Wreck's Hovel: Part II

Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 6:01pm

*knock knock*


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 6:16pm

Dart. Dart. Da…..catch the dart before it sails through the ceiling. Ah ha.

"Come in."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 6:20pm

I push the door open and walk in.

"Hey…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 6:22pm

Wreck shifts his glance, then forces a halfhearted smile.

"…..don't mind me. Just doing my best to not think about stuff."

He tosses the remaining two darts, managing to hit on either side of the board.

"And failing miserably."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 6:26pm

I muster a smile which starts faltering

"I wanted to see how you were doing. You’re not doing to well, then, I guess? Stupid question. Of course you aren’t… who would, with what happened?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 6:29pm

"Oh, I'm doing fine. I'm always doing fine."

Wreck seems to ponder that for a moment, then sits on the edge of the bed with a blank expression.

"…..whoa, that might have been the biggest lie I ever told myself."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 6:35pm

"Wreck… it’s okay to not be fine. Just be honest. You can’t- after that, no-one could be fine. Please. It doesn’t do anyone any good if you just stay in denial."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 6:39pm

He nods slowly.

"….I'm sorry. My best friend told me once that I tend to be the one everyone looks to in times of crisis, because I never let a thing get to me. So since then, I've been trying not to let my own petty bullcrap get in anyone else's way. Figured, it's my problems, and everyone else has enough of their own. I still feel that way, really. But no, it's not exactly good for me. I'm aware of that."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 6:44pm

"To start with, it's not petty. There is no way that it is petty. And it's alright to let things get to you."

I hug him tightly.

"And why am I here, but to listen to your problems? I lean on you. It's only fair that you lean on me."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 6:53pm

Wreck hugs her back, silent for a moment.

"…..I died. I died because I didn't mind dying all that much. Locked there in Blight's head, I got to watch….everything that happened to you. And I got to thinking, what was I coming back to? I'm in physical pain nearly every moment I'm alive, and the only thing that really makes it okay is you. You and a general sense that I want to help people with this stupid gift I've been given, but then I remembered that we're all occupied being hunted down by police for something we never did in the first place. I didn't even have that, and more importantly, I got to thinking of what possibly living for eternity with the thought of you dead would entail . All in all, the pros of fighting with my 'brother' to come back to a life I didn't even want weren't even worth the effort. So I just turned everything off."

He takes a breath.

"….by god, I do tend to ramble."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 6:59pm

By the end of it, I'm just holding on even tighter than before, my eyes squeezed shut.

"Never give up again. Say it."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 7:06pm

"Only if you can say the same."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 7:08pm

"… I saw something beautiful, did I tell you?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 7:10pm

"Yeah. Yeah, you did. Did I mention that it's always going to be denied to the likes of me?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 7:13pm

"It isn’t. Stop thinking that it will, because even though you deserve it, you’ll never go there if you don’t think that you should. It’s part of that, too… you can’t go through if you don’t let yourself…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 7:22pm

Wreck puts a hand over his eyes.

"…..even past that, as true as it might be…..and it is…..the circumstances aren't the same for me as for most. It practically takes an act of divine intervention to kill me. When I say I can't go there, I mean that I'm doomed to always be stuck in this life. Everyone else I love might die, but I'll still be right here. That's why I took the opportunity to shut it all down when it was handed to me. I can't even just die or go to heaven or…..or hell, like most people. Because of how I was born, that's not in the cards."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 7:24pm

I pause for a moment, absorbing what he's said. There's just something to be asked about it after that, though.

"Do you- I can't believe I don't know - how religious are you?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 7:30pm

"Not like I ever tell anyone anything. I didn't believe in anything, until the devil….or Mephisto, or whatever the hell he is started chasing me around. That obviously changed my perspective a bit. I started thinking, all of the stuff I did must have tipped some sort of cosmic balance against me. In fact, that's what he told me when….when I went to hell. Though I didn't get it then, and I don't really get it now. So really, I don't even know what I believe in, other than that there are things bigger than me out there and they seem to enjoy using me as a great big ugly yo-yo."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 7:34pm

"If- if you believe in Mephisto, though - if you believe in hell, then you've got to believe in the other side of things too, though, haven't you? I mean - it wouldn't make sense without it. You do believe in that, right?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 7:40pm

"Of course I do. I'm not silly enough to think that if there's actually a hell….and there is, I was there and tortured for a very long time….there isn't a flip side."

Wreck glances upward.

"…..and they've never seen fit to bail me out of this predicament I'm in. I've had the vague hope that in trying to be a better person than I was….before the hellfire and the pitchforks and such, I could tip things back. And it's just not working out that way."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 7:48pm

"Wreck, you've just got to keep on hoping. Maybe there's something that you're going to do, something too important to interfere with, which is why you haven't been ‘bailed out’? You’ve just got to hope for the best… you won’t be left to keep on going when you can’t anymore, and anyone that you were here for is gone. If you can’t, then it won’t happen anymore… you’ll finally be allowed to go where you want."

I squeeze a little tighter, my eyes still shut.

"You’ve just got to believe in it."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 7:51pm

"I just want to be with you. Is that so terrible?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 7:55pm

"Of course not. I’d do anything to keep what happened from happening…. But it did, and we can’t do anything about that, no matter how much we pray that it hadn’t."

I shake my head slightly and pull back so that I can look at him.

"But we're both here now."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 8:00pm

He gives her a kiss.

"Let's keep it that way."

Then he glances down, a bit sadly. But saying nothing.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 8:02pm

"What's wrong?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 8:06pm

"….nothing. Just really, really don't want you to leave again. But on the other hand, I feel like I have no right to ask you to stay."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 8:06pm

I shake my head with a smile.

"Why would I leave?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 8:16pm

"Because if given the choice between Heaven or this not so nice little world, I'd pick Heaven. God….mean, I picked oblivion over it. This isn't really a nice place."

He shakes his head.

