Disorder in the Court


HOLD IT! OBJECTION! /TAKE THAT/!

Date: 2017-05-14
Pose Count: 38
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-14 19:17:49 76528
    Another normal night. People performing their pre-bed rituals, brushing teeth, changing into night clothes, crawling under the sheets and closing their eyes. Another night of getting ready to rest up and be ready for the next busy day in Tokyom bright eyed and bushy-tailed!
    Another night of weirdness.
    It's just after midnight when whatever dreams everyone was having suddenly stopped. It's a shift that would be jarring... To an awake mind, but is as natural to a sleepy brain as the usual nonsensical flow of sleep from one dream to another. But the court room seems very real; from the expensive polished wooden tables and banisters, to the murmuring jury of forest animals in the stands to the side.
    Once more Ariel looks utterly baffled, not quite understanding why she's in a white suit, or seated at the Defense table as the dream, clearly about LAW, commences and others start to filter in. There are even nameplates set out at the Defense table!
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-14 19:21:13 76529
    Kokoro Akakuma's dreams tonight were... fitful. Almost nightmares, but not quite. She dimly remembers fury, desperation, striking out in fear, or anger, or... something. Her dreams haven't been normal since she found that hammer. But once before, she found herself in an extra-peculiar dream, and tonight it seems to be happening again, leaving her previous dreaming a quickly-fading memory.

    Blink.

    Blink blink.

    Kokoro's eyes track around to Ariel. "...oh. This again." Grumble. "Why am I dressed like a lawyer?"
Seishi Tamashige 2017-05-14 19:25:28 76530
"...This is a new one for me, too." That's Akashimaru, but considering they've met only once before in a different dream that was quickly taken over by Racing For Their Lives, it might be forgivable if Kokoro doesn't immediately recognize the other girl. The long sleek black hair is still the same, tied back in a samurai ponytail with red cord, but the full-sleeved kimono has been traded for a crimson power suit with a dark red waitcoat in spider-lily-patterned brocade over a black silk blouse.

Studying herself, Akashimaru looks as baffled by this as anyone.
Hoshi Kogane 2017-05-14 19:26:59 76531
Hoshi looks like she was meant to wear the power suit she's currently rocking. It's black with a yellow shirt below the jacket, and she seems to be somewhat confused herself as she sits down at her place. A five pointed-yellow star floats next to her, wearing a suit of its own and already rushing to fetch the defense team their coffee. This coffee is delivered in yellow mugs. "What's going on?" Hoshi asks Ariel.
Lacrima 2017-05-14 19:29:21 76532
Norie Okana went to sleep in her closet because she wanted to sleep at home tonight. She had things to think about. She didn't wanna be in a big manor alone. As much as she wanted her coffin right now, the closet did in a pinch.

She awoke into the odd courtroom with a blink in one of the seats where her name is. She's wearing a purple suit with a black tie and what's sad is that this is the actual suit she wears around UMBRA. She has to blink down at this as she looks up. Then at Ariel and the others.

"What now." she asks as she looks at the others.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-14 19:31:52 76533
    As a cup is placed before Kokoro, she stares at it, then looks at the floating star.

