(No) Kiss and Make Up!

Seth and Sayaka patch things up over recent events. Also, they discuss possible courses of action regarding Seth's problem.

Date: 2017-07-28
Pose Count: 32
Seth Locke 2017-07-28 01:47:58 80947
It's the middle of the night, the very hour where people are at home comfortably sleeping or watching late night TV. Although the streets are well lit, there are still many places where the light doesn't touch.

One of such places, in fact one of the darkest alleyways of Tokyo's residential area has become the stage of violence, as three goons completely up to no good had cornered two young women.

They weren't counting on something on the prowl, that night.

From the darkness, two faint specks of eerie red light are revealed, clawed hands reaching up for the necks of two of the goons, squeezing at their necks... And lifting them up into the air like they were nothing.

The third guy, staggered at the sudden turn of events, turns and recoils several steps, his eyes fit for a deer caught in the headlights.

The girls? Well, they're the sirens that there's trouble brewing!
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-28 01:52:14 80948
Puella Magi Sayaka had always been an eager heroine, always quick to save the damsels in distress. After recent events she had hoped to take a break fron her duties, but it seems there is no rest for the weary.

And tonightvis no different, as trouble is brewing, as evidenced by tge screaming of two girls. Eyes narrow and she steps into the shadows, content to merely watch for now.

And the now familiar sight of a certain towering figure catches her attention, causing her to frown softly, watching him intently from the shadows..
Seth Locke 2017-07-28 02:09:16 80949
As the figure squeezes the necks of the two writhing men, whisps of energy flow from them through the figure's hands... And into it!

There's a bit of a scoff as it glimpses down on the third member, showing a bit of a toothy grin.

Looking at the two girls, his look says it all with but a nudge of his head in the direction of the lit city streets.

The third member, maybe through some sense of epiphany - or just plain stupidity, the difference would be but a blurry line - decides to lunge himself with a knife at what's draining his pals...

And the hit connects!

The figure stammers... And growls, eyes glowing ever more intensely. And that's when it dawns on the third guy that his feet were on the plain stupidity side of the blurry line.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-28 02:14:59 80950
She frowns softly as she continues to watch from the shadows, uncertain about striking, about interfering. She shouldnt even be here, but she owes him an apology so she hunkers down and continues to watch.

The screaming girls cause her to start and she is about to move to protect them but it seems he is more focused on the thugs. Very well then, lets see where this goes, hmm?
Seth Locke 2017-07-28 02:30:41 80951
The two thugs being firmly grasped stop wriggling, and are dropped on the ground, motionless. So it's time now, for the last one.

<<You disgust me>>, Seth says. <<You prowlers of the night, you think you're so tough. With your weapons, and your fancy gang suits and moves...>>

He reaches for the guy's neck, pinning him to the wall as he whimpers. And again, the energy draining process takes place.

That finished, Seth takes a moment to relax, to put those predatory urges behind him, to press them back into his mind.

"You can come out now", he says after all is done, "Puella Magi Sayaka Miki."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-28 02:42:45 80952
She narrows her eyes as she watches, and it might cone as a shock to watch this, if she hadnt already experienced this torment from Alexis already.

With a sigh, she steps out, peering intently at the guy he just drained, even stepping up to check his pulse, to ensure he is still alive..

..Before glancing back at Seth, peering intently at him with a frown. "So. You've become some sort of vigilante as well huh? Just like him.." there is a hint of bitterness to her tone..
Seth Locke 2017-07-28 02:51:01 80953
"Yes. 'Just like him.'" These are the words coming from Seth. They shound perfectly neutral...

Until the moment they're not! In fact, at this point they sound very much bitter and sarcastic. "I'm assuming, of course, that by 'just like him' you mean the boyfriend you neglected to tell me about."

And yes, the thugs' pulse is noticeable.
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-28 02:59:03 80954
Puella Magi Sayaka frowns a bit, hanging her head. "Seth-kun...I..I.." she sighs.

"You're right. I wasnt being totally honest with you. Butcto be fair, we werent even dating when I went out with you that one time, and even after, I..Well I'm not even sure if he sees me that way or if it was just a first date."

She drawsa deep breath, squeezing her eyes shut. "I'd understand if you'd want to punch me. Hard. I would, too...I'm such a big jerk.." she smiles sadly.
Seth Locke 2017-07-28 03:24:01 80955
"Well", Seth replies, sighing, "aren't mixed feelings a pain?"

He keeps staring at Sayaka as she talks, his voice clear. "Your 'boyfriend'. Those are the words I heard; from the lips of others, no less, who felt ready to jump at my throat for saying I took advantage of you with a kiss."

He backs away a bit, then turns his back to the girl, confusion marring his face. Sayaka's words of understanding why he'd want to punch her almost feel like an invitation - an invitation he's trying to push away.

