The Disappeared:Chapter 1 - As Levies Against the Flood

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The Disappeared:Chapter 1 - As Levies Against the Flood

Post by heretic454 » Sat May 07, 2011 4:06 pm

They slumber beneath the world, waiting patiently for the day that they might one day walk under a sky that does not obscure the sun. They slumber beneath the world, these Old Ones, no longer what they once were, but no longer quite what they are now. They slumber beneath the world these Old Ones, but their slumber is restless, for even in their sleep do they war.
They slumber beneath the world so that they do not wake.


The Disappeared

Prologue:
No Reason To Get Excited
January 23rd, 2011

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It’s a cloudless sky over New York City as the sun begins to rise, spilling light and shadow over artificial mountains and valleys. The weatherman on television - a fat man who thinks he has far more charisma than he, in fact, possesses - admitted to getting it wrong in his weather report. Light rain and snow flurries had been the prediction, but it was warm and dry. It was unseasonably warm, and save for piles of snow on every block from a triumvirate of storms in the past five weeks, one could almost forget that it was still winter.
But not quite.

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John F. Kennedy International Airport sits on the south west tip of Long Island; it is the bigger, and far better traveled, brother to LaGuardia, and a distant cousin of Newark Airport to the west. The planes sit on the tarmac, and at the gates (doorways to places like Paris, France; London, Engand; Rome, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico). They’re monstrosities of steel and plastic, and their engines roar like caged animals. Inside one of the terminals it’s always busier than expected; little bits of barely controlled chaos, watched over by security guards and cops and, if the threat is especially high, military men with assault rifles. But today isn’t a high security day.
"Flight 454 is now boarding at gate 15."
The mechanical voice blares over the loudspeaker, somehow cutting through the din. It’s time for you to fly.
OOC wrote:Narrate your arrival to JFK International Airport and feel free to see each other/bump into each other at the gate.
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Re: The Disappeared: Prologue - No Reason To Get Excited

Post by Task » Sat May 07, 2011 5:26 pm

Elise Davenport
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CND: Fine

"Mom, I told you already, I'll be fine," Elise said on her cell as she dragged her luggage to the curb outside. "It's two months in Africa... Yes, I know their are political problems there, that's why I'm going, I'm... No, they give U.N. escorts for journalists... I know I'm not a journalist yet, but students get the same... Ok mom, I will."

The doorman tapped Elise on her shoulder, letting her know that her cab was ready. "Oh, mom, I gotta go, the taxi's ready. I love you, too," she said, turning off her phone.

"Thanks," she said to the doorman as she got into the cab.

A half hour later, Elise was at JFK. It looked like any other airport to her, and she didn't stop to marvel at anything. With a warming smile Elise made her way through ticketing and the security. She saw other passengers tying their shoes and fumbling with their children's shoes. She was glad she planned ahead, wearing slip-on tennis shoes.

Ticket and backpack in hand, Elise cheerily made her way to the gate. She was ready for her great adventure to begin.
Left it open in case anyone wants to stumble into Elise's path. Otherwise she'll just board quietly.
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Post by ClassDunce » Sat May 07, 2011 5:29 pm

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Natalie had arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport two hours before her plane was scheduled to board. Roger, her youngest son who dropped her off and walked her as far inside as he was able, had said that it was way too early. It wasn’t going to take nearly that long to get through security, not today. He was right she went through security in just over 15 minutes. She wasn’t even singled out for a random security check, which was kind of a disappointment she had been hearing so much about those full body scans and the more aggressive pat downs.

She had checked both of her suitcases in with the airline and just had a small tote with her. She loved airports, especially JFK, they were like malls. Her first stop was at a small bookstore where she bought a trashy paperback with a half naked firefighter on the cover. The food court was barely fifty yards away and JFK had a fantastic Pizzeria, with a stone oven and everything, she had eaten there a dozen times before.

With a slice of Hawaiian pizza and a small spinach calzone she sat down alone at a table and indulged for a good forty-five minutes, between the pizza and the book she was fanning herself more often than not. When the announcement for her flight went out she got up, cleared her own table, and headed to the gate.
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Re: The Disappeared: Prologue - No Reason To Get Excited

Post by CelticREI » Sat May 07, 2011 8:47 pm

Jenni Star
HP: 1
Condition: Excited, even if she doesn't have a reason


Jenni woke up a bit groggy, vague memories of a party last night seeping through the drunken fog... that's right, she was doing a Bachelor's Party for some 20-something year old guy... huh... guess someone at the party must have offered her Bacardi... she could never resist that drink, it went down burning and smooth... if she had a haze maybe she had too much to drink...

