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    Death

    Post by Fear on Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:53 am

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    It started the same as it always had.

    A gasp.

    A fluttering of your eyes.

    The quickening of your heart.

    You awoke in the meadow, fully-clothed and disorientated. How did you get here? What time was it, what day? Such questions were never to be answered; it was always night and you always awoke here, in a quiet copse beneath a dark, endless sky. These answers would have to be sufficient. Somehow, though you weren't fully certain, all of this felt incredibly familiar...

    Rising to your feet, heels softly crunching beneath the moist earth, an unseen hand guided you along. This was... This was the forest, you thought, and as you reached out to grip a low-hanging branch, the fog clearing from your mind... you steadily realized that this was the dream. Or, more appropriately, the nightmare. If memory served correct, there should be a -

    "SKREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"

    Ah, there it was.

    Your pupils sharply dilated, futilely trying to gobble up as much meager light as they could. The scream... It was the same. It was always the same, though you had never discovered just what could make such a terrifying shriek. Nevertheless, you suppressed the shiver running down your spine and felt compelled to walk forward. Ever, ever forward. What awaited you past the treeline was yet another recognizable land feature: the cave. A low, humid moan escaped from its darkened mouth; an inviting death wish to any traveler foolish enough to enter. How fortunate that you were no stranger to such wishes. Again you took another step toward that gaping hole, again you felt your scales ripple with fright. There was something in there, you told yourself... There was something in there and it just kept screaming.

    Whatever it was, beast or otherwise, something urged you to satiate your curiosity. Into the mouth of madness you went, the cave's shadows engulfing you whole...
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:38 pm

    For a moment, things were black, and empty. There was nothing at all. Then, suddenly...green. Kev felt as if he'd just woken up, yet he did not remember falling asleep in the meadow. The alien sat himself up, rubbing the side of his head. He glanced upwards, taking note of the dark sky. Had he fallen asleep during a spiritual exercise, perhaps? Kev shook his head gently, shaking away his disorientation as he rose up to his feet. They seemed to guide themselves as he found himself wandering towards the forest. The Kryptonistanian felt as if he'd walked this path many times before, barely needing to consciously direct himself on where to go. Fingers curled around a branch, and Kev blinked as some awareness returned to his mind. He realized exactly why this place seemed to familiar, why he seemed to easily know where to go. Because he had been here, or at least he had been here in a dream...or perhaps it was better known as a nightmare.

    "SKREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"

    Though the noise had been expected, it still made the alien tense. Fight or flight mode set in, pupils dilated, and a shiver attempted to force it's way down his spine. However, where once the scream had frightened him enough to wake him up in a messy situation, this time he found it easier to force the chill in his spine away. He wasn't propelled awake, he didn't find a bush to cower in, and he didn't feel the need to relieve himself out of fear either. Instead, Kev steeled himself and continued to walk forward. After all this time, he had to know...finally, as he pushed aside the last branch and the crackling leaves whizzed by the side of his head, Kev stepped out of the treeline and stared at what awaited him past it. The cave...he remembered this part as well. Something was inside, but what?

    A moan sounded from the cave entrance, the air felt humid and moist. The alien approached it, eyes scanning the mouth of the cave. Everything about this spoke of danger, reeked of death. And yet, he still felt compelled to enter. Taking a quick, deep breath to steady himself, he stepped within the mouth of the cave. Darkness swirled around him, barely any light to be seen and something in the distance screamed incessantly. Could it be the creature? The creature that lurked in this nightmare so much? His eyes centered themselves in the darkness that was the path ahead, where the screams originated. After all this time, he had to see...just this once, he had to finally know...the alien walked on, entering the cave completely. Nervous energy prickled through his scales, and yet he found himself yearning to find what lay within. He wasn't scared away, instead all he could think of was to finally see what this thing was. Maybe if he found it, the dream would finally stop? It was certainly a thought, one that urged him to continue forward. Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:12 pm

    But were you a cat, Kev?

    Regardless of the answer, you stepped into the cave nevertheless and threw caution to the wind. The repulsive aroma of rancid breath was your reward. It was hot, almost unbearably so, but you couldn't quit now. Blindly you reached out and gingerly brushed your gloved fingertips against the moist cavern walls, feet hesitantly getting a disorientated feel of the rocky path before you. This was like a labyrinth... Where were you going? Was this toward the eventual exit or were you somehow worming your way back to the entrance? Was there even an exit? It was impossible to discern. Perhaps this hadn't been a good id -

    "Hrrrrrrrgh..."

    Wait!

    Did you hear that...?

    Instantly you stilled, breath hitching in your chest. Whatever that had been... it had come from your right. By all means this was against your very upbringing; when in danger, had not your people advised it best to run? To hide and count the losses afterward? You were here in this cave, without any light, food, or water. And you were here to find this thing - this unknown creature whose shrill cries had haunted you many a night. A tiny voice in the back of your head whispered for you to flee, to go back and never again enter this place. Another promptly silenced it. No, you thought, lowering your scaly brow with renewed determination. No, no more running; that Kev-Mak-Tarr had no place in your life anymore. You abandoned the safety of the cavern wall and steadily branched out towards the low growling, arms outstretched in the enveloping darkness. Come out, come out wherever you are...

    "Hrrrrrrrgh..."

    To the left now, and it was getting closer...

    "Hrrrrrrrgh..."

    Clink...! Clink...!

    That's it, that's it...

    Metal striking metal rang within your ears, and the growling wasn't growling at all - it was laboured breathing. A chilly rattling directed your blind gaze immediately to the forefront, where yet another humid breath washed over you. It was here... The thing was right here in this chamber and you were with it!

