An Awkward Date... Gone Right!?


Seth finally finds out who his date is, and an awkward moment begins. Add some conversation, and (particularly) scary Haunted Houses and flowers, and it becomes particularly... Nice!?

Date: 2017-05-14
Pose Count: 103
Seth Locke 2017-05-14 01:26:10 76445
A date.

A /blind/ date, no less.

Normally, Seth wouldn't find himself doing this. No, he'd likely be at home, taking care of things, and being a surrogate father for his little sister.

However, a few things have been happening in his life recently, and so when Amu decided to throw in the offer of that blind date, something in his mind clicked and he decided to get himself some 'me' time - not to mention this was something his sister, Amanda, already bugged him about.

Now, he's sitting at the appointed table, waiting for his date, dressed in a semi-formal fashion of an elegant dark grey suit, matched with a burgundy shirt.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-14 01:36:13 76450
Sayaka Miki had somehow been talked into this blind date thing by Amu, who had caught her in a moment of weakness.

    Yes, she was tired. Tired of saving people, tired of getting nothing in return, tired of falling for the wrong person..And being lonely.

    So, why not? Nevermind she was drunk when she said 'sure!' to Amu's proposition. So here she is!

    For once she is wearing a dress, a simple navy summer dress with white frills along the flared knee length skirt and spaghetti straps. Its paired with a simple white frilly shrug. Hopefully not too dressy but not too casual either.

    And she's heading towards Seth!
Seth Locke 2017-05-14 02:09:54 76459
Tapping two fingers patiently on the table as he waits for his date to arrive, his mind drifting over the recent events in his life.

He notices movement from the corner of his eye, and immediately looks at the approaching Sayaka.

Magical girl? Check.

Cute? Check.

Sweet? Check.

Lonely? Check.

Who thinks of others before herself? Check.

Why isn't Seth really surprised, here? Well, because of all the magical girls he's met so far, Sayaka's the one who fits the profile better.

He gets up, all gentlemanly like. "Glad to know you didn't have second thoughts, Sayaka-chan." And he smiles brightly.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-14 02:19:45 76464
Sayaka Miki peers around for whoever she's supposed to meet here, but it seems that someone else - someone familiar is sitting there instead!

    Surprised is hardly the word. She swallows, stopping a few feet away, peering around incase she came to the wrong table.

    "Err..Seth-kun? What are you doing here?" she laughs nervously.
Seth Locke 2017-05-14 02:35:43 76472
"Oh", he replies, "I got convinced by a certain girl and her three other selves to go on a date with a really nice but lonely girl."

He smiles, "And, since I never felt 'nice' and 'lonely' should be two words that go together to define a girl, I really couldn't say no to it."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-14 02:55:44 76481
Sayaka Miki blinks slowly. "Waiiit, you mean you're....?!" she blushes now, self-consciously..Ooh, just wait til she gets her hands on Amu-channnn. Grr..

    She clears her throat, and laughs nervously, slooowly sliding into the seat opposite him.

    "I'm sorry, dont even know why I said yes to this, guess I really am pretty lonely sometimes.." she twiddles her thumbs, looking at anything but Seth. Of all people..
Seth Locke 2017-05-14 03:06:41 76486
Seth Locke nods, "Indeed I am."

He takes his seat. "Well, don't be sorry." He shrugs, plus a small wave of his hand. "I know I'm not. When it comes to the history of blind dates, to actually meet up with someone you already knew, it's pretty rare." He adds. "And funny, too."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-14 03:12:08 76490
Sayaka Miki laughs nervously. "Haha!! Funny? It sure is funny! I mean, what are the chances?!"

    Saya shakes her head as she peers at the menu. "I mean, I'm not sorry its you, way better than what could have been..Just..Why are you here? Did she talk you into it too? Just got bored?"
Seth Locke 2017-05-19 20:32:17 76814
"Well, she told me about a magical girl who was kind and who was feeling lonely", Seth explains, "and I guess she struck a sentimental chord." He shrugs, mild smile rising. "Go figure."

"And besides...", he pauses for a moment before continueing, "...it's a little change of pace in my life, a little 'me' time to which I feel I'm entitled to."

He looks to Sayaka, "Wouldn't you say the same about you?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-19 21:02:38 76816
Sayaka Miki laughs a little, blushing even. "Yeaaah, I guess so.." she sighs, staring at the menu, "I mean, it gets kinda tiring, and kinda lonely after a while, when you're only purpose in life seems to be to beat up the bad guys. And yet you get nothing in return for it, except maybe being able to live another day, but.." Saya makes a face, "I just felt kinda foolish, impulsively agreeing to a blind date. I mean, arent most people who do that kinda..Desperate?"
Seth Locke 2017-05-19 21:23:09 76818
Seth Locke considers this for a moment. "Those people seek something different from their daily lives. They seek adventure, maybe a shot at stability with another whom they might not normally find within the circles they go to. Maybe they're shy about it, and have a harder time expressing their feelings."

