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Post by Lily on Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:59 pm

On a warm Summer day, the sun stood high in the sky as below, a fierce battle raged on inside the courthouse of Clairmaix. The ongoing trial had attracted unparalleled media attention, and it was believed that today would be the final day of the trial. As a result, people from all around the city, all around France, even people from other countries, came to watch the trial in person, while still many others watched live coverage from their homes. Everyone was excited to finally see the mysterious Fantôme de Pomme declared guilty and put behind bars. The courthouse was crowded as people struggled to find a place to watch from, while other still, unable to get inside, waited on the courthouse steps with bated breath, eager to hear any news at all about the trial.

Inside, the trial was coming to a fierce close. Lawyers argued over testimony and evidence, back and forth, but one man seemed wholly disinterested. Sitting at the defendant’s table was the accused. A tall man with cherry-red hair that fell past his knees, tied up only by an odd ornament in his hair that looked like a mix between a crown, and the wheel of a ship, dressed in a fancy and equally red vest, and puffy, white shirt, wearing a pair of red-tinted glasses. It seemed as though the man wasn’t paying attention to his own trial in the slightest, completely unconcerned about the fate that most likely awaited him when the trial was through. Instead, he leaned back in his chair and smiled devilishly. Any minute now, the trial would reach its climax, and all he had to do was wait.

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However, not everyone found themselves at the courthouse just to watch this man’s trial. Some people found themselves inexplicably attracted to the building today. Josette Joliquer was one such person. She wasn’t sure why she had decided to stop by the courthouse today; as someone with no computer or TV, who never reads the news, she didn’t know much about the trial, least of all that today should be an important day. Instead, as she wandered around the streets of Clairmaix, she, seemingly arbitrarily, decided to go there, allowing her feet to take her wherever they may. Josette was surprised to see such a large crowd gathering around the normally boring building. What could be so important that so many people would just be standing around like that? She thought about it for a second, but then realized that she really didn’t care very much. Such a large gathering did mean one very important thing, however. As she passed by the crowd, her hands almost moved on their own - it was practically instinct at this point, as she swiftly, silently, placed her hand at the back pocket of some sharply dressed, middle aged man. With one fluid motion, a ghostly hand clad in a white glove, surrounded by a black cape, extended from Josette’s own, visible to nobody but her - as far as she could tell - which effortlessly plucked a wallet from the man’s pocket, pulling it back into the void that was its cape.

After passing the crowd, Josette retrieved the wallet from Back In Black’s cape and looked through it. She grunted, “Figures.” People tended to carry less and less cash on them nowadays. Only 80 euros, barely anything overall. Sure, the credit cards probably had mad cash on them, but this guy would cancel them the moment he realized they’d be stolen, so they were basically worthless. Josette pocketed the cash, then dropped the wallet on the ground, nothing else inside being any use to her. Deciding she was hungry, she picked up a baguette sandwich from a nearby street vendor. The man must have been getting a lot of business today, what with the huge crowd, but it seemed like he still had stock nonetheless. Finally, Josette found a spot against the wall of the courthouse where she could avoid most of the crowd, though all the noise was practically impossible to find solace from. She sat down on the ground, her back against the wall, and began enjoying her sandwich. “Kinda wish they’d shut up,” she thought aloud, “I’m in the mood for a quiet, relaxing day today.”
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Post by Doggo on Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:18 pm

A pair of emerald eyes peered out of the shadows between buildings on the streets of Clairmaix. Despite the heat they had but one focus: the courthouse that everyone was bustling around this fine day. Though everyone was trying to crowd into the building, Ténèbres had found little success. This would be his fifth attempt at infiltration. Inevitably, someone always cornered him and picked him up and escorted him back outside. How anyone could care about his being there on a day like today was beyond him. But there was little time to think about the mounting frustration. The guard had turned his back. This was his chance!

From the alleyway the small black cat bolted out at incredible speed as he weaved in and out of the crowd. Everything was clear so far. His opening was still there. Nothing was going to stop him now! He was in! The feline paused a moment and panted heavily in exhilaration at his patience having rewarded him so perfectly. As it happened this pause was too long as someone took note of him and before he knew what was happening he'd been ripped out of the entryway and was moving through the air back outside in a pair of unknown hands. He wriggled and resisted of course but was soon back on the street and being told to go away. By the same guard who'd caught him multiple times now.

"You're lucky I need the exercise or I'd have gotten into the trial hours ago!" he yelled but of course all the guard heard was a defiant meow eliciting another shooing. Ténèbres trotted away thinking of insults about the various people who'd caught him. Why didn't he just use his powers to get in he wondered? It would be fairly simple he thought. But he knew many a cat who could get into pretty much any place they wanted without these abilities. It was a matter of pride at this point. Perhaps there was some other way in he wasn't seeing. People would take notice of a cat but they often overlooked one another.

A rumble sounded, interrupting this thought. The cat's stomach had inserted itself into the process, reminding the tom he was hungry. But perhaps this was the chance to catch two birds with one pounce. He licked a paw before dabbing it at his face. He had to look his best if this was going to work. The cat began going around to the different people with food, either vendors or those who had purchased the goods themselves and put on his best cute act. He'd meow pathetically and lift a paw every so slightly. Most pushed him along, not wanting a black cat to cross their path on a day like today with the Fantôme so close at hand. Others found him appropriately cute but upon seeing his collar figured he had an owner who fed him well enough and refused to share their goods.

His options seemed to be running out but Ténèbres was ready to simply try running in again, an empty stomach aside. Maybe he could scale a wall and find an opening up there. That sounded exciting. Looking back to the courthouse a girl caught his eye. There was nothing about the sight of her that immediately stuck out to him yet she captivated his attention all the same. It must have been the sandwich in her hands. Surely that was it. It was always worth a shot he figured. She didn't seem like the cat-kicking type at the least.

The cat meowed softly upon approaching Josette. He just had to lay it on thick enough and he was sure to score. Not only did she have food but she was eating right up against the courthouse so clearly she was interested in what was going on. If she went inside after eating then he could enact his plan. This was bound to work. And if not then he'd just give up on his pride as a cat and use his special abilities to slip in. There was only so much fun he could have here. But for now he brushed his side up against the girl looking to garner her attention and hopefully pity.
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Post by Best Girl on Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:38 pm

"It has long since started."

An informant in a purple suit relayed this message to the approaching squad in a subtly cryptic manner. A small group of individuals all wearing different, purple-shaded attire had arrived to the courthouse to observe Fantôme de Pomme's trial. Due to how overly crowded the place was (for good reason), a few of them went in while the others came at their leisure to hear the end result. More than that, those like the long-haired blonde among them in a more... showy outfit were curious of said phantom's reaction to the obviously coming guilty verdict. The gentleman thief that stirred up chaos in a storm of grand larceny, so much that even those who somehow knew little of it had appeared. Clairmaix was the stage for a day of awe and wonder.

