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  • #26
    ~HIGHLANDER~
    [Legacy's Edge]
    p19.
    Ramirez: "So there's a problem with our two new arrivals?"
    Rebecca: "QUITE! Felicia has no business with us, in any fashion! She's a murderer and a liar!"
    Ramirez: "By means of the Game, or..."
    Rebecca: "By means of killing the family of one of my students! You weren't the only one broken who has required my healing over the years."
    Ramirez: "Are you sure it was her?"
    Rebecca: "Sure enough! Which leads to the question as to what we know of this Kortan? All I've ever heard of him was from my Amanda and it sounded as if he was as conniving and deceptive as she could be! Even the Watcher files have little on him."
    Ramirez: "All I know is that they came to the Watchers and agreed to further this cause with us. Her knowledge of cartography and maps has been quite helpful. He also holds knowledge of many cultures and language arts."
    Rebecca: "Well I don't like it and don't trust them one bit!"
    Ramirez: "I would recommend we welcome their help, offer them sanctuary and watch them with caution! Seems better to keep our eyes on them close instead of from afar."
    [Rebecca considers this tactic with scornful distaste.]

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    • #27
      ~HIGHLANDER~
      [Legacy's Edge]
      p20.

      [The main door of an art gallery foyer unlocks and opens to reveal its stunning Spanish curator. She moves with the stride of a woman determined to secure a new life in spite of her circumstances. Her leather boots resonate like thunder off the marble floors and echo off the framed and cased masterpieces that surround her. Suddenly those boots stop in silence as the whirlwind of the Quickening floods her mind with the presence of another stepping out from the distant shadows.]

      Rebecca: "Hello Tess."
      Sofia: "Methos was the last to call me by that name and your voice would be the last I wish to hear it from! The name is Sofia now."
      Rebecca: "Apologies... Sofia."
      Sofia: "So I wasn't the only one to awaken from our little trio. Of course this twisted universe brings me YOU instead of my Methos! I should have assumed it would do as much... ever the cruelest!"
      Rebecca: "How many others have you encountered?"
      Sofia: "Only two... and Axel won't be stalking me again or any other woman for that matter!"
      Rebecca: "You did a service to us all with that stroke."
      Sofia: "I do not aim to serve YOU in anyway."
      [Rebecca steps forward with welcoming hands held out.]
      Rebecca: "I looked for you... searched for you after his dea..."
      Sofia: "DO NOT SPEAK OF IT!"
      [Rebecca bows her head and covers her mouth in sorrow as she begins to cry silently. Sofia's hands tremble as hot tears of anger stream down her face.]
      Sofia: "To lose Methos... OH GOD! He was a living work of art to me. You were the last thing I EVER wanted to see!"
      Rebecca: "Your disdain for me has never been a secret! I know you would have taken my head just to keep him to yourself."
      Sofia: "I would have taken a thousand heads if it meant keeping him!"
      Rebecca: "And yet YOU had him! My God, woman... ...you held him!"
      Sofia: "HE WAS WITH ME, BUT HE CONSTANTLY THOUGHT OF YOU! Damn your BOND and elixirs!"
      [Rebecca's teary eyes are now fixed on her with an unapologetic gaze!]
      Rebecca: "Damn your jealousy, woman! We have no time for it now. Have you not felt the pull of the Quickening!?"
      Sofia: "Yes, I feel it and will suffer the pain of its resistance till I'm ready to meet a new fate! NOT this time!!!"
      Rebecca: "Oh, you stubborn girl! You have NO idea what's happening... what this world is about to SUFFER!!!"
      [Just then, Sofia's expression moves from heartbreak, anger, and pride to cautious curiosity and a hint of fear.]

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      • #28
        ~HIGHLANDER~
        [Legacy's Edge]
        p21.

