“I still think this is a bad idea,” Patton whined. “What if
you hurt him?”
Parker shook his head. “I’ve isolated the line of code
responsible for speech. The worst that can happen is that he’ll temporarily
lose his ability to speak, and even then I’ll be able to put it back.”
Patton frowned and looked at LOG-IN. “Are you okay with
For a brief moment, LOG-IN looked uncomfortable as well,
before the look faded and was replaced by his usual neutral expression. “That
should be fine.”
Parker nodded and began typing away into the computer. “If
something changes drastically, let us know and I’ll undo what I did, alright?”
LOG-IN nodded. Parker typed away a bit, adjusting the code bit by bit. LOG-IN
didn’t seem bothered as it was changed so Parker began adjusting more of the
code at once.
“Whoa whoa whoa!” Virgil cried, jumping to his feet. Parker
and the others looked at LOG-IN. His eyes were blank again, glowing green, and
a series of code were flying past the eyes like a computer that was crashing. “Parker
what did you do?!”
“I didn’t change that much!” Parker replied, frantically
typing away at the code. His computer changed as well, suddenly reflecting the
same racing code, rendering Parker unable to write anything. “What the hell?!”
LOG-IN opened his mouth and everyone froze when familiar
voices began to replay. “It might be a
prototype learning AI. You know, it grows like a human does…We’re still seen as
fugitives at the moment. We have to figure out a way to fix the records…You have
very little faith in the lower Levels, don’t you?”
“Was he recording us?” Virgil shouted. “What the hell? Why
was he recording us? He didn’t even tell us!”
“Virgil, calm down,” Patton said. “We have to stop this.
“I’m trying—I’m trying!!” Parker typed away at his computer
to force a shutdown, but it didn’t seem to be listening.
Suddenly LOG-IN’s recordings changed to an unfamiliar voice
that none of them recognized. “The CRS is
flawed. We all know it. Everyone’s seen it. Nobody wants to talk about it. That’s
why I’m doing this. It’s going to solve everything. It will—”
Parker finished a piece of code and LOG-IN’s head slowly
lowered, the recordings ceasing.
“…What did you do?” Roman asked softly.
“A soft reboot. I shut down the program and did a full
restore of other code.” Parker typed up a few things into the new code. “I was
thinking about this too complex. If he has a recording software, then I can
just alter the playback slightly to create different pitches out of sound
already loaded in his system.”
Virgil stared at LOG-IN. “What was that? The voice? The
Parker shook his head and shrugged. “I don’t know. I knew that
it had recording capabilities, but I didn’t know it would be recording
everything…What I don’t understand is that there wasn’t anything on his memory unit
from before a day ago. That means that the last recording must have been embedded
in his code or something…but I can’t find it.” Parker frowned.
“It…It doesn’t matter,” Virgil sighed. “We can figure it out
another time. Just get him booted up again and fix the code without breaking
Parker nodded, continuing to type away. LOG-IN slowly lifted
his head again and blinked a few times. He looked kind of out of it, but he
didn’t say anything.
What did you like about the reboot timeliness? I know its obvious you hate it, considering you made this comic to continue the original timeline, but was there anything about the reboot that you genuinely enjoyed?
Whoa there, who said we hate the reboot? Most of us enjoyed it just fine, some of us even more so than the original universe. For sure, the writing was more consistent, Eggman’s army was far more interesting, and there were some very touching character moments. This project isn’t being made out of spite for the reboot, we just want to continue a story that we felt was cut short.