[12:02:17 PM] ST: Okay. That can be arranged later. Right now, though, is sum-up time…
[12:02:54 PM] ST: In last week’s episode:
[12:03:13 PM] Mike: Quick summary: We met with Angela and Naomi, with the help of Joanna posessing the Desk Sergeant. Then we were told to meet… Angela? Outside the gate.
[12:03:17 PM] Malif: LAST TIME, ON LIZARD SPHERE X!
[12:03:21 PM] Mike: XD
[12:03:36 PM] ST: Our intrepid heroes… did exactly what Majin said.
[12:03:46 PM] Mike: XDDDDD
[12:04:19 PM] Harry: And as you all got outside, Harry showed up with Dairy Queen.
[12:04:26 PM] Harry: Because…well, ice cream.
[12:04:28 PM] Malif: NAWM
[12:04:33 PM] Mike: Holy shit!
[12:04:38 PM] Malif: Ice cream is its own reason.
[12:05:16 PM] Mike: Mike looks at the Dairy Queen that Harry brought back. “There better be a Blizzard there, or heads are gonna roll.”
[12:05:45 PM] Harry: “Well, I don’t know you guys’ flavors, so I got a bunch of chocolate brownie fudge Blizzards.”
[12:05:56 PM] Harry: “Except mine, which also has caramel in it.”
[12:06:27 PM] Mike: “I usually get Oreo Cookie, but I’m fine with Chocolate Brownie Fudge as well.”
[12:06:46 PM] Malif: “Are you kidding? Who doesn’t like caramel?”
[12:07:17 PM] Sanura: Sanura smirks faintly “brownie points earned.. with brownies” she then looks to the rest “Ok so we’ve got a meeting to get to no?” taking a bite and looking around at the guards.
[12:07:23 PM] Harry: “Next time, I’ll get your own flavors.”
[12:07:38 PM] Mike: Mike raises a hand. “Caramel gums up the vocal chords. Need to keep em sharp.”
[12:07:43 PM] Malif: “Literal brownie points. The best kind.”
[12:08:12 PM] Mike: “Yeah… but where exactly on the fence did she say to meet?”
[12:11:12 PM] ST: The sound of dogs barking, snarling, and howling increases in urgency. A hue and cry suddenly rises up from the other side of the compound.
[12:11:24 PM] Harry: “Sounds like…that way?”
[12:11:42 PM] Harry: Harry finishes passing out the ice cream treats and jogs over that way.
[12:11:59 PM] Malif: “She didn’t really specify, but let’s go have a look.”
[12:12:27 PM] Mike: Mike takes his and is actually eating it as he looks at the blank area. “You coming, Joanna?”
[12:14:28 PM] ST: Sergeant-Joanna looks up from his conference with Alejandro. “I am, but not with you. Gotta tend to my duties.” He smiles wryly and taps his badge. “Good luck.” He jogs away, back into the jail compound.
[12:15:21 PM] Mike: Mike nods and runs right after Harry, towards the disturbance.
[12:15:52 PM] Sanura: Sanura paused “pretty sure they’re away from the disturbance.. you know where the guards will be drawn to?”
[12:15:59 PM] Malif: Malif nibbles at his Blizzard as we walk. CArefully though, silk shirt and stuff.
[12:16:32 PM] Mike: Mike stops at Sanura’s words… “Didn’t think of that…”
[12:20:45 PM] ST: On the other side is chaos. Prisoners, guards, and dogs are shifting frantically in a mass. Judging by the blood splattered on the basketball court and the panicked and enraged cries, it looks like the dogs have gone out of control and started attacking the prisoners. The guards shout commands but the dogs aren’t listening. This leaves the whole other half of the prisoners’ outside area clear of everyone… except two people.
[12:21:35 PM] Malif: Malif approaches those two people, or the fence near them, but eyes the attacks and chaos. “Oh dear….”
[12:22:37 PM] Mike: Mike approaches as well. “Thaaaat’s just… bad… I hope they don’t actually KILL them…”
[12:22:57 PM] Sanura: Sanura winces softly “effective if brutal” she murmurs before looking to the two at the fence.
[12:26:29 PM] ST: As they approach, Naomi winks at Crook. Crook lifts his chin and flicks his tail.
“Careful, electric fence,” cautions Angela.
At the others’ statements, Naomi glances over her shoulder. “Don’t worry. I’ll make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.” She looks back to Angela and smiles softly. “You ready?”
[12:27:09 PM] Harry: Harry looks at the others. “What’s the plan? I mean, I could leap the fence, throw them over, and leap out, but it’s gonna raise a fuss.”
[12:27:36 PM] Mike: Mike shakes his head. “I have a feeling Angela and Naomi have it under control.”
[12:28:18 PM] Malif: “Maybe Joanna can rig some paperwork in there to gloss things over so they don’t come looking for you….”
[12:29:41 PM] Harry: He sighs. “I’d rather not associate the Speed Demon with prison breaks. So, that’s out.”
[12:35:52 PM] ST: Naomi glances at the others’ conference briefly, but being as how they answered their own questions and came to their own conclusions she looks back to Angela. Angela shakes her head. “For the record, I don’t like this. Leaving you here.”
Naomi smiles and gives her a kiss on the cheek.
“Noted,” Naomi says, squeezing Angela’s hand. “Go. I’ve got a mess to clean up.”
Angela sighs, reluctantly lets go of Naomi’s hand and steps up to the fence. Without much ado—not even a crackle of electricity from the fence—she slides through it and looks around warily for any witnesses. “Let’s hurry.”
[12:36:42 PM] Harry: Harry grins. “Gonna have to teach me that trick.”
[12:37:35 PM] Sanura: Sanura quirks a soft brow and then smiles faintly as she turns on her heel, they need to make haste. “Where to next? your place?”
[12:37:39 PM] Malif: “Yes, I think that’d be incredibly useful as well….”
[12:38:19 PM] Mike: Mike nods. “A handy trick. Let’s get out of here.” He then starts going to the SUV.
[12:38:57 PM] ST: Angela does a double-take as she looks at Harry, the seeds of familiarity in her eyes. But, being as there’s more immediate problems…
“Yeah, let’s get to the hotel.” She pauses to glance at her prison garb. “I need a change of clothes anyway.”
[12:40:11 PM] Malif: Malif nods, following as he eats his ice cream.
[12:41:25 PM] Mike: Mike is about to eat his Ice Cream, but then he looks at it, then to Angela. He offers it to her. “Probably better than what they serve in there…”
[12:41:29 PM] Harry: Harry climbs in, checking on Sofia and Alejandro.
[12:42:32 PM] ST: Naomi lingers a moment or two before turning back to the chaos and approaching it with an air of calm. Angela follows the others to the car, glancing around constantly, seemingly super-alert. Nervously she rotates a pair of dice in her hands. She looks at the Blizzard, looks at Mike, smiles thinly and shakes her head. “Thanks, but I don’t think I could eat right now.”
