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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 protection19PENANAyD4vpbg90N

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 protection19PENANAyDM9Jl0f6L

Greenhead screamed as he rushed across the road towards a parking lot.copyright protection19PENANA8DxED2wd2J

"Wait," yelled Sawtooth. The 7Elevens were notorious for violence, especially dangerous at night.copyright protection19PENANAxAnC6NNmWN

"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 protection19PENANAaurWDahEqo

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 protection19PENANAqy1YcF0JS2

They left the store, laughing and hollering.copyright protection19PENANAspDQ1KDP7z

"Let's do the station," shouted Bimbo.copyright protection19PENANADh44eIfvmF

Neat, Sawtooth found nothing unreasonable about the idea.copyright protection19PENANAUMeVLqALat

The clown alley hit the subway; not a soul to be startled.copyright protection19PENANAODTstUc7Kj

"That was a waste," said Mr Axe as the other clowns loitered by the info panels.copyright protection19PENANAGnALsOtHkQ

A trashbot ventured out onto the concourse. The clowns looked at each, their glee shining through the evil clown-themed face paint.copyright protection19PENANAnfDBao2L9c

"Let's hack it," offered Bimbo. The clowns agreed, grunting like gorillas.copyright protection19PENANAfYQ8qj3DrN

"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 protection19PENANAW8bxTEmmlH

"Then what?" asked Mr Axe.copyright protection19PENANAdJWQk7enTo

"I'm gonna hack it to harass commuters." Sawtooth checked out the trashbot's access portals.copyright protection19PENANAA8mqhNKkqb

"Oooh yeah, fright machine," said Bimbo.copyright protection19PENANA8nkkVdYiAk

"It's gonna be hilarious," agreed Greenhead.copyright protection19PENANAZN3WDo4SMY

The train arrived, and when its doors slid open, the clowns jostled the trashbot into the carriage.copyright protection19PENANAgm7CNoqxJQ

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 protection19PENANAJRe3b9gasR

"Strange," said Sawtooth.copyright protection19PENANAusEyoiWtaI

"What?" asked Bimbo.copyright protection19PENANArq5y3SXtpG

"Come on, let's do this," insisted Mr Axe.copyright protection19PENANAk9yzcKJtUb

But Sawtooth found it hard to speak, "This trashbot's already been hacked."copyright protection19PENANAloDZX2iTvs

The trashbot opened its lid.copyright protection19PENANACWTHvWAsqZ

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 protection19PENANA9L9Hkmr3Pl

Bimbo screamed.copyright protection19PENANAfaKSaHUsBq

"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 protection19PENANAVenOVSLwlc

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 protection19PENANAwvXFci1DmR

"Boo hoo hoo," said the trashbot.copyright protection19PENANAZB1KucsoF3

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