*cough, mumble, snore...*

Jenni fully opened her eyes and looked to the side, seeing a man she doesn't remember.

F*[k! Maybe I -did- have too much... Damn it Jenni, rule 1: Don't sleep with the clients... she looked the guy over, besides having his hair in awkward angles because of sleep, he was pretty cute... she lightly traced her nails across his nicely toned and tanned stomach Well... maybe there can be exceptions...

After getting a ride, in more ways than one, from Mystery Guy X who's name turns out to be Brian, Jenni gave Lou a call from her apartment.
"Hey Lou, it's Asia... Christ! Yeah I'm fine, no I got a bit carried away last night is all... What? No I didn't charge him for that!" she rolled her eyes "Yeah yeah, I know... 'If ya F*[k them do it as a slut and not a hooker' blah blah, I'm not a Call Girl Lou" she was starting to count the tips she made the night before "Yeah, it -is- decent money, you were right... yeah I might be interested in doing it more... Ok Lou, 'thank you for asking and suggesting I try it once'... " she nodded as if Lou could see her "Yeah, good take. Not counting the $500 going to you I got... $1,200... yeah a bit more than the club but the club is always safer..." she stuck her tongue out at the phone
"Yeah Lou, I'm sure I want this vacation." she then looked puzzled "What do ya mean 'than why am I talking to you'?" she looked to her clock and jumped "Christ! Lou I gotta run, I'll drop the money off when I get back... Yeah you know I'm good for it ya pimp, not like I'm gonna be gone more than a month... Yeah yeah, kiss kiss bang bang see ya in a month." she hung up the phone and ran into her room, grabbing a bag she had packed two days ago, stuffing $1,500 of the $1,700 into it and ran out the door while stuffing the remaining $200 into her bra.
Once outside she hopped onto her little Yamaha motorcycle and took off like a bullet. She got to JFK with only 20 minutes to spare, here is hoping they were quick at the security check...

"Of. Freaking. Course." she said to herself as the very 'friendly' security guard... Matt... made doubly sure she didn't have any kind of explosive or weapon in her back pockets or inside her bra.
"So you are sure the only thing in there was the $200?"
"Yes sir, I am sure. I hope you are -satisfied- that your search has been -through-" she said through a fake smile.
After he let her go on, Jenni grabbed her bag and started looking for the sign for Flight 454...
*Owl throws down a smoke pellet to cover escape*
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Re: The Disappeared: Prologue - No Reason To Get Excited

Post by Rybaer » Sun May 08, 2011 5:36 am

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The airline's automated kiosk spit out Jimmer's boarding pass without hesitation. He gathered up the document and glanced at the name printed across the top - one that did not belong to him. So far, so good, he thought to himself. He'd perpetrated identity theft before, but traveling under an assumed name was something new to him. He half expected to have been swarmed by cops the moment he arrived at the airport. As he folded and tucked the slip of paper into his jacket pocket, though, not one of the throng of other travelers gave him so much as a second glance.

The security checkpoint was his second gut-check. After nearly half an hour of being herded back and forth through the line like cattle corralled for slaughter, he finally was directed to a screening line where a TSA agent asked to see his boarding pass and ID. These he handed to her, masking his anxiety by forcing himself to look bored and tired as befit his cover story. She looked between the two documents, made a yellow mark on the boarding pass, and handed them back to him with a chipper smile.

"Have a nice flight, Mr. Maxwell," she said.

"Thanks, I'll try," he said.

He wandered through the concourse toward his gate, pausing only long enough to grab a cinnamon roll and this month's Men's Health. His thoughts this morning were far more introspective than usual, and he found himself thinking a lot about the chain of events that had led him to this point. Jacob, his twin brother, was dying. In spite of hardly seeing or speaking with Jacob in the last few years, it had somehow fallen upon Jimmer, the black sheep criminal of the family, to save him via a bone marrow transplant. The prospects of that procedure caused him next to no anxiety compared witho that of facing his family again...let alone his sister-in-law Rebecca or his one year old nephew. He missed them, all of them, and hoped that this might go some distance toward patching things up.

Just as he arrived at his gate, the call to begin boarding came over the loudspeaker. He glanced at his fellow passengers as they gathered up their bags and jackets. Were any of them traveling across the Atlantic to save someone's life? What were their stories - vacation, business, something else?

