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Katana

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\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-20-07 12:54 AM Link
Holly looked up at Eric, a bit suprised that he had spoken up without being spoken to. She smiled. "Well of course he's alright. The stubborn bastard won't have any less I suppose..." She says, her voice trailing off a bit. She shifted nervously for a second. She hoped that no one was really paying any attention to her as she took off the vest that Eric had given her. She then picked up her pace a little and got in front of Eric. She turned, walking backward yet again. With a graceful motion, she draped the vest over Henry and then steped out of Eric's path. She turned again so that she was walking forward, and slowed down until she was at Eric's side again.

She looked up at him with a devilish grin and whispered. "Shhh....don't tell anyone."
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Zombie Marco








Since: 03-24-06

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Posted on 01-20-07 02:18 AM Link
Eric winked at Holly.

"I wont. I take it the two of you had a bit of a falling out?"
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-20-07 04:10 AM Link
Holly sighed. She caught a strand of hair that had gone astray and fallen in front of her face. Before tossing it behind her, she examined it for a moment. Jet black. The only physical trait she and her father really shared, although his has more gray to it now. Everything else that was her's belonged to her mother as well.

Once she and Eric were away from everyone else just enough for her to speak softly without anybody else hearing, she finally spoke up. "I guess you could call it a 'falling out'" she replies, tossing the strand back so that it cascaded down to her waist with the rest of her black hair.

"I have very few memories of him as a child. I mean, I remember him a lot, but being locked up in his office with his back toward the door...I don't count those as memories." Holly paused and looked up at Eric. "You see...he was in the United States Marines before all of this shit with the shards began. He was a little older than my mother to begin with, so by the time I came along, he was already up there in the ranks...but still young enough to be hardcore." Holly giggled as she made her last statement but sighed yet again as soon as the smile faded.

"We moved a lot. I remember that much. My mother preferred it because it meant that she had him home more, but...he was always either cooped up in his office or he was out working. When he wasn't doing either of those things...I did nothing right, I'll put it to you that way. "

Holly shrugged. "I was thirteen when the shards came and shortly after that, everything had crashed and separated itself into those damned factions. Naturally, Henry chose the Marinae...and that ate up his time even more. Within that first year, my mother got sick. With Henry doing his thing all the time, I stayed at home with her. He'd come home once in a while, but it seemed as though he avoided us like the plague. He never let me in the room with them those few occasions in which they were together...and whenever he came out, he always seemed extremely aggrivated. I knew by then to just stay out of his way when he was in a mood like that."

She brought up her arm and held onto her wrist, the one with the bracelet and her shard on it. "I don't know how, but she got a hold of this shard. I imagine someone gave it to her. Henry and I weren't the only people she saw while she was sick...but she gave it to me the day she died. She said that it was important to her that I had it...that was all she really said to me though. She spent the rest of the afternoon calling for Henry. He never came of course, not even after he was called for by one of the nurses."

She looked up at Eric again. "I guess that's when the resentment really started. I was fourteen at the time and didn't understand why he wasn't there taking care of his wife. Then, once she died, I had to live in the Marinae HQ with him. He still wasn't around as much, but constantly had one of the other Marinae with me, or at least nearby...I couldn't do anything without him knowing about it, and as I've said before...I did nothing right. We fought constantly and he relentlessly tried getting me to side with the Marinae...eventually I got so sick of it, I found a way to just up and leave. I was sixteen at that time...that was around when I met up with Josiah..."

She then grew silent. She cringed as she remembered what their arguments had been like...Goddamn it... she thought to herself. "I'm sorry..." She finally said. "Believe me...that was more or less the short version...but I've said too much..." A soft smile found a place across her lips. She lowered her voice much more than she had already. "Of course, I think I understand him more now...why he acted the way he did...I just can't admit that to just anyone yet..." She mumbles.
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Since: 08-29-04
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Posted on 01-20-07 01:13 PM Link
Seifer listened incredibly intently, absorbing each and every word Holly had to reveal, whether or not it was her. It seemed she, almost or as much, had suffered as much as he. He might have lost more people, but Holly was imprisoned with resentment and a very close death. He felt empathy for her, and wanted to say something, but once again, this new silencer he had prevented him from saying anything just yet. He slowly turned and walked quickly towards the house, reaching the oaken old porch in 15 seconds. He slowly pushed open the aged screen door and looked into his living room.
Everything seemed to be as he left it, minus the dust and dirt. He walked over to the moderate sized television across from the 2 couches and reclining chair and hit the power button, but nothing immediate happened. It was difficult to see the way to the kitchen, but Seifer had memorized it, so he had no trouble. He walked over to the silver sink and pulled at the water, and to his suprise, water lept from the faucet. So, that's one less thing that would need to be fixed.
He moved back into the living room and looked out at the dying sun, remembering the sight as vividly as he saw it before him. And at that moment, he felt inexplicably old, as though he had lived through many lifetimes.
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-20-07 04:16 PM Link
Holly caught something out of the corner of her eye. It was Seifer, moving past everyone to get to the house. She glanced up at Eric and shrugged as she too picked up her pace and made it to the house shortly after Seifer.

