Hello From The Other Side.


Norie Okana takes Jiaying Maki for a short visit to the Dusk Zone. They meet Shadow Witch Shiniko. Then discuss her at length. Norie is very bad at telling lies. Very bad. Secrets remain intact.

Date: 2016-08-18
Pose Count: 50
Lacrima 2016-08-18 04:28:01 51397
Norie Okana has spent most of the last couple of weeks camped out on the futon that Jiaying's so helpfully provided for her. She's not made a nuisance of herself. She pays rent--- not a large sum-- it is just a futon in an open room- but she does. She helps around the house. Norie is mostly a model houseguest.

Today is a little different. Norie has some sort of tablet sitting in front of her. It's sleek and black and has a series of blinking lights on one side and buttons on the other. It's projecting a hologram of some sort of various virtual 'whiteboards'.

This would be perfectly at home in an anime or a sci-fi flick-- but holograms are not a thing that actually exists in the mundane world.

Norie appears to be waiting for some sort of process to finish running as she sighs a bit.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 04:34:43 51398
Jiaying Maki returns home, having been out for most of the day it seems. She's soaking wet, looks annoyed and is talking to either herself or Meifeng in Chinese, it's a bit hard with how the ghosts like to hide themselves. Stopping at the door, something flits away from Meifeng and returns to the door as she closes it behind her, carrying a nice fluffy towel. Her bag, keys and phone get set to the side and she starts to work on wringing out her hair and tail first and foremost. "So the rumor that there's a ghost at the beach is false. Also some of those tide pools were deeper than I thought." She doesn't immediately notice the holograms, right up until her fuzzy ears poke free of the towel and she sets it about her neck.

"What's that?" Jia asks curious, making her way towards her room, pausing for a moment to try and get a better look before going to change.
Lacrima 2016-08-18 04:42:05 51400
Norie Okana sighs. "Processing data from my braclet for Riventon-san. Also. Going over data from the Dusk Zone." she says flatly. "Riventon-san thinks I'm on to something--- maybe-- about the 'controlling' thing. After some data mining of the braclet. So." she says.

"I've been traveling back and forth to figure it out." she says a little glumly as she waits. There's a beep. A process is freed up.

"This is a research tablet of sorts. I use it when I work. I've been studying things in the Dusk Zone for who I work for- since it isn't really easy to find people who can operate there without it being deterimental long term." she says flatly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 04:51:04 51402
Jiaying Maki disappears for a moment after that explanation. When she returns, she's dressed in PJs and flops heavily on the cushions she uses to loaf around. Gathering a few up, she buries her face into it and seems to just relax for a few seconds. That finished, she rolls onto her side and watches the display from behind. "What else does it do? Can you play mahjong on it?- Uh, for that matter if it's doing that kind of stuff. Should you have it out? You won't get in trouble right?"

There's a few moments before she asks, "Traveling back and forth through the Dusk Zone to control it? I thought you said that wasn't really... doable? Or that it was bad?"
Lacrima 2016-08-18 05:03:10 51404
Norie Okana says. "To control monsters there." she says flatly. "Is what I mean. The Dusk Zone itself is a place." she says. "No, I won't. Besides. Anyone who stole it would be found within moments." she says flatly.

She stands up and walks over to Jiaying. "Stand up." she says softly.

"I want to show you it." she says flatly. "I want you to see it and what I mean when I talk about things." she says silently, motioning with her hand.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 05:11:38 51406
Jiaying Maki raises an eyebrow at the command. "In my pajamas? Shouldn't I go get proper clothes, shoes, a big stick?" Still, after that semi-complaint, she sits up on her knees, contemplates just being lazy then finally stands up and brushes herself off. Lots of green fur on that pile of pillows. "What are the side effects of going to this place anyway? You say that Shiniko goes through there and she couldn't before and it requires the dark energy stuff right?"
Lacrima 2016-08-18 05:17:18 51407
Norie Okana nods. "That's right." she says. "But I can bring things along. People included." she says.

"We can't be there very long." she says. "It costs a lot of energy for me to keep you protected. Twenty Minutes without me needing to burn into my main core. Right now, I have a little surplus." she says.

