There was sounds of footsteps coming from down below and odds were they belonged to the Guards from the Palace, obviously now having made their way around the little blockade that Strife and the Pup had created. That still bothered the young man, as he glanced over his shoulder to observe where the archway should have been. The damage wasn't on much of a grand scale, but it might take a week or two for the builders of this world to fix it again. Perhaps less if the Guards forgot about the 'talking dog'. That was going to be incredibly unlikely though. Sora had spoke of a Heartless as tall as the building Cloud now stood on, roaming the deserts of Argabah, with six arms and incredible skill with dual swords. The thought caused the young man to look away from the missing archway and to glance out to the endless desert on the horizon. Was it still out there? This city would be utterly destroyed if it found it's way here.
The voice of the wolf caused Cloud to look back down to the fur ball and tilt his head at him a fraction, only for a smirk to appear on Strife's lips as the dog halted it's words and lowered himself down at the beck and call of his 'caretaker'. It was an impressive whistle to come from a woman like this, but the fact that she had complete dominance over this creature was even more impressive. Not surprising, but impressive. He did speak highly of her so it was clear he cared a lot for her, and his momentary act of malice was clearly one of protection and defence of the woman he cared for. That was totally understandable, Cloud would act exactly the same for Aerith and Tifa... Hell, for any of his friends if they were threatened and he was around to witness it. He would have apologised to the dog in any other situation, but the fact that she still had an orb of Materia was far more important to Cloud then the feelings a dog had towards it's 'caretaker'. That feeling that Albion shared would mean nothing if whoever this woman was managed to figure out how to use this Materia and ultimately destroyed themselves.
Upon revealing the red orb from his pocket and showing it to the black-haired woman, she first revealed she had wondered where it has got to before politely introducing herself. Cloud in return blinked and felt slightly ashamed, before he lowered his outstretched arm holding the Materia back down to his side, his eyes softening slightly as he nodded his head in reply to her. ”... Sorry, I'm Cloud.” He answered, his tone had audibly softened much the same as his eyes had done. Though before he had chance to speak further, the dog spoke up with a snarl, saying that Cloud ought watch out what he said to the woman now known as Arcthuria. Strife blinked and looked towards the black-haired woman as she told him to relax, before the Delivery Boy himself frowned and looked back towards the Pup, showing him the red Materia within his hand. ”If you knew what this was and what level of destruction it could bring, you'd understand the reason I speak as I do. This is extremely dangerous --” Bringing up his left arm half way through speaking, a brilliant green light started to emit from the middle of Cloud's forearm as he tapped into some of his own Materia slotted into his clothing, causing a wave of energy to seep from his body, rustling his attire and blowing his hair around. ”-- and I can show you HOW dangerous if you'd like?”
The fake-SOLDIER was clearly upset, but he had to forgive the Pup. Albion admitted he didn't know what the red orb was so how was he to realize the danger that the shiny red orb possessed? A second passed and Cloud shook his head from side to side. The bright green glow within his arm faded and he brought his fingers up to the bridge of his nose, where Cloud rubbed his thumb and index finger into the inner corners of his eyes for a moment. A sigh escaped his lips followed by an apology towards the Pup. ”... That was uncalled for. I apologise. It's just that I’ve had nightmarish experiences with people who used these things for the wrong purposes...” Slowly the Delivery Boy looked back towards Arcthuria and listened to her as she explained her reasons behind having the red Materia in her possession. It was simple and to the point and there was no doubt in Strife's mind that she was lying. She got it from Gaia and that was the only place she could have gotten it from. So she knows about other worlds too? She's also fairly knowledgeable about Materia... It's true. No one from any other world can use Materia due to not having connections to the Lifestream. But... it's always better to be safe then sorry. There wasn't the risk of this before the Darkness connected all the worlds together... Cloud thought to himself, his body and expressions remaining stoic as he continued to watch and listen to Arcthuria.
As she pulled another piece of Materia from her pocket, this one a sky-blue and in much better condition then the one Cloud held. The glowing eyes within Strife's head observed this new piece, but there was much less concern or alarm on his expression this time. Blue and Purple pieces were safe and weren't much threat. They either enhanced other Materia by being slotted together, such as a blue All slotted with a green Fire. Purple ones tended to enhance the stats of s/he who equipped it, such as their health or stamina. The ones that were dangerous were Yellow, Green and Red. Oh and don't forget about Black and White either. Arcthuria continued speaking, once more saying that she was unable to use her blue Materia due to not being from Gaia. This did relax the SOLDIER slightly, but it was still worrying to him that people could reach Gaia and take Materia to other worlds. Yuffie would be in an absolute uproar upon learning this. ”... You seem to know quite a lot about my world. Even so, if you have or find any more Materia that is coloured red, green or yellow, I suggest you hand them over to me. Even though what you say is true; people not from Gaia cannot use Materia, I cannot run the risk of that ever changing. Blue and purple ones are fine. They're not dangerous.”