Her boots clicked softly as she walked across the porch. However, she didn't go inside quite yet. He hasn't been here in so long... she thought to herself. Better give him some time to take it all in again I suppose...

With her back to the door, she moved to her right, allowing room for the others to pass through once they got there. Most of the sky was dark by then but not entirely. Surrounding the hills was a soft firey glow. She hadn't seen anything like this as far as she could remember, so Holly decided to remain outside until it had all faded.

She sat down on the old wood carefully, making sure there wasn't any stray pieces in the area she had chosen. Placing her hands flat behind her and crossing her legs straight out in front, Holly tilted her head back to watch everything blend together.

It's pretty... she thought. Where it had already turned dark, she could see some of the stars, and the glow behind the hills was extinguishing much more rapidly now. Soon, the sky had become uniform. The entire thing was dark.
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Zombie Marco








Since: 03-24-06

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Posted on 01-20-07 07:54 PM Link
The porch creaked as the massive Eric sat next down next to her. He placed his hands behind his head and leaned back.

"It really is beautiful, isn't it. I can't remember the last time I had the time to sit back and look at the sunset. Probably before this war started. Watching after Alden is a full time job."




Jeremy examined the unconscious Henry that Eric had left on the couch. He placed the cylinder on his arm and the same display that had shown the time revealed his pulse.

"He seems okay. He'll probably need to rest for a few days though. We should probably do the same. I assume that you have sleeping arrangements?"

Jeremy placed the cylinder on the floor and pressed his thumb down on the top. Three of the sides hinged out and began to descend. A moment later, they began to flicker, and shone brightly, the light shining up, and bouncing back down off the ceiling.
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-21-07 12:24 AM Link
"Heh." A smirk slyly spread itself across her lips. "It's Alden...what do you expect?" She turned her head back in Eric's direction, still holding the same position. "Think he's alright?" She asked. "It was kinda crazy on his part, to just jump in that hole after Josiah..."
FX

Zombie Marco








Since: 03-24-06

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Posted on 01-21-07 12:28 AM Link
Eric made a snorting laugh.

"Yeah, he is a livewire. You should have seen him back in his heydays, I'm surprised how far he got, the way he was. But he'll be fine. The man can take care of himself. He barely needs a bodyguards. I'm more of a partner that watches his back. Which is why I'm here, instead of with him. I've got a new assignment."
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-21-07 12:36 AM Link
"New assignment?" She asked. She shifted her weight to her right arm so that she could shove her dark bangs out of her dark blue eyes. Once the hair was removed, she shifted her weight back onto both arms, only to have her bangs fall back into her face once more.

Holly huffed and blew the hair from her eyes as she turned around to face Eric completely. Now she sat "Indian style" and folded her hands together, resting them on the sides of her legs. "May I ask what kinda of assignment you have now?"
FX

Zombie Marco








Since: 03-24-06

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Posted on 01-21-07 01:02 AM Link
"It's a very special, super-secret assignment."

Eric closed his eyes and took a deep breath, leaning back onto the porch. He opened and stared through the holes in the canopy at the moon, and the frequently appearing stars.

"You see, I'm supposed to protect this girl. She's very pretty, and full of spunk. And for some reason, everyone she meets seems to just, fall in love with her."

He chuckled

"Yup. She's a pretty special girl."
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-21-07 01:04 AM Link
Holly raised an eyebrow. "The only other woman-like person I've met thus far was Alden...and you aren't with him at the moment, so..."

She crossed her arms across her chest and scowled a bit. "Why?"


(Last edited by Katana on 01-21-07 04:05 AM)
FX

Zombie Marco








Since: 03-24-06

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Posted on 01-21-07 01:12 AM Link
"Well, apparently there is a man that is after her. A very bad man. He finds her integral to his, nefarious schemes. Very nefarious."

He took a cigarette out of a pack that he had produced seemingly out of nowhere. He lit one of them in his mouth with a device identical to Jeremy's.

"Now, we can't let this man's, nefarious schemes come into play."

