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Gremlin Hunt

W2 D1 NT Klyde Camille Deveaux Zincell Khaelys

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#41 Khaelys

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:32 AM

Khaelys let the single tear dry on his cheek. He looked deep into her eyes, as he had done almost profusely during their conversation. He only saw confidence. Perhaps she could survive Luthadel.

He blushed, but did not move. "Maybe you can take it. But I'm not taking back my compliment. You are still very pretty."
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#42 Zincell

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:40 AM

You are still very pretty. Zincell's cheeks and ears went back to that pre-ascension-tomato red, and she started filling brass again, almost by reflex.

"Thank you" She said quietly.
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#43 Khaelys

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:54 AM

Khaelys. You, my friend, are a moron. But he didn't pull back. "No problem" he said with a crooked smile. "In fact, I might even venture to say further than that."

And then, he kissed her.
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#44 Zincell

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 03:10 AM

Zincell froze. She was being kissed. She was being kissed by a handsome skaa misting. She was being kissed by a handsome skaa misting that cared about her safety. She was being kissed by a handsome skaa misting that cared about her safety and had just tried to convince her to leave the city because it was too dangerous for her. Because he liked her, and thought she was good and beautiful. And he was kissing her.

And she was kissing him back.

Edited by Thoughtful Spurts, 31 January 2012 - 03:12 AM.

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#45 Khaelys

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 03:17 AM

Is this really happening? Am I kissing a girl? Am I kissing a girl who just was about to rip my toes off not 30 seconds ago?

Khaelys though to himself and pictured Klyde laughing at him from afar. How foolish must he be? He had known this girl for maybe an hour. And he was kissing her.

Not just that. She was kissing him back!

Khaelys pulled away, just realizing how embarrassing this was for both of them. With his face still red, he gave a weak smile and, without so much as a pinch of sincerity, "Sorry".
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#46 Zincell

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 03:28 AM

Zincell looked at him with bright red cheeks and a somewhat aghast and questioning expression. Sorry?!

This was her first kiss not involving the breeding center! Deepness, this was her first kiss with someone around her age. With someone who thought she was good, and pretty, and who had tried to protect her without knowing anything of her. Just out of simple human kindness, likely mixed with ignorance, lust and self delusion somewhere. And he stopped and said sorry?

This boy didn't really think twice about what he said did he? But... then again... Zincell often didn't either.

And so, she kissed him.

Edited by Thoughtful Spurts, 31 January 2012 - 03:31 AM.

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#47 Camille Deveaux


  • Daughter of Lord Deveaux

562
Atium Chandelier
  • Age18

  • Relationship StatusSingle

  • OriginLuthadel

  • Allomantic StatusHidden

Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:10 AM

Cassi's grin deepened. Got you.

"Look at that," she said. "His Ladyship is trying to be the big man. The big, savvy know-it-all." She shifted forward. "Well, here's a bit of free information for you, Ladyship, so count yourself lucky. If you really knew what was going on, you wouldn't have to ask whether I mean business or not."

She shrugged, leaning back against the wall with a whimsical, offhanded grin. "But then, you already saw what happens to rats, now didn't you?"

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#48 Klyde


  • Crewleader

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House Raisaal
  • Age31

  • Relationship StatusSeparated / It's Complicated

  • OriginLuthadel

Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:57 AM

Business. Right. If anything could be considered making a deal with the deepness, dealing with Cassi was as close as Klyde had ever come. What did the little waif want him to do? Get down on his hands and knees and beg for her intel?

I can't let her get to me with petty threats. If I'm going to get anything useful out of her, I have to keep my cool. Klyde shifted uneasily, moving onto the balls of his feet and back again. Relax, he told himself. Everything would turn out fine. For him, it always did. At least, so far.

"Enough. If you're so busy I thought you'd be more careful about wasting time," he said softly. Khaelys and Zincell weren't near enough to hear and as far as he knew neither of them could burn tin, but it always paid to be careful. He didn't want to give Cassi any excuse to rescind on their arrangement.

"I'm ready to hear your terms. Let's get this over with. If you still have some crazy to get out when we're done, I swear to let you threaten me to your little heart's content." Ha! He had her there. Everyone knew mist-gremlins didn't have hearts, let alone little ones.



