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Song: Birdhouse in your soul
Album: Flood
Artist: They Might Be Giants

“If we are going to make this work, unlike last time, we need to stick together.” Spine grumbled. Another shopping trip. “Now we have to get just one pet for Peter's birthday. Only one. They trusted us with this. We can't mess it up again. Alright?” He stared at all three equally in the eyes.

“Hey I have a question!” Rabbit raised his hand and bounced on his heels. “When do we get ice cream?”

“After!... if you're good.”

Jon and Rabbit both grumbled, kicking the dirt and put their hands in their pockets.

“That is a good plan, Spine.” Hatchworth golf clapped.


As they entered the pet-shop each bot moved to different corners. Splitting up wasn't part of the plan, but they each saw something shiny and totally perfect.

“PUPPIES!” Jon screamed as he walked past an open enclosure. Inside the small puppy pen were about 10 different breeds and mutts of dogs. Giggling he dove over the short fencing and crawled with the other pups. “Did you know... that you are magic?!”

Rabbit casually stepped over Jon kneeling by the pen. His eyes were wide and focused on a beautiful red bird perched in a cage by the cash register.

“You're beautiful!” He grinned wide as the bird began to bounce at his approach.

“...you're beautiful...” It mimicked with a tilt of its head.

“Hey thanks! What's your n-name?”

“... what's your n-name...”

“I asked you first.” Rabbit grumbled, putting his hands on his hips. “My name is Rabbit.”

“... my name is Rabbit...”

“Are you copying me?”

“Are you copying me?”

“You better stop it.”

“You better stop it.”

Spine walked all the way to the back. Something in the aquariums caught his eye. He strolled past the fish, never one for sea life. Hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, lizards, snakes. He froze in his tracks and spun to his side. In a medium sized tank sat a grey and red striped snake sunning itself on a brown rock. Spine bent at the knees slowly, now face to beady little eyes with the snake. It even raised its head, sticking its tongue out to taste the air. A smile crept in the corner of Spines mouth. It was quiet, would grow with Peter, slim, long, and beautiful. “Guys I found the perfect pet!”

Spine carried the terrarium to the front of the store, quickly met by Jon who had his arms full of 6 puppies. “Look. This one is perfect.” Spine announced, so happy with his find.

Jon gave the terrarium a glance and shook his head defiantly. “Nope. Perfect is 6 puppies.”

“... all... all of them?”

“ALL SIX PUPPIES! You can't break up a litter. Don't you know anything?”

“Guys!” Rabbit puffed as he ran to them. His hat was lopsided, his jacket in disarray and scratches down his face. He was also covered in bird feathers. “W-we should probably leave now... yea and never come back. Birds. Birds are a bad idea.”

“But I found the best one.” Spine frowned, showing rabbit the terrarium. “Look. He's quiet, and... and fun...”

Skeptically Jon and Rabbit glared at the tank.

“What does it do?” They asked in unison.

Spine raised an eyebrow. “What do you mean, 'what does it do'? It does lots of things!”

“Name one.” Rabbit crossed his arms, spitting a feather out of his mouth.

“Well.. he uh... he sleeps on this rock. Yeah. He likes the sun. And you can feed him mice.... and when he gets bigger he eats rabbits.” He chuckled slightly. Rabbit gasped incensed. His mouth and eyes wide as he pointed an accusing finger at him.

“You're in with that bird aren't you!?”

“What bird? I am not.”

“Puppies!”

“No Jon. We are not getting all 6 puppies. We are gonna get the snake.”

“PUPPIES!” Jon and Spine now yelling, arguing over the best pet at the front of the store.

“... but... but the snake is the best one!”

“MAGIC PUPPIES!”

“LOUD NOISES!” Rabbit threw his arms in the air. He pouted to confused looks from Spine and Jon. “I just... I felt left out...”

“Hey guys. I found the best animal here.” Hatchworth called out from outside of the store. They had forgotten he was there! All three bots set their animals down and ran for the door, Jon and Rabbit getting caught in the frame. Pushing past one another and out onto the sidewalk.

There stood Hatchworth holding a tiny Chihuahua in his arms as it licked his face. “This woman had a whole box. She said they were free to good homes.” The pup let out a whimper, licking his mustache. “Naturally I knew she was a liar and gave her all the dollars in my pocket.”

Spine rubbed his forehead, knowing that Hatchworth just gave away half their spending money. Rabbit and Jon giving the dog gentle pats.
“I guess you found the best one huh, Hatchy?” Rabbit smiled.
“Yea best one Hatchy.”

“Hey you! What did you do to my bird!” A woman screamed from the pet shop. Rabbit jumped straight and darted off.

“IT STARTED IT! GUYS RUN!” He flailed taking off with Jon, Hatchworth, and Chihuahua in tow. Only Spine remained, knowing he would have to clean up the mess they left.

Sighing he turned back to the pet shop. “here I'll... I'll pay for the bird.” He fumbled with the change in his pocket. “Also... I... I wanna get the snake too.” Just in case. If Peter didn't want it, Spine could always take care of it. It was a cool snake.
How I imagined the Robots trying to pick up a pet at the petshop for Peter's birthday.

*Be nice to birds*

Song: Birdhouse in your soul
Album: Flood
Artist: They Might Be Giants

:icontolkinbro: was nice enough to draw out the little scene! Check it out here.
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256NatLiz Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
"Don't hurt birds!"

Snakes are amazing.
... Jus sayin.
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giraffesonparades Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Don't you just love when song lyrics can work their ways into stories? It's fantastic
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256NatLiz Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Yup! well then
Particularly when the song and story have a common connection.

(XD Look what I found when I typed in "Spine": :shakespine:)
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ZoraSteam Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol my spine icon was mentioned! I've got like waay more spine icons + a whole bunch of rabbit too!
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256NatLiz Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
XD I've seen quite a bit of them.
I've started getting distracted by them when looking for icons.
Rabbit on the watch! I'll be on the look out for more of your creations!
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ZoraSteam Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heehee I'll be submitting more quite soon! I'm glad you like em! And thank you! :3
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256NatLiz Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
The Spine Approves Welcome!
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ZoraSteam Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
X33 How i dance 
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TolkinBro Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so close to being done with the line art :D I hope you don't mind that i took one very random liberty with jon that still kinda fits his character >u<''''

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giraffesonparades Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I dont mind at all! You are the one drawing it. I can't wait to see it! This is exciting! :la: :la:
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