The technician glanced around at the flickering monitors, a hand rising to their mouth in shock. ”It isn’t supposed to-! How did this…it can’t wonder…it can’t!”
"Shut-up, you miserable little peon," Sergio intoned in a voice all liquid silk and malice. "I don’t believe we’ll be requiring your presence any longer. Daniel and I can manage just fine without you. I would, however, like to see you in Re-Education when I’m done here. Tell my assistants to ready you for protocol: Neuromancer. I’ll get to you whenever I have the time."
He gave a dismissive flick of one hand, not so much as bothering to look the technician in the eye. With an audible gulp and eyes wide as saucers, the technician gave a shaky nod, turned, and left.
"My apologies for that little outburst. I’ll ensure they’ll never be so insensitive again."
Clearing his throat, he smiled.
"Now! Where were we? You were saying you wonder what it is to do something else? Perhaps…what it is to be outside of this room? It is good to be curious. Would you care to indulge that curiosity?"
Phrases and words the program was unfamiliar with; ‘shut up’, ‘peon’. Filed away to define later, to determine if they were worth adding to his vocabulary.
The AI waited patiently for Sergio to acknowledge him again; he was… eager for the attention. He couldn’t say it pleased him, since he had no capacity for emotion, but… it stimulated his awareness in a new way that he wanted to experience further.
"Curiosity is good?" Daniel asked, the monitors flickering and skimming through various security feeds, as if looking around. "Then I shall attempt to prioritize it for you, sir. I am curious. I have questions, like everyone who comes into the archive. But my answers are not here. How am I able to leave my post to indulge my curiosity? I have work to do."