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Monday, March 16, 2009 7:41 AM


It's our 1 year anniversary today.
Thanks everyone.

Here's where it all started:

TRANQUILITYS journey Part 1
Be part of my virtual firefly crew - TRANQUILITYS War Room [and Lounge] - TRANQUILITYS LEVEL 5 CLEARANCE

xie-xie, SHADOW captain 平静
Someone tries to kill you... you try to kill'em right back.


Monday, March 16, 2009 9:29 AM


(Oreo crawls inside as the main air-lock hatch shuts)

Captain- Cuttin it kinda close don't ya think?

Oreo- I made it didn't I?

Captain- yeah, this time.

(Oreo stands up and notices michael)

Oreo- Who are you?

(Michael extends his hand and introduces himself)

Michael- My name is...

(Oreo walks past him, purposely bumping into him. Michael turns and watches Oreo walk away)

Micheal- So that is the half reaver/human. Quaint fellow.

(Shiny Smiles)

Shiny- Yep, and i saw him first.

(Shiny runs after Oreo, grabbing his hand and asking him questions, Michael stands and watches.)

Michael- A fair Juliet. and what of you Oreo? Romeo, or something else?

(The Captain notices Michael glaring at oreo)

Captain- Might find it within your best interest to stir clear of Oreo. he doesn't take kindly to new people.

micheal- i noticed. Personality trait?

Captain- No, just very protective of his family and the same of us to him. Specaily little Shiny there.

Michael- he's not normal is he?

Captain- well, you said it best. half human/ half reaver, been hard for him and us. we've had to stay 100 steps out in front of the Alliance, but even doing that made no garrantees.

(the captain starts begining sacrastic)

captain- thats not a problem for you is it?


Captain- good, then you should love livin agmong us fugitives then. ( walking away) soon as we reach the black we'll have some chow, see if we can't get us a job.

(in shiny's bunk, Oreo is laying down and shiny next to him)

Shiny- cut it kinda close there big guy.

Oreo- Do you and the captain practice saying that kinda stuff to each other? he said the same thing to me.

Shiny- No.

(Suddenly shinys face saddened)

Shiny-Oreo, something is happening to me.

Oreo- what? what do you mean something?

Shiny(Slight hesitation)- I been, getting dizzy. almost blacking out. My body feels different.

Oreo- didn't the doctors give you a look over?

Shiny- Yes, i even managedto take this...

(Shiny pulls a folder from underneath her pillow and gives it to Oreo. Oreo open and begins reading it.)
Oreo-none of this makes sense.

shiny- I couldn't figure a gorram thing out either. Back in there, i tried asking bout it, but the rutting nurse kept brushing my question off. one of them mentioned something bout "Reavr..

Oreo- Reaverism. They think you have reaverism?

Shiny- I dont't know, they wouldn't say. Just kept on doing tests and the like.

Oreo- Test? what kinda test?

Shiny- I dont't know. i was doped up most of the time, but they took blood.

Oreo- does the captain know?


Oreo- and nobody said anything else?

Shiny- Only that reaver darts have reaver blood on them and that in some small cases, the darts make people turn into reavers.

Oreo- that could be why you feel the way you do. Maybe we...

Shiny(nervous)- I...also, wonder if maybe that time you and i were together on serenity...

(Oreo suddenly stands up)

Oreo- Do you think i made you feel like this?

Shiny- No, no, i'm just saying, wondering. trying to figure this out.

(Shiny gets off the bed and walks towards Oreo and tries to grab his hand, but he pulls away. From past experiance Shiny throws her hands up in front of her face, half expecting oreo to hurt her, but instead he turns and leaves. Shiny lowers her hands and stares into nothing)

Shiny(Whispers to herself)- I'm sorry...

(Outside the bunks, the captain runs into Oreo)

Captain- Hows it going?

(Oreo wanting to say how he really feels, instead just nods)

Captain- Got some stuff you need to look at, might help with your...condition.Also, gonna need you job worthy, hoping to pick up some work not to long after. Chows in 20.

(Oreo watches as the captain disappears onto the bridge, before disappearing into the cargo bay himself)

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat. - May the road rise with you.


Monday, March 16, 2009 2:27 PM


Shiny picks up the folder off the floor and sits
on her bunk.

She's getting a little tired of the situation and angry at herself for letting Oreo know about her concerns.
Shiny opens the folder and starts reading hoping to understand something.
She shuts the folder in frustration and sticks it back under her pillow.

Shiny walks over to mirror and brushes her hair staring at herself she moves as close as she can to the mirror staring into her own eyes. Looking, searching.

Shiny makes up her mind not to let this get to her. But in the back of her mind she's worried not that she's a reaver or tainted with reaver blood.
But something else, something she's not ready to deal with or face.
"Besides" she says out loud,"what are the chances?"

Shiny walks away from the mirror and out of her room.

She walks to the galley, hoping to see the captain or Michael.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009 12:30 PM


Shiny walks into the galley hoping Oreo was there.
she sighs when she realizes he's not.

Shiny goes to the fridge and grabs a drink
and sits at the table alone. She pops the top and spins it on the table. She takes a sip and closes her eyes. She didn't seem to know just how tired she was until that moment.
Without opening her eyes shiny takes another sip.
then puts the bottle down onto the table.
Shiny continues to sit eyes closed enjoying her drink.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:50 AM


...Shiny continues to sit eyes closed enjoying her drink when Michael's voice sounds from the dark galley.

"Ye loik tired, lass. Woon might even say weary, like ye carryin the weight o' the whirld on yer shoulders.

"A boiden like that is no easy thing ta bear, believe me Oi know. But ye got big o' bruiser there, an the Cap'n. Maybe mor'n Oi doon know aboot. Folk ye can talk to, help yeh deal with whatever it is whot got yeh down."

Michael stands up from the dark corner he was apparently sitting in, and swipes the wrinkles from his pants, and shrugs at his suspenders. He leans on the counter so he's facing Shiny, who's just managed to locate the source of his voice.

"It's like this lass, Oi gots nobody. An Oi been some deep dark places with only my id and ego for cump'nee. Oi'd give a fair fortune ta 'ave whot yeh 'ave on this boo't. An Oi signed on fer this riotous adventure to put some space betwixt me and moi deeds. Yeh got folk about whot care for yeh. Doan forget that."

