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(PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:10 pm

Chris, now sporting a mohak and a leather jacket, browses for clothes in a favorite retail store of his. Upon noticing Satoshi enter the store, he makes an attempt to stealthily flee the store, but much to no avail. The crash produced by clothes hangers impacting the floor attracts Satoshi to his location.

"Hey, man..."
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:51 am

My wardrobe has lately consisted of older cloths that are starting to not fit as well as they used to so, for the first time in a while, I am actually at the mall to shop.

The store I'm currently in seems to be more attractive to people with a more excentric taste than my own but the hats they sell here are okay on style. They're mostly fedoras and I already have one but the ones that aren't seem pretty tight.

One person seems to stick out WAY more than anybody else in the room with his different skin tone, the punk threads, and the expressive hair cut. Not to mention his sheer size.

However, I just ignore him. I've seen more odd-looking people before.

The hat rack calls my name! The regular-style white one with the blue design on the side of the front is practically screaming my name.

At least, until the clothing crack by the exit calls my name much louder than the hat.

I look over to see the punk-kid with a nervous look on his face.

Oh great, Hipsterswag McDouche tripped over reality again...

...That face...

I turn my body.

Westerner skin, tall, blonde, hair from that of an anime.

...Ch-..Chris?..

My eyes widen. He may be across the length of the store but I never forget a facial profile once I've filed it with a person.

'Hey, man...'

I don't even take into consideration the fact that my easily-recognizeable appearance has been unchanged other than a rather noticable scar on my left upper cheek from the past presence of a few large pimples in a row and he could of-no-should of easily recognized me in an instant when I so easily revieled my face as I walked in.

I take a few steps toward the soul I haven't seen in a while.

The last time I saw him was in that dream of mine about the cybernetics...

*E* "Chris? Wheh-where've y'been? Damn, it's-..it's really you."
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:54 am

"Um..." Damn! I knew exposing myself here was a grave idea! "How have you been, man?" Chris nervously coughs.
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:34 pm

No change in language? Fair enough.

His mood is off and he is doing a horrible job at hiding it.


He didn't want to see me and that is for sure. It also puts on the board more possible reasons as to why he just crashed into that clothes rack.

I brush it off as guilt for not saying goodbye.

"I've been doing alright-but you already know most of my situation while I don't know any of your's."

My voice is both troubled and filled with excitement.

"What's been going on? Where have you been?"

"And, most importantly..."

I speak in a hushed tone.

*E*"Have yeh been keeping your...secret safe without me? I swear, man, these days I ain't gonna to be there to back yeh up."
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:36 am

"Don't worry about my 'little problem'." Chris scans the surroundings of the store. "Can we... go somewhere private?"
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:10 pm

"Y-..yeah, of course."

I lead the way out after picking up a bit of the clothes that fell and hanging them back up.

From there, we head to a sort of dead wall area of the mall in one of the corners of the open area.

"What's up, mate?"
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:49 am

"Before I disclose anything to you, I need to know how Sumiko and Rachel have been in my absence. Have you been keeping in touch with them?"
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:33 pm

Disclose?

Christopher, what in the Hell did you do...

"Nakagawa-san...she gradually, sort of, stopped showing up anywhere while Rachel-?.."

"Rachel basically fell off the face of the Earth. So Rachel wasn't with you?"

My appeal turns into that of a disappointed parent.

"Christopher? What did you do to cause them possible harm?"

Nakagawa...

The times that her and I had talked and especially the time on the roof-her being the only one to ever sit with me on my spot and talk about the things I think about when I go up there-come back to me.

One of the few people that knew both sides of who I am...

The only others being Hemington-senpai and Kuriko-chan. Kuriko I never even told but it is safe to assume knows about it, or at least has some sort of eerie feeling when she looks into my eyes when she sees me.

You better be safe...
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:45 pm

"You haven't seen them in the past few months I've been away!?" Chris punches a nearby wall, causing the hand used to bleed profusely. Then he begins exhaling in an attempt to calm himself. "I left to go see my mother in New York a few months back... It was a set up."
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:50 pm

*E* "...Mother fucker..."

My hands clench up.

