9: Allies and Enemies Ch 7The monster 19 lunged one of its cords right at them. 10 pushed 6 and 17 out of the way. Before they could regain themselves, the monster lunged at them again. It caught 10's foot and sent sparks up his leg. He cried out and rolled away. His leg twitched as he gasped, trying to run off, but his leg wouldn't allow him.
6 hid behind 17, who held her spear at the beast.
The beast hissed at 10 as it drew closer. A rock hit its head and it turned around.
"Why doncha pick on someone your own size?" 17 growled at it, holding her spear in one hand, a rock in the other.
The beast lunged its needles at 17. She fended them off with her spear.
"Quick, take 10 and go," 17 said to 6.
"But" 6 muttered.
17 landed on her back as the beast's needles caught her scarf and pulled her down.
"GO, NOW!" she screeched.
6 ran over to 10 and helped him up.
17 swung her spear at the beast, but without avail. The beast was about to lung one of its plugs at her, when 10 climbed up its back and yanked at the h
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A small burlap creature sat on a matchbook and stared at the wasteland before him, the number 9 inscribed in ink on his back. He sat with his legs spread apart and his hands hung from his inner thighs. Rain clouds were clearing from the sky. He sighed as he watched them drift away.
"Watching the rain again?" a female voice spoke.
The burlap rag doll turned around and saw another creature similar to himself. She lifted up the beak of the bird skull she wore as a helmet, exposing her face.
"Oh, 7. How long were you there?"
"Not very," she sat down next to him. "What were you thinking of just now?"
"Same as always. Where do we go from here, what happens now, all that."
"Like you said, this world is ours now."
"I'm just feeling a bit " he held out his wooden and copper hands, as though reaching for the words, "incapable, I guess." He dropped his hands and looked at 7. "Can we really begin a new world with just the nine of us?"
7 opened her mouth to say something when a scream pierced
9: Allies and Enemies Ch 6In the early afternoon, 10, 13, and 17 scrubbed the floors of the barn using old toothbrushes for their punishment. When no one was within earshot, 10 crept closer to 13.9: Allies and Enemies Ch 66 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Can I talk to you?" he said.
"Of course," she said.
"It's about 11. I wasn't sure at first, but now it's getting hard to ignore."
13 tilted her head.
10 took a deep breath and stopped scrubbing, "I've been thinking 14 and 15 wouldn't just start using the bodies of our brothers, unless if they were receiving orders." He looked at the ground. "I think 11's the culprit."
13 jerked back and stopped scrubbing as well, "How can you say such a thing? 11 may be strict, but that's no reason to betray him like that."
"You've disobeyed him. Many times," he said, cocking an eyebrow.
"Yeah, but I would never betray him like that. He's kept us safe from the cat beast."
10 folded his arms across his chest. "I'm starting to think that was his doing, too."
"Listen to you," she scolded. "You've never liked him, but now you're talking
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Everyone stood petrified. All that was heard was the sound of the river below. The rain had let up, but dark clouds still engulfed the skies.
13 fell to her knees, the ground below her splashed from the soft mud.
"No," she sobbed. She buried her hands in her face and hunched over. 10 came over to comfort her, stoking her back. "They're gone. They're gone," she sobbed. 10 held her against his chest and stroked her head.
A noise was heard from the canyon.
"It's as though I can still here her," 13 said.
The same noise was heard again.
"I can hear her, too," said 10, looking around.
The noise was joined by another noise and grew louder.
"Heeeey!" the noise said. "We're down here!"
7 leaned over the canyon and laughed aloud.
Everyone else made their way to the canyon to peer over the edge. Hanging from the edge was 17, who held her spear with one hand and 6 in the other. At the last moment, 17 jabbed the spear into the side of the canyon before 11 lost his grip and plummeted down into the r
9: Allies and Enemies Ch 4That evening, 1 and 11's sat against the walls of the loft. 8 and 12 were by their side, standing guard.9: Allies and Enemies Ch 46 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Remember that time you accidentally spilled the professor's formula and it burned a hole through the table?" 1 chuckled.
11 placed a hand on his forehead and laughed. "Oh yes. I was such a klutz."
"We were young. What did we know? Speaking of which, whatever happened to 10?"
The smile melted off 11's face. "He died."
"Oh, I'm terribly sorry. What happened?"
"He was just a prototype. He didn't stand a chance in the war. But you have to admit, he was a silly idealist. He always had the silliest fantasies about a peaceful world."
1 chuckled. "Oh yes. Sounds just like our 9."
They both let out a sigh at the same time and leaned back. They were silent for a few seconds.
