Hunting the Hunter II

Sayaka tracks down Lacrima to ask her questions about Alexis and herself.

Date: 2017-02-04
Pose Count: 17
Lacrima 2017-02-04 02:17:16 70157
Lacrima has been feeding tonight. She's left two delinquent spray painters, a person dumping out garbage for the night from a local eatery, and what appears to have been two thugs that were beating each other up before she drained them both.

It leaves a pretty apparent direction and the energy is still heavy in the air after the last encounter that Sayaka will know she's on the right track.

Lacrima is currently taking a breather in an alley, hiding, gently staring towards a corner. Nothings there. She's just. Staring. Like she's seeing something no one else can see. Nothings there of course. Not even magical.

She's muttering to herself, but Sayaka would be too far away from her upon discovery that it'd be hard to hear what she's saying.
Sayaka Miki 2017-02-04 02:23:26 70158
    Sayaka hadn't spied her after the first meal..After the last two however, she had started to shadow her very closely. But the girl was fast. Fast enough that the moment Saya dropped down to check on one of her victims, she was already gone, pouncing on the next one.

    It causes her to frown deeply, noticing something strange about the state of the victims. Something very..Familiar. "Alex.." she narrows her eyes, But no. This is different. Whoever this girl is, she's got to stop her!

    Springing to her feet, Sayaka hastens her pace, trying to catch up to the girl before she can feed on another person. Eventually she leaps into the alleyway where she saw her last, but it's dark in here, and there are many shadows to hide in.

    "Alright..Show yourself! I know you fed off those people back there. Come out and explain yourself!"
Sayaka Miki 2017-02-04 02:43:16 70159
    She doesnt pull out her sword just yet. And this moment, it feels way too familiar. Alexis...She frowns. Is this the 'friend' he was talking about..? "Wait a minute.." Saya lowers her guard briefly, peering into the shadows but not advancing any further. "You're like Alex, aren't you? Feeding on peoples' energy cuz you need it to survive? I'm sorry that you have to go through that..But still, you cant just prey on people like that! And so many too! People could get hurt that way, even killed!"
Lacrima 2017-02-04 02:47:33 70160
Lacrima blinks. "Wait. Alex? Do you mean Alexis-kun?" she asks softly with a short blink.

She becomes slightly less defensive and she frowns. "No. Alexis-kun is like me. I'm the reason he is the way he is right now." she says in a manner that suggests she isn't pleased by this fact.

"Alexis doesn't need to 'feed' as much as I do." she says frankly.

"No one dies as long as I keep fed and in control." she says.

"I can starve myself and become an irrational monster that will hurt people. Would you prefer that?" she asks.
Sayaka Miki 2017-02-04 02:52:35 70161
    Sayaka frowns, "You're his friend he spoke of? But then, what happened to him? What did you do to him and why?" while she seemed sympathetic a moment ago, Sayaka's face hardens again, not quite understanding what she 'did' to him.

    Her hands clench at her sides as she continues, shaking her head in disbelief. "So..His condition's not quite as advanced as yours, huh? But what of those people? You may be trying to survive, but attacking people without provocation is still wrong! There are plenty of people who would willingly give you energy if you'd only ask. I'd be glad to give you some of mine if need be, although it seems you've already had more than enough.."
Lacrima 2017-02-04 03:03:55 70162
Lacrima blinks. "He didn't tell you?" she asks softly. "It's true we both didn't know." she says quietly. "We just woke up in the woods one night and I woke up. Then he woke up and he was... wrong. Like me." she says quietly.

"I remembered through help with a friend. Some sort of monster attacked. I tried to handle it. He tried to help despite me telling him to hide. It chased him. It killed him. Or nearly did. I'm not sure." she says quietly.

"I did something that could save him, but it did that to him." she says quietly. "I'm not a healer. My powers don't come from love or happiness." she says. "But I didn't want to lose one of my friends who doesn't hold the fact I'm some sort of dark energy abomination against me." she says quietly.

She frowns. "Somewhere, Alexis is still human. He still has a human body. He doesn't need as much energy as I need to survive. He can pick and choose." she says. "I don't have that luxury. I need more." she says frankly.
Sayaka Miki 2017-02-04 03:11:32 70163
    Lacrima's explanation only seems to anger Sayaka even more. Enough so that she actually punches the wall next to the girl, a soft growl escaping her lips. "How...How could you do that to him?! You've condemned him to a life of torture! He's now a monster, on the run from his family, from his friends..He can never live a normal life ever again! You should have just let him die!"

