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Date: 2018-08-07
Pose Count: 22
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 16:42:30 93794
Ami Mizuno stood in the elevator as it went up, both the 13 and 14 buttons pushed at the same time... And eventually it stopped between the floors, and the shimmer of dimensional magic flickered before the doors opened, as Lacrima said they would - to floor 13.5. To the Eclipse floor of the hospital.

Evidenced by the fact that Ami could tell that the security guards at the door were disguised youma of some kind. "Hello." Said one, cheerfully. "Please present your Eclipse ID, Patient or visitor card, or other valid identification." The other requested.

Looking further in, Ami could sense that not all of the staff were human, too. They looked human, but the nurse pushing the boy in the wheelchair? Youma energy. The one helping a teenage girl through the halls on her crutches? Youma.

To the right of the entrance, there was a little bench and small set of trees and flowers, with a plaque that read "This floor dedicated in memory of Miura Agera."
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 16:46:59 93795
Keeping her cool, Ami presents her old Eclipse ID, thankfully still valid. Ms. Snowe, it reads. She's dressed professionally, in a skirt suit of navy blue with a lighter blue shell under the jacket. "How are you both doing? Long shift?" she says lightly to the youma, keeping her shoulders relaxed, her body posture calm.
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 16:50:34 93796
One of the two guards takes the ID and looks it over. The other asks him, "Well?" After a pause, the first guard says "It's an older code, but it checks out." And they let her in. There's a woman at reception who at least is human. "Who are you here to see?" She asks Ami. If it wasn't for all the youma it might, on the surface, look like any other hospital. But there are things that stand out. Machines and equipment that are very unfamiliar, in places...
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 16:53:18 93797
Ami Mizuno takes her ID back with a smile. "Thank you both." And she nods to them, before walking over to the woman at reception. "Takashi Agera, please." Her skin is crawling, gooseflesh covers her arms and legs. But at least she's covered in a blazer and pantyhose. She waits, with a tiny smile on her face, hair at the back of her neck on end.
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 17:01:24 93798
And she's pointed the way, down the hall, to what look like more patient rooms. Opening the door, there is Takashi. Well, there are two Takashi. The real one, of the two, is totally unconscious on the bed.

The other one, tethered to the first by a shadow, and made of energy itself, is sitting in front of three open laptops at a desk. And that's the one that stands up to turn around.

"Ami?!" He exclaims, surprised, and then turns to look at the ceiling. "What, is my punishment now including that all of my planned surprises are ruined?!" Before turning back to look at her.

"Well... Surprise." He says with a shrug. "I wanted you to see it when it was done and ready, not when I was unconscious in it."
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 17:06:12 93799
Ami Mizuno walks in and closes the door before leaning against it and exhaling, showing how uncomfortable she is. Then she stands and nods to Shadow-ashi. "Hi," she says softly, with a hint of anger--but only a hint. "You did a good job with the tech here," she adds, grudgingly. "If only you hadn't used so much dark energy and youma to do it." And then she sits across the unconscious version of Takashi from Shadow-ashi, sitting primly.

Her sitting that primly is never a good sign, by the way.

She falls silent, watching him, with a mixture of concern and frustration on her face.
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 17:10:48 93800
Takashi sighs. "Well the youma are hopefully a temporary measure for all of the staff that directly interact with patients. Except Security. I'd rather use people, it's just you have to pay people."

"But the Dark Energy is kind of the point. It can be used to help people. We're ALREADY using it to help people. But that's not all this place does. We're also developing ways to cure over exposure to Dark Energy an-" and he stops himself. "But you're not here for any of that. You're here over Chiba and my Frankenstein's Monster, aren't you." He looks super dejected. Or the energy version of him does.
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 17:13:02 93801
"Yes," Ami says quietly, "I'm here over Mamoru and what the hell were you thinking, Takashi." Her voice is soft, and she doesn't raise it, but her words are more forceful by the end. "Seriously. What were you thinking? I need to know."
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 17:19:54 93802
He sighs. "Sorry... Just been imagining the day I'd show this off to you and suffice to say this is not the day I imagined. On to business." He turns to the monitors. "Do you know what the Jewel Seeds are? Not what a Jewel Seed is but what they truly are?"

"Well I can't say I know but I've got a pretty good guess. They're old. Like as old as the stuff in Beryl's place. Like time before time history before history old." He turns to the monitor. "They have an energy that's similar, but not exactly the same, as only one other - the Silver Crystal. So I think they were designed to function, in tandem... As a knock off of it. Or some relation to it. But..."

"I guess the short answer is, I thought you'd be less mad at me about Mamoru than Usagi. And taking anyone's soul is NOT PART OF THE PLAN. She shouldn't even be capable of that!"
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 17:21:57 93803
Ami Mizuno listens, silent, simmering anger. Her blue eyes on Shadow-ashi barely blink. "Why are you trying to take any of my friends in the first place." It's a question barely managed to be gritted out through clenched teeth. "Why can't you be friends normally."
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 17:26:54 93804
Shadow-Takashi does blink. "It's not about making them my friend. I needed someone who would resonate, or be in close proximity to resonating... Mamoru isn't Usagi but he's connected to her." He paused. "And so much more than I thought when I began it all. It just got like... Complicated quickly."

