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Chapter Twenty One 

Tinman’s Loss 



IceTe3a: He arched a brow as he continued to hear the female shrieks coming from the inside of the trailer. A simple sigh as he shook his head, his right eye scanning the inside of the trailer as he walked in front of Rain “He seems weak.. Sure I can’t kill him?” he smirked as he heard the door open, hearing the young kid beg Rain for his life whilst he held a homemade white flag of surrender. Pulling out his bowie knife he starts to flick it around in the palm of his hand, “ I don’t think a weakling like yourself could offer us anything useful” he glanced back at Rain as he shrugged “Maybe a little off the top..” he threw his knife as it whizzed through the air collecting tinman’s night cap it pinned the cap against the wall in the trailer with a large bang“Looks like you’ll have to fight for your life.. Tinman” he smirked as he started to stretch out his muscles as if he was getting ready to fight, all the while he had Rain close behind his back. They were both playing their parts perfectly, but now Rain would have to take control over him and show that she has fully claimed and in control over Adam, like the old times when he was nothing more than her object of use. This act would go on until they were safely at home then they could ease it back and explain the real situation between the two.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Sam near fainted when the knife whizzed past the top of his head but caught the cap and took it on a trip straight into the wall of the interior of the trailer. With eyes rimmed with the start of tears and his knees knocking frantically, he looked to Rain for help. If anyone could stop Adam it was Rain. ”Rayne?” He pleaded in a child like voice, which sounded pitiful considering. Rain stepped around Adam and barely batted an eyelid as she stared Sam down. ”Tin man has his uses, I suppose.” She then gave Adam a sideways glance and said in a monotone voice. ”Knock off the theatrics. Last thing I want is to smell the shit of his pants in that tin can of a trailer.” Just as coolly as she addressed Adam, she then took the lead. Walking towards the trailer, she pulled the door open fully and then leaned on it as she peered at the terrified Tin man. ”Sam, I’m not going to repeat myself. You are to do as I say, or…I give the borg behind me the right to shoot you between the eyes. We clear?” This statement was enough to have Sam nodding furiously, though he was still clearly terrified by Adam. He stepped back and gestured for them both to enter the trailer. Without looking back, Rain said. ”Inside, Adam.” More of an order than a request. Once inside, Rain would take a seat, while Sam still fussed. ”So…so, what do you want from me?’ At this, Rain cleared her throat, not even looking back at Adam, and said. ”You are going to help me find my father.” <3>

IceTe3a: He watches as Tinman nearly shat himself from the knife being thrown, he had to admit it was fun playing his old self again. He watched as the two started to talk eventually Rain gave the order to stop threatening Tinman, in which Adam responded his body stood straight once more as his muscles relaxed slightly. Watching as the two bartered for Tinman’s life they finally came to an agreement when Tinman agreed to help and Rain ordered him to come inside, slowly he walked through the sludge and the mud and straight into the trailer after rain. Coming to a stop he watched as Rain took a seat on a chair, he suddenly felt a bump behind him, slowly his eyes glared down to Tinman who was closing the door and had ran into his back, a slight growl as he glared the kid down, watching Tinman walk around him cautiously his hues glanced back at Rain as he arched a brow wondering what exactly she would do next with him, knowing full well what the old Rain was capable of he slightly flashed back to all those times he had run into Rain, being woken up with her sprawled ontop of him with her gun against his head was the first time they had ever met. It seemed apart from them recently falling in love with each other, she had always kept him under her boot as it were, wouldn’t be surprised if she had once or twice but he never tried to remember as it probably did happen. He scanned the room as he collected random facts of data and updates from what intel was left in the open be it files and print outs to turned on computer screens he scanned it all.

CharlotteCarrendar: – There was no mistaking it. Adam scared Sam shitless. You couldn’t really blame him either. Adam was something of a legend. The prototype that was wanted by not only the Zen Brotherhood, but now the Source as well. This was something Sam knew all too well. Nervously he took his seat after bumping into Adam, and was shocked by what Rain had come for. ”Me? Why me? Why can’t you find him yourself? You got…him.” At this Sam pointed at Adam, then realized that he might lose a finger and curled it back up before hiding his hand. ”I hate it when it does that.” Wincing at his own antics, he took a deep breath. ”If the Zen couldn’t find your father, then how the hell would I be able to?’ Sam added. At this, Rain sat back and folded her arms – pursing her lips together as she listened to his questions. ”What if I was to tell you, that I have seen his final movements before he disappeared?” What Rain meant by this, was that she saw the memories of Adam, and that it narrowed down locations to where he might be, but only with the help of a specialist like Sam, would she be able to pin point him for certain. All this time, she purposely didn’t exchange glances with Adam. She had to keep up the act that he was nothing more than an object to her, not the love of her life. Sam’s brow creased on hearing Rain speak of her father’s last known movements. ”How? You saw an old recording? What did you see exactly?” Rain looked at one of the many monitors behind Sam that had images of various parts of the city. ”I saw what looked like…a bunker.” <3>

