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[h3 [center Mister Giant!]]
Imp could only nod her head at the male. That’d be weird, what else would be white, aside from his hair? The girls brows furrowed just the slightest bit at the question which came in her head. His shirt? No, it’d probably be RED, since he went around with slaughtering everything and what not. What about his pants..? ... No, they would be red, too, for the same reason.
The girl had soon quickly become derailed from her thought process, considering Arthur had offered his hand. She was rather animated, as a gasp came from her, hands flying up to cover her mouth in a doe like expression before she hit the offered hand. Hard.
It was almost comical, as the loud smack echoed throughout the landscape. The girl gave a cheesy grin, bouncing a bit on the balls of her feet before giggling a bit. There was a stinging sensation going through the girl’s palm due to her action, not that she minded in the slightest bit. Her eyes soon darted to the the giant, comment on her being cute.
[#330b5b [size10 [i “I fail to see how that’s considered an achievement, considering your height stature is scarcely different.”]]] The retort fired almost instantaneously from the calm, soft spoken woman.
It made the female beam just the slightest bit, [#6cc15c “Ya think so? Eek, thank you so much! You’re very nice.”] She would say, eyes closed as a large grin stayed apparent on her facial features.
The female soon tilted her head just the slightest bit at Arthur’s comment once more. ‘Hit on’? It made the female scratch the back of her head, puzzlement apparent in her gaze. [#6cc15c “She hadn’t done anything to get hurt...”] The girl would say, her voice still audible even though it had quiet down a bit in a thoughtful manner. The pat on her shoulder did calm her thought process as she leaned into the slight pats, puzzled expression quickly disappearing from her facial features altogether.
The blue haired one, ‘Sylph’, peered out from behind her ‘wall’ upon mention. The girl would take in the other two, glare apparent. Just hearing the two has shown they were... alright? It didn’t stop Elise from shifting a bit, arms folding across her chest before giving a slight huff, head turning away in a dismissive gesture. Nice her ass.
[#00FFFF “The kindest, in fact.”] The woman would murmur, sarcasm thick in her tone of voice. The female would practically wince with a shiver sliding down her spine at the whispering words from her sister saying she had to be nicer. Elise’s face scrunched up just the slightest bit, as if a sour taste came on her tongue. No way.
[h3 [center An Animal?]]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/qbo0Bac.jpg]]Oh no. There’s two of them. It made the girl, in a slight over dramatic gesture, crouch down while turned away at the two’s content banter. The long, slim fingers she had now tangling into her own clumps of blue hair in what appears to almost be similar to agony. That new comer even made it sounds like some medieval nerdy garbage!
She really wanted to play Reaper Age: Origins now.
What really peaked her interest and pulled her out of the stupor she found herself in was the second part of what he had said. To stop the white swordsman? It made Elise raise an eyebrow. Even as she were behind Eric, it made the girl give a ‘are you serious’ kind of look. It were almost comical, as she would glance from left to right between this other knight and her comrade.
A happy, complacent boy, to the rather nervous male known as Rex. Her gaze would shift between the two, even as he began to blather a bit. He did to, in some cases, appear to have a point. ‘The white swordsman’ clearly didn’t seem pleased with the spiel, primarily because it was about him. Elise would suck in a bit of air upon his voice dropping. The defensive tone, it made her twitch just the slightest bit as she began to wring her fingers together a bit.
[#00FFFF “You’re making him seem like some merciless ...”] The girl would murmur, feeling her eyes widen slightly once being left out in the open due to Eric leaving her to get between the two fighters. It made Elise turn left, then right, before shuffling a bit to go behind the second closest person whom she would consider an ally.
The hand of Moniku made the female tense up before becoming loose almost instantaneously.
[h3 [center Debates]]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/flAyZoj.png]] Upon the handshake, Moniku’s eyes closed as a smile graced the clear complexion of a face she had.
[#330b5b [i [size10 “I don’t believe so. He’s a... very timid boy.”]]] The female would say, giving a simple nod at her own comment. Upon the hand shake, be it that her hands were soft and delicate, her grip was firm, no slack whatsoever as she gave a proper handshake. Didoru would be proud.
The woman soon blinked. Once, twice, before a shade of pink flew across her face at the simple compliment. [#330b5b [i [size10 “Pft. I cannot argue with that statement.”]]] Is the only thing the female said, attention turning towards Imp who had been thanking Eric at the time for the compliment she had been given by him.
[#330b5b [i [size10 “However, I’m sure if they were attacking people for being cute... you’d be dead on the spot.”]]] The female had a quirk upwards of her mouth being drawn into a smile, attention being turned towards this Arthur character as a small shuffle of her shoulders from a slight quake of laughter bubbled out of her being for a moment. Moniku’s pacing had come to a halt for a moment.
There were still only two in front. The massive, loud clap from Imp’s highfive with Arthur made her eyes slide shut for a moment. It only made her suspicions seem to be correct. The two fighters are most likely these two, meaning...
The ravenette stayed silent, listening to the two. So, he did want to tangle with Rex, yes? It made Moniku close her eyes as she gave small, gentle sigh from between her nose. Honestly, hearing the male’s speech pattern made Moniku tense up slightly, it almost reminded her of...
No. Now isn’t the time for that.
With a shake of her head, Moniku had, after listening to both sides say their piece, unfolded her arms from across her chest before the one visible eye opened up once more.
[#330b5b [i [size10 “You seem to only be basing this white swordsman over what has been said about him. How can you know one’s behavior if you have not been one to see it first hand?”]]] It took her a moment, her words were a bit slow, being methodically placed. [#330b5b [i [size10 “To say, ‘one has a choice’, is more so a lesser of two evils here in Tristania.]]]
[#330b5b [i [size10 “Fight or lay over and die. The general populace, when push comes to shove, would rather survive than accept death. I do not blame the white swordsman for his choice of actions. He is a survivor, and a capable one at that. In fact... no, nevermind.
“It matters not if you are to kill the White swordsman, for as soon as you slay him, it would not stop Tristania from building another prodigy. They have options, as I’m certain you know of this. If you would like to break others out as you claim, just killing off one person is not the way.
“Right here, right now. There are many, many individuals in this arena. Some conditioned into murdering, some not. There is a potential of grabbing quantity of people together and causing an uproar. That is what we plan on doing. Yet, you would much rather end one person’s life, when you could be saving so many more in its place. How interesting.”]]] The female would finish.
Elise twitched just the slightest bit, her breathing being evened out by the calming touch of Moniku. Moniku would stand in front of Elise, taking the place where Eric once were. The female gave a small nod, glancing over at everyone. [#330b5b [i [size10 “I believe everyone is in their right mind here.”]]]
[#330b5b [i [size10 “We are not harboring what you have described, please forgive us.”]]] Moniku would conclude, fingers entwined with one another before she gave one more tuck of her head into a small bow.
Imp had jumped a bit, continuously bouncing on the balls of her feet as she soon gave a little blow of air on her bangs. [#6cc15c “Oh, fooey! This was our only lead...”] The runt would say, a frown on her face now.
[#6cc15c “Where should we go now, then?”] The female would murmur, head tilting just the slightest bit.
[#330b5b [i [size10 “Hn? Is this not the same arena you fighters get deposited in every time? It’d be easy to find the nooks and crannies to keep safe..”]]]
[#6cc15c “Nope! It’s different each time -- er, at least, that’s what I’ve been told! So, we’re practically lost.”]
Elise would sigh, a look of content on her face after hearing that. That’s a relief, after all, it would be unfortunate to walk into an already claimed area, right? Right. It didn’t stop Elise from giving glances over towards Rex from time to time. And this ... girl. She appeared to be slick.[i Really] slick.
[h3 [center Suspicions]]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/FvU4dcJ.jpg]] Adonis would only blink, nodding at Alexis. He wouldn’t voice much, as he didn’t necessarily desire to break her concentration. [#676767 “Unfortunately, I am uncertain. My assistant is not here with me to tell.”] He would say, brows threading together to show his slight concentration. Honestly, that bromance of a high five was enough to cause a slight amount of wind to pick up, gently brushing the bangs he had to float before falling right back into place.
[#676767 “Is his posture aggressive, can you tell?”] Adonis would ask, words monotonous as his orbs would watch the other one get between the two. [#676767 “Nevermind.”] His eyes would train on the four now which were in broad sight. It’s unfortunate, as he now shook his head a bit. Perhaps he should have something other than his equipment and a small shiv? Not like the shiv is that much use, he would much rather have used his scalpel, as it is capable of cutting through skin like butter.
With a grunt of annoyance, Adonis would watch as Imp practically folded over with her loud ‘fooey’ being said in defeat. It made his brow raise just the slightest bit at the group. Honestly, it’s just... odd.
[#676767 “The blue haired one has calmed down from the adrenaline from her body. Shortly after coming into tactile contact with the other girl.”] Was it possible to calm someone like that? Almost instantaneously? It made him curious, intrigued. [#676767 “Only one of the group members appear to be hostile at most. Aim would be preferred towards target showing aggressive nature for less reprimanding being made post conflict. If one is to occur.”]
[center [h3 Friendly Duo]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCpZwL_CVSg]]
[center [b Arthur had eyed Rex and Eric as Imp had corrected him about his hair.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Your right Imp! It's gotta be white duh! It wouldn't make sense otherwise right?]]]
[center [b Rex had blinked looking at the two. "Are they crazy?" he thought to himself. Arthur had given Imp a high five on her "detective" skills. She had offered a name bomping her head sticking her tongue out. Arthur had looked over with a red tint on his face. Rex had blinked himself with a similar tint.]]
[center [b "She's just so... Cute]]
[center [b "She's so... Cute]]
[center [b The two looked away from her back to one another. Rex wasn't going to lower his guard and this knight here seemed eager to find out who he was. "Should I tell him who I am? If it weren't for my teammates? I would but at the same time, they seem nice. I'm not sure I could.. They... were different from that assassin" Imp had looked at him for a moment. He blushed blinking as he looked away from the short little girl. "She's staring right at me! Oh god, what do I say? Do I have something on my face?" Luckily she didn't look at the male for what seemed like too long.]]
[center [b After Elise and Eric had a small spat Moniku had taken a few steps forward between him and Arthur he teased Arthur a bit. He gave a big grin her way.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Hey! Still, I've beaten taller! He's just... I've heard the white swordsman was unstoppable swordsman and he's just so short!]]]
[center [b Arthur teased along with Moniku as Rex watched the two. "He was already kidding around with her better than I could. The sad part is I'm her teammate right? Wow, he was more scared of her than her actual "Enemies" that's just pathetic Rex.]]
[center [b Eric had chuckled with Imp calling commenting on his large size.]]
[center [+brown You are an adorable child aren't you?]]
[center [b Eric had said rather straightforward. Arthur and Rex seemed a bit surprised but it seemed... Did he really think she was a kid? Eric had ruffled her hair but it wasn't long before she had shoved Arthur to talk with Moniku. Arthur had given a soft chuckle as she began to yap her ears off.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center I know she's cute Imp but maybe not hit on her so hard?]]]
[center [b He said in a playful tone as he patted her shoulder with a smile. Arthur looked at the sweet little girl. He couldn't help but give the little cutie a wide grin. She was having so much fun talking to this woman, wasn't she? Arthur had looked in the back to notice a blue-haired woman. She seemed a little angry and he wasn't sure why he pointed at the woman tilting his head.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Who is that?]]]
[center [+brown That's Slyph! She's our healer she's pretty nice.]]
[center [b Rex had to almost fight back the urge to laugh. He covered his lips chocking back stifled laughter. "Was this guy for real? She was the hardest on him too! That being said... Rex was a bit jealous of how much kindness the male showed her. Rex would just be too scared to really talk to her. Granted that's if he was being sincere or if it was just a ploy.]]
[center [b Moniku had broke Arthur and Rex up. She had her back to this man! It made Rex even more worried. Wait... Why did he care so much? It didn't matter he made sure to see if this "Knight" hadn't made any moves. She started trying to talk this man as he crossed his arms nodding at her words.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center I see I see... Does that mean that man isn't the white swordsman? There can't be too many white-haired swordsmen around here. O-Oh yeah she did say my name huh? Well, that is umm.. A lovely name it's nice to meet you!]]]
[center [b Arthur had moved his hand out to her own as his armor stifled a bit. "Oh don't wanna burn her" his armor burned everyone except his own person. Course the burns would vary but he didn't want to hurt her. He had focused on his power to have the armor around his hand vanish as he shook her hand. It was soft... and delicate. He loosened his grip as he reluctantly let go of her hand. "Imp's adorable and all but this girl is... I'm not sure if I can find a word. Beautiful? Wait! Arthur doesn't get sidetracked Hero's don't get distracted by silly stuff like that! Just focus on why you are here!"]]
[tangerine [size30 [center I'm sorry to hear you got attacked. Maybe Imp was onto something? Perhaps you were just too cute and so you caught some attention ehh? Haha, I'm just kidding. I mean if that was the case Imp here would have people attacking her like crazy! Hahaha kidding kidding!]]]
[center [b He waved his arms around as his armor came back. He didn't want her to think he was really hitting on her. He was just horsing around he probably shouldn't be but the clown couldn't help it. He hoped neither girl had taken him TOO seriously. He was ready for a light hit at least though.]]
[center [b Imp had commented that these weren't bad people. Arthur had placed a hand under his chin as the cheerful knight began to wonder.]]
[center [h3 Curious Knight]]
[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/UIgpEz2.png]]
[center [b Eric had smiled glad to see that no one had resorted to violence. He had wondered what this man was looking for.]]
[center [+brown Can I ask why you are looking for this white swordsman fellow?]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Well can't you tell? I'm a knight!]]]
[center [+brown You are? That's funny my codename is Knight.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Codename? You earned one? Fighters are only given a codename when they win over one hundred fights. Other than that they are listed by numbers mine is Pendragon. Oh, wait I already told you that! Haha, whoopsie!]]]
[center [+brown I haven't won that many fights. Some spars but that's it we were told it was for good old exercise with wooden weapons. A strange way to work out but we had fun.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Your in the early stages and they gave you a code name? You must be a unique case... I wanna spar you myself. I'm curious but you were the first one to be curious yes? Well, my fellow Knight, I'm looking for him for a simple reason. To stop his rampage in this arena he's taken the most lives that's only counting his one on one bouts. Despite being here only a year he's been given over five hundred fights. I'm not sure why the higher-ups drill him more fights than the others but he gladly does so without question.]]]
