Fandom: Tron: Legacy
Pairing: Clu, Tron
Summary: Why did Clu bother to reprogram Tron at all? And if he simply had to, then why was Rinzler still so different from the other programs?
A/N: Just something short that needed to get out of my head.
Clu has a hard time deciphering Tron's code.
It's an embarrassing failure he refuses to own, but the logical flow of Tron's processes eludes him almost completely.
But it is not his fault. Tron is a foreign program in this system, someone not touched by the Creator's hand.
It's terrifying and overwhelming to be faced with the reality that Flynn is not the only User capable of creating them.
And because Tron does not fit seamlessly into a world shaped by Clu and Flynn's shared vision, he is imperfect.
It took Clu a long time to come to that realization.
In the early days, when Flynn was among them, Clu was fascinated by Tron. He felt drawn toward him, always yearning to better understand. Clu was supposed to be the special one, he was made in the Creator's image and given power over the Grid. But it was Tron who always stood out.
Flynn liked to make programs with clean white lines of circuitry, liked to admire the purity it represented. Except Clu was not created like the others. He carries Flynn's personal signature in his very code and his circuits reflect that.
He was supposed to be the only one.
But Tron carries the signature of a User as well. The security program turns heads wherever he goes, circuits glowing a mesmerizing blue.
Clu hates it.
He hates it because it represents a discordant note in the otherwise flawless symphony of the city. For him to be different is one thing. To tolerate having someone else vie with him for a User's attention? To find himself incapable of mastering another program's code?
Even so, deresolution is not the answer.
Tron is a magnificent if utterly foreign piece of coding and Clu would not have him go to waste. Besides that, they have grown close in the cycles since Flynn has left and he would miss Tron if he was gone.
When the time comes - when he has taken steps toward ridding the Grid of corruption and Flynn has been beaten back - Clu is gentle with Tron. His wayward friend had been captured while risking himself to help the User but Clu finds he cannot be angry with him. Like Clu, Tron is only following commands.
He just needs new commands.
It takes cycles to reprogram such complex, non-intuitive code. Cycles during which Tron is aware enough to plead, to try and remind Clu of their friendship.
"Shh," Clu would calm him, running a hand along a dull blue circuitry path, "that is why I am doing this. You will be perfect; you will stay with me."