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“Wanda, whats the news?” Nathaniel asked curtly, never one for long conversations. He hadn’t heard from her in weeks.

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 he wouldn’t wear that damn mask all the time. It makes it so hard to tell most of the time. It was obvious though, she’s not wanted here.” She laughed a little bit, having found the whole scene to be amusing. “You should have seen how much she was shaking, I guess he forgot to warn her about his brothers.”

“Well if they told everyone about there family no one would want to go to there house in the first place.” He responded annoyed. “Now is there a point to the call, because my new client is going to be here within the hour.”

“I only called to tell you I see an opportunity, one to mess with The Spines head, turn his little ‘family’ against him, The Skull’s been getting very anxious to get to work, all we’re waiting for is your cue.”

“Go on. I assume you’ve worked out somewhat of a plan?”

“Well… we’ve found the excess blue matter. The things that Peter has deemed too ‘unstable’, but that can be changed with the right mind…”

“Yes, how does the Blue Matter relate to the girl?”

“Well, I think with the proper leverage we could get her to leave him, crush his dreams of humanity. He was always the issue when it came to destroying them, with him depressed. I could expose an opening, I’ve found a forgotten robot.” She paused after the last sentence, letting the full meaning sink in.

“Very interesting, Wanda. You will keep me updated on this?”

“Of course. We wouldn’t want our opportunity like this to slip away.”

“That’s good to know. Tell the Skull of this conversation. Tell him I am aware of this opportunity and am awaiting future details.”

“That’s good to know. Tell the Skull of this conversation. Tell him I am aware of this opportunity and am awaiting future details.”

“He would be happy to hear that… if he could feel. I’ll make sure you know everything as it happens.”

“Make sure you can keep that word. I grow tired of them and our arrangement as I would expect you do as well.”

“It’ll all be over soon. Once the Walters are gone it’ll all be up for grabs. May the best man win.” Wanda hung up the phone defiantly. She didn’t like to take orders, but it was a necessary evil. She would keep him updated, but only where she felt he needed to. Things were all falling into place for her.

Michael tried to catch up to Rabbit, but he was no match for the coppery bot’s long stride, he leaned against a wall out of breath.

Paige cam flying around the corner, and slammed into Michael. “Sorry she mumbled, patting him on the shoulder as she prepped herself to run again.

Michael caught her with an arm around the waist. “Don’t.” He said pleadingly, “he doesn’t want to be found.”

Paige wanted to cry, the very idea of Rabbit being upset hurt her deeply. “Why?” She asked, afraid of the answer she would receive.

“I knew about Holly.”.

“You knew?” Her eyes were wide with shock. “Why didn’t you tell us?”

Michael shrugged slightly. “Wasn’t my secret to tell.”

Paige was angry, but she pushed the feelings away. “We can talk about this later, right now I have to find him,” She pushed his arm away and an edge of resentment crept into her voice, “with or without your help.” Without another word she ran down the hall, calling out to Rabbit.

Michael was left all alone, leaning against the wall for support. “I’m sorry…” he whispered to the air, a tear rolled down his cheek. “I’m so sorry.”

Paige found herself back at the entry of the hall to the room, their room. She kept her fingers skimming the wall as she walked down in the dim light. Their secret room as perfect as before except for one thing, the automaton huddled in the corner. She went to him, wrapping her arms around him. She kissed the top of his head and held him quietly. Even in the dark she could see the thin black streaks running down his face plate. She withdrew a small rag from a pocket in her dress and wiped them away. “Don’t cry.” she murmured, “I hate to see you cry.”

“H-h-h-he knew. He knew n’ he d-d-d-didn’t tell me.” Rabbit whimpered quietly.

“I know sweetie, but maybe he had reasons.” She tried to keep herself calm, she was angry at Michael, but she needed to be the voice of reason here.

“M-m-m-mistah Reed was my b-b-best friend. y-ya don’t keep secrets from ya best friend.”

“Are you saying you’ve never kept a secret Rabbit?” She gave him a knowing look, he couldn’t deny it and she knew it.

“No, b-b-but-“

“But nothing. I’m sure he has his reasons, you need to talk to him.”

Rabbit pouted, knowing she was right. “Fine, I-I-I’ll talk talk to ‘im, but do I gotta do it right now?”

