[Not long after the end of the battle against Quintus, Seta contacts the members of Project Unification through a video message. From her expression, it is clear that something urgent has come up.]

Good day.

I apologize for having to make this request in times like these...I am aware of the threat that The Lady poses, and it is not one that I take lightly...

Today, I will require the assistance of a few of our fighters to deal with an immediate problem in the Kijin World.

The time flow between our worlds has stabilized for the moment. The sooner we solve this issue, the sooner we may return and continue our battle here.

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1. Grand Arrival )

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2. The Briefing )
Will they be here...I wonder?

[With another intense engagement against the Balmarians looking like it's just around the corner, Seta decides to make a direct request to her allies in the Kijin Realm. Remembering her talk with Princess Teoria, and more recently the new acting commander of Project Unification, she feels that it's only right. The situation is certainly dire enough to warrant it now.

A message is sent through the Gate at the Gloster Foundation ruins...]

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The Imperial Guard )

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Vallar of The Eight Cyclones )
End of Vengeance )

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Returner )

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Last Answer )
Days have passed since the final battle against the Kijin Emperor. The Gloster Foundation has sealed the Gate to the Kijin world as a precautionary step to prevent any future Kijin visitations.

A small event was held afterwards - to honor a particular agent's sacrifice in the name of duty. But beyond that, the organization has gone almost completely silent. What they will do now, under Astara's leadership, only time will tell.

As for the UG, those who inspect the edge of the woods by Alhambra will find a simple message etched into a tree:

"Here is where my soul will always be - watching over all."

And so, the mystery of what Seta was doing shortly before that battle is solved.

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Elsewhere, on a shadowy, barren plain; two hands gently bury a pair of small, broken objects in the ground: an amulet and an armlet.

But in the darkness, the only things that can be seen afterwards are footprints and the silhouette of a cloaked figure departing.

-THE END...?-


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[It hasn't been long since Brussels. But today, another situation has come up. Fortunately, it isn't one that requires immediate defensive action.

Seta has a video feed open to explain the details. She's looking quite serious indeed.]

Good day, everyone...

Recently, I received word that the Gate under the Gloster Foundation's Headquarters has been restored. This means that our plan to defeat the Emperor for good is now in its final stage...

What is left...is to head into the Kijin Realm to end it.

[She averts her eyes from the screen with a saddened expression.]


After what happened in Brussels...with Ren...I will say that you are not obligated to join me. However, I will be most grateful if you did. This world does not need the return of hostile Kijin to complicate its situation further...

...That is all.

(OOC: Responses not necessary, but welcome.)
Cut for length )
[So the Kaiju are gone for now, and despite the damage dealt to the city and Crimson Typhoon, Unity Group and the Jaegers were victorious.

It's rather odd, then, that people working at the docks continue to speak of a large creature lurking in the waters after the event. A monster...that flees at the sight of people.

If you stay around for a bit, you might catch a glimpse of it. In fact, as a UG member it seems to surface more often, though the most you might see is what looks like a giant snake's tongue popping up like a periscope, and the shadow of something waiting under the water.

And then...]

Ah...pardon me...would you happen to know of any place here that has some spare food...?

[How it's speaking is a mystery, but that voice sure sounds like Seta...]
1. (Locked - takes place right after the mission ends)

[Judgement disappears just short of landing before Lady Grey's location, which is shrouded by smoke from the UG's incredible joint attack. In the aftermath of the battle, Seta certainly can't ask the others to do more. So, she's chosen to approach her former teacher herself.

Wounded, and still affected by the venom, she lands, albeit unstably, and soon falls to one knee.]


"...The fight is over...

Please...stop this."

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2. (Open - Frontdated to a day or so later)

[The recent events have been particularly difficult for Seta, both mentally and physically. After returning from the battle zone, she is now bedridden and in much worse shape than before.

Still, what happens in the infirmary now brings some much needed respite.

If you choose to visit, you'll see that Seta's bed is surrounded by...the same Kijin children from before. With the chaos regarding the Foundation, they have nowhere else to go. Looks like they've brought board games to play with her, too.

