In Progress Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
03-31-2017, 06:13 PM (This post was last modified: 03-31-2017 06:15 PM by Corn.)
Post: #851
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Allie took off her vest, throwing that around Flo's shoulders. She was frazzled to say the least, unsure of what to do. "I'm... I'm going to check something." She said, before peeking out into the street to see where Pete's dynamite was.
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03-31-2017, 06:29 PM
Post: #852
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Pete uses his pick to knock holes near the hinges of the gate, then plants a couple sticks in there. He leads out a fuse, ties them together, and gives them enough time to leg it.

"Right, here-a come the gates of Jericho, crashin' down with a hoopin' and hollerin'! Cover yer ears and hold on to yer tailbones!"

He lights the fuse and runs for cover.
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04-01-2017, 10:06 AM
Post: #853
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"Do we have a way out yet? Where's Pete?"

Rowan takes a few shots at the Mormons approaching.
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04-01-2017, 10:34 AM
Post: #854
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"Flo!!! Martha was right! Yer alright!!" Molly was going to hug her, but with the amount of blood on herself she reconsidered. She turned away from flow instead and started sniffling and wiping her eyes.
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04-01-2017, 11:51 AM (This post was last modified: 04-01-2017 11:51 AM by Bigshot.)
Post: #855
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
At least she's on her feet. That's more than Flo would be able to do on her own. She clutches Valentine's coat tightly to herself, and Allie's vest too, all the while stringing together mumbles of thanks to those near her. There's hardly a second that passes without Flo filling it with more thanks.

When Molly comes over and yells, Flo startles, almost tipping over as she flinches. It's just Molly though! Just her friend! Part of her brightens up, and she offers a shaky smile as she continues forward with-- just Valentine? Allie's leavin' for somethin'.
"Not...fully alright. But I'm here." She gives a nod of her head. "Hopin' to feel well enough soon to help with patchin' ladies up when we get somewhere safe." C'mon body! Let her HELP PEOPLE!
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04-02-2017, 03:28 PM (This post was last modified: 04-02-2017 03:48 PM by Protoman.)
Post: #856
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
BOOM.

THE GATE COMES A-CRASHIN' DOWN.

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Allie sees bits of dynamite planted all around the stables, just as planned! Pete hasn't lit 'em up yet, but SOMETHING blew up! It looks like it's coming from the other end of town!

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Pete's still got a view on the Church.

A glut of soldiers rushes out from it.

After they come out, a tall, incredibly strong looking man in a clean, white shirt and long, black pants. His hair is short and blonde. His eyes are blue as the sky - a hawk's eyes. An intimidating smile is painted across his face.

Across his shoulder, he carries a longsword with a golden hilt. In his other hand, he carries a sawed off shotgun.

They're coming right at you two.
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04-02-2017, 03:32 PM
Post: #857
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Valentine would continue escorting the women and other people out of the city, shooting every Mormon that tried to stop him.
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04-02-2017, 03:36 PM
Post: #858
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Pete draws his gun.

"Glad to see you, too, feller!"

He is not glad to see who he assumes must be Mr. Joe. He fires a shot at Joe's chest then breaks out into a run.

"RUN LIKE HELL, BART!"

Pete attempts to lead him far away from the others (and the church!). After a while, he'll double back towards the group so he can set off his remaining traps.
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04-02-2017, 03:38 PM (This post was last modified: 04-02-2017 03:38 PM by Protoman.)
Post: #859
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
The man takes the shot in the chest.

His body twists a bit with the bullet. He looks down.

The bullet falls out.

He looks back up, still smiling.

He takes off his shirt and tosses it to the side, continuing to follow you two.

Bart fuckin' RUNS.
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04-02-2017, 03:41 PM
Post: #860
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"SON OF A GUN, FELLER AIN'T HUMAN!"

Pete is scampering as fast as he can scamper.
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04-02-2017, 04:41 PM
Post: #861
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Allie guessed she was also going to go help women out.
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04-02-2017, 04:52 PM
Post: #862
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Flo is still recovering so she can't quite help yet! But she's certainly concerned! The explosions have her jumping! She's just going to focus on getting out with the other people as quickly as possible!
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04-02-2017, 07:25 PM (This post was last modified: 04-02-2017 07:26 PM by Protoman.)
Post: #863
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
The women seem to have organized themselves into units! Ten units of six.

