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Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 1:59am

"The best things in life are free - bum bum bum bum - but you can give them to the birds and bees. Just give money…that's what I want. That's what I waaaaaaant, that's what I want."

Carmen was waiting. She hated waiting. But, in all fairness, it did give her a chance to gather her thoughts, and her thought were in much need of gathering. As she sat in her California office, idly monitoring her business through the computer, she had time to mull over all the happenings - her endeavors with MGH, trouble with the Hellions, and her most recent project with the New Mutants West, the last of which she had plans to move on very soon.

"Your love gives me such a thrill - bum bum bum bum - but your love don't pay no bills. I need money…just give me money. That's what I waannnnt, that's what I want."

It was amazing, really - the next generation of mutants were so much more interesting than the last. So diverse, so powerful, so easily manipulated, so much potential to exploit and profit to make - it was almost too good to be true. And if things with the New Mutants West turned out right, she'd have a fresh batch of test subjects incoming. Test a few, use the others for experiments, harvest all of their DNA for MGH…that Animal Girl in particular would make for a nice batch. All of them would, except for that boy with the pink hair. She planned on killing him outright; waste not, want not. Maybe use his body to scare the others straight or spur them to fight harder and give more battle data. As the situation demanded.

"Money don't buy everything, it's true - bum bum bum bum - but what it don't buy, I can't use. Just give me money, that's, that's what I want. Oh, give me money. That's, that's what I want - that's what I waaaaaaaant, that's what I want…"

Now, all that was left was putting the plan into motion, and she was eager for that - and eager to see her new friend, Paige in action. She'd been watching Paige intently since they spoke, and while she didn't doubt the girl's tenacity, it seemed some of the wounds Carmen depended on started to heal - Paige seemed to be making friends again, or at least going down the road to actually liking some of her classmates. And that just wouldn't do…Carmen arranged a surprise to keep her straight, and called the girl, asking her to stop by her office when she got the chance. It was time she put their deal in stone.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 2:30am

You know what Carmen Rosewell has?

Poor. Fucking. Timing.

I don't think that I really have words for the degree to which I just am just not in the mood for this. That's another thing. I don't know what "this" is. For God's sake, I was in Abby's room at the hospital when my cell phone went off. I nearly chucked the thing out a window. I probably should have. I came up with a quick excuse and caught a cab down to the address she gave me. On the one hand, not having to see Abby as she's been left by the attack is a mild relief. But if it was that hard to bear, I would left from yesterday. I told her I would stick by her side and I planned to be. Until this dragged me away.

So, in summation, I'm rather irate. More so than usual.

Storming through the front doors, I make my way to the receptionist and say through gritted teeth,

"Your boss wants to see me."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 2:44am

The receptionist eases away from Paige, just startled by the…well, this is Paige in a pissed off mood. Goes without saying, really. "Ah, yes." She stands up, making sure to stay out of arm's length. "Follow me."

~*~

As Paige enters my office, I can't shake the feeling that, if it were physically possible for her to do so, she would like to rip my face off with her bare hands - it's an admirable fire, I admit, though I'm surprised to see it. That Abby girl must've meant more to her than I thought…some information to keep tucked in my back pocket, just in case.

I try my best to look like I care and motion for her to sit in the seat in front of me. "I heard about that business with the riot and your friend - sad business, but I think you'll be glad I dragged you out here." I fold my fingers and lean back in the chair for a moment. "I called you out here for two reasons: First, I want to let you know that I'll be commencing the operation in three days." I pass her a folder with all the information she needs to know inside. "My men will attack the compound at night and drag them off here in their sleep - as we agreed, Sadie and Abby will be left behind and not harmed. All I need you to do is disable the security systems - with your powers, I'm sure that's a simple enough task. I can still count on your participation, right?"


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 3:03am

I sift through the files but I'm not really paying any attention to what's in them.

"Could have done this over the phone."

The second reason had better be good.

"I guess." I say with a look on my face that would be impassive were it not for the fairly large quantities of rage that I'm supressing at the moment. "What happens to the poor bastards after they get here?"

«Sorry for the delay for such a short post. Got sidetracked.»


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 3:06am

[It's okay, not every post has to be massive.]

"I'm going to test their powers in various ways, which will probably kill them. At which point I'll harvest their DNA for MGH and dissect their bodies, see if I can find anything interesting."

[See? :P]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 3:15am

Oh. Is that all.

"And say I were to have a problem with any of that?"


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 3:22am

"Then I'd have to kill you for knowing too much." I say it with a smile. "Joking, joking." Not really. "I know it's a bit of an odd way of thinking, but it's really back to the credo - taking what I want when I want. And what I want is life. You want money, power, notoriety? You'll have to kill to get their, and eventually you'll have to kill someone you might've vaguely liked. It's best not to think of them as people. Just opportunities.

Best to change the subject. "Now, moving right along, the second thing…did you bring the pills?"


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 3:30am

I wonder if a fall from this height is enough to break her neck?

"Yes."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 3:43am

"Good." I hit a few commands in my computer and turn the screen around to her, as a presentation begins to play.

"This is my test facility." A giant room, similar to the Danger Room, but with much less battle damage, scrolls across the screen. "It's based on the same technology as the Danger Room - I haven't been able to fully emulate, but close. Any environment, any scenario, mostly meant for testing abilities and my analysis."

Damn. I'm starting to monologue. Have to watch that. To the point.

