Sera S Desperate Search

[06:16] * SyntaxTerror noticed something was up as soon as he opened the door. But… that's right, Freya had said he'd be hanging out at the apartment today. "Anselme?" Sera closed the door behind him securely, did the locks.
[06:16] * SyntaxTerror is now known as Sept
[06:25] <Minaplo> [It looked as though someone had gone on a rampage. A table had been knocked over, a chair broken- any shelf containing books or papers had been ransacked thoroughly- Freya's university textbooks lay haphazardly across the ground, whole clumps of pages ripped out of them. The door to the balcony had been smashed, a camera in the corner not so much disabled but ripped out of its hiding
[06:25] <Minaplo> spot.-
[06:26] <Minaplo> [Anselme was nowhere to be found.]
[06:30] <Sept> "-Anselme-!" Sera shouted firmly, quickly arming himself and making a thorough scan of the apartment while cursing out loud.
[06:34] <Minaplo> [His bed had been flipped up against the wall; a collection of old newspaper cuttings on the Caines had been stolen, as far as he could tell. In anycase, there was no one there.]
[06:34] <Minaplo> [A case had broken against a wall, within it a collection of knives; many of them were now broken and snapped.]
[06:40] * Sept took out his phone, dialled Jeanne's number, put the call on speaker and tossed the device on the couch while continuing to go over his things, roughly righting the bed while he waited.
[06:47] <Minaplo> ["Simon here." Came Simon's voice.]
[06:53] <Sept> "What the fuck, Jeanne? There's been a typhoon at my place and I have to find out about it myself?"
[06:57] <Minaplo> ["Shh-hhh-hh." Came Jeanne's voice irritably. "Something's been piggy-backing our communications network, we've had to rely on personal messages, and we're understaffed, and you're always taking the thief's highway, don't blame me!"]
[07:01] * Sept went through the pile of knives, looking at some of the broken ones, then fastening two of them on a belt next to his unharmed ones. "Do you at least have some lead I can follow?"
[07:02] <Minaplo> ["Stay put, someone's en route to brief you." The line cut.]
[07:11] <Sept> "…very well," Sera told the silent phone. He made another round through the place, and finally just sat down on the couch and waited restlessly.
[07:13] <Minaplo> [Eventually there'd be a knock at the door.-
[07:14] <Minaplo> ["Hello…? S2 here?" Came the voice of S- no. Bruce Savage.]
[07:17] * Sept pushed the door open, knife still in one hand. "I didn't realise they were -that- understaffed. What's going on?"
[07:18] <Minaplo> ["Er, well, there's something that's been piggybacking the comms…"]
[07:21] <Sept> "That doesn't concern me. What the hell happened here?"
[07:21] <Minaplo> ["The heck do I know?" Said Bruce with a whine in his voice. "The cameras went dead like twenty minutes ago!"]
[07:22] <Sept> "All of them? What about the surrounding area? What about what happened before they went dead?"
[07:24] <Minaplo> ["Half of those cameras have been dead ever since the riots." Grumbled Bruce. "Your apartment's worked, but then they went dead, and then an observation team called in an SOS…"]
[07:27] <Sept> "Where? We need a direction, and unless you have some other lead, that's where we're going!"
[07:31] <Minaplo> ["Uh, well, they're in one of the apartment blocks over there, but they're… Er, dead now."]
[07:33] <Sept> "Then we follow that vector and -wait for other SOS calls-. Let's go."
[07:34] <Minaplo> ["What if there are no other SOS calls?"]
[07:41] <Sept> "Then we got some fresh goddamn air. You don't have a better plan!" Sera stood in the doorway, pointing toward the staircase leading to the exit.
[07:42] <Minaplo> ["Actually, I figured we could, er, analyse the crime scene…?"]
[07:45] <Sept> "Analyse -how-?"
[07:46] <Minaplo> ["We could look for evidence. Then analyse it." Said Bruce with a frown. "Like, what if we found some spiky blonde hairs? That might be evidence!"]
[07:49] <Sept> "We don't have access to a fingerprint or DNA database! Unless you can follow the culprit's AT trail or something, how does that help us?"
[07:51] <Minaplo> ["Well, er, NERV Security -does- have access to those things, you know."]
[08:02] <Sept> "We can't spend the entire day going back and forth between here and the Geofront! They've probably got Anselme!"
[08:02] <Minaplo> ["Who?"]
[08:04] <Sept> "They have a person! He does not belong to them!"
