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Shining Light: A Time of Heroes Thread 2 - Hopes and Dreams The Prince of Stories!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41552420[View All]

#Ask/Invite #Canon: Lost Light Universe #Era: Shining Light #Superheroes #IC

>it is a realm beyond rational knowledge, beyond any mortal concept of space or time

>it is a place with only the vaguest concept of form, ever-changing as if on the whims of an artist
>it is the home to all manner of creatures, great and small, innocent and frightening, all as random and incoherent as the land itself
>it is a place none can reach of their own free will, and yet all have been there
>from the mightiest of overlords, to the most inconsequential of paupers
>from the kindest, to the cruelest, and all in-between
>from the most complicated of beings whose thoughts concern whole galaxies, to the most simple who can just barely form a thought
>and even you have been there before
>you would not recall it very well, for it hangs just on the edges of your memory, but when you fell into a deep sleep, you were there
>for it is the Land of the Dreaming

>like all lands, this one has a creator, and a ruler

>this ruler lives in a castle of his own making, all at once crystalline and stone, spectacular and inviting, while cold and haunting
>in this castle, the ruler governs his land and his people - which includes all those who enter it
>he is a quiet, reclusive ruler - respected, but feared
>for few can understand what goes through his eternal, ageless mind, as his desires are simple, while his dedication to his work is unprecedented
>but what would a being such as him do when there is no work to be done?

>often, he reflects on what he has done, for a being as eternal as he has done very much

>he reflects on love lost, on acts both selfish and selfless, on what it means to engage with mortals whose lives end so quickly, on his presence in their lives and their views of him
>and he often ponders on what his future holds, for even a being as old as he will one day reach his end, and what meaning his actions will have when that time comes
>but for today, he decides to pursue one of his favourite hobbies
>he reads

>in his castle is a most special library

>within its endless halls are every book ever written, from the most popular and largely known, to the most obscure and rarely-seen, and even those forever lost to the sands of time
>it also contains the tomes that will be written, whether as early as tomorrow, or as far away as the end of all things
>and it contains the stories that have never been written, that will never come to be, and remain in the minds of their creators, with pen never having been put to page
>for what is a story but an idea someone first created in their mind?
>and what is an idea but a dream that simply took form?

>in this library, he idly picks up a single book

>it is the second volume of an ongoing tale, its end not yet come to pass
>it is both a simple and complicated story
>it is a tale of heroes and villains, and their opposing ideologies clashing in a never-ending struggle
>it is a tale of love, of life, of growth and learning
>it is a tale of happiness, sorrow, anger, and fear
>it is a tale that has been told many times before, and will be told many times since
>and yet, he reads it all the same, and takes no less enjoyment out of it
>for all stories are precious, and are worth telling and reading, as they all mean something special to someone

>he is the Prince of Stories and Ideas

>he is the ruler of the Land of the Dreaming
>he has gone by many names, but you may know him simply as the Sandman
>and like you, he enjoys a good story
>perhaps you will enjoy this one too


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Well, nice to meetcha, Danny! My name’s Felicia! wait, I already said that. I’d offer to shake your hand or something, but I’m pretty sure I’d sink if I did that, and also you don’t have hands. But you can pretend I shook your hand in spirit!

>Felicia actually fell silent for a few merciful seconds, lazily drifting in a circle around Danny as she thought over the explanation he’d given of his powers.

Sooo, you’re not just a head? The rest of your body is all spread out in the rest of the water? That’s pretty neat, I wish I could do weird stuff like that. I can’t really do anything that special, pretty much just regular ol’ demon stuff.

Stronger’n normal, harder to hurt’n normal, big pointy teeth, apparently I’m probably supposed to be real good at magic stuff, but I haven’t really started studying that stuff yet, y’kn- heeeeeeey! Wait a second!

>Felicia abruptly righted herself again in the water, turning to face Danny with a mild glare – one born less out of genuine anger than mild irritation.

If you’re the water, that means you’re the one who pushed me out of the pool a minute ago! And that means - !

>rather than continuing to tread water, Felicia’s body suddenly went rigid as if she were standing on solid ground, with her hands indignantly on her hips.

- you touched my butt, you jerk!

>considering that she’d stopped moving, it didn’t take long for Felicia to quickly slip back under the surface of the water, still maintaining eye contact even as she sank. she only barely seemed to realize that she was even underwater long enough to push herself back to the surface to speak again.

- And you didn’t even ask first! I would’a let you if you’d just asked! I know I’m cute and all, but have some patience, sheesh!

Brooke Deans!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553378

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>Brooke glanced behind her, gaining a more apologetic look to her
O-Oh, Ah'm... terribly sorry!

Ah nevuh even considered how hard it must be t' have to deal with that...

>"What would they approve of..."


>Brooke asked, a bit curious over what gave Kashvi pause just then

>most of the Disney conversation flew past her; she hadn't thought about DIsney in years, so-
>"I'm going to become a Super Hero."
>Brooke blinked, pausing for a brief second as she looked over to Kari
>sure, never judge a book by its cover and all, but... boy, could she not see this girl survive long at all
>or... well, she technically didn't survive already... but she knew what she meant!
>well, whatever; that wasn't her problem
>but Brooke still had to react, so:
Oh mah stars!
>with giddy excitement, Brooke suddenly left Chris and Kashvi's side and ran right up to Kari
>throwing all manner of "personal space" out the window to give the other girl a big soapy hug
That's so brave of you, Kari~!

A-Aren't you scared though!? A-Ah mean, Ah'd thought about it mahself, of course, but Ah always get so nervous!

>her lazy grin grew a bit up at the redhead

To be able to say that so confidently; ha-haaah~! Ah'm kahnda jealous!
>letting go of Kari, she gave her an encouraging fist pump
Ah just know you'll do great~!

Danny Rogers!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553380

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>once again, Danny had to mull over what Felicia was saying before he could respond, given there was so much to go over
>and that he was still concentrating on getting his form back
>Felicia being a literal demon was one thing, surprising but something he'd gotten used to
>considering all the stories about Surprise and all
>he was more baffled at how she responded to him moving the water around her like he did, now staring at her with a disbelieving expression

<"...it took her that long to get it?"

