Post by waterlily43 on Jul 30, 2007 23:15:16 GMT -5
Reesie rescues Stardie, Act 1 ;D
Reese held his hat with his left hand as he dove down and rolled behind a large potted plant. Every now and then a bullet cracked the tile floor. He glanced around frantically searching for any of his teammates. It was then he saw it.
Stardust's legs flew out behind her and she fell face first into the tile, barely breaking the fall with her arms.
He abandoned the plant, running at dead sprint, his jacket tails billowing out behind him. In one fluid motion his free arm slide between her torso and the tile and he swept her up from the ground. He ran a few more steps before diving down behind a fountain and pressing her into a sitting position, her back against it. He panted as his eyes scanned over her for the gunshot wound he thought had brought her down.
Everyone knows they will die...but they still live.
Reesie Rescues Stardie, Act 2? ^.^ okay so he doesn't really "rescue" her here, but he drags away from the scummy drunkards before she can get herself involved in a brawl with them XD
It's cute... in a... mean kind of way? bah, you be the judge XD
Reese pushed himself away from the counter and hesitated to move, waiting until more of the team moved away from the bar and made it outside before turning around to the counter.
"You," he said loudly at the bartender. The man looked up from wiping the tables. Three shots of vodka. he ordered, climbing up onto one of the stools.
/Reesie! You're on a mission!/ Perish screeched.
Relax, I'm not getting drunk or anything... he thought, staring down at the wooden counter boredly.
So they're going to pick us up here.
/That's fine by me./ Diwata said, agreeing by what she was thinking too. Maybe it would be better that way, and much faster.
"Alright then, everyone, outside." Zacke's voice was the next thing she heard, trying to take control of their situation again. But no matter, she would go out of the building anyway. Lucky for him, or so she might say.
Seconds later, the others were filing out of the dirty pub. Stardust started to follow but stopped when she noticed Reese wasn't going out with them. Standing halfway from the doorway, she watched what Reese was going to do. To her surprise, the guy ordered a Vodka.
/A Vodka?/ Diwata suddenly said, joining with Stardust's curiousity.
Stardust cocked him an eyebrow. He's on a mission... Shaking her head, Reese was sort of amusing if you look at him from her view. She silently strode over him.
"Are you drinking?" she asked, and leaned on the counter, sideway staring at him.
Reese glanced over at Stardust.
"Yeah." he replied. "Why?" his eyes dared her to reprimand him. She wouldn't.
"Hey Pinkie... " some drunkard somewhere behind them shouted.
Reese's eyebrows came together and he turned his head to look at the man. There were three men at a table ten or so feet away. One of them guffawed obnoxiously, obviously the one that had made the loud remark.
Reese glanced at Stardust and turned his head to face the bar again.
"Hey you in the hat, how much you want for G.I. Jane?"
Reese's frown deepened. He stared down at the bar, seriously suppressing the urge to walk over to the table and flip it over on top of the loud disgusting pig. "You should probably get outside with the others." he advised Stardust.
Opening her mouth to reply to Reese, Stardust was cut when someone called her Pinkie. She frowned and looked at the direction the voice came from. Pinkie... She didn't like that.
"Hey you in the hat, how much you want for G.I. Jane?" hollered one of the drunkard on a faraway table. There were three of them, faces ragged, and shirts unbottoned. A dozens of beer bottles, and cigarrettes littered their table. Stardust saw them as nothing but scumbags.
These lowlifes... She glared at them, her temper was rising.
"You should probably get outside with the others." Reese quietly advised from beside her. She turned to him for a while. Then glowered back to the three again. They were laughing this time.
"You shut the hell up if you know what's good for you!!" Stardust barked back. The three drunks laughed even more.
/Stardust, you can't harm civilians./ Diwata reminded.
I know! retorted Stardust. She was just giving them a warning. This is irritating...
