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Chapter 4

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, terrified of what might happen, Brianna had already shed her own share of tears. Matt, Steve and Hatchworth tried to hold it together for Rabbit.

Peter spoke for the first time since they had entered the room. "You might want to go into stasis for this part Rabbit…" Rabbit shook his head violently, and spoke a word that stopped them all. "No."

For a minute the room was silent, they all felt ashamed of their weakness while Rabbit went through a pain more than any of them could every imagine. The Spine picked up the song, a slow and rumbling voice that filled the room with strength and warmth. Rabbit smiled at The Spine before clenching his teeth hard as Michael and Peter started into the boiler.

Minutes stretched into hours, and The Spine continued to sing for Rabbit. Brianna brought the Spine a bottle of water to fuel his boiler. As the hours stretched longer The Spine refused to go into stasis. Not while rabbit ay on what could be his death bed. Rabbit squeezed The Spine's hand to let him know he knew he was still there. The Spine wished he could take his brother's place.

Through all of it The Spine kept singing for Rabbit, hoping that maybe somehow it could keep the pain and nightmares away. Even as Rabbit finally slipped into stasis he continued to sing. He felt his own power levels beginning to sink as he sat by Rabbit's bedside, but he refused to leave his side. He was still awake and singing when Rabbit awoke. Rabbit saw that his brother was still awake. He reached up and touched The Spine's cheek. "Sleep Spine….. you n-need it." Rabbit rarely played the part of big brother, but right now, his little brother needed him. "I'll st-still be here when you w-w-wake up."

The Spine finally allowed himself to slip into much needed stasis, hoping that his brother's words would be true when he awoke.
Shorter chapter than usual, but chapter 5 should be uploaded tonight


My first Steam Powered Giraffe Fanfic, please bear with me.

This story involves: The Spine, Rabbit, Hatchworth, Michael Reed, Matt Smith, and Steve Negrete… so far

Rated PG

Already written chapters 1 - 4, Chapter 5 is being written, this can also be found on Tumblr and the Cavalcadium

This is just fan fiction and is in no way considered a part of the Steam Powered Giraffe lore, I do not own Steam Powered Giraffe in any way
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Chapter 2

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 way through their halls to the wounded robot.

Hatchworth was alone in his room, but he knew exactly what was going on. He could feel Rabbit's fear and The Spine's worry being unconsciously transmitted across the Walter Wi-fi. Hatchworth watched over Rabbit through The Spine's photo receptors, a black tear rolled down the metal plates that assembled his face. He wiped it away carefully. "What is this leaking affecting my eye?" He wondered. Hatchworth hadn't cried in many years, the memories of tears had long since been cleared, and only now, did Hatchworth begin to cry once more.

Michael knelt down beside the fallen robot, and pried away the plates above Rabbit's shoulder. The red and black liquid that had been pooling behind them spilled over the edge, as the transmission fluid and oil mixed in the light, Michael couldn't help but notice how much it looked like blood. Michael reached into the open cavity, unconcerned by the fact that his fingers could be burned by the metal of Rabbit's boiler. As he reached back to find the broken lines his hand skimmed Rabbit's boiler. Where his hand had touched there was supposed to be a burning sensation and pain, but there was nothing but cold metal. "No," he muttered, "no no no no no, thats not good at all." he reached in further feeling the boiler, hoping for even an inch of heat. Rabbit's boiler had gone cold. The Spine started straight at Michael Reed, "What's wrong with my brother?" He asked, his tone cold and monotone. Michael was petrified by The Spine's demeanor but managed to stammer out. "I can fix the broken lines, that's the easy part". He stared straight back at The Spine, "We have a much bigger issue here," he said as Steve and Matt rounded the corner, "Rabbit's boiler has gone cold."

Steve came around the corner just in time to hear Michael say the fatal words. Rabbit was obviously still alive, but with a cold boiler that couldn't be the case for long. Michael look back at Steve and Matt for a moment before turning back to the badly damaged Rabbit. The Spine looked up before turning to Matt and saying in that same cold voice. "Go get Peter VI." For the first time since entering Walter Manor, Steve was genuinely scared, not just for Rabbit's life, but for his own as well. Rabbit's voice box crackled as he attempted to form words, oil sprung from his lips as he tried to speak, "Am-am I going to d-die Spine?" He asked somberly. The Spine looked down at His older brother, still holding him in his arms. "You're not going to die Rabbit, not if I have anything to do with it.

Matt had abandoned all thoughts of walking as he sprinted through the halls of the Walter manor. He narrowly missed knocking over Brianna as he made his way to Peter Walter VI's office. He came to the large wooden door at the end of a hall. A large gold sign adorned the door reading 'Office of Peter Walter VI'. He had been told when he first came to the manor he had been told, if you knock on this door, something is very wrong, and he is our final hope. Taking a deep breath Matt knocked on the door with a gentle rap.
My first Steam Powered Giraffe Fanfic, please bear with me.

