AN: So thanks for the reviews and everything:) This story will probably be around 12-13 chapters long, plus an epilogue. Lots of plot twists, and this chapter gives quite a bit away, while leaving room for more suspicious storylines.
They had gone rogue.
Or, as rogue as a rebellious robot and a mental, ex-Starship ranger can get.
They were in the middle of a forest on some planet in the middle of dead-God-knows-where, and Tootsie was lonely.
"You're so quiet," he said to Meredith.
"I try not bring up topics of con-ver-sa-tion. That is your job."
"Tell me about yourself."
Tootsie frowned. "Come on, there must have been SOME memories of your robot-training or something."
"Okay... well then."
They were quiet for a while. It was nighttime wherever they were, and Tootsie had lit a fire.
"Tootsie, I am going to tell you this once, and only once. You cannot ask me questions about thing, because if the GLEE finds out that I've told you they'll de-program me."
"That's can't happen. You're my best friend, Meredith." Tootsie smiled.
"You don't know your true past."
"There are some things about you that the GLEE has... censored. And I can't tell you what they are: I don't know myself. But I do know that the memories of everyone they've... altered... are stored at their headquarters. And we're going in there to get them."
Tootsie was silent. "Why would they do that?"
"I don't know myself."
He frowned. "You know, Meredith, sometimes, I forget that you're not a human. Sometimes, I think you're one of us."
Meredith was emotionless. "I am not sure whether to be flattered or offended."
Tootsie smiled. "I think, well, I think I'm almost better. Because you've been so nice to me. Thank you. I never really had friends before, and you were my first real friend. Thank you."
Meredith smiled sadly. "Thanks for being my friend, too."
But Tootsie had fallen asleep.
And she was still... smiling?
What was happening to her? What had she done by snapping that cord?
Meredith thought for a moment, and then made a decision.
She had a goal.
Tootsie's memories, then hers.
Because she knew, for a fact, what the GLEE had done to her, and so many others.
Why they sent the robots for the people.
It was that Space-claw.
She hadn't always been this way.