Sukima !g/OFHYXEWQ 2010/02/26 (Fri) 10:27 No. 21106 ▼
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[x] Try to take her violin
There's only one thing you can really think of that could potentially work in your favour that you can do; steal her violin. Yes, there's absolutely nothing that could go wrong with this plan, nevermind the fact that she appears to be able to control it's movements seemingly psychokinetically. This is the perfect plan with absolutely no holes at all whatsoever!
Right away and quite predictably, it proves itself to be a horrible idea as when you duck out from behind the tree you had been taking cover behind, Lunasa nearly blasts your face in, nearly missing you as you trip forward and under the large laser she had pointed at you using her violin. It's remotely controlled, small, and a weapon. How the hell was this ever a good idea? You stick to it though in vain hopes that you can somehow overpower this foe and continue your blind charge at Lunasa. The trip mattered not to you, as your used your arms to rebalance yourself and keep yourself on your feet while retaining your moment. Lunasa sees this coming but the multitude of shrubbery slows her down enough that you still catch up and end up tackling her straight to the ground! She's quite surprised by it, and really, so are you; how did you just tackle her if she's a ghost?
As you're pondering her solidity, she proves it to you right in front of your very eeys, as despite your body pinning her to the ground, she suddenly becomes semi-transparent and falls right through the dirt. A second shock to you again. You quickly take notice that this ended with her violin suddenly losing it's power and falling to the ground beside you. Lucky! You take this chance to grab hold of it. Now the battle is yours!
Or so you thought. Lunasa comes back out of the ground a ways in front of you, she seems pretty pissed.
"Let that go!" With one sweep of her hand, the violin nearly escapes you, but you have both hands firmly attached to the neck of it, and while the strings are starting to grind into your skin a bit, you're certainly not about to let this fish go. Lunasa growls a bit as the violin starts violently swinging back and forth, attempting to leave your tight grasp. You're nearly being tossed around by the sheer force it's displaying, Lunasa continues trying harder and harder to shake you off it. Until, the violin stops suddenly.
You open your eyes after hearing Lunasa scream out. Examining the violin, you see it mere inches from meeting the hard bark of a nearby tree. A quick look at Lunasa tells you that while she looks like she dodged a tragedy, she's ready to truly fling it out your hands this time.
Not a chance.
"Don't move or the instrument gets it!" You say with a cocky voice, rearing the violin back to bat the tree with, using intense force. As corny as it sounded, Lunasa appears absolutely mortified by the thought of her violin being smashed to pieces by an untimely meeting due to a fast ramming into the wood beside you. She's suddenly realized the danger you pose to her precious instrument while in the thick forest. The two of you exchange a long stare at each other. You're giving off your best aura telling her that you're dead serious. The more Lunasa looks at you, the more she realizes this, and the more she sees that you have her checkmated.
Lunasa finally gives in, exhausting all possible outcomes that could end in her favor. She lowers her hand and looks at you with a face ridden with failure.
"Alright. I surrender. I'll let you go. Just this once." You give a big sigh of relief, you really weren't expecting to come out on top but a lucky break proved useful in getting you past this sticky situation.
"Thank you. That's all I wanted." You hold the violin out and Lunasa takes it back with her mysterious power to remotely control it. You cringe a bit looking at your right hand though. Blood seems to run down it like a waterfall in slow motion. The cuts are deep and long, but strangely enough, you can't really feel it much. But you assume that's because the deep cuts have shut the nerves down in this hand. It's a bit unkempt, but you cover it up with the sleeve of your other arm to at least try and stop the bleeding, sadly you don't have much else to do the job, not even bandages. Your inventory is gathering cobwebs, so to speak.
"Hey," you say, stopping Lunasa before she walks off, "why are you so persistant in keeping humans out? It sounds a little heartless, but if what you said is true, then them going down there and dying, sounds like none of your business as ghosts." Lunasa looks at you a bit solemnly. Is she taking pity on you?
"The land of the dead is not for the living. The sheer fact that humans are still capable of coming and going and still retaining life is very troublesome to us. They dare take from us the only thing in death we can truly have." Your mood shifts a bit upon hearing this. You can really see the inconsistency on her part.
"Then, isn't what you're doing now just the same thing? Isn't it hypocritical for you to idle here in the living world as a ghost?" Lunasa's eyes seem to drift a bit downward towards the ground for some reason. She's starting to look fairly upset.
"We're already dead, being chained to this land won't bring us back to life." Lunasa averts her gaze from you, ready to continue back to the others. "No living creature, human or youkai, should ever look upon the dead and feel as if they are missing out..." With that, Lunasa starts walking out of the thick forest. She's definitely someone who seems depressing. You have to take a bit of time to consider what she said, and feel a bit sorry for her. What was her life like before she died, you wonder..."
You hesitantly follow the sister out of the forest. Lunasa doesn't really make so much as a gesture towards you. You're kinda put off by the mood, but it's not like you can help it, you just threatened to destroy something so precious to her. You'd say more precious to her then her life, but of course...
"Tell me..." You're a bit surprised, Lunasa suddenly came out and said something while the two of you were walking. "If you really are a youkai...why is it I cannot sense the blood within you..." You look down at the ground. You're kind clueless about that yourself. It's something you need to bring up to Yukari. But you're wholeheartedly afraid of what answer she might give you.
"I...I don't know. I mean...all I really know is that someone named Yukari dragged me out here and told me one day I was never human, and I was a 'youkai' all along. I don't know who else to believe at this point..." Lunasa seems distracted by a thought, as you notice shortly after saying that.
"Do you know her?" Lunasa shakes her head and continues looking down the path she's walking down.