This story involves: The Spine, Rabbit, Hatchworth, Michael Reed, Matt Smith, and Steve Negrete… so far

Rated PG

Already written chapters 1 - 4, Chapter 5 is being written, this can also be found on Tumblr and the Cavalcadium

This is just fan fiction and is in no way considered a part of the Steam Powered Giraffe lore, I do not own Steam Powered Giraffe in
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Hours 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.

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 produced a small silver phone from his pocket, he dialed Michael Reed's number with a practiced precision. He waited a few moments as the phone rang.

"Hello?"

"Mr.Reed."

"Oh hey Spine, need something?"

"Actually yes, I need a ride if you don't mind. I'm out at the bar, would it be a bother for you to come pick me up?"

"No problem, I've just got to grab my keys."

"Thank you Mr. Reed, I'll see you in a few minutes." He shut the phone sliding it back into his pocket. He fished a 20$ bill out of his wallet to pay for his drinks, he handed it to the bartender. "Keep the change." He said, before stepping out the door and into the night.

The night would have been chilly to humans, he zipped up his hoodie feigning cold. He tried to maintain the illusion of being human, but his actions faltered as Holly crept into his mind. This was a first for him, The Spine had always been captivated by the thought of humans, but never had he  truly thought about any one in particular. He took the napkin out of his pocket, he had already memorized her number, an advantage of being a robot, he just wanted to touch something she had touched. He could smell traces of her perfume still lingering on his clothes. This was strange for even The Spine.

Michael pulled into the parking lot, scanning the parking lot for The Spine. At first he didn't see him, searching for the shiny robot. It wasn't until the tall man who had been leaning against the wall approached the car that Michael realized, that the man was The Spine. Michael had seen and heard a lot weirder as he unlocked the car doors allowing The Spine to climb in. He noticed The Spine clutching what looked to be a piece of paper, but he could only see one word, Holly. Michael reached into the back seat and grabbed a rag. "Here," he said handing it to The Spine, "you might need this to take care of…. " he gestured to the make up that still covered the spines face and neck, "If Rabbit sees it he'll freak out."

The Spine mumbled a thank you, he was unusually quiet while wiping away the makeup. The car was silent, The Spine gleamed silver once again, looked out the window.

"So…." Michael tried to break the uncomfortable silence and took a shot in the dark, "Holly."

The Spine looked at Michael suddenly. How could he know? What could he know? He was suddenly paranoid and unsure of how to react. "How- How did you? How could you?" He gave Michael a quizzical look. He had only met Holly tonight, what could Michael possibly know?

"You were a holding a paper when you climbed into the car, all I saw was the word Holly, I was hoping you might be able to explain to me a bit." He cast an expectant look at The Spine, waiting for a response.

The Spine sighed, he knew he had been caught out, and that Michael's curiosity would get the better of him later. It wasn't like he had been doing anything wrong. "Holly is just a woman I met at the bar tonight."

Michael looked at him with one eyebrow cocked "And?"

"And nothing, we talked, she gave me her number and she left. That's it, there's nothing left to tell."

Michael pulled into a nearby parking lot and put the car in park before turning to The Spine with a smirk.

"What?" The Spine asked honestly confused.

"You got a girl's number, you're being super quiet, and you didn't say a word about her until I asked, you obviously like her."

The Spine looked down and away, feeling embarrassed suddenly, "Maybe… I mean she is really nice."

Michael smiled, and leaned across to give The Spine an awkward hug that The Spine immediately shrugged off, "You've finally found a girl, I'm so proud of you!"

The Spine scowled at Michael, "I haven't 'finally' found anyone yet, we just met tonight, all we did was talk."

Michael leaned back into his seat, "Have you already thought about calling her?" he gave a knowing smile.

The Spine looked down again, "Yes…. but that would be inappropriate, it's only been an hour, isn't the standard waiting period two days?"

Michael looked at The Spine, "Call her right now, tell her you're checking to make sure she made it home okay, and then ask her out."

The Spine looked at Michael warily, "I don't know Mr. Reed, couldn't that come across as…. creepy?"

Michael looked at The Spine "If you don't take out your phone and dial her number right now, I'll tell your brothers about her."

The Spine never dialed his phone so fast, "Hello, Holly?" a pause, "Yes, this is Roy from earlier." A slightly longer pause. "I was just calling to make sure you got home safe." Another short pause, "That's great, while I've got you an the phone….. would you be interested in going out on Saturday night?" A longer pause and The Spine broke into a smile, "Alright, I'll see you then, good night." He hung up the phone and looked at Michael, "Happy?"

"Ecstatic." He said, before unparking the car and bringing them back on to the road.

