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PostSubject: Alone Together (IC)   Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:28 pm

Stubbs and Wiremu couldn't see a thing. Hearing was dulled as well. Whatever had been put over their heads was doing its best to null their senses. The shaking and rocking of movement continued for some time before stopping abruptly. A heavy metal door opened and the Chindit and Bastard felt themselves pulled up out of their sitting position and thrust back onto their own two feet. They walked for some time. The muffled opening and closing of doors came and went as they moved. The air became thicker, warmer. Eventually a final door opened and they were forced to sit.

Time ticked on. It was unclear just how much had passed given the disorientation of the head covering. Any attempt at speaking was met with no response. Could their voices not escape? Claustrophobia set in, causing an anxious sweat from those who feared the closed off space. Loneliness. Despair. Fear. Exhaustion. Were these their memories or the work of the head cover? Did it matter if they felt real?

Just as your inner thoughts were becoming too much to bear, the masks were pulled off and the world was revealed...

...Brightness. Light shining down from ceiling orbs. It was impossibly bright given the pitch black you had just come from. As your eyes adjust, you can make out a few things. You were in a room, sitting on a metal bench. Your hands were in front of you now, locked into a table to restrict your movement. When they were placed from behind your back to in front of you, you cannot recall.

There is another figure seated across from you. As your eyes come into focus, you can see her confident face. Sat on the table is an arbiter's helmet.

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She says nothing as she waits for you to come to your senses.


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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:57 pm

Wiremu let the arbites do their work, and made sure to not offer any resistance.

Damn kids...

But he couldnt complain too much. That was him when he was younger. Running around with a bunch of kids causing trouble.

God his nana whipped him good when she found out.

At least this time, he wasnt completely in the wrong...not that the arbites would care...

He sighs and closes his eyes and waits.

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After waiting...and waiting...and waiting, the hood was finally pulled off and although the light was bright and painful, it still brought relief from the suffocating darkness.

He blinks and squints his eyes, trying to adjust to the light. As the face slowly comes into focus.

"Oh shiiiiiiit. You are pretty as fu.....oh..."

He suddenly remembers where he is and stammers and blushes.

"...oh Sir...uhh Ma'am uhh sorry..."

He closes his mouth and attempts to salute, his hand stopping well short, being caught by the restraints.

He finally takes a breath, rests his hands on the table, and waits.
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:06 am

Stubbs be beginnin' ta spiral out. The damn hood or whateva be happenin' was gettin' to 'im. He been in tha shit befo...but dis was a bit much...considerin' dey jus' been out attacked by kids and the like. Shit tho, dey be in it now. Sweat be formin' round him...beads droppin' down his taunt muscles, makin' him slick wit tha fear. Fear of nah bein' able ta get back...fear of nah bein' able to get it done.

Fear of nah' gettin' ta avenge her.

Barb.

Her sweet silky fighuh be comin' inta focus...almos' like she be really der. Really swayin' back and furth to come on ova ta tha big man. It be mesmerizin' as feth. And tha big man, smilin' at her, hopin' dis be real. Hopin' she back and dis all been a fethin' nightmare. Hopin' she be comin' ta make it all right.

Den tha hood rips off.

+++++

Squintin' in tha bright light...tha big man les hisself get back to it. No time fuh fairytalin'...

"Shiiii, and it be jus' gettin' good too."

He be listenin' to tha stammerin' o' ol smoke grenade next ta 'im.

"Yo, calm yo ass down. Dey least be wantin' ta talk first."
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:21 pm

She says nothing. She stares at them, both of them. Somehow she is able to look between them, through them, but her head never moves.

And she doesn't utter a word.
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:46 am

The big man be wrong befuh. Dey sit in the stillness-like all quiet and shit fuh a few minutes, befuh Stubbs be thinkin' dey be needin' ta talk first.

"Uhhh...pardon me ma'm, but do you gots any questions fuh us?"
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:08 am

She opened her eyes at Stubbs' question.

She had just been staring at you, hadn't she? Perhaps your brains were still reeling from the hoods, but her eyes definitely just opened. They must have been closed then.

"I am Special Arbitrator Anderson. You were brought here for," she pulled out a dataslate and began scrolling. "Disorderly conduct, attacks on multiple minors, mayhem, and unleashing toxic fumes within a sealed environment. Quite a number given you haven't been on Port Wander but a scant hour and a half, but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by Guardsmen on leave. That is what you are right - Astra Militarum? If you don't mind my asking, which regiment do you serve with?"
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:17 pm

Wiremu looked up at the charges.

"Special Arbiter, ma'am, we didnt attack nobody! Those little shits came at us. WE was just going about looking for our friend...yeah i did let off the smoke grenade...but i did that to try get some attention scare the little punks away!"

