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A Solitude That Asks Nothing In Return; B082 Ivan Kuznetsov Start - TOPIC CLOSED
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Me? Why, what a wild and crazy accusation! No no, it was that OTHER girl.
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((Etain Brennan continued from Flicker))

"God damn it, Kris. Aren't ya a foine eejit, runnin' like tha'. Oi jus' wanted ta talk ta ya, and ye leg off." Etain was still muttering to himself, long after he lost his girlfriends (?) track. Maybe if he'd just ran after her, instead of stopping over that girl, he'd have caught her. Not bleeding likely, considering how damn fast she was. Even if he did keep on her, even he didn't splash face first on the water, she'd still outrun him. God, he just wished he'd found her sooner. If he just pulled himself together a little sooner, maybe he could have stopped her. Or she might have shot him. No. No, it was an accident. There was no way she meant to kill that girl. She was scared, rightly enough, and the girl must have surprised her. Any number of reasons. Kris was no killer, and he couldn't believe that she meant to kill anyone.

That was just one in a long line of things that was making this the worst day of his life. It's not enough that he's stuck on an island with the goal to kill everyone around. It wasn't enough that his best friend and love-interest killed someone and took off. No, his clothes had to be soaked on top of everything. It was like some great joke, like some Cosmic being was looking down and grinning. 'You think things are rough now? Let's have you risk catching a chill while dodging guns and knives'. God, all he wanted was to catch a break. Just to see a friendly face that wouldn't run off when he said hello.

Seeing how there wasn't any rush, and that Kris was long gone, he might as well take a breather. He'd been going full tilt ever since the swamp, ad he was beat. Now that he wasn't running as full tilt, he took notice of his surroundings. A thin line of trees separated him from a beach on his right with more thickets on every other side. If he was going to take a breather, he might as well catch some rays while he was at it. Etain pushed through the branches before emerging in the harsh sunlight overhead. Wincing, he dropped his extra bag and covered his eyes with his now free hand. After a second's thought, he set his bag down an began to rummage though it's contents. With a satisfied grin, he removed the C4, it's detonator, and the small pamphlet explaining how it would work.

Etain sat down in the shade, setting aside everything except the pamphlet. If he was going to be running around with explosives, it might help to know how they work. He only looked up when he heard voices further down the beach. By that point, he grasped the rudimentary idea of the time bomb in his day-pack, and, more importantly, how to work the safety on the detonator. He fiddled briefly with the panel on the face of the explosives until he thought it was set to the detonator. He then stuffed the explosives and the pamphlet back in his bag, while pocketing the detonator after triple-checking that it was set to safe. Maybe it wouldn't work for a trap, not with him constantly moving, but it would serve as a way to get out of a fight. After all, you wouldn't want to get close to a guy with his hand on the trigger of enough explosives to blow you both sky-high. Etain adjusted his hat before shouldering both bags and slipping back into the trees.

He made his way down the beach as quietly as possible until he neared the pair. Tabi? No way. Well, he did ask for a break, after all. He set Kris's bag down, but kept his thrown over his shoulder as he made his way through the trees. Now that he had a clear line of sight, he could see the second figure. He wasn't surprised that he didn't know him. He seemed to be brandishing an umbrella, which was...odd. Now, an umbrella didn't inherently pose much of a threat, yet he suddenly thought of Batman's Penguin. Odds were low it was an umbrella gun, but you never knew in this type of situation. "Tabi!" He called out, waving his left hand while keeping his right near the pocket with the detonator. "How're ya? Beginnin' ta tink tha' Oi was tha' only one about." Etain turned and offered a tip of his hat to the other boy. " 'Nd ye? How're we this foine mornin'? Least, Oi tink it's mornin'. Gettin' drugged tends ta mess wit me internal clock."
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Me? Why, what a wild and crazy accusation! No no, it was that OTHER girl.
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Oh, this was going to hell faster then he could react. Now that he was out here on the beach, this was starting to seem less and less like a lucky break. First Penguin over there was acting with a little more hostility then was probably reasonable. Of course, there was the fact, he was also standing over Tabi and she seemed to be less then 100%. Etain let his hand drop to his side as he looked the boy over. While he was a little shorter then Etain, the boy still looked like he could easily take him in a fight and that was enough to keep Etain out of swinging range. Still, it didn't look like he hurt Tabi, so maybe he didn't mean any harm. Either way, it would be best for everyone if Etain didn't stand around for longer then he had to. Grab Tabi and go, that was all. Judging by her state of mind, a friendly face would do her a world of good.

