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Gunsmoke: Inn Lobby

David A., Devon

David did indeed recognize the suit, having seen Rosario + Vampire. Of course, this was only his friend kept on urging him to read it. David isn't particularly interested in the whole "manga and anime" thing, but relented, reading a couple of volumes. He didn't bother continuing after that.

"God, I've been asked this question so many times today. What gave it away?" David put his arms out, but not frustratedly so, and showed off his current appearance. "Was it the fact that I hardly have any dirt on me, or the fact that I'm not a fantasy character or dressed up like one? I can already see that you're wearing the uniform of a fictional high school, Rosa and Vampire, or something like that."

Gunsmoke: Inn Lobby

David A., Devon

Devon took a moment to put down the guitar and responded to the irritated man. "Hey, it's not my fault my old clothing was just about destroyed, but I'd like to say Kurumu did a pretty good job with this. It's a bit odd that I haven't seen her or her lover around, though. And before you go off and start complaining about people looking like Fantasy characters, I haven't seen anyone here looking like they were designed by Tetsuya Nomura."

He extended a hand to David and gave a pleasant smile as he introduced himself. "Anyway, the name's Devon. Good to meet you, man! If you want to take a moment to relax here before you go off and head to sleep, I was wondering how you got here, especially after that scene you made a bit after my performance in the saloon."

Gunsmoke: Inn Lobby

David A., Devon

David looked at the man's offered hand in silence. After a few uncomfortable seconds, he eventually took it and shook. "David Ashworth, likewise. Anyway, I truly have no idea how I got here. I was simply reading one of my books in the middle of a class, then I found myself being called a pervert and had various beauty products tossed at my head. Then I fell on a table."

David yawned and stretched his arms. "So yeah, Slindis said I was able to get a bed here. Is the owner of the Inn around?

Gunsmoke: Inn Lobby

David A., Devon

Devon grinned at the way David explained it. David, I've got the feeling you're telling the truth. I mean, who would lie about that kind of thing? You probably need to touch up on your communication skills there, though. Call me crazy, but I've got the feeling you could find a way out of that situation. All you need is the right touch with words, my friend, and there's not a place you can't get yourself into."

After hearing Slindis' name get dropped, he nodded and pointed to the man in the corner with the hat tipped over his eyes sitting in a comfortable looking chair. " That's the man you're looking for. I'd grab the second room on the right. If you see a blonde in there, I'd avoid taking the room. She's already spoken for, and you don't want to make her father mad."

Gunsmoke: Inn Lobby

David A., Devon

David frowned, but gave Devon a polite bow. "Noted. Have a good night, Mr. Devon." He turned and walked over to the seemingly asleep man. He was fairly nervous, as he never slept in an inn once in his entire life. "Um... Excuse me, sir? Slindis sa-"

"I heard you earlier. Just pick a room, boy."

"Oh. A-alright then. Thank you very much." He gave this man a much quicker bow and made his way to the room that Devon advised him to enter. However, upon opening it, there was a blonde woman in there, fast asleep. There were other beds available, but he didn't want to take any chances. He quietly shut the door and quickly moved to the room next to it.

This one was vacant, much to his relief. The room itself was plain-looking, and relatively clean. He took out one of his books and set the bag down at the side of the bed closest to the window. He slipped out of his shoes, placing them beside his bookbag and laid himself down. "I suppose this should be appropriate, given my current situation."

He opened the book and began reading.

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed..." [1]

[1] The Gunslinger by Stephen King, Chapter 1 opening paragraph


Storm-178 (And Alpha)
Location: Gunsmoke | On top of the town's water tower.
Time: Midnight?

The desert night was cold and crisp as a gust blew by the town. On top of the settlement's watertown laid the armored Superhuman/ Spartan called Storm-178. Storm was actually the soldier's codename in the UNSC (United Nations Space Command) after he was transformed to this person who he was now. He never gave out his true name to anyone, no human has said his name since the time he was kidnapped.

He was known as Shaun at this time.

The night of his kidnapping another event happened. His father was a famous weapon designer, he had made and designed many suits of armor for the Spartans, he was bold, strong and very father like. Shaun's mother was a famous musician or violinist to be precise, she was the kind and gentle mother whom would not hurt a fly.

A cold night at that time was just like Gunsmoke. Except the family of three had a small house in the South region of Japan, the young mother and boy were teaching and playing Violin. Shaun was only at the age of 5 and his music skills were almost professional like, one string was missed and a frown appeared on his face. His mother giggled, "No need to be sad, there will be many more chances to be successful." Her voice was like an angel.

A nod from Shaun and he had started playing again. As a boy he was quiet and usually shy. Then a loud noise came from the main area of the house. "I'll be right back honey." She smiled as she left the large lounge room leaving the child to his practices, his music covered up most of the noises which were happening. Later Shaun found out the noises were silenced gun shots.

