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Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by AJ on Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:37 pm

The fragrance of the city was filled with fumes. A hazy mix of car exhaust and hot dog vendors rose in blurry waves of the South district as Aiden ambled through the heat. He had found a bit of free time in the afternoon and decided to spend it to get some groceries before taking a stroll through the central park; although maybe it wasn’t the brightest idea to go out at the hottest time of the day. He didn’t mind. AJ intended to make up for all the leisure time he had missed before.

It was rare for the ex-cop to have time off when he was on the force, the only time he was outside was either for field work or simply to go home. Otherwise it was spent behind an office desk filing reports. Although even now with his hiatus, ever since joining the orphanage, Aiden’s work schedule didn’t really change all that much from his previous job. But today was his lucky break. For once he could walk around outside without having to trail a suspect or be on the lookout like a stake out. Today he could simply enjoy the sights and scenery of the city without a care in the world.

I could get used to this.

AJ closed his eyes and with a satisfied grin, tilted his head back to feel the sun’s warmth. He intended to let his mind wander free like this summer haze.
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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Andrew on Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:37 pm

Andrew wiped a hand over his forehead. Whew, it was hot. Indian summer was really hitting hard. He was sure that in just a few days it would be dropping into the 50s or so, which meant that he really did need to get a hold of a thicker jacket for when he was sleeping.

Stretching his arms over his head, he took a look around the park under the tree he was in. There were a lot of people enjoying what was probably one of the last warm days of the year and he was enjoying that everyone was in good moods. He was just thinking of taking a nap when he saw a familiar head of silver hair wandering around.

Grinning widely, Andrew dropped from the tree, flexing his legs as he hit the ground and rolling to absorb the impact. Catching sight of a couple of kids as he stood, he matched their stares with a wink. "And that's why you eat your vegetables kids. They can give you super powers."

He turned and jogged toward where he had seen his cousin, calling out when he was several feet behind her. "Hey! Ceara!"


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Ceara on Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:10 pm

What the hell am I doing…

Ceara let out a sigh before pulling her hair away from her neck, wondering why she didn’t bother to bring hair ties on one of the hottest days this year. And bloody fuck, it was hot. The girl hoped the heat wave wouldn’t last long; normally the heat wasn’t a problem to her but this kind of hot, sticky weather just sucked balls.

She ran a hand across her forehead. Maybe she should head back to her apartment. She wasn’t doing anything in particular anyway, and though they didn’t have an air conditioner, it was still indoors, which meant it was cooler. A couple of little kids ran past her playing tag, red faced and laughing, seemingly not minding the warmth at all. In fact, no one really seemed to mind the heat at all, besides her. Many people were out in the park than normal, just simply enjoying the day.

"Hey! Ceara!" She looked over her shoulder at her name and smiled when she recognized the red hair.

“Hey, Andrew,” she took a step towards him before pausing. “Ugh, I would hug you but it’s too hot for body contact.” She groaned before sweeping back her hair again, holding it up.
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Post by AJ on Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:38 am

At the sound of laughter and sneakers hitting pavement coming his way, Aiden cracked one eye open just in time to see a couple of kids barreling towards him in a game of tag. He smoothly stepped to the side and avoided being run over by the rambunctious children and chuckled to himself as they passed him by. Part of him was amused by their carefree antics, how nice it must be to not have a care in the world, paying no heed to the heat, with the only concern being when the next ice cream man would appear. The other part of him was impressed that he managed to react as quickly as he did. So maybe he wasn’t as rusty as he thought.

"Hmm…a jog would be nice” He pondered to himself as he continued walking. It had been awhile since he’s had any proper exercise-and no the frantic running of errands between irascible shop owners did not count as proper exercise in his books. Absentmindedly Aiden raised his gaze to the clouds as he went over sample workouts he could do later that day; probably after the afternoon heat wears off. Little did he know-as he passed a pair of teenagers-he would be getting his workout sooner than he thought.


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Andrew on Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:57 am

Andrew laughed. "It's fine. Don't want either of us melting." When she tried holding her hair up, he pulled his bag around to be able to dig in it. He was sure he had a rubber band or some string or something that she could use for her hair. The heat was one reason he made sure to keep his hair short. That it wouldn't get in his face was another. But, the main reason his hair wasn't ever longer than it currently was was because of the one time someone had caught him because of it. And he wasn't going to think about that any further.

