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"I can't believe you!" Abigail shouts at her parents.
She's mad, understandably. You are as well, but you're keeping a lid on it so far.
You want to explode more than anything, but you know that it won't do you any good. In fact, anger would play you right into his hand. When you get mad, you get dumb.
And you need your wits right now.
For all you know, this whole place has become hostile... or perhaps it was always hostile. Either way you're in the thick of it now, and Abby is your only reliable ally.
The thought that she might have betrayed you darkens your thoughts, but only momentarily. You trust her, more than anything. You get the feeling this was dropped on her just as much as it was dropped on you...
You can't help but notice that the room is quiet. They're waiting for you; to see how you react...
>Lose your cool
>Take Abigail and leave
You know on, second thought, screw harvey, dont even acknowledge him.
He's a dead man, any which way. theres nothing he can do or say that ends this with him Not being dead, whether by Saif, or one of the other half dozen people he's made an enemy out of this week.
So just sit and take comfort he'll be bleeding out all over eventually.
I have no doubts that Harvey will use Safi to threaten Saif somewhere along this event. How will we worm our way out of that? Both pissing him off and doing what he would want aren't great options.
"And another thing, I-" Abby begins.
"Abigail" You say, calmly.
Abigail stops and looks at you.
"Be cool" You say. "This is fine"
You turn to Abigail's father. "I wasn't aware that the dead man was joining us" You say.
"The... dead man?" He asks.
"Him, of course" You say, pointing at Harvey. "Because he is dead. If not by my hand, then by Claire's, or the dozens of others who I'm sure would love to have his head adorn their mantle"
Abigail flops back into her chair. "That's why he's here" She says.
You turn to her, unable to hide your surprise. "Abby, you-"
"He was... here yesterday..." She says.
"I see..." You say. "That would be the unexpected guest you couldn't tell me about?"
"Yeah..." She says. "He wants to-"
"I'm here to bargain" Harvey says, as he moves into a chair and sits down. "While I've still got chips to do it with"
"I'll bite" You say. "I assume the 'chips' are my sister, so what's in it for you?"
"A way out of this blood moon" Harvey says. "I have a contract here, if you'll read it"
>See you Sunday
We should at least know what his game is.
Then maybe we should invite the traitor, so they can all hear direct from her mouth what the gods intend, now that Harvey fucked up so bad.
I'm sure it's something along the lines of "Stand back and I'll free your sister" But he needs to understand that he's turned the enmity of all the gods against the earth, and he's never getting his wish.
We're going to have to be careful with how we word our time travel wish, too.
Clearly our dream is showing all the times we've failed.
Well, we know Saif will try to go back and save everyone if he can, that's who he is. So it follows that this isn't his first attempt. Though we clearly aren't doing any better this time. If we do send our mind back, it needs to be to the day before Yui dies, so we can get on the same page and head off all of this trouble.
You pick it up and take a look, but the sound of Abigail scooting her chair closer to you distracts you for a moment.
"What's up?" You ask her.
"This is the first time you've ever seen a magical contract, isn't it?" She asks. "I'm here to help you"
"Oh... thanks" You say.
You do a quick scan and then a more thorough read of the contract, making sure not to miss any notations or fine print.
"So basically, I accept your surrender, destroy the Glutton's sword, and don't kill you, and in return I get my sister back" You say.
"It's not quite that simple" Abigail says. "He wants to bind himself to you to ensure that last one. Meaning that if he is killed for any reason at all, you die too"
You look the contract over once more. It seems a bit weighted in his favor, but if it's for Safi...
>Let me think
>Ask Abigail for her opinion
I'm not really sold on the whole binding thing. Harvey has numerous people wanting him dead, and we can't exactly keep him around to make sure he survives, can we?
Trying that's probably what awakened us in the first place. Either we go back to before when we were captured (might be impossible, as our mind was still developing) or we go back to some point AFTER our mind was wiped by their spell. It'd be pointless to do it just to lose all our memories to that barrier.
I think the dream with the hands was trying to tell us that time travel wouldn't and hasn't worked.
Remember how Kyla said that you can't bring the dead back? Well what if their deaths are all set in stone?
I think that's what the dream with the hands was trying to tell us.
Well given enough times I'm sure he'll eventually hit a timeline that satisfies him. Especially if Kyra doesn't die, because when she's around NOT wishing to end the blood moon is sort of a betrayal.
