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08 April 2007 @ 07:38 pm
A-Hunting We Will Go [Completed]  
Character(s): Gaston, Jack, Blue, and anyone else joining in!
Content: Gaston leads an intrepid band of explorers out to hunt in the wilderness outside Paixao!
Setting: Niflheim gates (and beyond)
Time: Evening
Warnings: No one says no to Gaston. This includes gatekeepers.

"What do you mean we can't leave the city?" Gaston demanded, pushing aside the people crowding around the table at the edge of the city gates. The line was growing even longer now that it was unable to move, but the hunter didn't seem to care. All those pansy people could get inside the city once he and his fellow hunters were done!

The unfortunate gatekeeper, who apparently hadn't heard of Gaston's amazing reputation, gave them a meek smile, "It's too dangerous outside the city. It's much nicer in here. Everything you need to live is inside these gates. Why would you want to leave?"

"Why would we want to ~stay~?" Obviously, this poor pathetic excuse for a person had no idea what real men thought of such flimsy excuses for cowardice. Gaston snorted derisively, glancing over at Jack and Blue, "This poor sap thinks we're afraid of a little bit of danger and wilderness! How about that!"
 
 
 
averyspecialguy on April 10th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Jack had long-since shaken off the bewilderment River's cryptic words and sudden departure had raised, and found himself distracted and mildly upset by the conversation about "halfways" (was that the right word? He didn't care to look again and check.) he'd had with Farllee, and the journal post by Sora. Even if it hadn't ended in an entirely negative note, well..... well, those halfways and MuZz sounded an awful lot like him and Halloweentown..... Had he really had a "crap-hell" life, or however Farllee had described it? He certainly hoped not! That would be just.... he had to believe he was a good person in this life and the one before it, that he'd had a good life to go with it. He just.... had to. What else was there to think if he didn't?

And then Sora! Who was he? He seemed.... remarkably sweet. An adorable boy for sure, who seemed to know and like him pretty well. Well enough to be unnerving, in fact, because Jack had been positive at the beginning of their little conversation that they had been perfect strangers. Now, though? Now.... he wasn't so sure. Sora had been so certain, had been able to talk about a specific incident.... and he didn't remember it. Not in the slightest. It was impossible, wasn't it? He'd faced down against Oogie Boogie conclusively once before, and it hadn't proven to be so conclusive after all--he'd just driven Oogie back into hiding, pretty much. But by Sora's words, it sounded as if they'd defeated him, really soundly destroyed the threat once and for all. But Oogie was definitely in Paixao now, so....

Jack was terribly confused. At least it had provided him something to think about on their trip to the gate, even if it hadn't been pleasant; he'd been singularly quiet from trying to mull it over.

He'd done his best to banish those unhelpful thoughts as they reached the gates, standing patiently behind Gaston as the larger man argued for their right to leave. Jack couldn't help but laugh at the exchange, clasping one of Gaston's powerful shoulders with a skeletal hand and unknowingly drawing from the great collective unconscious that is Disney. "If you ask me, Gaston's well suited to walk on the wild side; he'd laugh in the face of danger. It is nice in here, but don't you ever want to shake things up and have a few--chills?" He popped his skull off at the prompting question, offering a smile and chuckle that seemed almost sinister as he casually tossed his head from hand to hand.
Bluehalvedhowl on April 10th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Blue frowned. She hadn't expected anyone to try and stop them from leaving. Shouldn't they have a right? It's not like they weren't going to return... Surely the domed city could be seen from quite a distance; it wasn't as if they were going to get lost.

A little bit of danger and wilderness? Blue may not be have been a full-fledged wolf, but she had her share of danger towards the end of her 'life'. That life, anyway. Insane, crazed, rabid-like danger. Ending of a world, really.

She wasn't afraid of whatever lurked outside the gates.

She stepped forward, weaving her way around the confused-looking people waiting to pass through. At one time Blue had been one of them... It's not that she had accepted the city of Paixao, but she had settled, just a bit. After all, she was alive.

"Sir, you must understand that we are aware of these 'dangers' you speak of. We're fully prepared, and I believe we'll be back in one piece." And laughing in you face, too. "Unless you have been outside the gates before, then I don't think you have a right to stop us. And certainly if you have been out, you're back in one piece. No worries, I'm sure."