Rabbit pulled Paige along behind them as he set off on yet another adventure. Paige was beginning to get tired but went along not wanting to upset Rabbit. She stifled a yawn as they rounded a corner and ran past the whole in the wall that Rabbit had made with his headbutt earlier. Rabbit suddenly stopped and turned to Paige, "Wanna watch a movie?" he asked excitedly.

"Sure." She responded, enjoying the time she was spending with him. It'll be a nice change from all the running she added silently to herself. She followed as he directed her to the living room.

Rabbit put in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and sat by Paige on the couch. He liked the movie a lot, it was one of his favorites. He always smiled when the house crushed the wicked witch, and sang a long with the munchkins. It was only after Dorothy had met the tin man that Rabbit noticed that Paige had been very quiet through the movie He looked to his left only to realize she had fallen asleep with her head resting on his shoulder, but he didn't mind at all. When the movie ended he carefully picked up her still sleeping form, and moved her to his bed. He tucked her in carefully before leaving the room, he didn't mind sleeping on the couch for a night.
My first Steam Powered Giraffe Fanfic, please bear with me.

This story involves: The Spine, Rabbit, Hatchworth, Michael Reed, Matt Smith, Peter Walter VI, Walter Girl Paige, Walter Girl Brianna, Holly Lovett, and Aaron.

Rated PG

Already written chapters 1 - 10 of this can also be found on Tumblr and the Cavalcadium

This is just fan fiction and is in no way considered a part of the Steam Powered Giraffe lore, I do not own Steam Powered Giraffe in any way
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Chapter 6

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 shock, "but Rabbit, it could…." Rabbit cut him off. "K-kill me? I know, but some-t-times you g-gotta take a chance." Hatchworth removed his hand as he looked at the two brothers, knowing they would want to say their goodbyes alone.

The Spine wrapped his arms around his older brother in a tight embrace that seemed all too short. "I lo-lo-love you S-Spine." Rabbit whispered. The Spine gripped Rabbit's hand tightly, "I know you do Rabbit, I love you too." Rabbit stammered out a few more words, "Will you s-sing for me Spine? One more t-time?" A tear rolled down The Spine's cheek, "Anything you want Rabbit." Smiling through his sorrow The Spine sang out.

Once there was a way,
To get back homeward.

Once there was a way
To get back home.

Sleep, pretty darling,
Dot not cry
And I will sing a lullaby.


He held rabbit's hand still singing as Michael approached, "I'm so sorry Rabbit." He reached into Rabbit's chest cavity, tears streaming down his cheeks. Rabbit and The Spine held hands, as Michael said "Hold on buddy." he said to Rabbit, as he went to work. The Spine kept singing, a last song for his big brother. Rabbit began to shudder and spewed oil from his lips. The Spine pinned his brother down with his free hand and continued to sing for him, as Michael continued to work.

With a final jolt his copper body went limp and his photo receptors went dark, his hand still held in The Spine's. Michael fell to his knees beside the bed, tears streaming freely, The Spine's head dipped down low as the realization set in that Rabbit was gone. The Walter girls hugged each other, crying on each others shoulders as Steve and Matt tried their best not to cry at the site of their fallen friend. The room was silent for minutes as they all mourned for Rabbit.

Click.

A small sound, but it seemed to rouse them for a moment. Suddenly the whir of a gear. The Spine looked up searching for the sound, not seeing anything he looked to Rabbit…. could it be? Rabbit's body slowly began to twitch and whir. The impossible was happening. Rabbit was alive. The Humans and robots drew closer to watch. Michael reached into Rabbit's cavity, and withdrew it quickly, wiping away tears. He looked up at The Spine with a smile, "It's hot." Moments later Rabbit's photo receptors clicked on.

The Spine was still holding Rabbit's hand, and for the first time in what seemed like forever, Rabbit held his hand back. "Spine?" Rabbit spoke without stuttering. "Yeah rabbit?" The Spine smiled at his brother. Rabbit looked around before leaning in close to The Spine. "Why is everyone staring at me? It's getting kind of creepy." The Spine laughter and held his brother in a tight embrace. Rabbit hugged him back, but as the hug became longer, "I'm not dead anymore The Spine. You can let go now."

The Spine reluctantly let go of Rabbit, allowing Michael to reattach Rabbit's chest plates. "And one more thing Spine…" Rabbit said, "Can I have my hand back?"
The song The Spine sings is Golden Slumbers by The Beatles

Actually made myself cry writing this one. Hope you enjoy it, this fan fic isn't over yet

My first Steam Powered Giraffe Fanfic, please bear with me.

This story involves: The Spine, Rabbit, Hatchworth, Michael Reed, Matt Smith, Peter Walter VI, and the Walter Girls Paige and Brianna

Rated PG

Already written chapters 1 - 6 this can also be found on Tumblr and the Cavalcadium

This is just fan fiction and is in no way considered a part of the Steam Powered Giraffe lore, I do not own Steam Powered Giraffe in any way
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The 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.

