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Following Leads (open)

Post by StareNation on Sat 27 May 2017, 11:52

The flickering light and shag pile carpet were the beginning of the shady feel to Fog's motel but it was the kind of place were no one asked questions. It was also a place where dodgy people were particularly useful in snooping and other activities in order to get what one desired and that was exactly who Hunter needed. Glancing down at his side where his fingers pressed the side of his cell to illuminate the screen he could see no messages from Amaria, Kat or Curtis, unable to conclude whether that was a good or bad thing. Times had changed a lot and these days he was no longer fearful of any interaction with the Brawlers, Kat having even passed on the tip that his ex and children had potentially been spotted somewhere near arcane. That tip had brought him right to the city, where he now stood in the dingy lobby of Fog's Motel.

"here is your room key, if you have any.....particular requests just ring me here at reception," the woman explained as she slid the key card across the timber desk, her face heavily caked in makeup and her choice of dress something hunter was sure she had picked out of a lingerie rack in the local adult shop. He gave her a half hearted smile and a simple "thanks," before he turned, picking up the small gym bag and headed for the stairs, taking them two at a time and leaving the receptionist to 'entertain' the other guests arriving. when he reached the second floor, Hunter glanced at the number on the card, noting room 14 which was halfway down the hall and heading over. Closing the door behind him he gave a small chuckle at the look of the room. It was neat and tidy, contained the basics... but the addition of red curtains to match the carpet and a few old x-rated magazines just gave the whole place the look of a whore house. Then again he had chosen the place for it's questionable atmosphere and patrons so there was little complaint.

Dumping down his bag and pulling the zip back, the first thing Hunter retrieved was a thick notebook. Lately the only thing most precious to him had been that damn book, it was perhaps the only thing bringing him closer to finding his children. He had worked hard not to let it consume him, but he had promised never to let a lead fall to the wayside. The other concern he had was this Oxen Corporation crap. The Corporation was causing such a stir that it was hard to ignore the possibility that the kids could be dead or imprisoned and there was no way in hell Hunter was going to let someone harm his kids. Unpacking a few toiletries and his wallet, Hunter headed back downstairs to the bar where he could take a seat at the bar off to the side and scope out the place. Wanting to get a look at the people around it was a prime opportunity, after all the skimpily clad barmaids took the attention of the other men in the room and made it much easier to avoid confrontation.

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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Alleria on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 16:24

It would seem the oxen Corp was laying low, no doubt trying to keep the fact that many of their captives had escaped to the General public, but that didn't mean they weren't doing things behind the scenes. After she had healed Kara and the Tate...She went back to search For blaze but came up empty handed no trails nothing. She was already discouraged and dealing with past things didn't help and then to add she had failed on her promise to Kara, it sat heavily in Her shoulders. She needed to find him..she needed...she sighed and shook her head, The mane of brown gold stranded falling in her face at the movement, what she need..wanted, was gone, she was an empty shell who shouldn't even be here. She had crossed over felt at peace, the hurt and loneliness had vanished, see had had...peace, but something had bought her back...her family had been danger and she had sailed the seas to this horrid place. , but it had worked out She had found them they..were not captives any longer...but now blaze was missing yet again..She would find him along with anyone else she could. She would keep her focus on that and not on the vast swirling pain and darkness that swelled inside her threatening to take het under once again. If not for zigan...she let the thought die not wanting to think about that. She had plans tonight, her focus needed to be on...being female..flirty..

She sat amongst a group of men in a hotel lobby, they kept feed her drinks one after another or So they thought, she had strategically Sat her back to the wall so she could see who came and went, there was a few potted plants beside her that quickly soaked up all if her drinks except for the miniscule amount she allowed to coat her lips as she pretended to drink, the smell at least on her lips as the males smiled and patted her knee, leaving it there and squeezing lightly. It took all her self control not to break his fingers, these men disgusted her with their looks, their touch, their thoughts, everything.

A waitress came by with yet. Another round of drinks, her now empty one was slid from her grasp by the pudgy male who's other hand was inching his way up her bare leg. She'll have another, don't worry I'll be taking care of her tonight he told the waitress. She complied and moved away to take other drink orders.

She smiled to him or hand going to his as she gently pushed it back down to her knee. The stupid fool not thinking anything of it as she leaned closer playing with his tie, "I'll be right back " she said in what she hoped sounded bubble and drunk. He finger tapped his nose as she giggled and began to rise from her chair pretending to have a hard time. The male rose placing his hands on her waist a light gleamed in is eye. Calling blood to her face she "blushed" falling into him a giggle escaped as she. Whispered She had to go to the little ladies room. Her hands roamed as she pushed him lighting back in his chair waving him in tha y she was fine she could make it. Smiling to them all she drunkenly walked out of their circle to the lobbies restroom.....

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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by StareNation on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 08:44

The bar area at Fog’s motel smelt of old cigarettes and liquor, the air humming with talk among the crackle of peanut shells which were unceremoniously popped open and consumed. Hunter’s fingers wiped over the condensation of the beer glass as he looked across the room and surveyed the scene before him. It was undoubtedly hard not to notice the topless barmaid who had skirted past him briefly and out through the tables occupied by uncouth characters and drunkards. Though whilst Hunter took a moment to view the woman and her noticeable assets on display he soon went back to scanning the occupants. There was no chance that he would know any of the people in the room though he had always been able to judge a character to the point of being able to identify someone who was an informer. At times the usual murmur was broken by obnoxious laughter, table slapping and the clack sounds of pool cue hitting the balls across the snooker table while Hunter lifted the glass of beer to his lips and took a long sip, almost choking on his mouthful as his eyes drifted past one particular table hosting none other than a very familiar face.

Coughing the liquid from his lungs as he put the beer back on the bar top, Hunter took a longer look across the room, slightly obscured by a pot plant in the way but enough visual access to see that the particular woman he was looking at was indeed none other than Alleria. He couldn’t calculate in his mind just how long it had been since he had last laid eyes on her but it was evident that Alleria had changed in a lot of ways, perhaps a lot more than he would have estimated. For starters she was in the company of seedy looking blokes, the type he would gladly take out the back and shoot for so much as suggesting a good time with Alleria or any other female. Though as he watched her, she giggled and entertained the men, one in particular who sat beside her. Hunter glanced back and forth the room to search for her company, expecting to see someone from Kumari however after a moment he had confirmed she was alone.  As the waitress approached the table the man beside Alleria made controlling movements, taking the glass from Alleria’s hand and speaking to the waitress which made Hunter’s jaw tighten as his expression lowered to a glare. What the hell was Alleria doing in a place like this? Arcane city was a hell of a long way away from Muchani City and the Kumari pack.

Reaching back and plucking his half empty glass from the bar side, Hunter drank the remaining beer, wiping his face clean of the foam which had wet just above his lips and placing the empty glass on the bartop as he watched Alleria fleetingly leave the men at the table and saunter off across the room. The men she had left behind were practically back slapping each other and Hunter decided there was no way in hell he was just going to watch harm come to an old friend. Tucking his wallet back into his pocket Hunter pushed up from the bar stool and walked across the room after Alleria who seemed far too drunk to have a chance of defending herself should she end up cornered by the idiots she had been sitting with. Making sure to appear nonchalant in disguising his pursuit of her, Hunter waited until she had reached far enough across the room and the men were not focused on her but instead back upon their celebratory banter. He increased his pace as he neared Alleria and waited until she had just about reached the ladies restroom before grabbing her upper arm, wrenching her sideways into a hallway which connected the bar from the reception area. He whirled her around and whispered harshly as his honeyed coloured eyes and fixed frown stared down on her.
“Alleria, what the bloody hell are you doing”

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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Alleria on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 19:11

The farther she went from them, the better she felt. She was out of her element. She wasn’t flirty or girly in anyway (that she knew of), one little slip up and the guys would call her out. She was confident she could take them, but it would draw unwanted attention to the hotel. The cigarette and alcohol smells were burning her nose making it difficult to sort smells, so she had to rely on her other senses to see if anyone posed as a threat.

