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A Human Friend: Chapter 17A Human Friend"Chapter 17: Thanks"After the brief agreement, Lana leaned in close to her father, "Daddy? Can Thundercracker at least have some recuperating time; maybe a week or two so he can rest and repair himself?"The man gave Thundercracker a quick glance, "I suppose so. He does look pretty beat up. Ten days, then the agreement starts."Carl marched back to his truck and Lana followed him."Thank you, Daddy." Lana said quietly."I have a feeling I'm going to sorely regret this." the man muttered climbing into his pickup. "But don't think for a moment if this agreement goes south that I won't make the call."Overhearing, Thundercracker gave the man a deadly glare, "And don't you forget who you're threatening. You might not live to regret it.""TC!" Lana hissed, gesturing fiercely for him to shut up.Carl shook his head, "Maybe some honest work will adjust that nasty attitude of yours."Thundercracker snorted.The man frowned, started his pickup, and waited for Lana
A Human Friend: Chapter 13A Human Friend"Chapter 13: Come Clean"Two hours before daylight
Lana looked over at Ben who appeared to be ready to nod off right on his bench stool. She gently reached over and touched his arm."Why don't you go back to your house and sleep?""Yeah right." the old man scoffed as he gestured to TC, "And I suppose HE won't stomp me to dust if I try to leave?"Lana shook her head, "As long as you pretend he's not here. Look, I'll tell him I told you to go into the house. He'll listen to me."Ben smiled and shook his head slowly, "How in the world did you ever make friends with one of them, Miss Lana? Left some milk and cookies outside your door for 'im?"The young woman smiled at the visual his statement created, "Not exactly. Just go on and get some rest, I'll handle him when he wakes up."He looked at her and then at the imposing mech, "Yeah
I feel a whole lot safer knowing a little white woman stands between me and him."Lana made a motion with her hand, "Yo
A Human Friend: Chapter 12A Human Friend"Chapter 12: I Found You"A few hours later
Ben tapped his fingers nervously against his numb knee. For a whole hour he'd sat on the cold concrete floor in a terrifying wait with this giant robot who'd taken up temporary residence in his hanger. The rain still pattered against the roof so the blue mechanoid hadn't made any move to leave. Ben prayed for the rain to stop and this brief hostage situation to end. Of course, Ben wasn't sure if he could take this robot at his word.What if he didn't leave? Would he kill him anyway? How long could he wait before he had to go to the bathroom or start to get hungry and thirsty?The old man would briefly look over at his dangerous "guest". He was really big, probably above thirty feet if he stood up. But he didn't look at all like the pristine, indestructible monsters that had been shown on the news. This robot looked like he'd been run through a metal chopper and dragged down the highway a few miles. It was st