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 Post subject: Re: Dost aci soyler (Artemis!)
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:03 pm GMT 
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Adrian was trying to fold the handkerchief into some semblance of a square again before he gave up trying too hard at it, did the best he could, and put it back into his pocket again. It needed a good wash anyways so what was the point? He stuck his pencil behind his ear after and went to pick up his drink when she spoke again.

He didn't look around, didn't notice right away what she was feeling, but looked at her instead. Was that...no...and not like he...What? Didn't girls do a bit more flirting before making that sorta suggestion and what not? They normally did. Well they didn't normally suggest as far as normally happened with him, but if they were the type to, it would have been more playful.

He raised a dark eyebrow up, glancing around to make sure that no one was standing nearby waiting to laugh at him. Because it had to be a joke. But when he did so, he finally caught the shift in attitude with her. It wasn't a come on's she'd offered. It was something else. Something was going down.

"Okay," was all he said before downing it and standing as he did so. He could work up the courage for the burn better that way. He went to grab his overcoat from underneath him, sliding his arms into the sleeves as the pounding started on the outside door, the faint hint of it carrying through to where they sat. Heads turned to the source of it, panic already starting to set on people's faces.

"Shit." He turned to Elief, hoping that she was relatively calm. He wasn't known for keeping calm in cases of fight or flight. "Gotta be another way out, right? Always another way out..." Because it didn't matter. Police or a rival place, it wasn't a wise idea to be in this speak anymore.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:29 am GMT 
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Elif's dark eyes narrowed, flickering fast over the interior of the bar. Her military experience had taught her that all too often, there was not, in fact, another way out. One glance at the bartender's panicky face confirmed her suspicions. She cursed her own carelessness at having stepped into what was essentially a trap in the first place. Worse still, she had thoughtlessly left her gun at the house; this had been a last-minute, impulsive stop, not at all part of her usual routine. So little time in America, and already she was going soft.

She had no trouble anticipating the worst-case scenarios. Either it was a rival gang, who would most likely shoot blindly into the crowd, or it was a police raid, in which case she would be arrested and probably deported. But she'd also seen enough panicked mobs to know that they were equally at risk of being trampled to death by a frenzied crowd with nowhere to go.

Wordlessly, she seized Adrian's wrist in an iron grip and dragged him behind the bar, heading for the storeroom where the bartender had gone for her whiskey. The bartender was frantically scrambling to load a shotgun he'd pulled from behind the counter, and didn't spare them so much as a glance. It was a discrete door, one which blended well with the surrounding panels, particularly in the dim light. Having seen it previously, Elif quickly located it, pushed it open, and yanked Adrian inside just as the first gunshots rang out behind them and the room erupted into screams.

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 Post subject: Re: Dost aci soyler (Artemis!)
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:56 am GMT 
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He sucked in a breath at her iron grip, but didn't say anything, didn't complain. She seemed liked she was truly trying to get the both of them to safety. It'd be rather inconsiderate to be upset with how tightly she was holding onto him. Besides, he was used to bruising, this wouldn't be all that much different in the end. As long as they lived through it.

He grabbed his notebook just as she tugged him away and stumbled after her behind the bar. He wasn't certain where they were going. But out of the room seemed the best option in that moment.

He heard the gunshot rip through the room and he found himself picking up his pace a bit more until he was almost up on top of Elif. The room they found themselves in was dim, a few bare bulbs hanging from chains from the ceiling, looking like after thoughts. It was a few steps lower than the room they'd come out of so he found himself standing an inch or so taller than his lady-in-metaphorical-shining-armor so he could take a quick glance around them.

"I don't suppose there's a back door?" He asked hopefully to no one in particular, cringing again as more shots rang out in the other room and he moved closer to his new friend.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:28 am GMT 
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"Get down." Her words were hard and unsentimental. She knew he was shaken, and was looking for reassurance. But in crowding her, he was putting himself in danger and hindering her as well. So she gestured to the near corner, where a few crates were haphazardly stacked. As this room was set below the main one, if he could flatten himself down far enough against the foundations, he'd be almost completely shielded from any bullets that ripped their way through these walls.

Outside, the sounds of panic and chaos had intensified. The gunshots were coming faster now, wildly. In so enclosed a space, the noise of them was deafening.

As soon as Elif was sure he'd heard her instruction, she set to searching the room. She worked quickly, methodically, mindful of the fact that the flimsy lock might be shot through at any minute. None of the paneled walls yielded any further exit or hidden passage, so she turned her attention to the floor and ceiling. And there, in the far corner--a door under the cement, partially obscured by crates. It probably led to a cellar of some kind, though whether it would offer them an escape route or only a deeper dead end was anyone's guess.

She heaved aside the crates and wrenched open the trapdoor, which thankfully was not locked. She could scarcely see into the darkness below, but there was no time to waste in cautious speculation.

The roar of the gun battle outside was deafening now, so she merely waved to Adrian, motioning him to come, to keep his head down. As soon as he went through the door, she would follow.

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 Post subject: Re: Dost aci soyler (Artemis!)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:02 am GMT 
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((Gah sorry. Knew I was forgetting an older one))

Adrian stood stupidly for a moment that felt like forever when she told him to get down. His brain tried to figure out why it was that that would work. They were trapped as far as he could see and he highly doubted that the people who were shooting up the place behind them was going to allow witnesses to get away if they could avoid it. But he'd never been in a shoot out before so he honestly didn't know.