IceTe3a: He was busy scanning the area for Intel but was fully aware and listening to the conversation the two were having. He didn’t bother to react to Tinman’s finger pointing as he didn’t need to it seemed his legacy was more than enough to keep the kid at bay. He started to walk around the trailer as he flipped through old files, scanning them and then tossing them aside. Overhearing Rain say that she saw her old fathers last known ware bouts he knew she meant she say his old memories, as he walked to the small fridge he opened it up and saw a can of beer as he took it out and cracked it open whilst reading the label“Light Beer “ he sighed as he took a swig ~ Light beer.. you have got to be kidding me.. ~ he thought to himself as he continued to look through the files and print outs before walking over to the turned on desktop screen, his right eye’s HUD turned on as it took over the network of the computer he started to open files through the computer multiples at a time and gathering all the information off the computer for later studies. Whilst that continued to go he walked back around as he kicked things out of his path, walking past his knife he ripped it out of the wall and re-sheathed it before coming to stand behind the chair Rain was sitting at, he was sipping the beer whilst staring at Tinman.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Rain’s concentration was broken when she heard the click and then fizz of a can being opened. Adam was helping himself to Sam’s stock of….light beer. She could hear Adam loud and clear in her own mind as he went off about the beverage. Rain just closed her eyes for a moment, trying to ignore the carry on going on behind Sam. This was proving to be a lot harder than she first realized. The young technopath had to keep being cool and heartless when it came to Adam, as much as she hated it. The best choice was to ignore it and keep focused on getting Sam on side. Sam couldn’t help but see what Adam was doing and making a mess of his trailer – his home. He wanted to tell the cyborg off, but knew he might wind up with a bullet to the back of the head. ”Make yourself at home…” Sam said reluctantly to Adam. Heaving more things getting kicked around, and then hearing the knife get pulled out of the wall, he swallowed heavily before looking back at Rain. ”Bunker? What, like the one the Source use?” Rain remembered that one, it was a right military bunker alright, but the one in the memories was different. ”No..the signage on the wall was…almost fifty years old…or more” This made Sam scratch his cheek. If it was not one made by the current regime, then who. The tinman then turned to his computer and started to type madly, before he turned and then he showed up a symbol that was by their standards ancient. ”Like this?” Rain leaned forward, and then recognized the symbol. ”Yes…but what is that?” That was a good question, and Sam looked pensive. ”Before….the great war..the governments of that era…built these nuclear fallout bunkers. Shelters. That symbol…is of a sect that had heavily involvement with the government of that era. God, Rayne…do you know how hard they would be to find? Even now?” <3>

IceTe3a: He glanced back as the two got into a more interesting conversation now they were getting somewhere, finally Tinman had stepped up to the plate. He watched as the kid went to his computer and started typing away finally coming up with some intel on what they thought was the bunker that had Rain’s father. He walked behind Tinman and arched a brow as he leaned in“You wouldn’t be hiding anything from us would you..” he said in his usual cold voice as he glanced over at Tinman. Glancing at Rain as he stood up he looked around as he started to scan the outside perimeter, it wouldn’t take long for someone to pick up that the credentials that they were using were hacked, they needed to get back through the checkpoint before the credentials were deleted and flagged. He looked Rain up and down and smirked “ we should go” he said out for both to hear ~“ Before the credentials are deleted and flagged” ~ He said quietly in his mind between him and Rain, if they passed through the checkpoint with flagged credentials they’d have to deal with the guards and Zen’s newly found Mech droids.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Sam near choked when Adam came up behind him and warned that he had better not be keeping anything from them. His voice had that terrible fierceness to it that would make a man cry in a blink. ”Err…no. I value my life, thank you very much.” Even Rain had to admit, that Sam wouldn’t be that stupid. Watching as Adam was now looking about, no doubt scanning the area outside the trailer – she knew that they would have to make a move. So far Sam had been helpful, in a sense but there was so much they still didn’t know. ”We go when I say.” Rain said, getting up slowly, and then taking the torn hat that Sam had been wearing and fixing it back firmly on his head. ”Sam…we will be in touch.” Rain moved for the door, and took one last look back at the Tin man, who was now grimacing that the nightmare was not over. ”I find out you double crossed us, I take the leash off him.” She then exited the trailer, her voice floating after her. ”Move out.” Walking across to the vehicle, she spoke directly to Adam’s mind. ”I give it ten minutes before this place is crawling with the night patrol.”Rain opened the door to the vehicle and then waited for Adam to get in first. As usual she would sit on his lap to drive them back out. <3>

IceTe3a: He smirked as he came to a full stand again watching Rain as she threatened to unleash him upon the kid if they found out he double crossed them. He started for the door and arched a brow as she said move out, he turned to stare at the small kid a devilish smirk appeared across his face as his eyes seemed to have a wicked glow about them, girlish screams, bumps and noises could be heard from outside the trailer with a muffled no screaming before it all became quiet again. He then walks out with Tinman beaten, bruised, tied up and thrown over Adam’s right shoulder like a dead animal. “Couldn’t risk it.. and since you won’t let me kill the kid” he smirked as he walked straight past Rain and popped open the Hummers boot, throwing Tinman into the boot he leaned down “If you make me come back here…” he glared into Tinman’s eyes before slamming to boot shut, he walked straight up to Rain and smirked as he shrugged, sitting down on the driver’s seat he waited for her to come sit on his lap’s as he braced himself for her harsh sit and wiggle that she always did even if she wasn’t acting. They would need to hurry up and hope luck is still on their side, either way they now had Tinman drafted into their crew, he would need to be filled out eventually but for now it was safer he stayed in the boot.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Rain’s jaw fell open when Adam appeared from the trailer carrying Sam like he was an old knapsack. Did he really just beat the kid up? Yes..yes he did. Watching him walk past her smirking, it took everything in her not to pop him one. Hearing him warn Sam of what would happen, and then shutting the boot, Rain shook her head knowing full well she couldn’t say what she really wanted too. Instead she watched Adam get into the driver’s seat and wait patiently for her to take her place. Rain got up and into the hummer, and made sure she sat down really firmly giving a bit of a bounce before wriggling into position. ”Gotta be comfortable.” She murmered as she started the engine and put the vehicle into reverse. Backing out of the gate, she turned the hummer out onto the road, keeping her eyes peeled for the first sign of the night patrol. The cloudy skies and lack of light made it hard to see, but she could spot the oncoming of mech droids before they became visible to the human eye. She hit the gas, and the hummer sped off, with the gates to the Tinman’s junk yard closing in behind them. They needed a place to stay and as Rain drove, she switched on the navigating system, using her mind to go through to what would be safe houses in a very dangerous city. <3>