Making a small noise of triumph, he pulled out a rubber band. Holding it out to Ceara, he grinned. "Here. This'll work a lot better for your mop." Looking around as she tied her hair back, he took note of a man walking with his eyes closed. Didn't he know that was a good way to walk into things and potentially break your nose?

"Wow, check him out," he muttered to his cousin, nodding to the somewhat absent-looking man who was about to pass them, eyes now open to stare up at the sky. "And I thought I was ready for a nap."

Andrew didn't even think about the fact he was pointing out an apparently perfect mark out to a pickpocket, so he couldn't help but gape at the events that unfolded after his comment.


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Ceara on Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:13 pm

A hand reached out to accept the offered rubber band, the other still holding up her hair. Smoothing out the stray strands, she gathered her locks into a proper ponytail, wrapping the band around it. She knew that her hair was probably going to get her killed one day, whether it was by the heat, someone grabbing it, or being recognized for it, but it was the only physical thing about herself that she really liked, so she was keeping it the way it was. She tugged it tighter and shook her head slightly to make sure it wouldn’t get loose.

“Wow, check him out," Andrew said, and Ceara, following his gaze noticed the man ambling around with his eyes closed. “And I thought I was ready for a nap.” It was a force of habit. She studied him from the corner of her eye, taking note of the outline of his wallet in his front pocket and the way his mind seemed to be elsewhere.

There was a brief mental debate on whether she should do this in front of her cousin. But this was what she did, and he didn’t seem to have a problem with it when it was brought up before. And if he did have a problem with it now, well, he was just going to have to deal. Ceara took a few steps back, timing it so that the man bumped right into her.

“Oops, sorry, sir,” she said, turning around. She grasped his arm as if to steady him, but really it was to distract the man from the hand slipping into his pocket and pulling out the wallet. Quickly dropping it into her own pocket, she shot the man a smile before turning back to Andrew, grasping his arm and forcing him to walk in the opposite direction. “Just keep walking,” she muttered under her breath.
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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by AJ on Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:52 pm

Hmm I wonder if there’s a gym around the neighborhood. If there is I should sign up. But would I have time to go? Maybe it’s better to jus-

“Oh, watch out!” He extended his free hand to support the falling girl’s back at the same time she reached out to steady him. They did an awkward quick-second waltz balancing and apologizing to each other before they managed to get back to their respective paths.
“That’s alright. Just be careful next time.” He gave a quick smile to reassure the silver hair teen and continued on his way.

In a couple more steps Aiden noticed that some of the apples in his plastic bag had fallen out and had lopped onto the grass. Turning back he bent down on one knee to pick up his runaway groceries.

Huh. That’s weird.

Something felt off. Even though he ironed regularly and made sure to smooth out creases before hanging, something felt off about the way his pants folded so smoothly. Perfectly. As if nothing was in his pockets to create those uncomfortable bumps and creases. Wait. As if nothing was in his pockets?

“No way…” A look of slight incredulousness and slight panic suddenly took over and a giant sweatdrop would’ve appeared over his head had this been a cartoon. But it’s not so let’s continue on.

Aiden didn’t want to jump to conclusions that the young girl could have possibly been a culprit; he would much rather give her the benefit of the doubt and trust that a kid like her had better things to do than pickpocket like the thieves and hooligans he dealt with on the job. After checking all four pockets though, front and back, and even looking inside his bag for possible misplacement, added along with the fact that he hardly came within anyone else’s proximity, the result was clear. With a sigh the young man stood up and began walking back the way he came.

“Excuse me. Miss!” He called out, hoping she would turn around and let this whole thing be a misunderstanding, hoping she wouldn’t try to ignore him and run away. No response. No..no…Just turn around kid. No! Don’t walk faster. No…Darn it.

“Hey!” He broke into a run.


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Andrew on Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:37 pm

There was a reason why Andrew hated picking pockets. Well, there were several reasons, but the main one was, you never knew if you were going to get caught.

He shot a look down at Ceara. "I didn't point him out so you could steal from him!" he hissed, being careful to keep his voice low. "What if he's a gang member or something? Are you trying to get us killed?" He shoved a hand through his hair trying to hide his agitation and doing a bad job of it.

This was another reason he didn't like to do what Ceara could so easily, he got himself all worked up over it, thinking of the various ways things could go bad and trying not to panic over it. It was so much easier to just rent out the use of his body since he could shut his mind off during it, no matter how much he hated having to do those particular acts. But what he really hated about those was that they were getting to be habit now.

