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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Washu Hakubi on Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:11 am

    Washu had just been minding her own business on today's trip to the supermarket, picking up some of the few grocery items that her lab couldn't produce on its own. That changed, however, when she heard the commotion a few aisles over. Rather than go to check like any normal curious person would, the scientist simply took to the air, flying up above the shelves to get a better look at what might be going on. Given the mayhem going on down below, no one would give her a second glance, most likely.

    Speaking of said mayhem, Washu looked down to see if she could find the origin of all the noise, and she found it in the form of Agent J, who was hassling some rather tall fellow in a concealing robe. The agent was still without his partner apparently, and that was a bit worrying; she hadn't seen K since just before the chaos in April.

    Oh snap, did J just steal that guy's hat? The resulting bellow of rage from the now revealed alien nearly made the scientist land on top of one of the shelves to try and catch her breath, that almost felt like she was a bit too close to an explosion or something! As J ran like hell, Washu got a good look at his pursuer. Wait; purple, horns, red eyes with glaring yellow pupils, and those teeth like piano keys? Ohoho, that was the Evil Emperor Zurg down there, and J pretty much tagged his berserk button. She was tempted to fly down and save the poor kid, but her intuition told her to wait.

    J proved to be quite capable of saving himself, anyway. Washu winced as she watched Zurg slam into that jam display; that had to hurt! All that jam couldn't be good for that fancy robe, either. She awaited another explosion of rage, but the reaction from the alien after he picked himself up off the floor didn't seem very Evil Emperor-like this time. He even offered to pay for the damages, if she was hearing things right. Huh, things just kept getting stranger and stranger. Curiosity entirely too piqued at this point, the scientist couldn't help but follow Zurg out of the store to see just what was really going on.

    Washu kept flying, phasing through the wall when she got to it, and watched Zurg make a beeline straight for J's hiding place. Hmm, those were some impressive senses, if the alien could track that well without seeing the direction his prey had fled to. She started to wonder if he knew she was following, figured the answer was probably yes, but kept it up anyway. He would've told her to scram by now if he cared she was in the area.

    The scientist finally just settled on the edge of the supermarket's roof, sitting down to listen. It turned out J still hadn't found K, and Washu's heart went out to the poor guy. That he was willing to risk Zurg's wrath just so he could try and find some clue of his partner's whereabouts? That was serious dedication to your friend right there! Unfortunately, after handing over his antiquated hacking device, it would seem J's attempt to find anything useful from Zurg's satellites was ultimately fruitless.

    Washu started wondering if her own satellites had more luck, and so brought up a search on her subspace laptop. It took her a few moments to get it going with the right parameters, and while she did that, she kept a curious eye on what was going on below. Asking the planet a question, hmm? That was certainly interesting, and something she might've been able to do herself, if she had full access to her true power. She still stayed out of it, content to watch while her computer did its thing.
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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Zurg on Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:36 pm

    Agent J, you were a regular chatterbox. Quit smacking your lips and think about K! You do want to find him, yes? Already Zurg knew this wasn't going to be an easy task, but his word was his word. He was going to help J find his missing partner as best he could, even if the planet might... be a little too energetic today. You could never know with planets... Now if only Agent J could settle down and stick to the plan, too. All that talking was starting to bounce Zurg's thoughts around and hinder his question! This had to be perfectly asked.

    Although it may be weird that the monarch was holding the Agent like this, it was not. Intimate his purple fanny - this was necessary to tether your thoughts to Zurg's question! What, you assume planets to be mind readers? News flash, J; planets had thick crusts and were extremely dense at times. Now think about K... Yes, that's right... Think about your partner...

    Things finally grew quiet, the silence Zurg needed, and J must have started to comply. No, the monarch could not see the Agent's thoughts; he wasn't a mind reader himself. But he could channel those thoughts, as messy as they were, through the necessary conduit - his bare, jam-ridden feet. And you thought the ruler was going to make love with you... Agent J, you had a really hyperactive imagination, you know that? Not everything was about intercourse! Oh... Zurg needed to focus. Focus! Focus... empty out the mind and simply... drift. No sooner had Agent J shut his yap did the alien's conscious slip away, J only holding a dormant body without its mind. The Zurg he knew was no longer standing next to him, aware of no one's presence except his own and another's at the moment. Rather... the monarch was far, far away; everywhere and yet... nowhere. It was all pretty hard to explain and if Zurg wasn't careful he could find his conscious lost forever in one much, much bigger than his own.

