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The bed's made and Richard's relaxed on it, one hand tucked behind his head as he watches River finish getting dressed. The other hand is hanging off the side of the mattress, scritching Damocles' head.

"So CAL makes a copy of your data every time you return to the Library, and if something happens, she can restore you from that, correct?"

Date: 2009-05-26 04:01 am (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (River)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
"Yes, mostly correct. When I first found Milliways, I was obsessive about backing up everyday. Since I spend most of my time here, I have a reminder to go back weekly."

She smiles down at him as she buttons up her blouse.

"Would you like to come with? You can bring Damocles."

Date: 2009-05-26 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
He arches an eyebrow.

"That'd be his first trip out of bar," Richard says thoughtfully. "A good idea." Dam, go get my boots.

The dog gets to his feet and trots off.

"Out of curiosity, what happens if you're restored from a less than recent point?"

Date: 2009-05-26 04:23 am (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (blue eyes)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
River pauses to think about that for a moment.

"I suppose you'd have to catch me up on any recent developments. I've put markers on certain files that are not to be used any longer."

She steps into her boots and bends to lace them up.

"Restore points from the time before I met you, for instance."

Date: 2009-05-26 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
"A little amnesia, but not total?" Okay. He can live with that.

Dam drops his first boot at his feet and trots off for the next while Richard is lacing up.

Date: 2009-05-26 04:38 am (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (looking up smile)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
"Yes, and my notes should catch me up on the difference."

"Perhaps when I'm done showing you, we can find a beach to walk on? Give Dam a chance to chase some seagulls?"

Date: 2009-05-26 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
"I'm not sure he'd know what to do with them." How about it, Dam, want to chase some birds?

Birds are so tiny, though.

These are bigger. Think rabbit-sized.

Oooo. Yes, sir!


"He's interested."

Date: 2009-05-26 04:50 am (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (laughing)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
River laughs at the Doberman's little prance step at the end of that exchange.

"Well, he'd have to catch one first. Come on you two."

She grabs a few things from her desk in the office before preceding them out into the corridor, waiting while Richard locks the apartment.

"So I know the rule is that only I can open the Door to my world, but I bring a two copies of my archive back every week. That's what is in my desk. Top drawer, in the back."

Date: 2009-05-26 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
"And the best person to ask to restore you from that is..?"

If she doesn't have one yet, he'll just ask Ray. Ray would at least have an idea on how to start.

And worse comes to worse, he can always make a request of Ace to use her TARDIS to visit the Library and do it that way.

Date: 2009-05-26 05:15 am (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (companion)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
"That is a bit of a conundrum. Perhaps we should speak to Ray about the possibility? Or did you have someone else in mind?"

While they've been talking, she leads them down to the bar, and through her door.

Come on, Dam. She makes sure to have a hand on him as they both pass through the door.

Date: 2009-05-26 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
...whoa.

Richard smiles a bit, bumping River as they step inside the Library.

"I was thinking of Ray, actually. The man seems to know just about everything and anything."

Date: 2009-05-26 01:50 pm (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (blue eyes)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
"Yes, that's what I was thinking. Hallo CAL."

"Hello River, Captain Ryan. Unlicensed acqui- Oh!" CAL's face lit up like the little girl she really was coming downstairs on Christmas morning. "Is this Damocles?" She looks back and forth between the adults and the dog.

"Yes, CAL. Go on, Dam. Say hello."

The girl, for all she is the Library's AI, probably smells like a little girl who spends her time reading books, watching the telly, eating sweeties, and drawing pictures.

River takes Richard's hand in her own, watching the two get acquainted.

Date: 2009-05-26 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
Richard's still a bit leery about AI children. His one previous experience with such a program involved the Red Queen (http://shewasright.livejournal.com/4082.html?thread=54514#t54514), and she would have killed him had she thought she needed to.

Still, CAL has been well-behaved every time he's visited.

Dam wags his tail a bit, ears at half mast as he politely sniffs the girl. Hi! He hasn't met all that many children, due to Richard.

The werewolf gives River a sidelong glance.

Date: 2009-05-26 05:53 pm (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (looking up smile)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
"Hello Damocles." CAL extends a hand to the dog, her eyes wide.

River smirks at Richard. "She asks me about him every time I come to visit."

"He's beautiful!" The girl's hand reaches out to ruffle Damocles' ears. "Good dog," she murmurs.

