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Episode 4: Law

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Postby Quamie » Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:47 pm

Ameri watched Lu come down the aisle. She couldn't help but smile softly- Lu looked so happy and so very beautiful. Everything was going according to plan. She turned attentively toward Chuy as he began to speak, but her eyes kept going to Lu and Chris, admiring how happy they looked together. Today was going to be a good day.
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Postby Kris » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:08 pm

Everything started out calm and peaceful, just like a wedding was supposed to.

"Understand this: the contract of marriage is as old as human time. It is honor. It is in the will of the Eternal God, that same being who married the first couple, that his servants now perform this service, but it is in no way less holy, nor less important for being thus performed. You are commiting and covenanting to each other to the exclusion of all else. Is this understood?"

Both Lu and Chris nodded in understanding, smiles plastered across their faces. "Is there any here who has any good reason to halt these proceedings?" They glanced over their shoulders just to see if anyone would say anything, even though they knew no one would. They had been the ones to set this up to begin with, and even the other guests wouldn't say anything.

"Now. Do you, Adam, take this Eve to wife?"

Chris smiled and looked to Lu, "I do."

"Eve, do you accept this Adam as your husband?"

Lu grinned and looked around before looking back at Chris, "I do."

"Then, before these witnesses and before your God, in token of your will, you may exchange rings. Good. That's right. No, the next finger, there, Chris. Shiny. Now, join hands. You ready for this? By the power of the Eternal God, and by the authority vested in me by the Archbishop of Londinium and the Allied Worlds, I now declare you husband and wife!"

He clapped both on their shoulders and added, "Kiss her, boy!" with a huge grin.


Before they could even get to the kiss, there was a loud boom that caused both of them to jump. Not knowing what was happening, Chris suddenly felt a pain in his leg after what sounded like a gun shot and fell to the ground, blood pouring from his leg.

Hands shaking, Lu knelt down next to him and tried to put pressure on the hole in his leg. There were tears streaming down her face, but also a look of anger. Whoever had done this was going to pay, if they hadn't already with everyone running off in different directions.

Hearing an engine roar, she looked towards where it was coming from and saw a shuttle flying off. Pressing down a bit harder on Chris' leg when she saw this, she heard him groan in pain. Turning back to face him, he was turning pale and she knew that he was losing a lot more blood. Trying to find who was closest, she couldn't tell, so she just yelled out to whoever would listen to her.

"Chris' been shot! He's losing a lot of blood." The one day in her life she wanted to remember for how peaceful it was was beginning to turn into a day she wished wasn't happening, not like this.

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Postby KendleRJ » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:15 pm

Tarra saw the ceremony ending and turned into the kitchen to give the kitchen staff their final cues for the food and serving. The sun was shining and everything looked beautiful and peaceful...

Well, looks aren't everything.

A large explosion rocked the building and flying debris spread out in a sharp and round blossom from the place where Svek's hover sat in the street. Tarra looked out the window at the front to see some altercation between Ameri's beau and some other man and suddenly there was a shot and a body fell limply to the ground. Wasn't that Ameri with them? She was suddenly concerned and about to shift gears, but the Captain was there, so it must be settling just fine. She turned...

And heard screaming from the garden. Apparently Chris had been shot - again. This time in the leg and he was losing a lot of blood. Tarra barked orders about the food, the wrapping, the removing and storage and took a load of towels and First Aid type gear out into the fray. She remembered this little dance from the Junk Yard before when he was shot in the foot, but it looked a little more serious this time and a lot more than a simple patch job. She'd trussed up poultry and roasts, but certainly nothing like this. And on his weddin' day - some bliss this was.

She crouched low beside Chris and his, um, wife, and offered the towels to help with the hard pressure and looked up at the Shepherd.

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Tucking her head low, she took a furtive look around the Garden and saw that everything was completely confused. All of their careful planning and decorations, and Ms. Valeria's home...

And dammit if she hadn't worked hard on that dinner! Something akin to fury welled up from her Chef's soul. Ooooooooooh, someone was seriously going to PAY!

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Postby SDJThorin » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:55 pm

Svek was just returning from the kitchen, he'd gone back to tell the Chef that the ceremony was almost done, when he heard the boom of a vehicle blowing up...

Keeping a level head, he'd slowly moved out the front to investigate, then heard shots coming from the garden, saw the boy with the quite girl running, then the boy got head shot and the girl got took.