"It feels so good to laugh again," said 1 "I haven't felt this good since before all the humans were wiped out."
"That was a terrible day for all of us," 11 shook his head.
"So many lives pointlessly taken away," 1 cring
9: Allies and Enemies Ch 96 and 17 pressed themselves against the outside of the barn, listening for anyone coming, making sure 11 didn't see them.9: Allies and Enemies Ch 96 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
They heard quiet talking inside the barn. They pressed up their hearing receptors against the wall to hear it.
"Guys, is that you?" 17 whispered.
From inside the barn, 9 answered.
"Yeah, it's us. Is that you, 17? Is 6 with you?" he asked.
"What's going on in there?"
"11 came back, but he's gone mad!" said 1. "He's wearing some sort of suit with many legs. If he finds you, he'll capture you with us. We're trapped in this stall and we can't get out."
17 looked at 6, and then she leaned her spear against the barn wall and felt around boards.
"Hold on, I'm going to get you out of here."
When she found the loose board, she lifted it up and poked her head in.
"Quickly, this way."
She got out of the way to allow everyone through.
"I always wondered how you could sneak off without me noticing," said 13 when she exited the barn.
All of a sudden, 6 screamed. Every
9: Allies and Enemies Ch 8A few minutes after 11 left and 17 was revived, 13 sat 10 down to talk outside alone.9: Allies and Enemies Ch 86 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"What on earth were you doing out in the middle of the night?" she said.
10's face grew dark and serious, "16 told me 17 was in danger out in the field. When I finally saw her, she said 16 told her I was in danger."
"Maybe 16 saw the beast coming and just got confused?" she suggested.
10's brows lowered with his voice, "I think she meant to kill us."
13 leaned back, "don't be ridiculous! 16's not like that."
"Don't you see?" he stood up. "This was all planned. Why else would 16 send us out there? Why didn't she call 12? He's the strongest."
"Now you're just being paranoid," 13 replied with a bit of anger in her voice. "What reason would 11 have to kill you?"
"Because I suspected his plan. 6 and 17 see it too, that's why we were the only ones out there."
13 shook her head, "You used to be so loyal to out platoon. Now, I'm not so sure."
Without another word, 13 walked away.
10 reached and called to her,
9: Allies and Enemies Ch 1011 ran into the forest, each one of his mechanical legs hitting the ground with a determined thud. He swiveled his head every direction, like a hungry animal after it's pray. After a while, he slowed his pace. He turned his head slowly; each leg was placed on the ground quietly. A twig snapped, he stopped.9: Allies and Enemies Ch 106 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
A shadow loomed over him in the leaf-bare tree. The shadow jumped out of the tree, revealing himself as 8, and landed on 11. 11 yelped in surprise and thrashed about, but 8 clung to him. He was about to reach his front claw to grab 8 when something metal met the front claws with a clang! 7 thrust 17's spear at the half beast, half ragdoll. He growled at 7 and was about to thrust at her when 8 grabbed his head and yanked on it, causing him and the suit to fall back.
With 11 distracted, 17 came out of hiding and latched on to 11. With her metal claws, she got a good grip on one of the two talismans latched on to the suit, even with 11 bucking like a bronco. She groaned as she tugged at
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The campfire crackled as the camp settled down to retire for the night. 8 tried to stay awake while he watched 9 and the newcomers, but dozed off after a few hours.
"There are more of you?" 9 asked.
13 nodded. "18 of us, in fact. 10 and the mechanics went missing. We camp in an old barn, over by that windmill over there."
9 looked over to where she was pointing. The windmill was about half a day's journey away.
"Must be nice," he said. "Our sanctuary was destroyed by flying mechanical beasts. 1's still grumpy about it."
13 laughed. "Your 1 sounds just like our 11. He's our leader."
Suddenly, 17 yelped and hid behind 13.
"What's wrong?" 13 asked.
"We're being watched," 17 whispered.
Two light blue ragdolls hid behind 9. Their eyes clicked and lit up like a camera shutter.
"That's just 3 and 4," said 9. "They don't want to hurt you, they just want to catalog you."
"Does it hurt?" 17 asked.
9 and 13 laughed. The twins went over to 17 and started poking and prodding her, their eyes clickin
9: Allies and Enemies Ch 3Up above the barn was a loft stacked with rotting hay. On an overturned bucket in front of a dimly lit window, 11 sat with 12 by his side and another girl on his lap. She had yellow yarn hair tied up in a pink ribbon, a white canvas body, and another pink ribbon used to tie the blue vest around her torso. 13 stood beside 17, who hunched over to clutch her tattered knee shut.9: Allies and Enemies Ch 36 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"What were you thinking? You could have led the beast right to us. You could have gotten us all killed!"
