Two rejects and a fox

Seth and Unmei meet Jiaying during a school project. Things go poorly.

Date: 2017-02-05
Pose Count: 55
Unmei Tama 2017-02-05 19:25:24 70270
Unmei Tama had been causing a LOT of trouble the last few days. She'd gotten detention twice, almost suspended once, ended up stealing another girl's lunch. Frankly, she'd been causing a lot of trouble. the only thing keeping her in any semblance of in line was Yuzu and even she was likely having difficulty with it.

So it was no wonder no one wanted to be her partner for this project. So she ended up with the other reject from America, Seth. Which was why, on a cold, damp day, she was walking up the hill towards the top, a notepad in hand and pen as well. "Come on, Seth, let's get this over with." Hey, at least she was willing to talk in english to him. Odd that an italian girl was so fluent in it.
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-05 19:37:01 70271
Jiaying Maki is already out in the woods. She's got a small section cordoned off, not that her magic isn't a dead give away for anyone able to sense it. She seems to be practicing on both control of her magic guessing by the markings, torn papers and targets and scorch marks, but also her Kung Fu. Finally, she's wearing a pair of blue rubber gloves, the kind that come out of a box and she's holding what looks like a short wooden sword with a very heavily wrapped handle. A close look would reveal she's trying very hard to avoid touching it! What with her taking a break from the whole fire and doom magic to work on her kung fu.

She's so into the current set of strikes she's trying that she doesn't hear the two approaching, which means her ears and tail are on full display, as is the ghost standing to her side mocking her in Chinese. At least that's what it sounds like.
Seth Locke 2017-02-05 19:50:18 70272
And Seth wasn't all that thrilled that he ended up paired with one of the local troublemakers - reps have a tendency to bleed over, after all! But, a talk from the teacher later, and he's grudgingly doing it. He had fallen behind on the geography assignment, and he wasn't being given any slack over his routine medical check-up.

A cold, damp day means that Seth is wrapped up in a lot of clothing to keep himself warm; just as the teacher isn't cutting him any slack, neither is his heart when it comes to efforts. Huffing as he climbs the trail, he doesn't tell Unmei to slow down, but he's not speeding up to meet her at the top of the hill.

Once he reaches the top, his eyes fall upon the fox-girl. Surprised to see her in fox-traits? Well, no. Surprised to see her here, practicing? Why, yes.
Unmei Tama 2017-02-05 20:02:36 70273
Unmei Tama blinked. Her eyes went wide. Wait, was that a... Oh my gosh. IT was some kind of magical... thing! She knew EXACTLY what to do. "Don't move," she whispered to Seth. She then slowly inched forward, inch by inch and... then... Jumped! And tried to grab her by the tail.

"Ha! I've got your tail, now you've got to grant me a wish!" ... What? That's how these japanese things always went, right? Grab a tail, get a wish? It seemed to be that way. She smirked knowingly. Completely unaware of how much danger she was in.

Or how annoyed the nearby ghost likely was.
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-05 20:17:35 70274
Jiaying Maki had been mid swing when her tail is grabbed. Without any kind of thought to it at all, she spins, lashing out at whatever had grabbed her tail with the peachwood sword. She tries to pull it at the last second when she realizes it's just another student, a particularly impolite one, but still just a student, right? The ghost in question is laughing too hard to do anything right away, but Jia's reaction gets it to sober up quickly and it floats forward, moving to help protect Jia if she needs it while the fox in question is shouting something in Chinese. It sounds angry. And then apologetic. Then maybe angry again depending if that wooden bludgeon hits or not!

She tries to pull away from them either way though, successfull or not because having a limb of any kind grabbed probably isn't pleasant, but it's her tail! And that kinda hurts!
Seth Locke 2017-02-05 20:20:37 70275
"...And then, she vanished inexplicably, Sensei. I thought she had doubled-back to school once we concluded the assignment", replies Seth, pulling out the sketchbook. "You never grab a kitsune by their tail, as their tails secrete poison." He manages to keep a complete calm facade as he says this. Then, he adds, "Plus, if the poison fails, there's the Kung-Fu expertise you have to deal with, and I think hers puts Chun-Li to shame..."

