Author's Note: Hey all! This is my second MLAATR story, and my second Jenny/Brad romance! I know that there are a lot of stories out there that have Jenny becoming a human, but I think this one is a bit different, so I hope you all like it!

Disclaimer: I don't own anything except XJ-10 (Jessie). This is for the entire story.

Phoenix Fire
Prologue

Phoenix
The phoenix is a magnificent, swan-sized, scarlet bird with a long golden tail, beak, and talons. It nests on mountain peaks and is found in Egypt, India, and China. The phoenix lives to an immense age as it can regenerate, bursting into flames when its body begins to fail and rising again from the ashes as a chick.
-Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

On the day of Tremorton's annual Family Carnival, Jenny "XJ-9" made her first attempt at becoming human. Wearing a "human suit"--which actually made her look less like a human and more like a giant, evil rag doll--Jenny tried to join the festivities, only to be shunned even more so than she would have been had she not been wearing the suit. On top of that, she was falsely accused of killing Dr. Nora Wakeman, her designer and "mother", when the woman passed out after having run from the house to warn Jenny of the dangers of the experimental suit. She only redeemed herself after saving the passengers of the runaway Ferris Wheel, including her best friends, Bradley and Tucker, aka Brad and Tuck.

Not long after, Dr. Wakeman announced that she had upgraded and altered the "artificial skin," and that Jenny could try it out. With the new human suit, which had sensors that tied directly into her servos, Jenny was finally able to become what she always dreamed of being: a normal human teenager, and a pretty one at that. Her first test run took her to Mezmer's, which she originally couldn't enter since the owner refused service to robots. However, during several trips to Mezmer's, Jenny discovered that the suit had some drawbacks--not only would it dissolve when hit by a liquid, but it had developed a mind of its own, and refused to let Jenny shed itself in order to fight a group of space bikers. Eventually, Jenny extricated herself from the suit, and was able to destroy both it and get rid of the alien bikers.

Though both previous attempts at humanity were less than successful, Jenny still dreams of the day when she can walk among humans without needing to worry about whether or not she's leaving dents in the floor, or if she's shutting her locker too hard--again. But perhaps the most important reason why Jenny wants to be human is for the sensory input--senses of taste, smell, and touch. She wants to be able to taste food and rain; smell flowers and fresh-cut grass; feel the breeze on her face; or maybe--just maybe--enjoy a kiss from her best-friend-turned-secret-crush, Brad.