[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat][Montserrat Kashia was the least of Dante’s concerns, as she was being taken more as a precautionary measure than an integral part of the plan. In truth he would have preferred to leave her behind with Rhea, taking both Hex [i and] Rias with him in her stead. But he understood keeping Rhea safe was the overall priority, so if he were not staying, Rias would have to. It was more born of statistics and analysis than sentimentality. He would be needed on the mission more so than his ‘father’.
Watching the pair as they spoke in hushed tones to one another he wondered if all of this was truly worth the risk. The danger of being caught, being captured, putting Rhea and Kashia in the hands of the Termani and the torturous things they would do to them; it seemed all a ridiculous thing to risk against their goal of exposing the Termani. His concern came from the other systems and planets disregarding their information and taking the side of the perpetrators. But for now he kept his thoughts to himself. Rhea was going to do this regardless of his help, so it was better to try, for her.
[+gold “You understand the fallacy of this mission, the unquestionable fact this will end in failure, yet you still help this woman. Why?”] Hex had a way with reading Dante, similar to their silent conversation earlier, so for her to approach and question him about his thoughts wasn’t as off-putting as it might be to Rhea. It was lucky for him that she stood near to him as her lack of manners would have had her shouting this across the ship.
[+royalblue “Why not?”] A simple enough response, but the woman always did like to delve deeper.
[+gold “You sound like a malfunctioning Gen 1 with compromised linguistic capabilities.”] [i ‘You sound like an idiot’] had never been made so technical.
[+royalblue “I am a sentient AI with independence and freedom, I’m a bit of an abnormality, no?”]
[+gold “Perhaps. But you are not a basic automaton. You have skills and knowledge of the collective. You were built with emotional capabilities but they were to be used as a means to an end."] She had actually fought Rias' reasoning on giving him the emotion chip.[+gold "It is logic that dictates your existence, much as it does ours. And yet here you are, risking capture and termination for this being. It is illogical and infeasible. The probability of success is-“] He turned on her then, interjecting with a glint of something more in his golden eyes.
[+royalblue “I know the probabilities. I know the statistics, the ratios, the numbers and facts. I have made constant adjustments, played out a thousand simulations of how this goes. I [i know] how this will unfold.”] He bit back at her though she stared back impassive as ever.
[+royalblue “And…”] He faltered as his analytical mind struck emotional thoughts, the two worlds a battle in most living entities, but in a mechanical abomination like Dante it was a particularly hard fight. Turning from her back to the counter where he had been retrieving his weapons for their mission, he shook his head lightly, white locks waving side to side.[+royalblue “I have to try. Since you turned me on, I have ran, and hid, and looked out from the shadows wary of reprisal. I want to know what it means to be truly free.”]
It was the first time the blue skinned man had been open with his own reasons behind wanting to stop the Termani. It may have been easier to say it was for Rhea, for the twins and their collective people, but it was a big moment for a synth to have wants and desires like this. To him it was only natural to want freedom. Hex saw it as another fault. He was made to fight the Termani and yet since escaping had failed to keep up with this prime directive. She merely nodded however as she turned away.
Dante would take a moment to finish packing, sliding a bag from the counter and looking to the two girls. They seemed done and he stepped to the table.
[+royalblue “Okay, lets get going. The sooner we are done, the sooner we are off this place and closer to being done.”] He let out a soft sigh as his hands lifted up and ran though his snowy hair, a deep breath taken to ease him.