>Iusta: YES! YES WE'RE HERE! HAPPY NOW KIPLIN?
"YES, WWWWWWWWE ARE FUCKING HERE NOWWWWWWWW. HAPPY KIPLIN!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?"
Iustia stands up, looking around. She frowns.
"This doesn't seem nearly as wwwwwwwwarm as a metal platform suspended over lavvvvvvvva should be."
"It'2 definitely not real, then. That2 good. Hold on, Iu2tia. We'll get down, uh...One way or another. Just hold on."* Dante stands up, brushing the dirt off his suit emphatically, as Meb does the same. Dante turns to Meb and Kiplin, his face puckered up in thought.
"Nice puckering," says Meb.
"...Thank you. Doe2 anyone have any idea how to get down there? There's no...Obviou2 way from here. There might be some 2tair2 or 2omething on another 2ide, I think, bu-"
"pfffff, th1s 1s easy." Kipling waves her hand dismissively as she steps forward. "1've 6ot th1s."
Er, you do?" asks Dante, scratching the side of his head. "How 2o?"
Kiplin reaches out and grabs them both by the back of their suits. Meb chokes and coughs a little.
"Hey, watch it! You're tearing our 2uit2!"
"1've 6ot plenty."
"alley-oop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" yells Kiplin, rearing back and tossing Meb and Dante over the side. Dante proceeds to let out a high pitched, entirely un-dragon like squeal as he falls onto the platform. Meb handles it all with significantly more dignity, flipping over and sticking the landing.
"I berrlieve that's a 9.5," says Meb, clapping.
"I landed on my a222222222," hisses Dante, sitting up. Iustia squeaks and throws her arms around him.
"Are you all right????????"
"Uh, yeah, I'm fine. How are you?"
"Don't wwwwwwwworry a8out me!!!!!!!!"
"...But you fell fir2t. And onto your back."
"As long as you're okay!!!!!!!!"
Dante blinks at her, then hugs her. "Uh, thank2, I'm, uh, okay."
"Priorities," murmurs Meb.
"look out below!!!!!!!!" comes a scream from above. They barely have time to look up as Kiplin smashes into the platform. It tips with the force of her landing...and keeps going, tipping further and further until it drops everyone screaming from the platform.
The platform itself flips over entirely, and starts to fall at an angle towards the lava, crashing into and bring down a number of other platforms with it. The whirling death discs bounce off a number of structures, ripping apart buildings and machinery before it crashes into the lava below.
Our "heroes" (for a given value of "heroes", but it will have to do until Kitty gets back and Anilin calms the fuck down and Dick gets some initiative) have landed on a flat metal platform, this one mercifully much sturdier than the previous one. They get up again, collecting themselves and looking around.
The platform connects to a metal bridge, with a building on the other side. The building seems to extend downward.
"...Well, at lea2t it2 not another long drop," says Dante, helping Iustia up. "Let2 get over into that building and regroup before anything else fall2 apart."
"Uh, boss..." says Meb, quickly, as the other three already begin to walk over the bridge.
"What i2 it?"
All three of them turn back towards Meb, following Meb's finger as it points towards a winged figure in the sky, looping and twirling around gracefully in the air. The dark figure makes an abrupt, impossible turn in the air and dives for the platform.
As it approaches, getting closer, Meb's assertion turns out to be correct: A massive, scaled lizard with bat-like, membrane-covered wings, massive talons, and glowing red eyes rushes the platform at breakneck speed.
The group turns and runs, narrowly getting out of the ways as the dragons crashes into the steel platform, taking out a large portion of it and the bridge. The rest of the bridge bends with the weight of the crashing platform and dragon and begins to break apart as well.
Dante and Iustia manage to reach the safe part of the bridge with easy, Kiplin jumping a short distance as it begins to twist downward. Meb rushes to catch up with them, but before she can reach, the bridge snaps. Meb jumps towards the stable remains at the last minute, reaching for the warped edge of the bridge...
She can't quite make it and begins to fall. There is nothing under her except lava. Her eyes widen, and they can see it.
Dante dives for her hand. Right off the platform.
Iustia dives for Dante.
Kiplin quickly decides everyone dying in lava would be moronic, and moves to catch one of Iustia's legs.
Dante's hand manages to grab Meb's, stopping her fall. Iustia and Kiplin make their grabs successfully in turn, leaving them all hanging in a chain over the edge of the bridge. Kiplin and Iustia's hats fall off. Dante reaches out his free hand, grabbing Iustia's hand with one hand and hooking Kiplin's hat on his horn with the other. In turn, Dante's fedora falls off his head, but is caught by Meb.
"I2 everyone ok-Oh god dragon2 coming around again."
"don't worry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" shouts Kiplin. She pulls, hard, dragging them all out of the way just as the dragon's teeth snap where Meb once only a moment ago. Judging from those insanely sharp teeth, it looks like she would have been snapped in half.
The group quickly rights themselves, hastily trading back hats and getting out their weapons; Kiplin deploying a pair of red wind-and-fire wheels, eight spikes to a wheel. Meb grips a pair of throwing knives. Dante points his Colt Python at the dragon. Iustia wields a pair of black M1911 semi-automatic pistols, each with a spade emblazoned on the side.
The dragon turns back around and lands on the end of the bridge, gripping the sides of it as it peers at the group through glowing red eyes. The group backs away from it, forming into a diamond shape; Kiplin in front, Iustia and Meb in the middle, and Dante in back.
Behind them is the massive metal building, an entrance on the same level not too far away.
What will they do?
*Yes, Dante's text color has changed. Yes, it was planned. Yes, there's an in-character reason for it that will be explained. Yes, it is less eye-rapey. You're welcome.