Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

The swamp that is a fixture surrounding the battlefield. The swamp, like most, is quite full of trees, moss, and most notably leeches. There are some strange things that pop out of the waters; are you willing to brave into them?

Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Puffin » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:02 am

"The fact that your Medic was willing to help out our teammate is more reassuring than you can possibly imagine," Niklas said, smiling. Normally the willingness to help out someone in need was something he took for granted, especially from a doctor. But not in this line of work, especially from the doctors. "But he sounds like a decent guy. I'd like to meet him. If I do decide to come and visit you guys though, I'd probably like to know more than one of you by your face. Just so I don't get shot on sight."

He helped himself to a brownie and chewed on it thoughtfully. Swallowing, he addressed the rather comfortable-looking chimera under the table. "Speaking of shady inter-team affairs, do you think we should tell everyone right away about this? Or will it cause more trouble than it's worth? The only reason I ask is because you know them better than I do."

In response to Henry's question, he groaned. "The conditions are miserable. The base itself is a mess, and we're desperately low on supplies. I spent the better part of several days cleaning up the medbay, which was in a pretty sorry state. Come to think of it, even if I did manage to bump into Rufus before he ran off, there likely wouldn't be much I could've done."
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Connal Reid » Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:15 pm

Connal had wanted to go to the party, for many reasons that all seemed to boil down to he just enjoys parties. However, there was a problem with this one. Namely, that it was a mixed-team party, being thrown by a BLU. Never mind that he had already met this BLU in particular, and was simultaneously endangered and rescued in a chemical blur of hazy memories he still didn't quite understand. Never mind the fact that people from his team had already given the go ahead that they were going to show up (including Jericho, if that purple doodle of the Pyro's boombox was any indication). It was just, RED was RED, and BLU was the enemy, and any attempt to change things (or, he had been told, even to voice opinion differently) was grounds for immediate dismissal, and probably far worse.

This redhead very much liked this job, even if it wasn't anything he expected, and wasn't too keen on losing it. He also very much liked living.

An answer to his problem came in an unlikely form; the refrigerator. When craving for a snack, Connal opened it up, and the perfect excuse sat there, looking right back at him. Beer. If he drank a little bit, and then went to the party, he could easily claim he was too smashed to realize what was going to be there, and after that, too drunk to care. Uniform colors be damned, he had found his way in, and would be able to keep his nose clean. As a bonus, any nervousness that he might not be able to lie about it convincingly would be gradually washed away with each bottle of liquid courage the company provided.

Which is how the metalhead from Michigan found himself stumbling around the swamp, a half empty case of beer under one arm and his boombox under the other, and a duffel stuffed with hastily gathered cassettes. It was likely a miracle he hadn't gotten lost, especially considering the fact that he hadn't actually known, exactly, where the shack was to begin with. He more fell through the door than opened it, laughing at his own lack of balance even as he somehow managed to catch himself. "Heeeeeey, guys! Wha'ssup!?" slurred the inebriated arsonist. "Holy shit, izzat brownies? Righteous!"
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:24 pm

Jericho perked up immediately, almost dropping his half-eaten brownie as he went from lounging to alert in a split second, guard dog senses flaring in warning, only to snicker and relax again upon seeing who it was. Silly Connal...
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Henry Adams » Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:38 pm

"Well well well, it's our friendly neighborhood rockstar. How ya doin' kid? Light any good fires today?" Taking the cue, Henry picked up the plate and strode over to the drunken pyro, waving it under his nose. "Come on then, have a seat. come chat with Henry and the crowd."

He sat back down and put the platter back onto the little coffee table. "I brought along my favorite radio, just in case you wandered in. tune it up and we'll really get things started." He waved a hand at the stage, where a big CB radio sat idly by, waiting to fulfill it's purpose.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Puffin » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:22 pm

"Ah, Connal! Good to see you! I had a feeling if Jericho came, then you wouldn't be too far behind," said Niklas, smiling and waving at his already inebriated teammate. His initial question had been lost in the excitement of the new arrival, but he didn't mind too much. "Care to join the festivities? Making music and getting drunk is more fun with more people." The big pyro had brought his own beer, the medic noted. What a gentleman. He would have to keep the Michiganer away from the copious amounts of liquor around, lest he get sick. And the Swede was planning on drinking more for himself.

He was running low on his good gin as he finished off his second cup and poured another. Though he had a high tolerance, it was strong stuff, and it was beginning to give him a bit of a pleasant buzz. He supposed if they were going to discuss more serious matters, they should do it while sober. If the BLU medic decided to show up either way, he could always ask to talk at a later date, though he was interested in meeting the guy. He pulled out his clarinet and began to play the melody of All of Me, giving a little nod to Henry if he wanted to join in.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Connal Reid » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:59 am

An exaggerated roll of the eyes, along with a sound very much like, "Pffffpfffffpffffff," was the only response to if he had been lighting "any good fires." He hadn't had a decent blaze going since that failed Halloween party. Then there were brownies under his nose. "Fuck, those smell excellent," he complimented, more following the tray than Henry. The last time he could remember having any kind of similar desert was way back during the very first team meeting, when their Engineer had baked a cake. "You make 'e- oh, shi', sweet!" Connal interrupted himself, seeing a radio that was far more likely to get a decent signal of a station that played anything other than country and church stuff.