A few minutes after a single song, boy Shaun left the lounge to get a glass of water. Though the only thing he found was a group of four armored men surrounding a bullet riddled father and a clean killed mother. "MOTHER, FATHER!" Was the only thing he could yell as the four men took him away.

Thanks to the transformation they had took away most of his memories, though after an early operation when he was a Spartan he had remembered every single detail. And because of that he killed the UNSC Japanese branch, not with a personal encounter, but by crashing an alien ship into the building. He had barely survived, but it had quenched his thirst for revenge.

Though because of that he had killed many innocent civilians and members of the UNSC. He instantly regretted his revenge and felt like ending himself there. Though thanks to being unidentified in the attack, Storm was allowed to rescue many people in the building and base. Later in the week he was already announced a hero but he still had that dark secret within him.

Before he was abandoned and recovered by the Blackhawke Storm become a hero. Though he still did not trust the UNSC but mostly he would rescue anyone that would need help. At one point he rescued a planet full of civilians but in the end the spartan group he was in ultimately died. The next thing Storm knew was that he was locked inside a cyro tube and sealed off in an USNC ship. Though thanks to one of his friends (Master Chief), the ship was launched and cut in half. Though luckily the Blackhawke picked him up and trained him to a whole new level, though this time he trusted the angels, Tomoya and everyone else, they had became his family.

The oldest person ... well thing, to know Shaun was his AI. Alpha, the two trained together in the UNSC. She had became his closest friend who only knew his real name. The AI project herself in full form and the now holographic girl laid beside him. "Feeling better?" She had asked him, Storm smiled and nodded, "I just remembered many things.". "Your past?" She asked, Storm looked to her with a single tear in his eye.

"Yeah ..." He said as the tear fell from his face, fell past Alpha's holographic body and onto the cold metal of the tower. Alpha does not only want a body, she needs it.

Meanwhile in another alternative Universe/Dimension.


Author Shaun and Tomoya.
Location: A hill overlooking the town | Hikarizara (Tomoya's hometown) | Japan, Another Universe.
Time: Lunch.

Meanwhile in another universe which Tomoya belonged to. It was Japan's summer and Shaun and the Okazaki family were having a picnic on a hill. The hill was located by a brand new Hospital which both Shaun and his character knew very well. Shaun had ran away for a minute and was on the tallest place of the hill, holographic screens were all around him. "So can I actually place a barrier protecting this universe?" He said to himself, though a bulb of light was directly in front of him, which was actually an angel of this world.

The two were organizing a barrier so no one from any other world can come here except the creator. "Ah cool, I'll start making it right away ... it was good to meet you too." Shaun smiled as the bulb of light faded away. "Hm, who knew Angels looked like that here. Oh well time for work!" Shaun said to himself as the screens around him began to make the barrier for this universe.

A few seconds later and the previous Archangel, Tomoya Okazaki had finally found his author and friend. The holographic screens faded away as well as the Author had finally finished his task. "Hey what are you doing?" He asked in his calm and gentle voice. "Just some business." He giggled, "Well Ushio wants to play hide and seek with you and ..." Tomoya said but Shaun had rushed passed him. "Last one back is a rotten Lucifer!" He yelled back.

Tomoya could only sigh but retained a smile on his face as he saw both his family and friends together.

Gunsmoke: Sheriff's Office/Lightbringer Base

"Understood. Now, if you'll excuse me..."

With a turn, Angelus followed the rest of the group outside of the office, smiling faintly as Jenny continued playing with her newfound pet. Even if it was a bit of a surprise to learn what got the Pokemon into trouble, the smile on her face was more than enough for Angelus to forgive the slight. After rejoining with Caim, the duo made their way to the Inn, and from there, the warrior wandered in with the Cuties in tow as Angelus went around back and prepared for their evening plans...

Gunsmoke: Outskirts - > Inn

Devon nodded as he thought of something on the way back. "Teri, if you need to, Dimitri can hang out on my Laptop. It's not quite as light as your tablet, of course, but I don't think it's ever needed a charge since... Well, since I first met up with you guys. Would that be a problem? Teri, Go ahead and get some rest. I know it's probably not your first choice, but it might be a good idea if you slept with Rugal tonight."

Teri nodded in agreement, "Yeah, you're right. Don't want to land myself in any more hot water."

Dimitri chimed in after her, "I appreciate the offer, User: Devon, but I have also noticed that my home has not required charging either. Perhaps an influence of the Dawn? In the meantime, I will your device with ours for the Emergency Procedure: Abort, should anything happen to my home. In short, should the tablet be destroyed, I can transfer my 'self' to the nearest on my listing. Otherwise, good night, sir."

