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Re: Embers of the Hearth. [CLOSED] [BSSM Thread]
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2018, 01:57:09 AM »
The route they were taking was certainly the ‘scenic’ route. It reminded Billy of Southern Vacuo where she had been staying. The graffitti, the missing bricks, the um… not so savory/lively people. Yup reminded her too much of Southern Vacuo actually. The only difference was that the few hunters that patrolled the streets were replaced by twice as many military on the main streets. Though they both looked just as enthusiastic to be there.

Billy’s mind started to wonder to home. What was her mom doing? Where had her dad run off too? Would they think of finding her in Atlas? The last one brought a little smile to her face. She loved breaking their ‘rules’. .

“So, is it just like you remembered it?” She asked Smokey, half reminiscing about her own home.

She almost ran into Serin when they finally go to their destination. She looked into the storefront to try to see if anyone was inside.
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Re: Embers of the Hearth. [CLOSED] [BSSM Thread]
« Reply #31 on: November 11, 2018, 06:09:53 AM »
'Emberstone Firearms, huh?'

Mikado couldn't remember Smokey ever mentioned it to him that his family owned a business. Especially one that works with the SDC.

Silently he looked at the building. It was definitely in a better shape than most of the other building they had passed. Alone The advertising sign looked as if it was planned for a livelier city.
Hard to believe that this was once the capital of the kingdom. So gray and monotonous, even though he had to admit that the silence was quite pleasant. Since the arrival in Beacon and especially now with the festival going on, he didn't get enough of it after all.

He continued to study the building. Smokey wanted to visit his family, okay, understandable, but that didn't explain why he couldn't just tell them. What a waste of time following him here... He will never get those hours back. Well, now that he was already here, he could at least also take a look. There wasn't anything better to do anyway...

He followed Serin at a distance through the front entrance into the building.
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Re: Embers of the Hearth. [CLOSED] [BSSM Thread]
« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2018, 05:46:55 PM »
Smokey stops when he reaches the front of the gun shop, staring up at the sign as his mind takes a small stroll through nostalgia lane.  The building hadn’t changed since he’d been gone, and Mikado was right; it was a much better sight than most of the surrounding buildings.  There was no graffiti, the structure seemed sound, and generally just seemed brighter than the rest of mantle (although the neon sign probably helps there). 

He was interrupted from his thoughts by Serin, who immediately afterward made his way to the shop’s door, followed by Billy, with Mikado bringing up the rear a few paces back.  Unfortunately for his team, there was another reason he hadn’t barged right into the store. 

Now, gun stores tend to have tighter security than most shops simply due to the nature of the product.  It’s one thing to shoplift a CD from a local vendor, it’s another to shoplift a weapon.  For that reason, the windows and door are barred in order to keep people from breaking in.  But that’s not all.  While bars might normally be enough for a standard weapon shop, this particular store is an SDC affiliate.  Naturally, security is a bit more severe.  If the members of BSSM listened closely, they’d be able to pick out an ambient hum around the building.  Sure enough, there’s a sign in one of the windows—not front-and-center, mind you, but in one of them—that reads “Danger, Doors and Windows are Electrified!  Do Not Touch!”. 

Now, obviously, a shop normally doesn’t bar the customers from entering when they’re open.  A shop is also normally not closed in the middle of the day.  It’d be reasonable to assume that the sign was meant to deter would-be thieves from attempting to break in during closing hours.  In fact, that’s exactly what the sign was meant to do.  Unfortunately, this particular shop has rather strange business protocols.

So, as BSSM attempt to barge their way into Emberstone Firearms, Smokey reaches out a hand to stop them, but it’s a bit too late.  The moment Serin walks up the front step and touches the door, an electric current courses through him, shocking him.  It’s not enough to seriously hurt him—or anyone for that matter, it’s a rather weak shock—but it does cause him to stumble backwards into Billy right behind him and cause them both to fall onto the concrete sidewalk, facing up towards Mikado.

A beat later, the sound of intercom static penetrates the silence of the city as an agitated voice shouts, ”WE’RE CLOSED!”  Sure enough, there is a “Closed” sign hanging up on the inside of the door, although the wording has faded significantly, almost as if the sign had never been turned around.

Smokey, for his part, simply looks down at his fallen teammates and shakes his head before moving up to the intercom and pressing the button.  ”Hey, Dad,” is all he says before releasing the “speak” button.

From inside the shop, the team would almost immediately hear a mixture of sounds, a combination of *clangs* from metal being shifted around to the *thumps* of footsteps hurriedly rushing to the door.  A few seconds later, the ambient hum disappears and the door swings open with a man standing in the entrance.

