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Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:16 PM
You're almost a sight for sore eyes, you know that? Almost.
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:17 PM
Oh dear, how you wound me so...
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:17 PM
I'm sure I do
6:17 PM
Narukami? Really?
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:19 PM
What can I say? It's not particularly forgettable now, is it? (edited)
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:19 PM
Unfortunately, no.
6:20 PM
Next you'll tell me that the actual Narukami is in there
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:21 PM
Well, have I got news for you.
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:22 PM
Hate that almost as much as I hate you and everything you stand for.
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:22 PM
It's a mutual feeling.
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:24 PM
Glad we got that sorted out.
6:24 PM
Now you can exit stage left and let yours truly deal with torturing these little ones.
6:25 PM
Since we all know you don't like people.
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:26 PM
How adorable, you doubt my capabilities as a showman? Ahaha! My~ oh my...
6:28 PM
The stage has been set for a long time... And they all have a part to play in my success and amusement.
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:29 PM
6:30 PM
Then let me lay a ground rule for you before you go and enjoy your so-called amusement
6:30 PM
Steal all the fun and I will rip you limb from fiery limb
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:32 PM
Ahaha! such spirit... Though- make no mistake. I do not intend to get in your way.
6:33 PM
I'm sure we can come to agreement, yes? Despite all of our differences?
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:33 PM
You've never struck me as the trustworthy type, Kagutsuchi.
6:33 PM
Tell me why I shouldn't doubt your despair-loving self
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:38 PM
I suppose I can give no reason for you to trust me. It's not your trust that I am asking for, either way... An agreement- is all I suggest. For where our desires are more or less the same.
6:39 PM
...Such as the fate of Yu Narukami .
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:40 PM
You want him dead, I want him in my idea of bliss which is a vegetative state from which he will never wake up.
6:40 PM
Those two things are not quite that compatible, mine requires him somewhat alive.
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:42 PM
It may as well be just so. ... No longer to able think for himself. A fate much worse than death in the eyes of a human.
6:42 PM
Quite finicky , they are.. so obsessed with their freedom.
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:42 PM
Aha you just admitted that my way is better.
6:43 PM
Finally we agree on something.
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:43 PM
I'm willing to make sacrifices in relation to my ideals. Should I see Narukami break.
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:44 PM
I suppose I can accept you breaking him first, so long as the break draws him into my blissful world.
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:44 PM
With the belief he is truly alone in this world, why would he not be..?
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:45 PM
I'm just stating a condition, dear.
6:46 PM
Ideally they would all fall into my embrace eventually, but I will settle for the Narukami boy first.
6:46 PM
Those bratty idols are also on my priority list.
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:47 PM
You can do as you please with them . (edited)
6:51 PM
Should the puppets of mine show their faces ... I wish to have my way with them, as well.
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:52 PM
Fair enough, I suppose.
6:52 PM
If you run into my previous host or her dear senpai I hope you'll let me know.
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:53 PM
Of course.
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:53 PM
Or any of those idol girls, really.
6:54 PM
I was quite close the last time, I'd like to finish the job.
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:55 PM
If we run into disagreements.. Perhaps we could split humanity between us, mm..?
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 8/31/2020 6:56 PM
Emily eats TWO lemons 8/31/2020 6:57 PM
Mhmhm. Well, then. I look forward to working with you, in a way~ This certainly will be quite the spectacle.
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 9/15/2020 4:57 PM
So what would be the most useful thing for a "therapist" to tell the dancing queen?
4:58 PM
Useful being of most use to you and your grand "plans"
Emily eats TWO lemons 9/20/2020 1:05 AM
Oh, must you scathe me so...~? My plans are far more than what you might believe...
1:07 AM
Ah. But the question at hand... I'm not so sure.
1:07 AM
He already seems fully convinced I am no threat to him. But perhaps a push in a certain direction might help...
Mikuratana-no-Kami BOT 9/20/2020 1:09 AM
And which direction would that be?
1:09 AM
I'm here trying to work with yoy
1:09 AM
Emily eats TWO lemons 9/20/2020 1:14 AM
Captain Ressentiment does seem a little hesitant, even now. I do aim to make a very "human" connection with him before I pull him under my thrall... Yet he refuses to branch out. Maybe he needs to hear it from a 'therapist' first. That he should try reaching outside of his normal social groups.
