Joshua Vs. Lucifer

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Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Marisol Morales on Aug 5, 2007, 1:10pm

Joshua makes his way to Lucifer's Room.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 12:08am

«Not sure if he killed Adam or not.»

So now he was here outside her room. He had to admit he was afraid of confronting Marianne, not because of her powers, but because she was so god damn much like Kelly. He hated her guts, yet in every moment she reminded him of her.

I should really just move on, no point in staying here.

But then he remembered Meghan.

Sara's wife, of all of them Sara was probably one of the few he remotely liked. He saw their kid too, she was cute.

What would she think if I just abandoned her?

"Door open."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Lisa "Nephy" Nephrahim on Aug 6, 2007, 12:18am

« Damnit Doodle, you made Proto cry! »


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 12:19am

«Wh-What?»


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Protoman on Aug 6, 2007, 12:22am

«Not full crying, I just teared up a bit.»


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Baby "Gravita" Tigo on Aug 6, 2007, 12:25am

« GHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY »


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Marisol Morales on Aug 6, 2007, 12:25am

[Yeah, that is kind of weak, Proto.]


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Protoman on Aug 6, 2007, 12:26am

«HEY! We never even got to see the baby….s'not fair…»


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Tank on Aug 6, 2007, 1:17am

«Sorry bout the thing with Adam, my Internet has been godawful this last few days. You can either say he killed Adam or not, whichever you think Joshua would have done. We can finish it if you want, just give me a *Kick* PM if you want to.»


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Meisha "Muse" Aisha on Aug 6, 2007, 6:15am

[Made Proto cry? Huh? How?]


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 6:35am

It's annoying enough that anyone should have the gall to instruct my door. Set to register voice commands, it opens, of course. And then it ends up a melted heap on the floor - with a light covering underneath it, obviously. The room has to stay clean. The same cover lifts the melted door and throws it through the doorway - not at Joseph-lite, though.

"Sorry. Woke up a little cranky today, so that was kind of just my catharsis, especially with someone else telling my door what to do. You know… it's really not a good idea for you to be here. If you're free, you should've just gone back. Weirdly enough… I don't particularly want to kill you."

If his eyes didn't turn on my when the door went out through the doorway, then they must be now; watching me where I'm sitting, legs crossed, on the leather backed seat opposite my bed. I'm not stupid - as soon as I felt him, my light armour went up; samurai showdown took my 'quirk' interest today, so that's how I've shaped it. All the same, with the defense up, I'm not looking at him. Mostly because I was thinking about something when he opened the door - thinking about what I'm going to do to my double.

I really hope she screams.

Maybe I'll tell him about that. I think he'll get a kick out of it.

"So I'd advise you to go back to your cell like a good little boy, and lock the door after you." Yes, I know; energy doors, so technically, he can't lock it. Not the point. "I'm not going to give you a plethora of chances. Take it. Be grateful for it."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 7:04pm

«I'll be sporadic.»

Armour not good. How well does light conduct electricity, is it even possible to make armor out of solid light? Meisha could probably tell me.

There was a distinct lack of advantages in the room. No electronics with the exception of the light, no metal that could be used as a weapon, other than the heavy heap that used to be the door.

There was a bath room though, he could use that. He eyed the other two doors, the one containing Meghan and the torture chamber. He could probably open that door too, he was certain he could convince her now, but having her in the heat of the battle may be problematic.

And of course psychological difficulties, she looked like Kelly acted like her. He didn't know whether he could…

Kill her, she's too dangerous. You can't afford to take the hard way. She's still more powerful than you.

That what Meisha would say. Izabella would just kill her regardless, as would most of them. Still the Authority was a life he escaped, did he really want to gravitate back to that?

Joshua walked in, stepping to the side, making sure the general vicinity of the bathroom door was in front of him. He had the advantage of this being a fight between the two of them, no team mates beside him, nobody he could hurt. He could cut loose.

"I'd advise you to surrender now, the Avengers are breaking in, everyone else escaped. I don't want to have to kill you. I'm not giving you a plethora of chances. Take it. Be grateful for it."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 7:11pm

[Light doesn't conduct electricity. In fact, it can even impart enough energy through photoelectric emissions to remove free electrons from a fluid state, and into their own personal orbit, preventing an electric charge from being carried at all.]

"Repeating my words? That's a little childish, don't you think?" I don't bother moving from my seat - I'd rather not. As I've said before, I like to think I'm a lot of things, but lazy isn't one of them. Still, when there's no need for an action….

I do, however, look at him, this time. There's not feeling threatened by someone, and there's just being plain rude. Sure, I'm murderous, I'm lecherous, I'm sadistic, all of that, but I'd rather not be rude.

"Well, if you're not going to go back to your cell, then come on in. Take a seat - the bed's free; you can sit on that."

I check my nails to give the impression of being bored - I want him to know that I don't consider him a threat. That's something that I hold very important. My hands go back to my lap in the next moment, and then I snap my fingers, a thought coming to me.