As Arcthuria went to inspect her ice and watch the guards start to haul it away, Cloud's attention returned to Albion where he watched the pooch silently for a moment. He hoped his little display earlier wasn't taken as an act of hostility or as a challenge. The Pup didn't seem too bad and was only protecting Arcthuria. As she came back over and took Albion's attention for herself, Strife folded his arms across his chest and looked upon them both for a while, unable to hear much of their conversation bar a single word or two. As they has finished, he spoke up once more himself. ”With your ability to travel across worlds, can I assume you've met the Heartless?”
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2015 23:45:13 GMT -5 by Deleted
(Taking a little liberty here, I hope you don't mind. If her taking the Materia is an issue, let me know and I can change it. I figure you can cook us up an even more impressive adventure though. Since it's a summon Materia, maybe breaking it, you know... *winkwinknudgenudge*
Also 3 tons is, apparently, just under 27000 newtons, which is like...2700kg. Lotta weight, lotta force. Only takes around 90kg to crush a human skull.)
Arcthuria nodded politely as Cloud gave his name in turn. "Well Cloud, it's a pleasure to meet you." Inwardly, she was pleased. Even if it was simple, the fact that he apologized did show that he wasn't quite as unpleasant a human as she was given the impression of. From time to time, it was refreshing to meet a human that saw her abilities or the abilities of Albion and didn't treat them like monsters. Though it was always a question on the sanity of those who didn't...
However, her hopes of dealing with this more calmly were chased away as Cloud expressed his reasoning for the way he spoke---With a rash display of some kind of energetic empowerment. While far from the strength Arcthuria has seen over her long life, it was a little impressive, at least. At the prospect of being shown their danger, Arcthuria shook her head from side to side. "That won't be-" she had begun to speak up, only for Albion to rise up and snarl, interrupting her. His own aura exploded outward, displaying itself with mighty crimson fire around his body. While normally he was more for calm discussion, the sudden explosion of emotion and display from the spiky-haired man put the Fafnir on edge quite quickly. It was his duty to protect his caretaker when it was within his power, letting such power be thrown around recklessly in her presence would be improper, to say the least.
Arcthuria raised her hand, bringing it over her eyes and pressing her index finger and thumb over her eyelids. The two of these boys would give her a real headache soon, if she didn't put a stop to this... Thankfully, as Cloud began calming down, so too did Albion. As the light faded from around Cloud, Albion's aura faded as well, until both were gone entirely. Albion and Arcthuria both looked to Cloud as he apologized. Albion remained on his legs however, and did not relax again. Nor would he, even at the command of his caretaker. "I must apologize as well. I get defensive, when..." the Fafnir trailed off, eyes leaving Cloud for a moment to glance at his caretaker, before quickly bringing them back to the blond man. It also wasn't as if Albion didn't understand stress coming from outside objects---He hated having his ankles bound by anything, as it reminded him of his own past... But it wasn't an excuse to act like a bully and demand others follow along with your rules and regulations, though there was also a time when that would have been Albion's way of thinking as well... He kept such thoughts to himself, as he didn't wish to discuss the past while his caretaker was around.
But one thing did claw at Albion. The way Cloud spoke up, requesting that they 'bring him dangerous Materia', it didn't settle well with Albion. He didn't think Cloud was a bad person, even after their heated interactions prior, but to be distrusted and disrespected by someone, and then have that same person play the 'responsible authority' on him... It reminded him too much of the hypocritical council from home. "And what guarantee have we that you won't simply misuse them yourself?" Albion questioned, his tone came out a bit more sharp than he had intended. "...Out of curiosity." He spoke up again, this time evening out his tone to seem less hostile.
With a loud, annoyed groan, Arcthuria's head slunk backward at her shoulders. This little measuring contest between the two males was growing tiresome, so the Patron Mother decided to do something about it. With an eerie blue light enveloping her right arm, from finger-tip to shoulder, it shifted within. When the light was dismissed, there was hardly a second of time to admire the changes as she stepped forward with blinding speed, not to attack, but to swipe the red Materia from Cloud's grasp. "I'll solve the whole issue myself!" Albion was hardly able to see her movement as she sped between the two, and then quickly onto the opposite side she previously stood on.
She spun around on her heels to face the two, each positioned as if separate points on a triangle. As she faced the two, Albion had been given an opportunity to see her arm for what it was now---It had grown quite a bit, easily exceeding its previous size by at least 30 percent in both width and length. Not only was it larger, but the clothes previously covering it had been shifted away at the shoulder, appearing almost as if it had all been cut away by scissors, though no trace of it remained. Every inch of her arm was covered in not fur, but thick scales the color of the sky. She quickly exerted as much power as she could with the limited form of her arm, doing something she hadn't yet done to a Materia. In part, it was for science... Utilizing roughly three tons of pressure in the small palm of her hand, she crushed the Materia into almost nothing. Now they could learn what happened when one was broken! Albion, however, only sighed... Here, the two had just agreed that it was time to leave only a moment ago. Now it seemed things had gotten more complicated, and they wouldn't likely be going anywhere anytime soon.