[center [b Rex had heard Arthur talk as he began to shake and quiver a bit.]]
[center [+orange I-I... I heard his first fight both parties refused to combat. Him and the other until a few days... The others tried to kill m- The white swordsman. He was forced to defend himself. He wasn't given a choice in any fight. I mean you had to kill too right?]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Didn't have... A choice!? We are human and with that, we are always given a choice. To choose between dark and light. Right and wrong was I forced to kill? No, I stayed there and I didn't raise my sword. Nor did my partner we were on the brink of death from starvation. We were dismissed and you know when they take dogs into dog fights? What they do with the dogs that are too small or refuse? "Bait dogs" that is what we were practice for vicious big dogs. I was fed and placed into an arena with a cold-blooded killer. He took pleasure and joy in killing others and talked about how I'd be his next target. All I had discovered about my power was enhanced strength by that point. Hearing him brag about the men and women he slaughtered... A felt a burning sensation in my stomach and that's when I came across this armor. I dealt with him and every "hellhound" since. The White Swordsman is the Cerberus of those hellhounds. With those subjects dead they lost precious people they weren't willing to part with. They gave them challenged to grow their power. Feed the weak to the strong. Eventually pitting those hellhounds to one another to see who'd lead that pack. The White Swordsman? Was just another subject but when he showed promise they threw less experienced subjects his way. For him to refine and practice his technique. Before handling others who had killed for these codenames. He's this places trump card and if I can kill him? I can dispel the grip of fear on these people. I'll know then I'll finally be strong enough to break us all out of this living hell hole. Avenge those who weren't as fortunate to survive. Those who had to die because of his callous and my own inexperience.]]]
[center [b Rex had gritted his teeth gripping his fist. Eric had looked tilting his head unsure of what to say of what to do. Why was Rex so upset? Arthur seemed like a nice guy. Maybe he'd be willing to help this group escape? They could all work together!]]
[center [+brown Well Arthur you seem pretty capable to me. I think you shouldn't be so hard on yourself.]]
[center [h3 "High Horse"]]
[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/WKcBuKG.jpg]]
[center [b Rex had felt Arthur's "righteous" words. He felt them burn deep as they cut into the boy. Rex almost felt a sting in his eyes but the burning in his chest far outmatched that sting in his eyes. He choked back tears as he began to talk. His voice dropping a few octaves as he gripped his fist. His voice quiet but audible as he hid his face into his mop of hair.]]
[center [+orange Choice? Your partner decided he didn't want to kill you. Had he fought you and you ignored him? You'd be dead or be forced to walk the same path the man you hate so much had to. The lives he was forced to take? The weight? That burden? Day in and out the only time he isn't left alone with his thoughts. The only break he ever got was these fights? A man who can't hunt or survive so all he knows is to fight for the supplies? Did he ask to be anyone's favorite? Is this what he wanted?! Is it?]]
[tangerine [size30 [center There's one thing he has that I don't. He's... no, I won't explain myself I can't forgive him. I refuse to forgive him so tell me. Is the white swordsman here or not?]]]
[center [b Arthur asked his mood beginning to wane a bit. As Eric got between the two it seemed the male sincerely forgot what that assassin had said about Rex. Not that Rex was aware the male was that dense or forgetful.]]
[center [+brown I don't think the man you are looking for is here. Everyone here seems pretty nice right Moniku? Slyph? Rex?]]
[center [h3 Situation Turning]]
[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/jl31Bto.png]]
[center [b Alexis had kneeled as her eyes began to glow a light purple. She was using one of her abilities. "Clairvoyance" it helped her see far distances. She was able to the see the fourth member as she began to share the information with her teammate.]]
[center [+purple The fourth member is a woman with bright blue hair. She seems to lack confidence due to her composure despite her facial expression she seems to be a weak link. As for the two males? One seems relaxed as you've noticed. The other male... His composure has changed. What are they two doing? We don't need a fight if we can help it.]]
[center [b Alexis had continued to watch the situation on standby. There was no way she was giving away her position no matter how chummy the conversation started off as. She was better fighting from a range if things were to escalate. Could she really do it? Pull the trigger? Take someone's life? For Arthur and Imp's childlike behavior they... Have killed and yet they were here all rainbows and sunshine. Could Alexis really do it? She envisioned that woman's brains splattered through the air. Hopefully... It wouldn't come to that.]]
[h3 [center Incredulous Knight]]
The blue haired girl has given a small nod at the apology. [#00FFFF “It’s f...”] Whoa, wait, what did he just call her? It made the female’s eyes widen just the slightest bit before her face had grown sour once more. It made her hands ball up into fists just the slightest bit as she began to shake just the slightest bit. Just a simple word, a simple term of endearment made her feel irritation with the male once more.
[#00FFFF “Don’t call me that. Call me sylph. That is my subject name, that is what I’m sticking to.”] She corrected once more. That is the name the girl had given in the first place, and there was no way she would change it now. That much is for certain. Her tone had come out slightly less aggressive. However, far more assertive. The female had a slight scowl on her face no less, sharing the displeasure of the use of being called that.
However, it’s only when loud clanking sounds had been made, did the girl quickly move back behind the giant. She would give a huff, no doubt at Eric claiming he would protect them all. It’s big talk, and she knew it. Elise shook her head just the slightest bit at the male, just what exactly was his angle anyways? There wasn’t anyway he could possibly believe he could...
[h3 [center Atypical Adversaries?]]
[right [pic https://i.imgur.com/gz124AX.jpg]] Upon reaching the pathway, Imp could only have her eyes travel from left to right. Interest coming in her lime green orbs. She had tossed a reassuring smile right back to the male before seeing two figures becoming more visible with each step the two had taken. It made the female slow down upon meeting. And, well, unfortunately, Imp wasn’t all that careful, either.
The girl had taken steps, half circling around the two. She honestly almost made a small battle cry at the single mention of the white swordsman from Arthur! Her eyes were wide with wonder as she looked up at the tall brunet. [#6cc15c “Whaaaat.... No.... I was told he was white with a mop of white hair, not brown, Arthur!”] The female practically claimed, her voice as usual holding its great volume within it.
In all honesty, she sounded like a child as she heard the male, now known as Eric speak. SPEAK! It made the female do an over-exaggerative flourish of taking clumsy steps back and falling, a look of awe on her face.
[#6cc15c “He looks like he’d be in that fable of Jack and the beanstalk!”] The female would say in wonder, her legs quickly pushing herself back up. [#6cc15c “Har, har! I’m Imp, I’d give you my actual name, but... I don’t remember it.”] The tiny girl would say, her balled up fist giving a gentle thunk to the side of her head with her pink tongue sticking out from the corner of her mouth for a moment.
However, the girl soon took note of the shorter one at the small sound he had made.
[#6cc15c “Huh?”] The female had jumped just the slightest bit two times in a consecutive manner upon looking at the other one. [#6cc15c “... Maybe?”] She would say, turning to the side just the slightest bit with a small ‘hm’ flying out of her lips.
[h3 [center Children, please.]]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/atbYDM6.jpg]] Moniku had tilted her head, interest taking over her face at the sounds of the two... rambunctious children? The female tilted her head, hands beginning to shake just the slightest bit. However, the female soon decided to lace these fingers together to rest palms upward against her lower tum.
It was after she had taken two steps out from behind Eric on the opposite side of where Rex had stood did she take the two in. Neither one of them could be older than twenty. Especially with their youthful expressions. It almost made the girl feel bad. [i Almost.]
It didn’t help that she couldn’t peer in on their conversation all that much considering Imp had made a small gasp before pointing at the dark skinned woman. Eyes wide with a faint tinge of pink dusting against her facial expressions. Perhaps it’s because the girl had leaned to where she would only half the upper half of her body being seen? It didn’t help the girl had practically given her away.
[#330b5b “You’re one to speak about stature in height. Perhaps in width, you outmatch him, but in length? ... Hmm...”] The female murmured, voice soft spoken yet holding a tinge of humor in it. It’s only then did the girl completely step out, interest in her face.
There were only two of them, resulting in the female to slide back in a fluid movement after her onyx eyes surveyed the two. That meant the other two would have been lurking about, no doubt. Just as she had expected. Instead, the female had taken steps, more so pacing around, passively sliding between Rex and Arthur. [#330b5b “Tut, tut, you’re both so quick to get caught up in a skirmish. We agreed on trying to converse with them, yes?”] She asked, index fingers gently pushing the blades away from one another.
As a matter of fact, Moniku even turned her back towards the blond, a casual flourish when speaking with her companion. Not for the fact she trusted this new commer. Oh no, in fact, her eyes held an apologetic look. Honestly, if there wasn’t the fact there may have been others looming about like that assassin, Moniku would rather have them already start this and get it over with.
The female soon turned away, head now bowing as one hand went over the other while she gave a small dip of her head.
[#330b5b “Please, forgive my companions, not even ten minutes in our expedition, we have been attacked,”] The female murmured, standing up to her original height once more. Hell, the female even held her hand out. [#330b5b “Imp and Arthur, yes? A pleasure to make your acquaintance. I’m Monogoto Moniku. However, I have the preference of being called Moniku.”] The girl greeted, eyes closing as she gave a slight smile towards the two.
Imp basically shoved her own teammate away, quickly grabbing the girls hand and shaking it to the point of where it made the girls arm look flimy and similar to a rag doll.
[#6cc15c “Hi! Hi, you’re really pretty my name’s Imp! How do you get your hair to look like that? Or your skin! It’s so stressful and I have so much acne but you don’t, blehh.., are you a healer?! Your nails are even nice, soft, and clean!”] Honestly, the girl had been in awe as she now examined the simple soft appendage. She even turned it over to look under the nails to not see a single ounce of dirt underneath them. [#6cc15c “They almost look like claws though...”]
Were Moniku’s nails always that long, in an almond-formed shape? It made Imp gently squeeze at the hand for a moment before releasing it, hands slapping her cheeks in wonder.
[#330b5b “Water and coconut oil, dear. And thank you.”]
[#6cc15c “I must write this down, quickly! Before I forget!!”] The female said, scrambling in place before she stopped, almost as if recalling the entire situation and why her teammate and her were here in the first place.
[#6cc15c “.. They don’t, uh, seem like bad people..”] But she could be wrong, and it’s an unfortunate thing Imp knew. [#6cc15c “But these people do bad things to good people...”] The female murmured, a frown now forming on her face at the thought.
Moniku in the meantime had stretched her fingers out along with rolling her arm just the slightest bit. Jeez, did that girl have a grip! Infact, it’s almost a shame the female hadn’t noticed the intense gaze she had been given from analytical eyes in the background.
[h3 [center Analytical Observation]]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/FvU4dcJ.jpg ]] Adonis could only quirk an eyebrow. After seeing his group run off ahead and reach two... no, three individuals.
The male had his hand come out as he slowed down. He only spared a glance back at Alexis in time to see her have been looking backwards. He did appreciate it, despite him not even voicing it.
[#676767 “Slow down, they have arrived.”] He said, voice low, just in case to not attract any attention of the interaction ahead. It’s almost.. Amazing to see the other group being cordial with his own teammates. The only reason on how he could cue this is due to the loud, child-like Imp and her body movements being done throughout the entire situation.
The male had stood in his place, staring at the group for a moment before his attention had become more on those... people.
His eyes would narrow for just a moment, concentration forming on his face as he seemed to be listening more intently. He wouldn’t have to be told to get down, especially since he knew he had an intimidating stature.
[#676767 “... They’re all there. The white haired boy and girl are in an excitatory state. The tall one appears complacent. Calm. It’s hard to make out the last one. It’s safe to presume they are in a fight or flight response given average human state of mind.”] He would voice to Alexis without batting an eye.
It took him approximately a minute and a half to voice this. Every thirty seconds placing his input for the three visible. Being able to view the blood stream, hear, and watch the heart do its beats per minute had its perks. Especially when he had to look into his own patients. It made it even better when he was able to manipulate the bloodstream during treatment of others.
Even now, he could vaguely recall the amount of fighters and others he was able to help by being able to temporarily clot wounds and keep the heart rate at bay, tourniquets weren’t needed as often because of his innate ability. But, of course, it had a toll on him, usually making himself drowsy and having a desire to rest.
This could obviously have its setbacks, considering if he were to fall asleep in the middle of a medical procedure. Not only this, but he is prone to feeling pain in his own body. More so as if his own circulatory system began to stop its subconscious beating. It’s a shame, due to his manipulation of blood, he isn’t like the usual individual which had it on ‘autopilot’ per se. Having to constantly focus on that is a nuisance.
[center [h3 Diverge]]
[center [b Rex had heard Elise talk to Eric. He almost found himself scoffing. "Almost" not quiet he put his hand to his lips. Why? Was it because Eric was trying so hard? Or because no matter how helpful he was too Elise she blew him off? Was Rex any different? Eric had been nice to him and he didn't trust him either. Not that he made a big deal about being patted but maybe it was different? She was a girl after all being touchy can come off weird in that scenario? Though Eric had patted Rex and her in about the same exact way. It was strange Eric treated Rex delicately just like the girls. He wasn't sure how to feel about that.]]
[center [b Eric had let out a small chuckle as he rubbed the back of his head.]]
[center [+brown I'm sorry hun I won't touch you. I don't wanna spook you.]]
[center [b He let out another grin that was far too wide for the situation they were in. Well, at least Elise was holding onto some type of strength. Moniku was holding up well too with no combat experience this group seemed to hold morale up fairly well.]]
[center [h3 Pushing Forward]]
[center [pic http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/tekitou_matome/imgs/a/1/a13940fb.jpg]]
[center [b "Not on your own" Arthur thought of Adonis's words. Arthur had experience he won plenty of fights. Against those who had won more than he. Though his record wasn't too the White Swordsman himself. Arthur was still sure he could handle the guy. Every opponent he faced before he was never meant to beat. He was meant to be a test dummy for those with more power to crush. Though when he saw the eyes and hearts of the men and women before him? The sadistic grins? That's when he knew he could draw his blade. This was the same case something burned inside the male. He had to put a stop to this man. This would be a chance for Arthur to grow and learn how to use his power. One day he'd bust everyone outta here but right now he'd save as many lives as he could. That was the only thing on his mind as he turned to give Imp a cheerful smile. She was intent on keeping up wasn't she?]]
[center [h3 Reluncant]]
[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/jl31Bto.png]]
[center [b "Can't let him get hurt?" Alexis was shocked this girl had decided to worry about such a reckless man. Alexis wasn't exactly heartless but it just seemed strange. He was dragging her into a fight for ideals that might not even be her own and she wasn't even a little bit upset?]]
