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Discussion in 'Mt. Pompeii' started by Pino, Feb 20, 2017.

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    Τhe cold winter was slowly giving its place to spring, the little robot's favorite season. Some of the flowers had already bloomed and the ice surfaces were shrinking with each passing day. There wasn't enough snow for her to make snowballs and snow rabbits, but the real rabbits had resurfaced from wherever they went when the layers of ice covered the land, and Pino would catch sight of them from time to time only to lose them the next moment. She loved wandering towards the forest area of the mountain, because while it wasn't as large and mysterious as Silverwood, it was a place where she could find a plethora of things that the areas around and inside Morhall lacked. Like the green, the animals, the flowers and other more magical things.

    The rains had also formed a lake in the middle of the forest and Pino liked to sit at the banks, and look at the many colors of the water. When it was sunny, like this day, the lake was glimmering and the little robot would stare in awe. She would sit for hours and take out her color book to paint, or pretend she had a piano and move her finger accordingly.

    Today she had brought her bunny, that she had found in the dark caverns of Morhall and ever since they had become friends, and was plucking out the grass and feeding it to him. She wished she could taste the grass herself, but that was impossible, so she tried not to think about it and focus on her task. At one point though, the bunny jumped away from her, and Pino looked at him with confusion. 'Where are you going?' she asked curiously, as he was moving further and further away from her. Pino was starting to worry that she had done something wrong, but she didn't know what. Her programming was detecting a sudden drop of temperature as well, and the sun had hidden behind the trees, causing the area to become increasingly dark.

    Pino did not feel happy anymore. She stood up to find her bunny, when she noticed, at the other side of the bank, a large black figure standing there. She opened her mouth and let out a scream, but the figure didn't move from its place. For the first time in a while, brave little Pino was scared.
     
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    During this self-appointed recon mission, Starscream had been patrolling the mountains, one of the few places that he had yet to check out, in his vehicle mode for a couple of hours now but had to let the smaller robot take over from time to time. Swindle seemed happy enough as the smaller robot hurried to examine a snowbank and poked at it like it was proving fascinating to the minicon.

    While the larger of the robots silently mused over his next move and waited for his partner to contact him over the open comm-channel, Swindle had been sent to explore the paths that his partner was too big to safely use and beeped curiously as someone approaching him caught his attention.

    The smaller robot wandered in that direction, waving a hand at what looked like a young human girl in a friendly manner before glancing over at where Starscream was waiting. A sudden loud beep over the comm-channel caught the seeker's attention and he rose to see what the minicon wanted.
     
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    Pino's eyes were glued to the large silhouette, bt when she heard something approaching, she turned her head towards the direction of the sound. Among the bushes, there was a large colorful being that was waving at her. Pino stared at it for a couple of seconds, and then, remembering her missing rabbit friend, she ran towards the creature. 'Hey! Don't goo!' Pino shouted. A few minutes later she was walking fast near the stranger, opening her mouth to find more about him. He wasn't like the humans, so Pino wondered if that made him more like her, even if the AutoReiv knew there was a lot one could be.

    'Who are you? I'm Pino. Pino is searching for the white bunny. The bunny is Pino's friend. Have you seen it?' she said hurriedly, staring at the other expectantly. She appeared anxious to find her friend, so she hadn't considered if she would get an answer or not , but the being had waved hello to her so she was certain it wasn't bad.
     
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    Swindle tilted his head to one side, then beeped at what looked like a little human after she asked about a white rabbit then shook his head. Thudding noises made him turn as Starscream appeared and paused, to glare down at Pino then glanced down at the smaller robot.

    "Swindle, come" he ordered, they didn't have time to waste with organics. This was a recon mission after all and he scowled as the minicon beeped at him then moved closer to the girl like he had taken a liking to the smaller being instead.
     
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    Pino kept her attention on the creature in front of her, her expression turning disappointed when it shook its head at her. She was scared at the idea of her bunny being all alone in the scary forest. She was a brave AutoReiv, but there were things that could make even Pino feel afraid.

