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Episode 3 - Reverberations In The Black

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Postby Tavey » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:08 pm

Kynthia looked around the lounge. It was in here somewhere. Not obvious. Now that there was getting ready type stuff to be done, she found herself nervous. Maybe she should have left it behind after all. She glanced at Maverick, hoping that it wasn’t obvious that she was looking for something. The one thing that might actually make him mad with her.

She caught sight of it, the edge of the barrel catching the light from where it had slid under one of the benches. She bit her bottom lip, trying to figure out how hard it would be to get it out.

Then turned away from her rifle. She walked out of the lounge and swung down the ladder to her cabin. She opened her weapons locker, taking out and loading her sawnoff, and a revolver. Buckling her holster and tying it around her leg, she snapped the sawnoff into place. While she was in the middle of getting ready, she heard a bump through the walls of her cabin. She placed her ear against the wall, trying to sort out the accident noise from the noises of the crew from the....

The Kynthia who returned to the lounge was silent, dressed for combat and moving as a soldier would. She snapped her fingers sharply to get their attention. Then pointed towards the cargo hold. “They’re in.” was all she said, in a quiet low voice. "And getting ready to take the cargo. One fell.

"I'm sorry." she said to Maverick, her clear green eyes meeting his directly. "I am so sorry." She knelt down and retrieved her rifle, checking it swiftly and loading it. As she stood, her body language shifted subtly with the feel of it in her hands. She even smiled slightly, taking a deep breath. Turning towards Maverick, she couldn't help but note the tenseness around his mouth.


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Hearing Sol over the com made Lu shiver. Had this been a trap of some sort? Looking to Maverick, she heard what he had to say and was off like a light to go grab Sam from the lounge. "Sam, we gotta get our guns, and we ain't got a choice this time." Glancing to Chris, she took the guns she did have on her and handed them to him since he didn't have his own, "You take these, I got more, don't be afraid to shoot." She kissed him on the cheek lightly after getting an odd look on his face, "It's gonna be alright."

Getting Sam to come along, she ducked down into her room and dug around, grabbing guns and ammo. Finally feeling somewhat confident in at least having enough weaponry, she climbed the ladder back up and stood waiting for Sam.

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Postby Tavey » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:55 am

“That gun is going away with those pieces of space trash out there. Preferably all of them out of an airlock and floating away..."

Head tilted slightly forward, eyes intent and direct, Kynthia answered him in a low almost menacing tone. “We’ll see Captain. Still got business with this piece.“ She stepped closer to him, near enough that she could feel the heat of his body through her clothes. “Important business Captain. You are not going to want to miss it.”

She pivoted away from him. His words stopped her, said in an equally direct tone. "They're beating him for the access code to get him, I know it... We'll just let them into our little home. Too bad for them, however. Nobody is leaving in one piece.”

Kynthia closed her eyes against the words. Maverick couldn’t know how much they hit true. It wasn’t the business that he thought they had. Chuy Lo was alive. And being beaten. Time for his little friend to destroy the folks that were hurting them.

After that. After she had saved someone with the gorram rifle, when it was purged. Then she could hand it over to Chuy and ask him nice like to take it away.

Kynthia resumed her silent walk over to the door leading to the cargo hold. She glanced back at Sam, indicating that she move through first. Carefully, slowly, Kynthia pulled the heavy door open, allowing Sam to slip through and following her. Together they moved in a low, predatory crouch across the upper catwalk of the Cargo Hold. The flickering of the lights masked their movement.

With one part of her mind, Kynthia noted that at least one of the three phases in the power was out. Ship was going to need some rewiring.

Once across to the other side, Kynthia waited for a few moments, watching as the rest of them crept into their places. It was hard. She could just see Chuy lying on the floor of the airlock. At Maverick’s nod, she slipped down the ramp and stairwell to the airlock control.

She waited until the lights cycled to full, counted to five, then hit the switch. By the time the door was open, they would have cycled back to a dim glow. As soon as the mechanism began to cycle, she rolled behind the stacks of cargo and smoothly slid away from the door. She took up position between some of the crates, knowing that one of the first things that would happen was that the folks had Chuy would start looking for whoever opened the door.

The very soon to be dead folks... she thought, Execution coming to the fore of her mind. You just didn’t go after one of the Brothers, and live. said her training.


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Postby Kris » Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:10 pm

Making sure she was set, Lu followed everyone out to the cargo hold and walked as silently as she could to her position and knelt down, catching a glimpse of who was there as Kynthia opened the door. They had taken Chuy and were trying to take the Monarch. Not on my watch she thought to herself. She had put in to much with this ship to let it go to some guys who decided to camp out at a debris field just waiting on ships. They had no idea who they were dealing with when it came to this crew.

