Where Have All The Flowers Gone


The sunflower-youmas are defeated ... except for the one Seth gave Sayaka. He checks in to find out where it is, and the two of them discuss what to do about it, and about the rest of his situation.

Date: 2017-08-26
Pose Count: 26
Seth Locke 2017-08-26 19:20:08 81857
Sometime ago, there was this sunflower-youma problem at the amusement park where Seth had his date with Sayaka. Because the sunflowers looked so exotic, Seth got Sayaka one of such flowers, which she brought home at the end of the date...

But, after he fought the sunflower-youmas with Sayaka and Rashmi, he rushed to Sayaka's place, and found that her family was completely safe.

So, he now wondered, where could she have put the flower? And that's what he's here to find out.

He sent her the call saying he was coming...
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-26 19:30:11 81858
Sayaka Miki had received his call, but had been spending most of the day resting. She had a tendency to overextend herself often when fighting, and the last you a was worse than most. And of course she had questions. When he arrives at her place, she is late to get the door. Fortunately both parents are on a business trip again, leaving her home alone for a week or two. When she answers the door she looks a bit tired and ruffled. "Seth-Kun..You're early.." she glances around nervously, "Come on in.."
Seth Locke 2017-08-26 19:48:04 81859
"Sayaka-chan", he says, taking her invitation, "how've you been doing?"

He still keeps his senses alert for the possibility that the sunflower-youma could be around - what if it's a mobile sort, not sticking around in one place at the same time?
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-29 23:51:58 81987
Sayaka Miki bites her lip, peering at him thoughtfully, a..Trouble expression crossing her face. "Yeah." she forces a smile, "Just a little tired, but doing better I guess.." she narrows her eyes at him, stepping out on the side walk as she peers around warily, then beckons him in. "Come on, hurry up. My parents are away for the weekend, but they said they might come back early...You have a lot of explaining to do, Seth-kun.."
Seth Locke 2017-08-30 00:11:32 81990
And he's sure these explanations won't be easy.

"Well, if they do come back early, just tell them I came by to give you some tutoring", he offers. But then, he realizes what that could sound like, especially in the minds of protective parents, so he amends. "...Or, I could just hide under the bed, or jump out the window", he tries to offer humurously, "Hopefully, before your father realized I was here, in which case he'd actually throw me out the window."

He sighs, switching off his attempt at humor, and waits for Sayaka to ask the difficult questions.
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-30 00:49:29 81994
Sayaka frowns a bit. "Yeah, heh, I guess they'd buy that, considering..." considering he's hardly normal looking, but she doesnt voice that aloud of course. "It's fine, I guess I'll deal with it, whatever..Come on, are you hungry?" she heads towards the kitchen, "I got brownies and uh, ice tea, really cold." she's avoiding the obvious questions.
Seth Locke 2017-08-30 01:35:46 81996
"Some brownies would be lovely, thanky you", Seth replies. Tf there are any hints that Sayaka's question about hunger could be touching a sensitive spot, they're so subtle it's likely unnoticeable.

But that wasn't really a difficult question - or was it? Well, it's about hunger, and let's leave it at that.

There are certainly more questions Sayaka'll want to ask...
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-30 01:42:12 81997
Sayaka's house is pretty darn big, and well furnished. It's not a mansion like Lacrima's or even as lavish as Alex's but it's still pretty darn nice and likely expensive. She leads him into the kitchen, gesturing towards the bar table and the high chairs there. "Make yourself at home, just gimme a minute or two.." she opens the oven, pulling out a tray of brownies, slipping them on the table. "I just had 'em cooling. I'm not the greatest of cooks, so hopefully you wont get sick eating these.." she smirks, "But hey, I'm getting better!" she heads for the fridge next, pulling out a jug of iced tea full of ice cubes at the bottom, then grabs a couple of glasses, setting them on the table. For the moment, she's totally occupied with pulling out plates and napkins and pouring cool drinks for them both, perhaps a little too occupied to talk much more than that, but there's a worried expression on her face which Seth might occasionally catch sight of as she bustles around the kitchen. Something is definitely on her mind, and as she settles into a seat, she rubs her temples, still looking pretty tired, pretty brain fogged from the other day.
Seth Locke 2017-08-30 02:26:56 81998
"I'm sure I'll live, and that you'll get better in time", Seth comments politely. He sniffs the air - literally, a long sniff, where he closes his eyes. "The next time, don't leave them so long in the oven. Aim for 3 minutes less." He adds, "Your air freshener of choice is lavender, mild. A good choice." He looks at Sayaka, "The smell of grass coming from you tells me you like to spend some time out..."

He halts, rolling his eyes. "And just ended up looking and sounding creepy. I'm sorry."
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-30 02:58:43 81999
Sayaka Miki draws a deep breath, settling down on the seat, munching slowly on the brownie, peering at Seth a bit warily. "So, I guess whatever they did to you, affected more than just your physical state.." she frowns, "You sound more like a scientist, analyzing every situation, rather than the Seth I knew." she laughs a bit nervously and nods, "Yeah, that ended up sounding VERY creepy. And..You still owe me an explanation of whatever the heck happened the other day with those sunflower youma.." she peers intently at him, looking somewhat bothered, somewhat confused and still a little tired.
Seth Locke 2017-08-30 03:24:10 82000
Is it true? Is he losing himself in this... whatever you call it? "It's not a good thing, is it?", he still dares to ask.

