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May. 9th, 2005 @ 12:29 am Mikage, with new topic
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syonakeleste:
(A phone rings, and Mikage, who had been watching everyone quietly, sits up, his brow creasing. He looks around briefly, or, rather, *listens* around, trying to find the source of the sound, getting up and walking back and forth.

Evidently, the ringing grows quieter when he leaves the circle, for he's soon on hands and knees on the floor, prying at the smooth tiles. And one lifts to reveal an antiquated rotary-dial telephone. Mikage takes the receiver.

His expression becomes rapidly chastized and displeased.)

(to phone)"Yes, it...I..."
"Preparations...?"
(he listens intently for a few minutes)
"I see...yes." (he spits the words unhappily into the mouthpiece, and the line goes dead. Mikage replaces the receiver, replaces the loose tile, and stands as gracefully as is possible for one who has clearly just been chewed out by whatever higher power is keeping everyone in this room.)

(to group)"Apparently, we are to discuss...

Backstories: when can and can't you reveal details that would seem to make understanding easier?"
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From:gaudior
Date:May 9th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)

Akito

(Never Forget)
*Laughs.

Long and loud and wildly, in and out of hysteria.

Does not stop.*
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From:doomweasel
Date:May 9th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)

Riku

(Never Forget)
"Understanding" what?

People understanding you? Understanding yourself?

You gotta be a little more specific.
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From:signy1
Date:May 9th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
*Rather concerned*

Ah... Akito? Are you all right?
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From:lignota
Date:May 9th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
*smiles*
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From:syonakeleste
Date:May 9th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)

Mikage

(Never Forget)
::glares at Akito:: Humor is certainly a part of therapy.
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From:signy1
Date:May 10th, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
*He's shooting some sidelong looks at the others, but he soldiers on like a good sport.*

For me personally, there's not much I can say. I did destroy July City, after all. And if I try to explain that I was being controlled by my brother at the time, it just sounds like I'm making up stupid excuses.

*Slightly bitter* Besides, it's a better story if I'm painted as a coldblooded killer, and truth can never trump a good story.
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From:lignota
Date:May 10th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
*glances at Akito and smiles, cheerfully but without any friendliness*

Weak . . .
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From:eredien
Date:May 10th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)

Hatori

(Never Forget)
Hatori tenses, and half-rises from his chair, as if to do something. He stays that way for a good half-minute, staring at Akito, judging the positions and attitudes of these unknown quantities, these others, who don't understand anything. Anything.

"I wish Shigure were here," he says under his breath. Feels around behind him for the chair, finds it, sits down. He puts his head in his hands.

There is a tiny noise: teardrops falling on immaculate patent leather shoes.
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From:gaudior
Date:May 10th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)

Akito

(Never Forget)
*fails to notice Hatori. Does notice Soujirou.

Shuts his mouth with a snap, face contorting. Grabs a box of chalk from the blackboard and throws it toward Soujirou's face.*

(Akito's throw is wild and weak. The box looks like it's going to fall harmlessly to the floor.)
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From:gaudior
Date:May 10th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)

Hisoka

(Never Forget)
*Wraps his arms around his chest, biting his lip in an effort to keep control over his expression. Looks around until he spots Hatori, nods shakily as if to himself. Says nothing.*
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From:lignota
Date:May 10th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
*smiles*

*after a moment, in his usual soft tone, with mild surprise* My, you certainly get worked up, Sohma-san.

*There is no maliciousness in his tone or expression.*
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From:doomweasel
Date:May 10th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)

Riku

(Never Forget)
*watches Akito with disgust and slight amusement*

(Turning his attention back to the conversation) Even when you try to tell somebody your motives - the reason why you do what you do - it doesn't help. They'll still criticize you as if you're some sort of villain. They just don't understand or... or don't want to understand... or something.
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From:signy1
Date:May 10th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
Hisoka...

*The rest of the world has just stopped existing, or at any rate has stopped being of the slightest consequence. He slides out of his chair and kneels in front of Hisoka, so that they're roughly on a level. He reaches toward his partner, stopping a calculated fraction of an inch away from actual contact. The choice to complete the circuit is, as always, Hisoka's.*

Hisoka. Hisoka, come back.

