EP. 09-3E  Hawk and Hound Ⅲ (1)

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Carter I believe we've gotten through most of the details. That bastard Havier's probably told you some unsavory things.
However, I trust that you won't be shaken by a few malicious words.

Kryuger Indeed, I have paid no mind to it. I've already instructed my subordinates to immediately begin preparations for this operation.

Carter Good. You may have noticed as well, that there may be people planning to interfere in this operation, so the sooner we begin, the better.

Kryuger We can begin today. Our Commander will head over to the frontline together with your troops. His T-Doll echelons are already on standby there.

Carter Very well, Yegor can give your Commander a ride on his helicopter.

Kryuger Understood. Before we leave, however, I'd like to have a few words with him alone.

Carter No problem. I also need to give some orders as well.

...Carter steps away with his subordinate.

...Kryuger listens to the latest report.

Kryuger I see... So the remaining members of the AR Team have gone missing as well. Commander, you must do whatever it takes to find them.
Though Havier may seem like an unreliable fellow, he's not one to talk nonsense.
I suspect that something big will happen during this operation, so I will place all available Griffin T-Dolls under your command.
Trust in your own judgment, and stay safe.

Kryuger We've said all that needs to be said. Let's go, Yegor is waiting for us outside.

...Kryuger opens the door.

Carter Are you done? Captain, head out with Griffin's Commander.

Yegor Yes, sir.

Kryuger General, I still have some questions for you.

Carter Of course.

...The door closes. Kryuger and Carter disappear into the crowded banquet.

Yegor This way, Commander of Griffin.

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EP. 09-3E  Hawk and Hound Ⅲ (2)

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M4 SOPMOD II M16...
I think...I scared M4...

M16A1 What, did you dismember a Sangvis Doll in front of her?

M4 SOPMOD II Two of them simultaneously...
M4 turned around and ran. She looked disgusted...
Why...? Neither you nor AR15 are bothered...

M16A1 We don't enjoy it either, but it seems like M4 can't tolerate it as well as we can...
I don't get it... A neural cloud like hers isn't suitable for the battlefield...

M4 SOPMOD II M16...is there something wrong with me?...
I think frightening our leader...isn't a good thing...

M16A1 But you can't control yourself, right?

M4 SOPMOD II ......

M16A1 In our base, the humans raise many puppies. Their hobby is to chase the trucks that pass by every day.

M4 SOPMOD II I know, but they've never caught up before.

M16A1 What if one day, those puppies manage to catch up to the trucks. What would happen then?

M4 SOPMOD II I don't know...what would happen?

M16A1 A friend once told me that the puppies would bury all the trucks into the ground.

M4 SOPMOD II Huh——??
How can that be! How could puppies bury trucks into the ground!

M16A1 ......
What if they could? Would they do it?
SOP II, what if...they could design a puppy like that?

...M16 pats SOP II's shoulder.

M16A1 That's why you shouldn't dwell on why you're like this. What's most important is understanding that it is a part of you.
Learn to accept it, and learn like it.
After all, we all like you very much. Put a little more trust in us.

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M4 SOPMOD II To be honest, I never understood M16's words...
What did she even mean?

RO635 ......

M4 SOPMOD II Sorry, I'm rambling again.
I don't know why I can't control myself... It's like a dam bursting... I just want to let everything out...

RO635 SOP II...

M4 SOPMOD II RO, do you like me?

RO635 Of course I do, I told you that earlier.

M4 SOPMOD II When I first met M4, I wasn't sure if she liked me or not.
She was always very afraid of me. Far more afraid than everyone else combined.

RO635 M16 said before that M4 was a very unreliable T-Doll at first.

M4 SOPMOD II Perhaps the unreliable one was me. And M16. And AR15...
If we were normal T-Dolls, capable and obedient, then maybe M4 wouldn't have been so troubled...

RO635 You've already done well enough, SOP II.

M4 SOPMOD II Really? I don't think so... If it were someone else...

RO635 If it were someone else, then M4 would merely be an ordinary command-type T-Doll.
On the other hand, you are the only puppy capable of catching up to trucks.
That's why only you can know what happens next...
M16 once said that the AR Team was only able to become stronger step by step, so the strength of the team must be the sum of everyone's contributions, including yours.

M4 SOPMOD II Is that so... Alright...I suppose...
RO, you're really good at talking.

RO635 I'm just saying what I think is true. Thanks for telling me so many stories. I'm even more determined now to bring you all back.

M4 SOPMOD II RO...

RO635 Are you ready? The transmitter is fully charged.
I don't think I need to tell you this, but once I broadcast the signal, the Commander won't be the only one picking up on our position.

M4 SOPMOD II Of course I know that!

RO635 Keep track of your ammo. We don't have many rounds left.

M4 SOPMOD II No biggie! I still have my hands!

RO635 Please try to do that out of my sight next time...

M4 SOPMOD II No problem! Or you could always close your eyes!

...RO laughs, and SOP II joins in on the laughter.

RO635 Very well! Then let's begin!
Right now, we are the hope of the AR Team! We'll be fine as long as we work together!