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« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2012, 05:22:03 PM »
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« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2012, 05:30:01 PM »
Frankie nodded slowly as Vanessa walked away, listening to Samantha coming to the realisation that the assassination attempt was either going to be unsuccessful -- or it was going to happen, but she herself wasn't going to get away either.  It was always a danger, and he was glad that Sammy was well aware of what she was getting herself in to.  "You've been through worse."  Was all he could say.  He wanted to give her some hope and confidence, belief that she could do it but then why lie to her?

"He'll get the letter in a few days.  We better just hope that Vanessa keeps quiet, otherwise she's going to get Montand in to a lot of trouble."  He finally took his eyes off Vanessa, and turned to look at the English girl.  "Better get yourself sorted.  I just hope you can skate without falling."  He warned, something which did not describe him in the slightest.  Frankie couldn't skate to save himself, and the time that he had did it, he was grabbing on to the walls of the ice rink for dear life.

Walking back inside, Frankie sat on the edge of the bed and picked up the phone, dialling a long number and saying a list of random 'code words' so that he could get transferred through to Starling directly.  "Yeah, it's me.  Our work in Canada is done -- we'll be flying over to Germany first thing in the morning."  He stayed silent for a few moments, clearly listening to what Starling had to say.  "I understand.  We'll see you in a few weeks."  He put the phone down and relaxed out on the bed, putting his feet up and his hands behind his head.  "Flight's at eight in the morning... and I think I deserve to get the bed tonight."

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Re: Dieselpunk Deutschland: The Race
« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2012, 06:08:07 PM »
A few days later, like Frankie had said, the letter had arrived. Montand had not been happy about it, and Vanessa couldn

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Re: Dieselpunk Deutschland: The Race
« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2012, 04:06:32 PM »
Pandora Fields (c) vs. Samantha Stokes

Frankie didn't like this.  He didn't like the fact that ever since they had arrived on Adalinda's island, he was constantly looking over his shoulder at the nearest German guard.  Maybe it was just him being his usual spy self, but his paranoia had increased ten-fold since the wheels of the aircraft hit the tarmac of the small Baltic island.  Samantha seemed to be playing it cool as usual, even though it was her who was putting herself in the firing line if things didn't go according to plan.  It was months ago that they had shattered Vanessa Cameron (and Mathieu Montand)'s dreams of coming here to race against Adalinda's Champion, but Frankie was nowhere near convinced that Samantha was going to win this thing.  If she thought that as well, she sure-as-hell didn't tell him.

She'd have plenty of scrapes and bruises from falling on the ice, and even during her final practices, she was still rusty as hell.  Frankie was secretly hoping that Adalinda's Champion wasn't all that she was cracked up to be, and that he and Samantha would walk away from here with their mission complete.

The mission.

Strange enough, their actual purpose for being here had been almost overshadowed by Samantha training to be a speed-skater.  Very little planning had actually been put in place as to how they were going to do it.  Adalinda did not make many appearances to the public, so it would have to be done either before or after the race.  Frankie had looked in to it, and he was convinced that it was near-impossible for them to get to her then.  So it all relied on Samantha winning.  There were rumours that the losers never got to even receive their runners-up medal, and were quietly dispatched of very soon after the race was done.

Frankie had brought a dozen packs of cigarettes with him in his hand-luggage, and after two hours he was already half-way through them.  His hands were shaking, though he tried to blame that on the cold rather than the grim thoughts on his mind.  Apparently, there used to be a colony of Russians on this island a few years ago.  One of the Soviet skaters had put herself forward -- the story goes that they were going to get kicked off the island if they did not take part in her race.  She lost.  And by the end of the day, the small community of Russian workers were thrown off the island.  Or at least -- their bodies were.

"Well Sammy."  Frankie said, still wearing his sun-glasses and a (very, very) thick coat.  Half a cigarette burned between his fingers, occasionally being brought to his mouth.  When that died away, another one quickly replaced it.  "Let's have a look.  Let's see what you look like in your suit."