He diverts his gaze, as he can't bear to watch the incoming blow at the offending Unmei...
Unmei Tama 2017-02-05 20:29:57 70276
Unmei Tama ends up getting clobbered, hard! She drops like a ton of bricks, hitting the ground and going still for a few moments. Then she stared up at the woman and...

Oh gosh she was actually starting to cry. A little bit. A little bruise forming on her head where she got hit. Well, at least she didn't get hit anywhere she needed. She stares up at the girl with tears in her eyes, before rolling onto her side and... curling into the fetal position.

Wow, how hard did she hit the girl?
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-05 20:40:03 70277
Jiaying Maki looks uncomfortable at the other girl crying. She carefully sets the sword to the side, away from herself and moves over to crouch down next to her. "S-sorry!" She says quickly, getting it in the right language this time. She moves her hand to try and see just how bad the hit was, hoping that she pulled the swing enough to avoid cracking anything. "Are you okay?" she asks, sounding honestly concerned.

Then the girl curls up in a ball and she looks to Seth, "Hey! Why didn't you stop her!" She might be lashing out just a touch out of some sense of guilt. What, she doesn't like hurting people that didn't do anything to deserve it! That she knows at least. Then she quickly looks to Unmei and asks, "Let me see?" as she crouches down trying to get a better look.
Seth Locke 2017-02-05 20:52:44 70278
"Because when I was about to say something, she was already on top of you", Seth replies. "Besides, I don't think I could've stopped her."

He approaches the two girls, and kneels down to get a better glimse of Unmei. "You alright?"
Unmei Tama 2017-02-05 20:56:35 70279
Unmei Tama sniffled and slowly sat up. "I-is my nose broken?" Well, no. She got hit on the side of the head. A bit of a bruise, but nothing too serious. "O-or a concussion? Am I going to die? I-I can't die from that!"

Ah, joys, anxiety. Granted, once she was assured she wasn't going to die... "Y-you're supposed to grant me a wish, not hit me! I grabbed your tail! That's what all the japanese tails are about! You grab a tail or steal your jacket or something, then I get a wish!"
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-05 21:16:43 70280
Jiaying Maki gives Unmei a flat look and says, "First of all, you're supposed to steal the kitsune's soul ball, not grab their tails." She then gently reaches out and pokes the girl's forehead, away from the forming bruise. "Second, I'm not a Japanese fox." She glares at Seth after and says, "You could have grabbed her! You had to have known what was going to happen!"

She then shakes her head and adds softly, "Nothing's broken I don't think. How many fingers am I holding up?" She holds up three fingers, watching quietly just in case she does need to take the girl to the hospital... somehow.
Seth Locke 2017-02-05 21:42:44 70281
"No, I really couldn't", Seth replies flatly. "She climbed up the hill faster, which means she was ahead of me when I got to the top. And when I noticed, she was already throwing a hand at your tail." He adds, still flatly, "And I believe there's plenty of blame to go around. I knew this was going to happen, and she couldn't wrap her head around that possibility? And practice to your heart's content, you couldn't do it in your human guise?" He shrugs, "Just saying."

He looks at Unmei, checking for signs of blood. "Well, no blood... I think you'll live."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-05 21:55:07 70282
Unmei Tama sniffled and nodded. "T-three. You know, if you're not a magical wish granting fox, you could have just said. You didn't have to be mean about it." ... She grabbed her tail. "Seth, I'm injured, I think this means you'll have to finish the assignment for me." .... Really? Now she was trying to get out of doing her homework.

She then looked the girl up and down and... "Huh. Yeah, I guess you are kind of a fox, huh? Cute at least." ... And now she was flirting with her. Maybe she was damaged.
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-05 22:02:02 70283
Jiaying Maki sighs and pinches the bridge of her nose, "I didn't think I was being mean. I'm just explaining that you shouldn't just grab someone's tail!" Looking over her to Seth, pointing to the ring of tags around the trees, "Non-magical sorts aren't supposed to notice we're here!" she then scowls, "I don't think I messed that up. It's supposed to work like the alleys back home. Maybe I didn't tie something quite tight."

She shrugs and says, "Besides, I already apologized for hitting her, you could have at least said something." She points and adds, "You really had to know!" Then she quickly shakes her head and was about to try and conjure up some ice for the girl when she starts hitting on her. She sighs and holds her hands up, "Taken, happily so."
Seth Locke 2017-02-05 22:17:41 70284
"Okay, non-magical. But what about magical ones who have no idea about your origins?", Seth points out. Then, with a sigh, "You know, I believe that ship has sailed, and is far off in the distance."

