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The Fright Machine
Writer nitronaut
  • G: General Audiences
  • PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
  • PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • R: Restricted
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The Fright Machine
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Mar 11, 2018
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Sawtooth froze.copyright protection8PENANAfdgUr62L9O

His clown quartet went from performing a slo-mo at the crossing lights to lunatic postures, ridiculing the angry driver. The black Audi inched closer, but when Mr Axe showed off his plastic hatchet, the motorist reversed and made a wide turn to avoid the colourful foursome.copyright protection8PENANAUaDVG7QS84

Greenhead screamed as he rushed across the road towards a parking lot.copyright protection8PENANACDrYvAORdS

"Wait," yelled Sawtooth. The 7Elevens were notorious for violence, especially dangerous at night.copyright protection8PENANAJt6Zox6rjf

"This'll be great," said Bimbo as he rushed after him, followed by Mr Axe who hid the hatchet inside his bombastic red pants.copyright protection8PENANAgepT9610Y9

Sawtooth hurried to catch up. Inside, the bright lights hurt his eyes which were already stinging from the makeup. The clowns were busy raiding the fridge, freaking out customers. As long as they swiped their smartphones to pay, the roboteller would remain unperturbed. The clown alley aimed to get a reaction from people, not from the authorities.copyright protection8PENANA5BNwAj6pbk

They left the store, laughing and hollering.copyright protection8PENANAhUOnTcV0De

"Let's do the station," shouted Bimbo.copyright protection8PENANAfTtFNCMPDK

Neat, Sawtooth found nothing unreasonable about the idea.copyright protection8PENANAYJmMfW5lmg

The clown alley hit the subway; not a soul to be startled.copyright protection8PENANAGDau14GX4k

"That was a waste," said Mr Axe as the other clowns loitered by the info panels.copyright protection8PENANAbkdFZ1hLQV

A trashbot ventured out onto the concourse. The clowns looked at each, their glee shining through the evil clown-themed face paint.copyright protection8PENANAwPESBUPGfc

"Let's hack it," offered Bimbo. The clowns agreed, grunting like gorillas.copyright protection8PENANAXWP7qRc6Oh

"I have an idea," said Sawtooth. "Help me load it onto a train." The quartet pushed the trashbot, their combined force overriding the robot's servomotors, forcing it to an empty platform.copyright protection8PENANAq0BEFBGXmw

"Then what?" asked Mr Axe.copyright protection8PENANATTmyLXsBEI

"I'm gonna hack it to harass commuters." Sawtooth checked out the trashbot's access portals.copyright protection8PENANANBEDJ4vVbj

"Oooh yeah, fright machine," said Bimbo.copyright protection8PENANAcCkOh0pXYM

"It's gonna be hilarious," agreed Greenhead.copyright protection8PENANAuRFQqrOS2s

The train arrived, and when its doors slid open, the clowns jostled the trashbot into the carriage.copyright protection8PENANABQ3gtMlZHw

Sawtooth plugged his jailbreaker into the small socket and unleashed its application upon the robot's brain. The other clowns waited, eager to get the hijinks underway. Dawn rush hour would begin soon and the train would cease being lifeless.copyright protection8PENANAjU8DIqE8nC

"Strange," said Sawtooth.copyright protection8PENANAUSuzJU0xN3

"What?" asked Bimbo.copyright protection8PENANAZoT2EnOZmw

"Come on, let's do this," insisted Mr Axe.copyright protection8PENANAwFrFja5Xit

But Sawtooth found it hard to speak, "This trashbot's already been hacked."copyright protection8PENANAAcl4L4YMCL

The trashbot opened its lid.copyright protection8PENANAPB9IEO6sOs

Surprised, the clown quartet leant over. They discovered a bloodied, twisted corpse wedged inside the rubbish compartment. A metal arm materialised, its triple digits slashing through the air, embedding into Bimbo's face, deep into his eye sockets.copyright protection8PENANAZk8qZrB5pT

Bimbo screamed.copyright protection8PENANAyZ5U3RZ1EB

"Josh!" yelled Mr Axe as he moved to assist. Another arm, a blade, swished across his neck, lopping the head clean off. The machine turned - rushed towards Greenhead trying to flee. It slashed at both his Achilles' tendons, leaving him immobile.copyright protection8PENANANtcXcQLijz

Still holding up Bimbo by the face, the trashbot turned to Sawtooth, who had fallen onto his arse, slipping in the pool of blood.copyright protection8PENANALjUTKUllZK

"Boo hoo hoo," said the trashbot.copyright protection8PENANAexKkrNcqPQ

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