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The sound of the knock ricocheted through the hall, Matt held his breath unconsciously, unsure of what to expect when the door would open, if it would open. After what felt like hours the door opened. A man in a wooden mask, with what appeared to be a keyhole cut out of the center. He stood there in silence for a few moments. "Well?" The man asked him. "It must be something rather important to interrupt my work with blue matter." Peter shifted his weight on his walking stick examining Matt. "It might help if you're breathing." Matt hadn't realized that he wasn't breathing until that point. Matt was only able to utter a single word, a word far more powerful than he could ever realize. "Rabbit…" he almost whispered. Peter straightened up, and stepped out of his office closing the door firmly behind him. "Where?" He responded calmly. Matt turned and walked down the hall, with Peter following.
The Spine was becoming aggravated. Michael had fixed Rabbits leaks and cleaned him up a
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The Spine was still singing when the rest walked in, he paused for a moment, giving them a nod to acknowledge that he knew they were there before continuing the song for Rabbit. Peter and Michael walked over to the bed, and began to remove the metal covering his chest. Rabbit was vaguely aware of their presence, but he was focused intently on his brother, he stared straight into the bright green of his brother's photo receptors.
When the song ended The Spine made a motion to get up to allow Michael and Peter more room to work. Rabbit grabbed The Spine's hand tightly, a dark tear slipped out and fell down onto his pillow, "Please….. Don't stop." Rabbit whispered. The Spine looked at his defenseless older brother before holding his hand tighter, and whispering back "Okay Rabbit…. I won't stop."
As the other stood by watching Peter and Michael operate on Rabbit, they gathered together finding strength in each other, truly a family. Paige was crying on Brianna's shoulder, terrifi
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The Spine sighed as he stepped through the door way into Walter Manor, home once again. He stepped out of the way allowing Rabbit and Hatchworth to enter. Rabbit immediately raced off in the direction of his room, rambling on in unintelligible squeals. Hatchworth looked quizzically at The Spine. "Is something wrong The Spine?"The Spine took a moment before answering, "No Hatchworth, everything's fine. Why don't you go see what Rabbit's up to." Hatchworth gave him another quizzical look before heading off in the direction of Rabbit's room.
The Spine walked over to a window, looking out from behind the dark curtains at Michael, Matt, and Steve who were still unloading the band, usually The Spine would offer to lend a hand, but not today. He closed the curtains once again, savoring the darkness of the room. He felt peaceful, but something was not quite right. The Walter wi-fi was eerily quiet, there were no sudden outbursts of gleeful laughter from Rabbit, the air didn't buzz wi
Rabbit Chapter 11Hours passed as Holly and The Spine talked. The more time he spent with her, the more that The Spine felt a connection to Holly. She was intelligent and unafraid to speak her mind with passion and conviction.Rabbit Chapter 113 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As the night wore on, he realized she had one outstanding trait, she was stubborn. The Spine had only ever met one person as stubborn as her, and he had spent 116 years living with him.
The bar slowly began to empty as the night began to sweep into the early morning. Holly looked at her watch before fishing a pen out of her jacket pocket. "I had a great time talking to you tonight, and I'd love to stay longer, but I have a bus to catch." She scrawled her number onto a napkin and slid it across the table to The Spine with a smile. "You should call me sometime… soon."
