: Once again PieceFrog thanks the Pirate Captain for the use of the two Gritish MX bikes from his ship. Setting the bikes up against the LUGmobile he replies to the captainâ€™s comment about the narrat*rs as Mâ€™taal approaches...
PieceFrog: Why yes they are quite annoying but after a while ya can just about ignore â€˜em.
Mâ€™taal: Texarcanum, said you were looking for me.
PieceFrog: Yea, would you like to join me on a patrol of the surrounding area..? Theyâ€™re gritish bikes but a bike is a bike...
*looks bike over* Wow, talk about bare bones, no lights...
PieceFrog: Yeah, just kick-n-go. You & I donâ€™t need lights though.
*hops on bike & kick starts it* How do you want to do the patrol..?
PieceFrog: Weâ€™ll just circle the camp outward a couple of clicks then work our way back.
: After a couple of false starts & a couple of strong words about grit bikes being all backwards PieceFrog catches up to Mâ€™taal (who doesnâ€™t appear to have any trouble with her bike).
A little ways from the camp as PieceFrog gets accustomed to the bike he & Mâ€™taal engage in a friendly game of patrol follow the leader.
Now theyâ€™re out of my range, so off to you brother...
: Gee thanks, donâ€™t worry about me being stuck out here in the middle of this waste land. Oh, there they are & right on schedule... *looks into binoculars* Yeap, nothing better to do... Oops, forgot the mikes on.
Ahem, the two LUGs continue on with theyâ€™re game of follow the leader weaving through the desert terrain. As the two reach the top of a deep sloping dune PieceFrog stops his bike suddenly when he starts to get a certain feeling...
PieceFrog: *parks bike against a large rock* Whoa, whatâ€™s got my stomach doing flip-flops?
: PieceFrog digs out his monocs & starts scanning the base of the dune. After doubling back Mâ€™taal parks her bike next to his but before she questions PieceFrog he passes her the monoc then points to the bottom of the dune.
Mâ€™taal gasps at what she sees then tells PieceFrog in a hushed voice...
Mâ€™taal: Weâ€™re being watched.
: Both un-holster weapons while turning to face a shadowy blur that manages to tackle PieceFrog. The shadowy blur uses PieceFrogâ€™s momentum to pivot out of Mâ€™taalâ€™s reach.
PieceFrog howls to the heavens about the ten thousand thundering typhoons while grappling with his opponent down the steep sandy dune.
As the dust settles PieceFrog is soundly pinned by his opponent. He mutters...
PieceFrog: Only one person I know can sneak up & pin me like this.
*giggling*Flattery wonâ€™t get you loose.
*groans, sighs in defeat*All right Kitsune you win, uncle.
: And with the magic word PieceFrog is freed.
PieceFrog: Gods, Kitsune whatâ€™s it been, two years..?
Mâ€™taal: What strange company you keep.
PieceFrog: GAH! Kitsune: Eep!
*hides behind PieceFrog*
PieceFrog: Ahem, Mâ€™taal â€“ Kitsune, Kitsune â€“ Mâ€™taal. Kitsune is a sister-in-arms that chewed some of the same dirt with me team in Bakdad... ^__^;
*puts axe away*
Kitsune: Yes, I am.
: With that Mâ€™taal moves off towards what originally caught the sidetracked LUGsâ€™ attention...
PieceFrog: Oh, right!
*strikes palm with heel of other hand*
Kitsune: Uh, PieceFrog, whatâ€™s a LUG & who is that guy?
*points at narrat*r*
PieceFrog: What? Oh, him? Thatâ€™s a narrat*r, trust me & just ignore him...
*guides Kitsune past the narrat*r* Donâ€™t make eye contact.
Ahem, leading the newcomer up beside Mâ€™taal, PieceFrog comments...
PieceFrog: So, this is whatâ€™s been making my stomach do flip-flops.
Mâ€™taal: Le Fae needs to see this.
PieceFrog: A friend of ours. Yes she does.
Kitsune: Why? It's just a patch of grass with a ring of mushrooms...
: PieceFrog stops Kitsune from walking into the curious circle...
Mâ€™taal: In the middle of the desert.
*checks GPS reader then looks to Mâ€™taal* Would you bring Le Fae here..?