"Hey!" I call the word out in a cheery tone, beaming at him, and a deck of cards form in my hands. "Want to see a card trick?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 7:26pm

"Stop acting like her."

He was getting more pissed.

"You're not going to win this, these aren't the villains with notoriously bad luck you're used to fighting. If you surrender now and let go of any prisoners you have, we won't have to fight."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 7:28pm

He said I acted like her, right? Cheerfulness was the main comparative trait he mentioned, I think. I wonder how far I could push that. It could be interesting, at least, to see what would happen. How he'd take it.

Cheeriness. Bubble gum and colourful perkiness, too? Fine. I can do colourful. With a twirl, the dress shimmers, spinning out with a rainbow of colour. Obviously, that doesn't do it on its own, but the image propagates the matter. The black jacket I wear over the dress shifts into a darkish green one, and the hair shines with a silver glow.

Perfect. If he finds it as weird as he seems to, this'll do a lot to further that.

"Meghan doesn't want to leave. And Adam… well, he's weak. He's tired… but he's used to me. He wouldn't make it outside of here, even if he got help. Sorry about cheating you on that, by the way. I kind of forgot to mention that there isn't anything that you could do to kill him."

I gesture at the bed, still smiling cheerily.

"We don't have to fight, anyway. Come on. Sit down."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 7:47pm

"Well I doubt Meghan would be so keen to hang around once I show her what's behind the gray door."

Electricity cackles in his hands.

"No more games, no more bullshit. I was raised to kill since I could walk, I fought people who could destabilize the world by themselves. This is your last chance."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 7:51pm

"Please. Don't even try to threaten me. Destabilise the entire world by themselves? Do you know what power photoelectricity actually carries? It's a lot more than your flimsy electrokinesis and technopathy, I'll tell you that much."

I take a step towards him, cupping his chin patronisingly.

"If I were to charge an ultraviolet photoelectric emission to the right degree, it would make this atmosphere unlivable. And you know what happened to the dinosaurs? Imagine the same effect - the same impact - the same results, but instantaneous. I can do that too. Don't presume to threaten me, Joseph."

I push him down onto the bed with a light laugh.

"Now sit down."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 7:57pm

To tell the truth he was a little dumbfounded. Which was why he wasn't talking. She managed to step past his guard, cup his chin, then push him on the bed before he could do anything.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 8:01pm

"Suddenly so silent? That's a little disappointing."

I sit back down where I was when he came in - I can still have fun with this. Irritate him enough… his responses could be entertaining enough. Maybe this won't be a complete waste of my time.

"Oh! Let's play a game! A guessing game works best, I think. Hm… I know! We'll start with this; guess what I'm going to do to my counterpart when I find her?" I drawl the last sentence, bursting into a fit of giggles as soon as I have - the thought's fun enough, but that's not the best part. The best part is pre-empting his response.

I actually don't want to kill him. Adam's started to get a little boring, and I could use some additional entertainment. Keeping him around might work well for that.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 8:17pm

He sighed and shut his eyes as he said the answer.

"Kill her, slowly, painfully, or torture her."

He opened his eyes again.

"You like to keep this room tidy don't you?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 8:20pm

"Yes, I do, and don't you dare mess it up."

I tilt my head back, looking up at the ceiling.

"Well, no, I was thinking of keeping her alive for a while; doing what you said to the friends, and the boyfriend - because let's face it, there's always a stereotypical boyfriend for the goody two shoes types - strip her of her powers, and then isolate her for the rest of her life. Maybe feed her. I'm not sure. The isolation doesn't have to be phsyical, though. I'm going to submerge her in her greatest fear for the rest of her life. I guess that's torture, actually…."

I glance back at him.

"What's your greatest fear, Joseph?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 8:40pm

He shakes his head. Chances are, she already guessed it anyways.

"Alright, talk time's over."

He rolls behind the bed, away from her, electrocuting it so it sets on fire on the way.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 8:42pm

My bed. He set my perfect bed on fire.

"… that was rude."

I blanket the bed with a light field, putting the fire out… but the bed's already scorched, and there's smoke… everything. That's going to cost him.

"I did as for you not to do that, right? Because I'm pretty sure I did."

I reach out, trying to backhand him. Hard.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 8:53pm

By this time he's already on the floor, hidden by the bed. Away from her.

"Do you ever notice how people seem to do the opposite of what they're told to do by people they hate, Kelly?"

He sets a stuff animal on fire and throws it at her general direction, more to piss her off than anything.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 8:55pm

"I have. And it's a very foolish thing to do, don't you think?"

The hiding game doesn't work for me. I enjoy the cat and mouse routine just as much as anyone else, but this is going to just be irritating. I usually prefer the cat and mouse routine in a more verbal context.

I think the best way to go about this is to irritate him through inactivity - make him come to me. I sit back down on the chair with a sigh, crossing my legs.

"This is going to get really old, really fast, Joseph."

I catch the animal and blow the fire out before hugging it, kind of annoyed that he burned it. I actually liked that one quite a bit.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 9:17pm

"Not really Kelly."

