LeahofCherem

Double Cross - Asagao Part 2

Aug 19th, 2015
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  1. [17:06] <Cherem> [SCENARIO RESUMES]
  2. [17:07] <Cherem> After Ian's explosive display, the servants have crumbled to ash and crystalized blood. However, Junko has turned to come face-to-face with a Katana, with a second to react!
  3. [17:10] <Cherem> The katana slams into Junko's forearm: if it wasn't covered in scales, that cut would have severed any normal person's hand right off. Her assailant skips back a step, sword held in both hands as she squares up against Junko.
  4. [17:11] <Ian_Goodwill> "Ah fuck!" Ian flicks his wrist again, fetching for his trustworthy Arisaka before unloading towards the new assaillant.
  5. [17:11] <Cherem> She's about an inch shorter than Junko, dressed in black and red robes with a belt across her waist holding her baggy pants up, her face obscured with a dark scarf, her eyes as cold as steel.
  6. [17:23] <Tsuboki_Junko> The Renegade inside of Junko reacts on instinct to cover her body in thick, hard scales as the katana wielded against her cuts through her clothing. She looks annoyed at the blade pings against her armored hide. "Haaaaah?" She turns, arm raised to strike. By the time she's fully turned around the transformation is finished and Junko is in her battle form.
  7. [17:24] <Cherem> The woman pales a bit, but twists away from Junko's strike with grace: or, did the ground she was standing on change?
  8. [17:27] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian figures there's no point in going overboard with the new threat, and bullets fly in the air faster that any British soldier could bolt. And yet, his aim fails him somehow, as if reality changed to make these shots miss, breaking vitrines in the distance.
  9. [17:28] <Cherem> The woman twists behind a pillar, disappearing from sign for a moment, the bullets punching through but failing to hit their mark.
  10. [17:30] <Cherem> Mary adds her fire to the attack, but misses as well.
  11. [17:30] <Cherem> The woman steps out, and then like the distance was nothing at all, is standing between the Overed, swinging her blade at Ian!
  12. [17:34] <Cherem> There's a slipstream affect around her motions, and her attack looks like it comes from multiple angles at once, reality warping to slam the blade through him.
  13. [17:35] <Ian_Goodwill> "Not again.", Ian mutters before the katana cuts him as if he was butter against steel folded a thousand times.
  14. [17:39] * Jamie_Knapp watches the movements of their new opponent, judging just the right time to send an acid laced bullet her way.
  15. [17:39] <Ian_Goodwill> After she gets smacked by the acidic ammo, breath fills Ian as he stands back up. "Okay, so, are you willing to die over this, stranger?"
  16. [17:41] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko stalks closer, her mind on inflicting bodily harm and assault.
  17. [17:41] <Cherem> The woman takes the bullet right in the shoulder, the bullet punching through her arm and leaving the back side a mess. And her eyes don't even blink in shock, even as her arm flops down limply. You see her grip on her katana shift in the blink of an eye.
  18. [17:44] <Ian_Goodwill> "Fine, that's what I needed to know." In the blink of an eye, he's being the APC that is Junko, bloodied rifle in hand as he fires another hail.
  19. [17:47] <Cherem> The bullets tear throuh the woman and she slumps over, gasping in pain... and then, twitches as she starts to stand up again.
  20. [17:49] <Cherem> There's a little glow in her eyes as her blade falls to the ground, her good arm snapping forward, wrapping around Kagami's throat, and before she can even scream, the two slipstream and disappear into thin air.
  21. [17:50] <Cherem> Outside the mall, you finally hear Kagami screaming as loud as she can.
  22. [17:51] <Jamie_Knapp> "Ian! Go!"
  23. [17:51] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian doesn't even wait for her signal and runs at her, full hanumann speed.
  24. [17:51] <Cherem> "Kagami-chan!" Mary's jaw drops, and she starts... flying to the closest exit, in pursuit of the noise.
  25. [17:53] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko mutters some bad words and makes to follow.
  26. [17:53] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie matches pace with Junko, "Maybe we can nab a car."
  27. [17:57] <Cherem> Outside the mall, there's a few screams and sounds of people noticing that some chuunibyou freak has another girl over her shoulder, trailing blood and running away from the mall.
  28. [17:59] <Cherem> Ian is out of the mall in a flash, and sees the people pointing down an alley, some of them holding up camera phones.
  29. [17:59] <Cherem> Mary flies out of the doors, "Junko-chan, that way, that way!" She's glowing, she's flying, and it's the middle of the day. Mary is all stealth.
  30. [18:04] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko books it in the direction Mary indicates. She's just as subtle as her onee-san, a dinosaur girl running down the street.
  31. [18:08] <Cherem> The four are driving the assassin / kidnapper to a dead end, and the chase is almost up- looks like she's heading for the train station, to lose herself in the crowd, you have only a few more seconds to stop her before people see!
  32. [18:10] <Cherem> She's still got Kagami over her shoulder, running as fast as she can!
