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PostSubject: locked in a cage   Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:23 am

Prison..

It wasn't anything like the Earth's version of the slammer. Sure, there were similarities; you couldn't leave for one, there were guards swarming the place and communication to the outside world was restricted – actually, you couldn't talk to anyone outside without a good reason. But it was like a city within a city, or a foreign country. It felt like they were so far away from the rest of society, they were self-contained and operated by their own rules. Not to mention, they were generally ignored by the rest of Sheol, like the black sheep of the family or red-headed stepchild.

There were certainly cells, areas that worked as solitary confinement, torture chambers, while some people were simply chained to a wall. There were ways to redeem yourself here; rarely were you ever set free unless your offense was extremely minor, but if you behaved well and didn't mouth off at every chance you were allowed to function as someone would in an apartment. You received your own room – a small one, but a room nevertheless. You were allowed to have one or two roommates (it honestly depended on how benevolent the guards were feeling), but of course you weren't really allowed to leave and there were several mechanisms that prevented you from doing such (locks, chains, not to mention they were all still wearing their collars). At least you were given a decent view.

Malachi found him in one such room. His offense, in his opinion, shouldn't even be considered one. Speaking ill about Sheol and telling various inhabitants that there was nothing to advance to, that they would forever be stuck here wasn't something he considered dangerous at all. He was simply being truthful and he couldn't understand why he couldn't be passed off as a regular 'conspiracy theorist', like those townsfolk who insisted the elemental warriors were around for some underground secret bullshit. Sure, his words often instilled fear and fostered chaos, but it wasn't his fault that some people were dramatic or reacted so..
..enthusiastically?
Besides, even in here he could still talk and mouth off about the future. When the guards threatened to cut his tongue off was the only time he ever took a break. Not to say he even spoke very often in general.

Anyhow, what he was doing, fortune-telling and forecasting the future for deserving individuals, it should have been considered a charity!

But, instead, he found himself locked in an apartment-like chamber which he shared willingly with Otaktay, a thunderbird. They got along pretty well, the bird-spirit always willing to listen about whatever hokie stuff he decided to go on about on any given night, and in turn he'd lend an ear whenever the weather-wielder had something to say. He was too indifferent to start any arguments with the male, despite his opinions and thoughts on things, so there was never a time where they were at each others throats despite living in close contact everyday. Speaking of close-contact, no, he wasn't fond of Otaktay in terms of romance, however some nights he didn't have any complaints over sharing a bed (after so many nights he liked having CLEAN sheets. He didn't piss/shit himself throughout the night, it was just after a while it was time for a cleansing) with the thunderbird or even getting a bit cuddly. No, he wasn't attracted to the guy or anything else with a penis, but being locked away with some guy for so long..well, beggars couldn't be choosers and a body was a body. It just wasn't a preference. Occasionally snuggling up to someone in prison was enough to keep you sane for another decade.

"You aren't asleep, are you?" Malachi questioned from his four-poster, rolled onto his side facing where the thunderbird should have been laying down his own bed. "I can't sleep at all."
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:41 am

Time spent in Sheol always felt never-ending to its inhabitants, however, it was nothing in comparison to spending it in prison. If minutes felt like hours in the rest of the realm, then they felt like years in the cage. And for someone as dangerous as he was, there was no possible chance of a release.

However, the thunderbird wasn't known for complaining. He was well-behaved in terms of conduct, hence why he was able to reside in an apartment-like room as opposed to being chained to a wall or worse. Being tall and muscular probably helped as well, but there were enough thick-headed guards to restrain him should he ever decide to act up. The native wasn't at all violent though and it wasn't because he feared the punishment for rebelling. He believed that there was a time and place for everything and that he should wait until the right time before making his escape. He had waited for a long, long time, but he could sense that the opportunity it was just around the corner.

In terms of his offense, he was considered one of the most dangerous of prisoners. This title deserved him a lot of respect among his fellow prisoners and guards were wary not too hassle him too much. Still, all of this respect seemed fickle to him and especially when he used to be one of the elites. Those days seemed so long ago, now that he had fallen from grace. Of course, he didn't regret his decisions.

At the sound of his name, the native glanced up from the billows of smoke that formed from the end of his calumet pipe. He had crafted several of these himself during his free time and decorated them with intricate designs and feathers. Before replying, he exhaled a puff of smoke into the air and watched as it dissipated. "Does the smoke bother you?"
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:53 am

He stretched his arms over his head, hugging the pillow backwards. "No." The Thunderbird smoking..he never noticed that anymore. They'd been living together for so long, and he'd done it enough that it was just another thing you smelt sometimes.

Pushing the blankets off, he sat up and itched at his bottom with a clawed hand. "It's just one of those nights. I'm tired but?" Sometimes having something warm to drink helped soothe him to sleep, but they didn't have access to that stuff right now. He pushed away from the bed and approached Otaktay's, taking a seat on the edge of it like it was his own. Maybe the smoke would lull him to sleep instead; it had before.

