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Aug. 11th, 2005 @ 08:27 pm Violence, continued
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lignota:
*Soujirou, who has been considering, looks up. With his usual cheerfulness:*

Mikage-san, may I have a sword?


[Since things have been at a stop here recently, I asked the moderators if I might attempt to get the plot started again. -L'I.]
From:signy1
Date:August 16th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
*Looks a bit apprehensive*

Er... What do you want a sword for?
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From:lignota
Date:August 16th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)

OOC

(Never Forget)
[Thanks for responding! It turns out that Mikage-sensei (along with the rest of syonakeleste's brain) is, understandably, too busy with Otakon prep to give me a response yet -- so I'm happy to have other interactions in the meantime. In-character response to follow shortly. -L'I.]
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From:lignota
Date:August 16th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
*smiles* Mikage-san asked about how violence solves problems. But everyone has been talking so much without actually showing that they're right. With a sword, it's much simpler.
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From:signy1
Date:August 16th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
*Shockingly enough, this response isn't making Vash any happier.*

Yes, but what do you intend to do with... no. Who do you intend to attack with that sword?
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From:lignota
Date:August 17th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
*smiling, with mild curiosity* Why does it matter to you, Vash-san? If you're strong enough to protect yourself? Are you still thinking about protecting other people?
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From:signy1
Date:August 17th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
*He's not smiling anymore. There's no threat in his voice when he replies, though. This is just fact, as unremarkable as dust.*

Of course I am. Always and forever.
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From:lignota
Date:August 18th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
*mildly puzzled* But I don't understand that. It doesn't make any sense. Besides, Vash-san, if they're weak, aren't they going to be killed later anyway?
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From:signy1
Date:August 19th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
*Sotto voce, and very sarcastic*

...And even if they're not killed, they'll die of old age anyway, so we might as well strangle infants in the cradle and spare them their eventual agonizing death...
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From:signy1
Date:August 19th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
*Gives Tsuzuki a mildly nervous look, then looks back at Soujirou.*

Everyone's weak sometimes. Or in some ways. And strong in others. We protect each other. I'm good with a gun-- other people are good with even more important things.
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From:lignota
Date:August 20th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
I don't think I've ever seen anyone die of old age, Tsuzuki-san. But I've seen lots of people die in other ways.

*to Vash* But what are "important" things? If you aren't strong enough to protect yourself, then it doesn't matter what you're good at, because someone will kill you soon.
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From:signy1
Date:August 20th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
I think... I think that if there had been someone who could protect you-- not with a sword, or a gun or anything like that. Protect you in the important ways. With their heart-- I think that if you'd ever had someone like that... you wouldn't need to ask. And maybe you wouldn't have to be here.

This-- *draws gun*-- can save your body. Or other people's bodies. And that's all well and good as far as it goes, but it's not enough. People need-- I need-- someone who can save my heart. That's not weakness. That's symbiosis. And it works.
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From:lignota
Date:August 21st, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)

Kenshin

(Never Forget)
*smiles approvingly, but is not going to interrupt*
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From:lignota
Date:August 21st, 2005 08:03 am (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
Protect . . . me . . .? *smiling cheerfully* "If you are strong, you survive. If you are weak, you die." Those words are what protected me. That's what's true. Not your talk about protecting people.
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From:signy1
Date:August 23rd, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
And has that philosophy made you happy? Ever? What's worth surviving for if you're all alone?
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From:lignota
Date:August 24th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
Happy? *Smiling cheerfully. He certainly looks happy.*
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From:signy1
Date:August 24th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
*Matching him, genki mask-smile for genki mask-smile*

Yeah. Happy! You know. That thing you are when you don't want to kill people.
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From:syonakeleste
Date:August 24th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)

Mikage

(Never Forget)
::Mikage looks up interestedly from the floor, at which he's been staring for the past few minutes. This is something he understands.::

I believe that can be arranged, Sojirou-san. Provided that your opponents are equally willing to take the sword.

Come this way...

::Mikage stands, and one of the wall's panels slides away to reveal a tall, thin dumbwaiter::
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From:signy1
Date:August 24th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
*Stands up, too.*

Ah, Mikage... I really don't think that's a good idea. I really don't think we need to start settling things with weapons. We're all adults here, we can settle our differences like rational creatures. Okay?
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From:lignota
Date:August 24th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)

Soujirou

(Never Forget)
*with mild curiosity* Is that really meant for people?

*He walks to the dumbwaiter, looks at it for a moment, and enters. The door closes behind him. There is a faint whirring noise as the dumbwaiter moves downward.*
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From:signy1
Date:August 25th, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)

Tsuzuki

(Never Forget)
*Checks out the panel with the dumbwaiter, rapping against the adjoining panels.*

Huh. *Glances back at Hisoka, then turns his attention back to the walls. To no one in particular, matter-of-factly.*

You do realize that if they come back with swords, this place is going to become a war zone in a matter of minutes.
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From:lignota
Date:August 26th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)

OOC

(Never Forget)
I think I am going to make the next plot-related post soon, primarily because I don't think anyone but us knows that this thread is going on. Since a short time in-game will elapse before Soujirou's return, I don't object to this thread being continued after the next one is posted. Next post will follow tonight or tomorrow.
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From:lignota
Date:August 26th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)

Kenshin

(Never Forget)
*narrowing his eyes, determined* That will not be allowed to happen. If Soujirou's fight is with this one, no one else will be harmed.

*looks around at the crowded room and smiles self-deprecatingly* Though this isn't really the best place for a combat, that is . . .
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From:signy1
Date:August 26th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
No, it really isn't. There's no real room to maneuver, no place to take cover, and far too many innocent bystanders. We're probably in trouble.

*Cheerfully* At least I'm not tied up this time. I hate having to fight when I'm tied up.
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From:lignota
Date:August 27th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)

Kenshin

(Never Forget)
*nods seriously, taking this at face value*
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From:eredien
Date:August 31st, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)

Hatori, to Vash

(Never Forget)
"...That's not weakness. That's symbiosis. And it works."

Hatori perks up, somehow, at what he's caught of the conversation, or at least looks less peaky and exhausted.

"How, though?" he says softly. "How does it work? I've tried...to make it work. We've all tried...but it can't be forced and it won't come on its own. Do we just wait? We've tried that." He laughs, a little bitterly. Millenia.
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From:signy1
Date:August 31st, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)

Vash

(Never Forget)
I don't know how it works. I wish I did. And I don't know how to make it come, either. The people I've... *Swallows, starts again.* The friends I've made in my life... they were gifts. Unearned and unsought and probably undeserved, but there they were. I needed them. I think they needed me-- and not just for what I can do with a gun, either. We found each other at the right time, that's all.
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