Dragon and Tiger.   Posted by Justice.Group: 0
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1772 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 20 Sep 2011
at 16:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded. The Friday comment threw him off only slightly, as he had made peace with her passing recently. Yet there were still feelings there.

"Apology accepted, Katy. All is forgiven. Now let's concentrate. Help me help you.." he said as he summoned his armor.
Psy-Witch
 player, 10 posts
Wed 21 Sep 2011
at 01:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I've seen how much you've grown in power, Dragon Fist. I've seen how this Psy-witch of mine will stay away from any of that new Chi you throw at her." Katy, who was clothed in her "Lady Psyche" attire in her own realm, began to remove her trench coat. "A mind isn't something that can be easily understood, Lucas. It's taking all of my strength to keep what little humanity I have left. How this alter ego of mine works isn't just a dual personality."

She paused yet again.

"I hate to say it, but without my sense of morals, or key elements of my core being, I would be this woman, I would've said what I have and meant it. Brain fed that part of my consciousness until it eclipsed my reason."
By now Katy had removed her shoes and her attire now consisted of nothing more than a white tank-top and some slim pants.

"I don't have much time, Lucas. But that new chi you wield....I feel like that's my ticket to regaining my power. Lucas, I want you to put all your power into one blow and attack me at the very center of my being. . . My heart"
With that, Katy tapped her chest, right where he heart would be.

"Don't waste time, Lucas. I'm not sure how much longer I can keep from trying to attack you."

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1773 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 21 Sep 2011
at 01:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist hated having to do this. But Katy knew herself better than anyone. And when she asked someone to do something, there was usually a reason.

So he acted, as quickly as possible, conjuring his chi-sword, the sword now glowing white hot. And he struck her as she requested, attacking with the sword. In the heart. Hoping this his efforts would free his friend and teammate.
Psy-Witch
 player, 11 posts
Wed 21 Sep 2011
at 01:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist's chi sword met with some resistance, as if there were a barrier, weak though it was, preventing him from attacking Katy. Katy's eyes flashed red as her alter-personality took over in a last ditch effort to prevent the inevitable, then the sword stabbed her right through the heart. Her eyes turned an iridescent blue, and the scene around them exploded into a burst of color, petals of multiple colors swirling around them, obscuring Lucas' view of her mind-realm. The blossoms lifted, and for a brief moment, Lucas caught a glimpse into Lady Psyche's mind.

A cultivated mind was an understatement. Her mind looked like a temple of heaven, beautiful and elegant. Lucas saw each member of the Legacy, together, a memory trapped in her mind that she seemed to find motivation within. Along with that, Lucas saw everyone as Lady Psyche saw them, vibrant and elegant, just and kind, a change to what the usually cynical Police Officer Katy was. There was Friday, Lucas, Helena, even Hotwire. For a moment, the mind-image of Friday stared at Dragon Fist, who still had his sword through her heart.

At that moment, everything went black.

And Katy's head came down, resting against the floor of the Dojo. Tired though she was, she was also relieved. She was still pinned down by Lucas, and he would notice the clothing she was wearing faded away, revealing nothing but the tank-top and pants she was wearing in her mind. Her black hair faded back to her original blonde, and her dual-color eyes returned to their original blue-green. The tattoo that had controlled her began to twist and move, travelling right atop her heart, hardening at that spot. For some reason, though, her veins stayed black. A side effect of the brainwashing, maybe?

"Thank you, Lucas," Katy said, then gave in to her fatigue.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1774 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 21 Sep 2011
at 02:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Rest easy now, Katy....the nightmare's over..." Dragon Fist said, taking her in his strong arms. "Come on..."

He took her into the back room where he stayed, and set her down gently. "I'll be back in a few moments."

He then retracted his armor, then met with the class and Flip outside.

"All right guys...sorry about that. Everything's OK now. Just had one of those smoke detectors go haywire."

He then whispered to Flip "I'll explain later.."

