[center [size20 [u Bang, Bang. You're Dead.]]]
[center [size15 [i A tale about a Space Cowboy and his rag tag team of misfits that collect bounties to hopefully get food in their bellies for another day. Life as a bounty hunter isn't as glamorous and great as one would think it is. It's a hard life, hoping you get enough to get food to keep yourself from starving. Even though our Space Cowboy, [u Maverick] is an elite bounty hunter, he still sometimes struggles to get by.]]]
[center [size15 [i In 2071, roughly fifty years after an accident with a hyperspace gateway made the Earth almost uninhabitable, humanity has colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the Solar System. Amid a rising crime rate, the Inter Solar System Police (ISSP) set up a legalized contract system, in which registered bounty hunters chase criminals and bring them in alive in return for a reward.]]]
[center [size15 [i The original crew are Maverick Aspen, an exiled hitman for a powerful organization, and his partner Randy Watson, a former ISSP officer. Maverick and Randy have dealt with some major problems in their journey, the team get involved in disastrous mishaps leaving them out of pocket, while often confronting faces and events from their past: these include Randy's reasons for leaving the ISSP, and Maverick keeping himself as low as a bounty hunter can from the eyes of his former employers. For now, they keep to themselves on board their large ship named the [u Rocket Queen]]]
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[center [size15 [i Maverick's previous line of work consisted of being a professional hitman, which is why he is considered and elitest among his fellow bounty hunter peers. Even though he may be considered young, around the age of 30, he has been in business of killing people since he was around 15 years old. He was taken under the wing of a man named Naru Kagamai. A man that ran a multi-million dollar company that had pushed Earth to where it could no longer be livable, but no one knows that, but Maverick. Naru had many people that he wanted dead and guess who did that for him? You guessed it, it was young Maverick Aspens, the young, professional killer. By the time he reached the age of being aware of how bad his actions where, Maverick was stuck and felt like he could never leave until he met Randy, who helped him escape.]]
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[center [size15 [i Maverick couldn't live under the radar of Naru Kagamai for very long, especially now that he was a top tier bounty hunter. He couldn't live in a peaceful life no more. He was stuck on the run once again. Flittering through space, from one planet, to another. He never felt safe anymore. What was Maverick to do? He hadn't a single idea, neither did his friend, Randy.]]]
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[center [size12 Randy could only assume the worst as Maverick walked off. He glanced around before finding Freya, on the floor, with a pursue full of bits of cash and some jewels. He was slightly confused, but did know that she was guilty of something. He cleared his throat before walking over to her.]]
[center [size12 [i [#778899 "I know you're different, Freya, but that doesn't mean that we are going to abandon you over a mistake that you couldn't help,"]] Randy explained before picking up the small pursue and setting it aside. [i [#778899 "I know Maverick seems beyond angry, but he will come around soon. He just has to have a moment to himself before he just explodes,"]] Randy tried helping, but sometimes, he knows that not even he can help.]]
[center [size12 [i [#778899 "Come on, Freya. Let's at least go sit on the couch. I will bring you something hot to drink, okay?"]] Carefully, Randy helped her and gently led her to the couch and walked into the kitchen to fix a small cup of hot tea and stayed in there for a moment to think over what could have happened to cause Maverick to be as angry as he was. Randy rarely saw Maverick like that. It kind of worried him.]]
[center [size12 Randy returned with a heavy sigh, placing the cup of tea on the table next to Freya. [i [#778899 "So, are you willing to share what happened? I know Maverick isn't going to talk right now,"]] Randy did not want to push her, but if he was going to help, he had to know what happened.]]
[center [size12 Meanwhile, Maverick was sitting on the edge of his bed with a frustrated expression. What was he going to do? He couldn't just go out and find another bounty with the snap of his fingers. He just spent not just a lot of money, but too much money for Freya, as well as keeping that lady silent.]]