Viola, the ace of the Verteux family attentively took in the charged air. After hearing that the trial was approaching its conclusion, she awaited being able to watch from inside as one of the family members attempted to trade places. It was a little more than difficult when that spot may be taken in seconds, and they only lose another pair of eyes and ears on the proceedings. It was no problem, since wanting to see the end was her main concern, and it was more of a personal request at that. So the question became: what to do while waiting? Not much for an unfamiliar crowd, Viola didn't think to get social and figured the fumbling masses had less of a grip on the situation than the gang's intel... Even if that intel was limited as well, showing how elusive the man they've been looking into was.

Beautiful, shining locks flowed with the calming breeze that attempted to fight the swarm of emotion in the atmosphere. Viola wanted some elbow room from the populace, deciding to distance herself and find a little more open space in the near vicinity, trying to focus on the sound of her own ground-clapping heels to keep track of her footing in the disorder. Lips curved into a frustrated scowl, unable to blame circumstances of the horde of the curious and news-hungry, yet still finding it irritating all the same. Her hardened, violet gaze cast itself toward the ground, while trying to drown out the noise with thought.

The inside-man keeping the flow of happenings reaching her ears mentioned the offending party seemed very... nonchalant about the furious courtroom battle. That didn't sound like a good sign for events to come, but escaping the guarded courthouse through a sea of people was a daunting task. Did the thief really have an out, or would he bid his time and break out of jail instead? Her expression softened to an inquisitive frown, realizing the odd message from the beginning may be suspecting of the grandiose occurrence lying in wait.

"It has long since started," she repeated quietly. That line made feel a little nauseous with concern, thinking that the informant may have predicted a coming tornado on what was likely a whim. A worry that a curtain was preparing to rise brought the woman to instinctively stare back toward the courthouse. It was a mix of an unsettled, yet aloof glance toward the eye of the storm with faintly clenched teeth. It wasn't her problem, but the bitter taste of unease wouldn't leave her throat.

Viola continued watching, waiting for one of their men to tell her she could get in.
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Post by Tomiix on Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:40 pm

The car sat next to the curb on idle after arriving minutes ago, yet nobody entered or exited the vehicle. The driver from the outside could be seen leaning over to the blonde man in the passenger seat.

"Master Foil, I said we have arrived."

Titus Foil remained focused on the courthouse, his cutting stare glaring through the tinted window and his gold rimmed glasses. A man sat in that courthouse who has been his mark of attention for quite some time. Known as "Fantôme de Pomme", however not deserving of such a glamourous title. In the end he is just a man, and not just any man, a murderer who sought to change the fates of others to serve him. Titus needn't meet him to know this phantom was someone that he hated. The combined work of the Speedwagon Foundation and himself has led up to this day. The day he would face his justice, and become unable to impede them on their search for the arrows. However, acknowledging that he is getting ahead of himself, he sighs and nods to his driver. He must take this one step at a time.

Titus emerged from the car, when the driver perks up and urges him for his ear one last time.

"Master Foil, do please be careful. We have no idea how many allies this phantom has coerced. Take care when using your... abilities."

Titus nodded in acknowledgment and spoke. "Have no fear, I will stay on my toes... and I have plenty of eyes watching my back. Are Reservoir"

With that exchange, and before his driver could correct his terrible french, Titus began his slow walk up to the courthouse. His driver had plenty to be correctly concerned about. It was very likely that this session of court will end as expected, however just as likely that something extraordinary or bizzare would occur, that could threaten the people in the courthouse or allow this thief to escape. This is why, armed with a press pass and his particular set of skills, Titus was to observe and make sure today went without a hitch. This was an important investment in the Speedwagon Foundations interest in the research of these arrows. The bow and arrows, as they are simply known by, are extremely important to the lesser known supernatural branch of the speedwagon foundation. As they seem to be tied to the even lesser known field of stands and stand users. This trial is not simply about an eccentric thief and murderer, as these murders if committed with the bow and arrow could have much larger implications... for what if not everyone struck by it lost their lives? The thought unnerves him, just what he needed, more irresponsible stand users in this world who don't even properly understand the implications of their abilities.

Titus presents his pass, and gets into the courtroom rather early, sitting with a general press group from america who have been informed he was a guest for a private report on the court proceedings for an eccentric and rich artist in america. This brings him up close and personal to the prosecution's desk. Titus stands out of the way and pretends to take notes as he examines the area. Unsure if the Phantom is a stand user or not, and what the extent of his powers and perceptiveness are, Titus relies on his naked eye as he scans over the crowd as the courtroom gets more packed. When finally the proceedings start, and the Fantôme de Pomme is called to the box, Titus finally gets to meet his mark in person. His uncaring nature sickened him but also concerned him. The sentence he is looking at is rather steep and he isn't very much as blinking at the charges. Perhaps he had some sort of plan afterall, which only served to keep Titus on higher alert. A voice spoke in his head, one that has grown and accommodated Titus for some time now, and it's words were reassuring. "The light of justice reach all some day."
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Post by CM_Renji on Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:29 pm

The city of Clairmaix bustled as the long awaited trial of the cunning Fantôme de Pomme was underway. Many people came from around the world to watch this trial and see if the criminal would finally be caught. But a young man saw it as nothing but a large gathering where he could perform his services. A slender boy with short white hair and red eyes was busy rubbing the back of an old lady. He had a little white sign standing beside a small pillow where he sat. The sign had a caduceus inscribed alongside the words: "Services less than two euros" He finished after just a moment and the woman walked forward. "Incredible! My back feels as good as new!" The elderly woman shouted as she twisted her back and hopped around. "I feel as spry as I did when I was in my twenties! I really owe you, little boy! Who did you say you were again?"

The boy was wearing orange pants, socks, and sandals. He looked up to the old woman with a genuine smile. "I'm Gabrio, and my services are free generally. I don't mind payments of two euros or less however." The old woman started reaching into her pocket and Gabrio could immediately tell she was grabbing a huge handful of money. The boy grabbed his sign and pillow and casually started walking away. The old woman started following him, perplexed. "H-hold on, I still have to pay you!" The boy kept walking. "I don't believe in excess, miss." The old lady's face was one of bewilderment. She let out just a word. "But..." The boy turned around sporting a more serious face. "My sign says 'less than two euros,' or must I fix your eyesight next?" He continued until he had gotten deeper into the crowd and found a spot close to the courthouse where he could set up once more. He sat down and let out a sigh as he spoke to himself. "Sorry old lady, but your money is better off elsewhere."

