Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

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Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby PMiller » Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:32 am

One minute everything was normal in your life...

Then you noticed your hand slowly disappearing around the edges. Almost like an eraser was making it disappear, or maybe it was a 1000 termites eating away from the edges. Your fingers narrowed, then your whole hand was gone. Same with the other. Oddly you did not feel any pain, but your heart raced as you had no idea what was happening!

It took about 2 seconds and...

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You woke up lying in a dark, damp alley. It was night time. You were completely naked, absolutely nothing you had been wearing was with you.

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It is freeform and set in the modern world.

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Re: Your life suddenly changed (freeform)

Postby Mercevial Xenn » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:01 am

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Marlon 'Marley' Grann sat in a cafe somewhere close to nowhere on a two lane highway, somewhere in the desert of Montana.

At least he thought it was Montana.

Even in the middle of the night it was hot and arid as the wind blew dust along the road and under the yellow, dull street light. It was the only light within 100 miles and it marked the little café with the single serve, 70's style gas pump.

A light, flashing red shots across the wanderers face through the nicotine stained blinds, pulsed in a pattern as it lit up O...P...E...N in a left to right neon beckoning.

Marley drank his thick sludge coffee and stared out into the darkness of the desert. Far off in the distant west a storm was racing, flashing.

There was a single waitress and what he assumed to be the owner of the joint at the end of the cheap counter. The waitress was middle aged but looked worn, like only the desert and hard living could do. She smiled at him whenever he looked her way.

The man was in his 40's and watched Marley peripherally as the patron sipped his 3rd cup.

Movement down the highway caught Marleys eye. Headlights appeared and made their way steadily towards the isolated café.

Marley stood and approached the waitress, thanking her and paying a $7.85 tip on a $2.15 bill. She smiled her weather beaten smile and bade him farewell.

Once outside, Marley winced against the hot wind. It tousled his hair and sent bits of sand into his eyes.

Still he watched the lights edge closer.

He reached into the folds of his worn jacket and felt the grip of the beretta snugly secured in its holster. He took it out and subtlety checked it before placing it back into its spot under his clothes.

They say, if you hold someones gaze for more than 15 seconds you have one of two things on your mind... Love or murder.

Marley just wasn't feeling the love tonight.

The man being sent to pick him up had information the wanderer had been looking for for a very long time.

The car drew nearer.

The pale moon cast a dim glow across the low scrub of the desert. A coyote howled somewhere in that pale darkness.

Without warning, Marley feels an odd sensation. It's not a physical feeling, rather, one of impending change. He casts a quick glance around, noting the car would be here in a minute.

As he glances about he notices something panic inducing. His hands are falling apart. More accurately, they're breaking apart and scattering into the wind like the seeds of a gruesome dandelion.

He opens his mouth to shout out but......


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The life worn waitress rushes outside to give the large tipping stranger the gloves he had forgotten at the booth. She sees a older model Ford slow and cruise slowly by.

It didn't stop but, rather, eased off into the desert night, its tail lights red points disappearing behind the dusts of the hot wind.

The stranger was gone.


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The first thing Marley Grann notices is the cold. He had just been in the desert and yet he feels rain and the cold hardness of concrete beneath him. He opens his eyes and finds himself looking up at two towering, brick buildings. The rain falls lightly and streams down past the yellow lights of the apartment windows. Somewhere in the alley he finds himself in, something scuttles away.

The wanderer reaches for his pistol automatically but finds it's gone... Along with everything else.

He props his naked body up onto one elbow and scans his surroundings. He's not hurt nor feeling ill and yet he can't explain how he arrived here.

'And what was with the hands' he thinks, looking down at his hands, solid and real, 'was I drugged?'

He stands slowly and tries to get his bearings.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby PMiller » Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:38 am

The light drizzle was very chilly, causing Marley to shiver in the dampness of it all. Goose pimple sprang up on his limbs. His junk shriveled up like a stack of dimes.

He felt perfectly normal otherwise. His hands were fully solid and there was no residual pain from the experience. One second he was standing in the desert, next lying in the alley. He had not even fallen down or anything.

The alley was quite long, several yards in either direction until it would empty out onto a street. The sides were building lined with some shallow alcoves, and potentially some closed doors in the shadows of them. The street lights were spaced plenty far apart, leaving most of the alley in dimness.

A short way down was a blue dumpster.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby Mercevial Xenn » Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:26 am

The Story of Marley Grann

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After a brief moment Marley realizes that no matter how he got into this alley, he needs to get back to the desert and get the information he's been waiting so long to acquire.