  33. [18:11] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian can'g et the right angle on her, but is only inches away from her, handcannon in hand. If only his suit was red, maybe he would've caught her.
  34. [18:11] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko ducks down an alley for a shortcut, legs pumping. She emerges from the alley ahead of their prey and turns to body check the shit out of the kidnapper.
  35. [18:12] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian himself is startled by She-Hulk appearing out of nowhere. "JESUS!"
  36. [18:12] <Cherem> Mary herself is following closely, covering her mouth and jumping back in the air as Junko comes from nowhere to destroy their enemey.
  37. [18:13] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie's around the corner a few seconds later, catching up only because she had the glowing beacon of Mary to follow.
  38. [18:16] <Cherem> She drogs Kagami like a sack of rice and goes flying into one of the houses, hitting with a heavy thud and falling down. She tries to push herself up with her good arm but slumps down, coughing hard.
  39. [18:17] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Get back up, I dare you!" Junko shouts as she offers a hand to Kagami. One big, scaley hand ending in nasty claws.
  40. [18:17] <Cherem> "She's not getting up anytime soon," a voice chimes from the exit, where the train station would be, and Watanabe steps forward, a large parasol casting a shadow over her features and form. Despite that, her eyes and teeth glow as she smiles. "Thank you for your hard work."
  41. [18:18] <Cherem> Kagami coughs, reaching up, hesitating, but taking the hand and pulling herself up slowly, "Ah... if this was before, I would've- Watanabe-sama!"
  42. [18:18] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian spits away some blood, his internal organs only being kept in place by the renegade virus. This was a clear disembowelment.
  43. [18:18] <Cherem> Mary lands, hair glowing, arms crossing as she fixes Watanabe with a very, very stern look. The other renegade being, however, simply waves her fingers.
  44. [18:18] <Ian_Goodwill> "Yeah, well, we tried."
  45. [18:19] <Cherem> "Ah, Goodwill-san!" Kagami stumbles over towards him, "I can, I can fix that for you."
  46. [18:20] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian smiles and holsters his weapon. "That would be sweet of you, Kagami-chan. Sorry for the mess, we need to hang out again under better circumstances."
  47. [18:23] <Cherem> Kagami smiles weakly, closing her eyes. She, and everybody else, can feel Watanabe's eyes piercing into her back and watching as she carefully manipulates her Renegade to knit together some of the worst of Ian's wounds. He won't bleed out at least.
  48. [18:24] <Cherem> "Now then," Watanabe smiles, approaching the nearly-dead assassin / kidnapper, "Does anybody mind if I borrow her, return her in an hour?"
  49. [18:24] <Ian_Goodwill> "No, we can handle ourselves."
  50. [18:24] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian gives a grateful smile to Kagami.
  51. [18:25] <Cherem> Her tone sounds lighthearted, but she grins at Ian, "Aaah, I saw. You certainly gave those Servants a drubbing. But this one..." She snaps her umbrella closed, using the tip to roll the woman on her back. "Well, you did well enough with her too."
  52. [18:26] <Cherem> The sword-wielder groans, trying to raise her hand to bat away the umbrella, but collapses, passing out for a moment after Watanabe casually, quickly jabs her bullet wound with the tip of her umbrella.
  53. [18:28] <Cherem> Mary sighs, "This person... maybe they know why Viktor wants Kumotta-chan."
  54. [18:30] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Why are we letting her have her way with everything?"
  55. [18:30] <Cherem> Watanabe nods a little, "Kagami, come here and help me pick her up."
  56. [18:30] <Ian_Goodwill> "Do you want to do something about ninja bitch? She's got answers, and Watanabe wants to ask questions."
  57. [18:30] <Ian_Goodwill> "Oi, wait, not Kagami. I'll handle it."
  58. [18:31] <Tsuboki_Junko> "I don't trust her," she whispers harshly in Ian's direction.
  59. [18:31] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian approaches Watanabe and helps her get the swordslady off the ground.
  60. [18:31] <Cherem> Watanabe grins a little, "What a gentleman. There is a car around the corner, load her in, and those of you with transportation, follow us."
  61. [18:32] <Cherem> The woman groans, trying to push away from him, but she has no strength. She'll probably survive the car ride, some severe questioning, and then no more.
  62. [18:33] <Cherem> Mary nods a little bit as Junko whispers, adding her own mumbling, "This kind of thing I'm not that familiar with..."
  63. [18:33] <Tsuboki_Junko> "I don't like it," she frowns, bitting a claw-tipped thumb.
  64. [18:33] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian throws his motorcycle keys to Jamie. "Know how to handle a bike?"
  65. [18:34] <Cherem> Mary holds up a hand, "I think I can."
  66. [18:35] <Jamie_Knapp> "I got it."
  67. [18:35] <Ian_Goodwill> "...Right, Jamie, give Mary the keys. Mary, if you die, it's not my-"
  68. [18:35] <Ian_Goodwill> "Aw, I wanted a laugh."
