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    Henrik Selway-Sommers
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:14 pm

    Three hours. That's how long it had taken for Henri to commandeer a small boat they'd stolen from the docks on MV and sail himself and Senna to Annerb. It'd taken another hour for them to locate the barn.

    Now it was an hour till sunrise, and they'd finally made it. Henri pressed an ear to the wall of the building, having approached from the rear. He couldn't hear a thing. That could either be a good sign--the fact that there was no screaming--or a bad thing...something that Henri wouldn't let himself think about.

    They walked around the building, keeping their eyes and ears open. Henri had stolen a jug from the boat, and he now released the water he'd stored inside it. The blob floated behind him as he followed Senna to the entrance, where they'd realized would be the only way to get into the barn. The only windows were to the loft, some twenty feet in the air.

    Henri ran as if on autopilot, refusing to allow himself to think about what they might find inside the barn. He had to have faith that the water he carried would be enough--that the trip hadn't completely exhausted him of his wielding abilities.

    The door. They'd reached it. Henri looked to Senna for instructions. It went without saying that she was the operations master of this rescue, and Henri would do whatever she told him.
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    Post by Senna Selway-Sommers on Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:56 pm

    When they had first reached the shore, Senna had told Henri he could stay with the boat if he wanted, but she was secretly grateful that he had insisted on coming with her. She felt stronger having him there to back her up, and she was proud of him for being so brave in the face of obvious danger.

    And now they had found it. The barn that their two attackers had been kind enough to describe to them, once Senna had applied a little bit of pressure. There was no sign of their parents or any kind of rescue squad or whatever yet, which only served to validate Senna's decision to come when they had.

    Yet, Senna hesitated in front of the large doors barricaded closed with a huge, rectangular slab of concrete. What are you waiting for? she asked herself. Poppy's in there!

    She might not be. Or maybe she is, but she's already dead.

    No. No no no fuck that. Poppy was alive, and Senna and Henri were going to rescue her.

    She tested the concrete barricade with her eilemaiden, and found it to be incredibly heavy. Grimacing with effort, she was able to slowly push it out of their way. Once that was done, she slowly pushed the door open with a loud creak and leaned inside, heart pounding. It was too dark to see anything, but Senna thought she heard something like breathing coming from within. "Poppy?" she said in a loud whisper.
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:57 pm

    Poppy was asleep when the giant barn door creaked slowly open, but a soft voice pierced through her restless slumber.

    Senna wrote:Poppy?

    Poppy's eyes cracked open. It was still dark, but the natural light from the stars shined in through the ajar barn door. And silhouetted against it were both of Poppy's siblings. Senna and Henri.

    Senna and Henri. Poppy blinked, unbelieving. She tried to speak, but her voice came out in a garbled croak of a whisper. Go, she wanted to scream. Leave! Before he comes back! If her sister and brother were really here, and not figments of her imagination, they were in terrible danger.

    Poppy's eyes felt strange. Perhaps this was what crying felt like when there were no tears left to cry.

    She shook her head. Please, go.
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:12 pm

    The inside of the barn smelt heavily of blood and urine and fear. Henri almost puked again as they entered, but as his eyes adjusted to the lack of light he was able to make out what must have been Poppy against the far wall. The sight of her brought his focus to a shining point--suddenly the smells and the fear of whatever was out there didn't matter anymore.

    He ran to her without a word, sprinting across the hay covered floor. Poppy was indeed against sitting up against the wall, but as Henri fell to his knees in front of her he realized she wasn't alone. Two other bodies lay slumped against her, and Poppy had her arms around them as if they'd both fallen asleep while being comforted by her.

    "Gods, Poppy, oh gods, Poppy." She looked like she had seen a ghost--she was pale and her eyes seemed hollow. Blood covered her cheeks, though from what he could see she only had a few scratches. He had to touch her. He had to make sure she was real, that she was really here. He put his hands on either side of her face and her features crumpled. She was overwhelmed with emotions he would never be able to name.

    "Go," he heard her whisper. Her voice was hoarse, and Henri could tell it hurt her to speak.

    "We're here to rescue you," he told her. "Mom and Dad--they're on their way too. It'll be okay. It'll all be okay."

