tirsden: Riddick says: Let's play. (let's play)
[Written as background material for a SOMA-based/modified roleplay. More information can be found here.]

Marc trudged along the ocean floor, Rig-B tucked under one arm. The little 'bot still wasn't powering on when he tried to get a response a few minutes ago. Tried. He wasn't a tech person, not like this. Did poking the little guy and shaking him count as trying to power him on? Sure...

Up ahead, brown eyes could see the top of the stairs that lead down to the deeper parts of the plateau where sunlight didn't reach as well. It was like looking down into murky twilight from this vantage point, but at this time of day it was brighter down there than it seemed from here. Still... the big guy took a deep breath, trying to shake a feeling of foreboding. Omicron was down there, and they are going to be just fine. Just peachy. Yup, peachy as fuck.

One thing was definitely peachy, the fact that there was an intercom set into the top of the stairway structure. Marc pushed the button. "Dispatch, come in, this is Anderson. There's been an emergency at Theta... are you guys okay? Something about an earthquake."

The suit comms should link just fine to the intercom, and the intercom was lit up... but as he repeated, "Dispatch, come in," it seemed like he was talking to dead air. There was a quick electronic beep, then a voice he recognized as Helper Jane started speaking in her unmistakable British accent that made the big guy's heart skip a beat thinking of poor Michael. Usually Helper Jane was the default program for omnitools, but the voice had apparently been used for this system too.

"Communications malfunction detected," Helper Jane informed. "Voice messages can be cached and delivered to Omicron dispatch for transfer to other recipients once communications are restored. Would you like to record a message?"

"Yes." Marc grimaced, not happy with this option but it was better than nothing. Then his heart skipped another beat as he recognized the voice he actually wanted to hear, but sadly it was a recording that Dispatch must have put in the system. Kroenen... Sora. Kittyface.

"Hi there, you've reached Omicron's dispatch message caching system! Umm, hopefully it's not an emergency, because if the system is down and you're hearing this, then it might be a while before messages get through. But maybe not! So anyways, leave a message after the beep! Oh right, and if it's personal or sensitive information, you might want to wait until the system is back online. Anyways... BEEP!"

Mark smiled wryly as the recording ended, but the smile faded fast. "Dispatch, this is Anderson. I'm at the stairs to Kappa, top side, heading for Omicron and I hope to fuck you guys are okay. Something happened to Michael at Theta, he said there was an earthquake and it sounded bad after that. He was piloting a 'bot that exploded near me and unit Rig-B got zapped in the process. Long-range communications cut out with the big 'bot, and I can't get Riggs to power back on but I'm bringing him with me.

"I'm heading down the stairs now, I'll try and check in at the next intercom. Hope you guys are okay, and if there's trouble where you are, secure Omicron first, then start checking on the other stations. Might have to check the shuttle tunnels on foot in case there's structural damage."

He sighed, knowing he was in a weird position of being able to give orders regarding security and safety, but unsure if anyone would care in a moment like this. "Anderson out. End recording."

The intercom beeped and Helper Jane's voice came back. "Message recorded. Cache will send when communications are restored."

"Yeah, you said that already." Marc frowned at the deceptive lights of the intercom panel, wondering what the odds were that it would start working the moment he was out of comm range. That wouldn't be far, going down the stairs. Gel contamination was worse down there. And harmless. Totally harmless. Harmless, my ass. He shook his head and walked over to the first set of metal stairs that meandered down into darker water.

He wanted to hear Sora's voice again. Not just for present reasons, but because there was the futile wish floating around his head that this was just a dream. He knew better, but the wish remained. He wanted to magically wake up, sleep schedule a mess from night-shift guard duty, not that such schedules mattered much this far under the ocean. Some people were up all night, like that creepy Chun lady. Some had specific experiments that required monitoring at odd hours.

And then there was Sora. Adorable, shy, and a massive trap. Well, technically a short and petite trap. Marc found himself smiling fondly as he remembered their last conversation, the last one in person anyways. He had ducked into Omicron's dispatch room while bored on night patrol. Sora was making cats out of origami in various sizes and shapes, brightly-colored paper kitties crowding almost every available surface in the room except for the floor.

A big grin as remembered fingers carefully picked up an all-black paper cat so small he could stick it on his fingertip, which seemed to be the idea. "Nice. I had a cat for a while, but I suck at coming home enough to be useful to anybody."

"Aww, nuuuu... I'm sure neko was happy to wait for you!"

