Dragon and Tiger.   Posted by Justice.Group: 0
Justice
 GM, 17 posts
 Justic isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Fri 30 Oct 2009
at 16:19
Dragon and TIger
A dojo owned by Lucas Martinez and his mentor Gene "Flip" Owen
Dragon Fist
 player, 5 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 30 Oct 2009
at 19:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The dojo is a white stone one story structure. The words The Dragon And The Tiger are displayed in orange above the entrance doors and a black circle displaying a tiger and a dragon is displayed next the doors.

Inside is a front desk off to the left, and as you go straight ahead, there is a large workout room with several mats and what looks like a small ring area. Off to the left portion of the room there are several punching bags available to the students as well as several books detailing the history of the martial arts and philosophy.

An office sits towards the back of the dojo, completely furnished with desk, computer, and several filing cabinets. In this office there are also a lot of Flip's tournament trophies, as well as several pictures of him and the previous sensei at this dojo, a wise old Japanese man named Shiro Takeda. There is also a small room with a bed and a dresser that is used as a guestroom for anyone who needs it.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:20, Sat 31 Oct 2009.

Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 3 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 01:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy sighed a contented sigh in an alleyway between the Dragon and Tiger and another building, with the wheels on his skates locked so he could walk, his headphones around his neck, and his mp3 player turned up. His backpack was on the ground nearby, though instead of books, it held a couple of old used-up spray cans, and a pair of black steel-toed work boots.

Nothing relaxed him like some fresh 'canvas' to work on after a good run through the city. The white stone wall of the dojo was a perfect surface to paint, and Ozzy almost felt guilty for raping the virgin wall... but he was an artist, and with materials this perfect, and the right opportunity... his Muse would bug him for days if he didn't take this opportunity, and use this inspiration.

And so he begun to work, 'spray painting' the wall with his magic, using the old cans as a cover, just in case someone saw. In fact, in the back of his head, the worry that someone would find out his secret was greater than the fear of getting caught. Of course, both of those fears were lost to the bliss of the soft hiss of his paint, and the plain, blank space of the wall suddenly gaining color and form.

Those near the building would be able to hear the Grateful Dead's 'Touch of Grey' wafting on the air from the alleyways.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 113 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 02:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Ozzy is "painting his masterpiece" on the wall of the Dragon and Tiger dojo, a tall African-American man with short salt and pepper hair and mustache and a black karate gi comes walking up to the young man.

"Ahem! That's some very nice work son...although I would rather you do that on canvas than on my wall..."

The man's voice did not seem angry, but seemed to command a great degree of respect.

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 02:59, Tue 17 Nov 2009.

Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 6 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 03:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy, lost in the music and the masterpiece as he was, simply turned to the mustachioed martial artist, replying with a grin and a quick, "'Sup?", before going back to work. About two seconds later, he realized that the guy probably wasn't there to watch.

Ozzy jumped to the side in surprise, dropping the spray can in the process. It hit the ground with a hollow 'clunk' before rolling off to the side.

"Eepah! H-hey! So, lemme guess, you own this place, right? Umm... hey, how'd you like me to do a little mural for you, some bona-fide urban wall art? Completely free of charge, of course."

On the wall, art had begun to take shape. He had the detail lines of the two main figures done, what seemed to be 'Hippy Skater Jesus' doing an inverted aerial grab over a street, reaching downwards to almost touch the outstretched finger of a pedestrian in a suit, who was reaching up and pointing in amazement. The street was currently just lines to suggest perspective.

In short, it was Ozzy's modernized, urbanized, personalized take on Michaelangelo's 'Creation of Adam'.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 114 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 03:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Flip" Owen looked at the young man's artwork.

"Very impressive. It does complement the side wall of the dojo. I will ask though that you stick with the theme of my dojo. What I would like is a bit of symbolism....A Dragon and A Tiger facing off...do you think you can manage that?"
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 8 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 03:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy grinned widely. Possibly having to change his art was a bit of a let-down, but not having to deal with the cops, or worse yet, his family finding out what he'd been doing was awesome. If his parents found out he'd been committing acts of 'vandalism', he'd probably be banned from leaving the house 'till he was older than Grandpa.

"No problem, mister. Y'want me t' take this down, or do ya mind if I finish it? Just kinda lettin' my creativity flow, here... and where do you want this Dragon and Tiger? Front? Side? I can even have 'em arcing over your front door, if you want, I'm pretty good at wall-riding. Or, you know, I could go find a ladder. Whatever floats your boat."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 116 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 03:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"While this is very good work, I would really like the Dragon and Tiger here. Just out of curiosity, how will you take this one down?"

Flip's eyes are full of hope and slightly wary.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 9 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 04:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"A little paint thinner'll do the trick. It's not the safest stuff, but I know what I'm doing and, once it dries, I'll be able to get your Dragon-and-Tiger up in no time."

With that, Ozzy started digging through his bag, bringing out an can of Ozzy's 'special' paint thinner, with the label for the original contents still on. It had been labeled as a commercially available paint solvent formulated to work on masonry and not require an after-wash, which was what Ozzy usually needed, but that crap was crazy expensive, so he'd just started filling it back up with the stuff he could make with his runes. And unless someone ran a chemical analysis on the stuff in the can, no one would be the wiser.


Ozzy set to work immediately, splashing paint thinner on his masterpiece, sending the lines cascading down the wall in a strong-smelling black waterfall. Within a couple of minutes, the thinner had dried, and Ozzy set to work again, depicting a proud Dragon battling a fierce Tiger, their bodies forming a circle that was clearly indicative of a Yin-Yang sort of vibe. He worked slowly and carefully, consulting the owner about the poses and such before laying down any lines. Once the bodies and any details had been lined out, Ozzy asked,

"There we go. I think that looks pretty good, myself. So, what colors do you want? Name anything you can think of, I've got all kinds of weird colors in this little bag of mine."

With that, he started looking in his bag once more, pretending to be looking for whatever colors 'Flip' might want.
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 04:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip looked over the young man's mural with great approval.

"I must say...that is very impressive. My friend Lucas would like it. How about you make the Dragon in an Azure color and make the Tiger White? That is very impressive..."

He crossed his arms and looked it over again..
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 10 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 04:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Azure and White, huh? I can do that, no problem. Now, here's the white, and I've got the black out... but where's my blue? Oh! I must've dropped it when you surprised me. Lemme get it."

With that, Ozzy pulled a random spray can out of his bag, putting away the solvent, and collected the dropped can that he'd been 'using' to color in Hippie Skater Jesus's shirt. He shoved one can in one of his big pockets, then used the other two to create a nice little grading effect on the dragon's scales, making it look less flat, and switching between colors as necessary. He did much the same with the Tiger's fur, giving it a nice, three-dimensional feel, and making it visually different from the Dragon's scales and the white of the stone wall.

Once he was done, Ozzy turned to the dojo owner, smiling.

"Well? Do you like it?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 119 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 04:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip nodded in approval.

"You know, if I didn't know better, I'd swear that you were reading my mind. You drew it just the way I had envisioned it."

He reached into a pocket inside of his gi and hands him a business car.

"I would like to offer you a complimentary lesson if you're interested. And my name is Gene Owen....my students call me Flip."

He extended his hand to Ozzy...
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 11 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 04:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy had a thoughtful look as he took the card and shook Flip's hand.

"Could be interesting. What's your policy on leg braces? I'm... well, to be blunt, I'm sorta disabled, and can't stand on my own without something to help support my leg, like the boot on my blades. I figured it's a valid question, since most places like this have a no-shoes policy, yeah?

The name's Ozzy, by the way. Short for Oswald, but I hate that name, so it's just Ozzy."

Dragon Fist
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Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 04:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip replied, "Ozzy...a pleasure to meet you."

"Well...the essence of the martial arts is flexibility..we all have to be flexible no matter what circumstances life brings us. And I think that you rising above limitation is an inspiration to us all. You know...while I was not a student of Bruce Lee's....I do admire what he said. To have no way as way...to have no limitation as limitation. Regardless, we'd be happy to have you. I'd like to introduce you to the co-owner, Lucas Martinez, but he seems to be otherwise occupied. Probably hanging out with his girlfriend..."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 12 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 05:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Well, what the hell. The doctors said I'd be wheelchair-bound, or on crutches at best, but look at me now, yeah? I'll give it a shot, see what happens. You sound like Mom and Dad would like you, though, so if it goes well, they may pay for lessons. I know Dad'll love the idea of getting a little discipline in me, at least."

A wry smirk then crossed his face, "If nothing else, I'll get a laugh out of it. So, will I need to get a gi and all that?"
Dragon Fist
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Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 05:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip smiled.

"That won't be necessary for the first lesson. Just come in and dress lightly...a sweatsuit would work just fine, and we can work all of the formalities out after you see what the class is like. Tell your folks about it...see what they think. The dojo hours are 10am to 9pm Monday through Friday, Saturdays from 9am to 4pm and we're closed on Sundays. Feel free to stop in anytime during those hours....and thank you again for sprucing up that side wall....that is very good artwork."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 13 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 05:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Sure, I'll make sure to. And hey, no problem. Better than having to run off and leave it totally unfinished, yeah? I'll catch you later, Flip."

With that, Ozzy gathered up his stuff, shouldered his backpack, and unlocked his wheels. He skated off as he put the earphones over his actual ears, and cranked the volume waaay down. He liked it loud, true, but not so loud that it would burst his eardrums.
Dragon Fist
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Tue 17 Nov 2009
at 05:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip smiled. It was one thing to acquire a student...but it was another to make a difference in someone's life. And he hoped that he would be able to do that with young Ozzy. He seemed like a good-natured young man.

He then walked back into the dojo and made his way to the backoffice. There was still a lot of paperwork to do...
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 14:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas certainly enjoyed the night before. The double date with Friday, Katy and Aaron was a lot of fun, and the time spent afterwards was even.....more fun. But a lot of things occupied his mind this morning.

There was the first class of the day: a lot of the students in the class were starting to earn their stripes on their white belts, so they would need to be taught some of the advanced forms. And oh yes...some of the students wanted to spar....

But the message that Don...or "Hunter" had sent them was troubling....Don't try to find me...what did he do now? Then he heard about Don Derring's escape and he couldn't help but reflect back on what Bertelli said when he and Mirage were there: that brute force wasn't going to break up the Legacy....but something more subtle might....maybe they were behind Don getting "found out" after all.

And then there was this Registration thing. While not so sure about registering his identity with the government, the proposal seemed to be legit enough...and really wouldn't hamstring their efforts to helping keep things in Weston from boiling over.

He would call Friday and the others as soon as he got a chance....to see what their thoughts on the SRA would be....
Mirage
 player, 110 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 02:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage waited patiently in the Dojo, watching as Lucas taught his morning class.  She waited until the class had ended and Lucas was free before she made her presence known, although she guessed he would know it was her.  Dressed in a professional knee length skirt suit she exuded an air of femininity, her posture and movements relaxed and graceful, and would almost be guaranteed to turn heads even though she wasn't trying to.

"Good Morning, Lucas." She said cheerfully.  "It occurred to me that I have never seen the inside of your dojo, so I thought that I might stop by and let you give me a tour of your edifice.  You can tell me how your date with Friday went last night.  You know that I am ever so curious.  So.  How did it go?"
Dragon Fist
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Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 03:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
A few whoots and hollers are heard from the students as Lucas goes over to meet with "Lane Summers".

"All right, all right, settle down...." Lucas said as he shushed the class as they were wrapping up.

"Good morning, Lane..." he said warmly as he sat down next to her. "I wasn't expecting you here but it is good to see you. As for the date...well...let us say that there are things so sublime that one cannot put it into words..."
Mirage
 player, 111 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 03:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage gave a small smile and wave of a delicate hand to Lucas' class of students.  Kids.

"I like to keep you on your toes, Lucas.  It's a shame that you had a class here or I might have made things very interesting." Mirage said after studying Lucas' expression for a moment.  "I was concerned about how your date went.  Friday is a lovely girl but I get worried that there is too much Tomboy in her for her own good.  I wasn't sure if she would dress up, throw on a nice dress and heels.  Who was Katy's mystery date?"
Dragon Fist
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Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 03:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled, and replied, having a far off look in his eye and a slight gleam as well, "Yeah...she looked extraordinary last night. I was speechless....I definitely liked it and I think she liked it too. Oh Katy's date? Funny thing that. It seems that our colleague Katy is dating none other than Aaron Tanaka..."

Pausing for a moment, he then added, "Aaron and I are friends...and business rivals. He owns a dojo not far from here. But it's a friendly rivalry....nothing malicious between us at all."
Mirage
 player, 112 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 15:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Katy is dating an owner of a dojo?  What is it with you Martial Artists and superheroines?  Do I need to worry?" Mirage said playfully with a soft laugh.  It was meant to be a humourous question but there may have been a more serious part to it.  It wouldn't be the first time that Mirage had wondered what would have happened had she met Lucas before he met Friday.  "It's good that she has someone who can keep up with her, hopefully.  Did she at least dress up nicely?  You do know that I am living vicariously through the lot of you so I am allowed to be nosy."

Her cheerful expression lessened somewhat.  "I hope the news about Hunter didn't spoil your evening.  I saw Friday's response and I instantly regretted sending the message in the first place."
Dragon Fist
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Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 15:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas laughed.

"Well...they seem to be pretty serious. Aaron mentioned that he was dating someone in passing but I had no idea it was Katy. And yes she actually did look very nice. Between you and I, Friday and I weren't sure if she was going to have someone with her at all, so it was definitely a surprise when she showed up with Aaron."

When asked about the news of Hunter, he replied, "At first it did...but we decided to just let that go and deal with it the next day. Friday looked like she put a lot of effort into last night and we both didn't want it to go to waste. And you can't blame yourself for that Lane. We had to find out one way or another. Even though it wasn't welcome news, at least it came from one of our own instead of one of those 'Hard Copy' guys..."
Mirage
 player, 113 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 15:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Maybe I should give this Aaron Tanaka a little visit, just to make sure that he's right for Katy.  Or would that be out of character?" Mirage said with a grin.

"I was planning on going out to look for Hunter later this evening.  I can see him breaking out of the jail but I just can't picture him shooting Jordan.  Honestly, I thought that things were getting better with him.  I know that we had our differences before over him leaving Weston but I thought when he decided to stay...well he has some explaining to do."
Dragon Fist
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Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 15:58
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas replied, "Well...I can vouch for Aaron...he's a good guy...but if you want to give him the 'Mirage Evaluation'....I have no problem with it. In fact, I think it might be kind of amusing to see how he'd react..."

Lucas then listened to what Mirage said about Hunter. "Yeah...we've got to find out what's going on with Don. But something has been gnawing at me. Do you remember when we were at the Bertellis, and Antonio Bertelli said that he couldn't deal with us using brute force...that he was going to use a more 'subtle' method? I wonder if the unravelling of Hunter might be the start of that plan. That's been troubling me ever since I found out Hunter had been arrested. Perhaps whoever arrested him may have acquired their evidence from the Bertellis...or maybe one of their subordinates..."
Mirage
 player, 114 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 18:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"That thought had crossed my mind as well." Mirage confirmed. "If that IS what the Bertelli's are doing, then we need to be careful.  Breaking out of jail is one thing but shooting a police officer is exceedingly bad.  They do not look kindly upon vigilantes like that."
Dragon Fist
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Thu 7 Jan 2010
at 19:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded and then looked like he was deep in thought.

"No...no they don't look kindly on that. Shooting Jordan....that was unexpected. I do hope Hunter has not gone off the deep end, Lane. I've tried the best I could to not envision him as an enemy."
Mirage
 player, 115 posts
Fri 8 Jan 2010
at 04:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I don't want to think of him as an enemy either, but we have no control over that." Mirage said, her expression hardening.  "I would rather not have to bring Don in for what he has done but I will if I have to.  I just want to give him the benefit of the doubt first.  He is just making things worse with this registration business they are pushing now.  Hunter going rogue like this will only hurt everyone else in the end."
Dragon Fist
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Fri 8 Jan 2010
at 04:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded.

"I still can't help but believe that the Bertellis are behind the unravelling of Hunter somehow. The fact that Antonio Bertelli said that he HAD a plan still bugs me. Yeah...the timing for Hunter's arrest could not have been any worse...what with this Registration business coming into play. While I am not thrilled about having my true identity in the hands of someone I don't know, the proposal does look solid. I was really hoping to get everyone together...to figure out what kind of a move we're going to make. I'm almost willing to bet that there are people who are basing actions off of what we decide to do with Registration, so we have to tread carefully..."

Lucas looked around for a moment and noticed that the dojo had cleared out. The students had left...and it appeared that Flip was in the back office, going over paperwork and getting ready for the afternoon class.

"Well...would you like the tour and then maybe we can take a walk and talk about this some more?"
Mirage
 player, 116 posts
Fri 8 Jan 2010
at 15:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"The timing of the registration and Hunters escape cannot be a coincidence.  Hunter might be unwillingly influenced to help drive the registration through.  Bertelli was holding him prisoner for a while there."

Mirage's hard expression softened at the mention of the tour.  "I'd love to see your dojo." she said, slipping an arm around Lucas'.  "When are you going out with Friday and Katy and her new beau again?"
Dragon Fist
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Fri 8 Jan 2010
at 15:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas walked along with Mirage in his arm as they began the tour.

"We haven't decided on another double date yet....I suppose it mostly depends on Katy and Aaron and if they want to go out with us again...."

As they started to walk along, he then pointed out, "This is the training area...this is where we start work on all sorts of things...class starts off with us doing some stretching....and then we start to work on some of the forms as well as stances...then from there...we get into a little bit of sparring..."
Mirage
 player, 117 posts
Fri 8 Jan 2010
at 17:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage followed along and looked where Lucas pointed.  "I watched a bit of your class, not all of it mind you.  I only came in half way through.  It did look like fun.  I have always loved the beauty inherent in the martial arts.  Such a wonderful flow of body and spirit.  Do you have some time to show me a few of your forms?"
Dragon Fist
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Fri 8 Jan 2010
at 17:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded.

"Sure I can..."

He then stood a few feet away from Mirage, and began to exhibit one of the intermediate forms that he had been teaching to some of his advanced students. His mind and body becoming one as the flowing of the form commenced. His hands whirling in different directions, followed by a spinning kick motion or two, then repeating the cycle and then brought to a close with a traditional salute.

"That one there is a little bit of an advanced form. It's always nice to show that to people who are possibly looking to study..."
Mirage
 player, 118 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2010
at 23:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage watched Lucas go through his kata with interest, giving him a pleased smile when he finished.  "That was very impressive.  I liked that kick that you did, the spinning one.  Can you show me how to do it?"
Dragon Fist
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Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 00:03
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled and said, "Sure I can..."

He then went through the motion for the spin kick, the first time slowly for Mirage's benefit, the second time a little quicker but enough to where Mirage could duplicate it, and then the third time at full speed.
Mirage
 player, 119 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 04:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage watched with interest again, studying Lucas' movements.  She slipped off her heels and began to practice the kick.  Even though she was wearing a knee length skirt, a long slit appeared up the side of it so that her movements were not hampered in any way.  It took her a few minutes but she was able to perform the same kick almost to the same level that Lucas had.

She leapt up, twisting her body around and whipping her leg afterwards, then landed softly on her feet.  "A very nice kick.  I look forward to using it later on." Mirage said with a smile.

"Now I know that you might be thinking that kicking in a skirt is not very ladylike and you are right.  This is a special circumstance though.  I certainly wouldn't do this in public."
Dragon Fist
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Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 05:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled.

"If there is anything that I can to add to the lethal repertoire of Mirage, I'm glad to contribute to it. You took to that almost naturally. This is only a suggestion but if you were to train in a martial art suitable to you, you would be an even greater fighter than you already are."

Lucas then executed a couple of somersaults, and then executed a series of spinning roundhouse kicks.

"Be like water, Mirage. Like water, be formless...shapeless. Water is the softest substance in the world...yet it can penetrate the hardest substance...rock, granite, you name it. Water can flow...or it can crash. Be water, my friend..."
Mirage
 player, 120 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2010
at 18:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage laughed softly and then proceeded to go through her own series of flips, handstands and kicks.  Her movements were graceful, fluid, seemingly easy despite her constrictive looking clothing, and every bit feminine.

She ended in a low feminine crouch, from which she slowly rose to her feet and smoothed her skirt.  "You're not the only one who can quote Bruce Lee, Lucas.  He was a hero of mine growing up and I devoured his movies like candy."

"You are correct however.  I suppose that I could use with some formal martial arts training.  I may have to stop by some more and have you show me some of your moves."

"Do you give private lessons?" she asked in a flirty fashion.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 11 Jan 2010
at 19:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
A small smile came over Lucas' lips.

"Bruce was a large inspiration for me as well..."

When asked about private lessons, he replied "Yes I do...I gave some to Friday not too long ago. All I really ask for is a willingness to learn. Everything else will work itself out."

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 20:04, Mon 11 Jan 2010.

Mirage
 player, 121 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2010
at 21:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage chuckled softly as she slipped her heels back on.  "Lucas, darling.  The last thing that a woman wants to hear is a man saying that he's given his private lessons to another woman already." she said jovially.

"It's quite alright though.  I know what you meant."
Dragon Fist
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Mon 11 Jan 2010
at 21:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas slightly blushed after Mirage pointed out what he said.

"All right...that's cool. I meant no offense Mirage. But I would be honored if you allow me to teach you."
Mirage
 player, 122 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2010
at 23:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage chuckled again and patted Lucas' cheek.  "You are so cute when you blush.  I'll see if I can free up some time in my schedule for a little one on one practice.  Now I'm curious to see just what you can teach.  Practice could never hurt.  Perhaps we can practice after hours when we can really cut loose."
Dragon Fist
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Mon 11 Jan 2010
at 23:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded at Mirage.

"That sounds like a good plan, Lane. When do you want to check out this Registration business a little closer? I was hoping to meet with the group to see what their thoughts were about all of this..."
Mirage
 player, 123 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 01:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"The Registration?  Are you thinking of signing up for that silly nonsense?  Whatever for?" Mirage said with a laugh, that sounded a little imperial.  "I apologize, I suppose that I should be more supportive of you and the team.  I'll go and check it out with you whenever you wish.  We could go now if you really want.  It's the first day and I'm sure that there'll be a good crowd and reporters around."
Dragon Fist
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Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 01:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas replied, "This could affect the way we do things from here on. While I certainly am not an advocate of having my identity in the hands of the government, I think it bears looking into a bit closer. Give me a moment to change and we can go there together, if that's all right with you..."

Lucas then ducked into the changing room, and came out dressed in a black polo shirt and khakis.
Mirage
 player, 124 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 02:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
True to her word, Mirage was waiting for Lucas when he emerged from the changing room.  "Very nice, Lucas." she said, fussing with the collar of his polo shirt.  "I hope that I can share some credit for your improved wardrobe.  Shall we be off then?  I don't suppose that you have a car?  I took...alternative methods to get here."

She turned and started to walk towards the door.

OOC:  Shall we move over to the Registration Thread?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 253 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 02:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled. "Yes...I will give you some of the credit Mirage. My car is not much to speak of, but I will be glad to give you a lift there. That way, we can check things out..."

Lucas then held the door open for Mirage as they stepped outside...

OOC: Yeah, let's move on to the Registration thread...
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 251 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 16:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Once he'd made sure Chuck and Iris got where they wanted/needed to go, Ozzy headed for the Dragon and Tiger. Flip had told him to drop by, and Ozzy fully intended to take him up on that.

Ozzy circled to a stop in front of the dojo, preferring to let the momentum of rushing through the city streets wear off on its own than 'forcing' a stop with the brakes. It was more fun that way, and a bit easier on his skates.

Once he'd come to a stop, he locked his wheels and walked into the dojo, his backpack in tow. He'd brought some sweatpants and an old t-shirt that was comfy and easy to move in. As he looked around for Flip, he kind of wondered how his explanation of his sudden, miraculous cure would go over. It was technically true, though, which was the biggest merit of it, and with the way the city was these days, it wasn't all that hard to believe, either.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 268 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 16:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip was inside getting ready for the afternoon class. He knew that Lucas had some things to do, which is why he let him have the morning class.

There were about 15 other students, dressed up in karate gis....and they all had varying colors of belts, some of them with red stripes on them, some numbered two, some numbered six.

Flip then noticed Ozzy walk in.

"Ozzy...it's good to see you. Though I have to say you're looking...well...much better than the last time I saw you."

Turning to the class, he then says, "We have a new student with us today. Everyone..I want you to meet Ozzy..."

In unison, the entire class turned to Ozzy and bowed.

"So Ozzy...you want to watch...or do you want to actually take part in our workout?"
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 252 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 16:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Yeah, there's kinda a reason for that. Y'see... well, did you hear about that stuff at the mall, yesterday? Where that crazy para pulled a gun in the food court? I ended up getting shot, but this one para chick healed me. And apparently it fixed a bunch of other stuff, too. Like, I don't need glasses any more, and I can apparently walk normally now. It's kind of weird, and I'm still getting used to it, but it's kinda nice, you know what I'm saying?" he replied, looking a little nervous. Of course, the fact that he wasn't wearing the big glasses he had been two days ago might help.

When asked if he was here to watch or here to work out, Ozzy grinned, "I'm gonna definitely give it a shot. Where's a good spot for me to go get changed?"


Just then, the door opened up once more, and a middle-aged man wearing a classic black suit walked in, a briefcase in his hand. He strode confidently up to Flip and Ozzy, extending his free hand in greeting to Flip.

"Afternoon, sir. I'm Michael Gysbourne, Ozzy's father. You don't mind if I observe, do you?"

Ozzy looked towards his father, giving him a quick nod in greeting.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 269 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 16:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip replied, "There's a changing room over by the training area." He handed him a gi, approximately his size.

Then Mr. Osbourne arrived.

"Yes sir...by all means, make yourself at home..."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 253 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 17:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy took the gi, a bit surprised, but not going to complain. It wasn't all that surprising, he was a pretty common size for his age. He then headed for the changing room, giddy with anticipation.

Michael nodded at the instructor, smiling. "Thank you, sir. I saw that mural on the side as I was coming in. Very nice. It seems I've misjudged my son once again. If he takes an interest in this, rest assured he'll be signed up. He could use a little more structure and discipline, I think. I try my best, but you know how teenagers are."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 270 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 17:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip smiled and replied, "Yeah...I had a student like that once. He's actually the co-owner of this dojo...Lucas Martinez. Given time and training, they develop into exceptional adults. I would introduce you to Lucas, but he's not here at the moment. But you'll meet him soon. I promise..."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 254 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 23:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Michael chuckled softly, "Oh, I have no doubt Ozzy will be an exceptional man one day. I've known ever since he got out of his wheelchair when he was little that he was something special, and not just the "Oh my kid is the best kid in the world" special."

Ozzy returned, wearing the gi and white belt that Flip had handed him. A broad grin crossed his face, and even the way he stood indicated that he was both excited and nervous.

"Arright! I'm ready to rock, teach!" he said, tossing his backpack towards his father, who caught it with his free hand.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 271 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 00:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip replied, "All right! Sounds good Ozzy...go ahead and take a place in the lineup, and we'll begin...all right everyone...40 jumping jacks...BEGIN!"
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 255 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 00:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Michael took a seat at a convenient place where he could watch what was going on, smiling with pride.

Ozzy took a place as requested, and started doing jumping jacks. Fortunately for him, skating all the way here had him pretty warmed up, so forty jumping jacks was nothing.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 272 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 00:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip nodded.

"All right good...now practice your cat stance..."

He demonstrated the cat stance. Keeping the ball of the front of the feet on the floor, with the back of the foot off of the floor.

"All right...30 seconds...cat stance...GO!"
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 256 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 01:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Once again, it seemed that his time on roller blades would pay off. Ozzy raised his heels off the floor, standing on the balls of his feet, and bent his knees and back out of habit. It was a little off of what Flip had shown, but he was still well balanced, and it looked like he could hold it for a little while.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 273 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 01:43
Re: Dragon and Tiger
After going through various stances, including the Horse stance, Flip then stood in front of the class with his legs slightly apart.

"All right...we're going to practice combinations...we'll start off with two reverse punches followed by a high front kick. Newer students, don't stretch yourself beyond your means. The flexibility will come in time. All right...begin..."

Flip then did the combination, then beckoned the rest of the class to do the same...
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 257 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 02:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy started the combo off slow at first, just like any other newbie, but once he had how the punches and kick were supposed to go down, he started letting himself go as far as he could. Skating had, once again, probably given him an advantage over a raw newbie who hadn't done any sports before. With all the interesting positions that vert tricks required, Ozzy was already fairly flexible. Still, he couldn't help but push himself just a little, knowing that that would be the only way he could get any better.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 274 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 02:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip nodded, especially impressed by Ozzy's progress.

"OK...you guys have done good. All right...we're going to break off in to two groups of seven...we're going to practice some advanced manuevers...newer students...if you feel inclined to try some of these, feel free...just be careful..."

Flip then took two steps forward, then spun around ending the spin in a leaping kick.

"All right...you guys try..."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 258 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 02:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy joined one of the groups, grinning. After letting a few of the more advanced students go, Ozzy stepped into the circle they'd made, saying, "Arright, guys, this one'll be easy. Step back, an' let the noob show you he's got flow."

The other students smirked, but cleared some extra space, in case that the new kid was all talk and no walk. Ozzy just chuckled and took two steps, talking himself through the move.

"Barrel roll... he said as he spun around and jumped, "With an Ollie 360!", throwing a kick that was a decent imitation of what Flip had shown, especially for a newbie. He stuck the landing and grinned, before resuming his place to watch the others give it a shot.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 275 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 02:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip went through several more manuevers with them...a three punch combination... a jumping spring kick...and then a drill on pump kicks.

Impressed with some of the newcomers' performances, especially Ozzy's, Flip then said, "All right...we're going to break off and work on your forms. Those of you who feel that you have mastered your form, tell me and we'll evaluate your progress to see if you're ready for the next stripes on your belt."

Looking to Ozzy, he then said, "Ozzy...the way you advance in the class is by learning forms...forms are a systematic movement which not only simulates some of the movements in the martial arts...but mastery of them as well. We go through several different steps of the form each week until you're able to bring it all together. Once that's done, then you can demonstrate the entire form and you will earn the first stripes on your white belt. Are you ready?"
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 259 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 03:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy moved through the other maneuvers in much the same manner, giving the moves everything he had. He'd never been one for doing things halfway, and it seemed he had the coordination and skill already to do well in the class.

When Flip explained how advancing worked, Ozzy nodded, "Got it, sir. Show me what I need to do," a grin crossing his face.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 276 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 03:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip smiled, then replied, "All right then Ozzy, We're gonna start you off with a few of the motions of the first form..."

Flip then began going through a series of movements, including several hand movements, followed by several upward blocks, then ending up with a reverse punch with a KIAI attached...

"Let's start off with that, Ozzy..."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 260 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 03:53
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy nodded, paying strict attention to the partial form that Flip showed him. When Flip was done, Ozzy did his best to copy it. While his form wasn't perfect, it definitely seemed that he had that first bit down pat, and with some practice, could definitely get it right.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 277 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 04:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip noticed the students working on their forms were starting to wrap things up. With that, he told the class to line up. They then all saluted and bowed, and Flip also saluted and bowed as well. Then the class broke off into their individual groups. A few of the students came up and talked with Ozzy briefly, remarking on his excellent progress, even for a beginner.

As the class broke up, Flip came to Ozzy and also motioned for Mr. Gysbourne to come over as well.

"Mr. Gysbourne...I have to say that Ozzy here has the fundamentals of the class well in hand...I would be glad to have him as part of the class on an ongoing basis. Now, there is a monthly fee of $40...but that covers the gi and any equipment Ozzy might need such as hand pads. So...that's my two cents. But it's ultimately up to you two. What do you say?"
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 261 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 04:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy chatted with the other students a bit, smirking and telling them that if they thought that was cool, they should check out his Facebook.

