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Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by Starrnico on Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:26 am

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Starr shrugged and looked out the window again. "I don't know. I just want things to be normal."
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by Starrnico on Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:05 am

Starr chuckled and called to Helen as she stood up "We can make rooms in there for naps and different levels of playing so that Thalia and Matt's child can have age-appropriate play equipment too. Where shall we go? Vestia, do you have another large, unused room we can take over for this project?"

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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:32 am

Armin nodded. "This is a fine idea."

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Kay nodded to Asher and quietly headed for the exit. Yes, back to work and pretending everything was okay.

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Post by Kooshie on Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:37 am

Vestia thought over the options. "There's an open area a few floors up that I haven't done anything with. It's got enough space that you should be able to do something fun with it."

Ellie nodded. "Great." She thought about their options a bit. "We gotta get Matt to help with the water stuff. He's good at water stuff." He was probably getting blackout drunk right now though, darn.

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Asher wheeled out of the meeting room and back toward the med bay, trying his hardest to hide his gloom.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by Starrnico on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:43 pm

Starr nodded and thought about it "If we ask him soon, it could distract him from wanting to go get drunk. Why don't you go ask him and meet us at that room after?" She asked gently.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by Kooshie on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:46 pm

Ellie nodded and headed off to find Matt.

Vestia would give directions to the room to anyone who wanted them.

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Meanwhile, Tala finished packing her duffel bag and headed to the SIlver Devil, where James was already supervising the delivery of the last goods the ship would need for the voyage.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by Starrnico on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:53 pm

Starr headed tot he room, meeting with Helen along the way so she could help them. She knew Armin would want to come along too, so she kept pace with him

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Dawn finished packing what she wanted to take and headed for the Devil to take her old room again. She waved to James and Tala then went in to put her bag in the room.

Rigel was helping to make sure they would have everything they needed for this trip
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:46 pm

Esk packed what little he needed, slung the bag over his shoulder and headed toward the docking bay.

Along the way he ran into Matt, who'd found a quiet place to sulk and knock back beer.

"So you're going for the whole, make yourself sick thing huh?" Esk sounded unimpressed.

"You're just jealous because you're not supposed to drink anymore." Matt snipped. The caught himself and sighed. "What do you want?"

Esk shrugged. "this isn't going to help you know."

"no but it makes me feel better." Matt raised his bottle. "And that's all i've got."

Esk shook his head. "Web will be fine, Thalia and the kids are safe and we have a ship, we can get to them. It's just gonna take a while."

Matt shook his head. "It's my fault. I should... I shouldn't have got hurt, then I could just go get them and everything would be fine."

Esk put his bag down and pulled up a chair. "Okay, talk."

"what?" Matt stared at his brother. "aren't they waiting for you?"

"they can wait. Just make it quick."

Matt hesitated. "I... I lost my temper, I just.. after everything they'd done I wanted as many keepers dead as possible. If i'd just.. kept my cool I wouldn't be stuck in this stupid chair useless. I could have gone to get Thalia and the kids." He put his bottle down and fought back a sob. "I fucked up."

Esk stared at him for a while, then shook his head and spoke, his tone matter of fact. "First of all, after what they did to you and Thalia, i'm not fucking surprised you lost it and went on a rampage. And from what I hear, you managed to take a few of them out anyway. You can bitch and moan about getting hurt but it's not gonna change anything. You can't go back and change it nor can you wave a wand and be back on your feet, so the way I see it, suck it up and focus on getting better so you CAN go get the kids."

Matt stared at the floor. "What if we get delayed again? If I can't get better and we have to take the ship all the way there. It'll take months! What if something happens to Thalia, or the kids, or the baby? I won't be there to help."

"She's a big girl, she can take care of herself." Esk reasoned. "and that place is a fucking fortress. Nothing's getting in those walls, Web would have made sure of that. Worst case scenario, she goes into labour. She's a Keeper, she's tough, and she's died how many times? Squeezing a baby out should be a walk in the park after all the other shit she's gone through. "

"I should be there with her." Matt protested

"hey, you're the one who knocked her out and threw her through a portal." Esk replied.

Matt deflated. "gods I hope Web's okay..."

"Given Fate's only option if he dies is you, I think she's gonna do all she can to keep him alive."

"Thanks for that vote of confidence."

"Hey, you said it yourself, you'd be an absolutely shit leader."

"Even so... " Matt fiddled with the label on the bottle.

"Web's really good at not dying."

"Doesn't mean i'm not worried."

"What's that gonna achieve? You can't go rushing to his aid so how about you just put some faith in him and deal with your own shit for once?"

Matt sighed. "Things never go right with us do they?"

"I'm pretty sure we're all cursed." Esk told him. "or at least, you and Kay are and you're terrible luck is infecting the rest of us."

"oh thanks."

Esk shrugged. "I don't believe in that shit anyway, I make my own luck. You should try it."

"yeah, that's really turned out great for you." Matt muttered.

"Hey i'm not dead yet, I get as much food as I want, shelter, entertainment and I get paid, I gotta say, bumping into you assholes again hasn't been ALL bad." Esk smirked. "Cheer up, moping doesn't suit you."