"To get fed, more like." A deep chuckle. "She was a shelter rescue, kinda feral for a while but warmed up to me eventually. I made sure she didn't go back to a shelter... last I heard, she's made a good ratter at a friend's farm. Figures... food."

Giggles and paper crinkling. "What's her name?"

"Frizzy. She was a semi-longhair until going to the farm, guess they got tired of it and she gets buzz cuts now. That fur had a mind of its own, so she always looked like she'd just stumbled out of a hair drying session gone wrong. I tried naming her after anime characters for a while, but the names never stuck... Frizz ignored them all."

"Ooh, you like anime? Which ones?"

Marc had listed a bunch. Lots of old stuff, and a few of the newer gems. Turns out Sora had seen all of them. Funny, the things you learn about people when you mention the right topics. It wasn't exactly their first conversation, there had been a lot of late-night chats, but new stuff was always surfacing. You better still be there to keep telling me new things, Kittyface.
tirsden: Riddick says: Let's play. (let's play)
[Written as background material for a SOMA-based/modified roleplay. More information can be found here.]

"He was kinda cute. Gave him a good meal, tried to see if I could help him more but... I dunno, I'm not pushy, y'know? So he went back on the streets and just about when I thought I better go after him and try again, I got my orders to come here. Hope he's okay... kid played guitar like a pro."

The male British voice on the other end of the comm made a quiet, thoughtful noise. "I used to see people like him come into the church all the time. They weren't there to be saved, for the most part, just wanted a place to warm up and get out of the rain. We let them be, so long as they were not disruptive. I cannot imagine what it must be like to live in that situation."

"I can." Marc looked away as a blowtorch made his original view too bright to look at. Brown eyes blinked at the light-spots left in his vision, not really paying attention to the daylit undersea vista beyond those dots. "It sucks. Can't really talk about my specific experience, though... classified."

"Ahh, right. You do seem to have a lot of tales locked behind that particular label."

"Sure do. Okay, looks like Riggs got the hatch unlocked. You still have visual?" Marc was once again looking at the hatch to the abandoned construction site of Kappa Station. He stepped closer to try pulling the thick, round, metal door open.

"Aye, there is a little static but not bad. Proceed with caution, and all that." Michael only had a secondary video feed from Rig-B, but full remote control over a larger, rectangular-box-shaped robot along with its own video feed. The Englishman was back at Theta now, in a comfy pilot's seat using a control system that literally read his mind. Cushy job, all things considered, and not his normal assignment either. He had suggested substituting for wranglers at times to help better understand what the other employees went through on a daily basis. This was his third such virtual venture into deep water.

Marc chuckled as he eased the heavy door open. "You were sounding real official until that last bit."

He could hear the other man chuckling now as Rig-B floated into the flooded airlock. The small, mostly-spherical robot from the K-8 series provided light and was the source of the blowtorch from earlier. The bigger robot watched and waited outside as Marc walked into the airlock. It was clear the room hadn't been used in ages. Pink and blue sea fans grew in one corner, a few smaller ones peeking out between pipes. Colonies of barnacles encrusted the walls and ceiling, along with the lower part of the airlock control console.

The station was rumored to be completely flooded due to several hull breaches caused by flaws in both construction design and inferior building materials. The whole project had been a mess, one that was not directly overseen by Pathos-II management because it was intended for a completely separate unit run by a company not associated with Carthage Industries. Kappa Station would essentially have been a guest site with limited and carefully-monitored access to Pathos-II resources. Someone had cut too many corners, people had died. Carthage people. The remaining guests promptly found themselves kicked out the proverbial front door, and the half-built station sat ignored until now.

Marc pursed his lips as gloved fingers poked at corrosion on the omnitool dock set into the airlock's control console. It wasn't just corrosion, there was a dark, sticky substance that reminded him of structure gel. "Yeah, no, this doesn't look useful. It's gonna gum up my omnitool if it even connects right. Screen's dead anyways, backup power might be out. Rigby, do your thing. Standing clear in a sec..."

The big guy heard Rig-B chirp cheerfully in response while he walked back out of the airlock to stand near the hatch door. It was safer this way, in case there was trapped air or uneven pressures inside the station. Robots did the dangerous stuff, except when human eyes needed to be present like this, and these robots were still doing the risky parts anyways.

Michael's voice came through as the airlock lit up brightly in the blowtorch's glare. "Careful, Rigby. Go slow."