When Flip asked if he'd like to join as a regular thing, Ozzy nodded, "Yeah, I'd like to do this. I had a lot of fun, and I think that learning martial arts could be pretty handy. With all these parahumans running around causing trouble, I might end up needing it! Legacy can't be everywhere at once, after all."

Michael nodded, and pulled out his wallet. He produced a pair of twenty dollar bills, and handed them to Flip.

"Then it's settled," he said, smiling. "How often are classes?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 278 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 04:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip smiled.

"Welcome aboard Ozzy. I'm very happy you've decided to stick with this. I hope to introduce you to Lucas at some point. It seems that young man gets busier and busier with each passing day."

Accepting the money from Mr. Gysbourne, Flip then added, "I appreciate the faith sir. Martial arts isn't for everyone...but I have to say that in my years of teaching...I've never seen anybody take to them as much as Ozzy here. The only other young man I've known to do that is Lucas Martinez. Anyways, classes are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Lucas usually teaches the morning classes, and I take the afternoons. We switch now and again since Lucas has other obligations besides the dojo but he's very dependable."

Offering a handshake, he then said, "Mr. Gysbourne...Ozzy...it's a pleasure to meet your acquantince...and I certainly hope to see more of you."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 262 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Wed 20 Jan 2010
at 05:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Well, I'm afraid I'm guilty of being too busy for my own good, myself. I'm a lawyer, and sometimes things get crazy at the office. Still, you might see me every now and again." replied Mr. Gysbourne. He then turned to his son.

"Well, Ozzy, we'll see you tomorrow. Have fun at your uncle's, but not too much fun, okay?"

Ozzy nodded and waved goodbye to his dad before turning back to Flip.

"Arright, Sensei, I'm gonna get changed and then get outta your hair. Thanks for the lesson! I enjoyed it, and I can't wait for the next one. See ya later!" he said before dashing into the changing room. Soon enough, he was back in his street gear, ready to tear up some pavement on his way up to the registration office.

===============> To the Registration Office ==============>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 386 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 6 Mar 2010
at 05:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From The Supers Registration Office>>>>>>>>>

Lucas arrived back at the dojo. As he walked inside he saw Flip working out, going th It looked like Flip had just wrapped up the afternoon class, as it appeared no one else was at the dojo.

"Hey Lucas....I see you've been keeping busy..."

"Hey Flip...yeah things have been kinda hectic...look, there's something I need to tell you. It's about my frequent absences..."

Flip looed puzzled for a moment. "All right Lucas...what's on your mind?"

Lucas looked down for a moment. "Well...I've had some activities outside of the dojo that have kept me busy...and it's because I'm Dr--..."

"You're Dragon Fist? Son, I've known that for a LONG time..."

"But how did you..."

"Son...martial arts fighting styles are like fingerprints...they're unique to each individual...I saw Dragon Fist in action once...and I recognized one of the combinations that I taught you. Wasn't too hard to figure out after that..."

"Well...I'm glad you know...but listen...there might be some bad stuff coming down the pipe because of Dragon Fist...some powerful enemies are making a serious play for power..."

"Oh you mean like that gang that tried to take over the city? Whatever...you guys dealt with them...and I'm sure that you'll deal with whatever's coming at you now....Look I'm heading home...take care of yourself Lucas..and I'll see you soon. And please be careful.."

Flip then exited the dojo, and Lucas was there all alone. He REALLY needed to think...about a lot of things. He then went into a kneeling stance and began to meditate...hoping to center his mind in the ever-growing whirlpool of chaos that surrounded him.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 391 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 12 Mar 2010
at 22:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas got up after meditating. He was centered...both mentally and physically, and as ready as he could be to deal with all of the crises that were happening in his life: the arrest of Hunter, the emergence of the Bertellis as a new power with these weapons, the re-emergence of the Dark Champion, the possible schisms in the Legacy, the Superhuman Registration Act and the emergence of the New Age Defenders. And on a personal level, he REALLY missed Friday. Friday also knew more or less everything about where Lucas had been in his life's journey. Even with what happened to Hunter had weighed on him immensely.

Wherever you are, I hope you are well Friday...please come back to me...

A part of him looked forward to his meeting with Mirage. Perhaps it was time to level with her on some of the things that were troubling him...and also bring the femme fatale on some of his secrets as well. After all, he and Helena were good friends, but how much did they know about each other, really?

But that would have to wait. Right now, there were things to do. He really didn't want to butt into the New Age Defenders plans, but perhaps they needed some help in dealing with some of the things that they were going to be facing against.

Summoning his armor when he was still in the dojo, he went out the back entrance, making sure no one was looking and took to the air...

>>>>>>>>>>>To The Rooftops>>>>>>>>>>>>>

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 22:32, Fri 12 Mar 2010.

Mirage
 player, 179 posts
Tue 30 Mar 2010
at 03:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
--> From Auto Salvage yard

Mirage materialized in the small office in the dojo where Lucas worked.  She flopped down in a very comfortable chair and just closed her eyes for a minute.
Mirage
 player, 182 posts
Tue 13 Apr 2010
at 02:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage slowly sat up, stretching.  She wasn't sure how long she'd been out for but at least she didn't seem quite so tired anymore.  A power nap had done quite a bit of good.

It was time to get back to work.  There were still weapons to destroy and, if she was lucky, a few heads to crack.

--> To Auto Salvage Yard
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 463 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 9 May 2010
at 21:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>From The Rooftops>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist landed with Meg. Setting her down gently, he then looked around for a moment. Seeing that no one else was present, he then retracted his armor...revealing the form of Lucas Martinez.

"I don't know if you remembered when I talked with you guys at the Registration Office...but I'm Lucas....."

He then unlocked the front door of the dojo and led her inside to the office in back.

"Have a seat...can I get you anything...bottled water?"
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 515 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 9 May 2010
at 21:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg followed him in, and said "Sure, I'll take one.  Now, tell me what's up here?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 464 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 9 May 2010
at 21:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas got a bottled water for her, and then sat down at the desk across from her. He sighed for a moment before he began.

"To understand this story, you would need to understand about me. So here goes...There was a young man named Lucas Martinez," he says pointing at himself. "I lived in a relatively loving home growing up with both parents, myself and my younger brother. I did however...get bullied a lot when I was in junior high and high school, so my Dad took me to a local dojo to learn karate."

He then took a deep breath, "I took to karate fairly quickly, and my sensei was surprised..and pleased, at my progress in my class. I learned a lot, not only karate but philosophy as well. Then there was one fateful day..." he put his face in his hands for a brief moment "...I was practicing some breathing exercises along with my brother, when we were approached by a couple of football players. They began to ridicule me, and my brother talked back to them. I tried to get my younger brother to stop...but he was younger than I was... and bull-headed. Well, one of the football players slapped him, giving him a bloody nose. At that time, I...just reacted. I came up to him...and," he bowed his head, "kicked him in the knee, once in the gut, and then...in the face...and he fell unconscious. He pulled through, what with a few broken ribs and all, but I could have killed him because I did not discipline myself. I live with that image, knowing that in losing control, I was a danger to myself and those around me."

"My Dad..threw me out of the house. He said that I had gotten dangerous. That I was a bad example for my brother. And who could blame him? So I went back to the dojo, unsure of what to do or where to go. When I arrived I found that my old sensei had passed on," he said, wiping away a tear, "and a new teacher came to fill his position, and he was one who would become a great influence in my life...Gene "Flip" Owen. He was a world caliber karate champion, but also a world class teacher and person. He let me stay in the dojo while I got myself back on my feet, and I excelled to my brown belt under his tutelage. He was also a good friend and really helped me a lot. The philosopy teachings that my old sensei started with me...he helped to bring all that together and really helped me to straighten my life out."

Lucas stopped for a moment, then told Meg, "I warn you now, the next part of this story may be...unsettling. After class one night, I went out to get some things for Flip, when this dark figure came out and challenged me. He was completely obscured, I couldn't even see his face. I didn't know why at the time, but he began to come at me with everything he had. Naturally, I attempted to defend myself, but he was strong, fast...and decisive in his strikes. I couldn't land anything solid on him. After getting me to overextend myself, he took his hand, reached into my chest and....pulled out my still-beating heart from it." Shaking for a moment, as if from a long-forgotten chill, continuing, "It was at that time that I knew I was going to die, and I didn't know why. He stooped over me and watched the life ebb away from my body, and then turned and walked away. Then things went black..."

"I was surprised to wake up. When I came to, I thought I had gone to heaven, because I was in a lush paradise, like nothing on this earth. I reflected back on some of the legends my first sensei told me about, and came to determine that this had to be Shambala...or what's commonly known as Shangri-La. It was a place of utmost peace and perfection...except for the fact that I was there. I got up, and I felt for my chest where my heart would have been but there was nothing there, just the gaping void of where it had once been. It was very...unsettling as i found out that my heart had been ripped out by the assassin. It was then I was approached by an old man who called himself Tao."

"He told me that he was the Guardian of Balance in the universe, and that the Champion of Darkness that killed me was a reaction to the scales of Balance being tipped in evil's favor. So, a Champion of Good would need to be created to offset this new evil, and balance the scales. I don't know what came over me, but I knew that I had to oppose this person. A big part of it was selfish at first, I admit that. I really wanted revenge. But I also wanted to do the right thing, and protect the world from this evil that had slain me, and to fight for those who couldn't fight for themselves. So I told him yes..."

"Tao gestured briefly in his hands, and within seconds, a heart of metal was in my chest, which would fulfill the same functions as my human heart would have. It was then that he told me with putting my fist to this heart, that I would summon the power of The Dragon, and I would choose the form of which the power of the Dragon would come forth. As I thought about my art and the symbol of Goju-Ryu, which is the fist, and I thought of armor...and a set of armor came over me. I looked in one of the pools of water, and I was armored as Dragon Fist, surging with power. The sensation was amazing! Now, I could actually make a difference in the world instead of just talking about it."

"It was then that Tao had given me these tenets: oppose the Dark Champion whenever possible, protect the weak and the innocent, and do not abuse the power. He then opened a portal and told me to go into the world and help make it a better place. I leaped through the portal, and things are as they say..history."

"In the time afterward, I have fought crime, corruption and even the Dark Champion himself on a couple of different occassions. He and I are destined to oppose each other...if the Balance isn't kept...something bad could happen...I had the opportunity to kill him once...but I am not a murderer..."

He then ran his fingers through his hair, then looked at Meg. "There you have it..."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 516 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 9 May 2010
at 21:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg shook her head, and said quietly "Then your brother is in very deep trouble.  Because I'm fairly sure that I know who we bumped into.  And I'm very glad that I didn't do anything to display what ELSE I can do."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 465 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 9 May 2010
at 21:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded at Meg.

"Now you understand my concern...."

He looked at her closely for a moment.

"You and Zeke...have been talking? Or at least going to have coffee? That's good. If I may...I have known Zeke for some time. The man may not be perfect, but believe me when I say that he's a good man..."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 517 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 9 May 2010
at 21:43
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg nodded, and said "Yeah, we get together and have coffee, or he has coffee, and I have hot cocoa.  Or hot tea.  Or even a little sake.  Mom sent him some cookies too . . . "
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 518 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 9 May 2010
at 22:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The ringing of Lucas' cellular phone made Meg look at her own.  She looked at the message from Hotwire again, and muttered "When did he learn Chinese?  And why is he texting in it??"  She tapped out a quick message for him, since she was now basically at loose ends, again.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 467 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 9 May 2010
at 22:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Give Zeke a chance, Meg. He'l impress you."

He then added, "Thank you again for all your help Meg. My concern is that my enemy knows about you now, and may target you. Please be careful..."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 520 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 9 May 2010
at 22:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg shook her head, and said "I'm durable, I bounce.  You have no idea, really, how well I bounce yet."
Justice
 GM, 324 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Sun 9 May 2010
at 22:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas's fone is still ringing with anumber he does not recognize.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 468 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas picks up the phone.

"Um..hello?"
Hunter
 player, 92 posts
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:06
Re: Dragon and Tiger
A familiar voice speaks. "We've got a situation."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 469 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas was surprised to hear Don's voice.

"What's happening Don?"
Hunter
 player, 93 posts
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Theres a riot at the prison, someone sent everyone loose." Lucaas can hear ytelling in the background. "I'm doing my best but I can't handle this many psychos on my own. Get everyone you can get down here and fast. Gotta go." Click
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 470 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I hear you, Don....I'll get everyone I can together...."

Boy...the hits just keep right on coming...first this...now the prison break....

"Meg...I hate to impose...I really do...but it seems that a situation has come up...there's a prison break...it's up to you though..."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 521 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg gave Lucas a look, and said flatly "If you apologize one more time for 'imposing' when it's a heroing job, I'm going to break your arm.  If things are going on, and I'm here, YES, I will help.  Stop apologizing and either lead the way, or tell ME where it is and get OUT of the way."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 472 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked wideeyed at the young woman.

If I didn't know better, I'd almost swear that Friday leaped into her body for a moment...

"All right then...let's go...you head out first...I have to lock up..."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 522 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:54
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg nodded, then headed for the door, asking him "Where am I headed?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 473 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas came running towards the door.

"Weston Penitentiary....that's where all the fun's going down....."

He then sent out another quick text before locking the place up...
Mirage
 player, 188 posts
Sun 9 May 2010
at 23:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
--> From Rooftops

"Weston Penitentiary?" Mirage said, walking up beside Lucas.  She could be very sneaky when she wanted to be.  "Is that where we're heading in such a rush?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 475 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 10 May 2010
at 00:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas jumped back into a ready stance...then was relieved when he saw Mirage.

"Yeah Mirage...hey thanks for coming....yeah, I just got a message from Don that there's a prison riot...."
Mirage
 player, 189 posts
Mon 10 May 2010
at 00:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"A prison riot?  That sounds like it might be entertaining." Mirage said, with a small predatory smile spreading across her red lips.  "Shall I take us there then?  I assume that the lovely Meg is joining us."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 476 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 10 May 2010
at 00:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded.

"Meg has been a great help...and continues to be so...I'll armor up in transit..."

He smiled as he, Meg and Mirage made ready to head for the Penitentiary....ready to summon his armor...
Mirage
 player, 190 posts
Mon 10 May 2010
at 00:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Give me your hands then, my pretties.  You don't want to get lost do you?" Mirage held out her hands towards Meg and Dragon Fist.  "Any place in particular that you'd like to start?  I was visiting Don earlier and I can take us right to his cell.  It's sure to be in the centre of the action."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 477 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 10 May 2010
at 00:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas took Mirage's hand. He had travelled "Air Mirage" before...and with Mirage transporting them there, hopefully it would keep the Dark Champion clueless about what else she could do.

"Let's go to Don's cell....and we can start from there. Like you said, he's probably in the middle of it..."

He put his other fist over his heart, as he was about to call upon the armor...
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 523 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Mon 10 May 2010
at 00:58
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg didn't hesitate a heartbeat, simply placed her hand in Mirage's as she said "Thank you." She blushed a bit at Lucas saying she had been helpful though.
Mirage
 player, 191 posts
Mon 10 May 2010
at 02:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Then we'll be at Hunter's cell in a heartbeat.  You don't have to time me."  Mirage said with a smile.

All three disappeared in a burst of crimson smoke.

--> To Weston Peniteniary
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 497 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 16 May 2010
at 04:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>From The Weston Penitentiary>>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas arrived back at the dojo. He was tired. Incredibly tired. The events of the past week were certainly taking its toll on him..and it was starting to show. He had hardly slept in that time, because he was worried about his brother.

Going to the spare bedroom in the back of the dojo, he flopped himself on to the bed. And after a brief bout with exhaustion, found himself in the land of slumbers...
Justice
 GM, 358 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Sun 16 May 2010
at 05:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Lucas drifted into sleep an array of images assault his mind showing his fears and worries.  Slowly the fears subside until he is standing in what appears to be the charred ruins of Weston City
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 502 posts
Sun 16 May 2010
at 05:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger

This message was deleted by a game moderator at 17:57, Sun 16 May 2010.

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 503 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 16 May 2010
at 18:03
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas could see all of the fears he had held inside come spilling out in front of him. The Dark Champion making his play, using Lucas' family against him for some kind of master plan. The Legacy...once together, now they were falling apart...Bertelli was now dead, which could cause a vacuum in Weston's underworld, which would more than likely would result in open gang warfare. And then Lucas himself...was he the hero that Tao foresaw him to be? Was he being successful as the Champion of Light? These questions nagged at Lucas in his subconcious.

Inside his dream, Lucas saw the horrifying sight of Weston City...IN RUINS? He then stepped forward and began to look around in this frightful place, very cautious and on edge, still inside the dream.

What is this? A vision? A portent of things to come?
Justice
 GM, 364 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Mon 17 May 2010
at 01:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
In the distance Lucas can hear the sounds of combat in the distance.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 507 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 17 May 2010
at 01:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas began to run towards the combat, putting his fist to his heart as he makes his way there.

He then takes to the air, and tries to get an aerial perspective to find out what's going on.
Justice
 GM, 366 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Mon 17 May 2010
at 01:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Dragon Fist takes to the sky He approaches two men in combat. One was easily recongizable as Hunter wielding his twin blades, the other was dressed in red and black with a demons mask over his face on each hand are clawed gloves. The two men circleeachother before charging. The battle is fierce  and for moment it loked like Hunter had the upper hand as he knocked him to the ground. "I Should kill you for what you  did, but Lucas wouldn't want me too. " However as Hunter is talking the man surges forward and plunges bothe clawas into Hunters chest!
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 508 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 17 May 2010
at 01:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Hunter! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!"

Dragon Fist swooped down as fast as he could, and came at the man with a jump kick.

"I don't know who in the hell you are...but you just bought yourself a WORLD of hurt!"
Justice
 GM, 367 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Mon 17 May 2010
at 01:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The demon masked man didn't even Look up at DragonFist and when he dived he went through him. But before DF has time to contemplate this another hshout echoes his own. "NOOOOO DOONNN" And suddenly out of the sky swoops a figure whom  Lucas instatnly recognizes. It's Friday but she looks older harder.She careens into the man Smashing him into the building. She speaks in a cold voice. "You took my family from me , Including the only man I've ever lkoved but ." She reaches her hand forward ripping the mask off revealing Esteban. "I want to look in your eyes as I crush you/" SAnd as her hand squeezes Lucas awakens back in his bed.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 509 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 17 May 2010
at 01:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Stevie....what the hell...No Friday.....no......Friday....Stevie......NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Lucas woke up in his bed, breathing hard and he was in a cold sweat. He was ready....but soon found himself in the spare room in the back of the dojo.

He wiped the sweat from his brow, and sat up in the bed and looked down. He was definitely being pushed to his breaking point. But..he couldn't break. It wasn't an option for him.

Friday...Friday...wherever you are...know that I love you immensely....and Stevie...I will find you bro...and I will save you...

Running his fingers through his hair, he stood to his feet. He had to get back out there. He had to find his brother....

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 01:51, Mon 17 May 2010.

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 511 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 17 May 2010
at 05:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
There will be enough rest when I'm dead...this city's falling apart...I'm still needed, no more matter what...

He then armored back and exited the dojo into the alley, and took to the air.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>To The Rooftops>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 581 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 25 May 2010
at 05:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>After the time jump--next morning>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas found a semblance of sleep last night after everyone had disbanded. It actually felt good to get that secret off of his chest. He had really wanted Painter and Mirage to be there...but he figured that they would find out from the others as well.

The nightmares with Flamethrower continued to haunt him. Sure he had been forgiven but Flamethrower's blood was still on his hands. Then....Friday appeared in his dream...reaching out to him....sure she was a telepath....but she could enter someone's dreams? Or was this his subconscious? Was Friday reaching out to him somehow from afar, letting him know that she was still there for him? It didn't matter at that moment....because of Friday's visage, Lucas was able to find rest after the disturbing nightmare.

Stirring awake, he hoisted himself out of the bed in the backroom of the dojo. Getting a shower in, and getting himself ready for the day.

It sounded like Flip had started the morning class. They weren't sure about an afternoon one due to all the snow that had come in. That actually might work however, because there was a lot to do today.

He sat down to catch the news....and it disturbed him. Hunter.....was missing? He had helped to quell the riots...and he was now missing? Maybe Hunter had escaped..or he was in trouble...

It seemed that the work of Dragon Fist was never done...
Larry
 NPC, 1 post
 Just a guy.
Tue 25 May 2010
at 12:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
There was a homeless man sitting across the street who appeared to be watching the dojo. He was wearing dirty clothes and had a hood obscuirng most of is face. It was wierd to see a homeless person in this part of town but not unheard of. They usually stuck to business districts with a lot of foot traffic.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:05, Tue 25 May 2010.

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 582 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 25 May 2010
at 15:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas slowly approached the man. Homeless usually didn't come to this part of town...but it wasn't out of the ordinary. Then again, it could also be his old adversary...seething after his most recent defeat.

"Hey pal...." he said, almost jovially. "It's a nice building, isn't it? Is there anything I can get for you?"
Larry
 NPC, 2 posts
 Just a guy.
Wed 26 May 2010
at 02:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The man looks up revealing a familiar face its dirtier and is wearing an expression of fear but its definitely him. "Y-yeah man, I dunno it just, looks familiar ta me." His voice is lacking Don's usual confidence.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 584 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 26 May 2010
at 02:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looks around for a moment.

"Don....Don, what're you doing here, man? C'mon....we'll go through the side entrance..."

Lucas, if Don lets him, leads him back into the dojo using the side entrance.
Larry
 NPC, 3 posts
 Just a guy.
Wed 26 May 2010
at 02:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Don? Nah man my names Larry, think you got me confused with somebody Else" Don/Larry stands and begins to back away "look man I don want no trouble..I'll just go."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 585 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 26 May 2010
at 02:54
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas tried to reassure him, "No...no it's OK...Do--I mean Larry....but let's see if we can get you some food or something...."

What happened to him? This wasn't the Don that he knew...
Larry
 NPC, 4 posts
 Just a guy.
Wed 26 May 2010
at 06:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The mans eyes light up "Food? Okay man okay" He allows himself to be led inside.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 586 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 26 May 2010
at 14:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then leads "Larry" into the back lounge and has him sit down. He then goes to the fridge and gets him what appears to be an assortment of food....something his Mother made for him...some Spanish rice, and several pieces of fajita steak.

He served it to him.

Damn that was lunch....oh well, I could probably pick something up when I go out...

He sat down across from "Larry."

His memory must be affected somehow.

"My name is Lucas...Lucas Martinez....I co-own this dojo with my sensei, Flip Bowen. Have we met before?"
Larry
 NPC, 5 posts
 Just a guy.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 03:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The man ate hungrily looking up when Lucas spoke. "I dunno man, You kinda look familiar but I don't know where from, you ever been on the streets?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 588 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 03:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas replied, "Around here mostly, though I do get to downtown..over by the Above and Beyond Detective Agency. My girlfriend Friday Winters works there..."

Lucas was hoping that maybe word association might help Don to remember his former self...
Larry
 NPC, 6 posts
 Just a guy.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 04:03
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Larry shakes hi head. "I dunno man," he puts  a hand to his head "I'm feelin kinda funny" He stands up and maeks to leave. "Thatnks for the food man."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 589 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 04:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked at Larry.

"Larry....it's OK....you look like you've had a rough time, man. Look...there are people out on the street that are probably looking for you. I can get you to a safe place....does the name Don Derring ring a bell?"
Larry
 NPC, 7 posts
 Just a guy.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 06:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Lookin for me? Man I don't know what your talkin about? I have no idea who that is, I told you my name is Larry."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 592 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 12:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas spoke softly.

"All right....all right Larry....hang on one sec...."

He then composed a qick text on his phone....
Larry
 NPC, 8 posts
 Just a guy.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 12:43
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Larry looks a bit freaked out but doesn't make a run for it. He now begins checking for exits, something Hunter usually did when entering a room.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 594 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 12:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas could see that "Larry" was getting somewhat anxious, so he did what he could to try to calm him down.

"It's OK Larry....you're safe here....do....do you need me to take you anywhere?"
Larry
 NPC, 9 posts
 Just a guy.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 13:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
He shakes his head. "Nowhere to go man.. SHelter doesn't open till 5"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 595 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 13:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas' phone went off again with an incoming text.

"Geez....when it rains it pour....hang on one sec Larry..."
Excelsior
 player, 201 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Exclesior lands a little away from the dojo Swithcing back to his normal form he walks to the dojo and goes in the front door.
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 680 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg and two other people, Iris and what looked, at a distance like Meg's twin sister in classic Chinese dress landed lightly in the courtyard.  Meg headed the way toward the doors.
Lin
 NPC, 6 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin was looking around with interest, her petite figure moving with an innate grace, and she clearly, to anyone with martial arts training, was very supple and graceful.  She had probably been trained intensively, judging by the way she moved, in at least two or three different martial arts.  She paused to look at the trophy case inside the dojo.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 598 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas saw the entourage at the front door.

"I'll be right back Larry..."

Standing in the back room door, Lucas waves all of them back towards the room. He then does a doubletake when he sees Lin.

My God....I....I think I know her....
Larry
 NPC, 10 posts
 Just a guy.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Larry takes a seat. "No problem man I still aint sure whats goin on but you helped me out so I'll wait around for a bit."
Excelsior
 player, 202 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Bill smiled and waved at Meg and her relative. Walking over to them he says. "Hey meg, who's this with you?"

This message was last edited by the player at 14:25, Thu 27 May 2010.

Megaira Kattakara
 player, 681 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg smiled, and said "Lucas, Excelsior, I'd like to introduce you to my Mother, Lin Kattakara. Mother, these are my friends, Lucas Martinez and Excelsior."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 599 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked at Lin and his eyes went wide.

"Lin's your M....Mother....it's an honor to meet you Ma'am. Um....I feel like...I know you from somewhere...have we....have we met before?"
Excelsior
 player, 203 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Bill waved at Megs mother who seemed too young to be her mother, but considering Megs abilities it wasn't to far of a stretch. "Or Bill works fine." bill looks around the dojo, Do we have like an office or something we can go to?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 600 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"In the back...let's go..."

Lucas then gestures everyone (including Larry) toward the back office and closes the door.
Lin
 NPC, 7 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin smiled, and offered her hand for Bill and Lucas to shake as she said in perfect, unaccented English "It is a pleasure to meet you both.  I have been hoping Megaira would make some friends more like her, so that she'll be comfortable here in Weston.  Cookies anyone?"  She gave Lucas a smile, and said "Shangri-La can be rather disorienting for first time visitors.  You tend to forget some of what you see until you go back.  But not everyone there is a resident."
Larry
 NPC, 11 posts
 Just a guy.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Larry looks a little intimidated by all the people but keeps quiet.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 601 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas shook Lin's hand and took in all that she said.

He nodded in acknowledgement. "Perhaps we may have to talk more about that later, Ma'am. Right now though...we have a couple of things to deal with. First, I'd like to introduce you to my friend Larry...."

He whispered to Meg, "It's Don...he doesn't remember himself though..."
Excelsior
 player, 204 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Bill unsure of waht is going on moves to the side of the room and leans against the wall.
Lin
 NPC, 8 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin stepped close to Larry, and looked into his eyes.  Her own emerald ones flared with energy, and she said softly "I will help you find yourself.  Please, let us help you."
Larry
 NPC, 12 posts
 Just a guy.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Larry looks confused but tentaively puts a hand out. "O-okay if just to prove I'm not who you think I am.."
Lin
 NPC, 9 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin smiled, and said "You are you.  The essential you never changes.  It is only a perception of who you are that is shared by others that confuses them when the you thay they see is not who they think you are.'  She took his hand gently, and offered to lead him into the office.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 602 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:53
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas continued to observe Lin. It seemed that a part of him did remember her...and her comment about Shangri-La....she HAD to be there. She KNEW that he wasn't a resident.

He made it a point to talk with her more at length later....
Larry
 NPC, 13 posts
 Just a guy.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:54
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"O-okay" Larry says as they make their way into the office.
Lin
 NPC, 10 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 14:58
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin smiled, and had 'Larry' sit down in a chair.  Then she said quietly "I am going to raise a Circle.  Do not break the Circle while I work."  She sketched a rune of glowing emerald power in the air, then walked widdershins around the office, laying out a Circle that also glowed with emerald power.  Dragon Fist could FEEL the arcane energies.  This was no hedge-witch, this was a powerful sorceress.  Then she sat on the floor, before 'Larry' and laid her hands on his knees, palms up, waiting for him to lay his hands on hers.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 603 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As the arcane sigils were made manifest, Lucas could feel the mystic reverberations on his mystic heart. As if it somehow Answered her power.

And Lucas instantly knew that there was more to this woman than the eye could behold. A WHOLE LOT MORE....
Hunter
 player, 102 posts
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Larry places his hands on hers  a crackle of emerald energy pulses between their hands. As thie hands connect "Larry throws his head back and drak red energy comes out of his eyes and mouth. After a moment the light fades and he looks around. "What the hell just happened to me?" His voice now fully Don again.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 604 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:06
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked at his friend and smiled.

"Welcome back Don....I knew that Larry facade wasn't you pal....though I am wondering what happened..."
Lin
 NPC, 11 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin smiled, and rose as she said "Your mind had been blocked from remembering who you are, and what you can do.  I corrected the issues.  Someone really doesn't like you."  She turned, and made a motion with one hand, and the Circle she'd raised vanished like someone had flipped a lightswitch off.  She added "I would recommend practicing your telepathic shielding."
Brainstorm
 NPC, 4 posts
 You'll get whats due.
 formerly Savant
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The door behind the group opens and in steps a man in a stylishly cut suit. "Well isn't it obvious? I replaced his old personality with a new one." Looking around at the group he said "I have no qualms with the rest of you, this is between me and him. Let us leave and this will be the last you hear of me."
Hunter
 player, 103 posts
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Hunter nods at Lin and opens his mouth to speak when Yuri enters. "And what do you  plan to do with me now Yuri? I've gotten out of your plans to 'ruin me' twice now."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 605 posts
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger

This message was deleted by a game moderator at 15:13, Thu 27 May 2010.

Megaira Kattakara
 player, 682 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg had been watching all of this with interest, and she shook her head as she commented absently "I think this explains the PTA now."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 606 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Yuri? What the hell...what's happened to you Yuri?"

Lucas was on edge. He didn't want a fight breaking out IN the dojo...but Yuri seemed to up the ante.
Brainstorm
 NPC, 5 posts
 You'll get whats due.
 formerly Savant
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Why Lucas I thought I was the one in the coma? Its simple I woke up after getting dragged into a pointless battle with no idea whats going on and I wake up with one thing on my mind. Revenge. So I call the police and offer to tell them what I know of Hunters vigilantie activities I have the Bertellis put pressure on the mayor and bring them the Builder to create a little chaos to keep the Legacy occupied. Then when It looks like Don might get off I break him out and turn him into Lrry. ANd now well before I would have been content to just ruin you Don as you'd ruined me, but apparently that won't stick so I'm going to have to kill you." Turning to the others he says "LIke I said my problems are with the Hunter here I'll even be willing to dispose of him elsewhere."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 683 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg held up a hand, then just smiled and laid it on Lucas' shoulder.  She whispered to him "Lucas, let them leave the dojo.   There are too many students to fight here.  Too much chance of collateral damage.  And there's something else . . . ."
Hunter
 player, 104 posts
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don stands stretching his arms a little. "You want to take me down Yuri? You won't get me wtihout a fight. I trusted you, helped things make sense when you starte dknowing things you shouldn't helped you put your powers to good use. YOu were my freind and I didn't want aanything to happen to you but don't think for a second I'll just lay down and die."
Lin
 NPC, 12 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin smiled, and said politely "If you insist on fighting, can we please take it where there aren't innocent bystanders?  There IS a class out there in the dojo.  If you two insist on a battle, can we at least go to a nice, empty arena?  The Colosseum in Rome is nice . . . "
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 607 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas glared at Yuri.

