Your name is Keiichi Hirayama, a modern Japanese high school student. You are seventeen years old, have a license to carry firearms and live in a world where magic has integrated itself within modern society. In this world, magus academies exist—educational institutions specifically for children with the gift of magic. You and your sister Airi are both students of one such academy and the two of you have caused no small amount of chaos over last year. So much so, that you both have somehow interrupted Japan’s premier magus academy battle tournament thrice in a row!The Ministry of Education has decided enough is enough. They have forced you and your sister to complete ten tasks that will in some way assist the organization of the tournament this year. Will you and Airi be able to complete all tasks before the time of limit of three months is up? Or will you both be blacklisted from every educational institution in the entire country? The fate of your future career is in your hands, so don’t screw it up!Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Academy%20Tournament%20Organization%20QuestAsk fm: http://ask.fm/TwilightThorn441Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwilightThornCharacter Details: http://pastebin.com/djPMMHPh
>Current task: Resolve the gang violence in Shibuya.>>Continue to be Airi Hirayama.It’s seven at night when the phone rings. Dinner had finished and you were sitting on the couch, watching the news. Your brother, on the other hand, was attacking dirty dishes in the kitchen with the same ferocity he uses to fire his guns. There’s a rule in the Hirayama household: those who do not cook must wash up afterwards. It was something your brother only started adhering halfway through his fourteenth year, when Akasha-Alea had entered his life and pounded a sense of discipline into him.You hear the shrill chime and immediately stand up.“I’ll get it, onii-chan!” You call out. As you do so, the news program cuts to commercial. A jingle for perfume starts up. The timing is perfect, almost as if the phone was waiting for the break. Before you can make another step, your brother beats you to the punch.“I’m right here, Airi, stay put.” You see your brother wrench his hands out of the sink and quickly wipe them with a nearby dishcloth. He then grabs the vibrating phone from its charger and puts it to his ears. “Hello? Hirayama residence speaking. This is Keiichi.”He goes quiet as the person on the other end makes a greeting. His expression at first is one of neutrality and careful listening. It then morphs downwards as the words float into his ear and register with his brain. You watch as the amusement vanishes from his face and becomes replaced with a sort of mild, disappointed resignation. It’s quite like watching an animation reel, slowed down. You’ve seen similar expressions on him back home, usually whenever someone tried to present an argument about why the government should try to ban guns.“Oh,” He says, his voice noticeably reduced in energy and humor, “It’s you.”You’re several feet away from him. The voice from the other end is a compressed, tinny squeak to your ears. Nevertheless, you can imagine a woman’s laugh, tickled, pleased and rich. Your brother’s mouth twists awkwardly, as if resisting the muscle memory to scowl.“Can we make this quick? I’ve got things to do.”It really doesn’t take a master detective to figure out who your brother is talking to. Honestly, onii-chan, you think to yourself, she’s not that bad. You don’t have to sound so resigned, like you’re about to swallow a bag of sour sweets or something. Just admit that you’re okay with talking to her. “What am I doing right now? I’m washing the dishes. Say, have you ever done that before?” Your brother says, pulling up a seat at the kitchen table. He then scrunches up his mouth in confusion, “Tuna casserole? No, we don’t eat that for dinner. No, not everybody is as rich as you. Hey, what did you call us for again?”