"Go ahead and get dressed." she says. "We're going to where I've been studying. It's one of the quieter areas. Usually. Usually quiet."

"I can't predict changes quite well." she insists.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 05:30:31 51410
Jiaying Maki disappears into her room for a few minutes. When she returns, she's wearing a pair of old looking, but comfy denim jeans, her boots and a proper hoodie since she's not sure what to expect. Noteably, she leaves the charm with Meifeng behind, but brings the ghost from the library along. Even that she feels guilty about, but she's not going there without some way of protecting herself.

Hands in her pockets, she watches Norie curiously and asks, "What kind of risks are there? Before I go anywhere near that place." She pats herself down after, making sure she hasn't forgotten anything. She has spell tags, she has a few charms, she has the ghost. Nothing important, nothing identifying.
Lacrima 2016-08-18 05:34:24 51411
Norie Okana raises a hand. "That ghost needs to stay here." she says. "It'll be another thing for me to protect from this place's influence." she says. "I'll be busy protecting you as it is. Don't worry. Nothing should attack us." she says.

"Side effects, unprotected is that it'll play at your fears. your anger. your sadness." she says. "Also. Monsters will be drawn to you like you're fresh meat in a tiger cage." she says.

"Once again. I'm going to be there. My intentions is to surround you in a protective barrier. It'll stop either from happening--- from it trying to linger against you and monsters from noticing you. Either way. I can yank us back quickly. I have a good bead on this location now." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 05:39:16 51413
Jiaying Maki watches Norie quietly. She seems hesitant after being told to leave any kind of protection behind. Eventually she sets the other charm down as well, but she doesn't seem too happy at the prospect. "You can pull us out right away if it goes wrong?"

She's curious to see this place, curious to see a few things about it for that matter, especially after the description. But that was before she was told she can't bring anything along really. "Well- I guess I'm ready Norie. What do I need to do?"
Lacrima 2016-08-18 05:47:17 51414
Lacrima lets most of her henshin flash into existance. Because she'll be better protected then. She offers her hand out and take's Jiaying's as she closes her eyes a moment and thinks and--- a sort of faint glow surrounds Jiaying before it fades and settles. "There. You're basically protected and camoflauged as long as I keep feeding it." she says as she removes her hand.

"You are not to be more than two feet from me. Safety reason." she says.

Then she places a hand on Jiaying's shoulder and then that darkness envelopes from behind Lacrima that Jiaying is familar with when she walks off into the Dusk Zone-- only /this time/ Jiaying can see it pass her and then enclose down around her. For all but a moment it is pitch black-- noise dissapearing with a suction of air. One must wonder if this is what death might feel like.

It just lasts nearly half a second but it feels much longer.

The darkness gives away to a rush of something like air.

They are standing on some sort of rocky platform that appears to be a mixture of grey rock and deep black soil. Pointed, spike rocks twist up and around high into the sky in eulcdian manner that shoulder be possible- much like a escher painting-- that itself is black--- with pinpricks of light up above fanning out in every direction. It's very quiet here.

There's similar crags like this floating nearby. Something like a thick black tentacle seems to be growing out of one. It's motionless if it is some sort of creature it isn't a very lively one.

"There's lots of different places." she says talks up. "This one is my favorite. You'll frustrate yourself trying to follow those spikes. Um. If you see something like a large dog. Let me know." she says.

"That's what I've been tracking here recently." she says.

"...it is obviously not a dog." she insists. She takes a step forward. The occasional shimmer can be seen around Jiaying-- as particules impact the shield... or something tries to touch though- and fails.

It seems strong enough....

For now.
Cute Witch Kazeko 2016-08-18 05:52:35 51416
A critter wanders across the crags, it's nothing Lacrima will have seen before. A black fox, made out of darkness, it looks up and towards Lacrima when it spots the vampire girl, a little black flame glowing at the back of each of its two tails. It ... yips, the sound is off, like it's a bad recording of a yip put through some weird modulation in editing software, and it echoes too much.