"Yuri....you don't just come into a place of business and threaten someone. You served the law....you should know better. As for Hunter...yes he's not perfect...but he's done a lot of good for the city....the man you want to avenge yourself on is dead...Brain, no doubt, is burning in Hell..."
Brainstorm
 NPC, 6 posts
 You'll get whats due.
 formerly Savant
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"No Don I wouldn't expect anything less of you. Fighting is waht you do, you fight and you fight and you don't care who gets caugh tin the crossfire, Like Ellen, or me, or even John. I said I'm willing ot elave didn't I?  I don't want collaterla damage any more than the rest of you>" At Lucas's words Yuri laughed aloud. "I wouldn't have been any where near Brain if it wasn't for him. You think I just appeared on the scene when you neede dknew members? That I just poofed into existence? I was helping him before he even met you he drafted me into this war and now its time to pay the piper." Yuri moved ot the door. "Come on Don, This is just between you and me anyway."
Iris
 player, 270 posts
 A living personification
 of ADHD rainbows.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Iris frowned as the others spoke. Yuri couldn't have Don partially because... well Iris needed Don for her pokedex, "Why?" She asked crossly, "What could anyone have done that would make a reasonable person want to kill another person, especially when ones powers were so inertly nonlethal? A person could do good things with that sort of mind-effecting powers, like repressing memories or impulses to do evil in serial criminals, or implanting a conscience, or... cure brain tumors, maybe, if you focused." She frowned, looking between Don and Yuri.
Hunter
 player, 105 posts
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don nods and makes for the door. "Alright Yuri if this is the way it has to be. Then lets go."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 608 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"All right...let's take this outside....don't think for a moment though that I'm going to stand for this...."
Brainstorm
 NPC, 7 posts
 You'll get whats due.
 formerly Savant
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Looking at Iris Yuri says simply. "I hope you never find out" Before turning and heading out teh door and out of the dojo and to a convertible sitting out in front of the dojo. "Only a two seater I'm afraid this ride is just fo rthe two of us. And if You follow us, I'll know and if you do" He Opens his jacket revealing a pistol and shoulder holster "I'll decide not to give him a fighting chance."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 609 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 15:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas sees the pistol. He hadn't gone this far to help his friend get restored to lose him just like that now.

"Damnit...all right....I really expected more of you Yuri...."
Brainstorm
 NPC, 8 posts
 You'll get whats due.
 formerly Savant
Thu 27 May 2010
at 16:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Yuri gets in the car as does Don and they drive off.

>To abanodned Gast station.>>

This message was last edited by the player at 16:02, Thu 27 May 2010.

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 610 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 16:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked back briefly at the class. A few of the students peered around to see what was going on. Flip also looked concerned for a moment.

"Everything all right Lucas?"

"Yeah Flip....everything's OK....by the way, these are my friends Meg, Lin, Iris, and Bill...we'll probably heading out soon...sorry for the disturbance..."

Flip nodded and went back to teaching the class. Lucas then gestured for the others.

"All right....I don't like leaving Don on his own...but you saw that Yuri had the upper hand. Damnit...I hate being helpless like this...but I guess this is something that he has to do..."

He then looked at Bill for a moment. "You and I were going to compare notes, were we not? I think that we might be connected somehow....maybe your voice and my Guardian might be one and the same person..."
Excelsior
 player, 205 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Thu 27 May 2010
at 16:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Wait a second." Bill holds out both hands . "We're just going to leave him out with a maniac wwho more than likely is going to shoot him? Theres gotta be something we can do!"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 611 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 16:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then asked Bill, "What will we do? Bill...he's a telepath...he will sense us coming even before we arrive. I don't like it any more than you do...unless you have a way of telepathically shielding our presence. If Yuri knows we're coming, Don is as good as dead. You saw the pistol..."

He then turned away from Bill.

"Do you think I like this? Not being able to help someone who has been a comrade to me? I'm open to suggestions if anyone has any..."
Iris
 player, 274 posts
 A living personification
 of ADHD rainbows.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 16:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Iris pulled out a voice recorder and said, "Note: study telepathy and develop shield or scrambler."
Excelsior
 player, 206 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Thu 27 May 2010
at 17:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Bill looks out in the direction the car had sped off in. Before Turning to Meg "Can you do that GEM scan to find him? But wait until they reach they're destination and start fighting? Me and Iris should be able to get there fast enough."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 612 posts
Thu 27 May 2010
at 17:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger

This message was deleted by a game moderator at 17:48, Thu 27 May 2010.

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 613 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 17:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then added, "If you have a way to mask our presence, Meg, we should go as well. From what I remember of Yuri, he is very formidable..." He then paused for a moment. His ability....is that he takes on any kind of superpowers from those within a close distance to him...if we all go at once...we could give him a veritable arsenal of superpowers..."
Lin
 NPC, 13 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 20:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin said simply "Each of you come here and hold still."  And she drew a character of some sort on Meg's forehead first.  It glowed a vivid scarlet, then faded into her skin, before Lin said "Next!!"
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 684 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 20:43
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg nodded, and said "I can track Don easily.  His biofield is interlinked with Rodger's, they read the same.  I could track him anywhere, since I know his GEM signature.  IF we had a telepath, I could read, interpret and disperse the data to all of you on a realtime basis, but I can't."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 614 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 20:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas came forward to Lin, awaiting the same treatment that she gave Meg. He really wanted to help Hunter...now it looked like they might be able to do just that.
Lin
 NPC, 14 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 21:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin sketched the character on his head, and told him "Armor up, Champion.  You have a battle.  But bear in mind, some evils will return many times, and wearing many faces."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 615 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 27 May 2010
at 21:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded at Lin's wisdom.

"Um....yes...you're absolutely right..."

He then summoned his armor as the teleport began. She certainly knew a lot about him...and about being a Champion. She sounded just like Tao...
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 685 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 22:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  While Meg was waiting for her Mom to finish putting characters on everyone's head, she texted Rodger that Don was in trouble.
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 689 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 23:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  A couple texts fly back and forth, and Meg said quietly "Guys?  We need to save Don.  Or there may be sixteen other men dying."
Lin
 NPC, 15 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Thu 27 May 2010
at 23:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin said quietly "You are all cloaked from telepathic detection.  I can not teleport you to a place I have not been.  So Megaira will need to assist you with that, but I have cloaked your minds."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 616 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 28 May 2010
at 01:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"My thanks to you Lin," Dragon Fist replied. "All right Meg...I think we're all ready if you are..."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 692 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Fri 28 May 2010
at 02:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg nodded, and said "Out to the courtyard.  I don't feel like dodging roofbeams and rafters.  Then up.  I can ascend and descend pretty fast, if you get motion sick, close your eyes and keep them that way."  And she led the way out to the courtyard.
Iris
 player, 275 posts
 A living personification
 of ADHD rainbows.
Fri 28 May 2010
at 03:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Iris thanked Lin quickly and sped out the door with some alacrity, making sure to stick with Bill. She pulled out her ribbon, ready to put it to a real test.
Excelsior
 player, 207 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Fri 28 May 2010
at 07:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Bill stood up to Lin waiting for her to do the same thing to his head. After its  done he shifts to Excelsior. "We need to hurry."
Lin
 NPC, 16 posts
 Meg's Mom.
 Spitting image.
Fri 28 May 2010
at 13:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lin nodded to him, even as Meg began to move.  Lin said quietly to Bill Love never dies, Bill.  It will always be a strength in your heart."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 693 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Fri 28 May 2010
at 13:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg had shot herself way up, and then scanned the whole city.  Then she flipped over and dove, even as she pulled energies to give the others the images of the location for Don and Brainstorm.  The image formed at ground level, so everyone else could see, and had a clear label of 'you are here' for their own signatures.
Excelsior
 player, 208 posts
 Superpowers?!
 Awesome!!
Fri 28 May 2010
at 14:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Bill nods wordlessly at Lin and watches while Meg sends the location then is off like a shot.

>>TO GAS STATION>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 617 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 28 May 2010
at 14:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist also takes to the air, going to the location specified by Meg...

>>>To Abandoned Gas Station
Iris
 player, 281 posts
 A living personification
 of ADHD rainbows.
Fri 28 May 2010
at 14:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Iris nodded, "Check on loco, Meg." Iris commed as she hurried out the door.

>> to Gas Station >>
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 694 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Fri 28 May 2010
at 14:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg dove low enough to pick up Lin, then headed them both toward the gas station.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 632 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 31 May 2010
at 00:03
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>after timeskip

Lucas came back to the dojo and taught the afternoon class. The students could tell he had a lot on his mind. Dismissing them after the class was over, he locked the place up but remained inside.

Excelsior's words were stinging. Someone who was arrogant wouldn't accept words of wisdom especially from someone so young. Maybe he had a point.

He then composed a text...
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 635 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 31 May 2010
at 20:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
After Meg sent the 2nd text back, Lucas then put his phone away, and began to work out. Utilizing some of the weights and bench-pressing. He then turned to the punching bag, perfecting his punches and kicks.

Once he did that, he then sat down on the workout mat and began to meditate. Centering his mind for the trials ahead...
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 639 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 3 Jun 2010
at 04:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
After receiving both Zeke's and Don's messages, Lucas then exited the dojo. But he wasn't going to armor up....this time he was going to do things the old fashioned way and help out Weston City's Transit authority....by taking the bus.

>>>>>>>>>>To Legacy's New Digs>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 682 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 14:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>From The Rooftops>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist landed in the alleyway beside the dojo. And he looked at that area with a degree of rememberance.

For it was here, that....IT....happened. This was the spot where the Dark Champion had ended his life...and set him on his new one. A cold shiver went through his spine as he knew that this was indeed the place. Shaking off the momentary reverie, he retracted his armor, and then entered the back door, making his way to the spare room that he was using.

Tonight looked to be a very special night. And Lucas knew that he would need to look his best. And so he would.

The last time he wore this was when he had gone out with Friday. Before she left. And so he would wear it again...

He took a quick shower and then changed out of his street clothes into a three piece suit in dark blue, tie, slacks and dress shoes. Combing his hair, making sure that it was perfect.

Satisfied with how he looked, he then went to the front room of the dojo and waited for Mirage.

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 14:33, Mon 21 June 2010.

Mirage
 player, 251 posts
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 19:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>> From Rooftops >>>

Mirage reappeared on the roof of a building near the Dragon and Tiger dojo.  She could have appeared inside the dojo but the objective was to draw out this enemy of Dragon Fists.  Finding a nearby fire escape ladder, Mirage leapt her way down to the street below.  She took a moment once she was on the ground to check her appearance once more.  It had taken her sometime to get ready because she wanted to find the perfect look.

And there was also that teddy bear that had been sitting on her couch when she got home.  She wasn't sure where it had come from and was uneasy with the idea that someone had been in her home to deliver the stuffed animal.  It might be related to the voice that she had heard earlier, but that didn't make much sense.  She'd worry about it later.  Her biggest concern at the moment was making sure that her hair was in place.

She normally ran around the rooftops in a long slinky dress so surprising Lucas was going to be a challenge.  Mirage had selected a spaghetti strap, black dress that ended just above her knees and hugged every inch of her luscious curves.  The dress was sleeveless and left her shoulders bare except for the thin straps.  The neckline was enough to show off her womanly swells but did not plunge too dangerously low.  A pair of strappy heels finished the ensemble.

Her nails and makeup were done and she wore a thin black choker with a pendant.  Diamonds earrings dangled from her ears and her hair had been left loose to fall about her neck.

Mirage walked to the Dragon and Tiger dojo, her heels clicking on the sidewalk, and entered the building.  It was odd to see Lucas so dressed up but it was not an unpleasant sight.

"Don't you look nice when you've cleaned yourself up." she teased, taking a moment to appreciate his work.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 683 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 19:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked up and saw Helena walk into the dojo, and couldn't help but marvel at the sight of her. He'd seen her before...lots of times..but this was a first.

He stood up with a smile on his face.

"You do some very good work yourself, MI...Helena."

He walked up next to her and offered his arm.

"Shall we?" he asked invitingly.
Mirage
 player, 252 posts
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 19:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage...Helena took Lucas' arm, sliding up beside him.  "I wanted to make sure that I looked absolutely stunning for you." she said.  "I'm guessing that you approve."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 684 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 19:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled at Helena as she slid next to him.

"I will say that it was time well spent. You look beautiful."

He then opened the door for her as they were about to exit the dojo.
Mirage
 player, 253 posts
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 19:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Thank you.  Handsome and well mannered.  Where have you been hiding, Lucas?"

Helena smiled as she walked through the door to the street once more.  She waited for Lucas to lock the dojo up before she slipped her arm through his once more.

"It's funny but I've never asked you if you had a car.  I guess I'm just so used to seeing you flying over the rooftops that it never occured to me to ask."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 685 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 20:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas replied, "Actually I don't...I use the Weston Transit authority mostl...or walk...or fly. Sorry if I disappointed you Helena..."
Mirage
 player, 254 posts
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 20:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"You haven't disappointed me, Lucas.  Put that out of your mind right now." Helena said.  "I was just curious about it.  For all that we've worked together, I don't know all that much about you personally.  Maybe that's something that we need to change, Hmm?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 686 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 20:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled.

"Yes...you're absolutely right. And that changes right now. Here and now...I declare Lucas Martinez to be an open book before you Helena....what would you like to know?"
Mirage
 player, 255 posts
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 22:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Helena laughed softly, amused with his grandiose gesture.  It was a little over the top but she didn't mind.

"I'm going to take advantage of that, Lucas.  Just to give you fair warning." she said, her laugh still echoing in her voice.  "Now let me think, what do I want to know?  Aside from prowling the rooftops at night, what other hobbies do you have?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 687 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 22:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled that he was able to amuse Helena. It seemed like this occassion would be fun and memorable.

"Well...as you know, I've got my martial arts thing going on as well. I go to tournaments for that every now and then. I just recently patched things up with my family, so I'm doing what I can to visit them more often. I like to workout, I like to meditate. Does that answer your question?"
Mirage
 player, 256 posts
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 22:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"A little.  Do you mean to tell me that you don't read, or go to movies, or go dancing?  What was the last non-family or martial arts related thing that you did?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 688 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 21 Jun 2010
at 22:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas walked along with Helena.

"I do enjoy reading...I've read several books....one of my favorites was The Journey West...I usually prefer historical dramas and maybe some fantasy books...I'm a fan of R.A. Salvatore. I go to the movies occassionally, I am somewhat of an action movie junkie. Friday and I doubledated with Psyche and Aaron Tanaka that one night."
Mirage
 player, 257 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 02:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"There we go.  We're discovering that there's more to you than a nice set of abs." Helena said playfully.  "It sounds like we have a lot in common already, as if there was any doubt.  Now what about music?  What is your preferred genre?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 689 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 02:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas chuckled at Helena's assessment.

"I like a pretty good variety of music...I like a lot of the meditation instrumentals, but I also like some classical and old school rock and roll...Bob Seager and the Silver Bullet band..and some of the salsa music too.."

He shrugged and smiled. "Like I said..a very healthy variety.."
Mirage
 player, 258 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 03:53
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Hmm?  Salsa?  Really?  Do you dance?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 690 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 04:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas slightly blushed.

"Well...I'm not the best dancer...but I like to incorporate some of my katas into any dance routine that I might do."

He then looked at Mirage and smiled. "What about you? Do you have any fun facts to share about yourself, Helena?"
Mirage
 player, 259 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 04:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I know how to separate my fighting skills from my dancing." Helena said playfully.  "I can see that I'm going to have my hands full with you, Lucas.  You really have an obsession with Martial Arts.  It's not necessarily a bad thing but when you talk of incorporating Kata's into your dancing, I really have to wonder."

She feigned a big sigh.

"I'm just going to have to teach you to dance properly.  Don't bother to argue with me, you've set my mind to a task.  I hope that you're prepared."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 691 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 04:43
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled at Helena.

"So...the Master has become the Student, eh? Very well...you will find your student eager to learn...."
Truth
 GM, 14 posts
 meet the new boss same as
 the old boss
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 05:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The sensation of being watched was creeping in on the edges of their awareness.  Someone, or something, was watching them.
Mirage
 player, 260 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 05:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Silly boy.  You act as though you had a choice." Helena laughed and patted Lucas on the cheek.  "What else can I ask.  What's your favourite food?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 692 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 05:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger

This message was deleted by a game moderator at 05:27, Tue 22 June 2010.

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 693 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 05:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled. "I have a lot of favorite foods.....I enjoy Spanish cuisine very much...flautas, tostadas....homemade is the best of course. My Mom could whip up a feast like you wouldn't believe. I also enjoy Asian...and of course Italian..."

Lucas had a nagging sensation. But who was watching them?

Who...or WHAT?
Mirage
 player, 261 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 08:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Well now that's interesting.  I wouldn't have pictured you as an asian gourmet, but I suppose that's all the rage at the moment." Helena said.  She'd felt that tickling of her awareness, that indescribable sense that told her they were being observed.  She wasn't going to show it.  Not just yet.

"Do you feel that?" she said softly, and then masked it by rattling off some series of 'good' asian restaurant names.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 694 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 12:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas was about to reply yes, until Helena started spouting off Asian gourmet names. There was something tingling against his awareness as well. But what was it?

"I have to say that this has been an enjoyable little walk Helena. Did you want to walk the rest of the way? The restaurant is not too far off now..."
Mirage
 player, 262 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 13:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Actually, there's something I want to do before we go to the restaurant." Helena said.  She reached and gently took hold of Lucas' collar and, grinning like a child about to do something bad, pulled him into an alleyway and then into her arms.

"Let's see if a little sexy action can't entice whomevers following us.  Pretend to makeout with me."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 695 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 13:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas was slightly surprised when Helena took him into the alley, and into her arms.

"All right..." he said softly. After all, this was an attempt to draw out whoever was watching them....

...well it was...

Wasn't it?

Had Lucas looked forward to this moment as well? He remembered what Friday said before she left...about finding comfort...and she told him that he could? Could Mirage be that comfort?

Pretend to make out with me, she said...

"All right Helena..."

Holding her close to him, Lucas looked her in the eyes, and then brought his lips closer to hers...
Truth
 GM, 15 posts
 meet the new boss same as
 the old boss
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 13:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The alleyway was slowly getting smoky.  And it smelled like someone was burning rubber to do it.  Ugh!
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 696 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 14:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas' lips touched Helena's...and her lips tasted like the sweetest honey. The sensation was unforgettable.

"Helena..."he said softly.

And then the smoke came...
Mirage
 player, 263 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 14:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Helena had her arms around Lucas' neck in the typical female kissing posture.  For a pretend kiss, it wasn't half bad and she began to wonder what kissing him for real would be like.

Then the smoke started to fill up the alleyway.  It smelled horrible.

"What is this?" Helena asked, waving her hand in front of to try and clear the smoke.
A Voice
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 14:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  A mocking voice, darkly familiar to Lucas,  called "Quite the ladies man, aren't you?  And your girlfriend not even gone that long.  I wonder what she would think of you now . . ."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 697 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 14:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas gritted his teeth.

"You...Helena, its him..."
Mirage
 player, 264 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 14:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Him?  Him who?" Helena replied.  She was taunting whomever he was.  "It couldn't be Him.  He doesn't hide behind smoke like a coward.  It must be someone else."
A Voice
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 14:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  "So many options to choose from . . . whatever shall I do?  I know . . . "  The smoke thickened, that vile burning-rubber smell intensifying, and they both heard breaking glass, close to them.  And a hiss . . .
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 698 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 14:58
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas immediately summoned his armor, ready for a fight...
Mirage
 player, 265 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 15:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Helena tried to see what was going on in the smoke but it was too thick.  She wasn't worried though.  She just reached out to take Dragon Fists hand.

"I'll get us out of here if he tries anything.  Let's just see if he pokes his nose out first."
Hissing
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 15:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  That hissing came again, closer this time, and down close to ground level.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 699 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 15:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"You don't know him like I do, Helena..."

In the direction of the hissing he then asked, "Where are you, you son of a bitch? Show yourself..."

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 15:58, Tue 22 June 2010.

Mirage
 player, 266 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 17:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I'll know him a lot less if he shows his face.  Does he have a thing for snakes?"
Hissing
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 19:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The sound of hissing came again, closer, and they could see the hazy outline of a snake coming closer to them.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 700 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 19:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist remained ready to attack.

"No....I didn't know he did have a thing for snakes. No...this is something new..."
Mirage
 player, 267 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 19:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"It's something new that will soon be no more." Helena said in a low hiss of her own.  "If this is your enemy then let's go and find him."

She leapt up into the air, grabbing hold of a fire escape and gracefully hauling herself up onto it.  Crouching on the railing, she looked at the alleyway below for any sign of this Champion of Darkness.
Hissing
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 19:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The snake came closer, hissing rather irritatedly.  It was roughly five feet long, with a light brown body with three rows of dark brown splotches bordered with yellow extending its entire length.   It's agitation was obvious, it had been thoroughly annoyed.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 701 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 19:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist then took to the air, finding a fire escape on the other side of Mirage. He then began to look for a point of attack that might hinder the creature.

Hopefully a pressure point.
Hissing
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 20:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  From above, they could see the shattered glass where a terrarium had been broken, some gravel and stones marking it with a great deal of broken glass.  Apparently Dragon Fist's old friend had left them a gift.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 702 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 20:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist gritted his teeth.

"This is a distraction...something to keep us busy. This has to be dealt with though. Mirage...do you have a way of taking it down quickly?"

In the meantime, he kept a wary look out for his "friend"...
Mirage
 player, 268 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 20:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Helena drew her hand back and three, long crimson coloured knives appeared between her fingers.  These she threw at the snake, intending to render it incapacitated.
Hissing
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 21:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The snake moved, and instead of merely pinning it, her dagger pierced it just behind the head, severing it's spine and killing it.  Leaving the alley now safe for further examination.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 703 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 21:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist nodded at Mirage.

"Good work Mirage...now let's see if my friend is still here."

Flying back down to the alley, Dragon Fist held up both fists.

"All right...seems like you've been taking some bold steps. Come down and face me...or are you still stinging from your last defeat?"
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 21:43
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Nothing but smoke answered him, and the smoke only drifted on the breeze slowly.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 704 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 21:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist then took back to the air, trying to get a better vantage point.
Mirage
 player, 269 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 23:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Helena looked down at the snake from her perch on the fire escape.  She'd expected it to be something other than a real snake.

Oh well.

She leapt across the alleyway to the another building and kept jumping back and forth until she had reached the rooftops.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 705 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 23 Jun 2010
at 16:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist then went to the rooftops with Mirage.

"I'm not entirely sure he's gone. He has a knack for showing up when I least expect it."
Mirage
 player, 270 posts
Wed 23 Jun 2010
at 18:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Helena took a moment to review the state of her clothing.  It was a good thing that she wasn't wearing any hose or they would have been torn.

"He likes to play a long game then.  That could be tricky, but at least we drew him out.  I guess you'll just have to take me out more."

This message was last edited by the player at 22:05, Wed 23 June 2010.

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 706 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 23 Jun 2010
at 22:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Heh. Maybe you're right..." Dragon Fist replied with a slight chuckle.

He then looked over the side of the building to see if the smoke had dispersed...or if there was any sign of his "friend."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 707 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 23 Jun 2010
at 22:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist then heard a beep on his phone. Looking at the message, he then sent one back to Hunter...
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 710 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 24 Jun 2010
at 14:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Sounds like Hunter has a kidnapping case going on," Dragon Fist said after he composed a text to Hunter. "I...I don't want this date to stop before it stops, Mirage....but it may not be a bad idea to check headquarters. Besides, I don't think you've seen the new digs, haven't you?"
Mirage
 player, 271 posts
Thu 24 Jun 2010
at 21:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I haven't seen the new lair yet." Mirage said, a hint of exasperation in her voice.  "If Hunter needs us then I suppose that we should be going."

She gave a small shake of her head.  So much for an evening of fun.  She'd been looking forward to spending some time with Lucas but apparently fate had other plans.

"...and I spent so much time dressing to impress you and I never got to use it.  It took me longer to pretty myself up for you than I actually spent doing so.  You owe me a raincheque, Mr. Martinez."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 711 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 24 Jun 2010
at 21:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I wouldn't worry none about that," Dragon Fist replied. "You did impress...I hope that I was able to do the same. And..I am grateful for the effort....you do look very beautiful..."

Looking off to the distance, he then said, "Follow me...I'll show you the way..."

And it was a good thing she couldn't see the blush under his helmet...

>>>>>>>>>>To Legacy's New Digs>>>>>>>>>>
Mirage
 player, 272 posts
Thu 24 Jun 2010
at 21:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Helena smiled at the compliment.  "What a waste of such a lovely dress.  I hope that it doesn't get torn or ripped too badly."

She gave Lucas a smile a top a very feminine pose, hip cocked to the side with a hand resting upon it and a shapely leg forward, as she was enveloped in a thick crimson smoke.
Mirage
 player, 273 posts
Thu 24 Jun 2010
at 21:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
When the smoke cleared, Helena was gone and Mirage was standing in her place.  She gave a deep sigh and checked to make sure that her dress was fitting her in all the right places, before running after Dragon Fist.

>>>>> To Legacy HQ
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 728 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 28 Jun 2010
at 03:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>Timeskip>>>>>>>>>>

Grateful to have assisted with Eleanor's rescue, Dragon Fist then devoted all of his energies to finding the Dark Champion.

Lucas went through the next two days of his routine: teaching the afternoon class, checking with Flip on the business side of things for the dojo, and then staying after hours in the dojo...meditating...centering himself...for he knew that the battle with the Dark Champion was coming to a head. He had no idea of what happened to Meg...and not knowing ate at his soul. He did have some good heart to heart talks with Mirage....and Lucas was thankful that he could depend on her as an ear to listen...and a friend to support.

Perhaps...she was...MORE than a friend...

He'd also spent the nights looking for Meg...turning upside down every underworld connection...every street thug he could find...ripping into the criminal element like he never had before.

But still his Dark opponent eluded him. Only for now...
Mirage
 player, 284 posts
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 05:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>> From First National Bank <<<<

Mirage reappeared at the Dragon and Tiger dojo in a cloud of crimson smoke, and promptly fell to her knees.  She knew that Lucas and Flip had a first aid kit around here somewhere and she started to stumble about the office looking for it.

She just need to stop the bleeding.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 730 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 05:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas heard a noise in the office which brought him out of his meditation. He was prepared for anything as he made his way to the office.
Justice
 GM, 577 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 05:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
PM
Mirage
 player, 285 posts
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 14:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage, making a bit of a mess, managed to find the first aid kit.  She dropped the kit onto the desk and opened it with one hand.  Her side was burning and she was bleeding all over the floor.  She'd have to make it up to Lucas, later.

She stopped and glanced at the floor.  There was a rose on the floor, a red rose.  She hadn't noticed that before but she'd been a little distracted.  Why was there a rose in Lucas' office?  Had some other woman given it to him or had he bought it and planned to give it to someone?

She blinked and the rose was gone, just as the door to the office opened.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 731 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 14:53
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas saw Helena in the office. She definitely didn't look like her usual self.

"Helena...Helena....you're hurt....hold on a sec...let me get the first aid kit..."
Mirage
 player, 286 posts
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 15:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Got it." Mirage said curtly, wincing slightly.  She started to tear away her dress, exposing the raw and bloody flesh.  She really hated guns, shotguns especially.  They made a mess of everything.

"Need you to...do my a favour...pull out the shot..." she fumbled through the kit and pulled out what looked like a small pair of pliers.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 732 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 15:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I've got you covered," Lucas replied softly, taking the pliers.

"All right....I'm gonna make this as easy as I can...you might want something to bite on though..."
Mirage
 player, 287 posts
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 15:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Just...just do it." Mirage said curtly.  She'd screwed up and hated feeling this vulnerable.  She tore off the top of her dress and readied herself for more hurt.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 733 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 15:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"All right..."

Lucas then used the pliers to pull out the bullet. Knowing the pain she was in made him wince. Although he'd felt his own special brand of pain before.

"OK...it's out..."
Mirage
 player, 288 posts
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 17:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage winced, grinding her teeth as Lucas pulled the buckshot from her.  She could feel each intrusion of the pliers into her skin and it hurt like hell.

"...thanks..." she said softly, pressing handfuls of gauze against her wounds.  She awkwardly bound up her wounds wishing that there was a supply of morphine around.  "...sorry about the mess...couldn't get anywhere...else...I'll clean it up...promise.  Just need to...rest...a bit..."

Her voice was weakened by the loss of blood and the pain, and Mirage simply collapsed on the desk.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 734 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 17:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Helena....HELENA!" Lucas exclaimed as his close friend and teammate collapsed on the desk.

"C'mon...I'll get you to my room..."

He took up her up gently in his strong arms and carried her to the spare bedroom that he used that was in the back of the dojo. Laying her gently on his bed, and did what he could to make her comfortable.

He checked her to see how her injuries were. Hoping that she didn't need a doctor. Once he established that, he pulled up a chair next to her and watched over her.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 735 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 20:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas heard Meg's phone ringing...
Mirage
 player, 289 posts
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 21:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage went limp in Lucas' arms, her strength gone.

"...m'okay.." she murmured, half conscious.  Her side was bloody and bandaged up from where the shotgun had hit her.  "...no...doc...be fine... ina...bit..."

She hated guns.  By all rights Mirage should be dead.  It was a miracle that she had made it this far.  With the lead shot removed from her, she just needed some time to heal, time to give her body and chance to repair the damage that she'd taken.

Mirage reached out and took Lucas' hand.  "Thank you...sorry bout the mess..."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 737 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 21:58
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas put his hand around Mirage's.

"Hey...don't worry about it. This can be cleaned up. I was more worried about you..."
Mirage
 player, 290 posts
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 22:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"...I'm a tough...chick...worry about...your carpets.  Have I told...you how much...I hate the colour...of your carpets?" Mirage said with a small laugh that turned into a wincing cough.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 738 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 30 Jun 2010
at 22:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled at Mirage's joke.

"Something I will definitely check into, Helena. For now, just rest easy, all right?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 745 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 1 Jul 2010
at 05:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas hung up the phone after talking with Rodger. He did think about sending that message out to the rest of the Legacy....but to whom? Mirage was here....Hunter was....Hunter....and who knew where Hotwire was?

And Friday?

She was a million miles away....or she might as well have been.

Damnit.....I am the Champion of Light...no matter what ANYONE says....this is why I was brought back....

He then leaned over and kissed Helena softly on her forehead.

"Hey beautiful...something has come up...hostage situation at the hospital...stay here...mend up...I'll be back soon..."

He then went out the back way into the alley, and once again summoned his armor. Heading for the hospital...

>>>>>>>>>To Weston City Hospital>>>>>>>>>>>>
Mirage
 player, 291 posts
Fri 2 Jul 2010
at 17:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage lay stretched out on the bed.  She'd occasionally grimace from a spike of pain but she was slowly, very slowly, feeling better by tiny bits.  It gave her time to think about a few things, other than Lucas.

A rose that had appeared and disappeared.

That strange teddy bear in her condo.

What did they mean, if anything?  Were they somehow related to her illusion powers?
Justice
 GM, 587 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Mon 5 Jul 2010
at 16:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
pm
Mirage
 player, 292 posts
Mon 5 Jul 2010
at 22:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage sat up suddenly and winced.  Her side still hurt but it was getting better.

She glanced around the room, expecting to find someone there but there was only her.
Hunter
 player, 174 posts
Tue 6 Jul 2010
at 00:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As mirage is considering what the hell is going on there is a knock at the back door.  SHe hears a familiar voice saying "Lucas open up."
Mirage
 player, 293 posts
Tue 6 Jul 2010
at 13:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Hunter?  What was Hunter doing here?

Mirage lifted herself up to her feet painfully and opened the back door.  Her crimson smoke whirled about her briefly to hide her costume, leaving her in a sleeveless sundress.

