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Just for the Weekend

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meet-the-ashford-twins:

"Yeah," Alfred mumbled as Hunnigan commented on how long it had been since Alfred had spent more than a day without Alexia being around.

Listening to Ingrid intently as she talked about her family life, Alfred turned in his seat and checked on Skadi.  She was awake, but still lying down, head turned towards her human.

"Sure, no problem.  Skadi doesn’t seem like a handful and no doubt A will have gotten used to Lexie." Alfred glanced at the clock.  He thought the old saying seemed right, time certainly flew when you were having fun.

"Do you travel abroad often then?  I mean on holiday as opposed to work." Alfred asked.

  A loud scoff.
     ”Sorry—”
  Quick to apologize, he was asking a simple and valid question.
     ”Yes— well I try to.
       I’ve often had to reschedule holidays due to work.
      There has been more than one Christmas celebrated sometime around
        the second to third week of January.”
  Her phone beeped, almost as if it had heard her talking. A text alert sounded. Checking the mirrors, she pulled off the freeway at the next off-ramp, circling back around under the freeway and pulling into a small restaurant/gas stop.
  Phone went off again. Ingrid put the car in park and cut the engine. It had been about three hours since their last stop and Skadi would need to relieve herself soon. Motion back to the dog, she picked her phone up.
     ”Can you clip her leash onto her collar, please. 
      We are too close to the freeway to let her roam free like last time.
      My mom wants me to call her quickly.
     Just take her out to the field over there, she is usually quick to do her business.” Lifting her phone to her ear, she heard the phone buzz once, then her mother come on, starting in with a line of questions.
     ”Yes mother, we are fine.
       I told you it was going to take a few hours… well it is Friday.
       Everyone is on the road today…. I understand… yes….
       Don’t worry about us.
       We ate before we left.
       Yes Alfred is with me… I don’t know, Mom.
       He isn’t a picky eater.
       I’m sure whatever you make is fine.”
  She gave him a wave to go on without her.

Alfred nodded as Hunnigan turned off the freeway.  Hunnigan’s line of work probably didn’t leave much room for a social life.  As they pulled up and Ingrid picked up her phone, Alfred picked up Skadi’s leash.

"Sure.  No problem." Alfred said before Ingrid held the phone to her head.  Turning around in his seat, Alfred clipped the leash to the top of Skadi’s collar then placed its handle within reach of the back car door.  Getting out of the car, Alfred opened the back door for Skadi and waited for her to climb down off the seat.  It didn’t take long, Skadi walked ahead of Alfred, not too fast to the point of pulling him along by the leash but not so slowly that he would walk into her.

Walking into the middle of the field, Alfred watched as Skadi started to circle around before lifting her leg.

"It’s okay, I won’t look." He joked, turning away and watching the cars flying up the overpass onto the freeway.  Holding his left hand in his back pocket, the right hand holding the leash, Alfred watched the sun reflecting on the car windscreens as it started to set.  It looked beautiful.

Feeling a few tugs on the end of the leash, Alfred looked down.  Skadi had done her business and was ready to go.  She was stood facing the car with her head craned around to look at him, as if ti say, ‘Are you coming?’.

"Guess I zoned out there huh." Alfred remarked as he started to walk her back to the car.  Closing the gate behind him, he could see Hunnigan as could Skadi.  As soon as he was finished Skadi started walking to her owner, a lot quicker than she had walked into the field.

"You were right, she was no trouble at all." Alfred said as he opened the back door and Skadi climbed back up on the seat.

Tagged by: easilyenchanted

Name: Alex

Nickname: Ashford Twins, Shadow

Birthday: September 15

Gender: Male

Sexuality: Straight

Height:  5’11”

Time zone: BST

What time and date is it there: Dydd Llun 1 Medi 2014 6:55am

Average hours of sleep: 8-10hr

OTP’s: None whatsoever :/

First word to come to mind: binder

Last thing I said to my family: Thanks

One place that makes me happy and why: my room, because it has pretty much everything I need :D


How many blankets do I sleep under: 1 very thick duvet.  It gets COLD.

