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Sorry. I was just annoyed.

They would have made it proper, even if I didn't.

E.Z.R.A. 12 picked him up, placing him over his shoulder. He walked away, quickly. Into an elevator. "No one will help."

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Alask looked in annoyance to the man who wasn’t Nekorb. “You what? Rust it.” He stood up.

“If he couldn’t hear us through a microphone of the entire hall he’s probably dead.”

He looked up at Laurelai. “It was nice meeting you,” He said though her spikes still reminded him of his own, how he’d got them.

He looked to Lena. “Should we go?” He knew she hadn’t cared for Nekorb anyway.

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6 hours ago, ZincAboutIt said:

Suddenly, Lita felt her pocket twitch. Fine for now. Have sent word to Mac's department though they likely already knew given how extravagant this is. You did the right thing.

Lita felt her her whole body relax, only then realizing just how tightly she had been holding herself. She'd also started tapping brass unconsciously, which she eased off until it was just a trickle, keeping her warm with her tin on. Now is not the time to get sloppy, she told herself. 

"Yes," she answered the Fox woman. It was a testament to her stress level that she was barely curious about the woman's nature. "We head back for now. If Laurelai gets in trouble, I'll know. And so will plenty of others, I imagine." Others who had more than tin, brass feruchemy, and two dozen rusting thumbtacks in their arms. 

 

"Alright," Kumiko replied, stepping up next to her. Suddenly realizing something she lifted her head. "I'm Kumiko, by the way, Takamine Kumiko, an Epic. Sorry for not introducing myself earlier."

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Dusk looked up at the DA people. He had watched this whole time. The Dark Alley. I need in, need their science.

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E.Z.R.A. 7 watched as the man awoke. The man was chained on a table, with chains made of titanium, silver, and aluminum. He leaned in. It was good E.Z.R.A. 12 had caught him. This was one they had needed. He couldn't leave.

He sharpened the spike. The man would be waking now...

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7 hours ago, I think I am here. said:

Alask looked in annoyance to the man who wasn’t Nekorb. “You what? Rust it.” He stood up.

“If he couldn’t hear us through a microphone of the entire hall he’s probably dead.”

He looked up at Laurelai. “It was nice meeting you,” He said though her spikes still reminded him of his own, how he’d got them.

He looked to Lena. “Should we go?” He knew she hadn’t cared for Nekorb anyway.

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"We can. Where do you want to go?"

Lena waved at Laurelai, sad that Alask decided to leave now. She was sure Laurelai had a lot of stories to tell.

"Could you please tell Lita I send a ton of kisses and a hug as well?"

She started to turn away and then stayed.

"Do you only work with the spikes, or with some other things as well?"

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Laurelai had begun turning away, looking for others who might have more information.  But she turned back as Lena asked her another question.

 

"We work with far more than just Hemalurgy, despite what some may believe. I personally have a wide range of interests, I'm a scholar of many subjects."

 

Being a Forger necessitated a wide range of interests, and Laurelai was particularly focussed on study even as Forgers went. She had access to a wealth of information already and could use Soulstamps to gain access to even more.

 

"Anything particular?" She asked, wondering if any drinks might still be available.

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1 hour ago, Voidus said:

"Anything particular?" She asked, wondering if any drinks might still be available.

"Yes. The range of topics I'm interested in is rather narrow."

Lena admitted and then asked straightforward.

"What do you know about poisons? Not these harmless little things, that take away your pain, but poisons? The beautiful ones, that make your skin crawl, and dry your mouth. Those that can change their effect depending on combinations and the dose you give someone. Those that can be harmless until they are not, until they color your lips, or slowly destroy your life."

Her voice turned passionate as she tried to explain what she meant, what she was interested in.

 

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Alask was about to suggest the Forge but it seemed Lena and the woman hadn’t begun their own conversation. Sighing he found a cheap folding chair and brought it to the stage, and sat down, scanning for Nekorb.

“Why did you ask if she could remove me.”

I didn’t ask that.

“I at least know enough about people to tell when someone is implying something.”

Alask sighed again. Forget about it.

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Poisons? Laurelai thought curiously. Not what I was expecting exactly, though maybe this is simply another rumour about the DA. No, she seems too interested, too invested in it.

She folded one of her arms up and with the other placed a finger gently against her chin in thought as she revised her initial impression of Lena. Poisons was certainly an interesting topic, she'd covered a little when she had been researching anatomy and medicine to improve her Resealing, but she hadn't gone into much depth beyond a list of poisons and their effects. But like everything in life, there was always an alternative path she could have taken, a chance that the topic could have pulled at her interests more.

R&D deal with some interesting poisons sometimes, perhaps if I was looking to move to their department I could have pursued studies further, found copperminds, begun practising the crafting of them as well as their treatment.

"Poisons?" She asked as she began to think. "Well that's an interesting subject certainly. Let me think."

This wasn't a Forging she'd prepared, which meant that even for her this wouldn't be instantaneous. Her eyes began to glaze over as she retraced history, picking at key moments where she could have made a different choice, taken a different road.

After a few moments further of concentration she shifted subtly, her hands gained new callouses and a few small pockmarks, her expression seemed to darken a little and her smile shifted from polite to predatory. Gone was the training in reading people and situations, the practised subtlety and coyness that she usually expressed. In their place she found herself bored and idly wondering who she should experiment on to liven things up. Along with this sudden shift she felt a wave of vertigo wash through her as the dissonance in her memories set in.

Why did I come here again? I'm not allowed to poison anyone, this company is clearly not going to be showcasing anything of interest to us, and didn't Lita say that the Stranger was back? Why am I sitting around here instead of trying to find him? The research he's conducted... He'd be able to show us so much, open new avenues for us to explore, secure us more subjects for testing.

It was a patch job, she vaguely realised that her current identity was fabricated but she still had a persisting sense of confusion at her situation. But she'd been asked a question, one that was finally interesting to her now.

"Well I've worked with some very interesting substances." She began, eyeing Lena with more interest and less subtlety now. "Of course you can never forget the classics either, Hemlock has always been a favourite. Simple, difficult to trace. But of course useless against a Radiant or a Gasper, and generally these days people can find medical treatment before the effects have become lethal. Glycols can be handy, resistant to use of activated charcoal which is usually the go-to choice if someone suspects poison ingestion."

Her eyes began to glaze over with an almost zealous appearance as she spoke, then suddenly became calculating as she examined Lena once more, trying to estimate body weight and how much of each substance would be required for a lethal dose.

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