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Post by WolfStorm on Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:54 am

Brandt was crouched at the top of a tall brick building, looking down at the people walking by in the streets. His bird-like feet gripped the edge of the rooftop and his clawed hands were gripping between his feet. He had been like that for most of the day, hardly moving and simply staring down at the cars and people passing by as they went about their days.
After a while, he let a long sigh escape his beak. The one he was looking for was definitely not in this city. He had the same feeling that he always had with him. The feeling that he needed to keep moving, to go somewhere else because he didn't belong where he was. They had already been in the city for a few days, but they weren't quite ready to move on just yet.
As he stared down into the streets, he brought his hand up to his chest and absentmindedly ran his talons along the scars he knew were hidden there. The newest marks from his most recent death. Not that it had been too close to the present. The event took place about 5 years earlier, which is a rather short amount of time for a creature who is immortal. He had been travelling between cities with his companion, Asa, when they came across some other creatures like themselves. It wasn't too uncommon for them to meet others, but it was rather uncommon for those others to be travelling with one that had lost their sanity.
Normally, Brandt and Asa traveled more deserted paths, which wasn't that uncommon for their kind. As they were travelling, they met a group of three others going the opposite direction. Two of them were each holding onto chains which were attached to the third that was in between them. The third was struggling against the chains, which were around his neck, torso, and hands. He was muttering nonsense to himself as his companions held onto the restraints and explained themselves.
Apparently, their friend had found his counterpart first, but shortly after their meeting, a terrible accident had happened and they couldn't save the human. Their friend, of course, had snapped and began causing destruction. Since he couldn't be permanently killed, they restrained him and were now trying to keep him from causing any more harm. They also told stories of a creature and their human who could cure insanity and even resurrect those that had died.
As the two talked, their attention was drawn away from their friend. After a while, their grip must have loosened enough for the creature to break free of the chains. There was no time to react and the only thing Brandt remembered was the creature lunging at him, a sharp pain in his chest, and then the familiar emptiness of death.
He woke up some time later, a deep gash still in his chest, though it was healed enough for him to live again. The three were gone and Asa had said that as soon as the creature was restrained again, the three had left, though not before apologizing a dozen times.
Brandt sighed again at the memory as he stood up and backed away from the edge, stretching his muscles as he looked up at the sky, seeing that the sun would be setting soon. He then looked around and began to wonder where Asa had gone off to.

^*^

Sage walked happily down the busy street. Since it was starting to get later in the day, a lot of people were just getting out of work or leaving from after-school activities. Sage herself had just gotten done studying at the library with some friends. It was the middle of the week, so she was doing to last minute studying with a few others before their big test on Friday. Even though it was one of the hardest subjects for her, chemistry, she felt really good about the upcoming test, unlike her friends.

This wasn't strange for her, though. Sage was used to feeling a certain way about some events. Any time she felt confident in herself going into a test, she usually got a good grade. It wasn't just confidence about knowing the material, though. Instead, it was more like she knew she was going to get a good grade, even if she wasn't sure what to expect from the test. She would sometimes have bad feelings about a test and find out that she wasn't at all prepared, even if she had done everything she could to study and try to assure herself that it would be fine.

Tests weren't the only things that caused her to have feelings like this. Sometimes, she would simply feel like something was off and then later get bad news about something. Once, when her mom was about to let the cat out of the house, Sage had gotten a bad feeling and made her cat stay inside. As soon as that changed, she felt better. She couldn't explain how she knew some things, but her feelings like that had never been wrong, so she wasn't going to take the chance.

As she walked down the street, she looked around. It was beginning to get dark, so street lights were already turning on, though they weren't doing much yet. She ran her fingers through her dark brown hair, deciding to pull it back into a ponytail as she walked, her chocolate brown eyes looking around.
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Post by Elrondra on Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:41 pm

"Come 'ere kitty, kitty, I promise not to gobble you up."

Hanging over the side of the dumpster with legs flailing in an attempt to stay precariously balanced, Asa tried to reach the cat which had been rummaging through the back-alley dumpster. The draw strings on his dark navy blue hoodie caught the feline's attention and with a little butt-wiggle the creature began to swat at the strings.

"Gotcha!" Asa cried out victoriously, snatching up the surprised cat before it could elude him. With his captive in hand he let himself slide off the dumpster's rim and he landed on his feet, holding the cat tightly to his chest.  Asa stroked it's mottled brown fur and blinked thoughtfully at the animal. In his mind's eye, a bright flash of color and action dashed across his brain in scattered images and he gave the feline a frown.

"Uh oh. Sorry to break it too you little fella, but you're gonna get bitten by a dog in a couple of weeks." The cat mreowed indignantly and tried to squirm out of his arms. "No need to get nasty."

Asa lifted the cat from beneath its armpits and raised it to eye-level, delivering the feline a shrewd scowl. "It's going to hurt but you're going to find a home because of it."

The scraggly cat hissed and bit at his scar flecked knuckles in a demand to be let down. "Ouch! Be that way then!" Asa dropped the cat to the back-alley's pavement and the creature dashed into the shadows.

"Cats are evil," he said, even though he was quite fond of them.

It suddenly occurred to Asa that he had at some point gotten distracted (as usual) and wandered away from his travelling companion.
Brandt is probably still sulking along the rooftops, he thought to himself kicking dispassionately at a crumpled soda can.

Asa shoved his human hands into the front pocket of his hoodie and let his sapphire eyes follow one of the buildings' wall all the way up, past the roof, until he was staring at the darkening sky. A few streaks of pink stretched across the pale blue and reminded him vaguely of cotton candy. A stale breeze coming off the bustling streets blew through the alley and caused a several black fly-aways, which had escaped his ponytail, to tickle his cheek.

Asa wriggled his nose against the cool air and breaking out of his reverie, strode down the alley onto the busy sidewalk.

"Where did that bird-man run off to," he muttered to himself, slipping between people much too concerned about themselves to notice anyone else. Especially not a certain demon who had just begun to hum a tune that sounded suspiciously like the song It Feels Like the First Time, with a smug look on his face.

~*~

Max unceremoniously shoved her key into the lock of her apartment giving it a good twist. Holding a plastic bag of groceries with one hand, she grabbed the doorknob and heaved it upwards and in, the door squeaking angrily. After flicking the yellow lights on, Max kicked the door closed behind her so hard it rattled on its hinges.

She tossed her keys onto the table and went into the kitchen, flicking lights on through her home as she went. Still not used to sharing her place, Maxine nearly jumped out of her skin when she found a fat, ugly, fluffy black cat glaring at her from the countertop.

For the second time that day, Max wondered why on earth she followed her psychiatrist's advice on getting a cat. The first time had been when the cat vomited on her bed early that morning.

"Get off the counter Lucifer!" She spat at the cat, which in turn spat back at her. She glared at her roommate until she was satisfied that she had stared the little beast into submission, before going back to her living room.

Dropping onto her couch and kicking up her sore feet, Maxine listened to the voicemail messages left on her phone. Please come into work on Saturday, blah blah blah, your rent is due, blah blah blah. Then as she was kicking her shoes off and rubbing her feet together, a voice came through the phone's speaker which gave her a feeling of trepidation.

"Maxine, its Lynn, please start answering my calls."

How much longer was she going to pester her?

"Mom is worried about you, we haven't seen you much since they pulled you off duty."

I've seen you six times since then, actually, she thought smartly.

"If you won't talk to any of your old army buddies, at least talk to your family."

What army buddies? They're all dead.

"Its been six months, Max. You need to get over it. At least call Mom to give her an update on how you're doing. Don't make her worry even more."

The message ended without so much as a goodbye and Max turned off her phone in irritation. She needed to just 'get over it' huh? Well she was trying, but there wasn't some helpful five step secret to getting over PTSD for her to use. Call Mom? Sure, that would end well. Having a shouting match over the phone with her crying, angry, mother--just what she felt like doing after an agonizingly long, boring day. Those people would never understand.

Max stared up at the ceiling, her eyes following the cracks in the ceiling and her thoughts following memories she'd rather forget.
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Post by WolfStorm on Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:39 pm

After Brandt had spent most of the day basically being a gargoyle, it took quite a bit of stretching in order for the stiffness to leave his muscles. Once he felt adequately limber again, he walked to the side of the building where the fire escape was, making sure to grab his trench coat and throw it on as he went.

Once he had climbed down the ladder and merged with the crowd on the sidewalk, he began the trek back toward their temporary home to see if Asa was there yet or not. He really couldn't imagine where that creature would be. As he walked through teh crowds, he put his hands into the pockets of his trench coat and pulled up the collar of it. He made sure to keep his tail close to him, not wanting anyone to step on it. While he could still feel his tail, claws, large ears, and beak, he knew that it was impossible for any humans around him to see what he really was. Even though he looked like one of them, many often took second glances or stared straight at him. The scars he held weren't hidden by whatever magic made them unable to see his true form. He had learned to ignore this, though.