Favourite beverage: Strong black coffee

Ten people: reddeadnurse, pierssureshotnivans, bigbythewolfsheriff, circejones, lickersuck, chaosborne, friendlyneighborhoodhelmethead, ussfoureyes, hxnnigan, the-director-is-in.

(Source: venezianoitalia)

It’s Raining Heroes

lickerssuck:

meet-the-ashford-twins:

Alexia watched as BOW Girl took off running.  Not hearing her warning, Alexia got a full blast of the flash grenade.  Temporarily blinded, Alexia groped out in front of her for the ignition key and shut off the engine.  No sense leaving it running and causing an accident while she couldn’t see.  Her initial plan had been to drive at the creature, honking her horn to get the soldiers to take cover.  Somehow Alexia figured the flash grenade approach was better.

As the effects started to wear off, Alexia watched BOW Girl hanging off the back of the creature.  It didn’t look like she was in trouble, it looked more like she was wrestling with it, and enjoying doing so.  Alexia glanced at the soldiers, they seemed to be happy to sit back and let BOW Girl do all the work.

Hearing the noise of another creature somewhere, Alexia undid her seatbelt and looked around.  She couldn’t see one but another glance at the soldiers told her they could.  They were aiming at her car.

Feet planted on part of the shell as she ripped it’s head shell off. She couldn’t help it but smile as she ripped at it. “Come on ya little bastard, give me that piece.” Imagine if the BSAA made armor outta these pieces. Looking up, she heard the noise. The creature continued to try and get her off, continued to move around.

               “Will ya sit still for five seconds?!” Ripping off the head piece, she smashed it back down into it’s head. Letting it crumple under her. Jumping off it’s back she looked back towards the way of Alexia.

              “That isn’t something small—” The ground would start to shake, it would start to throw everyone off their step. Taking a knee, she would wait. Quinn enjoyed her balance, plus if something was coming straight for them. She could easily jump or take off running easier already kneeling.

Figuring that it wouldn’t be a good idea to wait around, and that a smaller target would be harder to hit, Alexia pushed open the door and rolled out of it.  Running for the side of a building, she watched as a twenty foot creature stomped her car.  As it lifted its foot Alexia could see the remains.  Flat as a pancake and nowhere near as tasty.

Staying close to the buildings, Alexia slowly edged towards the soldiers as she watched BOW Girl sprint in the opposite direction, heading right at the creature with a manic grin on her face.  Reaching the soldiers, Alexia held her hands in the air.

"Civilian!" She called out, hoping they wouldn’t have itchy trigger fingers.  She hadn’t thought of running in any other direction, they would have seen her coming so running in any other direction wouldn’t have been wise.  Alexia looked back and hoped that BOW Girl was alright.

Ashfords at Large

the-director-is-in:

meet-the-ashford-twins:

Alexia listened along with Alfred while Diakos explained what the BSAA needed to get done.  Idly, she wondered how the BSAA were intending to find out which virus it was, who was responsible for that.  Aware of Alfred’s head moving, she watched him nod and then ask, “I can help erect the tents if that’s allowed?”

Alexia wondered what she should be doing.  Logically, she should try to find out who was leading the effort to identify the virus and put herself under their command.  It meant she wouldn’t be the proverbial load on anyone’s back.

"Who’s responsible for identifying which virus has been used?" Alexia asked casually.  Hopefully it would be someone nearby.  Then the moment they were on a break, if they had a break, Alexia would go over and find out what they needed.

Ryan gave a short nod.  ”I don’t think that will be a problem.  We can usually use all the hands we can get.”

Especially in a situation like this where a team wasn’t mobilized properly.

The nearby table had been swept clean at some point and Jill used it to rest her laptop.  She needed a map of the city and points of egress and ingress.  Hopefully if they had their own water source, they weren’t sharing it with nearby towns.  Otherwise they would have to quarantine much further out.  Water supplies made things incredibly difficult.

Head came up at Alexia’s words.  ”We’l have at least one person from the labs here when the next team arrives.”  Right this second she didn’t know who it would be but she doubted it would be Rebecca.  ”They will do preliminary testing with further results coming from the HQ labs.  As soon as we get reliable samples we’ll send them.”

Logically Alexia was probably the best suited here to help on such a thing but Jill was still up in the air on the twins.  Letting her help could easily bite them in the ass depending on their agenda.

