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40265394 No. 40265394
#Closed #Canon: The Swirlies #Adventure #Dark #Violence #Non-pony #Serious

His hand moved with fluid certainty as each stroke of the charcoal pencil brought forth a little more detail to the scene before him. It was not his best, but then again, maps hardly ever were. His thin hands were not striving to create one of his often hailed as 'magnificent' artworks, but rather working the outline of a battlefield; a tool that he would use to illustrate the carefully thought out plan in his mind.

The tip of the charcoal snaps and shoots across the table, bouncing off the sleek maroon leather seat across from him before rolling to a stop on the floor. He sighs.

He often got nervous just before a hunt with a new group. There was so much room for error, and so little for success. A simple and seemingly straight-forward plan could be tossed to the fryers if you lacked the basics of a group dynamic. Trust, of course, was the key element if you were to have a successful hunt. But how could one trust someone they new very little of? It was difficult, and sometimes almost nigh impossible. He himself had seen it too many times in his years on the streets. All it took was a seed..an inkling of doubt or fear, and before you knew it, that kid who was supposed to watch your back was now a mile down the road and still running, leaving you open to attack. He didn't want that. Didn't need it, and he wouldn't have it. Which was why he was going to test them first. See how they could hold up as a team before they went after the big prize.

With the same fluid motion used to draw the streets, trees, and shops-all key area points to be used for the first test-his hand reached to his coat pocket and withdrew a small sharpener, which he went on to use to carve a new point from his tool, his eyes glancing up briefly at the door, and then the clock. Seven fourty two. The sun had yet to set.

He had been precise in his schedule the night before, as he often tried to be. Eight PM sharp, at the corner of Hiccup street and just across from the candy store. Bebops is where he told them he would wait, one of his favorite restaurants in town and one of the few still selling good old fashion malts. If they were serious about this hunt, and arrived on schedule, then that would give them plenty of time to go over the plan and still make it out to Rudding park just before nightfall.

If all went well then he might earn himself a few new allies, something he always looked forward to and needed desparately. He had lost too many of them over the last few months, though thankfully not to the enemy. Some had moved, while others had merely moved on. Such was the life of a warrior of the streets.

With a bit of a wistful smile, his dark eyes turn back to his sketchpad, his hand returning the charcoal to it's mate.
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Altair stumbled around the corner, nearly out of breath. as he stopped to catch his breath and may calm his heart down from breaking a rib from its beating, a couple knives slipped out of the pockets of his jacket. The clattered to the ground with a strangely loud noise and Altair winced as the knives made such noise.

"Damn it, why can't I just get a jacket that actually has pockets?" He said between gasps of air, "They always do that, I need to get some sort of sheath, but carrying the knife block around would be...rather difficult." He paused to think, before snapping his fingers, "I got it, maybe I could hidden blades, like in the game...but those would be expensive...and how could I convince my mom that they weren't real? I didn't think it would be this hard getting weapons that suit a master assassin such as myself."

Altair looked up, noticing the kid sitting in the diner he quickly hides his knives in the alley, before making his way into the diner and sitting next to the kid. "Hey are you waiting for people too?" he asks.
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>>40265394
>>40265416

A lone figure watched from the street corner across from the diner. He'd been there for a few minutes now, doing not a lot other than really idle, meaningless tasks.

Checking a smartphone, fiddling with something in his pocket, adjusting the sleeves on his jacket. He was just waiting. Watching the kid in the diner who seemed to be drawing something, but from this distance he couldn't figure out what, nor did he care. He was waiting for the kid to make a move and leave, but he was likely waiting for more kids from the neighborhood to show up first.

Speak of the devil, in fact, here comes one running down the street like he stole something, which caused the figure to stir a bit, bracing a hand against the wall and gripping whatever was in his coat pocket. But, when the kid started whining, something about pockets, a game, and his mother, the figure relaxed back against the wall and went back to checking his smart phone.

7:39PM the clock reads, with some inane details about the weather to which he turned a blind eye. Rain or shine he wasn't moving from that spot until the other kid did.

So for now, it'd just be a matter of time.

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>> No. 40276044
Charlie strode down the sidewalk, clutching a baseball bat, his bat to his chest. It belonged to him, nobody else was allowed to use it. He thought it had been obvious, that the name he had written on the bat would show that it wasn't for anyone else to use. But Sarah was dumb and took it to use anyways, and when he grabbed it back she got upset and cried to Mom, and Mom was stupid for telling him that he should 'share' his bat with his sister. When he tried to make them understand that only he could use it, Mom sent him to his room and Sarah got it anyways!

Well he wasn't going to let that happen again. They were too stupid to understand that it was his bat. So here he was outside looking for a place to hide it so no one else could find it. He made his way to the park, reaching up to rub at where his tears had dried as he continue on his way.
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>>40265416
He sits his pencil down and gives the stranger his attention, noting he was not one of the kids he was expecting, though it wasn't uncommon at all for groups to meet in diners.

"Ya. I'm waiting for a few friends to show up soon, what about you? Did someone tell you to come here?"

Ding [www.youtube.com]

Another order up from the chef, and a waitress walks by the table. She pays little mind to their chatter, and likewise Roth pays little mind to her. Adults were in their own little worlds, oblivious to the imaginings and chatter of a few children, and rarely ever bothered to listen in on their conversations.

"What's your name? Mines Roth."

He reaches out across the table, offering a bony hand. He was half expectent that Altair had come to give him the unfornute news that some of the group may not be joining them tonight. But such was the way of things; he couldn't expect every kid on the planet to be a master at sneaking out of their houses.
>> No. 40287090
>>40284909
"I just heard from a couple of different kids that there was something forming a group over here in order to fight the monsters" Altair responded, before realizing Roth had asked him his name. "I'm Altair, I'm going to be the best assassin in the world. At least....when it comes to killing monsters that it." Altair shrugged, "So what's going to happen? Are we waiting for more people...or what?"

Altair fidgeted in his seat, visibly bored with waiting and staring at Roth. He began messing with the silverware, napkins, anything he could get his hands on. He could not just sit still, it seemed his attention span had shortened to such a point that even sitting and waiting for other people to HUNT FUCKING MONSTERS with, bored him.
>> No. 40287127
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"Ya, I'm just waiting on a few more people, but they might not even show up. I'll give them until eight fifteen, and then I'm leaving."

Watching the boy before him was like trying to watch a kitten and not laugh. He couldn't keep up with the speed of his hands, for every time he thought they would settle, they magically seemed to have a new toy or instrument between their fingers grasp. Indeed, the smile that was playing at the edge of his lips was difficult to control.

"Names Roth by the way, nice to meet you. I was planning on waiting until the others got here to go over the plan, kind of boring going over it twice, ya know?"

While he speaks, he reaches over to his side and begins digging around in his back pack, procuring a pencil and an eraser and setting them on the table before ripping a piece of paper out from his sketch book and sliding the items across the table to Altair.

"So, how long have you been hunting? And how old are you?"
>> No. 40287157
>>40287127
Altair basically rips the paper out of Roths hands and begins doodling. "I've never really hunted with a successful group. Usually we fu...screw up and a few kids run...and a few don't make it." Altair became somber for a second before snapping back to his normal state, "Anyway, I'm 11, how old are you?"
>> No. 40287173
>>40287157
"...and a few don't make it..."

He wasn't offended by Altairs snatching hands. A bit startled yes, but not offended. The smile that was playing on his lips turns into a frown, and he nods in silent understanding. He shared the sorrowful burden of lost friends, fallen allies..but that was something that was a quiet understanding between most children. It didn't need to be brought up for further discussion.

"I'm eleven too...man, you can't sit still, huh?" he laughs lightly.

"I bet you're pretty fast on the street."
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>>40287173

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EkhZ2hAnoE

It was going to be another one of those nights, oh yes, he knew it as soon as he woke up with the nails in his throat and bees stinging his brain. Whiskey echoed into a new dusk, sparking his thoughts red hot, shooting off slag like a rabid arc welder in the hands of a serial killer with advanced Parkinson's. Yeah, he knew it, from the moment he stared at the adjacent bricks out of the abandoned apartment's window, scratching his hairless nuts and eating a frozen waffle. His willowy body floated over the floor, burning emerald eyes scorching lines in the sparse carpeting. There was blood in the air; the voices didn't tell him that; he saw it, floating on the breeze like a medieval plague. It was right over the horizon, where the sun wasn't gonna shine. He needed to make himself pretty.

Throw off the tighty whities; pop on the old jeans and hop into the brand new, still-smells-like-Chinese-sweatshop t-shirt; grab tacks, grab flares, grab keys, grab coat, grab milk; milk's spoiled; fuck milk, shotgun a DP in the mirror. Damn, so pale - the moon wasn't giving him the tan he hoped for. But look at them muscles - getting bigger every day. Stop getting distracted; Roth's waiting, so tighten that belt, hide those razors, ruffle those stupid, red-dyed tips on his head, pop that collar. He fondled a familiar lighter in his palm for a moment, then chuckled and stuffed it. Stolen watch read 7:30. Shit - has to be a mad dash. No way he'd make it before Roth got too antsy and started the parade without him.

He poked his head out of the window now. Looked down to the alleyway below. What good fortune - someone left their shiny Schwinn with a pretty little bow on it. Of course, the bow was made of chain links, but James was kinky like that. Just as quick as he'd grabbed the bolt cutters from a hole in the drywall, he was peddling above the pavement; flying above all these plebs with their briefcases and their groceries and their baby strollers. Make way for King James! Well, that was until he heard the vague scream of sirens in the distance, and he puckered so hard he nearly swallowed the bicycle seat.

The bike probably got run over a few times after he left it in the street. The waitress gave him a face when he pushed through the door; he made the begrudging decision to not keep it for his wall when he heard Roth's lecturing little voice. With one hand, he plucked his jeans out of his buttcrack, and then with the same hand, he snatched a half-eaten chicken wing that crossed his path, and then with the same hand, he gave a patronizing pat on the shoulder of the poor soul who had to suffer Roth's company. Apparently, James wasn't the only one who was sweaty and smelly.

"Shup, bishes?" he grunted through a mouth full of protruding bird bone. He supposed it was a little rude to talk with his mouth full, so he spat it out and picked a little bit of wax from his ear, while he was on the subject of social graces. "Is this all the crew we've got for the Mega Monster Orphaning Taskforce?"

