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As Ling stomped off, the others just watched with sad looks on their faces. His face twisted with anger as he started into a jog letting tears slip as he jammed his eyes shut. He started running faster and faster, everything around him a blur. Teeth gritting, he thought creul thoughts about Yubi, wishing it were fishboy dead instead of Kiara.
Kiara felt a soft breeze blowing against her face, as she took light airy breaths, and tried to go back to dreams with her and her nakama. After a minute or two of trying, she gave up and made a small whine. She opened her eyes, but quickly shut them as the brightness was great. She raised her right arm and pt it over her eyes as she opened them once more. Her eyes widened though, as she realised which arm she raised. She removed it and looked down at it in wonder. 'No pain....no pain! Why no pain?!' when She looked around at her suroundings, her eyes practically bulged out of her head. The sight was beautiful. It was indescribable, but it made her feel pure and not like a monster for once in her...life... 'wait, am I dead?' She had a puzzled look on her face, but it grew into a shocked face as she heard a reply.
"Unfortunatly, Im gonna have to say yes, dear,"
'That voice is so familiar, but why?' She looked up at the people in her presence. There were two people to Kiara's surprise, a man and a woman. She studied their features more closely, and thought she saw a resemblence to someone she knew, bu she couldnt put her finger on it. The man had short black hair, with choppy bangs, and wore the standard ninja outfit for men, except for the cloak. His arm was draped around the female, his other one holding her hand. He gazed down upon her with his chocolate eyes, glancing towards the woman as she began to speak, giving her a warm smile. The woman had beautiful blonde hair with golden streaks, her ocean blue eyes gazing into her own crimson ones. Her long pink skirt flowing behind her as the gentle breeze blew, her baby pink t-shirt seemed to fit like a glove.
Kiara opened her fanged mouth to speak, letting her soft voice flow into the breeze.
"Oh..well at least my friend must have lived for I dont see him anywhere. Well, might as well enter the gates. See you later!"
She smiled a happy smile, and pushed up off of the ground, walking slowly past the couple as she did so, her ebony locks flowing behind her. Her crimson eyes focused on the huge golden gates in front of her. Their granduer making her marvel at the sight. She delicatly put her hands to the gate and was about to push them open, when the females voice surprised her and made her stop.
"So, your going to give up? Just like that? Give up the rest of your life? I truly thought you were better than that,"
Kiara's eyes shifted to the ground and her face grew a guilty look as she begun to reply.
"Well, its not like I know how to live again, and who would miss me?"
The females eyes turned cold, and her face grew mad as she faced the young girl in front of her.
"You fool! You have a whole crew of friends down there right now mourning your loss!"
Kiara smiled a sad smile, face masked by her bangs once more as she turned towards the couple.
"They can survive on their own. They have eachother to take care of them,"
"Wrong! They are split up! The threads that you wove are inraveled,"
"Fine, but there still is no way to return, even if I wanted to return to my friends."
Tears finally slipped from her eyes, and her smile dissappered, as she sank to her knees.She suddenly felt someone turn her around and embrace her as she wept into the girls shoulder grasping her shirt tightly.
"I will never see them again,"
She said as she calmed down, only to be shocked as the female spoke in kind words.
"If you are willing to give up enough i will send you back, my precious, Kiara,"
Kiara pushed away and widened her crimson eyes even more.
"HoW! Ill do anything to see them again!"
"Ill send you back now, but Im not sure how long you will have. This doesnt happen offten. And I dont know the price, but I shall start now. Before I do though, I will say this. While you are alive, find out what happened to us. We are your parents Kiara, and here we go!"
She put her hand on Kiaras head, and mumbled a few incoherent words. A glow illuminated around Kiara, and she felt the hand leave her head, and was pushed by her. Only she didnt land on the clouds, she went through them. As she was falling, she smiled, but also wondered what the price was that her mother talked about. She was suddenly jerked from her thoughts as she hit her body.
She opened her eyes as she coughed out water, and lurched up. Once she was done gagging, she stood up, looking around her. She listened with her ears bentback and twitching,trying to hear a specific person. She coldnt help but feel a stronger liking towards him than anyone. Her stomach always did flipflops when he did something as simple as speak. She didnt have time to think about it though, as she heard his running, and smelt his tears and his unique scent she had become accustom to. She imediatly took off after it. She used her fox side to draw the speed nesisary to catch up to him. As silent as ever, she ran even when her legs began to weaken and hurt. When she saw him up ahead, she ran faster than ever, and when she caught up to him, she wrapped her arms around him and stopped him from moving. She rested her head on his back gently, whispering to him with a sad look on her face.'