It just means we've tried SO. MANY. TIMES.
At least, that's what it seemed like to me. We try, and fail, and go back and try again, and again, and again.
Well I specifically was arguing with the "can't bring dead people back to life" if the dream is telling us that time travel can't circumvent that, it suggests that all the ladies we know that already died would have died no matter what and also that all the ladies that haven't died yet will also die no matter what, seeing as they were all in the dream.
You look back and forth from the contract, to where Safi is standing behind Harvey's chair, trying your damnedest to look conflicted.
When in reality, you feel like jumping for joy.
You reread the contract, looking for anything you might've missed.
You clarify what happens when Harvey is bound to you with Abigail.
You go over the details once more with Harvey.
"You aren't seriously considering this, are you?" Abigail asks.
"I hope so" Harvey says. "If I have to go into the Arena tomorrow, then this will be the last time you ever see your sister"
"Well that settles it" You say.
"You know that the bind will kill you if he dies for any reason" Abigail says. "Not just if you kill him, but if he slips on the stairs, or if he chokes, or if Claire gets a hold of him..."
"I'm aware" You say. "But Safi takes priority"
You sign the contract
"Good choice" He says, pulling out the Glutton's blade. He flips it over, catching it at the tip of the blade and handing it to you. "I surrender my sword, Saif Malikov"
"I accept" You say, taking the sword. To fulfill your end of the bargain, you smash it into the floor. The sword shatters.
Abigail checks her phone, to see the message saying that Harvey has surrendered. "Looks good" She says.
"Now it's your turn" You say, cutting Harvey a glare.
"Now now, don't be so hostile" He says, snapping his fingers.
Safi drops like a ragdoll.
Your eyes go wide and you enter fast time, zipping around the table to catch her.
"Safi!" You shout as you go back into real time.
"Harvey, you piece of trash! What did you do?" Abigial asks.
"I gave her back" He says as he kicks back. "I never mentioned the state she'd go back in"
You grit your teeth.
"Of course, were I to die she would awaken..." He says. "But unfortunately, she'd be all alone.
"You sick son of a-"
Abigail stops talking, as you start to laugh.
"Saif... are you alright?" Abigail asks.
"Fantaaaaastic!" You say.
>How is Harvey going to die?
But it would be partially uncharacteristic to do it in any timeline where Kyra doesn't die. Part of it is "fuck it a shitty, probably worse in every way golden age is here to stay, might as well try to redo" but if Kyra was still around we'd be wasting her last shot on something we don't even know is possible.
>>How is Harvey going to die?
Kick out his knee caps, shoot him in the other. Then shoot him in each shoulder put the gun to his head and make him beg. Then shoot his brains out over the wall.
based on what though? we have absolutely no grounds to believe alternate timelines exist at all. And we know time wonkery does work, though it costs a lot.
The man's a fairly stupid coward, and a bully. His father was the smart one, and our brother killed him.
You set Safi down gently, and stand up. Then you draw your favored handgun from the archive, and press it against the back of Harvey's head.
"You know, that was almost clever" You say.
"Saif, no!" Abigail says.
"What do you think you're doing?" Harvey looks back at you and asks. "If you shoot me, you die"
"I know" You say. "It wouldn't be the first time, and it won't be the last.
You draw the Guardian's Shield and hold it at arm's length to regard it. "It got a bit of an upgrade recently" You say.
There's the look that you were hoping for.
"D-don't be so hasty" He says. "I can wake her up, just don't-"
"She'll wake up when you die" You say, dropping the mask and letting it dissolve back into your pathways. "Two birds, meet one stone"
The crack of your gun is almost deafeningly loud, but it's also the sweetest sound you've ever heard.
You feel a pain in your head, like something is being snapped. Then everything goes black.
The hands reach for you. The faces are the same ones you know: friends, enemies, lovers... but the looks change.
In the crowd you see yourself. Masked and armed. Ready to kill, ready to die, but not ready for what must truly be done.
Your eyes open and you stumble back to stop yourself from falling over.
"Ow" You say.
Every eye in the room is on you. Abigail looks worried, her mother looks surprised, her father looks pissed. You blow into the muzzle of your handgun, and put it back into the archive. Then you kneel next to Safi.
Her eyes flutter and open. "Saif?" She asks.
