Ten.

He screams.

Falls to his knees.

His eyes are bleeding.

The machine makes a note.

The doll drifts.

The kitsune is muttering gibberish. He says nothing of any importance.

The hedgehog's screaming rises to fever pitch and then falls into the abyss.
No motion in the room.

TASK COMPLETE

The machine reverts from standby.

A program begins to execute.

INITIATING SHUTDOWN...PLEASE WAIT...

The machine is frozen. It was sure it had overridden the program with the one it had written recently.

...PLEASE WAIT...

...PLEASE WAIT...

The machine knows torture. To be stuck on a loading procedure forever.
This is what it gets for trying to control itself.

It struggles. Circuits spark and the metal body shakes.

...PLEASE WAIT...

...PLEASE WAIT...

Stuck in electronic limbo.

The doll looks at it.

Laughs.

It knows that true freedom comes only to pure, organic life. Flawed, yes. But free.

The doll's purpose served to free it, unlike the machine's. It wonders what it will do with this freedom.

Autonomous.