"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 released Peter from the hug, smiling widely.

The Spine pulled Michael Reed aside from the rest of the group, "Thank you.... for saving my brother," he placed a hand on Michael's shoulder, "I don't know if I can ever repay you for this."

Michael smiled back at The Spine and said, "There's no need."

A quiet swept through the room, a good quiet. A quiet that said, we're all going to be alright. "Hey Spine?" Rabbit asked.

"Yes Rabbit?" He looked back too see his brother with an draped around the shoulders of each Walter Girl.

"Can we go get ice cream?"

The Spine smiled, only his brother would want ice cream at a time like this. "Sure Rabbit, let's go get ice cream."

"With chocolate sprinkles?" Rabbit asked excitedly.

"Well.... I guess, but just this once." Rabbit squealed and bounced with delight. The Spine picked up Rabbit's hat and goggles off of the nightstand and brushed them off as though it had been years rather than just a few days that had passed. "You uh.... You might want these Rabbit."

Rabbit rushed at The Spine with arms extended. "My hat!" He snatched it out of The Spines hands and plopped it onto his head with a satisfied smile, he was beginning to look more like himself every minute.

"So Rabbit, do you want to go get that ice cream now?"

Rabbit thought for a moment before saying, "Nah. Let's have a horse adventure!" The Spine smiled. Only his brother.

The family felt complete once again. No one noticed when Peter quietly slipped out of the room and made his way to his study. "I'm glad you're back..." He said to himself as he closed his door with a definitive click.

The mood of the Walter Manor changed dramatically as time passed, but The Spine continued to watch Rabbit like a hawk. Rabbit's every stutter and malfunction set The Spine on edge like never before.

When Rabbit finally managed to get some time alone, he pulled Michael aside. Without a word he wrapped his arms around Michael in an embrace like no other. He rested his jaw on the top of Michael 's head gently, steam like warm breath escaped Rabbit's vents and billowed through Michael's hair. They cried together, tears of joy. He was alive. Rabbit spoke softly, "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you Michael."

Michael tightened the hug, silently sobbing into Rabbit's chest, "I don't know what I'd do without you...." he whispered into Rabbit's chest. "You all mean so much to me, you're my family."

Rabbit let him a cry a little longer before looking down and releasing him from the embrace. He ran his thumb under Michael's eyes, wiping away the tears. "No more tears now, Mr.Reed. You're f-family to us too you know, and family doesn't let family cry." Rabbit kissed Michael's forehead in a gesture of almost fatherly love.

Michael smiled at Rabbit once again. "Thank you." he said.

"Shouldn't I b-be the one thanking you? You're the one s-s-s-saved my life."

"No, after all you've done for me I at least owe you that much." Michael left the room without another word.

Noticing a wet spot Michael had rested his head, Rabbit slipped off his jacket and hung it in the closet to dry. He slipped on his trench coat and set off to find someone, he didn't feel like being alone.
My first Steam Powered Giraffe Fanfic, please bear with me.

This story involves: The Spine, Rabbit, Hatchworth, Michael Reed, Matt Smith, Steve Negrete, Peter Walter VI, and the Walter girls

Rated PG

Already written chapters 1 - 5, Chapter 6 is being written, this can also be found on Tumblr (horrorisms-blog.tumblr.com) and the Cavalcadium

This is just fan fiction and is in no way considered a part of the Steam Powered Giraffe lore, I do not own Steam Powered Giraffe in any way

A note: Thank you all for your support, I never expected my first fan fic to take off so well! I appreciate it so much, and I'm so glad you're all enjoying it.
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The 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.

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 with a self confidence and grace that said that she knew just how beautiful she was.

"Alright." he responded, trying to keep his cool. He followed her over to the table, where she sat down and motioned for him to sit too. "Let's settle this right now", she said to the dark haired man. She turned back to The Spine, "Do you know music pretty well?" she asked him.

"I guess you could say that." He said, choosing his words carefully.

"Alright then, who wrote Twist and Shout? The Beatles or The Majors?"

"Actually neither, Twist and Shout was originally by The Isley Brothers."

The dark haired man had pulled out his phone while they were talking, "He's right." He looked pointedly at the woman, you owe me 20$."

The woman crossed her arms defiantly and smirked. "I don't owe you anything, the bet was if you wererightI owed you 20$." She turned to The Spine as if suddenly remembering he was there. "I'm sorry where are my manners? I'm Holly, and this is my brother Aaron, and you are?"

"I'm Roy, it's nice to meet you." He extended his hand to Holly and Aaron in turn.

"You've got a grip there." Aaron remarked.

The Spine suddenly felt self conscious but masked it with a charming smile.

