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[12:41] <Sachiko> Sunday, 22nd of April.-
[12:41] <Sachiko> The Soejima road dorm was typically quiet to a fault. It was simple enough to get through a day without seeing another soul, and none of the people rooming there were inclined to make much noise.-
[12:42] <Sachiko> Mostly, at least. While the daylight was beginning to fade outside, the lounge was filled with the sound of what could generously be termed as "spirited" discussion.-
[12:42] <Sachiko> "- look will you just get in the bag already?" Sachiko snapped, positioned in an awkward-looking crouch with her empty schoolbag held out ahead of her.
[12:44] <PersonaGM> ["How 'bout you get in the goddamn bag and I carry you around, you like the sound of that?" Said Roy, defiantly rolling onto his back and kicking a hindleg toward Sachiko. "Kinda self-respecting human cat gets in a bag."-
[12:47] <PersonaGM> ["Sons of bitches get me in a bag, next thing I know the headlines for the 23rd talking about a schoolbag with a drowned kitty inside of it! No thank you! Not again!"]
[12:55] <Sachiko> "I. Am Trying. To do. Something nice," Sachiko said, lunging and using the bag as a scoop to try and gather Roy up.
[12:58] <PersonaGM> [Roy nimbly dodged out of the way. His lithe little form shot beneath the coffee table.-
[13:00] <PersonaGM> ["Kidnapping! Theft!" Shouted Roy. "No way I'm getting in that bag without some strenuous rules, Miss Kurata!"]
[13:01] * Sachiko stood up with a little hiss of discomfort and massaged her bad leg. "Fine. What rules?"
[13:02] <PersonaGM> ["You don't close the bag. Leave it half unzipped. That's rule one."]
[13:04] <Sachiko> "Sure."
[13:06] <PersonaGM> ["Rule two: I want food and water in the bag with me."]
[13:06] <Sachiko> "Oh come on."
[13:07] <PersonaGM> ["What? That's fair."]
[13:12] <Sachiko> "I'm not trying to make you live in there."
[13:13] <Sachiko> "… and how am I supposed to put water in there? You can't exactly open a bottle."
[13:27] <PersonaGM> ["Who says I can't? I'm good at opening shit I shouldn't be able to."]
[13:35] <Sachiko> "Whatever. Next."
[13:37] <PersonaGM> ["No going near waterways."]
[13:44] <Sachiko> "I'm not going to drown you!"
[13:45] <PersonaGM> ["There could be an accident-"-
[13:46] <PersonaGM> [Footsteps down the staircase. "Kitty~" cried Ji-Hu's voice.-
[13:46] <PersonaGM> ["Oh shit!" Roy bolted out from under the coffee table and into Sachiko's schoolbag. "Hit it, goggles!"]
[14:06] * Sachiko glanced back over her shoulder and squinted at Roy. "Off we go, I guess."
[14:32] <Sachiko> […]
[14:57] <Sachiko> Satomi Lane Cinema was a relatively small affair, the heritage status of its building meaning it was unable to compete with the scale of some of the larger multiplexes elsewhere in the city. What it got in exchange was an air of respectability, with an experience built to be slightly more upscale than what could be found elsewhere.-
[14:57] <Sachiko> Anyone who was expecting an arthouse venue would be quickly disappointed, though. As Sachiko and her bag-bound companion exited the taxi, they'd see a facade plastered with ads for a familiar superhero.
[14:57] <Sachiko> Satomi Lane Cinema was a relatively small affair, the heritage status of its building meaning it was unable to compete with the scale of some of the larger multiplexes elsewhere in the city. What it got in exchange was an air of respectability, with an experience built to be slightly more upscale than what could be found elsewhere.-
[14:57] <Sachiko> Anyone who was expecting an arthouse venue would be quickly disappointed, though. As Sachiko and her bag-bound companion exited the taxi, they'd see a facade plastered with ads for a familiar superhero.
[15:11] <PersonaGM> [The taxi driver was apparently happy to see them go, probably because Roy hadn't stopped 'meowing' the whole time.-
[15:12] <PersonaGM> ["… I mean she's a lovely girl, but she always wants to play with me and put me on her lap, which is like, yeah? But it feels hella skeevy when she's like, 17. Also, Hideki hates it, and also it means I have to strap in for like an hour and a half of political videos on Youtube…"-
[15:12] <PersonaGM> [Roy poked his head out of Sachiko's bag. "Where are we-"-
[15:12] <PersonaGM> [He eyed a nearby poster. "Oh hello handsome."]
[15:22] * Sachiko paid the driver a little more than the meter required, then adjusted her bag as she stepped away from the curb. "Figured you don't get to see many movies," she said, apparently unconcerned by the fact she appeared to be talking to herself.
[15:23] <PersonaGM> ["Only the ones Asahina buys on disc or streams. I haven't been to a cinema in ages." He murmured.]
[15:35] <Sachiko> "Yeah," she said. She gave the bag a nudge with her elbow. "You'll have to shut up for a while, though."