"….but in spite of it not exactly being Heaven, if you were here, it's what I'd want. I'm probably not making a ton of sense. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I feel pretty badly that whatever all of that was, that it was taken from you. But I feel more alive with you here. And that's probably selfish, but dammit, it is how I feel. I love you and I'm sorry I ramble so much."

Another kiss, mainly to stop himself from rambling.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 8:21pm

"I… I won't lie to you. It was almost perfect there. The only thing that was missing was you. If you were there then I would have done anything to keep from leaving, and it was just warm and I saw everyone who I hadn't before - I saw Rose and my parents and Kidd and everyone and if you were there then I would have never needed anything else ever again, and you knew that everything was alright, because it just was, and you knew that the people who you cared for on earth were going to be fine, they just would be."

I pause and take a breath.

"But I'm here now, and you're here, and that's what I need right now. I would like to feel that warmth again - I would like to be there again - but I'd rather wait until you can go, too."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 8:29pm

Wreck gives her a big hug.

"That's all I wanted to hear, really. I kind of want to see it too, and don't know why I can't, and that makes me sad. But you make me happy, and….and….well, I'm happy. Let's just live this life, and then go together when the time comes. That would make me happy too."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 8:36pm

"Of course. And you’ll see it some day."

I pick up a dart and throw it at the board, somehow managing to get a bullseye.

"Wow! I guess there’s a first time for everything!"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 8:40pm

"I've found there's a weird correlation between positive thinking and darts skill. Or at least that's the way it works for me. If it's the same for you….well, you should very well be the best darts player to ever live."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 8:44pm

I throw another, and it only just hits the rim.

"Isn't really working that way, though, is it?" I ask, shutting my eyes and sticking my tongue out, still smiling.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 8:47pm

"It will, though. One of these days you'll hit nothing but bullseyes. We'll go on tour and make millions."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 8:50pm

"I don't want millions…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 8:52pm

"Aw, but think of all the people that could help. We could buy our own orphanage. Rescue a bunch of kids from the evils of modern social services."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 8:54pm

"… you're conveniently forgetting the part where I'm lousy at darts," I beam.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 9:15pm

"Nuh uh. You alternate between being lousy and being amazing. We just need to figure out how to stop the lousy part, then you'd be nothing but amazing."

Wreck sticks his tongue out.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 9:17pm

"Oh, come on! I got, like, one lucky throw."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 9:21pm

"Nuh uh, you made one before too."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 9:23pm

"Two, then," I giggle. "Two lucky throws. How many were awful?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 9:26pm

"Hey, most people can't make two bullseyes in their entire lives. I sincerely believe that you're sitting a vast reserve of untapped dart skill, and it's only a matter of wading through the misses."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 9:27pm

"And I sincerely believe that you're wrong."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 9:30pm

"That's just not very positive at all. You'll never get bullseyes that way."

He pecks her forehead.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 9:32pm

"Oh, I'm plenty positive," I smile. "I'm just not delusional."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 9:34pm

"Hey, I'm not delusional either…..well, I am, but not about this. I think the potential is there for great things."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 9:38pm

"Maybe," I say, putting the dart down. "Hopefully. But not in darts."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 9:43pm

"Hm. I was almost serious about the orphanage thing. Maybe not quite like that, but I really would like to do something like that. Y'know, just….something to make it so some kid doesn't have to have it quite as rotten as I did."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 22, 2007, 9:44pm

"You know… I'm sure we could manage it somehow. Not through darts," I giggle. "But somehow."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 22, 2007, 9:52pm

"I guess that was another thing that was bugging me. We're just not helping a ton of people right now, are we?"

Wreck glances around at the room, though at nothing in particular.

"Granted, it's not really our fault. If anything, SHIELD and their stupid little vendetta is keeping us from it. But yeah….I do wish we were."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Meisha "Muse" Aisha on Jul 23, 2007, 7:39am

~Kelly~

"I know, that's been bothering me, too. It's why I think that we should just turn around and confront them. Get this sorted out. We can't help anyone until then."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 7:49am

"But if they just up and arrest us, we'd never be able to help anyone. It's all very frustrating."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Meisha "Muse" Aisha on Jul 23, 2007, 8:05am

~Kelly~

I give a little shake of my head.

"They can't arrest us for nothing. It won't happen, Wreck."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:12am

"I would hope not. But then, they shouldn't have been able to throw supervillains at us either."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Meisha "Muse" Aisha on Jul 23, 2007, 8:14am

~Kelly~

"Running does make us look a little guilty… they’re SHIELD, they might be allowed to draft them in exchange for shortening or cutting their sentence."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:21am

"Doesn't make it right, does it? Those guys actually did commit crimes. We haven't done anything but be a little too close to one when it happened. They get leniency, we get….well, being attacked by them?"

He sighs, scooping up a dart and throwing it halfheartedly. It bounces off of the rim and impales itself in the floor.

"…..crud. Not positive enough."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 8:23am

"Well, that's just it, isn't it? We can't sort any of this out by running. We need to talk to someone."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:29am

"Y'know, I was trying to do that, before they cut the phone lines on me. Almost like they're scared of someone finding out that we're not a bunch of mutant terrorist boogeymen."

Wreck scratches his head.

"…..maybe that's the angle we should play."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 8:33am

I tilt my head to one side, confusion dancing across my expression.

"What do you mean? What angle?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:36am

"Just had a vague thought that they're probably preying on anti-mutant sentiment to railroad us into being the bad guys. We don't have any real way to defend ourselves, or tell anyone otherwise. And they're probably hellbent on keeping it that way."

Blink.

"….I dunno. The obvious answer is to change that. But I don't really have a clue how."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 8:41am

I sigh and rub my temples.

"So basically… we continue running, or we turn around and face them, or… do we have anything else that we could actually do right now? There must be a third option."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:47am

Wreck chuckles.

