Chapter 9: It's a Classic

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"Ha!" Ivory laughed. "Scissors beats paper!"

"Not if paper turns into an origami bird and flies away." I teased, forming a bird with my hands and making a flying motion with them.

"That doesn't even make sense!" She exclaimed.

"Clearly, you still have much to learn about human culture." I continued, amused by her confusion.

"What...?" She groaned as Zero walked into the room.

"Don't worry, she's just messing with you." He reassured, placing a kiss on her forehead. "I have to go to the Reef to discuss some things with Petra. I'll be back tonight." He glared at me quickly. "Please don't do anything stupid while I'm gone. You're still recovering."

"Yeah, yeah." I waved him off. "Go do what you have to do."

He nodded and left. I quickly turned to Ivory.

"Let's do something fun." I smirked.

"Didn't you just hear your brother?" She scolded me. "You're supposed to stay here."

"He didn't say that specifically. C'mon, let's at least just go for a walk." I insisted. "I'm tired of being cooped up in here all the time."

"Fine." She sighed, standing up.

We slipped into our armor quickly and made our way above ground.

"So where do you want to go?" Ivory asked boredly.


"Look who decided to rejoin the outside world!"

I turned around to greet a familiar face from the FWC.

"Hey Patrix." I grinned.

His optics flashed back, which I could see since he didn't wear his helmet outside very often.

"So you're finally good to work again?" He asked.

"I wish." I groaned. "We're only out for a walk."

"Mind if I tag along? We could make it fun." He grinned.

"Fun how?" Ivory chimed in.

"Glad you asked! So you remember all that food they gave at the banquet last week? That finally killed everyone's vegan diets?"

"We're going hunting." I realized excitedly.

"Exactly." He grinned. "You think you're up for it?"

"Maya, Zero didn't want you doing anything dangerous." Ivory reminded me quietly.

"C'mon, like there's any race more stupid than the Fallen." I laughed. "We'll be fine, and it will be fun!"

"Jesus... fine." She finally nodded.

"Great! We can finally send all those potatoes to hell!" Patrix laughed.

"It's not like you even have to eat. Why does it matter to you?" I frowned.

"Hey, just because we're machines doesn't mean we can't have our own guilty pleasures." He retorted.

"See, he gets it." Ivory pointed out.

"Yeah, yeah." I rolled my eyes playfully.

We didn't have to walk much before encountering a group of Fallen. We hid behind the cliff to avoid their sight.

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