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LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He relaxed back into the couch, throwing a ball up into the air then catching it.


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
I had gone out for a walk, and I had just re-entered the castle house and I see Liam. "Gather everyone still here Liam. All of us have to talk."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He glanced at her, "couldn't you have done a better time?" He asked, "four of us are absent."


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"Well, the news I have, it mainly concerns you. Plus, we need some other opinions as well. Anyone who is still here will work."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He leant forward, the ball dropping onto the ground forgotten, "if it's about me, then maybe you should say it to me before bringing everyone else in. Has something happened at the ball?"


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
I shake my head. "A few nights ago, after walking out for a midnight stroll, I ran into Katherine. The two of us talked, and she struck a deal, one that is tempting, but uncertain. In exchange for you, Katherine will give the rest of us questers and our families peace from the quest. I told her I would send a response once I've talked it through with the group."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"Just the quest?" He asked, tilting his head. He didn't let himself feel anything to what he was being given. Instead, he tried to keep a firm detatchement. "what about afterward? If they win, will you be...protected? Given peace even then?"


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"She said amnesty for the quest..see why I didn't jump to a decision?" I sigh. "We need the others here."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He shook his head, "no," he said, "don't. Tell her no, all is not lost. Don't worry the others."


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"Can I at least talk it through with Roger before we make a decision?"



LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"Roger'll say no," he said without missing a beat, "you know that. He won't agree to me being given over." What a selfish bastard he was.


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"Of course I know that. But I can't keep this deal a secret from him. He deserves to know."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"What did she say? Specifically?" he asked, running a hand through his hair, "how come I'm only hearing this until now?"


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"Couldn't get you and Roger alone to talk until now, Liam."


RogerN3
Roger Norwood
"Talk to me about what?" He queried as he entered the room where Eliza and Liam were, quite casually.


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
I turn to Roger. "Katherine wants to make a deal with us..more specifically, myself."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"A deal that affects all of us," he corrected her, looking at Eliza in undisguised hostility.


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"Yes Liam, you are correct." I say as I cross my arms.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He shrugged, "usually am," he replied.


RogerN3
Roger Norwood
He noticed some tension between them, "Alright, from the way the both of you are behaving, I can tell that there are some high compromises we must make to take the deal. Exactly what does it consist of?"


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"In exchange for Liam, all of us on the quest, and our families would be granted amnesty. Whether it is for just the quest, or a longer duration, is a mystery to me. Katherine approached me about it, late one night while I was out for a walk, and I told her that once I talked it over with the questers, I would go back to her with our decision. So far, we think declining the deal is the best way to save Liam."


RogerN3
Roger Norwood
"Well, of course. We'll save him and then find a way to save ourselves. That is obvious. What did you wanna talk about?"


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"The deal is what I wanted to talk about. Because, not everyone will see this the same way the three of us see it. Some of them will be more for the greater benefit but I agree with the no stance. We came here to do our job, and we won't stop until it's done. I'll go out, and let Katherine know what we think about it" I say as I grab my coat.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He set his head back, "I can do it. Infiltrate them and destroy it on the inside," he said, "wait, tell her when we have the other four."


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
I sigh gently. "Liam, I trust that you can do it. But I can't let a friend sacrifice themselves for questionable amnesty. This is the best option, Liam." I say with a sigh as I head for the door.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He blurred as he moved in front of her, blocking her path, "it's my choice, and I say we decide when we have everyone. And I've told you both-I'm not your friend. And how I end my life is not up to you."


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"But protecting you is, Liam. If Katherine got her hands on you, I could never forgive myself."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"She's not going to kill me," he breathed out, "she won't put a finger on me. She never has."


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"I don't care Liam. Judging from her tone, I don't want Katherine near you, for your sake, for Roger's sake, for everyone's sake. She told me what happened to those kids, everyone single one of them got killed Liam! Except you, you were the only survivor." I say with a sigh. "Now, are you going to let me go?"


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He leant back against the door and shook his head, "nope," he said, "we wait till everyone's here. Elle will throw a tantrum if she isn't in the loop."


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"I have a feeling that one of the four people at the ball won't be coming back, because the Cult is taking a large interest in one of them. If I was a member of the Cult, I'd go for someone who's a leader, and out of all of them, guess who that probably will be?" I say as I back off and boot up my laptop to keep an eye on my peers at the ball.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"I didn't realise Miquel had a target on his back," he said scratching his chin.


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
I chuckle and shake my head as I check up on them. "Everything looks good so far.."


Timeskip - A Little While Later...

Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
My monitor goes off, and I notice that something's happened. "We got ambushed." I say as I gear up, then teleport out of the apartment.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He rolled his eye, "Eliza, just ask Julian and Miquel," he pointed adjusting the microphone, "hey, you two, what just happened to Elle and Erraline?"


B
Julian Argent
Upon hearing Liam's voice in his ear, Julian looked around for Elle and Erraline. "They said they were going to the bathroom," Julian replied while letting his eye wander around the room.