        [Joe has left the keys to the bar with Ramirez as he prepares for a flight to meet up with Rebecca and Sofia. Ramirez locks up the front and makes his way down to the street corner but hesitates at the sensation of another Immortal's presence. Just then an elegant woman rounds the corner with her eyes going straight to him. Her face is familiar to the centuries but new to Ramirez. Her stride is as constant as the confidence radiating from her.]
        Ramirez:
        "Well... hello there!"
        [His tone is flirtatious while his hands are cautious. One casually slips into his overcoat pocket, gripping his sword sheath underneath while the other sets on his lapel. Ever ready to draw his ivory masterpiece in a flash of steel.]
        Zhing Li: "Hello handsome!"
        [She sees his move and counters it with a soft hand on his chest, slowly dragging her fingers around his broad shoulders as she circles him, sizing him up as a potential opponent in the process.]
        Zhing Li: "You're quite broad and tall for a..."
        [She leans into his chest, clasping his sword hand with hers as she closes her eyes and smells him.]
        "Hmmm..... for an Egyptian! I knew it."
        Ramirez: "Very Good! Am I to assume this is a Chinese Treasure standing in front of me?"
        [She playfully withdraws with an illuminating smile.]
        Zhing Li: "It is! Though I definitely get more points for my deduction. Have you a name?"
        Ramirez: "I do indeed! Although I must insist the lady go first."
        [She pauses at his intentional diversion, but respects and rewards the smoothness in which he has performed it.]
        Zhing Li: "I am Zhing Li Tao of the Fu Province. Student of Kiem Sun."
        Ramirez: "I am Juan Sanchez Villalobos Ramirez of Egypt, once the chief metallurgist to King Charles the V of Spain!"
        [Her eyes widen and she steps back with her mouth covered! Then opens up with excitement.]
        Zhing Li: "You were Duncan's Sigong!!!"
        Last edited by dubiousbystander; 01-21-2019, 11:16 PM.

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        • #29
          ~HIGHLANDER~
          [Legacy's Edge]
          p22.

          [Rebecca meditates in the garden of the KEEP. She embraces its peacefulness while planning a course to replant it once they return to the surface. She's brought Sofia here to Germany to show her this place and offer her the choice they will all have to soon make. She knows Joe has flown in from Seacouver, but she doesn't know who has come with him.]

          Hatalyah: "Hello, Rebecca!"
          [Their smiles illuminate off each other as they embrace with tears of joy!]
          Hatalyah: "When I heard your name from the Watchers, I dared to hope it was actually you!"
          Rebecca: "I would have met you myself had I known!"
          Hatalyah: "One of Graham's students was sent for me. He definitely carries his teacher's charm."
          Rebecca: "That he does!"
          [Rebecca sits and takes in a deep breath!] "So... What have they told you?"
          Hatalyah: "Enough... I know what is upon us! Used my contacts to provide them with a rare scroll that has been steeped in Hinduism, Taoism and Hebrew prophecy predicting such an event! Another Immortal and I chased this artifact for many decades."
          Rebecca: "How long have you been... back?"
          Hatalyah: "Just over two years. How many of us are awakened now!?"
          Rebecca: "There have been eleven that the Watchers know of. Four killed so far and three of those within this year alone! The Quickening seems to not only replace a head for a head, but is also increasing its own numbers since the SOURCE himself... nine years ago."
          Hatalyah: "Is it true he's just a boy? Twenty or so?"
          Rebecca: "Quite! Son of an Immortal... product of the PRIZE or so I'm told."
          Hatalyah: "The Quickening and its mysterious gifts. Do you also have knowledge of technologies you've never seen before?"
          Rebecca: "Oh yes! We all seem to have inherited that gift."
          Hatalyah: "So a son of the Quickening you say? It always seems to be a damn boy, doesn't it? Why couldn't it have been a girl for a change?"
          [Rebecca scoffs and chuckles at the irony and frustration of it.]
          Rebecca: "Indeed!"
          [Hatalyah takes Rebecca's hand and turns to look over the KEEP together.]
          Hatalyah: "For the duration of whatever this stay may become, this place better have a WELL stocked cellar for the after party!"
          [Rebecca's smile ignites with the comfort and optimism of Hatalyah's spirit! Her head quickly turns to Rebecca...]
          Hatalyah: "Oh..and I'm definitely bringing my makeup!"
          [They smile together.]
          Rebecca: "Absolutely to both!"

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          • #30
            ~HIGHLANDER~
            [Legacy's Edge]
            p23.