”Smokey?” the man asks in a soft voice, a far cry from the angry one heard from the intercom.  The man looks weathered, somewhere in early- to mid-sixties, but lively.  He’s balding, and he has a bit of a hunch which causes his black work apron to dangle a bit from his knees.  He’s a little bit shorter than Smokey, although that might be because of the hunch, but his rolled up shirt sleeves show that he’s just as muscular, if not necessarily as “brawny”, as his son. 

Taking a moment to let his eyes adjust to the light, or perhaps to make sure he isn’t hallucinating, the man, presumably Mr. Emberstone, takes a step out of the store to greet his son, but then stops when he sees three strangers, two of which were lying on the ground.  ”The hell you doin' down there?” he asks innocently.
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Re: Embers of the Hearth. [CLOSED] [BSSM Thread]
« Reply #33 on: November 13, 2018, 03:14:40 AM »
As Serins hand touched the door and attempted to push it open he was surprised to find that instead of the door opening like they normally do this one instead decided to painfully shock him, the surprise/force of the unexpected attack sending him flailing backwards into Billy tripping them both into the ground. After touching down and almost as if there was a pressure plate rigged for this event to happen a voice berating Serin shouted out from the speakers around the door causing the team leader to turn beet red in embarrassment.

”Sorry Billy I didn’t mean, or I rather didn’t know that, uh” The unexpected turn of events were causing him to stumble over his apology to Billy, Afterall getting yelled at was one of the worst possible things that could happen to Serin. In his panic Serin sat on the ground reactional less as his apology died in his mouth while Smokey spoke through the microphone causing a man who judging by Smokey’s interaction with him could be safely assumed to be his dad.

”The hell you down there?” , the question jumped started Serins brain finally allowing him to realize that he should probably get up off the ground instead of lounging about in such a careless manner. Now scrambling to get up he tried to use his right arm(the one that received the shock) but found that the current had weakened it as it buckled under him, forcing Serin to awkwardly switch over to his left arm to stand up. Once he was finally standing Serin turned his still red face to face Smokey’s Dad while standing up straight with his arms behind his back in a standard military pose. ”I am Serin Falkwreath sir! Leader of team Blossom which includes Smokey who we followed here sir!” He exclaimed, after all when in doubt reverting back to his old military school ways wasn’t a bad choice right?
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Re: Embers of the Hearth. [CLOSED] [BSSM Thread]
« Reply #34 on: November 14, 2018, 01:57:42 AM »
As she took the second step up the stoop, the thought did cross her mind that it was weird that Smokey didn’t lead the way inside, but she did come to expect Serin to jump to the lead to do things. Now wasn’t an exception for Serin so she just followed along. She was curious to see inside the shop anyways. But just as suddenly the thought crossed her mind, Serin was shocked and jolted back into her, sending them down a  short trip down the stairs on to Billy’s back. It took a bit of aura to keep from pulling something out of place, but that’s something Billy was used to by now with training. What she wasn’t used to was the sudden shock of cold that was on the cement that was seeping through her jacket and the fur of her tail. It didn’t help that Serin wasn’t getting off of her and was stammering.

“Serin- just- off! Cold!” Billy stammered out as she struggled to get out from under him. As Serin jumped up to address Mr.Smokey’s Dad, she pushed herself up and found that she fell on cracked ice and some freezing water underneath had gotten on her.

“Hi, yeah, I’m Billy. Part of Team Blossom. Can we all come inside?” she asked slightly annoyed, in her southern Vacuo accent.
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Re: Embers of the Hearth. [CLOSED] [BSSM Thread]
« Reply #35 on: November 14, 2018, 12:40:47 PM »
And once again it had been worthwhile to walk with a distance to others. Mikado was still far enough away to avoid the domino effect that sprang from Serin to Billy and watched in silence as the two fell to the ground.
Without reaching out a hand or helping them to get up in another way, let alone asking if they were okay, he stood still in his place, his focus still on the gun shop and the newly-added voice of the apparent owner...

...Which also apparently is Smokey's father. What a surprise that Smokey knows, or is related to, the owner of a gun shop whose surname is written on a sign above the entrance. Big surprise.

When the man finally came out of the weapon shop and into view one could already see the first similarities between him and Smokey. Well, at least the size was accurate.

Silently, Mikado watched Serin's and Billy's more or less conventional introductions, tending more to less with Serin. He almost slapped himself in an act of disbelief, probably executing one of the most annoyed face-palms in history, but he left it at a less telling eye roll. He, however, didn't even introduce himself to the man, he wasn't asked about it after all. Though, he had the feeling that his silence will not last much longer. There are most likely going to be questions, at the latest, when Smokey's father spots the small aura creature on his head.
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