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« Thread started on: Aug 24th, 2009, 7:38pm »

It was not her church. There was really only one Volgeni church. Though, now that she thought of it, there were probably several. There must be at least half a dozen training centers around the world. She knew because the few times she had gone abroad on a mission, she had seen their symbol carved into door frames, or walls, or etched in the corners of shop windows. She smiled whenever she saw it. I do not know you, but our paths have crossed. It was reassuring.

Vera was asleep, thank God. She was curled up between her boots with her long, insecticide tail wrapped around Senka’s ankle. It would be cute except for the tiny, bobbing stinger at the end. Honestly, the Volgeni do not really name a God. They don’t have a book or even a temple. They simply serve a greater power. Nameless, mysterious, like an enormous, all knowing question. At least it was quiet in here. At least no one was pulling their skirt up and jumping to the side screaming their heads off at Vera.

Senka stretched and pulled her bandana over her eyes. It was a good place to think and meditate. She could understand the appeal of these places. She hummed an old Volgeni hymn. They did have songs. They were almost always about being alone. Even the happy ones.
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 24th, 2009, 8:37pm »

Ama Kama's hands shook as she lifted her slender, thin, emaciated hand to the churches door handle. The shackles which hung from wrists dangled, clinking, and tinkling like charms on a bracelet. The chain was long enough to drag on the ground, and the very bottom link which lay flat on the ground was bent open.
Every movement seemed to be a strain for the girl as she struggled to twist the doors handle. The bottom tattered, dirty, stained robe fluttered slightly as she opened the door, and lurched in.
Slowly, almost lazily Ama Kama scanned the interior of the church. Her brilliant green eyes, now adored with bags fell upon Vera.
"Excuses me miss, I need...some...help." Ama Kama said sitting down heavily on the same pew, lifting the shackles encircling her wrists. The chains rattled once more as she let them fall into her lap.
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 24th, 2009, 9:05pm »

Vera somersaulted awake between her feet and Senka jolted upright. She fumbled to pull the bandana back from her face. It was dust covered, but still red; almost the same color as her hair. She spun to look at the girl at the door. Vera scuttled up and squawked at her. Senaka discreetly booted her in the fluffy rear. She squeaked and quieted. An improvement! She closed her mouth; realizing she had been staring. She had seen some strange things in her life. Vera was among them. Still, it was always refreshing to be surprised by life. However, she had been asked for help, and the Volgeni rules were very strict in what she had to do. She got up and pulled her lock picks out of her pocket. She hoped the normal bunch would do.

She walked carefully to the girl. Just because she was battered didn’t mean she was harmless. “Hold still, then.” She said calmly. “I’ll see what I can do.” She pulled the cigarette box full of picks and files out of her pocket and lay them like a doctor on the floor next to her. She very, very gently touched the girl’s wrist. It was thin; the sort of body type that had to be forced.

“My name is Senka. Who are you?” The shackles were good stuff. She sighed. No way the little ones were going to work. She unlaced her right boot and pulled it off. She yanked at the seam until it tore, and pulled out a leather case. She set the boot behind her and heard a dull thud as her pet tackled it. “And this is Verochka. Careful she doesn’t bite you.”

The tools she pulled out this time looked like some sort of rudimentary computer. They had gears and hooks and knobs. She tried not to become too attached to anything she owned. She was constantly separated from her belongings, but these…these made her proud. She inserted one of the hooks into the keyhole. There was a terrible grinding as the two forces battled over the girl’s wrists. “Or sting you, I suppose. We’re quite the trio eh?”
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 25th, 2009, 09:04am »

Senka's machine did it's work, and after a few minutes the shackles fell to the floor with a noisy clank. A wight greater than the shackles seemed to be lifted from Ama. Almost immediately Ama began to look better, the bags under her eyes seemed to shrink visibly.
There was a pause as Ama grinned, then the air around her began to shimmer slightly. It was only for a second, but when it ended she looked as good as new, rather than her old tattered brown robes, there was a plain red silk robe. Replacing the withered, worn girl was a newer fresher version of the same. Her high cheekbones, thin eye brows, and long face gave her a fox like appearance.
"Mmmm, I haven't been this free since I came to America" Her accent was nearly perfect, and her voice was smooth, and soothing. "I would repay you, but you asked nothing in return. If you were willing to make a deal, I could use some more help with something else. By the way my name is Ama Kama."
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 26th, 2009, 8:46pm »

Senka balked at the sudden transformation, shuffling back on the heels of her boot and sock. Well, life never ceased to amaze her. People never ceased to amaze her. Though, there was a chance that this girl was not human. She needed to remind herself of that. Afterall, it wouldn’t be the first time. Senaka stood and set her fingers around her thin hips.

“A pleasure, Ms Kama.” She nodded with a slight bob of the shoulders. Usually she’d bow, but she found that made people uncomfortable. The half bow-thing could be taken any way. She found she preferred it. “I never ask anything in return. Allow me to explain how the Volgeni work. We are the disciples of the Earth. We do not make deals. If we are convinced of someone’s drive and pride, we shall follow them to the end of all things. And I mean that. So, what is it that you need?”
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« Reply #5 on: Aug 26th, 2009, 9:56pm »

Ama Kama's eyes lit up like a lion in a room full of brain dead gazelle. Slowly a smile spread across her face, which transformed into a nearly malicious grin, her teeth were immaculate.
"Ohh my, what a stark contrast to my clan. We wont do anything for free. Almost everything we do is governed by exchanges, and promises. You are a disciple of the Earth you say? It just so happens that my goal is to kill the largest railroad tycoon in the world and most of the heirs to his corporation.
"I cannot fail to uphold any type of agreement, I physically cannot. Away from my home land I am much weaker, and I may not have the power to uphold my promise in any reasonable frame of time. What I need help obtaining is a large block of jade. Where is the best place to get some jade?"
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 27th, 2009, 6:39pm »

Senka winced internally. She disliked selfishness. Of course, that wouldn’t stop her from working with someone. Still, the girl didn’t seem to understand how it worked. Senka shook her head and crossed her arms. Her orange hair fell out of her bandana across her shoulders like the captured tail of a firework. Nearby she could hear Vera taking something to pieces. Damn it. She’d probably have to pay for that.