Whatever the critter is, it bounds off after that, seemingly having lost interest.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 05:54:38 51417
Jiaying Maki is quietly going over a few prayers by the sounds of it, or spells, they sound kind of the same when she's murmuring to herself in Chinese. This is of course interrupted by the faint glow surrounding her. She resists the urge to poke it with magic for now, though she does add, "I want to poke at that glow thing later."

She nods and asks, "Should I just keep my hand on your shoulder, or something else?"

Then she gets an answer, sort of. Hand on her shoulder instead, though she does wait for a proper answer from Norie. Which doesn't come since she's suddenly surrounded by black. First things first, she's pretty sure this was a bad idea. This isn't the kind of underworld she would expect, not even sure if it is the underworld really.

Then they're in the Dusk Zone. She doesn't focus too hard on the non-euclidean geometry of the place, mostly because it's annoying to look at. Luckily she passes her sanity tests for now. "It's far too quiet here, even for a pit like this." A beat, "This looks like that shadow guy's level kind of."

She doesn't explain the reference, mostly because those shimmers and Norie have her attention. Norie might notice something, while she seemed spooked already, the mention of a giant not-dog actually has her on edge. "You cheated! You didn't say there was a dog down here until it was too late!" Then she claps a hand to her mouth. Should she openly admit a fear in a place like this? There's that yip too, Jia's ears canting just a touch and she tries to find out just where it came from.
Lacrima 2016-08-18 05:59:13 51418
Lacrima blinks. "Not actually a dog." she says. "Yes. It's quiet because nothing's alive. We're in a relativly quieter part of the Dusk Zone--- for different meanings of 'part of a large place that probably spans infinitely'." she says.

"There's parts with big packs of floating eyeballs or monsters or creatures or the ground is just hostile and poisionus." she says. "Even to someone like me." she says.

She blinks as a black fox-like thing shows up. yips and wanders off....

She picks up her tablet and looks it and begins scrolling. "I don't have that on my catalog." she says. "So it's new." she says flatly. "Whatever that was." she says as she purses her lips. She cautiously decides to follow it for ten feet as she makes sure Jiaying follows. "If you feel 'off' by the way." she says. "Let me know. It could mean the shield is fading and we just need to go." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 06:03:36 51419
Jiaying Maki doesn't seem to hear the part about it not actually being a dog. It's a dog, it looks like one. If it acts like one in the slightest, it's a dog. She doesn't respond for a few moments, though she does keep pace with Lacrima. "So how did you find it? Is zuul going to appear?" If she can't bring her ghostbusters ghost along...

The commentary about other places gets a look of confusion, curiousity and disbelief. "Floating eyeballs just seems too... obvious? Like some mangaka just thought it would be scary. The monsters make sense though." That brief moment of mixed feelings was good while it lasted because suddenly Lacrima's mentioning that there's something new. She only caught a glimpse of the shadow fox too. "So if I feel funny, tell you. What should I be expecting?"
Lacrima 2016-08-18 06:14:47 51421
Lacrima says. "I...."

"This is my island I come to when I think." she says. "One of the first creatures I encountered was this dog thing. It just stared at me and walked away. I've been trying to find it since..." she admits.

"I think that's when I realized I was just like these things. That thing didn't wanna eat me... I'm not... /alive/." she mutters.

"But other monsters do come here too. But that's the one I've been looking for." she says as she looks up and down along the crags.

"Well... there's places here I can't even describe. Physics work differently here. So does life in general."

She says as she frowns and tries using a scanner to scan for the thing built into the tablet. It isn't very long range.

"Nrg. I think it dissapeared." she says.

She finishes. "Strange is in not yourself. Or if you feel an overwhelming sense of dread and dispear."
Cute Witch Kazeko 2016-08-18 06:18:52 51422
And right after Lacrima says 'I think it dissappeared' there's an all too familiar giggle, dead, infused with malice, unstable in pitch and volume. A bit like that fox's yip, in fact. "I didn't expect to run into friends tonight, Lacrima-chan~"

The Witch suddenly appears from a corner that shouldn't be there, walking on her hair like she normally does. One hand is gently stroking the fox-like critter, as though it's a beloved pet. "You brought me a snack? How nice~" Those glowing red eyes turn towards Jiaying, "Hello dear~"
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 06:23:29 51423
Jiaying Maki looks around the area and says bluntly, "The quiet I get, but this place- I think coming here to think would lead to dour places." She brushes her fingers through her hair while asking, "Have you tried leaving bait out for it or anything?"

