I just wanted to be human. Ch. 1 A SPG Fanfic
"I just wanted to be human." A Steam Powered Giraffe Fanfic
Chapter 1: It starts
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
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*System Fully Charged. Start up initiated. Good Morning Rabbit*
Rabbit slowly opened his eyes, letting them focus in the dim light. Had he been outside all night? No. He was in a bed. A room with a ceiling. How did he get inside? Who pulled him-
"Spine!" He gasped sitting straight up and stretching his arms outward. No, somehow in the night he was moved. His grasp was empty. And he was under a blanket? He swung his legs over the side of the canopy bed, still very confused with the whole situation. This room was not familiar, nice, but not familiar. The wooden floor was very worn down, a vanity in one corner with a small pink lamp. This was obviously a girls room, and a well used one.
He scanned the frequencies to see if he could pick up any Intel, but no response besides a couple of smart T.V.s and a DVD burner that was really really into him. Cautiously he opened the bedroom door and peaked out into the hallway. He could hear talking in the distance, maybe two floors down. It was a sm
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Artist: Konishi Kayo
Chapter 6: Bogus
"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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Album: Final Fantasy VIII Piano collection
Artist: Nobou Uematsu
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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Chapter 3: 98.9%
Rabbit followed behind Micheal, slightly annoyed at the humans slow pace, but understanding the need for it. After the woman stormed off very little was said between them. Micheal knew that Rabbit wanted answers, and Rabbit knew that Micheal had to find the right way to word it. But neither one of them knew how to start.
They were almost at the bottom of the stairs and Rabbit paused. Just barely in his line of sight, on a rusted metal table to the side, laid The Jon. Torn into at least 3 pieces, but still recognizable.
"Jon!" Rabbit squealed, pushing Micheal off the last step. He ran towards the broken robot, his hands hovering over his brothers metal frame. He wanted to hug him, lift him off this disgusting table, put him back together again. But the realization came that, it wasn't going to be alright.
"I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-" Knowing Rabbit was having trouble, Micheal placed his good hand on the robot's shoulder. Tightening a screw. Rabbit paused his replay and started ag
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“Rabbit you need to calm down. Both of you.” Spine warned, rustling his newspaper and trying not to be too overly protective of them. Rabbit and Jon were running circles around the kitchen table. It was a very hard habit to break. Especially after doing it for the last 2 weeks. His voicebox seemingly fixed in that an authoritative tone.
“I am the mayor of biscuit town!” Jon screamed as he zoomed past, holding a cardboard crown high above his head. Giggling as he was being chased.
“Give me that crown! THATS MY CROWN OF AWESOME!” Rabbit pretended to be angry, willing to continue the chase as long as Jon was willing to run.
Spine let out an annoyed huff, then chuckled slightly. He couldn’t stay too mad at them. This was actually a somewhat quiet moment, or at least quieter. They had fallen back into their usual patterns. Sure Rabbit wa
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The humans went upstairs for dinner, leaving the robots locked in the basement. This irked Rabbit because she actually locked the door. Like he couldn't just break it down if he wanted to? And of course the yelling and arguing continued. If they had already separated then why did they keep fighting? None of it made sense to Rabbit. The day was practically over and Micheal spent more time talking to her than he did investigating Spine's malfunction. That just left Rabbit to do the real work.
Shaking his head, Rabbit lowered his gaze to his hands. "I wish I knew what to do. What would you do if you were me?" He asked Spine, somewhat hoping that he would answer. He thought it over and tapped his finger tips on Spine's forehead. "I can't see you're saved data without a crossover cable." He pondered, now tapping his own lips in thought. "If only you were in sleep mode. At least t-t-then I could use my Ethernet cord, be on the network..."
Rabbit's eyes grew wide. But there was someone in sle
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Album: O_O if you don't know then I have something shocking to tell you...
Song: Steamboat Shenanigans
Artist: *cough cough you should know this cough*
Song: Make Believe
Song: Electricity is in my Soul
Album: Now I'm just listing my favorites
Chapter 27: Easy as Pie
Spine and Rabbit grew closer to the kitchen, the anxiety had faded and there was an air of content. The clattering of dishes and hushed murmurs could be heard from around the door frame. Hatchworth was passing out orders, keeping the whole thing organized for Spine while he was gone. Rabbit giggled under his breath, rubbing his palms together greedily. Creeping upon the light that overflowed from the archway when he was suddenly yanked back by two silver hands over his eyes.
Spine! Wh-what are you doing! He grumbled, trying to pry them off of his faceplate.
Shhh. I don't want you to peak. Spine pretended to whisper. His voice booming just loud enough that the ki
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Album: We Are Pilots
Artist: Shiny Toy Guns
Album: Tron: Legacy
Artist: Daft Punk
Chapter 8: I just wanted to be Human
*Files converted* Rabbits system announced. He opened his eyes and rotated his shoulders, recharging his batteries a bit while waiting.
