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It's Not Hard to Dive: Chapters 1-5Hard Man POVA loud airhorn sounded next to my face.“AAAAA!” I shouted, my head shooting up.Gravity Man was in front of me, snickering. I sat up on my knees, snatched his airhorn, and used my other arm to punch him in the face, which sent him flying out of my room. I then used the magnets on my arm and detached knuckle to pull it into my room to close the door (since I can still move my wrist and fingers and everything), and then finally back onto me.Sighing heavily, I dropped onto my back and tried to go back to sleep. I could hear Napalm Man’s noisy treads on the floor outside, Magnet Man’s boots on the ceiling, and Quick Man running into walls at high speed (like an idiot). I’m usually a heavy sleeper, which is why I have to be woken up with that accursed airhorn, but all the racket outside kept me from going back to sleep. And I couldn’t complain, either, because it was already 10:38 in the morning. If only time didn’t fly by so quickly...I dragged myself out of bed and took my clothes off, replacing them with all my armor except for my helmet.[AFTER BREAKFAST AND OTHER MORNING RITUALS]I combed out my hair and put my helmet on, trudging across the site where most of us Robot Masters live. It’s right next to Light Labs, so we could go inside the laboratory whenever we wanted, and vice versa.“Hard!” a voice - Top Man - called. “Are you headed to work now?”“No,” I replied bluntly. “Why, is that what you’re doin’ already?”Top rolled his eyes and smirked. “Uh, yeah. Why do you think I have my armor, my belt with my cell phone, and everything else I could possibly need today?”I lifted my eyebrows and nodded, heading towards the kitchen with him behind me. When I got there, I grabbed a family size bag of Lay’s Classic chips, a pack of Chips Ahoy, and a six-pack of Fanta.“Ugh,” Top gagged. “Why is it that all you ever eat is junk like that?”“That’s not how it is,” I retorted. “It tastes good. And besides, we’re robots, so it doesn’t matter, ‘cause it’s not healthy or unhealthy to us in any way. And if it was, where’d you get those big hips?” I smirked and looked at him.He blushed madly and covered his face. “It was a modification, okay?! I couldn’t get anyone’s attention if I didn’t look like this! And besides, the joke’s on you, ‘cause I much prefer this look over how flat I used to be!”I covered my mouth and laughed, a hog-like snort that came from the corner of my mouth, since I lacked a nose. Bots who don’t have a nose can’t breathe with their mouths open, even though we can hear without ears. What are we supposed to do, breathe through our skin pores? No thanks.Needle Man came up behind Top Man with my big satchel hanging on his arm. “Hey, Hard! Don’t you need this for anything?”I nodded and saluted, conveying the message “thank you.” He extended his arm, and I pulled the satchel off of it and stuffed the food into it.“Oh,” Needle spoke. “So that’s what all the food is for, huh? You gonna eat all that in one day?” He laughed, and so did I.I nodded again, and so did he.“Well,” he sighed. “I’m headed to work now. Top and I are goin’ to Mars today!”“That’s right!~” Top cheered. “Did you know that you would only weigh 2,280 pounds if you went there?”My eyes opened all the way [and even widened], which was something that rarely happened. “Whoa. That’s pretty cool.”“I know, right?!” he squeaked. “God, I wish you could come see us there sometime... You could help me scout, you could help Needle with the land development... We could do all sorts of stuff!”I chuckled. “Well, I’m not so sure that’ll happen any time soon. Hate to burst your bubble, man, but that’s how it is - my job’s on Planet Earth, and your jobs are everywhere but.”Needle exited the kitchen, and Top looked away with a puppy face.“Well,” I sighed. “I guess I better get to work. The land’s not gonna level itself, after all.”Top’s face lit up. “That’s the spirit! See ya later!”“Later,” I mumbled.As I exited the kitchen and waved at passersby, Slash Man smirked at me.“Hey, Hard Head,” he taunted. “Dive Man has a crush on you.~”I leered at him suspiciously, and he sneered and darted away.Dive Man POV“Alright, crew!” I called to a large group of human coworkers. “Load ‘er up!”“Aye aye, captain!” their leader, Joshua, replied with a salute.As I organized the different kinds of fish we caught, the men on Joshua’s fishing trawler turned a large crank, which pulled up a huge net filled with Dungeness crab. I also spotted some salmon inside the net.One of Joshua’s subordinates laughed. “Now THAT’S a good harvest right there!”I smiled and focused back on my work. So far, we had caught mostly salmon, some crab, and a few trout and chum.As I was sorting them out on a large wooden cart, I heard someone playing Chun-Li’s theme on the flute. I turned my head to see Shadow Man perched high on top of a rock, his fingers dancing on his woodwind instrument as he gyrated his hips from side to side.My smile widened, and I continued to sort out the things we had caught here in Puget Sound so far. Chinook salmon, chum, coho salmon, Dolly Varden trout, Dungeness crab, pink salmon, rainbow trout, sockeye salmon...There weren’t any pink salmon left that weren’t in a single huge pile, so I tossed them into the net in the cart to my right.“Jesus Christ!” Joshua griped suddenly, making me turn my head. “Why with all the gosh d-”“Hey!” the leader of another crew protested. “Language, Josh!”Just then, a loud splash sounded near his fishing trawler, and he whirled around. I turned from my work to jog over to the shore, looking around.Something about my size had just landed into the water, but as we looked around, there was nothing. So we went about our business.A few minutes later, one of Joshua’s superiors arrived. “Hey! Time for a lunch break!”The other men cheered, and Joshua nodded as they all stopped what they were doing and ran after him. I sighed heavily, wishing I could’ve been one of the guys that got a lunch break. But no - my typical work day didn’t involve any breaks. Robots like me had to work harder than humans - that’s what we were built for.I was now alone, which I didn’t like. I liked hearing the other guys around, doing their work, talking and laughing, and everything else they did - even if they were griping, it was better than nothing.I heard someone - probably about my size - wading into the water.I was busy organizing our game in the local fish market. There was a smooth cobblestone flooring here, which led to the sandy shore. On either side of the shore were large trees and bushes.Just then, I realized the men had forgotten to anchor their fishing trawlers, which were now slowly drifting away.I put down the Chinook salmon and ran towards the shore, then dove into the water and swam under the boats. Carefully, I grabbed hold of one of the fins on the bottom and pulled it towards the shore, which was as hard as it looked. When I finally accomplished this, I got onto it and threw its anchor off the edge, jumping back into the water and digging it between some rocks. Once I had repeated this tiresome process for the other boat, I sighed heavily and let myself sink, placing my hands on my stomach and kicking back. “AAAA!”I let out a high-pitched gasp and jerked my head to my left. I was no longer alone - a few feet above me, there was a robot a little bigger than me whose eyes were halfway covered. They were the same color as mine, and the majority of his armor was the same color as mine, too.Wait a minute-HARD MAN!!“HARD!” I cried, reaching out and swimming up to him. Since he weighed three tons, the poor guy couldn’t swim... and I couldn’t get him back to the surface (also due to his weight).He jerked his head in my direction and blushed, suddenly grimacing and holding a hand up to his eyes. I cocked my head and offered my hand, and surprisingly, he took it. As his blush grew, I pulled him down with me.“Dude,” he panted. “What are you doing?!”“You’ll see,” I replied.I put four fingers to my lips and whistled loudly, which caused my two robot whales (Mobies) to show up.I pointed to one of them. “Open up!”The Moby did as it was told and swam forth until Hard Man was inside its mouth. When it closed its mouth, I made the next move.