It took him a little longer than normal to get back, though he wasn't surprised considering the fact that he had left at about the same time many people were getting out of their jobs. Rush hour. Once he was away from the crowds and the buildings began to grow shorter and give way to neighborhoods, he relaxed slightly. Just a little further. On the other side of some houses was an old junkyard that was unoccupied by employees in the evenings.

Normally, when Asa and Brandt decided to stay in a large city for a longer period of time, they found an old abandoned building or junkyard that they could stay in without having to worry about prying eyes or curious ears. It had worked for them so far. Brandt walked through the piles of garbage, kicking a few cans every once in a while until he reached the center of the maze rubbish.

At the center, there were larger items. More cars stacked onto each other, but there was a nice opening in the center of it all. That was where they had been staying. He walked over to one of the less corroded car frames and pulled out a sack that contained what few supplies they had. Some food, bandages in case they got into trouble, and blankets, if they ever needed them, though they weren't often bothered by the weather. Unless it came to be too extreme, but even then, they could usually withstand it.

He lit a fire and pulled out a couple cans of whatever random food they had gathered recently. Their supply was getting low again, but it wasn't too hard for them to hunt if they got too desperate. Or just began to crave something other than manufactured food. Using his claw, he opened the top of one can and began cooking it, over the fire, glancing around every once in a while to see if Asa was ever going to show up.

^*^

Sage walked back toward her home, smiling and humming to herself as she went. The crowd was beginning to thin as people walked into various buildings, but there was still a considerable amount of people around. She passed the bus stop that she would normally wait at to go home, but she decided, like she did on many clear evenings, to simply walk home. Of course, she would always take the bus if she began to get a bad feeling about walking alone. This was not one of those days, though.

As she walked, she began to make her way to the edge of the crowd, not wanting to run into anyone as she looked around. Then something caught her eye ahead. A brown cat ran out of an alley, looking rather distressed as it wove between feet to get away. She smiled to herself. There were a lot of strays around, but they would eventually get taken in by a sympathetic person or to an animal shelter. She didn't like to think about anything else that may happen to them.

She got closer to the alley that the cat had run out of and, as she walked, she saw someone else come out and join the pedestrians. Her steps faltered, though, and she took in a sharp breath as she gasped at what she saw. The person that had exited the alley had two long, pointed ears as well as a tail! She blinked and the image seemed to flicker back to a normal person, as if she was looking at a broken hologram.

Someone bumped into her, muttering an apology as they continued on. This brought her out of her trance and she watched as the person disappeared ahead of her. She looked around, but nobody else seemed to have witnessed what she had just seen. Sage began walking forward again, though she was no longer humming to herself. Instead, she kept her eyes firmly ahead of her, searching for that person again. Her mind was focused on remembering exactly what she had seen.

It only took her a few minutes to get the figure into her sight again and this time, she was sure of what she had seen. She didn't know what she was looking at, but she knew that it wasn't human. Nobody else seemed bothered by this, though, which led her to believe that she was the only one seeing this creature. Judging by the way people went around it, she guessed that they only saw a person.

Unsure of what she was doing, she abandoned her path home and instead followed the creature. Her eyes never left this strange thing in front of her and she didn't even stop to think about what would happen when she caught up to it. Or even what she was hoping to accomplish by following it. At this point, the only thing telling her feet to move was instinct and any other type of thinking had been pushed away.
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Post by Elrondra on Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:01 pm

You know that strange connection you get with a certain stranger on the subway? How your eyes meet with some special individual and for some reason there is a sudden connection and magnetic pull to them? Then for the rest of the ride all you can think about is that person's eyes continuously watching you, and you have to resist doing the same.

Asa had that feeling.

Although he wasn't sure why and he wasn't sure who with. But the feeling continued to fester in his brain like an itch he couldn't scratch. It rankled and gnawed at him until the jaunty whistle died off and a frown weighed on his face. He stopped. Standing still in the flow of human traffic pouring down the sidewalk, looking around for something he didn't know.

A hundred faces he didn't recognize.

Asa scratched the back of his head and let the flow of the crowd pull him into a walk again. He was being watched by someone and although he wasn't sure who he had a hundred ideas of possible suspects. All of which could follow him unnoticed if they so desired. Of course, none of them were particularly friendly either. Asa decided the best course of action would be to try and meld with the crowd and find his way back to Brandt. The sun had sunk behind the horizon and its final splashes of color were fading from the sky. By now his friend would have come down from his rooftop perch and gone to their--

Damn.

Asa's thoughts began to pick up speed. If he went straight back to camp and someone was following him (possibly an undesirable someone), it would mean they would have to pack up and leave town as fast as possible. They had only just gotten here and Brandt would want a few more days to search town. Asa couldn't go back to camp.

Perhaps I am over-reacting.

Yet after all these years of running and hiding that cautionary instinct told Asa that he should at least make sure. It was better to feel silly than to feel sorry. (Even though he did tend to be very silly.)

His flickering cobalt eyes resisted the temptation to look behind him and searched the streets ahead instead. Casually he turned left down a quieter street. It was lined with a few twinkling cafes and gift shops. After making his detour he immediately ducked into an alley between a coffee shop and a bakery. Traffic had almost completely died off in this quiet little haven, and Asa closely watched any of the passing faces.

There was only one that caused a streak of doubt in his mind. He didn't recognize her per se, but he had noticed her pretty face in the crowd earlier--he had thought maybe she noticed him when he had stopped--and she had turned the corner almost immediately after him. As he peeked around the corner he noted the young girl didn't appear confident in where she was going.

How could he handle this situation delicately…?

As the dark haired girl began to pass the entrance of his alley, Asa abruptly reached out snatching her by the arm and yanking her into the passageway.

"Where do you think you’re off to?" He said.

Delicacy was not an aptitude Asa was particularly strong in.

~*~

Fear is an interesting thing.

Max wondered at its complexity as she stood in the hot shower at three in the morning. The steaming water washed away her cold sweat and helped her calm down as her mind wandered, as it dangerously did so often.

All the brain needs is one mind-rending event to happen, and then in order to conjure up fear all that it has to do is make the smallest connection to that event. Then before one realizes it that tiny connection has plunged them into terror all over again.

As Maxine wondered at this she tried her best to avoid closing her eyes. Or else she might see a one of several familiar faces burned on the inside of her eyelids, an image not likely to go away for a few hours yet.

Another interesting side note: even if one cannot remember a familiar face when they are awake, their brain can still somehow conjure up a clear and perfect memory of the face while dreaming.  

The shower knob gave a tiny squeak as she shut the water off. Wrapping herself tightly in a towel, Max stood staring at a stranger in the mirror. Besides a couple of new smaller scars, she looked almost exactly the same. Her blonde hair hung limp and wet and she thought maybe it was time to cut it short. Yes she still had the freckles she had hoped she might outgrow. Besides a thin pale scar on her upper lip, they remained a healthy pink color. Wait a moment, ah now that was the change she hadn't quite understood--her eyes. A shadow was cast in those silver eyes and she couldn't understand why. How could a person's eyes change? How could they somehow reflect what was at the heart of a person? They were just eyes after all.

Their eyes had changed too, somehow becoming as still and cold as their empty bodies.

Ah, that connection. Her heart stumbled and against her better judgment Max squeezed her eyes shut.

