Having met Will and learned the unpleasant news of Dr. Abel's passing, Lucia was not sure what else there was to do here. Dr. Reid now had custody of all of Dr. Abel's projects and Will was now Lucia's responsibility. She wanted to get on the road back to the guild hall before it got dark and the bandits came out to play, but she did not just want to take Will and run. Instead Lucia chose to stay a bit longer and talk to the doctor about what would happen from here.
"So, Doctor, what happens from here?" Lucia asked Dr. Reid. The blonde doctor regained a bit of good cheer and smiled at the Luminous Rose mage.
"I'm not sure, Lucia. I got an inheritance I wasn't expecting, but I'll make it work. I'll have to see what all Dr. Abel left for me and go from there." Dr. Reid replied in an upbeat tone. Lucia knew exactly what Dr. Abel had left for her and that was Will, the gray-clad robot with free will and a sharp tongue. Lucia was not quite sure what to make of him, but regardless of what she thought about him he was her responsibility now.
"I'll do my best to take care of Will. I'm sure he won't need too much help from me. He'll probably help me more than I'll help him." Lucia said to the doctor. Will turned to her and spoke.
"Don't be too sure about that, Lucia. I don't know a whole lot about the human world other than what the doctor told me. He told me quite a bit before his passing, but he didn't tell me everything I need to know. I'll have to learn more as I travel with you." Will told Lucia that she would end helping him as much as he would help her. Again Lucia was not sure why she had been chosen to inherit Will. She was sure that there were better candidates than her to take care of the robot, but for some reason Dr. Abel had chosen her as Will's caretaker.
"I'll do what I can to help you adapt to life among humans, Will." Lucia told him. She did not tell him that she had been out of the loop four over four years because he did not need to know that. Not yet, anyway.
"Thanks, Miss Winchester. Dr. Abel made the right choice when choosing to entrust me to you." Will said with certainty. The blonde mage was not so confident in that, but she kept that lack of confidence to herself. Dr. Reid turned to Lucia.
"Well, that takes care of everything that I need to talk to you about. I've got the equipment needed to fix Will and it's up and running, so any time Will gets damaged, you bring him here as soon as possible and I'll make him as good as new." Dr. Reid told Lucia.
"All right, Doctor. Thanks." Lucia thanked the doctor for all of her future contributions to Will's well-being. Taking the doctor's words as her cue to leave, Lucia drained the rest of the coffee in her mug, rinsed the empty mug in the kitchen sink, set it on the right counter, and turned to her new robot companion.
"All right, Will. Are you ready to get on the road?" Lucia asked the gray-clad robot. Will nodded.
"I'm as ready as I'm ever going to be, Miss Winchester. I'm ready to go whenever you are." Will informed her. Lucia faced Dr. Reid one last time.
"We'll be going now, Doctor. Thanks for letting us meet here." Lucia thanked the blonde doctor for her help in getting her and Will to meet so that the Luminous Rose mage could learn about Dr. Abel's passing. Dr. Reid waved at them.
"It's no problem, Lucia. Maybe next time we'll meet under happier circumstances." Dr. Reid replied in a hopeful tone. Lucia hoped that they would meet under happier circumstances as well, but she had no idea what the future held. She would just have to wait and see.
"I hope so too. Later, Dr. Reid!" Lucia bade farewell to the doctor. She and Will left through the door that led to the doctor's house as Dr. Reid waved goodbye. Lucia and Will would let themselves out so that their hostess could get back to work on her numerous projects.
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