[center Effie sat for a second, confused. [#808080 [i Is he mad? Really? ] ]
[#6495ED [i You upset him! You messed things up, Ef. He's upset. ] ]
[#808080 [i I can see that, dimwit. He's upset for a stupid fucking reason and you know that. What? Am I supposed NOT supposed get our revenge? This is what you wanted too, Freya. Don't forget that and don't be foolish. ] ]
[#6495ED [i You cost him money, money he used to help you! Us! We have to do something. ] ]
[#808080 [i Fuck it. Whatever. ] ] Ef turned away from Maverick and started to walk away and into a crowd. [#808080 [i If money is so important to him I will go fucking get some. Easy. ] ]
Soon enough Ef found her victim, a woman dressed in a lavish gown and hair done up so large that it hit into lights as she walked by stores. Ef collided into her, apologizing profusely with a sweet and sincere smile on her face. Her hood laid low hiding the tattoos and her eyes. [#808080 "I am so sorry." ]
The woman ignored her and rudely went on, not realizing that her purse was now missing its coin purse and wallet.
Ef returned and hopped onto the ship, making sure no one saw what she had done. As soon as the door of the ship closed guilt sank in about the whole situation, and along with it, came Freya.
Freya started to weep profusely, collapsing onto the ground and heaving. She tried to apologize but instead threw the coin purse on the ground. Jewels spilled out slightly. Freya barely knew the meaning of money nor did she know that the jewels and money she had stolen would not be enough for all three of them. The woman she stole from was in fact just an actor, not a noble.
[center [size12 As Maverick was busy with phoning the police, he did not realize what Freya had exactly done until he turned around. His body tensed, not in fear, but angry. He bit his lower lip and calmly exhaled the breath that he had sharply taken in. He wanted to yell and scream. The girl had taken away a large bounty from Maverick's hands. All criminals are supposed to be turned in ALIVE, not dead. Maverick was not only angry, but silent. He could not find the words right then to speak.]]
[center [size12 After a few silent moments that seemed to take an eternity to pass, Maverick looked at the girl once more. This time in her eyes. He took a hold of her shoulders, firmly, but not harshly. He was still holding back words of angry and spite. He took in a breath once more, calming himself down before exhaling.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "You just took money that was supposed to feed not only you, but Randy and I, and lit it on fire. You just made money very tight to live off of now. I even bought you this outfit, spending extra to keep you safe,"]] Maverick's voice was very monotone, lacking in emotions. [i [#FF0000 "Randy will be here in a moment. Please do not speak to me until I can figure out what I can do to feed all three of us,"]] he closed his eyes, letting go of her shoulder before turning around.]]
[center [size12 Slowly, a ship was lowering itself to the top of the building. A long rope lowered into the alleyway to allow Maverick and Freya to get into the ship. Randy greeted them before cutting his cheerful look. He was about to compliment Freya's outfit before noticing Maverick's expression. It wasn't a normal, after a bounty expression. It was an angry one.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Don't talk,"]] Maverick held his hand up to Randy, taking out a smoke and began puffing away as he stalked off to his room to figure out exactly what they were going to do.]]
[center Ef stood back, watching silently with a sadistic smirk on her face. She didn't get in the way of his attacks, a feeling of ease coming her way as Maverick repeatedly smashed his fist into Piggy's face. When Maverick finished Effie started to laugh, a little bit disappointed.
[#808080 "He's still breathing," ] she snarled, moving towards a piece of wood on the ground. She picked it up and examined it before snapping it across her knee. [#808080 "This will do." ]
Before Maverick could protest Effie slammed the now-stick into the fat on the man's neck. Blood splattered against a part of her cloak. Again she stabbed, now fully going through Piggy's throat. He twitched slightly before showing no more sign of life.
Effie turned to Maverick, smile still on her face. [#808080 "There, we are done." ] She started to wipe her cloak, happy with the fact that the material made it easy to clean. In fact, the blood practically fell off. [#808080 "Well, Freya was right, this outfit is very nice." ] Ef look down at Maverick's pants, now realizing she got blood on his outfit too. [#808080 "Well, whatever, am I right?" ] She winked, before turning away from him and looking down the street.
