Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 21, 2017 12:44:30 GMT -5
The blasted Koala takes one good look at the X on my palm and then scurries toward me. He's faster than I would have thought and after everything the last two days, I'm too tired and too shocked and too resigned to put up much of a fight. I do manage to slam my hand on top of his head to keep him at arm's length. He cocks his head a bit as though to say 'that's all you got?' and then slowly wraps his black claws around my forearm. Even just the weight of gravity is enough for the tips to sink into the top layer of skin. He could shred my entire body in a few minutes.
"You don't think I'm any match for ya, do ya?"
And maybe I'm not.
"Is this, uh, is this one of your ceremonies?"
Both the Koala and I blink at her, like she's materialized out of the steam itself. After a moment, I find my tongue. "Nah. This little bugger won't stop following me. I think he's hungry but like, I'm not about to shares my bananas, with him, you know?"
One of his claws sinks further, drawing a drop of blood.
I hiss. "He's kind of a little shit. Maybe you can convince him to get lost. Wait, do you hear that?"
Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 21, 2017 12:35:14 GMT -5
D3F Adelaide Throes
Post Day 2 Mandate Maintenance
Post-Day 2 Mandate First Aid -3 used on Aline Larkin 1 Bundle Medicinal Plants -2 used on Aline Larkin 1 Bundle Medicinal Plants -2 used on Dandy Gordon Drinks Purified Water Traps and Sends a Word Traps a Koala [Nob]
Smashed her Polaroid Camera but retained the 15 Shots - 2 Bundles Medicinal Plants + 2 new Bundles Medicinal Plants from the Hot Springs Fills Empty Water Jug with Purified Water, then Drinks Re-Fills Empty Water Jug with Purified Water + Nails from sponsorship + Empty Egg Carton from sponsorship - Nails, Empty Egg Carton and 1 bundle firewood
End of Day 2 Inventory:
Longsword Purse Bunch of Bananas Full (purified) water container 1 bundle edible plants 2 bundles medicinal plants 1 bundle firewood Henna Tattoo Kit Flint Manatee Plushie 15 Polaroid Shots
Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 20, 2017 14:59:24 GMT -5
"Okay, you win. You can have the spring. I'm leaving."
I take a step back.
The koala takes a step forward, its black claws grating on the stone.
"It's like that, is it?"
Okay, must think of this like Victor Manor. What would he do? Figure out what it wants! What does a koala want? Plants. I've a few left but the sprig I've kept looks edible and my stomach is already starting to turn itself inside out. The banana leaf is sailing over the waterfall, hopefully bound for the right tribute. What else have I to offer this small creature? What would make it move out of my path?
I open my X'd palm to it. "Just tell me what you want. Like, point to it."
Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 20, 2017 14:48:04 GMT -5
It somehow seemed obvious how and why to catch the bird. You just pounce on it. Well, actually, that didn't work; you approach it slowly and then gently capture it. But a koala? I'm not even sure I want to catch it. I can't use it to send a letter, I've no interest in turning it over to my allies for food, I can't expect it to protect me. "What good are ya?"
It stares, chewing slowly.
Scratch conversational partner from the list of possibilities. I tap my sore chin. I could just walk around it, probably, although its claws are surprisingly long. Probably Victor Manor would advise against turning my back to a muttation. I could back away and try to find another way back to the glass canoe. But why is it here and not in a tree somewhere? Is it possible this mutt was sent here to challenge me?
Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 20, 2017 14:44:22 GMT -5
"Thank you for smiling upon me," I say to the little bird as I wrap my long fingers around its chest. It coos and stares. I do not think it knows its a messenger; I do not think it knows anything. But its wings are soft and it can fly faster than I can run. Lacking any other to contain it, I tuck it into my shirt. Its feathers tickle my rib cage as I peel off the banana leaf and take out the tube of henna.
My words are not careful, but my wards are precise.
When I'm done, the entire leaf is covered with text and art. I don't know if he'll trust me enough to accept it. For a moment, I hold the leaf on my palms, close my eyes, and pray. Let this letter find its way fast and true. Let him know me for who I am, not who I appear to be. Thank you, Fates, for hearing my prayer.
I roll the leaf carefully, the wards angled towards the hollow center, and then dig the bird out of my shirt. "Naughty," I tease it, attach the leaf, and then whisper a name before setting it free. I feel a weight lift the moment it takes to the air.
So buoyed, I pack up and turn to find my allies. This arena is never quiet, not even close. So it's little wonder I didn't hear the second visitor to the hot springs creep up.
Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 20, 2017 14:33:10 GMT -5
I've never been subtle.
I lunge for the bird but of course it sees me coming. It turns one bright eye to me, almost taunting, and then flaps its wings and takes to the sticky, hot air. It doesn't go more than a few feet, but its enough to lay me out. I hit the stone chin and teeth first. My jaw slams back into my skull. The ringing in my ears sounds a lot like a warning. But now that I've been presented with the bird, I can't just forget about it.