[12:43:08 PM] Mike: Mike nods. “If you’re sure…” He then goes to eating it.
[12:44:36 PM] ST: Only Alejandro and Sheila are in the SUV. Sofia and Boudicca don’t seem to be present currently. Alejandro looks at Angela, inhales sharply, considers for the briefest moment, and nods. “Let’s get out of here.”
[12:44:56 PM] Mike: Mike blinks. “Where’s Sofia?”
[12:45:38 PM] Boudicca: (we have sacrificed her to our gods!!!)
[12:45:42 PM] Harry: Harry looks rather concerned. “Lessons, right?”
[12:47:02 PM] Malif: “Where would they go for lessons? We have to leave…”
[12:48:39 PM] ST: Alejandro nods at Harry. “Get in the car. We’re going to go pick her up, and then I’ll take you where you need to go.” He looks at Angela. “Hope you don’t mind hanging out in the trunk for a little while. Can’t have anyone spot you.” Angela nods and climbs in, heading to the back and lying down in the trunk.
[12:49:05 PM] ST: “Roomy,” she says.
[12:49:38 PM] Mike: Mike got in the vehicle and buckled himself in.
[12:50:00 PM] Sanura: Sanura gives a little chuckle to Angela’s responce and then once crook is accounted for is ready to go.
[12:50:01 PM] Harry: “The day gets weirder and weirder…” He spoons out some death by chocolate.
[12:51:18 PM] Mike: “Speaking of weird…” He looks back towards the trunk. “Michael Umul. Son of Baron Samedi. Better than Sam Saturday?”
[12:51:38 PM] ST: Alejandro starts up the car. His phone, having been plugged into the car charger, chimes to let him know that it’s charging. He shoots off a quick text before beginning to drive away.
[12:52:38 PM] ST: “Much better,” Angela agrees. “Angela Swift. My dad’s Hermes.”
[12:55:37 PM] ST: Alejandro shakes his head. So much for secrecy around Sheila. The cleaning lady wrings her hands in her lap, keeping her eyes down.
[12:55:43 PM] Harry: Harry blinks at that, and says nothing.
[12:55:53 PM] Harry: “This is really getting ridiculous.”
[12:56:37 PM] Sanura: Sanura laughs a little “Heh you guys are going to far with the code names aren’t you?”
[12:57:47 PM] Harry: “I swear to God I’m sending you all the issue of Green Lantern where Kyle comes home and finds his girlfriend dead and chopped up in his fridge.”
[12:57:53 PM] Malif: Malif laughs. “Samedi Saturday was probably the worst name I’ve ever heard.”
[12:58:07 PM] Harry: "Secret identities save loved ones.’
[12:58:18 PM] Malif: “And yeah, what is it with Hermes and the pun names?”
[12:58:44 PM] Harry: Harry leans over the seat looking back at all of them. “GUYS!”
[12:59:27 PM] Harry: “There is a willing servant of Father Pedobear RIGHT HERE. Why are you acting like this is home at the kitchen table!? ENEMY HENCHMAN.”
[1:00:10 PM] Malif: “Yes, next stop, central police station and Sheila’s confession.”
[1:03:45 PM] ST: Sheila tries to make herself as small as possible, looking out the window so as not to draw attention to herself.
“Code—” Angela pauses as she’s interrupted. “Okay, I read Green Lantern #54, like, dozens of times. You don’t need to tell me twice.”
Alejandro sighs. “I don’t like this. If she starts talking about us and everything that’s happened so far… well, I don’t think the police take a madwoman’s confession seriously.”
[1:04:39 PM] Harry: He looks at Alejandro. “These people burned down a kid school. The cops don’t have to hear and believe. These assholes will though.”
[1:04:48 PM] Harry: “And then all our loved ones are in danger.”
[1:06:32 PM] Malif: Malif gives Harry a serious, thoughful look, but says nothing.
[1:08:50 PM] Harry: (Genre-savvy. Harry has it in spades.)
[1:10:02 PM | Edited 1:10:16 PM] ST: Alejandro rubs his thumb against his temple. “I don’t follow you.” He pulls up into the parking lot to which the sign declaims ‘Crestmoor Canyon Park’ and shoots off another text.
[1:10:51 PM] Harry: “If Miss Cleaning Lady here ever gets within earshot of Father Pedobear, every name, every inheritance said around her goes in the enemy’s ear.”
[1:11:09 PM] Malif: Malif finds himself curious about the texting, and tries to subtly peek at what’s on the phone’s screen.
[1:11:16 PM] Harry: “That happens, it’s fifteen minute of Google and 50 bucks, and everyone we care about is on a hit list.”
[1:11:53 PM] Harry: “So, kindly SHUT THE FUCK UP, if not for yourselves, or me, then for the people you care about.”
[1:15:16 PM] ST: Alejandro nods. “Well, I wasn’t planning on letting her go free. I just don’t think we should drop her in the police’s laps and hope for the best.” Sofia trudges up to the car with her little gym bag, looking a little crestfallen. She’s covered in dirt, pebbles, and leaves and her hair is disheveled. A magpie flies into the car, perching itself on the top of Alejandro’s seat. Sofia tosses her bag into the back. Angela oofs.
[1:16:19 PM] ST: “How was your lesson, sweetheart?” asks Alejandro.
“Good,” says Sofia, her heart clearly not in the answer.
[1:16:39 PM | Edited 1:17:06 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca, wondering how on earth she’s going to get in the car, decides to huddle in the back compartment curled into a little ball…
[1:16:43 PM] Mike: Mike’s face turns sullen. “What’s the matter?”
[1:17:26 PM] Harry: Harry passes Sofia her blizzard, in her favorite flavor.
[1:18:16 PM] Boudicca: “So how was prison?” Boudicca asks to no one in particular…
[1:18:42 PM] Sanura: “Mr X What are your plans for Sheila?” she frowns softly at the ideas that come to mind.
[1:18:53 PM] ST: Sofia brightens a little as she gets ice cream, but is still subdued. “Thanks Ha—I mean… thanks.”
[1:19:09 PM] Malif: Malif turns to Sofia with concern. “Why so sad about the lessons, little one?”
[1:20:24 PM] ST: Alejandro sighs. “I’m not sure yet.” He glances at Sheila through the rearview mirror. “But there’s a hard decision here. One that I’m prepared to carry out myself if no one else can come up with something better.”
[1:20:51 PM] Mike: Mike blinks a couple of times. “What… do you mean?”
[1:21:18 PM] ST: He simply sends a dark look Mike’s way through the rearview mirror.
[1:21:54 PM] Malif: Malif frowns, but is unable to come up with any counter argument. And isn’t sure if he should.
[1:22:06 PM] Harry: “He means, I’m right, and the smart thing to do is kill her. But we’re not cold-blooded. And she’s no fighter. It’d be better if we had some power to erase her mind of all those names and faces…”
[1:22:13 PM] Harry: “But I sure don’t have it.”
