Revelations in Dark Tears

Confused about the changes he's going through, Seth calls a close friend - who may be more than a friend. His new nature betrays him, leaving his confidant is a serious state.

Date: 2017-07-15
Pose Count: 28
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 00:46:16 80424
This is a time of change.

Seth has looked himself in the mirror, and he can hardly recognize himself, now. His hair, once a solid brown, changed almost over night into a deep silver color. And it seems to have been grown some. His eyes, once blue, are now oscillating between colors of yellow and red, with irises not unlike those of a cat.

Not only that, he's taller. He measured himself recently, and there's a difference of least some 6 inches in height.

These changes are no less than confusing for him - even though he can surely guess what's been causing them. But who can he resort to for some sort of help?

Well, there's this blue-haired girl he's been recently growing fond of; a magical girl who could maybe understand what's going on: Sayaka Miki.

And he sent her a message, to meet at Clover Tower - matter-of-factly, at the very top of the tower - that evening. The words 'please', and 'I don't know what to do' indicated urgency and desperation.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 00:51:59 80425
Sayaka Miki was used to life or death situations popping up at the worst moments, and this is no exception. But she is a heroine and it is her job, no, her destiny to fight evil, blah blah blah..So here she is, inhenshin, waiting at the top of the clovertower..
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 01:05:09 80427
"Hi, Sayaka-chan."

The voice comes from behind her, not a yard away. And it doesn't sound like Seth's; it sounds deeper. Colder.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 01:07:35 80428
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks slowly, senses not as sharp as her strength. "Huh..?" she blinks slowly as she turns, uncertain of the voice, but he looks..Vaguely familiar. "Who..?"
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 01:29:00 80429
Long black robes with sepia patterns cover the frame of the young man, his head remaining obscured by the hood of this same robe. Through this darkness, a pair of eerily-glowing gold eyes peer at the Puella.

"Thank you for coming", he replies. Pulling the hood from his head, his features do become visible. "I wasn't entirely sure who to turn to on such short notice, but you were my best guess."

The traces of the boy named Seth are all but gone. They seem more angular; more perfected, if you will, like someone had taken a mold of his face, and then improved upon it into some sort of unnatural perfection.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 01:31:32 80431
Puella Magi Sayaka narrows her eyes as she turns to face the stranger, taking on a defensive stance. And without hesitation, draws her sword, pointing it at him.
    "Who are you and what have you done with Seth?!" she demands, "That message was fromhis phone!" her voice reaches a dangerous level. She is not one to be trifled with.
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 01:49:09 80434
"Is there that much a difference?", Seth replies after he watches Sayaka's stance. "Yes." He sighs, expression shifted into a sort of sad, introspective gaze. "I don't really blame you." He looks at his hands, fingernails shifted into claws. "I can hardly recognize myself anymore." At which point he closes them violently, that it would look like the joints would snap.

Then, he goes into details about a very specific day. "That day, we went to the Haunted House... Didn't we? We had our fun... Didn't we?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 01:52:27 80435
Puella Magi Sayaka watches him warily still, eyeing those dangerous claws warily. And when hus claws snap like that she growls, waving her sword threateningly at him.
    Not even his details are enough to sway her and she just frowns and shakes her head. "Hah. How do I know you werent just following us? Anyone could have seen us go in together!" She peers intently at him but sees no traces of Seth.
    Still, there us something bareky vaguely familiar. But its not enough.
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 02:19:20 80440
"Amu-chan and her charas put us up to a blind date", he says. "At the Haunted House, after we left, you said you had been there before, and that you didn't remember things being so original." He goes on, backwards in time, "In my hospital bed, I you started to heal me, but a Witch interfered." He adds, "I worry that my sister Amanda will be suckered by Kyubey into becoming a Puella. I have a brother, Daniel, family by my father's side. My father is an estranged man, consumed by his work. He..."

He stops there. Right at the open wound. Where the problem surely started.

Motionless like a statue, now.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 02:24:21 80442
She listens in wide-eyed shock, as he rambles off along list of facts- manybof whom an obsessive stalker could have recited. But there are a few facts that only Seth would know..
    She lowers the sword, at least long enough to show she is listening. "Those are.." Saya shakes her head, taking a cautious step nearer, peering at him intently.
    "But how did..How is this even possible? If I am to believe that you really are him.." she bites her lip, swaying uncertainly.
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 02:37:51 80443
Okay, back now.

He blinks, a sign that that body is alive.

"I... I don't know what to expect you to believe", he says. "I don't know what I believe, anymore. Everything feels like a dream to me."

And this is when his voice becomes somber. "And it scares me."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 02:44:43 80445
Puella Magi Sayaka frowns, re-shearhing her sword as she peers back at the strange young man. Still on alert but willing to listen.
    "Umm, you were planning on explaining what the heck is going on here, right?" eyes narrow, "I'm willing to listen but my patience is short.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 03:05:26 80447
"Running the risk of going into the 'no s**t' territory, I think this is the work of my father", Seth explains. "And whatever he did, it's turning me into... this." He can't quite explain it himself. "Something other than human."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 03:07:50 80448
Puella Magi Sayaka arches a brow, "Waait a minute. I thought I already cured you by healing your heart. Are you saying it failed? Your father had to rely on more..Desperate measures?!" she still keeps a wary distance from him but moving slowly closer, still watching him curiously.
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 03:28:56 80451
"I don't exactly know what happened back then", Seth replies. "Maybe you did something to me, but it was only temporary. After all, that Witch interevened, and after that you were so out of it that I helped you." He recalls, "And then, Daniel-kun intervened, asking you to leave."