Yes, fear is a very interesting thing.

~~~~~~~~~~~
Hope you don't mind me seizing your character for the moment. I thought we might as well not beat around the bush with this and get things rolling, if you don't mind.
Also, Max is on her own timeline for the moment, I won't deviate much, I just want to sort her character out a little.
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Post by WolfStorm on Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:17 pm

Once Brandt had eaten, he tossed the empty can aside and left the other uneaten one out for Asa when he decided to return. Letting out a long sigh, Brandt laid back on the ground and stared up at the now dark sky.

When he had been in the city, the lights of the buildings and cars had made it hard to see the sky clearly. He had never been a fan of cities, but the junkyard, though filled with piles of waste, was a nice escape. Brandt definitely preferred options like this to staying in warehouses in the middle of business districts.

As he stared up at the sky, using his left hand as a headrest, he brought his right hand up to the right side of his face and began tracing the scars there as he thought. He first felt the cracks that ran around one side of his beak. He lightly ran his claw over the two cracks that split apart on the top and then down to the one line that ran the rest of the way to the bottom where it ended.

Next, his hand traveled to where the hard beak became flesh. Along here was was a discolored scar that ran from between his eyes and then down the right side of his face along his beak. He tapped it lightly with his claw as he had done with his other scar as he shut his eyes and let out another sigh.

He then shut his eyes as his hand rested on the ground, his claws brushing over a spot on his ear that was jagged where some of it had been torn away. He laid like that for a while, dozing slightly while he waited for Asa. Normally his companion would have been back by this time, but Brandt guessed that Asa had become distracted by something and simply lost track of time. It definitely wouldn't have been the first time.

^*^

Sage continued to follow the stranger she was so determined to keep track of, though she couldn't explain the feeling. Then she saw him look around and she hoped that he would not notice that she was following him. Immediately after he looked around, she saw him quickly turn a corner and disappear from her sight. Not wanting to lose him, she sped up and turned the corner after him.

She let out a shocked yelp as she felt hands grab her and pull her out of the way of others. For a moment, she was overtaken by fear. She wasn't sure what was going to happen. She knew that whoever it was she was following, they weren't a normal human. Or she had simply been seeing things and this person had noticed her following them.

She spun herself around quickly, not wanting to let this person out of her sight for longer than she needed to, especially since they now knew that she was trying to follow them. Her eyes fell on him and she found herself seeming to hold her breath as a strange jolt went through her now that she was seeing him clearly for the first time.

He definitely was not human. Her moment of fear passed quickly, though, and she realized that she felt completely safe and comfortable around him. It was strange, but she didn't feel like she needed to run away anymore. She knew that he could be trusted.

She stared at him for a moment before realizing that he had spoken to her. Even though she was no longer afraid, she still found it difficult to find the right words to say. "I was... Just..." After spending a few seconds stuttering and trying to form a complete sentence, she simply shook her head and decided to be completely honest.

"I was following you... I saw you walk out of the alley and... You're not human. What are you? Why didn't anyone else seem to notice? Why can I see what you look like?" Once she had started talking, she realized that she couldn't stop herself from asking any question that came to her mind. After she had asked them, she simply stood staring at him, waiting for some form of explanation.
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Post by Elrondra on Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:10 pm

The girl twisted in Asa's hand and as he truly came face to face with her a surprised jolt slipped up his spine, like a wet bar of soap in the shower. It wasn't their abrupt meeting or the questions she pelted him with that caused the surprise, but rather the initial warmth he felt within himself in her presence. The reassuring feeling made his heart squirm in discomfort and he let go of her arm immediately.

Asa frowned deeply as the startled girl shot her questions out, slowly at first but rapidly building speed (it might have been funny if she wasn’t so disconcerting at the same time). It was then that he received his second surprise: she could in fact see him (as he suspected) yet she didn’t know what he was.

Humans that can see our kind always have partners…why hasn’t her partner found her yet? The slacker is doing a poor job of searching, that’s for sure, this girl looks like she’s in high school already.

Asa stood still for a moment after she stopped talking, the only sign of his racing thoughts was the restless twitching of his tail. After taking a moment to absorb her words, he perplexingly shook his head at her.

"Wait, so you see a random monster roaming the streets and your initial reaction is to follow it? Who the hell does that?"

In the realization that his scathing remark didn’t answer her questions in any way, Asa attempted another response.

"Look, nobody else could see me because most humans shouldn’t. Some of you guys are unlucky enough to have the ability to see through our disguised form. You must be one of them. As for what I am?"

Rubbing the back of his neck, Asa gave a heavy sigh.

"Call us whatever you want really, we have many different names: demons, creatures, monsters, shapeshifters, the boogie monster, whatever suits your fancy. Although I’d appreciate not being called Mr. Monster or anything, so please call me Asa."

"Now tell me, who the blazes are you?"
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Post by WolfStorm on Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:39 pm

Sage watched him as she waited for him to answer her questions. Or at least one of them. The only movement in her sight was the twitching of his tail. The sounds of people on the streets seemed to be far away even though they were only a few feet away. In fact, everything seemed pretty distant at the moment. The only thing her mind could focus on was the not person in front of her.

When he finally did answer, it wasn't what she was expecting. She could hardly call it an answer, as it seemed to be more of a remark on her common sense. Sage crossed her arms stubbornly and glared at the creature, though she couldn't blame him for questioning her actions. She wasn't entirely sure what she was doing either.

Instead of trying to defend what she had done, she simply muttered, "It's not like anything bad happened..." and waited for him to actually answer her questions.

Her attitude quickly changed once he started explaining what was going on. Of course, this only created more questions rather than actually answering the ones that she had asked. It was a start, though, and she had to refrain from interrupting him with every question that popped into her head.

It took her a moment to realize that, among the answers she had been given, the creature, Asa, had also introduced himself. While she did have a lot to ask, she didn't want to be rude. So, she smiled and said. "My name is Sage! Nice to meet you Asa!"

"So... Why is it that only certain people can see you and others like you? Also, when you say there are others, do they look like you do too? And why am I one of the people that can see you?"

She paused for a moment and thought that she might owe Asa a bit of an explanation as well. The pause was short-lived, though, because she continued to talking less than a minute after she had stopped.

"I guess I should tell you why I followed you... The truth is, I don't really know. I guess I was just curious. I mean, things like that don't just happen to me every day. Or ever, really. Plus, I didn't get a bad feeling about you when I saw you. Normally, if I feel like something is going to go wrong, then I'll try to avoid whatever is giving me that feeling. I haven't been wrong about something yet!"

She couldn't help but feel proud of herself at her last comment, though she hoped she wasn't coming off as smug. Ever since she was a little kid, she had been trying to explain to her friends that she had great instincts when it came to things like that. Nobody believed her, of course. They would just tell her that she was lucky.

Her parents definitely didn't believe that she had 'super powers', as she used to call them as a child. She would always go off and do something that they thought was dangerous and would scold her, no matter how much she tried to tell them that nothing bad was going to happen or she would know.

Sage assumed that, seeing as she was speaking to a strange and supernatural creature, maybe he would believe her when she said that she had a way of knowing when things were going to go right or wrong. She wasn't sure how she would handle being told that she was crazy by a person that had pointed ears and a tail.
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Post by Elrondra on Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:24 am

What an evening this was turning out to be. Asa couldn't recall a time in the several hundred years he had been alive in which a young woman followed him in his demon form and then proceeded to calmly ask a string of questions! Wait until Brandt got a load of this girl, she had unbelievable grit.

The flow of words from the girl’s mouth—or rather Sage’s as she had introduced herself—miraculously paused, and just as Asa was about to respond the gateway opened again as she explained herself. Crossing his arms and furrowing his brow, Asa was began to realize that he was no longer in much control of this conversation, somewhere along the way the girl had taken the reins. It was almost funny if he wasn’t so confused by her. Weren’t girls supposed to chase after pretty and fantastical things and not monsters?

An uncomfortable pressure in the back of his head pressed against his skull as she told him about her ‘gut feelings’. As if those didn’t sound familiar. Yet the cynical voice in the back of his mind told him not to get any ideas or hopes, that this girl was just giving him talk.

Asa pulled the girl a few steps deeper into the alley when she had finished, and cast a look around for good measure.

“You certainly ask a lot of questions,” he mumbled.

“Okay listen, your first question has a long answer that will probably cause you to start asking more questions, and please I don’t have time for that. Yes, there are others like me but like you humans we all look a little different.”

“Now have you ever heard of the saying ‘curiosity killed the cat’? Because believe me, if your curiosity had been placed in a different demon things could have ended a lot worse for you. Following me just because you didn’t get a ‘bad feeling’ was not a cool move, use your head too not just your gut.”

Asa dimly recognized his own hypocritical words as they came out of his mouth.

“Just…I don’t know, be a little more careful.”

Asa ran a hand over his face and paced a restless step or two while trying to figure out what to do with this girl, or whether he should do anything at all. Little alarm bells went off in his head at the thought of sending her home and never seeing her again. Something about her still wasn’t quite right. He needed Brandt to meet her, just so that he could tell Asa he was thinking too much. But how was he supposed to convince a high-school age girl to follow him—a monster—to a junkyard at night, so that she could meet another monster.