[center [b Imp had gone ahead as Alexis followed closely behind Adonis. Checking the flanks as she gave him a nod. He was the only healer so she would watch his back. He was smart enough to not charge in the front lines so she didn't mind watching over the man. Imp and Arthur? Those two were on their own up there but they'd be fine right? Hopefully or it'd be down to just Alexis and Adonis. Alexis really hadn't said much she had simply let Imp go ahead. The girl's mind was set after all what else could the gunslinger say?]]
[center [h3 Compliant Knight]]
[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/UIgpEz2.png]]
[center [b Eric had heard Moniku's strategy he had given a nod. Even Rex was okay with it. Though when Moniku had called him "Rexu" Eric could have sworn he jumped a bit. His face seemed a little red? Was he upset? Well, hopefully, he knew Moniku meant nothing bad from it. He had drawn his sword taking to the front. Rex was very brave and Eric was shocked to see how unafraid the timid boy seemed. Eric had heard Moniku tell Elise that he'll protect her. He offered Moniku a soft smile.]]
[center [+brown I'm not super talented or anything but I won't just protect her. I'll protect all of you.]]
[center [b Despite such a bold claim he offered a humble smile to his comrades. As he took to the front alongside Alvin however not drawing his weapon.]]
[center [+brown In the trees? Could they possibly be as sneaky or as fast as the last gu-]]
[center [b Before Eric could finish a clunky loud armored man had entered the fray. Holding his sword forward as he yelled.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center White Swordsman! I'm here for you!]]]
[center [b Rex had taken a stance ready to fight this newcomer. He had a white-haired companion but other than her? Eric didn't see anyone else. Rex was eager to already fight with this man but Eric had taken a step first.]]
[center [+brown Hello! The names Eric nice to meet you!]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Haha! Tall! Strong looking! A giant! You must be the white swordsman! Wait... the white swordsman has a mop of white hair. Eric? No code names huh? Well, we can ignore those the names, Arthur! I guess if you wanna know the codenames, Pendragon. Cheesy right? Too bad we can't pick our code names.]]]
[center [b Rex had flinched a little bit hearing that code name. Had he heard it before? Eric didn't wonder long as Arthur peaked over Eric's shoulder pointing at Rex.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center A sword and a mop of white hair. You're a little short though!]]]
[center [b Arthur claimed despite both being around the same height as he walked in front of Rex. He looked for a moment trying to figure out if this man here was indeed the white swordsman.]]
[center [+orange I-I err..]]
[tangerine [size30 [center A little timid too for the ultimate fighter. I don't know I mean this is the right direction and it's a bit weird despite having that sword drawn you haven't attacked me yet. Hmm..]]]
[center [b Arthur stared at the white haired male trying to figure out the mystery. "Who was this man?"]]
[h3 [center Pondering Actions]]
Elise would only twitch, her body almost shelling off instantly once being touched. It was almost a primitive reflex as the female gave a sound almost similar to a hiss due to the contact. After that, Elise would grip onto herself, her head shifting to the side as she murmured,
[#00FFFF “Don’t touch me. Please.”] The last word came out almost like an afterthought. Her eyes had formed into a slight glare once more at the male having contact with her. Honestly, it was quick to make her form a scowl, regardless on whether or not she has been scared. With a gentle sigh, the female would turn her head away. Glaring off at nothing at the apology.
[#00FFFF “What are you apologizing for? Don’t. I’ll be fine.”] She stated, the words coming out slightly more hostile than she intended it to be. It made the female wince just the slightest at her own tone. Jeez, Elise. And he just recently was going to protect you from that assassin fellow not too long ago too. With a click of the tongue, Elise turned away for a moment, arms folded as she began to reevaluate herself a bit.
It made the female go silent the rest of the time, her legs carrying her in the direction opposite of where that assassin fellow had run off to.
[h3 [center But... Why...?]]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/FvU4dcJ.jpg]] Perhaps he has been left off worse than he thought.
[#676767 “Yes, if everyone here were experienced, I’d be for it.”] He stated, after making sure the male had finished what he had to say on this topic. [#676767 “I don’t believe so. Not on your own, anyways.”] He commented, arms folding as his arm ‘accessory’ kicked its legs with a chipper grin on her facial features.
Hearing what Alexis has said, about the two weapons going off ahead, it was almost a good idea -- if it weren’t for the fact he and her would have been left out in the open. He would have preferred to have shelter or something before anything as... [b dumb] like that would happen.
Imp continued to kick her legs a bit before the taller male began to set his arms to his side, resulting in Imp sliding down, feet still barely touching the floor. Releasing the pale appendage, the white haired girl felt her usual content grin on her facial features.
[#6cc15c “Ah, it’s okay if I get hurt. Nothing I can’t handle!”] The girl said, eyes closing at the second part of her sentence. [#6cc15c “Probably not! At least we can say we tried, eh?”] Just what the hell is wrong with this girl, anyways? Adonis could only look at the two a bit baffled, not sure whether to be impressed or hold sympathy for the two. Are all weapons like this? He would think otherwise, considering fights. Did they just get “lucky”? It was something in which caused the male to cringe just the slightest bit.
Tuning the two’s cheerful banter out, he decided it best to shake his head just the slightest bit. Why... would someone.... Want... to.... Fight the.... Most threatening... thing.... In.... the area...? It made a slight headache begin to form for the male, as could be apparent by the slight threading of a brow.
And this blond now swinging at trees doesn’t help the situation. How very quaint.
[h3 [center Debby Downer]]
[right [pic https://i.imgur.com/gz124AX.jpg]] After her comment, the jubilant girl gave a little tilt of her head, jumping just the slightest bit where she currently stood. Hearing what Alexis had to say was quite the downer! [#6cc15c “I do mean it! As for you saying we barely know him, we barely know each other!”] Which, is infact, a valid point.
[#6cc15c “He hasn’t done anything to become cross with us, either! See, he’s even making a path for all of us.”] The white haired girl would say, now pointing at where the loud, clanky man had gone off to.
Hearing Alexis say she would rather have Arthur take the brunt of an attack due to his rushing made the girls eyes widen. [#6cc15c “Wow, mean! We can’t just let him go alone... then he’d get hurt....”] She trailed off, a frown forming on her face. Regardless, this is now her team. And as such, she would rather not see one of her teammates get hurt. With that thought in mind, the little girl began to chase after the tin man, [#6cc15c ‘Hey, wait up!’]
Adonis could only shake his head as he shifted a bit. His fingers would run along a scalpel he managed to keep with him throughout the entire process. Even now, he could feel it slice through the latex of the gloves he had been wearing like butter. He wasn’t built for fighting, and he knew that. However, he knew those two who were rushing off ahead were, resulting in him giving a single nod in the direction of Alexis.
[#676767 “I understand.”] Is the only thing the male said, he wouldn’t be as reckless as those two. Hence the reason why he would jog a bit after them. He decided to stay a few feet behind, more so looking back than not. No one was paying attention THERE, hence why he decided to take initiative and check on it himself as the dynamic group progressed.
[h3 [center Calculative Tactician]]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/atbYDM6.jpg]] Moniku had began to hum a little with every step she took, her eyes shifting left to right. Her eyes had landed on Eric and Elise, as they were slightly ahead. It was good, seeing as they would be the ones who come across anything peculiar. However, it appears to have been mostly peaceful, resulting in not either of them voicing a complaint.
Next, her eyes traveled back, watching the white haired male. His actions, his back directed towards the group to watch the back of them reminded her of Noa. It made the woman’s lips curve up just the slightest bit as she shook her head just the slightest bit.
It was only when she had an intake of air did that ruckus begin, resulting in Elise and Moniku to halt in their steps.
[#330b5b “Why must individuals be so excessive...?”] Moniku voiced, her soft and in a soft murmur at the trees falling. The girl’s face had been contorted into a practical, ‘you’re weird for that one.’ look.
[#330b5b “You’re absolutely right,”] Moniku would say after some time. Realistically, the female tapped the side of her cheek in thought. [#330b5b “I think..”] She would trail off, thinking of how to properly word herself.
[#330b5b “No.”] Moniku instantly said at the proposition Eric had made. [#330b5b “I was pondering if that is a diversion. It’s so loud...”] She said, to which Elise shook her head just the slightest bit. [#330b5b “For you to go out on your own would be suicide. I’m staying here with you. Especially if you wish to converse and nothing else.”]
After all, it’s what the girl excelled at. Especially due to one of her little abilities she had since she was younger. It had gone as far for her to learn other things. Body language, how long to look at someone, to whisper in someone’s right ear for a subconscious pull on their emotional strings...
[#330b5b “Again, I’d more so worry on the tree lines or somewhere someone could hide in the meantime.”] The woman concluded, arms folded as she looked downward. Moniku wasn’t one to fight, in fact, that’s where she balanced her husband out, the more she thought about it. It made the female snicker, but not at anyone in particular.
Elise would huff, hearing these two wanting to actually stay. [#00FFFF “You even called out someone could be hiding in the trees like a monkey and you still want to stay?”]
[#330b5b “Not really. However, they’re asking for Rexu. And I’m pretty sure they’d continue to hunt us down. We don’t.. I don’t know how to properly cover tracks. We’d be found, then.
“So, realistically, we would exhaust ourselves trying to evade. Giving them the upper hand, yes?”]
It made Elise almost take a step back at how casually the female spoke. As the woman opened her mouth, Moniku gave a gentle ‘hush’ sound. [#330b5b “Hey, it’ll be fine. Eric will protect you, he did it last time...”] She trailed off, to which it made the hostile woman have her shoulders which were hunched up slowly become slack.
[#00FFFF “F-Fine.”] Elise would murmur, her eyes traveling to the side. It just... sounded dumb to face someone when they just got out of a tangle with a quick assassin. And more so the fact only Rex knows how to fight?
It made Elise shudder once more, knowing others were actively trying to hunt him down. Two in one day, huh? It just made the female just murmur a simple, [#00FFFF “Just.. be careful, and don’t screw up.”]
It didn’t stop Elise from keeping her eyes on anything which looked more out of the ordinary. Really, it’s at least something she could do and point if anything happened to come along.
[center [h3 Working Together]]
[center [b Eric had heard Elise say she hadn't cared. He had given her a soft smile and patted her shoulder as he continued his endeavor to convince Rex that this wasn't safe.]]
[center [b Eric had seen Moniku try and convince the boy. Eric had nodded and smiled wide.]]
[center [+brown Yeah Rex! If you're feeling antsy we can let out our energy out in another way. We just want you to be safe.]]
[center [h3 Run Away?]]
[center [pic https://static.zerochan.net/Logix.Fiscario.full.1691527.jpg]]
[center [b Rex had sighed softly before shuddering a bit. Moniku had whispered into his ear. He felt a chill down his spine and goosebumps all over his body. His face fluttering red as he squeaked ever so slightly. Feeling her hot breath against him it just..]]
[center [b "Wait whoa time out Rex! It was just a bit of advice! Which thinking of which, should he listen? Hiding and hunting supplies? He was terrible at both of those things.]]
[center [+orange I... I... Don't k-k-know how t-t-to...]]
[center [b Help any other way? He'd just be dead weight the longer this game lasted? The more supplies and animals were being taken up. He wasn't good at fending for herself out in nature. Setting up a tent? Finding food? He only knew one way to secure supplies he wasn't proud of that face. He didn't know how to explain to them that this was his best course of action. They were giving him a choice, weren't they? At the same, he felt if he stayed... Elise would hate him even more and that Moniku and Eric would even start judging him.]]
[center [b He had sighed softly as he turned around to follow his comrades. Lagging behind holding onto his arm he gave a soft nod.]]
[center [+brown Oh cool thanks, Rex! Good job guys now we can get out of here as a team!]]
[center [b Eric had put his arm around Rex and Moniku with a large grin. He had looked back to Elise she was behind the man before. Taking his arms off of his teammates he walked over to her with another brimming smile.]]
[center [+brown Oh I'm sorry I didn't mean to wander too far off. I don't want you to get too scared on your own.]]
[center [b The boy smiled as wide as ever as Rex looked a bit blinking. "Uh oh, that's how you get chewed out my friend. She's not gonna enjoy being coddled like that. Why is he trying so hard? Is it cause she's so cute? Then again why is he trying so hard with me? To impress the girls? It's not like he could really care about Rex right? Then what was Moniku's game? Why do I gotta suspect people like that?! I don't hate them I just... I just can't put my faith in people I might not remember much. Yet I have this nagging voice in my head that just says..."]]
[center [b "Don't trust anyone."]]
[center [h3 Moving Forward!]]
[center [pic http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/tekitou_matome/imgs/a/1/a13940fb.jpg]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEvs5-YBenY]]
[center [b Arthur had heard the concerns of his comrade Adonis. He had nodded and shaken his head swinging his massive sword over his shoulder rubbing his hair. A small frown on the males face as he spoke up with a bursting smile.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Adonis I think I understand how you feel. I get it I do it'd be easier to walk away right? I can't ask you to come with me in this fight. It'd be unfair of me too and maybe it's even selfish I leave here now for this. All I can say to maybe convince you is that this man will be a threat to us too. He's known for taking out others and hoarding several supplies. Giving up the chance to be the attackers rather than being ambushed is probably the best bet. I think it'd be smooth sailing if we got rid of such a huge obstacle. Even if that's not the case I can't let someone like him hurt those who are just trying to avoid the battlefield. Besides, are you saying I can't take the guy?!]]]
[center [+purple So here you are trying to convince me and Adonis this the best course of action?]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Heh heh.. Well when you put it that way I guess I am!]]]
[center [b Imp had chirped in cheering Arthur on. Alexis had rolled her eyes as Arthur rubbed under his nose with a light tint of pink on his cheeks.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Heh heh.. Thanks, Imp! Just don't get yourself hurt out there okay? I know you are capable but we gotta be careful with this guy. Also thanks for the compliment I'm not sure if I've really earned that yet though.]]]
[center [+purple So in other words me and Adonis have two options? Hang back and let our two fighters go alone? Leaving us easier to ambush or go along? Arthur if you're the hero than why not worry about us too?]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Heh heh well that's easy I'm going to protect you guys too of course! Besides, maybe I can convince the White Swordsman to stop all this nonsense of killing others. I only want to kill if... I have too. That being said I can't stand by and let him do whatever he wishes. Still, I know one of his weaknesses he can't avoid a fight! Even more good news is I'm sure other teams will be avoiding him so we won't need to worry about other parties around him!]]]