Kayla, male thot enemy of state 9/25/2020 11:07 PM
@Emily eats TWO lemons Yosuke pauses after sending the message on his phone, the back of his neck prickling with cold sweat. He glances cautiously down the aisles of the konbini to see if anyone nearby was eyeing him, but he doesn't make direct eye contact with anyone else. It was likely his imagination, but Watanabe-- "Naru-san"-- did mention this feeling of being watched lately. Maybe it wasn't just the other that was suffering such feelings of malaise? But Yosuke was also fatigued and depressed, so any ill feelings could be stemming from that. He ignores his over active imagination and looks over their choices of miso soups before receiving another message. When he sends his next message, he notices a beep from not too far away eerily timed with when he sent it. He tries to play it off as nothing, trying not to look too panicked as he paces down the aisles towards where he thinks it came from. He sends another message; he hears the phone beep. He rounds the corner and-- "Ah--!" He drops his stuff as he quickly tries to avoid running into whomever was around the corner, stumbling back. "Shit, I'm sorry." He lets out a stressed sigh and reaches to start picking up his things, before look up. "You alright?
Emily eats TWO lemons 9/25/2020 11:35 PM
...Truth be told here. What was about to transpire would be staged. It's all this 'relationship' was ever meant to be. That's all this form existed for. And exactly why Kagutsuchi stood in front of the other now. These last few weeks had been an interesting game to play, for the God... no doubt. These familiar feelings of callous joy were definitely a reminder as to why toying with humans was so entertaining to begin with. But even then, this wasn't all for pleasure. That could have been achieved through dreams alone.... That didn't require Hanamura's unwavering trust. That he aimed for now. "Oh! Um... There's. Really no need to be sorry I should have been looking where I was going." The voice's point of origin looked fairly scrawny, shorter than your average man but perhaps a little taller than an average woman. With short, scruffy dark hair; sideswept bangs barely not covering one of their eyes. ".. I. Shouldn't.. look at my phone when I'm walking-" A pause as the body looked around and then back directly at the one who'd 'bumped into them'. Followed by a feigned look of surprise "...Wait. are you.. Hanamura-kun? I.. know I've been using your first name in chat... but it feels a little more awkward in real life."
Kayla, male thot enemy of state 9/25/2020 11:53 PM
Yosuke looks up to them, deep into their eyes as he was caught red handed. It only occurred to him to look away when he's identified, mouth gaping like a fish's as he tries to find his words. "Um, could we--" He screws his eyes shut as he motions around loosely with one of his hands. He had already been suspecting that maybe-- MAYBE he had been close to Naru-san already, what with the phone beeping in time with his messages... But to actually... run into... them...? His head was hurting. "Could we head outside?" His voice was croaking, mouth sticky with dryness. "I mean-- I'll check out my stuff and you can check out your stuff but like-- I mean, yes, I'm Hanamura-- I mean, I assume you're... Watanabe-san?" He looks down at the other again, really looks at them... then glances away, gaze appearing far away. "P-Probably shouldn't talk in the middle of the aisle, I mean."
Emily eats TWO lemons 9/26/2020 12:10 AM
"... I'm. So sorry... this is so incredibly awkward..." 'Watanabe' furrowed their brow and hid their face in their hands... form shaking as they did so. A weight forming on their chest...seeing that mouth agape. Oh goodness this was too forward...! Or. Well. That's what Yosuke should have expected from the thoughts of such a nervous individual... Right? All that mattered here was how well Selfish desire played the part. Communication via writing did seem to be a completely different beast, though his flair for drama never really would out stay it's welcome... "..w...we should probably move and . I should not have said anything!..." An awkward laugh was given as a hazel gaze peeked from behind furled fingers. Cheeks burning a bright red as tears welled up in the corners of tired eyes. ".. I um..I was just browsing. ... I.. didn't actually . Want to buy anything today .... this is so embarrassing. " (edited)
Kayla, male thot enemy of state 9/27/2020 4:36 PM
The man freezes as he sees Watanabe's expression, at the way the smaller person's face lit up red and their eyes shown with tears. Yosuke immediately panicked, sympathy marring his face and voice as he spoke in a much softer, gentler tone. His hands reach out and his fingers gently sweep over the other's arms to soothe them. "H-Hey, it's ok. I'm sorry, I don't wanna scare you, um-- let me just check my stuff out and we can talk outside, ok?" The next awkward moments were heavy between them. His head throbbed dully as Yosuke thought over everything that was happening-- for one, Watanabe was real. For another, the other couldn't have been older than him, right? Not to mention, seemed like they were getting wrapped up in that other world. Yosuke wasn't sure why it would manifest into their space like how Watanabe described, but he can't push aside the possibility... "Um, here's a good spot." He finds a bench to sit on, the city lights starting to turn on as the sky dimmed above them. Yosuke sets down his bag of goods and waits for Watanabe to join him, smiling up at him awkwardly. He pulls something out of the bag-- a water he had bought after seeing Watanabe panic-- and offers it to the other. "Here, you look like you could use a drink. I insist."
