Caliburn Gleaming

[14:33] <Minaplo> [Click!-
[14:34] <Minaplo> [The door swung open. Isaiah took a step inside- he grinned. "All fine, all fine." He said, stepping aside to allow Yanmei back into her own apartment.-
[14:34] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was carrying his clothes, a few other things- and a long thin box that resembled a musical instrument case. He hadn't let her look inside yet.]
[14:37] * Yanmei breathed a sigh of relief and swept inside with her luggage. It had been days. Weeks, actually, since she had been here. No sign of William, but the apartment looked well-cared for. "Finally." She carelessly lugged the suitcase over to the sofa and plopped it down.
[14:37] <Minaplo> [Isaiah plopped down next to her. "Feels good, huh?"]
[14:38] <Yanmei> "It feels… halfway normal." She eyed the balcony where Fino had been living, her smile fading somewhat, and then turned about to search for someone else. "Reggie~ Are you hiding somewhere?"
[14:40] <Minaplo> [No response from that quarter. Not even Fino was here.-
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["Maybe one of the others took him for a walk or something." Said Isaiah.]
[14:40] <Yanmei> "…maybe." she sounded uncertain. A little worried, even.
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["Look, there's a note on the fridge. Maybe…?"]
[14:42] <Yanmei> "Huh." Yanmei rose and hurriedly investigated that.
[14:43] <Minaplo> [It was a short note stating that, basically, Marianne had taken Regulus with her because 'I want to keep an eye on him and I've always wanted to sit on my own super-heavy flying battleship with a lion at my feet'.-
[14:44] <Minaplo> [Under this, William had written that he was doing lots of work at the Notre Dame and was probably going to be staying with Brother Joe, who was in town.]
[14:46] <Yanmei> "Oh. Someone did take him. She's always away, working…" Yanmei grumbled to herself.
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["Aw." Isaiah sighed in sympathy. "Hey, maybe she'll get some time off to spend with you during this meeting…"]
[14:49] <Yanmei> "I doubt that? But we can always do stuff later. She's probably mad at me now, anyway."
[14:50] <Minaplo> ["She won't stay mad at you forever. Heck, I bet even now she feels bad about it and wants to give you big cuddles."]
[14:56] <Yanmei> "I think it'll take a little longer than that?" There was the sound of the fridge opening and closing, and when she reappeared, she was carrying two soft drinks. "But, like I said? We can worry about it later. For now, how about spilling some secrets, huh?" she eyed the box Isaiah had been carrying with interest.
[15:12] <Minaplo> ["Secrets? I don't know if I have secrets~"]
[15:17] <Yanmei> "Be fair," Yanmei complained, dropping next to him in the couch. "I'll share my secrets with you in return~"
[15:18] <Minaplo> ["Oh, you have secrets~?"]
[15:18] <Yanmei> "Well, you've seen some of them before~"
[15:21] <Minaplo> ["Oh really? Well then, I guess that's a fair trade…"]
[15:26] <Yanmei> She popped the tab on her drink. "Sooo~~ What's in the box?"
[15:26] <Minaplo> ["Well." He stood up and walked over to the box, putting it on its side. "I asked the guys in Boston's forge to make this for me. I felt like it might be important."-
[15:27] <Minaplo> [He popped the locks and opened the lid. He reached in with both hands-
[15:27] <Minaplo> [And emerged holding a deadly-looking two-handed sword. It had a curiously high-tech feel to it.]
[15:29] * Yanmei stared, rising and drawing closer for a better look. "Incredible… It's not like a chainsword, is it?"
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["No." He gripped the handle with both hands. "Stay back."-
[15:32] <Minaplo> [He pressed a button on the underside of the guard, and a crackle of energy rippled over the edge. "It's charged with positron energy."]
[15:37] <Yanmei> "Never seen one like this before…" She did indeed keep her distance, eyebrows raised. "Are you any good with it?"
[15:38] <Minaplo> ["What? 'Course I am."]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "So you've practiced? Hm…" she drifted back toward the couch thoughtfully. "I'm hoping it won't come to more battles? But I don't know what will happen, exactly."
[15:43] <Minaplo> [Isaiah disabled the power. "If it does, I'm prepared. Mr. Holmstrom dropped off some armour for me as well, so he seems to know something's up. Oh, check it."-
[15:43] <Minaplo> [He grasped the blade and held it out to Yanmei, hilt-first.]