Wandering up the stairs with Garm, the wolf's ears perked when he caught the scent of his former Alpha, Lupito, as well as the other Pup (Melethia), and the Senior Caretaker (Rugal). Pausing in front of the Cleric, the wolf nosed the doorknob softly, and then looked at Teri expectantly. Teri looked at her wolf with confusion, and then shrugged, knocking on the door in question.

---

Shortly after Teri left, Caim wandered in. Setting the two reptilian Cuties on the floor, The warrior smiled warmly and pointed upstairs, "Go find a room to sleep in. You two are still growing you know."

When Cadolbolg frowned openly in protest, Caim bent down and patted the turtle-dragon's head, "It's good for you. Now go, and you'll see me and your mother in the morning. Pleasant dreams little ones."

After the Cuties wandered upstairs as well, Caim turned to Devon; a somewhat pained expression on his face, "... Devon, as much as I hate to ask, do you think you could do me a little favor? And if you don't want to, the Cleric would be sufficient as well."

Before Devon could ask properly, Caim continued, "Angelus and I have been roped into something we've been told not to mention too much, sorry, and I'm worried about the kids... Sure, they're strong and tough, but the conditions of our task have been outlined as extra dangerous. I think they need more training; personally."

He paced back and forth as he said all this, and Devon could clearly see that the matter of the Cuties really seemed to bog down on him, just like it did before the AIM incident. Devon could remember the pact partners arguing with the kids for some time before that was allowed at all. Hell, if Devon didn't know better, he would have thought that Caim worried more about them than Angelus... Wonder why? As he thought this, the warrior continued,

"Anyway, I'm wondering if you could look after them while we're gone. I know you've done so much already, but... You've proven your worth as a student and a comrade. I'd trust you by their sides. And, if anything, you can keep your training up with Ton Ton and Cadolbolg. The little green one is small, but his knife work is phenomenal. You could learn a thing or two. Er... My point is, would that be alright with you?"

---

As David read his book, he heard the knob of his door turn, and saw as two Cuties fell in with a *THUMP*, inciting a groan from Cadolbolg, as Ton Ton had fallen atop him. Collecting themselves, he could hear the turtle-dragon mutter,

"Knew we should have knocked first. Someone might have answered the door!"

"Hey, who leaves their doors unlocked anyway?"

Gunsmoke: Inn

David A., Ton Ton, Caldolbolg

'I KNEW I forgot something. Damn it.'

David shut his book with a sigh, only part way through the first chapter. With a grumble, he sat up on the bed and put on his glasses to get a good look at his two late-night visitors. He cocked an eyebrow at the sight of the creature that looked like a cross between a turtle and a dragon.

"Hello again, Ton Ton. Came in here looking for a place to sleep, I assume? Well feel free. I'm the only one staying in this room at the moment. And who's your friend... Er, is it a Koopa or something?"

Gunsmoke: Inn

Melethia took the pause to wave to Teri as she started settling into the bed. "Hiya Sis! Didya have a nice time out there not having somebody trip on ya?" She smiled, hoping that Rugal wouldn't inquire further about the mission with her in the room.

---

Devon yawned and stretched as Caim walked up to him, and the hard look our bard got from Lucifer as he walked into his daughter's room was interpreted as 'Find another room, boy.'

"So you've been voluntold for something dangerous, essentially, and you want me keeping an eye on the boys while you handle your thing? You didn't even have to ask me, but thanks for checking with me. I'll be sure to keep up the training with them, and maybe I'll pick up more than a few things from them." Devon stood up straight as he shook Caim's hand, sealing the promise

Gunsmoke: Inn Room

Rugal

"...Alright, just please inform either me or your mother before you take on such a Covert Operation next time..." Rugal said, admitting defeat in his interrogation.
It was then that Teri knocked.
"Come in." He said as the Cleric did just that.
"Ah, Teri. And here was me thinking you were going camping..." He said, leaving her wondering how he knew she was at a campfire.
"Either way, best get some rest. Also, Dimitri, Progress update on the ship? Got a timeline set up for the repairs?"

Gunsmoke: Inn Room

Rugal

By the time Slindis arrived in the room, it seemed that everyone had fallen asleep. After thinking on it for a moment, she decided it would be better for her to just get to sleep.

Gunsmoke: Inn Room

Rugal

"Ah, Teri. And here was me thinking you were going camping..." He said, leaving her wondering how he knew she was at a campfire. "Either way, best get some rest. Also, Dimitri, Progress update on the ship? Got a timeline set up for the repairs?"

"Hiya Sis! Didya have a nice time out there not having somebody trip on ya?"