Blue turned away and walked a bit from the booth, glancing back at the man narrowly, as if challenging him to get out from behind his safe little 'cage' and stop her himself. She sincerely doubted him to, but if he did, Blue knew she could take him.
Robert Johnson: Pretty Eyesallinthebrain on April 11th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
[OOC: Thread invasion, part I! Nice to see y'all. :D]

Sylar stretched uncomfortably as he stepped off the train. Those things were uncomfortable enough without riding one twice in one day.

He plastered the friendly smile back on his face as the rest of his party emerged from the train. "You two - uh, three," He noted the new girl with little surprise, "-have a good time back there?"

His attention turned back to the gate, where three people were clearly arguing with the guard. Sylar watched in mild surprise as one of them removed his own head - what was next, Shakespearean quotations? - and began to casually toss it from hand to hand, like any other guy would do with a baseball.

Well, this would certainly be interesting.

"C'mon." He nodded at his traveling companions. "Let's go." Not waiting for an answer, he turned and strode towards the gate, fully intent on getting in on whatever was happening.

If it got him out of here, so much the better.
amcgees_alice: Mushroomamcgees_alice on April 12th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Alice shrugged and walked near Robert, making sure to keep up with Sora and Chizuru. They had plenty of fun conversation, but now Alice was curious to see what this particular venture would bring. Absentmindedly, she hiked her dress a little to the thigh to see if the blade was there, and nodded gently went she felt the familiar cold steel against her skin. Robert had asked a question but had hardly seemed interested in the answer, which was fine as Alice was even less interested in answering it. Her attention was geared more toward the people at the gate. Not the gatekeepers of course, they were no different to Alice than the insane children. No, her attention were towards the others trying to get into the gate.

One of the figures was rather lanky, and Alice managed a small smile when she saw him remove his head and toss it easily from one hand to the other. There wasn't a doubt in her mind that this character was Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King, and he looked every bit as regal as he sounded. While Alice was a rather independent and at times disagreeable to authority, there were a few she respected, and she could tell that a king that inspired fright gave off a rather delicious feeling of nobility.

The other man seemed fairly gung-ho and, from what she could tell, the type of man Chizuru would loathe. He had a demeanor of overconfidence, brevity and swagger. Had he said "off with your head gatekeeper" Alice would have thought him the male version of the Queen of Hearts.

Alice walked up to the new crew, and, standing in front of Jack, curtsied. "It is nice to finally meet you, Mister Jack. I offer you services on behalf of me, Alice, former Queen of the Looking Glass Realm. I shall be with you in a moment."

Alice dashed off, but only enough so that she was unseen by the others. Without a moment's notice, she pulled out the weapon that was sure to get the guards to neglect their duties: the jackbox. It was a favorite of Alice's, and she was only sorry they were a diversion tactic. They were so good at putting down pets.

She threw the jackbox several feet away, and heard the familiar childish chime before BOOOM! The explosion happened that had everyone's attention. It spread to maybe ten feet, but did enough crater damage that people were jolted from their previous thoughts. Alice quietly sneaked back to Sora and Chizuru, trying to look completely innocent.
Sora: 8Doptimistickey on April 12th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
If Alice had ever had any doubt in her mind about who the man tossing his own head around was, Sora wasted no time in exclaiming, "It's Jack!!"

It was really nice to see a familiar face in this world (even if said familiar face no longer remembered a thing about him). He grinned widely as he and Alice and Chizuru (and Sylar) darted towards the small party, and he had to remind himself that Jack really didn't remember him, so he shouldn't be grinning like an idiot.

So, he settled for a grin and rocking on his feet, trying to examine all the preople present. He only knew Jack, but he wasn't sure what to think about the others. One man looked like all he ever did was work out (was that who Riku was trying to look like??) and then a woman.

Sora opened his mouth to say something to the group (were they headed to the same place, he wondered) but then Alice's wonderful explosion caught him off gaurd and he started.

It didn't surprise him when the guards ran that-a-way, and he grinned, giving Alice a thumbs up. "Is everyone going outside? 'Cause that's our cue, let's go!!"
career_lesbian on April 12th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
Chizuru's first reaction at the gate, to the big man-shaped pituitary case, was to recoil and briefly pantomime retching off to one side. Her next reaction, to watching a skeletal-looking guy take off his head and start juggling it, was to spaz-- until she saw that both Sora and Alice seemed to know this person. Her third action was to check out the boyish-looking girl, finally deciding that she might be worth investigating more carefully. Fourthly, she glanced over the man Alice had described as suspicious. There didn't seem to be anything wrong with him aside from the obvious Y-chromosome, but... better to be safe than sorry?

