Double Cross - Asagao Part 1

Aug 6th, 2015
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  1. [17:33] <Cherem> Summer's heat is winding down to Autumn's cold evenings and chilly nights. Below the dark sky, something dark creeps forward, pulled by the scent of prey and promises of power. New faces meet old, and a story ends with the rising sun and indigo sunrise.
  2. [17:34] <Cherem> Double Cross - Asagao
  3. [17:34] <Cherem> Welcome to Double Cross. This is the World of Traitors
  4. [17:36] <Cherem> The day has already begun, about three days after your last outing as a team. The late summer / early autumn is starting to bear down again, and the trees are starting to turn more yellow and red as the western wind brings winter ever closer.
  5. [17:36] <Cherem> Mary and Jamie have already stepped out: short on miso stock and rice, they've gone out as a pair in disguise to do the minor shopping, insisting that "no no, you stay here, I can read a list".
  6. [17:36] <Cherem> Five minutes after they've left, and the fans are already being turned on as sun hasn't reached it's apex, but it's certainly feeling like it.
  7. [17:38] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian is being lazy on the sofa, sharpening a blade for once instead of cleaning or playing with his rifles. "For once that they don't send me do the work." He snickers and gives Junko a side glance.
  8. [17:39] <DBN006> Junko is in her skimpiest outfit to keep cool, laying on her back with a popsicle in her mouth. She's watching the TV upside down and keeping up admirable well. "Nhrn."
  9. [17:40] <Cherem> Nothing but the same daytime-tv reality shows, with painfully scripted humor and dry manzai. Maybe if you were a foreigner it'd be novel, but seeing it on the tube every day...
  10. [17:41] <DBN006> "This sucks," she says as she kicked her legs
  11. [17:41] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian -tries- to not pay too much attention to Junko, working the blade more to distract his mind. "Did you get the last pop? I was hoping to keep it as a dessert tonight."
  12. [17:42] <Cherem> There's a soft rapping at the door: a newspaper salesman or something, probably. Even though getting to this apartment is a bit of a hassle somehow they manage it, every few days. Or maybe a trash collector, or something.
  13. [17:43] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian decides it's time to get up and take his eyes away from Junko. This can't be good for his sanity. No man should ever be forced to live with three ladies near their age who have little regard about the male in it.
  14. [17:45] <DBN006> "Last one~" follows him as he goes to get the door.
  15. [17:45] <Ian_Goodwill> "Guess we're even for the popcorn then."
  16. [17:46] <Cherem> There's a pause, like somebody sighing, and then Ian sees the doorknob jiggle a bit. Thankfully, Mary (Probably Jamie, really) locked the door behind them, and it doesn't open. But then the knocking continues.
  17. [17:48] <Cherem> "Tch. To think she'd remember to lock a door. She doesn't even know what locks are." That's the same voice as the False Hanase a week ago.
  18. [17:49] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian draws a handcannon and waves to Junko towards the door. "The girl who faked being Hanase. Open the door, Junko."
  19. [17:51] <DBN006> "Hai!" Junko comes running, exposed skin covered in scales as she throws open the door.
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  21. [17:53] <Cherem> The door almost rips off it's hinges, andthe blonde beauty standing in front of it stops mid-knock.Pale as alabaster, she smiles thinly, "What a welcome,Tsuboki-san, Goodwill-san." Misaki bows her head a little ingreeting, "May I come in?"
  22. [17:54] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian frowns and lowers his gun. Not that he'd put it away now. He glances at Junko, as if she'd be any help on the matter or would have an opinion other than 'beat her up as a lesson'. "...What do you want?"
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  24. [17:56] <Cherem> "Is that any way to treat a guest? Michiko-chan would have a stern word for you if she heard you," Misaki covers her mouth and her spreading grin.
  25. [17:58] <Ian_Goodwill> "You're not a guest, and you're not my friend. Come in before I change idea." Ian sighs and holsters his handcannon. No matter, these UGN devices would allow him to fetch it back in an instant.
  26. [18:00] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko eyed the woman warily, scales going nowhere as she backed up to allow her entry. As things were now the delinquent wasn't much for strangers.
