Rockman yawned and stretched and looked at the internal clock in his PET. It read 7:30, as he knew it would. He looked over to the bed and saw a large lump in the center of the bed, unmoving and unusually quiet. Rockman sighed; it was of course the start of every other day just like it. He'd yell at Netto-kun for ten minutes, Netto would hopefully wake up by then and if they were really lucky Netto would get to school on time. Of course, this was the ideal morning.
Rockman smiled at his brother whose head was completely submerged in the cotton of his sheets. He took in a deep breath to get ready to yell at Netto-kun but was stopped when someone put a hand over his mouth. "Don't," a voice hissed into his ear.
Rockman brought back his elbow in pure reflex and rammed his attacker in the stomach. The grip over his face weakened and he spun around to see, "Blues!"
Blues smiled with a small grimace. "You've gotten better," he grunted.
"What was that for?" Rockman yelled.
Blues put a finger to his lips. "Quiet," he said.
Rockman looked out to where Netto was still sleeping, then back at Blues. "Why?" he asked, unconsciously lowering the volume of his voice.
"Something has happened," Blues said softly. "I have no idea what, but if you wake up Netto I can assure you, you won't like it."
"What do you mean?" Rockman hissed.
"When I woke up Enzan-sama this morning…" Blues started but was cut off by Netto stirring in his bed.
"Netto-kun?" Rockman asked, still not quite sure as to what was going on.
Blues shook his head furiously but Rockman somewhat tried to ignore him.
"Netto-kun?" he asked again.
Netto pushed vainly against the sheets that he was entwined in. /I…can't…move…/ he said.
Rockman almost facefaulted/Calm down and try to untwist yourself/ Rockman said.
Netto tried and failed miserably, in the end he fell over the side of the bed with a loud thump and managed to get free of the sheets there. He came from the bed spread gasping for air. A very surprised Blues and a trying not to laugh Rockman looked down at him from his computer. Netto coughed nervously, "Hi Blues," he said rubbing the back of his head sheepishly. "Did Enzan want me for something?"
Blues opened his mouth, then closed it, apparently in shock.
"Blues? Speechless?" Rockman chided, "Boy, this is a weird day."
With that remark Blues seemed to snap out of whatever trance he was in. "Listen to me," he said in a seriously voice that made Netto and Rockman snap to attention. "I have no idea what's going on with you two, but the only way I can explain it is every human right now isn't responding to anything."
"What the hell does that mean?" Netto said crossly. He wasn't exactly known for being a morning person.
"When I woke up this morning I called to Enzan-sama that he needed to get ready for work. He didn't answer, or respond or anything. I thought maybe he was sick or something so I called his personal physician, he didn't answer. I left my PET to go look for someone to answer to me but no one is answering me. Or any of the navi's for that matter. All of the humans are just going around, doing their everyday chores but not talking or connecting to the net or anything. No one is responding," Blues said.
Even though he said everything in a very calm voice, Rockman had never seen Blues so upset. He placed a hand on Blues' shoulder and smiled; an action that seemed to put the red Navi at ease. "Don't worry, we'll find out what's going on," said Rockman. "I'm sure whatever it is, we can fix soon, right Netto-kun?"
Netto stared vacantly into space.
"Netto-kun!" Rockman yelled.
"What?" Netto asked.
Rockman breathed a sigh of relief, Netto had just zoned out. It was only 7:30 in the morning after all. "Wake up and get dressed, we've got to do something."
Netto yawned and pulled his clothes out of his dresser. "All right," he mumbled, only absorbing half of what Blues had said. Blues and Rockman talked quietly until Netto returned to his room more awake and willing to help. "So, where do we go first?" Netto asked.
"Net Saviors HQ," Rockman said. "If there's anything or anyone messing around with something it shouldn't the equipment there should have picked up something."
Netto nodded and picked up his PET and held it to the screen. Blues and Rockman both went inside and Netto went downstairs. There he saw his mom cooking as she always did that time of day but her expression was vacant, as if she didn't see what she was doing. Netto looked at his mom but Blues said, "Everyone's like that, you should just go on."
Netto nodded and pulled on his shoes and grabbed his roller blades. He took one last peak at his mom and walked outside. Once outside Netto looked around in wonder. It was completely empty, not a soul was outside. There were no cars or people or anything to show it was supposed to be a busy Tuesday morning. The animals were busy, birds were singing, dogs were barking and the occasional squirrel ran from tree to tree. But other then that there was nothing. Netto's first reaction was to shiver.
"Creepy," said Rockman.
"That's what I meant," Blues said. "There is nothing going on."
"So people are just staying in their houses doing whatever?" Rockman asked incredulously.
"That's what it seems like," Blues said.
