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    Not having a good day...

    Post by Lawrence on Wed May 18, 2011 8:28 pm

    Time: 1:00 PM
    Date: 5/4/2011

    It was a little over two weeks since Lawrence was sent away from Factory Zeta, and he had long since given up on the pretense that it was only because the facility needed repairs. Since then, there had been no word from either SIR or the Evil Emperor himself, and the butler was starting to grow rather frustrated over it. Despite Jo's reassurances, and the message of that strange nightmare he had during the first week, he was wondering if he would ever see the factory or Zurg again.

    Also, since nothing had been done about Mister Dark as of yet, nightmares haunted Lawrence's sleep mode just about every night. He would wake with a full charge but still feel tired despite that, and would be irritable for at least a few hours afterward. He tried to throw himself into helping Jo out with her work, but the all too familiar boredom with the mundane was starting to creep up on him. The butler hadn't felt that way since leaving Solana, and so the irritation with that was gnawing on his temper as well.

    All in all, on this day the frustration and irritability came to such a point where Lawrence had to push aside the piece of electronics he was working on, for fear of breaking it even worse in his anger. The butler crossed his arms in front of him on the workbench, using them as a makeshift pillow to rest his head against, and sighed in misery.

    Certain other robots might find Lawrence a perfect target for some hassling at this point, though doing that would only be like setting fire to a powder keg...
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by [INACT.] P|20XY on Sun May 22, 2011 5:16 pm

    Lawrence wasn't the only robot experiencing unsettling difficulties. Ever since coming back from the factory and hardly obtaining any closure, Proxy was starting to get irrationally emotional. Well, as emotional as a robot could possibly be under organic circumstances. The automaton had tried to drown out its nagging thoughts through the cover of work, but the robot could only reassemble and categorize manifests and blueprints for so long. Proxy was, for the lack of a better term, tired. He was tired, aggravated, and absolutely disgusted that one of his minions was here, sharing the same residence for little more than over two weeks. Two weeks Proxy had to put up with sharing his living quarters with a member of the enemy, and for two weeks Proxy had been able to contain himself.

    Up until now, that was.

    Proxy shambled into the working area the butler bot currently occupied, and the bigger machine flat-out ignored Lawrence. Instead, Proxy busied himself by searching for the spare parts box, his padded fingers going through all the cubby holes and whatever else Jo had lazily hid like some untidy badger. Ugh, things were cleaner whenever he was around, but Proxy dared not to think that being organized was acceptable for all the things that wretched man had done.

    And it was disgusting to think that a robot such as Lawrence, educated and suave, could fall for such manipulative charm.
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by Lawrence on Mon May 23, 2011 12:06 am

    Oh, great, just the robot Lawrence wanted to encounter the least today. He heard Proxy clomping into the room but tried his best to ignore the larger robot. They could get along, but in the two weeks they'd been forced to live together, had discovered the best way to get along was to ignore each other. Granted, the butler was so irritable right now that just Proxy's presence was grating on his nerves. He forced himself to keep ignoring the other bot, but it was starting to be too much to bear.

    And that's when he heard Proxy rifling through the storage rack along the far wall. Lawrence had taken hours to clean it up a few days before, and now here was the other robot poking through it and making a mess? The butler glanced up from where he was leaning against his workbench, though didn't fully move from his position. His voice wasn't exactly a growl, but you could tell he wasn't in a good mood. "I took three hours the other day getting that into some semblance of order, please don't make it into a mess again."
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by [INACT.] P|20XY on Mon May 23, 2011 12:17 am

    Needless to say, Proxy lifted up his head and swiveled it to face the small robot, that great lone eye of his blazingly bright. No words came out of the robot's voice box, not a sound, and after that good, long stare Proxy went right on back to doing what he was doing: going through things and now purposefully mix-matching where items went. Lawrence accusing of Proxy making a mess, was he? He'll have that sham know that Proxy was a very tidy personality. It was Jo who was the messy one.

    Proxy had himself a slight shrug and pulled out a few binders, leaving them upon the counter and out of order.
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by Lawrence on Mon May 23, 2011 1:54 am

    Why that little--! Lawrence stared at Proxy in some combination of shock and outrage. Was he really so immature as to disorganize everything deliberately? The butler kind of twitched as he watched the other robot make a mess of his hard work, his need for order very nearly making him get up and reorganize everything again.

