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A Little Promise

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A Little Promise

Post by Alan Katlewande on 14/7/2017, 01:42

Nearly... There... Just a few... More...
Alan's vision shook violently as he ran on the dirt path right outside town. The ground beneath him returned merciless blows with each step he took. Alan looked up at the sky, so blue and deep... So deep...
Alan stumbled and fell onto his face.
The young captain rolled over and lay motionless, except for his chest which was rising and falling rapidly. He breathed hard coughed up whatever dust entered his lungs. Despite hurting all over and feeling like a baked potato, his mind was clear as always.

7 kilometers. Barely. Better than average by 2.6, worse than previous run by 1.3. Running ability appears to be improving, overall, but not quickly enough.
Alan rolled over and pulled out a small metallic flask. He downed the water inside like a savage animal, pausing for breaths.
Power training going better. Heavier payload carried each time. Muscles are starting to get used to it. Nearly.
The unicorn let the last few drops roll down into his mouth, then returned to look at the sky, while laying in the middle of the road and breathing heavily.

Alan was training hard - perhaps harder than ever. He was more than fit enough for the Military Police lifestyle, but his own lifestyle was slightly more demanding than that. If he ever intended to join the Scouts under the persona of the Grayblade, he would need to be much tougher, much quicker.
Alan sighed. He was making progress, but not nearly fast enough. He still lacked the proper level of skill needed in most fields - horseback riding, 3DMG mobility, titan-fighting, running fast or running far, carrying heavy equipment for prolonged periods of time, human-to-human combat, escapability and deceit. The only skill he got somewhat good at was acting - he could now change a lot of his characteristics at will to a relatively convincing level. If he needed to, he may have the ability to trick people into thinking he is something that he's not.
Maybe. For now, he couldn't hide the fact that he was bloody worn out.
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Re: A Little Promise

Post by Mitsuo Shimura on 14/7/2017, 17:23

Mitsuo stretched as he walked, he found it peaceful to listen to the soft noise of his footsteps on the dirt path.

He paused stretching when he noticed a body sprawled out on the floor.
He hurriedly jogged over but as he drew closer he noticed the body inhaling and exhaling so he slowed back into walking.

As he examined the body, Mitsuo realized that he recognized the frame.

Mitsuo got close enough to cast his shadow over the face of his fallen friend.

"You know... there are better places to sleep than a dusty floor," he smirked, "like your bedroom."

Mitsuo closed his eyes and slowly shook his head.
As he returned his gaze on Alan he raised an eyebrow, "what are you doing out here anyway? Trying to get a tan?"

The young Shimura chuckled to himself at his own remark, "some people can't be helped, eh?"
He spoke with a cheerful tone.

"Come on, get up," he extended his hand to help the Unicorn get back onto his feet.
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Post by Alan Katlewande on 14/7/2017, 22:42

Alan was looking at the clouds. There was a lot of information you could gather by doing so, surprisingly.
Wind appears to be blowing... westward he inspected, his breath slowing down slightly The clouds appear to be travelling a bit quicker than usual. Considering the lack of stormy weather on the horizon, I should be clear for... 5 more hours. More than I need. Good.
The shaking of the ground caught Alan's attention. This, along with the growing sound of the dirtpath being tread, made the captain come to the conclusion he was being approached.
True enough, a shadow soon emerged and covered Alan's face. A welcomed occurence. Along with it, a voice spoke.
"You know... there are better places to sleep than a dusty floor," it said, "like your bedroom."
Mitsuo Shimura Alan noted as he recognized the voice.A delightful surprise.
When the young mechanic made a joke about him trying to get a tan, Alan couldn't help but chuckle a little bit. He must've really looked silly, laying in the middle of the dirt path like that.
Alan grabbed Mitsuo's hand and raised himself up, slowly. He was still aching from the run, but he felt a bit better now than before.
"Hey, Mitsuo." he managed, between breaths "Long time no see."

"You're looking fine," said Alan, as he walked alongside Mitsuo "I mean, at least a lot better than what I must be looking like now. How are things going? Still working on those wacky projects of yours?"

Alan listened to Mitsuo, and in the meantime noticed the little details - how his hair was slightly longer, his body a bit leaner than before. It seems the scout was working as hard as ever.

"Oh, that reminds me-" Alan said, interrupting his poor friend "Y-you must've heard about the new mission, right? They're sending out scouts and MPs on an operation of some sort soon. You wouldn't happen to know anything about it, right?"
Alan waited patiently for his friend's response. Truth was, he knew more than he was letting on. Alan already knew details concerning the mission, and was in fact going to head the Military Police dispatch, by Dok's personal request. He wanted to see what Mitsuo has been told, try to connect the pieces of this incomplete puzzle.
Nile Doc played the game of secrecy with Alan, a game he both hated and accepted. He would've done the same.