[15:44] * Yanmei took it firmly, deftly feeling out the weight and balance of it.
[15:45] <Minaplo> [It was heavy! Really heavy, way heavier than her chainsword and heavier than Excalibur- which was absurdly light- by far.-
[15:46] <Minaplo> [Etched into the blade near the crossguard was the word 'Caliburn'.]
[15:47] <Yanmei> "Caliburn? You named it? Or was it the techs' idea?"
[15:47] <Minaplo> ["Mine. To go with Excalibur."]
[15:48] <Yanmei> "Caliburn… Excalibur. What does it mean?"
[15:50] <Minaplo> ["It's an early word for Excalibur." Said Isaiah, taking the sword back. "It means 'Steel breaker' or 'Cleaver of armies', I think."]
[15:53] <Yanmei> "Feels like it could cleave a few, yeah." She let it go readily. "And Holmstrom loaned you some other gear. Standard UN equipment?"
[15:53] <Minaplo> ["Storm trooper armour."]
[15:54] <Yanmei> "Really?" Her eyebrows shot up. "Wonder where he got a hold of that? I didn't think they were issuing them outside of Kenya."
[15:56] <Minaplo> ["Apparently he has a few suits. They issue them to the E-Destroyer-V pilots."]
[15:57] * Yanmei pouted a little at that for some reason, but she was quick to let it go as well. "Oh well. I'm glad you have something that will keep you safe."
[15:58] <Minaplo> ["I have you to keep me safe." He grinned. "The armour's there to make me look pretty."]
[16:01] <Yanmei> "You don't need armor for that~" She placed her can on the coffee table. "Admittedly, though? Yellow doesn't look bad on you."
[16:02] <Minaplo> ["Oh, his armour's white."]
[16:03] <Yanmei> "Geez, really? They've gone and changed the colors, too?"
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["Apparently. I bet you'd prefer that armour to your plugsuit, huh?"]
[16:04] <Yanmei> "W-whatever. I managed not to make it look horrible, at least."
[16:05] <Minaplo> ["I agree." He said fervently. "I'm quite happy with how it turned out~"]
[16:08] <Yanmei> "Hmph. I don't mind if you're the one who sees it? But all those technicians, and that skeevy tact operator…" she frowned and tossed her hair and eventually regarded the sword and its lovely box. Would it all be enough?
[16:09] <Minaplo> ["Well, right now it's just you and me." Said Isaiah with a grin. "Do you mind letting me see now~?"]
[16:13] <Yanmei> Distraction! She smiled. "Well, since it's just you…" And she moved in for a kiss.
[16:15] <Minaplo> [He kissed her back, energetically, wrapping an arm around her waist. "Lead on."]
[16:15] <Yanmei> So she led him toward the bedroom happily, drinks and weapons forgotten.
[16:16] <Minaplo> [Upon uponing the door to the bedroom, however…-
[16:16] <Minaplo> [A wave of -awful- stench hit them like a sledgehammer. The room reeked of blood and sick.]
[16:18] <Yanmei> "Wh-? GUH?!" She threw her sleeve over her nose and mouth, and flicked on the lights. "What on earth?!"
[16:19] <Minaplo> [Her bed was a mess, the sheets crinkled- blood had stained most of them, spreading out in a pool…-
[16:20] <Minaplo> [On the bed, not moving, was the Spectre, the armour on its left arm ripped and frayed, its armour cut and damaged, burn marks across its fabrics; the left arm itself was completely bare and unmarked, revealing pale white skin.-
[16:20] <Minaplo> ["T-The spectre?! What's it-?!"]
[16:22] <Yanmei> "Shhhh!!" Yanmei, jerked slightly, a hair away from clapping a hand over his mouth. Awake? Dead? How long had she been here? All that -blood-… She took a deep- well, shallow, breath. "Calm down. Calm down. Open a window. Get some fresh air in here. I'll…"-
[16:24] <Yanmei> She hesitated, a little skittish, and then moved slowly for the bed. "She won't hurt us. Shit. She must have been in here for -days-."
[16:26] <Minaplo> ["'She'?" Murmured Isaiah, eyeing the Spectre in deep alarm. "God, what happened? It… It looks like it's been really torn up."]
[16:28] <Yanmei> "Probably a spawn or something. Isaiah, the window…" She reached out, and lightly touched the Spectre on its shoulder. "H-hey. Can you hear me?"