IceTe3a: He watched as Rain climbed into the car and then she let her weight drop down on his laps as she bounced and wiggled into place stating she needed to get comfy. He smirked slightly as he arched a brow ~ “ Feel anything you like?” ~ he said in their mind and then came the act “Your ass is crushing my junk” he stated softly to her as he watched the hummer drive out of the scrap yard and onto the road. He knew this place would be crawling soon enough, and as predicted out from the night came the mechs, they scanned the hummer driving by and continued towards the scrap yard. “Close call, the credentials are still active” he said in a soft whisper, he knew she was wanting to find a safe house. Should they get to a safe house or hit the checkpoint and run back to base, either way was dangerous and both had their own issues to deal with if they went to the checkpoint and the credentials failed them, they would have an entire army on them within seconds, and if they stayed in the city over night, the credentials would surely be flagged but at least they’d have time to plan a new escape. He couldn’t decide which way they should go and of course he was relaying his thoughts to Rain as well. He had full trust in Rains decisions in this and was ready to back her up with whatever choice she made, ~ “Which option do you think is best? Either way we are taking one hell of a risk. “ ~ he sighs as he slowly wraps his arms around her waistline and softly cuddles her, only they could see this unless someone came right up to the window and peered in, even then he would move his arms before that happened but the simple touch of her skin was something he wanted once more.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Rain couldn’t help but smirk when their minds linked and Adam asked if she felt anything she liked while getting comfortable in her “seat”. ”Course.” she replied but gave an extra bounce for good measure. The humor of the situation soon fell away as soon as the mechs came into sight and..they were heading in the direction of the junkyard. ”Shit.” Rain swore as she knew that now they had to make a tough choice. Did they risk staying in the city with the chance that the codes would not work on the way out of the check point, or try to make a run for it. Rain hated the situation, and also the fact they had Tin man in the boot. Rain started to pull up check points that were nearest to them on the scanner and muttered to herself as she drove on. Driving recklessly would only cause suspicion, so she had to keep to the speed limits and watch for cars coming in the other direction. ”Can’t believe I am saying this…but let’s head for the nearest check point. It’s too dangerous.” She knew that there was so much more they could have accomplished had they stayed, but time was against them. Feeling Adam cuddle her gave her reassurance that she was making the right choice. At the end of the day, she simply didn’t want to risk losing him to the Zen again. <3>

IceTe3a: He watched as they went through the first checkpoint without issue, and finally she had come to the choice to go through the checkpoints and risk it to get out of the city by the end of the night. He nodded in agreement as he smirked slightly, loving her daring side as she bounces and wiggles more; he watched as they slowly went through checkpoint after checkpoint most being manned by one or two guards but the main one was still to come. He remained silent as they passed more mech’s it was obvious that there were a lot of them roaming the streets, these things would rip the hummer apart, as they come up to the final checkpoint he watched as the hummer came to a hault and the guards did the usual, scanning the credentials, checking their ID passes and finally allowing them through. As they drove through he sighed in relief and waited for them to be far away enough from the city before leaning in and kisses Rain’s neck “that was a close one.. Better pull off on the side and get the kid out of the boot” he watched as the city finally disappeared from view.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Each check point had acted on the intelligence that had been altered when Rain and Adam first entered the city. Now as they were leaving, the chance of being captured was a strong possibility. Passing the mechs also had Rain’s hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Although she had not encountered them before, as they were part of the Zen’s new defence attack system, she would need to study them in order to take control of one efficiently. As they passed the last main check point, Rain let out a sigh of relief. She had been maintaining the cool and hard assed persona to make sure no one clued in to the truth but it had been a hard ask. Once they had gotten well out of the city limits, Rain pulled the Hummer over to the side of the road and cut the engine. Sitting there a moment, Adam would feel the shiver of her skin as the cold bit into her skin. She’d opened the door and climbed out, ready to release Sam from the boot. Walking around the Hummer, she opened the back, and then jerked her head back to gesture him to climb out. ”Not got all day, Tinman.” <3>

IceTe3a:- He watched as she finally pulled the hummer to the side of the road, the engine was cut off as they sat there in silence for a moment. She was most likely reflecting on how they were able to pull it off without anything bad happening, he on the other hand was just enjoying her touch against him. As she got out he smirked as he waited a moment for her to open the boot and tell Tinman to come out. Taking a step out of the hummer itself, he stretched his limbs as he shouldered his rifle, taking a glance around the scenery it seemed they had gotten off scot free there was no enemies in sight. His hues flick over to Rain as he smiles, looking her over from head to toe as he walked around behind her and pulled her into a cuddle her back pressed against his chest, his chin resting on her shoulder gently as he took her scent in, they were now free to be their normal selves again. He watched as Tinman hopped out of the boot, he wondered just how Tinman would take that him and Rain were dating and in a serious relationship. He smirked as he knew she would break the news to him soon, his cuddle around her waist was tight and reassuring as his eyes kept a look out for enemies travelling towards them. “Heya Tinman” he grinned as he glanced down at the small kid “Time to waste you” he made an evil laugh, he was obviously teasing the kid and having some fun while doing so.’’