Michael turns and heads out toward the passenger cabins, but stops on the stairs:

"O Gowd, Oi could be bounded in a nutshell, and count meself a king of infinite space—were it not that Oi 'ave bad dreams."


Wednesday, March 18, 2009 2:15 PM


Shiny responds to Michael.
"Which dreams indeed are ambition; for the
very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream".

Shiny, Were all in the black running from something"
then she Pauses for a moment
"or to something, I guess."

Shiny takes a sip from her drink,
Then turns and looks at Michael.
"U don't need to leave on my account.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009 4:01 PM


"Oi took ye silent inbibement as a girl whot wants to be alone. 'Sides, I'm more'n a bit wary of angerin' the 'alf Reaver down yon hallway. It seem't ye two had ah.... ah relationship."

Michael is still standing on the stairs, unsure what to do.

"Oi'm willin' ta listen, if'n ye'd like to talk. I came in here trying to avoid yer big bloke an the Cap'n. Too many questions and sour looks."

He steps down one step and waits for Shiny to reply.


Thursday, March 19, 2009 1:18 AM


Shiny, "sometimes silence can be deafening.

Shiny gets up and grabs two drinks from the fridge.
She opens them both and motions for Michael to join her.

Shiny,"Captains a good guy, He has a right to be suspicious, He means well though. besides if he didn't like ya he wouldn't let ya stay here on our ship."

Shiny picks up her drink but still continues to talk.

Shiny,"Now Oreo. well that's another story. He trusts no one. but he has a right to. What's been done to him no one should go through.but... He is unpredictable. Believe me I know."

Shiny puts her untouched drink down. "He is loyal to his crew mates.

shiny lets out a little laugh,"when he remembers us."

Shiny looks at Michael, She's curious about him
kinda intrigued. She doesn't wanna ask him questions, she knows it would him uncomfortable.

Shiny gets quite, hoping Michael will will start talking about something anything really.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Thursday, March 19, 2009 9:50 AM


(Oreo sits on a crate in the cargo bay, lost in a deep trance, when summer and storm waltz in laughing)

Summer- Hello

Storm- Hi, Oreo

(Oreo snaps back to reality and stares at the twins)

Oreo- What?

Storm- You were dreaming.

Oreo- i don't dream for you your information.

Summer- All living things dream.

(Oreo jumps down from the crate and turns away from the twins)

Oreo- Yeah, living things dream.(Begins walking away) but i died awhile back.

(Summer and storm watch as Oreo makes his way in the stairs and outsight)

Summer and Storm- You have a heart. sometimes black, sometimes red. which means you aere living.

(Oreo almost to the bunks whipers to himself)

Oreo- but, what am i living for?

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat. - May the road rise with you.


Thursday, March 19, 2009 1:35 PM


Michael pops the lid on the cold drink, sniffs it and sighs contentedly. He ain't had real juice in a long while.

Then he pulls out his Portable Cortex Reader, taps a few times and then spins it about so Shiny can see the screen.

"This 'ere is whot's got me on the run from the Alloiance. Ever heerd of a planet 'Miranda'? Most 'aven't, but this ship's fulla folk ain't most. This 'ere data is proof that the Alloiance knew the affects of the Pax- that chemical whot makes Reavers, knew 'em and ignored 'em."

Shiny looks at the screen displaying scientific jargon, molecular diagrams, and locations for production, and then stunned at Michael as he speaks.

"That's awful! But... but why do you have it here on the table?"

"Oi forgot yeh werint there when Oi told the Cap'n. It fell to me boi accident during a smugglin joib. Asides, this ain't the 'ole thing, juss a copy for research an such. The 'igh density data disk is safely put awoy."

Michael clears the info from the screen, and pulls up a video and turns it for Shiny:

***[Static crackling]***
Mal. Guy killed me, Mal. He killed me with a sword. How weird is that?

I got a short span here. They destroyed my equipment... but I have a backup unit.

Bottom of the complex, right over the generator.

Hard to get to. I know they missed it.

They can't stop the signal, Mal.

Michael holds the still frame at the end of the video up next to his face to let Shiny see both at once.

"'Ee loik familiar to yeh? Mr. Younivearse was mah yoinger brother. Oi didn't know till Oi saw the video, and did some diggin' on the Cortex. 'Ee and our third left home as youngin's. Meh Ma would surely like it ifn 'er triplet boys came home. Shiny, its the only way Oi can go home- with James alive and Kevin 'ere (rest 'is soul) in a pine box."

Michael hangs his head as he puts away the PCR. His breathing seems ragged.

"So, lass. That enough not-silence for yeh?"


Thursday, March 19, 2009 3:00 PM


Shiny sits back Speechless.
She keeps looking at Michael then the cortex reader. She's trying to taken in everything that he just said. Shiny not knowing what to make of his story. Take a big sip of her drink.

Shiny, "Miranda u say? I've heard rumors of a place
but that's about all. I do know first hand the alliance is messing with reaver DNA. Their the ones who turned Oreo into what he is."

Shiny starts thinking about Michael and his two other brothers, seems a little much to take.

Shiny, Looks at Michael, trying to read him.
She's feeling sorry for him. But knows she's been lied to before. But still what if he's telling the truth?

Shiny try's to lighten the air, "Michael you certainly have a knack for filling the silence."

Michael glances up at shiny then back at his cortex reader.

Shiny,Maybe you should talk to the Captain and Oreo. They might know more about all this.

Shiny gets up and coms OREO and the CAPTAIN to come to the galley.

Shiny, starts getting some food out of the fridge

Shiny,"Michael you can tell them if you want, I'm leaving that up to you."

Shiny starts taken leftover food out and placing it on the stove.

Shiny,"It's about time we eat something around here. It's Mostly protein but its food."

Shiny, turns her back to Michael and starts stirring the pots. repeating the word Miranda over and over in her head. Then it hits her, She's heard it from her father. Shiny sighs and whispers, "it figures."

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Friday, March 20, 2009 8:58 AM


(Oreo is in his bunk cleaning his PP-R rifle when shinys voice comes over his com)


Captain. Oreo. Can you both come to the galley?


(Oreo sticks a cleaning thistle brush down the barrel)

Oreo- Hmmmm...

