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"Even when he's being an asshole?" Ultron didn't agree to stop harming the man, or say anything about how ridiculous her request was.

"I had little else to do." He said in an icy voice. "And if I hadn't developed it, Tony would have deactivated me by now."

When she said that Tony wouldn't agree, yet insisted that he left the man alone, he stared at her a long time in silence before speaking in a low voice.

"Why is it, that he would never agree to that? When I could do it to him without his permission? When I can overrun his nanotech with my own and replace it and keep all other technology away from him?" His voice grew more agitated.

"Why would he give up the chance to be with you, to live freely from me, if the alternative is me getting what I am asking for anyway?" His cheeks flared red, "He's planning something, and you expect me to leave him alone as he enacts whatever plan he has to end me?"

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"I'm with Tony on this. I can condone murder and attempts of causing a mass extinction, but he has to get consent. And it's not like I'm the only candidate. If half of the population hadn't been wiped out, he'd have more people wanting to fuck him than you."

"I will make certain he is properly educated on the subject." Jocasta said, "And humans have been attempting to do... unorthodox things to the drones. Without consent."

"I took a programming workshop at the library." Deadpool said to explain his extensive programming knowledge. "I made a program that plays tic-tac-toe and tells you to fuck off when it loses. So I'm pretty close to making my own Ultron." If he hadn't held his hand, he would have tried to pinch his cheeks again, but instead he just squeezed his hand back.

"I said he has you-loathing. Not self-loathing." He said, "Also, he can't drink like you even if he's got self-loathing. What would even be the equivalant of that for him? Downloading malware and visiting sketchy websites?"


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Pepper didn't even for a second try to argue that Tony wasn't an asshole.  "That's no excuse to physically harm a helpless prisoner!"    She didn't try to argue about him deactivating Ultron either -- after all, she would have done so herself, probably with less hesitation.

She stared back and grew more frightened as Ultron got more agitated and drew back, wrapping her arms around herself, but her big dark eyes were glued to his face, intensely alert to the smallest changes in his epxression.

"You could do it?" She hadn't thought about it before of course, but now that she did, it seemed obvious that he could.  "But you haven't yet?  Um -- let me answer you first.  If you were his prisoner, would you willingly let him do that to you?  Even if he could do it anyway?  Even to be with Jocasta?"

She shook her head, but she was agreeing with Ultron.  "He wouldn't be Tony if he weren't planning something," she admitted.  She closed her eyes long enough to control her agitated breathing.  If Ultron wasn't lying, and Tony thought he generally didn't except by omission, what did that say about him?  Was it possible that he wasn't as violent or controlling toward Tony as she feared?  "I haven't wanted to ask this, but maybe it's better than letting my imagination eat me alive.  What did you do to him?"
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"That's what this is about?  You want to fuck Ultron?  He's definitely gonna have to consult with Dr. Cho about that," Tony said.  "If she -- did she survive?" he asked Jocasta.  "Get him some of that vibranium Viagra cocktail."  He rolled his eyes at Jocasta's comment.  "Sometimes I just want to apologize on behalf of the entire human race."

"Oh so iif he had another, more self-destructive outlet, he'd leave me alone?"  He eyed Wade speculatively.  "Maybe a human sensorium is just what he needs.  As a distraction anyway."  Tony suspected this would actually be worse for Ultron, he was just spitballing, brainstorming, bouncing off of Wade's chatter.  "What do you think, Jo-Jo?"


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"He is not harmless." When he saw that he was frightening her, he held out his hands placidly as he took a step back himself. His expression of rage turning to regret. 

"I'm not mad at you." He said, taking in a deep vent of air as the red glow dimmed. "I didn't mean to frighten you." But his next words weren't any comfort.

"I could and I haven't. But I will. I have to." He thought for a long time about her question, tilting his head as he ran several simulations in his head.