At any cost.

He makes his way cautiously down the alley to the blue bin. Throwing open the lids to their locking position, he rifles through to see if he can find some kind of cover himself. Even if he can find something to cover his bottom he would be able to approach someone without causing too much of a scene.

Marley just has to find out where he is and how much time has been lost. He racks his brain trying to figure out how to go about that.

A newspaper... That would be a good start. He scans the alley and bin for one.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby PMiller » Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:12 am

The blue dumpster was filled with garbage and it stank.

Marley had a few choices for attire after rooting around. There was a cardboard box from a kitchen appliance that was mostly undamaged, only dented instead of torn. There were black garbage bags that were full of trash that could be emptied. And there was some newspapers that looked to be okay.

He was undisturbed while checking out the dumpster, but he could hear some cars on the street. He glanced up to see a white panel van cross in front of the alley opening. There was no traffic, but there appeared to be some cars out at that time of night.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby Mercevial Xenn » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:08 am

The Story of Marley Grann

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The rough looking Marley quickly decided on his choice of cover. Emptying black garbage bags he choose four of the cleanest ones, washing what he can off in one of the many puddles in the alley. He took the first and tore a hole just barely enough to get his head through so the opening would stay relatively tight to his neck. Then he did the same with two arm holes.

With the next, he tore the corners off allowing his legs to poke through.

The last two he tied together end to end and twisted into a tight, rope like length.

Overlapping the bottom bag over the top, the naked stranger tightly ties the 'rope' to pull the makeshift outfit together.

The whole process took only a couple of minutes. The outfit might have had a poor smell but it would at least keep the the rain off his skin.

Turning his attention to the next task at hand, he picks up as many different newspapers as he's able to find what town or city he's in and how much time has passed since the last day he remembered. Hopefully I'm not too far from Montana, but with this weather.... he thinks, scouring the papers.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby PMiller » Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:31 am

The makeshift clothing was not perfect. It would not stay put very well and needs to be adjusted and tightened repeatedly. But it did cover up his privates and provide some retention of body heat. Marley even got used to the smell.

Some of the newspapers were USA Today from October 6 years ago. He could not tell what city or town he was in from them. But finally he found a local paper he recognized. It was 6 years old too and from the small, western city he lived in back then. He remembered the news story on the front page.

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You should decide the city, I left it ambiguous on purpose. ;) But I was guessing that it would be in Montana, Nevada, or something based on the background you have revealed so far.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby Mercevial Xenn » Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:24 am

The Story of Marley Grann

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Marley stares at the dates of the newspapers, not comprehending how both papers could be so old. 'Maybe someone just threw out some old papers? But all the same date? Shit.... he thinks, his head spinning.

He, again, looks at the paper. The Seattle Times. His old city before...

He shakes his head. He remembers the paper as he reads the headline on the front page.

"Times receives second threat with unknown substance"

He takes the paper with him as he makes his way out to the end of the alley. Now that he's found the paper indicating what city he might be in he begins to recognize indicators he very well might be in Seattle.

The faint scent of being close to the Pacific, the rain, the styles of the buildings.

When he reaches the end of the alley he sees shops and stores. He's not in the high end of town, that he can be sure of. The street has the look of being in an industrial area. Smoke shops, an ill maintained café, a clothing store.... All of which does him absolutely no good right now as they sit dark with closed signs hanging just outside the security cages pulled over the windows.

'If I'm in Seattle, I gotta' get over to Channings.... He can let me crash until I figure out what's going on.' the plastic wrapped stranger thinks, scanning the street.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby PMiller » Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:10 am

As Marley looked at the various papers, not all were the exact same date, but they were within a week of each other.

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Out on the street, traffic was pretty minimal and there was hardly anyone in sight. A block away to the left and across the street there was a dark sedan on the corner with a woman with a large afro with her hands on the hood as she leaned lower to talk with the driver through the passenger window. She was a colored woman, dressed in tight skirt… yeah, she had the look of a hooker the more Marley took in.

Whatever the conversation, the hooker straightened and the car drove away. The black woman walked in her high-heeled boots to the street lamp and leaned against it to smoke a cigarette.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby Mercevial Xenn » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:17 am

The Story of Marley Grann

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Marley waits discreetly for the sedan to glide by before crossing the street. He moves openly towards the hooker, not wanting to appear any more sketchy than he must already. She glances over and stiffens as she sees him coming her way.

Marley holds the newspaper in his left hand and holds his other up, palm out, in a non-threatening manner.

