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Trowa likes the garage. It's quiet, it's usually pretty empty of people, and it's got square kilometers full of fascinating machinery. Trowa is a mechanic at heart, and sometimes he privately misses the chance to get shoulder-deep in an engine. Milliways provides for that handily.

He's also Trowa, which means he also likes to explore it to make sure he has a clear and current mental map of all those square kilometers of deceptive and occasionally shifting geometry.

He rounds a corner, and --

. . .

That's new.

Trowa's eyes narrow slightly as he regards the wall. Its utilitarian concrete is covered with scratches and scrawled over with white chalk, delineating X-ed out circles and a single word:

S O L D I E R

Date: 2012-10-11 04:12 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (out past curfew)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
It's true, the garage usually is pretty empty of people.

Not always, though.



Down the rows of parked vehicles-- cars and spacecraft being only slightly in the majority-- someone steps quickly behind a column.

Date: 2012-10-11 04:49 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (out past curfew)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
There's no one immediately in sight.



Nothing seems to be moving.


(She's behind a large truck, feet obscured by the big tires. She's trying to quiet her breathing.

But she doesn't like letting him out of her sight.)

Date: 2012-10-11 05:08 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (watch your back)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
There is no reply.

Her breath catches in her throat, but that should be too quiet to be audible from this distance.

Of course, who knows what he can hear.



Deliberately, she turns her head and cranes her neck to try and get a look through the truck's rear windows.

Date: 2012-10-11 05:40 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (pearl clutch)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
That almost makes her want to laugh.

Instead, though--


From behind the truck comes a loud, pained cough, hastily smothered in her jacket sleeve.

Date: 2012-10-11 06:06 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (not according to plan)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
The more she tries to stop the coughing, the louder it seems to get. She straightens with effort; she knows she's got to move, making noise and staying still is fatally stupid.

She swallows.

And quickly, but as quietly as she can, she edges along the truck and towards the center of the row. It's darker here, and a few of the vehicles are big enough to afford decent cover.

She drifts towards Trowa.

Date: 2012-10-11 06:38 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (being psychic is hard work)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
Ava's going to run out of space soon, one way or another: it's tricky navigating between the parking spaces, and the larger vehicles give way too quickly to cars and bikes too short to hide behind.



The light nearest Trowa flickers, giving an unsteady buzz.

It's gone a bit chillier down here all of a sudden.

Date: 2012-10-12 03:50 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (because I've played before)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
It's probably a good thing he moved right then.

As he arcs through the air, the light that was right above him shatters, spraying glass to the floor and dimming the immediate area.

Ava herself executes no acrobatics whatsoever. But she does glance up sharply as he lands.

Date: 2012-10-12 04:23 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (I don't like where this is going)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
Ava is looking back at him, expression intent but tough to read.






"Hi, Trowa."

Date: 2012-10-12 04:34 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (not according to plan)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
"Always do."

She doesn't move yet.

Date: 2012-10-12 04:51 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (check your periph)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
"What are you doing here?"

Date: 2012-10-12 05:06 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (I don't like where this is going)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
She blinks.

The lights flicker.

"Find anything?"

Date: 2012-10-12 05:16 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (highly dubious)
From: [personal profile] hadyougoing
Ava looks at him in incomprehension.

And without letting him slip out of view, she starts picking her way slowly towards the center aisle, where bits of glass lie scattered.

She doesn't like it right here. She feels hemmed in.

Date: 2012-10-12 05:31 am (UTC)
hadyougoing: (crossed the line pun goes here)
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Ava's sneakers hit the outermost glass shards with a dainty crrrunch.

Absent, her voice low, "Not really."


(The demon is present but not physically here. It can smash lights and make it cold and send shivers down your spine, but it can't take a shape-- or anyone else's.

Ava finds it comforting, clawing at the doors in her mind.

Doors are made of wood, and wood comes from trees ...)

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