[08:05] <Minaplo> ["Uh… Ok. Ahem." Bruce cleared his throat in an officious way. "We should file a missing persons report…"]
[08:21] * Sept stared at him for a moment, eyes wide. "You do that," he spat. "Analyse the scene all you want, message me if you find something." He started down the corridor.
[08:22] <Minaplo> ["What is your problem?" Snapped Bruce. "They probably won't hurt this Anselme or whoever it is. You're being hasty."]
[08:29] <Sept> "-Nope-, not going to be of any help looking for stray fibers. This serves no purpose," he yelled back, reaching the stairs.
[08:30] <Minaplo> [Bruce ran down the corridor and grabbed Sera's shoulder quite firmly. "You idiot! You're going to get yourself killed!"]
[08:42] <Sept> "Unless you cover me, right?! If someone's going to break into -my- flat specifically after -my- things, they're not going to just leave a card with the address of their hideout lying around!"
[08:44] <Minaplo> ["So what's your plan? Find where the observation team were, and then what?"]
[08:51] <Sept> "If we can't find them, we find some other action, and -I- get to clear my head, so that when they -do- contact us, we can assess and face the situation properly."
[08:51] <Minaplo> ["A-ha."-
[08:52] <Minaplo> ["Well, then, we should stop wasting time." Said Bruce briskly, brushing past.]
[09:03] <Sept> "…Thank you. You've still got a line to Jeanne if she finds something?"
[09:04] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. Hey, how are you with flying?"]
[09:11] <Sept> "I'm okay with lucid dreaming. You think you can go smooth enough for me to hold on?"
[09:14] <Minaplo> ["Should be able to." Said Bruce. "If not, I'll probably just dislocate your arm at worst…"]
[09:20] <Sept> "Alright, yeah. Let's go." Sera started unspooling some cable for improved anti-gravity protection.
[09:29] <Minaplo> ["A quick walk outside- then, Bruce, gripping Sera's arm tightly, coughed. "I don't have -total- confidence in my, er, AT powers… Enough, though."]
[09:38] <Sept> "Your call. You're the one who was worried about my safety." Sera held on to the arm.
[09:41] <Minaplo> [Bruce nodded, and then- he leapt into the air.-
[09:42] <Minaplo> [For a second, Sera would feel the underwhelming sensation of falling- it had barely been a jump! But half a second later gravity simply stopped bothering about them, and they rose, elegantly and smoothly, to the apartment building…-
[09:42] <Minaplo> [Where they then thudded into the balcony railing, Bruce toppling over onto the balcony with all the grace of a maimed hippopotamus.]
[09:46] * Sept was slightly more prepared, hanging onto the railing for a moment before hoisting himself over. "Good job. Now, let's see what went on here…"
[09:56] <Minaplo> [Bruce opened the balcony door.-
[10:03] <Minaplo> [The room within presented a vile scene. It made Sera's apartment look -tidy-. Furniture had been smashed into matches, or thrown into walls- many of which showed great tears and gashes as well as copious splashes of blood. Two men- the S2 observation team- lay dead in the room, one lying against the wall, body slashed to ribbons; the other had been beheaded; his neck ended in jagged,
[10:03] <Minaplo> ripped flesh and snapped bone.]
[10:08] * Sept looked around for a few moments, mouth open - mostly just so that he wouldn't have to breathe only through his nose. "If they put up any sort of resistance, this place is infinitely more likely to yield results."
[10:09] <Minaplo> [Bruce was looking rather pale and queasy. "Y… Yes."]
[10:12] * Raphael has quit IRC (Quit: <AdEvaGM> Saber is very patient. <Shirou> What is going onnnnnnnn <Saber> Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. You shouldn't speak. You're an idiot.)
[10:15] <Sept> "Let's take a look around. Look for… hmm. The gargoyles might have surveillance equipment on them. Well, probably not that one anymore." Sera motioned to the one with the messed-up torso. "Otherwise, if they scored even one hit on it, there'll be a stain here that doesn't fit in."
[10:18] <Minaplo> ["Alright."-
[10:25] <Minaplo> [It wouldn't take Sera long to find a standard S2 recorder- ones that were activated from the moment they started a mission. It was undamaged.]
[10:31] <Sept> "Found it." Sera rewound the recording for a bit and hit play.
