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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby TwoThousand » January 13th, 2018, 1:05:06 pm

He was quiet for a few moments as he thought of how they could reorientate themselves, unfortunately, it seemed like some, if not most, of these streets weren't marked well so it would maybe even be counter-productive to use the street signs, as few as they were, to guide them. He felt his heart grow heavy as he continued to consider the situation, cocking his head back and looking at the worn buildings, clenching his hands into fists and pressing his left thumb against his finger repeatedly as he waited for an idea to come to him. Had they made a wrong turn? No, it couldn't be. They had only made a single left, it couldn't be possible for them to have somehow ended up backtracking, there was no way.

Jack lowered his head and looked at Marley, letting out a calmed breath and even laughed for a moment at the idea of them being lost, "You're mistaken." He started, explaining to her the situation they were in, how it wasn't even possible for them to have backtracked. "I know it looks exactly like somewhere we've passed, but that's just how the city is, it can be very confusing if you lose your bearings. Trust me, we're going the right way." He put his hands up to the grey sky as if rejoicing that he didn't get them lost. "And, worse comes to worse we could always ask one of the locals," He said assuredly, laughing again. Of course, the girl who wasn't from around here would think they were lost, it only made sense. He wouldn't be surprised if she had never been to a real city before in her life. Despite the massive cities that covered countless miles there were just as many people who lived quiet lives on farms far from the city. Something that Jack had always wanted to see was a solar farm, it amazed him how there could possibly be somewhere where the sun tore through the clouds long enough to actually be farmed, it seemed unreal to him. Only on the rarest of days did the sun actually pierce through the clouds in the city, usually smoke and haze covered it, even if it would be an otherwise clear day. In fact, he couldn't even remember the last time he had left the city.
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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby Goldenwings » January 13th, 2018, 9:45:46 pm

"I'm confident I've seen this street before," she stated. Marley didn't know the city, she wouldn't even be able to point out the direction they had come from, but she was fairly certain that they had passed by here before. She furrowed her brows, trying to recall what had happened during the preceding few minutes. They had come around the corner, past the poorly locked basement doors, and she remembered being able to see a glimpse of a lighter patch of sky. Then she remembered that, as she turned her head, she made eye contact with a decrepit feral dog. Then the bucket and the clothesline. She ran it over in her head a few times, the memory still fresh in her head. Doors, sky, cat, dog, clothesline. She knew for a fact that the first time, there had been no dog, and the sky was a few shades lighter than before. Otherwise, it was the same scene. She could just picture it in her head both times, clear as day.

"I'm completely confident I've seen this street before," she repeated, feeling obnoxious for having stated her certainty for something like the fifth time in as many minutes. She pointed casually down the street, "It doesn't really matter if we've passed this place before. The most important part is that you do know where you're going, right?"
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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby TwoThousand » January 13th, 2018, 11:50:56 pm

Jack scrunched his nose as he thought about it, then tilted his head to the right, gesturing they go that way. A thought crossed his mind that it was possible somehow he had them walking in circles for hours, but he was also sure they had made only a single turn, so there was no way they could've been looping back around. He stopped for another moment, before nodding confidently and looking to Marley. "I know where we're going." He said proudly, puffing his chest out and adjusting his hat before marching the way he pointed.

It took a few twists and turns, and they had passed through the same street a few more times before eventually, he found it. Jack grinned wildly and pointed at a break in the tall buildings to one that was much shorter than the rest, and looked much older. Many of the windows were cracked, and a few panels were falling off of the side of the oddly wooden structure surrounded by mostly concrete. The sky seemed much darker here than before, and Jack wondered if he was just imagining it, having just navigated what felt like an inescapable maze.

He let out a puff of air and took off his hat with one hand, brushing back and fixing his hair with the other to relieve the stress of navigating them to the house. It had felt like they had walked for hours, and his heart began to pound. He hoped that inside there'd be a woman with the all the answers for Marley, he also hoped that this woman wouldn't guide them right into a trap, which was also likely.
"Here we go," He told Marley, touching his fingertips to the door, which looked to be falling apart.
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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby Goldenwings » January 14th, 2018, 1:52:44 am

Marley gave a gentle sigh and trailed after Jack. She still wasn't completely convinced they weren't walking about in circles, but she was willing to trust his judgement over hers. She loosened the cloak around her shoulders and softly cleared her throat. The smog in the air must be getting to her. The stone under her feet clicked in a satisfying way against the soles of her shoes, and she was suddenly very aware of the way the sound echoed off of the nearby buildings.