Another pause. This time, your brother sits up, his back now straight. He’s alert. “...about the gang in Shinjuku? Your reasons? Hold on, give a second, okay?”He lifts the phone from his ear. “How’s Florence?” you ask, entering the kitchen.“Same as usual.” He says, exhaling deeply. He looks at you, “She wants to talk to both of us, by the way.”You nod. “I heard. Maybe it’s to do with what happened earlier today?”“Probably up to something devious as usual. It’s hard to get a read on that girl…” Your brother says, rolling his eyes, “Anyway, putting on the speaker phone.”Your brother presses a button the phone’s body. He then places it down on the kitchen table, facing up. The two of you crowd around it. “Hello?” You say, a little uncertain. You’ve rarely ever used the speaker phone, even back in the countryside. “This is Florence Rutherford, though I believe you already know.” A soft, feminine and familiar voice responds, the words like folds of delicate velvet in a ballroom dress, “A good night to you, Airi Hirayama.”“Hi Florence!” You greet, breaking out in a smile. “It’s great to hear from you.”“The same for you, Airi.”“Say, what did onii-chan say to you? He didn’t say anything too rude, I hope…”“Oh no, you needn’t worry. Believe me, your brother was as charming as ever. We only engaged in some standard conversation about dinner.” Florence says, producing a small giggle. You can imagine her delicate fingers brushing against the bottom of her chin. In her background, all is quiet. If you remember correctly, Florence resides in one of the very upper-class student dorms in Shinjuku. She must be there now. Back in your apartment, your brother shoots you a perturbed, slightly betrayed look. “That’s great.” You say, “Listen, if he does say something too nasty, tell me okay? I’ll be sure to give him a good smack on the head.”A light chuckle. “I’ll keep that in mind. Though, contrary to his beliefs, tuna casserole is delicious.”“Did he knock something without trying it? Oh, he always does that…”“I will have to keep that quality of his in mind, then.” “Could you two girls stop talking as if I’m not here?” Your brother grouses, rolling his eyes. He stares at the screen of the phone, his eyebrow raised. “Hey Florence, get to the point. Tell us why you’re calling.”“Must I?” Florence replies, somehow managing to convey a pout through sound alone, “I was having a lovely conversation with your sister and I wish to continue it. Do you feel left out? You are welcome to join if you want.”“It’s more like you girls go on and on and never ever stop.” He grunts, his hands in his pockets of his tracksuit pants. “If you two are going to start talking about shopping, I’m turning this phone off.”>“That was rude, onii-chan!”>“I guess we can get too carried away…”>“I don’t think Florence is like that.”>“The same can be said for you!”>“Shall I tell Michiko that?”>“If you don’t want to come next time, say something!”>Custom option.
>>771673>>“That was rude, onii-chan!”>“The same can be said for you!”>“Shall I tell Michiko that?”
>>771673>“That was rude, onii-chan!”>“The same can be said for you!”>“Shall I tell Michiko that?”
>>771673>“That was rude, onii-chan!”
It's good to be back. Writing now...
>>771785Good to have you back.
“Onii-chan!” You scold, glaring at him. “That was rude!”“And accurate.” He replies, scowling, “There’s a limit to which a man can listen to girls talk about clothes before it starts to drive him completely insane.”“Well, the same can be said for you!” You glower at him. He gives you that same, half-bored stare. “I think your guns are boring, too!”“It’s not my fault you can never remember the names.” Your brother says. “Besides, guns are useful, unlike clothes shopping.”“Look at that shirt you’re wearing.” You exclaim, tugging on the nylon fabric. It’s pitch black with a simple white logo. “You like it, don’t you? We bought it on that same shopping trip last year. So don’t stand there and tell me that clothes shopping isn’t useful.”“Yeah, it’s kinda cool.” He admits, shrugging his shoulders, “But the benefits of it are outweighed by that shopping trip being one of the most mind-numbing experiences I’ve ever had.”His remarks set a flame under your blood. You can feel your cheeks steaming up. Michiko can be right sometimes; he’s such a blockhead. His method of shopping is like one of his bullets: in and out without any time to pause. In other words, he’s seriously missing the point!“Shall I tell Michiko that?” You say, your eyes narrowed. She was the one who picked out the design. He thinks about that for a moment. “Do it after we finish this conversation with Florence.” He says. “I still have dishes to do and I have spirit training with my mentor. If I don’t show up on time she’s going to do all sorts of horrible things to me.” “I’ll have words for you later, onii-chan.” You mutter.“You’re the one who dragged us into this.” He retorts. “So, Florence…”“Oh, don’t mind me.” Florence says, “Do continue with your little spat. I’ll just be here, attempting to stifle my laughter.”He sighs, “Can you get on with it?” The line goes quiet as Florence thinks, “I believe there is a certain word that is missing from the end of your sentence.”“You must be remembering things wrong.” Your brother growls.“We’re sorry we took so long.” You apologize. It may be the time to steady yourself and calm down. You can fling your irritation and your brother later. “Please, continue Florence.” “I suppose I can appreciate siblings who like to keep things straightforward.” Florence says, faking a sigh. You can hear the confident smirk behind the voice, “Very well then. I will explain my meeting with the leader of the Brave Ravens, Doppo. I left unscathed, but the outcome was less than satisfactory.”
