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Re: [SS] Lighting the Fuse

Post  Guy Li on Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:14 am

«Oh dear, but isn’t exploration what man craves the most~? And we’ve only just met~time’s still young~»

Guy's mouth formed a lopsided grin. It wasn't often someone was willing to play him at his own game. If it weren't for the menacing aura this woman gave off he got the impression he might enjoy this. Or perhaps that was what made it so enjoyable?

«I see. So nothing suspicious at all, huh? Then we sincerely hope that we did not end up making you overly worried or anxious. The streets are safe with us around, of course. Just forget about the stuff I just mentioned, until you notice something. If you do, just run to an Anti-Skill station and you’ll be helped. Yes, yes. They’ll help you good.»

Why didn't that make him feel safe at all? If she wasn't suspicious enough already, the woman with one eye had practically printed that she wasn't to be trusted in capital letters across her forehead. The thin veneer of politeness only made her seem more sinister. No wonder people had trouble trusting authority figures these days.

But bad girls weren't altogether unwelcome.

«Oh right, right, I can’t let this go without at least leaving you my name, can I, Mr.~?

"You can call me Guy." He said with a slow wink.

«Call me…Marybeth~❤︎»

Marybeth eh? Another foreign name in a place like this? She was certainly intriguing. He was about to blow her a kiss in parting when the sound of shattering glass derailed his train of thought.

«No…this can’t be…? Already…? …how did you…find me…that quickly…»

Guy watched the happy go lucky girl freeze in a manner that had become all too familiar to him. Sheer, unmistakable terror like an animal in the headlights of an oncoming vehicle, helpless to prevent its own inevitable demise.

Well this had taken a turn for the worse...

«…Thanatos…?»

Guy glanced to Mikoto, a wordless understanding that had formed fromtheir shared experience.

Something's about to go down.

And on top of that, more importantly.

Are you ready?
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Re: [SS] Lighting the Fuse

Post  Misaka Mikoto on Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:01 pm

At first, she'd grown desperate to know if he was just that depraved or simply acting the way he was for the sake of annoying her. If it was the latter, and boy was that likely, he could be proud of his amount of success.

However, that regular and at this point “normal” type of exchanges between the two found itself cut short in a rather alarming way. Red flags had gone off in her head the moment the petite researcher had returned without any need for words, the sheer terror in her face spoke loudly enough.

And likely, the fear that had been gnawing at her from the moment she'd met yet another researcher would become strongly justified soon enough.

But for now, she only gave a nod to Guy's unspoken question, and was the one to put the first step forward in this situation, likely leaving him to handle Mayuso herself.

Especially if protection would be needed. The low amount of other customers around could be a concern, but seeing how they were within Anti-Skill and Judgement's territory, it would be easy to get the authorities involved to protect them. If not, she was growing an abnormal attitude for simultaneous combat and protection anyway.

“That's an interesting reaction you're causing there.” She spoke confidently, though without bringing attention to the foreign woman's malicious glance. No one needed to point it out from how powerful it was. “Are you really Anti-Skill officers?” Question were tentatively asked, but she wasn't really interested in the answers.

“If not, what do you want? From her?”

The sole reason she had bothered to ask was to prepare what she felt would be needed in this room, as many of the furniture pieces would have streaks of electricity occasionally and subtly running around them.

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Re: [SS] Lighting the Fuse

Post  Kira Kohaku on Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:47 pm


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, that’s—their—move?!


Frenda could feel her thoughts fragmenting as a high pitched sound producing effect in her brain reminiscent to listening to nails on a chalkboard. The shrill noise was hardly a fire alarm. In other words, this was the enemy’s doing.

It was obvious what the enemy was doing. She was using Frenda’s own smokescreen against her. She had used Frenda’s own attempt to shift the balance in her favor to forcefully wrest it back and gain even more leverage. She had been anticipated and outplayed.

But now was not the time to curse at the impudence of her enemy. The enemy would likely approach her under the cover of sound now and she had no time to waste.

She needed to take away the advantage she had prematurely given away. Quickly, she reached into her skirt and pulled multiple of her pyramid bombs and aimed them at the windows lining the sides of the control room—each and every one of them.

They quickly exploded, creating heat within the room and shattering the windows.

With a heat and pressure differential, the result was obvious, the air and smoke would begin to flow out the window, creating an effect that would look like the control tower was coughing out smoke.

