With Jasper helping, the process of debugging Jessica went much faster, and Sunny's hopes started to rise. If this was a sign of character growth for Jasper, then maybe once they finished debugging, the portal would appear. And then they could both go home! And she could go to college, and start her company, and write a book about her questing experience and do everything else in her plan…
Awwww... they're getting along!!!
Robert interjected occasionally with tips or snarky comments, or both combined in one.
...you know what I'm about to say, but I need to hear some of these snarky comments.
I'm also kind of curious how Jasper would respond??? Like, he's said that these ambassadors are just tools, so to hear Robert make snarky comments would be eye-opening, especially if they made him laugh. Because toasters wouldn't do that. Or perhaps he would just kind of roll his eyes and ignore Robert??? It would be really cool to see how in particular he reacts to Robert's snarkniess though!
Sunny beamed at him too. "I'm sure it will! You've shown incredible growth and persistence. Now, the universe must reward your efforts, by the laws of questing."
"Don't get your hopes up," Robert said skeptically. "The only laws here are the ones of code."
OH ROBERT, HOW I LOVE YOUR DIALOGUE. <333333
Jasper cut her off, shaking his head. He gave her a bitter smile. "I'll admit you made me hope for a while there, but if pulling an all-nighter and debugging for this so-called growth doesn't get me home, I'm afraid none of your other plans will. Good night. Or, well, morning." He started walking towards the back of the restaurant. "I'll bring you some blankets for today. But after that, I'd suggest you find yourself a place to stay for the next, oh, forever years."
Sunny stared after him. "But…"
I'm... kind of surprised that Sunny doesn't suggest that he sleep on it and maybe he'll feel better and they'll be able to figure it out when he wakes up??? I know that sometimes when my husband or I are trying to figure out something that neither of us can grasp and it's late at night, or we haven't slept well, the other person will kind of assure them that the problem can wait until morning, when we're better rested. Then, the next day, we talk it over and figure out the problem fairly quickly over some coffee.
So it seems weird that she wouldn't suggest to get a good night's sleep to me?? Like, that's one of my first things I would suggest, especially when there's real despair afoot!
(And also, I am kind of disappointed that Jasper doesn't yawn and do a dismissive hand gesture, haha.)
"Fine, then. If Jasper can't get his portal to work, maybe I can do mine. My quest objective was to solve the missing errors, right? So if I debug all the errors, I can get a portal?" Ah, yes. It was clear now. Sunny would debug the rest of the errors and thus return their descriptions to their rightful places in Javaland. Then the land would rejoice, Sunny would be a certified hero, and a portal to Earth would appear.
EXCEPT THE ERRORS WILL NEVER DISAPPEAR.
No, seriously, I told you my sister is getting her doctorate, right??? And she is doing a loooooot of programming. And the errors just seem to multiply. She is grumpy about this, haha.
The ambassador floated over to her. Sunlight reflected off his shiny white form as he said, "Do you want to congratulate you? Well then, congratulations." Robert frowned slightly. "But I told you. It could've waited until later. You pushing yourself like this is like me running until I'm at 2% battery. Completely discharging my battery isn't healthy, and I'm sure the equivalent isn't good for humans either."
YES, ROBERT. TELL HER TO SLEEP.
She dreamed of dancing semicolons and red squiggly lines forming fish that leaped in and out of bowls made of brackets and parentheses. Oh, and there were so many parentheses… Parentheses forming eyebrows, parentheses like the roofs of houses, parentheses becoming sentient and living comfortable lives in Parentheses Town, U.S.A….
The way this is phrased reminds me of the kind of lilt in "The Color Kittens" or other various children's books that I've read. ^^
Robert was silent for a moment, and then he said, "Sometimes things don't go the way you want or expect them to. It may be cliché, but it's true."
"Not for heroes!" Sunny blurted. She pulled out her notebook and flipped through it, jabbing at the pages. "Here. Rule 15. There will be a happy ending! What about this whole thing seems like a happy ending to you?"
IT'S A GOOD THING THAT SUNNY ISN'T IN MY STORY. SHE WOULD BE *QUESTIONING* CERTAIN THINGS.
...anyway, it doesn't seem like a happy ending. So... I guess onward to the next chapter???