He stops talking and takes another breath.

"Ah...sorry ma'am....214th Indira Chindits assigned to House Aldor on The Hudson..."
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:16 am

Stubbs be feelin' it he be guessin', cause damn if she didn't be openin' her eyes jus' now...

He be waitin' befuh tha otha one done talkin', takin' a big 'ol sigh first.

"I mean, shoot, yeah, them rascals be tryin' ta start up a lil' fightin'. They be actin' too big fuh thuh britches tho, if you know wha I be sayin'. I thought I be teachin' dem a lesson like. Oh, and uh, yeah, Formerly of the 666th Penal Rejuhment, or uh, tha Bastards, but now bein' part of da Hudson."
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:24 am

Special Arbitrator Anderson regarded Wiremu as he gave his passionate reply. She waited until he and Stubbs had both finished before giving her reply. Her tone remained level, even friendly.

"'Anybody.' You didn't attack anybody, otherwise it is a double-negative and your words imply that you did, in fact attack someone. And that would only serve to hurt your case. Thus, you 'did not attack anybody.' 214th Chindits. Your regiment sounds familiar, but I cannot place them. Surely they must have taught you how to defend yourself against children without resorting to grenades of any sort, yes? Regardless, I do appreciate your confession of guilt. That will look favorably on you."

She then focuses on Stubbs. "Ah, so you are both in the employ of the frigate Hudson current docked with the station. And a former penal trooper no less. So, you are on leave then? Wonderful."

She waits patiently for responses.

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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:06 pm

Stubbs thought he be knowin' tha type. Arbitrator...damn well fine and propuh like. Always makin' shuh to be correctin' people when deys been speakin' a lil wrong. Course, deyd been givin' up on him, not knowin' how da feth ta be fixin' his speech patturns. In any case...deys wasn't be in da shit jus' yet. Nah, deys already be gone if deys in tha shit. Already in a pen.

"Yes'um, we been set ta be on leave down hur and it be our first time out. Guess we been a bit jumpy cause 'o all da fightin' we been doin' presently. Jus' tha otha week we been havin' a hoard of dem green ones bearin' down on us...and feth me, we somehow got out of it. Apologies nah be gettin' us far...but sorry we be causin' a ruckus out in ya port."
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:51 am

"You've been battling Orks?I have never had the opportunity to see one in person. The reckless part of me is envious of your experience, but the logical part knows that it was most assuredly horrific and brutal in the extreme."

Emotion translated loudly in her brow and facial features. Empathy, sympathy, sadness.

She looked squarely in Stubbs' eyes as she spoke, ignoring Wiremu for the time being as he was completely silent.

"If you are able, I would like to hear of your experiences with the Ork."
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:44 pm

Wiremu nervously looks down at the admonishment, firmly reminded of one of his teachers from his early school days.

She used to always pick him out because he wasnt as smart as the other kids. He was fast and small, and was shit hot at machines!...but she never saw that. If you didnt score well in the tests then you were a failure....

Mumbling slightly under his breath, he replies to the Arbitrator.

"...Yeah...I didnt attack "anybody". My koro always taught me not to pick on those weaker than me..."

His hand instinctively drops to where his patu usually hangs...

"...Bunch of kids is still a bunch of kids and i wasnt about to hit them...if i did you would still have arrested me for assault or some bullshit..."
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:24 pm

"Quite so." The special Arbitrator looked momentarily displeased that she wouldn't hear anymore about Orks.

Oh well. We cannot always get what we want.

"Your prospects aren't looking good. Lashings and heavy fines which, I assume, would have to be paid by your benefactor who might rightly want to save his money and leave you here to work it off."

She interlaced her fingers and set them on the table.

"There is another way. Would that suit either of you?"
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:12 pm

Wiremu sighs.

Typical

"That depends ma'am...what is the other way?"

He gave a sideways glance at Stubbs, slightly worried at his silence...
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:53 am

Stubbs began to be speakin' up on account of hisself bein' too silent like.

"'Pologies mam', shoulda been speakin' up befuh my counterpart hur. The Orks be damn fine fightuhs. Ruthless-like, merciless hulks that damn well go ta meet there gods than surrender. Course you can go fuh tha head. Kill da leader and ya kill tha lot of dem. Infightin' and such."

He sighs a bit before continuin'.

"We was in the shit wit dem fuh a while. Til we used some good 'ol fashioned Imperium stompin' in on them."

He perks up at the opportunity presented.

"Shoot, whatcha be thinkin' fuh us ta do?"
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:15 pm

She looked at Wiremu with a raised eyebrow. "Oh. It depends? Is that so? Well, if you enjoy your prospects and want to roll those dice, be my guest. I believe the minimum lashings for any infraction starts at 15."

