What I Have Become

Seth's gone to the Hikawa Shrine before. This time, though, things are different. This time Rei can sense something's wrong...

Date: 2017-07-21
Pose Count: 17
Rei Hino 2017-07-21 23:28:57 80780
Another night at the Hikawa Shrine. Everything from the crows, to the inhabitants are asleep. Rei Hino in particular is in her room, curled on her side with a pillow over her head. Just in case Grandpa starts snoring again. She's dressed in something horrific! A true fashion depravity: a ruffly single shirt that drops down to the knees with lace, and a pair of pajama pants in an equally loud shade of purple. And on her feet, hanging from the bed?

Raven-shaped slippers. Let no one besides her closest friends ever become aware of this. On second thought, may Usagi never find out, or suddenly the entirety of Tokyo will know of this horror!
Seth Locke 2017-07-21 23:48:34 80782
And, it's in these late hours that a shadow descends upon the Hikawa Shrine grounds, bearing a humanoid shape. This shape is that of a man completely clad in black, sporting silver white hair, with golden eyes that almost seem to be glowing.

He looks around, calmly and taking his time, senses sharp as he searches for any one person who could be up and about in, say, watch shifts.

Finding no-one, he moves towards the main praying hall. And, upon reaching it, he has a seat and pulls out a seat of beads...

He has come to pray. For souls. For some sort of redemption.
Rei Hino 2017-07-21 23:55:07 80785
Even before the dark presence descends and enters the prayer hall, the Miko of the shrine is already up and moving. She /knows/ she has to be somewhere. And as she slowly awakens, and throws off her bedcovers? It's off to grab a pocket full of ofuda. There's a bunch always right beside her bed. And under her pillows. Just in case!

And so, exactly one minute after Seth sits down to pray? That prayer hall door bursts open! Rei Hino, Mysterious Miko and Sailor Senshi of Mars, points her finger at the dark silver haired one!

"You! As a member of this shrine, I won't let you hurt anyone in it! Or corrupt innocent people with your Dark Energy!" Comes the Miko with that burning, fiery passion she's known for!

"Begone, or face justice!" She already has ofuda tucked into her fingers, the beginning of a few prayer motions!
Seth Locke 2017-07-22 00:14:14 80792
And just when he was starting to focus...

Silver-haired Seth slowly turns around, and readies himself to jump if the need comes. He holds out a hand, seeking to reason with whoever's just appeared, "...Wait!"

But even his voice is different than the one Rei has come to hear... And plus, he's now what could pass for awe-struck as he realizes what she's wearing. As jammies. "...What the holy hell!?", is what escapes his lips. And this comes in english, so insert the trope of hiragana being written along the screen as he voices the words.

But, he's a sitting duck for Rei's special ofuda move...
Rei Hino 2017-07-22 00:20:02 80794
The young woman in the slippers, night-dress, and slightly baggy matching pants strikes...well, a cute figure. But perhaps slightly imposing as one can feel the holiness surrounding her ofuda!

Her english is somewhat decent, but it doesn't help Seth's case! No, that name is unfamiliar! Thus, as he turns to her and seems ready to jump? She makes several prayer symbols, and then? With a snap of her wrist, she's leaping forward and trying to slap an ofuda right on his forehead!

"Be cleansed of your evil, spirit!" It's not the type that would utterly banish a major 'evil' like Seth...but it might knock down some of the potency for a few minutes, or maybe even freeze him in place! "Let go of whoever you've possessed!"
Seth Locke 2017-07-22 00:36:28 80798
"Rei-chan! Wait!", a plea comes from Seth, who is still halfway struck by the visage of Rei's sleeping wear. "Let me expl..."

And... contact! Rei's ofuda hits right on his forehead, sticking to it like super-glue!

He screams off the top of his lungs, as he makes an effort to move. An effort which should come effortlessly.

"Is this... what I have... become...?", he gasps between heavy breathing. "A monster...?"
Rei Hino 2017-07-22 00:44:36 80800
Rei's eyes go wide as the being speaks her name! They must be possessed! But that doesn't mean that it couldn't be a trick, or that they're not dangerous. She takes a few cautious steps back, two ofuda fully at the ready. Her other hand? Is already reaching for her henshin pen.

"Don't move. How do you know me? If you're a friend in trouble, then I'll help you. But you really are a monster, I won't hold back!" Threatens the dress'd miko. Prayer beads have slipped about her wrist as well. She's certain to make sure the door is closed, 'lest Grandpa get drawn into this whole mess!
Seth Locke 2017-07-22 00:54:42 80804
"I don't know what I am", Seth manages to groan. "Please, Rei-chan. I'm not here to cause harm." He gasps, "Argh!! It burns!!" He shakes like a madman in a straight-jacket, like a wild horse on a rodeo. "Get it off me! And then we can talk!"
Rei Hino 2017-07-22 01:13:15 80809
Rei's eyes narrow suspiciously. She's in no hurry to undo the ofuda, but yet...something twinges in her mind, and finally? She sighs.