“Look, before you barrage me with more questions, I might have a friend who can help. Do you have family waiting for you at home? Because you might be a little late.”

Oh yes, that didn’t sound creepy at all, he was definitely handling this with expertise. Asa mentally kicked himself.
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Post by WolfStorm on Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:31 pm

Sage felt herself being pulled further down the alley and, at his comment about how many questions she asked, she crossed her arms again and resumed her stubborn and somewhat defensive stance. She let him talk, though, and made sure not to interrupt him.

She couldn't help but feel a little downcast when he told her that she needed to be more careful. Apparently this creature, that shouldn't even exist in a normal world, didn't believe that she had some sort of extra sense either. He must think that she's crazy too. Letting out a slight sigh, Sage continued to listen to Asa speak.

Once he was done, she tilted her head to the side and thought for a moment. Once again, she didn't have a bad feeling that was telling her she needed to leave. It was actually the opposite of that. She felt like she could trust Asa. That was definitely a feeling she couldn't explain, but she didn't want to go against it either.

However, she was still slightly offended by how he had told her she shouldn't trust her feeling and should instead think about these things. That, plus the fact that he told her to be more careful before immediately asking her to go with him to meet another stranger. So, she simply shrugged and began examining her fingernails as she spoke casually. "I don't know. I mean, I definitely feel safe around you, but you told me I need to think about things more. What would my mother say if she knew I was following strange men to some random location to meet another stranger? And on a school night? That's just irresponsible..."

She glanced up at him, waiting to see his reaction, but not giving him the opportunity to reply to her. As she looked up at him, she pulled her phone from her pocket and quickly made a call, holding the phone up to her ear and waiting a few moments before someone answered. "Hey mom, I need to stay the night at Nikki's house...... I know, but we ran a little late studying for Friday and completely forgot about a project that's due tomorrow..... Yeah, her mom said it was fine..... Okay, thanks. Love you."

With that, she hung up and dialed another number, though this person too a lot longer to answer. "Nikki, listen this is really important. I need to stay the night at your house, but I won't be there for a while.... Yeah, I know, but just tell your mom that we have a project that we have to finish for tomorrow. Also, let her know that I'm busy studying with someone else, which is why I'm a little late.... No, but I'll explain everything to you when I see you tonight.... Cool, I owe you one. See you later!"

She hung up again and put the phone back in her pocket. "Okay, Mr. Hypocrite, let's go talk to your friend."

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Post by Elrondra on Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:14 pm

Oh, right.

Asa stared blankly at Sage after she so coolly pointed out the major contradiction in his words. He had almost forgotten what an idiot he was with people it was so nice to have that pleasant reminder. How was it that this highschool girl could make him feel so chastised? Women, he mentally sighed. Shoving his hands in the front pocket of his hoodie, Asa moseyed around the alley awkwardly as she called her mom.

Friends, family; what was he doing getting her involved with this side of things? She had a normal life, was it right for him to give this young woman a peek into the kind of hell that was hiding behind the curtain?

If she can see us then she will end up getting involved anyways. This can be her warning, I can show her why she should try and ignore us completely. It felt like he was trying to convince himself that he was doing the right thing.

“Okay, Mr. Hypocrite, let’s go talk to your friend.”

Asa snapped back from his thoughts and looked up at Sage, mentally agreeing with the nickname. “This way then.”

Striding back out of the alley and onto the nighttime streets, Asa periodically glanced around as they walked to make sure nobody else was following them. After a few minutes of uncomfortable silence with his new tag-along he cast his mind for something to say.

“Earlier you asked why only some of your kind can see us. There is a bit of a long explanation behind that but I might as well tell you before you meet my friend.” Asa glanced down at her while they walked, trying to read her expression.

“You see, whenever one of my kind is born they are given a human pair. Someone who will have a sort of paralleling ability to their power, something that makes them unique. But the problem is my kind lives basically forever and you guys have a relatively short lifespan, so we’re stuck searching hundreds of years for a pair we could easily miss.” He grumbled the last part resentfully.

“Anyways, so a human pair can see how we really look beneath our human disguise. Not every human is a pair so not every human can see us. Don’t worry though, the odds of your other pair finding you are small and you should be able to live a normal life. It’s a big world and there are so many of you guys and no offense but humans die easily.” Was he being insensitive? No, he reassured himself, why would humans be offended by something like that? Its just the truth.

Asa led her down some darker streets as they got closer to the cozy little junkyard in town.

“Some of us spend our entire existence looking for our pair and still never find them,” he said absently, looking about for an easy way through the chain link fence. He never did understand why humans fenced off their junk. He led Sage through a spot where the fence had fallen down, and guided her through the hills of junk.

They were getting close to where he and Brandt had made camp and Asa let out a short two note whistle to give Brandt a heads up that it was him. He had snuck up on the guy before and oh boy was that something he was never going to do again.

Asa stopped and put a hand on Sage’s shoulder as he leaned down slightly so they were eye-level. “My friend isn’t as nice as me and can come off a little rough around the edges sometimes, but don’t worry I’m pretty sure he is a cinnamon bun underneath so you’ll be fine, trust me.”

Giving her a pat on the shoulder, Asa turned and led the way through a couple of old rusty cars to where a flickering campfire cast uncertain light onto his friend.

“Brandt I need you to meet someone I found.”

And hopefully you can figure her out and put my unease to rest, he thought.

“Sage this Brandt, and don’t worry he doesn’t bite.”

~~**~~

OOC- Long post but only because Asa can't shut up.
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Post by WolfStorm on Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:52 pm

Sage walked happily beside Asa, placing her hands in her pockets and keeping a smile on her face, as she usually did. She noticed that Asa kept glancing around, but she didn't feel the need to. She still didn't have a bad feeling about what she was doing or where they were going. That, and she still had the un-explainable feeling of trust toward this creature. A feeling that was a lot different than any she had ever had, but she felt safe around him and that was good enough for her.

When he began talking, she listened with interest. It was all so strange to her, it sounded as if he was just making up a story that he was going to write and sell someday. Sage considered this for a moment and decided that she would probably buy that book. Though, she knew that there was at least some degree of truth considering the story was coming from one of these creatures.

From what she was gathering, she guessed that she was one of these people that was partnered with one of the creatures. Or something like that... The more Asa explained to her, the more questions she had. She refrained from asking more questions, though. As he had said, he was going to take her to meet his friend, so maybe his friend could help answer the growing number of questions that she had.

It didn't take the pair much longer to reach a chain fence, which she knew would lead to the junkyard. She heard Asa whistle, but before they continued on, he gave her a warning about the friend. Well, that certainly made her feel a little more nervous.

^*^

Brandt continued to lay by the fire for a while, resting his claws on his chest and one of his legs up on the knee of his other leg. As he lay there, eyes half closed, he idly tapped his foot in the air as he waited for Asa.

He heard the two whistles and sat up, stretching his arms before standing up and waiting for Asa to enter their temporary campsite. However, he wasn't expecting to see a girl walk into their camp with him. He crossed his arms as he looked from her to Asa, waiting for an explanation. The only explanation he received was that he needed to meet her.

Before he could ask what it was about, the girl, Sage, walked forward and held her hand out to him. She smiled as she said, "nice to meet you, Brandt. I have a lot of questions to ask you!"

The two stood there for a moment before Brandt looked up at Asa and Sage drew back her untouched hand. Brandt's expression held a strange mixture of irritation and curiosity, but he didn't say anything else. Instead, he walked toward an old rusted car and leaned on it, keeping his arms crossed. "Alright, Sage. What do you want to know?"

Although Brandt seemed willing to answer her questions, he wasn't prepared when Sage took a deep breath and began another endless stream of questions.

"Asa told me that there were creatures like you two all over the world and that they have partners that are humans and that I'm one because I can see what you two really look like. He also said that you two are immortal basically and that the humans have some sort of powers like the creature they're supposed to be partnered with. I want to know what you guys really are. Why do creatures like you exist? Where do you all come from and how many of you are there? Why do they have humans? What kind of powers do you all have? How do you get them and why do the humans and creatures have them? How will I know who I'm supposed to be partners with? If you're all immortal, what happens if you get an injury that could kill a normal person?"

Brandt listened as she continued her endless questions, glancing at Asa every once in a while, but saying nothing until she was finished. Once she was, the two simply looked at each other for a moment before Brandt let out a long sigh. "Alright, kid, you should probably sit down for the explanation seeing as you asked enough questions to write a book from the answers."

Sage did as she was told and sat down, looking excitedly at Asa as she was about to get her answers.

"None of us really know how we came to be. We aren't created like people are, instead we simply have a moment in time when we started existing. Most of us can't even remember when that time was because it was so long ago. Distant memories that are no longer relevant today. We aren't sure why we exist, though that can be said for any species, can't it?

"I'll be honest, most of your questions can only be answered from stories that have been passed between our kind, but there's hardly any fact held in them. They're just legends and beliefs. They could be true, but they could just as well be false and we would never know for sure. Again, this is comparable to questions that humans have been asking themselves for centuries and we know about as much about our existence as you do about yours, if not less.