Along the way, she was sure they had passed the same basement, sky, dog, bucket street at least twice more, but Jack seemed so confident in where he was going that she didn't mention it. She followed him all the way to a squat building that somehow managed to seem even more abandoned than the rest of the dreary structures they had passed. Marley guessed it must have, at some point, been on the outskirts of the city, but the steady march of civilization had long ago swallowed it up, leaving it standing as a lone monument to the pre-industrial era, rotting and forgotten. It was oddly funny to see the wooden hut between towers of exclusively concrete and brick. All of the windows were either streaked glass, smashed in places, or sloppily boarded up with crooked nails. Marley felt like she should have ducked for cover when Jack blew a small stream of air in the general direction of the house. She was impressed that it kept standing. Jack only had to touch the door to send it creaking open.

Marley stepped inside and, peering into the dark, immediately thought 'trap'. The only two windows on the first floor were to her left. Dust, disturbed by their entrance, danced in the soft grey light trying its best to illuminate the room. The disarray in the room was impressive, considering the sparse furniture. Straight ahead of her, Marley could see through a dark doorway into the adjacent room. It seemed like the room they were in right now and that adjacent room were the only two on the first floor. The thick layer of dust over the broken stool by her feet suggested to Marley that nobody had been there in a while. This was an old woman, she reasoned, presumably hiding from the authorities. Why should she assume that the house was abandoned? She made her way along the window wall, toward the overturned armoire, and glass crunched ominously under her feet. She bent down over the scattered drawers, examining the contents. It was difficult to tell why the armoire was tipped over; it could have been a vicious struggle or a search or simply rotted floorboards. The armoire itself was pretty shabby looking, without any fancy decoration. The floor around it was strewn with fallen shelves and presumably their former contents. Some plain, cheap plates and crude silverware mixed in with decaying sheets of paper. Marley didn't see anything interesting after scanning the items with a cursory glance and moved on.

Through the doorway was a dark, still room that held the remnants of a kitchen with a single, naked lightbulb in the center. Marley reached up and pulled its chain. Nothing happened. Over to the left were narrow wooden stairs with the apparent structural integrity of cardboard. Marley felt uncomfortable rummaging through an unfamiliar person's things. She placed her right foot on the lowest step, testing whether it would withstand her weight. It seemed to hold, so the continued slowly up the stairs, testing every step as she went. At the top, she found a short hallway so narrow that her shoulders almost grazed the walls on either side. Two doors led to each side. The right one was slightly ajar, and Marley caught a glimpse of a humanoid shape through the crack. "Hello?" she whispered and knocked gently on the door. She could barely hear herself over the pounding of her heart. "I'm in need of some help, and my friend said you might be able to assist me." There was no response and the figure didn't seem to move. Praying to whatever higher being might have been listening that it wasn't a trap, Marley nudged the door open.

She was frozen in simultaneous shock, disappointment, disgust, and astonishment. What she assumed had once been the old woman sat in a bizarre, grotesque pose in a rickety chair at a 45 degree angle away from the door, like it had been thrown there as an afterthought. The room was surprisingly dry, and the stench of death Marley was so familiar with was completely absent. A huge knife glinted in her mummified ribcage and her skull was frozen open in what had once been a cry for help. Marley held her breath until she felt her face turn colors and her fingers start tingling. Not bothering to close the door, she hastened down the steps. Standing on the lowest stair, she called for Jack, doing her best to let her voice carry through the house and convey a sense of urgency.
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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby TwoThousand » January 14th, 2018, 2:24:18 am

Jack followed in after Marley, think it was her journey to find the lady, not his, so let her find her. He coughed a few times after he closed the door gently behind them, dust blowing into the air making him hide his nose behind his undershirt, which he pulled up to cover the dust from more dust getting into his lungs. It amazed him how so much could've settled and how horribly the place reeked despite most of the windows technically being open. It took only a few moments of looking around the place for dread to set in and for him to realize just how grim the situation looked for them, he doubted the lady actually existed, it was probably just an abandoned house kids made stories about. He sighed, looking for any source of a light source, candle or otherwise. He found what he assumed to be a switch and pressed it in attempts to turn it on to no success. He sighed and placed two fingertips against the switch, letting a current flow through him, only for the light to come on for a moment, temporarily illuminating the mess before the lightbulb popped and glass shattered on the floor, causing him to jump back and almost trip on something behind him laying on the ground.

He sighed again and shook his head, then began to walk forward, curious where Marley had gone. Every room looked the same, equally destroyed, as though a storm had blown through and made sure to cause maximal damage. With every step he heard a new sound under his foot, signifying something else crushed. Jack eventually came upon the steps and placed a foot on the bottom step. "You really went up there?" He asked through his makeshift mask. He couldn't see very far up, but from what he could tell, it'd be a tight fit. He wondered how the lady could've lived here all those years if she had, or who could've lived here in the first place regardless.