Then a bomb went off somewhere, and Chizuru spazzed again until Sora announced that they were actually getting out of Paixao! She checked to make sure Alice was with them (not quite realizing that Alice had set off the explosions as a distraction to the guards), then joined Sora in the iminent departure!
Death: Spirit of Thingshumaniste on April 13th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
[OOC: And here's Thread Invasion, part II!]

Death watched the conversations and ensuing explosion at the gate with no surprise. Humans tended to do this sort of thing regularly. THEY SEEM TO BE LEAVING THE GATES, he observed, turning back to Jintetsu. DO YOU WISH TO FOLLOW THEM?

Without waiting for an answer, Death set off after the group, curious and intent on meeting his look-alike.
jintetsu on April 14th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
This was... completely out of nowhere. Jintetsu wouldn't argue with the convenience of all these people suddenly showing up, though. He could just slip out at the back of the group and then go his own way - preferably not the same way the rest of them were going, of course.

He jumped at the sudden explosion by the gate. The hell was that?? Yeah, it was time to get out of here. Granted, he wouldn't be surprised if somebody in that group was the one that set it off, but he didn't plan on sticking around them any longer than he had to anyway.

Death didn't give him a chance to answer, so he didn't; he just tilted his woven hat over his face and headed out with the rest of the group, close enough that it sort of looked like he was with them.
Gastonmymanlyself on April 16th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
At the sound of the explosion, the gatekeeper had gotten to his feet, looking perplexed and anxious. Gaston snorted derisively, casting only a brief glance back at the smoking crater before helping the Paixaoan along with a shove in the general direction of the chaos. "You'd best go take care of that. Your 'safe' city is blowing itself to little tiny pieces... I'm sure you'll have that cleaned up by the time we get back."

Ignoring the gatekeeper's plea to reconsider, the hunter marched outside the gates, shaking his head at the sheer idiocy of it all. This city really was run by a bunch of lunatics and morons...

It hadn't escaped his attention that some other people had chosen that moment to leave the city as well. That was no big surprise. It only proved to Gaston that more people were bored out of their mind by the city and wanted to actually live a little...
averyspecialguy on April 16th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)
"It's Jack!"

The exclamation would have made Jack turn his head if he were wearing it properly; instead, he spun it in his palm, turning it back to see who was shouting his name. That was Sora, it had to be. He looked just like the journal icons, energy, grin, and all--and from the tone, sounded just like him, too. Such enthusiasm! Smiling, he plopped his head firmly back onto his own neck, turning to see Alice approaching. "The pleasure is mine, my dear. Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, at your service as well." Extraordinary height and long limbs made his regal bow even more theatrical than it might have otherwise been, and he beamed after the girl as he straightened, wondering just what she had in mind. The question was answered soon enough, and he marveled at her little trick--exploding jack-in-the-boxes! Absolutely ingenious! With that explosion, he didn't need to be told twice to leave; Jack bounded off as the gatekeeper left his post, out of Paixao and into the unknown.

~*~

(OOC: This part is an IM log, done between me and Raina; we did it presuming that the two of them had a head start on the others getting out; please feel free to have everyone else catch up! Since it's so long, I'm just going to make replies to this post for the rest.)

Sora slowed down, once they were far enough away from the guards, and it was obvious that the guards weren't following them anymore. The others must have been a bit further behind (Sora had never realized he was that much faster than them) and he straightened himself.

"Wow!" he exclaimed, eyes wide in amazement and slight disbelief. "I never realized Alice had explosive stuff!!"

Jack had kept up with Sora easily--beyond easily, in fact; having legs long enough to cover a few meters with each running stride definitely gave him a nice advantage over most in the speed department. He slowed to an easy stroll so he could pace himself with Sora, grinning fiendishly at the thought of Alice's explosives. "Handy, aren't they? I'll have to ask her how they're made sometime; I quite like them."

"I wanna know where she hid them!" Sora said with a slight pout, as though he'd been duped, but he really wasn't upset about it. It was just a slight wonderment, but his grin returned a moment later. "They are really cool, though, aren't they!"

If they were in Wakka's hands, he'd be a bit more afraid. It wouldn't be unlike Wakka to use something like that in the dead of night to scare everyone awake! He snickered at the very thought, even though he'd probably be pretty mad when it happened. "You could play some really mean pranks with them!"