The Michigander's attention was pulled again by the Medic. A grin split his face as he replied, "'Ey, what's up, doc?" before giving a quick chuckle. Jericho was already here? Oh, there he was, under the table. He gave a little wave to the chimera, doing his best to not drop anything, before the rest of what Niklas said sunk in. "...Make music?" Connal was no musician, and was a little surprised to learn that one of his teammates was. It didn't even matter that he didn't recognize the song the Swede was playing, or that he wasn't that big a fan of jazz. It was still impressive to him that the guy could play an instrument at all.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:55 pm

Jericho couldn't help but giggle, quietly and to himself, but it was undoubtedly a giggle to anyone near enough to hear. His Master was quite funny when drunk, so enthusiastic! Like a little boy...
"Master, watch your step. You are clumsy when you drink."

In the BLU Infirmary, Gerhard exhaled a soft sigh, leaning back in the chair he'd dragged over from his desk so he could better watch over his fellow hybrid. He'd been keeping the RED mildly sedated, preventing the man from coming awake to the full agony of his current condition. The worst of the sores and abscesses had been cleansed and disinfected, slathered with antiseptic ointment and wrapped with gauze. It looked worse that it really was, but he was still in bad shape...
"Rufus..."
That was the man's name, wasn't it? He'd heard it, back at that disaster of a Halloween party he hadn't meant to crash. He'd been the loner out on the docks... Something about a birthday...?
The TentaMedic sighed again, swiping a hand over his brow and grimacing at how dry the skin was. Damnit, he'd been out of water too long again.
Heaving himself upright, the doctor paused a moment to double check on his patient lying quiet on the gurney before nodding to himself and heading for his tank back by the office. He hated being so physically limited, especially when it kept him from caring for those who needed him. He was only a general physician, but still-!
He paused, halfway through the motion of pulling off his shirt, upon hearing the unmistakable sound of laughter. It was faint, but clear, so it can't have been far...
A soft murmur of curiosity, and he was moving towards the window, peeking out over the swamp to see what was going on.
Seeing all the lights, he frowned, an expression that deepened upon glimpsing something red. Wait, was that Henry...?
The Medic was shrugging back on his clothes within a moment, rushing towards the door, pausing a second beside Rufus to make sure the man was stable before bolting for that patch of lights and color out in the wilderness.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Puffin » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:11 pm

Niklas stopped playing and laughed at the Pyro's antics, but also mildly impressed that the tall pyro had managed to avoid the low-hanging streamers. "Yes, grab some food, drink, and have a seat, the more the merrier! Henry has my ukelele, and I have my clarinet here, and we've been fooling around together." He put down the instrument briefly and took another swig of gin. "I always bring my instruments to parties, or to gatherings in general. It always makes things more fun, in my humble opinion."

He picked up the instrument again. "Here, the words are easy. When we get to the chorus, sing along with me." He began to play again, but his attention was quickly grabbed by movement outside the window. "Oh?" His playing interrupted again, he peered out of the glass. Someone was coming towards the shed at a decent pace. He couldn't be sure from this distance, but it didn't look like anyone he recognized. "One of yours, I assume?," he said, looking at Henry.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby 12 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:12 pm

At first, he'd been asleep, and it has been great. Finally, a decent nap in a comfy spot--curled up on one end of the couch in the common room, initially trying to keep from clawing up the upholstery in his sleep. While that had been avoided, he'd gradually sprawled out as his nap went on, and was right in the middle of a nice dream when he stretched a bit too far. 12 rolled off the couch, hitting the floor with a surprised yelp and a split second of flailing. He stayed on the floor for a few moments, frowning up at the ceiling in a ridiculous pose with his feathers ruffled and one leg still sort of on the couch. When he was done glaring at that weird spot on the ceiling, he sat up, cracking his neck first. He stood up a bit slowly, stretching soon after to work out the kinks from sleeping. 12 raised an eyebrow at his stomach when it growled unexpectedly in the middle of this process, earning a halt and a quick trip toward the kitchen. He changed his mind midway through, figuring that maybe he should do a quick patrol of BLU grounds beforehand--it just seemed kind of terrible to nap and then loaf around instead of doing something productive. He started on his patrol track, idly wondering where his teammates had wandered off to as he made his way outside.