Stardust paused and tried to ignore them. Facing back to the gothic guy beside her, she said, "Reese, drinking on a mission is prohibited, you know?" Not that I'll report you... "And... we need you outside."
Diwata sighed. /I wonder what the others are going to do outside anyway...well....other than wait. If they are doing anything./
Reese lifted one of the three shot glasses the bartender placed in front of him as Stardust spoke and downed the liquid within.
He passed her a sideways glance. "Need me for what? All you guys are going to do out there is fight with eachother. I'm sick of it all, just let me have a few moments alone." he said, his tone biting. He lifted another glass and downed it also.
He was just about to tell Stardust to get outside before she lost her temper and started a bar-room brawl with three guys twice her size, when one of the men shouted "Show me yer boobs!!" toward the bar with his hands cupped around his mouth. His friends banged on the table, their obnoxious laughter even louder now.
Reese spun around in his stool, his eyebrows coming together, eyes filled with anger. He stood from the stool and grabbed the last glass of vodka, downing it quickly.
He wanted nothing more than to walk straight up to the guy and bust him in the jaw, but he also knew that a big reaction was exactly what the drunkard wanted, and he wasn't going to give him that. He grabbed Stardust's arm tightly enough to cut off her circulation and strode straight for the exit, his grip so tight she had no choice but to be lead out of the smelly pub.
"Disgusting." he muttered furiously as he walked out into the daylight, Stardust in tow. He let go of her arm and straightened his hat, his entire body tense from the pent up anger and frustration. I immediately paced off down the road, walking away from the team without a word.
o.O he does need to calm down with the arm-grabbin' though...
EDIT: On second thought... this kinda doesn't belong in "Best Act of Heroism." It's not an act of heroism by any stretch of the imagination. hahaha. I guess I'll leave it since I already did the post, but I understand it's not a valid nomination for this category.
Post by Hadrian D'arcell on Aug 8, 2007 4:50:25 GMT -5
Awww, Reesie is such a gentleman ^.^ *loves this scene*
Let me add another XD I am so nominating this!!
Rayden stopped immediately at Hadrian's call that he had caught one. He didn't want to bump into Sho. It wasn't like he had anything against his colourful teammate but as far as possible he'd rather bump into a girl, and he was sure Sho wouldn't appreciate it either.
"Now now girls, listen to our charming voices and ignore those monsters. They aren't real at all, but we do have to get off this bridge. Cos the longer we stay here the more risk we're in succumbing to the mirage...which is what all these monsters are about." Rayden flashed his trademark smile but the girls appeared unmoved by it. "Now either you listen to us and run for it or we'll have to grab you." He extended his hands, flexing his fingers with a rougish grin. "I wouldn't mind that, of course."
AHAHA I LOVE RAYDEN!!! XD <3<3
Hadrian: Well isn't this awkward? Get off my account, woman!
Stardust looked down at her arm as Labrynn grabbed her to come with her towards the other room of the restaurant. She looked ahead, her expression turning grim. Although she was eager about going through this a while ago, the sight of the smoke sifting at the end of the hallway seemed to grow thicker and thicker. Where the hell are you, Jun? She clicked her tongue in frustration and tightened her grasp on Ciceronian, moving along.
“Take Blaze, Gone and Zacke and go to the right, Stardust, Reese and I will go through the first dining room and cut through the kitchen!” Labrynn hollered to Steffen the moment they reached the corner.
The sight of the small fire near them was the first thing that caught her eyes. Stardust tried to ignore it and swung her gaze towards her other teammates. She brought the back of her hand to her mouth and coughed. “Damnit..” They shouldn’t stay here for long. She knew this wasn’t good and she wasn’t liking this at all. “Come on,” said Labrynn, snapping Stardust back to attention. Labrynn clutched her arm tighter and towed the pink-haired girl past the small flames proceeding over to the burning dining room.