[#6495ED [i He was going to turn him in. You didn't need to kill him. ] ]
[#808080 [i Shut up, you loved it. ] ]
Freya couldn't fight that and Effie knew. A sense of satisfaction rushed over the both of them as soon as the grotesque man's chest stopped rising. Freya was twisted, just like Effie. Ef, just did something about it.
[#808080 "Mavvy, who's next?" ] Ef whipped around, in full control still.
[center [size12 Something changed inside of Freya and it was very obvious with her mannerism and how she was speaking, but Maverick did not shy away. He knew that there was something very different about this girl, but it wasn't going to make Maverick back down. He took her in and made a promise to himself that he was going to keep her safe and guarded, rather she needed/wanted it or not.]]
[center [size12 When she pulled down an alley, Maverick almost tripped over his own footsteps, but gained his balance back. He listened silently, watching her carefully before looking at the homeless man who was forced from his home. Maverick felt a tinge of guilt in his stomach for the man, but that quickly faded away when she spoke of the man that they were hunting. He became focused and nodded at her.]]
[center [size12 This quiet moment did not last very long. Their safety was no longer there. The man was here and Maverick knew that he had to stand guard, fight for not only his life, but hers as well. He was ready for that challenge. He had done far worse, so this was nothing for him.]]
[center [size12 Maverick stood up straight, one hand in his pocket and the other on his waist as he glanced to the man that was speaking. He chuckled quietly, shaking his head. Did this man seriously think that Maverick would allow him to take Freya away from him? He chuckled again, almost laughing audibly.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "I always enjoyed playing with my food a bit,"]] Maverick took a step forward, in front of Freya. He allowed his arms to fall from his side. Naturally, he wasn't going to throw the first punch. That would make things way too obvious and easier for this fat man to, not only, defeat Maverick, but take Freya as well.]]
[center [size12 [i [#27AE60 "You really think I am going to let you keep something that is very precious to me? Ha! You bounty hunters are all the same. Greedy, selfish, little bastards,"]] the fat man took his first punch, which Maverick dodged flawlessly. Moving around fat fists that were being thrown his way.]]
[center [size12 Finally, Maverick made his move. He gave a heavy kick, knocking the man to the ground, which gave Maverick the upper hand for a moment until his foot was grabbed causing him to fall to the ground. A clumsy mistake, of course, but Maverick allowed it to roll of his shoulders and managed to scramble back up.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "No, no, no. I aint going to let you get away that fast,"]] Maverick cleared his throat, grabbing his gun from the inside of his coat pocket. [i [#FF0000 "I hope your gang of slavers take this as a warning,"]] Maverick had a kind of sickly grin on his face, but instead of shooting, he took a fist fully of the fat man's shirt and began punching as hard as he could until the man was rendered unconscious.]]
[center [size12 Once Maverick gained his normal composure, he stood up and cleared his throat. He rarely lost composure like that. He hated when he did things like this. Generally when he caught bounties, it wasn't like this. It was a smooth ride that ended with the person being hauled off in handcuffs, this time, Maverick literally beat the man until he couldn't anymore. He put his gun back into its rightfully place and called Randy.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Randy, its Maverick. Let them know that they can come and pick up this fat mess. I may, or may not have gotten a little carried away,"]] Maverick chuckled nervously before tensing up at Randy's scolding.]]
[center [size12 Once that was over, Maverick turned to Freya and offered a very apologetic look. [i [#FF0000 "I never get that carried away. I do apologize,"]] Maverick hadn't realized it yet, but he had blood splatters against his face and hands. Not only that, but he had suffered a few cuts and bruises on his face. [i [#FF0000 "But Randy should be picking us up, along with the police picking up this fat Pig,"]] he smiled.]]
[center Eleanor was beyond grateful, scooping up the money and nodding profusely. [#FF1493 "You are such a kind man,"] Her tone had changed towards Maverick, now sweet and soothing. [#FF1493 "You can come back any day." ] Eleanor then took Freya's face in her palm and smiled. [#FF1493 "Be safe, dear." ]
Freya nodded, her stomach fluttering with butterflies. She pulled away for the woman and walked with Maverick and out the door. As soon as the bell again chimed, now announcing their exit, something switched inside of Freya. An overwhelming feeling rushed through her, the butterflies in her stomach disappearing into a volcano of rage. She was no longer Freya.
