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A Wistful Day Continues (1x1)

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Re: A Wistful Day Continues (1x1)

Post by Madrigal » Tue May 24, 2016 2:03 am

Beta & Paragon


Venator took a few bold steps forward, laying one hand on the top of Beta's head. "They do not. Not even Blink is that stupid. So, why did Blink decide to blast a hole in the side of his own apartment before jumping through? And what made you decide to follow him?"

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Brennis gave out a little squeak at the word 'dating', moving back behind Sera. General Fletcher's eyebrow raised, either at Brennis's reaction or Sera's response.

"You mean the Zeta? She's upstairs with Commander Venator and Lieutenant Commander Sabre. Your escort will esc--"

General Fletcher was cut off by a sudden rush of hot air that burst into the room. A tall figure strolled into the room. White hair tied into ponytails cascaded over a silver and blue gown, set with auxiliary supporting engines. A stately rapier was at her side, tied to a silver chain around her waist. She paused in the center of the room, glancing around with wide eyes before they fixed themselves on Sera.

"EE!~~~I heard I was escorting royalty, but you're the Queen I get to escort today? I-I'm sorry, I'm not usually like this I--" She strolled forward, giving a very formal and contrite curtsy as she approached. "M-My name is Experimental Aerial Combat Beta Unit 2--Rapier (Boeing Designate) but you may call me XACBU-2, your majesty! Or X-2--I don't mind, your graciousness! Not that I would tell you what to do, your Excellentness, I--"

"Mother Unit Sera, this is your escort, Rapier. She's an accomplished swordswoman, loyal operative, and the fastest aerial unit ARC has to offer. She'll protect you and your companion until your original escort is free for duty.

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Re: A Wistful Day Continues (1x1)

Post by Ninmast » Wed May 25, 2016 2:43 am

Beta & Paragon

Blink really should have known better than to entrust Beta with a secret. When Venator's hand came to rest on her head, the girl squinted as if in fear, and the way she gushed after that, one would think he'd tortured the information out of her. "BLINK WAS SHOOTING AT BLINK BECAUSE HE THOUGHT BLINK WAS AN IMPOSTOR BUT HE'S NOT HE'S BLINK FROM THE FUTURE BUT I WASN'T SUPPOSED TO SAY BECAUSE PARAMETERS AND TIME FLUXES AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER STUFF I DON'T REALLY GET BUT IF BLINK CAUSED SERIOUS HARM TO BLINK IN THE PROCESS OF KEEPING BLINK FROM HURTING BLINK THEN BLINK COULD CAUSE SERIOUS DISRUPTION TO BLINK'S OWN TIMELINE AND CAUSE CATASTROPHIC BACKLASHES SO I WENT AFTER BLINK TO MAKE SURE BLINK DIDN'T INSTIGATE MORE OF A CONFLICT WITH BLINK THAN HE COULD HANDLE! HONEST THAT'S ALL I KNOW!"



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Sera was only grinning at all of the young woman's gushing. "I like her." And she stuck her hand out for the combat unit to shake. "Hello, Rapier. Call me Sera."

Once she'd shook her hand, she turned back to Fletcher. "You called my own escort a Zeta." A smirk pulled at her lips. "I won't lie that I find that rather amusing. Beta may be as technologically advanced as any other Edenite, but her combat performance is a constant disappointment. It would be no stretch to say that she is by far the lowest-performing Purifier Unit in all of Eden. I selected her as my escort because of her childlike demeanor, as I didn't want militaristic stick-in-the-mud types hovering over me while I was trying to relax. Even my own destructive potential greatly exceeds Beta's, making her presence as a bodyguard rather superfluous, despite my sister's fretting."
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Re: A Wistful Day Continues (1x1)

Post by Madrigal » Thu May 26, 2016 4:04 am

Beta & Paragon


The two units stared at Beta for a moment or two. It seemed as though their minds stalled at the thought of there being two Blinks, just as Melody had. Then, Venator turned, speaking aloud as he did so.

"This is Venator--we need aerial and ground-based drones mobilized around the tower now. I need eyes on Blink immediately."

For her part, Sabre continued to stare before she shifted uneasily. "Commander, requesting permission to secure my panty drawer--excuse me, my quarters."

"Request denied. I need you in the air. Team Bravo will tend to Tower security." Sabre gave a weary sigh before she leaped out the open hole in the wall, her engines flaring before she took flight into the sky. Venator turned back to the girl beside him. He took her arm, gently but firmly, before strolling to the elevator.

