Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:27 pm

Esimae slowed down as she darted the truck into the subdivision. There were speed bumps and she did not want them bouncing around the cab's interior like popping corn.

The panic she was seeing in the residential areas was disconcerting. Her own phone was back in her wrecked mini-van with her purse. She hoped that the school had called and left a message on her machine if there was an issue with the kids. Even if they didn't she was going to collect them anyway. Her worry over them, kept her focused and determined.

She turned left, then right and crossed to the left side of the street to skid to a halt at the end of her driveway. It was a short concrete parking spot for at most two cars in front of the two car garage. The houses in the neighborhood had really small front lawns, but much more space behind them for the children to play.

Esimae turned to Pritchard offering a hand, "Thanks for the use of your truck. Stay safe."

She left the pick-up running and was going to get out. She was not about to offer the man some tea, but she almost felt sorry for the man as he was likely clueless about what to do next. What did ordinary people do when hell's minions came calling?
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:10 am

Pritchard took your hand in a firm gripe despite the events of the night. The old farmer looked you in the eye hard. There was conflict in his eyes as he stare at you. The old man was a gentleman a heart and was torn between getting out of your way or staying and watching your back. He let go of your hand and a moment passed.

"I'll uh...I'll see you to the door at least."

The farmer with shotgun in hand open the passenger door and stepped out.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:55 am

Esimae nodded, letting the man do what he liked. Despite movies and TV shows slowly changing public opinion otherwise, the small town attitudes and the farmers were still protective of women. They could not help it.

She turned the truck off and exited. She handed the keys to Pritchard and walked to the garage door of her house. There was a keypad there to enter a combination for the automatic garage door opener so she could get inside her house. The key to her front door was on the ring of keys in the ignition of her wrecked mini-van.

With one of the garage doors opening, she ducked inside without waiting for it to rise fully. “Come on in,” she offered to the farmer. Her husband’s car was out; he had driven the Ford sedan to work as usual. The other space inside had his motorcycle, a Kawasaki crotch-rocket, and her large 4x4 Toyota SUV.

Entering the house proper through the interior garage door, she was only a few steps from the kitchen where the main house phone was connected with its built in answering machine. She needed to see if there was any messages.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:46 am

Pritchard took the keys and pocketed them. The farmer wanted his hands free for his shotgun. Before following you into the garage, the old man pocket a handful of shotgun shells as well.


Inside the house, it was quiet. There was still power and it did not look like any one had disturbed the place since you all left in the morning. Around the corner and in the kitchen, you see the answering machine. It's message light was blinking.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:06 am

Esimae moved to the kitchen phone. "It looks like I have a message. It better not be some telemarketer or an insurance salesman."

It was an old model cordless phone that hung on the charging station on the wall. The base unit had a built in answering machine, and still worked just fine. If one still used a regular land line, one still needed to receive voice messages if one was not home.

She picked up the pen and the notepad from the counter nearby in case she needed to write something. Then she pushed the button to play back the message on the machine.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:33 am

THere were two messages on the machine.

The first was the school. It was a somewhat formal message informing you that they were releasing the kids to parents to pick up in the coming crisis. It was unclear if the buses would be running or not. The school would try calling the alternate number.

The second message was from your husband. He was somewhat panicking as he failed to reach you on your cell. He said had left work to pick up the kids and then head home to hopefully meet you.

That message was from about 45 minutes ago.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:43 am

Esimae ‘s face grew tight as she suddenly had a pit in her stomach. But it was a crisis and she was no dumb housewife that panicked and waited for someone else to save her ass.

She commented to the only person around to listen, “Damn. 45 minutes was plenty of time for Eric to pick up the kids and be back here… unless he got caught up at work.”

Her eyes met farmer Pritchard’s as she continued, “That’s what I would think if this were a normal day. But after what I have seen…” The famer could there was fire in those eyes.

She jabbed the buttons on the handset and called her husband on his cell. If he did not pick up, then she would call the school to check if the kids were still there.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:01 am

"On a normal day, " echoed Pritchard. You could tell he was feeling uneasy as well. This day was far from normal.

You put the handset up to your ear as it dials your husbands cell. It immediately clicked over to voice mail, with the recording that this customer could not be reached. Trying again, resulted in the same message.

Calling the school did not make matters better. Their phone just rang until you hung up from frustration.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:40 am

"Damn!"

Esimae was fearing the worse as she slammed the cordless receiver back into the cradle without making sure it was hooked to stay. It dropped to the floor and the battery case popped off from the impact. She did not care and was already moving towards the basement. Her mind was focused on getting her gear and then driving the route to the school to find out what happened to her children... and her husband. She spared no thought about Pritchard.

She flung open the door to the stairs down and jabbed the light switch. "Hell came here. Well, there is going to be hell to pay if those bastards harmed my children," she growled as she stomped down the stairs.

The basement was finished. It was a combination workout area, playroom, and storage. In the few years before Esimae gave birth to Nathan (her oldest), she was reluctant to give up her connections to her previous life. Things her husband Eric would not have understood. So while he was away at work, she had a building contractor installing a secret room. It had taken a few months, but the payments were from her own money.

She tripped the secret catch in the paneling and slide it aside to reveal what looked like a vault door with an electronic lock. It had a fingerprint scanner. Not only did it require her fingerprints, but they had to be entered in the correct sequence like a combination. A few moments later the lock clicked and she opened the heavy door.