She kept up her drunken act; sure the fellows were watching her, probably ogling her body. The thought churned her stomach, but she was in this till the end. She had heard of the infamous Fog’s hotel throughout her search for other captives or news on the Corporation. She was sure there were others that needed assistance. She was capable and not enslaved; she would do what she could to help. Also, her family was not whole, there were still members missing. She needed to know that they were not locked up in that place.



She didn’t know if this would be fruitful, or not, but there was talk of underground fights whether human or other she wasn’t sure, but she filed that information for later. She knew it was like looking for a needle in a hay stack, but whether the captives knew or not there was a hope that she would find them.



As she kept up her drunken act, she registered movement. The hairs on the back of her neck rising as the male moved swiftly in her direction. She allowed him to get closer, for it was definitely male, the roughness of his grip on her arm and his voice. As he twirled her around, the arm her grabbed, tensed and her fingers curled around the phone she had stolen from the guys pocket as has “fallen” into him in her attempt to get up use the restroom. If she was not in an act, his throat would have been met with a blade made from her own power, but as it was she had to appear meek and well intoxicated.



Hunter. His scent registered but it was like she couldn’t comprehend that he was standing, no towering over her, and here of all places. Slowly she blinked at him, not intimated by the least. She quickly lost the look of being drunk. She canted her head just a little as she looked over him trying to decipher if he was real or not, but a slow smile crossed her lips. She shifted her gaze to the side to make sure the any of the guys that she was trying to get information from wasn’t following, before looking back to him, the hesitant smile still there. Her wolven eyes where hidden behind colored contacts and her ears had been pinned in the mess of hair she had styled.



“It’s good to see you…Hunter.” Just saying his name felt foreign, how long had it been? Since her awakening her memories, thoughts, and feelings were out of sync. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d seen him or if they had even spoken. Knowing her.. they hadn’t as she tended to be a longer and quiet. Her memories fuzzy, she couldn’t tell what was real and what was imaginary. She new why, but she hadn’t given herself time to sort through the haze. Zigan had healed her and after that.. she kept moving staying busy, keeping her mind busy not wanting to dwell on past things. She could not allow herself to fall again, to be consumed with her grief and pain. The flashes of her killing those soldiers without mercy haunted her. That wasn’t her that was.. something that had grown inside her with the help of her despair and grief.



She was glad to see someone she knew. It helped with her nerves and the whole situation. As time passed she frowned, her eyes growing concerned. Had he been captured as well? Did he or someone with him need her help? “Hunter,.. I am glad to see a familiar face but, are you..well?” Her eyes dipped taking him in, he looked well.. but she wouldn’t be able to know for sure before she quickly glanced back the way she had come again, biting her lip, the only sign that she was nervous she was here, thinking she had heard approaching footsteps.



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Post by StareNation on Wed 28 Jun 2017, 06:42

As his eyes searched hers Hunter could see the smile creep across Alleria’s lips as she glanced beyond him to where the men were still seated. The calm response would have been somewhat humorous had Alleria’s facade not dropped momentarily to reveal that she was indeed not drunk at all. Instead Hunter’s eyes narrowed as he realised she was sober, only adding more questions in his future dialogue to converse with her. She had mentioned it was good to see him though he couldn’t find the words to answer her as he watched her golden eyes flick back and forth. He had not forgotten the people back around the corner across the room and for a moment he considered their position.

The following question of whether he was well prompted a somewhat cynical chuckle from him as he let go of her arm.
“im alive, but how about we talk elsewhere so you don’t have to keep watching those idiots,” Hunter replied as he gestured towards the stairs. He was now wondering exactly what he had disrupted but to start asking those types of questions out in the open would only bring more trouble than it was worth.
“I have a room upstairs, how about we get out of here while we are still unnoticed?” he suggested, hoping that she would oblige.

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Post by Alleria on Wed 28 Jun 2017, 16:28

The smell of the liquor on his breath tickled her nose as he answered her. It wasn’t overwhelming as it had been with the group of men she was seated with, as it was layered with his scent. Seeing that it was only a topless waitress that rounded the corner, she relaxed visibly. She hadn’t been gone to long, but any longer and they may decide to look for her.



As he let go of her arm, she felt the need to rub the place that his fingers had been but she refrain from doing so. He didn’t hurt her, it just felt odd to be touched. She thought of his offer of leaving their position. There wasn’t much else she could do and she feared if she stayed longer with the group they would take her somewhere and the outcome would be worse. She did not want to be at their mercy or even around them for a moment longer.



Giving him her full attention, she inclined her head in agreement. She had the guy’s phone and could find him again if needed. “Hm,” she said knowingly, and then followed with, “I am glad you are alive,” but she knew being alive and being alive and well were two different things, as she was an example herself, but she didn’t’ comment further sensing his anticipation of getting out of the open. Luckily for them, the elevators where in the same direction as the bathrooms, just a bit farther down and away from the open lobby and bar.



She let him lead the way. The wait for the elevator was short and soon signal dinged and the doors opened, taking an empty one up, they filed in together. She glanced at him from time to time, but otherwise remained quiet not wanting to chance cameras or listening devices to pick up on their words or to read their lips.


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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Syzygy on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 02:11

No need to accept me directly into your plot just yet if you do not see the need. I'm indirectly joining you guys, to later meet you in the thread.




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"Power should only be given to those willing to lower themselves to pick it up."

After the small gathering of friends had recouped their small numbers and discussed the most appropriate course of action was to again split and disperse the number of troops for safety of the wounded, Benjamin had turned swiftly upon heel and raced down the narrow alley way. He'd taken a single glance back over the shoulder to make sure his friends were doing the same and keeping safe. He knew them well, and he knew them to be as loyal to one another as he was to them. Least to say there had been little argument of the plan to split and he was grateful that trust had been lain in his and Alerias ability of combat and strategy to be left to their own.

It was only a few short moments before he heard the unruly sound of boots against cobblestone ahead and in the breath of a second his mind had flipped and he had let his known wisdom of strategy and wits pursue the forefront.
Immediately his eyes had searched for an escape route; by not one used to evade his enemies, he needed one easily enough for the sluggish tendencies of mundane bodies to follow closely.

Emerald eyes darted left and right, examining old doors, fire escapes that ascended to the roofs and above the buildings; he could take one, but knew the foot soldiers were least likely to leap the gap between buildings to follow and concluded the best route was on solid ground.
The dulling sound of boots on stone had grown closer, resonating in his ears. Already he had spotted a narrow alley way between two squat buildings and slowed his movement enough to gain momentum if he needed but slow enough so that the soldiers would see him slip within its crevice as they rounded the corner.
Just as the though had concluded, so proceeded the small black army of men. He gave pause and allowed a corner of his lips to flicker into the start of a smile.
"Stop!" The soldier warned throwing a hand out as his speed increased; but the wolf wouldn't listen, he slipped sideways into the gap, turning to run towards the adjacent path.
-and flew out the other end, sliding low to change direction but keep pace with the soldiers matching closely behind. He used a hand for traction and raced forward like an Olympic runner at the beginning of a race down the road.