The class soon filed back in, and then resumed, though the students still were somewhat tense. Lucas then went into the room where Katy was resting.
Psy-Witch
 player, 12 posts
Wed 21 Sep 2011
at 04:54
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy was still sound asleep, her body resting. The strangest thing, however, was that her mind was extremely active. When Lucas looked at her aura, he would notice that whatever had possessed her was gone, with only a slight hint at its presence. Psy-Witch had become an element of the reasonable Katy, as the being had always been.

Katy's mind reached out for comfort, and brushed against Lucas' consciousness. It wasn't a romantic one, but her mind sought the comfort of a friend, of which she considered Lucas to be. Lucas? Katy asked, her mind-voice speaking. It was soft, gentle, resting. How am I going to go back to normal life? Mirage will probably hate me for using her techniques for the wrong things. I tried to hurt so many innocent people, and my job....My God, my job at the station's probably going to be in shambles. And I insulted Friday's. . .Memory Her mind voice became slightly shameful, and her arm twitched just the slightest, even though her body was resting. An indication she was "dreaming."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1775 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 21 Sep 2011
at 11:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled as he mentally communicated with Katy.

"Shhhh...it's OK. You have to take things one step at a time, Katy. And you'll have us here to help you...Mirage and myself for starters. And I'm sure that Captain Jordan would like to know that one of his best officers is ok, for the most part. We are here for you Katy....we always have been."
Psy-Witch
 player, 13 posts
Wed 21 Sep 2011
at 20:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
I know, Lucas, it's just...the damage I've caused in the underworld of Weston. Not only that, but. . .But. Katy stopped herself. Her hand twitched yet again, only more of a movement than before, her hand closing and then opening. Lucas, could you call Helena? I feel like making amends is the first step. This was odd. The Katy before wouldn't have apologized to Mirage for anything. There was never a need to.

It was Helena who saw my potential. She was the one that introduced me to Friday, and trained me. It was Helena who helped me take down my first criminal, and it was Helena who introduced me to Captain Jordan. In more ways than one, Lucas, Helena has been a sort of mother figure to me. Katy explained. If she won't forgive me, Lucas, who will?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1776 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 21 Sep 2011
at 21:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded in acknowledgement of Katy's comment.

"I'll call her Katy....she and I were both working on a big case involving a man called The Builder. He framed a young man and young lady for the murder of his mother, and we're trying to gather evidence that will exonerate them."
Lucas then got out his phone and dialed Helena's number.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:10, Wed 21 Sept 2011.

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1778 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 22 Sep 2011
at 01:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas frowned as the voicemail came on and he left his message. He had hoped to talk to Helena, but it seemed she had been preoccupied with other things. He hung up the phone and then sat down next to Katy.

"I know Mirage has been working pretty hard on this case, so it shouldn't surprise me that she didn't pick up right away. Hopefully, she'll be here soon."
Mirage
 player, 654 posts
Fri 23 Sep 2011
at 02:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>> From NPA HQ

Mirage reappeared in a swirl of crimson smoke and dark skirts.  Rather than taking up her customary seat on the desk, she was standing, the points of several crimson coloured knives poking through her fingers.  She was smiling in a less than friendly way.

Smoke flowed around the room as Mirage kept her power levels up.  She did not trust Psy-Witch and was expecting a trick or a trap of some sort.  Knowing how Psy-Witch was more powerful than she was, Mirage was not going to take any chances.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1779 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 23 Sep 2011
at 02:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas could see from Mirage's less than friendly entrance that she was prepared for a fight. And rightfully so. In their first battle, Katy...then as Psy-Witch, had taken them to the limit.

He looked into the eyes of his newfound lover.

"Easy Mirage....the force that was controlling her has been dealt with. I saw to it myself."

He then tapped the side of his head.

"I can prove it...both by her chi...and by what I witnessed inside of her own mind."
Mirage
 player, 655 posts
Fri 23 Sep 2011
at 02:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Step aside, Lucas.  Or hold her down.  Either works." Mirage said in a low growl.  Her psionic knives grew longer.  "Psy-Witch is dangerous and she could be playing you."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1780 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 23 Sep 2011
at 02:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas stepped to the side of Katy, looking at Mirage intently, then gesturing to Katy's sleeping form.

"It's no game Mirage...but if you don't believe me, ask her. Her mind is still active even though she's asleep."

