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...and rotten eggs...
In Mission City 
8th-May-2008 01:51 pm
NO shirt
The air was dry and hot outside, despite the night. Lights flashed and painted the walls in teasing, decadent displays...but that was up front.

The alleys were another story entirely. The alleys were dark and cluttered, dusty rather than slimy, with transients crouched in the darker shadows, nursing what ever bottle they had salvaged during the day. The alley...is where the unlikely trio found themselves.

Abe opened the door, catching it when it would have crashed into the wall, then glanced around. No one of import to ask questions it seemed. He waited until his companions were clear, then closed the door with a soft click "Red...I believe you can put the cow down now..."
9th-May-2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Red grunted his way through the door and did his best to set the animal down without dropping it.

"There. Now what? Paint some stripes on it an pass it off as a tiger? I'm not lugging him all over the city, Abe." He looked down at the cow and patted its shoulder. "No offense, pal."
9th-May-2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
"I...am not entirely certain" he admitted. "It simply seemed unwise to leave him inside, given the bride-to-bes affianced..."

How did the bride-to-be of the leading paranoid expert on Bovine Conspiracies end up with a were-cow at her party?! Abe EYED the cow.


"Are you a member of a conspiracy?" he asked, quite seriously.
9th-May-2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Hatsuharu flicked an ear and looked at Abe as curiously as a cow can manage.

"/...Aw, man. I knew I should have paid better attention in English class./"

The cow was speaking Japanese.
10th-May-2008 05:42 am (UTC)
"I could go for a steak if that was a yes." Hellboy said, leaving the interpreting up to Abe.
11th-May-2008 10:37 am (UTC)
...while Abe had actually been expecting a response of some sort to his question, he had not truly anticipated Japanese. Obviously he needed to be more observant of 'fellow strippers' should he ever find himself in a like situation again.

"That was not a yes" he answered Red "/Yes, perhaps you should have. May I ask why you currently find yourself embodied as a cow?/"
12th-May-2008 03:43 am (UTC)
The cow did NOT look pleased. Interesting fact: The word 'steak' holds the exact same meaning in Japanese. He made sure the fish man was between him and big red.

"/Long story, short answer: Family curse. It'll go away in a... bit./"
12th-May-2008 07:25 am (UTC)
Red gets looks of displeasure all the time so he mostly ignored this one.

Since it wasn't a yes from the cow Red let go of thoughts of a steak dinner and asked another question, "Can he change back? Ask him if he knows anything about black jack, I'm ready to hit the tables already."
12th-May-2008 07:38 am (UTC)
"Apparently it is a family curse. He'll get better, given time. How much time is a question though..." he mused before he reached down to check for his wallet. "It is good we were paid beforehand"

"And next time we try to get an English speaking shape-shifter." it would be easier than teaching the monkey Japanese. "/Can we get an estimate on your reverse shift? Also, do you play Blackjack? We are loathe to lose the opportunity to gamble..."

Yes, we. Abe was a natural card counter.

But...they also didn't intend to abandon a Japanese cow in...well, steak country.
12th-May-2008 08:07 am (UTC)
"/If there's a pattern to it, we've never found it./" Hatsuharu replies. As if on cue, there's another POOF.

Back to attractive if somewhat young Japanese boy. Who is now completely naked.

Yep, natural haircolor.

"/I can learn blackjack./" He doesn't seem to be bothered by the nudity.
14th-May-2008 01:15 am (UTC)
"Curse huh? Well maybe we can..." Before he has a chance to finish his suggestion the cow is gone and naked guy has taken his place.

"Great. Let's get this guy some pants and get goin now. I need to find me a table game and some free booze." He shrugged out of his trench coat, his usual garment not the one he wore for stripping, and offers it to the boy.
14th-May-2008 01:39 am (UTC)
"Ah..." well, at least they wouldn't be stuck in the alley any more?

"I do believe it is rather to late for stores to be open. We shall have to procure pants in another manner. Perhaps a street walker?" he suggested, eying the end of the alley.

"/We will teach you, after we get you...at least pants. You're in luck, it seems the clothing of choice on the streets is leather.../"
14th-May-2008 07:48 am (UTC)
Hatsuharu managed a heavily accented "Thank you." to Hellboy when offered the coat, pulling it on. Extreme size difference caused him to look even smaller in it, but it covered him and so that was enough.

"/Cool, cool. I look good in leather. Are there going to be girls with blackjack? Or boys. I'm easy./" Hatsuharu asked as he closed the coat up for coverage and readied to follow Abe and Hellboy.
15th-May-2008 05:01 am (UTC)
"Isn't this place like Vegas? Doesn't Vegas never sleep? Or is that New York?" He replied and nodded to Hatsuharu's thanks. "We can't get into casino's if the guy smells like a bum Abe. Or did you mean the other street walkers? Because if we got some of those duds that might work."

He looked up and down the alley and started to walk. "We'll figure something out. That guy have a name?"

Hellboy wasn't so much paying attention to the goings on at the party as he was trying to remember what he'd practiced before he went on and get back into some clothes when he was done.

Edited at 2008-05-15 05:04 am (UTC)
15th-May-2008 05:07 am (UTC)
"This is Mission City" he corrected his friend "Different dimension, same location and values it seems. And yes, it is New York that never sleeps." he sighed.

Abe paused at the end of the alley and looked around..then sighed "No luck yet, only females in sight." and as much as pants were pants...well, the female hookers really weren't wearing any. Fishnets just wouldn't cut it.

"Hatsuharu?" he was pretty sure he'd caught the boys name before he went on stage "/We should worry about clothing before your love-life. When we find a gentleman with appropriate garb, you will need to purchase it. Repeat after me.../" he continued in English "I would like to buy your pants."
15th-May-2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Hatsuharu looked up when Abe said his name. Looked like that was correct.

"/Fine, fine.../" he sighed, then attempted to repeat Abe's phrasing. It was off, he knew all the words, just hadn't exactly learned to place them in that order yet. A few more times of trying it got it to be - still heavily accented, but at least understandable english.
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