  69. [18:35] <Cherem> "Aw..." Mary frowns, "But I managed to learn how to stay balanced..."
  70. [18:35] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then helps drag the girl to the car.
  71. [18:36] <Cherem> Watanabe smiles, 'And we'll need a driver..."
  72. [18:36] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie looks at Mary, "You can drive a bike?"
  73. [18:37] <Cherem> Kagami opens the back door for Ian, but a stern look from Watanabe sees her closing it and opening the trunk instead.
  74. [18:37] <Cherem> Mary smiles, "Yeah, you just kick the pedals and keep moving forward, right?"
  75. [18:37] <Cherem> She looks like she's trying to not laugh.
  76. [18:37] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie hands her the keys. "Good luck. I'm better with a car."
  77. [18:38] <Ian_Goodwill> "Watanabe, excuse me? I'll run the roofs if you want me to. I'm not going in the trunk."
  78. [18:38] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian frowns sternly, defying that decison.
  79. [18:38] <Cherem> Watanabe grins, "For the prisoner, not you."
  80. [18:39] <Cherem> Mary takes the keys and giggles, disappearing to go and find Ian's motorcycle, "Junko-chaan, let's goo."
  81. [18:39] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then throws the girl in there. "Are you sure she won't vanish? Overeds are weird."
  82. [18:39] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie's to the car. "Maybe you should keep her company just in case?"
  83. [18:39] <Cherem> "Well, if you wish we can have Kagami in there with a brick to hit her if she moves." Watanabe's canines show as her smile widens.
  84. [18:40] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Just who is she, onee-san?" Junko follows after, shaking off her battle form as they went.
  85. [18:40] <Cherem> Kagami doesn't exactly move up to climb into the backseat, but she does hesitate on her way to sit in the back.
  86. [18:41] <Cherem> Mary sighs a little, "I... When I was a lot younger, I remember her. She was... well, I used to... I was a Shrine Priestess, and she was one of my few friends." She smiles sadly, eyes downcast, "And when I died, she... She was there when I woke up. I think. I don't really..." She laughs a little, rubbing her head.
  87. [18:41] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian shuts the trunk and glares at Watanabe, before seating next of Kagami.
  88. [18:41] <Cherem> Watanabe points up to shotgun, "No no, Goodwill-san, I insist."
  89. [18:42] <Cherem> The car isn't half bad: four doors, a nice trunk, well taken care of.
  90. [18:43] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian seats next of Watanabe, uneasy still, trying to force a smile despite the situation. At least there is AC. "So... what kind of music do you have?"
  91. [18:44] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko gets in close and looking quite stoic puts a hand on her head, ruffling Mary's hair affectionately.
  92. [18:44] <Cherem> Watanabe sits down with a cool look in her eyes, probably not used to being defied, "We have classical and ritual music from Michiko-chan's era." She reaches forward, starting the music, and it's... painfully old, in a nostalgic, pre-west way.
  93. [18:45] <Cherem> Mary stiffles a laugh, "Ahaha, Junko-chan, careful. My hair is my appeal!"
  94. [18:45] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie sits in the driver seat. "Alright, let's get this party started."
  95. [18:46] <Ian_Goodwill> "Oh, hell no." Ian stops the player and produces his phone, plugging it into the radio. "I died again this afternoon, I'm listening to my music." Suddenly, AC/DC blasts into the car.
  96. [18:47] <Cherem> Watanabe purses her lips, closing her eyes, breathing very carefully.
  97. [18:47] <Ian_Goodwill> "Gee, if only I was in the back with Kagami. At least I wouldn't reach the radio so easily."
  98. [18:48] <Cherem> The drive is like that: nothing terribly crazy, but Watanabe's directions lead Jamie and the others to the edge of the city, where City N starts to melt back into the countryside.
  99. [18:48] <Ian_Goodwill> He starts kicking the floor in rythm to the song, slamming his palms against the dash. He's being annoying on purpose, apparently. Also, to try to get Kagami to smile.
  100. [18:49] <Cherem> Kagami grins a little bit, looking down and away from Watanabe, who seems to have been made of stone when she's not giving directions.
  101. [18:49] <Cherem> It's a good thirty minutes before you arrive at a Japanse-style mansion, complete with tall walls and a wide entryway. The driveway is gravel, and it's with great relief that your drive ends.
  102. [18:50] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian pulls out his phone from her radio, and steps out of the car.
  103. [18:50] <Ian_Goodwill> "Where are we, anyway?"
  104. [18:50] <Cherem> For Junko and Mary it's a considerably nicer ride: Mary follows Junko, every now and then accelerating a little too much or breaking too hard, and her terrified squeaks can be heard over the wind.
  105. [18:50] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie prides herself on having hid just how much she liked that music.
  106. [18:52] <Cherem> "Far enough away from the city that we don't have to worry about Viktor's minions for a little bit. Retrieve the Orcus." Watanabe waits for Kagami to open her door for her, stepping out and patting her on the shoulder.
  107. [18:53] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian opens the trunk, expecting it to be empty, really.
