YAF !nmVOHsTRd. 2008/08/14 (Thu) 19:08 No. 17164 ▼
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Bloodstained corridor. A cheerful laugh. A glimpse of red fabric. Suika's smile. Red. Chess board. Aching veins. An expression of someone brutally murdered. Her skin. Their friendship. Doorbell. Warm droplets on your face. Red. Cold embrace. Her dead body drops to the floor.
Reality mixes with those floating images, confusing you even more than the scene before you.
Things that never happened, things that shouldnt've happened, things that couldn't have happened. All invade and find their place, perfectly fitting, inside your head, substituting everything that you had acquired up till now, against your will, making you unable to scream, instead sending out a mocking smirk onto your lips.
In this mansion, deemed impossible to invade by anyone, at least by it's inhabitants, it turns out that an assassin has broken through the defences, and even brought someone else with him. Which ended up being his undoing.
Or should I say, her undoing?
"Well, it's been a long time since I saw her like this." Your voice feels awfully contradicting with the state of your messed up thoughts. "I have to say, for some reason, being painted in red somehow suits her."
The red traitor kicks the corpse of the one who brought her here with disgust.
"Let's say I was just paying her back for messing with us, is that okay?"
She wipes off the blood from her face, in fact making it look even more grotesque than it was before.
Your struggle against the impending darkness is a futile one as it consumes your very own mind mercilessly, letting the outer influence take over everything you had stored in your memory. Those happy moments, those sad moments, those times when you were pulling pranks on Shio with the fairies, those times with Yuuka, together, all alone on her sunflower field, those times when you chatted idly with that cheerful gate guard.
And now, they are all to be consumed by oblivion.
"Only guilty ones try to justify their actions, my dear."
"I see that it already returned. Just like the last time."
<Rest assured. I am not your enemy. Not your opponent. I am only... you.>
Unknown force makes your arm reach for your neck as you twist it sideways, making it crack loudly. It feels strangely refreshing.
"I wonder why it took so long this time." you say, rather than ask "It happened really early last time around, didn't it?"
"Right. Well, it doesn't matter, now does it?"
She's right. As much as you want to scream out and protest, the larger part of you, the one in possesion of control now only smirks.
"You're starting to speak of it almost like if it was natural. Aren't you scared?"
"Nn?" you mutter mockingly "They say that only the first time hurts, right? You should know that the best."
She returns the sharp-toothed smile with fervor that makes it look insane. And beautiful at the same time.
"Witty as always. Welcome back, Nanaya."
"Welcome back, Reimu."
Feeling peculiarly relieved now that the 'introductions' are over, you intead point to the corpse of the woman that claimed to be your mother, now laying on the floor, pierced by multiple red spikes. A treacherous attack from behind. She striked at one of her best friends without mercy, immidiately taking her life. Six, no, seven times, in the same split-second, she drove those terrifying blades into Yukari's back.
The way her blood slowly seeps into the carpet is a breath-taking view. Her hair, now painted in red as well took a shade that reminds you of all those times your inheritance kicked in.
<Serves her right.>
Indeed it does.
"So." you turn your gaze back at grinning Reimu, who, having relaxed as well, is now standing before you, with one hand supported on her hip. She looks almost like a kid that just told a nice joke. "Judging by this trash here, I guess your intentions are kind ones?"
"You got that right."
"Very well." you chuckle quietly "Do you think those two remember as well?"
"I have no idea, nor do I care." she answers coldly, despite still smiling "I don't know why is this happening, but I guess we both realize what's going to happen now?"
"Ah, yes..." you scratch your head, a bit embarassed about something "Yeah, this time around it didn't quite... go well, right?"
"Damn right it didn't." Reimu angrily taps her side "I can't believe how much of a jerk you can be sometimes. And just when this me came to like you."
"It's not my fault, okay?" you try to make an unneeded excuse "If I only remembered earlier, I would never--"
"Oh no, no, no!" she interrupts "Don't give me this crap again! I had to listen to your selfish speeches once, and I have no intention of doing it again!"
Oh, wow. Despite trying to keep her cool at all costs, she actually looks kind of angry now. Well, no wonder. Stupid things had been done, and now you're paying for it with your pride. Ah, how ironic. It's almost like watching a movie from your youngest years, where you were doing all kinds of silly things. And watching it with your best friend at that. Good thing is, that it will be soon, or at least you hope so, over.
"Alright, alright. Sorry. Just to remind you though, remember that time when you dropped me down onto a barn? That wasn't exactly polite, you know."
Her eyebrow twitches. Her arms almost automatically cross on her chest, as her face looks away, trying to hide embarassment.
"I had issues, okay?! Besides, it was your fault in the first place!"
"Huh?" you gasp, suprised "How is that my fault?"
She sighs loudly, then palms her face.
"You know, this is stupid."
"Well then." smile returns on her face as she straightens up, pulling out a paper amulet from under her shirt. "Can we get on with it?"
Ah yes, of course, that's why she's here, right? But first, there are some problems that need to be addressed.
"What about Yuuka?"
"Contained." she answers calmly
"Contained?" you ask
"She won't be interrupting us. I have my ways of dealing with the likes of her. Oh, don't worry." she remarks mockingly, seeing your worried face "I have no idea how to kill her, therefore as much as I'd like to, I can't."
"Shio?" you ask again, still suspicious
"Oops." Reimu's smile gets wider Oh, great. It seems that something bad happened to Elly, and by Reimu's hand too. Well, it's not like it will count in any way after this is over anyways. "So?"
You pull up your sleeve and concentrate. Loathsome as it may be, the source of power acquired from Yuuka can and will become handy in this battle.
Energy begins to flow as this you taught it to, and soon flows out, forming a weapon that you learned to project using only raw power - true magic, in it's purest form, creation instead of destruction. You can still remember Shio's terrified face when you first tried it out, projecting a giant dildo on her desk. Good times.
And here it appears - a silver, ornamented rapier, something that you came up with when Yuuka remarked that knives are 'primitive'.
A few example swings show that you are still skilled with blades, despite not having used it for a long time. Perfect. Those skills will never rust.
Reimu frowns at your demonstration.
"What is that, a sword?" she tilts her head "Didn't you fight with knives?"
"Indeed." you take a ready position, one hand behind your back "Well, many things happened."
She shrugs slightly, then relaxes visibly.
"You and your crazy ways... Well."
A barrage of red spikes appears behind her back as she raises one hand. That shark-toothed smile makes it's glorious return, stretching her lips in a way that she looks incredibly happy. And dangerous.
"Tell me, remember what you used to say?"
"Let us..." you begin.
"Kill each other!" and she finishes.