River lets Dam get his proper pets before calling him back. "CAL, can you find me a book with a beach? Preferably one with seagulls and a nice temperate climate?"

"Yes, River. Accessing. Meet you in your office with a selection in just a few." The girl waves tentatively to Richard before disappearing.

Date: 2009-05-26 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
He nods in return, trying not to look too unfriendly.

Damocles' ears are now pricked forward. Where'd she go?

She's still around. She merely isn't here. The rules are a little different in this world.

What rules?

...human phrase. Nevermind.


"Any alien beach paradises I should know about?"

Date: 2009-05-26 06:22 pm (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (blue eyes)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
Girl come back later, Dam. Promise. River holds the door of her office for the both of them.

"Oh I can think of a few rather spectacular ones, jade singing sands and what not. Did you have a preference?"

She moves off toward her workstation, clearing off a space in the window seat for him should he decide to sit, rather than pace.

Date: 2009-05-26 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
"Singing?" He looks less than intrigued at that possibility. "Doesn't that get annoying?"

He opts to stand for now. Dam is skirting around the edges of the room, sniffing at everything.

Date: 2009-05-26 06:35 pm (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (working)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
She slips into her chair and the workstation lights up. There's one little box of red in a sea of blue, and she deactivates the reminder with a poke of her finger.

"Well, it's not like they play show tunes. The waves set up a resonance pattern in the beach. It's actually rather soothing. Like a chorus of soft bells."

Dam will probably have great fun in the solarium with all the plants. There might be a cricket or two in there to chase. Maybe even a moth.

Date: 2009-05-26 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
"But do they have seagulls? Or something similar?" That's why they brought Dam after all.

Though he's investigating crickets at the moment. Those actually are kinda tasty, unlike those crappy moths.

Richard glances out the window, but when he looks back River is glowing slightly.

"...everything all right?"

Date: 2009-05-26 06:54 pm (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (blue eyes)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
"This is the baseline scan. Hold on a moment." She holds still while the scan completes, and then the light fades.

A mechanical voice announces, "Incremental archive commencing. Please stand by."

"Seagulls, yes, the ones that don't chase back. Well, your Earth has any number of amazing beaches, black sand or white, or even red. Hawaii or Greece, perhaps?"

"Please refrain from moving. Beginning incremental archive again."

"Yes, fine. Have it your way," she answers the machine, rolling her eyes at Richard.

Date: 2009-05-26 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
"I'm not that particular. If there's nothing there to chase us but something interesting for Dam to poke his nose in, I think that'd be fine."

And then he gives her and amused smile because he assumes she's still being scanned and can't answer.

Date: 2009-05-26 07:08 pm (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (mouthful smirk)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
She holds his gaze while the archive program completes, blinking occasionally. The machine chimes and the voice announces, "Incremental archive complete. Please review archive and confirm."

She beckons Richard with a hand.

"Now, this is the point where I go through my archive and decide what I'd like to keep and what I'd like to revert to an earlier file version. The bones in my hand, for instance, have never been broken because I chose not to archive that information. But the scar at my shoulder is carried forward. Helpful if I ever decide to get a tattoo or something," she winks at him, teasing.

Date: 2009-05-26 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
He frowns thoughtfully as he stands next to her.

"That could take a while, unless you're just looking at the changes from the last save file?"

Date: 2009-05-26 07:18 pm (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (working)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
"Yes, exactly, just the last file."

Her fingertips fly over the file, each sector lighting up as she touches it. It's clear she's done this a few times.

She talks while she works. "So Greece then? There are ruins in Greece." The enthusiasm in her voice reminds him of the way some women would mention a shoe sale.

Date: 2009-05-26 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captainryan.livejournal.com
"Have you been there before?"

He has, but he was mostly just passing through. Sight-seeing has never been high on his list of priorities.

Date: 2009-05-26 07:28 pm (UTC)
hell_in_highheels: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hell_in_highheels
"No, but I've read about it. I mean, I don't mind skipping the ruins."

She finishes her work and hits confirm on the file. One last scan passes over her and she shivers, her scent reverting to one akin to her having just stepped out of the shower.

"Two copies, please."

Two tiny discs, perhaps an inch across, appear on the desk beside her. She slips them into a little sleeve, and pockets them.

"There. Done." She stands, catching his hand again, standing on her tiptoes to brush a kiss against his cheek.

"Now, let's see what options CAL has come up with for us."

There's a stack of large format books on the end of the reading table now, that may or may not have been there when they arrived.

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