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Machine Man (serial)
CHAPTER NINE

My immediate problem was figuring out how to persuade the Contours to take me where I wanted to go, i.e. to meet Lola Banks. Because I had serious doubts about my ability to control these legs. They had run me through traffic and over a truck and now deposited me at some random place I’d never been before. Then I realized I was being stupid, because I was outside a cafe, and inside it, sipping coffee, was Lola.

My heart jumped, and so did my legs. “No!” I said. This was a nice cafe, with wrought iron furniture and a deep green awning and people in suits munching focaccia; I didn’t want to crash in there and embarrass myself. But the legs were unstoppable. It was all I could do to duck beneath the doorway, and then I was inside. Heads turned toward me. Eyes widened. Pasta hung suspended from forks. I looked like a vagrant, you may recall. Plus I was six-foot-six, and had titanium hooves. This was exactly what I didn’t want. Lola turned toward me.

Her hair was in a pony-tail, and seemed resentful about that. She wore a long dress, a yellow one. It billowed unexpectedly in the chest and shoulders, but gripped her like death under the arms, as if designed for a person with very different specs. Like maybe a chimpanzee. But Lola’s face was radiant with joy, as if nothing mattered except that I was here, and I grinned, because I felt the same way.

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Machine Man subscriber Mapuche (#1184)

Location: Darwin, Australia
Quote: "Inconceivable!"
Posted: 5520 days ago

Resentful hair - nice image!

Machine Man subscriber rebecca (#3891)

Location: oceanside
Quote: "revolution is the best revenge"
Posted: 5520 days ago

A dress designed for a girl with different specs. That's good too.

Machine Man subscriber Toby O (#2900)

Location: Sydney
Quote: "vote with your wallet"
Posted: 5520 days ago

chimpanzee made me chuckle

Machine Man subscriber Justin (#3965)

Location: USA
Quote: "It has been my experience that certain men get ahead during the time that others waste. - Henry Ford"
Posted: 5520 days ago

That part left me utterly confused.

@ Max: Don't be skimping on the last pages we get to read from our inbox! Give us full-length pages! lol You know we love it. :-)

Machine Man subscriber Yannick (#3858)

Location: Heist, Belgium
Quote: "he reads things"
Posted: 5520 days ago

I don't have anything remotely witty to say, so I'll just comment on how I liked this page!

Matt (#1683)

Location: Canada
Quote: "Quote?"
Posted: 5520 days ago

I must say, Max, this story has inspired me. Just the other day I shattered my collar bone into 4 pieces only to have it replaced with a metal one. That worthless organic collar bone was quite useless. It shattered into four pieces from simply stumbling on my snowboard. My new metal one is much cooler and I'm guessing, much more durable. I'm just trying to decide which part of my body I should improve next... ;)

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 5520 days ago

At least I'm not inspiring people to go into marketing. That's a step up.

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 5520 days ago

Ain't love grand! Particularly the love a woman feels for a tall man with hooves... Is Lola kinkier than the lawyer? Hopefully we'll find out soon!

Machine Man subscriber Roger (#1653)

Posted: 5520 days ago

Not enough comments for this page, so I'm adding one more. Cheers.

stanley becker (#5283)

Location: black hole
Quote: "DON"T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!!"
Posted: 4806 days ago

Charlie's heart jumped, his legs have a mind of their own - but his brain is hard -wired for pussy - all I can offer is the Frankensteinian solution - Charlie needs a brain that is not governed by the primitive urges to reproduce through a copulative combination of gender attributes - Charlie wishes to reinvent himself as a superior organism whose specs are far ahead of the evolutionary graph that mitosis and meiosis offers to mankind - to sum up "the robot has inherited the man" ...........Lola must be a Machine Woman or the yarn is nonsensical ...Max, only four more pages, and my inbox will be bereft of my daily fix - "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree"

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