"Well, we did save a little kid from a burning building awhile ago. Along with a talking vending machine. Maybe we could get them to talk on our behalf. Who blows up a town, then risks their lives to save people from a housefire?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 8:48am

"I’m sure Ms. Gold would speak for us…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:54am

"Maybe. Although it's not like she's in a much better position than we are on the fugitive scale."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 8:55am

"Well, she's got to have as much say as the rest of the Thunderbolts, right? And they sent them after us… they must have had some kind of, I don't know, deal or something, so maybe her word's worth something…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:57am

"Y'know, if this all turns out to be a great big scheme by Hill to cut us the same sort of deal in exchange for not chasing us, I'm going to be very miffed."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 9:01am

"What could she possibly want from us?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 9:08am

"Could be the same thing she wants from the supervillains we've got locked up in the closet. Being at her beck and call in exchange for not prosecuting."

He sighs.

"….although if that's all there is to it, she sure took a convoluted path at getting there. We have a phone."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 9:11am

["Maybe it’s because the GM is fairly insane and not entirely sure what he was supposed to do with SHIELD when he originally picked up the team. Maybe it’s because they were originally meant to be driven out of the country before he picked it up.]

"I don’t know… we can’t really get outgoing links in, though, remember? Mr. Banner saw to that. Maybe it’s something to do with Ms. Rosewell."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 9:16am

"Honestly? That'd be the one thing that'd make me throw a deal right back in her face. I wouldn't exactly be chipper to go along with Hill to begin with, since, y'know….I hate her. But Rosewell is another matter entirely. I think I'd take jail first."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 9:21am

"What I mean is…. You know what Ms. Rosewell does, right? When the Hellions first met her, she was doing that. And trying to kill us. Maybe… maybe it’s got to do with that?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 9:24am

"….what, that they only want to drag us in so Mad Scientist Idiot can cut out our brains and look at them in a petri dish? If that's the case, we certainly can't let them arrest us."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 9:30am

"No, that’s not what I meant." Hand to forehead again – all of this really does hurt my head.

"I meant – she’s smart. She could be tricking them or something, and… I don’t know. I really don’t. I’m just… confused…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 9:34am

"Yeah, so am I."

Big hug.

"It's probably not a big solace, but at least all of this should be resolved soon enough. One way or another. And really, uncertainty is usually a way bigger pain than anything that comes about."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 9:37am

"Hm. It's a case of whatever comes, comes, right, isn't it? It'll all work itself out."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 9:47am

"Course it will, love. Course it will."

Dart. Bullseye.

"Yay."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 9:56am

I watch the bullseye and sigh.

"I still don’t buy into that ‘positive thinking, good darts player’ thing."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 10:03am

"Hey, it works for Longshot. Although in my case, I think it's just more that I get distracted really easily when I'm thinking about bad stuff."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 10:04am

"Isn't being lucky Longshot's power, though?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 10:07am

"Yup. But apparently it only works if he has good intentions in mind. Otherwise, nothing."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 10:09am

"Well, that means that he can never do anything bad! It’s perfect!"

[It also means that Claremont screwed that up a bit in Exiles….]


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 10:14am

"Well, I guess he could. But he wouldn't ever be lucky in doing it."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 10:18am

"Well, then he’d be doing it powerless, right? And he wouldn’t be doing it in the first place, because he’s a hero."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 10:20am

"That's true. Actually, he's one of the few you never really hear about turning around and doing rotten stuff for no good reason. Unlike certain tin headed Avengers I know."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 11:13am

"Shh… this- well, it is a little jerky, yeah."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 11:30am

"Well, that settles it. We should send out a carrier pigeon to Longshot, since he's always a really cool dude. He'll send help."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 11:31am

"… doesn't he live in another dimension?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 11:35am

"Does he? I can never tell when he's supposed to be back over there or here in our dimension."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 11:36am

"I don't know, really. D'you think a carrier pigeon could find him?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 11:40am

"That'd have to be one talented pigeon."

Wreck rests a hand on his chin dejectedly.

"I almost want to say we should get word out to Wolverine on what happened. But then I realize, I haven't heard from him in ages either."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 11:41am

"Yeah, didn't he kind of just… disappear, or something?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 11:44am

"I have no idea. It's like he was just around one day, then not there the next. Worried about him, really. Mean, he did save my life from a vampire."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 11:45am

"Oh…. Darn, we can't even look into it, or anything!"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 11:47am

"Not with SHIELD chasing us. See, we've got so much good stuff we could be doing, and we keep getting hamstrung by silly people like them. It's not fair at all."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 11:49am

"No, it isn't!"

I hop up and head for the door.

"Just give me a few minutes, I'm going to go look for a pigeon. Wait, no, that wouldn't be the right kind… okay, I'm going to look in town for a carrier pigeon. Bebacklaterbye!"

I duck out, through the door.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 11:51am

"Good luck. Love ya a bunch."

Wreck flops back onto the bed.

"More than you know."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 12:20pm

I wander back into the room a little while later, looking slightly bemused.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 1:28pm

"So, how goes the pigeon hunt?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 1:43pm

I plant my hands on my hips in an exaggerated motion, and sigh.

"Well, I found a carrier pigeon in town - they've got a whole service. I wrote a note, and attached it to the pigeon's leg, and then realised I wasn't sure where I was sending it."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 1:45pm

"Hm. Well, the good thing is that you've actually managed to locate a carrier pigeon service. That's….amazing, really. Now we just need to figure out who we know that would actually trust us enough to know we didn't do this. And would be able to get out here and help us."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 1:47pm

"Well, I was trying to send one to Longshot, but like I said, I have no idea where to send it…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 3:02pm

"I guess we can't rely on his luck to be lucky enough that the pigeon would just find its way to him?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 3:03pm

"I guess that would work, but I couldn't decide which direction to send it off in. Just north? I could go do that, then…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 3:08pm

"Maybe we should just send one pigeon for everyone we think might get the message and show up."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 3:08pm

"Hm… that's difficult. We don't really have much money at all…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 3:11pm