He considers another angle to what he says, and finds what he thinks to be the perfect example. "Here's an example: have you, or any of your friends at your school ever received a love letter, or sent one to some boy they liked? Even handed one to them personally?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-19 21:29:58 76819
Sayaka Miki hmmms. "I think I have too much..Adventure..In my life." she laughs, "Guess it's the opposite for me. I wish I had more 'me' time, someone to look out for me for once." she arches a brow at his next question, and laughs, "Oh yeah, all the time! I never did the love letter thing though, nor did I ever receive one.." she sighs, "Guess i've always been pretty unlucky in love. How about you, Seth? Why are you here? Do you feel the same way? Dont you feel it's kinda awkward..Having the last person you expected to show up here? I mean, we're friends, sure. But not like that. At least..I guess we never really considered.." she bites her lip, reddenning a bit. This is soooo awkward!
Seth Locke 2017-05-19 22:23:52 76825
"Well, there you go, love letters!", Seth replies like in a case study. "That's quite the custom in Japan, isn't it? I guess it's part of culture, to be shy about it, and try to approach it in a more impersonal manner. Maybe even a form of self-defense, in case of a turn-down. Letter accepted, boy meets girl at aforementioned place, and they start going out together. Letter turned down, and girl gets sad about it, but feelings could be more safeguarded in the process." He continues, "In the United States, love letters are not that big a thing. It's more like approaching and asking if they'd wanna go out sometime, or study together, or maybe just hang out."

"Oh, unlucky", Seth replies, like in a scoff. "'Unlucky in love' simply means you haven't found someone good for you yet." He sighs a bit, "And, to be honest, I never pursued matters of the heart, because I have a sister I have to be a surrogate father to."

"And you weren't the last person I expected to show up on this date. There was a possibility it could be you, but the only way to know for sure who would show up or not, would be to accept the blind date." He smiles, "Besides, awkward as it might seem, isn't a blind date always better when it turns out to be with someone you already know?"

Now, he gets honest, leaning forward a bit. "We've been through ordeals more than once, and we came out walking. Especially in this last one - you saved me, and when you were weak, I helped you out. I think that means something, doesn't it?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-23 22:10:25 77025
    Sayaka smirks, "Heh, I was always terrible at love notes. I just couldn't do it, too shy. I couldn't imagine just coming up to someone and saying 'Hey, wanna hang out?' I mean, I guess, I kinda tried that with Alex-kun once, but..."

    She sighs, "I guess he wasnt into me at all..Not even after I saved his life. Guess not even if you risk your life to save someone, will it guarantee they'll ever pay you back or even like you. No, I really am just unlucky in love. Happened three times now."

    Something he does say however, manages to cheer her up. "Well, I'm at least relieved that it wasnt someone I wasnt totally uninterested in. I mean, I already know you, and you're kinda nice, but..It's still pretty awkward. I hope you're not..Disappointed."
Seth Locke 2017-05-23 22:26:19 77027
Seth Locke shakes his head, "Not at all." He explains why, "I sought to have some personal time, something to which my imouto was rooting for, which came in the form of a date. I accepted; if I didn't know my date, I'd get to meet a new face. If I already knew my date, then I'd get to know her better. In either case, I'd seek to provide a fun time for my date." He smiles, "And the fun hasn't even started yet."

"But how could I be disappointed when such a pretty, kind, and caring girl sits in front of me on a date?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-23 22:32:15 77028
    After all the b.s. she's been through over..Ohh, the last year, Sayaka certainly cant say no to what Seth says. In fact, she smiles a little, laughs even, not having felt this relaxed in quite a while.

     "Hehe, thanks Seth-kun! I hate to admit it, but I really do need a break from being a superhero. And even if it might be a bit soon for me to consider a real relationship with all the disappointments I've had in the last six months, well, I'd at least like to get to know you better.."

    And she cant help but blush just a little when he compliments her. "Gee, I'm flattered. But at least I know you mean it. So what else did you have planned for today? I've got the rest of the day off for once!"
Seth Locke 2017-05-23 22:52:06 77029
"Well", he says, "because day off, you can do whatever. A movie... karaoke... planetarium... a walk in the park... a festival..." He leans forward slightly. "Any thoughts on what you might like to pursue?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-23 22:55:01 77030
    Sayaka hms, still mulling over the menu, but still distracted by talking with Seth. "Ummm, maybe after we grab a bite to eat we could check out the theme park? Never really been there, on a date. Might be fun!" she continues to peer over the menu, before setting it down. "Well, I think I'll order some fish and chips. How about you? They have pretty good food here.." she shifts a bit in her outfit, not used to skirts. "Gee, I hope I'm dressed okay for a walk at a theme park.." she makes a face.
Seth Locke 2017-05-23 23:28:09 77031
"Well, if we go by the saying 'dress to impress', I think you've managed", the american boy says. "It's presentable, suitable for the season." He smiles a little, "A good choice, too; it goes with your hair."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-05-23 23:40:06 77032
    Sayaka grins, "Thanks! It was pretty hard finding a dress, since I dont usually wear dresses. Or go on dates, really." she chuckles, "Hehe, I think it'll be okay to run in this, cuz honestly, I'm not much for slow walking or fainting, or any of that silliness."