"I'm sorry," 17 muttered. She fumbled with her broken claws and looked at 11's shadow on the ground. Her shoulders hunched every time 11 raised his voice.
"Ooooh, you're in trouble now," said the ragdoll on 11's lap.
17 glared at the yarn-haired girl.
"Quiet, 16," 11 growled at the girl.
"Sorry sir," she said.
11 looked at 17 again.
"And then to have those outsiders into our home. They could rob us in our sleep, or even kill us."
9 climbed up the old ladder of the loft and peeked over the wooden floorboards. 1 f
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"Kill us? Why would he want to kill us?" 13 demanded.
"You know too much already," 14 said as she tried to push. "You must run. Now!"
A low growling drifted through the house. They all turned and looked into the furthest recesses of the hallway. In the darkness, two red lights shined through. The lights came closer. A figure appeared against the dark light and towered over them, easily three times larger than any of them. There, a creature made of burlap stood. His stitched torso and arms dwarfed his small waist and legs. His long arms dragged along the ground. For teeth, rows of razor blades stuck out every which way, making it impossible to close his mouth. He wore a belt with a buckle with the number 18 engraved.
"Run! Get out, now!" 14 shoved her brethren out the door.
They ran screaming out the front door. The beast ran after them. 15 managed to dodge, but 14 found herself being slapped by the beast's claws and was thrown against the wall.
15 helped up his companion and they watch
9: Proud of You"Hey 6, come to the party with me!"9: Proud of You6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The little striped stitchpunk shyly took the hand of his one-eyed companion. He was lead to a little room where 10 had set up a record player and dim lights.
"What's the occasion?" 9 asked when he arrived.
"Didn't you hear?" said 5. "10's going to propose to 13, and he wants it to be a special occasion. Just don't tell her, okay? It's going to be a surprise."
9 grinned and nodded.
6 tugged gently on 5's arm.
5 looked at his striped companion and took a quick look around the room. When 17 was nowhere in sight, he smiled softly at 6.
"Don't worry, she'll be here."
6 was convinced and smiled back.
At first, 6 danced with the twins 3 and 4, playing games with them. But after about ten minutes, 6 started to worry. 17 was still not there. The twins begged him to play some more, so he did, but checked over his shoulder every minute. Still no sign of 17. After a while, the twins grew tired and went to go sit down. 6 went with them, but pa
9: Learn to Fly PreludeWind whistled through the air and blew the scarf ends dangling from her. She peeked over the edge, giving herself a slight vertigo. She wobbled a bit then stepped back, viewing the stitchpunks below at a safe distance from the edge.9: Learn to Fly Prelude5 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
*Bet she breaks,* 3 flickered to his twin.
*You're on,* 4 smirked.
13 glared at the two scholars then looked up.
"Come down here before you hurt yourself!" 13 demanded.
"I know what I'm doing," 17 said. She readjusted pack on her back, the only thing attaching her to the wings made of black cloth and metal rods.
She would not admit it aloud, but she was scared to death. And yet she knew she couldn't back down, not after all the hard work she and the mechanics put into making these wings. She adjusted the straps of the pack on her back that held the wings, designed with metal rods and fabric for the flaps. The design was similar to a moth, a creature she saw in a book. Using 2 and 5's skills, with some help from 14 and 15, they turned 17's designs into a rea
9: Learn to Fly Ch 1Years had passed since the war against the machines, the awakening of the original 9, their deaths, their resurrection, and the making of new friends. They met the numbers 10 through 17 who lived in an old barn in a very rural area once occupied by their scientist, Boris Herrmann. 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17 proved to be worthy allies, while 11 and 16 proved to be worthy enemies. 11 turned himself into a beast, killed 16, and tried to destroy the rest of them. However, the others found a way to work together to defeat him.9: Learn to Fly Ch 15 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Afterwards, there was no point in them staying in the barn any longer. They gathered all their belongings, and set off for new lands. After months of travel, they found an old city, still in good condition despite the ravages of war, and set up a home.
There was a library where the twins 3 and 4 could tear through more books than they could catalogue in a hundred years with 7 not far off, practicing her skills with her spear.