    A low groan rumbled throughout the earthen tomb. If the thing had any sign of spotting you, it surely didn't bother to react.
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:05 pm

    Into the cave he went, and the alien staggered at the smell the air carried. Ugh, it was rancid...and so hot! As if he'd opened the great maw of some creature and shoved his own face inside. As he walked through the cave, Kev expected the light to change in the cave. Eventually his eyes ought to get used to how dark it was, right? And yet it remained so desperately dark, the alien having to keep himself closer to the walls to feel his way through the path. The walls were slick and moist, the path ahead a windy, twisting one. For a moment, the alien turned his head back to the direction of the mouth of the cave. He hadn't wandered right into the mouth of a creature, right? He wasn't exploring down the throat and on his way to the stomach? Was there even an exit? His hands grasped at the walls more tightly as he debated whether he should strike a flame for some light. Just when the alien was beginning to wonder if this had been a mistake, he could hear something. A distant rumble, sounding as if it came from the right, and the alien pressed himself against the wall to the left. His eyes scoured the dark, attempting to locate the source of the noise.

    Indeed, perhaps entering this place had been a bad idea. A consistent nightmare that always propelled him awake, maybe there was a reason for that? Maybe digging down deep to find this thing was going to lead to his own death, or worse. His fingers dug into the rock, gripping it tightly. A part of him wanted to leave, backtrack his way out of here and just wait to wake up. Hide in some brush somewhere, maybe see if he could change the dream to something happier. And yet another part of him, definitely more vocal, was steadfast against leaving. The alien had been dealing with this dream for weeks, constantly appearing in this area, constantly hearing the shriek of some monstrous creature. It was time to see what it was, and maybe...just maybe...this would be the end of it.

    Kev took a deep breath, and released the wall. He stepped out into the open area of the cave, using only his sense of hearing and whatever he could feel, arms stretched forward blindly. The sound was getting closer, the alien adjusting the direction he was walking in as he attempted to zero in on its location. The closer he came, the more he realized that the noise he was hearing wasn't growling, purring, or even the sound of a smoker's hacking. It was breathing. Deep, labored...was it in pain? Or just asleep? Even more oddly, there was a faintly metallic sound. Many ideas flashed through his brain, pondering what it could be and finding nothing that seemed correct. Breath rolled over him, the alien giving a brief shudder as he stared out in the direction it had come from. The thing, whatever it was, groaned. If it was asleep, it must have been merely shifting in its sleep. It didn't seem to have seen him yet...

    Well! ...Now what? For a moment, he thought to illuminate the chamber to see what this thing was, but that was obviously a bad idea. It might wake it up, after all. Should he wait for it to wake up? Should he stay at all? The alien took a step forward, eyes directly forward. He lay in quiet, waiting. He was meant to be here, he knew it. Palms out, the alien continued forward, walking slowly and gently to see if he could find the creature with his hands.


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:11 pm

    So you thought to continue... to reach out and touch the monster near you... Either you were very brave or you were very stupid. Either way, your courage/stupidity was rewarded. Your hands brushed against something frigid. There was no other way to describe it; it hurt like winter's first breath, but the warmth in your pulsing veins banished its frost away. Taut muscles rippled beneath your fingertips...

    "Hrrrrgh..."

    Smooth.

    Almost... wispy.

    But definitely solid, and you weren't sure what you were grasping. Was it skin? Was it scales? What? It was impossible to tell. Impossible, as something scraped alongside the cavern floor and coiled around you.

    Tight!

    Oh so tight!

    You felt the air within your lungs painfully leave your chest, a thick snare of muscle constricting your entire body. Without warning, your feet were lifted off above the ground and you dangled helplessly in the abyssal void. "Hrrrrgh..." Again a hot, rancid breath washed over you. Again, fear gripped your thoughts. It became evident that the thing had not been asleep, and something yet again rubbed against coarse stone. Metal loudly clattered in the distance, an icy rattle in the darkness. Whatever it was, be it friend or foe, it did not attack. Again the thing squeezed, again you were reminded to act. What shall you do, Kev-Mak-Tarr?
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:06 pm

    Brave, stupid...did they not mean the same thing? In the interest of finally discovering what was in here, finally finishing this dream instead of waking up in cold fear, he decided to do something that was equal parts brave and stupid. So many times, he'd dreamt of this cave...the woods outside. Perhaps if he finally faced whatever was in here...he could finally stop dreaming about it! Kev's hand reached out, and instantly he could feel the cold radiating off of...whatever this was. It wasn't enough to consume him, but it was enough of a shock to make his body tense. The thing tensed as well, he could feel rippling beneath his hand and the thing made another shuddery sort of wheeze. It was definitely smooth and very solid beneath his fingers, and yet sometimes it seemed to shift. For a moment it would feel as though he were trying to grab a hold of smoke, and the next, a physical, solid being yet again. It didn't seem to have any texture he could identify either. No feathers, no scales...what was this?

    Something scraped across the ground, and in the next moment Kev found himself in a tight grasp. Whatever it was, was curled around his body and had lifted him up into the air. His feet kicked helplessly for a moment, struggling in the tight grasp as he wheezed. "Hrk-!" Kev shut his eyes tightly, not that it made much of a difference in this darkness. His arms wriggled in its grasp, eventually wrenching an arm free. There was so much noise in this cave, so much movement. Whatever this thing was sounded big, from all of the noise it generated just from picking him up! Rattling, clattering, a sound of metal was in the air again...the thing squeezed, squeezed him tight and Kev let out another wheeze. What to do, what to do...?

    Well, if he were to die right now, he wanted to at least see what this thing looked like. Perhaps to see the thing that lingered in his dreams would be enough for him, enough to make this dream go away! Kev wriggled once more, freeing his other arm. His hands connected, almost blindly in all of this darkness, and he pressed the button on the side of one of his gloves. His fingers wrapped around the palm, creating a small ball of fire that he held in front of himself to illuminate the area. Would it be enough light to see the beast?


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:57 am

    And then he said, let there be light.

    For better or worse, for bravery or stupidity, you could take no more of this insufferable darkness. An eager flame roared to life from your gloves and soon... all Hell broke loose.

