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鳴上 悠 [Narukami Yu] ([personal profile] pitiedthefool) wrote in [community profile] sunset_horizons2014-02-24 04:30 am

XVII ☆ Sacred Distance

Who: Yu Narukami
Where: The Tower Graveyard
Warnings: Feels punches and protags; they go hand-in-hand.

There was no telling how long he had been there in the wastes, watching silently as time passed. Every second only meant another passed that he could do nothing, and that meant that he would likely be soon used as some power source and die like his friends. In fact, part of him started to wish for it.

Yet didn't that also mean that all hope for his world, the one that they had spent so much energy in an attempt to protect and save it, and all the efforts of the others - would it have been all for nothing? What was he supposed to do if he couldn't even protect those who called him their leader?

Or... any of his most precious friends...

His mind would always wander back, to that hellish place where he himself learned again of what emptiness Adachi had spoken of what seems like an eternity ago. He understood that mindset now, but hated it all the same. There were just some things that months - maybe even years for all he knew - could never change. He would never fall into the same mindset, nor forgive himself for killing due to games in the tower. Though the look on Jason's face was priceless.

Though waking up in the stark contrast of white, finding oneself on a pod bed and wearing the white jumpsuit...


The moment he could move again, he took the jumpsuit that looked like his old school jacket out of the chest next to what was likely his new pod bed, ignored the notes, and headed downstairs. Who knew how much time passed. That didn't matter so much to him. What mattered was how many of the social links he could sense again once he awakened.

A few of them were still there - who knows if they remembered or not, and what all changed - and he needed to know for sure who it was that still were around. The fastest way? Checking to see who weren't. After all, who knew if they changed a few rooms around again?

So he found himself silently stopping by the graveyard. Silently, because part of him may have forgotten how to words, and another of who would he even speak to? Phantoms?

...Heeeee'd rather not.

Instead he stands by his uncle from another universe's tombstone, simply staring at it for a moment. Should have guessed he and the others - except one of the Yukikos, it seems - wouldn't be here. Even Naoto and Yosuke, who had been here for so much longer than him.

...But what was that in front of a blank tombstone between Dojima-san's and Rise's?

He bends down to study it, a little confused for a moment as he looks at the intricate design of what appears to be some sort of seashell. He'd never seen one with colors like this, and for a while he wondered who it was left for. Not who left it, because that one was literally on the tip of his tongue.]

attheclocktower: (watching ♡ then that word grew)

[personal profile] attheclocktower 2014-02-24 11:14 am (UTC)(link)
[Xion had been keeping up with her graveyard duties much more diligently ever since early January. Being killed for shirking her duties - whatever her reasons might have been - had impressed the importance of at least keeping up with them when she had the time. Besides, it let her see her friends. In and as they were.

So she wanders among the tombstones, watering can in hands and ready to brush any leaves or debris off as need be.

Someone else being among the graves isn't that unusual, especially with all the people who've left in recent months. Thus it isn't until she gets close enough that she really looks at the other person on the floor.

And stops dead.]


[Was it really him? After all this time?]
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[personal profile] attheclocktower 2014-02-24 07:13 pm (UTC)(link)

[That's a very good feeling Yu. Because two seconds later, the watering can is hitting the floor and she's flying across the distance separating them, tacking him in a cling-hug.

As with Reno, it's the contact that confirms to her that this really is real. That he's solid, this isn't a dream, and he's really here.]

You're here.

[Stating the obvious, perhaps, but those two words, those two simple words, are so momentous to her, judging by the way they shake.]
attheclocktower: (pic#5483074)

And vice versa

[personal profile] attheclocktower 2014-03-01 09:01 am (UTC)(link)
[She feels the strength of his grip around her, and hugs him back all the tighter. She knows - to a certain extent - that he's like her in a lot of ways. That his strength comes from his friends. In a way she's been lucky - she's never been sent home. Not even for the briefest of visits. She's never been subjected to being totally and completely cut off from everyone she's come to care for - a prospect that terrified her.

And yet he'd lived that for months now. It must have been awful, with awful only beginning to really describe it. Add that to what Dax had said, about what Ruana would want to do to all the people who'd vanished to their homeworlds?

Xion buries her face in his shoulder, letting his jacket catch any tears that fell. Her voice is muffled when she speaks.]