“That’s good to hear.” You begin, then quickly correct yourself. “You being unharmed, I mean.”You brother breathes in and out, but otherwise remains silent. You can probably guess what he’s thinking. Something like ‘Geez sis, you were worried about Florence? You know she can take care of herself!’ If that’s what’s running through his mind, then it’s rich coming from a boy who dropped everything to help Florence last year…twice!Florence takes your collective silence as a sign to continue. “I may as well ask you two now. Have you heard a girl named Megumi Ito? Round-faced, warm-cheeked, a brunette with a ponytail hairstyle and a timid disposition?”“I’m sorry, I haven’t.” You reply, “Is she someone you are looking for?”“Doesn’t ring a bell.” Your brother grunts. “Dunno why you’re asking us, of all people, Rutherford. You probably already know more than we do.”“It doesn’t hurt to check, since you two tend to get caught up in all sorts of unique situations. The result was one I expected.” Florence says, sounding a little disappointed, “To elaborate, Megumi Ito is the younger sister of Doppo Ito. She is a student of Stonewolf High, one year younger than I, and a member of the academy’s orchestra, like me. We both play the violin. Recently, she has been acting strangely and I was asked to investigate.”“Would this be the responsibility of her parents?” You ask.“They are away from home They do monitor her progress, which is how they found out about her strange behavior.”“Oh…” Yes, that would make sense. Being one of the most privileged academies in the countries, Stonewolf High is renowned as a hotspot for the sons and daughters of Japan’s white collar upper-class. Children like that tend to not have as much contact with their parents. It’s unfortunate, but different strokes for different types of people, you guess. “I didn’t know you started running a detective agency.” Your brother says, raising an eyebrow.“It sounded challenging, and thus interesting.”“Knew it.” He grumbles.A pause. “Furthermore, Megumi and I are no strangers; we have played duets together before. Her skills are genuine. As her upperclassman, I have responsibility to, at the very least, ensure her well-being.”When Florence speaks those words, your brother has his mouth half-open, snarky words balanced on the edge of his tongue. Then he halts and closes it, a frown now in its place. You sense it too. For that hint of concern, even as well concealed as it is, to reside in the words of the oft-confident and smirking Florence Rutherford, she must be worried indeed. If you saw the girl right now, would she be forcing her smile? Or would there be a flat line instead? The answer to that question is the former. Florence isn’t the type of girl to show her weakness, not in the world she comes from.“How has she been acting strangely, Florence?” You ask, trying to sound sympathetic.
