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Posted by Hälō on 21 May 2018 - 12:48 AM
Posted by Hälō on 07 May 2018 - 09:25 PM
Lace's eye widened in shock at the sight of Jack's foot knocking Beowulf to the side. Gritting her teeth, XIII tightened her grip and pulled backwards, instantly stopping her attack mid stroke as her gaze shot towards Matilda. Knowing all too well that she was now wide open, Lace touched her feet to the ground then quickly darted to the side to create distance between her and the witch.
XIII brought herself to a sliding halt a few feet away, and found her gaze was met by a contestant that she had wanted to cross blades with since the very beginning.
"Where do you think you're going, Barbie-Doll?" Jack's words sounded like those of a demon.
Quickly glancing around, Lace watched as Matilda and Bethany quickly gained the upper hand before the former made her escape with the body. To make matters worse, Louis had yet to make his next move, meaning that Angelica and Rawal's battle to stop Bethany was about to grow even harder...
I guess that means it's my job to take Jack down alone. I just have to trust that they'll find a way to stop Bethany...
XIII's grip tightened around Beowulf, causing the azure aura around her to suddenly flair once more against the coldness that continued overtake the room as she glared at Jack. Remembering what Matilda had said about Jack's new strength and speed bing on a level able to rival her own, Lace began formulating a strategy.
To call the situation dire would be a complete understatement...
"Of course..." As she spoke, Lace shifted her stance and grabbed Beowulf with both hands, before holding the large blade up at the ready. "It's only natural that I'd have to see to dealing with her underlings first." Bursting into motion the moment the words fell from her lips, Lace suddenly swiped upwards to release a large shockwave that traveled hungrily across the ground towards Jack at monstrous speeds. After releasing her attack, Lace dashed off to the right to circle around the Magnum Locust to close in whilst studying her opponents movements.
Posted by Hälō on 28 April 2018 - 08:41 PM
Piper sighed as she idly scrolled through her social media feed with a disinterested expression. Ever since the night at the island, nothing seemed to be able to get fired up anymore. Even her art felt unexpired and forced, leaving her with a subtle melancholy about her.
The young artist had glided through the her first class of the day without even feeling she had done anything, and now as Piper slowly strolled through the walkway towards the school's exit, she wondered if maybe she should reach out the others about going back.
I do have Paul's number... but maybe I should just wait till I see him in class...
"I hope Quinn is alright..." Her thoughts drifted to boy as she switched to her phone's camera and raised it up to her face to adjust her hair. He hadn't returned any of her texts, and it was beginning to grow worrisome. "Maybe I should ask someone in the drama club," Piper spoke clearly to herself just as she usually did.
"..." Suddenly her eyebrows arched as she caught a glimpse of a familiar face a few paces behind her in the crowd. It was girl with the glasses, again. Lowering her phone casually, Piper slid the device into her back pocket and began to speed up her stride ever so slightly. This wasn't the first time she'd caught a glimpse of the other girl behind her, and though most people would think she was nuts, Piper had been plagued with the sensation of being watched for most of the day...
My Piper senses are tingling...
Without breaking the air of casualness, Piper turned the first corner she encountered as if she intended to go deeper in building. Though instead of proceeding, she quickly spun around and stood against the wall with her arms crossed. When Avery inevitable followed, Piper would quickly reach out and grab her shoulder.
Welp, I wasss just thinking about seeing more of these people...
"Hiya!" Piper's tone was light hearted but it didn't match her gaze, which quickly became sharp and analytical. "We doing a lil stalking? Skulking perhaps?"
Posted by Hälō on 11 April 2018 - 05:18 AM
Posted by Hälō on 25 February 2018 - 03:24 AM
Quinn...She had been spacing out towards the bathroom door that her friend had vanished behind. Her mind constantly replayed everything that had happened over and over again, as she tried her best to make sense of it all. Could this really be happening? A bunch of teenagers sucked into some super natural s*** like this was some sort of tv show...
Posted by Hälō on 17 February 2018 - 08:48 AM
Lace sighed as she walked down the hotel hallway. After the last round, something about her now seemed oddly more human. Her skin was still pale, but her cheeks seemed to have just a hint of color now, and even her cold lavender eyes had a shine to them that one couldn't help but notice.
