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Heimlich VonVictor
Heimlich VonVictor
Vigilante

Oct-24-2009 18:47

October 24, 1938- Heimlich VonVIctor felt a chill run down his spine. Autumn always had that effect on him. He looked up at the multitude of colors adorning the trees and placed his hands in his coat pockets. The pungent aroma in the air told him that, somewhere, leaves were being burnt. He took a deep breath and looked down, to the place he had visited as many times as he could in the past two years. The cold hard stone hadn’t changed a bit, and never would. It would always be a testament to the man resting under it.

RICHARD CAMBRIDGE
FEBRUARY 10, 1892-
JUNE 15, 1936
“Justice for all. Above all else.”

He took a deep sigh. He never left anything behind, nor did he suspect that Richard would want anything left for him. He leaned down and placed his hand on the stone, “I’m doing alright Richard. Eric and I started up another agency. We’re doing it right this time, and Sergei is getting better at English every day. He’s even solving cases now; you wouldn’t believe how well he’s doing.”

“Excuse me, detective VonVictor?” a voice called behind him

Heim whirled around to find himself face to face with a young uniformed officer, “What do you want?” he demanded, “Can’t you see I’m in a cemetery?”

“Yes sir,” he responded, “and I’m terribly sorry to disturb you, but I’ve been asked to fetch you right away, it’s a matter of life and death!”

Heimlich let out a sigh, and leaned down to touch the stone again, “It never ends Richard, it never ends. I have to go now, but I’ll be back real soon.”

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Riza Hawkeye
Riza Hawkeye
First Nomad

Apr-1-2010 08:00

The group made their way over to the other side of the floor with Robert leading the way, flanked on both sides by Tsang-Li and Mother Elias Marie. Their footsteps echoed loudly as they made their way over in silence. Everyone's minds were heavy with thought, worry, and anticipation. What would happen next?

"Captain!" Robert said, a little falteringly, as they approached an older man standing guard near a large doorway. The man turned around, a look of shock registered on his face.

"Way! What are you doing over here? You're supposed to be patrolling the other side! And who are these people?" he demanded, his brow furrowing.

Heimlich stepped forward. "Take me to my daughter," he said coldly.

Joseph stepped up beside him. "We know you know the safe path downstairs. Show us the way."

"Why the hell would I do that? I've got my orders and I intend to carry them out," he said.

"Because," Riza said, stepping up close to him, "You can't do your job if you're dead." She pressed the end of her pistol to his temple. The cool touch of the metal made him gulp.

"They're just innocent girls!" Anais cried out, tears streaming down her face.

"Captain, do the right thing." Robert said, finding his courage. "With all due respect, sir, you're an ass. You take pleasure in people's pain, and god knows how many people you've killed. Well now is the time to make up for it. Take them downstairs."

The captain pursed his lips, then said, "Fine. This way." He lead them down a narrow side hallway and through a partially hidden door on the right, the pistol pressed against the back of his head.

Riza Hawkeye
Riza Hawkeye
First Nomad

Apr-1-2010 08:01

As they came onto the stairwell it became harder to see. The darkness enveloped them almost completely. "Riza, look out!" Joseph's voice rang out as he grabbed his gun and shot twice into the darkness. The captain collapsed onto the stairs, clutching his right hand and cursing.

"That sneaky bastard tried to shoot you!" Joseph said, and proceeded to walk right up to him and kick him hard in the stomach.

"Oomph!"

Robert walked over to the Captain, pulled him up by the collar, and slugged him across the face. The impact made him slam against the stone wall, and a loud crack echoed around. The group watched in silence as blood began pourng out of the man's skull.

"Right. Let's get moving," Heimlich said, and began to lead the way down the stairs. "Watch your step, everyone. We don't need any accidents."

Every floor they passed a lit torch hung on the wall. The journey in silence seemed like an eternity. "One, two...twelve," Anais counted, and the group stopped short. They went down a small side passageway that branched off the stairs and could hear voices emanating from somewhere ahead.

"He's sealed his own fate!" a powerful voice echoed. Anais looked at Joseph in fright, and he grabbed her hand, pulling her close to him.

Soon they approached what appeared to be a rather large ornate wooden door. Riza gestured to Albert, Heimlich, Joseph, and Robert to get on either side of the door, and for Anais to back off to the side.

