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Welcome to The Platinum Hearts Scroller. Here you can find our most recent Of the Year and Of the Season winners. Happy Roleplaying! --- Member of the Year: Locke --- Character of the Year: Alastair Eisfluch --- New Characters of the Year: Mizu Morikawa and Igendai Gyakusuma --- Social Thread of the Year: A Letter for Hymn --- Combat Thread of the Year: Raise Your Spirits --- Member of the Season: Paradigm --- Characters of the Season: Byakuya Kuchiki and Klein Schwarzwotan --- Applications of the Season: Armina Willsaam and Klein Schwarzwotan --- Fight Thread of the Season: Search and Destroy --- Social Thread of the Season: Damage Assessment --- Event Thread of the Season: Midnight Assault
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Fri Oct 14, 2022 8:52 am
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ARLETTE | VANDENREICH CONTRACTOR

What an unpleasant turn of events. Of every outcome that Arlette could have planned for, the one she certainly hadn't anticipated would be that her own difficulties would overlap so neatly with a tragedy in the City of Lights. She supposed she ought to be thankful that her business dealings and the home she'd bought made her functionally a resident, or she would have had far more difficulty getting into the city than she already had.

After two calls, she'd accepted that Alastair wasn't going to respond. That meant he was likely busy with something else, and considering the circumstances, she couldn't say she was surprised. No matter. He certainly wasn't the only contact she had in the City, and Arlette sent a brief message to her most crucial employee as she waited at the terminal for the two suitcases she'd managed to pack.

Meet me at the airport. Urgent.

That was the extent of what she sent to Bauher Kleinmund, and for now, she could do little else but wait, a paper cup of cheap coffee in her hand and a cigarette between her lips. She'd not ever bothered with such basic stimulants before, but she certainly wasn't going to be using any of the Duvalier drugs she'd become accustomed to over the years. This was the next best thing.

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Fri Oct 14, 2022 9:10 am
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What a nightmare. Bauher did his best to keep things under control. It had been....a month. Things still didn't feel quite real. It wasn't....what he'd expected. He'd thought the loss would be what hit him the hardest. But no.... it was that nothing really changed about his daily routine. Had this been her plan? To separate before te separation? So that he wouldn't feel it? Even though nothing changed, things still felt.... empty.

Maybe that's why he responded so quickly when it all went down. Tat empty feeling in his chest pushed all of the worry and the fear and the doubt all away, and when those sirens had started blaring, he barely felt anything. So many people, afraid, screaming, panicking around him. But he didn't feel a thing. And when it was all over, well... he felt like he was just on auto pilot. He focused on his work, and when he wasn't working, he volunteered. He wished it could have been for a good reason. That he cared about making a difference. And of course, he did. But that wasn't the driving force. It was staying out of his own empty, apartment. He did everything he could to tire himself out so that when he went home, he'd just pass out. And escape those quiet, silent thoughts.

So the text message annoyed him just a little that night, at least in pure kneejerk instinct. He'd been so close to just passing out. But when he saw who it was from, and WHAT it said, he was a bit confused. Well... seemed he wouldn't be going to sleep just yet.

She did not strike him as a woman to call things Urgent for no reason, and it wasn't long before Bauher was at the Airport, casting a wayward glance up at the dark sky. Hm, it'd probably start to rain later. But he didn't worry about that for now, for the time being he simply peeled out his phone and sent a return text.

I'm here. West Entrance.
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Fri Oct 14, 2022 9:27 am
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ARLETTE | VANDENREICH CONTRACTOR

Ah, good. Crushing the coffee cup and throwing it out, along with her finished cigarette, Arlette grabbed her two reinforced suitcases and carried them outside, looking for Bauher before giving him a nod of greeting. The typical steely confidence that her eyes always carried had been replaced with a dull, almost foggy expression, and despite her best efforts, it was rather transparent that she was in pain with every step.

"Good to see you. I wish it were under better circumstances, but I had to come on short notice."

She didn't especially wish to speak on this when they were still in public, at least not any more than she absolutely had to. Her tone of voice wasn't just curt, it was outright tense, knowing perfectly well that there could be something or someone listening anywhere. Was Arlette being paranoid? Maybe a touch, but she knew perfectly well what the Duvalier Group had under their control.

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Fri Oct 14, 2022 9:36 am
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There was no hiding the sudden expression that crossed Bauher's features when he saw Arlette. At first it was recognition, calm and simple. But almost immediately he picked up those small details, noticing the limp, the tone of her voice, and he straightened slightly as his eyes locked onto hers, but his Reikaku swept the area. The hell.

"Pleasure's all mine. Let's get out of here before it starts raining." His voice was crisp and a bit clipped. The ....tension of the situation eliminating any dead emotionlessness he might have otherwise had because of the situation. He reached in to take the suitcases from her, promptly slipping both of them into his right hand so that he could offer the other to her. Knowing better than to try and do anything more obvious. He could tell she was trying very hard to hide her discomfort, and well, better safe than sorry. He could worry once they weren't in public.

"Hope you don't mind sharing the backseat. I didn't expect a passenger today." He murmured as he guided her to his car. A large amount of computer equipment was in the passenger seat, thus indeed, she'd have to sit in the back, which frankly, might be better, she'd be able to lay low. But still, if she hadn't told him it was urgent he might have taken the time to empty it all out. But by the looks of her, maybe hurrying had been better.
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Fri Oct 14, 2022 9:46 am
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ARLETTE | VANDENREICH CONTRACTOR

If Arlette were a prouder woman, she wouldn't have appreciated Bauher's offered hand, and would have walked without his assistance. But she was a pragmatist, someone for whom "pride" was the last possible reason to do anything, and she certainly took full use of the hand he'd held out, relying on him to walk just a bit faster than she could on her own. She didn't mind the backseat in the slightest, and as she got in, she simply leaned to the side, against her own luggage with her eyes closed.