*To the others--* Could you try not to think so loudly? Your emotions are hurting him!
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From:gaudior
Date:May 11th, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)

Hisoka

(Never Forget)
*Leans forward, very slightly, just enough to rest his forehead against Tsuzuki's. Breathes deeply, eyes closed. Slowly stops shaking, his arms releasing their hold. Sits up.*

*To Tsuzuki, softly* Fine. I'm fine.

*Meets Tsuzuki's eyes, starts to speak. Stops.*

*Glances over at Hatori.* He's not.
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From:signy1
Date:May 11th, 2005 10:43 am (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
*He doesn't get up yet, but he relaxes a bit and the rest of the world reappears for him. He turns to look at Hatori. His voice is the gentle, professional one he uses in his line of work.*

Then what's wrong, Hatori? What are you thinking?
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From:gaudior
Date:May 11th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)

Akito

(Never Forget)
*darts out of his seat and toward Soujirou*

Shut UP. Shut up, you brat, what have you got to grin about?

*reaches to grab Soujirou by the lapels of his kimono.*
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From:lignota
Date:May 11th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
Soujirou's eyes are shadowed and his smile perhaps has something not entirely nice about it. He slips out of his chair to avoid Akito's rush, moving faster than one would think possible.
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From:lignota
Date:May 11th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)

Kenshin

(Never Forget)
*Kenshin moves quickly across the room to place himself between Akito and Soujirou.*
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From:signy1
Date:May 11th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
*He's up too, blocking Akito. He hasn't pulled his gun, but he's obviously ready to draw if necessary.*

Easy! Easy! Everyone just calm down before someone gets hurt!
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From:signy1
Date:May 11th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
*He's on his feet, using his body to shield Hisoka. There's a slip of paper in his hand, just in case.*

Everyone sit down!
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From:doomweasel
Date:May 11th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)

Riku

(Never Forget)
*Though he's still sitting, his whole body is tense and alert. His hand is out, as if ready to grab a sword, but there is none to be seen on his person. His eyes dart quickly from one person to the next, judging where the greatest threat is.*
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From:eredien
Date:May 11th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)

Hatori

(Never Forget)
*Hatori stands up. Tears are streaming down his face but he makes no move toward Akito.*

Please, everyone, calm down.
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From:gaudior
Date:May 11th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)

Akito, screaming

(Never Forget)
Get out of my way!
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From:powercorrupts
Date:May 11th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)

Sephiroth

(Never Forget)
*Sephiroth remains sitting, yet has taken a new interest in the several golf-ball-sized multicoloured (no black one, fyi) orb-shaped crystals inset in his long sword. He's not entirely sure if they work in this strange dimension, but not unopposed to the idea of finding out.*
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From:lignota
Date:May 11th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)

Kenshin

(Never Forget)
This one will not permit either of you to harm the other.

Akito. That young man murdered Lord Okubo, and he broke this one's previous sakabatou. He is not someone to be taken lightly.


[Note: This is probably unimportant, but if any of the characters have studied actual-timeline Japanese history, they might know that Meiji-era leader Okubo Toshimichi was assassinated in 1878 by a group of disaffected samurai. Sorry, I've just been studying this . . . -L'I.]
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From:lignota
Date:May 11th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
But haven't you murdered lots of people, Himura-san? Why are you talking about protecting people now?
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From:eredien
Date:May 12th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)

Hatori

(Never Forget)
Hatori looks past Vash, Kenshin, and Tsuzuki to where Akito stands.

"Akito-sama," he says, "are insults like that really worth getting worked up about?"

His tone is tired, and wary. He glances from Akito to Sojirou.
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From:gaudior
Date:May 12th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)

Akito

(Never Forget)
*eyes dart toward Hatori. Eyes dart toward the half-dozen people around him, most of them bigger than him, half of them carrying weapons, and none of them looking remotely inclined to do what he tells them.*

*voice high-pitched and rapid*: I don't care! I'm not putting up with this! I don't have to put up with this!

Hatori... what's wrong with you? Do something!



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From:eredien
Date:May 12th, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)

Hatori

(Never Forget)
Hatori sits back down. "No."

His hands are trembling; his face is as white as his carefully starched shirt.

