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.
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
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 811 months 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 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 1011 months 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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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 1311 months 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 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 1211 months 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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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
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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 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 711 months 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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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
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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
Rabbit Chapter 17Holly followed Brianna through what seemed like endless hallways to a small guest room. The room its self was clean, the bed had been freshly made, and the light bulbs replaced, but a smell of dust lingered in the air. Brianna turned around once they were in the room, "Sorry about how strange all of this must be, I'm Brianna by the way." She said in a bubbly manner.Rabbit Chapter 1711 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Holly set down her heels on the floor and shook Brianna's hand. Her eyes continued to flit around the room, trying to take it all in, it was like nothing she had ever seen. The bedding and walls were a deep maroon and gold accented the room in a Gothic burlesque style. "This is a guest room?" She asked in awe, if this was what they had for guests she couldn't imagine the rooms of the robots themselves.
"Yes, this one's not used very much anymore, but I'm glad to see you like it." Brianna smiled, "I gathered some clothes for you for the night, but I wasn't expecting you to be so…." She struggled for a word.
Rabbit Chapter 20“Wanda, whats the news?” Nathaniel asked curtly, never one for long conversations. He hadn’t heard from her in weeks.Rabbit Chapter 2011 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Wanda smiles, “I have some big news. The Spine brought someone home…. someone new.”
“You know I don’t have time to wait for you to act mysterious Wanda. Tell me what you called to tell me.”
“Some girl, Hannah or something like that…. You wouldn’t believe Peter’s reaction. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen him mad.”
“It has feelings? How can you tell?” He asked earnestly.
She assumed he meant The Spine’s feelings, but he could very well have been referring to Peter as far as she was concerned. “The Spine, he seemed almost upset.” She spat the word as though it was venomous. “And Rabbit… Rabbit ran out of the room like a beaten dog because The Spine hadn’t told him. I could only tell Peter was mad because of that voice. I wish
Rabbit Chapter 15The Spine pulled away from her touch. "I'm sorry. I just…. I'm sorry." He said backing away.Rabbit Chapter 1511 months 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
Rabbit Chapter 16"He's bringing her here?" Brianna whispered in disbelief.Rabbit Chapter 1611 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Michael nodded, "I'm confused too, I thought he liked this girl."
"He does…." Brianna responded," That's what makes it so strange."
Michael placed a finger to his lips, signaling her to keep her voice down, they didn't want to risk alerting the other bots. "Should we warn Peter?"
Brianna shook her head vigorously, "No. Spine can tell them if and when he wants to, but we tell no one, understood?" Brianna said adamantly.
Michael nodded warily before clutching his keys. "I'll be back in a little while." He tried to flash her a reassuring smile, but it just looked pained, there was no telling what the night would hold.
Paige lifted her head as Michael went rushing out the door. "What was that about?" She asked Rabbit quietly.
Rabbit shrugged and said, "I dunno."
She snuggled into him again, and he pulled her closer. Her ankles crossed over Rabbit's as she moved, "We should go on an adventure today." She said smiling, knowing he woul
Rabbit Chapter 19"Your- G-g-girlfriend?" Rabbit asked in disbelief.Rabbit Chapter 1911 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Yes Rabbit, my girlfriend." He said calmly, the shock was still setting in with everyone else. Brianna and Michael stayed quiet, unsurprised.
"How long have you had a g-g-girlfriend?!" He exclaimed, partially hurt that his brother hadn't told him about her before.
"I met Holly about a week ago, we hit it off, and we started dating." He neglected to mention they had only been on one date, but he didn't think that Rabbit, or any one else needed to know.
Holly remained quiet, she felt exposed. All of the eyes that were focused on her made her feel life hiding, her usual bravery left her, making her want to hide behind The Spine.
Paige noticed Holly's appearance and spoke up. She was the first one, to speak directly to her, "Holly is it?" Holly nodded meekly, "Are you alright there sweetie? How about I take you in the other room, Spine can explain to everyone." Paige said sweetly.
Holly nodded, and followed Paige, feeling more like a wind
Thousand YearsHe feels a hitch in his systems when he sees her for the first time, if he had a heart, it would've skipped a beat. The way she moves and talks entrances him.Thousand Years9 months ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Her name is Brianna. He watches with interest as she moves about the room, introducing herself to each family member in turn, before turning to the silver automaton with a light smile, extending a hand.