#49 Khaelys

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:07 AM

Khaelys threw his arms around the girl as his heart fluttered. Lord Ruler! What have I done now?! He then realized that this was his first kiss... His first anything, since Vidette. Perhaps I am over her.

Khaelys pulled back, but still held on to Zincell. "What on earth is Klyde going to think of us now?"
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#50 Zincell

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Skaa

Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:15 AM

"That he can use either one of us to manipulate the other, that you shouldn't mix business with pleasure and that we're a distraction to one another that is likely to end either one of us dying tragically?" Zincell shrugged. What did that matter?

You could die of anything in the final empire, from illnesses to accidents to being murdered by skaa, to being murdered by nobles. It wasn't as though they weren't already in mortal danger in the middle of the night, in Luthadel, in an alley.

All she cared about right now was that she'd gotten kissed. By someone who liked her.

Edited by Thoughtful Spurts, 31 January 2012 - 05:17 AM.

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#51 Khaelys

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Skaa

Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:26 AM

"Oh, I was talking about stuff that I actually cared about..." Khaelys said with a huge grin. "I doubt Klyde has had a woman in decades."

Khaelys looked up to the nearest rooftop. It was just misty enough to...

"Hey Zincell. Hold on!" And with that Khaelys dropped a coin and started burning steel.
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#52 Zincell

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Skaa

Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:39 AM

The sound of the coin set off alarms in Zincell's head, and she immediately started filling iron to make herself lighter, and holding onto Khaelys tightly, noticing how warm he was compared to her because of her currently filling brass.

They were steel-pushing through the night.

Luthadel may be the filthiest, and most dangerous, most death filled city in the entire empire... but it's also got its good things

Edited by Thoughtful Spurts, 31 January 2012 - 05:42 AM.

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#53 Camille Deveaux


  • Daughter of Lord Deveaux

562
Atium Chandelier
  • Age18

  • Relationship StatusSingle

  • OriginLuthadel

  • Allomantic StatusHidden

Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:47 AM

"All right, then," Cassi said, sinking back into her relaxed position. "If it pleases His Ladyship, we'll begin."

Voices had been floating into the alley this whole time - whomever His Ladyship had brought with him, they weren't smart enough to realize just how loudly they were talking - or how carefully people like Cassi watched out for interlopers. And right as she paused, she just happened to catch a couple words that sounded rather familiar...

But if she gave away that she had heard them, His Ladyship would know she had good ears - perhaps think she had certain powers, if he didn't know how the mists reacted to Allomancers. She could never be sure with these skaa. More importantly, though, it would signal to him that if he did want to attack her, he'd need to be even quieter. And that was the last thing she needed. Still, it seemed she was dealing with a young Allomancer tonight. Her Grace would be interested to hear about this.

"First," she said after that moment's pause, "and you should know this already, but don't give out the passphrases, send anyone else to meet with me in your place, or bring anyone else along. If you want to introduce a new contact, you come to me first, and I'll tell you how to do it.

"Payment is information for information. You know that too. The better the information, the better chance I might start to like you a little. And you do want to be my friend, don't you?" she asked with a grin.

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#54 Klyde


  • Crewleader

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House Raisaal
  • Age31

  • Relationship StatusSeparated / It's Complicated

  • OriginLuthadel

Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:57 PM

Just as much as I want to escort a mist-wraith to a luncheon with the Deepness and the Lord Ruler. "New friends are always welcome in the underworld." Unless they are the kind that stab rats for fun. "I suppose your terms seem reasonable enough," Even if you aren't, "So I suppose I might as well accept them."

Klyde resisted the urge to glance in the direction where Khaelys and Zincell were waiting. For a moment, he'd thought he heard voices and had been afraid they were getting closer to him and Cassi. However, as he listened a little more, he couldn't hear anything else, and decided it was likely just a random echo. He hoped those damn kids weren't getting into too much trouble...

"Now that I've agreed to your bargain, do you have anything you need to tell me?"



#55 Khaelys

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Skaa

Posted 02 February 2012 - 04:56 AM

Khaelys shot through the air, with a far too pretty, far too light girl in his arms. Good Hearing? Bah! They crested over a rooftop, and Khaelys had to push on nails to prevent them from crashing into the building. He let go of Zincell, and smiled. "Now that wasn't so bad, was it?"
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#56 Zincell

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Skaa

Posted 02 February 2012 - 05:37 AM

Zincell grinned. "I do believe you need to work on your descent a little though"
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#57 Khaelys

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Skaa

Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:38 AM

Khaelys looked over at her, and kissed her again. "I think my romanticism far outweighs my 'landing skills'" Khaelys said with a smile.

