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  • #91
    The shaft of Ringo's club clattered onto the wooden attic floor, as did her spear. Every bit of resistance the girl possessed evaporated as her entire mind save for the most rudimentary parts like breathing and standing disappeared. The blanked Ringo did grip at Liam's arm with an infantile strength, like a baby trying to hold onto a mother, but gone was any trace of skill or lethal intent. It was the desperate clinging of an idiot. There could be no counterattack now.

    Without a moment of hesitation Liam's bottle swung in. Even with the trace amount of alcohol in her system the act felt thrilling, fulfilling even. Maybe it was some of the raven rubbing off on the tavern owner. Liam forced the bottle forward and towards the neck of her captured prey.

    It hit nothing but air. In fact, the entire bottle suddenly flew out of Liam's hands and smashed itself into pieces on the floor. The woman lost her grip as her arm flung outwards to try to regain balance. Balance? Why? Her mind raced as a powerful force tugged Ringo away from her grip. The pull seemed to come from nowhere, as if some god of the heavens was yanking the girl upwards. Ringo looked equally confused but at least she had an excuse.

    Liam's first instinct was to grab at the girl and stop her miraculous ascent. But as her own feet lifted off the ground the realization came all at once that whatever was moving Ringo, it had more than enough strength to pull Liam as well. A series of panicked yells shook through the tavern and Liam hastily let go of the girl entirely. The reverse was not true, however. The raven's power couldn't blank Ringo's own survival instinct and the cadet held on tight to Liam as if her life depending on it. Now the yelping became cursing as the two tangled combatants rose up and out of the hole in the roof.
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    • #93
      Bully to that! Liam's fingers burned with pain as her grip began to loosen on the tiles. The tile themselves shuddered and cracked, threatening to give way at any moment. This stalemate wouldn't last much longer.

      There was nothing left in the tank for either. Mutually assured destruction seemed to be the only way out. Liam couldn't do anything else and Ringo was too dumb now to change the situation either. If the girl loosened the rope on her waist the weight would drop and both could live, though! Yet the voided mind of Ringo either wasn't aware of that fact or chose not to do it. The latter couldn't be possible. Nobody would willingly choose to die in such a stupid way.

      As the last bits of strength tore away from Liam's grip she bit her tongue in frustration. There was no other choice. Her raven materialized at her side, perched on her captured leg as it were just another branch in the wind. Its large black wings spread outwards and blocked the setting sun, casting Ringo completely in its shadow. The yellow beak of the beast opened and out flowed a black, vaporous mist.

      Every stolen memory walloped Ringo like a punch of the face. Her eyes refocused and her jaw clenched shut as the barrage of experiences came rushing back at once. Just enough- Liam would return just enough to overwhelm the girl, but not enough to save her.

      Sure enough the shock hit Ringo's brain hard. Her own grip loosened on Liam's leg as the survival instinct of her primitive brain was replaced with her own years of training. No matter how much she might try, this girl was still a kid, and kids just weren't equipped to make snap judgment calls in strange situations! At that same moment Liam's heel crushed Ringo's face again and the girl's grip completely failed. A wave of pressure lifted off Liam's body as the weighty tug of her anchor disappeared over the edge. Victory! It was her victory!
      (Rain Chuunin) Oichi Josuke | (Sand Chuunin) Sawamatsu no Motonubu | (Leaf Chuunin) Hyuuga Kannon
      (Retired Grass Chuunin) Shinshi Gemmei | (Snow Genin) Gonnohyoe | (Mist Genin) Kurusu Ringo
      (Brigade of Light) Chosokabe Muneshige | (Leaf Chuunin) Hong Feiyan
      Shichou Clan GM - Shichou Mission Thread Here!
      Brigade of Light GM - Missions and More!
      I will do any thread, anywhere, anytime. Just PM me!
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      • #94
        Then the second line snapped taut and Liam shot forward after the burden she just disposed of. Her fingernails splintered as she tried hopelessly to grapple the tiles again. It was too little, too late, and she toppled over the side.

        The floating weightlessness of free fall overtook her. Everything seemed to move as if in slow motion. Below her Liam saw the fast approaching ground, as well as the White Clamshell's namesake embedded in the soil of the courtyard below. The fall might not be lethal but it would almost certainly be crippling. Yet these were not the thoughts which filled Liam's mind as she tumbled downward.

        How? What pulled her off the edge? Ringo was the one tied to the statue! The entire force of the pull came down by her leg, almost as if the girl never let go. But she had! Ringo released her hands from Liam entirely! Despite the rapidly approaching earth Liam used her precious few seconds to look down at the limb which betrayed her.

