Mary S Terrifying Aura

[06:26] <Minaplo> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 14th of January, 2018. Episode Title: Mary's Terrifying Aura.-
[06:27] <Minaplo> [The cell was dark. No windows, no lightbulbs, dim light strips only.-
[06:28] <Minaplo> [The walls were solid concrete, a very boring bed was bolted to the floor. There was one chair and a toilet alcove.-
[06:28] <Minaplo> [Two Storm Troopers stood outside, rifles at the ready.]
[06:28] <Minaplo> [The door itself was about a foot thick, more like a moving wall than a door.]
[06:33] <Sept> But there was a certain comfort Sera could cling to. And there was really no way cells of any kind could be an issue to him any longer. From time to time, he'd hum to himself, or exercise however he could in that space. But mostly, he just lay on the bed quietly, his mind who-knew-where.
[06:45] <Minaplo> [A small vision slot opens on the door. The blank visage of a Storm Trooper appears. "Visitors for you, Pilot." He says politely. He isn't the Stanford Prison Experiment kind of guard.]
[06:47] <Sept> There was a moment of silence, and then a muttered "thank you" as Sera sat up on the bed.
[06:48] <Minaplo> [The door slid open to reveal…]
[06:50] <Yanmei> Zhang Yanmei, dressed unapologetically in her combat gear from the sea. Her holsters were empty and her blades were gone, and her hair was in the usual pigtails. "De Pteres! How are you doing in here?"
[06:52] * Aline was in casuals, comparatively. She… just wasn't as /militarized/ in mood. So instead, a black-white assemblage, featuring most prominently an overcoat. "Yeah." Aline sort of lamely added, peering in through the doorway.
[06:53] * Sept shook his head a bit, apologetically. "I'm good, don't worry about that part. What did they tell you?"
[06:57] <Yanmei> "Not much. They said something about insubordination." Yanmei frowned, coming further into the room.
[06:58] * Aline wandered in, as well. "About so. It seems… common, doesn't it?" …She said it without venom in her voice, but…
[07:03] <Sept> "She got under my skin," Sera admitted, glancing elsewhere for a moment before returning to facing the two squarely. "About William, about trusting everything, trusting the HIC… She knows we know about William and Aline. And the guy that came before him. That got a reaction out of her."
[07:06] <Yanmei> "I guess it did." A worried sort of tauntness manifested on her face. "Have they been questioning you?"
[07:06] * Aline /tilted/ her head. "…got a reaction, huh." She was now staring at him somewhat perturbededly.
[07:10] <Sept> "I think they know I'm better than that. It's just been this," Sera indicated the room. "She didn't have time to do more than yell at me about ruining -something- before the Troopers came up. Though I've been thinking, they were there really quickly."-
[07:10] <Sept> "Probably kept some ready for my visit. I would've done the same."
[07:12] * Yanmei sighed and shook her head. "That's some reputation you've built up for yourself?"
[07:13] <Sept> "Anything on Gamelin, or… anything?"
[07:13] * Aline shook her head. "Not yet, no."
[07:15] <Yanmei> "Well. There's news about that guy we fought in the tunnels. Heard about it yet?"
[07:15] * Raffy||zzz is now known as Tao
[07:16] * Tao is now known as Raphael
[07:16] <Sept> "No, I don't think so."
[07:20] <Yanmei> "He and his old man were brought in after showing up in public to attend a fancy restaurant opening. It happened, I think… right before they tossed you in here? They're both being pretty stubborn about answering questions, though."
[07:22] * Aline frowned. "Yeah. I was a bit surprised when I heard it. It's kind of weird…"
[07:23] <Yanmei> "Weird?"
[07:23] <Aline> "For them to turn up and cause crap right after a scuffle like the one we had."
[07:24] <Sept> "Yeah, I thought Leonardo's dad was the reason -he- was still alive. Thought he was the smart one."
[07:27] <Yanmei> "They're both just too full of themselves," Yanmei scoffed, and tossed her hair. "You can tell by looking at them that they think they're much tougher than they actually are?"
[07:28] <Aline> "…Sounds like the mob alright." Aline said with a sigh. "Give people a little power and they let it get to their head." …Yes, Aline.