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"And ladies always travel in more than individuals. I'm trying to get a set location and see if they left the ball, but I had to get closer onsite to do so. I should be back soon, Liam."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He frowned, "you're going by yourself, where's your pack?" He asked before addressing Julian, "their mics have cut off. We think something happened. Can you go look?"


Eliza Quest
Eliza Barnes
"For scouting, it's better if only one of us goes, then comes back with details. In the meantime, make sure Roger isn't panicking.."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He was confused. "You said before you could just hack into the cameras," he said, scratching his chin, "I agree we should go back up Julian and Miquel but they can go look for them." He hesitated before standing up, "wait, I'll go, and you can use the cameras to assess the situation. I can't do anything with technology, I'm hopeless, but I know how to sneak in and out of places without being seen."


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
"No, Liam. Stay put. I am going to check the girls out. I mean... Not in that way, I'm just gonna look for them. Ugh. You know what I mean. Just don't come or we'll draw attention." With that he nodded at Julian and started waltzing towards the female restroom.


TMJSymbol
The Modern Janissaries
They were, of course, nowhere to be found except the scattered remains of the ear pieces.


Miquel Carax ~ The Snowflake Haze
MiquelC1
His eyes widened when he noticed them and he knelt down to examine the earpieces in his hand before putting them away in his pocket, standing up, looking behind him and then speaking again, "Actually it'd be nice if you'd come here, buddy."
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More Info:


-The Frostbite Enigma

 Age: 16  Height: 6'01  Weight: 123 lbs
 Sexuality: Bi-curious  Relationship Status: Single
 Birth Place: Lyon, France  Main Weapon: Ice Powers, Intelligence and Rapier
 Accent: French
 – "Shut. Up. Your thoughts are distracting me."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He went pale and took a deep breath, "is there blood?" He asked before looking at Roger and Eliza, "can't you guys get into the records? The camera records?"


Miquel Carax ~ The Snowflake Haze
MiquelC1
He took them out again and continued perusing them, "No, it actually looks like there wasn't much of a struggle. Or if there was, it was minimum. It does look like a heel stepped on it, though..."
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More Info:


-The Frostbite Enigma

 Age: 16  Height: 6'01  Weight: 123 lbs
 Sexuality: Bi-curious  Relationship Status: Single
 Birth Place: Lyon, France  Main Weapon: Ice Powers, Intelligence and Rapier
 Accent: French
 – "Shut. Up. Your thoughts are distracting me."


B
Julian Argent
Julian walked up behind Miquel and stared at the ear pieces. "Seems like something Elle would do... Go rogue." He said to himself while smirking, not intending for his words to be heard by anyone but, it was completely possible.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
Naturally, Liam heard it and an unwilling smile emerged onto his face, "reckon that's what happened? It might have been Erraline."


B
Julian Argent
Hearing Liam's responce, Julian nodded even though he knew the other male couldn't see him. "Possibly, or maybe something bad really did happen to them." He responded before taking a small pause. "Either way, we should look for them, don't need them getting kill."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"Do you think they're near?"


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
"Judging by the fact that there is still some electricity going out of the short circuit of the earpieces, they mustn't be broken so long ago. I dont think they could have gone very far."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"Do you reckon you could catch up?"


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
"Uh..." he looked around him and made some mental calculations before wincing, "I don't think I can. I'm not very fast, but probably Julain could."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"We're assuming they left on foot, they could have teleported away or used a vehicle. Of course, if the two of them did go rogue, Erraline could just shadow travel herself," he said then paused raising his eyes to meet Eliza's and Rogers, "we're all agreeing that the girls went rogue, right? Not that they were attacked or something."


RogerN3
Roger Norwood
Roger winced slightly, "I mean. Julian does sound like he's certain, but I am not so sure. WHy would they just go rogue out of nowhere? Why would they leave walking and not teleporting, like you said? Something just doesn't click."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He ran a hand through his hair, "I don't know," he breathed out, "is there like an exit nearby?" HE asked Julian and Miquel.


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
 He looked around, "Actually, yes, pal. There's one just right behind us right now."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"Go out there, surely there'll be some signs that they either walked, drove or teleported off. If not, they might just still be in the building."


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
"Or they might as well be dying at the hands of the cult," he recognized as he went outside and looked around for any signs of anything and not having any success at all. so far.


TMJSymbol
The Modern Janissaries
On the road leading out, back onto the streets, there were fresh skid marks. They were there since maybe ten minutes ago.


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
Miguel got his phone out and turned on his flashlight to see his surrounding better. As soon as he flashed the light over the road, he noticed the marks... "Wait. I'm up to something." He walked over them, knelt down, and rubbed his left fingers over them. "They're new. And they're strong..." He muttered to himself before speaking up, "Liam? Can you hear me? I found a lead."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"Do you think you could follow it?" He asked, "I'm heading there now," he said. He was, having shifted the call to his mobile, and had moved through Moscow at an alarming rate. "Don't leave Julian behind, either. It's probably best to move out of the ball. Or else someones going to think somethings up."