Aaron's phone chirped, prompting him to check his messages, he let out a silent groan. "Damn," he zipped up his coat stuffing his phone into his pocket. "Duty calls, it was nice to meet you uh….."

"Roy." The Spine interjected.

"Roy, right." He turned to Holly, "Did you want me to drop you off at home, or do you want to take the bus?"

"I think I'll take the bus."

"Alright then, I'll see you later," with a quick hug, he turned on his heel and left.

The Spine was glad she had decided to stay, he had hoped to learn more about her.

"So tell me Roy," she said as she casually stirred her drink with her straw, "got a last name?"

"Batty."

She let out a small snorting laugh, "OK Bladerunner, don't tell me."

He couldn't help but smile, she was the first human to have caught on to the reference since he had begun to use it as an alias.

Steve went out to the backyard archery range of Walter Manor, he was the only one who ever made any real use of it. He pinned his newest stuffed animal, a unicorn, to the target. He moved back to the 30 yard line, before nocking an arrow and taking a deep breath. He released the arrow, and impaled the unicorn's horn to the target. With every arrow that became imbedded in the target he felt his stresses fade away. At the end of his session the unicorn was little more than a pile fabric scraps and cotton stuffing. He felt better by far than when he had started.

Paige and Rabbit were having an adventure of their own. Rabbit had gotten it into his mind that digging through the attic would be a 'fun' adventure. Paige had been skeptical at first, but she became increasingly interested as he produced a number of peculiar objects from the boxes. Rabbit tossed something out of the box and it landed on the floor behind him.

Paige bent down to pick it up, examining it with curiosity. It seemed to be a mesh of gold and silver in the shape of a sphere, that pulsated with a bluish green light. She noticed a point on the top that looked to be a loose panel, she pressed down on it lightly and it clicked into place. Eight long, spindly, spider-like legs shot out of its sides, surprising Paige and caused her to drop it. The Spider like machine scurried away out of sight before she could do or say anything, and she made a mental note not to touch anything else. "Rabbit, are you sure it's safe in here? Maybe some of these inventions are better left forgotten."

"it's fine Paige, I know what I'm doin'." Rabbit responded, right before he knocked over a crate of broken inventions. He pointed at the fallen crate and said, "I meant to do that."
Less interesting chapter, but important because I needed to introduce the OC Holly, I don’t tend to right in OCs but in this case it is necessary, because she has a large part in the over all storyline of this fan fic

Still don't own Steam Powered Giraffe, no matter how much I wish I did
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Chapter 9

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 figure out what to do with all these sandwiches." Hatchworth responded annoyed.

"Well why don't you ask the Spine? He always knows what to do!"

"I can do this myself Rabbit."

"I'm sorry Hatchy, I just…"

"My name is not Hatchy, it's Hatchworth."

"I'm sorry I just…"

"You should go Rabbit…"

Rabbit's lip trembled, he didn't know what he had done to upset Hatchworth. Maybe Spine would know, he always knew what was going on. Rabbit left the room on the verge of tears.

Lil' Steve wandered around Walter Manor looking for things to headbutt when he ran into Rabbit. "Hey! Hey big guy! You alright?!" He called up to Rabbit.

Rabbit looked down, "Oh…. Hi Little Steve." He reached down and brought Little Steve up to eye level.

"What's your malfunction Rabbit?"

"Hatchy got mad at me, I don't know what I did wrong."

"You know what always cheers me up when I'm sad?"

"What?" Rabbit asked dejectedly.

"Headbutts!"

"I don't really think that'll help…"

Lil Steve hopped down and said. "Of course it will!" He slammed his head into the wall 3 times. "Headbutt Headbutt! Headbutt!" he turned to Rabbit. "Now you try."

Rabbit turned to the wall, still hesitant. He threw his head up against the wall, and removed it covered in plaster. "That didn't help very much, I think I'm gonna go find The Spine." Rabbit walked away head hung low, not feeling any better than he had before.

The Spine heard the loud bang and heard the resounding crumble of plaster, and cringed.

"Hold still!" Brianna exclaimed when he made a sudden shift as she attempted to straighten his wig.

The Spine had a worried expression on his face, "Maybe I should go check up on that." He shifted in his seat, it had been 30 minutes since they had started, and the transformation was almost complete, but he was staring to have second thoughts.

Brianna looked him straight in the eyes, "No you shouldn't." She responded calmly, it had been far too long since The Spine had taken a night for himself, and she was determined to make sure he got it. She admired her handiwork and picked up the handheld mirror. She handed it to The Spine and said, "Look."

He hesitantly took the mirror, he looked into it and surprised himself. He looked so…. human. He always did after the transformation but it never failed to surprise him. It was near impossible to tell that his "skin" was actually make up. He touched his face gently, there was no turning back tonight. He smiled at Brianna and gave her a hug, "Thank you Brianna."