"Either you helped, and it was temporary, or no good effect came out of it and my chances at recovery remained at zero", he concludes. "Either way, I was doomed."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 03:33:23 80452
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks slowly as she listens. And the more she hears the more she realizes that, as impossible as it seems, this must be Seth.

Suddenly she's right up close, reaching up to touch his face as if to assure herself that his apoearance is real. "Seth-kun..? Is it really you?" she sighs, "I'm sorry I couldn't help.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 03:53:51 80454
Those alien eyes weep tears. Black tears.

"It /is/ me, Sayaka-chan."

He needed some reassurance that everything is going to be alright, and where best to look? Why, the girl who stood by him the most. The girl who tried to help him.

And this translated in seeking some emotional comfort, unconsciously drawing him closer to her, with a hug. And his eyes, meeting hers...
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 04:09:57 80455
Puella Magi Sayaka stiffens a bit at the hug, uncertain if she trusts him. But it's Seth afterall, and she had always trusted him, protected him..And now maybe even liked him as more than a friend. Although that's a bit more complicated than she would rather think about right now.
    Still she relaxes a bit, wrapping her arms around his taller frame now, wanting to comfort him. "D-dammit Seth-kun..Your own family did this to you? To save you? But how..?"
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 04:25:33 80459
'What is this feeling?', he wonders. 'This feeling of warmth from another? This feeling I... seek?'

He just shakes his head softly, dismissing all the questions. And his head gravitates closer and closer to Sayaka's, eyes seeking to interlock with hers...
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 04:26:50 80460
Puella Magi Sayaka frowns, peering curiously into his eyes, searchingly. "Seth-kun.." she murmurs, "How can I help you? How can I make this okay? I'm not even sure what they did to you but..At least they saved your life, right?" but at what cost? She's too fearful to ask.
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 04:37:48 80461
"Please...", he says, "no questions right now."

And this is where his lips come into contact with Sayaka's. A long, gentle kiss, in the search for a moment of comfort.

But, in the dark corners of Seth's mind, something stirs. Something wild, ever-present, waiting for an opportunity...

And it just found it.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 04:45:39 80462
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks slowly, bringing up her fingers to press against his lips as he draws nearer. "Seth-kun, wait! we need to..!"
    But he moves faster than she can react, kissing her before she has a chance to stop him. And for a moment, it feels good. Too good." she sighs, relaxes, eyes fluttering closed as she gets list in the moment.
    And she tries to pull away, to try and tell him something first. But suddenly she feels awfully weak and dizzy, the world spinning around her.
    "Seth..." she murmurs weakly, confused, lost, her grip on him weakenning.
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 05:14:15 80465
At this point, Seth is not listening. His eyes, once an eerie gold, have turned a predator red. A predator that just found his meal in the form of energy. Energy which he drains from the weakening Sayaka all too vividly, with a grip that tightens as she weakens.

The energy rushes over his being like a balm of warmth. Never had he felt stronger than he did now!

But something felt wrong.

In the middle of the darkness of his mind, a light flooded in - the light of memories. Good memories, like him playing with his sister, teaching her, helping her grow into a young woman of her own right. Memories of he himself being taught by his family, of a time when things were simpler. Of when his mother was alive...


He found himself fighting his own grip on the blue-haired girl, pushing that unholy predatorial urge back into where it came from. It struggled to resurface, and the boy's reaction is to pull away from his source of temptation, impacting with such a force against the railing of the tower, that the steel immediately bends to the impact.

The pain helps to bring him back to his senses. And then, he can see the bitter fruit of his damnation...
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 05:26:45 80467
Puella Magi Sayaka grits her teeth, feeling her strength rapidly ebbing away. Its nit the first time she's been drained, but to such an extent, against her will.

"Seth..." she gasps, "Dont..." her eyes glaze over and she collapses to the ground when he finally lets go, exhausted, weakenned, her soulgem turning dangerously dark..
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 05:40:15 80469

Seth fears he might lose control again, but he judges the cost of doing nothing at this point could be higher.

"No no no...", he rushes to the bluenette's side, frantically looking for a Grief Seed. "Please, tell me you have one. C'mon... C'mon... Please, have one!"

He keeps searching.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 05:50:44 80471
Puella Magi Sayaka has no grief seed but she does have a grief cube. Far weaker, inferior and only half full, it may just prevent her soul gem from blackenning out entirely but she'll likely remain severely weakenned for several days.
    Her eyes flash open briefly, glancing at him weakly, hurt, conglfused. "Seth-kun..." she murmurs softly.."Why..?"
Seth Locke 2017-07-15 06:10:53 80474
He whimpers, his soul - if he still has one - wracked with guilt over what he did. Or maybe that was him? He doesn't know.

He finds the Cube, and leans it against Sayaka's soul gem.

"Please, forgive me..." The black tears almost make it look like his eyes have sunken into his orbits. "I dunno what came over me... One minute, I was... And then..."

He goes unusually quiet, eyes closed. And from his throat, a growl begins to be made heard. When his eyes open, they glow red once again, in anger. An anger that is made manifest in the form of an unholy voice directed at the sky, but is focused upon the engineers of his unholy nature.

Sayaka Miki 2017-07-15 06:14:18 80476
Her eyes flicker shut, too weak to respond, her head lolling to one side. He presses the cube against her soulgem, and a shard of light shines through the cloudy darkness. Just a shard. Enough to prevent her from witching out, but she's not out of danger yet as she rapidly loses conscioussness.