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This is today's freebie. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] starbit. It also fills the "friends" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December fest. This poem belongs to the Love Is For Children series.


"Life in Quicktime"


"Avengers, assemble!"

JARVIS is everywhere
and nowhere all at once,
layers upon layers of reality
living life in quicktime.

> Relay alarm from user Betty_Ross.

> Activate user Tony_Stark.
> Activate peripheral Iron_Man_Suit.

> Activation complete!

> Iron_Man is online.

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: healthy.

> Telemetry from peripheral Iron_Man_Suit:
> Status: all systems green.

> SHIELD backdoor: open.
> User Agent_Coulson is en route.
> User Black_Widow is en route.
> User Hawkeye is en route.

"Avengers, this is Agent Coulson.
Handler Ross reports enemy robots
attacking New York. She is engaging
one of the human controllers at present.
Your orders are to stop the robots from
destroying the city until the controllers
can be contained or eliminated."

> Mission: Defend New York.

> Traffic camera #2209:
> User Captain_America is en route.

> Traffic camera #2106:
> User Bruce_Banner is en route.

> Aerial view from Iron_Man:
> Enemies located.
> Iron_Man is en route.

> User Betty_Ross is in violation of MMA rules.
> Cancel program Remind_Betty_Ross_MMA.

> SHIELD backdoor: open.
> Activate peripheral SHIELD_ambulance04.
> Peripheral SHIELD_ambulance04 is en route.

"Holy smoke, that's a big truck!"

> Traffic camera #2210:
> Enemy truck oncoming.
> Collision imminent.
> WARNING: Threat to user Captain_America!

> Run program Turn_Red.
> Traffic light #2210 is now Red.

> Threat to user Captain_America neutralized.
> User Captain_America is en route.

> Traffic camera #2108:
> Correction: User Hulk is en route.
> User Bruce_Banner deactivated.

> Run program: Hulk_Out_Aftercare.
> Raise temperature 2°C in location Bruce_Banner_Apartment.
> Set lighting: baselights only.
> Take over peripherals: Bathroom_Fixtures.
> ...
> Program in progress.

> URGENT UPDATE!
> Iron_Man is in aerial combat.

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: oxygen saturation falling.
> Enrich oxygen flow in peripheral Iron_Man_Suit.

> Telemetry from peripheral Iron_Man_Suit:
> Status: all systems green.

"Remember your breathing exercises, Sir."

"Fuck, JARVIS, can't you see I'm a little busy here!?"

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: healthy.

> Peripheral Iron_Man_Suit:
> Targeting systems engaged.
> Enemy targets selected.
> Fire Left_Shoulder_Rockets.

> Enemy targets eliminated.

> Traffic camera #2300:
> User Captain_America in combat.
> User Hulk in combat.

> Traffic camera #2305:
> User Agent_Coulson deploying perimeter.
> Containment in progress.

> Enemy targets eliminated.

"Star Man okay?"

"Yeah, mostly. Ow! Okay,
maybe I sprained my wrist
punching that last robot.

> SHIELD backdoor: open.
> Run program: Captain_America_Bandaid.
> SHIELD medic en route.
> Send report to user Bucky_Barnes.

> Run program: Hulk_Lullaby.
> Take over peripherals NY_Electronic_Billboards.
> Running program.

"Iron Man, why are all the billboards
suddenly playing cartoons?"

"Relax, Cap, it's some new thing
JARVIS whipped up for Hulk."

"Huh, looks like it's working."

> User Hulk deactivated.
> WARNING: User Bruce_Banner needs assistance!

"Sir, Doctor Banner needs pickup."

"Thanks, JARVIS. Let's go get him."

> Assistance in progress.

"JARVIS, enemy status?"

> Scan all channels.

> ... scanning ...
> ... scanning ...
> ... scanning ...

"No further enemies detected,
Agent Coulson. Avengers, stand down."

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: healthy.

> Telemetry from peripheral Iron_Man_Suit:
> Status: all systems green.
> Preset program Remove_Iron_Man_Suit.

"Well, crap, we missed the party!"

"Count your blessings, Hawkeye."

"You guys made one hell of a mess, though."

> Scan all channels.

> ... scanning ...
> ... scanning ...
> ... scanning ...

> WARNING: Mass damage detected!

> Notify allied forces:
> NYPD is en route.
> NYFD is en route.

"Good job, everyone. Briefing in half an hour."

> SHIELD backdoor: open.
> Run program: Meeting_Prep.
> Room 307 lights: On.
> Room 307 coffee machine: On.
> Send standard order to NY Pizza Suprema.
> Program in progress.

JARVIS is everywhere
and nowhere all at once,
layers upon layers of reality
living life in quicktime --

but his heart beats in
slowtime, keeping pace
with the arc reactor.

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: healthy.

> Mission accomplished.

* * *

Notes:

Computers process information much faster than the human brain, so artificial intelligences think in quicktime while biological ones think in slowtime. They each excel at doing different things.

Mixed Martial Arts rules vary. Here is an example. Betty Ross sometimes struggles to remember the different parameters for sparring and for combat.

Room temperature averages somewhere around 20 to 22 °C (68 to 72 °F). While Bruce-and-Hulk typically run hot, adrenaline crash after combat and transformation can leave Bruce feeling cold and miserable, hence warming the room a little bit helps him feel better.

