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 Post subject: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:55 am 
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((Post Final Battle. Follow-up to Wilderness Retreat.))

"I'm just saying, how do we not know anyone who can teleport long distances?" Neal asked.

The private jet had been in the air for 7 hours and the group was looking at another 5 before they reached their destination. Birch's jet was certainly more comfortable than flying commercial, but a whole day cooped up in a small space would start to get to anyone.

"There's an infinite number of abilities confined to a finite number of individuals," Gene replied. "It should be expected that the most convenient ability isn't always within reach." He was less bothered by the confined quarters than why he was there. The others were off celebrating the end of the school year, as well as saving the world/universe/timeline. As nice as it would be to retreat to a tropical island for a week, Birch had insisted that their time there be focused on training, and it quickly became apparent to Gene that their two-man teamwork sessions were turning into couples' battles.

"Or maybe we do know one and it would just be rude to ask them to shuttle us back and forth," Grace added. She seemed to be handling the isolation better than the boys, but even she had been experimenting with new ways to sit in a chair. She was currently upside down in her seat, legs along the backrest as she stared upwards at her tablet. "How would you feel if I called you every time I needed a heavy box moved?"

"I would be happy to assist," Neal lied. Truth be told, he'd had the opportunity to spend this week with his new girlfriend, but their relationship was still new and she was neither part of the police force nor Birch's team. Besides, Leshy had been his lead and he felt compelled to follow up on it, even if he had to fly to Japan to do so.

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Status: Attacking Castle Dracula (yeah, I know, right?)

Name: Grace Meredith
Status: Defending Veros

Naem: Enzo Greyson
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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:18 am 
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Laika had her eyes locked onto her smartphone. She wanted to phone Birch up and tell him how she was still handling the effects of the post battle with her future self. Leaning back in her chair, she glanced over at Gene and felt heat rush to her cheeks as she looked back at the phone.

Gene was there to supervise her as this would be her first official mission post basic training. She barely had control over her limited time powers. On her wrist, she had a bracelet that acted as a limiter. There was a special object inside that Derrick created that would keep her powers intact.

Sighing, she dialed Birch's phone number. Her anxiety was getting the best of her it seemed.

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
Quest/ORP on: Free the Children


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:33 am 
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"Hello?" Birch's voice said through the phone. In the background there was muffled talking and various clattering of plates. Given the time difference, it was likely the team was just sitting down to breakfast.

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"Don't whine in front of the rookie," Grace said to Neal, doing her best impression of Serena. She smiled a bit; teasing boys always put her in a good mood.

"Rookies, plural," Gene corrected Grace. "You aren't exactly mission ready yet either."

"Technically speaking, you're still new to your team, too," Neal said to Gene. "So you're all rookies."

"Technically speaking," Grace said, imitating Neal's nasally tone. "He could tear you in half. When the fighting breaks out, I'm sticking close to Shadow Boxer."

"That is not my code-name," Gene insisted.

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Name: Kyrad Darkspawn
Status: Attacking Castle Dracula (yeah, I know, right?)

Name: Grace Meredith
Status: Defending Veros

Naem: Enzo Greyson
Status: Inside Castle Dracula


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:37 am 
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"Shh!" Laika glared at her teammates and turned back to the phone. "Um, hi Mr. Birch, it's uh...Laika."

There was a long pause before she spoke again. "I just wanted to report that everything is fine so far and there's no uh...problem to report."

She felt her cheeks turn red again.

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
Quest/ORP on: Free the Children


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:58 am 
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"Nervous for your first mission?" Birch asked. "It will be good for you to get out in the field and test your skills. Your teammates will be there to watch your back, but it'll be on you to carry your own weight."

Grace had gotten out of her seat and was punching at air, trying to make it look like her shadow was punching Gene's. Gene picked up a book, but while he opened it to read his shadow smacked Grace's over the head with it.

"If I thought this was dangerous, I would have sent more heavy hitters," Birch continued. "Or is that what this is about? Are you upset I didn't send Nick along?"

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Name: Kyrad Darkspawn
Status: Attacking Castle Dracula (yeah, I know, right?)

Name: Grace Meredith
Status: Defending Veros

Naem: Enzo Greyson
Status: Inside Castle Dracula


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:07 am 
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"I...I...I'm not upset that Nick didn't come along..." Laika stuttered. "I...I do miss him, but he's probably busy. Can you let him know I'm thinking of him?" She looked over to the rest of the team and smiled softly. "Gene's been very nice to me too. I know why of course you couldn't have Nick train me...conflict of interest and everything...but I feel Gene gets me, you know?"

"So I wanna say thanks Dad...Da...Uh...I..." She facepalmed.

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
Quest/ORP on: Free the Children


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:14 am 
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"Maybe try to get some sleep," Birch suggested. "You've got a few more hours of flying ahead of you and you seem to be a little delirious. Good luck on the mission."

