A Dark Truth, Revealed!

On a casual meet with Norie, Seth ends up having a revelation about his parents, and that not all in his life may be what appears... A revelation that puts him in the hospital.

Date: 2017-03-05
Pose Count: 21
Seth Locke 2017-03-05 19:00:29 72660
Sunday afternoon, and it's sunny! People are busy to and fro, taking their free time for shopping. Clothes, toys for the kids, or maybe some food...

And there are those who are taking some time to take it slow, and take in the mood of the place. Seth is one of such people, sitting on a bench as he has a drink, the warm light of the sun a source of (some) comfort for him.
Lacrima 2017-03-05 19:13:57 72661
Clover Path is a small suburban shopping street of sorts. It's quiet. It's not as dense as the city. Which is good because Norie Okana wants as less eyes on her as possible. She has a cane of sorts, at the moment, acting as an excuse for her somewhat bizarre movement pattern. She's getting used to controlling this body again.

She hates it. At least the crying stopped.

She's about to make for 'The Japanese Confectionery Komachi', when she spots Seth sitting there.

She blinks and head tilts a bit- jerkily, as she walks over. her left arm sort of hangs there as she uses the cane with the right arm.

"Seth-kun. Hello." she says plainly. A pause.

"Are you enjoying the day off?"
Seth Locke 2017-03-05 19:21:46 72662
The light was so comfortable that Seth was starting to close his eyes. He opens them and blinks, head turning to meet who just spoke.

At that point, he smiles a little, "Norie-chan, hello." He nods a little. "I am, as much as I can." He frowns a little, nodding towards the cane. "You got into a fight?"
Lacrima 2017-03-05 19:31:55 72663
Norie Okana hrms?

"Oh. No. There was. An incident. And I am getting used to this body again. The cane is merely an excuse to explain my current odd state of movement. It is much like a corpse on marionette strings. Even if that isn't far from the truth." she mutters.

She decides to sit down. Indeed, her movements are odd and a bit jerky as she sits down.

"As much as you can?" she asks.

"I find that's a euphemism for 'not really'. Most of the time."
Seth Locke 2017-03-05 19:44:56 72664
"Getting used to that body...?" Seth frowns, out of the loop on that one. "What exactly happened?"

He somewhat nods, "Well, yes. I dunno what'll happen, but it looks like my father claims he may've found a way to get me better", he says, pointing to his heart. Then, a sigh, "I'm afraid it might not work, though."
Lacrima 2017-03-05 20:07:15 72665
Norie Okana head tilts. "Ah. My. Body got switched with Kukai's. For a bit. Now I am back in this one. It is unpleasant." she says. She just shakes her head.

"Ah. But. Isn't that a good thing? If you have a condition and it might be fixed?" a pause. "What kind of doctor is your dad anyways? He sounds like one? Or at least. Somekind of scientist..." she taps her bottom lip a moment.
Seth Locke 2017-03-05 20:25:21 72666
Seth Locke nods, "My dad holds several degrees, actually. Medicine happens to be one of them." He chuckles a bit. "Maybe I'll follow in his footsteps still, who knows?" He ponders for a moment. "Now, it feels like a race, where ironically /I/'m the finish line." He shrugs. "Who'll win? My dad... or my sickness?"

He takes a gulp of his soda. "And what's worse, if what affected me so long ago was magical... How can anyone say for sure my father's... Let's call it 'procedure' is going to work in the first place?"

Seth raises an eyebrow at Norie's explanation. "...O-kay. Now that is... Well, a whole new level of wierd for me." He ponders the events in his own life. "...Or maybe not. But they're a close second." He ponders some more about the body swapping, "So, when you got swapped... You weren't a vampire any longer, were you?"
Lacrima 2017-03-05 20:35:37 72667
Norie Okana head tilts. "If your dad understands your condition. He may know it's magical and he may not be telling you everything because he thinks maybe you won't understand. Most mundane people just /don't/ understand. Have you tried confronting your father with this information? Tell him you know? and understand?" she asks curiously.