"As for your role in all this, some of these stories say that we creatures are not complete beings and a fragment of our souls rest in our human counterparts, which is why we spend our existence looking for them, whether they exist yet or not. I have no clue why we have the gifts that we do, which differ from creature to creature, but some say that the humans have them because of the soul fragment they contain. Others say that it is nature's way of giving that human an advantage over others so they can have a better chance of surviving until they are found by their counterparts.

"I don't know what Asa told you, but even if a human has a counterpart, they will still die of old age if they are never found. Once they are found, though, they won't age much more after that. Perhaps a year, maybe a little more. That's why many creatures are so driven to find their counterparts. If they take too long, they're human could die, though it is said that they will be reborn, or they could find them late in life when they are close to dying. Once they meet, though, the human wouldn't be able to die unless they are killed. However, since our kind cannot die, the creature who loses their human would simply go insane from losing that part of themselves. Their humanity."

Brandt paused for a moment and thought about everything he had just said, thinking that it should satisfy her curiosity. From the way she was staring up at him with wide eyes, he guessed that she at least wouldn't be asking anymore questions for a while. While he thought, he tapped his claw against his beak. Then he said, "I have a question for you. How did you and Asa meet?"

Sage blinked as if she were coming out of a trance and quickly retold the story of their meeting. Brandt nodded slightly before saying, "And you weren't afraid of him? A monster that could have been dangerous? Or do you normally follow strangers down the sidewalk?"

Sage looked at the ground and ran her finger through the dirt, "I just had a good feeling about him. I wasn't afraid... I can always trust my feelings about things...." She seemed almost embarrassed to tell Brandt this.

Brandt nodded again. "So, it's almost as if you can tell when something good or bad is going to happen before it happens?" Brandt looked pointedly at Asa as he said this.

Sage seemed to brighten when she realized he wasn't making fun of her for saying this. "Yes! That's exactly it! I don't have visions or anything, but it's almost like instinct!" Sage thought for a moment again, her curiosity apparently coming back to her. "Hey, you never told me how I would know when I found my partner..."

Brandt looked at Asa once again, his face looking as if he wanted to hit the creature for being so oblivious. "Would you like to answer this question, Asa?"
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Post by Elrondra on Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:53 pm

A sense of amusement caught Asa as he watched his friend get bombarded with questions in the same way he was earlier. It was much funnier when it was happening to someone other than himself. When Brandt glanced up at him, Asa gave a mischievous grin. He leaned against a van devoured in rust, standing just a few feet away as he listened and watched them both closely, trying to read whatever could be going on in Brandt’s head.

A strange feeling sat heavily in his chest as he listened. The sensation wasn’t a bad one, but very unfamiliar. He stared at the girl as she repeated what she had told him about her ‘good feelings’ and how she had felt perfectly comfortable around him. Confusion clouded over his face. It wasn’t until Brandt’s pointed response that the gears in Asa’s brain began to turn and click. It was as though sun was burning through the fog in his brain and he realized his own suspicions.

“Would you like to answer this question, Asa?”

He stared blankly at his friend’s glare but for all his snarky comments Asa couldn’t think of anything to say. Releasing a heavy sigh, Asa slid down the side of the van until he sat crouched, feeling more than a little shell-shocked.  The entire meeting had been such a coincidence, had been so random, it didn’t seem possible that he could have just run straight into his counterpart without even realizing it.

“Sage,” he struggled to find words. “I’m such an idiot.”

With all his powers of foresight he couldn’t see that she was his counterpart! He had grabbed her arm and patted her shoulder and still didn’t receive a single vision. If he had used his head like he had told Sage to do, he might have figured it out.

I am such a damn moron.

“Sage, I have the power of premonitions and visions. I can see the future and still I am incredibly blind and stupid.”

Asa looked at Brandt and after hundreds of years said the words that he still couldn’t believe: “I just found my counterpart, didn’t I?”

~*~

After crawling into a t-shirt and pair of sport shorts, Max wandered into the kitchen and pulled her good friend Jack Daniels down off the shelf. She poured herself a glass of the honey colored liquid and crashed on the couch. Her wet hair soaked through her white shirt and turned her shoulders cold, but she paid no attention and instead relished how the drink built a fire in her belly.

“Drinking isn’t going to help you deal with what has happened, Maxine.”

She growled at her psychiatrist’s words bouncing around in her head. She downed the glass and poured herself another just to spite him. That man had never spent a day of his life in action, nor had he even set a foot onto that desert wasteland, how would he know how to deal with this?

“Three more weeks Maxy, then you will have fulfilled the stupid promise you made to Mom and you don’t have to see him again," she told herself.

The cat sat at the other end of the room and meowed at her as if in response.

“Oh shut up.”
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Brandt continued to hold Asa's stare as he waited for the creature to process the information he had just been given. The moment seemed to drag on, though it couldn't have lasted that long before Asa slid into a crouch and continued to process his feelings about the situation.

As Asa declared that he was an idiot, Brandt let out a snort and stood up so that he was no longer leaning on the van. Shaking his head, he slowly walked in the direction of the fence, waiting for Asa to actually say what he had just discovered. When Asa finally did ask Brandt to confirm what he had just figured out, Brandt rolled his eyes slightly, "Of course you have, you oblivious elf." Shaking his head once more, he began to make his way to exit the junkyard. "I think I'll go for a walk and leave you two alone. There's a lot for you two to discuss, after all."

As Brandt made his way away from the small campsite, he could hear the excited babble of the girl begin as soon as he turned away. He definitely didn't envy Asa. Well, maybe a little, but he didn't expect his counterpart to be as... Eccentric as Asa's. Those two were definitely made for each other.

Once Brandt reached the fence, instead of trying to find a place to go through, he simply hooked his claws onto the fence and climbed over. His claws may not look that strong, but they could withstand a lot. He could climb buildings using them if he wanted to, though he hadn't had to do that often. It looked suspicious for a human to be scaling a flat surface like that, after all.

Brandt stuck his hands in his pockets as he walked and headed away from the busier part of the city. The sun had finally gone down and the slight chill of the night was beginning to set in. Not that it bothered hi too much. Most creatures were pretty resilient when it came to different climates.

As Brandt walked, he realized that he was heading toward a part of the city that he hadn't explored yet. This part was mroe run down and looked like it was simply made up of different apartment buildings and a few old shops. Once he realized this, he simply shrugged and continued on. He could at least do a little more exploring. Besides, Asa and Sage probably had a lot to talk about and he didn't want to get in their way. That, and if they were going to ask him questions, he wanted them to have them all in order before they just randomly blurted them out as they talked.

^*^

As soon as she heard Asa ask if they were meant to be partners, she was at a loss for words. That would at least explain why she felt so safe around him. She stared at Asa after he said this and couldn't think of anything to say. She hardly even listened as Brandt answered, though she guessed that he was confirming what Asa had just asked.

Then she heard Brandt leave and it was just her and Asa. As soon as Brandt had started to walk away, she found her voice again, along with a whole new set of questions and concerns.

"Wait, so we're supposed to be partners!? That's so cool! So, what does that mean we're supposed to do now? I mean, I still have to finish school. I also don't think my mom would be that happy with me bringing a random person home and saying that we're supposed to be together. Not like, together, but you know what I mean."

She suddenly stopped talking and gasped as her eyes widened at a sudden realization. "Wait! Did Brandt say that counterparts are immortal too!? Does that mean that I'm immortal now!?"

As she thought about this, she wasn't sure if she was more excited or afraid at this thought. For one thing, living forever sounded cool and, to know that she wouldn't be alone, made things better. However, the thought of everyone she knew dying... Well, that wasn't a pleasant one. She pushed those away, though, and continued on.

"So, am I not going to age anymore? What am I supposed to do about all my family and friends? Won't they notice at some point? Also, what are you going to do? I'm assuming you aren't going to leave... Right?" Another thought suddenly struck her. "You aren't going to leave, are you!?" Even though she had only known Asa for less than an hour, she knew that she didn't want him to leave her. They had just found each other.
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Post by Elrondra on Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:27 pm

The hailstorm of questions just rolled off of Asa as he stared blankly at Sage, his mind trying to absorb the reality of what was happening. He had several minutes to sort himself out, as she was going on and on in a way he found most impressive. Did she even need to breathe between words?

Asa had never been nearly as intent and dedicated to finding his counterpart as Brandt was, and after his run with a gang a couple hundred years back he might have even been apprehensive about finding his counterpart. It was like having a giant weak spot. Now if anything happened to Sage, if she died, it could drive Asa to insanity. Also, she was only a high-schooler, which made him feel like more of a babysitter.

But on the other hand…he had found her. She wasn’t old and close to death, like a lot of his kind always fear. No more wondering or second guessing, here she was standing in front of him unloading a thousand questions a minute.

“Will you please hold off on the questions for two seconds? I’m trying to figure out what we’re supposed to do.”

She had family, friends, school—if she just disappeared people would come after her and make things much more difficult for him and Brandt to move around. But they had to keep moving. Asa couldn’t sit around in a junkyard until she graduated high-school, it was too dangerous and Brandt would want to keep looking.

“How many years of school do you have left?” He asked her. “No, no, never mind.”

A voice in the back of his head quietly told him that this is a problem he would need to work out with her. They were partners now, he might as well try and explain the situation to her.

“Look Sage, I can’t leave you so don’t worry. Its too dangerous for you to be alone now. But I can’t sit around and be like your pet monster living in your attic at home, either. I’ve got to keep moving—I’ve got some old friends who would just love to get their claws on me—and Brandt needs to keep looking for his counterpart.”

