Yes, that'll be the way home (pt.8)“Are we there yet?”“No.”“Are we there yet?”“No!”“How about now?”“BY SCIENCE, Hatchworth! So help me I will turn this car around if you ask me that one more time!”Hatchworth waited a few beats, his cogs ticking over quietly.“How far is it to our destination, Steve?”“GYARGH!!”Michael giggled and rolled his eyes, “Maybe you should find another way to pass the time, Hatchy.”A smile flickered on his bronze face before turning to gaze out of the window and stare out across the wide expanse of desert plains. He hummed the melody to Rex Marksley and imagined Rabbit and Spine riding mechanical steeds firing pistols into the air as they thundered across the dunes. A bubbling excitement rose up in his boiler. It wouldn’t be long before he’d be back with them again. He just knew it!-2 MILES TIL FINAL DESTINATION-“You hear that, Hatchworth? 2 miles!” Matt r
Yes, that'll be the way home (pt.7)The robot brother and sister trudged slowly through the grass. Spine had developed a painful limp from the crash and it was hindering them greatly.“Rabbit,” he panted, “I can’t keep up with you.”“B-but we gotta find some kinda civilisation! It’s gonna get d-d-dark soon!”“My leg…” he glanced down, highly ashamed at his brokenness, “Maybe you should go on ahead without me. I’ll be fine… I’ll catch up with yo- oof!”He was swiftly silenced as a copper hand slapped him across the face. He was quite taken back by the force of her swing.“Y-y-y-you hearing y-yourself!? What happened to the ‘we always stick together’ m-m-m-mantra, huh!” Rabbit snapped angrily.Spine recoiled and rubbed his cheekplate whilst scowling at Rabbit. She was right. And he knew it. She arched herself over him and placed her good hand firmly on his shoulder.“Family sticks t-t-t-together.
Yes, that'll be the way home (pt.6)Day five, dawn.Rabbit grunted and hauled herself upright. She spat a clump of grass out and gazed wide eyed at the surroundings. They’d been unconscious for an entire day in the middle of nowhere. At least the jetpacks were a minor success, though admittedly the robot siblings hadn’t quite perfected crash landings. She soon came to realise that Peter turning down her requests for rocket skates was rather well founded after all, considering they'd disconnected from the jetpacks completely and they were nowhere to be seen. Not exactly 'safe harmless fun' as she would've put it.“S-Spine?” she called out.She felt a sudden twinge on her left side and reached up to hold her arm. She shrieked suddenly. The left arm was completely gone!“W-where’s my arm!”“L-l-l-looks l-like you’re a r-r-rather armless automaton, Rabbit!” chuckled a familiar booming voice.“Spine!” Rabbit cried happily and ran towards her brother as he
Yes, that'll be the way home (pt.5)A cacophony of explosions rang through the darkness. Metal grinding and screaming against metal. Were they back in the war again? Where was everybody? Where was Pappy?“Rabbit! RABBIT! You must get up, Rabbit!”Rabbit couldn’t open her eyes. She didn’t want to see those torn, bloodied plains again. All those elephants and fallen automatons… she just wanted her brothers again. She wanted to go home. She couldn’t die alone. Not here!“RABBIT!”Rabbit’s eyes shot open. Spine was looming over her, his face full of worry and fear. An expression she seldom sees in her silver sibling which made her feel even more uneasy.“Rabbit! Thank Science you’re alright!” Spine scooped her up and held her tightly.“Sp-Spine…” Rabbit spoke weakly.“Shh… It’ll be okay, Rabbit, it’ll be okay!” He soothed, burying his face in her shoulder as he stroked her dreads.“W-when ya st-sto
Yes, that'll be the way home (pt.4)“Y-y-y-you said you wouldn’t hurt him!”“On the condition that you would comply. And look where that’s ended up,” he gestured to his freshly revealed android neck.“Well I d-d-don’t w-wanna comply anym-more!! Let us g-g-g-go!”“Let you go? My, my. Now that would be a terrible idea.”The cyborg scientist pressed his foot down on a small pressure plate on the ground. The tiles peeled away underneath his feet and around Spine to reveal the sky below a pane of thick glass, and what must’ve seemed an altitude of 50,000 feet.“Though if you insist…” He paced over and hauled The Spine to a large hatch and prepared to release the latch mechanism.“NO!”“No? But you want to be let go! I don’t want you to leave so soon of course, but you did insist.”“No! P-please! I’ll st-stay! J-j-just d-don’t hurt him anymore!”The cyborg chuckled quietly and dropped
Yes, that'll be the way home (pt.3)“Guys we shouldn’t have left without them, it’s been three days already!” Michael protested, shifting uncomfortably on the hotel bed.“Look, I went back several times and I’ve been all around the venue. And the town. Nobody’s seen em, and it ain’t as if they’re hard to miss!” Steve retorted defensively.“Ugh,” Michael pinched the bridge of his nose, “I’ll try calling Spine again. Maybe they wandered off and had to check into another hotel…”“Pretty sure they would’ve told us at this point. And you already tried Spine’s phone a hundred times now. It goes straight through to voicemail!” He pressed his fists against the wall and gritted his teeth, “This is the absolute last time we book hotels 25 miles from the venue…”Michael ignored Steve’s continuing rant about logistics and held the phone to his ear optimistically. Paige and Carolina stared
Yes, that'll be the way home (pt.2)The venue started emptying as people were herded out by impatient security personnel. The remaining band members giggled to themselves over the commotion they’d unintentionally caused before realising it was their turn to skedaddle.“Welp, guess we’d better help Steve pack up!” Michael chimed.“Bit late,” the sound engineer rounded the corner grunting as he struggled with various bags of equipment slung over his shoulders.“Oh, we’re so sorry Steve, we were going to help…”“Well you were TOO SLOW! I HELPED!” Lil Steve butted in and headbutted Matt’s shin.“Helped is a very loose term there, Lil Steve,” Steve huffed and scooped up the wriggling doll before he could cause any further lower leg damage.Hatchworth stalked over with a concerned look on his bronze face, “Hey fellas, have you seen Rabbit or The Spine?”“Weren’t they with you?” Steve grunted, casually dodgin
Yes, that'll be the way home (pt.1)“What do you MEAN you couldn’t find them!? It’s been a whole week, guys! A WEEK!”“Six, stop yelling, you’re scaring Hatchworth…”“But they’re out there, lost and scared and on their own and…”Peter paused as his eyes settled on the quivering bronze automaton. Oily tears were leaking from his soft blue optics and staining his moustache as Mister Reed wrapped a comforting arm around him.“I’m- I’m sorry. I can’t think straight.”“None of us can,” Steve growled, eyes cast to the ground as he leant against the doorframe.“So what do we do?” Matt piped up whilst ruffling his hair in agitation.“Well, I'm out of ideas. They vanished without a trace and their locators aren’t working still,” Matter Master David stated coldly. Matter Mistress Bunny nodded in agreement, having exhausted every feasible alternative.“And it’s not like the Po