"Come with me."


Sera & Brennis


"O-of course! I'd be glad to, your magnificence!"

The young-looking android's hand was limp as Sera shook it. After a moment of silence, she raised it in front of her face, smiling at it. One had the distinct impression she planned on never washing that hand again. General Fletcher on the other hand turned her head as he looked down at Sera, still holding his jacket over one finger.

"She seemed more pleasant than the last Zeta we had for a houseguest."

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Re: A Wistful Day Continues (1x1)

Post by Ninmast » Thu May 26, 2016 8:23 am

Beta & Paragon

Beta seemed as if she still thought she was in serious trouble, head hanging like a prisoner for the block as she was led along by Venator.



Sera & Brennis

The pigtailed girl frowned at that statement, but not in necessary disapproval of ARC. "Yes, that would be Master Zero, one of our S Class Purifiers, our highest military performance ranking. On the best of days, he is not who we would ever have chosen to make our first impression. On that particular day, he was emotionally unstable over the death of his sister. I'm not by any means excusing his actions, but I would like to think that were he not already so upset, he would not have responded to your unit's taunts by rupturing the containment unit with humans so close by."
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Re: A Wistful Day Continues (1x1)

Post by Madrigal » Tue May 31, 2016 10:24 am

Beta & Paragon


The android led Beta back to the elevators, allowing her to step inside before pressing the button for the ground floor. Venator leaned against the wall, crossing his arms.

“General. Yes, the girl is with me. We’re on our way.”


Sera & Brennis


“Not apology accepted, Mother Unit Sera. Its clear from what little I’ve seen of her that Beta is no ‘goldilocks’. Paragon may make friends quickly, but he doesn’t befriend bad people. To be honest, if he didn’t trust her, she’d still be in the Colander.”

The general gave a quick apology before raising an earpiece to his right ear. The communicator buzzed to life before he spoke.

“Commander. Great--stop by the cafeteria if you have a chance. They’re serving chipotle today, and I haven’t had a chance to stop in.” The general slid his communicator back into his pocket. “She’s on her way down. Just do me a favor and promise you’ll keep a close eye on her. She seems the kind of person they invented child leashes for.”

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Post by Ninmast » Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:26 am

Sera & Brennis

That just made the childlike alien grin. "You would think so," she agreed, "but really, she tends to find trouble more than she causes it. The worst she does on her own is maybe spill bottles or have butterfingers with her sidearm. It's rather strange when you think about it, but she's really never had a serious accident that actually caused serious harm or threatened death to anyone else."
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Re: A Wistful Day Continues (1x1)

Post by Madrigal » Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:06 am

Sera & Brennis


"...You know, maybe you should invest in a good child leash. Or a bell. There's a supermarket not far from here if you--"

The general was cut off by a loud *ding* near the back of the lobby. The doors slid open, revealing Beta, escorted by a tall figure in ebony armor. The figure gave the girl a gentle nudge from behind. The combat unit gave a roll of the eyes as he approached, raising one hand holding a sealed takeout box.

"Your chipotle, General."

"You remembered the chips, right?"

The general tore open the box, looking eagerly inside. Disappointed eyes rose to meet Venator's before he handed the takeout box to a marine nearby, struggling to carry the box and his large assault rifle. The general turned back to Sera, briefly rubbing his hands together.

"Your escort, I assumably presume?"

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Re: A Wistful Day Continues (1x1)

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Sera & Brennis

Beta had raised her eyes as the door opened and they were wide with surprise at what was before her. She needed no more encouragement to hurry to the Mother Unit's side.

"Beta!" Sera greeted her. "There you are! When that tiger transformer nabbed you and Paragon went chasing after you, Wynne and I wondered what you'd get up to!" She reached for the table of food and snatched something. "Here, have a cookie!"

The Purifier quickly put the cookie in her mouth even as she tried to talk, but Sera reprimanded her briefly for trying to talk while eating and she swallowed before trying again. "Oh, it was horrible! I remember a laser trying to burn through my face!"

"You don't say?"

"Yes! And then I don't remember anything else until I woke up in the barrier field they call the Colander! And my chest was open! And then I was asked about kittens! Or ... Or I mentioned them. And then everything went up from there! Well, until Blink shot himself and Sabre hit me in the head. It really hurt! But then she flew off with me going really, really fast! And then threatened to hit me again!"

"My, you've had quite the afternoon, haven't you?"