He looks at Unmei, and gasps! "Oh, no! How dreadful! You're in no condition to work, so just stay right there while I do all the work and you just laugh your ass off and chit-chat to your heart's content!"

He leps her up, "I wasn't born yesterday, and you have a grade depending on this assignment." He points to a position on the hill. "You start from there."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-05 22:25:45 70285
Unmei Tama stared at him, then glared. "Ugh. You are so NOT a gentleman. And to think I thought you were cute at first. Fine, whatever. Still hurts though." She took her pages and pens and gave an annoyed huff. "I'm Unmei. Nice to meet you, I guess. Even if you did try to give me a concussion. And really, with all the magic and stuff in this place, why wouldn't I grab your tail? Like, all the legends say to grab the tail!"

She shook her head. "I swear, japan is just the worst sometimes. So inconsistant..."
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-05 22:29:52 70286
Jiaying Maki looks at Seth and says, "So if I walk up and pull on your ears, it's okay because you're a perfectly normal human right?" she sticks her tongue out at him then looks to Unmei while standing up, brushing herself off. Offering her hand out, she says, "You pulled on someone's tail, it's rude! You startled me too." Then she tilts her head and says, "Name one legend that says grab something by the tail-" beat, "And that rhyme thingy doesn't count."
Seth Locke 2017-02-05 22:54:49 70287
"You're asking the question to the wrong person, now aren't you?", the boy asks Jia. He then points to Unmei, "She saw you, after all, so magic, and she thought she knew about your origins." As he says this, he grabs his sketchbook.

Now, he's looking at Unmei, "I'd say you got off light, here. Just try and be more considerate of others in the future."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-05 23:00:58 70288
Unmei Tama opeend her mouth, then paused. "Well.,.. you know... the stories! All of them! They're always like... steal the hair, grab the tails, rip out the teeth, strip the clothes. It's all about grabbing things or taking things. So like... I'm sure it's about foxes, too!"

She started drawing. She was an awful artist. "Guess I can't use mean fox girl as a thing... ugh," she muttered. "She tried to break my face with her little fake stick. How is that light?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-05 23:22:21 70289
Jiaying Maki looks at Seth and says, "She saw me because I'm not making an illusion of it. The others have to change to get magic, I have to change to hide it!" she then huffs and scoops up her peachwood sword, taking a moment to wrap it carefully in cloth, then secure the cloth. Then she wraps it again. "Mean! You pulled. My. Tail! I'm sorry I hit you, but you shouldn't do that!"

Then she crosses her arms, still oddly careful with the sword, "And the 'stick' is a peachwood sword to banish evil." 'and supernatural' she adds very quietly. "I'm not mean!"
Seth Locke 2017-02-05 23:42:07 70290
"Well, you got the wooden sword", Seth says flatly to Unmei. "But have you stopped to consider it could've been a real one?" Beat. "How would that have gone, then?"

To Jia, he raises his arms, "Point taken." He goes to find a spot to survey the area, now.
Unmei Tama 2017-02-05 23:47:03 70291
Unmei Tama harumphs. "Well, I hope you kept your receipt. It doesn't banish evil very well at all," she grumbled, rubbing her face. "It's a useless knock off, that's what it is. Meany butt..." She sat down on a rock and totally pouted as she kept drawing. "So then, fox girl, what do you do? If you're so magical, why do you need a fancy stick? Isn't a stick kind of like... a last ditch effort thing?"

She then paused. "Oh, and yeah. I am magic," she told Seth. "Guess... kinda obvious. All things considered. Since, you know..." Motions to jia. "If you know she's magic and all... guess you are too. Not sure the point of it, though. Magical boys are nowhere near as cool as magical girls." Paused a moment. "Well, except like... the sailor moon guy. He's pretty cool."

Then she shuddered. "Oh, gosh no. I do not want to get stabbed again. Getting stabbed sucks."
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 00:02:41 70292
Jiaying Maki looks at Unmei and says, "Really now? How would you know?" as she looks at the girl, "Because I can vouch that it works. Maybe it's just not tuned properly?" She huffs and looks between the two before asking, "What are you two doing anyway? I came all the way out here where most wouldn't bother and you two still stumbled on me!" she mutters, "Definitely bad luck either way."