[1:23:08 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca listens intently…
[1:23:48 PM] ST: Sheila tenses up at Harry’s words.
Sofia stirs her Blizzard. “No reason,” she says in response to Malif. She looks up suddenly after Harry speaks. “Daddy, we can’t kill people! That’s what bad guys do!”
Alejandro grits his teeth and pointedly glares at Harry.
[1:25:12 PM] Harry: “Exactly.”
[1:25:19 PM] Mike: “Nor do I…” He grimaces a bit… “What I wouldn’t give to see my dad right now… he might be able to help somehow… I don’t know how… but he seems like the kind of guy who could fix this situation…”
[1:25:22 PM] Harry: “We don’t want to be bad guys.”
[1:26:00 PM] Sanura: “can’t she be sent away.. to some country where they hear strange stories about god in a tortilla?”
[1:27:20 PM] Harry: “We need a solution that doesn’t make us monsters.”
[1:27:22 PM] Malif: “I don’t see how sending her to Mexico would help. There is the internet and phones after all.”
[1:27:57 PM] ST: Sofia nods once decisively at Harry’s words and gives her Blizzard to Sheila. Sheila takes it with shaky hands but doesn’t have any of it.
[1:28:17 PM] ST: “Man, I walked into something crazy here, didn’t I?” murmurs Angela from the trunk.
[1:28:36 PM] Boudicca: “You and me both…”
[1:29:14 PM] Malif: “I think I might have an idea, but I’d need some time alone to get some research done. Let’s keep Sheila safely with us for now, and maybe tonight I can come up with something…”
[1:30:47 PM] ST: Alejandro nods.
“Can’t she be a good guy?” asks Sofia.
[1:31:14 PM] Harry: “That’s a hard one, squirt. How can you be sure someone’s telling the truth?”
[1:31:25 PM] Malif: “Maybe she can, little one. That’s part of what I’m going to look into.”
[1:35:29 PM] Sanura: Sanura sets her cup aside and looks a little ill, killing a unwitting pawn did not set well with her.
[1:35:51 PM] ST: Crook sniffs the contents of Sanura’s cup.
[1:36:33 PM] Harry: Harry leans back, and looks at Alejandro. “We need a safehouse. Somewhere to sequester her away from phones and internet till this can be solved. Hopefully bloodlessly.”
[1:36:42 PM] Malif: “Agreed.”
[1:36:56 PM] Sanura: “Crook.. that will make you sick”
[1:38:27 PM] Sanura: Sanura rubs her brow and considers how to fix this problem. “Well, excapee A, can you get to your hotel on your own, that way Sheila won’t know where that is.. meet us at a predecided place in a couple of hours? Should have her sequestered away by then”
[1:42:20 PM] ST: Crook gives it a couple more sniffs before turning away. Golden symbols pop up over his head. I’m well aware. I prefer shrimp anyway.
Alejandro nods. “I bought a warehouse recently. Originally it was supposed to be HQ, but it’ll serve.”
“Daddy, that was supposed to be a surprise!”
“I know, honey, but circumstances change.”
Angela considers. “I’d rather have some backup with me. Orange isn’t really the sort of color you wear when you’re trying to sneak around… and I’m not so good with coming up with stories or assuring people or whatever.”
[1:42:42 PM] Harry: “Warehouse it is. We can always get another.”
[1:43:05 PM | Edited 1:44:26 PM] Mike: “I’ll stay and provide backup if you need it, Angela.”
[1:43:12 PM] Sanura: Sanura considers “let hot head up here go with, he can keep up and you guys can be done in an instant”
[1:44:04 PM] Boudicca: “The warehouse is fine but are you going to set her up with a sentry?”
[1:45:25 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca continues, “I for one know I don’t want to baby-sit…”
[1:45:53 PM] Sanura: “I’d suggest rocker boy but he’d probably tell her his life story” she mumbles softly.
[1:46:33 PM] ST: “I can. But you guys would have to get around without me,” Alejandro says.
“Naomi gave you guys the keys to the Land Rover, didn’t she?” Angela points out.
[1:46:34 PM] Mike: “Hey! I take offense to that! I only tell my life story to the ladies who hang after my gigs.”
[1:46:52 PM] Mike: Mike pulls them out. “Right here.”
[1:47:20 PM] Sanura: Mr X.. you won’t.. act rashly without giving us a chance to figure something better out will you?
[1:51:59 PM] Sanura: Sanura smiles softly and pets Crook “Maybe when we get done with todays work, we can both have a nice seafood platter”
[1:52:21 PM] ST: “No, Miss S, I won’t,” Alejandro says, his words a little clipped. Crook stiffens, staring at Alejandro. He takes a moment to sigh and ease up a little. “My daughter won’t let me.” He injects a little humor into his tone.
[1:53:03 PM] Harry: “Okay, here’s the plan. I go with the yardbird in the trunk to get reequipped, you guys keep an eye on Consuela back there, since I doubt she can fight. We regroup at the safe house.”
[1:53:11 PM] Sanura: Sanura smiles a little and winks to Sofia “right around your little finger huh sweetie”
[1:53:25 PM] Boudicca: “So do we know where the lion’s den is or are we still hunting?”
[1:53:39 PM] Malif: “I’m going to need some time to concentrate and study on this tonight, so I’ll need a nice quiet room, alone.”
[1:54:05 PM] ST: Sofia grins at Sanura.
[1:54:10 PM] Mike: Mike tosses the Land Rover keys to Harry. “Then have fun with it, Speedy.”
[1:54:36 PM] Harry: He catches them, easily. “I’ll manage, I suppose.”
[1:54:57 PM] Sanura: Sheila, is there anything we can get for you? A book or something along those lines?
[1:56:45 PM] ST: Angela takes a deep breath. “You want to split the party?” She blows it out. “Okay. I’m game if you are… ‘Speedy.’ Just try to keep up with me.”
[1:57:10 PM] Harry: Harry just laughs.
[1:59:08 PM] ST: Sheila shakes her head, making as small a motion as she can.
“Your ice cream’s melting,” Sofia points out.
Sheila looks at the Blizzard and gives Sofia a wan smile. “Gracias.” She takes a small bite of it.
[2:00:12 PM] Malif: “Everything will turn out fina, Senorita, you’ll see….”
[2:00:18 PM] Sanura: Sanura smiles a little to Sofia’s kindness and heaves a soft sigh. “I think Speedy A and Speedy H would be faster sans transport, short cuts and such”
[2:06:11 PM] ST: “Gods, yes,” Angela says. “But I’m still bright orange. You got an extra pair of sunglasses and another beanie or something, ‘H’? Or better yet, anyone got a change of clothes?”
“My gi’s in my bag,” offers Sofia.
“Just your gi? Are you sure you didn’t put any bricks in there too?”
“No, Daddy won’t let me break bricks in front of people.”
[2:07:01 PM] Mike: Mike laughs at that.