"What could have done something like this?" Netto wondered out loud. He ran ahead and pulled on his rollerblades while gazing around. Everywhere he went it was the same thing. It was like a post apoplectic world only everyone was still alive.
/Nice thought/ Rockman said dryly.
/Well it is/ Netto retorted. /Look at it, there's nothing outside./
Netto continued to skate to the HQ while looking around. He saw movement inside but nothing more then that. Still it was good to know that no body disappeared. Now that would have been really creepy.
The large building loomed ahead of them and like every other business building it looked deserted. "Well, let's see what's going on," Netto muttered and skated through the front doors.
"Netto-kun, you're not supposed to skate in here!" Rockman said.
Netto ignored him and continued down the hall until he reached a small monitor station. He looked at the instruments and vaguely wondered which one would help them. He sighed and plugged the two navis into the computer. "Well?" he asked.
Blues pulled up several screens and began to scan them. "Nothing," he said.
Rockman did the same but shook his head. "Sorry, I can't find anything either."
Netto looked at the computer and pulled up a few programs himself. He scanned them to see if a virus or a program was causing everyone to act like zombies. He got absolutely nothing. He sighed and shook his head. "Just what on earth is going on here?" he asked.
"I wish I could say," Blues said. "I'd also like to know why you aren't affected, Netto-san," he added.
"Cause I'm just that awesome," Netto said jokingly as he pulled up more programs to scan.
"Netto-kun," Rockman sighed but a small smile played on his lips.
Blues remained as stone faced as ever and pulled up more programs. "I don't understand," he muttered. "If it's not a virus or navi then what is it?"
"Wouldn't you like to know," I cold voice said behind them.
The three spun around to see a navi in the monitor behind them. Who knew how long he…she…it, had been there?
"Who are you?" Netto yelled.
It turned invisible eyes on Netto and it smirked. "My name is Lividity," it gave a toothy grin and bowed mockingly. It was dressed in dark gray and black armor and it was wearing a long gray cape that covered most of its body when it had its arm to its sides.
"What did you do?" Blues said calmly, he knew with this particular navi that yelling and threats would get him nowhere.
"Well, I just played a little trick on your human counterparts. You see, it's about time we navis rose up for ourselves and played our own games. The humans are one ones in control," it turned a visored eye on Netto and he shivered unconsciously. "Or at least I thought. Ah well, not all plans are perfect."
"You did this?" Rockman asked in the same tone as Blues.
It opened its arms wide and gave a horrible grin. "Isn't it beautiful?" it asked in a voice that sent shivers down all their spines. "A world for net navis! The humans knew this day was coming the second they gave an AI program free will and emotions."
"What the hell do you want?" Netto yelled.
For all intents and purposes Lividity looked amused. "Well, if I told you that then this little set back wouldn't be much fun now would it? You see, unlike most humans I'm a sporting person. I'll give you a chance to survive, but rest assured, you will loose."
/Netto-kun, you have to get out of here now/ Rockman yelled at his brother.
Netto looked around the room but the only way out was the way they came in. He saw the exit was right by the monitor that Lividity was in. "Prove your worth human," it said nastily and shut the door.
Netto ran over to it and typed in the override key into the pad. It wouldn't open and displayed and error message in instead.
"This is an airtight room," Rockman said to Blues quietly. "We've got to open that door or Netto-kun will die!"
Blues nodded and hacked into the security program. He typed in the override manually but also got an error message.
Lividity looked at the chaos from its perch in the distance. "Now, now, no one will win like that," it purred.
"Damn," Netto said, starting to become light headed. "What can I do?"
/Netto-kun, I have an idea but it's really risky/ Rockman said.
/Whatever it is I'll try it/ Netto replied breathlessly.
/Remember when Papa said you might be able to exploit the link for things other then battle purposes/
/Yeah, what of it/ Netto asked.
/Why don't you try to use the link to hack into the main program and override it/
/Can I do that/ Netto asked.
/Do you have a choice/ Rockman replied.
Netto sighed and put his PET up to the lock. "I hope this works, Rockman," he murmured and shut his eyes.
Rockman shut his eyes as well. The link was a two person tool and the only way Netto-kun was getting out of there was with his help. There were two tense moments then the light turned green and the doors opened with a woosh. Netto sat down and coughed for a minute then Blues said, "We need to get out of here before that Lividity person comes back."
Netto stood up and nodded. Blues and Rockman went into his PET and he quickly got out of the building. Lividity watched the entire thing with a very amused look on its face. "Well, this is certainly going to be very interesting."
Okay, totally AU, totally not anything in any of the games, manga or anime. This fic will exploit questions I have about what exactly the Saito.bat files did to Netto and Rockman. If you've read Maki-chan you know some of the questions I plan to ask. Hope you enjoy it and I'd really appreciate feedback on this one cause it's one of the few serious fics I have.