"Lucas isn't here at the moment, Hunter." She said to her team mate.  "Is there something the matter?"
Hunter
 player, 175 posts
Tue 6 Jul 2010
at 13:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don was, oddly enough, dressed in a dark blue suit and tie. "YOu culd say that. I just got attacked by our prison busters union. Since everyone knows where I live I was-" He stopped frowning as he looked at Mirage. "Are you okay?"
Mirage
 player, 294 posts
Tue 6 Jul 2010
at 13:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage gave Hunters concern a dismissive wave of her hand.  She hated showing any form of weakness.

"I'm fine.  Just a little battered from a bank robbery earlier.  So escaped prisoners are gunning for you?  What do you plan to do about that?"
Hunter
 player, 176 posts
Tue 6 Jul 2010
at 14:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Hunter frowned but didn't press the matter further he could understand the reluctance to show weakness. "Same thing I was going to do before they started gunning for me, fidn their boss and take him down. As for the immediate I was gonna see if I could stay here for a few days till I could finda  new set up, I'll have to sell the condos its too dangerous fo rthe tenants now that I've been outed."
Mirage
 player, 295 posts
Tue 6 Jul 2010
at 14:06
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Why not stay at the old HQ or even the new one?" Mirage offered.  "If there are people out to get you, wouldn't it be better to remove yourself to someplace safe, where there won't be any civilian casualities?"
Hunter
 player, 177 posts
Tue 6 Jul 2010
at 14:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Because the new one is a little too out in the open for my tastes, I don't want these punks being able to find me easy. No one knows LUcas' identity or even that the two of us are connected as Civvies, then I'll just get a safehouse set up where I caan operate form until we've taken care of Little Bertelli/."
Mirage
 player, 296 posts
Tue 6 Jul 2010
at 19:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"A good reason I suppose.  You'll have to catch up with Lucas then." Mirage said.  "He's at the hospital.  Some sort of trouble going on there and he was called in."
Hunter
 player, 178 posts
Wed 7 Jul 2010
at 05:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
HUnter Checks his watch. "I've uhh, got some place to be soon don't want to get caugh tup in a fight and miss it. but let him know I stopped by, or I'll just catch him later.."
Mirage
 player, 297 posts
Wed 7 Jul 2010
at 13:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I'll let him know, Don." Mirage said.  She wasn't Lucas' secretary and probably would have said as much, but Don was a friend and team mate and his reasoning was understandable.

Mirage looked at Don skeptically.  "Is something going on, Don?  DO you need a hand with anything?"
Hunter
 player, 179 posts
Wed 7 Jul 2010
at 15:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don nodded. "Thanks." When Mirage asked if he needed help Don shrugged. "Not in the usual way. Remembering that kidnapping we broke up a couple days ago? Well Eleanor Van Diemien is an old friend, in fact her and...my wife, were very close and well... she says Ellen told her something before she....died, and that she's going to relay the message."
Mirage
 player, 298 posts
Wed 7 Jul 2010
at 16:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Hunter had been married?  That bit of news caused Mirage to raise her eyebrows at her team mate.  It was a bit of a surprise, she couldn't picture Hunter married.

"I see.  I didn't know about your wife, Don.  I'm sorry to hear that she's no longer with us.  Do you need any moral support?"
Hunter
 player, 180 posts
Wed 7 Jul 2010
at 20:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
WHen Mirage offered moral support it was Hunters turn to raise his eybrows, she didn't seem like the ttype to give hugs and say there there. "I'll be fine I'm just wondering what the hell this message is gonna be."
Mirage
 player, 299 posts
Wed 7 Jul 2010
at 22:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage wasn't surprised that he'd turn down her offer of support.  On one hand she wasn't even sure why she had offered, but she liked Hunter.  Sure they'd had their differences in the past but he was just as fierce a fighter as she was, not backing down from a verbal or physical altercation.

"Alright.  Good luck with that.  You have no idea what the message could be about?"
Hunter
 player, 181 posts
Thu 8 Jul 2010
at 19:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I really have no clue. Nora said Ellen, told her to tell me, when I was ready but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be ready for..."
Mirage
 player, 300 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 01:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage was about to ask about Don's wife but he might not like to dredge up painful memories of the woman.  She held her tongue instead.

"You know how to get ahold of me if you need me." she said.
Hunter
 player, 182 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 03:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Hunter nods. "I know" Don checks his watch again. "Well I oughta be goin, you know where to reach me if something comes up." And with a nod and a wave Don was out the door, back in his car, and on his way to

>VAN DIEMIEN HOUSE>>>
Mirage
 player, 301 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 03:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage watched Don leave and then closed and locked the door.  She limped back to Lucas' office and scrawled Dons message on a note which she put on the desk.

She sat heavily down on the couch once more and closed her eyes. She'd rest up here for just a little longer, just regain a little of her strength and then she'd head home.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 769 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 14:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>From The rooftops>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist landed in the backalley, and then retracted his armor. Using the backdoor access, he went inside the dojo.

It sounded like Flip was finishing some things, but wasn't in the office, so he went to check on Mirage.

"Hey beautiful...sorry to rush off like that...there was a hostage situation at the hospital, but it's been taken care of. You feeling better?"
Mirage
 player, 302 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 15:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage had her arm raised, her top off, and was looking at her side in the bathroom.  She might as well have resembled a mummy for all the bandages around her torso, except that hers were decorated with red spots of blood.

How could she have been so careless as to get shot?  That rarely happened to her anymore.  There was no way that she'd be able to go to her physiotherapy with this.  She'd have to call in and make up some excuse.

Frowning slightly is disgust, Mirage lowered her arm and used her illusion casting ability to hide the bandages.  She'd feel terrible for a few days and maybe she'd have to just disappear while she healed up.

No, she couldn't do that.

Her phone buzzed and Mirage checked the message as her sundress reappeared.  It looked like good news from Don.  Perhaps his meeting hadn't been so bad.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 770 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 15:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas could hear Helena in the bathroom.

"Helena...you still here? I don't know if you got Don's message..."
Mirage
 player, 303 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 15:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
OOC:  Oops.  I missed your previous post Dragon.  You must have submitted that while I was typing up mine.  :)

Mirage turned at the sound of Lucas' voice.  She stepped out of the bathroom leaving a small trail of crimson smoke as her sundress reformed around her.

"Hello Lucas.  I'm doing better, thank you for asking." Helena smiled at Lucas.  She was doing better but not entirely, favouring her wounded side.  "I did get Don's message.  He stopped by earlier looking for you.  He wanted to know if he could hide out here for a while since there seem to be bad guys after him.  Your dojo is becoming quite popular."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 771 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 15:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
OOC: no worries Mirage :)

Lucas smiled, relieved that she was doing much better.

"Heh...you're right...maybe I should rename the Above and Beyond dojo...with as many people we've had here recently. Wow...Don needs a place to hide out....yeah I suppose he could stay here...I could probably stay at the Above and Beyond Agency while he gets things settled...Friday gave me a key to the place..."
Mirage
 player, 304 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 15:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I told Don that he'd have to talk to you about staying here so..."  Mirage sat on the edge of the desk and her sundress shifted and morphed into a tight short mini skirt and cropped white blouse.  Her hair wove itself into a tight bun and a pair of glasses formed on her nose.  She looked like a fetish idea of an office lady.  "...I'm just playing secretary.  Those are all your messages, Mister Martinez.  Shall I get you a coffee?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 772 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 15:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas laughed as Mirage became "The Secretary."

"Why thank you Helena....you've been most helpful....and I bet you do make a mean coffee. And I'll talk to Don later. Come on....you want to go see what Don's news is together?"
Mirage
 player, 305 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 16:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage slid off the edge of the desk and walked up to Lucas.  "Of course, Mister Martinez.  I'd love to go anywhere with you."

She kept her voice breathy and sultry as she spoke.  It lasted but a few seconds before her appearance changed back to the sundress she was wearing before and she laughed softly.  Her laugh was interrupted by a wince as the pain from her wounds shot through her.

" ...ngn...okay, please don't make me laugh.  Let's go.  Are we driving or walking?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 773 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 16:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I think in your condition, we better drive,"Lucas said.

"Unless you'd like me to fly you there...I can manage.."
Mirage
 player, 306 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 17:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Fly?  In this dress?" Helena said with feigned shock.  "I think that we had better drive.  I don't feel like giving a show to the people on the ground."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 774 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 19:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled after Helena's amusing remark.

"All right..driving it is..though, I don't have a car. Do you think it might be too far to walk?"
Mirage
 player, 307 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 19:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"A cab then?" Helena asked with a small shrug.  She still had trouble believing that Lucas didn't have a car.  "It might be easier and quicker than walking."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 775 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 19:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then hailed a cab for them both. Once it arrived, he opened the door for Helena, and once they were both inside, gave the address that Hunter had given them.
>>>to Van Diemien house>>>
Mirage
 player, 308 posts
Fri 9 Jul 2010
at 21:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Helena slipped into the back of the cab, smoothing the skirt of her dress beneath her, and made room for Lucas.  It was almost funny, two super heroes taking a cab, but this was the best way to go at the moment.

>>>>>> To Van Diemiens house
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 799 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 14 Jul 2010
at 03:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>Time Skip>>>>>>>>>

Lucas came back to The Dragon and The Tiger after the meeting with the other members of the Legacy. First, finding out that Don had a daughter...and then finding that this daughter came back in time to deliver a warning. A very cryptic warning...

He then went to meditate and focus himself on the battle that was yet to come, because he knew that this would be one of the most treacherous battles of all. And he had to be prepared...

There was no choice...
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 801 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 14 Jul 2010
at 23:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then heard his phone go off. He then checked the message.

Once he replied, he then armored up, and was once in the night sky..

>>>to Registration Office>>>
Mirage
 player, 353 posts
Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 22:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>> From Legacy's New Digs

A sleek black limosine pulled up in front of the Dragon and Tiger dojo.  The windows had been tinted so that those outside could not see inside.  A driver in a suit stepped out and walked to the dojo.

"I'm looking for Mister Lucas Martinez.  Is he here?  I'm supposed to take him to the airport."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 845 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 22:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From Legacy's New Digs>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas returned to the dojo, then selected a nice suit and tie. This one...this one he had worn when he and Friday went doubledating with Lady Psyche and Aaron Tanaka. He put the suit on, straightened his tie, and then stood by the front entrance waiting for Helena to arrive.

Seeing the driver walk up, Lucas approached him. "I am Lucas Martinez..."

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 22:19, Sat 17 July 2010.

Mirage
 player, 355 posts
Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 22:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The driver held his hand out and smiled in a professionally friendly way.  "My name is Thomas.  I'll be driving you to the airport.  Do you have any luggage?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 848 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 22:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Nice to make your acquantince, Thomas," Lucas replied. "Just this backpack....we don't expect to be gone long."
Mirage
 player, 356 posts
Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 22:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I'll take that, sir." Thomas took the backpack and proceeded to open the back passenger door for Lucas to get in.

Helena was sitting in the back seat, looking over her PDA.  She had a copy of all of the information that she had found on her mysterious foe.  She looked up at Lucas and forced a smile.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 849 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 22:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Thank you Thomas," Lucas said to the man. He then got into the car and sat next to Helena.

"I, uh...look I know you're probably tired of me thanking you....but it does mean a lot to me that you've gone out of your way to help me. With...all my issues.....thank you..."
Mirage
 player, 357 posts
Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 23:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Helena put her PDA away and folded her hands in her lap.  She was wearing a simple skirt suit with a buttoned up jacket.  It was very professional looking, the sort of thing that would look comfortable in a boardroom.  She gave him a hard look that she quickly blinked away.

"Friday is my friend as well, Lucas.  If she needs help then all she has to do is ask, or not.  The same applies to you as well.  Besides, you know how much I love a good fight."

The limo started to drive off towards the airport.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 850 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 17 Jul 2010
at 23:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas gave Helena a smile as they drove to the airport. It was truly astounding that she had been this supportive, and continued to do so. Truly she was a diamond.

But now he was focused on the task ahead. Finding Friday..
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 911 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 11 Aug 2010
at 23:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From The Timeskip>>>>>>>>>>

Even though they were trying to find out more about Ahriman, Lucas did have a good time with Helena, and the woman's moral support was very uplifting. The void in his heart though would take a long while to heal however, but Helena certainly made things a lot easier. They had certainly became a lot closer in the trip to Texas, and Lucas vowed to pay back Helena for her kindness and support...it's that even he didn't know when...yet...

Returning to the Dragon And The Tiger, Lucas had made sure that he showed his appreciation to Helena for her efforts, giving her a very warm hug and a kiss on her cheek, telling her repeatedly over and over (even if she was sick of it) how much he appreciated her efforts in this matter. Friday was Helena's friend too.

He didn't want to believe she was gone. But the evidence spoke for itself. Lucas then began to work out, almost obsessively, focusing himself for the potential battle ahead against Ahriman...and against Oni....

That was, until his cell phone began to buzz with an incoming text message...
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 723 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Thu 12 Aug 2010
at 00:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>> From the Timeskip >>>>>

Life for Ozzy had gone as close to normal as it ever was for the past couple of days. With Winter Break starting today, his martial arts lesson with Lucas at the Dojo was really all he'd had to do today, and so he'd spent most of the day studying the Tome, or skating when his eyes started hurting from reading too much. At class, he'd noticed that Lucas had been acting a bit... odd. Like something really, really bad had happened on his mysterious little trip. Ozzy had decided to make sure he was okay. Even if they didn't know each other that well just yet, Ozzy couldn't help but feel a certain kinship with the older superhero. As Flip had said, the two were a lot alike.

After class, once he was changed back into his street clothes, he waited around a bit for the other students to leave before he cautiously approached Lucas. Before he could speak, Lucas' cell phone buzzed, and Ozzy waited for Lucas to answer it before speaking.

"Hey. What's up? You seemed... a little out of it today. Everything allright?"

Then, realizing what the message might have been about, he asked, "Err, do you need me to let you go get changed? Sorry if I'm interrupting you."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 913 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 12 Aug 2010
at 00:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked at Ozzy.

"Thanks Ozzy..I'm all right...really. I have to go to police HQ for a short meeting. And no, you're not interrupting..I've just had a lot going on lately.."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 725 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Thu 12 Aug 2010
at 00:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy smirked, "The police station? Arright, man, see you later. Stay frosty. Oh, before I forget to tell you, I got a job. Pretty good one, too. It's a big company, run by Francis Daniels. I think you may have heard of it..."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 914 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 12 Aug 2010
at 00:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I have heard a little something about that. Congratulations Ozzy...I know that you will do well there. Take care man and I will talk you again soon..."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 726 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Thu 12 Aug 2010
at 01:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Later!" said Ozzy as he hustled out the door. Once outside, he put on his skates, and headed for the mall. He could get there and get some grub juuust before the dinner rush, and maybe even get some time in at the indoor skate park if nothing happened.

'Psssssh. Yeah, right, like that's gonna happen...' thought Ozzy, a wry smirk on his face.

>>>> To the Mall >>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 915 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 12 Aug 2010
at 01:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas waved at Ozzy, then changed and made his way via public transportation to the police station.

>>>to Weston PD
Shadows and Gifts
Sat 28 Aug 2010
at 19:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  A shadowy figure moved in the office of the Dragon and Tiger, placing something on the desk there.  Then they were gone.  Leaving an envelope on the middle of Lucas' desk.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 934 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 28 Aug 2010
at 20:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From Weston PD>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas walked into the dojo. It looked class was just wrapping up. Flip saw him come and waved.

"Hey Flip..."

"Lucas...how's it goin'? It's good to see you."

"You too Flip...anyhow I've taken care of the rent for this month and the supplies that we'll need for the kids. Sorry I've been so out of touch lately, I've just been dealing with a lot of things."

"I could see that Lucas....you're not sleeping much, I can tell. But whatever business that Dragon Fist has, Dragon Fist needs to learn to take care of himself."

"I...yeah...you're right, Flip...thanks..."

"Always glad to help Lucas...you know you've got your family again. You really shouldn't be a stranger to 'em. I know with your brother bein' a part of the Weston SCU and all that...but even so...you have 'em back. Hang on to 'em as long as you can Lucas..."

Flip then turned to walk out. "Make sure you lock up Lucas. See you tomorrow."

"Take care Flip..."

Lucas then went to the office. There was something he wanted to do. He wanted to go by the Above and Beyond Detective Agency. Friday had given him a key. He wanted to go there and perhaps say a few last words since she was apparently gone.

Gone...but not forgotten...

He then stepped into the office and noticed the envelope there.

"What the hell is this?" he said as he began to open it.
Shadows and Gifts
Sat 28 Aug 2010
at 20:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The envelope had a small wax seal on it, in blood red, with Chinese characters on it.  It said on the front Champion of Light, in both Chinese, and in elegant English Calligraphy.  Within was a thick pamphlet of rice paper.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 935 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 28 Aug 2010
at 20:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked around for a moment. This could've come from one of three people...The Spirit of Vengeance he had met recently...Lin....or Oni....

He then opened up the paper and began to read from it.
Shadows and Gifts
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 01:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Lucas Martinez, Champion of Light, known to the world as Dragon Fist.  You know that Tao speaks of the balance.  Before you were a Champion, there was another, who was called Golden Dragon.  A man of China, who endured much.  He gave his life for others, then became a Champion.  He never stopped watching over those whom he loved, even when a vast and corrupt evil devoured their souls, and left them walking husks.  Four small boys, and two beautiful little girls.  Even though the man who was once Golden Dragon, is now Oni, you must understand, Lucas Martinez, there is a balance in the world.  For all evils, there is good, but for mankind to appreciate, to understand, goodness, he must experience evil.  For happiness, there must be pain.  For joy, there must be sadness.  I chose you to be the man to lead the scales of Balance this time, because I had lost my own rays of hope.  The last of my sons died the day I chose you.  Shot for sympathizing with an American tourist who had broken some trifling rule of the Chinese Government.  I could no longer lead the scale of Light, for my Light had all gone out.  Tao and I spoke, with the blood of my son on my hands, and he told me to Choose the next.  I chose you, because I could see within you great potential.  Great passion, great courage, great goodness.  But I must give you a spur, must force it to grow within you.  Yes, hate me.  Despise me.  Try to stop me at every turn.  Darkness has claimed my spirit, but in my darkness, my despair, my evil, I will force you to be the shining Light that you could always have been, but never would have achieved otherwise.  I knew Tao would grab you.  I just had to rip your heart out to break your world.  You have suffered a great blow.  There can not be two Champions of Darkness, so either take her as your inspiration, or come and kick my ass until you kill me and take my place.  Choose now.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 936 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 04:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas put the paper down and had a solemn expression on his face. The letter was almost a taunt at him...TO HIM. It was as if he knew what happened to Friday. How much her apparent death had an impact on him..how he agonized that he might have been able to do more to prevent her from going to Texas.

But Friday would not have wanted him to stay like this. He also knew that she wouldn't want him to do something that would cost him his very soul. And then Lucas remembered the three tenets that Tao had given to him when he first received the mystic heart: Do not abuse the power....protect the innocent and fight for the helpless...and oppose the Dark Champion at every turn.

"If you're out there, then I believe you already know the answer. There must be balance...and I will not be the one to end you. But I will be there to oppose you every step of the way. And I will fight you with every fiber of my being and leave you running in defeat every time."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 937 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 04:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
No answer came...but somehow Lucas knew that Oni heard him.

And with that, he gathered a few sticks of incense, a picture of Friday that he had taken of her a while back, and the key to the agency.

He headed out the door and went to a place he had become very familiar with, moreso in the last few months.

>>>>>>>>>>>To Above and Beyond Detective Agency>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 948 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 19:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>>From Above and Beyond Investigations>>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas returned to the dojo a few short moments later.

"All right Kimeran...we've got privacy. You say that you've been a companion to other Champions of Light, right?"
Kimeran
 NPC, 3 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 19:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
{{Yes.  I have.  And unless you object, I'm going to stay right here for now.}}
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 949 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 20:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"That's fine. And I do appreciate the company. Comparitively speaking...I know I have a lot to work on, and that I'm not a perfect Champion. Based off of what you've seen with previous Champions, what kind of suggestions do you have for me?"
Kimeran
 NPC, 4 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 20:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  {{My advice is to not be afraid to ask for help.  You're the Champion, yes, but you do NOT have to fight the whole war alone!}}
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 950 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 20:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Got it. I know a good group of people I can go to most of the time," Lucas said, thinking back to the various members of the Legacy.

"Just out of curiousity, what can you do? The last time I saw anything resembling a dragon was when I was in Shangri-La."
Kimeran
 NPC, 5 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 20:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  {{Well, aside from turning myself into a living tattoo on your flesh?  I fly, I can shapeshift, and generally scare the crap out of muggers.}}
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 951 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 20:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded.

"It will be good that you're with me then. I'm going to meditate for a little while. There's a lot going on still and whatever it is, I have to be ready mentally and physically."
Kimeran
 NPC, 6 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 20:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Kimeran chuckled, and said {{I'll be here.  So you have backup.}}
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 952 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 20:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Thanks Kimeran," Lucas replied. "And not just for that...also for your kind words outside the Agency. Those words mean more than you can ever imagine."
Kimeran
 NPC, 7 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 20:53
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  He felt a distinct shifting, like someone was giving him a skin-level hug, and Kimeran said {{I'm not as old as Lin is, but she knows.  She's lived a very long time, and speaks from experience.  As long as you keep your love alive for them in your heart, with their memory, they are not TRULY dead.  Love and memory make immortality.}}
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 953 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 29 Aug 2010
at 20:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded at Kimeran, then began to steady his breathing as his mind began to enter a meditative state. Preparing himself for the conflicts that were to come.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 954 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 01:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas came out of his meditation. If Kimeran was still around, he asked "Kimeran...in the martial arts, I have learned that it's best to not limit yourself to one style. Do you happen to know any forms of Gung-Fu? Or any techniques that I could use when I could use my ki?"
Kimeran
 NPC, 8 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 01:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  {{I know several styles.  The question is, do you feel up to learning them a slightly different way than you're used to humans teaching?}}
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 955 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 01:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then stood to his feet.

"To become a more versatile Champion...yes, I am willing."
Kimeran
 NPC, 9 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 02:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  {{This will feel strange.  Do not be alarmed.}}  He got a 'creeping' sensation, even as the 'tattoo' expanded, covering his flesh completely, and then began to LITERALLY move his body FOR him.  Moving slowly through the first kata, a strangely graceful and sinuous series of movements that were like none he'd seen before.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 956 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 02:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas had excelled in the art of Goju-Ryu karate...which was an Okinawan style of karate and was both a hard and soft style. But this was something new. The movements were so fluid.

This was different...but he wanted to be like water. Flowing with the movements, and memorizing them as best he could, and letting the Dragon take the lead.
Kimeran
 NPC, 10 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 02:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Kimeran continued to move him, letting his muscles burn in the memory.  Moving him in such a fluid, graceful style.  He could barely tell, in the mirrors, that he had bones in his body!  The burn of unfamiliar movements, of his muscles working in ways he'd never moved them.  He would be sore tomorrow!
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 957 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 02:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
It was a good thing that Lucas had his body conditioned to working out. This new style was different though. But he knew that he would be more flexible as he learned these new movements and techniques.
Kimeran
 NPC, 11 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 02:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  {{I'm going to burn in the whole set, you'll have to practice it often.  Your mind won't realize how much you've learned, but the muscles and bones will remember first.  When you need it, your body will move as it needs.  Just don't get tense.}}  Still seeming to dance like a pillar of water turned into the shape of a man as he 'fought' imaginary enemies!
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 958 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 02:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas was amazed as he went through the punches and kicks.

"Wow..this is amazing. What style is this? I've never seen or imagined anything like this."
Kimeran
 NPC, 12 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 02:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
{{This is the Style of Water.  One of four Elemental styles that mankind has NOT passed down through the ages.  I will teach them to you.}}  Still, his body moved in sequences, patterns, currents, like water parting and surrounding the invisible enemies he shadowboxed.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 959 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 02:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I always knew that the martial arts had a deeper meaning...but I had no idea about this. Thank you for teaching this to me," Lucas said gratefully as he continued to go through the movements.
Kimeran
 NPC, 13 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 02:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  {{You may be calling me anything but a good sensei by the time I am done with you.  You learn faster this way, but you hurt for a lot longer.}}  Slowly bringing him to a stop, then starting it all over again, FASTER!!
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 960 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 03:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas continued to go through the motions. This was certainly going to hurt quite a bit but it was a good thing he was somewhat used to the pains of working out.

Though he was learning things at an exponentially faster rate than normal.
Kimeran
 NPC, 14 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 03:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
{{If you can handle mastering the four terrestrial elements, I might actually teach you the Fifth Element.  But no other Champion has mastered them all yet.  So we will see.}}  Still moving his body, making his muscles burn into the memory, so that even if his brain didn't catch how the moves went, his body knew it.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 961 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 03:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas didn't speak any more, he focused himself as he had never focues before. Committing these elemental arts to his memory, and all of the katas and forms that were being taught to him.

Kimeran could see a fierce determination in his eyes, as he excelled to find out what his limit was...and maybe even go beyond.
Kimeran
 NPC, 15 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 03:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Kimeran ran him through four more times, until the last time, he was moving at full speed, and Lucas could FEEL the throbbing, burning ache of his muscles with every beat of his heart.  {{Now.  Do you feel up to a sparring match?}}
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 962 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 03:43
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas, determined to prove himself, both to Kimeran and to himself, nodded.

"Yes...let's do this."
Kimeran
 NPC, 16 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 03:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Kimeran pulled free of his skin, and then formed into a hairless Oriental man wearing a pair of silk breeches in a style over a thousand years old.  He bowed very politely to Lucas, and assumed a ready position.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 963 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 03:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas bowed politely to the "person" in front of him, and assumed a ready stance.
Kimeran
 NPC, 17 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 03:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Kimeran smiled, and then moved.  Fast as a cobra, full force, and solid blows.  Forcing Lucas to answer with the katas he'd just burned into his muscles.  But those hands HURT when they hit.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 964 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 04:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas did indeed answer the attempted blows with the katas he had just learned. They hurt like crazy. But Lucas knew he would have to endure the pain to get better. And so he would...

Using some of the same katas, he then attempted a counterattack against his sparring partner.
Kimeran
 NPC, 18 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 04:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Kimeran was smiling, and he said "Good.  You learn quickly.  I will push you to your limits, and past them, Lucas Martinez.  Lin said you would accept that, and do your best to learn everything.  She was not wrong in reading your heart."  Taking the attack and flowing around it like so much water, he pressed Lucas, showing him how it could be manipulated, changing moves around and coming from unconventional angles.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 965 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 04:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Incredible," Lucas replied. "Simply amazing..."

Using the new katas and forms he attempted to defend against the unorthodox attacks, in effect flowing...like water...
Kimeran
 NPC, 19 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 04:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Kimeran was smiling, and he continued to push Lucas, making him defend, even as he defended.  Pushing Lucas to his limits, and then some.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 967 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 04:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The pain was great. Lucas wanted to give up. But he couldn't give up..not if he was going to help make this decision worth it.

Drawing upon the memories of his good times with Friday, Lucas would use that strength as he defended and counterattacked using the Water Style that Kimeran was teaching him.
Kimeran
 NPC, 20 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 04:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Kimeran nodded, and then made the motion that meant to call a halt.  He said "You have fought well.  Now you must rest, heal overnight, and we will kick your tail around the salle again tomorrow."  And he became a small dragon, then 'printed' himself across Lucas' chest.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 968 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 13:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Sounds....good...." Lucas said as the pain of today's training caught up with him. But so also did the knowledge of these new techniques.

Going slowly to the bedroom in the back, all Lucas managed to do was remove his shirt before flopping onto the bed in sheer pain and exhaustion.
Kimeran
 NPC, 21 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 13:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  {{If you know a healer, you might wish to avail yourself of their services.  I'm not very good at healing, unless it's a dire emergency.}}
Flip
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 13:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Before Lucas egts a chance to get much rest he heares the backdoor break open.  Lucas hears growling and mumbling. A large figure is standing in the doorway he immeidatley enters the room stalking forward lilke atiger and when the moonlight hits him Lucas instantly recognizes him. ITs Flip but something is obviously wrong his muscles are tensed his viens are bluging his eyes are bloodshiot and dialated and he looks filled with Rage.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 969 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 13:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Flip! What's the matter?" Lucas said, visibly alarmed.

Damn...I'm in no condition to defend myself...
Flip
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 13:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Screaming a death roar Flip rushed towards LUcas striking wildly. "I"LL STOP YOU DEMON!"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 970 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 13:53
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas couldn't believe it. The man who had taught him martial arts was now charging at him.

Focusing himself, he used some of the new techniques that he learned to block Flip's physical blows.

He was NOT going to attack his teacher. Something was very much wrong with him.
Flip
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 19:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip Lunges to Lucas's Left before spinning around on Lucas. HE charges again striking wildly with no form or plan of attack.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 971 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 19:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas parried Flip's blow, but it hurt. The toll of the training was visible.

"Kimeran..I need your help. Something is wrong with him."
Kimeran
 NPC, 22 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 19:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The 'tattoo' rippled, and spread over his skin once more, but THIS time, it wasn't a tattoo, but SCALES.  Giving him armor, and coating him in a second layer of muscle.  {{Take my strength, and use it to defend, he is not himself.}}  It was like the moment he began a move, his body was already finishing it!  Dragons apparently could read and receive muscle-signals for others, and Kimeran was acting like a suit of lightning-fast armor for him!!
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 972 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 19:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas, now using the Dragon's gift, went into a pure defensive stance.

"Flip..you've got to fight through this. This isn't you!"
Flip
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 20:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Shouts something incoherent and begins to charge again before he stops in his tracks. CLutching his chest his eyes glaze over and he falls to the ground.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 973 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 20:06
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Flip! Flip!" Lucas shouts as he runs to his fallen mentor.

He then places a phone call to Meg.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 976 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 20:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas got off the phone with Meg.

"Help is on the way, my friend,"he said to Flip.

"Kimeran..thanks for the assist. Is there anything we can do for him before Meg gets here?"
Kimeran
 NPC, 23 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 20:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Kimeran formed into his 'human' guise, and checked Flip's pulse and respiration.  "Do that thing that keeps blood and air flowing in a human.  I dare not, I am strong enough to crush a man's bones one handed.  It is a thing which takes skill I do not have.  I am a warrior, not a healer."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 977 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 30 Aug 2010
at 20:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded, and continued to do what he could to keep Flip stable until Meg arrived.
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 932 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Tue 31 Aug 2010
at 12:06
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  As they landed, Meg told Ex "Thank you.  You're a real lifesaver, Ex."  And headed inside rapidly, scanning within to get a good idea already of the patient condition.  She'd tapped her choker medallion, so she was in her 'uniform' now.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 978 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 31 Aug 2010
at 13:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas saw Meg come in and instantly stepped aside so that she could do what she did best.

"Hi Meg....thanks for coming. This is my sensei, Gene 'Flip' Bowen. He looked crazed when he tried to attack me, and then his eyes glossed over."

He then gestured towards Kimeran. "This is Kimeran. He's a friend of your Mom's..."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 933 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Tue 31 Aug 2010
at 14:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg smiled at them both as she put her hands on Flip's chest, and even as she did that, her eyes flared emerald-golden.  "Pleased to meet you Kimeran, hopefully I can do Flip some good."  And PUSHED her power into Flip.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 979 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 31 Aug 2010
at 14:03
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked on anxiously as Meg used her extraordinary power on his fallen mentor. And he was hoping that her power would be enough to bring back the man he called teacher....and friend....
Flip
Wed 1 Sep 2010
at 17:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip began swaeating profusely and vomited some on the floor before co ming too. "Ugh...Lucas? What happened....?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 980 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 1 Sep 2010
at 17:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked overjoyed that his friend and mentor was coming out of it.

"Flip!" he said, hugging him briefly. "I'm not really sure what happened. Um...this here is Meg...she's a friend of Dragon Fist. Meg, Kimeran...meet Gene "Flip" Bowen...he taught me what I know about the martial arts"

He turned to Meg. "It's OK..he's actually known that I'm Dragon Fist for quite a while now."

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 17:40, Wed 01 Sept 2010.