            Ramirez: "What have you ladies discovered from Hatalyah's scroll?"
            Felicia: "Well, the scroll definitely predates the Zhou Dynasty! Although testing on the surface silk shows that it was made later than the parchment."
            Zhing Li: "Closer to the Sui Dynasty, which means it was refinished and probably updated around 600 AD."
            Felicia: "I can also tell you that it's not just a scroll... It's a puzzle map!"
            Zhing Li: "These glyphs are an ancient writing system that utilizes Hindu and Chinese character types. They serve as latitude and longitude points with tiles marked by Mayan style mathematics. These can also shift to identify different polarity lines."
            Ramirez: "Many religions, prophets and scholars have predicted a great fire from the sky as the next purge of man after the Great Flood. From the promise of Noah's Rainbow all the way up to Nostradamus."
            Felicia: "It definitely appears that way now!"
            Zhing Li: "When I was a child there was a legend of a great comet that brought power to a nation of fire who destroyed the world to rebuild it in iron. This scroll tells of that legend and speaks of the comet's return."
            Felicia: "I believe by its design that this could be used to calculate the precise location where the meteor will strike!"
            Ramirez: "So the pieces are coming together...."
            Zhing Li: "...and the countdown begins!"
            Last edited by dubiousbystander; 01-18-2019, 08:38 AM.

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            • #31
              ~HIGHLANDER~
              [Legacy's Edge]
              p24.

              Sofia: "This is your solution? This is your DAMN answer!? We have just awakened to new lives and you want us to bury ourselves for centuries of sleep! All this for some kid!?"
              Rebecca: "He is the SOURCE of our awakenings... He is the key to us all! We woke after him and we all hold different knowledge of history and cultures spanning the centuries. Knowledge he hasn't acquired! What would you rather do? Face the destruction and multiple deaths you would suffer... if your body could even sustain them intact!? You are too valuable... You are too IMPORTANT to lose!"
              [Sofia goes silent at the sincerity and passion of Rebecca's words.]
              Joe: "You see all these archives around you. I, and all these records of time will be gone. You will remain! You are a living archive, a treasure of time. You've seen and touched art that I could only dream of seeing! We need you... we need you bad! The FUTURE needs you!"
              [Sofia takes a deep breath and runs her hands through her hair as she analyses it all in her head, depicting its elements like a painting in her mind.]
              Sofia: "Okay... who's in the vault with us? Who else has been awakened?"
              Rebecca: "Here's where it gets interesting!"

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              • #32
                ~HIGHLANDER~
                [Legacies Edge]
                p25.
                [Quentin and Kay have returned from the getaway and back into their routine lives. He's in the shop doing some road maintenance on the Porsche when he suddenly feels the presence of another.]
                Quentin: "Hey! Did you guys find Axel?"
                Ramirez: "Oh... he's been found and dealt with. Are we alone?"
                Quentin: "What's happened?"
                Ramirez: "ARE WE ALONE?"
                Quentin: "Aye! Kay's at band."
                [Ramirez pauses and sits at a tool bench, then speaks in a voice of icy calm.]
                Ramirez: "The GAME has changed and there isn't much time! An impending doom approaches Earth and we are the last hope of humankind. A meteor is on a trajectory calculated to strike Earth in less than 60 days. It was discovered by Watcher Astrologers just before you left. Governments of the world are being notified as we speak."
                [Quentin goes cold into shock that quickly turns into anger!]
                Quentin: "I DIDN'T ASK FOR THIS!!!"
                Ramirez: "None of us ASKED for it, nor half of the tragedies our endless lives have forced us to endure! Our circumstance has a living purpose... NOW! Not just a driven killing game, but a chance to preserve VIRTUE and knowledge. A way has been prepared for us to do so, far from here."
                Quentin: "And what of the people... What of Kay!?"
                Ramirez: "Do I really have to answer that question?"
                [Quentin's anger turns into RAGE as he begins turning over tool racks in a feat of supernatural strength that leaves the air charged with the Quickening.]
                Ramirez: "ENOUGH! We are princes of the universe, dear boy! And the weight of this crown is upon us whether we like it or not. We must bear it together!"
                [Quentin drops to his knees and SCREAMS out into the night.]

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                • #33
                  ~HIGHLANDER~
                  [Legacy's Edge]
                  p26.