“Now,” I commanded, pointing at the other whale. “You can continue whatever you were doing.” It nodded (sort of) and swam away as I pointed to the remaining whale. “You eat me up too, and take us back to base!”The Moby swam towards me and opened its mouth, letting me in with Hard Man and then closing it back.I turned on the light in my periscope. Hard was sitting on top of the Moby’s tongue, and I waited for all the water here to leave the giant blowhole before I joined him.He looked away awkwardly. “Hey, that was pretty cool.”I blushed and smiled. “Thanks.” I hesitated, then shyly spoke again. “N-not as cool as you, though.”He blushed, grimacing and holding a hand up to his eyes like he had before. “Th-thanks.”I nodded and looked away, grinning a little. “Wait a sec, why do you keep doing that with your eyes?”He sighed heavily. “My helmet covers up half of my eyes, so I have to keep them halfway closed if I don’t want it to touch my bare eyeballs.”I blanched. “You poor thing.”“Yeah,” he agreed. “Though it’s not as hard on me with you around.~”He grinned, and I laughed.Wait a second. With me around? 😳I blushed, realizing what he had said. I looked into his eyes, and he smiled gently and scooted towards me.“H-Hard?” I stuttered, leaning back a little. “Wh-what are you-”He cut me off with a kiss, earning a muffled squeaky noise from me. When he pulled back, he smiled again and cupped my face with one hand. “Love ya.~”I covered my mouth with my hands, but managed to speak. “L-love you too.”He pulled me into a warm embrace, which I gladly returned.Hard Man POVDive Man yawned cutely, covering his mouth and sitting down next to a large, white terminal with several buttons and a square, black screen.I sat down next to him and put an around his shoulder, gesturing to the terminal. “What’s this?”“Well,” he explained. “I use this to communicate to my father and brothers. Sometimes, Kalinka is with one of them, and I can talk to her too.”“Huh,” I remarked, impressed. “Your dad’s a genius. I wish I had something like that, but instead, I have to have my brothers yelling in my nonexistent ear if I wanna talk to them.”He giggled. “Dude, I can only use this thing when I’m right here. It’s the same way with everybody!”“Oh, I know,” I said bluntly. “But for a second there, I thought you had it differently.”He shook his head, chuckling. “Oh, no, no. Not at all.”He shyly wrapped his arms around my torso, and I brushed them off and placed them on my shoulders. Then I hugged his waist, and he hugged my neck as we turned towards each other and hummed contentedly.He tried to bury his head into my chest, and I laughed. “Dude, your giant straw is poking me!”He laughed too. “What?”I rolled my eyes and grinned. “Yeah... Your head looks like a milkshake with doorknobs!”He cracked up again. “Oh my God, Hard Head!”I snickered. “Yeah.”He looked up at me. “Hey, can I ask you something?”I cocked my head. “Yeah?”Dive Man made a puppy face and looked away. “Do you ever get made fun of? Like, because you weigh a lot or something?”I looked away as well. “Well, they used to do stuff like that to my face, but every time it happened, I either gave them a Hard Knuckle sandwich to the face, or I death stared them until they freaked out. And yeah - for some reason, nobody else besides Snake Man seems capable of that. So now, they probably still talk behind my back all the time, but hey - I can’t just go around beating people up.”He grimaced. “Oh geez.”I looked around, trying to change the subject. “Yeah... Hey, can I ask you something?”He looked back at me. “Of course! Wh-what is it?”I thought for a moment, then spoke. “If your chin looks like a butt, why doesn’t anyone stare at it?~”He turned his head away and howled with laughter. “Wh-what the heck?! Hard Man!!” He suddenly widened his eyes and blushed immensely, covering his face as his eyes darted around the room.I chuckled. “D’aww, you’re so cute.~”He glared, but I could tell he wasn’t even gonna try to wipe the smile off his face. “Wh-what?! N-no! I-I’m not cute!”I chuckled again and stroked his chin. “Yeah, you just keep tellin’ yourself that. Cute little submarine.~”He huffed and crossed his arms, leaning his head against mine. “You win this round, Hard Head.~”I held my head high and gently squeezed his torso. “Good.~”All of a sudden, static appeared on the terminal’s screen, and white noise began to play. We startled and turned our attention to it.“Th- is-” the terminal buzzed with a male voice. “Doc- oss- Di- an- do you- opy? A-”Dive Man frowned. “Dad?” He pressed a few buttons, and the white noise quieted down. “Dad, is that you?”Dr. Cossack cleared his throat from the other end. “Yes. This is Dr. Cossack to Dive Man, do you copy? Ou-”“Yes!” Dive interrupted with slight frustration. “Dad, you don’t have to say all that every time we talk with this thing. What is it?”“My apologies, son,” the doctor spoke. “Listen - you must come to Cossack Robot Laboratories immediately. Bright Man and Skull Man are already here, but Toad Man probably needs all the company he can get right now. He’s the candidate for an experiment that Dr. Light is helping me conduct. I’ll explain everything else when you get here, alright?”“Understood,” Dive replied. “I’ll head there right away!”“Thank you,” Dr. Cossack told us. “And, if you’re with any other robots, you can bring them along as well, if you’d like.”Dive gasped and cheered. “Yay!! Thank you dad!!”Dive’s father chuckled. “You’re welcome, son. Goodbye!”“Bye.”Dive Man pressed the same buttons he had before, causing the white noise to stop and the screen to go blank.“Come on,” he told me, waving me towards him.I grabbed his hand, and he smiled amorously. Together, we went towards a large circle on the floor and stood on it. Dive turned towards a small screen on the wall and tapped its surface, using the keypad next to it and then tapping the screen once more. He then hugged me around the neck, and I hugged him around the waist as he began counting down.“Three... two... one.”We closed our eyes as we were teleported to our destination.Dive Man POV“Dad!” I called. “I’m home!”Someone gasped and sighed heavily. I turned around - it was Pharaoh Man.“Tone it down, would you?” he asked quietly.I looked away. “Sorry, bro..."He waved dismissively. “It’s okay, it’s okay. Just pay more attention to your surroundings next time - you have a keen ear, so that shouldn’t be so hard for you.”“Right,” I agreed, nodding. “I won’t let it happen again.”He nodded, gesturing to Hard Man next to me. “So, you brought another robot with you as well?”I nodded shyly, and so did my boyfriend.“I see,” Pharaoh commented. “Well, I brought someone too, but I kind of wanted some... time to myself, you know? We were hanging out when Dad called, and he begged to come with me.”I chuckled. “Aww, who did you bring?”“Star Man,” he answered, looking at the door to my right. “He was quite reluctant to leave my side, and though that’s how he is with a lot of people, I can’t help but wonder why, as this case seems a bit different from others.”“Hmm,” I pondered, then snapped my fingers and grinned. “Maybe he has a crush on you!”My brother startled. “Wh-what?! Why would he... What?!”I snickered. “Well, you said he didn’t want to leave your side...!”He put a hand to his chin in thought. “Hmm. You do have a point..." Suddenly, he blushed, and his eyes widened again.I giggled. “Well, I’ll leave you to obsess over the little space robot. I, on the other hand, have bigger fish to fry!”I turned and grabbed Hard Man’s hand, then led him out of the room.We entered a room used for experimenting and repairing, where Toad Man was laying down on an operation table and Dad was using a screwdriver on an egg-like device laying in front of him. Since his back was turned, the device was mostly obscured.Bright Man was sitting in a chair in the far left corner of the room, and he waved and smiled cheerfully. “Hi, brother!”I waved back. “Hello, everybody.”“Hello, you two!” a booming voice - Tundra Man - greeted. The volume startled everyone, and he quailed and put a hand to his covered mouth.“Greetings,” said a much calmer and quieter voice next to him. The owner of the voice was a large, torch-like robot who had an arm wrapped around Tundra’s shoulder, and he nodded.Tundra Man was near Dad, leaning against a wall. Skull Man was leaned against the right wall, and he simply waved at us. I returned the torch robot’s nod, and he shut his eyes.Dad turned his head. “Oh, you’re here! Hello!”I grinned awkwardly. “H-hi!”Toad Man’s eyes fluttered open, and he pulled down his mouth cover and beamed. “Hi, guys.”“Hey,” Hard Man and I said simultaneously, looking at each other for a second.Toad’s tired eyes lolled into the back of his head and closed. “Dad, aren’t you gonna explain?”Dad sighed and glanced at him sheepishly. “I’ve already explained twice now. I... I think I’ll wait until everyone else gets here, okay? Sorry.”