There's a brief moment of her looking down at herself, but she doesn't ask the question that just came to mind. She trusts Norie for now. "Monsters like you, or monsters in general?" With a brief pause, she explains, "I mean- Black blood or like my third uncle?"

That giggle, one she's familiar with gets- not a panicked look, but one of frustration. "N-Lacrima, this is why I was trying to bring the library ghost." Seems she still hasn't gotten the ghost to admit it's name. The petting, the malice and the weird walking on hair thing are all ignored for a moment. Mostly because right now she's taking Norie's warnings at face value and sticking close, otherwise she would have already launched into an attack.

That doesn't mean her stance doesn't change, taking a defensive side stance, she says, "Did you tell her where this place was too?"
Lacrima 2016-08-18 06:29:56 51424
Lacrima frowns. "Bring the ghost and let it be influenced by the energy around us into something bigger and stronger?" she asks. She looks back to Shiniko and frowns a bit. "Shiniko-chan." she says quietly.

"No... I don't tell many about this place. Just Riventon- so he knows where to go if he needs to find me." she says as she looks back to Shiniko.

"....she isn't a snack. and neither am I." she says. She frowns a bit.

"Why are you here, Shiniko." she asks softly, making sure Jiaying is close.
Cute Witch Kazeko 2016-08-18 06:38:36 51426
"The snack thing was a joke." Shiniko says in that same voice, dead, hard to read. Shiniko leans back a bit, her hair taking on the shape of a chair and a hand. The latter points up at a distant high point, where a raven critter is flying around, with black flames on the tips of its wings, far away enough it's hard to see.

"A little bird told me you were here, Lacrima-chan~" The Shadow witch pets her fox a little more, "So I got this little friend to confirm, and when I was sure, I decided to say hello. Are you not glad to see me, my friend~?" There's a tone underlying that last bit, a clear paranoia.

Then, Shiniko looks towards Jiaying, "They didn't see your friend though, are you hiding her from them? Clever~" That seems genuinely appreciative, "I am the Shadow Witch Shiniko. Who are you, dear~?"
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 06:48:42 51430
Jiaying Maki looks at Lacrima and says dryly, "Maybe I should find a way to leave a ghost or two here if it just makes them bigger or stronger, unless it makes them no longer spirits or ghosts. That would be bad- I don't know how that would work."

"Chan? That's the... close one? So you weren't kidding about her being a friend then." She sounds somewhat incredulous.

"Haaah your joke is good if you're lower than a dog's belly Shiniko." The bird is given a curious look, then she leans forward and asks softly, "How does she know about this place at all do you think?" Wondering what kind of magic ability she has down here. Or if she can tap into some of the Yin side of her magic to blindside Shiniko. Shiniko introducing herself gets a flat, "I know already. My name though, that's not important. You can use Nuwu if you would like." She's not about to give the witch an actual name, not when they've fought twice before whether or not the witch remembers or not.
Lacrima 2016-08-18 06:50:19 51431
Lacrima frowns. "This is Ji-Nuwu. I'm protecting her right now with a shield of sorts." she pauses a moment and looks down at her braclet. Then back up. "We still have time before I need to drop it and take her back home." she says with a frown.

This is really awkward for Lacrima on SO many levels.

Part of her wants to scream out 'you know exactly who she is. Stop with the torment'. But the other Part of her just wants to glower about it. Glowering it is. It's the less harmful choice right now.

"I'm showing her what this place is like." she pauses.

"This is a place I regularly go to, Shiniko. Is this your first time here on this rock? I wasn't seeking you out. Not on purpose." she says.