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Chris hated having to take Lu's guns, but there was no choice. He had come to like Chuy Lo, even though they had only spoken once or twice. He was a good guy, and anyone who threatened a friend or this ship that he now called home would not make it out without dealing with the whole lot of them.

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Postby Saint » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:22 pm

Maverick stood on top of the catwalk in the darkened Cargo Bay. The dim lights had started to cycle back on, but he was hidden well enough where he could do what he wished. Mr. Pratt leaned against the rail with a rifle in his hand.

"Captain, this isn't an everyday thing, is it?"

Maverick looked over at the passenger with a squint on his face. "No, Mr. Pratt. However, take out the go se who's got Chuy and I'll take off two months of passage for you."

Pratt nodded, knowing that Mav wasn't joking right now. He looked through the green lighted scope at the people coming in.

Mav, held up his gun, and made sure the click of his hammer sounded out throughout the cargo bay. "Welcome to the Monarch... Where we usually shoot first and ask questions later, but I could give a go se about questions right now." He pulled his hat down tighter. "Let the shepherd go, and we might consider leaving you on your merry..."

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Postby brawl » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:13 pm

Andy cursed as he slipped into the hold. They knew they were here, and they were waiting. He stood still and listened after the Captain's warning. At least five in the hold.

"Andrea, the old man," he said. His sister dragged the hostage to him. He took him by the scruff of his neck and stood behind him.

"You want this old bastard?" he said. "I don't think so Cap'n. You see, me sister had a hell of a time catching him, and he's not worth the investment unless we make it away with a bit of the cargo." He clicked the hammer on his own pistol and held it to the hostage's head.

"I know you've got a tough crew on this boat," he said. "Not a one of them's tough enough to stop me from shooting him in the head before a single shot would hit me. Your ship's dead in the water. I don't think you're in a position to negotiate." He mentally assessed the situation. Justin, Gabe and Andi were with him, and the three mercs he'd picked up on their last drop were doing what he'd ordered them to do not long ago.

They were slipping into the ship through the shuttle docking clamps.

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Postby Quamie » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:34 pm

Sol could see another pirate running towards cover. Towards Ameri. His face went pale, Ameri was facing the wrong direction, she couldn't see him.

Sol broke his cover, "Ameri!" he shouted from the second floor, "Wei Shian Dohn Woo!*"

He didn't take the time to figure out if Ameri heard him and got out of the way. He fired his pistol twice. The first shot must've missed but the second one clearly hit the pirate in chest, on his right side.


Ameri's instincts were not those of a fighter's. She looked up, toward Sol, instead of for the incoming pirate. But when the shots rang out and a bullet whizzed near her head- she couldn't tell from where- she dropped to the floor. There was a thump, and she peeked out to see the fallen pirate, holding his wounded side and crawling for safety.


"Ameri, quickly child, get him stuck and then KWAI chur hun-rien duh di gahng**."


Ameri scrambled to him, her eyes like saucers as he lifted his gun, and then he was pointing it at her and she was almost there, terrified she was going to get shot. She did, as she ducked to plunge the injection into his leg. The bullet burrowed into her shoulder, sending fire all down her arms. She couldn't hear herself screaming as she dove back for cover. Nor did she realize she'd left her syringes behind in her haste to leave the vicinity of the wounded pirate.

It wasn't until she was behind a crate, tearing off fabric to stop the bleeding that she realized her mistake.
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Postby Tavey » Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:12 pm

Kynthia heard a woman screaming. Her heart turned as she recognised Ameri's voice. She was too far away to be able to get there. She also knew that the Crew would be moving already to help her friend.

"Huh choo-shang tza-jiao duh tzang-huo, whoever made her scream is going to pay." she snarled at the woman in front of her, raising her gun. "Don't move. I ain't needin' many excuses dong ma?"

"Is she alright?!" Kynthia raised her voice, no longer caring that her position might be betrayed. "One of you answer me! I ain't learning much patience today."

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Chris caught sight of Ameri ducking down behind something and saw blood coming from her shoulder. Not caring at all that he was supposed to be hiding, he ran from his cover and went as quick as he could down to her. Taking the fabric she had in her hand, he put a pressure on the wound. "You alright mei mei?" He knew she was not one who could fight against these men with guns and had done pretty well for herself up to this point.

"I've got her Kynthia! I'll try to get her outta here if I can."


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Lu heard a scream and turned to see Ameri with a shot through the shoulder. An evil look crossed her face and the one who shot her was lucky he was already down, else he would be riddled with bullets. Now she did not care about going after the men, hiding time was over. Taking aim at one that was right below her, she grinned, "Make any movements and your brains get splattered."