Though unfortunately her tiny lips were curled into a frown as she mused at exactly what she was going to do when she arrived at her destination...
"Oh! Miss XIII, are you looking for the banquet?"
One of the hotel's workers greeted her with a smile as she turned the corner. "I can escort you if you'd like..." Lace halted her advance but said nothing. Instead choosing to study the other woman's face in what soon became a silent stare down.
"What do you do usually like to have done for you when you're feeling sad?" Lace broke the silence at last.
"Excuse me?" Visibly confused, the hotel worker scratched the back of her head and glanced around the hall. "I guess my husband usually brings me cake from my favorite restaurant when I'm down..." The woman said thoughtfully before returning her gaze to Lace, who had already began walking again. "Why do you ask?
"H-Hey!" She called after the contestant to no avail. Sighing defeatedly, the hotel worker shrugged and went about her business.
"Food, huh?" Lost in thought, Lace touched her chin. XIII did recall seeing a lot of the characters in the movies she and Angelica watched eating lots of sweets when they were depressed...
"I suppose it's worth a try."
Having never really understood the practicality of knocking, Lace hastily hit the door nob with her foot to find that it was left unlocked. "Bethany?" Upon stepping inside the room, XIII was instantly aware of a sudden drop in temperature. It was like walking right into a freezer. And though she herself was no stranger to such an environment, there was something about this frost that exuded melancholy...
Glancing around to study the ice that covered every inch of the room, Lace's gaze finally fell on Bethany who had been sitting with her back pressed against the wall.
"Hey..." Clearly unsure of how to approach such a situation, Lace took another step into the room. In her hands she brandished a large shopping bag, as well as a tray from the hotel's coffee shop. "I wanted to give you my condolences." Steam billowed from the two cups as hot liquid as they struggled against the new cold environment, filling the room with a delicious chocolate aroma. "They also come with food... and chocolate." She glanced at the contents of the bag for a moment before extending it and the tray towards her future partner sheepishly.
"I-I didn't know what you liked so just grabbed everything..."
Posted by Hälō on 05 February 2018 - 11:31 PM
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After School, the Gymnasium
Posted by Hälō on 11 January 2018 - 12:47 AM
Posted by Hälō on 31 December 2017 - 04:59 PM
XIII watched in horror as the scene on the outside quickly escalated. Shifting her gaze over to the little girl that was weeping in her chair, XIII felt her tiny features twist into a scowl as she moved closer to girl and grabbed her by the shoulders.
"Please! We have to save them..." She pleaded whilst shaking the child. "Angelica is a friend. We can't just sit here whilst she's in danger..."
"I-I don't want to do this anymore..." Lace sobbed. Tears streamed down from her eyes as tucked her knees into her chest and wrapped her arms around her legs. "Where is Dad?!"
XIII stared down at the girl for a long time. This was her true self?! The original Lace. Nothing but a sickly child...
Her attention shifted again to the outside world, where Choros' ritual seemed to near completion. There was no way this girl could protect Angelica... She couldn't even protect herself. "Damn it..." XIII growled in frustration.Was this how it was supposed to end? Did fate expect her to sit here idly whilst this ghost let her new life burn away to ashes?!
"Damn it. Damn it. Damn it. Damn it! DAMN IT!"
A sudden pressure filled the room, causing the crying Lace to look up from her weeping. There at her side, XIII had begun to glow with a furious blue aura that seemed causing the entirety of the room to shake. "S-So... pretty..." The child looked on in awe as the older woman's aura continued to grow in size, quickly filling the small white room with it's azure light.
"Dad is dead." XIII's voice reverberated with power as took a step forward. "You're dead..."
"And I refuse... to be replaced... by a memory!" XIII growled through gritted teeth as she attempted to force her soul into the driver's seat. She'd destroy the entire White Room if she had to. The entire metaphor could go to hell! "This body is MINE...this soul is my MINE..." The light from her aura had become blinding, and it almost seemed as if everything else around her were being hungrily consumed by it, including the young Lace.
Back on the battlefield, Lace's body had also been enveloped in the very same azure aura. Slowly, she brought herself up to her feet, standing at the edge of her perch high on the wall as she peered down towards the ground bellow.
