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    A Most Unexpected Encounter (Open to DS)

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    A Most Unexpected Encounter (Open to DS)

    Post by Griffin on Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:56 pm

    Gods be damned if I have to sit on this cursed train any longer. Griffin projected silently as he cast his gaze out beyond the painfully restricting confines of the locomotive as it chugged along the tracks that grazed the hillsides, cutting into the landscape like a knife to flesh. He rested his weary head against the window, the side of his face pressed to the frosted glass as he watched the distant cities shrink in the presence of the horizon, obscured by the beads of condensation that clung to it's chilled surface. Anything to be seen from within the terribly claustrophobic convey was dreadfully dull. Cities from afar certainly weren't as exciting as they had a tendency to be up-close. With a quick glance back at the uninspiring old-fashioned interior of the train and a brief search for the clock that hung above the door into the car, he determined the current time. A quarter past noon and still not a sign of Xastristan. It had been hours since Griffin had boarded en route to the infamous and universally dreaded capital of Xastristan and yet it still managed to feel like days. He sighed halfheartedly.


    How he despised transportation. He'd much rather use his own two feet to get where he needed to go. However, he was needed urgently in other places, so it wasn't as if he had much of a choice; he was to deliver an artifact. He peered down longingly at the glimmering piece of finely designed gold, crafted with the care and attention of a master craftsman to take the shape of a bejeweled dragon. The great serpent snaked and coiled around itself many times over, forever imprisoned in it's own impermeable pride. It's imposing ruby eyes stared back at him with his own, distorted reflection, capturing Griffin in it's solemn crimson gaze. He could have sworn it spoke to him, as if it had an otherworldly element to it's being. Of course, it could have just been the lust he had for anything shiny or particularly captivating.


    Griffin's trance was interrupted unexpectedly as the sliding door leading into train car was abruptly forced open, alerting him to the sudden presence of a very sharply dressed woman. Her startlingly cynical glare burrowed ruthlessly into Griffin's chest, clawing at him from the inside out. Everything about her was bad news; from the subtle but noticeable way she reached toward her neatly pressed black dress as if to draw a firearm at any given moment, to the wonderfully mischievous way she bit her lip. But what was oddly peculiar about her, Griffin remarked, was the vaguely familiar emblem exhibited by the buckle that adorned the belt hugging her curvaceous waist.


    Griffin hastily hid the golden dragon in the cloak that veiled his body like a shadow, returning the woman's disgruntled glower in hopes that she'd just continue on her way. Instead, she moved with the agility and roguish grace of a fox to plop down beside him, drawing a leg upwards to ghost just beside his. So it was one of these people.. Griffin paid no attention to the woman, diverting his face from hers. Hopefully she'd just get bored and go pester someone else. Visibly annoyed with his reaction, the woman placed a hand in his lap and leaned forward, leaving little consideration for 'personal space'.


    "Mind telling little ol' me what you're hiding in there?" She hummed melodically, grinning at him faintly.


    There was no reply as Griffin continued to casually block out her existence. The woman fumed. Pressing on even farther, she slipped a seductive chuckle and reached forward, tugging at his cloak toyingly. "Come now. Don't be shy-"


    Without thinking twice, Griffin slapped her away sharply, causing her to flinch violently, holding the back of her hand which now stung from the sudden contact. She grunted in surprised, opening her mouth to protest, yet no words escaped. It wasn't what Griffin intended, but it worked. Although, he couldn't help but feel a pang of guilt when he saw her shocked expression. Perhaps now she would decide that he wasn't worth the trouble.


    To his interest, the woman remained resilient. Her devilish smirk once again plastered to her lips as she came closer to murmur something out of the earshot of others. "Your little trinket is worth more than you could imagine. I'm certain your employer has kept such things from you. So what do you say? Five million." She hissed under her breath, admitting to her true objective. It was true; they likely were giving him an unfair reward for his find. Unfortunately for her, Griffin appreciated his contacts and was not one to dismiss them for a bit more pocket money. After all, when it came to having allies, trust was the most valuable of rewards. Once one proved unreliable, one proved unworthy. To loose credibility would be a devastating blow to his reputation.

