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Ulf idly scratched his chin, "That was what was supposed to happen. That rifle was as common as snow in Finland so I thought I knew its calling card. Beasties were shocktroopers because the bullet tends to go right through and the damage area is too small to really compromise our functioning. That thing sure as hell wasn't a 7.62R, maybe it had shitty powder or hell maybe he wasn't using a R at all, not the most organized and supplied place it looked."
He turned back to the busy yeti, he didn't seem to hear his former request though.
" Maybe a drip of vodka for the soul? That's a good man." he tried again. Katy seemed to be enjoying herself. That was good, she needed it.
A small flicker of movement caught his eye, amid the arriving patrons he wasn't sure why he chose that moment to notice, but he was glad he did. A familiar afro pulled through the lobby. He chuckled, the chuckles devolved into wheezing laughter. He resisted the urge to pound the table in front of him.
"Maybe make that a couple of drips." he revised. "I have a feeling they will be in need."
The war. she winced in sympathy.
"Da, that was...not a good time for me and many others. It...didn't get much better afterwards." she stumbled over the second sentence as the instincts to avoid criticizing the party flared. Still a long way to go.
"I am glad than, I haven't been back in a few months as well. I find Capital much more enjoyable a life than the one I left."
edited 13th Apr '15 4:05:55 PM by Slysheen
A woman stood at the resort entrance, fiddling with a makeup bag. Not that it was going to help an inch-wide scar on her face or skin the color of ash. In short, she looked like she had been through hell, a most astute observation.
The idiot should have sent Sarah. Why wouldn't you send the ice witch to the Himalayas? But no, he had to give me the assignment. Not that I even know what I'm doing here.
Her raven-colored hair, the same shade as her sweatshirt and jeans, started to blow in the cold mountain wind. It was time to go inside. As she entered, she saw a sign for the bar and made a beeline for it. She needed a drink to get over her anger at her boss. Badly.
Gwion turned to see what had prompted the reaction and caught sight of Felix and Rose. He snorted with laughter and looked around to see if Miyuki, Akira, Rani, Foster, Flamist, Energy or carrot-top were milling about in the crowd somewhere.
"Speak of the Devil," he said. "Shall I order the pizza now?"
"So you live in the Capital, now?" Teri asked. "That'd be quite the change." Probably as alien to Katya as Terra Nova had been to her when she first arrived - and undoubtedly an improvement over Soviet Russia. The Cold War - and how close it came to getting "hot" - was a very recent memory for her.
edited 14th Apr '15 1:30:20 AM by Wolf1066
Zak choked on his cocoa at Virgil's revelation. Nine years old?! Granted, he and Kyle were—more or less—doing the job of a policeman, but at least they were teenagers.
"Nine?!" Zak asked, wide-eyed, "How does she even reach the pedals?! Do fighter jets even have pedals?!"
"Um, Zak?" Kyle asked, raising an eyebrow at his friend.
"Well...yeah." Zak consented, "Kyle here does knows a lot about machines. More than I ever could."
"Yup. I'm a genius!"
"Kyle..." Zak rolled his eyes.
Kyle held up his hands in joking, "Okay, okay, I'm kidding. I'm not that incredible. The best I can do is just connect a few things, and maybe reverse-engineering."
Rick looked in the direction that Gwion and Ulf had turned. The first thing he noticed was the Afro.
"That's Felix? Looks like he'd do better as DJ." He joked. Then he looked sideways at Gwion.
"You're not gonna chew him out again, are ya? The other guests...won't really like the noise."
edited 14th Apr '15 8:32:47 AM by TroPartner
"Boring" wasn't exactly the right word to describe what Camille thought of what Isaac was talking about. Her actual feelings were more something along the lines of complete confusion. She really did try to listen to what he was saying, but to her it was all a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo about something she had never heard of before.
"...I think I'll be heading off now," she said once he was done talking, "It was nice speaking to you, though. Maybe we'll meet again later?"