"Let's see what you know..." He accessed the files from his drive, not sure exactly which to start with. They were labeled as colors, in no consecutive order. "What should we start with Spine? How about... green."
In the video was Spine. He was sitting on some grass. It was from the start of the week, when they went sight seeing to a park. He pulled some blades out of the ground. He had a huge smile, like genuinely happy. "Video Log 4." He spoke, trying very hard to keep a straight face. "I don't know why, but I just wanted to roll around in this grass. Its so... so... tickley!" He giggled. Like an actual
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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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Album: Tron Legacy
Artist: Daft Punk
( or just the whole album, whichever one)
Chapter 11: Precious Time
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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Chapter 23: Keeping Track
Rabbit gurgled on the building oil in his throat. Peter sr. continued to investigate the pain in his arm while his son began to work on the piping in Rabbit's neck. Just like all the other times they tested his circuitry there was nothing wrong. Connectors were synched, no lose wires, a strong electrical current to every piece. What could be causing the pain?
Oops! Peter VI gasped out, a tube snapping under his fingers. Oil began to spray everywhere. Rabbit started losing pressure to his faceplate and photoreceptors. The light in his eyes flickered as his body convulsed. The automaton's arms trying to grasp at his wound, but he was strapped down tight, leaving only his hands to flail frantically. He was choking on the continued build up.
I told you to be careful! This is the most delicate area! Peter sr. quickly pushed his son out of the way, trying to repair the damage as thick lukewa
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Chapter 10: Program 2671
"Holly? Where are you?" Micheal's voice traveled through the room. Holly grunted in annoyance.
"So needy..." She stormed away from the computers, climbing aboard the elevator. "I'll just have to finish later." The gears rumbled and away she went, upstairs to play Micheal again.
Glued to his spot, Rabbit was too terrified to move. What if this was a trick like her others? He sat, clenching Spine close to his chest. It wasn't until he heard Micheal call his name from upstairs that he snapped back to reality.
He peeked over his shoulder to inspect the room, deeming it safe. Releasing the pent up steam in his system he forced himself to squeeze out of the tight space that shielded him. He knew she was gone, upstairs, yet he still walked on his toes. Careful of anything he could touch or set off that would signal his presence, and force him
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Album: Britt Daniel
Artist: Stranger Than Fiction OST
Song: Lost! (Acoustic)
Album: Viva La Vida
Song: The Past ~ Personal History
Album: Shadow Hearts 2 OST
Chapter 21: Rabbit, The Sorceress, and The Beast
And he's... okay now?
And he... can't hurt me?
No he won't.
Or... or hurt you?
Peter V let out a sigh, setting his needle-nose pliers to the side. Placing both hands on the little robot's hands, to be whatever level of comforting he would understand. His broken legs laid out to the side as Peter V was working on them. They had to be disconnected to make repairs. Making the smallest of the robots look even smaller.
We don't know everything yet... He started soft but grew louder as his words became more solid. Spine came back online, but Rabbit hasn't been able to. Spine is fine. There are no rogue programs. No interference. He is himself again. Lifting a hand
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Artist: Infamous 2 ending credits song
Chapter 18: Contained Storm
Micheal sat on a plastic crate, watching Rabbit intently. His hand clenched into a fist resting against his chin. The ride was shaky as Hatchworth drove, but Micheal wouldn't move to a seat. He had to keep his eyes on the bot. Ready to step in at any moment if he had to.
The time passed so slowly. They had only been connected for 5 minutes at max. Each second that ticked away was another chance that things could have gone badly. The atmosphere around them felt thick and heavy. It was such a strange emotion. Being supportive and there next to a friend, who wasn't really there. Like they were sleeping, or in a coma. The van could drive off a cliff and Rabbit wouldn't even know until his programing went silent.
Micheal blinked, breaking his tunnel vision. Something strange was happening. Rabbits body began to hum quietly. The way a computer would if dust blocked its fan. It was choking, struggling.
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Chapter 13: Let Me Save You
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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Chapter 17: Not Yet
Rabbit proof read his coding. It was correct, exactly how he remembered it. Now for the hard part. How was he going to install this into that... that thing? He tried to swallow the lump in his throat. It was so quiet. It was obviously waiting somewhere for him, but where. He peeked around a corner, sliding his back against the wall. As his gash scrapped across it he hissed in pain. He would not be doing that again.
Hovering against the wall, he slid to the opposite side and peeked around that corner. Still no Program 2671. He kept his steps light, on his tip toes. Moving his way down then around a corner, down again and around another corner. It had to be hiding.
Halt Program. Identify yourself!