"No. Forget I said anything."
Really now. You're pretty confused and no one will give you a straight answer. It's somewhat frustrating. You don't say anything though until you get out of the wodded area and back into the foggy clearing, where her siblings are both waiting for her. Chen is absent, however.
"Sister! Are you okay?"
"Yeah! What happened?" Lunasa looks away, unable to face her peers after her embarrassing defeat.
"it's nothing important, they're free to go in, however." Both of her sisters look at her surprised and then look over at you in the same shocked manner. You're not sure how you feel exactly about this, but it does make you somewhat uncomfortable. After the two look back at Lunasa and she gives them a look that clearly says 'don't ask,' they both give you a bit of an uneasy stare before urging Lunasa to leave with them. The three then float off without as much as a goodbye. Part of you wishes you could've ended that better, but at least you got through.
Oh, that's right, Chen. You need to see if she's okay. You call out to her a few times while walking around. Ugh, you can't see anything in this fog. It's like walking through a solid cloud of puff. Like you became a microscopic entity inside a gigantic marshmallow. It's a little disconcerting, to say the least. After a few moments of searching though, you finally see Chen struggling to pick herself up off the ground, appearing in bad shape. Oh great, looks like the two sisters roughed her up a bit. Now you feel worse.
"Chen! Chen, are you okay?" You kneel down to her and help her sit up. Her face is a bit scratched up, her clothes having nondescript tears here and there and bruises all across her body, but regardless of all this abuse, she still smiles up at you, though weakly.
"Hahaha...they kinda defeated me, Satoya~" You're kind of worried about her, she doesn't sound like she's in the best of shape.
"Chen...I'm really sorry I left you here like this..."
"No! Chen fought valiantly, so Chen has no regrets! What's important is that Satoya is safe..." She attempts picking herself up as she talks, though it isn't going too well so you have to help her up along the way.
"Chen, you shouldn't strain yourself, you look hurt..."
"No, no..." Chen balls up a bit standing, and you stand back as she gives off a big, long stretch, one that produces several popping noises, all of them from various points on her body. After the display of flexibility, she gives a sigh of relief and looks back at you. "All better now! Let's get going Satoya!"
"Uhh...but...Chen...what about..." Chen gives you a warm, cheerful smile.
"I'm okay! Really! That was nothing for Chen! We should hurry inside while they're not looking!" You want to argue some more, but you think this may or may not be the proper time for it.
"Ah...right then. Let's...get going."
Chen goes ahead and leads you back to the giant door, the one you stopped in front of before the three sisters came and ruined your day.
"Alright Satoya, start pushing!"
"Huh? Oh, right..." Yeah, with the door this massive, you wonder how you're going to get it open at all. Despite the sheer size, Chen puts her shoulder into it and starts pushing.
"Come on, Satoya...!" Not to let a little girl do all the work for the big man, you give it all your strength too, though as sad as it is to admit, you think Chen is the stronger one here due to your rather human-like strength right now. No matter how hard the two of you put your weight on it though, the door refuses to budge.
"Ugh...Chen...are you sure...we can get in...this way...?"
"Keep...trying! Chen's done this before!" After some more struggling, to your surprise, the door suddenly jolts, and the more energy you put into it, the more it ever so slowly it begins to crack open. After nearly fainting from the pressure, the small opening between the doors is now big enough to let two human-shaped people through. Chen approaches the entrance with glee before stopping in front of it and turning back to you. "Come on Satoya! It's not far now!" You give an exhausted sigh, ready to give up. You're already pretty tired from all the things you've had to go through up until now. Something in the back of your head tells you this is only just the beginning.
"Somehow, I don't believe that..."
When you walk in and see the obstacle the lays before you, you wished you hadn't spoke so soon.
"Ch-Chen...what are these..."
"These are the Endless Stairs!"
It's very difficult to describe the look on your face, you're afraid any combination of words that generally mean despair or mortification couldn't do it justice at all.
"Oh don't worry, they only call it that because it seems like it! It's just a really long climb up!"
"Really long climb up..."But you just said it wasn't far..."
"Well, comparitively speaking, I guess. We're in the home stretch though so we should give it our all! Come on!"
That doesn't make you feel any better, sadly. In fact you're quite sure you're ready to start genuflecting and asking god, why? Why does he allow this?
As you climb the stairs, thoughts of suicide start filling your mind. It's an unpleasent walk to be sure, and you're already quite tired of it, but Chen seems to be in high spirits, despite her visually, slightly battered appearance.
"How...how can you tolerate these stairs, Chen? Do you go up them often?"
"Hm? No, not really. Master Yukari usually gaps Chen into the Hakugyokurou. That's okay though! This is still fun!"
Fun? Hardly your idea of it.
"How much farther is it? How long will it take us to get there? And for that matter, why does it go up?" This last question is seriously burning a hole in your mind, you hope Chen answers it logically.
"Gee Satoya...you sure ask a lot of questions." Okay, now you kinda feel stupid, having a little child tell you that. "But, normally when people go up this, they fly, so I guess walking is a lot slower...that's okay though, Chen doesn't mind even if Satoya isn't able to fly yet!"
You feel so small right now, and worse yet, she didn't even answer your last question...
"Satoya...if you're tired, we can take a break. Chen doesn't mind."
Taking Chen up on her offer is very tempting, but there's no telling how much longer this stairway will take...Yukari and Ran are waiting.
[ ] "No, let's keep going, I don't want to keep your masters"
[ ] "Sure, I could use a bit of relaxation..."
[ ] "Actually, I'm kind of hungry..."
[ ] "Isn't there another way up this?"