… The hell? Was he mocking Maddox with flowery speech now? And so what if she only had subpar equipment, she didn’t have time to steal top-grade stuff, let alone move it all the way to Sin-forsaken know where! Gods, she wanted to punch the smug look off his stupid face already and he had only spoken a few sentences! Her body leaned forward, shoulder high and tense, arms ramrod straight beside her, tensed in anger. One fist clenched the aforementioned stirring stick, the other hand gripped the ruined rag.
Then visibly spluttered. “It is of no business of yours as to why Maddox uses what we do for our experiments! And more importantly, the way we speak is stylish and full of personality! It is in no way related to madness!... Not that you would probably know much about style.” She says with a huff and is probably ignored. Also was his name Stein, or Faust? Which were a surname and first name? Or maybe one was an alias? And he was a doctor of some sort, huh. Then she listened to his next words, her back and shoulders stooped forward, head tilted so one goggled eye appeared to gaze at him. This was Maddox’s equivalent of a raised eyebrow and giving the vibe of exasperation. One had to be creative in body langue if they couldn’t portray expression. “Yeeeeees ‘research assistant’ of course. Has anyone ever told you darling that you are wonderful at convincing people? Because if they did, they would be lying.” Maddox tells the man, sarcasm and sass clear in her voice. “Maddox will have to decline your generous offer.”
Then after listening to his next explanation, all Maddox could do was radiate disbelief. Did he really expect her to believe that he got all of the details of her formula simply from smelling? Absurd. He was just trying to show off and probably impress her so she could be convinced to show more of her research. Maddox wasn’t a fool; this man would get nothing from her. She was about to verbalize this when she flinched back and the sudden… extending of his limbs? Ok, so while that was a bit gross to see, it did confirm that he was a mage or some magical being of sorts. Then she twitched in protest when she noticed him grabbing her chemical mixture, but didn’t really try to stop him. It was a failure after all- WAIT WHAT WAS HE DOING?!
“Fool!! That is a highly acidic mixture you said it yourself WHY WOULD YOU DRINK IT-?! Oh, that is disgusting.” Maddox screamed after being shocked into silence for a few moments after he drank it. Then recoiled in disgust at the blech, her snobbish tastes getting the better of her. Then took a step back in surprise as the man's torse appeared to be melting. She immediately summoned her needle gun Good Intentions, intending to shoot a remedy into him though with that amount of damage she doubts it would have helped. But at least when asked why she let a guildmate drink her acidic poison and die she could claim she tried to save him and hopefully not get kicked out. But she was a bit distracted by how unnervingly calm the man was acting about his throat and stomach being melting alive- oh. Well, her needle gun probably wouldn’t have been much use anyway, if he was a cyborg. Or a pure robot? Lowering the needle gun Maddox actually bent over to view the revealed parts in more detail. “Oooooh, interesting.” She murmured. My oh my, that was some advanced magitek there. Maddox was jealous. She spent so much money replacing her clothes and protecting her pretties that she couldn’t afford such nice tech. Unless she stole it. If this Stein man was actually a robot, maybe Maddox could find his creator and ask to take a looks at him or another like him? Probably not, most inventors at that level would probably want to keep their methods a secret.
At the man’s comment about her mixture tasting good, she hoped her upward tilt of her face to portray a deadpan look. “Yes Dr. Foolstien, that is the important part of this mixture. The taste. Now how exactly are you going to repair yourself, because if you think Maddox is going to do if for you because it was our mixture, you’d best stuff yourself- oh. What.” Maddox finishes, comedically scuttling backwards without moving the rest of her body at all after glancing at what he was doing. Then watched in abject horror as he appeared to shed his skin like some sort of demented humanoid snake. While technically Maddox had no right to judge someone else’s appearance, that literally never stopped her. Her body cringed backwards with one shoulder facing him, arms bent towards her face, hands angled down in the universal body language of great disgust. “Not beautiful. Not beautiful in the least. Ugh.” She commented. Then went back to the deadpan look she had before at his critique of her work. Then after mulling it over for a moment, with great reluctance, no UTMOST reluctance, she had to admit that was a semi-decent next step to take. Not that she would admit that to him.
“Was drinking it necessary or were you simply being dramatic? Next time when you want to shed your skin please do away from our fabulous self. The travesty of that almost made us faint, darling, really-.” The long tirade of how much her sensibilities were offended was cut short by a sizzling noise, then a hiss of pain. She forgot about the rag clutched in one hand, and the fact it was soaked in the acidic poison. It was diluted, but after squeezing it so much it seemed to have finally eaten through her glove. “Gods damn it.” She cursed, throwing the rag to the stone floor, forgetting the man was there for a moment. Shit, the chemical was reacting oddly to her skin condition and the leather of the glove had already semi-merged with her constantly healing and degrading cells. The smell of her skin was probably already in the air.
“Maddox thanks you for your… aid, Dr. Stein. Now you may leave.” She said through gritted teeth. This would be painful; she would have to dig the leather away from her skin manually with her off-hand. Like hell she would ask for help, she utterly hated anyone to see her skin condition, let alone some weirdo. Even if he was an interesting specimen of magitek and kind of good at alchemy/chemistry.
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