Teri shot Mel a confused look, Rugal an amazed one and shrugged, "Never had someone to trip on me, Mel; but's its nice, I guess? And Dad, your guess is incredibly spot on... You been training that Energy sense, haven't you?"

The Cleric wandered into the room with a yawn, and settled into one of the beds, Garm flopping himself over the foot of it (at least, as best as a juvenile Direwolf could), and continued, "Yeah, we were having a nice time. Hung with Devon, Ella and Luci... Very fun, real rela- *snort*"

Without realizing it, the Cleric had fallen asleep almost as soon as she had set her head against the pillow, a faint snore tumbling out of her as she did so. Then again, it had been a stressful day for all. After doing so, Dimitri spoke up, a hint of nervousness filling his voice, "Well Mr. Bernstein... I have some bad news. The repairs needed will be extensive, and while we have help from User: Devon's followers, the time needed is undetermined. I am sorry..."

---

"So you've been voluntold for something dangerous, essentially, and you want me keeping an eye on the boys while you handle your thing? You didn't even have to ask me, but thanks for checking with me. I'll be sure to keep up the training with them, and maybe I'll pick up more than a few things from them." Devon stood up straight as he shook Caim's hand, sealing the promise.

Caim smiled sheepishly for a moment and nodded, shaking Devon's hand back; "Thank you Devon, really. When I get the chance, I show you how to do that sonic thing I showed you with the blades. Really handy, especially when you can use it with any weapon you've got. I owe you that much. Now, if you'll excuse me, Angelus wants to talk to me for a bit. See you later."

With a wave, the warrior left the building and joined his eager pact mate; the two taking off into the night sky.

Gunsmoke: Inn Room

Rugal

Rugal couldn't help but smirk as Teri dropped off mid-sentence.
"...Guess I'll get the full story tomorrow then. Goodnight you two." He said before getting into his own bed and dropping off, though part of him wished it was that fancy king size with all the $100 bills like back home...

Night-Day Transition!

Gunsmoke: Dawn

After a good nights sleep, the Rising Dawn one by one woke up.

Rugal

Rugal being the first, the morning sun burning his eye sockets and forcing him awake.
He winced and grabbed his sunglasses, starting to grow annoyed with the extra sensitivity.
Doing his best not to wake everyone else up, he got dressed, cleaned up and made his way downstairs to find out if these rooms came with breakfast.

David

David's awakening was far more traditional, the alarm on his PDA going off before he slammed his fist down on it, not enough to break it, but not through lack of trying.
Groaning as he took awoke, he prayed to whatever god-like entity in this realm that this world had figured out how awesome coffee was yet.

Jenny

Jenny, being formerly of the wild, too was quick to get up, feeling refreshed and ready for whatever madness would occur today.


Storm-178 (And Alpha)
Location: Gunsmoke | On top of the town's water tower.
Time: Morning~

The hard shell of armor felt just like a bed to Storm. He was glad that it wasn't only made for it's military and battle uses, but it had many other uses as well, it was only natural since the Spartans had to live in these suits for weeks to years at a time. Though still wearing the helmet, Alpha decided to open up the black armored screen which protected the helmet's bulletproof glass in case of hazards such as fire, ice and the heat from falling from space.

Storm's red eyes fluttered to life and decided to roll over.
"Five more minutes ... mama~" He said to himself in a very child like voice. Though due to this the metal man slipped off the edge of the water tower and slammed down into the dusty ground. The impact didn't hurt him though he woke up with a shock.

"AAH!" He yelled out, gaining attention of a few people. Storm waved at them but they ignored him and continued their tasks. "I wonder if the Inn slash bar has a intercontinental breakfast?" Storm wondered to himself as he walked towards the Inn. "Don't eat too much, you'll get fat!" Alpha poked at Storm, "Says the person who is gaining weight even though she is an-AH" Storm poked back but a sudden shock flooded his suit.

"(Sorry)" Storm said in his native language (Japanese) before walking into the Inn and up to the counter. "Hello ... does this place serve breakfast ... and maybe come with mini-muffins?" Storm said loudly wondering if anyone was actually up.

Diablo1099:
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Pandora yawned as she awoke from a fairly restful sleep, though she didn't actually start sleeping until 1 AM strolled around. She was thinking a bit heavily when it came to where she buried her old trainer, would she still be there if she'd ever have a bit of mercy she was never shown? had some thug or explorer discovered it, and put her to work? She admits to herself with a sort of guilty satisfaction that she kinda enjoyed both scenarios, now that, like her, she didn't have a voice to tell her tale with... and the tables have turned, she could be the better person. But... she quickly dismissed that idea.She smiled at the thought of the phrase "Karma is a Bi***, isn't it?" She then goes down the stairs from the room, and asks the caretaker for a drink of water... no matter how the glass is cleaned, you'll have to drink eventually right?