"Money's no issue. I can always just go out and hustle some dart games."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 3:12pm

"But that's cheating people…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 3:58pm

"Yeah, but it's like Darya said. It's cheating people who wouldn't have any issue with cheating a blind guy out of his money."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 4:48pm

"It's still cheating people," I say, shaking my head. "It's like stealing from a thief. It doesn't make it any less wrong."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 5:02pm

"I like to think of it as discouraging them from being such evil scumbags in the future. If they happen to run into another blind dart player, they'll think twice before trying to rob him."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 5:06pm

"… but you're not blind…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 5:09pm

"And never once do I ever claim to be blind. I merely point out that I have no eyes. Which is true."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 5:13pm

"I'm conflicted on this… I'm fairly certain that you're still cheating someone…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 5:16pm

"If it's any consolation, I only do it when in pretty dire situations. Like being hunted by crooked police and needing to hire a carrier pigeon army."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 5:17pm

"I don't know…" I drop back in the air, half landing on the bed, half landing on the floor. As soon as half of me hits the bed, the same half hits the floor.

"Ow. I still don't like the sound of it."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 5:20pm

"Up to you. But if it means that we can get help and set about helping more people instead of getting arrested, I think it's for the greater good."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 5:27pm

"Like I said, I just… don't really know."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 5:31pm

"Sides, it did pay for your MSAT papers."

Wreck sits next to her on the floor.

"Tell you what. I'll do this now, we'll send for help. And then I'll lay off doing it for a long time. Deal?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 5:33pm

"BMAT, not MSAT."

I sigh, mulling it over.

"… fine…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 5:37pm

He kisses her cheek.

"Thank you. I know it's not really a good thing. But really, I just want to get us all out of this mess any way I can. Least I can do…after causing such a mess already."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 5:38pm

"That wasn't your fault. Don't start acting like it was, because it wasn't."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 5:43pm

"Nobody got me killed but me. And your twin, but let's not split hairs."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 5:45pm

"She's not my twin." I drop my head into my hands and sigh. "I don't know who she is. Was. Whichever it is…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 5:49pm

"I guess it doesn't matter much. Or if it does, it's one of those things better not to think about, since we have more than enough problems as is."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 5:50pm

"I suppose you're right. But she… yeah. And how could she look just like me…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 6:04pm

"Enough so that I keep thinking it's you whenever we speak."

Wreck glances off.

"…..how stupid can I be?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 6:05pm

"Well… she does look a lot like me…"

I pause when it hits me.

"Wait, you've spoken with her before?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 6:14pm

"I guess. You did say it was her running around before when you were….somewhere else. And then was another time, but I can't quite remember it, like it was a dream or something. And then Blight's memories get mucked up in mine, and…..my head hurts."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 6:17pm

"None of this makes sense…. It's like one big ride that keeps on twisting and turning, and it won't stop, even when we want to get off…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 6:23pm

"I guess. All I know is she really doesn't like you very much. Which is silly, since you're the most likable person I've ever met."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 6:25pm

"I think you were right when you said it's best not to think about it too much."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 6:29pm

"Hm. Maybe. Though when bad things come up and you don't figure them out, they tend to just sit there and fester until they eat you. Yes, I did figure this out all of ten minutes ago."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 6:30pm

"I'm not sure I want to know about her, though."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 6:32pm

Wreck abruptly gives her a big hug.

"Might do you some good. But it's entirely up to you."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 6:33pm

"Well, how would I even find out?" I ask, leaning into him.

"I can't exactly ask her. She's gone."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 6:39pm

"Is she? After you….died….everything else is a blank. Since I kind of blanked myself out of existence."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 6:40pm

"I'm not sure, but I think Blight killed her."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 6:49pm

"….oh. Did he kill anyone else?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 6:50pm

"I don't think he did. I'm pretty sure that everyone else is fine."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 6:56pm

"Good. Because I'd have to hunt him down and slap him if he killed anyone I actually cared about. And I have no clue where he is."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 6:58pm

"No, he- he undid anything else that he did, I think. Everything but her."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 7:06pm

"Poor schmuck. He hated everything, but I really don't think he knew any better. Sort of like me, pre-trip to hell."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 7:07pm

"You always describe yourself that way, but I can't see it as being even remotely possible."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 7:14pm

"I wouldn't go so far as to say I was on Blight's level. I never felt the need to run around and proclaim that I was going to destroy mankind. But yeah….pardon my language, but I was a complete dickhead. I was a living example of every stereotypical bully that ever walked the earth, lashing out because I hated what I was. I hated my powers. I hated me."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 7:16pm

I kiss him and lay back down on the floor where I fell earlier.

"No, that's what I meant. Not like Blight, but like you just described yourself. I can't imagine it."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 7:21pm

"You're better off not imagining it."

He lays down next to her.

"….I find it sad sometimes that it took something as drastic as a trip to hell to wake me up. And I don't even know if I can say that I am woken up. I still do lousy things, like hustle people for money. Even if they do probably deserve it."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 7:23pm

I'm in one of those rare situations where I don't know what to say.

No, that's not that rare. I'm in one of those rare situations when I can't think of anything to say.

Instead, I just roll onto my side and hug him, closing my eyes.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 7:27pm

Wreck shuts his eyes as well.