A few moments later, another person walked by, this time it was a blatantly drunk adult man. He hobbled forward,  looked down at the boy and let out a raspy cough. "Hey, bum, you even paying attention to all this? This is the biggest trial of the century and you're just sitting here with your stupid little sign begging for change! Lazy lice like you make me sick, so how about you get lost?!" He kicked the boy in the face before storming off, still hobbling. Gabrio looked over with a disdainful scowl and muttered to himself as a mystical red aura appeared around him. "Judas Priest..." The drunk stopped in his tracks and looked down, planting his foot to the ground. He stomped it down a few times and chuckled. "Hey, my ankle's better!" He continued back into the crowd, now walking normally. Gabrio wiped the blood from his mouth and clenched his fist tight. "Prick...."
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Post by Lily on Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:06 pm

Just as Josette was beginning to get used to the noise and enjoy her meal, a new, unexpected noise caught her attention. She looked away from her sandwich, down at the ground, and saw a little black cat sidling up against her. She smiled at him and said, "Hey there, little dude." Noticing the collar around his neck, she added, "You lost?" Of course, she knew the cat didn't understand her, and there was no way for him to answer her, but talking to him felt natural. Then, remembering the sandwich in her hands, she realized what he must've been here for, "Ohhh, I get it," she said, "you're hungry, ain't ya?" Based on the collar, she assumed he belonged to someone, so she had to wonder. Was he not getting fed enough at home? Or maybe he was a runaway. Maybe he was just a greedy cat and was trying his luck mooching off random humans. After a second, Josette realized she could sympathize with all of those reasons pretty easily.

Not wanting to let a poor cat go hungry, Josette tore off a chunk of her sandwich, "Alright, alright," she conceded, holding the food out to Ténèbres, "eat up, little dude." Josette needed all the food she could get, but she couldn't resist helping the little guy out. He was just too darn cute. It was the same tactic she herself used to beg for food when she was younger. She was just glad that the little cat hadn't graduated to swiping sandwiches out of people's hands quite yet.
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Post by Doggo on Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:11 pm

Ténèbres' face lit up at the ultimate success of his bid for food. The girl had torn off a small portion of her sandwich and offered it to him. The tom eagerly grabbed hold of it with his mouth before sitting down at Josette's side to enjoy his bounty. As he chewed away he pondered his next move. How was he going to get this girl to take him inside? He figured hiding among a person's things or clothes would be a surefire way to sneak past the various courthouse staff that had been on the look out for him. But this required both the girl to enter the building and be unaware or else okay with him tagging along.

"Not the worst taste you have there." the cat spoke as he finished his portion. As with most any other person he attempted to speak to he was sure the girl would only interpret it as thankful meows. There was some amusement to him in seeing how all these people around him didn't notice the verbal jabs thrown their way. Especially given he felt his voice to be that of a refined gentlemen's and doubted any would believe it could come out of such a tiny frame. Ténèbres stood and stretched as he rubbed his face against the girl's side some more in thanks.

"Now, how to get inside?" he thought aloud as he looked to Josette and back to the court house. Maybe if he stared between the two long enough she'd put two and two together and offer to help him get in. But then that was likely giving humans too much credit to think any of them clever enough to do something like that.
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Post by Lily on Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:01 am

Josette grinned as Ténèbres took the food from her hand. She put her now empty hand on the cat's head and scratched it affectionately a few times before returning to her own sandwich. She was almost surprised that he hadn't just ran off with the food as soon as she gave it to him, but she wouldn't complain about having someone to eat her lunch with, even if it was just a cat. She enjoyed her meal alongside her new feline acquaintance, cherishing the calm moment even when there was so much noise just meters away. However, her peace was broken when she suddenly heard a voice, very nearby. It almost sounded like it was coming from right next to her, but that was impossible, of course. The only thing next to her was a cat. Her head whipped around suddenly, looking for the source of the voice, and yet she saw nobody. She looked down at Ténèbres for a moment, then looked at the sandwich in her hands. Had she just hallucinated it? Maybe she was tired. Maybe there was something wrong with her sandwich. As the cat beside her, which she was absolutely certain was not the source of that voice, rubbed against her, she decided she should probably just pretend she hadn't heard anything.

But then, once more, that same exact voice spoke again. And once again, it came from her side, where the cat was. More importantly, the voice came at the exact same time he opened his mouth. Josette nearly fell over backwards, the sheer implausibility of the situation hitting her like a truck. "Did you just talk?" she demanded of the cat. 'So much for a peaceful day,' she thought, 'am I just crazy? I might be crazy. Cats don't talk normally, right?' Her mind raced, trying to explain to herself why a talking cat could possibly be in front of her - she didn't want to come to the conclusion that she was just insane, so she had to come up with some kind of excuse. 'I mean, supernatural shit has been happening to me for a few years now, right? Maybe I can talk to animals too, now? Or maybe some animals can just talk? This is fucking weird.'

Not wanting to appear like she was caught off guard, lest she be put on the defensive, Josette forced her shocked expression to a casual smile. 'Play it cool. Josette,' she told herself, 'act like this is totally normal.' She stood up from the ground and looked down at Ténèbres. Through the initial shock, his last words were interesting. Josette knew that the place was busy, so something big must have been happening, but the idea that even a cat wanted inside that courthouse piqued her interest, "Hey, uh," she began, trying to act like the whole situation hadn't phased her, "what's going on in there that's such a big deal?" If something important was happening inside that courthouse, it might actually be worth taking a look at. And it'd be easy for her to slip a cat in with her, if he wanted to tag along.
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Post by Doggo on Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:42 pm

"Did you just hear me?" the black cat asked in response to Josette's initial shock. He cocked his head at the side while he took his focus back to her. Had she heard something else? She was looking right at him so that seemed doubtful. But this could still be a trick. Many people had patronized him by pretending like they were having a conversation with him only to horribly interpret anything he said, but the girl seemed a touch too on edge for that. He didn't entirely trust it of course so he'd have to test the waters a bit.

"You mean you don't know what's happening today?" Ténèbres asked the girl in disbelief. He stepped forward, trying to look her more in the eye but it was difficult with the height difference. Still his neck was more than flexible enough for the task. Was he really going to have to educate a human on their own current events? Everything about this seemed backwards.

"The Fantôme de Pomme is on trial today. He's killed a lot of you humans over the last few years. Nearly everyone in the world is here today to see what happens, are you seriously asking me this?" the cat questioned. If this girl could really understand him it was just his luck she wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed. Still, he'd appreciate an actual conversation however impaired the other party was at this point. The three years he'd possessed the intellect for serious debate had been rather dull with the drought of people that could understand him.
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Post by FourthWave on Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:46 pm

'Oh boy, I'm finally here!'

A young man said to himself, approaching the courthouse of Clairmaix while adjusting his glasses, looking visibly tired but also really, really excited. For those who don't know, this was Avery Villeneuve'Two hours of endless walking, but I'm finally here. Good thing I had a good breakfast'. It took him quite some time to locate said courthouse, given that he lost his map and had troubles asking for directions. He didn't mind though, taking advantage of basically being lost to take beautiful photos on Clairmaix's best spots. 'Not as pretty as Lyon or my beloved Toulouse' He said to himself while reviewing the photos before putting his camera in his pocket. 'But beautiful nonetheless. I can't wait to show this to mom and dad'. Having finished, he resumed his walk to the entrance of the building.

