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Re-Ignite (Open to All)

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Re: Re-Ignite (Open to All)

Post by cornix on 11/12/2018, 22:47

Rene suddenly seemed incredible interested in the pack, something Cora did not mind much, she liked telling people about it. If it was not for her inherent problems with it right now.
“What can you tell me about The Pack? You mentioned that they were a mercenary organization, and that they use modified 3DMG, but what do they do exactly? Are they only in Krolva? Are you their leader?”

She took a deep breath and sighed, "We well, as you said, we are mercenaries. Before we were doing the usual mercenary jobs. Bodyguarding here and there, guarding this and that safe house. Anything along the lines of that. What else? Well, now we got a contract with the king and we function as a seperate...military. We are basically off brand. Just better.", she continued to tell him about the branches, military, security, strategically leaving out those for assasination or recruiting kids, which mostly meant buying them, "We are in five districts, I am the leader of the Krolva one. So we have five leaders, we also call ourselves Alphas."

We have more like four leaders, you are useless.
Shut up.

Cora distracted herself by telling him a few bits and pieces more about everything. She was happy that Rene was so interested in all of it. He looked so...intruiged? But in a good way, not intimated...just geuinly interested in what she was doing. It made her feel worse, because right now she was a mere shadow of herself, completly different to how she had been before.
As she was done he excused himself quickly and went to get himself another glass of whisky. Or the like. However, while he was careful with placing the glass down he was not really that careful in standing up, given what he did to his sketchbook.
Cora valued privacy, of course she did. For one, she was a madman that did not necessarily want everyone to know about it and secondly: she did after all work for the king, privacy was important in that mileu. But...she still had a peek at the drawing. It was ain incredible good sketch of a titan with medium length hair some sort of...ooze was drooping out of his skin. Rene had written something next to it, but Cora could not really tell what was written there, it was upside down and the writing was not necessarily the prettiest.

The brief look at the drawing she had managed to get was enough to make her know who it was. He was merely called 'the red titan' and while Cora had not met him in his actual titanform she knew very well who he was. Auth's father Adar had died because of him. She wanted to grin remembering back to meeting the man behind the titan but kept herself from it. Instead she waited till Rene had taken his seat back.

"The red titan?", she asked, "Have you met him?", she moved closer to Rene, "He is quite the tale, is he not? With the blood oozing from his skin, boiling you alive if you get in contact with it...how it suprisingly enough still stays on the floor, even though usually parts of titans immediatly disappear. They are saying that he is living in an old abandoned castle and that it is one of the more creative ways to get yourself killed in this world.", she smiled at him and leaned back, "But that's just what I have heard."
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Re: Re-Ignite (Open to All)

Post by Sprw201 on 29/12/2018, 00:05

Mercenary work… it terrified and excited René at the same time. When Cora mentioned bodyguarding, he couldn’t help but think back to Gabriel again. The poor man would probably never make it in an organization like The Pack. Honestly he doubted that he’d be suited for it too, given his nerves and tendency to overthink.  

When she mentioned that The Pack sort of functioned like a seperate military, his interest peaked. He didn’t know what he would do if he wasn’t in the military, but he wasn’t sure if not being a part of a military organization was right for him. The thought of… being a civilian… and not being able to help fight for humanity irked him, he couldn’t imagine trying to live a peaceful life within the walls. To ignore the monsters and constant threats just behind a wall. He snickered a little behind his hand when Cora said the leaders of the five districts in The Pack were called Alphas. It was very appropriate for the name, and it strangely suited someone with a last name like Wolf.

When he turned to go back to the booth, he noticed he sketchbook had fallen, and he stooped to pick it by one of the corners. It had landed face up on one of the pages, and he closed the book to hide his work. Rather ironic considering he wanted his work published for everyone to see one day.  “The red titan?” Cora’s question startled him, and he blushed a little, embarrassed that it had been recognized. She continued speaking, not seeming to take notice, at least he hoped she didn’t. “Have you met him? He is quite the tale, is he not? With the blood oozing from his skin, boiling you alive if you get in contact with it… how surprisingly enough stays on the floor, even though usually parts of titans immediately disappear. They are saying that he is living in an old abandoned castle and that it is one of the more creative ways to get yourself killed in this world. But that’s just what I have heard.”  

Cora smiled at him, and he grinned back, his eyes wild with fear and excitement. “It is the red titan. I’ve never met him before… only ever heard legends like you have. I haven’t heard about him living in a castle before… wouldn’t the whole thing be surrounded by blood? I’m surprised nobody has found him already! You’d think the heat from the blood would give his location away, though I guess it isn’t the best idea to go attacking something just because you know where it is. You have to know what it does.”  He laughed a little, realizing he might be rambling again. Embarrassing! “I’m scared to even face him. I have no idea what I’d do if I ever saw him…   probably something stupid. Or going into fight or flight response. I think I’d run away, even if it was my duty to fight. What do you think you’d do? ”  He was fidgeting with the leather strap that bound his journal, nervous about ever meeting the infamous titan. Secretly, he was beyond terrified and he knew that if he ever personally saw the red titan, he was sure to not come out in one piece. Worse case scenario, not even survive.

