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PostSubject: A Drop of Poison in the Ocean [Invite and Request Only]   2018-05-09, 12:59 pm

Mid-April, 2028 [14 years ago] - Uminari City, Japan

Uminari was not a dangerous city. It was not poor, or destitute. It was not degraded, decrepit, or rotting inside. It shining, marble streets gave way to no hidden core of evil, as the justice system enforced its laws and its people obeyed. So far as cities went, it was a fertile field, sewn by caring farmers.

...but there are always a few ill seeds, here and there. Human nature demands nothing less.

In any city however prosperous, rats will scurry at the feet of civilization. So it is that, Venom found little to nothing for quite some time in the night as he patrolled. However, as he passed through an out of the way corner between a residential sector and the sea he heard an abbreviated scream and moved to investigate.

He found a small girl (if the long hair was any indicator, at least) standing on the fence at the end of the promenade, where it extended into the sea to be surrounded on three sides. The ends of her limbs were bruised, and she was gasping heavily for breath. Around her, a group of rough men in loose suits were cautiously fanning out and edging their way in towards her.

One of them, perhaps a leader or perhaps simply the boldest, took a bold step forward in spite of the girl's tired glare, "Come on, ojou-chan we-" -and then his foot slid out from under him and he faceplanted into the pavement.

There was little levity to be had, however, as the girl swayed unsteadily, stepping back to catch her balance and finding only air. As she pitched backward, eyes wide with panic, the men suddenly burst forward. However, they were several meters away - would they even make it in time?

Below, the waves rumbled against the hardened sea-wall with quiet promise.



The Girl:
 

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PostSubject: Re: A Drop of Poison in the Ocean [Invite and Request Only]   2018-05-09, 11:41 pm

Venom watched as the girl directed a tired yet defiant glare at what were obviously her captors. The girl probably was no older than it's host Shuya's little sister. And it could already feel the anger welling within Shuya. Venom slowly made it's way down from it's perch making sure to stay in the shadows. Venom watched as one of the thugs stepped forward and suddenly slipped and face planted on the pavement.  Venom ignored the urge to give a sinister chuckle, he it continued to watch for a chance to act. It saw it's chance when the girl seemed to get dizzy and leaned backward with her hand out to steady herself, only to feel air. The men ran to grab the girl only for Venom to shoot a tendril at the girl  that wrapped around her leg before she completely fell over the edge, and quickly pulled her into the shadows to Venom. Venom gently placed her down on the ground behind it as the hulking symbiote prepared to tear into the thugs.
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PostSubject: Re: A Drop of Poison in the Ocean [Invite and Request Only]   2018-05-10, 12:18 pm

'..eh?!' The girl blinked in surprise, lacking the breath to scream as she was suddenly pulled aside and placed gently down. When Venom's hulking, inky form came into view ahead of her, that sentiment of surprise doubled itself. Had some demon decided to take her end into its own hands? Such an expression was on her face, as she lacked the time to process what had happened.

...and then reality caught up, and the thugs were attempting to barter. "...Oi, we don't want any trouble. We're just here to bring the girl home, alright?" 

At this, she vigorously shook her head, even though her position would make the gesture pointless. What home?

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PostSubject: Re: A Drop of Poison in the Ocean [Invite and Request Only]   2018-05-15, 11:41 pm

Venom turned it's head to the girl who was shaking her head. He turned back to the thugs. 

"Stay where you are and maybe we won't rip your throats out one by one...." It said snarling. It slightly turned to the girl again before staring back at the thugs. A lone small tendril appeared from Venom's back at attached itself gently to the girl's head as it began to search through the girl's memories.
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PostSubject: Re: A Drop of Poison in the Ocean [Invite and Request Only]   2018-05-16, 3:09 am

As Venom's tendril wrapped around her, the girl's eyes widened in fear. However, she could not muster the will to respond; she was utterly spent, and completely out of her depth.

A connection was made, and then one by one, the memories filtered in, in scattered pieces. Meaningless images of life in a manor, of strict and endless lessons. Intriguing images, of things in her gaze moving without being touched - of a line of candles overturned in a moment, and a fire ensuing. And then...

"It is a shame. This generation's sole inheritor has terrific talent; her gift only grows stronger with every year, but the body wanes. It should be surprising if she lasts the decade. If only her parents had lasted a year or two longer..."


"But there may still be time to foster the next generation before her time ends. She may not survive the process, but a new inheritor may be born."


"Hm. There are no suitable partners left within our halls. We will need to search afar..."


"...there is that much time before she expires. In the meantime, see to..."


...a conversation overhead, and a panicked flight from a realization she could not accept. A horror she could not understand.

And then one of the thugs tried to taze Venom from behind with a stun-gun. The others had spread out, and were drawing various low-profile weapons such as knives [proper ka-bars rather than simple pocket knives, at least] and batons.

There was one less than there was before, however.

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PostSubject: Re: A Drop of Poison in the Ocean [Invite and Request Only]   2018-05-16, 3:33 am

Both Venom and Shuya as a whole felt confusion. 'Inheritor?' Venom's host questioned. Before they could think more on it Venom looked behind it at the thug that tried to taze it. It unlatched the tendril from the young girl's head and grabbed the thug with his claw, by his head holding him in the air, slowly squeezing his head.. It turned to the girl.

"....Close your eyes young one... And no matter what... Do not open them, until I say so..." Venom said to the girl. It's attention now focused on the other thugs who dared think they could take him just because they had numbers on their side. He gave a deafening roar.
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PostSubject: Re: A Drop of Poison in the Ocean [Invite and Request Only]   2018-05-17, 3:39 pm

Perhaps she understood; perhaps she simply didn't know what to think anymore. But when Venom asked his question, the girl could only shakily nod. As he turned and roared, she fell to her knees and covered her ears, shutting her eyes as tightly as she could.

The thugs, on the other hand, were clearly intimidated... However, "...for the future!" They charged anyway. Half their number rushed him, while a few tried to bypass him and reach the girl. The remainder drew firearms.

The first actually struck out at Venom with... a stick with paper on it? An ofuda?... which promptly flared with light, yielding no heat and producing no other effect.

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PostSubject: Re: A Drop of Poison in the Ocean [Invite and Request Only]   2018-05-17, 7:52 pm

Venom looked down at the Ofuda being pressed against it's skin. It grabbed the thug by his head in it's other hand. Venom held the two Thugs up and threw them at their comrades. Venom then formed two tendrils from it's hands and used them as whips against the other thugs. 


'Remember Venom, No killing... We don't really have the means to cover our tracks' Shuya reminded Venom. Venom wrapped one of the tendrils around one of the thugs shooting at him. It then slammed the thug into another one with a gun. Venom made sure to stay close to the girl, less the thugs succeed in grabbing her.
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PostSubject: Re: A Drop of Poison in the Ocean [Invite and Request Only]   2018-05-26, 9:43 am

What followed may have not been a display of Venom's lethality, but such a qualifier was more a statement of technicality than any indication of the ensuing brutality. When talismans had no effect and bullets had no effect, there was little for them to do but try to cut their losses and run.

If Venom would let them.

Throughout and even after it stopped, the girl remained on the ground, digging her hands into her ears to try and block out the noise. She didn't seem to be taking the spontaneous violence very well.

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