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Sir Duncan88

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The sound of hurried footsteps echoed throughout the corridor of the mall and fell doggedly into the background noise as Marcus White, the least subtle reference ever, hurtled through the crowd.

People did*’t really notice him much because, as he weaved in and out of the groups of chatting people, he did*’t bump into anyone. He eventually slowed down, looking at his watch and realizing he was about half an hour early.

His habit of running everywhere had been developed years ago to combat his tendency to get distracted and obsess over the most random things. This had been known to last for hours at a time on some occasions, much to the exasperation of his peers and colleagues.

Now that his run had died down to a leisurely stroll, he had time to look around the mall. Everything seemed to be in its usual place save a few minute details. The shady looking people hanging out around the entrance, for example, though that hadn’t caused him much alarm. Things rarely did. He looked into the shops as he walked by, seeing his reflection come in and out of view. He was a very neat looking individual, a bit scrawny looking and an inch or two above average height, with light skin, a slightly pointy nose, and pale, frosty grey eyes that were almost white. His coal black hair was short and tidy, as were his thin eyebrows. He was currently wearing grey jeans, a white shirt with a grey sweater over the top, and black trainers.

It was a slight annoyance to finally reach the shop where he had his job. He had been working there since pursuing engineering hadn’t worked due to his inability to stay focussed on one project for more than a few days.

“Mark? You’re early,” His manager said as he entered the yet unopened store. “Again.”

17-Mar-2016 12:07:35

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When it later came round to his lunch break, Marcus was about to leave and make his way over to the library when suddenly the lights all went out. It took him a second to respond to this, as his mind slowly processed from the sound of screaming and nexii being activated, that something was up.

He froze in terror, listening to the amplified voice ring throughout the building. The sound of gunshots gave him a slight jolt. Without thinking, he slowly backed into the store.

17-Mar-2016 12:07:51

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There were some muffled thuds and someone quietly said, "ow."

"Sorry,"
Marcus replied to his manager, who seemed to be in a state of anxiety and mild annoyance.

"What was all that about, none of us could hear properly from in here. There were screaming, and gunshots...?"

"I'm not sure either, but-wait, someone's here."


While Marcus stayed, hiding behind a bookshelf, his manager hurried to the back of the store where it seemed safer. It was difficult to make out what was going on, although from the dim green glow of the goggles it looked like someone was taking on two of the terrorists themselves! Were the forces already here?

Before he had time to think about this, however, the stranger had incapacitated the perpetrators and was now carrying them into the shop. the murmurs and whispers in the room would make it clear there were other people here, so hopefully it wouldn't be too much of a surprise when Marcus timidly approached the stranger (assuming them not to be a foe, that is).

"Excuse me, do you know what's going on? Are you with the ground forces?"

21-Mar-2016 19:09:10

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Bookstore

Marcus wasn't listening properly. He was distracted by what he though were two indistinct, trembling shapes outside the store. He would have done nothing and let the stranger find out, but he though he saw two pairs of green specks heading in their general direction.

"Er, I think there are people outside,"
he said quietly, indicating to her the shapes in front of the store and the two terrorists moving towards them.

He picked up the spare pair of goggles and peered through them. It looked like a young man and a young girl were sitting in front of the entrance, and there were indeed two people with guns and green goggles heading towards them

"What should we do?!"
he whispered. If they flung the doors open and welcomed them in, surely the gunners would see it with their goggles on and attack immediately. But if they did nothing, they would probably at least be robbed, maybe even hurt. Plus those guys would probably see two of their comrades unconscious in a few moments and get suspicious.

28-Mar-2016 17:26:17

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Bookstore

Marcus seemed to have zoned out of the conversation slightly, and appeared instead to be turning the pair of goggles he was holding over in his hands, examining them and muttering under his breath. This continued until he heard a loud bang.

The gunfire from across the hall certainly jolted him back to his senses, as hastily looked through the goggles once again. He now noticed the unconscious bodies being taken away, and the two people from outside entering. It also seemed the ground forces person was about to set off. Before she was about to leave, he suddenly had a thought.

It was too late though, she had already begun engaging the enemy, having attacked two terrorists outside the shop. For a very short moment, he seemed to consider whether to try and help or offer assistance in some way. However, his train of thought very quickly reached an end as he was reminded of how she had responded to previous attempts at help. ~right,~ he thought to himself ~I’ll just avoid getting in the way~.

Shrugging, he approached the pair who had just entered.
“Are you two OK?
* he asked quietly,
“Look, I don’t think anyone else needs these, maybe they could be helpful.”
He held out the pair of goggles. Since the two seemed to be staying together, he imagined that they would be able to make do with one pair.

They needed some way to stay safe now, though. This shop would most likely have attention drawn away from it. He wondered, could they block the windows? But no, that would be too obvious, someone would see them. Perhaps*

02-Apr-2016 15:07:23

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He looked round at the faint silhouettes of the large bookshelves.
“OK everyone,”
he whispered to the store in general,
“I guess we just need to stay safe now. I suggest we use the bookshelves as barricades. We could shut ourselves in a back room, and block the entrance. Any volunteers for moving really heavy shelves?”
he said, trying to sound light-hearted and very quickly shutting up. He did*’t need to be able to see to know that several people were glaring coldly at him.