“Okay.” Toad heaved a sigh, then opened one eye and looked at me, raising his left arm and pointing it at the corner opposite of Bright Man. “Make yourselves comfy, it might be a little while.”I nodded and held Hard Man’s hand as he led me to the corner and sat down on the floor. I sat down next to him and let him pull me into his lap.Bright Man smirked at me. “Aww, is that your boyfriend?~”I couldn’t stop myself from grinning. “Y-yeah... What’s the matter, jealous?”He giggled and shook his head. “Nah, I think I’d prefer to stay single. Unlike Toad Man.”Toad glanced at Bright anxiously. “Oh, come on! Have you any idea how bad I would feel if I said no?”I cocked my head. “Huh? Wha- I’m confused.”Toad sighed heavily. “Snake Man proposed to me from out of nowhere.”That was all it took to startle everyone in the room, including me.“What?!” Skull Man protested. “Dude, you didn’t tell us that part!”“That’s why,” Toad continued, “he sent a Search Snake to notify me first. I went to his old home, Skull Fortress, which is north of Mega City. So now... I’ve adopted his children, the snakes.”“Huh,” Skull remarked. “I guess that’s one way to get over your fear of snakes!”Everyone laughed, and Toad Man rolled his eyes. “Yeah - turn your hate into love.”“Alright, Toad Man,” Dad spoke up. “He’s finished.” He turned around. “Are you ready?”Toad grinned and blushed nervously. “Yes.”He sat up and pulled his shirt off, laying back down and dropping it on the floor to his left so Dad wouldn’t trip on it. Dad carried a small, rotund robot over and pulled a small platform out of the operation table, setting the robot onto it.First, he pressed a specific part of Toad’s abdomen, which slid up into the latter’s body and loosened his stomach plate. Next, he turned Toad’s lower left arm to the right three times, and he turned the lower right arm to the left just as many times. He then slid his hand into the entrance of Toad’s stomach storage compartment, lifting off the completely loosened stomach plate and setting it on the counter behind him. Lastly, he nestled the small robot inside the storage compartment and began connecting wires inside to the little plugs scattered on the robot’s body.When the last wire was connected, a small red light on either of the robot’s temples began to glow.Dad heaved a sigh, and Toad’s eyes widened as he looked down. After Dad completed the process of closing and sealing Toad Man’s storage compartment shut, he backed away and hopped onto the counter behind him, sighing again and removing his lab coat.Someone knocked on the door.“Who is it?” Skull Man asked.“Ring Man,” the voice said, “and some others.”Skull looked to Dad, who nodded. “Come in.”Ring Man opened the door and held it open for Jewel Man, Star Man, Pharaoh Man, Drill Man, and Dust Man.“I apologize sincerely for being late,” Pharaoh spoke.Skull jerked his head and glared at him. “Dude, you were already here! Why didn’t you get your butt over here?!”Tundra Man pulled his mask down and winced. “Could you please quiet down?”Skull gave him an unimpressed face, then rolled his eyes. “Fine, whatever.”“Hey,” Ring Man cut in. “The other officers were gone - all of them - and the sheriff wouldn’t let me come. I had to keep communicating with him, so I couldn’t let you know. I’m sorry.”Dad nodded and smiled gently. “It’s okay, you guys.”“Well, Toad Man,” the torch robot declared, “congratulations. You are now pregnant!”Toad laughed, and everyone who had just come in startled.“What?!” Jewel Man protested. “How does that work?!”Dad heaved with much exhaustion. “Well, Dr. Light is helping me conduct an experiment. What I’m trying to do is see if this will replicate human growth.”“Ooh!” Star Man divulged. “I wonder how this will turn out!”“See,” Dad continued, “it’s actually pretty simple. When I connected those wires, something inside that robot fetus turned on that signaled it to do something no robot has done before. The plates on its body have started shifting in such a way that allows it to expand, and while this will expand Toad Man’s stomach storage compartment, he’s the only one of my robots that can provide a safe place for it to grow. Not just that, but it also needed those wires to initiate the ‘growth’ in the first place.”“Whoa,” Dust Man breathed. “That’s so cool, Dad! Has anyone ever told you you’re a genius?”Dad chuckled. “Yes, my son. But thank you.”Dust nodded, then Drill Man spoke up. “But how long is this gonna take?”“Well,” Dad answered, “my partner Dr. Light and I have not been able to figure that out yet. But, he predicted it will take approximately ten months.”“Wow,” Skull remarked. “Congrats, Battletoad - you’re the first robot and the first man to ever become pregnant.”We all laughed, and Toad Man rubbed his stomach and blushed.Hard Man POV“Hey guys,” I mumbled. “I’m home.”“Hey there, big bro!” Top Man greeted, smiling and waving.“Well,” Magnet Man asked, “how was your work day?”I looked around, then sat down on the floor. “Now normally, I would say it’s just another brick in the wall, but not this time.”Metal Man, who had Top Man on his lap, raised his eyebrows. “Really now! Tell us about it.”I cleared my throat. “So I was doin’ my work, as usual... until a huge, red anthro beetle came charging straight at me. I punched him in the chest, and he made a weird glitchy noise. Then he teleported behind me and whistled, so I chased after him to the best of my ability. I couldn’t land a single hit on him after that - my Hard Knuckle was too slow. And it’s pretty fast, too, and he’s quicker than Quick Man.”Metal Man whistled in surprise. “Dang, that boy’s quick. And?”“Only once it was too late did I realize he had led me into the ocean, and you all know I can’t swim. So I called out for help, ‘cause it’s better to be safe than sorry. And surprisingly, help came - it was Dive Man. And while he couldn’t hold me, his giant whales could, and they took me to an underwater base.”One of the Gemini Men oohed. “I bet that made you happy, didn’t it? Did you finally get to cuddle him?~”I rolled my eyes and pulled my helmet off, setting it down next to me. “No. He showed me around his place, we talked, and he got a call from his dad saying to head to the lab - not this lab. So we teleported there, and uh... HEY! Snake Man!”Snake Man gasped - he had almost fallen asleep. “Sssssssorry, I’m tired as heck. What is it?”“Well,” I continued, “apparently Dr. Light and Dr. Cossack are running an experiment. They built a little... robot fetus, I guess, and it’s inside Toad Man’s storage compartment now. Dr. Cossack said the plates on its body are shifting to replicate human growth, but it might take, like, ten months to develop.”Snake gasped again and grinned. “Oh my God!! He’s pregnant! I can’t believe it!”Shadow Man tilted his head and smiled. “Aww, how nice. Snake and Toad finally get to have a kid just like both of them, don’t they?”I shrugged. “I dunno. I mean, that thing’s just a prototype for now, so... I’m not too sure about that.”“But hey!” Spark Man spoke up. “Ya never know! Maybe if this little ‘experiment’ turns out to be successful, the fetus can get modifications! Right?”Snake nodded. “Right. And besides, it’s what Toad and I have wanted for days now - a child of our own. A child that wasn’t just like a snake, but a toad too. A product of both of us, who wasn’t just built to be a weapon. Someone who has a significant purpose in this world..."“We get it, wise guy,” Needle Man told him. “But hey, don’t get me wrong - I’m actually really excited to become the uncle of someone like that! We can make a ton of memories with him, he can have an industrial purpose, he can fight with Mega Man, and he won’t scare Gemini Man out of his booty shorts!”Gemini Man glared and grinned at him, and all of us burst out laughing.“What?” Needle protested, still laughing at his own joke. “The only pants you ever wear are the ones that don’t have any pockets, and they make your butt stick out more than your big head!”We all laughed again, and a clone of Gemini Man appeared behind him. “Omaewa... MOU SHINDEIRU!”Needle turned around halfway. “NANI?!”At this point, it was hard to stop laughing. I clutched my stomach and curled up - it was starting to hurt.“Hey,” I said, panting. “I’m goin’ to my room.”“Okay,” Metal replied, nodding.As I trudged to my room, Zero passed by me. “Hey, Hard Man.”“Yeah?”“I thought I heard you mention... a huge, red anthro beetle who could teleport and fly around more quickly than Quick Man?”I nodded. “Yeah, why?”Zero’s eyes widened, and he looked away. “Two words: Boomer Kuwanger.”
