Dragon and Tiger.   Posted by Justice.Group: 0
Dragon Fist
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Wed 13 Jun 2012
at 13:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas picked up the note and put it into his pocket, his expression troubled. Whoever this person was who had been toying long enough, and they were prepared to end this game.

But what did it mean..Where Did It All Begin?
Dragon Fist
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Thu 14 Jun 2012
at 11:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas started to think to himself, getting back inside the dojo and preferably away from any windows.

Where it all began kept playing through his head over and over again. He looked at the letter, which had a capitol L. Could this letter have meant....where the LEGACY began?

He then went back through his memories, remembering their first meeting, and their first take down, which was the villainous Flamethrower.

Which was outside of the Above And Beyond Agency.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN. The Legacy forming, Brain's plan to take over the world. Everything.

Lucas frowned. He thought he had made his peace and saw the last of that structure when he had his vigil for Friday. Whoever this was...if they had defiled the building in some way, they were going to pay a heavy price.

Keeping a wary eye, he once again summoned his armor, and took to the air, sending another message to the Legacy, and going to a place that he never thought he'd see again.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>To Above And Beyond Investigations>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
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Sun 1 Jul 2012
at 00:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>From Above And Beyond>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist descended and retracted his armor once safely out of sight. Entering into the dojo, the tears streamed freely from his face. He had lost not one but TWO women he loved. Perhaps being the Champion Of Light was both a blessing and a curse. Perhaps he was cursed even before he became the Champion Of Light.

None of that mattered.

Lucas was confused. Confused about his role in Weston, or in the universe. If he was doing so much good, why did those closest to him have to suffer and die?

He went and packed several changes of clothes into a large backpack, and zipped it up. He left a moderate amount of cash in the office with a note for Grace. He then looked back at the dojo which had been such a large part of his life, and smiled briefly. He shook his head and then turned out the lights.

None of the others would understand. They didn't experience the amount of loss that he did. Maybe Don, but who knew if the others did understand.

Hoisting the backpack over his shoulder, he then walked out of the dojo, and into the city streets, not knowing where he was going.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>??????????????????>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
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Sat 14 Jul 2012
at 15:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>>>From ??????????????>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas soon appeared back at the dojo, running his fingers through his hair, the loss of his friend, teammate, and lover so close to him and his heart. A loss that although he was starting to cope with, still left a large void within him.

And what was to come? The funeral was going to be tomorrow, and he had to write something. The dojo was empty, especially with so little time passing in the "real" world and the other place he was in.

He then sat down at his desk in the back office and began to write on a piece of paper.
Dragon Fist
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Sun 12 Aug 2012
at 13:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>From The Streets Of Weston (Funeral)>>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist took his usual way into the dojo. Retracting his armor, he then sat down Indian-style in the training room and attempted to focus himself.

Today was difficult though, and Lucas couldn't seem to narrow down that focus. He opened his eyes, and buried his face in his hand, the grief too strong for him to hold back anymore.
Edge
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Sun 12 Aug 2012
at 23:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Vaan felt naked. She wasn't wearing her typical trenchcoat, with it's umpteen-million different functions, most of them stealth oriented. No knife belt, no guns hidden in places where no one would think to look, and certainly no grenades. As much as Vaan had fought for a peaceful world such as this....well, she felt out of her element. At least she had her nano-tool formed into a bracelet on her wrist, which complimented the new clothes her mother had gotten her nicely.

She took a deep breath at the door of Dragon and Tiger. From what her mother had said, Lucas knew she was in this timeline, and her name, but didn't know what she looked like. Well, point in her favor, and she could work with it. Mina Yang did sound like an appealing name, too.

Vaan knocked on the door several times, waiting for an answer.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 00:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas turned and looked towards the door, his eyes reddened by the large amounts of tears he had shed. Whoever was interrupting his mourning might be in for a verbal lashing.

He opened the door, and seeing the young girl, looked wary.

"Can...can I help you?"
Edge
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 00:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Vaan jumped ever so slightly as the door opened, acting the part out perfectly. Looking upward, she quickly noticed signs of recent mourning, though for the moment pretended to be as oblivious as possible. It was probably a good thing.