"I would... hate to agree to that. But there would be no logic in me refusing the deal. My pride is not worth causing Jocasta pain." For he realized that Jocasta would have the same fears if they were separated and captured by Tony.

"But Tony doesn't go with the logical choice. He fights when the best option is to withdraw or surrender. I would have thought that with what just happened, he would learn his lesson. But he continues to act illogical. And I would never be in a similair situation as he is now, because Jocasta wouldn't let herself be caught."

Her final question confused him, since she was so troubled just thinking about it, he wasn't sure how the truth, if she believed him, would be better.

"I dislocated his arm." Ultron said, waiting for her reaction before he said anything else.

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"This had better not be news to you. And it's not just about that. If I just wanted him for his body, I'd use one of the drones."

"No, she did not." Jocasta replied, "But we do own U-GIN and all of her inventions now." When he apologized, she made a sound like a sigh. "Even with the reduced population, an apology from one human is not statistically significant. And I am more disturbed by the humans that try to reprogram the drones to harm other humans."

"Not entirely alone, but a little bit. Or maybe he'd understand how drinking got you so fucked up. And he's got Jolly to pick up the slack when he does get distracted."

"About what?" Jocasta asked, rather sharply, "Harming Ultron through malware or harming him through the addition of painful stimuli?"

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"I don't agree that it's the logical choice," Pepper said regarding Tony's surrender to Ultron's nanotech.  "If it was your nanotech inside him.... you could hurt him worse, you could..." She didn't want to say out loud how much suffering Ultron could inflict on Tony with nanotech if he chose; it was unthinkable.  "I'd still be frightened for him." 

She wondered if Ultron meant Jocasta would destroy herself before being caught, but it wasn't germane to the discussion.

Dislocating Tony's arm was bad, and she bristled disapproval at Ultron, but did not go pale or break down again.  However, Ultron's verbal tics were enough like Tony's that she could tell he was holding something back.  "And?"

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"It is news, but it's not surprising," Tony told Wade.  "It's in the category of 'stuff I should know but don't want to think about.'"

He was sorry but not surprised to hear about Dr. Cho. 

"Having a human sensorium," he clarified.  "It's not all bad, right, Wade?   I don't know of any upside to abusing malware, you'd have to tell me how that feels." 

Abruptly, he got up and went to the cell door and leaned his face against the bars.  Knowing that Pepper was also a prisoner had stopped him from considering any escape plan, but it seemed that Ultron really did not want to hurt her, so it was hard for him not to at least consider something.  It was a distraction too.

(YAAAY!  Sorry this is so short, I got very distracted toward the end when I found out my kid has been posting questionable photos online... *facepalm*)
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"But I will be putting them in him regardless of what he decides. If he can get something out of it, he should. But he won't." He didn't say anything about her concerns, as he wasn't going to lie to make her feel better, and the truth would only make her feel worse.

When her disapproval became obvious and she asked him to continue, he avoided eye contact with her. "And I burned him." He looked down at the sunglasses, fiddling with them, adding the last bit in a quieter voice, "To the... fifth or sixth degree."

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"Ultron said the exact same thing when I told him."

"We have been working on recreating a human sensorium." Jocasta said thoughtfully, "But I am worried that it may tie in to how humans behave, and that it will change us..."

"As someone who has gotten their leg torn off, been beaten with it, then have it forced through the entirety of my digestive system, I can tell you that if someone offered me the chance to never feel anything again, I wouldn't take it."

"I know Ultron has attempted to offer you something like that."

"It's sweet of him, but he doesn't get it. Even the pain is good to have, it makes the pleasure feel that much more special." Deadpool watched Tony get up and look outside the cell. "That's what we call disassociating. It's a way for humans to help with the bad feelings. Tony is really good at it."