"Thank you. For being here."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 7:30pm

"That's nothing to thank me for. I just need you to never give up, no matter who falls."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 7:35pm

"Sure. Except for you. You're the one person on earth that I can't do this without."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 7:37pm

"No. No matter who falls, you can't give up."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 7:41pm

"Save me that decision and don't go away again."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 7:42pm

"A lot of things happen, Wreck. It's happened twice already. It's a miracle I'm still here. It could happen again. Say it. Say you won't give up."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 7:44pm

"When you can say it to me."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 7:45pm

"… that I won't give up if I don't get back up again? That doesn't really make sense…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 7:48pm

"Yeah, it does. The way you described it, there was some measure of choice involved. You knew where you were, and you knew what was happening to all of us down here. I guess what I mean is, if it happens again and you know full well that I'd be suffering down here without you, how can you ask me to not take the closest thing I have to heaven? Which is to just shut the suffering off and go away."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 7:50pm

"The only choice was to accept it or reject it, Wreck. And rejecting it… I don't even know what would have happened then…. I wouldn't have been alive. And I'm not sure if I knew what was happening down here, or not. All I knew was… an overbearing feeling that everyone I cared about was fine and that everything was going to end up perfectly for them."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:28pm

"Well, that was pretty obviously not the case, given what happened to me."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 8:29pm

"I know, I know…. I can't- I can't explain it, Wreck."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:38pm

"Regardless. What I'm saying is that I would be hurting horribly if you left again. Hell, I'm hurting pretty horribly nearly every moment I'm alive. So don't think me a terrible person if the only option available to me in case that happens is oblivion. Really, it'd be a mercy compared to having to live forever like that."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 8:39pm

"You must have had a reason before…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:44pm

"Did I? When you found me, I was halfway to becoming a mini version of Blight just to block the pain."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 8:47pm

"You don't- I can't be the only reason for someone. I can't be that."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 8:53pm

"You aren't the only reason. But you are the most important reason. Nothing else even comes close."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 8:56pm

"… okay."

But I can barely manage to stay safe for myself!


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 9:08pm

Wreck runs a hand over his eyes.

"….it's probably a horrible thing to tell anyone. That you love them and rely on them for stuff. Honestly, it was way easier back when I was pretending not to care about anyone. Empty, but easier."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 9:10pm

I hug him again, and squeeze tightly.

"No. Stop."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 9:19pm

He hugs her back.

"…..sorry. Sorry for being a burden. Sorry for a bunch of stuff."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 9:20pm

"I told you to stop. You're not a burden, and you have nothing to apologise for."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 9:30pm

"I do. A whole lifetime full of stuff. But….yeah. Sorry for being sorry."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 23, 2007, 9:31pm

A quiet giggle leaves my lips.

"You don't have to be sorry for that, either."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 23, 2007, 9:42pm

"If you say so. I guess I'll just shut up before I end up apologizing for being sorry for being sorry."

He gives her a kiss instead.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 6:51am

"Good, otherwise we'd just start going around and around in circles," I smile.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 8:38pm

"Sorry for leading us in circles."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 8:42pm

I give a slightly exasperated laugh and then hit my head lightly against the floor beneath me. It ends up going through the floor a bit.

"…"

"That hurt a little more than I thought it would," I say with a sheepish smile.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 8:47pm

"….that…I've never seen anyone so calmly put their head through a floor. Are you okay?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 8:54pm

"Fine." I lift my head out of the floor with an embarrassed look on my face, and brush little pieces of floor out of my hair with my fingers.

"Just a little… startled. Sorry about the floor."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 9:34pm

"I'm way more worried about you than the floor."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 9:36pm

"Oh, don't worry about me. I'm fine. Just a little-" I run my hand through my hair, and it comes back out with a fair deal of plaster and other floor bits.

"- bit of debris in my hair."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 9:39pm

Wreck blinks.

"….I think I'm at a complete loss for words. Wow."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 9:40pm

I look up from the plaster my hand, at him in confusion.

"Why's that?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 9:43pm

"Because you just rammed your head through my floor, and your biggest concern is having floor in your hair."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 9:45pm

"We've all been hit harder than that, and the stuff in my hair's just making it all… messy."

I glance at the hole again.

"Okay, maybe not as messy as that."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 9:47pm

Wreck raises an eyebrow at the hole.

"Well, it does add a certain something to the room. Maybe I can stick a plant in there."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 9:48pm

The same embarrassed, apologetic look crosses my face.

"Sorry, again…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 9:51pm

"Huh? I was serious. I think I could plant a banana tree right in the middle of the room. It'd be neat."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 9:58pm

"I don't think that a banana tree would grow very well there…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 10:00pm

"Should. They'll pretty much grow anywhere. Would just need to move it before it got too big and engulfed the room."

He scratches his head.

"…..what a weird conversation this turned into."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 10:01pm

"I'm not complaining." I smile sweetly.

"I thought they only grew in pretty hot places?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 10:06pm

"Nope. They actually do fine just about anywhere, provided it isn't really cold."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 10:07pm

"I didn't actually know that. Oh, but the constant demon attacks…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 10:18pm

"That is a good point. But I can't let some random demons keep me from growing trees in the center of my room, can I?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 10:22pm

"No! I mean, it's in the- it's not in the constitution, is it?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 10:26pm

"I don't think so. But it should be. Amendment 28: You shall have the right to grow a banana tree in the middle of your room in the hole in the floor your girlfriend made with her head without threat of demons getting in your way."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 10:28pm

"Oh… but I think you'd get a fair number of people who'd be a bit disturbed at the proposal of that amendment."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 10:30pm

"Only demon sympathizers. And tree haters."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 24, 2007, 10:31pm

"Or people who get worried by the thought of girls smashing their head through the floor, and demons attacking trees?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 24, 2007, 10:34pm

"Well, that'd include me. And I came up with this amendment."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 25, 2007, 12:43am

"Well… that's just contradictory!"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 25, 2007, 6:28am

"I think I've managed to confuse myself somewhere along the way."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 25, 2007, 9:57am

"Oh, honey. We all just go through life confused."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 25, 2007, 1:32pm

"Yeah, but most people get to be confused by mundane things, like losing their car keys. Not how to properly grow banana trees while under threat of demon attack."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 25, 2007, 1:34pm

"So we're not in the mundane. That's not necessarily a bad thing."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 25, 2007, 1:40pm

"I dunno. On the one hand, it keeps things from getting boring. On the other, I'm really, really sick of demon attacks."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 25, 2007, 1:43pm

"Well, the demons, yes. But outside of that, not being mundane is cool! Though I suppose being mundane would be nice…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 25, 2007, 1:52pm

"It'd stop the fighting. I hate fighting. But, yeah, it is kind of neat being a bit different from everyone else. We get to see and do stuff no one else ever does."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 25, 2007, 1:55pm

"It could be nice to just live a normal life, though…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 25, 2007, 2:24pm

"I wonder if it's possible to find a happy medium. Avoid demons wrecking our trees, and still manage to buy that orphanage and keep kids from growing up insane."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 25, 2007, 2:25pm

"I think it would work. We just need a plan. One that doesn't involve lots of hustling."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 25, 2007, 2:29pm

"Always did go the cheap and easy route for money, didn't I? Some things just don't change, no matter how much I want them to."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 25, 2007, 2:31pm

"No, I didn't mean- you just- you don't have to do it again…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 25, 2007, 2:34pm

He shakes his head.