[2:07:06 PM] ST: “Sure felt like there were bricks in there,” murmurs Angela. “No, I don’t think your gi will fit me, kiddo.”
[2:07:26 PM] Malif: “Well that’s a shame, I’d love to see you break things, little dragon puncher!”
[2:07:46 PM] Sanura: Sanura takes her blouse off and offers it, the dark color some help. “Someone give her some slacks..” she mutters as she crosses her arms over her corset and looks at the others daring them to say a single freakin’ word.
[2:07:57 PM] Harry: "Drop me off at a Walmart, “Mr. X”. Heh. What’s your size, kid?"
[2:10:32 PM] Boudicca: “I would but I didn’t bring a change of clothes here; I think they’re at the Bosses’ house…”
[2:15:20 PM] ST: Angela makes a grateful noise at Sanura as she takes the blouse, her eyes lingering a moment on the other woman’s corset. She wisely chooses not to comment.
Alejandro finally takes the car out of the parking lot.
“Ugh, not Walmart. They hardly pay their employees. Costco’s much more proletariat-friendly.” Angela begins undoing the top of her prison jumpsuit and putting on the blouse. “I just need a pair of pants now anyway.”
[2:15:59 PM] Sanura: Speedy H.. I’m sure you have something to loan?"
[2:16:18 PM] Harry: “I’m from Alabama, Wal-Mart is slang for any big box store. Like all soda is Coke.”
[2:16:39 PM] Harry: “My gearbag doesn’t include pants.”
[2:16:56 PM] Sanura: Sanura tsks softly “I’m not taking my skirt off”
[2:17:33 PM] ST: Crook bats playfully at the laces on Sanura’s corset.
[2:17:36 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca rummages around in the trunk, looking for her bag of clothes…
[2:18:10 PM] Malif: XD
[2:18:14 PM] Malif: Go Crook XD
[2:18:34 PM] Sanura: Sanura looks down “If that comes undone.. I’m making a matching one for you”
[2:18:49 PM] Mike: Mike laughs at Sanura’s declaration.
[2:20:03 PM] ST: Crook pauses, his paw midair, and grooms it. He turns his back to the laces and settles on Sanura’s lap.
[2:20:24 PM] Sanura: Sanura chuckles softly and gives him a little scratch behind the ear.
[2:20:37 PM] Malif: “Nice recovery….”
[2:23:13 PM] ST: “Oh, thank the gods!” Angela accepts a pair of dark army fatigue-looking cargo pants and begins putting them on. “And thanks to you, miss… err, I want to say Claudia. You look like a Claudia.”
“Okay, I’m heading to the warehouse right now,” Alejandro states. “Tell me if you want me to drop any of you off anywhere.”
[2:24:16 PM] Boudicca: “I am not Claudia, I am Boudicca. I don’t care if this person knows…I do not hide from anyone. Consider them yours.”
[2:24:51 PM] Sanura: “Speedies out I think and then onto the hideout?”
[2:25:23 PM] ST: Angela stares at Boudicca a moment. “You’re from Ireland?”
[2:25:48 PM] Harry: “Yeah, drop us somewhere I can gear up, and I’ll call you once we’re safe and ready to reconnect.”
[2:26:57 PM] ST: Alejandro nods. Sofia begins humming the Avengers theme song and kicking her feet.
[2:27:30 PM] Boudicca: “Of course I’m from Ireland…why do you ask?”
[2:27:53 PM | Edited 2:27:55 PM] Mike: “And I’ll go wherever I’m needed. But if I’m not needed, I do want to go back to my hotel room for now.”
[2:28:50 PM] ST: Angela shakes her head and averts her gaze, zipping the fly on the cargo pants. “Um, no reason. I went there as a… um… graduation gift. Pretty place.”
[2:30:19 PM] ST: The magpie flutters onto Boudicca’s shoulder, turning its head sideways to stare at Angela.
[2:32:13 PM | Edited 2:32:23 PM] ST: Alejandro: “Okay, to clarify: I’m dropping Speedies H and A off somewhere quiet, the rocker and Mr. Mysterious at the hotel, and then the warehouse, right?”
[2:33:00 PM] Boudicca: “Which part of Ireland? It’s a pretty big place…” Boudicca asks then whispers something to the magpie.
[2:33:46 PM] Malif: “That sounds about right.”
[2:35:23 PM] ST: “Oh, all over. Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Ring of Kerry, Kilkenny, Waterford. I was on a tour bus. Err, a ‘coach,’ as the tour guide called it,” says Angela, saying the word ‘coach’ in an upper London accent.
[2:36:36 PM] Sanura: Sanura shakes her head “not the hotel.. not with our guest.. that would be more foolish.”
[2:37:09 PM] Sanura: "Uncle I’m sure you can find a quiet corner in the werehouse.. "
[2:37:14 PM] ST: The magpie turns its head to stare at Boudicca, flicks its tail, and hops onto the back of the seat. You make her nervous.
[2:38:33 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles warmly, and nods. “We shall see!”
[2:39:09 PM] Sanura: “You rock boy get to come sit quietly in the corner till you learn how to hold your tongue”
[2:39:20 PM] ST: “No hotel, then?” asks Alejandro.
[2:39:31 PM] Mike: “Hang on. We might still be fine.”
[2:39:37 PM] Boudicca: Again to Angela, “So how long have you been in the US?”
[2:39:48 PM] Sanura: “No hotel”
[2:39:58 PM] Mike: “Just wait, S!”
[2:40:21 PM] ST: Angela gives Boudicca a puzzled look. “Uh… All my life.”
[2:40:56 PM] Boudicca: “Sorry Angela, just your accent, I thought you might not be a local.”
[2:40:58 PM] Mike: Mike looks straight into Sheila’s eyes and flares them. “Sleeeep…”
[2:43:42 PM] Sanura: Sanura mutters something about unfortunate groupies.
[2:43:47 PM] ST: Sheila’s head nods drowsily once before she slumps forward asleep. The melted Blizzard falls out of her hands and spills all over the floor.
“Uh oh,” says Sofia. “The ice cream spilled, Daddy.”
Alejandro takes a few sharp breaths befire speaking. “We can have it cleaned later,” he says, his voice deceptively calm.
[2:44:31 PM] Mike: “She’ll be out like that til I wake her up. We’re safe for now.” He chuckles. “I’d only ever done that with music… I’m surprised it worked with just my voice…”
[2:45:04 PM] Sanura: Sanura nods faintly “I still suggest we all stay together rather than split up so much..”
[2:45:08 PM] ST: “I don’t have an accent. Wait, I must to you, because… Oh, you mean—that was me just imitating my tour guide.” Angela pauses. “Sorry, don’t mind me. I’m babbling.”
[2:45:31 PM] Malif: “Why didn’t we do that when this all began? All this worry over secrecy and you could have put her under the whole time?”
[2:45:52 PM] Mike: “I didn’t know if I could do it without music! Sue me!”