"Now, after the pain your friend recieved and after being taken from her bedside, I'd imagine - well, I don't have to imagine anything; you look pissed as hell. Fine. I figured you would be. Which is why I'd like you to use one of the pills, go down to the Testing Room…"

The screen widens for a full view, zooming in on a solitary red dot in the middle until the red dot becomes a red person - finding her was a bit of a pain, true, but I did run into some luck; the girl was on a covert operation for Black Air when I extracted her, so her teammates won't be expecting her back for a while. And the small trouble will be worth it if I can gauge Paige's potential and knock her on my side of the fence in one, broad stroke.

The computer shows Wildfire, sitting in the Testing Room. Trapped. Waiting. "…and unleash all your hate and frustration on this woman. Kill her."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Risk on Jul 11, 2007, 3:48am

[Hm. Depending on how this goes, I may have to send someone after Paige to rip her teeth out one by one, pull the attached (well, formerly attached) nerves out slowly, before scooping her eyes out with a rusty spoon and feeding them to her.

Oh, and let’s not forget the entrails dragging. That’s an important bit. Can’t forget that.

Nothing personal, of course.]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Danny O'Conner on Jul 11, 2007, 3:57am

«That's not very good, is it?»


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Risk on Jul 11, 2007, 3:59am

[If something happens to Wildfire? No, no it isn't.

If something happens to Paige as a direct consequence (well, there would be little in character reason for the characters I have left as of today… well, maybe Meisha… either way, that could be ignored for the moment)… well, it could be fun, and fitting as retribution ::).]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Danny O'Conner on Jul 11, 2007, 4:02am

«*Wants something to happen to Wild, so Dan and his newfound responsibility and lameness and non-drinking can steal the leadershipness away.* MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

…I'm sorry, Last. I didn't say that…I'm scared. Don't hurt me!»


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 4:04am

Jul 11, 2007, 4:02am, Danny O'Conner wrote:«*Wants something to happen to Wild, so Dan and his newfound responsibility and lameness and non-drinking can steal the leadershipness away.* MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

…I'm sorry, Last. I didn't say that…I'm scared. Don't hurt me!»

Nah, I won't hurt you. I mean, you're DN. That's punishment enough.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Risk on Jul 11, 2007, 4:05am

[Haha! Ouch! Last, got to say, I didn't expect that from you!]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Danny O'Conner on Jul 11, 2007, 4:07am

« ;__; :'(»


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 4:18am

I'm silent for a moment, breaking it eventually with "where?"

—-

This feels all sorts of strange. All sorts of weird. I popped the pill on my way to the Testing Room. I'm not sure that "bad" or "uncomfortable" are the right words to describe it. Same deal with more positive adjectives, really. Strange and weird seem to cover it. Things buzz to life as I walk past them, out of their own accord it would seem because it surely wasn't out of mine. It's as if, it would seem, I have to relearn control - relearn how to not animate things at random. I don't think that's happened since I was twelve.

My emotional instability, I would wager, isn't helping. I've got a host of issues swimming around at the moment. Concern for Abby. That's a fairly large one. The desire to head back upstairs and throw Rosewell out of a window. That's another. It was how long ago, a couple weeks?, that I was talking to Abby about the deaths on that Hydra mission. How I was responsible for my fair share of them and was feeling a sort of emptiness inside that hadn't really filled itself with either a negative or positive attitude to what I had done. Couldn't decide if I felt bad about it. Still can't really. Though I've not really felt serene since then.

This? Different situation. Spent a couple weeks back east trying to get her out of my head but it just didn't work too well. Bitch threatened my life. Me. I was sure I wanted her dead at the time. I cooled off a bit, but never really got her and what she did to me out of my head. Now, I've got a whole bunch of other shit to work out. Tank killed the guy that crippled Abby before I even saw what he looked like. Carmen has me worked up as well. And I've pissed myself off by getting into a deal when I was depressed that I don't really want to honor anymore, but don't know if it's even possible to back out of at this point.

So I've a lot of frustration to work out. I don't know if I'm about to kill her, but I'll tell you this: Red is about to have a really bad day.

"Open."

I jump when not only does the door respond to me, but it shifts into a face before doing so.

Yeah. Strange.

"As you wish."

The doors open, and I enter. They close behind me. The face shifts onto this side of the door. To watch, presumably.

"Hi."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 4:37am

[Bum bum BUM!

And now…bed. I'll reply when I wake up in about…two hours. Thanks for hanging with me, sorry to keep you up so late.]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Risk on Jul 11, 2007, 4:39am

[Two hours? How the heck do you manage?]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 4:41am

[[Magic, I can only assume. Or he's a robot. Personally, I'll be back at noon. Maybe <_<.]]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Risk on Jul 11, 2007, 4:42am

[Didn’t you claim those same reasons for me? If I remember right, a witch-boy robot, or something.]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 4:43am

[[I suggested you were a witch or a robot or a witch robot.]]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Risk on Jul 11, 2007, 4:46am

[Oh, I think the witch-boy was Oro. I got it muddled up, because it was pretty close >_>. Well, Last can't be one of those, because even witch-boy robots need sleep >_>. As an irritating bump on my head will attest to.]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Danny O'Conner on Jul 11, 2007, 4:46am

«I'll leave this here.

Jun 19, 2007, 12:49pm, Sadie "Suicide Queen" Hannoura wrote:I can't come up with a much worse punishment than the knowledge that you wake up every morning and have to come to terms with the fact that you are you, DN.

As you can see, Amy already used that one, Lasty. You lose. Try again. You suck. Blahblah. Took me a while to find though. I feel sad though.»


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 4:50am

[[<insert witty comment that I'm too tired to come up with that compares Last to Batman> I'm going to bed.]]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Danny O'Conner on Jul 11, 2007, 4:51am

«Maybe he's not sleeping. Maybe he's using his two hours as time to plan. Or time to think up better insults, methinks.»


