Richie took the man's hand and let him pull him onto the car. "I was and then someone pulled my girlfriend off," he said. He was covered in blood, his knuckles were bloody and he was going to be sore and bruised as soon as the adrenaline started to wear off. "I need to go make sure she's okay," he said as he nodded to the man. "Thanks," he said as he started toward where he saw Kae last.
Richie had gotten a good wake around him as he slammed another person in the face and knocking them back into others. He would turn and see the next two cars had already passed him and picked up speed and so he took off at a run, pushing people aside as he went to catch one of the ladders, his arm groaned as he continued to run with it before he pulled himself onto the ladder with a loud grunt.
He wrapped both of his arms around the ladder as he set his head on one of the rungs and just took a breath.
Richie was a stubborn man and as the man reached out for them he lifted Kae up to take the man's hand before the rush of people overwhelmed him and pulled him back from the train. His rifle was still on the train as he didn't want the mob to take it so he could only use his fists but as he fought to get back the train had already moved forward nearly ten feet and was picking up steam.
There were a few Redfords that turned to the call but it was Richie that saw Kaella get swallowed by the crowd and he basically jumped out of the train to get to her. It was a fight of people tugging and pulling at him as he elbowed and punch his way through to her. He didn't really have time to think anything through as he knew that the train was picking up speed and if they were going, then they needed to go.
When he got to Kae he grabbed her and basically covered her as he fought his way back toward the train with her.
Richie was a car away from where Kaella was as he helped the last few people on and went to start closing the door one the riot started. He wouldn't notice what would happen next, at least not immediately.
Richie hadn't want to come on the train but he also didn't want to kill his brother like he was ordered to do by Marcianus. The problem was, if he said his brother wasn't a spy it would out him as Reich and that didn't exactly work favorably for him in the order as all of the Reich intel he had was obsolete by now.
He had climbed on the train about midway through boarding with his girlfriend in toe with what they had for belongings. He hadn't realized that Marcianus was going to be leaving with the rest of them assuming he'd be staying to keep the order in tact so he was surprised to see the man on the train giving him a, "I knew you'd do the right thing" that made Richie scowl at the man but he stayed anyways because of he knew, who the hell else in the order might?
It was already set up that the rangers might implode with the sudden power vacuum of Marcianus leaving.
Richie found a place for himself and Kae and set his backpack down but kept his gun. "With how it sounded out there I think its best if I help, just in case something bad happens," he said to her. When she acknowledged he stood up to pace to one of the doors to help people in that had the passes that were made for this.
It was more of a case of right place right time. He just happened to be in the locker room when the major showed up and his girl was missing but he guessed it did work in his favor.
“Really? That’s good to hear,” Tonka beamed at him. “Hopefully that means he’ll convince you to come with us.”
Well everyone down here was trying to get him to follow his parents on that stupid train. “I guess we will see won’t we?”
There was a quiet that fell over him as his sister looked to him and he averted his gaze.
"Always good to know that its not though," she added. "So you've been doing well Richie?"
"As good as it can be down here," he said. "I think I'm doing about as well as you are," he said indicating to her happy smile while sitting with Ilia.
There was a tension in the air at Polis that was thick enough that it felt like you could cut through it with a knife. Everyone knew the train was expected to leave the station that day. Those that were approved to be on it were packed and ready to go, while others that wished to go but were denied were preparing in other means. You could see in the eyes of the people the anticipation of what was to come.
Those that were chosen filled the train as much as Violet and Red believed they could handle on the long and arduous journey and those they felt could help them, those they believed they could actually help their futures if there was something out there.
Though, they could have been equally dooming it.
The chosen boarded the train and got settled with their meager amounts of belongings before the rush would happen and the rangers and soldiers that had decided to come with, were having to protect the entrances to the train.
It was like a ripple in the crowd as the last few were starting to board, there was a surge of disgruntled Polis citizens that wanted to strike out and try as well.
This event is a GMed event. I will wait one day before adding on the next parts that happen which gives you 24 hours to respond how your character reacts in this situation (whether they are leaving, staying or one of the people trying to get onto the train that was denied).
I will react and provide story or difficulties for anyone that is involved.
Once Richie left, he was steaming mad but he had to get back to work. While he appreciated what Kae and Alice were trying to do he knew that his brother would always be too thick to listen to him. It was pointless.
It was Seth's way or else no one's way.
Of course he was the only one that could see it that way because it wasn't Seth's way.
He was still fuming as he was patrolling and nearly ran over one of his colleagues in his fuming state. "Excuse me," he said as he was about to step aside but looked to the side. "Tatiana?" he asked using their code names as he wasn't sure if she was going by her real name yet, not like him.
"Hey Sergei," she said giving him a meek smile as she brushed her hair over her ear and straightened up a little to look more presentable to her brother.
"Ilia this is the other brother I told you about."
After leaving the workshop and completing her quick bout of work for the day, Kae had returned home to Sergei. She crawled into bed and napped with him for a while. Afterwards they went for a meal like planned.
She was a little nervous about the plan to cram him into a space with his brother. Once or twice through the next day she considered telling him. Ultimately she decided to stick to it.
So as the twelve hour mark rolled around she sought him out.