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>> No. 40304588
>>40287157
>>40287173
>>40304388

Oh my god are these even the right guys?

From the look of the kid running in and talking about assorted video game nonsense, to some kid who looked like about the biggest punk he'd ever seen, to even Roth himself, these guys have got to be kidding! This whole deal was about a call to hunt monsters, not go the movies, and these people were, far as he could tell, giddy and happy about the whole deal like their safety was already a sure thing.

Gripping his phone tightly, and baring his teeth in frustration, he makes a move to get off of the wall. Pushing himself off with both hands, he spins on the foot driven into the ground, and begins walking towards the diner. Between murmurs of frustration, he smiles a bit at how smooth that wall-launch he just did was.

Unlike the last few patrons, this one's entrance into the diner is neither loud nor accompanied with excessive fanfare. Instead, he just strolls in casually, casting the waitress a sideways glance. He'd been here often, and never caused any trouble around here so she'd likely leave him alone.

He moves towards the group, but instead of sitting down next to them, he chooses a seat a few feet away, sitting down without so much as a hello, or even a recognition that the three other kids existed at all. He just keeps his hood up, and looks forward at the wall.
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And there was the star of the hour! Man, just when he thought he might have to plan this little shin-dig for a party of two, he spotted his right hand man. A mental weight lifted from his shoulders as he straightened up. Grin spreading wide, he lifted his hand in greeting.

"Thought you were gona be a no show, was about to start this party without you. Oh holy red cow hide, what crawled up your ass and died?"

Well there went the grin, and the hand he was going to use to high five ol' Jimmy boy with shot right back to cover his poor, unprotected nose.

"If I hadn't of slammed my face in the concrete the other night and broke my sniffer, I think I would have smelled you coming from a mile away. Maaaan, you're gona scare away all the fishes tonight. Might have to dunk you in the river again."

For all his fussing about the smell, Roth himself didn't rank up there with a bucket of daisies either, and by the twinkle in his eye and the grin hidden under his oversized coat sleeve he knew it perfectly well.

>>40304588
His blue eyes do flicker momentarily to the boy, but pay no more mind to him than he would to an ant. He didn't recognize him from any of the kids he had been contacting lately, and if the boy happened to have business with himself or was looking to join his group, Roth wasn't going to play Twenty Questions with him and drag his reason for being at the diner out of his mouth. He would have to make his intentions known, if he infact did want to join them on their patrol. Otherwise Roth had his own priorities to handle.

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>> No. 40423600
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>> No. 40437885
>>40287173
"I...try to be fast." Altair replied, still doodling, "Sometimes it doesn't work. I still try though. I've worked hard to get faster but it never seems to help. My friends kept rushing in, bats all raised like they were Spartans or something. They kept talking like they were invincible. I guess they learned the hard way that rushing in never works. I still can't look at their parents when ever they come by my house looking for their kids. I guess I'm kinda lucky some of them have given up by now." Altair stops drawing, before handing the remaining blank pages and pencil back to Roth, "Sorry for grabbing them like that. I forget sometimes that I can't take what I want without being polite first."
>> No. 40438104
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>>40437885
He nods in simple understanding, not quite knowing what to say to that. Sometimes silence was better understood than words though.

"Well Altair, if you're going to join my group then you'll see that I don't allow much room for mistakes like that. I'm careful who I choose to fight with because I have to be able to trust who I'm with to have my back."

He didn't say it out loud, but instead implied it-a simple notion that if Altair wished to stay, then he would have to prove himself.

"Oh, speaking of manners-Altair, this is James. James, meet our first candidate-Altair. James here is like my right hand man. He's quirky and more than a bit out there, but you'll get used to it. If there is ever an emergency or anything happens to me, you take command from him.

Of course it doesn't work that way most of the time. I need everyones input before we go charging out, and if you do end up joining us, I'm going to need to rely on you just as much as I rely on James. That's how my teams work-everyone needs to be able to lean on each other. It's the only thing that's kept us alive this long."

He pauses for a brief moment to put his things away in his backpack before turning back to lock eyes with the boy.

"So, can I trust you Altair? We only just met today, but can I trust you to have my back? To have James back? To not run away if the fight gets too hard?"
>> No. 40438137
>>40438104
"Yes." Altair replied, the fidgeting boy seeming to understand that it was no longer just fun and games anymore. His rapid movement slowed down as he took very visible strength to calm himself down. "I'll do my best to not run and to protect you guys as much as I can."
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>>40438137
Well, he would have to see if the boy could hold up to his claim, but after tonight he would know.

"Good. Welcome to the team then, your initiation starts tonight."

He holds out his hand for you to shake, making it a little more official.

"No pressure or anything" he says with a sly wink.
>> No. 40438228
>>40438217
Altair accepted the handshake.

"Yeah....woo" He said to himself quietly. "So now what? Who else are we waiting for?"
>> No. 40438287
>>40438228
"Well I put the word out last night to another group, but so far your the only one who's shown up. I'll give them till eight ten, but then I need to start going over the plan if we're going to make it out to the park before sunset."
>> No. 40438309
>>40438217
>>40438137
>>40438104

"I hope that you at least have something easy in mind." the hooded kid who came in earlier pipes up. It appears that the most recent discourse has garnered his attention. He looks towards those in attendance now, pushing the hood back to reveal his face. He's got short, spiky black hair, and tan skin with a clear face, interrupted only by a few scars.

"I don't know who you guys are, but I only recently heard of you. I hope that you have some experience in how dangerous these adventures can get, though, because otherwise the same thing that happened to those kids is gonna happen to him."

Rather blunt, ain't he?
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>>40438309
Roths eyes travel to the boy only a few seats from his table and settle on his face. He doesn't crack a smile, he doesn't frown in disappointment, he doesn't even glare. Instead he stares. And stares. And stares.

He stares for so long and with such calm, silent pondering that Marcus might feel as if this little scrawny meat-sack of kid could be staring through him... Through his cool looks and tough guy act and down into the very core of what, and who he was.

And then he speaks.

"Do you?"
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>>40438532

There's something of a rage, an anger in Marcus' heart that's evident. His speech doesn't waver, though it's clear he didn't exactly count on being challenged by Roth, he'd been expecting him to listen. To back down.

Why do they have to be so brash! They were going to get killed!

"I do. I've got plenty. I gutted the monster under my bed before I even knew what exactly it was, kid, and plenty more. What I want to know, is what makes you qualified to run this operation? I'll give you credit 'cuz you're smart enough to want to know who to trust, but who says we can trust you? How about your résumé huh?"
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>>40438842
So the answer was yes, then.

He nods a little before scooting out of his chair and walking over to Marcus own table, where he takes a seat next to the boy and meets him eye to eye.

"You lost someone, didn't you? Or at least saw a few friends get killed."

He speaks in a hushed tone, insuring that this conversation would stay between the two of them, and where Marcus met with anger and hostility, Roth met with a calm melancholy.

"I get that you're worried, and you should be. Since I started this battle I've lost more than five of my best friends-my sister included. Sometimes it was their own fault, but a few of those times it was because of my dumb planning and not listening to what my friends had to say.

I learned the hard way how easy it is to lose someone from a stupid miscalculation..so ya, maybe I'm not the best leader in the world, but who the fuck can be? These things are created from our nightmares, there not exactly a walk in the park."

He stops for a minute to look down at the table and scratch behind his ear.

"But you know something...the night before my sister had to leave she told me to keep smiling, and keep laughing at them, because if we don't then they win. They get the better of us because they feed on our fear, and the more they feed the weaker we get."

Having satisfied his itch, he looks back up to meet the angry boys eyes once more.

"And if we get weak, then who can we protect?"




...




"I'm not doing this because it's fun. I'm doing it because I don't ever want to see one of my friends die in front of me again. I want to walk out on a clear night and not hear some little girl screaming in her bedroom down the street. Maybe I'm stupid for thinking I can make that much of a difference, but I do know that if we can kill even one monster, then that's one more kid who can have happy dreams for at least one more night.

You can join me if you want, or you can keep fighting on your own. I can't promise I'm always going to be a great leader, and I wouldn't want anyone to follow me if I'm not. I just want a good team so we can wreak as much havoc on these fuckers as we can.

So what do you say? Do you want to join me, and maybe together we can do some real damage? Or do you want to go solo?"

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>>40439654

And then Marcus was thrown for a loop by this boy now sitting in front of him. Roth goes straight for the jugular with the first thing he says, despite how calm the rest of the speech may be. He then proceeds to lay the realities down without hesitation, or even any real anger at his failures. Not loud anger, at least, not like Marcus. It was subdued. Didn't take a genius to see that whoever this guy was, he has his own burden of pain on his shoulders. Especially in losing a sister.

As much as Marcus wanted to be mad that he was still continuing, much as he might want to scorn this kid, he couldn't. His fists, which were previously balled up on the table, loosened a bit, but Marcus' gaze still burned.

"I don't have sob stories like a bunch of these guys. Nothing bad ever happened to me." he replies, looking down for the slightest of moments as he says so.

"I can't claim any motivation higher than yours. I'm no saint, myself, I kill these things because they try to hurt me and mine. That's all the reason I need to separate some monster's head from his shoulders. But let's be clear, I'm not afraid of them. They're the ones who should fear us, they should fear kids like me."

He scratches his chin and gives a slight reluctant growl. "And maybe you. Maybe. I've yet to see that, but that's why I'm here. I've already been taking these things down, might as well have some backup if I'm gonna do it."

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>>40439682

Roth cracks a smile to his response. He liked that. He liked it a lot.

Well, he might not have gotten the allies he had been searching for, but so far the evening wasn't turning out so bad. He couldn't quite explain it in words, but somewhere in his mind he instinctively knew this was going to be a good team. Altair seemed fidgety, but fidgety was good. They would need someone with energy, someone fast and who liked to run. James was a good all-around battler. He could do whatever the situation called for at the moment; for the most part at least. Roth himself would act as the anchor, holding the groups focus and keeping everyone calm and steady. Marcus though-Marcus was going to prove to be a key player.

He needed someone with a hot head, a risk taker, and willing to challenge authority. If Roth were a bit older and with a better education, he would understand the term he was looking for was devils advocate. Roth needed someone to see the flaw in his strategies, even if it appeared there may be none, because as he had stated earlier, a simple miscalculation could bring devastation.