Oh no not now! A Patrol of Spines had spotted him across the way, charging towards him. It was just not what he needed right now. He was trying to outsmart a digital death
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Chapter 22: Are You Online?
The Walters gathered their tools and moved towards the powered down robot on the table. The other bots quickly took their place on the floor. Long ago Col. Walter drew a line on the linoleum with paint. The purpose was to keep the bots from energetically interrupting his work on the others, and they were trained well.
Hatch and Spine moved towards their invisible square, the paint faded away decades ago. Poor Jon was stuck at the table, forced to be left behind once again. He pouted and watched the others take their position, giving puppy dog eyes. Spine would you-... He paused and thought for a moment. It was second nature to ask Spine for favors, but he should still be mad at him... Shouldn't he? Spine raised his eyes to Jon. It was nearly impossible to hide the eagerness in his face. Jon was talking to him, whatever he could do to make things right for the sensitive bot he would do witho
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Song: Robot Boy
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Chapter 24: Promises
The two Peters hovered over Rabbit's unresponsive shell. He was still online yet lost in the replay, small slivers of electricity flowing over his body.
We have to shut him down.... or pull him from the replay. Reset his programming. Peter V tried to think quickly, tugging at his hair with both hands. Peter VI reached for Rabbit's switch, but was yanked back by his father. Don't touch him! Can't you see him pulsating!? His fear for his son cracking his usually stoic tone. It took young Peter off guard, forcing him to stand back and stare wide eyed.
Spine tried to shake the haunted visions from his head. The Peters were tending to Rabbit, but what about the other bots? Jon was still sobbing against him, not quite able to form words. Hatchworth laid on the ground with that blank stare. He never wanted them to suffer through it too, he didn't want Rabbit to either. Yet somehow he
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Artist: Giulio Caccini & Paul Pritchar
Chapter 15: Unthinkable Ancient Inventions of Science
Rabbit eyed her suspiciously as she slowly approached him. The image standing in front of him didn't have a proper code. It didn't feel like a true program, there was something different about it.
She curled her lips in a smile, imaging the gears working in his head as he tried to figure her out. I'm not like other programs... am I... Her heels clicked on the ground as she twisted her hips pleasantly, walking towards him. I am not program 2671. But I am... me. Think of it like... a live stream. I am actively watching you twiddle your fingers and send me that hateful glare. As she spoke her smile grew larger. This was much funner than she thought it would be.
How are you here then? There's no Wi-fi. Rabbit tried to keep himself calm, but his vo
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Song: No Sacrafice, No victory
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Album: Silent Hill 2
Artist: Akira Yamaoka
Song: The Scientist
Album: A Rush of Blood to the Head
Chapter 14: Don't be sad
Spine was quiet for a long time. He knew if the roles were reversed he'd be just as adamant that Rabbit let him help. The robots were a very close group. Even during wartime. No bot was left behind. It was true then, it was true now. You couldn't overwrite that part of their programming just because there was peace.
He let out a sigh and gave Rabbit one apprehensive nod.
"Yes?" Rabbit tried to hide the eagerness in his voice. Spine had to be sure.
Spine raised his eyes from the ground to his brother. He gave him a sheepish grin and nodded once more. Yes.
Rabbit clenched his hands into happy fists, shaking them as he hissed "yesssssssssssss!" Spine had to silently chuckle at his enthusiasm. It would be nice while it la
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Song: Lights Out
Artist: Mindless Self Indulgence
Chapter 16: Teach you a Lesson
Rabbit was glued to floor, watching in horror as the beast birthed itself from the wall. Its form dripped globs of the thick darkness. It towered over her, its eyes piercing but never wavering from him. The dark pooled on the floor, everywhere except a perfect circle where she stood.
She turned towards the monstrous beast, fondly scratching its chin. How could Rabbit ever re-program that? He swallowed hard and tried to force the panic from his mind. So what she used him. So what she knew he was coming. They were still in Spine's mainframe. Not his. The plan was still in place. He promised... he promised everyone.
Whose a good program? Hmmm? You are! She sounded so cheerful praising it. You know how we worked it out? He kept the lower programs in order... while I did the real work.
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Chapter 20: I can take it
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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Chapter 19: Toujours
Hatchworth marched down the empty halls of Walter Manor. The household had been eerily silent these last few months. It was a true symbol of how much life the bots brought to those around them. With the automatons out of commission the manor felt asleep. Like the walls themselves were holding their breath, waiting for them.
Hatch walked this path everyday since they returned. His damages weren't nearly as bad as the others. Some slight glitching here and there, but nothing he couldn't live with for the time being. His shoes clicked on the metal steps as he climbed the staircase to the lab. When he had to be sealed off for so long the others visited him everyday. And now it was his turn to do the same.
He reached the landing and carefully pushed open the swinging metal doors. He knew not to disturb the humans if they were deep in their concentration. E