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Chuy found himself in what could only be described as a smuggler's hold, only it was fitted out with a few of the most basic comforts. A very quick rummage brought to his hands a number of items, only three of which he valued in the current circs. The first was a sturdy knife with a solid eight inch blade. It was no kitchen knife but a weapon forged. The second was a small bar of concentrated rations wrapped in foil. The third was most welcome just this instant. It was a plastic half litre bottle with a wide screw on top, unlabeled, but full of moonlight.

A sip of this brought his mind further into focus. Any more would mess him up entirely and leave him useless for several hours. He tightened the lid again and replaced the bottle where he'd found it.

Shots were still ringing out and throughout the ship, sound contained in a closed system. Now and again there would be a pause as people changed positions or reload. Into one of these breaks Chuy roared, projecting his best preaching voice through the ductwork.

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Mav heard Ameri's screams and then he heard her sobbing, as Lu tried to get her away. "You... you huh choo-shung huh tza-jiao duh tzang-huo! You hurt one of my little girls! I hope you enjoyed your fahng-tzong fung-kwong duh jeh. Because, at first, I was going to show you mercy. Instead..." He pulled out the other gun and clicked the barrel.

Both guns were pointed at the Captain of the rogues. "All of you are going to die here. And just seeing that you don't have the brainpan to gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se... I'll just shoot you elsewhere."

He looked over at Lu, "Get her to the infirmary... DONG MA?!!"

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He looked over at the rest of the crew still active. "You see, your quarry has eluded you, and we have the advantage. So, how do you wish to die."

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Maverick’s voice rang out "If you're still there, Kynthia... I'd not think about who to shoot. I'd go for the loopy one. Oh, and FANG-sheen. We have some idea of mercy..."

Kynthia suddenly grinned.

“We can kill ‘em quick. That’s plenty merciful by my way of thinkin’, but how do I choose who’s loopy here?” She yelled back, by way of letting the Captain know that she was still alive.

She never really took her eyes off the one in front of her. At the slightest twitch, she intended to fire.

“Now.. what supplies are you carryin’?” she asked. “I need parts.”

Maverick was easing himself over to the right of the catwalk slowly. "So, answer this, folks. Which way is the cranky old man heading. Does anybody really know.?" slowly he glided down the steps. He knew that the folks were looking for his location.

He didn't take his point off of the man in charge, either. Any movement, and two guns would be fired in his direction.

"Stay with me, bao bey. Don't break the point..."


Kynthia smiled grimly at the pirate kneeling in front of her. "I ain't intending to let this one move Cap'n. Just wonderin' what they might have that'll get us moving."

Chuy began to bellow through the ducting of the cargo hold right around then. She relaxed a little more. He was alright. If he could quote the word, then he was alright.

“Made a mistake with us. We ain’t no pleasure boat.”

Again with the creeping and slow walking, Mav had slowly made it to the deck level. The two thugs didn't even hear a peep from him. "Good idea. Let's see how they can save us some time and money... Perhaps, the hunter is the hunted, and he doesn't know it."

He slowly put an hand right on the small of Kynthia's back, "Don't break it yet. It's just me..."
“Cap’n. I got me an intruder. Can I keep it?”

The warmth of his hand suddenly connected. She took a deep breath in. Her nerves feeling only that small patch on her back.

Her eyes narrowed as she realised who she was looking at. “This is the one that had Chuy originally. I saw into the airlock. I think she is the one who hurt him. Maybe I don’t want to keep it after all.”

Mav looked at the girl, who resembled a slightly rabid person. "Seems a little loopy. In fact, she's probably go the manners of a Reaver during feeding time..."

Mav held up his guns at the intruder. "Seems Chuy is safe for now. So, what to do now... Oh, what to do?"

As he asked that, he noticed his hand slowly and gently rubbing across her back. "If we leave her alive, she'd kill us. Especially after she sees the mess..."

“That ain’t being nice to Reavers Mav.” Kynthia seemed to be hovering on the edge of the coldness that was Execution again, but this time it meshed with her, rather than taking her over. “But you don’t hurt one of the brothers without payback.”

She moved a little closer to Maverick. Her back making an odd little shimmy against his hand.

Her gun never moving from it’s target, nor wavering. Even though the movement of his hand was making her nerves tingle along her spine.

"Good point, dear..." He saw the girl tense up a bit at seeing him. "That's right, follow the man with the black hat. Ignore what the others have to say, you want to kill us, don't you?"

He started to stop the hand, in order for Kynthia to concentrate on what to do. "She seems to want that, doesn't she?"

Almost without thinking Kynthia muttered “we all want something right now.” She shivered and shut that thought up quickly. Forcing herself to concentrate on what he was saying, rather than on what he was doing, she considered the woman in front of them.