But finally the fight or flight part of his brain kicked in and he moved. First in the wrong direction and then with a bit of back peddling and going to the corner where she'd pointed. He popped down some, hiding for the most part behind the boxes, but he kept coming up to look worriedly at the door they'd come through.

The door rattled and he felt his already speeding heart skip a beat. But no one came through, the door remained silent and he found himself scooting towards where Elif was looking but keeping back from her as well. He'd figured out that he'd been crowding her and that was something very stupid to do with the person who was saving your life.

He was almost on top of her again though when she gestured at him. "Where do you think this goes?" He asked as he went down without any real hesitation. It was the only way out so he was going to go even if he didn't know where it was that the darkness went. He w as glad to find that the darkness wasn't too far down and he grunted when his feet hit the floor. He stepped back, out of the way of Elif, though he stayed nearby in case she landed funny and he needed to help. His eyes scanned the darkness, trying to adjust to low light. The place felt small, narrow, but there was a lengthing space as well, going out in front of them. Or so he hoped.

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 Post subject: Re: Dost aci soyler (Artemis!)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:51 pm GMT 
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Elif followed, dropping down behind him with practiced ease. At 5'7", she could barely stand upright, and was forced to duck her head. She imagined it was significantly more uncomfortable for Adrian, but that was the least of both their worries. As soon as she was down, she reached up and pulled the trapdoor shut over them. The noise of the gunshots was dampened, and the thick smells of dust and mildew rose up around them.

"If it goes anywhere at all." Just finding the cellar was only the beginning. Elif hadn't taken the time to look before she leaped, as it were. She was still half-anticipating that they would have to wait down here in stifling darkness until the shooting stopped, at which point they could try to make a break for it.

"You're not claustrophobic are you?" she asked a moment later. A chill rose up from the floor and she drew her coat collar up against the creeping damp. Her neck was beginning to ache from being bent at such an awkward angle, so she dropped to a flexible crouch. She could see nothing, but she'd begun fishing into her pockets for the lighter she was sure she still carried.

A moment later, she let out a frustrated exclamation. Somewhere in the scuffle, it must have fallen from her coat pocket. There was no way she'd go back for it now.

"Is there--have you got a light, Abi?"

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 Post subject: Re: Dost aci soyler (Artemis!)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:22 pm GMT 
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He was stooped over as well, but it took him much longer to think to move. It wasn't like he'd not been shoved into small places before. Other boys could be very cruel. He was rather used to it. He took a few shuffling steps towards what felt like possibly more space, and even more remotely a way out.

"Thank God, no," he chuckled a little awkwardly at her question. It wasn't really time to be laughed, but it was sort of amusing never the less. It was funny timing to be asking if he had a fear of small spaces when they cramed up in one with no clue on when they might be able to get out and stretch their limbs again. "I've been shoved in enough lockers and closets in my time to get over any fear of small places I might have had."

He reached out, feeling at the walls to try and determin if this place was man made or natural, but it was rough and hare to tell. "Ah no, no light, sorry. That would be useful, yeah? Don't you smoke? You don't have a lighter or matches on you?"

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"Al-lah Allah," she muttered, tilting her head back. It was hard to contain her exasperation. "No, I don't have. I must have dropped it. So, it's gone."

Thankfully, her face was hidden. The last thing she needed was to lose her temper--or, worse yet, cause her companion to panic. Their situation was no less perilous now, and if she failed to handle things with a light touch she could get them both killed. This was not what America was supposed to be for her. Still, there was nothing for it now. As always, there was only one option available to her: survive.

She groped around in the darkness, edging forward without rising from a crouch. With her hands out in front of her, she made contact with a rough, damp surface. Like Adrian, she couldn't tell whether it was natural or man-made.

"Check around the walls." Any trace of emotion was gone now from her voice. "Look for any passage or opening, or if you feel some draught or current in the air."

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 Post subject: Re: Dost aci soyler (Artemis!)
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Adrian held his hands up defensively. He knew he couldn't be seen, but it was something he was so used to doing that he didn't think about it at all. She was a smoker after all. It had seemed a logical question to him. But he said nothing other than a mumbled "alright, fine."

He kept shuffling forward, hands gone back down to seach the walls better in case he'd miss an opening or change in the walls as the darkness grew around them. The more he moved away from the trap door that they had come through, the less he could make out. But it was decent as his eyes had adjusted decently to the darkness, considering.

He paused a moment, feeling a change in the air around him some. He groped around to the left and right to see if maybe there was a off shoot perhaps. "I think, maybe, there's something this way..." He murmured, trying not to get his own hopes up by not talking too loudly about it. There was an opening, but he still wasn't sure it went anywhere.

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In the total darkness, Elif stuck out her hands, following the sound of his voice. She planted both hands squarely in the middle of his back, instead. Rather than waste precious time on meaningless apologies, she used him as a signpost to feel her way towards what he was talking about. Sure enough, she felt a faint stir in the dead, stale air. Reaching out, she found what appeared to be a hole, and ran her hands gingerly around the rough edges, estimating its size.

"Okay, Abi. There is a hole. But it is off the ground, one meter maybe. And it is not so tall. But you can crawl in it, I think."

Of course, she knew the dangers. The tunnel could be a dead end, or it could be a ventilation shaft that would send them plummeting suddenly to their deaths in darkness. It could collapse, or flood, or lead them into a nest of rats or something equally horrible. But at this point, she felt as though she had little choice. She braced her hands against the edge of the hole and hauled herself up. But, misjudging the distance in the pitch black, she cracked her head against the top of the opening, lost her grip, and stumbled back against Adrian's chest with a strangled little yelp.

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