But as you approach, they surprisingly give way, and Seta waves a bandaged hand at you.]


"...Hello. I hope you are doing well...

"Things have returned to normal...and it would not have been possible without everyone's help. I am thankful."

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3. (Open - responses not required, but welcome)

Cut for length )
1. (Open - takes place right after Astara and Seta's battle)
[If you are one of those who attended the ceremony, you are suddenly interrupted. There is a violent tremor, followed by an explosion that shakes the entire building. The guards in the event chamber immediately leave to investigate.

Should you follow them...you'll find a complete mess in the adjacent hall: an enormous hole has been carved through the floor, and parts of the walls and ceiling are on the verge of collapse.

Seta lies unconscious on the ground nearby. And Astara, who is also injured, but still on her feet, is also there.

The guards are immediately moving to surround the Kijin in the red outfit. What will you do?]

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2. (Open)


[The aftermath of Seta's battle underground is not pretty, even when she finally regains consciousness. Other than the collateral damage, her injuries have not yet healed completely; proof of just how badly her opponent had struck her.

She sits with her back against a wall, staring at the giant hole in the floor, before addressing you.]

Why...would Astara go this far...?

I am sorry...but you should leave. The Unity Group has much to do, and there is something I must make sure of myself...

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3. (Semi-locked)


[As soon as she is well enough to walk (or rather, limp) around, Seta ascends to the Gloster HQ's grand chamber, where Lady Grey and the Foundation's chairman are.

Officially, Seta is here to give her report. But there is something she feels that she has to confirm, even if she does have her doubts. In all her years of knowing Astara, she had never behaved the way she did. Even though Seta didn't believe that the situation was exactly what her friend had said, something extreme must have made her act that way...

And so, she approaches her superiors with a respectful bow.]

Madame, Sir Chairman...please forgive my intrusion.

I am here to give my report on the incident that has just occurred...

[She pauses and lowers her head.]

...However, I have a question to ask you as well...and I apologize if it sounds as if I am stepping out of line...
[Not too long after the fall of the Lady's Good Men, UG members receive a video mail.]

Um...hello, everyone in the Unity Group.

...It has been some time since my last call to you, but the Foundation has been spread thin over the last few months. I also know that all of you have been having troubles of your own.

But today, I am sending this message as an invitation.

Among the members of the Foundation, there is an occasion held for members to celebrate their coming-of-age. On the date stated in this message is when my own takes place...

Normally, it would be a festive event with many attendees. But not this year.

So, the Foundation has agreed to open its doors to you...if you decide to come. This does not happen very often, and...I sincerely hope that you will be able to make it.


[She bows at the camera, and then looks around awkwardly for a while, before moving to turn it off.]

1. (Mingle/reactions - Frontdated to hours before the next mission)
[The Gloster Foundation HQ is located in the center of a vast woodland estate - nearly a half an hour's drive on a cobblestone path from the only road that connects to it. It is a compound of impressive-sized, linked buildings, all with a gothic, medieval look, complete with towers and tall walls.

At the center of these buildings is a mansion - the Administrative Building - in front of which a fleet of very expensive vehicles are parked.

For those of you who chose to accept Seta's invitation, it's pretty clear from the moment you arrive that if there's supposed to be some kind of celebration, you don't see anything related to it at first. Even the guards, who are all wearing dark blue long coats as uniforms, aren't saying anything beyond guiding you to the hall where you're supposed to be, if you need it.

In this hall however, there are a few 'people' already waiting, and dressed for the occasion. Their genders and apparent age differ, but one thing they share in common is white/silver hair. Of course, you'll get curious looks, some glares, and some complete aversions with your presence.

Probably worth noting that the event is moments away from starting, and Seta is nowhere in sight.]

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2. (Actual prompt)


[Should you actually choose to explore nearby (the guards don't stop anyone), you'll discover the reason for the former UG member's absence. There is some rattling coming from an open store-room...

In this small room, a Seta dressed in a long, white, and almost bridal dress, is crouched down while reading a book, and she doesn't even realize you're there.]

