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Strike One
October 16 2003 at 7:00 AM
Harbinger of Death 


Response to A lightbulb goes on

Seven ghoulish figures stood before the Harbinger of Death as he paced in front of them slowly, inspecting them to ensure they were well prepared for their jobs. He nodded in approval and marked a few things on his clipboard.

“Excellent. Everything is in place. The first hit will happen today. There are six victims for this one. Pride, you’ll be taking care of this.”

One of the figures stepped forward, taking the list that HoD held out. She glanced over it and bowed her head slightly. “It shall be done.”

“I’ll be making up a schedule for the rest of them,” he continued. “Stand by. You can relax, but don’t go too far.”

The other six slipped away while Pride made her way toward campus. Harbinger followed, shimmering out of sight. He would observe each kill, but not be seen. They arrived at a study room where there was no studying going on at all. The students there chatted about unimportant things, but as Pride entered the room, invisible to mortal eyes, the atmosphere changed.

“I suppose you heard I got a new job,” said Antares loftily. “It’s ever so much better than my last one.”

“Me too,” Kat said. “They really wanted me at this new job. They love me there.”

“I just up and quit my job. I don’t even have to get a new one yet. I have principles you know,” Sairah interjected, flipping her hair.

“Yeah, well, I’ve had LOTS of new jobs,” Castalia said, not to be outdone. “Everybody wants me to work for them. I’m in very high demand.”

“So? I can use the computer at my work to post on senseless chat forums!” Ladybug jumped in. They all chorused together in groans and phrases like “big deal” and “everybody can do that.”

Cathbad cleared his throat. “Excuse me. But I have the best job of all of you. Do you know why? Because I am a boy and boys get paid better than girls just because we’re boys.” There were cries of outrage at this.

An argument ensued as to whose job was most important, with the best benefits, who was smartest and most qualified for this or that. Tempers flared and no one noticed that all of their eyes began to glitter with a very bright green. They snarled and snapped at each other and tried desperately to prove that he or she was the most of everything among them.

All of a sudden they turned and saw Pride. Their shouts stopped instantly as they gazed upon her haughty features, her broad shoulders and her condescending stare. They were transfixed by her glowing green eyes. She smiled cruelly and said in a cold voice, “Pride goeth before a fall.”

There was a flash of green light that exploded through them like a nuclear wave, and they all were thrown into the air before coming back to the ground with a sickening thud. She held out a green crystal bottle as their souls were sucked into it. She corked the bottle and made her way back to the mansion.

Harbinger of Death watched the whole event in silence. Well done. Catching the Debs on their vices would be the easiest thing in the world.
 
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  1. thank goodness - Cathbad on Oct 16, 7:26 AM
    1. a good way to go - Quietfire on Oct 16, 11:22 PM
    2. But.... - Twice Killed Kat on Oct 17, 9:21 PM
    3. [WG] - DT on Oct 19, 10:15 PM
     
  2. What a way to go! - Sairah on Oct 16, 7:57 AM
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  4. Ut oh - Manto on Oct 16, 9:11 AM
    1. Oh Manto dear - Quietfire on Oct 16, 11:27 PM
      1. Why QF - Manto on Oct 16, 11:30 PM
        1. Well, of COURSE I still care - Quietfire on Oct 17, 12:27 AM
     
  5. Great theme, HoD - Bt on Oct 16, 9:17 AM
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  7. Lovely... - Maigrey on Oct 16, 9:43 AM
    1. You???? - Quietfire on Oct 17, 12:31 AM
     
  8. Nice. - Circe on Oct 16, 9:56 AM
    1. I'm with you - Aphrael on Oct 16, 12:09 PM
    2. I might have... - KhanMan on Oct 21, 9:58 PM
     
  9. grumble - Ladybug on Oct 16, 11:19 AM
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  11. Excellent! - Keleos on Oct 16, 1:05 PM
    1. One things for sure. - Circe's Shade on Oct 17, 10:07 PM
     
  12. OMG! - Eeyoraus on Oct 16, 2:11 PM
    1. Oh E! - Sairah on Oct 17, 4:29 AM
      1. or maybe - Eeyoraus on Oct 17, 12:51 PM
        1. Oooo - Sairah's Spirit on Oct 18, 4:04 AM
     
  13. Excellent! - FMB on Oct 16, 2:27 PM
    1. FMB?? - Keleos on Oct 16, 11:35 PM
      1. Yeah, & *look at the new me* - Quietfire on Oct 17, 12:19 AM
        1. Glad you like it. - FMN on Oct 20, 7:25 AM
      2. Good thing... - FMN on Oct 20, 7:23 AM
     
  14. My my my - CJ on Oct 16, 6:14 PM
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  16. Well, that was fast. - Kat on Oct 16, 6:25 PM
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  18. Is it OK... - Aquillea on Oct 16, 10:17 PM
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  20. Good one! - Quietfire on Oct 16, 11:18 PM
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  22. Cool Beans! - Calico on Oct 17, 4:22 AM
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  24. Ahhh.... - Shiva on Oct 17, 6:09 AM
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  26. vices are a dime a dozen round here... - Incorporeal Castalia on Oct 17, 4:11 PM
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  28. The Seven Deadly Sins - DT on Oct 19, 10:27 PM
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  30. I suppose - Antares on Oct 20, 6:22 AM
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  32. NICE! - KhanMan on Oct 21, 9:57 PM
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