It can't be.

"Cook..Where were you since then?"
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:57 pm

Chris turns his back coldly to Satoshi. "Imprisoned... With the thoughts of a dead mother resting heavily on my mind."
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:34 am

What?!

"IM-"

...

"Imprisoned?! How did you get out? Who was it?"
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:21 am

Chris turns around and places both hands firmly on Satoshi's shoulders. "Listen, bro: I need your full cooperation here. The same organization that captured me is also responsible for the murder of my mother. I can't return to Yamaku... I'd risk exposing myself to an unseen enemy."
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:05 pm

Whatever it is, it has to do with his ability.

I can't ask my parents if he can stay at our house because they might get suspicious of Cook and call the police. The same thing might happen with Anthony or Nick...

He can't stay in my dorm either.

"Well, what are you doing with that hair then? And your cloths? Your look makes you stick out-number one."

"Number two- what have you been doing for housing recently if you've nowhere to go."

"Number three- why didn't you speak with me when you first saw me?"

The third question is a trick. I don't know if he saw me or not but I want to know if he did.
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:09 pm

Becoming anxious while waiting for Satoshi's response, Chris leaves his company. "Always be on your guard, bro. Keep an eye out for Sumiko and my sister as well."
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:18 am

"But-but-!"...

Chris isn't listening, though. Instead, he just walks away in haste.

I want to follow him but I may attract him unwanted attention.

With nothing better to say, I say the most meaningful and encouraging words I can think of at the moment.

"God speed, Christopher Cook...God speed, mate.."

Give 'em Hell.

...

No-if I keep my distance, and remain a ghost, I shouldn't have any problems. At least, until I run out of crowd.

I hang back until a respective distance is reached. All the while, preparing my body's senses and calming my quickened heart rate.

Look for a clear route. Use groups of people to guide your path. Change your image while remaining in one that doesn't stand out, if possible.

I unzip my hoodie and hold it in my hand. Taking the initiative and joining a group.

We move a small distance before I notice they aren't moving fast enough for Cook's pace.

Time to separate.

I break from their group and casually walk forward. 

I'm too open. Hang back.

I slow my own pace and hold my position next to a group and wait for him to get to a much larger distance. One that allows me to match Chris' pace while remaining incognito.

The downside to following a target on alert is I can't keep my eyes on him for an extended period of time and it is more likely that I will lose him.

*E* I can't just let you do something so sketchy by yourself, bro.

...Dammit-where did he go? He's going the same direction but...dammit-all these people.
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:36 pm

[Let's try and get hawke in here. I love how you're playing along as well!]
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Tiberius Hawke on Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:04 am

After perusing the shelves of the local DVD store, Hawke leaves with his bag full of cheap-as-hell movies. Stepping into the rush of the traffic in the mall, he beings to head towards the exit.

As he walks, he keeps his head down, listening to his Ipod and pondering life's greatest mysteries, such as:

What shall I have for lunch?
Should I go and get a McDonalds?
Maybe I should do my homework for once.


And finally,

Why the hell has Chris got a mohawk?

Right there in front of him, Chris.

"Hey, Cook!" He calls out across the crowd, and quickly advances upon him.
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:58 am

'Hey Cook!'

Over there!

Judging from Cook's last known direction and the volume of Hawk-thank God for Hawke being here-, I'd say Cook should be...over there!

Unless, Hawke is just being loud again. He's generally a loud-talker.

Whatever, I'll just go with the normal distance for that loud of a volume and work my estimation off of that.

I make my mental calculations and head for that direction in a little faster pace than before.

Cook will either keep going in attempt to shake off anyone who will make him more noticable than that look already does or he'll let Hawke approach to keep him from being any more of a squeaky wheel.

Plan A-set for the first scenario: Continued trailing at hightened pace with same reduced visual-I can't risk an encounter with the target after it has severed our connection. In the event that the target leaves the facility, it is to be trailed without direct visual coverage until it's departure of the area.

Plan B-set for the second scenario: Find a spot or group that keeps me cloaked through the eyes of both the target/subject one and subject two-preferably close enough to tune into at least a little of their conversation but I don't count on it-and wait for further developements. If no more, proceed with plan A.