Without a word she stepped off of the ledge and began her descent. Her target in sight, she slowly reached to her side and grabbed the hilt of the straight-sword strapped to her belt. Lace's aura trailed behind her like a jet stream and when she drew her weapon, a corona of sharpness swirled around it's blade whilst she brought it back in preparation to unleash her signature technique.
It was over in a flash. To any observer, it would seem as if her blade had passed harmlessly through the Godstone. But as Lace landed inches from the artifact, a dozen strokes of light would begin to flash across it's surface, each representing a blindingly fast sword stroke imbued with the power of her soul.
"Iron Lotus..." Lace whispered with finality before slowly sliding her blade back into it's scabbard just as the last of her strikes made themselves known. She was herself. For the first time ever...
Posted by Hälō on 26 December 2017 - 06:08 AM
"Alright... let's go wild!"
Posted by Hälō on 05 December 2017 - 09:27 PM
The small girl peered off into the distance as she watched the events of the outside world transpire as if it were some kind move playing in mind's eye. "It's like I'm there... but not?" Her tiny voice broke the silence of the ghastly white room as she willed her avatar's body to reach out and touch the flames that were rapidly approaching...
"No!" A new voice filled the room, as XIII seemingly stumbled into existence a few feet behind the chair in the center of the room. On the outside, her body suddenly jerked backwards, desperately moving away from the flame with a sloppy backpedal.
"We're there..." XIII said whilst grabbing the top of the chair and stepping forward so that she was peering down into the shocked expression of the little girl that occupied it. "Well... I am." She added after shaking off the strangeness of looking into the face of the original Lace. "And I need you to get up, now!" Her voice oozed with urgency as she moved to yank the little girl from the seat that granted her control over their vessel.
"You're the lady from the movies..." Lace's features folded back into a neutral expression as XIII tugged at her with all her might. Despite the woman's titanic strength, the girl seemed to be stuck firmly to the chair by some unseen force. Growing bored of whatever strange game the lady was playing, Lace returned her attention to the outside world. "The fires... they're getting closer again." She observed helpfully, causing XIII to suddenly jump and loosen her grip.
Closing her eyes and concentrating, Lace tried to briefly steal command of her body as she had done moments before. Though it seemed her efforts were futile now with Lace aware of her presence... Was the brat blocking her out?!
"Hey, I need you to jump... right now!" XIII looked down to the girl and pleaded as she watch the flames inch closer and closer to her body as the vessel simply stood their staring with the bright expression of the little girl in the chair.
Lace turned up to XIII and tilted her head. "You're pretty!" She beamed up at the woman who was now frantically glancing around the room for something to aid her. "I'm Lace! Your name is Lace too ri-"
Desperate, XIII grabbed the little girl by the sides of her face and brought herself in so that their foreheads were nearly touching. "JUMP DAMN YOU! JUMP NOW! O-OR I'M TELLING DAD!" She shouted into Lace's face in a commanding tone.
On the outside, Lace's body jumped to attention; easily leaping over the seven foot wall of flame with ease before landing atop a small ledge near the top stone bowl that surrounded the arena with ease.
Slipping from her grasp, Beowulf's heavy body started to tumble down the side of the wall, causing a large amount of rocks to also begin breaking free. Before long, the boulders began to accumulate in their journey down to the bottom, resembling a small avalanche as they slid down to the arena, threatening to crush those below.
Unaware of this, Lace tucked her knees into her stomach and held herself tightly, tears streaming down her face to join the rockslide...
Posted by Hälō on 02 December 2017 - 06:44 AM
Roxie let out a small grunt as her back collided with the wall, damaging the screen displaying Ken and Benny's fight. Though before she could even try to imagine what Blake was going to say about it when he got back from scrapping the robot man downstairs, she was confronted by a sudden blast of heat, followed by Alex's voice.
The pirate captain's eyes widened from both shock and excitement as the massive torrent of flame burst forth towards her. The air bended and crackled from the immense heat of the technique. And moments before the pyre reached its target, it's flames seemed to twist and shape themselves into a large maw that threatened to hungrily consume Roxie.
This was true pyromancer's attack. One that was completely incomparable to the flames that the feline thief had been tossing around during her time in metropolis...
