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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: 2009-02-21 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
"Stronger?"

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."

Date: 2009-02-21 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Coping."

She straightened her spine and then looked down at her shoes, swallowing. "Of course you were. Because-" She couldn't even find it in herself to be mean anymore. Fighting with Kitt wasn't like fighting with Cam. Besides, who knew if Kitt felt cornered that he wouldn't run off to 'cope' again? Instead, she shook her head and moved to the chair she sat in when she was most upset. "Whatever, Kitt."

Date: 2009-02-21 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"It will make a reappearance, Kobie. I'm certain of it. But thank you for the damage control. It is more than appreciated, believe me. I am in your debt."

He sighed, leaning back again, thoroughly tired of arguing but not sure at this point how to do anything else. "Mmmhmm."

Date: 2009-02-21 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight3000.insanejournal.com
"You are welcome. The system is now indeed secure, though it necessitated my involvement with rewriting some elements of the system's firewalls. I hope this was acceptable. I believe it will be safe to reboot the two servers that suffered downtime as a result of this virus, and grant email access back to the members of Knight Industries shortly."

Pause. "Perhaps I should remove myself from the conversation at this juncture. I am beginning to garner the impression that privacy may be required if there is to be a lover's quarrel of some kind. I do not wish to be an intrusive element."

Date: 2009-02-21 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"No, no, that's perfectly fine. More than fine. Thank you. You've probably saved the company. If the databases are lost..." He shuddered, not wanting to think about the years of work that could have been potentially wiped out. Perhaps he should put Kobie in charge of technological security. It was worth a consideration.

Kitt pressed his lips together, HARD, to keep from laughing out loud at Kobie's assessment of the situation. Not that the situation itself was funny, but hearing Kobie's innocent summation did make it seem a bit less serious.

"I'll wish to speak with you at a later time, Kobie."

Date: 2009-02-21 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight3000.insanejournal.com
"Of course." Then, before he signs off, he adds, "It is good to have you both home again, and safe."

Date: 2009-02-21 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"Goodnight, Kobie."

Hattie was still glaring at him, and Kobie had signed off before he realized what he'd said - the both of them home and safe?

He turned his gaze onto Hattie, staring at her evenly.

Date: 2009-02-21 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
Hattie wasn't glaring... she was 'watching with concern'. That's all. And hey, for all Kitt knew, Kobie just meant that now they were both home safe from Kitt's lil sojourn to Maine. Geez, Kitt, paranoid much?

"Goodnight, Kobie. And thank you." A pause while she debated with herself. "For everything."

Watching Kitt watch HER seemed like a good intermediary plan, so she went with that. "I'm glad you're back, too."

Date: 2009-02-21 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"Are you?" The words were out before he could bite them back, but even so he wasn't sure he regretted them - yet. He kept watching her, gauging her reactions.

Date: 2009-02-21 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
So he was going to make their fight all her fault? Fine. She stayed where she was and simply nodded in the affirmative.

Date: 2009-02-21 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
He nodded slowly, lowering his voice. "Thank you."

Date: 2009-02-21 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
She moved back in forth in front of the window for a moment and then asked, "Maine?" She shook her head. "No one knew where you were."

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