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Dorothy was playing her piano, letting Roger know that it was time to wake up.
"R. Dorothy!" Roger yelled, annoyed as he slammed open his door. Dorothy stopped playing.
"How many times do I have to tell you not to wake me up with noise!"
"I hardly call it noise." Dorothy responded.
"YOU wouldn't." Roger said, before grumpily going to eat his breakfast. As Dorothy sat down to join him, she stared at the plate in front of her. The food Norman had prepared looked delicious and it caused an odd feeling within her as she looked.
((What is this strange feeling in my stomach? Perhaps it's time for maintenance.)) Dorothy thought.
Confused as to what was wrong with her, she let it go as the feeling left as she ate.
"I don't see why you eat." Roger said, taking a bite of food.
"I'm merely trying to act more human. Does it bother you?" Dorothy asked.
"Why would I care?" Roger replied, turning his attention back to his paper and his food.
After breakfast, Dorothy was getting a check up and noticed when Norman seemed to be fascinated by something. It intrigued her.
"Norman, is something out of place? By the looks you are making, it would appear you have learned something new." Dorothy asked.
"Indeed Dorothy, I have." Norman said, looking up at her.
"What is it?"
"It would appear that you can eat."
"Yes, I know I could do that already.."
"When I say you can eat, I mean you have to eat. Dorothy, what I'm saying is that if you don't eat, you will get hungry and starve to death." Norman explained.
She sat, taking the information in and wondered how it was possible.
"What? How can that be?"
"Apparently, you have machines inside you that are constantly learning and developing new technology. Meaning, you are constantly getting upgraded. The upgrade this time is hunger along with."
"Norman, will I turn... more human?"
"Unfortunately, you have taken some damage over the years. The bio technology that gives you these upgrades has been damaged as well. If I knew how to repair these mechanics properly, you more than likely could. However, the damages sustained has effected this technology… I'm afraid this will be your only upgrade of that nature."
Dorothy paused before speaking.
"You won't be telling Roger, will you?" Dorothy said, as more of a statement than a question.
"I don't see why not."
"It's none of his concern."
Norman nodded and continued his maintenance. After they were finished Dorothy went to do her daily chores. Just as Dorothy had finished, she heard someone knock on the door. She went to answer it and Angel was standing right in front of her.
"Is Roger around?" Angel asked.
"Yes, he is. Follow me." Dorothy answered, turning to lead the way.
As the two walked, Angel began a conversation confusing Dorothy as to why.
"How long have you and Roger been living together?" Angel asked.
"A few years, why does it matter?"
"Oh, I'm just saying that it seems an awful long time for nothing to happen." Angel said, her voice filled with mischief.
"I don't understand what you are saying."
Angel stopped and grabbed Dorothy's arm. Dorothy stopped and turned to face her.
"You can have sex right?" Angel asked, a sly grin on her face.
Dorothy hesitated before nodding.
"So, have you and Roger been 'busy'?" Angel asked, emphasizing the last word.
"Do you mean physical relations?"
Angel nodded, grinning coyly.
"No. Why would I? He's a louse."
"That may be, trust me I understand where you're coming from, but he is very attractive and the ladies love him."
"That means nothing to me."
"Well it should. You have a popular bachelor on your hands."
"It was nice of him to take me in after all of these years, but why would I like a man who sees me as nothing more than an android?"
"He only does that because he's never lived with a woman; android or not, who he can have physical relations with. You're so close yet so far away to him."
"I would never consider it."
"You really shouldn't let the opportunity go to waste." Angel said, as she leaned in a looking her straight in the eye. Dorothy stared right back at her not even blinking.
"Roger is this way." Dorothy said, turning away and entering his office.
"Roger, Miss Angel is here to see you." Dorothy announced.
"Thank you, Dorothy. Let her in." Roger said, putting down the papers in his hand.
Dorothy opened the door for Angel, then left closing the door behind her.
"What are you doing here?" Roger asked.
"I came to tell you of a job. I know you haven't had one in a week." Angel said, sitting on his desk and crossing her legs.
"I was taking a vacation."
"Right, anyways there's a man named Leon that has opened up an intriguing business. He has been trying to negotiate with a few people that have an issue with his business. He would like someone to make them see things his way. Not very exciting, I know, but he's paying very handsomely for the job to be done."
"Why won't you do it yourself?"
"I would, but I'm not good at negotiating."
"What's his line of work?"
"He owns a decent sized…body shop. He upgrades and repairs."
"I don't see why anyone would want to cause a conflict over such a silly thing."
"Speaking of silly things, I just had an interesting talk with your little robot girl."