    "...I don't do coffee. Caffiene stunts your growth," says the five-and-a-half-foot 13-year-old.
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-14 19:50:55 76534
    Oh good, the defense team is filing in. Or well. This is a good thing, right? Ariel glances up, because this IS happening again. And there's a clear recognition for Kokoro, but the best Ariel can offer in response is the most helpless of shrugs, as she tugs her rainbow necktie loose. "S-sorry? I um. Don't know why you keep getting caught up in all this." She says, before managing a thin smile. Thankfully Akashimaru's presence is a more than welcome one as the Red Attorney arrives. Norie as well and...
    "E-eh? Hoshi?"
    Ariel practically bleats in mild confused disbelief as she is provided coffee by a tiny star. "Uh. Thank you?"
    Ahem. "I'm not really sure what this is about, I guess we'll find out when--..."She is about to taste her drink when a booming voice echoes through the court, silencing the jury and making Ariel bleat and splash coffee on herself.
    "DISORDER! DISORDER IN MY COURT!" It's a woman's voice. And it's soon followed by a woman in a bright red and very poofy dress, with more frills than anyone has any right to have, plopping herself in her throne behind the judge's podium. And starts banging wildlt on the podium with her sceptre. "THE CASE OF WE THE DREAMS AGAINST THE UNICORN ARIEL IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. THE DEFENDANT IS CONSIDERED GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE GUILTY. ON A VERDICT OF GUILTY IT'S OFF WITH THE HEADS OF THE ENTIRE DEFENSE TEAM." She howls every word as a young man in an orange suit enters, adjusting his cravat, lion tail flicking behind him.
    "Bhaltair Lions, ready to persecute, your honor. I'll have them drummed out of town in no time."
    Ariel leans over to her apparent team. "... He means prosecute right?"
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-14 20:02:14 76535
    'He means prosecute'? "Probably not," Kokoro says, her tone dry. She can see right where this whole thing is going. It's here that Kokoro absently tugs at her outfit, adjusting the popped collar of her black shirt; at least, unlike everyone else, the burgundy jacket she's wearing is unbuttoned, and she's got no tie to adjust uncomfortably. It seems to have been swapped out for... a small hammer charm? On a large chain?

    But there's something more important to address. Namely, the charges. Kokoro leans forward, and thumps one hand on the tabletop before her, scowling mightily. "Defense moves to dismiss all charges, on account of that's dumb!"
Hoshi Kogane 2017-05-14 20:05:12 76536
"Objection." Hoshi counters almost immediately, slapping her hand on her desk as she rises, the little star quickly moving out of her way as she makes this move, and she rises. "You're doing this out of order. We must begin this at the beginning, sentencing is the last part of it all, and even before we can get into issues of guilt or innocense you're forgetting the most important bit."

"What is Ariel supposed to be guilty of?"
Lacrima 2017-05-14 20:06:38 76537
Norie Okana looks at Ariel with a blink. She purses her lips. She goes to open her mouth to ask a question when this woman with too many frills in her dress. Because really? REALLY!? Takes the judge podium and starts banging and demanding disorder. She blinks and looks and listens. Then there's a prosecutor and then they know why they're /there/.

Norie frowns a bit and reaches into her suit and pulls out a pair of oval-like reading glasses and puts them on. Nevermind that she does not normally wear glasses. This is a dream. She can wear glasses to look like she knows what she's doing.

"Surely you have evidence to back this claim up. I demand it's presented. So we may refute." she insists.

She crosses her arms and flips her purple hair absently. She's more purple haired vampire than human right now anyways. She's letting the others handle other claims.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-05-14 20:09:12 76538
Akashimaru's head jerks in startlement at the declaration - oh, a trial was expected, given the courtroom setting, but against Ariel?

She doesn't say anything just yet, the others are more than covering that. For right now, Akashimaru places herself at Ariel's side and wordlessly places a supportive hand upon the little unicorn girl's shoulder, a simple gesture to confirm that she's not in this alone.
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-14 20:20:59 76539
    First and foremost on hearing that she stands accused as the assumed guilty party Ariel's jaw drops. One finger points right at herself in clear silent and wordless question, as she stares lost and doe-eyed as the judgmental queen leaps right into the proceedings and Lions kicks his feet up on his table on the prosecutor's side of the court. Thankfully the hand on her shoulder helps her rally enough to not look like a deer trapped in the headlights. "Buh...?"
    But then that sceptre slams the judge podium again. "THE DEFENSE CANNOT DECLARE THE PROCEEDINGS DUMB WITHOUT A BLIND AND DEAF WITNESS." Though if she keeps that level of volume up, people just may start to go deaf. "THE UNICORN STANDS ACCUSED- AND GUILTY- OF EVERYTHING. LYING, CHEATING, SLANDER, LIBEL, MURDER, BUT MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: STEALING MY CROWN!" She stares the accusation when prompted by Hoshi.
    But when Norie demands evidence, this is when Lions claps his hands once.
    "I have better. I have a witness. Unless the Defense team objects already?"
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-14 20:27:45 76540
    "That's not what I-!" Kokoro cuts herself off with a growl, slamming one fist into the desk again. "Tch. Accusing someone like her of that kinda crap, that's like accusing the sun of being wet. This is /stupid/." She sits herself back down, folding her arms and scowling. "Even in a dream, adults are friggin' useless," she mutters, almost under her breath. "Alright, let's see this 'witness' of yours." She's sure she knows how this trial is gonna go anyway, but they might as well.
Lacrima 2017-05-14 20:36:13 76541
Norie Okana shakes her head. "A witnesses testimony is just evidence. So it's evidence. It isn't better, nor worse, than that." she says sourly. "Besides. Witnesses can be unreliable. Lets see how reliable this one is." she says sharply as she adjusts the not-glasses.