Android Ardor: Chapters 6-10Bass POV"Hey, Blues," I spoke."Yes, dear?" he questioned."When are we gonna prepare for the wedding? I mean obviously, the first thing is flowers. Right?""True," he answered, lowering his head in thought. "What kind do you prefer?""Hmm..." My voice trailed off. I thought for a while, then realized."Dahlia flowers," I declared. "They're the best."He nodded in agreement. "Yeah, they are pretty awesome.""But what about you?" I whined."Plumeria," he replied."Sounds neat," I told him, "but depending on how they grow, we might need fake ones.""Then so be it," Blues stated. "Who cares if they smell? We've only got so much money to spend.""Fair enough," I replied, nodding. "Where do we go?""Well," he spoke. "I had a particular florist in mind that we might not even have to pay for."I cocked my head. "And where will we find this magical person?"He chuckled. "I think he's better at being a machine than a person.""Whatever!" I exclaimed. "And anyways, I'd pay any amount of Zenny if it was for you."He blushed and smiled amorously. "Aww, thank you, sweetie."I shrugged. "Hey man, I don't like tellin' lies."He giggled cutely. "Whatever you say. C'mon!"He grabbed my hand, and we ran... somewhere.[THREE MINUTES LATER]"Oh?" someone asked. "Is someone there?""Yep!" Blues squeaked. "It's me, Proto Man!""And Bass," I added."Come on in!" I heard someone else invite. "The acid's fine.""Seriously?" another dude questioned. "There's none here.""Want some?" the second guy asked."NO!" the third guy shouted. "No way!""What kind of florist are you taking me to?" I posed."One that you already know," he taunted."What?" I questioned, to which Blues giggled again.He and I came around the bushes, where Plant Man and Acid Man were sitting. Centaur Man stood behind Plant, gently stroking the flower petals on his helmet."Acid?" I almost yelled, startled. "What are you doing here?""Came to hang out with my buddy," he answered, "but he had to use the restroom. Don't ask me how Reploids do that."Everyone chortled, and Plant gestured for me and Blues to come and have a seat. So we did."So hey," he spoke. "What have you two come here for?""Flowers," Blues muttered shyly, going red in the face. "W-we're getting-""Aaahhh," Plant interrupted, raising an index finger. "You're getting married, yes?"He grinned, and the three green guys oohed.Blues inhaled deeply, then exhaled. "Y-yes.""Aww!" Plant cheered. "So what kind of flowers are you wanting?"We told him, and he grinned from ear to ear (that is, if he has any)."Ah, sim," he voiced. "Those are especially beautiful. And since you're gonna be combining them, they'll look even lovelier together! Just like you do."Blues and I blushed and smiled."Thank you," we both said simultaneously."You're welcome," he replied. "Now, do me a favor and sit back while I work my magic."Blues POV"Yo dawg," Axl whispered, lightly elbowing me."Don't call me that," I whispered back. "And anyways, cats are better than dogs.""Oh YEEEEEAAAAAHHHH?" I heard Zero yell. "I thought only girls talked about how kitties are cuter than puppies!""Oh, come on," I sighed, laughing and facepalming."Hey, wait a sec," X spoke up from under a huge blanket on the sofa. "Aren't we supposed to be meeting up with the other bots later today?""What?" Axl asked. "Really? That's awesome! I miss that cute green guy.""D'aww," Zero cooed, grinning from ear to ear (if he has ears). "You miss him, huh?""Yep," Axl answered, nodding. "He's cuter than you!"Zero made a pouty face, then turned his head and huffed, crossing his arms."Awww," X cooed, mocking Zero. "You mad?"Without a word, Zero walked over to X and got up in his face (or rather, down). X playfully slapped his face."Don't touch," Zero huffed, "my beautiful face."X giggled. "What's the matter, did it hurt?""No!" Zero declared. "Nothing hurts me.""You sure 'bout dat?" Axl asked. "You almost cried that one time where X got-""AAAAAT!" Zero interrupted. "That's enough! Sit down, child.""Already way ahead of you," Axl yawned, shifting as he lay on top of X, who was still under the blankets."Aueuaueueghh!" X complained. "Get offa me!""Nope!" Axl laughed.Someone knocked on the door."I'll get it!" Bass called, running towards the front door.Axl, X, Zero, and I ran after him. Zero punched the button that opened the door, and behind the door was...the first and eleventh lines of Robot Masters."Hi guys!" one of them almost yelled, waving cheerfully. He had indigo armor with gray headphones and a mass of red spikes sticking out from behind them. To top it off, he bore a pair of ruby red eyes and a sinister yet inviting smile."Came to pay you guys a visit," another one said. He looked super feminine, with his slim (and curvy) body and extensive ponytail, which was made of ice crystals. His eyes were lavender, and a white mask covered his mouth."The others will be here within an hour,"another one told us. His eyes were also lavender, and he looked serious for some reason. His armor was mostly yellow, with a couple spikes on his hips and lightning bolts on his boots. Perhaps the most striking feature were the blue fuses on his head."You think," the red-eyed one told him. "Not everyone's as fast as you!""Tell me something I don't know," the yellow one retorted, rolling his eyes and smiling slightly."Whatever, dude," the red-eyed one said, mocking his eye roll and placing a hand on his left hip. "Name's Blast Man.""Game?" Bass asked, confusing me."Explosions," Blast said, grinning. "I was totally built for those.""Cool," Bass commented. "Cool. You guys?"[AFTER INTRODUCTIONS]"Cool, man," Zero complemented. "Cool. Well, you guys are fast pokes. Ya gotta wait for the others.""Yep, sure do," the yellow one, Fuse Man, agreed. "Quick should be here soon though, right?""Yes," Elec Man said, nodding. "I mean, I hope so...""Why?" Oil Man asked him. "Or is it 'cause you looooooove him?""OOOOOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!!" a lot of us said, causing Elec to go red in the face."Heh heh heh," Guts Man chortled. "I love messin' with all you sidewinders.""Me too!" Fire Man agreed. "They're the wackiest bunch by fire."Someone else laughed. We looked behind Elec, and it was his crush.Quick Man.Everyone gasped overdramatically, and he quickly hugged Elec around the waist before he could run off.Bass POV"Bass?" Blues yawned like the cinnamon roll he is."Yo," I replied bluntly."Don't you think we should be making a bit more, you know... Wedding arrangements?""Oh, sure," I agreed. "What else do we have to plan out?""Well, let's see," he pondered. "We took care of the flowers, last night we decided on the kind of wedding and everything, and we've got our wedding vows planned... Now we just have to have..." He smiled and blushed, looking up at me with his adorable puppy eyes."Rings," I finished, and he nodded and hugged himself. I waddled up to him and hugged him, and he hugged back."Where are we gonna go for those?" he asked cutely, kissing me on the neck first."Hmm," I thought out loud, grinning and blushing. "We went to Plant Man for the flowers, now we can look for... Ring Man?""Yeah. Hey wait a minute! What about Jewel Man?""Oh yeah, him too. Wait, isn't that his actual job and stuff?""Pretty much. He polishes and smooths the gemstones out perfectly, so he's pretty precise.""Of course. For a second there I thought you were sayin' he's pretty.""Well, he is. But don't get me wrong - nothing and nobody's prettier than you.~" He stroked my face and nuzzled me, and I giggled and kissed his neck."Aww," I cooed. "Thank you, babe. Now then, why don't we leave it up to those guys you mentioned?""Sure!""Alrighty! C'mon - we can't waste any time, man."He smirked at me. "Seriously?"I laughed and returned the smirk. "Yep."He sighed and rolled his eyes, still grinning. "Whatever. Though, you do know we can wait as long as we want, right?"I nodded. "Yeah. But I still don't wanna wait."He chuckled and stroked my shoulders. "Whatever you say, beast.~"I got off the bed and stretched, hurting my back a bit. But I didn't care."Welp. We gotta be able to surprise each other, so if we're gonna be seein' them while they're in the same spot, we should go one at a time.""Sounds fair," Blues replied, nodding."Ladies first!" I laughed. "Between the two of us, I'm more manly."He glared at me, but he couldn't stop smiling, and eventually he started laughing too. "Alright, whatever."He grabbed his robe and scarf, lazily throwing them on and wrapping himself up."Later, bae," I told him, waving.He strode up to me and kissed me on the mouth. "Later.~"He turned and walked out the door, almost closing it behind him. But not quite.[THIRTY MINUTES LATER]I closed my eyes, becoming bored with what was on TV. Maybe someday we can rent the Sonic the Hedgehog movie..."Hey there, bad boy," someone said, making me gasp. "Your turn!"I whirled around to the best of my ability, since I was sitting down. It was Blues!He smiled and kissed me on the cheek. I smirked and turned myself around, kissing him on the mouth."What's the matter," he asked cutely, "grumpy cat?