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Benjamin had led the soldiers into the open streets. Normality would have been to pull over a hood or slip into the crowd but now that the mundanes had knowledge of the immortal world, things wouldn't be so simple.
He'd pushed past women, knocked men to their backs and shoulder tackled soldiers as he bulldozed through the masses. Causing distraction and mayhem to gain the attention of as many passing soldiers as possible, all the while keeping his gape one step further than the humans.
With crowds of innocents around, the soldiers were less likely to open fire; although, when the crowds had thinned, he'd narrowly escaped a bullet to the shoulder, and had been peppered with bag bullets to the back. His time in the corporation had led to his natural animalistic ability to develop a high tolerance for pain and although it had caused mass amounts of pain on the skin, he was able to meditatively block most of the onslaught of pain from his mind and had endured the rest with fierce determination.
By the time the sun had begun to descend, Benjamin had accumulated a small army of cars and foot soldiers to his chase, keeping the corporation on his back by shifting from human to wolf and back to human intermittently through the crowds of people, drawing as much attention as possible. Through shifting forms he'd lost his clothes, now running nude through the masses.
He'd not taken time to look over his shoulder at them knowing full well it only took a brief moment to slip, so his eyes for ever remained forward as he slipped into alley ways, ducked through open doors and leapt through windows sending shards of glass flying into houses and onto the street. He caught himself inwardly amused at the damage he was causing. Perhaps this elated feeling was what Blade felt every time he did such things, perhaps that's why he continued to do it. If it weren't for his mental equanimity he may have laughed then and there. Perhaps he'd gone mad, either way, enough time had passed now and he had caused enough devastation in his wake, he was sure, so that his friends were in safety. He needed to find his scape goat.
The swing in his arms increased as he pushed forward, fast and faster, despite all protest from each and every muscle in his body. His idea for an ascending escape had been foiled with the amount of attention he had caused to himself, hearing the drones over head to follow his movements with cameras; but the sewers were out of the question. A man hole would take too much time to lift and he was too large to slip into a drainage site; even as a wolf.
Cursing, he seized opportunity as it was handed to him and decided to make the best of his situation, he leapt up a ladder and flew up a fire escape against his own plan. His agile movements gave him a wide birth from the foot soldiers but as expected, the drones fell into pursuit.
Another dart flew above his head, slicing through the hair. He was thankful of such bad aim and counted himself particularly lucky this day that he had only attained bruises and scrapes.
Leading with a foot to the small ledge of a building, he threw himself from it launching into the air, and tucking his shoulder and head to safety, he rolled upon the next roof to his feet and continued running without losing so much as a second of momentum. It was a clear roof top of a small, old apartment building without so much as a whirly bird in his path so he turned, making sure to lift his feet high so as not to misjudge his stepping. A golden ring enflamed about his iris and with a flat palm, he extended a burning ball of flames towards a drone that followed to closely.
Returning his attention to escape he listened as the machine combusted behind him.
He needed to act fast knowing full well that they would send another immediately. Again he replaced his footing upon a ledge to land a little less gracefully upon the next rooftop.
From shifting so intermittently to the constant endurance he'd forced himself to keep his body was waning. He could feel the perspiration upon his brow, ignored the sting as it had fallen into his eyes and the heat in the depths of his limbs. He would not make it back to his friends tonight, what use would it be sending himself upon a wild goose chase for his families safety if he was to be captured due to carelessness?
Ahead he spotted the likes of an air duct. It would be a narrow descent but he could sit in wait, recouperating until daylight had dwindled and use the cover of darkness to slip back to his friends.
-and so a new plan had formed. He dropped to the ground, covering his face with his forearms and using the moment to slide into the air duct. The cement of the roof scraped the bare skin of his back but the adrenaline had graced him with hiding the pain.
He hit the adjacent wall with an explosive bang but had braced for the impact having known it was coming, and smashed into the floor below.
He lay for a moment, sprawled as he had fallen and dare not move, listening to the silence accompanied only by the sound of his staggering breath.




"Speech."
Thoughts.
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Post by StareNation on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 12:52

It was strange to be back within reach of someone from his past other than a brawler or Amaria. How Alleria had found herself in the motel let alone Arcane was beyond Hunter at that point but underneath the concern and cynicism he was glad to see her. She seemed to think over his suggestion despite the obvious need to make a more brash decision however he needn’t wait further as she finally agreed and Hunter left no time to hesitate, turning on his heel and heading for the elevator. The time for getting into feelings and fluffy topics was not now.

His demeanour was calm however the way in which his eyes surfed back and forth watching the lights for the elevator gave away the sign of his impatience, further supported by the fact that he often glanced over his shoulder as the patrons behind them travelled past. Aleria had remained oddly quiet as they entered and stood in the elevator but then he could not remember her previous way of conversation since he had put up with Amaria and Katriona’s personalities for so long, or the countless bambi-eyed ladies from the club. Aleria in hunter’s memory was not held in the same regard, she was more relaxed and innocent.

When the elevator doors finally opened, Hunter’s hand softly wrapped around the small of Alleria’s back and he glanced at her with a small smile to reassure her as he guided her out of the elevator and down the hall to his room, wasting little time in releasing his hand from her back and sliding his room key into the lock, hearing the click of the doorlock as he pushed the handle down and opened it for her. Looking back and forth to see they were alone Hunter headed in behind Alleria, placing the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the handle and shutting the door. Tossing the key down he turned and looked over to her with a small chuckle.

“Of all the places Alleria there was no way in hell I ever thought I would run into you here” he told her.

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Post by Alleria on Thu 13 Jul 2017, 22:14

The ride up to his floor seemed like it took forever with the silence falling between them, but she didn’t know what to say first. After all, it wasn’t as if she owed him an explanation, so until his questions came, for she knew they would, she remained calm and silent, wiggling her toes in her shoes. Soon though, the doors opened as they reached his floor. The air was a bit stale, but didn’t reek as much as down stairs.



She knew Hunter would keep anyone away from them, but she too looked to make sure they weren’t the eye of anyone’s attention. Leaving tiny heel indents in the hall’s carpeting, she followed Hunter to his room. The bizarre idea that she was about to enter his room at this particular hotel wasn’t lost on her, it made her blush and she ducked her head as she entered his room after him.



Behind closed doors, Aleria felt more relaxed. She reached up and unpinned the clips from her hair that held her ears flinching lightly at the lace of pain that that entailed. Ears swiveling to circulate blood flow she frowned as she saw other odd things in the hotel.



Her eyes swept across the room. To the right, was a small kitchenette area and a small “living room adjacent from that. To the left was a door that led a double sink and closet, and beyond she assumed was the bathroom. She stepped farther in, the bedroom just on the other side. From what she could see with her passing glance, she puzzled over why a mirror would be on the ceiling, above the bed. A cabinet of condoms, of varying sizes, marked fifteen dollars a pop was next to the bed. She blinked and turned her attention to Hunter.



Her blush deepened, of embarrassment,. “Yes… well.. about that… Blaze went off in this general direction a few days ago. He hasn’t made contact with any of us, so I figured this place would have information.” She didn’t go any further wither explanation, he didn’t need to know of her own vendetta or turmoil. She was also using this place to gather information on other immortals who may be in danger. Her view on things had shifted slightly now that the Corporation had made a few things public. It was no longer our pack or their pack, wolf , vampire, or other. An Immortal was an Immortal. It was them against the humans, and if she was able to help, she would.



She also had questions about her mate and his son. Had they been captured as well? Were they dead, like her Father, Wolf? She knew Keyue had left her to follow his son, before the Corporation even found Kostas. She needed some type of closure; perhaps, that would help her heal to know some answers to her questions. Perhaps these places would tell her.



Coming out of her darkened thoughts, she smiled at Hunter perking up as she leaned a bit towards him. “I could say the same for you, Hunter.” She looked at him expectantly. Turnabout was fair play. It was his turn to spill.



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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Syzygy on Fri 14 Jul 2017, 01:26




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"Power should only be given to those willing to lower themselves to pick it up."

It hadn't been too long before darkness descended upon the city. Perhaps an hour he'd lain still, unmoving. The shadows ha shrouded the small duct in which he had been staking his hide out but he knew by the disappearing light from above that the day was dwindling.
In the time he'd been laying there, he listened with lithe silence to the new drones they'd sent fly to and fro above the rooftops.
He'd heard soldiers reclaim the drone he'd shot down - or the pieces of it; and he thought them very ignorant for not searching in such an obvious place for him, but also, he thanked the universe for their ignorance.
Though there was a time when his adrenaline had peaked yet again when the entrance of his hide out had lit up, only to fall into darkness with the sounds of a spotting helicopter flying above. He hadn't allowed himself a victorious sigh as yet, however. He was nude and escaping undetected would be an even bigger problem. It had also occurred to him that climbing the air duct was out of the question, it would be too loud and the disturbance wouldn't go unnoticed. He'd need to find a way through the buildings the inside, and what made that harder still was the fact that he wasn't even sure what type of building this was. The roofs all looked the same, the open duct at the top signified that it was a newer building. An apartment building perhaps, or an office building. It wasn't large enough to be an office building. Four stories high maybe. His teeth clenched together and, satisfied with the distant sounds from above, turned as quietly as he could to lay upon his front. His movements to follow were deliberate and slow and he paused for a moment to consider the silence of his wolf form in these small tunnels; but he might be too big.
A tongue drew to run over lips that had gone dry. He was thirsty and probably dehydrated.
Breathing in he pressed forward in a military style crawl. As if there was barbed wire over head he pushed one arm over the next, grabbing the floor with his elbows and hauling his body afterward.
The sound was unbearable and he only hoped that it was dulled on the outside by insulation.