After that, she broke out into a fit of coughs. Her hand was up against her mouth, and it wasnt untill she stopped that she noticed the pool of blood in her hand.
Ling was dumbfounded as he was gently embraced from behind.
He knew of only one person who carried this warm, gentle aura. But that person was… dead? A gentle draft ruffled his jacket and pushed his light-brown hair to the side, away from the beach. Ling’s warm honey eyes went blank against the horizon; clouded by confusion, awe, euphoria… He glanced down at the slender hands around his waist. An object pushed against his back.
“I’m here…” it spoke.
The aura, the hands, the… voice, were all too familiar. Kiara! Ling turned around as the fox-girl let go of him. Her hand went against her mouth as she coughed several times.
Lingshou stood there. “Ki… Your…” nothing made sense to him. His mind broke down from too many incongruities. Since he became a doctor, he had saved many lives. Learning the best strategies and spending countless hours of research, he was able to save people of the most critical situation.
Never, could a dead patient be revived.
For that is why Ling stood there. His life was bound by medical laws and theorems, any deviation would petrify him.
The creature that looked like Kiara started coughing up blood, and looked up at Ling. What could he do? The rules his life adhered by have been broken. Ling knelt down and gently picked up the creature that looked like Kiara into his ams. His eyes ran along the ears, down the slim body and ended at the bushy tail. She really is…
A plethora of emotions hit Ling. A single tear escaped the bulwark of his ‘I don’t care’ attitude, but was quickly wiped away.
He stood up and ran back to his campsite. “Guys! We are leaving now!” Ling picked up his duffel bag and juggled Kiara’s weight before heading off to the docks. The others followed, thinking Ling had stolen Kiara’s body. Ling reached the docks and waited for everyone to catch up. “That one.” Ling said, pointing to a nearby boat. It was about half the size of a marine battleship, but it was more than enough. Kiara escaped Ling’s grip and struggled to stand up. The others watched in amazement.
“I’m…back.” She said once again.
Ling jumped on their new ship and the others followed. He opened a door to a room. It was fairly sized with a bed perfect for operations. He looked at Kiara who slowly trotted to his room.
“Lie down please.” Said Lingshou, feeling like a doctor again. He took off his jacket and revealed his white t-shirt, now blotted with scattered spots of Kiara’s blood. Kiara started coughing again.
“What do I have?” Kiara solemnly asked.
“I believe you have a mild case of Hemoptysis. Basically, your lungs are bleeding. I’m guessing from inhaling so much water.”
Ling took out a small pill and filled a glass of water. He handed both to Kiara and watched her intake the pill. “Hey, Kiara.” Ling looked up. “What… happened?”
Someone had unfurled the sails of the ship and they began to drift aimlessly towards their next destination.
Allen awoke to the sound of waves. Eyes still bleary from his forced “Sleep” Allen gazed into the evening sky. He motioned to get up, but pain shot trough his side. He the began to remember what had happened. The fight... and everything that had happened afterwards. Being carried, hearing about Kiara dying… everything was so hazy… “But enough of this introspective crap.” Allen thought to himself. He hoarsely called out “Dumbass doctor… what’s the damage?” He received no answer. Allen got up, and then, with pain lancing up and down his side, tottered to the side of the ship. As he looked down into the blue ocean, he felt a sense of deep inner peace. And then, of course, he threw up.
Yubi didn't get an answer to his question. He felt ignored mostly because everybody was focusing on the dead fox lady. He couldn't blame them and he did care. It's just...he couldn't stand to realize that he killed her. "Damn marines. Damn jail cell. Damn gill-less humans. Damn. They obviously don't want me to stay with my fires giving us away and my idiotic stunts. I'll just leave then. Yubi thought bitterly to himself.
He left the group and headed for the nearest ship. He realized that if he took it they would be caught for sure and that he didn't need it because he could swim for hours with the use of his gills. He thought that he could help them by getting the ship to a place where they could be safer. Away from the island where they had started and where they may get a better start. Nobody would know of their crimes so perhaps they could escape the marines while he fled from them as well.
The band as Yubi thought of it to himself got on the ship and so he unraveled the sails. It may have scared the others as they probably hadn't noticed his disappearence but they would probably forgive him as long as this didn't turn into more grief. After the ship was well away from the island, about 10 kilometres or so, he headed below deck where he realized Kiara was alive and Allen was asleep.
"Sorry for the scare...wait. Didn't she die?" Yubi's apology turned into a question.
"I guess not," Ling replied shortly.