The boy was enthusiastic, not minding the fact that it was getting difficult to walk given the great amount of people on the area, increasing the closer he got to the entrance. Turns out he wasn't the only one interested in the trial of the fabled Fantôme de Pomme, but that wasn't that strange. One of the most famous criminals, if not the most famous, was on trial. That isn't the kind of spectacle you come across very often. For Avery, this was a matter of investigation - How was he capable of doing everything the media attributed to him for so long without being captured? That's the kind of mystery that didn't let him rest easy.

After clashing with many people, some friendly and others not so much, while trying to walk, the young Avery decided to step aside and take refuge on some empty spot before he ended up running into someone with serious anger issues. He decided to wait a little more before approaching the entrance, and maybe use that time to take some photos. Correction: He was definitely going to use that time to take some photos. Images of a growing mass of people aren't as interesting as he thought they were, but he didn't care anyways. 'Oh, that looks nice. And that too. And that!'.

Among the many things he could a photo of, his attention was unknowingly drawn to particular individuals on the crowded area. He didn't notice that, as he thought we was randomly taking photos of anything lucky (Or unlucky) enough to be on his camera's sight. After taking the photos, Avery started reviewing them like he did with the previous ones. Among them, he had photos of: a blonde man walking into the courthouse ('Heh, he must have pass or something'), a kid carrying a pillow and a sign that said something about two euros ('Is... Is that blood on his mouth?'), a blonde woman in a, ehem, quite showy outfit ('Oh my'), and a young girl playing with a black cat at the side of the courthouse ('Oh my God! That cat is so cute! I want to pet it so bad...'). Nothing out of ordinary, except for the fact that it looked like the girl was talking with the cat. Weird.

'Well... I guess there's nothing left to take a photo of. I'll better wait until the trial begins' He thought. 'I don't really like that criminal, but I need to know how did he do everything. I don't remember how trials work, but I hope he gets to explain his methods...'.


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Post by Lily on Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:33 pm

The cat was talking back to her. The cat was talking back to her. There could be no mistaking it. This couldn't just be a random auditory hallucination. Either she had officially gone off the deep end, or she had seriously just found a talking cat. Were it not for the fact that the proof were right before her, she would've refused to believe such a thing, but she really had no choice but to accept that talking cats were just a thing, now. After taking in the news, Josette shrugged, "I don't really keep up with the news," she admitted, "I sorta live under a rock." Though she didn't mention it, that was barely an exaggeration. At the very least, the bridge she slept under didn't have much room for a tv, and it definitely didn't get wifi. The Fantôme de Pomme, though... Yes, Josette was pretty sure she'd heard of that guy. Styled as some sort of phantom thief, but he was as much a murderer as a thief, or so she'd heard, "What a dumb name, though. Fantôme de Pomme, come off it," Josette said derisively. Whoever came up with that name must've been pretty creatively bankrupt. Regardless, Josette had to admit she was a little curious now. Not that she paid particularly close attention to the Fantôme before, but she was sort of excited to see this alleged phantom thief get put behind bars. What kind of "phantom thief" gets themselves caught, anyway? Josette was a regular thief and she practically never got caught. Of course, she owed that at least partially to her "guardian angel," but still. It was just embarrassing. If they dude was bad enough at his job to get caught, he probably deserved to get thrown in prison. Well, that and the murder.

Josette decided that she wanted to see the trial after all. And if she was gonna go in, she might as well bring the little dude with her, she thought, since he obviously needed the help. She glanced back to the crowd near the front of the courthouse. She could probably slip through there in all the chaos, but if it was more packed on the inside than she expected, she might end up just getting blocked by bodies. Besides, Ténèbres would definitely get spotted if she just carried him in, and she doubted pets were allowed inside the courthouse. She wondered if Back In Black could put him inside its cloak... but that would probably freak the little dude out. And she'd never had her guardian use its ability on another living creature, so she wasn't sure that would even work. Josette's eyes glanced around the courthouse, until she spotted the open windows all around the second story. That'd do it.

"Hey if you want inside, maybe I can help you out some more," Josette offered, "hang on though, it might be a bit of a bumpy ride." She reached down and picked the cat up in one arm, then quickly glanced around to make sure nobody was watching her. Everyone was still fixated on the courthouse doors, so when she was certain the coast was clear, she looked up to the second-story windows. "Back In Black," she muttered, and a ghostly apparition of a glossy black leg appeared over one of her own. She pushed down on the ground, and suddenly leapt into the air with incredible force. A second later, a black-and-white humanoid figure, with a face split in half like a drama mask, drenched in a black cloak from shoulder to foot, appeared in the windowsill, one floating, disembodied hand clutching the top of the window, and the other extended out towards Josette. With her free hand, Josette grabbed onto Back In Black's, who pulled her and her feline companion up into the window. Josette cast another glance around the room she had just entered, making sure nobody saw her, then entered and let the cat down, "Mission accomplished," she said proudly, "hope you got an idea to hide, though. Guards probably wouldn't be happy if they saw a cat walk into the courtroom," she added.
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Post by Doggo on Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:30 am

"Hey! What are you d-" Ténèbres hissed as Josette scooped him up abruptly and jumped into the air. The girl's strength was incredible. He intended to ask how she could jump up a whole story but then the cat saw it. A strange figure that materialized from nothing took hold of her and helped the girl inside. He knew this phenomenon well. His head was still spinning a bit as he daintily descended from the girl's grasp. They were well inside the courthouse. The girl mentioned something about hiding and he was certain he could handle that much. His attention was taken by the strange figure.

"Well," Ténèbres started as he scanned the room they were in again. "That certainly wasn't how I was expecting to get in. You should know however you're looking at a master of subterfuge. I was merely restraining myself to test my skills as an ordinary cat. Having a human sneak me in should do nicely for my reputation. But as this is a serious matter I can't be lollygagging much more than I already have." the cat pontificated. Still, the girl's powers weighed heavily on his mind. It seemed worth investigating. But he wouldn't be so direct as to ask her about it. She could have the honor of being with and explaining things to him but he wouldn't seek out things of her.

"I'll be going now. If you'd like to see me in action you're free to follow. Hopefully you'll be a sight better at stealth than keeping up with current events." Ténèbres sneered. This idea of Josette following him seemed slightly ridiculous given there was a closed door between them and the rest of the court house with the doorknob several feet too high for the cat to hope to operate. But as he lightly trotted up to the door he spoke calmly, "Turn Off The Lights". As he did, something began to appear ahead of him but was quickly obscured by the shadows in the room. More than obscured it was entirely gone. It would have been all too easy to blink and miss it. But whatever it was, it had opened the door which the feline now proudly walked through.
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Post by FourthWave on Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:33 pm

On his safe spot, Avery managed to relax quite a bit. He was just looking at the roaring crowd moving from place to place, waiting for the perfect moment to approach the entrance of the courthouse without risking getting his fragile being hurt. In order to make the waiting time more enjoyable, the young boy reached for a chocolate bar on his backpack. He then started eating his candy, looking once again at the people on the area.