"Um, hi," she said, fidgeting with her bracelet a little, "I was wondering if I could get some lessons... I want to learn to defend myself...and my mom. I can pay..."
Dragon Fist
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 01:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas narrowed his eyes. Of all the times....

He stopped himself. This young lady wanted to help....and she needed help. "The first lesson's free, and I can give you a few pointers. Come on in....my name is Lucas."
Edge
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 03:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Vaan's eyes lit up with excitement as she smiled and followed him in. "Nice to meet you, Lucas-san. I'm Mina Yang." She said. In truth, Vaan already knew how to defend herself...and others, when need be. But most of her defense maneuvers usually meant several broken limbs or death. That was something her mother didn't want, and part of the reason she was here. The other reason was to keep track of Lucas..if only for a bit.

"I can't tell you how much this means to me, Lucas-san,"
'Mina' said, bowing to Lucas.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 03:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded as he waved her into the training area. It was empty since all the students had gone home, and Grace had left as well.

There seemed to be a slight admiration in the girl's voice when she spoke of how much this meant to her.

"Before we get started, I just have to ask: how did you hear about this dojo?"
Edge
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 04:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
'Mina' paused for a moment, looking unsure of herself, "Uh...well, y'see, a buncha gangsters were trying to trash my mom's shop for not paying protection, and...uh, I kinda sorta got in the way and got beat up. A friend of my mom's came by and told me to find this place," she said, looking slightly embarrassed. She was coming up with the story on the fly, but it could be considered the "short version" of the story.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 04:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas eyed the girl warily for only a moment. Her story seemed contrived, but Weston was known for its "wildlife," i.e. the street toughs that tried to prove themselves as the alpha dogs of the city.

The girl did appear to need help, at least with some of the self-defense aspects. And she seemed to be fighting for a cause other than herself.

"All right..." he said nodding at the young lady. "I'm going to show you some basic techniques that can be used in both an offensive and a defensive matter. The name of the art I practice is Goju-Ryu....the discipline has both hard and strong aspects."

Lucas then began to show "Mina" some of those techniques, including ones that allowed for a block/counterstrike as well as a two-pronged attack.
Edge
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 04:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Mina" watched the maneuvers, and when it was her turn to replicate, she had to hold back her typical maneuvers. Where a block-counterstrike was performed, she had to resist the urge to follow through with a quick double kick aimed at weak spots. Even a two-pronged attack she had to resist following up with a palm strike charged with the Flow.

The restraint did help, though. She didn't want to kill some degenerate who tried to mug her simply by muscle-memory. Hunter trained her well when it came to war, but in a time of peace, killing was looked down upon, not a necessary precaution.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 05:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas continued to "teach," but noticed that the young girl had some skill that she seemed to be holding back. Clearly, there was more to this person than she let on.

"Not bad. If you build on what we've learned as a foundation, I believe that you and your mom will have nothing to worry about," he said to her, somewhat aware of her skills but giving no verbal indications as such.

He smiled at her for a moment.

"As I said, no charge for the first lesson. You're welcome to come back if you'd like. Now if you'll excuse me...there are some personal things that I need to attend to."
Edge
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 06:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
'Mina' smiled, bowing to Lucas once more, barely looking as if she went for a half-mile power-walk. It was obvious she was conditioned, to say the least, if not a downright machine. She'd been in a war before, simple practicing was just like waking up in the morning.

"Thank you, Lucas-san. At least my mother and I will be safe. I can't say the same for our neighborhood, but at least I won't have to visit the hospital again," she said, turning to leave.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 12:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Good. Then I'm glad to have been a small part of that," Lucas said, holding the door open for her. "Take care of yourself, and if you'd like to come back, know that you are welcome."

Teaching had been somewhat therapeutic for Lucas, keeping his mind off of all that had happened. But the emptiness was still there, as his face looked slightly downcast.
Edge
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Tue 14 Aug 2012
at 04:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
'Mina' smiled, thanking him again. As soon as Lucas closed the door, Vaan dropped the act, Her eager and beseeching look melting away to slight annoyance. Having to boil her fighting style down to the basics was frustrating, but what came next almost ensured her satisfaction.