  108. [18:53] <Cherem> And then Junko and Mary pull up, and Mary almost immedietelly crashes into the wall.
  109. [18:53] <Cherem> She manages to stop herself just in the nick of time though.
  110. [18:53] <Ian_Goodwill> "Kagami-chan, are you allowing her to slave you around like that?"
  111. [18:54] <Cherem> Inside, there is still the Overed, bleeding and breathing shallowly. She seems to be on the border of conciousness the whole time.
  112. [18:54] <Cherem> Kagami looks down as Watanabe answers for her, "Of course she is. Kagami-chan is learning to control her abilities under my care," she responds warmly. "A student should respect their teacher."
  113. [18:55] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian drags her out of the trunk. "Cooperate, and I'll make sure you will not suffer. I don't know if you're a Gyaum or an overed yet."
  114. [18:55] <Cherem> The Overed doesn't say anything, but instead just doesn't struggle as he pulls her out.
  115. [18:56] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie's eyes scan the area as she walks over to stand next to Watanabe and Kagami. "Hopefully this will all be over with shortly."
  116. [18:56] <Cherem> Kagami gets the door for you all, and lets you in. Watanabe leads the way, "Shoes at the entryway," she calls back, "Bring the Overed into the side-hall, we'll discuss things there. Kagami, wake the other and begin making tea. The Chinese Jade."
  117. [18:58] <Ian_Goodwill> "Listen, Watanabe, I'm starting to get how you work. But we're with you now, and you'll make leeway for us. Kagami-chan, no need for tea. You're not her slave." Ian beacons Junko to come help him drag the half-concious girl.
  118. [18:58] * Jamie_Knapp pats Kagami's head as she enters. "Thanks sweatheart. And we don't need drinks."
  119. [18:59] <Cherem> Watanabe smiles, "Ahaha, a vocal guest. Kagami, wake the other, and bring..." She frowns a little, "Five cups."
  120. [18:59] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Never respected my teachers, they were all pompous asses full of themselves. Look how I'm turning out." She goes to help Ian.
  121. [19:00] <Cherem> Kagami smiles a little and whispers, "She's not mean to me. She's just, old fashioned." She bows a little and scoots back a bit, before slipping out.
  122. [19:01] <Cherem> Mary frowns, "Watanabe-san, you're being a little much." She follows Junko in, "These are westerners, you know, and we're..." She leaves the 'ancient history' implied and hanging.
  123. [19:01] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian seems unamused as they bring the girl into the side-hall, Ian dusting himself, still not clear of blood.
  124. [19:02] <Cherem> Watanabe fixes Mary with a little look, sighing a little, "Tch. You've never changed. I suppose that's a good thing." She does not, however, call back Kagami or cancel what she's said, instead stepping into the Side Hall.
  125. [19:03] <Cherem> With a floor of wood and seemingly no air conditioning, the side hall is warm and humid. Mildly uncomfortable, but Watanabe also seems the type to see no point in installing such a modern luxery. Instead, she sits on one of the several pillows positioned around the room. "Once Kagami has returned, we will begin."
  126. [19:04] <Ian_Goodwill> "Kagami doesn't need to see this." Ian furthers, his arms still crossed. "Had I known, I'd have brought a second pair of clothes."
  127. [19:04] <Cherem> There is a space seemingly set aside for the prisoner, devoid of pillows or anything comfortable, while all the seats face it. There's a tall wooden pillar installed, and nothing else.
  128. [19:05] <Tsuboki_Junko> "See what, exactly?"
  129. [19:05] <Cherem> "She ought to," Watanabe returns, "We're not going to shed blood needlessly, simply remind this person that there is no escape from this situation, and her contract with Viktor is void."
  130. [19:07] <Cherem> "After all, she seems the servile type. If she survives the night, I may have to look into caring for her from now on," Watanabe smiles.
  131. [19:09] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian wonders if he should just unleash the Junko and be done with it.
  132. [19:10] <Cherem> Kagami enters with a tray of cups, looking at Watanabe. The latter nods, and Kagami offers one to Watanabe, one to mary, and one to the rest in order. Even if you don't take one, there's one more than there should be.
  133. [19:11] <Ian_Goodwill> "Wake who up, anyway?"
  134. [19:12] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian doesn't really want to seat. Not with blood all over him.
  135. [19:13] <Cherem> "Goodwill-san, if you wish, we can fetch a yukata for you to change into." Watanabe smiles a little, covering her mouth. "Now, Kagami is going to revive our guest, and we are going to question her. Does anybody have anything specific to ask?"
  136. [19:15] <Ian_Goodwill> "If you don't mind. And a bath as well. You can start without me." Ian leaves Jamie with his renegade detection device. Just in case. "Push here if you sense a warding. It'll tell you what syndromes."
  137. [19:15] <Jamie_Knapp> "Ah, alright."
  138. [19:15] <Ian_Goodwill> "Oh, and, ask her who she was."