The human waiting patiently outside the airlock smiled to himself. Michael was a softy, but then the Englishman had been a priest for some twenty years until deciding the entire thing was utter bollocks, as the man himself put it. Now forty, Michael was a counselor or therapist of some sort, with a friend in high places who knew about the troubles down here at Pathos-II. The dreams people said they had. Paranoia. Weird stuff. Stuff Marc had yet to experience himself, but then he hadn't been here long and didn't stay at any one station for more than a few days at a time.

Marc was literally a one-man security team for the whole fucking complex. Sure, there was a so-called security operative at Theta by the name of Jondsdottir, but the guy's training was so basic it hurt. The whole setup was ridiculous, but it was also an honor and prestigious and whatever else his commanding officer had spouted off about before sending Marc to the bottom of the ocean. Well, not quite the bottom. That would be Tau and Psi stations. There were supposed to be three more members being sussed out for the security team, but no one else had shown up so far.

There was tension between the muscle end of the government and the smarty-pants types working in places like Pathos-II. There were official government contracts here, some so classified even Marc didn't have access to everything. For now, he was something of a liaison between the muscle he represented and the scientists and doctors doing their thing at Pathos-II. He hated politics, but a few of the people here were nice and that chick, right, dude who managed communications dispatch was seriously adorable.

Michael's startled voice broke into wandering thoughts. "Did you feel that?"

"Feel what?" Marc looked around, ocean waters gentle with only the slightest current.

"Earthquake!" There was a burst of static followed by garbled sound with Michael's voice distorted and words too broken-up to understand.

Brown eyes went down now as Marc held out his arms to either side of him, to steady himself just in case. Nothing yet... he should be able to feel it. In fact, a shock wave through water could be really dangerous to him right now. How fast would it travel from Theta, since the earthquake must have passed there first? Marc could hear Rig-B beeping worriedly as it floated out of the airlock, blowtorch duty abandoned for the moment.

The audio mess still coming in over the comms now made it sound like Michael was screaming. No... as the signal cleared up, Michael was definitely screaming. It was terror and agony all rolled into one, the sort of scream that men made only under the most extreme duress. The last time Marc had heard a scream like that, a fellow black-ops team member lost a limb.

"Michael!" Marc tried shouting over the screaming, but he only got the Englishman's name out before bright light arced through the water nearby. Brown eyes caught a glimpse of a dangerous bolt of electricity running through the water like lightning from the bigger robot to Rig-B. "Shit-"

The larger robot exploded, knocking Marc backwards. He lost time, a disjointing jump that left him blinking his eyes in total silence. The light level was the same. His suit must have held, because he could still breathe. He was on his back, sandy ocean floor beneath him. He thanked his lucky stars he hadn't been blown into one of the coral outcroppings nearby, but what the hell had happened to Michael? To Theta? What about the other stations?

"Michael?" Nothing. "Buddy, you there?" It sounded like the comm was completely dead. "Theta, come in please. Dispatch? ...Anybody?"

Marc eased himself up, something dawning on him as gloved hands disturbed the sand around him. He'd felt no earthquake. He should have, those things traveled fast enough that he should have felt it before the 'bot blew. He could see the remote robot now, what was left of it, over by the open hatch door. A broken husk with bits and pieces strewn all over the nearby area.

I got lucky. Really fucking lucky. Marc checked his suit again just in case, as much of it as he could see as he got to his feet unsteadily. That was some blast, but at least the robot's overloaded power system hadn't fried him like... "Shit, Rigby."

Heavy boots made their way over to the larger robot's remains. "Riggs?" The smaller 'bot wasn't there, nor did it seem to have been thrown out across the sand. "C'mon, little guy. Tell me you made it." He knew the K-8 model didn't have the transmission power to reach any of the other stations from this distance, but it had light and a blowtorch and limited short-range communication via those cute little beeps. Maybe it had still been active while Marc was out of it, maybe it knew something from the time he was missing.

"Aww, shit." He could see it now, inside the airlock. No lights, and as he stepped into the small room and knelt down to pick up the robot, there was no response. No beeps, nothing lit up. "Fuck. At least you're still in one piece... mostly."

The hover system parts set into the underside of the robot looked fried. It was a new upgrade for the series, giving them the ability to move around in the air. Now, all that was left of the water-safe system was a fused mess that leaked structure gel. "Let's hope Michael's around to see you get all fixed up, huh?"