[07:30] * Sept laughed a little. "Yeah, sometimes it works like that. Sometimes it gets to their head before they get it. So did they just give up when the authorities showed up, or what?"
[07:33] <Yanmei> "Well, the son tried to stop it by threatening some NERV VIPs who were also in attendence there? But he got messed up pretty badly for his efforts and knocked out. That Babysitter guy was there too, and got away by using… I guess it was a smoke bomb? And an explosion. The old man was shot trying to follow his lead and didn't make it out."
[07:40] <Sept> "I wish I could've seen that. But if that same guy was there… he seems ridiculously prepared, to blow up a restaurant just for an escape, and to leave the Don behind like that."
[07:40] * Aline nodded. "He definitely doesn't have the same air as the mob - but he said as much, no?"
[07:42] <Yanmei> "He did." Yanmei snickered softly. "And at the time he was pretty pissed at them both about losing and getting caught and stuff? You should have seen the look on his face."
[07:52] <Sept> "Yeah, I should've. At least that gives me something to cheer myself up, here. Thanks for coming by, really. I don't have much in the way of excuses for messing it up like that, but… if this particular fight was in the open, it'd be easier for me. I've spent enough time doubting myself behind bars."
[07:55] * Xiang_Zhi_Lin is now known as Zack
[07:58] * Aline paused for a bit, processing what Sera had said… "Mm. It's the least we can do? But… try to avoid those kinds of things in the future, please?"
[08:00] * Yanmei eyed the stark walls of the cell with another little frown. "Yeah, seriously? If this is where being open about things takes you…"
[08:03] <Sept> "It's just for now, though. It's more of a ritual, and I'm fine with it." He shook his head quickly. "I mean, not that I don't understand, I do, this shouldn't happen again. I was trying to get her to take some additional precautions in case they use Anselme, but, well."
[08:09] <Yanmei> "Mm." Yanmei looked thoughtful. "I can understand that. With luck, you'll just be in here until she cools off or something."
[08:12] <Aline> "…Or something." Aline semi-grimly commented. "But I'm sure everything will come out fine in the end. Of this prison stay anyway."
[08:14] * Sept gave a reassuring smile. "I wouldn't doubt it."
[08:16] * Yanmei stretched her arms a bit. "Hey, do me a favor? Stand up for a second?"
[08:21] <Sept> "Hm?" Sera stood up, puzzled, hands at his sides.
[08:23] * Aline also looked puzzled, but didn't say anything.
[08:23] <Yanmei> The armor and height difference made it a little awkward, but she put her arms around him in a sudden embrace and muttered something in his ear.
[08:27] * Sept just nodded, looking a little pensive behind the pretense of a happy reunion, returning the hug to some extent.
[08:38] <Yanmei> Yanmei let go after a minute or two, patting him on the shoulder as they parted. "All right. I have an appointment that I have to keep, but I'll visit again soon, okay?"
[08:39] * Aline quirked a brow slightly at the bit about an appointment, but nodded. "I'm kinda following along, so I guess I'll go too."
[08:41] <Sept> "Yeah. I'll see you later, Aline, Yanmei. Stay safe."
[08:42] <Yanmei> "Same to you, yeah?" Yanmei wandered back over to the door and knocked on it to let the guards know that they were ready.
[08:45] <Minaplo> [The vision slot slid open, then closed- the door opened.]
[08:47] * Aline made her way out, leaving a bit of room for Yanmei to come out too. Why she went first was uncertain, but such is life.
[08:47] * Yanmei gave Sept one last nod, and stepped through back into the hallway.
[08:48] * Sept sat back down on the bed, keeping well clear of the door.