CharlotteCarrendar:- With Sam’s eyes adjusting to the light after being kept locked up in the boot for so long, the first thing he saw was Rain, who in a manner of speaking was a sight for sore eyes. The poor kid had already been roughed up by Adam and he knew that Rain was the more level headed of the two. ”Ugh…I got cramps.” Tin man whined, but his voice soon quietened as he heard the crunch of the sound of Adam’s boots approaching. He had a rifle holstered over his back, and then he did the oddest thing. He enveloped Rain in his powerful arms and then acted out of affection. ”What?…What the hell is this?” Sam wondered, only to watch as Rain turned her cheek and kissed Adam’s with a look of love in her eyes. She’d been acting, and now looked to be in a relationship with the cyborg. Before Sam could ask another question, Adam said the words that would make him piss himself. ”Time to waste you.” The computer whizz gasped and fell back slightly, his eyes bulging as he took Adam seriously every time. ”You’re going to kill me? You kidnap me, and bring me out here just to kill me?” His adam’s apple was racing up and down his throat as he looked to Rain with tearful eyes. ”I thought you were going to need me. You need me, right?” The poor kid was going out of his mind. <3>

IceTe3a: He chuckled slightly as Tinman lost the plot and started to plead for his life, pathetic really but he knew Rain knew what she was doing, if she said this kid could be useful than he would trust her. He smiled as he looked down into Rain’s eyes “That was tough, wasn’t it?” he was referring to their acting. Spinning her around so she was facing him, he cups her cheeks and kisses her with loving passion as he held it there for a moment before letting her go. “I don’t know what she sees in you, but if you betray us… You’ll regret it. Welcome aboard kid.” he smirked as his long right arm extended down and grabbed Tinman’s collar, pulling him up into a stand. His eyes got sharp as he glanced around and nodded slightly “We’ll have to explain things in the car, it’s not safe here let’s get back to base.” slapping Rains ass playfully he gave her a wink as he started to walk back to the driver’s seat, taking a seat as usual he waited for Rain to come take a seat as he placed a call “ Eve, we’re on our way back. Have you fed the deer yet, and how’s the base holding up” he smiled as he saw Rain walk up to the driver’s side door, he really was in love with her and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for her.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Sam felt the rough hand of Adam drag him up by the collar to standing. He was sure that Adam was going to pop him. Right then, right there. But instead he welcomed him to their small fold and gave him a very strict warning that if he crossed them, he’d regret it. The sudden change in Adam’s demeanour still had Sam off guard, and he whined like a puppy about to be kicked. Taking the advice to get in the car, Sam did so hastily. Jumping in the back seat and snapping on his seatbelt – all the while looking to Rain for answers. Rain on the other hand was too busy making eyes at Adam and then kissing him back happily now that she was free to be herself around him. ”I really don’t like having to act like such a bitch towards you.” Rain said of Adam before giggling as he slapped her rear to get her to get a move on, so they could head back to base. In the Hummer, a holographic image of Eve appeared on Adam’s request and she had changed from being the stalker like borg to a more human like creature. She was smiling as she acknowledged she fed the deer. ”They ate right out of my hand, Adam. Hello Rain.” Eve said to each before she went on to update them on the latest intel. ”The base is fine, there are no traces from the Zen that have managed to crack the outer defence.” She meant the computer systems, that the Zen were no doubt trying to find traces of the fugitives. ”Hey Eve.” Rain responded to the holograph, as she settled back on Adam’s lap in the front seat. She was so glad that they were heading home, and now with Tinman on board, the hunt for her father could continue. <3>

IceTe3a: – He chuckled hearing that the deer ate straight from her hand smiling as he nodded from her update it seems the Zen still couldn’t pin point their defenses, this was great news. He always knew that farm house was a great location for a hidden base, it would take years for Zen to figure out that their base was under the farm. He felt Rain as she took her seat in his lap, he smiled and wrapped his arms around her waist, holding her close as he kissed her neck with a lovers welcome. Hearing Tinman sit in the back seat they were all piled in and the hummer drove off towards their home. He smirked as he looked in the review mirror knowing Tinman would have questions “Yes, we’re dating, any other questions?” he chuckled lightly as he watched for the skies for any Zen aircrafts. “We’re looking to reunite Rain with her father, we’re camped out in my personal bunker. Safe from the Zen completely. “ he chuckled knowing that bit of news would be a welcomed relief for Tinman, he knew by now that Zen would be swarming around Tinman’s bunker looking for intel. What they didn’t know is that he had done something to Tinman’s computer, he installed a virus to explode the entire scrap yard from his mind a loud explosion as fire and smoke could be seen in the review mirror “Oh.. your scrap yard.. Yeah you can never go back there again. All your data has been transferred to our networks so don’t worry” that was why he was scanning all the files and uploading everything in Tinman’s trailer, he was always one step ahead.

CharlotteCarrendar: – The hummer powered along the dirt road that was leading them far out of the city and the reach of the Zen. Rain was now relaxing as she was right where she wanted to be – as close as possible to Adam. Adam of course had made sure that they had a clean get away and that had to do with a rather nasty virus that he had installed into Tinman’s computers that acted as a detonator for what would be a spectacular explosion. Sure enough, the tell tale fire ball in the distance was of course…the junk yard being oblivorated. ”Was that?” Sam asked, his head snapping around to see the large black plume of smoke in the sky. ”Yep.” Rain answered, knowing that Adam was filling him in in the most sinister way. ”No going back.” Sam’s face crumpled as he thought of all the wonderful wrecks he had been collecting over the years. ”You can’t just come into a man’s house and blow it up!” Nice to see Sam had some balls after all. Rain cast a look in the rear vision mirror and answered. ”We did transfer your files. Stop complaining.” Sam started to blubber. ”My pokemon collection…my little pony figures.’ What a sook. <3>

