1805: Maya and Raider – Chapter TwoPosted: July 3, 2017
I already regret everything. Let’s just get this over with.
Oh, and as a side note, I’ll be counting the sins of each chapter separately and then tallying them up at the end, so the counter gets reset after each chapter. Though I will be starting the counter at 500 rather than zero, because A: I’m extremely petty, and B: this thing deserves every sin it can get.
Maya and Raider
As Maya tested her new weapons her belly began aching again.
I know it’s probably meant to be talking about her wound, but this just makes it sound like she’s hungry. (501)
Alex, or Raider as he called himself, noted to her that she had to be careful about it in case it may open again. She didn’t like it but she didn’t want it to open again. The pain wasn’t too bad and she coped with it.
Uh, EP, would you kindly at least mention the actual wound somewhere in there? Without that, it just sounds like her stomach painfully opens at random intervals. (502)
Taking aim with her new Maliwan corrosive revolver she fired a couple of shots at some empty cans so she can get a feel for the weapon. The accuracy was good but the recoil had a good kick to it.
This was what I got when I Googled “borderlands 2 maliwan corrosive revolver”. It’s an exceedingly rare gun that you can only get from either a specific vendor, or as a rare drop from a very difficult raid boss.
The long and short of it is, Raider having this gun is just one of what will no doubt be many Stu traits. (503)
(And before anyone asks, no, I’m not going to make some kind of Stu Traits counter; it’s hare enough keeping track of the Sin Counter.)
The other weapon she had was a Dahl smg.
Well, that’s frustratingly vague. There’s a lot of Dahl SMGs. (504)
Raider only had a few weapons to hand
Which is probably the biggest mistake you can make on Pandora. It’s the kind of place where even the friggin’ port-a-potties are stocked with weapons! (505)
but they where good.
*checks Pandoran map*
Wherever “Good” is, it must be an incredibly secret area! I can’t find it anywhere on here! (506)
It explained how he survived on Pandora
along with his survivor tactics. As she took her new smg out Raider came out of the hut. He wore digital camo trousers with armour pieces on. It was the same with his leather Jacket with armour pieces.
Wait, so his jacket’s digital as well? Is this Borderlands or Tron? (508)
Paying no attention to him Maya released a few rounds from the smg at the cans.
Hey! What did those cans ever do to you?! (509)
Nodding her head in acceptance with the weapon after taking the cans down.
NOOOOOOO! THE POOR CANS!!!!! (510)
She then eyed Raider as he checked his own Vladof machine pistol
First result when I searched for “vladolf machine pistol”. I don’t know why rarer guns keep showing up, but given that this is an EP Stu we’re dealing with it seems rather fitting. (511)
and Maliwan sniper.
Sniper rifle, EP. Just saying “sniper” brings to mind the image that Raider-Stu is lugging some poor goon around everywhere. (512)
He didn’t have the skull down but Maya sensed that there was something about that skull that covered some part of his past.
How? How could she know that from a single glance? Maya’s perceptive, but she is not psychic.
At least, not in the mind reading sense of the word. (513)
It interested her. Zero was very quiet and no one knew if he was human, but she liked men with mystery.
Pre-emptive sin for obvious upcoming “romantic” subplot. (514)
“So where do you come from?” she asked.
“Small planet of the outskirts, Arcadia but it was too peaceful for my lik…” he stopped and froze slightly.
He sighed and gritted his teeth at a memory that clearly pained him.
“Let’s go.” he said leaving.
Uh-oh, I sense TWAGEK backstory. (515)
Maya following feeling a little guilty from asking about his past. But now she wanted to know.
She clearly doesn’t feel that guilty if she still wants to know. (516)
*sports commentator voice* And it’s zeroes across the board! Ooh, tough break for EP, but not an undeserved score! (517)
Axton was getting worried about Maya as he, Zero and Salvador headed back to Sir Hammerlock. He didn’t know what to feel.
Wait, I thought you just said he was getting worried, and suddenly he doesn’t know how to feel? Make up your bloody mind! (518)
Sure he may not have known her for very long but she seemed his type
Oh, good. A love triangle. That is totally what this story needed. That is in no way completely unnecessary. [/sarcasm] (519)
and after the fact that he is now devoiced meant that he could do it.
It’s covered in Axton’s audio logs, but basically, he was married to his CO back when he was still a soldier, things didn’t work out, and she allowed him to escape his own execution.
And with a single sentence, I’ve already told a more interesting story than what we’ve been reading. (520)
But it was still a little too early to say if he did love her or not.
Yeah, especially since you’ve known each other for maybe an hour at the absolute most. (521)
As they walked through the bandit village one of the residents decided to take a shot at them. The shot landed near Salvador who quickly took cover with Axton. Zero had disappeared. The Gunzerker and Commando began to use their assault rifles at the bandit. But the sniper was too well positioned to take and damage.