[#808080 "Maverick," ] Ef huffed, her dark grey eyes piercing into his. She studied them for a moment, memorizing the soft brown hue. [#808080 "He is watching. Waiting. Come." ] Her fingers interlaced with his and suddenly, with great force, she pulled, leading him into a dark alley. She weaved and turned until they were out of sight of the locals. One homeless man stood in front of Maverick and Effie, confused to why two people were back in his territory/home.
Effie dropped Maverick's hand and walked in front of the man, her cold eyes digging into his. [#808080 "Leave, now,"] was all she said. The man nodded, not questioning or saying a word. Ef turned back to Maverick and clapped her hands together. [#808080 "He will follow. Piggy always follows." ]
[#6495ED [i Keep him safe, Ef. He doesn't know. ] ]
[#808080 [i Fuck him, he knew what he was getting himself into. ] ]
Soon enough, a loud, deep voice was heard, booming towards the two.
[#808000 "Freya, my sweet, swet thing," ] The man's voice was eery and scratchy, as if he was punched too many times in the throat. [#808000 "Where is my pretty, pretty plaything? Are you hiding?" ]
[#6495ED [i We need to run. ] ] Freya was scared, cowering in the back of Effie's mind. [#6495ED [i This was stupid, so stupid. ] ]
Effie started to laugh. Not a sweet, simple laugh, either. She started to maniacally weep with laughter, excited about what was to come.
[#808080 "Over here, you fat fuck." ]
Piggy rounded the corner, coming into clear sight of Effie and Maverick.
[#808080 "You ready, Mavvy, baby? Piggy needs to be put down." ] A large grin was spread across her face. Her instincts were always right, and now, here Piggy was.
[center [size12 Maverick felt incredibly judged the moment this lady got up and walked over to him. The look on her face screamed judgement, but as long as she was good at her job, he did not mind what she said or judged. He did begin feeling uncomfortable in his own outfit. He was something that he always wore. The dark blue suit with the pale yellow button underneath. His tie was loosened around his neck and the top two buttons weren't even done up and his collar was popped up. He looked like a bounty hunter, or at least someone that did bad things for money.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Yeah, I have never been one for fashion, so I just gave her what I thought she could fit in,"]] Maverick raised his hands in defense to the woman, but soon felt a bit more relaxed once she took Freya to the back of the shop and was no longer eyeing him with those judging eyes.]]
[center [size12 As Maverick was waiting, he had lit up a cigarette and was puffing on it at the door, as to not pollute the air in the shop with the smoke. He sighed softly, glancing over the faces in the street for that pig's face. So far, he was not scene. Maverick felt like he could only let his guard drop for so long though. They weren't completely safe until this asshole was caught and hauled off to jail.]]
[center [size12 Before someone caught him, Maverick tossed the cigarette out the door when he heard the curtains being drawn back and he stood up straight. He looked over the woman, Eleanor before his eyes fell over Freya. His eyes widen and he grinned brightly. He most certainly loved it. He couldn't put words together, but did approach Freya, glancing over the outfit before putting the thumbs up with a big grin on his face.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Not only a beautiful outfit, but this can provide some cover for you, Freya,"]] he chuckled softly before looking at Eleanor. [i [#FF0000 "I definitely know where I need to come next time I need some new threads,"]] he made the joke, but he would always wear this stupid looking outside.]]
[center [size12 Maverick placed an arm around Freya's shoulder as he guided her to the counter to pay for the outfit. [i [#FF0000 "Here ya go, Ms. Eleanor. Plus, a little extra to say that you did not see us here and for your amazing work,"]] Maverick gave Eleanor a wink before placing about three times as much as the outfit cost on the counter before leading Freya out of the store.]]
