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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:42 pm

Jack was mostly focused on his work. There was a lot to do in a short time as well. At the given moment, he would just have to do what he could. This would be a rushed effort just to ensure she remained safe. She was the most interesting thing he'd seen in a while, after all.

A good natured scoff left her before she replied. It was a quick thing, her voice light with jest. He smirked a little in turn. At least she wasn't overly shy about his own flirting.

"Truth be told," he replied lightly, "It's hard to ignore a pretty girl when I see one."

She didn't know his reputation with women. He'd only known one that he had a steady relationship with. His daughter inadvertently killed that woman, much to his dismay. He didn't view Angel any different for it however.

When she agreed in some sense, Jack couldn't help but laugh a little. Despite the whole situation, she seemed light hearted. He could appreciated that all things considered.

"I'll just have to be on my best behavior then!" he answered lightly, "That'll be a challenge."

With that said, he started back to work. He'd need a photo and a few other things to get her into the system. From there, she should be safe.


-----| x |-----

Naeva nodded in response to her words. She was aware that she'd have plenty to learn her. What was more, that would take up time and provide a distraction. She'd just have to settle on what to learn first.

She blinked at him when he spoke. Naeva was aware that he was skilled with a blade and gun. What else he did was a mystery, however. He might know a grand many things.

"You speak from experience, obviously," she answered him as they came to a brief halt. Zer0 led them down another path.

This place was worse than most the cities she'd seen back home. Then again, she knew that many weren't going out of their way to wreak havoc either.

"What can you teach me, Zer0?" she asked after a long moment.

Wielding a weapon would be one thing. Mastering it would take practice. Honestly, Zer0 might be the best teacher for that. She was a little relived that he'd found her. That situation alone couldn't have been better.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:01 pm

Naira couldn’t fault Jack for that answer. A lot of people had a hard time not paying attention to someone they thought was quite attractive. Not many outright admitted to it though, at least not ones trying to flirt with someone. Naira shook her head at that, an amused roll of the eyes following after.

A chuckle escaped her when he mentioned it being difficult to behave. She didn’t doubt that for an instant, not with all that she knew of this place and Pandora. If anything, behaving seemed to be the less chosen option in this place.

It was silent between them for a time after that. Jack needed to work, to hurry and get her into the database before she was found. How she hadn’t been was a miracle in itself though one Naira wasn’t about to question. For once something seemed to be going her way without strings attached in some manner.

Instead of bothering Jack, she merely listened to the clacking of keys and the occasional muttering from Jack. It seemed he was hitting a few roadblocks along the way and though Naira didn’t like just sitting here and waiting it wasn’t like she know how she could help either. However it wasn’t like just sitting quietly and waiting was something Naira excelled at.

“So, any progress…?” she ventured finally.


----[x]----

As predicted, Naeva commented on the experience Zer0 had. He merely gave a brief nod in answer to this observation. There wasn’t a need to become a braggart about it. That just wasn’t something that Zer0 had in him, if he was honest about it.

He grunted, glancing at Naeva when she asked about what he might teach her. It seemed obvious to him. “How to fire a gun, then perhaps we will try more. From there we will see.”

If she had truly never done such a thing before then it was important to get on it immediately. First, he’d need to find a gun for her. That would be simple, especially with how people were eyeing them even now. Pick a fight and take the dead’s arsenal; it couldn’t get any easier than that.

All of that could be taken care of away from the city however. For now there were too many here that even Zer0 would have a problem with fighting and keeping an eye on Naeva. Once they were out in the dying fields that surrounded the city then they could worry about it. At least out there they would have the space for target practice without anyone immediately overhearing the gunfire.

“All will be dealt with. In time,” he told her.

Perhaps she was merely eager to be able to protect herself or maybe it helped her from thinking about her lost friend. Zer0 couldn’t say he knew for sure which it was. For all he knew it might not eve either of them anyways.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:30 am

Jack typed as fast as he could, trying not to make mistakes as he did so. If he slipped up, Naira would easily be found as a fraud. He wasn't going to let that happen.

She was quiet, allowing him to work without interruption. He very much appreciated that given the circumstances. With both their hides on the line, it was better that he worked without distraction.

Minutes passed quickly as he entered information as quickly as he could. Eventually, Naira's voice echoed out again, inquired on how things were going. He hummed briefly, pulling back a little.

"Good, so far," he answered, "All I need from you is some personal information and we'll be set. You know, where you're from, what you did before all this, all that stupid stuff."

At the look on her face, Jack had to wonder if he'd hit something curious again. If a siren was involved teleporting her here, maybe she had a bit of amnesia on top of everything else.

"Or, you know, I can just make stuff up," he suggested instead, "Not like anyone's going to dig that deeply into your past."


-----| x |-----

It hadn't taken much to know that he had experience. Naeva wouldn't let on to how much she did know about his skills. He was a trained assassin. Of course he'd be knowledgeable about these things.

"That sounds simple enough in theory," she replied, "though I'm a bit of a clumsy ox so you might be putting in a run for your money."

Naeva didn't often give herself much credit when it came to aggression. Even disciplining an animal had been difficult for her. In a place like this where it was needed to survive, she would have to put her discomforts aside.

She tried to keep an eye and ear out for Naira. The most they'd gotten so far were leers in their direction. Naeva tried not to let that unnerve her. It was difficult when there were so many unfriendly stares.

"I don't doubt that," she answered him a moment after, "I'm a little curious about you though. Why help me out?"

It was a question that answered itself really, at least for her. She would rather hear it out from him however. Maybe the obvious answer would be an interesting one.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:04 am

From the sounds of it Jack hadn’t tripped across any glaring problems. Perhaps she’d really be in the clear for now. Naira didn’t want to get her hopes up too high yet though. Jack didn’t seem like the cunning man she knew him to be before this situation, it was quite possible he messed up somewhere.

At the mention of having to add in personal information, Naira noticeably didn’t answer right away. She scratched at her head, more in a bid to subtly play with her hair instead of answering. What was she supposed to tell him, that she was from Earth? Naira wasn’t even sure Earth was a planet in this universe.

“I can answer what I can, I guess,” Naira said finally, sounding uncertain even of that. “Everything else can be made up or something…”

Dropping her hand to her lap she easily rolled the chair closer to see the screen. From her vantage point it was hard to make out where Jack had been typing last. It all was a giant batch of coding across the screen and much more complex than the basic html that Naira knew how to use. Just looking at all of it made her eyes strain.

“What’s the first thing?” she wondered, gesturing to the screen.

She didn’t miss the curious look on Jack’s face. No doubt about it, he was definitely wondering about her again. Naira didn’t have plans to give much away, only the bare bones if she could help it. His curiosity would have to remain unfulfilled if Naira had any say about it.