IceTe3a: He arched a brow as Tinman got cocky and mouthed off, only to lose what little respect he had just gained, now complaining about his pokemon cards. “Tinman.. men don’t collect pokemon cards… Do I need to whip you into becoming a man?” he chuckled and heard Tinman start to complain about his My little pony collections… did he seriously complain about pony dolls… he grumbled and slammed his foot on the hummers breaks as it came to a fast stop, he was holding onto Rain’s stomach so she wouldn’t go flying, Tinman on the other hand… *Thud* a smirk appears on his face as he watched Tinman’s head hit the back of the car seat hard “One tear Tinman.. And I’ll beat you silly. Time you became a man” he let his foot off the breaks and allowed Rain to drive on as he smirked. “Sorry about that darling.. I hate cowards” he shrugged slightly, knowing she would understand, he may cop a slap to the back of the head though. As they drove through the countryside well out of Zen’s radar they finally came upto the driveway for their hidden base “Home sweet home “ he smirked, as he saw the Auto turrets scanning their car before deactivating, it was obvious that Eve had already put Tinman onto the security list. “Eve can give Tinman the grand tour.. we have other plans” he smirked and kissed her neck lovingly. : Standing on top of one of the larger new Mech droids as the Zen forces started to walk into the Scrap yard, was General Taol. He stood there giving orders to secure and collect intel, Before he knew it the entire place exploded in a mass fireball leaving nothing to be recovered, the mech had reacted in protecting him as it lunged back a distance. “Blast those traitors.. Get the tech team onto figuring out how they got past all the check points NOW” he sunk back into the Mech’s interior cockpit and took over manual drive on the mech as it walked towards the Zen base “Back to your stations on the double, increase security” the order was issued and he would make sure this would not happen again. The clean up crew was left behind to go through the bits of rubble to try and salvage any information, anything at all could help them find the traitors and bring back Equipment X into their ranks, he always knew that giving that thing a mind of its own was a bad idea. His mission was to retrieve the Equipment back for Zen and capture Rain the traitor that was it. His crew was specially tasked to this assignment and he had everything Zen had to offer at his disposal to complete the task, failure was not an option. Making his way back into the armory he dismounted from the Mech droid and it set back to autopilot as it walked out of the armory and started to do its rounds until it was called upon again, walking through the halls he slammed open the door to his office and closed it behind him “Blast those two… he grumbled as he took a seat on his office chair “First Equipment X.. then Rain and now Eve is gone, Zen is growing weaker each day.. its pathetic” he slammed his boots down on the table as he stretched out and lit a large cigar and started to puff away.

CharlotteCarrendar: – The screech of the tyres along the road sounded as the Hummer slid across to the other side road only to come to a sudden halt. This made even Rain jerk forward slightly, but thankfully Adam had a good hold on her. The reason for the breaking was to give Tinman a good wake up call. Nothing Adam despised more in a man than weakness, and to have Sam blubbering about some plastic ponies and children’s playing cards had him ropeable. Sam went flying forward and then back, causing him to knock his head both front and back. Bruised and a bit bloody, he looked set to cry again, but Adam warned him if he saw one tear he was going to beat him silly. It took a lot for Sam to suck it up, in the face of things. All he knew was that his livelihood and collections were now gone. Sam muttered under his breath and sniffed loudly as he wiped what stray tear may fall. Last thing he wanted was for Adam to see it. Starting off again, it was not long before they reached the gates of the farm, and the base. Rain actually smiled brightly to see it again. It certainly was home sweet home. Driving through the gates, once the vehicle had been scanned, she drove the hummer down to the farm house, where Eve was waiting outside, dressed a little differently from her usual med lab suits. She looked like a country farm girl. Feeding the deer really got her into the spirit of farm life. Watching all disembark from the Hummer, Eve welcomed Sam, who was confused to see her again. ”Eve?” The female cyborg smiled and took his arm to lead him inside so she could bring him up to speed and show him to his quarters. With the pair gone, Rain rounded on Adam and wrapped her arms around his waist. ”I missed this.” She uttered, before kissing his lips softly, and resting her cheek to his chest. :: At the remains of what was the scrap yard, crews were going over the rubble in search of clues that would help them find the Equipment X. One guard picked up a half molten my little pony and said. ”Awe.”<3>

IceTe3a: – He smiled and nodded at Eve as she greeted them a warm welcome, she had taken his advice and become more human, more like herself. He watched as Eve took Sam into their base to bring him up to date, suddenly he felt Rain tackle him as he turned to face her he was welcomed with a warm kiss, he smiled and nodded in agreement, looking around the farmland everything was peaceful and normal, nothing out of the ordinarily “I’m glad we’re back too, it’s perfect here” he smirked and fell back into the soft grass, pulling her to lay down on top of him, cuddling her in close as he sighed happily, looking up at the blue skies “ Once we find your father we can move back here with him, and live our lives out peacefully. “ After awhile of laying down and enjoying each other’s company he knew they had to get back to reality, there would be plenty of time for the two to spend countless days in each other’s arms when all this was done. “Best get back inside” he smiled as he sat up, slipping his arms under her legs and against her back he came to a stand and held her in his arms, as he carried her inside and down to their base. He smirked as he swayed her from side to side playfully, before placing her down on the ground feet fist. Giving her one last kiss, he nodded in the direction of Sam and Eve, as he grabbed her hand gently and lead her off to their location. Eventually they caught up with Sam and Eve as he smirked slightly “I Assume you’re caught up with most of it, but any questions ask Rain. a simple smile as he looked down at Rain and pulled her in to press her back against his chest, he was really enjoying her touch against his skin.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Inside the farm house, Eve had taken Sam down to the second floor where the real base was, not the farm like facade. The Tinman was in awe of what Adam had created, and the sheer size of the place had him flabbergasted. ”Oh my God.” He whispered. Eve knew it all now like the back of her hand and showed him his own room, as well as the main labs and tech stations. The computer technology surpassing much of what he had seen before. He didn’t even think that Zen was this well set up. The gleaming benches and massive store house of weaponry and armor was enough for a small army. This had Sam stop and think. What was Adam’s real goal here? Was he truly after helping Rain find her father, or was this the base for a new wave of resistance? Eve was unaware of what Sam was thinking and continued to give him the guided tour, just as Adam had instructed. Adam and Rain finally caught up with the pair, after having playfully rolled around in the grass outside the farm house. Rain even still had some grass in her hair as she came down to where Sam and Eve were. Sam turned around as the two approached, still uncomfortable about being around Adam. Truth was he didn’t trust him, and more to the point, he couldn’t understand how Rain was now in a relationship with him. Didn’t she say he was a borg? He thought it was taking her love of technology a bit too far. ”I’m pretty up to speed, Adam. Eve has been very ..helpful.” This was true, and Eve beamed to be mentioned. However, Sam then turned to Rain and asked. ”Surely with all the tech you have here, you would have been able to locate your father.” It was a fair statement, the truth was however that she had only gotten a glimpse of where her father was last from Adam’s memories. ”My father didn’t want to be found. For good reason, I suppose. Which makes it all the more important that I find him…before they do.” <3>

