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Date: 2018-10-13
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Takashi Agera 2018-10-13 00:58:25 98880
Takashi Agera has no office to go to, given that he'd taken it all apart before everything had happened at Final Judgement. And now he didn't really have the need to put it all back together. Not entirely.

Much less, with the way Mars, Jupiter, and Nephrite had come after him in freakin' Ireland beforehand, he didn't want to be at home. Not when he was this weak.

But thankfully, Eclipse has a small network of safehouses for its agents. Secure, known only to a few, and guarded both physically and magically, they were the best choice he had, but also... a little cramped. And really boring.

So Takashi had a couple computers and a small amount of equipment. Which he'd set up on the kitchen table of the small apartment. But now he was propped up, chair leaning back, hand in the air. Trying to call back his energy as he'd done so many times before, his hand sparking and showing little flashes of darkness, but nothing like it once had.
Lacrima 2018-10-13 01:03:18 98881
Lacrima does not have dark energy problems currently so she steps through the Dusk Zone into the safehouse. Safehouses always feel like lame hotel rooms to Lacrima. They can be packed loaded and fancy and she'd still feel like it was not home. This feels like not home.

Can Takashi even feel her entrance in the opposite small room? She doesn't know- so she chooses not to chance surprising him. "Takashi-sama?" she asks softly. She sees him trying to call back dark energy. She does notice this isn't the usual light show it usually is. This kind of puts a grimace on her face. Like she already knows the answer to the question she's about to ask. "How are you doing?" she asks softly. "Having any luck yet, with figuring out the dark energy issue?" she quietly asks.
Takashi Agera 2018-10-13 01:18:22 98883
Takashi stops trying to make the pathetic little surges of energy into something else via sheer willpower, and looks up - leaning forward so the chair ends up with all four legs on the ground. And oh, is he sulky. He is as sulky as maybe she's ever seen him.

He's passed angry, and doesn't have the usual capabilities to do something about it, like turn into some sort of Dark Energy comet, anyways. "No. It's all but gone. I feel like I've walked ten years back in time. I have to put in a lot of effort to just... do shadows."

"How... did she do that to me. Why would... my ancestor... I still don't get it, Lacrima-chan."
Lacrima 2018-10-13 01:40:27 98885
Lacrima crosses her arms. "I tried to steal that card back from Sakura. She didn't give it up. But she also couldn't transform- either." she says. "I don't know the specifics or if that's fixed, but I basically shoved her. I was going to blast her but... um. I stopped when she couldn't transform. That's bad juju. Shouldn't do that." she says with a sigh.

"Anyways Nightbell showed up and clocked me over the head until I stopped. Nightbell also f****ing told Sakura why I needed the card. So. You know, she knows a little about what's going on now." she says sourly.

"Need to have a talk with her about operational procedures." she says.

"By the way, Sakura wants to talk to you now and--- I'll leave that decision up to you. But maybe there's some way we can get that card back or at least what the card took with it, if you can meet with her." she says tersely.

She does head tilt at the Lacrima-chan though without an attempt at correction. Okay.

"....You're acting a lot differently than normal Taka-sama." she says. "How are you feeling?" she asks. "Right now. and- to answer your question of 'why would my ancestor do that' it's 'because Clow Reed is an ass'." she says tersely. "You know he's still alive right?- I mean--- In some manner? Clow Reed." she says.

"It's like weird. Timey wimey existence BS like a time ghost but not? but a card brought us to him once. That... card. 'The Return'." she says. "Let us do it. So. Maybe there's a way to ask the jerk yourself?" she asks.
Takashi Agera 2018-10-13 02:02:59 98888
Takashi sighs. "Weak!" he finally exclaims, in the answer to the question. "I feel weak. I don't have my connection to my home..." By which he means the Dusk Zone, not you know. Earth. "...and I have no power, and I'm a sitting duck for people who've already threatened my life..."

And Nightbell... well, she's new. We've had enough people come through UMBRA, I think I should put together an orientation. And maybe an offboarding procedure too..." he sighs.

"I think right now if I'd met Reed right now, I'd probably just punch him in the face. Or try to. Probably hurt my damn hand. At least I'm not any 'stupider' than I was."

"You know, for the last years of my life, I've built up who I am around this power. And now it's there... but only enough to taunt me with what it's missing. I don't know if I even want to meet with Kinomoto. She'll try to hug me and be so hyper and... ugh."
Lacrima 2018-10-13 02:34:57 98892
Lacrima frowns. "You mean when the distress signal went off recently?" she asks. "I'm still not clear what happened. Did you steal something from them?" she asks. She figures that maybe something happened? "Also how the F*** did they get all the way to IRELAND. Do they have a friend for that now?" she asks with intense curiosity.

"Well yeah, your intelligence probably isn't a byproduct of dark energy, that's stuff you need to take time and learn because trust me if it worked that way I'd really, really love to know how." she says with a huff.

"Of course Sakura is going to try to hug you." she says as she runs a hand up her face and back through her hair. "Look..."