[2:46:33 PM] Sanura: “I would if it could be brought to court. I suppose I can pick up my leather working things while we’re at the hotel though, I’ll come help you play guard Mr X”
[2:47:06 PM] Mike: “Yeah. We can go to the Hotel and drop whoever off wherever without any fears from her now.”
[2:47:57 PM] Mike: Michael whispers something into the cleaning lady’s ear, then pats her on the shoulder.
[2:48:02 PM] ST: “So drop off Angela and Harry, hotel, and no warehouse?” Alejandro asks stiffly.
[2:48:30 PM] Malif: “So she can hear your whispers, but not regular speech? This isn’t making a lot of sense…”
[2:49:05 PM] Sanura: “I don’t know how well it will do to leave her in an unnatural sleep that long I suggest the warehouse in case Rock Boy misjudges his abilities or how out of it she really is.”
[2:49:09 PM] Malif: “Actually, Icould probably perform my studies better int he hotel, leave me the warehouse address and I’ll catch up with you later?”
[2:50:51 PM | Edited 2:51:04 PM] ST: Alejandro hits the brakes, bringing the SUV to a halt in the middle of a residential street. “Okay. Let’s get this plan squared away before I reach the highway. I’m tired of taking right turns that, as it turn out, should be left.” He turns to face the group. “What are we doing? Final answer.”
[2:51:27 PM] Malif: “Hotel for me, but leave me the warehouse address for later.”
[2:51:43 PM] Sanura: Sanura heaves a great sigh and crosses her arms over her chest.
[2:51:48 PM] Mike: “Hotel for me. I’ll get the address from Mr. Mysterious.”
[2:52:39 PM] Harry: “Somewhere out of sight for me and the junk in the trunk.”
[2:53:05 PM] Harry: “Actually, here works.”
[2:53:23 PM] ST: “Harry, huh? …” says Angela, trying on the name for size and considering. “Actually, here works,” she says right as Harry does.
[2:53:36 PM] Harry: He grabs his bag and hops out. Heading around, he lets Angela out.
[2:54:46 PM] Malif: XD
[2:54:51 PM] Malif: Sibling rivalry, GO!
[2:55:57 PM] ST: Angela springs easily out of the trunk. “Oh, I KNEW your voice was familiar!” She cuts herself off and waves her finger at him. “You’re—” she pauses and looks around. “I should’ve guessed. You’re too good at everything to be mortal.”
[2:56:27 PM] Harry: He sighs. “Yes, that’s me, come on, before Consuela figures it out.”
[2:56:30 PM] Sanura: [or super fast unfings, greeks after all ;3 ]
[2:57:06 PM] Malif: XD
[2:57:06 PM] Sanura: [on to the drop off of two more and then the warehouse?]
[2:57:17 PM] Malif: UNFUNFUNFdone!
[2:57:25 PM] Sanura: [lol]
[2:57:39 PM] ST: (( Eww. Incest. Also Angela doesn’t swing that way. ))
[2:57:50 PM] Sanura: [XD snirks
[2:58:03 PM] Mike: ((I knew it! Angela and Naomi are lovers! XD))
[2:58:17 PM] Harry: ((Yeah, the kiss in the prison yard was a clue…))
[2:58:43 PM] ST: (( Not to mention all the hand holding. ))
[2:59:00 PM] Malif: (You just got TOLD, Majin! XD )
[2:59:09 PM] Sanura: [and the oh so subtle check out of Sanura in her corset XD]
[2:59:14 PM] Malif: XD
[2:59:27 PM] Sanura: [all the boys were good boys, the girl however XD]
[3:00:04 PM] Mike: ((XP))
[3:00:49 PM] Mike: ((I didn’t see any of that in the chat at all…))
[3:01:02 PM] Mike: ((I must have missed it. So again… sue me.))
[3:01:03 PM] ST: Angela hops a couple times from side to side, boxer-like. “Speedy, huh? Okay. Millwood Inn in Millbrae. Race ya.” With that she takes off.
[3:01:16 PM | Edited 3:01:25 PM] Boudicca: (My mother said if I licked carpet, I’d be a lesbian too!)
[3:01:55 PM] Harry: How fast is she going? Supernaturally so?
[3:02:15 PM] Sanura: Sanura smirks “oh they’re going to have a blast” She sighs at the mention of the hotel, but then they would hopefully be getting anything worthwhile and taking it with them.
[3:03:45 PM] Sanura: Sanura moves to steal Harrys seat before they start off to the hotel.
[3:04:46 PM] Harry: Harry takes off after her, already on the third step by the time the word “ya” is over.
[3:04:56 PM] Boudicca: “I’d like to stay with you Boss if you donna mind,” Boudicca says while giving the magpie a corn nut…
[3:05:15 PM] ST: (( Yeah. Dex 5/3, same knacks as Harry except Untouchable Opponent’s replaced with Cat’s Grace. ))
[3:05:36 PM] ST: (( I swear this wasn’t my idea, by the way. The SAS had her as an NPC. ))
[3:05:44 PM] Harry: (Nice)
[3:06:19 PM] Harry: (Since I was planning on buying Cat’s Grace, now’s a perfect time to manifest it.)
[3:07:32 PM] ST: The magpie snatches the corn nut up and flutters gratefully at Boudicca.
“I don’t mind at all,” says Alejandro, driving off in the direction of the hotel. “Keeps things simpler that way.”
[3:08:59 PM] Boudicca: “Indeed; not much point all spreading to the five winds. I figure if we’re gonna get hit I’d rather not be alone in a foreign country…plus I get to practice with Sofia, which is fun,” Boudicca says with a quick smile.
[3:10:03 PM] Sanura: Sanura smiles faintly to Boudicca. “I agree with that, perhaps I could train with you as well?”
[3:10:16 PM] Malif: “I shall hopefully not be long , myself, but the quiet will help my concentration.”
[3:10:20 PM] ST: Sofia kicks her feet again, staring at the floor of the car, her chipperness fading a little at mention of further training.
[3:11:33 PM] Sanura: She leans over to Sofia and lifts her chin lightly. “Practice makes perfect no?” smiling to the little girl.
[3:11:51 PM] Mike: “And I’ve got some… things… to take care of.”
[3:12:09 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca looks at Sanura and says, “I don’t see why not. I’ve not had a chance to practice much and I could use some time. That Canyon we were in is a nice spot…”
[3:12:47 PM] Malif: “Ah, yes. Things. Always needing the care.”
[3:13:52 PM] ST: Sofia nods, a little sullenly. “I guess… But I’m not even good. How am I supposed to be perfect?”
[3:14:57 PM] Sanura: Sanura smiles “I’m .. not a cream puff but do try not to break me huh?” then to Sofia “Darling, one must be bad at something and then practice, getting better as one goes, eventually after hard work you will be amazing. I’m sure B. will help you along”
[3:15:23 PM] Malif: “Nobody is expected to be perfect. Its impossible.”