At least there were a few cute and possibly unattached women in the group. Maybe fate would smile on him for doing the right thing this one time in his life and let him sit next to one...as opposed to the rather hefty gentleman in line ahead of him.
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Post by whiteprofit » Sun May 08, 2011 7:01 am

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Skipping the line at security was Macer's second favorite perk of being a pilot. He felt like a VIP or member of an exclusive club. He slid his bag onto the scanner belt and walked through the metal detector. "G'morning." he says politely to the security guard when he picks up his belongings and slides his shoes back on.

Through to the other side, he walked his rolly bag to Peets Coffee and Tea where his line cutting privileges were back to 'normal person' status. "Two mocha coffees with cream." Macer responds to the uniformed, Peet's barista.

Joblonski had always been a regular coffee with sugar kind of guy but this new order was growing on him. About a month ago, in the most successful play of a pick-up line he'd ever managed, Macer had told the cute flight attendant inline ahead of him that "it's so weird she ordered coffee the same way he did." and that he'd "never met someone with his exact order before." His luck held out when they ended up on the same flight that day. Three cities, four landings, and six and a half cups of 'mocha' later, Macer was about ready to ask her on a real date. Somewhere not attached to the airport.

He saw her waiting for him, outside the woman's restroom, and they walked to the terminal together. They were well ahead of passengers and they talked about the 'usual things' all the way to the gate. Then, their jobs took them into different directions and they became the professionals they were paid to be again. "Good morning", Joblonski said to his crew. "Looks like a good day to fly."
I hadn't realized I was sort of making an NPC for you when I started writing this so I'm leaving it kind of open here. The 'flight attendant' can be on this flight or another one in the way I left it kind of vague.

When the flight boards, Macer will be there to say hello to almost every person coming on the plane. So most of the Players should notice or at least see him once before take off.
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Post by heretic454 » Sun May 08, 2011 7:39 am

Macer
Sarah was the flight attendant's name. Her blonde hair was tied back into a bun, and she wore a scarf around her neck. "Thanks for the coffee Macer. Things are finally on schedule this morning." Then she tells you about her morning and it wasn't really that bad; the usual mix of traffic, with some frustration with an apartment and a landlord that could turn into something serious to taste. Waiting for you she looks irritated, but when she sees you, she relaxes.

That might be you or it might be the coffee.

She has a French accent, and she's at least partly excited about going back to her home country, even though she's adopted America as her home quite some time ago.

Still as you board the plane, Sarah goes her way...and you go yours, to the cockpit.
OOC wrote: Natalie and Jenni - Fate would would have it that you sit next to each other in Economy class near to First class

Behind you sit Jimmer and Elise.
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Post by ClassDunce » Sun May 08, 2011 8:18 am

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Natalie was one of the first onboard Flight 454, she was directed to her seat by a lovely young woman with a very familiar accent. She shared words with her in her native tongue as she slipped into the window seat that her ticket said was hers. She sat her tote in her lap as she waited to see who her neighbor would be, hoping that she would trade seats with her since her bladder wasn’t what it once was.
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Post by Apollo987 » Sun May 08, 2011 1:47 pm

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"Joe, I thought we agreed you'd turn that thing off at least until we reached Europe," Carla Bishop said to her husband, who was staring intently at his blackberry while she and this kids were gathering their things and redressing after going through security. As a frequent flier Joseph Bishop had the skill of going through security quickly down to an art and had finished putting his belt and shoes back on before his wife had even gotten through the mettle detector.

"Just catching up on some last minute emails babe, I do have to work for part of this vacation you know. I'm turning it off now see." When their youngest had finished re-tying his shoes the Bishops walked their family up to the gate and sat down to wait for their flight to board. It took less than a minute for the kids to get bored and start walking around and barely more than that for them to return and inform their parents that the airport possesed a Ben and Jerry's and please could they have some. While Carla took the kids to get ice cream Joe gaurded their carry on luggage and snuck in a quick peek at both his Blackberry and his fellow travelers. He caught himself staring at a dark young woman in....interesting atire approaching the gate just a few minutes before takeoff was scheduled. Snap out of it he thought to himself, the point of this trip is to win back the wife's trust, not let her catch you staring at some trampy looking girl before the plane even boards. He tore his eyes away from the girl just before his wife and kids got back to their seats. They were still eating their ice cream when the call to board went up, and by the time they all had their carry ons in one hand and the ice cream in the other they were near the back of the line. Just great, I hope we don't end up having to gate check the bags. What a pain.
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Post by Rybaer » Sun May 08, 2011 2:26 pm

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Jimmer handed his ticket to the gate agent and passed through yet another moment of "will someone have noticed that I'm not really Jeffrey Maxwell and bring the cops swarming down on me." The real test would be at customs on arrival, when he'd find out whether that fake passport was worth the money he'd paid.