Needless to say, the avian hybrid was surprised to see Gerhard heading into the swamp. What was happening out there...? It really wouldn't do to let him wander out by himself, either; team leader or not, there were nasty things out in the swamp, and just allowing the Medic to waltz on into the path of that new swamp thing or whatever didn't seem right. With that decided, 12 switched to following along behind Gerhard at a good distance, trotting along quietly and thinking to himself all the while. This might have been a routine thing for Gerhard, but it was far better to be safe than sorry. And besides, the Scout didn't plan on being totally useless again, like he'd been against the first swamp monster. He could at least provide watchful eyes for a while--and he would do just that.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Henry Adams » Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:10 pm

"Whozawah?" Henry took a moment to process the medic's words, then managed to grab the reins on his thought process and looked out the window. Leaning out, he grinned through the dark of the swamp and waved an arm.

"JEEEERRYYYYYY! GET OVER HERE AND HELP US CELEBRATE!"

Despite the dark, as he watched the medic close the distance between them, he saw a blob of white following behind, trying not to be seen. behind that blob of white, a blob of gray snuffled along the ground, somehow remaining undetected by either one... until it worked into a bound and tackled the white shape to the floor.

Grey loved his bird friend. It was as simple as that. He took him for walks, and played with him, and scratched his ears. Thus, the bird was not allowed to leave without a modicum of protection, and having him sneak away was no to be allowed. In his mind, there was no better way to show this than to hold him down and give him a severe face-licking.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:44 pm

The Engineer's slurred yell had Jericho perking up from under the table, big ears flicking up and forwards to listen for whoever it was the man was calling to, nostrils flaring in the hopes of catching some kind of scent from the approaching party. He huffed, grumbling under his breath at the lack of help on breeze and the growing twilight that made his sight even worse that usual. He was going to have to get a scent when they got closer...

Gerhard paused mid-stride, brows furrowed in a bewildered manner before he seemed to realize something and sighed heavily, shaking his head as he slowed his pace to more of a swift walk, reaching into his breast pocket to flick on his disguise for safety's sake. Only to halt and turn at hearing the thump from behind him.
Seeing the little bird Scout being pinned down by the big fuzzy dog and smothered in affection made the Medic smile , and he chuckled softly as he moved to help his downed teammate.
"Having fun?"
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby 12 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:00 am

One second, he was prowling along behind Gerhard. The next, he was on the ground with Grey on top of him, though it took a moment for him to actually get a sense of what was on top of him. 12 scratched behind the dog's ears as best he could, squirming a little under the weight. Gerhard's assistance came at an opportune moment, and he was soon back on his feet, still giving Grey attention.

"I'm, uh--thoroughly occupied. Yeah." He gave a sheepish grin before glancing down and trying to remove some of the swamp debris that had been introduced to him. "What's goin' on over there...?" he asked, head tilted. Really, he didn't know. 12 hadn't taken a look at the bulletins or anything for a while, and was pretty sure that he'd missed something here. Turning his gaze over to the shack, he could see a few other people besides Henry--REDs. They had to be; they definitely weren't BLU, and it was highly unlikely that your average Joe would come out here. One was under the table, which was...confusing. Something about him seemed off, but he couldn't tell just yet. What was this even...?
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Puffin » Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:06 pm

Niklas didn't even notice that Henry's drunken shout had roused Jericho, instead focusing on the approaching figure... no, figures outside the shed. A medic, it looked like, and a scout, and a... dog? He grinned. "You have a dog? You lucky son of a bitch." He loved dogs. In fact, he liked pretty much all animals that weren't cats. He did wince a bit, however, on seeing that dog all but tackle the poor scout. That thing was obviously huge, and certainly weighed as much or possibly more than the rather slight of frame scout. Still, he got up without too much trouble and a little help from the medic, so that problem was resolved.
He still managed to gently push Henry aside and stick his own head out the window, calling out to the newcomers. "Hej, if you're alright, he's right, come join us! It'll be more fun with more people."
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Connal Reid » Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:26 pm

Connal didn't rush to the windows, instead taking the momentary lack of music playing to stuff an entire brownie into his mouth. This proved to be not the brightest of ideas, and he spent the few minutes of the shouting between people inside and out to try and determine if chewing or washing it down with more beer would work better. So it sounded like there would be two more people joining them, and a dog. Fuck yeah. After forcing the remains of the brownie down into his stomach, he yelled, "I love dogs!" Then, he reached for a second brownie.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Henry Adams » Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:12 pm

Scritches are always appreciated. Grey sat calmy and accepted his boy's attention, gently thumping his tail against the ground. He gave the tenta-medic a friendly 'hrowf', in what seemed to be a passable imitation of a well-tuned carborator, and pushed a shoulder into him, rubbing as much fur as possible against the soft flesh of his tentacles, and pushing him along towards the house.

