The 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.
"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 Spine a questioning look before turning away, and going back to the guest room with Holly.
The Spine turned around, to find Rabbit standing inches from the doorway.
"So S-s-s-spine, are you gonna tell me who she is?" Rabbit said eagerly.
The Spine didn't respond, he walked back to the counter and finished the rest of his water before pulling out his phone. "I have some calls to make." He said curtly before leaving the room.
Rabbit stayed behind, bewildered. He went to the door Holly had been standing in and looked down the hall in the direction Paige had taken her. If Spine won't tell me I'll just figure it out myself, he thought.
He took a confident step into the hall before Brianna 's voice sounded off from one of the rooms. "Don't even think about it Rabbit."
Rabbit froze, "Think about what?" he tried to play innocent, failing miserably.
Brianna poked her head out of a room, "Turn around right now Rabbit. I'm warning you."
Rabbit pouted and turned around. How is it everyone always knew when he was about to do something? He wondered.
You always seem to forget I'm inside your head Rabbit *The Spine*
The Spine chimed over Wi-fi. Rabbit jumped it had always creeped him out when The Spine did that. "W-w-would you stop that?!" He said out loud, frustratedly.
No *The Spine*
Rabbit frowned. "You know I-I-I can get in your head too." He said defiantly.
No you can't, Rabbit *The Spine*
"Oh yeah?" He concentrated hard, trying to get into The Spine's mind, he had never been able to.
We've been over this before Rabbit, I've protected my mind. Now leave her alone, you'll find out who she is soon enough. *The Spine*
Rabbit walked away with a huff of steam. Nobody ever let him have any fun. He sent a message to Hatchworth.
Hey Hatchy you awake? *Rabbit*
Hey Hatchy? *Rabbit*
He sent the message a little louder.
Hatchworth came online.
Yes Rabbit? *Hatchworth*
Oh good you're awake. *Rabbit*
I am now, Rabbit *Hatchworth*
Wanna go on an adventure? *Rabbit*
I just woke up Rabbit *Hatchworth*
But I gots something to tell ya *Rabbit*
What now Rabbit? *Hatchworth*
There's a- *Rabbit*
His Wi-fi connection got cut off. He knew exactly who to blame.
Why'd you do that The Spine? *Rabbit*
You'll know who she is soon enough.*The Spine*
But nothing. Go to the living room, I'll be there in a few minutes. *The Spine*
Rabbit skulked and made his way to the living room, where he sat and pouted like a little boy.
The Spine sighed, he hated to chastise his older brother but sometimes it had to be done.
Hatchworth, could you get Miss Paige and join Rabbit in the living room? I'd rather explain this once. *The Spine*
Okay, The Spine. *Hatchworth*
He rubbed his temples. Matt and Steve would be here in a few minutes, Michael and Brianna already knew, now he needed to get Peter, Wanda, and Norman. He was secretly glad that Annie wasn't home as he sent out the message to the three of them. He could tell already, this was going to be a long day.
he began his slow walk back to the guest room. "Sorry about this, Holly. It was nice while it lasted." He muttered to himself.
Brianna got a message from Paige asking her if she knew what was going on. She responded back that she didn't but felt bad about it. In the few months that Paige had worked there they had become close, she hated to keep things from her. She'll know soon, Brianna reassured herself, before hearing metallic foot steps in the hall. "Rabbit, I swear if that's you again." She said angrily. She whirled around and saw The Spine. "Sorry about that, Rabbit was trying to snoop around here earlier."
"It's quite alright, I'm gonna go wake Holly. You can join everyone in the living room if you'd like. I won't tell anyone that you knew." The Spine said calmly.
"No, it's alright, I'm not going to deny it. You'll need all the support you can get."
The Spine nodded to her and walked to the guest room. He had a cup of coffee in his hand which he set down on the nightstand. She was sleeping peacefully on the bed, the last thing he wanted was to wake her.
"Holly. Holly, you need to wake up." he said quietly, shaking her as gently as he could. He eyes fluttered open slowly.
"Hello." She said quietly, trying to decipher if the silver automaton before her was a dream or reality. She smiled at him, the night before came rushing back to her making her smile wider. She felt something warm being pressed into her hand.
"I brought you some coffee." He said, helping her sit up. "I wasn't sure how you liked it, so I just left it black."
She took a sip of the coffee, it was delicious and strong, perfectly brewed. "I could get used to this..." She mused out loud.
The Spine smiled at her uneasily as she sipped at her coffee. "Something wrong?" She asked sweetly, the coffee already beginning to work away the sleepiness in her voice.
"Do you remember earlier today.... when you woke up?" He asked hesitantly.
"You mean when you were having nightmares?" She asked, worriedly, hoping they hadn't gotten worse.
"No... I mean after that."
"I don't know what you're talking about." She said, honestly confused.
"You woke up earlier..." He started, "and you walked into the kitchen, my brother Rabbit saw you."
All traces of sleepiness left her voice. "So what do we do now?" She asked.
"Well, I've got everyone gathered upstairs, and I was hoping to introduce you to them.... as my girlfriend." The Spine said with a degree of hesitation.
"Well that's a bit forward of you." She said with a slight smile.
"You're right. I'll see what I can do, we might still be able to sneak you out-"
Holly placed a finger against his silicone lips, "I said it was a bit forward, I didn't say no."
The Spine smiled, at least she was OK with it, now hopefully everyone else would be too.
"But there's one thing, I should mention beforehand..." She said
The Spine raised an eyebrow, "And that would be?"
He smiled, and took the cup, "I'll be back in a minute."
Rabbit, is everyone there? *The Spine*
Yeah, we're just waiting for you Spine. *Rabbit*
I'll be there in a minute.
The Spine came back to the guest room with a fresh cup of coffee to find she had stood up, put on her shoes, and was preparing herself in the mirror. "I want to look nice for your family."
He smiled, he hoped they would like her.
She slipped on her silver heels, and took his arm as he lead her to the living room.
When they got just outside, "Wait here." He said quietly, before walking into the room. it was dead silent. Rabbit squirmed in anticipation, he hadn't told anybody about her, and he was dying to know.
"I'm sure you're all wondering why you're here right now." He was met with a chorus of nods and glares, 8 am was far too early for some of them. "I have something rather important to talk about, and I'd rather not have to explain it multiple times." He looked around. "It's not really a something though, it's a someone."
He walked to the door way and took Holly's hand, there was a collective gasp as she walked into the room, everyone, this is Holly. My girlfriend."