"It's fine. I'm just thinking….if I were any other person and did the sort of things I did for cash, I'd have ended up dead with a knife in my ribs. It's how most people end up who go that route. Cept…..well, I can't die. So easily."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Jul 25, 2007, 2:37pm

"But you don't have to think about that," I tell him with a slightly blank smile. "Just don't do it anymore. You don't- don't do what you used to."

I hop up from the floor.

"Anyway, I'm going to send Longshot that pigeon now. Bye!"

I slide out through the door.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Jul 25, 2007, 2:39pm

"I want to be a better person. Then I just keep turning around and finding out I'm not."

Flop onto the bed.

"Blargh."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Ixnay on Jul 28, 2007, 10:40pm

«…are the Hellions still in Random week/month/century?»


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Marty "Ox" Banks on Jul 28, 2007, 10:44pm

[I'm pretty sure we just escaped last mission]


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Ixnay on Jul 28, 2007, 10:46pm

«Ah, damnit. Was something I wanted to do with Gerald. You up for spicy retroactive continuity?»


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Marty "Ox" Banks on Jul 28, 2007, 10:47pm

[Go for it]


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Ixnay on Jul 28, 2007, 10:48pm

Gerald Stryker

I'm not quite sure what to do here, or why I'm here even, but I knock on Wreck's door anyway. He's one of the ones I have to talk to.

«He's got the Stryker Army jacket look going, just for the record.»


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Marty "Ox" Banks on Jul 28, 2007, 10:50pm

Wreck

"It's open. Not like it's ever locked."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Ixnay on Jul 28, 2007, 10:51pm

I walk in and stand about three inches inside the door.

"Hey man. Got a second?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Marty "Ox" Banks on Jul 28, 2007, 10:53pm

Wreck raises an eyebrow.

"But….you….why are you…."

Then he gives it up and sighs.

"…..y'know what, forget it. I think I'm finished trying to make sense of anything. Yeah, I have quite a few seconds."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Ixnay on Jul 28, 2007, 10:56pm

"Yeah, see, I don't know exactly how I got here either."

I shrug.

"What I do know is why I'm here. You know…it was a mistake to let me live. And I felt you should know. What I did with my head, that was a temporary fix. It was a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound. My powers will return. I feel them already."

I pause for emphasis.

"And when they do, I'm going to end up killing all of you. Don't think I can't."

I shrug.

"Anyway, that's what I stopped by for. Nice seeing you again."

I half wave, but don't leave yet.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Marty "Ox" Banks on Jul 28, 2007, 11:00pm

"If you're asking me to kill you, just turn around and walk. For one, I'm not murdering anyone, since my soul's already in a really bad spot as is. For another, Sephula already ran that bit into the ground and I have no desire to retread."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Ixnay on Jul 28, 2007, 11:03pm

"Nah. I don't want to die. I just wanted you to know."

I shrug.

"After all, I'm sure my father has a very good reason for wanting us all dead. He was a good man, you know."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Marty "Ox" Banks on Jul 28, 2007, 11:07pm

Wreck grimaces.

"Look, I don't mean to hurt your feelings, but….well, I was never one to spare feelings when the truth had to be told. I think your father suffered some sort of psychotic break along the way. His reasons aren't even really his reasons, since his neurons are too scrambled for any of it to make sense the way it should."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Ixnay on Jul 28, 2007, 11:09pm

I look straight at him.

"I'm pretty sure I WAS that psychotic break. Which means it's up to me to solve it. Once I've taken care of it all, he will be fine. I'm sure of it."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Marty "Ox" Banks on Jul 28, 2007, 11:12pm

"And how do you plan on doing that, if you don't want to die?"

I really probably don't want the answer to that. Too late.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Ixnay on Jul 28, 2007, 11:14pm

"I don't want to die…before the rest of us."

I shrug.

"Anyway, later man! Be seeing you!"

I walk out.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Marty "Ox" Banks on Jul 28, 2007, 11:16pm

"Wait, you can't just walk in, toss cryptic doomsday threats and leave. It's rude."

Wreck blinks, then flops back onto the bed.

"….whatever."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Meisha "Muse" Aisha on Sept 9, 2007, 6:15am

I knock lightly on the door.


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 6:17am

"It's open. It's always open. Apparently I never lock my door."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 6:20am

I push the door open and float in.

"Yeah, but it's rude to just wander into a room."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 6:23am

"Hm. True. But you'd get a pass."

He gives her a hug.

"What's up?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 6:25am

I kiss him and then pull back, shrugging lightly.

"Just been thinking… about stuff. Registration Act and everything that's going on, and then I was wondering if all of us are going to register."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 6:32am

"….yeah. That."

Wreck sits on the edge of the bed, running a hand over his face.

"I hate the idea of it. The folks in power can't be trusted with stuff like that. Look at how we've been getting chased around by SHIELD for ages."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 6:34am

I cross my legs, sitting in the air.

"Does- does that mean you're not going to register?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 6:37am

"I don't know what I'm doing, really. I really, REALLY do not want to. But I also get the feeling if I don't, I'd fly right back into being a fugitive-for-no-reason, and I want that even less."