    "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGH!"

    Whatever had taken hold of you at once relinquished its grip; unfortunately for you, that meant being tossed back-first into a nearby cavern wall and without much consideration. A terrifying shriek pierced the air and you felt your head ring like a cracked bell. It would seem that illuminating the earthen chamber had startled the creature within... Dazed, you rapidly blinked to get the dust out of your eyes and struggled to discern order in this chaotic, subterranean tomb. The sight of thick, flesh-rending talons was your reward, along with a hooked beak pointing itself directly at you.

    "Hrrrrrrgh..."

    Do you see it now, friend?

    Gigantic eyes, without pupils and as white as any lifeless doll's, held a transfixed stare. A tail slithered and snaked about behind the towering creature, its silhouette wispy and seemingly without a solid form. This was undoubtedly what had grabbed you prior.

    Stranger still were the heavy chains encumbering the beast; a thick, iron-wrought collar lay tight against its powerful neck. Ashen skulls were somehow woven between sturdy link and smoky flesh. What would you call this creature? It had wings, like a bird. And yet it was unlike any bird you had seen, no plumage to be spotted. It had a sharpened beak, menacing talons, and a limber but strong neck. It was certainly no bat, though its wings closely resembled as such. You processed all this information within a matter of seconds; ample time, for the beast could likely attack at any moment.

    It oddly did not.

    "Hrrrrrgh..."

    Again it growled, again it eyed you with wary fascination. Its large head bobbed and weaved, bird-like in its behaviour, before coming to rest upon its ebony breast. Peculiar antics... The creature became still and appeared to roost upon its hindquarters. That is when you noticed that a single chain in particular had kept it rooted to the earth.

    ...Could this be why it had been screaming?



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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:19 pm

    The area lit up, illuminating the area for him! Kev narrowed his eyes, still blinking from the change of light, but everything changed all at once, with another loud scream as the signal. Kev was released, though it hadn't exactly been gently. "Augh!" The alien hissed and jerked himself into an upright position, rubbing at his back. It was more out of reflex then from actual pain, seeing how this was a dream...though it did smart as if it had really happened. Kev's other hand still held a fireball, somehow managing his grasp with his glove. The scaly alien used his free hand to rub at his own face, clearing away the dust as he kicked himself back against the wall. Once his eyes were clear, he stared and held his hand out to light up the area, and finally see this thing.

    The first things he could immediately see were a large pair of talons, attached to large feet. A hooked beak lingered above him, and Kev's eyes were transfixed on the creature's own eyes. Shining like the brightest lanterns to ever be lit, the eyes put his glove to shame, though he did not relinquish the flame. Kev was transfixed as well, almost hypnotized as he stared back at the massive thing. A tail whipped around behind it, looking rather shadowy. Like smoke. With no hands in sight and those feet rather sharp with talons, that tail must have been what grabbed him. Curiously though, this beast was chained. A heavy collar was tight around its neck and the chain ran it's way down its body, skulls seemed to be attached to it as well. Kev winced at the sight, drawing himself closer to the cave wall, dust and debris scuffing beneath him. Feet with talons, a long serpentine neck, a beaked mouth, and some wings that were large and batlike...Kev had no idea what this could be. The alien tensed up, waiting for it to strike...!

    ...Only for it to bob its head. Kev mimicked it, bobbing his head in return in his own attempt to communicate with it, his own head tilted to the side curiously. It made no move to attack, even though it had been startled by his fire, and instead rested its head upon it's own chest as it sat itself down. It looked like a bird, the way it sat like that... Kev picked himself up off the ground, free hand dusting his clothes free of debris although his eyes remained on the creature. Kev had now seen it...but surely this wasn't the end. This wasn't the point of his dream, to just see it. There was more...more to do, more to be done. But what? Idly, his eyes followed the chain that wrapped around it, noticing a bit of chain that was not wrapped around it. Instead, it seemed to be leading somewhere...Kev stepped closer, narrowing his eyes and bringing his hand forward to see that one chain was attached to the very ground of this cave. "...You're trapped in here..." His gaze lifted to the dark creature, almost fascinated by this discovery.

    Beings with wings were meant to fly, through the air and into the sky. They weren't meant to be chained and kept in a cave like this...it had to be awful. Not to mention, it left this thing as easy prey to whatever else may be in here. True, the sight of skulls in those chains did make him a little weary...but it hadn't attacked him at all. Anything it had done that could hurt him was an accident. It had gone still, but Kev was still rather cautious as he approached the chain that was hooked into the ground. "I don't know if you can understand me...but I'm not going to hurt you." He reassured as he reached the chain and brushed his fingertips over the metal of a link, inspecting it for any weak spots or locks he could pick. If it was easy to break this chain, this creature surely would have freed himself.


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:16 am

    "Huff..."

    Though it answered not in a tongue you were familiar with, intelligence swirled within the creature's gleaming eyes. It understood, yes. It understood quite well, and patiently did it wait in silence as you went about your inspection. Ebony talons raked against hardened earth out of idle fascination. Perhaps it was amused at your... head-bobbing. Or maybe it was thinking of several different ways to dine upon your bones. It was impossible to discern either way.

    The chain was smooth, its metal freezing to the very bone. The longer your hands roamed its many links, fingers dwarfed by their monstrous size, the longer you felt an unnatural chill linger upon your soul. Sorrow... Sorrow and the crushing emotion of despair... Heavy was your heart, weary was your head. Oh how wonderful it felt to curl up in this cave and simply... fade. Resist, dear friend, resist! Let not these blackened chains drag you beneath the surface of misery; rise above, to the warmth of your breast, and remember why it is that you fight. You shook the wisps of gloom from your shoulders and continued to run your hands down the chain's length, determined and rightfully aware of just how easy it could be to slip into nothingness. Fortunately, you did not have to entertain this unsettling tether for long. At the far end of the cavern, where the gigantic beast could not squeeze its impressive girth, was a small alcove; it was just right enough for the size of a man. And within it, an ancient and badly-damaged winch.