    "I'm afraid I'll have to decline your offer, as tempting as it may be.." He replied as he arose from his seat in the booth. The shady lackey wouldn't take no for an answer and swiftly slid into his way, blocking him from leaving her company. She grazed her bottom lip with her teeth, pulling at the lipstick caked flesh with her pearly white incisors. Her hand stalked up his chest exposed behind his cloak before dancing under his chin. She seemed to dismiss the fact that he was a synthetic and wasn't 'affected' by her attempts to seduce him nor did she appear at all phased by his undoubtedly inhuman appearance. What a strange creature.. , Griffin observed, intent to find out her affiliation. Who was she with? He had his suspicions but none of them quite fit the bill with her, especially considering none of them carried the emblem that she bore. "There will be consequences..." She purred pleasantly, masking her frustration with a calm composure and well-played facade.

    "Ha." Griffin scoffed dismissively. "I doubt I'll have much to worry about." It was then that the monotone voice of the announcer sliced through the intercom.

    "Now arriving at Xastristan Central Metro Station."

    Finally! His mood suddenly lifted, he slammed a hand into the woman's chest, shoving her aside brutishly before hurrying off without another word. He was far too eager to get off the damned train and step out into the light of day. The woman yelped, stumbling backwards and eventually meeting with the floor. That was the last Griffin saw of the mysterious woman... at least for a while.

    His troubled mind was immediately washed away of his worries once he stepped out onto the platform, the rays of sun that peeked out from behind the giant metal leviathans towering above filtering onto his back. Although it was midday, lights still illuminated the darkened windows of many buildings. A sense of life rushed at him like a gust of wind. So many humans in one place... Griffin could never seem to get over how lively Oak Hollow was.

    Bodies collided with his backside one after another, pushing past him rudely, often leaving rubbing their now sore shoulders. Of course. He'd been sightseeing for long enough that he'd forgotten he'd been idling. "Oops! Sorry. My bad." Apologies left him babbling wildly as he cut through a crowd of pedestrians. It was only after he'd made it to the other side did he realize that manners were more or less worthless here as people never seemed to acknowledge your presence, regardless of whether or not you made yourself apparent. Maybe that was for the better. He wasn't sure how people would react if they saw a synthetic roaming their streets like it owned the place. Not positively, he was sure.

    Griffin threw himself down onto a bench, relieved to finally be out of the chaos and turmoil of rush hour. As he watched civilians pass in and out of the train, he couldn't help but wonder if the woman had followed him out. Although with all the different faces in moving around in such a small proximity, it was rather pointless to try and spot her out. Consequences, huh? He chuckled to himself. Yeah, right.
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    Re: A Most Unexpected Encounter (Open to DS)

    Post by Yuuki on Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:56 pm

    Yuuki grumbled underneath her breath, feeling herself jostled this way and that as she made her way into the metro station. Today was a busy day, and Yuuki disliked it. Too many bodies in one place, constantly tripping and bumping into each other, and Yuuki ended up being caught in a few stumbles too many. While she could work in closed quarters, it wasn't like she actually enjoyed it too much. Being back in her room would be nice as of now, where Yuuki could sit peacefully and not have to deal with the annoying people and the loud announcements overhead.

    Yuuki needed to get to Xastristan's capital, and quickly, for her target had been stated to have been moving quickly for Oak Hollow. This time, her target was a woman, but not much known was about the woman. All Yuuki knew was that she was a potential threat, and needed to be dispatched. At least, according to the one who had hired her for this job. Yuuki would make sure she could complete it.

    She eyed the photo of the woman curiously. It was slightly blurry and pixelated, so Yuuki could not make out much, but from what she could see so far, the woman was rather tall, with *insert fudging hair color here* hair, as well as a belt with some sort of blurry symbol. Not much for Yuuki to work with, but she would have to make do for now.

    Yuuki hopped into the train with a grimace as one too many smelly armpits were shoved in the direction of her face as more people boarded, because apparently people boarded with their arms up. This was why Yuuki did not tend to take the train or any type of public transportation, but she did not have much of a choice in this matter. She weaved through the crowd of people agilely, entering into the nearest empty train car. It would be around a 2 hour travel, so Yuuki was going to take this opportunity to get some rest. And so, her eyes slid shut against the comfortable padding of the train seat.