IceTe3a: He smiled and nodded as he heard Eve had done good in bringing Sam upto date, he glanced over at Eve and smiled“Good job Eve” he held Rain in his arms closely as he sighed happily, they were one step closer to bringing Rain and her father together. He chuckled slightly as he glanced around the room, he remembered he still needed to upload Sam’s files to their network as he sighed slightly “Work never finishes, Eve can you come help me upload the files to the network?” he knew she would be more than happy to help as he leaned down and kissed Rain on the lips with a passionate love “ I’ll be done soon, once we’re done we can meet in the mess hall, and I’ll cook us up some lunch, how’s that sound?” giving Rain a hug he walked off with Eve behind him as he walked through the halls and over into her lab room, even from here she would be able to access the main network and download the Sam’s files from Adam. He took a seat on one of her operating tables and smiled as he watched her “I see you’re enjoying the farm life, abit different from the big city huh Eve” he smirked as he knew she loved it out here.

CharlotteCarrendar:- With Adam and Eve now out of the room, Sam couldn’t help himself. He approached Rain and stood with his arms folded. ’Rayne, are you out of your mind?” This was said with a voice that even Rain had not heard before. She immediately went on the defensive and cocked a brow. ”What are you talking about? I’m perfectly fine.” Sam checked over his shoulder that they were alone and then he let her have it. ”He’s a machine. You are in love…with a machine.” Talk about being blunt. At this Rain took offence. She turned to walk away from him but he grabbed her shirt and pulled on it. ”Hey!” she cried as he turned her back. ”What would you father think if he knew you were shagging the hardware?” Little did Sam understand just what Rain had discovered about Adam. From the outset, even she thought he was nothing more than a borg, but came to discover that when her father made him, he was so much more. With a clenched jaw, Rain retorted angrily. ”He is more of a man than you are.” That one was really below the belt, and not because Sam collected toys. ”Yes…I love him, and yes, I have even slept with him. Adam is real. You couldn’t possibly understand.” That much was true and Sam then hit back. ”Are you sure he loves you, or did you programme him to say and act as he does? Hmm? Answer me that Rayne. You can control technology, what is to say he is nothing more than a puppet to your sick fantasy!” ~Whack!~ Rain slapped Sam across the face in a fit of anger. ”Never…ever say that again. He has his own mind. This is not something I make him do. He loves me…for me.” <3>

IceTe3a: – He smiles as Eve started the download from Sam’s scrap yard, soon they would be added to the network and available to be accessed from anywhere in this building. It took awhile for the download to complete but it finally finished as he sighed slightly in relief, stretching out as he came to a stand “Thanks Eve, you’re a big help to me and the team, never forget that” he smiled as he gave her a nod, and arched a brow “Hey, did we feed the horses yet? “ he chuckled slightly and walked off towards the mess hall, he knew that he was going to cook for them all and perhaps a kind of welcome party for Sam. He made his way slowly to the mess hall as he started to prep food, with cooking meats on the stove, making salads and putting cold beers on to chill in a big Ice bucket, he thought they could all enjoy a good nights relax something that he thought they could all do from now on. Unless it was dire or they were on a mission he would make sure after 5:30pm that it was relax time, no work, no Zen, no stress. Just relaxing and enjoying the freedom they had found for themselves. He smiled lightly as he set the table and continued to cook the meats, he sent a message to Eve inviting her for dinner as well, he knew she was more than able to enjoy the food and drink even if her body didn’t need it, she could still enjoy the taste and getting drunk with them.

CharlotteCarrendar:- The tension now between Sam and Rain was getting worse as they faced off. Sam’s cheek was red from the slap, not to mention he still had a lot of bruises and cuts from having to deal with Adam at the scrap yard. Rain could smell that dinner had been started down in the mess hall, and she started to head that way. ”Come on, they will wonder what we are doing.” Sam followed along, but he was still annoyed with Rain, especially with what he believed to be happening between her and Adam. Entering the mess hall, Rain tried to smile and hide the fact that she and Sam had just had a massive row and she offered to help with setting up the plates and cutlery if it needed doing. Sam on the other hand felt he needed to know the truth, and boldly walked up to Adam. ”Before we go any further in me helping you guys. I want the truth.” On the other side of the room, you could see Rain looking grim as Sam went ahead and spoke his mind. ”Is Rain manipulating you Adam, to do what she wants? Cause if so…I call bullshit. She’s a talented Technopath, and you are a machine, Adam. Like it or not…it’s what you are. Same goes for Eve. I feel like I am in some sick game that she is orchestrating.” You could hear Rain drop the cutlery on the table and she was about to fly off the handle. <3>