It was times like this, with Sera's gentle tone yet seeming as if she'd already heard about all of the escapades, that General Fletcher would probably wonder less why the title her people used for her was Mother.
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Re: A Wistful Day Continues (1x1)

Post by Madrigal » Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:27 am

Sera & Brennis


Brennis smiled at Sera’s words. Her familiar warmth and kindness wrapped around him like a familiar blanket, just by standing in her presence. General Fletcher on the other hand raised one arm to check his watch.

“Alright men, let’s wrap it up here, crisis over. I need to be back at the command post to oversee the search for Blink. I expect the maintenance bots to run through here in ten minutes, and the android receptionists here in twenty. Rapier will escort Mother Unit Sera and the Zeta Unit until Paragon is ready to resume his duties.” The general’s eyes flicked up to meet Sera’s. “Please take good care of her.”

The general turned, a handful of marines following behind him. Rapier turned from the general to Sera and her companions.

“Oh! These two are with you too? Are they princesses? I-I had no idea I would be so--be so...EE~~~!”

The combat android made a joyous screech at the prospect. She ran about in quick circles, waving her hands in the air as if trying to flag down a passerby. After a moment or two she stopped, breathing in to collect herself before she turned to the others.

“What do you want to do now? We can explore the city, or-or we can go somewhere else on Earth, or just go up to the cafeteria.”

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Sera & Brennis

"Oh, they're not princesses," Sera provided. Brennis is a prince! And Beta would be more accurately called a knight!" The aforementioned blonde stood at attention and gave a quick salute with a big grin.

That grin fell apart a moment later when the area shook as if something had impacted just outside before the general and marines could fully leave the atrium. Beta yelped and dove under the table of snacks, but Sera grinned widely in her stead. "Oh, that'll be my combat form now! I was hoping the deployment pod wouldn't have any issues. All the buildings and such. C'mon, let's go get it!"

And she joyously hurried out the front doors regardless of whether any of the rest of them had any motive to follow. Right outside, "parked" between an SUV and an electric car in the parallel parking section across the street, was what in many ways looked like an archaic version of a drop pod. Its long, bulletine hull was of a metal that could almost be mistaken for stone, engraved with pulsing red lines, and was about eight feet long from the tip of the nose to the top, where it possessed a two-prong rotor that had withdrawn and folded down, presumably used for re-entry after passing through the upper atmosphere. The pod, itself, had a transparent front, and inside ...

... Inside the pod seemed to be a sleeping teenage Sera!
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Post by Madrigal » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:18 am

Sera & Brennis


The marines in the atrium hustled to the stairs just outside, quickly taking positions outside. They only just had time to assess the situation before the group was bowled over by a figure who emerged from the ARC atrium like a cannonball. Rapier’s engines flared as she gazed around in alarm, before she caught sight of Sera. The android zoomed down, swirving just before she reached the street. Her sneakers skidded against the concrete, leaving a trail of smoke behind her as she came to a stop.

“Queen Sera! Please don’t wander so far ahead of me! What if...if...a giant robot dragon were to try and steal you away? I’m only with Team Bravo--we’re not qualified for rescuing nobility!”

The sound of gasping came from behind Sera. Brennis was hunched over in his robes, gasping behind her.

“Sera...wait...I-I--”

“Target located.”

The three could hear Sabre overhead, circling like a vulture seeking prey overhead. She veered to one side, zooming overhead before she dived into the streets nearby.

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Post by Ninmast » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:45 pm

Beta pointed at Rapier's sister unit. "That's the one, Mother!" she told Sera. "That's the one that hit me!"

"Really?" Sera asked, a mischievous glint entering her eye as she smirked. "She doesn't look so tough. I wonder what she'll think of it when the shoe's on the other foot ..." She hurried over to the dropship and put her hand on the clear screen, which flashed and faded away, then scurried up into it and ... strangely ... curled up in her larger self's arms as if she were a little sister curling up to join her in a nap.

She settled in, closed her eyes, and let out a breath that constituted the remaining air in her lungs, and seemed to sleep. A moment later, the teenage Sera's eyes opened and she took a breath, then shifted the weight of the younger mother unit and climbed out to settle her into the cockpit and closed the screen again. Now out of the pod, this older-looking Sera could be seen to have her twintails accompanied by metal pieces as if they were impersonating ribbons, and her dress was less a single piece and more clearly a top and vest on top and a long skirt at the bottom, though these shimmered metallically in the light.