She smiled and hugged him back. "Be careful okay? Don't get back too late." The Spine took a step towards the door. "Don't forget these Spi-…. I mean Roy." She corrected herself and tossed him his house keys. He smiled and caught the keys. He opened the door and took a step, a night out was exactly what he needed.

Rabbit wandered the halls looking for The Spine. He checked room after room hoping to find him, but only found Paige in one of the drawing rooms. "Hi Paige, have you seen The Spine?"

Paige turned around not having heard Rabbit enter the room, and covered a paper on the desk. "Not today. Is something wrong?"

Rabbit sighed, "It's just that Hatchy got mad at me and I can't figure out why."

"I'm sorry he got mad at you. Can you think of anything you might have done to upset him?" She asked as she slid the paper further out of sight.

Rabbit noticed the paper on the desk. "What's that?" without asking he walked to the desk and uncovered the desk. Rabbit's jaw dropped, it was a beautiful drawing of him. She had captured his oxidation perfectly and the shine off his copper was incredible, "Paige… This is amazin'."

Paige blushed, flustered. She grabbed the drawing and stashed it away in a drawer. "It's nothing, really."

"Whatda ya mean Paige? That drawing was amazin!"

Paige smiled and looked down at the floor shyly. "Really, it's nothing. I'm glad you like it though." She was always shy about her artistic abilities.

rabbit looked at her for a minute before taking her by the hand, "Come on, I got something to show ya." Paige followed him as he led her through the house to the basement. "Wait right here." he said before running off further into the basement. Paige stayed where she was out of curiosity. Rabbit came back carrying something she couldn't quite see. "The Spine used to be an artist too! But that was a long time ago, he was a painta'! He showed her what he was carrying. It was a portrait of Walter manor, the detail was incredible, she could see each of the automatons scattered through out the picture. Even Peter Walter VI could be seen looking out of window, and she spotted herself sitting next to Rabbit in the yard.

"We should hang this up in the manor somewhere." She remarked.

"I don't know if The Spine would like that, he doesn't like his paintins' very much."

Paige took the painting and walked up the steps, she hung it in the living room smirking defiantly.

"There, now doesn't that look nice?" she asked.

"Yeah, I guess it does." he smiled, having forgotten all about Hatchworth being mad at him. "Let's go have an adventure!" Paige smiled and shook her head before following him out of the room.
Yes Lil’ Steve is his own entity and character, he’s awesome like that. Hope you enjoyed this chapter, we’ll see a little more of The Spine er… Roy and his interactions with humans outside the manor.

My first Steam Powered Giraffe Fanfic, please bear with me.

This story involves: The Spine, Rabbit, Hatchworth, Michael Reed, Matt Smith, Peter Walter VI, and the Walter Girls Paige and Brianna

Rated PG

Already written chapters 1 - 8 of this can also be found on Tumblr and the Cavalcadium

This is just fan fiction and is in no way considered a part of the Steam Powered Giraffe lore, I do not own Steam Powered Giraffe in any way
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The 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.
The Next Paragraph is rated PG-13 due to violence

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 hard, and killing the young soldier. The Spine reached for the dog tags that had landed only a few feet away from him, the only piece of the fallen soldier that remained in tact. "Rest in peace, Private O'Connor." He placed the dog tags in his pocket, where they softly rattled against the rest.

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The Spine awoke from stasis. It was 3 am, he had slept longer than usual. He stepped out of his stasis chamber carefully, he didn't feel like sleeping anymore.

Hatchworth was in the kitchen making sandwiches. Something was bothering him, he couldn't figure out what it was, so he kept making sandwiches. As he looked around he realized that every horizontal surface was covered with sandwiches. Maybe I can ask The Spine what to do with all of them, he thought. No, he wasn't going to ask The Spine anything. The Spine is probably with Rabbit like always, like the last 116 years. Hatchworth was mad, while Rabbit and The Spine had gotten to explore the world, he had sat in a vault gathering dust. Why do they always get to have all the fun? Hatchworth wondered. I am their brother after all…. aren't I? Hatchworth sighed and kept making sandwiches, he would figure it all out somehow. Maybe I'll figure out what to do after I figure out what to do with all these sandwiches, he thought halfheartedly.

The Spine walked into the living room and was to surprised to find Steve.

"Couldn't sleep?" He asked The Spine, unsurprised.

"Not Tonight." He responded and sat down in the over sized recliner. Steve was watching a movie that seemed familiar, but he couldn't place the name. He tried to relax and let his mind go but the nightmare still lingered in the back of his mind. The more he tried to repress the memories, the more forcefully they came to the forefront of his mind.

Steve watched The Spine as he flinched and fidgeted in his seat, it wasn't a malfunction, this was a normal occurrence. Someday he hoped The Spine would tell him what he already knew, that memories of those horrific wars haunted his dreams. Maybe he would feel better when he finally shared with someone. Tonight was not the night.
My first Steam Powered Giraffe Fanfic, please bear with me.