(Oreo pulls the brush out sticks it back within his cleaning kit and places the rifle back on the rack with the others weapons. He slowly removes himself from his bed, making sure to grab a piece of paper before exiting. Oreo, makes his way to the galley. Stepping inside he notices Shiny cooking, but he barely makes eye contact, then he notics michael sitting at the table starring at him)

Oreo- Shake your head gorramit! Your eyes are stuck!

Michael- Forgive me lad, for starring, meant you harm by by.

(Oreo slides himself into a seat and waits)

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat. - May the road rise with you.


Friday, March 20, 2009 10:40 AM


shiny turns around to See Oreo.
who clearly is ignoring her.
She try's to make eye contact even though she knows oreo see's her, He's acting like he don't.

Shiny exchanges looks with Michael, then turns back to the stove. the tension is thick.

Shiny debates on asking Oreo to get the dishes for her. Their too high for her to reach. She decides not to. She grabs a chair and gets them herself. when Putting the chair back shiny Shoves it into its place. Now she's getting Irritated.

Shiny, takes the food off the the stove and places it in the middle of the table.

Shiny, "remember to save some for the captain."

Shiny losing her appetite leaves the room.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Sunday, March 22, 2009 4:35 AM


on the bridge O2 maneuvers TRANQUILITY away from AQUILA, and into the black...
away from the 'decoy', SERENITY, who is drawing the ALLIANCE cruiser off in a different direction.

"nice work... as always OUT2THEBLACK. i'm headin' to the galley,
lets go see where my crew wants to go next.
there's just a galaxy of fun that awaits us."

as SHADOW heads down to the galley, a new alert comes over the cortex:

the captain, walking to the galley hears shinys 'com to him and OREO.
he also hears most of the conversation coming from the galley as he approaches it from the hall.
he enters the galley and sits at the table.

"hey all. MICHAEL, i heard more of your story and us headin' to MIRANDA, or any other such place,
sounds 'good a plan as any, to hide from the ALLIANCE cruiser that's lookin' for us.
'sides, we can round up more data on OREOS condition while we're there.
we'll find your brothers... long as it jives with what needs doin'.
we'll have someone analyze those disks that have you and OREO the subjects of much musin'. - TRANQUILITYS War Room [and Lounge] - TRANQUILITYS LEVEL 5 CLEARANCE

xie-xie, SHADOW captain 平静
Someone tries to kill you... you try to kill'em right back.


Monday, March 23, 2009 10:28 AM


Shiny walks to the engine room. She listens to the
therapeutic hum of the engine.

Shiny grabs a book then jumps into her hammock.
She lays their swinging, thinking about what Michael said.

Then thinking of her conversation with Oreo in her bunk.
Shiny's eyes get a little teary when she thinks about the folder under her pillow.

She opens the book and her pen rolls out onto her lap. She picks it up, at the top of the page she rights the date and time.

Shiny starts writing she can't write fast enough to keep up with her brain. It's been awhile since shiny wrote in her personal journal but it was much need.

She writes her thoughts hope and dreams along with what has happened over the past weeks including that time on serenity. Shiny thinking about that day, sighs and smiles she's writing feverishly lost in her words.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:56 AM


(Oreo begins a conversation with the captain)

Oreo- we gotta job yet?

Captain- I'll tell you, finding a respectable job ain't easy like it used to be...

Oreo- what about a not respectable job?

captain- You don't really pick on....nevermind.... we have other things need attending to first, once we reach miranda, we look Michael brothers and see about you.

Oreo- This piece of fei-oo has kin?

Michael- yes, two brothers actually.

Oreo- and we're going to pick them up.

Captain- that'd be the notion.

(Oreo stands up)

Oreo- gettin awfully crowd captain.

Captain- It's my ship, i'll say when it's too crowded.

(Oreo glares at michael)

Captain- where did shiny get off to.

(Oreo turns without responding and leaves)

Michael- So, why keep a person with his unique attributes on board.

(The Captain cracks a smile)

Captain- he's good with people.

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat. - May the road rise with you.


Thursday, March 26, 2009 3:03 AM


Shiny's brought back to reality by the rumblings
of her stomach.

She finishes writing her thought down, then puts the pen back in her book and closes it.

Shiny gets off the hammock and walks over to her Hiding spot and puts her journal away.

She then walks to the galley. Everyone's gone.
She grabs some food from the fridge and cooks herself a meal.

Once the meal is done, Shiny sits down and starts eating and Thinking.

wondering what's really going on between her and Oreo. And About Micheal's story and the folder under her pillow.

Shiny mutters to herself out loud....
"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie".

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Saturday, March 28, 2009 2:38 AM


a huge solar flare erupts and blasts the ship way off course,
and into deep space, disabling her main thrusters and communications.
SHADOW has a poem come to mind:

`And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
And chased us south along.

With sloping masts and dipping prow,
As who pursued with yell and blow
Still treads the shadow of his foe,
And forward bends his head,
The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
The southward aye we fled.

And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold:
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald. - TRANQUILITYS War Room [and Lounge] - TRANQUILITYS LEVEL 5 CLEARANCE

xie-xie, SHADOW captain 平静
Someone tries to kill you... you try to kill'em right back.


Monday, March 30, 2009 2:27 AM


Sitting in the galley finishing up her meal,
Shiny feels the ship shaking.
She jumps up and runs to the engine room.
She pulling wires and reattaching then to diffrent parts.
when finished she runs to the the bridge telling 02 what she's doing.
She gets underneath the main console and starts rerouting the wires when done,Shiny stands up.
"OK I managed to reconfigure the control panel and the engine. We won't have a lot of power but if you fire the thrusters Gently we can control her. but... We still wont know where we are until we can get the main communications to work."

Shiny leaves the bridge and heads back to the engine room. on the way she see's Oreo. Shiny glances at Oreo and shyly smiles. "we lost our main thrusters, I managed to rewire them for the
time being but we have no communications. Well I'll be in the engine room if you wanna Talk or something."
Shiny getting a little embarrassed at her vulnerability, Awkwardly smiles then rushes back to the engine room. Shiny wonders if one of Michael devises could help them get back on course.
Shiny coms Michael and tells him of the situation
she ends the com with...."if you have anything that could help please let us know."

