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I've been busy. Managed to get it out of Jack that he had hired some proxies in my home town to watch over S. So, I went home. I haven't called it that in so long. I haven't thought of it as that in so long. I don't think it is anymore, if I'm going to be honest. It hasn't been home in a very long time.

Anyway, it was weird being back, I had to keep a low profile, too many people who could recognize me. After a week of watching, I spotted a man who looked suspicious enough, and I tracked him to an old cabin in the woods. I've set up near it and have been watching it since. Learning the routines of these people.

There's five of them. Three men, two women. Their ages range from mid-20s to maybe the late-50s. The leader, the oldest one, goes into town once a week. He seems to live at the cabin most of the time. The others all leave on most of the days. One man is only at the cabin during the weekends, while the other will visit on three days during the wee…
So, where was I? Oh yeah, Miranda. It didn't turn out well. Like I knew it wouldn't. We made it to [city]. I was finally tracking a group that could take her in, but things went south, fast.

We were in a hideout I found, when something felt wrong. You know that sinking feeling you feel right before everything goes to hell?

I pulled my revolver out, just in time for a figure in the shadows to strike my arm. The gun went flying. I backed toward the light, where Miranda was still asleep. That's when I saw her, S.

She stepped into the light.

"[S], is that really you?" I asked as I stepped toward her. Next thing I know, there's a knife in my gut. I looked into her eyes, expecting to see hatred, or sadness, or...anything. All I saw was nothing. No emotion at all. She ripped the knife out and pushed me. I was in shock, I didn't move as she ran over, grabbed Miranda, and held the knife to her throat.

"Leave her alone! She did nothing"

Miranda was pleadi…

Miranda

Been a bit. Shit happened. Go figure, right?

I was wandering around, tracking down leads, when I came across a familiar voice. It was the girl from before--in an alleyway--with two men. She definitely was in distress, from her screaming. I intervened, can't just walk away, I guess.

The one guy was large, one of the biggest I've seen. Distracted them, they came at me, so I did my best to play against their weaknesses. Small guy had a gun, when he tried shooting, I grabbed big guy, threw him off balance to make him act as a shield. It worked. Little guy ran off as big guy was draining blood and Azoth.

That stuff still makes me uncomfortable, even after all this time. Anyway, as he was dying, I leaned down and asked his name. No one deserves to die alone. He told me his name was Gnome. When he was truly gone, I said that I hope he finds rest, and I added his name to my list of those who've died.

I turned to the girl and told her to come along.

"Come on, let's go befo…

New Year, Same Shit

It's another year of this. Another year of this...existence. I just wander. See the sights. Live. Or whatever it is. Those words always in the back of my mind.

Ran into a new runner a couple weeks back. She was young. Stumbled across her in NYC. She was scared and alone.

Said she was new to it all, that her family was all dead, and that she hasn't seen any friendly faces.

"Why don't I tag along with you?" She asks

"Because I'll just get you killed, kid."

"How? Having someone watch your back is a good thing. Especially another runner." - her

"That's where you're wrong."

"Wrong?"

"Yeah. I'm no runner. I'm not a runner. I'm not a servant. I'm just a man on his own. An immortal man. One who will paint a target so big on your back that you might not survive the week. There are parts of this world I avoid now, to keep the people I care about far away. I don't want to be the cause of their suff…
You know that quote about how you either die or you live long enough to become the monster? I think about it a lot.
I'm glad I'm not the only one left. It's nice to see old, familiar faces on here. I wonder who else is still around.
I was thinking of an old friend tonight. And a conversation with her. I miss her a lot. If it wouldn't put her life in danger, I'd visit. She'd probably love to have someone to dissect. It was a crisp night and she brought out a nice, warm drink. She made good tea. I remember her looking at me for a while before asking me. "Carter... What's it like? To kill so many people, I mean." "It's... Terrible. It removes parts of your humanity each and every time. You'll never forget it. Every time you'r idle, your mind will play it back to you. You'll look at yourself in the mirror and see a killer. That's what drove me over the edge. That's why I'm not killing someone again." "But you killed a lot of people before...Her. Of your own free will. Why would you choose that life? Why did you do it?" "... Because if I didn't... If I didn't, then someone else would be in danger. I did it for you, and everyone …