The woman with the revealing outfit was still waiting, the kid was still walking while carrying his pillow and sign, and many, many unimportant people going on with their day. However, he was surprised when he turned to check on the girl with the cat (Mostly because of the cat) and saw they were gone. 'Huh? Weird' He said. 'They were there a few minutes ago. They couldn't have gone too fa-' He then stopped once he looked up and saw the girl entering the courthouse through a window. '... What!?'.

Avery stood up and ran towards the place the girl and the cat were. There was no way she could've got to a window that high in just a matter of seconds. He looked around the place to see if he could find how did she did that jump, or she climbed, or something. But he found nothing. Not even if she knew parkour she could've got there that fast. 'There's just no way she could've- Wait, she entered the courthouse through a window. Isn't that... Illegal?'. Then it dawned on him.

What if she was another criminal? What if she was a follower, an accomplice, a fellow criminal... Or all of the above? What if she wanted to harm the Fantôme de Pomme or worse: Release him? And what if she wasn't working alone? What if the guards inside were part of the plan? What if everyone there was part of the plan!? Ok, now that sounds stupid. As all the posibilities passed through his mind, he reached a pretty obvious conclusion: He needed to warn some authority figure.

'H-Hey! Someone just got inside the courthouse! ... Through the window!'. He tried to call for help, but no one payed attention to him. There was no policeman close enough that cared. With no other choice left, Avery devoured the rest of his chocolate and then rushed towards the entrance, evading quite masterfully the mass of people in his way. Once with the guard, he tried his best to explain what was a tired boy with chocolate smeared all over his face doing in front of him.  

'Y-You see, I saw a girl entering to the courthouse through a window!' He tried to explain while the guard questioned him, maybe to amuse himself more than because he really thought something was going on. 'H-How she looked like? W-Well, she had red hai- Wait, no; it was black. Black hair. O-Or maybe both? And she was carrying a cat! A black one! W-What? No! I'm not making this up! I swear! Here, I took a photo of them!'. Avery then took his camera out of backpack and showed the photo to the guard.

'Yeah, here they are. Yes, when I say 'they' I'm also counting the cat. Though he could be more of a hostage.  What? I don't know! I just thing that a cat couldn't be part of a plot! Oh, and her hair was red and black. I-I don't know why I didn't remember. I-I know it isn't a common combination. But that's not importan! N-No, I'm not shouting. S-Sorry. I'm just trying to say that she intruded into the courthou- Why do I have a photo of her? Well, I was taking photos of Clairmaix to show back home so I decided to take photos of the crowd around here and... Wait a minute...'. That last question made him realize something important: he didn't knew why he took photos of particular people that.

'Hey, you're right. Why did I take a photo of her? And those guys? The kid, the man, the, ehem, beautiful woman... This is pretty strange, don't you think? But hey, good thing I'm not a creep, don't you think?'. In a matter of seconds, he was thrown off the entrance by the guard, now more annoyed than amused. Following him, his camera was thrown, though he managed to catch it on time. 'B-But I wasn't lying! You need to go inside and do your job!'. The guard didn't like that last commet too much, so Avery did the most sensible thing and got the hell away from there.

Hiding on the spot the girl was, Avery was conflicted on what to do. Should he try once more to get the guards inside or wait and just hope for the best? There was nothing a simple boy like him could do in that situation other than what he already did. Oh, and clean his face. Disgusting. After wiping any chocolate mark on his face, the young boy decided to go and try once more to convince the guard that something was going on.

'I must try once more!' He said, full of determination. He began to walk again towards the crowd, this time barely managing to not clash with many of them. 'Sorry. Excuse me. Coming through. I just need some spa-'. However, after clashing with a highly, huh, heavy-set man, he ended up being thrown out of the mass of people into a more open space, bumping into someone who was there. 'Ouch... I'm sorry...' He said while standing up. 'I'm sorry, I was kinda thrown off. I didn't see you ther-'.

To his surprise, the person he ended up running into was no other than the woman he photographed before, the one with the somewhat revealing dress. 'Huh... Huh...' He found himself unable to say something, blushing profusely at the mere sight of her outfit. 'I... I... Sorry?'. Was that supposed to be a question? It sure was a bad time to feel intimidated by the pressence of a woman just showing skin. 'S-Sorry miss, I-I didn't see you there...'.

'I-I... I need to go warn the guards...'. Was there any reason for him to mention that? Of course not. But he did, so he might as well live with it. 'I, huh, must take my leave'.

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Post by Best Girl on Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:15 am

At some point, Viola's mind slipped from tunneled worry for the proceedings to her surroundings. Taking up people-watching subconsciously for a distraction, there was a significant pressure through hostility for the man on trial and fear of his presence together. Murmurs demanding justice and pinning the series of arrow-related murders on him, others calling for the clear-cut open-and-shut trial to end already before he tries to pull some kind of stunt. The blonde didn't find herself with any particular input and continued surveying the crowd, watching a girl in the distance talking to a black cat and a boy helping an elderly woman. Absentmindedly observing, she made no real effort to stop the girl taking the feline in tow through a window of the courthouse. Though, the assassin's eyes widened with shock upon seeing the bizarre entity at the unbarred window above, seeing the young lass take a great leap skyward and be pulled into the establishment.

"What the-" The ghastly figure was jarring to her mind, but what was more jarring was that no one had even seen it. Did they just not see the girl? ... Or did they not even see what pulled her up? While this did alarm her with concern, the duo had already slipped in... Yet, had they actually been up to anything dastardly, they surely would've taken a less conspicuous approach, even from the side of the building most were not watching. Viola raised her brow, perplexed with the situation but ultimately figured the courthouse guards weren't inept enough to miss them entirely inside and there were far too many eyes on the trial for them to have hand in helping the phantom thief escape. Thus, the woman dropped the issue, allowing doubt to leave through a quiet sigh and her expression softened to a more nonchalant one.

"Hm." The mobster woman let the matter pass, taking steps away from her stationed position and recalling the boy, who had been taking verbal abuse from an angry drunkard until literally kicked in the face. Having heard the rude man's tangent and reading the sign, she put two and two together and began approaching the assaulted youth. Whether it be out of pity or not mattered little, but compensation for handling a middle-aged man's needless rage and proper reward for assisting the elderly brought Viola to offer a bill that was a good deal more than two euros, it was the excess he rejected from the old woman, though not for any kind of service. It was wordless appreciation for his work and putting up with others, mixed with a tinge of pity for what came across as a reasonable donation.