Alfred smiled, pleased to have the opportunity to be doing something more useful than leaning against a wall.  A quick check that Sneeze was still asleep, and Alfred followed the agent out of the building and over to some of the other vehicles which had the supplies.  As he walked, Alfred reflected on the fact that nobody was showing even an ounce of fear.  The soldiers looked like they couldn’t have been calmer if they were just working in an office, instead of manning a perimeter with bioweapons potentially being used.

Agent Diakos unlocked three of the jeeps and opened the back door of one of them.  Inside was a stack of tent equipment.

"There’s the same in those two, more or less." Diakos said as Alfred opened one of the other jeeps.

It’s Raining Heroes

lickerssuck:

meet-the-ashford-twins:

Alexia glanced at her wing mirrors as she turned off the freeway and drove around a bend. She could see BOW Girl looked uncomfortable.  Alexia wondered if her driving was that bad or if it was just the car itself causing the discomfort.

She had no clue what napads or regenerators were, neither sounded liked anything she knew was Umbrella made.

"I know, but I figure the faster you get where you’re going the happier you’ll be, correct?" Alexia asked, smirking.  The smirk was soon wiped off her face when she turned the next corner and saw what could only be described as a six foot tall hulking behemoth with thick, scaly armor all over its body, stomping toward a squad of soldiers who were unloading on it with machine guns from behind a parked car.  Alexia had been intending to just drop BOW Girl off the moment she said she was good to go or if they hit a checkpoint.  This looked bad.  Alexia guessed the distance was about five blocks.

"You got a gun to take that thing down?" Alexia asked.  If it was one of the bioweapons BOW Girl was here to deal with, it would need to be in the next ten seconds to have any chance of saving any of those soldiers.  The makings of a very foolhardy plan b were already forming in Alexia’s mind.

"R—right." Smiling with a very nervous chuckle.

        Seeing the seen before her as they turned onto the street. Snapping goggles down over her eyes, undoing the seat belt. Safety first always. “Who needs a gun—” Opening the car door, she pulled a item out of her boot. She hoped that those men were good with their aim, she may have strength but bullets still could kill her.

Taking off running, whistling to get soldiers attention. Their firing stopped, long enough for her to run close enough. “Close your eyes!” Throwing a flash grenade between the creature and the men. That would gain her a few more seconds of peace, before things got hectic. Closing the distance, she jumped. She had a few feet still between her and the weapon. Slamming down in front of it, she was smiling as she tossed a punch right into it’s armor.

Enough to push it back  a few feet. She would have to rip it’s armor pieces off one by one. Lifting her shoulder she rolled it. “Let’s do this—”

Alexia watched as BOW Girl took off running.  Not hearing her warning, Alexia got a full blast of the flash grenade.  Temporarily blinded, Alexia groped out in front of her for the ignition key and shut off the engine.  No sense leaving it running and causing an accident while she couldn’t see.  Her initial plan had been to drive at the creature, honking her horn to get the soldiers to take cover.  Somehow Alexia figured the flash grenade approach was better.

As the effects started to wear off, Alexia watched BOW Girl hanging off the back of the creature.  It didn’t look like she was in trouble, it looked more like she was wrestling with it, and enjoying doing so.  Alexia glanced at the soldiers, they seemed to be happy to sit back and let BOW Girl do all the work.

Hearing the noise of another creature somewhere, Alexia undid her seatbelt and looked around.  She couldn’t see one but another glance at the soldiers told her they could.  They were aiming at her car.

It’s Raining Heroes

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meet-the-ashford-twins:

Throwing the car into gear, Alexia pulled out of her driveway and set off for the freeway.  Ironically it was quicker to turn off and go on the freeway than it was to drive straight, even though downtown was straight ahead.  A combination of the freeway being fast and the sheer amount of traffic lights between Alexia’s house and the downtown area meant the freeway was the fastest option.

"So there’s infected roaming the streets?" Alexia asked casually as she turned right onto the freeway on ramp.  "How long’s that been going on?"  The joys of not watching the news creeping up on her.  Alexia had a fair idea of what she might encounter if the infected were shot up on Tyrant, if it was any new virus then that would be trouble.  Still, so long as she didn’t drive into a swarm of them, she could always run over the odd zombie with her car.  Alexia wondered how soon it would be before the BSAA and the military called the city a wash and bombed the hell out of it to contain the threat.