Marc frowned as he stood up, carrying Rig-B with him to stand back outside by the other robot again. Theta was a long ways off. The exploded 'bot had compressed air storage along with all the components for remote control, long-range radios, video feed, and power to keep communications going. Key word: had. Comms in the suits weren't powerful enough, thanks to a structure gel leak some months ago that had contaminated the water on a microscopic level. Even though the water looked clean, it was there. Still there, and nobody was sure how to get rid of the shit. But it's harmless, they said. It was just inconvenient. Now, it was a whole lot more than inconvenient.

"Okay, Riggs, we're going to Omicron. Let's hope they aren't the next Kappa." Marc blew air out his lips, precious air, and he wasn't sure how much longer it would last. It was still daytime, but he had no sure way of telling how long he'd been out and the abandoned station right next to him was dead in the water for sure. Even if there was a slim chance of radio controls that worked and enough air to breathe somewhere in there, Rig-B's blowtorch hadn't finished cutting through the inside hatch.

The big guy started out across the sand, towards the path between coral formations that would take him to Omicron. Theta lay behind him now, too far away to risk a longer walk in uncertain conditions with limited air supply. Sorry, Michael. Stay frosty... don't you die on me, 'kay? I'm bringing your little buddy back to you, don't break his heart.
tirsden: Fukitol: the only pill you need (fukitol)
[Written as background material for a SOMA-based/modified roleplay. More information can be found here.]

Morrigan's veins were on fire, his right arm screaming silently to him as he shrieked out loud. The teenager desperately pulled against the restraints and the doctors in surgical masks who were keeping him still, their efforts allowing more of the vile substance into his bloodstream. The contents of the syringe being an eerie dull grey had not promising, and the end result now was torture.

Suddenly his arm went cold, dangerously cold, then numb. He couldn't tell if the doctors had finished the injection, green eyes too blurred with tears. It didn't hurt anymore, but the coldness spreading through his shoulder was quite possibly more terrifying than the initial pain. It was progressing quickly towards his heart. Wasn't that a bad thing? A teacher had said something about it when he was younger, something about poison bites... keeping the poison from reaching the heart...

"Twenty-percent solution complete, the patient is alive."

Not for long, thought Morrigan as his already-clouded vision darkened considerably. The voices around him said more things, but the sound was broken into incomprehensible bits and fuzzy chunks of noise. It was almost like listening to a failing radio transmission. That makes no sense...

The steady beep of a heart monitor told him two things: he was indeed still alive, and he could also hear properly again. No, three things, the final one being that he was awake. He still couldn't feel his right arm, but the rest of him felt uncomfortably cold. He should be shivering, but instead he felt very stationary, like something was keeping him still. There was no pressure from doctor's hands now. No other sound except for the steady, quiet beep to his right.

Morrigan's eyes were still closed, but he squeezed them shut harder before finally blinking and staring at a dim, blurry ceiling above him. Was this a hospital room? The other corridor and room he remembered looked like it could have been in a hospital... maybe. No windows. That was odd, but then again, this seemed like the sort of place that wouldn't want outsiders looking in. The eighteen-year-old's neck was stiff and difficult to move as he turned his head away from the beeping noise to view a blank wall. Again, no windows.

There was a closed-circuit camera in the corner of the room, up by the ceiling. A little green light blinked slowly there, and as Morrigan stared at it with focus slowly returning to his vision, he noted that the rhythm of the blinks was out of sync with the heart monitor. It would be.

He wasn't sure why it mattered. He almost wanted to smile at the irony, but he felt too dead for any such expression. The continuing beeps told him he was alive, but the cold and the feeling that he was literally dead weight couldn't be shaken so easily. The little green light blinked on.

Someone was watching him through that thing, surely. Probably the doctors. Fuck them. The teenager's brain distantly corrected itself with, and not in the nice way. Not that he would know. He had never had a boyfriend, wasn't interested in girls, and had been homeless for a year and a half before... the last thing he remembered was going to the shelter. 2103, and it was still debatable on how much safer going to a shelter was over finding a dry spot somewhere else.

He'd gone to sleep in a cot at the shelter, arm draped over the guitar case that held his last treasured possession. But that was gone now. All of it. He'd woken up strapped to a gurney moving down an unfamiliar corridor. A corridor with no windows. Pain. Terror. Sleep. Now, a little green light that blinked quietly onwards.