    The waitress comes over and she makes her order, peering over at Seth curiously, "Gonna order something? They've got pretty good food here. Dont worry, I can pay." her family is pretty wealthy, afterall, and she gets a very generous allowance.
    "And it's such a beautiful day, I dont want it to go to waste."
Seth Locke 2017-05-24 00:01:20 77033
"Please", Seth replies raising an arm at shoulder level in a polite halt motion, "I'm a gentleman. Gentlemen pay for meals on dates." And Seth's senior relatives, working for Eclipse like they do, are really not short of well-off. Not to mention that he, being the legal guardian of a minor, does get most of the funds, entrusted to manage them accordingly. So Sayaka's worries about him not having money to pay, they are /severely/ misplaced. "And we'll go to the theme park, and we'll do all sorts of things there, and trust me, you won't pay for a dime."

He shrugs, "That's how I envision a date, at least. The gentleman provides the fun for the lady." And a wink.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-09 22:58:45 78302
Sayaka Miki smirks, "Heh, that's very generous of you. I mean, I'm not used to that kinda thing."
    She chuckles, "Well I've never been to that park before so might be fun. But..There arent any..Expectations at the end, are there?"
Seth Locke 2017-06-09 23:09:24 78305
"Expectations?", Seth repeats in the form of a question.

His gaze lingers upon Sayaka for a couple of seconds. "I think that really depends on what you call 'expectations'. What do you expect from this?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-09 23:30:05 78309
Sayaka Miki laughs nervously, "Well you know, at the end of the date, there are certain..Expectations. You know..A.." she blushs, "Well, you know!"
Seth Locke 2017-06-09 23:42:24 78312
"I do?", Seth looks at Sayaka, tilting his head slightly as if trying to figure her out.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-09 23:58:11 78314
Sayaka Miki laughs nervously and playfully slaps him, "C'mon, really? I dont wanna have to say, 'kiss' you?!" she's so red now its funny.
Seth Locke 2017-06-10 00:10:20 78318
"...Kiss?"

Amazingly, Seth could play poker with the masters, and judging by his face, he'd come out winning every single time.

"As in, if you're expecting me to kiss you, or if I'm expecting you to kiss me?"

And now, for the next question, which is brought after a pause...

"Are you expecting me to kiss you, Sayaka-chan?"

I guess you could say it's a complete turnaround of the question. And the answer, Seth is waiting for it.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-10 00:12:50 78319
Sayaka Miki blinks and blushes, then just laughs nervously. "Heeey, I mean, isnt that what people do on dates?"
    More nervous laughter ensues.
Seth Locke 2017-06-10 00:20:42 78321
"On dates?", Seth says. "Why, sure." He then adds, "On /blind/ dates?" He shrugs slightly. "I guess it depends if your date is worth it by the end. If the people dating find themselves to be a match for one another..."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-10 00:28:06 78323
Well darn, that doesnt seem to ease her concerns, and she just makes a face. "Bah, well, no pressure right?"
    Saya laughs as she finishes her meal, grabbing her bag as she starts for the door. "Ready?"
Seth Locke 2017-06-10 00:33:18 78326
Seth Locke gets up, paying for the meal - a true gentleman, after all. He gracefully adjusts his coat, and accompanies his date, opening the door for her. "As I'll ever be."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-10 00:39:51 78329
Sayaka Miki smiles and nods, following out the door, "Thanks, Seth-kun! You really are a gentleman! So where to, next?"
Seth Locke 2017-06-10 00:52:45 78332
"Why the theme park, of course!", Seth replies. "You called it, so I'm making do!" He grins. "Ride all the amusements! Score on all prize stands! That is a must!"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-10 01:24:36 78336
Sayaka Miki smiles. "Alright, lets go then! Have you been before? Whats your favorite ride?"
Seth Locke 2017-06-17 01:50:19 78880
He kinda stops at that question, now looking pensive.

"Uhm... That's a very good one, you know?", he replies. "All my life, I've been going about what my sister wanted or liked, I never really cared much for what I wanted or liked." He frowns a bit, "It's kinda sad, to be honest. Selfless, but sad."

Then he shrugs, "I guess I'll find out today." And a smile.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-17 01:55:09 78881
Sayaka Miki hmms, "That's kind of sad, you're right. Sure its nice to have a brother who watches out for his sister but sometimes you have to look out for number one too, you know? Can you really be happy that way?" she continues walking alongside him towards the theme park.
Seth Locke 2017-06-17 02:15:47 78882
"I never felt happiness was for me", he replies plainly. "I always felt Amy was the one who deserved to be happy, so I've always done my best to try to get her there."

He sighs, "It really is a sad perspective, I know. The warrior's pain."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-17 02:19:29 78883
"Why not?" she spins around to face him, frowning. "Everyone deserves happiness, why wouldnt you? Maybe its time you realized that before its too late! I really want you to enjoy yoursekf today, so I hope you're not gonna forego your own happiness for my saje?!"
Seth Locke 2017-06-17 02:30:26 78884
The american boy is quick to shake his head.