With another nod, Roth offers his hand for the second time.

"Glad to have you aboard. I hope you don't mind running with a couple of nutty fools with a death wish. Names Roth, and if you didn't catch my earlier conversation, that's James and that over there is Altair.

Maybe with you two on the team, we can drive some fear into these maggots."
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>>40439989

Marcus eyes the outstretched hand for but a moment, before un-clenching his fist and taking the offered hand with a vigorous grip. Would have seemed playful or friendly were it not for the continued expression on Marcus' face, that of serious contemplation and thought about the current scenario. The situation being what it was, though, it was just a firm, manly sort of handshake.

"If you're a couple o' fools, what does that make me then?" It was in that moment that the expression breaks a bit, and the boy gives a slight smirk. "Name's Marcus. Marcus Townshend."

With that, he would let go of Roth's hand. Now, having gotten formalities out of the way, though, he gives Altair a look of disappointment. "But you, Altair, just what the hell are you doing with all those freakin' knives?! Exactly what do you intend to do, stab once and just leave it in there? Throw 'em? You ever thrown a knife in your life because it ain't like TV kid, I got the pointy end of it to stick like once and I'm pretty sure it was an accident."
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The door to the front of the restaurant swings open suddenly-violently infact, and with it comes a harsh chill of a wind so cold it sent a shiver up any spine that dared to place itself in its wake. Accompanying the chill was a most fitting figure. A women, standing tall and stiff and glaring at none other than the table for which Roth had chosen to hold his meeting. The scowl set across her face did not seem to contain a murderous intent, it promised one.

With full and purposeful steps she strode to them. Not quickly, oh no, for she knew quite well that her target could not escape her now. She was carrying a wrath in her that was stronger than anything the Devil himself could spit up from his foul gut to loose upon man. It was the wrath of an angry parent, a scared mother, and hell hath no furry equal to it.

Her steps finally slow when she reaches James and with a small delicate hand, she reaches out to put an iron grip on the punks upper arm.

"Excuse me" she says, or rather growls, before she yanks James skinny butt right out of his seat as if he were no heavier than a chihuahua. Then she reaches for her true target, and with the same amount of delicacy, she plucks Altair by his poor little ear and begins dragging him out from his seat.

"You. Are. Grounded Mister! You do not, ever leave the house this late at night without telling me!"


...


Well, as one might imagine, there was a great fuss from both mother and child and, as one might also imagine, many eyes turned to stare until the little scene had passed, and there was no more drama to entertain the curious customers of Bebops.

Roth sat where he had been, next to Marcus, and stared at the door with a slack jaw.
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>>40459770

Marcus looks at the door with arm slightly outstretched as the geek kid gets dragged off by an angry mother due to his sneaking out at night. He makes several half hearted arm jestures during the altercation, and a few preparatory breaths as though he was going to speak, but the chaos of the scene served to keep Marcus firmly mute. Getting dragged away by a parent was a concept that was somewhat foreign to him, but he'd seen it happen before and he had to admit, he didn't envy the embarrassment portion of such a display. If Marcus ever saw that kid again, he wouldn't bring it up. No one deserves something like that.

With the spectacle over, Marcus just kind of throws his arm out in a dumbfounded gesture. "Welp, looks like knife boy's gonna live another day. 'Less his old lady kills him. Yeesh."

He shoots a look to Roth as well, "So, one down I guess."
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It's not some anxiety disorder, and it's not really being anti-social. Just because James didn't feel like talking to the new meat, just because he grew quiet enough that Roth and... Alteer and Marcus could have recited their birth certificates down to the blood type before they heard a whisper from the crooked pyro didn't mean he was bored or didn't care. He'd folded his arms over his chest, pretending that his abundance of mental capacity was devoted to scraping the residual chicken from his teeth into the rest of the debris in the trough beneath his thumb nail. But he wasn't detached from the world right now - he just wasn't listening. He was watching. Smelling. Tasting. There were nights of particular clarity when he could hold in his mind that a first impression had as much substance of character as a cellophane wrapper, but a few juicier bits could puncture the veil and give a little morsel of what was inside.

A cesspit of knowing and grease pooled at the corner of his lips. He could glean Shanky wasn't cut out of the job (ha-he-ho). The way he sat, the look in his eyes, even the forced certainty in his answers breached out and spattered James with premonitions of another face made famous on a milk carton. Marcus was a little different. James was a moth to flames, and his skin practically blistered as slag and cinders roiled up in silent eruptions from that unassuming bundle of baby fat. James felt the urge to throw a punch just to see what would bubble up through the cracks, and maybe he would have a few years ago, before Roth. But his own fire was tempered enough now that he had the patience to let things come as they may. He wouldn't need to fight him if he could fight with him.

And then there was Roth. He already knew how the fearless leader ticked, of course, but it was always fun to see the hat he wore for hooking new sheep into the flock. It had always bothered him that Roth made so many promises up front, but the fact that he kept most of them was a whole new breed of infuriating. Even through waves of interceding schizophrenia, James knew Roth and everything he did was insane. The impossible boy who could hang flame and wind off an olive branch and not even burn the bark. But reality was always a lurking forest fire.

>>40459770

Well. That happened. If you look closely at the last few words and take them to heart, you’ll start to understand just how dead was his deadpan through the whole ordeal. He hadn’t really expected dino-mom to come tyrannosaurus wreck Altair’s shit, but his combined fronts of being relieved for not having to dig a shallow grave and annoyance over not getting his hands in the events that would lead up to the shoveling met at his lips and pursed them into a flat horizon. When the smoke settled and Momma Mangle-beast slipped back into the scrub with her squawking spawn clutched in her underdeveloped claws, Altair’s presence was wiped away as if there’d never been a third snot.

“I hope my parents are dead,” James finally decided aloud, nodding his head while his mouth curled into the corner of one cheek. He felt his stomach rumble and lurch in the same instant that his hand shot out for another snack.

“I don’t feel safe with all this mothering. We should go pigstick some monsters.”

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Soon...
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The shock had left his face and replaced itself with a simple frown. He had not been expecting that. Monsters he could deal with. Parents? No sir. In his eyes they might as well be tossed in the category of Swirly. Of course, a much kinder, nicer Swirly. But still, all the same. When they wanted to be they were absolutely terrifying.

His brows knit when he scans the clock. Out of time. They only had about fifteen minutes to get to the park before the sun would start it's slow progression over the scrapers. Plenty of time for them to get out there of course, but Roth had been hoping to gain at least one more ally tonight. Not that he believed that he would be in danger without them, but, quite simply, he was pissed that they might not be able to get much done tonight.

He sighs before he gets up out of his chair and begins to pack his things-leaving his sketchpad out for the map.

>>40469572
"Let's go then."

He slings his backpack over his shoulder with a little more force than was necessary and makes his way towards the exit, not waiting to see if Marcus was following or not. He kept his walk brisk, marching almost, until they were only a few blocks from Rudding. Finally, he slows down a bit and pulls his sketchpad up so James and Marcus can get a good look while they walk.

The map was simple but detailed. It had an accurate size representation of the two main areas of the park-the front where the large playground was located; including space between the major markers such as the swing-set, monkey bars, Merry Go Round, etc., leading to the back end which consisted of dense but scattered clumps of tall trees surrounding a small some-what gated off pond. All in all the front end took up about a fifth of the space of the whole park, with the more forested area measuring roughly half a football field long and nearly as wide.

"So according to Benny" he pauses a moment to look at Marcus.

"He's one of my contacts, street urchin like me. He mostly lives in the park, but he moves around a lot too. Anyway, according to Benny, there's been some kids that have gone missing near the back of the park-here."

His finger points to a more dense area of trees near the left side of the pond.

"One of the bodies was found a few days after she went missing. Benny said it looked like she was attacked by a tiger or something. Huge claw marks across her chest and stomach. He said too that he's been hearing some weird sounds around his usual sleeping spot, like a deep growl or something. He was too scared to get a closer look so I snuck a peak last night. I couldn't see much, but I saw some yellow sick lookin' eyes and whatever it was had to be big. Felt like a giant was chasing me out of there.

So, looking at the map here, where do you guys think we should start? Should we try and lure it out towards the playground and get a closer look at what we're up against? I think that would be the best idea. I thought about trying to get the jump on it, but it might see better in the dark than we can and I don't think I'm that great at slinging stones from the top of a tree. Though that might be a bit of an advantage if we can keep the pisser on the ground."
>> No. 40528715
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Hot diggedy damn, Chuck was in a good mood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_I4wtNPv5w

Two big wads of money in his wallet, a completed work que, and a potentially relaxing evening ahead of him, Chuck was strutting down the street, on his way to get some decent food, as some sort of celebration. Not even bothering to change out of his mechanic's uniform, or even wash the grease and oil off his arms or forehead. A pair of headphones were draped around his neck, his fingers snapping to the muted music emanating from them. He was owning up that sidewalk hardcore right now.

As it was, he wasn't entirely sure where he was going to eat - but he figured one might just strike his fancy. He knew there was a few diners about, maybe a steakhouse, Hell, he might even stop at a Mongolian place. Frankly, he didn't give a single shit. Money was burning in his pocket - and so was something else.

As his other hand continued to snap to the song, his other dipped into his pocket a moment, to feel the two 'Mary Janes' he'd plucked from the military truck. One was for speculation. The other was for....science. Ah yeah, science baby. He smirked seemingly for no reason, and he kept on going. God damn, he might even go to a bar later too. He was feelin' pretty lucky.....
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>>40528715
The city was full of eateries; from fine Italian dining to fresh caught sea-food. From fast food, to Asian, to Chinese. From Bratwursts to good old fashioned American-fattening hot dogs with plenty of toppings. To roasted corn on the cob and the occasional street vendor selling something a little more exotic such as skewered rat-a-la-fire pit. Yes, the city had much to offer a man, things that could either fill his growling tummy or leave him heaving over the trash can in some back alley wishing he had never listened to that sweet face behind the counter. But for all it's dust and grime and probable cause for concern over a bad batch of deep fried onions, it did have a few sweeter perks. And one of them happened to be just around the next corner.

