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Aberrant: Infinite Earth - Cosmos Nova - Bad Deal


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Life continued easily enough in Japan, the addition of another nova greatly helped, even if she was an outsider. It was just so hard for many to not like Sasha, though of course the rumor mill was always in overdrive regarding who she spent her nights with, whether it was true or not.

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There still existed a great deal of tension between her and Ryu, but work had been good enough to largely keep them separate, save for a couple nights of eating together at small restaraunts out of the way.

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This evening found them together again, but on business. Sasha was there to put their hosts at ease, and Ryu there as the muscle. An anonymous tip came into DSA HQ stating that one of the local shipping companies was undertaking some highly illicit trade in restricted Nova-tech, and They wanted the two novas to go in, and see what they could see.

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The company had largely proven intractable but within a few moments, Sasha had easily gotten them inside the warehouse compound maintained south of Tokyo.

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Long was on full alert, there was just something that didn't feel right as they were being led around and inside the massive warehouses.

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Sasha enjoyed those dinners with Ryu. She would tease his senses in different ways every time. He knew she was flirting in subtle (and sometimes less subtle) ways, but Ryu had self-imposed reasons why nothing ever happened. This back and forth continued for a couple of months. Sasha was quite satisfied with this set up but foreplay could only last so long.
Tonight was business though. They were briefed on what they had to do. Sasha was to be the one to talk them down, though she was most likely going along as bait to lure out the people they needed. At least that's what she thought. She was up for it though. DSA never sent her on anything like this. Plus, novatech? She's never seen such. Maybe they would let her play with it.
Still, she had to be serious though. Her honeyed words got them to the warehouse, but now she had to be on guard for whatever was in it. Boxes of the illegal merchandise were everywere. So were the importers, allegedly.
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Long scowled, it was far too quiet, and he just knew this was bad. Still he had to check the warehouses, and for the next several hours they did so, then he heard it, a helicopter. "outside, now..."

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He moved quickly, not leaving them behind, because he wasn't about to let harm come to Sasha... There were men there, obviously of the unsavory sort, sporting some standard AK-74s, and he frowned. They weren't the threat. Several crates from the last warehouse in the complex were being brought out. over a dozen, with twice that many men. he drew himself up, his shield flaring to life. "Hands where I can see them! Lay down your arms, you're all under arrest."

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He looked ferocious, even as a dozen men turned towards him. It was then he heard the cocking of a trio of hammers, one from their guide, with a nasty looking pistol to Sasha's Temple, and two more above them, with weapons he could only assume were novatech blasters he was here to find..

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"Hell."

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Several hours of searching for people that weren't there was not Sasha's ideal night. She tried to peek in some of the boxes, but was guided away before she could. Had this not been official business and dangerous at that, she would have told them where to stick it and looked in the boxes anyway. But she was not here to obstruct justice. Oh no.
When Ryu heard the arrival of the people they were looking for, she was almost overjoyed. Never had she wanted to see people who wanted to hurt her (in the bad way!) so much. Still this was going to be simple. Sasha wasn't even armed and her only protection is that she was with Ryu. She stuck close to him, as if that was hard to do.
It was a weird feeling to be pointed a gun at. Sasha had drawn it at least a hundred times in her comic, but this was the real deal. Heavy steel prodded her. She smiled like a predator playing with it's prey. "Let me tell you what you're going to do," she said reaching to his arm, "you're going to put this down and we're going to talk like-"
And then the world went into slow motion for Sasha she only had a split second to move the gun away from her head. Fortunately she got that far. Unfortunately she didn't get far enough as the weird energy ray grazed her side. It felt like chilling and burning at the same time. The force was enough to knock her down, but not out. "Holy fucking shit," she said reverting to her native language while trying to hold back the rage of pain.
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Long saw red, as she was hit, with a spattering of bullets hitting him to no effect. Then the blaster shot hit him, and knocked him onto the balls of his feet, Even as his shield flickered to life. He growled and the one who had been standing next to her was sent flying into the spinning blades of the helicopter by a lash of his tail. It was quite a mess from there, and she could see long claws emerge from his hands, even as he seemed to blur, then three copies of him shot forth, moving to silence the others.

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From where she lay, she could see him move to cover her, protecting her, even as another far larger blast him him full in the chest, getting a grunt of pain from him. "Sasha, are you alright?" there was concern in his voice, even as she heard the screams of the three copies going to work on their attackers. "Leave at least one alive if you can.."

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  • 1 month later...

The shooting was fast and furious, Sasha even thought about flinching but she was too busy watching everything transpire. She didn't want to stand up she'd get caught in the crossfire. She was trying to follow Ryu's movement, but that was fruitless. Less and less shots happened the more time she couldn't see him. Though the sound of ripping and screaming made her somewhat happy. Ryu was taking care of the problem. Some things you can't talk your way out of and when you can't you want to have a warrior on your side.

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Sasha answered Ryu with a nod as he stood over her. "Thank you," she managed to eke out as she reached over and pulled herself closer to him. The shot still stung like hell, she held it tightly. Leaning against Ryu was comforting and warm. She could feel all of his muscles move as he was still on high alert, protecting her from who or whatever was out there. She looked up to him with a smile. Sure, she was hurting, but also composed, it was in her quantum nature to remain calm at all times. Looking at the blood-covered fur she worried about him though. "Are you OK, Ryu," she whispered with concern.

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"I'll be fine, just stay behind me." She could see him outlined by light and he grunted again, obviously he'd been shot again, then there were screams and bullets, then nothing at all. The whole world was silent, save the crackling flames, and the deep breathing of the Tiger warrior before her.

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"Dammit."

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"If you do not wish to see blood and gore, then do not look beyond me." Even saying that, and glowing as he did, she could see he bled from several wounds. "I have to take you to headquarters." He opened a gate behind them. She couldn't see any copies of him. "Go now, I'll be right behind you."

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"If I don't what," Sasha asked rhetorically. She looked over to the mess already made and frowned with a shake of her head. If it weren't for the stinging unknown thing that hit her she would have went brute mind force on whatever Ryu was trying to get her away from. But right now, she knew he was in the right. They had to get away from the whatever. She grabbed his hand and looked him in the eye with a wordless question. She wanted him to come with her. She knew something would go wrong if he stayed. The blood assured her.

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he vanished, and grabbed up several of the weapons, then reappeared holding her hand. "Go." He had her go through the portal, straight into the Department Zero briefing room, with the new Director Ishima standing there. She was quite surprised to see the two of them, and then Long dropped the armload of novatech weapons, and pitched forward to his side, letting go of Sasha's hand. His whole stomach and chest were burned and bleeding, and he seemed to be completely out of power...

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"Director Nishima pulled out her phone "I need a Medical team to the briefing room, immediately, we have a nova injured."

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She looked at Sasha. "What the hell happened?"

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