                  Joe: "So... you know."
                  [Quentin takes a breath and pauses at the thought of it.]
                  Quentin: "We know."
                  Joe: "How did she take the news?"
                  Quentin: "Better than I did. Told you she was strong."
                  Joe: "I know she's strong. We're arranging for everyone to be moved to the KEEP before the global news of it breaks."
                  Quentin: "How big are these vaults?"
                  [He knows what Quentin is getting at and goes straight to the point.]
                  Joe: "Big enough for two. Rebecca and Nakano are working on a special brew of this elixir for Kay. She'll sleep like the rest of you, but you know she'll never wake up."
                  [Joe pauses to think of a delicate way to put it.]
                  Joe: "It will have preservation effects on her, and they have a spot picked for her in the garden."
                  [Quentin silently nods his bowed head with a coarse look on his face.]
                  Quentin: "What will you do?"
                  Joe: "Oh... me and Dr. Alex are gonna have a lot of drinks, play some tunes, make some love and see it out together!"
                  [Quentin begins to cry as Joe steps up and hugs him.]
                  Joe: "Hey... I've known a few MacLeods in my day, but you're the future, kid! So do right by all of us and make it a bitchin' one! You're in DAMN GOOD company."
                  [Quentin nods his head as Joe gives him the ol' Quarterback slap on the shoulder.]
                  Joe: "Speaking of which I've got to hop on another plane! There's been an awakening in New York and this one was mine during the final FOUR."

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                  • #34
                    ~HIGHLANDER~
                    [Legacy's Edge]
                    p27.
                    Hatalyah: "OH.. MY... GOD!"
                    Kastagir: "You two didn't really think you were gonna have this party without me, did you?"
                    [They both felt the presence, but Rebecca turns in sheer joy and disbelief when she hears his voice. Hatalyah screams as she runs into his arms with an embrace for the ages!]
                    Kastagir: "You both have me at a disadvantage! I haven't even seen this guest list yet."
                    Rebecca: "Well you're definitely crashing it! My, my, my!"
                    [Hatalyah straightens his suit jacket while he raises his arms as if being at a custom tailor.]
                    Kastagir: "This feels familiar."
                    Hatalyah: "Let's see! Do you mean the night of the banquet at Tahj De'mont?"
                    [Rebecca begins laughing uncontrollably through her tears of joy!]
                    Kastagir: "Oh yes! You tailored our ceremonial gowns for the night. Though I must say Rebecca's looked far more lavish than mine!"
                    [Rebecca blushes with an embarrassed smile as she shakes her head NO!]
                    Kastagir: "When was that exactly... 1752?"
                    Hatalyah: "Nooo! It was 1748 and you got us all drunk and ruined those gowns!"
                    Kastagir: "I seem to remember us all being quite drunk and naked in the grand fount-"
                    Rebecca: "Don't you say another word!!!"
                    [The warmth and joy of his guilty smile just melts her to the core.]
                    Kastagir: "I must confess that the 1700's were definitely my party years!"
                    Rebecca: "Oh, I seriously doubt you limited those to one century."
                    Hatalyah: "At least I didn't have to get blood and mud out of those gowns like that mess you and Connor got those tailored suits into at the Boston Common!"
                    Rebecca: "Oh good lord!"
                    Kastagir: "Yesss! His famous duel. He and I were just talk-"
                    [Rebecca sees his face drop as he realizes it wasn't just yesterday that he and MacLeod were together, it was 27 years ago and MacLeod was gone now. Hatalyah presses his hand against her cheek, simply nodding her head and letting him know it's okay with her sweet gesture.]
                    Rebecca: "Are you ready to see their wine cellar here?"
                    [Kastagir's smile returns as he slides between the two of them.]
                    Kastagir: "Ladies... lead the way!"

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                    • #35
                      ~HIGHLANDER~
                      [Legacy's Edge]
                      p28. 1-2

                      Joe: "The world knows... and now it's CHAOS as we predicted! Airlines are grounding in two days, so we have a private charter that you'll be flown over on with some VIP's of the organization."
                      Ramirez: "Any loose ends on our part?"
                      Joe: "Every awakened Immortal that we're aware of has been accounted for... living or deceased. Quentin and Kay were flown over this morning with the rest of the vault archives."
                      Ramirez: "Their spirits and determination were holding well the last I saw them."
                      Joe: "You've been invaluable to us, Juan! He's all yours now... teach him well."
                      Ramirez: "Then this is farewell for us both, I...."
                      [Ramirez pauses at the surprise of the sensation of another Immortal.]
                      Ramirez: "Not all accounted for!"
                      Joe: "WHAT!?"
                      Ramirez: "There is another here with us... Look!"
                      [Joe turns around to the shock of a well-known face from the archives.]
                      Joe: "Holy shh... Darius!"