Henry, meanwhile, had taken notice of the pyro's dilemma, and promptly shoved a bottle of good tequila into his palm. "Just don't go steppin' on his toes and he'll be your bud. I'm sure he'll take a keen interest in you, mr. Hodgepodge. You hear me, under the table there?"
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Gerhard Melsbach » Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:05 pm

Jericho snorted, biting back a laugh at his Master's antics. The Pyro was a laid-back sort to begin with, the alcohol just made him that extra bit sillier. Which was fine with the chimera, so long as the man remembered their promise and stayed the hell away from the water. Bad enough the Engineer and himself had been attacked by that monstrosity, he'd never forgive himself if Connal got hurt.
Large saucer-like ears swiveled up and tilted slightly in the direction of the more-than-tipsy Engineer, and Jericho rolled his eyes at the question. Of course he could hear the guy, he was only a few feet away!
"Just so long as your mutt doesn't try sniffing my ass, I'll be fine."

The TentaMedic barely withheld a shudder at the feeling of the large dog rubbing itself against him, thick fur sticking to his hidden tentacles and making him feel like he'd just licked a rug (which wasn't too odd, now that he thought about it, since octopuses could taste through their tentacles). As it was, he shook himself and made a mental note to take a good long shower when he got back to his Infirmary, since the dog's fur would clump and get caught in the filter of his tank if he didn't get it off first.
"Ja, ja, lead zhe vay, Grey..."
Gerhard couldn't help a curiously quirked brow when he was finally able to get a better look at the gathering, guessing at the levels of inebriation from how much childish giggling was going on and giving a mental sigh at just how much hangover remedy he was going to have to make in the morning. The only one not drinking was the owner of a large snake-like tail and seemed to be more than happy to demolish as many brownies as he could get his claws on. That could not be good for the man's canine parts...
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby 12 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:37 pm

His cover blown to bits, 12 opted for following somewhat next to Gerhard now. The closer they got to the shack, the easier it was to discern who all was there; now that he could make out Jericho, he couldn't help but raise an eyebrow. It wasn't very hard to imagine that RED had hybrids as well, but the Soldier was on a different level from what he was used to. God, that must've hurt... He shook his head, chasing the thought away for now. The number of people was a bit unsettling, but he could deal with it. Now that they were within safe distance of the shack, 12 moved on ahead and settled near Henry, casting a few nervous glances around and fidgeting. There weren't a lot of BLUs here, really; then again, they were also a pretty small team, so that wasn't particularly surprising. At least both Gerhard and Henry were here, which should at least make this somewhat bearable. The Scout kept quiet, expression relatively calm and doing his best to keep it that way.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Puffin » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:02 pm

Niklas took another drink of gin, watching the newcomers take their places. The scout was another hybrid, and a rather jumpy looking one at that. Well, hopefully once they got some liquor into him he'd calm right down. The other, a medic, carried himself with quite a bit more poise, but seemed nice enough. And the dog... well, the dog was just cute as hell, and friendly-looking too. He clicked the buttons on his clarinet in anticipation, eager to share music and intoxication with this new crowd.
"Well then, now that we've got a considerable amount of people, allow me to introduce myself! My name is Niklas, my fiery friend with the hair is Connal, and our friend under the table is Jericho," he said happily, his cheerfulness only partially a byproduct of the alcohol. "And who might you fine gentlemen be?"
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Connal Reid » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:14 pm

"Oh hell yeah, thank you." A variety of booze; something that he had taken for granted back home had become a luxury here at Swamp Rat. Months of having Red Shed, milk, coffee, water, and pretty much nothing else would certainly skew perception. And so it was that his mouth was pretty well occupied when the newcomers to the party finally entered the shack. Thankfully their new Medic was on top of things, and handily gave introductions for him. Lowering the bottle, he waved and practically shouted, "Hey! Hey, wait, holy shit, I know you!" It was shocking to the inebriated arsonist that he would actually be able to recognize one of the BLUs, and hilarious that the last time he saw him was also at a party. "You came to my Halloween bash! No fuckin' way, tha's awesome." That meant someone on the other team had been out there roughly just as long as he had been, without going missing. It was a strangely comforting thought, and one that preoccupied his mind, making him temporarily blind to the fact that the other BLU didn't look exactly pleased by their little get together.
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Re: Swamp-Party! (All are Invited)

Postby Henry Adams » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:57 pm

Grey sat down next to the table and fixed a stare on the hybrid soldier, as if to say "Hey, man. How ya doin'?" Meanwhile, henry Grabbed glasses for everyone involved, and poured the drinks he judged them to be a match for. To Gerhard, he handed a light chapmagne. For 12, he chose a mixed drink, a tequila sun-rise, somewhat watered down. Handing out the glasses, he plopped back onto the couch and used his foot/hand to pull 12 down into the chair next to him.

"So, Joey. How do you handle fudge?"
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