cutting_edgex23: ([fighting] death can be quick)
X-23 ([personal profile] cutting_edgex23) wrote2013-03-24 11:07 am

We'll feed you to the sharks

Stepping from Milliways into Madripoor is like moving from silence into chaos. The riots are still raging, and everywhere seems full of smoke, fire, the press of frantic bodies, and the sharp prickle of too many eyes watching.

"He has a meet scheduled nearby. Colcord. With a man in a mask."

Beat.

"We will need to immobilize them both."
ellectrical: (not a great idea)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-24 07:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"A man in a mask."

Elle is still tying her hair back, taking the moment to adjust to the stark change in her surroundings.

But her voice is derisive. In her experience, the words "man in a mask" usually only lead to aggravation.

"All right."
Edited 2013-03-24 19:55 (UTC)
ellectrical: (I'm not scared of you)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-25 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
Even with fewer eyes, Elle doesn't make much of a show of it when she shoves off any unwanted company. She just puts out one hand, usually to an opponent's shoulder or chest, and the surge of electricity from her skin is barely visible beyond a few sparks.

"Maybe," she answers.
ellectrical: (hoodie)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-25 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
"That's not good," Elle mutters.

Least of which because it makes her disinclined to let her skin spark at all. Accidentally catching on fire is not much fun.
ellectrical: (taken away)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-25 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
Elle's hand hesitates at her waist, but she doesn't pull out her gun yet. The last thing she really wants is to attract even more attention.

"Can you tell if they're here?"
ellectrical: (hello again)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-25 03:07 am (UTC)(link)
"[Yeah]," Elle answers, following X.

"[Do you think it's the other one?"
ellectrical: (taken away)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-25 03:22 am (UTC)(link)
If it is the other one, Elle wonders what exactly they're waiting for.

But she just takes a deep breath, and replies, "[Yes.]"
23xnpcs: Daken in mask (Daken mask)

[personal profile] 23xnpcs 2013-03-25 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
So she does have spine, even out here and all alone.

Who would have guessed?

But now to do his part. Word on the street has Daddy's clone bursting into town with a buddy, and not one of the usual crowd.

Daken drops lightly down from the rooftop, letting his crouch absorb some of his downward momentum. A couple yards between him and the pretty little blonde might be all right. And if not --

Well. He'll make it work just fine.

"She's got guts, your friend."

Say hello to the man in the mask?
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ellectrical: (assessing)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-25 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
Something changes the moment he touches down. It makes her stand a little straighter, like she's hearing something but just can't make out what it is. It's him - he bothers her, and she's not sure why.

Elle looks past him, her eyes on X.

"You're in my way."

(Elle isn't too good at 'hello.')
23xnpcs: Daken in mask (Daken mask)

[personal profile] 23xnpcs 2013-03-26 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
Maybe it's his ability to manipulate pheremones. Daken likes to use that one, but only when it's fun. Or when it makes people uncomfortable.

But right now he's a semi-distracted by listening to his father's clone go to work.

Or maybe he just wants it to look that way.

"Am I? That's too bad. But are you sure you wouldn't rather look at me? I've been told I'm pretty."

Overselling it is part of the game, too.

She's cute when she bristles.

And maybe he wants to see how dangerous she is.
ellectrical: (yeah whatever)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-26 01:34 am (UTC)(link)
Elle stays still, and doesn't look away from X.

"I've seen better."
23xnpcs: Daken in mask (Daken mask)

[personal profile] 23xnpcs 2013-03-26 01:40 am (UTC)(link)
Daken takes a step sideways, blocking her view of the clone.

"I could say the same."

He smirks.

"But really, that's only the surface. I can't imagine you came here just to be arm candy."

He gestures dismissively back toward X.

"Or to be arm candy at all, really. Our darling little killer never seems to get out much.
ellectrical: (not a great idea)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-26 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
Elle takes a step to get X back in her view.

But something prickles in her mind when she asks, "What do you know about her?"
23xnpcs: Daken in mask (Daken mask)

[personal profile] 23xnpcs 2013-03-26 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
"What don't I know about her," Daken says, baring his teeth in a too-sharp grin.

"We share a common bond."

The grin turns into more of a leer.

Sometimes a bit of misdirection doesn't go amiss.
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ellectrical: (it's not paranoia if)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-26 02:13 am (UTC)(link)
It does finally get Elle to look to him. But rather than meet his eyes, she looks down at his hands. Her right hand reaches out very slightly, but nothing else happens.

"You're..."

(She can sense it, barely, the metal under his skin - but she has no idea what it means.)
23xnpcs: Daken in mask (Daken mask)

[personal profile] 23xnpcs 2013-03-26 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
"What? Cat got your tongue?"

Daken flicks his tongue across his lips, though his smile never fades.

"Or is it the doctor that's got your friend's?"

He's just going to wait for her moment of distraction in order to strike.

If he's judged the situation right, of course.
ellectrical: (the full blast)

[personal profile] ellectrical 2013-03-26 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
Elle finally meets his eyes.

Then, her already outstretched hand curls, and a bright blue surge of electricity flashes through the air toward Daken.
23xnpcs: Daken in mask (Daken mask)

[personal profile] 23xnpcs 2013-03-26 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
Oh good.

This one can play.

Daken drops flat to the ground, in an attempt to dodge the lightning and come up swinging.

He fries a little first, though.

Poor costume. And he'd only just gotten it cleaned.

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