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11.22.2012 , 01:51 PM |
Unmarked building – Justicar Territory
They casually sauntered into the unmarked building that had been turned into a shooting range. Rafi nodded casually at one of the folks running the place. Without looking at Cielle,she said “ she and I were in the same unit some years ago”
The sound of blaster fire echoed in the building and the scent of ozone filled the air. Cielle made a point of shooting everything they brought and was full of questions. She was too excited to notice how Rafi was wincing at the noise that echoed through the building.
Veshok Terrace Apartments – Justicar Territory
Eyes open yet unseeing,voice gone from screaming,mind lost in the nightmare. It was a scene repeated too many nights since the visit to the practice range. Cielle was at a loss as to how to help her foster mother. She could only watch helplessly and wait in the dark as what ever memories were haunting Rafi took their course. Some nights Rafi would roll off the bed and underneath trying to shelter from the horror only she could see. Those nights Cielle would gently try to coax her awake and out from under the bed. Some nights, like tonight,she ended up with a black eye.
For a long time Rafi had been doing better,her drinking was minimal and she had reduced the amount of pain pills she had been taking. Maybe it was the trip to the range,maybe it was because things had heated up in the neighborhood,maybe it was the stress of taking care of a restless teenager. Cielle didn't know what caused it, she just didn't know how to help anymore.
Cielle decided she needed to get out of the apartment for a while. She knew her friend Braedon would probably be hanging out. She wasn't the only kid in the neighborhood that had lost family. Braedon at least still had his little sister Renalda. Rena could be kind of a pest some days but she was a cute kid. Made Cielle wish she had a little sister.
Braedon smiled when he saw her and held up a couple bottles of Ruby Bliel.
“Okay where did you nick these from?” Cielle asked with a grin.
“Oh he didn't” piped up Renalda “Fieler Dan gave them to him for helping her out with something. These are my favoritist drink ever.”
They quietly stood enjoying their treat, trying to stay low key. Rena sidled over to Cielle and in a stage whisper said,”Braedon likes you” Cielle laughed and Braedon blushed a bright red.
“Renalda!” he scolded. Quickly he changed the subject and started telling Cielle how Fieler Dan's daughter was going to help them get out of the area, some place safe. Stopping mid-sentence he reached over and pushed Cielle's bangs off her face. With an inward hiss,he touched her eye gently. “How did you get that shiner? Rafi again?”
“She didn't mean to. She doesn't know what she is doing when she has those nightmares. Wish there was something I could do”
“Have you talk to Cap'n Theraguin about it?”
“I should, shouldn't I. Hey we better get out of here, you know they are cracking down on that curfew stuff.”
They slipped off to their separate ways to the sounds of shouting and battle that had become all too common in the streets
*Rissa (60 Sorc) * Cielle (55 Merc)* Irrissa (55 Op) Ko'neko (55 Mara)
*Minalde (60 Sage)* Aubrei (60 Scound)* Cleindori (55 Sent) Rosaleen (55 Com)
Stories from the Darkangel Legacy