"I think something might happen soon." His psychic abilities were all smothered, so he was only talking on instinct. It'd been quiet for too long, they were shut up in here for too long.. "What do you think? You don't talk about that stuff anymore." Maybe that was why he couldn't sleep. Random things were usually his reason for being unable to.
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:14 am

His question was sort of rhetorical. Well, the vast majority of his questions were. They had shared a room for so long now that Malachi probably wouldn't even notice the smoke. Thus, his response wasn't all that surprising. A slight smile curved at the corners of his mouth as he took another inhale from the end of his pipe. Smoking, it was soothing to him.. not that he needed to be soothed really. It wasn't like he could fall ill from it either. Such a thing was unheard of in this realm as spirits weren't prone to ailments like humans were.

He puffed out a 'O' of smoke as his eyes drifted along with his cellmate as he took a seat on his bed. The native sat at the head of his bed, legs crossed over one an another with his back as straight as a board. You'd think he was participating in a war council. "Oh?" He replied, glancing at Malachi from the corner of his eyes. He took a moment to think about this; he had a feeling that something was impending, but he wasn't sure how to describe it. "Nights don't seem so long now, do they?"

They often spoke of such things, however, it was Malachi that could perceive the winds of change better than he could. It was his ability, after all. "I sense it too. The real question is, will it effect us?" Scarlet eyes shifted to face the fellow bird completely.
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:11 pm

"Even if it doesn't.." He mumbled, staring out at what he could see of Sheol, which wasn't much at all considering where they were, but it was about 10x the view you'd get locked in an ordinary cell. He could see a village from a distance, but everything was empty at the moment. It was almost more torturous to have a nice view, like holding a treat in front of someone's nose but never letting them have a taste. A clawed hand lifted to scratch the back of his head. "We should make it effect us."

Breaking out crossed his mind often, but if they were to be caught again it would definitely put them in prison forever. It seemed like they were on that road anyway, but there was always a chance as long as they behaved, he thought anyway. In order to bail, they simply needed to get their collars off. It was ridiculous how simple yet impossible it was. Again, they had a nice cell and should be appreciative of that, but who would prefer being trapped all day in a room regardless of how nice it was, unless you had some kind of phobia of being outside?

He stood up again and approached the window he'd been looking out, leaning up against it and glancing outside with interest. Like the answer to his – their collar dilemma was outside somewhere.
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:04 am

Those crimson eyes followed the shape of Malachi's body as he headed for the only window that offered them a negligible glimpse to the outside world. He didn't respond right away and merely formed a few more puffs of smoke from his pipe. If it weren't for the window, the smoke would probably fill the room like a steam-room. He never smoked for very long though and it was typically only once in a blue moon. Tobacco was only allotted once a month to prisoners who wanted any and the native would stock up on the herb for a while before he smoked it so he never ran out.

"How do you propose this?" This particular topic of conversation was always interesting. Sheol's prison was definitely not easy to break out of and he doubted that it was every accomplished before. Otaktay had spent a while in this cage though, long enough to understand that their only means of escape lied in their collars. With this power-restricting obstacle removed, then the rest would be easy. He had never seen Malachi's avian form, but he had a feeling that it could some damage. His own thunderbird form would be able to, without a doubt.

He reached over to a small basin where he placed his still-smoking pipe. "They offer you false promises. Long time has passed since you've been commended for freedom. Yet, you are still here."
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:59 pm

"Isn't it obvious?" He lingered by the window for another moment or two before heading closer to the bed. Their room wasn't exactly 100% private, so it wasn't a good idea to be talking about escaping from a distance. "We need to get these things off, that's all."

He was acting as though the entire thing would be simple when really, one thing would lead to an even more complex situation; should they remove their collars successfully, they would have to escape somewhere nobody would find them and he was a little uncertain here; sure, they could definitely break out, but where to after that? Furthermore, assuming they escaped and found a sanctuary to live, Otaktay wasn't the most subtle of beasts. All he had to do was make one wrong move. If he was to be caught again they would surely execute him, and naturally he'd grown a little attached to him. He didn't want to see a friend go down like that, especially when it was really undeserving.

He didn't even know where the keys were kept, but getting a hold of them was their only option, or so it seemed. They were probably in a safe somewhere, or where nobody would expect it. The guards were pretty crafty. "We should force them to stick to their promises. It's just.." He fingered at the lock to his collar; a claw could fit inside, but it wasn't any good for lock-picking apparently. These collars were made in a unique way that couldn't be picked, evidently.
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:13 am

He knew the answer to his own question, of course. He was just being..himself again. A dark, veiny hand reached up for the metal that circled his own neck as well. He had worn the thing for so long that it felt like it was part of him. Like if it somehow molded into his skin. He knew that that wasn't the case though and it was only a feeling that accompanied wearing the same thing for an extended period of them. "Yes." He finally concurred as if it were necessary.

