36. Crash and Burn, original chapter posted 3/25/07
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*Yashy and Chirpy stare at Lucy in confusion.*
Yashy: Ma.. what are you doing?
*Lucy, trying to appear casual, holds her hands behind her head, using her arms to block more of the screen from Yashy and Chirpy’s view. She smiles awkwardly.*
Lucy: Nothing unusual!
*Yashy looks suspicious. She taps her chin with her hand.*
Yashy: Are you hiding something?
*Chirpy continues to look confused.*
*Lucy keeps holding her odd position. She starts to sweat.*
Lucy: N-no.. just..
*Lucy, still smiling, jumps up and spins around, grabbing the computer and holding it up in the air. The cord snaps. Yashy and Chirpy watch her in confusion.*
Lucy: Taking the computer for a walk!
*Chirpy frowns, scratching her head.*
Chirpy: Hmm.. If I didn’t know better, I’d say computers don’t take walks..
*Yashy side-eyes Chirpy.*
*Lucy walks away, dragging the computer by its cord, the screen finally black. Lucy smiles, looking relieved.*
Lucy (thinking): Oh! The picture’s gone!!
*Lucy looks thrilled. She holds her hands in front of her, one fist still clutching the broken power cord.*
Lucy: The nightmare is finally over!!
*The panel darkens as a series of mechanical clicks and whirring noises come from off-panel. Lucy freezes, her smile shrinks.*
*Lucy glances back in horror. A printer is humming on the tabletop.*
*Lucy, panicked, frantically reaches for the printer.*
Printer: Printing started!
*Lucy angrily jams her finger on the printer’s cancel button.*
Lucy: CANCEL CANCEL CANCEL!!
*Lucy grabs the printer and smashes it on the floor in front of Yashy and Chirpy, who flinch away, panicked.*
*Lucy relaxes, rubbing a hand over her forehead. Yashy and Chirpy sit next to the wreckage of the printer, watching the scene quizzically.*
Yashy and Chirpy: ?
*A single sheet of paper slips free of the wreckage, carried high into the air. The pets notice and Lucy looks horrified.*
*Yashy grabs the paper. She and Chirpy look at it in confusion.*
Yashy: Hey! What’s that?
*Yashy goes bright red, staring at Lucy in disbelief. Lucy is curled into a ball, defeated and trembling.*
Yashy: Where the hell is he putting that thing?!
*Chirpy flaps her wings in shock.*
[Caption: The next day]
*Lucy and Mike walk outside. Lucy is holding Yashy, who, slightly worried, leans over to Mike.*
Yashy: Have you ever tried that on her, Flea?
*Mike looks confused.*
Mike: Tried what?
*Lucy stares at the ground, deeply embarrassed.*
Lucy: Please don’t ask.
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