"Nope", he says, smiling. "Our interests align, after all: we get to have some fun tonight. Because, I believe we're entitled to it."

He smirks, "And pity anyone who gets in our way."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-17 02:42:06 78885
Sayaka Miki laughs, a bit nervously. "Yeah! Lets have some fun tonight! Afterall we have to make up for all the happiness owed you!" and she impulsively grabs hus hand and pulls him towards the nearby park.
Seth Locke 2017-06-17 03:41:57 78888
The boy can't help but smile, for his date seems eager to have fun! He starts to look at the amusements that are about.

"Heh, I got a feeling I'm gonna like this one." He's looking at the shooting gallery stalls as he says that. "I have a feeling there's a plushie with your name on it, right there! And I'll fish it yet!"

"...But we'll leave that for soon enough", he says. "Right now, I dare you keep your eyes open and not screaming on the roller coaster."

His grin seems malicious. Thrills, after all!
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-20 04:04:03 79112
    Sayaka grins, "Shooting gallery, you say? I've got that one nailed!" she chortles cockily, but then he mentions the roller coaster and she blink-blinks, taking a step back. "Err...Really? R-roller coaster?" she laughs nervously, "Ahahaha, not like I'm scared of a little train, but maaaybe we can get something to eat first, and try all the other rides before we lose our stomachs?"
Seth Locke 2017-06-20 04:22:12 79117
Seth Locke looks at Sayaka with the most neutral expression he can muster - aside from a bit of a frown. "...Really, Sayaka-chan? A big girl like you, fighting the evils of the world, and you're afraid of a simple roller coaster?" He crosses his arms, smiling widely. "The great Sayaka Miki, defeated by a couple of ups and downs in her life?" Okay, that is a dare!
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-20 04:28:07 79119
    Sayaka makes a face. "Seriously? I'm not afraid of some silly roller coaster! I mean, that's nothing compared to fighting a witch and navigating an evil labyrinth! Even soo, I still wanna eat first!" she's already running off to the cotton candy stand. So there!
Seth Locke 2017-06-20 04:40:23 79122
"Doesn't it make more sense that we ride the roller coaster /first/, and /then/ we eat delicious candy goodness...?" He chuckles, following his date to the cotton candy stand.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-20 04:49:36 79123
Sayaka shakes her head fervently, "Nooooo! I dont want to get a sick stomach and not be able to down anything for the rest of the day!" she smirks, "Besides, gotta build up to the bigger rides, right?" she's quickly inching away from said roller coaster, "Besides, look at those lineups!"
Seth Locke 2017-06-20 05:00:54 79125
"Just be aware, I'm going to hold you to this ride", Seth grins. Then, he wiggles his eyebrows. "And besides, there is a haunted house ride I'm very much wanting to see, too..."

He waits for Sayaka's reaction, now.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-20 05:33:36 79129
    Saya makes a face. "Awwe, really? You're that intent on getting a sick stomach? C'moooon! Let's do something way more fun.." She's already standing in line for cotton candy by now, though she peers thoughtfully at the haunted house with a grin, "Okay, monsters I can handle. Bring on the haunted house!"
Seth Locke 2017-06-20 05:45:28 79130
Seth Locke is, of course, paying for the cotton candy. He doesn't forget the roller coaster, and makes a side note that magical girls will be ordinary girls, regardless of the monsters they face. But anyways...

"If this horror house is by any means based on japanese horror, then I would expect to be in for a treat, with top notch execution." He looks at Sayaka, "Ever seen 'Ju-On' or 'Ringu'?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-20 06:06:52 79134
    Sayaka smirks, counting her change as she glances over at Seth, "Heey, it's okay, I can pay for my own. I wouldn't want you to go out of your way or anything.." she arches a brow, peering back at the house and shrugs, "Not too sure. Whatever it is, I'm not afraid! I mean, I guess I'd have no reason to henshin in there, unless the place turned into another labirynth, but I can handle that more easily that going upside down, hundreds of feet in the air, strapped to a little cart!" she laughs nervously.
Seth Locke 2017-06-20 06:26:23 79136
"And that is truly one of the greatest paradoxes in existence", Seth replies. "I guess the best horror would be the one that portrays your personal fears." He dissertates, "I think someone used the words 'there's nothing to fear but fear itself'. But someone who could use fear... Now that would be a terrifying opponent."

He looks at his date, "Wouldn't you agree, Sayaka-chan?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-20 06:31:03 79137
    Sayaka finally gets to the front of the line, and hungrily pays for crystallized pink sugar spun up into a giant fluff ball. Cuz really, who came up with that deliciously healthy idea!? Like, totatlly!?
    As for personal fears, Saya makes a face. "Hah! I'm not afraid of anything...At all! I'm Puella Magi Sayaka Miki! Fear is not part of my game." she laughs cockily then as she heads towards the haunted house. "I dare anyone to make ME weak in the knees!"
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 03:37:02 79321
"Well, you sure are a tough nut to crack", the boy replies in admittance. "No matter the opponent, it best beware those swords." He now advertises like in some action themed series, "For should they strike true, they'll find themselves sliced and diced by the Blades of Justice!"