An uncontrolled, blast of electrical energy at her general direction. Even if he could see her, he couldn't predict the path anyways.

He keeps doing this, and electricity flies around everywhere, might even hit her in a part where the armor wasn't protecting if he was lucky enough. Probably will destroy the room though. Hopefully will hit the bathroom area.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 9:22pm

The jolt doesn't really hurt; I'm fairly insulated against it - a defense made purely of light will do that - but it does send me straight through the wall into Tom's room, wiping out half of the wall.

Nuisance upon nuisance… that's another part of my room that he's messed up.

"What exactly do you think you're going to gain by using that name, hm? Why do you think it'll do anything, piss me off, whatever? Why?"

I pick up the thousand or so pound slab that Tom rests against his door and hurl it back into my room, where the arcs of electricity come from.

I suppose the fight could be fun… I've never much been one for individual fighting - I'd fight when necessary, and I'd torture, sure, but most of my fun doesn't come from this sort of thing. I can learn to like if that's what it'll take to do a good job of making him feel pain, though.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 9:35pm

Joshua saw a shadow over him.

"Uh… oh."

He got out of the way just in time.

"You're calling me Joseph."

She was in the other room, enough time. Joshua ran to the bathroom, opening the door and firing another uncontrolled electrical blast, breaking the sink and most of everything else, water was spurting out where the sink was.

Of course that also cost him his hiding.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 9:40pm

I level a hand at the noise - the room's already a mess. Doing a little more won't mean that much. I don't take the photoelectric route this time - not in its true form. Instead, I just fire off a simple light blast at him, straight through the wall.

"True. But I'm pretty sure that gets to you for different reasons. That gets to you because of where you came from, and who you could be - stop me if I'm wrong, by the way. It shows you your potential for being a killer. The thing of beauty that you could be if you would let yourself go."

I take a tentative step forward.

"Maybe the reasons aren't so different after all. Maybe they meet about halfway."

Stop screaming, Coyote. God damn it, stop screaming, I've got enough of a headache as it is from just watching my room get torn apart.

Wait a second… that's not Coyote screaming.

Oh, bloody hell, no.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 10:04pm

Joseph got hit on the side, even though it only nicked him, still painful as hell. He should be careful of that. He takes some retreating steps inside the bathroom.

All beautiful pristine and clean or it was, until he fired at it. Water was gushing out of the former sink quite liberally, but the room was large. It'll take a while for it to reach the floor of the entire room, plus her light shoes may insulate it. Then he found something.

Metal bars, probably used for those perfect white towels to rest on before being broken off. He picked it up, it was too short to be a staff or even a decent sword. But it was better than nothing and he could direct the current through it. He picked up two of them.

"Partially correct. It's the legacy of my past life. No control, no freedom, molded to be the evil bitch killer who originally led the Authority. It's who they tried to make me."

He walked out of the bathroom facing her.

"I'm not Joseph Marvel. I'm not that killer they tried to turn me into. I'm Joshua Cujo of the New Mutants West."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 10:10pm

"Weapons?" I laugh with a shake of my head.

"So why do you keep on using my name offensively?" I sigh when I realise how I referred to it. "Yes, my name. It's my name."

Then something else occurs to me. I'll continue this as I am for now, but… there's another way to go about it. The transect between the two universes is close enough, and he seems smart… he should know that it's possible. Something within the intrinsic potential of overlapping universes.

We'll see. It's definitely something that I could use against him.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 10:29pm

"I don't like you, why do you hate the name anyways?"

The weapons weren't only weapons, the direction of my electric blasts were always uncontrollable. I couldn't even probably rely on it to hit her properly, might as well go for areas where the armor didn't insulate. These metal bars, while not perfect, at least gives me some sort of range.

And the water was beginning to seep out of the bathroom.

I cover the ground between ourselves, swing one of my batons towards her face, unshielded, on the very off chance I actually hit, I send electricity through it.

«Which parts are insulated, which parts are not?»


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 10:34pm

I duck under the blow and raise my my elbow, trying to connect with his jaw.

"Superhuman agility and reflexes. Bear that in mind."

I weave back out from underneath him whether I connected or not, clearing the distance. I can see the water level rising - I'd have to be blind not to. I don't want to encounter that… another route would be best. I should probably take this out of the room.

"Because it reminds me of the life I had - like you, in that respect… but it was a life I loved. A life I had torn away from me… and it reminds me of what I was, for the most part, in that life, and what I can't ever go back to." The words come out in a hiss, through tears that I'm too angry to fight.

Angry or not, I can still think… but it's hard right now. And the screaming… the bloody screaming… why won't she shut up? She died with the Thorleys - she's supposed to just shut up….

[The armour's on the whole thing, but you can say that it's not on a couple of the joints; shoulders, elbows, knees.]


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 10:51pm

«I'd don't think it'd be able to rise very quickly, despite all benefits it'll have to my character. Considering there's a hole in the wall into another large room, not to mention there's no door to the hallway.»

