Amu meets too many vampires

Amu finds Alexis and they have a long talk(without kisses).

Date: 2017-01-20
Pose Count: 36
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 08:03:51 68338
Amulet Heart was on the hunt! Sorta. There had been an x-egg out and about and, after some hard work, she'd fixed it. Now the egg was all sparkly and had returned to its owner.

Which now left her. Jumping from roof top to roof top, landing all over the place, searching for... well, trouble.

So of course she found herself back at the park. Her arms crossed as she thought about what happened. Alexis. He-- "Wait a minute." She KNEW alexis! He'd been that rude kid with the bike! HEY!
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 08:30:47 68339
Even this late in the night, Amu is hardly the only person to move around outside. If anything else, the night itself invites people too, certainly.

Now, if she can sense dark energy-- she might see it coming.

Otherwise, the first sense of someone else she gets is when a male voice rumbles out, "We need to talk," from about ten meters behind her.

And there stands a tall figure in a dark hoodie -- the hood of the garment flipped up to at least mostly cover up his face. In practice, with this darkness, his face is completely hidden, too, really-- with the hood casting a shadow over his features.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 08:41:17 68340
Amulet Heart totally didn't jump. Totally just brushed it off, crossing her arms and turning around. "Alexis-kun, I presume?" she asked.


But externally, cool as a cucumber that'd been i nthe fridge. "I've been looking for you."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 08:51:18 68341
"I know," declares... Alex, as one would assume, at this point, considering all the things going on.

"Do us both a favor and don't move from where you are," he mutters from underneath the hood then, now drawing his hands slightly up and apart from himself. "And keep your hands visible. I will be doing the same. No quick motions of any kind either."

"This is a negotation. Do you understand?"
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 08:55:13 68342
Amulet Heart sighed and crossed her arms. "O... kay? I've come to offer you my help. And the help of virtue, to an extent. I know about what happened to Lacrima-chan. And... I understand why she did what she did. There was no other way and I do think she made the right choice."

She frowned. "I'm not going to purify you. Trust me, if I was going to purify anyone it'd be Lacrima-chan and I'm not even wanting to purify her. what happened sucks. It's horrible that it happened at all. But she did the best she could with the resources she had. If not for that, you'd be dead now and... who knows what would have happened to her."

She then paused and cocked an eye. "Are you really that scared of me?"
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 09:06:20 68343
"The word you're looking for is 'distrustful'," Alex says. "I have been. In enough situations like this to know not to make assumptions. Even more so if I don't. Know the other person."

"And I do not know you."

His speech pattern is... off, to put it in a way. Beyond just the constant deadpan, it's all broken apart.

"I will give you enough. Of goodwill to listen to what you want to say. But know this much. If you did try to purify me. I will not react the same as Lacrima. The thing inside me. Will fuse deeper in me. Neither of us want that."

"And if you do purify Lacrima." His head shifts slightly, to cause the hood to draw back, just so that one green eye glints out from beneath towards her.

"I will not be happy. And it's hard enough to control myself as it is."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 09:10:51 68344
Amulet Heart nodded. "you're right. We don't. We want to try to find a way to get that... thing out of you. To save you. For the time being, though. I want to offer you the same thing I did Lacrima. Not... exactly the same. I can't afford to feed two of you. Well, I could but... last time it didn't end well."

She paused. "And... I have no intentions of purifying Lacrima-chan. What happened to her, and now to you, is horrible. But it's not either of your faults. You were both in the wrong place at the wrong time. That's why I want to offer you help. Lacrima-chan, despite what she says, is still a good person. She's trying to control it and keep it from hurting others. And... I suppose the state you're in now is better than death. So no one can fault her for what she did. I am sorry we weren't there when you needed us, though. This... never should have happened." Guilt flashed on her face and she sighed.

"So... I need to know your plans. You have this now. So what do you intend to do with it? With your powers and... weaknesses?"
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 09:22:47 68345
"And you are apologizing why?" Asks Alex suddenly, with a grunt.