"Do you even understand /why/ I kissed you?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-28 03:30:31 80956
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks slowly. "Really? Is that what they say? I mean..." she draws a deep breath. Its what she'd always wanted. And heck she'd pursued him long enough, been rejected enough times. Until lately, but..

"Umm. I didnt know thats what they were saying, I mean, I'd wanted him for a long time..But he kept rejecting me. Guess that's why I lost faith, let Amu-chan set me upbon a blind date.."

She opens her. eyes, glances at him curiously. "Seth-kun..I didnt mean to hurt your feelings. I really did like you, and I get that you sought confort in me just as I had in you."
Seth Locke 2017-07-28 03:51:44 80957
"I was trying to find some way to latch onto something of what I had left that was still Seth Locke", he explains, saddened. "And I thought I had something good going on between us."

"...Which now brings to the part of the verbal tense", Seth replies. "'Did'. You really 'did' like me. So it changed."

The question at the end of the affirmation seems to be determinant upon reply - "Didn't it?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-28 04:06:55 80958
Puella Magi Sayaka tenses, shaking her head slowly. "I know, you didnt want to lose yourself to..Whatever you have become.." she takes a cautious step towards him.

"And I went about this all wrong, blaming you, lashing out when in fact you are the real victim here.."

She swallows hard at his words, frown deepening. "I..I dont know, I guess I'm still confused. I still like you..And I like him too. But, I cant act further on those feelings, not without betraying two people I care about.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-28 05:08:06 80959
As Sayaka takes her cautious step towards him, Seth takes no step at all; like a statue standing the test of time.

"Well...", he replies, "betrayal looks innevitable, no matter how you end up looking at it."

Then, he takes one step, the darkness covering him...

And, two steps later, Seth moves in henshin, his form changed into something more fantastically bestial - a being with claws, fangs, pointy ears and hypnotic eerie eyes, and three majestic/unholy pairs of black wings.

And it makes a question - one that is voiced so sternly that sounds like it comes as judgement upon the bluenette:

<<...Would you kiss this?>>
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-29 17:44:47 80960
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks slowly, hesitating when he henshins into a more inhuman form. "Seth.." her eyes widen, not in fear but wariness, and she pauses briefly, frowning at him.
    "Is this really how you want to be? Dont do this! I promised I would help you, but I cant do that if you wont help yourself!"
    And then he challenges her like that, testing her it seems? But she's not prepared to get drained again. With a sigh she steps towards him, chancing a hug as she carefully wraps her arms around his waist. "Dont do this.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-29 18:10:25 80961
<<I don't do...>>, Seth starts, "what?" Yes, the last bit of the sentence is back to a normal voice pattern - even though Seth's voice has changed during his process of alteration, so it's questionable if that would be normal. The same goes for his body, that changes back to human form.

He returns the hug, affectionately. "Don't go and be... this? Don't go and drain people, risking starvation if I don't?" He's not letting go unless Sayaka steps away. "I feel like these are all choices taken away from me, and I believe the events set in motion long ago."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-29 18:41:07 80962
Puella Magi Sayaka bites her lip, still tense, at least until he henshins down to a..Not-so-creepy-but-still-not-Seth form.

"So..This is how it is, I guess.." she sighs, but doesnt let go just yet, still feeling guilty for her part in this. "Dont give up! I talked to Kunzite-san, maybe he and Mamoru-san can help you..And if you need to..Feed, just ask first and I'll help. That's all you have to do.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-29 19:16:03 80963
"Well, I think in all fairness, and given how my life has taken a turn southwards, I have to look on the bright side, here...", Seth replies with a hint of amusement creeping over his face.


"...At least, I don't sparkle."

Yep, you knew that was coming!

Seth is now chuckling. Maybe it is amusing - to him, anyways -, or it could be that he's genuinely scared, so he cracks a joke. Hard to tell, really.

He gets serious, now. "I'll have to talk to them soon, anyways. Amy could be in danger, and they might be the ones more suited to protect her in case something happens to me."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-29 19:21:08 80964
Puella Magi Sayaka frowns a bit, pulling away from him now. "They tell me they offered their help and you refused. Why, Seth? They are the best people to help you out..And if your dad and brother are doing this to you, then you need to leave them and find somewhere else to stay, because its not safe there anymore.." and then theres Amy. She arches a brow, "She's your sister, right? Then she might be in danger too.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-29 20:48:15 80965
"Well", Seth recalls, "some events happen in such a fashion they make your head spin, and when you find yourself kicked out of the place..." He grimaces, with a repeated shrug. "I don't think I'd really have them on the top of my list for helping out if you're on a rough spot." He shrugs, "I don't know, would you?"