Khaelys looked out from the rooftop, and saw Klyde and... What was the term Klyde used? Gremlin? She was prettier than he had imagined. Something about the term "Gremlin" didn't conjure images of beauty.

"Wait here Zincell. I'll be right back." And, before she could reply, Khaelys shot off into the mist.
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#58 Zincell

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Skaa

Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:32 AM

Zincell looked at Khaelys steeljump away and sat down cross legged. She started filling steel and tapping her tinmind for hearing while filling her tinmind for sight with her eyes closed. Now she could pay attention to what Klyde was doing. She started tapping brass as well, to empty the tinmind a bit and to get warmer.

This night was turning out far better than she expected.
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#59 Camille Deveaux


  • Daughter of Lord Deveaux

562
Atium Chandelier
  • Age18

  • Relationship StatusSingle

  • OriginLuthadel

  • Allomantic StatusHidden

Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:16 PM

"As a matter of fact, I do," Cassi rasped, leaning back against her wall with a self-satisfied smirk. "It seems one Delissia Arnell was seen at the Casuana ball, and the arm of at least one Great House heir at that. Some say Tekiel; some, Lekal. Others say she was playing them both." Camille herself had caught glimpses of her with each of the young men, but of course she couldn't say that.

"Whatever she's playing at," she continued, "she's caught the eye of some very eligible, very highly born company. Take that for what it's worth."

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#60 Klyde


  • Crewleader

354
House Raisaal
  • Age31

  • Relationship StatusSeparated / It's Complicated

  • OriginLuthadel

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:52 PM

Yes, it would be two heirs, wouldn't it? Klyde could see exactly how the night would have progressed in his minds eye. Heir A and Heir B were likely rivals, perhaps friendly, perhaps not. Delissia had begun by approaching one of them with an innocent question, or had been introduced by one of the acquaintances she seemed to constantly be accumulating. Then she had smiled in that infuriatingly cute way of hers and said something clever, eliciting a game of words with Heirs A and/or B. Perhaps she had even managed to play the two against each other. She had know doubt had at least one dance with each, if not more, as well as others with other noble men of varying importance, unless Klyde had missed his guess. Likely she had come out of the evening unscathed by the rebellion's attack, with enough new friendships to fill a small book. Klyde knew, he had seen it all before. Only then, she had been helping swindle heirs A and B, and he knew that, at the end of the night, it would be him that was cuddling up next to her. Now, what was to stop her from wrapping some heir or another around her finger so tightly that the bloke married her and set her up for life?

I have to find her. Life without Delissia was drabber and greyer, but the idea of a life in which someone else had her was beyond Klyde's considerable tolerance.

While Cassi's information was helpful, it still wasn't what Klyde had asked for. His mind was still fuzzy on exactly what had happened, but he was fairly certain he had asked her to find Delissia for him. She had confirmed Delissia was in Luthadel, and had given him some ideas of who some of her friends might be, but he was still no closer to finding the woman of his dreams. Play it cool, he reminded himself. Those foolish terms were dealt with, now the real exchange of information could begin.

"Interesting enough, I suppose," he said after a moment of thought. "But after all your hullaballoo with rules and threats, I would have assumed you could give me something better than that. I mean surely you've talked to someone who was at least at the ball. Surely if someone as important as a great house heir danced with a new-comer to Luthadel, people would have made note, and you could give me specifics, rather than maybes. If you want to play that game, I could easily say I heard that Kindle's crew might be putting their plan into motion in the next few days, or that some say they are switching their target, and you would have to be satisfied."

Klyde tried not to grin too smugly. He didn't want to push Cassi too far, lest she decide to push her knife too far into his back. "I hope I do not come across as rude, milady," Mistgremlin, "But if you want specifics from me, I'm going to need the same from you. I'm sure other informants could tell me what you just did. Perhaps you could start with who Lady Delissia's acquaintances are, who made appointments to visit her in the coming days, or where she is staying in Luthadel. Give me what I asked for, and then you'll get the agreed upon payment."







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