----[x]----

Zer0 shook his head, dots crossing his helmet one by one. They quickly faded from view, the red glare across his helmet gone with them. Whether Naira noticed the emote this time or not didn’t matter to him. If nothing else it was merely habit for him now.

“A small problem. Just do not shoot yourself or me,” Zer0 advised. After that it was just the basics and her accuracy to worry about.

Snippets of conversations reached Zer0 though none of them were even remotely interesting. For the most part it was all things that he’d heard at some time or another. There was no new mentions of another strange woman or bursts of light heralding an arrival of anyone else just as odd. A shame, really, though nothing that Zer0 could do about it at this moment.

He glanced at Naeva when she spoke up about wanting to know him better. Another shake of the head followed this. What was he supposed to tell her about himself? He was hardly very interesting, merely an assassin out to partake in the most challenging strife he could locate.

“You might be a clue to bigger and more challenging things,” he said shortly after a minute or two had passed.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:40 am

The information looked clear enough. They just needed a few finishing touches to make sure it wouldn't get looked at twice. Hyperion was thorough but not overly so.

He waited patiently for her to answer, leaning against the desk. Crossing his legs a little, he relaxed a little. No one had stumbled in on his office just yet.

He scooted out of the way when she agreed to answer the questions on the screen. They were simple ones, basic information that any employer would need to look over.

Jack waited patiently as she glanced at the screen. For a long moment, she appeared to be at a loss. Eventually, she turned to him and asked what was first. Jack's eyebrow rose at that. This part wasn't so complicated so why was it for her?

"Home planet, age, degree, those kinds of things," he answered for her. Leaning over, he pointed at the screen where she needed to start with this information, "Simple stuff. As long as you don't make any mistakes, things should be fine."

Her reactions really did leave him curious about her however. There seemed to be something else she was hiding away. Jack would try to uncover it over time. This kind of thing took a little tact. For now, he'd leave it lay so not to stress her.


-----| x |-----

Out of the corner of her eye, she caught the few periods hover over his mask. She resisted a chuckle at that though, a small smile did tug at her lips. She knew that he wouldn't be too impressed with those words.

"I'm not all that impressive," she told him, a slight jest to her tone, "Though, I've never exactly needed to be either."

If there was a peaceful place among the other planets, she hoped that would write off her own ignorance to wielding a weapon.

She was quiet as they went on. Still there was no information on her friend. This worried her deeply though she tried to bury it for the moment. Zer0 wasn't much of a talker. Bringing up a thing or two seemed to be enough for him.

"Like a siren?" she guessed after he finally answered her question, "I suppose tracking someone like that down would be challenging in and of itself."

That was if that's how she got here in the first place. Naeva couldn't begin to explain or make sense of how she was dragged into this universe. A siren's power seemed like the only rational explanation in and of itself.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:10 pm

Naira didn’t miss the way Jack raised an eyebrow at her. It wasn’t anything that really bothered her, especially so if he wasn’t going to go prying for answers if she didn’t answer something obvious. At least, she hoped he wouldn’t go trying to get those answers. Naira wasn’t sure how well the topic would go over if he found out he was supposed to be fictional in the place she’d come from.

She rolled the chair a little bit further, taking up the keyboard. Now that she knew where to type in all of this coding it wouldn’t be too difficult. Finding home row was simple and years spent lazing in front of a computer began to show as she began to type quickly. While she typed she was all too aware of Jack’s attention on her answers. Maybe he was trying to figure her out though Naira couldn’t say that with any sort of certainty.

As she went Naira skipped over one or two of the necessary bits of information. Jack could easily make something up for those and she’d just have to remember what they were in case anyone bothered to ask about it. If Jack did try to get the real answers from her she’d just have to dodge around the questions as best she could.

It took a few minutes to fill out what was needed—at least what Naira felt she could fill out without any sort of questions arising—before she sat back and nudged the keyboard towards Jack. He was still leaning against the desk, glancing over her answers with what looked like mild interest. Naira couldn’t say what he’d see as interesting in all of that.

“Enjoy making shit up,” she said. She’d left things such as where she’d come from and work history blank.


----[x]----

Zer0 couldn’t say that he could guess at where Naeva might have hailed from. Any places that seemed less than even remotely interesting to him were bypassed immediately. That left many dangerous locales for him to visit instead. Perhaps in his travels he might have heard of a place that had no need for shields though Zer0 couldn’t think of any.

When asked about what he was after through helping her Zer0 had been honest. He wasn’t sure what might come of things from here on out and he was well aware that it might be for naught. All the same, Naeva seemed to have ideas of what awaited them at the end of this puzzle.

“A siren, you say? What makes you think that’s what waits? Did you see one there?” It was a lot of questions but she hadn’t exactly mentioned seeing anyone doing anything much less a siren. If she had it changed a few things, leaving Zer0 with some idea of what might have happened. Or, rather, it left him with possibilities of what had happened.

Zer0 had kept his voice down. Sirens were a rarity and many would kill just to see one—or to have the chance to kill one. It really all depended on the person. With their powers and their low number of six at any given time in the universe it made that tricky for any actively seeking one out.

For all Zer0 knew though Naeva might have been jumping to conclusions. It wasn’t like she had really given him much info earlier.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:56 pm

Jack waited patiently for her to work. Despite the odd look, she seemed more or less calm. She really was a mystery. Jack intended to unravel her at some point or another.

The minutes ticked by slowly. The only sound between them was that of keystrokes. It was a familiar sound in and of itself. Jack took a little solace in it despite the situation.

Eventually, she pushed herself away from the table, telling him to take over. Jack would gladly do so and make sure that her profile looked clean. It was the most he could do at this point.

"Simple enough," he replied with a light tone, "I'll make you look good but not too good. No need for the higher ups to get suspicious."

He glanced at her, a slight smirk on his lips before he continued, "Not to say you're not great cause you are!"

She was a good looking woman and he'd openly admitted that. Something told him that she wasn't too easy to offend. A compliment here and there didn't hurt however.

Jack turned back to the screen, typing as quickly as he could. His eyes scanned the information he had entered before he decided it was fine. With that, he hit 'enter' and put the information through.

"There! All done," he announced, standing up straighter now, "You are now an official though, not so official, grunt worker of Hyperion."


-----| x |-----

The conversation quieted once again. Zer0 didn't find much reason to speak. Perhaps she'd grow used to that in time. If they were sticking together for a while, she figured it would be best to get used to it quickly.

She flinched as something was tossed in their direction, landing harmlessly to the side. Glancing at it, she realized it was merely a discarded booze bottle. Naeva put it aside for the time, instead focusing on what Zer0 had asked.

"It's merely assumption, really," she told him, "I've heard stories about Siren's and their abilities to transport others to where they wish, or at least attempt to."