    Old stone greeted you, damp earth and mold filling your nostrils. Alongside its worn sides were several rusty gears; best not to prod them. Upon further inspection and your eyes once again growing accustomed to the encroaching darkness, you realized that the entire chamber was all some sort of... machine. An archaic one, but a machine nevertheless. Gears as large and as wide the walls within your own cottage hung precariously overhead, while some were as small as a tortoise-shelled cat. None looked particularly safe. In the center of this secluded recess lied the winch; your thoughts went immediately to the chain that disappeared deep into the earth. This was, admittedly, going to prove rather difficult. A quiet snort interrupted your thoughts as a familiar set of opaline eyes peered in, the antechamber echoing with soft chirps.

    ...How in the bloody hell were you supposed to free that thing?
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:54 am

    Their eyes were locked, and Kev could tell that those bright orbs contained some intelligence in them. That was good, it would make this whole thing a lot easier. It didn't seem to have the ability to speak, which was fine. The alien had had enough conversations with his animals to know how to read body language. Admittedly, the body language of a bird...bat...dragon thing may be more complicated then a dog or sheep. He could hear the crunch of earth, glancing back to see it's talons digging into the ground of the cave. Hey, as long as those things weren't in his spine, it could do whatever it wished!

    Kev's hand found its way down the chain, lightly tracing the metal links of it as he followed it. His fingers were dwarfed by even the smallest link of the chain, and he couldn't help but wonder where it could have come from. Why was this thing imprisoned in here? What did this all mean? It was a dream, after all...perhaps it was a metaphor? Though a metaphor for what, he couldn't rightly say. Any pondering came to a halt as he realized that perhaps touching these odd chains like this was a bad idea. Much like the creature itself, it carried a chill about it. A penetrating chill...a heavy chill. Tingles wriggled down his spine, and he came to a stop. It felt a bit...familiar, but the young alien found it hard to focus on that. It was hard to focus on anything, really. Kev let out a small huff of air, falling to his knees as the weight became too much to bear. The flame in his hand almost went out, other hand grasping at the dirt of the cave floor now, attempting to keep him up. But what was the point? Why was he here? There was no point to this...to any of this. When he woke up, it'd be to the same training regiment he'd been in for the past several months. Detached from everyone, facing the same horrors day in and day out...what was the point of it all? Perhaps...the alien's body slackened. Perhaps he could just...rest here. Yes, just sink into the cave floor and simply...stop. Stop training, stop existing...stop trying. It was so hard to try, after all. It'd be better to just...give up...

    "...I think...you're the one that helped me most. When, when I was scared, and hiding. You helped me the most."

    Livewire...it was a small memory, but the words stuck out. They meant more to him then he had realized, and the alien's body stiffened. He couldn't give up...not now.

    "I'll see you when you get back."

    He couldn't stop. He couldn't fade.

    "Keep in mind that you may experience a few sssetbacksss during all thisss, but that isss normal. Jussst remember to never lossse sssight of your goal and alwaysss pick yourssself back up."

    He had to keep going. He had to follow through with this, finish this dream once and for all. The alien couldn't afford to fade, not with all of the people waiting for him to return! The people he promised to return to, who wanted to see him again. More then anything though, he couldn't give up when he was so close...what did he have left, a couple of weeks? Perhaps a week...? How could he give up when he was so close? Kev grasped the massive chain, using it to pick himself up. The metal clinked and clicked as he pulled on it, though his weight didn't pull on it too hard. For a moment, he leaned on the chain as he let out several deep breathes, attempting to center himself and will the cold away. For those he loved and for himself, he could not give up. Not when he was so close...not when he could finish this dream and move on with the rest of the challenges he had to face to truly grow and become stronger. His friends would accept him if he came back after failing, but Kev knew failure was not an option. He wouldn't allow himself to fail. Now standing upright, warmth filled his chest as he continued on, one hand stretched out in front of himself to light the way, and the other still touching the chain as he followed its path. The gloom did not affect him, so long as he remembered why he continued on, why he fought; for himself and for those he loved. His eyes were focused forward, a new determination in his step now that he knew this dream wasn't a mere daydream to frolic in without a care.

    The chain took him to the end of the cavern, a rather large one to house that beast, and further ahead was an area of the cave that looked hollowed out. A little hiding spot of some kind, the chain continue into it. The opening was definitely big enough for himself to climb in, but for the beast? Kev doubted it could even fit its talons inside. The alien slid in sideways, stepping one leg and and shimmying forward to pull his other leg through the space. As he climbed in, his nostrils crinkled and Kev sneezed. The scent of mold was especially repelling, as was the damp smell that was in the air. As his eyes got used to his knee surroundings, he waved a hand in front of his face to waft away the awful, thick smells that seemed to force their way into his nose. "Augh..." Narrowing his eyes, Kev waved his hand forward like a torch as he looked around to inspect the new area. Rusty gears lay upon the sides of the walls, the alien lowering himself into a crouch as he looked at them. Where did they come from...? A glance upwards answered that question.

    Gears of all sizes hung from the air, connecting to one another in a very confusing little web of metal. Each gear was interlocked with another, making the thought of taking down any of them a rather...intimidating idea. Kev wasn't exactly a mechanic or anything...if he even tried, he was sure that something would be screwed up in the process. The gears nixed as any sort of solution, his eyes centered on the winch instead. His heels clicked on the stone as he jogged forward, bending down on one knee to look the contraption over. It was damaged, and the chain lead directly into it, where it disappeared further into the ground and beyond his reach. The alien reached up to prod at the chain, thinking. Even though he could potentially break this winch, would it free the creature? Or would it just remain tether to the ground? "Hmm..."