Sitting between a run down looking furniture store and a high class, probably overpriced, hair salon, sat a quaint little restaurant-old fashion in style. Though it wasn't in tip top shape and looked as if it had seen more than a few nasty storms, it was clean and the warm glow of the lights from the windows provided a kind of beacon in the otherwise deserted and dark street. It was getting late, but ol' Bebops still seemed to be open. Infact, there were still one or two diners finishing off their late night coffees and slices of pie.
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>>40513848

Marcus nods at the mention of the contact. "Sounds like a good resource. Just hope he doesn't get caught up in this too much, 'lest the creatures start trackin' him down."

Talk of whatever the monster was makes him frown, especially at the mention of a dead little girl. His teeth visibly clench at that and his fists ball up, though he makes no motion to take it out on Roth or James. Hot head or not he at least seems able to control it to some degree.

Once that ends, though, he starts getting this real serious contemplative look about him. He taps his chin and hits his lips with two fingers like he was holding a cig between them, though none exists. His final action is to make a motion with his hands to get the map closer to himself to he can see it.

"Well we don't know exactly what it can do beyond claws, and that it's big, but you said it chased you. About how far did it chase you, can you show me about where it lost interest?"
>> No. 40528783
>>40528767

Bebops huh? He'd never been there before, despite driving past it hundreds of times. But fuck, Chuck didn't care. He was gettin' tired of walking around anyway. And it looked like a decent place. They couldn't possibly fuck up a burger and fry. And eyy, that didn't sound so bad. Maybe a shake too, if they weren't too pricey. Eh, why the fuck not actually. Maybe six. He was a wealthy man now. He'd even throw on those extra toppings for the Hell of it, surely even the common man would recognize the power he held, with such reckless topping additions. Hold the goddamn phone, he was goin' in.

His mind already made up, he stepped off the sidewalk, plodded across the parking lot lackadaisically-like, and went straight inside.
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>>40528777
He nods as he hands the map over for Marcus to study.

"He's pretty good at what he does. It chased me to the pond where I decided to take a little swim. There were some older kids making out on the other side, and I had a good feeling it wouldn't want to go near them."

He grins a little at this.

"I think I might have ruined their night. The girl screamed when I came out on the other side of the pond. Must have looked like a swamp demon to her or somethin."
>> No. 40528812
>>40528783
The inside was even more friendly than the outside. A rush of warm air and tantalizing scents kisses Chucks face as he takes the first step through the doors. But the charming atmosphere didn't stop there. The maroon leather of the seats looked plush and inviting to a tired soul, and the music played tunes from the king himself.

"Wise men say

Only fools ruuush in~
[www.youtube.com]"

An older looking gentlemen of African decent was wiping a few crumbs off the counter behind the main bar and singing along with the soft music. He seems to be the only worker in Bebops tonight.
>> No. 40528836
>>40528812

"Eyyyy, boss!" Chuck called out with a smug grin, leaning into the counter. "You look like you know a thing or two on the menu, watcha recommend eh?"

"Them shakes - they any good?" he added, motioning towards the menu.
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>>40528836
The old man swipes his last crumbs from the now spotless counter and greets Chuck with a pleasant grin.

"Them shakes any good?"

He repeats and chuckles as if the man before him were a bartender and had just asked him if he were old enough to be drinking.

"Son, those malts are what Bebops is known for. They're my own special recipe that I've been perfecting for the last twenty years, so they better be damn good or my name ain't Sam!"

His thick belly jiggles up and down as he laughs at his own joke, before turning toward the sink behind him. He squeezes a dab of dish soap on his palm before he continues.

"What are you in the mood for son? Or I guess what I should be asking is how hungry are you? I got thick and juicy half pound burgers, I got top of the line leave you droolin club sandwiches, I got fresh grilled salmon... Let's see."

He pulls a few paper towels off a roll to dry his hands as he makes his way back to the counter and leans his weight on it.

"Or if you're just in the mood for something sweeter, I got about twenty different types of pie that I cook fresh every morning. Slice of that cherry pie goes great with a vanilla malt. The sweetness of the malt sort of compliments the tartness of the cherry, you know?"
>> No. 40535843
>>40535431

He rubbed his jaw with a distinctly thoughtful expression, as his eyes followed the items on the menu as the man called them out. Looked like he hadn't been wrong calling the guy boss; and hopefully it was passion and not money that kept him running the front. But he felt like it was the former. Something about his smile, and his gut. It seemed sincere and whole-hearted. A man after his own heart; his was his restaurant, Chuck had his cars. Yeah, he could dig this place. Dig it real quick.

In regards as to what to eat - all it took was a little salesmanship before Chuck's mind was made up.

"Yeah - yeah, gimmie ehhhhhhhh, one'a'them club sammiches, with bacon. And sure, I'll try ya pie'n'yer vanillia mawlt. Sounds good chief," he concluded, with drawing his wallet, and pulling out a twenty.

He was looking forward to giving it a try, honestly.
>> No. 40536764
>>40535843
"Well alright then" Sam said with another smile. He liked this kid before him. He was usually a pretty good judge of character, getting so many different kinds of people coming through his restaurant every day. It wasn't hard to tell that the grease monkey was a dedicated worker, and it always made him happy to see a man with an appetite. Too many skinny boys running around the streets these days with their pants falling off their asses-and not just because they thought it was a cool style. It made him sick.

"Why don't you head on to the back and wash up in the bathroom. That turkey and bacon won't taste no good with grease mixed in heheh. I'll have your pie and malt waiting when you get back. Unless you prefer the sandwhich first?"

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>> No. 40539723
>>40536764

"Lay it all on me at once bossman, When I start eatin' I don't wanna stop till it's all gone," he replied with a friendly smile, before following the man's suggestion, heading off to the bathroom to try and wash himself off a bit.

After doing so, a hand dipped into his pocket, and produced one of the Mary Janes. Chuck had no intention of smoking it in here, rather, he'd just been struck with more profound questions about the thing. About the dubious and mysterious nature of its transport. Five armed and masked men for a truckload of weed? It was only just now striking him how odd the situation truly had been. And in the end, he wasn't sure what to think of it all.

Frowning a bit, he returned his illicit product back to his pants pocket, and returned from the bathrooms, eyes looking for a hot meal, special for him.
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>>40539723
The sun had completed it's slow decent behind the towering buildings, leaving the outside world lit by the soft glow of streetlights and artificial rectangular stars. The moon could not be seen through the diner windows but no doubt it shown full and glorious above the city, and as Chuck made his way back to the bar counter the sweet perfume of hot cherry pie would tickle his nostrils and leave his mouth drooling. The burger was still being flipped on the grill, but Sam knew how to run a restaurant. The pie and malt would keep his customer happy until he could add the finishing touches to his masterpiece and serve it out hot before a single slurp could be heard from his customers cup.

Yes, the evening was quite a delight. Almost.

As Chuck takes a seat, a nagging little pain would start to make itself known in the back of his cranium. Nothing too major, but noticeable none-the-less.
>> No. 40540293
>>40540244

Headaches. Ehhhhh, fuck'm. He did his best to ignore it. If it persisted he'd take some ibuprofen when he got home, but for now, Chuck simply hoped it'd just pass. Figures it would happen now though, as he was getting ready to relax for once today. The shake was good, the pie was good - so of course a goddamn headache has to show up. C'est la vie. Or, 'That's life for ya,' since Chuck had no idea what C'est la vie meant, and didn't care to.

Enjoying his meal as much he could whilst ignoring it, he kept on. He was still starving afterall.
>> No. 40540308
>>40540293
The persistent little bugger had no power over a hungry mans stomach, and soon enough it resigned itself to the unconscious and let Chuck enjoy his dinner.

The burger was soon served, and life was good. The soft, pleasant music continued on bouncing between hoppy, make-you-wanna-dance type tunes to some good old favorites from the King. Nothing much of interest, besides the food of course, happens as the evening persists. Happy customers could be heard quietly chatting away in the background and finishing meals, leaving slowly to pursue other ventures, or simply hit the hay. Finally, it was just Chuck and old Sam finishing up the last of his chores in the diner.
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>>40513848
"Benny? That guy's got all his social skills from the trash he sleeps on. We getting in the habit of playing the telephone game with our info now?" James blabbed, probably sounding a little more accusative than he needed to. Yeah, he was starting to get antsy again. His hot feet were cooking in the boots - probably going to melt right through the floor if they didn't get a start, and a good one.

"Now me, I'd start wondering why Benny hasn't gotten snacked yet if he didn't stink so bad..."

James seemed to become suddenly aware of his own existence, and how that was going for him. He raised his arm and took a wiff. On anyone else's face, the slightly dissatisfied frown would have probably been a dry heave.

"Guess I'm safe. Y'all could get with the frontal plans near where the Toddlers in Tiaras was found, in case our baddie is building some secret underground lair with sharks and laser beams. I could poke around Benny's royal bedchambers and maybe check around... " the kid obviously was improvising at this point, as he made his usual brain buffering gesture of twirling his finger next to his head, only vaguely disguising it by dropping it to a point on the map. It was just some little path tangential to the pond. "Here. Near this jelly stain. I hear monsters love those kinds of places."
>> No. 40608490
>>40603941
Roth barely even managed a shrug at James verdict of 'ol Benny, not caring enough to argue. It would be a waist of precious minutes to dispute the credibility of his snoopy little friend.

He watches and notes the area that James points to with an approving nod. If it were any one else, he might have shown a little concern about splitting the group apart, but not with James. He was too wild for anything short of a humanoid typhoon to take him down, and the park wasn't huge. Roth would be able to hear a whistle or a cry for help.

"Good idea, be easier to cover more ground. Me and Marcus will take the front end of the park then and if we're lucky maybe catch the pisser and chase him back toward you. You gonna need some gear, Spark? I got some flashlights and a few firecrackers in my side pocket."

He pulls his backpack towards his chest and starts digging around in his luggage, pulling out a few light-weight flashlights and a paperbag.

"Be careful snooping around Bennys spot. He's got a few booby traps set up for me. Nothing too dangerous though."

Roths nonchalant mention of the traps makes it sound as if he were just inviting a good friend over to come have dinner at his house and afterwards play a few games. Nothing dangerous at all.

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>> No. 40618483
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>>40603941
Your word...

Is N IGGA F AGGOT.
>> No. 40628569
>>40540308

Yeah.