  27. [18:01] <Cherem> "Aah, so hostile." Watanabe steps inside, taking off her shoes and setting them neatly aside, "Pardon my intrusion..." She steps past Junko and Ian, "So this is where you've been hiding, hm?"
  28. [18:02] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko peers outside this way and that before closing the door and locking it.
  29. [18:02] <Ian_Goodwill> "If the door wasn't locked, would you have simply barged in?" Ian's tone doesn't seem any less worried.
  30. [18:03] <Cherem> Doesn't look like anybody saw the spectacle, thankfully.
  31. [18:05] <Cherem> "The door was locked though," Watanabe responds, "So answering that is meaningless. No tea?" She makes herself at home, sitting down on the couch. She's dressed painfully simple: a white dress and a violet belt to match her eyes around her waist. "Michiko-chan and Knapp-san have stepped out, but I suppose I can start with you two."
  32. [18:06] <Ian_Goodwill> "Too warm for tea." Ian seats back on the sofa, shaking his head. His arms are crossed as he seems to wait for her to continue.
  33. [18:08] <Cherem> Watanabe closes her eyes like she's taking a deep breath, but you notice her chest doesn't rise and fall, and the sound of her breathing is... well, non-existant.
  34. [18:08] <Cherem> "Now... Your hostility aside, I take it you've recognized we've met before?" Watanabe starts, crossing her legs and folding her hands in her lap.
  35. [18:09] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko frowns, pinkie in her ear to scratch some itch as she listens.
  36. [18:09] <Ian_Goodwill> "Not in the best terms." Ian recalls as he stretches.
  37. [18:11] <Cherem> Watanabe smiles thinly, "Unfortunetly. I did say I would speak with you again, and I should assure you that Kumotta-san is safe and sound. She has been... readjusting to her new life. She didn't have much to go back to, so this change in pace wasn't... Unwelcome."
  38. [18:12] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian huffs, calming down a bit. Just a few months ago, he was in her same exact situation, after all.
  39. [18:12] <Ian_Goodwill> Hostility dies down, finally. "...Go on."
  40. [18:13] <Cherem> "Now, you are familiar with the name 'Viktor the Red'." Watanabe states, glancing between the two of you.
  41. [18:13] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko's response is to growl.
  42. [18:14] <Ian_Goodwill> "That European artistocrat fucking noble dick?" Ian doesn't hold him dear in his esteem. No christmas cards for him.
  43. [18:15] <Cherem> "Oh, it's nice to know how you feel about him," Watanabe grins, canines flashing for a moment, "That will make this easier. I want you to help me find him."
  44. [18:16] <Ian_Goodwill> "What about him, anyway? I thought he was going out of town after our last debacle."
  45. [18:19] <Cherem> "He is. But he's been following Me. Following Kagami. I want to know why." Watanabe's pupils thin to slits as she talks, "I've been seeing his Servants around town, ugly little hairless things that I have stomped out, but that just made them go into hiding."
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  47. [18:19] <Tsuboki_Junko> "It'd be a pleasure to finish things with him."
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  49. [18:20] <Ian_Goodwill> "So, you're telling us that we'd be doing this for Kagami's safety, then." Ian reaches into his pocket and produces a pack of cigarettes.
  50. [18:21] <Cherem> "That too." Watanabe smiles, sitting back. "And the continued safety of the city, which I know you care about."
  51. [18:23] <Ian_Goodwill> "Right, you must at least have a clue though, no?"
  52. [18:24] <Cherem> "Of course. Kagami is our clue." Watanabe sits back, "As much as I hate to admit it, I don't know where he's controlling the Servants from. And it is an abundant amount of Servants, little things, meant for spying and sneaking."
  53. [18:25] <Cherem> "However," she continues, "I have noticed that they tend to follow her more: either he's learned that following me is a waste of time, or he's watching her, specifically. Considering what happened last time..."
  54. [18:26] <Ian_Goodwill> "..So you want us to stalk Servants that are Masters of sneaking by sneaking on Kagami?" Ian seems rather amused.
  55. [18:27] <Cherem> "If Kagami was, say, left alone in a crowded mall without a guard or anybody watching her, perhaps he'd make a move." Watanabe shrugs a little.
