Dark ponderings

Sayaka and Kunzite discuss Seth, and how to save him from himself.

Date: 2017-09-12
Pose Count: 14
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-12 02:25:24 82535
    It's late in the evening, and another rooftop that Sayaka calls Kunzite to meet her on. Hey, at least it's after hours, and she wont be playing hookey this time. She seems concerned, worried about something as she paces on the top floor of Clover Tower, wondering if he will show.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-09-12 02:27:57 82536
Clover Tower is at least a prominent enough landmark, and a well-known enough area, that Kunzite can cut the travel time: not entirely, but he crosses one segment of the distance faster than normal methods would allow, and takes the high road from there. All the way up to the viewing platform. Probably in flagrant violation of Tower safety regulations, really, but the Tower will cope.

"You called," is all he says when he arrives. He hasn't yet asked why.
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-12 02:38:39 82537
Puella Magi Sayaka sighs, resting her hands on the balcony railing below as she peers this way and that. Who knows why she appeared all henshined. It's not like she is looking for a fight, well hopefully not. In fact, she had been on patrol, and had decided to call him up at the last minute. But even as she keeps an eye out for him, she doesnt happen to be looking in his direction when he arrives, stiffening slightly at his sudden voice. "Kunzite-san.." she grins, "Didnt expect you to be here so soon. I think.." Saya's grin quickly fades, looking worried. "I think the thing with Seth-kun may be getting out of hand. I need to know how dark magic works. Specifically, the possibility of someone who has too much dark magic or dark energy in them, leaking it out, affecting other..Things."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-09-12 02:52:05 82538
Henshin makes sense for towertop at least. And privately, Kunzite is always a little more comfortable with Sayaka the Puella Magi rather than Sayaka the student. Always at home with swords.

Whatever degree of comfortable he found, though, it disappears when she introduces her topic; the subtle ways that his posture and the angle of his head echo her movements disappear, leave him only standing blade-straight. Losing all semblance of expression. "The thing with Locke has been out of hand for most of the last year. It's been very out of hand since the night he brought you by. Regarding energy leaking -- all energy will, if given a route, attempt to go from where it's concentrated to where it's not. Light, heat, electricity, anything. Dark energy is no different. Locke leaks it considerably, particularly when he feels threatened. It may be a disadvantage of his new body. But I suspect it's a lack of control on his part; he appeared to start summoning youma reflexively when people so much as said something he disliked, for instance."
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-12 02:57:25 82539
Puella Magi Sayaka sighs, seeming tired, her eyes bloodshot tonight as she stands underneath a bright fluorescent lamp, listenning intently to his words. What he says just makes her all the more worried. "Huh, I guess i'm a total dummy where it comes to magic, I mean, Puella rely on magic of course, but it's more of a subtle, involuntary thing. Even becoming a witch isnt something we can just summon up at will, or leak, but..."

She sighs, "Soo, I guess it's a bigger problem than I initially thought. I mean, it's not the first time he infected a bunch of sunflowers and they bore the face of someone..His mom, maybe? When they turned into youma. I dunno how to stop it, and I dunno how to help him, Kunzite-san..I mean, this seems to be getting worse. Why IS he adverse to calling on you and Mamoru-san for help? I know he briefly mentionned being banished from there for something, but I dunno why.."

Saya draws a breath, trying to collect her thoughts, "Heh, sorry to call you on such short notice. Guess I was just worried for a friend. I've been trying to read up on magic but this doesnt seem to be like what Lacrima is going through, or Alex. I dunno, he almost looks demonic when he transforms. But if he leaks it more when he feels threatenned, does that mean his emotions are the key to controlling this thing?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-09-12 03:25:18 82540
"Someone saw what they described as a ghost following him," Kunzite says, "that might or might not have been his mother. Perhaps that has something to do with the face. Or perhaps not."

He's silent for a moment, considering what to answer in what order. "Emotions often feed into dark magic," he says. "In that certain emotional reactions -- fear, rage, greed, despair -- are sources of dark energy in and of themselves. But they may or may not be the key to controlling the magic itself, so much as self-control. Locke is ... not good at self-control. That will make trouble for him. But yes. His curse is not like Lacrima's, and therefore not like Alex's. There are similarities, but the differences may well be greater, so the similarities are liable to deceive."

There's another question, though, and while pretending it wasn't asked might be tempting, it's also unfair. "As for the banishment, Locke was kicked out for a few weeks last fall for insulting behavior and -- what's the phrase? Creeping on Naru while he was supposed to be tutoring her. Once Endymion learned that there was possible dark energy influence on his behavior, he invited Locke back for New Year's. As for why he's averse to calling on me or Mamoru for help --"

Kunzite shifts his weight, and the motion and the ripple of his cape are almost startling compared to the cold stillness that's marked the rest of the topic. "When he dropped you off, Mamoru and I called him out on his behavior. On his having known about the darkness that marked him, and that it might have consequences, for months ... and not bothered to investigate it, or monitor it. On the negligence that caused him to come close to killing you. On his using you as a prop; on his feeling entitled to make decisions for you without consulting you; on that being a pattern of his behavior, to the extent that after he was called on kissing you without your consent, he announced that he would cut off contact with you without ever bothering to find out so much as your opinion on the matter. On his deciding to plunge himself into self-pity and despair rather than actually attempt to do anything about his condition, both before and after the change.