It was growing harder to try and stay focused on being polite to the young black-haired woman, the longer he stood around the canine that followed her. His defence towards her was distracting and also irritating, causing the spiky-haired youth to do things he normally wouldn't, such as the threatening to show how powerful a piece of Materia could actually be. But the Delivery Boy had managed to regain control of himself pretty quickly and even offered an apology. One was returned to him too, with a half excuse of 'getting defensive when...'. The dog didn't need to continue speaking for Strife to know what he was going to say and what he was feeling at the time. He'd be acting the same over Aerith and Tifa if he were in Albion's shoes. Cloud had to make a mental note to remember that. This dog wasn't much different to himself in terms of wanting to protect those that he cared for. He'd need to watch his words and actions in case he managed to upset the four-legged critter again. Such a thought though was irritating. The dog might have head a different perspective on what he perceived as a threat and might bark again at the smallest thing between humans. Mind you, Cloud was the only human here and even that wasn't fully accurate.
The look on the young woman's face had turned to one for the worse when the situation between man and beast got a little tense. While Cloud had managed to control himself and relax, the dog had failed to do the latter. Mako-blue eyes watched the canine for a moment until he apologized himself, but the creature was still on guard, ready to pounce at the slightest thing. The Delivery Boy kept his hands relaxed. He didn't want to clench a fist or gesture to re-summon his Fusion Sword. A fight on a rooftop with someone had had only just met and assumed was a peaceful comrade, turned out to be far from that. He'd need to keep an eye on this creature just to be safe. The woman didn't seem as bad, for she was quickly getting tired of the scene between Cloud and Albion and the SOLDIER could see this. Albion's question caused the Delivery Boy to glance back at the pooch and Cloud simply gave the dog a small smirk. ”You're still breathing, aren't you?” However the situation took a turn for the worse when a glimmer of light came from the black-haired woman. There wasn't any time to stop and think but the movement from the corner of Cloud's eye caused him to shift and move himself backwards, but his reactions were too slow. The 'caretaker' managed to swipe the red Materia from his grasp before he was able to evade her and she then positioned herself further enough away so the fake-SOLDIER couldn't immediately retaliate. He couldn't have anyway, for the speed in which she moved was nothing he'd seen before and had actually taken him slightly by surprise.
She's fast... The Delivery Boy thought to himself as he observed the woman across from him. Only her arm had been transformed once more, but he wondered if she had done the same with her legs too in order for her to have moved so fast. Perhaps not in physical appearance but just the muscles, same as how she managed to knock down that guard from earlier with little effort. Unfortunately for her, now that she had revealed said speed, whether to it's full extent or not, Cloud would at least be more prepared for it next time. The young man's frown wasn't going to disappear anytime soon though, for his sharp eyes noticed that the Materia was being held in the transformed hand of hers. Her words only added to Strife's suspicions. ”Don't do that.” He spoke up, his tone firm. Mako-blue eyes flickered as his attention was locked onto the 'caretaker' of Albion. She was going to smash it. While Cloud didn't know what was going to happen as a result, that Materia now belonged to him. ”That belongs to me now. How'd you feel if I took your merchant stall and smashed that into pieces?” The Living Legacy's words fell on deaf ears it seemed, for aside from the passing desert winds, the next sound he heard was the shattering of crystal. Cloud's face didn't show any expression besides disappointment from here on, until he lowered his head, brought a gloved hand up to his eyes and allowed a dejected 'heh' to escape his lips as he rubbed his eyes lightly.
Yuffie would have liked to see whatever creature was housed within that materia, but now the beast had been murdered, never to exist again. Cloud too was curious as to whatever the summon might have been, for it could have been incredibly useful in the days to come. But no, that was never going to happen now and Cloud turned about on his heels, where he walked to the edge of the rooftop and glanced down to the street below. The Guards were still down there managing the ice that the black-haired woman had provided. As a sigh escaped Strife's lips, he placed a gloved hand onto the sandstone wall that encircled the rooftop and vaulted himself over, falling into the street below. It was only a couple of seconds before the fake-SOLDIER reappeared back on the rooftop, having jumped back up, only this time, two Palace Guards with in either of his arms, whom both immediately drew their swords once their feet hit the ground and their eyes landed on Albion and his 'caretaker'. Cloud positioned himself between the Guards and summoned his Fusion Sword into his hands, locking his eyes on the woman. ”I've found your 'talking dog' and it's owner. She stole and destroyed something that belonged to me. They're both fast and strong, so you'll need my help in capturing them both.” Cloud explained to the guards, one who turned and called down to the others in the street below, who quickly gathered themselves and grabbed ladders from nearby.
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