    He looked down at the boys and realized with shock that one of them was Elias. "Elias?" he asked suddenly. "Elias?" he looked back up at Poppy, as if she'd be able to supply him with more information.
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    Post by Senna Selway-Sommers on Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:55 pm

    Senna quickly followed Henri into the barn. She stopped dead when she got to the three clio on the ground and sucked in a harsh breath when she saw the state of them. Poppy was there, and--Elias? What in the world? There was no time to stop and think on how Elias had gotten here too, or who the other guy was with them. They were in bad shape. Like, really bad. Elias' right hand was bundled in a cloth so soaked through with blood Senna couldn't even make out the original color. The guy on Poppy's other side was laying with one leg sticking out at a sickeningly unnatural angle. Poppy seemed to be the mostly physically intact out of all of them, but gods only knew what she had been through. Her face was pale and haunted.

    Senna didn't even hear Poppy's whisper. Every instinct she had was screaming at her to get these three out of here and leave, now. "Okay--okay--we're gonna get you guys out of here," she said in a rushed tone of voice. She hadn't counted on there being three clio to save, but there was no way in hell they could leave anyone behind. "Can any of you walk?" She hoped to the gods that at least one of them could.

    ---

    Axel had drifted in and out of a fitful sleep. When he was awake he was in such a stupor caused by pain and dehydration that he was quickly becoming less and less aware of what was going on around him. He was laying up against Poppy, who was so warm while the air around them was suddenly so cold.

    He thought he heard some hushed voices, but he couldn't focus on the words. He blinked his eyes open and saw a tall figure looming over them, and another kneeling down. He drew back wearily, his back pressed hard against the wall behind him.
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    Post by Elias Kappo-Selway on Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:13 pm

    Much like Axel, Elias was in quite a daze due to his injuries and lack of life-sustaining resources, but when he was able to focus his eyes on Senna and Henri, a wave of overwhelming emotions swept over his body. He had been so sure he'd die here in this barn with Poppy and Axel to the tune of their torturers' laughter, but a chance was being given to him right now. A chance to see his dad, and his mom if she was really alive. Though he was hurt, he felt more alive than he had since they'd been captured because now there was a chance.

    But, as quickly as it had come, his hope seemed to fade. He was well aware that Senna and Henri weren't going to be a match for Cillian and Spenser, who could come back at any second. Who knew what they would do -- kill them right away just for show? They had talked about various torture methods they'd 'always wanted to try out,' which terrified Elias because he literally could not imagine what they were willing to do.

    And now his other cousins were here to experience it with them. Elias wouldn't wish this on anyone. The burst of hope had pumped enough adrenaline in him to help his express this, at least.

    "Senna, Henri...these clio are monsters, they're gonna catch you," he mumbled, looking between them both. "Please, just...find some help...and get the hell out of here, now!" Though he was stern, he kept his voice as hushed as possible. He forced himself to lean up a bit, eyeing the barn door as he awaited the inevitable entrance of their kidnappers. He was honestly surprised they hadn't come back already, which made every second more dangerous.
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:32 pm

    Henri sucked in a breath as he assessed the situation. The boy on Poppy's right side didn't even look lucid--and both Poppy and Elias were so pale (Elias from the loss of blood, it seemed) he was afraid if he asked them to stand they'd fall over on the spot. There was no way they were walking out of here.

    "Please, go," Poppy said again. Henri's heart felt like it was being ripped out of his chest, watching his usually lively little sister beg them to leave her behind to save themselves.

    Elias, too, started urging them to go. Henri looked over at Senna, panicking and trying desperately to think through what was happening. If they couldn't move them to help them escape, if they knew they couldn't fight off their assailants...all they could do was wait for Mom and Dad.

    "We need to barricade the door," he said suddenly, realizing their only chance was to provide a barrier between the kidnappers and themselves. They could not be allowed access to Poppy and Elias (and stranger), and it wasn't as if he and Senna could hold them off with fighting.
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    Post by Senna Selway-Sommers on Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:15 pm

    Senna was growing more and more impatient. She could sense the urgency of the situation, knew that they obviously didn't want to get caught by whatever monsters had done this. But that was why she was trying to get everyone out now. Maybe none of them could walk, she realized with a sinking feeling. Her and Henri could each only help one--maybe she could use her eilemaiden to move them all somehow?