"I'm here" You say.
"What's going on?" She asks.
You start to answer, but the sound of Abigail's father's chair hitting the floor cuts you off.
"I'll tell you what's going on" He shouts. "I want you both out of my house"
"Fath-" Abigail says.
>Take Safi and go
Safi's in danger here. We've got our respawn to protect us, and they probably won't kill their own daughter. But Safi's a loose end for them. And she's already been shown as a powerful lever against us.
She's being kicked out too, ain't she? Let her folks cool off, and we can retry this later, when they aren't trying to manipulate us.
>"Fath-" Abigail says.
See? She's kicked out too. This'll just be temporary, though.
Christ though, Harvey didn't think this through at all if we were willing to risk death through him dying incidentally for Safi's sake there's a good chance even without the revive we would have killed him.
You look back down at Safi and smile. "Can you stand?" You ask.
"Yeah, I should be good" She says, as you help her up.
"I'd apologize for the mess, but you really only have yourself to blame" You say.
"Excuse me?" Albert asks.
"Inviting Harvey" You say. "Bad idea, especially after you apparently promised Abigail you wouldn't"
Safi supports herself by putting an arm over your shoulder. "It did work out in the end, though" You say. "Even if I was looking forward to having a nice, peaceful evening"
You make your way to the door, and Abigail moves to follow you out.
"Not you" Her father says.
"What?" Abigail says.
"We need to talk first, then you can go where you please" He says.
"No buts, Abig-"
"Albert" Abigail's mother says. The tone is soft, yet stern.
Albert looks at his wife and then goes to sit down, making it clear who really wears the pants in their relationship.
"Abigail dear, we just want to talk to you" Caroline says. "Please"
Abigail looks between you and her mother, her indecision plain on her face.
>"You can talk later"
>"I'll go on ahead"
>that we want her to come
Eh, I think there's a bit of an opportunity to slightly make up for the bad impression on her parents by just telling her that we have no problem with her making whatever decision she wants to make.
Sorry, I had to leave for a while. My basic idea was we'd make a plan before going back, go back to when our brother is busting us out, pass him a bunch of info and help him not die, and then leave so we can proceed out of the the barrier, and go on without further altering the timeline till later.
This is assuming we could A, actually prevent bro from dying and B, get him to go along without telling us or anything.
Yea, but we don't want her to think we're holding her to blame for Harvey being here or abandoning her.
Well, based on how disjointed our dreams have been, I don't think we're sending back everything/sent back clearly
"I can wait outside if you want" You say.
Abigail smiles. "No, it's fine" She says. "Head back home. I'll meet up with you later, I guess"
"You sure?" You ask.
"Yeah" She says. "And uhh... welcome back, Safi"
"Good to be back" Safi says. "Can we go? Standing is not easy right now"
"Yeah, sorry" You say. "And again, sorry for the mess"
Caroline frowns. "We'll get Christopher to clean it up" She says.
You nod, and make your way out.
As you make your way out, Christopher bumps into you. "My apologies, Mr. Malikov" He says.
"Don't worry about it" You reply.
"I assume that things went badly in there?" He asks.
"You didn't hear the gunshot?" You ask.
"I did" He says.
>And you didn't do anything?
"Well then, it went pretty well for me" You say. "I may have left you a bit of a mess to clean up, though... sorry about that"
"Not a problem" He says. "Not the first time I've had to clean up this sort of thing"
You snort. "You almost sound like you were expecting this" You say.
"It was on the list of possibilities" He says.
"And nobody patted me down or checked me for weapons?" You ask.
"If I thought that any of your weapons were on your person, then I would have" He says. "As it is, we decided to simply keep an eye on you"
"And you still let me shoot him?" You ask.
"Harvey Hart was not under our protection" He says. "I warned the master against inviting him several times, to no avail"
"Well, it's good to know that Abigail has someone with some foresight looking after her" You say.
"I do my duty to its utmost" He says. "Will you be needing a taxi?"
"I should be fine, why?" You ask.
Christopher clears his throat and points to Safi, who is asleep again.
"On second thought, yeah. A cab would be nice" You say.
"Very well" He says.
>>"Harvey Hart was not under our protection" He says. "I warned the master against inviting him several times, to no avail"
I like him. I wish we could have spent more time with his grandkids.