[3:15:47 PM] Sanura: Sanura smiles “but it is something to strive for, even if never to be won”
[3:16:11 PM] Malif: “Certainly. Improvement is always good. But don’t be sad if you aren’t perfect. Nobody is.”
[3:16:34 PM] Harry: (Sheet updated, now with Cat’s Grace, Epic Appearance 1, and Center of Attention)
[3:16:42 PM] Malif: XD
[3:16:57 PM] Mike: Mike just gives a small chuckle at Malif’s declaration.
[3:17:17 PM] Sanura: [are we on our way to the hotel to drop off spooky and douchey?]
[3:17:25 PM] Boudicca: “Practice is it’s own reward…no one is ever perfect but to try to become better is all one can ever ask…”
[3:18:07 PM] ST: “They’re right, sweetheart,” adds Alejandro.
“Okay, okay, I get it,” she says, not looking entirely convinced.
[3:18:29 PM] Malif: Malif raises an eyebrow at Mike’s strange chuckle.
[3:18:54 PM] Sanura: Sanura smiles “at the hotel I need to run in for a new shirt, and to grab a few things, don’t leave without me Mr X”
[3:19:59 PM] Mike: Mike smiles. “Look at me. I’ve been playing my music for years now… and I’m STILL not perfect at it. But I try even harder than the day before, so I can tell myself I put in 110 percent to become better, and tell myself that I’ll put in 110% more the next day.” He smiles. “Just tell yourself that, and you’ll become the best superhero ever!”
[3:20:56 PM] ST: Sofia keeps her eyes on the floor of the SUV and kicks her feet some more, not offering any responses.
[3:21:19 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca reaches under Sofia and tries to tickle her armpits…
[3:21:51 PM] Boudicca: “Mope mope mope!!” Boudicca says with a smile…
[3:22:11 PM] Sanura: Sanura crosses her legs and glances to the driver. “Are you alright, I’m sensing we are not what you were expecting..”
[3:23:10 PM] ST: “Wouldn’t dream of it, Miss M,” Alejandro retorts. At her second statement, he says, “I was trying not to have any expectations. But I certainly didn’t foresee this happening.”
[3:23:50 PM] Sanura: Sanura nods softly “well, it seems you’re stuck with us all, your daughter has charmed the lot of us” she chuckles.
[3:24:37 PM] ST: Sofia tries hard not to let on that she’s ticklish, but it doesn’t work. Soon she’s giggling and trying to hold off Boudicca.
[3:24:40 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles, and nods at that.
[3:27:40 PM] ST: Alejandro can’t help but smile as he glances in the rearview mirror at Sofia. “Yeah, I’m beginning to think she’s the Nick Fury of this group.”
[3:28:35 PM] Harry: (More like the Rick Jones.)
[3:28:52 PM] ST: (( Alejandro isn’t as up on the geek culture. ;) ))
[3:29:00 PM] Sanura: Sanura vaguely reconises the name. “So that would make you.. Pepper Potts or ah.. let’s see Black Canary?”
[3:29:17 PM] Harry: (Long tale)
[3:29:22 PM] Harry: (For another time)
[3:30:31 PM] Mike: “Pepper Potts would be slightly more accurate than Black Canary. Same universe.”
[3:31:17 PM] Sanura: Sanura tsks softly “oh who was the right hand woman of Nick Fury then?” she questions as she watches Alejandro, curious how he’d react to being cast as a sidekick, and a woman at that.
[3:32:24 PM] Mike: “Well… he technically didn’t HAVE a right hand woman… but if the role had to be cast, it’d have to be Black Widow.”
[3:33:28 PM] Boudicca: (Nick does have a right hand woman…angela hicks I think…something like that)
[3:33:55 PM | Edited 3:33:59 PM] ST: Alejandro runs a hand through his hair. “Do any Mexican heroes exist?”
[3:34:41 PM] Boudicca: (El Matador?)
[3:34:43 PM] Mike: “I can’t think of anything…”
[3:35:25 PM] Sanura: Sanura considers it “ah.. that one fellow on Jackie Chan Adventures…”
[3:36:30 PM] Sanura: “El Toro” she comes up with finally and grins a bit.
[3:36:37 PM] Mike: “I saw a couple of episodes of it… but I can’t remember.”
[3:36:44 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca puts her mouth to Alejandro’s ear and whispers something…
[3:37:33 PM] ST: Alejandro raises an eyebrow and gives Boudicca a sidelong glance.
[3:38:00 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca nods to the road, recommending he pay attention to what’s in front of him…
[3:38:13 PM] ST: Alejandro does so.
[3:38:33 PM] Sanura: Sanura quirks a brow to the whispering and tsks softly “A little rude” she murmurs as she glances to see if Crook is after the bird again.
[3:23:36 PM] ST: I’m triggering your Prophecy boon. Make a roll.
[3:24:20 PM] Boudicca: shit I forgot about that…many thanks for reminding me, I kinda want that as a focus of the char :)
[3:25:17 PM] ST: No worries. Prophetic visions happen to characters more often than characters seek them.
[3:28:41 PM] Boudicca: 2 successes
[3:32:41 PM] ST: There’s two jaguars, circling each other, eyes intent on the other. One’s the normal gold-and-black patterning. The other’s entirely black. They have the same colored eyes. It’s not long before they lunge at each other, snarling and spitting. This vision seems right at the edge of familiarity.
[3:34:15 PM] Boudicca: Can I tell if one of the jag’s is the same as the injured one, possible Mr. Alejandro?
[3:35:26 PM] ST: The only thing distinguishing the two is the fact that one’s black and the other’s got the standard coloring. However, you do recognize that standard-colored one as the one from your previous vision. Hence the familiarity.
[3:36:07 PM | Edited 3:36:11 PM] Boudicca: Is keen, ty
[3:36:52 PM | Edited 3:37:30 PM] Boudicca: “Be careful…” Boudicca whispers to Alejandro
[3:43:41 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca will try to keep an eye on Alejandro, just in case. Kinda like a bodyguard.
[3:39:38 PM] ST: Crook has made himself comfortable, not seeming to acknowledge the bird even exists. His eyelids are drooping a little.
[3:40:24 PM] Malif: (So can we arrive at places rather than discuss superheroes? XD )
[3:40:53 PM] Sanura: Sanura chuckles softly and is quiet till they reach the hotel, hopping out to run in for her leather tooling kit and her laptop as well, she’d have on a black blouse when she returns to the vehicle.
[3:42:48 PM] ST: “So. El Toro, eh?” Alejandro says.
“Daddy, you’re not a bull.”
“No, I’m not.”
They reach the hotel shortly thereafter. Alejandro pulls up at the front and puts the car in park but keeps it running.
[3:43:22 PM] Malif: “El Toro might be more like Sofia herself!” Malif slips out of the car. “So text me the address, yes?”