"Because a stick makes it far easier, is far faster and means I stop getting hurt as often." Then she stops and looks at Unmei, "How many times have you been stabbed exactly?" sounding more than a little surprised at the notion.
Seth Locke 2017-02-06 00:23:51 70295
"Well, I guess you could say that I'm magical...", Seth replies in a vague fashion. Not being magical and yet being able to see magic somehow is kinda wierd.

Then, he frowns, "Okay, and now, I'm rated as an out-dated fashion statement because I'm a boy?" he shakes his head. "Now that is so not cool."

Looking back to the fox-girl, he replies. "We're doing our geography class assignemnts. Mapping this area of the park, using landmarks for reference, the works." He shrugs. "Too bad we can't use a fox-girl's training are for one, though. I guess we'll just settle for 'hill'."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 00:30:50 70296
Unmei Tama sighed and kept drawing. "I get stabbed all the time some weeks. I swear, life really sucks sometimes, you know? And it's not our fault! Blame our teacher, she's the one who's all 'group up, find stuff' I mean, come on. Google maps works so much better. This? This is just stupid," she grumbled in annoyance.

Seh then shrugged. "Hey ,don't blame me. Blame the marketers. I mean, when's the last time you saw a toy line for some magical boy toy? It's always the magical girls. Like the sailor moons or the cures. No one cares about the boys after all," she said with a dismissive wave of her hand.
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 00:42:00 70297
Jiaying Maki tilts her head to one side, then the other and asks, "What about the kid with the glasses?" She holds her hands up to her eyes to mimic the glasses, "He's a guy right? That didn't get changed in the Chinese version at least right?"

She looks to Seth, a considering look on her face after, then she grins, "Well I mean boys are icky right?" What, she has a girlfriend, she has to play the easy jokes sometimes! "You mark it as fox girl's training area on your map and I'm haunting you for a week."

Then back to Unmei one last time, "What are you fighting that you get stabbed that much? I don't even think I got lit on fire that much."
Seth Locke 2017-02-06 01:07:18 70298
From Seth, comes a sigh. "See", he shrugs. "Sailor Moons... Cures... The kid with the glasses..." He shakes his head. "I really have no idea what - or for that matter, who - you're talking about, and I doubt there's a compendium I can research that info on."

He sorta scoffs at the idea of being haunted by Jia, "Yeah, wanna haunt me? Get in line!" And something in his voice makes it sound there's a hint of truth, there.
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 01:08:22 70299
Unmei Tama cocked an eye. "Who? Dexter? No, he's a guy. Usually. But he's hardly key anymore. And he wasn't a magical girl. Guy. Thing." Completely wrong thing likely. "And I'm not saying boys are icky. I mean, some boys are kind of cute. But like... there's no point in there being magical boys, you know? No one really cares about them. Just the magical girls."

She then blinked. "Hmmm? Uhhhh... sword bitch. I think her name was Tsubasa? Someone told me later. Just... just the meanest girl ever. Then there was Kyouko. And there were a few others I can't remember very well."

She then glanced to Seth. "Well, duh, just look online. Read the fan sites, I swear. Wait, you're a ghost then? Sweeeeeet. You come out of a well or something?"
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 01:12:16 70300
Jiaying Maki glares at both of them and says, "Had a scar? Was a big book series?" She mutters something that sounds similar to 'aya' before just slowly shaking her head. "Your spooky ghost doesn't actively mess with you like mine would." She sticks her tongue out at him again and turns to look to Unmei once more, "What do you mean there's no point? They're just as helpful." She points to the girl and adds, "Or are you jealous?" With something of an impish grin.

Then there's mention of Tsubasa, which gets a sour look. "Kyouko's fine, what did you do to upset her?" then she stops, "You didn't try to kidnap her girlfriend right? That's a quick way to get punched by her." Then she facepalms, "I'm a huli jing, not a ghost."
Seth Locke 2017-02-06 01:50:10 70301
"Yes, well", Seth replies, jokingly, "that's when I'd call the Ghostbusters." He shrugs, "Their fun would be short-lived, I'm sure." Now, whatever does he mean by that?

