Dragon and Tiger.   Posted by Justice.Group: 0
Mirage
 player, 675 posts
Thu 1 Mar 2012
at 05:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage ignored the long serpent as it chattered on.  She had taken a look into what Lucas had gone through in that other place and, as fantastical as it was, she didn't like the effect that it was having on Lucas.

And Friday, she thought.  As much as she loved both Friday and Lucas, when the evil Lucas wanted to torment Lucas he brought up Friday.  Why did it always come back to Friday?  Mirage missed her of course and would have done anything to keep her alive but compared to Friday's memory, she felt like an inadequate stand-in.  It was as if Friday was the perfect example of a woman, held up on a pedestal and sporting the pre-requisite halo.  Mirage couldn't compete with a memory, especially not one that seemed to grow more saintly the more she was mentioned, so where did that leave her?

Finding herself not measuring up to Fridays memory was only the start.

"So you thought that you'd keep this end of the world scenario secret from us?  Were you afraid that the womenfolk couldn't handle it?" Mirage said icily.  "And you expect that you'll go off and die in some glorious battle to save the world?"

The whole thing was so damned insulting that it was really starting to piss Mirage off.  She stepped forward and forcibly turned Lucas around to face her.  "To hell with this borrowed time nonsense.  Do you think that you're the only one who's been through something terrible?  Who've suffered?  Some of us don't give up so easily, expecting to die and counting off our remaining days like some sort of macabre bank balance.  You grow a pair and you fight through it and you make damed well sure that no one else has to go through what you did, or else those who's hurt you have won."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1876 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 1 Mar 2012
at 14:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
When Mirage turned Lucas forcibly towards her, his first instinct was to get angry. Angry at Mirage for questioning his situation: he did speak the truth..the mystic forces that powered his heart were ebbing away slowly. But surely. And it was because of that fact that he never knew how much time he had left. Only that he had to make the most of it.

But the teachings of his mentor Flip, not to mention the dragon known as Kimeran, won out in his head. Instead, he looked at Mirage with an expression of determination in his face. It wasn't necessarily directed at the femme fatale, but it was directed at the battle he was going to face. A battle that, quite possibly, he may not walk away from.

"On the contrary, Mirage. I do intend to fight with every fiber of my soul. I intend to win. There is a future beyond this for all of us. As to what that future holds, that is up to us to seize it."

He soon looked up for a moment, as if he had a heard a call directed at him. In a fraction of a second, his armor was summoned in a bright azure light

"Konnish comes....our Forces are being gathered. I want you....both of you...by my side when the battle begins."
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 2 Mar 2012
at 17:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist looked towards the outside of the dojo.

"We're out of time....Konnish has come. He's at the Gysbourne residence."

He soon exited out the back door quickly.

"You ladies can follow my mental signature. Hell, you might beat me there. Good luck to us all.."

He then soared into the air, spreading out his draconic wings, and flew towards the Gysbourne residence.

>>>>>>>>>>To Gysbourne Manor>>>>>>>>>>>
Psy-Witch
 player, 33 posts
Sat 3 Mar 2012
at 07:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy had watched silently, unable to add anything relevant to the conversation. Once again, one of her closest companions was going to throw themselves selflessly into the fray. Not even 3 hours ago, Katy was on a mission, given by a dead man, to  destroy everything she loved. And now that some semblance of normality had resumed, a world-killing being decides to show up. Not only was it incredibly frustrating, but it was incredibly frustrating to a potent psychic. Not only that, but a potent psychic who was still recovering from the aftereffects of a power-enhancing drug.

Katy cast a glance at Helena, her eyes portraying her feelings almost perfectly. Without any cause at all, the circular tribal mark over her heart began to pulsate slightly, the markings spreading ever slightly. "What say we show your beloved that we womenfolk aren't as fragile as he would believe?" Katy said, eyes hard as she held an outstretch hand, palm up, towards Mirage. A deep violet mist began to play down her shoulder, tendrils reaching out.
Mirage
 player, 676 posts
Sun 4 Mar 2012
at 00:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage wanted to reply but Dragon Fist had left before she could put her thoughts into words.  He was angry and she was angry and neither wanted to say something that they'd regret.  Actions spoke volumes however.  Before anything could be resolved between them, Lucas had taken off knowing full well that Katy and her could get where they needed to go faster.  Maybe he didn't want to go with them because he was upset with her.

Mirage couldn't fault him for that.  She had done the same in the past but not to someone that she cared about.

"...some men really do need..." she muttered to herself, watching Dragon Fist fly away.  She turned to Katy and took the outstretched hand.  "Dragon Fist is sorely mistaken if he thinks that either one of us is going to sit this one out.  We'd better go and make sure that he doesn't do anything foolish and get himself killed."
Psy-Witch
 player, 34 posts
Sun 4 Mar 2012
at 21:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Mirage took Katy's hand, the mist enveloped both of them. "That we had better," Katy replied, before both of them disappeared within the mist, moving to wherever it was Dragon Fist had went.