Deadpan.

"Trademark", he remarks, plus a thumbs up.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 03:42:43 79322
Sayaka Miki smirks, "Yea something like that!" she laughs, "I mean, but this is not the battoefield right? we're here to have fun so no magical girl tonight!"
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 04:46:29 79323
"And fun we will have", the boy practically exclaims, "so keep your blades sheathed."

He approaches the ticket booth, pays for two tickets. As he turns, and is about to hand Sayaka hers, he stops, looking above her head, and slightly to her right side. His eyes go wide, like he's mesmerized. "Uhm... I..."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 04:50:59 79324
Sayaka Miki grins, "Cool, cant wait to see what horrors await us inside!"
    She follows him to the booth, but pauses, arching a brow as he peers over her shoulder. "Erm, whats wrong?"
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 05:10:14 79325
The boy can't help but grin widely as Sayaka turns her head. "...I made you look." And he hands Sayaka her ticket.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 05:15:19 79326
Sayaka Miki smirks and playfully slaps him on the head. "Awwwe silly! Did you get tge tickets? Lets go before the line gets too long! at least there are not many oeople there right now.."
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 05:35:00 79331
The line isn't very long at all; looks like not all people come to a park to be scared. All the better, then. Five minutes in, and they're the next ones inside.

The horror house, or Haunted House, as one would call it, is decently propped to look the part, at least on the outside, with loose wooden plaques, dirty glasses, cobwebs with fake rubber spiders.

"It doesn't look bad...", Seth comments. "I wonder what's it like on the inside."

As their turns approaches, a little surge of adrenaline rushes through him, like goosebumps.

...Or is it something else?
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 05:37:08 79332
Sayaka Miki chuckles, "Love the props! I'll bet its even better inside!" she grins as she runs inside, oaising only briefly to make sure Seth follows, "Coming?"
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 05:54:43 79336
As Seth stands by the door, just inches away from the invisible line drawn by the door's borders, he looks at it, as if there was some border there that you'd be careful to cross.

He looks back to Sayaka, and smiles, stepping inside - with the right foot, mind you.

The door closes behind them, and, if Sayaka had not run inside, she might've noticed the momentaneous refective effect in Seth's eyes...
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 06:24:06 79342
Sayaka Miki seems to have missed the look in Seth's eyes and the aporehension.
    She peers around with a smile at the dark and spooky room. "Heh this is great! Its even netter inside. Which way shiuld we go first?"
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 06:50:29 79347
The boy looks around, eyes passing through the various options in the house lobby, which is modelled to look like it had seen much better days. There is a flight of stairs leading up to the upper floor, and a door that creeks to close, the background behind it immersed in darkness.

Suddenly, from up above, a flash of lightning strikes, and the shadow of a hangman on the wall blinks into existence, as the loud screaming noise of a woman can be heard.

"Uhm..." He has some trouble deciding. "Whichever is fine, I guess."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 16:23:58 79361
    Sayaka grins, enjoying the spooky atmosphere tremendously. "Heh, it's one thing when you're fighting witches, trying to get out of a labirynth. But when it's all just fun and games, that makes it all the better." she chuckles, "I mean, at least this time I dont have to risk my life, saving you from some unknown creatures lurking in the dark. Not that I wouldn't mind you.."

    As she's about to pick a random door, the light flashes from above and she pauses briefly, glancing skywards, quite amused. "Awesome light show.." wait, was that a hangman? And a screaming? She laughs, "Veerrrry convincing!"
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 16:48:48 79369
And that's when something appears at the top of the stairs; something black, shiny, and slick. Is that a... body bag? Red starts oozing from underneath it, as it drags and twists itself to start coming down the stairs.

And gradually, a figure starts coming out, like a butterfly from a chrysalis - a woman, pale and dressed in a red-splattered white dress, her mouth hung open and croaking audibly, eyes of fixated anger set upon the two teens.

"I'll give you a cookie if you can tell me the franchise", he whispers to Sayaka. Then, more audibly, "I guess we have our direction made out for us!"

He takes Sayaka by the hand, and speeds into the dark room door...
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 16:56:58 79371
    Sayaka blinks at the bloody sight, and is thouroughly impressed. "Woah, seriously? Those are really great special effects! Why, I'd almost think they're real!" with a laugh, she finds herself being dragged off through another door, wondering what surprises await her there!
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 17:19:17 79381
The boy closes the door behind them, and just as he turns to see what's in the room...

"WHOA!!" He nearly jumps out of his shoes.

In the dark edge of the room, something massive and blending with the darkness gazes at them. Dozens of glowing eyes are all set upon the dating teens; with this, the darkness seems to spread through the floor, dozens of tendrils advancing towards them, threatening to wrap themselves around their feet and drag them ito its substance.

There's a door on the left side of the room, dimly lit, for a possible means to continue through the innards of the park's amusement.