IceTe3a: – He was happily cooking away on the hot stove as he started to flip the meats over to the other side, the aroma of the cooking food was filling the mess hall and seeping out of the room. He heard Rains footsteps, he could tell it was her from the way she walked, he smiled as she walked in and he looked at her with an arched brow. He knew something was up with her but he couldn’t tell what, he wasn’t going to pry the situation as she was probably worried about her father. He nodded as she asked if she could help out with the cutlery and plate “Thanks hun” he then heard Sam walk into the room, as he continued to cook, he glanced down as he heard Sam demand for the truth, arching a brow he wondered what he was going on about as his hues glanced over to Rain questioning her friends motives. Then it hit him, as Sam basically accused Rain of reprogramming Adam, and so so much more. He then realized why she was upset and it was the little punks fault. He growled as his left hand gripped Sam’s shirt without warning, lifting him up off the ground he brought him to eye level “ How dare you.. upset Rain like that and accuse her of such misdeeds” he brought Sam’s face over to the hot stove and lowered it so his skin could feel the heat “ Fact is, I’m not a borg. I’m fully human always have been, I’ve just had extensive military style cybernetics and Ntech installed throughout my body to create the perfect soldier. Even if she did Rewire me, I could overthrow it, and I’d know she rewired me. he threw Sam down onto the ground and glared down at him “ I had gene therapy done to me as a child that’s why I can use all Ntech at 100% unlike other humans. I love Rain, she loves me Get over it” he growled as he took the meat off the hot stove and put it into a large serving plate before he turned and glared down at Sam again “ I’ll let this slide since you don’t know much about me, but you owe Rain an apology” he kneeled down so he could whisper to Sam “You ever make her cry again, I’ll have Eve take you apart slowly. She can do that without you dying you know” his deathly stare was soul shaking as he came to a stand and smiled, looking over at Rain he gave her a reassuring nod to show everything was ok.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Rain couldn’t hide her upset. Sam was accusing her of doing the unthinkable and it was like an arrow to the heart. What had grown between her and Adam was a natural affection and had nothing to do with her abilities as a technopath. Sam had no idea he was now walking on very dangerous ground when it came to upsetting Rain, or Adam for that matter. The happiness of the mess hall was rudely interrupted and now Sam was about to see a side of Adam that no one else had been privy to. Adam blasted Sam in a verbal stoush that would leave Sam reeling. Rain wanted to interject but she knew it was not her place. The accusations were entirely false and Adam wanted Sam to understand in no uncertain terms that he considered himself to be human. What the Zen and others had done to him was merely adding to his body to create the perfect solider, something that he was more than capable of being. It was his childhood ability to use Ntech, unlike any other humans that truly set him apart. Eve stood in the background quietly, not wanting to get involved. She had not been manipulated either in her mind. Sam couldn’t understand before why Adam saw himself as human, until now. Staring up at Adam and seeing the rage behind his eyes, promising that he would have Eve take him apart like a machine if he ever made Rain cry again. Sam easily buckled. ”Okay okay. I’m sorry, alright. This is just a lot to take in, man. You come kidnap me, blow up my scrap yard, then I have to see for my own eyes that you are in love with Rain. I knew you before, and you couldn’t stand her. How was I to know?” At this point, Rain excused herself and left the room. <3>

IceTe3a: He nodded as he could understand where Sam was coming from and sighed slightly as he watched Rain walk out the room, shaking his head he looked back down at Sam “I understand where you are coming from, but you could have dealt it differently with Rain, she is female after all.” he smiled lightly and looked at Eve “Sam, man the grill, Eve help out. I’ll go settle Rain” he chuckled lightly and sighed as he walked out of the room and tracked Rain down, it wasn’t very hard to find her, as he snuck up behind and turned her around pulling her into his arms. He smiled as he looked down at her and kissed her pouting lips “We both know our love is true, besides Tinman.. just needed it all to be explained better, he’s fine now and he’s sorry for what he said. We had to expect this darling, after all we once were mortal enemies” he smiled and kneeled down as he pulled her to curl up in his lap, he kissed her forehead and chuckled lightly “I was certain you were going to kill him, we’ll head back when you’re good and ready. Ok?” he smiled as he cuddled her close.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Rain was red faced – her cheeks aflame at having to listen to the argument and be reminded of a time when Adam hated her. It wasn’t the most pleasant thing to be reminded of and when put the way that Sam said, it did make it seem that she had manipulated Adam. Hearing him come up behind her, she wrapped her arms around herself, only to have him pull her into his arms to reassure her. He was right. The love they shared was true, regardless of the terrible start they had. When they had gone into the city to fetch Tinman, they had to play it like she treated him like a machine, so it was warranted that on arriving and seeing them behaving like a couple that Sam’s curiosity would get the better of him. It was just very hard having to defend, especially with the way she felt about Adam now. Being pulled onto his lap as he knelt down and tried to reassure her that everything was fine and that now Sam understood, Rain looked up into Adam’s eyes. ”I shouldn’t have got so upset, I know.” Rain said quietly. She didn’t want to have bad feelings with those on the farm, and the fight with Sam was bound to happen as he came to realize everything that had gone on since Adam and Rain escaped the Zen. ”He just doesn’t know you like I do. Long ago I saw you as a machine…now you are more human than me.” <3>