  56. [18:30] <Ian_Goodwill> "...We could try. If you were around, he would be suspicious indeed."
  57. [18:31] <Cherem> " 'Could' try?" Watanabe glances at him with a small smile.
  58. [18:32] <Ian_Goodwill> "It's your idea, I can't promise results. Don't be so coy." Ian seems somewhat annoyed now.
  59. [18:33] <Cherem> " 'Could' implies that she hasn't been waiting for about..." She looks at her arm, at a thin golden watch, "Fifteen minutes now, waiting for her friends from the hospital to meet with her."
  60. [18:34] <Ian_Goodwill> "You -bitch-." Ian grumbles as he gets up and rushes to the armory. Blink of an eye for the Flash.
  61. [18:34] <Cherem> "How rude. She's not been caught yet," Watanabe responds, "And I wouldn't be so foolish as to leave her actually alone."
  62. [18:37] <Ian_Goodwill> "Where?" Ian sighs and taps his foot nervously. He's armed too the teeth, but the only evidence of such are the UGN weapon cases around his wrist that each contain a concealed weapon.
  63. [18:38] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko emerged dressed a bit more modestly, hands in her pockets and ready to go.
  64. [18:39] <Cherem> "The Shopping Mall, outside of the train station." Watanabe smiles, "I'll lock the door behind me, don't worry about me."
  65. [18:41] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Remind me again why we gave Kagami to her? Shoulda just let me hit her." Junko says none too quietly as she's the first out the door.
  66. [18:42] <Cherem> From behind you there's a light giggle, but no sounds of Watanabe getting up to leave. Maybe she's sticking behind to tell Jamie and Mary.
  67. [18:44] <Cherem> Meeting up with Mary and Jamie, you're able to fill them in on the situation before you arrive at the Shopping Mall. Only a few months old, the Mall has plenty of stores, plenty of space, and of course, plenty of people. As it's the weekend, there's even a fair share of students out here, enjoying the day off.
  68. [18:44] <Cherem> Somewhere in the massive crowd of people, there's a lone, brand-new overed, and her numerous predators.
  69. [18:45] <Cherem> "She left her here, alone?" Mary looks around, eyes as wide as saucers, "In a place this big?"
  70. [18:45] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Gonna hit her when we get backs and I don't need anyones permission to do it."
  71. [18:45] <Ian_Goodwill> "I mean, it's a brilliant plan, but she's twisting our arm here..."
  72. [18:46] <Jamie_Knapp> "Hmm. I get the feeling she's holding back."
  73. [18:47] <Cherem> Mary nods a little, "Watanabe-san has always been a bit... from what I remember, she enjoys this kind of thing. It's not a game to her, but..." She frowns, her hair tied back into a ponytail and her appearance shaped to appear like just another High School Student.
  74. [18:47] <Ian_Goodwill> "Think Victor would really bother causing troubles here?" Ian then tries to listen to his surroundings again. Maybe he'll manage to kill the noise and find where to search exactly.
  75. [18:49] <Jamie_Knapp> "I think this is an ideal place for drama, action, and theatrics. So yes."
  76. [18:53] <Cherem> "A high-stakes kidnapping game between two Overed sounds dramatic enough," Mary agrees.
  77. [19:01] <Cherem> As Ian opens his ears and tunes out the background noise, he can hear 'there's a lot of white-haired gaijin around' 'went towards the north part' 'didn't that girl used to go to our school?'.
  78. [19:07] <Ian_Goodwill> "Keep an eye out for people with white hair or something. Something's up."
  79. [19:07] <Ian_Goodwill> "Foreigners, apparently." Ian keeps an ear out still.
  80. [19:08] <Cherem> Mary nods, and starts to search out through the crowd. She catches sight of a flash of white hair, beckoning for the others to follow.
  81. [19:14] <Cherem> As Junko steps up, somebody bumps into her as she's walking, a girl with short blonde hair. There's the sound of a food tray clattering as her food spills, and the person spins around, "Alright who's the piece of- YOU!" Fujimoto Tomoko jumps back, pointing at Junko and yelling. That... probably drew somebody's attention.