“It doesn’t quite work like that, Miss.” She said patiently. “I’m not a servant. I’m a follower. I need to know what plan and motive I’m following before I decide if I want to or not. You need to kill someone, fine, but almost everyone has someone they'd like to eviscerate given the chance. Doesn't mean I'll help them.“
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 27th, 2009, 9:17pm »

Ama Kama continued to stare, but slowly as Senka spoke, the smile fell from her face.
"So all you want is proof that I actually need help? Well then, I think I know how I can explain why you should help me. I understand that you are not a slave, and now I am not either, but my entire clan is still enslaved. The only reason that I am free is that I agreed to murder the person who enslaved us. Im not asking you to kill him, in fact thats the last thing I want you to do is kill him, because I have to. I just want your help obtaining a block of jade roughly the size of my head. from which I can render a weapon.
"There is a lot that I need to do before I can accomplish my mission, even if all you can do is tell me where to find a block of jade, your help is free, which is a concept that I am still struggling with even after my 10 years in the here. So ill tell you what, if you help me for free, ill help you for free later, ok?"
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 4th, 2009, 1:13pm »

Senak wiggled her toes in her boots. It amazed her how the grit managed its way into the crevices of her life. She tucked her pants into the tops of the boots, socks ore, and laces done up, yet there was still sand between her toes. She could feel it slowly becoming mud between her toes. Frustrating.

More frustrating was the girl before her. She seemed plenty angry, that much was certain. There was violence in her very voice, down to the roots of her hair. That wasn’t enough though. Maybe when Senka was younger, more green and more eager, that would have been fine, but she hadn’t come this far to throw herself at every vendetta. What she was looking for was passion, sacrifice, drive. This young girl seemed all scheme and no dream. She had no time for that.

Which was a lie. She had all the time she needed. She might even need a favor later. In fact, that much was certain. Still, no. It was better not to start on a doomed expedition. The worst thing in the world is when your leader walks away.

“I don’t need help.” Senka said, gruffly, her arms still crossed. “I don’t think I can help you.”
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 4th, 2009, 4:13pm »

Again Ama Kama stared at the person in front of her as if she had not just said no very clearly. She saw the look in Senka's eyes, and she could understand it, the look said, not good enough, not quite.
"So...you don't want a trade, you would rather do things as charity, but you don't want to help me because you think im some kind of extortionist" She said rolling her eyes, her tone taking on a more relaxed tone. "I say to you, what a ridiculous proposition. Im not blood thirsty, im not going to kill those people because I think it would be fun, im doing it because they threaten to destroy our home land, enslaved our people, and now threaten to destroy this land.
Ama Kama continued, but her tone became less perky, and even less fake, taking on a somber edge"The spirits....here, in the west, they weep at the atrocities of man, many of them see what is to come, and simply let themselves wither away, lest they be forced to suffer such horrors, others flee, some even lash out, but they all know their fates, as do we. What is seen in the future is never certain, and I will never stand by idly and watch men conquer the world, and gut it for their material needs!" Passion flowed through Ama Kama as fluidly as rain from the sky, her green eyes sparkling with ambition. She ended her speech staring through the stained glass window directly across from where she was standing. There was a brief pause then her eyes flickered back to Senka.
"Ohh, and by the way, my name is Ama Kama, you must have guessed already, but I am a spirit from the east." She bowed, turned around and slowly began to walk to the door. She always had a flair for speeches.
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 4th, 2009, 6:57pm »

“Ama Kama. So you said.” She nodded. She had watched the girl’s movements with interest. Vera smelled the shift in emotion and scampered over, her claws and talons making discordant scratching noises across the polished floor. She sat by her boot and tried, for the first time in her short life, to be respectable, to defend and stand by this strange creature who was…well not her pack, or her mother, or anything else that fit, but still something worth all that. Her tail curled like a question mark.

“Well, Ama Kama, I can say I have never worked for a spirit before.” She remembered what her father used to tell her. Never be intimidated by your leader. Every leader is the same, and every one is special. Remember that they are relying on you. But she always was. She had followed Silas with a word and a nod, because that was the sort of man he was, but Ama Kama was a different animal.

“I am ready to follow you on this quest, so long as you see fit to pursue it or until your death or mine. I pledge with everything that I have and everything that I am. I shall be your sword and your shield and your messenger through the thorns and dark places.” And she bowed. It was showy, but she figured it was the sort of thing this creature needed. It was the sort of thing she fed upon.
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 4th, 2009, 7:47pm »

Ama kama paused as she was walking to the door, listened to Senka speak, not turning to face her. She hadn't noticed Vera, until she scampered near her, it didn't bother her though. She was use to animals approaching her, even if she didn't know what they were. She contemplated how she had lived her life before she had been deported to America. She was in her place of power, and could make better deals, offer the poor Chinese farmers things they had could never have dreamed of before. She could wrestle tigers, and if her body was maimed, she could simply re-shift back into a fully functional form. She longed for home, or any home.
When Senka had finished talking she turned around and said "From the bottom of my heart I thank you, I cannot fail to complete my mission, or abandon it not only because I am that determined, but also because I physically have to if possible. Now then, the first thing I need is a block of jade....I think the jewelry store my have some." With that she turned back around, and opened the church door.
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