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One slow, excruciating step.  Then another.  Each one taking all her concentration.  FireBrandi was moving forward on sheer willpower alone.  But her goal was finally in sight.  The struggle had seemed endless. It has taken everything she had.  She couldn't quit, she could never give up!  In the end she had won.  It was almost over now.

Another step... Another..  She has arrived.  What strength remained disappeared.  Brandi fell forward, she thought she could hear the wind whistling past her ears as she fell.  With a muffled thud FireBrandi flopped down on the couch in the Guardians lounge. Curling up in a corner she began to snore softly.

A short time later Cedric walked in, "Hey, anybody home?"

A cushion struck him in the face.  Cedric blinked in surprise.  Peeking over the back of the couch he found Brandi curling up again, an annoyed look on her face.

Poly Girl walked in, "Cedric?  Good timing.  We just got in the data from Siege's time in prison.  I haven't analyzed it yet, but we might find something useful there."

"Great, anything that can give us an edge against that thing."  He glanced down at Brandi.  "What is up with her?"

Poly looked at Brandi while pulling out her data pad.  "She wasn't scheduled for patrol yesterday."

*tap* *tap* *tap*

"She didn't log any encounters or investigations.

*tap* *tap*

"No police reports involving her."  *tap*  "No unusual fires reported."

*tap* *tap*

"Even her civilian schedule is normal"

Cedric raised an eyebrow, "Civilian schedule?   As in secret ID?  How does a pint sized redhead like her not get recognized?"

Poly glanced at Brandi, then put a hand by her mouth and whispered to him, "a lot of the students in the university do recognize her.  They keep her 'secret' out of respect, and because they like it when she comes to their parties.  Also they joke about the people who can't tell it's her."

Cedric nodded, thinking he might have to drop by the campus to see this for himself.

Poly turned back to her data pad.

*tap* *tap*  "No,"  *tap* *tap*  "no"  *tap*  

"Ah ha!  New download content for that game she's been playing came out yesterday."  She turned to Brandi with a triumphant grin, "pulled an all nighter, didn't you?"

"Mmnphmnm" came the muffled response.

Satisfied, Poly turned back to Cedric.  "One mystery solved.  Now let me show you that data."   She said, then headed out of the room.

Cedric started to follow her, but stopped. He leaned over the back of the couch.

"GOODBYE BRANDIII!!!"  Then ran for the door, dodging several more cushions.

Brandi grumbled, and went back to sleep.

A couple hours later she was woken by the emergence alert.  Poly's voice announced over the communicators, "Multiple attacks around the city.  Initial reports of street gangs with advanced weaponry."

Brandi was up in an instant.  Within seconds she was out and in flight.  "FB heading out from HQ.  What is closest?"

"There is a shoot out to the west at....  Hold on, new report.  Attack on a bank, north of your position.  It's Kim Paler!"

FireBrandi made a sharp turn north, "I'm on it!"
Had this story in mind for..what?.. Two years?!  Damn, need to get to writing more.


Appearing with permission:

Polygirl belongs to :iconlonestranger:

Cedric belongs to :iconrolandgrey:

This scene, and the coming smack down, take place in the ever exciting :iconangel-fallsda:


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Zespara Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Took me a while as I try to catch up on reading AF material... yeah, right!  :blush:

I love these type of stories and you certainly didn't disappoint!  I first thought that the tapping sounds by Poly were her poking at Brandi's head which I thought would be very dangerous for her health.  :lol:

I loved the deception of why she was tired like she was returning from a major battle or even in the midst of one.  But it looks like she'll be in one with KP coming up so it won't be a dream OR an imaginary tale.  Hehe

Keep it up... I'm in the same boat as you are regarding writing but I'm hoping to have something soon on that front.  :)

Z
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
heh, thanks.

Yea, I think Brandi is going to be even more tired by the end of this day, assuming she survives.  Kim is not big on leaving enemies behind.
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hotrod5 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice story, can't wait for part 2. FireBrandi vs Kim Paler, one of my fav villains. :D
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Thanks.  Just waiting on some artwork for the next part.

Kim is going to be a bit more active this year.
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Geek385 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Cool :D

it ll be fun to see what happens now. Fun start :D
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Thanks.

hopefully won't have to wait too long for the next part.
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Geek385 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Hopefully I wont :D
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Soviet-Superwoman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
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Yes You DO need to write more!
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Gah!  Ok,ok. I've got a multi part story ready to go, a one shot after that, and a couple ideas for what happens next.  trishna87-animated + smirk 
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andrewr255 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Loved the start to this one, quite the awesome deception.
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Thanks!  I had hoped the beginning turned out well.  The aftermath of an epic battle, which turned out to be a video game epic battle. 

Now it is important to just let Brandi sleep.  After all, we don't want her to discover Red Bull, or other 'energy' drinks.
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Geek385 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
She could drink em with the Ostrich! What could go wrong there? :D
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Oh, I'm sure after coming down from the caffine high YouTube will be able to remind us of what could go wrong.
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Geek385 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
:lol:
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Knight3000 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cedrics lucky his butt didn't get singed
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Probably paid Brandi off with more teddy bear time.
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Knight3000 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol:
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Heh, having to go into work when sleep-deprived, I know that feeling...
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Can't remember the last time I felt like I had enought sleep.  Though I've never been this bad.  At least she got a little name time before getting an adrenalin boost today.
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brad328 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Cedric may want to step lightly the next few days lest he ends up a victim of Brandi's revenge much like Ben Trek a couple years back. :D
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Oh but Ben committed the unpardonable crime of insulting Brandi's friend.  Cedric hasn't earned that harsh a response... yet...  :evillaugh:
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CrimsonVlkyrie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Oh dear, never mess with a game girl recovering from an all nighter of new DLC, hehe
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Lucky for him he was only joking around.   If was someone just being mean... Elsie (Burning Desire) [V1] :flame: 
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moxiee Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
She's going to wish she got some sleep before the day is over.
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FireBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Probably.  Or wish that this day was just a bad dream.  

Either way she might be hiding under the covers by the end of the day.
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moxiee Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Uh oh.
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