He found his seat, stuffed his large carry-on into the overhead bin, and slumped into tight quarters that would be his world for the next several hours. At least it was a little bit more comfortable and roomy than the last flight he'd taken - a domestic hop down to Florida for spring break three years back.

A cute young woman of mixed Asian heritage worked her way down the aisle in his direction. That would work, he thought to himself as he mentally screened potential seat partners. When she stopped beside him and looked at the vacant seat, he offered a silent thanks to the gods of fate.

"Howdy," he said. "Is this you?"
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Post by Task » Sun May 08, 2011 4:50 pm

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Elise walked onto the plane with little trouble. She was greeting everyone with that warm, enthusiastic smile that graced her face most of the day.

"Howdy," Jimmer said. "Is this you?"

Elise kept her smile bright. She had hoped for the opportunity to sit next to someone older, possibly with a lot of education that she could pick up. Maybe this guy had a good story to tell an up and coming journalist though, she thought.

"Yes, that's me," she said. "Would you mind?" Elise asked, holding her backpack up toward the overhead compartment. At 5'3" she was a little short to see so high and she didn't want to take up too much space that someone else could use. Her laptop was in her other hand.
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Post by Arthur Eld » Sun May 08, 2011 7:07 pm

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Condition: Eager

Jake held his leather suitcase lightly with his right hand. The rest of his luggage-which wasn't much, as he liked to travel without a lot of hassles-was already safely stored in the rest of the plane, or so he had been assured. If it wasn't, a certain airline would be hearing from his lawyer. Still, he was trying not to be concerned with that right now.

He sat down in his assigned seat, tucking his suitcase beneath his chair. As soon as the stewardess came by, he politely raised his hand and smiled. "Excuse me, could I get a rum a coke, when you get a chance. Thanks so much." With another bright smile, he gave the stewardess a small nod goodbye. Then he turned to glance at his fellow passenger, curly headed man, with a small chuckle spilling forth from his mouth.

"If only all women behaved like flight attendants, am I right?"

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Post by CelticREI » Sun May 08, 2011 7:36 pm

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Condition: *whistles innocently*


Jenni rushed to the plane gate "Wait!" she yelled, probably a bit dramatically... sure she was one of, if not -the-, last on the plane... but it's not like they were closing the gate just yet.
As she gave the ticket to the lady she smirked "Security can be a b1t*h sometimes..."

Jenni was shown to her seat and she couldn't help but grin Plane ticket: $968. Bag and clothes: $1,000, give or take. Sweet little old lady and Ms. slut being sat next to each other... priceless. she reached up to put her bag away, the red lace g-string poking out of her pants giving her a whale-tail as she stretched her 5'6" body to where her bag was going. She then sat down and smiled to the elder lady "Hey, guess we'll be plane room-mates. I'm Jenni, or Asia, either works." she held out a hand for the woman to shake.
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Post by Rybaer » Sun May 08, 2011 7:39 pm

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Task wrote: "Yes, that's me," she said. "Would you mind?" Elise asked, holding her backpack up toward the overhead compartment.
"Certainly," Jimmer said, hopping up from his seat and taking the bag from the lovely lady. He found a nice spot for it in the overhead and slid it in with care.

Chivalrous duty discharged, he retook his seat. He didn't want to come off as overly intrusive, but as she had asked for help, he figured a little polite dialog wouldn't be inappropriate.

"Jeff," Jimmer said, offering a hand after she settled into her seat. "What takes you across the ol' pond, if you don't mind my asking?"
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Post by whiteprofit » Sun May 08, 2011 7:41 pm

Macer Joblonski

"Hi. Hello. Good Morning. Hello." As the pilot, Macer liked to be present when the passengers boarded. He found that it help reassure passengers to see their pilot awake, alive, and very much not intoxicated when they first got on the plane. Complaints, anxiety and overall sour moods went down, according to his own research, when he stood at the entry of the plane to say hi.

Distracted only slightly by the blond several rows down the center of the plane, Macer tried his best to keep his focus on those boarding. "We should make great time today." He assured on passenger who was forced to pause while the line waited for someone to stow a carry on.

Joblonski waits for the door to shut before returning to the cockpit and shutting the door behind him. "Ready, Mike?" he asks the co-pilot.
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