[08:48] <Minaplo> [The door closed.-
[08:50] <Minaplo> [Yet Yanmei and Aline wouldn't have been able to leave the room before the one exit opened, revealing a pair of Storm Troopers. They marched out- revealing four more pairs- and took up formation around the room. They were obviously escorting someone, and as they entered, Yanmei and Aline would see who it was.-
[08:53] <Minaplo> [Mary Caine- the Councillor herself, and for all intents and purposes, the ruler of the entire world- stood there, her posture rigidly straight as usual, wearing a sharp black straight skirt that fell to knee length; below that she wore black stockings and pointed, imposing high heels. She wore a dark blue button-up silk long-sleeved shirt, and over that, a long white coat, buttoned up.-
[08:54] <Minaplo> [Her blonde hair was tied up into a tight, severe bun. Her eyes were ice cold. Caine entered the room- her eyes falling on Yanmei.]
[08:57] * Aline …paused. And turned, regretting immediately that she did so. Of all the people…!
[08:57] * Yanmei stared back, feeling the chill of those eyes dig deep into her own body. Her face had gone a few degrees paler, but she managed to otherwise keep it impassive as she raised a hand in a salute. "Chairperson Caine," she managed politely.
[09:00] <Minaplo> ["Lieutenant. What are you doing?"]
[09:02] <Yanmei> "My subordinate was imprisoned. I was checking to see if he was keeping his spirits up."
[09:03] * Aline managed to not just bolt - or, rather, drift off - but she was standing perfectly still, as if observing movie cliches about giant dinosaurs.
[09:03] * Zack has quit IRC (Quit: eurooooope)
[09:05] <Minaplo> ["That was allyou were doing?"]
[09:08] <Yanmei> "Yes, ma'am." Her brow furrowed slightly to create a slightly puzzled effect.
[09:09] * Aline was still not budging. Nope nope.
[09:10] <Minaplo> [Her eyes narrowed, boring into Yanmei's.-
[09:11] <Minaplo> [Her brow furrowed for a second in dislike, and then she spoke. "Dismissed." She brushed past, a squad of Storm Troopers following her out, leaving Yanmei and Aline free.]
[09:13] * Yanmei moved quickly, seeking her own path out, glancing behnd to see if Aline was still with her.
[09:13] * Aline was following very quickly as well, actually looking like she was speedwalking or even jogging.
[09:18] <Minaplo> [Caine paid them no attention. She approached the cell. "Open the door."-
[09:18] <Minaplo> [And thus, Sera's door would open-
[09:18] <Minaplo> [And he would see Caine standing there, staring at him, framed in the doorway.]
[09:26] <Sept> The slightest hint of a smile crossed his face, before being erased by something much stronger. Sera retreated a few inches onto the bed, muscles conflicted somewhere between curling up into a ball or springing up from the bed. "I… I-I've been trying to rem-remember your face, but… why…" His voice was all over the place.
[09:29] <Minaplo> [She didn't answer him. She simply took a step backward and nodded to someone.-
[09:29] <Minaplo> [A second later, a pair of Storm Troopers entered, weapons stowed, hands out to grab Sera.]
[09:39] * Sept could only watch and make some vague attempt at resisting as the Troopers did her bidding, a vague series of 'no' and inentilligible whimpers escaping from his lips.
[09:40] <Minaplo> [They grabbed him roughly, pulling him off the bed. He felt something in his neck. Something cold and thin- and painful.]
[09:45] <Sept> A gasp as Sera tried to get some air into his lungs, to calm down his heart even a little. But it didn't seem all that possible. "Please, s-sist-augh!"
[09:46] <Minaplo> [A few minutes later, however, his breathing would even out, his heart would slow- calmness would spread throughout his body.-
[09:46] <Minaplo> [Too much. His head was becoming sleepy and heavy…-
[09:46] <Minaplo> [Knockout drugs. Always the same…]
[09:48] <Sept> "You c-can't…"
[10:01] <Minaplo> […-
[10:02] <Minaplo> [Time had no meaning. Everything went dark, a swirl of unconsciousness that sometimes faded, enough for him to hear voices- but that was all. Who knows what happened? Or where?-
[10:02] <Minaplo> [But eventually Sera would find himself stirring…]
[10:05] <Sept> "Mary…" He fought to open his eyes.
[10:06] <Minaplo> [He was… Cold.-
[10:06] <Minaplo> [Naked. He had none of his clothes. He didn't have his glasses, but they were somewhere nearby, in his right hand. The ground beneath him was hard, cold, metallic.]