>not to mention he technically touched more than just her butt

...Ah was tryin' ta get ya out of th' pool - an' by extension, me - without causin' ya much embarrassment.

>though a) that seemed like a rather foolish way to do that, and b) clearly Felicia was not the type to understand embarrassment

...if it helps, Ah didn' feel much.

>that probably wouldn't help

Crowley Mackenzie!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553382

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>the past month or so had been rather quiet for Crowley, which was good since it gave him some time to recover
>his burn scars had fully healed and were actually fading a bit by this point, much to his relief
>things were going on at the Sphinx at a sedate enough pace that he felt at ease, given there weren't exactly many customers in the post-Christmas season
>things had also certainly...progressed with Bianca, so that made Valentine's Day both stressful to prepare for, and...rewarding in the end
>and having a dog in the house was a bit of an adjustment, but with both Bianca and Celia helping out, it was a relatively smooth transition
>so all in all, things were going good for Crowley

>except for one thing, of course

>in all that time, Whisper still hadn't returned
>Crowley had done his best to find them, or coax them out of what he perceived was their hiding place
>but despite his best efforts, Whisper was still in hiding, and he wasn't sure what he could do to fix that
>he was almost starting to think that this was it; his time as Whisper the superhero was over, and he'd just have to adjust to a normal life
>and yet strangely, whenever he had that thought, he got the feeling that someone was watching him at that moment, even if he was somewhere closed off at home
>whatever that meant, Crowley hadn't totally given up yet, though it was getting harder to find places he hadn't already checked

>today wasn't so stressful, though

>he had just finished up at the Sphinx again, and shortly after he got home, he and his faithful dog were back out on the streets for a walk
>getting her into the collar and leash was a bit of a struggle the first time, and he had to make sure she understood he wasn't going to take her anywhere she didn't want to go
>at least, not then, given they should probably take her to see a vet soon
>but after that things went smoothly enough, and Crowley made it a point to walk her himself whenever he could
>so they trekked down the snow-covered streets of Arkham, a cold wind still blowing through the air, winter still keeping its icy grip on the town as a whole
>Crowley gave a small shiver as they walked past the Sphinx, then looked down at his faithful companion, opting to check on her despite the fur meant to keep her warm

You doing OK, Betty?

Betty!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553383

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>ever the obedient assassin-dog, walking "Betty" wasn't a very stressful task to undertake after those first few times
>a collar was clearly an unfamiliar sensation to her at first, and she seemed to cower before the leash a few times when she was first introduced to it
>but with enough patience and understanding from her owner's part, Betty soon came to accept, and even appreciate, these walks around the town of Arkham
>she'd walk right alongside Crowley, very rarely trying to push ahead of him, or tug against the collar
>the only times Crowley would need to were when she got distracted with the usual dog things (spotting a bird; yummy smells coming from nearby tables; a particularly sniff-worthy street corner; etc.), but beyond that, it was very easy to see just how obedient the dog was
>something almost everyone who'd stop to pet her would comment on, especially given how Crowley was the one walking this dog who was almost as long as he was tall, and probably heavier

>the wind and snow did little to deter her enjoyment of spending time with her owner

>at the sound of his voice, she simply looked up at him with a light twitch of her single ear
>her pace slowed down just a bit for a short moment, as if misunderstanding the question for a request to walk closer to him


>but then, she stopped

>her ear stood up, her entire body standing in attention
>she quickly scanned the area, turning her head from side to side, clearly on the lookout for something
>her posture changed with the growl at seemingly nothing
>she curled up slightly, ear flattening backwards as she almost-crawled closer to Crowley's feet
>she was still looking all around her, a faint whimper leaving her throat, mixed in with her attempts at intimidating growling
Grrrrr...! Rrrrrgh...

Crowley Mackenzie!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553384

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>Crowley watched Betty stare back up at him, a tad befuddled himself

>times like these, he really wondered what went through her head
>he knew she was smarter than the average dog, so she clearly must've been thinking about something, he just couldn't fathom what
>if only she could talk...

>though her inching closer to him while suddenly growling at seemingly nothing was a clear enough sign


>he knelt closer to her as she looked all around, quickly growing concerned as he could tell she was more alarmed than anything else

Betty, what's the matter?

Do you smell something? What is it?

Betty & Hurst!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553385

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>Betty's eye suddenly widened, and she suddenly sprung towards Crowley
>with all the leg power she could muster, she'd headbutt him away from her as far as she could before-
>a loud whimper left the dog as the fireball collided against her side, sending her tumbling out into the street
>she flailed, both from the burns as well as the slippery street, still loudly whimpering as she tried to get back onto her feet

>and then-

>several parked cars exploded around the street, as the silvery ooze that sprayed the floor erupted into walls of flames
>the crowd panicked, quickly running as far away from the fires and chaos as they could

>and descending from a rooftop with the use of his Stand, "Canned Heat", was the man behind the raging inferno

>he landed on the opposite sidewalk, calmly walking to the road where Betty still squirmed in pain

You dishonor your masters with your failure to do your mission, and now you spit on them by groveling before the enemy of your God!?
>he growled towards the dog as she managed to slowly climb up onto her paws
>only for her to suddenly yelp, Hurst's foot colliding against her side to kick her back towards the sidewalk

Crowley Mackenzie!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553386

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>Crowley had no time to prepare for any of this

>he could only wonder why Betty had tackled him for a second, before he saw the flash of fire and heard her yelp in pain
>and then the cars started exploding, Crowley landing on the pavement just as they started going off, causing him to flinch with each one
>he quickly hurried back up to his feet, not knowing what just happened, running back out to where he was previously, now panicked over what could've happened to Betty
>only to see who was now moving towards her, and quickly putting everything together


>for just a moment, Crowley hesitated

>without Whisper around, he didn't have any chance of standing up to him
>Hurst would annihilate him in an instant if he wanted to
>what good could he do on his own?