I-I was so worried. [Her hands tighten their grip] I'm so glad you're back.
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[personal profile] attheclocktower 2014-03-01 10:50 am (UTC)(link)
[For a while, Xion says nothing. At last she leans back a little - not enough to break out of his hold, but enough that she can look at him. She laughs, helplessly, tears still leaking out of the corners of her eyes.]

I guess you're glad, too?

[Beyond that, she doesn't push him, or anything. She's content to wait, content to stay where she is, until whenever he feels ready.]
Edited 2014-03-01 10:56 (UTC)
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[personal profile] attheclocktower 2014-03-01 11:32 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah... you sound really hoarse.

[Oh light he's smiling and he's talking to her and he's really here. Noticing the watery eyes, she pulls a hand back and half-reaches up to brush at his face, almost as if to wipe away a tear that isn't there. She seems to realize this at the last moment though and aborts the motion, letting her wrist rest on top of his shoulder instead as she turns slightly pink.

She hastily changes the topic.]

When did you get here?
Edited (My sentence structure was bothering me) 2014-03-01 20:57 (UTC)
bloodyashes: (Default)

[Note, left at gravestone/I'm sorry about the feelings]

[personal profile] bloodyashes 2014-02-25 09:47 pm (UTC)(link)
We took care of Jason.

I don't know if you'd approve of the way we did it. You'd say that dying isn't worth it.

It's thanks to you that I bother trying.

Stay sane out there.

[Under the note is a small group of meadowflowers.]
bloodyashes: (Whoa what the hell -)

[:'D you love me right]

[personal profile] bloodyashes 2014-03-01 09:27 am (UTC)(link)
[Asch isn't expecting a knock; his self-assigned responsibilities, for the time being, were mostly taken care of. Brush hair and go to bed early, if he can manage it; that's what's on his mind right now.

(It's not really going to bed early if you didn't sleep the night before.)

So, he's a bit disordered when he comes to the door, and not particularly worried about it. Chances are, it's Ion or someone bringing him a stack of dishes -

So when he opens the door, all he can do is stand there shocked for a good long moment. People come back, he knows this, intellectually. He's seen a few who came back post on the network.

This isn't like that. It isn't on the network, it's visceral and wrenching and right in front of him and, as is so often the case when Asch is put on the spot, he immediately says something stupid.]

I didn't save you anything to eat. Sorry.
bloodyashes: ([F] I just got up :l)

[yes yu do]

[personal profile] bloodyashes 2014-03-01 09:54 am (UTC)(link)
[Look, cooking is the only reason half the people he knows talk to him sometimes.

Also he's kind of in shock. That's a thing that happened, and is continuing to happen. He just looks at his shoulder numbly.]

When did you...?

[Get back. Narukami's back. He should, probably, be happy about it, but the little wry smile takes a conscious effort to summon up. The faint tone of dry humour is more genuine, more ready, even if it's self-deprecating in a way that says he realizes that he's probably going to get punched again soon.]

No, but Zelda stabbed him in the heart, and that was the last thing he ever saw.

[It's the thought that counts, right?]
bloodyashes: ([F] That's because...)


[personal profile] bloodyashes 2014-03-01 10:31 am (UTC)(link)
[Not long, then. Lately people leaving and arriving has been a rollercoaster. Asch sighs deeply, something in him deflating slowly like a balloon with a pinhole in it.]

There's been so few new arrivals the last few months, I wasn't sure if anyone would turn up at all. There's probably only a hundred people here now.

[So he hadn't really dared to hope; at this point, he's convinced that once someone is gone, they're gone.

But here's Narukami, and Asch can't say he's upset by being proven wrong. He brushes back some of his hair; the hairpins are sitting on his bedside table, so it's all too easy for it to fall in his face.]

You might as well come in. I'll tell you what I can, but you missed a lot and I'm not sure how long I'll be able to stay awake.
miseris_socios: (wh-what?!)

[personal profile] miseris_socios 2014-03-01 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
[Ken visits Yu's grave often. He considers the older boy a big brother, even now, and so he often goes there to talk, and to update him on what's been going on. Even if he can't hear him, it feels good to say things out loud, especially the things he can't tell other people. His fears, his hopes... at least someone's listening.]

[But as he approaches the tombstone, he pauses, crouching on the ground. It's... blank? Then that means... !]