He looks at Unmei, just staring. For a long moment. Then, he chuckles, "No. I'm not a ghost. I'm a person raised from the dead for a year, starting April, to occupy a class seat in a classroom ruled by broken laws of death, while this one compensates by taking victims of unfortunate 'accidents' in order to keep the numbers in the classroom as they should have been from the start." He grins widely, same for his eyes in some sort of predatorial stare at Unmei.
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 01:51:59 70302
Unmei Tama blinked a few times. "Well, actually I kind of just pissed her off. I mean, you try to turn her into a youma and she gets so defensive. If she'd just been honest about being the hero and not the love interest, it wouldn't have happened at all. Really, it's her own fault. And why in the world would I be jealous of being a boy? Being a boy sucks. Being a girl is like, better in every way." She then paused. "Err, no offense, Seth. I'm... sure you're happy being one. I jsut feel bad for you, you know?" She then glanced to Jia.

"A hula jin? So you're some kind of hawaiian genie? Not helping with the wish granting theory..."

She then glanced to Seth. "I wasn't talking to you. and you're not a ghost. Trust me. If there was something like that going on, I'd already be dead." She then pulled out a bag of chips and started munching.
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 02:17:59 70303
Jiaying Maki listens to Unmei for a few moments before just slowly shaking her head, hand to her forehead. "Huli jing. Hoo-lee Jeeeng." Then she glances to Seth while saying, "He's full of it, he's not a zombie, he's just followed by a dead miko who won't move on." She shrugs before tensing up, "Right, shouldn't just say that." Then Unmei's comment about making a youma sinks in. "You did what?" before reaching into her pockets, juuust in case.

To Seth again, she asks, "Have you seen this one doing anything too weird other than shoving work off onto you?"
Seth Locke 2017-02-06 02:41:24 70306
"A nine-tailed fox spirit, in other words", Seth replies. He's done some research - who says boys are good for nothings? "Chinese lore. I guess the japanese counterpart are the kitsune I had spoken of a while ago." He looks at Jia, and shrugs. "My bad."

He chuckles, "And true, I'm not a resurrected - there's a difference to zombie -, that was the plot of 'Another' in a nutshell." He clears his throat, "Interesting you say that, but the truth is there was never a miko in my life. The only miko I know is the one from the Shrine, and she's very much alive and well." He shakes his head. "And no. Although she has tried to slack off, I kept my eyes open. For slacking off, at least."

He whistles in surprise. "Oh, you tried to turn someone into a youma, and you expected them not to exact payback?" He nods slowly, scoffing, "It's kinda like driving your car in the opposite direction, and then say they were all wrong, girl. What's the matter with you?"
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 02:44:56 70307
Unmei Tama blinked a few times. "W-what? I'm not weird!" she snapped. Chewing her chips angrily. Then glanced to him. "What? I have NOT been slacking. I tried a few times, but like... you're boring, so who wouldn't?"

"And hey, it didn't work. And then she was mean about it. We got in a fight and... she kicked my butt. I saved her life later, so it's not like I didn't at least make up for it. Besides, what's so bad about being turned into a youma? It fades quick enough and you just get a bit tired."
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 03:00:16 70312
Jiaying Maki shrugs and says, "You're followed by a dead one, don't care why. And not all of us are nine-tailed, that takes a while and most of us don't cheat like that other one." She shrugs, arms crossed, "I do wonder just how much research you've done now though."

The lack of reaction from Seth gets filed away in the back of her head. She rubs the bridge of her nose and says, "You know, you remind me of someone. "Oh it's just a little bit, it's for the greater good. It's not so bad." She grins, her sharp teeth on full display, "That's changed now- but you should probably get out while it's still easy." Then the grin fades and she adds dryly, "It's not good for the person you're turning into a yaoguai, you're also potentially making everything worse for a lot of people. Not just the magic draining." She tilts her head to one side, trying to think of a good example. "We stop it soon enough usually." She does get a curious look as she pulls out a spell tag and with some chanting, burns a spell into the paper.