"Well, that's good. I'll catch and prepare us some grub as soon as I find a safe place on the ship to start a fire." Yubi told the group and set off to do more or less, just that.
It was past midnight now. A warm draft was gently tugging the boat along the water. Ling's white shirt reflected the dim, distant moon that lay obscured by the dark, peaceful clouds.
Ling bowed his head over the stern of the boat, and was hypnotized by the ripples which gracefully combined itself with the rest of the sea water. The group had grown closer within the past few days, while Ling usually avoided large conversations, he began to feel a connection towards each of them.
He had taken a break from his work and stepped out onto the boat when he was sure everyone was asleep, a tradition he had done in his old crew. He sighed as he reflected on what had happened in the past few days.
Allen was a little seasick in the beginning, but with Ling's help, and the right pills, he had gotten over it.
Kiara's arm had fully healed now, though she once in a while coughs up little blood. He turned around and looked at his small doctor's office, where Kiara now lay. After spending hours on wondering why Kiara's cough didn't go down, he started taking it easy when he realized Kiara's condition was not deproving. Ling sighed once more and gazed up at the light that escaped the clouds which now covered the moon.
The crew had never known where they were going. When he asked who could navigate, everyone looked at Yubi, who shamefully matched everyone's eyes and then quickly looked up. Yubi then quickly switched subjects and suggested a name for the crew. No one at that moment had even given a name a thought, so everyone was quiet. Until, of course, Spike interrupted with the name the "Crimson Fox" pirates. Kiara was obviously embarassed by the name, but faced no objections, since Kiara was chosen to be the captain.
Ling strained his eyes towards the horizon. A thin strip of land far out in the distance was beginning to reveal itself through the light fog of the night. Ling knew he should inform the others, but he didn't want to wake anyone up. Ling rubbed his eyes and turned towards his doctor's room for another night of sleepless research. Lingshou, doctor of The Crimson Fox Crew.
Spike lay staring into the dark cieling of the boat. He knew he had a responsibilty. A responsibility to... he could not think of anymore. Spike, Sharpshooter of The Crimson Fox Crew lay sleepless at dawn.
[ooc] short post yea, i know. But i had to
Kiara sighed as she sat on the cabins roof, gazing into the endless night sky as she thought about multiple things. One of which was the "price" her parents had spoken of. She was positivly sure that coughing up blood was part of it, but she wondered what other symptoms she would get. She already started to lightly weaze on occasion but not so much that any one would notice. Her arm rest on her knees which were propped up, glancing down at the deck. Only Ling lay propped
against the mast as everyone else was in the cabin, bottles with multicolored liquids around him. Guess he was making new poisons or medicines. Her thoughts drifted to her nakama. No matter how much they tryed to convince her, she still felt she ruined their lives by placing this bounty upon them. They should be living nice lives, but instead they were stuck on a boat with her on the sea. She smiled at what they had named the crew and making her captain. She blushed in embaressment, but quickly shook it off as she saw Ling shiver in his sleep.
She frowned, and leaped down swiftly but silently as a spy should down to deck. She quietly made her way to his room and grabbed a blanket off of his bed. She kind of jogged back to him not making a sound and covered him in it. Satisfied, she looked down at him, smiling at the peacful look on his face. Blushing, she leaped back up to the roof and kind of sprawled out on top of it. Her arms were out and her legs lazily lying there as her hair lay behind her. She felt her eyelids finally close, as the sun began to come up...
Ling slowly awoke. His eyes stung from the sunlight which peeked through his barely open eyelids.
He did not remember falling asleep, but decided he could not do without sleep for 3 days. Ling then looked at the blanket which neatly covered him. He wondered who put it there, but blushed and quickly put the blanket back into his room.
Ling walked back on to the deck. The morning sun was comfortably warming his skin. He saw spike reclining near the bow of the ship, staring forward at their next destination. A water splash to the left caught Ling's attention. Yubi emerged from the water, his scales gleaming from the water, and waved to Lingshou, holding up a fish. Ling smiled. He had gotten along better with the Fishman these past couple of days. Yubi dove down and emerged again, this time closer to the boat, creating yet another ripple of water. Yubi dove down and up a few more times, each time getting closer until he reached the rope ladder off the side of the boat.
Yubi climbed on to the boat and threw down a net he was carrying, which contained about 10 fish. "Lunch anyone?" He said.
With this said, Spike jumped to his feet and ran over to look at the fish, his eyes already starting to dig in to them. Ling silently chuckled. "We need firewood don't we?" said Spike. Yubi was about to get some until Ling told him to stop. Ling took out 2 gray pieces of cloth along with his dagger. He place the larger, thicker cloth on to the floor, and placed the smaller, lighter cloth on top.