She sits back in her chair and crosses her arms defiantly. Those charges don't make sense. Ari-chan wouldn't do that. Not unless there was a reason for it, but besides. Ariel seems confused as it is. Surely, if Ari-chan did do this, she'd admit to it!

She looks at Kokoro and blinks at that statement though.
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-14 21:24:02 76542
    Floppy ears perk. And in something Kokoro says, Ariel is given pause, turning to stare at the girl for a long, silent, moment; looking almost painedly sad. But it lasts for only a beat before her attention returns to the farce of a trial. "Eh? Eh? Eh? Murder?"
    That one seems to really throw her for a loop, Lions dips into an almost theatrical bow at Norie's request for the witness.
    "I call to the stand... Little Bunny Foo Foo."
    A new figure emerges from the back of the court room. For someone with 'Little' in his name, he is actually a massive rabbit, and lumbers his way to the stand, scratching the back of his head like he doesn't even understand why he's here.
    "Begin at the beginning," Lions says, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop."

WITNESS TESTIMONY

    "So here I was, minding my own business last Sunday. It was a pretty normal day, scooping up field mice and boppin' 'em on the head, when I saw it. The next moment soldiers came running through the wood, at first in twos and threes, then ten or twenty together, and at last in such crowds that they seemed to fill the whole forest. I thought in all my life I'd had never seen soldiers so uncertain on their feet: they were always tripping over something or other, and whenever one went down, several more always fell over him, so that the ground was soon covered with little heaps of men. Four thousand two hundred and seven, that's the exact number, I think. Anyway They came out to chase that unicorn there because she assaulted good mister Lions while he was tryin' ta protect the queen's crown, and she came running out of the forest with it in her hands, cackling."

    Ariel stares blankly. "C-cackling?"
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-14 21:30:00 76543
    Kokoro listens, with her eyes closed, her legs crossed, and her chair leaned half-back, a precarious position that somehow manages to radiate irritation. When the witness finishes his testimony, she opens one eye - which happens to be the eye her hair isn't covering, fortunately - and asks, "If there were so many soldiers, how'd you even manage to see Ariel? She ain't real big, in case you haven't noticed."
Seishi Tamashige 2017-05-14 21:35:01 76544
"Mister Foo." Akashimaru stands very straight with her arms folded in front of her, holding her tessen closed in her hand like she means to use it as a pointer, and the stare she fixes upon the rabbit is a sharp-eyed and severe one. "As my partner has noted, the first thing you've mentioned seeing was the soldiers in pursuit. Did you in fact see the defendant steal the crown, or assault Mister Lions, with your own eyes?"
Lacrima 2017-05-14 21:37:27 76545
Norie Okana listens to the testimony of a giant rabbit. Yeah. Okay this is like a normal sunday for her right now. She opens her eyes a little. "A Normal Day? How was the day then? What is normal here? Sunny? Rainy? Dark?" she asks. She continues to listen as the rabbit states a very exact number.