    But now that he had successfully pulled away from the Noise above, in the darkened silence... It was time to start the question.

    K...

    Where is...

    K...

    This will take time...


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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Agents K and J on Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:14 pm

    So there J was, in the embrace of a rumbling, purple... teddy bear. The Agent didn't know how to feel about this but at least he wasn't being: eaten, sacrificed, violated, or any of the sort today. Hey, some aliens were just that into their rituals. Instead, J had nothing more to do than to just listen to Evil Emperor's heartbeat and thundering rumble, the Agent slightly lulled. "You know, Zurg..." J slurred, placated. "You sound like a damn washing machine. Might wanna get that checked, just sayin'..." But like a washing machine in a good way - a way that filled the background noise just right for a good nap. As much as J wanted to lay down, he couldn't. He had to think about K - think about K!

    And so he did, the Agent closing his eyes and focusing.

    His first memory ever of his partner was back in New York City. Oh, how recalling the city brought a small smile to J's face. New York City... Home... Central Park, Empire State, Battery Tunnel, Madison Square Garden, and even Times Square! And, yes; can't forget about Jeeb's shop, too. Slimeball... Oh, and Frank's newsstand! Another slimeball... but better than Jeebs.

    J's thoughts then went to MIB HQ, where familiar faces cropped up. L... Zed... The Worms... The Twins... Aileen... Agent X, that douche... Dr. Zeeltor, Troy, and even... Alpha. Can't really forget a face like that. But, most importantly... K, with his wrinkles and everything. Look at all the people they had left behind... Were they okay? Had their home universe really been... destroyed? Did some of them make or did they all...

    What's the matter, Slick? Getting cold feet?

    J snorted, feeling down on his luck. Yeah, you would say that, wouldn't you, K... Like nothing bothers you... Like nothing phased your seemingly-impenetrable defenses. Why did you have to be so... grumpy? Why were you so emotionless, indifferent? You were that way to everyone - to Zed, your multiple partners, and even J. Why...?

    Instantly his mind went back to when they first met, when J had finished running after a man whom he thought to be pretty average. You know, for street scum. Turns out the man was really an alien, and that's where K came in - who also wiped J's memory of the entire incident. He didn't really know what happened on that night, K was pretty tight-lipped about it, but J could guess. The alien died most likely, and that's when K showed up again, this time with the address to the MIB HQ and offering a new "life". J remembered that day.

    "What's the catch?"
    "The catch? The catch is you will sever every human contact. Nobody will ever know you exist anywhere. Ever. I'll give you to sunrise to think it over."

    Nobody will ever know you exist...

    You know, it was kinda sad. And ironic, maybe, that the first people he thought about when the universe was destroyed were his coworkers down at MIB. Not his family, not his actual friends, and not the police precinct he worked for but... his coworkers down at MIB. This career had consumed everything about him - but was it worth it? K seemed to think so, and sometimes... it was. J got to see aliens, really cool weapons, and sweet rides that could put any Ferrari to shame. What wasn't to like?

    "You'll dress only in attire specially sanctioned by MiB special services. You'll conform to the identity we give you, eat where we tell you, live where we tell you. From now on you'll have no identifying marks of any kind. You'll not stand out in any way. Your entire image is crafted to leave no lasting memory with anyone you encounter. You're a rumor, recognizable only as deja vu and dismissed just as quickly. You don't exist; you were never even born. Anonymity is your name. Silence your native tongue. You're no longer part of the System. You're above the System. Over it. Beyond it. We're "them." We're "they." We are the Men in Black."

    Oh... that. The complete and total destruction of James Darrell Edwards III. It didn't sound so bad when you first started the job, but after awhile? You kinda... start to change - to get cynical. Like everything about Earth doesn't matter except to protect it against hostile alien forces looking to spoil your Fourth of July cookout. You became a tool, is what it was. A tool in a system above the System. But a tool nonetheless...

    Is that why you vanished, K? Were you tired of being a tool to a cause that no longer existed? Was that it...? Somehow J knew he'd never know the answer, and he simply listened to the Evil Emperor's rumbling, there and yet... not, at the same time.