"Fuck you." Matt snapped.

"Look, Matt, I know you're stressed out and feeling like a sack of useless shit right now, but how about instead of being a dick about it you focus on what you CAN do to get out of that chair. " Esk reached out and took the beer bottle. "Focus on getting on your feet, because sitting around feeling sorry for yourself isn't going to bring your fiance back." He rose to his feet, taking a swig out the bottle. He made a face "You drink shit beer, you know that?"

Matt managed a weak smile.

"feel better?" Esk asked insincerely.

"Not really, but at least now i'm pissed off too."

Esk snickered. "happy to help brother." He hefted his bag up again and tossed the beer bottle into a nearby trash can. "I gotta go."

"Yeah... " Matt looked up. "be careful okay?"

"Yeah yeah, maybe i'll get lucky and dear ol' dad'll get himself killed."

"Only after he's rescued the slaves."

"Yeah, at least he's good for something I guess. " Esk adjusted his bag and headed for the corridor. "Don't mope."

"I'll try not to..." Matt replied half heartedly. Damn his little brother was weird. he was never sure if Esk was actually trying to help or just make things worse.

Esk headed for the docking bay where the Silver Devil was.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:18 pm

Armin kept up with Starr. "What sort of play equipment is appropriate for dragon and humanoid young?" He asked, it wasn't really something he had much knowledge in. His job involved dealing with adults, not usually children.

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Ellie would find Matt still in the room he'd been drinking in, rummaging through his pockets for another beer since Esk stole the one he had been drinking. The jerk.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by Kooshie on Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:36 pm

James got the Silver Devil loaded up, then went to find Asher to wish him goodbye. Just in case something went wrong and he died. You know.
Asher had decided to go see him off, so they met up in a random hall.

James hurried over to give his brother an awkward hug. "I wanted to see you before I left," he said.

Asher smiled softly. "I wouldn't have let Vestia let you leave without a proper goodbye. You're going to be careful, right?"

"Of course. I'm not gonna let those evil slavers hurt me. If they end up anywhere near us, I'll hurt them," James said. "Don't worry about us, we're going to save those star dragons, and we'll get away just fine."

"You're only going to be bargaining with Hytar, aren't you?" Asher asked worriedly. He shivered at the idea of his baby brother fighting the scum who lived in Avolire Hold.

"Maybe. You know our plans tend to change a lot," James said. He patted Asher's shoulder. "We'll be fine. Don't wait for me to start the revolution, okay? The robots need you, man."

Asher nodded. "I'll start it when the time seems right. But no sooner than that. I'm not sure it's something that should happen before we get our families reunited."

James looked thoughtful at Asher's words, but nodded. "Okay, man. See you later. Take care of yourself."

"Of course." Asher smiled softly. "You take care too. I love you, James, so you'd better come back."

James hugged him one last time, then headed off to board the Silver Devil for departure.

Asher headed back to the med bay.

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Ellie spotted Matt and came over. "Hey, mind if I interrupt you?"
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by Starrnico on Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:48 pm

Starr smiled at Armin and started talking about what playground equipment was safe for each age group of kids, and the equivalent dragon age as they found the room and looked it over.
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Post by Kooshie on Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:54 pm

The room was big and open, maybe the size of a largish school gym. It was pretty plain right now, with squared walls and floor, but it was big enough to be fun to modify, and had good lighting and accessible pipes for water projects. A couple of star dragons should have no problem making it into a fun place for kids.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:55 pm

"you got beer?" Matt asked, he looked annoyed.

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Armin listened intently, looking around the room thoughtfully. "I could weave ropes and netting." He mused. "For climbing."

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Kay looked up as Asher came back. [Everything alright?]

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Esk joined the Devil and dumped his bag into the room that was once Vicky's and now well, he'd just claim. It kinda felt weird but it wasn't like the ship had many spare rooms and he sure as heck wasn't going anywhere near Acus' old room.

Man they needed a big room reshuffle, but it had been a while since they'd all been on board this ship.

Damnit, he was gonna miss Vestia.

He pulled a candy bar out of his bag to munch on, he'd stocked up on sweet things, and headed to where everyone else was.

(to silver devil?)
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by Kooshie on Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:00 pm

Ellie shook her head. "I mean I could get you one, but I had a different idea. We're thinking of setting up a playground for the kids when they come back, wanna join in?"

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Asher nodded. "Just wanted to make sure James isn't going to get in any trouble while he's gone. He will anyway, but I had to try. I'm going to miss having him around, hopefully they won't be gone too long."

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(To the Silver Devil!)
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Post by Starrnico on Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:17 pm

Starr nodded and smiled "Yes, climbing ropes or rope ladders up to the tree house Ellie is going to make, then we can make a slide from there to the ground. Hm. She looked around the room then nodded and made a transparent illusion of how she saw it.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Five

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:05 am

Armin clapped his hands together. "i am certain they will love this."