"How are you sure there were 'four thousand two hundred and seven' soldiers?" she asks.

"Also. How did you know she assaulted Mister Lions?" she asks. "If you saw the assault. Describe it." she says, crossing her arms more demandingly.
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-14 21:49:14 76546
    With the testimony given, Lions folds his hands behind his back. The Red Queen only looks irritable as her decree of guilty is challenged and the Defense begins their cross-examination. When the team begins prodding at his statements, the massive rabbit goes stone still except for the wiggle of his nose. It looks like he wasn't prepared to be questioned, a large bead of sweat rolling down the side of his head as three of the most intense defense lawyers he's ever come across start jabbing him.
    "Uhh. Well... There was a lot, anyway. And yeah they're big but they also wear red armor. Her armor is blue and I saw that." Replied as he begins to try and recover. "... Well no I didn't see the assault, that's just what I heard happened after she got away?"
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-14 21:54:04 76547
    "So what you're saying is, your testimony's worthless 'cause you didn't actually see the crime. So you ain't actually a witness," Kokoro says, fixing the frozen rabbit with a hard glare. "Useless! Just seein' soldiers chasing someone doesn't prove anything but the chase!" Norie and Akashimaru both get a brief glance. Those... were pretty good questions, actually.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-05-14 21:54:11 76548
"Objection!" Akashimaru declares, jabbing her closed fan forward in the air so sharply that the whistle of air over it is nearly audible. "Hearsay can't be accepted as evidence. The witness must limit his statements to things he personally saw, not things he heard and cannot confirm are true."

Once again she folds her arms, dark eyes piercing as she regards Bunny Foo Foo. "I'll ask the witness to confirm: can you say for certain you even saw Ariel with the crown? Or did you simply believe you recognized her because you saw someone in blue armor?"
Lacrima 2017-05-14 22:02:08 76549
Norie Okana crosses her arms. "Akashimaru is correct. You didn't actually see anything except someone running from other things. That doesn't prove anything of the primary crime." she says flatly. "You saw colors. Not people." she says flatly as she takes off her glasses and begins cleaning them in a particularly confident manner.
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-14 22:22:24 76550
    The defense is laying into poor mister Foo Foo. Lions actually scrunches his nose as the rabbit starts to sweat under the pressure. Up come two big paws.
    "I'm sayin' I saw her with the crown in blue armor last Sunday." He repeats. I didn't see it happen, just what happened after what everyone says happened!" He falters. But it looks like the crew has enough gumption to call him out on the fact that what he saw was circumstantial at best.
    "GET THE WITNESS OFF MY STAND." The Red Queen decides. "AND OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"
    There's a tense pause. "Or just throw him to the field mice, I know they're filing for class action against him, whichever is worse."
    It looks like the Defense wins this round, though Ariel leans over. "My armor is white..."
    But Lions rolls his shoulders. "Well he was useless. But it's okay. For my next Witness... I call the White King."
    Said White King settles into the stand, adjusting his crown and twirling his mustache.

WITNESS TESTIMONY

    "Last Sunday I sent all my horses and all of my men, after an incident with an egg and a wall to chase down that unicorn. Mister Lions was present, we were hunting together and I distinctly remember him complimenting my on my crown. The Red Queen was with us, and she had put her crown down for just a moment. When we all looked back to where she had placed it, it was missing, and I saw a streak of orange run into the woods."
Seishi Tamashige 2017-05-14 22:31:32 76551
As she did before, Akashimaru takes a moment to rest her hand on Ariel's shoulder, and she dips her head slightly in a little nod of acknowledgement. "I know," she murmurs. "Don't worry."

Then she straightens up, watching the next witness come to the stand.

Her stare is a little less harsh and more opaque as she regards the White King, wheels turning quietly in the back of her mind, but her attention is no less direct. "You're quite certain the person you saw running away after the theft was wearing orange?" she presses. "Not blue, or any other color, but orange?"