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It had taken roughly half an hour until he'd found a grate. Cool air from outside blew freshly in and he pressed his face upon the metal to feel it. His body was wet with perspiration and filthy from the dust his sticky skin had accumulated; but he was thankful - it had proved more easily sliding through the ducts when your body was wet.
Through the small gaps of the grate he could see the street below. It was a small alley way, darkened by a broken street light. He listened, lowering his breath to a wisp to heighten his hearing. In the distant he could hear the drones, but below he could only the sounds of a small animal scurrying through the trash cans. A cat he guessed. It wasn't much, but he could use the cover of noise to knock the grate out.
He manipulated the way he was laying and flipped so that his feet were against the grate. Gently he kicked the corners one by one. Hard enough only to loosen the screws. When he felt them give, he turned back around and wiggled the grate, placing fingers through the small gaps.
One by one the screws fell to the floor below and he turned the grate sideways and pulled it inside the shaft so quietly that not even the cat had been disturbed.
Feet first he slipped out silently, hanging four stories from the ground. His lips pursed as he looked over his shoulder. On the other side of the street was a window, two stories below where he hung now. His eyes closed for a moment to regain a meditative state, hoped his body had the strength to catch him, put his feet against the wall and pushed.
In mid air he turned, hands grasping the adjacent wall with no friction; and then suddenly, he gripped the window sill. The impact from his weight slammed his body into the wall and he grimaced, took a breath and dropped. He fell two stories to the floor to his feet, how ever the fatigue in his body was catching him and he fell to his back with a soft thud. He heard a commotion behind his head and the cat shot out, racing down the road.
A single second of respite and he was upon his feet, crouching into the shadows of the building he crept stealthily down the wide alley, emerald eyes wide, golden ring ablaze surrounding his iris as he used canine sight to see easily in the night.

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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by StareNation on Wed 26 Jul 2017, 06:13

Hunter hadn’t noticed the flourish of red across Aleria’s face as she had walked into his room, his own mind in the middle of a dozen questions and the endless possibilities at where to start the following conversation. Watching as she unpinned her ears, Hunter noticed the way she took the next moment to absorb the details of the room. Her back was turned in her moment of preoccupation and Hunter gave her the time to do so, pulling his shirt over his head and tossing it on his bed before digging into the duffel bag for a singlet. He had sported a decent tan as of late, his old darkened scars less obvious against the deep olive complexion. When he finally managed to clutch a grey singlet from the bag Hunter shrugged it on, finding it a hell of a lot more comfortable than shirts. By this time Aleria had thoroughly investigated the room and he wondered if she had made conclusions based on the scene. It wouldn’t be hard for that to happen against his outstanding reputation and personality, something of which was both good and bad.

Instead she surprised him with an explanation as to why she was there despite her now visible blushing, unexpectedly forthcoming with the news that Blaze was somewhere around the city although missing. It was acceptable to have found her at Fog’s Motel in this case where information would be plenty. Although he still could not quite entertain the idea that she had to play dangerous games with drunken louts.

“Wait Benny boy is here as well?” Hunter contemplated aloud as he questioned to himself if the pack had migrated since he had been in Kumari territory and on that note, who else was around Arcane. He sighed as he realised how out of the loop he was, not having had contact with any pack members for at least a good few years. In the moment that he looked up to study her face he surmised that they both looked as troubled as each other. ‘God I feel old’ Hunter had thought as he considered the depth of mounting questions and feeling that he had to help fix whatever was going on. Realising Alleria had lifted a smile he glanced at her expectantly, hearing her exclaim the same feeling of surprise at bumping into him. There was no time like the present, standing in the middle of a dingy sex scented room to trade deep and meaningful stories with Alleria.

“Hey what can I say, im a sucker for a tramp shack and a boozy romp in the sack” he joked as he rubbed the back of his neck with his hand and huffed another drawn out sigh as he turned and took a seat on the edge of his bed in front of his duffel. There was so much in his history that accumulated to answer the question posed to him but how he could convey it and make sense to Alleria at the same time was a hell of a challenge. He couldn’t quite remember what state he had been in the last time he had seen her which made it all the more difficult not to sound like a twat.

“So forgive me for not remembering if you already know but Zella and and I had a couple of kids around the time I left Kumari territory. The short side of the story is that we aren’t together anymore and I haven’t seen her since. Unfortunately she took the kids with her.” He explained as he tried to explain it as simply as possible. The whole situation at the time had been so convoluted he could hardly remember which event had come first. “So I have been looking for my kids since that time which is also how I ended up moving back to Bayside City where I grew up.” He added, hoping it wouldn’t cause her to blow up in anger at him. He figured most of the incidences with the brawlers when he was being pursued had not happened around Alleria and she wouldn’t be so angry in knowing where he had been living. It was Killow and Zigan he feared talking to about it all.
“I was working at our local club and I had someone give me a lead on Zella and the kids so I came to Arcane…and also booked into Fog’s motel because like you said, it has information.” He clarified. He glanced behind him briefly, pulling the thick and tattered black notebook over and waving it gently in his hand. “It’s been quite some time, I’m beginning to run out of room in this thing so Arcane better have some damn answers and my children.” He muttered, looking up at her with a dim smile. It was his signature cheeky grin but his eyes were somewhat glossy, the absence of sparkle from his eye always gone when he spoke about the kids. It always tore away at his insides, bringing questions to his mind. What did they look like now? Did they know about him? Were they alive?

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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Bladewolf on Thu 27 Jul 2017, 22:12



The group of young thugs had gathered around Blade, despite the fact he stood just under a foot above the tallest of them.
"Alright man, whatever money you have,and valuables, just hand 'em over, and we might not hurt you." Spoke one of them, presumably the leader, who was neither the largest nor the most imposing among them. "Yeah, just fork over the goods man." The sneering comment was thrown in by a weedy looking kid, who was hiding behind the others.
"You kids should run along, its getting dark, and probably past your bed time." Blade replied dryly, "And I'm not giving you boys anything." He added.
"Fine, then we dont need to let you leave, another body in the gutter of an alley won't get that much attention these days." The leader replied, before motioning for the others to take the large man. A rather deranged looking individual shot forward from the rest of the group, giggling at the thought of violence. And he certainly got his wish, though, perhaps not quite in the fashion he was anticipating. Blade spun to face him, and, using his own momentum, redirected him in such a fashion that his skull cracked against the wall of the the alley. There was a meaty thud as he collapsed to the ground unconscious.
"You son of a bitch!" The largest member of the group yelled, "Thats my brother!" As he lunged forward. He was promptly met with a rather large fist in the gut, lifting him off his feet, before being bodily thrown clear of the circle.
"That Oxen bastard isnt going to pay us if we let this bastard get through here!" The leader yelled out, which got Blade's attention.
"Oxen Corporation sent you?"
"Yeah," He sneered, "we get paid to keep fear running fresh."
"So, you work for them?"
"I suppose you could put it that way." Blade simply smiled in response.
"Good, I've been feeling itchy from not having killed any of their people lately." He said simply as he moved forward.
The screams that followed were short lived as every last one of the youths were put down, violently, at Blade's hand. As the last corpse hit the ground, head caved in, grey matter trailing down the wall, another noise came from down the alley, followed shortly by a cat shooting past him out into the street.



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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Syzygy on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 05:53




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"Power should only be given to those willing to lower themselves to pick it up."

