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Paper Bag Princess

#1
Nicodemus Offline
Carmine was a machine oiled by human emotion. Fear was fuel, slick and simple and easy to ignite. Synthesized with hate, it was a propellant-based foundation that sustained a mission of dark, ruthless intent. 

Dark, ruthless intent that, apparently, gave out end of the year bonuses. As he'd received a large sum himself, Nicodemus ignored the incongruous mix of systematic extermination and holiday cheer. Without the militant preparations driven by his son, Christmas became a non-event for the remaining Terrazzos. As such, he found himself taking dinner in his office more often than not. 

Opening the drawer that contained the remaining bonus envelopes, or envelope, as there was only one, Nicodemus sent a polite reminder text to the negligent party.

[TEXT] -Pick up your bonus in person tonight or I'm burning it.

Alex
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Lyss

Age: 50

Species: Witch

Power: Pyrokinesis

Posts: 41
#2
Alex Offline
Just as a master locksmith knew every strike of resistence or hearty click like it were a character in a language all it's own, she knew him like she knew herself. She could read a few words on a screen and she could imagine and map the finelines of his face. Could hone in and mentally underline the words that were heaviest. In person. Tonight, probably not at some ungodly hour - probably now, although he (presumably) knew better than to snap his fingers and expect her to go running at full force.

[TEXT] - Understood.

She'd make him weight, imagined him checking monitors and scowling in that signature way as she stayed at her desk and worked dilligently - something to focus on other than the inevitable hassle that loomed nearer every minute. She planned, even as she wrote emails and filed requests, followed up on those out and in the field. She'd stand at the threshold of the door - stand, she would wait there for him to pull the check from whatever drawer he'd filed it into.

If she needed to, she would hold onto the handle as a physical tether. She would not go in, she would not stray from the breadcrumbs of routine, the newfound normal she had cultivated for herself. She showed up just past seven, let the toes of her boots hang in his office as she pushed open the door without a knock and stared, kept her hand on top of the doorknob.

"Check, please."
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Vos

Age: 25

Species: Witch

Power: Telekinesis

Posts: 42
#3
Nicodemus Offline
As if he was a waiter. Nicodemus stared at her, picking out parts of the whole. Her hair, a tangle, strewn around her face. Her clothes, hardly work appropriate, but at least they didn't have holes. Her jaw, set.

Taking the check out of the drawer, he placed it on the middle of his desk. "It's right here. Come get it."

As a general rule, fairness wasn't something he subscribed to. She could use her power to bring the check to her, but Carmine's policies were strict: any unauthorized use of power, ability, or advantage inside headquarters was strictly prohibited. They used the very same types of people they hunted, corralling them with contracts, a signature line as good as any lock. And they were always watching.

He nudged the edge of the envelope, tilting his head. "Well? If you could pry yourself away from the door knob that would be wonderful. I haven't got all night."
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Lyss

Age: 50

Species: Witch

Power: Pyrokinesis

Posts: 41
#4
Alex Offline
She knew this fucking game too. Beg, crawl, roll over. The problem was that in this particular circumstance there was nothing to do but oblige. She dragged her fingers off the knob as if it were a warm hold she was reluctant to give up. Her jaw stayed set, her eyes were angry even as she stopped on the opposite side of the desk and struck like a viper, moved to slide the check off the wood and close to her chest all at once.

"Thanks. Have a good one."
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Vos

Age: 25

Species: Witch

Power: Telekinesis

Posts: 42
#5
Nicodemus Offline
His door was heavy and it shut automatically behind her. He watched, pleased, but Alex had a way of making even the sweetest victories sour. Blowing a sigh out through his nose, he was about to offer her an equally curt quip when the room went dark. It was the kind of blackness that your eyes tried to wade through, and he blinked rapidly, rigid with unease. "Alex?" Tone waffling between concern and accusation, he rose when the lights failed to flicker back on.

"Alex?" The question came again, carrying nothing but a worried, primordial edge. "It must be the storm." The blizzard he'd chosen to heartily ignore. "The backup generators should have kicked on by now." Unless they were damaged in that security breach a few months ago...."Fuck. Try the door."
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Lyss

Age: 50

Species: Witch

Power: Pyrokinesis

Posts: 41
#6
Alex Offline
The lights died, he called for her - once, twice. She heard him just fine but decided not to answer, reached behind to press the handle of the handgun where it rested against her, tucked safely into the back of her pants. It seemed to convienant, obvious that he had manipulated her into the room and done this purposefully. 

Except he seen genuine in his agitation, serious enough that she pulled out her phone and turned on the flashlight, aimed it right at his face. "Are you fucking kidding me!?" In the heat of the moment she sat the check to the I'd, aggressively jiggled the handle of the door. "Fix this shit, Nico." Meant to be threatening, edged with desperation, even as she kicked the door with the toe of her boot, used all her might.
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Vos

Age: 25

Species: Witch

Power: Telekinesis

Posts: 42
#7
Nicodemus Offline
He held up his hand, grimacing as the light from her phone pierced his eyes. Without the incessant hum of electricity, silence gnawed at the edges of the room, making it easier to hear the gusting winds outside. Alex cursed and carried on, so desperate to get out he took it personally. "Calm down."

Getting his phone out as well, he sent a text to their head of security before shooting off a message to both of his daughters. It was more a warning to stay put rather than letting them know he was alright. They likely wouldn't have noticed his absence. "You can stop scuffing up my door, thank you. It has a mechanical lock that engages every time it's closed. Only opened with a key card, which, as it happens, needs electricity."

He sighed, sinking back down into his desk chair. "We're stuck."
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Lyss

Age: 50

Species: Witch

Power: Pyrokinesis

Posts: 41
#8
Alex Offline
She should have held onto the goddamn door handle, to the point where she wondered if she was coming into some sort of second sense. Back to him even as she stopped kicking, laying her head against the door and taking a deep breath before she forced herself to turn around. She stared, chewed her lip and nodded, came around to that fact in her own time.

"Well, you stay over there."
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Vos

Age: 25

Species: Witch

Power: Telekinesis

Posts: 42
#9
Nicodemus Offline
"You're not a child anymore. Stop acting like one."

Nevertheless, he didn't venture over to her, sighing when he checked his phone even though it hadn't buzzed to life with a notification from Carmen, Tess, or their superior. Deciding to spare the device's battery, he turned it off completely. Silence and darkness swallowed them. Leaning with his elbows on his desk, he cast his gaze in her general direction, her darker outline faint among the thick, black shadows. "I did some digging." Really, he'd paid an investigator off, but that didn't sound as resourceful. 

"I know who ratted us out."
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Lyss

Age: 50

Species: Witch

Power: Pyrokinesis

Posts: 41
#10
Alex Offline
"You're right, I'm not." Firm, an implication unspoken outloudas she watched the harsh outline of his face in the light of his phone's screen. She closed her eyes when he turned it off, stretched her legs out in front of her and sighed at the next bit of bait he decided to wiggle in front of her face. "Well? I'm listening ..." Some things worth swallowing her pride enough to investigate, it seemed.
Witch (Carmine)

Played by: Vos

Age: 25

Species: Witch

Power: Telekinesis

Posts: 42
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