Neal was now staring intently at the safety manual of the plane. Grace had returned to her seat and was browsing her tablet again. Only Gene seemed unaffected by Laika's blunder.

"You're gonna be fine," Gene said to her before turning back to his book.

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Name: Kyrad Darkspawn
Status: Attacking Castle Dracula (yeah, I know, right?)

Name: Grace Meredith
Status: Defending Veros

Naem: Enzo Greyson
Status: Inside Castle Dracula


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:20 am 
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"Thanks Mr. Birch. Have fun." Laika hung up the phone and leaned back in her seat.

"I called him Dad." She lamented. "I can't believe I called him Dad." Laika glanced over at the others. "I'm...gonna get some shut eye." Laika readjusted herself in her seat, attempting to catch up on sleep.

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
Quest/ORP on: Free the Children


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:45 am 
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Hours later, their plane touched down on a remote airstrip not far from the coast. The entire area immediate area was covered with trees and dense foliage, but looking to the north they saw a giant mountain blocking a good portion of the sky.

Neal grabbed his backpack as he watched their suitcases being loaded into a truck. "If we finish this up quickly we can stay at a nice hotel tonight. Otherwise we're roughing it."

"Any idea what we're dealing with?" Grace asked hopefully.

"Nope, we're just supposed to find the abandoned shrine on the first day of summer, which is today," Neal repeated.

Gene picked up his own bag and looked to the others to see if they were ready. While Laika slept, Neal had giving him a quick rundown of why Laika's actions had been embarrassing for her. Luckily, Gene hadn't let slip that he'd actually believed that Laika was Birch's daughter. She was the same age as Ramona, and after that explanation this hadn't seemed so far fetched.

"So we're hiking?" Grace asked. "Great." She had used the plane's spacious bathroom to change into a cute hiking outfit she'd picked out; white shirt with a pink vest, khaki slacks, and a pair of hiking boots that she'd spent a week breaking in. Even that couldn't perk her up about a whole morning trudging through forests with no idea what they were going to find.

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Name: Kyrad Darkspawn
Status: Attacking Castle Dracula (yeah, I know, right?)

Name: Grace Meredith
Status: Defending Veros

Naem: Enzo Greyson
Status: Inside Castle Dracula


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
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"It's not that bad camping outside." Laika pointed out to Grace. She was dressed in a simple white t-shirt, long black pants, hiking boots and a hoodie that was tied around her waist. "You get to see so many stars in the night sky, it's so very pretty."

She pulled a camera out of her bag and hung it around her neck. "All right! Group picture guys!"

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
Quest/ORP on: Free the Children


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:03 am 
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"Can we wait til after we have something to remember?" Neal asked.

"Absolutely not," Grace replied. "If we're taking pictures it will be before we go into the forest and I get leaves and twigs in my hair." She grabbed him by the arm and dragged him next to Gene. She turned slightly, bending one knee and smiling at the camera.

Neal looked annoyed. Gene just stood with his hands crossed in front of him, looking professional but not particularly friendly.

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Name: Kyrad Darkspawn
Status: Attacking Castle Dracula (yeah, I know, right?)

Name: Grace Meredith
Status: Defending Veros

Naem: Enzo Greyson
Status: Inside Castle Dracula


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
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Laika wanted to ask the boys to look a little bit more happier, but she snapped the picture. Why hide the truth? She wanted to keep the real memories of this trip, not forced good ones. She grinned at the others and placed the camera back resting around her neck. "Okay. Do we have a map? Is anyone navigating?"

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
Quest/ORP on: Free the Children


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
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Neal pulled out his map and pointed to it. "We're here," he said, indicating their position. "The shrine is somewhere on the south side of the mountain. I figured we'd start as close to center as we can and double back if we hit the base of the mountain."

"Seems reasonable," Gene replied. He hoped they wouldn't have to split up to cover more ground.

"Right, Neal can lead, Laika and I will keep our eyes open, and Gene can stay in the back and try not to stare."

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Name: Kyrad Darkspawn
Status: Attacking Castle Dracula (yeah, I know, right?)

Name: Grace Meredith
Status: Defending Veros

Naem: Enzo Greyson
Status: Inside Castle Dracula


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:18 am 
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Laika glanced over at Grace. It suddenly dawned on her that in another time and place, Grace would have one of those girls who teased and made her life hell in school. Laika rubbed the back of her neck awkwardly.

"Actually, I might hang back with Gene. I have a few questions to ask him along the way."

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
Quest/ORP on: Free the Children


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign Investigation
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Neal shrugged and led the way into the forest. Grace was close behind him.

Gene took up pace next to Laika as they brought up the rear. "What did you want to ask?"

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Name: Kyrad Darkspawn
Status: Attacking Castle Dracula (yeah, I know, right?)

Name: Grace Meredith
Status: Defending Veros

Naem: Enzo Greyson
Status: Inside Castle Dracula


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