I move through a thick group and find Cook's position to be a tiny bit further from Tiberius' position than I predicted. Not as accurate as I liked but it's close.

Operation Start.
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:26 am

Chris, having been addressed by Hawke, darts off to a mall exit. [Time for an internal monologue!]

How did it ever come to this? How did I have to stoop so low so as to run from the very sight of my friends? Well, as my mother once said: "the world is much more complicated than you've been led to believe". I had thought that equilibrium would have been restored after I helped to thwart Eric a few months back. Come to think of it, what became of that kid? Anyway, it turns out that I'm being pursued by an ambiguous society that captures "gifted individuals" like myself. These people are responsible for the murder of my... Sumiko, Rachel, Yuuji, Hawke, Satoshi, just give me a bit more time.
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:02 am

Plan A!

I put on my hoodie and zip it up before putting the hood up and running for the exit.

It's getting chilly outside. A hooded person is not unusual.

Not to mention, a hoodie that's zipped all the way isn't my style.

I run on the other side of the main room from Hawke, toward the exit. I may look conspicuous toward Hawke but at least he won't see my face.

The hoodie I'm currently wearing is one I like to wear on colder days and has a unique design that covers my whole chest area.

If Hawke sees it, all I can do is hope he doesn't remember it. The fact that I hardly wear street cloths unless it's a day off may just be my saving grace in this aspect.

I may be far behind Chris but the open area of the front of a mall is a very easy place to spot someone you're looking for in the area.

[I don't know if it's an entrance that is close to the street or the one to a parking lot. Satoshi's course of action would be dictated by both that and Hawke's own course of action. Which one did Chris go for, dude?]
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:18 am

Chris, having managed to briefly lose Satoshi and Hawke, speeds out of the mall parking lot on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Sorry, guys... I've got some lose ends to tie up before life can ever return to normal.
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Satoshi Veach on Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:20 pm

I rush outside only to see Chris start a bike and rush away.

Shit. I guess that means I'll have to wait for more information.

I look around me.

Time to make sure I sanitize the threat of anybody who may be watching me. Most likely Hawke is.

I run to the right and don't stop until I'm around the corner and I would be out of sight from anybody coming from the mall entrance.

Afterwards, I take off my hoodie once more.

Rather uncomfortable but necessary for the moment.

However, I have one question...

...

When did Cook get a motor cycle?
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Christopher Cook on Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:19 pm

Chris arrives back at his unassuming apartment. He immediately parks his motorcycle in a private lot and heads inside to rest on a couch, not neglecting to lock all seven locks on the entrance door. Chris dozes off and has a recalling dream about a visit he received while being held captive.

Mysterious man- "They allowed me five minutes max to speak to you, Mr. Cook." Pulls up a chair and goes to sit. "How have they been treating you in here?"
Chris- "I was advised not to speak to strangers."
Mysterious man- "That's unfortunate. Because disclosing my name would be most detrimental to your mother's wishes. Margaret Cook died valiantly..."
Chris- "Don't ever speak her name..."
Mysterious man- "Please, Mr. Cook. She wouldn't have wanted to ever see you stooped so low." The man inhales haphazardly. "Truth be told, Margaret was not your biological mother.
Chris- Stands up angrily. "What!?"
Mysterious man- "I knew that would garner your attention. But I'd hate if a guard was to come in here to restrain you." Chris sits back down. "Thank you. Now, I feel it high time you be made aware of your true lineage. You were found by Margaret when you were just three years of age. Your mother had been hired by the Satou family to neutralize a werewolf in the backwoods of Scotland. The screams and shrills of two children were what led Margaret to you and your sister... Unfortunately, you had already lost something valuable to the beast."
Chris wakes up sweating profusely, and stares at his heavily damaged prosthetic.
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Re: (PRIVATE) A familiar face.

Post by Tiberius Hawke on Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:52 am

Behind Satoshi a door opens, and Hawke limps through with a confused look.

Satoshi, too? THE PLOT THICKENS!

"You two got some affair going on that I'm not allowed to know about?" He asks with a laugh. "Where'd Cook go?"
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