"Please...please, I need help." He says, stopping about 10 feet from her.

"I got right fucked up on a bender," he lies, "I took way too much acid and now I don't know where I am or how long I've been out."

"As you can see," he motions to his garbage bag outfit, "I'm going through some tough times... Please..."

"I have a paper here," he says to the suspicious hooker, "it says it was printed on October 6th, 2009. How long ago was that?"

He remains at the same distance as he talks, not trying to approach. He puts extra effort into appearing non threatening which is difficult as he has the look of one tough son of a bitch.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby PMiller » Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:00 am

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The hooker saw Marley coming and was not so relaxed to see a tough-looking guy dressed in garbage bags coming her way. She was looking around, particularly in the direction of the purple Cadillac parked another block down. The four door sedan was riding low on its rear suspension, so low that it looked to be on purpose. It had tinted windows so dark Marley could not see if anyone was inside or not.

The black woman flicked her cigarette away and backed up.

“Sorry, honey. I gots no hit for you. You ain’t gots money, I cannot talk to you.”

She looked back towards the Cadillac again, looking like she might bolt… though she might not be able to run real fast in the 4 inch heels on those boots she was wearing and the skirt so tight it might be painted on.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby Mercevial Xenn » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:48 am

The Story of Marley Grann

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Marley glances in the direction of the purple Caddy. He figures her pimp is inside keeping an eye on his money maker.

"Yeah, yeah.... Don't freak out," he says to the skittish hooker. "I'm moving along... Thanks for nothing."

Marley isn't being mean with his comment but, rather, just stating a matter of fact.

The destitute stranger moves past the hooker, walking along the sidewalk towards the Cadillac. Although the sedan is on the other side of the street, Marley keeps an eye on it as he goes.

' I just need to get out of this neighbourhood.... Find out what's going on here...'
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby PMiller » Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:55 am

The hooker was probably relieved to see Marley walk away. She had glanced at the Caddy and went back to leaning against the light pole after a few seconds. The street was slow at the moment.

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While Marley was keeping one eye on the Cadillac, there was someone keeping an eye on him. The window rolled down and dark skinned man wearing large sunglasses and matching purple hat was looking across the street at him. So far the pimp had said nothing.

Farther down the block there was a rather beat up looking bus stop with a bench and a coin-operated newspaper dispenser next to it. Across the street, past the purple Caddy was a fenced in vacant lot full of weeds. The fence was only a chain link one about 4 feet high.

There were no other people or cars in sight at the moment.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby Mercevial Xenn » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:05 am

The Story of Marley Grann

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As Marley walks away from the hooker he watches the Caddy and takes in his surroundings. A beat up bus stop with little chance of a bus coming as it feels late.

He thinks back to the desert... of how close he was to finally getting the name he'd been searching for for years. He realizes time is ticking away and his informant is slowly disappearing like a sea creature burying itself beneath the sand.

No bus was coming and he couldn't walk not knowing where he was going.

He needed information and he needed it quick.

He glances over at the Cadillac once more. 'Desperate times call for desperate measures.' he thinks.

Marley was a desperate man right now. He was also street smart, however. He knows approaching the pimp aggressively will garner him an instant fight... And a disadvantage.

Once he decides to approach the pimp, he takes on the ruse of a sniveling addict. He walks timidly, glancing about with quick, tweaker-like paranoia.

A ruse is all it is though. If the pimp will help him out, so be it. If not... He will do whatever it takes to get back to that desert.

Whatever it takes.

"Hey.... Can you help a guy out?" He asks, his voice purposely soft, as he approaches the open window. "I need to get down to Beacon Hill."

Marley gets ready to bust some skulls if things go sideways. He was always good at that, even before that day.... The day everything changed.

Now he was just better at it. Now he had no remorse because he needed to get that name.

Whatever it takes.
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Re: Marley's life suddenly changed (Xenn Only)

Postby PMiller » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:30 am

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The pimp watched as Marley came nearer. He had an amused smirk. There was another person in the Caddy with the guy, sitting in the front passenger seat. He was hard to see in the shadows.

The pimp made a show of looking Marley up and down over the rims of his sunglasses that he held lower off his nose. He pushed them back up as Marley came within 10 feet of the Cadillac.

He had a condescending tone in his reply, “Jack youse a bitch of a way from Beacon Hill. Ya gots no shoes an’ it be a long walk. Ha ha ha.”

“An’ ya don’t look ta have bus fare in yar pockets, heh, heh.”
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