"OK Katy...it's your show now. You wanted to make amends...now's your chance.."
Mirage
 player, 656 posts
Fri 23 Sep 2011
at 02:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Ask the telepathic psychopath who was randomly going around killing people?  You can't seriously believe that.  You saw what she did.  Let me put a few of my knives into her, just for good measure."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1781 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 23 Sep 2011
at 02:58
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I believe what I saw. If you don't believe me look into my mind's eye...and see what I saw.....see what transpired.." Lucas replied.
Psy-Witch
 player, 14 posts
Fri 23 Sep 2011
at 03:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy had expected it to turn out like this. Mirage was never one to readily give back trust when it was betrayed. After all, it didn't help that Katy had gone insane over the course of that time, making everything Mirage said true. Even though the situation was tense, Katy did not rouse her body. She could easily defend herself without moving, but she didn't want it to come to that.

Helena, listen to me. Brain had tricked me, drew out the worst parts of my subconscious and formed a complete personality that overpowered my own. If you don't believe me, look. With that, a small part of Katy's defenses lowered and recalled the memories of what had transpired. Though memories could easily have been conjured up, they couldn't have been faked with the quality that Katy displayed them. It was like she said, the personality Brain had created within her had taken control, and Katy's own mind took a back-seat to the happenings.

Helena, I regret what I did and what I said immensely. I know it looks bad, but please, see reason. Why would I lie to you?
Her tone was beseeching and earnest. The words, though mind-spoken, were from the heart.
Mirage
 player, 657 posts
Sun 25 Sep 2011
at 21:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Psy-Witch can play around with your perceptions as easily as I can, Lucas darling.  Maybe even moreso.  You forget that I taught her, and have been regretting it ever since she turned."  Mirage replied coldly.  It Psy-Witch had been manipulating Lucas, Mirage was going to be very, very upset.

She whirled on Katy with a snarl, pressing the point of one of her psionic daggers to the womans throat.  "You don't get to call me that!  Not after what you've done, Psy-Witch!"  Hearing her real name spoken by the woman that had betrayed her trust was more than enough to make Mirage angry, or rather angrier.  She had liked Katy, so much so that she had been a mentor to the young woman.  For Mirage, Katy becoming Psy-Witch was like having a close friend betray her.

The crimson of her knives grew darker, the blades edging towards a deep pure black.  Don't listen to anything that she's saying.  Put the knives through her.  End her.

Only there was something in Katy's tone, the way that she was pleading with Mirage.  Was she really trying to apologize?  Mirage hesitated.

It had to be a trick.

Or was it?  Could Katy be sincere?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1782 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 25 Sep 2011
at 21:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked at Mirage, even as she had her blade to Katy's throat.

"Don't listen to the negative, Helena. Katy is being sincere, and I freed her from the influence that had taken her over myself."
Psy-Witch
 player, 15 posts
Fri 30 Sep 2011
at 23:53
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy's body didn't move, nor did it look scared. Her physical limit had been stretched to the limit time and time again when Brain brainwashed her. Her mind didn't even cower at the psionic energy. Katy knew that she could deflect the blades if or when Helena decided to attack. Katy knew she would act like this. It was understandable, especially when Helena had given out all her techniques to Katy.

Helena, Katy mind-spoke, Please stop calling me that name. I'm no longer Psy-Witch. I'm just....Katy Hanson. Will you please look into my mind? I'll let you have free reign...Search for yourself. I'm free of Brain's influence. Helena, please, just trust me.
Mirage
 player, 658 posts
Sat 1 Oct 2011
at 00:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirages hand clenched tighter around her blackened psionic knife.  She didn't trust Psy-Witch or Katy Hanson.  The betrayal was still too fresh.  The smart thing to do would be just to kill her, drive her knife through Psy-Witchs throat.

Was it the smart thing to do because Psy-Witch was evil or because Mirage was afraid of her?  Psy-Witch was more powerful than Mirage and that had been more than a slap in the face on several occasions.  Mirage had pretty much ducked out of the Legacy towards the end of their time together because there was nothing that she could do that Katy Hanson couldn't do better.  The Legacy didn't need two of them, so Mirage had chosen to spend more of her time prowling about solo.

