Studying Seth-Kuns

Seth Locke comes to Lacrima's Manor for some advice and Lacrima does a few tests. Seth is worse off than she thought. Jiaying is a bedhead monster and likes cookies and sleeping on couches instead of beds.

Date: 2017-09-24
Pose Count: 18
Lacrima 2017-09-24 14:23:50 83415
Lacrima has shifted to Norie. She takes a day once a week where she hides in the manor and just... remains Norie for a day. Behind curtains. Where no one can see her. She mostly spends her time in the proper 'bedroom' while being Norie, instead of lounging in a coffin all day. But she isn't there right now. Instead. She's in the kitchen, eating donuts. By the look of it, it is her twelfth box since whenever she started eating.

She is mostly sitting around in bad misery, but this is nothing new. She knows it's a bad idea. It always is. But everyone is busy right now and with no one to visit or bother she's mostly just eating. And reading things on her phone. Like the news and what not.

She gently sighs and gets up to throw boxes out.

She's sure Jiaying is in the house, if not the room she's in at the moment. Maybe foxes sleep in. She doesn't know. A pause.

She checks the fridge. Yup. Plenty of eggs. Good.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-24 14:34:52 83417
Jiaying Maki did fall asleep at the manor, she had been working on a few things and may or may not have fallen asleep on on a couch. Which she's mostly hanging off of right now. With a blanket wrapped around her awkwardly. The thump, thud and surprised yelling in Chinese probably indicate that she just fell off of said couch too. A few moments later, the girl is seen staggering into the kitchen, hair at all angles, blanket still wrapped around her like a toga. She sits down at the table. Puts her head down and waits a few moments.

Eventually, her voice can be heard, "Are you doing okay Norie?" having eventually noted the boxes of donuts mentally. She starts to slowly scoot the chair around, never lifting her head. Then she gives Norie a hug if she can.
Seth Locke 2017-09-24 14:45:35 83419
Arriving by way of walking, the demon boy that is Seth has finally decided to take up on an offer that Norie gave him a while back.

Dressed in black with tones of sepia, he stands at the door, gazing upon the Manor that Norie/Lacrima pointed out to him. The windows... The style of the building... The smells... The sounds... He studies it thoroughly, taking in any and every detail. Whatever judgement he passes, he keeps to himself.

"Very well...", he mumbles to himself. "Let's see what you have to offer, Norie-chan."

He steps forward, and knocks on the door...
Lacrima 2017-09-24 14:52:29 83420
The manor looks and screams 'I am definitely haunted. spooky ghost house.'.

Norie eyes Jiaying. "You have a room you know. No need to sleep on couches." she says. She sighs and starts a tea kettle. She wants Tea. Jiaying probably wants tea. She then hears a knock on the door and she blinks and wonders who that could be. Lamya comes and goes as she wants. She isn't here right now.

"A moment." she says as she walks to the door and peeks through a little. Seth? Seth. She frowns a bit and opens the door, hiding behind it. She's Norie afterall. Norie is missing again. She can't be seen as Norie. "Come in. Quick." she says. She'll close the door behind him.

She sighs. "Jia-chan. We have a visitor." she calls out. Then to Seth.

"Are you here to ask questions and learn?" she asks. "or is this just a pleasure visit? I don't care either way." she says non-chalantly. "I'm making tea. Follow me to the kitchen." she says as she walks back towards it.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-24 14:55:59 83422
Jiaying Maki lifts her head, looks around the kitchen and says, "I know there's a bed. I didn't make it there in time. Your couch tried to eat me this morning. I think it's haunted." She's clearly joking, she knows what hauntings look like. Her head flops forward again. The knocking makes little fox ears perk up, twitch, then disappear as she realizes it's company and she doesn't want to explain that to anyone new yet. Then it slowly dawns on her that she probably looks like death. Pulling herself from the chair, she wanders over to the sink and at least rinses her face and fights with her hair to get it from sticking up at random.

"I'll take a few boxes of those cookies." Is her response to the mention of cookies. She's sure it's not someone selling anything, but she does use the time to get her clothes mostly in order too before rounding the corner to spot the two.
Seth Locke 2017-09-24 15:17:46 83424
Seth looks really different than what he used to look. Instead of a young man with a tendency to move slowly, even sickly, stands someone who seems to move without any impairment whatsoever, perhaps even with a hint of confidence - or maybe even arrogance. More, the hair is different; instead of a brown, the hair is silver white, with eyes of a golden color that almost seems to glow. Not only that, he's seven feet tall, and more physically fit.