    Henri wrote:"We need to barricade the door."

    Senna turned sharply to Henri and looked at him like he was out of his mind. "No, we need to get them out of here," she said pointedly. These three needed medical attention yesterday and every second they wasted arguing was another second the kidnappers could be coming back. She moved to grab the guy she didn't know because he was the one who most obviously couldn't walk. "Pop, El, if one of you can stand I need you to do that for me. Henri, help them."

    ---

    Things were coming back into slightly better focus as activity continued to flurry around Axel. He managed to realize that these new clio weren't here to hurt them. Elias and Poppy seemed to know them. The tall girl was saying something about getting them out. They...it seemed like they were here to help.

    He gave a slight noise of surprise when suddenly the tall girl knelt down and put her arms around him. One under his armpit, and the other she used to put his arm around her shoulders. "C'mon...I need you to help me out a little," she was saying. "I'm gonna lift you now. One...two..."

    On "three" she hoisted him up, and he scrambled desperately to keep all his weight on his good leg as they stumbled sideways. It was painful and disorienting enough to jumble up all the coherent thoughts he had been starting to form in his head. They managed to stay upright, though.

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    Post by Cillian Reyes on Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:07 pm

    Elias shook his head in confusion and anger as Senna and Henri still tried to help them instead of running, literally for their lives. Even if they made it out of the barn, how far could they really make it? He was surprised that Senna and Henri had even made it into the barn without Cillian finding them.

    "You don't get it, this isn't going to work! You have to leave!" Elias said in his hushed voice. As if his begging had summoned Cillian, the barns flew open before Senna and Henri could be of much help.

    There he stood, Cillian's tall frame silhouetted by the late night / early morning sky. Somehow it looked like his muscles had grown...but maybe Elias had just forgotten exactly how large this man was.

    "Oh gods..." Elias said, tears filling his eyes. This was it, now all of his cousins were going to die. He hoped to gods that they had told someone before coming here -- but he didn't think it would matter in the end.

    --

    "Oh goodie," Cillian said loudly at the additional clio who had found their way into the barn. "Making my job easier, eh?"

    After the seconds of silence that followed his statement, Cillian launched himself into the air and landed a few feet closer to the group of young clio. The entire barn seemed to shake as he landed, and dirt and rock from underneath the hay flew up from under Senna and Henri's feet to form heavy rock boots up to their ankles. A long spear carved from rock flew into his hand and he formed a stance showing he was prepared to throw it.

    "Which one of you wants to die first? Or should I make one of them choose for you?"
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    Post by Senna Selway-Sommers on Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:34 pm

    Senna was about to yell at Elias to stop arguing and let's fucking go! when the barn doors swung open and a fucking enormous guy in overalls barged his way in. By the way Poppy, Elias and the guy she was holding up reacted, this must be him. The captor. The guy who had tortured her family. She glowered at him.

    When the huge guy leaped towards them, rock and stone rose up and around Senna and Henri's feet. Adhbhar, then. It kind of pissed her off that she shared an eilemaiden with this horrible excuse for a clio.

    Cillian wrote:"Which one of you wants to die first? Or should I make one of them choose for you?"

    Senna concentrated and without too much effort was able to free her and Henri's feet. If he was Adhbhar, then she could deflect that spear if he threw it at either of them. They could still do this. It wasn't the time to be scared, yet. They had beat those other two clio, right?

    ---

    Axel tensed against the girl holding him up when his father burst into the room. He could feel himself trembling. This is it, he thought, when the girl and boy's feet were entombed in stone. His instinct was to squeeze his eyes shut, but he didn't. These could be his last moments. We're all gonna die. He was about to get murdered by his own fucking father and the worst part was he wasn't even surprised.

    He was a little surprised, however, when one of the two strangers freed both their feet relatively easily. Not that that would make a difference. No one here was capable of beating his father in a fight, not even close. He wanted to be hopeful, wanted to think that maybe there was a chance, but he just couldn't bring himself to at this point.
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    Post by Petra Lovison on Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:49 pm

    Petra had been single-minded in her mission to find Axel. It was all she thought about, all she focused on. She didn't think about her job, or her own safety, or the fact that she had probably just murdered a teenager. She was here to get her son, and maybe to put Cillian in the ground too if she could.