"Stay on your knees. Don't move." Eyes close, and then? A small pulse. That ofuda drops off, and suddenly he's free! That arm is still up, ready to fling more at Seth! But not yet. She looks tense, muscles strung like a cat ready to pounce.

"Alright. Start explaining, please."
Seth Locke 2017-07-22 01:25:49 80812
Seth Locke finally relaxes from his torment - well, this one, anyways -, dropping to his hands and knees.

"This will not come easily to you", he replies, "but you know me, Rei-chan." He explains. "We met over there", he says, pointing to the place where they first met, "while I prayed to my mother, and you were cleaning the pathway of the shrine. I bought set of beads from you, and you provided me with a free reading."

He's providing with clues as to his identity. He's so different, people hardly recognize him anymore.
Rei Hino 2017-08-06 22:53:51 81244
Real youma don't cower on the floor, generally. Combined with the fact that Seth is saying things that only /he/ would know, has it all flash in Rei's head. Her instincts guide her, and she's not a dumb woman. She's reluctant. But she trusts herself. With a snap of her fingers?

Those seals flutter to the ground. She still has more in her hands. Frown.

"...Is that really you, Seth-kun? What happened to you?" Well. At least she isn't about to banish him! Rei looks very wary still, however.
Seth Locke 2017-08-06 23:03:17 81246
The white-haired boy gasps for recovering as the seals go down. He struggles to get back on his feet, "Remember the details on that reading you gave me the day we met?", the now full 7 feet of him, "Well... I think it's coming true."
Rei Hino 2017-08-06 23:05:36 81247
There's a low 'Kuso!' from Rei as Seth stands up. Holy snap, he's big! Cough. The miko plasters back on Serious Rei Face from the surprise, and crosses her arms.

"We...are going to need to do something about this." Truly, Rei, master of the obvious. She paces, thinking. "I can try to call some of my friends to help. But first we need to get to the bottom of what is causing this. Another fire reading soon, but...ah, where are you staying? You can't go out like that!"
Seth Locke 2017-08-06 23:26:21 81250
"Most people don't even seem to notice, or they just shrug it off", Seth replies. "I think they're just taking it as some after-effect from whatever was done to me." He smirks at that, "And they're right - they just can't seem to wrap their heads around the fact it's not natural." He adds further, "Or, like in your case, unless I explain to them who I am." Yes, that's magic at work.

"And I shouldn't stay anywhere near people I know", Seth adds. "I just recently learned I have the ability to drain people of their energy." He adds, in a whisper, "...kyuketsuki."
Rei Hino 2017-08-06 23:43:43 81252
Rei Hino shudders a bit. He feels /wrong/. The psychic sucks in a breath, resists the urge to banish him on the spot, and finally sits down. "Then I'll not be inviting you inside for some dinner, I guess." Jokes Rei weakly. A frown.

"Containing this isn't really my expertise, at least of this magnitude. I can try to make a charm to lessen the effects, but...nnn. I really need to ask Mamo-kun if he can help. Or maybe Kunzite-kun." A sigh. She finally nods. "Alright. You're going to stay here, and I'm going to seal the doors. I'll bring you something to eat. It might not help, but...at least you'll be safe here, and no one can get hurt. Alright?"
Seth Locke 2017-08-06 23:55:13 81253
"I already spoke with them", he says, a little pained. "And as usual, my conversations with them tend to degenerate into an argument."

He thinks for a moment.

"Maybe it's for the best that you pass down that hospitality to my imouto instead, Rei-chan", he replies. "This is a holy place, after all, and I feel that she's more in need of protection than I am." He pauses, "Whatever my father was, or is still working on... I feel it's big, and it has only just begun." His voice becomes ominous, "And she's stuck right in the middle of it, just as I am."
Rei Hino 2017-08-06 23:59:06 81255
Rei Hino's arms cross. She peers. "Then quit making them mad!" She says simply, hmph'ing! Then Rei sighs. Point! Poooint right at Seth!

"If I let you go now, then you might end up hurting people. You're stuck here until I say so. We can work on your sister and your problem tomorrow, alright Seth-kun?"

A shiver runs through her, she mentally writes it all down. "We'll start with another fire reading. No matter what this is...we'll beat it!" A nod, and then Rei is slipping out. A few seals on the doors? She's off to make dinner. And get Seth some manga and a small tv. She can't let her new guest get bored, at least.