But, before the detonation had fully finished, she tilted her upper body and made a sudden dive for a nearby table. If the enemy would attack, it would obviously be aimed at her head. Just as she predicted, the gunshot missed her head and she found herself under cover. She could not detect the exact position on sound thanks to the black noise being played, but she could still get a feel for the general direction from where the gunshot came and tossed a pair of pyramid bombs that way.

Since that was unlikely to take the enemy out, she dashed towards another location while still under the cover of the thinning smoke and took cover once again and concealed her locations while getting a decent view of some of the open LED displays.

Dammit...how am I supposed to deal with this? She thought as she found herself cringing from the noise.
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Re: [SS] Lighting the Fuse

Post  Mugino Shizuri on Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:34 pm

A move quicker than her own. Right as Laurie was about to grant two presses to trigger her ears caught the sound of something passing through the air, smashing against the windows of sturdy reinforced glass. An ominous sound, followed up by the most expected sensation.

The noise of explosions paired with blunt miss-fire.

Shit. She’s quick!

Knowing fully well how much giving away surprise at sudden unpredicted events could cost, she immediately threw herself, taking a blunt dive behind one of the control room’s tables, perfectly well evading the explosion following right thereafter by just a split second’s mercy.

However she still groaned, hadn’t the landing been the same to the ones she’d kept training ever since. But pain was acceptable, wasn’t it?

With the smokescreen slowly dissolving under the new conditions of the battlefield, she could feel her biggest advantage fall apart bit by bit. Another rather unpleasant turn of events, yet nothing she hadn’t been used to.

Even if she was the weakest member of the group, Laurie still was part of Thanatos. She had been with them for only two years now, but even then she felt as though it had been the right place for her. Having been kicked from her country’s army shortly after finishing her training with unseen record, due a number of jealous colleagues pushing blame for various severe equipment malfunctions on her, her career had been sunken before it could have even begun. Afterwards she had been thrown into a torrent of misfortune, seeking a place for herself in the vast military world. However with her record stained by a history of mistakes, hardly anybody wished to get involved with her, fearing the possibility of another more severe fuck-up. Most of the time she’d just take simple jobs at the side of the desperate in need for assistance, drowning in the frustration of a complete failure. Shouldn’t she just quit that childish fairy tale of hers? Was there even a way back to begin with…?

She still remembered that day, when they had found her. When she had extended her hand towards her. She could still recall those feelings she held that moment. How little she believed in their honesty, how disgusted she felt at their demeanour and methods. She could recall every bit of negativity that had filled her mind when encountering these self proclaimed «saviours». And she could recall the true beauty of those days she had spent with them.

She wouldn’t just allow for that to remain as a memory. She’d go back there. She’d avenge those that couldn’t anymore.

Therefore she couldn’t afford to lose.

Immediately after her eyes behind the thick framed glasses ran across the space, seeking out the many monitors displaying the entire room’s security footage. Now that the smoke was slowly clearing, sight should return to her. It didn’t matter how much of it, just a tiny hint of the enemy’s presence would be more than enough. The shimmer of her golden hair, their shadow, that disgustingly cute beret on her doll like head, anything.

There!

Having memorised the layout of the control room in relation to all possible camera angles she could interpret the gleaned information instantaneously, pinpointing the exact position of her target within a mere second.

Not falling for the spoils of hesitation, she immediately tossed a simple splinter grenade in perfect textbook manner so that it would land well right next to the grenadier, then in perfect sync to her opening attack she’d charge from her cover seeking out the dodging target, aiming shoot them down for good.

Guys, watch me! Watch me carry on the wrath of Thanatos!
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Re: [SS] Lighting the Fuse

Post  Kira Kohaku on Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:34 am


After the sound of the last explosive she had thrown went to silence, the smoke had began to clear up. If Frenda were a betting girl, she would bet on the likelihood that her assailant had survived.

Once again, the situation was forced into a stalemate and the best she could do was figure out her and her opponent’s next move.

How do I locate them? They probably went for cover again.

Her mind, finally accustoming itself to the unpleasant screeching enough for it to form coherent thoughts, began to run through a tree of possibilities and prune out the illogical branches.

If they went for cover, then there’s no way for them to find me, either…

Her mind tapered off as she had come to realize an issue with that train of thought. The assailant had not been impeded by the surprise element. That meant despite her observance and avoidance of the security camera, the assailant was still able to find a way to see what she was doing.

If that’s the case, I can find them when they make the next move.