    K... Where are you...?
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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Zurg on Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:42 pm

    Talking with a planet was really an over-glorified waiting game. If you didn't have patience, then you shouldn't try to speak with a planet. It must have been ten minutes since the question was carefully posed, Zurg's words necessarily thought out to be precisely want he wanted to know. If you weren't precise, then you ran the risk of wasting a hefty amount of time for the wrong answer. That could sometimes run you several months to years, depending on your mistake.

    As the minutes continued to tick by, Zurg's consciousness left floating in this void... It would seem that an answer would not be - wait... WAIT! Something took hold of him, something powerful... eager. It was like a sudden rush of water colliding into his body, the monarch lost to tumble in the tide as he futilely tried to regain control.

    Noises...
    Smells...
    Sights...
    Feelings...!

    He was the earth. He was the ocean. He was the wind. He was what breathed life into everyone all at once. He was something not meant to be. Stop...

    It was too much, too fast. The alien was dragged from experience to experience, his body hot, his body cold, his body reliving sensations not meant for an average person to encounter. He felt as if insects were crawling over his skin, the awareness incredibly uncomfortable. He felt his head being thrust under again and again, his mind barely allowed to come up for air. Stop... This wasn't what was asked... But his lone thought was met with resistance and the bigger conscious around him didn't want to let go. It wanted to keep showing, to keep telling. It had so much to tell him, so much to say! It wanted to smother him with every - !

    Stop!

    Nothingness.

    The tumbling ceased and his mind leveled, his thoughts his own and the bigger conscious... quiet. What had just happened was extremely dangerous, and any lesser Listener would have lost their mind, drowned. But Zurg was determined, and he once again tried to reason with the youthful awareness.

    K...

    A normally simple letter to one who knew the Basic alphabet, the planet... did not. It did not know what K was - it didn't even know how to see such a thing, this artificial construct of the spoken word. What were words? What is speech? The awareness struggled, the awareness became afraid. K? What is K? It could not comprehend and through silence its thoughts were clear. It did not know what K was. Zurg started to tumble slowly again, but this time he took control early before the planet ran off with him.

    K...

    Who is...

    K...


    Who? Zurg felt the insects crawling upon his skin again, and he understood. Yes, K was a person - people. K belonged to people. Where is K, the person? K, a man? Do you know where K is? Now, planets did not understand proper sentence structure - they didn't even know what a sentence was. But this one... This one sought to please. It took him; took him... somewhere. Somewhere that made his skin feel... cool and wet - damp. Zurg felt tiny pricks all over, but... not the same as the insects crawling upon him. These little ripples in the pond were small, clustered. And the smell... Gases, earth, decay. It was overpowering to perceive in that instant, the monarch feeling sick.

    Where had you taken him...


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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Washu Hakubi on Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:19 pm

    Now, whatever Zurg was doing, it wasn't really something that Washu's laptop could detect outright, but the scientist herself could definitely sense something weird going on. It was subtle, whatever it was, but the energy in the area had changed somehow. Huh, maybe the alien and the planet really were talking to each other? It was a definite possibility, and she had certainly seen stranger things.

    Meanwhile, the scientist's own search was actually coming up with something useful, though she still didn't see hide nor hair of K. Her satellites found the LTD, though; it seemed to be parked somewhere out in the middle of nowhere. Washu squinted at the orbital photo she managed to pull up . . . was that deep in the forest, or closer to the marshlands? She typed some more into the laptop, trying to gather more data. She had enough satellites in orbit at this point to form a somewhat decent GPS network, but it didn't quite have the sort of resolution she was used to.

    Washu still kept one eye on Zurg and J, though. If the alien monarch found anything, she could probably follow up on it.
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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Agents K and J on Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:58 pm

    Unlike Washu, or anyone with sensitivity to the strange, J didn't feel anything out of the ordinary. Zurg was still doing his thing, whatever that was, and the Agent was still stuck in the alien's embrace. Damn, this guy was strong! J tried once again to squirm away but no luck. Iron grip was an iron grip. Felt like he was in a living sarcophagus... How did Miss Pistonne put up with these hugs? Wonder how that affected their... "Mmm, J?" the man said to himself, making a slight face. "That is definitely not where we want to go today, thank you."

    Click, click, click...