"How could you have. Known? Too late for apologies. Even for people who. Actually were there."

His posture easens a little bit, at least. Tension starts to fade away. Maybe he's at least allowing himself to assume that the chance of Amu doing something isn't particularly high.

"As for me? That all will. Depend. On what people who are. Looking into this. Will find. If I can be. Fixed."

"Until then I will. Just survive. Stay away from crowds. Maybe patrol with. A--" He pauses. Considers. "...Friend. If all else fails. I have already asked that friend to. Shove a magic sword. Through my brain stem. When need comes."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 09:28:19 68346
Amulet Heart froze, her eyes going wide. "W-what? NO! Don't! You can't just give up!" She took a step closer, then stopped. "Right. But... listen. I'm sure we can fix you. And I'm sure we can save Lacrima-chan. I know she doesn't believe it, but there's a lot of things that shouldn't be possible that we can do already! Saving her, saving you, shouldn't be impossible! It may be hard but it's not impossible!"

"And none of us will stop working until we find a way. All this magic and power that we have, it keeps growing stronger. Every day more of us appear. Eventually one of us have to show up. Someone who can save you two. Or... or one of us will get strong enough to do it. you just have to hold onto hope."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 09:37:20 68347
"You misunderstand me, Amu," murmurs Alex, head shaking slowly under the hood. "Giving up would. Involve letting the beast. Loose. I am being realistic."

"When I said 'it is hard to keep in control'. I did not. Say it lightly." His hand moves over to tap lightly at his chest. "Do you know what it is. Like? To try to hold back. Unreasonable anger. All the time. The desire to feed on people. Wholesale. I have been keeping in control. But if no... 'cure' is found. And I have to live like this for hte rest. Of my life. I will have to. Consider the possibility. That I will one day go wild. Prepare for it.

"I am not afraid of death. I am afraid of hurting. People. Who do not deserve it." His hand moves upwards from his chest then, and goes tugging lightly at his hood, just enough to bring it sliding back away from his head and reveal his face. "What about you, Amu?"
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 09:47:26 68348
Amulet Heart blinked a few times and then lowered her eyes. "I... I see. I think that's... very good of you," she said softly. "... I understand. I... understand why you feel that way. And I'm sorry you feel that way. I wish... I coulddo more. But my powers will just make things worse." She took a long, slow breath.

"Have you... fed on anyone? Yet? Maybe the... feeding will help reduce the strain. I know it helped Lacrima-chan a lot."

"Amu, don't!" Su said. "Remember what happened last time!"

"That was one time! That's all! I was having her feed on me daily! This time it's different, just temporarily!"
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 09:54:12 68349
Alex's brow arches upwards. Even in the night time lighting, it's apparent enough now that the hood has been drawn back away from his head.

"I make a point of feeding. Often enough. I can't feel hungry." He explains this in the same calm, deadpan tone. "If I feel hungry. It gets. Harder to keep negative emotions. In control. I feed only on. People who. Commit. Crimes. And only for. One second. To be absolutely sure I. Don't feed. Too much. I have only fed for longer than that. After I. Extended more energy than normal. And that was from. A magical girl. Consenting one."

He tilts his head slightly over to one side, both eyes now regarding the girl in front of him.

"Why are you. So quick. To offer your own energy?"
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 09:57:44 68350
Amulet Heart nodded. "Oh. Then... good. Then it's not too long, too damanaging. It doesn't... why wouldn't I be?" she asked, cocking her headto the side. "You're suffering, you're hurt. I've had my energy drained dozens of times before. I know what it's like. I just get a little tired, that's all." Oh, she gets more than that.

"... Besides. I know how hard it can be. to find criminals sometimes, I mean. And you're working your hardest to make sure you don't have to put anyone in danger, right? So... I just want to help. In whatever way I can to help keep you safe... That's all."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 10:04:48 68351
"You're lying," Alex declares, bluntly, with a slow blink of his eyes. "You got more. Than just tired. With Lacrima. Didn't you?" He takes one, small step forward.