The cab arrives in record time, and you manage to wake Safi up and keep her awake long enough for the ride to not be awkward.
The fact that she was awake at all is staggering. According to her, Harvey had forgotten that he ordered her not to sleep, and so she couldn't sleep.
You do end up having to carry her into your room, as she passes out while you're waiting for the elevator. Luckily you don't run into anyone else after that.
When you go into your apartment, Moriarty circles your feet in excitement. It makes walking to the couch kind of difficult, but you manage to get there and lay Safi down.
Moriarty wastes no time in hopping up and examining his new housemate. But as you walk away to do other things, Safi's hand tugs at your shirt.
Looking back, you see that she's still asleep...
>Go do something else
>Stay with Safi
You lift up Safi's head and sit underneath it, letting it rest on your lap. Then you take her hand and hold it, just like you used to when you were both kids.
"I wonder if anyone is left, back home" You say.
You last memory of your home is of it in flames. A part of you wants to go back someday and see if it's still there, but you have no idea where it actually is... and you aren't about to go searching through the mountains for it. You remember how your dad used to say that it was well hidden.
"Yeah... hidden" You say.
Not well enough to keep the men that destroyed it and kidnapped you out. You don't think those were Hart's men... you vaguely remember how they all wore a similar sigil... a golden peak, or something.
"Ah... whatever" You say.
"Mew" Moriarty replies.
"What, you got a problem with me talking to myself?" You ask.
"Meer" He replies.
"Yes, I know that I've had a lot of people over lately" You say.
"Meow" He replies.
"Of course she's staying" You say. "And so is Abigail"
Moriarty looks at you quizzically.
"Yeah, I'm probably going to need a bigger place... especially if Abigail is... y'know..." You say. "And a new job... if I survive"
If anyone survives... it's quite possible that the gods will end up glassing this place. You could maybe wish for them not to do that, but then what?
Safi stirs and squeezes your hand. On her face is a contented smile.
You wonder what she's dreaming about. It must be nice, for her to look like this after everything that's happened...
>Try and see what she's dreaming about
Don't want to get into safi's head without permission.
>"Yeah, I'm probably going to need a bigger place... especially if Abigail is... y'know..." You say. "And a new job... if I survive"
Shouldn't... we be able to take over the business?
then, just nap there with her. Maybe we'll have the same dream again.
>Shouldn't... we be able to take over the business?
We probably can, and I think we should.
You pull out your phone to shoot a quick text to Abigail, asking her if everything is going okay over there and letting her know that you made it back alright.
"Right... the vibrate is broken" You say as you see that you have several unread messages.
A few are from Veer. He's at Anime North, and he's wondering where everyone is, and asking where Yui's booth is set up...
Fuck. You forgot about that.
You set that message aside. You'll get back to him when all of this is over, and maybe you'll tell him what actually happened to everyone...
The others are from Claire, demanding an explanation as to why you let Harvey surrender. You do answer that one, letting her know that you blew a hole in his head shortly after his surrender.
There's also the notification of his surrender, but you already knew about that.
After that's done, you text Abby. Then you lean back, close your eyes, and sigh.
Today was supposed to be fun.
You would have helped Yui set up her table in the artists alley yesterday, and then spent today flipping between helping her and checking out the con... Instead, you're doing this.
While getting Safi back has made this a pretty good day, in the end... it was supposed to be so much better. Everything was supposed to be so much be-
Something crashes through your window. At first glance it looks like a brick, but a closer look reveals that it's actually an explosive.
An explosive that's probably set to go off any second.
>Toss it back out
>Grab Safi and Mori and go out the door
>Grab Safi and Mori and go out the window
>Pull everyone into slowtime and tank it
You stand up, probably jarring Safi's neck a bit, and dart over to the explosive. Then you strengthen your leg, and boot it right back out the way it came in.
It explodes just past your balcony, sending a barrage of broken glass into your room.
You enter fast time and kick the couch over to protect its occupants, before diving behind it yourself.
Safi's eyes are wide with shock, and she looks around to see what the hell just happened.
"Sorry about the rude awakening" You say. "You alright?"
"Yeah, I'm- what the hell is happening?" She asks.
"I think we're under attack" You say. "How well do you think you can fight right now?"
"I can barely even think right now" She says. "I could maybe get a spell or two off, but I'm pushing my limit"
Moriarty pops his head up and looks towards the door...