Well that was a fine thing, here he was, a Security Specialist, and he couldn't do a thing. All dressed up and without a weapon, well OK, he did have his cane, but really, against gunmen, not on his life, so he retreated back inside, maybe Ms Valeria had an extra gun or two. Rick would, but he should already be in the thick of it, so no help there.

Then Svek noticed that the blown up vehicle was his...

"Aaahhh Dang! After all that work I spent cleaning the thing out, just so the newlyweds wouldn't get messed when I flew them where ever they wanted after the party... I mean, I couldn't let them leave in a Mule... Ah well... on the bright side, my liquour didn't get wasted. Now that would have really pissed me off!"
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Postby Tavey » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:05 pm

Selene spun around at the first sound of trouble. She didn’t even stop to think, just reacted in accordance with her training.

Ripping her sari off, she sprinted towards the entrance to the garden, pushing people out of the way as she moved. She dodged, ducked and wove around those groups too big to shift.

She finally jumped over Drew’s body, and veered off to one side suddenly. Her eyes locked on a target in the distance. No matter what was in the way, she seemed to react to it before it became an issue for her hunt.

It was terrifying to watch. Lao was heard to comment later on that he had heard tales of River Tam, but this was the first time he had ever seen anything like it.

She caught up to one of the fleeing men, her legs suddenly whipping out sideways as she dropped and spun to trip him. She smoothly twisted and landed on her feet, slicing a kick into his head before taking off after another fugitive.

She had to try. Even though she knew she wasn’t going to be able to catch all of them.

She took an angle through an alleyway, bounced over some debris piled in front of a ladder and scurried up it. Swinging herself around the edge of the ladder, she clutched at a windowledge and pulled herself into the opening. She almost danced across the desks of some company in the building before letting herself down the other side.

Landing in front of another of the runners.

“Going somewhere fast?” She asked. “I was having fun. You spoilt my fun.”

With those words, the man reached for a gun. Then stopped. There had been an odd crunching noise. Sort of wet sounding.

Then fell in a heap as the reality of his broken neck translated to the rest of his body.

Selene looked around her. A widening circle of people backed away from her. Even the types who would usually take advantage of a young woman dressed only in a tight bodysuit that matched her sari were taking slow careful steps away.

She made her way back to the garden. Her eyes downcast as she sought the comfort of her fathers arms and burst into tears.

“I tried..” she sobbed. “Don’t be mad Daddy. I couldn’t get them all.”

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Postby morrigan » Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:13 pm

Sitting on a balcony overlooking the garden below, the tall thin woman with the curving tattoos that cupped the back of her head, just smiled.

The Colonel was getting some justice it seemed. There was a righteousness about his losing his crew. About being abandoned.

After all, wasn't that what he had done to her?

Morrigan stood slowly, wrapping her long black coat around herself, before walking away from the balcony.

She had some other people to... visit... and it had better be soon. The Colonel needed to be reminded of his loyalty. Maybe this time she would visit his crew. She looked over at the bed, where several items from the Monarch were strewn. Books, jewellry, some clothing. A matt black rifle that she had seen the first mate carrying. Some small things that might be useful later on.

For now, she needed to make new sleeping arrangements. She decided to meet the people a few doors over from where she was staying. Her welcome had been over a while ago.

Right around the time that her hosts began to stink in the heat.
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Postby Galifestus » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:49 pm

Violence.
In a place of peace and joy.
Death in the door and walking around the parlor in muddy tennis shoes.

Joshua Long stood stock still, his book dropped to the ground. His eyes bulged and every muscle in his torn face stood out tight under the whitened skin. His hair seemed to escape from its chemical confines and stick straight out from his scalp.

It seemed like a sign, like a bright glowing "Do Not Enter". If this was the result of his return to ministry, either God was saying "No!" or the adversary was saying "Oh, Hell, NO!"

It was too much like last time. His little church afire, the congregation all dead about him but for the three innocent children stained with their families' blood and a dozen dead reavers among them, most dead by his own hands. It had taken all these years of a quieter work in obscurity to recover even enough strength to face a congregation of slummers or a weddding among friends.

Perhaps it was time to return to his first ministry.

