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Do Not Go Gently
« on: March 24, 2019, 02:28:39 PM »
The verdict given, the audience filtering out, the heavies approaching to walk him to wherever the fuck Jake was going to pass sentence. The weight of the black onyx necklace around his neck became increasingly heavier with each step Jake's guards took towards him. Lazarus was careful to hang his head, stare at the ground, listen... listen... listen to where everyone was. Out of the corner of his eye Sabrina stood at the podium - not quite relaxed, probably keeping an eye on him. Best not to make a move in front of her, even with his ring. It hadn't stopped him from being forced to wear that other piece of jewellery. He didn't know if its magic worked alongside the ring or not... he hadn't tested it.

But he would, and soon. He wasn't going to wait for Jake to cut off his head or his hand or his cock. Whatever punishment his ex-lover had in mind wasn't a punishment he would be wearing. His willingness to go along with everything and the fact he'd been seen to 'give up and call me guilty' at the trial made everyone relax more than they should. A predictable outcome. They were still wary of him, but not as much as they should be.

Four of them. He recognised the quartet as being part of Jake's security favourites. The ones who knew how to fight; some martial arts or boxers or whatever the fuck they were. They had no chains (no real room to swing them in this theatre and its tiny stage), nor did they have flamethrowers (because the Zingari was a tinderbox). They weren't very old in comparison to him, so he was their physical superior. Still, four of them plus Jake plus bitch-face plus (and this was the wildcard) Sabrina... wouldn't be easy.

And if his idea about the ring and the necklace didn't work, then he would be screwed. He had to try, though.

He went with the foursome when they indicated for him to. They walked to one side of the stage and into the wings, heading for a dressing room or something because they weren't heading for the door that Lazarus had been brought through into the theatre. There was the girl in the wings and another shadowy thug further along the corridor. Damnit. That made six.

As soon as Lazarus was in the wings and out of sight of Sabrina, he casually lifted a hand to run it through his hair (a common move), but he brought the ring to the necklace instead... and touched the gems.

White light imploded in his brain, striking him temporarily blind. Ah fuck! It had backfired! ...but no! The two magics had actually fought each other! He felt the necklace break and slither down his chest, landing with a soft thump on the floor. He'd also heard people cry out all around him. His vision came back fairly quickly, spotty as it was, and he saw figures hunched over, hands to their eyes. The figure farthest away was a vampire he recognised as being one of Jake's closest heavies - not the soldier boy though - and he'd recovered almost as quickly as Lazarus himself had.

Lazarus kicked and punched his way out from the square of heavies and made a dash for the exit.
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Re: Do Not Go Gently
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2019, 03:04:37 PM »
Jake heard the commotion and figured it could only be one thing. Lazarus couldn't! The witches magic prevented him from trying to escape. He was two thousand years old though, and then there was that ring. Jake and Lisa-Joe ran towards backstage and saw two of their security forces blocking the exit with their bodies. Lazarus could probably crash threw them, but they were prepared to try and grapple the ancient if needed. Strength was important, but skill mattered too. Amy and Manuel ran back from the main house. Amy's eyes glowed as she pulled out a heavy magnum, her style being shooting combined with Ausepex. Manuel was a city animal, but a beast nonetheless. The bartender's hands grew into claws. The Gangrel stood with Amy blocking another exit lane.

"Sabrina," Jake yelled back to the leader of the south, but didn't wait to see if she was coming. He wished he was faster and made his way over to where his sword would be stashed. Lisa-Joe meanwhile went to intercept him. She was much slower than him obviously but aimed for where he would be soon instead of where he was. She gave full strength to her body slam, hoping to catch him square in the middle. The other two guards covered the way Lazarus came, in case he doubled back. It was all up to luck now. Jake was nowhere to be seen.
Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
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Re: Do Not Go Gently
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2019, 03:51:10 PM »
The door to the exit was the opposite to the one Ben, Kerr and Saraekiel had gone through earlier - not that this knowledge would have changed Lazarus' mind either way. He'd headed for the door he knew was there - the one that had a small roadway for delivery vehicles. It was where he'd come in initially. He put his shoulder down and shoved into one of the grunts blocking his exit. Ribs snapped. Punching, kicking, tearing, twisting - in the fight with the two of them, he broke one of their necks but was having trouble getting a hold of the other. He finally managed to twist a fist into the other guy's clothing and was about to toss him aside when the first bullet plunged into his side, creating a cavity of heat and pain. He yelled his torment, an animalistic cry and but didn't release the other vampire by an instinct of survival that coursed deep inside. If he let go or gave up now, he was done.