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Risk on Jul 11, 2007, 4:52am

Jul 11, 2007, 4:50am, Paige "Anima" O'Hara wrote:[[<insert witty comment that I'm too tired to come up with that compares Last to Batman> I'm going to bed.]]

[Oh, well, that works. In several ways that I shouldn’t bring up right now, especially since I have to actually do some work now.]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 9:44am

I have a headache. That's rare.

To put it mildly, my day hasn't gone well, and one of the reasons is that I'm not even sure it's day at all - I've been here for quite a while. There's not much to the equation, really; LeStrange recruited me for a quick mission, with nothing on Gen X's plate at the moment I accepted, en route to the mission site I was attacked by a then-unknown party, and was brought here…while I'm not entirely sure who's responsible, I can make my own assumptions.

Well-financed, obviously.

I was hit with tranquilizer darts, and since there's no substance I'm aware of that can affect my blood, whatever was inside the tranquilizer was put there by a person who had a good knowledge of my physiology. That narrows the field considerably.

If this was HYDRA, they would have let me know it was them already. So, that leaves me with Carmen Rosewell - which doesn't make too much sense seeing as I shouldn't be any more good to her, but I'm sure Paige's appearance has something to do with it.

Which leads to the current situation: Paige standing in front of me. As the environment around us changes, shifting to the setting of a devastated city - almost exactly like the place Paige and I first fought, I note - it's pretty obvious what's meant to happen here. And it's also obvious that I don't have time for it.

The face on the door behind her surprises me, but there's no reason to pay it any mind; it's quite possible I just didn't see all her powers the last time we fought. Without a word, I run towards her at full speed, leaping on top of a car and coming down on her with a kick - I knock her out of fast, the door loses its sentience - presumably - it becomes unlocked - again, presumably - and I have a way to freedom.

Small chance, but it's the best I have. I took Paige down once, I can do it again.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 1:43pm

She doesn't get any farther than the car. I only really mean for it to buck as she steps upon it, throw her to the ground, probably at my feet. But new powers, new parameters, I'm not really in control yet and don't know how things are going to react. Yeah, it listens to me, but the way in which it does it is… unexpected. My powers, according to Beast's examination when I showed up to the mansion, are low level reality warping based. Best I can figure, the MGH is taking the safeties off.

How else can I explain it when the car transforms into this, impeding Wildfire's path?


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 1:51pm

"Whoa."

That's about the best word I can think of to summarize the situation, as Paige apparently transform a car into a robot - instantaneously. I could be wrong, but I don't think she could do that before; if she had this sort of ability, I'm quite sure she would've used it to crush me the last time we fought. And since there's no way she could have improved that much since last time, that only leaves artificial enhancements.

And I don't even have my WETworks. Though, with her powers ramped up, that might be a blessing.

At any rate, this causes me to rethink my tactics; I flip back, putting some distance between me and the robot. "Paige, listen to me." I'm quite sure she won't, but it at least buys me some time to think. "Whatever deal Carmen's made with you, whatever she's promising, it's a lie - she'll kill you. Don't be an idiot; your fight's not with me."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Lisa "Nephy" Nephrahim on Jul 11, 2007, 1:56pm

« Heh, Wild sure has been busy lately.

Well, it's much better then her being in the base but invisible for weeks. »


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 2:00pm

[The way I figure, Wildfire got knocked off Xavier's allowance when she turned 18, so she's been doing some oddjobs to make money.]


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Lisa "Nephy" Nephrahim on Jul 11, 2007, 2:04pm

« "Isabella, I'd like you to lead Gen-X, our worldwide based team."

"I understand Professor. I assume my expenses will be taken care of while leading a bunch of teenagers through danger…"

"'Oh, god no. Go out and get a job, you can't keep freeloading off of me forever." »


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 2:05pm

"Don't treat me like a moron, Red." The robot moves to stomp on Wildfire. "I'm not one. There's nothing you can tell me about the situation I've found myself in that I can't figure out. That a first grader couldn't figure out. Frankly it isn't myself that I'm concerned about. Also, don't be so quick to say my fight isn't with you."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 2:14pm

Some people just don't listen. I hate when people don't listen.

I hop out of the way as the robots foot just in time to avoid getting crushed, but this isn't something I can keep up forever - she has all the advantages here, and I've no doubt she won't hesitate to use them.

My only chance here is to work around anything she makes and take the fight straight to her, but head on isn't going to work - as much as it pains me, I have to fall back. I break away her and the carbot, ducking into a nearby alley. Not enough space for it to follow, and it should give me some time to get out of her sight and get the jump on her.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 11, 2007, 2:26pm

The bot lowers it's hand for me to step upon and climb up him. I sit atop it's shoulders around it's neck.

This all bizarre.

The bot can not, in fact fit down the alley. I need to get something that can. I eye a street light. I'm starting to get a little bit of a handle on this. Not too much, but some. I animate the bugger and try to control the form it's taking once alive. The light falls to the ground, slithering towards the alley and sprouting the face of a snake as it moves. It occasionally lashes it's tongue out, which has kept the illuminating properties of it's previous life.

"Get. Her."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 11, 2007, 11:57pm

And she can animate more than one thing at a time. It gets better and better.

I obviously can't hope to take her animations on physically - at least, not when she can potentially animate things like cars and lampposts. I'm potentially surrounded by an entire army of dangerous giant robots. Bad odds.