"I wonder if you're far enough gone that this burns." She's about to try and stick it to Unmei, then catches herself and frowns. "Shouldn't do that. You deserve the same chance the others did."
Seth Locke 2017-02-06 03:34:00 70318
"It's bad because it's pain and misery inflicted upon other people!", Seth replies, like his words are the climax of a lecture. "It's like giving some child a candy, to have them bite it and it tastes sour and spoiled." He seems to speak as if from past experience. "It's the illusion of power, when it's really nothing more than enslavement, pure and simple." He scoffs, "And this you have an idea about, because... You force it upon them, don't you?"

He closes his sketchpad, "I've done all I could here. I'll move elsewhere." He looks at Jia. "I'm sorry, but I don't think can be of much use to you if this turns into a fight. Plus, if this degenerates, then I may be better off away from here." He smiles to Jia. "Good luck."

And, as he walks out, he looks at Unmei, "Ponder what we're telling you, Unmei-chan. See you soon, hopefully willing to redeem yourself."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 03:35:53 70319
Unmei Tama blinks a few times, then snorts. "You know, everyone keeps telling me that. 'Get out while it's easy.' 'Just stop it.' 'We can save you.'" she said in the most mocking tones, then sighed. "You know, everyone thinks it's so easy. So... simple. But you know what, lil miss nine tails? It's not. You literally know nothing about me. Aside from I turn people into youma. And I only tell you because, well... everyone already knows, so why hide it? You're magic, you'll find out soon enough." She crumbles up the bag and just tosses it over her shoulder.

"Maybe I like being dead. Or maybe I'm destined to die in three months, and I want to enjoy life while I can. Or maybe I'm being mind controlled by little tiny aliens that molded onto my brain." She gave a huff. "Besides, I don't know who that person was. But I'm -careful-. I make sure no one gets really hurt. Sure, some stuff gets broken, but places have insurance for a reason."

She then snorted. "So what? People always inflict pain and suffering on others when they can. Just because they want to. Because someone else is 'different'. At least they don't remember any of it." She was gripping her pen. Right. Redeem herself. It was all easy for them to say. They didn't know what it was like.
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 03:45:37 70323
Jiaying Maki listens to Unmei's little rant and says, "You say that, like I don't know how hard it is." She leans forward and says bluntly, "I've helped someone else out of it." then she slips back into that almost feral grin, "You don't deal with the instincts either. Seth there didn't do enough homework if he didn't call me out on either being a trickster or a monster." Then she stands up straight, brushes herself off and looks at the tag. "I'm allergic to my own sword. But I'm not hurt by yin or yang magic unless it's at the extreme end of things." She taps the charm, imbuing it with magic so that it floats in the air.

The ghost behind her peeks it's head around, looking at the tag and asking her a question in Chinese. Jia's response is short and also in Chinese, but this causes the ghost to start laughing and pulling faces at Jia. Then it fades away from view and reappears in what Jia dubs the angry dead look. Is Jia trying to spook the other girl? She seems out of her element trying to be scary, but what can you do. At least she didn't just punch Unmei! ...again.

"Why are you destined to die in three months? Are you cursed? Is it something else?" She crosses her arms and adds, "You do? So what happens to the people you turn into a monster? Have you followed every one? At least when I screw up I have someone holding me to my actions." beat, "Multiple people."

Then she scowls, Unmei's last statement hitting maybe a little close to home. "You really think that makes it acceptable? You think that unneeded cruelty makes anything better?"
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 03:53:33 70326
Unmei Tama sighed and turned to walk to the girl. "A trickster or monster? Is that supposed to scare me? It's not a movie. I've seen enough magic and had enough used on me that I'm not scared of some stupid little ghost." Liar. It was only because it was in broad daylight she wasn't scared. "I honestly have no desire to fight you. But... I'll kick your ass if that's what you want."

She then snorted. "Oh, I was born cursed, more or less. But I'm not destined to die... well, anymore. At least. I guess I kind of was before I..." She trailed off and shook her head. "Gahhhh, it's all so confusing! Yes! It is! It's not unnecssary! Who cares if a few people get hurt? Get a bit tired? None of its long term! What'd happen to me, though? Oh, trust me. That would be very, very long term. Well. Sorta. I guess more... permanent than long term? I'm trying to be ominous but screw that. It's I do this, or I might as well be dead."
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 04:07:45 70327
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and shrugs, "Fine, it was worth a shot." She looks down at the heavily wrapped piece of peachwood in her hands and says, "Nobody is without redemption, even if you have to wait until they're at the edge or beyond before they finally ask for help." She looks over her shoulder as she says that. "You disrupt the world for your own gain, you bring hate, suffering and misery before you." she reaches out and plucks the tag from the air and then with a hint of magic, sends it towards Unmei. "I have spent my entire life trying desperately to avoid becoming like you, convinced that I was always right there on the edge. That if I lost my temper, I'd be no better than the legends."