[3:43:49 PM | Edited 3:44:33 PM] ST: Alejandro shoots off a quick text to Malif and Mike. “Done.”
[3:44:21 PM] Sanura: Returning with her buttons done all the way up she feels much more herself and climbs into the car to head out.
[3:44:21 PM] Malif: Malif nods, waves, and heads up to his room.
[3:44:46 PM] Mike: Mike follows suit, heading to his room as well.
[3:45:22 PM] Harry: (You would have this conversation with the comic expert gone)
In the Car…
[3:46:57 PM] ST: As everyone’s off in the hotel room, Alejandro gives Boudicca a meaningful look. “What’s going on?”
[3:48:18 PM] Boudicca: “I saw something…I think it’s you, and someone else, maybe another Atzlanti, I’m not sure but I think so. Possibly a fight, or confrontation at the least.”
[3:49:29 PM] ST: Alejandro pauses, considering his thoughts while looking out the front window. “A vision?” Another pause. “Yes, that makes sense.” He looks again to Boudicca. “I’ve had experience interpreting them. Tell me exactly what you saw.”
[3:50:40 PM] Boudicca: “Two jag’s, one spotted and one black. They lunge at each other, snarling and spitting. Not much else I’m afraid. I think the spotted one is you…the black, no idea.”
[3:51:27 PM] ST: “What makes you think one of the jaguars is me?” he asks, his tone carefully neutral.
[3:54:31 PM] Boudicca: “I had a previous vision, one where the jag was injured. You were the only Atzlanti I’d known to that point. It’s a bit of a reach but I don’t think I’m wrong,” Boudicca says, trying to make sure she’s not seeing something the wrong way…
[3:55:59 PM] ST: Alejandro nods to himself. “Thank you,” he says. It’s clear he’s not saying what’s on his mind. “That’s helpful.”
[3:59:26 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca nods and says, “This black Jag, do you know him, or her?”
[4:00:31 PM] ST: “I think so,” he replies, offering no elaboration.
[4:01:45 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca nods again, wishing to respect Alejandro’s privacy, “If there’s something I need to know to help, let me know,” she says then walks over to the girls…
[4:02:22 PM] ST: (( Still in the car, and this would be the point where Sanura entered it from her trip to the hotel room. Sorry for the confusion. ))
[4:03:45 PM] Boudicca: (oooohhhhh….keen. makes sense. I assued.)
[3:48:22 PM] ST: (( Okay, it looks like solo sessions all around! Malif, Mike, and Harry get one. Then we’ve got a two-fer with Boudicca and Sanura. ))
[3:48:44 PM] Sanura: [who’s first!]
[3:48:47 PM] Sanura: XD]
[3:49:01 PM | Edited 3:49:21 PM] Boudicca: (Roshambol you for it)
[3:49:59 PM] ST: (( Since we’ve got a group, the group gets priority. ))
[3:50:59 PM] Sanura: [So the group taking Sheila to her prison then yes?]
[3:51:35 PM] ST: (( Yep. ))
[3:52:33 PM] ST: As Sanura enters, Alejandro puts the car into drive and begins heading over to the warehouse.
[3:53:34 PM] Sanura: Leaning back against the seat Sanura runs her hand over her hair smoothing it into place. “Is Sheila going to be out the whole time?”
[3:55:00 PM] ST: Alejandro glances at her via the rearview mirror. “It looks like it.” He wrinkles his nose a little. “I hope that melted ice cream smell comes out.”
“But ice cream smells good,” Sofia says.
“Not when it’s melted and curdled,” Alejandro points out.
[3:56:22 PM] Sanura: Sanura laughs softly “I’m sure Crook would have gotten it up if it weren’t chocolate” She takes her cell phone out and looks up ways to get icecream out of carpeting and hands it back to Sofia. “Here you are” smirking faintly as she looks forward wondering how the girl would react.
[3:58:22 PM] ST: Sofia looks at the phone, puzzled. “It wasn’t my ice cream, it was Sheila’s.”
[3:59:21 PM] Sanura: Sanura hmms softly to that “but who gave it to her, she can hardly clean it up herself can she?”
[4:00:04 PM] ST: (( Speaking of Crook… he’s passed out pretty cold. Didn’t even follow Sanura when she went into the hotel. ))
[4:01:55 PM] ST: The corvids, which had settled on Alejandro’s car and on various perches at the front of the hotel, go up in a dark cloud as the car pulls out of the lot and onto the street.
[4:02:58 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca calls one down, offers it a corn nut, and says gently, “Be mindful if someone unusual in stalking the area…” to the bir before offering him another corn nut…
[4:03:40 PM] ST: (( We can skip to the warehouse, if you like. ))
[4:04:05 PM] Sanura: [probably the better idea yah? lots of time in the car already XD]
[4:07:45 PM] ST: The warehouse is large and quite sparse. Its interior looks to have been cleaned and swept recently, though the aluminum siding on the outside is still seasalt-stained. There are cracks in the concrete, all filled. Alejandro carries Sheila out of the car.
[4:08:50 PM] Boudicca: “Gah, we look like a bunch of British thugs…”
[4:09:25 PM] Sanura: Sanura quirks the brow as he seems to do this with some ease. “Alejandro, will you be practicing with us?” She is curious as to his abilities after all. Having exited the car she adjusts her bags and walks into the warehouse. “Tsk.. have we no where to lay the poor woman, she’s had a rough day..”
[4:12:04 PM | Edited 4:12:13 PM] ST: “Ah, no. I’ll be busy making sure this one doesn’t go anywhere.” He starts up the stairs towards the office. “Besides, someone needs to see if there’s any more information to be found about this padre.”
[4:14:14 PM] ST: “Have fun, ladies,” he says. “And please don’t punch any holes in the walls or anything.” He sends a pointed look to Sofia.
[4:15:38 PM] Sanura: Her curiousity will be left unsatisfied for the moment but she shrugs a little and smiles to the irishwoman and then Sofia. “so.. how do we do this then?” pausing “I’m not exactly a boxer or anything..” she murmurs, wondering if she’s signed up for more than she’s able to handle here.
[4:16:43 PM] ST: Sofia balls her hands into fists and sets her feet wide, anticipating Boudicca’s attack any minute now…
[4:17:26 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca happily chimes in, “That’s why we’re here, isn’t it. Sanura, you’ll be fighting Sofia. Sofia, remember what I told you. Begin when ready,” Boudicca says and sees if her protoge has learned anything since last they spared…
[4:18:38 PM] Sanura: She blinks a little and purses her lips, remembering the comment about punching walls and that pointed look. “Oh dear..” she tilts her head to one side and sets her things aside quickly before the spar begins. Still wearing her heels of course because.. gross floor.