"One, two, three!" she yelled, and the men kicked the door open. Crash! The door went flying off and smashed onto the ground. "Don't move a muscle!" Riza cried out, training her gun at the large man on the throne. Her jaw dropped as she took in the scene before her.

Riza Hawkeye
Riza Hawkeye
First Nomad

Apr-1-2010 08:03

Albert, Heimlich, and Joseph quickly moved into action, running into the room and drawing their guns. Robert moved in cautiously after them, his gun out also.

"Daddy!" Valerie cried out.

"Mommy! Daddy! Uncle Heimie!" Josèe exclaimed.

Anais rushed over to them and hugged them both. By this time both Stone and Marvington had been untied, and they stood in front of the girls, shielding them and Anais from Socrates.

In front of them, the group saw a man's life energy flow out of him, saw him age, saw him fall dry and lifeless to the ground.

M. Lacrimosa
M. Lacrimosa
Sleuth About Town

Apr-1-2010 08:36

Marc was the last person to enter the room with his gun drawn. The scene inside was horrid. He watched in horror as the man's life was sucked from him. The man aged, his hair turned gray, then white and it quickly fell out, as his skin wrinkled and sagged and he became nothing but a dry, lifeless body as he fell to the ground.

Marc could only imagine what pain the man felt as his life was taken within the blink of an eye.

It was only a split moment or so, that everyone in the room froze and turned to see several people with guns drawn. As Anais moved get the girls as a man and woman stood in front of Anais as if they were shielding them from Socrates.

One of the guards quickly made a move for a gun.

"I said don't move!" Riza yelled.

The man ignored her, as he raised his rifle and took aim. The soldier held the gun firmly.

Marc fired his pistol. The bullet zipped through the air passing Socrates, hitting the rifleman in the chest.

The moment he fired his pistol, he knew it was a mistake because no sooner had the man fallen, all hell broke lose.

Vulkie3
Vulkie3
Haynes

Apr-1-2010 19:09

As the first bullet was a direct hit in the rifleman's chest, 10 other riflemen showed up and took aim.
"TAKE COVER!!!" Joseph shouted and everyone ducked behind a pole, bullets flying everywhere. Anais ducked to the ground with Eric and Abigail, shielding the kids and guiding them to a safe spot, also behind a pole.
Joseph returned fire, together with Riza and Marc. Vulkie was looking to her left and her right, making sure she was safe. Immediately, a man jumped on her when she turned her head back to the left side and a struggle ensued.
"Let go of me you bastard!" Vulkie said, but the man pistolwhipped her. "Never!" he shouted and as he raised his hand with the pistol in it to do it again, a bullet was fired and the man fell to the ground, dead.
Looking back, she saw Marc with a smoking gun in his hand. "Get up!" he shouted and Vulkie did so, as another bullet was fired and hit the sand just where her head was.
"We can't win this, we have to retreat!" Heimlich said, sitting with Eric, Anais, Abigail and the kids at the safe spot.
"We've got enough bullets to kill them!" Vulkie said, shooting another rifleman down. As she did so, a bullet ripped through her leg, fired by another rifleman. She immediately hit the ground.
"DAMN!" she shouted and the rifleman grinned. He knew he hit someone and was looking. As he looked through his rifle scope, a bullet was fired by Riza. It went through the glass and hit the rifleman's eye, who began to shoot in a reflex, nearly missing Joseph.
"That was close!" Joseph shouted. "We have to protect the kids for god's sake!" Anais shouted to Joseph, as she looked into his eyes. A small twinkle was to be seen and Joseph nodded. "I'll take care of them. Anais, here's my gun. Fire a few rounds and see if you can hit someone" Joseph said and tossed his gun to Anais. Just as Anais was about to catch it, a bullet hit the gun and the gun spun away a few meters, beyond reach and in open view for the riflemen. (cont.)

Vulkie3
Vulkie3
Haynes

Apr-1-2010 19:09

(oops guys. Sorry for no spaces. I blame Word. Next part is with spaces. I'll make sure!)

Vulkie3
Vulkie3
Haynes

Apr-1-2010 19:11

"Marc!" Molly shouted. "I'm out of clips. You still have that extra gun with you?" Molly shouted and Marc took out another gun. "Be careful with it" Marc said, as he slid it to Molly.

There were only 4 riflemen left when the group was almost out of bullets.