Paige smiled, “No, you can stay right here with me.” She slid closer to him, and for the first time since Holly’s appearance.

I’m so sorry Rabbit

The Spine intruded into his mind, and it made Rabbit angry. “GET OUT OF MY MIND!” He screeched as loudly as he could.

Paige used her feet to propel herself backwards as she clapped her hands over her ears and let out a small whimper. She had never seen Rabbit angry before.

Rabbit looked at her, and opened his mouth to speak. only static and a small series of pops escaped.

Paige’s fear shifted dramatically, as she moved to him. She grabbed his wrist. “We’re going to see Michael.” Rabbit protested with static and popping but Paige’s resolve didn’t waver. When he refused to move she looked him in the eyes and said, “If you won’t come to him, I’ll bring him down here.”

Rabbit frowned and followed her begrudgingly. At least I won’t have to talk to him, he thought.

The Spine winced at his brother’s sudden and harsh response. He turned off his connection to Wi-fi and stood up, he could do with some silence. he walked out to the back of the manor, following a path of stepping stones to the familiar wrought iron gate. He entered the gate quietly and sat down on the bench inside, he was at Peter Walter’s grave.

“Hello Peter, its been a while.” The Spine said, speaking to the man he knew would never speak back. “I brought a girl home last night, I even introduced her to the family.” He sighed, “It didn’t go as well as I hoped. Peter VI didn’t like her very much, and Rabbit’s pretty mad at me now.”

A surge of anger flashed through him. “Why did you even have to give us feeling anyway?! You couldn’t be happy that you made intelligent robots. You made LIFE but you couldn’t be happy with that could you?! We had to feel too!”

His anger subsided and The Spine sighed again, “I’m sorry, I just lost my temper for a minute there.” He sat in silence for a moment. “I really think you would’ve liked her Peter, I’m sorry you’ll never get the chance.” He stood up and stepped closer tho the grace. He set a silvery hand on the tombstone, “You were a good man Peter, the best there ever was.”

“Where are you taking me?” Holly asked.

Brianna hadn’t said a word since she had started leading her. “You’ll see.” She responded with a smile. Brianna led her outside to a garden.

Holly gasped quietly, there were flowers and colors she had never seen before surrounding her.

“You haven’t seen the best part yet.” Brianna said quietly, leading her around a corner to a pond.

The pond was still and clear, the  branches of the willow trees planted on the shore brushed the surface lightly, the morning sun reflected off the lake, giving the area a serene glow. It was beautiful. “This is where I come to think, when I’m sad or lonely, it always makes me happy.” Brianna said so quietly it was almost a whisper. She was sharing more than a place with Holly, it was a piece of her heart, a piece of the heart she had lost to the same titanium man so long ago.
So sad chapter, at least to me, but pretty. I hope you enjoy. Is is just me or does everyone read Wanda’s voice in the stereotypical villaness voice? COMMENT PLEASE!!!

Playlist I listened to while writing/typing this

My Chemical Romance - “Famous Last Words”

My Chemical Romance - “Welcome to the Black Parade”

My Chemical Romance - “Dead”

Cute Is What We Aim For - “Curse of Curves”

The Used - “Taste of Ink”

The Used - “Kissing You Goodbye

I don't own Steam Powered Giraffe and this is rated PG 13
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Abstract321 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bahaha, Wanda's voice is definitely the stereotypical villainess's! xD Gah, Everyone is having a tough time. :< AND MY GOSH, SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH RABBIT AGAIN, YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE ME AN ATTACK OF SOME KIND.
stories11 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Digital Artist
Well chapter 21 is written, I'm just trying to find the motivation to type it up, glad you enjoy it, and you have earned a high five for agreeing with me about Wanda's voice *High fives*
Abstract321 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! High-fives! *Returns* Okay, I shall motivate you! YOU CAN DO IT! YAY! TYPING IS FUN!
stories11 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm gonna type it up, just for you XD You made me laugh, that and the Steam Powered playlist going at my house have motivated me :)
Abstract321 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad I could be of service- now off to read! :D
Gebrelle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yays~! Another chapter from one of my favorite fanfics~!
Keep it up!
stories11 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Digital Artist
One of you favorites? I'm flattered, I really am, I'm so glad you're enjoying it and thank you for the comment! These comments are the only way I know if people actually like my fan fic :)
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