  82. [19:16] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Guh-- dammit, why do you have to be here NOW?" Junko's slightly taken aback, surprised that she'd have an encounter with Tomoko here and now.
  83. [19:16] <Cherem> Behind her, Ushi curses, "Aw man, I just bought that-" and Ryuuko clicks his tongue. However, Tomoko looks... genuinely surprised to see Junko after a few weeks of her just being "gone".
  84. [19:19] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Oh, shit. W-we'll talk later!" Junko points at Tomoko before running off to rejoin the search, running back to force some Yen into Tomoko's grip before running off again.
  85. [19:21] <Cherem> "Wait, you can't just-" Tomoko sputters, but Junko slips into the crowd like it's nobody's business after her comrades.
  86. [19:24] <Cherem> As you push through the crowds, it thins out, and you can occasionally catch glimpses of white, un-natural hair. You're getting close.
  87. [19:26] <Cherem> And then, running into a department store, there she is. Dressed like any other high schooler, with a union worker's hat pulled low over her eyes, Kagami is sitting with her back to one of the pillars, slowly shrinking into the back. You can see at the other entrances there are identical people, with skin too pale and hair too white to be normal.
  88. [19:27] <Cherem> "Oh! Tsuboki-san! Knapp-san!" Kagami raises her voice a little.
  89. [19:29] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Ian-san, here!" Junko moves in close if only to keep the Servants from stanching Kagami.
  90. [19:29] <Jamie_Knapp> "Thank, God."
  91. [19:30] <Ian_Goodwill> "Ian-san now?" Ian scoffs but nods as he jogs back towards Junko.
  92. [19:30] <Cherem> "Ah, Kagami-chan!" Mary smiles and lets out a breath.
  93. [19:30] <Cherem> At the edges of the store, you can see the Servants halting, stopping, and... well, they aren't moving.
  94. [19:30] <Jamie_Knapp> "LEt's get out of here shall we?"
  95. [19:31] <Cherem> Kagami beams at them, looking relieved, "When Watanabe-sama said you were coming, I couldn't believe it. I was waiting in the food court like she said, but, then those people were watching me, and I just..." She hesitates.
  96. [19:33] <Jamie_Knapp> "It was good for you to move and keep out of sight. We found you and you did well."
  97. [19:33] <Ian_Goodwill> "But now what?" Ian keeps flicking his wrist, ready for trouble.
  98. [19:33] <Cherem> Kagami nods a little, smiling, "Thank you. I didn't... for a little bit there I didn't trust Watanabe-sama, but, now I guess she was right. She said something about... the person who hurt me before."
  99. [19:34] <Jamie_Knapp> "What did she say?"
  100. [19:34] <Cherem> Mary frowns, "Well... this is about that Viktor person... I don't really know them, but, they must be following Kagami-san for a reason..."
  101. [19:35] <Cherem> Kagami shuffles her feet, "He's looking for children like you, she said. Like, to train or take on as servants. I didn't ask much more, just that... She said it'd be a way to help you all catch him and stop him from doing... well, what he does." She seems hesitant to outright say "murder and kill people"
  102. [19:39] <Ian_Goodwill> "Creepy bastard. Wonder if he's related to all the transfers at the hospital. Remember Ibiki? She'd leave us notes almost daily, then transferred after making a huge deal of keeping contact, and poof."
  103. [19:40] <Ian_Goodwill> "Where were they being transferred to, anyway?"
  104. [19:40] <Jamie_Knapp> "Hm."
  105. [19:40] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie opens her phone.
  106. [19:40] <Cherem> Kagami looks away, "They never told us... I asked Watanabe-sama about it, but she said 'some things are better left unsaid'."
  107. [19:41] <Cherem> From the Corner of your eyes, you can see more and more of the freakish porcelin-skinned people showing up. And they aren't entering, they're just... watching.
  108. [19:41] <Ian_Goodwill> "Junko, maybe you should try and talk to one of the servants?"
  109. [19:42] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Can I talk with my fist?"
  110. [19:42] <Ian_Goodwill> "Knock yourself out."
  111. [19:44] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Yes!" She practically jumps for joy and doesn't hesitate as she makes right for the gathering of Servants.