Megaira Kattakara
 player, 934 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Wed 1 Sep 2010
at 19:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg smiled, and said to Flip "Pleased to meet you, Flip.  Please do me a favor, and don't tell the REST of the world that I can heal.  I don't need the complications.  I go by Erinyes when in  my 'long johns' like I am now."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 981 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 2 Sep 2010
at 06:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded at Meg, then turned his attention to Flip.

"Flip...can you remember anything about what happened after you left here? Did you see anyone?"
Flip
Sat 4 Sep 2010
at 23:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip shook his head. "I was heading to my car when I fel something stick into my neck. After that I don't remember much except some odd shapes. What did I do?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 983 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 5 Sep 2010
at 00:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked down for a moment.

"You..um...you attacked me..I know that whatever happened, you didn't mean it."
Megaira Kattakara
 player, 935 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Mon 6 Sep 2010
at 13:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Meg's head snapped up, and she said softly "All call, I have to run.  Now.  Take care!!"  And she took off for the door, shifting to the air as they opened and sailing up and out.  Heading for the HQ.

---->> NAD HQ
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 984 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 6 Sep 2010
at 13:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Thanks again Meg...for everything," Lucas said as she left the dojo quickly.

Then he received the all call from Excelsior. Even though they were not on speaking terms at the moment, Machinesmith had been an important part of all that had transpired.

"C'mon Flip...let's get you to the ER. Then I'm going to get to the bottom of who or what attacked you. If you can remember anything else about it, let me know...'cause Dragon Fist will deal with them in kind."

After getting Flip to Weston Hospital's ER, Lucas then made his way as quickly as he could to the New Age Defenders HQ....

>>>>>>>>>>To NAD HQ>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1259 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 14 Oct 2010
at 15:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>From The Cirandon Hotel>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist reappeared over the section where the Dragon And The Tiger was located.

Retracting his newfound armor, he then used the backdoor access, using his newfound abilities to sense the chi of those things around him. He walked inside and into the backroom.

Flip was on the mend. But the question still remained....who injected him with Blood? And these arsons? Who was behind that?

But Lin advised that he needed rest, and a sharp mind. Lucas then took off his shirt, and laid down in the bed in the backroom of the dojo, and allowed himself a brief moment of respite.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1260 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 17 Oct 2010
at 13:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas awakened, but several hours had passed. He looked at the clock and frowned, as he didn't want to sleep this long. But Lin would argue that he needed the rest.

Which he probably did.
He slowly worked his way out of the bed, and then went to take a quick shower.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1261 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 18 Oct 2010
at 01:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas was ready now. He was now adequately rested. All the training...all the pain...all the knowledge. It was time for the Champion of Light to go to work.

Going out the backdoor access, he summoned his new armor, and extending his draconic wings and took to the air. First things first, he was going to check the sites of the recent arsons that had been plaguing the city.

>>>>>>>>>To The Rooftops>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1291 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 19 Oct 2010
at 23:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From Weston PD>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist landed in the backalley, and with no one looking, retracted his armor, and then used the backdoor access. Once inside, he went to the front and unlocked the doors. The students would be here soon, so Lucas made himself ready to teach.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1292 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Oct 2010
at 01:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The class went on, more or less like normal. Flip was recovering and would be out of the hospital soon. Being a world champion martial artist did wonders for the body's conditioning.

He couldn't help but wonder who else would be of the "Mage" slant who might be able to help with the Arson Plague.

After the class was dismissed, Lucas then sat down and meditated. Dwelling on the new disciplines he had learned, and also practicing the subtleties of them as well.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1293 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 20 Oct 2010
at 21:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas soon awoke from his meditation. Flamethrower was out there, and he had to be stopped. But he needed help to track him down..much less stop him. Mage help.

Painter was away with the rest of the New Age Defenders. But maybe his grandfather was still present.

Taking out his cell phone, he placed a call to Ozzy Sr.
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 NPC, 26 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 13:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Moments after Oswald Sr. hung up, Lucas would hear Oswald knocking at the door.

"Hello?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1298 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 13:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Damn, that was fast...

Lucas went up to the door and unlocked it.

"Hello Mr. Gysbourne. It's good to meet you. Though I wish it was under better circumstances..."
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 NPC, 27 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 13:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Yes, I wish it were. So what's all this business about my grandson missing classes?" he asked, seeing as they were still within public view.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1299 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 13:54
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Your grandson's doing fine," Lucas said, keeping up appearances as they entered into the dojo.

He led him inside into the training area.

"Here's what's happening...there was a Para that the Legacy had fought against some time ago. His name was Flamethrower. He's dead...or so most of us thought. I've found out...on pretty good authority...that he's still alive...but using his spirit to 'jump' into different people and then use his powers to burn structures. Do you know of a way to track him or contain him? He was dangerous in life and I fear that he may be even more dangerous in death."
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 NPC, 28 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 14:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Oswald nods, "He can be tracked, and he can be banished, just like any other specter. Simply direct me towards his most recent victim that you know of, and my magics can take care of the rest."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1300 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 14:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas replied, "I don't know the man specifically, but I do know his name. Lyle Metzenbaum. It would be a matter of finding him before Flamethrower strikes again."
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 NPC, 29 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 14:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Good, good. That'll make things somewhat easier on me, at least having a name to go by. If he's actually limited to that person, then this will be spectacularly easy. If not, well... predictions are what I do best," he said with a sly smirk, before getting to work. He peered into the crystal ball on the top of his cane, to see what the name Dragon Fist had given him would turn up.
Crystal Ball
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 14:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  An image of Lyle Metzenbaum came up in the crystal ball.  But he did not have the aura of Flamethrower about him.  Only himself.
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 NPC, 30 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 14:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Oswald smirked. This Flamethrower was a wily one, trying to hide his trail. But Oswald was a Seer. Keeping the crystal ball focused on Lyle, he moved his 'viewpoint' back to a time when Flamethrower *was* possessing him.

"Heh. Smart little specter, but not smart enough to outfox me," he said, chuckling.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1301 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 14:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked on, seeing the possession of Lyle Metzenbaum. And possibly even his own encounter with him as well.
Crystal Ball
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 15:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The scene showed Lyle at work in a clothing store.  His gaze went funny, and he changed into the black clothing he'd been wearing, then gone to a store.  Gave them an order, got a box with a mask in it.  Then headed to do the break in, checking to be sure nobody was IN the house.  Just an empty house . . . and then BURNING it!
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1302 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 21 Oct 2010
at 21:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas frowned at the "footage" that was displayed. It appeared that Flamethrower was worse the second time around than the first. Now he was using innocent people and funneling his powers through them.
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 NPC, 31 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 02:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Lucas was studying the scene, Oswald was studying the culprit, trying to get a feel for this Flamethrower, to try and get a 'whiff' of his aura to go off of. Could the spirit possess others? Or was this Lyle simply susceptible, or even somehow connected?
Crystal Ball
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 03:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  He sort of got a flavor for the aura.  It was faint, unlike a living person's aura.  No, someone had called this soul back from it's well deserved rest!
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1303 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 22:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas saw Ozzy making his observations.

"What do you think, Mr. Gysbourne? Any ideas?"
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 NPC, 32 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 22:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Oswald nodded, "Yes. It seems this Flamethrower is not merely a restless ghost. No, somebody called him to this plane. They *wanted* him to do what he is doing, more than likely. It may be this Lyle fellow, or it may be someone else. Whoever it is, they're about to get their spell undone. Let's see if I can't find Flamethrower..."

With that, Oswald shifted the crystal ball's focus, trying to find where Flamethrower's spirit was now.
Crystal Ball
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 23:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  The ball swirled, and they saw a man in black, walking into some building . . .
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 NPC, 33 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 23:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Damn! It seems he's about to strike again! Hurry, Lucas, summon your armor and grab my arm, there's not much time!" cursed Mr. Gysbourne, getting ready to teleport to wherever Flamethrower was headed now.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1304 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 23:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Instantaneously, Lucas summoned his armor, and in the same motion grabbed Gysbourne Senior's arm.

"I'm ready...let's do this.."
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 NPC, 34 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Sat 23 Oct 2010
at 00:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Fair warning, it's a bit like being drunk." he said, before they both disappeared with a pop and a flash of light. Dragon Fist would get the sensation that he was being pulled bit by bit from one end of the teleport to the other, much like water flowing from the tip of a glass down someone's gullet.

==> To the scene of the crime-to-be! ===>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1318 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 26 Oct 2010
at 21:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>Timeskip

Lucas taught the morning class. The afternoon one was postponed due to the holiday season, but he encouraged his students to keep vigilant and practice what they had been taught.

Flip would be back to teaching within a week's time, and would be able to handle some of the load as well once the holiday season passed by.

But Lucas was concerned about recent events. Flamethrower returning....he had recurring nightmares about what had happened in the nursing home....and the death of Flamethrower by Dragon Fist's hands. It was STILL a profound event..one he would never forget.

Oni had been awfully quiet ever since he had given his letter to Lucas. Was he planning something...or simply trying to goad him into becoming the new Champion of Darkness? Or maybe even he had something to do with Flamethrower's resurrection?

Lucas knew he had to train, to keep himself sharp. And so he did. Both with the earthly martial arts he had been taught...and also what the two Dragons had taught him recently about the Elemental arts.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1319 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 26 Oct 2010
at 23:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Content that he had trained enough, Lucas dried himself off, and drank some Gatorade to help hydrate himself once again.

He was waiting for word from Shell or Oswald, but he knew that he was also needed out in the city. There was too much chaos out in Weston for the Champion of Light to stand idly by.

Using the backdoor access, he summoned his armor once again, and took to the rooftops, hoping to get a good vantage point as to what was happening in the city. Aside from the arsons...

>>>>>>>>>>To The Rooftops>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1503 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 17 Nov 2010
at 03:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>>From The Timeskip>>>>>>>>>>>

The Christmas party was indeed very nice. Diantha was a charming little girl, and things seemed to be going well. But there was trouble still brewing. And it weighed heavily on Lucas' mind.

There was the person who had injected his mentor Flip with the drug "Blood." It was someone who knew Flip's connection to Lucas...and someone who knew that Lucas was Dragon Fist. There was also the scientist from the future, who believed that killing Legacy would stop a great war from happening. Enemies seemed to assail them from all sides.

But there was one sweet instance to come out of all this: Lucas came clean with his feelings for Mirage. Feelings that had been growing ever since their trip to Texas. And he had given those feelings utterance, and it felt like a great weight had been taken off of his chest. Of course, they would take things slow. They both had been through their fair share of trauma.

Awakening, he began the day as he normally did. Getting up, showering, then getting the dojo ready for the morning class, and teaching it. A break in the mid-morning, then he thought he might give Helena a call and see what she was up to.

There was much to do. Take care of the expenses of operating the dojo and ensure that all the dues were paid up (which they were, the students were pretty good about that).

Dressing a black polo shirt and khaki slacks, Lucas made ready to head out the back door of the dojo.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1505 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 17 Nov 2010
at 14:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
With the afternoon class in progress, Lucas then summoned his armor. Once he did that, he made his way upwards, towards one of his favorite spots.

>>>>>>>>>To The Rooftops>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1508 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 03:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>From The Rooftops>>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist flew down to where the exchange was taken place. It looked like two young toughs, one had long dark hair, the other had a blonde mohawk, were trying to hassle two of his students: Armando Romero of Filipono descent....and Lucia Lugo...Puerto Rican descent...

"All right kids...back off...."

The one with the mohawk stuck his tongue out at him, and furnished what appeared to be a switchblade. "Nobody tells us what to do, Dragon Palm! Or whatever the hell your name is!" He then lunged at the mystic martial artist. But he didn't realize that the Champion of Light had learned some things. Starting with the power of Air. Seeing the young man's movements look like the wind, Dragon Fist was able to interpret where the young man would strike. He slashed at him with the switchblade, but he easily evaded the switchblade. Now it was time to attack. Dragon Fist unleashed a three hit combination which struck the leg first, then the wrist that held the weapon, and then the face of the assailant. Promptly knocking him down.

The other punk looked at Dragon Fist, the kids, and then his unconscious comrade. "We're gonna come back freak...with more numbers...and your kids are gonna pay up, whether they want to or not!"

Dragon Fist watched the thug run away, and was almost certain that he would make good on his threat. It appeared that the problem with the street gangs was starting to seep in, even to the students of the Dragon And The Tiger.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1509 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 03:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist ducked out of sight, and then unseen, retracted his armor.

Lucas came running out to where the kids were. "You guys OK?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1510 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 04:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The students nodded. Young Armando looked slightly rattled, but was putting on a brave face. Same with Lucia.

Lucas then took out his cell phone, and called a cab. "Here's $20. This should be enough to get across town. Don't worry...we'll get to the bottom of this."

Waving at the kids, he handed the money to the taxi driver. "Keep 'em safe," he said before they drove away.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1511 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 13:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then returned to the dojo. The fact that some of the street toughs were trying to hassle some of his students indicated that some of the gangs were either expanding....or maybe some new, more ambitious leadership had taken care of.

It would be up to him to find out. Hunter was more than likely busy with his family and his own caseload, Mirage...it sounded like she was working on something deeply personal. Lucas had offered his help to her, and let her know that the offer was still on the table in case if his help was needed.

Chances are, this was something that he would have to deal with on his own.
Draco
 player, 211 posts
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 20:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Draco was walking down from across the street from the dojo when he saw a figure leave the dojo, running, then shortly after two other figures enter a cab, the cab driving off. Wondering what had happened, he waited until there were no cars in the way and rushed across. When he got to the other side, he tapped on the door of the dojo, hoping to see who it was that owned it.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1512 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 20:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas heard a tapping at the door of the dojo. Arcing an eyebrow and looking visibly annoyed, he went to the door.

The young man tapping on the door looked vaguely familiar. But he didn't have time to deal with him for a while. Someone was after his students.

"Can I help you?" he said, slightly opening the door.
Draco
 player, 213 posts
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 20:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Draco was shocked; he didn't expect Dragon Fist to own a dojo! "Hey, you again! What happened here? I was walking down the street when I saw some dude bolt from this place. I was kinda worried that something had happened here, so I decided to check it out." Draco shook his head. "So, what did happen?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1513 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 20:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas stepped outside and pointed in the direction of where the gang member had fled.

"Two gang members tried to hassle a couple of my students. Normally, they've known better than to mess with my kids. But it seems like something's happened to make them think that no one will stop them if they try. I almost daresay that whoever these gang types are...they must have some kind of leader that's telling them that they can try to expand their territory."
Draco
 player, 214 posts
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 20:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Draco had looked down where the gang member fled. "I see..." He turned back to Dragon Fist. "The next time they come here to fight, could I help you out? I've got some skills that would put them down."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1514 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 20:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas thought to himself for a moment. "I'd be a little hesitant, putting someone as young as you in danger. You're a good and upstanding young man, Draco. I don't want to see you get hurt. Besides, these are my kids. I've got to take the fight to them."
Draco
 player, 215 posts
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 20:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Well, what if there's more than two next time, and you're not able to hold them off? Then what? Just saying, but it can happen." Draco looked both ways. "Can we continue inside, just so no one easedrops?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1515 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 19 Nov 2010
at 20:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded, and gestured for Draco to come inside.

"So...did you think about what I told you the last we spoke?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1516 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 20 Nov 2010
at 00:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Before Draco could answer Dragon Fist's question, the lights inside the dojo seemed to go out. It was completely dark, and several footsteps could be heard coming inside the training area.

Ducking into a bathroom, Lucas once again summoned his armor, then came out promptly. The eye holes on his helmet seemed to glow with an azure light and he could see the chi of each person that was there. Six total...plus one standing off in the background...all of their chi was a dark grey, rapidly gravitating towards black.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1517 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 20 Nov 2010
at 02:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Dragon Fist made himself ready to fight, as it looked like they were trying to swarm them with numbers.

Then the man in the back decided to make his presence felt.

"So...what've we got here? The hero of Weston...the great asshat...Dragon Fist. You must know the owner of this place....Flip Bowen....damn sellout..and his business rival Lucas Martinez...tryin' to be a shining light in the inner city. Well...I've got news for you hero...consider this as notice...you may push against the streets....but the streets push back. Every time one of you masked people come at us...you will see an image of a child of the streets..spitting in your face...think on that...'cause the war has only begun....boys...."

The footsteps soon followed him out, and the lights soon came back on. Dragon Fist looked back at Draco, and then retracted his armor.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1520 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 22 Nov 2010
at 00:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"OK Draco...Listen to me carefully..." Lucas said to him. "I'm going to end this. But I'm not going as Dragon Fist. I've....picked up some things recently. But the gangs need to know that even ordinary people are willing to stand against them. Just trust me on this. I don't want to see you hurt."

Lucas then exited the training area for a moment, then came back, dressed in what appeared to be a navy blue jumpsuit. He was ready for just about anything.

"If I'm not back in 6 hours, alert the Legacy. But I've got to do this for the kids in this dojo. Alone. If the gangs think they can get to them, what's to stop them from expanding further outward?"

Lucas looked down to the dragon tattoo on his chest. "All right Kimeran. I need you to stay out of sight for just a short while. This is something I have to do, but stay on standyby, just in case, all right?"
Kimeran
 NPC, 171 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Mon 22 Nov 2010
at 01:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  They both heard {{Well, you know I'm not to interfere unless there is no choice.  I'm not allowed to let you die.}}  The tattoo he was speaking to shifted, the matching one of Dancing Clouds shifting, and both of them 'crawled', although it felt more like sliding around him, onto his back and took up different positions there.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1521 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 22 Nov 2010
at 01:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled and nodded at his new "friend."

"I appreciate that, Kimeran. But this...I've got to do this as Lucas Martinez...not as Dragon Fist. You know...over and over, I've asked myself..is it the power that makes the Champion of Light what he is...or is it the man who has inherited the responsibility? And with my recent decision...a test like this couldn't be more appropriate."

He looked back at Draco. "Six hours...then contact the Legacy. With any luck, I'll be done well before then. But these attacks on my kids have got to stop."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1522 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 22 Nov 2010
at 14:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then exited the dojo, a determined look on his face. He knew for sure that Mirage would give him a good talking to about going off alone. But this was something that he HAD to do. And he would see it through. For now he was going into the lion's den, so to speak.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1524 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 22 Nov 2010
at 23:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas had an idea as to where he was going. Determined, he made his way to where he was fairly certain this gang was staying..

>>>>>>>>To The Streets>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1531 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 24 Nov 2010
at 04:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From The Streets>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas returned to the dojo, walking with a slight limp but gratified that he had beaten Demetrius. But the question presented itself...would Demetrius take this defeat lying down...and how long would it be before he seeked revenge?
Draco
 player, 218 posts
 The outcast.
Wed 24 Nov 2010
at 04:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"About time you came back.," Draco spoke up as Dragon Fist - er, Lucas - entered the dojo. "Sooner than I expected, though." He was sitting in the middle of the floor, facing the door of which Lucas entered. "So, how went it?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1532 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 24 Nov 2010
at 15:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"It went..." Lucas nodded as he sat down. "The good news is...that gang has been told hands off...the bad news is, I get a feeling that someone really dangerous is about to make their presence felt in Weston."
Draco
 player, 219 posts
 The outcast.
Wed 24 Nov 2010
at 20:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Draco took off his hood, his face showing a rather confused look. "Dangerous, huh?" He simply fell silent.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1533 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 24 Nov 2010
at 20:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded at Draco.

"Yes...dangerous. He was beaten today...but that will only make him more determined. And...I think he might even have the ability to copy powers as well."
Draco
 player, 220 posts
 The outcast.
Wed 24 Nov 2010
at 20:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Draco was shocked. "Copy!?" He shook his head. "Great. Any power could be used by him, if he can copy. How would we - probably you, in this case - defeat such a foe?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1534 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 24 Nov 2010
at 20:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas replied "I believe that I might have gotten lucky this time. He wasn't used to my powerset. But he was able to adapt to it very fast. And it's nearly impossible to sneak up on him too."
Draco
 player, 221 posts
 The outcast.
Wed 24 Nov 2010
at 20:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"There's all hope gone for a sneak attack." Draco wondered alittle bit. "No traps, no long shots..."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1535 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 02:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded.

"At least we have an idea as to where he might be located. Now we have to find out more about him."
Draco
 player, 223 posts
 The outcast.
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 02:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I could try to do that from within. He probably doesn't know that I'm actually with you." Draco shrugged. "It's worth a try."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1536 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 03:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas crossed his arms.

"Draco...I'm not going to ask you to go into the mouth of the lion's den. These people are dangerous."
Draco
 player, 224 posts
 The outcast.
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 03:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Stepping into the lion's den while the lion's rest. Besides, you told me that aleady."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1537 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 03:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I'm trying to make a point, Draco. The lions are not asleep. They are roaring, and seeking whomever they can devour."

Lucas shook his head.

"This is our situation...mine and the Legacy's...let us handle it."
Draco
 player, 225 posts
 The outcast.
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 03:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Sheesh, OK then. Looks like I'm out of the equation. It's not like I've got anything to lose, though. Besides, not to enter the den while the lions are roaring, but when they rest."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1538 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 03:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas shook his head.

"Did you remember what we talked about? On the rooftop? You can't just blindly throw yourself into a situation that you have no prior knowledge of. I'm not trying to squeeze you out Draco...but this isn't your fight. It's mine...and it's something that I have to see through."
Draco
 player, 226 posts
 The outcast.
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 04:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Yes, I do remember, or else my hood would still be on now. I know what you mean, trust me. You throw yourself into a bad situation that you know nothing about and you might come out in a sealed coffin. Your fight; I won't get involved if you don't want me to." Draco looked around for a bit. "You know a place I could stay at?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1539 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 04:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled, and put his hand on Draco's shoulder.

"Draco...you're young...and I admire that you want to help. There's a lot that you need to learn...but I think that you're on the right track. You're welcome in my class to learn some of the martial arts. As for a place to stay, I can help you with that.."

He produced two $50 dollar bills and handed them to him. "No strings attached...there's a hotel down the street...it's fairly nice...and this will cover you for two nights at least.."
Draco
 player, 227 posts
 The outcast.
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 19:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Draco could only nod as he accepted the totaled $100. "You know, I'm beginning to question whether or not I should keep my lack of acceptance of myself or not. It's happening all because of you; you're changing me, and making me feel better." Draco shook his head. "Thanks; thanks for everything that you've done for me."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1540 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 20:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded at Draco.
"You're welcome Draco. And I'm happy to be a part of your changing. Acceptance of the self is the first step to being self sufficient. There is no enlightenment, no knowledge, outside of oneself, and what one experiences. I am honored that I'm at least a small part of that development."
Draco
 player, 228 posts
 The outcast.
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 20:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Draco couldn't help but to chuckle. "You're the entire reason why."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1541 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 25 Nov 2010
at 20:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Thank you..." Lucas said, humbly. "If I've helped to make a difference in at least one person's life, then that's all I ask.."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1542 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 29 Nov 2010
at 03:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then held the door for Draco.

"Well...I've got to get going and make sure all of Weston hasn't imploded on itself. Is there anything else you need, Draco?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1543 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 30 Nov 2010
at 14:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
After Draco left, Lucas used the quiet to focus himself and his fighting skills. Not to mention the new lessons he had learned while training with the Two Dragons. He wondered where Mirage was at this moment. Their mental link hadn't become strong...yet...but then again Lucas at that moment had no idea of her newfound telepathy.

He would talk with Helena later. Right now, there were several forces being arrayed against them. This time-travelling madman, for one.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1545 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 2 Dec 2010
at 03:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As he was working out, Lucas could feel something that he had not felt before: it appeared to be negative chi.

NEGATIVE CHI?

Coming from the woman who he had just professed his feelings to? He had to help her....he HAD to...but where was she?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1546 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 4 Dec 2010
at 23:53
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then received the message from Ozzy in regards to Meg. It seemed as if the hits kept coming. He was STILL very concerned over the negative chi that he had sensed coming from Mirage, hoping that his newfound senses were wrong in this instance.

But the New Age Defenders needed help with Meg as well.

He then sent out a mental message to both the NADs and Mirage...
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1548 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 6 Dec 2010
at 14:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
<From the Timeskip>

Lucas was worried about Mirage. The presence of negative chi was too hard to ignore. He hoped that she was OK...but the fact that it was there...it was present...compelled him to take action. He also didn't want to abandon Meg either.

Stepping out of the dojo, he locked it up, and then summoning his armor, he took towards the rooftops, hoping to get a better vantage to start searching for Helena. Something told him that she might be in trouble.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1622 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 22 Jan 2011
at 00:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>From The Timeskip>>>>>>>>>>

That previous night had been rather productive. Now Mirage, Dragon Fist, and Hunter had a lead on The Builder. And they were going to get into position to take him down.

Don's request threw Lucas off guard. He remembered when the Legacy had first come together. They seemed to butt heads on just about every subject, from how to deal with criminals to tactics. As time progressed however, they actually were able to work together very well. Some would say that they could even be friends. Which seemed far from the truth at one time.

And then the almost impossible. Don had asked Lucas to be his best man for his upcoming wedding. Lucas was honored that Don would think of him enough to ask him for that honor. Being the best man at someone's wedding was a high honor, an honor usually reserved for the groom's friend or brother.

The Legacy was like family, after all. And Don was like a brother to Lucas, though he never verbally admitted it.

And then there was Helena. Lucas could sense the feelings growing inside of him ever since the trip to Texas. Ever since he realized that Friday wasn't coming back. Though her death had been avenged in a roundabout way, the loss was devastating to Lucas. But Helena had been a rock throughout the whole ordeal. A rock of support that he really needed during that time. In fact, it was her resources that made the trip to Texas happen in the first place. And their relationship began to grow.

So much so, Lucas had to make an admission. He was in love with Helena. It almost seemed wrong, but Friday wasn't coming back. She did say that she wanted Lucas to live in...a special telepathic message she left with him before she left Weston. And with the one known as Mirage...it made perfect sense. And so Lucas put his heart in his mouth....and told her. The result was gratifying, even though they hadn't been on a date, they still knew the feelings for each other. Two broken people...who found solace with each other.

One thing disturbed him though. The presence of negative chi that he had sensed around Mirage. Something happened to her. But what? For all of her good qualities, Mirage had always kept secrets. Lucas had some of his own, which he had disclosed recently to his friends. But there were still dark corners of Mirage's life that remained a mystery. Maybe forever.

He awoke in the morning in the backroom of the dojo he had used as his living quarters, and taught the first class. Flip would take care of the afternoon classes. He was recovering very well from his ordeal, though Lucas still had to track down whoever did that to him.

But for now, it was time for business.

Wrapping up the first class, Lucas then wiped the sweat off his brow, making sure it didn't mess up his gi. It seemed that the class was conversing with each other before heading out.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1625 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 05:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Lucas finished changing and sat down for a moment, he spied the news. And oh the news that was made today!

For on the news was someone who Lucas knew didn't like the limelight so much. But there he was!

Hotwire.

And the blockbuster announcement that he carried with him. Teaching young Paras. It almost seemed like a dream, only it was really happening. Zeke was stepping up to the plate. Lucas couldn't help but smile.

"Good for you Zeke..."

Now Lucas had to find a tailor shop in town. The last time he had worn a tuxedo was in his senior prom, seemingly a long time ago. He didn't know how long this "shotgun engagement" that Don had st up would happen. But he knew he'd better get moving and soon.

Sitting down at the desk in the back of the dojo, he began to thumb through the phonebook.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1626 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 23:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas sighed. It seemed like a small fortune to rent a tux. But it was for a good occassion, so he pressed on and made the arrangements to pick it up, though he didn't know the day that the big occassion was happening. Yet.

Stepping out of the back office, he could see Flip taking the class through a series of warmups and stretches before working on their forms. He waved and smiled, as he know the students from this class as well.

Stepping outside, he felt refreshed and reinvigorated. That night's sleep had done him some good, and he would be focused for the task at hand tonight: taking down the Builder.

Looking around, he then summoned his armor, and then stretching out his draconic wings, made his way upwards.

>>>>>>>>>To The Rooftops>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1636 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 28 Jan 2011
at 03:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>From The Weston Mall>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas returned to the dojo, waving at Flip and the rest of the kids as he entered the training area, and making his way to the back. He then sat down, and went over a list of what he was going to do today.

"Getting a tux for Don's wedding...check...checking on the Tanaka dojo...check"

He then sat back in his chair, deep in thought. Aaron Tanaka was certainly not the type of person to just up and skip town. Not without a good reason. Maybe he did, but if he did, he certainly didn't lead anyone to believe that this was the case. No, something had to be wrong. But WHAT?

Katy was also off the grid too. But where could they be?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1637 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 30 Jan 2011
at 16:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then thought to himself for a moment. He then took out the "letter" that Oni had left for him, and read it.

And read it again.

He was still dedicated to the path that he had decided on. To be better than those he fought against as the Champion of Light.

There were days that it was VERY hard though. With more and more sinister figures coming out of the woodwork, it was very hard to keep that lofty ideal. This Builder fellow that they were going after was one such example. A maniac who was happy in the misery of others.

And Lucas couldn't help but wonder: what would it take for the Balance to be satisfied in regards to the maniac known as The Builder?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1638 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 3 Feb 2011
at 01:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Lucas wandered deeper and deeper into thought, the ordeals of the past few weeks finally caught up with him, and he sank into a deep sleep. For the first time, finally seeming to have a measure of respite.

If only for the moment.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1639 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 4 Feb 2011
at 16:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas' mind began to wander and dream as he entered the restful state of sleep.

In his minds' eye, he saw a vivid landscape. A fertile valley, not unlike Shangri-La. And from a first person perspective, he saw his hands...but his hands had some sort of dark energy around them, black as night itself.

He then remembered something that all of the martial arts instructors had relayed to him. His original sensei...Master Takeshiro....Flip...and even Kimeran...spoke to him of being pure in heart. To not let the Darkness overwhelm him. But if it ever did...he would have to take a journey to cleanse himself of that Darkness. To purge himself of the negative Chi that could overtake him.

In his mindseye, Lucas at first saw a mountain. Then next, he saw a staircase going up the mountain. At the top of the mountain, he saw what appeared to be a multilevel golden pagoda. And then...finally....he saw a pool of water, the clearest he had ever seen. And the pool could make the one who went into it clean: in mind, body and spirit.

Lucas then awoke abruptly from the dream, and looked around. He was still in the office, sitting in the chair. He then began to wonder what this vision was all about. Was someone trying to tell him something?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1640 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 8 Feb 2011
at 23:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas contemplated what he saw in his mind's eye. He knew that if he were to ever fall....it would be a long and hard journey to come back to the way he was. So he was going to do all he can NOT to fail. But if he did..he would endure this journey.

Then he got up out of his chair. Flip left a note on his desk while he was asleep and dreaming, indicating that all the fees were collected and all of the bills for the dojo paid. They were in the green, which was good for the year end budget.

But Lucas had more pressing concerns aside from running the dojo. There were things that he was contemplating. Kimeran had told him something during their training. The senses....sight and hearing...could be made to lie to oneself by the enemy. And in some cases would prove to be unreliable. It was here that the true mental discipline of martial art could be achieved. Having a sight beyond sight. Having oneself be in sync with mind, body, and spirit, so that nothing could distract them. Being at one with oneself, and having a sight without sight.

So Lucas went back out in the training area. The dojo was empty now after the students and Flip had left. He then went into a meditative kneeling position, and then began going through several katas he had learned, and also several forms that the dragon Kimeran taught him as well. All the while keeping his eyes closed, and letting the sight beyond sight become apparent to him.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1644 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 18 Feb 2011
at 22:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas soon came out of his trance. Ozzy's green belt test was coming up very soon.

Ozzy had worked diligently at becoming the best he could be when it came to excelling at the martial arts. He certainly had come a long way ever since first arriving at the dojo in what seemed to be a long time ago.

The fact that he was on the threshold of becoming a green belt in the art of Goju-Ryu indicated a pretty significant achievement and work in excelling. He was one of the fastest rising students in the class, which amazed both Flip and Lucas. His character as Painter was coming along as well, having become a part of Masks Inc. and being a viable presence in the New Age Defenders.