I can't fight them, but I can evade and limit her option - big things require room to move, so my chances improve in doors. I push a garbage dumpster down the alley as Paige's lampsnake comes crawling down, hoping it'll buy some time as I kick in the nearest door and burst inside what just so happens to be an apartment complex, rusted and runic - lots of rooms to hide, lots of things to use; if Paige wants me, she'll probably have to come inside.

God forbid she can animate the entire building.

Before I go inside, though, I decide to give Paige something that belongs to her. "Here's your knife back."

I toss her old knife, the same one I took from her in our last fight, straight towards - it's hard to pick a target from this distance, but it'll definitely hit something above the waist.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 12:39am

Due to the whole "sitting around the robot's neck" thing, the majority of my body is behind its head and that's what the knife connects with. I get up from my perch and pluck the blade from the carbot's face.

"Missed you."

I climb down from the bot and stalk towards the building. The bot reverts back to its original car form as I leave it, making a peculiar sound effect as it does.I head in through the front entrance and stop and stare at a wall for a while.

Focus.

"Play time."

The wall shakes and rips apart, letting loose six man shaped things made up of what was wall a moment ago. Looking a lot like this, except for being far smaller, they stand expectantly, waiting for orders it appears. Don't even have to touch 'em.

"Split up. Break something when you find her. Something on her, or something in general to give away her position, I have no preference."

They head out, each going a seperate path through the building. Personally, I take my switchblade out and take a moment to stare at the old girl before lowering it and heading out myself, taking the basements.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 1:00am

I need a weapon. Even if I'll only be able to use it for a moment before Paige turns it against me, I need a weapon. My bare hands just aren't going to cut it here.

There's a good chance that, if I had time, searching the room would eventually produce a gun, or at least a knife - but then, I don't really have time. And, besides, the second thing I need is cover, and with Paige's powers reaching new territory, I won't find that in your average room.

I go lower. The basement.

It's dark and damp and smells, but most importantly it's quiet; I can hear Paige above me, hear new sets of footsteps join hers, hearing them scatter above the building, running about with heavy thuds - I can't tell what she made her new friends out of, but it doesn't sound like something I want to be hit with. Time to take stock, see what I'm working with.

A chainsaw? Too loud, too unwieldy, and if it rebels against me…no, not the chainsaw. In fact, I take it apart and scatter the pieces fast, just in case.

A box of tools? Screwdrivers, nails, other assorted stuff…stabbing weapons, mostly, and while they'd usually be my first choice, there is the promise I made Nicolette - I can't kill Paige yet, not at this stage. I need something to knock her out with, something blunt.

This hammer should do.

There's some other stuff around the basement, but it's too dark to make it all out, and I don't have the time, anyway - the door opens and the sound of descending footsteps echoes through the room. As Paige comes down, I hide in the shadows of the staircase, ready to jump out when she comes close enough. A solid strike to the head should do it.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 1:20am

Place stinks.

I'm met with stale air the moment I open the door and down I go. Can't help but feel off. There's a hornet's nest going on in the back of my head that's detracting from what I had assumed would be elation at this. Hate to do the stereotypical teenager, "mad at the world" bit but it's essentially true right now. That right there is "ugh" inducing. Makes me want to -

Wow. That's quiet. Really quiet. If everything around me hadn't been buzzing to me since I took the damned pill, she'd have caught me. Have to watch for that.

I duck low under the talkative hammer and level a kick at her right knee.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 1:32am

For some odd reason, as Paige's kick brings me to my knee, all I can think about is how much I wish I could still generate flames. That would be very nice right about now.

She's powerful, yes, but it seems she doesn't have that much experience with this level of power - if she's off balance, I'd bet she can't use them efficiently. As much as I don't like the idea of taking her in close quarters, I don't have a choice; hitting her hard and fast is my only option.

Go for it. I toss the hammer away and go straight for her, throwing my best her way.

"You're not bad, I'll grant you that." A jab for her face.

"But the fact is, you're not on my level." A knee for her groin

"Not even close." A tiger claw across the face.

"Take as many pills as you like, and it won't change a thing." Uppercut to the chest.

"Because an idiot with powers is still an idiot." A chop to the neck.

I trade blow after blow with her, relentless, flowing, constant, and I make sure an insult accompanies all of them - keep her in pain, get her riled, don't let her focus.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 1:58am

Things become fairly unstable fairly quickly. The problem being, namely, I have next to no control over my highly jacked up powers. Everything between Rosewell's office and the testing room sprung to life as I walked past it. Like being a twelve all over again. Before I had a handle on my abilities, things used to spring to life around me all the time. Like the story I told Abby. I sure as hell didn't will my dead uncle to life. Taking the pill was like being there all over again, only worse than ever.

I managed… a degree of control by the time I reached the room. That the car interpreted "buck her off of you" as "turn into a bloody Transformer" was a sign that I wasn't in complete control just yet, but I was getting there fast. But getting involved in hand to hand combat with Red has really sent that to pot.

I can't focus anymore, on reining in my powers at least, because I'm thinking instead about Wildfire, blocking and parrying what blows I can, pushing through the pain of when she connects and landing blows of my own. More so, I'm trying mute the bitch in my mind's eye. I'm impulsive and I'm reckless and I have poor judgement on my bad days (which is the entire reason that I'm here) but I'm not an idiot and I can tell when somebody's trying to piss me off. Not that I wasn't angry before all of this. But getting too pissed was the entire reason I went primal and lost the first time.

So I'm focusing on all of that. Meanwhile, my highly jacked up powers are going out of control without me actively focusing upon them. As I said… things get unstable. Our surroundings spring to life and twist into a wide variety of forms - some I think have to be from my subconscious because that shelf is looking a hell of a lot like Shere Khan right now. Things become utter chaos, the very ground beneath our feet shifting and becoming hard to stand on. I feel a nosebleed coming along that strongly suggest that whether my will is in control or not, use of my powers still takes a toll upon me.