He threw the other guard away from him and grabbed the doorhandle just as someone else slammed into his back. Fuck! It was like being hit by a small car. It compounded the pain in his side enough to spark the red rage that had caught him in Jake's chambers. He couldn't see or understand what or who he fought - he just became an animal. A powerful, two milennia strong, animal. There was no thinking, no calculation, just instinct and narrow focus. He was going to rip the head off whoever had dared to attack him.

With red blazing eyes, he reached out to grab Lisa-Joe - not recognising her, but aware that she needed to die before he could leave.
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Re: Do Not Go Gently
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2019, 04:03:43 PM »
Jake returned to the scene to find Lazarus had just been body slammed by Lisa-Joe. His face bore animistic rage, and it was directed towards his best friend! Jake unsheathed his blade and ran towards Lazarus who had extended both hands towards her with uninhibited rage stamped in his eyes. The Brujah registered fear and quietly accepted her anticipated death, wondering if it meant he'd be caught. It wasn't the death she wanted though. She had so much more to give. She tried to blink away but their difference in power was too great. His hands had just touched her. A flash of steel was seen in her eye. Jake didn't target Lazarus in general. His aim was specific. He went for his hand, blade swung up and from below his wrist. He might nick Lisa-Joe, but if he cut off Lazarus's hand it was over. He would Dominate him and then he could be contained.

The other Anarchs moved towards the Harpy but wouldn't reach Lazarus in time. A bullet shot out towards the ancient, but only Jake's sword had a chance of stopping him, that or Sabrina of course.
Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.


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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2019, 04:14:14 PM »
His bestial focus on Lisa-Joe was what ended his reign of terror. He was aware of another coming up one side, the vampires moving so slowly in comparison to his own speed it was like syrup. One of his hands clutched red hair and the other gripped her shoulder. His arm suddenly moved upwards as though someone had knocked it away from the woman whose existence he'd meant to end... but nobody had knocked it. The momentum that came from losing his hand at the wrist drove him back against the door.

The blade was sharp - he had no idea what he'd lost, even as another bullet tore into his shoulder and had him snarling even as he half-staggered to the floor. He only realised his hand was no longer attached when he reached out to steady himself, and the shock of it gone had him sinking to his knees, the rage gone in an instant.

No. No!

The bullet wounds were nothing in comparison to the terror he felt at losing his hand. He was incomplete now. He was a gimp. He turned his head to look at Jake, the sword high above his head, blood on the steel. Hatred poured out of Lazarus, sharp, acrid and permanent.

And then his mind was invaded.
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Re: Do Not Go Gently
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2019, 04:36:51 PM »
The second their eyes connected, Lazarus would remain still. "On your knees," he barked, Lazarus obeying without protest. It was almost like dominating a human, a muscle that was underdeveloped to an obscene degree. He pushed in, and began to enter him into a hypnotic trance. He had complicated instructions to give. Lazarus remained aware of where he was, and could understand Jake's voice. The rest of the world drifted away.  Jake grabbed the severed hand, holding his sword with only one now. He slid the ring off it's finger and placed it in his pants pocket before putting the hand on the ground beside him. His bloodstained blade had saved him once more. He looked at Lazarus and saw a scared, sad child. The parts of him that still held affection for the man ached, but then he saw two of his own struck down, and he let those parts go back inside his mind.

Now the decision was more complicated. He had an impulse to end it all right now. His blade was drawn and he was totally vulnerable. He might never get a chance like this again. No. Even now he didn't want him to die. He'd made up his mind about what he was going to do. Lisa-Joe backed away slowly, breaking down due to the fear of dying. Amy and Manuel went to console her, the girl keeping her gun drawn just in case.

Jake leaned down and looked at Lazarus, letting his aura be a pleasing and loving one. He wanted him to feel safe as he gave these instructions, and as he said his goodbye.

"Lazarus, you are banished. You are banished from the city as long as I remain in power. I have taken your ring from you, because you have proven unworthy of whatever power it holds. I will lock it away so it does not harm anyone else. Despite everything, I want you to know that I don't hate you, and that when I remember you I'll focus on the good times, love." He didn't hate the sound of Lazarus's signature word coming out of his mouth. "Now, if you return to the city you're mind will explode in psychic pain for as long as I can use Dominate."

Jake had only seen this technique preformed, doing it here for the first time. The technique demonstrated a master level ability. Still, Lazarus's mind was so untrained he couldn't resist and Jake had been growing in his abilities thanks to Luke. He implanted the command deep within his psyche, rooting it there, ready to activate should Lazarus attempt to disobey him and come back into the city.

"Do you have anything to say to me before I formally begin your banishment?" It might be their last chance to speak ever. He let Lazarus speak freely, prepared for whatever he might utter.
Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.