“Seems like she’s almost desperate for an excuse to get movin’. See that gleam when you was talking ‘bout killing?”

Mav looked at the woman's eyes. "This is almost better than the sack for her, it seems..."

Subconsciously, he decided to lie on the ground beside her. "I'll give her a small target, even. See if she can get lucky enough to shoot me before I even get a bead on her.

He was looking up and laying beside Kynthia now. "Of course, I don't like her odds, do you..."

As Maverick moved beside her, Kynthia shivered again. “Her odds ain’t all that good. She’s got two of us to try an’ get with one move. Since one of us will surely be shootin’ her before while she’s tryin’ to get the other.”

She risked a quick glance at Maverick, who was intent on Andi in front of them. “Course, her trying to kill either of us while we’re here... like this.. well, that ain’t smart.”

She moved her leg to touch his as she spoke, wanting to feel him closer. “I don’t like folks who ain’t smart Cap’n.”

He turned and looked at the younger lady beside him. "Neither do I..."

Silently, he kept his gun trained on Andi and moved his head over gently to Kynthia's. "But I don't think she is very smart..."

Quietly, he sneaked in a long and deep kiss on his First Mate. And for the few seconds, it all stood still for him...

He kissed her. Unlike the last time they had kissed, this one was full of unspoken promises. Kynthia could barely breathe. She gave up all pretenses, all of the reservations, all of the fear that she would hurt him.

And returned the kiss wholeheartedly.

The woman in front of them shifted, getting ready to spring at them.

It was a mistake. Captain and First Mate heard the movement. “Later. Sir.” she whispered as she focused again on Andi.

He looked up at Andi and smiled. "Made you look..." He took a shot and nailed Ande on her gun hand, which helped to knock her gun out. "Your turn, bao bey..."

Kynthia also smiled at the look of shock etched on the face in front of her. “Damn, you’d think that they would learn Sir.” she said as she deliberately clipped Andi’s shoulder on the other side.

“Time for the big finish.”

Almost as if they had rehearsed it, both Maverick and Kynthia aimed and fired in unison. The last thing that Andi Vaughn saw was two determined pairs of eyes over the top of two barrels.

She was flung backwards, out of the shadows of the boxes she had been crouched behind. Her injuries telling more than mere words that she was either already dead, or so close that it made no difference.

Kynthia rolled until she was facing Maverick. “You sure pick your times don’t you?”

He looked over at Andi, who took off a shirt of sorts. "Damn, they're prepared..." He wrapped an arm around Kynthia. "Go se... Fall back."

Kynthia’s eyes widened. “Let’s go. Now.” Her voice was urgent. “If that’s what I think it is, we’re humped.” She began to yell “Fall Back! Move it Move it Move it! Chuy Lo, get yourself out of there NOW! Don’t pick anything up. GET MOVING!”

She turned and ran in a crouch for the ramps leading up to the upper levels, remembering that the doors on this level were mostly locked from the original crisis.

Mav picked up the rifle slowly and held Kynthia, as they ran up the steps. "Let's get Merry to the infirmary. And hope we don't have surprises on the way..."

He saw the men, except one, picking up the girl. "They're regrouping, and so should we."

Kynthia and Maverick ran for the door leading to the fore of the ship. They split at the top, each of them grabbing arms and people and literally pushing them through the door ahead of them. There would be time to deal with bruised egos once they were in safety. As Sam sprinted through, coming from the far side of the catwalk, Kynthia and Maverick following hard behind her. They pulled the door closed, firmly locking it.

Kynthia pulled Maverick firmly into her arms for a moment. Nose to nose she glared at him "Next time you want to kiss me. Do it somewhere other than the gorram cargo hold." she said, in a low laughing tone.

"Don't worry, dear..." He chuckled with her. "Let's see what our next move is... And I mean, in defending our home."

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Postby Kris » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:44 pm

Chris looked up at Maverick's voice and holstered the guns and helped Ameri up. "Come on, let's get you out of this gun fight." He wrapped a gentle arm around her and started to lead her to the door.

It was then that he heard many gunshots behind him and ducked down. Looking back, it was Kynthia and Mav taking one of them out. Letting out a breath, he helped Ameri to the door. By the time they got there, they were being pulled out and he heard a door close behind him.

"Who's wantin' to help me get Ameri taken care of?" He asked as he continued on his way to the infirmary.

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Lowering her gun, she let out a sigh, "Told him not to move." She chuckled then felt someone yank at her arm. They were lucky her finger was slightly off the trigger of her gun, else it would have gone off again at the shock.

At the sound of a door closing, she looked around at everyone, glad to see Chris still with Ameri. Holstering her gun, she looked around at everyone. "Why'd we get pulled outta there so gorram fast? I was havin' fun."

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