[10:09] * Sept felt the glasses, and, upon being reasonably assured they were indeed glasses. put them on, shivering slightly.
[10:13] <Minaplo> [What he saw was beyond comprehension.-
[10:16] <Minaplo> [He was laying squarely in the middle of a raised steel dais, which sat upon a circular platform- the terminus of a long, thin walkway (without rails) that jutted out a full kilometre and a half from the wall. The only support the platform had (besides the wall) was a single pillar built into the bottom of the platform, falling down into the darkness below.-
[10:16] <Minaplo> [But it wasn't the platform that was important. The room itself was massive. The room was massive and spherical, a diameter of three kilometres. The walls were dark and blank.-
[10:17] <Minaplo> [He was a tiny form within a gargantuan sphere.]
[10:21] * Sept tried standing up first, however shakily.
[10:26] <Minaplo> [His legs were wobbily, his hands clammy, his body shivering, but he could stand.]
[10:30] <Sept> "…hello?" Sera took a few steps toward the walkway.
[10:34] <Minaplo> [His voice echoed around the room.]
[10:38] * Sept took a moment to try and ascertain this was, indeed, reality, before moving onto the walkway, carefully placing a foot onto where it began.
[10:40] <Minaplo> [Even as he began to move, he'd notice something. The room had lightened a little. There was some sort of light coming from behind him- directly opposite the walkway's entrance.]
[10:43] * Sept took a few more moments to take in the absurd length of the walkway before turning around again.
[10:46] <Minaplo> [In the far distance, he could see- or thought he could see- a tiny little light.]
[10:52] <Sept> It wasn't there earlier, was it? Sera was in no shape to brave that walkway. He sat back down on the dais and stared at the light.
[11:05] <Minaplo> [The light didn't flicker or change; it was a constant.-
[11:05] <Minaplo> [Another light appeared, this time to his left. And another. Another.-
[11:06] <Minaplo> [All in different places, all of them, of course, focused directly upon the middle of the room- upon him.-
[11:06] <Minaplo> [He realised now that the room's walls weren't solid and flat at all. Each and every inch was a small light.]
[11:13] <Sept> Then, what was the logic behind their lighting? A moment of panic struck Sera as different scenarios occurred to him - each a death trap worse than the other. He spun around, the fear from the cell finally creeping back in.
[11:14] <Minaplo> [Snap. Snap. Another light. Snap.-
[11:14] <Minaplo> [Sera would realise that the only consistency between them was that they were starting to light up faster. Soon, the entire room would be illuminated.-
[11:14] <Minaplo> [And he had nowhere to hide, if it was a trap!]
[11:16] <Sept> "What do you want from me?"
[11:17] <Minaplo> [At his words, a ripple effect spread throughout the lights. The unlit lights were rapidly gathered up in the wave.-
[11:17] <Minaplo> [Within half a minute, the ripples had met each other, the entire room now lit, each light burning bright. The room was painfully lit.-
[11:21] <Minaplo> [Strange things were starting to happen. Bunches of lights began going dark for a few seconds- nineteen, twenty bunches all at once.-
[11:21] <Minaplo> [Each time they did, the outline of their darkness formed what was unmistakeably an eye.-
[11:21] <Minaplo> ["We See You Child"-
[11:22] <Minaplo> [The words were all spoken as though millions of voices were saying them at once, all in a monotone- yet each in its own tone.]
[11:23] <Sept> "What is the point of this?!" Sera yelled, trying to cover all the other emotions that might be apparent from his voice.
[11:24] <Minaplo> ["There Is No Point"-
[11:24] <Minaplo> ["You Exist Unsustainably An Inevitability Approaching"-
[11:25] <Minaplo> ["You Are Right To Fear"]
[11:30] <Sept> "You don't know shit about my existence! You don't have to do this!"
[11:33] <Minaplo> ["We Know Of Your Existence"-
[11:33] <Minaplo> ["Sera De Pteres"]
[11:37] * Sept hesitated. "Of… course you do." He squinted his eyes slightly further. "Who the hell -are- you?"
