Diablo (Ikuto Tsukiyomi)

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Diablo (Ikuto Tsukiyomi)
Date of Cutscene: 07 January 2016
Location: Mitakihara/Pikarigaoka - King Penguin Park
Synopsis: Ikuto realizes he's in one hell of a mess...
Cast of Characters: Ikuto Tsukiyomi


KING PENGUIN PARK — MITAKIHARA/PIKARIGAOKA, 11:00 PM


(BGM: Diablo - Bond)

        A public park in the middle of the night is hardly the place for a young man to be. Particularly when he's got school tomorrow.

        Hang school, Ikuto decides. He's in a particularly stormy mood. Not like he'd never skipped school before. And he doesn't want to go back to Easter like this, bruised up and pissed off at the world. It'd just raise more questions. True, it'd have been worse if the Responder hadn't been there. He really didn't know where he'd have laid low for long enough for that damage to heal. Or who else he'd have gone to.

        Yoru had hidden his violin before he'd gone to Mikoto's warehouse safehouse. So once he and Yoru had left, instead of going home, he had directed Yoru to show him where it was hidden, and then he'd gone to the park.

        So now, Ikuto is perched in one of the trees, playing angry, intense music on his violin and trying not to think about the situation. Yoru is nearby, flopped onto his belly on a branch just above Ikuto, ears down and tail lying flat. He's in no better of a mood than Ikuto is.

        Things just had to get complicated. He's caused so much trouble to people he hadn't meant to hurt... to people he's actually trying to keep safe! The whole reason he's carrying on this farce is specifically to keep people close to him safe. But when he'd seen Tadase earlier... heard what Tadase said...

        Now Ikuto wonders just how much damage he really did. And if it was really worth it to hurt Tadase that much, to keep him safe.

        Not only that, but now it looks like Mikoto's warehouse isn't safe anymore either. Tadase and Amu know where it is. He can't go back there. He can't let them find out any more than they already have. And on top of that, now he's casting Mikoto in a bad light. He's still off doing his evil crap, and she's supposed to be stopping him-- guilt by association, isn't it? Because she's with him, they're all going to think she's just as bad...

        Suddenly he stops playing, the bow scratching on the strings, making an unpleasant squeal that startles Yoru and makes his tail fluff up.

        "Ugh," Ikuto declares, the disgusted sound exiting him as if he'd been punched in the stomach. Things just keep getting messier and messier. More and more out of hand. He's got to stop this before things completely explode in his face. Things with Tadase, Amu, and Mikoto are going to go nuclear if he doesn't do something. But he can't save Utau if he just leaves Easter. And if he did just up and leave, whoever he stays with... they'll be targeted if he truly disappears. Easter won't let him go that easily. Kazuomi's not going to let him just walk out.

        ...As long as he's useful, Easter's going to hound him.

        Ikuto sighs, scrubbing a hand over his face. "...I have to get a handle on this situation, Yoru." But the question is... how? How is he going to stop this whole mess from just blowing up in his face epically?

        Maybe that's not even a possibility anymore. Maybe the question is how is he going to clean up the mess after it does...?