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Caught in the Rain
I'm just your problem (Mei-Xiu version) Sorry I can't be human
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Caught in the Rain
Erm had not expected the rain to come in. He had been on his way to Steamhawke, to find Brem and talk to him about the revelations he'd been shown. Erm touched the cog resting on his chest and said his litany. "The cog moves, one cog moves another. So will the machine move." He looked up and let the rain wash his face clean of his past. The sky was so bright even with this rain pouring down. He squinted at the light, and smiled. A big hailstone hit his forehead, and a sharp pain made him lose his smile.
Around him he could hear the hailstones hitting stone, glass, metal. Each impact resonating a little in the alley he was standing in. Just as sudden as it had started, it stopped. But the wind had picked up and the hail was replaced by heavy rain. Erm looked up at the sky again and let the rain wash over him. He needed to find Brem, his boss. Brem would understand. The machines would call to him, as they'd called Erm. The cogs and wheels would show him the Way. Erm looked at his hands,
I'm just your problem (Mei-Xiu version)
Sorry I can't be human
Don't know why that bothers you
Sorry I don't belch and drink
Like you and your crew-mates do
Sorry I’m full of metal
Is that too heinous a crime for you?
Is that why you always avoid me?
Am I just a freak show to you?
Well... I’m just a problem,
I’m just your problem,
It's like I'm not, even a person, am I?
I’m just your problem
Well, I-I-I-I-I-I-I shouldn’t have to justify what I am
And I-I-I-I-I-I-I am going to take a stand
Sorry that I'm a freak!
Don't know how I made your life so bleak!
But I-I-I-I-I-I-I shouldn’t have to be the one that makes it up to you,
So... why do I want to?
Why do I want to...