[11:38] <Minaplo> ["We Are The Inevitability Of Existence"-
[11:38] <Minaplo> ["A Unified Pergatorial Creation That Grows Stronger As You Fade"-
[11:39] <Minaplo> ["We Are The Eternity Drive"-
[11:39] <Minaplo> ["Within Us Are A Million Million Thoughts And Ideals"-
[11:39] <Minaplo> ["Forgotten In Life"-
[11:39] <Minaplo> ["Immortalised In Inevitability"]
[11:45] <Sept> "Then who created you?" Sera yelled at the lights.
[11:46] <Minaplo> ["Lilith Gave Us Life"-
[11:47] <Minaplo> ["But When Life Came To An End It Was Jeremiah Caine Who Sustained Us"]
[11:48] <Sept> "Sustained? What do you mean? What did he do?!"
[11:49] <Minaplo> ["When Lies Ends It Returns To Lilith"-
[11:49] <Minaplo> ["Caine Sealed Lilith From Her Harvest"-
[11:49] <Minaplo> ["Life Returns To The Eternity Drive"-
[11:49] <Minaplo> ["Forever"]
[11:49] <Minaplo> <Life ends*>
[11:50] * Aline has quit IRC (Quit: )
[11:56] <Sept> "This is… -no-! You can't do this!"
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["Can't I?" Came a voice from behind Sera. A human voice.]
[12:01] * Sept swivelled around, still sitting down, crawling away from the voice in the same motion.
[12:02] <Minaplo> [Mary Caine, walking down the walkway, unruffled, supremely confident. "The Eternity Drive. My Father's creation. Do you understand how it works? Elisha would."]
[12:07] <Sept> "A-an… artificial vessel, for souls, in place of Lilith. For what reason? Why… If th-there's no cycle, we're trapped, why would he…"
[12:09] <Minaplo> ["Father sought to break the cycle." Said Caine coldly. She was still walking towards him. "It also gave him advantages. The Drive is not independent. It answers to me. It allows me to do this."-
[12:09] <Minaplo> [She closed her eyes for a second. The lights shimmered, their eyes fading- they became an image, in sudden perfect colour.-
[12:10] <Minaplo> [The valley of the Hart, the Alps, the wind blowing through the riblike stone. A hand reaching out to timidly stroke the head of the proud white stag, Sera a little ways away, watching…]
[12:15] <Sept> "-Stop-, just let her… no, she's… she shouldn't be here..! She…"-
[12:16] <Sept> "She's -dead-," he realised, mouth hanging slightly open.
[12:17] <Minaplo> ["Yes. And now she belongs to me, completely, and forever."]
[12:21] <Sept> "Thousands… thousands of years, it can't last that long. How could it be eternal if it's still housed on Earth?"
[12:28] <Minaplo> ["It's not." Said Caine. "This place is not supposed to last. But it is the start of eternity. And that is all it needs to be."-
[12:30] <Minaplo> [The long walk was starting to come to an end. "This place is the end of you and Elisha Caine."]
[12:35] <Sept> "You'd trap countless souls… deny them life… just to get at us..?"
[12:40] <Minaplo> ["More. You do not understand the scale of this place."-
[12:41] <Minaplo> [The last moments of Patrice Gosselin surfaced- lying in a bunker, arms tight around Angelina d'Olesse, Banshees breaking in, screams, his thoughts- his fear, his regret, his painful unfulfillment-
[12:41] <Minaplo> [Sera saw and heard it all.-
[12:43] <Minaplo> ["The Eternity Drive is information. Perfect memories from billions. Scientists, strategists. Anyone who has ever lost a relative or friend is known to the Drive. I can create full profiles on nearly every human being on Earth."-
[12:43] <Minaplo> ["I cannot be stopped, de Pteres."]
[12:51] <Sept> "I… I see. You only need one person dead to defeat a nation. It's an unstoppable force. We… we don't have an immovable object. We can't stop pilots from dying."
[20:41] <Minaplo> ["You cannot. Inevitably, you and others like you will weaken, and inevitably, I will strengthen."]
[20:43] <Sept> "What are you going to do to the Angels?" He just sat there on his knees, looking at the ground.