The Fates want me to write a message.
I want to write a message.
"I don't want to hurt you, little fella. We're in this arena together, right?" I try a new tactic as I push myself up. My chin is bruised and I'm sure my jaw is going to ache for a day. Stupid bird. Beautiful bird.
Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 20, 2017 14:29:46 GMT -5
After, I couldn't stop blathering. It wasn't the pressure of the Fates, the hooks in my heart and spine. Rather, I had to keep talking to keep the horrible memories from building. It wasn't that I felt deeply for the fallen girl, or even Gregor. It was that that reminded me of, well, me.
I've discovered that I'm not quite so willing to return to the darkness as I thought.
After we make our way through the steam and slick rock piles, we settle on the far side of the springs. My voice carries only so far; I'm certain we're far enough away from the other tributes to give them privacy. Only then do I trail off. Dandy's wards have held nicely but Aline's have done pretty much fuck all. I check the henna tube. "It needs wetting," I explain and then slink off, guilt a more powerful suppressant than babble. I can hardly think about me while I think about our bonded and broken Career.
Away from the glass canoe, I unravel my fanny pack to inspect my things. The henna is, in fact, still viable. There's enough to ink Aline anew and some left over. I ponder the bunch of bananas the leaf stuck to the steam. It would lovely paper. If only -
"You don't have to remind me I'm being watched," I murmur, before I recognize the intrusion as the gift it is.
[Adelaide uses her Day 2 fight first aid on Aline Larkin.] [Uses one bundle of medicinal plants on Aline Larkin.] [Uses one bundle of medicinal plants on Dandy Gordon.] [Gathers two more bundles of medicinal plants.] [Fills her Empty Water Jug with purified water from the Hot Springs.] [Drinks.] [Refills her Empty Water Jug with purified water.]
Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 20, 2017 12:45:10 GMT -5
The words that Fate stuffed into my mouth come pouring back out: you cannot save them all.
I lower my sword at once, bowing to their will. She fell so suddenly, like Gregor, in a clap of thunder and a strike of light. I do not know her name but all the same I wonder if our fallen ally will greet her at the river.
I wonder, not for the first time, who will be there to greet me.
With the fall of their ally, the fight is done. Well, for most. It's clear some of them intend to press on and I don't think that's such a good idea for Aline. "Look to the sky," I shout at Kaiser Fray, even as I’m scrambling over slick rocks. "Don’t forget what I’ve said, lover."
Easy words for a hard truth. The storm is already coming.
Slipping, almost plunging into the springs. I brace against the rocks, dip my fingers into the hot water. I’m almost to my allies, to the safety of the glass canoe, when I pass by the boy, marked by violet, just like me. It is not a tug but a song that calls to me – one of melancholy and gravitas.
With a groan, I find my footing and grab onto him. I press the three fingers of my right hand – baptized by the hot springs – to his forehead. "May your heavy soul know peace and may you never again feel the thrill of fear."
So exorcised, I leave him. The rocks make way, guiding my path home. Latching onto Dandy's arm, I declare breathlessly, "time to go, my dear, and speak of living things."
Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 18, 2017 21:46:26 GMT -5
Character Name: Magnesia Character Age: 28 Character Type (original, based on Greek mythology, or pre-existing character): Original Character Idea: A feminine feminist, Magnesia has made a name for herself among the Amazons for girly as fuck ways. She makes no excuses or apologies for wearing full makeup and platform combat boots to the Training Center, nine months pregnant. She gives no explanation for wearing a crop top and booty shorts three weeks after giving birth, stretch marks on thighs and belly proudly displayed. Make no mistake - Magnesia has opinions on the best weapon, the right time to wean a child, the quickest way to execute a man. She just doesn't have any judgment about her perfect self. Potential Face Claim: Kerry Washington omg pls no one take
Post by Adelaide Throes D3F [Kay] on Jul 18, 2017 16:48:53 GMT -5
Fatigue is setting in - not just for me, but for all of us clustered around the Hot Springs. Dandy, her dark wards playing like shadow vines up and down her arms, shifts to be closer to Aline. I'm tempted to do the same but there's a lot of tributes between me and them now. How did that happen?
Oh right. Because I've been making moon eyes at Kaiser Fray.
"I’ll have what you’re having.”
The wink is so boyish, so inviting, I almost accept. After all, he is here, right in front of me, and Dandy is so very far - distant, smudged. I blink. No no, no time for visions. Stay in the moment, here, now, be - "It's just some of that good ol' spice of life, I tell ya."
I blow a kiss with my X marked palm.
The clouds gather.
The steam from the springs slick my skin.
A kiss can be hello and goodbye, and one given to the elements, ruled by the Fates - well. That could be anything. "Not now," I plead, with the Fates, with Lace and Kaiser and my allies and all of them.