                      To be continued....

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                      • #36
                        ~HIGHLANDER~
                        [Legacy's Edge]
                        p28. 2-2

                        Joe: "Father Dariu..."
                        Darius: "Not at the moment. You see, I was murdered on Holy Ground, by your people no less!"
                        Joe: "His name was James Horton and he led a fanatical group of rogue killers. They DID NOT represent the Watchers or what we stand for! Your death was mourned by Immortals and Watchers alike."
                        Darius: "I've done my own watching since I awoke. First was the pain! Like being born again through lightning. Then the confusion and doubt of it all. No pearly gates or Saint Peter waiting for me... Just darkness, then the light! It was like a split second and an eternity all at once."
                        [He looks over to Ramirez.]
                        Darius: "Wouldn't you agree?"
                        [Ramirez silently nods his head.]
                        Darius: "So you'll understand my hesitation in donning the cloth again, nor the desire not to be recognized in it during these recent years. Easier to navigate around Watcher eyes that way!"
                        Joe: "How long have you been awake?"
                        Darius: "Long enough to have watched and studied your people. Long enough to know that you now work with Immortals instead of hunting us, and that your cause is JUST! This fate has been foretold for centuries. Nostradamus himself used to tell me of it during our private studies. Strategy would suggest you're moving us. May I inquire as to where exactly?"
                        [Joe hands him a Watcher file to see the details for himself.]
                        Darius: "You've found and refortified the KEEP! I conquered this site in..."
                        Joe: "...in the 7th Century! Your military campaigns and strategies were required studies during my recruitment years."
                        [Darius glances at Joe and Ramirez with the smirk of an impressed schoolteacher as he looks over the KEEP details.]
                        Ramirez: "We are at your service. But time is short. We must MOVE!"
                        [Darius winks at Ramirez as he hands the file back to Joe with a hand shake.]
                        Darius: "Then a game of blitz chess it is! Let us go together."

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                        • #37
                          ~HIGHLANDER~
                          [Legacy's Edge]
                          p30.
                          [Hatalyah sifts through Watcher files in the main gallery when she hears footsteps approaching from down the hall. What alarms her is that she feels no Immortal presence and is unaware of any Watcher arrivals. Just then Kay steps into the vast and ornate room of the main gallery.]
                          Hatalyah: "Oh you brave and beautiful girl! You've joined us indeed. Come in!"
                          [Kay is actually startled by the love in Hatalyah's voice and spirit! Like a distant parent embracing a long-lost child.]
                          Hatalyah: "Are you hungry?
                          [Kay shakes her head no with a slight smirk as Hatalyah goes on about it.]
                          Hatalyah: "You must be, after that flight over here! Oh my God... it's so long. Plane food is terrible!"
                          Kay: "No, no. I'm cool, thanks! Honestly, this whole thing is overwhelming. I..."
                          [Hatalyah hugs her unexpectedly as she pauses in the vastness of her thoughts. Just then, Kay whispers the question that has been weighing on her the most.]
                          Kay: "How will it work on me?"
                          [Hatalyah pulls back with a look of heartbreak and confusion.]
                          Kay: "They explained the process, but will I decay in there with him!?
                          [She chokes up at the thought.] Will he see me...?"
                          [Hatalyah shakes her head as tears run down both of their faces.]
                          Hatalyah: "NO! The elixir will preserve your body while he sleeps. We will remove you after the first cycle."
                          [Kay nods her bowed head in acknowledgment.]
                          Hatalyah: "You'll be kept below until conditions on the surface are right to move you to the garden grounds. You'll actually help establish our renewed Holy Ground here."
                          "He'll always be safe when he visits you."
                          [Kay takes a deep breath as they dry each other's tears.]
                          Hatalyah: "Now you have to come and see all of my STELLAR make-up collection, because I look like a hog mess!"
                          [She runs off with Kay into the north lodging.]

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