    A chirping noise echoed around the antechamber suddenly, scales bristling as the alien turned his head to face the entrance with a startled "Eh!" Thankfully, it was just his friendly neighborhood creature of indeterminate species. Kev placed a hand to his own chest and let out a sigh of relief, before raising it to give the creature a small wave. "I'm still working on it. There's not really an instruction manual here..." Sure would be nice, wouldn't it? He turned his gaze away from the lamp-like eyes and looked to the chain itself. Rather, the links of chain that lead into the winch. If he could sever a link around there, before it fed into the winch, then it ought to free the creature, right? No winch would hold him down, no link to tether him to the Earth. The creature could fly off to do...whatever it did, and then Kev could wake up! He stood up, staring at the chain. But how to do it...he glanced down at his hands, flexing his fingers experimentally. One glove had already been activated...perhaps with both flamethrowers, he could melt straight through one of the links! The scaly alien stepped back a few steps, deeming it safe to himself before he spread his hand outwards, palm forward. The fireball was released onto the metal chain link, a spray of fire blasting at the metal now. Kev waited a few moments before stretching his other arm out along side its pair. Lightly bumping both hands into each other, the button for the other glove was pressed, and with an impressive WHOOSH, he now had two trails of fire burning at one of the chain links. But would it be enough?


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:48 pm

    So you thought to cut through these ebony chains with fire...

    The warmth emanating from your gloves was a welcomed touch, reds and oranges dancing wildly upon the rusty gears. You could feel the heat spread from your icy fingertips to your elbows and took comfort. The darkness no longer seemed quite as bad, and you almost felt at... peace, even with the damp aromas of ancient earth. It sadly did not last long and the chill returned with a vengeance. Shivers raced down your spine.

    Your fire suddenly turned a ghastly white, and an eerie gleam spread throughout the chamber. A... strange phenomenon. Nothing seemed to happen, however, and you were making fairly good headway on the chain. Look! A link was even close to -

    Crrk...!

    Huh, that was... certainly an odd sound. Odder still were the wispy tendrils of smoke undulating skyward from the damaged metal. Best not to get too close, now... There was no telling what unfortunate mishaps could arise from inhaling the ethereal substance; though your eyes were getting droopy and a gentle numbness began to creep up both your legs... No, you thought. It was surely the fatigue settling in. Yes, that... that had to be it. Maybe if you ignored it and continued to erode this incredibly dense link, it would fade. You were nearly a tenth finished with your desoldering. Nearly, nearly... It shouldn't take much longer.

    Outside, the beast rested its head upon moist cavern stones and patiently observed. Perhaps it knew something you did not...
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:25 am

    This confined cavern seemed made for his gloves. The warmth generated from the fire seemed to cocoon him, circling and filling the space up with it, while the bright light of the fire danced across the metal of the gears. It was more color then he had seen in what felt like forever, and the warmth was welcomed. It was as if he had nestled himself in front of the fireplace after a particularly chilly day, and it felt great. His body even leaned forward, into the direction of the flames. Just as fast as it had happened though, the warmth disappeared and was replaced by a chill that raced up his spine. How strange, since the fire ought to have done away with that...the alien narrowed his eyes at the flames blazing from his gloves, only to have to turn his gaze away as the light changed sharply, the warm colors fading to make way for an eerie and unnatural blinding white. "What?!” Well, in all his years of fire usage, he had never seen fire do that. Smoke began to rise up from the chain link, wispy and quite reminiscent of the wisp trail that followed his friend outside. Was it possible he’d made a mistake? Would it have been better to break the winch? Pondering it for a few moments, he shrugged to himself. If so, that was the past, nothing he could do about it now. He made a choice, now he’d follow through with it. The corners of his eyes began to droop, lids lolling downwards as a tingling numbness traveled up the muscles in his legs. ”Nngh…” Shaking his head, Kev glanced to the entrance, where two bright orbs gazed in. ”I’m still working on it.” His gaze settled back onto the link, appraising the way the fire was burning through it. He was close. The smoke must have been a self defense measure, a spell or perhaps a curse so that it wouldn’t be freed. But Kev would not be deterred!

    You can’t do it…

    "Hm?" Kev glanced up, eyes leaving the chain as he looked around the alcove. He could have sworn he heard a voice...one that carried on the wind. So soft, and actually hard to discern, and yet still there. Like an itch one couldn't scratch, or a stand of hair just out of reach. You know you can sense something...and yet you can't seem to find it. "...Mmm..." His sight fell back to the link. It probably wasn't important. His head felt a little odd, but it must have been the smoke. He was getting light headed, and thought he had heard something.

    PIP!

    "..." Bobbing in front of Kev's face, a small...eye had appeared, seemingly out of thin air. White sclera, a blue iris, and a black pupil that was trained on the scaly alien. Disembodied eyelashes blinked, before the eye flitted away from Kev and over to a corner of the alcove. It danced in the air, and with a few more PIPs, more appeared around it. No two eyes were the same size, and each iris was an individual color, the eyes began to conglomerate together until they became a mass of eyes, about a dozen of them. In the center was the largest of them, an eye with a cloudy, colorless iris that was about the size of Kev's own torso. The eyeballs blinked separately, and their pupils began to roam over the alien, scanning and dressing him down. The look in them made him stiffen up, staring up at them as if at a loss.

    It is hopeless, you aren’t strong enough.
    He’s still trying, look at him! Dull as a rock, this one!
    Be nice! He doesn’t know any better, the poor thing…
    Poor? I kinda like watching him squirm actually.
    Perhaps we should put him out of his misery

    They were staring right through him, as if to his very soul. His very heart. For a moment, Kev was confused. What were they talking about? It dawned on him that they meant the chain. These eyes, wherever they came from, did not believe he could free the creature. Their gazes were unique, each seeming to be looking at him in a different way, yet none seeing him in a positive light. They saw a weak creature, or a mindless plaything. Either he was pitiful, or he was amusing. Neither set well with the alien, who narrowed his eyes at them and turned his back to them irritably. The eyes only bobbed, and Kev could feel their gaze on his back, burning right through him.