Right next door was a hardware
The Artist's Insomnia FinalThe Artist's Insomnia Final6 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
In the days that passed 5 eventually sewed 6s ripped number onto his back once more and repaired all injures 6 had acquired from his fall off the machine. Since it still hurt to walk, 6 mostly stayed in his room, playing with the music player and drawing pictures. Unfortunately, 6 still refused to sleep, but the fight was becoming a lost cause. It had been almost two weeks since the artist had last slept. Which was why he wasnt getting any better or recovering very well. 5 decided it was time to talk to the stitchpunk about his sleepless habits.
6? 5 asked, walking into 6s room. He saw 6 on the floor, drawing with a slowed pace.
Hi 5 6 said, his voice still soft from being out in the cold. 5 walked over to 6, noticing the music player next to him. 5 took a seat in front of 6s picture.
6, I have a question for you 5 said quietly.
What is it? 6 asked, looking up at his kind friend.
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Where would he go? she asked as she took one of the spears being thrown to the group.
It has to be somewhere of significance. He wouldnt just run off to run off 2 explained.
No hed never just run away everything has to have a meaning to 6 5 said as the group made their way out of the weapons area.
But 6 has hardly ever been outside. How would anything be significant to him? 7 asked, taking the first steps out of the protection of the cathedral and into the emptiness.
Wait 9 said as he turned on his light staff
What? 5 asked, turning around to face his friend.
You said something about 6 9 said, trying to remember the conversation theyd had almost a week and a half ago.
I always talk about 6 5 said, unsure why 9 was bringing up something that seemed irrelevant.
Not like this .last week, when 7 brought him up to the watchtower. You told me 6 used to run away
The Artist's Insomnia pt 5The Artist's Insomnia pt 56 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
So explain to me again how fire will help fix his fingers 9 asked confused.
The humans had a thing called a Blow-torch. It produced fire much hotter then the fire coming from this little lighter. When they needed to bend metal, they would use a blow-torch to make the metal soft and bendable. 6s fingers are made purely out of nibs. Nibs are made of metal. Since we cant use a blow-touch because they are to big, and would destroy 6s fingers completely, we are scaling everything to our size. Since nibs are tiny, this lighter will do just fine 2 explained.
So wait we have to burn his fingers? 9 asked, still confused
Unfortunatly yes. It is the only way to get his fingers back to their proper shape so he can draw with them again 2 stated. They all turned to 6.
Are you guys having fun? he asked, feeling somewhat left out.
Hey 6..were going to start fixing your fingers now okay? 9 a
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6 blinked slowly, trying to focus on getting to his destination. Getting to his music. It had been so long since hed heard it. Maybe he really had forgotten it. Maybe hed forgotten everything about it. But he couldnt turn back now. If he did, things would never be the same. Hed never be able to live with himself again, hed never be able to sleep again. This was something that had to be done. Even if it killed him. As he walked farther and farther away from the life he knew, a small box came into view.
My music! 6 exclaimed, using a sudden bolt of energy to get to the small box. Once he reached the box, he slowly crept up to it. Taking in each and every detail. The box was rather small, it was carved out of a Mahogany wood. Along the sides some small pictures and runes were caved along it. 6 walked around the box, tracing his nibbed fingers along the sides taking in every detail on it, including the small drawing of the talisman hes placed
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Early the next morning 9, 5, and 2 were working on yet another project.
Im going to go check on 6 5 said, leaving the workshop and making his way to 6s room.
6? 5 asked quietly as he opened the door. With no response, 5 silently cheered, impressed that hed gotten 6 to sleep.
6? 5 asked again. Still no response. 5 walked over to 6s bed and sat on the edge of it.
6? How are you doing this morning? 5 asked, expecting a grunt or moan of sorts. But there was nothing.
Are you mad at me? 5 asked putting his hand on what he thought was 6s shoulder.
What the . 5 trailed off, as he pulled the covers back, revealing an empty bed.
Oh no 5 trailed off uneasily. 5 bolted to the bucket elevator and made his way back down to 2s workshop. Breathing heavily as he rushed in. 9 and 2 looked up, confused by 5s behavior. 5 put his hands on his knees as he strugg
The Artist's Insomnia pt 2The Artist's Insomnia pt 26 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
7 walked up the stairs to where 5 and 9 were.
Hey guys she said. 5 and 9 turned around.
Hi 7 they said in unison. 9 stared at 7 confused, wondering why she was holding 6.
5? 6 whispered sleepily, still gripping his key
Oh! 7 exclaimed, remembering why she came up in the first place
Nightmare? 5 asked, cutting 7 off. She nodded.
A nightmare? 9 asked, confused about what a nightmare was. 5 looked down, closing his optic for a moment before looking back up and sighing.
Yes. He has them quite frequently he said. 9 shook his head, pretending to understand.