"I have a theory and you're not going to like it. But this is based on my own experiences and study on 'dark energy'." she says tersely. "Maybe... maybe this is you minus most of the dark energy?" she asks. A pause. "I MEAN it is but I mean on like a psychological and mental level." she says. "I mean. Me right now...." she says. "That isn't how Norie used to be. You can see what 'Norie' used to be when Ariel is close enoough to me. I'm practically almost human around her." she says idly.

"But the fact is you've ALWAYS been infused with dark energy. SO maybe you're all screwy because it doesn't know what the 'default w/ Dark Energy' is supposed to be for though?...."

There is a long pause. "Ugh forget it. Maybe I don't even know what the hell I'm talking about." she says.

A deep breath. "Do you want me to tell Ami-chan?" she asks. "I can send her over." she says. "I mean. Visiting with someone like that can do you some good right now." she offers. "Stabilizing forces. Visiting with people you trust and care about. Help this kind of thing." she says. "I know that much." she offers.
Takashi Agera 2018-10-13 03:08:32 98903
Takashi shakes his head. "No, I was researching my own family line. Unless that's a crime now." He says sulkily. "I don't know how they got there. Axion didn't pick anything up, so... it probably wasn't some sort of teleport, like we do - either with Midchildan magic, and I'm sure they didn't dusk step. It was sudden, and..." He doesn't admit it frightened him.

"I don't know, Lacrima-chan. I don't feel like me, but I've had a pretty long time to get used to that... me. And I kinda got used to me with Dark Energy, you know?"

Takashi sighed again. "I don't know if I want Ami to know. You know how I feel about her - much like how you feel about Ariel - but it was her friends you just rescued me from. Is it safe to be with her? Is it safe to be isolated? I don't know anymore."

"It's so hard to tell what I am right now, much less figure out other things."
Lacrima 2018-10-13 03:26:28 98907
"So.. they just. Showed up and beat the crap out of you? Ugh. M--maybe it was for.. you know. The Mamoru thing. Recently..." she rubs the back of her head. No. No she KNOWS it's for that. "I know. That's how you feel about her. And it's how I know, that, her being here might help you mentally." she says.

"I think. You can trust Ami-chan." she says. "I don't think Ami-chan is going to hit you over- you know- Not being able to glower with dark energy.." she says.

"SO hey. When was the last time you tried to focus non-dark energy through Axion?" she asks. "Have you tried recently?" she asks. She shrugs, and shakes her head as she looks at both wrist accruements. Paige on one, the dark energy flow control on the other.

"Look. I've still been looking into... energy storage using the Dark Kingdom crystal magic I've been working on. Maybe there's a way for me to make you an 'artificial' dark energy source using that. I mean. It'd be like... running on batteries. With a finite supply. But. Like."

"It's better than you not being able to handle someone busting through here." she mutters.
Takashi Agera 2018-10-15 02:10:28 98999
Takashi grimaced. "I'm sure it was about Chiba, given that they went to the great pain of bringing my apology sake back to me just to prove they are ungrateful ingrates."

"It's not abouit not trusting HER, it's about her saying something on accident that people with more awful plans for me might catch onto. And then bam. Youma guards hold the line while I'm running home with my tail between my legs. Not a plan I like." he admitted.

"I haven't... really had non-dark energy to focus through Axion... But there's a lot of Dark Energy crystalwork throughout the device. I made it before Barchetta-san brought me all the other devices to reverse engineer, so there was a lot of the time I filled in spaces I didn't have with created systems. I don't think it... can even run like a normal Device. Because it isn't one." Another sigh.

"And in any case, it's not like I got an equivilent amount of some kind of other power that was waiting around. I'm just... weak. I suck now. I can't control Dark Energy - but I can't control other kinds of energy either. I'm just a smart guy who can do shadow shows. I don't even know if I could pull... from a battery like that. Maybe through Axion. But... I've never been this weak that I can remember. I can't step into the Dusk Zone, I can't fly, I can't even friggin -hover- now. I couldn't handle an average street mugger."
Lacrima 2018-10-15 02:48:09 99002
Lacrima furrows her brow. "What about Eiszapfen?" she asks. "We should get that back now and see if that might work. At least short term, too. Because right now if NOTHING works for you this is a big deal." she says. She rubs her temples.

"For now. It's best we keep you here." she says as she finally pulls up a chair. "It stinks a lot. But on the bright side..."

"With how weak your signature probably is, anyone with the know how might not be able to track you, period so there's that." she says. She sighs and taps the table she's sat at.

"....What if that card's been where you've been getting the better part of your power all along?" she asks. "I mean. If you're one of Clow's descendants. For all we know that's been sitting in you since you've been born." she says quietly.

"-and for all we know it's responsible for who you are, and without it- like I said. Maybe things are trying to settle to a default state. But there's all this dark energy you've ingested for basically years making things difficult now." she says.