She stepped forward and smiled in the direction of the approaching Sabre, whom she could now nearly look eye to eye with. "Hello," she greeted her. "I hear you mistreated my traveling companion."
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Post by Madrigal » Mon Jun 27, 2016 4:39 am

Sabre dipped down, disappearing below the line of buildings in the distance. Perhaps half a mile away, as the birds flew. At Sera’s side, Rapier stepped forward, shouting up at the descending android.

“Sabre! SABRE! BIG SIS!!”

Her cries were questionable, given she was a flying unit herself. To Sera’s other side, Brennis simply looked up at her. It was his familiar expression, when he thought she couldn’t see him. A look of quiet adoration, though it was tinged with something else. Apprehension, bordering on fear. His fingers played with each other nervously.

It seemed they had a way to go before they could catch Sabre.

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"Aww, she's ignoring me!" Sera protested. "What's so important that she'd ignore me?! That's it!" She snapped her fingers decisively. "Beta, carry Brennis! We're gonna go poke our heads in and see what's so important!"

She hurried off down the street, clearly expecting whoever would to follow, while Beta was left next to the prince. "Um, your highness?" the purifier asked. "Do you need a lift?"
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Rapier watched Sera dart ahead as the aerial unit reached out for her with a cry. Uncertainly, her engines whined to life before Rapier zoomed after her with a burst of energy, her dress billowing after her. Brennis watched the two go before Beta’s question seemed to pull him back to reality. He turned to Beta, blinking briefly at her question.

“Umm…y-yes.”

The boy spoke nervously, as though he were nervous at the idea of someone besides Sera carrying him. The princeling nervously stepped over to Beta, glancing over Beta, perhaps wondering where he was to sit down.

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Beta was all smiles, probably for Brennis' benefit, as she knelt down on one knee with her back to him. "Okay, put your arms around my neck, and I'll loop my arms under your knees. Just lean against my back and I'll support you!"
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“Umm, okay...”

Brennis continued staring over Beta nervously. Had Beta been able to see his face, she might have guessed he was mentally grappling with the idea of letting a girl besides Sera carry him. Or simply still deciding how exactly he was supposed to ride her. After a few moments, he slowly, tepidly, placed his legs on either side of Beta’s body. His arms slowly wrapped around her neck from behind, his arms trembling as he leaned against her.

“Like this?”

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"That'll do it!" she replied cheerfully as she hooked her arms under his knees and hoisted back to her feet. The mounting was probably surprisingly secure for the princeling, with his weight well supported by the back of the young soldier, and even as she started moving, he didn't really feel like he'd suddenly fall off. Her running was even inhumanly smooth so as to avoid jostling him and his sensitive nervous system overly much.
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Post by Madrigal » Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:28 am

Overhead there was a burst of sound. Rapier overhead was rushing to catch up with Sera. Her head shifted from side to side before she twirled, zooming down after the girl.


On a street not so far away, Sabre glanced over a residential street. A quiet enough place. Cars passed through now and again on their way to work or the stores. Children played street hockey in a vacant lot nearby. Now and then a couple could be spotted, enjoying a stroll in the sunshine. Sabre's eyes drifted over all of these in turn, before she spoke.

"Command, this is Sabre. I have lost sight of Blink. Requesting additional scout drones in my area. Coordinates--"

"Hey babe, what took you so long?"

A familiar hand struck Sabre in the back, heralded by a carefree voice that made even the rigidly disciplined Sabre pause in surprise. To her right was the familiar face of Blink, looking decidedly irritated with her. "Seriously, I needed you here two minutes ago. Now help me find my Evil Clone. I think I last saw him around here somewhere."

Sabre gave Blink a long, steady gaze, before drawing her sabre with one hand and striking him on the head with the pommel. Blink let out a sharp shout in response, clutching his hands to his head. Sabre ignored him in favor of her comm.

"Scratch that command; apprehending Blink. His CPU appears to be malfunctioning. Will return to base shortly."

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Post by Ninmast » Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:30 am

Sabre had hardly finished such a declaration before she could see four new people coming in. Well, not really new. Off to her left, the Zeta she had apprehended was carrying a human on her back, her sister unit was approaching in the air, and there was someone she didn't recognize running ahead of the lot of them.

"Hey, you!" the one ahead of them shouted at her, then finally slid to a stop nearby. She didn't look like an android, in that there were no clear joints or anything, but something about her attire said artificial. "Yeah, you, the one with the oversized needle! I hear you've been teasing my cute little bodyguard!" The way she motioned to that annoying, bawling Zeta ... Wait, that useless Zeta was supposed to protect somebody?
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