She downed the rest of her soda before turning and hopping off the chair she was sitting in. Despite her words, however, she hung around for just long enough to catch the other girl's name. Despite the fact that this person was clearly more learned than she herself was, it also wasn't likely that she was always like this. Maybe, just maybe, the next time they met would be at a time when the other girl wasn't in the mood to discuss super-scientific stuff and that would go much more smoothly. Alternatively, Camille could just be an over-optimistic moron. The latter sounded more likely, especially after telling herself to not get her hopes up earlier.
Afterwards she started making her way towards the lobby. On her way there, however, she became aware that someone else wanted to speak to her. At least, that was what Camille thought that was happening; the man walking towards her appeared to be a little too focused to simply be heading for the lobby. She recognized him from her earlier look-over of the bar; to be specific, she had dismissed him due to the fact that he seemed a little too occupied. Apparently, that wasn't the case.
She turned to face him. "Er, hello?"
Virgil chuckled. "No, no pedals. She would have had trouble reaching all the controls in a standard, mass-production plane, but you'd be surprised at the concessions the military will make for a soldier who's worth it. She was quite the prodigy. They just modified her aircraft. I mean, I say 'just', but it was pretty expensive. Still, you should have seen her fly. She gave me a run for my money, and I'm no pushover."
Gwion thought of the sort of music Felix was likely to play and snorted with laughter.
Gwion smiled. "As I said to your daughter that night: I've said my piece."
David put his hands in his pockets as he strode towards the girl. "Hey. Saw you tryin' to listen to that." "I looked like that before when my dad tried to explain to me how a plane worked." He looked back on the memory, but he couldn't remember what he said. He shook his head as if it would shake the thought off. "Anyways, I'm David. Visiting. I was kinda bored back there, and you seemed the most- interesting to talk to." He didn't want to say 'different'. But she did stick out from the rest of the people.
The blond-haired man eyed her feet. "But here's a good question. Did you forget your boots at home? Or is it a new fashion statement? I mean, if you need a pair of shoes, I could help."
Ai sat quietly sipping her lavender tea, listening to the conversations around her with interest and curiosity. She would occasionally glance at one of the suitcases and give a small sigh before returning to her drink. The warm drink and the humble atmosphere made her forget about the one she was looking for and she decided to just enjoy herself here before checking into her room. "This is a wonderful little place you work for." she commented to the Yeti with a smile. The girl's looks and mannerisms almost made her look like a dainty princess. She had no idea but her happiness was causing wild flowers to grow underneath her chair.
The strange woman walked up to the bar with the confidence of someone who knew her superiority. She raised an eyebrow at the Yeti behind the bar, but didn't make any comments beyond asking for a glass of the top-shelf red wine.
Picking up her freshly poured glass, she looked at her hands in dismay. Stupid, stupid, stupid she thought as she put on a pair of white gloves. The last thing I need here is an... incident.
edited 15th Apr '15 8:38:27 PM by daird
"Well, it must be really something to watch." Kyle assumed, giving his glass back to Mark. He hopped of the stool that he had taken for a seat. He reached down to his wheeled suitcase and opened the main pocket to pull out a black-colored coat.
"Anyway, what's this about snowboarding? I'm game if you are."
Virgil snorted, embarrassed. "Well, er... I was planning on a vacation with more beaches than snowdrifts, so I did a very poor job of packing for a mountain resort. Hopefully they'll have everything available for rental here. Be tricky to enjoy snowboarding in jeans and a leather jacket. But..." He scanned the mini-map that was on the voucher he'd been given, and nodded. He pointed to the west doors.
"Looks like the ski lift and equipment rental is out that way, down the path," he said. "Not too far to walk."
He picked up his bourbon and tossed the rest of it back, setting the empty glass back on the bar. He hesitated, then reached into his pocket and pulled out what looked like a banknote, but from no country on Earth; it was yellow, graced with the face of a pale, dark-haired woman wearing a suit, and was marked as a denomination of "3 CREDITS".