"Hello, Norie-chan", he replies. "It can perhaps be both." He shows a hint of a smile. "Good to see you."

He looks in the direction of the fox girl. "Hello, Jia-Chan. It's been a while."
Lacrima 2017-09-24 15:22:52 83426
Norie nods. "Cookies are in the cabinet. You know I keep a lot. Help yourself." she says. She looks back to Seth. "I'll get a notebook." she says as she walks away for a second. Coming back moments later with a notebook and a pencil. She sighs a bit and doesn't smile back- but this is nothing new. Just a soft nod.

Mainly, Norie doesn't smile. Jiaying will tell Seth that much too.

"I was finishing breakfast. Jiaying slept in and therefore is more of a bedhead monster than a fox at the moment." she says.

She sits down and opens the notebook.

"I do want to ask questions. And I want. Honest answers. As honest as you know so anyways." she says. She eyes Seth. "There is a physical change..." she writes this down. "Seth-kun. Do you believe you still have a 'human' body? Rooted in this reality? Or do you believe there's been some sort of conversion? For example. I do not have a human body. It is a dark energy construct. Not flesh and blood. Are you 'flesh and blood'?" she asks.

"If you don't know, that's fine. I just need to know to continue talking about this." she says.

She eyes Jiaying and purses her lips. "Can you get me and Seth a box please?" she asks in regards to cookies.

"Jiaying may have questions too I'm sure." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-24 15:31:19 83428
Jiaying Maki looks at the guy, then tilts her head to one side, then the other like she's considering something. "Where's your haunting?" She finally asks. To Norie, she replies, "That's not wh-... nevermind." beat, "A box of cookies? Or a box box?" She listens to the questions for a few moments, half curious about the answer. "I'd start by knocking around in his head and seeing if it's actually him." She offers before turning. Cookies sound good, regardless of if Norie wanted a box of cookies or a box for holding something. "It has been though, I've been gone." There's a brief pause, "Norie, throw rice on the ground for me, I want to see it at least once!"

Of course when she returns, she's already eating a cookie. She's the sort that has a high metabolism and she did sort of sleep funny. She's just glad she can burn most of it off easily!
Seth Locke 2017-09-24 15:49:23 83431
Seth Locke looks at the notebook, hint of a frown emerging on his face.

It's momentary, though, and he finds himself replying. "I haven't done an MRI to see how much of me has changed", he replies, "but given the fact that I have changed, if I were to make one, I wonder if the results would either win the examiner the Nobel Prize... or get them to suffer an unfortunate accident." He says this as calmly as talking about the weather.

"I don't think I'm 'human' anymore", he says. "Or that this body is, at least."

He looks at Jiaying, "Could you perhaps bring me a knife? If so that would be lovely." He blinks, and looks to Norie, "Rice?"
Lacrima 2017-09-24 15:56:15 83433
Norie Okana takes a note of this. She purses her lips. "How is your emotional spectrum? Do you feel things. Missing? or do you still feel everything normally? Are the negative emotions more overpowering than the positive ones? Do you still feel the positive ones fine or are they weaker?" she asks.

Norie sighssssss. "There's an old wives tale in some areas that says vampires need to stop what they're doing to count individual grains of rice. Basically. They will be there forever if you're being chased." she mutters.

"Basically. Do you feel quick to anger in an unhealthy manner? Do you feel driven to do things you normally wouldn't before this?" she asks.

She eyes Jiaying. "A box of cookies. Of course." she says.

Then back to Seth. "For myself. I can't feel the positive end of the specturm very well. Or at all." she says. "I'm incapable of smiling. or displaying happiness in an overt manner. You don't seem to have that issue. That lends itself to a few theories." she says.

She writes down a few more things.