He was shaken from his reverie by the insistant voices of those trying to care for the wounded groom at his feet. He shook himself and broke immediately into action. A long thin knife apeared in is hand and he knelt over the man's leg. He mumbled a quick prayer as he slit the pants cuff. "Let's have a look see, shall we?" He dropped the knife and grippe the cuff in either hand and ripped the fancy expensive cloth all the way up, exposing the site of the wound. A neat round hole almost a half inch across leaked blood though it had recently had a lot of pressure applied.

"Well, that's a looker. Chris, it looks like a hole in your leg, maybe a little vein or two. No too simple, but it looks like it ain't a bone wound, nor is it acting like an artery."

Together with the chef and the pilot, he worked over the leg wound, and they tried to stop the bleeding.

Meanwhile, an unobtrusive pair of men, in simple conservative suits, each with a long, neat beard and close cropped hair were quietly helping the other wounded. They showed great care and concern for each individual, doing their best to make each as well and as comfortable as they could.
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Postby Solomon James » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:58 am

"Holy God!" Sol yelled as he heard the explosion. The next few moments were snapshot decisions.

He heard shots fired. Run away?

He saw Chris fall. Run to him?

He saw the shuttle leave. Chase it? How?

For the first time in a long time Sol hesitated a little too long for his own taste and then he heard himself yell as he ran up to Chuy and Chris on the ground, "Lao Tyen yeh! Lao Tyen yeh! Who the hell shoots at a body during their wedding day!?"

Sol's leg gave way from his running and he fell on the ground beside of Chuy.

"Chuy we need to get Chris and Lu to shelter. And then we need to get off this gorram world now."

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Postby Kris » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:16 pm

Watching Tarra come over with towels, Lu grabbed one with her shaking hands and put more pressure on the wound, causing Chris to yell out in pain.

Pulling herself back a bit when Chuy started to tear the pants leg, she closed her eyes tight, hoping it was all a bad dream. "Well, that's a looker. Chris, it looks like a hole in your leg, maybe a little vein or two. No too simple, but it looks like it ain't a bone wound, nor is it acting like an artery."

This shook her out of it and she looked at them all. She suddenly heard Sol coming towards them, "Lao Tyen yeh! Lao Tyen yeh! Who the hell shoots at a body during their wedding day!?"

"I don't think they were after us..." Chris mumbled from the ground, trying to show that he was somewhat alright by talking, "else they would have shot at us directly...I don't think they meant to shoot me at all." He reached out his hand and gave Lu's a light squeeze, trying to calm her down. Not that it worked or anything.

"Chuy we need to get Chris and Lu to shelter. And then we need to get off this gorram world now."

"We need to get back to the ship, Sol. We need to gather up the crew and get ourselves to finding out who did this." Lu then felt the grip on her hand loosen as Chris finally passed out from the blood loss. Biting her lip, she looked to Chuy and Sol. "Where the hell is Ameri when we need her?" She put pressure back on the wound and started to look around for her, not even seeing Drew, who had come to the wedding with her. "Like Chris said, they didn't seem to be after us, but they sure know how to ruin what should be the happiest day of my life."

There was a mix of anger and sadness etched on Lu's face as she looked at her husband passed out on the ground.

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Postby Quamie » Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:39 pm

Ameri's head whirled as she was whisked away from the shooting by Drew. She did want to hide, but she didn't want to be separated from the others. Still, she wasn't able to stop Drew. And then..

"Be sure you say hello to your daddy when you see him." And he put the rag with chloroform over her mouth.

There was betrayal evident in her large light hazel eyes for a moment, and then she knew no more. She crumpled, and was loaded onto a hovercraft, lying senseless on the floor, unaware of the rescue attempt as she was stolen away.
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He looked at the new wife of the dying man. He spoke quickly to Sol, "God will forgive you if you go steal us a hover to get us back to the ship."
A distraction would help, and there was something to be settled here.
Joshua Long stood, satisfied with the efforts and plans in progress. Others were gathering the forces and making decisions. His own decision was solidified in his very soul as he looked and saw his friends on this world lying wounded and dead near the destroyed hovertruck. The locals who had been among his first congregations on Bernadette had suffered grievously, being closest to the explosion. The lovely junkyard owner had been deliberately shot, her body now hidden beneath a neighbor’s coat, only a hand sticking out with a simple wrist corsage, white flowers spattered with blood and brain matter; it screamed for righteous vengance.
A news hover arrived and discharged it’s reporter before lifting to take aerial camera views of the scene of the outrageous tragedy. The young reporter in field uniform and perfect hair began interviewing the old man with the wild hair, who answered in small sentences and monosyllables. Joshua stood, grim faced and waited till he figured the cameras were on him, then he began to speak in his best “Prophet in the Wilderness” voice.
“I command your attention!” he began and repeated the words in Chinese. “I am the Reverend Joshua Long of the Order of Saint Michael. I place responsibility for this crime upon the shoulders of the White Lotus Syndicate and upon the head of Jeroan Weber. To these I say, REPENT; for the day of Judgment is at hand!
He then disappeared into the crowd easily lifting the fallen groom in his arms, heading for the hover he'd seen Sol pull up.