"Hopefully my money's worth something here," he muttered as he tucked the bill under the glass. "Well. Shall we go?"
edited 16th Apr '15 8:38:54 AM by SolipSchism
"Yeah. Let's do it!" Kyle announced, eagerly donning his coat.
"Actually, we kinda need to find our rooms." Zak reminded.
"Oh, right! I almost forgot." Kyle snapped his fingers. He stuffed his hands into his pockets and pulled them out a second later, producing two key-rings with the keys attached. He gave the two keys to his friend, and then unexpectedly turned to Virgil with an impish grin.
"Besides, Zak couldn't really play with you anyway. He's engaged."
Before anyone could blink, Zak had delivered a sucker-punch to Kyle's upper arm, his face having gone beet-red. After that, he headed off in a huff to the lounge's southern Warp Door, on his way to find their rooms.
Back at the bar, Kyle rubbed his arm, which was already getting a little sore. However, the teasing grin on his face signified that he held zero regrets.
Rick was about to get up and get over to where Gwion had said he last saw Lara. He jumped when another person, a young man with silver hair, gave a sudden outburst and left the room in a hurry. Rick saw the glimpse of a red-hot face.
"There's a story that's happening..." He commented briefly, before continuing his journey over to the blue door.
edited 16th Apr '15 9:00:25 PM by TroPartner
Mark served all the drink requests, including the vodka for Ulf. Feel free to assume you've been automatically served - you don't need to wait for me to post. :)
"Thanks!" Mark said to Ai.
Then, to Virgil, he said, "Sir, all the drinks are free here. You don't need to pay."
"Interesting, although far more ordinary than what I was expecting," Maroko said, "do you know how they got there? I'm assuming it wasn't canoes." And I'm hoping I don't know the answer personally... she thought.
"And I'm Maroko," Maroko said, "student at Hoshimira University."
[Basement >> Hot Spring]
"Just this way," Takumi said, opening another warp door to the Hot Spring. "And here is the hot spring, sauna, gym, changing rooms, and swimsuit rental (if desired), as well as some snow melters which will heat and dry anyone off in a flash. Especially convenient if one wants to stay out, rather than warm up inside."
"And of course, inside is the dining lounge, bar, and game room," Takumi said, "so I suppose that's just about it. There's a roof deck, but it's pretty plain. Any questions?"
[Arcade of Time]
Looking a bit dejected, Nanami wandered off, deeper into the arcade - looking to see what else she might want to play.
You don't have to wait for Nanami, unless someone asks her a question.
edited 16th Apr '15 8:22:25 PM by Sonzai
Glass in hand, the woman looked around for an unoccupied table. She didn't see any, but there was one nearly so, with only one woman there, drinking tea. No time like the present to start idle chit-chat.
She gave the woman a friendly glance. If the others could see me now... "Excuse me, but is this seat taken?"
Ai was still sitting quietly enjoying herself when she heard an outburst from somewhere along the bar. Turning her head she saw a rather embarrassed young boy and his companion as they walked away together. The scene made her giggle as she watched the two. "This place sure has interesting people." she said softly to herself with a smile.
She then turned to the lady who greeted her and asked if the seat was taken. "Oh no, help yourself." she replied with a smile. With a tilt of her head she asked, "What brings you to the resort?"
Tali's head felt like exploding from all of the excitement and wonder of the Resort as she was led outside to the hot springs. All of it was so amazing, especially the fact they seemed to have just about everything! She nodded in understanding to being told about the other rooms of the Resort and got a excited and ready to go look on her face. "So, where should I start? Should I hand out towels to people? Like that pink haired lady over there?" she motioned towards Xia who was relaxing and reading a book.
edited 17th Apr '15 8:32:34 PM by Sphinxyness
Virgil snorted quietly, watching Zak go.
"Sure he's okay? I'm not here to break up any friendships. Or do you guys have one of those slap-slap-hug things going on?" He shrugged into his leather jacket and headed for the west doors.