  139. [19:17] <Jamie_Knapp> "Will do. I'll add it to my list."
  140. [19:17] <Cherem> "Kagami." Watanabe nods as Kagami approches the restrained Overed. "Goodwill-san, the bathroom is in the main hall, Takao-kun can show you where."
  141. [19:18] <Ian_Goodwill> "Takao-kun?" Ian approaches the bathroom, figurng he's going to have to deal with a Japanese style type of deal. He really just prefers regular showers.
  142. [19:18] <Cherem> As he steps outside of the second hall, he comes face to face with a boy, around Kagami's age, with black hair and a lanky form. He nods when he sees Ian, and turns, walking away from the second Hall. "Visitors? The bathroom's this way."
  143. [19:19] <Cherem> Mary perks up a bit at the sound of the boy's voice, but sits back down.
  144. [19:20] <Cherem> Kagami carefully grasps the woman's arm and knits her wound together, carefully removing her mask in the process. She pales a bit, and quickly returns to Watanabe's side, taking one of the cups and drinking quickly.
  145. [19:21] <Ian_Goodwill> "Thanks kid." Not that Ian was -that- much older than he was. He was legally able to vote, at least. Well, if he wasn't American citizen, as Japanese citizenship requires you to be of a single nationality.
  146. [19:21] <Ian_Goodwill> Thanks Obama.
  147. [19:21] <Cherem> The woman groans, looking up slowly, eyes glancing between you all slowly, and her tongue clicks as she sits up slowly. Her eyes finally settle on Watanabe, and the two exchange a brief staring match before the prisoner looks away.
  148. [19:22] <Cherem> "Who are you," the prisoner asks, directing her question more to the floor than to anybody in particular.
  149. [19:23] <Jamie_Knapp> "Surprising that you don't already know. For right now, we're your salvation."
  150. [19:23] <Cherem> "Mm. I recognize you, I think," the woman mumbles, "You... you visited the hospital a lot."
  151. [19:24] <Cherem> Kagami stiffens, and stands up. She excuses herself in a rush of words and steps out of the Hall.
  152. [19:24] <Cherem> Watanabe's face doesn't change, "Aaah... Are you one to spend time around hospitals?" She looks at Jamie.
  153. [19:25] <Cherem> The boy nods a little, "Good to know somebody's keeping her busy, or she'll spend all her time bossing us around here." The kid shrugs and shows him how to turn on the water, "I'll get a yukata for you."
  154. [19:26] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie doesn't give her the satisfaction. "We'd like to know more about you."
  155. [19:26] <Cherem> "Mm... Head feels like it's full of rocks." The woman confesses, slumping over, the rope cutting into her arms.
  156. [19:27] <Cherem> "What is your name," Watanabe asks forcefully, but the woman gives her a very dull look and doesn't answer.
  157. [19:27] <Ian_Goodwill> "Thank you very much, Takao-kun. Just leave it somewhere close.." Ian then almost shoos him out of room before entering the bath.
  158. [19:27] <Cherem> "Yeah, like I'm gonna come in here when you're in there." The boy walks off, leaving Ian alone.
  159. [19:29] <Jamie_Knapp> "You've got two options here. Answer our questions and recieve better treatment. Or don't and see what happens. See, we're not really happy with Old Vic and anyone who works with him or gets in our way."
  160. [19:30] <Cherem> "Vic... Viktor?" The woman winces a little at the name. "Bastard..."
  161. [19:30] <Cherem> "I don't know what I can tell you. Something he did... I..." The woman shudders, trying to find the most comfortable position.
  162. [19:30] <Jamie_Knapp> "Something to stop you from talking?"
  163. [19:31] <Cherem> "Dunno." She answers, "He... did something... I don't remember very much..."
  164. [19:33] <Jamie_Knapp> "Hmm." She looks at Watanabe. "You think we can fix broken memories?"
  165. [19:36] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian is glad he remembered to nab Mary's first aid kit before leaving for the mall earlier, bandaging himself.
  166. [19:36] <Cherem> Watanabe sighs a little, "We might be able to. It will take some time, and concentration. My other student is a little better with that sort of thing, but he will need guidance. Kagami will..." She clicks her tongue and stands, "Well, she's earned a break today. You may step out, and Mary, fetch Takao-kun."
  167. [19:36] <Cherem> Mary gives her a look like "are you kidding me" but she stands up anyways, "Erm... We're going to leave you alone with the girl?"
  168. [19:37] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie doesn't look like she wants to leave.
  169. [19:37] <Cherem> Watanabe grins, "Do you think I'll be at risk?" When Mary doesn't answer, Watanabe turns to Jamie and Junko, "don't worry, I won't hurt her. That would make the process more difficult.
  170. [19:37] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko looks unconvinced.
  171. [19:39] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie sighs. "We have no choice. We'll be nearby though."
  172. [19:39] <Ian_Goodwill> "Ah, Mary left it half empty. Again." Ian grumbles.
  173. [19:41] <Ian_Goodwill> "And Watanabe probably slaves Kagami instead of wasting money on supplies." Ian is being all kinds of negative today.