Shiny goes back to work on the engine.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Monday, March 30, 2009 7:56 AM


(Still in the desert)

(Claire wakes up in the middle of the night. She sees Elbarto, shirtless, looking into the mirror. He seems to be looking ant his numerous scars. She gets up and tip toes as quietly as she can to Elbarto.)

El: Sorry if I woke you.

Claire: I was quiet as as mouse. How did you hear me?

El: Your breathing patterns changed.

Claire: What are you doing hun?

El: Each one of these scars tells a story, usually one of sacrifice.

( Claire drapes her arms around his neck and starts feeling his chest)

Claire: Where did you get that one?

El: I was fighting Alliance super reavers.

Claire: you want to go back to your ship don't you?

El: Yes, I love being here with my brothers, but something is missing. Will you come with me if I go back?

Claire: You know I will.

El: Then its time I call my ship.

When you can't run you crawl. When you can't do know the rest.


Monday, March 30, 2009 9:44 AM


(Oreo follows Shiny to the engine rooms)

Oreo- What is going on? Whats wrong with the ruttin ship?!

shiny- We've been knocked off course by a solar flare, engine's are on the fritz.

Oreo- So we might die?

Shiny- Well, it's always a possiblity. Long as we don't get jit by another flare, i should be able to stablize tranquility, gettin us back on course is between o2 and the ship.

(Confused, Oreo just nobs. Shiny, notices that everything she said has gone over his head)

Shiny- we'll be fine, i promise.

(A look of satifaction slates over Oreo's face)

Shiny- can you go find Michael and tell him to come down here.

Oreo- Who?

Shiny- Michael? The New Guy?

Oreo(A hint of jealously)- Oh, alright.

(Oreo turns and walks out. Shiny whispers to herself)

Shiny(Chuckles)- He's jealous, maybe he's somewhat human after all.

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat. - May the road rise with you.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009 9:51 AM


"Ai Ya! Hwai Leh! Thot felt loik we'ze been hit with daxiang baozhashi de laduzi!"

Michael is still yelling at the top of his lungs up the stairs when Oreo appears suddenly, right in his face. Oreo glares menacingly. His baritone voice makes Michael startle:

"Well? Git up there and do sommat about it. Can't you here Shiny calling for you?"

"Oi, ye skeered the bleedin' piss outta me. Enjoy bein' the big, frightnin beasty, don' ya?" he squeezes carefully past, trying not to bump into Oreo, and returns to tapping away at his Cortex reader on the way up the stairs.

Shiny is back in the engine room checking levels and fine-tuning Tranquility into more thrust. Michael's too busy staring at his screen to notice Shiny's feminine form covered in engine grime. Oreo, staring over Michael's shoulder certainly doesn't.

"Shiny lass, ye called me? Mah reader lost connection, last Stellar Positioning System update had us enroute to Mir'anda, passing 'er star. We lost?"

Oreo huffs sarcastically, and drops into the jumpseat next to the door of the engine room.

"All your fancy technology and all you've come up with is the same gorram thing everyone else knew since the thump on the hull."

He kicks his booted feet up into a relaxed position and looks over at Shiny.

"Don't fret Shiny, you'll fix her up"

Suddenly, too late really, Michael realizes the situation happening around him between Oreo and Shiny. He's embarrassed by his oblivion and doesn't know where to go from here. He turns to leave, thinks better of it, turns back to Shiny and Oreo, then hiccups nervously.

(fellow VFF'ers, my apologies for my absence. I was away on a work trip with little time or network access. If it occurs in the future, which it might, please continue without me. Sorry!)


Thursday, April 2, 2009 2:07 PM


Shiny's startled by Michaels hiccup she spins around fast and faces him. Seeing he's embarrassed Shiny smiles....

"hey Michael, would you mind handing me that wrench."

Michael looks in the direction shiny is pointing
he grabs the wrench and hands it her.
Shiny looks at the wrench then puts it in her pocket.

Oreo watching shiny has a funny look on his face.

Shiny, "in case I need it later."

Shiny leans over engine frustrated that she can't get the thrusters to kick in full force,

Shiny,"Ta ma de, TA MA DA"!

Shiny starts muttering to herself, forgetting Michael and Oreo can hear her.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Friday, April 3, 2009 3:23 AM


When words fail Michael, he turns to technology. This situation seemed to call for it. Seeing a Universal Data Connection port on the engine diagnostic panel, Michael fishes out a cable and plugs in his Cortex Reader. It takes a while for the information to transfer, and once its up on the screen, Michael realizes he did not pay enough attention in basic engine maintenance in school.

"Uh, lassie, yer engine's talkin' to meh, boit Oi'm afriad Oi don't speak 'is langwich. Mighten ye shoild take a loik?"

Then it strikes Michael. Didn't Shiny call him up here? Why, just to hand her a wrench? No...


Friday, April 3, 2009 8:27 AM


Shiny straitens up and stands next to Michael
their staring at the screen. After a moment shiny looks at Michael....
"huh" she says then walks
back over to the engine she starts inspecting the wires.
Shiny whispers to herself,"unbelievable."

She then disconnects two wires and reconnects them in the reverse order.

As soon as she does the engine kicks in full force.

Shiny so Happy closes the engines hood and walks over to Michael and gives him a hug.

Shiny," Tranquility is back in action."

Smiling a big smile Shiny looks at Oreo.

Oreo not looking as happy as shiny thought he would. "Yeah, Well I knew you would fix it all along."

the captain coms the engine room,
"Shiny, good job,but our communications are still down. 02's still working on it.
ends com.

Shiny looks at both Oreo and Michael.
"well I suppose I'm off to the Bridge to help 02."

shiny looks at Michael, If you think that thing can help us then come to the bridge with me."

Then Shiny looks at Oreo who's still sitting in the jump seat." You just gonna sit there all day?"

Oreo annoyed with Shiny,"whats its to you if I do?"

Shiny laughs, "Oreo I'm only joking."

Shiny heads for the Bridge.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Saturday, April 4, 2009 2:27 AM


Ojin monitors the screens in the main control room back on the Aquila Capital, Tengoku.
Suddenly an alert flashes on one of the screens.

"Tranquility has just gone off the grid sir."

"Try to get a fix on her."

"Yes sir."

Ojin heads back to his office and sends a message to his old student Elbarto.