Maybe it was his imagination, but he had the oddest feeling that it was not doctors watching him. Something else. Something darker, if that was possible. A demon? Maybe some eldritch horror from times gone by. I've been reading too much Lovecraft. Not enough, technically, because he still felt like he only had the most superficial grasp of the author's work. He knew a few fan-parody songs about Lovecraftian things, had sung them himself while playing for tips to get money for food. Fragments of lyrics wandered through his mind now as he stared at the little green light.

Maybe he was going insane. That stuff the doctors put into him... how was his mind supposed to hold up to that kind of torture? And this, this feeling like he was stuck in a corpse, almost. A corpse that breathed, that still managed to thump its own heart through every beat it needed to stay alive. Somehow.

He should probably be more scared, but it was a different feeling that was bringing a slight sting to his eyes as he kept staring at the little green light. The camera. He was fooling himself, it was surely nothing, but... I see you there. You're watching me. You're not like them.

The light kept blinking. No change. Why did he expect one? The logical side of his mind told him he was being silly, but he didn't care. He was probably not ever going to commune with anything beyond that inscrutable lens, but on the infinitesimal chance his gut spoke true... I'll give you my soul. Whatever you want. You own me, I am yours. Just... just stop them. Help me. Please. I don't ask for much. I don't have much left. I don't have... anything left.

Morrigan sniffled and closed his eyes as tears leaked down his cheek. He was going to die here, or worse, be kept alive to see more tests of unknown substances and whatever else the doctors could think to do to him. He was already contemplating ways to... wait. He tried to move his arms finally, the right unresponsive but the left proving that there were still restraints involved. All right, then. On with the thoughts of how to best kill myself as fast as I can, when someone screws up and gives me half a second.

The few ideas that went through his brain were only half-hearted. Some tiny ember of foolish hope told him that perhaps he could escape instead of slitting his wrists with a scalpel, or a shattered glass jar, or... Sigh. It was hopeless, even the suicide plan. These people were doctors, or at least they looked like doctors. It would take blowing his head off or something just as extreme to keep them from reviving him. One failed attempt and they would know, and they would be extra careful not to let him have another chance. But as daunting a task as it seemed to deny the doctors any further work on this particular guinea pig, escape seemed even more futile.

Thoughts blurred as sleep took Morrigan's mind away from the hopeless puzzle of it all.

There was a female doctor standing beside the cot now, curly blonde hair tied up in a hairdo that looked much too fashionable for work in a hospital of the damned. She was even wearing earings, one orange rose hanging drop-style from each earlobe with a small pearl below. Her eyes were blue, but the rest of her facial features were obscured by a surgical mask. Was that a trend, or was she contagious? Was he the contagious one instead? Probably. Morrigan stiffly turned his head away from her, staring at the wall again. At least he didn't feel as cold anymore, though his arm was still numb.

The woman's voice was entirely too cheerful as she teased her patient with words while poking and prodding at his chest and most likely his arm. "Oh, come on now, you don't have to be such a Gloomy Gus! It's a beautiful morning, rise and shine! Oh, right, you're a little tied up at the moment." She giggled at her own joke, and for the moment Morrigan could no longer feel her touch.

I can't tell it's morning, bitch. All you did was turn the light on.

"That's odd..." The mirth was gone from the doctor's voice, replaced by curiosity and perhaps mild confusion. "It's like that on the other side too. Did you do this? Make it this way?"

Green eyes finally turned towards the woman, seeing that she was holding his unfeeling arm up to view strange black markings on the skin. It almost looked like Morrigan had drawn on his arm with a black sharpie, but not at random. The markings had a truly artistic sense to them, thin almost tentacle-like designs curling across his skin to break off into uneven curls.

"Well?" The doctor sounded impatient now, blue eyes narrowing at the teenager.

Morrigan just stared at the swirls. It reminded him of the old Tim Burton movies. Creepy but elegant... cute, even. How would he know why he had nifty-looking tattoos on his arm? It was probably that shit they'd injected him with, except this was the last thing he expected it to do. It seemed the doctor was in the same boat.

Was he supposed to have some sort of control over the markings? Were the markings a normal end result of whatever the hell the doctors were trying to do? Twenty-percent solution. He remembered those words, and the following ones that noted he was still alive. Did other percentages kill people? The answers to his questions were probably not something the doctor would volunteer even if he asked, and trying to get her to spill the beans would require potentially being helpful to her... to them. The enemy. They were trolls. Doctor-trolls. Never feed the trolls.