[15:36] <PersonaGM> ["Yep yep, I'll be quiet."]
[16:01] <Sachiko> "Great."-
[16:01] <Sachiko> The sky was dark by the time they exited the theater, though Satomi Lane was still bustling. Sachiko was still carrying an obscenely large cup of soft drink, sipping on it intermittently as she exited onto the street. "So what'd you think?"
[16:06] <PersonaGM> [Roy hadn't struggled that much with keeping quiet. Every so often he'd let out a whoop or a cheer or a whistle, in between crunching on mouthfuls of popcorn.-
[16:07] <PersonaGM> [At one point he'd gotten a little loud just as an older lady walked past Sachiko's aisle. The lady had shot Sachiko a look, then made an uncharitable complaint about people who wouldn't set their phones to silent before walking off.-
[16:07] <PersonaGM> [Now of course they were outside, and free of judgment.-
[16:09] <PersonaGM> ["What did I think?" Said Roy. He mulled it over. "Well it's probably not a surprise to you that I'm pretty into the Black Panther, right? Been reading the comics since I could read. I've been kinda waiting for a movie like this for a whiiiiile."]
[16:14] <Sachiko> "You're not alone, I hear," she said. She glanced up and down the street for a moment, trying to get her bearings, then picked a direction and started walking. "How did it translate?"
[16:19] <PersonaGM> ["He needed more of that ruthless Sherlock Holmes in him." Said Roy. "Y'know in the comics, T'Challa's like a super genius who's one step ahead of everyone else. Don't get me wrong, that supporting cast was great, but man I wanna see the Black Panther utterly destroy a man through deduction, y'know? Other than that, film was great. Everyone looked great, Wakanda is a fucking
[16:19] <PersonaGM> dream… Then you got Killmonger, and leave it to Black Panther to finally give the Marvel movies a villain worth his goddamn time."]
[16:30] <Sachiko> "Ah, you are not a fan of classic characters such as Spooky Elf Man?"
[16:34] <PersonaGM> ["Frankly I don't wanna see another Elf in my life ever again." Said Roy.-
[16:35] <PersonaGM> ["Now I mean the comics had their share of bad villains. You know my man M'Baku, of the Jabari? Well in the comics he's a villain they called, get it: Man-Ape."]
[16:38] <Sachiko> "… not a great name."
[16:40] <PersonaGM> ["No. Not great. Kinda bad. A lot bad."-
[16:46] <PersonaGM> ["But they got that right here." Said Roy. "They got a lot right, really. Here's something you oughta know: you heard of the Black Panther Party?"]
[16:59] <Sachiko> "Enough to know who they were and what they were about, sure."
[17:02] <PersonaGM> ["Well they originated in Oakland, the same place Killmonger's from in the movie. So it's a thematic link between the comic character and the real thing." Said Roy. "I like that. That's clever. I wonder if my mom appreciated it."]
[17:22] * Sachiko hit the end of the street, and Sachiko leant against a signpost while she waited for the light to change. "She's back in the US…?"
[17:37] <PersonaGM> ["Mmhmm." Said Roy. "She used to be a Black Panther herself, back in the day. I was a kid back then, but yeah. 'Course, I don't know much about what she's been up to these days."]
[14:10] <Sachiko> "Yeah," she said, still watching the traffic instead of Roy. "You ok…?"
[14:15] <PersonaGM> ["Heh, yeah. Not the first time I've thought 'bout my family, won't be the last."-
[14:15] <PersonaGM> ["It just kinda sucks, knowing your mom, your dad, your brothers and sisters think you're dead, and you're not, but you may as well be."]
[14:55] <Sachiko> "'May as well be', huh? Thirty years is a long time to push uphill against that feeling," she said, just as the lights changed. She crossed the street and took a right, heading towards a small park.
[15:39] <PersonaGM> ["It is." Said Roy. "And it's worse when for a lot of those years you haven't got anyone to talk to."]
[15:39] <Sachiko> "How long was it before you found Asahina…?"
[15:45] <PersonaGM> ["Found her ten years ago, so… Twenty years by myself."]
[15:46] * Sachiko let out a low whistle. "How did you do it?"
[15:48] <PersonaGM> ["I worked." Said Roy. "You know how we killed some Shadows yesterday and they, against all odds, had a bunch of real money on them? Well when you do that for a year, you can end up with a preeetty good chunk of change. And we were good with money. It's how I bought 5 Soejima. So I killed time safe in my own building, writing books. Collecting notes."-
[15:50] <PersonaGM> ["… And I spent more time than I like to say in the Sea of Chaos." He said. "There are parts in the Sea of Chaos that are…Well not safe exactly, but where outright hostility in the norm. Stable, kiiiiinda neutral areas. Neutral enough that a Persona user in the shape of a cat isn't attacked on sight."-
[15:51] <PersonaGM> ["I talked with Shadows. Traded with Shadows. You talk with Shadows long enough, you start to kind of like some of them. You even start to maybe make friends."]