He extinguished the lighter and put it away with the rest of the pack.

"So, I get this assignment. I get to spend time with a beautiful lady, and I get to relax outdoors."
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-21-07 01:22 AM Link
"Eric, sir...Josiah just wants my shard...that's all." She announced. Once again, she switched her position. She was now on her knees, leaning back on her heels. Her hands were now balled into fists and resting at her knees.

"Eric...what's going on. Please tell me..."
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Zombie Marco








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Posted on 01-21-07 01:36 AM Link
He took a deep drag on the cigarette.

"We think that the only reason Josiah joined the Marinae was to try to get close to you. He just offered up that information of the shards to get himself moved to the main base, where you and your father were located. This could mean that his method of strengthening is harmless, but we aren't willing to take that risk. But it definitely tells us that Josiah knew that before he came to us. Which means he knows much more than we can imagine. That alone makes him a deadly foe. Combine that with the power he has..."

He took another drag.

"... and his blind determination. We have to keep an eye on anything that he does. And that includes you."
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-21-07 01:44 AM Link
"On the base...at the same time...?" Her voice trailed off. For some reason the thought made her stomach churn. He's so smart... she thought to herself.

"It isn't his strength that I find to be the frightening part..." She confesses. "He's too smart..." Holly placed her fingers to her temples and rubbed them softly. "I won't give him the shard, sir." She says finally. "I won't let him have it...so you don't have to worry about that."

Once again she changed her position. She reverted back to her "Indian-style", folding her hands just as she did before. Holly lowered her gaze to the floor, contemplating. She sat like that for a few moments, before letting out a gasp.

"Eric...he wants my shard!" She exclaimed. Before her voice was soft. The sudden change of sound startled her for a second. A blush had crept across her cheeks. "Sorry." She says, speaking in the soft tone she had before. "You know what that means, right?" She says. Her blush had faded and in it's place was a grin.
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Zombie Marco








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Posted on 01-21-07 01:52 AM Link
"Nope."

He put out the stub of the cigarette on the palm of his hand and took out another.

"It could mean so many things. I could be because he wants to combine his already great destructive power with the great constructive power of your shard. Or maybe he knows some power of it, that you haven't discovered. Or maybe he's using it as bait to get us all together. Or maybe he's just bored."

He lit the cigarette.

"He's a smart fucker, I'll give him that."
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-21-07 02:04 AM Link
Holly sighed. "Well...I don't think he's doing this because he's bored...he has gone out of his way and seems to have an objective." She replies.

"I also highly doubt that he has any reason to get us in particular together. I can see reason for the leaders of the factions...but honestly, not the rest of us, to be honest...however..." She paused. She leaned forward and carefully reached for the cigarette. She caught hold it it far enough from the tip that she didn't get burned and yanked it out of Eric's grasp.

"Those things are bad for your health you know." Holly says. She rose to her feet and dropped the cigarette. Quickly the put the flame out with her boot and then plopped right back down.

"Anyway...it means Josiah has some sort of weakness. Think about it. As far as I know, the shard only does two things. One, it has protected those under it's shield, and two, it can heal. I've only seen it once, but once is enough..."

She paused to gather the rest of her thoughts. "Why would he want something that could protect him? Better yet, why would he want something that can heal him? If he was indestructable, then why would he need to be concerned about being healed or protected?" She sighed.

"I know it isn't much information...but it's better than feeling like he is invincible and there's nothing we can do...and he seems desperate to get it...so...there you have it. Josiah has a weakness. To me at least, just knowing that is a lot better than feeling like he is invincible..."
FX

Zombie Marco








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Posted on 01-21-07 02:12 AM Link
Eric took out another cigarette and held it, unlit, between his lips.

"Hell, no one is invincible. I've taken bullets to the chest at point blank range, and even I'm not invincible. Really hard to kill, sure, but not invincible. The same applies to Josiah. He can be killed, and we'll figure out how."
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

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Posted on 01-21-07 02:19 AM Link
Holly's entire body slumped a bit. "Way to shoot me down." She says with a smirk. She put both hands over her heart and leaned to the side as though she were shot.

"True, no one is invincible...but one as smart as Josiah...he's probably pretty good at getting people to forget that fact..." Her voice trailed once again. "Still...it's enough to know that he's so desperate for something that will only protect him and not hurt anyone else."
FX

Zombie Marco








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Posted on 01-21-07 02:37 AM Link
Eric grinned and tossed the cigarette away. He reached out to catch Holly as she 'fell'.

"Well, I'm sorry. You're a genius! I would have never thought that he wasn't invincible! I should have never doubted you."
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