"Locke does not like being told that, except where it comes to his sister, his behavior is self-centered and childish at the best of times. It does not make him comfortable. And if he cannot either be comfortable or be feeling dramatically sorry for himself, he does not want to be involved. Until that changes, if it ever does, none of the less direct methods of improving his situation have any chance of working. No more than one can get rid of a rat infestation until one stops feeding the things. That leaves only the direct methods: finding out how it was caused, and seeing whether any of the things that caused it are susceptible to attack.

"If he gives up self-pity in favor of doing the damned work and stopping treating other people like he owns their lives, we'll be pleased to help him. If not -- none of the things we could do can help him. And we're not particularly inclined to help him with the direct route, not when that route is likely to pit helping him against helping someone who is doing the damned work and is improving. Between him and the one it would damage -- she wins."
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-12 03:37:07 82541
Puella Magi Sayaka nods slowly, her face falling a bit at what he says. "Ahh. I see. That's really...Geez Locke..." she sighs, "Yeah, I guess a lot of that can be attributed to the dark magic or whatever influencing him. And that's due to the experiments he's gone through. I still believe I can save him, I just need to do more research on what's happened to him." she grimaces, "Although I can understand why you guys would be wary of helping him. Still, he's my friend no matter what..Awkwardness happened between us, and afterall, I wasn't entirely..Innocent..In the role I played in his kissing me so.."

Was that a slight, awkward blush on her cheeks as she looks away? "ANYWAY.." she grits her teeth. "Okay, I think it has tot do with emotions then. Maybe I can get through to him, help him somehow. And I think whatever is affecting him has to do with his mother. And maybe I'll kick some sense into him too." Saya smiles and nods, "Thank you for your help, Kunz-san. Sorry to keep calling you out here on some serious matter. Maybe next time we can just go for ice cream or something, hey?" she chuckles at her lame joke. Hey, ice cream fixes everything.

"Soo how's everything back at ECFH? I ran into Naru-chan and Kyouko-chan at the arcade the other day. I guess I still feel a bit awkward around Kyouko-chan..I hope we can be friends again some time. And I really need to take up study sessions with Naru-chan again soon. She's pretty damn smart and my grades are falling behind again. Just wish there were more Puella to help. I feel like it's become a full time job for me, and with witches returning and all. Wish I knew where Madoka-chan went.."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-09-12 03:53:41 82544
"Let me clarify: when I say he was -- creeping on -- Naru," that is really not a phrase Kunzite is familiar with using, "I do not mean that he actually attempted anything untoward. It may well have been a misunderstanding. The problem occurred because when called on it, he did not say something like 'I'm sorry, I didn't mean that,' he started asserting that there was never anything wrong with ignoring someone's polite attempts to change the conversation away from his chosen topic. It's entirely possible that the problem was much less the dark energy and much more having been a teenager in America for too long. They're strange over there."

He shifts again, as the conversation turns back to Sayaka herself. Apparently, that cold expression wasn't for her. "It's possible you may be able to," he agrees. "Friends are often in the best position. I'm almost certain that what's affecting him has to do with his mother; there's that ghost, for instance, which might either be haunting him maliciously or trying to protect him. I don't know which, and from certain things he's admitted it could be either. And -- if you should happen to still be by Infinity lately," like, say, by being a student there, "you might consider keeping an eye on his sister. My sources there tell me she seems all right so far, but if Locke's the victim of an experiment related to his mother, then his sister is three times at risk: first in that her primary caretaker is now significantly distracted," though at least Kunzite is not suggesting Seth might try to feed on his sister; apparently that's too unlikely for even the pessimistic paranoid to consider aloud, "second in that she might be used as leverage against Locke, and third in that she might be seen as another potential subject for the experiment."

... and then Sayaka's asking unrelated questions, and he goes so far as to lean against part of the tower's structure. Definitely more relaxed. "Things have quieted down for a bit. We don't have any long-term human guests at the moment; considering the number of introverts in the household, that's a considerable relief, and the recovery time is welcome. Naru's been being something of an introvert herself, lately. A little more human contact might be good for her. And if she turns it down, well -- I happened to run into someone lately who does tutoring for pay, and is reputed to be good for it; she might be a help."