That wasn't so much true but she could at least put it off like it was. She couldn't let on that that particular bit of information had been gathered from the game.

"I didn't see much else than a glow though, like I said before," she continued, "So a Siren's powers are really my only lead."

That made sense to Naeva. Whether Zer0 took any stock into it or not was another question entirely. She could only wait on him to judge what she had said honestly. There wasn't much else to it.

"I don't know how much stock I can put in an assumption, however," she added, "Could end up just chasing nothing."

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:27 pm

Jack seemed way more at ease now that things were nearly completed and no one had barged into his office for her. To be honest that lapse in trouble left Naira equal parts relaxed and tense. It had to have been a matter of time, she had been sure of it. Yet no one else had seemed to notice her on the cameras, or maybe someone was going to try to use it as blackmail later. It was hard to say when nothing happened.

Naira blinked as Jack turned to her briefly, smirking. Despite herself a smile tugged at her lips at the obvious attempt to flirt. It wouldn’t hurt to joke around a little, would it? Naira hoped that it wouldn’t.

“But of course! I’m so great that it’s a shock that no one’s promoted me as queen yet,” she answered with a smug air to try to complete the effect of the joke. She wasn’t sure how effective she was about it however.

It wasn’t long before he’d finished what he’d started, looking over her information and adding to things here and there. Naira couldn’t pretend to know what he was adding, seeing no point in trying to peer over his shoulder or around him to. It was still a little too weird just being in the same room as him.

He seemed quite pleased with this work, congratulating her on her new status within Hyperion. She rolled her eyes though a smile tugged at her lips.

“Oh, good, my dream come true; always wanted to be a grunt when I grew up,” she joked.


----[x]----

At his brief interrogation Naeva was quick to admit that she wasn’t sure and was merely guessing. Zer0 shook his head at that. He couldn’t be so sure a siren was involved when he’d had yet to meet one personally much yet to see their powers in use. What were mere stories to him right now were not enough to be certain of such things.

“Then it is a false lead,” he said simply. Until there was more concrete evidence to follow it would remain as such. Zer0 had no desire to try to track down something that the universe only hosted six of at any given time.

If she was bothered by this assessment Zer0 did not catch it. For the most part he was busy watching those that passed around them. The street was narrower than the original one he’d taken them down after all. It was a little more difficult to step around people who might grab out at Naeva without warning.

“Focus on remembering, it is your best bet now.”

Zer0 would place money on this being the best option overall. If she could just recall the finer details the better shot they’d have of moving on and perhaps finding that challenge that Zer0 craved. If this bothered her she hadn’t made any mentions to it. Perhaps she didn’t care so long as she was being protected.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:50 am

The tension in the air disappeared a little bit at a time. As information was entered and things were put into place, he was able to relax a little more. As long as no one was reviewing the cameras, things would be fine.

She looked surprised by his blatant flirting for a brief moment. She recovered quickly, jesting once again. Jack laughed, clasping his hand over her shoulder. He pat it a couple times before he spoke again, "You and I are gonna get along just fine."

He really believed it. Most people in Hyperion were unbearable to deal with. They all acted like friends but over time, he'd realized that most were just using others to climb the ladder.

After entering the information, he leaned against the desk again. There wasn't much else to do aside from grab her the right clothes to wear so she might blend in.

Another short chuckle left him. She really was a sarcastic one. At least she was taking things well enough however.

"It's an honor," he joked right along, "At least to some! I doubt you're too thrilled! Prepare for a life of labor!"

It wouldn't all be too bad. At least he assumed. He couldn't recall any graphic designers within the company. Jack hadn't been paying much attention to them either, if he was honest with himself.

"So now that that's out of the way," he finally said, "Is there anything specific you want to know? Ask away, I'll try to answer!"


-----| x |-----

Naeva offered a shrug in response to his own words. It hadn't quite surprised her. For her, this was just a possible answer. For him, it was a lot more. She wasn't bothered by it. She was just trying to make sense of it all.

"Just trying to make some sense of things, friend," she answered easily.

The pathway was narrow and more people seemed to linger about. She caught one man hunched over, throwing up. She scrunched her nose a little, keeping a wide berth from the man.

What he was advising wasn't such a big surprise. She was more worried about Naira than she was about remembering how she got her. With no word on another strange woman ending up here however, Zer0 must have had other things in mind.

"I can only try," she answered, "If I remember something, I'll let you know."

Of course, she couldn't give him all the details. There was no need for him to think she was insane. Then again, he might have seen a ton of people who had more or less lost their minds. Another universe would no doubt be a surprise.

She pondered on what to tell him over time, what could be believed. Naeva did her best to keep an eye on things as well. If someone tried to reach for her, she'd at least try to step out of the way.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Mon Jan 05, 2015 4:46 pm

Naira was surprised when Jack clasped her shoulder, patting it a time or two as he laughed. She wasn’t sure how well getting along with Jack would fair for her. He was a clever man that was true, especially so when he’d rise up in the ranks as he would if nothing changed with her being here. Naira shook the thought away. Until trouble came she’d have to just roll with the punches.

“Safety in numbers, or so I’m told,” she pointed out in return. If nothing else Jack seemed to have her back—for now.

Now that the information portion was complete Jack had taken to leaning against his desk. He looked all too at ease there, smirking at her a little. He probably felt it was a deserved bit of rest after having to run all the way to his office and dodging around his fellow employees.

“Can’t say that’s unfamiliar,” Naira admitted, pushing her glasses back up her nose. Factory jobs, retail—none of it was what anyone really wanted to do in life and yet that was exactly where Naira had fallen. Only occasionally had she gotten design offers.

Jack didn’t comment on that. Maybe he knew about that all too well himself, with his status here. It seemed like an unavoidable fact of life for all too many. Instead he offered her the chance to ask questions about Hyperion and the like. For a second she said nothing, merely thinking things over. What to ask first…

“Well, maybe you can explain where Hyperion has their employees live or whatever. Can’t imagine it’d be practical to send them out in ships every day.”


----[x]----

Naeva’s attention seemed to be every which way. Any little movement from someone had her turning their way, perhaps paranoid that they were after her. For the most part none were. Zer0 was both pleased and disappointed about this. A little fight or two might have livened the day up further for him.

Despite all of that the conversation did not halt. At the very least Naeva agreed to tell him of anything she could remember in the coming days.

Glancing around them he could spot all sorts of graffiti. From rather derogatory or crude remarks to actual images they all provided a splash of color to this dreadfully dull city. None of them offered any kind of insight to which way was the best path out of the city itself however. Zer0 offered a frowning emote at this observation.

“Keep an eye open for exits,” Zer0 advised. Two pairs of eyes were better than one.

Their pace he kept quick, despite the urge to do a little fighting calling to him. There was, strangely, something more important at the moment. Zer0 had to keep telling himself that though. It was certainly not something he was used to after all.