  174. [19:41] <Cherem> Watanabe stands and approaches the prisoner. She carefully undoes the knots, and lets her loose. "Pass me one of the cups of tea," she asks nobody in particular.
  175. [19:44] <Cherem> When nobody else steps up, Mary offers her one of the cups of tea, and Watanabe offers it to the overed. And she gets nothing but a cold stare back.
  176. [19:47] <Ian_Goodwill> It's a long bath before Ian steps out with a yukata. "Call me the Japanese Hugh Hefner." He says as he returns to the side room with the others, feeling not unlike wearing a bathrobe.
  177. [19:47] <Cherem> Watanabe sets the cup down by her and sighs, "Fine. I will step out then." She leaves the hall, closing the door behind her carefully.
  178. [19:47] <Cherem> Mary looks between the others.
  179. [19:48] <Cherem> Watanabe comes face to face with him, and nods her head carefully.
  180. [19:48] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Uh..."
  181. [19:48] <Cherem> "Good luck."
  182. [19:49] <Cherem> The woman sits up slowly, rubbing her wrist, "Did she put anything in your teas?" She looks at hers suspiciously, and then frowns at Ian, "You... I... I swear.."
  183. [19:50] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian seems surprised as he returns to the group. He almost wishes he had a pipe to smoke to contribute to the joke. Oh well. His eyes then set on the girl. "Room 204." He simply states before sitting down. "I couldn't speak japanese for the first 3 years."
  184. [19:50] <Cherem> Ian, you recognize the face and the voice: she was one of the children you knew in the hospital. Given a few extra years, she would've turned out just like the woman sitting in front of you. One of the children who went missing.
  185. [19:51] <Cherem> "I..." She nods a little, "You had a sister..." She stares at her feet, "You... Do you all work for /Her/?"
  186. [19:52] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko laughs a little too hard.
  187. [19:53] <Jamie_Knapp> "For?" Jamie scoffs. "Hardly. We have our own resons for working with her." Jamie lowers her voice to a barely audible whisper. "For now."
  188. [19:53] <Ian_Goodwill> "Listen, Victor did terrible things to people. People that were our friends, or sick kids that didn't deserve it. We don't work -for- her, we cooperate /against/ Victor."
  189. [19:54] <Cherem> Mary hesitates, but nods, "What Watanabe-san is doing now is... We fight a greater evil."
  190. [19:54] <Cherem> The woman frowns a little, looking between you, "So... you've fought Viktor before, right? Before I attacked you, he ordered something, beside capturing her..."
  191. [19:55] <Jamie_Knapp> "What did he order?"
  192. [19:55] <Ian_Goodwill> "What was that?" Ian seems curious, but doesn't want to press her for answers.
  193. [19:56] <Cherem> "Well... 'Avenge the last one'. I guess you ruined one of his plans before...?" She shudders, "He was... a month or two ago, he was really angry. Furious. It was... hard."
  194. [19:58] <Jamie_Knapp> "I'm sure it was." There's nothing but sicerity in her voice. "Can you tell us what he's like? Maybe how he trains you or who else was with you?"
  195. [19:59] <Ian_Goodwill> "The last one, uh?" Ian seems to hesitate and think of a moment, shrugging up.
  196. [20:00] <Cherem> "He's... angry. Vain. Demanding perfection, and punishing us if we mess up. Trains us by fighting his Servants, and trying to force us to Awaken. I... when he did mine, I couldn't... I'm sorry, it's hard to..." She sighs hard, shuddering.
  197. [20:01] <Ian_Goodwill> "Hey, have a cup of tea. It'll... mmh, is this tea even good?" Ian seems doubtful about it.
  198. [20:01] <Cherem> "He takes children from hospitals, from halfway homes, from that kind of place. He was pretending to be my uncle, and they just... they didn't know. He has a power like that, to just... convince people. I think he was planning something... big." She stops, hesitating and taking the cup of tea left behind for her.
  199. [20:01] <Cherem> Mary has been drinking her tea carefully, "Bitter, but if you are okay with no sugar..."
  200. [20:03] <Ian_Goodwill> "And where is he now? Where is this facility?"
  201. [20:05] <Cherem> "Sewers... But not for long. He said... this is his last chance. He's chasing something... Wants one last batch of recruits... Does 'UGN Children' mean... anything to you?" She looks up, and even though she looks like she's in her mid-twenties, there's a distincly childlike worry and confusion in her eyes.
  202. [20:06] <Tsuboki_Junko> "He wouldn't..."
  203. [20:07] <Ian_Goodwill> "Fucking hell." Ian mumbles, and opens his yukata, revealing his ballistic armor underneath it, ready for another fight.
  204. [20:07] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie looks sufficiently pissed. "Shit."
  205. [20:08] <Cherem> "He said... a halfway home... Awoken, but untrained..."
  206. [20:08] <Jamie_Knapp> "Do you have an address or anything like that?"
