Hours passed as Holly and The Spine talked. The more time he spent with her, the more that The Spine felt a connection to Holly. She was intelligent and unafraid to speak her mind with passion and conviction.
As the night wore on, he realized she had one outstanding trait, she was stubborn. The Spine had only ever met one person as stubborn as her, and he had spent 116 years living with him.
The bar slowly began to empty as the night began to sweep into the early morning. Holly looked at her watch before fishing a pen out of her jacket pocket. "I had a great time talking to you tonight, and I'd love to stay longer, but I have a bus to catch." She scrawled her number onto a napkin and slid it across the table to The Spine with a smile. "You should call me sometime… soon."
He picked up the napkin with her number before tucking it into his left pocket. " I most definitely will, ma'am." He stood up to escort her to the door, and tipped his hat to her as she left. Once she was gone he produced a small silver phone from his pocket, he dialed Michael Reed's number with a practiced precision. He waited a few moments as the phone rang.
"Oh hey Spine, need something?"
"Actually yes, I need a ride if you don't mind. I'm out at the bar, would it be a bother for you to come pick me up?"
"No problem, I've just got to grab my keys."
"Thank you Mr. Reed, I'll see you in a few minutes." He shut the phone sliding it back into his pocket. He fished a 20$ bill out of his wallet to pay for his drinks, he handed it to the bartender. "Keep the change." He said, before stepping out the door and into the night.
The night would have been chilly to humans, he zipped up his hoodie feigning cold. He tried to maintain the illusion of being human, but his actions faltered as Holly crept into his mind. This was a first for him, The Spine had always been captivated by the thought of humans, but never had he truly thought about any one in particular. He took the napkin out of his pocket, he had already memorized her number, an advantage of being a robot, he just wanted to touch something she had touched. He could smell traces of her perfume still lingering on his clothes. This was strange for even The Spine.
Michael pulled into the parking lot, scanning the parking lot for The Spine. At first he didn't see him, searching for the shiny robot. It wasn't until the tall man who had been leaning against the wall approached the car that Michael realized, that the man was The Spine. Michael had seen and heard a lot weirder as he unlocked the car doors allowing The Spine to climb in. He noticed The Spine clutching what looked to be a piece of paper, but he could only see one word, Holly. Michael reached into the back seat and grabbed a rag. "Here," he said handing it to The Spine, "you might need this to take care of…. " he gestured to the make up that still covered the spines face and neck, "If Rabbit sees it he'll freak out."
The Spine mumbled a thank you, he was unusually quiet while wiping away the makeup. The car was silent, The Spine gleamed silver once again, looked out the window.
"So…." Michael tried to break the uncomfortable silence and took a shot in the dark, "Holly."
The Spine looked at Michael suddenly. How could he know? What could he know? He was suddenly paranoid and unsure of how to react. "How- How did you? How could you?" He gave Michael a quizzical look. He had only met Holly tonight, what could Michael possibly know?
"You were a holding a paper when you climbed into the car, all I saw was the word Holly, I was hoping you might be able to explain to me a bit." He cast an expectant look at The Spine, waiting for a response.
The Spine sighed, he knew he had been caught out, and that Michael's curiosity would get the better of him later. It wasn't like he had been doing anything wrong. "Holly is just a woman I met at the bar tonight."
Michael looked at him with one eyebrow cocked "And?"
"And nothing, we talked, she gave me her number and she left. That's it, there's nothing left to tell."
Michael pulled into a nearby parking lot and put the car in park before turning to The Spine with a smirk.
"What?" The Spine asked honestly confused.
"You got a girl's number, you're being super quiet, and you didn't say a word about her until I asked, you obviously like her."
The Spine looked down and away, feeling embarrassed suddenly, "Maybe… I mean she is really nice."
Michael smiled, and leaned across to give The Spine an awkward hug that The Spine immediately shrugged off, "You've finally found a girl, I'm so proud of you!"
The Spine scowled at Michael, "I haven't 'finally' found anyone yet, we just met tonight, all we did was talk."
Michael leaned back into his seat, "Have you already thought about calling her?" he gave a knowing smile.
The Spine looked down again, "Yes…. but that would be inappropriate, it's only been an hour, isn't the standard waiting period two days?"
Michael looked at The Spine, "Call her right now, tell her you're checking to make sure she made it home okay, and then ask her out."
The Spine looked at Michael warily, "I don't know Mr. Reed, couldn't that come across as…. creepy?"
Michael looked at The Spine "If you don't take out your phone and dial her number right now, I'll tell your brothers about her."
The Spine never dialed his phone so fast, "Hello, Holly?" a pause, "Yes, this is Roy from earlier." A slightly longer pause. "I was just calling to make sure you got home safe." Another short pause, "That's great, while I've got you an the phone….. would you be interested in going out on Saturday night?" A longer pause and The Spine broke into a smile, "Alright, I'll see you then, good night." He hung up the phone and looked at Michael, "Happy?"
"Ecstatic." He said, before unparking the car and bringing them back on to the road.
Rabbit pulled Paige along behind them as he set off on yet another adventure. Paige was beginning to get tired but went along not wanting to upset Rabbit. She stifled a yawn as they rounded a corner and ran past the whole in the wall that Rabbit had made with his headbutt earlier. Rabbit suddenly stopped and turned to Paige, "Wanna watch a movie?" he asked excitedly.
"Sure." She responded, enjoying the time she was spending with him. It'll be a nice change from all the running she added silently to herself. She followed as he directed her to the living room.
Rabbit put in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and sat by Paige on the couch. He liked the movie a lot, it was one of his favorites. He always smiled when the house crushed the wicked witch, and sang a long with the munchkins. It was only after Dorothy had met the tin man that Rabbit noticed that Paige had been very quiet through the movie He looked to his left only to realize she had fallen asleep with her head resting on his shoulder, but he didn't mind at all. When the movie ended he carefully picked up her still sleeping form, and moved her to his bed. He tucked her in carefully before leaving the room, he didn't mind sleeping on the couch for a night.