@Blackbird Ha yeah but shhh don't tell her that you'll give her a BSOD or something. I don't know if she'd let you hug her either lol.
Ceri's father is a controlling asshole. The biggest example of that is plot-relevant stuff so I'm not going to talk about it, but it pretty thoroughly convinced Ceri his father doesn't give a flying fuck about anyone other than himself, not even his blood relatives. He also technically employs/owns Alice so that's why Ceri makes metaphorical disgusted faces when Alice talks about "Master."
Also the elemental manipulation thing kinda sounds like Avatarverse, if you're familiar with that?
Re: Dani's mom Maybe she's under the impression Dani actually likes & wants to get married to Eldric?
@typical_demigod Ha well good?
I doubled the population from where we are now because this story is set in the far distant future. Not really far distant, but not near distant either. We hit 7 billion in 2011. The housing situation does change things but like, there are reasons people live where they do now. Only about 5-10% of the Earth is suited for permanent human settlement and I'm pretty sure not all of it is in New Zealand.
Also oooh polyamory
Have you ever had sex with someone of the same gender?
Ceri: Uh... no.
Ceri: ...Wait really?
Alice: My former profession favored sexual flexibility.
Ceri: ...Oh. One of these days you're going to have to tell me what that was.
Alice: I will never have to and so I will not.
What does 'humanity' mean to you?
(Ha I see where you got this from.)
Ceri: Um........ U-Um...................................
Alice: "Humanity" has several different meanings. It can describe empathy or mercy or compassion, the aspect of being human, the collective human race, often used to describe a cause or ideal, and all knowledge concerning human culture.
Ceri: I don't think they were asking for a dictionary definition.
Alice: What is your definition?
(Sorry lol it appears the characters caught in the center of a conflict about the nature of humanity are not prepared to answer that question.)
What's the perfect day and how would you spend it?
Ceri: [runs a hand over his face] Sleeping probably.
Alice: I cannot imagine perfection.
Who takes care of you when you're sick?
Alice: A technician.
Ceri: Uh... this one actually. [points to Alice]
Alice: Ah yes, how's my bedside manner?
Ceri: Pretty good actually. [He smiles.]
[Alice's face stays neutral but she flushes slightly.]
Knowing that you could return to your own time period if you decided, would you rather travel to the past or the future?
Ceri: Um... the past. Probably towards the end of the population boom. It would be cool to see society begin reshape itself, I think.
[Ceri looks confused.]
Alice: I would choose not to time travel.
Ceri: Oh. ...Why?
Alice: I would most likely die if I traveled to the past and I am not curious about the future.
Ceri: ...Fair I guess. Weird but fair.
Do you have a 'comfort food' for when you're sick or sad?
Ceri: I don't really want to eat when I'm sick. When I'm sad... uh. I like fish I guess.
Alice: Food is worse than water.
Ceri: ....Wait but can't you actually get useful things from food?
Alice: [sighs] Yes, my body is able to extract fuel and essential chemicals from some foods. But most food that is palatable to humans is simply mostly waste, and I do not enjoy the process of expelling it. I prefer to get my energy in a form that does not require digestion.
Ceri: Huh. So what is useful to you?
Alice: Oil and fat. Electrolytes. Metals I am composed of, such a silicon, titanium, zinc and copper. Synthetic organic polymers.
Ceri: ...How can something be both synthetic and organic?
Alice: It contains carbon as its main ingredient and is produced through a man-made process.
Ceri: [tilts head] What do you use it for?
Alice: My skin and other protective coverings. It can also be used internally for fine structures.
Ceri: ....Huh. So charcoal dipped in vegetable oil is like a feast for you?
Alice: No. I don't enjoy eating.
(BTW synthetic organic polymers are the most common form of plastic. Ceri can't make the connection cause his brain is not very precise with language and he doesn't know that much about chemistry, and Alice at this point pretty much won't answer a question she isn't asked directly.)
What would you do if Godzilla attacked?
Ceri: Pffft. Same, probably.
Would you rather be a zombie, vampire, or werewolf?
Alice: I can't be a zombie because I do not have biological systems and digestion is disgusting. As I'm sure I've already established.
Ceri: Yeah, but you have to pick one. It says so right there in the instructions.
Alice: [bites the inside of her cheek, then sighs] Why don't you answer while I'm coming up with an answer.
Ceri: [snorts] Okay uh... werewolf, I guess, I'm already part furry anyway.
Alice: ...Your mutations are not an indicator of your sexuality.
Ceri: [kinda sullen] It's a joke. [He shifts, stretching out a little.] Do you have an answer now.
Alice: I guess... for robots being zombie would be equivalent to being malprogrammed or excessively buggy in a way that makes one violent to the point of disregarding self-preservation. A vampire would be an android built to be exceptionally seductive and physically agile and prey on other android's energy supplies or... coolant systems.... in order to survive. A werewolf would be an android that becomes physically larger, violent and instinctual at regular intervals, and then transforms back. ...I'm not sure the last one would be possible. I'm not sure under what circumstances those capabilities would be required in an android. I would rather not be maprogrammed. So I guess I would rather be a "vampire," so to speak. Which I guess I technically already am.