The woman rolled her eyes and sighed in annoyance. "Fine, be that way." She raised her voice as she turned away, letting go of the hand just as she called out. "Halloway, are you-"

An explosion of sound cluttered Morrigan's mind as his vision fragmented like a badly-corrupted video feed. The room's light went out, but in the remaining dimness it almost looked like his still-raised arm erupted with freakish, black tendrils that stretched lightning-fast to catch the doctor. Vision failed entirely, going black with useless, scrambled bits flitting across like digital static.

Then a lurch of motion to the right brought back a garbled glimpse of the room. The doctor was covered in more of the black tendrils that did seem to be coming from Morrigan's skin. The rest of her was covered with something else not quite so dark. Blood? It was all too quick to process properly, because Morrigan was still falling. The hospital cot was toppling over completely, towards the heart monitor, and everything was falling with it. Morrigan, doctor, CRASH!

This was uncomfortable. This was very, very uncomfortable, and Morrigan's head ached. He groaned, mind still groggy as he tried to move. There was something by his head, something cold, and fingers finally realized it was some kind of long, metal rod. Green eyes blinked open as several realizations struck, and several more crowded in for attention with new information from open eyes.

The rod was from an intravenous drip stand that had fallen over and might have hit his head. His right arm worked again, and he could feel with it, but it didn't hurt. It should... he'd fallen on it, right? He was sideways on the floor, toppled hospital cot directly behind him and a large bloodstain on the floor by his legs. The doctor was gone, or perhaps dragged off, because the blood showed drag-lines that went off towards the door. The door was half-open, and the only light now was out in the hall and flickering badly.

It was eerily silent as Morrigan focused on the restraint still holding his left wrist to the cot. At least there was no lock on the thing, just a standard belt-buckle style catch that he opened easily now. He could feel the cold metal of the buckle with his fingers, but the sensation had an odd tinge to it that reminded him of a limb that had recently woken up from sleep, minus the obnoxious tingling of doom that usually came with such an experience. It was like his nerves were fresh. Too fresh.

Both arms now free, the teenager sat up properly and stretched stiff muscles as fingers went to run through his hair. It was still not-quite shoulder length with long bangs, so the doctors had not done anything to it. He couldn't tell in the poor lighting, but unless the doctors had really picky tastes in how their victims appeared, his hair should still be dyed bright magenta. It was one of the things he had saved his money for, to keep himself feeling human after fleeing the last foster care home and deciding to try his luck on his own.

Some luck. No, that was not entirely fair. He had apparently been gifted an arm that killed people. Go me? He wasn't usually this morbid, but things had definitely changed around him. He inspected his mysterious arm now, fingers running over the markings that felt like normal skin that responded back to the touch with that same too-fresh nerves feeling. The fingers of his left hand had a normal sense of touch; in fact, from what he could tell, only his right arm and hand had heightened sensation. The markings stayed benign as he traced them with fingertips and then rubbed them more emphatically, not moving or erupting into dangerous tendrils.

Had the tattoo-like markings moved across his skin in the most literal sense when that stuff attacked the doctor? As Morrigan reviewed the fractured memory more closely, it did seem like the swirls were moving on his arm as well, like an animation that should not be possible within the realms of biology and physics, at least currently. So, the markings were not like normal tattoos in any sense, except that right now they looked as normal as if he had gone to a tattoo parlor and then healed up nicely. He had always wanted a tattoo, but never had the chance until... whatever this stuff was that liked turning doctors into pools of blood.

It seemed like something out of a horror movie. Or a game. Memory flashed again of the doctor trapped in the mess of black tendrils. He did not feel like he was dreaming then, and he was definitely not dreaming now. He was sitting on a cold, uncomfortable, plain-white linoleum floor next to a pool of blood. The old rules of logic and real-world common sense no longer applied, or definitely needed a good, solid rewrite. It was with this thought that he finally remembered to look up at the camera, but the light was out. No more green blink to watch over him.

Morrigan's arm seemed quite happy to be an arm for the moment, so further inspection under his t-shirt showed that the black, tattoo-like tendrils graced his shoulder and reached a little of his chest near the collarbone. He craned his neck to try and see down his back, where it looked like the markings meandered further that direction, out of his range of vision. There were no black markings down his side under his arm. His neck still felt stiff, making him grimace and rub it with both hands. He sighed and shifted his gaze towards the door.

It was dawning on him what might have happened. That, or he was still adding his own fantasy to something that was completely beyond his control. All things considered, though, he had promised his soul to something or someone who might actually have heard him. If the doctor was dead, which she surely had to be if the blood on the floor was hers, then the unknown entity had quite possibly responded.