    You are doomed.
    I’m sorry little guy, but this is your lot in life!
    Yeah! You’re the bottom of the pecking order, the lowest head on the totem pole!
    As nice as it is to watch you fight your fate, you have to give in eventually.
    Such a sad little life…

    "Sss..." These things hardly knew him, how could they say these things as if they knew him?! Moreover, how dare they pity him? The eyes blinked audibly, in unison as the indignant thought passed through Kev's mind. They had found it. A sore spot, and one they could use.

    Yes…I feel sorry for him.

    The alien collapsed onto one knee, letting out a soft gasp before he interlocked his arms to keep the flow of the fire burning. His shoulders hunched, panting as he tried to shake off the numbness...and his anger. Pity...he didn't need to be pitied. So why-?! The cogs in Kev's mind churned, almost as rusty as the gears that lay upon the walls of the cave. Of course, this was more of the smoke! The disembodied eyes seemed to grab at certain elements, insecurities that lay within his own heart, in an attempt to make him give up. But Kev had been through much worse then this in the past few months. He had battled past woes, chugged through trauma, and waded his way through a tough training session. Though his legs were still numb, he inched closer to the chained link, pressing his hands closer to the metal as if to hurry along the melting practice. Compared to everything, this was nothing. Mere words on the wind from nonsense. He had already worked through all of his issues, there was no need dwelling on them. Though the process of freeing this creature was rather challenging, he could not give up now. Not when he had come so far. "Hngh!" The Kryptonistanian forced himself back onto two feet, and kept his back firmly against the eyes. Upon being ignored and effectively shut out, the eyes glanced to each other.

    He's ignoring us!
    But not for long...

    Stubbornly, Kev ignored the cryptic threat and focused on his work. Behind his back, the eyes began to press up against each other, all of them surrounding the center eye and pressing themselves against the sclera.

    POP!

    One by one, beginning with the smallest of them, the eyes were absorbed by the center eye, each one disappearing with the sclera and peeking behind the thin membrane. Several more POPs sounded before the alcove became quiet. The eye, now much larger then it had been before, scanned the air around it. Upon determining that no eyes besides itself remained, the sclera around the edges of the eye began to move, like a sloshing wave. The noise finally drew the attention of Kev, who glanced over a shoulder in time to see the giant eyeball turn into a head. One with pale skin. Glasses sat upon the nose and brown, almond shaped eyes stared at Kev from behind them. "I used to admire that about you, Kev. Your determination. You just keeping trying and trying, no matter how hopeless things get. But now...now I realize the truth. You don't really care about helping people, you just like to be hurt! Over and over, you helped me and stood up for me. You supported me. Even when I died and a new me arrived, you tried your hardest! But it wasn't because Livewire convinced you that it was a good idea to make up for past mistakes...it's because you wanted to be hurt! You like it!" The head of Blade Toyaka pursued his lips, as if eating something very sour, before opening his lips. In an action resembling that of a frog's, something came flitting out of Blade's mouth, right towards Kev--

    CHNG

    A chain! The metal links wrapped their way around Kev's left wrist, snaking its way up his forearm. "Hrrrgh!" He dug his heels into the ground, bracing himself and using every ounce of strength in his body to resist the pull of the chain. The metal rattled around him, almost seeming to echo, before it suddenly went slack. Kev glanced over a shoulder, where the other end of the chain seemed to end down the esophagus of the floating head whose features were steadily changing.

    Bright emerald eyes, brilliant blue skin, and an elongated skull...the mouth grinned before the head threw itself back and released a laugh that seemed to make the cave shake. "Ha ha ha! You're an even bigger masochist than ME, Kev!" None other than Megamind was now lurking behind him, chain wiggling slightly as the head pulled. "Admit it, bro, you've always been a sucker for any hopeless sap that comes your way! Always befriending the very worst kinds of people, sticking with the people who hurt you...why would you keep doing something that hurts you, unless you like it? Ha ha ha! You're a martyr, Kev! Deep, deep down, you just want to be used!"

    CHNG! CHNG!

    Two more chains came flying out, one wrapping around Kev's right leg and the other, his right arm. Each chain tensed and pulled against his skin, though the sensation felt so off. The links didn't dig into his scales like a true chain might, though just as he seemed to be doubting the chains, he felt himself jerked backwards. "Agh!" The bottom of his boots scraped the cave floor, echoing around him as the chains managed to pull him back an inch. "HRRGH!" Panting frantically, he pulled against the chains, arms still stubbornly locked into a position to keep the flames steady. Surely if these were real, his arms would have been broken.

    "Give up! You were doomed to fail the moment you struck a deal with that Judge! You will never be strong enough to defend yourself, not with the way you latch onto broken, hopeless people that'll only hurt you in the end! You are your own worst enemy, and there's no way you can defeat yourself!" There was a telltale sound of metal gathering, lips pursing. After three times he could positively identify the sound of the head about to unleash another chain. Every limb shook as Kev's body tensed, and just as the chain was released--

    CH-

    "ENOUGH!" The chain fell to the ground uselessly, and the alien heaved a heavy breath. "I am done being ruled by the past. I'm moving forward." Kev had made many mistakes in his time on the Breach, but all of this training was for him to move past it all. For too long, he had allowed all of these negative emotions to weigh him down like...like a chain. Regrets, remorse, doubts, fears...even people from the past. All of it had been carried around like a knotted collection of chains. There was no use for any of it, all it did was make him pause, and stop. It made him hesitate when he should be moving forward! All at once, the chains uncoiled from his body. Each chain rolled their way back into the mouth of the head, who had been stunned into silence. "I have something else to attend to." He stood to his full height, all attention zeroing in on the link. Enough attention had been given to needless doubt and worries. Enough anguish had been given to events that had long been concluded. This was important, now. White fire continued to burn, the metal giving way until finally...the fire burned cleanly through the metal, breaking the link.