“H-Hold on,” Stardust tried to say but Labrynn didn’t hear her. Anxiety slowly crept into her as the lady led them deeper into the blazing room. She tried to keep a straight face, not letting wariness take over. Just then, something combusted into the corner behind them making Stardust’s brow furrow. She cleared her throat. If she wasn’t mistaken it would just take a matter of time before this small fire grow and eat this whole room–no, what if things got worse–then this whole restaurant. This was it. A part of her was telling she wouldn’t want to be here anymore.
“We’ve gotta get to the other side.”
She turned to Labrynn. Her face was starting to get pale. Did she say something?
/Stardust focus./ Diwata’s voice rang inside her head. /Get to the other side./
Her eyes darted towards the kitchen door. “Okay...” Stardust tried not to stammer. That was right. Head for the kitchen and leave this burning room already. This room was starting to make her paranoid. She paced a little quicker and approached the kitchen. However, just as she did so, the front door burst open revealing armed men with their guns pointed at them. Stardust’s didn’t have time to react as she was shoved by Labrynn to the edge of the bar counter and bullets started flying over them. Stardust ducked, cowering her head as wine bottles started crashing all around her.
“Damn you bastards!!” she couldn’t help but bark, trying to lessen the growing nervousness inside. She didn’t want to admit this but her body was starting to shake. She opened her eyes just as she remembered where she was. The warmth of the flames from the corner brushed through her skin. And that was when she realized that she was only sitting several feet away from it. She pulled her feet closer as she looked down at the streams of alcohol seeping in front of her. Then it hit her. They were going to ignite the blaze!
Stardust froze. Her expression started to change. At that moment, she knew exactly what was waiting for her.
It was like it happened in slow motion. She heard her own heartbeat thrashing against her ribcage. The fire.... Stardust’s eyes began to widen in fear, her mouth parted. Shaken, wary gaze slowly crawled up to where Labrynn and Reese were, her forehead creasing. She shook her head.
“No...” was all Stardust managed to choke when...
Great line of fire dashed towards Stardust the moment the alcohol had kissed the flames. Stardust pressed her back against the wall to get away from it. Her purple-blue eyes grew wide and scared. She knew it was going to swallow her.
“N-no, n-no,” Stardust said, her voice shaking. “Get it...get it away....”
/All right. Stardust, Stardust! Calm down./ Diwata raised her voice.
There was only such a small space between her and the fire. It was like a wall that completely loomed over her and was about to get her in a matter of seconds. Stardust knew she shouldn’t let this get to her. She wanted to believe she was going to be okay. She tried to view Reese and Labrynn from across her, the chaos welling up inside her doubling with the sound of hundred gunshots soaring over them.
“W-Water!!” she cast, sprinkling the feisty flame with the only water spell that she got. “Water!” Stardust cast another and another but it didn’t seem like it was working. Stardust face got more apprehensive every second.
Why won’t it work...? It...it won’t die, Diwata. Stardust placed a hand on her chest and tried to breathe in and out.
/Stardust, it was a nice try. Now, don’t panic and think of another way. You can do this!/ Diwata urged on.
She coughed harder, the smoke was beginning to fill her lungs. Besides from the roof and the wall in front of her, Stardust could barely see Labrynn and Reese on the other side anymore. The flame was getting higher and higher, dancing through her eyes as her confidence washed away.
Stardust hugged her knees to keep her body from shaking. She bit her lip. There it was again. This cursed trauma that was burned inside of her ever since that day. She just wanted to snap out of it but her body wouldn’t let her to.
“No...someone...” she started, frantic, “Someone, please get me out of here...!” Her heart slammed onto her chest--proceeding to beat wildly--when the blaze dazzled around her, threatening to come closer. She pushed herself more against the wall, shifting to the side.
/No Stardust, listen./
She closed her eyes. Begging was not her thing but what else could she do? “Someone,” she called helplessly, “...please..!”