Emily eats TWO lemons 9/28/2020 12:26 AM
Hesitant , were the hands of the other: to accept the bottle offered to him. Eyes glazed with tears- as 'Watanabe' attempted to 'catch his breath.' Of course he'd followed... All a part of the act, as everything else would be. Those with social anxiety would often seek to remove themselves from the judging eyes of others, and.. Well. Hanamura was anything but suspicious... or unkind. "...I'm so ...s-sorry. It's.. so ridiculous. I'm trying to improve controlling how I feel but ...that ... I... I should be over this by now." The shorter individual awkwardly sat. Perhaps as far as the bench would let him go. Accepting the other's kindness but still sort of overwhelmed by anxiety. Observing The gradients of blues and pinks sat above them fade into the night being their only source of 'solice' here and now. "...I... I... Thanks... I... just. I shouldn't have said anything.. "
Kayla, male thot enemy of state 11/8/2020 4:29 PM
"You're fine," Yosuke cut in, offering a smile. Noticing how much distance Watanabe wanted between them, he scooted farther away, giving them space. He didn't expect the other to be so skittish, but... he supposed it made sense with everything he knew about the other. About how they struggled to contact Human Resources, or how mousy they are about certain things. "Sorry to make you feel so embarrassed. I guess meeting a stranger so suddenly is super awkward, huh?" He offers a laugh, rubbing at his neck. He crosses his legs and leans back, trying to be relaxed to help ease the other as well. "Um... but I think this sorta... I mean, it's a good thing, right? Seeing that you're an actual person and stuff. Your name doesn't show up for anyone else for some reason, so... I guess now I can vouch for ya!" He offers a gentler smile. "I swear I'm not a scary guy, at least. Most people consider me pretty harmless looking." @Emily eats TWO lemons
Ryoji Mochizuki BOT 3/11/2021 12:29 PM
It was eerily quiet in Tokyo. Being surrounded by people did nothing to stop the strange quietness on everyone's voices. He thought he heard a high school girl talking about "these awful nightmares," but his ears could have been tricking him. However, Ryoji doubted that. His eyes search the crowd as he walks through, being as polite as possible as he dodged towards the train station. Something felt... thick and sentient about the air. Someone was watching him. Ryoji was so busy looking over his shoulder that he didn't even notice someone coming at him. They bumped shoulders, their hands meeting for just a second, and Ryoji felt something forced into his palm. He gripped the object in his hand tight enough to feel it crumple and give, then spun around to see who it was-- No one. Either that or they got lost in the crowd. Ryoji hissed in annoyance before looking to the crumpled paper in his hand. He had suspected it was some sort of note, and moved away from the crowd into a quiet corner where he could read it, back to the wall. He stared dumbly at what it said. @Emily eats TWO lemons
Emily eats TWO lemons 3/11/2021 1:41 PM
... 'I know you think telling them will keep them safe... It's amusing how deluded a sense of justice can be... And the harm it can cause.' That's what it said. Scrawled in an inky black- across that very crumpled piece of paper. A direct approach... yes. But.. Selfish desire had doubted much else would keep the mutual silence. That same silence founded on very little to begin with... oh- a mistake it had been.. to let a fragile scaffold remain for so long. Let alone.. the idea it would collapse for the sake of others...! Ah! How Death's human nature entertained him so...! Compromise of self preservation for ... what.? .... for what he thought was protecting them? ... Protecting... her? a sly smile crept across 'Naru's face at the thought of it..form now observing Ryoji from above, leaning against the railing on top of a two-story building.. Well...Surely now.. Death would no longer interfere.