Zer0 flexed his fingers, itching for something exciting. Instead he spoke to Naeva again, if only to learn something more about her. “Perhaps there is some skill outside of combat you delve into?”

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:34 pm

She didn't answer right away though he mostly brushed that off. If he crossed any boundaries, she didn't say anything. They were still very much strangers. Bridging a gap of trust would take a little time.

Eventually she spoke. It was a little more favorable so he relaxed a bit. She spoke the truth, that was for sure. Naira seemed to have a good head on her shoulders. Something told him she'd be fine here.

Like he expected, she didn't sound too keen on a job like this. She must have worked in something similar in the past. Most did unless they went on for a life of crime. Pandora was the closest place for that.

"You get used to it," he answered her, "Or you don't. Most people would rather take a chance here than on Pandora."

They couldn't see the planet from where they sat but Jack was wired into areas of it. Angel kept an eye on things. With the first Vault Hunters successfully opening the Vault, he had gathered a lot of information and more.

He blinked when she finally spoke up, asking where most of the employees stayed. She was right, there were other areas that were more or less housing for them. While they weren't amazing, they were at least there.

"I can show you them, if you want," he motioned to her as he spoke, "That'll give you some time to get used to the building too. It's easy to get lost here."


-----| x |-----

Naeva found little solace in this place though, she knew that was probably for the best. If she was on guard, she could at least make sure no one reached out to grab her. She knew that could also give her away however.

Zer0 was quiet, looking this way and that. For a moment, she watched him, wondering what kind of expression might be on his face. Somewhat of an answer came when a large, frowning emote appeared over the mask.

It wasn't a moment after did he inform her to keep an eye out for an exit. Naira wasn't here, Naeva just needed to accept that. Leaving now would be best.

"Oh, yea, I'll do that," she answered him.

In turn, she would start looking about as well. Things had been quiet so far but that didn't mean it couldn't change. She was thankful for that fact.

Silence resumed for a bit of time. Zer0 inquired on her own skills shortly after, perhaps simply wanting to know what she might be able to provide. In hindsight, it wasn't a lot.

"I know a lot about computers, if that gives you anything," she told him, "Hacked a few times, though nothing huge. I'd been meaning to get back into that."

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:49 pm

Jack had a point and though not often as violent as Pandora it was the same in the reality that Naira had come from. It was either work dead end jobs or end up on the streets, or worse. It just seemed like the stakes were much closer to ‘or worse’ around these parts than she’d ever really hoped for.

“True enough. I think I’ll tough it out until adventure calls,” Naira answered lightly. ’Or rather until I’m better prepared.’ Whatever Jack made of her comment she couldn’t say. With any luck she might be able to bail before whatever happened to make him snap occurred. At least, that was the plan.

When prompted for any questions she had about how Hyperion worked it furthered the conversation forward. At least this way she was not forced to try to hand wave any kind of explanation for her previous comment.

She nodded, rising from the worn computer chair and gesturing for Jack to take the lead. At least now they wouldn’t be in a rush and have to avoid everyone. Even still, Naira wasn’t all too eager to meet any other Hyperion employees if she could help it, at least not until she had a firearm and a shield to protect herself with.

“That might not be so bad of an idea,” she pointed out. “Assuming you won’t get in trouble for being away from your office right now.”

She wasn’t sure entirely how Hyperion worked in this fashion. Were employees able to just work at their leisure, as long as they were able to get their workload done or were they working as one would normally expect? Nair supposed she’d find out now.


----[x]----

Zer0 didn’t know how useful Naeva’s ability with computers would be to them along the way. Usually if something barred his way he merely found a way around it or sliced it to pieces. There was little need for discretion when he had holographic decoys at his disposal, however shortly they lasted with each use.

All the same he said, “Perhaps you might find opportunity to exercise the skill again.” Despite that he couldn’t say how good she was. Perhaps she could only do very basic hacking as it was.

Up ahead there was a bout of cheering that could be heard. Several people were gathered around something or other though Zer0 wasn’t able to tell until they were closer. Two midgets were stabbing at each other and Zer0 saw money exchanging hands between several of the onlookers.

Zer0 had them keep their distance, ready to reach for his gun or sword if needed. For the most part they all seemed wrapped up in their blood sport. At least that was going for them. Naeva looked nervous enough as it was as they passed the group.

“It seems you will have much to learn however,” he pointed out.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:08 pm

Jack sat back and listened to what she had to say. She did seem the adventurous type really. The way she came off so fearless was enough to tell him that. If that was the, maybe later down the road he could include her in bigger plans.

"True enough," he answered, "Though I'm curious on what kind of adventures you'd take."

When they knew each other a little bit better, he might introduce her to some of her plans. For the time being, he'd just test the waters. Who knew what would happen in the times to come.

She rose from her seat, seeming pleased with the idea. Getting her introduced to the area would be in her best interest really. Ordinarily, someone else would be doing this. Jack figured he could take the job for the time being however.

"Ah, don't worry about it," he replied, handing waving her comment away, "If someone catches me off duty, I'll just find my way to weasel out of it. Then again, most don't really care. No one wants a job like mine."

With that said, he motioned for her to follow after him. They would walk out the way they came a little more freely now. If anyone stopped to ask, Naira would at least have proof of 'employment' in some manner.

"There are several sections in Helios. This is the quieter end. Don't get wrapped up too much on the scientists end of things. Some of those dingbats are nuts," he explained, "And don't be alarmed if you see a missile just floating around out there, don't worry about it too much. We have on particular woman who just likes setting them off because she can."


-----| x |-----

He didn't quite comment on what she had given. Naeva didn't have much to offer, she knew, but if there was any point she could practice her skills in hacking, she would. By all means, if they were sticking together, she wanted to offer some amount of help.

"I'd like to offer my help any way I can," she told him, "Though, I'm afraid I don't have a lot to offer at the time being."

As they walked, she lifted her head a little more, noticing a crowd. She gave these people a wide berth as well. Just like many others, she didn't trust the group. At least they were focused on their 'game' of sorts.

This behavior didn't so much surprise her. It didn't make her feel any less nervous however. She spared a glance and nothing more, instead focusing on finding an exit.

She blinked, turning her attention back to Zer0. What he said was rather obvious, at least to her. She was just never the type of person who used violence as a first means.

"Yea, I admit I do," she replied, stuffing her hands in her pockets as if that might protect her or make her look smaller, "I'll just...leave where to start to you however. You're obviously far more experienced in...well, everything, compared to myself."

Naeva spoke the truth in that, not just from what she knew. Her world was very different compared to this one, quieter. Of course she'd have trouble living and adjusting in a place like this. It would all simply take time.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:07 am

Naira scoffed in good humor at Jack’s comment. Instead of outright answering his thought she offered a shrug and a slight shake of the head. “Maybe you’ll find out one day.”

