969/Tales of Monsters

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Tales of Monsters
Date of Scene: 04 May 2019
Location: Barracks
Synopsis: Hyperdrive and Swivel talk about his experiences in the arena.
Cast of Characters: Swivel, Hyperdrive


Swivel has posed:
It had been a long, rough series of cycles for Swivel, and while not dinged and battered like some of the escapees, even post repair, there is a drabness about Swivel as she shuffles on through the barracks, trying to decide whether to swing by and check on Hyperdrive or go to her own quarters for some much needed rest. However, upon passing by the barracks bulletin, Swivel casually glances over. She had started to look forward again when she does a double take and squints. The subtle slouch which the femme had adopted melts away as she straightens up and turns to the bulletin, scowling as she crosses her arms. Without delay, she begins to draft a message.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive is exhausted still. His optics focused on the ground as he walks. He doesn't expect to run into anyone. He's just quietly hoping for his room to be not....ruined, damaged....destroyed.....who knows with Hot Rod. Maybe he should ask for his own room. He walks forward until he sees Swivel's feet. He then pauses and looks up, staring at her efore looking down again.

Swivel has posed:
"....I can't believe... this is just so..." Swivel seems to be mumbling to herself. Then she adds her message and stands back, reading it. "There!" She says with a nod. It is around then she become aware of someone approaching. She turns and sees Hyperdrive, all downcast and slow-moving. "Oh! Hyperdrive!" Goodness her speech has come a long way. "I wasn't aware you were out of repair bay yet. How...." Swivel tilts her head to the side. "....how are you holding up?"

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive shrugs a bit and frowns, "I-I....I'm doin fine...I guess. V-voice iszzzt still crackin a little. Ankle joint hurts...but I didn't wanna b-be there anymore. Tap...he's not the same." He looks away, his frame wilting in disappointment. "I failed."

Swivel has posed:
Suddenly, the pettiness on the noteboard drifts away from Swivel's mind as she regards Hyperdrive and hears him. She tilts her head to the other side, optic ridges knit together. "Hyperdrive... failed at what? You're alive, Tap-Out is alive." She pauses. "Altered, but alive. Maybe he just needs some time." Swivel reaches out to tenderly place a hand on Hyperdrive's shoulder. "As you will probably need some time as well."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive dims his optics and reaches up to touch the hand on his shoulder. He half smiles, "K-kept thinkin how mad you were gonna be if I d-dint come back. I'm so sorry for gettin ct...." He makes a face as he cuts off. Optics brighten again and he tilts his head.

Swivel has posed:
Swivel dims her optics, giving Hyperdrive a half smile. "Getting captured? If I got mad at you for getting captured while doing your job, I'd be a hypocrite. I got captured during dereliction of duties. Maybe that's why I take them so serious now." Swivel places her other hand on Hyperdrive's other shoulder, fully facing him and looking at him levelly. "I'm just glad you are okay. And I'm sorry I didn't do more to pursue getting Tap-Out free. After things got chaotic with the rifts and then Simanzi, I'm afraid I stopped looking into it. So if you failed, I did too."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive stares at Swivel for a moment before suddenly wrapping his arms around her and probably squeezing her slightly more tight than necessary. "S-so glad you wernt there..saw mechs d-die fer sport....saw 'im taken apart so ohers could survive. I...I understood b-but I was terrified. They'd bring more prisoners...and...and I'd be so glad they wernt you." He sighs and does loosen the deathgrip on his friend. "R-rememberrred you holdin me together after....."

Swivel has posed:
Swivel lets out a small squeak when she is squeezed, but she doesn't squirm out of Hyperdrive's grip. INstead her arms move from his shoulders and her hands find each other around Hyperdrive's back. "Hey now... hey now..." Swivel says. "I'm glad too. Not sure I'd want to be in that sort of situation again." Swivel sighs. "But I am sorry you had to go through that. That anyone does."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive smiles and relaxes so Swivel can escape if she wants or needs to. "Y-you had ta deal with that befr...didn't ya" At least Swivel isn't pointing out his speech issues. And he shakes his head. "Kept thinkin of you...least ya had part of me here...wasn't completely stuck there. And you were safe...made it easier. And Quake...quake didn't spect me ta ram a spear in his chest."