[center [b With that Arthur had charged where Websaru had come from. He wasn't exactly very fast but he wasn't as slow as he should have been either. He was loud noisy and clanky.]]
[center [+purple Imp you shouldn't encourage him. He was just a bit riled up and now you've got him really fired up. You can't really mean all that do you? I mean he's been reliable so far but we barely know the guy.]]
[tangerine [size30 [center Come out and face me, White Swordsman!]]]
[center [b Arthur had drawn his blade as used his power to create metal to harden and thicken the blade. Hacking and slashing tree's along the way to catch his attention. Arthur had felt bad for the nature he was destroying but better the tree's than people.]]
[center [h3 Charging Ahead Just Great]]
[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/jl31Bto.png]]
[center [b Alexis had let out a long sigh as she shook her head looking back to the other two.]]
[center [+purple Well I suppose if we want to remain intact as a team we have one tactic left to us. Hit this group fast and hit them hard. Don't get swept up in Arthur's ideals and don't feel like you owe the guy anything. I won't blame you if you let him take the brunt of this attack. It was his idea after all.]]
[center [b Alexis may have spoken cold words but he gave a tone of reason and understanding. Life was precious and she wanted people to not so carelessly throw it away. If Arthur was willing to throw his life away chasing intangible ideals that was for him. It wasn't fair if Adonis or Imp got hurt for it in the process.]]
[center [b Alexis had begun to sprint ahead she was purposely staying a fair distance from Arthur. She wanted him to charge in first so she could scope up the area maybe like up a long-range shot. Without a rifle, it could be hard but with her prowess and abilities, it couldn't be too rough. Despite wanting to avoid this situation there was a small part of her that was a bit curious to see what the fuss was about. Hopefully, this turned out to be a disappointing wives tale.]]
[center [h3 Meanwhile]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G9CPZ8Zd7k]]
[center [b Rex had turned around to watch his friends flanks. He was careful to keep distance from Elise taking a few meek peeks he looked away. How did it get to the point she avoided him like the plague? He tried his best not to upset people and here he was the first one to upset somebody, wasn't he? He felt such a screw-up.]]
[center [b Though it was then he heard something in the distance. Tree's had begun to fall not every tree one but a few were more than enough to notice. Rex had than heard in the distance someone cry out for his attention. Why was someone... Hunting him? Was he friends with that Assassin? Did he go and get his team? Rex had drawn his blade as he looked ahead looking back to his friends.]]
[center [+orange I-If we r-run.. We c-could get b-blindsided o-on our f-flanks.]]
[center [+brown I don't understand much about these tactics but maybe I can talk to them? Maybe you guys can go ahead and I'll try talking to them? They might feel less threatened if it's just one of us.]]
[center [b Rex's eyes had widened a bit looking at the man. Staying behind and talking to them? He wasn't going to leave Eric by himself. Talking to them was a terrible idea they didn't want to talk they wanted Rex and that meant his friends too. It was survival of the fittest that being said he didn't want to see them exposed to this. Wait.. why did he care? "No all I know is I do care so just don't over think it"]]
[center [b Rex had looked back to Elise and Moniku he wanted to know their thoughts before making a choice. They couldn't have wanted to leave Eric too could they have? Elise seemed like she would she didn't seem to really care about anything. Still, Rex didn't want to count her out maybe she was a good person. He wasn't as open about it as Eric but he was hopeful that she was.]]
[h3 [center Grounding Technique]]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/qbo0Bac.jpg]] Elise found it best to sit there for a moment. Breathe in... then breathe out. She could remember vaguely the training technique she has been taught from her activity teacher before she had been placed in this hell hole. Just the memory of the elder made the female’s shoulders slump just the slightest bit. It’s almost like she could smell the freshest scents of lavender from the multiple groups the two were able to grow. Elise Tuam felt her shoulders shake just the slightest bit, her breathing beginning to slow as she had successfully grounded herself.
He wasn’t here, however. No one who she found as familiar was here for her.
It made a tear slide down one of her prominent cheekbones, the soft shaky sigh being the reminisce of what was left of her slight panic attack.
Her eyes were placed on the three, socializing before her. Mouths were moving, but words never registered in her mind. It was almost like silence as her thoughts raced and danced around thoughts of the three. These ... were her teammates. Not friends.
This is a life or death situation.
And most importantly, Rex.
She didn’t want to be anywhere remotely near the boy, he was able to kill multiple individuals. And he just kept going after being harmed. It made the girl’s stomach do a flip, and not in the pleasant way as that dizzying feeling took over once more.
Swaying to the left, Elise caught herself with leaning to the right. Her face growing pale almost as if she saw a ghost. There were multiple times in those cells where the girl had been pricked into. Where the deepest of flesh wounds were placed onto her, it’s simple. Elise should be dead, that much she had acknowledged.
As the girl opened her mouth, a large pool of saliva had came into her mouth, causing her to swallow thickly. Did she really want this boy -- this murder to still be here? He... scared her, petrified her more so.
[#00FFFF “I...”] The girl said, towards Eric’s question, [#00FFFF “Don’t care.”] He was... insistent on going.
He would have been utterly left alone. Elise cringed at the thought. Why, in fact, it almost reminded her of the thought of...
Elise once again cringed, her body tensing as she went to hide behind Eric once more. The large male made her feel rather safe, to say the very least.
[h3 [center Compelling Devil]]
[pic http://i.imgur.com/atbYDM6.jpg] The ebony haired woman had stared down at the bottle of water she had obtained prior, listening to Eric talk for just a moment. Her onyx orbs soon did shift up once more. The suggestion of moving elsewhere was rather ideal. Moniku slowly dusted herself off once more, now shifting her thick rimmed glasses up on her face. Perhaps she should get these tightened ... if she could, anyways.
The tall woman had been left with her thoughts. And, honestly, this boy, Rex, was a bit ... peculiar. Eric was a sweetheart, she had decided against that a while ago. She tilted her head slightly in the direction of the giant. Resulting in the breaking of eye contact with the white haired male.
[#330b5b “I believe it best to find somewhere to go.”] She had responded, eyes trailing towards the slightly shorter boy one last time before giving a small hum. Moniku turned her attention to Eric, then in the direction of where that assassin character had went off to. [#330b5b “I’d like to go the OTHER way.”] She stated, taking two steps in the direction of where Elise had been.
She looked not fully available at the current time, and hearing how Rex would have liked to stay almost made the girl scoff. Moniku had turned her head, a profile of her face being seen as she gave a small smile.
[#330b5b “It’s ultimately up to him,”] She stated, turning towards the duo and making her steps towards the two once more. [#330b5b “But I would like for him to come along.”]
[#00FFFF “I... Don’t care.”]
[#330b5b “But again, it’s up to you.”] The female once again murmured, other hand going to rest on the trembling boy’s shoulders. A look of interest now catching her at the shaking. Moniku only paused, leaning forward to whisper softly into his ear now,
[#330b5b “We aren’t going to force you.. And I don’t think you’re alright enough to be alone. Not... yet... I won’t stop you when I’m sure you’re fine.”] She leaned back, eyes closing as she gave a soft little smile.
And with that, she had backed up completely, taking her hands back and turning away altogether.
[h3 [center Dynamic duo]]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/FvU4dcJ.jpg]] Perhaps coming from a family with medical history had its setbacks. Adonis Jenalom could only conclude this as his tall stature sauntered behind the rather two social creatures. He was glad everyone was on board with there being no need for any bloodshed. That much was true, he’d nod to himself. However... in some cases, he’d have to agree with that girl by the name of Alexis, but in others...
Hostility would produce hostility, yes? Of course. He was fairly older than everyone here, at the age of twenty-seven. That isn’t necessarily something he would wag around, since he had already been called ‘grandpa’ by one of the weapons already. And unlike most who would make a retort on, ‘oh, twenty-seven isn’t all that old!’, he just gazed at the girl, resulting in a pregnant silence between the two. Her name was... Imp. She didn’t necessarily give her actual name, and she gave a sheepish grin while saying she genuinely forgot it.
Whatever. It wasn’t any of his business, anyways. As long as he had something, anything to address people by, he could care less.
Adonis’s footing came to a halt, his hand reaching out to stop the little girl beside him from stepping any further. The quick movement from Alexis has caused his own reaction, which resulted in a soft gasp from the short, white haired girl.
[#676767 “Don’t be foolish,”] he began, his tone of voice has been rather monotonous. It was difficult to tell how the male felt, as he didn’t give many indications of his emotions. He was usually curt, collected. [#676767 “Leaving you with someone like that will get you hurt. Overall, it would decrease the likelihood of the party’s survival.”] He was straight to the point, there wasn’t any reason to try and make it sound any other way.
[#6cc15c “Jeez, can ya be any meaner ‘bout it?”] Is the first time the petite girl has spoken, her large green orbs seeming to eye the giant who contrasted to her so heavily.
[#676767 “Yes.”] Is the only word which ushered through Adonis before he ran his fingers through the ebony locks of hair he had blocking his view.
That small male, Assassin, was rather quick on his feet. It’s a shame, too, he probably already made his way back to his own group. Honestly, he would have wished Arthur would have allowed Alexis to put a bullet in his kneecaps. Not just anywhere, perhaps if he were able to circulate blood in the area he would have liked her to aim at, then it would have given her an idea of WHERE he would like her to have attempted to aim for.
But that wouldn’t have really gotten far, would it? The short male appeared to have been gone in an instant. Such a shame, indeed.
At the question which Alexis asked, the giant decided to listen in.
[h3 [center Storytelling]]
[pic https://i.imgur.com/gz124AX.jpg] Imp, now opening her mouth, had a happy, eccentric voice.
[#6cc15c “Mhm! Some of them say he’s some monster and has no redeeming qualities. Like, this one time, one of my old bunk-buddies who I haven’t seen again claimed to have a run in with him? Yeah, right... but he did appear to be a bit traumatized though!”] The female, known formerly by ‘Reaper’ spoke. Realizing how casually she was talking about this made her pause for a moment. Speaking about the famous ‘White Swordsman’ was a common topic between weapons while in their cells. How some claimed they were, ‘going to be the ones to end him’, or ‘how they hope to never cross paths with him’.
However, most were the former, just like Arthur here.
[#6cc15c “Cool! Don’t worry, I won’t let you do it alone. I .. don’t like seeing others get hurt. And you’re a good person, too! I can just tell.”] Can she? Or does she know of this, as the wisps of a gold flew out of his being. Her eyes traveled to the other two in her party, seeing a soft purple along with a grayish color. The female soon closed her eyes before she gave a small little giggle. Perhaps it was some sort of reading, but it gave her some input on others.
It doesn’t help it makes her feel a bit .. bad from what she had to do to other fighters who were good people. Even now, it made the female frown just the slightest bit as she soon shook her head. Now is not the time to think of those whose lives she had ended.
With that in mind, the female soon closed her eyes once more and gave a small, soft giggle.
[#6cc15c “Oopsy poopsy, sorry about that. He’s just supposedly a scary guy.”] The little one agreed with Arthur, her face flushing a soft pink out of slight embarrassment. It wasn’t her intention to scare others, as she soon went with scratching the back of her head as well. [#6cc15c “But c’mon! I wanna get this show on the road. We’re moving too sloooowwww.”]
[#676767 “Your blatant carelessness will result in an amputation from a trap.”]
[#6cc15c “Wh- Hey! I just want to walk!”]
Adonis stared at the petite girl sticking her tongue out at him, and the girl, Imp, gave a small laugh as she grabbed onto his arm to dangle freely. Not like Adonis particularly cared, just an agitated sigh before he continued moving along.
[#676767 "This doesn't appear to be walking. Get off."]
[#6cc15c "I thought I should just haaaannnng out! haha, no way!"] Cue another annoyed sigh from the male. It wasn't that much of a deal to him, she was very similar to a child, afterall.
[center [h3 Insisting Knight]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ROhLwSfCY]]
[center [b Eric had put his hand on the back of his head as he rubbed his hair a bit confused. He came over lifting her hand up as he placed the bottle in her hand. Helping grip her fingers around the bottle as he gave another smile.]]
[center [+brown I don't think you guys would do anything terrible like that. If I do get knocked down I'll just get right back up it's better then not trying at all right?]]
[center [b He said as if it was rather simple for him to come to that conclusion like it was as easy as adding one plus one. He ruffled her hair and looked over at Elise as she began to speak up.]]
[center [b Eric had listened to Moniku and Elise talk a bit. He chuckled rather childishly as she talked about cooties. It wasn't long after that before Eric's friend Rex was attacked Elise had taken cover behind him He had taken a step forward raising his arm over her protectively. It came to him without thought by instinct even. As he begun to reach for his blade. Drawing it as he made sure to hold the sharp side away from himself.]]
[center [+brown Are you okay?!]]
[center [b He turned his head asking a bit worried but despite that worry he had decided to give her a reassuring smile. This guy was playing a lot rougher than any spar Eric ever saw. If he wasn't careful he could have seriously hurt Rex they need to be careful what weapons they give us!]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7mgB7utfdw]]
[center [b Websaru's words went over Eric's head. Victories? White Swordsman? Rex had looked at Eric tilting his head a bit in confusion.]]
[center [+orange I-I'm fine..]]
[center [b However it seemed Moniku had other plans as she pushed Elise to take care of him. Could she really? Did she really have that kinda power? Eric had put his hand on Elise's shoulder and a soft smile before letting go.]]
[center [+brown Thank you.]]
[center [h3 Reluctance]]
[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/WKcBuKG.jpg]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRftKDyDjLg]]
[center [b Rex could see that Moniku was intent on getting her to help him. Sylph? Was that her code name? It didn't matter Rex could see she didn't want to help him. He turned his head away as she leaned her unique aura around him. He took a step back biting his lower lip. As his eyes softly watered. No, he could see that look in her eyes she was scared of him and worse if she didn't hate him before? She did now no he couldn't show it bothered him. That'd be so embarrassing to care so much what a stranger thinks about you? Was it cause they were teammates? He doubts they felt that way Moniku was probably just helping cause she felt were forced to be a team. Eric had stepped behind Rex helping how him still as he smiled.]]
[center [+brown Hey she isn't going to hurt you, buddy.]]
[center [+orange I.. S-S-She.. d-d-doesn't h-have... t-t-to h-help if she..]]