Instead of dwelling on that opportunity, if it ever arose and if she was ever prepared enough for it, Naira had instead taken up Jack’s offer to ask him questions. At the very least it would get them moving and allow her time to learn some of Helios’s layout. Instead of just wandering around aimlessly it was beneficial to let Jack lead her around.

As he headed out of his little office Jack was speaking again, assuring her that there wasn’t much to worry about now. Naira nodded, if only to show she understood. He seemed quite talkative now, now that there was little to get them locked away or killed because of her presence here.

“I’ll take your word on that. You seem like you know what you’re talking about so far,” she admitted. It was still so strange to be putting any kind of trust in Jack though that was a thought she kept to herself.

Already he was explaining things that couldn’t be seen right away and without Naira prompting him to. Naira was appreciative of that fact, taking care to try to memorize what he felt he needed to tell her about. Her brow furrowed at the mention of someone just launching rockets off willy-nilly because she liked to. For a second she side-eyed Jack, wondering how serious he was about that. It wasn’t a moment later did she decided that he wasn’t joking around. This was a universe full of loonies after all.

“Well, this place sure is colorful.” She paused, glancing at the darkly painted walls. “At least with its employees.”


----[x]----

“If that is the case then we will teach you many useful skills along the way,” Zer0 answered.

They left the group and their sport behind them quickly. There was no point in lingering when Zer0 had his sights set on the city limits and what lay before them from there. At least out there it would be easier to teach Naeva before someone else tried to threaten and intimidate her.

Up ahead he could see signs and graffiti that declared “Pis Off” or “Turn Back NOW” and other such declarations. Zer0 surmised that they must be heading in the right direction.

“We are not too far, soon we will be out of here, do not grow worried.”

Whether or not his haiku did anything for Naeva, Zer0 couldn’t say. Perhaps nothing would sooth her worries until they were away from these people and their violent ways. Zer0 couldn’t promise that it would remain that way, not with his wish for great strife to combat.

He would have quickened his pace if he was sure that Naeva would be able to keep up with him. For the most part she seemed to already be walking quite quickly to stay at his side. Zer0 relented with his want to be out quickly and to start teaching her in order to keep her in at least his peripheral vision.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:55 am

They started down the hall, explanations being rattled off. She would have to learn how to adjust to just about everyone's own habits. Most could be impatient, though there were a fair few that were fine.

"I'd certainly hope I know what I'm talking about. I've survived here long enough," he commented, a bit of jest in his tone.

He spoke the truth however. Hyperion was his way to bigger and better things. He needed to find the Vault, the teleology in it. Ultimately, he simply sought out peace.

He laughed a little at her reaction. Her eyebrows knitted together as if she'd never heard of such an event. Maybe her home was a lot more tame. He'd have Angel run a check on her when things settled down.

"As long as they're not hitting the base, no one seems to mind," he explained, "You'll probably see stranger things as your time goes on."

Jack was more or less used to it by now. Naira had been the strangest occurrence in a long time, if he was honest with himself. That made things a little fun for him.

As they strode down the halls, he made sure to point out specific paths that would lead her to lunch rooms, lounges and the like. While the higher ups weren't great, they at least tried to provide for their employees.


-----| x |-----

"And I appreciate that," she answered him simply.

Naeva had only really picked up on simple survival skills from her father. He had only done so in case she and her sister ever needed to stay in the woods for a couple of weeks. The man had always been paranoid of the government crashing or war breaking out.

She glanced at the familiar signs, or rather warning, and knew they were close to something. The sooner they were out of the city, the better she would feel.

Naeva glanced at him again when he spoke. That familiar pattern in his words cropped up again. She resisted the urge to count the syllables, something of a habit she'd grown used to.

Figuring they were short on conversation anyways, she asked, "Is there any reason you decide to speak in Haiku's? Is that just a quirk or are you secretly just a poet?"

If anything, that might bring up something to talk about. Naeva couldn't deny being rather curious of the masked figure. After all, there wasn't much information released on him. Whatever the developers threw out were often jokes or subtle hints onto what Zer0 actually was.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:47 pm

Naira chuckled at Jack’s confident answer. Of course he’d have to know a thing or two to survive within Hyperion. Not everyone had to have such a dangerous job but then who knew what kind of backstabbers and crazies lurked the halls and planned to rise in the ranks. She shook her head at the thought.

The conversation moved forward, Jack explaining a few oddballs he knew of within the company. When she didn’t answer right away he glanced at her, a movement Naira caught from the corner of her eye. Her bewilderment must have been a sight to see because he quickly took to laughing.

“Yeah, well… seems like a waste of resources to me,” she defended. Then again, maybe the higher ups here had enough money to toss around for them that they didn’t mind it too much.

As they walked Jack continued to point out various pathways that led to areas she might need most in the coming days. There were a few people out and about though none of them paid she or Jack any mind. Naira was glad for that fact, though she was in the system she didn’t have any kind of employee ID or whatever Hyperion used to identify their workers by.

Or maybe it was because she was walking alongside Jack that they didn’t bother her. He wasn’t high up on the corporate ladder here—not yet anyways—and so maybe they didn’t see her as any kind of threat.

The time passed in this fashion though Naira couldn’t say what time it actually was. Out in space like this even if they were near windows she couldn’t’ tell the time through that. For the moment it didn’t seem to matter however.


----[x]----

It was quiet for a time before Naeva spoke up to inquire about his haikus. Zer0 did not answer right away; instead he cocked his head to one side and debated on what to tell her. It wasn’t like he was fond of giving away information about himself. That just made it easier for others to track him.

“Perhaps it is both or perhaps it is neither,” he answered cryptically. Zer0 could hear her sigh soon after.

Despite any annoyance she felt from her answer Zer0 pushed them on, steadily growing closer to the city’s limits. There were a few less bandits and scavengers lingering around here. From the looks of things Zer0 surmised they preferred the inner city, perhaps finding it easier to prey on one another there and to conduct their blood sports.

Soon enough Zer0 could spy the outer lying region that surrounded the city. He picked up his pace then, undoubtedly Naeva would prefer to be away from this derelict place.

All that would be needed was to find a firearm that Naeva would be capable of using. Something with less kick behind it, at least. He’d have to keep an eye out for one though if they had to Zer0 supposed it wouldn’t hurt to allow her to use his pistol for practice. It would at least get her familiar with a gun.

“Now to find a gun, the places here shall suffice, we will have time here.”

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:43 pm

She had a point what with the waste of resources. There wasn't often any reason to worry about that. There was enough money to work things out and Jack had figured half the time, things were given just so they could quiet the grunt workers.