Yay.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 2:10am

It's chaos, yes, but it's also an improvement over being attacked by dozens and dozens of miscellaneous objects: even if her nose wasn't bleeding, it's obvious this is putting a strain on her - her powers are out of control, wild, sapping away.

I'm starting to feel a little better about my chances, but I don't get too carried away; after all, she probably just needs a serious, coherent thought and this whole situation switches. She has to go down now.

I move behind her fast and leap, wrapping my arms around her neck for a chokehold. "Drop."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 2:35am

"No."

I back into a wall. Hard. Though I'm not really trying to shake her off - if I was I would be doing it over and over again. Instead I keep pressed back, pinning her there as I try to clear my head and think to the wall. Things in the basement start to slow down a bit, though not completely. I've got a measure of control back, but it's looking like it's too late to stop everything completely. My powers are, put bluntly, spinning wildly out of control.

Makes me wonder what I could do on a double dose.

But I have some control back. That's all I can stop to care about now. A dozen arms burst from the wall and latch onto Wildfire, ripping her from me and holding her to the wall. I step away, clutching at my throat with one hand for a moment. I turn to look back at her for a moment. I try to push everything else out of mind and think back to where I was after our last meeting. Broken, defeated, threatened, at somebody else's will for the first time since third fucking grade and probably just a couple steps away from Crawling In My Skin. I had to haul ass to the other side of the country to clear my head and it didn't fucking work. This doesn't work completely either.

But it works well enough.

I pull out Switch and throw her into Red's shoulder.

"Know what? You can keep her."

I stalk off into the chaotic darkness, going on something I can feel hidden in the simulation. Ah. There you are. A gift from Carmen, I guess. Either she's been rifling through my shit while I was away with Abby or it's just a hard light representation like everything else, but I don't care.

I return to her, my bat in hand, blood stains in the right places and everything. I don't suppose I'll know whether it's the deal until the simulation shuts off. In the meantime, though, I intend to use it regardless.

I start simple, swinging into her abdomen. Over and over and over.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 2:58am

I'm not perfect. This isn't the first time I've been helpless.

Throughout my missions for HYDRA,I was captured, I think…five times. I managed to escape them all, of course - mostly because my captors had a poor understanding of just how powerful I was with flames. But, regardless, there was always the interim between capture and escape, in which the enemy would try to learn who sent me. And I wouldn't cooperate. And they would try to make me cooperate - forcefully. Starvation, toxins, freezing - especially painful for me - sensory depravation,dental manipulation, psychological…I know the gamut.

I won't say this is the worst I've felt. Close, but not quite…at the moment, I can't think of anything more painful, though.

Each blow seems to land with more force than the last one, and it's easy to guage - she's methodical as well as brutal, never hitting the same spot in succession, making sure the pain lasts all over…I get the feeling she's done this before. I refuse to outright scream, but my body forces out yelps…until there's no sound left to make. Something broke in there. Makes breathing hurt, talking hurt even more.

I feel ribs snap, tendons give, and organs churn, and by the time she's done I don't even have the energy to look up her any more - I can barely see with these swollen eyes, but I'd bet there's almost as much black and blue on my body as red, now. The blood runs down all over in black streaks, sizzling as it rolls down my skin, my sweat starts to rise in a thick steam, and I manage to croak out three words over all the hissing. "Feel better now?"


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 3:46am

"You would think so, wouldn't you?" I say leaning on the wall next to where she's pinned and lighting a cigarette. I would put it out on her forehead except for the fact that she really does seem too hot for that sort of thing to have even the most minute effect. I only take one long drag before I flick it. What I said, I don't think, was not entirely true. A solid… lost track of how much time. Well a solid length of pummeling and breaking somebody that you hate does a fair bit to assuage problems. I needed an outlet and she provided a fairly good one. But now that I'm not quite so pissed, I'm suddenly thinking of my problems again.

Right about now, I'm wishing I never befriended Abby because that would mean I could just disappear when I leave here. Let Carmen figure getting at the others on her own, let them handle their own shit and defend themselves and I would go wherever the fuck I wanted. Having befriended Abs, though, I have somebody I give a shit about that can't defend herself that would be pretty vulnerable if I just booked.

I suddenly wish I had that blinding rage filling my eyes again.

But I don't. I'm mostly calm again. Deeply disturbed, and with a strong urge for more violence, but calm. So I start thinking about what's next. I suppose it should be all over but for the last hurrah. Carmen unleash my hate and frustration on Red and then kill her. I've done the first part. Now I, suppose, I've got to do the second part.

Except that's wrong. Not morally. Well, yeah, morally. That isn't what I care about right now. Since when have I "got" to do anything? It's about what I want. Those are the words I live by. I think I wanted her dead immediately following my… fall from grace. Think. At some points it was like I was trying to convince myself it was what I wanted. Now though? I don't really think so. What I want from her is for her to fear me like I so briefly feared her, but she doesn't seem like the type to scare. What else do I want then? I want her to hurt. I want her broken. I've done that. I want her in a situation similar to the one she had me in. Subjugated. Controlled. Owned.

"Let go."

They do, and she falls. Given her condition, I'm not even sure that it's necessary but I lower myself onto her back, knee in her spine, pinning her down. I pluck the switch blade from her shoulder.

"Borrowing this."

I clear the hair out of the way with a quick brush of my hand before putting the knife to the back of her neck. And carving a "P."