>and then he kicked his dog

>now not even the forces of Hell itself were going to stop him, as he was already running right for Hurst as fast as he could, beside himself with rage


>and he just kept running, trying to throw his entire weight behind him as he charged right at Hurst, intending to tackle him away from Betty

Betty & Hurst!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553387

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>Crowley's tackle would, unfortunately, never meet its target
>the much larger Hurst coiled his fingers into a solid fist; one that was aimed straight at Crowley's jaw as he blindly rushed towards him
>with a low grunt and a scoff, Hurst watched between the two, but focused primarily on Crowley with disgust
What do you wait for? Summon whatever powers you possess!

What redemption could I hope to achieve by killing but a mere child!?

>grabbing hold of his the clothes covering his torso, he would swiftly tear them off as if they were made of mere paper

THIS IS OUR FINAL STAND, WHISPER! Are to deny me glory before the eyes of the Lord!?

Then I shall gladly become a sinner to fulfill his desire! CANNED HEAT!
>the Stand emerged behind its User, launching a slimy arm towards Crowley to swat at him

Crowley Mackenzie!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553388

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>Crowley was obviously unprepared for Hurst's punch to the jaw, falling back onto the sidewalk as he had to deal with the pain shooting through his mouth

>or he would, if he wasn't already pushing himself back up to just get at Hurst all the faster
>he was already preparing to rush him again, only for Canned Heat to hit his other cheek with a wet slap, sending him stumbling the other way
>he knew that meant he was seconds away from ending up covered in flames, without Whisper to protect him this time
>but he was just so angry he couldn't bring himself to care

You think I care at all about your "redemption"?!

>he whipped back to face Hurst and charged again, this time swinging a wild fist as he approached, just wanting to hit him somewhere

Betty & Hurst!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553389

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>Crowley's hand would meet against the slimy body of Canned Heat, not even a flinch coming from the Stand
>the ooze then clenched around Crowley's hand, holding him place as Hurst took a step closer to Crowley
No... I suppose you wouldn't...
>he then reached forward, gripping onto Crowley's collar
>and swiftly delivering another closed fist directly at face
>and another
>and another
>and another
>and another

Crowley Mackenzie!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553390

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>Crowley probably should've expected that punch wouldn't land, only realizing it after the fact
>he looked at it as it sank into Canned Heat's body for just a moment, before the first punch from Hurst landed



>Crowley's head snapped back, reeling forward again out of reflex



>and again it swung back, the impact to his jaw worsening the pre-existing pain



>this time he could swear something broke

>his nose?
>his jaw?



>his nose the first time, now he could feel it

>since the fourth punch had definitely dislodged a tooth



>that last one definitely left him reeling

>he heard this odd ringing sound in his one ear, and his vision was a bit blurry
>maybe he had a black eye now, he couldn't tell
>his legs wobbled, and his feet started to slip out from under him
>but he used what little mental strength he had to stand his ground, grunting in pain as he slowly lifted his head again
>he couldn't see Hurst very well, but he was still conscious enough to shoot him a venomous glare, for the moment unable to do much else

Betty & Hurst!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553391

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>Hurst let out a frustrated growl at Crowley display of defiance
Why won't you-
>but before he could send another fist down onto the boy, a large black mass jumped between Hurst and Crowley
>the much heavier Betty collided against Hurst, her sharp teeth digging into his arm's flesh and striking the bone beneath
>Hurst let go of Crowley, falling onto his back with a loud howl of pain
>he punched Betty once, then twice straight on the head with his free hand
>the blows quickly did their work, forcing the dog to fall onto the pavement once more with another shrill whimper
>Hurst sat up and rolled onto his knees, his eyes nearly glazed over with sheer anger, as he brought down another flurry of punches onto the dog's head, sandwiched between his fists and the road

Crowley Mackenzie!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553392

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>Crowley staggered once Hurst had let him go, his knees wobbling again, and for a moment or two he couldn't quite understand what was happening around him
>his ear was still ringing from the blows to his head, but one of them was still able to hear Hurst cursing in pain and anger
>and even with his blurry vision, he was able to turn and see him wailing on Betty again


>he ran towards them again, unaware that as he moved, a certain puddle of black goo had managed to sneak onto the scene

>as he ran, the goo lunged forward, latching onto his leg and already starting to crawl up his skin
>but because he was too dazed or too angry, he didn't notice, and instead swung his other leg to try and kick Hurst in the head so he'd get off of his dog

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>seeing the boy approach him from the corner of his eye, Hurst let out another growl
>his hand reached out to grab Crowley's leg just as it was swung
>but once he realized the leg wasn't stopping, it was too late to do anything
>Crowley's foot connected cleanly with Hurst's face and jaw, lifting him off the pavement
>flying a good couple of feet backwards, he tumbled to the floor like a rag doll, gasping and coughing from a jaw he couldn't quite yet pin down was broken or not

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>Crowley stumbled a bit after the kick landed, still woozy from all the blows to the head, though he watched as Hurst crumpled to the ground nearby
>the urge to rush after him was very strong right then
>he wanted to just pounce on him and keep wailing on him, just unleash every bit of anger, resentment, and guilt that he had built up over this whole ordeal
>he had to actually force himself to listen to the whimpering that Betty was making beneath him, just to not do that
>he let out a few huffs of breath, the adrenaline wearing down, as he turned to where Betty was laying
>and soon knelt down beside her, his anger dissipating and worry taking control again


Betty, can you hear me?!

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>the dog quietly whimpered as Crowley talked to her
>her eye was clearly hurt, along with all the bun marks on her body, but she still tried to move
>rolling slightly onto her stomach, she craned her neck as best she could, giving a weak lick at Crowley's bruised face

>meanwhile, Hurst let out another growl as he slowly and somewhat awkwardly pushed himself to his feet

>but then... he let out a quiet laugh
F-Finally... you show yourself...

Was that all it took then, Whisper!?
>he suddenly turned to Crowley, a wide grin stretched on his face
Need I only to harm such foul beasts for you to take notice of me!?