"Hello." Her melodious voice chimes softly. "I'm Walter Girl B, but you can call me Brianna, if you like."
He takes her hand gently, "Hello, Miss Brianna. I'm The Spine, welcome to the Walter Manor."
She flashes him a smile before moving on to continue her introductions.
He feels a warm in his boiler that's unfamiliar to him, something unrelated to his systems. Strange, he thinks to himself, I'll have to have that checked out later.
It was months before Peter understood what was happening. "You like her don't you?"
The Spine looks at him with confusion. "Like who
ClaustorphobiaPeter VI had always been a curious child, it seemed like he was always running, always active, always exploring somewhere new.Claustorphobia9 months ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
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
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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
Rabbit Chapter 24It was almost 90 minutes before The Spine was ‘okay’ again. His limbs were still slightly stiff as e walked out of the Hall of Wires. He pulled out his phone and made the call he was dreading. “Peter, can we talk?”Rabbit Chapter 2410 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Study 27.” Was Peter’s clipped response, before hanging up the phone.
The Spine tucked his phone back into his pocket and made his way down the hall. He dreaded the conversation to come.
Outside the study, ignoring the urge to walk away without a word, he knocked on the wall next to the empty doorway. “Peter?”
“Enter.” The Spine walked into the room quietly. Peter sat back in his chair and gestured for The Spine to sit as well. “You wanted to talk?”
“I wanted to apologize for this morning. For Holly.”
Peter tipped his head to the side slightly, “Is there something more you’d like to tell me Spine?” He asked, skeptical that he had asked only to deliver an apology.
Rabbit Chapter 27The Spine had all but blocked out his connections to the Walter Wi-Fi, reducing them to no more than a slight hum in the back of his mind. He had chosen to remain in his room that day, breaking the monotony of the Hall of Wires.Rabbit Chapter 2710 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He replayed his memories of Holly, they’re date and the morning after. He missed her, and hoped she was alive and okay. He had let his guard down, allowed himself to have real feelings for her, even started to fall for her as she lulled him from his nightmares. He should have known better.
He felt the buzz at the back of his mind intensify in short bursts for a few moments before quieting completely. He turned the Wi-Fi signals back up, listening. The sudden lack of noise was strange, but wasn’t particularly bothersome.
He looked down at the paper he had been sketching on absentmindedly, and her eyes looked up at him. He snapped the pencil he was holding and crumpled the paper, this had to stop.
Suddenly the Walter Wi-Fi came alive once again with t
Rabbit Chapter 30Several Months Later...Rabbit Chapter 3010 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Spine awoke from stasis with a soft click and a puff of steam. Gears spun quietly as he rotated his joints with acute precision. He closed his eyes for a moment searching the Wi-Fi for any important messages.
Suddenly his eyes shot open. It was Christmas Day. The Spine had already gotten his shopping done, and the gifts wrapped, but something was very wrong.
The Spine had woken up under his own power. In the last 116 years he had never woken up on his own, not on Christmas.
“Rabbit?” He called out to the empty room, hoping that maybe he was hiding as a joke. “Rabbit?” He called out again, sliding out from underneath the blankets, yet another human comfort he allowed himself.
He stood up carefully, before beginning a methodical search of the room. There wasn’t much space for Rabbit to hide in the small room. The Spine had kept it purposely minimalistic and clean, the closet was empty, and th
Rabbit Chapter 18The Spine looked back and forth between Rabbit and Holly, I wonder how I'll get myself out of this one, he thought and walked over to Holly. He pulled her out of the room, and around the edge of the doorway. She was obviously tired and confused, she hadn't meant for this to happen. "I want you to go back to your room, go back to sleep. I'm going to wake you up in a little while okay?" He said softly, as though he was talking to a little girl. She nodded her head, but it was obvious that she was too tired to go anywhere on her own.Rabbit Chapter 1811 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Brianna?" He called down the hall way, knowing she'd be nearby at this time of morning.
She poked her head out of a door down the hall way, "Ye- oh." She was surprised to see Holly this far up the hallway.
"Could you escort Holly back to her room? She seems to be a bit.... disoriented." He said calmly. His mind was racing along but he refused to let it show.
Brianna scurried up the hall, taking Holly's arm, "Come on, let's get you back to bed." She shot The
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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