Balls, he thought to himself, looking through the glass. It may be a short walk, but it's going to be a cold one. Should have thought that through before I agreed to come to a mountain resort with a suitcase full of swim trunks and suntan lotion.
Kyle rolled his eyes playfully. "Eh, he'll be fine. He can probably learn to take a joke, but it isn't serious. It's just that he's kinda crazy about this girl from school. Gets so quiet around her, you'd almost think he wasn't there." Afterwards, the wide grin returned, "It's just kinda fun to torture him like that."
Shifting from the subject, Kyle bent over to one of the pockets on his suitcase, unzipping it and rummaging around. "You said you packed for the wrong type of vacation, right? I think I actually packed another coat in here by accident. I think it looks about your size, give or take."
"Sure! Sounds good to me," Takumi said, "just remember to ask if she wants anything. We try not to bother the guests if they're already comfortable."
Blegh. Sorry for the shortness, but couldn't think of anything else.
Whoops, wrong thread
edited 17th Apr '15 6:41:13 PM by Wolf1066
Camille introduced herself with a deep, formal curtsy. "I'm Camille. It's a pleasure to meet you, David."
Afterwards she started, rather self-consciously, fidgeting with the collar of her dress. It was a little awkward that he'd noticed her lack of shoes practically right off the bat, but she had also noticed the pause as he mentioned she looked interesting. It was almost as if he had wanted to say something else there. She kept her mouth shut regarding her feelings on the matter, however, and instead simply answered his question.
"Well...I just don't have any kind of footwear. It's...kind of a long story." She glanced down at her feet, then sighed. "I've mostly gotten used to it by now and I really wasn't planning on heading outside any time soon. I'll accept the help if you really want to, though."
Isaac offered a hand for a handshake and said, "Dr. Isaac Rose, Western Amalgamated." Then, after either shaking Moroko's hand or gracefully accepting her refusal to do so, he continued.
"And your question," Isaac said, "is the billion-dollar one." He finished off his soda as an excuse to gather his thoughts, then nodded at Mark. "We know the Song, our local breed of mysterious precursors, had something to do with it. There's a shitton of portals between Earth and Alos. Presumably that, then. But it was only about... sixty years ago now anyone figured out how to make the portal devices work without magic." He took a long sigh, and rubbed his temples as Mark slid him a refilled glass. "Fuckin' magic..."
Qal seemed briefly bemused. "Firebenders not common where you come from?"
"That might not even," Izeri pointed out, "be what they're called there." Then to Lana, "in case you couldn't guess, control over the elements is... reasonably common back home." An awkward pause, then, "you don't seem too enthusiastic about your 'vacation'. Should we be expecting trouble?"
edited 17th Apr '15 9:56:14 PM by KillerClowns
Maroko shook Isaac's hand somewhat lightly, more out of a lack of practice than anything else. Portals? No, that's not their style, she thought, probably something else.
"So did the Song use magic originally for the portals?" she said, "or was it just advanced technology - since you called them Precursors."
"And I can definitely sympathize with you on magic," she said, "my life was a lot simpler before that was introduced."
Nanami continued wandering, now out of sight in the forest of machines.
[BAR->ARCADE OF TIME]]
With nothing else to see, Rick roamed over to the door and looked into what looked to be rows upon rows upon rows of...arcade machines. Seeing a head of black hair in the distance, Rick stepped inside, but not before turning and giving Gwion a wave, a nonverbal bid of farewell.
Lara paused her game and crossed her arms.
"Well, the guy I came with said we're both on vacation, but really, I think he just brought me along so he could keep an eye on me." After a pause, she turned to look directly at Qal. "Firebenders... That's what they're called? And there's a lot of them?"
edited 18th Apr '15 1:14:35 PM by TroPartner
The woman sat down and introduced herself. "I'm Molly, and as for why I'm here, I just want to see the sights and relax."
A fragrant odor struck Molly's nose, and she looked down to see a veritable garden of flowers. "Did... did you make these grow?"
edited 18th Apr '15 8:25:47 PM by daird
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