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#1 Edited by Feroz (43 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_immortal:

Sorry that took a little while. But I posted, finally! I hope I didn't control the interaction too much. Again, if there's anything you want changed I am very open to it!

Edit: Also, that post was a little rough, might not read as smooth. Sorry.

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#2 Posted by Feroz (43 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_immortal:

Bryan's eyebrow raised in caution as the unmistakable stench of burning flesh made its way to his heightened sense of smell. Faint crackling sounds typically found in that of a small campfire could also be heard within both men's vicinity as Lucias recalled his painful past. Igniting his anger and pain, both figuratively and literally.

"But the problem I'm facing now, is you." Lucias stated. A sentence that had not only brought back the tension Bryan had tried so hard to bring down, but a sentence that the Wolf had taken as a challenge. Maybe it was his feral instincts, maybe it was the prideful nature from the human in him.

"You know what I've done, what I do. But I don't know yet is the circumstances." Lucias Carpenter added. It was now clear to Bryan that Lucias didn't just make it his goal to seek out revenge for those who were incapable of it. It was an obsession to him to rid the world of those who's done evil.

I don't see any problem here, Lucias." Bigby responded, taking yet another drag of his cigarette. "What you did to that king. What you do to this very day stemmed from the pain that you've felt from what you call, the injustices done to you by your own people. By your own species. You burned a man alive along with yourself because the pain of burning wasn't as bad as the pain you've been dealt with.

I did what I did cause at that time it felt like it was the right thing to do. People killed my sisters and brothers while we were out playing in the field. People killed my mother when she was only protecting her cubs. I was the only survivor. Someone brought me to their home, sheltered me. Built my life back together only for people to destroy it all over again. This time for a measly amount of silver. I'm not so sure if you would have done differently if you were in my shoes. Then again. I wouldn't know. I'm not.. people."

The Big Bad Wolf recounted his past. Pain and anger also boiling within him. "I know what you do, Lucias. I also know I'm not your target. No longer am, anyway. You're centuries too late. I'm not that wolf anymore." Bryan added. His demeanor gradually mellowing down.

Bigby then placed his payment down on the wooden countertop as he took one final drag of his unfiltered cigarette before rubbing the lit tip on the ashtray. Effectively extinguishing the "Deathstick"

"Here. If you need anything, let me know. I could use some business." Bryan offered. Placing down a crumpled calling card onto the counter top before heading to the exit.

The calling card read: Bryan Bigby. Private Investigator." with the address being in one of the more poorer parts of the city.

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#3 Posted by Feroz (43 posts) - - Show Bio
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#4 Edited by Feroz (43 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_immortal:

After what seemed like an eternity of intense interrogation from Lucias and sly concealment by Bryan. Both men finally shook hands. Easing the palpable tension between the two somewhat. But their unplanned interaction was far from over. At least though, Bryan could breathe easily for a while. A fight had not erupted. Bryan likes to think it was partly because of his introduction, but more so the setting they were in. Looks like they both have the same idea. Innocents are off limits, as they should be.

"You've got a red story behind you, how much was true" The Avatar of Justice inquired, still neutrality in his demeanor and tone. Perhaps he was hiding something, his true emotion. An unpleasant, negative one perhaps? No other reason why he'd hide it, Bigby guessed. Or maybe he didn't really care anymore, maybe have gave up on his mission of vengeance as did Bigby long ago. He pondered once more.

Lucias inquiry was no surprise, although very straightforward and blunt. Then again they weren't exactly friends. They weren't even acquaintances. Bigby has somewhat made amends with his past, but it still made him uncomfortable however, and it showed. Before he could respond, Lucias added" "Perhaps, here is not the best place for that."

A suggestion Bryan wasn't keen on obliging on. The bar and its patrons were the only things that kept a fight between the two from breaking out. It was what kept the wolf of olden times from emerging and the Pheonix from trying to stop him.

"Most of it, give or take" Bryan answered before he downed another shot of cheap whiskey. Ignoring Lucias' suggestion. Flashbacks of his monstrosity rushed into his head. How he had shed innocent blood and how he sometimes consumed his victims. Evil for evil was the thought he had used to justify these acts. However, he later realized that not every person was capable of such evil deeds. A realization made centuries too late.

"Nothing but an angry mutt seeking revenge." Bryan paused, taking another drag from his unfiltered cigarette. A slight disgust in his tone as he recalled his acts of violence. " How bout you? Is it true you came back from nothing but the ash they turned you into?" He continued, excess smoke exiting his mouth with every word he spoke.