"Thank you for coming. Suffice to say I'm in poor shape. My home, please. I've made sure it's secure for if this situation came up."

The reality, of course, was that she'd been fully prepared for this for some time. Maybe not her actual physical state, but the possibility that she would need to separate herself from the Duvalier Group for one reason or another. There were few places she would have felt remotely safe, but her penthouse in the City of Lights was certainly one of those places.

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Fri Oct 14, 2022 9:54 am
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He raised a brow as he slipped into the driver's seat and heard her instructions. He thought something shaky had happened and that she was hiding from something. Well..that was good at least, if she felt confident enough to go back to her own home, he wasn't gonna argue with her. "Oh? So then you know what's going on. Good, that means you can fill me in on the way. Put your seatbelt on." He noted with a lopsided smile, and then promptly starting to drive to her place. Probably for the best to be frank, his own place was a mess at the moment. And well, clearly she had some sort of plan worked out.

He didn't care. He wasn't really thinking much of anything other than just focusing at the task at hand.
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Fri Oct 14, 2022 10:33 am
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ARLETTE | VANDENREICH CONTRACTOR

Her thoughts ran through the precautions she'd put in place to ensure nobody tampered with her home, and she was fairly certain they would have maintained functionality. It certainly would have been more convenient if she could have relied on something utilizing her genetic or spiritual makeup, but both of those would have been remarkably worthless beforehand, and now would likely have been an active detriment to her. Even in spite of that, however, she surely had enough security in place, especially courtesy of what had been developed in-house with Bauher, to be be worried about interference.

"Long story. Not certain I'm completely in the state to tell it, either, but I can try. My...mother, employer, whichever you would prefer, chose to 'upgrade' myself and my...sister. She was willing to die and be replaced, I wasn't. So instead, this was my 'improvement.' None of the spiritual impurities, just a human soul. Only trouble is that my soul was three quarters inhuman."

She scoffed at the thought of it, taking the whole situation remarkably in stride for how traumatic it had actually been. What else was she supposed to do? Cry? As if.

"I've had enough. The Duvalier Group is dangerous. More than I've been able to get across until now."

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Fri Oct 14, 2022 10:56 am
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Bauher couldn't help but raise a brow slightly and glanced briefly into the rear-view mirror before keeping his eyes on the road, listening as she gave her explanation and promptly ..went a couple miles over the speed limit as she mentioned Claudia. He hated when his suspicions were validated. Well, he'd chosen not to humor a lot of those rumors when he first thought to meet her. But things were starting to make sense now. Her.m....particulars with how he'd been hired. Why he answered to HER and not the parent company. Did she really plan this far ahead?

"Well it's a good thing you sign my checks yourself eh?" He noted with a soft, dry smile. He considered going slower for her sake, but frankly, the sooner they were at the house the better. He glanced at his phone's GPS. They were almost there. He kept his wits about him, just.... in case.

"So. You're missing most of your soul. That sounds pretty bad. Don't suppose you have anything to fix that at your place?" He ventured. Sadly, he could only fix machines. Maybe if he were a wizard fullbringer he could just patch in her soulw ith the souls of objects. Make her 75% dishwasher. Heh, he kept that little joke to himself for now.

"There should be a fanny pack down on the floor back there. If you open it up, you'll find some band aids and some narcotics. I'm not saying take them now, but once we're safe you can probably pop a couple. Just no drinking if you do." He murmured over his shoulder.
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Fri Oct 14, 2022 11:04 am
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ARLETTE | VANDENREICH CONTRACTOR

"No, I don't. I'll either have to find someone who can, or just hope it eventually recovers on its own."

She didn't actually know if that was something that ever just 'recovered,' but really, what else was she supposed to do? Arlette couldn't say she'd heard of many people taking such significant damage to their soul before, and she hadn't heard of anyone just recovering from that kind of injury.

"I've probably already taken enough that it's dangerous. Thank you, though."

The gesture was frankly appreciated, but Arlette couldn't exactly say she wanted to take any more risks than she had to right now. Normally she wouldn't have thought much of it if she just popped more than was safe, but right now she was walking a razor's edge just existing.

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Fri Oct 14, 2022 11:24 am
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He sighed softly. "Of course you have." He murmured quietly, shaking his head a little as they finally pulled up to the home. He paused, peering around for a moment to make sure nothing seemed out of place, lightly thumbing the charm on his necklace before tisking. "Alright. We're here." He murmured, slipping out of the car and opening the door for her to help her out. He didn't bother carrying her suitcases this time, he just scooped her up, ignoring any protest as he'd just carry her to the door. She could focus on getting in. He on the other hand was keeping his awareness of their surroundings. Her being worried enough about security was plenty for him to be keeping an eye out while she got them inside.

He wasn't sure what to do with this. She was hurt... badly. The only person he knew who might be able to figure out ...was.... well. Ehefra. He winced, he'd only just gotten to patch things up with his daughter, and he would already be asking for help. What a shit father he was. All the same, once they were inside, he'd let her guide him to somewhere he could set her down, after making sure everything was locked behind them. His mind should have been racing. But he felt surprisingly calm. Huh... he would have thought he'd be more ..... amped up in a situation like this.

"Alright, where's the kitchen? Since neither of us knows anything about soul care. We treat this like any old injury. Food. Water. Rest. Best we can do, right?"
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