This is impossible...how do I memorize it all in time...? Did they give me this so late on purpose...?

What should I do...?


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3. (Locked to one doge)


[Despite some notable hiccups, the ceremony was completed.

But, while others enjoy themselves, Seta is contacted by one particular wolf-Kijin to meet alone, and finds herself wandering through corridors in the Administrative Building that she has never been in before.

She eventually (after getting lost) ends up in a vast, circular chamber that lies underground, where her red-clad acquaintance awaits...]

...Astara?
[There has certainly been a lot of chaos as of late. But the brief respite that follows also comes with a video call from a familiar face.]

Ah, hello...?

...Can...anyone hear me?


[Seta waves awkwardly at the camera while you are walking by a terminal or checking your phone. She isn't alone, though - behind her are a handful of curious looking human-shaped figures, both male and female, whose real identities are betrayed by their glowing eyes staring at the lens. They say nothing, and the dim lighting in the room doesn't help much.

Still, the former UG member smiles on the screen.]



If you can see this...how is everyone faring?

It has been weeks now...I am doing fine. And...I hope it is the same for all of you.
1.
[A video message is sent to the UG bases, though its intended recipients, at least for the first part, are mainly those who were on the recent mission...]

Everyone...

I know that this is a difficult time for many of us, but...

...thank you...for your assistance against Maga. It would not have ended the way it did without your presence...and I could not have asked for more.

[There's a notable pause before she continues.]

There is...something...I did not mention during the mission...that being that Maga was one of the primary reasons for the Gloster Foundation's alliance with the Unity Group. With her demise, I will likely be returning to the Foundation in the near future...to take the place of our agent that was lost.

However, I have witnessed the bravery and skill shown by all of you, in your own ways. So, when that time comes...rest assured...I will make the best use of what I have learned here...

That...that is all. Thank you for your time.

[The message ends immediately. Afterwards, Seta can be found by those who are venturing outside in the woods by Alhambra.]

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2. (No responses required)
Cut for length )
[On one particular day, Seta can be found on the observation deck of the Star Rose. She's slowly going through an old looking tome that is written in a mysterious language. Perhaps it's unlike her, but she speaks to herself as she wonders...]

Our late leader...insisted that no records of the war be kept...

...So, why did the Foundation note all the conflicts between humans after that time...?

And in a tome with this title...

[This clearly has her bothered, and after being involved in battles against humans who are as eager to harm others as Kijin from beyond Gates, she has a feeling that she knows the answer to her question.]
"Hmph."

[The mock battles ensue, and while most of the attention is on the TSFs and their skilled test pilots...a few may notice the presence of an individual who is VERY out of place among the spectators at Yukon Base.

This may be because said individual is a silver-haired female wearing a long, very elaborate black dress with a feather-lined collar, and is sitting on an equally eye-catching garden chair that seems to be made of carved, black marble.]


"Of all the places to be sent to! For a display of combat abilities, this isn't even remotely entertaining..."

[She crosses one leg over the other with a bored look on her face, then slowly turns a half-filled wine glass in one hand while she sighs.]

"Well... I suppose the weather is still to my liking. But, I do wonder how my foolish student can endure being surrounded this way...

Ah~ to think of how much suffering she must be going through at this very moment... perhaps she even managed to wet her bed again."



"...Um...I am right here beside you, Madame. I can also hear what you are saying..."

"...Oh, I seem to have forgotten that. Do keep reminding me periodically. I am supposed to be on my best behavior, after all. Lapses in memory simply will not do."


[Seta takes a deep breath, twitching ever so slightly.]

"...I mean no disrespect; but, in that case...I should also remind you that you are not the only spectator here..."

[And indeed, around the two is a sizable crowd. Most of them are guests from other countries and such who have promptly backed away to create distance between themselves and the pair of weirdos. Who can blame them?]
1. [The previous mission had ended relatively well. And so, one may find Seta actively using her phone without minding her surroundings...even as she walks or eats. It seems like she's gotten a lesson on how to finally use the device from someone, for better or worse.