And though Roxie had never been there to see how Alex had started out, she was gleefully aware of the fact that in this moment she was faced with the attack of a fellow warrior.
"HOT DOOGGGGG!" Roxie screamed as she met the maw of flames head on. Attempting to grab the burning jaws with both hands, she struggled against their might for a long moment, seemingly attempting to force them back with brute force before suddenly being consumed by a burst of fire causing several screens to shatter.
Alex's attack was a burning beacon of the progress she had mad. Fiery proof of the fruits of her training with Blaze an-
"ROX-GUN!" The dense cloud of smoke that filled the room parted like a curtain as the large shockwave crossed the room and barreled into Alex, sending her reeling into far wall. There on the opposite side of the tunnel cut through the smoke, stood Roxie with her metal hand extended as if she had just thrown a punch.
Her clothes were in tatters and her fur seemed to be charred all around. It was a rare sight to see Roxie injured, and it didn't take long for her to burst out laughing as if she too were aware of this...
"You really got me good, love..." She called over to Alex as the smoke began to clear. Upon seeing feline's now battered form pressed neatly in the center of a large dent formed in the machinery, the captain smirked triumphantly.
"So I figured we'd have a trade! It was all I could think of when I was trying not to get barbecued!" As Roxie spoke, Alex slid down the wall on her back before falling to her knees. Her body felt as if it had just been thrown through a tornado, and though Roxie's skill assured that the attack wouldn't kill her, the force from the Rox-gun was enough to render her unable to fight.
"So how about you say uncle so we can get ya patched up?" There was hint of concern in her voice as she stepped forward. "If we hurry we can still catch the end of the rest of the fights!" Roxie turned to the monitors, her gaze falling on the battle between Axel and Batsu on a whim.
"Hm, well maybe not that one... " She laughed. "Batsu looks like he's about to wrap it up."
Though Batsu wasn't the only pirate who was moments away from victory. In the silent darkness that had swallowed up the battlefield, Kiara circled the room like a vulture.
"I almost feel sorry for you..." She hummed before swooping down and slamming her knee into Zane's gut, causing him to stumble backwards. "Almost." She giggled before flying forward and slicing the wolf's left shoulder with her wing as she dashed past him.
"Who knows..." Kiara continued taunting her opponent despite the fact she was well aware that he couldn't hear her. "Maybe I would have given you a fair fight if you didn't walk in here attacking like a hotshot, frosty." She twirled through the air with grace as she sensually began to glide inches from Zane's body.
With a smirk she gently planted a kiss on his cheek before kicking him to the side with a brutal sidekick to the ribs. As the freedom fighter tumbled away, Kiara began focusing her energy towards her vocal cords whilst opening her mouth wide.
Kiara's weaponized voice shook the room as the invisible wave of sound took hold of Zane and began to shake him to his very core whilst lifting him a foot into the air. It was as if he were being crushed by the grasp of an angry giant and when the onslaught finally subsided, Zane found himself on his hands and knees in the darkness.
Meanwhile, Cynthia seemed to be fairing much better in her pantry brawl. The sound of a cracking exoskeleton filled the room as Cynthia did her best to remove Alfonso's tail with her impressive strength.
"This thing has caused me enough problems, get ready to say goodbye to it!"
Having dropped his pistol after suffering her surprise attack, Alfonso was forced to relay on his ability to defend himself.
"...get... off... me..." He rasped before suddenly spitting a jet of green liquid into the hedgehog's face. Now blinded by the strange substance, Cynthia's grip loosened just enough for Alfonso to yank his tail from her grasp.
Desperate and with out his weapon, the scorpion growled before tackling Cynthia to the ground. Attempting to pin her down by sitting on her low body, he reared his damaged tail back and prepared to deliver a deadly sting.
Posted by Hälō on 01 December 2017 - 04:50 PM
“Kidnapping? Alex is one of us now. She’s here on her own free will…”
“I’ll let you and Chimera unit ask her once I drag you two into my workshop..."
“That a compliment??”
“That attack again?!”
"Have you considered the fourth option?"
"The weapons just aren't my style,"
“You know... Alex never told us what you guys were doing when we crossed paths. There’s no way you’re just travelers... so color me intrigued. What’s your story?”