(still imagining that Swedish Meal Time guy reading these. XD)

Gunsmoke: Inn Room

Night-Day Transition!

Gunsmoke: Dawn

Caim, Angelus, Ton Ton, Cadolbolg

Ton Ton arose first out of the family, and very early in the morning. He never really needed much sleep to begin with, so this was not unusual for the Tonberry. In fact, multiple times through the night he kept awakening, his Daemon hunting instincts keeping him on edge. This wasn't as bad when he had a plush form to rely upon but in a form of flesh and blood, even with his lesser needs for slumber, it wasn't a pleasant experience. Wandering out of the room to stop from awakening his family, Ton Ton found himself in a meeting area, and saw that Rugal had already awakened and gave a gentle wave of his ever burning lantern.

Teri, Garm

As usual, Teri awoke with the sun, and began her prayers bright and early; doing her best to keep quiet so as not to wake any who may have been in the room.

An hour later (and a few extra to generally sort out her appearance), the Cleric made her way down the stairs with her faithful wolf in tow and gave a little wave to whoever was at the table.

Gunsmoke: Inn

Rugal

Managing to get a Continental Breakfast with a few sausages, Rugal gratefully tucked in, though he felt slightly guilty letting Slindis pay for all this.
Always Next time... He thought as he enjoyed his meal while everyone else also.
Storm then barged in demanding Mini-Muffins prompting him to say "Hey! You can barely get normal Muffins around here, let alone Mini."
Ton Ton and Teri soon followed and he greeted them.
"Morning. Sleep well you two?" He said as he added some butter to his pastry.

Gunsmoke: Inn

BREAKFAST!

Teri rolled her eyes at Storm's display, and hide a hand behind her back. Rugal was distinctly certain he heard the snapping of fingers, and his daughter calling back,"Storm, quit yelling at the staff! I found some right here."

She scootched a plate down the table towards the Spartan, now covered with steaming fresh blueberry mini muffins. Ah, it was good to be an Author some days. Ton Ton looked ready to protest, but the Cleric held up a finger to her mouth before sitting and helping herself to some bacon (and gathering sausages for Garm),

"Morning, Dad. As for your question, wonderfully. Garm's a good foot warmer. What about you? Ton Ton?"

Ton Ton hopped along on the table, and started nibbling on some eggs.

"I did alright, I guess. I don't think my body's gotten used to the fact I'm not a plushie anymore. I kept waking up for patrols against Daemons ever couple of hours."

Teri frowned a little at Ton Ton's statement, and the Tonberry looked at her with surprise, "I made a pact with Cadolbolg. Our prices were our invulnerability as constructs, or in my case, my plush form. That's why Cadolbolg isn't metal anymore. I thought you knew. Don't worry, I'm not upset by it at all. It could have been much worse. By the way is there any jam?"

Gunsmoke: Inn

BREAKFAST!

Slindis began quietly eating the breakfast with Melethia and Lupito when Devon half staggered down the steps. Since Lucifer hadn't wanted the Bard to sleep in the same room as Ella last night, he'd searched around for another room to sleep in.

Unfortunately, the room with Teri had each bed occupied. So he then had to check Ashworth's room, which was locked. He tried checking Jenny's room, but he heard something shifting in there that made it rather clear that it wouldn't be a good idea to sleep in there as well.

By the time he got to Caim' room and saw the large master bed fully occupied, Devon mentally said 'fuck it' and grabbed the vacuum-sealed sleeping bag he'd saved from the AIM drop in the forest out of his sidepack. After it was fully out, he went underneath the rather tall bed and got what sleep he could, although he stayed completely silent while the Rip and Tear Family got ready.

No, it was not a good sleep for the Bard, and even the Prestidigation couldn't hide it. "Where's a cup of coffee when you need it...?" He grumbled in a half-awake state as he poured himself some coffee and scooped up some eggs, taking a seat near Caim.

Next time, I'm paying for my own goddamn room... He slammed down the scorching coffee to help wake up

Gunsmoke: Inn

BREAKFAST!

Upon seeing Devon drag himself in, Caim paused in pouring himself another cup of coffee, and decided that the bard needed it more than he did, and set it down next to Devon's glass,

"...You alright? You look like you've been forced on march for a day and a half."

Angelus sipped her water and a mild "hpmh" exiting her as she did so, "Bad dreams, Devon? We do have a hunter of those..."

Cadolbolg, who was not permitted to sit on his father's head during breakfast (too many incidents of food landing in his hair), wandered over to Devon and held up a scrumptious looking muffin to Devon, "These make me feel better sometimes. Would this help Friend Devon?"