As such, all Frenda could do was wait in vigilance from her position.

So, she waited.

And waited.

And finally, she saw something land in front of her—a splinter grenade.

The main instinct for the average person would have been to hightail it out of there and take cover. But, in all likelihood, this was meant to be a diversion and the assailant was likely banking on Frenda coming out into the open during the escape.

In the end, the optimal solution is—


Quickly, she reached into her skirt with both hands and pulled out a roll of her cutting tape in one and one of the spark pens in the other. Within a second, she ran a quick strip of the tape on the corner of the grenade and then cut deep through the grenade.

The detonation wire on this type of explosive is in the edges. The current in the wire produces the heat necessary to detonate the core. In other words, cutting the wire will deactivate it entirely.

This was the simple solution she had come up with. But, the situation was far from over. She had seen the grenade’s landing. In other words, she could pinpoint the assailant’s location.

Checkmate.


Without hesitation, she a scattered set of 4 pyramid bombs towards the location she had estimated. That should have more than enough to cover the entire area.

Now, let’s hear you scream.
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Re: [SS] Lighting the Fuse

Post  Mugino Shizuri on Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:23 pm

«Huh?»

It hadn’t even been a proper sentence, but that fit, wasn’t there even a proper turn of events.

Anyone, be it professional or amateur would have escaped in the presence of a splinter grenade suddenly dropping right in the middle of your safe zone. However, with this girl, there was no such reaction.

The instance she should have fled, nothing at all happened.

Holding onto the gun, standing upright and having already taken aim, ready to press down the trigger, Laurie didn’t even realise how off guard she had been.

She had been played perfectly, way too perfectly.

Everything just defied expectation and experience.

That had been their game to begin with.

What should have been Thanatos’s play, had somehow been stolen, no surpassed by the enemy.

This went beyond anything they’d ever done or seen themselves.

This went beyond all of her spreadsheets or creativity.

Hell, to begin with she had been no combatant, so what had she expected.


With the landing of the pyramid bombs it all ended. That mercenary woman no longer had any way to react, had the surprise at her enemy’s extremely unconventional unforeseen reaction shattered her composure, making the outcome bright as day.

Noise, heat and light enveloping the control room one last time, equipment being wrecked, screens shattered, walls ripped open, tables flipped over.

Then, only the continuous tone remained.

No more footsteps. No more transitions. No more bullet fire. No more explosions. No more green light.

The control room was silent.

The armoury had joined it just at the same time.

Thanatos had been defeated.

They had all died.

It was over.


That woman in lab gear was still cowering in fear.

She had seen it all, from beginning to end.

She had endured it, she had survived, she had made it through the eye of the storm.

And now there she was…

The sole survivor.

The battle had finally come to an end.
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Re: [SS] Lighting the Fuse

Post  Mugino Shizuri on Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:08 pm

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Re: [SS] Lighting the Fuse

Post  Mugino Shizuri on Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:08 pm

Chapter 2

Those that call themselves Death Gods and the Girl that calls herself a Scientist
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The tension in the small scientific café NuTrend had turned electric.

It was as though sparks were shooting through the air. No, they actually were.

However not even then mysterious one eyed Anti-Skill officer(?) Marybeth showed any sign of concern, simply smiling in the most sinister and blood loving way imaginable.

Like a freak of nature she’d stand there, her two friends occupying the door, the currently terrified to death scientist girl in the far corner and the remaining two blocking the path.

Just like a Mexican stand-off everyone was facing off against one another, waiting for something to happen.

«Are we Anti-Skill officers? Do we want something? What it is?»

Ever cheerful the one eyed fiend would pick up on the questions asked, not even showing a single sign of tension or worry. She’d just stand there, still on the same track from when she’d been just about to leave the place, after having ended up caught up in her little flirt. She kept smiling, loosened her back and switched targets for her bone melting glance.

«I’m sure you can figure all that stuff out for yourself, really, kiddo. There’s no need for auntie Marybeth to spell it out~!»

Making her voice sound all cute, she couldn’t help but chuckle.

«I mean, we’re just here to fetch and bring the little missy here home. Alive and unharmed at that~»

In tandem to her cheerful speech’s conclusion she’d make her move, sudden, unforeseen and quick. Where there had been nothing in her hand just a moment ago, there suddenly appeared a throwing knife she’d likely drawn from her sleeve and the before any brains could process it, it’d already be flung, straight for the blue haired girl’s forehead.

