Title: My Playground Love

Author: Danielle Swinton

Rating: PG

Archive: Sure!

Feedback: Please!!!

Disclaimer: Aldiss created them; Kubrick, Spielberg, Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks own them; I just play with them.

Warning: Alternative Universe.

Notes: Inspired in the song "Playground Love", interpreted by the group Air in the "Virgin Suicides Soundtrack" (the lyrics are included in the fanfic)

Summary: A new companion arrives to the Swintons' house. What changes may she bring, specially into David's life?

Chapter 1: Meeting, Fear, and a brand-new friendship

"Is our new project complete?" Dr. Hobby asked.

"Yes, Dr. Hobby. She's ready to be tested" his assistant answered.

"Now we know how a Mecha-child can love its parents" another assistant said "But how might it react with another Mecha?"

"That's what we're going to find out" Dr. Hobby answered, then he opened the door, and a tiny figure entered

the room.


Three years had passed since David came back with the Swintons. Doctor Hobby had taken him with Jeanine Salla, the robo-psychologist, to help him with the "Blue Fairy" incident, and David took it pretty well; as long as his mommy was with him, everything would be okay.

Henry still was working in Cybertronics, and Martin now was a 15-year-old teenager, studying in high school. Martin had grown up quite a bit, but that didn't mean he had changed his behaviour. He did well at school, and he had not much problem with his parents, but with David...well, nothing had changed, because he bothered the poor little boy every time he could.

One day, Monica and David were at the kitchen making lunch.

"Martin? Martin, come here, please" Monica said.

Martin, who was upstairs, didn't seem to hear his mom's call.

"David, can you go get Marty for me?" Monica asked, and David smiled.

"Sure, Mommy" he answered, and ran upstairs.


David walked all the way up, and he passed through the sewing room (which was his bedroom), where Teddy was sitting in a chair.

"Hey Teddy, whatcha doin'?" David asked.

"Hello, David" the bear said.

"Have you seen Martin, Teddy?, Mommy wants me to find him"

"Yes, he's in his bedroom"

"Let's go there, Teddy" David said, taking Teddy by the arm, and walking silently to the next bedroom. When he arrived, he found the door half closed, and he opened it, not making any noise.

There was Martin, and it seemed like he was leaning against the wall, with his arms around something...or someone, specifically. Into his arms, there was a red-haired girl, who (as far as David knew) was Natalie, Martin's girlfriend, and who was crossing her arms against his neck and they were cuddling very close...way TOO close, according to David's opinion. David rolled his eyes.

"Not again..." David thought, watching the scene.

He heard some moans and groans of pleasure from the couple, who didn't notice him; Martin was kissing and snuggling the girl, and David was watching. It definitively was something that his 11-year-old mind couldn't understand.

David leaned slightly against the door, and it made a creaking sound. Martin gasped, and stopped what he was doing, afraid that his mom had caught him. But when he saw who was at the door, he sighed with relief, and looked at David with an annoyed expression.

"What are you doing here? I told you not to come here!" he said, as Natalie straightened herself up, blushing furiously. Obviously, Martin didn't like the fact that he had been caught by his little 'brother'

"Mommy was calling you, and you didn't answer" David explained "And she sent me to call you"

"MARTIN!! COME DOWN HERE THIS INSTANT!!" Monica yelled from the kitchen.

"Okay, okay, I'm coming!!" he said, and turned to David "If you tell mom what I was doing, you'll be sooooo in trouble..." he added, taking Natalie by the hand, and getting out of the room.

"Teddy, do you know what Marin and Natalie were doing? It's strange" David asked innocently.

"I don't know, David" the bear answered, and they followed Martin.


"Martin, why didn't you hear me? I've called you five minutes ago" Monica said when Martin finally reached the kitchen "I had to ask David to go see what was wrong"

"Mommy, the door was closed, and they were..." David said, and Martin interrupted him.

"Natalie and me were finishing our homework" he said (yeah, as if I believed that one!)

"But your book was closed, Martin. And...OUCH!" David couldn't continue, because Martin pinched him.

"Okay, what did you need mom?" Martin asked.

"Teddy? Where's Teddy?" David asked.

"Maybe you left him in Martin's room" Monica suggested, and David ran upstairs to get Teddy.

"Martin, I just wanted you to buy me these things in the supermarket when you go leave Natalie at her house" Monica said, handing a piece of paper to her older son. Martin nodded and took the paper.

"Sure, Mom" he said "Natalie and I were just leaving now"

Suddenly, the door opened and everybody looked there. Henry entered the house, and it seemed like he had brought something interesting.

"Henry, what's wrong?" Monica asked, surprised to see him so early, because he usually came home at night.

"I have a surprise to all of you" he answered "Oh, the door is closed" he added, and opened it. A little figure passed the door, and everybody looked surprised.

There was a little girl, not older than David. She couldn't have more than 11 years old. She had long, soft brown hair, emerald-green eyes, pale skin, and rosy cheeks. She was wearing a long, pink dress, a white hat and matching white shoes. Overall, she was a very pretty girl. Everybody was quite taken aback by her.

"Who are you?" Martin asked.

"Hello, my name is Darlene. Pleased to meet you" the girl said, approaching to Monica.

"Isn't she beautiful?" Henry said with hope.

"Henry, can I talk to you a second?" Monica asked, gesturing him to join her to the windows. Henry went with her.


"Henry, what's going on? Who's this girl? Why did you bring her here?" Monica asked.

"Look Monica, my company has created another project, a feminine mecha-child"

"You mean...she's a Mecha?!" Monica said.

"They wanted us to test it, because we already have a Mecha-child, and they want to watch her behaviour around David"

"You mean that she'll live with us?" she asked, and he nodded.