Finally, Jack began his start up the stairs, a step creaking horribly under him, letting out a whine that sounded like a mouse dying. Before he had a chance to put his foot on the next step he heard Marley call out from ahead, and his eyes widened in the dark and he hurried up the steps, ignoring the complaints they made. He jogged down the hall with his shoulders tucked close to him and quickly reached where Marley was, sliding to a halt behind her and peeking into the room. "Are you alright?" He asked, scanning the room quickly before his eyes fell upon the body. He let out a quiet curse and a deep sigh, looking for the light switch in this room and attempting a similar trick as before, except this time the light stayed on, revealing the carnage in front of them. "Now what?" He asked, feeling his heart grow heavy once more. He felt like he had failed the girl by bringing her here, what would she do now?
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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby Goldenwings » January 14th, 2018, 3:03:56 am

"I think we should focus on getting out of here as fast as possible," Marley said, eyes like saucers. "It seems like it's been a while since this was last a place of interest, but I wouldn't count on being able to stay here for much longer." She coughed as she inhaled the dust kicked up by Jack's arrival and held up her sleeve over her mouth. She couldn't tear her eyes away from the horrifying scene in front of her, although her every instinct told her to get out of there. It felt as if her legs had rooted themselves into the splintered boards beneath her. The short pang of emotion she had felt upon walking in had ebbed, as if part of her assumed it was some sort of cruel joke or elaborate ploy, but the clear long-term neglect of the dwelling and the long-dead, mummified body in front of her begged to differ. She coughed again through the fabric of her shirt and tore herself away.

Marley wasted no time rushing down the stairs. Approaching the front door, she turned toward the broken window immediately to her right and looked out onto the street. It was deserted. She threw open the door and immediately wedged herself in the small gap between the creepy wooden house and the neighboring brick apartment building, paranoid of being seen. She still had her elbow up to her mouth and she didn't think she had blinked since she first found the woman. The full blow of the shock, betrayal, and helplessness she knew she should be feeling hadn't set in yet. She wondered what had happened to the poor woman. No doubt some nosy government investigators had heard rumors of her and sought her out. Stabbed her right through the chest, too. Goddamn merciless. She wondered if she armoire had been the result of a struggle or a search. She hoped for the lady's sake it was the latter. Marley took a calm breath and unwedged herself from her hiding place to emerge onto the street to wait for Jack.
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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby TwoThousand » January 14th, 2018, 6:53:08 am

Jack agreed, there was no reason to be here now that they found the woman, it could only cause trouble by searching her dwelling. He was certain anything that was of value must've been stolen by whoever came in and murdered the woman. He took one last look at her and shook his head, disappointed. Jack moved his fingers from the button and brushed them against his pants, wiping the dust off them. He felt tired, he wasn't used to channeling his energy like that to light up a room, in fact, he usually only used it for cheap tricks and laughs, never for anything of meaning.

He had never seen a dead body before, but as he headed out of the room he felt almost like he was at a museum, like the woman's corpse was part of an exhibit with the way everything was scattered around the house, seemingly untouched for years. It felt too weird to be true, earlier that morning he was sitting around doing the same he did every day- nothing, and now here he was discovering a corpse and helping a rejected Other find answers, or whatever it was she wanted. He put his hands into his pockets as he moved down the stairs, assuming Marley had gone outside after she hurried out. He wondered how she was feeling, the kind of shock she was going through now, what was she going to do now if that was her only lead? He figured she was back to where she was about two hours ago, nothing.

Stepping out of the door he caught a glimpse of Marley huddled between an opening in buildings, and his first thought wasn't if she was alright, but rather how gross those walls probably were. Jack looked at her for a moment as she tried to calm herself and glanced down to the ground, speaking in a sympathetic and soft tone, as if she were a child, "If you need, there's a spot in my house tonight, could give you a chance to gather your thoughts," He suggested, slipping his arms out from his pockets now and taking a small step towards her. Jack thought back to when he found out about his mother, randomly murdered on the street one day by a Normal just for being an Other, he could feel his stomach begin to knot itself at the idea that Marley felt even remotely like he did then, and took another step forward a moment later, quickly slipping his arms around her and giving her a hug and probably overstepping his bounds. Although Jack wouldn't consider the two of them by any means friends yet, he did consider himself in her position for a brief moment as he hugged her.
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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby Goldenwings » January 14th, 2018, 12:40:20 pm

"That would be nice," said Marley, looking at her feet in deep thought. The way she felt was strange, like she could pinpoint the exact emotions she should be feeling but instead felt utter nothingness. She did feel a twinge of guilt for not feeling emotional over the scene she had just encountered, but it felt like apologizing for something you felt no remorse for--fake and blundering. It was like dissecting a small creature, like she was on the operating table digging through her own emotions without ever actually feeling any of them. Like rummaging through a suitcase you weren't really supposed to find in the first place.