"I would brand you instead, if I thought it could actually burn you. Way I see it, our business has concluded."

I look up.

"Do you hear me Carmen? Ship her back to England in a box for all I care, but I've taken everything from her that I want. Turns out, her life isn't on that list. If you're going to kill her, that's your business. I'm content to have her marked as my property."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 4:30am

Rage is something I've tried to separate from myself for the longest time, but I feel a bit of it coming on right now - it's not so much the scar, as humiliating as that is. It's the repercussions.

I imagine being in the middle of a fight with my team, and one of them spots the scar and asks me about it afterwards.

I imagine Roxanne and I sitting, just talking and trying to act like real sisters, and her noticing it one day.

I imagine Nicolette and I embracing each other, her glancing at my neck and asking the question.

"We're not done." The last few words I manage to muster as I pass out. "Never."

~*~

The setting fades away, leaving Paige in the old testing room with a new change: Wildfire, broken and bruised, laying at her feet. Alive. Not that it really matters, I suppose…but it does say something about her Paige's place. She's not under my control, and I didn't expect her to be at this stage, but I was sure I could get her to do something she would've liked to do, anyway - pratically gift wrap Wildfire and hand her on a silver platter, and the girl still isn't completely compliant. Our little talk earlier seems to drill in the point: Whatever mood she was in when we first spoke has passed.

It's regretful, but it's a contigency I prepared for - if Paige does hesitate at the right moment, things can still continue as planned. It will work.

…so much power, so much potential. If she really does decline from what I offer, such a waste. It's almost enough to make me feel pity.

"I won't pretend I'm not disappointed in the outcome." I enter in through the partition doors, crossing over to Paige and picking Wildfire up by the neck. "But there are a few agencies that would love to speak to Ms. Matrioshka about a few detail, and they'd be willing to pay high prices for the opportunity - I can at least salvage a profit. In any case, I'll let it go since you did such a fine performance. You used that power well. Expertly."

It's a shame that I have to resort to these tactics, but if promises won't work, fear helps - or, in Paige's case, simply enligthening her on the whole situation. "Two days." I toss Wildfire up, letting her land stomach-first on my shoulder. "That's how long until I come. Not that I doubt your position, of course, but I suggest you think hard about our offer - I'm basically offering the best life possible for you. And, again, not that I think you would, but if you were to just up and change your mind, well…I wouldn't kill you. At first. I'd drain blood, pick apart your body, and let you rot on a slab, but you'd be alive. I'd need you alive for more MGH…but you wouldn't be bored, because I'd let you watch as I did the same thing to your friends. Well, not that Abby girl, I'd kill her outright, but Sadie…yes. I would take her apart. She'd die. Come back. Then I'd do it again, in an entirely different way. Every death imaginable, until she finally doesn't get back up again - and hell, one pill of her MGH would make me a fortune. Good business sense."

I walk past Paige, giving her a quick pat on the head as I go, smiling and nearly skipping. "But if you stick to the plan, Abby and Sadie live normal, happy lives. As opposed to the other option, where I rip apart their bodies and make you watch…no really much of an option, is it? But, bah, think it over, anyway. Humor me."

I leave.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 4:46am

I would ask myself, "Paige, just what the fuck have you gotten yourself into?" except for the fact that she just pretty much explained it down to the last detail. Two days, eh? In the interim I've got both serious thinking and serious drinking to do. Depending on how things go, it might be my last chance to do the latter. I stalk out of the room in silence.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 4:59am

[For the record, I'm not going to sleep any time soon, so don't feel like you need to match me, man. ^_^]

"Man, you've got a weird sense of fun, Annie."

As Paige leaves, she hears a voice above her head - a young-sounding, slightly Latin, male voice. Looking up, she won't see anything…at first. But, after a moment, the Predator-style camouflage melts away, and her mystery guest appears in full, sticking to the wall above her in a good Spider-Man impression. In fact, her kind of looks like Spider-Man.

If Spider-Man's costume were pure silver.

And his eyes were horizontal ovals.

And he had no spider-symbol.

And his suit seemed to made out of some weird, liquid stuff.

Otherwise, dead-on.

The guy drops from the ceiling, at which point his suit just sort…dissolves over his body, seemingly morphing into a simple pair of pants and a black t-shirt, revealing a guy who mostly matching to the voice - about her age and size, Hispanic, short hair, a little spikey…and dyed silver, just like his suit.

"Yeah, nice, well-adjusted girl - bet you and Carmen are hitting it off nice."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Alexander "Cadmus" Baptiste on Jul 12, 2007, 5:10am

Quote:[For the record, I'm not going to sleep any time soon, so don't feel like you need to match me, man. ^_^]

«Might have been on to something that Batman joke I was too tired to make… and am too tired to make now. G'night… or good morning, considering the time.»


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 1:22pm

I stare blankly for a bit.

"Who are you and is there a reason I shouldn't have you integrated into the wall?"


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 1:31pm

"First of all: You couldn't because I'm too quick for that." He demonstrates by bounding around the hall a bit, flipping here, leaping there, sticking there, pulling a pretty decent Spider-Man acrobatics routine…and coming to an abrupt halt when he notices Paige's expression. Bad timing.

"Yeah, you're not impressed, right…anyway, my name is Army, and you can chill with the whole
'Schoolgirl From Hell' thing, I'm not here to fight you - well, I wouldn't mind some light wrestling later on, but that's optional. But hold on to the idea."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 1:40pm

"Oh, bloody hell, I can't deal with this right now." Why does everybody that can bound around a bit suddenly think they're fucking Spider-Man, with all the miserable jokes? "Then, 'Army', what are you here for? Quickly. I've relieved myself of a fair bit of stress, but ten seconds talking to you and I get the feeling it's going to build right back up."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 1:52pm

"Geez, I thought I was charming…oh, well." He coughs, and when he starts speaking again his voice takes on an odd quality - deeper, more masculine, more serious than before. "Sorry, I get a little carried away some times. Don't get out much."

