After Chairs, Come Questions

After an encounter with Cecelia and a monster made of chairs, Rune and Hinote discuss what has happened... and have more questions than answers.

Date: 2019-07-09
Pose Count: 12
Runealy Waldia 2019-07-09 21:47:25 105950
It has been a few days since their encounter with the 'chair monster', and Rune has been trying to avoid talking with anyone on Earth about it. Letters were sent home making inquiries, but the response she got was largely unhelpful.

That meant she couldn't keep sitting on the topic on her own... and that meant finding Hinote this late afternoon. After a few moments of searching around, she strides into the kitchen. "There you are... forgive me, we should have had this discussion a few days ago, but I wanted to have as many answers as I could. Would you be willing to speak with me? It's about what happened." Her tone is fairly soft; Rune is making a request rather than a demand.
Hinote Kagari 2019-07-09 22:07:11 105951
Hinote Kagari had been pondering the 'chair monster' incident. He also didn't sit in a chair for like a day. It was probably weird watching him eat dinner standing up that one single time at the counter. 'No, I'm fine, really. I'm just scared the chair is gonna eat me' basically more or less

Right now he was finishing cleaning the dishes and went "Hrmm? Oh, a moment, Runealy~" he said as he put the final dishes up and shut the water off, and let the dirty dishwater drain. He then turns around and walks over and has a seat at the table. "I'm always willing to speak with you, Rune." he says with a soft shrug. "I know we tried to speak about it before but ya know-- The chair monster. And all. It didn't seem like the girl had anything to do with that monster though." he says.

"Didn't it try to attack her, too?" he asks. "Or am I imagining that?" he says, scratching his head.
Runealy Waldia 2019-07-09 22:14:03 105952
Rune nods quietly, waiting as Hinote finishes up. "We tried, and I didn't have many answers to give you at the time. Even now, I still don't." She follows him over to the table, taking a seat - with no real hesitation, apparently taking the encounter with the 'dark chairs' fairly well.

"That said... I think you're right on both counts. While Cecelia seems to hate us... or at least hate me, to the point of renouncing her citizenship, I do not believe she was behind that attack. The chairs did attack her, just as you say. Though..."

Her gaze lowers slightly. "...I believe I owe you an apology. You had that monster well in hand, but I did stop fighting it in order to watch for an attack from her. An attack that never came, meaning I left you to fight alone... for no good reason, ultimately."
Hinote Kagari 2019-07-09 22:32:34 105953
Hinote Kagari frowns and shakes his head. "We had no clue what she might do. I thought she might be there to help us. But apparently, was not." he says. "Don't worry. About that." he says. "Because you could had helped me--- then she could had attacked us and then you'd feel bad about not keeping guard." he says.

"Really, it seems a lose/lose situation there. It's better not to feel bad about it." he says. "Because it feels like she'd had tried to attack us if you weren't guarding there against her." her says. He huhs. "So. Cecelia, is her name?" he asks. He taps his bottom lip. "What do you know of her, right now, besides... 'From Waldia' and 'Renounced Citizenship'?" he asks. "Like..."

"Has she said anything to you besides that?" he asks.
Runealy Waldia 2019-07-09 22:44:24 105954
"That's exactly how it would have gone... so if that is how you feel, thank you." Rune's head tilts up a bit, relieved. "But yes, she's Cecelia Stovjord... and very little about her makes sense to me. I have never met her before, yet she despises me and sings mockery. She clearly has magic of her own, yet I nor my mother could have granted it to her. She hates, yet does not attack."

A brief headshake follows. "I simply don't know what to make of her. I'd like to address her grievances and convince her to accept her homeworld again, but I have no idea where to begin."
Hinote Kagari 2019-07-09 22:56:58 105955
Hinote Kagari frowns. "Well. The start would be find out why she hates Waldia so much. I... don't have many answers there?" he asks. "Everyone I met seemed reasonably content, or, if they had grievances, usually addressed them in a more healthy manner than... renouncing citizenship and running off to that 'other world'." he says a little.

He frowns and crosses his arms. "Is it possible she found like, a lost Guardian Relic or something?" looking down to his bracelet and back up. "Can they 'keep' magic like that on?..." he wonders a little thoughtfully.

"I mean. There... isn't other magic in Waldia besides like.... You... and us, right?" he asks curiously. "I mean. Demons, too right? But. I don't think she was a demon... was she?" he asks.
Runealy Waldia 2019-07-09 23:06:45 105956
"I don't, either. The portal is too small to go through right now, so I sent letters through... and my father couldn't even venture a guess as to what her underlying motives are." Rune slightly glances aside; still facing Hinote, but it's definitely a small shift in how directly she's looking at him. "I'm sure he's doing what he can to find any information out there, though."

