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
9: Allies and Enemies Final9: Allies and Enemies Final5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
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 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 105 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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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 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 35 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
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 95 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 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 65 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
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 45 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 8A few minutes after 11 left and 17 was revived, 13 sat 10 down to talk outside alone.9: Allies and Enemies Ch 85 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,
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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
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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: Learn to Fly EpilogueTo say things went back to normal wouldn't be quite accurate. It was true that the mechanics went back to building, 8 and 12 continued to test each other's strength, 1, 9, and 10 continued to lead (though 1 decided to retire several years later). But with the introduction of flight, many of the stitchpunks used that to their advantage and went off to explore new lands, meeting new friends, and discovering more about life. Even so, they always returned home to tell of their adventures.9: Learn to Fly Epilogue3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
And it was all thanks to 17. If it wasn't for her harebrained idea to build a set of wings, they might have never made their new discoveries, or worse, never beaten the Walkers.
She was their encouragement.
Despite 17's newfound ability and admiration from her elders, her favorite thing to do was still drawing in the studio with 6.
Her spear and wings were set by the door. The sky began to turn a deep shade of purple, but 17 didn't need to run home. 13 finally allowed her to stay out late. That one rule c
9: Learn to Fly Ch 6An entire day had gone by and 17 was still nowhere to be seen.9: Learn to Fly Ch 63 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"She could be anywhere," a hysteric 13 sobbed during the leaders' nightly meetings.
"Panicking isn't going to solve anything," her mate, 10, said soothingly. "We should organize a search party."
1, 9, and 13 nodded in agreement. Only 7 sat with her arms crossed.
"I for one believe 6," she said as-a-matter-of-factly. "If he says she's going to return, then who are we to doubt her? He's always been right before."
"But when?" 13 growled. "He never said when she'd be back."
"I'm sure it'll be soon," said 7, though her voice was tinted with doubt.
"This is all your fault," 13 balled her fists. "If only you hadn't filled her head with those stories about you adventures in the Emptiness, she would not be out there right now."
The white warrior's eyebrows furrowed in anger. "I left because I was feeling trapped in my own home. I felt smothered by my 'family.'"
"What are you implying?" 13 hissed.
9 cleared his throat loudly. All opt
9: Learn to Fly Ch 2That evening, 17 was with 10 and 13 in the courthouse. 13 didn't like 17 being out after dark. That rule drove 17 nuts, but she'd rather listen then get lectured later. So she sat quietly on her back, tossing the rubber ball they had used in their game up and down.9: Learn to Fly Ch 24 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
1, 7, 9, 10, and 13 often liked to spend their evenings chatting away about the day's happenings, or the old days, or whatever else came to mind.
17 wasn't listening until 9 said something along the lines of "I guess that's why 7 was meant to be a warrior." 17 caught the ball in her chest and sat up.
"We all have our function here," said 1. "That's why our society runs so smoothly."
"What's my function?" 17 blurted.
All optics were on 17.
"What do you mean?" said 13.
It was a question she had thought about for a while now. It seemed to her that everyone was built for a purpose, but what about her?
"You know, it seems like 1 was built to be leader, 2 the mechanic, 3 and 4 scholars, 5 the healer" she cut it short when sh
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 Prelude4 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 14 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
9: Learn to Fly Ch 42 and 5 had been called in to discuss the Beast they found earlier that day, and 14 and 15 always worked in the back, so sneaking into the workshop was rather easy. Once inside, she heard 14 giving directions to 15 as he hammered away on their latest project. 17 tiptoed across the cement floor, and spotted her wings in the corner. She snatched them and snuck back outside into the cold, dark night.9: Learn to Fly Ch 43 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
17 was just about to go back to the courthouse, but stopped when she heard the sounds of extra footsteps. She spun around but could not decide for sure whether she had seen a figure disappear behind a rock. She waited a moment, but heard nothing. Convinced it was just her imagination, she started back to the courthouse.
Once she reached the courthouse, 17 quietly tiptoed through the vast hallway, hearing the distant conversation of her elders. Judging by their tone, it sounded as if they were about to head to bed. 17 mentally mapped out the best way to get to her room without being spotte
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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
9: Learn to Fly Ch 3The next day, 2, 5, 7, and 17 woke up early to test out the new wing prototypes. 17's was easy enough to fix up to increase flexibility and speed.9: Learn to Fly Ch 34 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
14 and 15 volunteered to stay home and build more sets of wings. Apparently, after 17's demonstration, several of the other stitchpunks were asking for their own pairs, which had been keeping the twin mechanics busy for days.