Encrypted packet to 'Reflector':



Saturday, April 4, 2009 3:26 AM


in the engine room, SHINYFRYE gets TRANQUILITY back on her feet.
on the bridge, O2 and the captain talk.

"i can probably land her cap.,
but the ships communications are fried.
we're also probably 'dark' to anyone that's lookin'
for us."

"that can be a good thing too. we're close to reaver space now. reavers could be hungry...or worse.
maybe that solar flare was a blessing in disguise."

TRANQUILITY continues to limp towards MIRANDA, and alongside a large floating belt of scrap.

"'kay cap, MIRANDA'S coming up."

We still 'dark'?"

"should be."

"don't like the sound of that 1st word.
alright, land us just ouside the city where the
SERENITY crew landed."

"do my best."

suddenly a reaver ship, hidden in the scrapbelt,
launches a harpoon at TRANQUILITY.
it finds its mark with a loud ***BANG*** on TRANQUILITYS port side engine,
causing her to spin out of control. as the ship spins toward MIRANDAS atmo',
it begins to shake heavily.

SHADOW 'coms the crew:
"everyone strap in, it's gonna get bumpy."

O2 regains partial control.

"won't be comin' down anywhere near where you wanted cap. looks like it's gonna be on the other side of the planet."

O2 continues to struggle with navigating the ship to a safe landing area, away from the oceans.

"maybe... that green continent. there.
i think we're landin' in that green, jungley,
tree covered, non-flat, jaggedy, area that doesn't have anything close to a flat landing pad."

just then, O2 sees a light on the ground, flash slowly, like a beacon, off to his left.

*he thinks*
maybe there's a reason for that light to be there.
lets hope its flat.

O2 does his best to get the ship near the beacon.

"hang on travelers!"

TRANQUILITY hits the treeline hard, causing her to spin sideways.
the starboard engine tears off as the ship spins into a large tree.
TRANQUILITY comes down hard in the middle of a jungle with a broken wing, and a large reaver spear in the other.

the crew are all momentarily knocked out from the impact.

SHADOW, on the edge of consciousness, hears that voice in his head again.

* At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.

It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through! *

SHADOW wakes up and 'coms the crew:

as the captain waits for the crew to check in, O2 checks the controls.

"cap', i'm gettin' some strange readings from this place. coms still down but i'm gettin' what looks like weak transponder codes from at least one other ship... or maybe it's something else.
'hard to tell, system took a lot of damage. it'll take a while to suss it all out."

"you get to work on that, i'll check on the crew, maybe have a look outside-see what the damage is."

the captain heads to see how the crew is.

a loud creaking sound comes from outside the ship.
then a loud howl in the distance, making SHADOW remember a few more lines from the poem that keeps haunting him, like a voice in his head:

`The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,
Merrily did we drop
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the lighthouse top.'

then more...

'And through the drifts the snowy clifts
Did send a dismal sheen :
Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken--
The ice was all between.

The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around :
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound !'

'yup... this is gonna go just great...
and what the heck is a swound?'

xie-xie, SHADOW captain 平静
Someone tries to kill you... you try to kill'em right back.


Saturday, April 4, 2009 11:18 AM


SHADOW meets SHINY on her way to the bridge.

"nice work on the engine by the way. you ok?"

"yup, i strapped in when you said to but i had to get up to see how bad she is. so... how bad off is she?"

"don't know yet, but..."

"i know, we landed real hard."

"how's the others?"

"i was just gonna go check."

"you go do that, i'll check outside."

SHADOW leaves the ship to assess the damage, gun drawn.
it's major.
a bright light slowly washes over him and fades off
into the distance.

landed hard? THATS a fact.

he comes back inside to address the crew.
he sees OREO as his enters the ship.

"what's the situation cap?"

"she's real bad. we won't be goin' anywhere soon.
it's getting dark. i think you and i should go out at first light and scout the area. but first,
let's check on the others."

OREO nods.

a bright light illuminates the windows of the ship, then fades into the distance. - TRANQUILITYS War Room [and Lounge] - TRANQUILITYS LEVEL 5 CLEARANCE

xie-xie, SHADOW captain 平静
Someone tries to kill you... you try to kill'em right back.


Saturday, April 4, 2009 1:26 PM


Michael was heading down the stairs in the cargo bay when the ship is hit. As usual, he's not looking where he's going, he's reading his PCR. The physical jolt slams him into the handrail, and he reels.

Just as he's certain he's going to fall, his foot catches on some old dangling cables, and with a lurch he's swung out over the cargo bay area, 12 feet above the deck.

"Well, then. How W'rin Bu Lai, Whai W'rin Bu Jwo.!"


Sunday, April 5, 2009 1:29 AM


shiny in search of the rest of the crew walks into the cargo bay. She hears Michaels voice. she's looking all around then she looks up.

"Michael! You Ok?! Shiny trying not to chuckle at
the situation, comments.

"Your right, Things never seem to go smooth. Not on this ship anyways."

Shiny is following the wires with her eyes.
She trying to figure how to get him down safely.

"Michael. Hang tight, (shiny chuckles) Where gonna need Oreo. He's the only one strong enough to help get you down."

Shiny walks away and coms Oreo, To come and help.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Sunday, April 5, 2009 8:40 AM


As Michael is pondering how much he does NOT want Oreo to help him down, his PCR begins ringing and buzzing (apparently picking up a signal from Miranda's old comm network). As he tries to flip it open, it buzzes right out of his finger tips and falls into the grate in the floor below. Shadow walks back into the cargo bay, and notices Michael hanging by his ankle.

"Not exactly what I had in mind when I ordered the crew to strap in, Michael."


Sunday, April 5, 2009 1:20 PM


SHADOW watches the device fall into the grates.
he looks up.

"looks like you're the only one who has... or had any communication with the outside world. our communications are fried."

he continues as he begins to get MICHAEL down.

"it gets worse. i just took a look at the outside of the ship. we'll be here a while. we've got a couple broken wings, and at least 1 shuttle has major damage. anyway, we'll know more in the morning when we can see better. it's getting foggy out there. i'll be scouting the area after that. you're welcome to come if you like. we should get some rest."

"how are the others?"

"most are ok, TWINS have some cuts from flying debris. KAT is unconscious in the medlab. figure she was strappin' the kids in when we hit."