"I was chasing your fox. That's new." she says.
Cute Witch Kazeko 2016-08-18 07:00:01 51433
"Nuwu then, well, I'd like you to remember Lacrima-chan is just as much a monster as I am~" Shiniko giggles again, lazily petting her fox as she slowly moves towards Lacrima, another hand forming out of her hair, reaching out for the vampire's shoulder. "Yes, it's my first time here." She glances down at the fox, "It's a prototype~ I'm working on making some familiars to help me out. Still have some flaws to work out before they're ready, though. I hope you'll find them most wicked when I unleash them upon the sinners of the world~" Another giggle, and then dark flames light below Shiniko, consuming her. "See you around~" When the flames are gone, so is Shiniko. The fox is still there.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 07:09:19 51435
Jiaying Maki glances at Lacrima as she starts to give away her name. "How much time do we have left?" She asks, keeping a careful eye on Shiniko. She doesn't really know what the vampire is currently thinking. Though the explanation is given some consideration, mostly because it's kind of mundane. Which feels wildly out of place here really.

"Except I actually enjoy beind around her Shiniko. Sticking purification energy to your shadows and hearing you whimper isn't my idea of fun." There's a bit of a dig there. She leans forward, still close to Lacrima of course, "I'm pretty sure I can burn out all of that excess Yin though, if you could stop running." Her voice has taken on a hard edge to it, ears canted back and teeth bared. A rare image for the normally cheerful girl, though one htat has seen glimpses more than once now.

Shiniko's departure doesn't stop this look right away. She catches herself and steps back, watching the fox. A hand goes into her pocket and she asks Lacrima, "I would like to deter her from coming to your private place Lacrima. What will happen if I... force feed her fox some Yang?"
Lacrima 2016-08-18 07:14:51 51437
Lacrima says. "Yang? Positive energy? Well for one you'll summon every creature within a long radius here because even a miniscule speeck of that shines really bright in a place like this and the creatures either don't like or want to eat it." she says flatly. "Secondly. It'd have to be amazingly powerful to exist here at all." she says.

"It's no matter. I can find a different place. The Dusk Zone is very very vast." she says.

"Mmmmm. A few minutes at best." she says looking at her bracelet. We should consider leaving soon." she says quietly.

She looks down. "Shiniko....." she mutters. "I don't think she's slipped off of humanity yet." she says. "But...."

"She's obviously getting close." she says glumly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-18 07:21:35 51438
Jiaying Maki nods and says, "So probably shouldn't leave the tag behind just to swarm this place?" There's a moment's thought, then she shakes her head. "I don't need to be that vindictive. The fox- It reminds me of something though, the other person on my list to handle somehow. Then again, I don't like it for the obvious reasons."

Lacrima's comments though, that gets her to back off fully. Letting her breath out, she glances over and asks, "I still can't do anything to help there either Lacrima. She runs away at first retaliation, is clearly not... wired correctly and apparantly at the end of the line. I need something to work with." But, then again, they're leaving and this can wait for later.
Lacrima 2016-08-19 03:19:34 51557
Norie Okana merely reaches out to touch Jiaying's shoulder again and that blackness engulfs them again. Once again, they're in that black void of nothingness that gives away to a rush of much fresher air and the familar surroundings of Jiaying's room. She releases the shoulder and that there's a bright purple flash of the shield dissapating.

She walks over to her backpack and digs into her backpack and removes a black-like crystal. She thinks a moment and then with a crush- the crystal crunches into black mist...

"Drenaje..."

There's a soft purplish glow from Norie as she she takes a deep breath and makes a face before she shakes it off.

"Fetid energy. Stored energy always 'tastes' awful and doesn't work as well, but I need the boost after burning that." she says.

She sighs and turns back around and faces Jiaying again and looks down. "I'm sorry. I wasn't expecting Shiniko-chan to show up." she says quietly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 03:28:54 51560
Jiaying Maki jumps at the touch to her shoulder, starting to hit that point where she's not really enjoying the trip. The angles, tentacles, bad things, it's enough to rattle someone who unfortunately, regularly sees tragedies.