If a person actually manages to peek at the screen though (it's not hard at all), they'll see many out-of-focus pictures of what looks like white scales. There are more blurred images like these, including one that seems to depict a wolf-like creature tackling a serpent-thing, and a random shot of many long, black limbs...and a wine glass.

Whoever took these obviously didn't wait for the auto-focus to kick in and snapped them straight away, making it difficult to tell exactly what they are...even so...]

So, this is what it does...

On top of making calls, as well...what else is it capable of...?

...Aah...this technology...is incredible...!

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2. [On a more serious note: like in Alhambra a while ago, Seta now stands facing a group of dummies out on an empty square that is located somewhere in the uninhabited parts of Sakihama City.

This time, attached to the left side of her waist by red ribbons, are a pair of curved swords. Together, a set like this is known as a daisho, and in this case, said set is comprised of a long katana and a shorter wakizashi.]

...

[The strange part of this is that she's been doing nothing but staring at the dummies. Her right hand rests on the longer blade's handle - there's a firm grip, but she never draws it.

Minutes and hours go by...and still, nothing happens...until she lowers her head in defeat.]



...I do not understand...I was able to draw it before. What made it so different back then...?
[An old face joined the team today: Sarah, the blonde kung-fu superhero woman who's been trying to murder Volya. And she immediately makes her way to a bar, where she proceeds to fix herself some cocktails.]

...This is gonna make the next custody swap real awkward...
Third TL;DR of the week )

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(OOC: Last post for the arc, and semi-open to those who can find the location. No responses are really required for this one, though.)
1. (Semi-locked, permissions only)
Length cut )

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2. (Open - takes place after returning to base.)



[Despite the relative success of the mission, the Zhar Battalion surviving and all, something still troubles Seta. She's been trying to cheer herself up by watching a children's show starring an indescribable, silly-looking creature.

She knows she still owes Kei an explanation, at least. But at the same time, she's just as confused about what is really going on. There was no opportunity to ask Astara either...]

...Just...what are you up to...?
1. [Seeing as there's pretty much no point hiding what she's been doing anymore, and motivated by Astara's visit, Seta has decided to continue her training with those fancy new powers she's got...in the open.

So, on a field just outside Alhambra, you might see her standing and doing nothing, with her hair all poofy. She's also twitching slightly every few seconds.]

I...almost have it...

[Placed about fifty feet away are a small group of dummies that, from the looks of it, are meant to be targets. They are completely untouched, unlike the grass around her, which is burnt to a crisp.]

Just a small correction...

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2. [While you're going about your daily business, you are suddenly approached by the Gloster agent.]

Pardon me, but according to a trustworthy person on the phone, I have just won a million credits...

How may I claim my reward?
[1]

[Very shortly after the previous battle there seems to be another silver-haired girl wandering around Alhambra Base. In her hand is a small map with what seems to be directions to the base. The expression on her face seems to indicate that she's annoyed with something.]

First those darned guards wouldn't let me in, and now I can't even find her anywhere!

...Maybe I should have told her I was coming first.



[2]

[A bit later the same girl can be found in front of a vending machine with her fist shaking in anger. One of the bottles seems to have gotten jammed. ]

Why you...

[She seems to resign in defeat for a moment before glancing around carefully. Once she assumes that no one else is around she lifts the large machine over her head like it was a toy and starts shaking the machine wildly. Eventually the bottle of tea finally emerges from the machine and she sets the machine back down calmly.]

Haha victory is mine!



[3] [Locked to ???]

[A long day of wandering later, the girl has collapsed outside Alhambra in failure.]

Wheeerrrrrreeee are yooooouuuuuuuuuuuu!?

[She sounds utterly defeated.]
1. (Right after Dance of Death)

Thank you, everyone...

If not for your encouragement, I would not have managed to perform the summoning completely.

[She does frown harder, though.]

I know this might seem like I am asking too much of the situation, but I only wish I could have done it sooner, without anyone being placed in harm's way...

So, I apologize as well...and I will visit Willis to tell him this as soon as I'm allowed to.