"The others aren't here, they won't be hurt. The others aren't here, they won't be hurt. The others aren't here, they won't be hurt."
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From:doomweasel
Date:May 12th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)

Riku

(Never Forget)
*Deciding that nobody is intent on attacking him, he relaxes VERY slightly*

Hey Akito, maybe you should sit down and shut up. You're causing more trouble than you can handle.
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From:lignota
Date:May 12th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
*still smiling, looks at Kenshin and Vash appraisingly*
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From:lignota
Date:May 12th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC)

Kenshin

(Never Forget)
*smiling reassuringly* There is no need to be afraid, that is. No one will be harmed here.
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From:gaudior
Date:May 12th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)

Akito

(Never Forget)
*stares open-mouthed at Hatori. Then he hunches in on himself,snarling, gaze jerking rapidly from person to person.*

Shut up. Shut up. Shut UP. SHUT UP!

*aims a blow at the closest unarmed person-- Riku.*

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From:lignota
Date:May 12th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)

Kenshin

(Never Forget)
*Kenshin, although he had been safely out of the way a moment ago, is somehow in the way of the blow. He is knocked over and ends up sitting on the ground with a comically dazed expression.*

Oro?
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From:doomweasel
Date:May 12th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)

Riku

(Never Forget)
*As soon as Akito swings at him, he jumps out of his chair. A short sword shaped like a blue-and-red bat wing materializes in his right hand. When he sees Kenshin take the blow for him, he stops.*

(Exasperated): You really didn't have to do that. Stupid. It's not like I couldn't kick this little toothpick's butt. *gestures at Akito* And YOU - *points at Akito* - seriously, don't start something you can't finish.
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From:signy1
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
*He's still got the slip of paper in his hand, but he's not making any motion to cast it. He crosses to Hatori. His voice is still the gentle, entirely competent one he uses at work. There's absolutely nothing of the despair, the helplessness, or the rage he'd been displaying a few minutes ago.*

Hatori-san? It's going to be all right. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do, and nobody here is going to force you to. I won't let them.

Can you tell me what Akito's asking you to do? I'm not sure why he'd getting so worked up. Can you tell me what's going on here? Let me help.
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From:signy1
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
*He clamps his hand on Riku's sword arm.*

Riku! Sephiroth! Everyone- put away the swords! Shame on you! He's unarmed!
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From:doomweasel
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)

Riku

(Never Forget)
*shrugging off Vash's hand* All right, all right, calm down. I wasn't going to kill him or anything. *The sword dissipates* Jeez.

*to Hatori, more compassionately* Are you all right? Why are you letting such a weak little guy bother you so much?
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From:eredien
Date:May 12th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)

Hatori

(Never Forget)
Hatori looks up at Riku first. "Power is not always physical strength"--he squints to read the name-badge--"Riku-san."

"Tsuzuki-san." A shattered smile. "My honored relative will find some way of making me erase your memories by the end of this." He breathes deeply, thin shoulders shaking with the forced calm.

"Akito-sama is referring to the story of our family, the Sohmas. We cannot tell, cannot even hint, of the second half of our lives to others. We live in silence imposed from within and without, and are always afraid. Paranoid, to put it bluntly. 'What if someone should find out?' We spend our lives, our entire lives, and then later our children--" here he chokes for a moment, but recovers and hurriedly goes on "--spend their lives too with one goal: to make sure that question is never answered."

He looks up. "I'm not good with crowds. I apologize if I've bothered you." Full in Tsuzuki's face he smiles, mechanically. "We don't get out much."
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From:powercorrupts
Date:May 12th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)

Sephiroth

(Never Forget)
*Sephiroth glances up with a smirk at Vash's mention of his name. He doesn't move the sword from it's position next to him, though, given it's size, that's understandable.*

Unarmed does not mean unthreatening. I wouldn't have used it anyway. There isn't enough room in here for that.
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From:signy1
Date:May 12th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
*He smiles back. This is quiet, for Hatori's ears only.*

Well, if you're only going to erase my memories later, there's no reason for either you or your cousin to care who says what to whom, right? No reason for any of us to hide.

You know, Hatori-san, I'm willing to bet that there's not a person in this room who doesn't know something about horrible secrets. A lot of us, I bet, have... things about ourselves that have gotten us hurt in the past. Or that could get us hurt in the future. *He glances at Hisoka, almost reflexively, then back at Hatori.* Like me. I'm a demon. And my village stoned me for it. It hurt.

