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Gettin' On Board
Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:17am

Aurora winced slightly as the synthskin regenerator worked on her face. The machine applied a soft green glow as several nano-machines applied and weaved in the polymer. The smell was a little like burning meat and it reminded her of the huge funeral pyre that the mercenaries had used to burn the mutant's bodies.

She knew that she had been lucky. There had been several mercenaries who hadn't made it back, several who now rested in the "backyard" and several more who weren't identifiable as friend who had burned with their enemies.

The lavender eyed reploid watched as Skalpal moved away to handle the last of those who were wounded. She wasn't sure exactly what she thought about all this. On the one hand, she had managed to survive a major battle. She had done her part, leading many mutants away from the Stomping Grounds and killing many more. She had almost been killed in her own right. It had only really dawned on her later. I've only been active for a couple of weeks and it almost ended right there, under that messy flail.

Aurora's abbreviated and unfinished emotional conditioning in her birth capsule had left Aurora with an underdeveloped emotional core. She struggled to make sense of her place here. Though, she had come to at least one realization.

I don't want to die to some stupid mutant's flail.


Demios smirked mildly where he stood in the mess hall. The other mercenaries around him cheered and whooped.

"Auger, Gatling and a few others are being assigned to Psycho Squad and will stay behind to handle base defenses. All other active mercenaries have one day to settle your affairs. The Albatross departs at oh-eight-hundred tomorrow morning and you're all expected to be on it." Damien concluded and the mercenaries began filing for the doors, eager to pack whatever they could to start their vacation.

The Grenadier reached out and nabbed a shoulder as it was passing, stopping Vier in her tracks. "'Vat is eet, Deem?" Vier asked, looking upwards towards his face. It always amused Demios how she elongated the first 'e' in his name.

"You think I could use the Armory some while we're on this vacation?" He asked without pretense.

Her eyebrow shot up over her eye, "'Vat for?"

He hooked a thumb ove his shoulder, pointing to the metal patch that covered where his shoulder cannon use to deploy from. The sand had claimed the remainder of the cannon and he had only really had time to cover up the hole before his barracks had been submerged in mud and sand. "I need to design and build a replacement."

"Deemios, Deemios..." She said, not quite able to hide her smile behind the false disapproving look. She clicked her tongue in a classic "Tsk, tsk." "All fun and no play makez Deem a dull boy."

Demios's grinned and rolled his eyes, "Don't give me that. If you don't blow up at least one thing on this vacation, I'll probably have to commit you to a ward."

Vier's disapproving look turned into an almost arrogant one, "Why, Demios. I can stop at any time. I 'az ze self-control."

Demios just stared at her, smirk firmly set on his face.

"Alright, alright, you can use 'eet. But! You owe me a favor." She said, her mask cracking and a full on grin crossing her face.

"No good can come of that but you have a deal."

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