His back slammed against the wall as he immediately stopped, knocking the wind from his lungs, which mattered not as his breath became shallow with inquisitivity and cautiousness. The alley way before him erupted in the sounds of screams. He had slowed his breath to listen to the movement, the footsteps were not many. There were perhaps four or five people in total, men he had assumed by the noise.
Emerald eyes watched on, though he could see nothing around the bend. For a moment he had stopped, wet tongue slipping past lips and wetting them as he thought of turning around; but given the situation, he knew that what ever was around the corner, at least one of them were supernatural. It was the chance of the supernatural being losing against soldiers that he didn't like.
How ever, there had been no gun shots. That was a good sign. The foot men always carried guns, rubber bullets or no.
When all fell silent, he stood for moment contemplating his options. He was in no position to fight whom ever was on the other side of that bend if they so wished it, but going the other way he knew that the Oxen Corporation was around the area.
He kissed his teeth silently, could feel his heart pounding with his chest. Eyes already ablaze, a golden shadow appeared around his orbs, covering the concave of his eye with a dim golden light.
Who ever was around the corner was now alone he presumed. Rightly so or not was a different story. How ever, it had all gone silent. There were no voices, and if they were supernatural then he had a better chance of making an ally if he presented himself as one. He would take his chances.
His form burst into flames, igniting the area around him with light and he stepped around the bend heeding caution. Arms wide to show he was no threat. His naked body was ablaze and alight. Hiding nothing.
Who ever it was would know when he came into view that he was indeed not a mundane. If he too was supernatural then Blaze hoped trust would be found in the similarity; and if not, he would certainly not show weakness.
But as he turned the corner, the familiar black leather swiftly calmed his tempered heart and he found his posture slumping some what gently. The fire extinguished around almost immediately and he shook his dad placing his face in a single hand and wiping the sweat from his brow with a loud sigh.
"[colour=red]God dammit Blade.[/color]" he playfully scolded his friend before meeting his gaze and holding a hand out in greeting. "Am I had to see you."
Benjamin stepped over a mutilated body of a small ragged boy towards Blade. His eyes scanned all of the bodies, "I don't even want to know what happened and why there is a child here." his voice suggested annoyance, but he would not question it. The deed was done and Blaze knew Blade would not attack a man so young unwarranted. If he could have been spared, he would have.


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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Bladewolf on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 20:56



Blade let out a laugh of as Blaze came around the corner, literally a-blaze. "Lord, and I thought that I had a penchant for dramatic entrances." He shook the man's proffered hand, following his eyes as he looked at the smallest body. "He looks like one, but he is no child, stunted would be my guess. I have seen him at a few of the, not pubs, but, bars around here. So, not a child."

Looking back to Blaze with a quick assessing glance, he reached into into a bag at his side, and produced a length of black material. "Here, put this on, your going to embarass yourself other wise." He smiled as he gave his friend a good-natured ribbing. "Its shadow cloth, you can manipulate it into any variety of garb you want," He paused, then reached back into the bag. "Well, once it has this on it." He added, pinning what looked like a bit of a broach onto the material. It appeared to be an rose, wrought in iron, with a purple gem set in the center. "Yes, perhaps a bit ostentatious, but its how the smiths insisted on designing it."


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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Alleria on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 02:00

The initial shock of the room wore off. She wasn't an expert in the sexual department but she wasn't completely oblivious to the carnal acts and fetishes that people Have. She was after all in a hotel that was infamous for this sort of behavior, so shrugging it off as a basic primal urge that humans and immortals have alike, she returned her attention to Hunter. She felt bad as She could not recall the last time she'd seen him her memories muddled and it wasn't as if she had immersed herself with pack during those early years.

She noticed he had changes. Shirts and as he sat on the bed she picked a chair that faced him.

Listening to his story made her feel worse, she truely didn't know much about her pack mates did She? She searched her memory for the females name...was It familar? She struggled with herself as she didn't know...she couldn't even think of what the female looked like. But in this moment it didn't matter if she remembered, the important thing was his kids and finding them.

She didn't know how to respond to his remark about his exploits but she smiled non the less. She did recall he had been with a gang, she wouldn't judge him for returning but just worried for his safety. The phone she stole, momentarily forgotten until now. She set it in the table and with the other reached and placed her hand over his in a comforting manner. "We'll find your kids and the others." she was ready to do something something productive somethin good like find his young ones, find her family...another home...She smiled reassuringly at him. If he had more questions She would answer him as for her second agenda it could wait now that she knew kids where missing

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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Syzygy on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 06:25




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"Power should only be given to those willing to lower themselves to pick it up."

Shrugging, Benjamin took the cloth from his friend and looked at it with a confusion. "Yeah, well I wasn't about to leave myself vulnerable in the case that who ever was around the corner didn't want to be friends."
He lifted the black price of material to his face and inspected it. It was tiny. "This won't even cover my-"
"Oh. I see.[/colour]" he said with a mischievous smile as he took the metallic looking rose from Blades hand and held it gently between his fingers.
He opened the pin and clipped it to the material. If there was some honesty behind it, he had no idea what he was doing and it was probably presented upon his face. He'd never seen anything like this before.
Benjamin was a simple man, he never had a show for such magic, only training his powers to be used when necessary. So this was beyond him; but he pulled at the material. It began to spread in his hands. He purses his lips, impressed and continued.
Manipulating the material easily, he had soon made a simple hoody and some long slack pants.
He slugged them on, thankful for the garb and smiled wryly. "This is why I'm not a tailor." he quipped before looking back to his friend, more seriously this time. "We need to get to a hide out, Blade. We need to find the others.[/colour]"
-and I need to rest. he thought; and that he did. It had been a long day. His body was built for agility, not endurance and not only had he spent the entire day running, but he had been shifting and hiding. His flesh wounds were healing already if not healed, but within, he could feel the fatigue. Accompanied with his worries for his family, it was eating him thin.
Bur for now, hesighed away the exhaustion, pushing it meditatively to the back of his mind to gain focus and didn't wait for a response, instead slipping into the darkness knowing his friend would catch up easily enough.
He turned his head enough so that his voice would not need to be raised and asked, "How are the others? Did they make it? Is Tate healed? And Kara? Alleria didn't wait did she, I bet she healed them."
He knew her well, and he'd take the bet that she had put them before herself; but he wouldn't expect any different. After all, that's why they were all so close - each one valued the life of the others above their own. Perhaps that's why they had all survived together so long. Pack or no, they were family. Brothers and sisters alike. Kin as close to one as the next.


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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Syzygy on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 06:27




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"Power should only be given to those willing to lower themselves to pick it up."

Shrugging, Benjamin took the cloth from his friend and looked at it with a confusion. "Yeah, well I wasn't about to leave myself vulnerable in the case that who ever was around the corner didn't want to be friends."
He lifted the black price of material to his face and inspected it. It was tiny. "This won't even cover my-"
"Oh. I see.[/colour]" he said with a mischievous smile as he took the metallic looking rose from Blades hand and held it gently between his fingers.
He opened the pin and clipped it to the material. If there was some honesty behind it, he had no idea what he was doing and it was probably presented upon his face. He'd never seen anything like this before.
Benjamin was a simple man, he never had a show for such magic, only training his powers to be used when necessary. So this was beyond him; but he pulled at the material. It began to spread in his hands. He purses his lips, impressed and continued.
Manipulating the material easily, he had soon made a simple hoody and some long slack pants.
He slugged them on, thankful for the garb and smiled wryly. "This is why I'm not a tailor." he quipped before looking back to his friend, more seriously this time. "We need to get to a hide out, Blade. We need to find the others."
-and I need to rest. he thought; and that he did. It had been a long day. His body was built for agility, not endurance and not only had he spent the entire day running, but he had been shifting and hiding. His flesh wounds were healing already if not healed, but within, he could feel the fatigue. Accompanied with his worries for his family, it was eating him thin.
Bur for now, hesighed away the exhaustion, pushing it meditatively to the back of his mind to gain focus and didn't wait for a response, instead slipping into the darkness knowing his friend would catch up easily enough.
He turned his head enough so that his voice would not need to be raised and asked, "How are the others? Did they make it? Is Tate healed? And Kara? Alleria didn't wait did she, I bet she healed them."
He knew her well, and he'd take the bet that she had put them before herself; but he wouldn't expect any different. After all, that's why they were all so close - each one valued the life of the others above their own. Perhaps that's why they had all survived together so long. Pack or no, they were family. Brothers and sisters alike. Kin as close to one as the next.


