(so this post was going around a little bit ago and when i shared it with a friend they said “that white dog is dave” and then this entire verse spawned. it’s four fics so far, but again i’d be happy to expand if people want to see more. i’ll be using the tag #werebetas)
"I’m telling you," Dave says, foot tapping anxiously as the last hint of sunlight begin to fade. "I’m gonna turn into a vicious monster. You may not like what you see. So, you know, if you want to back out now, you still got that option."
John raises his eyebrow, about to speak, but Dave silences him with a quick /look/ in his direction.
"I’m sure I can handle it!" Jade assures him. "I mean, you’re a wolf, right?"
"Well… yeah, of sorts." Dave can’t manage to look at her as he says it.
(last ficlet (for now) in the AI Jade verse! Takes place several years after the first two, also very quick. if anybody wants to see more/know more, feel free to request or ask things!)
Jade had been given the talk of the birds and the bees a while ago, but this doesn’t stop her from marveling over Rose’s baby bump, once she starts showing. “It’s so amazing!” she says, practiced hands giving Rose an ankle massage while John works on a quick repair to Dave. “I can’t believe you’re growing an entire new person inside of you!”
Rose smiles. “Yes, as you’ve said many times now, Jade. But I assure you, there’s a baby growing inside of me.”
"And John helped you make it!"
"John helped me make it."
"Kind of like me!" Jade chirps, and she props herself up with her elbows on Rose’s thighs, smiling at her stomach. "Hello baby! My name is Jade!"
"It can’t hear you yet," Rose says, running a hand through Jade’s hair - synthetic, but still easily tangled as human hair. "It needs to come out first."
"When it comes out do you think we can be friends?" Jade asks, smiling up at her. "Me and the baby, I mean."
Rose can’t help but smile back. “I’m sure you’ll be the best of friends, Jade.”
i’m still queuing up fics by the way
some of its even johndave
(second fic from the AI Jade verse! this takes place a week or two after the first one)
Things are somewhat different, now, with Jade around; the house is never quiet as she finds new things to ask about and new things to explore. Things are only just starting to settle down with her - she’s running low on questions for the mundane things, and while she still watches John cooking with a lot of interest, she does so quietly tonight. She’s seen him make spaghetti before, so her questions focus only on the notable differences. As proud as she is of their creation, Rose is happy for a brief reprieve. Being subjected to constant questioning is beginning to wear on her.
(this is one of the fics that’s connected to to a few others - basically in this AU John and Rose are a married couple who end up making an artificial intelligence (Jade). So far there are three ficlets for this, but if people are interested I’d be happy to do more! also tagging these all with #AIJade)
Rose peeks into the lab, where her husband is still working on adding the finishing details to Jade’s body. She looks almost human now, apart from the circuitry that he’s fiddling with on a panel of her arm. Rose’s part has been done for a week now - she’d plugged Jade into a normal computer interface to begin talking to her, to make sure that her programming worked, which it had, splendidly. She’s sleeping for the moment on a memory stick, waiting on her body to be completed.
Rose wraps her arms around John’s shoulders, dropping a kiss in his hair. “How is it coming?” she asks. “She looks wonderful.”
doesn’t brandeis give you a non-PO box address to ship things to though
They do but the site like specifically said “we do not deliver to PO boxes” and that may have worked, or it may have delayed the delivery even more and i didn’t want to gamble
sooo i think the charger on my laptop is officially dead. it’s been doing a thing recently where the charger only works if i have it at the right angle/twist it the right way, but it seems to be no more. I’m going to try fiddling with it tomorrow morning, but i think it’s dead.
i’ve ordered a new one with overnight shipping (and had to dump 80 dollars on it because APPARENTLY nobody but the official asus site carries them) but asus won’t ship to PO boxes so it’s going to my home address, and then my parents will have to ship it up here. Meaning that, unless i can get my current charger working at least a little, I’m stuck with my old laptop, which is currently missing its s and comma keys (they still work clearly but there’s no physical key i can press) and i probably will be for the rest of the week.
i will probably have a very thin patience this week, this is your advance warning.
(AU in which all four kids are together but Dave and Rose have trouble being tender with each other much to John and Jade’s dismay. This is really sappy. Possibly too sappy.)
The bed feels bigger this morning without Jade and John there, off for a week’s vacation with pointed looks at Dave and Rose before they left.
"Play nice!" Jade had said as she kissed them both on the cheek, and as much as Dave had tried to pretend like she was just making a joke, he knew what she meant. He wakes up essentially isolated from Rose, limbs splayed out on the empty part of the bed while Rose cocoons herself in bed sheets.
(this is it. you asked for it. these are all the bird ficlets. all in one post. don’t look at me.)
Rose the bird sat in her nest, resolutely ignoring the small, red thing that had just landed on her branch. She knew that the other bird was here to bother her. She had come across him before.
He chirruped, hopping slowly towards her, one centimeter at a time, as though she wouldn’t notice his eagerness that way. /Honestly/. Still, Rose only puffed out her feathers, refusing to give him the satisfaction of acknowledgement.