“In multiple ways,” she responds, then launches into an explanation for several minutes. It’s full of detailed observations of this Megumi’s girl behavior. Context is provided for most of them. What the stories basically boil down to is a combination of classic high school behavior and anti-socialness: missing classes, arriving late to orchestra practice, avoiding questions, leaving school without speaking much, being jumpy and moody. Once, Megumi didn’t return home for an entire day, though it was a weekend. Your brother gets his own glass of water halfway through.“She’s hiding something.” Your brother observes. “Either that or she’s trying to act like a rich kid’s impression of a delinquent.”“That is the conclusion I reached, as well.” Florence says.“Not that it wasn’t particularly hard for you…” Your brother begins, “So you approached this Doppo guy to find out the source behind Megumi’s behavior.”“Correct. I must confess, I found the sentry outside their hideout much more pleasant to converse with. I know delinquents are not the most well-behaved individuals in the world, but Doppo was particularly uncouth.” Florence laments. “For a leader, he simply could not sit still. Every third word he used was a form of profanity. I would explain his sense of fashion, but would not want to give either of you nightmares.” “You’re so generous.” Your brother remarks, his voice dripping with sarcasm.“I do try.” Florence must be smiling on her end, “I will say that I was not harmed in anyway when led to his ‘throne’. He was also surprisingly co-operative upon hearing news of his sister.”“What did you find out?” “Nothing much. Apparently leading a delinquent gang is more important than keeping track of one’s own family.” Florence says. There’s a hint of venom in her voice, bitter like poison, “Though, the man became noticeably more alert when I brought the topic up. Stressed, perhaps even panicked, though he did his best to hide it. His words at the end of my discussion seemed to imply he would keep a closer eye on Megumi, though I’m not expecting any great results. I left him with a way to contact me and departed. It seems I will have to find the source of Megumi’s ills in my own way.”“That’s nice and all, but what’s it got to do with us?” Your brother asks. Oh, you recognize that stance. He’s fully alert now. His eyes are focused dots, like those of a hawk’s. His mentor has taught him well.“For a very simple reason, Keiichi. I believe this information pertains to your current situation. The three of us may be able to co-operate together.”“What situation?” He grouses, staring at the phone’s monitor. “Weren’t you listening to Airi? We asked about the gangs because we want our friends to stay away from them.”
“Come now,” Florence says, her tone still friendly and warm, “You and I both know there are ulterior motives behind your questions.”Your brother shifts in his spot. “Tell us, then.” He retorts, his voice hard.“Your friends are some of True Hearts’ best. There is little chance of them being harassed by mere delinquents. You two are not the most sociable of students in your own academy, thus there would be little need for you to watch out for the less capable ones.” The smugness in Florence’s words is palpable. You can almost see her refined and self-satisfied grin in the air in front of you, as if she had just checkmated her opponent. “No, I believe your intentions with the gangs are somewhat more suspect. Something about quieting the violence between the gangs on behalf of the Japanese government, perhaps?”“How do you know that?” Your brother asks, his growl betraying his surprise. He spares a glance at you, his gaze full of questioning. You don’t have an answer to that.“Simple. I called Makoto Kushikawa and asked him to explain it to me.” Florence answers. Short, sweet and straight to the point. It’s like summarizing the daily weather.“That dumbass…” Your brother snarls, clenching a fist.“I thought that was supposed to be a secret!” You exclaim.“I did explain to him I would find out anyway, using my connections. He was rather forthcoming in his explanations.” Florence explains, “He said that he would be delighted if someone else would help the two of you. It would lighten the burden on your backs, so he said.”“That’s…nice of him?” You mumble. Your brother, in contrast to you, slams his palm onto his face and scrunches up his nose, his usual scowl now apparent more than ever. “How the hell did you think of asking him?”“He is the student council president. If anyone is aware of the antics of the infamous SwordxGun siblings, it’s him.”Your brother has his finger raised, about to make a point. He hears, falters and lowers it. Then he grits his teeth and groans. “Great, this is just what we need. Rutherford shenanigans in our already bullshit shenanigans…”“Don’t worry, I won’t interfere with your work after this.” Florence’s chuckles, an elegant and high series of notes. “Rather, I’ll be eagerly awaiting the tales that will sprout from your results.”“I don’t know what else I expected.” Your brother mutters, “So, you understand the situation, then? Why are you offering to cooperate with us?”“Because the two of you are my dear acquaintances, of course.”“Okay, and what’s the actual reason?” Your brother says.A dramatic sigh comes out from the speakers. “How cruel, Keiichi Hirayama. You have made me pout. I may even shed a tear. Are you implying I cannot do things out of the goodness of my heart?”“You just said you find us interesting to observe, so no.” Your brother bites back.
