Archive | June 26, 2014

The Collar Job, Part XVIII (Tír na Cali/Leverage fanfiction)

This is an ongoing Tír na Cali/Leverage fanfiction crossover.

Table of Contents here

Fade in from commercial. Lady Anastasia has Alec Hardison pinned to the floor, one hand pointing a gun at his chest. Her eyes, however, are on Sophie and Parker.

“You really are a family, aren’t you?”

The two women – and Alec – look to Nate. He clears his throat, and steps forward, commanding Ana’s attention. “We’re a team,” he begins. “We started out as a bunch of professional criminals. The longer we worked together, the more of a team we became.”

“You came here to extract your teammate.” There’s no question at all in her voice. Still on his knees, Eliot rolls his shoulders. “People just don’t get free from a Californian slave collar.”

“We came to steal us an Eliot.” Nate nods, his fingers steepled. “And you caught us out. So the ball is, ah, in your court, Lady Anastasia. What would you have us do?”

“She can’t…” Eliot closes his mouth. Parker stares at him, but the rest of the team appears to be ignoring his presence.

“Whatever we’re doing, can it involve letting me up. Please?” Hardison hasn’t really moved, but he flaps his hands in the direction of Ana.

That, of course, brings her attention back to him. “You pointed a gun at me.”

“And now you’re pointing a gun at me. Can we call it even?”

“What did I tell you about guns?” Eliot’s grumble sounds almost like himself.

“I know, I know, but freaky Californian lady has my friend, what do you want me to do?”

Sophie fields that question, with a much-put out sigh for emphasis. “Ask nicely, Hardison. She seems like a nice, reasonable Lady, doesn’t she?”

“She’s pointing a gun at me.”

“People have tried to kill her before.” Eliot finds his way to his feet. “Hardison isn’t a killer. He barely knows how to use the thing.” His Adam’s apple bobs as he swallows. “Please…”

“Ana.” Lorcan’s voice drops half an octave, and he holds his hands very carefully in front of him. “I swear to you by the Goddess and the Consort that these people are not here to hurt you.”

Ana sits back on her heels. The gun vanishes into the waistband of her pants, and her hands fold on her lap; she is still sitting on Hardison’s legs, but her eyes are on Eliot. “They want their friend back.”

This time, her voice cracks. Her eyes close for a moment, and it is her turn to swallow hard. “Alessia…”

Lorcan blinks. He opens his mouth, closes it, and then nods. “I think I have a plan…”

Cut to commercial.

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Summary of the Last Week-Plus

Last Summary
First 3 Weeks in the Apocalypse
Last Week in the Apocalypse

My new Patreon Page

Leaves in this Tree

The Collar Job, Part XVI
The Collar Job, Part XVII

Kicking Out Unwelcome Guests Baram’s House Elves

Eriko Boom/Cynara/Boomtown post-year-50

Old Stories & Old Fates Fairy Town

Edally Academy: The Angry Aetheristnew serial!
The Angry Aetherist, Chapter Two

Blaecleah – yr 27 – A continuation of Addergoole
Change of Plans
Backing Out and Walking In

Escape from Rochester
Profile 14: Cadens (with Interfaith, Brendan, Rob)
Prequil Vignette 5: Dorian
Prequel Vignette 6: Jason
Profile 15: Ric (with Caden, Interfaith)
Profile 16: Kendra

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Escape From Rochester (Camp Nano July’14 project) Character Profile 16

This is the 16th in a series of character profiles for my upcoming July Camp Nano project – Escape from Rochester.

Thirty-two students & their friends need to get out of Rochester before the gods’-war destroys everything. How will they make it out – and how many of them will survive?

Landing page here.

Kendra Clayton – where’d she come from?

Kendra spends a lot of time at RIT – Oak & Rowan, the gaming club, Interfaith Council, Go club, anime club – for someone who has yet to take a single class at the college and does not show up on the rolls – not only not at RIT, but at any college currently.

Kendra is a ringer, of sorts – she enjoys college life, enjoys college people, but hasn’t, herself, been college-aged since a time when they didn’t allow women into most schools. She has no interest in taking classes, finding the social life to be far more educational.

Kendra isn’t the name she was born with, but it’s the name on all her current paperwork. She has a house near campus, and spends most of her time there, attending clubs and gatherings – she has a job which she works from home, allowing her an excuse for her house-and-income more than actually taking care of the bills.

She’s been at RIT for about 10 years, in the way that she is “at” a school, floating from club group to club group; if the apocalypse had not come when it did, it would have been about time for her to move on.

She’s an average-to-short girl at about 5’4″, slender but athletic in build, with straight chestnut hair cut close and eyes that seem to be almost red in the right light. She’s a halfbreed; she has a fae-like Change that she never, ever shows, and an ability to shift the temperature of a room or area by up to 100 degrees Celsius.

She has found that she’s attached to the Oak and Rowan group, with its misfits, and isn’t quite sure what to do with that.

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