IceTe3a: He smiled as he cuddles her in close and nods “I know, soon enough he will understand everything, remember he’s in the same shoes as we are now” he waited a while longer with her in his arms, using his fingers to wipe any stray tears away. A few minutes pass as he pulls her up to stand by his side, giving her a reassuring lovers kiss he gave her a wink and nodded over towards the Mess hall’s direction “Come on, food’s gonna be ready soon. Let’s start fresh shall we? “ he smiles and takes her by the hand leading her back to the mess hall, as he walked in and saw Eve and Sam, he walked over and looked over the food giving a nod “Done well guys, let’s eat.” he smirked as he placed the prepared salads, meats and other foods on the table with a can of beer for everyone. Taking a seat next to Rain he filled her plate up and smiled as he gave her a cheeky nudge. Glancing over to Eve he arched a brow “I expect you to enjoy the food and get drunk with us as well Eve, you too Sam, Drunk.” he laughed casually as he started to dig into the food, it was well earned and would settle nerves. Cracking open his beer he took a swig as he looked around at everyone enjoying their meals, it was almost like a little family. This place was so peaceful it was easy to forget the troubles of the real world and just escape into this private world on the farm lands. After awhile he had finished his food and was more than happy as he continued to drink beer, then he popped the question “So Sam, think we can find Rain’s father? “ he’d wait for Rain to finish eating before he took her over to sit on his lap like usual, they were so used to it by now it would be unusual for everyone to see Rain sitting anywhere else besides on top of Adam.

CharlotteCarrendar: – Rain felt a wave of relief at Adam’s words of reassurance. They were all in this together now, and needed the other in order to pull off their main objective – which was to find Rain’s father and bring him home. Adam’s fingers brushed her cheek and captured the stray tears that had fallen. She could have honestly stayed there forever, but knew that their dinner was waiting. Getting to her feet with the help of Adam, she agreed that they needed to start over. Sure, they had put Sam through a great deal to get him there, but if they were going to be a team they all had to learn to get on. Eve was already tucking in, with what looked to be a comical face since she didn’t normally dine like everyone else. A large beer was near her plate and she took that up with both hands, skulling it down like it was water. No doubt she was going to suffer for that later. Eve let out a gentile burp before giggling and going back to eating, while Sam was getting settled. His face was still a bit red from the earlier argument. He must have known that Rain was very hurt by his words, and he wanted to make up for it. ”I think we can. Might take some digging though.” Sam said in reply to Adam’s question about Rain’s father. ”Cracking government files is kinda my speciality.” He said proudly. Rain finished her meal and then moved to be on Adam’s lap, watching the others, and in particular Eve who was on her second beer. <3>

IceTe3a: He smiled as Rain joined him, wrapping his free arm around her waistline as he cuddled her in and sipping his beer with his other hand whilst he watched everyone else enjoy themselves. He arched a brow as he watched Eve drinking her second beer “Eve you better slow down, that’s heavy stuff you will get drunk” he smirked and looked down at Rain with a smile. “well we should be able to figure it out by working together, that’s for sure. You get us a location, leave the dangerous side to me and Rain” he nodded as he sipped more of his beer, they continued to chat as the night went on soon enough the plates were cleared and the kitchen cleaned as they all sat down and enjoyed each other’s company whilst drinking some beer. By now he could notice the beer was taking an effect over Eve as he laughed slightly “Such a green horn” he smirked as he winked down at Rain. Time slowly crept up on them as it was almost time to retire back to their rooms “Time to retire to our rooms I think. Get a good night in, we’ll need the energy for tomorrow” he smiled wishing the other two a good night before picking up Rain and carrying her off to their room. As they entered their room he placed her down on the floor feet first “I think we’ll all be fine” he chuckled as he stripped his black shirt off.

CharlotteCarrendar:- ”But it tastes good.” This was Eve’s reaction to the beer, and sure enough she helped herself to a third. While the rest of the table chatted away as the meal was finishing, Eve was slowly starting to sway back and forth, back and forth. Like you would see someone on a ship. Sam helped with the plates and cutlery, passing Eve who hiccupped and then let out another giggle. She really was a green horn, as Adam had said. Time was for everyone to get some sleep and Eve went to standing unsteadily, and then offered to show Sam his room again. Needless to say she was going the wrong way. Sam caught her up and spun her the right way. ”It’s over here.” Eve saluted and then staggered towards his room, before doing a strange bow like gesture to welcome him to his room. ”Need someone to cuddle?” she offered. Sam looked at her strangely. ”No thanks Eve, I think I will be alright.” Eve then pushed him in the door and closed it behind her, where you could hear his words of protest to a drunk and very cuddly cyborg. ”Rain’s father liked my cuddles.” Eve was heard to say and all you could hear from Sam was a strangled cry. You had to wonder just what she meant by cuddles. In Adam and Rain’s room, they were now finally alone. She watched him strip off his shirt when he had set her down gently. Rain always admired his physique and had a hint of a cheeky smile as she approached him – placing her hands to his chest. ”I think so too.” <3>

IceTe3a: He turned around to find Rain walking straight upto him, her hands pressing against his bare chest as he looked down and smiled, leaning down he kissed her on her lips and smirked. “ I hope Sam can handle Eve” he chuckled lightly as he walked over to his side of the bed and laid down on it watching Rain until she came over to join him. “We’ll find your father then live out our lives here peacefully” he smiles as he pulls her up to lay basically on him with her had resting against his chest he gently started to stroke her hair. “ Anyone else you can think of that we need?” he started thinking but shrugged it off as tonight was a night to relax. : A knock on the door “Enter” a Zen soldier came in with a report and something else held in his hand [/b] “ General, Sir! Unfortunately due to the explosion nothing could be salvaged, no Intel was left behind it was well planned out. The only thing that was not badly damaged was this sir!” [/b] the man walked forward and placed down a half burnt pink my little pony doll on the Generals desk. He growled as he dismissed the man, grabbing the doll he threw it in the bin“Where are you hiding…” for some reason they were always ahead of the Zen forces but with the new Mechs rolling out, things were going to change.