*He swallows hard.* And you know what? Even after I'd left home, after running and hiding and dying... I was still a demon. I can try to hide it, but it's there. And I know it's there. *Glances at Hisoka again.* And my friends know it's there. And you know what else? They don't care.

So whatever secret you've got, well-- I don't care, either. You can trust me not to care. And maybe, once you're trusting someone, it'll get easier. Secrets... secrets hurt worse than rocks.
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From:thedemonprist
Date:May 13th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)

Muraki

(Never Forget)
*watches the commotion with detached interest*

*frowns as he sees Tsuzuki and Hisoka*

*focuses on Tsuzuki as he's talking to Hatori*
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From:gaudior
Date:May 13th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)

Akito

(Never Forget)
*jerks backward when Riku's sword appears, stumbling. Huddles in on himself, eyes wide, hands in fists held defensively, one clutching his kimono closed. Freezes for a moment, panting, watching the others' attention shift off of him.*

NO.

*speaking quickly* Secrets hurt when they're not kept. It's not just that they'd hate you, Hatori. And they would hate you. They always have. But do you really want to give them that much power over you? Say he *glares at Tsuzuki* doesn't care, say he's like that stupid girl you all love so much and he isn't repulsed-- you'll need him. You'll need to keep him happy with you. You think I don't see? You're vulnerable, now. Because of her. There's nothing to keep her from just deciding to leave. There's nothing to keep him *gestures to Tsuzuki* from leaving. Or using it against you. You know that. People leave. They leave, and you get hurt. That's why we don't talk to people. They're dangerous. And we don't need them. You know we don't need them, Hatori.

So... stop. Stop this. Just... just stop.
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From:gaudior
Date:May 13th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)

Hisoka

(Never Forget)
*stood when everyone else did, but is hanging back, watching the action. His hands in fists at his sides still shake as the emotions in the room rise.

Frowns when Tsuzuki talks about being a demon, carefully watching for everyone else's reactions, ready to act.*
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From:signy1
Date:May 13th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
Akito... why would I want to hurt him? Or you, or anyone else? If nothing else, I'm living in a fragile little glass house of my own; weren't you listening?

I don't hate you, Hatori. Or you either, Akito. I don't think there's any secret you could tell me that would make me hate you. And if it's abandonment that's worrying you, well, we're all stuck here together and the door's not opening. Abandonment's probably the least of our problems right about now.
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From:doomweasel
Date:May 13th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)

Riku, to Akito

(Never Forget)
Tsuzuki's right, you know. Nobody's going anywhere anytime soon, apparently. So why don't you calm down and speak slowly for a bit. Stop trying to attack half the people here.
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From:gaudior
Date:May 14th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)

Akito

(Never Forget)
Don't tell me to calm down! You have no right to tell me that-- what, are you going to stab me if I don't? Hatori, you don't want to talk to them. They're not people to talk to. Have you been listening? They're killers, they're all killers, we don't belong here. They're about the worst people you could possibly choose to betray m-- the family to, do you realize that? Hatori!
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From:eredien
Date:May 14th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)

Hatori

(Never Forget)
"Tsuzuki-san, thank you for your concern, but...if it isn't so bad for you, why are you here?"

He turns to Akito. "WHAT, Akito-sama?" He cringes for a moment, then smooths his voice over and continues on. "There is nothing to keep Honda-san from leaving, that is true. But we were vulnerable before she came. And we will be vulnerable if she decides to leave. Keep the secret, you're vulnerable if someone finds out. Don't keep the secret, you're vulnerable because others know it. So it doesn't matter if we talk, Akito-san. Does it."

He smiles and draws the hair off of the left side of his face, then lets it fall back down. Just for Akito.
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From:signy1
Date:May 14th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
*Tsuzuki flinches a bit at Akito's comment, then again at Hatori's. Just a bit. Then he smiles. It's quite convincing, really, and if you don't know him well, you probably wouldn't realize that he's just been stabbed in the heart.*

Why I'm here? Well-- like I said. I'm just here to help work off my debt to society. Besides-- *The smile fades somewhat.* I never said it was easy, just that it was better. Never mind.

*He turns the smile back on, full wattage, and crosses back to his seat. He sits down on the floor, leaning against the chair Hisoka had been sitting in.*
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