Meet the parents

Unmei and Lacrima visit Unmei's parents... it ends about as well as can be expected. Bah. Who needs parents anyway? Parents are dumb... *Sniffle.*

Date: 2018-08-19
Pose Count: 16
Unmei Tama 2018-08-19 22:01:40 94980
Unmei Tama stared at the house. It... was a nice house. Two stories. Spacious. Actual yard. Unmei just stared from the end of the hall... She'd...

She'd used her pen. Her parents could see. Would see. Her as she wanted to be. But...

Could she really do this? How could she do this? They'd never accept her. Want her. She hunched down and whimpered. "Lacrima... What... what if they hate me? What if they yell at me? Maybe I should go back. I mean, isn't it better not to know? I mean, I could always do this later. I don't need to--"

"Can I help you?" a voice called out. She shrieked and jumped back, looking up at the woman who was standing outside... in a hat... With a small gardening tool in her hand. She had work gloves on. Dirty...

Unmei squeaked and stared. Tears forming in her eyes. "I... I'm... I..." she whispered. "Err... I... I need to... Err. A-are you and... and your husband home?"

The woman stopped and stared. She cocked her head to the side. "Yes... he's in the study. Have we met? You look... familiar."

"You... could say that. I ummm... need to talk t oyou and your husband, if you have time? It's important. About... Kaizen."

The woman's eyes widened and she stepped forward, dropping the tool. She gripped the girl's shoulders. "Kaizen? Do... do you know something about what happened? Do you know where my boy is?!" she asked. "Are you a friend of his?"

She squeaked. "I-I really need to talk to you and your husband!" she said again. "Please, it's important that I tell both of you!"
Lacrima 2018-08-19 22:17:33 94982
Lacrima had requisitioned the ride here. It was easy. Someone owed her a favor. She called in that favor--- a helicopter and pilot, no questions asked. They landed at your standard airport. Lacrima took care of the taxi-- Unmei learns here that she speaks Itallian. Or at least some older dialect of it. Enough for casual use.

Lacrima steps out near the house with Unmei, and as Unmei gets out she's... alone?

No, she's in her shadow, something dark and awful hiding in it. She manages to keep within it easily enough, as she talks. "Then what changes from before you left? Nothing is lost. You still have friends and family back in Tokyo that care about you." she says, as reassuringly as she can.

Then someone approaches and she shuts up.

She watches and listens for now, unseen as she narrows her eyes.

She's paying attention. Being ready to act if anyone raises a hand at her, or get her too upset.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-19 22:33:47 94985
The woman stared, then nodded. "fine, but come inside," she said, before leading her inside and... Before long, Unmei was sitting, and both her parents were standing across from her. "You know where Kaizen is? Please, if you do, you have to tell us..." the mother pleaded.

"I do... Just ummm... Please give a bit of space. You're,... not going to be happy but... Please just... don't panic," she said softly. They did move back a little. Oh gosh how she regretted doing this. She felt like her stomach was tied in knots. "I... I..." she whispered. Finally... "I am Kaizen!" she said, her hands shaking. "I-I'm Kaizen."

There was silence... then... Anger. "That's not funny!" his mother yelled. "Don't just... What is wrong with you? Do you go around pretending to be the children of--"

"I'm NOT LYING!" she screamed. Already she could feel tears welling up. She wasn't even getting started and already she was crying. "I am your SON! You never EVER LISTEN MOM!" she yelled, before getting to her feet. And she... wait, was she angry? "This is why I left! This is why I ran away! I'm your CHILD! I'm your daughter! What do you want to know? I have a full collection of magical girl train riders merchandise! When I was seven I fell and had to go to the hospital for four stitches! When I was eight I used to run around in mom's sundress and you thought I'd grow out of it! When I was thirteen I told you I wanted to be a girl and you slapped me! When I was fourteen I bought the full collection of magical girl vampire maiden and you rolled your eyes and said I was just a 'growing boy with interestes'! You tried to set me up with Laura a few weeks before I RAN AWAY AND REFUSED TO EVEN LISTEN TO ANYTHING I SAID ABOUT ANYTHING!"

Oh they just stood there. And stared. Struggling to process... THAT. And just... How did you respond to THAT of all things?
Lacrima 2018-08-19 22:40:54 94986
Lacrima listens to this, she hasn't noticed anything going too badly. Besides Unmei crying and tears welling up. She feels sad about this, but she keeps in the shadows of Unmei, behind her.

...Wait if she bought a set about a vampire maiden magical girl why was she so scared of her.--- wait. Wait. Nows not the time to think of that.

She'll ask later about it.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-19 22:53:04 94989
Unmei Tama stared at them and then...

"But..." her mother stared, then stopped. "Oh... oh my gosh..." Her face shifted to relief... then horror. "K-Kaizen... it... what... what happened to you?!" she asked.

"I'm... a girl now..." she mumbled.


"Surgery, medication, a lot of support from friends..."