...This is an amusement, right?
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 17:28:13 79386
    Sayaka smiles, "Yeah, this is just for kicks!" even so, she's still caught off-guard, fingers brushing her transformation ring as she sees something slithering in the corner. "WOAH! What the heck?" she nearly jumps a meter higher than Sethh even.
    "Okaay, that's just freaky!!" she jumps back and laughs, although there's a part of her that's starting to think these special effects are lookin' a little too real.
    'Uh, let's just get outta this room..Next!!" and she darts out, reaching for the next door.
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 17:56:51 79404
"Agreed", Seth replies as he follows Sayaka.

He looks from the corner of his eye to the scary special effect, and can't help but frown in surprise as it seems to actually step back in acknowledgement of his presence.

Or maybe that's just part of the script for the scene. Makes sense, right? What else could it be?

In any case, the teens end up moving into a long corridor, with worn off, decaying walls. But these walls have a peculiar special effect: they're punctured and cracked, where some blackish goo seems to be moving about, sipping and swirling from these cracks.

At the end of the corridor, the silhouette of a hooded man with a cleaver moves from right to left...
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 18:07:28 79410
    Sayaka continues to laugh nervoussly as she continues down the hall. Seriously, it's not like they'd put real dangers in there, right? "Yeah, pretty convincing though? i'm sure I've been to spooky houses before and they weren't nearly so good."
    With a grin, she runs off to the next corridor, pausing at the sight of the man with the cleaver. "Ooh, I love your special effects! you're so scary!" she feigns a scream as she runs past the guy with the cleaver, half expecting him to chase after her.
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 18:46:46 79422
The man doesn't really chase after Sayaka, all possibly part of the script. But, once they reach there, they'll realize there was no door on the right where the man could've come from. There is a door on the left, though, leading into another dark area.

"Well, I guess we got no choi... ce..."

His voice comes to a stop when in his peripheral vision, a dark figure looms by the door they had come through just moments ago. It's tall; so tall, that it needs to haunch over so it doesn't bump its head on the ceiling. Its unusual height is due to the length of its arms and legs, each extremity ending in sharp hooks for fingers.

"Okay, I'm not sure how they're doing this... But it's pretty damn wicked!"

He urges Sayaka into the next room...
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 19:00:11 79427
    Sayaka dashes ttowards the door, then suddenly it's gone? "Woah, how'd they do that! didnt that guy just..." Excellent effects though! She grins as she darts to the other side of the corridor, heading for the next room, seeing the giant creepy figure and frowns.
    'Okay, I'd seriously like to know how they do that..." However, she's not about to linger around to find out. Something about this whole thing is just very very creepy, even for a haunted house! And she runs off to the next room, bracing herself for whatever comes next.
    "Having fun yet, Seth-kun?"
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 19:19:29 79434
"I guess the question is... Are you?", he grins, closing the door behind them once again.

But this time, the door is greeted with a loud thumping sound, like someone bumping against it, which makes Seth jump away from it. And... what sort of hellish moaning is that that is made heard? A chorus of voices, a wail of pain and despair.

He can't help but chuckle as he recovers from the scare. "You know, this kinda reminds me of Silent Hill..."

And, just as he turns... A dim light is turned on, and there's a figure pretty much like Pyramid head over there, in the center of the room, grabbing hold to a sword that would make Cloud Strife feel like a wuss.

"Okay, I must be psychic..."

And the guy is now advancing, the sword dragged along the floor causing an ear-piercing noise...
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 19:47:56 79446
    Okaay, this is really starting to get a little freaky. STill, Saya isnt scared yet, though her heart is starting to beat a bit rapidly, and she is quite tempted to transform any minute now. "Eh....Heh. Yeh, real funny.." she stares at the door, hearing a thumping against it, peers back aat the approaching figure.
    "Ummm, well this is tricky, are there any other exits?" she backs up against the door, listeniing to see if she can hear any sounds while searching for another exit.%
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 20:00:53 79450
There is a faint outline of a door at the other end of the room, but to pass it, you need to pass by the chaming figure with the mother of all swords.

"It can't move about easily enough to get us if we run, and even then, it can't come after the both of us at the same time", Seth postulates. "You go one side, I'll go the other."

And, strategy set, he implements it by charging to the side, luring its attention...
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 20:07:25 79453
    Sayaka grins, crouching as she peers at the figure, and at the door at the other end of the room. "RIght," she nods to Seth, "Good idea. You ready?" and he's already charging, so with a yell,, she rolls to the other side and starts running towards the door.
    Of course they're probably just actors so it's not like they're gona actually try and slice at them with that sword right? It sure looks sharp though.
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 20:16:28 79458
Nope, there's no slicing whatsoever, because the guy in the suit moves too slow for any of it - or at least, acts that way. But that doesn't stop him from turning around and chase them once they've reached the door.

Seth pushes the handle, and...

"It's stuck..."