He stared at the empty plate for a moment, his head bobbing just slightly and his lips in a satisfied sort of frown. Yeah, he could do that shit again. No problem. Not a drop of a shake, not a lone fry, and not a lone segment of bun was left; all was consumed in some kind of miniature hungry-holocaust.

"That was some good shit," he declares aloud, wiping his hands and chin with a napkin. "I dunno why I haven't been here before. Wasted time."

With a grunt, he rose to a standing position, giving his back a little pop.

"Maybe I'll bring some of my work buddies in here next time. You're doin God's work in heyah."
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>>40628569
Sam smiles as he picks up the near spotless dishes and deposits them in the sink.

"Well thank you son, I do try. You have a good evening now, hope to see you again."

...

Outside the air was crisp, cool. The night brought with it just the slightest bite of a chill and the sounds of the city seemed almost jolly in a way. Of course, Chuck was no doubt probably feeling pretty good after the last few hours of events.

And then there was that damn headache...back to nag him again it seemed. Except this time it didn't seem to want to just be pushed to the corners of the unconscious. As if it were angry with Chucks earlier rude treatment, it begins to hammer down on his skull with vengeance. Without even taking two steps out of bebops, Chuck is now feeling the full force of a migraine.

But is it just a migraine?

Out of the corner of his eye, something dark and wispy saunters by. Understandably, Chuck might ignore the shadow due to the massive pounding going on behind his eyes, but then another strange shadow passes by. And another. When Chuck finally does decide to look up, what he sees something out of a fairy tale. Or perhaps a nightmare [www.youtube.com].




...




Something...dark and..wrong stands not but a few yards from Chuck. A human? No, too distorted for that. It must be standing at least ten feet tall, and jutting from it's distorted shoulders is a bald head-leaning down and shaking back and forth, as if sniffing for something in the air. The shadows of the buildings cover most of its body, but Chuck can almost swear that some kind of smoke is coming off it.

Behind it more strange and disfigured humanoid shapes follow, all seeming to march along to some unheard beat. Before Chuck can get a good look at these other creatures, the headache becomes nauseatingly intense, and a horrible screeching whine engulfs his ears. The noise and the pain continue to intensify until Chuck is brought to his knees, and, there, kneeling on the cold concrete, he comes face to face with a monster.

Round white pupils engulfed in an expressionless black mask tower over Chucks lowly form, staring. Slowly they lower to just above his level and there they inquisitively search. A slender knotty black finger slowly comes up to touch his cheek, leaving cold wisps of shadow where it strokes. It continues up towards his forehead and runs its fingers through his hair, grabbing a fistful and yanking him up to his feet.

"Fuckin idiot.."

An angry growl breaks up the monotony of the horrible whine between Chucks eardrums, and when he blinks he can no longer see the monster, but instead Sam-the cook who had served him not moments ago.

"Think I wouldn't fucking hear what you said? Huh?! Get over there you little pin prick, let's settle this!"

Sam gives Chuck a hard shove, shuffling him backwards and using the force to open the doors behind them. Once inside, Sam grabs Chuck by his shirt and drags him to the counter and roughly sits him down in a chair before turning him around and forcing his head down on the cold counter.

The headache not forgotten, but only slightly less painful, Chuck is left to wonder if what he had just experienced was a delusion. But the clean pan sitting in the dish rack, acting as a slight mirror, proves otherwise. There, only slightly disfigured by the shape of the metal, stands the dark shadow that had so lovingly traced the outline of Chucks face.

Sam, feeling Chuck begin to turn, puts a heavy hand over the kids head and dips his own down to whisper in Chucks ear.

"don't look at it. don't acknowledge it. i'm warning you son, you let it know that you can see it and it will be the last thing you ever see. so don't. look."
>> No. 40685178
>>40683402

Chuck was not a clever man.

In fact, Chuck was a lotta things. A confident man, sometimes a cowardly man, but more often than not a decent and genuine man.

But rarely was he a clever man.

Today was not his lucky day. He did not pass go. He did not win the beauty contest after finding the community chest (though really he should have, check out that jawline.) And lastly he most certainly did not load up the right brain cells for cleverness.

In his defense, it's hardly under normal circumstances that he failed. A crushing migraine, the world was tilting, and just moments ago, a great big gribbly-goblin-gook (was that even real?) touched his face.

Chuck, despite the hushed warning, confused, dazed, and confused so more, turned to look at the thing outside the window.

Like turning a heavy granite bust on a pedestal, his head slowly turned. His face pale, eyes wide, he turned. Too afraid to not know.

...But also too afraid to know fully. As soon as it entered the periphery of his vision, just when that thing outside was but an indistinguishable blur on the corner of his sight, he stopped. His heart began to race. Just an impulse away from looking at it dead on.

"w-what - f-fuck - i-is-is t-the-th-that sh-shit?"
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>>40685178
don't look at it son, the pain will get worse. just look away, act like it's not there. act like we're fighting and it will ignore you and move on...let it pass son

Sam cursed himself. He shouldn't have stepped in, shouldn't have got involved. But then goddammit if it didn't have to happen right on his fucking front porch. If he hadn't have done it, if he just stood there and watched..no, he didn't need that right now.

He could already see it, police coming and knocking on his door first thing in the morning when some jogger discovers the body. Of course, he would be a key witness to the crime. Oh ya, probably even get a nice picture of his purty face all over the goddamn news. No he did not need that shit right now, not ever. If this little piss stain under him didn't get the hint soon enough and turn his goddamn attention elsewhere, he might have to knock him out.

shit, Sam hisses. He could see them getting closer. They were right fucking behind them now! Curious. Sniffing.

Goddamn there must be fucking five of them, if not six..shit SHIT!, I have to pull this off right or were both fucked.

The thought passes through Sams mind quickly enough, but it was easier 'said' then done. With the skinny boy shaking like a leaf under him, he really didn't know if he could. Could they smell his fear? Probably. Did they know it was from their own presence, or could they be fooled into thinking Sam was the culprit? Only one way to find out.

Sorry kid..

With a carefully aimed fist, Sam lands a jab into Chucks side that will no doubt send a wave of pain up his spine powerful enough to rival that of the pounding going on behind his eyes.

"I told you were weren't gonna get away with it you little prick! Who the fuck"

Another carefully aimed jab, this one barely even leaving a bruise. A sucker punch.

"Do you think I am? You don't come into MY territory and tell ME how to run a business you back ally trash!"

He lands a few more sucker punches to Chucks side for emphasis, making sure to look as menacing as he can given the situation. One wrong move...just one.

You better pull this off son, or you'll be wishing it was me breaking your spine.
>> No. 40686118
>>40685791

"W-What the fuck?!"

High strung nerves, an intense situation, and a suprise attack did little to facilitate reasoning, but it did wonders in coaxing out knee jerk reactions, which is exactly what it did.

Had Chuck known Sam more, trusted him more, and the situation not been so bizarre and freaky, he might have figured out why in the Hell he was suddenly beating him up. And played along more accordingly. But Alas...

Chuck turned. Chuck pulled up his fists. And Chuck went ham. With a snarl on his lips and a malicious glint in his hair gel, Chuck entered super-smash mode.. It may as well be a flawless performance to mimic Sam's, had Chuck been acting. But no, he wasn't.

And no, he did not pull his punches.
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>>40686118
Sam almosts grins when the first punch comes his way, but of course he catches himself. That was exactly the reaction he had been hoping to pull out of the skinny boy! Dukes up, pist off to the max, and his attention completely on him-where he needed it to stay.

Pulling his arms up to protect his face, he takes the first few blows like a good sport, not cursing when he felt the shock of pain run up his old bones. He backs up and starts to lead Chuck in a dance, throwing back a mock punch when he could, but mostly just trying to protect himself. A moment later and Chucks back is to the shadows lurking behind them and Sam is drawing in a mental sigh of relief. Only when the creepy crawlies finally lose interest and depart from the building does Sam really start to wrestle.

He takes a careful step towards Chuck, gets a fistful to the jaw, then throws in a quick one-two punch before he delivers one of his painful jabs to Chucks side. Quickly, before Chuck has the time to recover, Sam steps behind him and wraps him up in a crushing bear hug.

"Alright, alright! Enough! Enough son, you did it! They're gone! Look, there going! They're going..you can stop, just take it easy.."

He wrestles Chuck around so he is facing the window and can see for himself.

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>> No. 40687169
>>40687048

"Fuck you ya fat bastahd! Dunno WHAT the FUCK you're ona bout or WHAT the FUCK is goin on, but the one thing I do know is that gonna kick your ass either which way, ya sumbitch!"

He attempts to make good on his word, trying to knock the back of his skull onto Sam's face and jaw, whilst trying to pull his arms free.

"Man there's always SOMETHIN. Either the waitresses is old in cold, the food is gawbedge, the food's too damn expensive, or the owner is a fuckin' asswipe that just starts beatin the shit outta customers for no goddamn reason!"

He tries to swing a heel into Sam's groin!

"N' after I finish learnin' you some respect I'm gonna go get therapy, cuz the shit I just saw was unreal! So learn it quick asshole!"

He briefly recalled the joint in his pocket....had he somehow...gotten high off of it? Was it some new experimental drug, that didn't need a light?
>> No. 40695821
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>>40687169
The blow to his head connects with a satisfying smack-though it probably makes Chucks headache just that much more painful. It may have dulled a bit, but it's still very much there.

Sam curses and tightens his grip further!, giving Chuck even less movement than before.

"Goddamnit son stop! I'm sorry I had to hit ya-hey!-but they were going to kill us! Are you listening to me? It wasn't an illusion, your not going crazy! The big black one is still outside, just look damnit!"

Sam heaves and lifts Chuck up off his feet and slams him back down again, trying to get his attention towards the window.

"That big fucker right there, the one that had it's slimy claws all over your face..you see it? Your not crazy."
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>> No. 40745875
>>40695821

"What the Hell is this shit?!" he blurted almost immediately, staring at the strange creature outside. "What in the name of FUCKIN GODAMN JESUS CHRIST are you droppin in those malts?! I ain't never seen a hell-beast before until after eatin' yo food so SOMETHIN here ain't right you fat basted!"

He tries to shrug off the larger man.

"Now let go'a'me! When I get home man you can betch'your ass you's gonna get the WORST Yelp review of all time ya hear me?!"
>> No. 40774096
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>>40745875
"Ay! Alright!"