Inside was a closet sized armory... if one was stocking archaic weapons. Where else was a soccer mom to store her magical swords, protection charms, and crossbows that fired exploding bolts. She could not have her kids finding them and terrorizing the neighborhood cats.

She used to practice with her weapons regularly before getting pregnant, but stopped until the two children were old enough to go to school. Allison (the youngest) had only started kindergarten this year and Esimae had been slowly getting back into shape because she was finding herself bored during the day.

She walked in and started taking the essentials down from their hallowed racks. First the pair of swords, a long katana and the shorter wakizashi blade for her opposite hand. Glancing over she noticed that the farmer had followed her down. She have him an arched eyebrow, almost like a inquiry to comment.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:07 am

Pritchard had made to say something, perhaps to comfort, before you stalked off to the basement. He could see the parental anger in your face and kept his mouth shut for the time being.

Down in the basement, the hidden armory and the cache of archaic weapons surprised the old farmer. He almost droppped his shotgun, but managed to keep a grip on it.

"Lady, Who are you?" he asked incredulously.

"You seem to know an awful lot of what is going on."
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:51 am

Esimae took a large duffel bag that was collapsed into a draw near the floor and slid the pair of swords into it. She did not stop moving as she gathered weapons but occasionally glanced over at the farmer, only taking a few moments to think about his question.

"Right now I am housewife that is going to figure out what happened to her children and rescue them... even if I have to cut a few heads off some demons to do it."

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She pulled a modern crossbow off a rack. It was a pistol gripped repeating crossbow that fired short metal bolts from a magazine of 10. It had a small scope that made for quicker aiming with a laser sight. It had its own special carrying case and she put that into the duffel with spare magazines of shiny bolts. She laid the crossbow down next to the duffel on the narrow table.

"I am not entirely sure how much shit has hit the fan today, but I have seen demons before I was married. My father was a demon hunter for two hu-.... a lot of years."

"So was I before I got married. I have killed more than a couple," she added casually. In her decade working with her father it had actually been more than she could accurately remember. Even now after two kids, she still looked only about 25 or 26 years old, hardly old enough to have had a decade long career and then had children now in elementary school. It was that elven blood in her family's heritage that made her look younger than she really was.

Esimae opened a drawer with a bandoleer of small, shiny throwing knives. "These weapons might not look as potent as your shotgun, but the metal is special and is more harmful to the demon's flesh." She put the bandoleer in the duffel bag.

Then she opened up what looked like a jewelry box and pulled a ring and slid it on her finger. The was a polished leather headband that had was meant to slip over her ears and across her forehead, holding her bangs back. She donned that as well.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:24 pm

"Like a mama bear when her cub is in danger..." Pritchard muttered quietly.

The farmer didn't catch your slip up on how old you might actually be or if you weren't all human. The whole demon thing was probably getting a bit much for him.

"Well, I'll stick with you. Even if you've dealt with the demons before, it's always good to have some one watch your back."

Pritchard looked at the weapon's rack as you finished packing the duffel bag.

"Have any magic shotgun shells?"
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:50 pm

Esimae nodded and gave the farmer a smile of encouragement. “Yes, it is better to have someone watching your back. Demons can be conniving and tricky.”

She did not have a shotgun; preyed on demons, not rabbits and squirrels. But she did have something else and from a small cabinet she removed a flask of liquid that was labeled with sigil that was not recognizable to Pritchard. But the glass was clear and the liquid inside had all the appearance of water.

Esimae offered it to farmer, “Here you can use this. It is holy water. If you carefully dip the shells into it half way, only enough to wet the pellets and not the rest of the shell, the buckshot will all effectively be blessed and more effective at hurting the bastards.”

She pretty much had what she needed, and was only waiting to see if her new partner was going to ask any more questions. She did not have any extra protection items.
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Herzog » Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:09 pm

Pritchard took the flask and moved off to the side. He quickly ejected the shells currently loaded in the shotgun and dipped them into the holy water. There was a skeptical look about his face, but he remained silent as he loaded the now blessed shells back into the weapon. He took a moment to dip his other shells, and then stuffed them back in his pocket.

He nodded his readiness as he followed you out of the basement.

"So, uh...these demons. Where is better to aim? The head or center mass?"
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Re: Hell has come to Earth (Esimae Only)

Postby Esimae Brayman » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:28 am

Esimae grabbed the gear and duffels, pushing the button to close the secret room back up tight so no one would know it was there.

As she paused to let Pritchard prep the shells with the holy water she wondered about why her father had never modernized his approach. Blessed bullets from an assault rifle would do a number on any demon. She knew the answer in a moment. He was an archaic sentimentalist and reveled in the old ways and style of doing things. Besides trying to reuse bullets was a pain compared to the throwing knives and crossbow bolts.

"The holy water will not last for very long, wearing off in about a half of an hour."

"If you can get most of the blast into the head that is best, but shotguns scatter too much at range so it is better to aim center of mass to get the most pellets into them. Tissue is softer."

"Their heads are tougher, so you really need a tighter grouping to take them down. But chances are good that you can blind them by taking out both eyes if you are lucky."

She led the way up through the house to the garage again. They were faced with a choice.

"I need to take the Toyota, it has the child booster seat in it for my youngest. Do you want to ride with or follow in your pickup?"
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