"Speech."
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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Kara on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 14:55




Kara Rae

The sunlight peeked in through cracks in the blinds as she morning sun began its assent to the sky. Slowly the been of light moved its was through the dark room before it settled momentarily on her eyes. The warmth was welcoming but her body protested the sudden wave of consciousness. her face scrunched in the displeasure as limbs began to expand from the tight ball she was curled into. Dull aches spasmed through her body as stiffness was met with sudden movement and a soft groan fell from her lips, eyes finally opened to dully look at the room around her.


It was small, and the contents were bare, minimal and dusty. It looked as if no one had occupied it for an extended period of time in a while. Taking in a deep breath she cataloged the scent of Alleria, Tate and Blade but they were nowhere to be seen or heard. Confusion swept through her as her body rose to stand, adjusting the clothes that were tangled around her body as she slowly made her way through the room. No signs of life were to be found as she checked behind the few doors and any crevice that a wolven body could fit into. Brows furrowed as she pondered where everyone was. Last she remembered was Blade leaving to find food, Alleria had come back and healed Tate and herself before falling asleep herself.


"Maybe they went to get food.." she thought, glancing back at the chair she had fallen asleep on to make sure she had left nothing behind. Her stomach growled as sleep finally wore off and her mind began calculating moves. Looking to the right, she eyed the door that she found to contain a bathroom when she was looking for the others. She removed her clothes as she walked and turned on the light in the room. It was small but it had everything she needed as she ran the shower and stepped it. The water was cold on contact and didnt get any warmer as the shower went on. With haste she ran her fingers through her thick locks before washing the remaining dirt and crud off her body. She noticed the absence of pain from the gunshot wound, smiling a silent thanks to Alleria and remind herself to thank her once she found her again.


The shower was short but Kara felt like her time was rushed, they just had found one another and now it seems she lost everyone again. Stepping out of the shower and putting clothes back on her wet skin, she took little time to collect herself and leave the room. The air outside was thick as she was overwhelmed with the smells and sounds of the city. The back alley in which she emerged was barren however, giving her the chance to pull sunglasses on and stroll casually down the sidewalk. Her stomach was persistent and her mind was wandering, Nott finally made her presence known when she hinted toward a particular smell that was lingering in Karas nose. "You need to eat, Alleria healed you but you lost blood. You haven't eaten since who knows when and i refuse to let you starve us both to death. she commented coldly. Crimson eyes rolled as Kara considered her words. "fine.." she consented, making her way to a small and rather run down looking deli on the corner of the street. Walking in the deli, she was assaulted with the smells of different meats, cheeses and bread. It wasn't the raw meat she preferred but it would sustain her.


Walking up to the man she greeted him with a smile and softly gave her order. He was an older gentleman with many lines in his kind face and she waited patiently for him to return with her meal. The doorbell ringing as heavy steps followed into the room. The smell of human male musk immediately covered the whole room, causing Kara to tense. She knew she needed to remain calm as of they didn't have an effect on her, but the scent of the gunpowder made it all apparent that they were armed and dangerous. The steps came up behind her, too close for her comfort. She stood at the counter and pretended to read the menu that lay there, trying to look as distracted as possible. The old man came out with her food and Kara sighed a sigh of relief. She paid the man and took her food, turning to exit.


Just as she thought she would get by without incident, a hand reached out and grabbed her above her elbow. Her head snapped to look back at the man touching her, rage burning in her gut. "Why are you wearing sunglasses inside? dont you know that fad died a long time ago?" He commented, voice laced with sarcasm. Kara appraised the men in the room, their scent giving away their malice. "My eyes are sensitive to light." she commented, trying to sound as meek as possible. The man had a mean smile spread across his face. "But what if I want to look into your eyes, would you deny me that?" he asked, grabbing her chin between his thumb and index finger. It took everything Kara had to suppress the growl that wanted to escape. "Please, I just want to eat.." She began, just wanting to leave the situation however the sunglasses were snatched off her face so hard that the ear piece broke completely off, the lens popping out as he let it fall to the floor.


When her crimson eyes met that of the soldiers, she knew that he knew. It was a second before both men moved to draw weapons but it was half of a second before Kara reacted. Quickly she gathered every ounce of darkness in the room and forced it upon the two men, engulfing them completely and rendering them immobile. Screams permeated the room as she looked back at the frightened workers behind the counter, taking pity on their unsuspecting lives. "Im sorry..." she said softly, eyes glowing bright red as the shadows condensed smaller and smaller, within seconds they had completely been crushed and absorbed. Kara staggered with the effort and amount of sudden power she exerted, still holding her food she silently made her way out. Sighing, she quickly turned back down the nearest alley and picked at the deli sandwich in her hands.

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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Bladewolf on Sat 05 Aug 2017, 22:00

((Hopefully Blaze is ok with this, if not, lemme know))



Blade watched as the other male began to move, and smirked at the rapid fire questions.  Even while the threat of annihilation hanging over their heads, he still had the safety of the pack, well, former pack, towards the forefront of his mind.  While Blade still certainly care for the others, he was, of late, of more a rogue, or loner, mindset, though at one point for the pack he had been more, considerably more, the beta.  Lately he had been killing as many of the Oxen Corp bastards as he could get his claws on, and enjoying it at the same time.  He considered that for a few moments before beginning to reply.

"I have a lead on a small shop front tucked away from the main streets and city lights, it only has about 3 rooms beside the main floor area.  A bedroom, the storage room, and a kitchen dining room combination.  But, I could forge a portal into the wall of the storage room, and connect it to a lesser used tower of the Castle.  We would know everything able to function on the other side of the portal would be safe."  He knew that anyone who was not welcome, or linked to him in someway, would be completely unable to see without the aid of some of the equipment he had seen the humans use in the dark, which would be rather ungainly.

"She did do some healing, though he was pretty banged up, I'm not sure how much she could.  I think he is healing on his own now.  As for Kara, she was staying to watch over him until he woke, but," He froze in place as a sensation washed over him, someone using the shadows, nearby.  He had been slowly guiding Blaze towards the hotel they had initially been in, and only a block away, he felt it.  

"Kara." He said, almost in a style of swearing before starting forward at a sprint, flying past Blaze.  Just before reaching the alley that he had felt the last emanation of her power, he saw a small squad, only 4 men, begin entering the alley.  Just as they were all in, he threw himself into the air towards the wall, shifting to his lycan form as he flew through the air.  Levering himself so as not to shatter the wall with his weight, he rebounded, and came down in their midst just before they rounded the alleyway intersection to encounter Kara.  Only one had time to do more than a short scream before he was torn apart.  The taste of blood still in his mouth, Blade dropped low onto all fours, going into a guard mode as he made sure the rest of the area was safe, just a short distance from Kara.


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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Syzygy on Sun 06 Aug 2017, 23:29




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"Power should only be given to those willing to lower themselves to pick it up."

Emerald eyes rolled playfully into the back of his as he shook it gently. Benjamin knew Alleria well, he knew she wouldn't wait; but that was one of the reasons he was so fond of her. It was an endearing aggravation.
Blade and Benjamin kept in two with each other as Blaze zipped up the hoody he had fashioned to the kid of his chest showing some of the bare skin there absent of thought.
Nodding gently, he agreed with Blade. "Sounds like a plan. I think the pack could use a break in the Shadow Realm, free of terror for just a night. We could all use a good rest, recuperate and start fresh on those bastards."
They weren't a pack, Benjamin knew that, but it was a force of habit within him that lead him to call it as such.
"There are still more Supernaturals out there that need our help Bl-" the emotion that washed over him compelled the man to stop talking as fury rode inside him swiftly overshadowing the calmness he'd felt.
Blade had obviously felt her presence too, the sudden burst of energy that propelled from her just around the bend; and Blaze had not stopped to listen to his friend speak her name.
He'd slid around the corner, almost vertical with eyes aglow of gold as he suddenly forgot the fatigue that had brought him down only moments ago, instead running at speed with a bust of adrenaline.
Vocal chords had transformed into that more fitting with less tan a thought as he vocalised a snarling roar, claws with the likeness of daggers spreading from finger tips.
He launched at one of the men, while Blade had taken another, and then some. Weathered hands gripped the mans throat as Benjamin landed upon him; fingers curled around the oesophagus and it was torn from his body, less than cleanly. It was all over in the breadth of a second. He looked up and lay eyes upon Kara before he slowly raised from a crouched position. She was stood with a sandwich, though he did not notice it as he marched towards her, unwaiting and and unspeaking to take her in his arms. He squeezed her tightly to his body, forced his face into her neck and burying it in her hair. He breathed, taking in her scent and letting it wash through him before kissing the skin there gingerly.



