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September 5, 2011, 1:55 p.m. Holmby Park August walked nervously next to Dec, her anxiousness evident in her stance. She was really glad that Declan had agreed to come and even happier that he’d been able to get the time off. “You sure this won’t get you in trouble?” she asked, more because she needed to talk than needing more assurance. “Nah,” Dec said, looking around more casually then August, but still attentive. “My boss owed me time off.” Something about his smile after that statement made August raise an eyebrow. She was suddenly glad Dec didn’t work for her, for reasons she couldn’t name. “Okay, then.” His grin widened some more at her tone, and he lifted a hand. For a second, August thought that he’d hug her but instead she got another manly pat on the back. However, those thoughts quickly faded when she saw Shane. That wasn’t technically true – she saw the ghost first. Lilly was hard to miss; she floated half a head higher than Shane like some spectral weather balloon. “There,” August said, her voice hoarse. She caught Dec’s arm and subtly pointed. “That dark-haired man on the bench.” She swallowed and glanced up at Declan. “Maybe I should approach alone. Let him know you’re coming. I don’t want to get this started off wrong.”
August 22, 2011 Life is what happens when you’re making plans. August really hated that saying, especially now that she was its effects in full force. She’d made a lot of plans to get her degree and get a job, then her insanity had started. August had gamely made plans to accommodate that, then she’d gotten dragged into a cemetery and nearly knifed by some guy. Aside from the trauma and all the accompanying issues from the attack itself, she’d then had a medical bill dropped into her lap for her ambulance ride and emergency room visit. “Cocksuckers!” she snapped as she stared at the letter and attached bill. Outrage and helpless anger flooded her and she tore the bill up instinctively. Throwing it on the floor, she flopped onto her bed, blinking back angry tears. It’d be fine. She’d be fine. She wanted to believe that, more than anything. But it was damned hard to feel anything other than kicked while she was down. “Fuck,” she snarled, pissed beyond reason and irrationally hurt that they’d bill her for getting attacked. “Fuck!” Pushing to her feet, she grabbed her last forty dollars out of her hiding hole – her emergency funds that she kept for the end of the semester, when she ran out of money. This money had to buy enough food to feed her until her loans paid out. Fortunately, she wasn’t eating a lot, and she could snitch some food from Oneca’s food, if she needed. The green-eyed girl winced as she remembered the last time she’d done that: Saja had given her a knowing, cool look the next time they’d met. Satan hadn’t said anything; she didn’t need to. August had gotten the message. It was a short walk down to campus, where August caught the bus. Her bus pass was one thing she kept up, paying months in advance to ensure she wouldn’t become completely dependent on Oneca. It bothered her to rely on her roommate so much, even if Oneca didn’t care. Plus, this shopping was better done on her own. The walk and the ride gave her time to calm down. There were probably victim advocacy groups that would help her pay her bills. She just needed to find them and jump through their hoops. It seemed like so much work, and August pressed the side of her head to the bus window, feeling the creep of despair. Should she even bother? At this rate, she was just going to end up in the crazy farm, so what did a few missed bills here and there matter? Her stop was reached and August piled off with everyone else. Like part of the herd, she ambled into the store, breathing a sigh of relief when the air-conditioning closed in around her. Grabbing a basket – a cart was just going to depress her over how little she had in it – she headed for the pasta aisle. They should have plenty of Top Ramen there. Yay, August sighed to herself, even as she accepted her lot in life.
