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Marlowe ([personal profile] marlowe_tops) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-03-18 04:40 pm

The Road

The Road

Maybe you’ve always been traveling this road. Maybe you just started. But, either way, now you have a companion. They say it’s not about the destination, it’s the journey. Now you’re going to have to find out.

1. Post-apocalyptic. There’s not much left of the world out there. But there’s still this road, and at the end of it, they say, there’s a haven.
2. Epic fantasy. It’s a long and winding road, through forests and plains, and all manner of treacherous fairies and giant spiders along the way. Supposedly, at the end of it there’s a castle, a dragon, and a treasure.
3. Yellow brick road! A journey through a world weird and wonderful, and at the end, if you’re lucky, is a way back home.
4. Road trip! Route 66, cheap motels, diners, small-town America and the open highway.
5. The Eternal Commute. Welcome to hell. Or New Jersey. Either way, really. The two of you are stuck in this car, in traffic, and you’re getting nowhere. Eventually, one day, you’re going to get to your destination.
6. Wilderness road. Maybe you’re lost, or stranded, or this is all you’ve ever known. All you know is there’s only one road in all this wilderness, and if you’re ever going to get back to civilisation, you’re going to have to follow it.
7. Shangri-La. You’ve heard a rumour about this road. It goes somewhere. Somewhere special. El Dorado. Atlantis. Camelot. But if you ever want to get there, you’re going to have to follow the road. Don’t stray.
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[personal profile] mylawn 2017-03-18 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] mercyful 2017-03-19 12:42 am (UTC)(link)
Of course fairies, giant spiders, and dragons don't exist right? (We don't talk about the Shimadas' dragons, okay?) But in dreams anything is possible, and this one is full of elements out of a storybook. It's hard to say if this dream is Jack's or Angela's, but both star as the main characters. Perhaps they're both creating this, and a person's dream state can be shared. Whatever the case, it starts on an idyllic path in the woods, and a Swiss princess set on reclaiming her deceased parents' castle from the dragon who killed them. With her is a gruff, mysterious man who has agreed to help her in this task, but she hardly knows anything about him, beyond the fact he can fight.

"Are you an adventurer, or a soldier perhaps?" she asks, clutching her magical healing staff a little bit tighter.
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[personal profile] mylawn 2017-03-22 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
"Whatever I get paid to be."

Gruff is right--but Angela's assessment is correct. Right now, he's a bodyguard, but he's filled both those roles in the past, among others. He's admittedly advised against this course of action, but Angela isn't to be swayed, and Jack is indebted to her family in one way or another. Whether he likes it or not, he's along for this ride--and he still has a sense of duty. He's not about to let her do this on her own.

"I'll see you safely where you need to go."

He can promise her that much, despite everything.
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[personal profile] mercyful 2017-03-22 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
What a vague answer! Angela doesn't like that lack of clarity, but beggars can't be choosers, can they? No one else would be willing to help her in this endeavor. Well, Sir Reinhardt would, of course, but the princess feels he's too old to go fighting dragons and he's off somewhere helping people with his squire anyway. She won't pull him away for this.

"My thanks, sir. Ah, what should I call you?"
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[personal profile] mylawn 2017-03-24 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
Angela will find sooner rather than later that Jack does vague very, very well. Still, he knows that if they're going to foster some kind of working relationship, it's not going to do either of them any good to be hostile. Jack is fairly self-aware in that he knows he's difficult to get on with, and often does a very good job of exacerbating the situation all on his own.

So when she asks for his name, it's the one thing he'll offer her--a temporary concession.

"Jack." Short, sweet, and to the point. "Just Jack."
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[personal profile] mercyful 2017-03-24 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
"All right." It's good enough for her, and the fact that it's short is a good thing if she finds herself in trouble and needs to shout for him.

"I suppose you may call me Princess, for brevity's sake." Your Royal Highness is just a mouthful, and Angela isn't something people call her. There's always been a distance between herself and those around her. It's been lonely at the top -- now even more so with her parents gone -- but people expect her to act a certain way and she follows along. That's the thing about royalty: they're as much servants as those who serve them.

"I do hope the path is safe along the way." While it is a concern, she's simply trying to make polite conversation.
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[personal profile] mylawn 2017-03-26 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)
He grunts affirmatively to let her know that it's understood, but then seems to reconsider and answers her verbally.

"Princess it is."

He'll call her whatever she likes, but it seems he can't exactly turn the gruffness off. At her second remark, he manages to bite back the obvious comment: if the path was safe, he wouldn't have been hired in the first place.

But Jack does seem to recognize that such quibbles are pointless. Instead, he holds out his hand.

"I can take your bag."