He picked up the napkin with her number before tucking it into his left pocket. " I most definitely will, ma'am." He stood up to escort her to the door, and tipped his hat to her as she left. Once she was gone he produ
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Steve remained in the kitchen seated calmly even as Michael raced out the door to the aid of the robots. Steve tilted his head, furrowing his eyebrows as he concentrated on listening. He returned to sipping his cocoa after he heard nothing that was too terribly alarming, probably just another minor repair he thought. Matt looked at the door way that Michael had left through so suddenly, "Shouldn't we go after him?" he asked. Steve set down his mug and leaned back in his chair nonchalantly, "It's probably nothing, sometimes the bots need repair, happens all the time, they are 116 years old after all." The Spine 's voice rumbled through the kitchen again. "Michael!" Steve was suddenly roused from his chair, with Matt quick to follow, "I thought you said it was probably nothing…." Matt said confusedly. Steve whirled around to face him, and there was no hiding the fear in Steve's eyes as he spoke, "The Spine never yells twice.Never." No more words were needed as they worked their
Rabbit Chapter 12Michael and The Spine pulled up outside of Walter Manor around 5 in the morning,"Come on up to the house, you can sleep here for tonight, we have plenty of room." Michael was too tired to protest, and followed The Spine to the door of the manor. He unlocked the door and directed Michael to a guest room.Rabbit Chapter 123 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He took note of Rabbit sleeping on the couch, he could move him in a few minutes. He went to the restroom to inspect his face and clear away any last traces of make up, not seeing any he went back to the living room. He lifted his brother up off the couch, used to finding him asleep in strange places, he walked to Rabbit's room with the intent of tucking him in for the night. He was surprised when he got there to find Paige sleeping in Rabbit's bed. "Well that's new." He remarked quietly before exiting the room, he would definitely have to ask Rabbit about that in the morning.
Her walked away to his own room where he placed Rabbit in his own bed. He pulled the black silk sheets up aroun
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Later that day…
The Spine dug in his closet for a few minutes before producing s black chest with a silver lock. He fished in his pocket before finding the key to open the box smiling, all of his supplies were still there. It had been far too long since he had taken a night for himself. "Brianna?" he called out.
"Yes?" she called from the hall. She peeked her head around the door before spotting the black box. She smiled before grabbing The Spine's writs and the black box, and proceeded to the Hall or Wires.
Rabbit walked into the kitchen to see piles of sandwiches filling the room. Hatchworth was staring at one pile in particular, appearing to be deep in thought. Rabbit grabbed a sandwich from a random pile and took a big bite. "Hi Hatchy!" he said, mouth still full of mystery sandwich.
Hatchworth looked at Rabbit with disdain, he hadn't asked before taking a sandwich, typical. "Hello Rabbit."
"Whatcha doin' Hatchy?" Rabbit asked before taking another bite.
"I'm trying to fi
Rabbit Chapter 13Paige wandered the halls of Walter Manor, softly calling Rabbit's name. "Rab-" she called, suddenly cut off as she ran into the copper bot and tumbled to the floor.Rabbit Chapter 133 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Sorry bout' that Paige. I-I-I didn't see ya there." He bent down extending a coppery hand to meet hers as he helped her back onto her feet.
"S' no problem." She said quickly. She smiled and suddenly remembered the water bottle in her hands. "I brought you some water, I thought you might need it." Her hands fumbled as she handed it to Rabbit.
Rabbit's boilers had been getting low, but he didn't notice until she mentioned it. Little things seemed to slip his mind when he was around Paige, not that he was very attentive otherwise. But this was different, there was something about Paige that made him smile a little wider and forget the little things. He smiled at her and accepted the water bottle. "Thank ya' Paige." He said and took a large drink.
Paige shifted her weight for a moment, trying to decide how to approach the deli
Rabbit Chapter 10The Spine smiled as he stepped off of the bus he was outside a local bar. He never drank alcohol, but he liked the relaxed atmosphere and the company. The Spine sat down at one of the bar stools, hunching his shoulders to mask his height, he ordered a glass of water. He casually listened to the conversations around him, he picked up on one in particular that seemed to be interesting. A pretty young woman and a dark haired man were discussing music.Rabbit Chapter 103 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He pretended to be oblivious to their conversation, but couldn't help but notice when the woman got up and walked towards him. She gently tapped on his shoulder, "Excuse me, I'm sorry but would mind helping us settle a disagreement?" She said pointing to the dark haired man.
The Spine turned around to face her, happy to oblige, but was taken a back by just how beautiful she was in the light. She was tall compared to most girls, and even some guys at 6' 3" Her long blond hair swept down her back to just above her hips, and she held her self w
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The robots sat quietly for a moment as Peter left the room. None of the robots knew quite what to say. The Spine slid his hand over Rabbit's carefully and Hatchworth added his hand to the pile. The brothers felt connected to each other in that moment of perfect silence through such a small gesture.
Michael walked into the room quietly and set about his work quietly. After an hour the humans of the manor began to join them once again. Tension hung thick in the air, filling the room and suffocating all who entered with fear and sorrow.