[20:44] <Minaplo> ["That is a question I can answer only under one condition."]
[20:48] <Sept> "And that is..?"
[20:50] <Minaplo> ["Abandon this conspiracy of yours. The Caine Family ought to work together, not exist in this disparate state. Whatever life you have led, this can be- should be- and is your home. Leave the wishful plots of rebellious spirits behind you and work with me for humanity's sake."]
[20:54] * Sept stayed silent for a long time, eyes still firmly on the floor. "You can't keep them like this…"
[20:55] <Minaplo> ["They will not stay like this forever."]
[21:01] <Sept> "They'll be released like they should?"
[21:02] <Minaplo> ["They'll be released in the ways of Instrumentality, as the Caine Family has planned for decades."]
[21:06] <Sept> "I don't think I could do it, Mary."
[21:06] <Minaplo> ["You are sure?"]
[21:11] <Sept> "I wouldn't be of use to you. I've seen what happens if I give it up. The fight. I'd go mad. Please… understand."
[21:17] <Minaplo> ["Very well." Her eyes were hard; there was nothing easily read there. Mary Caine turned and began to walk away.]
[21:22] <Sept> "Please don't leave me."
[21:22] <Minaplo> ["Follow, then."]
[21:24] * Sept fell quiet again, biting his lip.
[21:24] <Minaplo> ["There are only two choices. Follow, or be dragged." He could see, now, walking swiftly- almost gliding- across the walkway, a pair of white-robed figures, their faces obscured by hoods.]
[21:31] <Sept> "Then, I'm sorry."
[21:31] <Minaplo> [She didn't even turn around.-
[21:37] <Minaplo> [The robed guards came, grabbing Sera by both arms; they carried him across the walkway- after a lengthy walk, the drugs pumping through his body making him sick every second of the way, they eventually left, leaving the Eternity Drive and its terrible secrets behind them.-
[21:37] <Minaplo> [Here, the lighting was normal, warm even; the walls were reinforced and reassuring, almost comfortingly like the Geofront at home.-
[21:41] <Minaplo> [He couldn't see Caine, not anymore; but he soon would, as they reached their destination.-
[21:42] <Minaplo> [It was sterile, white. A medical room. A surgery table stood in one area behind walls fitted with windows; the table gleamed with its cold steel surface.-
[21:42] <Minaplo> [At the far end of the room was a chair, a chair fitted with restraints. It sat facing a huge viewscreen.]
[21:46] <Sept> "…" It was all he could do to try and steel himself against whatever was coming. He kept his questions to himself.
[21:47] <Minaplo> [Caine stood above, on a balcony, watching impassively. There were others, too, just coming into sight- doctors. With gloves and masks.-
[21:52] <Minaplo> [It was to the table he went, first.-
[21:53] <Minaplo> [He was belted in. Some contraption- a sort of metal arch- hovered over his head. He couldn't see anything but its underbelly.-
[21:54] <Minaplo> [There were needles. And worse. He felt things cutting into his forehead, felt the rivulets of blood coursing down his face. And then came pinpricks, thousands, tens of thousands of pinpricks, all over his scalp.-
[21:54] <Minaplo> [After that came sensations, ones he knew weren't of his creation. Invasions of his mind- jolts of terror, waves of pain, sudden bouts of pleasure.-
[21:55] <Minaplo> [The surgery ended after God only knew how long. He was taken from the table- they moved him into the chair, now. Belted him in.-
[21:55] <Minaplo> [This is where his true trial would begin.]
[22:01] <Sept> Groggily, Sera tried to make sense of their plans, think of some way out. But he just couldn't shake that feeling. That feeling that he deserved this for turning her down, when she'd finally reached out.
[22:02] <Minaplo> [A helmet was placed over his head, those same pinpricks entering his head. He couldn't move, not even look left and right.-
[22:03] <Minaplo> [Small metal hooks were placed on the folds of his eyes and upon his eyelids, forcing his eyes open, unable to blink at all. The viewscreen in front of him activated. A blare of light and sound. To anyone else, it remained such, a chaotic wave; but over time Sera would start to perceive the patterns. He'd enter a strange, meditative state. He'd hear the questions.]