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#5 Posted by Feroz (43 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_immortal: Posted. Hope you don't mind where I went with it. I can make some changes if you'd like.

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#6 Edited by Feroz (43 posts) - - Show Bio

A dangerous game of deception was now being played by Lucias and Bryan. Two individuals who could each single-handedly maim or kill every single patron in the bar if they so desired. A fight between the two would prove disastrous and would ensure utter chaos. Yet everyone around them were oblivious to the fact. But they weren't to blame. Both men were incredibly subtle and discreet that not even the bartender that would take occasional glances noticed. Thousands of years of experience all accumulating at that moment.

Bigby couldn't afford a fight. Not in such a public establishment. He had been keeping a low profile for centuries now and a fight against someone as dangerous as Lucias would inevitably bring out his abilities into the light. Something Bryan doesn't plan on doing anytime soon. Unless absolutely required.

The cigarette offered was accepted, accompanied by a "Thanks" said in a very neutral demeanor by Lucias. Effectively hiding any clues or tells of what he might have or might not have known, and what he might have had planned, if any. A brilliant counter to Bryan's nonchalant facade.

The intense eye contact between both men remained intact. The tension, palpable. Like a bomb that could go off any moment. Bigby lit his cigarette first, taking a deep drag before exhaling through his nose. Lucias soon did the same, only the means of which he lit the cigarette was entirely different.

Lucias placed the tip of his index finger on the tip of the cigarette. Effectively lighting the unfiltered cigarette whilst still keeping the eye contact. Keeping a close look at whatever minute reactions The Big Bad Wolf would make, any subtle clues or even the most minute of tells. Bryan knew, he could feel The Avatar of Justice just waiting for him to give him some information.

Bryan didn't know what to do. All scenarios that he had played over his head all led to complete uncertainty. He didn't want to do something stupid and blow his identity and start all over again. He didn't want to go into hiding and spend decades on the run until he would outlive yet another generation by at least a century before starting anew. That was not taking into consideration that he would have to make an arch nemesis out of Lucias if they fought. An eternity of fighting was something he did not want to get into.

But there's nothing he could do if The Avatar of Justice had his plans set in stone already but fight back. However, there was one more approach he could try. Honesty.

"Lucias Carpenter." Bigby spoke in a calm, genuine manner. Extending his hand to The Immortal. "I'm Bryan. Or the wolf of olden times."

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#8 Edited by Feroz (43 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_immortal:

The Immortal had finally made his way at the counter. Lucias and Bryan were only separated by one unoccupied bar stool, and although the gap between the seats were comfortably spacious, it was too close for comfort for Feroz

"I'd like the Scotch in a glass please," The Avatar of Justice ordered his drink while simultaneously scouting the area. His eyes that of a hunter looking for game. Observing the most minute of details, sweeping for anything that stuck out like a sore thumb. Even utilizing the mirror in front of him to observe the events and patrons behind him. A slick move employed by The Immortal that Bryan had only noticed because he was doing the same thing.

Bryan timed when to take a glance at Lucias. Counter observing the man known as The Immortal. The Big Bad Wolf would take a quick glance at Lucias' reflection when The Avatar of Justice's attention was on someone else and calmly revert his eyes back down to his drink when he'd feel like they'd be back on him. A dangerous game of cat and mouse played with eye contact, or lack thereof. However, there were no mice present. Only a hunter and a predator.

Feroz made an error. He incorrectly guessed the timing. Their intense gazes finally met like two bulls whose horns had locked onto each other from butting heads. Lucias' stared Bryan down with incredible intensity. His gaze intrusive as if he was interrogating and demanding information with eye contact. Provoking Bigby to reveal more information.

Bryan remained calm however, and kept his composure. With thousands of years of experience, he learned how people ticked. He learned about their behavioral tendencies when placed in certain situations. And how they lied and which lies were more effective on which types of personalities. Something he didn't try to actively learn about, but inevitably picked up on.

Bryan reached back into his pockets, pulling back out the pack of cigarettes he had discarded earlier.

"Smoke?" Bigby calmly offered Lucias as if he didn't recognize him. Putting on a convincing facade without breaking the eye contact.

But, if anyone were to see through this facade that Bigby had employed, it would be someone who was as cunning as a fox and had the same amount of vast experience as he had. And Lucias Carpenter fit that bill.

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#9 Posted by Feroz (43 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_immortal: My goodness. The tension you captured in your post is amazing! I'll be posting soon.

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