[center [b He trailed off as he gripped his hands letting go he didn't want to scare her off from frustration. It was better if he went off and fought alone they'd have a better chance of survival without him stressing them out. He wanted to voice this to say this but he didn't want to seem dramatic or emotional. It was just... the best choice for them. He didn't need to be around people anyway how could he help them? He's never protected anything before not that he hadn't wanted to. Deep down he felt as hopeless and naive as Eric though he was more self-aware of this fact. He wanted to be that hero the guy that they could hide behind and feel safe. Not the one to be afraid of that was never what he wanted. The guy when they see his fearless smile? They could feel safe. It seems he had the opposite effect on them despite having the name the White Swordsman he hardly looked to be full of light. Despite that being what he always strove to be.]]
[center [b As she began to send this sensation through his body. He felt strange... A tingle he began to wonder if things like her mindset affected the power? What if her disdain affected this process? Of course to believe emotion had that kinda power was maybe an effect his childhood had. It was then he realized... Moniku had her hand placed on him how long? How did he not notice? Was his blood pumping too fast? Was Elise making him too uneasy to notice? He flinched a bit looking at Moniku's eyes with a deep look before staring down. What's with that stare?! "She's gonna think I'm hitting on her! Guys only stare at girls eyes like that if they... Yeah, she's cute but come on Rex get a grip! Ugh!" he felt a bit drained. Not in the usual emotionally drained either his wounds closing up he realized it was her power it took an expense of energy. Luckily enhanced stamina was something Rex was blessed with it wasn't too bad.]]
[center [b He started to wonder about his life before trying to remember what were his limitations? As the boy? Not the subject Rex? Was there a time he didn't always have these powers? Yes... there was he was sure of that fact. Yet most people he met were born like this it was strange but again it wasn't what mattered right now.]]
[center [b Moniku then had placed her hand away from the timid boy. He took a deep breath as he looked at her then away. She had offered for Eric to carry him? She was talking about him, right? He shook his head as he begun to walk forward. Eric had then spoke up a bit.]]
[center [+brown Hey maybe we should go find some shelter? Could we hideout? Get some rest?]]
[center [pic https://static.zerochan.net/Logix.Fiscario.full.1691527.jpg]]
[center [b Rex stopped placing his hand on a broken stone beside the tree. Most likely damage in a massive fight that aside he felt his heart still racing. Why? Was it that battle? Was it his past shown in front of people who seemed too delicate to accept him? Was it because Moniku had gone out of her way to help him? Placed a hand on him? That Eric here was trying to support him still? That the "Sylph" probably hated him? Probably all of it though his mind was on possibly the least important detail. Her hand... it felt soft kinda nice he was almost disappointed to lose the call of affection. He felt like a lost puppy thinking so stupid. "You'd accept affection from anybody, would you? Is that why your so eager to believe Mr smiles over here? Or Moniku? They can't stand you Rex and for good reason." he gave a sigh. He knew with that clash there would be more any other bold contenders would come to find the weakened team. Luckily Rex was in good fighting condition but running away wasn't his style. How would he help at camp? Make a fire? Nope, set up a tent they may not have? Nope, gather food perhaps? Nope suck at that too he really wasn't good for much besides swinging his blade around.]]
[center [b Rex trembled unsure what to say and how to say it. "Sorry I'm staying behind to swing around like some mad dog" what could they say to that? Anger? Hatred? Fear? Despise? Judgemental gazes?]]
[center [+orange I-I think... I-It's better if y-y-you go ahead...]]
[center [b He took a deep breath as he tried to find a reason the courage to split off. Lone wolf huh? Funny thing was he hated those character tropes. Not to mention in his MOBA games he hated the lone wolves the junglers who'd grind for EXP and ignore team fights. The types who didn't play around the team? To work together? Damage dealers were the worst offense always trying to be some badass handling the world alone. He was always such a team player but over the internet? Typing to people..? It was easy to shot call it was easy to be a team player he even struggled talking on the mic. He would type in mid-match instead it was easier for him that way. Why did he think of that? Would those experiences somehow help him better to work with others? No, not here not in the real world they didn't really help him learn a damn thing did they? Just a way to waste his time to... Whatever it didn't matter. He shook his head to shake the thoughts off.]]
[center [+orange M-More w-will c-c-c-come... I-I t-think i-it w-will b-be b-b-better if you s-stay here...]]
[center [b There it was gunshots in the distance it was still somewhat far off they could make it out if they left now. Rex had pulled his blade out as he held it over his shoulder looking forward turning his back to his "teammates." It was better than they just used him for the only purpose he was turn around and survive this ordeal. Eric can look after them, right? Rex will thin out the herds for them to survive and if he dies from his wounds? Well... nothing exactly changed in that regard.]]
[center [b He took yet another breath as he looked forward spinning his blade around holding it tightly as he took a guarded stance. He couldn't fool around not here there would be opponents that have won at least over one hundred fights. Earning unique ranks this would be a fight unlike any other and he couldn't slow down but he couldn't lower his guard. He'd live with no regrets and give it everything he got.]]
[center [b It was then that Eric had taken a few steps forward offering a soft tone.]]
[center [+brown Rex we aren't going to just leave you behind right guys? You gotta come with us we can still make it out if we leave now right? I think the people here are taking this thing a little too seriously ya know?]]
[center [b Eric reached out placed a hand on Rex's shoulder as he offered a smile to the trembling shorter male.]]
[center [h3 Meanwhile]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdCCebg8gtE]]
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[center [b Meanwhile in another group a man had taken the front in large shining armor. One of his partners by the name of Alexis had taken a shot at a man passing through at blinding speeds. He had managed to cut the bullet in half at unbelievable speeds.]]
[center [+gold Whoa! Alexis, we don't even know if he's one of the bad guys! Wait... who are you?]]
[center [b The man flipped his daggers looking at the two as Alexis flipped her guns taking aim.]]
[center [+gold Wait for a second that attire that speed... Are you the "Assassin" okay he is definitely one of the bad guys. Remember we only fight those who actively look to take others lives, Alexis, we don't wanna kill anyone trying to avoid this arena. This conflict but he's--]]
[center [+red Collecting data first the White Swordsman now a woman who's eyesight can perceive "sprint." Followed by subject King of Knights "Arthur."]]
[center [+gold Collecting what? Who talks like that? Is it true? Is your brain really like some cold computer?]]
[center [b Arthur had rubbed the back of his neck a bit unsure how to approach this man. He didn't exactly enjoy the idea of going around killing people. He always wanted to be the knight in shining armor and it was hard to that trapped in a death game. He'd find a way outta here once he was strong enough and ready. He refused to battle unless he knew they were cruel and sadistic. Maybe it what earned him his subject name. Before the naive minded male could come up with a plan the man had taken a dash and Alexis two shots as the Assassin made a few quick movements clanking against the lead. One grazing his leg as he continued to dash.]]
[center [+purple Tsk, Arthur I agree with not going around like ruthless murderers but remember what I said? We shoot first and ask questions afterward we can't take a chance. This is my first time on the battlefield so "forgive" me if I have an itchy trigger finger.]]
[center [+gold Heh heh.. don't be so nervous! I'll protect you guys don't worry about it I'll always take the front! Wait... did I hear the White Swordsman...? The man with the highest kill count? A living unnatural disaster?]]
[center [b Arthur had trembled a bit he had only fought around two hundred and fifty battles. Though because he refused to fight he was listed as a weaker bunch. His opponents too were new and timid so he instead was thrown against goliaths that had taken several lives. The weak was used to feed the strong. Though every one he met? Had learned to take a twisted pleasure or maybe they always had it. To take the lives of others if he didn't stop them they would simply feast on the weak supplementing their own skills and honing them.]]
[center [b They got a kick out of him finally fighting when the odds were more against him. He barely survived his first hand full of fights he was outmatched in just about every way besides his stubborn nature. Arthur was a bit scared he couldn't deny that. He was excited too excited to put his skills against a demon in human flesh. One even the assassin had run from he looked to his friends offering a childish smile.]]
[center [+gold Heh heh.. if you guys wanna hide out I understand. This will be my personal battle but I know with the White Swordsman this will become brutal. I've heard he hunts for targets causing these matches to be cut short abruptly devouring weak and strong alike. Without any regard of human life a real monster. "White Swordsman" like he'll cleanse the world ha.]]
[center [b Arthur slapped his cheeks as he begun to stop trembling as he pounded his armored fist together giving a smirk. He was scared and excited all at once this was his chance. If he could defeat this place's greatest darkness he would know he was ready. He would be ready with his friends and whoever else would talk with him to break out of this damn place. To avenge the fallen to grow past this place he'd have to put his metal to the test. He chuckled to himself on the poor pun crossing his thoughts.]]
[center [h3 Reckless]]
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[center [b Alexis had sighed putting a hand on her head she hadn't known this team very long. Though Arthur proved to be quite the idealist she was honestly scared herself. Sure she shot at practice ranges and practiced her many gifts as a secret weapon. However, she never fought a battle when she felt her body begun to shut down there he was with that dorky smiling. She wouldn't exactly say it was because he was her knight in shining armor. No, he's proved to be nothing but impulsive talkative and honestly? A giant hand full but perhaps he served as the distraction she needed. Even if she appeared a bit more harsh or cold-hearted she'd never want to gun down an innocent bystander. Here Arthur said that he refused to ever cut down someone who didn't take pleasure in killing others. The meek and helpless that he'd grow up in the battle and soar straight to his destiny. That he'd never let anything slow him down it made a perfect excuse to not come off soft or weak. It was easy to say she had no choice but to give in right? What scared her was he will only target well... The most dangerous and she wasn't exactly as pure-hearted. She didn't want to die out here nor was she ready to risk her neck for anybody Arthur included even. Yes, she needed him alive his nature increased her chances of survival. It felt cruel to think that way but she'd feel bad about it later right now she'd survive. She couldn't help but running into this "White Swordsman" was a bad idea. She wasn't a fighter like Arthur so titles like that didn't get thrown around she has no idea how dangerous he is. She decided to ask Arthur and the other fighter here in fact.]]
[center [+purple So is this White Swordsman more dangerous than the Assassin? He was.... pretty fucking fast is that guy even faster still?]]
[center [+gold No the Assassin is known for having no par in raw speed with his ability "Sprint." The White Swordsman is fast but he's not that fast but I don't know much about him. Rumors and legends but well.. those might just make you nervous. Some say he's not even human others that he's ten feet tall and moves like the wind. He doesn't even look for crates around these parts he just fights and takes other supplies.]]
[center [+purple What!? How does he survive the constant fights?]]
[center [+gold Barely, yet despite scrapping through he just doesn't again and again. One thing is for sure his fearless attitude has helped afforded him the actions he took. His luck, however, is about to run out I won't let him hurt anyone else.]]
[center [b Ugh so it sounds even worse then she thought but if he's not too fast maybe her bullets can do the trick? It's hard to imagine she can take him but maybe he won't expect her? This is the first arena with healers and secret weapons. In a team environment, scary or not this is a first for him too right? A man like that can't work well in a team? Maybe his teammates might even turn on him? Maybe this matchup doesn't exactly favor his style? She could at least hope for that she was a bit mad that someone so smug could go around taking what he wants. Though she wasn't so prideful to die because it simply annoyed her. She didn't have a choice if she doesn't take this ambush it could go the other way around. He could end up ambushing them when they were worn and tired. Right or wrong this is also simply the best course of action. At least that is what she told herself.]]
At the notion, Moniku almost reached her hand out -- until Eric’s comment made her pull it right back in; the bottle flying towards the albino giving her pause. Perhaps she should have distributed other objects before wanting to be pulled up? That... would have been rather smart, honestly. The look on her face was blatant annoyance, but it wasn’t direct towards anyone since she closed her optics for just a moment in time.
What shocked the bronze skinned woman, however, is the fact he held the bottle out towards her. There was sincere puzzlement across her face, why would he...? It was a concept she failed to comprehend all together. Since when did anyone offer something without expecting anything in return? There had to be a catch, whatever it may have been in the future.
[#330b5b “Uh, no thanks,”] She commented, giving a small wave of her hand at the offered object. [#330b5b “You’ll need it more than me. I don’t usually exert myself.”] She explained, a faint line of irritation appearing on her rather defined cheekbones as she gave a small scratch to them. At the first question, Moniku simply brushed it off. It’s not like girls fight all that easily, Moniku knew this herself. Hence as she turned her head back to address Eric, she gave a small shrug along with a ‘meh’.
[#330b5b “Realistically speaking, I’m sure everyone here would be willing to stab each other in the back first notice, unfortunately,”] She stated, the last word being used more or less as if it has been forgotten to be added on to the sentence. [#330b5b “.... Minus you.”] She finished, her figure turning towards the brunet altogether at the last portion of his sentence. He’s quite the naive little boy indeed. And as such, she knew he would get hurt.
[#330b5b “You’re going to get hurt with that attitude in here.”] She curtly ended, her tone still even. It wasn’t her problem, anyways.
Elise in the meantime gave a simple scoff, her arms folding as she snapped her head to the side. Tch, figures he wouldn’t be a go for smashing things, huh? What’s the point of having such a big sword then, anyways? At the fighting part, Elise finally stomped her foot at the male in her anger. She’s such a small little thing, standing at a stature of 5’2. Honestly, her anger couldn’t be taken all that seriously. Usually being mistaken for a child.
[#13c9c7 “Is it so wrong to check inventory?! God forbid I ask someone to keep things in place so we now what we’re working with.”] She responded rather haughty, a couple strands of her blue hair falling out of its bun. The female slowly took the large bun out of its place, just to retie it back up with a small grunt of annoyance from her figure.
At the question, Moniku gave a scoff, these questions are so very prying. [#330b5b “You’ll get cooties, ew! Barf.”] She finally said, one of her eyes closing, mouth opening as her tongue came out. She soon pointed at her mouth as if it was a look of disgust. [#330b5b “Girl gerrms! Yuck!”] She finally whined, wiggling a bit where she stood. [#330b5b “Who wants a girl’s germs?? No one, that’s who.”] ‘That’ didn’t even come out correctly, it’s almost as if someone could hear the typo in her own speech.
Elise gave a small nod at the question. Perhaps something could have been done in the meantime? It would have been smart to figure out WHERE exactly they were. But with what map did they have to figure out such a thing? What direction were they facing? These questions should have been cleverly thought out. Even now, the female’s short fuse appears to have gone down just the slightest bit at her thoughts.
[#13c9c7 “It’s better than nothing... but where can we...”] The female murmured, her eyes soon widening over why the bronze skinned girl wanted to be picked up and set in a tree so badly. “Oh.” Is the only murmur she gave. Why the hell didn’t she just voice what needed to be done?!