Looking around her room, she sits down heavily on her pile of cushions. She's quiet for a few minutes. "It's like those dehydrated meals probably?" The fact that it's a crystal with that kind of thing in it gets a note for later, but for now- "I know you want to help her Norie- but something about running into her there. Something felt off." And she's kind of put off by the shadow fox. Chin on her hands, she asks, "The fox she was carrying- Was that what the other hen fan in my life giving me a headache started as?"
Lacrima 2016-08-19 03:35:20 51561
Norie Okana says. "Gift from Riventon. I guess you call it like a 'Diabetic Shot' for an energy eating creature like myself. Emergency use, really. Not good as a replacement." she says softly.

She pauses. "Hen.. Fan? Why would... a hen... have a fan..." she says as she taps her chin a bit softly. "I dunno anything about her fox. It's new." she says. "Do you mean.. Ayana-chan?" she asks. "I think she was just a normal fox." she says.

"Um..." she says.

"I don't... know what's wrong with her. she's just normally like that." she says.

"Though... she's never... called beings. Food. Like that." she says quietly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 03:43:42 51563
Jiaying Maki closes her eyes and leans back on her cushions. "Hen fan is-" she considers the right word, "Annoyance. I'm not dignifying her with any respect after the other day and the talk with Kukai." Hand to forehead, then she says, "I think that while Sora antagonizes her, she antagonizes back and I'm nto sure who started it, but it felt manipulative this last time."

Then there's a pause, she had been kind of putting that off. "That was what worried me. I normally destroy ghosts that act that way. I've... only recently stopped. She's a friend of yours so I want to help her, but-" she hesitates, "I wonder if just burning the corruption out, pain or not might be the best choice now."
Lacrima 2016-08-19 03:53:54 51565
Norie Okana sighs and crosses her arms. "I hope you understand though. What that place is like now. It isn't. A pleasent place. It isn't /Earth/. or any sort of place you know." she says. "It isn't 'hell' or anything." she insists.

She frowns. "I think she's turning into something like me. I dunno how to help her. I keep telling her she has a choice. I didn't have a choice. But she wants to.. choose that. What she's doing." she sighs.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 03:56:49 51566
Jiaying Maki leans forward and says, "If she's choosing her route and embracing it-." She trails off, rolling it around in her, "-Maybe we should stop her now, rather than later. However that needs to be done. I would-" She doesn't finish the though, watching Norie. Kind of a bad thought no matter which way you go about it.

"I never assumed it was a good place Norie, but- it's worse than I thought. I will give you that."
Lacrima 2016-08-19 04:10:16 51569
Norie Okana nods. "Many places in it are different. But...I find places of it pretty. In it's own way." she says quietly. "But my tastes are different. Have been different since this. I dunno if 'human me' would had found it pretty." she admits.

She shakes her head and leans back and head tilts. "Yeah. Just. I can't.. help with that. That's likely to hurt me too-- any sort of massive use of positive magic." she says softly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 04:38:20 51572
Jiaying Maki watches Norie and says, "It made my head hurt looking at anything too long and there were some things- Aside from Shiniko- that I don't think I want to remember."

"I wouldn't want to have you in the area. I've done it once before, flooded someone with Yang. I can do it with Yin too, but... considering how she screamed with just a dose. No, she would need to be stopped and held in place so she couldn't flee." Pinching the bridge of her nose, she hesitates and says, "How do you and Sora know her?"
Lacrima 2016-08-19 04:58:40 51575
Norie Okana crosses her arms. "I dunno how she knows Sora." she lies. "But we both seem to want to help her...." in different ways and also Sora is Shiniko and no way is saying that even if... even if she wants to. "I just... maybe..."

"Maybe I can help if I can figure out how to control something." she says. "Use that instead from a safe distance." she says. "Some type of creature. Or something... to hold her in place..." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 05:04:04 51576
Jiaying Maki holds her hand out and grabs the charm she had left on the cushion earlier and puts it into her pocket as the ghost is released. The demon-fox looking shade looks at Norie, cackles and disappears into Jia's shadow. "I'm thinking I'm either going to need the help of more spirits to hold her down-" looking pained, she continues, "Or to hurt her until she stops so that we can help her that way instead."