She bites her teeth and grits them a little. "I mean. The initial readings suggested your body was trying to reject it. Like it finally decided it didn't like it. Or maybe. It's never been strong enough to do so-- but with that card gone, could suddenly do so. Right?" she asks.
Takashi Agera 2018-10-15 03:04:11 99006
Takashi leans back in the chair again, until only two feet are on the floor. "I have been trying to keep an open mind... about all of this. Eiszapfen would help, but honestly... as far as I can tell... and as much as it pains me to say it... I'm not a whole lot different than a civilian right now. Obviously, I'm already working to change that. I still have a connection, but... it's weak."

"I'm reasonably sure the connection to the Dusk Zone is natural. At least on some level. Maybe it was increased by the card. But maybe it found me at some point later and I am just... suffering from its sudden loss. Like I've been cheating this whole time, and now it's gone."

"We should absolutely get Eiszapfen back. I mean, it belongs to me. And giving me a way to fight would be good. What if something threatens me... or the people I care about? I can't stand on the sidelines and plan. It's not in my nature. But right now it's all I've got."

"I still... think there has to have been something about my unique circumstances beyond the card." He looks at Lacrima. "I mean, I can still control it... just... very little. I still have the affinity for it, it doesn't make me sick or crazy like most people. Just... it's so weak, I'm so weak. If this is how normal people feel... I'm not a fan."
Lacrima 2018-10-15 03:23:17 99009
Lacrima takes a deep breath. "Then it's back to basics I think." she says. "I mean building back up skill if it's natural. You taught me what I know so I can't really teach you anything new." she says softly. "I mean. I can make some suggestions. Maybe setup a punching bag in here and try to get unreasonably angry at it. Use it as a place holder for I dunno- Sailor Mars and scream and yell and beat the stuffing out of it. Try to build up the negativity. You know. Drawing it to you the old fashioned way?" she asks quizzically.

Her eclipse phone goes off and she draws it out and skims the message and grows a look of concern. "Oh come /on/..." she mutters as she slumps forward.

"I'll deal with that later." she says as she closes the phone and places it back in her pocket.

"I'll ask for it back then, at first." she says. "And if they say no, I'll ask again but also more angrily." she says with a huff.

She shakes her head. "Most. 'magical people' are no better than civilians when they're not 'powered up', Takashi." she says. "You're back on the same level as that now. We need to get your dark energy levels back up then but--- ''built' then if it's innate." she takes a deep breath.

"For now. Keep Axion online as much as possible. I'm going to want to know immediately if you're in danger and we can even bypass the phones now because it can just be sent straight to my device." she offers.
Takashi Agera 2018-10-15 03:38:28 99012
Takashi smiled at the punching bag idea. "It would at least be cathartic." he noted, leaning forward again and putting his hands on the table. "At least I've got enough past work I've been sitting on that Eclipse won't be breathing down UMBRA's neck to deliver. But... there's still the problem of those of you that can still work... needing a place to work out of."

"I appreciate you still being on my side, Lacrima." he says, nodding. "It's just... a little jarring, you know. I could do so much of what I did casually, like it was second nature. And now, I still know how to do it, but nothing happens. It's like suddenly not being able to breathe through your nose, something you could do automatically... and now can't."

"But yeah, I'll start with practice. And if not, I have some ideas in mind. I'll just need... help in a way I haven't before. And yeah... I'll keep Axion ready to call a direct line. I still create enough Dark Energy for it to operate and perform non-combat functions."
Lacrima 2018-10-15 03:58:02 99017
Lacrima looks down and then back up. "Takashi." she says softly. "I might not be here if it wasn't for you." she says. "I mean. Exist." she says. She shifts. "You, Ariel, Sachiko and...." she bites her lip. "...Well Mamoru, and his guardians." she says. "I owe a lot to. I can't just... throw one under the bus for the other. In all instances." she says quietly.

She shakes her head. "Is there anything you need here? I mean. I'm sure there's food in here, but. Do you need me to bring back a pizza or a big bag of burgers or something?" she asks softly.

"I'll bring over a punching bag, too. Some sort of gym equipment." she says. She stands up.

"I'm going to need to go handle this issue now." she says. "Since I don't know if I want you handling it in your current state, given the news. I bet you have the message too." she says. "I mean. You can. If you want. You're still the boss. But if you confront this person and she decides 'i'm gonna blast you' well. Um. yeah." she shrugs sheepishly.

"Anyways. Cell me if you need anything." she says.
Takashi Agera 2018-10-15 04:06:36 99018
Takashi finally decides to check the message, reads it, and grimaces. "Well THAT'S just par for the course, isn't it." It didn't put him in a better mood. "No, you probably should. This is why I promoted you, I just didn't think I'd be so incapacitated so soon. But, here we are, and I'll let you do it." he nods.

"We're all just... trying to find out various ways in the world, coming to a head sometimes, but it doesn't mean we have to be full of hate." Or maybe he's so much more chill without the Dark Energy flowing through him like water. "I'm glad all of those people were able to help you, not just me! But I'll always be on your side, too."

"Yeah, I guess I'll actually have to do more work than I did in the past. And I've got your number for non-critical stuff, and Paige if someone decides to kick down my door again. Looks like I'm still on vacation..." he says with a half smile as he gets up to show her out of the tiny cramped safehouse.