As the female opened her mouth, to possibly chew someone out again, she soon became silent. A look of what appeared to be somewhere between shock and startlement. The two men tousled, causing the female to subconsciously move her figure closer to Eric as she gave stiff, small intakes of air. The sound of metals switching to flesh pounding against flesh terrified her the most, as she soon covered her face with tears pricking at her large light blue oases. And the sound her teammate, Rex, tone of beckoning the other boy forward held nothing but excitement. Nothing but the want, a challenge. It caused the female to shiver just the slightest bit as she gave the slightest gasp. It almost.. Hurt to see two people fighting. Did it ever have to genuinely come to that? Putting hands on one another?
It made the girl get quiet, her eyes watching but never taking in what exactly has been going on.
Four hundred and sixty-seven wins? It couldn’t possibly be anything good. Her eyes were clouded over, anxiety washing up at her. It wasn’t rocket science.
Rex has killed four hundred sixty-seven people.
It made Elise grip onto Eric tighter, her petite form hiding behind the male even more. Could she have been four hundred sixty-eight? Sixty-nine? Would they be added to his list? Trying to distract herself, Elise took a glance around, taking breaths in.
Her eyes landed on Moniku, her hand held up to her chest as one of her legs went forward before back. And there wasn’t a single ounce of fear in the female. In Fact, there was interest.. .and the grin which came across the female’s face was almost enough to make her shudder just the slightest bit.
Four hundred and sixty-seven, that’s quite the impressive number. She knew it, what a catch, what a catch.
Her little party was short lived, the smile she had diminishing as she noted him coming back down and closer to her. At that, the female’s fingers were gentle but firm, giving a tug as her body went down to the ground.
[#330b5b “Stop moving so much, you’re going to make it worse.”] She murmured, her voice has been gentle as Eric’s voice rang in her ears as panic. The female would gently trace her fingers against the wounds. He was reckless, she could tell this now. Skilled, but reckless.
Elise could only watch the female, how could she even be touching him right now?!
[#330b5b “Sylph.”] The female stated, her eyes unmoving. The cloth is going to be ruined, she finalized, her eyes leaving his figure to move around. [#330b5b “May you heal his wounds? You said you could do this, yes?”] She asked, the female giving a small nod.
The blue cotton candy haired girl slowly detached herself from Eric, her attitude once again rather meek as she looked slightly unsure. Should she be doing this? Aiding this... psychopath with healing this other one? It made the girl slightly squeamish, a look of uncertainty coming upon her.
[#330b5b “Sylph.”] The visual cue was enough to make the girl slowly get to work, it was a lesser of two evils for her. Did she hate seeing someone in pain? Yes, did she hate people who caused pain? Also, yes.
Hence the reason why the female’s shaky hands stayed slightly above the male, hovering as a light blue aura formed around the girl’s palms. The aura was almost wavy, like a fire which ate away at nothing before it found its directed target.
Suddenly going straight, those blue lines trailed their form across the males body. A soft glow illuminating the trail as a tingling sensation began to move, sewing wounds together along with halting any sort of harm which has happened to the albino. However, due to the hyperstate she has been in, her trembling hand, it caused it to be slightly more... intense. That’s the only problem with the girl, she couldn’t keep her composure, resulting in making those tired by accelerating the restoration process too quickly.
Not to say it doesn’t take a bit out of her too. After it has been done, each line has soon retracted, the light blue fading from him. It didn’t stop the female from shaking, her bottom lip being sucked in as she rather aggressively chewed on it in a coping method.
Moniku would turn her attention back and forth between all three of them, her eyes soon trailing around again.
[#330b5b “Can you stand? If not, then Eric would be able to carry you -- for a bit.”] She murmured, her feather like touch leaving the boys frame altogether. She slowly stood up, the black and white leggings she had on having slight smudges of dirt and grass due to her knees digging into the ground. Ah, well.
Elise in the meantime slowly began to control her breathing, her body still trembling as her steps were clumsily placed. The female stumbled, her arm thankfully hitting against a trunk. The small girl didn’t take the support for granted. Elise soon slid down, burying her face in her knees in an attempt to ground herself.
[center [h3 Higher?]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLWqxqMYlXE]]
[center [b Rex had looked at her and tilted his head a second before giving a nod. He wasn't sure if she wanted her to take her or not. Tarzan? He blushed embarrassed looking away as he hopped on a branch offering out a hand. She didn't specify who he'd be taking so he just put a hand out to the group in general as they bickered over water and other items. A scope? Rex didn't really care he'd find food alone if he had too and if he didn't? He's gone without eating before or drinking. If Elise wanted a bottled water it didn't matter Eric had reached in to grab a bottle of water. Makes sense he'd get thirsty right? Eric had looked to Elise she had teased him about grabbing things being not his strong suit he gave a nod and a smile.]]
[center [+brown Haha you're right it really isn't, hey Rex! Catch!]]
[center [b Eric yelled as he threw a bottle at Rex he reacted instinctively catching the bottle and placing it in his vest. Was he crazy? Would he try and take Moniku? No here he was holding out the bottle to her as well with a bright smile. He's gotta be crazy no doubt what's in it for him? Then again can Rex judge? He was willing to hand his water over was it over not wanting to fight? Sure that made a fine excuse but deep down... He wanted to be a hero he knew that. He wanted to look after the others first and here Eric was trying to look after Rex. With that he looked back over at Elise with another smile.]]
[center [+brown Hey I'm not sure if smashing is something I'm good at... Although I don't think you and Moniku should fight we are friends right? A team at least right? Because of that no matter what we decide to leave or stay I'll protect you guys no matter what.]]
[center [b That dorky speech that cheesy smile how could he make such a stupid promise? Really? Sure Rex sorta admired it but with Eric's combat experience... His naive nature did he really know what was going on? If he found out would he stand by that promise? Mr "My swords too sharp" no Rex wouldn't fault him for being kind or innocent. If anything Rex found it... warm and refreshing maybe a bit suspicious, however.]]
[center [b Eric than looked to Moniku to ask.]]
[center [+brown Why is that? What's wrong with staying too close? I'm not sure I get it...]]
[center [b He scratched his head a bit confused as Rex blinked looking at him then away. Rex never got along with people well but this team? Seemed so... built for disaster personality wise. Rex had wondered how they'd fare in a fight. His guess? He was sure the other three wouldn't help much in a fight. Not that he really wanted them too... he'd refuse to let someone fight his battles sure they shared those battles but at the same time. Someone fighting by his side? Risking anything for him? Rex wasn't afraid of dying but he was afraid of watching someone else he was supposed to protect die right in front of him. In fact, that very thought haunted him...]]
[center [h3 Planning Knight]]
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[center [b Eric had crossed his arms nodding as they talked about forming a plan.]]
[center [+brown They may be watching us but we can still play Jail Break better then they can right?]]
[center [b He gave a sophomoric smile tilting his head flashing his teeth this time with a childish chuckle.]]
[center [+brown Hey Moniku need help up the first branch? I can't help much further then that but I'd be willing to if you wanted?]]
[center [b Eric said as he offered his hands out to pick her up to the first branch.]]
[center [h3 Meanwhile]]
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[center [b Websaru a young petite man was found dashing through the forest. "God Speed" wielding his daggers he was scouting ahead in which was agreed by his team to see what could be found. If he could find any easy eliminations he would take it with his set of skills it'd be possible to maybe find a few easy prey. In fact, he's already stricken one down and escaped so maybe he could find a second.]]
[center [b The man kept his footsteps silent that was another power he had to mute any sound he made. Around him was a small barrier though it was invisible to the naked eye and it didn't exactly protect him it kept sound from escaping said barrier. The still hearted assassin launching himself at sixty miles ahead has never found a match in speed as he dashed through locating an easily detectable target. One that took root in a vulnerable position. As Websaru dashed through spotting the mop of white hair he jumped up into the tree pulling his daggers and slashing through. Turning back around on the branch to throw a finishing blow he saw instead a flash of steel as he backed up in a blinding speed his eyes raised a bit shocked. The man was bleeding a shallow cut on his shoulder but the first strike did he? Block it? Without sound? Did he detect him? No... this man was fast with a keen eye but he wasn't faster then Websaru was it simply? Websaru analyzed the man it was his swordsmanship. It made up for the difference in speed between the two. Websaru saw the others on the ground this man had a hand out to them perhaps they are not as agile? It seemed like the perfect chance.]]
[center [h3 Assassin?]]
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[center [b As Rex offered a hand to his comrades he saw in the corner of his eye a few leaves rush by. The air rushing and a flash of movement though the sound managed to be completely silent. Though that would help conceal one's movements if they were too fast and jumpy it would feel even more out of place. At least to someone like Rex who was rather jumpy and aware himself. Drawing his blade in step he took a step back realizing on instinct this man was inhumanly fast. Using the step and crouch he used his broad one-handed longsword to block the shortsword. Turning around he felt a liquid drip from his shoulder it was rather shallow however the tip of his second blade must have scrapped him. Rex dashed in without hesitation swinging at the man he had backed up in an inhuman fashion. Almost like when a snake is completely still before having a sudden jolt when launching his jaws faster even.]]
[center [b The man observed Rex's comrades closely before looking forward.]]
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[center [b Rex could tell the man found his comrades lacking the agility to reach him. Rex could easily reach his comrades and this man would leave. Maybe in the air, he could manage one slash before hopping back with his superior speed. That was it... Rex had only ever faced two fighters with speed greater than his own. This man? Trumped even those before. It'd be annoying if he managed to get away Rex gripped his blade looking down at his allies. He knew his friends... Rather teammates would judge him if he showed this side. He had no choice though this? Was the only way he knew how to fight to be of use. A tool a sword that was all he knew to be. As the guilt began to wash over he felt only one thing as he began to tremble. Websaru taking this chance of trembling to dash right in.]]
[center [b Rex had moved in to seemed to clash with him however he jumped to the left. Grabbing a branch kicking at Websaru as he slashed at Rex's leg. Rex's indirect fighting style set Websaru to pull his daggers back waiting for another attack. Rex, however, kept the kick going despite knowing had Websaru kept the attack up his leg would be gone kicking him knocking his clock out for a bit. Rex didn't seem he packed a punch causing him to lose balance.]]
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[center [b Rex found himself smirking as he came in to slash at him letting out a loud rawr. As Websaru took his second blade blocking the strike sending him backward as he backflipped stumbling back on balance as Rex kept running forward the two exchanging slashes despite Websaru throwing twice as many it was apparent Rex was more experienced avoiding slashes as he anticipated every opening his strikes would leave. As he dashed again leaving another opening Websaru slashing down Rex raised his hand he was willing to sacrifice a leg why not a hand? Websaru not falling for that trick again made his slash. As Rex quickly flicked his wrist showing the black metal contraption on his wrist. Though he didn't use it often. Rex had shown a sinister smirk as the end of the blade cut at his arm still. As Rex bit down at the end of the blade with a vice grip. As Websaru flinched a bit in fear slashing with his other blade Rex grabbed at the man's wrist already closing this distance. Rex had dropped his own blade to make this grab. Take his foot behind Websaru's leg he pushed forward slamming his head into Websaru with such unyielding force of self-harm that the two began to bleed badly. As Rex took the man's pain for an opening he spun slamming his metal contraption into his neck. Punching with a right hook a quick left jab a powerful uppercut from the right. As Websaru stumbled and stumbled he backed up and despite the stoic face made a desperate move. Dashing forward at full speed at out of nowhere despite being too dizzy to see a damn thing blades forward. Rex saw the man hoping to rely on superior speed to overrun Rex it was hard to keep up not hearing his blades or footsteps. Sound was important in a battle and this man was a dangerous foe he could easily kill Rex if he wasn't careful. That one feeling... washing over guilt it wasn't fear it was excitement.]]
[center [+orange Come on!]]
[center [b Websaru charged through as Rex ducked low slamming his shoulder into the man's sternum. As he gripped his pain slashing his sword into Rex's shoulder kicking off his back giving another slash to his back however shallow. As the man began to cough blood bleeding internally. Rex could tell he lacked enhanced endurance and would be in trouble without treatment. The man gave Rex as to size him up as he made a comment almost like a stoic killing machine.]]
[center [+red Target... Rex codename in unit fighters as "The White Swordsman" winning... Last checked four hundred sixty-seven matches.]]
[center [b How the hell did he know that? Fighters that made a name for themselves usually earned a name after winning one hundred battles. Rex... wanted to hide this from the others that were a lot of lives he was forced... No, he couldn't focus on that.]]
[center [+orange W-Who are you..?]]
[center [+red Target appears timid in nature despite effectiveness in bloodshed. I am Websaru codename "Assassin."]]
[center [b Websaru had felt his eyes lighten up a bit almost as if he was questioning why he even offered an introduction. Why? Sure Rex asked but he didn't expect an answer why give a name? Before he could get anything else he had then taken off. As Rex hopped down to the ground back to his comrades. He was still ready to take Moniku up he just took a moment to stretch his shoulder as he winced in pain. It hurt, it hurt badly but Rex knew the wounds would only pile on. That's why he needed to end these as fast as possible so he could head back and receive medical treatment. Rex looked back down to his hand trembling he did it again. He found himself giving over to adrenaline to that rush to that feeling of control. He found himself using it to escape from...]]
[center [b He winced again holding his shoulder that man was unlike anything he ever fought before. Why was that? Was it because in grooming the greatest soldiers they offered them... Weaker prey? Simply to feed the weak to the strong? To sharpen and hone their skills? He would face those with only fifteen wins and twenty before. Even in the forest taking on those who worked together with relative ease. They valued the strongest... What was this? Were they taking those with codenames against one another? Then why Eric? A novice? Hmm they were finally ready to see the cream of the crop it seemed.]]
[center [b Rex had looked down at the supplies then back to his friends. It was obvious they would try and find supplies and avoid combat. It was a smart move, to be honest.]]
[center [b However... Rex had never "fought" this way before he had never fought smart or carefully. He never even learned to survive in these forests.
[center [b He'd take the supplies of his fallen foes. He wasn't much of an outdoorsman survival type. He couldn't cook or set up a tent or anything of that sort. He'd eat cold food or bread and water. Sleeping on the floor he'd make his goal to make the battle short. He'd even had a few rounds end in a single twenty-four hours because of him. He fought so offensively and relentless those up top were pleased. This didn't exactly make Rex happy. True he enjoyed fighting but he didn't like going around chopping people up either. It was the only way he knew how to fight. He didn't have survival or hunting skills. He wasn't smart enough to find crates around the forest. He found very few and always by mistake.]]