>the Stand reemerged behind the Blade
>it brought both hands together, slamming them into a growing bubble of silver ooze
>the Stand then launched the bubble straight towards Crowley and Betty


>only to be intercepted by the large red face of Betty's Stand, Wehrmacht
>but given the state of its User, the imposing tank was clearly badly damaged itself, and only barely still functional

Crowley Mackenzie!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553398

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>Crowley's concern only grew as he got a proper look at Betty, the burn marks sticking out to him in particular
>he couldn't help but feel a fresh surge of guilt over this, over how this could've been avoided if he and Whisper just stopped Hurst sooner
>he felt the lick on his cheek, leaning closer and gently petting the top of Betty's head

It's OK girl...I'll get you out of here soon, just take it easy...

>a naive promise, but one he fully meant all the same

>Hurst's voice broke his line of focus, and as he looked over to him, his anger came back all at once

>he flinched when Betty's Stand came out to protect them, but that surprise was quickly gone
>unable to think or plan, he got up from where he was kneeling and rushed at Hurst again, ignoring the blood pouring from his nose, the pain shooting through his jaw, or the ringing in his ear
>he could see Hurst ahead and he had to get him

I don't want to hear any more of your garbage, Hurst!

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>Hurst laughed once more, watching as Crowley charged blindly at him once more
>the Stand twisted behind Hurst, launching several streaks of silver ooze towards the floor
>with a simple snap of his fingers, the ooze lit up into more walls of fire, increasing the heat around them

>he swung a fist forwards at Crowley with as much strength as he could muster

Crowley Mackenzie!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553401

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>Crowley halted in his movement once the fire shot up, surprised for a second
>which allowed enough time for Hurst to get in another punch, this one staggering him back again
>he groaned at first, his head feeling foggy, a feeling he tried to shake off
>he then felt something roll around in his mouth, and he held his hand out and spat into it
>he blinked a couple of times, not quite able to understand that he was staring at his own bloody tooth
>but he tried again to shake the dazed feeling away, throwing his tooth on the ground and turning to Hurst again

You...you come out here...you destroy parts of this town...you put people's lives at risk...you hurt Betty...

>he wiped at his bloody mouth, sucking in wind through the pain shooting through his face

And you have the nerve...to talk about judgment...?

>his fists clench, and he raises his head and wildly swings at Hurst again

What gives you the right?!

>however, his vision had blurred considerably, and while he thought he swung at Hurst, he actually missed him by a slight amount, slipping past him

>undeterred, he kept shouting at him

What makes you think you can judge anyone?!

>he then spun and swung again, his fist swinging past Hurst's nose

You care nothing for other people's lives! How dare you try and judge them for their sins?!

>he moved forward and swung again, but again stumbled and missed

You...! You...!

>Crowley kept swinging wildly, but between his blurred vision and nearly choking on his anger, he was quickly losing the ability to speak as well

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>Crowley's blindly thrown punches were very simple to dodge for one like Hurst
>and after a while, he hardly even needed to try at all
>the grin on his face slowly vanished, looking down at his foe with increasing disgust

My "right" comes from the force beyond either of us, child!

>he reached froward, grabbing a hold of Crowley's collar once more

My right-
>he swung a fist directly at his stomach
-is that of GOD's-
>another one at his jaw
>he then gripped Crowley's robes with both hands, lifting his knee straight at Crowley's gut
What do you know of such things, child!?

I have gazed into the face of God, and He smiled at me!

He took me from a life of aimless wandering and sin; chose me to carry out His work; personally visited me on this forsaken hellhole to whisper His words of infinite love and wisdom to ME!

>he pulled Crowley closer to him, lifting him off the ground from his robes as he glared into his eyes

You, a heathen, doubt my right. But I? I have no doubts.

For what else could it mean that GOD HIMSELF saw fit to grace me with his touch, his voice, his mere presence!

It means that I am His chosen! It means that I am His favored! IT MEANS THAT I AM HIS MESSIAH, BROUGHT HERE TO CAST HIS JUDGMENT UPON ALL OF YOU!
>Canned Heat loomed above Hurst and Crowley, reached down at the boy with its hand
You will be the first to burn, Whisper...

Such is His will. Such is mine.

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>Crowley had no way to defend himself from what was coming
>he let out a short oonf at the punch to the gut, the impact only serving to daze him again
>then his head reeled back from the punch to the jaw, not sure if something was broken, but certainly feeling like there was
>and then came the knee to the gut


>he doubled over at this, all the wind knocked out of him, slumping down even as Hurst held him in his grip

>and even though his sight and hearing was muddled, he could hear Hurst's shouting, see his face as he was hefted up to his eye level
>he could hear the blasphemous words come from his mouth, and not even for an instant was Crowley in doubt
>he believed in a kinder God, in a Messiah who would lead people to prosperity and Paradise, not disperse cruelty to those He saw fit
>even as he felt his energy leave him, he believed in his heart in this
>so even as Hurst prepared for the final blow, Crowley wouldn't let that stand


>it was a small bit of blood that flew from Crowley's mouth, hitting Hurst's cheek

>but if that wasn't enough of a statement on how he felt, Hurst would hear him manage to get out:

You...are no...Messiah...

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>the blood spat on his cheek was nearly enough to send Hurst into another fit of rage
>but instead, he simply threw Crowley into the pavement
>Canned Heat's silver hand then oozed, cutting itself off of its arm to splat onto Crowley's body
Soon, you will meet God.

Perhaps He will deign you worthy of the truth before casting you into the pit...
>raising his hand, he held his fingers close to each other
I almost envy you for that.


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>as Crowley fell to the ground, a part of him thought that this was it
>he was done for
>as Hurst said, much to his dismay, he was going to meet his God
>but a far louder part of his brain wouldn't even let him start to feel regret over who he was leaving behind, instead shouting at him to get up
>if he didn't get up now, Hurst wasn't going to stop
>Bianca, Ana, Sooth, Kasumi, Celia, Angelica, Bonnie, Betty, Deedee
>everyone he knew and cared about was going to die, and he had to move and stop Hurst right now
>even as that silver goo dripped onto his body, he struggled to get back up, that voice still urging him to move
>in fact, that voice was starting to sound familiar...