Shane O'Neally Tribe: Ghostwolf Auspice: Rahu Age: 27 Mental Attributes: Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Resolve 3 Physical Attributes: Strength 3, Dexterity 2, Stamina 3 Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 2, Composure 2 Mental Skills: Academics 1, Crafts (Automobiles) 3 Physical Skills: Athletics 2, Brawl 3 (Boxing), Drive (Off-Road) 2, Firearms 1, Stealth 1, Survival (Foraging) 3, Weaponry 1 Social Skills: Animal Ken 1, Intimidation 2, Streetwise 2, Subterfuge 2, Empathy 1 Merits: Fighting Style (Boxing) 1 Willpower: 4 Harmony: 5 Primal Urge:3 Virtue: Fortitude Vice: Wrath Health: 8 Initiative: 4 Defense: 2 Speed: 10 Size: 5 Weapons/Attacks: 5B - Unarmed Strike Armor: -none- Gifts Partial Change, Crushing Blow, Clarity, Wolf Blood's Lure Renown Purity 2, Honor 1 Totem: 6 XP spent CREATION LOG ATTRIBUTES (5/4/3) Primary Physical: 2 Strength, 1 Dexterity, 2 Stamina Secondary Mental: 1 Intelligence, 2 Wits, 1 Resolve Tertiary Social: 1 Presence, 1 Manipulation, 1 Composure SKILLS (11/7/4) Primary Physical: 2 Athletics, 2 Brawl, 2 Drive, 1 Firearms, 1 Stealth, 2 Survival, 1 Weaponry Secondary Social: 1 Animal Ken, 2 Intimidation, 2 Streetwise, 2 Subterfuge Tertiary Mental: 1 Academics, 3 Crafts SPECIALIZATIONS (3) Crafts (Automobiles), Drive (Off-Road), Survival (Foraging) MERITS (7) 2 Primal Urge (cost 6), 1 Fighting Style: Boxing RENOWN (2) BONUS SPECIALIZATION (1) GIFTS (3) XP LOG Date Trait/Exp. Type Rank Gain/Cost Balance 01 Apr 2010 Creation Points: 50 / 50 01 Apr 2010 reduced Harmony 2: +10 / 60 01 Apr 2010 Attribute Resolve 3: -15 / 45 01 Apr 2010 Skill Survival 3: -9 / 36 01 Apr 2010 Skill Empathy 1: -3 / 33 WoDA Reboot 16 Aug 2011 Skill Brawl 3: -9 / 24 16 Aug 2011 Renown Purity 2: -12 / 12 16 Aug 2011 Lvl 1 Gift 1: -5 / 7 16 Aug 2011 Totem Merit 2x 2: -6 / 1 01 Sep 2011 XP-Gains: +8 / 9 Background Shane's entire life was dominated by the importance of his birth. He was the twin brother of Sarah O'Neally who, unlike him, was denied her genetic heritage and would never go through the change. After the disappointment Sarah turned out to be the tribe put all it's focus and attention on the young boy who struggled with emotional outbursts throughout his early childhood. The Elders took those as signs of an unusual early change and some even thought of him as being exceptionally gifted. At the age of 8 he was separated from his sister who had been the only constant factor in his life. She was the only one who could soothe his rage and without her he felt lost and disoriented. The following years were a constant fight and struggle to keep the boy under control. Shane's condition got worse and worse but the Elders kept persisting that those were signs of his change which should come soon. Shane learned the rules and history of the tribe and got some basic school education but unlike other kids he never went to school since it was too dangerous. As he got older his resentment grew and built up to a hot gleaming hatred for his heritage. Everyone expected him to be someone he didn't feel he was, for some goddess in the sky he had no understanding of. All he knew was a life of denial and pain and lots of rage. One fateful day he managed to break free from the tribe seeking his fortune. He was alone and always on the run, never really knowing peace or safety. His rage a constant companion. Shane felt it under his skin. The change was imminent but it didn't come. He prayed that it would give him some kind of release or that it would grant him freedom but instead it only increased his desperation. For a few months he found a way to live: helping out at a interstate gas-station as a mechanic in Tennessee His life was slowly taking a shape that resembled 'normal' and as long as he kept to himself his rage-issues wouldn't surface. Almost a year into his 'freedom' he fell in love with a beautiful young woman who managed to catch his attention in a way that soothed his inner demons. In her presence he almost felt normal and he quickly proposed in an overjoyed moment. She accepted, which seemed like a miracle to him. For once in his life he thought that he was doing the right thing and he was at peace. The terrible tensions which had racked him his entire life were eased. They decided to get married immediately, and to wait to have sex until the wedding. The wedding was small but the happiest day of his life. They didn't have much money, so they went to Vegas. Afterwards, they were planning to drive up to Washington State and camp. They had a wonderful day together, driving north. That night, everyone went wrong. When they consummated the marriage in a tent at their campsite in Colorado, Shane went through his First Change and killed her. But Shane doesn't remember that; he only remembers waking up, the tent soaked in blood, and Lilly dead. In his unending rage he destroyed everything that reminded him of her and ran away like he never ran before. Now his quest was finding his sister Sarah, the only human being he had left in his life.