    Her eyes narrow, remembering the decision she made. To save Kyousuke's hands. But it was her choice. "Sometimes, being dead is better than being a monster. But you only thought about yourself! Do you know how he feels about himself now? He's miserable.."

    She catches herself at this last piece of information that Lacrima shares. "But you're right. There's a part of him that is still human. His heart at least has some humanity in it. I could sense it, a little. But I dont know if he can be saved.."
Lacrima 2017-02-04 03:17:04 70164
Lacrima frowns heavily. "Do I know... how he feels?"

She says quietly. "Are you kidding me?" she asks. "I realized I was a danger to myself and my family so I ran." she says. "I returned, many months later, when I was sure I was in control. My family knows something is wrong with me and I can't tell them what." she says softly.

"Do you think I asked for this? I didn't. I bought a necklace. It was very pretty. It did this to me. It stole my good emotions and it stole my life from me and all it did was give me /this/ in turn." she spits.

"He was going to die. I did what I could to save his life." she says miserably. "I tried to call for help but I couldn't even type at the time." she says.

"Idiot." she seethes.

"Idiot just like Alexis. Can't do as he's told. If he listened... didn't try to help me..." she mutters.
Sayaka Miki 2017-02-04 04:37:00 70166
    Sayaka seems only slightly stirred by Lacrima's explanation. She continues to glare at the cracked wall however, unable to look at this..Whatever she is..Just at the moment. She grits her teeth, trying to keep her composure.

    "Lacrima. I'm sorry about what happened to you. That's terrible that your life was ruined because of a cursed necklace. However, Alex had a chance to die in peace as a normal human, and you took that right away from him! There's no way living life as a monster could be better than dying a human."

    She clenches her fist, looking like she might just punch the wall again. However, Saya ends up just turning around to face Lacrima instead. "You know what he asked me to do? He asked me to kill him..If he loses himself. I...Promised I'd help him, but now I have to be prepared to hurt someone I care about, because of a foolish decision someone else made for him. He wants to be a hero, not a villain, he never wanted to be a monster.."
Lacrima 2017-02-04 04:46:44 70167
Lacrima frowns and turns back to the corner. She hrmphs. "Lots of people are upset about that." she says blankly. "But some are also glad he's alive. And because he still has a human body... it could be possible to fix him. At least, that's what others are telling me." she says quietly. "I don't have a human body to 'go back to' if I could be fixed. I'm just a mass of dark energy that knows it was human at one time." she says flatly.

"So?" she asks. "I have a similar deal with others. To 'kill me' if I step over a line I can't come back from." she says.

"It's common. That kind of thing." she says softly.

She squints. "Are you... the one he's been patrolling with?" she asks. She doesn't respond to that last statement. Not yet.
Sayaka Miki 2017-02-04 04:52:57 70168
    She frowns, folding her arms, "And so they should be. You're a vampire. And you're right. You dont save lives, you take 'em. I just hope he's the only one you've..Changed." Yeah, Saya's a self-righteous jerk. But maybe some of what she says is actually justified. Maybe.

    However, the possibility that he can be..'fixed', does cause her to lighten up a bit. "Really? Is it really possible to save him?" she peers curiously at the girl, stepping a little closer as the shadows hide her from view. "But if he can be brought back..Maybe there's still hope for you too, y'know? I mean, you claim that you're just a mass of darkness, but you could have killed those people and you didn't. You could have shown no remorse, even now, when you told me how you ate just enough to stop from losing control. Maybe there is a way to save you too, you just havent found it yet.."

    Sayaka holds out a hand. "C'mon, I wanna help you too, okay? And you're right. I guess we did do a couple of patrols together. I figured I'd try and help him too, since he said he wanted to be a hero and all..Maybe I went too far, but I sensed a kindred spirit there.." Sayaka stares thoughtfully at the sky as she says that.
Lacrima 2017-02-04 05:15:56 70169
Lacrima frowns. "He still has a human body save for the things that didn't exist when I 'fixed' him." she says. "That's some sort of dark energy facsimile. In theory. You could 'fix' him now, but then all that would dissipate and he'd be dying from 'a rather large hole in his stomach'." she says bluntly.

