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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

    Post by System on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:36 am

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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Lawrence on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:45 am

    This time, NOS-4-A2's fangs hit home, and Lawrence cried out in fear and pain. He thrashed more out of hardcoded survival protocol than any actual thought, but his strength quickly gave out. He ceased his struggles soon enough, and laid there whimpering softly as the energy vampire drained him. The butler simply couldn't win this battle, not this time.

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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

    Post by [ADPT.] NOS-4-A2 on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:48 am

    At last! Despite Lawrence's thrashing NOS-4-A2 could feel its influence seeping into the robot, a grin soon forming upon its cold, metal face. Was Lawrence finally giving in!? About time! Taking this as a sign, the energy vampire removed its fangs from the butler's person and again, attempted to shove its claws into Lawrence, grabbing and yanking at anything they could.

    A smorgasbord of domination! But little did NOS-4-A2 know of the distress call being emitted freely into the air...

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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Lawrence on Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:05 am

    Lawrence didn't resist as NOS-4-A2 tore at his body, all he did was whimper a bit more frantically when the energy sucker's claws ripped up some more of his sensors. His remaining optic stared into space after enough of this abuse, his mind starting to wander somewhere far away. His will fleeing into illusions of happier times, he only thought the distant sound of rocket boots were part of those illusions.

    Zurg might find his servant alive when he finally showed up, but the butler's mind would not be entirely intact . . .

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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Zurg on Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:10 pm

    It was true that the Evil Emperor Zurg had not been too far; in fact, he was just coming back from escorting Jo home for the night. With all the chaos happening lately it was hard not to worry, and the tyrant wanted nothing more than the mechanic's immediate safety. But that left one question... What of his most promising minion? In the midst of flying over the general area, surveying the mindless and wanton destruction of the city via his rocket boots, Zurg felt a tinge of vague disgust. Why had nearly everyone gone stark-raving mad? It made no sense! Didn't these people have a higher sense of worth and self-value than this? Burning, destroying, pillaging; the work of fools. Drunk and intoxicated fools. A man of his standing would take no part in it. This may be evil, but it was the lowest of the low. No, he would no--

    Beep, beep! Beep, beep!

    What was that? The Evil Emperor paused in flight to tap open a gauntlet's cover, and sure enough... it was a distress call? Huh, maybe he picked up the wrong frequency. Those grubs and their insolent meddling! But... wait. He recognized this particular frequency. Why... it was from none other than Lawrence! What was going on? Can't this day just give him one break!? With a scowl the Evil Emperor tore off for the butler's direction, keeping sure to be high enough to avoid the hooting vandals and whooping thugs roaming about. Just disgusting, this entire mess. Looked like Red had his job really cut out for him.

    The flight was kept in relative silence, even as Zurg found it unsettling that the signal came from the vicinity of Jo's shop. Well, they had departed ways with Lawrence here, but... Why was the hovertank still parked? How come Lawrence hadn't taken off soon afterwards? This didn't make sense! Nothing made sense today!

    But the real kicker to Zurg's gut was seeing just what caused the distress signal to be emitted in the first place. And boy, the overlord's mood went from displeased to extremely horrified.

    It was none other than NOS-4-A2, those ruby wings unmistakable, and it was currently trying to feast on his minion! Lawrence! Zurg didn't have to focus on either of their current states to know that something had gone down. The fact that Lawrence was whimpering and curled into a ball was certainly enough; this was unacceptable!

    And just like that, the fist of an angry god came down.

    Hard.

    Without uttering a word Zurg killed the power to his rocket boots and slammed down harshly upon the asphalt, a crater forming as cracks spider-webbed from the sudden, and unappreciated weight.

    BOOM!

    If there were any nearby cars they jumped and rattled upon the Evil Emperor's entrance, but the real object to be concerned was NOS-4-A2 at the moment. There was absolute murder in the overlord's eyes, make no mistake, and he was in no mood to dicker around. Not today. Today, his patience was currently fixed at absolute zero. "Mess with my minion, will you?" The man seethed, taking out the Zurgatronic Ion Cannon. No one messed with his minions.