Let me see him 5 said. 7 gently placed 6 in 5s arms. 6 instantly knew who was holding him and wrapped his arms around 5, burying his face in the crook of 5s neck. 5 sat down, leaving 6 in his lap. 6 was still gripping his key tightly.
He holds that key like hes holding on for his life or something
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It was late into the night. 5 tossed and turned as he tried hopelessly to sleep. Finally deciding his efforts were futile, he sat up, knowing exactly what he had to do. 5 begun to make the long walk up to the attic where 6s quarters were. Thinking all the while. Why had he never moved up there with 6? How come he slept so far away from the person he cared about most? Finally reaching 6s door, he sighed, then lightly pushed the door open. 6 sat on the floor, drawing in a precise manner, a mess of papers and ink circled around him.
Look who decided to show his face around here.
Hi 6 5 said nervously. Unsure of what 6 might do or say.
Just leave me alone 6 sighed heavily, trying to ignore the voice.
Look .Im really sorry about earlier 5 trailed off, struggling to say what he meant.
Youre not angry? Your not angry that I was right?
Dont even bother. Im in no mood 6 said dryly, li
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What happened? 2 asked 5 as he came into 2s workshop.
6 happened 5 said.
What did he do? 2 asked concerned.
He drew on my leg 5 said disappointed.
Let me see 2 said, directing 5 over to his repair table.
Hmm.. 2 trailed off, looking carefully at 5s leg.
He didnt do it on purpose did he? 2 asked worried.
No. he had just woken up from a nightmare, I think. But he kind of just stared at me blankly. Like he didnt realize I was there. 5 said confused.
Oh 2 said forlorn. It wasnt like 6 to do something like this.
Im sure he didnt mean it 2 said confidently, finding a square of burlap for 5s leg.
I know he didnt but 5 trailed off.
But what? 2 asked, turning around as he threaded a needle.
What do these letters mean? 5 asked, pointing to his leg.
I know you taught 6 how
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It seemed hours since anybody had spoken. 3 and 4 had since went ahead of the rest of them, taking advantage of a chance to explore.
Oh creator! Ive never had to rest this much before! 2 exclaimed, sitting down on a piece of rubble. 5 sat away from the rest of them, lost deep in worried thoughts. Why hadnt 6 simply told him he wanted to look for his music box? Why would 6 go out into the emptiness alone?
5? 9 asked, pulling 5 out of his deep thoughts.
Yes? 5 asked quietly. 9 looked at him with concern. 9 took a seat next to the engineer.
Well find him 9 said confidently, putting a comforting hand on 5s shoulder.
But what if we dont? 5 asked.
But nothing. Well find him 9 assured him.
But what if .what if hes hurt? 5 asked worriedly.
Then well bring him back and fix him up 9 said.
What if we cant? 5 as
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6 ran into his quarters, screaming at his hands.
You curses! You curses! You made me hurt 5! Now hell hate me forever! You cursed hands! You cursed fingers! I hate you! I hate you! I wish I could destroy you for making me hurt 5!
6 walked over to window and looked at the massive amounts of rocks and pebbles surrounding it. 6 picked up the heaviest rock he could hold in one hand. 6 walked over to his corner angrily.
I hate you hands, I hate you. You made me hurt 5! Your curses, curses. Why couldnt the scientist give me normal fingers like everybody else? 6 asked himself, staring at the rock in his hand. 6 closed his eyes and again, he saw 5s leg again. How badly he scratched it.
I wish I could destroy you 6 heard his own voice echo in his head. 6 stared at his hand that was lying on the floor, then at the rock in his hand.
Not again. Not ever again he whispered, hate in his voice. With the rock in his grasp, 6 slammed the rock down o
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What? 6s head snapped up.
I said Im almost done stitching up your wrist for you. 5 repeated, looking up at 6 with worry.
Oh 6 trailed off, lowering his head again.
6? Is something wrong? 5 asked. 6 snapped his head up again
No he lied, hoping 5 wouldnt figure him out.
Why 6? Why this of all things? Why would you do this 5 asked himself, studying the deep cuts on 6s wrists. 6s head was bowed low, and his optics were distant, like he was sleeping with his them open.
There 5 said, biting off the remainder thread on 6s wrist.
Huh? he asked, looking around he saw 5 kneeling on the ground, needle in one hand, his wrist in the other.
What are you doing!? 6 exclaimed, pulling his unmended arm away from 5.
6 your going to rip- 5 heard the sound of ripping. The fabric on 6s arm ripping.
Oh! Look at that! 6 exclaimed wi