1:41 PM
@Kayla, male thot enemy of state
Ryoji Mochizuki BOT 3/11/2021 2:14 PM
Ryoji's heart danced in his chest as he pieced together what the message meant and who it was from. So... Kagutsuchi picked up on his thoughts of telling the others at the risk of exposing himself. This was clearly a threat, and Ryoji wasn't dumb enough to test that theory out. As much as he wanted to tell the others, specifically Teddie and Haru... He realized now that doing so would be their downfall. To hell with him-- he can take anything. He was forced to be an avatar, beaten to a state of weakness, then woke up a homeless human. Anything the fire god wanted to do would be child's play. But... The others. Even if he defeated Kagutsuchi, there was an the risk of him getting to everyone else... Specifically... Haru. It was no secret he liked her and her wonderful soul. If she got hurt because of him. He cursed and ripped the note into the tiniest pieces he could. It did nothing to make him feel better, but at least he could scatter it across several trash cans and no one could decipher its message. Ryoji and "Naru" were going to have to talk. After all, Ryoji was sure he could beat the other. ... Right?
Kayla, male thot enemy of state 3/11/2021 2:14 PM
@Emily eats TWO lemons
Ryoji Mochizuki BOT 3/22/2022 12:52 AM
New Message: What in the world did you do
Emily eats TWO lemons 3/22/2022 12:53 AM
What could you ever possibly mean...? Aren't you already aware~?
Ryoji Mochizuki BOT 3/22/2022 1:03 AM
I suppose I am. Is he alive?
Emily eats TWO lemons 3/22/2022 1:18 AM
He is.
1:18 AM
And I have no intention of changing that...
1:18 AM
..Not that I can expect you to trust me on
1:21 AM
... I will allow you to accompany for this mission of theirs with no consequence... It is.. after all. Simply retrieval. I... Did agree to those... certain terms. Did i not...? That Okumura would be kept safe..?
1:22 AM
I imagine she will wish to follow this pursuit.
Ryoji Mochizuki BOT 3/22/2022 1:24 AM
... Yes. I will also try to keep the others safe. But... I will hold my side of the agreement. I will not out you. I will not raise my hand against you. Of course, this does not stop me from protecting them from you.
Emily eats TWO lemons 3/22/2022 1:25 AM
It does not.
1:25 AM
Hanamura is safe. And that's all that matters in the end.
Ryoji Mochizuki BOT 3/22/2022 1:28 AM
We will act quickly, then. I'm sure that if he's under your radar, he is just as powerful as the Persona users I know.
Emily eats TWO lemons 3/22/2022 1:30 AM
My intentions aren't so obvious as one may think.
Ryoji Mochizuki BOT 3/22/2022 1:30 AM
Of course
Emily eats TWO lemons 3/22/2022 1:40 AM
I'll be watching closely, Death... I'm sure you won't disappoint.
Phea: full-time twink bullier 12/14/2022 10:12 PM
Hello, Watanabe-san! ^-^
10:12 PM
I know we haven't really spoken, so I thought I'd shoot you a message, since you seem to know Hana pretty well.
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:14 PM
I wouldn't know about that. ^^' we've met once or twice. And.. I've seen his myspace.
Phea: full-time twink bullier 12/14/2022 10:15 PM
His MySpace...? In... 2022...?
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:16 PM
It was a whole thing. Go back far enough. And it's there. Everyone who was in the chat at that time saw it.
Phea: full-time twink bullier 12/14/2022 10:17 PM
...Maybe I'll do that when he isn't in the other room...
10:18 PM
But you've only talked a couple times? You seemed a lot closer than that.
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:18 PM
I said met*. Not talked.
10:19 PM
We've talked more.
Phea: full-time twink bullier 12/14/2022 10:19 PM
Oh! That is quite a bit different. Sorry for my mistake there.
10:19 PM
Has he told you about... Anything that's wrong with him? I'm really worried about him, but he hasn't confided much in any of us.
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:21 PM
We used to talk often when he had those nightmares. Ig He seemed to get them.. bad. I mean, I did too. But still.
Phea: full-time twink bullier 12/14/2022 10:23 PM
Did he ever tell you what they were about...?