>Crowley's eyes shot open as the flames erupted on his chest, but only for a second

>for a mass of black quickly came around the flames, shielding his body from the deadly fire
>even while he heard that inhuman scream echoing in his ears, he knew what had happened


>he quickly rolled over onto his stomach, trying to smother the flames underneath him, what little snow that hadn't melted acting as an aid on that front

>while a bit of the black goo wrapped around his leg, swinging out soon after to try and catch Hurst off-guard

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>as Crowley rolled to extinguish the flames, Hurst stomped forward
>he lifted his foot, ready to send it down against Crowley's head
I tried to give you an honorable--!?
>but the black tendril caught him at the best possible time for it
>the swat had Hurst easily lose his balance, sending him tumbling to ground
>with a frustrated growl, Hurst quickly looked back at Crowley, Canned Heat reappearing once more
>hardening its hand, the Stand swung a heavy fist down at Crowley to pin him to the pavement

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>Crowley felt the WHUMPF that came with Canned Heat pinning him to the ground, but didn't register it beyond the initial shock and pain
>instead, he was far more focused on the surprise return of the mass of black currently attached to his chest, quickly expressing his understandable worry
>which Hurst would hear, leading to what could only be described as half of a conversation

Whisper?! Whisper, are you OK?!

<"Hnn...C-Crowley...Crowley, we are...so sorry..."

>Crowley quickly shook his head, looking down as far as he could out of panic

No, please, don't be! I'm sorry! I shouldn't have dragged you into that, I knew you weren't ready!

<"We...we should not have...abandoned you...not when you needed us most..."

I never blamed you for that! I was worried you were hurt, I wasn't sure if you were even alive!

<"We should not have let our...our fear...break our promise to you..."

Whisper, I couldn't-

<"We know. We know you wouldn't abandon someone in need. That's why...that's why we choose you..."


>the fire smothered, the black goo resumed spreading around Crowley, covering his body more and more in the familiar suit

>in doing so, they both started to push back against Canned Heat, slowly getting to their hands and knees

<"We still intend to make things right...no matter how much it hurts...we know you feel the same..."

...of course I do!

>they both pushed back more forcefully, managing to make it up to a kneeling position, straining against Canned Heat's strength

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>Hurst could only stare in confusion as Crowley seemingly spoke to himself
>had the pressure driven him mad already?
>but then, he felt it
>that force battling against Canned Heat
>Canned Heat quickly lifted the heavy "block" of ooze off of Crowley's back
>then quickly swung it back down against them to slam them back against the ground

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>”Embarassment”? as soon as that word had left Danny’s mouth, Felicia’s expression snapped straight from indignation right to honest confusion.

Why would I have been embarrassed? Is it ‘cause of the no-clothes thing? Or the “technically being inside your body” thing? ‘Cause if it’s that, then I dunno! Some people are into that kind of thing! I don’t think I’m one of them, but I try to keep an open mind! And if it’s the naked thing, I don’t think anyone should be embarrassed about that either! I mean, everyone’s born naked, and a lot of them are gonna die naked too, so why worry about being naked in the meantime inbetween? Way I see it, everyone should be more positive about how they look and appreciate themselves for what they are!

>well, at least her optimism didn’t seem to be weighed down by the inherent awkwardness of the situation at hand.

>even when Danny said the probably-worst thing he could’ve said.
>”If it helps, Ah didn' feel much.”
>even then, that same empty-headed smile stayed firmly on Felicia’s face.

Oh, well in that case! Whenever you get your hands back, you can have another touch if you want! Y’know, just for the sake of completeness or something.

>as flirtatious as the invitation would’ve sounded from anyone else, judging by Felicia’s tone and the expression on her face, she seemed to mean it weirdly earnestly.

>I mean, what’s a little nude butt-touching between new friends?

But in the meantime - !

>she suddenly kicked away from Danny, drifting over to the nearest wall of the pool and throwing her arms over the edge, leaning against the tile as if relaxing on a couch.

- how ‘bout’cha tell me about yourself, Danny? It’d be a little weird for me to make that offer to a new friend without even knowing anything about you, and besides! I’m sure someone with a fancy accent like you’ve got has probably gotta be pretty interesting, right?

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>the more Felicia spoke, the more utterly baffled Danny felt
>he probably should've expected her to be OK with being naked in general - she was skinny-dipping in a school pool when class was due to start in a short time
>but for her to then turn around and offer to let him touch her butt, ignoring the fact that they had just met and barely knew each other, just led Danny to more or less give up
>Felicia was just OK with basically whatever
>and honestly...

If Ah wasn't in a relationship, Ah maight take ya up on that.

>but that was neither here nor there

>his body seemed to be closer to forming beneath him, the cloud of water having formed a torso, and what could generously be described as limbs were growing out from it

>he still didn't raise his head past the water's surface, however, considering her question before deciding what to delve into

...well, Ah'm from a wealthy family in New Orleans. Was raised in th' lap of luxury, didn' even have any problems when Ah developed mah powahs.

Spent most 'a mah days chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool...

>tempting as it was to continue that reference, Danny kept up his more deadpan expression and went on to explain a little bit more about what happened

Then, aftah a...disagreement with mah parents, Ah decided ta come here an' learn a few things about superheroin'.

>before Felicia could ask for more details, he quickly blurted out the first question that came to mind, figuring that if nothing could phase her he wouldn't have to think too much about what to say

So are ya really a demon?

Or is tha' jus' what people think ya are?
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Oh, right, of course I know about that!

I absolutely know who that is.


Don't ask me about it.

> There we go. Perfect blending in mechanics.

> "Be a Super Hero."


> Kashvi didn't even really hear Brooke's question as Kari changed the topic.

> Her relief was short-lived, once she realized what Kari meant. The only reason Warren had told her to go to STAR was because it was an easy escape from juvenile detention for vigilante activity. In other words, a way to keep her from being used as leverage against her parents.

> But the idea of being a super hero... It made her heart pound in fear. It made her thoughts start to go in circles.