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Matt frowned. "Playground?" Huh, random. "Why do you need me? I'm not exactly much use for construction projects right now."
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Kay nodded. [It'll be a lot quieter without him singing those awfully inappropriate songs that's for sure.] He smiled weakly. [His crewmates should keep him mostly out of trouble. ] He chewed his lip, yeah he was concerned that lot would insist on escorting Hytar and helping with that raid. He really hoped they knew what they were doing.
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Post by Kooshie on Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:55 am

"You're good at like, water stuff, right? Plus it's something to do," Ellie said sagely. "I mean you don't have to if you don't want to, but you're totally invited. Armin and Starr and Helen are totally all working on it to, I think."

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Asher tried to smile. "Might be too quiet. We'll get bored silly without his antics." He added, "It's silly to worry, he is an adult after all, not to mention he's already fought in a war. I'm sure they'll take good care of him. But I guess being family means worrying sometimes, even if we shouldn't." Last time he and James had been separated for any length of time, James had been forced by his orders to be isolated from pretty much everyone, and Asher had been attacked by an anti robot gang. That was enough to make any brother worry.
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:29 am

Matt managed a weak smile but it faltered quickly. "Fine, let's get some magic shit done... then you can find me another beer. My asshole baby brother stole my last bottle." Jackass, gah.

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Kay nodded, he was fretting about his brother too. [It's hard being so far from someone you care about and knowing you can't do anything if they need help.]
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Post by Kooshie on Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:04 am

Ellie patted Matt's shoulder fondly. "Yeah, don't you worry, I'll get you a GREAT beer once we're done or you wanna do something else." She nodded sagely and started following Vestia's directions to the room.

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"Yeah." Asher sighed. "They're capable, I guess we just have to keep telling ourselves that. If they weren't, they wouldn't have gotten through the war." He looked curious, "What do you know about this man they're asking for help, anyway? Has Esk told you anything, other than that he's horrible and hates slavers?"
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Post by Starrnico on Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:02 am

Starr smiled at Armin then looked to Helen as they waited for Ellie and Matt to reach them.
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:26 am

Kay frowned. [He's Esk's father, i've never met him thankfully, all I know of him is what our mother said, or thought. It's not a pleasant story.] He shook his head. It was complicated. [He's the reason I can take a humanoid form apparently, but the price he demanded of my mother was... wrong. Suffice to say, we both have very good reasons for hating him. He is not a good man.] A flash of anger crossed Kay's face as he settled in his chair, looking gloomy.

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"i'm holding you to that." Matt told Ellie, following her slowly.

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Armin took his pencil and paper from his pocket and started sketching and writing ideas.
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Post by Kooshie on Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:45 am

Asher frowned. He hadn't heard the story of how Esk had been conceived, but from Kay's words, he could make an educated guess. "I'm sorry we have to associate with someone who's caused so much pain," he said quietly. "Hopefully the others won't have to spend much time around him, and will be able to keep him from doing anything bad."

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Ellie matched her pace to Matt's. "So yeah, I'm like, thinking ponds and waterslides, but I dunno. And you can give advice on good swimming areas that are safe for the kids maybe?"
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:46 am

Kay nodded. [I honestly don't understand why my brother keeps in contact with him at all. I think he hopes one day he'll get a chance to kill him, or at least watch him die. It makes me uneasy, I understand his motivations but that doesn't mean I don't find it disturbing.]

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Matt pondered. "ponds are too easy to fall into, maybe like.. you know those fountains that are just holes in the ground that throw water up into the air in a pattern? those would be fun. " Hmm, thinking about fountains was a good distraction. "Oh you could have a water pump in a sand pit so they could like, dig out a river or whatever and fill it with water. "
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Post by Kooshie on Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:55 am

"That's a worrying thought," Asher said quietly. "No matter how bad a person someone is, it's frightening to think someone you love might be planning to kill them." He shook his head. "Still, I'm sure Esk is going to focus on the current mission above all else. Hopefully Hytar will as well."
He wheeled over to Kay and patted his arm. Not a fun conversation they were having right now.

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Ellie nodded. "Good point. The dragons can swim kinda, but your kid probably won't for a long time. Fountains are probably safest, plus we can make them go in cool patterns and stuff." She approved of this idea.
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:02 pm

Kay nodded, reaching out to put his hand over Asher's. It wasn't something he much liked discussing, it just made him angry and sad.

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Matt lowered his head at the mention of his own kid, he was so worried about it all. Sure logically Thalia would be fine, but missing his kid's birth would suck. And he missed Thalia immensely. they should be planning all this together.

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Post by Starrnico on Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:17 pm

(Have they made it to the room yet?)
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Post by Kooshie on Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:22 pm

Asher managed a small smile. "So, is there any work here that needs to be done?" he asked, trying to change the subject.

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Ellie sorta half hugged Matt, hopefully without making it impossible for him to steer his chair, "It's gonna be okay, man." They reached the new playground room.
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:27 pm

Kay shook his head. [Unfortunately, as usual we've been too efficient.] He lamented. [It's awful that I sort of look forward to people injuring themselves just to have something to do isn't it?]

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Matt patted Ellie's arm. "Don't mind me Ellie, i'm just in a grump" He didn't want to get everyone worrying about him, it was annoying and weird.
He looked around the new room. "So what's the plan?"

Armin looked up and bowed his head in greeting.
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