"Geez. Just, next time, don't involve me, please." He sighed, muttering something how it would be better for his heart. At least this time it was looking like they hadn't been found out.

“Excuse me. Miss! Hey!”

Shit. He had thought that entirely too soon.

Glancing back, green eyes widened before snapping forward again as he saw the man running toward them. In response, Andrew leaned forward a little, pushing into a sprint. He caught Ceara's wrist as he started to run, tugging her after him, and he made sure to modulate his pace to match hers. There was no way he was going to leave her behind. After all, who knew what this guy might do to her?


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Ceara on Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:16 pm

"I didn't point him out so you could steal from him! What if he's a gang member or something? Are you trying to get us killed?" He ran his fingers through his hair, obviously pissed.

Uh oh, Andrew wasn’t happy, but her only response was to shrug. This was what she did, and if he didn’t accept that then he was just a fucking liar. Didn’t they have a silent agreement to accept each other no matter what? Her cousin sighed.

"Geez. Just, next time, don't involve me, please." Ceara nodded. She hadn’t meant to drag him into this; but she had seen a perfect opportunity, and she took it. Andrew just happened to be the one that pointed it out to her. She let out a breath of air in a huff. They had gotten away, anyway, so what was the big deal?

“Excuse me. Miss!”

Aw, fuck.

She stepped up her pace, not looking behind her, knowing the man had already figured out what happened. “Hey!” Andrew grabbed her arm, beginning to dash away. She stumbled slightly before pulling her wrist out of his grasp, balancing herself out. She hated being chased, especially in a public setting like the park. The girl couldn’t fight off the man, not in front of this many families without being arrested. Her eyes scanned around her, noticing a path out of the park to her left before turning that way, cutting across the grass. It would be easier to lose him in the streets than here, and if she couldn’t, well, she’ll cross that bridge if they got there.
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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by AJ on Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:25 pm

Alright so maybe it was kinda his fault for spacing out so easily and kinda his fault for making himself such an easy target…especially with a job like his, if he ever learned anything it was that one should always be on the lookout, whether on the clock or off. Yeah, he had conveniently forgotten that last bit and now was paying the price for it.

And really, Aiden SHOULD have known better. South District didn’t have its reputation for show, and even if there were kids laughing and having a good ol’ time in a park he had to remember just where in the Substratum he was.

Just my luck.

After he finished mentally beating himself over the head, Aiden noticed his target space herself from her companion and head across a field. So she wanted to head to the streets. Alright, he could play that game. Actually it would probably work in his favor since he knew the shortcuts and intersections with the traffic and pedestrians slowing her down. It beat running on open ground. Despite the fact that AJ probably had the endurance to run long distance, he would rather cut to the chase and get this over with. He decided to give her one more chance as he picked up his pace


“Miss you’re not in trouble so could you please stop? I just have a question!”


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Andrew on Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:43 pm

Andrew blinked when Ceara turned. He really hadn't thought she'd be able to do that without slowing down at least a little. Maybe she had taken his advice from the first time they had met to heart? Oh, what the hell was he doing? He needed to focus!

He followed her, catching up to her side in a matter of a few strides. He shot a glance over his shoulder and saw that the guy had sped up some. Turning quickly and running backwards for a few steps, he took in the man's form and stride before facing forward again. Well, if he was any judge, both he and his cousin were faster than their pursuer, but the man looked to have better stamina than Ceara. So, this would come down to how quickly they could get away or a fight would be in their future.

Glancing at the girl, Andrew spoke up. "Two things: one, do you know where the hell we're going? Because I'd like to know that at least one of us does. And two, I don't care what you say, I'm going to teach you some parkour after this!" That last bit was snarled out as the redhead hurdled over a trash can. It was easier than going around it and the people standing next to it. And who the hell stood next to garbage cans anyway?

Andrew shook his head and glanced back again. He really did need to try focusing more.


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Ceara on Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:49 pm

"Two things: one, do you know where the hell we're going? Because I'd like to know that at least one of us does. And two, I don't care what you say, I'm going to teach you some parkour after this!"