>>771949Oh. So this is how you broke up your essay.
“You must be very entertaining at parties. Consider it like thus, then. Doppo is clearly under a great deal of stress and he is obviously channeling it into his gang violence. Finding Megumi will obviously calm him down. By working together, I ensure that my underclassman is unharmed and you make progress in your endeavor.”“That makes sense.” You comment.“The two gangs clearly have beef with each other and finding one leader’s little sister isn’t going to resolve everything.” Your brother points out, “You gonna just jump ship once we find Megumi?”“Oh no, quite the opposite. If you agree, I intend to see this endeavor through.”“Why?”“Imagine this. The delinquents of Shinjuku have been harassing the innocent students of Stonewolf High for years. Their plight reaches the ears of one of the academy’s stop students, who takes the initiative to dissolve the gang and stop the harassment. The news then spreads to the rest of the students.” A pause, as Florence presumably smiles and maybe intertwines and flexes her fingers. “Can you imagine the wonders this would do to the reputation of this mysterious top student?” That is…impressive. And disgusting, if your brother’s shocked look is anything to go by. Florence giggles. “Like I said, it’s only a hypothetical scenario. I suppose delinquents would make good target practice for a new form of my magic art, too. Now, Hirayama siblings, will you accept my offer or not?”The room falls into silence. The tap above the kitchen sink drips and you are barely aware of it. This question requires some thought. While you’ve run into her a couple of times in the past, you haven’t really interacted much with Florence. That’s always been left up to your brother. It’s not exactly the most peaceful of relationships. From a surface view, the two of them get along like water and oil. Every time they meet, words like daggers fly back and forth, usually starting from Florence’s end. Yet, it’s never anything serious. Your brother hasn’t ripped Florence’s psyche a new one and she hasn’t crushed him beneath the might of her influence either. It’s as if they are deliberately restraining themselves. That aside, Florence isn’t unfriendly. Clever, intelligent, devious and with a penchant for acting like she is the center of the world, but not hostile. You like to think the two of you had a good conversation earlier today. In terms of her strength, you’ve seen videos of her fighting online. Her title as one of Stonewolf’s top students is not undeserved.It may be prudent to have her allied with you. Then again, she is notorious for manipulating others…>“We’d be glad to have you on board.”>“Sorry, I think we should act separately.”>“Please do not try to bend us to your will.”>“Try not to argue too much…”>Custom option.
>>772016>“We’d be glad to have you on board.”>“Please do not try to bend us to your will.”>“Try not to argue too much…”Ten bucks Megumi is dating the other gang leader
>>772016>“We’d be glad to have you on board.”>“Please do not try to bend us to your will.”>“Try not to argue too much…”
>>772016>“We’d be glad to have you on board.”>"Please try to get along with my brother."
>>772007On retrospect that may not have been a good idea.Writing now...
You weren't kidding when you said the opening post was long
>>771958>If that’s what’s running through his mind, then it’s rich coming from a boy who dropped everything to help Florence last year…twice!Sasuga onii-chan
The task you have been assigned to do is far from easy. Ending the violence between two gangs, both of which are rumored to have over fifty members? That’s not something you can do alone. You need all the help you can get. You know this. Your brother understands it, even if he does put on a show and dance of being reluctant and exasperation.“Ugh, seems like we don’t have a choice.” He sighs. “You better not try any stupid business, got it?”“We’d be glad to have you on board.” You say to the phone. “Please try to get along my brother. Don’t argue too much.”“Then it is agreed.” Florence smiles, “I look forward to our mutual co-operation. I’ll send you the photo of Megumi now.”“What?” Your brother asks. Any other question is silenced by the simultaneous beeping of your mobiles. You take yours out—a slightly-scratched Orange model from last generation—and inspect it. There’s a message from an unknown person, no prize to whomever figures out the answer. A photo is attached to it. You open it to see a photo of the Megumi girl in a school uniform. Given how formal the girl’s posture is and the plain nature of the background behind her, this must be a school-taken photo. “How the hell did you these numbers?” Your brother asks, gripping his phone in a claw-like hand.“It’s amazing what one can find on the Internet these days.” Comes Florence’s swift reply.“Oh, for the love of—”And that is how the Hirayama siblings and Florence Rutherford formed their alliance. Florence leaves you after that, giving her phone number and reminding you to update her if any new developments occur. Your brother goes back to wash the dishes in a disgruntled fashion, then spends the rest of the night being lectured by a short girl in a funeral dress. You go back to watching the television and do some homework. It’s rather comfortable.Before bed, you bring up the argument about clothes shopping. He snarls at you. You point fingers at his clothes. He tries to shut his bedroom door before you can come in and find examples in his wardrobe. Predictably, it all goes nowhere.