"I can do so basic tests and ... feeling tests on you right now if you want. To determine these things. It isn't invasive so much of just trying to touch your aura. It's what I do when I examine creatures in the Dusk Zone." she says.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-24 16:05:27 83435
Jiaying Maki leans against the wall, watching the two for a few moments. "It's not an old wive's tale! Auntie told me that one!" Then she stops and considers, "She just never specified which kind of vampire. Maybe it's jiangshi. I think they're more zombies though. You know the bouncy kind." She mimics their bouncing, realizes she's kind of still out of it and shrugs. "I'm going to go get cookies now, be back in a moment."
Seth Locke 2017-09-24 16:24:22 83438
"Don't forget the knife, please", Seth reminds.

"I don't think the positive is something that's readily accessible to me, either", he says. And the voice is quite... Stoic. "For instance, I once saw a video of people doing a stupid thing that could've gotten themselves hurt, and I remember that, in spite of the goofy humor, I felt it was awful and if the person was alright." He shakes his head. "Now, seeing such a video, I get the dry laugh, but I feel no empathy for stupidity."

He nods, "Yes, I can be quick to anger. Like when that delivery boy presented a ruined birthday cake. I felt like making him a meal, but not before I..."

"Sorry", he smiles awkwardly. "I'm also not quick to forget."

He laughs now, loudly. "Really? Rice?" He chuckles, "Well, those vampires would suck, wouldn't they?" He chuckles some more in a bit of thought. "Or not - they'd be too busy counting grains of rice."
Lacrima 2017-09-24 16:52:01 83441
Norie Okana nods. "Dark energy deadens some positive emotions, but it's different for everyone." she says quietly. "Some are just touched a little. Others are more severe cases." she says. She makes a note of this and sighs. "So." she sits back a moment away from the pad.

"There's a trick that Riventon-sama taught me about my emotions. If you ever feel angry. or upset. Enough to do something stupid about it, when it isn't opportune, for example- going off on an 'mundane' delivery boy- take just a second. To imagine a... box. a crystal. a container. In your head. Imagine packing all that anger away as best as you can. Try to visualize it. It can take time to learn this. But basically. You put that away. And then you unleash it at a more opportune time, for example- fighting something." she says. "Mind you if you get angry at an opportune time-by all means burn that anger there rather than holding onto it." she says.

"Secondly. Despair. Sadness. DON'T use this trick with those emotions. Sadness and Despair are /powerful/ sources for creatures like us but they'll also degrade your emotional state. The more closer you are to 'Horrible Dark Energy Youma', the more 'safe' it is to use but even I don't try to use those. I still have a /soul/ somewhere in this mess of a body and I think it's bombared enough without me adding to that." she mutters.

She eyes Jiaying. "She's probably getting more presentable than 'bed hair monster'." she eyes the way Jiaying went.

She sighs and raises a hand and it glows a little dark purple. "Just relax. I'm gonna touch your aura. This won't hurt. Or even tingle." she says as she places it just barely within Seth's personal space bubble. Her eyes search up and down a little as she draws it back and writes down something.

"Your body is physical. Obviously something's changed it. Also. You have an excess of dark energy seeping out." she says. She tears out a blank page and places it next to the book. She begins sketching something. It looks crystalline.

She sighs. "Sorry for the questions but these are important. For starters. You need something to handle that dark energy excess. It can affect those around you- and corrupt and pollute the environment for others."

"Tell me. Do you eat food for substance? or do you only eat human energy now? Do you need both?" she asks. "Basically. I only eat for comfort purposes. I don't need to eat. But eating is a human thing I can still do where the experience of it hasn't changed for me. But I need to drain human energy to keep coherent and as I am now." she says.

"When I get emotionally unstable I have the same issue. With the leaking." she adds. "I built a crystal to handle it. But it just contains it. And it's time usage is limited to it's capacity. It's finite." she says.

"Do you believe you are emotional unstable right now?" she asks, raising a brow.
Seth Locke 2017-09-24 17:24:33 83445
"Yes, the emotions are powerful, if they're associated with the worst of humanity", Seth admits. "I am trying the same form of technique. Meditation was something I did in my human days, and given the efficiency, I see no reason to stop." But wait... Human days? He speaks as if it had been a lifetime ago.