SUMMER calls up to MICHAEL from under the grate.
he's holding the pieces of MICHAELS PCR:
"hey mister, your thing is broken."

the ships windows light up white, from the outside source momentarily, then darken again.

the voice in SHADOWS head speaks again:

'And a good south wind sprung up behind;
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariner's hollo!

In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.' - TRANQUILITYS War Room [and Lounge] - TRANQUILITYS LEVEL 5 CLEARANCE

xie-xie, SHADOW captain 平静
Someone tries to kill you... you try to kill'em right back.


Monday, April 6, 2009 3:16 AM


the crew has a hard time sleeping.
noises from outside the ship, intermittently break the quiet, during the night. what sounds like footsteps are soon followed by a very low, howling sound, which seems to drive the 1st sounds away.

morning breaks.

O2 has fixed the internal ships 'com, but no other communication is working.

SHADOW 'coms the crew:
"mornin' all. O2 and i will be goin' out into the jungle to see what we're dealin' with.
OREO, MICHAEL, you're both welcome to come. SHINY, i need you to look after KAT and THE TWINs... just for a spell.

those goin' with me need to meet me in the cargo bay in 10. bring weapons." - TRANQUILITYS War Room [and Lounge] - TRANQUILITYS LEVEL 5 CLEARANCE

xie-xie, SHADOW captain 平静
Someone tries to kill you... you try to kill'em right back.


Monday, April 6, 2009 4:30 AM


The captain's comm comes through when Michael has just gotten the shattered shell off the PCR. Most of the internal electronics seem okay, maybe a few snapped connections on the GPX chip.

Though he's not keen on wild jungly exploration after last nights eerie noises, Michael feels he best join in. He swaps his comfy loafers for a pair of decent boots and puts on his dirtiest and least favorite clothes. He heads down to the cargo bay to retrieve his weapons cache.

When the Captain and Oreo enter the cargo bay, Michael is standing there patiently, a large Bowie knife on his belt, a bandolier holding a dozen or more throwing knives, a machete in each hand, and the handle of what appears to be a katana curving up from behind his back.

"Top o' the mornin', gents. ...The world 's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open."


Monday, April 6, 2009 5:41 AM


Shiny walks into the cargo bay and Looks at the Captain, "Why can't I go to?"

Captain,"I need you to stay with the twins and Kat."

Shiny looking at Michael seeing all his Knives seems to confirm to her that she's not the only one
who has an eerie feeling about this place.

Shiny not happy turns away from the Captain,

Shinys to proud to say she's frightened to stay behind.

Oreo sensing whats wrong walks over to shiny and puts his arm around her shoulders and whispers. "you'll be fine, I promise."

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Monday, April 6, 2009 4:06 PM


SHADOW, OREO, O2 and MICHAEL start their survey of the jungle around them.
it's early in the morning but the heat and humidity
are already taking their effect.

the 4 head east.
they soon come to what looks like a 'border', were the jungle thins out some.
a few yards later, something catches their eye.
it's a sign on a tree:

"well MICHAEL, looks like your friends have been here."

"looks like some of them still are."

O2 points to a corpse, sitting with his back to a tree, and a gun in his hand. he's wearing an ALLIANCE project worker uniform,
with a patch on the left breast, that matches the sign on the tree.


"looks like."

OREO searches the dead worker and finds an ID card along with some other things that he puts into his pocket.
he hands the ID card to the captain.

"let's keep moving."

just past the sign, they come to a series of steel poles that appear to run a perimeter.


"probably. lets find a way to test..."

OREO walks right between two of the poles.

"fence ain't workin', let go."

no one moves.

"you guys chicken?"

the other 3 are looking up above OREOS head, and off into the distance.
OREO turns around and looks up.
the 4 are looking at a black tower that reaches well above the tree line that lies in front of it.
it resembles an 'earth that was' lighthouse-except much taller.

"anyone curious?"

the 4 continue on.
the shadow of the tower starts to envelope them a mile before they get to the black lighthouse. it takes them longer to reach it than expected.
they walk around the huge building looking for an entrance, but no luck. it's just smooth black stone, all around,
except were one side of the lighthouse abuts the ocean.

"the entrance has to be down there."

he points to a rough path that leads down to the beach below.
the 4 go down the path and see a wide, semi-circle stone patio that reaches over the shoreline.
it's connected to a lower level of the lighthouse. they walk over to it and find a door.

OREO tries the door:
"it's locked."

SHADOW uses the workers ID card.
the door slides open.
the 4 walk into the building and straight down a hallway that leads into a giant octagonal room with a door at each of the sides.
at the center of the room is a large 8 sided table with 8 computer terminals aligned with each door.

"let's see if we can contact some help."

O2 checks 1 of the terminals.

"looks like it's on a small network. we can contact other terminals that are on this same 'closed' circuit."

"see what you can do."

SHADOW walks over to a large bookcase and takes out one of the books. its a journal.

"looks like the 'keeper' logged everything that happened here." - THE BLACK LIGHTHOUSE JOURNALS - THE BLACK LIGHTHOUSE 'COM STATION - TRANQUILITYS LEVEL 5 CLEARANCE


Monday, April 6, 2009 7:44 PM


(Oreo stares at the book in the captains hand)

Oreo-How's about you forget that eerie ass book and let get movin?

(The captain looks up at Oreo)

Captain- Don't tell me you're scared. I should have left you on the ship and brought shiny.

(Michael snickers. Oreo quickly fires a round from his Kr-20 repeater sending it sailing and ricocheting off the concrete floor a few inches from Michael s foot.)

Oreo- Not Scared. Just cautious is all. Wanna get outta this rutting uber creepy place.

(o2 checks around looking for signs of movement)

o2- doesn't look like Oreo shot was heard Captain. (turns to Oreo) probably not my place to say but you might want to holster weapon from here on out , less you really need to use.
(walking away) gonna have the whole damn place coming down on us.

(Michael walks up to Oreo. mouth open ready to say something. Oreo quickly pulls out a pistol and jams it into his forehead.)

Oreo- Turn around and walk away

(Michael steps back a few paces, turns and walks away. captain stares at Oreo in disapproval. Oreo begins to holster his pistol)

Oreo- Its not like i pulled it on you

Captain- You did...

(Oreo quickly looks up at the captain)

Oreo- What?