"Besides", he continues, "I never really knew what was going on. I suspected something was going on, but call it fear, or gut feeling, or whatever, and add to the equation you got a kid sister to take care of, and you don't want anything to happen to her, plus a father actively discouraging you from pursueing the matter..."

"I have no idea what would've happened if I had taken things down a different path, here", Seth summarizes. "It could've all turned out well... Or it could've gone incredibly sour."

Back to the issues about the present. "I have no idea where my dad and brother are! That's the point!" He now sounds annoyed. "But if they work for the kind of organization pictured before my eyes, I'm willing to bet it won't take them long to find whoever they wish." It is at this point he smirks. "But, if I alter my course of action... I might just be able to stir the waters, and get my hands on someone who can provide answers."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-29 22:43:14 80966
Puella Magi Sayaka frowns softly, concern showing in her eyes as she regards him thoughtfully.
    "Seth-kun..Mamoru-san and Kunzite-san are used to dealing with all sorts of sticky situations. Just give em a try? I'm sure if they see you need the help and were just confused they'd understand.."
    As for his dad and brother, she narrows her eyes. "Oh I see. And yet, they always know where you are..Are you even safe at your home? I wish I could invite you to stay at mine, but my parents are pretty strict, esoecially about boys over.." she smirks, "Of course, they'll be out of town for a few weeks on business soon so there's that..I dunno.."
    She scratches her head, pondering something. "Soo I do know that they work for exlipse, and so does Lacrima. Perhaos its time I paid a visit to Eclipse.." she smirks. Its a crazy, dangerous idea, but she always liked danger, didnt she.
Seth Locke 2017-07-29 23:05:57 80967
"You mean, that /we/ paid a visit to Eclipse", he politely correts the bluenette. "Maybe so", Seth replies, rubbing his chin, "and that's why I want to keep Amanda safe, first." He announces, "Because the plan doesn't sound any less than asinine in category right now, for its lack of strategy. Going in guns blazing, and we'd have things thrown at us left and right. We go in quietly, and we might bump into some obstacle so far inside the place, that will be cornered."

"Lacrima could get us there, maybe", he says, "but I wonder if we'd get out..."

"Wait a minute...", Seth's line of thought trails off as he realizes, "...were you just proposing a sleepover?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-30 00:25:41 80974
    Oy, that totally came out wrong, didnt it? Saya blushes profusely, shaking her head, waving her hands at him. "Err...Sleepover? Oh no no! That's not what I meant! I just mean...Er..If you need a place to crash. Umm my house is pretty big, and there's a sofa, so..." she bites her lips, looking away, confused, frustrated with her mixed up messed up thoughts.
    "Anyway! I think it'd be a bad idea to go in there with guns blazing. Heck, I wouldn't even walk in there henshined. But...I dunno, maybe this is a dumb idea, but if we could get Lacrima to talk to Takashi-kun perhaps, of a way to help you out, seeing as they are buddies. I mean, I suppose he'd demand some sort of payment, but maybe the scientist part of him would be intrigued. It's a dangerous propsal, but it's the best I can think of...I still think we should see what Mamoru-san and Kunzite-san have to offer though.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-30 00:44:15 80977
"...Ah", Seth's confusion seems to have cleared. "Well, let's hold that option open, then."

But then he frowns, "Wait... You're saying this Takashi guy could look into what was done to me?" He considers, "How well do you trust this guy?" It's the 'demanding payment' and 'dangerous proposal' part that's raising some warning flags.

He nods, "If Mamoru-san and Kunzite-san can offer something, maybe they are the best choices."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-30 00:50:32 80978
Puella Magi Sayaka frowns, "I dont trust Takashi with my life. And if I was in mind right mind, I wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole. Heck, he creates dopplegangers of people all the time, even of me." Saya actually laughs a little there, almost madly so.

    "Yeah, he's your typical mad scientist and a jerk. No, more than a jerk. He's plain evil. But he works for Eclipse. And he's smart. I'm not sure how he'd feel about doing some work that is counter to what another scientist at that organization has done, but..."

    She sighs, "I suppose if the payment was sufficient, he probably couldn't shrug off a potential puzzle to solve. Of course, he might just make things worse. That's where Lacrima-chan's influence could come in...Maybe. I dunno. It's a long shot. A REAL long shot. It's not the best path to take, unless we are clearly out of options."

    Another nod and smile, turning to face him, taking another cautious step towards him, "Yeah, Mamoru-san and Kunzite-san are your best bet. I dunno what they're planning, buuut they did help Lex-chan with his problem which was similar to yours. I think Lacrima-chan played a big role in it too. Perhaps they will do it again. Andif not, perhaps I can give them something in payment for helping out a dear friend.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-30 01:12:07 80984
"He's a mad scientist... Check. He's an evil jerk...Check. Creates dopplegangers of people... Check", Seth enumerates, "He works for Eclipse... Check." Then, he shakes his head. "If you don't mind, I'll just sweep that option under the rug. Of the basement. Of a house. Down the street. In a city on another planet of another solar system located on another galaxy entirely, then just wipe the classification off the astronomical catalogue."