There was a buckskin pouch that hung around the native's neck that was small enough to carry the various beads and feathers that he used to craft his various pipes and jewelry. The hand that was touching at his collar lowered enough so he could soundlessly reach inside of said pouch. Between two fingers, he held out a small cutting of rock that looked it had been relentlessly chipped away at in order to reach it's tiny size. He held it in front of his face as if it was the most precious thing in the world before he held it out to his fellow fowl. "I am still not finished. If I get even the smallest detail wrong then it will break again."

Again meaning that he had tried this before, enough times to know that even the tiniest of mistakes mattered. It took a long time to craft a makeshift key and especially when you were guessing where the tumblers were. Yet, time was all that Otaktay had.
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:07 am

He studied the rock cut-out, not at all expecting Otaktay to say what came out next. Immediately, he doubted he would be able to figure anything out; these collars were impossibly confusing, yet he was in no position to be doubting the Native. He was intelligent beyond anyone he'd ever met before; calling him intelligent was an understatement.

"You didn't say anything about that." He said while examining the male's handiwork. He didn't even want to touch it, thinking he'd screw with it if he did. It looked like a pain in the ass to create, so he had no idea how the guy was doing it without his knowledge. Not that it was a big deal, he was exceedingly impressed. "So you..figured it out? How they work?" It was obvious there was a key, yet unlike normal locks, not a damn thing would do so much as loosen the device.

Now his mind began to wander. What if the guards set up a backup to this; like the keys guard's keys were recognized, somehow, so if someone attempted to pick the lock with a false key it would shock them or worse. Of course, that made little sense considering he tried to pick at it with all sorts of things before, others did too..they'd even get in trouble for leaving traces of whatever they attempted to undo the collar with in the keyhole.
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:22 am

The key was quickly returned to the pouch almost as soon as it was extracted. He wanted to remain as careful about his secret as possible and brandishing the tiny key (even between themselves) wasn't a particularly wise thing to do. Not to say that he held any sort of doubt in Malachi, he just wasn't sure if they had eavesdroppers. "Secrets are best kept in darkness."

Now that his hand was once again freed, it returned to its previous place against the collar that circled his neck. At first, he contemplated his inquiry in silence. It was like trying to figure out a puzzle without being allowed to see it. The only 'hints' that he had at his disposal was feeling and hearing the lock with every failed attempt. His failures only helped him reach his goal, little by little.

"Piece by piece." He finally replied, his eyes finding the other's. "I believe I am closer to breaking the lock, yet.." His eyebrows furrowed a little. "I don't want to settle on a solution that I am not completely certain of." It was impossible to determine the key just yet. However, he realized that everything relied on patience and intricate details.
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Sat Dec 26, 2009 6:44 am

He would've liked to have something to add, but he hadn't anything. The native knew what he was doing, which was blatantly obvious, and it was really a bad feeling to not be able to contribute to something so important that would affect the both of them. Change their lives. But it was better than suggesting mistakes and being the reason behind why their freedom was voided again.

And so he only nodded and stood upright, bringing himself back to his own bed. "No rush, when you figure it out, you figure it out." Not that he supposed Otaktay would rush something like this. The sooner the better, yeah, but he'd rather wait for the bird to figure out this whole escape-act instead of doing it half-assed. More than freedom was at stake here.

He dropped onto his back and pulled the sheets up to his nose. And not because the smoke was finally irritating him, because it wasn't. He just had a habit of sleeping with the blankets like so, and it became a necessity to sleep.
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PostSubject: Re: locked in a cage   Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:40 pm

"Hm." Was the only response he gave to his companion's statement. Time, that was all he needed really. Unlike Malachi, he had a bleak future of everlasting imprisonment and he neverending supply of time. His plans of breaking loose were newly concocted, well, in comparison to how long he'd been here. There was a instant when he wished for a permanent release to either heaven or hell. In other words, death. It seemed that anything would have been better than being locked in a cage for what seemed like an eternity.

However, throughout the span of time that he spent in prison so far, he realized that he had the chance to alter his fate. He had a feeling that his plan would somehow backfire, but that feeling didn't damper his drive. If he committed an offense as dire as trying to escape then the possibility of an execution would be likely. Very likely. This fact alone was enough to encourage him, aside from the chance to once again spread his wings.

His eyes followed the Malachi's outline in the darkness as he proceeded to his own bed. It was unfair of him to put him in a situation like this. Of course he wanted to be free as well, but Otaktay knew that the man was closer to freedom than he'd ever be, even without a key. If he ruined the opportunity of freedom for the fowl by involving him in his plans then he might be stuck in this cage forever, like him.

With these thoughts in mind the native raised a hand to his chin in thought.
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