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["…" The faint sound of someone shifting about in a seat.-
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["Shame none of them shiny storm troopers could be spared for this bullshit." Came a voice- rough and young.-
[10:36] <Minaplo> ["It could be worse. Pity the team on de Pteres direct duty. Watching his apartment is way easier."-
[10:37] <Minaplo> ["I b- wait, we've got movement."]
[10:39] <Sept> "Wait, there were supposed to be people at the apartment?"
[10:42] <Sept> derp
[10:43] <Sept> "Listen. Figure out how it fits into the scene now."
[10:45] <Minaplo> [Bruce stared at him, then awkwardly bent closer to listen to the recording.-
[10:45] <Minaplo> ["… Oh, wait. It's nothing, it's just Solheim. Wasn't a team supposed to tell us when a civvie's incoming?"-
[10:45] <Minaplo> ["They got Zhang Yanmei apartment duty."-
[10:45] <Minaplo> ["Bastards."]
[11:18] <Sept> "Mmh. I'll foward it a bit."
[11:19] <Minaplo> [Forward, forward, forward…-
[11:20] <Minaplo> ["… A 'special catalogue' figurine in one of his drawers. My boy's starting to grow up."-
[11:20] <Minaplo> [Forward…-
[11:20] <Minaplo> ["Hey, you're still good for dinner, right?"-
[11:20] <Minaplo> ["Should be."-
[11:20] <Minaplo> [Forward… Forward… Talk about taxes, pay, Storm Troopers… Forward…-
[11:21] <Minaplo> ["-Gaaagh!"]
[11:22] * Sept jolted a little, if only for the sound breaking the monotony so far. Rewiiind. "There we go."
[11:25] <Minaplo> ["… Hey, movement."-
[11:26] <Minaplo> ["Alright… Let's see. Is that- hold on. That's Gamelin, isn't it? From Counter-Intelligence?"-
[11:31] <Minaplo> ["I thought he went missing, what's he doing here?"]
[11:32] <Sept> "Lead. Have you heard of this guy?"
[11:33] <Minaplo> [Bruce shook his head.-
[11:33] <Minaplo> ["He's speaking to the kid. … The kid doesn't like this."]
[11:36] <Sept> "They never involve him in any of my business. Doesn't take a genius to figure out something's not right."
[11:37] <Minaplo> ["Tell the backup team to move in."-
[11:37] <Minaplo> ["They aren't responding."-
[11:37] <Minaplo> ["He's trying to drag the kid off! Come on, tell them!"-
[11:37] <Minaplo> ["I'm -trying-"-
[11:38] <Minaplo> ["… What's that noise? There's something in the hallway."]
[11:45] * Sept turned his eyes toward the door somewhat involuntarily.
[11:47] <Minaplo> ["It- it sounds heavy. Guns. Get the guns!"-
[11:47] <Minaplo> ["I-"-
[11:47] <Minaplo> [The sound of a door splintering open. And indeed the door had blown across the room. There was a truly bestial roar, mixed in with shouts of fear.-
[11:47] <Minaplo> ["Oh god, what is it?! SOS! SOS!"-
[11:48] <Minaplo> ["I- Gaaagh!"-
[11:48] <Minaplo> [The wet ripping sound of someone's head being torn off. A loud clump as the recorder's bearer collapsed.-
[11:48] <Minaplo> ["No, no no no no no no nononoyaaaaaaghghg-"-
[11:49] <Minaplo> [The heavy, thudding -crash- as something heavy smashed into the wall. An animalistic growl was mixed in with a human's whimpers of terror.-
[11:49] <Minaplo> [Gunshots.-
[11:49] <Minaplo> ["NO! NO GOD NO-"-
[11:50] <Minaplo> [The sound of sharp blades on flesh- a squishy, moist sound as skin was rent and organs spilled.]
[11:57] <Sept> "Mmm. Well, that gives us something. Didn't really sound like they could've done much damage. But the recorder still being here is proof enough that only the beast came through here. Let's see where it went." Sera headed through the ruined doorway, making sure not to soil his footwear with too much of the blood.
[12:07] <Minaplo> [Sera would find the exit- through a wall, apparently- but he wouldn't find much in the way of blood- at least, not blood that looked different to human blood. There wasn't even a blood trail.]
[12:12] <Sept> "…yeah. How about that. No blood out here. Can you get Jeanne up to speed?"
[12:13] <Minaplo> ["Alright. You should try looking for bullets in the meantime."]
[12:18] <Sept> "Good idea." Sera wandered back over to the slashed body, first looking for holes in the ground and the wall opposite the body.

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