"Ugh, there has to be someone who can reverse... this," she said with distaste. Then looked to her hhusband. "Maybe we could take him to a specialist?"

Her father shook his head. "It could take a while, maybe have him go to your cousin up in germany? I think they--"

"NO!" Unmei screamed. "There is no, I'm NOT going to reverse this! I'm a girl and--"

"Don't you interrupt me, young man. If you're going to live under our roof, you'll follow our roof. We're not having some... some FREAK in--"

"I'M NOT A FREAK! THIS ISN'T ABOUT YOU! I DON'T WANT YOUR ROOF!" she screamed. "This is a chance. Your ONLY chance. Either you accept this, or I leave, you and NEVER see me again. I wanted to give you a chance but--."

She was cut off as her father stepped in and reached out and... Unmei has spent the last year or so training, sparring with Mako and Kyouko. When that grab came in, she instinctively stepped to the side, grippd the hand, pulled it and shoved him forward before... Full on flipping him over her shoulder. He crashed to the ground. Unmei let go and pulled back. "O-oh god, I didn't, I just, I was, it was an instinct... I... I didn't mean to..."
Lacrima 2018-08-19 23:07:22 94993
Lacrima is saddened to see she was right about people not changing easily. She watches as the two talk. She gets angry at this banter. She's been missing for nearly two years to her own family. If she went crawling home--- she'd be missed, she'd get hugs and kisses and her parents would be so happy they'd probably cry.

But she's also familiar with bad family too, now. It isn't fun, not fun at all. She watches. As the man gets up, she moves to start to unfurl from Unmei's shadow--- but stops short when she judo flips him, after speaking to her inner Jupiter. Huh, she thinks. Good Going, Unmei-chan!

But now she has to see what happens next. She's on edge.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-19 23:26:56 94997
Unmei Tama just stared. Her eyes wide as she backed up. "I... I didn't... I just... I was just doing what Mako taught me. It... it was... I mean, he came at me and it's self defense and... and..."

"What is WRONG with you?" her mother yelled, moving towards her. Started to reach out... And unmei moved away. "You used self defense on your father?! We didn't raise you like this!"

"I-I'm sorry, I... I just... I..." Then blinked. "Self... It was self defense..." she whispered. "What kind of parent makes their child HAVE to use self defense?!" she yelled back. "I'm leaving. You two made yourself crystal clear how you feel. You'll never see me again..." She started to leave... But her dad was getting up and unmei froze. "I... I am sorry I... you made me..." she whispered.

"You're not going anywhere. You're our son, we--"

"I AM NOT YOUR SON! I WAS NEVER YOUR SON! I'm going and you can't stop me!" Unmei yelled, moving towards the door... which her mother now blocked.
Lacrima 2018-08-19 23:48:05 95000
Lacrima can only take so much of this. Yes. She judo flipped her dad. But now they knew she could actually /do/ that. That wasn't going to work again. Her mother was block the door and dad was getting back up. She couldn't see this ending good in any event, we're Unmei left alone.

So she makes the choice to finally grow up out of Unmei's shadow. Black, amorphous. She doesn't need to form this way. She can do it much quicker!

....But she wants these two people to understand what they're dealing with. She's forming into her usual, well dressed state. Pale features, purple eyes and hair--- a really fancy dress.

"Yes. Very good." she says flatly. "I'm afraid she will be leaving." she says frankly.

"Whether that's with you writhing on the floor, or sitting down and keeping your mouths shut as we leave, it is your choice." she says. "I would rather not hurt either of you." she says flatly. "I do not think she would personally want that."

"But." she says cooly.

"You seem to be leaving little choice in this." she says. "Please make your choice before I make it for you." she says as politely as she can.

Oh she's upset, yup.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-20 00:01:35 95002
The reaction was instant. Her parents... moved out of the way and stared. "What in the world is that thing?" her mother mumbled with horror.

"... It doesn't matter..." Unmei said. "You won't remember anyway. Thank you, mom, dad... I didn't need a family anyway..." she mumbled. She grabbed Lacrima's hand and just... pulled her out of the house, slamming the door shut. She started storming away and... "Let's... Let's just g-go back to japan... This was a stupid, stupid idea. I don't know w-what I expected. People don't change. Y-you can't c-change hate..."
Lacrima 2018-08-20 00:16:51 95004
Lacrima wouldn't help but give a wide, toothy smile-- fangs evident. "I'm sure you'll find out in your nightmares. Think about it. Change your ways." she says creepily as Unmei drags her out. Indeed. Magic doesn't stick. They won't remember. Not if they're just normal people. They think this is probably a fever dream. or a gas leak playing with their heads later.

She would stop Unmei, and call another cab, to go back to the airport. She looks back to Unmei, as they wait for the cab to come. She frowns. "This wasn't stupid." she says softly. "You wanted to try." she says quietly. "I've been away from my parents for over a year now. I can't go back, because of my brother." she says. "But I'd know I'd try anything to see them again if I knew I wouldn't ruin Ryo's life in the process." she says. "Or ... well endanger mom or dad now." she says.