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Postby Tavey » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:40 pm

“I command your attention!” he began and repeated the words in Chinese. “I am the Reverend Joshua Long of the Order of Saint Michael. I place responsibility for this crime upon the shoulders of the White Lotus Syndicate and upon the head of Jeroan Weber. To these I say, REPENT; for the day of Judgment is at hand!”

Kynthia's head snapped up at the words. She spun around staring at Chuy.. no.. Joshua..

Her face was completely still and pale for a moment, before she clutched her head, moaning with the sudden pain that stabbed through it. Images ricocheted into her mind. Joshua, younger, unscarred. A woman with long red hair, dressed as a reverand, staring in a mirror. The long halls of Saint Michaels Seminary. Crawling through mud. Sitting beside Joshua, laughing. Innocent. Before.. before... before.

She stumbled against somebody. Not knowing who, or caring all that much. Then sat down abruptly. She rested her head against her knees, closing her eyes and holding her aching head.

"Judgement and Execution." She finally said, after several moments had passed. Her voice suddenly harsh. "Why do I know that?"

She looked around. So much to take care of, and in a terribly short length of time. She was just glad that in the confusion of the moment, her lapse had been more or less unnoticed. She firmed her face and her mind. They had to get Ameri back, then she could ask, could dig into what was happening. Then she could rest.

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She stood up, brushing dirt from her skirts, and walked over to the hover that had been commandeered. She climbed in, but stayed near to the doorway. Lu was kneeling beside Chris, keeping a hand on the dressing over his wound.

Kynthia just stared, in silence, at Joshua Long.

Finally, he looked up, catching her eyes.

"Joshua." She said quietly. "Judement?" She asked, her voice quavering just a little. “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done?” She took a sudden deep breath. “Why? Why do I know the words Judgement and Execution together? Why do they sound like a title?” She slapped a hand over her mouth to stop the words tumbling out, then held it out, hoping to stop the answers. “No. Don’t. I’m not ready.”

Part of her wanted desperately to hear what Joshua would say. But the other part knew that those answers could wait. Forever if needs be.


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"Take Chris back to the ship. Get him comfortable in the infirmary. I need to clean up here. I'll.... we'll meet you back there."

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Her eyes never left Joshuas face. Huge green eyes, haunted and suddenly full of more memories.. she grimaced against the pain in her head, digging her fingers into the scar again.

"Gorram.. I need to get things together.." She turned and left the Hover, heading back towards the house.

She found Maverick. “Cap’n. Chris is bein’ taken back to the Monarch. We gotta get the all clear to be airborne, soon’s we know where we’re goin’. You seen Sam?”

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She sat beside him and took his hand into hers. “I did want that dance.” she said quietly. “And I hold you to it sometime.” She waved a hand at the area. “Now, we got to get this sorted. Got to make it all come shiny right side up. Need to.”

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Postby Kris » Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:17 pm

Lu eyed Kynthia and Chuy as everything was happening. Shaking her head, she was more focused on something else right now. Looking down at her hands, they were now red in color, and normally this much blood didn't go well with her stomach. But she knew she couldn't pull her hands off.

Seeing Mav, she barely heard him talking as Chris seemed to wake up a bit, but was barely concious. Taking the gun strap from him, she wrapped it tight around Chris' leg and his eyes went wide with pain. "Gorram it, be careful with that, it hurts ya know."

A slight smile crossed Lu's face, "Gotta keep you awake, Chris. Can't have you fallin' unconcious again. Feeling the pain just means you aren't dead yet. And you best not die on me." She took hold of his hand once she was sure the bleeding was somewhat under control. He had a bit of strength still because he squeezed her hand a bit, trying to reassure her.

"Come on Sol...get here faster..."

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