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“Lie down on the floor!” Carl said. He looked nervous. I didn’t like Carl nervous. Not when he had a gun pointed at me. “Let go of that woman and lie down!”

Lola Banks squeezed my hand. She didn’t look like she wanted to be let go. There was fear in her eyes, and I felt sad, because a second ago she had been so happy. She had been radiant, and Carl had ruined it.

Lie down!

In retrospect, it was foolish to have imagined Better Future wouldn’t track me to the cafe. I had fled their premises wearing about twelve million dollars worth of equipment. I hadn’t thought about how that would look, from their perspective.

The guards didn’t approach any closer, though. They hovered at a radius of twenty feet, bristling with guns. It occurred to me that as far as Carl knew, my legs were armed. Conceivably, I could have built in some firepower. In this moment, I wished I had. I wished I could sweep them all away and carry Lola out of here.

“Don’t let them take you,” Lola whispered. “Don’t go back there, Charlie.”

I heard a noise behind me, and turned my head. I was wrong about the security radius: two were sneaking up on me.

“Grab him!” Carl said. “Pull him out of the legs and put him on the floor.”

“No!” Lola said. She jumped forward and threw out her arms. It was as if she was going to fly toward Carl and wrench his gun away, or call down the wrath of the gods, or something. I don’t know. All I know is Carl pivoted and shot Lola twice in the heart.

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Machine Man subscriber fredzfrog (#2368)

Location: Moe
Quote: "Fredzfrog"
Posted: 5491 days ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! LOLA!!!!!!!!!!!!

*crys*

Machine Man subscriber Craig Barron (#1276)

Location: Leeds, UK.
Quote: "“Trust Elizabeth to get upset over a donut.”"
Posted: 5491 days ago

Noo! I wanted it to get all sexy!

Machine Man subscriber Russell (#3897)

Location: USA
Quote: "O Lord, Protect us from those to whom you speak directly"
Posted: 5491 days ago

the plot thickens!

towr (#1914)

Location: Netherlands
Posted: 5491 days ago

Maybe he can build her a new heart; if he's quick enough. I mean, as far as organs go it's definitely one that can be improved, so he must have given it some thought. It so easily breaks and stuff.

Or maybe she's actually a robot already, and isn't bleeding to death at all.

Machine Man subscriber V (#3431)

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "It is a mockery of divine justice to believe that a saint and a sinner are on level terms from the moment they die"
Posted: 5491 days ago

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! Carl will pay!

Machine Man subscriber Impotent Verse (#3907)

Location: Cambridge, UK
Quote: "On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog"
Posted: 5491 days ago

Nooooooooo!

Carl, your going down!

Machine Man subscriber fredzfrog (#2368)

Location: Moe
Quote: "Fredzfrog"
Posted: 5491 days ago

trust my luck max starts killing off characters the night i paid my subscription.. :p
also, the the paid 'nut' is applied to all my comments? cool! i would like a JG one tho.. :) please?

Machine Man subscriber Silke (#968)

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Quote: ""Not only do I not know the answer - I don't even know what the question is..." [Metallica]"
Posted: 5491 days ago

I know that this is not very original given the comments already on here, but all I could think was:

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

After that first thought is over now, I have to admit, that I began to take Lola for granted...

So glad that this is not the Friday cliffhanger!!!

Machine Man subscriber Electrichead (#3898)

Location: Toronto
Posted: 5491 days ago

Awwww, and I was really starting to take a liking to her quirkiness too. Maybe now they can be a cyborg couple or something...

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 5491 days ago

I've paid me money and got me a nut icon. Max now finds me more attractive (as if that were possible) and has promised me at least 120 pages of this story of a man, his machines, and his shot through the heart girlfriend. Hmm, there seems to be a problem here... oh well, Max will figure something out I'm sure.

Machine Man subscriber tim (#3234)

Location: chattanooga, TN, USA
Quote: """
Posted: 5491 days ago

shit. (with my appropriately applied southern american accent).

Machine Man subscriber gstein42 (#585)

Location: 127.0.0.1
Quote: "That's not change! That's more of the same!"
Posted: 5491 days ago

"at least, where her heart SHOULD have been. all i heard was the metallic clang of lead on titanium"

Machine Man subscriber Toby O (#2900)

Location: Sydney
Quote: "vote with your wallet"
Posted: 5491 days ago

pay no attention to the void next to my name where a nut should be. i am a procrastinator.

my thought was not "nooooooo!" like many others, my thought was, "ah yes a machine woman to complement the machine man, no doubt. a helpmeet, you might say."

the last expressed in a faux anglo-german sound.