        Fishing line. Coiled, knotted, and tight around her heel like a noose. Since when? Since before, long before. That doorknob- that stupid, pointless doorknob! That damnable cadet! She laid it before, in precise anticipation of the two of them being pulled together and tangled up! The rage inside Liam boiled over and a refusal to accept this reality. The world didn't work this way! It shouldn't! So many things had to have happened in such a specific order for this to be possible! At any point, if any one thing failed, then the whole plan would have been pointless! Who could possibly bank their entire life on such a slim chance?

        Liam's hands shot out as if she could claw a handhold out from the air itself. Her mind screamed out for her spirit and so it appeared. The raven materialized below her and instantly disintegrated as her body crashed through its frail physical existence. Then it happened again, and again, and again. Each time the raven regenerated in a bundle of smoke and feathers only for it to disappear in the next instant as Liam demolished it. It all seemed so futile.

        Yet.

        Yet!

        Her mind didn't loose focus. In those precious seconds she called on her power, the raven's power, rapidly and with pinpoint precision. Her plummet couldn't be stopped but it could be slowed. With a last howl her raven's body reappeared and bore a tremendous brunt of the gravity pulling her down, cushioning the fall in the split second before Liam hit the ground.

        In a mighty puff of black smoke Liam smashed into the earth. Her body bounced a bit, then settled. Bits and pieces of the shredded roof tiles rained down from below and gently pelted her splayed out body like a drizzle of rain.

        Everything stayed quiet for a moment.

        Then Liam groaned.

        Then she laughed.
        (Rain Chuunin) Oichi Josuke | (Sand Chuunin) Sawamatsu no Motonubu | (Leaf Chuunin) Hyuuga Kannon
        (Retired Grass Chuunin) Shinshi Gemmei | (Snow Genin) Gonnohyoe | (Mist Genin) Kurusu Ringo
        (Brigade of Light) Chosokabe Muneshige | (Leaf Chuunin) Hong Feiyan
        Shichou Clan GM - Shichou Mission Thread Here!
        Brigade of Light GM - Missions and More!
        I will do any thread, anywhere, anytime. Just PM me!
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        • #95
          Boy, did it hurt! The collision shook her skull and ribcage and she probably fell on her keys on top of that. But Liam could feel her toes. She could wiggle her fingers. Her vision was spinning and the black cloud wisps swirling around made it difficult to see, but she didn't feel as though any serious damage had been sustained. In fact as she began to move Liam realized she could probably limp away from this one. What else could you do but laugh in a situation like this? Ringo would have certainly taken more damage from her fall, if the girl was even still conscious. Sitting up slightly Liam already started looking for a weapon somewhere to bash the child's skull in. In the end the girl's meticulous plan failed, because there simply wasn't enough height to seriously injure Liam! That her raven could even be used that way- it was amazing what these spirit animals could do when called on in a moment of dire need. It almost felt unfair.

          The smoke thinned. The large, now broken statue lay just a few feet from where Liam fell. It was a small blessing that she hadn't landed right on it. Luck was on her side today! Still pulling herself up with both arms she continued to blink away her shaken vision and search for the black-clad Ringo. The girl was small so it would be easy to miss her. Maybe she already crawled away? It wasn't conceivable that-

          Aha! The girl was behind the statue, of course! She fell first after all. Liam got on all fours and coughed up another mouthful of laughter. What a strange sight it must have been. It was a good thing that dumb fisherman hadn't shown up. To be seen in such a sorry state! It would ruin the woman's credibility. By pure chance she looked upwards, where the sun was just beginning to disappear behind the tavern's structure. There might even still be time to get the inn ready for that nights patrons!

          Her mouth opened again to cough but instead her jaw simply remained open. The breath stopped in her throat. Both pupils widened to take in that last bit of fleeting sunlight.

          The sun wasn't being blocked by her tavern. It was being blocked by the rapidly falling body of a small child.
          (Rain Chuunin) Oichi Josuke | (Sand Chuunin) Sawamatsu no Motonubu | (Leaf Chuunin) Hyuuga Kannon
          (Retired Grass Chuunin) Shinshi Gemmei | (Snow Genin) Gonnohyoe | (Mist Genin) Kurusu Ringo
          (Brigade of Light) Chosokabe Muneshige | (Leaf Chuunin) Hong Feiyan
          Shichou Clan GM - Shichou Mission Thread Here!
          Brigade of Light GM - Missions and More!
          I will do any thread, anywhere, anytime. Just PM me!
          Wizlab | Swaps | (AP) | RIP

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