Aug 21, 2019 9:27 AM
A Luehmani and a Rianchimaru in Boyfriend Dungeon
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The lunch rush landed on the mall food court, filling it with people, shouts of 'Coffee for Tabitha! Tabitha?' and a severe lack of tables to be properly antisocial on.

Despite Louie best efforts to project an aura of 'go away', two office workers sat down at her table, cheerily chatting over their salads. They're frustratingly immune to glares from people wearing hi-vis over a stab vest. (And okay, they're totally allowed to sit at this table, it's not like she actually owns this table. But still. They didn't even ask.)

She does her best to ignore them. She just got off from A Shift-- the sort that makes you question how the general public has managed to keep themselves alive for so long, question what is up with the state of public education and water supplies that so many idiots are running around, along with the standard questioning your faith in humanity. Not to mention this is the first day of her new schedule, with all the fun sleep cycle fuckery that implies. While it is lunch time for normal, daywalking people, it's dinner for her, and she's been up far too long.

Short of it is: It's been a day where she deserves donuts with dangerous amounts of cinnamon for dinner. For lunch. (For dunch.)

 

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'We are not certain how we feel about it yet, but yes, that's the general attitude.'

Swing. For an ex-weapon they're skilled, martial training clear in their movements.

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Louie is way less skilled at being a sword, and is basically sitting there, with no powers manifesting yet.

you got too good at being a weapon to be a weapon.  that's gotta sting.

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'Kind of. I think I prefer wielding, though. Oh, hey, figuring out weapon-ing's hard when you start human, here's some of the tricks - '

And they'll send mental impressions of assorted actions associated with working with their wielder to the sword. 'What's your name, anyways? I'm Lianne.'

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I'm Louie.

She takes the impressions, and tries to make them work -- and produce a crackle of electricity along the blade.

 

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The electricity makes the sword even more effective at debugging! 

'Good name. Where did you enter from?'

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That-a-way. From a mall. That's why I headed in. It was crowded enough that evacuation didn't quite work.

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'Ouch. Crowds are the worst time to have a dunj pop up, yeah, I've worked emergency response enough... We'll want to move fast, then, get this portal closed - or at least moved, that's what happened when Marian and I got to, well, what I suspect was a portal stone, rather than the central one.'

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this one had multiple entrances? jesus.

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'Yeah. I've never seen one that does that, before.'

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i mean, all the more reason to shut it down quick, before it terrorises some third place

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'Definitely! Feel ready to move out?'

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as ready as i'll ever be. swording seems like the sort of thing better picked up by doing than talking.

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'Yeah. Let's get going.' They'll bounce the mental sensation of forming an attack, but will note it's different, and start leading the way down another tunnel.

They're accosted relatively soon by a small swarm of monsters.

Lianne is, at least, a good fighter.

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Louie just-- let's her self be wielded. Lianne knows what she's doing, so Louie's gonna trust her.

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Not taking any actions isn't super conducive to magic, even if Lianne's a skilled swordsperson. 

"Can you try coordinating attacks with me? This'll be easier with magic," Lianne sends after the wave's taken care of.

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Okay, magic, she can do this-- she can definitionally do this, that's how being a weapon works.

She's tries to coordinate--

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That gets something!

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It gets a crackle of lightening, arcing up and down the blade.

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She's able to use it to cut through a few monsters. "Good! That's definitely the right direction."

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this is SO much better than a chair

The lightening has started grounding itself through the monsters.

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"Hah! I can imagine!" They're an even better swordsperson with the magic helping, able to adapt fairly quickly to the lightning.

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any guesses on how far it is to the generator?

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"Usually they get a lot denser right up close, but we cleared a lot of them out earlier. I think we're just about there, though."

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that's good. sooner this is over, the less i have to worry that someone going to trip over one of these things.

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The craggy little passageway opens suddenly, the cave yawning wide, and here's where all the insect-kittens must be - perhaps hundreds or thousands, and many of them bigger - 

Lianne and Marian both prepare to fight.

"This is it, I bet," Lianne says. "Keep your senses alert for anything dramatically out of place."

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