    By some miracle, Lawrence kept his place, though his optics had narrowed dangerously. Proxy letting the binders lay there was just icing on the cake, and the shorter robot sat upright from where he was leaning. "Your audio sensors are malfunctioning, I'm sure of it. That's what I just told you NOT to do..."
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by [INACT.] P|20XY on Mon May 23, 2011 2:25 am

    Proxy's audio sensors must have been malfunctioning today as the larger robot found what he had been looking for, and left. Yep, Proxy held onto the packet of 3/4" screws in one hand and deliberately walked out of the work area without so much as addressing Lawrence. Guess the butler bot would have to reorganize yet again and simply go back to whatever it was he had been doing.

    Oh, well.
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by Lawrence on Mon May 23, 2011 4:22 am

    Lawrence's right optic twitched a little bit as he watched Proxy walk away and just leave the mess he made right there. He stood up, damn near knocking over the chair he was sitting in, and growled, "Agh, bloody bastard!"

    The butler didn't much care if Proxy heard him cursing, and he stormed over to the storage rack. He started putting everything back in order, not exactly being very gentle with the various parts and such as he put them back in their places. Lawrence grumbled the entire time he was organizing the rack, but he eventually finished putting everything away again. Unfortunately for him, the repetitive task didn't make him any calmer for once and he paced around the room in his agitation, looking for other things to clean up.

    Lawrence did end up putting a few other things in order, but that didn't help him either and he just kept pacing, almost like a caged animal.
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by [INACT.] P|20XY on Mon May 23, 2011 4:39 am

    Now this was most entertaining. Proxy had indeed heard Lawrence's Super Nanny rampage, knowing full well that the robot butler had the case of extreme cleaning OCD, and the robot set forth to be a real pest. Each room the robot went into he purposefully left it a mess, knocking over affordable things Creator-Josephine would not mind, disorganizing everything, putting E before I (even after C), and things of that nature. Little things that only Lawrence would take a fastening to.

    When Proxy entered the main shop lobby, he of course couldn't resist messing it up, littering a little garbage here or there. When finished with that, Proxy then politely went into a quiet corner somewhere, a place where Lawrence would not first look, and he took out a book in which he read quietly.

    Ah, Pride and Prejudice... What a lovely book for today.
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by Lawrence on Mon May 23, 2011 5:57 am

    Lawrence finally moved out of the workroom he'd been in, only to discover that the next room was even more of a disaster area than what Proxy left the storage rack in. He twitched a bit, knowing damn well who had to be responsible as he passed the room earlier and it was fine then. The part of him most easily influenced by Mister Dark wanted to hunt down and hurt Jo's creation, but it was easily overpowered by his need to clean up the mess. The butler dove right into putting things away, hoping it would calm him down. It still didn't work, not when he knew Proxy had done it to mess with him.

    Lawrence finished cleaning up and moved on again, only to find yet another messed up room! He twitched some more, before growling a bit and getting back to work...

    After about the fourth area, the butler finally did roar in rage, but he didn't go hunt down Proxy. Lawrence still cleaned up the mess, this one some repair manuals scattered about some work tables and put out of order on a shelf. He put them all back where they belonged, at the same time pondering what he did to offend the powers that be enough to deserve this treatment. Starting to get a bit winded, he headed upstairs, hoping to maybe take a break.

    What Lawrence found in the lobby made his optics go wide. There was trash strewn all over the room, on the floor, on the work tables, on the counter with the cash register, and there was even a dirty sock hanging off one of the light fixtures. The butler stared at the mess, twitching terribly, and after a few seconds he started snickering rather insanely. Suddenly he went silent and started cleaning the latest disaster, an occasional bit of mad laughter escaping his vocalizer as he worked.