Pieces are starting to fit together into a theory, but it's too soon to be entirely sure. "Was everyone in the hunting party still with you immediately after the theft?" she asks. "What did Mister Lions do when you first noticed the crown being stolen?"
Lacrima 2017-05-14 22:34:14 76552
Norie Okana raises an objection.

"OBJECTION!" she calls out.

She brings up the bunny's previous testimony. "As Mister Foo Foo...." she manages to say with a straight face. "... he saw a BLUE figure. Not an orange. If that's true, then what the King saw could not have been Ariel." she says flatly.

Though that's what Akashimaru gets on more or less too it seems. Perhaps she just wanted to scream 'OBJECTION' once in her life where it'd make sense.

She lets Akashimaru continue with her own questioning.
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-14 22:38:31 76553
    Kokoro quietly looks at Ariel.

    Why didn't she think to ask that?

    There's a soft growl of frustration out of the thunder girl. This isn't right. COme on, think, this is a fight, you can't just swing at any opening you see. If Ariel's innocent, there's gotta be real holes, not just flimsy cracks. "Gh, come on, think..." You're a gamer. Review the facts. What are they saying? Last sunday, Ariel was in blue armor and stole the crown. Or she was in orange armor. Neither of those is true, but the others have that. But there's gotta be something...

    ...

    "OBJECTION!"

    The table creaks worryingly under Kokoro's fist. She's out of her chair and standing, all her weight put into her right arm for that slam on the table. "This whole thing happened on last Sunday, huh? Well, either both witnesses are lying, or whoever you saw wasn't Ariel. 'cause she has an airtight alibi for Sunday! We were busy being chased by a bunch of nightmare dragsters and a huge truck!"
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-14 23:06:02 76554
    Objections fly. So does the White King's wig as the sheer force of lawfully determined grit displayed by Akashimaru's steely logic, Norie's powerfully colorful analysis, and- Ariel even flinches when Kokoro thumps the table. The old king has to hold his crown down, but his hair is plastered to the wall behind him.
    "Well, I never..." He huffs. And even Ariel is looking sheepish for forgetting the drag race deathbattle just the week before, but that sort of changes the matter.
    "That... Can't be right." The king says, brow knotting. "We were hunting... The crown went missing and Mister Lions said he saw a unicorn snatch it and run into the woods. Naturally we all gave chase but..."
    The Red Quees is given a moment's pause as she listens to testimony and defense. "SUSTAINED" She decides with a slam of her scepter before sighing. "And I wanted her head to roll." She huffs dejectedly. "White King's testimony is dismissed.
    This is when Lions clicks his teeth... And waggles his finger. "Objection!"
    Hands on his hips he smirks. "That may be true, but can any of you vouch for where she was after that? Or before? Furthermore the good King has something else to add."
    The King perks for a moment. "Oh yes, right!" And produces a fist full of what looks like shaggy fur or hair. "Dog hair. She rides a dog does she not?"
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-14 23:15:16 76555
    Kokoro's scowl deepens further still, meeting Lions with a direct gaze. "That big dust-up took us a long while to deal with. It woulda been pretty rough for her getting wherever the heck we are now from wherever the heck we were in time to steal a crown AND be chased down. And on top of that, the witnesses can't even agree what color she was wearing, and they /both/ got that wrong anyway!" WHAM. "And her dog was with us the entire time she was! All you saw was 'a unicorn', and all you got is a handful of fur? We even checked to see if it matches that dogosaurus of hers?" Her temper's quickly rising with how much of a farce this is turning out to be; she saw it coming, but it's still infurating, and she gets angry fairly easily.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-05-14 23:23:09 76556
Akashimaru's eyebrows lift as the King produces this new evidence; for a moment she leans against the table, brow furrowing, before pushing away from the table entirely to come around for a closer look.

"The defendant does ride a dog," she allows after some moments of careful scrutiny, before nodding towards Kokoro's protestation. "I'm quite familiar with him, since I often end up brushing his fur off of my clothes or my furniture. His fur is grey, and I'm sure that Ariel can call him here for proof if the court requires."