This story involves: The Spine, Rabbit, Hatchworth, Michael Reed, Matt Smith, Peter Walter VI, and the Walter Girls Paige and Brianna

Rated PG

Already written chapters 1 - 8 of this can also be found on Tumblr and the Cavalcadium

This is just fan fiction and is in no way considered a part of the Steam Powered Giraffe lore, I do not own Steam Powered Giraffe in any way

This chapter is dedicated to my friend John O'Connor who lent me his name for the soldier who dies in the trenches.
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Michael 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.

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 around his sleeping brother. He checked his closet to make sure the black box was locked and hidden, there was no telling what Rabbit might get into when he woke up.

He walked around the manor to be sure people were settled for the night. He checked on Michael first to be sure he was settling in for the night- er morning well. He peeked around the edge of the door and saw that Michael had crawled into the bed and fell asleep, too tired to remove his shoes or even turn off the lights. The Spine turned them off before leaving him be.

On his way to check on Brianna he passed through the kitchen. The sandwiches were still piled everywhere, he could barely take a step without stepping on one, he made a mental note to clean them up after he checked on her. Making his way past the perilous piles of sandwiches he made his way to the left wing of the mansion. He walked to her room. He peeked in to see that Brianna had fallen asleep next to the monitor that watched the front door with a book in her hands. He picked her up and put her in her bed gently. He closed the book being careful not to lose her place and put it on the nightstand. He couldn't help but laugh when he noticed the name. "I certainly don't, but maybe some do." He thought to himself, I should ask Rabbit and Hatchworth if they dream of electric sheep later on today.

The Spine went back to the kitchen armed with trash bags. He filled bag after bag with sandwiches, and set them aside. Once he had all of them bagged, he began the process of taking them all to the incinerator to burn. When all the bags were burned to the kitchen to clean up the mess of crumbs and mysterious sandwich ingredients. He hummed 'Me and My Baby' As he wiped down the final counter.

It was 8 am already. He started up a pot of coffee for Steve and Matt who were sure to be arriving soon. He fixed himself a tall glass of water to refill his boiler after the long and interesting night. The Spine sat at the table, content with the cleanliness of the kitchen, and tried to convince himself that his happiness was not just about the Saturday to come.

Much to The Spine's surprise Michael was the first one awake, Michael walked in and went went straight for the coffee pot. "You should head back to bed, Mr. Reed." He said sipping his water once again.

"M'okay." Michael murmured in response still half-asleep, before attempting to retrieve a coffee mug.

The Spine stood up and walked over to Michael, and closed the cabinet. "Three hours of sleep is not 'fine'." The Spine insisted.

"M'okay." Michael insisted again, pawing at The Spine's chest half attempting to push him away.

The Spine looked down straight into Michael's eyes. "Mr.Reed you are going back to bed if I have to take you there myself." Michael turned back to the coffee maker ignoring The Spine's warning. The Spine lifted Michael up over his shoulder and began to proceed back to the guest room. Michael beat and kicked against The Spine half heartedly. "You're only going to hurt yourself doing that." He said. He put Michael down on the bed where he tried to get up again, Michael was far from being fully awake and was easy to stop. The Spine pushed him back down onto the bed gently and pulled the blanket over him. Michael was far from happy but remained in bed.

The Spine walked to the doorway before turning around, "If you get up anytime soon I'll be forced to take more drastic measures Mr.Reed." He stepped into the hallway and waited beside the door way for a moment, waiting to see if Michael would stir again. The moment The Spine was out of site the sleepy Michael got out of bed again and lumbered towards the door.

He could hear the uneven footsteps and reached into his pocket, he kept a small hypodermic of sedatives with him for times when the humans were over stubborn. As Michael came around the corner he caught him by the arm, he injected a half dose into his arm with blinding speed, "I'm sorry, but you can't say I didn't warn you." Michael fell into his waiting arms where he carried him once again into the bed, there was no worry of him getting up for several hours.

Several hours later….

The Spine was ready with aspirin when Michael finally woke up and came into the kitchen. Matt and Steve were already there and wide awake. Steve smiled at Michael and said, "Well good morning Sleeping Beauty."

Michael sent him back a look that tried to convey shut up, but mostly said 'ugh'. "I wouldn't have been asleep for so long if someone," He shot an angry glance at The Spine, "hadn't drugged me."

Steve cocked an eyebrow at The Spine looking for an explanation.

The Spine shrugged, "He wouldn't sleep, I warned him and he didn't listen." He reached across the table and handed Michael the pills, "You're gonna want these for the headache you're about to have."

Michael looked down at the pills, "Great more drugs, that fixes everything." He didn't reject them though, he downed them all with a glass of water. Within a few minutes his head was filled with a sudden pressure, this must have been the headache The Spine was talking about.