Well, what do you know!
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-06-23 20:22:23 79459
    Saya blinks, "What the heck?" she tries tthe door handle, wondering if it's locked. Or maybe its just jammed. "Okay, how about we just kick the thing down? Stand back!" well, she doesnt need to transform for this, and she steps back a few feet, rushing at the door, deliverig a powerful side kick near to the lock. Hopefullly it'll break the lock or loosen it or something.
Seth Locke 2017-06-23 20:48:39 79464
Yes, you'd imagine that would help in any way... But not in this case, no.

In fact, the door moves, but it's incredibly hard to budge.

Seth returns to the accursed handle, once Sayaka is done, and tries to force the door open.

And in the meantime the figure approaches.

Three yards...

A push, and the result is like trying to force a wall.

Two yards...

Another push, and the door shudders.

One yard...

Instead of a push, he applies the extra force instead to the handle, which buckles under the weight, and...

Success! The door opens! Seth grabs Sayaka, and drags her out, closing the door behind him...

...And they're outside! The ride is over! They have survived the Haunted House!
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-04 20:55:12 79954
    Sayaka is getting a wee bit nervous now, with all the weirdness and shadows and super realistic special effects. And she continues to slam at the door, and finally with Seth's help, they manage to make it topple down.
    Then they're suddenly running, running running out of the scary creepy haunted house, and into the fresh air again.
    "Phew!" she rubs her eyes, adjusting to the bright sunlight again, laughing nervously, "That was...Wow, really nice special effects!" she grins, "Not like I was ever scared, mind you!"
Seth Locke 2017-07-04 20:57:14 79955
Seth Locke uh-huhs, "Right..." He poins to Sayaka's wrist, "Could I see your wrist, please...?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-04 20:58:46 79956
Sayaka Miki smirks, "What? You think that's all it takes to scare me? Hahaha! I'm the great Puella Magi, Sayaka Miki! It'll take more than that to make me scared!" Saya grins as she heads slowly towards a shooting game, but pauses, glancing at him curiously, "Eh? My wrist? How come?" still she shows him her wrists, curious.
Seth Locke 2017-07-04 21:19:04 79959
Why, to check for an accelerated pulse, that's why! And it can be noted when Seth takes his date's wrist, and places two fingers on the main artery with the skill of an intern.

"Well, I guess the great Puella Magi, Sayaka Miki, has cardiac arrythmia. My advice is to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist, as soon as possible", he says with a hint of sarcasm.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-04 21:30:56 79960
    "Eh..?" she arches a brow at him and just laughs some more, nervously even, reaching out to grab his own wrist, to check his own pulse. "Silly! We were running around a lot in there, so of course my pulse is a bit higher than when I'm just standing around." she smirks, "But seriously, those were really good special effects. I went there once before, and they were nothing like that..Guess they really worked on them. Soo. Where to, next?"
Seth Locke 2017-07-04 21:47:23 79962
And oddly enough... Seth's pulse is not at all accelerated!

Kind of odd, though; someone who suffers from a heart condition might just have his heart jumping like crazy.

He laughs, then hmmms, "...Soooooo, how about the roller coaster, now?" He points inside, "Or do you wanna go for round two?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-04 22:05:42 79964
    "Ehhhh, what's this?" she arches a curious brow at the lack of accelerated pulse, peering back at Seth in surprise. "The heck? I thought I was supposed to be more fit than you, especially with your heart condition and all." she frowns a bit, considering that, "Heey, that last time you were in the hospital..Did they..Is your heart..Okay, now?"
Seth Locke 2017-07-04 22:24:27 79965
In response to his heart condition, Seth merely shrugs, "Well, I haven't had any complaints, yet..." He smiles, "Could it have been you, Sayaka-chan?"
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-04 22:37:38 79966
    Sayaka blinks slowly, thinking back to how she tried to heal him with her powers. "Umm, I dunno, was my healing really that effective? I mean, you'd need a real miracle to fix you up, I thought, not just some crazy unpredictable magic..I mean, if it was that easy, wouldn't your brother and dad have fixed you up ages ago?"
Seth Locke 2017-07-04 22:57:55 79968
Yes, they were there, weren't they? That night...

How could he've cast it aside so easily? Two silhouettes watching him through a cloudy veil, the after effects of heavy medication... 'A father's duty is to his children', he recalled a voice.

His father had been there! It wasn't just a dream!

But the look that sets upon his eyes is not really one of happiness, but concern. He learned the hard way his father worked for Eclipse, and that they were a shady organization.

So, this meant he most likely wasn't out of danger - much the opposite, danger was just over the horizon.
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-07 00:37:40 80092
"Huh? Seth-kun, what's the matter?" she peers at him as he falls briefly into silence, wishing she could read his mind, but cannot, of course. "Your dad and your brother, perhaps they helped a bit too. Whatever it is, I'm just glad that you heart seems to have healed. Now you can live the life you've always wanted right? Do the things you never got to do..Spend more time with your sister.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-07 01:00:59 80093
His mind races through the events of his life that led him to that point, over and over again. Slowly he lowers his head, and it's like he can feel something akin to fire burning in his chest, and run through his veins like a river of lava.