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:50 pm

    SNAP!

    You had to press forward, even if the world around you fell to pieces.

    A terrible shuddered rocked the earth, your legs nearly buckling from the violent tremor. Up above you could hear the strained groans of machinery and stone relenting to the sudden quake. A bone-chilling realization entered your mind as ancient dust sprinkled upon your brow: this place was falling apart. Quickly you thought to abandon the damaged mechanism and run, but it was already too late. The chain had been severed. By the time rocks the size of people fell from the ceiling and collided with the floor, your vision obscured by raining debris, your fate had now been sealed in this subterranean tomb.

    Rattle, rattle, rattle!

    ...Or was it? Something caught upon your pant leg and you were thrust to the floor, back roughly slamming into the unrelenting earth. The world rapidly spun before your eyes. It did not end there, however. No sooner had you found the breath painfully forced out of you, limbs tingling with residual agony, a rough force lurched you forward. There was nothing you could do to stop it.

    You rapidly slid across the jagged cavern floor and then, when it seemed your back would be torn into ribbons, you became... weightless. An impenetrable black filled your vision as you felt the damp air whistle past your ears. The musty smell of damp earth sharply ebbed into the refreshing taste of outside air, the cave's underground humidity giving way for an alarming briskness. Thunder rumbled within your head... Somehow in the midst of all this wanton chaos you thought to muster the courage to open your eyes. It was a mistake you will not be making again.

    As you hesitantly peered through your eyelids and shielded your face, a stunning visual greeted you: gone were those cavernous walls, browns having churned into a muted green; gone was the ancient mechanism, your cramped confines now a sprawling horizon in all directions. Pale light shone from above and you craned your neck downward see.

    It was none other than the moon.

    And you... Kev-Mak-Tarr, were currently racing toward it.

    You were no longer in the cave because you were currently falling from the sky! In a frenzy you threw out your limbs, fingers hoping to grab something - anything! - to slow your ascension into the darkened clouds. There was of course nothing. Nothing, save for the rattling chain that had somehow hooked itself around your left ankle. It too would be of no use, however, as soon it jostled... free.

    Panicked settled into your stomach as gravity took hold. What came next was expected: you fell.

    You fell through the clouds, mist spraying your grimacing face.

    You fell and you fell and you fell, until even the tiny pinpricks had become recognizable shapes upon the land. Below you could see the sprawling forest and the cave; the latter had been heavily damaged in the wake of whatever catastrophic eruption you unwittingly set off. A few miles away you could make out the faint outline of your sleepy cottage, though seeing it from this height did little to calm your nerves. You were falling... a racing streak toward your doom... and soon, Kev-Mak-Tarr... you will be finished. The rapidly-approaching earth greeted you like an old friend; Death was not far behind.

    "SSSKREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"

    A harrowing cry split the sky asunder and your ears loudly rang at its call. With a great whoosh of air your body tumbled in the wake of something massive, limbs unable to protect against the sudden draft. Before you could peel open your eyes and fight back the wind-streaked tears, your body get again collided with a solid object. A pathetic wheeze escaped your lungs and darkness took hold of your vision. It was almost as if a great shadow had fallen over you. Thoughts jumbled into incoherent sentences and you grew terribly, terribly weak... Had you hit the ground? Were you dead? You could muster no further questions and instead tried valiantly to fight off the ever-growing temptation to rest. You were so tired... in pain and desperately needing of a good, hot shower. You groggily braced your hands against whatever it was that you had fallen into, surprised as your fingertips gripped something... soft; almost ethereal, like air. How could air be so damn hard, you thought?

    Melodic - clings! - jingles! - echoed throughout the cool night breeze. You eventually came to the conclusion that they were wind chimes, though the mere principle of the idea was quite silly. You settled for rattling metal, instead. This may be a frightening experience, Kev-Mak-Tarr, but this was no time for one to lose their head.

    Thunder again filled your thoughts, much closer than before and seemingly... rhythmic, like the beating of a bird's wings. Say, where did that overgrown turkey go, anyway...?
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:19 am

    SNAP!

    Finally, the chain had been severed. The flow of fire from Kev's gloves ceased, but there was no celebration to be had, no time to relish in his victory. The ground beneath his very feet shook and shuddered, the alien's legs quaking beneath himself. Kev's arms splayed out to his sides, to balance himself as he caught himself, knees locking in place to keep him from collapsing to the floor. From the way this cavern rocked and clattered, you'd think severing the chain had broken something deep down into the core of the planet. There was no time to run, thick debris raining down from the roof of the cavern. He could only stay still, and hope that maybe the debris would avoid hitting him...

    A faint rattling echoed in the air, nearly muted by the sound of everything else. The alien almost turned to look, only to find that something had grabbed the end of his pants leg. Whatever it was, it pulled and Kev was helpless to do anything except for fall upon his back on the cave floor. "AH-!" Kev cried out, wincing immediately as he tried to regain his bearings. His vision was still spinning from the fall. And was it just him, or did it feel like he hadn't stopped moving...? Indeed, the back he had landed upon was scraping the cavern floor. His hands balled up into tense fists that grabbed at the thick fabric of his pants to keep his arms pinned to his sides. Was he falling? Or being dragged somewhere...? Either way, the alien hissed in pain as the pointy ground dug into his scales, seemingly ripping through him like cheese through a cheese grater.