    After finally cleaning up the lobby, Lawrence sighed in exhaustion. Regardless of what he'd like to do to Proxy in revenge, all he wanted to do now was find some quiet corner of the shop and take a nap. Much to his annoyance, when he thought of a good spot and went to it, he found Proxy already there. The butler clenched his fists and practically snarled at the other robot. "You..."
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by [INACT.] P|20XY on Mon May 23, 2011 6:01 am

    Ah, seems Lawrence-Maid was up and running as per usual. Proxy didn't even flinch at the unsoundly roaring the robot was making downstairs. It was actually quite therapeutic, really. By the time the butler had finished cleaning his processor out, Proxy had naturally expected the fellow robot to come on in, wanting a nap, only to find that a certain someone had already taken the spot. All according to plan.

    Proxy didn't look up from his reading as he innocently turned a page. "Good day to you, Lawrence-Butler. I see you are faithful to your main directive. Can I help you with something?" The robot then held up a dirtied wrapper and extended his arm, letting it hang there for a good second before dropping the garbage upon the floor. "Oops, clumsy me. You better pick that up, Lawrence-Butler. We can't be having a dirty shop around these parts, hm?"

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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by Lawrence on Mon May 23, 2011 8:41 pm

    Lawrence just looked on in shock, so outraged that he momentarily couldn't get his vocalizer to function. The piece of trash Proxy dropped drifted to the floor, and that was the absolute last straw. The very second the innocent looking scrap of paper actually touched the floor, there was the sound of something being retrieved from the butler's internal storage, and then the dull whine of a weapon charging.

    In the next half-second, an icy blast issued from Lawrence's Ice Shrieker struck the dropped wrapper, having an effect much like liquid nitrogen. Which was what the butler was hoping for, as he stepped over to the frozen bit of paper and stomped on it, grinding it to powder under one heel. Once he was satisfied with that, he eyed Proxy much like a predator would size up its prey, though he didn't aim the gun at him yet. "Ahaha, if you honestly think I'm going to let you have your peace and quiet after all of that, you had best think again."
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by [INACT.] P|20XY on Mon May 23, 2011 9:37 pm

    Hearing the charged weapon fire and seeing a flash in the corner of his ocular sensors got Proxy to casually pick his head up, and the robot simply watched Lawrence grind the wrapper into frozen, crystalline dust. "What ever is the matter, Lawrence-Rambo? Yes, Proxy had been seeing some movies via stream on whatever posed as the local internet system here. He then casually set his book down upon hearing the tone in the butler's voice and the bigger robot rolled onto all fours, Proxy practically looming over the robot and letting his shadow drape over Lawrence. "You seem awfully irritated today, and pulling out a loaded weapon inside Creator-Josephine's shop is a conflict of her policies. You know she doesn't appreciate firearms inside the building, or any weapon, really. Why don't you put that awful thing away and threaten me without the use of external force. I may take you more seriously then."

    Deep down Proxy was already preparing for the worst, a confrontation, and somehow... He actually didn't mind. Not at all. It was like he wanted this to happen, and that was the strangest thing he'd ever admit.
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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by Lawrence on Mon May 23, 2011 10:53 pm

    Lawrence's defensive protocols went into overdrive the second Proxy stepped closer, but he still managed to laugh at the ludicrousness of the larger robot's request. "So, you think me a fool as well as your personal cleaning droid? You're just going to have to pay for that insult as well..."

    The butler started to back away a little bit. Without any other warning, three freezing cold shots rang out from the Ice Shrieker, aimed for Proxy's optic and upper limbs. After he fired, Lawrence turned and ran for his life, having no desire to be caught by those huge fists belonging to his enemy.

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    Re: Not having a good day...

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    Re: Not having a good day...

    Post by [INACT.] P|20XY on Mon May 23, 2011 11:21 pm

    Why that no good, little--! Proxy felt the potshots strike both his upper limbs and the robot nearly stumbled. Ice encased his bulky shoulders and Proxy sensed all precautionary parameters shutdown at once. So, the coward thought to run away and think he could get scot free, huh? Proxy was going to have to say no to that. Big time. Once the bigger robot felt power return to his arm's lower extremities Proxy slammed both fists into the ground and caused the world to shake. He then went into pursuit-mode, like a hound after a rodent, and charged after the butler.

    "Run, run as fast as you can." Proxy chimed after Lawrence. "You'll never catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!"

    When he was close enough the larger robot made for Lawrence's legs and tried to strike out at them, bending them out of shape so the portly model could not run anymore. This was going to be most welcoming after two weeks of letting this sycophant share his stomping grounds.

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