DX - Coda, an Interlude (Tsuboki Siblings)

Jan 8th, 2016
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  1. [09:53] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Home, sweet home!" Shizuka announces as she enters an upscale looking Japanese home... one that also bears the signs of an unhealthy mind. The walls and roof are all plastered with portraits, paintings, and sketches of dear old dad, all of them having varying quality and likely done by different artists. Look hard enough and there might even be some scantily clad depictions there, too....
  2. [09:53] <Kirishima_Shizuka> ...Shizuka pays it no mind.
  3. [09:55] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko cringes to hard internally that she's afraid something might rupture. What was wrong with these people? This was just sick. She left her shoes near the door and, adjusting her overnight bag on her shoulder, followed Shizuka. "Doesn't it...freak you out?"
  4. [09:59] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I don't appreciate the nearly nudes, but other than that I think it's amazing." Shizuka says as she walks through the house, exposing poor Junko to more of the same. "Even though father is the way he is, mother's love is so powerful it's like his true self doesn't exist."
  5. [10:02] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Well, what do you think of him? Our father..." Junko eventually looks down at the floor as she follows her half-sister, unable to take any more pictures or portraits of the old man.
  6. [10:06] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I enjoy the happiness he brings to my mother. He was always decent enough to me, even if the lifestyle isn't something I one hundred percent want." Shizuka eventually wanders into a bedroom that sports some western style bedding and furniture along with a full length mirror. There's a probably welcome lack of portraits here. "I gather you don't share the sentiment. Why?"
  7. [10:09] <Tsuboki_Junko> "I didn't have the greatest childhood thanks to him." She replies softly, far less angry than she normally was when Takatora was involved. "Coming from a Yakuza family was hard enough but he compounded it."
  8. [10:10] <Tsuboki_Junko> She took her chance to circle the room slowly, looking over the things Shizuka left out. "Most often he told me not to come to him for help, solve my problems myself."
  9. [10:11] <Tsuboki_Junko> "If he had to watch me for the day he'd drag me out on busniess. Bars, back alleys, pachinko parlors..."
  10. [10:12] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I don't think he was malicious in telling you that." Shizuka reaches under the bed, retrieving a pair of wine glasses and a suspicious looking bottle. She pours some bubbly stuff into each glass. The room is almost too tidy. Everything kept in drawers and closers.
  11. [10:15] <Tsuboki_Junko> "I still resent him for it. A father is supposed to help. I'm strong now but it was hard. I think it's why I'm just a...a punk."
  12. [10:17] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Seems like tough love to me. If he took care of everything for you, would you still be so strong? You could have very well been targeted if he gave the impression of caring for you." She offers a glass to Junko and sits down on the bed.
  13. [10:19] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Maybe I could have before strong in other ways," she mutters, holding up the glass to look at the contents. "What is this?"
  14. [10:20] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Sparkling grape juice." Shizuka takes a swig.
  15. [10:23] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko gives it an experimental sniff before sipping it. "Aside from talking about the old man...it's nice to spend some time with you." Junko put down her bag finally and wandered over closer to Shizuka.
  16. [10:24] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Yes. I've talked about him enough. Do you also believe in the power of love as I do?"
  17. [10:27] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Love? Oh, I...I don't know. I don't have a lot of experience with it."
  18. [10:30] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Neither do I, but I've observed it in others. Ian-chan shines with it, just like my mother. If you can keep a secret..." Shizuka looks around suspiciously and drops her tone. "There's even someone I'm interested in."
  19. [10:32] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko blinks. "Is it...is it Ian-san? I mean sometimes it seems like he might be interested in you. He talks about his sister a lot, and lately he's with Jamie-san a lot too..." The poor delinquent seems a little lost and confused as her thoughts wander off on their own.
  20. [10:32] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "It isn't Ian-chan. He's attractive, but I think his heart is reserved."
  21. [10:36] <Tsuboki_Junko> "It's a little scary, isn't it? Not like fighting the False Hearts or a Gjaum, but equally terrifying." Junko sat down next to Shizuka and looked at her feet.
  22. [10:38] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "False Hearts makes it all the more terrifying for me. I can't get rid of the connection."
  23. [10:40] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Is it someone you go to school with? If so, your onee-chan can sympathize."
  24. [10:43] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Noooo..." Shizuka reaches under her pillow,seeming oddly coy. She retrieves a diary from beneath it. "This is... a really big secret. I'm not strong enough like mother to just wear my attraction out in the open."
  25. [10:48] <Tsuboki_Junko> "A really big secret, huh?" Junko takes another sip of her drink and looks down at Shizuka.