"The energy leakage, I've experienced the effects first hand. I'm not sure if you've heard about some sunflower-youmas from Sayaka-chan, but I discovered that was sadly my doing." He explains, "Dating back to the time of the blind date that brought us closer together, I noticed a particular set of sunflowers that were incredibly exotic. Fast forward several months, when I was at the same location but reeling in my hunger, those sunflower-youmas manifested on the clock, bearing particular traits that revealed they were mine, one of which a... connection of familiarity, like a master recognizes a dog, and vice-versa." He looks at the table where he sits. "In other words, I knew those were my creation."

"I can eat", Seth says. "I need to feed. It does not have to be human energy, though."

"Emotionally unstable?", he returns his gaze to Norie. "Not right now... No."
Lacrima 2017-09-24 17:46:46 83448
Norie Okana nods. "I can do the same. Animate. Darkness into creatures. And control them. I don't like doing it. It makes me feel inhuman. I am. But I don't like feeling like it." she says quietly. "Right. So. Basically. You need to learn or understand how to contain it." she purses her lips.

"So your body isn't containing your energy for some reason I don't know. I'm not a psychologist. Or an empath. So I can't gauge your emotional state. As for energy needs. That's a good thing." she says. "You should speak to. Kunzite and Mamoru. Mamoru might be able to gauge your emotional state if he's willing. Kunzite might be able to teach you how to contain and take in other sources of energy if you need help with that." she says.

She folds up the sketch paper and purses her lips.

She flips another page and begins writing down a summary of everything thus far.

"For now...." she raises a hand. "A moment." she says.

She walks down into the basement and walks back up a few moments with a small silver case. She sighs a bit and slides it into the table and opens, revealing three black crystals. "These are the absorbtion crystals. Keep one in your pocket. It'll glow. When it stops glowing, it's done absorbing. One should last you 24 hours. So that's three days. When you're at three days full, bring them back here. I need to drain them properly back into the Dusk Zone." she says.

"This will stop you from leaking everywhere."

She sighs a bit and taps the pencil on the desk.

"That's all I can do for you right now. Meditation, learning to control your emotions will be the best thing you can do. and I'm going to tell you one last thing."

"You do not control dark energy. It controls you." she says. "Never make the mistake of thinking you're in control." she says. "Don't TRY to control it. But you want to try to GUIDE it where you want it. Less. Trying to dam a river. And more trying to build a new way for the river to run." she mutters.
Jiaying Maki 2017-09-24 17:53:33 83449
Jiaying Maki rounds the corner wearing a hoodie, a pair of shorts and a pair of ankle socks. Which is at least clean. And her hair's combed. And she looks coherent. That last one's the important one. She also has a few boxes of cookies under her arm, one of which is open and she's currently working her way through. The other two are handed over to Norie to distribute since she's technically the cookie master of the manor. The three black crystals are given a curious look, but she doesn't touch them at least. "Neat." Is all she offers there.

"Meditation goes hand in hand with practice too, I figure. That way you don't accidentally release a giant canine that runs down the street. Or forget that you're partially maintaining the control of a very angry, very bad sort of ghost." She holds a finger up and says, "That was one of the things I got in trouble for by the way. Turns out someone noticed that I wasn't uh... I shouldn't do that. It's probably not good for anyone involved."
Seth Locke 2017-09-24 18:23:25 83451
Seth Locke takes in the information he's fed by the vampire girl with the same stoic expression. He collects the crystals, nodding. "I'll keep that information in mind. My thanks."

He looks at Jiaying, and scoffs. "I guess we're all at fault at some point for our misdeeds, aren't we? We should start up a club, then, but I hope the fee is not very high."

Then, he gets up, "And now, I need to go. I'll go talk with Chiba-san or Takeba-san soon enough; there's something I need to ask them."

He looks between the two girls, "There's no need to show me the way out. Do carry on your conversation." He bows, and his body fades into a pile of smoke and shadows before vanishing altogether, leaving behind the echo of his voice.

<<Good day.>>
Lacrima 2017-09-24 18:31:08 83452
Norie Okana sighs and rubs her hands through her hair and stands up. "Bye, Seth-kun." she says. She shakes her head and closes the notebook. She writes 'Case: Seth Locke' on the front as she mutters a bit. "I'll need to let Kunzite know what I've learned." she says.

She opens the box of cookies and takes two and bites into two at once double-layered style.

"He's going to end up doing something more to people he loves and enjoys the company of." she sulks a bit.

"I remember that." she says quietly.