~"I growled but couldn't wipe the grin off my face. "Shut up."He giggled. "Oh, come on. What are you waiting for?"I stopped growling. "Uuuuuhhhhh..."He rolled his eyes and pulled me off the bed, sighing. "Stop being a sour blackberry and do your thing, prince!"I blushed, and he placed his hands on his hips and huffed."Fine!" I whined, sneaking one last puppy face (which obviously didn't work)."Later bae," he cooed."Later," I replied, saluting and heading out the door.[ONCE I GOT TO JEWEL MAN'S ROOM]I knocked on the door."Who's there?" Jewel asked from inside."Bass," I said bluntly."Bass who?" he questioned further."Open the door," I retorted, "before I drop the bass!"Jewel and Ring cackled from inside, then I opened the door and stepped inside to see I had interrupted their cuddling session."Whoops," I joked."Mmhmm-mmhmmhmm," Ring whimpered, hastily burying his face into a pillow and throwing a blanket over it.Jewel giggled. "Hello, friend. What is it?"I shuffled my feet awkwardly and stepped forth. "Well, I, uh..."He smirked. "Is it the same thing Blues came in here for?""UUUUUHHHHH... Yeah!" I blushed, slightly embarrassed.He giggled again. "Alright, whatever. Show me your design!"I pulled out a crumpled piece of notebook paper that I had shoved into my pocket [with little thought]. On it, I had written the circular dimensions I had managed to calculate (the inconvenient use of mental math had multiplied the difficulty) and drawn the ring itself. It was a gold ring topped with a ruby and a black spinel on each side, and after each spinel was two diamonds. The red and black represented him and me respectively, while a small circle of sapphires wrapped around the back of the ring symbolized his brother Rock."Whoa," Jewel breathed. "That's beautiful!"I shut my eyes and lowered my head a bit. "Thanks. Th-think you could make this for me? P-please?""Aww," he cooed. "Look at you, all stuttery. Now then, I'd be more than happy to craft this for ya!"I sighed with relief. "Thank you.""You're welcome," he replied sweetly. "Now, sit back while I work my magic, would ya?""Sure thing," I replied."Ring," Jewel whispered. "Get out from under there! I wanna see your cute little face whenever I look away from my masterpiece in development!~"We both laughed, and Ring slowly lowered the pillow and blanket from his face with a loud whine.Blues POV"THIS IS IT!" Slash Man yelled from outside my room. "This is the day we've all been waiting for!""And why," Shade Man asked him, "would that be, my little dinosaur brother?""Because, Shade," Slash answered. "They're getting married!"I yawned and stretched."Ow!" Bass suddenly yelped.I gasped. "You good, Bass?""Yeah," he groaned. "You hit me.""I-I'm sorry," I stuttered."It's okay, babe," he soothed, rubbing his head with one hand and mine with the other. "It didn't hurt very badly."I sighed. "Thanks...""Mmm-hmm," he hummed. "No prob."I hummed too - more contentedly. He ran his fingers through my hair, and I scooted closer so I could hug him around the waist. He hugged my neck and kept fluffing my hair, while I nuzzled into his neck and rubbed his back.He sighed. "So comfy... I don't wanna get up...""Neither do I," I mumbled. "But if we're supposed to wed today, hadn't we better get going?""Uuugh," he moaned. "Fine... But after that, we can cuddle."Bass got out of bed, but I clung onto his torso and whimpered, earning a laugh. He got back on the bed, and I let go, but then I realized he was literally over me (on his hands and knees)."Bass!" I laughed, trying to push him off. "Get offa me!"He got off and reached under a pillow, pulling his shirt on. "Oh! When you mentioned cuddling, I thought of when I went to Jewel and Ring the other night. I told 'em a knock-knock joke, and they let me in. When I went in I saw they were cuddling, and Ring got all flustered!""Seriously?" I asked. "That is so adorable.""Yep," he agreed. "Jewel even said he wanted to see Ring's cute face while he worked!"I giggled. "Oh wow. When I went in there, they were playing checkers."He laughed. "Alright, babe. Why don't we get ready for this... this thingy?""Sure," I replied. "That's what I've been tryin' to get you to do."[3 HOUR TIME SKIP TO 12:28 PM NOW COMRADES]"Alright," Dad stated. "Has everyone decided what th-"Suddenly, Quick Man practically flew at us with super speed. "Sorry, what was that?"Everyone gasped, and once Dad recovered from the shock, he finished his sentence. "Has everyone decided what they are going to wear?""Hold on," Quick answered, holding up an index finger. "Lemme check right quick."He darted away, then came back a few minutes later."Yep," he replied. "Everyone's decided.""You made sure," I warned, "to ask everybody?""Please, kiddo," Quick boasted, waving dismissively. "How could I not have? I mean, I think that three minutes and forty-five seconds was MORE than enough time to ask absolutely everybody. Don't you?"I rolled my eyes. "Yep, sure was. For you, anyway!"I heard a loud yawn, and I whirled around to see Elec Man yawning like a cat and stretching like a rubber band while Cut Man stared at him with shock."He's right," Elec sighed. "In my opinion... that's plenty of time, man."Cut tried to stifle a laugh, but to no avail. I smirked at Elec, who smirked back, and Dad chuckled while everyone else burst out laughing.Bass sighed. "Blues..."I gave him a curious puppy face. "Yes bae?"He walked up to me and hugged me. "This is gonna be awesome..."I giggled and cupped his face, kissing his cheek. "You said it."Bass POVIt was six in the evening, and we were at Second Beach in our home state of Washington.Everyone was wearing [what they believed were] their best-looking outfits (except for most of those who couldn't take off their armor, like Needle Man). For instance, Shadow Man's black shoulder-length hair was in a ponytail with a red ribbon, and he wore a gradient black and royal blue kimono with red zori (his obi was beige). Gemini Man, whose short, silver hair was showing, had on a white boxy top, blue leggings, and black knee boots. Crash Man's long, white hair (with orange frosted tips) was tied in a ponytail with a green ribbon, and he wore a black vest, an orange tank top, faded blue jeans (with rips), and the coolest looking pair of red kicks I've ever seen. Toad Man, whose brown shoulder-length hair was in a black ponytail holder, wore a black jacket with black cargo pants and black Caterpillar® boots.Perhaps the most stunning ones were Snake Man and Acid Man. Acid's clothes weren't stunning - the way he looked without his armor was. From what I could tell (his white lab coat covered most of him), his skin was black, and the most striking features were his sharp teeth (which were plenty visible when he grinned) and his feet. They had ravenlike claws and skinny toes.Then there was Snake Man, who apparently had long, blonde hair [with a green tint] tied in a braid, and it was very long, extending to his backside. While his braid was topped with a blue ribbon, he wore a lovely red robe and black fingerless gloves. Whenever his eyes were shut, his pink (with a red tint) eye shadow was visible. He... didn't wear any shoes.I noticed some of them, including Snake and Gemini, had glitter all over them. And quite frankly, I'd describe all the other Robot Masters' clothes, but there's way too many. 😂And then there was Blues, who wore a trench coat and black tights. He still wore his yellow scarf, and I realized he wasn't wearing shoes. The things that stuck out most were his cat eyeliner and how he now wore his engagement ring on his right ring finger, rather than his left. He gave me a puppy face, but he looked more like a kitty now."Blues," I cooed. "You look so cute.~""Aww," he said, smiling sweetly. "Thank you, babe.~"I giggled. "Hey, I don't like telling lies."He giggled too, except way cuter. "Aaww, you're so sweet.~"I nuzzled him and kissed him on the cheek, and he giggled again. Gosh I can't with this guy... 