Hurted, he moved his jaw up as it connected, if he hadn't it would've been broken. His teeth rattled. Close combat, while dangerous, was the only way to take this. If she gets a clean hit on him, he'd probably lose, if he could get the bar to touch an unexposed area, he could win this.

Focus on the pain, master it. Don't let it distract you.

But what she said next did distract him.

"Torn away, my god you were really like her. You were really Kelly at least in some way. You may like to kill but bits of you, pieces of you, they're the same?"

He stepped towards her, one more thing was odd.

"And you're going to take away your counterpart's happiness? Why?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 10:56pm

"Because I can't have it."

I can feel the emissions rising inside me - the sentience building into its own admission; its own domain where it'll overcome me. I can't let that happen. Not again. The sparks fly from my eyes, blinding me through the tears that are already running through them - only, I can't tell whether they're over what I've lost, or ones of rage.

"You're trying to confuse me!" That comes out almost as a whimper - it's almost pathetic to hear, when I do, and all it does is serve to make me even more angry.

I was wrong. That's not all it does. It also makes me sloppy. It's like I'm standing here, listening to what I'm saying and watching what I'm doing, with no real control over it. I can see myself charge at him, foolishly, trying to tackle him through the blind anger… but I can't do anything to stop it.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 11:07pm

He lets himself get tackled. It may hurt, hurt like hell, he'd probably break several ribs like this, but…

He placed one rod on an exposed area on her shoulder and sends electricity through it.

He also knew that he didn't want to kill her, despite probably not being able to get another chance like this. Not only because of the life he ran away from, but she was too much like her. Too much like Kelly, what she could've been. At this moment, she wasn't an evil sadistic bitch, but a little girl.

Unfortunately it also made using electricity harder. If he used too little, she'd still remain concious, if he used too much, he could risk sending life threatening heart rhythms which could kill her.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 11:12pm

This little jolt is a reminder of how much I love having a superhuman durability. It hurts, yes, and it draws the appropriate scream from me, but it doesn't hurt too much. Again, the durability.

Under the correct circumstances, a human body can withstand 230,000 volts without too much undue duress. When the charge is higher, it's worse, but there's still a surprisingly high threshold. When the body belongs to a class fifty superhuman….

The screams grow louder, and it burns a little in my head as I roll away from him, recoiling from the shock.

Then something else happens.

I shut my eyes, trying to see past the sparks that've settled, and then open them, searching the room for a different kind of spark - one of familiarity. My eyes widen a little when they settle on him.

"Josh?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 11:21pm

Ok, now this surprised him. He's on the floor, his body is aching all over. Nothing broken though, thank god. But now, she just called him Josh. He's still on guard, possibly a surprise tactic. What was happening?


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 11:24pm

I try to get up, but the floor's wet. Water level's not too high, but it still makes my hand slip when I put weight on it for support. I fall back, and then clutch my head, blinking profusely. Head's hurting a little bit.

There's just a little too much going on inside it right now.

Bearings, bearings… that's something that'd help a lot right now, as opposed to… a weird buzzing in my head leaving me pretty confused, and a little disoriented.

"Josh? Why's the floor all wet? Where-?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 11:30pm

If she is who I think she is…

"Kelly?"

He's still stunned, is this possible, two people from alternate timelines in the same time, switching like this? Is this a trick? Even that scientist's theory on alternate worlds didn't cover this.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 11:32pm

"What kind of question is that?"

I get up this time - fly it. I don't want to slip over again… that's just embarassing, and that's something I don't need right now. I take a look around, and- yeah. Wow. This place is a mess. Complete and utter.

"My head hurts…."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 11:37pm

Joshua gets up and grabs on to her, partially to help her up, partially so he could try stunning her again at the first sign of attack.

"Kelly, I want you to answer this question. What did I think you were when I first met you?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 11:42pm

I flince slightly at the contact - it's… it's the headache - but I don't pull away. Instead, I just give a slight shake of my head, a hint of confusion in my eyes.

"What did you think I was? I don't know, Josh… my head hurts, and things are a little hazy… I don't even know where I am or why I'm here - where am I, by the way?"

I squint slightly - blink a couple of times after that. I can't help but feel I've got something weird in my eyes; something obtrusive that I want out, but just won't come out.

"Did you think I was crazy? A lot of people think I'm a little crazy when they meet me. That, or silly. They say weird things, too, and it usually confuses me a little bit. Don't know why - I'm not crazy," I giggle, despite the throbbing headache.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 6, 2007, 11:49pm

"Wrong answer."

And a shock goes through her body, stronger this time. Like he said before, it's hard to estimate how much is needed with a person having durability. He wanted to stun her.

The Kelly of his world was dead, the Kelly of the masters world would not call him Joshua, the only Kelly it could possibly be was the Kelly of this world and if she got the answer wrong… well he couldn't take chances.

If she was the real Kelly though he was sorry.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 6, 2007, 11:57pm

No fucking duh, it was the wrong bloody answer. I have no damn clue what you thought she was, do I?