Sam lets go and takes a step back. There was really no use in trying to convince Chuck if he thought he had been drugged. Might as well just let him find out the hard way.

"Well..go on. I ain't holdin ya hostage. I ain't fuckin lying though either."

He huffs and takes another step back before pulling out a pack of cigarettes from his pocket and glancing out the window. He doesn't bother with common courtesy-asking Chuck if he wanted one, or even if he would mind the smoke. No, instead he focuses on getting the pack open with shaky hands and lighting one up. He starts talking again before he even has his first drag.

"If you wanna run out that door and make a big fucking scene, get yourself killed, go on be my guest."

He takes two quick puffs and blows the smoke out to his side before continuing.

"Just don't lead 'em back here. In fact, you shouldn't even come back here. I don't give a shit what you do after you leave, but I better not see you back around here again, ya understand?"

Sam seems to have done a complete three sixty on Chuck-going from fearful and nervous to pist off. Though maybe for good reason...
>> No. 40778131
>>40608490
It was settled, then. James was a strategic mastermind and his plan was clearly flawless. Not that he really had a plan to begin with, but hey, what's not there can't be wrong, right? Another stunning example of logic and reasoning processed entirely by the central cortex of his murder boner.

He wasn't in the habit of waiting for Roth to tell him when he could piss - he wasn't in the habit of letting anyone tell him when to do anything anymore. It was James, James, James, all day, always - James is here, James is there, on James' time, (sometimes) on James' dime, and now James was out the door.

"Eyes on the skies, you punky bunch!" he called haplessly across the restaurant, quickly brandishing an emergency flaregun from his pocket as he flung the diner door open. He was already trotting park-ways by the time he finished his about-face. A little grin went cheek to chill-air-bitten cheek as he passed mangled bicycle in the middle of the street, he himself only narrowly dodging oncoming traffic.

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>> No. 40778520
>>40774096

"Nu-huh, no way in Hell am I goin' out there - like, like this I mean," he added hastily, gesturing to the nightmarish creatures - before quickly turning away from them.

"I mean - I might walk into a fuckin' bus or something, I'm halucinatin, trippin balls -"

He ran his fingers through his hair, breathing hard, staring at the floor.

"Marijuana doesn't go bad or anything, right? I mean not like this. Fuckin' Hell I didn't even light the fuckin thing and now I'mjuststandinginherelike'a'fuckinassholelosinghismindover'a'goddamncheeseburger'n'amilkshake - "
>> No. 40778703
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>>40778520
Sam looks at the man before him with a stern face. He doesn't try to answer Chucks question, nor try and tell him that what he was seeing was NOT an allusion. It was no use. Sam could see that. The poor guy was too old to believe in the simple truth, too old to still have that natural instinct that things could happen that simply broke the human perception of reality.

Another drag off his cigarette, and another glance out the window. The phantams had moved along at last. No sight of any living-or otherwise-left. Just the wind pushing and pulling gently on a tree branch.

"First of all, you need to sit down in that chair, shut up, and smoke this"

Sam digs another cigarrette out from his pack and hands it to Chuck.

"And don't give me any of that bullshit about not smoking, cause if you don't already then your gonna start."

Hoping that a more authoritive approach will help Chuck to focus and calm down, Sam guides him to one of the benches and all but shoves him in it.

"Here's the lighter. If you don't smoke that your going to start puking all over my goddamn floor from the goddamn headache that I know you got pounding behind your goddamn eyes. There's a chemical in that cancer stick that dulls it. Not numbs-just dulls. But it's better than any vicodine or pill you get get from the docs office.

Now once you done that, then we'll talk. And if ya don't want to talk, then I'm going to throw you out and lock the door. You understand?"

He holds the lighter out and stares Chuck down, waiting for his decision.

>>40528777
>>40778131
Roth holds the paper bag in the air for another few seconds before grinning and shoving it back in his pack. He turns to Marcus with that same grin and gives a shrug.

"We better catch up or we're not going to see him till tomorrow night."

______________

An hour later..or had it been two? Roth didn't know because he hadn't bothered to check his watch since he started the stake out. His eyes were glued to the forest floor and trees around him. His ears caught every whistle of wind, every flapping of a bat passing by, every annoyed sigh from his newest team member. But he didn't care. He wasn't going to move until the chance came.

He knew James would not have been able to do this part of the plan, no freakin way man. That's why he had asked Marcus, and so far the kid wasn't doing bad. He had only managed to scare a bat out of it's roost on the way up the tree. Impressive feat actually, but even he had started to grow restless. Roth knew that if it didn't come soon, he was going to have to call this one off for the night and hunt another section of the city. They were wasting precious hours just to kill one monster when they could be killing dozens. Though comparatively this one was a much bigger threat.

Another screech in the distance. At least James was having some fun, probably already snagged five or six little creepers and a dozen or so more rats. But that was good. The more noise James made the more it would help to draw it out.

A lone ranger hunting in the woods by himself, no protection except for his own two hands-the perfect bait.
>> No. 40778847
>>40778703

He took and lit the cigarette without so much as a moment of hesitation. No fuckin' around. Three swift, heavy drags. His foot rapidly tapped on the ground, he turned slightly to the side, thinking.

"Mhnhn fuckin' bolshit goin' on," he mumbled, taking another puff, staring at the floor.

The suggestion to take a seat had either been ignored or unheard. He remained standing, thinking. Or presumably thinking in any case.

Some seconds later, he finally looks at Sam. His brow scrunched, lips pursed. The cigarette went to his lips while his free hand dipped into his pocket, producing the strange 'blunt' he'd discovered earlier.

"I swiped this off an army truck earlier today. There was a shitload of em. Thinkin eyy, some fellas maybe made some new shit, the man caught wise. Somethin' wit'a lil more bite yea? But fuck that. That ain't it. That don't esplain'dis. I didn't even light this thing. It would certainly esplain those gobbledeegooks outside, but it don't esplain you'n'yor behavye."

He took another puff.

"I got me a headache earleyuh. Came and went, got it real bad just a lil while ago here in yo place. And Christ Almighty it's hurtin' me real good right about now. I don't know what the fuck that's all about but it came back abouts right when you decidin to start hittin me -"

His eyes flit to Sam's face at that - a look, lost somewhere between a threat and a cautionary notion. He wouldn't be caught by surprise like that again.

"And then you's sittin here splatherin' a lotta nonsense at me'n'expectin me to talk rational after get whale'd on whiles I gots a migraine 'n' I'm seein freaky shit outside right now."

His foot tapped. He kept his gaze on Sam.

"I'm confuzed and real pissed off and I also feel like I needa throw up. So I want you to esplain to me real good why you think my hallucinations wanna kill you - and why you needed to beat me up to stop that. Two of the weirdest questions I ever ass'd."
>> No. 40778911
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>>40778847
Sam merely stares at Chuck as he lets his own cigarette burn. His expression hasn't changed much. Still stiff, still pissed off. His eyes roam to the blunt for a moment, then back to Chucks face. The smoke from the combined cigarettes begins to cast a soft haze in the room.

He suddenly reaches up to his cigarette and smashes the burning embers between his thumb and forefinger. He flicks the remaining half on the ground and grabs himself a seat. For a moment he's quiet, thinking. Then he snerks.

"I think you should go home."

He leans back in his chair and crosses his arm. Again he's quiet, testing the waters. Seeing-hoping-Chuck will listen and just leave. But no.

"Son...people don't share hallucinations. Not down to the micro details. That joint you got in your hand is probably just a joint. That ain't whats causing you your problems."

He leans forward and brings both his hands up and uses one of them to start counting on his fingers.

"1-You encounter a weird group of soldiers, but they didn't have the normal soldier get-up, did they? They were wearing some head gear most likely, and some kind of symbol on the shoulder of their uniforms.

2-Pounding headache out of nowhere, one the likes of which you ain't neva felt before. And it got worse when that creepy fucker outside took interest.

3-That creepy fucker felt real. Ya, it could have been a hallucination, hallucinations feel pretty goddam real. But you FELT it touch you, didn't ya? You could feel the cold sliminess of it's fingers on your face. It was tall. Dark. Alien. And there were others with it. A small group of them.

..."

Sam watched Chucks face for a moment; saw the doubt and hostility cross his features. He lights another cigarette.

"...Listen to the words I'm saying. I'm describing it perfectly because I know what you saw. I see it every goddamn night, and if I didn't go out there and distract you, REALLY distract you, that fucker would have killed you on the spot the second it realized you could see it. Because your a threat."

He takes a long drag and flicks the ashes on the floor.

"I didn't beat you too bad. The first blow was to get your attention. You would have kept freaking out if I had just shook your jacket, I needed your attention on me and not on it. Like I said, if it had realized you could see it you would have been dead before hitting the ground."

He puts his cigarette out on the ground, having only smoked about half of it.

"No, don't ask me what they are, I don't know! No one know!, no one can fuckin see em. All I can tell you is what I know, and what I know is they're real, they will kill you, and that goddamn joint didn't get you high, something those soldiers did to you left you like this."

He glares hard at Chucks face again. Something in his expression makes Chuck feel like Sam is almost blaming him for something.

"Now I want you to leave before they track you back here. I don't even understand why they let you go-or if you got away, frankly I don't care. I don't want them here. And I don't want you here either. You need to go. I've told you all I can, the rest your going to have to live with and figure out on your own. Just..don't acknowledge them if you see them again. And don't be a fucking hero."

He doesn't explain what he means by the last bit, but he suddenly stands and digs into his pocket and pulls out a set of keys.

"I need to close the restuarant."

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>> No. 40778912
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>>40778703
In a desolate corner of a deserted park, beneath the dead shadow of one of the few unlit lamps, a lone trash bin stood. Its corrugated surface was pitted and weathered by time and stained by misuse, and every once and again, its hollow body would wiggle in a truly unsettling way.

It was waiting for another meal. No, not the kind that a family's favorite little shit only half-finishes after a full-on, belly-flopping, ground-pounding, ear splitting tantrum. But that snot-nosed little prize himself would make an excellent snack. But its bread and butter were the growing numbers of hapless, hungry orphans of the city, flitting through the afterdark paths of this park like forlorn ghosts. The grim, rusty redness pooling near its base entailed sickening warnings of a well-fed beast.