😍"Hey, Bass!" I heard Top Man call. I spun around [like he would], and he came walking over (for once he's not rolling) holding Metal Man's hand."You guys look nice!" Top complemented."Thank you," I chuckled. "You too!""Thanks! Are you excited or what?!" Metal asked with glee, to which I nodded immediately. "You ask me, I'm hyped!""Me too!" Top cheered."Blues," I heard Dr. Light say. "Don't you think we should begin the processional?""S-sure," Blues replied shyly.I smiled and placed my hand on his shoulder. "Don't worry, bae. I promise - everything will be just fine."He smiled and lifted my hand off, holding it instead. "Thank you, my love."I hummed, and kept doing so while Dr. Light escorted us to a spot we had made by the shore.All the robots stood and sat on either side of the aisle. Since there weren't necessarily grandparents or parents, I went ahead and strode down until I reached the arch, which was covered with flowers of all kinds (including a bouquet for Blues). Dr. Light followed me and took his place, and then Roll came and sprinkled flower petals everywhere. Then came Rock, who held a pillow with two rings on top, and finally my darling Blues. He was adorable as ever, having his beautiful smile and puppy eyes."Welcome, everyone," Dr. Light started. "I would like to thank every one of you for bearing witness to this union, as well as my college friends Mikhail and Noele."Dr. Cossack and Dr. Lalinde smiled eagerly and looked around. Their children perked up a lot, even Tempo.Next, Dr. Light offered an introduction and some thoughts on marriage, and before long, it was time to exchange vows. Blues and I had discussed this one night, and we agreed to let him go first. (Ladies first, and I'm more manly than him. :)Everyone looked at him, and tears sprang to his eyes."Bass," he began. "I cannot begin to imagine what my life would be like without you. You have made it so much happier, from the very moment you showed up to become my hero. We've been through fun times and tough times together, and we've been there for each other every time we could. I must say, never once in my past life could I ever imagine falling in love and having a reason to get my power core fixed. I didn't see the point, and I wouldn't have had you not been there for me to become infatuated with. And no matter what comes our way, I promise I will support you and help you through anything and everything I can. I promise to take care of Treble should you not be there for him. I love you, Bass."By now I was almost crying, and it was hard to speak after all the joyful emotions that just got thrown at my face."Blues," I started. "I cannot put into words how grateful I am for your constant support. For the last four weeks, you have been here for me whenever I got cut, got punched, got tossed around, or got lept onto by your cat."A lot of people and robots laughed, and Blues giggled adorably."I am thankful for every moment that we have gotten to spend together, be it cheerful or melancholic. Had you not been there to remind me of our planned ceremony, I may not have gotten out of bed this morning. Had you not been there to guide me when we searched for materials for upgrades, I may have gotten lost and never returned. Had you not been there to inspire me from the very beginning, I may not have turned on Dr. Wily and led all my comrades to make a life-changing difference. As your husband, I promise to ensure that you are free of any worries for as long as possible, and I promise to care for Tango should you not be there for him. I love you, Blues."Tears streamed down his face, so I wiped them off. I slipped his ring onto his left ring finger, and he did the same for me.Dr. Light cleared his throat. "Throughout this ceremony, Blues and Bass have vowed, in our presence, to be loyal and loving towards each other. They have formalized the existence of the bond between them with words spoken and with the giving and receiving of rings. Therefore, it is my pleasure to now pronounce them husband and husband. You may now kiss your groom!"With the greatest amount of passion in my life, we kissed and held each other close. Everyone cheered, clapped, and whistled. Out of the corner of my eye, Dr. Cossack snapped his fingers twice and looked to Shadow Man, who nodded. Shadow then stood up and gracefully lept to a rock next to Dr. Lalinde, then began playing Sheep Man's stage theme on his flute. My newlywed spouse grabbed the bouquet of flowers behind him and linked his left arm to mine.Blues and I strode down the aisle, followed by Rock and Roll. Dr. Light came last, heading after us and then towards the other two doctors. While he spoke with them, Blues and I looked at each other for a moment before I felt someone tap me on the shoulder."Yes?" I asked, turning around."That was beautiful," Rock squeaked, tears in his eyes.I giggled. "Thank you. You two did well too!"Roll smiled and sprinkled flowers in Rock's hair. "Thanks!"Rock smirked, and we all laughed."So what now?" Blues asked me."Time for a feast!" I declared. "Aren't you hungry?""Yep," he replied.We went over to a bunch of picnic tables (and chairs) we had set up, eating a hearty meal and drinking kid-friendly drinks (I'm not so sure about the doctors, though). We chatted, we laughed, we toasted, and we all had a great time. Before long, it was time to dance.So we all got on our feet and let loose on the dance floor (even though it was just sand), and couples spun and occasionally bumped into each other. I noticed Top and Metal weren't couple dancing, but they were pretty epic. They struck all kinds of stunning poses, lifting and twirling each other in the most bizarre ways. Who knew Metal Man, the dentist of the future, was so incredibly flexible?Blues grabbed my arm and led me over to a little table I was shocked to see still standing. On it was his bouquet of flowers.I looked at him. "Ready?""You bet."He and I waltzed onto the center of the dance floor, and as I held his hand, he tossed the bouquet high into the night sky.Everyone cheered and some laughed. Blues and I began whirling around, tightly holding each other's hands and gazing dreamily into each other's eyes. Suddenly, he fell, but luckily Crash Man caught him. Unfortunately for Crash, this caused him to fly backwards, and he crashed into Magnet Man, who hugged him.We laughed, and Crash turned his head to kiss Magnet on the cheek. Other couples were having their moments as well - Blast Man and Fuse Man couldn't stop hugging, while Snake Man and Toad Man were finally kissing. Tornado Man was flirting with Gyro Man, and Pharaoh Man, who was dancing with Star Man, looked like he couldn't be happier. While Shade Man and Crystal Man were romantic as ever, Jewel Man and Ring Man looked more confident and fabulous. Not to mention, Wood Man seemed pretty infatuated with Plant Man, and Elec Man proved to be a strong man, as he held a red-faced Quick Man with a single arm. And then there was Time Man, who seemed surprisingly coquettish towards Flash Man (who was an absolute blushing mess). And is it just me, or something's going on between Acid Man and Axl? Whoops, forgot Zero and X. 😂In the midst of it all, I noticed Tundra Man had caught Blues' bouquet and was now talking and laughing with Torch Man."Look how much fun they're having together," Blues cooed.I smiled and looked at him. "Look how much fun we're having together."He looked up at me and smiled sweetly. "You think?"I gently pressed my forehead against his. "Indeed."He sighed heavily. "C'mon, let's go sit down. All that fun wore me out!"We headed for the shore, and I let go of his hand and sat down. He squatted, then sat in my lap, and shifted so I could hold him bridal style."These rings are beautiful," he breathed. "Not as beautiful as you, though."I chuckled, and he nuzzled me."You're one to talk, Blues," I cooed. "We've been together for this long, and your adorable puppy faces still work on me!"He giggled and snuggled into my chest, sighing. "Bass..."I leaned my head against his. "Blues..."He looked up at me, the smallest of tears forming in his eyes. "I love you."I smiled gently. "I love you too."Slowly and sweetly, we kissed, and then held each other close for the rest of the night.💜 ❤️️ 💜 The End ❤️️ 💜 ❤️️