Of course, having a gun pointed at you had a way of reorganizing your goals. All eyes went to the girl with the gun, everyone except Tabi's of course. Etain's eyes narrowed as she approached, calling out her shaky and stuttering questions. There was something about her he didn't like. Of course, that was more about the was gun pointed at them. After all, they were all clearly unarmed outside an umbrella and Etain already went over how low the chances that it was secretly a gun were. Maybe she thought the girl passed out on the ground was part of some type of trap meant to lure in unwary students? It didn't matter, not really. Friendly or ulterior motives withstanding, Etain only wanted to see one person and the girl wasn't quite her.

"Ah, game, was it? I dinnae really tink this qualifies as ah game. Wit th killin' an' all, ya know? Not any game Ah know of, 'nyhow." Etain took one step toward Tabi before Mr. Penguin turned the umbrella toward him in turn. It occurred to Etain then that he couldn't be sure of the possibility that it wasn't a gun. Certainly not in this game. It also occurred to him that focusing on the imaginary threat of an umbrella gun wasn't as bright as focusing on the very real gun the girl held, and presently was pointing a them. "Now now, no need ta point tha' at me. Oi'll be mor'n happy to grab me friend there and leave ya to yer own devoices." Etain nodded at the woman standing away from the group with a tilt of his head. "O course, tha's assumin' she don' shoot us."

Taking another step, Etain gently guided the tip of the umbrella away from him and...somewhere else. As long as it wasn't staring him down, he didn't care. If he were on the other end, he'd have it pointed at the obvious threat. Of course, were it him, he'd try to find something that wasn't useless like an umbrella. "Like Oi said, Ah'll be takin' me friend and leavin' ya be, no need ta jab tha' ting at me." As quickly as was possible without hurting her, Etain knelt down and wound his arm around her shoulders before lifting her to her feet, while speaking as soothingly as possible in the event she was till jumpy. "Yer alrigh' Tabi, yer alrigh'. It's me, Etain, Oi'll get ya outta here."

Once they were both standing, he began to edge away from the other two. "Now, If'n ya dinnea moind, we'll jus' be headin' off. No need ta follow or notin, just, we'll go our own way, aye?"
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Me? Why, what a wild and crazy accusation! No no, it was that OTHER girl.
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It would seem that the girl with the gun didn't approve of his 'heroics' which wasn't much of a surprise. He didn't really expect to get away that easy anyhow. No, because that would be too simple and straight-forward, and it wasn't like he was trying to find his best friend before she shot someone else. So, really, no rush. At least Tabi was awake. That was a step in the right direction. After all, he was the only reason he'd stepped out onto the beach and it would be a dreadful waste of time for everyone involved if he had to leave without her. Also bad because, you know, friend and all. A number of things, really.

Naturally, the gun pointed at them complicated things. The girl wielding it seemed sort of familiar, but not enough so that he could actually remember her name. Leah? Something short. It was probably irrelevant, as he doubted he could talk his way out of this. Probably the best he could do was play along and hope she didn't shoot them anyway. Well, if she didn't shoot them, she'd certainly rob them. After all, she wasn't going to risk a potential fight if she wasn't going to get something out of this.