Jia doesn't necessarily like hurting others even if she knows it has to be done sometimes. "Did Sora tell you they were friends too? She avoided ever telling me until the other day."
Lacrima 2016-08-19 05:20:17 51579
Norie Okana sighs. "So you want to collect more ghosts to help. Okay." she says softly. "Oh. Right. Yeah. No ghosts in the Dusk Zone. They'll either mutate or become horrible creatures or become so strong as that you'd be unable to control them or recapture them." she says. "Most likely."

"It's a Hypothesis! Riventon-san would probably urge me to test it." she insists.

"But." she says. "I don't wanna do that to one of your ghosts. Maybe something else." she says curtly.

She sighs a bit. "I dunno. Jia." she says quietly to the last question.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 05:23:24 51580
Jiaying Maki drums her fingers and says, "I've been trying to sort through the tourist traps and the actual hauntings- It's not like I can put an ad out on television. 'We're ready to believe you!' sort of thing. With her focusing so... heavily on cold, I've been trying to find ghosts that specialize in either cold or heat."

She sounds like she's rambling just to distract herself. Especially since she's still being given the run around and at this point she knows it. From two people she cares about even. Resting her head back, she eventually says, "Does your Riventon have a shackle I can use on her maybe?"
Lacrima 2016-08-19 05:26:34 51581
Norie Okana shakes her head. "Na-uh. Shiniko also does work for Riventon-san. He won't help with it." she says. "To be honest. He'd probably think I'm overworrying if I told him in detail what I think. But Riventon-san belives powers like this are a gift." she says softly.

"To be nutured and what not. I guess he's right to a degree. I mean." she says quietly. "If it wasn't for Riventon-san I'd probably had just continued to be this mess of a vampire and be irrational and starving all the time. I'm really glad you didn't know me during that period."

"Shiniko did. So did Ayana and Ikiko. Just. Falling into rambling tiraed and wide eyed rants."
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 05:39:28 51583
Jiaying Maki puts her hand to her forehead and says, "Then don't tell him it's to catch her. Let's get a trap and pin her down. Tell him a wild monster has escaped and we need to stop it before it damages-" she opens her eyes, looking at the ceiling, "Tell him it's going to eat all of the power." Well, Shiniko is draining people, it's not a complete lie right?

"Power isn't supposed to be nurtured, it's supposed to be honed and used properly." To be fair, that's probably the same mindset, just... different views. "Tell him-... as long as I'm not going to the lab, I can provide a ghost for examination. To see what it's made of and it's capabilities or something."

"I'm glad you got help before." she almost smiles and makes a joke, then stops. It seems meaner than she wants. "What kind of jobs does Shiniko do for your group."
Lacrima 2016-08-19 05:48:23 51584
Norie Okana thinks. "Okay so you want a trade for a trade. We'll see." she says quietly. "I need to ask." she says quietly. "Shiniko does odd jobs. For Riventon's group. Not the parent group. To be more pointed." she says softly.

"I'm with Riventon's group but I also work for the parent company." she says. "It affords me more benefits on a regular basis rather than something contractual." she says.

She motions to the tablet. "Like study equipment. Riventon-san is also teaching me things about power control and consumption and usage." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 05:53:08 51585
Jiaying Maki watches Norie and says, "I will not give a ghost over for experimentation permanently. I will not provide any spirits if I get sent out for those either and even then... I won't force a nature spirit." She shifts, pulling a cushion around and rolling onto her side. "What do you want to trade for more information about Shiniko so I can actually help Norie. Blind isn't helping anyone right now."

She tries to be a touch sneaky, not giving Norie too much time to think as she quickly adds, "What equipment do you have and what can you pull? Maybe we can get something useful there too."
Lacrima 2016-08-19 06:05:44 51588
Norie Okana shakes her head. "I've told you everything I know about Shiniko." she says quietly...

"There's clearly things I don't know. With the fox..."