    "Now arriving in Xastristan Central Metro Station."

    The loud announcement booming from the speakers startled Yuuki, her eyes flying open as her whole body flinched in response. She rubbed the sleep from her eyes and glanced down at her watch. Thank god, she was still on schedule. Yuuki picked up her backpack and swung it over her shoulder, straightening out her clothes.

    As Yuuki walked along the less-crowded hallways of the station, she caught a glimpse of an unfamiliar figure only a few feet away from her on a bench. It was definitely not human, having glimpsed its synthetic and robotic facial structures. But it still looked.. lost somehow, as its head seemed to keep looking around, as if looking for a specific person. She stopped in front of it--him, for now--.

    "Hello, do you need help? You seem lost."


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    Re: A Most Unexpected Encounter (Open to DS)

    Post by Griffin on Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:03 am

    Griffin hadn't noticed the girl approaching him, he was far too intent to find... well... anything that wanted to kill him, he supposed.  The woman's warning seemed to have put him on edge. But what was it that he was truly afraid of? To have an entire gang actively seek him out and eventually corner him in some inconspicuous but wonderfully cruel trap was nothing particularly new to him. He survived didn't he? And yet in this moment he found himself expecting the worst. It was possible that after so many close calls and dodgy escapes, he'd finally learned a little bit from his mistakes. But if he knew himself at all, that was probably not the case.

    "Hello, do you need help? You seem lost."

    Caught off guard, Griffin gasped, his head jerking upward violently to meet eyes- or.. gaze, rather- with the girl who stood doubtfully in front of him. "Oh.. Ha. For a second I thought somebody had already called the guard on me. Y'know, somebody ought to put collars with little bells on all you humans. Or at least teach 'em not to sneak up on people." He huffed. Now he was left to answer their question. But why did they care? Was were they not like the rest of these people; completely oblivious to their surroundings and business kept solely to themselves? They certainly didn't look like someone who would pry into the lives of others. Especially her. This one dressed more like someone who would purposely keep their distance. But here they were asking him with genuine concern if he was lost. Griffin found he was almost humbled by their worried tone.

    It took a few moments for Griffin to remember that they could not, in fact, read his thoughts (which he was internally grateful for). He quickly snapped back to reality. "And no, I'm not lost. Just.. looking for somebody.." He replied, trying to explain himself in a way that wouldn't look suspicious. The girl looked quite a lot like a mercenary. He'd rather not give them a reason to suspect him.

    "You... didn't happen to see a tall woman in a black dress get off the train, did you?"
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    Re: A Most Unexpected Encounter (Open to DS)

    Post by Yuuki on Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:16 am

    Yuuki took this chance to scrutinize the robot even closer. While some parts were similar to that of a robot's, others reminded her of human body parts; something similar to synthetic material. Was he a synthetic being then? Yuuki wouldn't know for sure until she asked him up close, but for now, that wasn't the important part.

    With a swift movement, Yuuki straightened out her jacket, brushing a couple of bangs out of her face. Two gray orbs eyed the robot curiously, waiting for his answer. She was slightly amused as the robot seemed to jump at her question, looking as similar as a robot could to a startled puppy.

    "Oh.. Ha. For a second I thought somebody had already called the guard on me. Y'know, somebody ought to put collars with little bells on all you humans. Or at least teach 'em not to sneak up on people."

    "My apologies. You just seemed a bit lost, and I was wondering if I could be of assistance." She slightly raised an eyebrow as the robot seemed to have drifted off into his own thoughts. Oh my, this would be a recurring theme, wouldn't it? It was always rather annoying when someone just couldn't focus their attention when someone was speaking to them. But Yuuki kept her impatience in check, letting a small and polite smile spread across her face.

    "You... didn't happen to see a tall woman in a black dress get off the train, did you?"

    Oh? Yuuki's eyes darted down to the picture in her hand. Black dress, tall. The picture described both of those things. Was it possible they were talking of the same person? She slipped the picture into her pocket, pretty sure that the robot had also noticed her movements. Maybe she could play along for now. "Oh? I have, actually. What business do you have with her?"


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