Still, he figured the surprise in his bag might...deter her from taking it. Even if she did, he still had the bag he tok from Kris hidden in the trees. Honestly, his foresight surprised even him, because that's obviously why he took it. Obviously. Still, if he was robbed, at least he'd found Tabi. It was a sure thing that she'd tag along, even if he wasn't going to find Kris. Maybe she'd seen her on her mad spring out of the swamp and across the island? Doubtful, he knew, but he may as well ask. After the girl with the gun was gone, clearly. It might have gone without saying, but he'd been pretty reckless before so better to leave nothing to doubt.

As Tabi did return to the world of the conscious, she took the most recent developments with a bit of a shock. Her sudden dash forward took him completely by surprise, and there was little he could do but take a stumbling step after her before she did something crazy. See, In Etain's mind, Tabi was in shock still, and as such, liable to make a rash action. Like, say make a run on...Clia?

Of course, Penguin seemed to have thoughts on that subject too. Any forward motion on Etain's part was suspended with the opening of the umbrella in what could be called at the least an unexpected move. He had a faint sense of movement behind the cover of the umbrella as he tried to stop before running straight into the cover. Of course, when the umbrella shifted upwards, that ceased being an issue. Penguin's fist came out of nowhere and for a second Etain was sure he had to be seeing things. After all, they both had a gun pointed at them, no way he'd be stupid enough to-

Etain saw stars as he stumbled backward, his vision blurring and the world seeming to shift. Eventually, he feet lost traction on the sand and he found himself falling on his ass. For a few seconds, he was stunned between the combination of pain and surprise. Not only did he actually punch him, he damn near broke his jaw! What did he do to warrant that?! For a minute, Etain totally forgot about the woman with the gun (Clio?) and his focus turned entirely toward the boy who hit him. "What tha hell was tha' for?!" He shouted, one hand braced behind him, the other rubbing his sore jaw. "That how ya treat ev'ryone who tries ta do what ya ask?" Gingerly, Etain climbed to hit feet and stabbed a finger in the other boys direction while making sure he was out of range this time. "Nice foockin' sense of priorities, ya damn idgit! Or did ya ferget abou' the gun pointed at us? Maybe ya should worry 'bout tha' first, aye?"

Fuming, Etain turned back towards the girl and belatedly realized he'd made the mistake of forgetting all about her, albeit briefly and not in as extreme a manner as Penguin. "Ya want ta shoot someone, do ya? Shoot tha' idiot with the bad judgment..." Etain mumbled to himself, folding his arms across his chest while trying not to think how sore his jaw was going to be if they made it out of here.
Edited by Yvaine, Aug 17 2010, 01:22 PM.
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Etain was still grumbling as he climbed gingerly to his feet. Where the hell did that idiot get off? Was now really the best time to start throwing punches? Especially for what had to be an incredibly stupid reason that Etain couldn't even begin to fathom. Maybe it would just be easier to settle on the theory that Ivan was a moron. Yeah, he liked that particular thought. Ivan was just stupid. It might not be so bad if some chick didn't have a gun on them. In different circumstances, maybe they could talk it out, whatever, maybe deal with it in some way that didn't involve him getting slugged.

Seeing how everyone's attention was wandering, it was understandable that the girl with the gun would want to remind everyone that she was still there and yes, she still had a gun. The bang was sudden and sharp enough that Etain jumped, his attention immediately shifting from his sore jaw to Clio and her pistol. It certainly was attention-grabbing, wasn't it? Even with his ears still ringing, he could make out her demands with almost perfect clarity. Her shouting probably helped. That wasn't really necessary, was it? After all, it wasn't like the gunshot didn't warrant their focus or anything.

So, he was getting robbed, then? Give her everything and maybe she wouldn't plug him? Oh, how nice of her. Right, because he'd never seen a movie before and he didn't know how that usually worked out for the person without the gun. It wasn't like he had anything in his bag that would stop a bullet or anything, so he could probably pass it along without too much sore feelings, and he'd still have the bag he took after Kris ran in that case.