And on this chilly, empty night, its preferred flavor came meandering toward its the doom of its peckish maw. It was the perfect sort of meal - bony and scrawny from malnutrition; that would give a satisfying crunch, and with sinewy, stretchy tissue and muscle, this morsel would leave it something flavorful to chew on until morning. And the smell - it wreaked of garbage and sweat and a crippling loneliness accented with cigarette smoke, all the aromas of the finest slag cake.

The child's boots made nearly inaudible clicks on the paved path, following the rhythm of an aimless wanderer's feet. A low, slurping sound emanated from his lips, between which a swizzle straw umbilical to a salvaged beverage was pinched. And it just so happened that the drink ran on empty as he entered the only break in the wistful lamplight within sight. And it just so happened his eyes were accustomed to the blackness of the city crevices enough to see the dull metallic glint of the trashcan. And it just so happened that he didn't feel like being a litterbug this time around, and was going to throw away that drink and that swizzle straw tonight.

The can was still in gory anticipation. It did not wiggle nor flex nor belch. It was an unmoving mass grave, starving for another resident.

The orphan's hand tightened around the lid, holding it for just a breath.

Hungry.

He ripped the lid from the can, spreading a rusty arc across the ground. A long, snaking, emerald head with a split jaw, shimmering scales, and the foulest breath of lost children emerged, hiss and growling and rearing for a strike. Its habit was to only examine its prey for a moment before engulfing them entirely, unmissed by all but a hungry stomach just hours later. But this time, it paused. The appetite in its eyes met a hunger that even they did not rival.

Behind the bloody tips of his oily black hair, and set in sunken sockets of corpse-pale skin, piercing green eyes clawed into the beast. And then the remnants of a melted slushy splashed across its face. But it was frozen.

Fear.

"It's you," it whispered - or the boy thought it whispered - rather unexpectedly.

"That's right, Oscar. It's me," he retorted, quick on the draw, yanking it down by its throat with one hand to stretch its neck over the rim of the can at a painful angle. The other hand - the left, went to work trying to put the lid back on with such and obstacle in the way. It took twenty, maybe thirty tries, but James was determined. Everything had its place, this he knew.

After agonizing minutes of a screaming beast and a furious orphan with the weight of the world behind his strikes, James was disposing of a severed head, an empty cup, and a swizzle straw. Just as he was about to seal the can for the final time, something in the gory trash caught his eye. A discarded fishing line, with the hook still attached, knotted and gnarled.

James continued on the parkway path, blood-stained fingertips untangling the fishing wire. The tune of "Singing in the Rain" lingered on his lips.
>> No. 40779024
>>40778911

"The sign outside says yous open till ten, so I got ya for five more minutes," he snipped.

The intensity of the defiant statement was neutered somewhat by the hurried drags on the cigarette he took immediately after.

"You think the feds poisoned me or somethin and now I'm a fugitive of some kind? I'm ehhhh liability now? How'n'why would they do that eh? That don't make no sense I'm just a cah guy. I saw a flatbed'a'dope 'n' that's it. I ain't worth killin over that. Nah."

He tapped his foot some more, thinking.

"Now that you mention it they was a little off-color if you know what I mean. But that don't mean their some kinna mad scientists niether....I wanna know why you think that. I wanna know why you think they did that to me. Is that what they did to you? Couple'a feds came through 'eyah, you made'm a cheeseboigah and then the next thing ya knows is you got whispy dudes creepin' around ya place?"

Another hurried puff. It was just about gone.

"Touchin' faces -"
>> No. 40779045
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>>40779024
And suddenly Sam had had enough.

Two quick steps and he is but a mere foot from Chuck and staring down into his face with the sort of rage one reserves for pedophiles and murderers. Suddenly the old man doesn't seem like someone Chuck would be able to take even if he had a couple big muscled guys backing him up.

"Now you listen to me goddamnit and you listen good cause I ain't gonna say it again! I ain't answering any more of your goddamn snoopin questions. You just brought in enough trouble than I'm willing or able to handle! I told you alls I gonna tell you, and I ain't tellin no more! I want you out. NOW! And if I see your face in here again I'll make sure it never again gets even a sideways glance from some purty gal walkin down the street, you hear me?! Now get the fuck out!"

He pulls up his arm and for a second Chuck might think Sam is throwing a punch... but instead he brings his arm up straight and quick and points towards the door. The conversation was over.
>> No. 40779071
>>40779045

Chuck was a little more prepared this time. Immediately his body posture changed, ready to tango as the crazy old dude stepped up to him, if he decided to try and throw some punches. But he didn't. Instead he shouted and raged - which Chuck himself had just about had enough of too. His lips twitched, and he threw the still burning cigarette to the side.

"Fine then asshole! Thanks for absolutely god damn nothin," he spat before turning, marching towards the door. Which he pushed open with a stiff kick, stomping through into the night...

Before the door had time to close though, he took a step back, and caught it with his hand. He snapped his head back in for one last quip.

"And your pie was WAY too goddamn rich!"

With the final word claimed, he slammed the door shut, and finally walked away for good. Fists balled at his sides, he walked towards the auto-shop - as quickly as he could without breaking into a run.

Goddamn. What the tuppeny-fuck was goin on. That fuckin - was it a dream? It sure as shit wasn't real, that was for damn sure. He wasn't twelve years old anymore, he learned long ago that the only thing creepin' around dark alleys and creepy cellars were rats and a bad smell. But holy shit - it FELT real. Drugs. It had to be. What was more believable, the existence of hell-ghosts who could only be seen by a crotchety old chef and a car guy because they'd both stumbled onto a military experiment, or he was just tripping balls?

How could anyone believe it was anything but a moment of insanity, brought on by a migraine, or a whiff of a strong drug?

Mumbling curses, he grabbed the two blunts from his pocket, and chucked them away. Where they went, he didn't care. They were poison.

....He also took a half-second to furtively glance over his shoulder as he marched away - The thought of seeing one of those whispy things again had his hair raised and his blood boiling, ready to bolt away.

This whole situation was beyond him. Something was seriously wrong. He knew, even as he walked, that this was one of those nights that he'd question for the rest of his life, wondering if it'd ever actually happened, or had just been a dream, dreamt long ago.

It didn't feel like a dream.

Popping his knuckles, he went on towards the shop. He'd grab his clothes, retreat to his apartment - and wait for the sun to rise on a sleepless night.
>> No. 40784356
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>>40779071
Ah, a night to question for the rest of his life. Indeed...but the chill in the air that whips through Chucks hair acts as a ghastly warning that the night isn't yet over.

He makes it not even halfway around the next block before feeling the nauseating pain of that damn headache again. But what's this? No ooky spookies lurking around in the shadows this time. No, just a group of orphan kids playing in the streets like every other night. They were mostly seen as rodents to the larger population of the city who didn't have time or energy to deal with their begging little faces and outstretched hands. Nor did the cities higher ups have the 'resources' to manage them. So they were left to fend for themselves for the most part.

With the headache now sending Chucks sanity on the fringe again, a scene plays out before him that will have him questioning once more if he is merely hallucinating.

A child stands at the street corner in front of a wall of a building which he seems to be using for cover from something down the alley. He wears nothing more than rags for clothes, but in his hands he weilds a plastic baseball bat. The type of hollow ones they make for little boys and girls who haven't quite yet figured out the art of playing nice. He weilds it high above his head like he's trying to call down a bolt of lightning, or maybe a magical timelord. And on any other night this might have seemed like common play. Not tonight however.

Mere seconds later a shout is heard. From down the alley comes running a tiny girl. Her hair is dark and chopped short, with some of it matting and turning into dreadlocks. In her arms she holds a small, once white teddy bear-its pretty fur now covered in years of dirt of grime, and it's left eye missing from its plush face.

"It's coming! It's coming!" she cries to the boy as she holds her arm up and points down the alley, and the boy does not break his stance.

"Ok!" he answers. "You get behind me now Sammy, quick like. I don't wanna hit you on accident."

The little girls nods and runs behind the boy and clutches onto her teddy bear and peeks around the boys side. And then Chuck can see it. A mouse. Just a mouse. No..it wasn't just a mouse. It was..warping, changing right before his eyes. The pain in the back of his skull does nothing to distract him from seeing that tiny little rodent fade and be replaced by a three foot tall, five foot long brown cartoon character. It was Jerry!

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Except this Jerry had a hungry look in his eyes, and a pair of long rat teeth that came to sharp dagger like points at the end. It's nose is to the ground, sniffing over the little girls trail like a hound dog tracking a fox. It's jaw is oozing with drool and leaving a trail under it's belly as the scent of it's prey fills it's twichy little nose, and those big cartoony eyes scan from side to side of the alley.

"It's coming!" the little girl squeaks again, and upon hearing the girls voice 'Jerry' makes a terrible screech of a noise before pouncing from around the corner, ready to attack. He doesn't make it far before the boy let's loose on the freakish thing with a carefully aimed konk on the head. The hollow bat he had been weilding is no more-in it's place is a red cudgel, medieval in style. He lifts it high above his head once again, and brings it down on the rodents head once more, producing a satisfying crack as it breaks through the skull and into the brain. The boy opens his eyes to stare down at the gruesome scene.

"Is it dead?" Sammy asks, and in turn the boy lifts his cudgel up slowly to check.

"Yup! See the brain?"

The little girl peeks around his side and makes a nasty face.

"Eeeewww!"

The kid seems to find this really funny because suddenly he weilds his bat (yes, the cudgel has somehow transformed back into it's previous state but this time with a bit of blood and guts hanging from it) towards the girl laughing and taunting her with the disgusting bits on the end. Sammy screams and runs down a side street with the boy hot on her heels. Neither of them payed even the slightest attention to Chuck during the whole ordeal.

The rest of the walk is similar for Chuck. The headache comes and goes from street to street, and every time it is a sure sign that something weird is lurking in some shadow, even if there are no kids in sight. But nothing tries to attack Chuck save for one strange boy with a rucksack mask over his face. But he doesn't see it as attacking. He sees it as purging, for when asked just what the hell he was doing swinging a stick towards Chucks head, the boy simply shrugs and responds with 'ya had a brain sucker crawlin up your back mister. I had to get em off.' Then he turns and runs off down the street.

The last block towards the shop is luckily free of shadows and creepy kids with rucksack masks. And hey! The headaches gone too!
>> No. 40790284
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>>40784356

What the pant-shitting fuck.