    Hey, how long had that been going on? For the umpteenth time J wanted nothing more than to move his neck but he could not. Instead, the Agent's hands and feet were coupled with the alien's, and that left the man all the more stuck. Guess he had to do this while blind. "Who's there?" J asked, hoping it wasn't the salesclerk again. Wasn't she spooked enough? "Hey, whatever it is that you're thinking, I can assure you - this is not that." Gotta cover a man's bases as fast as you can! Doubt the space hippie story would work for a second time, though... Quick! Say something!

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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Zurg on Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:27 pm

    Cute, J. Very cute. You're lucky that Zurg couldn't hear you right now. The monarch was too busy sorting out all the mismatching ripples that tapped around his field of vision. A planet could not See, no. They could only Listen, Feel. Here, in the void, the alien saw nothing; there was nothing. There was nothing but the beating of tiny hearts, the fluttering of minuscule wings, the breathing of gills and the swaying of branches. There was so much noise... How could he sort through this all? Each sound, each sensation upon his skin, reflected like a drop in still water. Many were the same, others were different; none were easy to set aside into a pile. It was frustrating but he kept his patience high despite the prickling.

    He needed a specific sound, a specific ripple that stood out from all the others. Zurg ruled out the tiny hearts first; he deemed these belonging to frogs for they seemed to "hop" about on his irritated skin. He could be wrong, however. Next he focused on ruling out the "rush", the sensation of something sliding down his body; either water, or snakes. Hopefully water. And so the process went, slowly eliminating the noises not necessary to his search. It was painstakingly draining, and the more the monarch spent in this state the faster his stamina dwindled. He didn't have much time...

    Da-dum... Da-dum... Da-dum...

    Wait...

    Amid all the noise a single sound stood out, the monarch placing all of his concentration upon it. The earth beat with it, the pulse alluring. It was steady but shallow, worn with age and having a hitch every so often. Could this be...? Zurg wasted no time. The monarch tumbled through the noise, shunning all other distractions aside as he "swam" for the sound's source. It wasn't too far... It was at his reach if he could only concentrate! But he had already spent too much time... his mind weary and sluggish. So close... So close...!

    Da-dum... Da-dum... Da-dum...

    Closer... Closer...!

    Da-dum... Da-dum... Da-dum...

    There... There...! K was...!

    In that instant Zurg was ripped away, the alien's conscious having fully expending its energy. No longer could he Listen and in a sickening rush the monarch zipped through the land, the planet dragging him back to the beginning. Where once he had been in a place far away, he was now back at the supermarket alley, his mind reattached with his body. The sensation was far from pleasant and the alien jolted to life.

    "HGH!" With a gasp he shoved himself away from J, his body feeling as if it were blistering, skin hot and agitated. He wanted to scratch and pick, but he knew nothing was there. Everything was so loud, everything was so bright...! His head pounded with pressure and tension, the alien ultimately stumbling away without a clue where he was going. He had to lay down, he had to remove his feet off the ground. Anything to shut the foreign awareness plaguing his mind with overbearing sensations...!

    The monarch found a patch of cultivated grass and collapsed, Zurg's feet off the ground and his mind quiet at last. "Nnnngh..." Well... That was enough adventure for one day. Hopefully the spinning would stop so he didn't lose his breakfast...


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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Washu Hakubi on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:45 am

    That sudden outburst made Washu phase out from her perch, and then reappear next to where J had ended up sprawled on the ground. She smirked a little bit as she looked down at him, replying in amusement to his earlier 'this isn't what it looks like'. "Oh, don't worry, Agent J; where I come from that barely rates as decent blackmail material. Juraian royalty can be strange sometimes..."

    She reached down to help him up, and once J was on his feet, she sighed. "Now I wish I'd actually left you something to get in contact with me; if I knew how little luck you were having, I would've helped you out. I did find something just now, but I have the feeling we'll need whatever your new friend over there got to really pinpoint anything concrete. I'm still not familiar enough with this planet yet."

    With that, Washu turned away from the agent, and boldly stepped towards the still recovering alien. She stopped just short of striking distance, studying Zurg briefly before she spoke. "I suppose you must be the Evil Emperor Zurg? Or maybe just Zurg, as you don't seem all that evil to me. I'm Washu, greatest scientist in the universe, and a friend of the two agents . . . did you find anything useful while you were talking to the planet? If you did, hopefully we can put all our data together and track down K."