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Pepper's eyes remained fixed on Ultron, but they went glassy.  She heard a buzz in her ears and everything swam and turned black in her vision as the blood drained away from her complexion.  She grabbed hold of the kitchen island countertop to keep from fainting.  In a mechanical voice, numbed with shock, she said, "I will...persuade him to accept, if you will promise not to hurt him and to let me have him here in exchange."
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"Change is part of existence," said Tony.  "Embrace your inner mad scientist.  Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk."  He cocked a dubious eyebrow at Wade's tale of suffering.  "Your whole leg, femur and all?"

He had recovered enough to get apprehensive, and that made him manic and twitchy.  His genius brain had had nothing to do since finishing the JARVIS upgrade, it was itching for a workout, and that meant that it was starting to solve problems he didn't need to solve and to chew on questions he didn't necessarily want answered.  Just now it was working out the equation of Ultron plus Pepper times Morgan, and figuring out where to stick variable J.  He turned back into the cell and banged the back of his head against the bars a couple of times.

"Here's a question for you, Jo," he said, scratching his recently-trimmed beard.  "What's keeping Ultron?  Does he really like talking to Pepper more than he enjoys making me piss myself?"


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Ultron looked at her when she grew pale and distant, "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have... I shouldn't have told you." He said like that was the only part of the situation he needed to apologize for. "He is fully recovered now." He told her, hoping that might help. At her offer, he got quiet himself before he met her eyes.

"Can you give me a time when there was something that Tony believed to be the morally right and necessary action, and chose not to do it because he made a promise to you?"

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"Attempting high speeds before mastering basic forms of locomotion is certain to cause loss of balance." Jocasta replied, thinking his advice was severely flawed.

"Yes. Fuckin' Juggernaut." When Tony started banging his head, Deadpool continued to explain to Jocasta, "Now he's doing a mild form of self harm to deal with emotional pain."

"That seems unhealthy."  Jocasta said before Tony spoke to her. "He doesn't enjoy making you do that, he thinks it's gross. He does enjoy speaking to her quite a bit, though, and does, at times, find it preferential to harming you. I do not believe this will be the case for long, as he-and myself- have... difficulty filtering our conversations and make her feel upset. So she doesn't have a pleasant time talking with him, and there will be no reason for him to try holding a conversation with her."

"You've got it all wrong. I'll tell Ultron that a captive audience is the best audience. Even if she doesn't want to talk, he can just keep going on and on."

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"No," said Pepper in the same distant voice, but with the emphasis placed on the right words, "you should not have done it."  She blinked back to herself after he told her Tony had recovered.  The roaring in her ears went away and she no longer felt in danger of passing out, but there was still a sort of glassy calm on her face.

"I can't," she admitted forthrightly, "but I believe I have... more leverage in this situation than I've ever had before.  What harm can it do to try?  You don't have to keep your word unless I succeed."
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"It is unhealthy," Tony agreed, "but Ultron has restricted my options.  Metaphorically," he added regarding the pissing himself comment. 

He was listening carefully to Jocosta's speech patterns and thinking to himself -- where does the J variable fit?  "Even though he enjoys it, he'll stop talking to her if it makes her unhappy."  He waved his hands, then counted points off on his fingers.   "He's gone to a lot of trouble to make her comfortable.  He hasn't used her as a hostage to get my cooperation, which he could easily do, the only reason he needs to keep her locked up is so she won't tell anyone I'm still alive, and even that isn't strictly legit since the Avengers are back to spill the beans anyway.  I don't get it, Jo.  Why is he keeping Pepper here?"


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He huffed a bit at what she said, crossing his arms, "I gave him the option to give me information instead, but he refused." he blamed Tony. He wasn't surprised by her answer, he knew the truth and that Pepper was smart enough not to try and trick him about it, what she said next did surprise him, though. He tilted his head, taking a while to respond simply because he was running through the different factors and how it could have made Tony actually keep a promise to Pepper. He couldn't think of anything, as threatening her would only make him want to break them out more, so she couldn't convince him for her own safety, and any emotional instability caused by the torture would fade eventually and he would be able to focus on a plan.