It was pocket change for someone of her status anyway.

Regardless if it was accepted or not, she placed it atop the boy's pillow and left it up to him if he was going to hold on to it before someone's malicious greed snatched it away.

After trying to "give back to the people", the woman began making her way toward one of the purple-suited gents in the crowd until feeling a force press into her side. "Ah-" it wasn't nearly enough to knock her off balance, but she did stop to see the bespectacled lad who bumped into her. He seemed a lot more baffled than her considering he was the cause of the collision, though through his stuttering and flustered, crimson hue, realization came quick: her outfit was doing its job and leaving men in aroused bewilderment. It was a very unique and japanese-themed dress, having open gaps at her waist, right leg, and quite the tantalizingly pillowy chest to top it all off. Of course he'd be dumbfounded by the abundance of exposed, creamy white flesh, that was the point. Luckily for him, because this was the intended function, the gangster had little reaction to it. Instead, Viola took note of him blurting out needing to call for the guards. Did something happen? Surely one of the family members would have said something in that case...

... Unless it was what she was thinking of.

"If it's about the girl and the cat, you probably don't need to worry too much about it." The blonde advised, countenance growing stoic and upholding a cool-headed demeanor. "Too many eyes for them to really get away with disrupting the proceedings." That was the logic she justified for herself just earlier anyway. The only real concern was the specter that pulled her through the window.
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Post by FourthWave on Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:19 pm

Avery, unable to mantain a semblance of composure in front of such unusual display of skin, decided to continue his way to the courthouse, all the while trying to not look at the woman any more than necessary. You know, staring like that for too long can be interpreted in a bad way, and he didn't want that. However, the young man was surprised when the woman mentioned something that caught his attention. 'If it's about the girl and the cat, you probably don't need to worry too much about it' She advised. 'Too many eyes for them to really get away with disrupting the proceedings'.

'Miss...' He stopped and turned to face her, now seemingly unnafected by her looks. 'You saw them? Oh boy, that's perfect! I thought I was the only one who saw them!'. Despite the advise, he still was unable to remain calm. After all, there was something strange about all that. 'I... I kinda get what you're saying. There's no way she could go too far even though only us saw her entering through the window. But what if she isn't working alone? What if she's part of a group of criminals that want to release the Fantôme de Pomme? What if she got people inside working towards that goal!?'. Avery's voice was getting louder as he kept speculating, something he took notice of. In order to not make bad impressions, he corrected himself and apologized.

'I'm s-sorry. Got a little ahead of myself there...' He apologized, feeling a little embarrassed. 'Ehem. However, I'm thinking all this assuming the girl is another criminal. But... Why would she enter the courthouse like that? This is really suspicious. There's no way she could've got into a window that high without help. I even checked the spot under the window, and there was nothing she could've used to get there. Not even a rope'. Once he finished, he noticed he's been thinking out loud far longer than he shoul and in front of a seemingly foreigner woman.

'Oh, huh, hehehe'. Thinking fast, he introduced himself. 'I-I'm Avery' He said, smiling while trying to appear normal. 'Nice to mee-'. Sadly, the immunity Avery had to the woman's dress wore off as he found himself unable to continue talking normally. However, he still could stare pretty well.

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Post by CM_Renji on Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:55 pm

Trying to forget about the old man, Gabrio grabbed the nearest cool stick and started fiddling with it to pass the time. He looked around the crowd and saw a variety of faces of note. A steadfast man with determination plastered on his face, a young man with a camera who seemed to be freaking out over something, a blonde woman who was actually walking towards him, and a red and black haired woman infiltrating the courthouse with a cat. Wait... what?! It was a bit of a surprise, but Gabrio was more intrigued by a strange apparition that appeared to pull her up. It seemed familiar. "That thing reminds me of Judas Priest. Could she have a strange power like mine? Could she also have a ghost buddy?" He didn't know what she was up to, but he also couldn't do anything about it now, as Gabrio knew his ghost buddy was too weak to help him up to the window to give pursuit. He thought to himself. "I'll just keep an eye out for her I suppose."

Gabrio returned to what he was doing, which was essentially nothing at the moment, when at that moment the blonde woman passed by him and laid down a large sum of money onto his pillow. "Huh?" She didn't say a word, instead she just set it down and carried strolling down the street. He hadn't done anything for her, so he figured this was simply an act of kindness. "Dangnabit, the people in this city are just too nice." Gabrio genuinely appreciated when people would do this sort of thing, but he just didn't have use for the money. He stood up and turned to the woman who was now walking away. He had a feeling that she wouldn't be taking the money back, and that confronting her about it would only end poorly. Still, it was worth a shot he thought. Gabrio tossed aside his cool stick, grabbed his things, and followed the woman who was now having a conversation with the young man he saw earlier. He also couldn't help but overhear that they were speaking about the girl and the cat, due to the young man's increasing volume.

"I saw that girl and cat too. I really hope that she's not up to no good." He shouted over as he approached the both of them. "Sorry to intrude on the two of you, but I just came to see if you'd take your money back, miss. I really appreciate it, but I also have no need for it." His hand reached out to give the kind lady her money.
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Post by Best Girl on Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:36 pm

Viola really couldn't share the panicked sentiment Avery seemed to be experiencing. Though, she noticed he didn't mention the specter that pulled the girl through the window. "Is it like mine, I wonder..." A quiet murmur as the boy finished rambling with introductions before cutting himself off. Her gaze was inquisitive and distant, staring off into space in contemplation before another voice chimed into their conversation. In fact, it was the teenager who was offering charity services. He saw the girl and cat as well, though he was also coming to return the donation from a minute ago.

"Keep it." Viola relaxed her posture, addressing the newcomer first. "Even if you have no need for it, it's nice to have." He could treat himself for doing good or even arm himself with supplies for better service if nothing else. The gangster didn't seem interested in taking the money back.

"As for the girl and the cat..." Turning back to Avery, she didn't respond to his greetings and instead attempted to put his worries at ease. "Do you really think a group of people working to release the man the country has their eyes on... would send a girl through a window? With a cat, no less? They'd have better chances blending in with the crowd and going through the front door." It was a good thing for the duo that everyone's eyes weren't at the window's side of the building. It seems very few people caught her, and it was helping to rationalize the matter by talking it out with someone else. The phantom thief had garnered so much attention that the masses would naturally call out any disturbances in scenery around him.