    When she approached the barn, the doors were already open. It was dawn, and she could make out a huge figure that could only be Cillian. He was facing away from the doors and clearly focused on a couple smaller figures in front of him (was one of them Axel?) so she took the opportunity to silently send a sharp sliver of ice flying towards the back of his neck. She wasn't stupid--catching him unawares was probably the only chance she had of actually killing him.
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    Post by Cillian Reyes on Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:08 pm

    Cillian was instantly pissed when the two kids broke free of his boots, and threw his spear hard and fast toward Henri. The second the spear left his hands, he bent down on one knee to punch the floor and create a flurry of dirt and rocks in the form of pins and needles around the kids -- but, rather than that going exactly to plan, a sharp piece of ice flew into his bicep and he screamed a terrifying, bellowing howl.

    Almost as if he couldn't even control it, heavy and sharp clumps of dirt and rock flew in every direction through the entire barn, the ground started to form large cracks that feet could fall into, and a thick layer of earth formed around his body as a form of armor.

    (much like juggernaut from xmen below):

    He pulled the ice pick from his arm, his armor quickly forming around it, and turned to see Petra behind him. "You," he said in a deep voice, a large rock-axe flying into his hand.
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    Post by Petra Lovison on Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:25 pm

    Senna quickly moved to deflect the stone spear, but to her shock and horror she couldn't easily stop it. It was clear in that split second that this man's control over his eilemaiden was way stronger than hers. In desperation she focused with all her strength (dropping the boy in the process, who made a horrible sound when he fell) and managed to push the spear just enough that it missed Henri by inches and embedded itself into the wall behind him. Inches.

    It all took a second. And in that moment Senna realized how truly out of her depth she was. More dirt and rocks rose up around them, and she knew she wouldn't be able to stop another attack.

    When the icicle hit the man in the arm, for one wild moment Senna thought Henri had done it. But then the man turned around, and there was a woman standing behind him. Who in the world?

    ---

    Petra stood her ground as Cillian approached, ax in hand. A little puncture wound on his arm wasn't going to slow him down. She narrowed her eyes at him. "I told you to stay away from my son," she snarled through gritted teeth. She wanted to look past him, to try to find Axel in that barn, but taking her eyes off Cillian now would be suicide.
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    Post by Cillian Reyes on Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:53 pm

    Cillian cackled. "Well Petra, I don't know how you or any of these kids managed to track us down," he started, throwing the axe's handle over his shoulder as he spoke. "But you've arrived just in time to watch him die, if he hasn't already. He was quite pathetic -- you obviously didn't teach him much."

    While Cillian put up this front (and was also genuinely cocky and arrogant), he wasn't oblivious to the fact that there were a ton of clio here -- including Petra, who could likely take him pretty far in a fight -- against just him. He was strong, but not very strategic sometimes...he had to try to come up with a plan. If Spenser were here it'd be a bit different, but he'd left and hadn't yet returned. What a shit time for him to leave.
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    Post by Petra Lovison on Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:03 pm

    Petra continued to stare Cillian down. She didn't rise to his bait--she knew that if Axel was truly already dead, Cillian would be throwing it in her face right now. Maybe she could turn this around back on him, though. Cillian was strong--monstrously strong, far stronger than her--but he was also stupid. And anger would make him even more stupid. Stupid enough to make a lethal mistake, maybe.

    "Well Cillian, it turns out Spenser gets pretty talkative once he's backed into a corner," she shot back. "Speaking of pathetic."
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    Post by Cillian Reyes on Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:53 pm

    Cillian's eyes widened as Petra mentioned Spenser. Had she found him? Spenser liked to play tough but he wouldn't have been a match for Petra. Was the little shit dead somewhere? Rage started to fill his insides just at the idea.

    "What the fuck do you know about Spenser?" The earth bits that had become a flurry around the barn were still now, most floating mid-air all around them as he stared Petra down.