< No, my parents-- no, scratch that, my entire family--

> There was just no way.

< They'd never allow it. never. Why am I even considering this!? Stop standing like a dumbass about to take a punch! Get your expression correct!

> Suddenly her face shifted to a more calm seeming demeanor, and her back straightened, and she swallowed the lump in her throat.

"That's. Sudden? I mean of course it's sudden, I just met you? I don't know anything about you so, uh."

"I'm just going to... Shut up now."

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>once the weight was off of their back, Crowley and Whisper straightened up, the black goo that was the symbiote having covered most of Crowley's body
>they looked over their shoulder as they heard Hurst cry out, then quickly rolled to the side when the weight came down again
>all but Crowley's head was now covered, but whether he cared at the moment was unclear
>he could still feel his stomach and chest ache in pain, but that wasn't about to stop them
>he quickly stood back up, then lunged at Hurst, a dual cry coming from the returning hero
>they swung their arm at him, hand open and claws extended, swiping right at his face

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>for the moment, Felicia was actually surprisingly quiet, patiently absorbing everything Danny said and enthusiastically nodding along.

>but as soon as he’d finished, the floodgates burst once again.

Geez, I know how that can be. Well, not firsthand at least, but I know a lot of people around here don’t really have it too good with their family, but hey! You’re here and doing well for yourself now, right? I mean, you just said that you have a relationship, after all. That’s gotta mean that you’ve got some good stuff in your life right now!

>for a moment, Felicia both actually dropped her smile and took her eyes off of Danny, staring up into the ceiling in quiet contemplation.

...I wonder what being rich is like. Must be nice, huh? I know they say money doesn’t buy happiness, but I’m not sure if that’s totally true. I can think of a lot of ways money can make a lot of people happy.

...Ah, geez, I’ve been talking too much, haven’t I? Sorry, I just get really excited when I meet new people. Words just sorta come out before I can think them all the way through, y’know? I’ll try to settle down a little.

>she then returned her attention back to Danny, her smile promptly returning and her voice picking back up to its usual volume.

Well, to answer your question – nope, totally true! Or mostly true, at least. I’m mostly human, but my mom’s dad is the demon Naberius. Or Neberos, or Cerberus, or a bunch of other things. Demons get a lot of names, y’know?

But more importantly, wanna see me prove it?

>without waiting for an answer, Felicia’s grin grew even wider for a second as she shifted herself up against the pool wall, tightly gripping the edges of the rim.

>then, she closed her eyes and took a deep breath, seemingly preparing herself for god only knows what. whatever it was, it definitely seemed to be pretty strenuous, since Felicia’s eyes squeezed tight and she started making a lot of quiet groans and grunts of exertion.
>after a few tense seconds of whatever-the-hell this was, a sudden sharp pop filled the air, and Felicia relaxed again, smiling with a relieved sigh and pointing to the fruits of her efforts;
>a pair of absolutely adorable little stubby purple devil horns poking from the sides of her head.
Okay, that’s part one. Now for the real show!

>this time, she rolled over in the water to lay her front against the edge of the pool, slightly pulling herself out of the water and plainly exposing her entire upper and lower back.

>well, there was certainly a show being put on.
>too bad it’s not one Danny probably would have liked to watch!
>Felicia took another deep breath and again forced her body to change, this time unobscured by her hair and allowing Danny full view of just what was happening; three sharp points, two just below her shoulders and one at the very base of her spine, were awkwardly bulging out from Felicia’s skin, like something was trying to force its way out through her flesh.
>which, granted, was totally true.
>after a few more moments of grunting and struggling, a few more rapid-fire pops filled the air as more new appendages forced their way out of the girl’s body.
>just below the ends of her shoulder blades were a pair of cute, if seemingly totally useless, leathery bat-like wings in the same shade of purple as her horns. and along with it sat a spade-tipped tail in the same color, fully completing Felicia’s cutesy cartoonish imp look.

>finally through with straining her body to spawn some of its more extra parts, Felicia herself breathed a sigh of relief.

>she then turned to look over her shoulder to shoot Danny a satisfied grin, accompanied with a lazy flap of her wings while her apparently prehensile tail lazily splashed at the water, just to show off how her extra bits were truly fully functional.

So, whaddya think? Pretty cool, right?

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>the clawed hand struck faster than Hurst was prepared for
>he let out a gasp as the hissing pain spread through his face
>one eye badly cut, he'd just have to make due with the eye that could still stay open
>Canned Heat slipped behind Crowley and Whisper, launching its arms forward to grab them in a full nelson

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>Danny was getting used to Felicia's way of speaking by this point, so her taking control of the conversation didn't bother him so much now
>her questioning about his lifestyle just prompted something of a shrug, the water rippling around him in turn

It has its benefits an' drawbacks. Laike anythin' does.

>he still wasn't totally sure what he was comfortable getting into, not just with Felicia but in general

>he wasn't sure what was OK to divulge about his parents, and if there would be any consequences if he did
>even he wasn't sure just how far their reach extended...

>the subject turning to Felicia's heritage was a relief, though he couldn't help but tilt his head at one remark

Wait, Cerberus...?

>he was about to ask if that meant she was part dog, but before he could consider it, she was doing...something

>probably something you're not supposed to do in a pool
>he couldn't really see anything because of her hair, but then the little horns popped out of her head


>and then before he could comment further, she was getting out of the pool, practically waving her ass in his direction

>he might've considered it a good show, if not for the aforementioned factors, and one that was about to present itself
>since seeing those points starting to emerge from her body would be a pretty effective boner-killer, if he had one to begin with
>he grimaced at the display, but thankfully it didn't last long
>and once the wings and tail were out, Danny hesitated for a moment, before giving his answer


It's definitely...eye-catchin'.

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>Crowley looked over their shoulder to see Canned Heat swing its arms up, quickly darting away from it again
>only to falter after moving, the dizziness that he'd been dealing with still lingering
>Whisper was doing their best to keep their focus, but it probably was only going to fully work if they took complete control
>despite that, Crowley didn't want to let that happen yet
>so they looked to Hurst again, straightening up and calling to him, a mixture of both Crowley's and Whisper's voices heard

Well, Hurst?