Gunsmoke: Inn

Fionn

As the group went about their morning routine, Fionn strolled into the inn and over to the table. The Gun Mage was exhausted, having spent the past 10 hours on night watch. He reached for the coffee powder and a container of water, beginning to brew a concoction that would either keep him up for the next week, or cause him to pass out.

"Morning boys and girls, ready to play cowboys and evil cowboys?[1] It seems we have a town to save. "

[1] The unsuccessful sequel to cowboys and indians

Gunsmoke: Inn

Rugal

Rugal had just about finished his food when Fionn came in.
"I guess so. From what Dimitri has told us, our vessel will be some time before it's able to fly again..." He answered as he wiped his mouth on a napkin.
"So how far is Rock Ridge again?" He asked as he pulled out the light duffle bag containing nothing more than a few spare suits.

West, Jenny

The second that he found the coffee, West made the most of it by downing 2 cups to wake himself up.
However, he grew nervous when he heard of the group heading to Rock Ridge.
"Er....Y-you go on ahead, I just have some...Errands to run..." He said unconvincingly, his fatigue affecting his buff.

Jenny was having an apple as the others chowed down until a "WARK!" from the stables reminded her of her new mouth.
"Coming Cid!~" she said, clearly a lot more even headed then Early Morning West was about the whole "Spy Mission" thing.

Gunsmoke: Inn

BREAKFAST!

Devon got to work on the other coffee, taking a moment to respond to Caim. "Just a long night with little sleep. The rest of my roommates were fairly noisy last night, plus it wasn't comfortable at all." He gratefully took the muffin that Cadolbolg offered and finished it, leaving the wrapper by the side.

"Thanks, everyone. Just give a minute for the coffee to kick in, and I'll be fine." He glimpsed at the woman that was reminiscent of a Absol, but brushed it off as her personal style.

---

Slindis waved Pandora over and offered her some of the food. "You may want to get a bite to eat: it's going to be a busy day."

Shortly after, Fionn made his entry and the Drow nodded. "Melethia and I are just about finished." It was right around now that Melethia slipped away after leaving a note for Rugal explaining the mission in a bit more detail.

Gunsmoke: Inn

BREAKFAST!

"Morning boys and girls, ready to play cowboys and evil cowboys? It seems we have a town to save. "

Teri looked up from her conversation with Rugal, her meal finished as well, and wondered aloud, "You know, I never did get the memo about this place... What's going on there?"

In the meantime, the pact partners noticed David and Melethia's sudden absence, and took note that this was their cue. Giving each of the Cuties a pat on the head, and gentle (mental) admonishments about being good under Devon's care, the duo took their leave.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Rock Ridge

Once the team heading to Rock Ridge was in place, Rugal stood before them to explain the situation.

"Okay people, The Situation is this. For months, a nearby town much like this one has been attacked by a large gang of Bandits, Raiders, Criminals, what have you. Now, seeing how we're stuck here for the foreseeable future, We could use something to pass the time and considering our skills, this should be a walk in the park. Our Mission is simple enough, Get to Rock Ridge, Rebuild the town, Kill the bandits and their ringleaders. Anyone want to opt out, be my guest, doesn't affect me in the slightest, just be on the ship when we are ready to leave, that's all I care about.

Now, if no one has any questions..."
Without stopping to let anyone ask any, he began the march out of Gunsmoke towards the forsaken town of Rock Ridge.
This can't be any worse then those Angels... He thought as he headed out.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Blackwater

West waited for the other members of his little team by the train station.
Once they were in place, He said:

"Okay gang, easy job, you know the guy, I ain't saying his name (Dean Solitaire) and you know what to do and, hopefully, what not to do. I'm looking at you, Caim. We just catch a train into Blackwater, find the guy, roleplay a little as people who aren't spying on him, spy on him and we might even get paid for this bout of heroics, that'd be a first...

So...Dibs on a Window seat!"

West then led his gang on board the first train to Blackwater City, hoping this wouldn't end badly like it usually does.

Train to Blackwater

David hesitantly followed West onto the train, looking mildly irritated, and began talking to himself in a hushed voice. "...Well, hopefully this will be better than yesterday. But really, I have no idea why I was dragged along for this to begin with.`I mean, I was just thrown into this place yesterday!"

David took one of the window seats, pulled out his book with a sigh, and resumed his reading. Hopefully nothing would interrupt his little session this time.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Rock Ridge

As the walk began, Teri and Garm found a place by Rugal's side, and were enjoying small talk to whittle away the monotony of their journey. However, it wasn't long before the Cleric noticed that her lupine companion began panting up a storm in the heat. The sound of face meeting palm filled the air, and the Cleric gave a soft cry,

"Oh, crap! Sorry buddy! One second Dad, lemme fix this up right away..."