She frowns and seems a little put back suddenly. "I was normal for a while. Yes. This is why this is horrible. I got to feel things I have not for a while." she says softly, and merely leaves it at that.
Seth Locke 2017-03-05 20:53:57 72668
"Well, I'm glad you could experience that once again, Norie-chan", Seth smiles honestly - something which quickly dampens, "...But what about Kukai-kun? I mean, he had to deal with your condition, didn't he? How'de he take it?"

He nods, "And yes, I tried confronting him, multiple times. And all he ever said was, 'just hold on a while longer'." He smirks, "I guess now I know what he meant by that."
Lacrima 2017-03-05 21:05:18 72670
Norie Okana mmmmms. "Kukai-kun is fine. His little fairy is fine." she mutters. "He's just peachy and fine and happy." she says with almost a hint of contempt there. But it's not like she can help it as she lets herself shift back to deadpan fairly fast.

"Then maybe he knows you know." she says flatly. "So just hold on and maybe he'll do something." she mutters.

"Where does your father work anyways?" she asks curiously.

"If he is a scientist that knows about magic..." she taps her chin a bit. "What's his name?" she asks.
Seth Locke 2017-03-05 21:37:18 72671
"A good question, because the last I knew, he was working ten years ago for a company, before quitting months later", Seth replies. "He said he got another job, but that he couldn't talk about it. And I only saw him on very few occasions since, the same with my brother, Daniel." He sighs, "And, whenever I tried to ask him about it, you can guess what his words were." He considers what he knows, "I don't know; to be honest, all the things happening, when you look at it now, it's hard to say 'coincidence'."

"Herbert Locke", Seth then replies. "That's his name." Maybe that's some cheerfulness creeping up on his face, because he finds himself giving off his mother's name. "And my mother was Reika Katsumoto, married Reika Locke. Pure super-mom of the millenium. All she lacked was the super-hero costume." He finds himself laughing.
Lacrima 2017-03-05 21:54:53 72672
Norie Okana purses her lips and pulls out her Eclipse phone, a shiny black flip phone that, when she opens it, opens up into weird magical holographic screens that emit from the screen. She touches a weird magical holo pad with her hand and then lowers it as some authentication text spams by the screen then lets her into a prompt.

She talks. "Directory." a pause she says deadpan. "Locke, Herbert." she says. Weird symbols flash as do various flashes of screens as it pauses at a directory entry and opens it. She purses her lips. She pulls up the ID card. The standard Eclipse ID card contains a picture, name or- known alias, and division, as well as internal E-mail. She offers it to Seth. "Is that your father?" she asks.

She'll wait for Seth to confirm one way or another as she closes the phone and the holograms disappear with it.

"That would mean he works for my main employers." she says. She frowns a little at this as her mind searches through her head.
Seth Locke 2017-03-05 22:16:54 72673

Absolutely speechless.

It's daunting enough that he rarely ever heard from his father, but now Norie just pulls him out of rank-in-file using some fancy magical gadget. Revelations galore!

And his heart speeds up, skips beats.

"W-what...?" His voice sounds like he had just been ran over by a car, and was in the process of getting back up. "W-what is... Eclipse...?"
Lacrima 2017-03-05 22:25:17 72674
Norie Okana ahs. She shakes her head.

"Mpphhh." she says. "You'll have to ask your father." she says. "It isn't my choice to tell you. But I'm wondering what it is he's working on." she says.

"I work for a branch that deals in dark matter research and it's applications. More specifically, I am studying crystal magic from an organization that no longer exists called 'The Dark Kingdom' for my own application, as well, I study Dusk Zone flora and fauna and catalogue them." she says.

"I cannot speak for other branches what they study." she says.

"My experience suggests this isn't telling the whole tale." she says.

"If you wish to confront your father, maybe I can with you. He may be willing to bullshit you less with another employee there who may be willing to blurt things out in a less more subtle way if he won't." she says.
Seth Locke 2017-03-05 22:44:27 72675
Seth Locke blinks. Once. Twice. Thrice is a twitch of his eyelids. He closes his eyes, fearing the answer to the question he's about to make. He struggles to hold back the tears. You'd guess deep down, he already knows. But he holds onto that little bit of hope. That tiny, microscopical, infinitesimal chance that it isn't true.

But Seth needs to confirm it.