Avery was far from wrong in being suspicious. It was just that the blonde thought that, despite it being an illegal activity, the motion could've been caught and the notion of a terrorist scheme made the entry seem very convoluted. "She's probably working by herself, though I don't know what she would be up to." The woman continued, "It'd take more than one person and a cat to get our Fantôme de Pomme out of sight though." Lest that ghostly entity have something to do with it... Viola knew her own was rather powerful, but she had a couple doubts about it somehow breaking through an ocean of people without a lot of luck and effort. Having come to these conclusions through the mind of a criminal and willing to turn a blind eye due to illegal actions of her own, she figured as long as the girl wasn't hurting anyone then it wasn't worth fretting over. So, to convey this, the amazonian mobster wore a composed smile in hopes of alleviating the pressure in the air.

"It'll be fine."
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Post by Lily on Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:32 pm

Josette raised an eyebrow at Ténèbres, "Restraining your skills, eh?" she said with a wry smile, "I'm certain your incredible skills do a wonderful job helping you catch little red dots on the ground." The idea of her being the one to "follow" the cat seemed questionable to her, and she was about to mockingly ask if he needed someone to open the door for him, when he spoke, and a figure briefly appeared before him before fading into the shadows. 'What the...?' Josette thought, 'What was that? I only saw it for a moment, but...' Josette tried to process what she had seen. She could barely make it out, but she was certain she had seen something. Was it, perhaps, something like Back In Black? A "Guardian Angel," so to speak? Given that she had just met a talking cat, it was far from hard to believe that someone else, especially a talking cat, could share something like that with her.

Josette didn't let her surprise show. She caught up with Ténèbres and began to walk alongside him, casually sticking her hands in her pockets and trying to act natural, as she was technically, kinda, sorta trespassing. Which was techincally illegal, according to some people. "Well, well, little kitty," Josette said, "seems there's more to you than meets the eye even still, hm?" Josette wondered if he could see Back In Black, if she was able to see whatever it was that he had summoned. She decided not to ask. After all, if he couldn't see it, Josette wouldn't want to tip her hand and admit to having a similar power. "I think I will follow you around a little bit. Seems like it'll be fun around you."
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Post by FourthWave on Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:18 pm

Saving him from the embarrassment, seeing how the woman didn't respond to his introduction, a younger voice came to the rescue. It belonged to none other than the kid Avery photographed before, the one who seemed to have some blood on his mouth before. He apologized for intruding and mentioned that, just like him and the blonde woman, he saw the girl and the cat entering the courthouse through the window, and that he hoped she wasn't up to no good. Mentally sighing in relief, the young boy saw how the kid tried to give back money the woman supposedly gave him, saying he had no need for it. Just by taking a look at the bill, he noticed it was more than 2 euros. Strange he considered he had no need for money, but who's he to judge.

The woman, in a sign of goodwill, told the kid to keep it, adding that it's good to have it around even though he has no need for it at the moment. Avery totally agreed with that, always keeping a high bill on his left sock in case of emergencies. 'Wow... That miss sure is gerenous' He thought, admiring such display of selflessness. 'She must be a really good person!'. She then turned back to him, and proceeded to ease his worries by explaining how ridiculous it would be for a group of people working to release the most hated man on the country right now to only send a girl and a cat. Through a window, no less. She also explained that they had better chances blending it with the crowd and going through the main entrance.

'Well, if you put it like that...' Said Avery. The woman continued, mentioning that she thought the girl must be working alone, whatever her plan was. After all, it should take more than a girl and a cat to release a heavily guarded criminal like Fantôme de Pomme. 'Yeah...' He replied after hearing her analisis. 'I think I exaggerated a bit...'. She also smiled back, telling him it'll be fine. Said smile filled the young boy with warmth. After all, it was the first time since he got to Clairmaix that someone showed something resembling kindness towards him. 'T-Thank you, miss. But I feel I should tell the guards. After all, what she did was illegal'. He then paused for a moment. 'Even though I explained myself pretty badly a few minutes ago and they're likely to don't believe me... And maybe put me in jail, I don't know'.

Though the analisis made sense and Avery couldn't agree with it more, he suddenly realized something that was off. 'Miss... You sure analized that well. As if... You are a fan of detective stories!'. He then turned to the kid. 'Don't you think so? Huh...'. However, he soon realized that he hadn't introduced himself. 'Sorry, I didn't quite catch your name. Mine's Avery. Nice to meet you' He said with a smile.


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Post by Doggo on Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:05 am

The cat was almost caught off guard at how readily Josette returned his verbal jabs. Maybe she had more wits about her than he had given her credit for. Moreover, she seemed very interested in his power. She must have realized the similarities Ténèbres himself did while looking at Back in Black. Her comments were a vague sort of probing. But maybe he'd be nice and settle in her mind whether or not he saw her powers.

"It would seem there's more to you and your tongue as well little girl." he retorted in a playful tone. "You'll have to introduce me to your friend at some point." he added to cement the fact he'd seen the strange thing that had pulled them in. Without warning the cat vanished from sight as a shadow crossed their path, only to reappear still in the middle of walking as if nothing had happened as they moved on. A smirk adorned Ténèbres' face knowing the girl was trying to maintain her calm about the entire experience of meeting a talking cat; never mind all these other strange occurrences.

"How old are you girl?" he asked seemingly out of left field. The question felt based in honest curiosity rather than furthering their banter. His focus was still the ongoing trial and arriving at a suitable vantage point. But Josette had gained his interest on several fronts and this was an ever important question to the feline. He'd developed a general sense of guessing human ages but still struggled to nail exact numbers.
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Post by CM_Renji on Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:42 am

Gabrio was not enthusiastic about keeping the money, but he didn't want to spit in the face of this gesture. "Sure, I'll hold on to it. Gracias." He said with a nod as he sat down and opened up his pillow's zipper. Inside was a smaller sum of money he had planned to use for the week. He folded her money up tightly and set it inside after moving some of the fluff around. He wouldn't spend it unless his or another one's life depended on it, that's what he planned for at least.

The boy was meanwhile listening to the other two converse about the strange woman and the cat. They also discussed this mysterious "Fantôme de Pomme" that Gabrio had heard about earlier. He didn't know anything besides the obvious trial going on, but now he was starting to grow more curious about it.

Gabrio stood up and smiled at the young man who called himself Avery. "I'm Gabrio, nice to meet you mister Avery!" He said trying his best to sound dignified and respectful in his tone. "And you too... Oh! What's your name, miss?" He asked the blonde woman before getting to his next question.

"Also, this Fantôme de Pomme that you two are bringing up, who is that? And what are they on trial for?" The boy couldn't help but wonder, seeing as this mysterious criminal was apparently very improtant global news.
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Post by Best Girl on Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:09 pm

"If you're worried about repercussions, then-" Viola cut herself off, understanding if he was just concerned for the people's safety by keeping the law maintained, what was the point of deterring him? "... Never mind, do what you believe in." After all, she made a place for herself doing the same thing. The woman decided to not get in the way of his conviction, despite seeing it as needlessly sticking his nose in a pot. Though, silent prayers were given the guards didn't actually lock him up for something... She cast her gaze upon the officers at the scene, noting their stiff positions, scrunched noses, and forced scowls not out of rigid intimidation, but out of stressful tensity. Honestly, if something happened, the more sympathetic would argue it's hard to predict and account for everything that could come from Fantôme de Pomme. At the same time, with how important matters were today, anyone's screw up would be a decisive finish to their career.