She smiled with genuine sadness at Stubbs. "I am truly sorry we cannot finish your story. Perhaps another time."

She stood and made her way to the door.
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:07 pm

Wiremu replied, his chin held slightly higher.

"On whether or not what you have us do is legal or not. I will take the lashes and keep my integrity. I know how you types are miss. Always using people cos they don't have a choice. You may sneer and look down on me for that, but i dont give shit. Do what you want. You people always do anyways."

He looks away and stares at the wall, thinking of his Whanae back home.
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:15 am

Special Arbitrator Anders stopped at the door and looked back at Wiremu with a hard set face, but in her eyes was sadness.

"I am sorry you don't see that what comes next is of your own doing. I gave you a chance, but you would rather 'take the lashes and keep your integrity,' right? I will give you what you want."

She turned to Stubbs and just shook her head. He was clearly the reasonable one, but they would suffer together.

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The hoods went back on. There was movement, but it was impossible to follow. When the hoods came off, Stubbs and Wiremu were bound to two steel poles so that they were hugging them. There shirts were off and they could only turn their heads enough to see one another.

The room they were in was built specifically for this purpose. Aside from the servitor holding the electro-whip, no one else was in the room.

An androgynous voice came over the vox. "Begin. One."
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:00 pm

The hits were simultaneous. Hard lashes made of grox hide firmly wrapped around a central electro-wire snapped expertly against the soldiers' backs. The initial pain was horrendous, but the lingering jolts of fried nerve endings added an extra something that both would recall for years after.

Stubbs, bigger and much more muscular than Wiremu, took them in stride. They hurt. They hurt badly. But he grit his teeth and soaked it in. The Chindit was not nearly used to such abuse. The first round of lashings left him breathless and sagging on the pole. Both men were sweaty from the enduring, but Wiremu looked pale.

As the count hit "seven" his eyes rolled into the back of his head and he passed out.

"Stop. 15 lashes counted and recorded. For the Emperor."

Boots echoed into the small room. A faint voice was heard by Stubbs. "Get the medic in here and see that they are fed."

The boots echoed out the door. In a few moments someone was tending to the wounds. Stubbs breathed easily once more as the bag went on and his world went dark.


+++


The meal was spartan. Nutrient paste in a bowl with recycled water and some random contents from a field ration kit. Needless to say, the two were well acquainted, that is when Wiremu finally came to some hours later.

The room was much the same, but now your hands were no longer clasped to the table allowing you to eat.

There was not much else to do but wait.
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:49 pm

Wiremu had fought hard to stay awake and not cry out but this had quickly wilted away as the whips had bit into his flesh.

When he had awoken his back felt a fire and he had nearly passed out again.

He heard noise in the room and turned to see Stubbs, and at the same time nearly threw up from the pain of the action.

Weakly he spoke to the big man.

"...sorry..."
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:41 am

Stubbs felt the pain coursin' thru his back, but damn if anybudy been lookin' dey wouldn'ta be knowin' any difference. Wuddn't the first time Stubbs had been lashed and it damn well wuddn't be tha last time. He eats tha meal slowly like, crunchin' down on anythang that damn well be crunchy. He be lookin' ova at Wiremu, still knocked out frum all ta excitement. He sighs, waitin' for him ta wake up.

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He be hearin' tha small voice frum beside him, a swellin' of anger bubblin' up inside.

"Ya kno...shit man. We cudda jus' been doin' tha thang fuh huh. I mean shoot, now we's prolly gonna be doin' it anyway...all dem cops be twisted and such. Feth me, we jus' had ta be goin' and gettin' whipped too. Feth...dis might be ya furst time wit tha law...but shit man, don't be gon embarassin' yoself like that..."

He gets back to tha food, waitin' fuh what was next.
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:07 pm

Some time after dinner, Special Arbitrator Anderson paid the two another visit. Their hands were still uncuffed, but she didn't seem to care as she walked in and sat across from them.

"Let me begin by apologizing. That was unfortunate, and I had hoped to avoid it altogether. I didn't offer you a chance at redemption simply to torture you like this was some sick game. But actions have consequences, gentlemen."

Her eyes had not lost an ounce of empathy as they bored into each man's soul respectively.

"Offer is still on the table, so to speak."
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PostSubject: Re: Alone Together (IC)   Yesterday at 5:36 am

Stubbs be lookin' up from his meager meal and shruggin' his shoulduhs.

"See boy, I be tellin' ya tha we already be under tha thumb. Othuwise we already be out dis place."

He be lookin' ova at the arby.

"Ain't I right?"
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