Raising a hand over to his chest, he clutches his shirt, while in his mind, a booming sound is heard repeatedly, like a heartbeat - his heartbeat...

It's when Sayaka starts mentioning the good points of experiencing life, that he's back to the real world.

"...Yes", he says as his voice seems more relaxed; calm, even. "Yes, you're right." A smile.

Underneath that facade, his mind wonders, 'Can I really?'
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-07 01:07:55 80094
"HmmmSeth, you seem preoccupied. You should be happy. You're alive. And now, maybe better than ever before. Heck, you're barely breaking a sweat after running around that haunted house." she smiles, "I think that's great! Even if a little, I'm glad I got to help. Just as you got to help me." And she leans forward and kisses him briefly on the cheek. Shocker!
Seth Locke 2017-07-07 01:22:45 80095
Now, here's a surprise for Seth! The date has just gone from good to roof-raiser with this single moment!

...And, in a nearby flower stand, the flowers in exhibition actually bloom and change their color spontaneously, their petals going from vibrant colors to a darker correspondent. They do not lose their vitality, though - they simply become a darker, more exotic version of themselves.

Maybe Seth is about to return the kiss to Sayaka, and that's when these exotic flowers come into view. "Oh, my..."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-07 01:29:46 80096
"Huh.." Sayaka arches a brow at the sight of the strange, color changing flowers. "Wow, they're kinda pretty..Although how strange, that they can change color like that." still, she gazes at them admiringly, then glances expectantly back at Seth. "Sorry, reflex reaction. I mean, you've been really kind to me in my loneliness andI dunnoNot sure how to pay you back."
Seth Locke 2017-07-07 01:53:57 80097
Seth Locke smiles, "I think I know", and walks Sayaka to the flower stand. He reaches for the most exotic of the flowers something akin to a wild sunflower, and gives it to Sayaka. "Kissing not a commitment on the date, I don't recall anything against a flower-shaped memory."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-07 02:14:09 80098
"Huh..:" she follows him to the stand, smirking a bit, "Oh yeah. Sorry..I didnt mean to kiss you, and it was just a peck on the cheek. I justWanted to show my appreciation, y'know?" Still, she is blushing just the slightest at the implication of it. And then her eyes widen at the sight of the exotic gold and russet colored sunflowers. Not your typical bright yellow ones although there are traces of yellow in their vibrant petals as well. "Wow, they're sooo beautiful! Thanks, Seth-kun!" She's hesitant to kiss him again however, not wanting to be too forward or anything. Alex may not have shown any interest at this point, but she still thinks of him occasionally. Still hopes beyond hope perhaps. And still ponders what else is out there..
Seth Locke 2017-07-07 03:14:01 80100
Time passes pleasantly for the two teens. More rides would come during the course of the date, more laughs, more ease-of-minds to put concerns away, if only briefly.

And now, by the end of the date, Seth was bringing Sayaka to her home, like any respectful date - bringing the lady home is the utmost sign of gentlemanship, after all.

As he halts by the door, he smiles, "I really enjoyed this date, Sayaka-chan."

His head slowly gravitates towards the blue-haired girl's...
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-07 03:28:36 80101
Sayaka Miki seems to be having fun and is cheering up after spending time with Seth.
    At least its a good distraction from the usual humdrum. "Thanks Seth-kun..I had sooo much fun tonite! It was..Nice.."
    And suddenly theyre on her front porch staring awkwardly at each other.
    "Um.. So..."
Seth Locke 2017-07-07 03:45:39 80102
You know, there comes a time when words are wasted, and actions must speak for themselves. So buckle up, and just do it, Seth! Consequences are faced later, whatever they might be!

His head gravitates further... and further...

Until his lips are in contact with Sayaka's.

Yes, rumor mill. This is a post for the social networks. That is a kiss!

But what will Sayaka's reaction be?
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-07 03:54:32 80103
oooookay, she did not see that coming! Although its probably exoected at the emd of a date.
    "Eh, Seth-kun.." eyes widen as he comes closer and she doesnt pull away but closes her eyes, leaning in to return a brief kiss..
    Before the lights turn on and talking can be heard inside the house!
Seth Locke 2017-07-07 04:11:49 80105
Parents. Coming in at the worst possible time.

The moment cut short, Seth can't help but make a face with a bit of a chuckle due to the timing.

"You better get inside, Sayaka-chan", he says. "Protective parents tend to call the police, and I don't want to be brought over for questioning."
Puella Magi Sayaka 2017-07-07 04:14:12 80106
Sayaka Miki bites her lip, starting to turn and leave, but pausing with her hand on the door knob, her face bright red.
    "Seth-kun.." she smiles faintly, "Thank you..For tonight.." and she turns and rushes in, shutting the door behind her.
Seth Locke 2017-07-07 04:21:22 80107
As Sayaka closes the door behind her, Seth whispers. "No... Thank you."

He turns away, and moves off onto the lit but crowdless streets.

...And as he walks away, the lights he passes by flicker and dim to darkness, only to come back on once he's cleared their perimeter.