Viola wore an expression of pity, yet did not offer words of solace to them.

That aside, the younger of the boys around her asked her name shortly after Avery did. The mobster didn't look toward them, taking a moment to contemplate. Hopefully she was exaggerating in thinking Avery was mindlessly earnest, as him finding out her "job" may end up a nuisance. Gabrio, on the other hand, didn't even know what was happening today. "Fantôme de Pomme," the blonde started, responding to the conversation, keeping a hand on her hip and making eye-contact throughout. "The man on trial is accused of repeated grand larceny, leaving behind a half-eaten fruit as a sort of signature. I assume he's likely being accused for a string of unique murders as well, where an arrow pierced a victim's heart. They can connect it by tracing back to Fantôme de Pomme's supposed initial crime being that he stole a bundle of arrows from an exhibit in Louvre." Viola summarized the case and its proceedings, and if the arrows had been secured as evidence then the phantom thief getting out of a guilty verdict was next to impossible... Which was likely not his concern anyway.

"Also," Viola made up her mind. "My name is Viola." It was just a harmless introduction.
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Post by FourthWave on Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:19 pm

The miss told Avery that if he believed that he had to try to warn the guards again, then he sould do it. However, she said that after saying something about being worried and repercussions. Whatever it was, it surely wasn't important. Also, the young boy, who already decided to keep the money given to him, has already introduced himself as Gabrio. He even called Avery 'mister' with a very respectful tone in the process. 'Gabrio? Oh! You're a foreigner! Well, I should've been obvious after that 'Gracias'. That's spanish, right? Anyways, it's nice to meet-'. And it was something he realized way too late.

'M-M-M-M-Mister!?'. To say that this took Avery by surprise would be a great understatement. But that doesn't mean he didn't like the sound of it. 'I-I, well, eh. Huh, ehem, hehehe... I mean, mister is a bit of a stretch, don't you think? My dad is a mister. I'm just a young boy, still in the springtime of youth. Not that I don't appreciate it, but I think it calling me Avery is just fine. Or Villeneuve! That's my last name after all. Did I mention it? You see-'. He continued rambling, all flustered just by being called mister, while the miss explained to an inquiring Gabrio about the Fantôme de Pomme and his trial, something Avery could've done too if he wasn't too busy talking to no one in particular.

Avery finally stopped talking when he noticed that the miss gave them her name. And it was... Viola. 'Oh my... That's a beautiful name' He thought. 'Sorry...' He then said in a quiet tone. 'Did you say your name was Viola?' He also asked politely, just in case he heard wrong. 'Well, it sure is nice to meet you miss Viola! My name is Ave- Oh, I already mentioned that... Sorry about that...'.

Seeing how he had nothing left to add to a new conversation, he resumed his quest to warn the guards... A second time. 'Miss Viola, young Gabrio, it was a pleasure. I'll be taking my leav- Wait!'. However, he suddenly stopped midsentence after remembering something else he could do. He quickly went for his backpack and proceeded to look for something inside. 'This may sound strange... But can I take a photo with you?'. Finally, he managed to take out his camera. 'I want to take as many photos I can to show my parents back home. What could be a better photon than one of me with two interesting foreigners? This way they won't say I can't make new friends!'. Before waiting for their response, he positioned himself between them in a way he could take a selfie quite easily, with enough coordination to know where and how to take a photo with the three of them. Practice taking a lot of photos everywhere, I guess.

'Come on!' Avery gestured at them, urging them to get closer. 'Don't be shy' He added, smiling.

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Post by CM_Renji on Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:33 pm

Gabrio stared up and listened intently as the blonde woman explained just about everything concerning the mysterious Fantôme de Pomme. He seems to be a master thief who uses fruits as calling cards, and a murderer who uses arrows to kill his victims. Very strange indeed. Gabrio could definitely understand the public's concern and interest with the Fantôme de Pomme. The boy had heard stories about vicious criminals and killers before, but this guy definitely stood out.

"Well then, I can certainly see why he's so infamous. Hopefully he'll be locked up soon enough, and won't cause any more trouble." Gabrio turned to look at the courthouse. He always tried to keep a calm demeanor, but this guy really unnerved the boy. Why steal arrows from a museum to kill people? He guessed he really is crazy and simply did it for no real reason. Gabrio was glad that he'd likely never meet such a person, because he was admittedly kind of afraid.

The blonde woman had politely introduced herself as Viola. "It's a pleasure to meet the both of you!" The boy added. Gabrio then brought his attention back to Avery who had been somewhat flustered. "Oh, my bad! Will do, Avery." He said while maintaining his respectful tone. "And I am spanish indeed."

The young man was saying his farewells and was about to go speak with the guards before he remembered something. He rustled into his backpack and brought out a camera, then asked the both of them for a group picture. Gabrio wasn't particularly camera shy, having been asked to take pictures before, and Avery was asking nicely, so he was up for it. "Sure thing." He held a huge smile that almost looked painful as he looked at the camera. Granny always told him to smile as wide as he could when he took pictures. "Cheeeeeeese!"
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Post by Lily on Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:17 pm

Josette grinned. It seemed the little cat had seen Back In Black, just as she had seen Turn Out The Lights. So they were on an even playing field after all. "And you, yours," she replied, "I'm sure our friends will get along just fine." Upon seeing Ténèbres suddenly disappear into the shadows, only to reappear just as suddenly, Josette raised an eyebrow. It had caught her off guard, but at this point, she was already expecting something strange to happen, and it was similar to what she had seen the cat's friend do just moments ago. Perhaps that was what this cat was capable of, besides talking. Either way, the surprise she felt was brief, and not enough to cause her to break her stride.

What actually did cause some surprise was the question the cat asked next. Her age? Now that she thought about it, even Josette wasn't exactly sure. She didn't know her own birthday, and it seemed like the seasons just blended together after a while. She thought back to the major events that had happened in her life, where she vaguely knew how old she was, and then tried to remember how many Winters had passed since then. Winters were the easiest season to remember, what with the snow and the constant struggle to avoid freezing to death, so they stuck out in her mind. After a moment of thought, Josette replied, "Eighteen," with some confidence. In truth, she thought she might have been nineteen, but decided feigning confidence would be more important than being technically accurate. "Oh, and the name's Josette, by the way. Josette Jolicouer," she said, realizing that being called "girl" by a cat was a little annoying. That said, she also realized that being called "little kitty" by a random human was also annoying to him, so she added, "you got a name?" and then, "And for that matter, you got a plan here? You just planning to sneak in and watch the trial, or you got something else in mind?"
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