[center [size12 Waiting for the door shut behind them, Maverick glanced in both directions before walking further into the crowds of people. [i [#FF0000 "I wouldn't want Ms. Eleanor to get caught up in this nasty business, but we may pay her another business later for more clothes for you and maybe something extra for me,"]] he chuckled softly. His stomach did begin to growl as they were walking further into the market district, where the restaurants were. [i [#FF0000 "How does lunch sound?"]] Maverick asked as he directed them into another building.]]
[center Freya couldn't speak, her mouth ajar as she stepped outside of the ship. She had heard of planet's like Lapua but had never seen something so spectacular. People were bustling about, too busy to even look at the face of Freya as she passed. Freya did not mind this, her eyes flickering from building to building. Lights beamed all around her and it was hard for her to take in the scenery at first. It was just so mind-blowingly beautiful.
Finally, Maverick had stopped and was talking. Freya really didn't listen, all too curious about her surroundings. Terror and excitement welled up in her stomach and she thought for a moment that she would be ill.
A bell chimed when Maverick and Freya entered, announcing their presence to the workers. One woman sat behind a large desk, clothes carefully scattered across the room on different shelves. At first, the woman didn't look at Freya but at Maverick, curious about why a male was in her shop. Then her eyes graced Freya and her face lit up. The woman had red hair and must have been in her late 30's. She wore a beautiful robe and her hair was tied up, perfectly framing her face.
[#FF1493 "My my, aren't you just a stunning thing!"] The woman had gotten off her chair so fast that it had fallen on the ground, making a small bang. The woman didn't care. [#FF1493 "Now what are you wearing?" ] The woman glared at Maverick as if she knew it was his doing. [#FF1493 "Absolutely atrocious, this can't do at all!"] Soon enough the woman had Freya's hand her hers, ushering her to the back of the shop. Freya let herself follow, a bit confused about what was happening.
The woman turned to Maverick and glared slightly, [#FF1493 "You stay right there." ]
~~~The Back of the Shop~~~
Curtains were closed, cutting off the back of the shop to make it into a dressing room. Clothes were scattered across the ground as the red-headed woman, who had now introduced herself as Eleanor, was panicking. It had been at least forty-five minutes since Freya had seen Maverick, who must have been waiting in the front of the shop patiently. Eleanor was looking for something to tie her 'creation' together. Finally, she found it, a purple cloak.
Freya stood in front of Eleanor, not really caring for this whole process. Effie, however, despised it.
[#FF1493 "Done!" ] Eleanor draped the cloak over Freya before pushing her towards the mirror. [#FF1493 "What do you think? Don't you look simply beautiful! Boy, come here, does she not look wonderful!?" ] Eleanor had finally asked for Maverick. Well, not asked, but screamed for.
Freya's eyes widened, unsure of how to take in the outfit that hung across her body. She was so used to being in tattered clothes or nothing at all. Now this, this covered her and made her feel... Almost safe? As if the hood could now cover the tattoos she desperately wished she could hide from.
Freya huffed, turning away from the mirror. Suddenly, she felt nervous. [#6495ED [i Will he like it?] ] She asked herself.
[i [#808080 'Who the fuck cares?' ] ] Ef replied.
[b [https://imgur.com/a/Cts4X The OUTFIT] ]
[center [size12 Maverick could, honestly, jump for joy right now, but right now, they had to get moving before this slaver tried making a run for it. The talk about a famous bounty hunter's ship in the area would soon spread through the planet's market, sooner rather than later. [i [#FF0000 "Well, let's get going,"]] Maverick grabbed his gun off of the kitchen table. He reloaded, cocked it, and slid it in the back of his pants before looking back at Randy and Freya. [i [#FF0000 "Come on. What are you two doing? We got a Pig to catch,"]] Maverick was overjoyed. It was obvious on his face.]]
[center [size12 Randy just sighed, rubbing his face in frustration for his friend's wild behavior. [i [#778899 "If you aren't careful, Maverick, you're gonna accidentally shoot yourself again,"]] Randy chuckled, obviously poking at Maverick, who just pouted at him.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Okay, Freya is going to come with me and Randy, you stay here. Hack into the street cameras and keep an eye out for us while we find this piece of shit,"]] Maverick instructed before tossing an arm around the blue haired girl's shoulder and gave her a wide, goofy grin again. [i [#FF0000 "You ready to get this, fucker?"]] Maverick was happy to be doing this, actually. Another bounty means that he can release some of his pent up aggression and energy that he had to keep under lock and key when he was around most people.]]