"I can't explain it myself", he says, moving onto the incident at the park, "but I think it was my doing." He explains. "Those youmas, they all had the trait of a face from my past - my mother's." He considers, "Kunzite-san has stated that in my current state, I'm bleeding dark energy because I'm relatively 'young', so to speak." He offers the possibility, "What if this energy, or residue, was implanted upon some flowers at the flower stand on the day of our date?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-30 04:22:36 82001
Sayaka Miki sighs, staring intently at her drink, not sure how to respond to that. After a moment of uncomfortable silence, she peers back at Seth and carefully, slowly reaches out to grasp his hands gently in her own. "No, it's not a good thing, but you're the victim in all of this, and I promised to help you.." she pauses, catching herself. Were those not the very same words she told Alex? Saya frowns, pulling away, feeling...Guilty. "So..You're somehow bleeding dark energy and unknowingly pouring it into things like those flowers? And my sunflower?" she sighs and shakes her head, "Well, this is pretty bad...I kinda dropped by the school on my way home to hand in a late assignment and I kinda..Left it there, somewhere.." oops?
Seth Locke 2017-09-01 00:38:33 82102
The demon boy looks - no, he stares - at Sayaka continuously for a good few seconds after she speaks the location where she left the plant.

"Okay, I see an upside and a downside to this... The upside is that with it not being at your home, your parents are fine. So, in that I can relax." He pauses, munching on a brownie. "The dowside is, it's at a public place, and if it is active, it may've drained /dozens/ of your fellow schoolmates." His voice grows more intense when he says the potential numbers, where his eyes shift from gold to red. Some news you take and hit you so hard, not even tasty brownies can help soothe the pain. "Dammit!"
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-01 00:41:36 82103
Sayaka Miki frowns. "Then we need to get there as soon as possible, even if it means..." she grimaces, "Breaking in at night..I guess rest time is over.." she sighs. "Hey, calm down, don't panic yet. At least I locked it up in my locker, should be relatively safe there for now..Right?"
Seth Locke 2017-09-01 00:57:10 82106
"Unless", he says, "it literally just got up and ran. And we've seen it can do that."

Beat.

"And, still being fundamentally a plant, it may find itself a cozy spot to germinate."

Beat.

"Yes", he confirms, "it's clear we'll be needing help. So, who's better suited for exterminating oversized plant-youmas?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-01 01:00:19 82108
Sayaka Miki hmms, "Dunno anyone in particular, really. I mean I largely work alone, now that Madoka-chan is wherever she is, and Kyouko is more a member of Mamoru-san's court than my fighting partner anymore. Although that girl Rashmi seemed pretty tough. Can we ask her help again?" she smirks, "I guess a plant can bust outta my locker but hopefully it'll hold it for a little while at least? Is there something that activates then? Hunger? Sensing a warm body nearby?"
Seth Locke 2017-09-01 01:21:05 82113
"I think that", he starts suggesting, but stops. "No", he corrects, "they were activated because I was feeling hungry at the time."

He sighs. "And this is where it gets tricky", his tone seems dire. "What if my hunger triggered all the plants at the same time? And more importantly... How many people bought them between the time of our date and now?"
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-01 01:28:52 82115
Sayaka Miki hmmmms, "Sooo you think all the sunflowers in the plant stand were activated back when you passed em by, or when you were hungry?!" she narrows her eyes, grabbing him by the shoulders, shaking him a bit. "What the heck, Seth?! They could be all over the city?! You need to get ahold of your...Condition!"
Seth Locke 2017-09-01 01:44:41 82118
"Yes", he states. "Yes, I do." He wonders. "However, I don't know if keeping more enregy inside me instead of having it bleed out may not corrupt me even further." He seems pretty stoic when he say it. "If I were to go on a sojourn to get a hold of my... condition, as you put it... the next time you'd see me, I might not be the same you remember."

Yes - as if he was the same now...
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-01 02:35:26 82127
Sayaka Miki sighs heavily, sitting back in her seat. "Geez, you're like a walking time bomb..I think you should go to ECFH and like we discussed before. if that doesn't work, maybe Lacrima can help. I'll ask around." She sighs tiredly. staring at her brownies, no longer hungry. "I'm sorry, I should have done more to help you.."
Seth Locke 2017-09-01 02:57:01 82131
"I agree", he says. "And I even have other factors to consider, to boot. Like, the fact there may be other... Things out there... That could be trying to seek me out." He gestures to the outside in general. "And, if word of this gets out, this could work as a beacon to come and find me."

"Oh, but who said we were done?", he asks. "We're going to that school, and we're going to find that thing." He adds, "And we're going to kill it."
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-01 03:07:41 82132
Sayaka Miki nods slowly, rubbing her temples. Mist likely this is all giving her a big headache. "Ughhh okay, so then let's deal with the plant in my locker first, but after that, we need to take you to ECFH, and find a way to contain your powers. Because this is getting out of hand. Seth..Don't you resemble anything about what they did to you? Dud they inject you with something..?"
Seth Locke 2017-09-01 03:55:26 82133
"I don't know what was done to me", he says, "or rather, what the exact procedure was." He's stopped eating altogether, by now. "But... Maybe the hospital has some sort of records, medical files. It's a long shot, but at this point I'll take anything."

He considers the possibility, "That Terios girl... She helped once, yes, and maybe she will again. Maybe Kunzite-san can help out, too."
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-01 03:58:01 82135
Sayaka Miki nods, staring into her drink, "Yea..I guess we can check hospital records..So do you think there were doctors in on this too? In the meantime we need to get you some place safe, where you can't harm anyone..What about that temple?" as for Rashmi, she nods, "Yea, her and Kunzite would be helpful, we need to do this quickly. we're running out of time."
Seth Locke 2017-09-01 04:07:33 82136
Seth Locke gets up from his spot, "I'm headed there now." Offering an advice, "Keep your cellphone handy, so I can tell you how the meeting went. In the meantime, get some rest - you're not exactly rested yet."
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-01 04:11:31 82137
Sayaka Miki frowns, nodding slowly, "Seth-Kun..Be careful. I'll keep in touch and join you when I can.."