[center [b Those up top called him a soldier more often than not. Rex would pretend not to notice but he did. From their point of view, he probably looked like he was already brainwashed. True the way he fought was risky and if he continues it. One day he will meet his match and die. Be it from a fine tactic a few good fighters or simply a man better than he. Or he could be caught off tired or snuck up on in his sleep. Or even awake if the foe was stealthy enough. The thing was Rex didn't really care if he had lost.]]
[center [b He'd much rather die in a fight over starvation or some disease. That's why he slept so little dying in his sleep terrified him. He wanted to die on the battlefield. That way he could convince himself he died a warrior. Even if he wasn't exactly fighting for a noble cause. Course what would he convince? A corpse? He'd be dead so it was strange it mattered to him how he went. Was this how Vikings felt? Knights felt? Rex had heard that with the new weapons being developed on the outside. With the war that things sure have changed. The title of a knight was even made available politics took a vast change. Suppose that happens when several superpowers merge and others end. The Earth was scarred so it was time to adapt. Though maybe we were reverting in a way.]]
[center [+brown Rex are you okay?! Guys, can you heal him? He isn't looking too good, hey buddy take a seat okay?]]
Elise was the first to stumble out of the small little preparation room, a look familiar to awe forming on her face at the first ray of sun hitting her milky white skin. How long has it been since she has been out? The female could only close her eyes for a bit, enjoying the light hitting her frame while the air gently brushed up against her form. She would open her eyes, the feeling of tranquility quickly brought to an end by Eric’s voice.
A small ‘tch’ came from the blue haired girl, her arms folding across her chest as she tilted her head away from the naive boy. And just when she was about to start calming down too.
[#13c9c7 “Wh... whatever.”] She grumbled, her eyes opening up at the question that followed suit.
Moniku on the other hand held a smile on her face, she didn’t expect Rex to honestly agree. And by that, she did give a closed eye smile. Something she is prone to doing even now in such a state. Her orbs soon slid open, now flicking towards Eric at his question. What should they do?
[#330b5b “Well,”] She said, tapping her lower jaw just the slightest bit. [#330b5b “I’d personally say scout the area and see for any sort of water supply. I’d also suggest getting to know our environment, possibly a small cubby hole for now. It’d be preferable if...”] She was trailing off, murmuring things to herself incoherently.
Elise could only huff just the slightest bit, [#13c9c7 “Or find a way out.”]
[#330b5b “Yeah, uh, you do know they’re always watching... o.... Scary--”] She soon got cut off, her eyes sliding shut as a small chuckle flew out of her lips over Eric’s failed attempt at climbing the tree.
Elise on the other hand, started to chortle at the events. Her laughter bubbling with mirth as she closed her eyes at the poor clumsy knight.
[#13c9c7 “Wow, maybe getting things isn’t your strong suit,”] She teased, quickly calming down from the events as a giggle was the last sound heard from her. [#13c9c7 “Just smashing things would be good enough for you, yeah?”]
The female soon glanced up, looking at the bag before a dash of white soon made its way up the tree as if it weren’t much effort in the first place. He almost reminded her of an old movie she watched before coming to this place.
Moniku’s hands did fly out, catching the parcel of items with a small intake of air. She wasn’t sure what was in here exactly. She did glance up towards the albino, now mouthing a small ‘thank you’ before crouching down and beginning to unravel the bag.
[#330b5b “Yeah, yeah.. But it’d be ill advised to be so close,”] She absently stated, looking at the contents of the bag holding mostly rations. [#330b5b “You’ll end up being...”] It would be enough to serve throughout two days, if used appropriately, she noted. Causing the female to smile just the slightest bit. Her favorite item out of the whole bunch however was a small scope, used mostly on any sort of sniper rifle.
She knew exactly what to do with this, hence why she immediately grabbed at it with swift dexterity.
Elise on the other hand looked rather content, guess they weren’t going to starve after all. And the bottles of water would have been enough to make her almost tear up in joy. God, does she love water. The only peculiar thing she saw out of the whole thing was the small scope, causing the female to quirk her brow just the slightest bit.
[#13c9c7 “Why the hell is that thing in there? Hey, wait! You can’t just go grabbing at everything you want!”] Elise practically snapped, causing her to being ignored altogether.
[#330b5b “Yo, Tarzan, do you think you can climb up that tree again? Even higher this time?.. With someone?”] She asked, the agitated Elise snapping heavily over how she is being disregarded.
[#13c9c7 “[b Don’t] you ignore me when I’m talking to you, hey! What the hell?!”] She’d begin, her foot beginning to stamp on the floor. The nerve of the girl! [#13c9c7 “You can’t just waltz around taking things and expect people to not get snappy.”]
[#330b5b “You’ll barely even get a skip outta me.”] She absently stated, now bouncing on the soles of her heels. They weren’t high or anything like that, allowing her to run along if needed. And the fact they were chunky assisted in maintaining her balance, too.
Elise only gave a scoff, now folding her arms as she looked at the food, water, then group. There were mainly dried fruits and nuts. Oh, and three bottles of water. Three doesn’t equal four... meaning...
[i [#13c9c7 ‘Oh hell no.’]] is the only thing Elise thought before grabbing a bottle, now folding her arms over her chest yet again. There was no way she would share such a thing with either of them. Especially ... Elise gave a shudder, she honestly didn’t know who was worse: Eric or Rex.
[center [h3 Such Power]]
[center [b Rex had stumbled a bit as Eric had slammed the ground. He quickly caught himself looking to Eric out of all the opponents Rex fought he never met someone with such... Brute strength. How could one man... be so strong? Rex had shaken his hands clenched looking toward Eric. He felt this urge... this urge to... Prove himself. It wasn't as if he wanted to exactly kill Eric that wasn't the case. What was this then? He felt that kinda power screamed... A challenge and it put a fire in Rex's chest. It made him wonder the most basic and primal of all things. "Who was the greater?" Rex wanted to know if he could fight something so powerful and survive. Rex had stared at Eric as he looked back and gave a smile. Rex again turning his head away.]]
[center [b Elise looked again pissed off a bit scared but pissed off nonetheless. "Great now she thinks I'm a nutjob who will kill her at the smallest comment. I'm just... a little stressed out okay? Aren't we all? Look I'm sorry..." he sighed ignoring her little angry reactions. Or at least trying to ignore them but it was obvious he spooked her a bit and she was responding in anger.]]
[center [b He didn't want to scare a sweet cute little girl. "Sweet ha yeah right maybe that slipped out simply because of how sweet she looks right? That isn't fair though right..? Maybe she's just stressed out too?" it didn't matter what she was like Rex had given up on making friends. Outburst like that reminded him why he wasn't able to talk to others.]]
[center [b As the others equipped themselves and grew ready Moniku had told Eric again he didn't want to know. It wasn't his business she seemed kinda scary. Not her power that didn't scare Rex it was her attitude but Eric still just smiled. Even when he suggested they get a weapon Elise gave him this tough act and he just continued smiling. Was he mad at Rex? For threatening the cute girl? "Let me guess he wants to be the knight in shining armor and protect the girls from the crazy guy huh?" Rex sighed. "Subject Knight" it beat Rex's subject name. "Rex" a "Mighty King" like kings actually do anything. Rex had fought the urge to sigh again. If he was sighing left and right they would think he was annoyed with them he wasn't really. It just sucked Eric got to be the good guy and Rex looked like some crazy psychopath.]]
[center [b Moniku had looked at Rex asking if they could talk later as the doors began to open. He looked at her blinking, did she... Really want to talk to him? Was she mad? That he threatened Elise? A poor girl? Did she see through the ruse to show off his skills? He had looked at her and away as she touched him flinching away she quickly apologize as he shook his head looking away.]]
[center [+orange N-No..! It's fine... I... I-It's okay and.. We can um...]]
[center [b He simply nodded to her question about talking later. Oh, cause you can't just say yes Rex!? He thought to himself how he felt he made things harder then they needed to be. What would the main character do? In an anime? He'd probably smile and tell her "Sure whatever you need" it wasn't many words so why couldn't he say it? Because nice guys like that? Looked so fake they seemed like they had some other motive and he couldn't handle being accused. To be called fake? Manipulative? He could barely handle attitude he'd... He hated it but he cared what others thought of him. Well, now it was time for him to focus on what was ahead of him. What would be first? Finding supplies in a tree? Or perhaps scouting ahead? If Rex were alone he'd... As reckless as he knew it was. As irresponsible as he knew it was and maybe even cruel... He'd hunt down other subjects. He wasn't good at hunting or finding scattered supplies he knew the center of the forest had the most supplies and so. He'd head there fighting for his meals rather than trying to outlast the others. If he tried that? He'd eat something poisonous or starve hunting or fishing camping? That wasn't his thing. The longer it lasted the more likely he'd be killed in his sleep. Or would run out of food so he'd take what he could from the middle when these bouts had only fighters and they didn't have "units"]]
[center [b Sure some worked together a set number could survive together so working with a few others was okay. He lacked the social skills for that too... He'd spare the weaker or those who avoided him the meek or... A pretty face. He'd face those who boasted those who went after the big supplies as he had. He felt bad for fighting in such a cruel and direct way so many avoided fighting to think of a smarter plan or to preserve their humanity. Here he was... fighting the itch to take off and fight the way he knew best how to. Sure it'd eventually get him killed one day but he didn't care and why should he?]]
[center [h3 Talkative Knight]]
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[center [b As they left Elise had grabbed a weapon barking if Eric was happy. Though Eric hadn't really seen it as barking as he nodded smiling.]]
[center [+brown I am happy thank you I'm sorry for knocking you guys down earlier. So what's the plan? Maybe get something to eat? What do you think Moniku any ideas?]]
[center [b He smiled as they wandered aimlessly Eric standing closely to Elise and the others. He was ready to protect them if any wild beast came from the forest and had attacked them. He had then seen something stuck in a tree as he pointed up it was a small pack as he pointed smiling.]]
[center [+brown Hey guys look that seems perfect!]]
[center [b Eric had taken his armor and sword off as he went to go climb the tree. He had jumped climbing for a few moments before falling flat on the earth on his behind. As he tried a few more times falling again and again on his rear.]]
[center [+brown Ouch... maybe climbing tree's isn't my strong suit.. Don't worry guys I got it--]]
[center [b It was then that Rex keeping his leather and bulletproof armor on with his blade as well. Had leaped and jumped from branch to branch. Climbing one as he pulled himself up with one arm flipping to the next one. As he grabbed the bag throwing it back down to Moniku as he jumped off the top of the tree.]]
[center [+brown Oh wait I'll catch yo--]]
[center [b And like that Rex had stuck the landing as Eric looked his way rubbing the back of his head with a laugh.]]
[center [+brown Haha and he sticks the landing huh? Well nice job Rex!]]
[center [+orange I-I umm..]]
[center [b Eric had than wrapped his arm around the shorter male giving a large goofy grin.]]
[center [+brown We'll Moniku you do have us both to protect you! Though I can't guarantee I'll always stay out of that bubble we might have to stand close to make sure no wild animals get the jump on us! Still, Rex that was awesome nice work, buddy!]]
[center [b Eric had ruffled Rex's hair as he blinked looking back at Eric and back at the ground as Eric put his hands on his hips with a wide and happy smile.]]
[center [+brown So what's the score Moniku what do we got?]]
[center [b Eric asked sliding over like an excited child on Christmas morning.]]
Hearing him apologize was enough, to be honest. The glare she had on her face, that scowl appeared to almost be smeared off instantly as she closed her eyes. He’s just a kid, Elise would have to remind herself as she tapped a nail on her arm ever so softly. It appeared to be in slight annoyance, but it quickly has subsided as her ice blue orbs trained back onto the boy.
[#13c9c7 “It’s fine.”] And that was the end of that.
Moniku stared quietly fo a moment, watching this all play out. He’s such an emotional thing. Why would someone like him have been placed in here? His body language practically screamed how he was feeling. The way his eyes watered up, his voice trembling just the slightest bit even a bit quieter... it made a pang hit in her chest just the slightest bit. Why, he almost reminded her of...
The female snapped her head away from him, she’ll talk to him shortly after this when she’s sure they could potentially be alone? The female closed her eyes, shifting the thick rimmed glasses upon her face as a soft sigh came from her.
[#330b5b “You dont wanna kn... Ugh,”] The female breathed out her frustration with a grunt from the question. [#330b5b “Just, just stay out of my personal space bubble. That’s all I’ll say over it.”] It was apparent her face became dusted with a slight shade of pink. She didn’t particularly KNOW these people. And her telling them anything too informational was something she’d rather not do. Sure, there’s the fact it’s slightly embarrassing. But it’s more so she just.. Doesn’t trust them.
Elise quirked a brow at the girl, so it’d have to be something close range, then? Not any sort of spell or anything being cast? Her eyes narrowed, thought etched into her face as a feeling similar to a blade slicing against one of her cheeks. The first instinctual thing was for her frame to tense up, her eyes widening with a look of alarm on her face. She felt her red, warm liquid slide down her face as she stared at the boy for just a moment owlishly. It’s almost as if her stare was similar if she saw him with two heads.
Just what the fuck is wrong with this boy? Her lips began to pull back, anger beginning to return as she opened her mouth -
Just for him to begin ... playing? That’s an understatement as the boy began to slide around the room as if he were in a dance with only his blade as his partner. Her cheek did begin to patch up on its own, as it began to knit itself together with any sort of pour of her blood ceasing altogether.
Instead of saying anything, Elise would ground her teeth together, eyes shut tight firmly as she held back any sort of snapping at him. He looked .. frail. Even she could have seen that, even when he was staring at her like he wanted nothing more than to see her to cease breathing...
That exact gaze is what greeted her with her eyes closed. The females milky fists continued to shake, her nails no doubt going to form creases in the flesh. The look she saw before he turned his head away was such a contrast. And for that reason alone, she would allow a shaky breath of air to leave her form as she wiped her cheek with a growl coming out of her.
[#330b5b “Impressive.”] Moniku would simply state. The smile she gave forming a slight crater into one of her cheeks to show a dimple for once. How interesting, she would muse to herself as she locked that information into the back of her mind. The soft giggle shown how much she approved as she turned her attention over to the brunet once he spoke.