    As she looked at the other, an unexpected voice made her turn her head and see a creature that resembled a little the one that was with her, but the difference was that this one was enormous. Probably one of the largest people Pino had seen! 'Sooo big. Giant...' she muttered, her eyes widening at the sight. Instinctively she hid behind the smaller one of these people, but popped her head now and then to watch at the giant.

    'Is giant angry...' she asked Swindle in a lowered voice, too afraid to speak loudly in the presence of someone who could pick up Pino and toss her away like Pino was some playing ball. That didn't mean she thought of the giant as bad, but maybe he didn't like her, or he didn't like bunnies. But if he had taken her bunny, Pino would show him!
     
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    The smaller robot shook his head in response to Pino's question then waved at his partner, trying to say "not angry, just unsure of befriending anyone"

    Gently picking Swindle up and moving the smaller robot to his shoulder, the Seeker glanced sideways as his partner clung tightly to one of his shoulder weapons. The seeker had found himself wondering why some small part of him had been slowly and surely growing more and more protective of his Minicon. Maybe it was because not everyone or everything in this place could be benevolent.

    He was a little curious about one thing though "What is a bunny?"
     
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    Pino did not know what to think of the giant, bt he hadn't attacked her or chased her away so she had no reason to be mean to him. She simply watched as he picked up Swindle, and even smiled a bit when he placed him on his huge shoulders. It seemed like fun! Pino had been in Swindle's place before, bt never with someone so big. She wondered what it would be like. The view would be fantastic from so high up!

    She tilted her head at the giant's question, surprised that he didn't know bunnies. He must have come from a place that didn't have them. Before Pandora, Pino had never seen a bunny that wasn't in a drawing. 'You don't know what a bunny is? It is white and fluffy and likes to hop and eat carrots. Some bunnies have a watch too, like Alice's, but Pino's bunny doesn't. ' she said in an informative tone. She quite enjoyed retelling the things she had learned, especially when people were willing to listen! 'Have you seen Pino's bunny, Giant ?' she asked again, he tone sounding less enthused and more worried. Pino would be very sad and lonely if she lost another friend.
     
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    "I would think that fact I asked would imply that yes, I don't know a bunny is" the seeker replied and folded his arms over his chest while being careful not to dislodge his partner from where Swindle sat. And the child was looking up at the minicon, hope she didn't expect a ride on his other shoulder.

    His sensors were getting some odd readings. She looked like a human child but was giving off no normal things an organic would have. But rather than pry out of an almost tactless curiosity, he focused on her next question and replied with a shrug "I haven't seen anything resembling what you described in the immediate area. Why is it so important you find this thing?"
     
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    Pino's head lowered at the Giant's response and she stared at the ground. She wasn't much afraid of the Giant now, but he sounded a bit grumpy didn't he? Pino had an-almost natural, despite her engineered origins- need to make others smile and happy faces tended to bring joy to her visage as well. But the Giant had intimidated her and she was also overwhelmed with losing her bunny. So her expression was quite gloomy and reserved, so unlike her usual excited demeanor. Though, tat didn't mean she wasn't a brave little robot, determined to find her friend.

    'The bunny is Pino's friend. Pino will be sad again if she loses her friend.' she replied and lifted her big green eyes towards the other machine. There was indeed a sadness in them that seem to not match Pino's child-like appearance and behavior. At times, Pino's eyes betrayed that she was no ordinary child, despite wanting to be one. There would be sparks of understanding and a wisdom far beyond her years, a product of both her programming and the things she had seen and lived through since she had 'awoken'.[blockquote][/blockquote]
     
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    He watched as she lowered her head - at least she wasn't crying about this missing bunny creature as he was still uncomfortable with the crying thing. Still what could he do short of dragging Swindle away and considering his partner had a soft spot for the being who roughly looked younger than Alexis and her friends.

    She had made eye-contact with him again and Starscream shifted a little as she spoke. He could understand losing a friend - while he had chosen to burn bridges with the human children, Swindle was a different story. Still his size meant he wasn't the best option to help search - what if he stepped on this bunny?