Well, his hearing is probably better than yours...
>Arm yourself and go check it out
>Bunker down in the bedroom
>Go out the window
I'd rather just tell her to get ready to go into slow time if she needs to. After all it won't protect her from Julia and quite likely wouldn't protect her from the judge either. Need a better understanding of the situation first.
Yeah I've divested myself of any investment but I'm still willing to put in an effort. Better to do my best to keep people alive and occasional have it not have been possible no matter what we did than to just stop. At that point why even keep up with the quest?
Cynicism isn't the absence of hope, it's the denial of hope.
But I understand. I expect him to kill her, but I'd love to be proven wrong. It'd be sorta stereotypical to kill her now, after all.
You draw the same gun you used on Harvey. It'll be short a round, but it's the one you're most comfortable with.
"Safi, I need you to stay awake" You say.
"I can do that" She says. "I've got a bit of an adrenaline rush going"
"Good. Be ready to go slowtime to protect yourself if anything bad happens" You say.
"Got it" She says.
Take her hand and give it a squeeze. It seems to calm you down a bit. Then you creep your way up to the door.
You can definitely hear voices from the other side, so you check the peephole.
That's a ram. That is a ram.
You leap back and let off several shots, landing on your feet and rolling to the side as your door flies off its hinges and just barely misses you. Then you regain your footing and fire the rest of your magazine.
You manage to take down one, but unfortunately one is not all they brought. You enter fast time as they file in, to get a count and to reload. Staying in fast time, you gun down the first few that enter using your fast time shooting trick.
The next few are smarter, firing into the apartment from cover. You try to dodge a few of their shots in fast time, but there's just too many.
You draw a flash-bang from the Archive and toss it out as you retreat. Then you grab your sister and your cat, and dash for the window.
>Usual rules apply
Wordlessly, you communicate what needs to happen with Safi.
As you run, you drop your gun and draw an automatic rifle. Then you jump over the edge.
She clings to you and enters slow time, while you enter fast time. There are more gunmen down below, and you take your time picking the closest ones off. Then you turn upwards and throw a grenade into your apartment, before turning back down to keep shooting.
By the time you hit the ground, your enemies are few and far between. But they are still present.
Safi leaves slow time, and looks at you. Without saying anything, she asks you 'what now?'
Which is a good question. One that you'll answer when you aren't being shot at.
You make your way to the street, only to have an armored van pull up and empty its contents (more gunmen) into your path. The van has a sigil you recognize on its side: a golden peak.
You raise your weapon to fire, even as your eyes search for a new way out.
Then a sleek black limousine pulls up, plowing through several of your assailants along its way.
The back door opens, and someone you never expected to come to your rescue looks out.
"Get in" Tasha says.
You look around and see your enemies beginning to regroup. You look at Safi, who is still halfway towards falling asleep. You look at Tasha, who holds a hand out to you.
You jump into the limo and before the door is even closed it's already screeching off, leaving whoever the hell those guys were in the dust.
The Traitor, our current patron goddess.
She's the embodiment of the concept of self betrayal, Yui was her champion before. Even if our wish goes counter to her own purposes, she'll probably grant it.
>She's the embodiment of the concept of self betrayal, Yui was her champion before. Even if our wish goes counter to her own purposes, she'll probably grant it.
I honestly am not sure patrons not granting wishes is a thing. After all if the wish getting granted isn't actually a sure thing they'll have a much harder time getting champions and even if they draft one they're more likely to just immediately surrender.
Dang, not I have to wonder, if somehow Jessica had won when she wanted her husband back would the Scholar have gone "aw shit I'm an asshole I really should've checked, that doesn't really work" or just brought him back to immediately die, sucks to be you!
And he probably never considered that we'd be willing to deal with the pain to kill him, as he didn't see anything wrong with the way he'd been acting/had been raised thinking his behavior was okay.
He probably would have assumed she knew he'd immediately die again and just wanted a chance to say goodbye.
Pretty much a combination of these
If you had reminded Abigail about the mask at the beginning of the last thread, then her reaction would have tipped him off. But her surprise was genuine, which made him believe that his plan was working.
So what are some of the greatest hits of other terrible ideas in harvey's life. Seeing as he spent basically the entire time he was in our life fucking up I can't believe he didn't have plenty before now too.