[center [size15 [b ~ Lapua's Street Market ~]]]
[center [size12 The wind picked up, clouds were dark in the sky, and Maverick was walking with Freya by his side. He had a pair of circle sunglasses on as he glanced around the streets. So far, no ugly, pig nosed man around. He felt a bit of relief at this thought because he wanted to at least get Freya some clothes and whatnot before he did anything.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "So, Freya, let's get you some clothes and shoes, huh? You can't keep wearing my clothes,"]] Maverick joked as he led her into a store. It was a more upscale, nice clothing store and he took a step to the side. [i [#FF0000 "Pick out whatever you want. I don't mind price. I want you to be happy,"]] Maverick offered a kind smile, but kept an eye on the doors just in case.]]
[center Freya's eyes snapped towards Randy, her stomach pinching in pain. Ef sat in the back of Freya's mind, ranting and raving about what he had just said.
[i [#808080 Is that what we are to him? Just some burden? If he knew what I was capable of he'd think twice before making snarky comments. I can take care of the both of us better than either of these pathetic pieces of meat. ] ] It was easy to tell that the comment had upset Ef, however, it was Freya that spoke up about it, as she was slightly upset too.
[#6495ED "I promise you that I can handle myself,"] Her voice was quiet, trembling slightly, sounding slightly pathetic. She coughed, clearing her throat so she could speak more clearly. [#6495ED "I do not wish to burden anyone,"] Freya's eyes flashed towards Randy, a cold stare directed his way. She understood why he was so worried, in fact, she thought he wasn't being cautious enough. Still, though, it was hard to sit there and listen to people talk about you as if you were precious cargo.
Freya looked at Maverick as he flashed a goofy grin her way and she once again reassured that she was fine with the situation by nodding. She didn't speak this time, instead her mind flashing to a not-so-distant memory.
[b ~~~ ]
Freya stood in the middle of a large dome made of chain links, her fingers dripping with blood. A large distorted voice boomed from speakers above, cackling while speaking. [#D2691E "And Ef has defeated another foe! Wow! I have to say, for someone who is yet again the reigning champ of The Dome, she doesn't look too happy!"] The voice took a moment to laugh before continuing to speak, [#D2691E "Well folks, that's all we have today! Come back tomorrow to see Ef fight our guards next!" ]
Tears started to roll down Freya's face, her sobs echoing off the walls. She wailed, falling to the ground where some of her fellow slaves laid, dead. She couldn't speak, her cries catching every word as she tried to plead. Her entire body started to shake as hands snatched her from the ground. The guards pulled her away from her friends, not letting her say her goodbyes.
Shaking her head, Freya leaned towards Maverick, giving out a small sigh. She wished she could tell him about all the horrible things she had done but she knew in her heart that he couldn't accept her. Who could love a monster?
[#6495ED "I am ready when you are." ]
[center [size12 Maverick couldn't just go at this bounty with what he normally did. He had to be more careful now since it was now a personal matter. Would you consider something like this personal? Well, with the kind of person that Maverick was and how caring that he was, yes he would consider this very personal. He was not particularly fond of slavers, especially now he could see how horrible they were. This girl was battered, broken, and bruised and he was not going to allow someone else to endure this kind of pain, especially from a man as nasty as the man was on the screen in front of him. With a sigh, Maverick stood up from his chair and inspected the screen with careful eyes.]]
[center [size12 Randy glanced up at Maverick before clearing his throat. [i [#778899 "Well, Maverick? What do you want to do then? Since we have to handle this a bit more differently?"]] Randy asked, curiously. He knew that Maverick was the type to go in guns ablazin' and this girl could get caught in the cross fire and something bad could happen if Maverick wasn't smart about this.]]