She leaned her head on her knees. She didn’t want to close her eyes but she didn’t want to see the flames as well. It was as if she was in her village again. The smell of burning flesh, the chaos, the screams, the cries...the pain. This fire was reliving it all. She could hear Diwata scolding her now, but did it matter?
My...my body won’t move...! Don’t you understand!? she screamed at Diwata, mixed emotions were starting to engulf her. This needed to stop. She didn’t know what to do anymore. She was trapped, guns were firing at them, and she wouldn’t want to go near the flames. Maybe it would be easier if she die right now.
Amidst the roaring flames surrounding her, a soft sob escaped from Stardust. She buried her face deeper into her ball, into her own little world. She wanted to get out of here, away from the flames.
“Make it stop,” she finally said, barely a whisper, her voice frail and scared. “Make it stop....make it stop...”
Reese raised Consequence slightly, his whole body growing a bit tense at the prospect of walking into a room full of fire and bullets and whatnot. For the umpteenth time he wondered, was he being underpaid for this crap?
His usual scowl deepened as he coughed up smoke from the hallway. He squinted a bit, his eyes starting to hurt. He heard Labrynn giving out orders ahead of the pack and caught his name. First dining room, kitchen, right... He moved forward, waving his free hand in front of his face absently in vain attempt at clearing away some smoke.
His paced quickened when he saw the Stardust's pink head through the smoke. If he didn't catch up he'd end up going through the wrong door. "Come on," he heard Labrynn say. He coughed again, shoving the door back open as it started to swing shut behind Stardust. He saw Labrynn pulling Stardust along like a child, their figures becoming less visible due to smoke.
Alarms went off in Reese's head as the front entrance suddenly burst open. He heard a female cry as he hit the floor, bullets raining into the room. He growled and reached up, grabbing the edge of a table he'd landed next to and pulled it down to use as a makeshift temporary sheild. The sound of shattering glass erupted from the bar.
"STARDUST!" Labrynn cried. Reese growled under his breath. "Reese!" again, Labrynn. His eyebrows clashed and he raised his head above the edge of the table for a split second. "Reese, get Stardust!" Labrynn was frantically pointing at the bar. He ducked back down behind the table as another rain of bullets came his way. He came to his knees again at a cease fire. "GO!" Labrynn screamed, moving from her position at the wall to the right. He stood completely and turned for the bar. The sight made his breath catch in his throat. It was completely engulfed in flames.
/What a trouble-maker!/ Perish screeched huffily.
Questions hit his head like rain in a heavy downpour, the biggest being: How the fvck am I supposed to get through that?! But he didn't have time to step back and think things through. His frown deepened and he made his way toward the bar as fast as he could. Approaching the bar, his pace slowed a bit the closer he got, his eyes darting around it. How... ?! I can't even see her!
"Someone, please get me out of here...!"
Reese's heartbeat picked up, his mind racing. He didn't realize it at the time but his hands were shaking. He glanced toward the door and at Labrynn.
Suddenly, an idea sparked. He looked back to the bar, taking a deep breath. He took a few big steps backward, then ran at the table. Gripping Consequence with both hands, he brought it up and thrusted it down into the top of the bar, using it to vault himself over the fire. He let go of the gunblade at the last second and put his hands out in front of him to stop him from hitting the wall. They slid down the smooth surface, his feet finally landing hard onto the ground. Consequence clattered to the floor on the inside of the bar, the flames licking around it.
He took no notice of his gunblade though, kneeling down next to Stardust. She was curled into a fetal position, her hands over her head which was facing down into her knees, rocking herself, whispering something he couldn't hear. Her whole body seemed to be trembling.
For a second, Reese didn't know what to do. He looked her over like she was foreign, unknown. None of this was right. He didn't understand it, why was she so distraught? She just flipped. The flames around them grew as they danced, squirming upward and growing into a wall that threatened to fold in and take them both. He felt as if he were in an oven. Confusion took a backseat ride to panic. He had to get her out of here--he had to get them both out of here.