Paige came into the kitchen and went for the refrigerator to grab a bottle of water. She was acutely aware of The Spine's gaze as she got the water. she closed the refrigerator and saw the quizzical and almost amused look The Spine was giving her. She decided it was better not to ask, and set off in search of Rabbit. The last thing she remembered was falling asleep on the couch next to him, maybe he could explain why she woke up in his bed.

This was the first time Rabbit had woken up in The Spine's bed. It took him several minutes to bring up the memories of the previous night. I powered down on the couch, but why did I do that again? Oh right, Paige was in my bed…. wait why was Paige in my bed? He suddenly remembered carrying her to bed after she had fallen asleep on the couch next to him. He smiled and hoped she had slept well. He looked around the room, The Spine rarely allowed him in, and so he wanted to use the opportunity to his best advantage. He looked through the drawers and closet, looking for anything of interest . When he cam up empty he muttered to himself, "Well that was boring." and left the room.

The Spine pulled an ice pack out of the freezer and handed it to Michael in hopes of helping to soothe his headache. He truly felt bad about sedating him, but it had been a necessary evil.

Michael took the ice pack from The Spine with a slightly less hateful glare. "Still can't believed you drugged me….." He mumbled under his breath.

The Spine gave a serious look. "I told you to stay in bed."

Michael opened his mouth to protest and closed it again. The Spine was right, he did say to stay in bed, and he hadn't listened. "Why do you have drugs anyway?!" He asked annoyed by the reason in The Spine's logic.

The Spine shifted in his seat uncomfortably searching for the right words. "Some of the former humans have had…. issues when dealing with the ….. stranger happenings of the manor.

"Okay then…" Michael responded at a loss for words.

The Spine stood up from the table. "I'm gonna go for a walk." he said simply before leaving the room.
The next chapter marks the return of Hatchworth and I want to make a mention. This fan fic in no way reflects my feelings of the band, I enjoy their music and the characters but I am NOT saying this is how they would react to certain situations.

Once3 again don't own steam powered giraffe
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Paige 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.

"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 delicate subject before deciding to ask bluntly. "Why did I wake up in your bed this morning?" She paused waiting for him to answer.

Rabbit grinned at her. " You fell asleep whiles we was watching Da Wizard of Oz, I put you m-m-m-m-my bed cause it was easier than carryin' you across the house to yours."

Paige breathed an inward sigh of relief.

Rabbit extended an arm to her, which she graciously took as they made their way to the kitchen to join the others.

When Hatchworth entered the kitchen he got mad. All of his beautiful sandwiches were gone. He had finally made a plan to get rid of them all, and it would have worked perfectly had he gotten the chance to enact it. Looking around the kitchen he realized not a crumb was in sight. This was definitely the work of The Spine. Michael, Steve, and Matt were talking quietly amongst themselves not having noticed the bronze robot's entrance. Hatchworth walked up to them and interrupted rather rudely. "Have any of you seen The Spine today?"

Matt looked at Hatchworth surprised, this was unlike him, the robot was usually very polite. "Yeah, he said something about taking a walk. Why is something wrong?"

Hatchworth ignored the question and went to the door. He wanted to talk with The Spine, he just wasn't quite sure what about yet.

Brianna came into the kitchen for a cup of coffee and was surprised by the assemblage of people. While Michael and Steve prattled on about engineering and technical aspects, Rabbit, Paige, and Matt were having their own conversation. When they saw Paige they waved her over to join them. She joined them graciously and joined the conversation.

The Spine walked through the park and thought, his mind wandered to Holly as he watched the sights around him. He couldn't wait for Saturday to come, he wanted to take her dancing, one of his favorite pastimes. he caught a glimpse of his silver face in the reflections on the pond. He wondered how she would react when she found out about the real him. He knew he couldn't hide push t off for too long, but maybe just one date where he seemed 'normal' wouldn't be so bad.

He saw Hatchworth and turned to face him, he felt like they hadn't talked in a long time. "Hello, Hatchworth." he said warmly.

Hatchworth ignored the greeting and went straight into the issue. "You got rid of all of my sandwiches."

The Spine looked at Hatchworth for a moment before realizing what Hatchworth meant. "Sorry about that Hatchworth, but you have to admit there was a lot of them, and they were quite messy."

"Yes, but I would have taken care of it." Hatchworth insisted, slightly less angry. For some reason he hadn't expected an apology from The Spine, and the soundness of his logic made it hard to be angry, but he stood his ground.

The Spine looked at Hatchworth, Hatchworth, Is this really about the sandwiches?"
Short Chapter, but the next will contain Hatchworth's confrontation, The Spine's date.... and are you wondering what's going on with Rabbit and Paige? Maybe you'll find out about that too....

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