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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Kara on Mon 07 Aug 2017, 01:27




Kara Rae

The deli sandwich in her fingers had become crushed in the middle from the tension in her hands during the confrontation with the two foot soldiers. Agitation made her let out a low growl as hands brought the food to her mouth for her to take a bite. The taste was sub-par and made her nose crinkle in distaste, her mind wandering to much wilder game that she would prefer to hunt. With a loud swallow, she downed the contents that were in her mouth just in enough time for the sound beating the pavement to steal her attention.


It was the heavy footsteps thundering in unison and the crack of walkie talkies that gave away her guests, crimson eyes narrowing as her body turned just slightly as she awaited the group. Nott was stirring again at the back of her mind, though the concern the deity felt was unmistakable. "Run Kara." She instructed, pushing at her mind. Kara ignored the voice and began to gather energy to attack. "You're stupid, you need to run. Do you really think you have enough energy to keep this shit up? You dont! We dont, you will slip control and remember the last time that happened? You almost killed us both. Now Nott was angry but Kara chose to ignore her.


Kara was fully agitated at this point, the human presence of the Oxen corp driving her into a defensive fury that she wasn't sure she could control. "I just wanted to fuc..." she stopped as more sounds of arrivals joined and intercepted the Oxen Corp. She was about to throw her sandwich to the floor and let go of her control, end it all now in a fit of agitation and be on with her way and the scent of wolf hit her. Just as they turned the corner, two figures rushed forward and ended the attack before it even began with a fierce display of skill.


She now stood motionless, looking with soft eyes a a curve at the corner of her lip as she appraised her rescuers, her family. It brought a wave of ease as she realized that two of the missing group were now in front of her and Blaze, he was here and safe. Crimson eyes lingered on his form longer then she would have liked to admit as she thanked the gods for their return. As the dust settled from the attack, she tensed as Blaze turned his gaze back to her with an intensity she wasn't use to anymore. It was only a second before he crossed the space between them and she was engulfed in his arms, his face fitting into the crook of her neck.


He smelt of home, of comfort and familiarity. He felt like everything she feared shed never feel again, warm and safe. Slowly and hesitantly she moved her arms to wrap around his body, holding him firmly within her grasp. "I'm so glad your safe..." was about all she could choke out, eyes closing just for a second to relish in the embrace. The feeling of lips on her skin was also a welcomed surprise, where once as a young wolf she would have blushed and giggled now she tensed as goosebumps ran down her neck and arms. A smile played at her lips as she pulled back enough to place some distance between their bodies but still close enough that she could keep her embrace. Blade was there and surely didn't want to see this display of affection that she herself wasn't even sure how far may go.


"Thank you guys.." she said, looking between the two males in the alley with her. The situation came back to the front of her mind as eyes that had dulled in the sudden comfort Blaze brought began to shine again as gears turned in her brain. "I woke up alone, everyone had gone.." she began, looking to Blade. "I remember you had gone for food, Alleria healed Tate and then myself, and I remember her falling asleep but there was no sign of them when I woke up. I left to search for you guys again.." she finished, looking at them expectantly, hoping they would fill in the blanks and would have news that Alleria and Tate were safe and tucked away."
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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Bladewolf on Mon 07 Aug 2017, 21:40



Blade rolled his eyes at the display between Blaze and Kara, and shook his head in amusement. The act, combined with the maw full of razor sharp teeth, to the unknowing, could be quite the intimidating display. Taking another quick look around, he shifts back to his Xenoran form and rolls his shoulders. "Blaze, I believe now would be an excellent time to head towards the shop." He said, hand resting on the pommel of a sword that was enshrouded in incorporeal shadows at his hip. "I'll be able to get a portal anchored, and then, the two of you, can get a room." This made him laugh, yet at the same time he was also serious about getting to the safe area. As he waited for the two of them to be ready to move, he knelt and began rifling through the pockets of the, less than intact, corpses that were now strewn about the alley. He found a few boot knives that were of decent quality, and pocketed those, he could sell them later through the shop front. "Alright," Blade said, standing up, once they were ready, "Lets get moving." As he began to move down the alleyway.

((Hopefully a bit of a jump is ok, think i left that open enough there))

The bell on the door chimed as Blade pushed his way in, ducking slightly due to the door not yet having been remodeled. There was a man standing behind the counter with trinkets, and bits and bobbles contained in it. He was polishing what appeared to be a goblet. "Ah, Danarius, good to see you, we just finished preparing the back wall of the storeroom for you. The rock work was a little difficult, but we still finished it."

"Thank you Wallace, if you need us, we will be back there." Blade replied, walking past the counter with a smile in thanks to the man, and through the archway behind the counter. Presuming the other two would follow, or, at the very lest remain in the shop behind him, He made his way to the storeroom, and went to to work. It took about fifteen minutes, but, a portal crackled to life before going silent and stabilizing to show another room, made of stone. This time, unlike before, he walked through first and the portal remained open. In short order, there was a small contingent of guards in the room attached to the portal room. This room, contained only 2 ways in or out, either the portal, or through the room with the guards.


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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Syzygy on Mon 07 Aug 2017, 23:31




B E N J A M I N . N E K I S H U
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p r o f i l e


"Power should only be given to those willing to lower themselves to pick it up."

Unlike Kara, Benjamin did not care too much for the presence of Blade at that time. Whether he disregarded it or it had slipped his mind was not made clear, all he knew was that to have her in his arms was all too much. He had sent the better part of the day hoping she was safe and not knowing completely. Of course, there was their bond. The bond that all of the former pack mates share. Having been the alpha of each individual endowed Benjamin with a sixth sense, so to speak, and through a mental string he was able to feel his family. It would take some concentration on his part, but he could sense their life force in the back of his mind as it brushed at his senses.
His fingers curled into the fabric of her shirt, and he gripped her ever tightly for just the brief second before she created a small amount space between them. Instinctively he leaned forward into her. His heart was racing, although it wasn’t for lust, but that of the intimacy and warranting need to protect her that was his instincts.
It was half a second before he too, made the space between the two of them, slowly allowing her to step away from him. His cheek brushed her purposefully and those deep emerald eyes caught a glimpse of the glowing crimson and held them firmly for long enough to cause a whisper in his chest.  The entire display took a mere moment, less than a minute as Blade was rummaging through the clothing of the dead bodies. His hands lingered at her hips before he followed her lead and parted from her warmth.
He wanted so desperately to take her hand, but the two had not yet formally requited their love once more. He could feel it, however. The mirror in which his passion could stare towards, reflected into her. Absent of the true thought, the lower lip was pulled between his teeth. He’d been an alpha for so many years, been through so many things in in his life, and yet, she was the only thing in the entire world that still warranted such a nervousness.
It was Blade that broke the short silence, though it seemed an eternity in his mind. Benjamin realised he was staring at the floor, his head snapped up and met his friends gaze and in a split decision amongst a sudden burst of confidence allied with the thought of his tardiness, slipped his fingers between Kara’s, taking her hand firmly, but loose enough that should she wish to protest, he would not stop her.
He nodded in response to Blade and gestured with his free hand for his friend to take the lead. “Lead the way.” He said simply, eyes brushing the sword at Blades hip. For a moment he wondered when it had appeared, but quickly diminished the thought when Blade began moving.