"Search for Reika Locke, then. In alternative, try Reika Katsumoto." His voice feels like the calm before the storm.
Lacrima 2017-03-05 23:17:29 72676
Norie Okana sighs and reopens her phone and she does what she did before to access it. "Are you sure?" she asks curiously as she raises a brow as she head tilts. She sighs and spouts the name into the phone as before. Both names. She purses her lips a bit. as she reads the screen. She actually keeps it from Seth, turning so that all Seth can see is the flickering white of the behind of the screens.

Her eyes trace. "Ah. A hit. Deceased. Was working on a project called. 'Obsidian Dawn'. Which seemed in it's primary starting phases. Died in it's aftermath." she purses her lips. "But you already know how she died." she says. She remembers that much.

"Hrm..." she taps her bottom lip and recloses the phone.

"That project name doesn't sound familiar." she says. "Not one of my branch's." she says.
Seth Locke 2017-03-05 23:56:38 72677

As Seth absorbs that information, there's nothing but silence.

Then, there's a giggle. An intensifying giggle, that slowly grows into full-throated laughter. Needless to say, it's scary. The same thing goes for his eyes, which seem touched by madness.

"Lies...", he mumbles. "My whole life... A lie." He mumbles some more, "Everywhere I go... Everywhere I turn to... My whole ****ing family... Nothing but /lies/!"

It's impressive how someone so angry can move so fast. In his bubbled up frustration and rage, he runs to repeatedly smash the first thing he comes across; luckily, it's a garbage bin.

"All these years!", a kick, that knocks it over. "All these years, and you've been dealing with something you couldn't control!" He grabs the bin, and throws it, enraged. The words, though it's the bin that's the target, for Seth it's like a human being - one can only imagine which.

"What've you been working on, huh!??" Another kick, that breaks it!


The heart races. The heart skips beats. The heart says it's too much...

The heart shuts down.

Seth coughs; blood comes out of his mouth. He takes his hand over to his chest, recoiling his left arm. He winces in pain, hard to breathe... And when he exhales, it's a spray of blood over the sidewalk.

Falling to the ground, the american boy is a mess.
Lacrima 2017-03-06 00:08:54 72678
Norie Okana ahs and head tilts as she watches this go on. She gets up, shooting up in that weird jilted manner she's currently walking in.

"Seth-kun." she says.

"Seth-kun. You need to calm down." she says deadpan.

Seth continues to rampage and yell and before she can say anything else he is down on the ground. She grabs her cane and lets herself kneel down as she leans down and places a hand to his chest. She frowns and reaches that hand to his shoulder and there's a short dark flash around him. Nothing invasive, a shield. Then darkness envelopes Seth and herself and...

Well Norie appears in a side closet in the hospital she's used before to deliver him there within the span of about a minute. Doctors will have to take it from here.
Seth Locke 2017-03-06 00:27:50 72679
In his desperation, Seth tries to reach for his coat pocket. And in his coat, he finds the pills he's been having. With a shaking hand, he tries to open the bottle, but he's too weak to hold it; so, it ends up rolling on the floor, and away from him.

Trying to speak, but blurting out only muffled sounds, Seth tries to reach for Norie. "H-h..."

A bracelet he's been keeping hidden within the sleeves of his shirt starts to blink and emitting a low beeping sound - an alarm, perhaps?
Lacrima 2017-03-06 00:44:11 72680
In the hospital.

Doctor's would come. She'd follow a pill bottle and she'd run after it. She caught it easily enough. She didn't particularly care that she moved like a weird dark puppet at the moment. She walked back. and made sure the doctors got this.

She does eye the bracelet. It's beeping. Her first thought is that Seth has a pacemaker or similar device. But he didn't mention that.

She'll stop when the doctors tell her to stop following but she frowns for the longer moment.
Seth Locke 2017-03-06 01:03:53 72681
The doctors come in time to see Seth become irresponsive and his eyes go blank.

Time passes as the doctors try to stabilize the american boy. But it's amazing how time can seem like an eternity.

Three minutes. Three long, hard minutes pass, until Seth's heartbeat can be heard again. He's safe - for now at least.

But he needs his rest, though. So there he is now, lying in a hospital bed, IV up his arm and a respirator over his nose and mouth.

He's dreaming, and these are troubled dreams...