She draws a line in the leaves with her foot and takes up a defensive stance. "You're too scatter brained to be ominous, let alone for someone who has faced what you'll be come, let alone the angry dead, the darker yaoguai and even the xenophobia you hinted at."

With a stomp of her foot, her magic seems to coalesce into mist around her figure, spreading and dispersing away from her. "I will not strike you first" because she's afraid that she'd keep doing it. Something about the blase attitude to creating monsters has struck a nerve!
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 04:15:09 70328
Unmei Tama blinked as the tag hit her in the face. "HEY!" She yanked it off with her hand, then started waving it at her. "What in the world is this supposed to be? Don't just stick your papers on people, weirdo!" She crumbled it up and then just... tossed it aside. She didn't seem to be affected by it?

Maybe she wasn't... made of dark energy? "What in the world are you talking about?" She took a step over the line, then glared at her. "What, do you think I'm going to launch some attack on you? Why in the world would I do that? I can't drain you and there's really no point in fighting you if there's nothing to be gained from it. It'd just be a pain in my ass."
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 04:24:28 70329
Jiaying Maki begins laughing when the charm sticks to her head. "Huh, there's just enough there to make it stick, but not burn?" She sets her peachwood sword aside and says, "That explains why the sword didn't do anything either."

The step over the line gets a shrug, "I don't know what to expect from you, you claim to be creating youma, but either you're far more powerful than I Thought." Memories of Sora, late in the curse comes to mind, "Or you're not that deep yet." Beat, "Or I need better tricks. But I didn't want to stick fire to you."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 04:28:46 70330
Unmei Tama eeped and backed up. "H-hey! NO! No lighting me on fire, you brat! I've had that happen a few times too and it sucks too!" She blinked a few times, then glowered. "I only make the youma because it's more effective. I don't have to expend my energy that way, I just have to make them drain it, you know? And... for the most part, they do what I say."

"Okay then, smart girl. I need magical energy. How do you suggest I go about it, without draining people or making youma? It's not like I enjoy doing it or anything. I just kind of have no real choice in the matter."
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 04:43:22 70331
Jiaying Maki tuts, "I said I didn't want to do that. It does suck doesn't it?" She returns the glower after though, "It's more effective than what? Earning your way? Practicing, working hard? What do you think I have to do for my power?" Then it clicks. Incorrectly. But she thinks she's got it, "You're stealing magic? You're so worried about losing magic you'd bring suffering to others?"

That's not a bad guess at least, not a correct one, "I suggest you practice, you earn it. You work for it. Why should anyone give it to you at their expense?"
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 04:47:31 70332
Unmei Tama opened her mouth, then closed it. Then... "... Yes. I am." In a way, she wasn't right. ".... Because if I lose my magic, I die..." Her hand went up to her chest and she clutched the gem hidden under her top. "Earning the amount of magic they... want from me... it just... doesn't work that way. Life's never that simple... How I wish it was..." She back away from the girl.

"You don't know anything about me. You don't know who I am. You don't know what I've been through. If you want to try to fight me? fine. Heck. Try to kill me if you want. I don't care. You wouldn't be the first..."
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 04:59:00 70333
Jiaying Maki tilts her head at that and asks, "Really now?" as she leans forward to get a better look at Unmei, "You'll die without magic? What kind of ritual did you do? Or was it something else." Scowl, "I really hope you're not like the old guy." Beat, "He can't run out actually. Nevermind."

"I don't know what you've gone though exactly, but you're acting like I've never had hardships or helped out those who are in the same situation." Or a similar one. Right? "I don't generally fight to kill. Subdue maybe, but you seem subdued enough."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 05:04:21 70335
Unmei Tama blinked a few times. "Similar... I doubt it? Pin said this was a pretty unique situation. Apparently the person before me was a... w-well, anyway. I'm not old. I'm only fifteen. And... and... no. I'm sure you've had hard ships. Everyone has. But you -don't know mine-. You will likely never know mine. So... don't... try to control them. Or me. It won't work."