    "And no adult humans can help you find it?"
     
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    Pino considered the Giant's question for a while and then shook her head. It would be really nice if she found the adult humans, but she hadn't seen anyone this time in the forest and the closest place she could think of that they would be was Morhall. Though Pino was afraid that by the time she arrived to Morhall to ask for help and get back to the forest, her bunny would be gone for good. 'Pino hasn't seen any big human all day! They are far away, inside the mountain, in Morhall.' she said and pointed at an area where the trees made an opening, so the shape of a tall mountain was visible on the horizon. 'Pino has seen only Giant and Swindle after she lost her bunny.' she added, the sadness returning in her voice. She could do all the searching on her own, but... some of the stories she had read said that more people were better than one. Pino was certain that applied to giants too.

    She decided to tell that, because maybe they hadn't read the same books she had! 'Pino can look by herself. But Pino has read stories where it's easier to find something when a whole group is searching!' she informed them both with a serious tone, convinced about the truth of the books she was reading. She thought for a second and then looked up at the Giant. 'Will you help Pino to find her bunny?' she asked. Her tone was different now, unsure and timid. She had been told 'no' many times about many things, especially by those bigger than her. But that wouldn't stop her from asking, since she had understood that not all people were the same. She had met enough that said 'yes' to keep her going. But whatever they told her, it wouldn't deter her from searching. She might have been small but she was brave.
     
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    This situation made him think of Optimus Prime's team and the slight respect for the Autobot leader who had given him a sense of being needed, trusted and almost respected, especially as he had been given a new start.

    So the possibility about stepping on this bunny was still high on his concerns, what if he did and she started crying as a result. Glancing at the mountain that the smaller lifeform had said the adults were briefly, he seemed thoughtful for a few moments then replied simply "..and you're not worried about me stepping on this bunny?"
     
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    For a few minutes, Pino remained staring at the enormous size of the robot, mulling over his words. It was true that he was much larger than a bunny and Pino herself. So if he decided to be bad, Pino, however brave she might have been, would surely feel afraid and run away instead of fighting him. But Pino could not put aside the fact that Giant was being nice to her and he was kind towards Swindle. She could trust him to not step on her bunny, despite his size because she did not think of him as mean. Besides, she was in danger of being stepped on too, but it hadn't happened and Pino would not miss the chance of meeting someone out of fear of getting squashed. Otherwise she would never had any friends that were big!

    'Compared to Giant Pino is small too but Giant did not step on Pino.' she said. Her tone was certain, as she had already convinced herself that Giant was a friend. 'Pino's bunny is fast and sometimes he digs holes on the ground!' she continued, pointing at the mud. Then she made a few steps, with her head lowered, as if she was a scientist examining the ground. In reality, Pino could see things that others couldn't, but not everything. The earth went very deep, people had told her, yet Pino had never been able to see all the way down. 'Do you see anything , Giant?' she asked then. She liked doing things by herself but sometimes she liked to have help too.
     
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    She seemed to be thinking over his words before replying like she still trusted him to help. Dig holes in the ground, Well, there was one way to search for such things as he had to admit the little being's courage was kind of impressing him. Moving to kneel on one knee, he curled all but his little finger into his palm then gently stroked it along the mud - trying to detect tiny holes in the soil.

    Taking a minute or two to search this way and realising how awkward he was looking, he hoped that the Megatron trapped in this place didn't show up then glanced at Pino. At least he was assuming that was her name due to her use of the title and shook his head "I've found nothing yet"

    A beeping noise made the seeker shoot a look at his minicon as the smaller robot had moved to check for holes in the mud as well.
     
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    When Giant started messing around with the mud with her, Pino's face was brightened with a big, radiant smile. She couldn't help but feel immense joy at his decision to help her find her bunny even if he had resisted in the beginning. So she watched him for a few seconds before she went back to crawling in the dirt, feeling it with her hands and observing it with her eyes as she kept searching for her lost friend.