Blink. Sigh.

"Amounts to being blackmailed with your life. Some government."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 6:40am

"I don't… mm. I think that this is going to be what we make of it. If we want to be afraid of it; if we want to look at it as something oppressive, something that's only going to be bad, then it's going to be like that to us. If we want to take it as what it could be- an opportunity for more, real good on a really wide scale, then that's how we'll see it, and really, that's how I think it'll be."

I uncross my legs and start swinging them slowly.

"It's a self-fulfilling prophecy."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 6:45am

"What it boils down to is what the people who made the thing up really want, not what we want. They're the ones who'll decide if it's used for good or bad."

He gestures toward nothing in particular.

"And who made it? Graydon Creed. Who I've met, and trust me, you wouldn't like the guy. He's no different than any random redneck with a 'No More Mutants' picket sign, except for whatever reason, he has a lot of power."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 6:47am

"But Robert Kelly is the man who's actually in charge… and Robert Kelly isn't a bad man. He's just experienced his share of tragedy- all of us have, and he's been painted by it just like all of us. He's just like any of us… and I'm sure he'll do what's best for everyone."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 6:49am

"Hypothetically, what if someone shoots him tomorrow? Let's say, a mutant. Then where do you think we'll all be?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 6:52am

I drop my head, running my gaze along the floor.

"Then we'd be left with Graydon Creed in charge. And then if he did anything that was widely discriminate to a minority, with the obvious example being mutants, he'd be impeached."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 6:58am

"The entire Act IS wildly discriminate to a minority. Nobody cares about our rights. Else, it wouldn't exist to begin with….or at the very least, it would extend to all superhumans and not just us dirty muties."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 7:01am

"Maybe it's just a stepping stone. I mean, if someone had a gun, wouldn't you want it to be registered and licensed? This is a good thing, Wreck, not a bad thing. It's exactly what the X-men have been doing, but on a wider scale; and it'll mean that fewer people will get hurt. Where's the bad in that?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 7:02am

"It could be a good thing. What I'm saying is that the odds of it being used for good are next to none. Because for it to be used for good, there would have to be someone, y'know…..actually representing our interests, instead of a bunch of scared humans. And one human who isn't really scared, but just wants to kill us."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 7:06am

"Even if that's all that it is; even if it's just scared humans, then it can still be good. Train the mutants who develop powers that they don't know how to use, so no-one gets hurt. Arrest the mutants like Avalanche who might want to hurt people, and again, no-one gets hurt. There's nothing to fear if people are training mutants to be in control of their powers and locking away people who do want to arrest people."

"It's still good. It's still the same thing as the Professor was doing."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 7:10am

"Another hypothetical, then. There's a family of mutants living in their home, minding their own business. A guy, his wife and their 2 year old baby. Baby turns out to be a mutant with potential for big destruction. Now, under the current version of the Act, SHIELD would be fully entitled to swoop in and take that baby. His parents would never see him again."

He looks Kelly in the eye….well, as close as he can get to doing such a thing.

"Now, can you honestly tell me that this is a GOOD thing?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 7:13am

I shut my eyes- break off the eye contact as I think it over. Picture it. Breathe.

"They- they inhibit the powers until he is old enough to be trained. If he can't be trained, they just inhibit the powers. Don't say it can't be done, because it can. Easily."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 7:17am

"Please point to me where it says that his parents will have any right at all to have him back. Ignore the training, ignore everything but whether or not his parents have any rights at all over the child."

He shakes his head.

"You won't find one. In fact, I'm guessing if you really look over the fine print, you'll probably find all sorts of nasty little loopholes like that. They're shoving these papers at us and telling us to sign, but none of us REALLY know what it entails. Because we don't have any representation, and it's easy to take advantage of."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 7:21am

"No-one's going to sign without knowing what they sign. We have representation. We have people all around us, in this country and out of it that would support us if we were being treated unfairly. If an entire race was being treated unfairly. You're throwing worst cases out; you'll find worst cases that could be in the same vein in anything that you look at. Any law, any situation. Any. If his powers were inhibited, then there'd be no reason for him to not be with his family. If he was being trained, then there'd be no reason for him to not be with his family."

I open my eye again, wiping it before it becomes visible.

"No-one's losing their children. No-one's losing their family. All we need to do is give this a chance to work, and it will."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 7:26am

"I've seen the preliminary version of the Act, love. It specifically says that if anyone….and note that it doesn't really care if you're 86 years old or 2….is over a certain power level, they aren't even allowed to stay in their own home."

Wreck sighs again.

"If I sign and they determine that I'm potentially destructive enough, I would lose my legal right to live anywhere other than a SHIELD facility. Same with you. Essentially, we're losing the basic human right to freedom because of how we were born, and we have zero say in the matter."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 7:29am

I take another deep breath in, waiting a moment before responding.

"Does it say that their family isn't allowed to live with them? What it probably means is that they're meant to live in some kind of environment where they could be kept under the necessary observation. I mean… if someone had a handle on Magneto at all times….

"They'd probably just be living on a helicarrier with everything they'd need and their family, if they chose to go along."

I glance off to the side.

"… I'm signing."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 7:31am

"Of course you are. The real question is, why are you arguing with me when your mind was made up beforehand and nothing I could ever say was gonna change your mind?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 7:33am

I let my legs hang down and lower slightly until they touch the floor. When they do, I fold them beneath me, sitting on top of them in the corner of the room, staring at the floor in front of me.

"I wasn't. I just wanted to know if you were."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 7:38am

"My answer is, I would like to wait and see. I do NOT want to be one of the first in line to sign the papers, when I don't even know what those papers are really gonna do to me. I want to hang back and see if anyone else comes forward with giant problems because of this. If it all turns out that I was worrying over nothing, great. I'll sign. If not, I'll fight it till the end."

He hangs his head.