Ceara grunted, turning her body slightly so she was out of the way of a woman pushing a baby carriage. “Streets. Easier to get him off our tail, or if it comes down to it,” she said, looking up at Andrew, “less public place to fight. And I don’t need you to teach me anything!” They reached the edge of the park then, and the girl sprinted across the street, glancing behind her. They had put some distance between them and their pursuer, but the man didn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, as opposed to Ceara, who was quickly tiring from her sprint.

Hoping her cousin could follow her, she dashed into the alley between two low lying buildings, before turning right behind one of them. Ceara paused for a moment, catching her breath. She really hated running, really, really hated it. Starting a slower jog, the girl made her way further into the block, twisting around corners.
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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by AJ on Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:29 pm

Well so much for that idea.

All right so he wasn’t exactly expecting the girl to believe his last plea but Aiden really didn’t mean any harm. Seriously. The worst that the man would do was probably lecture the teens on the severity of pick pocketing and stealing and how they could do much better than choose a lifestyle of delinquency. Softie much? Yeeah. But back to the chase.

The distance between the two parties had widened once they hit the concrete but so long as Aiden could keep his targets within his sight there wasn’t much to worry about. Sure maybe the youngsters had a slight advantage judging by the way the boy easily leaped over the trash can and the girl effortlessly sidled through the crowd; the kids were probably used to life on the streets. Well surprise, city chases were nothing new for their pursuer as well; and at the moment AJ had a lot more at stake than their get-rich-quick scheme. Why was that you ask?

Well…losing some cash wasn’t really a concern for the former cop at the moment. It was the fact that he was a former cop (more like a cop on hiatus, but still) and that if by chance those kids happened to find out about his occupation, perhaps…. by opening his wallet by chance, and by chance if they happened to see a certain identification inside there was going to be a whole new mess to deal with. Actually at this point Aiden wasn’t sure who would be more panicked If the hypothetical scenario did occur…not that it would, he hoped.


Shoot, I lost them?

He slowed his pace to a halt. The two had been right in front of him until those couple of buildings Isn't this near the bakery?. He veered off to the left, remembering another back alley that cut through the backside of the block.


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Andrew on Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:02 pm

"Well, excuse me while I hope that we don't have to fight him. And you were interested in it the first time," he said when she stopped to catch her breath, watching back the way they had come before blocking his view of the street by moving over to her. "Don't mind me. I'll give it back in a moment," was muttered as he reached into her pocket and pulled out the wallet she just stole.

Flipping it open as she started moving again, his eyes widened and he made a soft choking sound. Catching up to her, he gently took her arm and shoved the wallet back into her hand. "We need to start moving faster," he said, letting go of her arm. "That guy? He's a cop. We are so screwed." He ran his hands through his hair then stopped to glare at her. "What was that you said about me getting us arrested? Because that's not what it's looking like from where I'm standing."

Andrew was agitated enough to completely forget about their surroundings - never a good idea at the best of times, which this wasn't.


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Ceara on Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:13 pm

Andrew made a curious sound from behind her, and ran up to place the wallet back in her hand. “We need to start moving faster. That guy? He's a cop. We are so screwed.” She blinked and opened the wallet, eyes widening as she recognized the police badge inside. “What was that you said about me getting us arrested? Because that’s not what it’s looking like from where I’m standing.”

Ceara growled low in her throat, shoving the wallet back in her pocket. “I wouldn’t have done it if I had known he was a cop, obviously. He probably knows the streets pretty well, too, so we can’t lose him that easily. Fuck!” She couldn’t walk around with a stolen badge, especially after he saw their faces, nor could she simply give it back to him, she’d get arrested. And she hadn’t been arrested before; she didn’t want to ruin her streak now. Her best way to get out of this fucked up mess was to drop the wallet and go, and hope that the man would just let it go if he saw that nothing was taken from it. No harm, no foul, right?

The girl quickly set the wallet down before stepping back, grabbing Andrew’s arm. “Let’s just go, okay? Get out of here before he sees us-“ The man ran out of another alley and into the one the cousins were in.

…Fuck.
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Post by AJ on Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:27 am

Was it right? Left?

Aiden went for the left alley ducking under some drooping clotheslines, only to walk smack into another set of shirts and towels; somehow he had wound his way into a layered jungle of laundry. Slightly annoyed by this unexpected delay, he narrowed his eyes and let out a sigh as he began his trek through a maze scented of fabric softeners.