He placed his hands on her shoulders, shaking her a bit. "Stardust! What are you doing?!" he said urgently. Mentally, he cursed at himself. What was he doing, trying to have a conversation with her?!
/OBVIOUSLY she's not up to it!/ Perish sneered.
He completely ignored his GF, pulling one hand away from Stardust and snatching Consequence from the ground, standing briefly so he could sheath it. He inwardly winced at the heat of the hilt, falling back down to Stardust.
"C'mon Stardust!" he said, grabbing her around her arms and hauling her to her feet forcefully. It was like her limbs were made of bungee cords, she wanted to shrink back into her little ball. He jerked her toward him, pulling her close and wrapping his arms around her protectively. He whipped his head around, searching for the best possible exit. How the hell...?!
He coughed, the smoke in the air getting dangerously thick. His frown deepened, his resolve tightening. Plain and simple, if he stalled much longer, they would be baked goods. He bent at the knees, bending slightly to scoop her legs up under his other arm. In one fluid motion, he planted his left foot on the shelf under the bar, then his right foot on the bar, and used the leg on the bar to launch them both as far up and away from it as he could. Airborne, he turned himself so he wouldn't fall onto her, landing his shoulder and part of his back against the hard wood floor of the restaurant.
He felt as if he'd just been kicked in the back, feeling a sickening crunch deep inside, probably a few ribs. He shut his eyes tight, his jaw clenching. He sucked in air and growled, sitting up. He forced himself to his feet quickly and pulled Stardust up by one arm. "C'mon!" he yelled, pulling her closer. She immediately wrapped her arms around him tight, clinging like a terrified child.
He wrapped an arm around her, glancing back toward Labrynn. She seemed to be holding her own. He faced forward again, stumbling toward the doorway to the hall, Stardust in tow. He could feel her shaking and crying against him. He reached out with one hand and wrenched the door open, pulling her into the hallway and letting the door slam behind them.
Once in safety, he began to actually feel more. His entire back ached, one spot in particular throbbing. It had to be a rib. He grimaced, kneeling down to sit with her on the floor. He pulled back a bit, but she still clung to him, whimpering.
He scooted closer, his jaw over her shoulder, bringing up his other arm and wrapping it around her. He could feel her heart racing wildly. "Hey, it's okay now," he said firmly. "There's no fire here." What could have shaken her this badly? he thought.
Stardust barely had control all over her shaky self. She was a mess, falling apart in the stupidest possible way she could ever call it. If only she could see herself right now. This wasn’t the Stardust Infinity she thought she was.
The only thing she remembered was someone's voice and the way he wrapped her up against him to escape out of this wall of fire. Stardust held on to her little comfort without any second thoughts. She couldn't help it but she didn't want to clasp away from him all the way through.
It looked like they hit the ground. She felt him pulled her to her feet and she immediately clung onto him once again, burying her face to his chest, never wanting to see the flames. Her heart was completely pounding. She was shaking that she could barely walk. But she had him, he was going to lead her out of here.
And he did.
/Hey.../ Diwata tried to call. The hissing of the flames seemed to stop, though smoke still wafted down the slits of the closed door. She was settled sitting on the floor, away from the burning dining room, safe in the hallway, and nestled in someone’s arms.
"Hey, it's okay now," Reese’s firm voice broke through her. She could hear herself crying."There's no fire here." It was just then that she finally got aware of the fact that they were finally out of her inferno. Her eyes lifted and landed on her arm draped around his shoulder. She didn’t want to come back inside that room ever again. Even if the others were inside. There was no way she was going in now.
Her face relaxed, the tear trickled down her face. She could just hear them laughing at her when they see how miserable she looked right now. Or worse, look at her weird and whisper to each other.
