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X-23 ([personal profile] cutting_edgex23) wrote2016-02-26 11:34 am

When in doubt, throw people into something like the Danger Room

X stops in front of a vast, dark cave mouth, head tilting as she studies it for a second.

Then she turns to Brienne and Harry.

"This is where we go in."

Beat.

"You are ready?"
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[personal profile] harryhotspur 2016-02-26 04:38 pm (UTC)(link)
"Ready," Harry replies without hesitation. He's armed, how bad can it get?
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[personal profile] maid_of_tarth 2016-02-26 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)
"And I as well." She has Oathkeeper, though she left the rifle she'd filched from the excursion with Sonya Blade in her room, feeling that would be cheating.
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[personal profile] harryhotspur 2016-02-27 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
Harry's right on her heels. He... definitely didn't know that there was anything like this at Milliways. His hand drifts towards the hilt of his sword. Just in case, and all.
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[personal profile] maid_of_tarth 2016-02-27 08:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Brienne keeps pace with Harry, looking ahead and listening intently. She had no idea of this place before, either, and inwardly says a silent prayer to the Seven.
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[personal profile] harryhotspur 2016-02-27 10:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Well that wasn't what Harry was expecting to see. He lets his hand fall from his sword, though he is still poised for-- something. Though now he has less idea than before of what that might be.

His eye is drawn to the opening door, but he does not move towards it, waiting instead for X's cue.
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[personal profile] maid_of_tarth 2016-02-28 04:47 am (UTC)(link)
Oh. So this is the test.

Well, Brienne has dealt with drunken louts before, and these are young ones.

She strides forward into their view, and says, in a carrying voice, "Stop this at once!"
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[personal profile] harryhotspur 2016-02-28 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
Harry takes a step or two nearer, but doesn't fully follow. Look, see, he can be patient! Though that's only partly his thinking-- it also seems to him that both him and Brienne stepping in might just look like they're trying to join the fight. So he hangs back a bit, and waits.
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[personal profile] maid_of_tarth 2016-02-28 05:52 am (UTC)(link)
"Stop fighting," Brienne repeats firmly, feeling she ought to give more than one warning since no one seems in danger of losing life or limb--and that's when she notices the sudden absence of X.

And the--whatever that is--behind Harry. Too far for her to get to it first. "Harry, watch out!"
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[personal profile] harryhotspur 2016-02-28 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, where did X-- he sees the movement in the shadows and hears Brienne's warning at about the same time, and his hand flies back to the hilt of his sword.

"Come skulk not like a thief, but face me, if you will!" Surely it's just another one of the kids?


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[personal profile] maid_of_tarth 2016-02-28 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
Brienne decides Harry can cope with the oversized bat-thing for now, though she is watching out of the corner of her eye in case the bat proves a harder opponent than expected.

She turns back to the youths. "If you do not stop," she says very clearly, "you'll be arrested."

She tries to make her voice coaxing, though she's not very good at it. "See, one of you has already drawn blood--is that what you wish? Whatever your quarrel, there need be no harm done. Just walk away. There's no shame in turning from a drunken brawl. It's more honorable than persisting in it."
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[personal profile] harryhotspur 2016-02-28 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
Harry will leave the 'reason with them' tactic to Brienne and her humanoid opponents: his sword is out as soon as the bat-thing moves into the light. He's at the ready, but he doesn't attack yet. The bat-thing isn't armed, after all. It would be dishonorable-- at least until he's sure if it's after a fight.

"What would you?"

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[personal profile] maid_of_tarth 2016-02-28 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Brienne supposes that it's safer if they're attacking her than attacking each other! She lifts her sword, still in its sheath, both as a final warning and in preparation for an attack.

...she keeps an ear out for the bat thing, in the meantime, in case Harry is in trouble.
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[personal profile] harryhotspur 2016-02-28 11:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Harry's not worried about the bat thing yet (though he doesn't lower his sword). He laughs. "Money? I have none. What say you now?"
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[personal profile] harryhotspur 2016-02-29 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
In a strange way, Harry was hoping he'd say that.

As he raises his sword to defend himself, it does occur to him-- almost too late, but luckily not quite-- that this is X's test, wherever she's gone, and in an ideal world, he probably won't have to kill any bar patrons. So he stays defensive-- at least for now.
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[personal profile] maid_of_tarth 2016-02-29 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
Brienne is having a similar thought. The youths are bar patrons whom she is to protect, very well; they are not fighting each other and have yet to attack her. So she'll just wait, to defend if necessary.

"Begone," she repeats for good measure. Hey, maybe this time they'll listen!
Edited 2016-02-29 02:53 (UTC)
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[personal profile] harryhotspur 2016-02-29 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
Well that's-- definitely a strategy he's never seen before! But hey, if you turn it on its side, it's not entirely unlike jousting, right? ...sort of?

In any case, that's what's vaguely running through his head as he does his best to sidestep the bat's trajectory and aim a blow with the flat of his sword.
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[personal profile] maid_of_tarth 2016-02-29 04:34 am (UTC)(link)
Brienne resignedly swings her sheathed sword like a staff to fend off the youths, slipping between them and moving into the doorway so they're blocked from coming at her from all sides. She stands there, branding the sword, as she says, sounding even more impatient, "Stop being fools and go home!"

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