"But you're right. It's hard to change hate..." she says.

"....Also I thought you hated vampires." she says coyly. "What was that about a vampire maiden anime?" she asks, almost cheekily.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-20 00:28:11 95006
Unmei Tama sighed. "Yeah... I just thought... two years... I thought they'd at least... I thought they'd want... miss me enough to... to be more than... to not hate me. To not hate what I am..." she said, trembling. "I hate them..." she mumbled. "They're stupid and awful a-and I hate them now..." she mumbled.

And then she turned scarlet. "I-I never said I hated them. I just... I mean. I never really... err...." She turned even redder. "I mean, vampires are kind of hot. And so was she. I mean, I don't think you're hot. I mean, i do, but i didn't then, I mean, I did a little, but you're kind of also scary because it was awkward and you're a lot stronger than me and... Oh gosh..." she squeaked, burying her hands in her face. "It's a good anime at least! You kind of remind me of her. In a non-sexy way!"
Lacrima 2018-08-20 00:46:36 95009
The cab comes. When the cab comes, Lacrima is giggling insanely. "O...oh Unmei-chan." she snorts. "Don't worry about it." she says. "I'm not as strong as you think." she says, as she shifts as she slides into the cab. She waits for Unmei to slide in with her.

"...Alexis-niisan is my brother." she says softly. "Ryo. My supposed blood brother, wants to kill me. Says I'm just a thing wearing Norie's skin and that Norie is dead." a pause.

"....Norie. Norie Okana." she says quietly. "That's my real name. That's who I was when I was human." she says quietly. "It doesn't help he's basically the reincarnated 'Saint George'." she says with a sigh.5R
"But." she says. "Family is someone... you can choose too." she says. "You have friends back in Tokyo." she says. "People that actually care for you. Unlike those two people." she says.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-20 01:04:44 95011
Unmei Tama nodded. "Yeah..." she muttered, sliding in next to the greil. "Your... Brother? I don't know who saint george is but... If he's that rude... he can go and just... screw himself. You're awesome. You dropped everything to help me here..."

After about five minutes on the road she leaned against the girl... closing her eyes and then... She suddenly... hugged Norie. "Family... is something you choose but..." she whispered. "Family... has to choose you, too... I... I chose a family. Three times I-I chose a family... but none of them.... none of them ever chose me..." she whispered. And then...

She rubbed her face into Norie's shoulder and every ounce of strength drained away as she asked that one. Simple. Question. "W-why... doesn't anyone w-want me?" she whispered. "I have... f-friends but... but but... I want more... I NEED more... Why can't... Why can't I-I have it?" she asked gently.
Lacrima 2018-08-20 01:25:12 95015
Lacrima takes a deep breath. "Saint George is an important figure in Christian Mythology. When you get home, look up 'Saint George and the Dragon'." she says. "It paints him as a noble, kind knight but the reality is, he was a brutal brute who broke promises and killed things because they we're different under the guise of 'the greater good'." she says quietly. "When. You sometimes see depictions of holy knights with the white armor and red cross? That's St. George's symbol." she says.

But then she's hugged and she closes her eyes and lets it happen. She still doesn't like being hugged save for a few people, but she's going to sit and deal with it right now. After what happened. She even hugs back a little.

"Shhhhhh...." she finally goes petting Unmei's back. "Relax." she says quietly. "If people didn't want you.. care about you... they wouldn't help you." she says quietly. "Let's get you home and I'll take you for some dinner?" she asks. "Would you like that?..." she asks.
Unmei Tama 2018-08-20 01:44:09 95018
Unmei Tama noddded, holding onto the other girl as she just sobbed on her. "Y-yes... S-something.... s-something s-sweet please... m-miss L-L-Lacrima..." she said. As a testament to how much she has grown, she only cried for a little bit. Although it was pretty hard when she did. And in the end... she just kind of laid there, her head in the other girl's lap.

"I... I guess... even... e-even if I don't... don't have a f-family... a-at least I... at least I h-have friends who... who who care about me... w-who needs family... anyway?" she asked, with a weak smile. "F-family is... family is s-s-stupid... a-anyway," she lied, giving a big, toothy, fake grin...
Lacrima 2018-08-20 01:55:28 95020
Lacrima makes a face. "Just call me Lacchan. Miss Lacrima makes me sound like I'm a teacher or a instructor." she scoffs. "Everyone else just calls me Lacchan." she says. "I think I know a place." she sas quietly. "They make nice donuts." she says. "And the owner knows me by name by now." she says.

She frowns. "That's... not a good way of thinking Unmei. It's okay to want family. Yearn for family." she says. "Family isn't stupid." she says quietly. "Never stupid." she says. "Let's just get home for now." she says quietly.