As time ran short The Spine grew desperate for his brother, he turned to Michael Reed pleading, "Is there anything you can do to help him? Anything at all?" Michael sighed, he had been hoping it wouldn't come to this. "There is one thing I can do, but it's dangerous, even attempting to do it could kill him….." The Spine didn't know what to say to Michael. "D-do it…." Rabbit croaked out amongst a sea of static. The Spine looked at his brother in s
Rabbit Chapter 8The Spine laid down in his stasis chamber. As he closed his eyes an image flickered by. The nightmares always started the same way, an image here, a gun shot there, and the whir of his Tesla coil discharger powering up.Rabbit Chapter 83 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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He was in the trenches in World War I once again. Rabbit was crouched to his left, copper face shiny and free of oxidation. A soldier was a few yards to his right, holding a gun with white knuckles, obviously terrifies. The boy was only a private first class, he couldn't have been more than 20 years old. The Spine pitied him for a moment before regaining focus. An explosion sent dirt and rubble flying high above their heads. Rabbit peeked over the top of the trench before Gatling gun roaring, he knocked down a line of enemy soldiers. A grenade came flying into the trench, The Spine dove right in an attempt to save the young soldier's life. The grenade blew up throwing Rabbit and The spine back against the trench walls ha
Rabbit Chapter 7The Spine reluctantly released Rabbit's hand. The copper bot seemed as lively as usual, as though nothing had happened, as if he hadn't died only minutes before.Rabbit Chapter 73 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Glad to see you're feeling better, Rabbit." Peter said, leaning on his walking stick as he stood in the doorway.
Rabbit smiled at Peter and shifted in his place. He swung his long wiry legs over the edge of the bed, aiming to take his first steps since his breakdown. Hatchworth and The Spine flocked to his side, prepared to catch him if he fell, there was no telling what might have been shaken loose in his abrupt restart. With feet planted firmly on the ground, he lifted himself off the bed carefully, and took his first step towards Peter. When his legs didn't give way underneath him, he sprung towards him in leaps and bounds. Rabbit almost knocked him over as he wrapped his arm around him. "Thank you..." Rabbit whispered. He knew he still had Michael Reed to thank, but that was a thank you he wanted to give in private. He re
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The Spine realized something was wrong the moment he awoke from stasis. His photo receptors clicked on casting a greenish hue on the red walls of the Hall of Wires. "Rabbit…" he mumbled under his breath, systems still coming online after stasis.
He could see his metallic body across the room. He sent a telepathic signal to his body, willing it to walk towards him, but it only twitched. As his systems began to catch up with him, the signals grew stronger, allowing his body to begin taking steady steps forward. When his body reached him, he felt his snake like form slide into the familiar hollow of his robotic body. He automatically straightened his tie, before reaching for his ever present fedora, sitting next to his stasis chamber.
He walked out of the Hall of Wires and headed straight towards Rabbit's room. Hatchworth and Peter were already there, Peter looked up when The Spine entered. "I didn't think you'd be out of stasis for a few more hours." The Spine glared at him, an
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"So you're saying he met up with this person to install software... to be more human?" Micheal found it difficult to wrap his head around. Yet he's always found the Robots behavior baffling. It was so much to take in. He sat on the chair while Rabbit explained his discoveries. The sound bytes, the behavior logs from Jon. "I thought he was okay with being himself?"
Rabbit frowned. "He was. But... well you have to understand Micheal. We've been around for 114 years. He starts thinking he wants more, and then he's okay with it. We robots are very fickle creatures."
"I noticed..." Micheal sighed and scratched over his cast, hoping if he did it hard enough it would travel through the thick plaster.
"We have to find out who he saw that night." Rabbit insisted. "He was still there, but he couldn't control it anymore. This thing, thi
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Rabbit looked over the bars at the ground below him. Not even a robot could survive falling from this height. Behind him he could hear the clanks as The Spine climbed the ladder, stretching himself and doing two steps at a time. If it wasn't for The Jon, Rabbit wouldn't have had such a good start. But now he was trapped at a dead end. The very top of the space needle, nearly 600 feet above the ground on a tiny platform. Probably not the best place in the world to escape to. He could feel the wind gushing past his face. Rabbit no longer questioned his emotions. This trembling, sickening, dizzying feeling definitely was fear. And with each clank behind his ears, this fear grew.
