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After being dismissed, Ina gazed around and picked Gardenia out of the group. With an efficient swiftness, Ina positioned herself next to her and matched pace. She spoke with a dull voice, though it had a noticeably less precise, human-like quality to it, "Ina was told she will be partners with Pirose. This is your name, correct?"
"Yes, Ina. Please, call me Garden," Gardenia said jauntily, "mind if I know where you’re from? As said in the briefing, I am from the upper ranks." Ina responded, still in her dull tone, "Ina originated from a now vacant laboratory in the upper districts where she was simulated to adulthood." Ina displayed an almost imperceptible hint of confusion as she continued, "if Garden is of upper ranks then why is she not leading this group?" Gardenia replied dejectedly, "I’m not a fighter; I’m not supposed to be here. I don’t know why they brought me here. I thought I was just here for a briefing. Why would they bring me here?" Gardenia sighed and stared blankly at the nearest wall. "Look Ina, I have to get dressed. I’ll be back in a bit," she said as she tried to leave and put her suit on.
Much to Gardenia's surprise, Ina continued to follow her towards the changing room, seemingly unaware of any social conventions for such a situation. "Marquese stated that Garden was brought here to learn at her master's request. If Garden has no fighting strength, she should instead use and improve what skills she does have to complete her master's mission." Gardenia turned around to address Ina. "Look, let me get changed first, I’ll be back in a while. Just stay here." With an almost unnatural reaction speed, Ina stopped walking the second Garden instructed her to stay in her place. She stood and watched as Gardenia strode ahead of her and waited for her to return. Gardenia continued on to the changing room, stripped down and changed into her suit while thinking about Ina’s unnatural speech and movement. "What the hell is wrong with her? Should I trust her?" When she returned, she noticed Ina idly staring into space, exactly where she had been.
Gardenia confronted her, "what are you exactly?" Ina turned to Gardenia and recited an all too familiar explanation, "I-N-A stands for Independent Neural Application: a program that runs a simulated human mind. This virtual mind interfaces with a humanoid body called a 'shell' which allows it to control the shell naturally. Ina is unsure if there is a specific word for what she is, as she believed herself to be unique until just recently." Gardenia was all the more befuddled by this. "So," Gardenia asked Ina, "you’re not real? Then why are you trying to be one of us?"
Ina failed to contain a subtle glare of annoyance for a split-second before collecting herself. Contrasting the look, she continued in the same dull tone, only speaking slightly faster, "what about Ina makes her less real than a human. Ina's mind is 99.57% similar to a corresponding human mind." She slowed her speaking to it's original pace, "Ina values her uniquity and wouldn't wish to be a human, but she still adores the whimsical behavior of the humans." Gardenia sighed and spoke with resignation, "whatever. As long as you can save me whenever I'm down, I'm in. Let's get to the meeting." Directing their movement towards the float-car hanger, Ina and Gardenia both arrived about 20 seconds before the scheduled time.