  26. [10:50] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "It is. Will you keep the secret?" Shizuka smiles a stupidly wide smile. Kind of creepy looking.
  27. [10:51] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Of course. Your nee-chan won't tell a soul."
  28. [10:58] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "It's..." Shizuka pauses. After a few failed attempts at saying more she opens the diary. It's full of timed and dated entries, some only minutes apart. There are some blood splats on the page, along with entries like "Daydreamed about developing a new power. Himemiya-san noticed me." and little hearts drawn all over the page and... crude stick figure drawings doing who knows what.
  29. [11:03] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Himemiya-san...Irecognize that name. Sorta. Is she UGN?"
  30. [11:06] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Yes. A researcher, and my greatest hope."
  31. [11:09] <Tsuboki_Junko> "So...you like girls?"
  32. [11:11] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I don't really care either way. It's more that the person I like happens to be a girl."
  33. [11:13] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko nods a bit. "Well, I'll support you if you want it. And I'll kick her ass if she rejects you." Junko put a hand on Shizuka's head and ruffled her hair.
  34. [11:15] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Thank you. I don't know, though. The UGN and False Hearts are both so depressing otherwise. Do you think so, too?"
  35. [11:18] <Tsuboki_Junko> "It's a depressing world out there. I don't think the UGN always has all the answers or the best solutions but...the False Hearts really are monsters, I think." Junko sighed, draining her glass and laying back on the western style bed.
  36. [11:21] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I feel like there's got to be a better way somehow." Shizuka makes a face. "False Hearts are monsters, with the UGN we're essentially asked to burn ourselves out."
  37. [11:25] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Maybe there is but I'm not smart enough to figure it out." She lays an arm over her eyes. "It's a fight with new combatants every day."
  38. [11:29] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka flops back to lie on the bed, affectionately stroking... her diary. "Do you at least find the fighting fun? I think I do, but I often wonder if that's just the virus talking."
  39. [11:32] <Tsuboki_Junko> "I enjoyed it when I was in a gang. I liked to hunt down bullies and give them a tase of their own medicine. Now though, it feels tragic sometimes. I'm not always proud of it but I enjoy it. I worry it's the Renegade." She rolls onto her side to look at her sister.
  40. [11:40] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "At least it registers as tragic for you sometimes. I can't say I've felt that yet. Is great justice what you used the gang for?"
  41. [11:43] <Tsuboki_Junko> "What I thought was justice, yes. Nothing seems as clear anymore."
  42. [11:48] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "How long have you been at this, anyway? You and some of the others seem so battered in some ways."
  43. [11:51] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Geez, how long has it been? Hm. Two or three years now I guess. So much has happened. It's why I cut ties with the gang." She looks away mentioning them this time, the pattern of Shizu's comforter suddenly more fascinating.
  44. [11:55] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Trying to keep them out of all the garbage that comes from our condition?"
  45. [11:56] <Tsuboki_Junko> "I didn't want them hurt. Tomoko would have insisted on following me and helping. I'm pretty sure she hates my guts now." There's a sniffle and Junko wipes at her eyes. "Sorry."
  46. [12:03] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I think it's for the best. They don't live in the same world." Shizuka smiles in approval, patting Junko's head.
  47. [12:07] <Tsuboki_Junko> "What if I stopped fighting?"
  48. [12:12] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Stop fighting for the UGN and you've still got something eating away at all that you are. She won't be able to understand that or how hard it hits. Stop fighting the virus and it amounts to death, so that doesn't bridge the gap between us and them any better."
  49. [12:14] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko gave a heavy sigh, rolling onto her back again. "What about the power of love?"
  50. [12:21] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "That's different because it defies common sense, and in some cases reality. If you think yours can do that then go for it. Do you feel that way about her?"
  51. [12:22] <Tsuboki_Junko> "I think so, yeah. Like I said though, she hates my guts now. It might be too late." Junko rubbed at her face and sat up.
  52. [12:26] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I could always stalk her for you and try to find out!" Shizuka volunteers, sounding far too eager. "I won't be too creepy."
  53. [12:27] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko shakes her head. "It's okay, it's something I have to deal with. You have your own girl to death with." She took a deep breath and exhaled. "So, what did you have planned since I'm spending the night?"
  54. [12:32] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Dinner, introduction to mother if she turns up and is lucid, a movie or two. I got one I thought you'd enjoy. Mutant Schoolgirls vs Zombies."
  55. [12:33] <Tsuboki_Junko> "That...that does sounds preety cool."
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