Jan. 25th, 2010 @ 11:48 am
"How many people have you killed?" It's a young boy, with little feathers, a little tail, and a very a strange little outfit. Only in the Nexus would a tiny Kuja asking about murder not stand out.
There's lots of tail swishing before he asks something else, "Did you like doing it?"
Seven digits in base ten.*The tall woman who answers distinguishes between killing and murder, but the question as phrased wasn't about the latter.*
And in some cases, I enjoyed it a great deal. In others, quite the opposite. Generally speaking, I recommend against trying it for yourself.
"But I already have, so it doesn't matter what you say."
Then I won't burden you with it.
"...what were you going to say?"
"I'd have to guess at about.....three hundred and twenty-seven." Jack pauses before replying to the second question. "Yes and no, I don't enjoy killing people but I do enjoy lighting fires to buildings...with people in them."
"...only ones with people in them?"
"No I enjoy the fire, they just happen to be in them, which can be unfortunate."
"I never really kept track," Blitzwing admits, his blue face slowing little emotion, "But it was war. People die in war."
"I...may have gleaned some measure of satisfaction at the time of the deeds, particularly against those I felt betrayed me. Now, what I have is regret," Blitzwing says.
He looks up... and up...
"For killing your enemies
"For killing those that were once allies," Blitzwing says, "The side I finished the war on was not the same side as the one I started it on."
Quin's pausing for a moment while on an errand and hears the question.
"Four. One the summer I turned 14, three the summer I turned sixteen. I didn't enjoy it; we consider that unprofessional; but I'm glad the job got done."
Only his tail keeps moving. "What kind of job is that?"
"I'm a guard. Sometimes we need to execute people or stop intruders any way we can. It doesn't happen often, because most people aren't stupid enough put themselves in the position where we have to kill them. But some are."
"I know what guards do
, I've seen it." Twitch twitch. "Who do you work for?"
"I dunno how many." Nagi looks thoughtful. "It's definitely in the hundreds." He starts to count on his fingers and then shrugs. "Dunno how many of them would count as me doing the killing, anyway."
"As for liking it? A lot of them, it was just a job."
"So you... don't care at all?"
He shrugs again. "For a lot of them, not really. It was just a paycheck. Some of them, I cared a whole lot. Some of them were personal. Some of them it was kill or be killed. I definitely care about not dying myself."
"I've killed more than my fair share of people. Not sure how many though, I was trained to take them out as ruthlessly and quickly as possibly, not to keep score."
Knockout smirks at the second question. "Whether I enjoyed it or not...." she simply shrugs, still smirking. This is the kind of woman who finds life and death battles akin to a type of foreplay. Of course she enjoys it.
"You don't want to count
...he'll let the other question go!
"It's not that I don't want to keep count, it's that I really don't care. When I fight it's about me getting from point A to point B, and if some sap gets in my way, that's his problem. When you're dead, you're dead and you're no longer in my way. But just for you, I'll try to estimate the number."
Knockout pauses, thinking for a moment. "I won't count the Lowlies from my home, since they don't consider themselves people, but the two cops in Honolulu, plus the dozen or so Furies, that entire underwater base and King Shark," He was in the reactor room, wearing an explosive belt... she just pulled the pin. "At least five directors from that floating tournament ship, Volcanum and his island, ninjas, more ninjas than seem humanly possible, North Korean soldiers, Russian KGB soldiers... A hundred, maybe a hundred-fifty. If you count people injured or dead from collateral damage, that number might creep a little higher."
Lots. Probably in the hundreds. Some of them I enjoyed, and some of them were just a job. I was trained for it and I'm good at it.
"What kind of job did you
Security, assassinations, and espionage. A lot of times the easiest and most certain way to keep your client safe is to kill his enemies.
"I know how that stuff works too."