"Magical. People are. More durable to that. Than normal people. But. Long term drain. Can affect you deeper. Just six seconds of draining Sayaka left her. Unable to walk."

"I get it. You are. Like me. Downplaying an injury or. Condition. To make people feel. Less worried. Make your own sacrifice seem smaller."

"That about right?"
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 10:12:01 68352
Amulet Heart cringed and took a step back, her eyes lowering. She harumphed and shook her head. "No. I'm not. It was nothing. I just got a little sick, that's all. And that was just a cold. It had nothing to do with that. Nothing at all."

It had everything to do with that. She got sick... then made it worse and worse and the nightmares and the fear and the pain..."I pushed myself too hard back then, that's all. I had her feed on me every day. It was stupid and reckless and I know that now. But it wasn't her fault and it's certainly not a mistake I'll make a second time. Offering you a one time feed is nothing."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 10:19:44 68353
The boy's brow curves upwards again, after she's said that much.

"I'm not going to feed on you," he declares, after a few seconds. "At least. Not now. Would rather. Avoid it. If possible."

"Still. It is. Selfless of you. To offer even that much. All things considered."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 10:22:11 68354
Amulet Heart gave a little chuckle. "I'm not really that selfless," she said with a light chuckle. "I mean, I'm not like the other girls, there's... I'm not really that strong. Or fast or... well, any of that. But... helping you and Lacrima not have to do bad things... That's at least something I can do. I just want to help you until we can find some way to fix you, that's all."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 10:25:49 68355
"You are. Downplaying yourself. Again."

Alex takes another slow step forward, but this time it's followed by another. And a third. Now setting to a slow step towards her. "You at least get to. Call yourself a hero. I'm just. A monster trying very hard. Not to be one."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 10:29:26 68356
Amulet Heart stared, her mouth falling open. Then took a step closer. "You're NOT a monster!" she said defiantly. "You're suffering, fine. You're in a horrible, horrible situation! A situation no one should be in! But it's NOT your fault, you NEVER deserved this! And just because you're in this situation, doesn't make you bad! It's horrible, awful, but you never, ever deserved this!" She stomped her foot.

"And neither is Lacrima-chan. You both had a horrible thing happen to you. But you are still people. It's still in you. It's helping to keep you in control. That monster that's in you? It's your humanity that's controlling it, stopping it! nd that makes you just as much a hero as me!"
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 10:34:52 68357
Alex's expression doesn't change at all, even after that speech. This is probably as expected, really.

"It's nice. That you think that." He says, at the very least-- even if he shakes his head right after, and his following words aren't as positive. "But. We both know the. Reality."

He stops in his steps there, then, once she takes hers, green eyes never really leaving her. "Thank you for. Hoping otherwise. At least."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 10:52:53 68358
Amulet Heart sighed and shook her head, then held out her hand. "Alexis-kun. I WON'T give up on you or Lacrima-chan. I know it may not feel like you're you anymore. But you're trying. Even though it's hard, you're giving it your all. And that's human. So please. Just... be strong as long as you can. And when you don't feel you can be any more... let us know. And we'll do everything we can to relieve as much of the burden from you as we can. Okay?"
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 11:06:11 68359
Alex looks at the outreached hand. He looks... bemused, almost, for just a few seconds.

"People keep saying that," he murmurs in a quieter tone now. "It's. Weird. To hear it from someone who. Doesn't even know me yet."

Slowly, he lifts his hand upwards, and towards the one she has held out. After closing in on it, he hesitates briefly, evidenced in the hand drawing backwards again briefly, before reaching the rest of the way over to grasp hers, lightly.

"...I can still feel. The warmth." He murmurs, still a bit quieter. "That's here." He squeezes her hand lightly. "I remember. Finding solace in it. Now. I don't. I don't even know how to. Think of that."