"Truth be told, I think they only let it happen to keep people from complaining. Must as I hate to admit it, we share our crazies around here too," he explained.

There was one particular scientist who took a liking to him. It was more like an obsession as of late. Jack tried not to let it bother him. If he could manage it, he sent that scientist on long, petty tasks just to get him away. Of course, that only worked for so long.

She was taking in the areas he pointed out. It would take her some time to get used to all the halls. Naira would get lost a few times before she really got the hang of it. As long as she wasn't late anywhere, she would be fine.

"The dorms are downstairs," he said, "So that's another elevator ride and a bit of a walk. Nothing can be on the same floor, unfortunate as that is. At least you'll get some exercise!"

When the higher ups started throwing her jobs, she might be running around just about everywhere, taking graphic designs to and fro. The higher ups would no doubt want to check on things personally, after all.


-----| x |-----

Zer0 didn't give her a straight answer. It wasn't so much of a surprise but she sighed regardless. She would merely need to be patient. Maybe with time, she would learn more about him. That was the only thing she could really do.

As they continued down the path, she looked up. It looked like they finally found something of an exit. Relief flooded over her. At least they would be alright for the time being. The bandits here seemed wrapped up in their own thing after all. For the moment, they were safe.

Zer0 mentioned finding a weapon for her. She tried to quash the nervousness in her. She had never thought she would need to learn how to fire a gun. Naeva shook her head.

"We'll...just take it slow, that's all I ask," she told him.

She was inexperienced as it was. She was half afraid that she'd hurt herself or someone else that she hadn't meant to. She would just have to quash that nervousness so she could learn.

"A pistol will suffice at the moment...I hope," she added after a moment.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:05 pm

Naira didn’t have to be told about the amount of people who were missing a few screws though she didn’t mention that. Maybe it’d be too much to mention without prompting. At least this way if she said anything about it she’d already have Jack’s word about it to fall back on for knowing it.

The conversation rolled on after that, mostly consisting of Jack pointing out specific hallways or rooms to her. There was a lot to take in just on this one floor. Naira couldn’t imagine how many other floors Helios had within it to explore—assuming she had clearance for them. A place like this seemed like it’d be rife with corporate secrets.

Eventually Jack mentioned the living areas that prompted this little tour. Naira glanced up at him, noticing just how much he seemed to talk with his hands. It had been something that was lost before when he’d only really spoken to the player through Echoes.

“Well, at least there’s that,” she admitted lightly. Naira could be the antsy type sometimes, often bobbing a leg or shifting position in her seat many times.


----[x]----

They were entering an area where the buildings were growing smaller in number, allowing for more of a view of the outlying area. It wasn’t at all impressive though that wasn’t what Zer0 was looking for. Once he was sure that Naeva had a basic grasp of firing at least a pistol then they would move on and seek more clues as to her missing ally.

He shook his head at Naeva’s nervousness. Even if the gun misfired or she shot poorly the shields would eat a bullet easily. It wasn’t like she was going to go firing rapidly to kill after all.

“You worry for nothing. Precautions are set already, before we’ve even begun,” he pointed out. Whether or not she recalled the shield hanging from her belt loop Zer0 couldn’t say.

Despite his words Naeva still seemed uneasy about even the thought of firing a gun. He tried not to let this annoy him, so well versed in combat that it was what he loved and yearned for more of in his life. Sometimes it was strange to think that others did not as well.

“If it helps we will be out in the open where no on else is standing about,” he noted, gesturing to the land around them now. There was little in the way of interesting landmarks but then this planet seemed to have residents that did not care much for preserving nature. There were groupings of large trees every so often across the otherwise craggy land and boulders bearing occasional graffiti here or there.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:31 am

Jack spent most of what the 'day' was showing her about. He could catch up on whatever work he had later. For the moment, he wanted her to blend and fit in. Anyone who might be suspicious of Naira would point it out to the higher ups.

When that was done, he left her to rest for the night. She was looking worn. No doubt the 'trip' took a lot out of her among other things. Jack wanted to run a check on Naira anyways.

The time it took to get back to his office and catch up on any other tasks wasn't long. He was so used to this kind of thing that it no longer phased him. The time it took to get back to his office and catch up on any other tasks wasn't long. He was so used to this kind of thing that it no longer phased him.

With Angel running a check on Naira and little left to do, Jack turned in himself. There was no need to wait around for something to come up. Taking a moment to rest when he had the chance would be his best option.

The evening passed quickly for him. The next work day, he looked for Naira. He wasn't sure if she was confident enough to wander on her own just yet. Maybe she had left her room already. Naira seemed like a confident woman, after all.


-----| x |-----

Zer0 had spoken his peace, trying to pull some kind of reassurance about her firing a gun. Naeva heaved a sigh, taking in a long breath as if to steady her nerves. She didn't quite care for this kind of thing. Naeva would just have to get used to it.

She stayed by while Zer0 had found her a pistol. From there, it was running through the basics. She listened intently. Naeva didn't like the feel of the pistol in her hand. It was heavier than she would have expected.

Most of the long day was spent focusing on learning this. While she managed to shoot, the recoil hurt her arms and she wasn't sure she could actually hit a moving target. She wasn't even sure she wanted to. This kind of thing was a little much for her.

Zer0 seemed like he wanted to be on a constant move though they stopped for the evening. Naeva spent more time looking up at the sky than anything else. Without lights drowning out the sky, millions were above her. She found herself a bit in awe of them.

At some point, she fell asleep though, she wasn't sure when. She woke on several occasions, uncomfortable on the ground. She constantly told herself in time, she would get used to it. When light hit her eyes, she woke, sitting up. She rubbed her eyes, resisting a yawn. It hadn't been a comfortable sleep but at least she woke a little rested.


OOC: I couldn't get comfortable so I finished it... ;w;

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:31 pm

With all the running around Helios she did that day it was a relief to be shown to an empty room she could stay in. Presumably Jack had already ‘occupied’ it when he’d input her information earlier that day. It was also clearly a room that had been unoccupied for some time, a layer of dust covering everything.

Naira carefully removed her boots and wiggled her toes freely before she’d lain back on the bed. She’d worry about how dusty the furniture was another day, assuming no one caught on to her.

Though she’d grown exhausted, her muscles still sore from the ‘trip’, it had took some time for her to actually fall asleep. There was no clock on the wall to listen to or a laptop to pull close to watch videos on for a while. She did have her old inactive phone on her, acting more as a music player and camera nowadays but its battery would be finite now without its charger cord. For the time being Naira didn’t want to waste it.

The last thought she had before finally drifting off was that Jack was most likely trying to find information on her now through Angel. Any worry she might have over that was lost in her drowsiness. By morning—at least Naira assume it was morning, there was no clock to tell the time in this room—the concern was forgotten about like a hazy dream.