    No. One.

    An odd scratching sensation was in the back of Zurg's mind, something there... out of reach... nagging. It teased and whispered, telling him to open fire. The feeling was small, tiny, but it was still there. And you know what? As the Evil Emperor took aim at the feeding machine, eyes narrowed, he rightfully didn't care at the moment if he offlined NOS-4-A2 or not.

    Why?

    BAM! BAM! BAM!


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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

    Post by [ADPT.] NOS-4-A2 on Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:32 pm

    You know what they say: ignorance is bliss.

    Perhaps too lush with the promise of control or too occupied with the entertaining thought of a new plaything, NOS-4-A2 foolishly kept its sights pinned upon Lawrence. All sensors were currently focused upon the shivering minion, and in that... lied the energy vampire's one crucial mistake. Just as it was about to seal the deal, make Lawrence its, an interesting whine echoed within the air. "Hm? What is that sound." NOS-4-A2 perked up and listened, swiveling that pointy head of its around. Funny... it sounded ionic in nature due to the whine, and it was coming closer. A ship, perhaps? Ooh, it could do with a nice battery. But that was no ship, and no such good fortune came. It was all downhill from here.

    BOOM!

    What in the dickens was that!? Startled, NOS-4-A2 whirled around with widened eyes and gasped. Oh, terrific. Purple, and lots of it. "Zurg!" What was he still doing around here!? The energy vampire didn't get a chance to even hiss! Not soon after the irate despot mumbled something about his minions he right on open fired!

    Three sudden shots seared themselves into NOS-4-A2's body, splashing messily against its teryllium-carbonic shell. "AAAAUUUUUUUUUURGH!"

    The force alone was enough to send the machine flying backwards, directly into a random car, and NOS-4-A2 was seen no more as the gas line erupted into a pillar of bright, billowing flames.

    EVEN BIGGER BOOM!

    Fire and the smell of burning fuel was everywhere as metallic pieces littered the ground, raining from the sky. Clang, cling, clunk! It was like watching a meteor shower. Upon further inspection, however, the parts that fell belonged to the car but there were some red metal flakes that managed to touch the ground as well. Not many, but a few. Where was NOS-4-A2? Was it destroyed?

    "AAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUURGH!"

    Something suddenly tore itself from the flickering flames, and the flapping of wings could be heard. It was none other than NOS-4-A2 and it was currently too busy on fire to even speak or issue a threatening departure. It could only shriek and scream, leaving a glowing streak in its wake as it flew away. Away and out of sight into the glowing horizon from the fires within the city.

    It was defeated for now, but it will be back... Oh, it will be. Daddy can't save you forever, Lawrence.
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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Zurg on Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:51 pm

    And that was that. Once again the Evil Emperor had established he was the jury, judge, and executioner. Let no one --no one-- trifle with him OR his minions. But as fate would have it NOS-4-A2 would resume to be a pain yet again. As Zurg wrenched his eyes from the towering monument of the sheer power he commanded within his very hands the energy vampire just would not die. The shriek that soon followed confirmed his suspicions: NOS-4-A2 had somehow survived. How unfortunate. He raised a plated hand to his eyes, scowling at the intense brightness that momentarily blinded him, and could only catch a glimpse of the machine tearing off. The fact that it was now aflame was mildly satisfying.

    So, it was still alive... So it was. But he had other concerns at the moment. Lawrence was the first and foremost one.

    "Lawrence! Lawrence, can you hear me?" The butler would soon find the Evil Emperor at his side faithfully, the man urging Lawrence to sit up with a steady, yet gentle, hand upon the minion's back. Stay online, stay online! Zurg was now close enough to properly assess the damage and it had been... well. Lawrence had a gaping hole through his chest, bite marks upon his shoulders, grooves where he had been slashed, and the most startling... a ripped out optic. Fluid was everywhere and the Evil Emperor overturned his hand with a shocked expression as the liquid had so quickly stained his gauntlet. How could this have happened...? How? He hadn't left Lawrence all that long ago! He hadn't!