    She became engrossed in that activity and only lifted her head when Giant spoke again. Her face lost something of its previous joy, but she wasn't going to give up just because they hadn't found anything so far. If anything, it made her more determined to keep going until they were successful.

    And soon, she noticed that Sweedle had also joined them in their search and Pino moved closer to him when she heard the noise. As she approached she finally noticed a gap on the ground surrounded by leaves and grass. They made it hard to notice, but it was a just a little smaller than Pino and seemed to go on forever, hiding its depth it the darkness. 'Good job, Sweedle!' Pino said with excitement as she kneeled next to the hole and stared down. 'Rabbit! Are you down there? Helloooo!' she begun shouting. A few minutes passed by without anything extraordinary happening, until two white ears that could only belong to a bunny emerged from the hole.
     
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    At least Swindle was having fun and he turned his attention back to checking the holes, being careful not to make any of them cave in while using his little finger during this odd-looking search.

    Focusing on his hunt again, the larger robot found himself pausing and glancing over at Pino as she found something after Swindle had joined in their efforts.

    Nodding as she congratulated the smaller robot, the seeker froze on seeing movement further down the hole Pino was calling down rather than scare off the object of this search or running the risk of stepping on it.

    Swindle however was more curious and inched forward to the hole where the ears had appeared with a quiet beep, the tone sounding like he was asking a question - probably if this was the rabbit she wanted to find.
     
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    'Bunny!' Pino shouted when the little ears appeared and extended her hands towards the animal. Bunny emerged from the hole slowly, hesitantly at first, but after a few minutes of Pino reaching remaining with her hands open, the animal decided to approach and jump at her. Pino's face had never looked happier than that moment. She wrapped her small synthetic arms around Bunny and then turned her face towards Swindle, looking at him with kindness and gratefulness. 'We found Pino's bunny! Thank you, Swindle.' she said, smiling at the robot.

    Then, her eyes looked up to the much larger one, but never lost their previous spark. She was so happy! If Giant and Swindle hadn't found them, Pino might still be looking. And she would be much more sad and lonely without their company during their search.'Thank you, Giant.' she said. Then, as if she remembered something, she lifted the bunny off the ground and stood in her two feet. She walked towards the Giant and when she reached the spot where his feet met the ground, she pressed her metallic body against it, without looking afraid in the slightest. It was her attempt at giving him a hug. She looked tiny in front of him, the way ants seemed to elephants, but big or small didn't matter to her. Everyone was her friend, so long they were being nice to her. 'Pino is so happy now!' she said.
     
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    Swindle beeped happily as the rabbit came out of the hole and leaped into the girl's arms, inching closer like the smaller mammal was interesting to him big-time. He looked up as Pino expressed her gratitude by waving a hand at her while he beeped again while Starscream watched without moving from his kneeling position. Until the 'little girl' moved to try hugging his leg.

    Primus, this was all he needed right now - he wasn't sure what to make of humans. Though the few young humans who hung out with the Autobots had showed him he was capable of making friends but at the same time, he wasn't about to rush out and befriend random humans. And this was his first encounter with that sort of contact, the whole thing putting him out of his element.

    "Uhhh" he muttered then frowned as the minicon beeped at him like telling him the right way to react to that gesture "You are welcome, I suppose"
     
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    She offered the Giant a warm, bright smile and then walked towards Swindle, holding the bunny in her arms. She seemed cheerful, energetic and very grateful for the company, but it was time to go back to Morhall, if only because she was worried her bunny would slip away again. But she didn't want to just leave the two friends without a goodbye and the hope that she would see them again. It was often that she would meet people only to have them disappear without a trace later. Pandora would take them away, leaving Pino and others behind to remember them.

    'Pino will go back to Morhall with Rabbit now.' she informed Swindle, her eyes shining less bright, fearing that he might disappear as well. 'Where are you two going?' she asked, her eyes moving from Swindle to Giant curiously. Many travellers stayed in the mountain town for a few days before continuing with their trip and even left behind lots of things and piqued the AutoReiv's curiosity. She was certain the inside of the mountain was big enough for Giant but she didn't know if he could fit through the front entrance!