Oh, he caught up? But if the girl’s sentence was any indicator, Aiden’s worst fear had already happened. Next time, forget sentimentality he vowed and decided as soon as this whole fiasco was over he was going to go straight to the office and return any and all items that would hint at his former job. Well, maybe after buying a new bag of groceries. The one currently in his hand had become reduced to a shriveled lump of plastic holding nothing but the runaway apples…How did that happen?

“Too late.”

Still inspecting the bag in his hand he stepped into the clearing, blocking the two from escape. With his free hand, AJ ruffled the side of his head, wondering at the mystery and irony of how all the produce and cartons in his bag had managed to fall out while the apples, which were at the top of his bag (at least, that’s where they were last time he checked) managed to remain intact. Oh! A hole! Mystery solved.

“And to clarify, I’m not a cop… right now, that is. That badge is just something I’ve been meaning to return for awhile…”
He finally spared his two culprits a quick glance before returning his attention to inspecting the hole on the bottom as if it was the most fascinating thing in the world. Hopefully this ruse made him look harmless enough.

But one look was enough to gauge an estimate. Age: late teens to early 20s. Harbingers? Yup. Both of them too. Just my luck. He had noticed his wallet on the ground but decided to give the girl one last chance to come clean on her own accord. Giving a cheerful grin he asked,

“So, I believe you have something of mine little lady.”


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Andrew on Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:11 pm

“Let’s just go, okay? Get out of here before he sees us-“

Andrew couldn't agree more, until there was a clatter from the side. He turned in surprise, shaking off Ceara's hand as he did, and stared at the officer. He really just could not believe their luck. All those people in that park, and they got the one cop who could kind of keep up. He must have grown up or currently lived in the area if he had managed to pace them. Andrew knew that he hadn't been wrong, they were definitely faster than the man. Shit. That wasn't good.

And why was he just looking at that stupid bag? They had fallen for the oblivious thing once, they wouldn't again. And if he really didn't care that they had taken off with his wallet, which was the way he was acting would support, then he wouldn't have chased after them.

“And to clarify, I’m not a cop… right now, that is. That badge is just something I’ve been meaning to return for awhile…”

Andrew snorted. Like they'd believe that. And he caught that calculating look the man swept over them. Cop or not, currently or not, neither of those things mattered. It wouldn't be the first time that a supposed officer of the law had let someone go in exchange for sex or similar acts - and it wouldn't be the first time Andrew had been forced to do that. He took a step forward and to the side, moving to stand half in front of Ceara. He didn't think about it; it was a reflexive, protective move. He would not let her be put in the same position that he had been. And that grin wasn't fooling him either. He had faked enough of his own to recognize when someone else wasn't completely genuine.

“So, I believe you have something of mine little lady.”

He shifted his stance to glance back at Ceara. He had the feeling that it wasn't going to be his cousin in need of protection now. He just really hoped that she could stay calm enough to not actually try anything.


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Ceara on Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:35 pm

“And to clarify, I’m not a cop… right now, that is. That badge is just something I’ve been meaning to return for awhile…”

Ceara had subconsciously pulled his aura into focus as soon as she saw him, and because of this knew that he wasn’t telling a lie. But the distracted by the hole in his bag act? Totally fake. He was tense and on edge, studying them. The guy was smart, he had to be, to be a cop. Ex-cop. Whatever. It was just her luck to have pinched the wallet of the one police officer that was remotely intelligent, instead of the idiots that she had run into before. Though, he wasn’t mad, but he definitely wanted his wallet back, which meant they had some leverage on him. Andrew stood a bit in front of her and she turned away from the man for a bit to frown at him. She really had to get it through his head that he didn’t need to protect her.

“So, I believe you have something of mine little lady.”

Her hand twitched at the ‘little lady’, but Ceara forced herself to calm down. Assaulting a police officer, former or not, was just a bad idea. “I didn’t take anything; it’s not worth the trouble. You can have it back if you just take it and let us go.”
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Post by AJ on Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:09 am

Ok he had to hand it to them, these kids were smart. They hadn’t fallen for a single ruse or bait he had thrown at them the whole 20 something minutes they had somewhat known interacted with each other. Or maybe he was underestimating the mental capabilities of teenagers. Either way, Aiden had to hand it to them. He tossed the trashed bag to the side and relaxed his posture; intimidation wasn’t going to work.

“I didn’t take anything; it’s not worth the trouble. You can have it back if you just take it and let us go.”