Not that I'm going to say that out loud. This is still salvagable. The shock actually reverberates when the circuit isn't cut from anywhere as it runs back into the wet ground, and I'm thrown away with a feigned scream for added affect. I struggle back up to my feet, but I'm not going to put up any sort of fight - that would just throw all of this off.

The irritating thing? The screaming isn't stopping… it's ony getting louder. Maybe… maybe if listen to what it's actually saying, then it'll quieten. Not now, though.

I stumble forwards and drop onto my knees, my hands planted on the floor and me, myself? Facing down, panting heavily. All a part of the act, of course; it didn't hurt me enough for that.

"Josh… that hurt… I don't- don't understand… why you're being so violent?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 12:05am

Good thing Joshua wasn't planning on killing her or else he'd be more hesitant, even if it was going to be difficult.

It's not her.

He decided to try a different method, electricity was dangerous, regulating it was difficult. But even with her body invulnerable her brain was still a weak point.

"Sorry!"

Rushing towards her again, if she was the normal Kelly then she wouldn't attack, if she's acting, then the act might continue.

"I just thought you were…"

He sent a blow to her Occipital ridge once he was close enough. Meisha taught him that move.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 12:12am

Most people who know about such things think that when you connect a strong blow with the occipital ridge, it'll shake the brain by the nerves connecting them into the spine, and slam it against the skull.

For the most part, they're right.

What they don't factor into that, is the fact that when you do this, there's a good chance that it'll damage the nerve in the process, and brain damage the victim. Superhuman durability means that this is unlikely - heck, it means that the brain will take less damage slamming into the skull, but still, it would make sense for the girl to spin away from an attack like that. I do just that, and he ends up hitting me on the jaw, instead. That, obviously, doesn't hurt, but I'm guessing that the girl doesn't exactly go around amped up, if she's like he described her.

Because of that, I let myself be thrown back by the blow, looking up and feigning weakeness. It's amusing, if nothing else, and maybe it'll get the screaming to shut up somehow. Unlikely, but I can hope.

"Josh… what're you doing? You're hurting me…."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 12:19am

«How does she know that?»

He crouched down hands touching the water.

"Sorry. To tell the truth, we're fighting alternate versions of each other, evil ones, the thing that I mentioned to you earlier when we first met. About alternate earths, it's all true. I thought you were an evil version of you acting, so… Who's Darya Potemkin?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 12:22am

[How does she know what?]

"What's with all of the questions, Josh? I've got a headache, and then you were hitting me, and now you're asking me really weird questions? Darya's a friend of mine."

It's a random guess, but if it's wrong… well, I've braced myself for a shock as well as one can.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 12:23am

[What an blow to the occipital ridge would do?]

"How is she?"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 12:30am

[She's a prospective biologist (mostly genetics, but she's fairly diverse)l why wouldn't she? She could tell you a hell of a lot of things you wouldn't want to, and would never need to, know.]

"… Fuck."

I try to grab him and rocket up - out of this room, through the ceiling, and above the COBRA-1, with the intent of throwing him down onto the roof as soon as I get out. Whether he's there with me depends on his reflexes.

Well, the act's blown. It would've been interesting… too bad. The entertainment from that's lost now, too.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 12:35am

As she flew towards him Joshua tries to grab her and electrocute her approximately enough to stun. Before they got too high, because that'll be bad.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 12:39am

It's a startling experience, and it's especially disagreeable when I'm in flight. I drop him on the top of the COBRA-1 and fall myself, hitting the surface and sliding across to the edge.

It occurs to me that I haven't actually attacked him once. Not properly. I really wasn't in the mood for this when it started. I let of a high power flash and stand my ground on the other end of the roof of my home.

This is wrong. He shouldn't have had this kind of advantage in the first place, anyway. Shouldn't have even been able to cast me down like that. That was just… degrading. Embarrassing. A… shock, to be cliched.

I should have just killed him the moment he stepped in my room.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 12:54am

Joshua stands up from the hard pavement, a rib cracked. Faking after all. He's not going to attack just yet, distance to cover, and any electrical blast he tries will miss completely in this distance. There were jets around him. He missile systems, the computer controls. He could possibly make them fire maybe even fly. But he wanted to end this without killing her.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 1:01am

I wonder.

In a few rare cases, multiple personality syndrome - in some of the more pedestrian versions, but not all; schitzophrenia - a person can switch back and forth between their personalities at any trigger, like flicking a switch.

Like I said (or thought, rather) it's a rare thing. Very rare, in face, but it happens. It's not as rare as transitional displacement of consciousnesses, though that is possible - and it's what I feigned a moment ago… so if that was believable, why not this? Say the transition occurred… what then? There would be consciousnesses in the same place, fighting for dominance.

Definitely possible, I'd say, if the former had occurred.

Selling it will be the hard part. I drop down onto my knees again, and crawl backwards - a sort of stagger… and drop off of the end of COBRA-1, falling directly beneath it, and out of sight.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 1:06am

Joshua ran to the edge, looking over it, seeing her fall out of sight.