That was what made it easy to hate Psy-Witch, not just for her cruelty, or for the fact that she had taken Mirages teachings and twisted them to her own purpose.  It was that Katy Hanson seemed better than her.

No, this had to be a trick of some sort.  Mirage hated Psy-Witch because she was evil.  Even if delving into Psy-Witchs mind was a trap, Mirage decided to take the chance, to prove that she was not afraid of her.

"I'll find out the truth.  You can't hide your thoughts from me.  I know you too well." Mirage snarled as she reached out with her mind to touch Psy-Witchs.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1783 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 1 Oct 2011
at 00:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked on, unsure if the two women were going to start fighting, whether in the physical realm, or in the mental realm. He hated going from the status of savior to mere helpless onlooker.

And only time would tell as to what would happen between the two women on the mind-scape.

It appeared that Lucas was going to come along for the ride, however, as his mind also came along with Mirage and Katy's, entering the mind-scape.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:54, Sat 01 Oct 2011.

Psy-Witch
 player, 16 posts
Thu 6 Oct 2011
at 03:54
Re: Dragon and Tiger
When Mirage, and subsequently Dragon Fist, touched her mind, their senses exploded. Vision went bright white, they momentarily went deaf, their feeling became numb, they experienced every pleasant aroma they had ever smelled along with every pleasant taste they'd ever encountered. If this was a trap, it was an extremely pleasant one....for now.

But that all lasted for only moments. An instant later, a scene burst into view. A large fountain stood in front of them, and around them a temple with a glowing white hue could be seen. They were in the courtyard. Dragon Fist would notice it as the mind he'd recently freed, while on the few occasions that Mirage had entered Katy's mind, it looked similar, only more cultivated and brilliant than before. A mind-scape directly correlated to the state of the person's mind, provided there were no Gilding. That is, the person perceiving themselves as fine when the mind was truly ready to fall apart.

A woman dressed in a long white priestess' robe sat at the edge of the fountain, dangling her fingers in the water. The colors of the water would change, always a bright color. Her body and hair distinguished her as Katy, only...something seemed better. Maybe it was her mind's self-image, but she looked absolutely breathtaking. She turned to face the other two, not moving from her position, and determined to stand her ground.

"Could Psy-Witch do this, Mirage? She was a madwoman. Now what memories do I need to show you in order to convince you?" Her voice was powerful, authoritative. She was in her element. Though Mirage could strike her down in the physical realm, Katy had control of both her friend's minds as of this moment. She grasped at the water, throwing a sphere of pure water up. At the apex of it's ascent, it burst into thousands of tiny drops, each one enlarging and appearing as memories. Of her childhood, of her joining the Legacy, of every part of her life. Though they couldn't be twisted and manipulated right now, every dirty secret, every minute detail about Katy could be discerned. Hell, if Helena or Dragon Fist looked at the right memory, they would notice certain levels of admiration, even attraction, to several of the Legacy members, even people they hadn't met before.

"Take your pick, Helena, Lucas. I won't stop you from perusing,"
she said.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1786 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 7 Oct 2011
at 13:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Dios....Mio..." Lucas muttered, seeing this visage of Katy. It was almost as if he had gone to Shangri-La, shortly after he "died." This place seemed to be pure in almost every aspect, and it was absolutely breathtaking.

Lucas looked around curiously, seeing all of these memories. There was the double date with him, Friday, Katy, and Aaron at Versuezzi's. The talks that they had, the occassional spat between the two of them in regards to differences that they may have had, and Katy's support for Lucas when Friday apparently died. Their views on the New Age Defenders, and the arguments those caused, and even when she joined the Legacy.

So many memories...

Lucas then looked to Mirage. "This is your arena, my dear. Where do you want to go first?"

This message was last edited by the player at 13:12, Fri 07 Oct 2011.

Mirage
 player, 661 posts
Mon 10 Oct 2011
at 22:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage turned to see Lucas in Katy's mind.

"Lucas?  What are...what are you doing here?"

Was this really Lucas or some trick?  Mirage wasn't entirely sure.  Lucas had no telepathic abilities that she knew of.