"Protective parents, I see." He smirked, hoping his playful jab would land the right way. Regardless, he continued along the path, his eyes trained on Kyten as the trio moved ever onward. "Earth is home to many folk. I'm sure you won't stick out much, truth be told." His brow furrowed. "I'm fairly certain there was a dog elected president in the past."
With the ever-present sound of rushing water closing in, the Serpent warrior had to wonder if they were headed in the right direction. Flora and its growing patterns were far from his area of expertise, and it seemed it might be out of Kyten's knowledge as well.
"You said you were 'made', Kyten?" His attention turned to Jackie at the moment of his question, watching her hop across a stump and almost losing his train of thought in the process. "Apologies again, but the choice of wording seems rather unique." His face held a quizzical look, but it held no animosity. Just genuine curiosity, from a boy who had just as little outside experience as the artificial life across from him.
Just then, a twig snapped in the underbrush near them.
Bing turned on a heel, a hand raised above his head like a cobra rearing. Despite the sound, he could sense no life force. A trick, perhaps?
"Seems we aren't alone on our trek..."
Despite the momentary pause for concern, nothing leaped at them... Yet. If there was a prowling predator, it decided now was not the time to show itself. Bing lowered his hand, glancing quickly at the other two to gauge their reactions to the oddity.
This way toward the streams of the northern woods was a bit further out than Jackie had hoped to go, but Kyten at least shored up her confidence in heading there. She kept her head high as the two talked about sticking out, being created, not too different from a certain bird Jackie met a few times trying to get stronger. Artificial lifeforms are made with a purpose in mind. Her new friend in Bing here was asking pretty much everything she had in the back of her mind at least.
When alerted something was nearby, Jackie took a quick glance around. She continued on the path forward while she silently honed her senses outward. As sharp as ever, she could sense nothing out of the ordinary but the wild fauna that roamed the land. Which left only those hiding their trails well to blame. The calm rush of water nearby masked a lot of noise, so she had her eyes peeled.
"I'll keep my senses alive; We're just about at this riverbank anyways. If they wished us harm they had plenty of nice, dense forest to do it in." She rationalized, tapping her chin with her free hand not carrying the little basket. "Don't worry, it will be dealt with if that's the case anyway." Stepping past a few tight rows of lowland shrub, she eventually felt her feet touch down on rugged Riverstone. A narrow stream cut a little bit of the canopy out from above them and letting more light down over the crystal clear waters. Bing may be hearing a few more twigs now as the trio had a clear look at the culprit in question now;
A Bear was stuffing its nose into some bushes across the way. Familiar white-flowering bushes. The Jasmines were right there, and a certain animal was having a time sniffing around them. Despite this surface-level threat, the young woman sighs in relief and adjusts her basket in hand.
"Just one of our wild ones. Let me, you two will just set it off." She whispers back at them before taking a sharp breath in. Slowly, her feet lifted from the ground. A silent float a few inches above the ground she'd take, slowly hovering with such ease as to do it as naturally as walking. When hitting the feet or so deep stream, she kept these few inches above the waterline, staying dry as she approached.
"Not here for anything but some of the flora, beast."
"Oh, a Zoanthrope, correct? I am familiar with them. Or, I have heard of them, at least. Though, I'm not sure why that would be strange..." Much of the information Kyten knew of the world was general primers on the Earth and assorted species. Some of those species had far more detail than others, but Humans and Zoanthropes were covered reasonably well. Though, honestly, he didn't know what it would mean to cover them badly. He knew details of their biology, that they called Earth their home, and some basic information on their history. That was far more than some species got. That was easily justified, given that Cotes had lived on this planet.
"I suppose that is odd, to be created." The faltering smile quickly recovered. The man did not seem too perturbed by the information, and Jackie didn't react. Even if some might treat that information more harshly, these humans did not mind this oddity. "Yes, I was created. That process began years ago, though I have only become conscious in recent months. As I said, I only awoke recently."
The breaking branch and Bing's warning were a little confusing, but Kyten felt comfortable clarifying. "I do not sense anything abnormal in the area. There is no shortage of animals around us, though most are small and relatively harmless. If you want me to point them out, I can." He told them bluntly. Many animals existed around them, dispassionately sensed through the antennae. Though he enjoyed observing nature with his eyes, simply sensing them through the vibrations was not quite as enjoyable.
Regardless, Kyten did not consider their presence noteworthy and thus had not mentioned them until now. He knew they were no threat to him, the computers told him that. Even the great reptilian beasts that lived in the west and south were apparently no match for him, and they were far above those like the bears who lived in the area. Perhaps the other two could be threatened, but he could solve that problem if necessary.
Though, considering what happened next, that seemed unlikely to be necessary. Jackie was willing to confront the bear in their path instead, in a far less violent manner than Kyten would have. Kyten had nothing against the wildlife in the area, and the woman seemed confident. There was no need to interfere, at least so long as there was no attack from the bear or another entity.