They charge down the streets, following behind Valentine, splitting only to hide behind cover. A few people take bullets, but no one seems to have fallen yet.

An army of Mormons has formed in the streets, seemingly in response to the explosions. They're not looking at you as you charge up, but they take notice as you get closer. By the time they've turned, five of the groups of women have taken shelter in buildings.

The other five are with members of your party and have taken cover where it can be found.

At the head of an army is a bizarrely tall shirtless man with rippling muscles and blonde hair. He stands head and shoulders above his men. His serene smile almost steals the sound from the air for those who lay eyes on it. He's carrying a sword and a shotgun. He points the blade at your party and shouts in a booming voice:

"In the name of God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and in the name of Jesus Christ, his son and our redeemer, I declare these people heathens! Avenge your brothers, my flock!!!"

Before he's even finished, his men have opened fire. He leaves himself completely open to attack during his speech.

The gate is in sight. It's a long ways off.
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04-02-2017, 07:30 PM
Post: #864
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
El Dolor waited.

When any Mormons came within grabbing distance, he jumped out, grabbed them, and beat the everloving shit out of them. GUERILLA TACTICS OR SOMETHING.
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04-02-2017, 07:31 PM (This post was last modified: 04-02-2017 07:31 PM by Cidellus.)
Post: #865
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"In the name of myself: a doctor, gambler, thief, and scoundrel, I proclaim your religion bizarre, racist, and entirely inappropriate in its treatment of women!" Valentine yelled, in between firing shots at the Mormons. "I declare you all COMPLETELY INSANE, and prescribe at least twenty ounces of lead to the each of you!"

He fired off a few shots and ducked, yelling again.

"I assure you that you can trust me, I'm a doctor!" he shouted, before resuming the gunfire.
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04-02-2017, 07:35 PM
Post: #866
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
At that provocation, the Mormon leader begins striding toward your party amidst the fire of his compatriots. He seems unfazed, as only a man of total faith can be.
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04-02-2017, 07:37 PM
Post: #867
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
This is super scary. Really scary! Flo just got shot, and now it was looking like they might not even be able to get out!

That guy, though...the blonde one talking...he's the bad one. Flo reaches for her sling and loads a rock into it, then takes aim and sends it flying for his chest. Head too, maybe. He is making a speech and then just kinda moving forward. Maybe she could hit him during it without being seen.

As soon as her rock leaves her sling though, she's gonna grab Molly's sleeve and try to duck away into the nearest building with her!
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04-02-2017, 07:39 PM
Post: #868
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Molly lets herself get pulled into the building. BUT BOY DID SHE THINK CHUCKING A ROCK AT THAT GUY WAS A BAD IDEA.
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04-02-2017, 07:39 PM
Post: #869
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
El Dolor had no fear. El Dolor was ready to fight a goddamn Mormon.
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04-02-2017, 07:40 PM
Post: #870
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
You throw that rock with enough force to tear a watermelon clean in half.

It bounces off his his head and buries itself halfway through another man's neck.

He raises both arms to shoulder level, still grinning that gentle, almost disarming grin.
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04-03-2017, 01:18 AM
Post: #871
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Pete looks at the man approaching the girls. He looks to the Temple. He sighs.

Running to one of his traps, he salvages a stick of dynamite, then scampers back to place himself between the giant Mormon and the church, using a barrel for shotgun cover. He waves the stick of explosive in the air.

"Hey feller, if'n you don't stop me, I reckon I'll blow up yer fancy church! Gonna take all that gold and restart the global echo-nomma-nee! Yeeeh-haaahahaaa!"

He scampers off in a churchward direction.
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04-03-2017, 05:00 AM
Post: #872
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
This is bad. Damnit Pete why'd you blow up the gate of all things.

Rowan tries to get a few units of women to hold the position, fighting defensively and falling back slowly to avoid this invincible bastard, while the rest make their way around to flank and take control of the gate.

That done, he alsp makes his way to the church.
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04-04-2017, 07:32 PM
Post: #873
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Allie tried to shoot Joe in the dick, and then ducked behind cover with whoever she was with.
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04-05-2017, 03:30 PM
Post: #874
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Allie shoots wide and hits a Mormon in the crowd!!!
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04-05-2017, 04:06 PM (This post was last modified: 04-05-2017 04:12 PM by Protoman.)
Post: #875
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
IN THE CHURCH

Joe continues marching forward. Pete doesn't even draw his gaze, but several of the Mormons seem very distressed! They take shots at him to no avail, and rush into the church after him!