*points toward camp* The camp should be about 2 clicks that way.
Mâ€™taal: More like 2 & half clicks that way.
*points a little bit to the left*
PieceFrog: Okay, weâ€™ll keep guard...
: PieceFrog watches as Mâ€™taal quickly departs on her MX bike & returns his attention back to find Kitsune about to poke a mushroom with her curious finger...
PieceFrog: Hey!! What are you doing?!?
*pouts at being caught* You heard the man, I got a curious finger.
*crosses arms on chest*
Kitsune, whatâ€™s it been? Two years since my team reported you MIA after the fire fight in Bakdad. Your country waved the plausible deny flag at the mention of your name. Finally, you turn up out of the blue, middle of the desert decked out in a well equipped black sneak suit.
Kitsune: Wow! I can play this game too, you know. When I saw you last you didnâ€™t quite look like a walking - talking big hairy dog!!
PieceFrog: True... ^__^â€™ Hey, you canâ€™t change the subject!
Kitsune: Yes I can, Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s a much more interesting story but Iâ€™d much rather poke at these very interesting mushrooms.
PieceFrog: All right Iâ€™ll tell ya but you gotta leave the mushrooms alone.
*pulls Kitsune away from the ring*
Kitsune: Awww, you know I canâ€™t resist a good story...
= = = = = = =
Kitsune: ...a league of unique gentlebeings, a family of narrat*rs, a quest for a lost convoy of cookies, traitors, an a girl band of bandits...
: Comments the attentive Kitsune as PieceFrog begins to hear & looks up the dune for the arrival of Mâ€™taal & Le Fae.
PieceFrog: Yeah, thatâ€™s about it...
: Is PieceFrogâ€™s reply as he gets up & considers broaching the subject of the secret device of doom rumored to be with the lost cookie convoy.
PieceFrog: Blabber mouth!!
*pointing to narrat*r* You guys are such an intel nightmare!
Iâ€™m not to keen on what the device is â€“ none of us are. We just found out about it & that it might have something to do with manipulating time.
: And as far as PieceFrog is concerned heâ€™s got a chunk of C4 with its name on it...
Hey!! *avoids a rock aimed for his head*
PieceFrog: Keep it up bucko, I got more where that came from!!
Kitsune: Thatâ€™s very interesting...
PieceFrog: Yeah. So, can you tell me why youâ€™re here?
*offers hand to help Kitsune up*
Kitsune: Yes, I...
*looks to others approaching* Someone broke a promise.
PieceFrog: Sounds serious. I got yer back if you need it.
*turns to greet the approaching Le Fae & Mâ€™taal*
: In the lead Le Fae *knocked over by Le Fae* Hey!
Um, pushes her way through obviously not in the mood for introductions...
PieceFrog: Whoa, Mâ€™taal whatâ€™s that all about?
*jabs thumb over shoulder in the direction of Le Fae*
Mâ€™taal: Yeah, not one word from her & she was waiting for me to pick her up.
*watches Le Fae walk into the center of the ring*
: As Le Fae enters the center of the ring a gust of wind pushes its way through the waiting group. PieceFrog starts to comment but drops without warning to the sand almost knocking over a startled Kitsune.
= = = = = = =
Sendaz: So, if I get this right, keeping this
*motions to pan flute bound with a rope made out of hair* on my person will negate our little problem with magic.
: The collared drake trapped in human form closes his eyes & concentrates for a time then...
*opens eyes* Nope. I still can't access anything... I can't tap my Core, the source of my magic.... I still can't access aurasight..... that same wall is still cutting me off from everything. This is very frustrating.
Mâ€™taal: Iâ€™m only going by what Le Fae said but sheâ€™s not been very forthcoming. Maybe it just needs a little time...
Sendaz: I suppose. So, the newcomer is with PieceFrog in the infirmary..?
Mâ€™taal: Yeah, she & QuÃ¤stor are keeping an eye on him. QuÃ¤stor said he canâ€™t seem to find anything physically wrong with PieceFrog.
Sendaz: Maybe a bit of rest will do the trick. Please let Le Fae know I want to speak with her about this trinket.
Mâ€™taal: If I can find her. If not we could always try it my way...
*motions for axe*
Sendaz: You wouldnâ€™t...
*ready to bolt*