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Re: Dieselpunk Deutschland: The Race
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2012, 05:10:46 PM »
Samantha felt like she was handling the situation better than Frankie was, since they landed on Adalinda

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Re: Dieselpunk Deutschland: The Race
« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2012, 05:53:35 PM »

Frankie grinned, biting his lip as she suggested they think about other (and more important) things rather than seeing the woman in her suit.  He had yet to see it, she had kept it hidden from him as soon as she had been given it which made Frankie suspicious that it really was terrible looking.  "True, true.  OK, the plan."  He leaned over and rummaged through his bag, pulling out some scribbled notes, photographs and various diagrams which they had both drawn.  One of them was of the track itself, caked under a thick layer of ink from where Sammy and Frankie had highlighted difficult areas of the track.  Unfortunately for Samantha, most of it had arrows, notes and scribbles next to it.  Frankie had even drawn a skull-and-crossbones next to a narrow corner which was located on a steep cliff.


For the most part, Samantha and Frankie were playing the guessing game in regards to what Adalinda did after the race.  The problem lay in the fact that the challenger never won.  Ever since Alain F

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« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2012, 06:20:28 PM »
It was the bomb that made Samantha edgy, it was touchy and she was worried that if they didn

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« Reply #32 on: August 24, 2012, 06:59:37 PM »
The idea of carrying the water bottle around with him made Frankie a tad nervous.  Starling had told them that it was very unreliable, and the slightest of knocks could set it off.  Heck, they were lucky to have made it to the island in one piece -- apparently, the explosive material had a reputation for not being a 'very good flyer'.  "I'll carry it.  Don't worry."  He tossed away the tiny cigarette and pulled out another one from the packet with his teeth, sparking the lighter to life and bringing the flame to the end of the tobacco stick.  "You just keep your mind on the race.  Let me think about how we're going to do this after it.  I'd rather get the difficult part over with first."

Their conversation was interrupted when a pair of German soldiers walked towards them; Frankie had enough time to fold up the documents and place them back in to the bag.  He remained silent, watching their every movement as they carried on with their patrol route and walked off in to the distance.  Frankie had noticed that their conversation had stopped whilst they wear near Frankie and Samantha, obviously attempting to listen in to anything they may have been talking about (not that they would have understood, most of the German guards did not speak English).  "I don't like this.  It doesn't matter where we go -- it feels like we're always on their patrol routes..."  He said with suspicion, convinced that Adalinda was wanting them to be watched at all times.  Unknowing to the German woman, she had good reason to.

A few weeks ago, Frankie did not have a single club about how speed-skating worked, or what the rules were.  There would be many mornings where he would wake up in his bed, with the 'big book of speed-skating' still open at a page he had been reading before falling asleep.  He was convinced that he knew the sport inside-out now, but he was still expecting a few surprises.  He knew that Adalinda's annual race was a little different from most tournaments.

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Re: Dieselpunk Deutschland: The Race
« Reply #33 on: August 24, 2012, 07:54:48 PM »
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Re: Dieselpunk Deutschland: The Race
« Reply #34 on: August 25, 2012, 05:29:28 PM »
Forty-one year old Dietrich Schneider sat across from Pandora Fields in the shared locker room, his eyes closed and head tilted back against the wall.  He had spent the previous five minutes picturing how he was going to skate the race, how he was going to navigate through the twists and dangerous turns, not to mention the various obstacles that he would come across.  Adalinda did not like to make it easy for them, although he could at least be thankful for her that her choice of opponents were nowhere near as skillful as they used to be.  When Dietrich was a young man, he could take them on.  He was the best in Europe, he knew he was, but now his aging legs were starting to let him down.  They were stiff, they refused to move in the agile way they once had.  It was a constant battle between mind-and-body.  Dietrich didn't know how many more years he had left in his career.