>>Be Airi Hirayama the next morning.You are Airi Hirayama, a fact that hasn’t changed, and you are eating breakfast with your brother. Tea, rice, eggs and last night’s leftover chicken. You cooked some tofu and spinach for some good measure. Practically all the foods you eat are rich in iron. If they aren’t, Shesmur gets irritable.It’s another sunny day. You hear the chirps of birds and the rumbles of traffic from the open kitchen window. “Hey sis…” Your brother begins, swallowing a bite of boiled egg immersed with soy sauce. “What is it, onii-chan?”“What do you want to do now?”“Are you talking about the task we’ve been assigned to do?” You ask.“What else would I be talking about?” He sounds a little annoyed.“You could be talking about what to do on the weekend. Or life in general.”“Good point.” He nods, “But yeah, I want to talk about what we should do.”“Have you thought of anything?”“Yeah, but I want to know your opinions as well.”You think. To recap, your task is to quell the violence between two delinquent biker gangs, the Red Skull Rockers of Shibuya and the Brave Ravens of Shinjuku. According to Takiji, the second-in-command of the Red Skulls, the Brave Ravens have been harassing the Red Skulls—infringing on their ‘property’, making graffiti, beating up their guys—for quite some time. However, Abe, a lieutenant in the Brave Ravens, said that the Red Skulls were doing the same things to them. They even purposefully attacked some Brave Ravens in Shibuya. There’s an obvious contradiction here! Which side is lying? Is it all a huge coincidence? Did the two gangs somehow manage to offend each other at the same time, knocking down the proverbial first domino and setting off this huge, tangled chain of events? Or is this is the work of a higher, malicious third party?It’s muddling your brain. Perhaps you need to investigate the situation a bit more? Florence has given her assistance, after all.“Oh, by the way, Kushikawa called and said the police can’t help us. He hung up before I got a definite answer, the bastard.”“That sounds strange…”“You’ve only realized that just now?” Your brother grumbles. “Maybe it’s got something to do with how the gangs aren’t technically breaking any laws, or they don’t have enough evidence to nail them.”“That sounds pretty reasonable.”“The fact that I’m attempting to find logic in this is scary, sis. Anyway, what’s your answer?”>“Let’s sneak into the Red Skulls’ hideout.”>“Let’s sneak into the Brave Ravens’ hideout.”>“Maybe we should wait and see how this situation plays out.”>“We should try and find this Megumi girl.”>“We should investigate Takiji.”>“We should investigate this Abe guy.”>“Maybe we need to try and look at other sources…”>“Let’s just wipe them all out…”>Custom option.
>>772333>“We should try and find this Megumi girl.”>“We should investigate Takiji.”>“We should investigate this Abe guy.”
>>772333>“We should try and find this Megumi girl.”
>>772333Can we go back to being K1?>“We should try and find this Megumi girl.”>“We should investigate Takiji.”>“Let’s sneak into the Red Skulls’ hideout.”
>>772333>>“We should try and find this Megumi girl.”>>“We should investigate Takiji.”>>“We should investigate this Abe guy.”