With speed and precision as they were, the attack would be entirely lethal, if not for a straight forward miracle.

Aligning with the surprise twist, the two men at the doors immediately took up their rifles, pouring down their magazines upon both Guy and the unnerved middle school girl, not minding the collateral damage.
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Re: [SS] Lighting the Fuse

Post  Guy Li Yesterday at 1:28 am

The disarming moment where the situation appeared to de-escalate was all too suspicious when tensions were running so high. Did she seriously expect anyone to believe she was going to leave without causing a scene?

This was what was called the calm before the storm.

Guy had already made his decision in that moment.

Marybeth's movement had been too quick and too subtle for untrained eyes. It was likely only dumb luck that had seen the young man lunge from his seat in time to knock the twin tailed girl aside. He collided with her smaller frame, knocking her out of the path of the whistling knife just in time for it to pass perilously close to her ear, severing a few strands of light blue hair on its way.

The gunmen opened fire and Guy scrambled to put the dull, colourless benches between them and the gunfire. He could hear the rounds ricocheting off the surface behind him as he clutched Mayuso close to his side so that she didn't risk getting hit by a stray burst of fire.

He glanced across at here Mikoto had been standing, hoping that her heightened awareness of the situation had kept her from harm's way as well. By now he trusted that she could take care of herself.

"You know, getting shot at is a deal breaker of mine!" Guy called out from behind the bench as he waited for the firing to cease. There would only be one chance onee that firing stopped. "The date's off, lady!" He looked about for something, anything that could be used to defend himself. But there was no cutlery on the tables and nothing sturdy enough to use as a club. He reached over for a shard of glass only to pull his hand back when a round shattered the smooth floor inches from his fingers. The only other items nearby, a pair of salt and pepper shakers, seemed to mock him. "Great..."
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Post  Misaka Mikoto Yesterday at 8:05 pm

The atmosphere had grown so heavy and filled with the tense impression that a single wrong move would mean death for everyone in this room that Mikoto found herself unable to act before the woman who was clearly posing as an Anti-Skill officer.

(Crap...!) She cursed herself out for that hesitation as the sound of gunshots reverberated throughout the previously plain and mostly silent café deafened her ears, with some of the bullets barely missing her and grazing her skin before she could do anything but raise her arms to at least protect her face.

(Shit... There's no way they're going to let us time to act even if they miraculously run out of ammo. I need to do something and fast...!)

It was very likely that these were mercenaries whose reactivity was certainly nothing to mock, she realised, and something as stupid as not having any more bullets to fire with would hardly stop them.

Especially since knives were an entirely different matter that they seemed as equally proficient in.

There was no way they would make it out of there if they weren't stripped of at least one of the two.

She had considered forcibly straying the bullets' course, but at the speed the bullets went, the risk of imprecise collateral damage was too high for her to be willing to take it. Only a table she'd forcibly brought to her front using magnetism could serve as her shield, but even then she felt like it wouldn't last long.

A glance around the room during that brief second of protection thankfully told her that neither Mayuso nor Guy had been casualties of this deadly rain, and the cashier had seemingly had the wise idea to hide since she could no longer see them.

(…!)

Finally, her eyes landed on the mercenaries guarding the entrance as they mercilessly attempted to kill them. Their guns were nothing alike the ones she'd usually see in Academy City for self-defence purposes. Rather than the usually small, portable and efficient handguns, here were military assault rifles complete with the necessary knowledge to make them all the more deadly than they already were.

Even the knowledge she now had of this city's dark side told her that this was abnormal.

(This is going to be dangerous, but be damned if you do, be damned if you don't!)

The table that had once served as her guard was propelled towards Marybeth – though she wasn't the target of Mikoto's plan – and in that split second Mikoto shouted out as loudly as she could before bringing another one in front of her, now that she precisely knew what she wanted to do.

“Get down!!”

The benches that had only been rapidly and messily arranged around Guy and Mayuso for at least the smallest amount of protection against the gunfire was now being reinforced into a full-blown shelter by the surrounding furniture.

And at the same time, the barrel of the assault rifles were being deformed. Not in an old-fashioned movie-like way of bending it upwards or downwards, no. It took some effort on the girl's part to pull it off quickly enough for the move to actually help, but the assault rifles' barrels were being contracted until they were almost completely shut and unable to let bullet through.

Which announced bad news for the mercenaries if they'd try to keep shooting that downpour of ammunition.

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