The easily irritable girl snapped her eyes to the boy, the scowl on her face forming nothing but suspicions.At the slam, Elise would flail, panic forming on her face as she seemed to flop around like a fish. She decided to quickly fall on the floor, covering her face for any sort of debris that may or may not fly around the room by the small fissure created by the boy.
Moniku, on the other hand, gave a very, [i very] feminine, [#330b5b ‘eek’] while taking approximately two steps to keep her balance intact. Her hands did fling up to her mouth, trying to hide any sort of giggles she had from the display. It was VERY interesting, and the fact he was, indeed, a little titan, made her continuously giggle just the slightest bit.
Sure would suck to be on that side of the sword, wouldn’t it?
At the question Eric asked, the female gave a shake of her head.
[#330b5b “Nah, my stun baton isn’t in there... I have you two to protect me, anyways. I’ll... grab something smaller outside?”] She asked, tapping her chin as she glanced towards the weapon pile once more. Maybe there was a small dagger of the sort in there in the meantime? Not that she’d particularly know how to use one it’s just...
Elise had huffed, glancing over the items once more. It was more so to protect herself from that other boy now. Even now, she didn’t have much faith over herself if such a thing were to happen. Eric did begin to slide in last time, she recalled. But you can still never be too careful... Unlike Moniku, Elise didn’t have faith in BOTH of the boys in here.
[#13c9c7 “Just... hold on.”] She would grumble, her voice coming back with frustration. Eric was right, afterall. And that’s something she wouldn’t vocally say as she went rummaging through that pile once more. What could she possibly grab, she wondered.
As she moved a few items out of the way, she gave a huff while a few weapons tore into her skin just the slightest bit. But she didn’t really seem to mind as she tossed them out of her way After a moment, Elise came up with a shiv.
[#13c9c7 “Happy now?”] She’d bark at him, taking a couple of steps towards the opening door.
Moniku, in the meantime found this more than a perfect opportunity to slide herself over towards the white haired boy yet again.
[#330b5b “... May I speak with you later?”] She’d murmur softly, she knew it was a bit peculiar coming from a stranger. But he didn’t look as... happy. She didn’t mean to touch him, but when she did, her hand flinched back. Eric has been denied for giving him any sort of comfort, so why would he...?
[#330b5b “.. ‘m sorry.”] She would murmur yet again, the royal purple colored nails falling to their side as she soon took fast, quick steps after Elise. It would have been good to see the general environment of this area, after all.
[center [h3 "Eyes"]]
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[center [b Rex had taken a seat waiting for the others to decide on what to do. He didn't really know them but he didn't want to see them die it was his charge to help them right? It wasn't duty he felt the urge to help others. He wondered why to himself but with that thought, a few things rang into his head. A few memories of his school life always getting involved in others affairs. Perhaps it was because the boy had wanted to be like the heroes he'd watch growing up. The acts his small eyes would observe as his face would burst into a huge grin.]]
[center [b Rex couldn't help but remember the crazy amounts of Anime he'd used to watch. It was a form of Media that was somehow retained from "the old world" it was rather nish even back then. For some reason, this past from the blast was followed by a pain. Did others want him to really meddle? To help them out? Was jumping in to answer a situation with only violence the way to go? What if going to a teacher didn't help that person?]]
[center [b He found himself wondering more about his past life as it soon hit him. "That doesn't matter' what mattered was what he could do for others now. "Why?" motivation he pondered on that. The answer to him was indeed very simple. "Unlike me, they still care to live" for a reason as simple as that he'd lay his life down for strangers. As much as he wanted to see it as an act of heroic gesture was it? Or was it self-gratification? As doubt consumed the small male his thoughts were cut off. Elise had begun to dig into him as he raised his head like a scared deer caught in head lights. He looked into her eyes before looking away as she demanded to know what he was staring at. "Was I.. Staring?" he hadn't meant to but she had given him a harsh look first? He gritted the bottom of his lip. He was feeling anxious and upset and defensive all at once. His heart was racing a thousand miles an hour and there she had gone calling out his social abilities. He looked at the ground trembling trying to block her out.]]
[center [b "Why me? What did I do? I didn't want to upset anyone it's why I... Why? I didn't..." he gripped his arms as he began to shake. He was beginning to fall apart he wanted to act like he didn't care. "Why do I care? I don't know her! This so stupid!"]]
[center [b Thoughts swarming the young man wondering if he had done something wrong as he muttered softly to the woman.]]
[center [+orange I-I'm sorry...]]
[center [b His eyes had begun to tear up as he wiped underneath them. He hid his face turning around as quick as he could. "Ugh! Oh god, Moniku and Eric are gonna think I'm crazy! Why am I getting so upset over this? It's so stupid I'm such an idiot" as much as Rex fought it. He knew that he cared what that woman thought of him. Moniku had then stood in giving a jest about winning the internet. Eric had rubbed the back of his head giving a chuckle.]]
[center [+brown Hey guys can't we get along? Hey Rex buddy you okay?]]
[center [b Rex had turned around trying to fight the tears with a sigh as he gave a soft nod. He just wanted it to go away but how? He wanted this pain in his chest. This awkward feeling of Eric treating him like a child of Elise hating him for no reason. He hated this feeling he hated it all he couldn't deal with it. Fighting... Was simple and straightforward but dealing with people? Why was that so hard? It was then Moniku and Elise had begun to explain their abilities. It seemed neither was a combat type but with unique and useful utility. Moniku's powers concerned Rex a bit what if she used them on them? Made them serve her as pawns? What was the limitation? What did it take? She seemed the type to play coy and even if she was open? Rex was timid to ask about her limitations and what not. Taking a second thought on it Rex realized had she used that power on him? He wouldn't really care he'd relish in having a purpose rather than just being some monster who destroys solely for the sake to survive. If anything it'd guarantee some company, right? "Man talk about setting standards low enough to settle for loyal lap dog" Rex knew it was true but it didn't change the fact he'd be okay with it.]]
[center [+brown How do you persuade someone to fight for you?]]
[center [b Eric had asked tilting his head a bit curious Rex had blinked seeing the boy rather bold. Elise had even been told she hadn't wanted to know so how could he just... Ask? Sure Rex wanted to know as well but this was... Reckless did he not care really? What others think of him? Before Eric or Rex had a chance to share their abilities. Rex had noticed Elise gave her another firm glare. Rex had looked back at her again tears welling up in his eyes. As he gritted his teeth clenching his hands he was visibly upset. "What do I have to do to make it stop?"]]
[center [b Before Rex think for even a second he had put his hand on his handle walking toward Elise. As he looked downcast and back into her eyes. His eyes still filled with tears but his orange eyes burning with a passion. With almost a murderous intent as he drew his sword in a brief flash stopping it right at her cheek letting the blood drip for a moment. He had blinked realizing what he had done. He let out a softened that look that screamed "I'm sorry..." what did he do to this poor girl? He took a gulp and a moment to think of a way out of this. As Eric gave a smile he started to walk between the two of them as Rex pulled his blade back. As he swung it at the air dancing with his blade as he started to twist and spin through the air. This was so embarrassing! To pretend that was a prelude to showing off his swordplay? He closed his eyes taking a breath as he offered stabs and lunges dancing side to side. As he spun his blade through his fingers effortlessly.]]
[center [b Following with a one-handed handspring as he rolled his blade off his shoulders into the air. Rolling to the ground as he pushed his body up performing a one-handed handstand before flipping back to catch his blade. With that he let an exhale of air escape his lungs. "That was way more embarrassing than just giving an answer but I had to think of something right??"]]
[center [+orange I-I... Have I... I possess enhanced speed a-and strength with p-prolonged s-s-stamina...]]
[center [b As for his swordsmanship that was something he worked rather hard on. Though he wouldn't go on much about that he'd rather talk for as short as possible. He had spun his blade sheathing it to the side.]]
[center [b "Wait... what if Elise took that as a threat? A show of strength?! No! That wasn't what I meant! I just... I just wanted an excuse for losing my... My cool." Elise seemed tough right? He could handle her getting mad but if he upset her? Scared her? He knew he'd feel terrible about it. He looked back to her his eyes filled more with worry as he looked away again. Eric had given Rex a pat on the shoulder a thumbs up with that same look of glee and naivety.]]
[center [h3 Show And Tell Knight]]
[center [+brown Oh okay well I suppose I gotta show the same right?]]
[center [b Eric had walked forward taking a few steps away from everyone as he took a deep breath with another bright smile. As he drew his large blade spinning it over his head. He had almost stumbled right over but he gripped the blade as he took a deep breath before slamming it down into the ground. As the metal floor shattered and crumbled shaking the room causing him and the others to stumble a bit. As he turned back around offering a childish grin as he walked from the crater left in the Earth.]]
[center [+brown I used to have trouble remembering what I was told but I got it now. Extremely enhanced strength and endurance. I believe my wounds close quickly and my heart puts a strain to pump blood faster when I lose it. With hardened bones and muscle tissue, my organs can survive being shut down for a few minutes before the wounds close if not too badly injured. Though I'm not really sure what all that really means... Although unlike Rex it seems my "gifts" drain my stamina more quickly rather than extending it. So Elise, Moniku I know you two don't really fight but you sure you don't want anything to defend yourselves with?]]
[center [b Eric asked as he came over patting Rex on the shoulder. Offering him a smile he had hoped Rex was feeling better. He didn't enjoy seeing someone so upset or teary eyes though it seemed Rex only looked away as Eric tilted his head. "Was it something he said?" and with that, the metal doors began to open in front of them. As the announcer again repeated the situation reminding that weapons and supplies can be found in crates throughout the forest as well.]]
The dark skinned girl could only give a small little smile at the male, seeing his head go downcast once more. Poor babe, indeed. The girl soon turned her head to the brunet at his response. Causing the female to chuckle a bit at his response. Such an optimistic kid. She has come to the conclusion Eric is quite the child, quite the naive little boy, indeed. Perhaps it is a facade, she still hasn’t taken that out of possibility. But that chance is so small, that even Moniku would be shocked if she has been duped at the end of the day.
[#330b5b “Yeah, I get it...”] She would say, hands moving behind her back in a slight little fumble. Elise would stumble, looking at the female as she practically gripped onto her. Hard. Quite the informationist, Elise noted.
[#13c9c7 “Wh-what is a prepping room?”]
[#330b5b “Exactly what is sounds like, Sylph girl.”] Moniku stated, slapping the girls hands off her frame with a resonating slap. The sound of the slap sounding nastier than it actually was. She’d give a small little hum, her onyx orbs have hovered around the three others in the room, her gaze soon falling on the pile. What is the likelihood of them having one of her books in there, she’d wonder. It’s a slim possibility, but there nonetheless.
[#330b5b “Usually there’s only one... I don’t mainly deal with weapons around here.”] She’d continue, her steps giving resonating clicks from the small heels she currently wore. Elise would watch, her blue orbs forming into a narrow. Face scowled.
Elise would glare, her eyes moving all around the room as the intercom went off, speaking of suggestions and what would be supplied here. It just so happened as Elise’s ice blue eyes surveyed around, she found a pair of orange orbs staring at her in a rather... nasty manner.
Unfortunately for Rex, he is now her target.
[#13c9c7 “And what, exactly, do you want? Quit staring at me.”] She would snap. She was already sick of everyone in here. This ‘happy’ boy, this condescending-like bitch, and that boy who apparently had something he wanted to say.
[#13c9c7 “Not like you could get it out in the first place. You can barely even say one sentence without stumbling over it.”] The female spat, more so as a reminder to herself as her arms folded across her chest. Unless he suddenly wanted to say something, which she would keep her eyes locked onto the orange hues. They didn’t waver; asking -- no, daring him to say something, anything to her.
And in the background, an audible groan/sigh could have been heard from the dark skinned woman.
[#330b5b “This is LITERALLY the exact opposite of what we are supposed to be doing. Congratulations, you win: The internet.”]
[#13c9c7 “Who asked you?”]
[#330b5b “You’re a healer. I don’t know who you think you’re getting smart with. Do you really want to try your luck in angering someone who has a sword?”]
The shit-eating smirk Moniku gave was enough to make Elise clamp her mouth shut in a scream, now storming to the pile to go rummage through the items in anger.
She already had her attire, it’s peculiar considering the amount of time she has been here. It was apparent she had a rather slick mouth... so why didn’t she have tattered clothes like Elise?
[#13c9c7 “W-well, aren’t you going to cover me?”] Elise would ask, almost as if her snapping never happened in the first place. The chortle Moniku gave came out mingled with a scoff; she’s like a little kid! It didn’t take long for Elise to switch into her light attire, consisting mostly of a robe which was rather flexible.
[#330b5b “.... I’m known as subject diablo. It was puppeteer at first, but it was decided to be switched to ‘devil’ after my first time in these rings.”] Moniku finally stated, her eyes closing for a moment. She appeared rather calm, but the shaking of her hands spoke of the antsy emotions she currently had.
This little weakness, showing of her actual emotions was quickly hidden however; her arms folding together as Elise moved her way out from behind the girl.
[#330b5b “I can’t fight, but I can.... ‘Persuade’ someone into doing it for me instead.”]
Elise would look at the girl, her mouth opening.
[#13c9c7 “Do... do I, we, want to kn-”]
[#330b5b “No.”] She’d interject flatly, seating herself down on her knees, a shudder running through her frame. She did turn her head away, nose sticking up in the air while a soft little ‘humf’ being made. She knew her primary tactics the first time she has been set in these rings.
She had to play as a hopeless, petty, sad little girl. Playing as a leech who had to latch onto something, anything that would help her with making it further down the line. It was unfortunate it was there, in those very lands, she was found capable of wrapping men and women alike under her thumb. It was through this, she wasn’t so alone - she would find a nice source for water, food, and a potential home.
It would also happen she tended to her dear puppet more than herself. She missed a meal? That’s fine, as long as her object is at its greatest potential, that’s all that mattered... Until she didn’t require them anymore.
[i [#330b5b “Kill yourself,”] The female would state, her onyx orbs watching as her poor, broken little toy took one step forward from the br-]
The reminiscence has come to a quick stop however when Elise opened her mouth. It was more so quiet at first, unsure of whether or not to share this information.
[#13c9c7 “I am Sylph, I heal the body through cell regeneration. It was a tradition found in my family. I do this through contact, but... I still need practice with it.”] She’d conclude, head tilting away for just a second. She would have to now above everything else, especially since now....
Her ice blue eyes traveled around the group, them now landing on Rex once more as a firm glare made its way on her face once more. She would have to quell this for now, she’d note. Hence why she, too gave a ‘humph’. A different reason of its own entirety from Moniku’s.
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