[center [size12 Maverick then stood straight up, hands on his hips with a smug smirk on his lips. Randy looked nervous now. Maverick moved to Freya, taking her hands into his, pulling her up from her seat. [i [#FF0000 "I have an idea! And Freya is going to help us,"]] Maverick exclaimed with a giant grin on his face. Randy did not know what was going through this man's head, but he felt like he needed to interject before something bad happened. [i [#778899 "How do you expect an ex-slave to help you? It is a miracle that she got this far without getting herself hurt. Now, you have some plan, that involves her?"]] Randy's words were in protest for the girl since bringing her around a slaver could mean that if things go terribly wrong, she could get taken back to that planet, or worse, killed. Randy was, rightfully, concerned over this plan of attack.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "No, no, no. I wouldn't let anything bad happen to her, of course,"]] Maverick pouted at Randy before continuing, [i [#FF0000 "that is where you would come in though. While Freya was used for bait and I am waiting to bag him, you are off to the side line, ready to jump in if things went down south."]] Maverick's plan wasn't a horrible one. It's all about right positioning, paying attention to their surroundings, and making sure this girl was safe. Maverick could do all those things, despite him appearing to be some kind of idiotic clumsy fool.]]
[center [size12 Maverick stopped what he was saying and doing and turned to the girl with a pair of the biggest, puppy dog eyes and smiled at the girl. He had to make sure it was okay with her, though. He couldn't... No, he wouldn't put her in an uncomfortable situation, if she did not want to. [i [#FF0000 "Are you okay with this plan? Randy and I are pretty good at keeping people safe. We wouldn't let them take you back, of course,"]] Maverick assured with a big, goofy grin across his face.]]
[center Everything around Freya, for a moment, went quiet, her eyes widening as finally a face appeared on the screen she was watching. It was hard not to recognize the man in all his glory. He was stout but muscular with a large pig nose and hollow eyes. Freya huffed, her eyes now flashing towards the ground. She pressed the memory bubbling up down, not ready to think about all the things she had done in that... Cage.
[#808080 [i Seriously? Why the fuck did they send him, of all people? ] ] Ef really wasn't asking Freya. In fact, they both knew why he was there. He was probably one of the people most interested in Freya. He was fascinated with the spectacle that was Freya, both mentally and sexually. He tried so hard to always be around her, so much so that even the other slavers felt uncomfortable enough to have him removed from the area she was in.
Freya turned to Maverick, her eyes dark and determined. She listened as she spoke and quickly nodded, fliching at the word [i innocent]. [#6495ED "I am sure. That's..." ] Freya didn't look back at the screen, but instead looked at Randy. [#6495ED "We just called him Piggy. Not very original, but... If the shoe fits..." ]
[#808080 [i My shoe is going to fit down his ass. ] ] Ef was riled up, causing Freya's left hand to shake slightly. Freya tightened her grip, nails yet again digging into the skin of her palm.
[center [size12 Maverick sat down across from Randy, the television was on in front of them. Maverick was focused in on the information and finally the face. A gritty man, which made him comically gag before Randy delivered a swift smack to his arm before saying, [i [#778899 "take this serious. Its one of the slavers, that had been spotted in the area. We happened to be floating over Lapua right now, that's probably why he's there. Looking for the girl."]] Maverick straightened up before nodding. [i [#FF0000 "Well, that means we definitely need to take care of him. We can't let them take back Freya, right?"]] Maverick was growing a bit more passionate about taking out these slavers. Not only was he getting paid, but he was also protecting a girl in the process. Two birds, one stone.]]
[center [size12 Maverick then turned his attention towards Freya, who had offered to help. It was a unnerving thought of her helping, but she could be of good use. She could act as bait to lure the Slaver to them. But at the same time, it did make Maverick want to tell her to stay on the ship. If that kind of plan were to fail, Freya could be taken back to Arqsu and Maverick would never forgive himself for letting that even be a possibility.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "We're dealing with the same kind of slavers that you just ran away from. Are you sure you want to help?"]] Maverick asked before standing up. [i [#FF0000 "If you did, we might could use you as bait. We need to take you shopping anyway, so maybe you and I could go around the town square there, buy you some new clothes, and we could capture that son of a bitch and turn him in for the horrible things he has done to not only you, but a ton of other innocent people,"]] Maverick was still scared though. It made him nervous even leaving Freya alone in the ship if him and Randy were to take care of this creep their selves.]]