    There was the urge to get her laptop back out and scan him, but Washu held back. Finding K was a bit higher on the priority list than adding to her research data, surprisingly enough . . .
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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Agents K and J on Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:19 am

    BAM! J hit the ground and he hit the ground hard. The man was almost seeing stars!

    "Hey, what's the big idea!?" Looks like his giant purple teddy bear had taken a sudden dislike for dark meat. Grumbling Agent J took Miss Hakubi's hand, dusting himself off once he was up. "Believe me; if I had your contact I wouldn't need go through all this trouble..." And J would be more than happy to deal with the pink-haired scientist than the shivering monarch over there. Wait... "Hey, I wouldn't get near him just yet," he warned, taking a stance next to Miss Hakubi. What was wrong with the Evil Emperor? Why did he shudder and convulse like that? Something didn't look right and J wanted no surprises. "He may not look evil anymore, but don't let him fool you," J remarked as he knelt down. What had Zurg encountered? "Our Eminence, here, is quite the manipulative bastard. Hold on."

    Maybe J was concerned or maybe J had a death wish, but he reached out to grip the alien's shoulder. "Yo, Zurg. Yo, you all right? You look like you saw Betty White naked, or somethin'." J would be surprised if the Evil Emperor knew who that was. "Hey, what did you discover? Did you find K?" Hopefully the alien could answer in his rattled state.

    Was asking a question that hard? Really? J looked down at his feet, a slight frown on his face. Huh, he'd have never guessed...
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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Zurg on Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:45 am

    Too much noise... Too much light... Ugh, cheap cologne...

    Zurg was officially having the worst migraine of the month right about now. Normally they didn't bother him and normally they went away on their own, but this one? Oh, this one... The alien groaned again and was effectively immobilized while two wobbly auras stood next to his distorted vision, various sources of light streaking and his temples just throbbing. The loud one was J, obviously... But who was the other in that awful bright colour? Oh, Cosmos, it was pink...

    The One Called Washu wrote:"I suppose you... Evil Emperor Zurg? Or maybe just Zurg, as you... all that evil... me."
    He couldn't understand a word she just said... The monarch rolled to his side and shakily forced himself to sit up. Ugh... Felt like all of his organs had just displaced themselves into his skull... With a hand upon his head the alien winced, trying to make sense of what was going on. "Do you have any idea..." he gurgled a bit off-key, still disorientated. "...of just how impossible it is to reason with a planet?" Because Zurg was going to tell you right now; good-freaking-luck. You try having your "mind" shuffled around the globe and then tossed back like some common plaything while this constant noise felt like bursting your head open as if it were an overripe melon. Oh, Cosmos! Not the skin! Don't touch the skin!

    "Sssss, NNNNNGH...!" Zurg produced a pained face as if J's hand was like fire, and the alien slowly reached over with a quaking hand to peel the man's fingers off his shoulder. "Don't... touch me...!" the monarch rasped. Everything was really sensitive right now, and it was taking all of Zurg's will not to enter a migraine-induced rampage. Another thing about asking questions to a planet; they sometimes took your mortal body for granted and showed you too much. Zurg still felt those invisible insects crawling over his skin... "Yes, I found your partner... He's alive," croaked the alien. "I felt him through the earth... He's here, but far away..." Where, though?

    Here the alien bent forward a little, both of his hands upon his head and his eyes closed shut. "Uunngh..." He knew where, just not... exactly, if that made any sense. "K is in a swamp," Zurg said at last, putting all the pieces together. Another problem with planets? Taking their imperfect pieces of information was like putting a jigsaw together - blind. "He's in a swamp... I felt him there. I don't know which swamp, but a swamp nonetheless. A slimy one, covered in snakes and frogs..." He shivered and ran his hands up his arms and torso. That was a bit odd, though. Why would a person disappear into a swamp? Sure, it was convenient to fade away but the smell... which was still lingering around in Zurg's mouth. Joy...

    "That is the last time for a good while that I try to ask the planet something extensive..." he sourly mumbled. And to think; Zurg didn't bring a thick pair of shoes, either. Looks like he had to deal with some chatting on the way home from grocery shopping.