Then, he rubs his chin, "I'm also seeing a possibility of protection for Amanda... The Hikawa Shrine. Rei-chan, who's a miko there, maybe she could offer some protection there."

"So", he summarizes, "we got Mamoru-san's place... and the Hikawa Shrine..."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-30 01:17:10 80985
Puella Magi Sayaka smirks and nods slowly, "Yeah, probably a crazy idea..Guess I dunno what I was thinking, havent exactly been thinking straight lately.." she sighs and rubs her eyes. "Yes, we should find a safe place for Amanda too. The Hikawa shrine might do. Rei-chan's a nice girl, and she's got a few tricks up her sleeve too. Perhaps you can stay there too? If she's got space." she shrugs. It'd be less awkward for her at least. "Then we need to spead to Mamoru-san and Rei-chan. And in the meantime, how are you doing for..Uh..Feedings?" Ohhh right..Those thugs..She frowns. "Oh. I guess you're doing what HE did..Going after the common criminal, draining them, huh..I still dont like it, but..I guess feeding on a Puella is a really bad idea.."
Seth Locke 2017-07-30 01:38:53 80989
"Indeed, it's a bad idea", he says. "A really, /really/ bad idea, given I could've killed you." He feels the need to add, "You were my fir... st...?"

What the heck is he saying?? That's the sudden realization he's come to.

"...victim, and who knows what could've happened if I hadn't managed to stop."

He sighs, "So, if someone needs to be drained, let it be someone who deserves some punishment. In this particular case, two young women will make it home safe, even if startled."

It's at this point, he idly wonders, "Maybe there was a /reason/..."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-30 01:42:50 80990
Puella Magi Sayaka frowns, "I still dont like it, harming anyone against their will. You never know when you might go too far and hurt them. I think maybe.." she sighs, "This is stupid and crazy, but I'm okay if you want to feed off of me, just..Ask, okay? At least next time I'll be ready for it and I can at least try and stop you if you take too much. I'd at least feel better that way.."

    And then he ponders that, and Saya's frown deepens. "What are you saying? A reason? What kinda reason? They just did some crazy experiment and turned you into this.." she catches herself from saying something terrible.

    "Anyways, I suppose they thought they could just make you a guinea pig. I wonder if they ever intended to actually CURE you. This disgusts me..IF I ever get my hands on the people who did this to you..." well, she's smashing her fist against a wall now, looking mad. And the wall cracks a bit, even though it's cement. Nobody had better get in her way!
Seth Locke 2017-07-30 02:02:17 80993
"I know who did it", he says. "But I have many questions, too numerous to list. So, before going the violent route... let's ask politely first."

"And it's so like you, Sayaka-chan, to place yourself in danger for others' sake", he says with a saddened smile. "But I think I'd prefer to see you the very least as a friend, than something akin to a meal." He points around to the thugs. "These nasty people have no familiar face to me, and it's therefore easier for me to resign to my new existence that way."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-30 02:11:54 80995
Puella Magi Sayaka nods, "Yeah, you your dad and your brother did it. But why? And what exactly DID they do to you? That's what you need to figure out, if you stand a chance of fixing this." she laughs, "And yeah, I SUPPOSE you can try asking politely. It's worth a shot anyways. Just..Be careful, and take me with you when you do."

As for putting herself in danger? She just laughs and shrugs, "Well, it's my job afterall, and..I kinda owe you one, plus, I'm a big jerk who toyed with your emotions, so it only seems fair." speaking of which, she's still being intentionally vague on where they stand now. "Well..Just be careful with these bozos. Obviously you can take care of yourself, but if things get tough..I'm always here. Dont forget that either."
Seth Locke 2017-07-30 02:29:31 80997
Seth Locke approaches the Puella, leans, and offers her a gentle kiss on the forehead.

"I'll be sure to remember that", he replies with a smile, starting to step away into the shadows.

Once he touches them, his form darkens and melts into them.

"I'll be in touch, Sayaka-chan."
Sayaka Miki 2017-07-30 02:37:31 80999
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks, shrinking back at bit as he approaches. She's learned quickly by now that kisses always lead to disaster, in one form or another, and she squeezes her eyes shut briefly, but doesn't back away. Afterall she still feels horribly guilty about misleading him, about feeling that way about him, and Alex, and messing stuff up and getting caught up in all this confusion.

When he kisses her forehead, she blinks, blushing a bit even, glancing back at him as he vanishes into the shadows. "Seth-kun....?" Saya sighs, peering into the darkness, but not following. "Take care, Seth.."