[16:28] <Minaplo> [Isaiah went for the window, letting fresh air into the stale room.-
[16:29] <Minaplo> [The moment Yanmei touched the Spectre it moved- it grabbed Yanmei's arm with its left hand, gripping it forcefully, and the right went for Yanmei's throat.-
[16:30] <Minaplo> [It paused, a split second later- enough for Yanmei to feel the entire heat status of her body shit, dropping a full three degrees- her legs went numb- but the Spectre let go and Yanmei would feel it normalise.]
[16:32] * Yanmei stumbled backward, and fell hard onto her rear, gasping. Immediately, she cursed herself. That wasn't the sort of reaction that would calm Isaiah down.
[16:33] <Minaplo> [Isaiah turned around- "Yanmei?!" He ran to her side, grabbing her by the shoulders- he started to pull her away.-
[16:34] <Minaplo> [The Spectre sat up, holding its right hand up to its helmeted face- it shook its head several times.]
[16:35] * Yanmei tried to resist Isaiah, making her way clumsily to her feet. "It's ok. It's ok! She's just on guard. Look, are you all right? You're…" she eyed the blood splotches on the bed, the burns on the armor.
[16:37] <Minaplo> ["…" The Spectre shook itself out, standing up. It placed a hand on its chest and concentrated.-
[16:37] <Minaplo> [The armour's fabric sewed itself shut, the armour glued together, and the bare left arm was quickly hidden once again as the armour reformed before their very eyes.-
[16:37] <Minaplo> [The Spectre gestured at Isaiah and made a 'go away' motion, flicking the wrist.]
[16:39] <Yanmei> "Hey." Yanmei frowned. "He's a friend too. Are you sure?"
[16:41] <Minaplo> [The Spectre repeated the action.-
[16:41] <Minaplo> ["I'm not sure I should go." Said Isaiah, frowning deeply. "Yanmei…"]
[16:43] <Yanmei> "I'll be okay. We're allies. I might need to borrow your phone for a bit, though?" She lowered her voice, murmuring in his ear. "Just give me a few minutes, and maybe I can convince her to be more friendly."
[16:57] <Minaplo> ["Alright." Isaiah muttered eventually, slipping the phone into Yanmei's hand before leaving, reluctantly.]
[16:58] * Yanmei came a little closer once he was gone, still eying the Spectre with a mix of worry and wariness. "What happened to you?"
[16:59] <Minaplo> [The Spectre ripped off its helmet once Isaiah left the room.-
[16:59] <Minaplo> [Yanmei knew what its face looked like.-
[17:00] <Minaplo> [The face was smeared with grime and dirt and flecks of vomit. It held a hand out to Yanmei.]
[17:01] * Yanmei grabbed her hand, bracing herself for the light shocks she knew were coming.
[17:02] <Minaplo> [Shock.]
[17:04] <Yanmei> A series of vibrations on Isaiah's phone. Yanmei stared down at it. "Look, we'll clean up the mess, so don't worry about that. But these spawn… I didn't realize they were that horrible."
[17:09] <Yanmei> "Scary," she said uneasily. "Did it ambush you?"
[17:11] <Yanmei> "G-" She stopped herself and forced a calmer tone. "Where did it happen?"
[17:13] <Yanmei> "What do you mean? An army of humans or an army of monsters?"
[17:17] <Yanmei> "If he's that strong, then we should all work together, don't you think? If you'd permit me to share this information with my colleagues…"
[17:23] <Yanmei> "Huh? A little after seven in the evening. Listen, we're trying to go after him ourselves. Doesn't it make sense to join forces? And… something happened, too."
[17:25] <Yanmei> "January 16th."
[17:26] <Minaplo> [The Spectre's eyes widened. It threw a hand out- its long, elegant, deadly spear flew into its hand.-
[17:27] <Minaplo> [One last shock, and then it headed for the bathroom.]
[17:30] * Yanmei stared at the final texts after the Spectre had left. Then she wheeled about herself. "Isaiah!" She opened the address book on his phone. "I need you to suit up…"
[17:31] <Minaplo> ["Suit up? What's wrong?"]
[17:33] <Yanmei> "We have a problem. We're moving tomorrow's meeting up due to emergency circumstances. I'm going to contact the others. They have to know."

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