"I hate that i don't."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 11:10:26 68360
Amulet Heart nodded. "Well, of course I don't know you. yet. But I will get to know you, right?" She gave his hand a squeeze. "Eventually you will. And... I can't give up on you. And I can't give up on Lacrima-chan. What happened to you -isn't fair-. It's not right. It could happen to anyone. What if it'd happened to my little sister? Or my parents?"

She frowned. "If that happened, I could never forgive someone who just gave up on them. So I could never forgive myself if I gave up on you."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 11:18:34 68361
"I suppose," Alex mutters, before he draws his hand away from hers-- but now, he's reaching his hand down into his pocket, to draw out... a crumpled piece of paper. The very same he had written his name and phone number on for Ami earlier that same day.

And now he's holding it out to her.

Ami did jokingly suggest giving it to a pretty girl later. Unfortunately the irony in this is probably lost on Alex currently.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 11:22:41 68362
Amulet Heart nodded and took it. Then... "My number is xxx-xxx-xxxx." A very rare number. "Call me if you ever need help. Or if you can't handle it or you think you're going to go down and... do something you'll regret. Okay? And I meant it before. There are others in virtue who can help you. When you can, talk to Kukai-kun. He's really great and... he's dealt with Lacrima-chan before."

She paused for a moment. "Don't... give up hope... okay? We'll save you. Somehow."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 11:35:07 68363
"Number..." Alex murmurs, and looks down. He repeats the phone number to himself. Several times over. First in japanese, then multuple times in german.

"I don't really. Put myself over. Other people, see." He says this after taking the moment to apparently commit the phone number to memory. "So my definition of. Keeping hope. Might be different. From yours. Different context."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 11:42:25 68364
Amulet Heart nodded a few times. "Just don't give up. Don't lose yourself. And don't... give up. Please. If... not for your sake, then for those who want to helpyou. Because we are here. And we will do everything we can to fix this. I promise."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 11:47:36 68365
"I know it might not. Seem that way. But." Alex lowers his head slightly and turns it to the side, so that's not actually looking to her, even if just for a moment. "I am trying. With. Everything I have."

"But I. Just survive. Somehow. That's what I always do."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 11:50:16 68366
Amulet Heart nods and then smiles. "Good. Then for now, survive. And..." She reached up and gently gripped his shoulders. "We'll find a way. Somehow. So you can live again. I know it doesn't make you happy to hear that but... just... don't let the despair overtake you."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 12:02:21 68367
"That is. The only thing I can promise, you know," Alex points out, grimly, with another bemused look sent downwards at her hand now, with them set on his shoulders. "That I. Try, anyway. I just. Have to be prepared for. The worst. You have to understand."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 12:03:38 68368
Amulet Heart nods. "I understand. But I -won't- let the worst happen," she said with a frown. "We'll find a way. I'm... I'm sure maybe Sailor Moon's power could do it. Or...or there have to be others. Even stronger girls. And they'll all get stronger and eventually they can save you. Maybe... make you new bodies, too."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 12:07:08 68369
"I'm sure she. Would have done something for Lacrima already. If she could." After saying that, Alex draws his brow up and adds, "Right?" before he takes a slow step backwards.
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 12:09:50 68370
Amulet Heart shakes her head. "no, she would have. But... she'll getstronger. And her magic can already do so much. She... she can do so much. So I'm sure she can do this. Just have to have faith."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 12:17:55 68371
"We'll just. Have to see. Won't we?" Alex says bluntly, before taking another step backwards, now starting to turn himself to the side. "I should. Let you go. You must have. Places to be."
Amu Hinamori 2017-01-20 12:22:35 68372
Amulet Heart nods. "I suppose there are. Places I should go to, I mean. I was on patrol." She then reached out and put a hand to his back. "you're not alone, Alexis. Never forget."
Stahlritter 2017-01-20 12:28:11 68373
He does stop long enough to peek back over his shoulder, and at her, when she says that. "It's not like I'm not. Used to that, too," he mutters, before he takes a step forward-- and away from her touch.