“Hmmm….” He considered her trade, tilting his head in thought. Actually that sounded like a good plan, it avoided a fight and each party could go on their separate ways like nothing happened. But that was the part that bugged him; if he let them go now as is, they wouldn’t learn anything from this incident and would probably move on to the next unsuspecting civilian. And he would be partly to blame for allowing them to continue such a reckless lifestyle. Who knows, maybe next time they wouldn’t be lucky enough to run into someone like him and actually wind up behind bars. But how to get them to listen…It didn’t seem like they would be interested in sitting down and making small talk anytime soon.

“Well if you say it like that don’t you think you pretty much just gave your own confession?” Why was he teaching her how to make a better alibi? He clarified “If you’re gonna lie, make sure you stick with your story to the end. Softening up at the end like that is an amateur mistake.”


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Andrew on Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:39 am

“I didn’t take anything; it’s not worth the trouble. You can have it back if you just take it and let us go.”

Andrew winced as she said that. It really would have been better to stay quiet. That way, nothing was said that could be used against you.

“Well if you say it like that don’t you think you pretty much just gave your own confession? If you’re gonna lie, make sure you stick with your story to the end. Softening up at the end like that is an amateur mistake.”

Andrew tilted his head, frowning. Actually, they hadn't lied. They hadn't said anything to him before this, really. The only thing had been Ceara's apology so how he went from that to this... he didn't follow the logic. And considering that the guy wasn't laying out stipulations or trying to arrest them (because let's face it, once a cop, always a cop), was in fact giving some sort of advice, Andrew could only assume the worst. Hopefully it wasn't some sort of murder plan.

"Look, if you want something from us, I'll deal with it. Leave her out of things. This is all my fault anyway. I'm the one who marked you so, blame me." He took a few steps away from Ceara and toward the man, stopping out of lunging range of both of them, and just watched him, a calm, somewhat dead look in his eyes.


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Ceara on Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:37 pm

She saw Andrew flinch in front of her when she said that. Hrm. Ceara had a tendency to forget that people couldn’t see what she could; she said things that might seem foolish to them, but she knew the man’s intentions. She definitely wouldn’t have said that to a man holding a gun to them, she believed there was a chance that their pursuer might actually let them go without much trouble. He had relaxed from his threatening pose from before, and the colors around him were swirling as he thought.

“Well if you say it like that don’t you think you pretty much just gave your own confession? If you’re gonna lie, make sure you stick with your story to the end. Softening up at the end like that is an amateur mistake.”

Lie? She didn’t lie to him. What was he going on about? And it seemed that he thought Ceara was an amateur for ‘softening up’, as he put it. Well, it worked, if he was giving her advice now. The girl closed her eyes, her restitution hitting her and causing a throbbing pressure at the back of her head.

"Look, if you want something from us, I'll deal with it. Leave her out of things. This is all my fault anyway. I'm the one who marked you so, blame me."

She opened her eyes a bit, watching her cousin move forward through slits. His voice seemed flat, dead, and his posture was slightly stiffened. Did she miss some hidden meaning behind the man's words to make Andrew act this way?

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Post by AJ on Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:12 pm

Hmm…maybe I could have phrased that better….

Overthinking was a bad habit of his and while it was certainly true that living by the “you can never be too careful” rule had helped Aiden in the past, perhaps he was going a bit extreme in analyzing this one. It’s not like he was investigating a murder or interrogating them for a lead in a drug bust. He just wanted his wallet back and try to convince the kids from doing it again. But in situations like these his thoughts tended to overanalyze every detail to the point of deconstructing every little phrase and grammar. He wasn’t nicknamed the “Mom” at the department for nothing. And judging by the looks on the kids’ faces he had done it again.

"Look, if you want something from us, I'll deal with it. Leave her out of things. This is all my fault anyway. I'm the one who marked you so, blame me."

The redhead whom Aiden had been careful not to call out (he couldn’t make up his mind whether he was an accomplice or not) was finally drawing enough attention to himself as he stood blocking the girl.

Great. The last thing Aiden wanted was a fight, whether one on one or two on one, he wasn’t sure if he even stood a chance against them until he could gauge what their abilities were. Well, either way his first priority was calming down the protective boy. He decided to pull a chameleon and try approaching from yet another angle.

