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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 10:48 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

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?"

Date: 2009-02-21 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight3000.insanejournal.com
"It is entirely possible. I was able to eradicate its remaining active traces, but not any footprints it may have left behind. It could be a temporary affectation, or a permanent one. I do not know."

Date: 2009-02-21 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Permanent..." Hattie was still peering into Kitt's face, probably fairly intrusively. "I'm going to hope for something more on the temporary side."

Then, realizing that she'd been talking about him, rather than TO him, she pulled back and had the grace to look ashamed. "Sorry."

Date: 2009-02-21 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
For his part, he'd already pulled away, with a look of irritation. "There's nothing wrong with me." And it was true, in a way. "Tell her, Kobie."

Date: 2009-02-21 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight3000.insanejournal.com
"If you insist," the A.I. replies, after establishing a mutual connection to enable the pair of them to hear him. "K.A.R.R. The acronym stands for Knight Automated Roving Robot. He was the predecessor to the Knight Industries Two Thousand, and the first true artificial intelligence developed by Wilton Knight. In essence, he is Kitt's brother. And therefore, perhaps by extension, my own."

Date: 2009-02-21 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Okay? That's not-" She shook her head and moved closer again, easing onto the edge of the bed. "Your brother did you some serious harm, Kitt. And whatever is lingering? You don't look the same."

She reached out with one hand to touch his and then pulled back, folding her hands in her lap. "You scared me. We came and got you and brought you home."

Date: 2009-02-21 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"He did me a favor." He was going for shooting the words back at her, but only managed to make them barely audible under his breath, lowering his eyes to stare at the bedspread.

He nodded, still not looking up. "Thank you."

Date: 2009-02-21 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight3000.insanejournal.com
"I do not understand how infecting you and the Knight Industries servers with a virus could be considered a favor. His entire demeanor seemed to indicate an extremely hostile state of mind."

Date: 2009-02-21 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"A favor?"

He may not have shot the words back at her, but she still heard them and they still had the desired effect: they hurt. Swallowing, she stood again and, once again, crossed her arms over her chest.

Speaking to Kobie, "You're sure that he's not going to be hurt by whatever's inside him now?"

Date: 2009-02-21 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"He managed to get to the servers after all?" He frowned, shaking his head. "I hadn't realized that." He closed his eyes, opened them again. "But he didn't shoot me. He can be hostile all he wants. He let me walk away. That has to stand for something."

He paused, glancing at Hattie. "He made me stronger."

Date: 2009-02-21 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight3000.insanejournal.com
"The virus attached itself extremely well, and was primarily aimed at you, though it duplicated itself through Knight Industries' email system. I was forced to temporarily disable all email acess and communications while I isolated and dealt with it. The virus' active elements have been eradicated from your own system. However, the code was extremely complex and targeted, and I cannot say for certain that my eradication was entirely complete or that there is not some dormant code that may reactivate at a later time. I am sorry. I regret that I do not know for certain."

There is a pause. "I do not believe that 'knocking you on your ass', as Michael might say, could be considered an effective method of making you stronger."

Date: 2009-02-21 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com

Hattie didn't even bother to try and keep the disbelief out of her voice. "You do know that what you're saying is absolutely LUDICROUS, right?" He knew that, right?! "Stronger? So, we-" She motioned between them," -fight and you go off and hide, I don't hear from you for two days and when I do? It's because you're being eaten from the inside out by your counterpart who really, no REALLY, isn't all that bad. He's making you STRONGER."

Date: 2009-02-21 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"I see." He frowned. "But you were able to deal with it, correct? The network at Knight Industries is secure?" Kitt rubbed a hand down his face, dismissing Kobie's concerns. "My worry is for Knight Industries at the moment. If there is dormant code within my own systems, I'll deal with it at a later date." He turned to look at Hattie again.

"I wasn't 'hiding'. I was coping." His voice was harsh. "You don't understand what happened."

Date: 2009-02-21 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight3000.insanejournal.com
"I isolated the remaining traces on an unused partition and eliminated them, though I have sampled and thoroughly surveyed the virus' makeup in order to better understand it should it make a reappearance at a future date."

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