  112. [19:45] <Cherem> A few phone calls are placed by Jamie, and she's able to dredge up a few things about patients in the Children's ward: they had been looked at by the UGN before, most of them, or visited by a "foreign relative", and while some of them would be moved to the University, the others would simply... disappear. And while there were pending investigations, very, very few were with leads.
  113. [19:46] <Cherem> As Junko approaches them, the Servants stare at her. Most of them look identical, and they're starting to catch the attention of passers-bys. Not all of them have white hair: some have black, some have brown, but they all strike that "uncanny valley, false-humanoid" chord.
  114. [19:46] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie relays the news to the others. "Seems like this isn't new."
  115. [19:47] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Freaky." Junko says as she takes a moment to look them over. "Is Viktor gonna see it if I start breaking your faces?"
  116. [19:47] <Cherem> "... Isn't new?" Mary shudders, "So... the children just go missing?"
  117. [19:49] <Cherem> The Servants look between each other, and one of them steps forward. It's face is... well, it's like looking in a mirror for Junko, hair styled just like hers, but a dead, expressionless face with empty eyes. "The Master Wishes For You To Cease. Return To Hiding, Buzzing Fly."
  118. [19:49] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Such a pretty face, but I guess I'll start with you."
  119. [19:50] <Cherem> "You Will Fight Here?" The Servant fails to convey surprise well.
  120. [19:52] <Tsuboki_Junko> "What, would you rather meet someplace? Leave a note in my shoe locker challenging me to a duel? I kinda miss those days."
  121. [19:53] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Fuck that, you're just some old prick cherry boy." A toothy grin and she throws the first punch.
  122. [19:53] <Cherem> "If You Wish. The Master Will Send A Champion. More Than Enough For You." The Servant smirks, and then gets a fist right in the face.
  123. [19:54] <Cherem> And just like that, the Servant crumbles like badly-constructed paper machie.
  124. [19:54] <Cherem> And the rest lunge at her! As some others begin to pour in from the sides: there's a good, say, twenty of them outside the store with Junko, and several slipping in through the other entrances.
  125. [19:55] <Cherem> There's a scream as somebody realizes that a fight is breaking out.
  126. [19:56] <Tsuboki_Junko> While not terribly satisfying she could tell this would be fun. Despite a pedestrian scream Junko was laughing, shrugging off hits as she delivered her own. Her fighting was messy and hit like a truck, developed in alley brawls and duels under bridges. She was having fun.
  127. [19:57] <Cherem> They try to dog-pile her, swarming like a pissed off bundle of bees, but nothing can get too close to her unless she permits it.
  128. [20:01] <Ian_Goodwill> "Ah, crap." And just like that, Ian's warding echoes through the mall as a compact P-90 is produced from a flick of the wrist, a hail of bullets hammering the scene.
  129. [20:02] <Cherem> It's like watching a bunch of marionette dolls with their strings cut as normal pople collapse from the sudden burst of Renegade.
  130. [20:08] <Ian_Goodwill> The bullet hell lasts only for a short burst, Ian surpassing the limits of the weapon somehow, every single bullet hitting their targets.
  131. [20:08] <Ian_Goodwill> "You activated my fucking trap card, Viktor."
  132. [20:09] <Cherem> Kagami and Mary haven't even moved since the fighting started, but the Servants collapse, their bodies crumbling into ash and crystallized blood.
  133. [20:09] <Cherem> There's the sound of distant shouts: probably from the other side of the mall as people recognize what seems like one very, very loud gunshot
  134. [20:10] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian blows the smoking gun barrel of his weapon, but it's obvious he struggles with the sudden impulse of renegade injected into him.
  135. [20:10] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Man, what, I wasn't done yet!"
  136. [20:10] <Cherem> "Ian-san, are you..." Mary starts.
  137. [20:11] <Ian_Goodwill> He stores the weapon back into its case. "Everyone okay? I didn't hit a stray?"
  138. [20:11] <Cherem> There's a silence, and then the sound of a blade on wood. Junko has enough time to hear it and turn, enough time to realize that what's coming at her is a fine, sharp blade, a flash of a body in black and red, a scarf and head-veil.
  139. [20:11] <Cherem> [SCENARIO PAUSED]
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