Thinking about titans and the military, he realized that he was practically defying death every day he was out on the field. Here he was, trying to kill monstrous beings almost 20 times the size he was, and he had a sword and gas tanks that let him fly. How he hadn’t died already he didn’t know. To anyone else in the bar, he probably looked like he had just seen a ghost, he felt a cold sweat begin to start on the back of his neck and he hoped Cora hadn’t noticed himself start to panic. Truly panic. This time his thoughts spun themselves in a circle, and all he could think about was his impending doom. And how he’d been lucky. How an aberrant hadn’t jumped from behind a tree or a building and snapped him up. How the walls hadn’t been destroyed further. How the titans hadn’t made it to the center yet. Once they did… who knows if humanity would even survive. Would he even be alive at this point? Would Cora be alive? Alan wasn’t even alive anymore and titans didn’t even kill him. Maybe the real danger was in the walls, there were limited spaces to hide from people, and many people had deep connections with each other, a network of informants to thwart feeble attempts to hide from humanity itself. Mercenaries, thieves, rouges, bandits. People. People everywhere were just trying to survive. Was he even helping them survive? How could they just live so simply? How was it so simple to forget that constant threat behind the walls? Why had he signed up for this job? Had he left anything important behind when he joined the Scouts? What if he ruined his childhood by running away? What if everything had been a setup by the government to get him to join the military? What if

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Re: Re-Ignite (Open to All)

Post by cornix on 4/1/2019, 00:43

Cora smiled at him, and he grinned back, his eyes wild with fear and excitement. “It is the red titan. I’ve never met him
Cora listened to Rene. He started babbling about the red titan, he seemed pretty excited about him, or Cora was just bad at telling how people felt about stuff. One or the other. Really.
His rambling amused her and she started smiling unwillingly the longer he talked about the red titan. Cora looked down at her fingers and scratched some dirt off of them. He eventually stopped and she sighed quietly.

"I'll be honest, for someone that is so enthusiastic about the titan the fact you have not heard that rumour already intruiges me. It also makes me happy cause I told you something new. About the blood though...", she leaned back, still busy cleaning her nails, "I think it does disappear after a short while? Just stays longer than usual."
Cora looked up again, thinking about his last question. "What I'd do? Face it. Of course.", she laughed and looked at the ceiling, "No, I am not sure. I would not be afraid...it depends on the pay...what happens if I fuck up and such. But maybe I would be-", she stopped as she looked at Rene, he seemed...off...really off.

His eyes were just staring onto the leather strap of his journal. As if he had seen a ghost or something. Cora raised her eyebrows and opened her mouth agan to finish talking but given that he did not seem to recover much she did not continue. Instead she leaned onto the table and put a hand on his hand.

"Hey. Rene. Are you alright? Has the alcohol gotten to your brains?", she chuckled.
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Post by Sprw201 on 7/1/2019, 17:17

A hand reached across the table, gently covering his own. He stopped fidgeting with the strap, but kept a hold on it. “Hey. René. Are you alright? Has the alcohol gotten to your brains?” He heard laughter. A woman’s voice, reaching out to him. Cora’s. He looked up, his eyes wide, chocolate irises swimming shakily in a white sea. He forced himself to meet her gaze. To look at that bruise from earlier, that was purpling magnificently. He mumbled to himself, feeling embarrassed that Cora should have to see him this way, “I wish it was alcohol that was the problem.” His eyes shifted away from her face, back at the table. He couldn’t help but feel guilty.

He was shaking, and he tried to hide it, but it must have been obvious to someone like Cora. Always thinking, perhaps thinking against herself. Maybe they had more in common than he thought. “How am I not dead already?” His voice cracked halfway through the word dead. “I…” He looked at Cora again. “I’m afraid.” He swallowed (he thought quite loudly but it could barely be heard from across the the table) the saliva pooling in his mouth and spoke again, trying his best to steady his voice. “I don’t… I don’t want to die.”

Step 1: Admitting your Fears.

The Hardest Step.
It felt more like he tripped forwards. He was hoping Cora would be able to catch him before his face skidded against the ground.

“I have no idea how I’ve survived this long… how…” he took a deep breath, trying to get a reign on his emotions. Emotions that no matter how hard he tried to ignore them in professional situations, were still there even if they were buried deep. “I can’t seem to figure out how I’m not dead already.” His voice was stoney this time, grim. He wanted to pull away from Cora, it wasn’t something he wanted to show her. It wasn’t something anyone had seen before. He mumbled again, “why did I chose this job when I’m scared of everything… shit..!”

Even though he had faced the first step, he couldn’t stop his heart from thudding in his ears. His other hand that wasn’t covered by Cora’s was under the table. It was clenched around his knee, his knuckles white stars from the grip. “And then… then you mentioned The Pack and I thought… why couldn’t other mercenary groups exist? What if the walls are just making things worse? I mean… if these mercenaries grew powerful enough… soon the last thing people will be worrying about is the titans, they’ll be so much more focused on avoiding gangs and criminals instead. Is that what it’s like now? Since the MPs don’t do anything, will they swap the branches around? The bold Survey Corps hunting renegades..?” He looked at her mournfully, “I don’t want to kill anyone.”

He waited for Cora to respond, but he was cursing himself. He shouldn’t force his own burdens on her, she’d already been through so much… he should be offering support to her.
“I’m really sorry for forcing this all on you… I just… tend to overthink sometimes…” He offered her a crooked smile in an attempt to choke his thoughts off. The torrent of questions had slowed, but he still felt attacked. He was attacking himself. What was wrong with him?
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