Machine Man subscriber SRD (#2889)

Location: Ogden, Utah
Posted: 5491 days ago

NOOOOO! Awesome twist. I digs it.

Machine Man subscriber coolpillows (#3749)

Location: new york general sort of vicinity
Quote: ""It's not working" -- Joseph Clark"
Posted: 5491 days ago

two cliffhangers in two days??!! as others have said, "NNOOOOOOO!!!" but methinks the added $$ in max's pocket is leading to more suspense, more action, more drama! mo money, mo story. win-win.

@gStein nice one! are you really "max?"

Machine Man subscriber Todd (#3429)

Location: New York
Quote: "It's fun to have fun but you have to know how."
Posted: 5491 days ago

I'm in.

Machine Man subscriber Karen (#2180)

Location: wishing I was at home
Quote: "Question authority, not your mother!"
Posted: 5491 days ago

I agree with coolpillows!

Machine Man subscriber Lisa (#2455)

Location: Iowa
Quote: "Never judge a book by its movie."
Posted: 5491 days ago

Awesome!

Dan Prosser (#3857)

Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Quote: "Do you really throw shrimp on Barbies down there? Geez. Disgusting. I wonder what Ken says about all that.."
Posted: 5490 days ago

WTF?
I was falling in love with Lola myself.
Geezuz Key-rist! Why'd ya go and do that asshole?

Stephen (#4022)

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Posted: 5490 days ago

Nooooooooo! Lola! WTF Max?! All corporations are evil!? I bet you think Google is Evil with a capitol E!

Machine Man subscriber Ted (#4023)

Location: Ohio, USA
Quote: "There is a guy in Lab Control who once killed a woman with his car, and he gets invited to parties. I don’t understand that."
Posted: 5490 days ago

First Post for me!

But what?!?!!?! Why Max?? I liked Lola.

Machine Man subscriber SRD (#2889)

Location: Ogden, Utah
Posted: 5490 days ago

For the record, I am pro-Lola-getting-shot. Makes the story more interesting.

Machine Man subscriber Thor (#4021)

Location: New Zealand
Quote: "I aim to please; if you're not pleased your expectations were too high"
Posted: 5490 days ago

You tried to kill Lola... You bastard!

Look Max, I'm now one of your nuts.

Machine Man subscriber b3n3llis (#3159)

Location: UK
Posted: 5490 days ago

I'm staying tuned.

Carl's a good shot, two straight in the heart, like the dedication and skill in his art.

Machine Man subscriber Roger (#1653)

Posted: 5490 days ago

Is it wrong that I laughed when Lola was shot?

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 5490 days ago

Look at all the nuts in here!

@Silke
> So glad that this is not the Friday cliffhanger!!!

That's funny because I know what tomorrow's page is.

@Roger: Yes, you bastard.

Machine Man subscriber Katie Ellert (#207)

Location: Calgary AB Canada
Quote: "Where's Lola? WHERE'S LOLA?!?!"
Posted: 5490 days ago

oh snap! I hoped that would happen. Now either he finds out she is already a robot, or he will start to re-build her..... I can't see her just being gone....
However she could be dead and he just goes all mad scientist crazy and tried to re build her and she turns out to be all zombie like.... *gets excited*

Machine Man subscriber Roger (#1653)

Posted: 5490 days ago

Machine Man vs. Zombie Girl plz >:D

Machine Man subscriber Felix (#4236)

Location: NZ
Quote: "I'm naked underneath my clothes"
Posted: 5464 days ago

Why would two shots to the "heart" harm someone if they aren't human? :P

Machine Man subscriber Julie Totsch (#1341)

Location: Racine, WI
Quote: ""The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them." - Robert Frost"
Posted: 5399 days ago

Well, I didn't see that coming. Wonder how the dragon lady'll stop Lola's family from suing.

stanley becker (#5283)

Location: black hole
Quote: "DON"T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!!"
Posted: 4777 days ago

what if their are no surprises - the human perception is adjusting to the unfolding of the narrative, as a reflex inevitability - the incidents swim over one's consciousness, like a tidal variation - I'm floating in the ebb and flow of your story, Max [and I hope to be driven nuts tomorrow]

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