She pauses just for a moment for effect, then folds her arms in front of her and turns her attention to the White King again. "I'm very interested in this evidence and where you found it, though. Will the witness please explain where this evidence was found and why it should be considered connected to the theft?"
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-14 23:41:01 76557
    Lions narrows his eyes, locking with Kokoro as the Defense plows through the 'evidence'. Though Ariel sets a small hand on the much larger girl's shoulder to try and calm her. Clearly trusting her team to see her through to a verdict of 'not off with her head'.
    Indeed though, all the witness has in a handful of fur, but the White King purses his lips thoughtfully. "We found it on the cushion her majesty the Red Queen set her crown upon." He replies as Akashimaru points out further discrepancy in the coloration.
    While a disgruntled Lions runs fingers through his hair irritably to reveal a slightly thinner patch.
    "EVIDENCE DISMISSED."
    "It would seem..." Lions begins "That you're clearly all in on it with the Defendant. Your honor, prosecution moves they all be taken into custody until we find the crown of you decided to lop their heads off." Oh he's taking a low blow and trying to separate the team from further destroying the case against Ariel.
Lacrima 2017-05-14 23:44:42 76558
Oh, see, Norie was being decent and polite as possible. Up to this point, she actually squeezes those glasses until they crash and crush into many sparkly pieces as she slams a fist down onto the stand. "OBJECTION!" she calls out.

"Ariel's dog has grey hair. Ariel was with was somewhere else last Sunday." she says. "There's only one person with Orange coloration here right now. And that is....

"Your Honor! The Lion is a Liar!" she insists dramatically loudly.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-05-14 23:51:45 76559
Akashimaru opens her mouth, ready to make a furious objection - but Norie gets there first, and the vampire girl's dramatic announcement gives Seishi the moment that she needs to regain her self-possession.

"Your Honor!" she puts in quickly, just after Norie has finished speaking. "At this time I have evidence to bring before the court, right here!" The hand holding her tessen sweeps out, swift and smooth with assurance, to point towards Bhaltair Lions. More specifically, to the clump of stray hair that came loose when he ran his hand through it just now.

"I believe the court will find that this is an exact match to the hair evidence which was found at the scene of the theft," Akashimaru proclaims. "Evidence which proves that the thief is here in this very courtroom, and it's not Ariel."
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-14 23:56:26 76560
    Ariel's hand on her shoulder soothes Kokoro, the girl starting to relax just faintly... until a wild accusation is thrown their way.

    "If I'd been involved," Kokoro growls, reaching up to the small hammer on a large necklace, "You wouldn't have to guess at it. There'd be hammerprints on every forehead in the room. The fact you're still standin' there proves otherwise. You're getting pretty desperate to pin this on an innocent friggin' girl, now, aren't y-" Her rising voice stalls out, her eyes going wide. And then narrowing.

    "...oi." And now her voice is dangerously low.

    "Why are you so desperate to pin this on Ariel?"

    Kokoro takes a slow, ominous step around the defense's table, standing up straight to her full height, and looking Lions straight in the eye. "You coulda pinned this on anyone. One of the guards. Freakin' kangaroo court like this, they'dve been beheaded without a fuss, and you'd be free and clear with your crown. That'd be the smart plan for stealing the crown. So the crown ain't the goal, is it?!" It's now that one hand comes up, pointing a single, stern finger.