When she did wake up Naira didn’t get up right away, convinced that all of the day before had just been a dream. It wasn’t until she realized that the mattress was too firm and the blankets didn’t feel as soft did she jerk into a seated position. Glancing around in bewilderment for a moment she soon groaned and flopped back onto the bed.

“Talk about unbelievable…” she grumbled.


----[x]----

Trying to teach Naeva to shoot a gun had been quite the ordeal. By the look on her face alone Zer0 could tell that she didn’t like holding the thing much less the thought of firing it. All the same Zer0 would not allow her to skip out on learning. Knowing this could possibly save her life on this planet and any others they went to.

The pistol he had wasn’t hard to use though even the recoil was enough to make her grit her teeth. It was something that was easy to note at the time though Zer0 had not commented on it. Best to have her learn it and be done with the ordeal as soon as possible. He’d rather not have to argue with her just so that she’d be able to protect herself if anything unforeseen happened.

Eventually though a rowdy bunch of bandits could be heard in the distance, tires squealing mingling with their uproarious calls. Zer0 would have loved dearly to go and fight them but instead he fought against the urge and moved Naeva onwards and away from the threat. She was no match for anything much less a bandit in a rover.

It was only growing near twilight when Zer0 eventually stopped them, allowing Naeva to rest. She was not cut out for such long distances as well it seemed. With that in mind this was for the best despite any impatience to move forward and find a clue or two. The night that followed did not provide much; there was little conversation and she was quickly asleep before he knew it, leaving him with his thoughts.

He woke early, preparing his equipment and making sure it was all in good shape. An assassin with broken down equipment was nothing. It was about the time that he’d sat and tugged out a whetstone to sharpen the blade of his katana did Naeva rouse. He tilted his head to one side, glancing at her while she woke.

“Awake now, I see. An early morning arrives, leaving us to plan,” he greeted.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:14 pm

Jack stopped at the door that he had given Naira. Angel was still running a check. He would check up on that another time. Making sure Naira was up and ready for the day ahead was what was most important.

He rapped his knuckles against the door, listening in for any movement. Eventually, he heard something. The door finally opened, revealing a drowsy looking Naira.

"Sleep well?" he asked, raising a brow at her unruly hair, "Best start getting ready for the day, pumpkin! You'll be on schedule soon enough!"

It would take her some time to get used to all of this, no doubt. Wherever she was from, she certainly wasn't used to this kind of thing. It would take time to adjust to the not so sympathetic higher ups.

He motioned to the closet nearby. He wasn't sure if there were any clothing or uniforms within it but bit was best to make sure. Walking around in what she wore now might not be wise.

"There might be some more suitable clothing left here," he pointed out, "If not, I'll try to find something that'll work on you."


-----| x |-----

Naeva smoothed out her unruly hair. Short at it was, it stuck out at odd ends when she woke up. Zer0 didn't seem bothered by it. Most who had seen it like this would make fun of her hair.

"Eh?" she finally said, half awake, "Good morning to you too."

Part of her had hoped all of this was a dream. She would wake up in her bed, welcoming a new year and new day. Instead, she was still here. Naeva had no inkling as to how to feel about this. Accepting it would take quite a bit of time.

She glanced at the whetstone as he took to running the blade carefully over it. The sound wasn't grating. Honestly, Naeva found it a relatively nice sound, covering up the silence.

Naeva say indian style, watching him for a moment. Eventually, she spoke up, "So what is the plan? Where are we headed anyways?"

Naeva figured she mind as well ask. Zer0 was chasing challenges and Naeva was only a means to a bigger one. Of course, he might not want to move on until she had a better handle on her own weapon. She thought about it a lot the night before. Maybe trying to let go of the anxiousness would be for the best.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:01 pm

Naira didn’t push herself back up right away. If anything she just wanted to go back to sleep and wake back up in her beaten up mattress, or maybe on Naeva’s couch. Instead she’d awoken to find that what should have been just a dream was reality. How this had happened she couldn’t say and finding answers about it couldn’t be easy.

A knock at the door broke her train of thought. Though she grunted and had to force herself up to answer it Naira did have to admit that maybe it was for the best. It wasn’t like sitting around and brooding about possibilities was going to give her any new insight on what to do. She wasn’t even sure if Naeva was in this situation too.

Opening the door she blinked around it to see Jack there, his eyebrow raised as he caught sight of her. Her bed hair was probably something that caught him off guard’ he definitely looked like the type who wouldn’t be a slob after all. Only when she saw it was just Jack at the door she opened it wider. It hadn’t taken long to see her clothes stuck out just a little bit, enough to draw attention to her compared to what the Hyperion employees wore here.

As he spoke up Naira took to combing her fingers through her hair in a bid to tame it a little. It was better than nothing at least.

“Well enough at least,” she admitted. “And you seem way to cheery for whatever time it is right now.”

He leaned into the room then, gesturing to the only other door here. The mention of a change of clothes left Naira uncertain. She was a tiny thing compared to most people, if only due to how scrawny she was. Still, she couldn’t keep running around in dirty clothes either…

“Well, give me a hot second to see what’s there and we’ll go from there, huh?” she offered, hand on her hip.


----[x]----

It took her a second or two to register he was there, the sound of the blade against the whetstone ringing out in the silence around them. She didn’t seem to mind the noise. At least he wouldn’t have to bear seeing her cringe at it.

Even as he worked he caught the way that she took to trying to tame her unruly hair. It had begun to stick out at all odds and ends in her sleep and, though she had no mirror to aid her, she tried her best to correct it. Whether or not she’d be satisfied by the end result of how her hair laid afterwards Zer0 couldn’t say.

“To seek out clues around the city first,” he pointed out.

The entire time they’d walked the night before Zer0 had kept the city in sight to the right. Only occasionally did he move them further away from it if only to avoid the rambunctious bandits. Once they’d circled the cities and either found clues or found none at all then they would move on. Zer0 hoped the former would happen or else he was at a loss as to where any other clues would be.

Naeva had reseated herself more comfortably before he’d even spoken. Even now she watched him as he worked, running the whetstone along the blade carefully. A strange change in her demeanor considering how opposed she was to just holding and firing a gun at inanimate objects.

All the same Zer0 did not pause yet. The blade had not been tended to it in some time. Now he would need to upkeep his blade and gear better if only because Naeva had none.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:54 pm

A short chuckle left him at her statement. A few good cups of coffee and a pretty face could do that to a man. Normally he dreaded the day ahead. Now he found himself minding less and less.

"Of course," he told her, opening his arms wide for a moment. They slapped against his legs a moment later, "Seeing a pretty girl like you? I'm downright spoiled!"

She glanced at the closet, eventually telling him she would dig through the old wardrobe. He waved her off, standing off to the side. The sooner they found her something suitable, the better.

