Posted Nov 22 2012 - 11:37 AM
OOC: This was jammed with Relapse.IC: "Hey."Sucogu's eyes lifted a little at the sound. Its source soon appeared from the swirling snow and the crush of bodies surrounding the toa of Lightning.His stride was languid. His gold eyes were light. His armor was clean and lustrous as ever."Hey, gramps."Hau extended a fist. He flashed a playful grin, perfect teeth seeming to illuminate the flurry."Wassup?"Sucogu's eyes drooped slightly in the cold. The eyes of a fighter. The eyes of a wounded. The eyes of the cold and tired.He met the fist half-heartedly."Oh, you know. Things.""Things?" Hau chuckled. He sat down beside Sucogu. "Things are always up."His eyes turned to stare into the snowy throngs before them. He fell silent for a second, lost in the scene the pair peered into. Then he spoke."You going to fight the slugs again?"He looked at the ground."No.""Why?," Hau asked plaintively. His gaze pierced the Ko-Koro flurry of bodies and white dots, gazing deep into the quiet town once more.Sucogu shrugged lightly, not heightening his gaze."Reasons.""Reasons," Hau repeated distantly. He was silent for a moment. His eyes still stared away."Um, I don't wanna intrude, but what kinda reasons, 'xactly?"He frowned, making an unhappy face in Hau's direction."I should've remembered, Hau. You always did ask a lot of questions."His face morphed into a smile, intentionally dodging the question."Ah."Hau crossed his arms behind his head and leaned back. He closed his eyes."...Yeah," He said absently, and Sucogu could almost hear an unconscious nod in the young toa's voice."What?""Yeah, I guess it doesn't matter."Hau turned. A grin came to his face. His posture straightened, arms falling back to his sides and shoulders raising to stand proud.His eyes opened. Two golden orbs appeared in the jet of his kanohi, light tracing itself into the etchings of the Miru. Conviction and a newfound enlightenment radiated from Hau's visage like the physical effulgence it released. Snow glittered around his head, a halo of brilliance. Blazing determination met the weary gaze of a wounded warrior and held firm."You can't fight anymore, gramps. But I can and I will."He coughed. Was that true? Could he truly not fight anymore? He examined his wounds with a quick glance. The Dark Toa really had done a lot of damage. But it wasn't irreparable...was it?"If this is the case, then I will continue to train you."He knew it. Their was one person on this island who could heal him. One Toa whose medical abilities could get the job done."Then we will find Riaril."Hau stood. His jet limbs came to being in the whiteness of Ko-Koro with a triumphant enthusiasm, the first words to be written on the blank page of a blizzard. Jubilance in victory transformed from the exuberance of life to simple joy to energy in his youthful body, making it vibrant and electric. His chain hissed in seeming elation. A gold and black fist rose into the air above and pumped.He cracked another grin. This time, the young toa's face was less serious and more full of boyish excitement. His face became softer and less fiery. But the spark of conviction still burned in his eyes."C'mon, let's get to the hotel for the night, then in the morning we'll go down to Le-Koro and get my stuff. And then we'll go find the doc!"Sucogu nodded."Okay."It was getting colder even as they went.The two toa were done talking. They turned and walked on to their next destination.*****************Half a day later, the pair came to the gates of Ko-Koro. One was young and fiery, the other older and reserved. One grinned while the other observed. But in spite of these differences, they were one being in purpose. They stood side by side in casual, ready stances.Dawn stretched its pink fingers across the sky. The day was crisp and calm. New snow went on in all directions from the village. Ko-Wahi had been refreshed overnight. The village, too, was reborn; the scraping of metal on ice and quiet murmurs of early morning began to surround the pair.Behind them lay only the ice-laden past of solid history. Ahead lay an untrod path of the future, perfectly unworn and filled with the unknowns of life to be discovered.It was a brand new day.The pair looked at each other one last time. Then they strode onto the road that had been set before them and started walking.OOC: Hau and Sucogu to Le-Wahi.