Swivel has posed:
Swivel doesn't escape, but does leans back a bit, bringing her hands to rest on Hyperdrive's shoulders yet again. "Not exactly the same thing but..." Swivel shakes her head. "That's in the past." Swivel glances around for a bit before focusing back on Hyperdrive. For a moment she looks a little puzzled at something Hyperdrive said, but it is replaced but a smial and headshake combo when he mentions spearing Quake. "No, he probably did not." Swivel regards Hyperdrive again. "Oh but you must be tired. I shouldn't keep you from resting."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive eyes his room...the one he shares with Hot Rod. "I'm.....not sure I wanna see what's been done. Maybe...maybe I should go back ta the medbay." He frowns, "N-not ever gonna be the same gain with Tap...I'd hoped he'd look fer me...p-plan was him followin everyone ta get them ta safety...and I lead. B-but I ended up tryin ta keep everyone together."

Swivel has posed:
"Carefully laid plans don't always pan out." Swivel says with an all too knowing sigh. She glances towards the room Hyperdrive shares with Hot Rod and nods. "Yeah, maybe we ought to get you back to the medbay. You are still limping and I'm sure they can do something about that." Swivel shifts, standing beside Hyperdrive and slings her arm about his shoulders, gently guiding him away from his room.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive looks at his foot, "Just hurts a lil....ya shouda seen what bit me...it was...scary. Bin mouth...acid spit and Tentacles around it's head. S-sure it's fine....sides they need ta help everyone else..."

Swivel has posed:
"I've seen some scary monsters in my time," Swivel remarks as she tries to imagine the creature. "Saaaaaay, Hyperdrive, think you can remember the thing that bit you well enough to program its likeness into the simulators?" Swivel asks as she begins to corral Hyperdrive slowly back to the medical bay. "I'm guessing it's an alien or one of those crazy undergrid monsters... and I sometimes like to practice against monsters rather than simulations of people."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive laughs...his first laugh since coming back. "Do ya wanna know how it smelled too...Cause I ended up UNDER it at one point...And slammed it with my Spoiler. I R-r-ripped it off and used it fer weapon." He makes a face. "Yer not allowed ta let it Eat ya..."

Swivel has posed:
Swivel brings up her shoulders and scrunches up her nubby nose. "I'm not sure I want to know how it smelled! But I don't plan on tangling with a real one. And a sim one can't really eat me. JUst... simulate eating me. Though... maybe that's not an experience I'd want either." Swivel gives a small shake of her head. "Brrrrr. Did I ever tell you about the time I had to cut off not just my tire but the axle attached to it to g... actually, nevermind. I'm not sure I really want to tell that story right now. But maybe some other time, when I'm less likely to get cross with someone." Swivel pauses. "Don't worry, that someone isn't you."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive grins back at Swivel, "Kinda like g-gettin Blurr outta the web of that underground monster? And c-came ta the conclusion that loosin parts better than loosin all." He keeps walking with Swivel back to the medical bay and the limps not terrible. Just....tender.

Swivel has posed:
There is just a tiny twitch under Swivel's optics at the mention of Blurr, but she just keeps walking, lending her support. "Yeah, losing parts is better than losing all." Swivel says in agreement, latching on to anything else to say even if she can't think of something new to say. "I'm glad you didn't get eaten."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive says, "B-blast off's fault that we hadda fight it...He told the trumvrat th-that we weren't worth fightin. Scrapper N-napalmed it. It...it was a tough fight. B-but I'll get yer specks fer the trainin program."

Swivel has posed:
And yet, mentioning Blast Off doesn't get much reaction out of Swivel. She nods. "Arrogance will complicate things." Then they are at the medbay and Swivel turns to face Hyperdrive again, giving him a gentle yet brief hug. "Now you get some rest and make sure you do as the medics tell you. Follow up is very important." Swivel smiles. "Welcome home, Hyperdrive." Swivel says. With that, she turns to go back to her own barracks, badly in need of rest.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive smiles a again, "J-just so ya know...I...I think he did it ta save us. Ta save me...IF you somehow come across him b-before I do...please tell him Thank you from me. R-rest well..." He turns and limps back the last few steps to the medical bay.