02-Apr-2016 15:08:15

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The Bookstore

Marcus seemed slightly crestfallen that his plan was a bad idea, but the guy definitely had a point. The terrorists out there could see in the dark, and they couldn’t. Speaking which, it seemed that fight was still going on, but he decided against going out as they had all been told, by someone from the ground force no less, to stay inside. Also he suspected that since she'd taken out two easily earlier, now wouldn't be much different.The best thing to do was to stay here and stay as safe as possible.

Not to mention, it sounded like things were getting pretty violent out there, if the noise of gunshots was anything to go by.

“Actually I can** disagree there.”
He replied, thinking for a moment.
“No, moving the shelves would make it more difficult, they’re the perfect cover. Inconspicuous. We can hide behind them, and then we’ll have the advantage of surprise. Anyone who wants to stay here and guard the store, I’d recommend grabbing a book.*
He finished, taking some of the noticeably heavier books and handing them out to people.
“I think I’ll go check how everything’s going in the back room.”


With that, he made his way over to the back of the store and into the room where Susan was.

“How’s everything going? Need me to do anything?”

10-Apr-2016 13:31:51

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The Bookstore

Thanks to a small window high up in the wall, just enough light diffused into the room for Marcus to see what was going on. He froze. While it looked like one of the terrorists had been detained, the other had had more luck. He was standing over his would be captor, choking her.

This was one of those situations where you don’t have time to come up with some crazy hare-brained scheme. He had to act now. And he would most likely do the first thing that came to his head, which in this case was to hit the man with whatever he was holding. Fortunately, this turned out to be a rather heavy book, and while his aim wasn’t the best, Marcus was surprisingly fast for his appearance.

By the time the man would have turned his head, Marcus had spanned the distance of the small room and was swinging the book in an upwards motion, attempting to hit him on the jaw and away from Susan. If this worked, he would attempt to hit the man again the other way. If not, maybe he would at least be able to distract the man enough for Susan to escape and recover.

13-Apr-2016 17:50:04

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The Bookstore

"Oh...uh, don't mention it."
Replied Marcus, catching his breath. If he was going to be honest, he was just surprised his plan had actually worked.
"Oh, good one."
he said in a light tone in response to the pun, grinning.

"Well, I suppose we should finish tying them up,"
he answered to her question,
"...and maybe take their stuff. Can you use a gun? I certainly can't. Well, as long as they don't have them."
he added, taking the goggles from one of them and putting them on.
"Right, now I can see properly, too."


He also (assuming they all have the same equipment) removed the knife and gun from both, as well as the goggles from the other one, placing them on either the floor or a desk.

It was at this point that he noticed the bruise on Susan's neck.
"Er, are you OK? it looks like you got hurt quite badly..."

22-Apr-2016 19:53:22

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Bookstore

“Oh.”
Replied Marcus in surprise as the round hit the floor.

Asked about what to do, He ran through the possibilities in his mind. His first thought was leaving and trying to find out what was going on, although less out of bravery and more out of curiosity. Not that he would want to admit it. But that would put them both in danger, not to mention get him in serious trouble with that ground-forces officer from earlier. And something about her made him shudder. He did not want to be on her bad side.

On the other hand, they could stay and guard the store, but Susan had a point, they wouldn’t be doing much. Besides, everyone here was armed in some way and as far as he knew no-one else had come to break in.

“I was thinking…I was thinking about going to check some of the nearby stores and just make sure everyone’s OK. Rather than trying to interfere with any investigations. That scary ground forces lady gives me the creeps.”


“I guess you’ll be wanting to get a better coverage on the story though.”
He added.

30-Apr-2016 15:35:39

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Marcus

Sitting in his hospital bed, Marcus was fiddling around with something, an expression of sadness and boredom on his face. It had been several days since the attack on the mall, and while he seemed to be recovering fairly well, he felt utterly useless at the fact the he had barely been any help to anyone.

He was pretty sure he could put his survival down to being under the shelter of the doorway, as well as a bookcase that had fallen over in a rather convenient fashion, to lean against one of the walls. Although, he had discovered that taking several heavy books to the face can give you a rather nasty headache.

The equipment he had taken had been broken in various ways, and he was now killing the time by messing around with the scraps; it did*’t matter whether he made anything of it, he just needed something to do. Soon, he thought, I’ll be able to get up, leave and go home. He did not want to be thinking about getting a new job right now.

Somewhere else in the hospital, he thought he heard someone shouting for a nurse.

He held up the scraps of metal. Various parts had been used as substitutes for screws, fastening random shards together to make a jumbled thing that sort of swung, before falling apart. He couldn't help but chuckle slightly at the pile of scraps he had begun with.

He picked them up again, and began assembling them into a slightly different jumbled thing, until he was discharged later that day.

08-Jun-2016 19:08:02

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Marcus

“Er…yes. Hello.”
Marcus said slowly, shaking Tonya’s hand as she introduced herself, explaining why she was here.

His first reaction to this was to just stand there, looking slightly befuddled. Had he heard that correctly? It wasn’t just sudden, it was downright suspicious. He had thought the visitor would be someone he knew, just here to check he was OK or something. As if enough weird things hadn’t happened already.

He stared down at the card in his hand, before looking back at Tonya with the same lost expression again. True, he had survived, but so had others, and while he wouldn’t deny he’d sort of fought back, how could she possibly know that if he did*’t actually do anything that would get him noticed? The other people in the store would have just seen him walking around a bit, like several other people had been doing, and that was when he remembered no-one could have seen anything because the lights were all out…

“Er…hang on, how could you know what exactly happened?”

23-Jun-2016 11:29:19

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