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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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No Plagiarism!oraMRIhdseH9fTibgI73posted on PENANA

Sawtooth froze.copyright protection26PENANAXuQrXG5yVs

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 protection26PENANANkTX6LGoY8

Greenhead screamed as he rushed across the road towards a parking lot.copyright protection26PENANACFiRzA3Qja

"Wait," yelled Sawtooth. The 7Elevens were notorious for violence, especially dangerous at night.copyright protection26PENANATgFKHCqNbl

"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 protection26PENANAfYF9WMUDaT

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 protection26PENANAMNz4F8EIYY

They left the store, laughing and hollering.copyright protection26PENANASSexCWa2Kl

"Let's do the station," shouted Bimbo.copyright protection26PENANAoZk48gQ3U1

Neat, Sawtooth found nothing unreasonable about the idea.copyright protection26PENANAXGOwKuFpcD

The clown alley hit the subway; not a soul to be startled.copyright protection26PENANAn5wCD8zNbj

"That was a waste," said Mr Axe as the other clowns loitered by the info panels.copyright protection26PENANA9zjuEsLuvF

A trashbot ventured out onto the concourse. The clowns looked at each, their glee shining through the evil clown-themed face paint.copyright protection26PENANAwsllZ6PEw2

"Let's hack it," offered Bimbo. The clowns agreed, grunting like gorillas.copyright protection26PENANAiU7OxLX6z9

"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 protection26PENANAqIJKdncYSI

"Then what?" asked Mr Axe.copyright protection26PENANADobZKb6zPC

"I'm gonna hack it to harass commuters." Sawtooth checked out the trashbot's access portals.copyright protection26PENANAB8xJX4uVb3

"Oooh yeah, fright machine," said Bimbo.copyright protection26PENANA4CMNmZbzX3

"It's gonna be hilarious," agreed Greenhead.copyright protection26PENANAiBstBcFHMu

The train arrived, and when its doors slid open, the clowns jostled the trashbot into the carriage.copyright protection26PENANAkoDR7AWCv7

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 protection26PENANAFAKso6szGp

"Strange," said Sawtooth.copyright protection26PENANADY16sCj7j5

"What?" asked Bimbo.copyright protection26PENANACEtfvBPsdl

"Come on, let's do this," insisted Mr Axe.copyright protection26PENANAATWklkrNU7

But Sawtooth found it hard to speak, "This trashbot's already been hacked."copyright protection26PENANAdy6fFyRYFb

The trashbot opened its lid.copyright protection26PENANA3hPxxl8nNl

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 protection26PENANAIoeFIAZ9oU

Bimbo screamed.copyright protection26PENANAhCtnR8WJ6C

"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 protection26PENANAV9ULGr6OOU

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 protection26PENANAaxipc1Zbbo

"Boo hoo hoo," said the trashbot.copyright protection26PENANA6t0zRSHNBN

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