Asa fiddled with his tail and chewed on his lip in thought. “But you can’t just up and leave home, either, can you? So…I don’t know what to do…”

~*~

After emptying her third glass Max was happy to find a buzz growing in her head. As she poured herself a fourth glass she thought back to when she would drink with the boys. They would often play drinking games on their nights off, and Green would always be the first one to pass out drunk. Hanover would always take the soldier’s pants off and draw on his face, while Marshall rolled in laughter and egged him on.

Maxine laughed to herself at the memory and sipped on her brandy. McClelland was the one who would start the singing, and within five minutes the entire squad was howling like a pack of mangy, drunk dogs. They are a good group of men, she mused to herself. Were. They were a good group of men.

POP.

The sudden, loud sound accompanied by a bright flash of light sent Max’s thoughts scattering and herself flying off the couch in a mad, instinctual grab for the handgun in the drawer of her coffee table. She dived behind the table and pulled out her 45. and looked for the enemy. Her adrenaline surged but her mind stuttered as she faced an empty room.

It was the lightbulb on the lamp next to the couch. It must have went bad and gone out with a literal bang.

Max squeezed her eyes shut and took several deep breaths and did her best to ignore her shaking hands. But anger rose its ugly head and she screamed in frustration with herself and kicked the table, knocking the glass off the edge so it shattered on the floor.

“Stupid, stupid, stupid…”
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Sage let out a sigh and flopped backwards into the dirt, staring up at the darkening sky. She could see stars starting to come out. Someone was going to start to wonder where she was, but she couldn't imagine going back to anyone else. Not yet, at least. Not when there were so many questions that still needed to be answered. Besides, she could trust her friend not to tell anyone.

Sage sat back up after taking a few moments to think things through, which she guessed Asa was happy for since that meant he got a break from her questions. "Look, Asa. I'm sorry that I'm asking a lot of questions, but you have to understand. This is completely new for me. You at least understood what you would be getting into someday. For me, this is something that would happen in a movie. Of course I have a lot of questions."

She took another moment to think. This time when she spoke, she seemed less serious than she had before and instead took on her original happy attitude. "I skipped a year in school, so I'm going to graduate at the end of next month. Maybe you could hide out here until then. Do you think that Brandt could wait that long? Or maybe you two could move on for a bit and come back. We could keep in touch so that you knew I was still okay and I knew you were going to come back. Remember, I have a good sense about when something bad is going to happen. If I felt unsafe, I could tell you and then hide until you came back...

"Or maybe I could just graduate a little early. I could tell my mom that I got into a summer program and need to leave early. It would be that difficult. It would take me a week or two, but I can do it."

Sage paused again, her eyes drifting to the dirt. "What am I going to do about my family, though? I don't really want to leave them forever... Not until I have to, at least." It was clear this particular subject was a little depressing to her as her demeanor began to change. She let out a long sigh and shook her head slightly, but looked back at Asa with a smile.

"Don't worry, I'm sure we'll think of something. Besides, Brandt seemed pretty helpful. Maybe if we can't think of anything, he can help us." She leaned back so she was proper up on her elbows. By this time, the moon had started to rise and the campfire was casting an orange glow around the junkyard. "So, Asa, what do you think?"

^*^

Brandt walked around the old neighborhood, kicking at small rocks with his clawed feet. The more he looked around, the more he realized that this really was the worst part of the city. The sidewalks were cracked and breaking apart in some places. Most of the buildings looked like they had been around for hundreds of years, though he doubted it had really been that long. Homeless people were scattered throughout the alleys, some huddles around garbage fires, others hidden under whatever they could use as shelter.

Brandt shook his head and kept walking. It was one thing for a creature like him to live in conditions like that. He could more easily withstand the harsh conditions and could even change his situation if he wanted. But these people didn't have such an option. Society had cast them out and it wouldn't be easy for them to force their way back in. He sped up his pace, not wanting to think about it anymore. Most creatures stayed out of the affairs of humans and he was no exception. That didn't stop him from feeling sorry for them.

As he walked, he saw that a lot of the lights in the apartments around him were already out. Or maybe that hadn't been turned on in a long time. He stopped walking for a moment to take in his surroundings once again. It looked like this entire area was in the same condition and he doubted he would find anything in this area. Or in any other area of the city, just like every other place he had looked in.

He continued walking again, this time completely unsure of where he was going. Not that he was lost, just that he had no clue where he wanted to go. Or where he should go. Or even if he cared enough to keep trying to look. Hundreds of years of failing could be pretty disheartening.

Brandt walked a little further and, as he did, something very strange happened. He heard a loud POP pierce through the silence of the night. This made him jump quite a bit and cause the claw at the back of his foot to catch in a wide crack on the sidewalk. This mean that his body tried to go up while his claw held firmly to the ground, causing it to tear away slightly.

Between the jolt of surprise from whatever the sound had been and the unexpected pain in his foot, Brandt let out a loud curse as he freed his claw and sat down on the edge fo the sidewalk to assess the damage. As long as the claw was still attached, he knew it would heal quickly. He continued to curse under his breath as he examined his claw. "Stupid waste of time neighborhood."
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Post by Elrondra on Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:34 pm

“I think…” Asa took a deep breath and propped his arms on his knees and stared at Sage in thought. As he considered her and what she had said he managed a smile. “I think if nothing else we’ll solve this problem just with your sheer positivity.”

Asa thought with some shame at how he had inwardly freaked out at the whole situation while this young girl took everything in stride and with a smile. Women were a complete mystery, he reflected. She finds a monster, follows him to a junkyard, discovers she is tied to him now, and then sits there with a smile on her face as if it happened every day. She was the one who was supposed to be freaking out, not him.

“I will wait for you to finish school, that seems to be our only option and I’m sure you need some time to…get sorted. Its like you said, if for whatever reason Brandt and I have to skip town we can keep in contact in some way. Hopefully it won’t come to that though.”

Jumping to his feet, Asa brushed the dirt off his pants and looked towards the glow of the city as a distant bell chimed out the hour. It was getting late. He remembered about the friend Sage had said she would meet.

“Sage don’t worry too much about your family. You can always visit them once and a while, call home when you feel like it.” Asa turned his amaranthine blue eyes to Sage in a steady gaze. “But once you leave you won’t come back the same. And some day you will come home and they will be old and gray while you haven’t aged a day.”

“But it won’t be all bad,” he said with an impish smile and offered her his hand to stand. “Come on, if you don’t get home soon someone will worry.”

~*~

Amidst the shattered glass, the dark and hollow apartment, and the hiding cat with accusatory eyes, Max stood with trembling hands. The handgun felt solid and familiar in her grasp. With empty eyes she stared down at the weapon, an object that she both loathed and relied upon.

The anger ran out from her leaving lonely grief behind, and Max felt the tears prick at her eyes for the things she had seen but didn’t understand. The apartment felt like a stuffy cardboard box and since sleep as per usual seemed like an unlikely option, Maxine tugged on her shoes, pulled on her jacket and headed for the door. She had one hand on the door handle when she realized her 45. was still grasped in her hand.

Max stared down at the handgun in a moment of conflict. But instinct pressed heavily upon her and as she yanked the door open, she slipped the weapon into her coat pocket. It was a comforting weight.

Slamming the stubborn door closed behind her, Max jogged down the metal steps of outside of her cheap apartment and strode down the sidewalk. She didn’t know where she was going nor really care. It occurred to her that the stifling apartment wasn’t much different from the claustrophobic streets.

It was a stupid neighborhood and a stupid city. She hated her job, she hated her apartment, she hated her cat, and Max realized she hated herself too and the crappy life she was given.

A couple of guys in an alley called out a “hey sweetheart” and Max flipped them the bird without giving them so much as a glance.

She hated people too.

OOC- Max has so much angst, its tiresome to write it. Wink
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Post by WolfStorm on Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:43 am

Sage sat up a little straighter and hugged her knees to her chest as Asa began to speak. His positive attitude helped to reassure her. Even though she seemed to be speaking with such confidence, the whole thing was still pretty crazy and she was pretty sure that she would wake up and find out that it had all been a dream. At least it was a very entertaining dream, maybe even one that she could turn into a book or movie and become rich off of. She laughed inwardly at this, but continued to listen to Asa.

When Asa began talking about her family and saying that they would be old one day, she frowned slightly and supressed a sigh. That was something that she definitely didn't want to think about. The thought that a time like that was so far away was at least somewhat comforting, though not much.

However, she quickly pushed this bad thought away and smiled up at Asa, taking his hand and allowing herself to be pulled to her feet. She stretched her legs and yawned, exhaustion suddenly hitting her out of nowhere. She wasn't even sure if she wanted to leave the cozy fire and her new friend, or partner as they were sometimes called, apparently. She knew that she would have to, though, or cops would be searching for her in no time.

Stretching her arms into the air, she looked at Asa and suppressed another yawn. "Well, would you like to walk with me to my friend's house? We could talk a bit more on the way." She guessed that he would say yes considering it was his idea for her to leave. So, she began walking to the fence where they had come in.

As they walked, she glanced around the dark streets. Seems had seemed to clear out pretty quickly, that or she had been there longer than she had originally thought. As they walked, she pulled out her phone and quickly sent a text to tell her friend that she was on her way.

"My friend doesn't live too far from here. Well, she's at least closer than my house is." After a pause, Sage spoke again. "Hey, when am I going to see you again? I have school tomorrow and I can't really skip. Especially if I'm going to try and finish a little early."