[Granted, she has no idea what kind of state the guy is in...]

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2. (Semi-locked - Frontdated by about half a day or so.)



Cut for length )

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((OOC: I will most likely be slow on tags due to the slowatus mentioned on OOC. Please bear with me, and thanks in advance.))
ugyuuya: Yuuya Pilot (Yuuya Pilot)
([personal profile] ugyuuya May. 23rd, 2014 01:29 pm)
[1]

[Yuuya stands beside his unit leaning against the rail and looking up at it with a different expression.]

"Well then 94 Second, it looks like we both got jerked around by two countries but we can show them we've got more to prove than they ever expected of us. I think I finally got to grasp what it'll take to pilot you successfully."

[2]

[The Argos flight is leaving a debriefing from the last mission. Tarisa is still spitting fire and VG is placating her in his own style. Yuuya seems more pensive than normal but in a good mood however Stella seems to be just off of normal, almost like she was in part forcing herself.]

[3]




[In a more isolated runway on Alhambra you might catch a Yellow unit made infamous from the training exercise and a pilot in a similarly colored TSF piloting suit. She is looking out at the setting sun and a pocket watch she is holding in her hand. She appears to be thinking about something and will not immediately notice your approach.]
1. (Video - can be tagged in-person.)

length cut )

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2. (Option for in-person/action tag)
[A while later, Seta is out by the shore of Sakihama City, looking out at the ocean.

Considering everything, she now understood why Gloster agents operated on their own. That urge to run away because she didn't get it right was rising...]

Maybe...I was not the right one for this task after all...
[1]

[In one of the smaller lesser used workout rooms Yuuya is busy working over a heavy bag with a particular fervor.]

I try to point out the flaws in her logic to help her and she turns it back to an attack on me. Just like Yui, her little flunky Ken, and half the goddamned Japanese personnel here. Support crew talking like they think I can't understand while Yui's got me on her damned leash and not saying word one to them about it.

[He proceeds to move from the bag to free-weights.]

So what if I don't match their little happy world views and want to keep grounded in a realistic frame of mind. That's a "poisonous" attitude? I guess that's what my grandfather meant about being underhanded and untrustworthy with their attacks. So what if Volya was "saved" from his attackers and given a healthy place to finish growing up in. In the end he's going to have to stand up and fix things himself like every kid who's stuck in a poor situation. Not like he has to worry about a loveless family being the only thing outside of military service that he'd have to return to and at least he seems to remember more than one member of his family fondly. People are willing to support and help him not worry about a superior who makes inordinate demands and then quotes pretty little "proverbs" instead of actually useful advice.

[Yuuya pauses momentarily as he sets his weights down on a bench his breath ragged due to the length and intensity of his workout. He looks up into the mirror and glares as he tried ]

And worst of all is this damned appearance. I've shed tears and blood for the American forces, pushed myself to live up to their standards and expectations but to everyone else I'm Japanese. The Russians with their damned interrogators, Yui and her opinion of how disgraceful I am, Ken and his stupid "Japanese Pride" and Mizuki with her stupid maybe the Japanese person most in need of getting chewed out by you is the one waiting for you in the mirror

"I'm American god damn it! Stop holding me to the stupid standards of a country and father that I never knew you bastards!"

[With the last audible outburst Yuuya threw the weight into the mirrored wall, turned to deliver a kick to the sand bag that manages to add just enough momentum to it's swinging that knocks the stand off balance and tumbling into another rack of free weights. Turning on his heel he begins to leave, a look of frustration and anger on his face that is tinged by something else underneath.]

[2]



[Entering the workout room you see broken glass and spilled equipment. One of the Maintenance staff for the TSF teams is just beginning to clean up and you can hear him speak with a resigned sigh.]

"Damn it Yuuya, I thought you were past this type of shit. Guess someone managed to finally get to him again, haven't seen him do this since Leon started shit after his mother's death. I wish he'd at least have the decency to do these rages where it wasn't so heavy to fix things."