  207. [20:08] <Cherem> "And perfect for training." Kagami's voice sounds, as she steps in. The other girl and Kagami link eyes, and you can tell they recognize each other.
  208. [20:09] <Cherem> "Watanabe-sama says she may know of a place," Kagami continues, sitting down carefully.
  209. [20:09] <Cherem> "She could hear?" The girl curses a little, setting down her tea quickly.
  210. [20:09] <Ian_Goodwill> "I could've been one of them. I've spent years at the hospital. Listen, we'll get Victor. You don't have to worry about it."
  211. [20:10] <Cherem> The girl nods a little, "Alright... I just... Where I go now..."
  212. [20:11] <Cherem> "You may stay here," Kagami half-offers quietly. Even she knows that's a snowball's chance in hell though.
  213. [20:11] <Ian_Goodwill> "...Hanase can take care of you, I'm sure. As for me, I have a friend to tip."
  214. [20:12] <Cherem> "Who?" The girl frowns a little.
  215. [20:13] <Cherem> Kagami mirrors the frown, "The UGN..."
  216. [20:14] <Ian_Goodwill> "Who we'd normally work for. Those that face the False Hearts. Those that stop people like Victor."
  217. [20:15] <Cherem> "Ah..." The girl doesn't look convinced, although as one of the kidnapped children, she probably has a different opinion of "stopped". "And they will take me...?"
  218. [20:17] <Jamie_Knapp> "They can keep you safer than we could and help you to recover from what Victor did to you."
  219. [20:18] <Cherem> The girl hesitates, before nodding a little. "Alright. If they'll take me, I'll go."
  220. [20:19] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then leaves the room and searches for Watanabe. "And where's -that-?"
  221. [20:20] <Cherem> She's located in the dining room, sitting and drinking tea as Takao seems to be doing the dishes. "That? Whatever could you mean?"
  222. [20:21] <Ian_Goodwill> "The facility, whatever, wherever we could find Vic." Ian isn't in the mood to play games.
  223. [20:22] <Cherem> "Aha, how direct. Viktor's Servants have been edging towards one of the local halfway homes: where the UGN puts children they've trained somewhat, but need to rehabilitate, reintroduce to society. I've been taking some care to avoid killing too many of the Servants there, so I believe that is where he will strike."
  224. [20:23] <Cherem> Watanabe tents her fingers, "Tonight, he will attempt to raid it, and while they are Overed, these children are not ready for this kind of conflict. Their Handler's first goal will be their safety. She will be their first target."
  225. [20:24] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then produces his cell phone and rings Akite.
  226. [20:24] <Ian_Goodwill> He leaves Watanabe to be, for now.
  227. [20:25] <Cherem> There's a pause, and then "Ah, yes, hello! No, just, turn the fire off before it gets even- Who is this? Yes? Hello?" Akite turns away from probably Lena to address the phone.
  228. [20:27] <Ian_Goodwill> "Call Hanase. Tell him Victor the Red is going to strike tonight with his troops. It's gonna be ugly. He's going after UGN children they're trying to rehabilitate." Ian feels like he doesn't have to tell her his name.
  229. [20:28] <Cherem> "Woah... That's a bit to- yeah, I'll let him know. Are you okay? What's going on? When are you getting back?"
  230. [20:29] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then closes his phone, not wanting to speak longer than he needs to, fear of being traced and all.
  231. [20:30] <Cherem> Back inside, the girl looks at the rest, "So, who are you guys anyways? I know Viktor knows you, but you work with this UGN?"
  232. [20:31] <Ian_Goodwill> "At this point? Call us vigilantes. Might as well give us a superhero name."
  233. [20:31] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian has a bit of a cheeky smirk on his lips.
  234. [20:32] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Bah."
  235. [20:32] <Cherem> "Aha, like one of those groups in the movie posters?" Mary attempts to post like a super sentai, but somehow she lacks the power rangers flare.
  236. [20:34] <Ian_Goodwill> "Yes, Mary, just like that." Ian snickers as he loads his weapons with anti-renegade ammo. "How many familiar faces?" Ian seems torn as he asks the girl.
  237. [20:35] <Cherem> The girl blinks, "What do you mean? I know you, Goodwill-san. It was a shock. And Kagami-chan, but..."
  238. [20:36] <Ian_Goodwill> "I meant, how many kids did Viktor train?" Ian produces a bigass anit-material rifle and loads it with an anti-renegade cartirdge.
  239. [20:37] <Cherem> "Oh... The last number I counted was six. I was the seventh. Most of them already left town already, he was sure he'd be able to get this new batch easily."
  240. [20:38] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Such a dick. Fucking gaijin...no offense." A brief glance to Ian and Jamie.
  241. [20:38] <Ian_Goodwill> "Let's get a move on then, ladies. No time to waste."
  242. [20:39] <Cherem> "Ahahaha," Mary laughs a little and stands, "Let's get going then."
  243. [20:41] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie cracks her neck. "Right."
  244. [20:41] <Tsuboki_Junko> "He's so dead this time."