Benjamin followed Blade closely, discreetly  making sure that Kara was either by his side or between the two males all the while. He moved swiftly through the door to the inn, nodding a greeting to the people he saw so as not to raise a confusion but kept in pace.
When Blade entered the store room, Blaze didn’t question it. He trusted his friend and knew him enough to not cause a confrontation as he might have once upon a time.
As he waited for Blade to finish the portal patiently, leaning against the adjacent wall. It had always made him curious, the way Blade used the shadows and the crystals. He toyed with the small black rose at his breast that Blade had given him with the material that were now his garments and thought silently.
The silence in the store room was a welcome one, a shared silence. Every now and then he would turn and simply look at Kara, glad that she was here and with him. Safe; but thoughts also passed for that of the others, Tate and Alleria, but not only the two of them, but his children also. Were they safe? He didn’t know, he could only hope that Zigan had lead them to safety as he had promised.
When the portal became active, it seemed that Blade would not wait this time. Where, normally he would allow the others to pass through first, this time there was a sense of urgency in his steps.
A glance to the other side caused a swift decision within Benjamin and he launched forward grabbing Blade pressingly by the shoulder, fingers taking a firm hold as he pulled the male back quickly.
"No," he said with a sense of annoyance, although it wasn't directly that, an undertone that could be described as panic was present, "Blade, I know your blood boils, but I am in no shape to fight and I will not put Kara in danger after she has so recently healed. We need to recuperate and find Alleria and Tate before jumping into war again."
He did not remove his hand, instead continued, Safety." he insisted. It was then that he took a step back, standing beside Kara, he waited for Blades decision.

"Speech."
Thoughts.
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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Kara on Tue 08 Aug 2017, 00:58




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A brow raised as neither male offered anything in terms of filling in the blanks, worry settled deep within her as the thought that Alleria and Tate were still missing passed her mind. She felt responsible for them as she was the last one with them, but now that they didn't seem to be tucked away safely somewhere by Blaze and Blade she began plotting where they may be. Her crimson gaze moved to Blade as he began to speak to Blaze about some destination she was unsure of, wondering where he had plans to go. The last of his comment failed to go unnoticed as Kara shifted slightly, giving Blade a bewildered look as she didn't think the actions between Blaze and her reached that level of intimacy, though the redness that reached her cheeks kept her from looking up at Blaze. Truth be told, it had been so long since her former mate and herself had been alone in any room she probably wouldnt know how to react out of sheer awkwardness.


The confidence that Kara had found within herself over the last few years was crumbling in the face of the two males, namely Blaze as his demeanor toward her seemed to take a leap in the opposite direction. The normal aloofness that shes adopted as her primary trait was gone as she felt young again, back when she could love freely and didn't have a past as rocky as the mountains weighing down. It wasn't missed the way he held onto her upon arrival, or the pass of his cheek to her skin followed by the burning look in his emerald eyes. The feel of his lips on her skin still lingered as if she didnt want to forget the feeling. Something had changed, and while she was both nervous and anxious, it caused her to feel a sense of happiness and hope that she hadn't felt in a long time. For the first time in years, she felt as if she wasn't chasing her tail only to catch herself a mouthful of disappointment.


She had spent the better part of the last couple years pining for his attention to little avail, while working on leading her own pack and maturing in her own right. As a young female, she had jumped fast with a head full of emotions without thinking about anything beyond the moment. She knew the mistakes that she had made caused her a great deal of grief and karma had come back around to put Kara back in her place. She truly believed that watching Blaze live a full life, happily with another pack was going to be her punishment, as it was the only thing that continued to hurt her still. Even after initially finding him again in this land ravaged by the Oxen Corp, she felt that her place would always be in his shadow, at a safe distance where he could assure she was alive and well but far enough that she couldnt hurt him. "Maybe I was wrong.."


Her chest felt heavy as a rough palm slid into hers, all but engulfing her hand in his while her small fingers held onto his with strength she didnt feel she had. Peeking up at Blaze out of the corner of her eye she allowed a small smile to slip, showing a softness in her eyes that was always reserved for only him. Remaining silent as Blade led the way to this storefront and ignoring him looting the dead, she pondered what would happen next. Her mind raced in different directions ranging from her missing friends to the male next to her that made her feel things she didnt think she could, making her thoughts staticy and cluttered. As they passed through the front door, she barely noticed the man Blade called by 'Wallace". Still distracted, she mumbled a polite hello and followed with the procession she arrived with.


Once in the room Blade had mentioned, he wasted no time setting up more portals. Her eyes looked over to Blaze who was leaning against the wall staring as if he was lost in his own thoughts, save for a few glances her way which she would share before looking away again. The pressure at the back of her consciousness was nagging and Kara finally acknowledged the Deity. "You had better stop ignoring me." Growled Nott, at which Kara visibly rolled her eyes. "You're lucky they showed up.Nott pressed, unwilling to accest Kara's uninterested attitude. Kara was staring off into space, her face a blank slate as the internal conversation picked up. "It would have been fine, you always underestimate me. One day you'll stop that." Kara said, dismissing Nott's words. "Hmph, and what would you have done when you were done with your little power tantrum? IF you didn't completely deplete BOTH of our energy, you'd be a sitting duck for the next foot soldier." Nott empathized, as Kara could almost feel the deity in her face. Kara shrugged nonchalantly, "If you're as powerful as you say then I should have had access to enough energy to wipe this city of Oxen Corp  for the next few miles" Kara shot back, almost jesting with her. "You're impossible, at least let me move on to your pretty daughter or your old flame over there before you kill both of us." The last comment caused a low audible growl to escape her lips as eyes glowered in annoyance. Sometimes the voice in her head served as reason, while other times it was just plain damn annoying.


The internal argument ended in enough time for Blade to finish his portal and move to walk through. She moved to follow as she was still unsure what the plan was with this place and what the long term goal for it was. Her attention snapped to Blaze as he stopped Blade from passing through the portal, listing to their conversation. Her head tilted off to the side and brows furrowed as she waited for Blaze to finish before stepping forward to stand with the two in front of the portal. "I was really hoping you guys were hiding Alleria and Tate...we cant focus on taking down the enemy if our family is still out there and in danger. We need to regroup.." she offered, looking back towards the entrance. Blaze's words made her look over his body absently, worried about what injuries he was hiding under his clothes. "We need to rest and heal and face this with clear heads..." she Offered, looking between the two with a yawn.
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Re: Following Leads (open)

Post by Bladewolf on Fri 11 Aug 2017, 00:23



Blade paused as the other male grabbed his shoulder, giving him a confused look. "What are you," he began, before meeting Blaze's eyes, and seeing what was there, exhaustion. "No, Blaze, this portal goes to the castle, its MEANT for safety and rest. The guards are to keep out those who are not welcome, like sneaky Oxen Corp bastards. Anyone else who is approved as 'ok', the castle staff has orders to treat them as if they were members of the royal family itself. Anyone who doesnt, will have to answer to me personally." Looking back at the armed men in the room on the other side of the portal, he explained more. "Those men, as dependable and lethal with a blade as they are," He began with a placating gesture towards them, "Are castle guards, they have been trained as static defenders, they are not the sort we would need for a war here, they are guards." He looked from Blaze to Kara, and back. "Like you said, rest, is what you all, WE all need." As he finished speaking, Shadrack stepped into the room with the guards and nodded to Blade.

"Shadrack will show you to your rooms, or room, however the two of you wish to do it. I, am going to go find Aleria and Tate, and bring them here so we can all get some much needed rest. If you need me, Shadrack knows how to contact me. Now please, both of you, go, relax, rest, and, um, reacquaint yourselves." He added this last bit with a chuckle, eyes going between the two of them. After gently pushing the two of them through the portal, he turned to go try finding the others.

Stepping out the shop door, he muttered to himself, "Now, where the hell are those two?" As he turned to make his way down the street. He had a few ideas for places to go try looking in, but, beyond that, he was going to have to track them down the old fashioned way, find a faint scent, and follow it to where ever it led. His first thought, was to start from where he had last seen Aleria, the hotel they had taken Tate too when they first found him. Upon reaching the establishment, it only took a few questions to find that she had, according to one cleaning lady who took something called the bus through the area, that she was, possibly, around the area of the Fogs Hotel. "Well, I can stop in and have a drink while I look for her." He thought, as he made his way there.


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