(January 18, 2008)
In-Char dream 2: Kajm in action
Kendle tensed, shoulder and cheek to the wall as the elevator *pinged*, the doors opening to level 311 of the hospital. He leaned out slowly, one ear twitching, head and body turning until one eye could see out into the hallway, which slanted away in a wide V from the elevator, affording him an easy view in either direction. There was no sign of the being.
He stepped boldly out into the hall. There was just no way the creature could hide in plain sight, despite what the bizarre Lir- Kajm- had told the strike team. Even if he was capable of some damnably odd things himself-
The hall itself was merely an access corridor, which stretched from the exterior-wall-mounted elevators, to the central floor. A number of doors- storage rooms for various medical equipment and supplies- stood to his left as he crept silently forward, testing each in turn as he passed. Locked. More-automatically locked, as all were controlled by the hospitals central authority, and had been locked down on all floors as soon as the strike team had alerted the staff. Nowhere for her to hide here!
He moved out into the main corridor, which ran the length of the floor. The light of the white sun slanted in through the thick steelglass windows which made up most of the walls, reaching from knee-high almost to the ceiling. Another set of the same formed the walls of the rooms, allowing one to see completely through to the parallel corridor on the other side, affording a view completely through the building. Only the cross-corridors were of regular construction, being part of the core support structure, and therefore obscuring his view in places. The interior windows were photochromatic, turning opaque wherever occupied by patients or staff. Again, such an arrangement would make it difficult for the creature to hide...
His ears perked up at a whirring sound ahead. Kendle moved forward, pulling a small pistol from one of the several holsters on his belt. The pellet it fired would stun only: she was dangerous, but the High Council had given orders she be taken alive-
He froze for an instant, unbelieving, as she came about the corner into the main corridor some 30 feet away, walking nonchalantly as though she had not a care in the world, spinning a long, thin rod with one hand. It was his first real view of her and Naked was not what he had been led to expect. Nor was her appearance, for she looked like the Felide of ancient times. A feral creature, her body completely covered by fur, her visage animal to the extreme... and a tail! The gun came up. Hold it right there-
She leaned against the glass wall, one hip alluringly thrown out, flipping the rod casually about. She seemed about to speak, wearing a slightly disdainful look; shook her head, as if changing her mind.
Kendles gun hand never wavered. He twitched a muscle in his neck, activating a comm. Kendle. Level 311. I have the perp in my si- *Thunk*
She stood over him, having felled him with a single stroke of the rod. Took a step back in distaste as blood flowed from his scalp. No instincts left. None. How could allow yourselves to breed with Humans? Feh. She moved as if to kick at him, thought better of it. No strength. No speed. Water for blood. That shall change.
A presence caught her attention- He was coming up in the far elevator. She smiled. He played a far better game... others were coming, some minutes behind him. Dropping the rod she turned and ran down the hall. He would help her reach her goal-
Kajms massive frame was through the elevator doors before they were half open. They closed quickly behind him, as the elevator responded to an overriding call signal from below. Members of the strike team would be arriving shortly. Not what he needed.
His hooves left prints deep in the carpet as he raced down the hall in response to the distressed feelings his empathics had picked up. Sure enough, one member of the strike team was down. She wasnt wasting her time on them. Kajm knelt beside him, reaching down to brush fingers over his skull. Fractured. Easily repaired. A single globe of healing energy for the job; he spared a second for it to take effect, and left the man peacefully sleeping off what little remained of the trauma.
He didnt like these people. Too human. They had given up much when they had chosen to mix with Human stock. In that regard he shared her feelings. But to do what she was going to do... No. That was not going to happen.
Even in the halls of this structure the horse almost had to stoop, but it was not hindering him and for some reason this felt the best form to tackle her in. Thank God they had locked down the entire building: neither staff nor patients were in his way. Or hers. The previous two encounters had been rather hard on the surroundings-
And there she was, waiting for him, in the large open atrium before a nurses station, at the junction of several corridors and the main elevator: the core of the building. Room to move. He couldnt help but smile and she echoed it. Youre very persistent.
And you are very stubborn, Kajm replied, stalking up within ten feet of her. If you were really what you claimed to be-
That line is already claimed by a much Higher Authority, Kajm quipped. These are Your people. What have they done to deserve your wrath?
Tainted their blood, she said shortly. Lost their heritage. I only plan to return it to them!
By wiping out 13 billion lives?
She shrugged, tail waving. One must begin again somewhere.
He could not help but notice that her tail matching the movements of his own. Hed seen it before, in every cat he had ever fought- I will never understand why gods Must take the path of least resistance Erk!
She had stepped towards him, suddenly growing three feet taller. Look whos resisting? Is it so much to ask if you would just-
Enough of that! Im. Not. Interested. His tail began to wind down as he prepared to move. Besides which, you are interfering in the Bond between my mate and myself! I have no idea where she is.
And she has no idea where you are. Which suits me just fine.
Kajm rolled his eyes. Why did half the people he fought always want to Sleep with him?
You dont want me to answer that, she responded.
Two sets of ears perked up at the sound of a distant *Ping.* Kajm scowled. Pain in the- Oh, forget it! Kajm stepped in, dropped, leg scything for her knees. Rewarded with a classic response as she leapt upward, somersaulting forward, both feet driving for his torso-
Shed pulled it off the first time. This time the kick met his telekinetic shields and she rebounded, falling back two paces before he rolled the force up and slammed it into her, sending her skidding on her back across the atrium. Ohhh, rug rash! Kajm was on his feet, leaping for her before she stopped sliding. The cat was fractionally faster, pulling her knees to her chest, lashing out and up, catching him full in the chest. Kajms turn to sprawl before her. The cat rolled forward, a punch speeding for his genitals, only to have a hoof meet her face. I see I do turn your head, he laughed, spinning to his feet. Youve always had my full attention! she snarled back, spitting blood as she stood. Wiping a hand across her face, split lips healing as she did so.