"I can provide a minute," he teased in reply, "The higher ups though, now that's who won't."

The door closed once again, giving her an amount of privacy if there was something in that wardrobe. He wondered if he should have called for cleaning beforehand. It wasn't hard to notice the layer of dust just about everywhere.

"Anything there?" he called through the door, "Take your time! Or, you know, tell me. I'll start looking for something."

Jack worried about her fitting in to this place. Naira was an odd sort even for Hyperion's standards. Wherever she was from, he was eager to find out. He would wait until he had a moment to speak with Angel again.


-----| x |-----

The sound was something of a comfort. She took solace in things like this. Simple, fluid motions were almost relaxing.

Silence wore on for a few beats before he answered her. The plan seemed simple enough. Naeva was discovering some things seemed simple but were still far from it. If nothing went wrong, then she would relax after it all.

“Sounds as good a plan as any,” was her simple answer.

Naeva didn't really know what she should do with herself her. If she was completely honest, she was letting Zer0 run the show. He knew how to deal with these things the most. No one had seen a hint of Naira. Naeva would simply have to move on from that endeavor to another.

She snapped herself out of her daze, lifting her head a little. She'd done enough thinking last night. Maybe asking for advice on all of this weapon wielding was her best option.

"That bandit you took out yesterday. You didn't feel bad about it? Never do?" she asked, "How do you manage that?"

Naeva knew he was an assassin and such things like guilt had no room in his head or heart. Things like that were a death wish out here. She played ignorant on the subject however.

"I keep thinking that if I viewed them like simple, moving targets, that would help," she explained. She tapped the side of her shoe, considering it again, "Then I start to think it makes me sound like a sociopath..."

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:53 pm

Jack didn’t take long to disregard her unkempt appearance at the time. Instead he was joking about his good mood, the sound of his hands slapping his sides briefly echoing in the otherwise empty hall. Maybe any other employees that resided in the rooms around here had already left and started their day for all she knew.

She scoffed in good humor, a little smile tugging at her lips at Jack’s comment. “Yes, nothing more attractive then bed head and rumpled clothes,” she joked.

When she asked for a moment to dig through the closet Jack didn’t mind a short wait. She ducked back into the room, shutting the door behind her for the time being. Jack called out to her, mentioning the higher ups. She shook her head as she peered into the closet and called back.

“Oh, they’ll live. … Or they won’t. Not my problem either way!”

If Jack laughed at that she couldn’t hear it through the door. She supposed it didn’t matter either way. Instead she dug through the few clothes hanging in the closet, trying to find the ones that would fit best. They seemed to have male and female clothing in here though Naira had to wonder why. Maybe it was so whoever would have next occupied this room would have one or two sets of Hyperion related clothing for their first week or so.

She’d already tugged out the ones that would fit her best before Jack called out through the door again. She shook her head, undressing as she answered. “There’s something here but if you really want to go looking around I certainly won’t stop you!”


----[x]----

It didn’t take long for Naeva to answer him, barely thinking anything of his plan. Perhaps she felt that was best, or maybe she still had hopes that her ally was in or around the city. Zer0 was content to know she had no qualms on the notion; it might have been more difficult otherwise.

Several minutes had passed by, the gray light around them steadily becoming brighter though not entirely so. The sun still had a ways to rise before the early morning light was gone for the day. In that time Naeva had grown quiet and Zer0 had finished sharpening his katana. Only when he tucked the whetstone away did he realize the way Naeva stared off at nothing, her brow creased in thought and a frown tugging at her lips. Whatever was on her mind had her full attention.

Finally, Naeva snapped out of her thoughts, turning back to Zer0 and speaking up quite suddenly. He tipped his head to one side, a question mark bursting from his helmet. These things she asked were strange things, at least for him and many he’d run into in his life thus far.

“Should I feel that way? A useless thing to feel here, something to exploit.”

Zer0 watched as Naeva took his answer in, mulling over it for a moment. It didn’t take her too long to start talking again, trying to voice her thoughts on the matter. Instead of lecturing him as he might have expected she instead produced a rather interesting line of though. Yet again Zer0 took a moment to answer, thinking about it.

“A strange worry to consider, no one here would think twice of shooting you,” he pointed out simply. Maybe that would help put things in perspective easier for her.

He shook his head and stood then. Naeva was still seated on the ground, cross-legged. She looked a little content there and perhaps was not ready to move just yet. All the same it wasn’t like they had food supplies to eat here. Moving on would be best. All the same he studied her for a brief moment.

Reaching out, he tugged a stray lock of her hair back into place. She’d fussed with it so much that he thought it might break her heart if she’d found out she’d missed an errant lock in her endeavor.

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PostSubject: Re: [Borderlands] Risk it All [1-on-1 RP]   Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:34 pm

Naira joked in good humor along with him. The banter was a nice change of pace, chasing away his usual boredom. Part of him was just glad that she'd appeared to give a little change in his days.

"Hey, I can only try," he teased a little in response, "Give yourself a little more credit, sweet cheeks!"

He waited patiently for her to find something she wanted to wear. Jack wasn't sure if there was anything in that old wardrobe anyways. Old employees that left abruptly or worse didn't tend to take everything.

Eventually she called through the door. He laughed a little in response though he wasn't sure she could hear him. He felt a little light knowing that he at least had someone to keep himself entertained.

From the sounds of it, the clothing she found didn't seem to fight her tastes. At least, that's what Jack took out of it when she did reply. Jack couldn't quite say since he didn't see what she'd grabbed just yet.

"I'll see what I can't find," he called back, "If you don't mind me picking, that is."

They hardly knew each other. As a joke, he could have grabbed something a little less than appropriate for the working field. Of course, he didn't want her thrown out either. It was a light prod, if only to see what she would say before he would wander off.


-----| x |-----

A few more strokes and it seemed Zer0 had finished sharpening his blade. It seemed like such a short task. Naeva had somehow expected it to be longer. Perhaps she'd been lost in thought longer than she believed.

His answer was to be expected, at least for the world that he was used to. Naeva wasn't so used to it. Adjusting to the act of killing for survival would be hard. She wasn't sure he'd ever fully understand that.

"I can't fully understand that way of thought. That...wasn't how we lived where I'm from," she explained in turn.

Zer0 took care to put the whetstone and blade away. His other answer was a little more concrete. She could understand that people here would not think twice in trying to harm her. She'd already witnessed that behavior not a day ago.

He was already rising to his feet after he spoke. Naeva was trying to process the information or an answer. What could she argue against that?

"Yea but..." she started.

Before she could finish, he'd reached down, tugging at a strand of her hair. It only took her a moment to realize what he was doing. Even still, her face felt hot. She quickly tried to smooth it out again before she rose to her feet as well.

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