“Once I kill you I’ll take your wallet!” the bandit yelled.
The bandit then got up and took aim but just them a blade found itself in his chest.
This so-called action scene is boring.
I know that comment wasn’t particularly interesting, but neither was this scene. (522)
‘So that’s what he was doing.’ Axton thought.
The bandit then fell onto the ground with an audible splat. Axton and Sal came out of cover and joined Zero who was searching the bandit for loot. After finding a couple of bucks they then continued to see Hammerlock.
As they rounded the corner to the bounty board they found Hammerlock checking out one of his sniper rifles.
Uh, excuse you! That’s Sir Hammerlock! (523)
“Hammerlock.” Axton called. “We got the shields and the ECHO tapes.”
Congratu-fucking-lations, you’ve finished a portion of the tutorial! You want a medal? (524)
“Ahh yes jolly good show my friends” Hammerlock said as he pulled out something. “For your troubles.” he said throwing some cash to the three.
Apparently, Sir Hammerlock couldn’t be bothered to just walk over and hand them the money. (525)
The gentleman then looked at the sun as it set in the distance.
“It’s getting late. Perhaps we may retire for today.”
The three nodded and followed Hammerlock into his house. Inside was mostly empty as there was only a fireplace, locker, and a large safe.
To be fair, that is how most Pandoran homes are layout-wise. I’m sinning it anyway because, as highlighted in the intro, I am extremely petty. (526)
The Vault hunters took a seat around the fire place as Hammerlock lit it.
“Hammerlock I need to ask you something.” Axton said.
“Ok old bean.”
EP: I’ll add British-isms in every other sentence! That is most definitely how you write a British-sounding character! (527)
“Have you seen a young woman with blue hair and lips with a yellow top?”
I mean, at least there’s some level of description there, but you’re still being kinda vague, Axton. (528)
Hammerlock gave good thought to the question before answering. “Unfortunately not. Aside from the bandit’s here there only one other person. The chap’s name is Raider. He a solitude fellow but he means well. He moved in around 5 years ago not too long after the fall of New Haven. He lives out in Frostbite somewhere I do not know. All I know is that he’s ether hiding from something or escaping from something. But he may know something about your lady friend however I have no idea where his hut resides.”
Axton: Uh… thanks, but I didn’t ask about some random guy out in the wilderness. (529)
“It’s ok I was just asking.”
Hammerlock nodded as he picked up his rifle and went out hunting for some food. As soon as he left Sal moved over to Axton.
“Hey ombre do you think this Raider guy has her?” he asked
“I don’t doubt it for a second. But what concerns me is that he appeared after the New Haven massacre.”
“Why’s that?” Zero asked.
“Well when I was with the Dahl military I heard about that massacre. But what getting me was that it was planned and orchestrated by a guy from Arcadia. And Hammerlock says that this Raider guy showed up soon after the massacre? Too much of a coincidence if you ask me.”
Oh, gee. I wonder if Raider-Stu was somehow involved. I think he might have been, but the foreshadowing is just so subtle I could be way off-base.
How well does a flat, deadpan monotone of sarcasm translate to written text? (530)
Wait, is that an actual line break? Why weren’t these being used before? (531)
Maya relaxed in a recently acquired boat house. It was a shame that it didn’t go anywhere but it was getting dark and they needed a place to stay the night. So like any good Pandorian they took out a bandit camp and chose the least smelly hut.
As you do. (532)
As Raider checked his sniper rifle
Wait, now he’s actually using the term “sniper rifle”? Did I accidentally switch to a different story? (533)
Maya placed her feet on a table in front of her and relaxed. She then eyed Raider with an interested eye.
Her actual eyes, however, were quite bored. (534)
Since they left Raider’s hut he never took his skull balaclava off. Even now he didn’t even reach for it and she wondered why. Why would he keep his face hidden behind a mask.
Because he’s a tryhard? (535)
She knew what he looked like but something told her that was half of the story.
The other half was somehow even stupider. (536)
They didn’t talk for a while and that was starting to get on Maya’s nerves but then Raider began to talk.
She then quickly wished that he would shut up. (537)
“Where do you come from?” he asked.
“Athenas. A beautiful world.” she replied.
“Why’ed you leave?”
“To put it simply I had no friends, no family and the only people who looked after me where using me as a fear weapon.” She sighed and began to play with small phase lock ball between her fingers. “I killed the bastard who used me and my handler.”
She just nodded. “Yeah. In all honesty it was a relief.”
“Why come to this piss hole of a planet?”
“To learn about my heritage. There are only 6 sirens at only one time and no one knows where we come from. I want to know why.”