She then lowered her eyes. "Stopping me won't do anything. I won't stop until I'm dead. I won't... give this up. Some of us... we only ever get one chance and I won't lose mine..."
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 05:08:17 70336
Jiaying Maki does finally break that defensive stance, though her body language hints that she still expects a possible attack. "Pin?" She runs it around in herh ead briefly, then asks, "You didn't pick up cursed jewelry did you? Got a friend you should meet if you did." Beat, "Cursed book... well I try not to bring that up with her." She lapses into her usual self briefly, tapping her chin, "You're not haunted by a weird lady, I'd have seen that I think."

She kind of runs what weird and spooky and/or magical thing she's seen before stopping well short. "Control them? You give me too much credit magically." Beat, "What are you so afraid of? What are you hiding from that death is a preferable alternative?" She hesitates and says, "Don't do that. That kind of behaviour makes it hard to get through th-... don't think that way."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 05:14:34 70337
Unmei Tama takes a step back from her, her arms slowly wrapping around herself. "That's... that's what Yuzu says. A-and you know what? Death is way better. You... you don't know what it was like. I... I finally have a chance, now. I can... I can be me and..." She took another step back. "I won't give it back. I won't let anyone take it away. S-so what if I have to do some bad things? People do bad things all the time! Look at the way our world is run! You have people with money, influence, they hurt people and never care! Why should I? Mine... mine wears off."

She kept stepping back, her hand over her chest. "It's not jewelry. And... and I'll never let anyone take it from me. I'll do whatever i have to to keep it safe...."
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 05:23:55 70338
Jiaying Maki sighs and says, "Then run along, do you think." She stands up stright, foot tapping on the groun.d "Just.... I don't know what you're cursed with." She gestures to the other girl and continues, "But the price I think you're being used." She steps back, brushes herself off and continues, "It will get worse, then you'll probably... get your other wish. Whatever it is you're so willing to be fatalistic for."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 05:28:43 70339
Unmei Tama sighs and then shakes her head. "i don't want to die. I'm just... willing to die. That's... that's the difference. That's what nobody seems to be able to tell the difference. No one can..." She shook her head. "Ugh. If you only had one chance, one way to be happy, one way to... to escape, wouldn't you take it? I did. The moment I took my wish... I knew I might not live long. I know how this goes. I'm the bad guy. And the bad guys either die in the end or they get.... good. But I don't have that option so... I've accepted it.
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 06:40:54 70340
Jiaying Maki watches Unmei with something approaching pitty. "I wouldn't take the easy route regardless of what the trouble was. That's why I won't fall for someone else's trickery with my mother, myself or anything else."

"You're throwing everything away and for what, I don't know." She hesitates as she begins to gather her things, burning away each tag that had been in the area disguising her actions. "You said a name, you should maybe talk to them about it."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 06:45:46 70341
Unmei Tama blinked and then sighed. "You think this is easy? It's the hardest thing I've ever done... the only thing harder would be giving it up. there's... no achieving my dream, any other way. Life just... doesn't work that way. Not everyone gets a happy ending." Her hand reached up to grab her gem. "Not everyone deserves it."

"... Yeah. I've talked to Pin before." And yuzu. Yuzu was silly, she actually thought she could see her.
Jiaying Maki 2017-02-06 06:53:31 70342
Jiaying Maki replies to Unmei's comments with something in Chinese. The ghost replies in kind before drawing herself up to full height and getting in close to look at the other girl. "You're talking to someone who occasionally acts as a spirit guide. I'm pretty sure I recognize the idea that life is messy."

"Everyone deserves a second chance, they just have to take it." Beat, "You're not dead yet, stop running after that path and find a new one."
Unmei Tama 2017-02-06 06:59:13 70343
Unmei Tama sighed and lowered her eyes. "But... this is my second chance. My first one never... I never had a chance. Mommy wouldn't... daddy wouldn't..." She reached up and grabbed the sides of her head. Then just shook it. "You don't know me! Yuo don't know anything about me! You've NEVER had to do this! You don't know what it's like!" she screamed, before turning and fleeing.