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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Washu Hakubi on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:24 pm

    Now see, that was why Washu didn't touch the still ailing Zurg, she had a feeling his senses would be just a bit messed up for a while given what he tried to do. It turned out her hunch was right, too, that they would need whatever info he managed to drag out of the planet. "Easy, J; give the poor man some space for a while. He managed to get just the thing to help us..."

    At that, the scientist brought her laptop back out, pulling up the orbital image of the LTD she found earlier. "I found K's car at these coordinates, it looks like it's parked on the edge of the marshlands. Now, that alone wouldn't be all that useful, but with what Zurg found . . . K's alive, and should still be in that area! If we hurry I'm sure we can catch up to him. Don't worry about transport, I can arrange that; we'll head to the swamp in style via Air Ryo-Ohki!"

    Washu took a moment to focus on her mental link with the cabbit and Ryoko, calling them to come pick her up. Ryoko, Ryo-Ohki . . . that trip to the supermarket just got a little more interesting; a friend and I are going to need a ride, so come get us!

    With that done, she turned her attention toward Zurg again, who still seemed to be having a hard time recovering. The alien was still keeping his feet off the ground, which got the scientist's curiosity going. Hmm, that was the obvious point of contact between him and the planet, and given the still somewhat charged state of the atmosphere around here, maybe it was even still trying to talk to him. Zurg looked a bit too drained to put up with it for long. Feeling merciful for once, she typed into her laptop again, starting a scan. Oh, don't worry, this was only to get a shoe size~

    A bit more typing, then a small portal to subspace formed in the air, and from that portal what looked to be a thick-soled pair of sandals emerged. The portal was positioned so the footwear landed right beside Zurg. Washu just smiled. "Here, the bottoms are lined with a lightweight electromagnetic dampening material; should keep your trip home a bit quieter. Call them a thank you for helping us find K."
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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Agents K and J on Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:29 am

    Wow, the guy looked like he was about to puke his guts out... In that case J kept his distance, not feeling his only suit being ruined today. "No, I haven't talked with a planet before, but I have tried to talk to one of them DMV ladies," J said. "They're sometimes just as big and nasty, if you get what I mean." Obviously these two aliens didn't know what the DMV was, so J dropped his smile and awkwardly fidgeted. "Yeah, I know. Be quiet, J."

    Touching the Evil Emperor seemed to get a negative reaction from him, and J's hand retreated in an instant. See those menacing teeth? Yeah, they looked flat and harmless right now but J was willing to bet that Zurg had a whole mouthful of hand-chomping molars behind them. Not taking the chance.

    "Sorry. Didn't know you were... sensitive..." Was that natural? Zurg was acting like he had the biggest headache this side of the Gamma. Or maybe just on his Zurgythingy PMS; whichever came first.

    Zurg wrote:"Yes, I found your partner... He's alive."
    What!?

    In that instant the man was beside the alien, his hands wanting to grip Zurg's shoulders but thinking against it. "Where, Zurg? Where is K?" He tried not to be demanding but this was his partner! His partner that had been missing for so damn long! The alien was the only tether that could reunite the two and with the help of Miss Hakubi? J actually had a fighting chance!

    Zurg wrote:"K is in a swamp."
    ...Come again?

    A look of deep puzzlement spread across J's face, the Agent bringing his eyes down as his thoughts came to a standstill. "A swamp..." he murmured incredulous. Why would K be at a... And then it hit him, J's eyes seeing the light. "Mr. Dark," he whispered. "K had fought someone called Baba Yaga in the swamp around the time of Mr. Dark!" The Evil Emperor and Miss Hakubi may not know who that was, but they didn't need to. J let the pink-haired scientist address the shivering alien while the Agent started to piece together a puzzle he should have figured out long before now. "K... K met something in the swamp - something that mortified him. It had to be when he fought Baba Yaga - had to be!" What had K seen...? Maybe it was strong enough to bring him back to the swamp!