"And I didn't monitor her actively like I should have. I knew she was getting more independent... I just didn't realize to this end. And I've been busy here, and with trying to stop a 12 year old girl from messing up the whole planet..."
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 17:28:40 93805
Ami Mizuno stares. "What did you need him for? Why couldn't you just ask for what you needed?"
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 17:38:31 93806
Takashi scoffs and stands up, the shadows shifting until he looks like he's in his school uniform. "Hi Chiba, I'm Takashi Agera AKA Riventon. Remember that time I saved you and the world by putting myself between a giant lance and getting run through dying instead of you? Fun times. Anyways I'd like to modify you on a level deeper than genetic with this weird magic item that came from a time I don't have a connection to and using a process that might not be reversible and could fail because of your possible contamination and the fact that I'm used to working with blank slates not existing humans."

He held out his hand. "I think that would go over super well."
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 17:40:06 93807
Ami Mizuno sighs and rubs her face. "What's the reasoning? Why did you have to mess with us again anyway? I don't understand, Takashi-kun." Ooh, a suffix. Ouch.
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 17:51:49 93808
Takashi sighs. Not the shadow. The actual boy. But that's all that comes out of the real body. "Because I'm trying to prevent catastrophe. To protect the future. To... Protect you. And everyone."

"Do you think I like laying in bed with my soul trying to re attach itself to the rest of me? Or being lit on fire, electrified, frozen, and burned by purification, sometimes all in one day?"

"We barely survived the last apocalypse. I know we didn't survive Beryl's first one. Knowledge is power and this universe needs a power to stand up to things that threaten to rip it apart and feed on the scraps. That's why I do what I do."
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 17:53:23 93809
Ami Mizuno blinks and squints a little at Shadow-ashi. "But you're working with Dark Energy. It's corrupting you slowly, from the inside out," she says softly.

"We're getting off track," she says after a moment and a big sigh. "What do we need to know? About... anything. Everything relevant."
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 18:09:05 93810
Takashi pauses, and nods. "Alright. She doesn't have my energy in her anymore, obviously, so she shouldn't have any Dark Energy. Probably running off the Jewel Seed and Chiba's linker core. Purification she might just eat. Even if the witch bits are in there, they don't respond." He looks at the laptop again.

"But she's still unstable. If you can separate the parts you might have a chance, even if you can only do it for a moment, to pull her apart. My soul was the glue and I doubt Chiba's is so... Porous as to accept all the strangeness without difficulty. She might even find herself breaking down on her own, like water and oil separating. I'm not sure. My data stopped when she pulled me out of her."
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 18:10:39 93811
Ami Mizuno nods, taking mental notes. She looks Takashi in the bed over, then looks to Shadow-ashi.

"I won't mince words. I'm absolutely furious with you," she says quietly. "But that's from a place of actually caring, not from a place of not doing so, all right?"
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 18:13:43 93813
Takashi nodded. "A lot of people I care about I know are already mad at me, and I suspect I'll hear from more once I'm not stuck here." There was a weariness in his voice, though... That he'd been here before and didn't expect he would never be there again.

"I just hope for now you understand that what's happening here was never the intent. This isn't the plan. She shouldn't have been able to permanently injure anyone, much less to steal anything like a linker core, a soul."
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 18:16:52 93814
Ami Mizuno sighs softly. "I wish I understood you better, Takashi." But, she stands, walks to his body, and takes his hand for a moment, staring tenderly at his unconscious form. Then she carefully places his hand on his chest before turning back to Shadow-ashi.

"If you do anything like this ever again, Takashi, and I find out about it? It's over between us, no matter how I feel about you. And, I always find out, one way or another. Please, reconsider living without your darkness based powers. Having a life with me is more important than having powers... isn't it?" Her eyes are filling with tears.
Takashi Agera 2018-08-07 18:33:38 93816
Takashi sighs and the shadow's hand moves towards Ami for a moment before moving back. "What kind of a world would either choice be? You're 50-50 on Beryl and she's not even the nastiest thing out there. Am I supposed to give up my powers while you, and other people I care about, fight? How long until that coin hits tails and I watch you die?" The shadow isn't crying at the idea, but there might be moisture on the edges of his real eyes. Just a bit.

"A world without my powers is destined to be a world where I lose you. I've seen that world, in visions given to me by - that's not important. I know that future, the future where I don't make use of the gifts my mother left me, that she died to give me. And it's bad for everyone. Not just you and me."

"I need to understand these things so that one day Nullhearts can be the things that take the fight, the risk. Then neither of us has to be in harm's way. Or they can be backup. Any number of things."

"I don't want to live in a world without you, but it's also rather hard to live with you in no world."
Ami Mizuno 2018-08-07 18:40:17 93818
Ami Mizuno shakes her head at him. "Everyone dies, Takashi. You nearly made me lose you." She gestures gently to his body in the bed. "But I suppose that's hitting below the belt a little." She considers him. "Goodness knows--everyone knows how much I like you. It's sometimes a liability." Her lips curl into a wry smile, soft and sad. "but," she adds after a moment. "I should let you get back to what you were doing. I'm afraid if I stay too long, I'll be discovered." A beat. "Let me know when you're out." And she turns to go.