[center Freya's grey eyes followed Maverick as he finally awoke, her heart fluttering against her chest. Every movement he made caused an uneasiness in her stomach that she had never felt before. She wasn't scared, but she was still on guard. [#6495ED [i What is this feeling? ] ]
[#808080 [i Get over yourself, you fucking spaz. ] ] Ef groaned in the back of her head. Freya shook, her eyes not leaving the man.
[#6495ED "It's okay, it was nice-" ] Her face reddened before she once again shook her head, [#6495ED "I was usually in a bed with two others at Arqsu, so this was nice."] Freya sat up slowly, her body begging her to just stay still. She rubbed her eyes before letting out a small sigh and stretching her body slightly. Her eyes darted to the door, where Randy sat. She listened closely, almost forgetting that Randy even existed in the first place. [#6495ED [i A bounty? ] ]
Freya was shocked by the kiss on her forehead, her entire face turning into a frazzled look. The last time she was kissed it was not consensual, and she couldn't help but compare the time to now. Maverick was so soft, kind.
[size15 [#FF0000 "I'm not scared of you. Just remember that." ] ]
[#6495ED [i How? How is he not running from me? How is he okay with this? ] ] Freya asked herself, following after Maverick slowly.
[#6495ED "I wish to help in any way I can," ] Freya spoke up when she finally entered the room, her eyes plastered on the screen that was showing different details about the situation. She had no idea where this Lapua was and was still unsure of what a bounty hunter really was. [#6495ED "I owe you my life." ]
[#808080 [i He'll owe you his. ] ]
[center [size12 Maverick was a very cuddly person when he slept. Randy and Maverick have shared a bed many times before this and some how, Maverick is completely sprawled out, hugging Randy as close as possible. Though, Randy doesn't mind. He actually was okay with it since Maverick was a pretty fucked up human being and found comfort in it. Maverick was rarely a touchy person, but his mind, when he could not control it, did as it pleased and that meant cuddles in the middle of his sleep with anyone, who was near.]]
[center [size12 Maverick woke up, groggy as usual. His body ached and he wanted to cry out. Maverick was in constantly pain, though he made sure not to show it. What would a bounty hunter be if he constantly showed pain. He sat up slowly, but stopped when he realized who was next to him. He tilted his head and remembered what had happened hours ago. He felt tightness around his throat and coughed dryly before smiling at the blue haired woman.]]
[center [size12 Maverick rubbed the sleep from his eyes and sighed. [i [#FF0000 "Did you sleep well? I, um, didn't mean to be so close to you,"]] Maverick was being awkward again. He sat up fully and stretched. His torso almost appeared to grow an extra foot before he finished stretched and returned back to his normal posture. Slumped over and looking tired, like he always was tired, but he looked even more tired all the time.]]
[center [size12 Carefully, Maverick stood up when he heard Randy opening the door. He gave a tired smile towards his friend. [i [#778899 "You two okay? It's been a few hours and I haven't heard anything from either one of you,"]] Randy asked, concerned as usual. He looked between Maverick and the blue haired girl. [i [#FF0000 "Yeah, we both just passed out,"]] Maverick shrugged. Randy knew Maverick and knew that he wouldn't do anything that would cross the line, so he just nodded at him. [i [#778899 "We have a bounty. It's on Lapua,"]] Randy motioned for Maverick to follow him.]]
[center [size12 [i [#FF0000 "Oh yeah. Forgot that I have a job to do, oops,"]] Maverick chuckled before looking back at Freya. He waited for Randy to leave the room before turning his complete attention on her. He sighed softly before leaning down. He kissed her forehead gently, [i [#FF0000 "I'm not scared of you. Just remember that."]] He assured her before pushing his hands into his pockets and casually walked out of the room and back into the living room, where their television was on and it was speaking about the information on the next bounty.]]
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