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Blue Moon (Final Chapter)The excitement in Kobra’s voice made Poison stop and turn. “Oh yeah?” he said. “What is it?”Blue Moon (Final Chapter) by toad1
“She did it, man! She figured out how to charge their batteries!”
“What? No way!”
“Yeah! It’s a long process, but basically she figured out how to direct the laser energy into the battery, so it doesn’t scatter all over the place and make them go haywire. The charge only lasts a week, though. But if you’ve got a gun, and this little converter she made, you can keep them powered up.”
“Wow,” Poison said. “So they get to stay out here?”
“For now, yeah. They’ll have to go back to the city if something happens to her work, so she’s trying to figure out something more permanent. We can’t tell anyone about this, though,” he added. “If the city finds out she came up with an alternative to Plus, she’s looking at thirty years in prison.”
Blue Moon (Chapter Eight)After Ghoul and Poison loaded the jugs and buckets of water in the trunk, placed Kobra’s clothes in the backseat, and thanked Dr. Fujiwara, they slipped on their boots and headed for the door. Kobra immediately seized up, but Ghoul placed a hand on his back and pushed him out the doorway.Blue Moon (Chapter Eight) by toad1
“Don’t even think about it. Just go.”
Kobra shook his head, his breathing coming in rapid gasps.
“Come on. You’ve got to make it to the car. Let’s go.”
He pushed Kobra through the porch, down the steps, and up to the Trans Am, where Kobra wrenched open the back door and threw himself inside. Poison slid in next to him while Ghoul took the driver’s seat. Kobra clutched the technical manual to his chest like an unpopular student hiding from bullies in the library.
“It’s okay,” Poison said as he rubbed his back. “It’s okay. Just take deep breaths.”
Kobra was shaking now. He whimpered when Ghoul switched on the
Blue Moon (Chapter Seven)Kobra was silent for several moments. “You know, I wondered that,” he said finally.Blue Moon (Chapter Seven) by toad1
“Yeah? Wondered what?”
“The souls thing. That question kept going through my head, you know? Why I let myself get trapped in that shithole for a bunch of scrap metal. But there was something about them, especially Blue—I mean, she could cry. Why would they make an android that could cry? She’d have to replenish the water all the time. It doesn’t make sense. And her throwing the bucket—why would they program her to get angry like that? What if she scared off all her customers?”
Poison smiled faintly at him. “Yeah. They don’t exactly obey their programming, do they?”
“Yeah. I don’t know, man. You know more about the Witch than I do.”
Poison was about to respond when someone knocked on the door. Kobra immediately tensed and drew back.
“Who is it?” Poison said.
“It’s me, Cherri,” Che
Blue Moon (Chapter Six)“Are you okay?” Kobra said with concern. “You’re a mess, man.”Blue Moon (Chapter Six) by toad1
Poison sniffed and wiped his eyes on the bandana he’d pulled from his jacket pocket. He sat bent forward, with one arm draped across his lap. His hair and jacket collar were soaked.
“I’m fine,” he said shakily, reaching back and pulling his wet hair away from his neck. “It’s just—God. I’m so sorry this happened to you, kiddo.”
“It’s okay. It’s not your fault.”
“I thought about going with you that day, to meet the kids, y’know?” Poison said quickly, as if sitting in a confessional booth.
“And then you would have been captured, too. Then we’d both be trapped in that hell.”
“We could’ve escaped. You know? We could’ve pulled Blue inside and sped off.”
Kobra reached out and rubbed his arm. “Don’t beat yourself up, Poison. It’s not your fault. It