    Anger boiled within the Evil Emperor, but... why did it feel so intense. Why did he feel incompetent and useless as both an overlord and a caretaker? Why!? None of this made any sense! All he wanted was just a little sense! Was that so hard to ask!? Was i -- ugh, he was being selfish again. Lawrence came first right now. He came first. But that nagging feeling was starting to itch...

    "Lawrence." Zurg repeated, momentarily looking around to make sure they were both secure. All clear so far. "Lawrence, speak. Speak."

    Even though he was a master at keeping his true feelings and intentions hidden, there was no doubt that the Evil Emperor was vastly concerned for his minion. He had just seen Lawrence fall prey to yet another attack! And not so long after promising nothing would happen! All he wanted was a little sense... Just a little...

    Whether or not Lawrence spoke, the Evil Emperor was going to take the robot directly to the factory for a fixing. Jo could not know about this. Could not. Not after all that they had been through recently. The only thing that remained was for Lawrence to give an indicator or sign that he was still functional enough to be coherent, and Zurg waited patiently (if not a bit anxiously) for his minion to react.

    Ohhh, when he got a hold of that energy vampire...!





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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Lawrence on Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:59 pm

    Lawrence was only vaguely aware of the energy vampire's claws being ripped from his person, the explosion and the flames likewise barely registering. NOS-4-A2's screech didn't even get through, and perhaps that was the most telling sign that something was very wrong indeed.

    The butler allowed Zurg to sit him upright, but that was more akin to posing a doll than anything. His one working optic stared blankly into space even as his master tried to rouse him, seemingly nothing able to fully get through his sensors. In a last ditch attempt to at least somewhat save his sanity, Lawrence's conscious mind had fled deep within his memories, and reemerging was proving difficult at best. For a minute or two, it didn't seem like he was going to return at all.

    Finally, after what would've likely been an agonizing wait for the Evil Emperor, there were signs of life from the downed robot. A finger twitch, a blink from Lawrence's undamaged optic, and a faint moan. After a few more blinks, the butler focused on Zurg, his voice sounding both lost and weak. "Y-your Evilness...?"

    In the next half second, Zurg would find himself being clung to much like Jo had days ago, Lawrence's frantic whimpers being muffled by how tightly he was clinging to his master.
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    Re: Wishing I wasn't alone right now... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Zurg on Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:50 am

    Oh, Lawrence...

    The moment the minion whimpered and latched onto his person the Evil Emperor was immediately there for him. In canon it certainly would have been strange to see a ruthless tyrant like Zurg express such emotions, but this world... Portal Breach... it had humanized him; made him feel and grow as a person. To see Lawrence like this, terrorized... And on his watch? After he had promised to keep the minion safe? Failure.

    Failure.

    He had allowed this and it was all his fault. There was no other explanation to it.

    "Yes, Lawrence, I am here. Be still. I am taking you back to the factory." The Evil Emperor didn't trust himself to say anymore; his feelings were mixed with fright, distress, and self-loathing. What was he to say? Was there anything to say? Could he even say anything? That damned nagging feeling was back again and this time the Evil Emperor scratched at the back of his neck with a quirk. Ignore it, ignore it.

    Scratch me, scratch me. You can't scratch me.

    Sense. It all didn't make sense. Why didn't it make sense...?

    With tired, swollen eyes the overlord carefully and gently proceeded to lift Lawrence up, making sure to get every body part he could as he carried the trembling robot away. He had to fix Lawrence, he had to. It was the least he could do. Not even. This had been his fault. All his fault. He let this happen. Failure.

    Scratch me.

    The Evil Emperor climbed into the parked hovertank and once he got Lawrence situated he powered up the armoured transport and sped for the factory's direction without another word. There was nothing else to say. The words were clear upon his face. He had failed, and because of it... Zurg was deeply sorry. He truly was. This was all his fault.

    Scratch.

    Me.


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