(The captain gets right into Oreo's face)

Captain- you shot at my crew! you pulled a gun on my crew!

Oreo- He ain't your crew Captain!

Captain- He's on my ship, He's my crew when i conjure he is. and right now, He Is. You are on your last dog leg with me.

Oreo- Is that right?

Captain- Yes, it is.

(Oreo finishes holstering his pistol and turns and walks in the opposite direction)

Captain- Where do you think you're going?

(Oreo pulls out his com from his jacket pocket and tosses it over his shoulder towards the captain)

Oreo- I ain't your problem no more.

(o2, Michael and the Captain watch as Oreo disappears into the jungle. The captain coms Shiny)

***Captain Coms***

Shiny, Oreo just walked. Keep a look out for him. Com Me if he gets back there to the ship.

***ends Com***

***Shiny Coms***

Xie-Xie Captain. Why did he walk?

***Ends Com***

***Captain Com***

I'll tell you about it when i get back to the ship

***Ends com***

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat. - May the road rise with you.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009 2:59 AM


"hey CAP, you're gonna want to see this.
each of these 8 terminals has a corresponding door."

he points to each of the 8 doors that surround them.

O2 continues:
"they each have a password that won't be easy to crack. i can also use these terminals to contact remote terminals -
ones that seem to be in other stations just like this one, on different points on MIRANDA.
looks like they have a few of these stations positioned all over the planet...
some kind of monitoring network."

SHADOW listens to O2 as he continues to flip through the journals of the stations 'keeper'.

"looks like this 'keeper' guy has been the only one here for a while. before that, the ALLIANCE had a crew of 4 workers assigned
to work here and help him with that COLOUR SCHEMER PROJECT. they worked and lived here for 3 months at a time.
then a new 'shift' would replace the 1st crew.
but the KEEPER would remain here."



Tuesday, April 7, 2009 11:20 AM


SHADOW and MICHAEL start to look around the station. the 8 doors cannot be opened without a password,
so they go back to the entry hall and try to find a way up.
they do find a stairwell that winds it's way up along the inside wall of the lighthouse.
each level that they come to has a heavy door with a pass code panel next to it.

"i'm thinkin' we need to start lookin' for some passwords or codes or somethin'."

it takes them a long while to get near the top but they are stopped by a wall before the final few levels.

"we should think about getting back to the ship before it gets dark."

"i'm with you."

the 2 go back down the stairs and get O2.
they begin to head back.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009 2:03 PM


Back on TQ Shiny's pacing the corridor she glances
in on Kat once in awhile.
the twins are in the galley eating a snack Shiny made for them.

The ships to Quite for Shiny.
When the Captain coms her she jumps.
she can feel hairs on the back of her neck stands up.

Shiny ends the com with the Capt.
She's clearly spooked and now worried about Oreo.

Shiny walks to the cargo bay and sits on a crate.
She pulls her gun out of the back of her pants. she sits there staring at it, thinking, waiting.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009 6:37 AM


After being shot at by Oreo, noticing the type of firearm and the clip, Michael walks over to Oreo.

Oreo- Turn around and walk away.

Michael steps back, a row begins between the Captain and Oreo, and Oreo walks out.

Michael looks sheepish at Shadow and O2.

"Oi was only gonna point oiut thot 'is clip was noiw empty, an' 'e needed ta reload. Sorry if moi flowery scented arse offends yer crew, Cap'n."


Later, on the way back to the ship, Michael turns to Shadow.

"Cap'n, Oi noticed some comm equipment back in thot creepy vertical tomb. Maybe 02 an' Oi could scrounge sommat together, get Tranquility talkin' again? Tomorree, o'course. Oi was 'earing some queer sounds from the jungle last noight, and have no mind ta be outta doors after noightfall. But yon boat ain't gonna fly us nowhere iffin we don't get some parts ordered."

Just then something stirred in the bushes, and a flash of bright steel flies from Michael's hand. A strangled yelp precedes a dead monkey falling from the bush to the ground.

MICHAEL: Sorry, Cap'n, Oi'm jumpy out 'ere.

He steps over to retreive his knife and cries out.

MICHAEL: Wo de ma he ta de fengkuang de waisheng dou! Cap'n, you ain't gonna believe this...


Thursday, April 9, 2009 2:49 AM


the group returns to the marooned TRANQUILITY in the jungle just before nightfall.

SHADOW responds to MICHAELS question:
"we'll do that 1st thing. i conjure we won't be findin' what we need to get our girl spaceworthy,
but we should be able to get her smilin' at least. 'sides, we still got shuttle #1.
checked her out earlier and she looks good for at least short range. lets try to get some sleep.
we got our work cut out for us."

the night is less eventful than the last.
still the occasional light, washing over the ship.

SHADOW reads more of THE KEEPERS journal and finds an interesting entry:

Day 10, 3 am

I only have a moment.
They need us at our stations. The PAX Project was released early for some reason.
The 'monitoring' is exhausting, and they have only given me 5 minutes break today.
I have just been contacted by one of the other Monitoring Stations while at my console,
by a man named Michael.
I don't know if he is a 'Keeper' like me, or just a worker, but he was frantic.
It sounded as if there was some sort of uprising or something at his Station.
He was cut off before he could explain.

My 5 minutes are up...




Friday, April 10, 2009 11:19 AM


shiny hears the Captain and Michael talking.
She gets up off the crate she was sitting on and makes herself looks busy. They both walk past her and out of the cargo bay.

Shiny puts her gun back into the back of her pants
and leaves the ship.

She walks out into the jungle Its very quiet, eerie. She's scared but she needs to find Oreo.

Once she's far enough away from Tranquility she
coms the Captain.

Shiny, "Captain, I'm just letting you know I have left Tranquility to search for Oreo, And as soon as I find Him I will com you."

Captain," Shiny, you return to the ship, Oreo will come back when He's ready and if he don't
Well, then we will all go find him."

Shiny," Captain, If Oreo walked away upset, my guess He doesn't want to be found. But I'm Hoping
he will listen to me."

Shiny ends the com then turns it off for awhile.

Shiny's walking slow she has a small flashlight
that she has used on the engine from time to time.

Those noises can now be heard off in the distance, It makes her shiver.

Shiny Thinking,"Oreo were can you be."