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:26 PM
No. I described my own as pretty isolating. In feeling. but. As far as i can remember. He seemed in pain, almost.
Phea: full-time twink bullier 12/14/2022 10:30 PM
...Yeah, I... I remember that. It was hard to watch, but he rarely confided in me about it...
10:30 PM
...And you guys didn't talk about anything else? You just met up to discuss your nightmares?
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:31 PM
We got to know eachother through the weird app. Even if i don't exactly understand what it is you all do.
Phea: full-time twink bullier 12/14/2022 10:33 PM
I thought only Persona users got those nightmares, but maybe I'm just misremembering. Or maybe you do have some potential, Watanabe-san. ^-^
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:34 PM
I have doubts lol
10:37 PM
And . It wasn't just you guys. I know that. People at work were. Still are. Out. Bad. With it
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:48 PM
Is that all? Or was there something else? ^^'
Phea: full-time twink bullier 12/14/2022 10:50 PM
Oh, sorry, that was all!
10:50 PM
I thought you might know more about his situation, but if you don't, that's totally okay. Thanks for talking! ^-^
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:51 PM
Sorry i couldn't help much.
Phea: full-time twink bullier 12/14/2022 10:51 PM
It's okay. I'm sure he'll open up to me in his own time... I just have to be patient. :)
Emily eats TWO lemons 12/14/2022 10:52 PM
waffle | himbo collector 2/1/2023 6:10 PM
Emily eats TWO lemons 4/21/2023 5:58 PM
Tokyo's night life- (while no stranger to what humanity partook in) was something he wouldn't have participated in, himself. No, the idea of being amongst man was one rarely entertained. Yet selfish desire was here, nonetheless. It wasn't particularly anything exciting, or intense. It made sense, especially with the individual who had prompted this visit in his mind. Curiosity surpassing most, if not all else. The bar itself held a tranquil atmosphere; dimly lit in warm tones. Red brick walls creating an almost rustic feel. Few patrons here, spread out amongst the tables. Their quiet chatter underlying rhythm and tune- delicately pressed keys on a piano. Something he could certainly admire, if nothing else, for the novelty. False hazel eyes drift between the sights- the stage itself. How the pianist would run their fingers lightly across each note. Pressed with purpose and poise. By no means; was Kagutsuchi here to disrupt the quiet peace held here. At least, not now. Seated at the bar itself, hands locked together- elbows of his shadow puppet pressed into the wooden surface beneath. Eyes closing, as that powerful presence drew ever closer. What would come of all of this...? Well. He'd have to see.
5:58 PM
@waffle | himbo collector i am sorry its short but dhshjs huge longform is a no go rn
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Music was a powerful thing, with no small amount of ways in which it could influence the human mind. It could calm, inspire, or invigorate, and additionally, it could act as an outlet for the most negative of emotions; anger, sadness, fear, stress, and so on. To say that Makoto couldn't imagine a life without music was quite the understatement, considering that nine times out of ten, he'd have headphones or earbuds in, practically blasting whatever genre suited his mood while he went about completing his usual day-to-day tasks. Even in the Metaverse, Makoto had found that music could calm his nerves, help him think critically and anticipate the next move his Shadow opponents would make. Come to think of it, the influence of music on his life even tied back to his early childhood. Often, he'd find himself falling asleep to the melodies from his mother's piano, sitting in her lap as she'd played on. For that reason, the piano in particular always acted as an instrument Makoto could find solace in when he needed it most. Which was why it irked him that he couldn't find that comfort tonight. Usually, the Jazz Jin bar in Kichijoji was one of his more favored spots in Tokyo to unwind, but when he'd walked in on this occasion, everything immediately feltโ€ฆ off. Something unpleasant hung in the air, refusing to take its leave. Like a rotten smell had been trapped inside the bar, except it wasn't even as tangible as that. Seeing how no one else seemed to be as bothered by it as him, Makoto almost dismissed it as stress; but something else in him rallied against the idea.