Isn't this what you wanted?

For us to take you seriously?!

>they then charged at Hurst again, once more throwing themselves into a full body tackle

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>several pieces of strand shot out from Canned Heat's body, stretching out towards the other side of the street
>once Crowley charged against him, Hurst was yanked backwards to dodge the tackle, coming to a sliding stop by the sidewalk
>the Stand then threw its arms forward, creating more paths of silver ooze for its favored method of area control
>the walls of flame erupted soon after, but Canned Heat wouldn't stop, only spreading more and more ooze wildly around the street
Yes... but how long can you withstand it, Whisper!?
>the street would soon become a raging inferno, the heat growing more and more intense as Canned Heat spread the flames further
You don't think I noticed!? In all our fights, you would not think I'd realize!?

I have seen the hesitation in you when faced with my holy fire, demon! Today will only end with you as a pile of black ash!

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>Crowley flinched when the flames went up around them, hesitation flickering among his face for a moment

>this was exactly what had almost ended them before, and now that the time had come again, the question was if they could push through
>but the answer was clear


<"...we cannot hesitate. If we do not stop him, this entire street will burn to ashes. There is no telling how many lives will be lost. We...we will stop him. No matter the cost."

>Crowley could feel the fear coursing through Whisper as they said this, but knew they were right, and they meant what they said

>he allowed himself to smile briefly

<"...I missed you, Whisper. I'm glad you're here."

<"...we missed you as well, Crowley."

>he took in a deep breath, ignoring the heat and smoke coming around them

>and then their dual voices shouted out again

You will not be the end of us, False Prophet!

>the black goo started to crawl up Crowley's face as they continued, starting to complete the costume that was Whisper

We swore we would protect this town, from all who threaten it and its people.

And no matter what harm comes to us, that is what we will do, until our dying breath.

>they knelt down, the flames right in front of them, knowing Hurst was just beyond that wall

We are the protectors of those who need it most!

We are the Guardian of Arkham!

>they leapt forward, heading directly into the fire


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>after a moment, Whisper appeared on the other side of the flames, flying through the air and diving right at Hurst

>fire licked all over the black suit, but even though the symbiote could feel the heat burning away at it, they wouldn't let that stop them
>they spread their arms out, the mask now fully formed

We are Whisper!

And we will never yield to the likes of you!

>as they flew at Hurst, they reared a fist back, and then threw everything into it as they swung right at his face

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>the black shape leaping at him from the fire moved too fast for Hurst to do much
>while he managed to lift one of his arms, that only slightly shielded him against the blow
>he was pushed even further backwards, tumbling down and colliding against the building behind him
C-Canned Heat!
>with a call, the silver Stand launched out from his body once more, aiming straight towards Whisper
>its arms split into seven tendrils, each one hardening into sharp spikes before Canned Heat wildly thrust them forward at Whisper

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>A movie character. A movie character threatened too overshadow Chris and their efforts?! Preposterous! ...It will not happen!

I see... well I don't feel too threatened by that! What legacy can a character have that I can't surpass with my own!?

>That sounded more defensive then Chris had intended... Though the conversation once again switched tracks before that detail could pointed out, hopefully anyway. Kari's declaration to become a hero was... obvious? There was a fair few students who wanted to walk in the footsteps of greatness such as the Man of Steel or the Dark Knight.

That's certainly admirable... Admittedly my own end goal of Inversion isn't heroics, but perhaps it'll benefit others.

>Really it was safe to say Chris' own goals were completely selfish. But it was better to probably leave at that... since they were all still naked in the showers and Chris taking about what said end goal was would probably not be the best idea.

Anyway, thank you for washing my back Brooke. If you'd like, I can return the favour.

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>the spikes made contact with Whisper's body, but unlike with the flames they didn't get through their suit
>it halted their momentum for a moment, the spikes pushing against them even without piercing through, though only for that moment
>as they let out a shout and swung their arms out again, pushing the spikes away from them
>then, before the Stand could react again, they shot out two strands of their suit, moving past it to latch to the building Hurst was against
>they then retracted, propelling themselves forward, through the gooey part of the Stand
>and aimed right at Hurst, both feet prepared to crash right into him

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>Hurst's eyes widened as he saw the black shape dive through the Stand
>and before he could even curse, Whisper's feet collided against his chest
>Hurst was driven backwards, shattering the glass of the storefront behind him
>his body tumbled and rolled past the display, crumbling with a weak gasp of air as he came to a stop on the floor
>he was still breathing, but with all the blows received, and all the new cuts on his body, he wasn't moving quite as well as before
>but Hurst still attempted to pull himself up onto all fours, a venomous glare being shot at the figure looming nearby
Y-... you-... y-you won't get away with this, demon...

W-We--...We are God's Chosen! We are his loyal Blades! Wh-Where one breaks... a hundred more sh-shall come to finish the job!

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>Whisper hadn't planned to kick Hurst through an abandoned store window, but it proved to be effective enough
>they landed on the floor following that, briefly wondering just what they fell into, and how the owner might respond to all the mess, before their attention was redirected to Hurst
>they slowly moved back up to a standing position, then approached the wounded Blade, coming to a stop before them
>and as angry as Crowley still was, as much as he wanted to lunge at him, with Whisper there he felt calmer
>and with that calmness came clarity, and a realization of what was happening
>Hurst had already lost, and was simply desperate

...it is over, False Prophet.

The fact that you have lost proves that you did not seek the path of redemption. Walking away from this...from these acts of destruction...that would be your redemption.

Surrender, and perhaps you can still seek it.

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>Hurst breathed heavily, trying to get some air into his lungs
>he lowered his head as Whisper spoke, keeping his gaze away from them

I am... beyond... redemption...

>the slimy Stand reemerged from Hurst's back

>but its form was even drippier then ever, as it melted a large puddle of itself onto the floor
I failed my... mission... led two of my men to their deaths...

What redemption could... I ever possibly ask for... from God...?