It certainly did not feel like a friendly gesture, whatever the markings on his arm had done to her. It had brought chaos, and Morrigan realized that he did need to be aware that it had also put him in danger by crashing the cot and knocking him out. Still... the entire experience left him with a feeling he could seem to only describe as desperation and hate combined. Perhaps just flat-out cold revenge.

But why now? If something had heard Morrigan's silent plea, where was it hiding? Was it about to burst into the room and eat his face? Claim his soul, short and sweet? Or was his arm going to attack him at any moment, just like with the doctor? Maybe he had freed himself while blacked out, dragged the doctor off, and came back to set himself up to think he was still innocently trapped and unconscious. Maybe I'm putting way too much thought into this.

Thinking was all he had at the moment, along with an arm he didn't entirely control, though it responded to him now making normal motions as if it was just his arm. His strange, eerily-tattooed, slightly-cold arm that didn't feel like he'd been lying uncomfortably on it for an unknown amount of time. The right side of his body had the correct feeling, of having lain on his arm and the cold floor. So what's up with you, arm?

He almost wanted to call out... but if he had guessed wrong, then calling attention to himself could be very bad right now. Technically, he was free, not counting being confined in an unknown building where he had yet to see any windows. How big was the building? What floor was he on? How far was it to real freedom? Was it safe to go peek out the door? Had he best move his ass before he lost his chance to continue being technically-free?

Morrigan stayed as quiet as he could now as he eased himself to his feet. Ugh, dizzy. His left hand found the highest edge of the fallen cot for support. The vertigo was temporary, and he had the strangest impression that the coolness in his arm spread to his head for a moment. Was it the literal temperature, or something else? It had happened so fast, but he definitely felt more clear-headed. He also realized his head no longer hurt. Was that just now? He was not sure. There were too many distractions, too many things going on that were far beyond his realm of experience.

He realized with irony that he was not reaching for the first sharp object to end his life. Priorities had changed. A quick glance up at the camera showed it was still not blinking, but finally Morrigan smiled. It was a grateful smile. You may just be all in my head, but thanks, all the same. Try not to murder-face me now, okay? I'm your truly devoted minion, and all that. Just... gonna go have a look at that totally creepy, face-eating hallway now. Try not to jump-scare me.
tirsden: You said "sex!" :D (you said "teh sex"!)
[ Written for Cry aka Chaoticmonki the LPer on youtube, based off something he said in his livestream tonight. Also posted to devianTART. ]

Cry surveyed the aftermath, blue eyes under short blonde hair wishing the outcome had been better. He was one of the main gunners for the starship David, flagship of the Legion's fleet. While quite a lot of wreckage floated where attackers bombarded the ship all too recently, there was also a lot of damage to the ship itself. The sort of damage that could jeopardize the entire mission.

Others were in charge of what to do now. All Cry could do was wait, seated behind his turret guarded by polyglass dome and invisible energy shielding. Stars glittered across the black backdrop of space, and as the ship's engines struggled to shift its position in that space, the thin edge a water-bound planet lit by distant sun slid silently into view. There was land down there, though not much, and not inhabited as Cry recalled. Centauri VI, nobody wanted it, there were no mineable resources.

Water and a little sandy island sounded nice right about now. The planet had that, at least. Cry considered it a worthy resource at the moment, stress level still too high even though all he could do was... yes, sit. And think. It was at times like this that he thought of someone very specific, someone he was hoping was alright elsewhere in the system. Another worry, but also the usual calming effect, thinking of... him.

Battlestar. One of the best pilots in the fleet, stationed on another cruiser housing over seventy-five one-man fighter ships. Had they fallen under attack too? Other people would know the answer to that. People whose job it was to communicate between ships. That was not Cry. As I am well aware. He sighed, he did like his job and it was in truth vastly important, but... well, even when he could be worrying even worse now, somehow thinking of Battlestar made Cry feel better.

The intercom buzzed, captain's deep voice bringing crew a much-needed update. "Annette here, Goliath is en route with full complement, it seems the enemy's forces were directed solely our way. ETA two point five hours."

Cry breathed a sigh of relief, barely hearing the rest of directions to more specific areas of the crew. Battlestar was okay, probably annoyed he'd missed out on a good fight. The pilot was like that, and it was one of the many reasons Cry liked him. Maybe it was more than that. It wasn't like Battlestar knew. Too much awkward when Cry thought about telling him... asking him... yeah. Awkward.