     “Since about six this morning—” Gripping the door, she hated small cars. She despised how big she felt in this thing. “A few napads, a few regenerators— Uh something bigger was in bound.” Should she mention the earpiece? Listening to the BSAA radios, they were already in the area fighting.

As they moved closer, Quinn pushed her goggles down over her eyes. Be ready for anything. “You do know you don’t have to go into the city— you can just drop me on the outskirts.” Then again Alexia seemed rather calm about this whole thing, like driving Quinn into the city was no issue. The mention of the weapons didn’t really phase her, even her superhero name did nothing.

Alexia glanced at her wing mirrors as she turned off the freeway and drove around a bend. She could see BOW Girl looked uncomfortable.  Alexia wondered if her driving was that bad or if it was just the car itself causing the discomfort.

She had no clue what napads or regenerators were, neither sounded liked anything she knew was Umbrella made.

"I know, but I figure the faster you get where you’re going the happier you’ll be, correct?" Alexia asked, smirking.  The smirk was soon wiped off her face when she turned the next corner and saw what could only be described as a six foot tall hulking behemoth with thick, scaly armor all over its body, stomping toward a squad of soldiers who were unloading on it with machine guns from behind a parked car.  Alexia had been intending to just drop BOW Girl off the moment she said she was good to go or if they hit a checkpoint.  This looked bad.  Alexia guessed the distance was about five blocks.

"You got a gun to take that thing down?" Alexia asked.  If it was one of the bioweapons BOW Girl was here to deal with, it would need to be in the next ten seconds to have any chance of saving any of those soldiers.  The makings of a very foolhardy plan b were already forming in Alexia’s mind.

Just for the Weekend

hxnnigan:

meet-the-ashford-twins:

Alfred considered Hunnigan’s question carefully, turning it over and over in his mind like a worn, well used rubik’s cube.  He wasn’t attached to his sister at the hip, they did do their own thing.  Alfred regularly walked from their house to the nearest shopping area and would sit at coffee shops people watching.  But then he only ever spent an hour or two out of the house and then went home.  As for longer periods, they’d both gone together, aside from the time Alexia had charged off and come back a month later as if nothing at all had happened and nonchalantly told him that she’d broken into a government library then gone and broken into a Tricell research facility to rescue Manuela Hidalgo and then spent time in Brazil lying low.

"A year," Alfred answered, "Alexia had run off somewhere and showed up a month later with barely an explanation and as if nothing at all had happened.  She said she’d been in Brazil."

Alfred had always figured that the amount of time the twins spent together was their way of making up for the fifteen years they’d been apart.  Though they still did have individual lives.  Having Alexia around was like having a room mate who knew all Alfred’s favourite things and fell asleep everywhere.  Alfred just let her get on with things.  He knew her work was everything to her.
"How much do you get to see your family?" Alfred asked.

  Nodding in agreement as he spoke, she let her mind wonder a bit as the headlights flicked on, bathing the road in front of them in a vivid blue-white halo.
     ”That is a long time.”
  Taking a moment to consider, she shook her head. Nose turning up almost at the thought of being around her family as much as he and Alexia had.  
     ”My sister and I were close when we were young.
      We still try to talk at least once a week.  
      For the most part,
      Konstance is busy.
     The time difference doesn’t help either.
     She is about nine hours ahead.
      It is hard for us to both set aside the time to talk.
      I’ve got work,
      it has to come first.
      She has a husband and kids,
      as well as her own work.”
  Pulling off the over-sized shades, she pressed them against her chest, the arms folding over and making storage easier. The clock on the dashboard illuminated that it was half past seven.
     ”We spend the holidays together as often as we can.
      I think I’ll be traveling to Germany this year to visit her.
      Hopefully you and Lexi can watch A and Skadi.”

"Yeah," Alfred mumbled as Hunnigan commented on how long it had been since Alfred had spent more than a day without Alexia being around.

Listening to Ingrid intently as she talked about her family life, Alfred turned in his seat and checked on Skadi.  She was awake, but still lying down, head turned towards her human.