Wait, didn’t we go over this last chapter? (538)
Raider stopped and looked at her. She noticed something in his eyes, a pain held away.
“Listen to me very carefully. The vaults are dangerous, this one especially.
Well, he’s not wrong. (539)
But I’m only taking you to Sanctuary after that you can do what you want.”
He turned back to his weapon. Now she knew he was holding something back. They didn’t talk again and fell asleep. The next day they where awoken
*searches map again*
I think this map might be out of date; I can’t find “Awoken”, either! (540)
by the sounds of explosions.
Given that it’s, well, Pandora, explosions in the distance should not be cause for alarm.
Unless they’re coming closer, of course. (541)
Quickly leaving the boathouse they saw in the distance explosions coming from a large iceberg no too far from there location.
After seeing it they quickly grabbed their equipment and ran toward it.
“Run towards the exploding thing” – Video games in a nutshell. (542)
They passed a large ice block to see a ship perched atop an ice burg. Maya looked to raider.
“It’s Flint’s ship.”
Another boring action scene coming up. I’m just gonna give it ten sins and leave it here in its entirety, because if I have to suffer through this shit, then so do you. I’m gonna go get a drink; I’ll be back when something of substance happens. (552)
Both of them drew their weapons and moved toward the ship. As they got close seven bullymogs ambushed them. They stopped and looked at the four armed snow apes. They looked at each other before drawing their weapons. Both of them charged at the apes unleashing a hail of lead. Maya took the four on the right while Raider took the three on the left.
Maya carefully lined up her pistol with the nearest bullymog and fired. The acidic bullet hit the beast in the face causing it to scream in pain. The other three came in fast but she used phaselock on the nearest one before focusing on the other two. Raider jumped on the back of the nearest ape. The beast tried to throw him off but he grabbed onto it’s main.
He placed his auto pistol to its head before firing. It’s head exploded the beast collapsed just as the other two where about to pounce on him. As he brought his gun up one of the mogs bashed it out of his hand. Cursing Raider flung himself out of the way before the mogs landed on him. As he skidded across the ice he drew a knife before running at the mogs.
Maya drew her smg and slid under a bullymong that charged at her. As soon as she reached the other side she turned onto her belly and fired at the mog. The beast screamed as the bullets hit it until the click of her weapon sounded. She quickly got up and reloaded, as she did the phaselocked disappeared around the mog. It then charged at her, as it roared Maya threw a grenade into its mouth. The beast swallowed it before being blown into pieces.
Raider moved in fast slashing at the mog’s legs. Making the first one collapse and dragging it’s self across the icy ground. He then drew a bandit shotgun and fired the beast instantly killing it. The final one then jumped on him pining him down. Maya rolled out of the way as the two bullymogs she was fighting pounced at her. Once out of the way she retrained her fire at the closest one.
The burst shots from the smg where annoying but managed to be accurate. That she was thankful for as the rounds she fired burst after burst wakening the beast before pulling out her pistol and finishing it off. The final one jumped at her but she phasedlocked it and blew it up with a grenade. Raider had been pinned by a large bullymog and the beast was trying to beat the crap out of him. He had is knife out and tried to slash at the beast but failed to anything.
Maya saw this and quickly took aim but before she could do anything.
“I’M GOING TO EAT YOUR SOUL.” someone yelled from behind her.
*pokes head back in*
Oh, finally! Something’s actually happening!
Thinking it was a Psycho she turn fast but saw someone familiar. A large bare chested Psycho came running buzzsaw in hand.
The beast ran up and jumped on the mog and swung his buzzsaw at the ape’s head destroying it. The Pcycho then got of the beast as it fell.
“GET THIS THING OFF ME!” Raider yelled in a muffled voice.
Maya used phaselock on the mog corpse allowing Raider free. As he got up he was choking like hell.
Maya walked up and placed her hand on his shoulder with a caring look on her.
“You ok?” she asked.
“THAT FUR STINKS.” Raider said pulling his balaclava halfway up his face and breathed heavily.
Aw, damnit, he’s still alive! (553)
The unknown Psycho then walked up to the two of them.
“Pretty lady meats me again.”
Maya just smiled. “Yeah we do.”
As Raider recover she found herself kind of admiring him. Her heart beated very fast.
‘Jez what’s wrong with me?’ she thought.
You’re in an EP fic, so, approximately everything. (554)
Raider then looked at the Psycho who didn’t seem interested in attacking them.
“Thanks. Come on lets go.” he then said as he started running followed by the Siren and Psycho.
He’s just going to trust that this random Psycho whom he’s never met before will not kill him.
Chapter 2 Sin Count: 555
Sentence: Boring Action Scenes (on an infinite loop)
I really can’t think of any kind of witty banter to put here. I’m just so drained from trying to slog through that action scene.
Insert random comment about upload schedules.