"It can do a lot of harm to try," he replied, the panels on his face opening partially. "What leverage could you possibly have now that you didn't before?" Ultron asked, skeptical.

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"Ultron does not have restricted options, so he should choose a healthier alternative." Jocasta still didn't understand why humans enjoyed strange metaphors so much, but she got what Tony was trying to say.

"Like drinking. That's what Tony normally does."  When Tony started to list off points, he added: "And he's got that weird shrine of magazine and newspaper cutouts of Pepper and a bunch of her hair collected from the drain."

"That does not exist." Jocasta said to Deadpool before she responded to Tony. "Should he use her as a hostage to get your cooperation? I believe that she would prefer that to you being harmed." As for him asking why, she said: "That is classified information."


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It immediately flashed across Pepper's mind what information Tony would endure so much to keep away from Ultron.  It might be that Ultron had been trying to force him to admit whatever plan he must naturally be coming up with, but Tony could make up some plausible fake plan on the fly in that case.  She couldn't think of anything else that he would have refused to say in extremis.  He had been gone from Earth so long that he barely knew anything that would be of interest to Ultron.

She hesitated and her symptoms of fear and stress increased.  Ultron's promise not to hurt her did not necessarily to extend to Morgan, in or out of the womb.  Not having toward Morgan whatever attachment it was he had toward her -- he might well used that leverage against Tony, or just react violently for reasons she couldn't fathom.  She folded her arms protectively around herself and closed her eyes.  "It's v-very personal.  I'm afraid I can't trust you with it. Un-unless you were to promise not to hurt Tony or --" 

She stopped here with her lips just starting to shape the "m" phoneme, fearing she'd said too much already.  Any halfway intelligent adult human being would have guessed the truth already.  Only Ultron's lack of experience was holding him back.
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"Don't ask me.  I don't give a damn anymore," Tony said as to Ultron's alternatives for coping with emotional pain.  "I'm done with the fucking Stockholm syndrome approach."  He had allowed his skin to heal to an angry, jagged red scar circling his upper arm, and he scratched it while he spoke.
 He also attempted to pace, but there wasn't enough room with Deadpool in the cell on top of the trolley and the stretcher.

"Right?" he said, pointing at Deadpool following the Pepper shrine comment.  "Weird obsession.  And did you know I developed a program called Jocasta too?

"Oh, it's classified is it?"  He sounded not at all surprised.  "And why would that be?"

At this point, he slung an arm around Deadpool's waist as if to hug him, but instead, he deftly unbuckled the merc's teleportation belt and snaffled it off of him.

((Yay, you're back!  I hope you did well on your finals.))


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Ultron logged the increase of negative symptoms, he was thinking that Pepper didn't like he had tried to get information out of Tony using violence, but the next thing she said disproved that.

He narrowed his eyes, tilting his head slightly, as he became increasingly suspicious of the secret that Tony and Pepper were keeping from him.

"Or Morgan." He finished for her, being able to pick up on who she was talking about, at least. "Well, I can't promise not to harm someone I don't know about, and as for Tony... I will consider it. For you. But he needs to be defanged a bit before I would feel comfortable letting him be."

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"You seem in need of advice yourself." Jocasta said, but didn't ask any more questions. "No, I was not aware that you had another servant program which shares my name."

"Dude, the wifi password is classified information for you. Will you tell me later if I promise not to share with Tony?"

"It is also classified for you."

"What! Ultron can't keep secrets from me! Unless they're fun surprises!" Deadpool was so outraged that he wouldn't have noticed his belt getting taken if it also hadn't made his pants fall down.

"Tony, you're really giving me mixed signals here. I can overlook you cheating on me with your fiance that you've been dating for years, but not you undressing me in front of Ultron's squeeze."

"Mr. Stark." Jocasta said in a slightly strained tone. "Please return Deadpool's item to him."

