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Bruce Wayne ([personal profile] master_bruce) wrote2012-11-21 09:09 am
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OOM: Batsuit


The door brings them, as it usually does, to the main entrance hall of Wayne Manor. Bruce casually takes her hand, and leads her through a door to the East Wing. It takes them through a drawing room, a few smaller ones that all seem to be some kind of sitting room, heading south. Eventually, they end up in a room with a grand piano, and he nods at the wall of bookcases. 

'The cave's down there. You can see later, if you like. I put the suit in one of the gyms.''

For now though, through another door and down a long flight of stairs. The decor down here is cool and neutral, such as you'd find in the most exclusive of private health clubs. He opens an unmarked door, and stands aside to let her enter first.

There's a climbing wall on one side, various blocks and obstacles scattered over the vast open floor. Ledges are cut into the side of the far wall, spaced at such distance that most people would think impossible to jump across. By the door, and stretched along the near wall, is a bench on which various weapons and utilities are laid out. The whole place has obviously been set up as a testing area.

In the corner, the Batsuit stands in its clear perspex case. Bruce glances towards it, and then hits a security number on the door, so they can't be heard, or disturbed.

'I thought we should probably test its manouverability under pressure before setting weapons on it.'

In case, y'know. A gunshot blows a hole through it.

cutting_edgex23: ([solo] on the hunt (pretty))

[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-21 04:08 pm (UTC)(link)
"That is sensible," X agrees, flicking a quick glance at Bruce before slipping her hand from his to make her way to the perspex case.

And, of course, the suit.

"There are potential vulnerabilities you are already aware of?"

Business first, right? And this might her an idea of where to begin. Or what else, besides bullets, to leave for last.
cutting_edgex23: ([mono] focused)

[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-24 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
"They are easier to conceal," X agrees, nodding once. "I have several." Not counting the blades in her hands. And feet.

Her gaze is still fixed on the suit, and she takes a moment to pace around it, brow furrowing as she studies it.

The she turns to Bruce, head tilting very slightly.

"Maneuverability has already been tested?"

It's something she would need to worry about a little more than Bruce, given their comparative combat styles, but still.
cutting_edgex23: ([solo] wry smile)

[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-24 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
X is glad he asked her. Not least because two heads are better than one when it comes to finding creative ways to kill a man in a suit.

"Maneuverability first. While you wear it."

It's halfway to a question.

"In case we find many ways to destroy it. Later."

That would be problematic.
cutting_edgex23: ([TX] straightforward)

[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-24 09:17 pm (UTC)(link)
X makes no move to help Bruce get into the suit.

That is not what she is here for.

Instead she slings her accompanying sports bag up onto a clear space on the weapons bench, unzipping it and unloading her armory. Well, part of her armory.

"Seven," she says as she does so. "Of varying caliber. .22, .38, .44, a sniper rifle, an assault rifle, a shotgun, and an Uzi."

Beat.

"None of them are from the future."

And by 'future' X means 'obtained from Jayne's contacts on Santo'.

"I did not think energy weapons would be relevant. This time."
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-24 09:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"I will." This is like a promise. "Before it is more relevant."

Maybe experimental alien hybrid tech from her own world will be useful, too. They can always ask Forge.

She hesitates, halfway through the process of setting out the ammunition for each weapon, then half-turns to look at Bruce over her shoulder.

"You wanted to?"
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-24 09:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes."

X's voice is quiet.

"I found them. There were demons."

A few seconds later, in case it might be relevant --

"Not like the one that threatened you. But no one is dead. More dead. I think that is good."
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-24 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes," she says, only a bit less carefully.

"But I do not like when Elle is hurt."

This is the truth.

"I do not like possession, either. Or mind control. It is -- "

She frowns slightly, looking for the right word. She settles for something less accurate, though her tone suggests her loathing relates to something personal.

Or several somethings.

"Bad."
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-24 09:50 pm (UTC)(link)
"No."

X's reply is immediate, and accompanied by a clenched left fist. The palm of her hand -- and its scar -- stings very briefly.

"I will not -- No."

She promised Bruce. X has not forgotten.

"I was not hurt. And it was not -- "

Where are the right words?

" -- it did not want me. I was not in danger. And you were not. Because you were not there."

As if X would have been at all discreet if anything might have possibly targeted Bruce. Never.

But that is not the only relevant concern.

"And the people involved are upset. Still. I do not know how to help them. Except not to talk. Unless they do."
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-28 08:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Carefully, X twists the suit a little more out of the way, then slides her own hand to rest on the inside of his elbow. Her fingertips are light against the delicate skin.

She can feel his pulse here, too.

"Yes."

She sounds certain of that, even if it is a little more firmly delivered than her usual, outside of the heat of battle.

"But I do not like possession. It -- "

She frowns.

"People have tried. Before. But it is not the same as the Facility. It is harder to fight. And easier. But I do not think the people in Milliways know how."

X worries.
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-11-28 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"Sometimes it is difficult to know."

X unclenches her left hand, bringing it up to rest lightly against Bruce's waist. Out of the way of the suit, of course.

"It was Sinister. Recently. Who tried. It was not effective."

This pause is brief, even as X's gaze flickers to meet Bruce's own.

"I will not let anyone control me. You know."
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-12-06 02:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"I know," X says, though she doesn't quite sigh. Maybe someone else would.

"We will find a way to make them stop."

The pressure of her hand on his waist increases, just slightly. Maybe Bruce can help her brainstorm. Later.

"Sinister is harder to kill than I am. But he has other favorite targets. I warned them. That he was back. And the clones are in San Francisco. Now. We are finding them homes."

And X is helping them figure out how to be people. She has experience.

Beat.

"You are okay?"
cutting_edgex23: ([mono] focused)

[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-12-09 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
X spends another moment studying Bruce, as if making sure he really is okay.

Then, very carefully, she starts to help get him into the suit.

It's neither an apology nor a repeated promise, but still.

She knows he worries.

(She does, too.)
cutting_edgex23: (Logan and X in costume)

[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-12-11 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
X tilts her head, studying the combined effect for a few moments.

Then she takes a careful step or two back, attempting to get a glimpse of the whole picture.

Then --

"My brother used to wear yellow. And blue."

Beat.

"With stripes."

Your choice in costume could be a lot worse, Bruce. (And unlike Namor, Bruce is not really showing much skin. Also sensible.)

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