Chuck momentarily devolved into three people, as he watched the almost cartoonish violence unfold. One wanted to run after those kids, to ask them what the Hell they were doing, or what even just happened. Another wanted to simply sprint back to the auto-shop, pop into his car, and hopefully book it in time to get home before he completely lost his mind. And the third wanted to turn and run back to the Be-Bops, kick open the door, and demand the cure for this madness from a certain fat asshole.

All three jerked in three directions - Chuck awkwardly stumbled and sat down on the curb in utter befuddlement. The kids disappeared around the corner. The scene was over. Chuck sat - bewildered.

"What," he stated into the air, seeming to forget to add the inflection.

With a bleary blink, he brought himself back. Shaking his head (a bit like a dog) the greaser rose to his feet. He stuffed his hands in his pockets, staring down the alley - and the spat of gore in the middle of it.

His foot tapped ominously.

Without another word, he turned and continued marching down the street.

--------

He didn't waste time back at the shop - but neither was rushing. He changed into his regular clothes, checked his schedule on the cork-board, and made his way to his glorious 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, gleaming brilliantly in the parking lot, as though still in the sunlight of a beautiful day, despite the looming darkness overhead.

Chuck, uniform bundled in his hands, now wearing a simple tank top, blue jeans, and brown leather jacket, opened the driver door, and threw the clothes to the passenger seat.

He hesitated, not yet sitting down into the driver seat.

Pursing his lips, the door shut. Chuck returned to the auto shop.

Emerging a minute later, instead of a uniform in his hands, he held a tire-iron.

He set the l-shaped metal rod beneath his seat, before turning on the ignition - and went on home.

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>> No. 40803759
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A rustle in the trees. A scent on the wind. Something smelt of sleepyness and ammonia, a pungent odor that left the beasts claws clutching the soft ground and it's shoulders shivering. It's eye scans the shadows and focuses in on a fragile little body curled up under some leaves near the base of an old oak. The soft thumping of its weak heart filled the beasts ears and made it's mouth wetten and dribble with saliva. The prey doesn't yet know it is being stalked, nor is it even aware it's in danger. It's mind is in the sweet land of dreams, where it's troubles are melted away and it's pain forgotten.

The beast moves...stops...creeps again..

The scent is too tempting, the pulse too strong. It leaps, and the prey awakens.

>>40778912
The ground shakes a mere second before the screaming starts. It starts with a quick, half hearted frightened gasp that quickly delves down into strangled cries of pain. The ground shakes again, the trees sway, and more screams errupt into the silence of the night. The beast has found it's prey before the hunters have found the beast.
>> No. 40809910
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>>40790284
Chuck would arrive home to find a black pick-up truck sitting out in front of his house, and a light on in his living room. Walking up to the door would reveal no signs of forced entry. Infact, the door is unlocked as Chuck enters, and the smell of cigarrette smoke pervades the house.

Chuck [www.youtube.com] can hear the sound of someone whistle from the living room, before silence...Then-

"Mr.Chuck? In here. And I would appreciate if you refrain from bringing a weapon in here. I'm just here to talk."
>> No. 40811978
>>40809910

Well Chuck certainly wasn't here to talk.

"Listen here asshole," he blurted into the dark before entering the living room, tire iron in hand. "I'd appreciate if YOU would pop outta that window behind ya so I don't have to throw you out myself -"

"Five seconds buddy boy."
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>>40811978
>>40811978
Chuck will walk into his living room to see a man, dressed in casual clothes, standing in a very stiff stance and keeping a large pistol aimed directly at his chest. He holds it in his right hand, while in his left he displays some sort of badge. Chuck won't be able to clearly inspect it until he is closer though.

"Put. It. Down...Mr.Chuck. As I said, I'm only here to talk. I'm sure you have plenty of questions about what's been happening to you over the past hour or so. My job is to answer those questions.

I'm a field agent; an official. You can trust me."
>> No. 40815640
>>40815387

You can trust me.

Are you SHITTIN me?

Chuck, wide eyed, frozen mid-step, dropped the tire-iron to the floor. He raised his hands over his head.

About a million different things were running through his mind right now. So many that he sort of went numb - lame. Fear climbed into his soul, immobilizing him. The dark pit of the gun barrel drew his eye like a black hole. he couldn't look away from it.
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>>40815640
The man stares at him for a moment. Then-ever so slowly-lifts the gun and points it towards the roof.

"Alright.."

His eyes take Chucks form in questioningly, like he's studying the man before him. And indeed he was-waiting to see if Chuck is going to cause any further problems and ultimately cause the situation to escalate.

"Now..you don't attack me. I don't attack you. Alls well that ends well, right?"

The man doesn't put his gun away yet, but he does slowly lower it to his side and take a slow step forward, aware that Chuck was likely at his breaking point.

"This is my badge, see? I'm sure you've never heard of us. We're a separate organization from the government, sorta like the F.B.I., but we deal in a lot cooler shit."

He smirks then. A sort of lazy grin that shows a flash of his teeth-some what stained from years of cigarette smoke and a few missed dentist appointments.

"You want to take a seat? I'm sure your feeling pretty..shaky. Am I right?"
>> No. 40816820
>>40815652

He continues just standing there, arms aloft, slowly falling to a more sustainable position. His breathing was still quick, his face pale.

The yellowed grin did little to assuage his fears. Something about it appeared predatory to him. At least the gun was, for now, held away. That was something. If nothing else, it allowed his eyes to wander for a moment, to glance at the badge.

He didn't recognize it.

And even if he did, he wouldn't know how to identify a proper one. What the difference between a legitimate organization and a fake one.

Chuck remained standing at the suggestion to take a seat. The thought of being able to flee was more reassuring than calming his nerveswith a nice sit
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>>40816820
The mans grin slowly fades from his face before he finally just puts his badge away. He hadn't needed to go out on the field and deal with civvies in years, and he got the feeling he wasn't handling this as well as he could be. He takes another assessment of Chuck, then, barely noticeably, shrugs.

"Alright, well, obviously you've had a shit-fucking tastic night."

He doesn't take his eyes off Chuck, but he puts his gun away and takes a seat himself.

"You mind if I smoke in here? I probably should have asked before lighting one up earlier, but you know, you were taking a hell of a long time to get home and it's colder than a witches tit out there."

He pulls a pack out from his pocket, a lighter, and acts as if he's going to light one up without waiting for a response. He doesn't however, and instead offers one up to Chuck. He doesn't wait for him to take one before he starts in on an explanation.

"So I got a call in earlier today about some of our cargo not making it to it's checkpoint. We gave our boys some time, and when no one rang in, we decided to ring them. Seems they had a little accident out on the road and had to pull over for a repair."

He looks up at Chuck for a moment, before turning back to the cigarette in his hand. He rolls it between his fingers a few times before continuing.

"Now, normally, you never would have heard from me or any one in my organization. However-"

He pops the stick between his teeth, chewing on the filter a bit.

"That cargo of ours never made it to the next check point. Infact, it completely blipped off our fucking radar. So, normally, I would be stopping by your office to ask you some basic run of the mill questions. You know, 'have you seen these men; when were they here; where did they go' type of stuff. But, seeing as you weren't there when I stopped by, I decided to track you down. I was in a hurry."

Another shrug.

"Them boys were holding some precious secrets of ours, and it seems you happened to come into contact with one of those secrets."

He stops and waves at Chuck dismissively.

"Oh calm down man, this ain't some mystery crime movie. I'm not here to whack ya. I'm here to explain what's happening to you so you don't have a god-damn heart attack and keel over. Which, might I add, is quite possible with what's pumping through your veins right now and if you don't get it treated soon."

He jabs a finger towards Chucks chest to emphasise his point.
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>> No. 40840231
>>40817021

"...I-I don't got no idea what you're tawkin about. I'm feelin' just fine."

Hahahahahaha. Yeah.

"And I ESPECIALLY dunno 'bout no missin cawgo. If you're askin me if I stole two tons of Uncle Sam's high calibre dope off the bed of a truck, I'm sorry but I don't got it. Got no idea where that...'cawgo' went."

"Maybe they smoked it," he offered lastly with a bit of an upturned brow - but his eyes stayed on the gun.
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>>40840231
hahaha, YUP
I'm sure you're feelin JUST FINE AND DANDY there Chuck!
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>>40840231
The man chews on the butt of his cigarette a bit more as he continues to stare at Chuck.

"Uh huh.." he says.

"Well...here's what we're gonna do Mr.Chuck. I need you to accompany me back to headquarters. While we're there, one of our doctors is going to administer you a shot. It's not dangerous" he says quickly.

"It's just to help with the headache and calm your heart down."

He finally lights his smoke, taking a long drag before continuing.

"Now, after that's done another doctor is going to ask you some questions, and when your little interview is over, you're going to have a choice. The choice being how you want to proceed from there."

He gets up then and gestures to the door.

"Shall we go?"
>> No. 40840689
>>40840490

....Right.

"...Do I have to?"

He swallowed. His eyes furtively glanced at the pipe on the ground.

"I mean, don't you need....an arrest warrant? Wait - yeah!" He exclaimed suddenly, taking a step back, pointing at the stranger. "You can't order me to do shit! Let's see that paper you...officer you!"

The fact he'd had a gun pointed at him earlier somehow did not feel the need to reconcile itself with actual, normal policework.
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>>40840689
The man stares at him and crosses his arms.

"Really? You really going to make this hard? Look I don't get what you're so fucking afraid of. If I wanted to hurt you I would have done it. If I wanted to kill you, you never would have left your shop earlier this evening."

He puts his hands down and takes a step towards Chuck. He meets him eye to eye-his earlier humour and good will gone. His face is hard now, lacking in sympathy.

"If you think you got any rights..then I ask you to think back..on what happened to the Japs in nineteen forty two."

The words come out in quiet, short, clips; each one being spoken with a little more toxicity than the last.

"We don't have rights. We got fucking privileges."
>> No. 40846846
>>40840735

He blinked.

....What...what did happen to the Japs in 1942?

It probably wasn't good, he reckoned.

"Okay, whatevuh, jesus. Do your little interrogation thing then. I don't care."

He rubs his shoulder, staring at the gubment dude, narrowing his eyes a little bit.

What the Hell was going on?


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