    "So why the hell are you so desperate to make Ariel the culprit, huh?! What're you after?!"
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-15 00:16:29 76561
    And in that instant accusations fly the court is abuzz as the jury and audience gasp. Norie's objection is forceful enough this time to fling the White King's crown off his head. Even Lions has to grip the nearest banister to not be blown into a wall, and the Red Queen is very pointedly clinging to her podium.
    Cold hard facts are slammed out. Lucky's fur does not match. The hair matches elsewhere. But both the King and Queen frown.
    "That's prepostrous." The White King says gently, as though to point out he's not taking aside but there is something very wrong in what Norie says. He looks to the Queen who grunts. "Unicorns can only lie on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the other days they speak the truth. Lions lie on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and speak the truth all other days. Why do you think we held the trial on a Sunday? So that niether could l-"
    WHAM. Akashimaru swings in her accusation blowing the Queen's scepter from her hand. The King is forced to hide behind his podium, and Lions clutches his chest like he's just eaten a gunshot.
    "I-in this court? What ever coule you me-"
    TAKE THAT!
    Kokoro is around the Defense table walking towards Lions, and Ariel is clutching the table, wild eyed. "Press him!" She squeaks. "PRESS THE PROSECUTOR!"
    Someone has been watching too many court dramas.
    Lions absolutely quails, knees quaking as he looks ready to buckle. Kokoro is taller than he is. Angrier too, and wit hthe evidence viciously turned about and levied on him by Vampire and Samurai leave him with no defence of his own, he fumbles. There's a clink. A clank. A rattle and roll as a red crown falls from inside his jacket and to the floor. And just as the King and Queen said he could not lie, he folds.
    "The Prince said if I got you all out of the way one by one I'd have unimaginable power AND the crown." He pauses. And scowls. And the Red Queen slams... Nothing on the podium as she remembers she lost her gavel.
    "GUILTY. ... I MEAN THE LION IS, NOT THE UNICORN! OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"
Kokoro Akakuma 2017-05-15 00:25:43 76562
    Kokoro stops where she stands, as the confession finally comes out. She folds her arms over her chest, keeping that cold stare on the lion, listening, frowning. That lays it all on the table, so to speak. But... "Who's this 'prince'?" She turns, looking over her shoulder at Ariel. "Someone you know?"
Lacrima 2017-05-15 00:32:05 76563
Norie Okana nrgs. "Stupid. Nightmare Prince..." she mutters to herself when the truth comes out, as she flips her hair again and closes her eyes. She reopens them. Does she say something in the lions defense? Nope. That jerk can go get a really close haircut right now. She doesn't care.

She looks to Kokoro. "The Prince of Nightmares. Or. The Nightmare Prince. He's the one invading all these dreams. Like those dragsters from the other night. We met him once."

It isn't her place to say 'she also seems to have stolen Ariel's mom as one of his minions now.'. At least not here in front of a courtroom.
Seishi Tamashige 2017-05-15 00:37:26 76564
Kokoro's realization and the questions she aims at Lions startle Akashimaru more than a little, herself; she does a wide-eyed doubletake and only just manages to hold back some kind of exclamation herself. At least for long enough to Lions to confirm beyond all doubt exactly what's transpired to lead to this situation.

Norie covers the explanations quite ably, and Akashimaru nods her confirmation. "The Nightmare Prince is an enemy to everyone's dreams," she says, in a quieter tone now than the Courtroom Voice she was using before. "And an enemy to Ariel especially, since she's a dream guardian. I should've realized from the beginning that he'd be behind something like this."

A deep breath, and then she looks up and over toward the King and Queen. "If I may, your majesties," she interjects, raising her voice a bit to carry through the shouting, "shouldn't he be questioned for anything else he might know about this conspiracy?"
Ariel Theodore 2017-05-15 00:48:13 76565
    A heavy sigh and Ariel sags where she sits. The trial is over and it looks like she's been proven innocent! Which means she's keeping her head. But it's a hollow victory if the Nightmare Prince orchestrated the whole debacle. Ariel opens her mouth to speak, but Norie and Akashimaru explain the prince to Kokoro, simply letting the unicorn fall to silence reflect.
    But the Red Queen and White King look to one another, "I... Suppose you are right. We'll question him on the days we know he can't lie." The King decides. Yet the Queen sighs SO heavily at the Crimson Samurai's suggestion. "No one ever lets me take any heads off!" She says throwing her hands up in frustration.
    Ariel, meanwhile, manages a tiny smile because she's...

NOT GUILTY