Days of Training pt2 Mo, Emilia, Angel, Taye, MacCoy, and Aubrey dashed around the corner and sprinted to where Dare lay in the long grass.
"Ohmigosh, Dare, are you okay?!?"
"Yeah, I'm alright mate."
"Sparring happened." She grinned ruefully.
"Well, we can't just leave you there!"
"Yeah, you need to call an ambulance!"
"No. I trust you lot much more than I trust any stiff paramedics."
"Yeah, but we don't know what to DO!"
"I have an idea." Everyone turned to look at Angel. "How have you guys not thought of this?"
"Just tell us, Angel!"
"Okay, okay chica. Jeeze. Why don't you pick up Dare on that convenient sheet over there in the living
Days of Training pt1 "Dare, keep you hands up!" Oblio said scoldingly. His voice sounded hoarse when he was loud. Dare raised her hands up a bit.
"Higher! If you're sparring an enemy, they'll never give you time to get ready unless they're very, very stupid!"
"Oblio, you're not an enemy!" Nonetheless, she tried a weak snap kick to one side of his head. He deflected it easily. Though she wasn't aiming for him, of course.
"For sparring's sake, pretend I am!"
"But I don't want to spar you, let me spar Mo!"
"Hey, what is that supposed to mean?"
"Dare, focus." He hit the heels of her loose fists up until they we in front of her face.
"What am I supposed to do now? My hands are blocking my eyes!"
"Use your brain!" Dare adjusted just in
Meditative Morning Oblio's back garden was the most serene place Dare had ever seen. Three bright cherry trees stood watch over a little pool with an even smaller island in the middle. There was a low wooden platform on the island, and a similar one in the closest tree. Some kind of vines hung down from trellises that were way too small and reached out to grab the trees. They hung low to touch the pond in some places, and stretched to the canopy on others. Dare loved it.
"This is amazing Oblio."
"I'm glad you think so. Come on." He led her to the center of the oasis and leaped easily over the moat of green pond water. Dare had a little more trouble, and ended up almost overshooting it. Oblio caught her and she nodded gratefully.
"Don't fall in the water, I'm sure the fish wouldn't appreciate it, and I doubt you'd like being sopping wet."
House at Midnight Oblio owned a single-story house on the outskirts of the city. The house was small but he had a bigger backyard that than some of the neighbors because of that. There was an old- style cobblestone path leading to his front door. The walls were a light brown brick.
Oblio rode up the cobble path and stopped his bike by the door. It looked a bit out of place near such an old- style house.
"Here we are."
"Dare, we're here."
"Oh!" She dismounted a bit clumsily and almost ran into the wall. Sheepishly, she handed him his helmet.
"Are you okay Dare?"
"Yeah, I'm okay."
Oblio unlocked the door and stepped into a dark room. He flicked a switch. There was an old but comfortable- looking couch behind a rickety wooden coffee t
Afternoon of Ruins Dare looked shocked. She stumbled over to the cracked bar and sat down on a now tree- legged barstool. Oblio didn't know what he should be doing. After some consideration, he walked over and placed a hand on her shoulder.
The place was in ruins. The black marble bar had been chiseled into two unequal pieces. All the stools had been crippled or shattered. Some of the tables had been sawed in half and the rest had been toppled. The walls had been splattered with random colors of neon paint, and the expensive wooden floor had gaping holes where planks had been ripped away.
But what got to Dare the most was what had happened to her dance floor. It was a pricey piece of technology. It worked as a giant touch screen, when stepped upon it would flash a brilliant color around your foot, and could somewhat tell when someone was tearing it up on the dance floor, and it flashed accordingly. When someon
Mid-Nap Caper The party had lasted until early the next day, and the whole group just crashed in Dare's house. Angel was on the couch, Aubrey had claimed the guest room, and Mo, Taye, MacCoy, and Emilia had taken up positions on the floor, armed with sheets and towels. Dare was, of course, in her bed, and Oblio had fallen asleep in one of the armchairs on the balcony.
Mo was the first one up, and he had the foresight to go and get breakfast. Sure enough, everyone was famished.
"Alright, alright, there'll be enough food for everyone if SOMEONE doesn't eat all of it."
"Sorry," MacCoy mumbled through a mouthful of omelet. He looked sheepish.
"We can always get more," said Emilia, grinning, "The breakfast house is right down the street."
"Don't get cocky."
Night at Dance Central At the club, Angel was indeed awake, and he wasn't happy. Oblio knew this and hung back, letting Dare go in first and explain as best she could. When Angel looked sufficiently settled down, he tentatively opened the door and slipped inside. He was waiting, a strange look on his face.
"So what do you have to say for yourself, amigo?"
"S'alright. I was gettin' into your business." Oblio looked shocked.
"What? You're not mad?"
"No, amigo, I was furious. But now I'm over it." He didn't look conviced.
" Okay "
"Lighten up! I said I was over it!"
"Okay, I believe you." And he was indeed beginning to.
At the club that night, the whole group had gotten together. Dare ha
Evening Deja- Vu The three simply stared at each other for the longest time, all eyes wide with surprise, including Oblio's. Suddenly he sprinted to and open window and somersaulted out onto the seat of his bike. Obviously he'd planned for something such as this. Within a minute of his landing he had sped away.
Dare and Taye had a time trying to get Angel onto the worn leather couch. When they finally did, they were at a loss for what to do.
"Is he is he still even alive?" Taye asked tentatively.
"Of course he is, did you think Oblio would kill him?"
"I dunno girl, that was some freaky stuff."
"But if you look, he's still breathing, so "
"Oh. Yeah, I see."
"Well, I'm gonna go find Oblio."
"Yeah, I think you better."