He took a deep breath, squeezing his eyelids and the bar tightly.
"You were supposed to be the sensible one!" His voice trembling with each syllable. The clanking continued as the Spine marched his way up. "To... to keep me and Jon fr
Rabbit Chapter 15The Spine pulled away from her touch. "I'm sorry. I just…. I'm sorry." He said backing away.Rabbit Chapter 153 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Holly was still staring at him trying to make sense of the streak of silver that had appeared where she touched. She did something unexpected then, she walked towards him cautiously. She removed the handkerchief from his pocket with shaking hands and gently started to wipe away the make up.
The Spine caught her hand. "Why?"
She remained silent as she continued to wipe it away. The Spine let her, feeling it was the least he could do to show her who he really was.
"I guess I should properly introduce myself," he said once she finished. "Hi. I'm The-"
She cut him off. "I know who you are. I didn't recognize you under all that makeup…. Spine."
He flinched when she said his name. The truth was out, and she hadn't run away yet, this was a good sign, but then again, she hadn't truly reacted yet.
"Why didn't you tell me instead of all this?" She held up the makeup covered handkerchief.
"Most people fin
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For the next few hours Micheal worked in silence. Investigating Spine's wreckage. All except for his head, which Rabbit refused to let go of. He remained perched on a chair next to Jon, clutching Spines head and spine in hand. He was so still that Micheal almost thought he had shut down, if it weren't for his ever present glare on Micheal's back.
"I called Steve and Hatchworth back home." Micheal cleared his throat. "With this arm I can't drive, and you remember what the cops told us last time after you had that accident."
"I know its probably better for me but I refuse to get Laser eye surgery. I think one laser is enough." Rabbit responded. The words normally would have been laced with attitude and sarcasm, but not today.
"Well... Hatch is gonna drive back up to get us. That's at least going to take him a day. A
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Just like taping into Jon's network, Rabbit was surrounded by color and formed into an avatar of himself. Except where Jon's circuitry was solid underneath him and bright, Spine's was full of holes and decrepit. A false step and Rabbit could get lost in a swirling vortex of wires, receptors, and electricity. He knew things were bad, but seeing the true internal damage made Rabbit want to curl up. Trying to be strong and push back his fears, he began to take that long walk down the galvanized brick road.
It was uneasily quiet. No filters, no anti-virus. He usually would have been scoped and probed by the smallest of programs, but like Spine's external shell, there were no signs of life.
Rabbit paused, letting his arms fall flatly at his sides. His eyes raised to the top of what would have been Spine's main firewall. A colossus gray wall as far as he could see. Yet in the center was a giant
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Rabbit refused to break the embrace. As if letting Spine go from his arms would destroy him instantly. Spine began to squirm under his grasp. First able to pry an arm lose, then the other. Now with both hands free he forced them on Rabbit's chest and struggled to push him away. He was weak, not having the power or the coding to perform too many movements at once.
Rabbit pouted as Spine pushed him away. He really didn't want it to end, but it had to. They had much more important things to do. He let Spine put the distance between them again, taking note of just how difficult it was for him. He had never seen Spine so tired, so weak. Rabbit thought he even looked smaller, but that was impossible as their avatars were created at exactly the same height.
They sat in an uncomfortable silence. Rabbit wasn't sure how to explain things, if he needed to explain things, or if S
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Hatchworth told The Spine everything. All the resentment and jealousy that had built up inside and all the pain he felt. The Spine listened quietly as Hatchworth spoke, his heart broke as he realized the pain and neglect his brother had been feeling. He waited patiently until Hatchworth was done speaking to say anything. "I'm sorry Hatchworth we…. we didn't know you felt that way." They were silent for a moment, before The Spine said. "I think theirs something you need to see." He closed his eyes send a memory to Hatchworth.