    His attention to the kids behind them quickly faded as he thought of all the ways he could hurt Petra, but she obviously knew something that he actually wanted to know. Still, he tightened his grip on the large axe.
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    Post by Petra Lovison on Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:08 pm

    Petra had never understood why Cillian cared about Spenser, when blood ties obviously meant nothing to him, but it was clear that he did in his own way. She eyed the chunks of earth and stone and floated around them, threatening to become weaponized at any moment. Unlike in the indoor, close-quartered fight with Spenser, Petra had no eilemaiden advantage here in this open field. Yet another reason she'd have to rely on Cillian's stupidity and impulsiveness to have any hope of winning this fight.

    "I'm sure you remember what I told you I'd do if you hurt Axel," she said carefully, ready for an attack to come at any moment.
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    Post by Cillian Reyes on Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:25 pm

    "You bitch!" he exclaimed, gripping his axe in both hands and charging towards her. His awareness of the kids he'd held hostage had left his mind completely -- he was in a blind rage over Spenser. Had she truly killed him? Was his son gone forever? He felt no sadness, but pure anger. How dare she.

    "Rahhhhh!" he belted, running toward her at full force, ready to swing the axe at her neck as soon as he was close enough. He put his everything into this. He was ready to kill.
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    Post by Paisley Sommers on Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:04 pm

    The balloon soared over Annerb, and Paisley willed it to go FASTER. The Cuir woman she employed as her balloon chauffeur was doing her best, but Paisley couldn't help but scream at her to go FASTER. She was a mess, full of adrenaline, fear, and horror.

    When they caught sight of the barn, Paisley cleared a landing path for the balloon, which landed quickly. Both Paisley and Nils jumped out as it barely touched ground. They sprinted from the field they'd landed in and rushed toward the barn Senna had described to them on the phone. The barn where Poppy was. Poppy. Poppy.

    Poppy.

    All Paisley could think about was her youngest daughter. A million memories ran through her mind as she'd journeyed to this island. Little Poppy, who had lit up Paisley's life from the moment she'd taken her first breath. Toddler Poppy who snuggled with her dad and had begged to ride on his shoulders much longer than she should have. Poppy who was snuck chocolates from the staff. Poppy who followed her sister, barefooted, into the jungle, because she wanted to be just like her...

    When Paisley and Nils reached the barn, she was ready to burst in, but instead she saw ...Petra?? in the clearing in front of it. And running at her was one of the scariest looking men Paisley had ever seen in her life, a large ax in his hands. He screamed as he ran, full force, at Petra.

    Without a second's hesitation to think through the situation, Paisley had a large, overgrown bush leap out of the ground and smack into the man's body, knocking him and his ax to the ground. "Petra!" she screamed as she continued running toward the barn. Toward Poppy.

    She ran past Petra and the man, and into the doors of the barn. "Poppy!"
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    Post by Petra Lovison on Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:37 pm

    Petra was bracing herself to dodge and counter Cillian's attack. She was probably just as surprised as Cillian was when a fucking shrub sprang up out of the ground and tackling him, tangling him up. For a second she dumbly watched as--Paisley and Nils...!?--ran past and into the barn. Only a second, though. After that she seized on the opportunity, drawing the moisture out of the plant, solidifying it into a block of ice, and smashing it into the exposed part of Cillian's face. He didn't move after that.

    Maybe she should have killed him then, but getting to Axel was more important now that the immediate threat was gone. She ran into the barn and ignored the multiple other clio who were inexplicably there and focused on Axel, who was on the ground, obviously injured but alive. He was alive. She hadn't let herself consider the alternative until now, and utter relief washed over her.

    "Axel," she breathed, rushing over and kneeling down next to him. He was trying to sit up, so she helped him. He was a mess. Bleeding, shaking. Broken. Gods, she should have known this would happen. She should have done something about Cillian before it ever went this far. "I'm here."

    His blooshot eyes focused on her for a split second before darting over her shoulder towards the open barn door. "I-is he dead?" he asked weakly. "Did you...?"

    "I had to make sure you were okay first," Petra said. She looked back too. Cillian still hadn't moved, thankfully. He should be out for a while, long enough for her to finish the job.

    She finally turned her attention back to everyone else. Paisley and Nils, who Petra hadn't seen in close to twenty years, were here. Some kids, most of whom seemed to be in much better shape than her own son. And, unmistakably, Elias, though he looked about half dead. At the point Petra was too exhausted to wonder what the fuck was going on.

    "You need a hospital," she said to Axel instead.

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