She blinks. "I just have the tablet right now. And my phone." she says. "I'm not high up on the totem pole, Jia-chan." she says silently. "Anything I'd need to obtain would need to be requisitioned through Riventon." she says quietly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 06:09:37 51589
Jiaying Maki says flatly, "You haven't told me everything you know Norie. I'll keep going along to do what I can though." Even if the frustration at this point is clear on her voice. She kicks her shoes off and tosses them to the door and stands up, brushing herself off before walking over to get herself water from the kitchen area.

"Catch the fox. I can see if I can overwhelm it and bend it to my will. If it's not a spirit or ghost, maybe you can instead." A sip of water, then she nods slowly. "So there's no going around for useful equipment. I can't do any research. Maybe I should just get as many ghosts together and dog pile her overhwelming her with positive energy as you put it. Will that do anything bad to her- the unfixable kind of bad."
Lacrima 2016-08-19 06:22:20 51590
Norie Okana looks down when Jiaying calls her out and says nothing about it. What can she say? Tell the truth? That'd hurt /both/ of them. Really. Jiaying's going to be hurt anyways when she finds out. Maybe-- maybe she outta plan to move out sooner than later...

"Um..." she says. "...I don't know." she says.

"I know that once you start... being able to exist in the Dusk Zone and need to 'eat energy'... it's when it's become either part of your core being or at least very close to being." she says quietly

"I know that you can't purify me. I am... 'me'. I don't exist if you purify out what's wrong." she says quietly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 06:25:08 51591
Jiaying Maki watches the reaction from Norie, waiting for any kind of answer. Eventually she sighs, drinks the glass of water in one go and sets it aside, then walks back over to her pillow pile and flops onto it. "So there's a chance if I do that, I'll burn her out too. What do we do then? She's not as... hinged as you are. You aren't lashing out at random, taking whole crowds on."
Lacrima 2016-08-19 06:32:21 51592
Norie Okana frowns. "I dunno. I was very sick and unconcious for the time I was 'changing over'. So I dunno what that change entails. but I was very 'unhinged' early on." she says. "I'm only 'rational' because I accepted what I am and stopped fighting it. It still isn't pleasent. I still hurt people. I still feel the /need/ to hurt people..."

"Sometimes when I'm on a bus, I imagine how exactly I'd move from person to person in an instant, draining them all." she says. "And sometimes it's hard to quell that. I don't like it." she says.

"Shiniko's probably in either early stage or late stage change over if I had to guess. She's doing what comes naturally now I bet. But once again."

"Probably wrong..." she mutters.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 06:36:52 51594
Jiaying Maki looks over her shoulder and begins talking to her shadow in Chinese, relaying some information probably. The ghost, this one Meifeng makes a few comments back to Jia, which causes her to double down and repeat what she last said. Jia still doesn't sound too happy at this point, but maybe she has a plan?

"I think everyone has considered doing something stupid on a bus. Why do you think all of those signs are around?" She's trying to diffuse the situation probably. "What makes you think early stage or late stage exactly? How can you tell?"
Lacrima 2016-08-19 06:45:53 51596
Norie Okana head tilts softly. The diffusion seems to go over weird as she shrugs and sighs. "I dunno. Just based on observations compared to my own early situation, Jiaying." she says softly.

She softly gets up and walks into the bathroom. Which Jiaying knows is to get changed intro PJs herself, because she rarely goes in there otherwise.

She comes back out in her light purple PJs and walks over to the bed as she lays down a moment.

She throws the blanket over here. Tightly.

Yeah she's not feeling great now.

"I'm sorry I can't tell you more..." she says quietly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-08-19 06:50:07 51597
Jiaying Maki stands up, carrying one of her pillows over after Norie comes out wearing the PJs. She drops it on Norie, settling down nearby in a crouch. "I'm sure you have your reasons Norie- I'm not going to hold it against you." She is, but on a subconcious level and she tries very hard to bury that frustration. "It would help considerably if I had a way to look into things though." Stealing her pillow back, she waits a moment, then gives Norie a hug.

Unless Norie ends up actually wanting a hug, Jia stands up after a few moments and says, "I'm leaving my door open if you want to come and chat about something else- I'm not sure how long it's going to take to sleep tonight."