>a snap of his fingers, the puddle igniting in front of Hurst

>he slowly lifted his head, glaring at Whisper once more
...perhaps you are right...

Perhaps I mistook my God's amusement for favoritism... perhaps, as you say... I was but a False Prophet...

Therefore, I have committed one last atrocity against Him... therefore, I truly am... beyond redemption...

>Canned Heat reared its fist back

Whisper... your reign in this world will not be long... and I shall meet you in the Pit where sinners like ourselves... truly belong.
>the silver Stand swung its arm downwards, towards the flame
>its intent perfectly clear: ignite itself and its User in one final act of suicide

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>Whisper watched as Hurst slowly moved again, listening to him as he started to come around to their way of thinking
>or, well, that's what it seemed at first
>instead it was clear he still thought the way he did, but that he no longer had a chance at what he sought
>and the growing sense of grim melancholy in his voice was not a good sign


>Whisper flinched again when the flames went up, obviously not totally past their phobia

>then they watched as Hurst reared Canned Heat back, and slowly began to understand what he intended to do


>as Canned Heat swung down, Whisper was just close enough to make it

>they swung their hands up, catching Canned Heat's arm before it could reach the flames below


>unfortunately this meant Whisper was now leaning over the puddle of fire beneath them, hovering just a bit too close to it for their liking

>but all the same, they kept pushing back against Canned Heat as best they could, trying to stop it from completing its suicidal act
>between the fire and Crowley's growing exhaustion, it took a considerable amount of effort on Whisper's part
>but with one more shout, they shoved Canned Head's arm aside, getting them to narrowly avoid hitting the fire below
>though they stumbled a bit after doing this, but if it just meant they were away from the fire, all the better

>for a moment, Whisper looked to Hurst, and thought that perhaps they could still talk to him, and avert him from this path

>but that thought was quickly dashed as they remembered how dedicated he was to his cause, and how much he was willing to sacrifice for it
>and what was far more important was saving him than swaying his thinking
>so before he could do anything else, they spun and swung a foot at his head, intending on kicking him away from the fire, thinking that might be enough of a deterrent
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Kari!ScratchNrcCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553467

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>Sudden soapy hug!

>Extremely red face mode: engaged
>wiggling and squirming is clearly immense
>Admittedly it didn't shock her too much given her dulled sensations as an incomplete homunculus.

Ahh...geeze, Brooke isn't this a bit much...?

>"Aren't you scared though?"

>Kari immediately shakes her head and pushes away a bit

No, I'm not scared....I've already died once already, there's no reason to fear it again, especially if I help people.

>She actually has a big giant grin now though

>She says something now with a good bit of conviction!

I have the power to help people now, I refuse to squander that!

>She didn't have a path she was dedicated to before she died, and now there was a clear path towards the only thing she ever actually wanted to do, help.


Nothing wrong with that after all, everyone has their own goals and dreams to work towards.

>She'd just smile and stretch, closing her eyes briefly, ready to finish up her bathing
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Brooke Deans!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553469

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>Brooke looked over at Kashvi, but really only looked a bit confused
>well, whatever; she had plenty of time to learn more about all of these girls eventually
>she turned to Chris with her offer, giving her usual lazy but friendly smile
Ah mahght take ya up on that offer, Chrissy... but some other tahme~!
>she rolled her shoulders slightly, stepping out from under the shower
Heheh... maybe it's a tad silly, but Ah do not lahke to stay very long in water.
>she winked, trailing a hand down her side to accentuate her... skin
Gotta make sure Ah keep this skin nahce and smooth; you know how it is~!
>as Kari showed off that grin, Brooke let out a weird noise as she grinned wider:
Haaaah~! You keep talkin' somethin' precious lahke that, sugah, and Ah just gotta keep hugging ya!

>she took in a slight breath, turning to the other girls

It was a pleasure meetin' you all, but Ah oughta skedaddle! Remedial classes wait for no man or woman!
>she skipped over to her bag, pulling out a far more normal attire of some shorts and a shirt (but again, no actual undergarments)
>but suddenly remembering, she reached for a pen and a sticky note, quickly writing something down and sticking it onto the wall
Mah room and phone number! Make sure not to leave it dropped anywhere, y'hear~?
>she winked at the three girls, quickly waving and starting to make her exit
Bye bye, now~!

Hurst!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553470

>the kick proved to be a very powerful persuasion tool
>mostly because it sent Hurst straight into the ground
>and after a short groan he collapsed, knocked out and unable to keep fighting

>soon enough, the fast.burning flames of Canned Heat would wear off

>and the sound of sirens began ringing loudly down the street, getting closer and closer to the area as the police and fire department arrived on the scene

Kashvi Chakravartin!harharharCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41553471


"Ah-- Okay. See you."

> Kashvi wasn't quite sure what was up with Brooke; but, most of her stuff settled, she squeezed out her hair. It was probably going to bother her for some time, but... Well, that's really not the problem, now is it?

> She turned to the others.

"I have some more time than her, but yeah, I should probably stop washing off the sweat from lifting... I don't have a phone, but... I can definitely give you my room number..."

> Wait, had she actually done that or just thought about it? She couldn't remember anymore.

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>Whisper slumped slightly when Hurst fell into unconsciousness, exhaustion quickly overcoming both sides of them
>but their job wasn't done just yet and they knew it
>Whisper couldn't really do much to help with Crowley's injuries, so they'd have to submit themselves to medical aid once the ambulances arrived
>but Hurst and Betty both needed that too, and they had to go and make sure they were alright
>how they'd manage to ensure they'd be taken while also being helped was a good question

>with the flames dying down, Hurst wasn't in any immediate danger

>so they opted to slump down on the floor, finally taking a second to rest, expecting to be found by a medical team in short order
>as far as Betty went, once Crowley was found, he'd mention losing his dog in the confusion, and if she wasn't already taken away hopefully that'd alert people to her

>the black suit around Crowley slithered away, his real form visible once again

>there'd be time to think of what came next, of what the Blades' next move was, and of how much he and Whisper had to make up for given the past month
>but, for the time being?
>Crowley could really use some rest

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