He hesitates, then. And admits, "I wish I knew where Kaname and Akemi are, too. It's been a long time since we've heard from them. And with the White Flower active ... I worry that there might be a reason we haven't heard."
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-12 04:20:46 82549
    Sayaka's frown deepens a bit at Kunzite's clarification. "Hmm, so then, I suppose the dark magic isn't all to blame.." she sighs, "Honestly, I never found him to be a creeper myself. But then it was probably a totally different circumstances. I mean, I went out on a date with him to get over Alex's repeated rejections of me so.." she makes a face. "But now, thanks to Lacrima's intervention, I guess things are pretty good between me and Alex..Which just leaves Seth in a really awkward situation.." she sighs and hangs her head. "And that's why I owe it to him to help him, see.."

    As for Seth's family, she nods a bit, smiling faintly, "Yeah, I briefly met his elder brother, and his sister Amanda, back when he was at the hospital, recovering. His sister is quite sweet, and yes, I also go to Infinity and will be keeping an eye on him and his sister. His big brother Daniel, is a different story, however. Cold and distant, seems to be working with the dad at Eclipse and likely assisted him in doing..whatever was done to keep Seth alive, and in the process, altering him drastically." she shrugs.

    Time for a change in conversation indeeed! She grins and nods, "Yeah, Naru-chan is sweet, and I should keep in touch with her. I guess I can relax a bit in the witch-hunting. In fact, I really should..Keep overextending myself, and without the reassurance of Madoka-chan to de-witch us..." she sighs, just shaking her head.

    "Sooo, the White Flower has been..What, ressurected? I guess I've been out of the loop. I've of course heard about Hana Shiori and her evil side kick Madison Perry. But never met either one of them. I'd like to give 'em a piece of my mind though." she licks her lips as she says that, eager as always, for a fight.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-09-12 04:38:26 82552
"It's not my call," Kazuo says quietly, "but for what it's worth, which is nothing, I don't think you owe him anything. That you choose to help him anyhow, I trust is for good reason, and I trust is because he's behaved better with you than I've yet seen him do for more than a few minutes at a time. It may well be that I merely bring out the worst in him."

The news of her meeting Seth's sister wins an inclination of Kunzite's head in agreement; apparently he thinks she's sweet, too. The mention of Daniel wins a little more of a frown. But he doesn't speak about Eclipse.

He does speak about the Flower. "Resurrected after a fashion. Madison Perry stole her Grief Seed, and the Flower woke again. The Flower's been ... behaving. Also after a fashion. She made an interesting request of me. That I consider the energy-manipulation system that the Incubators built. And whether it could be hijacked."
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-12 04:42:03 82553
Puella Magi Sayaka sighs and nods slowly, saying no further on the subject of Seth and his family..Or his behavior. He has earned her respect and friendship, and for Saya that's enough. As for talk of the White flower she just frowns and nods slowly. "Yeah, I heard about her stealing the grief seed. And...." and she's totally caught in her tracks as he talks about some energy manipulating system, frowning a bit. "Say what? What kinda system is this? To be honest, I dont know much about Kyubey and the other..Incubators. Or how they create Puella. Or this energy manipulation. And why would they approach you about it?" eyes narrow, "What's their angle?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-09-12 04:48:20 82555
"The Incubators didn't approach me," Kazuo says quietly. "The White Flower asked me. Since, hypothetically, I might have an ability to grasp some of the problem -- if I had more information -- and a perspective on it that differed from hers. She claims to have thought it through already. That she could take that energy, and not have to hunt it for herself; and deny it to the Incubators, preventing them from creating new Puella.

"Which she argues is laudable. Escept that eventually, then, there would be no Puella at all. And there would still be Wraiths. And still be Witches. And there is also the question of what else the Incubators may use that energy for, that we may or may not yet understand. And the question of what, precisely, the Flower would do with it. I don't have answers to either of those questions. But I suspect the aswers are far from good."
Sayaka Miki 2017-09-12 04:52:27 82557
Puella Magi Sayaka narrows her eyes, shaking her head. "Sounds like a crazy plan. So basically, feed themselves, let the rest of us die. If by energy, she means grief seeds, that's the only thing keeping us Puella alive. Sounds like those two Puella are just as much trouble as the Incubators.." she grins, slapping her hands together. "Just once I'd like to give 'em a piece of my mind. Of course Kyouko-chan always told me they were super powerful, far more so than your average Puella, but it doesnt mean I cant just do nothing." Saya sighs tiredly, shaking her head, "As if I dont have enought troubles to deal with. I just wish I understood the incubators better. And I wish Madoka-chan was here. I'll bet she could put those two rogue-Puella in their place."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-09-12 04:56:41 82559
Kunzite glances around for a moment, then exhales quietly. No Kyubey. Of course, Sayaka's already contracted. Makes sense. "I hope so," he says. "It'd be good to be able to hand off that particular worry. I've fought Perry a few times. None of them were easy."

Of course, sometimes that's what makes it fun.