"Hey Kotik," she greeted as she approached.
The crew of two Oberon people, Seth and some other guy, were ready at the gate. They were being escorted by a Ranger. It was supposed to be another one but it was substituted last minute for the last person Seth wanted to see.
Richie walked up to the group and pulled his mask on. “Let’s get this over with,” he said as he began toward the air lock to head the out and get the parts that they needed for the broken down piece of shit they were trying to repair.
Richie had settled in with his newer life with Kae. He was still only a temporary ranger so he couldn't take Kae with him so most of his funds went to keeping them fed and her housed while he worked. She did help where she could, with what she did best.
It was about the time that the flood of refugees from Oberon happened that Richie knew that something bad was about to happen.
He tried his best to avoid what he could of the refugees but it was an inevitable moment that Seth or Tonka would see him and approach. He mostly hoped it would be his sister and not his brother though life didn't always turn out the way that people wanted.
The antibiotics had helped Richie get clear of the forest, so to speak, but it had still taken another week for him to recover. Even then he wasn't quite back in top form, though of course he never complained. Kae could see it in the subtle signs.
He was well on his way to making a full come back, though. Even as she could see his stamina lacking, she could see it was also improving. So she'd agreed to let him start taking small jobs again, on the condition she do the same.
That had led to a small spat between them. One Kae ultimately won, with a small concession to keep his mind at ease. She would stay inside the station as much as possible, and only take external jobs to the next station on the line when she could travel with a guarded group. With both of them working again, they slowly replaced the clip of MGR that Kae had used to help pay for the medicine. All the while they were looking for an opportunity to travel to Polis.
Finally, fortune took a turn for the better. Kae was scouting jobs in the market one evening when she came across a trade party advertising for an extra gun to replace a guard that had quit, leaving them in a bad spot. She hung around briefly to ask a few questions before excusing herself to track down Richie.
"Sergei!" she called out when she finally spotted him in the crowd, giving a wave to draw his gaze to her.
Zaya had done as she was told soon after Joe had left, making her way for the part of the farthest platform near the tunnels to Smolenskaya. Many Rangers had homes there, not their usual tent barracks but genuine homes, nicely built shacks. Why some lived here and not all of them was something she wasn't certain on.
She wandered around for a bit until a ranger, an old but strong looking man in his fifties asked her what she was doing there while he smoked a cigarette.
"...Do you know where Joe lives?" She eventually asked, working up the courage after a few moments of silence.
"Joe?" He asked, a surprised look on his face as he considered what Sousa could need with a kid. Soon enough he pointed out her house.
"Should be that one there...you know her?" He asked and Zaya nodded after a moment and walked after thanking him quietly. The ranger shrugged and went back to his cigarette, not wanting to stop the girl as she went into Joe's house, feeling if it wasn't planned she wouldn't have left it unlocked.
Zaya looked around Joe's home for a few moments, almost amazed by it as she had only ever lived and been in the all to normal tents in the metro up to that point, even Polis was mostly one giant tent city. It didn't take long to find the vodka, Joe mentioned. There wasn't much in it and Zaya wasn't one to drink but she shrugged after eyeing it for a moment and took a sip before immediatly gagging on it and spitting it out before putting the bottle away.
Back with Dag, Natashia had begun to eye him from the interrogation room, an oddly devilish smirk on her face as she had pieced together he'd be the next one to 'visit' her. By now she knew she was probably compromised, her bosses wouldn't come for her, or send anyone. She knew that, it came with their job. Disposable at the drop of a hat.
Richie didn't even know that Kae had left let alone come back and started to force feed him antibiotics for the scratch he had gotten from the large rodent of unusual size. His fever would break soon after she had gotten him on antibiotics. He still felt cold himself even though he was running a temperature though it was dropping.
When he opened his eyes he smiled up to his girlfriend and took her hand. "God you're beautiful."
Post Begrudged Friendship & Pre Where is Liam
After Kae had parted ways from Sergei that night, several weeks passed before they saw one another again. It wasn't intentional on Kae's part. Delivering the package had been far tougher than she'd expected. What was supposed to be a day trip ended up taking four. She was forced to shelter in place at the station for a few days before it was safe enough for the guards to begin letting travelers through again. After that is was one thing after another, it seemed.
When they'd finally crossed paths again, Kae had expected to fall into their normal... whatever the hell it was. So she was surprised with the cool greeting she initially received. It was a strange encounter. He'd seemed relieved at the very start of it, like he'd been worried about her, but that had quickly shifted.
They smoothed it out in their awkward way. Since then they saw one another fairly regularly.
On this day, Kae was sitting on the bed sewing a patch over the knee of her pants while Sergei sat in front of the nightstand cleaning his gun.
"So where were you from originally?" she asked conversationally. She'd been trying to learn more about him, but he was tight lipped.
Despite some rocky moments between them along the way, Kae and Sergei had begun to spend more and more time together. She wasn't entirely sure what she would have called it at this point, but when he was staying in Hanza's trade hub, looking for work, Kae spent the night with him more often than not.
This was another of those mornings as Kae reluctantly peeled away from his warmth to dress and leave for the day. Sergei was still sleeping, so she was quiet as she dressed and slipped out, heading off in search of some kind of work.