The interior of the church is even more beautiful than the outside. Golden ornaments make up half the decorations, it seems. Depictions of heaven in gold leaf, a golden globe, gold-edged bibles - gorgeous, gorgeous things, all of them!!!!

Soon after he arrives, the Mormons enter as well. He instinctively ducks behind the altar as they shoot a barrage of shots. The Mormons take cover as well, and are soon followed by Rowan, who's taken cover in the area between the church and the outside. He pops off a shot and takes a Mormon's heart out. Ten left!

Pete takes notice of something on the other end of the wall from the altar. He recognizes this from that one time he went to service with Katholic Kelly. It's gold plated, adorned with silver trim. It's got diamonds inlaid into it. The gold leaf is placed in a pattern that seems to be depicting the Garden of Eden.

It's the tabernacle - the holy relic said to hold the presence of God almighty himself during service.

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OUTSIDE

The ladies follow Rowan's plan, as he seems to be the only one here giving one out! Half the regiments duck into alleys between the buildings and start making their way about the buildings!

Those who don't are under heavy fire. The Mormons are relying on their sheer firepower advantage to keep you down as they make their advance. They take special care to avoid hitting their muscle-bound leader in spite of his apparent imperviousness to bullets.

El Dolor jumps out to grab the Immortal Second Coming of Joseph Smith. Joseph drops his double-barreled shotgun and grabs him by the throat before El Dolor can even lay a hand on him. His strength is incredible, even surpassing that of... EL DOLOR.

Joe raises the Luchador into the air, choking the life out of him. His face is not angry, and his eyes betray no emotion at all - no emotion except, maybe... curiousness. He smiles that same bizarrely calm, horrifically serene smile.

Arleen is huddled next to Allie. "I... Oh god, what the fuck IS that thing!? Is that JOE!? I... Oh Christ, Allie, you gotta get outta here!!! You gotta run!!! We're not gettin' out of here sugar, you gotta... You gotta go!!!! I'm not lettin' you die here today! This ain't becomin' one of those godawful ladies friendship novels you always used to read, I'm not gonna watch you die!!!!"

A woman takes a bullet next to Doc as his group retreats. They're not in cover, and it looks like one that's treatable, but she ain't walkin' for a little while. No one else seems to be stoppin' to help her up. He could, but it'd be hard, and he'd have to take his finger off the trigger a moment.

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IN THE HOUSES

Flo and Molly duck into a building alongside a whole bunch of women!! A man stands up and draws his gun, only to take three bullets in the chest! A woman hunches over her baby and screams: "Mercy! Mercy!!!! Oh, God, Jeremy!!! What did they do to you!?"

She crawls across the floor toward her husband. The rest of the women duck out of the building, taking you two along with them.

You end up in their yard. You jump across a few fences, and in no time at all, you're at the end of the street, right next to the gate.

Two women dash through the gate astride horses - one white, one black. You only catch a glimpse of their faces, but it's enough.

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AT THE GATE

Bart's doing his best to hold his own near the gate until he receives reinforcements. He takes shots, snipes, and generally takes advantage of the fact that the mormons are distracted, but he can feel his position crumbling.

The women arrive just in time - first a few of the groups Rowan sent, then some that went through the houses, ending with Molly and Flo's group. Just as they arrive, a familiar sight follows them.

Charging through the gate astride two unfamiliar horses are two very familiar women: It's Coyote and Theresa!!!! They ride behind the houses into cover so they aren't immediately shot!
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04-05-2017, 04:19 PM
Post: #876
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"GOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLD"

Pete sees the tabernacle and hears the angelic choir. It is his DUTY to take that thing. It is his DESTINY.

He looks around and notices a choir room in the back he grabs a smaller relic or something, proclaims "Imma lick this!" and runs into the back, hiding to the side of the door, out of sight, waiting to ambush any Mormons that followed.

They all would die. THEN he'd have his promised gold.
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04-05-2017, 04:23 PM
Post: #877
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
EL DOLOR HATES THIS.

El Dolor tried to kick himself away. Possibly by kicking Joe in the nuts. El Dolor wasn't above fighting dirty.