"THERE IS NO ESCAPE!" Socrates shouted and ordered the riflemen to advance further towards the group...

Tsang-Li also decided to get a piece of the action. As the 4 riflemen fired at him, he quickly took his blade out and swifted it around, making the bullets go against the blade and falling down. As a rifleman decided to flee back, Tsang-Li grabbed him and drove his sword in him. The other men were scared and went to the secret passage behind the waterfall and fled the scene.

“You are no match for the mighty Socrates!” Socrates shouted and “blasted” Tsang-Li to the other way of the room.

“Let’s go, now!” Joseph shouted and Albert fired some rounds towards Socrates. It was as if a shield was protecting him, as all the bullets seemed to miss him.

The children, Sergei, Abigail, Eric and Joseph fled the scene, while Vulkie, Marc, Riza, Albert and Anais stayed behind with Tsang-Li and Mother Elias Marie.

“We also must go now, he’s too strong for us! And the children are secured, so we can go now!” Vulkie shouted. “NO!” Mother Elias Marie shouted. “We must destroy him, now that we have him in this position” she added.

Waiting for a plan, Vulkie began to pressure her wound, to make the bleeding stop…


Molly Maltese
Molly Maltese
Old Shoe

Apr-1-2010 20:08

Molly set her teeth into her bottom lip and thought. The situation was nothing if not hairy.

"Bullets won't hit him...what can take him down?" she muttered desperately. Could they think up some feat with the necklaces? Hurriedly she turned to the others.

"He's gaining his power from sucking the life force from those people...could we somehow reverse the process?" she asked, her eyes drawn to the monster, who was smiling at them with a deceptively kind expression. She racked her brains, but the supernatural was definitely out of her realm of expertise.

"Mother Elias, what do you think?" she asked, ripping off the hem of her dress and binding it awkwardly around her upper arm, where she had been grazed by a bullet. She didn't take her eyes off of Socrates.

M. Lacrimosa
M. Lacrimosa
Sleuth About Town

Apr-2-2010 05:58

"Christ!," Marc thought to himself as Vulkie applied pressure to a leg wound on herself. Marc ran over to her and got down on his knees to help her out.

"Move your hand," he said to her, "I can help. I was a field medic in the Army."

With out a word, she moved her hand, and blood poured out of the wound.

Marc tore a large piece of his sleeve from his shirt off. It didn't matter now. He went into this case dressed like a lawyer and now he looked like an adventurer. He used the piece of cloth and wiped the blood away from the wound and then applied more pressure until the bleeding stopped.

Once the bleeding was stopped, Marc reached into his pocket and grabbed what little bit of field dressing he had on him. People laughed at him for carrying it with him, and in all honesty, he thought he'd never have to use it.

He wrapped it around Vulkie's leg until it was gone. "It will hold for now. I'll take a look at it again when we get back."

"Where's my gun?" Vulkie asked.

Marc looked around but couldn't find it. He found a stray revolver fully loaded. "Use this," he said.

Joseph Zeo
Joseph Zeo
Tale Spinner

Apr-5-2010 00:22

Zeo ran through the small passageway grabbing tight onto Josee and headed for the stairs. He didn't realize only the children, Sergei, Abigail and Eric followed him. As he ascended, he heard voices up above them. Zeo hushed the group and listened. "... Captain!" " ... ... skull broken." "... Intruders!!" He then heard footsteps hurrying down with the sound of cocking firearms. The troop must have found the captain Riza killed.

Quickly Zeo scurried the group back down the stairs. "We must hide the kids for now! Go further down!" Zeo said to Eric, who was now in the lead. The group with the children descended until they were certain the new group of soldiers weren't following them.

"I don't think it's safe to go up for now." Eric whispered, "Not until we find a way to defeat Socrates." Zeo could sense Eric's unnaturalness when he said that name.

"Heimlich and the rest of our friends are still in the Sanctum. We need to get them out!" Sergei added.

Zeo thought for a while and said quietly. "There is something about this temple. The monster didn't come all the way to Iraq to enjoy the scenery. The steeper lady said this temple has over thirty levels. I am sure they were there for a reason." Zeo tried to get the children to stay put while he and Eric search the lower floors, but Josee refused to leave Zeo, and she could be more stubborn then her mother Lissette when Josee had an idea fixed in her head. The group descended down the belly of the ancient temple together.

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