starchilde_lost: (comic: yikes behind me)
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She was running. She didn't know how she'd gotten to this point, but she knew, if she didn't run, they'd find her and she didn't have anyone to protect her anymore. Logan was dead, Ororo, Kitty and Peter.

Franklin. Her Scrapper, gone in the flash of a Sentinel's blast along with all the others.

So she ran, ran as far and as fast as she could even though she knew... deep in her heart she knew it wouldn't be the Sentinels that found her. Not with all their mutant sensing technology and their city surveillance, no they wouldn't find her. He would. He would find her and drag her back to his labs and his drugs and his machines to hurt her until she gave in. Hurt and bend her mind until she gave up her own life and bent to his will.

Ahab, Master of Hounds.

Her feet pounding the wrecked New York pavement, she kept running into the night, listening to the City-wide alarms. Mutants free, mutants escaped, everyone look out for the mutants. She turned a corner and fell, arms breaking her fall, but the skin scraping off her palms. Shaking, she held the wounded appendages to her chest and looked around the dark alleyway, never seeing the dark figure that was sneaking up behind her.

Date: 2010-11-01 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gabrielle was wandering through the city, more then a little confused. She hadn't really been paying attention to where she was going, just walking along to her favorite spot by Hera's statue. Then, the island had suddenly changed from familiar surroundings to this strange stone and metal city.

Confused and, if she was honest with herself, a little scared. There were things on the island alien to her but this...this was like a whole other world that frightened her. She didn't even know what a mutant was!

She turned a corner to see Rachel running towards her. "Rachel!" She called but anything else she would have called died on her lips. Because behind Rachel, pursuing her like she was hunted pray, was Xena, dressed in her finest armor and with a frenzied look in her eyes that spoke of being less then sane. "Xena!"

But the figure ignored her, instead being intent on catching it's pray. "Here my little hound..." Xena said in eerie tone. "I need you to come to heel and catch me some more little mutants to play with..."

Gabrielle looked was Xena...but not. Her armor covered more of her body, almost like it was a part of her. And one of her was shiny, like metal. Her heart beat faster in her chest with fear as she saw this monster Xena had become in this world, like she'd been twisted into something from this nightmarish place.

Swallowing her fear for the moment, Gabrielle ran forward to where Rachel crouched. "Rachel, are you okay? We have to go!"

Date: 2010-11-03 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For a moment Gabrielle could only stare at the girl in front of her and how she was just bowing to the monster with her best friend's face. "Rachel! What are you doing?!" She tried to pull Rachel up but it wasn't working.

More stubborn then brave, Gabrielle turned to the monster and bared her staff. Her hands were shaking with fear but she wasn't about to let this Xena like creature hurt Rachel. "Xena, I don't know what this world has done to you but stop! It's me, Gabrielle. And even if you don't stop for me, I'm not letting you near her!"

But the monster just kept coming, it's sights set on Rachel.

Date: 2010-11-09 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gabrielle could only watch in horror and fear as Rachel obeyed the creature without question.

"Rachel...please" She pleaded, realizing she should run, get away, but everything in her didn't want to leave her friend behind. "Don't listen to it. Just come with me and we will find a way out of here. Back to the island where you'll be safe." Her hands tightened on her staff as she prepared to defend herself, as futile as it might be.

Date: 2010-11-09 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Unwanted tears sprang to Gabrielle's eyes as Rachel started for her. "Rachel please...don't do this! I'm your friend! I want to help you!" She backed up, aware that the alley was going to box her in but she really didn't want to hurt Rachel.

But soon she couldn't go any further and Gabrielle centered herself in a defensive position, ready to knock some sense into Rachel if she had too. When she was close enough, Gabrielle struck out at her legs.

Date: 2010-11-10 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Unfortunately, even at her best, Gabrielle was not known for either but she put up a stubborn fight.

"I won't! And neither should you, Rachel! She's not your master, you are!"

Date: 2010-11-15 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Turning with Rachel, Gabrielle tried to keep the other girl in front of her, not wanting to attack her but not wanting to leave herself open to attack. "Rachel. Listen. Come with me. We'll find a way out of here away from this monster."

She was running out of options. If Rachel didn't listen to her...Gabrielle was going to have to find a way to escape and come back. Or get Rachel away forcefully.

Date: 2010-11-17 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Rachel..." Gabrielle's voice broke, unable to think of anything else to say to sway Rachel. She only had one other thing to try and at this point, she had nothing else to loose. Feeling the strange force starting to hold her still, she put all her effort into dropping her staff and putting her hands on Rachel's shoulders, looking right into friend's eyes. "Rachel. You're not a Hound. You're my friend." Then as the power took over and held her still, she leaned forward and gave her a friendly kiss, just as she'd done with Xena many times. If pleading didn't work, maybe this would shock her out of it?

Date: 2010-11-17 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When Rachel stumbled back, Gabrielle took a step forward, following her. If she'd finally found a crack, she wasn't about to loose it. When she saw her looking around, Gabrielle lifted her hands to cup Rachel's face. "Look at me! You don't let her, it, whoever that is to tell you what to do!"

Date: 2010-11-20 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
But Gabrielle took a step forward, not letting her go if she didn't have too. "Your master isn't someone you have to listen too." Finally, she did let go so she could take Rachel's hand. "Come with me. Where you don't need your master." The Xena looking creature was raging over Rachel's shoulder but Gabrielle was ignoring it.

Date: 2010-11-20 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Biting her lip, Gabrielle decided to try something. She didn't want to presume but she had to try.

"Let me be your master then. I promise, I'll take care of you, Rachel, if you just come with me."

Date: 2010-11-20 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gabrielle wrapped an arm around Rachel and started to lead her away from the creature with her best friend's face, only pausing to bend down to grab her staff. "I'll take care of it, I promise." She had no idea how but she would. She'd died once for a friend before and she'd do it again.

Date: 2010-11-22 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gabrielle blinked as suddenly the strange surroundings melted back into the familiar backdrop of the island. She didn't let go of Rachel as she asked, "What just happened?"

She was used to weird but this was weird.

Date: 2010-11-22 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course, all her confusion vanished as Rachel started to panic. Gabrielle took a small step towards her, hand extended out to her.

"Rachel? Are you okay? I...I think it's over." She said, trying to sound reassuring.

Date: 2010-11-22 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"It's okay. I'm just glad I could get you away from that...whatever it was." She paused, biting her lip for a moment before she offered softly, "Do you want to talk about it?"

She hated to see Rachel in such mental pain and she wanted to do something to help make it stop.

Date: 2010-11-22 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
But thankfully, Gabrielle could understand such a reaction. How many times had she used the same excuse on Xena? "I want whatever will make you feel better. Can I at least walk you home?" After what she'd seen in the cloud, she wanted to make sure Rachel got home safe. Plus, she didn't want to leave her alone just yet.

Or be alone herself. Rachel coming to attack her, as ordered by a monster with Xena's face had shaken her up too and now that the moment was gone...she was realizing how scary it had been.

Date: 2010-11-22 07:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gabrielle smiled her thanks for Rachel understanding. "Thanks. After you."

She hoped as long as they avoided any clouds, they'd be fine. She really really hoped.


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