    The pressure in his back disappeared though, and all of a sudden it seemed as if the very environment around him had changed. No more dusty, collapsing caves...the alien shut his eyes tightly as he felt the air all around him. At first it was damp, carrying that same earthy smell he'd first noticed when he entered the cave. Quickly, it changed into a more open and refreshing kind of air, as if he had just stepped out of the caves and back into the forest. Of course, this obviously wasn't the case at all. Something else was going on, and he needed to know what it was. How had he escaped the collapsing cavern? Even more puzzling was what sounded to be thunder! Curiosity took hold, the alien committing himself to discovering just what was going on...his arms lifted to shield his face, covering it yet allowing room for his eyes to peek. Stupidity, curiosity, courage...perhaps even a mixture of all three. They compelled him and so the alien opened his eyes. The confined space of muted browns that he had been in for what felt like hours was now gone, replaced by an entire horizon, the entire continent spreading out beyond his gaze for him to gawk at. His eyes widened, staring as the protective arm cocoon around his head disappeared. The alien's arms flailed, hands attempting to grasp something, anything, because he was flying through the air! The only stability he had was the chain that was wrapped around his ankle, the metal clinking in the soaring wind that was rushing by his face. It was as if he were attached to a boat, skiing on a lake except the lake was the sky, and he was nearly at eye level with the moon and clouds. This was too high, and he couldn't even tell what the other end of the chain was attached to. Just when the alien was managing to make sense of his situation...metal clinked for a moment and the weight that had hitched itself to his ankle suddenly disappeared.

    Kev let out a gasp, sharp and panicked as he began to fall. No longer soaring through the sky, attached to something, now he was free-falling with no anchor, no support. For a moment, the alien forgot that all of this was a dream, because it all seemed so real. He fell like a stone, slipping right through the dark storm clouds and becoming misted over with moisture. His limbs splayed out, attempting to slow his fall in some way, catch on something, but there was still nothing for him to grab. Though he was scared, he made no sound other than a few wheezes as he attempted to breath, finding it hard to do with the wind and air smacking into him forcefully. His eyes began to water from the sheer force of it, unable to do anything but watch as the land beneath him began to come closer and became clear. The dark forest he had traveled through, and the cave...the cave had been torn apart. It looked as if it had exploded, but that couldn't all be just because he cut the chain and the machine malfunctioned. ...The creature...where had it gone? The chain had to be from the dark creature, perhaps it decided to save him from the collapsing cave to repay him. But now...? The chain had come lose, and he could not blame the great creature for this. This was merely how it was. At least he had freed that giant creature... His eyes spotted the cottage in the distance, at least glad that he would not be dying on his own front lawn. But no one could bear to watch as their own death came closer and closer, and so the alien's eyes scrunched tightly, forcing himself not to look at the ground anymore. Simply waiting--

    "SSSKREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"

    The cry was louder than any crack of thunder Kev had ever heard, body instinctually wincing at the sound as it rippled through the air. Could it be...? A great force wracked the alien's body again, feeling as if something had just dived down beside him. Had he perhaps smacked into a tree, or... Kev pulled his limbs in closer, curling up into a ball just in time to be hit again. This time though, he had definitely made a connection with something. Before, it felt as if he had been batted through the air, as though he were a treat smacked out of the air like a cat. Kev had landed now, but he didn't know on what. He couldn't tell if he had opened his eyes or not, all he could see was black, and his body felt so weak. Was this still a dream? Had any of it ever been a dream? All of a sudden, it was so hard to tell, and all the alien could do was lay down and wonder, thoughts escaping him before he could seemingly find an answer. "Aaagh...hhnngh..." The small alien moaned, tempted to curl up and lay here, wherever it was. Kev knew what it felt like to die, and this wasn't quite dying. But there was pain, and fatigue. His body wanted to stay here, but his mind knew that wasn't an option. Instead, he shook his head as if to wake himself up, eyes blinking blindly like a newborn babe trying to take in the world. And yet there didn't seem to be anything to take in. Just...black. His hands reached out, grabbing in an attempt to lift himself and finding that his hand almost seemed not to grab anything at all. And yet, still found something. It was like mist, something so soft and delicate in his hands, yet unyielding. Ethereal.

    The sound of jingling metal echoed around him, almost creating an orchestra of music and for a moment he thought of wind chimes. But no, it was not wind chimes. Kev had a sneaking suspicion that one of these musical things had previously been wrapped around his ankle. But this experience was much better than being dragged by the ankle, this was more secure. More stable. He no longer felt close to death, even as his body cried out against every move as if he'd just been through a painful exercise. A thunderous noise echoed in the air, rhythmic and repetitive. The breeze was still whipping around them, at a much more tolerable level. Something had caught him, and it had chains, giant wings, an ethereal body...the alien heaved a sigh, this one much more relieved, and flattened himself to rest against the sturdy, ethereal substance. Scales rubbed again the misty air, fingers gripping at it gently. "Thank you." For the first time all night, he felt...safe.


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:08 pm

    "Thank you."

    A pale eye blinked at your weary gratitude. If the beast understood the meaning of your words and of just how grateful you really were, it snorted once and that was all. Nevertheless, the creature could grasp ageless concept of freedom; of the open skies and the great, great beyond. Of being liberated from those shackles... How long had it been down there, in that cave, do you wonder?

    Ah, but perhaps that was not important. You were here now, miles above the earth and no longer threatened by its dreary tombs, and on the back of a shadowy creature unlike anything you had ever seen. Little of its features could be distinguished from its wispy silhouette, though you could roughly make out the gleaming outline of metal - a collar, it seemed. Undoubtedly a thick band of iron or steel that had been placed around the beast's muscular neck for control. Several chains dangled freely from the neck piece; two broken by the creature's release from the ancient machine, and a smaller pair that were much easier to grasp with a bare hand. The former were by far out of your reach and easily weighed over dozens of pounds, but the latter? You eyed them once, a thought coming to mind. Perhaps if you could better steer this beast... using the chains as makeshift reins. After all, what had been the point of all that if not to be here, riding upon the back of a great creature beneath the moonlit sky?

    You've come too far to become complacent now.

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