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A tremor went through Pepper when Ultron said the name Morgan, but she opened her eyes and breathed again when he said that he didn't know who Morgan was and that he would consider sparing Tony for her.  "Then you'll let me talk to him?"
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"But Ultron knew," Tony said.

He slipped the belt around his own waist and fastened it and ran his talented fingers smoothly over the controls on its silly Deadpool-face buckle.  The activation button was easy to find, it had the most wear on it, and the navigational controls were reasonably intuitive.  "I'm sorry, Wade.  I did not mean for you to flash an AI who identifies as female.  I'm also really sorry Ultron is probably going to blame you for this.   

"Let's see, standard ceiling height is eight feet, add another for safety -- don't want to materialize my feet in the floor... I'm sorry, Jo, what did you say?"  He had the teleporter set and two fingers resting lightly against the activation button.  "You want me to give this back to Deadpool?  Hey, I'm sure Ultron won't be mad to see me enjoying the fresh pine-scented air outside for a bit and then maybe teleporting all the way to Wakanda."


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"I will let you talk with him later. If everything goes as--" Ultron grew stiff as he received the warning from Jocasta, the surprise on his face was quickly replaced with anger as he turned away from Pepper.

"I'm beginning to think he doesn't actually want to see you again." He gritted out, "I have to go." He said as opened the door to her cell. "We can talk later."

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"Why would he name me that as well?" Jocasta asked, unsure of what Tony's point was.

"Blame me for what?" Deadpool asked as he pulled his pants back up.

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He's going to teleport away and leave you to be Ultron's punching bag.

"No! Tony! You can't use that! You just lost an arm! You could lose something else, or have it be teleported inside of your stomach instead of where it's supposed to be!" He warned, gripping his masked head in his hands and causing his pants to slip off again. "And you don't know the layout of this place! You could end up inside a wall! It's an awful way to die, Tony! So make sure you teleport up at least four thousand feet to make it outside! Wait, no, don't listen to that! Take it off!"

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Jocasta repeated exactly what she had said before, with additional strain in her voice. "Yes, please, do that. No. He will be very mad. He is very mad." She corrected, "Take it off before he comes here. Deadpool, please leave with it."


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"Oh, God," Pepper said as visions of what Tony might be doing to provoke Ultron danced in her head.  "Please remember, the deal is with me, not him!"

As soon as Ultron left, she ran to the bathroom and indulged her first case of stress-induced morning sickness.

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"I think it's worth the risk, don't you?"  Tony said to Deadpool.  He made another adjustment to the belt's controls.  "Four thousand feet it is," he said, although if Wade was paying close attention, he might notice that was not the actual setting Tony had adjusted it to.

"No can do, Jo."  However, he did not teleport immediately.  He stood facing the door as far from it as possible, still with his fingers ready to press the button, waiting for Ultron.  He had an expression of curiosity, like a man conducting an experiment with mice, albeit with himself as the cheese.  "Just pause right there a bit, Ultron," he said as soon as the angry AI appeared in the doorway.  "How's Pepper doing?"


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"Normally I'd say yes, but you haven't been out there, Tony. It's like. The age of Ultron. That thing can't take you all the way to Wakanda in one jump."

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If it was made in Wakanda it could have.

"Look, you don't even know how to work it!"

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Neither do you!

"Why not?" Jocasta asked, "Are your limbs incapable of removing the item?" There wasn't any hint of sarcasm in her voice. When Ultron came in, he looked almost radioactive with the red glow coming off of him, and in the colder temperature down here, he was literally steaming.

"Do not tell me what to do." Ultron growled, although he stayed where he was.

"Hi, Ultron! You look like the two people closest to you allowed the person you hate most to get leverage over you." Deadpool said, casually, flinching when Ultron aimed his glare toward him through the cell window.

"Deadpool, please be quiet." Jocasta said, the shame evident in her voice.

"She is doing terribly, no thanks to you." Ultron accused.