Trying to settle her trembling body, she lingered in Reese’s arms for a moment. She might not have the heart to say this. But, him getting her out of there meant a lot to her. It was very strange. She had always hated a hug. But right at this moment, she did feel comfort from it. Bending her head low, she gently pulled away from him. In her head she wondered. Would Reese laugh at her too? Go all weird now that he saw all this. Her gaze moved up to look at him for a split second before letting it drop once again. She nodded, almost weakly.
Scooting closer to the wall, she didn’t know what to say. She wiped the stupid tears on her face and pulled her knees closer to her chest. Her heart, though still beating fast, was starting to settle. Her composure was coming back. Maybe if she just stayed like this for a while she would be all right.
“Are...are you going to laugh?” softly she managed to mumble, avoiding his eyes.
Reese's arms slackened around her as he felt her begin to pull away. She glanced up at him, and for the first time he saw vulnerability in her eyes. He frowned slightly, letting his arms drop back to his sides as she moved away. What are you doing Reese? It was never your place to hold her like that. A week ago you would have shoved her away and told her to suck it up. he thought, almost disgusted with himself. For the last ten minutes or so he'd become a person he himself didn't know. He'd gone from extreme panic to extreme peace all in a few minutes. Like the entire time he'd been operating on autopilot, and now that his mind had a say in things all it could do was berate him.
He sat on his heels, his knees in front of him spread apart slightly, silently watching her slink back against the nearby wall. His face remained impassive. She curled back up into her little ball, wiping at her tear-streaked cheeks. He brought up his arms and crossed them over his chest. She looked almost... ashamed.
“Are...are you going to laugh?” she asked weakly, her voice soft.
Reese's eyebrows came together. Why would she think...? He tried to meet her gaze but she only looked downward. So she does care about what other people think. "Why would I laugh?" he asked quietly. "Because you're crying?" he stood, wincing slightly at the pain in his back. "So you were scared. Everyone cries. At least we made it out."
There was a loud explosive sound, the walls shaking. He glanced at the door leading to the dining room. He looked back at Stardust. He extended a hand down to her. "Come on, we'll go out the back," he said, looking down at her.
"Why would I laugh?"
Stardust paused. She looked up at Reese, a puzzled look dangled on her face. Why wouldn't you? She heard him wince as soon as he straightened up. Stardust creased her forehead. He didn't get hurt back there, did he?
"So you were scared. Everyone cries. At least we made it out."
Stardust wanted to listen to him on and on. She wanted to smile as to how she found that line pleasant to hear. She had always known Reese was different and she was never mistaken about it.
Stardust flinched slightly when the sound of explosion suddenly erupted, causing the walls to shake. She swiveled her gaze at the door to the dining room. From the sound of it, she could only surmised what was happening. Her teammates were getting it on in battle. She clenched her teeth. She wasn't--
"Come on, we'll go out the back." Stardust quickly turned to Reese, and stared. He extended his hand for her to take. She took a deep breath. Somehow, he knew she didn't want to go back to that room. And she was grateful they didn't have to. She looked at his hand and took it immediately, using it to pull herself up in level of him.
"All right," she said, her voice coming back to its usual tone. "but wait..." She squeezed his hand for a second and scanned him. "Where does it hurt?"
Reese frowned at her curiously, looking down at her as he eyes briefly passed over his frame. He felt her squeeze his hand. "Where does it hurt?" she asked, finally meeting his gaze. He glanced down at their interlocked hands, then back up to her.
He frowned again and shook his head. "I'll be fine, we don't have time, this building's coming down and we probably shouldn't be inside it when it does," he cocked his head, continuing on down the smoky hallway, gripping her hand to lead her along.
He pushed the door open, coughing a few times as he did so. He grimaced, the throbbing in his back intensifying when he coughed. He pulled her through the doorway and let the door shut behind them.
"C'mon," he said, letting go of her hand and placing his in the middle of her upper back, ushering her along with him. They started across the cobblestone alley, to the back wall of the opposite building. He breathed deeply, the clean air very refreshing, except now every time he took a breath a sharp pang shot through the left side of his back. He grit his teeth, slowing to a halt at the opposite side of the alley and turning his head to glance at the burning building.