"Watch this." Ling said, the other two moving closer. He unsheathed his dagger and held his sheath to the floor at an angle. He took the butt of the dagger and then swiftly struck the sheath. A tiny flash of a spark hit the smaller cloth, and instantly ignited it into a fire. Yubi was clearly amazed at Ling's quick-starting, slow-burning cloth, but Spike was more excited to eat.
Ling took a bite of Yubi's well cooked fish, and looked behind to see Allen walk out of the door, having smelt the cooking. Ling subtly smiled, and his eyes moved up to see a figure sprawled out on the roof. Kiara was peacefully sleeping, her chest rising up and down gently, but yet Ling could tell she was bothered by something.
Ling then remembered something. "There was an island last night..."
"Yeah," interrupted Spike, who now pointed forward, "That one." Ling looked. The lack of a fog made the island sharply visible.
"Which reminds me..." said Yubi, moving towards the mast, "We'll reach there very soon."
"Anyone know where that is?" asked Allen. The group laughed awkwardly, neither of them having a log pose.
Presently, the ship of the Crimson Fox crew drifted closer to the island. 4 crew members eagerly waiting...
It had been a few days and Yubi hadn't cooked much because they couldn't in the middle of the ocean. He had gotten seaweed and that had been the majourity of their meals. Yubi had eaten some raw marine animals although everyone else had passed for some strange reason. Yubi was curious as to why. In the mean time they had decided on the name of their crew and all had agreed that Yubi was needed as the cook because he could go for hours underwater to scavenge the food. Kiara had been apointed captain, Ling Shou was given the title of doctor, Spike was the self-proclaimed sharpshooter and Allen had been unanimously voted as musician. The crew's name had been decided as the Crimson Fox Crew.
The ship had been quite roomy and had a few cabins, Yubi volunteered to sleep on deck if they got more crewmembers than cabins although that wasn't true yet. The night had been good and they hadn't run into marines - Yubi was very grateful for that. Most of them were in good condition except for Kiara's coughing. He had also improved his relationship with Ling in the meantime. Yubi had taken to gathering breakfast early in the morning but decided not to this morning, it ould be their fourth or fifth day at sea and Yubi thought perhaps he could improve her condition with cooked fish. He realized he had never asked if anyone could make a fire and promised himself that if no one could he'd throw back the fish and collect yet more seaweed instead.
Morning came and so Yubi went to catch the fish. When he came back he went to ask the people down below if they had something for a fire, but Ling stepped forward and lit some cloth. The fishman cooked the fish well, atleast Spike certainly seemed to appreciate it. It wasn't long before everyone was up, the smell of food luring them. The subject was the island which they were going to land on soon; how soon they didn't know though. Most speculated that they'd reach in a couple of hours and that it was probably marine-free. If that was true then perhaps they were in waters which the marines didn't patrol often, probably because of the location of the last enemy they faced.
When they did reach the island everyone got off to explore it. They all agreed to meet back at the ship when the sun was at it's highest. Yubi wanted to find two things so they would have a bit of a change of pace with their meals - firewood and land animals.
Lingshou quickly set off into the island.
He walked for a while and came across the local island bazaar. He walked down the middle of the street, both sides replete with stores offering strange objects for sale. One shop immediately caught his eye. The word "DRUG" was printed boldly above the awning of the small shack. Ling walked up to the clerk. The clerk, a short, dark man with dirty long black hair ask him, "What the hell do you want?"
Ling ignored him, and look past the clerk at a shelf stacked with jars of pills, ointment, weird-colored liquids, and dried herbs hanging from a rope. Ling drew in a deep breath and immediately recognized every herb and medicine there. His eyes then fell on one of the herbs. It was not very distinctive, appearing grayish in color, but Ling knew what it was.
Ling lifted his arm and pointed at it. "Two of those."
The clerk looked back, saw what Ling was pointing at, and replied, "Five hundred beli. Each." Ling looked down, he knew the herbs would cost about that much. Ling looked in his bag. Inside he found 2 five beli coins and a small rock.
The clerk scoffed and told him to take a hike. Lingshou didn't want any trouble, so he turned and walked away, mingling into the crowd of shoppers.