[01:38] <Minaplo> [Hours passed. although Sera would realise it, each question was asked a hundred, a thousand times, boring into his brain, until they were imprinted permanently onto his thoughts.-
[01:41] <Minaplo> [By the time they took the helmet off, removed the restraints, his entire body was screaming for rest, for anything but light and pain and cold and fear.]

-cont-

(11:38:18) Sept: Sera's head seemed to still be weighed down even after the helmes was removed, his body swaying around with it. "Help… Mary…"
(11:40:25) Minaplo: [But now he could feel his body sagging into exhaustion. A moment of weightlessness- something or someone had picked him up, was carrying him away…-
(11:40:45) Minaplo: [He felt a momentary softness, almost warmth- it felt amazing in that cold, hostile room.-
(11:41:03) Minaplo: [… And then he found himself elsewhere, somewhere else. The familiar blur of the cell walls enclosed him.]
(11:46:03) Sept: For a long, indeterminate time, there was a battle between the sensation of relative safety and familiarity these surroundings provided and the memories of danger and invasions of unspeakable things. The compromise he found was a deep, unbroken, yet fitful sleep as he tossed and turned on the hard bed.
(11:49:13) Minaplo: [Knock knock knock knock knock.-
(11:49:26) Minaplo: [An incessant sound. Knock knock knock knock knock.-
(11:49:45) Minaplo: [He heard a voice, one that wasn't familiar. It was talking about food.]
(11:55:33) Sept: It was a long and arduous battle to get out of that sleep, too. The noise just made it all the more infuriating. Sera woke up with a long, wordless scream of hatred for that noise, sitting up against the wall as he fought his eyes open and tried to confirm which way gravity worked.
(12:02:36) Minaplo: [The door had open, a Storm Trooper standing there with a tray of cafeteria food. He put it onto the floor and closed the door behind him.]
(12:10:29) Sept: And as the bleary fury faded, the memories came rushing back, making Sera retreat into the corner of the cell, clutching his knees and leaving the food untouched. He tried, frantically, to fill in the parts he didn't remember, and to make sense of the ones he did. What had she done? He had all his limbs – and as time passed, he became more certain there was nothing off about his thinking, like when he'd forgotten things before.
(12:24:36) Voices: "You know, if you're not having that, I will."
(12:35:32) * Sept -shrieked-, looking around the room frantically, still seeing nothing. "Whowherewhat," he demanded. There'd been no echo. He knew what that meant, but wasn't exactly ready to face it. Not again.
(12:37:28) Voices: "Concentrate, Sera. That's what you're so good at, right? Find me."
(12:46:06) * Sept felt around for a moment, followed the voice… And there he was, in the middle of the cell, a boy roughly of Sera's own features, his blonde hair accentuating the blue eyes. He was wearing the same casual clothing Sera was, the same he'd been wearing for his visit to Hohenzollern's office. Sera looked up at the figure from the highly defensible point on top of the bed in the very corner of the room. His face couldn't keep up with all of his emotions anymore.
(12:51:02) Voices: "Nothing to say? 'Hello, I'm Sept, who are you'? 'I hope we can get along and make our stay together as fruitful as possible'? 'Oh, you're so handsome, why haven't I ever dyed my hair blonde'?"
(12:57:58) Sept: "I -don't know you-," Sera finally concluded with certainty. "That's what she did she put you here." His eyes widened. "Are there more of you?!"
(13:10:27) Voices: The boy grinned. "Ohh, no, it's just you and me," he said reassuringly, bowing formally. "Joshua Caine and Sera de Pteres, the scions of our bloodline."
(13:10:35) » Voices is now known as Joshua
(13:11:39) * Joshua let Sera mull that over in his corner while he calmly took the tray left by the guard, sat down on the chair, and began eating. "Look, it's gone cold already."
(13:30:20) * Sept stared at him, mouth open. "No, you're not allowed to-" and then it was him with the fork halfway to his mouth. Joshua was sitting relaxedly on the bed, toying with his blonde hair. "-do that?" Sera finished.
(13:30:30) Joshua: "I think you'll find I am."

-fin-

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