    Upon hearing that Miss Hakubi had spotted the LTD only made J's day brighter and brighter. "Thanks, Miss Hakubi," he smiled, genuinely grateful. Man, can you believe his luck right now? "I'd really appreciate a ride to the swamp. And you too, Zurg. Thanks for your help. You're not so much the lying, cheating, manipulative bastard I thought you were." And to show that J held no ill will, the man offered his hand to the monarch. "Here, let me help you up. It's the least I could do." Don't ever say that J didn't have a good heart because the man could have been made of solid gold.
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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Zurg on Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:51 am

    Yes, please give him some breathing room. He just covered several hundred kilometers in several seconds. Was it any wonder why Zurg's head felt like it had been force-fed into a funnel? But he suffering was coming at an end, for his pink-haired acquainence was coming to the rescue. A pair of sandals, ones with thick soles, were spat out from a portal and the alien blinked in surprised. These were for him? So fast? The monarch put them on quietly, fitting them over his toes carefully. They were a surprisingly good fit and you know what they say about big feet...

    Sandals on, Zurg was now able to take J's hand, the alien rising up to his towering height and senses steadily flowing back to him. "Ahh..." a sigh of relief escaped his throat and the alien's normal purple hue retook its healthy colouring. No more noise, no more static... The world was dominantly quiet at last. Toes wiggling in their new comfort and his migraine gone, the monarch could clearly see the pair now and some gratitude was in order. "Thank you, Miss Hakubi. That was very merciful of you." She could have scanned every inch of him and violated his privacy; of which he was thankful she didn't. "And thank you for helping me up, Agent J. A change of heart for a poor lying, cheating, manipulative bastard such as myself?" Some humour was always nice to have to bond a few strangers together.

    "Agent K is deep in the swamp, where few have tread before," the alien rumbled. He will tell them everything he discovered now that his mind was cleared of any disturbances. "I could not tell if he had been there before, but he is there and in this direction." Zurg pointed due West, the monarch 100% sure of his directional placement. "I could also tell that he has been there for some time; the earth has been imprinted with his presence long enough. It would seem, Agent J, that your partner is in a state of... reflection." For why else would a man remain in a swamp? Perhaps J was right - something must have happened there for a private man to forsake everything.

    Having said this, Zurg knew. He knew that this would be a meeting that may either strengthen J, or... break him. The whispering in the back of Zurg's mind had ceased, the alien no longer knowing what path would be the best or right to take. That was up for the Agent to discover himself, and as it should be.

    "I will leave you two now." Zurg's helping hand in all of this was done and he had other things to take care of. Like the grocery shopping, cleaning up the jam display and also washing his robes. He had to hand wash these, you know... That took time! So, with a respectful tip of his head, the monarch started to hobble away, his new sandals working their magic to the point a small smile bore its way on his face. "Good luck, Agent J and Miss Hakubi," he said in departure. "May the Eighth be kind to you."

    May it be kind, for what lurked in the swamp may not.

    Zurg rounded the supermarket's corner and was gone, the alien heading back into the store to finish what he had promised to correct.


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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Washu Hakubi on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:23 pm

    No, Washu couldn't rightly say she knew much about the whole Mr. Dark incident besides what little was recorded on the extranet, so she had to take J's word for it. She listened to Zurg's explanation, what he felt K was doing out there, and found herself not entirely surprised. Given what happened back in April, she'd done a bit of reflecting herself . . . close calls like that made a lot of people think a bit harder on the things they did. Not everyone, unfortunately, but not everyone had that sort of insight.

    When Zurg turned to leave, she nodded to acknowledge it. "All right; you do have that mess back there to attend to, after all. Thanks for the help and for wishing us luck . . . somehow I have the feeling we're going to need it."

    After he left, Washu looked up to watch the skies. "And now we wait for Ryo-Ohki . . . it shouldn't take long for her to get here, though."
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    Re: The David and Goliath Syndrome

    Post by Agents K and J on Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:01 am

    Good to know that the purple teddy bear had a funny bone, but... what did he mean about something being kind? J had a funny feeling that Zurg's farewell held an ominous, subtle tone somewhere. Was there something dangerous in the swamp that the monarch wasn't telling them about? Maybe the thing K had gone back to face? "See you around, Zurg," J remarked to the alien's retreating back. Hmm, this was all starting to make the Agent grow... anxious.

    He'll have to worry about that on the way over, because right now J had a bigger problem. A much bigger problem. "Ryo-Ohki's that cute cat thing, ain't it?" And if J recalled well... "The one who can turn into a spaceship." And also, coincidentally, the one who had made that HUGE crater - where the Agents had first met Miss Hakubi.

    Looks like J was going to have the ride of his life... Wonder if he could pilot the ship instead of the LTD?

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