Alternately, he could give her his bag then blow it up. Well, maybe not. Aside from the pretty important fact he wasn't too keen on killing this girl, that would leave him in the same place as before, sans bag. Maybe he could use it as a, what was it, a bargaining chip. Wait until she sees the C4, then show her the detonator, maybe grin and have her toss the gun over. Maybe once he had it, he could shoot Ivan in the foot and wander off with Tabi. And while he was in this idealized universe, in the very next clearing would be Kris with a helicopter home. Perfect ending to a real shitty day.

That was, of course, hinging on Ivan not making a run on the girl. Not that he was complaining, mind you, Ivan was a perfectly fine distraction. Etain could leg it and keep his bag, easy as that. Any temptation he might have had about helping him disappeared just as quickly as he remembered getting punched in jaw. After all, it wasn't like he was Clint Eastwood or Spider-Man, he was no freakin' hero. Ivan was on his own, God bless him and his poor decision making. So, even as Ivan tossed his umbrella at Clio like some makeshift spear, Etain was urging Tabi toward the treeline and safety. "Tha's as good ah chance we we're gonna get, Tabi!" Hoping to convey some of the urgency of the situation, he placed a gentle hand on Tabi's back and started to guide her away from Ivan and Clio in the event her shock was keep her from seeing what was happening right in front of her.
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He needed to run, needed to get the hell out of Dodge. Tabi was ahead of him, already disappearing into the tree line. He didn't see Ivan, so he'd assume he was dead. Well, maybe not assume, but hope. Really, screw that guy. Sure, he was sort of saving his life, or at least he belongings, but still. Seriously, screw that guy. Of course, Etain could brood once he was safely away from the crazy chick with a gun. Priorities, ya know? As long as she didn't get lucky and tag him in the back before he made it to the trees, he would probably be okay. Unless she came after them. Then that would not be okay.

Etain made a dive for the cover of the trees. Gunfire exploded behind him, more then just a single shot to grab attention this time. No, Clio wasn't going to satisfied with robbing them this time, she was out for blood. Ivan's blood, hopefully. Better that idiot then him. Temporarily safe in the shadows of the overhead canopy, Etain crawled forward toward where he thought he left the second bag. Grabbing and clutching at roots and leaves, everything covering the ground, all while praying Clio hadn't seen where he disappeared. Hopefully her attention would be on Ivan.

The brief shout he heard supported that idea. More shots after the cry. She must not have gotten that lucky shot. Well, best of luck to you, ya crazy bastard. After the shots died out, Etain slowed to a stop. In the sudden silence, he frantic gasps for air seemed deafening. He forced his breath to even as he strained to hear anything suggesting Clio was coming after him. Maybe the sound of footsteps coming after him, leaves and twigs being broken underfoot. Maybe the sound of her checking the clip of the gun to see how much ammo she had left. Anything to clue him in that he was about to be shoot while crawling through the forest.

But...nothing. After a while, he heard foot steps, but they weren't coming towards him he didn't think. It was hard to tell. To be safe, he kept still, waiting and listening. Maybe Clio thought he'd gotten away too. That would suit him just fine. After what seemed like an eternity, he climbed to hit feet, slowly with his ear cocked for the slightest sound suggesting he wasn't alone. Still, nothing. Just distant waves crashing against the beach, birds resettling after the sudden gunfire. It was only then that he allowed himself to relax, if only a little. The Irishman crept forward, cautious still, fixing his hat while he made his way to the second bag.

It was only when he reached it did a sudden realization hit him. Which way did Tabi go? After making sure she was moving, he'd focused more on getting away himself. For a second, he felt panic. He was alone again, after he was so close to finding his two best friends. Was this going to keep happening? Coming so close only to have the rug pulled out from under him at the last second? It was garbage, but there wasn't anything he could do about it. No, he had to try to find Tabi, or keep looking for Kris. Some direction, at least. Grabbing Kris's bag, he set off though the trees.

((Etain Brennan continued in Sometimes Sanctuary isn't that Far Away))
Edited by Che Cluevara, Oct 27 2010, 06:14 AM.
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