  245. [20:42] <Cherem> "Let's go then. Junko-chan, may I ride with you?"
  246. [20:42] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Yeah, sure, I guess. I-if you want to."
  247. [20:44] <Cherem> Mary giggles, "Ahaha, no time to waste!" She almost leaves, before backtracking and stopping in front of Kagami, "Tell Watanabe-san I said to be a bit nicer, and tell Takao-san I miss visiting." She pulls the little girl into a hug and lets go, "Alright!"
  248. [20:44] <Cherem> Kagami tries to resist the hug to respond, but gets smothered for a second. When Mary lets go, she shakes her head clear, "Uhm... Good luck!"
  249. [20:44] <Jamie_Knapp> "Ian, I'm with you."
  250. [20:45] <Ian_Goodwill> Japanese Hugh Hefner nods to Jamies as he steps out of Watanabe's home, essentially stealing the yukata. Sucker.
  251. [21:02] <Cherem> Watanabe grins as they step out, waiting for them, "Aha, so you're off then?" She bows a little, "I wish you luck then. Should I accompany you?"
  252. [21:03] <Tsuboki_Junko> "No!" comes a delinquent's response as she mounts her motorcycle, Mary wearing her helmet.
  253. [21:04] <Ian_Goodwill> "No, you'd get in our way." Ian then hands Jamie a helmet.
  254. [21:04] <Cherem> Mary winces a little at the strong response, but smiles at Watanabe, "Ah... It was nice seeing you again."
  255. [21:05] <Cherem> Watanabe covers her mouth as she shakes her head, "The pleasure was all mine. It's nice to see you with friends again." Watanabe walks past Mary, squeezing her shoulder once. "Have fun~."
  256. [21:06] <Cherem> Mary frowns a little, "Hardly could call this work fun," before hugging Junko, "Let's go."
  257. [21:07] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie hops on the bike behind Ian, helmet snug. "Let's hit it."
  258. [21:08] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Hai."
  259. [21:08] <Cherem> The four of you race off, leaving Watanabe and the mansion behind. You've got some time, enough to supply up and prepare for a fight.
  260. [21:08] <Cherem> If Viktor was going to attack at night, it's likely that even the UGN would react, send some men to guard their places.
  261. [21:13] <Cherem> It's not terribly hard to find the place: Watanabe managed to give Kagami directions for you to follow, and it's not long before it comes into sight. Two stories tall and wider than the other houses around it, it's actually in a nice neighborhood filled with western style houses and manors.
  262. [21:13] <Cherem> It certainly has enough space to house five children and a caretaker.
  263. [21:14] <Cherem> Not long after you arrive to watch over it, you see a car pull up, with several men in suits stepping out. Subtle. They walk up to the house and buzz to be let in, matching from their haircuts to their boots.
  264. [21:15] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian is probably on some nearby rooftop, scoping out the situation.
  265. [21:17] <Cherem> Occasionally he can catch a glimpse of the occasional UGN Child: playing in the back or staring out the windows. Security is somewhat lax here, it seems, but now with the extra guards you can see all the little cues that the place is preparing for a long night. The kids look more excited than normal, and you eventually catch a glimpse of the Handler, a thin, spindly looking woman with short black hair and an all black uniform.
  266. [21:22] <Cherem> Surprisingly, you don't actually see any of Viktor's servants: they're pretty distinct with their skin color and hair.
  267. [21:26] <Cherem> As Ian tunes in his ears, he doesn't hear much. Some of the children seem to have already learned that "they said some guy is gonna come and take us" "The Ugn?" "Different.", and the Handler is usy trying to keep tabs on all of them, like a manic game of hide and seek. In the sewers, you occasionally hear the sounds of footsteps, but nothing really indicating aggression.
  268. [21:27] <Cherem> As the sun starts to set, you can see it: the sky is dyed red, the air is hot, and there's the thick smell of ozone in the air.
  269. [21:28] <Cherem> And then, Ian can hear it, finally. "And now, we begin." Viktor's deep voice, and then the sounds of armor, feet... hundreds of them.
  270. [21:28] <Cherem> There's an agonized groan, and a deep laugh, as the sun dips below the mountains.
  271. [21:29] <Cherem> You see some of the manholes move, and then the sound of a guard letting the others know he heard something, then... it's like a wave of white, hairless bodies.
  272. [21:30] <Cherem> They pour out of the sewage system like locusts, five, then ten, more and more seemingly coming up: and it's not just the closest one to the house, more and more and more of them. Occasionally you catch a glimpse of steel and red uniforms: those would be whatever leads this army of Servants.
  273. [21:34] <Cherem> Ian's grenade falls smack dab in the center of the Servant mass, and as the gas starts spreading... they disappear into ash and crystalized blood. They have no constitution, only a physical form, to grab and snatch and steal.
  274. [21:34] <Cherem> "... They were prepared. No matter." Viktor can be heard coughing a little.
  275. [21:35] <Cherem> [SCENARIO PAUSED]
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