[4:18:39 PM] ST: (( What’s your preference: Cinematic or mechanical combat? ))
[4:19:02 PM] Boudicca: (cinematic here)
[4:19:21 PM] Sanura: [[I’m not sure how Sanura would do, so perhaps mechanical would be better? Unless you can give me an idea of how bad she’s getting womped by a kid XD]
[4:22:39 PM] ST: (( Well, this is a friendly spar. Mechanical tends to weigh things down a bit. Just comparing notes we can figure out an idea of how the battle will go. For example, Sanura’s got more Epic Dex than Sofia. Sofia has more Epic Str than Sanura. So it’ll be difficult for Sofia to hit, but she’ll hit hard. If you’re more comfortable with a dice-driven fight, though, that’s fine with me. ))
[4:23:12 PM] Sanura: [hmm well I haven’t done cinematic in a while I’ll give it a try]
[4:23:38 PM | Edited 4:23:43 PM] Boudicca: (I prefer cinematic normally…just ‘feels’ better)
[4:23:51 PM] ST: (( Okay, let’s begin! ))
[4:24:12 PM] ST: Sofia, keeping in mind Boudicca’s words of advice from the last sparring session, lunges forward.
[4:26:09 PM] Sanura: Sanura hasn’t got quite a clue where to start, especially since she’s not exactly fond of trying to hit a child. She gives a bit of a startled sound and steps to the side, barely missing being plowed into by the lungeing Sofia. She’d turn and face the girl again. “No breaking bones kiddo!” she keeps a wary eye on the girl waiting for her to rush in again.
[4:27:26 PM] ST: The girl finds herself charging past Sanura. She stops and turns around. “I’ll try,” Sofia says. She charges at Sanura again.
[4:28:11 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca yells at Sanura, “What if you fight a titan-spawn that’s disguised as a child? The size of your opponate does not matter; your technique and resolve are all that matters. Either you win or you die, as the titanspawn will not hold back punches…”
[4:29:29 PM] Sanura: Sanura nods a bit to Sofia and is more prepaired this time, as she steps to the side as quick as she can she’d reach over and tried to send Sofia off balance. “What the hell.. what if I actually managed to hurt her? That’d be horrible!”
[4:29:48 PM] ST: (( How are you sending Sofia off-balance? ))
[4:30:21 PM] ST: (( You don’t have to be super-specific, but it would be helpful to know what’s being targeted. ))
[4:31:09 PM] Sanura: [oh sorry just by trying to shove her lower back/bottom as she passes]
[4:31:46 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca nods to Sanura, “Sofia is tougher then you think. Besides, she needs to learn resolve just as we all do…if she doesn’t get hit, she doesn’t learn to dodge the blow, or bend with the attack…”
[4:32:24 PM] Sanura: Sanura sighs softly and shakes her head. This was going to end poorly, probably for her.
[4:33:07 PM] ST: Sofia stumbles forward, trying to regain her footing before she trips over herself, leaving an opening for Sanura.
[4:34:30 PM] Sanura: Sanura considers what to do then and perhaps a few moments to late thanks to her overthinking she’d try to kneel and push a hand between Sofia’s shoulders to pin her to the ground,
[4:35:01 PM] Harry: (You should see her speed regiment. Tag with Harry.)
[4:37:23 PM] ST: Sofia slides away due to the extra moment and turns, grabbing at Sanura’s arm.
[4:37:28 PM] ST: (( She never wins. XD ))
[4:37:28 PM] Sanura: [XD sounds frustrating that does]
[4:37:50 PM] Sanura: Sanura gives a yelp as she’s snagged, trying to pull her arm away.
[4:39:42 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca shouts, “Sofia, you’re slower but stronger. Do what comes naturally; grapple, don’t dance…”
[4:41:44 PM] ST: Given the arm, Sofia executes a crude but recognizable judo throw. Sanura might feel flattered at how little she seems to weigh to the girl…
[4:42:56 PM] Sanura: Sanura’s eyes widen as she’s easily given a good toss, her stun only lasts a second before she instictively moves to try and regain her feet.
[4:44:26 PM] ST: Having been told over and over by her mortal judo instructor never to let go when throwing someone, Sofia hangs on tight as she brings Sanura to the ground and tries to twist her arm up behind her back.
[4:45:49 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca shouts, “Sanura, if you are on the ground, you are lost. Stand and move!”
[4:45:58 PM] Sanura: Sanura struggles futiley and ends up with her arm wrenched securely behind her back. Kicking off a shoe she’d -attempt- to try and wedge it between herself and Sofia, most likely futile as well.
[4:50:08 PM] ST: In a whirl of fur and yowling, Crook leaps onto Sofia’s face, prompting her to let go, startled. Sofia stumbles back, grabbing at Crook. She manages to pull him away with her right hand. “Hey, not fair!” Crook tries to nip Sofia’s hand, but his tooth clanks against it, sending up a tiny metallic ping! He calms, twists and contorts in a weird way, and suddenly isn’t in Sofia’s hand anymore.
[4:51:10 PM] ST: (( Escape Artist for the kitty. XD ))
[4:51:51 PM] Sanura: She gasps as Crook comes to the.. ‘rescue’ “No Crook!” she gets to her feet and goes after the two worriedly “are you alright Sofia?” she questions with a frown. "Crook we were practicing.. " she rubs her hand down her face. “and I totally got my butt handed to me” she laughs a little self conciously.
[4:55:20 PM] ST: Sofia appears quite untouched, if a little puzzled. Crook saunters casually between Sofia and Sanura, looking as if nothing had happened. He flicks his tail as his response pops up over his head. I know. But I am your sacred guardian. And the bird-speaker is right. Besides, I didn’t actually scratch her.
[4:57:35 PM] Sanura: Sanura is releived that Sofia isn’t harmed and looks down at Crook with a bit of a frown. “I appreciate the gesture Sir Crook, but I was trying to learn a little about how to defend myself..” She looks over at Sofia "He is a guardian after all.. " shrugs a bit “still he’ll stay out of our spars from now on right?” she questions with an imperiously arched brow.
[4:58:55 PM] ST: Crook shakes his head vigorously, another response swimming into view. I go where you go.
[4:59:45 PM] Sanura: Sanura sighs softly “you can stay of course.. I mean if I’m practicing you don’t come to the rescue. How am I to learn to protect myself otherwise?”
[5:02:01 PM] ST: “Wait, does this mean the match is over?” Sofia asks.
Crook plops his butt down, his tail swishing across the floor. Were you not paying attention? I was TEACHING you. By example.
[5:03:24 PM] Sanura: Sanura considers “I.. well I guess so?” she’s unsure and then to Crook, “You suggest I try to scratch her face like a yowling cat?”
[5:06:49 PM] ST: Crook rises and turns, walking away in what looks to be exasperation. Ugh… You weren’t paying attention.
Sofia giggles a little. “Crooksy’s a funny cat!”
[5:07:46 PM] Sanura: Sanura frowns and looks after the cat “So tell me then, what did I miss?!” her hands spread as she heaves a sigh “Oh yeah.. he’s a riot” she mutters softly and shakes her head.