"As for Cecelia's abilities? I don't believe so, but I cannot rule it out. The relics are reclaimed if the Knight relinquishes them, retires, or passes away. There are no records of any lost relics... so it's possible. I just do not accept it as the most likely reason, just yet. Especially since the ritual is unique to each user; Gaofele could not take your relic and use it, for example. Nor you, his."

A finger begins tapping on the table-top. "Being a demon, however... that did cross my mind. The problem is that it requires me to make a very large number of assumptions. If I assume that she's disguised, which demons can do... I then have to assume she has an amazing reason to enroll at school and then show little interest in what any of us are doing there. Then I have to assume pretending to ignore us is actually part of a much greater plan... and that this plan further required her to show up when the chairs attacked, mock me, and make no effort to hinder either of us beyond her singing."

A few headshakes follow. "All of that, against her statements that she simply wishes to have a new life in Tokyo. Honestly, I think she is being truthful. It doesn't answer our questions, but it makes sense. She would have had to sneak past the portal guards... and go to the trouble of determining precisely where the portal is, for that matter."
Hinote Kagari 2019-07-09 23:23:22 105957
Hinote Kagari listens with a sigh as he relaxes his arms and places them on the table, drumming his fingers in thought. "Yeah..." he says. "That makes sense." he says. "But... maybe she has some sort of key we don't know about it? I mean... like. Maybe she's the ancestor of one? So it has like... a blood link? It's not like we can test that right now." he says. "But you know better than me there. If it isn't likely, then let's table that idea for now until we can figure something out..." he says.

He huhs. "Well. It could be a plan? Or... maybe there's something going on we're not aware of. But for now. Let's assume she's just a girl that apparently wanted to start a new life here and just hates you and/or the Waldian Royal Family for some reason." he says.

"I mean. I assume no one's reported a missing daughter. Else we'd had heard that back... right?" he asks.
Runealy Waldia 2019-07-09 23:28:54 105958
"Blood test?" Rune's eyes raise in confusion. "I'm hardly about to demand she proves her linea--" She cuts off mid-sentence, "...No, something tells me you meant it a bit more gently than that. Is this some sort of Earth ritual I'm unfamiliar with, this 'blood test'? Regardless... for now, I think you're right; all we can do is try to learn more, and wait for what information we find. Beyond that?"

Rune takes on a faint smile, "Thank you for showing good judgement in this. I'm delighted that you've been thinking about it so much, and perhaps together we'll find an answer I would have overlooked on my own."
Hinote Kagari 2019-07-09 23:46:49 105959
Hinote Kagari uhs and rubs the side of his head. "Yeah I meant it more gently. I mean more like. Bloodline. Genealogical. Not... Blood." he says a little correctionally. He looks down and back up. "I just find the idea that someone could be..... that upset. At you, your family, is a little-----"

"I mean I don't wanna call it... 'dumb' because. Maybe there is a good reason? Maybe... 'unfathomable'... is more better." he says.

"I mean. Like I said. I never saw... a ton of bad things back 'home'." home. Little air quotes. Adopted Home. He still uses the word there.

"I mean. I only lived there for a short while but.." he shakes his head. "Yeah we'll figure it out." he says.
Runealy Waldia 2019-07-09 23:50:47 105960
"Unfathomable is the word I would use for it. I've seen a few instances where we do need to improve local circumstances, but..." Rune's eyes narrow in disappointment, rather than anger. "Nothing so dire that I would consider moving to a completely new world. Yet here she is, and I do not think she did it without thinking the matter through. Regardless, you now know about as much as I do on her."

Rune rises from the table, but remains nearby. "If you wish to continue looking in to her situation and her reasons, I'd welcome that. Simply show discretion, as you already have."
Hinote Kagari 2019-07-10 00:05:02 105961
Hinote Kagari nods "Yeah, I won't like. Interrogate her or anything." he says. "Besides, she's unlikely to wanna answer anything if I act like I'm about to attack or something... or act like I wanna hurt her." he says.

He rubs the side of his head. "So. Cecelia Stovjord..." he says softly. "I think I'll approach her as best I can after a few days. Once I figure out the best way to approach her." he says as he rubs the side of his head again.

"I'm gonna go think on that then." he says. "Alright?"