To Oswald's Residence.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1886 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 10 Apr 2012
at 13:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>Timeskip>>>>>>>>>

The effort to defeat Konnish had been thoroughly exhausting. Lucas had never used that technique before. He was always told that it was a failsafe...a last resort....to call upon it only when needed, but that it would also be potentially detrimental to him.

He had recovered in the dojo, which took him a week (with a little help from Lin, Kimeran, and Meg). In that time, Flip had told Lucas that he was going to have to go away on some personal business, and didn't know when he would be back. So he sold his half of the dojo to one Grace Wei, who was a renowned sifu who had just moved to Weston. Grace was a middle-aged woman but being Asian, she looked much younger than her years, and possessing the wisdom of one who had learned a lot. So Lucas came to a decision: he would still teach the Goju-Ryu portion of his classes and Grace would sit in on those classes, and he would then take part in her Tai Chi classes as well as the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu classes. He had always been told to never limit himself to one style, and to always keep an open mind.

Mirage, during this time, was at times happy and jovial with Lucas. Others, she seemed to distance herself, being somewhat melancholy and solitary. Lucas knew that he would continue to work on their relationship, but the ordeal with Konnish drove a small rift between them, one that he hoped didn't grow any more. After all, with Friday being dead, Mirage was the next most likely to understand Lucas for who he was, not what he could do or how much power he had.

After getting the school started on its new curriculum, Lucas had renewed his friendship/rivalry with Aaron Tanaka. But Aaron seemed overly intense at different moments, as if occupied by other things. It was understandable as Lucas was also preoccupied with different things himself.
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 12 Apr 2012
at 03:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
After Lucas had awakened, he was able to get ready in time for the arrival of the Tai Chi class. Grace arrived at the dojo shortly after 10, and began to soft, subtle instruction of Tai Chi, which Lucas participated in. The Goju-Ryu class was not in session today, so that gave Lucas more than enough time to learn the subtleties of both Tai Chi and The Northern Shaolin Kung Fu style.

In this, he was just as focused as he was when he was doing the training for the mastery of the Elements. For those same elements seemed to flow with every subtle movement, every vital motion that embodied both the grace of Tai Chi and the truly cerebral knowledge of the Northern Shaolin style.

After the workout, he conversed with Grace for a short while, then set out on to the streets of Weston.

>>>>>>>>>>>>To The Streets of Weston>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1896 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 18 Apr 2012
at 04:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>From The Streets of Weston>>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas returned to the dojo, a little spring in his step. He had heard the announcement that Rebound and Penny had come to terms with their feelings for each other.

He then put the supplies away, and then prepared himself for the Goju class that was set to start.
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 19 Apr 2012
at 14:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Again!" Lucas said after one of his pupils tried to come at him with an overly aggressive kick.

The pupil, a young man in his early 20's, short blond hair and clean-shaven, promptly came after Lucas with an aggressive pump kick. Lucas calmly stepped to the side, parrying the kick and simulated a reverse punch which would have cleanly hit the student in his abdomen.

The student, acknowledging that he could have been felled by the punch, nodded at Lucas and gave him a short bow before returning to where the class sat. Lucas returned the bow and then began to address the class.

"The name of the art is....Goju-Ryu. The words mean both 'hard' and soft. It has all the subtleties of Aikido, in where you can use the strength of your attacker against them....and at the same time, it can employ more aggressive manuevers. Remember one thing...Anger is your worst enemy, especially when you are in a fight. Anger will cause you to make misakes. Never lose your temper....it will make you vulnerable....and off-balance."

Letting the lesson sink in, he then announced "Class is dismissed for today."

The class soon began to file out, and Grace had been sitting in the back observing. A smile came to her lips as she told him "Believe it or not...even though we practice different arts, we both ultimately want the same thing. I've seen you observing and even embracing some of the Shaolin principles."

Lucas nodded at that. "A wise man told me to never limit myself to one style. The Northern Shaolin style does have a lot to offer. And I'm grateful that you've decided to come to Weston, Ms. Wei. Out of all the areas that you could have picked to come to, you chose Weston City."

The middle-aged Asian woman chuckled for a moment. "Weston offers unique challenges not found anywhere else. But...being a long time citizen of this city, I'm sure you already knew that. Good day Lucas..."

She then left the dojo, leaving Lucas alone as he finished picking up several things in the dojo. He always took great care not to remove the upper portion of his gi in the presence of the students or even Grace, because of the scar he still wore (and because Kimeran would no doubt tell him that he was feeling a draft).
Mirage
 player, 689 posts
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 03:06
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>> The Streets

Mirage stepped into the empty Dojo, wearing a bright sundress.