"Fvck..." he shook his head. Another pang shot through the side of his back. His grimace deepened. He passed Stardust a sideways glance. "You have curative magic?" he asked.
It was nice to have fresh air circulate your lungs once again. And they were on their way to join the others. Stardust followed Reese as they made their way around the burning restaurant, feeling a lot better than before. She eyed him from behind, watching the way he moved. He was in pain, she could absolutely tell. It was only after several steps down the cobbled steps did Reese finally give in and asked for a curative magic. She stopped to look at him. Even if he didn't, she was definitely sure that she would take care of his injury either way. She wasn't going to leave him like this.
"I got it," she told him.
Stardust took a step back away from him and rose her hand. "Diwata."
/Ahh, so I can finally "taint" him now, right?/ Diwata giggled, complying to her wishes.
Once again, a sprinklet of bluish -purple light appeared in between Stardust and Reese, concentrating like a mass light, growing bigger and bigger until it took the shape of a fairy with long flowing ebony hair. Diwata lifted her eyes, locks gracing the sides of her face. She smiled at Reese. Sparkling dust emanating out of her.
Stardust sighed and eyed Reese's expression. Her GF was a dork but this was the only thing she could do to make him feel better. She hoped he didn't mind.
Bringing up her hands to cup his face, Diwata lean closer and kissed his forehead. A healing gale swirled around them as the pain that was lingering on Reese was slowly washed away. A few moments later, the breeze started to die down and Diwata gently pulled away, her sweet smile unfading.
Stardust brought down her hands as Diwata faded back into her mind. And that was that. She cleared her throat and walked closer to Reese.
"How is it?"
"I got it," Stardust said. Reese watched her take a step back and raise her hands, saying a name, probably that of her Guardian Force.
His attention snapped from Stardust to a violet-blue glow materializing between him and her. The misty cloud grew larger and larger until a faint figure be discerned within the glow. Soon enough the figure took on that of a fantastical fairy or nymph, with the most beautiful dark, sweeping hair that danced around the ethereal fairy's head with a seeming life of it's own.
She gave him a comforting smile, her entire form dazzling with what seemed like the dust of stars themselves. He watched her advance toward him through the air, looking over her warily. His eyes locked with hers when she cupped his face in her cool, misty hands. Sure, she was pretty, but he didn't want to be this close to any GF but his own.
Perish cried out with a hiss when Diwata's lips gently met Reese's forehead. /OH, GAG ME WITH A SPOON!!!/ she screeched, and he could feel her thrashing in his mind. /WHAT KIND OF GF IS SHE?!?!/ Reese ignored Perish, completely savoring the feeling the muscles in his back relax, the bones of his ribs knitting back together, painful yet so relieving. He opened his eyes as Diwata faded away, her sparkly-misty smoke disintegrating into the air. His gaze fell back onto Stardust as she approached. He took his first deep, painless breath since the fall.
/What a USELESS GF./ Perish spat. /Pinky has a RIDICULOUS guardian./
Stardust cleared her throat. "How is it?" she asked.
Reese opened his mouth to answer when a ground-shaking explosion erupted from the restaurant. The entire building trembled, then suddenly part of the roof fell in, parts of the walls crumbling completely. Though they were already at a safe distance, he took a step backward, watching gigantic clouds of dust and smoke rise into the air above. Rubble and bits of rock began raining down, clicking against the cement alleyway.
Reese grabbed Stardust's upper arm and pulled her backwards, positioning them both under the eve of the building across from the restaurant. His gaze swiveled to the back door when he saw it open again, the other half over the team escaping. First Blaze, then Gone, then Zacke, and bringing up the tail, Jun.
Yup, like I said, long >.O
^.^ that whole part was so fun to write. The true beginning of Reesie's redemption XD