now, Hattie." He'd stopped on the stairs, turning to stare at her, anger and hurt but mostly calm fury smoldering behind his eyes.

"Don't even what?" He snorted in a mockery of amusement. "You can't tell me that you've already forgotten what a liability I am. How you won't ALLOW me to break my programming for YOU. If that's your concern, there's no need to worry. I'm not doing this for you. I'm doing it for me."

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