“Mmm…we should try and find this Megumi girl.” You state, “We did promise Florence that we would.”“Sure.” Your brother says, “I think we should take a look at those Takiji and Abe guys. They look kinda suspicious to me.”“Won’t that be dangerous, though?”“Eh, if we stay out of their sight, it should be fine.”“Let’s be careful then.”“Yeah.”“Maybe this Megumi girl knows something?”“Eh, given that she’s from a private school like us, I doubt it.”It’s another ordinary morning the Hirayama household. In the city, that is. Back home, your parents are having a debate over the types of rice that go into the cooker.[Choose your perspective]>Keiichi Hirayama.>Airi Hirayama.
>>Be Keiichi Hirayama.You decide to stop being the girl and be a boy again. You are now Keiichi Hirayama. Your job, at present, is to find this missing Megumi girl. To that end, you call up one of your friends and beg them for help. The conversation goes something like this: “Hey Michiko, can you do us a favour?”“There’s already an alarm going off in my head but sure, what is it, Keiichi?”“Hold on, I’m sending you a photo. And…there. Did you get it?”“This is a picture of a girl? Her hair looks nice and those shoes…aren’t they the ones only found in Parco? Wow, I think those are the super-expensive type too. She’s a Stonewolf High student too.”“I guess you haven’t seen her before.”“Nope, never before in my life. What, is she a friend of yours?”“Her name is Megumi and we sort of need to track her down. It’s important to the stuff we’ve been told to do by the government.”“Wait, this girl is related to that? Aren’t you guys trying to end the gang violence in the city?”“It’s complicated. If you want to know how I got this photo, it was a present from Rutherford.”“Florence Rutherford, the queen of Stonewolf? Um, okay…?”“Try not to think too much about it. Your brain will hurt less. Can you spread the word around your friends and help us find this girl?”“Wait, are you trying to use me as your personal spy network?”“Well, you do have a lot of acquaintances. You practically know every fashion shop worker in the city.”“That’s a huge overstatement! You’re not falling for the rumors they say about me, are you?”“You have more contacts than me or Airi. Look Michiko, if you do this I’ll treat you to that sushi in that place you like. You can order whatever you like and I won’t give you crap about it. I’ll even explain this whole situation to you.”“…geez, Keiichi, you sure know how to push a girl’s buttons.”“Is that a yes?”“I’m already in the process of doing it. You don’t have to go that far, either. Just buy me some tea and tell me about it.”“…no, I think I want to eat sushi now.”“…huh?”“Let’s go and eat sushi anyway, Michiko.”“Hang on, I said you didn’t need to.”“No, this is entirely my decision. You like sushi and I think it’s good too, so let’s eat some together! What date is the best for you?”“This is sudden of you...”“Who cares? Sushi is fucking awesome. Now choose a date already.”“Um, weekend lunches and nights…I guess…”“Great. I’ll invite my sister along too.”“I’m not opposed to this or anything, but if you wanted to eat sushi why didn’t you say so at the start?”“Because I thought up the idea ten seconds ago. How does in two days’ time sound?”“Sounds good?”“Cool. See you soon.”“I feel like I’ve missed some sort of point here...like you’re somehow forcing me to do something.”“Michiko, it’s not forcing if you like it!”“Hey, what the heck is that supposed to mean?” she splutters.
>>772679K1 is a master of confusion fu
>>772679>“Michiko, it’s not forcing if you like it!”That's the reasoning behind 90% of hentai sex scenes.