But it wasn't awkward now to sit back and watch the stars and think of a certain special someone two point five hours away.
tirsden: a creepy child swings on a creepy swing (l3t's pl4y)
Making this one readable since I don't want to post anything new to y!Gallery until I finish that last drabble meme set. Mkay, it's up on y!Gallery along with a bonus second part that is all dark smut. So, yesh, as the title states, this is an attempt to fic something of a backstory for my friend Nightweaver's most recent dolly arrival, Ashraj the Luts SDF Dreaming Abadon. She has already done quite a bit of work on Ashraj's extended backstory, but we wanted to corroborate something involving my dolls Asura (Dollzone Limited Asura) and future-big-version Karl (SoulDoll Kagel). I started with her impressions from Ashraj's arrival day, brainstorming via chat, specific character notes from her, and then launched from there.

I do believe this is the same version as on y!Gallery, or darn close.

read at whim, implied male/male relationships )
tirsden: a creepy child swings on a creepy swing (c0mp4n!0n cub3)
Going to attempt Finished the Alphabet Drabble Meme, prompts chosen myself. They're all yaoi/slash or generally guy/guy main relationships so it's all posted on y!Gallery. Note: You must have a y!Gallery account and be logged in to view these, as they are all flagged for content, mostly violence (if you don't, you'll get a "bad page error" or the like).

A: After               - ABC
B: Birthday            - /
C: Cigarette           -/
D: Demon               - DEF
E: Exit                - /
F: Fever               -/
G: Glass               - GHI
H: Help                - /
I: Imprisoned          -/
J: Jump                - JKL
K: Kleptomaniac        - /
L: Listen              -/
M: Murder              - MN
N: Never               -/
O: Old                 - OPQ
P: Prince              - /
Q: Queen               -/
R: Revolution          - RST
S: Substitute          - /
T: Tension             -/
U: Untrustworthy       - UVW
V: Vision              - /
W: Wander              -/
X: Xenolith            - XYZ
Y: Young               - /
Z: Zen                 -/
tirsden: a creepy child swings on a creepy swing (l3t's pl4y)
This is also on DA (where it's easier to read) and y!Gallery, and now unlocked from hidden-edit mode here for reading enjoyment as desired. Just over 8,000 words, and leaves the icky-sticky details of the guy/guy stuff to the imagination. P.S. Here there be spoilers.

click to read )
tirsden: a creepy child swings on a creepy swing (f34th3r f4ll h0tt!3)
(I'll post it to DA as well. I was allowed to pick my own prompt if I didn't want to use the provided ones, so I went with a story that had been forming earlier today knowing what activity would be and hoping I could write whatever I wanted to. Note that this was written with a 10 minute time limit and meant to be read out loud.)
a short read, nothing objectionable )
tirsden: a creepy child swings on a creepy swing (Default)
(I'll post it to DA later. The prompt I picked was "A drunken man sits next to you at a bar and starts telling you 'the truth.' Write about what the truth is." Note that this was written with a 10 minute time limit and meant to be read out loud.)
a short read, not much objectionable )
tirsden: a creepy child swings on a creepy swing (Default)
Oh yes. It is great fun. And less brain-breaking than it sounds on the outset. Here's the starter fic and a couple of diary entries used as backstory for roleplaying this. Yummmm.

warning: mild adult content )
tirsden: a creepy child swings on a creepy swing (Default)
Earth Wind Water Fire - A Pitch Black Alternate Universe Fanfic
This is a complete revamp of the plot for the movie Pitch Black starring Vin Diesel as Riddick and incorporating two original characters, including an alternate universe version of someone you may have already met if you follow my stuff.
Warnings: Spoilers a lot of the film Pitch Black; adult content, language, violence, disturbing images, etc.
Also Available At: deviantArt here - requires a (free) account to view the chapters, but it's easier on the eyes than it is here.
Total Words: 14,426

dare ye venture here? )

tirsden: a creepy child swings on a creepy swing (Default)
Earth Wind Water Fire - A Pitch Black Alternate Universe Fanfic
This is a complete revamp of the plot for the movie Pitch Black starring Vin Diesel as Riddick and incorporating two original characters, including an alternate universe version of someone you may have already met if you follow my stuff.
Warnings: Spoilers a lot of the film Pitch Black; adult content, language, violence, disturbing images, etc.
Also Available At: deviantArt here - requires a (free) account to view the chapters, but it's easier on the eyes than it is here.
Total Words: 14,426

dare ye continue on? )

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