[3 -Locked to Mizuki]



[Mizuki is disturbed in her office by Vincent entering and closing the door behind him.]

So for someone so concerned about Volya and being a great savior you managed to turn someone who was trying to offer some reasonable advice in a rather sanctimonious way into quite the little ball of anger and self-loathing.

I know what he said wasn't the best phrased and playing devil's advocate with a human life is in poor form but really how many of his concerns were at least valid on some level. So I'm not going to be upset about you dismantling his arguments and calling him on his hypocrisy.

What I am upset about is that after our discussion where I came to you on behalf of Ken and the efforts of myself and Lt. Takamura to keep an official reprimand from falling on his record and you took that warning that his heritage is a sore point and purposely attacked it. Yes he's been an asshole and yes his fight with Ken was stupid but taking that kind of attack when you knew how it would hit him was unnecessarily cruel.

I had at some point hoped that you're history and being accepted into the Japanese culture could help him which is why I sought you out after the fight to talk. Now I'm just disappointed and more than anything would like to know why you'd have done that to him.
[A video introduction. This time, the person in question is a white-haired young woman who wears a pair of frameless glasses. Somehow, her outfit has also changed since her appearance in the mission; from a long white battle dress to something more like a formal long coat, complete with a tie.]

Cut for length )

[That looked like it went surprisingly well, especially if you've seen what kind of person she is before the announcement. But the video cuts off immediately afterwards. So quickly and flawlessly, in fact, that there's no time to really respond to it or ask questions...

It's almost as if she's practiced this.]

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[If you're visiting the lounge of Sakihama later on, you'll find Seta murmuring to herself...]

I am never doing that again...

I swore the previous time would be the last, but they never listened to me...no, I will make them listen next time...


[And as she's turning around or beginning to walk, she stubs her toe on the leg of a nearby couch, causing her to freeze in pain.]

[1] [During the mission 'An Awesome Prayer is Conflict With Us']

[PRAYER attacks, people panic. Police Machines go berserk. People Panic. The Evacuation has been hitting several snags and in the process was one kid in particular who didn't look very much like a local and was frantically trying to find his way through the scrambling mass of people trying to get to safety before he ended up tripping and crashing into the ground and whimpering panickedly in what appeared to be Russian of all things.]

-Why is this happening... what did I do to deserve this?!-

[He flinched as he got to his feet, holding the side of his head and looking around in a panic as the sounds of fighting were most definitely audible over the evacuating civvies.]

S..someone? Help... please!

[He's in over his head and has no idea what the hell he's supposed to do here.]

[2] [Some time after the mission.]


[With the PRAYER destroyed and Shaft sealed life slowly begins to return to normal despite several buildings needing repairs. For those who have lost their homes and livelihoods, the city is providing for them with food and shelter. As you pass by one such place though...]

Look... we're just five people away from the front, can't you guys wait a little?

"Out of the way you filthy gaijin punk! This food is for people that actually live in this city, not some worthless runt like you!"



[It seemed that there was a smaller kid being hassled by a group of local teenagers who were trying to force him out of the line. He was shoved jabbed and insulted but merely had a look on his face that this was clearly nothing new to him and he just sighed.]

Thirty three...

"Are you listening to me you little white haired freak?! I said out of the way!"

Fourteen...

"The hell are you even counting for?!"

Just about the number of braincells you probably have right now. I'd say you're on the level of a concussed goldfish right about now. and starting to go to comatose pebble.

"KISAMAAAAA!" * (Translator's note: Kisama means Yatsu)

[And he's picked up by his collar very easily, punched in the stomach and shoved into a garbage can with a crash. He barely manages to keep from falling over and looks at the line and- it had just tripled in size. And his new 'friends' were laughing and making vulgar gestures at him and telling him to take his filthy foreign garbage ass to the back of the line. It was at this point he heroically... chose to fall backwards into the pile of trash that had spilled out with his impact to its container and not bother to get up. He ignores the insistent growl of his stomach as he sighs.]

-Now all it needs is rain and it'd be another perfect day.-

[He grumbles bitterly and sadly as he looks up at the sky.]






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