"Hello?" She called out.  "I'm looking for someone to teach me the fine art of self defence."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:09, Thu 26 Apr 2012.

Justice
 GM, 909 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 03:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
In reply to Mirage (msg #683):

PM
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1906 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 03:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
In reply to Mirage (msg #683):

Lucas smiled before he turned around to face Helena.

"And you have found someone who can teach you. The question is, are you willing to learn? And more importantly....can you put up with the teacher?"
Justice
 GM, 910 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 04:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
I as a gm have decided that Jordan has provided the legacy with beepers as your never at your base to answer your phone

Mirage and DFs go off.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1907 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 18:06
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Lucas' smile began to become more playful, the beeper issued by Captain Jordan went off.

"Damnit....I knew these beepers were a bad idea. This thing is worse than the Bat-Phone.."
Justice
 GM, 912 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 18:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
the beeper reads "Hostage situation at the Museum assistance requested.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1908 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 19:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Guess the excitement you were seeking just popped up in the form of a hostage situation at the Museum.." Lucas said, slightly frowning.

He then armored up.

"Let's see what's going on at the Museum.."
Mirage
 player, 690 posts
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 23:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger


Mirage frowned at her own beeper.  It felt absurd to carry one, like she was at someone else beck and call.  There was some logic in having it, and that was partly why she had agreed to carry it.  The other part was the thought that every time it went off, Mirage would have the opportunity to beat someone up.

She slipped the pager back into her purse and gave Lucas a seductive little grin.  "Not the sort of excitement that I was looking for, but it will do."  She held her hand out.  "Shall we?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1909 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 27 Apr 2012
at 03:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Let's shall..." Dragon Fist replied, accepting the offered hand.
Mirage
 player, 691 posts
Sat 28 Apr 2012
at 00:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage smiled as Lucas took her hand.  In a moment, they were enveloped in a cloud of crimson somke.

>>> To Museum.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1963 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 26 May 2012
at 03:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>From The Timeskip>>>>>>>>

The business with The Builder seemed to be resolved. But Lucas couldn't help but wonder if there were still some ramifications that arose from it. One, being the mysterious gunman who took The Builder's life, and the fact that he was still out there.

But that would have to wait, at least for the moment. Don had called a meeting of The Legacy, something that hadn't happened in a while. Lucas knew that he would need to travel incognito for this meeting, so he took the standard Weston City transit authority route to get to his destination.

>>>>>>>>To Van Diemen House>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1985 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 10 Jun 2012
at 13:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>From The Timeskip>>>>>>>>>>>

The last 24-hour period had been a nice and refreshing time for Lucas. Besides spending time with the New Age Defenders and the rest of his friends (including some odd new ones), it was a time for him to reflect and enjoy a brief moment of respite.

He had also talked to Ozzy briefly (whenever he could get away from Clarissa), and had directly or indirectly heard about Ozzy's father was being less than favorable with Ozzy's choices in life. It reminded him a lot of when Lucas' own father had thrown him out due to the "incident with the football player in high school." He let Ozzy know that he understood because he had been through the same things, and hoped that the two Gysbournes would be able to eventually mend their relationship.

Weston, thankfully, had been quiet so the Champion of Light was able to enjoy nearly a full night's sleep before opening the dojo in the morning and going through the daily routine of teaching the various young people who found his way through the doors of the Dragon And The Tiger.

At 7, Lucas had just closed down the dojo, making sure Grace got out to her car okay, before heading back into the training area to center himself and meditate. The recent events were disturbing, and were pointing to open warfare between humanity and Paras. And Lucas at this moment wasn't sure what, if any, sides would be the right sides.
Bang
Wed 13 Jun 2012
at 13:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Lucas meditated, his awareness was able to give him a very brief forewarning as a bullet pierced through the window of the dojo, impacting the floor mere inches away from the mystic martial artist.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1986 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 13 Jun 2012
at 13:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Son of a--" Lucas exclaimed, seeing the bullet impact not far from him, immediately alert. His once calm demeanor turned to one of indignation. Someone had taken a shot at him from afar, and they were going to pay for it.

Running to the backdoor, he opened the door quickly, seeing if he could get a glimpse of the shooter.
Lighter Than Air
Wed 13 Jun 2012
at 13:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas came out to see a brief glimpse of a shadowy figure, which was gone just as suddenly. He did, however, see what appeared to be a note on the ground, which had a capitol L on the ground. When he would open the note it read:

"Your weaknesses have been exposed, your Achilles' heel revealed. The end game is set. To find me, you must return...TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN.."