We havent finished Round One!
Both froze at the sound of feet pounding down the hall. The cat drew herself up. Later, she said- and leapt into him.
Literally, her body vanishing inside his as he braced for impact. Kajm stood for a long moment, blinking. You are being a little Too close for my comfort-
Get used to it.
He turned towards the elevator, not entirely in control of his movements. Ok, this is Not appreciated-
Kajm! Two women raced into the atrium, weapons drawn. Tearlan, Kajm nodded, taking jerky steps forward.
Lieutenant Tearlan! She responded, angry. How did you get here ahead of us? Where is she?
Nothing about Kendle? Shes very close by. Have you tried looking down the next hall?
The lieutenants eyes narrowed. If shes down the next hall, then where are you going? You still have not told me what this is all about.
You will not say a word-
Your god is about to destroy you all.
And Im stubborn!?!
Tearlan looked up at him in shock, anger evaporating for an instant. Rangoreck? Even if he existed-
Oh, one of those, Kajm said sourly, still moving for the elevator despite his efforts. Well he is a She, and she wants something topside, and then you are all Dead.
A disbeliever. Do me a favor, break her neck?
You do it! I might even let you-
Im having trouble enough moving your hooves, you great lummox!
Some god You are, Kajm smirked. She was still winning though.
The lieutenant stepped before him, raising an ugly-looking pistol. Who are you talking to? She waved the gun at the elevator. What is up there?
The other woman took a position to Kajms left, also raising a pistol- but clearly very hesitant about it. He could sense her feelings towards him, a sense of admiration, a glow as she looked him over. Kajm shook his head. Oy vey. Do me a favor, stun your boss?
She blinked at him and he actually felt her considering it for an instant. The lieutenant glared at her and she fell back into place, raising her pistol on him. Good Lord, Rang, these people are almost too easy. Cant you just tell them what you want?
Vehemently: Where is she?
Clueless. Shes Inside me! How did you ever get so far?
The elevator doors opened behind the two women. There was a loud report; Kajm looked down at a fist-sized hole in his abdomen, blood jetting from a severed artery. That shot would have ripped a human body apart; would likely have killed Thunderwing. It was enough to bring him to a halt-
For an instant. That. Is Annoying, he snarled. One great hand wrapped about her head and he lifted her off the floor, flinging her roughly to one side. The other woman swallowed and stepped aside as he looked at her. She saw the flow of blood come to a sudden halt, the wound already beginning to close, and he felt her admiration for him ratchet up a notch. Kajm frowned as he looked down at her. You need a boyfriend.
Rangoreck forced him forward two more steps into the elevator. Kajm turned, slowly, tool a step back towards the doors. Im gaining.
Not fast enough. He found himself reaching for the top button, paused. Watched as his wrists began to swell, his hand flattening, growing broader. Im gaining Faster, Rang. Forcing you Out.
Not Yet. As his hand went from three fingers to five it darted out, struck at the top floor button. Kajm lurched forward, began punching other buttons before being forced away.
Tearlan stepped into the elevator and shot him in the hip, flesh and blood spattering on the glass panels of the elevator. OW. DO. YOU. MIND!?! He reached out his other hand- noting it now had seven fingers- snatched the gun from her hand, crushing it. The other woman stepped into the elevator, smiling up at him. Sorry, he said. Placing a single finger on her forehead he shoved her sprawling back into the atrium. The doors shut.
Tearlan was staring at him in anger and disbelief. What is going on with you?
Kajm raised his hands to look at them. He was now sporting two from each wrist, and his body was beginning to bulge and throb in strange places. Im... becoming Immune to her. Forcing her out. He smiled down at the woman. And then shes going to kill the disbeliever.
The lieutenant pressed back against the doors, fear twisting her features. Dont let her harm me!
Who, someone who doesnt exist? You want out, push a button!
I thought all life was sacred to you?
Some people work very hard to be the Exception, Kajm hissed. He glared at the lieutenant. Look you. Believe or not, this Rangoreck is planning to wipe you all out. Theres something somewhere near the top of this building that she needs. Whatever it is, it can kill her just as easily as help her.
You couldnt tell me this before?
I told the people who could actually Do something about it, Kajm snarled, And they sent You. So now I have to do it all myself.
Lieutenant Tearlan caught herself as the doors opened of a sudden. Two pairs of hands slammed into her shoulders and she flew out of the elevator, to crash against the far wall. You pushed her too hard!
She is nothing-
A blinding flash of pain set both of them screaming- and then Kajm was facing Rangoreck once again. Goddes and godling stood at opposite sides of the elevator, stooped, panting. Well... hello!...
This... isnt... over...
Kajm seemed to be recovering faster. No, its not... first... I am going to beat the Hell... out of you...
Ya Think? Ill win... and then, Ill ride...
Kajms eyes popped. Give it a Rest! He straightened up. I can feel you getting stronger as we get nearer that... whatever. He waved a hand skywards. But were about to take a two-mile plunge. He set himself, ready to take her through the glass walls. Betting you Wont land on your feet this time around!
Her eyes grew very wide. She needed him, to make this work. He had to be there with her!
And just then the door *pinged,* as the elevator arrived at the first of several floors Kajm had punched. They both looked as the doors opened. She looked back at him. Shall we settle this out there, rather than out There?
What is it with me and cats?
But Kajm considered.
(and that is pretty much where this ends. *sighs* the best stuff Never happens in time for me to dream it!)