"I wish you would do the same. We've got a bit of time on our side. I don't see what's to be gained from charging into this recklessly."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 7:42am

"I… I'm of two minds on the matter. I want to sign; it has the potential to be everything the X-men have been doing for so many years on a much larger scale, and it could push the Professor's dream into a full reality. I think it's possible. I think it's even probable. And because of that- on the standard, the principle, I should just flat out sign. But I'm not going to sign without knowing what it entails down to the letter, of course. That'd just be silly.

"But… the other possibility is that I could delay signing until it becomes mandatory… but I don't know what could be gained or changed by that. When it becomes mandatory, it's going to be the law to sign… and I'm not going to break the law, which means that I'll be signing either way."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 7:47am

"So wait until you have to before you sign it. That's what I'm planning on doing. Mean, yeah….I do see the potential for great stuff in it. Really, I do. I just have zero faith in the current administration using it for anything other than an excuse to get us all safely shuttled off to Auschwitz."

Wreck shrugs.

"By delaying, we buy ourselves enough time to determine which path this thing is gonna take, without locking ourselves into it for good or for ill."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 7:50am

I bite down on my lip, running my teeth along it, the jaw moving opposite the upper teeth. After a few moments of silence, I respond.

"I'll wait until it becomes the law to register… but I don't know what we could do different after that. I mean, if there's something wrong in it… it'll still be the law."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 7:52am

"You'd follow a law, even if it was blatantly bad and wrong and evil? That's not right."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 7:55am

I fold my arms across my stomach, holding onto the opposite side with each hand.

"I- I can't just break it. If it was wrong, following it myself wouldn't be impacting anyone else, and it would make it easier to oppose it on principle and vocally…."

[Back in twenty.]


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 8:00am

"Quite the opposite, really. Once you've signed, you can't take it back. So long as you HAVEN'T yet signed, you're still going to be holding onto your options. Not obligated to anyone, and free to pick your own path."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 8:14am

"What would the actual alternative be?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 8:16am

"We'd have to figure that out when we came to it. But I do know that it'd be far easier to figure out what to do if we were NOT signed into contracts that prohibit us from doing anything."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 8:18am

"But if we didn't, we wouldn't be in a position to do anything. We'd have credibility, and we'd be shown to be lawful if we did, and then we could speak freely. Going on the run from it all wouldn't help anything."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 8:22am

"If you signed, you'd no longer have any freedom to question any of it. After all, you signed. So you're supportive of it, the end. Why would you sign something you didn't fully agree with?"


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 8:25am

"But if we refuse to, then we'd be in a situation where we'd be running. Then… we wouldn't be able to affect it either way…. So if it comes to that, neither option helps."

I drop my chin into my hands.

"It comes down to faith that it won't be the case, I guess."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 8:27am

"And my faith is obviously shaken right now, given that SHIELD is STILL running around trying to arrest us for stuff we didn't do."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 8:28am

"But do we know that's the case? We haven't run into SHIELD in god knows how long…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 8:33am

"We just spoke to Reed Richards like, a couple of days ago. He said until then, Stark was actively blocking his communications with us, and it was only through Green Jeans being brilliant that he got through."

Wreck holds his 'eyes' in his fingers.

"Which means the Avengers are still out to get us. The guys who are supposed to be the big guns on the side of good, hunting down kids. I can't really find myself trusting the government when stuff as blatantly wrong as that still goes down, with no one caring."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 8:36am

"… Reed Richards cares. So long as one person does, it's enough to change things; to guide things. It's enough to make a difference."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 8:38am

"Even Reed Richards can't call off the government when they've decided to witchhunt us."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 8:39am

"SHIELD's not the government. It's independent."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 8:42am

"Yeah, I meant more in terms of the Act. In the end, he's one guy with common sense who'd be facing a mob of folks who don't really want anything more than us dead."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 8:43am

"We can't just wring our hands and despair over it…."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 8:45am

"Which is pretty much how I'd view signing at this point. Mean, like I said earlier, I don't think we're gonna have a ton of choice. But for now we do, and I really want to take advantage of what little freedom I'm afforded. Just to look at things and decide."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 8:48am

"I still think this is going to work. That there isn't going to be any reason that we shouldn't sign; I mean… they're not going to pass anything 'evil and wrong'. It won't happen. If they do, when it becomes law… well, the options look like they'd just be sign or go abroad. Fighting it won't work, because we'd just be on the run."

I sigh lightly, lifting my chin out of my hands.

"But I still think that this is going to be good for us; for everyone."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 8:51am

"Well, if you end up being right, peachy. We've lost nothing. If you're wrong though, the consequences are gonna be pretty huge."

He gives her a kiss.

"So just be very careful with it, and take your time. All I'm asking."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 8:52am

"I'm gonna wait. I'll wait."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 9:02am

"This is why I love you. That and a whole lot of other reasons."

Wreck smiles a bit distantly.

"For what it's worth, I really do hope you're right and I am worrying over nothing. I'll have to see it firsthand though before I believe it. My faith is lacking."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 9:04am

"They'll give you reason for that to change. I mean… nothing's going to be passed over an entire, democratic country that could be considered wrong or evil."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 9:08am

"I thought that too, until I turned on the news and saw a guy who had Rogue shot with no remorse appointed VP. If this is a democracy, I certainly don't remember voting for Mini-Hitler."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 9:09am

"Anything happens- he even tried anything and he'll be impeached so quickly it'll set a record. Don't worry about it. I know it's hard, but… don't worry about it. It'll work out."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Wreck on Sept 9, 2007, 9:15am

"Yeah, you're right. Either way, there isn't much sense getting worked up over it. For now, I'll just wait and see what develops. And hope for the best."


Re: Wreck's Hovel
Post by Kelly Alecia "Star Girl" Lisa on Sept 9, 2007, 9:22am

I kiss him before twirling around to hover over to the door.

"Hold that thought. Hoping's good. Hoping's great."

I open the door, and float out, closing it after me with a click.


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