Of course, it'd probably do literally nothing because "utter futility" sure seemed to be the theme of fighting this guy.
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04-05-2017, 04:27 PM
Post: #878
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Theresa ducks out from behind cover and fires a few shots, then goes back into cover. When her pistol is empty she looks out to see if any of the Mormons looks vulnerable - she'll ride them down with her axe and take their gun.

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-05-2017, 04:29 PM
Post: #879
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Valentine holstered his pistols and picked the woman up. If anybody saw this and tried to call him out on it later, he'd deny it. 100%.

He carried the woman through the city, following after the others. If any mormon tried to accost him, he'd quickly drop the woman and draw his pistol to kill them.

I mean, it was kind of a dick move to drop her, but it was better than them both getting gunned down. IDEALLY the women would help cover them.
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04-06-2017, 04:52 AM
Post: #880
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Molly blinked as she saw Coyote and Theresa run through the gate. She briefly wondered what they were doing before she turned to Flo. "We should just run! We should get out of the city! I need to get back to Lizzie and Trent!"
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04-06-2017, 04:59 AM
Post: #881
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
This is all super bad and scary. That woman's husband...the other women and children...
Florence hunches into Valentine's coat, her teeth chattering both out of fear, and that persisting cold.

"Bu-but alla those people..." Terror widens Flo's eyes, along with something that makes her feel even worse. Uselessness. She couldn't do much in there, and she wasn't lookin' forward to dying again.

So, after a moment of hesitation, her sentence hovering with an unspoken, unfinished syllable, she grabs Molly's hand again and makes her way for the gate. Mo's right. They gotta get out and away as quickly as possible.
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04-06-2017, 05:20 AM
Post: #882
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"Damnit Pete, whatever you're doing do it fast!"

He continues to take shots at the Mormons, keeping an eye on the door to the church and ready to bar it if a bunch come running after them.
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04-06-2017, 05:21 AM
Post: #883
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Theresa sees the two girls making their way for the gate and adjusts accordingly - she shoots at anyone who looks about to shoot at them.

"Stay safe, Molly, Flo! Get back to the caravan!"

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-06-2017, 07:38 AM (This post was last modified: 04-06-2017 07:58 AM by Bigshot.)
Post: #884
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Flo's gonna let go of Molly's hand and let her run in front, too! Even if it's only a few steps. Molly's faster, anyhow. That way, if anyone shoots at them, she'll probably be the one hit instead! Though that's mostly just a thought in the back of her head, and definitely not something she's gonna verbalize.
"I'm still followin'! Go ahead, please! I'm right behind ya!"
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04-06-2017, 10:05 AM
Post: #885
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"You better keep up!! I ain't comin back for ya!" She totally would. Best not to let Flo know tho.
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04-06-2017, 10:19 AM
Post: #886
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"I-I know that! 'S fine, just GO, please!" There's an urgency in her voice as she charges forward, giving Molly's shoulder a pat to urge her on ahead.
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04-06-2017, 10:21 AM
Post: #887
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Molly stays ahead of her, only by a little bit though.
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04-06-2017, 05:42 PM
Post: #888
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Little Adelita was so, so tired. She'd seen too much today, too little she could believe without pause. What was even wrong with this world. Arleen shook her out of it. God-awful? Oh hell, it wasn't the time. She took a moment to think in this commotion, wide-eyed and worried. She took stock of what was around them, and when she was done, she seemed to have noted something.

"... Arleen, get a hold of yourself." She spoke low, to her only, her breath a little calmer. She had a plan, she could do this. "Like hell I could run through this. If you don't want to see me go, then you'd better not get hurt, because I'm sticking here, with you. God help me, I'm not losing you again." She squeezed Arleen's hand, looking up to her with a confident look that Allie, even back at school, was never seen with.

Then, she pocketed her gun, and pulled her sling out of her other pocket. She fitted it with a rock, and started swinging, throwing at one of the three horses she spotted hitched to a post. Not enough force to tear flesh, but enough to set some certainly already nervous horses into a full panic. If she missed, she'd sling rocks until she hit, and they all freaked out.
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04-09-2017, 06:58 PM
Post: #889
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Coyote does the whole "got-your-back" thing with Theresa where she shoots people that try to shoot her.
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04-09-2017, 07:26 PM (This post was last modified: 04-09-2017 07:27 PM by Protoman.)
Post: #890
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Six of the Mormons follow Pete into the choir room! Four keep their eyes on Rowan and shower him in gunfire! Two bullets graze, one goes wide, and one hits him square in the shoulder, taking a chunk of meat out on its way through!!!! He plugs the guy responsible!