And so Lucas smiled, knowing that Ozzy would pass the test with flying colors. Even if it hadn't happened yet.
Andy Black
 player, 615 posts
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 02:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
------------->> From Cliffs

  Andy rumbled from the door "That's good."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1649 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 02:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas saw Andy appear at the door. None of the students had arrived yet.

He then went to the door, and unlocked it for both Andy and Victoria. "Hey guys...good to see you Andy. Who's your friend?"
Andy Black
 player, 616 posts
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 02:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Andy grinned, and said "Lucas, meet Victoria Castillo, my Lady.  Victoria, meet Lucas Martinez."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1650 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 02:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled as he extended his hand to Victoria.

"Pleasure to meet you.."
Victoria Castillo
 player, 425 posts
 female martial artist
 magical aptitude
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 02:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Victoria shook Lucas' strong hands.

"Greetings Champion....your reputation precedes you.."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1651 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 02:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Um...well, thank you.." Lucas replied. He then turned to Andy.

"So...what can I do for you two?"
Andy Black
 player, 617 posts
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 02:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Andy chuckled, and shifted his form to his humanshape.  It was still startling, sometimes, to see how he looked now, very muscular and with a body that most bodybuilders would envy because it looked natural and smooth, even and balanced, but rippled with muscle.  And then compared to him when he had been still 18, and slender but tall.  He had been flatly muscled, and now he had a LOT more muscle.
Victoria Castillo
 player, 426 posts
 female martial artist
 magical aptitude
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 02:53
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Victoria looked at Andy as he shifted, then to Lucas.

"We need a map of the tunnels of Weston. We've had some....vampire outbreaks as of late, and need a layout of what might be down there."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1652 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 02:54
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas put his finger to his chin in thought.

"Hmmmm....a couple of people I know might have what you're looking for. Don Derring....Andy knows him as The Hunter...may have some of that. He's been very busy as of late getting ready for his wedding, but with any luck I should be able to get a hold of him."
Andy Black
 player, 618 posts
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 03:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Andy nodded, and said "I thought you could probably help us ask him for information.  We're vampire hunting, since one of them has tred kidnapping Meg, and has produced more of them."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1653 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 03:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Meg got kidnapped? Man, a lot has happened. I've been dealing with some issues myself...Mirage, Hunter and I are going after The Builder. He hurt Rebound and Seer pretty bad."

He then briefly went to get his cell phone.

"I'll try calling him," he said as he dialed the number.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1341 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 03:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy arrived early, hopping off of a bus at the nearest stop and heading quickly towards the dojo. Since today was his green belt test, he wanted to get dressed and meditate for a little bit to clear his head. He was confident that he would pass, but he still couldn't help but be nervous, and combined with the nervousness from the next major item on his agenda... well, he just needed to clear his head.

If the door was unlocked, Ozzy would enter and greet the assembled people.

"Hey guys, wassup? Oh, sorry, Sensei, didn't see the phone there."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1656 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 03:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas gave Ozzy a thumbs up as he continued to converse with Don.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1659 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 04:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas hung up the phone, then turned to Victoria and Andy.

"Good news. He's got some of the maps. He said that you can get them at the Van Diemen house."

He then turned to Ozzy.

"The students should be arriving soon, then we can start your test. You ready?"
Andy Black
 player, 619 posts
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 04:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Andy bowed his head, and said "Thanks Lucas.  I'll fly in, so he doesn't wanna shoot me for just blipping in.  Are you ready to fly Air Gargoyle again, Vic?"
Victoria Castillo
 player, 427 posts
 female martial artist
 magical aptitude
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 04:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Yes I am," Victoria replied. She then turned to Lucas.

"Thank you again. One day, I look forward to sparring with you. Until then.."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1344 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 04:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy nodded, "In my heart, I know I am. My head keeps worrying about stupid stuff. Probably because I've been worrying all day. Heh, I didn't tell you yet, did I, Lucas? I've actually got a date tonight. Just a girl from school, just going to the movies, but... eh, I kinda can't shake being nervous. That's why I'm here a little early. I figured I could get changed and try to focus a bit before the test. It was a near thing, though. I had to get a shower before I came here. Did they tell you about the vampire hunting thing? The one Meg and I got got kinda... squirty, and I'll leave it at that. So glad I wasn't staking him, and that I was following Vampire Hunter Rule #3. Always keep your mouth closed. Drinking the blood is what turns you."
Andy Black
 player, 620 posts
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 04:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Andy grinned, morphing once more as he half spread his wings, then slid his hand (talons retracted to nails) into Vic's.  He gently bapped Ozzy on the shoulder as he said "Good luck, Ozzy.  I'd take lessons, but I don't trust my own reflexes.  Watch them while YOU spar too."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1345 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 04:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Thanks, you too. And yeah, definitely, Andy. Fortunately, I don't have any claws to worry about. I should be all right," said Ozzy, smiling and bowing to the pair as they prepared to depart.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1660 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 04:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas couldn't help but chuckle slightly at Ozzy's "predicament." He remembered his days as a teenager, going through (and STILL going through) the awkward ritual of dating.

"Very good Ozzy. And don't worry...you'll be fine. You know something? I know that you would treat her with the dignity and respect that she deserves. And that to me ensures that you both will have a good time."

He smiled for a moment, then put his hand on his student's shoulder in a reassuring manner.

"All right...go ahead and get yourself prepared...physically and mentally. Focus your mind, body and spirit, so that nothing distracts you. So that you see and feel nothing...except your own energy, and your vision of your goal."

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 04:41, Mon 28 Feb 2011.

Victoria Castillo
 player, 428 posts
 female martial artist
 magical aptitude
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 04:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
In reply to Andy Black (msg #506):

"Let's be off then, amor," Victoria said as they prepared to leave.
Andy Black
 player, 621 posts
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 04:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Andy led the way outside, and then wrapped Vic in his arms before he snapped his wings out and down, lofting them high into the air in a single powerful stroke, as he purred at her.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1346 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 05:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy nodded, "Of course, Lucas. And thank you, Sensei, for your vote of confidence."

With that, he proceeded to the changing area, getting into his gi and out of his street clothes. As was his habit, he left his bag in the appropriate spot, with Tats hiding behind it so that Ozzy could keep his vigil over the Tome of Orthos without having to be physically present. After all, there was nothing preventing certain parties from 'porting into that room while he was in class and taking the Tome. Lucas had been informed, of course, so that there wouldn't be too many questions from Lucas if Ozzy suddenly darted towards the changing area in the middle of class.

Once he was in his gi, Ozzy sat down with his legs crossed and his eyes closed, focusing his thoughts inward, attempting to calm his mind. He could do this, he knew he could, now he just had to convince himself of the fact. To calm himself, he pictured himself sitting alone, much as he was, in a vast, white plane of emptiness, completely silent save for the sound of his own breathing. He sat like that for a few minutes, letting the serenity of his mental image flow through him. Once his mind was still, he took Lucas' advice to heart, focusing on his goal. Rather than simply the next belt, Ozzy looked ahead to his true goal in this class, achieving true proficiency with the style. The belts were only tokens, symbols of what he'd learned. If he were to simply be satisfied with colored cloth belts, then both he and Lucas were wasting their time.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 13:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas soon came out in his gi as well, which had a white top with a yellow patch of the goju-ryu fist on his left, and black pants. He was barefoot as what befitted the tradition for the class. His belt was brown with several stripes on it. Not far away from his black belt. And he knew he would have to face his own rigorous test to gain passage to his next belt level.

But with what he had been taught by Kimeran, there was no belt for that. Just the knowledge of the elements, which was a very powerful thing indeed.

Soon the students began to file into the dojo, each of them getting changed, ready for the stretches that signified the beginning of class. And all of them eagerly anticipating Ozzy's belt test.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1347 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 14:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy stood as the others entered to get changed, a look of determination on his face. He nodded to acknowledge his classmates if they greeted him, but did not speak as he was clearly 'in the zone', and not in the speaking mood. He went out onto the mat, getting into his usual spot in preparation for the beginning of class, focusing on Lucas and the task at hand.

That is, until the door opened once more, and in walked a mother and her young daughter. To Lucas, they would both be unfamiliar, though there was a certain family resemblance to Ozzy.

"Ozzy? Honey?" said Gina, being cautious about where she stood, clearly not wanting to get on the mat or disturb anyone.

Ozzy turned around, looking somewhat surprised.

"Mom? Squirt? What... what're you guys doing here?"

Michaela, the little girl, smiled and called, "Hey, Ozzy! Grampa told Mommy you were havin' a test today! But where's all the desks, an' the papers an' stuff?"
Dragon Fist
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Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 16:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked towards the door as Ozzy's family entered, then back to Ozzy himself.

"So...looks like you have some spectators for your test," he said grinning.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1349 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 17:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy smirked, "Heh, I should've known. Well, glad to have you. I guess Michael's not coming, eh?"

At that, Gina looked a little sad, and just shook her head.

"N... No. You know how your father is, and how he feels about... well, about you. But, Ozzy, he's still your father, even if the two of you aren't getting along."

Ozzy just shrugged, "Figures. Eh, whatever. At least you're here, Mom. You too, Squirt. Good to see you. Lucas sensei, this is my mother, Gina Gysbourne, and my little sister, Michaela. I believe you haven't met them yet. Mom, sis, this is one of my martial arts instructors, Lucas Martinez. I don't think Flip sensei is here, is he? Flip is the senior teacher here, and the one that offered me that first lesson a while back."

Gina smiled, "It's good to meet you, Mr. Martinez. Thank you for your patience with Ozzy, I know he's a bit of a handful sometimes."

It was then that Michaela piped up, "Daddy says he's a delinquent. Of course, Daddy doesn't like Ozzy, 'cause Ozzy's a superhero!"

This message was last edited by the player at 17:45, Mon 28 Feb 2011.

Dragon Fist
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Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 18:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip soon came out, dressed in an all black gi.

"Hello Mrs. Gysbourne. Its a pleasure to meet you. Ozzy has been an exceptional student, plus he reminds of a certain someone I knew," he said, gesturing towards Lucas.

Lucas nodded. "Ozzy has been a great student, and its good to see him sticking with this. Truly this is a milestone for him."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1350 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 19:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Gina smiled, nodding, "I'm glad. He got into a lot of trouble before, when he wasn't working with the doctors at the hospital or staying with his grandfather. We tried, but he's a rather... spirited young man, as I'm sure you've seen. I always thanked God he never got into a gang, or started doing drugs or something."

Ozzy rolled his eyes, smiling, "Hey, gimme some credit, Mom. I'm straight-edge, you know that. Hey, Flip-sensei. Yeah, this is my Mom and little sister."

"Hello, Mr. Flip. I'm Michaela! So, can Ozzy break a board yet? Johnny Smith in my class says *his* big brother can break a board with his fist."
Dragon Fist
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Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 21:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip chuckled at Micaela's enthusiasm. "We don't break boards in this class, Micaela, but rest assured, Ozzy will be able to do it if we did."

Lucas added "Ozzy has a good head on his shoulders. And that was even before he came to our dojo. It has been an immense pleasure to be a small part of his life journey."

Soon Flip called the class to line up as they began their stretches, as Lucas stood off to the side.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1351 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 21:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Michaela nodded, satisfied, "Okay! You're the expert, Mr. Flip..."

She looked like she had lots more questions, as kids that age often did, but her mother shushed her since it looked like class was about to begin. Ozzy, meanwhile, took his place among the other students, ready to warm up before the day's lesson really got started.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 22:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Once the stretching was done, then Lucas took over, and began to drill the class with several punches and kicks. Getting the class loosened up so they could begin to work on some of the more advanced techniques that were part of the art.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1352 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Mon 28 Feb 2011
at 23:24
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy went through the practice drills with ease, now that he was more used to them. He'd definitely made some clear improvement over his first day in class, way back when.
Dragon Fist
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Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 00:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
After the basic punches and kicks, Lucas then went into extensive practice of combinations. A combination reverse punch/kick and a double pump kick were on the agenda today.

He then went through and worked the class through this several times.

After a short rest, he called the class back into line.

"Today....we see the natural progression of one of our students as he grows out of the beginner stage and into the advanced stage. I ask that you give him the respect that he deserves as such, for he has learned much among us, and we have learned much from him as well. We have learned the spirit of determination, of hard work, and the simple adage of don't quit. And now, it is with great pleasure that Ozzy Gysbourne now begins to utilize the knowledge that he has been given, and shows us that knowledge now."

The class soon sat down at all sides of the workout area, giving Ozzy enough room to show his form.

"It's all yours Ozzy....make us proud..." Lucas said as he stood off to the side of the mat, watching intently.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1353 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 01:22
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy had taken to the new moves with his usual quickness, his skating skills and his hard work in the class paying off once again. When it was time for his test, Ozzy took his place in the center of the mat, bowing to the instructors and the class before beginning his kata. He started off taking the basic stance, before going into the moves of the kata, giving ki-ai shouts at the appropriate times. With the precision and fluidity with which they were done, it was obvious he'd put a lot of effort into his training.

When he was done with his kata, he bowed to the instructors and the class once more, before resuming a resting position, awaiting the judgement of his instructors.

Gina and Michaela were both already clapping, thinking that he'd done a good job.
Dragon Fist
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Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 02:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas had observed Ozzy's technique all throughout the kata. He had performed exceptionally well. It was very obvious that Ozzy had put a lot of effort into training, and it showed.

As he finished the kata and bowed to the class, and as the premature applause came from the Gysbourne family, Lucas joined in the applause, glad to see that his student and friend was coming along nicely in his training.

Lucas then got out what appeared to be a wooden case and he then stepped onto the mat. He then opened up the case, and presented forth a green belt to all those who were assembled.

"Ozzy Gysbourne....you have earned the right to ascend to Green Belt in the art of Goju-Ryu Karate."

He paused for a moment.

"This belt...is more than just an article of clothing. More than something to keep your pants. This belt is a symbol of accomplishment, and it also carries with it a certain responsibility. A responsibility to use wise judgement as to when to use and when not to use the skills that you have learned."

He then gestured Ozzy to come forward, to receive his newly acquired Green Belt.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1354 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 04:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy bowed again to Lucas before accepting the green belt, grinning widely.

"Thank you, Lucas sensei. I will remember this responsibility, and will not take it lightly."
Dragon Fist
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Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 05:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Flip, Lucas, and the rest of the class started to applaud when Ozzy accepted the belt. Truly Ozzy had come a long way, and he was certain that Ozzy's journey was not complete. Not by a longshot.

Lucas then bowed at Ozzy, then motioned for the class to line up in a circle around Ozzy. They all faced him, and then bowed to him.

"Good job Ozzy.." Lucas said as he bowed at him, also giving him a ceremonial salute as well.

After a few of his classmates gave him words of congratulations, they then began to change back into their street clothes.
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1355 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 13:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy was much more friendly now that the test was over, chatting a bit with his classmates as they got changed back into their street clothes. He came back out with a grin on his face, walking over to his family and saying, "Thanks, guys. I suppose Grandpa told you about the other big thing happening today."

Gina nodded, "Indeed he did. I can't believe you didn't call me and tell me yourself!"

Ozzy smiled sheepishly, "Heh... sorry, Mom. It was kinda sudden, you know? Kinda slipped my mind."
Dragon Fist
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Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 14:06
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled as Ozzy was having the conversation about the other "big development" that was happening later today.

"Don't be too hard on him, Mrs. Gysbourne. He's had a lot of things to keep track of. Remember what I told you though, Ozzy...I have the utmost confidence that you will have a good time tonight."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1356 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 14:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Gina sighed, "I suppose you're right, what with... well, I'm sure you heard Michaela earlier"

She then turned to the little girl and said, "You need to keep quiet about that, remember? It's supposed to be a secret."

Michaela clapped her hands to her mouth, "Oh no! I gave away your secret identity, big brother!"

Ozzy just sighed, facepalmed, and said, "Eh, it's fine, sis. Lucas knows. We were talking about... well, what happened with Michael, and it kind of came up."
Dragon Fist
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Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 14:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled at Micaela.

"It's Ok...that just means that you have to be a good super helper. I think we can count on you to do that, can I?"

Now addressing Mrs. Gysbourne,  >Aqua>"As for everything else, like I said, I'm confident in Ozzy. His upbringing has a lot do with the young man he is, and the man he is sure to become. I believe that you've done an excellent job."</Aqua>
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1357 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 14:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Michaela nodded, "Uh-huh! I can do that. I won't tell anybody else. Not even if they tell me secrets too."

Gina smiled, "Thank you, Lucas. He's definitely become a fine young man. I just wish his father would see that. Michael is... very strongly anti-para, as Ozzy has no doubt told you. He seems to think that even the Legacy are up to something."

Ozzy smirked, "Yup, that's him. Paranoid as anything. I guess he thinks that everybody thinks the same way some of his co-workers do."
Dragon Fist
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Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 14:54
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I could tell you some stories of my own about family differences," Lucas replied. "We could save that for later, but believe me when I say, Ozzy, that I know what you're going through. Partly because the same thing has happened to me. But in spite of all that, you continue to excel. And Flip and I are proud of you, as I'm sure your folks are too."
Ozzy Gysbourne
 player, 1358 posts
 "No damn chains can hold
 me to the ground."
Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 22:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ozzy smiled, "Thanks, Lucas. C'mon Mom, Sis. It's time to head back to Grandpa's house. I don't wanna be late, y'know?"

Gina nodded, hugging her son, "Thank you again, Mr. Martinez. And he's right, Ozzy, I am proud of you, despite what your father might think. Let's get going, then. Bye, thank you both!"

Michaela gave both Flip and Lucas hugs, before running back to her mother's side.

"Bye Mr. Flip! Bye Mr. Lucas!"

Ozzy chuckled, "Later, guys. See ya next class."

And with that, the Gysbourne family left the dojo, getting in Gina's car and heading to Gysbourne Manor.

>> To Gysbourne Manor >>
Dragon Fist
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Tue 1 Mar 2011
at 23:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Take care, guys," Lucas said as the Gysbourne family left the dojo. He knew that young Ozzy was in good hands with his family.

Soon, the class dispersed, and after going over various aspects of running the dojo, Flip went home, leaving Lucas in the room he inhabited in the back of the dojo. He then began to focus, because he, Hunter, and Mirage were going after The Builder, hoping to get some evidence that would clear Rebound and Seer.
Dragon Fist
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Tue 8 Mar 2011
at 13:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas once again sat down and meditated as he prepared himself mentally, physically and spiritually for the task ahead.

Dealing with The Builder and his henchmen. Balance needed to be satisfied because he had wronged Seer and Rebound greatly. And so he would.
Dragon Fist
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Wed 16 Mar 2011
at 18:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas then arose from his meditation, and looked around the empty dojo. Today had been a pretty good day. His student Ozzy, someone whom he had only met recently, was becoming both a trusted ally and friend, in addition to being a stalwart student. His passing of the green belt test proved that he had grown a lot ever since he first made his "paint impression" felt on the dojo.

He then looked at his phone for a moment. No one had called. He was hoping to hear from Helena. He was fond of her....in love with her. That was no doubt. But despite the good times they had, there were times where it felt like she was a million miles away. Lucas knew that there were still some unresolved issues that were plaguing. Issues that he hoped that he could help her with.

He looked at his phone again, and almost dialed her number. He brought it up at least three times. Until...finally...the fourth time was the charm, and he sent the call.

But there was no answer. He had hoped that she would have answered. So he left her a message, hoping that she would listen to it and get back to him.
Mirage
 player, 590 posts
Thu 24 Mar 2011
at 03:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>> From Weston Museum

"Hello Lucas."

Mirage appeared in the dojo, standing in the doorway to Lucas' office.  She looked sensuous with her tight dress hugging all the right curves, and smelled of honeyed violence.  She'd been busy which meant that the local hospitals would see an upsurge in activity tonight.

"I hope that you don't mind my dropping in like this, but I was in the neighbourhood and though to take a little break.  You don't mind, I hope?"
Dragon Fist
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Thu 24 Mar 2011
at 04:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked up at Mirage's sudden appearance. He was slightly surprised when she arrived, but it was a pleasant one.
"Why, hello there M. I've been looking forward to seeing you. I...I'm glad you came by."
Mirage
 player, 591 posts
Fri 25 Mar 2011
at 01:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage smiled and stood up from the doorway.  "How could I resist when you leave such lovely messages for me?  I'm sorry that I didn't answer.  I was a little distracted when you called."

She touched the edge of her lips where the club had struck.  Her jaw felt pained and slightly swollen.  The nice thing about illusions was that she could make herself appear however she wished and even cover up any injuries.  Mirage could only imagine how she really looked, she'd probably have to call in sick from work to recover.  She'd be better in a day or two.

"What have you been up to since we last spoke?  Don't tell me that you've been meditating all this time?"
Dragon Fist
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Fri 25 Mar 2011
at 01:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas sighed, then looked up at Mirage and smiled.

"Not just meditating, M. It has been quite a day. Ozzy took his green belt test today....and he passed with flying colors. Then I've spent some time just centering myself...preparing my mind, my body, and my spirit for the task we have ahead."

He smiled again.

"As for the message....well, I meant every word. You mean so much to me, Helena. My only regret is not staying with you after we left the police station. A mistake that you can be sure I will correct."
Mirage
 player, 592 posts
Fri 25 Mar 2011
at 02:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Oh?  Are you planning on going back in time and escorting me to safety from the police station?" Mirage asked with an amused smile.
Dragon Fist
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Fri 25 Mar 2011
at 02:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"An intriguing prospect, if I ever heard of one," Lucas said with a grin.

"Of course, I believe in making things right as soon as possible. And since here you stand, my dear, there's no better time than the present."
Mirage
 player, 593 posts
Sat 26 Mar 2011
at 03:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage sauntered over to Lucas like a model on a catwalk.  She had been out prowling the streets and back alleyways and getting into all manner of fights and her blood was still running hotly through her veins.  The physical activity was like a drug to her, since it was something that she couldn't do in her normal life.

She placed a slender hand on Lucas' chest, her fingers playing with the collar of his gi.  "And just how are you planning to make things right?" she asked in a soft voice.
Dragon Fist
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Sat 26 Mar 2011
at 03:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled at Mirage as he brought his hand up and gently stroked Mirage's cheek and smiled fondly at her.

"Well...I think this is a good start," he said softly, slowly bringing his lips to meet hers..

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 12:24, Sat 26 Mar 2011.

Mirage
 player, 594 posts
Mon 28 Mar 2011
at 19:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage smiled softly as Lucas' fingers caressed her cheek.  Her eyes remained locked on his until he finished speaking.  She closed her eyes as their lips met.  Slender fingers tightened on the collar of his gi, holding Lucas close to her.

"Mmm.  A very good start." she said, breaking the kiss only for a moment before renewing the kiss.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 28 Mar 2011
at 20:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Good...that makes me very..very..happy.."

Lucas smiled as Mirage briefly broke the kiss, then started it up again.

Kissing Friday was quite the experience but now sharing a passionate embrace with the urban legend known as Mirage was an experience all in itself. Something that had to be experienced to be believed.
Mirage
 player, 595 posts
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 01:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage smiled as the kissing started up again.  Mirage had enjoyed flirting with Lucas before, understanding completely that  he was Fridays man.  The three of them had something special, a friendship that was deeper than anyone realized.  That she would end up in a passionate embrace with Lucas was something that she didn't dare hope for, for the sake of his relationship with Friday and her own knowledge of just how screwed up she was.  None of that mattered now.

Mirage tightened her grip on Lucas, wanting to be as close to the man as she could.  Her mind reached out using newfound and unfamiliar abilities to touch his.  In an instant there was a telepathic link between them, heightening the emotions that they were feeling.  It became difficult to figure out where she ended and Lucas began with everything awash in a flood of raw attraction.
Dragon Fist
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Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 01:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As the embrace continued, Lucas found himself the recipient of a very nice wave of emotion coming from Mirage's newfound telepathic abilities. His mind connected with hers on a physical and an almost spiritual level.

Lucas and Helena had known each other for a long time, and had become friends, and then eventually more than friends. Soon, their budding relationship began to blossom into something else. Something unforgettable. Something that seemed to resonate with a power that could not be described by words.

Slowly....reluctantly....he eased from the kiss and looked at Mirage in her eyes. A large smile came across his lips once again as he gently stroked her hair.

"You are so amazing, mi amor....my Lady in Red..."
Mirage
 player, 596 posts
Tue 5 Apr 2011
at 02:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage smiled and looked up at Lucas through her long lashes.

"And you are quite the knight in shining armour, darling." she said softly.  "Do you know how long I've waited for you to kiss me like that?"
Dragon Fist
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Tue 5 Apr 2011
at 03:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled at Mirage, his affection very apparent in his eyes.

"I know it's been a long wait...dare I say it may have been since we first met. Though....I hope it was worth the wait..."
Mirage
 player, 597 posts
Thu 7 Apr 2011
at 03:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"So far it has." Mirage replied with a smile.  Sharing this tender moment with Lucas felt nice.  She liked the feel of him up against her and she didn't want anything to ruin this.  Lucas had seen the real Helena, damaged, battered, useless, confined to a wheelchair.

She couldn't remain Mirage indefinitely.  Her long hours of activity this day were taxing her talents and she would have to rest, only she didn't want to.  She also didn't want to go back to being what she really was in front of Lucas.  Mirage was all about strength and freedom, being able to do the things that Helena could no longer do and loving Lucas was one of them.

"So, you mentioned something about dinner in your text."
Dragon Fist
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Thu 7 Apr 2011
at 04:04
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas continued to hold Mirage close to him. Her scent was like the sweetest fragrance, and her presence like a welcome warmth.

"Yes I did...I was wondering how you felt about Versuezzi's. The atmosphere is very nice there, and it will give us more time to talk." he said with his own smile.
Mirage
 player, 598 posts
Thu 7 Apr 2011
at 04:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Only talk?" Mirage teased.  "Versuezzi's is a nice place.  Are you asking me out on an official date?"
Dragon Fist
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Thu 7 Apr 2011
at 04:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled as he kissed Mirage on the cheek.

"Yes..I would like to ask you out for a date. After all, if our 'talk' here has been any indication, I can look forward to more..conversations that we might have."
Mirage
 player, 599 posts
Thu 7 Apr 2011
at 23:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Only the conversations?  I must be slipping." Mirage smiled teasingly as she slipped a gloved hand beneath Lucas' gi to touch the mans hard chest.  "I would like to go on a date with you, Lucas.  Perhaps after we've beaten down Builder?  That would be a nice way to end the day."
Dragon Fist
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Thu 7 Apr 2011
at 23:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled as Mirage touched his chest. She had made it close to the spot where his scar was on his chest, but he did nothing to indicate how close she had gotten.

"That sounds like a good plan. Dispense some much needed retribution, and then a lovely dinner afterwards."
Mirage
 player, 600 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2011
at 01:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Then we should hurry.  I want to make sure that we have a lot of time for...dinner." Mirage purred.  She wanted some time alone with Lucas but that felt wrong when Builder was on the loose.  There was a flash of concern that her lengthy activities this night had slowly drained her of the strength that she needed to be Mirage and she did not want to tire herself out.

"Are you going dressed like this?"
Dragon Fist
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Tue 12 Apr 2011
at 02:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Hold that thought, my dear..." Lucas replied with a grin as he briefly exited into a changing room.

A few minutes later, he came out dressed in a nice white dress shirt, navy slacks, a nice navy suit and tie, and black shoes.

"Well....you helped me pick this out. How do I look?"

This message was last edited by a game moderator at 02:43, Tue 12 Apr 2011.

Mirage
 player, 601 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2011
at 02:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage scrutinized Lucas' attire.  "I think that I have good taste.  You look handsome." she said with a smile and laughed.  "I'm guessing that you want to have dinner first?  I thought that we were going to go after Builder first.  No, don't worry, I'm not going to make you change.  Not after all the hard work that you put into that suit."

Mirages image shimmered, her long slinky dress sliding up her long legs to become a short, sleeveless dress of a deep blue.  Her thigh high boots thinned and stretched up her legs to become sheer tights and a pair of high heels.  Her short jacket slipped off her shoulders to become a thin, silky wrap.

She pulled out a compact to check her makeup, which was unnecessary since she knew how her illusion would make her appear.  Mirage changed her earrings a few times, settling on a pair of drop down diamonds that matched the necklace that had settled around her neck.

"There.  Now how do I look?  Good enough for a dinner date with Lucas Martinez?"
Dragon Fist
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Tue 12 Apr 2011
at 02:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas appraised Mirage's new wardrobe. Smiling widly, he gave a thumbs up.

"More than good enough, amor. Maybe I should be the one wondering if I'm good enough to go out with you?" he said with a light laugh.

"We still have a few hours before we meet up with Hunter. I hope you're hungry," he added, extending his arm to her.
Mirage
 player, 602 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2011
at 02:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage glided over the dojo floor and slipped her arm through Lucas'.

"I guess it depends on what I'm hungry for." she teased, sidling up close.  "I'm sure that we can find something to do in the few hours before we meet up with Hunter."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1702 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 12 Apr 2011
at 02:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled at Mirage as the two made their way towards the door of the dojo.

"It sounds like we both have some ideas," he replied, the happiness very evident in his voice. He held the door open as they both stepped outside, then went back to the door and locked up the front doors.
Mirage
 player, 604 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2011
at 22:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage waited patiently for Lucas to lock up the dojo.  She looked up and down the street, out of habit, and for the first time in months, hoped that nothing would ruin this moment.  She'd often gone trawling in the bad parts of town, putting herself out there for trouble to find her.  It's amazing how a tight miniskirt and displaying copious amounts of bare flesh could attract the wrong people.

Now it was different.  She wanted to enjoy this time with Lucas, enjoy a respite from her normal activities to indulge in something other than her desire to beat up people.

She pulled out her compact and adjusted the colour of her eye shadow a little.

OOC:  Shall we move on to the restaurant?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1704 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 12 Apr 2011
at 22:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
After locking up the front doors of the dojo, Lucas came back to Mirage's side.

"All right....looks like that piece of business is done. Shall we my dear?" he said, waving down a taxi, and opening the door for Mirage to get in first, then telling the cab driver to head for Versuezzi's.

>>>>>>>>>To Versuezzi's>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1729 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 12 Jun 2011
at 21:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>>From Versuezzi's>>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist arrived at the back alley, and retracted his armor. Sure that no one was watching, he used the backdoor access, and entered into the dojo.

Sighing for a moment, he made his way to the back office, and went into a meditative stance, kneeling down and beginning to regulate his breathing. Other than the impromptu attack by Katy, the evening had went relatively well.

But there was something he could not ignore. The presence of dark chi within his lover and colleague. Something must have happened to cause that amount of negative chi to inhabit Mirage. Whatever the deed was....Lucas could not say. But he wanted to help Mirage, because the woman had known so much pain in her life...even now.

He took out the letter that Oni had left him...the one that challenged him to either fight the Dark Champion...or to become him. For Oni at one time had been the Champion of Light known as The Golden Dragon, but fell to darkness after a lot of misfortune occurred in his life. But Lucas vowed to fight the darkness inside of him...and knew of a possible way to perhaps cleanse his soul of negative chi if it ever were to come upon him. It would be a journey of sorts but well worth it in the long run.

Inside, he hoped Mirage would be willing to make this journey. If not for Lucas, perhaps for Diantha. But most importantly...hopefully for herself.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:31, Sun 12 June 2011.

Mirage
 player, 616 posts
Sun 12 Jun 2011
at 21:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>> From Versuezzis <<<

Mirage had to wrok quickly.  Luckily getting to and from a place was no problem.  By the time that Lucas had returned to the dojo, Mirage had the spread set up.  She had spread out a simple blanket like one would use on a picnic and their meal from Versuezzi's had been set out along with a few small candles.  The dojo was dark enough that the candle light would show and Mirage had used her illusion powers to provide further decorations.  The ceiling had been replaced with a setting sun and the walls of the dojo replaced by a long sandy beach with gentle waves lapping along the shore.