"We already know how a Mecha-child can love its parents" Henry explained "Now we need to know how it might react around another Mecha-child. We want to see the results of Darlene's interaction with David"

"But Henry...a new Mecha? Have you forgotten how many trouble we went through to make David fit in?" Monica said hesitantly.

"Don't worry! Darlene will be no problem, and she'll be a good company to David. Just consider it, okay honey?" he insisted.

"Maybe you're right...sometimes David seems to be so alone...okay, she'll stay here" she finally said, and Henry smiled.

"I know you would understand. We should tell them" Henry suggested, and the couple reached Martin, Natalie and Darlene.


"Family, her name is Darlene" Monica said "From now on, she'll live with us" she added, placing a hand lightly on Darlene's head. She smiled.

"Aw, isn't she cute?" Natalie asked, caressing Darlene's soft hair "Hi Darlene, I'm Natalie" Darlene giggled softly.

"Hello, Natalie" Darlene said sweetly "How was your day?"

"My day was fine, thank you" she answered "How about you?"

"I'm happy to be here" the Mecha-girl answered, always with a smile on her face.

"Oh, come on" Martin protested "We already have a Robo-kid here, and now this?"

"Oh Marty, don't be so harsh" his girlfriend said "She's such an angel" she added, and Martin sighed.

"Wait a minute" Henry said "Where's David?"

Some footsteps reached the group, and when Monica looked, there was David, holding Teddy into his arms.

"Mommy, Teddy had gone to the bathroom, and he was sitting in the toilet. I had to get him before he..." David said, but he interrupted himself when he saw the girl in front of him. "Mommy, who is she?" he asked, confused.

"Oh, David. She's Darlene and she'll live with us" she answered. David turned to Henry, and his face showed a worried look.

"Henry, Mommy doesn't want me anymore?" he asked.

"It's not that, David. Don't worry" Henry explained "We thought that maybe you needed a friend"

"But...Teddy is my friend" David said hesitantly.

"David, but she'll be your best friend, I mean, a friend of your own...kind" his father said, and David smiled, thinking that it was something good.

I'm a high school lover,

and you're my favourite flavour
Love is all, all my soul
You're my Playground Love

Darlene took a step forward, and stood in front of David.

"Hello, David. My name is Darlene. Nice to meet you" she smiled.

"Hi, Darlene" he said, shyly.

"Mom, I'm leaving" Martin said "Dad, can you lend me the car?" he asked Henry.

"Sure, there you go" Henry said, giving him the keys. Martin and Natalie left.

"You guys stay here, I'll be in the kitchen" Monica said, as she headed to the stove, so David and Darlene would have more privacy, and more space to play.

David and Darlene were in the living room, with Teddy. David had put him down on the floor, and the bear was walking around the two kids.

"Hello, Teddy" Darlene said.

"Hello, Darlene" Teddy said.

"Let's play" she suggested, and the bear nodded. Darlene took him into her arms, maybe a little too tight, because Teddy groaned "Ouch"

"Oh, sorry Teddy!" she apologized "Are you okay?"

"Yes, Darlene" he said.

"Good" she smiled, and turned to David "How about you, David? Wanna play?"

David didn't know what to answer.

"Let's be friends" she said, and David ran to the kitchen, leaving her alone with Teddy.

Darlene sat down in the sofa, and her face showed an expression as if she was saying "What did I do wrong?"


David watched Monica while she was cooking some cookies. He had left Darlene in the sofa, reading a Good Housekeeping magazine.

He needed to think, to be alone. He thought about Darlene. He kinda liked her, but at the same time, he was afraid of her. Why had she come, in first place?

"Everybody likes her" David thought "But what if she wants to steal my mommy's love? It's pretty strange"

He didn't know what to do or what to say in front of her. A big dilemma was filling his little innocent head. He was so confused...

Yet my hands are shaking
I feel my body remains,

Themes no matter, I'm on fire
On the Playground Love.

"I like cookies too" a soft voice said behind him. He turned around, and there was Darlene, smiling at him "What's your favourite flavour?" she asked, and David walked away, leaving her there. She just stood there, with a disappointed look in her face.

"What's wrong, David?" Monica asked him.

"Mommy, it's that girl"

"Darlene?" she asked, and the boy nodded "Has she done something to you?"

"No, Mommy. It's just that..."

"David, she's a very cute girl"

"Yes, but..." David said hesitantly. If only Mommy knew what was happening to him...

"I think you should give her a chance" Monica suggested "Remember that Henry said you two should get along. Come on, just give her a chance"

David was a little hesitant, and Monica tried to convince him.

"If Mommy says she's a good girl, she must be" he thought.

"And she just wants to be your friend. Now, my boy, you'll go there and try to be nice with her, okay hun?"

"Okay" he said, leaving the kitchen.


Darlene was sitting on the sofa in the living room, still reading her magazine. David reached out to her and sat next to her.

"Hey David" Darlene smiled "Wanna read with me?"

"Sure" he answered, and they read the magazine.

"Mmm...David, do you like me?" she asked. He looked into her never blinking green eyes.

"Well...I guess" he answered, not knowing what to say.

"So...friends?" she proposed.

"Friends" he answered, and they ran to Monica to tell her they were friends. Monica kissed the both of them, and they ran to David's bedroom to play with Teddy and Elly, the purple Elephant, which was Darlene's stuffed toy.


Monica looked at the two Mecha-kids and smiled.

"They look so cute together, don't they?" she told Henry.

"It seems like the experiment worked" he said, with a satisfied smile.

A/N: Okay...now David and Darlene are friends? What will happen next? Will the Swintons keep her? If you leave a review, you'll get one, haha!! *Danielle shakes a cookie bag in her hand*