Ceri: ...You are?
Alice: It is common for components, especially hard to find or reproduce components, to be salvaged from defunct robots and used to repair those that are still mostly functional.
Ceri: That sounds more like a Frankenstein than a vampire.
Alice: Hm. I think I would enjoy a boost to physical agility. And an increased lifespan.
Ceri: ...How old are you?
Alice: Mentally I am profiled to be somewhere in my late teenage years. Physically I am 2 years old.
Ceri: ....Shit I didn't know I was being tended to by a baby.
[He grins at her. Alice glares back at him.]
Do you/would you like having your picture taken?
Ceri: No. People like to do that to me. I never like it. Especially when they act like they're being sneaky. They're not.
Alice: I am indifferent. My face mask does not come close to capturing my identity.
Ceri: So could you like... change it? If you wanted to?
Alice: It is not up to me, but yes.
Ceri: Who is it up to?
Ceri: [flatly] Oh.
Have you got any irrational fears?
Ceri: Uuuuuuuuuuh. Maybe?
Alice: Yes you do.
Ceri: Like what?
Alice: [says plot relevant stuff]. Also David beating you in chess, though I frankly do not understand why you spend any time with that man at all.
Ceri: [rubs his jaw] Aw come on, he's interesting.
Alice: He is spiteful and arrogant.
Ceri: [looks at his leg as he shifts it along the ground] Yeah well maybe that's just what I'm used to.
[She stares at him, eyes half lidded and face hard. Ceri doesn't look at her.]
Ceri: ...What about you?
Alice: [sits back in her chair] Yes. And that is all I will say on the matter.
If you could change any single event in your past, what would it be and why?
[Both look at the ground]
Alice: I never would have let him be in a room alone with me.
Ceri: [looks up] Let who be alone with you?
Alice: ...It doesn't matter.
Ceri: [looks as though he's going to respond, but closes his mouth and looks away from her] If I could change one thing... I guess, if I could change something that happened before I was born, I [redacted for plot relevancy]
Alice: Your mutations don't make you less human.
[He looks at her with a half smile, eyes soft. She stares back at him, something sinking in the pit of her stomach.]
(Ha. Alice maybe could tell you what happened to her without being plot-censored, but she's not gonna explain herself if Ceri's in the room. Sorry gais.)
Would you ever like to be in a settled, committed relationship with someone?
Ceri: ...Sure? I mean, kinda depends on the person, but I'm not adverse to the idea.
Alice: ....I've seen enough to know it can be a tool of terror just as much as a wonder.
(She lieees. But anyway.)
If two of your friends are fighting, do you try to pacify or just stay out of it?
Ceri: Friends plural? I have like one.
Alice: ...David is not a friend?
Ceri: Hm, no, he's more like... a rival I guess. [He smiles.]
Alice: Hm. Well-
Ceri: No wait you're my friend!
Alice: I am?
Ceri: Y-yeah, I mean, if you want to be?
Alice: I never really considered what our relationship was beyond employer and employee. [pause] I.. I guess?
Ceri: [smiles] Hm, cool. So if you and Mila got into a fight... [He frowns] What would you even be fighting about?
Alice: I'm sure there's many reasons we would argue with each other.
Ceri: Hm? Like what?
Alice: ...Never mind. For me, I don't have any friends... besides Ceri I guess.
Ceri: ...Have you ever had a friend?
Alice: No. Coworkers, but no friends. I can't imagine what I would do.
Ceri: ...Well I guess I would try to pacify them. At least try to get them to work it out. Friends are a precious resource.
[Ceri grins. Alice flushes a little and smiles slightly.]
Do you keep a diary/journal?
Alice: My system contains logs of major events in my existence for debugging purposes.
Ceri: Nope. I don't have the time.
Is there anything you thought was really cool when you were a kid, but now you just don't anymore?
Ceri: Oh god uuuuuuh
Alice: I didn't have a childhood.
Ceri: I... thought my mutations were cool at one point. But some people made me aware that they aren't.
Alice: ..."Cool" is far too ambiguous and fluid to mean anything concrete anyway.
What was your dream job? If you got to do your dream job, was it as good as you expected, or disappointing?
Ceri: I've... never had one? Just haven't thought about it...
Alice: I have a function I am programmed to do. I don't "dream" about jobs.
If you have the chance to switch bodies with each other, who will it be?
Alice: There is only one option for both of us. ....That would be interesting.
Is there anyone that you would go to jail for?
Alice: ...No, that's foolish. Ceri, say no.
Ceri: ....No? I meant what I said.
Alice: You spoke far to quickly, you didn't even consider the question.
Ceri: Doesn't mean I didn't mean it.
Have you ever been used by someone you trusted?
Ceri: ...No? Then what was the guy you were in the room alone with?
Alice: I told you, that doesn't matter.
[Ceri looks unconvinced.]
What's your favorite book?
Ceri: Hoofman's A Syringe of Adrenaline
Alice: I don't know enough about literary analysis to answer that question.
Ceri: Oh come on, I'm sure you've read a couple books.
Alice: Many actually. That is why I can't choose.
OK I GIVE UP I CAN'T CATCH UP HERE HAVE THIS