Mirage had changed back into her blue dress and was scrutinizing a bottle of wine.

"Welcome back, darling.  I hope that you don't mind that I redecorated a little."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1730 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 12 Jun 2011
at 21:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas heard something. He looked around and then he smiled as Mirage made her announcement.

"It....it looks amazing, Mir--Helena. Never did I think that I would be enjoying candelight here in the dojo. You are, as always, ever amazing, my dear. I am so very thankful to know you."
Mirage
 player, 617 posts
Mon 13 Jun 2011
at 01:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage laughed.  "Starting early with the flattery, darling.  Well, don't let me stop you.  You wanted to eat dinner and talk out of the earshot of others and I thought that I would spruce things up a bit."

Taking Lucas' arm, Mirage lead him to the picnic setup.  "Now make yourself comfortable while I pour the wine.  Dinner should still be warm so it's best to start eating before we have to microwave everything."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1731 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 13 Jun 2011
at 02:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Who am I to argue with the Lady In Red?" Lucas replied with a smile as he made himself comfortable in the picnic scene that Mirage had "made" for them.
Mirage
 player, 618 posts
Wed 15 Jun 2011
at 00:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage sat down beside Lucas and opened the wine.  She poured the drink into Lucas' glass and then hers.  She then took a plate and dished out some of the food and handed it to Lucas.

"Now, where were we before Psy-Witch rudely interrupted us?" She asked with a smile.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1732 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 15 Jun 2011
at 00:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas smiled as Mirage handed him the portion of food.

"I was about to tell you something. Something that I mean from the bottom of my heart."

He paused for a moment and looked into the femme fatale's eyes.

"Helena...I love you.."
Mirage
 player, 619 posts
Thu 23 Jun 2011
at 04:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage paused and looked back at Lucas.  Hearing him admit his love for her was unexpected but euphoric.  There was something about Lucas that attracted Mirage to him.  He wasn't just a handsome man, it was something more.  He was a man of honour, one who wouldn't back down from a fight, dependable and, perhaps, injured like she was.  Lucas had his heart ripped out by an enemy while Mirage ended up in a wheelchair from hers.

"Lucas." Mirage said softly.  She could feel her heart beating faster, wondering if she were about to make a mistake.  Lucas was like some shining knight, while Mirage was..,she felt like something much darker and less noble.  Did she even deserve to do anything more than flirt with a man like Lucas?

"I...I love you too."

The words were hard to get out.  Saying them made Mirage feel like she was setting herself upon a path that she had never thought to tread upon again.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1734 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 23 Jun 2011
at 11:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"It pleases me to hear you say that...I've learned ever since being here and being part of the Legacy that...well, it's not good to be alone."

Lucas smiled at Mirage's "revelation." Suddenly, this...affair..interaction...dating...whatever one wanted to call it...seemed so right. After all, they both, in their way, were broken by the world around them, and yet they had found each other. Two souls that had been wronged immensely by different forces and circumstances, now finding solace....with each other.

Lucas softly stroked Mirage's face once again. Inside, he wondered if he could be the man that Helena needed him to be. Perhaps he could help her overcome a lot of the negative things that happened in her life.

He sighed for a moment, then brought his lips to her and kissed her once again.

"This is like a lovely dream....I don't want it to end, Helena. But...there is something that is troubling me. Something that...if not dealt with...could rip asunder all that we have. And I love you so much, Helena..that I would do anything to keep you safe.."

He looked down for a moment, then back to her, his eyes full of sincerity and compassion.

"You have an immense amount of negative chi growing inside of you. If it takes you over, you will become an Agent of Evil. But...I know of a place in my own travels that can help cleanse you of this expanse of negative chi. And after what happened with Flamethrower and I in the nursing home before we fought Brain the first time, I believe that I may need that same cleansing as well."

Lucas gave a small smile. "Helena...please know that I would not do anything to hurt or harm you in the slightest. You know that you can also trust me. And I would like to take this journey with you also, seeing as I might need to be cleansed myself. It is something we can do...together..."
Mirage
 player, 620 posts
Fri 24 Jun 2011
at 02:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage had been smiling after the kiss and was caught offguard by Lucas' mention of some darkness within her.  It felt like someone had thrown cold water onto the mood.

"I'm not sure I know what you mean, Lucas." she said defensively.  Of course there was a darkness inside of her.  It was what kept her going, feuled her need to race around the rooftops at night, punching and kicking people.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1735 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 24 Jun 2011
at 02:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked at his new lady love, wondering if he had made a mistake in pointing out the dark chi to her.

"Chi is the lifeforce of all things around..people..animals...things. Negative images weaken or even block the lifeforce. Negative acts can do the same thing, but only much worse. Negative chi corrupts the soul, and can corrupt the individual, so much so, that they will begin to rationalize acts of evil."

He shook his head.

"Forgive me...I saw what I saw....and I became concerned for you. I just...I don't want to lose you, Mir--Helena."
Mirage
 player, 621 posts
Fri 24 Jun 2011
at 04:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"There's nothing to forgive, Lucas.  You care about me as I care about you and your well being means a lot to me." Mirage said softly.  She had looked away, her thoughts drifting to what he had said about her.  He was right of course, and Mirage wasn't prepared for him to see that about her.

"You're right though, about the...."  Mirages voice was soft, hesitant, not at all like her normal confident and flirtacious way of speaking.  She didn't want to admit this, not to Lucas, not after finally admitting how she felt about him.  Would he still love her if he knew the truth about her?  It tore at her to think that she could be so close to being happy and then having that torn away, but she loved Lucas and he deserved to know what she was.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1736 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 24 Jun 2011
at 12:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"That's why I'm here, Helena. I'm here for you...and with you," Lucas replied softly. "I am here to be your Light...and your Champion."

Lucas reached forth with his hand, and clasped hers gently. "I meant what I said about loving you. And to help.."
Mirage
 player, 622 posts
Sun 26 Jun 2011
at 02:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage looked back up at Lucas, her hand squeezed his.  She hated appearing so vulnerable in front of anybody but Lucas was different.

"You are my champion.  And someday...maybe..." she said, drawing close to him.  She slipped her free hand around his neck and pulled him into a passionate embrace.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1737 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 26 Jun 2011
at 02:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas returned Helena's kiss with a passionate one of his own. He cared for this woman so much that he would give anything to ease her pain and to make her life better than what it had been. To be her Champion..her light. Perhaps even her savior.
Mirage
 player, 623 posts
Wed 29 Jun 2011
at 04:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The beach scene that decorated the Dojo shimmered and changed.  It became a green and fertile valley with a clear sky.  One wall of the dojo became a waterfall, with the run off flowing into a pool near them.

Mirage didn't notice the scenary changing.  Her thoughts were entirely up on Lucas, the taste of him on her lips and his warm touch on her hand.  Did she deserve a chance of happiness with him?  She'd given up on the whole idea after her shooting, using her anger and frustration as fuel for her activities as Mirage.  Lucas had seen the real her, although perhaps he hadn't known it, and he hadn't treated her any different.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1738 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 29 Jun 2011
at 04:55
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas continued to embrace Mirage, his mind now focusing entirely on the woman in front of him. Was it wrong to fall in love with someone who had been so angry....who had the presence of negative chi both in and around her? No..it wasn't wrong. It would have been wrong to turn his back on her, and that was something that Lucas would not do.

The long association between Dragon Fist and Mirage was something both in and out of the spotlight. Mirage preferred the shadows and darkness, and Dragon Fist preferred being out in the open, though not so much in the beginning of his career. But they had been linked with stopping the man known as Brain...which had happened twice. Two seemingly different methods...but overall the same goal: to bring justice to the city of Weston, and to keep it safe from the criminals and supervillains who would seek its ruin.

Now, more than ever, Lucas needed Helena in his life. While perhaps having the arrogant notion that he could do it all by himself, running a successful dojo, his activities as Dragon Fist, Lucas found out now more than ever that he, despite all of the fantastic power at his disposal, was all too human. Friday's apparent death was a stark reminder of that. And yet, in the presence of that death, something new transpired and was born. A seed, planted on their plane trip to Dallas, soon grew into something extraordinary: a love and understanding that would surely stand the test of time and everything else that would be arrayed against it.

Lucas pulled away slowly from the kiss and looked Mirage in the eyes once more. Now, noticing the scene change, he briefly took a look around, amazed that this place full of magic, was right in front of him.

He smiled at her. "Amazing...you've got this place down to every detail..incredible..."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:18, Wed 29 June 2011.

Mirage
 player, 624 posts
Wed 6 Jul 2011
at 04:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage let Lucas pull away from her, but her attention was still focused on him such that it took her a moment to realize what he was talking about.  Keeping her arms around him, she looked at the scene about them.  When had that changed?

"I guess you affect me more than I thought." she said softly.  A part of her was screaming.  The illusion around them had changed, something that she had not expected to happen, and this meant a loss of the control that she liked to keep.  Was this Lucas wrecking her concentration?  If his presence could cause her to do this, what could happen next?

It was worth it for a chance at happiness and love, wasn't it?  Even a fleeting one?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1740 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 6 Jul 2011
at 05:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas stroked Mirage's hair softly as he looked into her eyes.

"Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Because it would seem that we have the same effect on each other. But..we're alone right now, and I'm happy to have you here with me. What do you say once we get this Builder business dealt with, then we both come to this place?It's a place of healing and I assure you, there's nothing like seeing it in person, though this is a very good representation. And..now that you know about me..you may as well know it all. I want you in my life, Helena..both as Lucas Martinez and as Dragon Fist..I know that it seems like it will be difficult but I'm willing to make the effort."

Lucas smiled.

"I don't know if you may ever understand how much you mean to me, but I want to be your Champion. And I want to help you. Because I don't see a broken soul in front of me, Helena. I see someone who has taken the worst that's been thrown at her, and has risen above it. And you can rise above the negative chi, Mirage. You have my strength to add to yours."

This message was last edited by the player at 12:31, Wed 06 July 2011.

Mirage
 player, 625 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2011
at 04:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"As Lucas Martinez and Dragon Fist?" Mirage repeated.  She kept her arms lightly around his neck as she smiled up at him.  At that moment he reminded her of all of those fairy tales with the noble knight falling in love with the Princess.    She wanted this moment to last forever but that wasn't going to happen, not while their sense of duty had purpose.  "That sounds nice.  It'll be even nicer once we've put an end to Builders nonsense."

Mirage tightened her arms around Lucas and pulled him into one final fierce kiss.  She slipped a hand into his shirt as the kiss broke.

"Do you need any help getting changed into your working clothes?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1741 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 13 Jul 2011
at 04:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas flowed easily into the kiss as it continued and then slowly ended.

"Yes Helena..as both Lucas and as Dragon Fist. I look forward to when this Builder is over with."

He then had a slightly mischievous smile on his face.

"Help when offered would be foolish to turn down," he said with a wink.
Mirage
 player, 626 posts
Thu 14 Jul 2011
at 02:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage smiled as her fingers slipped over Lucas' bare chest, freely exploring beneath his shirt.  It would be so easy to forget about Builder for the moment and give in to the wanton thoughts that grew with each touch.

She leaned in closer to Lucas and spoke softly into his ear.  "Perhaps once we've ended Builder.  I'd like to enjoy this without interruptions."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1742 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 14 Jul 2011
at 02:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I know you would...I feel the same.." Lucas replied softly. "For now though..."

He slowly...and quite reluctantly...released Mirage, going into the backroom, and changing into a black jumpsuit.

"I'll armor up once we're outside....then it's time to deliver some payback to The Builder."
Mirage
 player, 627 posts
Sat 16 Jul 2011
at 21:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage finished off her glass of wine as Lucas went to change.  It seemed like a shame to leave the wine behind so she downed another glass before finally stoppering the bottle.  Changing for her was very easy to do.  Crimson smoke whirled about her as her cocktail dress transformed into her normal Mirage outfit.

"Black looks good on you, darling." Mirage said with a smile.  "How shall we smoke out Builder?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1743 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 16 Jul 2011
at 22:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Thank you," Lucas said, smiling.

"Well...seeing as you like to get some beatings out of the criminal caste, we can shake up a few of our underworld snitches and see what comes of that."

After he locks up the dojo, and looking around discreetly, Lucas then summons his armor.

"Ready when you are.."
Mirage
 player, 628 posts
Sat 16 Jul 2011
at 22:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"You do know what a woman likes." Mirage replied.  "I'd hate to think that I wore my steel toed heels for nothing."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1744 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 16 Jul 2011
at 22:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I do what I can.." he replied, the smile evident in his voice.

Dragon Fist extended his draconic wings as he prepared to become airborne.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:54, Thu 21 July 2011.

Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1769 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 20 Sep 2011
at 02:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>From The Cirandon Hotel>>>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist soon descended into the alleyway behind the Dragon And Tiger. He knew there was work to be done. But right now, he needed to focus. And also to be present for class at the dojo.

Retracting his armor, he used the backdoor access to the dojo, then went inside and changed into his charcoal gray gi. He then stepped outside into the training area where Flip was taking the class through some preliminary workouts.

He looked at the class, then bowed to them, as they prepared to practice the various forms of goju-ryu.
Psy-Witch
 player, 7 posts
Tue 20 Sep 2011
at 05:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Before the two could even start to spar, dark black clouds of what seemed like mist completely engulfed them, followed by a chokingly powerful presence. Even without being Dragon Fist or having to look to far within this being's mind, it was easy to tell that a once good person had been twisted into a state of evil. Whoever it was, though, he or she was incredibly powerful, and familiar...

A light chuckle echoes all around the room, almost as if there were multiple beings laughing. "That's it, fight little dragon. Fight with your pretty little plaything. After all, Friday would love to know that she went for such a fickle man, wouldn't she?" The being, now obviously a girl, said in a frighteningly familiar voice. Whoever she was, she knew exactly who they were, and was quite willing to taunt them into fighting her.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1770 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 20 Sep 2011
at 11:41
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Everybody out!" Lucas exclaimed. The students and Flip scurried outside quickly, leaving Lucas and the intruder alone.

He ignored Katy's mention of Friday, a ploy to distract him.

"Katy....I remember. Outside Versuezzi's...look, I don't want to fight you, but I will defend myself. Or...perhaps I can help free you of whatever influence has its hold on you. It's your choice, but if you choose to fight...I can't be responsible for what happens."

This message was last edited by the player at 12:37, Tue 20 Sept 2011.

Psy-Witch
 player, 8 posts
Tue 20 Sep 2011
at 13:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As the black mist cleared, Katy, a shadow of her former self, stood in front of Dragon Fist. No longer was she trying to hide her form. Black veins pulsed across her face, and Dragon Fist could see that whatever humanity she had left was quickly fading. She had to be turned now, or she might remain in this state forever.

"Dragon Fist, have I ever told you how pathetic you are?" with that, the Psy-Witch lunged at Dragon Fist, putting her power into a punch. Katy, even before this evil corrupted her, was no expert at martial arts, and it would be easy to counterattack with a simple move. Strange. Someone as smart as Katy would know this, and still fall for one of the easiest take-down's in the book?
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1771 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 20 Sep 2011
at 14:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas hadn't even armored up yet, and Katy was attempting what appeared to be a near feint. Or there was a conflict within her?

Lucas knew that he couldn't take the chance, as he counterattacked with a trip attack, which was intended to take the woman off of her feet, and then went into a pin.

"OK Katy....look...I like you, but something is VERY wrong with you. What's happened to you?"
Psy-Witch
 player, 9 posts
Tue 20 Sep 2011
at 16:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy went down soundly, without even a trace of a fight. With Dragon Fist over her and her arms pinned, she could do nothing. Of course, she could have just summoned psionic weapons and killed Dragon Fist where he stood, but it was almost like two beings were inhabiting the same body. The strangest thing, though, out of all these things was Katy's eyes. Her eyes were different colors, one a demonic red, the other blue.

Before Lucas could have his question answered, Katy's head shot up. Forehead touched forehead, and Lucas' world went black. He was now engulfed in Katy's mind, and could see the representation of everything. He was in a Japanese cherry tree forest, where the pedals looked to be in full bloom. In the clearing he was in, if he looked beyond further, the outer ring of trees seemed to be the only 'live' trees. All the others looked as if they had rotted away.

Katy stood at the edge of the clearing, staring at Dragon Fist.  Her veins were still pulsing black, but her appearance was otherwise normal. "I'm sorry it had to come to this, Dragon Fist. But I only have so much control." She said, "I apologize for that Friday comment. I don't have much control over this demonic version of me." She looked around, noting the decay outside the small haven, "I'm sorry you have to see my mind in such a state. I only wish that Brain hadn't had so much control over me..."

She paused.

"That's who did this to me. Researched me well. Implanted another personality within my own mind to do his bidding. There're a lot of things that can fix it, like you, for example, but every time I gained some sort of control, that damn Witch got the hell out of there."
She looked at Lucas, "I was hoping Mirage would be the one to do this, but I need you're help, Lucas. I don't want to die, but I can't get rid of this anti-me by myself."
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
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 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.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1787 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 10 Oct 2011
at 23:06
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas shrugged. It was a mystery, as Katy had been responsible for pulling him into her Mind-scape at first. This time, however, it seemed that Katy may not have been the one to bring him back here.

"I was inside Katy's mind when I dealt with the negative aspect of her personality. I'm not sure how I'm inside now though, maybe I might have been pulled in by either one of you subconsciously."
Mirage
 player, 662 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2011
at 02:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage looked queerly at Lucas.  There were some times when she could feel his mind as if it were part of hers.  Could she have been responsible for pulling him into here?  She didn't like that thought.  Her new powers were still too new to her and that could be dangerous.

"Then let's be done and get out of here.  I can feel her all around me and I don't like it." Mirage turned back to the image of Katy.  She reached out and pulled one of the memory bubbles that was floating in front of her.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1788 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 11 Oct 2011
at 03:01
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas stayed next to Mirage as she pulled the bubble towards them, wondering which memory this would bring up for them.
Psy-Witch
 player, 18 posts
Sun 23 Oct 2011
at 19:10
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The bubble began to expand, and Mind-Katy just watched as a screen easily the size of a person formed out of the bubble. The screen shimmered, then a familiar room materialized in the screen: Katy's office in the police department. They were looking through her eyes, watching as she looked through the computerized archives for anything relating to the search item "Blood - Drug".

Not even a minute had passed when a knock at the door came. "Enter," Katy said, and Mirage and Dragon Fist could almost feel themselves speaking as it happened. An elegantly dressed man walked in, ran his finger along the desk, looked at Katy, and a rush of psychic force was pushed onto her, trying to force her to "Obey" as he spoke the word.

Katy smiled and pulled out her gun, which the man casually batted away, demanding that he follow her or the entire Police Department was going up in flames. Reluctantly following him, of her own will, Katy entered into a limo at the end. As Katy sat down, she felt an overwhelmingly powerful presence attack her, and she blacked out.

When her eyes opened, she consciously tried to move, but she couldn't. In front of her was a man who looked eerily familiar: Brain. He smiled and pointed to her, before disappearing in black smoke. All of a sudden, her body moved of it's own accord, looking at her arm first, and smiling. Numerous injection sites. Looking around, it looked like a Blood warehouse. Katy tried to grimace, but she couldn't.

Casually looking around, Katy noticed two people walking towards her, pointing handguns at her. Her hands glowed purple, and she broke out of her restraints, jumping and propelling herself at the two people. Needless to say, their lives didn't last long after that. A girlish giggle emanated, before the bubble faded from view.

"Do you see, now, Helena?" Mind-Katy asked, still sitting at the fountain, "I was brainwashed, drugged, and set on Weston by Brain."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1791 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 24 Oct 2011
at 15:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas observed the memory that Katy had brought up for them. It didn't surprise Lucas that Katy, being a potent Mistress of the Mind, was able to fight off this other person's attempts at coercion. And like most villains, he used bystanders as a shield against his machinations. Such an individual, if he was indeed still out there, was very dangerous, and would need to be dealt with.

Lucas knew that Brain was dead...at least apparently. He and Mirage saw to that when they helped liberate him out of StormWalker's mind, in which he was trying to use her as a new vessel.

He then glanced over at Mirage, wondering what her action...and reaction...would be after witnessing this.
Mirage
 player, 663 posts
Fri 4 Nov 2011
at 01:54
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage stood still while the memory played out in front of her.  The edge of her mouth twitched when she felt Brains presence wash over Katy.  Mind control and more.  Drugs.  Brain didn't need to use the drugs.  He was a powerful enough telepath to overwhelm Katy's impressive defences.  He had twisted Katy into something foul for his amusement.

Mirage wanted to not believe what she was seeing.  She was good at deceiving with her illusions and Katy knew most of her tricks.  This could all be some trick of Katy's, trying to lure them into lowering their own guard.  Mirage could feel Katy holding her and Lucas within her mind.

But the emotions in that memory were real.  Mirage could feel it and that was what made her doubt her own mistrust.  And, perhaps she wanted to believe that her friend Katy was back to her normal self.

"Maybe that's believable." Mirage conceded.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1792 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 4 Nov 2011
at 23:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"So...what now, Katy?" Lucas said, hearing Mirage's endoresement. "What is the next step for you, Katy? If you need assistance in helping to rebuild, I'm happy to help."

This message was last edited by the player at 00:47, Sat 05 Nov 2011.

Psy-Witch
 player, 20 posts
Sat 12 Nov 2011
at 18:03
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy's mind-self smiled slightly, almost smugly. She knew that Helena was reasonable, but the whole exchange scared her to death. Ever since Friday died, Helena was pretty much the only person she felt she could go to with anything. Having Helena finally concede that she might be right was a victory in itself. Katy  broke the mind connection, allowing Mirage and Lucas to return to their own bodies.

When their eyes opened, they would find themselves staring at Katy a few feet away, who was sitting on the edge of the bed, hands clasped together between her legs and leaning on her elbows, staring back at the other two.

"Helena, you have every right to hate me right now. I would if I were in your position. But it gets us nowhere, and it's exactly what Brain wants. He underestimated my power. Pumping me full of drugs and rearranging my mind left an imprint of him on me. Not something that he can control me with, but if you want to get rid of this bastard, I can find him in an instant."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1798 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 14 Nov 2011
at 14:00
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas looked at Mirage, then back at Katy.

"You don't have to worry about that, Katy. We tangled with Brain not too long ago...he tried to inhabit the body of Nokomis Kellington, one of your colleagues in the police force. We were inside her mind, not very much unlike what we just experienced...and there we saw to Brain's end."
Psy-Witch
 player, 22 posts
Mon 14 Nov 2011
at 21:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy sighed slightly. Brain had pretty much screwed up her life, and she had wanted to help kill the man who did this to her. After all, it only seemed fair. But perhaps it wasn't Katy's fate to take him down, considering how she had gotten herself caught so easily, and all the damage she had wrought. Her mind was going on a tangent, when all of a sudden, she felt herself brush her vast consciousness on someone familiar.

Aaron? She thought, and unintentionally bespoke him. She'd made up her mind not to read his mind. It was a sort of respect she gave people. But the sheer curiosity of her being able to home in on his consciousness specifically was. . .Unsettling, seeing as she hadn't saw him since. . .Since Friday died.

Outwardly, Katy's eyes had widened to this discovery, and everybody in the room heard her mindspeak. Her powers had increased greatly ever since Brain had taken over, and her control was still a bit rusty. Psy-Witch never much cared for precision, only flashy, 'fun' moves.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1800 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 18 Nov 2011
at 21:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"It seems I'm not the only who's had an increase in power," Lucas remarked, now hearing Katy's mind-voice vividly.

Realizing that Aaron meant Aaron Tanaka, business rival and friend, he turned to Katy.

"Do you know where Aaron is?"
Mirage
 player, 666 posts
Sat 19 Nov 2011
at 04:19
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage let a small smile play across her lips.  She remembered dealing with Brain and that small victory was even sweeter if he had been the one to twist Katy into Psy-Witch.  Mirage was rarely less than ruthless when it came to punishing those who would harm women.  It was driven more from her own personal experiences than anything else.

"What is happening with Aaron, Katy?" she asked.  Knowing that Katy would feel bad about what she did as Psy-Witch, she would feel even worse if something were to happen to Aaron Tanaka.  Katy had seemed so happy with him.  "Is he in danger?"
Psy-Witch
 player, 27 posts
Sun 27 Nov 2011
at 02:30
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy sighed at the mention of an increase in power. "Brain had me addicted to Blood. I'm afraid I'm still...addicted, but I've been off of the stuff for about two weeks. It gave me a tremendous boost in power while I was Psy-Witch.....but a lack of control, too. We'll see if I still have this level of power in a couple of weeks."

Then she suddenly remembered the mental shout. "He's fine, but it's like I have a connection with him, almost. It's like part of me keeps mental tabs on him." She paused, "And...I never really mentioned to him that I was psychic. It's not something you usually talk about on the first few dates."

Deliberately, Katy heaved herself up to a standing position. "I've got to go see Aaron. I have to explain several things to him. Lucas, you wouldn't happen to have an extra shirt I could borrow, do you? I'd fake it, but an illusion doesn't really warm you that much." Katy took a step forward, just barely maintaining her balance. Her hand flew up to her forehead, "You wouldn't happen to have some aspirin, either, would you? I have a killer headache."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1812 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 27 Nov 2011
at 13:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Easy, Katy....easy..." Lucas said softly, helping Katy to steady herself.

He left for a brief moment, then returned with a spare shirt and a couple of aspirin, and handed them both to her.

"Here you are, Katy. When you see Aaron, tell him that there are some people, including myself, who are worried about him. I went by his dojo not too long ago, and the place was eerily quiet, as if no one had been there in months."
Mirage
 player, 667 posts
Wed 30 Nov 2011
at 02:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
At the mention of the psychic link, Mirage stole a glance over at Dragon Fist.  She knew that there was some sort of link between them, her pulling him into Katy's mind was proof enough of that.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1813 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Wed 30 Nov 2011
at 02:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas noticed Mirage's glance, but said nothing at the moment as he helped Katy with the aspirin.

"While Aaron and I are friends....and business rivals...there's very little I know about him beyond what he does at the dojo. Perhaps it was my mistake for not being enough of a friend to him."
Shimmer...and Gone!
Thu 15 Dec 2011
at 02:43
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Mirage, Lucas, and Katy conversed, a white light soon immersed around the mystic martial artist.

He had no time to be shocked....and in an instant, there was no trace of him.
Psy-Witch
 player, 29 posts
Mon 19 Dec 2011
at 01:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy put the shirt on over the tank-top she was wearing, taking deliberate care not to move to quickly. The last thing she needed was to fall over again. Accepting the aspirin and water with a thankful nod to Lucas, she downed the pill and half the contents of the glass. Setting the glass down on the desk, she smiled at Lucas.

"There's no way you could've..."
She started to say. Then a bright light engulfed him, and when it faded....he was gone. Katy's hand was already glowing with a bright blue force.....strange, given the fact that her normal psychic aura was purple, and under Brain's influence it had been black. But seeing that it was only her and Helena now, the glow faded. The power was not of evil origin, and Katy or Helena would've probably sensed if he were in danger.

She waited for a moment or two, then said, "I didn't mean for any of this to happen, you know." Katy said, "The Psy-Witch thing, I mean." She waited for her former master to say something. When Katy was only beginning to figure out the limits of her power, Helena had stepped in and helped her hone it. Not only that, but Helena became like a second mother figure. A snarky, sarcastic, funny one at that, but still someone Katy could look up to. Someone who was trying to make the most of her abilities, to make a difference.
Mirage
 player, 668 posts
Thu 5 Jan 2012
at 04:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage reached out for Lucas as the light engulfed him but she managed to grab only air as the man vanished.  That was not an ability that she'd seen Lucas use before and it was more likely that someone or something had spirited him away.

She was frowning at the spot where Lucas had been standing when Katy started to speak again.

"We've all had our bad days, Katy darling." Mirage gave her protege a smile.  It would have been pretty hypocritical of her to blame Katy for all that she'd done while under Brains influence.  Mirage had her moments that she was not proud of.  "I don't hold it against you.  I know how powerful Brain was, and just how twisted he could be.  It's just one more reason why I'm glad he won't be coming back."

Anyone who would play with a womans mind like Brain had, twisting her into something evil and perverse, was someone that Mirage was more than happy to get rid of.  She was only sorry that she couldn't kick his ass again for what he had done to Katy.

She reached out her hands to take Katy's and gave them a fond squeeze.  "I'm glad you're back.  Psy-Witch had terrible taste in clothing."
Psy-Witch
 player, 30 posts
Wed 11 Jan 2012
at 21:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Katy smiled back as Mirage did, and stared down at her hands as Helena took them in hers, only the slightest bit of pressure conveying how close the two actually were. She gave a small chuckle. It was just like Helena to joke right after she had screwed up. It let Katy know that Mirage was no longer angry, and it made her feel better. Not even 10 minutes ago Mirage was threatening her life, and now was smiling down at her, exactly like she did when she was teaching Katy how to control her powers.

"I never really did like the big clothing," Katy quipped back, "Too bulky." She paused, looking up at Mirage. "And Mirage? Thank you." And then, Katy spread her arms and embraced her. "For everything you've done for me."
Mirage
 player, 669 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2012
at 01:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage returned the hug and smiled.  It might be out of character for her to show such emotion but Katy, like Lucas, was in that special category of person that Mirage felt comfortable enough to put on displays such as this.  Katy was more like a little sister, one who she had spent a great deal of time teaching to use her own considerable powers.  There was a closeness, a bond, that not even Katy turning into Psy-Witch could completely erase.

"You are more than welcome, Katy dear." Mirage said fondly, letting their hug linger.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1861 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 21 Jan 2012
at 15:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From Legacy's New Digs>>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas soon arrived at the back entrance of the dojo, just in time to see Mirage and Katy hugging. A smile briefly came across his face.

"Well....I'm glad to see that you two have made up...sort of."
Mirage
 player, 670 posts
Tue 24 Jan 2012
at 01:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage turned to look at Lucas, flashing him a very playful smile.

"Disappointed that you didn't walk in on us in a clothes tearing brawl, darling?"
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1862 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 24 Jan 2012
at 01:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas arced an eyebrow and smirked.

"Well...the thought had crossed my mind....but I'll save my disappointment for another time."

He then sat down, and looked at both of them. Lucas seemed to be very well-rested...moreso than he had been.

"I've got some wild stories to tell you."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1863 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 24 Jan 2012
at 03:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Lucas was about to tell his tale of his extraordinary journey, the dojo's phone rang.

He picked it up and answered "Dragon And Tiger. How may I help you?"
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 player, 191 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Tue 24 Jan 2012
at 04:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Yes, hello Mr. Martinez. This is Oswald Gysbourne. I need to come by the dojo to talk to you, when would be a good time for you? Now would be best, if it works for you," said Oswald, sounding concerned.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1864 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 24 Jan 2012
at 04:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Hello Oswald...." Lucas replied. "Yes, now is fine. Feel free to come by.."
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 player, 192 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Sun 5 Feb 2012
at 13:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Oswald appeared in the alley behind the dojo, and came walking out from behind it like it was perfectly ordinary for an elderly gentleman to have been in said alleyway in the first place. He entered the Dojo if it was unlocked, or knocked on the door and waited for someone to open it if it wasn't.

Once inside, he said, "Hello again, Lucas. I do hope I'm not interrupting anything. However, the thing Mr. Black wished to talk about in private has brought to light some rather... disturbing information."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1865 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 5 Feb 2012
at 14:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas heard a knock at the door and promptly answered. "Ladies....I'll be right back..."

Seeing the elder Gysbourne at the door, he made his way there. "Hello Mr. Gysbourne....please come in..." he said as he opened the door for the long-lived Sage.

Once inside, and once Oswald had mentioned "disturbing information" from Mr. Black, Lucas nodded and began to listen intently.