Android Ardor: Chapters 1-5Blues POV"Dad!" I yelled. "We're home!"No response. We kept going through the tunnel-like structure that led to the living room."Dad?" I said again. "Hello?"Still no response. Behind me, Snake Man flicked his tongue."Hmm," he fizzed. "I think I ssssssssmell a human here... Maybe it's Dr. Light. Care to help me out here, Kim?"I whirled around to witness him fire a Search Snake from his weapon. Was he calling the Search Snake "Kim?""Kim" chirped something, and Snake Man nodded. "Yes. Precisssssssssely what I'm talking about."Kim slithered off to the projection room. I looked over to Bass, who sat with a derpy look on his face."Bruh," he remarked.[TWELVE MINUTES LATER]Kim slithered from the projection room into the living room, Dad strolling briskly behind him."Ah, there you are," Dad sighed. "I'm glad you're-""Dad!" Rock, X, and I cheered, launching ourselves into his consoling embrace without second thoughts. He chuckled, returning our hugs, and we sat there for a while panting into his chest and over his shoulder.Once we finally convinced ourselves to let go, we hugged Roll too."Now then," Dad chortled. "As I was saying, I'm glad you're okay. You must be tired, and it's not even noon yet. Have a snack - you've all earned it.""Yeah!" Roll squeaked. "Don't forget e-tanks too!"Bass nodded. "Thanks, you guys."Now, it was his, Zero's, and Axl's turn to hug Dad. Rock, X, and I laughed and headed off to the kitchen."Hey, Dr. Light," Auto spoke. "Should the Robot Masters return to their, uh... place?""Yes," Dad uttered, muffled by the three guys hugging him."Alrighty then," Auto declared, picking Eddie up. "C'mon, Eddie - let's go with these guys."All the Robot Masters except for me, Bass, Rock, Roll, and X left the room, Snake Man closing the door behind them.I sighed. "I'm gonna go shower. I'm tired.""Alright," Bass called.As I showered, I couldn't stop thinking about the ring Bass had given me. It was so pretty! I wondered what my wedding ring would look like.When I got out, I heard Rush barking up a storm. Tango was angrily scolding him for "tearing up the tablecloth," and then got even angrier after being blamed for it. Or at least, that's all I could gather from their intense conversation, since I could only understand half of it (Tango's half).I flung the bathroom door open, and the house's chilly atmosphere wrapped itself around me. I shivered, throwing my dirty clothes in the utility room once I got there. Sighing heavily, I lumbered into my room and launched myself onto my bed. I sat up and looked for Tango. He wasn't here right now, so I went over and closed the door myself. I removed my shades and sat down on my bed, snatching the TV remote off my nightstand and flipping through all the channels.Suddenly, the door peeked open. It was Bass."Hey Blues," he murmured. I smiled and gestured him to come in. When he did, he made sure to close the door behind him, Treble, and Tango."How's it going?" he asked, to which I let out another heavy sigh."I'm bored," I groaned.He sat down next to me, and I quickly realized he had showered too. He wrapped an arm around my shoulder and kissed me on the cheek. I smiled and placed a hand on his shoulder, nuzzling into his neck as Tango stole the remote and started pressing buttons. He'd seen everyone surfing the channels, and he's a smart kitty. He knows what he's doing."Thanks, Bass," I whispered."You're welcome, sweetie," he cooed, kissing me on the neck.Bass POV"So hey," Gemini Man asked. "You guys feel like playing games?"Snake Man perked up. "I'm alwayssssssssssss up for playing games, bro!"I yawned and stretched my arms out. "Anything better we can do? I'd rather beat myself up for five hours straight!""How about no?" Blues spoke sternly, shooting me the dirtiest glare I've ever seen.I made a puppy face and whimpered. "Sorry! I was JK anyways..."His expression softened greatly. "Alright, I'll let it slide."I smiled."This time," he added, returning me to my bored state."Right," I said bluntly. "What now?""Well," Shadow Man piped up. "There's something I've been thinking on for quite some time now, Gem.""Oh?" Gemini Man sneered. "And what's that?""I was just wondering," Shadow Man explained, "why you and Snake consider each other brothers, but you don't count me in. Any goofy excuses?"Gemini's smug smirk quickly turned into a frown, and he lowered his head. "Well, I...""You?" Shadow questioned, cocking his head."I-I don't really wanna talk about that right now," Gemini replied. "M-maybe later, when we're by ourselves.""O-oh, okay," Shadow muttered, looking surprised.Snake Man giggled, and Gemini glared at him as he continued to chortle."Dude," I told him. "Do you have issues or what?""Nah," Snake sighed, waving dismissively. "I was just wondering how much longer Gem could go without revealing his feelings towards-""AAAAAAAAAT!" Gemini yelled suddenly, interrupting Snake Man. "THAT'S ENOUGH! NO MORE!""Yeah," I laughed, pointing at Snake Man. "It's time to stop.""Wait, what?" Shadow questioned, raising his eyebrows (if he has any). "Feelings for who?"Gemini blushed immensely and covered his face, squeezing his eyes shut. "I-I... I... uh..."Shadow crossed his arms. "Well?""F-for you, Shadow," Gemini sighed. "I-I've been hiding it for a while now. I-I figured I'd have to tell you eventually anyways, so..."Shadow blushed and smiled, walking over to where Gemini Man was sitting. "Hey. Gem."Gemini lifted his head slowly, revealing bloodshot eyes, but he perked up when he saw Shadow's beaming smile. Shadow dragged his feet a few steps more, then sat on the right armrest of Gemini's chair and wrapped an arm around his shoulder. Gemini smiled back, and they gazed into each other's eyes for a moment before Shadow kissed him on the cheek. Gemini gasped, but when Shadow Man let go, he flung his arms around the elder android and nuzzled into his chest. Shadow chuckled in response, gently returning Gemini's embrace and setting his sights on me and the other bots."So," Shadow Man murmured. "Don't we have upgrades to get?""Oh yeah!" Axl said suddenly, earning him attention. "Doc wanted to give us new stuff for our weapons and our feet!""Feet?" Snake Man questioned. "What, does sssssssssomeone have athlete's foot?""No," Rock muttered. "He found a way for us to fly.""But what about the heavy guys?" Gemini Man asked."Uhhhh..." Rock's voice trailed off."Well," Dr. Light spoke from across the room. "Any robot whose weight exceeds 300 pounds will not receive the flying upgrade.""Oh," Shadow Man sighed. "Welp. Don't you think it's about time to get those installed then?""Yes," Dr. Light agreed, nodding his head. "Come." He gestured towards the presentation room, which, for some reason, contained a mass of about twelve operation tables.Every robot in the room followed Dr. Light into the presentation room.Blues POVAfter the upgrades, every robot under 300 pounds was able to fly. Dad had told us, though, that we should only use this ability when absolutely necessary, because we could only use it so much at a time before it'd wear off. Then it would need an hour-long cooldown before it could be used again.Now Rock, Roll, and I could already fly, but most of the other bots couldn't. Bass could, though. In addition, Tango was given lots of upgrades that made him similar to Rush. He could use a coil platform, fly, turn into a submarine, travel quickly through space, turn into a snowmobile, and even use a Super Adaptor. A Super Adaptor enables whoever has one to gain enhanced capabilities, which could be utilized for transportation and combat. If they have a pet, they will fuse with them. This meant Tango and I could now turn into Super Blues!I strolled into my room and flopped onto my bed, letting out a heavy sigh."Tango," I yawned. "Would you close that door?""Sure," he meowed, following my instruction.I sat up and grabbed the remote, turning the TV on and flipping through the channels. After about two minutes of channel surfing (without a surfboard), I settled on the Discovery Channel, which was airing How the Universe Works right now. Laying down on my bed, I sighed and decided to try and chillax for a couple hours.😌I was about to doze off when someone knocked on the door."Who is it?" I groaned, lazily swinging my feet onto the floor."Tops, man," the bot behind the door replied. "Want some lunch? 'Cause it's bein' served."As if on cue, my stomach roared and rumbled like a broken air vent."Sure," I sighed, getting up and donning my shades."Alrighty then," Top Man said, skating smoothly away as I opened the door.I looked back at my nightstand. Should I wear my shades this time? I thought. Maybe the others want to know what my eyes look like.I took off my shades, carefully laid them in front of my alarm clock, and walked out of my room.When I got to the kitchen, Rock and Roll were busy making sandwiches. X was preparing kid-friendly drinks. I quickly exited the kitchen and took a seat at the table, next to where Zero and Axl were sitting."Heya," Zero greeted with a smile. "Wait - whoa! You don't have your shades?""Not this time, nope," I responded, shaking my head. "Didn't quite feel like it."Axl lifted his brows. "Dang. How come you never done that before?"Zero gave him a goofy grin. "Grammar police here, are you serious?"Axl grinned even wider. "No regerts. And besides, yeah. I mean it, but I'm not bein' serious aboutit."I sighed and [made like Rock and] rolled my eyes. "Sheesh. Nah, I just didn't feel like wearing my shades this time."Bass took a seat across from me and set a canister of Pringles on the table. Zero immediately grabbed them, but Axl grabbed his arm."Stop!" Axl said, grinning. "Calm