^*^

Brandt sat on the ground, holding his foot and mumbling to himself about how he was wasting his time and this whole thing was stupid and any other thing he could think of that he could complain about. As he did this, he stared down at his claw as it slowly began to stitch itself back together. Luckily, the smaller wounds healed faster than his large wounds. As he did this, he was vaguely aware of the sound of a door slamming and footsteps going in the opposite direction of him. Of course, none of this registered in hid mind.

He didn't normally care about what the humans around him were doing, but he at least liked to know what was happening around him. This night was different, though. Hardly two hours ago, his travelling partner had found his counterpart. Of course, Brandt was happy for him, but he had been with groups before when they found their counterparts. It usually ended with them all going their separate ways.

Brandt hadn't been expecting this to happen and, while he did enjoy travelling alone, he wasn't prepared to be alone again so soon. He glared down at his healing claw, thinking about how lucky Asa was to have found Sage. She was still young, but not a child. Really, it was the perfect time for him to have found her.

He thought about his other friends -if he could call them that- that had found their partners. Tris, Tad, Arlo, Azar. As soon as they were with humans, they each went their separate ways until it was just Brandt, still with no counterpart. At least he was used to that happening by this point in his life.

Sighing, he stood up and resumed his walk down the sidewalk. His brain slowly started to catch up with his surroundings and he realized that he had recently heard guys whistling at, he assumed, a girl that was walking by. Maybe even the one that had slammed the door. Not that it mattered to him, he couldn't see anyone else in the street and he didn't really want to either.

OOC- Brandt and Max will get along great. They can be angry and bitter together haha.
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Post by Elrondra on Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:56 pm

“Lead the way,” Asa answered with a dramatic swish of his hand.

He followed her from the junkyard that evidently would become his home for the next few weeks, stuffing his hands into his sweatshirt pocket and quietly enjoying the evening. As he walked beside Sage he realized he hadn’t felt so (dare he say it?) at peace with life for a long time. He didn’t feel the need to be constantly looking over his shoulder nor was he tense and edgy. Instead he took a deep breath of the cool nighttime air and admired the way the city’s lights shone into the sky.

So this is what it felt like to find their partner. Asa began to gain understanding of why it drove some demons to such lengths.

Sage spoke up from beside him and her voice snapped him from his reverie. His mind stuttered to catch up as he listened to her, and Asa thoughtfully rubbed the back of his neck causing a few more strands of hair to fall from is short little ponytail.

“Um, what school do you go to? I can meet you after it lets out.” A thought occurred to Asa and his eyes lost some of their humor and he grew suddenly serious. “By the way, Sage, if you see any other demon that isn’t me or Brandt, get as far away from them as possible, okay? Absolutely do not try to talk with them no matter what may happen. I don’t care what your gut tells you, don’t talk to another demon unless I’m standing right there with you.”

~*~

The air was cool on her bare legs but the feeling didn’t register to Max, instead she continued to tightly grasp the handle of her 45. in her jacket pocket, finger safely off the trigger but readily poised, and she wandered down the streets.

The storm she initially left in began to die out and Max felt lost with nowhere to go. Should she go to a bar and get another drink? The buzz in her head and her antisocial feelings told her no. There was not a place for her to go nor a home for her to belong. In a moment that made her heart sore, Max realized she never really came home from the front lines. She felt like a ghost stuck on earth, unable to either join the dead men she had for so long been prepared to give her life for, or return to the home and life that a different version of her had loved.

Max stumbled but caught herself, her legs had begun to feel shaky and she quickly turned off the sidewalk and into an empty alleyway. Her breath came in short, rapid, gasps and with some surprise Max realized she had begun crying.

What the hell? What is wrong with me, why can’t I get a grip?

She placed one hand on the brick wall to steady herself. Grief and anger rose and fell like a stormy sea inside her mind and Max was getting seasick. In an attempt to drain both emotions she rage kicked a trash can over and screamed at its spilled contents.

“Its not fair!” She yelled into the empty night air. Silence reminded her that no one cared enough to listen and she slid down the wall and sat heavily on the dirty ground  as more tears stained her face.

“Its not fair…I shouldn’t have survived…I should have died with them,” Max explained to the alley walls. “By all rights I shouldn’t have survived.”
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Post by WolfStorm on Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:00 pm

Sage listened to his warning, feeling herself grow slightly nervous as he made it sound like she would be put into life threatening situations more often now. She guessed she would just have to get used to these random and vague statements, which would probably be one of the easier things to get used to in her knew life.

She nodded, "Alright, I understand." She paused for a moment, then thought about the question he had asked her before. "I go to Lincoln High School... I'll be done around 4 tomorrow afternoon. I have a test coming up, so I promised some friends that I would study with them. I can meet you at the junkyard if you want. I'll just tell my mom that I'm still studying."

As she spoke, she realized that everything she was saying suddenly seemed mundane and dull. How could she be thinking about school and studying when she just found out that she was somehow connected to a demon-like creature, one that, to humans, shouldn't even exist. She was going to live forever, but she had to ignore that because she had a chemistry test to study for.

She let out a long sigh as she continued to walk. "I'll start talking to my teachers about graduating early. I don't even think I'll be able to focus on school anymore. Not after all this happened. Who even knows what'll happen next!" She began bouncing with excitement as she talked. "I mean, it's only been a few hours and my life has changed completely! I bet I don't even know half the stuff that have to tell me!"

She suddenly stopped talking and grabbed Asa's arm to bring him to a stop. "This is my friend's house." She looked toward the house and then back at Asa, not quite sure how to say goodbye. "Um... Thanks for walking with me here. I'll meet you in the junkyard if you'd like... Or you can meet me at the school. Whichever you'd like."

^*^

Brandt continued to walk, though he had stopped cursing to himself. His claw was completely healed now and the pain was long forgotten, but his mood definitely hadn't improved in teh slightest. He simply kept his hands in his pockets, his eyes on the ground in front of him, and the collar of his coat pulled up so it covered much of his face. Even though everyone saw him as human, the scars were still very visible and drew people's attention to him anyway. Not that there was anyone out in this neighborhood.

As he walked, his tail lashed out and hit an empty beer can nearby. The loud clanking that echoed across the street, breaking the silence, was oddly satisfying and he wished he hadn't of hit the can too far away to hit again. Or that there was more for him to knock around. He was glad that there was no one around to see cans flying away from him for no apparent reason.

He hadn't gone far from where he had been sitting when he heard a noise from a nearby alley. He got closer and realized that he was hearing a woman sobbing and yelling. As he got closer, he realized that he didn't hear anyone else near her. Maybe she was another homeless drunk. He wouldn't be surprised.

Brandt got to the entrance to the alleyway and looked in, seeing her facing the wall. She hadn't noticed him yet, so he could easily slip away without her ever knowing that he had been there. Something was telling him that he needed to help her though. He had no idea why. He could hardly even see her in the dark alley with her facing the wall and he could smell alcohol, but she did seem upset.

With an inward sigh, he took a step forward, though he kept his distance in case she didn't want his help. He scratched the back of his head and said, "Er... Ma'am. Are you okay?"
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Post by Elrondra on Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:03 pm

“Don’t worry about school, grades aren’t that important anyways.”

Asa curiously peered at the house which Sage had stopped them in front of while he listened to her try and bid goodnight.

“Tomorrow…just go to the junkyard after school, if I’m nearby I’ll find you,” he said casually. However, he knew full well that he wouldn’t be able to just sit around the junkyard waiting for her to show up. He was curious what high school was like these days.
“Until then…stay out of trouble and listen to your gut,” he added with a smirk. “Goodnight.”

After giving Sage a little shoo towards her friend’s house, Asa turned and headed back down the sidewalk, casting a wave behind him. He shrugged his shoulders against the cool night air and stuffed his hands deep into his pockets, unable to stop thinking about his new partner. He decided that it would be a long while before he sorted her out, but that was okay. They had pretty much forever, after all. He had a partner now.

What a strange thought.

~*~

A thrill of surprise ran down Max’s spine as a voice broke over her own disparaging words, and her mind stilled and reflexes took the wheel. She swiftly pulled out her 45. and had it cocked and aimed by the time she whirled around to face the intruder.

Max’s breath caught and her instincts burned at the sight of the figure in front of her. Although it was very dark in the alley, she could clearly see the dull light reflecting off a beak, and the movement of a swishing…tail? It wasn’t human nor was it anything like the monsters she had seen.

Shoot. Her gut demanded. Shoot now.

Although her hand itched on the trigger something told her no. She couldn’t shoot it yet.

“What are you?” She challenged.

OOC- Very short post...oh well.
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Post by WolfStorm on Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:18 am

Sage smiled and nodded, "Alright, see you tomorrow! Goodnight!" She then went down the short walkway to the house and entered it. She went inside to her friend's room, who immediately began questioning her. Sage hardly noticed, though, and gave vague answers. Her mind was distracted by much larger thoughts than her friend thinking that she had been out to be with a boy. Which wasn't entirely untrue.

^*^

At the same time that the woman turned toward him, Brandt heard the distinct sound of a gun being cocked and then saw it being aimed at him. He took a cautious step backwards and quickly put his hands up to show her that he meant her no harm and was in-fact unarmed himself.

"Look, I'm sorry to scare you. I just heard you and thought that you might have needed some help. The people out at this time don't seem to be the friendliest, but you seem like you can handle yourself." His voice was quiet when he spoke, holding the calm tone that he always spoke with, no matter what situation he found himself in.