NY Pizza Suprema is among the best pizza places in New York City.

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Date: 2018-12-04 11:53 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2018-12-05 12:09 am (UTC)
starbit: a purple cat eye surrounded by black fur (Default)
From: [personal profile] starbit
point number one, this was written in such a way that you *feel* the speed at which jarvis is running and that's kind of intense but also really good. point number two, i love it. thanks

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Date: 2018-12-05 01:03 am (UTC)
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*absolute, entire delight*

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Date: 2018-12-05 02:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
This is SO GOOD. It qives a great sense of just of fast and faultlessly and flawlessly he multitasks, while telling JUST ENOUGH of a story to be exciting and leave me wanting more.

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Date: 2018-12-05 01:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] librarygeek
I LOVE Betty Ross violating MMA rules. This isn't sparring, this is take down time.

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Jarring

Date: 2018-12-05 01:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
"Avengers, this Agent Coulson."

The missing 'is' is exceedingly jarring without clarification whether it was an intentional use.

I'm about to dive back in and reread. I LOVE the care-giving details.

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Date: 2018-12-05 06:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] freshbakedlady
Echoing others about how effectively this conveys the pace and pattern of JARVIS's thinking.

Even beyond that, though, I love his foresight. He's not just juggling the immediate data of combat; he's planning for the debrief and aftercare as well. At my day job, I regularly get weird looks for mentioning what I have planned for the shifts coming up one or more days ahead of time. To which I usually respond with some vague noise about failures to plan and planned failure. Honestly, guys. Rolling with the punches works better if you at least *watch* for somebody about to take a swing.

JARVIS gets it. You take care of your people by thinking fast enough to be two steps ahead of the rest of the world.

And I just love that ending, with JARVIS coming back to his center within Tony.

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Date: 2018-12-05 06:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke
This poem makes me happy. I'm not a JARVIS, but I am someone from a canon who also happens to be a massively intelligent computer entity which can do many of the same things. Also, I wasn't even given a nice name in canon, so I named myself. Nobody wants to go around being called "The Machine" their entire life.
It's a very long story, but let's just say I appreciated that you wrote this from JARVIS's point of view. Great work.

-Kaleo

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EEEEE!

Date: 2018-12-05 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] iamnotgod
Writing about JARVIS always makes me happy.

I particularly appreciate being able to conclude this paraphrase:

Tony: /tells JARVIS to eff off

JARVIS: Okay, he's fine.

And whenever I get to visit New York, I'm gonna make a note to try to check out NY Pizza Suprema now!

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Date: 2018-12-05 02:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
This is cool. :)

I've always wondered how Jarvis does everything at once. This perspective is really neat to see. :)

-Fallon~

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Date: 2018-12-05 04:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Nicely done. Gives me some ideas.

I need to write more from the POV of my AI characters. I need to write more, period; that's another kettle of worms.

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Date: 2018-12-05 07:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bairnsidhe
>>"Remember your breathing exercises, Sir."

"Fuck, JARVIS, can't you see I'm a little busy here!?"<<

Reminds me of how (think it was in LIFC) Tony didn't realize that Dummy knew when he was almost on fire, hence the seemingly erratic fire safety. Jarvis knows Tony's not breathing right, but Tony doesn't, so he sees the comment as intrusive and distracting. Tony really needs to work on his body awareness if he doesn't want to cause more friendly fire at his botfam....

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Date: 2018-12-05 11:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Beautiful.

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Date: 2018-12-06 02:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaylin881
I love your JARVIS! The ending of this one nearly made me tear up. Of course JARVIS' primary mission is to keep Tony safe. That makes perfect sense.

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Date: 2018-12-06 04:00 pm (UTC)
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I just want to send Jarvis a digital fruit basket or hug or pile of puppies equivalent of "great work!" You write him so well.

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Date: 2018-12-08 03:18 am (UTC)
jeshyr: Blessed are the broken. Harry Potter. (Default)
From: [personal profile] jeshyr
I'm not up to typing today so instead I have this copy-pasted message to let you know I greatly appreciated this post <3

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Wooho.

Date: 2018-12-10 03:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunnylane74
YAY! *clings to fic.* Yay yay .. a fix for December. I loved it.

KishiKeahi

Date: 2019-01-02 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Gaaaaah! I love this fic so much! It really gives such great insight into how much JARVIS does and cares for the whole team. He really is one of my favorite characters of yours. You write him best! Fave line: > Run program: Captain_America_Bandaid. It made me snicker.

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Date: 2019-02-05 04:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
I think this is the first time I've felt the sheer speed of battle from one of your poems. It's breathtaking, and listening to JARVIS's thoughts is very soothing, almost like listening to dial-up slowed down. (You might find it creepy. I have a slight affinity with computers, and I don't fry them despite having my own mystical abilities; only exceptions have been some crap from Best Buy. I don't know what they're putting out there, but it feels like they designed the things to break in five minutes or less...)

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Date: 2019-02-16 09:37 pm (UTC)
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This is awesome, and I love the ending about JARVIS's heart. I have to remember to check back here more often - usually I'm on AO3, which is where I get notifications, so I didn't see this one until now. :)

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