Did she fell on her own? Or is she flying away?


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 1:07am

«Wait, we're on the same place Jake vs. Coyote is taking place.»


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 1:15am

[… >_>. COBRA-1's a big place. I guess it would have a big roof, too… very big….]

I float back up again - I've got to play this right. It's not so much a case of any tactic for the fight; rather, it's really all for my own entertainment. Like I said, I've never been much one for a flat out fight. It's always seemed boring to me.

I open up my empathy to reach out to my team-mates - see how they're doing, and….

"Oh, god."

I know how this ends. Dead. Dead, dead… we lose. How- how is that possible? How can we lose? We're stronger than them… we're smarter than them. This is they're world, but- Tom must have been right. He must have been right. This world is a place where we can't win… it's the heroes' world. They win here. Them.

The good guys always win. It's a laughable notion, really. Quaint, in itself. And- no. Tom. I reach out for him - he was out of the short range check I ran out, and… and I can't find him. I can't find him!

I drop down onto my knees on the top of the ceiling again… just as I do find him. He's dead too. They killed him. Is it even worth fighting anymore?

Fucking hell, is it worth anything? I hate this world. We should just kill all of them, and leave now. Just kill all of them. Kill the entire world - I could do that right now, really. All I would have to do is rise up - build the charge, and decimate the entire atmosphere. All I would have to do… it's not much at all, really, is it? Not much effort to kill a world….

If only I could get up off of my knees.

I shut my eye tightly when I feel more tears run down my cheek - tears for Tom this time - to keep any more from coming out. At the bottom of the sea. I wonder if he panicked… or if it was peaceful. I've always heard that it's either the most painful way to die, or the least. Who knows but anyone who's died from it? What happens first? Do you lose consciousness first, or do your lungs give way under the pressure?

I hope he had at least that last moment's peace.

"Stop it. Stop it all."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 1:24am

Joshua knew this too, he never told her. He accessed the security cameras, did quick checks on everyone fighting. Her team mates were dead, some of them. Either that or we were winning.

He walks towards her, still half on guard, but she seemed broken, defeated. Strange though, how she actually cared for her team mates.

"Marianne…"

He tried touching her and sending electricity through her body, this must be the fourth time? Hopefully, he'd get it right and knock her out.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 1:30am

"NO!" I bark, a light sheath covering my entire body the instant he touches me. No games. Not this time. Nothing like that - no tricks, none of that crap.

This ends here. And when it's over, I'm going to find whoever it was who did that to Tom, and I'm going to beat them to death with their own, detached limbs.

It seems like it doesn't matter. Like none of it matters, but still… it matters more now than it ever could have before. These bastards… they got in the way, and they ruined everything. They killed Tom. Why couldn't they have just stayed in their cells? Why couldn't they have just stayed in their bloody cells?

"You don't touch me! You don't ever touch me!"

I push my palms outwards and a field of solid light pushes outwards in the burst. In the next moment, I'm in the air again, hovering high and glowing with the photoelectric emission I'm charging - the real one. The one I've never let myself attempt before except for in the cold excesses of space.

"I'm going to kill you all… one go. This world doesn't matter anymore! None of it! THIS WHOLE THING IS JUST A FUCKING WASTE, AND EVERYONE HERE DESERVES TO DIE - AND I WILL PERSONALLY SEE THAT THEY MEET THAT FATE!"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 1:38am

What she was talking about before, about changing the climate. She was actually going to do it.

She was actually going to do it.

"STOP IT!"

He didn't know how long it'll take her to do what she's doing, and she's already high enough. This was insane, she wouldn't possibly, kill the world.

Then he realized he only had one option left.

One option.

"Jets, fire missiles at Marianne Thorley."

He says this tonelessly and turned away. The jets around him locked onto their target, as each one fired their missles at her.

They flew up leaving a cloud of smoke behind, silently flying towards the object in the sky.

It'll be over in a second.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 1:45am

I see the rockets only a couple of moments before the impact. I didn't actually know that he had that level of technopathy - I thought he was tiers below it.

I'm not ready to say my prayer and fade into the night, though. The moment is enough - almost. The rockets are mistimed. One, I manage to catch and hurl away. Another - didn't I say there are photoelectric emissions everywhere? I meant that. Everywhere. It’s child’s play to set the rocket off in the air, but it costs me the charge I built up.

Then I see the last one… and I don’t even get the chance to say the prayer. The rocket slams into me without all that much force, actually, but… then it goes off. The shield holds – just. Just. Without that, the rocket could well have killed me on its own… maybe. It’s been a while since I’ve had to deal with any.

It doesn’t make the impact of the explosion any more pleasant, though. I’m rattled, and once again, it’s very hard to think – hard enough to stay conscious. So hard that I don’t actually manage it. I start plummeting – falling down to whatever awaits me below… the shield flickers and dies, and I fall… fall… fall… and black out.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 1:55am

He heard the explosion overhead and looked up.

It's over now.

Then he saw something, a black spec, falling out of the Heli-carrier.