El Dolor kicks futilely. Joe seems bored with him. He throws him through the wall of the house on the opposite end of the street. El Dolor's life is PAIN.

Theresa takes some pot-shots, covering Molly and Flo alongside Coyote. Her defensive approach prevents her from popping all her shots off quite yet, though.

Valentine drags the woman through the streets! A Mormon charges the two of them, and is immediately gunned down by the woman he's carrying! The two get to cover soon enough. Valentine gets the distinct impression that one of his party members saw him, though. Shit.

Allie knocks those horses into OVERDRIVE. They rip their post out from the ground and charge down the center of the street towards freedom. They make it about halfway through the crowd of Mormons before they're gunned down, but by her estimation, they knocked down and possibly killed about six men each, for a total of 18 men! Arleen takes confidence with her words and begins popping Mormons left and right, fighting with renewed vigor!!!

Molly and Flo fuckin' BOOK IT. Their tiny legs drive them through the gate, towards...

....

Wait, what the fuck, why are there so many horses? There's literally, like, one hundred horses. And... are those those two Englishmen from earlier?
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04-09-2017, 07:32 PM
Post: #891
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Coyote sheds a tear at the pony-wave (a new music genre?) as she continues to cover for Theresa.
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04-09-2017, 07:37 PM
Post: #892
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"Right. Got a proposition for you," Valentine said, handing the woman his shotgun. "You shoot Mormons, I'll run us through them and out of town. Because we aren't going to succeed in doing anything running backwards. Deal?"
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04-10-2017, 02:27 AM
Post: #893
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"Shit!"

Rowan does a better job of staying in cover now that these Mormons aren't shooting for shit. He looks around for some way to cause some damage and distract them. A chandelier he can shoot down, or even a few candles he could hit to start a fire in the temple with.
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04-10-2017, 09:06 AM
Post: #894
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Theresa wipes the sweat from her brow as the two girls make it out the gate. One less thing to worry about. She chooses to be more aggressive - she looks for a mormon in cover, fires her remaining bullets to make him duck, and charges him with her axe.

The one, the only, Vancho!
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04-10-2017, 10:04 AM
Post: #895
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
The Mormons enter a room devoid of people. At least, it seems that way, until a man with the look of a feral mountain cat leaps from a robe closet with a pickaxe.

After that, they'd probably stop thinking about how many people were in the room, on account of a miner trying to murder them.
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04-10-2017, 11:47 AM (This post was last modified: 04-10-2017 11:48 AM by pail.)
Post: #896
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
She's panting when she runs into the scene. "What the Holy Hell!? Where did all these heckin horses come from!? Who are those guys?! Where are Lizzie and Trent!?"
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04-10-2017, 12:30 PM (This post was last modified: 04-10-2017 12:32 PM by Bigshot.)
Post: #897
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Why are there so many horses? Flo skips to a stop. She squints, glancing nervously over her shoulder and then to Molly before clearing her throat.

"Name's Florence, Misters! A-are ya here to help?" 'Cause she's not about to say it's a pleasure to meet these guys if they aren't here to help! She follows up by laying a comforting hand on Molly's shoulder. "I'm sure your siblin's're where they're s'posed ta be. Kody, too. Ya wanna go find 'em?"
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04-10-2017, 01:24 PM
Post: #898
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
"Yeah... but we gotta make sure these guys ain't gunna shoot us in the back as soon as we turn."
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04-10-2017, 09:14 PM
Post: #899
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
Allie, sure her bullets would run out faster than rocks, started slinging at the Mormons. She figured she'd want bullets if they got close and something had to be done quick. Between shots, she looked behind them, and to the sides of the Mormon mob, to see if there was any chance of them being able to run around the mess.
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04-24-2017, 05:18 PM
Post: #900
RE: Hope Rides On - Chapter Two: The Sound and the Fury
El Dolor GETS UP.

El Dolor can't fight this guy. He's some kind of cutscene boss.

El Dolor valiantly runs to the rest of the group, taking a path that doesn't go too close to Joe, then uses his FIGHTING PROWESS to support the others.
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