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Re: Do Not Go Gently
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2019, 05:00:10 PM »
He couldn't stop the sensations and thoughts that invaded him. Lazarus, who despised even mental communication coming at him unprovoked, better understood the helplessness that Ben felt when he'd claimed him. He would've preferred the physical version over this travesty.

When given the opportunity to speak, he did it quietly, so it would remain between them.

Lazarus uttered: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay."
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2019, 05:15:11 PM »
Jake wasn't sure exactly what Lazarus meant, but took it as a threat towards him. Well what had he expected? Sparing his life might have consequences one day, and Jake was resolved to face them should they show up. The prince would not be goaded into killing him. He let the last time Lazarus see his face be pleasant, to  show him that on some level Jake would miss him; a complicated war of emotions ever present in the young ruler. Still, he felt like a leader again. The trial had been mostly a success. His family was alive and okay. He'd faced his rapist head on, and he'd done it without killing him. Jake reflected that perhaps he had finally started to let the violent part of him die.

He turned to see Lisa-Joe looking at him with a mix of shock and disbelief. Amy and Manuel were each holding a hand, the girl's gun stowed away once more. The Harpy could not believe Jake wasn't killing him. He'd tried to destroy her just moments ago. She'd been serving him! Lisa-Joe was angry at Jake now, for perhaps the first time ever really. He cared more for his rapist than his best friend. She thought that perhaps she didn't know him at all.

The Ventrue rose up and kept Lazarus's gaze for just a moment longer. "Leave now, don't look back. Their is a motel on the other side of the tracks that's outside the city limits. You can make it there before day. After that you're on your own. Take your hand. Perhaps you can find magic to reattach it." Lazarus would see his wound was forming a black scar, the same shade and consistency as the one across Jake's chest. Jake took a psychosomatic deep breath and said his final words. "Goodbye love. I hope you find your way."

With that, Lazarus would have to begin following the command, heading towards the exit of the city. He alone could decide to go to the motel Jake mentioned or not. He would just need to leave as soon as possible.
Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2019, 05:34:58 PM »
Lazarus snatched his hand up and shouldered the theatre door harder than he needed to, expelling him onto the drive-thru passageway. He used his celerity to get him a few blocks away and surprised a couple of homeless stoner teenagers hanging towards the back of an alley. He came upon them hard, holding one by the throat with his one good hand to stop his scream while he knelt upon the other and bled him dry - bullets popping out of his side and his shoulder as his body healed. There was a stink of urine as the bladder of the living teenager let go when he saw his friend die and knew he was next. Lazarus eyed him assessingly - he wasn't pretty enough to go through the bother keeping, so he bled him dry too and then quickly tried to shove his severed hand onto his wrist, which had already healed to a stump.

Nothing. His hand was already feeling chalky and even as he ran with it with more speed in the night, making it to the outskirts of the city before dawn, as Jake had deduced, (but not to the motel because he would not let that fucker know where he was staying), Lazarus' hand had turned to ash. He forced his way into a house he'd thought abandoned but had to subdue and then drain its solitary female inhabitant. He drained four of her cats too, for good measure, but one got away.

Tomorrow night he would leave this city... but he would find a way to return.

And he would raze this fucking city to the ground.
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Re: Do Not Go Gently
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2019, 05:32:10 AM »
When Lisa-Joe disappeared, Sebastian had stayed behind to make sure everyone was out of the immediate area before following her. If there was something going on then they needed to make sure they weren’t about to be surrounded.

As soon as he was sure the half of the theatre closest to the stage was clear, Sebastian headed backstage, arriving just as Lazarus disappeared through the exit, clutching something, but Seb couldn’t see what it was.

He took half a step to follow the blonde, but despite being older than all the other vampires in here, Seb knew he wouldn’t catch Lazarus in a race with the other using his celerity. He paced quickly towards Lisa-Joe, feeling the shock practically vibrating off of her as he eyed up the sword in Jake’s hands.

Seb stepped closer to Lisa-Joe, not reaching for a hand as those were both taken, but brushing his fingers along the cool skin of her neck. He mentally sought permission to access her memory of what had happened and as soon as it was granted he took it, everything becoming clear in less than a second.

His fingers tightened slightly on the nape of her neck, not squeezing, but with definite pressure. How had this happened?

“I think the sword can go away now, Jake,” Seb said in a commanding tone as he gazed at the youngster, his blue eyes dark with anger. He should have gone after him. Lazarus was severely injured, he wouldn’t get far before he had to feed. And now he didn’t have that ring Seb could rip his mind apart and leave him an empty shell.

But that would mean leaving Lisa-Joe in this vulnerable state and directly going against Jake’s wishes… it was so tempting though.
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