After walking for a few hours shiny decides its no use trying to find him in pitch blackness.
She finds a spot under a tree and sits down. she leans her back against it.

She falls asleep.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Friday, April 10, 2009 5:46 PM


SHADOW and MICHAEL leave O2 to guard the rest of the crew in TRANQUILITY and go out to search for SHINY.
it takes most of the the night, but they finally find her asleep under a tree.

the sun is just starting to rise.

"might as well wait for her to wake up. ain't dark anymore. still think she's dumb as a rock for leavin' at night, but she made it.
we'll go straight to the lighthouse and see if we can contact anyone on those terminals as soon as she wakes up.

SHADOW looks around the area while he waits for SHINY to wake up. he sees an odd shape in the overgrowth, a few yards off the path.
he walks over to it.



Saturday, April 11, 2009 10:14 AM


SHINY wakes up.

the 3 walk towards the black lighthouse.
they enter the 8 sided room.
SHADOW begins to try access the main MIRANDA database.


he then notices a 'card slot' to his right.
it's connected to the system.
he uses the ID card that OREO took off the dead project worker, and inserts it.


SHADOW thinks about the sign he saw near the electrified fence and enters:



SHADOW tries again to access the main database and finds that this station can access almost any classified data that the ALLIANCE has on any project.
he types in:

the computer brings up a screen:

"hey Michael, you might want to check this out."

SHADOW makes a 'hard copy' of the screen as MICHAEL walks over.



Saturday, April 11, 2009 4:38 PM


SHADOW then enters 'SKYE L. JORDSON'

the computer starts to download the data...

a.k.a. Echo One.
First successful hybrid of human and reaver DNA.

The 'Reaver Echo' Project uses a Suppressor mutation, which is a type of genetic code mutation that alters the result of a different mutation.

This alone would not cause 'Reaverizm', but when hybridized with Frameshift mutation, is likely the cause.

Frameshift mutation - One class of genetic code mutation that results from the insertion or deletion of a nucleotide to an mRNA sequence.

In this case (Operation Reaver Echo One), insertion of a nucleotide.

following is 'Genetic code 66': the building block map to reaverizm, and can be 'reverse engineered' to potentially cure reaverizm -
though no cases have yet been documented, or even known attempted. - THE BLACK LIGHTHOUSE JOURNALS - THE BLACK LIGHTHOUSE 'COM STATION - TRANQUILITYS LEVEL 5 CLEARANCE


Monday, April 13, 2009 5:50 AM


(Elbarto on Alliance shuttle overlooking Miranda)

(Elbarto overlooks Miranda with awe. He still hasn't quite figured out why he was sent here. He looks at the other two people who came with him, Claire and Lao.)

Lao: I don't get it brother, there are cities and everything, but no ground traffic.

El: It's a dead planet. Nothing the three of us can handle. Why don't you begin entry Claire.

(Suddenly the ship is rocked by a concussion wave)

Claire: Reavers on port and starboard! What do you want to do?

(El, without talking, puts his hand on Claire's and jams the throttle all the way forward. The ship jets toward the planet. The Reavers follow suit.)


(Shadow and the others hear a sonic boom.)

Shadow: What was that? Shiny go see what that was.

(shiny goes to a window)

shiny: Cap! It's another ship. Looks like it's being chased by reavers!

Shadow: May luck be with them.

**Back on the shuttle**

El: Claire, land on that out crop. As soon as the ship lands everyone bail out.

(Claire barely lands the ship. Everyone and heads for the cover of the forest. The reavers land, and overtaken by bloodthirst head after the trio.)

When you can't run you crawl. When you can't do know the rest.


Monday, April 13, 2009 4:43 PM


SHADOW has more of the poem come to mind:

`God save thee, ancient Mariner.
From the fiends, that plague thee thus.
Why look'st thou so ?' With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS.

SHADOW and SHINY watch the ships descend towards the horizon.



Tuesday, April 14, 2009 2:09 AM


Shiny turns away from the window. She walks over to
a shelf and takes a book of it.
She blows the dust of the book then opens it.
She starts flipping through the pages when a Piece of folded paper falls onto the floor. Shiny bends down to pick it up.
Michael looks at shiny then back at what he's doing.
Shiny unfolds the piece of paper and starts reading. Her eyes start scanning the list of names. The stop when she see's her Fathers name listed. She then reads....
" Guest of honor to be recognized for all His work and Generosity for a better Tomorrow."
Then her fathers name was written in Parenthesis.

Shiny feeling disgusted folds the piece of paper back up and tucks it into her pocket.

Shiny walks outside of the lighthouse.
Shiny looks at the tree's in the distance
missing Oreo, Hoping to see his figure emerge from the forest.

Shiny turns away,and stares at the Ocean.
she can't help but feel sickened by her father.
A small tear escapes her eye and rolls down her check, when thinks about what the alliance did to Oreo.

Shiny picks up a few small rocks and starts tossing them one by one into the water.

...Also, I can kill you with my brain.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:23 AM


(Elbarto and the others in the woods)

Lao: they're gaining on us.

El: Shall we dance the blades brother?

(Lao gets a smile on his face that only true warriors recognize)

Lao: Lets do it.

El: Claire, keep running we'll catch up with you.

Claire: They have guns guys, your swords won't do the trick.

El: Babe, reavers love to butcher things. if we challenge them, they will come after us with blades. They will fight us because of their bloodlust. Now run!

(Claire runs further into the jungle. El and Lao drop their guns and stand side by side. They unsheath their katanas. A few seconds later two dozen reavers appear. They are somewhat startled by direct opposition, but nonetheless charge El and Lao get into ready stance.)

(Claire looks back in time to see the reavers plow into El and Lao. For a second she thinks that they are already dead. Then she starts to hear earsplitting screams. Among the chaos she sees flashes of metal. Suddenly the crowd parts and Claire can see El and Lao standing back to back. They have blood on their clothing but none of it is theirs. El and Lao start to move in perfect tandum almost as if they are mirror images of each other. Slashing, parrying, dodging. A few moments later the reavers are dead. Claire rushes back to them)

El:(Breathing heavily) Thats a rush.

Lao:(Sheathes his katana) Yep. We better get moving before they come in greater numbers.

Claire: I think i may have found a trail.

El: Lead on.

When you can't run you crawl. When you can't do know the rest.






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