He leaps up again, sticking to the wall beside Paige and leaning against it, but not to be impressive so much as to get a better thinking spot. "Right, here goes…I'm one of Carmen's experiments. I'm not getting into details because I suspect you don't give a shit and it's a little personal anyway, but, basically, I escaped…which you could probably guess since I'm not a bunch of organs sitting around in jars. I would get the hell out of dodge, but I like messing my sister up from time to time, wrecking her crap, et cetera - as you noticed, Carmen is sort of a bitch. Which makes me wonder what a nice girl like you is doing hanging around with her…I heard you two talking a moment ago. Sounds like you're in for a real fun time soon."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 2:02pm

Sister, huh? Now that's cold.

"Nice girl like me? Whenever somebody suggests that without sarcasm I can't help but roll my eyes. Yeah, I've got a regular laugh riot coming up. But she's got me by the metaphorical balls. People I care about that can't necessarily defend themselves. Sort of precludes me getting the fuck out of dodge."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 2:19pm

"Actually, I was sort of being sarcastic with the 'nice girl' thing; I mean, I saw you with the whole brutality bit on the red girl a minute ago, and that was…well, I don't judge. My hands are a little dirty, too. Compared to Carmen - and me on my bad days - you're not that bad. Let's leave it at that."

Before he can go on, the sound of footsteps starts to echo down the hall - two security guards coming. Army drops down and his clothes morph, taking on the look of a guard right as the two turn a corner and start heading there way. "So, yeah, you can get to the parking lot by taking the elevator, go down to Deck C, then pay for the ticket with that fat guard lady, and…"

The two guards are gone. He morphs back. "Sorry about that. Distractions." He cracks his neck and resumes his thinking spot on the wall. "But, here's the gist, good news and bad news. Bad news is that, one way or the other, Carmen is going to be your problem for a long damn time. I live off the grid, so finding me is tough - too tough for her to actively try, anyway. You, though…after your little power demo in there, she'll put some serious effort into finding you if you run away. I wouldn't be too surprised if those pills she gave you had a homing device in them - sounds about her style. But, good news again, I think I've got a way to get you in the clear…provided you do something for me, though."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 2:26pm

I cock my head to one side. Cutting deals with strangers was how I got myself into this mess in the first place. I've known homes for all of a few minutes and, really, for all I know this could be Carmen testing me. I stifle a shudder, as that's a pretty frightening thought. End of the day though, what do I have to lose? Seriously. My, Abby's, Sadie's and all of that bloody team's lives are on the line at the moment. I don't really like most of those bints, but I don't want them dead either. It's not like I don't watch cartoons so I know this shouldn't be said, but things quite literally can't get worse. As things stand, we're all going to die. Slowly.

"… do what?"


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 2:32pm

"Nothing serious, I just need a place to crash. I've been homeless for the past, what, six years, but I'm not exactly a mutant, so I figured I didn't qualify for the 'mooch off Charles Xavier' plan. Just give me a room back at your school and we'll be fine." He pauses for a moment, lets some thoughts stew. "Also, chocolate. And I'm not even saying that too be funny or anything; I need a good supply of fucking chocolate."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 2:47pm

"You vastly overestimate Charles Xavier's standards. Yeah, I can swing that." I suppress a sigh. "The chocolate thing too. Why I don't get, but I can handle it. Now about getting me in the clear?"


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 10:30pm

"Right, the plan - pretty simple, actually. You just need to play the bad guy for a little bit - I'll take a guess and say that's not a big stretch for you. Just go along with Carmen's plan, let your friends get caught, make her think your seeing things her way…and when all hell starts breaking loose - courtesy of me - you turn the tables and gang up on her with your friends. I'll shut down the whole complex for a minute, so you'll have some time to get them free."

He steps away for the next part, scratching the back of his head. "Now, there's a part of this you might not like so much - see, the way I see it, we'll need a big distraction so you guys can slip away, and we'll need a big explosion to shut down her activities in Cali - your friend back there, the red girl, she can help with that. From what I've read, I can give her this drug that'll activate some latent pyrokinetic thing in her, so for a few minutes she'll be like a walking, constantly exploding bomb - but she'll also be crazy because of the drug's side effect, and with everything that happened between you two back there, I'd highly recommend hauling ass and NOT letting her see you."

He shrugs, leaning back against the wall. "That's the plan, take it or leave it - or give a better one if you've got it. And about the chocolate thing, be honest: you don't really give a damn, do you? It's important, trust me. I'll explain it to you later if we live through all this, maybe."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 10:58pm

"Oh, that's bloody beautiful. Got to load the rouge skinned psycho up with pyro powers to make this work… worst comes to worst, I've got four more pills…"

No, the irony of me calling somebody else a psycho is not lost on me. But giving the bitch I just carved my initial into her powers back and thensome doesn't seem like… the wisest course of action. But how much choice do I really have? Fuck. I can't wait to get back to situations where I never have to say "What choice do I have?"

I run a hand through my hair and sigh. "Yeah. Why not. Nothing to lose except, possibly, a handful of lives. I'm in."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 12, 2007, 11:10pm

"Hey, I said it was a plan, never said it was a good plan. And for the record, I'm not too crazy about the idea myself - I do not do well with fire. At all. But I think about Carmen running around on fire and I feel a little better about it. Don't know about you, but I'll be taking pictures."