Jack chuckled, spreading his hands wide. "I haven't the slightest idea. It's worth asking, though; they are clever." Cool. He knew it was current slang, but.... well, call him old-fashioned, but it just felt odd to try and say it.

"Mmmm.... they might be mean, yes. But wouldn't they be fun?" He tapped his fingers together thoughtfully as they walked, too used to the hollow click of bone against bone to pay it any attention. "And if you were really creative with them, you could probably keep from causing any damage at all, but still get some wonderful gasps."

"Yeah!" Sora exclaimed. "I was just thinking of what my friend Wakka would do..." He trailed off and laughed. "He'd get us all with one while we were sleeping!"

With that, he laughed. "It wouldn't be funny right then, but it'd be hilarious afterwards! Man, the look on our faces, it'd be priceless!" He could imagine the look on Riku's face, and it made him crack up all over again. Riku would try to pretend he hadn't jumped or something, because he was just that cool!

Jack had to grin at the suggestion. "He sounds like he puts the trick into 'trick or treat.' I do hope he'd have the foresight to take pictures!" Because really now, what picture could be more fun than someone caught completely off guard? "Is Wakka one of the friends you were with before you came here?"
averyspecialguy on April 16th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)
"Well, he was one of my friends before I left the island! That was a few months ago..." Sora shrugged. "But he was the kind of friend who liked to throw balls at your head for fun, so I think he'd like a bomb!" He grinned at Jack.

He was reminded of how Oogie had thrown exploding dice at his head by the conversation. And he cringed a little bit. That had really really hurt, actually! And it reminded him that this Jack didn't actually know him. But that was okay, Jack had promised him candy. Well, if Santa Claus weren't real he was promised candy!

"Ahhh, I see. So you live on an island, then?" Jack beamed back, privately amazed by just how easy it was to talk to Sora. He was used to being glib, of course, socializing had always come easily to him.... But this just didn't feel shallow, like so many interactions did. This wasn't a King and his subject; this was two people, two friends, enjoying each others company and getting to know each other.

The image of throwing balls at Sora's head earned a chuckle, though Jack offered his companion a mildly concerned look as he noticed the cringe. "Is anything wrong?"

"I was thinking about exploding dice," Sora commented, glancing down and rubbing the back of his head. "They really hurt, especially when tossed at your head!" And then there had been the saws flying around! How many cuts and scars did he have from those stupid things? But he could talk about his Island with a grin.

"But my Island is a great place!! Me and my friends were building a raft to leave it, before the darkness took it... I hope Kairi told my mom where I am," he said with a sigh. "I skipped dinner before I left... Mom's really strict about being there for dinner, too!" He made an emphasizing gesture with his hands, because he wasn't kidding, either!

"Exploding dice? Where did you encounter those?" There was a quiet creak of shifting bone as Jack raised a nonexistent eyebrow. What did his island friends have to do with....? Oh. Oh, right, the jack-in-the-box.... "I'm sure they must! Balls are well and good, but explosives aren't something to toy with like that."

He nodded attentively as he listened to the story, a ghost of longing flickering where no eyes had ever been; had he ever had a mother chiding him for being late to dinner? Had he left one somewhere to visit his grave and remember better times, ones that he'd never be able to recall? "It sounds like a wonderful place; I'll look forward to visiting sometime. I'm sure your mother understands--after all, Kairi probably did tell her, and you had important things to do." Not that he was sure what those important things were, but.... well, darkness overtaking the land usually tended to imply something important taking place.

"Oogie Boogie threw them at me!" Sora frowned, because he really hadn't liked Oogie. "When we were, uh, fighting him." Sora grinned and shrugged at it as there was no point in really thinking on it anymore (besides the fact that that had hurt). He looked at Jack, a smile on his face as the skeleton-man tried to reassure him.

"Yeah, I think my mom will forgive me! That'd kinda suck if she didn't, cause I... kinda don't think I would have gotten to eat dinner anyway!" He glanced ahead at the fields, his attention wandering from waiting. "What do you think is out there, Jack?"

In his voice, very obviously, was excitement and anticipation. He'd been waiting to go there, even if the two groups hadn't been headed for the same spot.