10:25 PM
Within the darkest depths of his psyche, Thanatos grew restless. Typically, the Persona held a calm, silent temperament, yet carrying an air of menace unlike any other one Makoto had. A constant, unnerving lull before the encroaching storm. It wasn't a common occurrence for said storm to have arrived without warning; and as Makoto approached the bar and took a seat, ordering a drink in his typical monotone, the source of the discomfort only seemed to draw closer and closer. In spite of Thanatos rattling its cage, Makoto didn't let the sensation show in his features as the cogs of his mind turned in search of an explanation for why his Persona had suddenly decided it wanted to break out and tear into something. What could possibly elicit that reaction, here, of all places? It was then that he realizedโ€ฆ just how familiar it felt. Thanatos was similarly restless and violent on the night of the expedition into Phlegethon, where Hi-no-Kagutsuchi had waited to ensnare them all in his web of perpetual torment. He'd never even met the God, and Thanatos already wanted to tear him to pieces. He found that almostโ€ฆ impressive. Now, the question was; why did the man sitting right next to Makoto at the bar seem to elicit that same reaction? Why was this violently unpleasant feeling at its strongest near a plain-looking office worker? โ€ฆWell, the answer was actually simple. Some Gods did have a habit of pretending. Hiding among the common people, in as plain and nondescript a form as possible. Watching. Waiting. Suddenly, Makoto started to wonder if he'd been expected here. His gaze wandered from the bottom of his glass of lemonade over to the person next to him, and somewhat uncharacteristically, he spoke first. "...come here often?"
waffle | himbo collector 4/23/2023 10:26 PM
@Emily eats TWO lemons
Emily eats TWO lemons 4/24/2023 9:18 AM
A single eye opens to meet the gaze of the other- a light chuckle given in amusement. Not expressed in his true tone of voice, yet it still held that venomous ire all the same. He waves over the bartender with a light gesture of his hand. Taking a moment to peruse the selection of beverages before speaking. "I'll have a Daiquiri, if you would be so kind." He allows Makoto's question to hang in the air for longer. observing his own order with mild interest, come to be. A selection of rum, citrus, suagr and strawberries all meticulously put together. Cocktail making, in it's own right; an art form of sorts. "...Mm. we both know the answer to that. don't we?" Kagutsuchi responds offhandedly, reaching for his own drink. allowing the music to mull over them both. Taking another second to appreciate the atmosphere. Little use and pleasure found in what he had asked for. Other than the waste of time it had to have been. He jostles the glass in his hand for a moment, watching the vermillion liquid bounce swirl; before he actually puts his lips to the glass. Taking a small, yet prolonged sip before setting it down again. All for the dramatics, of course. If this was to take a turn of any kind, he'd have fun while he could. "You haven't seen me here before, despite frequenting. No, I just wanted to meet you in person." Wildcards are a fascinating sort. their power, their bonds- and their strange... Aloof nature. That seemed to be common among them. Stubborn sorts. Fighting for what they believe is right. And yet, this one did not come along on the night of the P-1 Climax. Call it foolish, or impulsive... The deity couldn't help but be this curious about this particular adversary. despite what it may entail, should the other desire to make a scene. "It's a shame you didn't attend that event. For whatever reason." (edited)
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The deity's response clued Makoto in well enough; there wasn't any effort to keep up appearances. Not that the Shadow Operative was complaining. It saved him the trouble of calling out Kagutsuchi's disguise, if nothing else. Speaking under false pretenses would only get tiring. On the topic of falsehoods though, Makoto took note of Kagutsuchi ordering a drink, in spite of the fact that it'd do absolutely nothing for him. So, why exactly did he botherโ€ฆ? Was it just for the sake of presentation? He did seem to be the theatrical type, which wasn't particularly uncommon. Deities always did love the sound of their own voices, although from what he heard, this one seemed to especially crave the spotlight as though it were essential to his continued existence. Unfortunately though, his performance would get no standing ovations or visceral reactions of any sort from the deadpan operative. Only a small shrug. "I don't really keep track of who shows up and how often." What Kagutsuchi meant by "that event" hadn't been too hard to discern; without a doubt, it was the P-1 Climax. "...I was on a case overseas, at the time. It was over and done with by the time I got back. Just bad timing, I guess." Makoto answered simply, then lifted his glass to his lips and leaned his head back slightly, drinking until the glass was about half-empty before he put it back down on the counter. Afterward, Makoto turned to face Kagutsuchi in full. "...I was curious about you too. Can't say you're too far off from what I was expecting."