Rugal heard the sound of the otherworldly chanting the Cleric was prone to do, and then... Garm's panting stopped. Did she silence the beast? No, that wasn't like her... What happened?

Teri cast Endure Elements! Garm is now warded against hot or cold environments for 24 hours! 24 seconds until the next 1st level spell can be cast...

After a moment of silence, Teri wondered aloud, "Maybe I should go spread this among the group... It's only fair."

Meanwhile, Ton Ton and Cadolbolg entertained themselves with gliding on the thermals of the desert air; staying close to Devon, as their parents asked. For once, Ton Ton even had his hood up; which aided in keeping the hot sun off his face. Fire resistance or no, nobody likes a sunburn!

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Blackwater

Caim gave a shrug to David's remark, "I'm not a complete fool. I understand the need for a stealthy approach. However, if one tries to kill me, I'll take the necessary action to prevent that."

Regardless, the duo found themselves comfortably seated on the train, finding a pair of seats to themselves, but still having enough room for others to come and go as they pleased...

Gunsmoke: Train heading to Blackwater

David glanced up from his book to take a look at the couple that sat in the seats across from him... "Hmm... GHAAKKPFFFFT!"...and nearly choked on his own spit. He quickly diverted his gaze and glued his eyes to the novel.

'Is it... No. It can't be... Could it? He peeked over his book one more time, to confirm what he saw. He found that the man was looking back at him, and the student paled. He quickly hid behind the book once more. 'YES. YES THAT IS DEFINITELY HIM. OH SHIT!' David was shaking quite noticeably, and rightfully so. He knew who this man was and where he was from, not to mention what he was capable of. He just wriggled deeper into his seat and pretended that he didn't do anything.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Rock Ridge

Slindis walked near Teri with Lupito in tow, taking a look at the spell that her student had cast on Garm. It was unfamiliar to her, but she had the feeling that she could use the spell herself if she took a bit of time to see how it worked. "Teri, did you even ensure that you have a water supply? I already guaranteed Devon one, but I'd like to make sure you're fine as well." With that, she pulled out a decent sized flask that looked like it could hold a quart of liquid and handed it to her student.

"In a desert, water is more valuable than gold. It fills up every quarter hour, so you should be fine when it comes to hydrating yourself."

---

Devon, however, decided to pick Ton-Ton up and put him on his shoulder. Even if the Tonberry was fire resistant, Caim did want him to keep an eye on the both of them. "Holding up well, guys?" For her part, Ella was with them and holding up well having grown up in Hell, and the Bard was holding up well enough.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Blackwater

Melethia looked at David shrinking in his seat and laughed. "Relax, Library! It's just Mister Caim and Redscale. They're a bit scary, but nothin' to worry about." As she kept an eye on David, she juggled a dagger with a deep purple blade.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Rock Ridge

Rugal pressed on as Teri cast her magic, though the sudden end to Garms panting was curious.
It was enough for him to ask "Before you spread anything, mind telling me at what "It" is?" as he marched onwards, leading despite his sense of direction being off what with being blind and all.
Still, he figured if he was going the wrong way, someone would point it out to him.
In the meantime, he wiped some sweat from his brow before pushing in his sunglasses.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Blackwater

West had his feet up, having taken a pair of seats to himself alone, sighing happily as he felt he could go to sleep again.
All the while, Jenny came back from the Livestock carriage, checking up on Cid before returning to her seat.
"Well, It's no Metro, but this is nice, not tot fast, not too slow." she mused as she looked at the passing countryside, the desert slowly giving way to greener pastures.

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Pandora sits silently on the train headed to blackwater for a while, just staring out the window. The seemingly endless sand in her view reminded her so much of that day... she wondered, what would have happened to her if she hadn't switched bodies? It seemed some of the strongest on her team were team rocket's first targets... and through all the poison, confusion, burning... she hadn't failed once to bring an opponent down. Yet everyone else was stolen first... was this because team rocket was afraid? Afraid of what her presence in the wild would have meant? Or because like many the thieves believed catastrophe would befall them to find her?

Regardless, she snaps back to reality after seeming to stare for quite some time. "I take it everyone else is as new here as me, but does anybody have any idea when we're supposed to arrive?" she asks, pulling out a stopwatch to check the time. She wasn't exactly as eager to get there as she was to have some conversation to keep her mind off things... she hates to admit it to herself, but what happened before was probably going to stick with her for the rest of her life.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Rock Ridge

"In a desert, water is more valuable than gold. It fills up every quarter hour, so you should be fine when it comes to hydrating yourself."

Teri considered mentioning that she could easily Author or magic in water, but decided to hold her tongue and instead thanked Slindis for the flask and took a nice sip; enjoying the crispness of the water.