What was that rule again? Not dead until you see the body?

He wasn't sure whether he wanted to have her survive the attack, considering what she could do. Most likely she'll die by the fall but. He hated her, he hated her guts, but there were still some parts of her that was Kelly.

"… Damn it."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 2:18am

At some point, I hear the wind whistling as it rushes past me and I plummet towards the ocean below us. Really, there’s no way that I’ll ever survive that fall… how many of us are going to find it this way, I wonder?

Does it really matter, anymore? Why did we even come here? We should have just killed Carmen and destroyed the portal. That’s all it would have taken – for now, at least… and none of us would have died that way.

It only just hits me now – I can hear the wind. I can hear it… which means I’m conscious. I put as much speed and force as I can into flying up, to kill my fall – I’m going down fast, but at this rate, I should be able to pull out of it….

Should. It doesn’t happen – I still hit the water, and I hit it hard, going under. It takes a moment to get my bearings – I almost fly down instead of up… got to keep lucid though. Can’t breathe in… I’ll drown… the impact wasn’t hard enough to do much damage at all, not with how much I’d slowed down, but if I breathe in, I’ll die that way instead.

I shoot back up out of the water with a gasp.

The next moment, the panic fades back into anger. I will get this right. I will. The charge starts building up again as I rocket up, but something else occurs to me also. We’re all going to die with this, Masters and all – that part, I don’t care about. What I do want to see, is the planet breathe its last. One way or another, it’s going to come down to that, and I want to be right here, feeling it all – watching it all, when it does. I’ll be the only person to ever really see it; ever really understand it, but I’m okay with that. I have to know it. That’s all that matters, if I know it.

You’ll be proud of me, Tom – I promise. I’ll make you proud with this.

So I reach out. I reach out, farther than I ever have before. My touch sweeps out through everything below me, touching every living thing – it moves past that, on to the next nation, the next continent… everything. It touches everything… I feel all of their pain, all of their joy, all of their hate, and all of their love. Seven billion people… it’s amazing. It’s a rush.

Something’s wrong.

The planet – she’s alive. She’s alive, and she’s angry. Raging hatred, burning through everything – at least, it will do. She’s going to rise and wipe it all out with that burning rage… she’s going to cleanse it. End it. But I’m going to beat her to it.

That… she won’t accept that. She burns my mind and she burns my heart, before deciding to show me something else – she’s not going to do it because of the hate. She’s going to do it… because she has love, too… I can’t understand it, but she’s going to kill them all because of that.

God.

God… I can see it beating. The- everything, together. It breathes in together in one instant and out again the next, and- and it beats. It has a heart. Humanity – all of us a whole, all of us together, as a species – it has a heart. One for the whole species… and it beats. It beats together… and in that instant, they are whole – not only in the way that I’ve connected them; linked them all with my empathy that’s now searing my thoughts… but whole – one, purity in that, through Gaia’s love.

The screams open up through it – she did this to me. She gave the screams their chance… that bitch really won’t let me go through with this… and there’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing I can do – all I can do is fade into the love she’s holding for all of us, while the screams become a whisper – everything I’ve repressed – and they push themselves to the front.

***

I diffuse the charge and drop to my knees on the top of COBRA-1, keeping my head bowed. I can’t look at him. I can’t look at anyone. Not after what she- I’ve done. Not after what I was about to do. Because no matter the semantics… we’re the same person. I’m just the part of her she hid away – the part she chose to suppress when she estranged herself from her old life. The one she led in relative happiness… and with willpower like that… it just happened.

"Kill me. Just kill me, now. I can’t hold it back very long. She’s me, and I’m her… but she’s still stronger. Just… kill me. Please."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 2:28am

«Fucking mother…»

He saw her, Kelly, hah it still wasn't over. No, firing missles at her wasn't enough, it had to be close and personal now, and it wasn't the evil Marianne. No, now he's killing Kelly, the Kelly he knew. He hesitates, looking away from her.

"I…"

Can't? Bullshit, you know you can, you've done it before and you can do it again.

"Ok."

He places his hand on her. Remembering way back, when he told Dillon about how disgusting it would be for anyone to kill Kelly.

Now he was going to do it, not like he hadn't done disgusting acts before.

"I'm sorry…"

He electrocutes her, this time to kill.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 3:40am

It runs through me like a static charge amped up ad infinitum…. I’ve never really felt a real pain. Emotional, sure, but not physical. Not like this. I was always… cast away too frequently to ever feel that.

It’s not enough. I’m still here… I can still feel the pain – I can still feel the floor, and I can still feel her. God, what is that keeping her away? Gaia…? Really? I hadn’t actually thought it possible. I can feel earth’s love and anger intertwine, intrinsically linked beyond anything I could ever comprehend… and it drives her away.

My thoughts go back to something that Mary Wollstonecraft said. 'No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.' She was a smart person. I should tell Marianne all about that, if I could. She’d get a kick out of it. Either that, or she’d want to go back and rip Mary Wollstonecraft’s throat out.