4:52 AM
Most of what Makoto knew about Hi-No-Kagutsuchi, he'd gotten secondhand from Adachi-san or Yu; but just from the few words uttered by the deity, both of their assessments of him started to make complete sense. Not that he'd thought his expectations would be subverted in the first place, but it wasโ€ฆ interesting to see it firsthand, to say the least. Either by pure coincidence or some cruel or benevolent twist of fate, he'd been unable to meet Kagutsuchi a decade agoโ€ฆ but he guessed now it was finally his turn. How exactly would he explain this to the othersโ€ฆ?
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Hands clasp together around his glass' stem. Leaning forward ever so slightly toward the bar, though his eyes drifted toward the other that had turned to face him fully. A golden gleam to that gaze that nobody else seemed to pick up on. Not the patrons nearby, nor the bartender themselves. All for presentation, was any semblance of a facade. Despite the relative honesty in this situation, it was unlike Kagutsuchi to not perform when given the chance. And unlike back during the P-1, Makoto likely had heard second-hand accounts or read files relating to himself. Documentations that had likely labelled him eliminated, and described the events of his scheme in as much detail as those recounting could provide. And from how things seemed to be, everyone who had met him that night seemed to recall quite vividly what had happened that night. Something no doubt, Kagutsuchi commended himself on. Leaving quite the impression on those who had faced many a hardship prior... Well. Of course he had. No other deity was quite like him, after all. "...Oh? 'Not too far off what you were expecting'" his laughter starts. albeit subdued in comparison, every intent of his was palpable. Dripping in malice and cruelty. Pressure that would press in at all sides, and tie a knot in one's chest. "Pray tell, Yuki. What exactly differs from your expectations?" Secondhand recounts had done a well-enough job of painting a picture of selfish desire's performances- the way he carried himself and 'behaved' so to speak. But the fact it had differed even slightly? why not probe for more? "As for you, well. I can't say you're any different from what I'd been made aware of. In a situation such as this, Narukami or Sho would have lept to make a scene. But you? Hm. I can appreciate how you conduct yourself." (edited)
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Of course, Makoto had done his share of playing catch-up on the P-1 Climax situation; read through several files, gotten debriefs from both Fuuka and Mitsuru, then later down the line, firsthand accounts of events from both Yu and Adachi. By their assessments, Hi-no-Kagutsuchi should've been dead and gone, but in the back of his mind, Makoto had always known better than to believe such a thing. Every one of these beings, Nyx, Erebus, Izanami, Kagutsuchiโ€” all of them were born from something. Some aspect of humanity's collective unconscious that always persisted, and so long as it persisted, so would they. Of course it would stand to reason that they could never die, in the conventional sense. He always wondered if any of them knew just how intertwined their respective existences truly were, but now probably wasn't the time to ask that question when Kagutsuchi was currently expecting an answer from him. "Not sure," Makoto mused with a small, indifferent shrug. "Guess I thought my first run-in with you would be lessโ€ฆ subtle. More theatrics." Not that there was a complete absence of that as it was. With the way the deity carried himself, even in a false body, there was definitely a performative quality. It reminded him of some of the moreโ€ฆ dedicated actors he'd encountered, when he attended a couple of Yukari's filming sessions as a part-time stunt double. Always in-character, always putting on a show. Although, currently, he wasn't so certain that there was such a thing as "out-of-character" for Kagutsuchi.
7:45 AM
"I don't have the same history with you as those two. Not yet, anyway." In spite of the almost oppressive amount of sheer malice that seemed to wash over him from simply making eye contact, the operative's grey gaze hadn't averted itself for even a split-second. "No reason to go making a scene." He'd taken another sip from his lemonade. It didn't taste as good as it did about ten minutes ago. Was this all Kagutsuchi had come to him forโ€ฆ? To gauge his reaction, his state of mind, compared to the other wildcards? Makoto wouldn't doubt it, there was a strategic merit to probing into your enemy in that sort of way. Butโ€ฆ maybe there was more to it. He could theorize all he liked, but his only basis before now had been secondhand information. After thisโ€ฆ well, it probably would be at least a little easier to try and figure the deity out. The next subject to probe on seemed pretty obvious, even if there wasn't a guarantee on how open Kagutsuchi would be with his answer. " much do you know about me, exactly?"
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