[15:56] <Sachiko> "Yeah?" she asked. They'd reached the park now, such as it was - a small patch of grass and a couple of benches at the end of the block. Sachiko took a seat. "Are they still around?"
[15:58] <PersonaGM> ["Some are. Some aren't." Said Roy. He leapt out of her bag and down onto the grass, where he stretched out and brushed some stray popcorn kernels out of his glossy fur. "If they went missing, I didn't go looking. Too dangerous, and… it doesn't pay to get too attached. Not in the Sea of Chaos. Not when there's already so little keeping you tethered to the real world."]
[16:02] * Sachiko nodded slowly, slipping off her bag.-
[16:02] <Sachiko> "Can I ask how the whole cat thing happened…?"
[16:07] <PersonaGM> [Roy sighed. "It's kind of a shit situation, this. I don't want to tell you. I don't want to bring it all up again. But I also am, trust me, keenly aware that you're all in this wild new situation and the only person you got who can inform you is me. Which means that sometimes I gotta try to balance my wanting to keep it away with ensuring y'all informed as you deserve."-
[16:08] <PersonaGM> ["But, I also know that knowledge can be a real bitch in the Sea of Chaos, in ways you don't always expect. And I dunno how giving that knowledge up will change our situation. It might make things worse, or it might put you guys into danger."-
[16:11] <Sachiko> "If you can't, you can't," she said, shrugging. "So long as you understand I'm going to need to find things out through other means… I get it."
[16:12] <PersonaGM> ["Thanks. I appreciate it."-
[16:13] <PersonaGM> [Roy leapt back up onto the bench. "I'm really not trying to give y'all the runaround on this stuff. But it's worth keeping in mind that I'm not really an authority either, despite everything. You know how I said there's a few friends in the Sea, who are still around?"]
[16:13] <Sachiko> "Sure."
[16:14] <PersonaGM> ["There's one that you deserve to know more about, one I should really inform you about before you meet him, and you definitely will. But I can't. Ask me why I can't."]
[16:15] <Sachiko> Sachiko squinted at him, her expression betraying a bit of mistrust. "Why can't you?"
[16:19] <PersonaGM> ["Cat body, cat years. I started dying of old age, so I asked him for help. He rejuvenated my body, and keeps the years at bay, but I had to trade him my right to describe him in all but the vaguest terms to anyone who he hadn't met. If I break that agreement, he takes back his time and you'll see what thirty years does to a cat's body… Compacted down to a second."-
[16:20] <PersonaGM> ["That's the kind of shit we're dealing with here. The scale we're working on. Even the benign Shadows, if they're powerful enough, are not to be fucked with in a casual way."]
[16:30] <Sachiko> Sachiko watched Roy silently for an uncomfortable stretch of time, then turned back to the road, shaking her head. "Trusting you is going to be a real pain in the ass."
[16:31] <PersonaGM> ["Yeah, I know."-
[16:31] <PersonaGM> ["Personally, I blame Gen Urobuchi."]
[16:34] * Sachiko gave a small, amused snort.
[16:35] <PersonaGM> ["Anyway. You don't have to trust me, but if you're willing to do nice things for me, then you're good in my book. Thanks for today, Kurata. I'll pay you back for it."]
[16:36] <Sachiko> "Yeah. Don't mention it."
[16:39] <PersonaGM> [ Thou art I; I art thou.-
[16:39] <PersonaGM> [ Thou hast glimpsed a new path of thine heart, with which to rewrite your story.-
[16:39] <PersonaGM> [ With the first meeting of the Devil Arcana and the Hanged Man Arcana, the beginning of your transformation and that of the world begins.-
[16:40] <PersonaGM> ["I mean I will, though. I have a particular set of skills. I can follow people. Read their diaries, don't you know. You need me to find out if a certain someone's heart a-flutters thinking about you, you just let me know." He said, hopping back into the bag.]
[16:44] <Sachiko> "I'll keep it in mind," she said, utterly devoid of enthusiasm.-
[16:44] <Sachiko> "Alright, let's head back."
[16:45] <PersonaGM> ["Aight."-
[16:45] <PersonaGM> ["You know I'm fucking with you, right? I'm not gonna spy on people for you."-
[16:45] <PersonaGM> ["Unless it's Adrien. I'd kill to find out he was into you, recorded in text form."]
[16:56] <Sachiko> "You know nobody keeps diaries anymore, right…?"
[16:57] <PersonaGM> ["Bullshit. Lots of people keep diaries."]
[17:05] <Sachiko> "Yeah, but the ones who do probably aren't worth reading about."
[17:07] <PersonaGM> ["Like Adrien."]
[17:08] <Sachiko> "Pretty much."
[17:11] <PersonaGM> [Roy snorted.-
[17:12] <PersonaGM> ["Hey, you guys learn that the tomes log your day yet…?"]

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