‘She’. I keep on doing that, don’t I? I keep on putting some division between us in my reflection of myself, and my reflection upon her… but we aren’t different people, are we? I could wish we were – wish I hadn’t done the things that I had – that she had… but at the end of the day, the fact of the matter will always be that I did. And I need to die for it.

I feel weak for asking him to do it for me. It needs to end – I need to end, but I think I’m too weak to do it myself… so I asked him to. It’s… selfish of me, but like I said… I’m weak.

And sadly, strong of body. The first shock doesn’t do it, even with as much as he charged it. It wasn’t enough. I still don’t look up – I still can’t do it. I can feel myself begin to lose myself, and for one moment, all of my thought is consumed by pure terror. What if I can’t hold it back for long enough for him to end this?

Of course, terror means too little; it won’t serve any purpose. It won’t make it not happen if it’s what’s going to. And it won’t hold anything at bay…. When I realise all of that, I let the terror slide, much preferring to not die afraid.

To not die in fear. I want to die, but not like that. Not like that.

I can’t see now… everything… I just can’t see. I could always see. No brightness could hamper my vision, and no darkness couldn’t be pierced with but a glance, but now… I can’t see anything at all… there’s just an emptiness there. I’m sure that I won’t be much longer – but if I leave it at this, then the time I have left may be too much. It only takes a moment to kill a world, sadly enough…. She – I have actually done it before.

"Did you know… when I was little, I always wondered what it would be like to die. I wondered if it would hurt. I wondered how I would feel. Who I would miss. What I would think. Did you know that the human nervous system can fire off almost a thousand neurones in the space of a second, just in the brain, while being assailed? I wonder what the brain feels.

"Can you make it… not hurt? … No, I don’t suppose you can. I’m sorry…. It wasn’t enough. Again… please. Again."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 3:47am

«You're dead set on torturing Joshua»

"No, I can, but…."

My god, to do it…

He places his hand on her again.

"It won't hurt this time, it'll only take a second. Everything will be all right."

He does it again, it takes a fraction of a second. Her body burns away, vaporized, leaving a skeleton.

Just a fraction of a second, not enough for her to feel it.

"Goodbye…"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 3:50am

[Well, he didn't have to :). I told you what would happen if he didn't - things still work out!]


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 7, 2007, 3:58am

[He was a member of the Authority, he can stomach killing if it needs to be done. You drawed it out, had him attempt to kill her three times. Hell now there isn't a decent corpse. <_<. Ok that's partially my fault.]


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 4:02am

[I'd say that I tend to draw out deaths… but that's a lie, it's usually *bang* you're dead :). Joshua got the special treatment.

He didn't have to kill her… she would've blown her own head off if that was necessary ::).]


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Aug 7, 2007, 4:11am

[To be honest, I cheaped out on this. With the character, I had something else entirely in mind (see the quote in my signature), but then when this came up, I went with the easy, cheap and lazy route, storywise, just to push Joshua a little bit.]


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 8, 2007, 12:07am

Sometime later. Joshua reformed himself back inside Marianne's room. The water level was higher, now knee deep.

"Alright, now what I came for…"

He opened the door to Meghan's room.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Meghan "Twilight" Sanders on Aug 8, 2007, 12:17am

"What's going on?!"

I'm freaking out. The illusion on the room has been gone, I'm so confused.

"WHERE'S MY ROOM!? WHAT DO YOU WANT?!"


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 8, 2007, 1:45am

Now where to start.

"Well, first off. I guess… you're room is an illusion. That's my best guest. You should get out of here now, it's getting dangerous. I can help you escape this place and back to the ground."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Meghan "Twilight" Sanders on Aug 8, 2007, 1:46am

"…I'm not going anywhere without Kelly."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 8, 2007, 1:49am

"Can I at least convince you to go to that room over there? Open the gray door? After that you can stay here if you want."

Explaining before showing her what she did with Adam will probably be counter-productive. It'll be a shock but… There's not much time.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Meghan "Twilight" Sanders on Aug 8, 2007, 1:50am

"Kelly told me to stay in here."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 8, 2007, 1:51am

"You'll be out for a couple minutes, after that you can go back seriously."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Meghan "Twilight" Sanders on Aug 8, 2007, 1:52am

"No. I promised. I love her."


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 8, 2007, 1:54am

"Haa…, you know I can go on a tirade on how she's evil and was planning on returning you back to where you came from eventually. That she's the reason your powers aren't working and that the room that was created was a bloody illusion she created, but you know what? It won't work and we don't have alot of time."

He touches her cheek and tasers her to knock her out.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Meghan "Twilight" Sanders on Aug 8, 2007, 1:59am

I pass out.


Re: Joshua vs. Lucifer
Post by Joshua/Darya/Kara/Marcus on Aug 9, 2007, 12:15am

He catches her as she collapses.

"That's one."

Then he went to the gray door and opened it, seeing Adam. After fumbling for the key he manages to unchain him. His body was surprisingly light.

"All right, time to get out of here."


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