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
He turned to Julian and gestured that he'd be bakc in a few moments before starting to follow the skid marks until they faded from the dark pavement. "Nevermind. They're faded shortly after." Just as he said this, he heard something loud behind him, and turned around, "Uh, Liam...? Are you almost here?"


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He was two minutes away. He pressed his feet harder into the grounds, going faster, as he leapt from roof to roof, scaling the walls. "What's happening?"


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
He looked around, trying to find the source of the sound and concluding that it had come from behind a big yard trash bin in the sidewalk, as the sound had been rather metallic. "I don't know. I just heard something and I'm becoming uneasy alone here..." He turned around to find that Julian wasn't there, as he'd probably gotten inside again. "Just... try to be here ASAP."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
he saw the building and began to run down a fire escape, towards the ground.


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
Suddenly, from behind the yard bin, a Russian man revealed himslef, with a hoodie over his head and a sharp retractable knife on his hand. "Money. Give me your money," he spoke up in ENglish, although he had a pretty thick accent. Miquel widened his eyes. "What? I don't have any."


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He pushes through the crowds, "Where are you?"


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
"You are rich. Rich clothes. You have money, give it to me." He said and gestures to the small bulk he had pushing through his left pocket. "I'm outside. In the dark road." Miquel replied, backing up and raising his hands, "You don't understand, sir. My clothes were given to me. I- I do not have any money." With that, the assailant charged forward and punched Miquel square in his face.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He skidded into the entrance, widening his eyes at the sight, and leapt forward, dragging the guy off Miquel, slamming him into the wall. He jumped back deftly as the guy, not being knocked, swiped at him with a knife, blinking out blood from his eyes. Liam grabbed the mans wrist as he stabbed at him again and as the man reared his head to head butt him, Liam twisted to the side, twisting he wrist with him. The man howled as he slammed onto his knees, the knife clattering to the ground, and Liam let go of the wrist and in another second, the snap of the mans neck echoed around the alleys walls. Liam shoved the body onto the ground, hurrying over to Miquel, "are you okay?"


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
Miquel was still a little stunned and shocked to process everything, but he just managed a weak smile that faltered in less than three seconds as he then started to quiver and his eyes to nlink rapidly. "Physically, yes... but no. Otherwise I am not okay..." And then his eyes started to well up.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He knelt down beside him, staying silent, letting him have his moment.


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
Still not fully conscious that the man had literally been killed in front of his eyes, he looked at Liam and shook his head, "Now I'm being an attention-seeker, am I not?" He laughed nervously, rubbing his eyes with his left forearm, "I'm sorry. I guess what I mean is... Thank you for saving my arse."


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MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
Miquel needed a hug. A hug from anyone, really, but their relationship had become so complex that he doubted asking it to Liam. Would he tale it the wrong way? Miquel bit his lip and shook his head, staying silent. "Why does everything I try doing end up being s problem?"


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"This wasn't your fault, dumb luck really," he said, "and I don't think this was a problem...a regrettable event perhaps but not a problem. Wasn't your fault, though."


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
Miquel sat down in the ground, hugging his knees and avoiding eye contact from Liam in fear that he would do something impulsive under its compelling trap. "Well, then my life is a never-ending series of dumb luck happenings..." They fell quiet in a comfortable silence. "Liam... Can I ask you something? And could you promise to answer unbiasedly?"


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He tilted his head, biting down on his lip, "I'll try."


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
"I..." he started but trailed off, words failing. "I know you care for me as a human being, but..." he forced himself to look at Liam, "Do you honestly consider me a friend or just a fellow quester? I know you resist it. And I know you do not like me considering you s friend, but I already do. But am I yours in all honesty?"


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"I don't know, Miquel, I just don't know and this really isn't the time to ask," he said, glancing over to the dead body. "We should get back to the house. It's not safe out here."


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
He nodded and looked back at the black mirror of pavement and sighed. "We should. Help me up, please?"


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He stood up, holding out his hand.


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
He took it and pushed himself up, unbalancedly, and absentmindedly pressed his body against Liam's for a second. His mind started spinning. "Woah, there, I think I'm starting to get dizzy." Miquel blinked twice as he took in the dead body.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"Don't look, it'll make you worse," he said, before gently pushing Miquel to the street, "come on, you can throw up in the gutter if need be. I'll play you as a drunk," he said in an effort to make Miquel laugh.


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
Miquel just couldn't peel his eyes from the corpse, and only replied to Liam with a weak smile, but nothing more. "Thank you but. I'm really, really..." He looked away from the corpse but he figured it was too late. By now, his weak stomach had given in and dark spots had clouded his eyes just as his knees buckled.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
"Ah, jesus," he swore as he caught him, making sure his body was not in the vicinity of Miquel's mouth.


MiquelC7
Miquel Carax
His body went limp and suddenly weightless as Miquel faded from consciousness.


LiamWb
William "Hastings" Norwood
He sighed, hefting Miquel over his shoulders, before heading back to the house, hoping Julian was already there.

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