Instead of hearing Jack's footsteps as he went back down the street, Marley was startled to feel him place his arms around her. She didn't react for a few moments, trying to process this new information. Only then did she slowly, awkwardly reach around and pat him on the back with her left hand. To her, it seemed he was taking what had transpired much harder than she was. She was thankful for this momentary distraction from her confusing thoughts, but bewildered in a completely different way by the sudden intimacy. She continued to give him small pats on the back, her head stuck looking up at the slowly darkening sky and her chin buried beneath his shoulder, completely baffled and taken aback. Something about the situation felt vaguely comical to her.

She kept as still as possible, except for her hand, for much longer than she felt comfortable, but until Jack let go of her.
"We should head out," she nodded. She pointed up at the sky and added, "We'll be walking in the dark if we don't start moving." She looked back down and continued in the same breath, "Are you alright by the way?"
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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby TwoThousand » January 14th, 2018, 3:10:55 pm

Jack could feel his face beginning to grow hot as Marley patted him on the back, realizing how foolish hugging the girl was. It quickly became obvious to him that she wasn't affected by seeing the dead body, or at least she was keeping her emotions on a tight leash, and he drew his arms back in a rigid motion, figuring she probably felt very uncomfortable with the situation, as he now did. "Sorry, I..." he muttered, trailing off before he could finish explaining as she was already on the next topic. Of course, she wasn't hit hard by it, he didn't know why he cared either, they didn't even know if the woman actually existed or not until a moment ago.

He stepped back from her and adjusted his jacket, looking up the sky which was growing a more evil color, with grim lines of red and orange peaking in through the thick clouds in some spots, making it look like fire was about to rain down on them, the evening was upon them, they had been walking much longer than he initially realized, and he hoped they'd be able to get back to his home before dark completely fell on them. Although he was familiar with the streets by him and knew which ones to avoid to not stumble upon something dangerous, around here he was somewhat clueless, and could only guess that every street was dangerous, judging by how little it seemed anyone cared about them. Jack took a breath now when she of what was fresher air when she asked if he was okay. He continued his previous statement, trying to explain once more," I...I thought you would be upset, I'm fine." He shook his head to himself and tried to clear his mind of how horrible hugging Marley had been, how stupid he felt for doing that, and how he'd have to navigate them once more.

"Let's hope I don't get us lost on the way back," He said lamely, then started heading back from the way they had come. The whole situation was so weird to him, how they had passed the same street what felt like a hundred times, not to mention his actions, the woman, how he had stolen someone's priceless earring today so he could buy the girl a bagel. He took a few heavy breaths as he started walking, really feeling just how out of shape he was when it came to using his abilities now.
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Re: Goldenwings x Twothousand

Postby Goldenwings » January 14th, 2018, 4:48:37 pm

Marley was completely taken aback by the way Jack changed after walking back out of the house. While before, he was cocky and inquisitive and frankly kind of irritating with his constant jabs and sarcasm, now Marley kind of wished he'd smile at her and tell her to make sure she didn't freak out on him. She didn't really mind the hug, but it was just a bit weird and completely untelegraphed. This day had been a complete emotional roller coaster, and Marley barely had enough energy left to be concerned for Jack, even if the concern was passive. After the tumultuous events of the day, she actually kind of relished the calm of exhaustion.

The angry red sky cast thin, cold shadows over them as they walked in silence. The alleyways between the buildings gaped like the pitch black maw of snakes slithering over to swallow them whole. The darkness creeping up would have normally made Marley stay alert and on her toes, but she was way too exhausted to keep up that charade. The streets were utterly deserted now, but it felt more than ever that they were about to run into someone around every corner. The windows of the wealthier looking buildings burned a sickly electric yellow and the poorer, often cracked or boarded up windows flickered with the unsteady light of kerosene or candles. Everything around them felt abandoned, and the only hint of the residents of the city were the fuzzy, humanoid shadows passing every so often in front of the window lights like ghosts.

Marley's feet began to ache, and she remembered the second half of the bagel that she had stuffed into her bag. She brought it up close to her face, struggling to see the latch in the weak light. She eventually got it open and rummaged about in its contents. A few coins jingled, something rustled and she produced the bagel. She held it in her hands for a moment and broke it in half. She silently offered one of the halves to Jack.
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