“Listen, you’re not going to jail or have charges pressed if that’s what you’re worried about. I don’t need anything except my wallet which you two seem more than willing to return. And if you haven’t realized, I have no power to stop you guys seeing as how I’m outnumbered and both of you seem to be harbingers. So if you don’t want to listen, fine. Feel free to leave.” He stepped to the side, to leave an opening through the alley.

“Or if you really want to make up for all this trouble you can answer some of my questions and then I’ll let you go. Deal?”


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Post by Andrew on Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:02 pm

Andrew didn't move when the cop stepped aside. Yeah, he wasn't believing that for a second. For them to pass by, that would put them within arm's reach and if he was skilled enough, he could take out one of them with one attack and be able to focus on the other. And Andrew wasn't under any illusions that he was a particularly skilled fighter. Plus, walking away typically required turning one's back. Who knows what he'd do then?

And the way this guy kept changing how he was acting and what he was saying really wasn't helping his case any.

“Or if you really want to make up for all this trouble you can answer some of my questions and then I’ll let you go. Deal?”

Andrew's eyes narrowed. "And why the hell should we believe a word you're saying? Just stop with the fucking games and tell us what you want instead of playing at being the 'good guy'. We all know it's a load of bullshit so stop treating us like a pair of stupid children," he snapped, voice full of irritated cynicism. While he preferred to avoid confrontations in the first place, that didn't mean he wouldn't fight if he wasn't left any choice. And that's what it was starting to look like.


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Re: Lesson 1: It's Not a Good Idea to Pick a Cop's Pocket

Post by Ceara on Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:30 pm

“Or if you really want to make up for all this trouble you can answer some of my questions and then I’ll let you go. Deal?”

She frowned, thinking over his words. He was being rather inconsistent with his approach. Good cop bad cop didn’t really work when it was the same person. Though she did wonder what kind of questions he could possibly have for the pair of them.

"And why the hell should we believe a word you're saying? Just stop with the fucking games and tell us what you want instead of playing at being the 'good guy'. We all know it's a load of bullshit so stop treating us like a pair of stupid children."

Ceara rubbed her eyes before tilting to the side, getting the man back in her line of sight after Andrew had moved. “Sir, you accuse me of not sticking to my story, but you can’t even decide how to approach us and it’s making it painfully obvious that you want something else from us besides your wallet." Switching tactics, coming at them from different angles, why was this man doing this? "So, seriously, what do you really want?” The girl couldn’t think of any useful information he could want from them.
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Post by AJ on Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:49 am

"And why the hell should we believe a word you're saying? Just stop with the fucking games and tell us what you want instead of playing at being the 'good guy'."

He couldn’t help but to let slip a satisfied grin.

Gotcha.

They were fed up with his antics enough to hear out what he had to say. And now that Aiden was certain that the two wouldn’t bolt as soon as he opened his mouth, it was time to take a move.

"We all know it's a load of bullshit so stop treating us like a pair of stupid children."

“...I’ll take that as a deal,” He said as he took a casual step closer.

To be honest Aiden hadn’t planned to keep approaching them with different tactics, he much rather preferred the honest route. And although that last accusation of his was definitely a slip on his part, it had finally created the opening he was looking for as the man noted the exasperation coming from the “pair of stupid children”.

“Relax” He reassured as the boy went rigid. “I can’t do anything to convince my credibility so I’ll just prove it by keeping true to my word.” Then an idea struck him. It was a little risky and he probably gave them enough turn of events as is; but luck seemed to be favoring him today, so why not one more push? Immediately Aiden flopped down and sat on the floor.

“Here. I won’t move from this spot until our deal is done and after you guys are well out of my sight.” He plopped his cheek into the palm of his hand. He wasn't going to do a fetal position, but sitting indian style seemed to be the next best way of posturing harmlessness. And hey, if he was gonna sit, might as well get comfortable. “And now that I have your attention…” He trailed off as the girl stepped out of her hiding spot. Oh?

“Sir, you accuse me of not sticking to my story, but you can’t even decide how to approach us and it’s making it painfully obvious that you want something else from us besides your wallet."

He nodded.

"So, seriously, what do you really want?”

“What I really want?”

He let out a quiet hmm and let his expressions flow freely as he pursed his lips in thought.
“Well, that would be for me to somehow convince the two of you to stop wasting your potentials living a life as delinquents...and if I’m lucky, to help you get started on a clean page.”


He held each of their gaze in turn.

“Although...the chances of that happening, is entirely up to you.”


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