If it was up to him, he would have probably retired at least two years ago.  But sometimes it felt as if Adalinda wanted him to continue because she could not trust any one else to be her champion.  Dietrich had one more tournaments for her than anyone else, and perhaps she did not want to come to the realisation that her star man was getting old.  That he wasn't as fast as he used to be.  Without a doubt, the star attraction these days was the women's race because of it's fast pace -- not to mention the women looked much better in the skate-suits than the men did.  Pandora knew that she was faster than Dietrich, and during their training it was always him that was lagging behind.  The competitiveness between them was long gone.

He opened his eyes and looked over to the woman opposite him.  The women were up first, Dietrich's race wasn't until tomorrow yet he was already decked out in his outfit as if he couldn't wait to jump on the ice and get it over and done with.  His skates were strapped to his feet, his gloves on and the zip pulled all the way up.  Here he was -- another year, another weekend of agonizing pain.  Already, Dietrich could feel the knees hurting; the drugs in his system wearing off after only a few hours.  Any more and he'd be skating through pretty colours and rainbows.

"Adalinda promised us we'd be getting new colours this year."

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« Reply #35 on: August 25, 2012, 11:34:30 PM »
Pandora laughed pulling her own suit out of her locker and slipping it on over her bare legs, uncaring after five years of Dietrich being present while she suited up for her upcoming race that was going to start in few hours time.

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« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2012, 06:16:55 PM »
Dietrich Schneider had had a long career in speed-skating.  He raced through the amateur ranks with relative ease, skating for various different racing clubs as he made his way up to the top.  During that time, he had worn almost every colour under the sun -- except for yellow.  When he finally became Adalinda's champion (after replacing the previous racer -- who retired undefeated) he was told that the main colour of the suit would be yellow.  Dietrich couldn't remember exactly what she told him that day, but his question was left unanswered.  Or at least, he got as much as of an answer as he was ever going to get from her.

Samantha Stokes was a name that he had never heard before.  Vanessa Cameron, however, was a different story.  She was a champion; a woman who had smashed records and who had a trophy cabinet that many could only dream of having.  Her coach was a man whom Dietrich knew all-too-well.  Mathieu Montand.  The two had a history between one another, one which finished many years ago on this very island.  Dietrich was the favourite -- as usual -- but Montand had held his own.  He went the distance, he nearly defeated the German champion but he just couldn't navigate the final round.  Even from a distance, Dietrich could hear the leg snapping in half-a-dozen different places.  Unusually, Adalinda had not ordered his murder -- it was considered more of a 'punishment' that he live his life knowing that he would never be able to return to the sport he loved.  Instead, he took up coaching -- and his most famous skater was Vanessa Cameron.

"You know Adalinda."  He sighed, rubbing his face to rid it of sleep.  "She likes things done her way.  And you never know what 'her way' actually is."  He didn't particularly enjoy killing people.  He had great respect for those that came here to race against him and Pandora -- even if people these days said that the challengers weren't exactly 'competitive'.  He tried to reason with Adalinda, telling her that she didn't have to kill them but she would never listen.  They were failures.  And there was no place on this world for failure.

The door opened, and Dietrich almost jumped so high his head hit off the ceiling.  Adalinda was here -- she was coming down to the changing room to check up on her skaters, the usual routine.  Before the big day, she'd have a little 'pep talk' with them, telling them what her expectations were and that losing was not considered an option.  Dietrich stood to attention, almost as if he were being inspected by a drill sergeant if he were in the army.  Adalinda Knapp had... very high standards.

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« Reply #37 on: August 26, 2012, 11:19:50 PM »
Pandora jerked up off the bench as the door to the shared change room opened, nearly injuring her ankle as she steadied herself on her skates. It was the last thing she needed hours before her big race, fucking up her ankle and having Adalinda decide to put her down like a lame horse. She

 

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