"All right, Mr. Gysbourne....I'm listening..."
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 player, 193 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Mon 6 Feb 2012
at 16:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Oswald nodded, "I'll get right to the point, as I'm afraid we haven't time to beat around the bush. We are, it seems, on the brink of annihilation. An ancient being known as Konnish has slipped its bonds, and is coming here to finish what it started eons ago. One way or another, Konnish's victory would mean the end of life as we know it. We will need you, Lucas, as the Champion of Light, to stand against the coming darkness. I will not lie, it will NOT be easy, and there are likely to be casualties on our side. Indeed, the last time he was here, an entire civilization was destroyed. But you will not stand alone. Our foe plans nothing less than the domination or possible destruction of all life on this planet. We will have no shortage of allies."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1866 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 6 Feb 2012
at 16:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas glanced back at Mirage only briefly, then back to Oswald.

"Oswald....I should have died years ago....hell, I DID die...I felt the pain of death as I crossed. And yet...I've been brought back for a greater purpose. If this is the culmination of my second life...then I will strive to make it worthy of remembrance. We WILL beat this thing.."
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 player, 194 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Mon 6 Feb 2012
at 17:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Oswald chuckled, "I'm glad you feel that way. Tell me, Mister Martinez, have I introduced you to Ju-Long yet? He is an old friend of mine, and a former Champion of Light. He and I had a few adventures, back in the day. Anyway, I believe he'll be working with us on this, as will quite a few others. Hopefully we can do some preventing, rather than simply reacting. If he gets through... if the legends are to be believed, Konnish makes Ahriman look like a tame kitten."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1867 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 7 Feb 2012
at 02:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Well..you haven't introduced me, but I have met him recently. I would love to hear about some of your adventures though", Lucas said.
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 player, 195 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Tue 7 Feb 2012
at 03:44
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Ah, good! I'll have to tell you about them sometime. It was quite some time ago. We didn't have any of these fancy costumes, but we helped people," Oswald said with a wistful smile.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1868 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 7 Feb 2012
at 03:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas chuckled.

"Well...the costumes were not always asked for. It sort of came with the job. But I do have to admit, they do make a statement. Is there any special preparations that I should undertake before we meet Konnish?"
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 player, 196 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Sat 11 Feb 2012
at 22:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Oswald thought for a moment, before replying, "Get a will down, and spend lots of time with the people you love. Other than that, I can't think of a thing off the top of my head."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1870 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 12 Feb 2012
at 13:45
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Thanks for filling me in, Oswald," Lucas replied to the elder Gysbourne. He looked back to Mirage. "I should probably fill her in...otherwise, she'll probably kill me if I don't."

Lucas then chuckled at that. He knew how Mirage was, and he also knew that she had an uncanny way of finding out what was on his mind.
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 player, 197 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Sun 12 Feb 2012
at 14:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Oswald smiled knowingly, then said, "All right. If you think she'll have questions that I'll need to answer, I'll remain here for a moment. Otherwise, I must be going. There's a lot of organizing to be done, if we hope to see victory."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1871 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 12 Feb 2012
at 14:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Go ahead....I have things covered here," Lucas replied. "Thanks again for stopping by, Oswald. And don't worry....we'll get through this like we always have. We have to...after all, our entire reality depends on it."
Psy-Witch
 player, 32 posts
Sun 12 Feb 2012
at 21:34
Re: Dragon and Tiger
*Catch up post*

Katy broke the embrace after Lucas walked in. "There's time for that later, if you want..." She quipped just as playfully as Mirage. And then the phone rang. Not long after, what looked to be a fairly old friend of Lucas' came in. Katy watched as they disappeared into the other room. Normally, Katy didn't mind giving people privacy, but it did seem serious...And she couldn't help herself. Her mind 'tuned' into the other room, listening in.

Getting just the gist of the conversation, Katy cast a sidelong look at Mirage. She knew Helena was in a relationship with Lucas, or something like it. But even though Katy resented her for it, on account of Friday, she couldn't help but empathize towards her mentor. Katy would probably feel the same way if it were Aaron. It wasn't everyday an almost godlike being decided to destroy the world. Or was it?

"Helena?" She asked. No other words were needed. As an afterthought, she put a hand on her mentor's shoulder.
Oswald Gysbourne Sr
 player, 198 posts
 Ozzy's Grandpa
 Mage
Mon 13 Feb 2012
at 04:46
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Oswald nodded. He'd felt the slightest twinge on the edge of his mind, as if someone were listening in, but he decided to ignore it. The more people who knew that Konnish was coming, the better. Mostly, anyway. Some nihilists, or greedy thieves, might try to take advantage of the situation. When the cat is away, the mice will play, after all.

"Indeed. And it's not a problem, my friend. I just thought I should deliver the news in person. It's not every day we face something of this magnitude, after all," he said with a small chuckle before he headed out the door.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1872 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 13 Feb 2012
at 04:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Take care, Oswald," Lucas said with a wave as Oswald exited the dojo. He then turned and looked towards the room where Mirage and Katy were at and sighed.

"No doubt that they probably have an inkling of what's going on anyway," he muttered to himself before heading back to the two women.
Mirage
 player, 673 posts
Thu 16 Feb 2012
at 04:14
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage was stil getting the hang of her expanded abilities and couldn't help but eavesdrop on the conversation.  It sounded preposterous at first but she could sense how serious Lucas was taking the news.  There was a lot about the conversation that she didn't like.

Make a Will.

Spend time with your loved ones.

Likely to be casualties.

End of life as it was known.

Mirage glanced at Katy when her friend touched her shoulder.  From the look in Katy's face, she had been listening in as well.  "It seems like someone has been keeping some important secrets from us." she said softly.

Turning back to wait for Lucas to walk back to the two of them, Mirage crossed her arms, ready to admonish Lucas for keeping all of this from them.  Did he think that he was trying to protect them for whatever this Konnish thing was?  Were they weak women who didn't have to know about some big fight for all of the marbles?  Maybe this whole Champion of Light role had gone to Lucas' head.

Mirage waited for Lucas with a hard look in her eyes, one normally reserved for villains.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1873 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 16 Feb 2012
at 04:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas soon entered the room where Mirage and Katy were. As he looked inside, he saw the hard gaze from Mirage.

He had seen that look before. But it was usually directed at those who were of the criminal persuasion, not at him.

He sighed for a moment.

"I guess I have some explaining to do, don't I?"
Draco
 player, 254 posts
 The outcast.
Thu 16 Feb 2012
at 04:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Hey!" a voice called, sounding muffled as if behind a wall. "Dragon Fist, this a bad time? I'd like to talk, but I can wait if I must."
Mirage
 player, 674 posts
Thu 16 Feb 2012
at 04:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
OOC:  Like Dragon Fist is going to get off so easily.  :)

Mirage pursed her lips and glared at Lucas.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1874 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 16 Feb 2012
at 05:11
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Mirage's silence spoke volumes.

As he was about to address her, he heard a voice.

"I'm afraid this is a bad time. I'm in the middle of something but we can talk soon."

He then looked at Mirage and Katy.

"Look...a lot has happened, and things are moving quickly. But...its time for me to tell you about...Konnish."
Draco
 player, 255 posts
 The outcast.
Thu 16 Feb 2012
at 05:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Got it." The voice disappeared immediately afterward.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1875 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 16 Feb 2012
at 13:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Turning his attention to Katy and Mirage, Lucas began.

"There is an ancient being known as Konnish...he has been imprisoned for some time, and is now believed to have broken free, or is in the process of breaking free. We have only recently been made aware of this by a former protege of his, a Mr. Leo Black. Now Oswald is gathering a force together to oppose if and when he comes, because when he comes, that will be a terrible day indeed. And some, if not all of us, are expecting to stop him, but we are also prepared to count the cost in doing so.."

Lucas sighed for a moment, and turned away from the two women.

"You both know my story. I've been living on borrowed time ever since I became Dragon Fist. Look...I'm sorry for keeping this from you. And yes...I know that we've been through quite a bit, all of us. Something about this feels...different. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to go down fighting. As for what I've been through recently..."

Lucas opened his mind to both of them, starting at the time that he "disappeared", up until the time he came back to the dojo.

OOC: If you guys would to see what happened to DF in between the time he disappeared, and the time he returned to the dojo, check out the "Quest of the Champions" thread. I've requested Honesty to open that thread so you guys can see it and peruse it at your leisure. It should give Mirage and Katy some insight as to what Lucas has gone through :)
Kimeran
 NPC, 172 posts
 Chinese Dragon
Sun 26 Feb 2012
at 15:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Suddenly, out of seemingly nowhere, a long serpent began to uncoil and manifested itself behind Lucas. A playful chuckle soon came from the creature, as if somehow it had seen the "stew" that Lucas was in.

"Greetings my dears.....I am Kimeran, and I have been the caretaker of various Champions throughout the ages. I know Lucas very well, and believe me when I say that he cares for you....both of you, immensely. But the time for battle is coming. Konnish is trying to break through into your world, and the Champion has been chosen to stand against him. You have also been chosen, whether you are aware or not, because Konnish threatens the entire world, not to mention this dimension."
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
 moderator, 1877 posts
 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
 moderator, 1887 posts
 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
 moderator, 1897 posts
 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.."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 1987 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 moderator, 1989 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 moderator, 2007 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 moderator, 2020 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 moderator, 2023 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 player, 33 posts
 Out of time
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
 moderator, 2024 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 player, 34 posts
 Out of time
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
 moderator, 2025 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 player, 35 posts
 Out of time
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
 moderator, 2026 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 player, 36 posts
 Out of time
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
 moderator, 2027 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 player, 37 posts
 Out of time
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
 moderator, 2028 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 player, 38 posts
 Out of time
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
 moderator, 2029 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 player, 39 posts
 Out of time
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
 moderator, 2030 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 player, 40 posts
 Out of time
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
 moderator, 2031 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 player, 1098 posts
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
 player, 41 posts
 Out of time
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
 player, 58 posts
 Out of time
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.
Edge
 player, 59 posts
 Out of time
Thu 30 Aug 2012
at 23:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Vaan grimaced as the program drew up three possible scouting locations. If the Yakuza were in town, a business in downtown would be too public a place to stage an assault. It would be good for intelligence gathering, little more. The docks would most likely be where the muscle of the Yakuza were staying. It also probably meant that they have a boat, possibly full of supplies.

And Chinatown. A place to easily blend in, collect dues, revel, and other things the big players in the Yakuza would want to partake in. Not an easy mark, but it would be simpler and easier to blend in than if she were in the other two areas. That, and she missed the buzz of Chinatown. Even in the dystopic future, Chinatown had always been left fairly untouched, save maybe the absence of gangs.

Smiling and reconfiguring her helm to switch to a sunglasses setting, Vaan took the time she had to gear up. Unshouldering the bag that Meg had given her, she clasped her knife belt around her waist, as well as stowed a plethora of other violent and deadly arms, before finishing with her now-washed and good as new trench-coat, which hid all but the knives wonderfully.

If she were to go around Chinatown looking for the Yakuza, she needed to look the part of the Dragon Lady...especially if she was going to be one of their...benefactors.

-->Weston city's Chinatown
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2136 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 4 Dec 2012
at 14:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>After the timeskip>>>>>>>>>>

After the wedding, Lucas went back to his rigorous routine of training, running the dojo, and taking time to visit the Gysbournes as well as young Diantha (who would not take no for an answer). Criminal activity in Weston wasn't as hectic as usual, allowing Lucas to take somewhat of a break, even if it only lasted for a short time.

Today began like most of the others, with him getting up early, and training, honing his body through meditation and exercises.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2138 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 6 Dec 2012
at 16:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
After mentally conversing with Meg, Lucas left Grace a note indicating that he would be in and out for the rest of the day. Armoring up, he then soared in the air, making his way to meet up with the New Age Defenders.

>>>>>>>>>To the DPA>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2189 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 14 Jul 2013
at 12:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From The Timeskip>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist had been working pretty hard, considering that it seemed that emergencies would just "crop out" seemingly out of nowhere. Such was the life of a citizen of Weston City.

Now it seemed that there were those who were interested in rebuilding the Legacy....or starting anew with it. Knight Errant seemed to be one of those. He had an admirable demeanor, even if it had gotten him in trouble at times.

After messaging Hotwire (who seemed grouchier than normal), he made his way over to the building the Legacy were using for their HQ.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>To Legacy HQ>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2250 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 21 Oct 2013
at 12:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>>>Timeskip>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas worked out in the dojo as he always did, right after class wrapped up. It didn't seem that things were slowing down however, so he was enjoying this brief moment of respite before anything else happened.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2251 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Oct 2013
at 23:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
And the respite passed. Both he and Kimeran sensed a disturbance elsewhere. And so a shimmering portal appeared. Lucas sent out a quick text to the "Network," and a quick message across the Wormnet.

Both he and Kimeran went into the portal, and vanished from sight.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2270 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 4 Nov 2018
at 03:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From The Museum>>>>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist soon arrived back at the dojo. Going in through the rear entrance, he retracted his armor, and made his way to the office in the back of the structure.

It felt good to be a part of a team. It had been a long time since the Legacy disbanded in where he had worked with a person or persons. A long time since....Friday....Mirage....their deaths still haunted him. One of them happened away from him, the other right in front of him. Both immensely painful.

He looked at the calling card that was provided by one of the young heroes at the museum. Perhaps he would call on the services of this...Mittens...seemed like a nice enough person.

But that would be for another time. For now, he would need to do what he always did. And that was to center himself....to calm the raging spirit that dwell inside of him. He then sat down, closing his eyes, and began to meditate.
Hunter
 NPC, 889 posts
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 00:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The chime tinkled as the door to the Dragon and Tiger Dojo and in stepped a familiar face. Don was in a suit, as he usually was these days, and he looked concerned. "Lucas, are you here?" This wasn't the first time Don had stopped by the dojo, in fact he'd been doing it quite frequently. Whether his old friend was hiding from him or he just kept missing him he wasn't sure, but he suspected the former. "Please Lucas I just want to talk to you. You can't avoid me forever"

He walked in and sat on one of the benches. "You missed dinner again. Zeke, Katie, Nora we're all worried about you. And the kids miss their Uncle Lucas" He looked around, listening for any signs that his old teammate was somewhere in here, listening. "Tell you what, I'm just gonna sit here, and if you want to talk you can come on out."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2273 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 09:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
A few seconds after Don sat down, a door slowly opened. Lucas, wearing a sleeveless muscle shirt and sweat pants,  stepped out.

"If there is one thing that I know, it's to never underestimate that Derring stubborn streak," Lucas said. "You have my time and my attention, what would you like to talk about?"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 09:34, Fri 12 Apr 2019.

Hunter
 NPC, 890 posts
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 14:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don chuckled. "You're damn right." He stood up, walking over to Lucas. "I want to talk about you. You've been avoiding me, avoiding all of us. You haven't responded to any of my dinner invitations, answered any of Zeke's calls, and Katie says you disappear before she can show up at a crime scene. You who insisted that we meet with the police at every crime scene back in the day. We're your friends Lucas. We're worried about you."

Don looked his friend in the eyes, concerned written on his face. "More than that I've seen the reports from your exploits. You're a martial artist Lucas, probably the best in the world, you know how to disable a target with minimal force, to incapacitate a foe without leaving a mark on him. But now.... The broken arms, the shattered wrists, the concussions it shows a level of brutality you've never shown before something that used to be unthinkable to you. It's like you're turning into me."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2274 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 17:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Despite all that had transpired, Lucas still had a great amount of respect for Don.

"Look...the only reason I'm even talking to you, Don, is because we are friends."

He then turned away for a moment. "Criminals are animals, Don. Our enemies are sadistic and cruel. All of this time, I thought I could fight for a better way. The right way."

He turned to face Don again. "And what happened? Two people I cared about...two people that I loved...are dead. Dead because of me. Dead...because I played by one set of rules while our enemies played a totally different game."

He paused for a moment.

"I am cursed, Don. Two of our teammates are dead because they loved me. And as for brutality...well, I'm giving the criminals of Weston a lesson in a language that they CAN understand."
Hunter
 NPC, 891 posts
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 18:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Who do you think you're talking to? I played by those rules Lucas, I practically wrote the book on being a brutal vigilante. And you know what? Bad things happened to the people I cared about anyway. I didn't just brutally beat my enemies I killed them, and Ellen STILL died in my arms, Jessica still got beaten nearly to death. Hell I sent her away to protect her and she got cancer and died anyway."

"They aren't dead because you loved them. They're dead because we have a dangerous job and casualties are a part of that. Did Marcus die because he loved you? Did Paul? Helena took the brunt of that bomb to save ALL of us, not just you. Me, Zeke, Katie, we ALL bear the blame and we have to live with that. But this isn't how you do it."

Don sat back down running a hand through his hair. "I know how you feel, I've been there. I was broken, angry, looking to take out my frustrations on whomever I could rather than heal. And you know what's the worst part? I have a son that idolizes it, who wants to be a 'hero just like Daddy'. And that's the last thing I want, for him to be like me. I want him to be better. And I did get better, you know why? Because of you, and Friday and Helena, that's what inspired me to better, that's what made me a hero. You sound like me right now Lucas and you've never been like me, you've always been better."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2275 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 19:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas' eyes widened when Don mentioned Paul.

"How did you kn--?"

He then shook his head. "I sometimes wonder why I was brought back. It was all so clear. And now...now my path is filled with darkness."

He sighed.

"Those new young heroes...at the museum. They seemed so enamored with me. Like I could do no wrong. Of course, we know I am very imperfect."

He looked at Don,his facial expression intense.

"I wonder....have I gone too far? Is it too late?"
Hunter
 NPC, 892 posts
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 21:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"You know why they were? Because you're Dragon Fist. THE Dragon Fist, the original inspiring hero. You embodied for everything Excelsior is known for when his biggest concerns were passing tests and hiding his sexuality. The man who stood toe to toe with Brain, who faced down a demon lord, and you still are that man, even if you've lost your way."

Don chuckled as he stood and placed a hand on Lucas' shoulder. "It wasn't too late for me, and you haven't killed anyone. And if there was hope for me, with all the blood I have on my hands, then there's hope for you."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2276 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 23:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded at Don.

"You know what one of the most sobering messages was? This happened recently. But....I stopped several gang members from robbing this little boy. I tore into them like a wild animal. I turned towards the boy....and he was just as frightened of me as he was of those gang members. That part made me wonder if what I was doing was truly right....or if I was just taking out my anger for all the pain and loss I suffered?"

He paused, putting his hand to his chin in a thoughtful pose.

"I think the biggest worry that I've had, more than anything, is if I use too much force, and if I, either deliberately or accidentally, do kill someone. Like I did with Flamethrower. I know that happened a long time ago, but I still have nightmares about it."
Diantha Ellen Derring
 NPC, 237 posts
 Don's Daughter
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 03:58
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Diantha and Donnie were waiting in the car.  She was, as usual, paying attention to the area telepathically, and when she sensed Uncle Lucas talking to Daddy, she told Donnie "Uncle Lucas is talking to Daddy.  Let's go get our hugs!"  And with that, she popped the door open and darted into the Dojo before anyone could grab her to stop her, shouting "Uncle Lucas! Uncle Lucas! Uncle Lucas!!"

Donnie zipped along right behind his sister, grinning as he headed to get Uncle Lucas too.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2278 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 10:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas both heard and saw the two children as they came running towards him. He smirked at Don as he prepared himself to receive the big hugs from the two children.

"Diantha....Donnie....I missed you guys a lot," he said, hugging the two eager children back.
Hunter
 NPC, 893 posts
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 21:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don looked down at his children. "I told you two to wait in the car. Daddy and Uncle Lucas are having a grown up talk" Don shot a grin at Lucas. "Told you they missed you."
Diantha Ellen Derring
 NPC, 238 posts
 Don's Daughter
Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 00:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Diantha hugged Lucas firmly, even as she told her Daddy "Uncle Lucas needs hugs.    You are an adult, and you don't do hugs to other adults but Mama-Nora worth a poop."
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 02:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Now Diantha..." Lucas said, chuckling. "What your Dad may lack in hugs, he makes up for in a lot of different things. He loves you very much, and wants to make sure that you're safe." He hugged them back one more time, and then stood up.

He turned to Donnie. "You sure are getting big, Donnie. If I blink, you'll probably have graduated already.

He smiled at Don. "Is it just me, or have both your children gotten much bigger since the last time I saw them?"
Donald Derring Jr.
 NPC, 4 posts
Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 01:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Donnie grinned widely. "I am Uncle Lucas! And strong! You should see how much I can lift now!"
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 18 Apr 2019
at 03:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Oh, I'm sure you could, Donnie," Lucas said with a chuckle. "You're a good boy, use that strength to help others."

He then turned to Don, and sighed. "Katy and Zeke....is everything okay with them? I've been so wrapped up in other things that I haven't taken the time to at least see how they're doing."
Diantha Ellen Derring
 NPC, 239 posts
 Don's Daughter
Fri 19 Apr 2019
at 12:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Diantha replied quite logically (for a young lady) "Daddy can't help the fact that he is not a hug person.  Which is why he doesn't hug for poop.  Donnie and I, however, are good huggers, and you needed some.  Nor would you ever hurt us.  So we are the best men for the job, as Daddy has been known to say."   And gave Lucas another hug.
Hotwire
 NPC, 470 posts
 Damn comic book hero want
 to be's
Fri 19 Apr 2019
at 23:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Can't speak for the Queen of Tinfoil Hats,"

The voice crackles through, something.  If we're lucky it's actually something that it makes sense a voice would be coming out of.  If not, he'll make do.  The lights in the dojo dim just slightly as Zeke forms out from the wiring, giving a grin to the kids before looking up to his friend.

"but I blame you for the situation I find myself in."

It really wasn't like Zeke to get all dressed up like this, he was actually in a suit.  With. A. Tie.  That he quickly starts to fumble with a bit to loosen.  There was an attempt at a stern annoyed face but it had just been too damn long since he talked with Lucas, and he didn't want to upset the kids.  The usually unkempt hair is tied back and worn in a cared for ponytail.  With the tie loosened he adjusts the cufflinks a bit before slowly shrugging off the jacket with a slight wince.

"Ugh, been too long since I went through wiring.  But, heard about a parahuman attacking a building, figured I'd swing by and see if my help was needed, it wasn't.  New blood has it handled quite well."

He smiles a little and offers a hand that oddly looks like it recently had a pedicure.  Though if/when Lucas takes the offered hand, he'll move in for a hug himself.

"It's been too long, man."

Giving a nod over to Senator Hunter.

"Saw your car while I was passing through, figured I'd poke my electrical signature through and take a look."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:45, Fri 19 Apr 2019.

Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 00:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas was taken off guard briefly as he saw Zeke materialize. Off guard...but not entirely surprised as he had done things like this before.

"Zeke....it's been a long time," Lucas replied as he moved to accept Zeke's handshake. "It's good to see you. I've heard you've been very busy nowadays." The hug surprised Lucas, but he hugged Zeke back.

"Suit and tie, huh?" Lucas asked Zeke, chuckling. "What's the big occasion?"
Diantha Ellen Derring
 NPC, 240 posts
 Don's Daughter
Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 01:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Diantha took advantage of Zeke being busy to manage a 'sneak-attack' in the form of hugging HIM too.  She told him mock severely "You need to visit more.  With all of us."
Hunter
 NPC, 894 posts
Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 20:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don gives Zeke a friendly smile and nod as he appears, not even mildly surprised by his appearance. One thing that made him such an exceptional marksman, besides the whole son of a supersoldier thing, was his attention to detail, he noticed the signs of Zeke's presence.

"Zeke, good to see you. How's the school doing?" He grinned as Zeke mentioned passing by a crime scene where he wasn't needed. "Probably for the best, you're a bit out of shape for super-battles if that potbelly is any indication." He teased

"Personally I'm glad to be retired, I'm too old for crime-fighting."

Donny runs up to Zeke, hugging him solidly around the legs, then he pulled upward lifting Zeke by his legs. "See!? See how strong I am now?!"

"Donny! Put your uncle down!" His voice was stern, but there was a glint of amusement in his eyes.
Hotwire
 NPC, 471 posts
 Damn comic book hero want
 to be's
Mon 22 Apr 2019
at 22:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Zeke grins to Diantha when she hugs him and gives a little shout of surprise when Donny grabs him and picks him up.

"You have gotten stronger since I saw you last!"

He seemed a bit more mature than Lucas would remember him, still Zeke but a little of that edged had been sanded off.  Once he's set down he kneels to give a hug to both of the children, one arm around each of them before standing back up.

"Fighting, definitely not.  But talking someone down, reasoning with them.  Well I like to think my people skills have improved.  Marginally."

Looking to Lucas, his face gets a little more serious, he knew the guy was still hurting.  They all were.  Zeke had his moments with Friday, and he missed her quite a bit.  But those were connections outside of anything romantic, unlike Lucas and the two women he and the team had lost.  At least Zeke's own fling had simply walked out the door.

"Business look for business situation.  I was at a dinner with a few representatives for other countries.  Some of it to talk about the aliens that just popped up but mostly just to get an idea how well our government's attempt at counseling and training parahumans are going.  No one wants this to develop into some new Cold War arms race, at least not publicly.  I'm sure there are some that have alterior motives, but keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  So just heading home from that."

Zeke bristles just a little about the place being a School. But it was the easiest way to describe it.

"The 'Quadruple P' is going very well.  Exuasting and I had to politely decline having my head shaved and riding around in a wheel chair for Halloween once again, but otherwise it's moving along nicely."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2282 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 03:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"You've come a long way, Zeke," Lucas said. "What you're doing is very important and very vital to our future. We can only hope that those representatives realize that those paras are people too."

It was good to see his two teammates again. Don's children were amazingly perceptive, and to the point when it came to frequent visits and emotional states of their "aunts and uncles."

"This city seems to be getting more complicated by the minute. Oh...I noticed some new heroes over at the museum when dealing with some mummies there earlier. They seem to work well together....maybe a bit loose knit, but they seemed to coordinate pretty well. Do either of you know any more about any of them?"
Hotwire
 NPC, 472 posts
 Damn comic book hero want
 to be's
Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 19:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Zeke's eyes narrow a little bit at that question, though his body language remains relaxed.

"Thanks.  Really I had no clue my speech about the Para Parties was going to get me to this position.  I figured I'd put my two cents in, make the proposal for a facility like what we have and people would realize how horrible of an idea it would be to have me be anywhere close to it."

There was a mix of exasperation and satisfaction to his voice though, despite his view on it, he really wouldn't have it any other way.

"I can certainly hope we can work things through though.  As for the new heroes... I haven't had any experience with them.  But the one guy, Daystar.  I don't trust him.  There's just something about the guy that rubs me the wrong way.  He didn't have his suit at the museum but he identified himself as Daystar, same guy that was wearing a very high tech suit at the scene with the aliens.  Up until a few days ago there was nothing and now.  Boom.  He's at the scene of an alien invasion and where a bunch of mummies come back to life."

Zeke fidgets a little.

"There.  Were.  Aliens.  I got distracted though when I was going to the scene.  Again. Ail.  Lee.  Ens.  Of course I was trying to get there, but then I felt something else that didn't belong here.  The tech he has, the vehicle he has.  I wasn't able to get close to it, it probably would have been the Satellite all over again if I had.  Still, the material its made with.  The sense it gave off to me.  It was even more foreign than those aliens are.  I don't trust him."

Of course, Zeke has never been known for being overly quick to trust anyone.
Hunter
 NPC, 895 posts
Sun 28 Apr 2019
at 18:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Things are better than they have been, though I'll be the first to admit it's not perfect. I've been working on peoples' opinions on paras from my end as well" Don told Lucas.

"I think if theres anything we've learned from our dealings with the New Age Defenders is we can't stop young people from going out there and trying to do what we did. Best to make sure they're equipped with the tools and experience they need to do it properly" He added to Zeke.

Don pondered Zeke's assessment of this 'Daystar Character'. "Government prototypes maybe? Something stolen from the Brain Bank? Or he could be another para-inventor, like Malcolm?"


While the grownups talked the children took advantage of being in a dojo. They both stood on the mat in fighting stances. Lucas could tell from experience these were proper stances, not children's playacting. Clearly their father had taught them a few things. They stood facing each other then Donnie charged forward sending a kick towards his sister's midsection. With inhuman grace Diantha slid under her brother's kick and jumped up behind him. She sent an open palm strike towards Donnie's midsection but the boy reached up and grabbed his sister's wrist pulling forward and sending her forward. Diantha recovered with the same impossible grace as before coming up in a roll and grinning at her brother, who returned the smile.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2283 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 01:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas frowned slightly, seemingly in thought. "It appears that this...Daystar's....intentions were in the right place. But...there was an edge to him. Something unknown and a bit elusive."

Out of the corner of his eye, Lucas noticed both of the Derring children in their advanced spar. He remembered teaching them only a few basic forms and techniques, and they had clearly not only retained that knowledge, but expanded upon it.

"Wow Don....Diantha and Donnie have learned some advanced techniques since I saw them last."
Hotwire
 NPC, 474 posts
 Damn comic book hero want
 to be's
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 22:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
With the maturing, his rants and general unpleasantness had become a bit less legendary as they had been and as Don and Lucas speaks, he visibly calms faster than he would have in his recent youth.

"You're probably right, at least about him.  I may be just a little personally irked that I missed the fight with the aliens because of his tech just sitting there like a little pandora's rubix cube." He was about to make a comment but figured he shouldn't due to the kids being so close.  "The others, I just have what I've seen on the news and hearing about from the kids.  Miss Adventure and her friend, it's good to see them both back, I haven't seen or heard much about them over the past few years.  Disappeared about the same time I guess.  Wraith, if I knew who was behind that mask I might have some words for them.  Maybe they're just short but really it seems like they should be having juice boxes before nap time with those two, not risking their life out on the streets.  The War Angel?  She's awesome.  And also someone I do not want to speak poorly about in case she's in the smiting business of anyone and everyone and is also omnipresent somehow.  Speaking of smiting, I'm not sure if I should run up to Tech Knight screaming Lok'tar Ogar or making sure there isn't some heavy duty Heresy around him but, glad he's on our side.  Then there's Lifelight.  I'm glad she's shown up when she has.  I have a feeling if she would have been around during our adventures we may have corrupted her.  That or caused her to give up all hope on humanity.  And we can't forget about the guy that decided he needed to one up Sabin's suplexing a train."

The more he speaks of the other heroes, the more he calms down.  Scratching a few fingers against the back of his neck.

"Daystar though.  He came out of no where and..  the tech.  It's not so much that he has that tech, more that it exists.  Or shouldn't.  Grant it, living on this little blue rock my experience with tech is extremely limited.  Imagine though, that the universal constant of everything matter wise is 1's and 0's.  No matter what, 1 and 0 just being the basic and only building blocks of everything.  The equipment he has is made up of S's and T's.  It just, doesn't belong here.  Maybe he also just seems to be breaking the first rule I try to instill in the people I try to help.  This isn't a comic book.  That suit, the design.  The flying craft with a cloaking device.  Feels like the guy is trying to act out a movie and I'm not sure if it's a Snyder or Whedon production."
Hunter
 NPC, 896 posts
Fri 3 May 2019
at 02:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don nodded at Lucas. "They're both paras and supersoldiers, training and discipline are key especially when dealing with the rages, though Diantha doesn't seem to have them. We've talked a little about when I was young, pretty sure I mentioned I got in my first fight at six and put three older boys in the hospital. That kept happening till I got sent to millitary school, thats when I learned to control the rage and abilities I inherited from my father."

Don turned to Zeke nodded about the guy who 'one upped suplexing a train'. "Sergeant Sinclair, I presented him with his medal of honor." Don thinks for a minute as the topic returns to Daystar. "Shouldn't exist why? Because it's too advanced? Technology has advanced a LOT since paras first started showing up, especially millitary tech. The brain bank has already been working on some cloaking tech, though mostly suits, and I'm pretty sure Malcolm made a cloaking ship in the fifties.

 As for the look, might just be a result of us being around so long, most of our suits were mainly functional, like regular clothes or combat gear with a twist, except for Enigma but you kinda expect a wizard to wear robes. But paras have been around over ten years now, kinda makes sense people would start going more for style, and Excelsior's costume is pretty comic-booky."
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2284 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 5 May 2019
at 14:07