"Thanks mum. Also, that spell you two asking about is called Endure Elements. It makes it easier to survive in hot or cold environments. It doesn't prevent damage, but it'll prevent heatstroke. Look at Garm; not breaking a sweat. That was the reason I thought about it, because he had such a tough time yesterday. And... I can do it like this,"

She waved her hands in the same gestures, chanted in the strange mixture of Celestial and Aquan, and tapped Rugal's side (as she noticed his Terminator Sunglasses were slipping off his nose). To Rugal's pleasant surprise, the heat didn't bother him at all. In fact, he felt as if he was walking on calm spring morning.

As he took note of this, Teri giggled, "You still have those shades, huh? I thought you would have gotten rid of them by now..."

The Cleric smiled fondly at the memory, and the impersonations that ensued from that. Perhaps she could convince Rugal to do it again? Maybe when they weren't in the middle of a desert... As they continued wandering and the Cleric waited for a response, Teri allowed her mind to go blank, and turned inward...

"Sadei...? You still there? I understand if you're a bit mad at me for not talking for awhile; and I've no one but me to blame for that. I guess I'm easily distracted. But, the matter remains that I broke my promise to talk often. And for that... I'm sorry. Is there anything I can do to make up for it?"

---

"Holding up well, guys?"

Ton Ton sat comfortably on his perch of Devon's shoulder and gave a happy nod, "Yup! My hood helps out from keeping the sun in my eyes; especially riding around on Cadolbolg. The thermals really help with lifting up!"

"It really does!"

Cadolbolg coasted down from the high distance he was at previously, and was floating right above Devon's head, casting a pleasant shadow over the bard, "I don't have to flap my wings very much here! And the sun feels so nice on my scales... Ah~! You seem to like the heat too, Friend Devon. Are you from a desert?"

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Blackwater

"Relax, Library! It's just Mister Caim and Redscale. They're a bit scary, but nothin' to worry about."

Caim gave David a curious glance and shrugged, "I don't believe I've met you, 'Library', but if you're a friend of Melethia's, then unless you have a reason for me to doubt otherwise, there is no reason to be jittery. I'll trust you, for now. We're on the same job anyway, correct?"

"Well, It's no Metro, but this is nice, not too fast, not too slow."

Angelus smiled as she saw Jenny return from the Cargo pen, no doubt to visit her newly acquired bird. It was charming, like a child getting their first pet. As Jenny returned to her seat, she asked, "You're creature doing well, I take it? I certainly hope it'd be hardy, considering what you did to save it's life..."

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Blackwater

"Relax, Library! It's just Mister Caim and Redscale. They're a bit scary, but nothin' to worry about."

David looked at the elf with wide, panicky eyes. "I know VERY WELL who they are, Melethia! And "a bit scary" is the biggest understa- Wait, Redscale? Do you mean..." David looked at Caim again, and noted the woman in red sitting beside him. After having his brows furrowed in contemplation for a couple of seconds, all the color drained from his face, finally recognizing who she is. "Uhhhhhh..."

Caim gave David a curious glance and shrugged, "I don't believe I've met you, 'Library', but if you're a friend of Melethia's, then unless you have a reason for me to doubt otherwise, there is no reason to be jittery. I'll trust you, for now. We're on the same job anyway, correct?"

David didn't hear Caim's words, as he was too freaked out to even notice. Besides, last he remembered the man couldn't even speak because of his pact. He didn't get very many lines in the game either.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Rock Ridge

Rugal was put off by the sudden feeling of coolness on his skin, but when he realised the benefits, he quickly relaxed.
"I see. Guess I won't be working on my tan lines during my stay here..." He smiled as wiped the last of his sweat from his forehead as the issue of Sunglasses arose.
"Well...Would you rather if I had? It was either this or a bandana across my eyes. I decided this would be less..."Noticeable"..." He explained before turning to Slindis.
"Before you ask, I'm fine for water for now. My only real concern was the heat and our Dear Cleric here took care of that." He said, a hint of warm pride in his voice as he walked.

Gunsmoke: Team heading to Blackwater

"Well, I just want to get it to a proper home. I just couldn't bear to see it be butchered like that. I understand the food cycle and what-not, but just that happy little face of his..." Jenny answered as she glanced over the nearing the plains.
"I mean, I'm betting SOMEONE out there would care to buy him off me, just I don't think Hiryu would like it if I brought it on the Blue Dragon. Droppings everywhere!" She laughed, the mental image of Blade in a janitor's outfit coming to mind.

"I take it everyone else is as new here as me, but does anybody have any idea when we're supposed to arrive?"
"I wouldn't worry about that if I was you." West said as he enjoyed the ride.
"We have a habit of running into trouble so I'm all for something that kills time in which something can go wrong. Just a nice, relaxing, event free, Train ride..." He stated, tempting the powers of fate as he did.

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