She frowns and head tilts at the hand. "I'm not touching you." she says bluntly.

"Don't take it personally. I don't... touch people. Unless I'm comfortable with draining them either accidently or otherwise." she says softly.

She hrmphs. "Well going around straight up killing people is a good way to upset all these 'magical defenders' in the city. Even those who aren't normally screaming 'justice' at the roof of their mouths." she says as if some inference to Sayaka potentially.

"Not to mention if I had it my way I wouldn't need to 'feed' on anyone. Or be this thing. Or hurt people or anything." she says.

"But I'm stuck like this so I need to. The alternative is that I starve myself. Starving myself doesn't kill me--- it just makes me no better than one of those snarling monsters that constantly repeats it's same type or something." she says. "Instinct driven to feed until I'm 'back to this'." she says.

"I don't even remember any of it. I black out during that." she says.
Sayaka Miki 2017-02-06 02:47:42 70309
    Sayaka narrows her eyes at the girl..Or whatever she is, and inspite of what she says, Sayaka does seem to take it personally. "Fine, have it your own way. But you really should take energy offered freely, rather than taking it by force. That's something I cant forgive."

    Even her explanation barely shakes Sayaka, so deep-rooted is her justice driven nature. "I see. Well, you sure upset some magical defenders either way. I'm not suggesting you starve yourself either, just be willing to let people help you a little."

    Saya shrugs, "I wonder if you just need to find a magic powerful enough to break the curse upon that necklace of yours. Maybe you should be focusing your energy on that instead.."
Lacrima 2017-02-06 02:56:15 70310
Lacrima frowns. "I do have someone that lets me feed from them, but I'd need about five different people on three days of the week, each of those days, to let me feed from them. I'd need about fifteen people to let me do that to them, and I don't even have five friends let along fifteen." she says quietly. "That'd let me feed from them." she says.

"My friend tried to fill in for those fifteen people and she just got sick because of it." she says quietly. "I objected but she insisted. I didn't know I could ever feel 'force fed'." she says wryly.

She frowns. "It can't be broken. I /am/ the curse. I go with it. I will not /kill myself/." she says sternly.

"That is /giving up/." she spits.
Sayaka Miki 2017-02-06 03:30:33 70316
    Sayaka glares back at her, "There are lots of willing people in this town. I could find people who would be willing to help. Forget about your reservations about not touching people or being picky. That's what heroes are for."

    She does smile however at the mention of giving up, "No, I wouldn't want you to give up either. Just be more open to letting strangers help you once in a while."

    As for this curse business, she really doesn't know much about it. "Ugh, I guess I dont know much about magic, but I'll ask around, I guess. Just hang in there, maybe there's still hope for you. Just need to look in the right places."

    She shrugs, "Anyways, I guess what happened to Alexis is done and no amount of yelling will change that. Guess we can only look forward and not regret the past. But if you had the chance again, I hope you will make the right decision next time."
Lacrima 2017-02-06 03:44:09 70322
Lacrima frowns. "The right decision? Letting one of my few friends die?" she asks. "No. Never. I will save them if I can and if that means doing something horrible to accomplish that." she says.

"I have to do what I'm able to protect my friends. They are /my/ friends." she says. Mamoru and Kunzite and Eilam have all been dwelling that selfishness can be love and friendship in the right contexts. She's sure this is that context.

"I'm done feeding for the night. So don't worry about me continuing." she says. "for the night." she sighs.

She looks upwards and hrmphs as she looks back down.

"Goodbye." she says as she let's a cloak of darkness envelope her to let it carry her away back to the Dusk Zone, then somewhere near her home, where she shifts back to Norie, so she can lumber back inside to her family.
Sayaka Miki 2017-02-06 03:47:31 70324
    Sayaka shakes her head, "No, not at all. Maybe she just wasn't strong enough, maybe you took too much. Sounds like you need to learn self-control. Anyway, I cant speak for your friend, I can only speak for myself, and I'm more than willing to help you. However.."

    Her eyes darken, "I cant let you feed on unwilling victims. I suppose it feels better to accidently kill a stranger than a friend, but that doesn't justify your actions."

    Then the angry girl is already leaving and Sayaka makes no move to follow. Dammit, she's more stubborn than Alex. At least he accepted her help! "Fine, suit yourself. Til next time."