"Sure, no problem.  Skadi doesn’t seem like a handful and no doubt A will have gotten used to Lexie." Alfred glanced at the clock.  He thought the old saying seemed right, time certainly flew when you were having fun.

"Do you travel abroad often then?  I mean on holiday as opposed to work." Alfred asked.

Nowhere Woman

reddeadnurse:

meet-the-ashford-twins:

Alexia had the pocket flashlight from Alfred and slipped it into the breast pocket of her jacket.  Pressing the button from the outside, the light lit up whatever was right in front of her.

"Which way now Alfred?" Alexia asked, figuring that since Alfred had known the place, he’d know the way to go.

"To our right, then turn right and down the corridor." Alfred said, "There should be a break room somewhere around there if we need it."

As they went, Alexia summed up Umbrella in a single word.  ”Scum.” Alexia said, looking at Lisa but avoiding eye contact.  This wasn’t going to be something she was proud of.  ”They sold bioweapons on the black market.”  Checking the safety was on, Alexia held up the gun she had so Lisa could see it.  ”That’s why they have these lying around in ready supply in their security offices, in case one of their products gets loose.”  The sheer venom Alexia had in her voice was accentuated with the way she spat the word Umbrella used to refer to bioweapons.

They reached the end of the corridor where there were some derelict vending machines, the fronts smashed open.  As they cleared the security shutter it slammed down with force.  Alfred glared at it, the look in his eye suggesting that he was not in the mood for anymore setbacks like that one.

"Well, anyone need a rest?" Alfred asked.

Lisa stayed close to Alexia, nodding despite her confusion. Bioweapons? What were bioweapons? Obviously nothing good, but…

"But you and Alfred left, right?" Lisa had just asked the question, when the shutter rattled down behind them. With a gasp, Lisa jumped away, eyes wide. She hadn’t expected that.

"N-no. We should keep going," Lisa said, turning to face Alfred. "Last thing you guys need is something like all the exits to this room sealing…"

She winced. Hopefully she hadn’t tempted fate…She’d taken so much of their time…

"S-so…bioweapons…what exactly are those?"

Alfred put his back to the door that led into the warehouse.  There was no telling what was behind it.
"Yeah, we left in a way." Alfred said, leaving out the part that said way involved dying.  Pushing the door open a crack, Alfred kept his right hand on the handle, ready to pull the door shut the moment he had cause to.  His left hand held his machine gun, switched to single mode so he could fire it one handed with reasonable accuracy.  The muzzle was pointing through the gap in the doorway.  Alfred tried to remember where the door was, if it was up against a wall or if there was room for something to hide behind the door when it was open.

"Bio organic weapons."  Alexia explained, "Viruses that can alter living organisms into savage beasts."  Alfred knew why Alexia wasn’t being more detailed.  While Lisa had lived through Silent Hill’s horror, having someone who had once been your friend go completely dead and attempt to bite through your neck was a whole different kind of horror.

Deciding to go with a more cautious entry, Alfred kicked the door open with his foot and stayed on the inside of the door, tight to the wall so he could see into the room.  The door banged hard against the wall.  Inside, Alfred could see the outline of some crates.  No noise aside from the swinging door.  Alfred moved to the opposite side of the door frame and looked in.  The catwalk ahead that led to the stairs, the door.  Nothing else.  Moving into the room, Alfred forced the door hard into the wall.  No sound of it hitting anything other than the wall.  Looking down, Alfred could see a couple of barrels and crates.  Nothing in sight that could attack them.
"Clear," Alfred said, "Move up."  Alfred was aware as he said it he was slipping back into treating Lisa and Alexia like they were trainees in the military centre.  He’d have to ease up on that, he couldn’t say for Lisa but he knew Alexia hadn’t had much experience in this kind of thing.  Last thing he needed was to confuse them.

Ashfords at Large

the-director-is-in:

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Alfred watched as the DSO agent turned around and headed for the back of the room, leaning against the wall and staring at him.  Alfred doubted that Hunnigan’s orders had included the instruction ‘give Alfred Ashford evil eyes at all times.’ but then maybe the guy was just stressed.  Alfred could tell that Alexia was worked up.  She might think he didn’t notice her biting the tops of her nails but he did, and he knew she only ever did that if she was stressed over something.