2 and 5 decided it would be best to test the wings out themselves so they could easily decide what adjustments to make. 7 and 17 just wanted to go exploring.
It didn't take them long to reach the outskirts of the city and land just outside the forest. 5 stumbled a bit as he landed on the soft dirt below before regaining himself and joining his comrades as they entered into the forest.
"That was smashing!" 2 chuckled. "Flying here only took us, what? Fifteen, thirty minutes? It would have taken us half a day to walk here." He patted 17 on the shoulder. "I don't know where you get your ideas, but I'm glad you came up with
9: Learn to Fly Ch 9A sense of urgency rose in her as 17 neared the city. She remembered the Walkers heading towards her home before she got caught up in the storm. With any luck, 5 had already spotted them in his crow's nest and the clan already had a plan of attack. She just hoped she was not too late.9: Learn to Fly Ch 93 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
As 17 flew over the tree tops, the three Walkers appeared before her, silhouetted between the crumbling buildings and the remains of the night sky. Their metal had been rusted over, giving their once silver shimmer a now dull shade of brown. She wondered how Walkers could still be functioning. Could it be that they had just never turned off? They were, after all, machines. Without anyone to turn them off or stop them, they would just keep on going until every last gear rusted over and they collapsed.
17 flapped as hard as she could. There was no way a bunch of mindless robots were going to destroy everything they had fought for. This was her home, and she would fight to protect it.
The sun touched the hor
9: Proud of You"Hey 6, come to the party with me!"9: Proud of You5 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
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"Yep," 5 said the next day as he peered in 7's chest, "you're preggo alright." 7 felt a grin spread across her face, and she squeezed 6's hand. The artist squeezed back, hoping he hadn't misheard. He and his 7...have a child?
The twins, who had been listening attentively, let out different reactions; 3 looked somewhat disappointed while 4 looked quite pleased with herself. The hooded female grinned and slapped her brother on the back. 'You owe me ten bucks,' She informed him. 3 growled silently, but other than that paid no heed to his sister. 15, who had been playing with a screwdriver, gurgled in delight and squealed, "P-p-preggo!"
The five stitchpunks stared at the little doll.
"Well," 7 said with a smirk, "15's first word."
5 stared at his daughter with an optic the size of a dinnerplate. "Ooooh..." he looked at his feet bashfully. "D-d-don't w-worry, w-w-we w-won't t-tell 10." 6 said to his elder brother in an understanding tone. 7 chuckled and cuddled up on t
9: Learn to Fly Ch 8"They're already in the city," said 9, his voice low, a pair of tan leather bat-like wings strapped to his back. "They're several block away from where we are, but we need to stop them before they reach us."9: Learn to Fly Ch 83 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"When will that be?" 14 asked, shifting in her seat among the rest of her nervous clan.
"Tonight. Before sunset. We need to reach them before dark."
"Then we should leave now," said 1.
"Agreed," 9 said to the eldest stitchpunk. "Thankfully, 5 and I have come up with a plan." 9 opened up the floor and allowed his friend to put up the attack plan for everyone to see.
"Okay," 5 let out a quiet breath. "Here's what we need to do "
17 sat cross-legged on the floor, flipping through forgotten memories as wind howled through the rickety old window. Piles of sepia-toned photos surrounded her, depicting the girl she once was and the man who was her father in a past life. Though the memories of her father were mostly lost, she could tell he was a loving man from the worn photos. The
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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
9: Learn to Fly Ch 7The Journal of Boris Herrmann9: Learn to Fly Ch 73 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
I got together with my colleague Gene Acker today in a little café just between our two towns. I worked under him through the B.R.A.I.N. project as a sort of assistant, but I had to stop when my daughter got sick. She's doing better now, but I fear her fever will come back, especially since the air is becoming increasingly filthier each day because of these machines.
Strange that he called me to this outing, especially when he was gone in hiding for so long.
Talking to him was a bit disturbing. The way he talked about his accomplishments makes him sound like one of the Rebels, even calling the B.R.A.I.N. project a mistake. I felt a bit taken aback. To side with the Rebels is to go against the Chancellor, and I will take no part in that, especially considering how much our beloved Chancellor has done for us.
He told me about the talisman and what he plans to do with it. He says the world is ending, but we must find a way to continue living.