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Post by Mitsuo Shimura on 17/7/2017, 20:14

Mitsuo smiled at Alan.

"Still working on those wacky projects of yours?"

Mitsuo chuckled at the question and scratched his head, "Yep! I've gotten a few more requested too! Especially an important one."

Mitsuo then started small talk of the project, "Auth requested it actually. Clever idea too! Making a metal structure that should be able to protect people from Titans. Just in case another breach happens."

'Somewhat true,' Mitsuo thought, 'however it's still a lie... It's not a preparation for another breach.'

Mitsuo hated lying... especially to his friends. He struggle to stop this expressing on his face but he managed.

"Y-you must've heard about the new mission, right? They're sending out scouts and MPs on an operation of some sort soon. You wouldn't happen to know anything about it, right?"

His friend dragged him out of his thoughts.
Mitsuo smiled again, "Oh yeah! All I got told was some sort of search and rescue mission and that when the convoy reaches its destination, all scouts must take orders from the MP when taking action."

Mitsuo showed an expression of sudden realization, "you've heard of the mission too? So that means you're going right!? What do you know about it?"

Mitsuo chuckled, excitement in his eyes.
So there was a chance he was going to share a mission with Alan.
'That thought is definitely interesting,' the words ran through the young Shimura's mind, 'interesting and fun.'
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Re: A Little Promise

Post by Alan Katlewande on 19/7/2017, 12:46

Alan continued pacing by Mitsuo, listening intently to him. His mind was piecing together different puzzles continously - right now, it was deducting things regarding the upcoming mission and analyzing Mitsuo's behavior.
When Mitsuo asked Alan what he knew, he didn't hesitate to answer. He already knew it before asking his own question.
"Yes," Alan smiled gently, a twinkle in his eye "I am going to be a part of the mission. Hope I won't get in the way too much."

Suddenly, Alan felt a bit uncomfortable with his rank, but he figured there was no use hiding this information from Mitsuo.
"As it happens, I was recently promoted to the rank of captain and given a squad of my own. I will be heading the Military Police dispatch for this mission."
Alan couldn't help but blush a bit. He tried saying this in the most non-showoffish way he could, but he doubted it sounded like anything but prideful boasts.
"As for what I know?" Alan paused for a brief moment "...Nothing more than you, really. Absolutely being kept in the dark about this operation."
Alan kept walking on, calmly. On the one hand, he didn't like lying to people, especially friends, but on the other hand it didn't particularly bother him either. As long as he knew he was doing it for a just reason, Alan found it far easier to do immoral things.
Once again, he noted to himself just how dangerous that sort of thing is, for a man to decide what is right and what is wrong by himself and control people's lives by following these guidelines.

"I can't say I am particularly looking forward to this mission," Alan continued, smiling sadly "My last encounter with a titan had not ended very well, as you may remember."
"Still, I'll get to see some familiar faces, probably. Auth? You? People from my old trainee corp?"
Safer popped up in his mind. The fresh scout with the scary look in his eye. Despite being a bit creepy, his skill at taking down titans (Or at least titan dummies, as far as Alan has seen) is uncanny. Will he be joining them as well?
"Anyway, as you can see, I've been training hard... For the upcoming mission. Still, I can't help but feel I won't be good enough..." Alan looked off to the side. How much did Mitsuo know, about Alan's quest for justice? Does he suspect that Alan is training not for the mission, but for becoming the Grayblade? Can he see through his lies?
Alan looked at Mitsuo with a hint of sadness in his eyes.
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Post by Mitsuo Shimura Yesterday at 16:12

Mitsuo patted Alan on the back, "You're a captain!? Awesome, dude! Congrats!"

Now in a cheery mood, Mitsuo wasn't concerned with the possible outcomes of the mission.

"I don't think you could get in the way that much, MPs are going to be kept safe no matter what, I'm sure."

Alan mentioned the party. Mitsuo's smile didn't drop, however his internal happiness did. That was not a pleasant time, indeed.
He subconsciously rubbed his right shoulder where the scar of where he got shot in the event was placed.

Mitsuo snapped back to reality, "oh, so you're training? That makes sense why you were on the floor earlier."

Mitsuo thought for a moment.
"I'm sure you'll be fine! In fact, training sounds like reasonable prep for the mission, do you mind if I join you?"
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