As they got off of the ship, Kiara in front, they all had ideas of what they were going to do. Kiara turned to them and they stopped. "Do what you please, but come back by sunset, just to make sure you all are in one piece, Spike, stay and watch the ship for me please," She said putting her hood on, smirking at the last bit and watched them nod and take off. She turned towards a different path than everyone was going, even Yubi who went to a forest path. Carefully, she jumped onto one of the many trees that were along the path and jumped tree to tree. Silent as the still air, she stopped, hiding quickly as she saw the heavily guarded marine base. Eying it, she decided she was right, it was the one she needed to take care of personal buisness for. She glared at the base, memories quickly coming back to her.
She gasped as her ankle was grabbed and she was pulled down from the tree. She stared face to face with one of the marines, as she lay on the ground. "Hey, lets see the woman behind the hood lady," He said pulling off her hood, and smirking at seening the face. 'Yes! Now I can get inside and take my revenge...' Those thoughts ran through her head as her arm was bent behind her and she was led through the gates.
Once they reached the inside, she used her tail to swipe his legs from under him and make him fall and let go of her. She smirked and whispered a few words. "Kitsune Kitsune no Transformation!" She was suddenly engulfed by an orange light, and when she came out she was a ful-fledged fox. Running with full speed, she zoomed through the familliar halls, reaching a particullar room and growling. Changing back, she slammed through the doors. Fist clenched she sped towards the one at the desk ready to punch him until two marines pulled her back leaving her kicking and screaming. "YOU BASTARD!! YOU KILLED THE ONLY ONE KIND TO ME!! IN FRONT OF ME!!" He waved to the marines to take her away. "I will deal with her in a bit. Take her to a cell" Kiara growled, as she was dragged out the door. THe marine captain sighed, pulling out the microphone that would send a message over intercom so the whole island could hear the news.
"New information regarding criminals. The fabled monster spy named Kiara has been captured. Repeat Kiara captured. She has however asked to fight me. If you wish to watch her get killed, the fight will be held in Fighting Ground 2. That is all"..........
The words pierced Ling like a cold icicle square in the neck. They had been in the island for less than an hour, and that fox girl got captured already?
Ling took off, not knowing where he was going. He ran down the narrow bazaar, bumping into random people and hearing rude names being called at him. Fighting Ground 2... where was that? Beyond the market and over a few trees, Ling could see the rectangular roof of a building and the upper portion of the Marine logo. There he headed, running faster than he had in a long time. It was then when he heard something that sounded like fanfare being played by trumpets, and he ran even faster. Out of breath and exhausted, Lingshou looked into the crowd surrounding the bottom of the Marine base, and walked, panting, into it. The crowd was slowly being admitted into the building and then directed by marines further into the building. Ling stood in line, knowing where the crowd was headed.
Soon, it was his turn to go in. The marine guarding the door asked him his name. "Ling-" but Ling cut himself off, and cursed to himself for using his real name when he was under a bounty.
The marine wrote his name on an attendance chart and said "Okay Ling, go on ahead."
Ling sighed with relief, and followed the others into the marine base.
Fighting Ground 2 was a large stadium like area. About a thousand people were seated around the room. The center of the room was filled with sand and gravel with many rocks, large and small, randomly blotted around. The arid ground of the fighting arena was still with the light brown color of dust, except for one patch of red blood which formed around the body of a small fox.
OOC: Robba I think this RP died. In any case, count my character out. You can have die any which way you choose.
Kiara sighed as she was dragged with her hands tied together to the middle of the stadium. Glancing around she looked to see if any nakama were watching and if they could perhaps help her if the time came, she smiled slightly, seeing the frantic doctor in the audience. Her smile faltered however, when the marines threw her to the ground, her silently cursing at the fact that her face was in the dirt and her arm got a pretty deep cut from a jagged rock within the sand. From behind her, she felt her bound hands become untied and sat up. rubbing her wrists, blood running down her arm in a pool around her.
In a blur she stood up, tail shaking behind her, and grabbed the edges of her cloak. As a gust of random wind blew through she ripped it off, armed still extended to the side. Smirking, she glanced at her arm and licked some of the flowing blood off in a clean line up. She shook her head quickly to relieve it of some of the troublesome sand that would leave her black hair grainy and dirty, and her ears twitched slightly, hearing all of the boos from the audience. Growling low under her throat, she turned and screamed at the crowd hands balled into fists. "Awwww shut up you whining bunch of babies!! I could beat your butts any day. Don't make me come over there-" "Enough!" Turning quickly, she saw the marine captain, and froze. Her frown deepened and her eyes went very cold as she took fighting position.
From the other end the captain smirked. Who was this foolish fox to think she could defeat him! This should be easy.
Kiara growled low in her throat, licking her chapped lips, and growing her nails into claws got into fighting position. “You go first, monster,” She said, ready to block anything he had coming.