Hatchworth watched Rabbit outside the vault he had been locked away in for so many years. Rabbit looked left and right, seeing no one he entered the vault. Hatchworth wanted nothing but to run away, but he couldn't change memories. He followed Rabbit, and peeked into the vault. He watched as Rabbit came close to his body, almost curling up to him. Rabbit spoke to his body softly, "Hi Hatchy. How ya' doin?" He paused for a moment as if listening. Rabbit p
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"You can delete every piece of me, but you will never... never touch the others."
Rabbit's elbows rested on the desk, his hands held tightly together against his chin. His concentration focused as he replayed the last 5 seconds of the video.
"You can delete every piece of me, but you will never... never touch the others."
Did Holly want to destroy the robots? Was that her angle?
"You can delete every piece of me, but you will never... never touch the others."
Did she want to get back at Micheal, for their breakup?
"You can delete every piece of me, but you will never... never touch the others."
Did she have some sort of agenda against the Walters?
Rabbit stopped the loop and rubbed his eyes. They were overheating slightly. His system had started giving him warnings as they became strained. It was too much to process, to much to take in so quickly. Human's would desc
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Rabbit raced down the corridor, squealing with delight, The Jon not far behind.
"J-J-J-Jon! Just wait till I show-ow ya'! Ya' miss'd so much!" He barely managed to turn the corner, slamming into the wall and leaving a huge dent. But that wouldn't slow him down, he just grabbed The Jon's hand and kept running, loving the feel of it after so long.
"Look, aren't th-they amazin'!" He gushed as they burst into the kitchen, giving Walter Girls Paige and Brianna a grand gesture.
All eyes turned to Rabbit. The Jon smiled meekly and gave a small wave.
"Rabbit, are you okay?" Michael took a step forward, eyeing Rabbit suspiciously.
He pushed The Jon in front of him and grinned madly, "Whadda ya mean? Of course I-I'm okay! Loo-ok who's back with us!"
Michael's eyebrows drew together slightly, "Who's with us, Rabbit?"
"Come on guys, why ya actin' so funny? I-I-Its Jon!" He threw his arms in the air in exasperation.
The Spine put down the many sandwiches Hatchworth had been
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Rabbit's eyes twitched, suddenly gasping awake. Wide eyed he began to take in his surroundings. He was sitting on a bench in the back of the van. Jon had been laid out on the bench across from him. Hatchworth and Micheal were in the front cabin. They were on the road. He stared out the small round window in the back door, watching the dust fly out from underneath their tires. Holly was miles away now. They were almost safe, almost.
How long had he been shut down? He only recharged about 60% of his power. It had been 2 hours, giving spine only 20 minutes left.
"Micheal!" Rabbit struggled with his buckles.
"Oh hey... you're awake." Micheal yawned and turned to look over his seat. "You feeling better?"
Rabbit tripped over his belts, crawling closer to the cabin. "What did you need to tell me so badly?" He asked as he watched the automaton intently.
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After putting Hatchworth back on the ground, Spine moved to Peter V and gave him a tight thank you hug. Peter smiled out of the corner of his mouth, patting the robots back.
You don't have to thank me.
Mais... non... Spine was surprisingly enthusiastic. Maybe it was the new lease on life. That he could do things for himself once more.
Dad. Peter VI coughed, letting them have their brief happy moment. Could you help me with this now... He plopped back in his chair and swiveled to the screen. Spine was mostly repaired, but Rabbit was still in the dark. Spine's smile quickly faded, now punishing himself for forgetting for however short the moment was, that his brother was still in limbo.
Peter V sighed and placed a comforting hand on Spine's shoulder. Don't worry to much. You can't strain
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It wasn't until he was 10 years old he got up the courage to explore the basement. All of the bots had warned him at one point or another not to go down there, that it was dangerous. Up until today, he had listened to them, and stayed away, but with the bots gone, and no one around to tell him otherwise, there was nothing to stop him.
He grabs a flashlight from a drawer in the kitchen. He knew the bots would be home before too long, but that didn't stop him from going down into the basement. He turns on the flashlight, and holds it out in front of him like a weapon as he carefully descends the stairs, shining the beam of light on everything. Even with the darkness it didn't seem so scary, and he wonders why the bots had told him not to come down here. Boxes of Crystal Pepsi, both empty and full, litter the floor, tripping him on occasion.
Peter looks around for