Weaving the mysterious energy known as the Flow around her and effectively obscuring her from view, Vaan phased through a section of wall on the side of the building. She would appear as a slight shimmer, or a bright figure of Chi depending on how you looked. Mom wanted to keep an eye on Lucas, huh? Well, stealth practice was hard to come by, and Vaan needed to stay sharp.
Dragon Fist
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Tue 14 Aug 2012
at 04:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As soon as 'Mina' was gone, Lucas sighed, sitting back down in the training area. He looked up to the ceiling, tears welling up in his eyes, his sorrow all too evident for anyone who may or may not be watching.
Edge
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Tue 14 Aug 2012
at 05:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Vaan looked at Lucas, watching from the shadows but not doing anything. As much as she didn't want to, she could empathize with Lucas. When the bullets weren't flying, when your life or others lives weren't in danger, you think about the people you lost. Vaan had lost more friends in the war in the future than most, but the loss of a love...even Vaan couldn't truly relate to. Sure, a few crushes here and there, but nothing as serious as what Lucas seemed to be projecting.

While Lucas let it out, Vaan took the time to put on her gear.....slowly. Carefully. Soundlessly. Black fore-arm and shin-guards, loose pants tucked into tabi-boots, A half-face wrap to conceal who she truly was. All was done with little to no effort, and almost completely soundless.

If she were discovered, Lucas certainly wouldn't suspect innocent little Mina had snuck back in to spy on him, nor would he suspect that she was there only to keep an eye on him.
Dragon Fist
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Tue 14 Aug 2012
at 13:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The grief was still there, and Lucas had been physically pushing himself to his limits. Limits that even he had trouble with, despite his excellent physical condition. Exhausted, both physically and mentally from the events of the last few days, he laid on the floor looking up at the ceiling, unconsciousness taking him on a much needed rest.
Andy Black
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Tue 14 Aug 2012
at 18:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  A figure appeared not far from Lucas, and bent, scooping the supine form of Lucas Martinez up into his arms, and then shifted, big, batlike wings spreading wide then wrapping around them both, the horns on his head an a whippy, spike-spaded tail showing he wasn't as human as he appeared, before he vanished, taking the unconscious Champion with him, cradled gently in those muscular arms.

------->> Vic's Place
Edge
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Wed 15 Aug 2012
at 00:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Vaan had been waiting, and as Lucas drifted off to sleep, Vaan released her control of the Flow, letting the energy unwind around herself and continue in it's normal patterns. In the shadows, Vaan was very unlikely to be seen, unless it was by a bat.

And then a demon appeared out of nowhere, swooped Lucas up, and disappeared, startling Vaan, who countered with a second too late slash with a tanto blade stowed away. Lucas was gone, and dead for all she knew. The demon had gotten away, but not without leaving a trail within the Flow. A trail Vaan could follow.

Wasting no time in readying herself for what could be a straining sprint, Vaan disappeared in a blur, following the trail that was left behind.

--->Too: Sutra's Apartment

This message was last edited by the player at 00:51, Wed 15 Aug 2012.

Edge
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Mon 27 Aug 2012
at 20:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
From: Sutra's Apartments

Vaan faded into view in front of the dojo, calmly opening the door and walking in. A quick sweep confirmed that she was the only one inside as she unclasped her bracelet and watched as it reconfigured into it's standard form: A futuristic helm that acted as a heads-up-display. Putting it on and watching as the piece of tech booted up and oriented itself, Vaan moved to stand in the middle of the training room.

"Link up with nearest connection and bring up a map of Weston, including notable Yakuza locations from the organized crime unit in the city." she said, the training room lighting up with an extremely simulated map of Weston.

Then she started planning. If she was to act in Dragon Fist's stead for now., she would need to know more about his projects.
Map Tales
Tue 28 Aug 2012
at 12:58
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Vaan's map brought up several potential places where the Yakuza could strike from. There was a place also in Chinatown, a business establishment in Downtown Weston, and another out by the docks.