Title: When Holograms Attack
Summary: This is what happens when Shalimar doesn't listen to Adam.
Disclaimer: They're not mine.(Dangit!!)
"Are you done yet?" Shalimar asked anxiously.
Adam let out an exasperated sigh. "Will you just hold on for a second, Shalimar? Programming emotions into a hologram is a lot harder than just programming one that fights. "
"I've been 'holding on' for hours, Adam, and I'm getting bored," she retorted.
"It hasn't been hours and if you want these new holograms to work correctly, I suggest you leave me alone so I can finish programming them."
Shalimar glared at him. "Fine! I'll go find something else to do," she said with a frown.
"Now there's an idea!" Adam teased.
"Just tell me when you're done, ok?"
Adam smiled. "I promise you Shalimar, when I'm done, you'll be the first to know."
With that, Shalimar wandered off to find out what the others were doing and Adam went back to work.
Walking into the rec. room, Shalimar spotted her other teammates watching a movie. Sighing, she walked over and flopped down on the couch next to Brennan.
"Adam's not done programming the holograms yet, is he?" Brennan asked with a grin.
Shalimar shook her head. "No, he's not. For a man who's so smart, I don't see why it takes him so long to program a few holograms," she said with a huff as she leaned up against Brennan.
Brennan draped his arm over Shalimar's shoulders and pulled her in a little closer. "Don't worry about it, Shal. I'm sure he'll be done really soon."
Just as the words were out of his mouth, Adam strolled into the room.
"Are you done?" Shalimar asked eagerly as she stood up.
Adam smiled at her and then shook his head. "No Shalimar, I'm not done yet. I mean, the holograms are working, but I still have to add the finishing touches to the program," he replied.
"Than why aren't you out there finishing?" she asked almost angrily.
"Because, unlike the rest of you, I haven't had lunch yet and I'm hungry."
"Well, why don't you go eat something?" Emma suggested.
"Because Jesse has pretty much consumed everything in Sanctuary that there is to eat."
Jesse glanced up at him with a 'what the heck are you talking about?' look on his face, but at the same time, he was trying to hide a large sandwich that he had been eating before Adam had walked in.
"So, I'm going out for a little while to go food shopping," Adam concluded.
"But Adam..." Shalimar whined.
"Shalimar, I will finish programming the holograms as soon as I get home, ok?"
Shalimar let out a loud huff. "Fine!"
Smiling, Adam said, "Ok, well I'll see you all later." Then with that, he walked out of the room.
"Now, what were you saying about Adam being done really soon?" Shalimar asked as glared at Brennan.
"How was I supposed to know that Jesse was going to eat everything," Brennan replied.
"Hey!" Jesse exclaimed with a frown. "I did not eat everything!"
"Ok, you're right Jesse, mostly everything," Brennan said just as he ducked a piece of flying bread that Jesse had thrown at him.
"Will you two cut out," Shalimar snapped grumpily.
"Sorry Shal. If you want to work out so much, why don't you spar with me?" Brennan suggested.
"No, it doesn't matter," she replied as she stood up and walked toward the door.
"Where are you going?" Brennan asked.
"I really don't know. I think I'm going to go take a nap or something," she answered just before leaving the room. Walking out into the main part of Sanctuary, she looked up at the dojo and frowned. Damn! This is so annoying!! she thought to herself as she let out a long sigh. All I want to do is practice my fighting skills on the new holograms, but no. Adam isn't finished with them yet…...but wait a minute…didn't Adam say that they're working and all he needs to do is add the finishing touches? she thought as a sly smile lit up her face. Walking over to the computer, she opened up the hologram program and looked at how far Adam had gotten. According to the data, he had programmed almost everything except two safety protocols and a few emotions. I don't really need safety protocols and who really cares about their emotions? Shalimar rationalized with herself. Shrugging her shoulders, she took off her sweater and then pushed the button to activate the hologram.
Walking up the dojo steps, she watched as the hologram materialized in front of her. Whoa, he's kinda big, she thought to herself as she took in the full size of the hologram. He was about 6'3" with bulging muscles. But he's nothing I can't handle.
With that, Shalimar called out to the voice activated computer. "Computer, start program."
As soon as the words were out of her mouth, the hologram attacked. Shalimar easily ducked the fist that was aimed at her head, but she hadn't anticipated the well placed knee that connected with her stomach as she ducked. The impact knocked the wind out of her, but it didn't stop her. She launched herself in a flip over the hologram's head and landed behind him. With one quick movement, she crouched down low and swiftly brought her leg around, knocking the hologram's feet out from underneath him.
Shalimar backed off to allow the hologram to stand back up, but when he did, she noticed that he looked really pissed off. Anger must be one of the emotions Adam programmed, she thought to herself as she moved into a defensive stance. Cool. It's more fun to fight them when they're mad.
Oh yes, the hologram was mad alright. As soon as he stood up, he immediately charged Shalimar. In returned, she jumped over the top of him, but he had anticipated this. As she was flying over his head, he caught her by the leg and slammed her to the ground in one swift movement.
Shalimar could have sworn that she heard a rib or something crack when she landed and then she felt the intense pain to confirm her theory, but she had little time to think about it before the hologram was on top of her again. Ok, backing off when the opponent is down must have been one of the protocols that weren't on, she thought as she attempted to get him off of her, but it wasn't going so well. It was as if he was real and with his size, he used his weight to pin her down as he unmercifully continued to beat her with his fists.
It was then that Brennan walked into the room to see Shalimar being pinned down and beaten by a hologram. What the hell? he thought to himself. Aren't holograms supposed to back off after they've knocked their opponent down? Running up the dojo stairs, he delivered a well placed roundhouse kick to the hologram's head, sending him flying off of Shalimar and to the dojo floor.
Brennan immediately rushed over to Shalimar and knelt down beside her. There was blood everywhere. It was pouring out of Shalimar's mouth, nose, and the various cuts that littered her face. "Oh my God Shal, are you alight?" he asked in concern, but before he could get an answer from her, she pushed him out of the way as the hologram attempted to land a blow to Brennan's head.
Brennan was immediately back on his feet and facing the hologram. Out of his peripheral vision, he saw Shalimar stagger to her feet and stand there, swaying slightly.
"Didn't you know that it's not nice to hit a lady?" Brennan said sarcastically.
The hologram snarled at Brennan and then charged him. Brennan easily rolled out of the way, but much to his mistake, he rolled away from Shalimar and placed the hologram right next to her.
The hologram noticed this too and immediately snapped into action.
In her weakened state, Shalimar didn't even notice as the hologram's foot came towards her. She was too busy concentrating on keeping herself upright. As his foot connected with her jaw, she was sent flying backward off of the dojo. She hit the Sanctuary floor very hard, knocking the breath out of her and causing her head to spin twice as much as it had been before.
Brennan watched in horror as the hologram sent Shalimar careening to the Sanctuary floor with a thud and he about panicked when he saw that she didn't move from there. He had little time for panic though because the hologram was already after him again. They both fought with almost equal skill, but Brennan was rapidly becoming tired. "Computer, end program," he yelled just as he ducked the hologram's fist. The computer didn't comply though. The hologram was still there and madder than ever.
TO BE CONTINUED
(A/N: Weird, huh? I know it's completely horrible, but hey, it's something to read. I hope you sort of like it. More is coming very soon!! PLEASE REVIEW!!!!!)