"You mean Dorothy?"
"Yes, of course. While I was making small talk, I asked her how many years has it been sense she came to live with you. I asked a few tiny little questions, but then I asked how she liked living here. She spoke very fondly of you in particular."
"Dorothy? Are we still talking about the same Dorothy?" He asked, frowning.
"No duh. She thought it was kind of you to let her stay here, but only wished you wouldn't take it upon yourself, to constantly remind her that she is not human."
Roger leaned back in her chair and remained silent.
"All she wants is to be treated as a woman." She said, leaning closer to him.
"She... said that?"
Angel jumped down and headed for the door.
"I must be going, I have other things to attend to."
Roger had just reached the 'body' shop and stepped in. Roger looked around and saw that he was in a lounge room. He went up to the attractive red head behind the desk and began to ask her a question.
"Is Leon in?" Roger asked.
"Do you have an appointment or is this a quick fix up?" The woman asked, smiling at Roger warmly.
"No, I'm Roger Smith. I'm a negotiator." He answered.
"A negotiator? Why are you here?" She asked, confused.
"I heard that Leon needed some help settling a squabble between him, and some unhappy people about his business. I came to see if I can be of any assistance."
"Oh! I'm sorry to tell you this, but that particular argument was settled two hours ago."
"Well, I guess my contact was misinformed. Good day ma'am." Roger said, then turned to leave. He suddenly heard a voice from behind him.
"Jane, did someone just come in?" The man asked, turning to look at Roger.
"Wait just a second, are you a costumer?" The man asked Roger. Roger turned to face him.
"I came to help negotiate a problem between you and a unhappy resident, but it appears that you won't be needing my help." Roger replied.
"Oh nonsense! Come on and stay awhile. I'll give you a little tour, I want as many people knowing about this place as I can get." The man said, cheerfully.
"I guess that would be alright."
"Bye the way, meet Jane my secretary."
"Nice to meet you Jane."
"Like wise." Jane said, smiling and giving a nod.
"Oh, and I'm Leon." The man said. He was tall and rugged, but with the looks of a movie star.
Rogers followed Leon into a door to the right of Jane's desk. Roger looked around noticing unusual tools hanging on the walls, strange equipment and a table fit to lay a human on.
"What kind of auto shop is this?" Roger asked. Leon laughed.
"You thought this place was a car shop?" Leon asked, clearly amused.
Roger nodded with a confused look. Leon started laughing again then slowly stopped.
"My business is not in cars, it's in androids." Leon said.
"What?" Roger said, his tone clearly showing his confusion.
"I upgrade and repair androids. You see, many men in the present age have been using androids to do household work and things like that; but many have begun to fall in love with them or they simply want their android to be more human, as an act of kindness. So, I upgrade to their liking, adding my own touches here and there, or I sometimes simply repair them."
"Why would you want to turn an android into a human? Or try?"
"Because androids want to know what it's like to be us. I've helped so many female androids that come in here because they fell in love with their boss. Most people don't see androids as real beings and only as a tool, and of course they get sick of it. They simply just want to fit in and I make that possible."
"But I have an android, and she never seems to care about fitting in."
"Has she ever expressed a desire for you not constantly remind her of what she is?"
"Has she ever said it and has she ever gotten upset when you do?"
Roger thought back to what Angel had said. Leon smirked seeing the look on Roger's face.
"My point exactly. I would show you more, but I have an appointment that will be here soon."
"Good bye Leon."
Roger drove home thinking about what Leon had said. When he had arrived home he immediately went to go look for Dorothy. When he found her, he noticed that she had her head in the refrigerator, stuffing her face in the kitchen.
Dorothy spun around dropping the cart of orange juice she was drinking. The look on her face was of surprise and it caught him off guard.
"Dorothy, what are you doing?"
"I-I can't help myself. I was experiencing extreme hunger and I came to make the feeling go away."
"What do you mean hunger?" He questioned, walking closer to her.
"Norman had informed me that there are machines inside of me constantly developing new technology. The upgrade was hunger and what a wonderful upgrade it is!"
Roger frowned as he looked at her.
"Food tastes so much better when you're hungry." She added.
"So, you mean to tell me that every day you will be getting a new upgrade?" He asked, raising a eyebrow.
"Yes...And no." She began, looking saddened. He was taken back by her perceived sadness.
"In the past, I have taken severe damage and I'm afraid the machines have gotten damaged as well. This... Will be the only upgrade I will have."
She away from him and picked up the juice, turning to speak again.
"If you will excuse me I have to clean up the mess I made."
With that, Dorothy left the kitchen leaving a shocked Roger.