Alfred looked around at the hive of activity around them.  Plenty of people were coming and going, carrying all manner of equipment and items.  The sheer amount of activity was making him a little restless.  He hated being a spare part.  While he doubted they’d let him do anything major, Alfred didn’t see the harm in asking if they needed help moving stuff around.

Seeing that Jill was up to her eyeballs dealing with everything, Alfred approached Agent Diakos.

"Looks like you’re all rushed off your feet, is there anything I can do to help?" Alfred asked.  At least he could be more use moving crates or something from one place to another than he would be just standing where he was and watching everything going on.

Since the introduction of the C Virus and the vaccine, they had vaccinated a large chunk of the world.  Unfortunately many smaller areas, especially in third world countries, getting the vaccine there had been almost impossible. 

In the US, people had the right to accept or decline such things and many opted not to take it.  A thought occurred to her and she looked over her shoulder.

"Ryan, I need you to find out the demographics for vaccinations.  What percentage of this area remains unvaccinated specifically."

The Agent gave her a nod, turning back to Alfred and his question.  ”Once they start setting up the check points there will be tents and things to put up.”  He gave Alfred a small smile.  ”Right now it’s chaos and it will be that way until she can rein them in.”  Chin jutted in Jill’s direction.  ”As long as no one fights her, it should get done quickly.”

Diakos didn’t want to be the one who got in her way.

"We need to figure out what virus this is, pray it’s not something new, and get it under control."

Alexia listened along with Alfred while Diakos explained what the BSAA needed to get done.  Idly, she wondered how the BSAA were intending to find out which virus it was, who was responsible for that.  Aware of Alfred’s head moving, she watched him nod and then ask, “I can help erect the tents if that’s allowed?”

Alexia wondered what she should be doing.  Logically, she should try to find out who was leading the effort to identify the virus and put herself under their command.  It meant she wouldn’t be the proverbial load on anyone’s back.

"Who’s responsible for identifying which virus has been used?" Alexia asked casually.  Hopefully it would be someone nearby.  Then the moment they were on a break, if they had a break, Alexia would go over and find out what they needed.

ooc: Possible Thread Ideas

ooc:  ’Cause a few of these have been kicking around my head now for a while, thought most of them depend on how Ashfords At Large concludes.  At the moment it looks like Alfred will be going with the DSO whilst Alexia joins the BSAA so I’m working off that.

Chaos Reigns

While the BSAA deals with another C virus outbreak, Alexia goes to retrieve fresh samples for them to help with combating the C virus when she gets badly beaten by a BOW.  At the same time, Chris Redfield is overseeing the containment operation from a command post when Alexia gets thrown through the window, setting the place on fire in the process.  The pair of them then have to work together to deal with the chaos.

Descent Into The Past

Alfred works for the DSO, dealing with historical records.  Anything seized from Umbrella, Tricell and any other organisation that the DSO couldn’t process quickly that got left to gather dust.  Seeing it as a way of keeping Alfred out of harm’s way, Ingrid assigns him the task of getting the records into the DSO’s computer system and gathering similar materials.  When he comes across documents referring to an Umbrella records archive hidden offshore near Australia, Ingrid dispatches Sherry Birkin and Leon S Kennedy to retrieve the intel with Alfred serving as support over the radio.

Top Gun

Ingrid gets Alfred to resit all the exams he’d taken years ago for his pilot’s license.

The Ashford Trap (pretty much based on The Parent Trap, pure crack)

Alfred and Alexia find it hard to concentrate on what they’re meant to be doing; she’s supposed to be reading up on BSAA policies and procedures and he’s meant to be relearning how to fly helicopters and planes.  Since they find it easier to do what the other has been assigned, they switch places and pass the other’s exams for them whilst trying not to get caught by Ingrid and Jill.

Then there’s the vague ideas I couldn’t even think of a title for, like Alexia undergoing initial employee orientation at the BSAA and flashing back to her initial orientation at Umbrella in 1981, Alfred getting wounded in the field with Sherry and Leon flying to the nearest available medical facility - Rockfort Orphanage.

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