He starts to fade away the same way her appeared, but he stops short, half his body still visible. "Say…just asking, but why'd you hook up with Carmen in the first place?"


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 12, 2007, 11:27pm

"I… was not in the best of places at the time. Red chick back there beat the shit out of me, which would have been as bad, except that she humiliated me, threatened my life and all around owned my life. Made me feel like I hadn't felt in years, made me feel like the victim that I had spent my life trying not to be. That and a guy I was starting to like was being a douche. That didn't weigh in on it too much, but it sort of reminded me that I didn't like the vast majority of the people I was surrounded by. Plus she caught me with some bullshit lines about my future… Look, in retrospec, I wish that there was a lot more too it, like she put a gun to my head or somebody just died or something, but what the fuck can I say? Depression is one mean bitch."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 13, 2007, 12:02am

"Heh…you're a whole lot more forthcoming than I thought you'd be. Known me for all of two minutes and you spill out like that…it's my looks, right? Tell me it's my looks."

He chuckles a bit, but the expression softens as his body becomes fully visible once more. "That's kind of how I wound up in this mess myself. Thing is, just about everyone in my family is exceptional at something - mutant powers, prodigies, or both rolled all in to one, like Carmen. But, me, I was the black sheep; all I was ever good at was starting fights at school…which was fun, but not really promising. Pretty easy to feel worthless when everything around you confirms it. So when Carmen said she can make me into something more, I jumped at the chance. Should've read the fine print."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 13, 2007, 12:16am

"You wish you were that cute."

"The fine print… that's how they fuck you." I would feign just a bit more interest in his life story but my thoughts are understandably preoccupied. Then again, I could probably use just a little bit more of a distraction. "You do anything other than jump around like Spider-Man lite?"


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Lisa "Nephy" Nephrahim on Jul 13, 2007, 12:19am

« Uh……… I hate to interupt, but is this all required reading?

It's rather long. »


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 13, 2007, 12:36am

He drops down in front of her, looking pretty eager to show off - typical teenage boy in front of a teenage girl. "Oh, yeah, I got a lot of tricks. Check it."

His clothes begin to morph, changing him into a variety of forms - Spider-Man, Captain America, Mr. Fantastic, Wolverine, and he even picks up on Paige's clothing choice and goes Captain Marvel - which he decides to stay in, for the moment. "Any suit I can think of, though I don't get any powers or crap - comes in handy, though. And there's the invisibility bit, too, but that only really works when I don't move around too much."

"This suit revs up my strength, too - nowhere near Spider-Man, I think, but pretty good. Picked up a car, once. Let's see, let's see, what else…ah." He snaps his fingers, and his gloves turn into the same silvery material, quickly turning each of his fingers into sharp claws, then morphing into a pair of brass knuckles, before finally reverting back into the fake Nega Bands.

"And that's the demo, pretty much. I do some other stuff, but it gets kind of boring from here on in."

His suit starts to ripple the moment he says that, almost as it's insulted at the notion, but he closes his eyes and it goes solid again. "Sorry. Glitch. Anyway, I get by. Not as sweet as…whatever the hell it was you did back there, but I get by."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 13, 2007, 12:37am

Jul 13, 2007, 12:19am, Lisa "Nephy" Nephrahim wrote:« Uh……… I hate to interupt, but is this all required reading?

It's rather long. »

[I wouldn't call it required, no. It'll give you an understanding of what's going to go down, but it's no big loss if you skip.


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 13, 2007, 1:01am

"Not nearly this bad ass without the drugs." And on that note, keeping things quiet around me is no picnic. And he totally doesn't pull off the Captain Marvel get up. But that uniform doesn't look doesn't look exceptional on anybody but Marv. Though I don't the shirt looks half bad on me. "Eh. Not bad. I imagine you save a fortune on clothes that way."

I look around, getting a little paranoid.

"Look, fun as this is, I'm not too sure that sitting around to scheme and chat here of all places ranks as a particularly intelligent idea."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Marisol Morales on Jul 13, 2007, 1:15am

A sigh. A long, exacerbated sigh. "Man, there's just no impressing you, is there?" He reverts back into his default form, pointing over his shoulder to the security camera. "Don't worry about it, too much."

As he starts to disappear into the wall again, a small sliver of silver, no bigger than a worm, works it way out of the camera and crawls down to him, where it's promptly absorbed with the rest of the suit. "I just made the security tapes loop for a few minutes - it should look like you were just standing still for two minutes. Weird, but not suspicious. You're fine."

He crawls up the wall, the ripples from his suit giving him away as he moves, vague enough for the camera, but not enough for her eyes. "See you at the party in two days, then. Later, pretty lady."


Re: Preparation - New Mutants West #8
Post by Paige "Anima" O'Hara on Jul 13, 2007, 1:43am

"… yeah. Right. See you then."

I sigh pretty heavily as I begin to stalk out towards the exit. Things have become phenomenally more complicated than they were five minutes ago but hopefully the complication is for the better. I really, really, do not like the part about returning and jacking up Wildfire's powers. Not. Even. A little. Seems to be begging for trouble. But no other options are really available.

Fucking aces,

All I can really do at this point is rely on the guy I talked to for two minutes to come through and hope he's the real deal or else that's it for all of our asses. I fucking hate having to hope. When you're hoping, that means you have no control over any of the variables. Means that it's all in the hands of God, or worse, people. Both of whom being quite capable of letting you down.

Hate it or not though, that's all I fucking got at the moment. Hope.


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