As he spoke, he kept his eyes on the gun. Obviously getting shot wouldn't kill him, at least not permanently, but getting shot hadn't been on his agenda for that night. Or any night, but being immortal, it was going to happen to him a few times. He continued to watch the gun, tempted to just leave, but something was holding him there. It was stupid, he knew that, but he still couldn't bring himself to leave.

Then something dawned on him. She had asked what he was, not who he was. He slowly lowered his hands, though he kept them away from his body so she didn't think he was reaching for anything, then he brought his eyes up to meet hers. At this point, he just accepted that if she was going to shoot, then he would get shot. She had clearly never seen another creature before and he wasn't sure if she was actually drunk or not.

"What do you mean, what am I?"
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Post by Elrondra on Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:39 pm

The sidewalk rolled ever on in front of Asa. The night was fairly pleasant, he was in a good mood, and the junkyard just didn’t seem appealing. It was a pretty nice part of town and he stumbled across a humble little bench beneath a flickering lamp.

Okay, so it was a dump of a town, a rusty bench, and an ancient lamp, but who cared? Not him.

With a sigh Asa plopped down and stared at the empty streets. He sat quietly trying to understand what this change would mean and what his purpose was now. Up to this point, his purpose was to find his partner, albeit he did it a little halfheartedly. So what now?

~*~

Max glared down the sights of her handgun. Although her face retained ghostly streaks of her earlier breakdown, her face held the calm, hard expression she had developed in boot camp. The mental storm had calmed into steely focus as she tried to understand what stood before her. As she tried to decide whether or not this creature was a threat that needed eradicating or if it wasn’t a target at all.

"Your face." She stated. "You have a beak and I can see your tail."

The creature had his hands in the air in a nonthreatening gesture. Max’s eyes narrowed.

"And claws too, apparently."

Whatever this figure was, he seemed perfectly calm and steady. His voice didn’t have so much as a hitch of alarm, something which Max knew meant he was under threat and pressure frequently. But is seemed he didn’t want to appear as a threat either.  However, Maxine knew better to let her guard down. Her 45. held steady.

"So what are you? What do you want?"
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Brandt kept his eyes steadily on the woman in front of him, observing her as he carefully thought out his answer. For as upset as she had seemed no more than a minute ago, she seemed perfectly fine now. Her hands were steady and her face and stance was set in an unyielding manner. There was no denying that she could see him for what he actually was. She gave a pretty clear description and even if she was drunk or on some kind of drugs, she couldn't have just guessed or made it up.

Every logical thought he was having told Brandt that he needed to leave. Something else was holding him there. Instinct, he would guess and he knew what it meant. The moment he had gotten a good look at her, he realized what had just happened. As much as he had been complaining and moping before, he didn't know how to react now that it was actually happening. He definitely couldn't just leave her. Not now.

Keeping his gaze on her, he spoke in a steady voice. "My name is Brandt. You can call my kind whatever you want, but we don't have any official name. There aren't many humans that can see us for what we are and the fact that you can see me means that you're... Different." As he spoke, he put his hands all the way down, relaxing his body slightly, though he knew that he could easily grab her if she tried to run or fight back if she attacked. If she decided to shoot, that was another story, but he was willing to take that risk.

"I know this is strange, but if you'd put the gun down, I can make things more clear for you." He paused slightly, considering whether or not he should tell her that it wouldn't do anything if she did shoot him. He decided against it, though, not wanting to give her a reason to test out what a bullet would do to him.
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Post by Elrondra on Wed May 11, 2016 2:53 pm

Exactly how drunk am I? Max asked herself as she tried to understand what this Brandt creature was. Is this even real or did I pass out and now I’m dreaming? Yet judging by the way her vision seemed to slip and slide she guessed that she was awake, and yes, quite drunk. But regardless, her gun didn’t waver and her stance was steady. Thank goodness her body language hadn’t given her away too badly yet.

He invited her to lower her weapon which Max thought was ridiculous. No way in hell was she letting her guard down. He could explain things just fine under a little pressure.  Max knew that if things were to go hand to hand in her current state, he could over power her easily. The sights of her handgun remained locked on the creature.

"Okay Brandt, so are you part of the X-Men or are you ready for Halloween early?"

Okay so maybe I am pretty drunk. Max tightened the grip on her 45. and took a threatening step forward, trying to reassert herself.

"Explain yourself. If I like your answer we walk away without any trouble."

~*~

The lamp post flickered and died out with a pathetic fizzle and Asa sat on the bench staring into space in the middle of a postage stamp sized park. He thought about things for a while but eventually the late hour caused his thoughts to fizzle out like the lamp. Without realizing it, he dozed off into a shallow sleep.

At first everything was blurry and the colors were too dark. When his vision cleared he began to see and remember what had happened. He was much younger and less sure of himself, but he was with his family, or the closest thing to family. It was a rough group but they watched one another’s back. The gang took on some dirty jobs sometimes, but their targets usually had it coming.

Cane and Pieris. Their faces swam in his vision and it was startling to see them again. The pair of them had been leading the gang for hundreds of years, long before Pieris had found young Asa. He learned a lot of what it meant to be their kind from her. She had a tough kind of love and ran the group with an iron fist, but she was fair. Cane was very different. His human mind had been stretched and twisted with time and violence until he was more demonic then anyone wanted to admit. Asa became afraid. Cane and Nyssa, another human who practically worshipped him, had lost what made them human and together grew out of control.

Time sped up in the dream and Asa remembered how he felt hunted by the two humans. They were both powerful and enjoyed preying on the new recruits. But eventually they crossed the line. The dream slowed to stop on one evening when Pieris had Asa out in the city doing a training exercise. She had given him a bowie knife to practice with. The dream slowed to an infuriating pace as they stumbled across Cane and Nyssa standing over three dead humans. Pieris was furious. Cane told her they weren’t anything special, just normal humans that were perfect for practice. It got heated. Nyssa was getting overprotective of Cane and started shoving Pieris, who responded by slashing her claws across Nyssa’s face. Cane pulled out his own knife hacked at his demon partner, cutting her deeply. Asa was stolen by rage and defensiveness for his leader. As Cane came towards her a second time, Asa reacted with a move she had taught him and his knife sank deep into Cane’s chest.

Nyssa screamed in rage, took up Cane’s knife, and as he let Cane fall to the ground she stabbed Asa in the lower back.  Breath left him and he felt desperate for air even in the dream. He staggered to turn around and met her eyes. In a quick, sloppy movement, he slashed her throat and together they collapsed to their knees. The didn't break eye contact until she cursed him with a final gasp and fell.

The dream darkened and Asa tried to keep his eyes open with all his willpower. Before he fell over a pair of hands caught him and tugged the knife from his back. In his darkening vision Pieris’s face swam before him in grief and rage.

"You fool," she spat at him. "For your crime you can never deserve your counterpart. An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth, the moment you find your counterpart I promise that you will lose them."

As the dream faded Asa stirred with a deep sigh and woke up.
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Post by WolfStorm on Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:11 pm

Brandt sighed. Of course this couldn't be easy. Of course he wouldn't have a counterpart who was more willing to accept what was happening. Or to at least not hold him at gunpoint.

He clicked his beak, much like a bird, as he thought about his wording. "My kind can't be killed. Well, we can, but not permanently. Each of us has a human counterpart, though no one is sure why. Basically, the human completes the creature in a strange way. Each creature has a power that the human shares a part of, though to a human it is more of a skill or advantage instead of an actual power. For example, I have the ability to heal the wounds of others. If you are my counterpart, as I suspect you are, then you might be harder to injure or maybe you heal faster than others."

He paused and decided that if she was going to shoot him at this point, which he thought she still might, he might as well just accept it. No point in being uncomfortable. He leaned his shoulder against the old brick wall next to him and crossed his arms across his chest as his tail thumped once against the ground behind him. He could smell the alcohol and guessed that that definitely wasn't helping the situation. He was still impressed at how steady the gun was, though.

"I know you probably won't believe me and you might even shoot me. To tell you the truth, this evening has been rather disappointing to me in more ways than one, so at this point, I wouldn't be surprised. Like I said before, if you want to put the gun down, we can go somewhere more comfortable and talk about things more calmly. You really don't look like you're in any condition to be outside of your home this late at night."

^*^

As Asa slept under the burnt out street light, a new presence appeared, though they could not be seen. They were perched on top of the same street light that Asa rested under. Had the creature been visible, it would have been apparent that it was female, having a rather short figure as well as wild brown hair and pine green eyes. At least, this was how she appeared to humans. As a creature, along with her other features, she had large bat wings, which were currently folded against her back, as well as large bat ears that protruded from her messy hair. Her body was also covered in fur that was the same dark brown as her hair and she had claws on both her hands and feet.

She crouched on the top of the street light, looking down at the creature below her. As she watched him, her tail swayed under her, waving left to right before wrapping around the light she rested on. A mosquito buzzed around her ears before coming to rest on her muzzle, but with a quick shake of her head, it flew off again.

Once she looked back down, she realized that the creature had woken up, letting out a troubled sigh. She smiled and let herself slide forward so she fell from the light, though her furry tail stayed wrapped and her clawed feet were hooked on either side of her tail so she hung upside down. Her head was beside Asa's when she finally let herself become visible again.

"Asa, you look troubled. Anything I can help with?"
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