down. You're not the only one who wants Pringles, man."Zero gave him a puppy face, then set the canister back down. Bass grabbed it and took four chips out."So hey, Zero," Bass spoke. "You like mustard?"Zero wrinkled his nose. "Eeuuugh! Nope. Not at all.""Oof," Bass chortled. "I don't either. Personally, I much prefer ketchup."Dad, Rock, and Roll came and placed sandwiches in front of us, while X served the drinks."Thanks," we all told them simultaneously."Sssssso," Snake Man sibilated. "Rock likes cooking, doesssssss he?""Sometimes," Rock replied. "I don't cook very often - Roll does most of that. But when I am cooking stuff up in the kitchen, it's fun. What do you guys like doing in your spare time?""Reading," X mumbled."Coming up with the best jokes," Zero gushed with the goofiest grin."Surfing the Internet," Axl said."Playing my guitar and singing," Elec Man replied."Long jump," Toad Man murmured shyly."Playing gamesssssssssss with my children," Snake Man fizzed wistfully."Ninjutsu," Shadow Man spoke bluntly."Admiring myself, obviously. What else?" Gemini Man boasted, rolling his eyes and waving dismissively."Dancing. For sure," Top Man declared."Target practice and Frisbees," Metal Man stated. "And cuddling Toppy, of course!"Top Man smiled romantically at Metal Man and blushed.Rush and Treble barked, and Rock and Bass nodded at their respective partners."Gossip. It's the best," Tango meowed."Chatting with anyone else," Bass verbalized. "Even if it's an animal."Everyone laughed."Drawing," I mumbled audibly.Bass gave me a puppy face."What?" I questioned innocently, to which Zero gave a knowing smirk."Don't you like cuddling?" Zero divulged, while Axl and Tango oohed.I smiled amorously and lowered my head a bit. Bass blushed and smiled back at me."Yeah," I sighed dreamily. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't."Bass POV"Ssssssso," Snake Man fizzed, swinging his hips as he walked. "You've gotten to sssssstart a relationship with your love interest, yessssssss?"I smiled and blushed. "Yeah... Actually, I've already proposed.""Aww, that's ssssso cute!" he cheered. "How lucky you are, and... congratsssssss!"By now I was grinning from ear to ear. "Thanks. I am really lucky - I've found my one and only, and he knows we were meant to be!"Snake Man chuckled. "Aaww, that's awessssssome! I wish I had that luck."I cocked my head. "Why don't you?"He sighed. "Toad Man doesn't really like me. I don't know why, but... He just doesn't seem to want to be friends with me!""Well," I suggested. "Maybe you could go up to him and offer him a flower or something! Something that'll tell him you don't want to eat him.""WHOA, WHOA, WHOA," Snake almost yelled, his eyes widening and hands in the air. "WHAT?""Some snakes," I explained, "can eat toads without fear of poisoning. Maybe he has the mindset and instincts of a toad.""Hmm," Snake pondered, putting a hand to hiss lips. "That sounds reasonable." Suddenly, he lifted his head and snapped his fingers. "Aha! I know!""Oh?" I asked. "Do you now?""Yeah!" he exclaimed. "I'll flirt with him!"I laughed. "Whatever turns you on!"We arrived in the little (actually no, it's huge) sanctuary that housed most of the Robot Masters. The only ones that weren't here had the numbers 081 through 088. They were manufactured by different companies than Dr. Light or Dr. Wily, one of them even being manufactured by Dr. Cossack (namely Tundra Man). All of Light and Wily's robots now lived here and used their skills to aid mankind, while Cossack's robots occasionally paid us a visit. Snake Man may love having his brothers and everyone else around to talk to (and Gemini Man to scare the heck out of), but since Toad Man, his crush, is one of Cossack's robots, they don't get to see each other very often. So it kinda stinks for him."Sssssssay," he fizzed. "Wanna see what my brothers are up to?""Sure," I agreed.Snake Man chortled, gesturing for me to follow him.We strolled through different zones of the sanctuary, taking glances at the Robot Masters' activities. There were a lot of bushes and shrubs here, so we could easily hide.Suddenly, Snake stopped and silenced me. He nodded in the direction of Cut Man, who was playing cards with Guts Man and Crystal Man."My deal," Guts Man said. "Cut the cards."He offered his deck of cards to Cut Man, who was sitting across from him. Cut lowered his head and, using a Rolling Cutter, literally cut the deck in half, ruining the cards."Hey!" Guts protested. Crystal gave Cut a puppy face."You said to... cut the cards," Cut sighed.Snake and I looked at each other, then started giggling and sneaking away.Blues POV"Yo, Blues," Tango meowed. "I'm bored. Tell me a story."I sighed and rolled my eyes. "No, Tango. I'm terrible at it."Bass whimpered and hugged me from behind, startling me. He had been asleep for half an hour now. Though, it wasn't surprising that what woke him up was Tango's meowing."Hey, Blues," he spoke softly, making me blush and smile. "Doc says we have a visit to pay.""Oh?" I asked. "Is that so?""Yep," Bass replied. "We're going to the... oh wait, I forgot what it was called.""Uhh..." My voice trailed off. I had no idea what he was talking about."Yo, Bass!" I heard Zero call."Sup," Bass asked.Zero popped out from behind a shrub. "We're goin' to the Mecha-Chuchets Institute of Robology! You know, that weird little power plant where the Acid Merman works at!""Huh," I remarked. "Sounds peculiar, but... okay!""Come on!" Zero invited. "Let's go!"[THIRTY-SEVEN MINUTES LATER]"Whoa," Rock breathed. "This place is so big!""Yeah, man," Elec Man agreed. "It's like, more than two houses high!""There are four of these buildings," one employee explained, "that make up the entire place.""Not counting the generator itself," another employee added."Wait," Zero pointed. "Are you saying it's a power plant and a laboratory?""Correct," yet another employee answered. "Now then. If you're looking for Acid Man, he could be anywhere, though he primarily spends his time in this sector of the area. He has a room far down below-""That's only for staff members," the first employee interrupted."Right," the other dude said. "He can also commonly be found swimming through the chemical vats.""Alrighty!" Zero divulged. "Thanks!""You're welcome," the employee stated. "Have a great day!""Thanks, you too!" X piped up.As we traveled through this weird and cool place, Axl and Zero babbled the whole way throughout."So hey," X spoke up. "Axl, have you seen this Acid Man before?""Yeah," Axl answered, nodding. "Personally, I think he's kinda cute - even with that goofy mask he has." He blushed and smiled amorously."Aaawww," Zero cooed. "Is someone goin' red in the face for the Acid Mermaaaaaaaaaannn?"💗"WHAT?!" someone yelled from high above.We all looked up, and it was a green, purple, and white-armored robot whose head was encased in green gel. Masked by a white respirator, he had two-toed feet and deep, red eyes.He didn't look happy."Please!" Zero called. "I can explain!""Hmph!" the robot huffed, crossing his arms. "Try your best.""For one," Zero replied, "come on down here!"The robot leaned forward and glared at Zero. I looked around, and gave them concerned looks."Sorry..." Axl whimpered, making a brief puppy face before lowering his head. He must've been noticed, though, because suddenly the robot looked upset."Alright," he called, no longer sounding agitated. "Just a minute."He disappeared behind a rail, then came soaring down into a batrachotoxin waterfall and landing with a loud splash. He then swam swiftly through the various chemicals, and before long he had broken the surface of a deep acid pool that was only a couple yards away from us."My sincere apologies," he spoke. "I just... don't like when people call me that. My reputation for swimming around in the acid has earned me that nickname, but I'm only ever called that behind my back. I guess the other employees forgot about my acute sense of hearing, for I've let them laugh about it for like ten minutes before-""Whoa, man," Zero interrupted, holding his hands in the air."Oh, sorry," the robot apologized once again. "I have a tendency to ramble sometimes... Who are you guys?"[AFTER INTRODUCTIONS...]"Well," the robot spoke. "My name is Acid Man. But most other bots call me Acid for short.""Nice to meet you!" Axl cheered, this time rather perky. Zero looked around at each of us, smirking. I grinned at him."Nice to meet you too, Axl," Acid expressed, nodding his head. He and Axl gazed into each other's eyes for a moment, but then Acid winked charmingly at Axl, causing him to go crimson and cover his face.Everyone laughed. 😂
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