"Oogie Boogie.... why were you fighting him?" Jack frowned a little as well, thinking about the last time they had fought--and for that matter, the last time they had met, not long ago at all. "He's here, did you know that? I ran into him recently."
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Bluehalvedhowl on April 19th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
(( ... eeef ... ))

Blue blinked, suddenly distracted herself. What was going on? And then she realized that the people she was traveling with had disappeared. Her senses flared. A strange smile came across her face when she looked back towards the gate attendent -- his fear, his panic. Perhaps the Paixaoans had emotions. They weren't just dead puppets.

A sniff to the air and she managed to sort through the smell of the explosive and detect (with a bit of a flinch in distaste) Gaston. She darted for the others, missing Gaston completely and finding Jack with some others. Ah, so they had gathered a few more for their little hunting party? Well, no problem with that. She was keen on returning, and perhaps with some sort of "prize" to show the people of Paixao just what they seem to be afraid of.

She looked to Jack, and then to the others. "Hello there," and she smiled. "Perhaps we should get a move on before we're noticed again?"
Robert Johnson: Pretty Eyesallinthebrain on April 21st, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
A bomb? Alice certainly had some tricks up her sleeve.

Well, whatever worked, worked. Sylar shrugged lightly and headed through the gates with the rest of the group, slightly surprised at how far ahead of the rest of them Sora and the skeleton had managed to get. He hadn't thought anybody would be able to walk in those gigantic clown shoes, let alone run that fast.

"Good idea." He nodded to the woman - another woman? How many girls did this place have anyway? - who had suggested moving on. "No point staying in there anyway."
amcgees_alice: discontentamcgees_alice on April 21st, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Alice wasn't sure why, but something in her made her glad that Chizuru hadn't seen her throw that jack bomb. It was no big deal to her: well, it was in a way, but she had done it plenty of times, had rehearsed the thrill and the pure adrenaline that came from the fight. That sort of thing were easy to know in your head, but who knows how others might perceive it?

Alice had more of a problem on her hand, the more she thought about it. She wasn't supposed to be worried about the ramifications of her actions! For pity's sake, if there's an enemy running at you, by Jove, you don't stand by! You let him have it, and you make sure he remembers your face so he has second thought about it again! Crude, yes, but something to rely on, wasn't it? That made sense! Even that Larxene saw the logic of it!

Yet there was that other part of her that wondered if it wasn't ok to try to back to being Alice again, the one before any of this. The smart, witty little girl that had created her own world of vibrant characters and colours beyond any reason. What was left of her? Alice looked in the mirror and saw a blurry reflection, an echo of the girl she was. There was no shine in her hair, no twinkle in her eyes, no sort of real kind of person to connect with others.

Alice walked alongside Chizuru, and realized she was going to ask a question she could barely believe would be coming out of her mouth. However, if there were anyone who would say what they thought without being biased, it was this rather odd but likable girl.

"Chizuru," Alice asked delicately, and very quietly, "Do you think I'm pretty?"
Sora: 8Doptimistickey on April 22nd, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Sora relaxed as everyone started to catch up, his micheivous grin remaining on his face. He looked back towards the field, once more, eyes searching for the church in the distance.

He could see it beyond some trees, and the wind blew past them. There it was, and he couldn't wait until they got there.
career_lesbian on April 22nd, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Chizuru had not been expecting that kind of question out of Alice. That was something the more image-conscious girls of Karakura High asked of boys, not a question heard from a mature young woman who had battled her own inner demons-- violently, if her journal's contents could be trusted-- and won, and especially not of Karakura High's "token lesbian".

Chizuru found herself feeling much more awkward around Alice than she had ever felt around Orihime, and that was saying something!

"At my school," she said slowly, "I'm notorious for having rather... indiscriminate taste in women. Yes, Alice, I think you're very pretty, but I... I think a lot of girls are pretty."

Then, in the hope of avoiding awkwardness, she added, "Let's hurry up! Look how far ahead Sora is!"
Death: Death of the Mindhumaniste on April 23rd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
THAT SEEMS TO BE OUR DESTINATION, Death noted simply, regarding the small church perched in the grass and idly wondering which of the many gods it worshipped.

His look-alike - Jack, he noted - seemed to be having a conversation with the small boy - Sora. Death, as polite as ever, decided not to interrupt them and turned instead to his original traveling companion.

YOU SEEM TO BE FALLING BEHIND, he noted in a voice that sounded not unlike an anvil being lightly struck with a hammer. For Death, this was as quiet as it got. DO YOU NOT WISH TO TRAVEL WITH US ANY LONGER?