And that was the end of that. On the arranged date, you and your sister would eat at a nice little sushi place in the 109 department store. Michiko would bring up the shirt issue. You would vehemently deny it by stuffing your mouth with salmon and seaweed.It’s Tuesday today. Then, it’s Friday. Three days have passed without much happening. You and Airi go to school, hang out with your mates and try to look into the Megumi issue. Your efforts are fruitless for the most part. Shibuya is a maze of buildings and chrome and finding any person there is like trying to pinpoint a single speck of gunpowder in the world’s largest armory. “I could do that.” Akasha-Alea whispered in your head, “It would only require 24-hours.” You told her to shut up, because you were researching the gang violence online. You scoured the web on your banged-up laptop, your eyes skimming the surface of the screen. You did this every night, in between maths homework, training in Akasha’s domain and exercising. >Juvenile gangs in Shinjuku growing more violent…>Graffiti found on the doors of local convenience store…>Reports of joyriding from angry apartment residents in Shibuya…>Man robbed and beaten outside train station…>House vandalized by unknown assailants, owner claims local gang Red Skull Rockers is to blame…All you found were a bunch of headlines from months back, warbling about how the gangs were violent thugs and that the police should do something about them. You agreed with the overall sentiment, but the articles didn’t really explain why the gangs had ended up the way they did. Maybe it’s because the gang members came from troubled family, you had thought. You then imagined yourself dressing up as a counsellor and breaking up the gangs through the power of comforting words and firm handshakes. It was a stupid idea; you closed your laptop and did some push-ups to forget about it.On Thursday, Florence called with news. “Megumi did not go to school today. Her excuse was that she is sick.”“Is she actually sick?” You asked.“I called her residence. An answerphone responded, saying that she was sick. It was in her own voice.” "That sounds shady as hell. What, did the teachers over at your end not take notice? Do they allow kids to call sick without their parents' permission at Stonewolf?""Apparently the teachers received word from Megumi's parents. There's not much I can do, if that's the case."“Then, did you get Megumi's house?”“I did. There was no answer when I rang the doorbell.”“So she’s skipping school for some reason.”“That is my assumption, yes. Perhaps I should pay someone to monitor her house for 24 hours…”“Don’t do that, that sounds creepy as hell.”
>>772942>“I could do that.”Cheeky cunt. Best girl has made herself clear.
>>773002>it’s rich coming from a boy who dropped everything to help Florence last year…twice!It seems Keiichi has already made up his mind over who is best grill
>>772942>Perhaps I should pay someone to monitor her house for 24 hours…Annoying paparazzi boy would do it for free if you told him there was some good dirt to be dug up.
On Wednesday, you went to Hideki for help. He agreed (“No problem, leave it to me, buddy!”), but not before begging you for a drink. You got the two of them canned coffee. If he’s asking, then you’re choosing. The guy winked and rushed off after school to do his work. It was only until Friday morning he got back to you with results.“Hey, guess what? I think I saw the girl you were looking for last afternoon, around five. She was hanging out near a café in Harujuku, a paper bag in hand. That’s actually close to our school, isn’t it? Why don’t you check the place out?”“You didn’t go up to her?”“Sorry man, I was on the bus to Shinjuku. When I got back, she was gone. She did look like she was waiting for someone.”“Alright, thanks for the tip.”It’s an admittedly weak lead, but it’s the only one you’re got.Which brings you to where you are now. You are sitting in a small café, the Dog Lane coffee shop, drinking a latte and watching the crowds of this little corner of Harujuku. You gulp down bitter brew and scan over the crowd. A lot of girls in trendy fashions, but none like the target that you seek. You try to order a cake from the menu and Akasha reprimands you in a way that reminds you of suppressed machine gun fire. A pathetic little cup of yogurt is what results from the exchange.“I wonder if there’s anywhere better I could spot her from…” You mumble to yourself. “That roof over there would be adequate. You could snipe any number of targets from there.” Your mentor states, “Alternatively, you could position multiple hidden cameras in various places and review the footage later.” “…yeah, I don’t think that’s possible for me right now.” For one, you don’t have a sniper rifle. Your old bolt-action one was destroyed in the accident that put you and your sister in the hospital. According to the material you’ve read, sniping is a whole new ballfield in the deep and immersive world of firearms, unlike most of what you have learned already. When you brought this up to Akasha, she contemplated and mentioned that if you dropped absolutely everything right now, she could train you into a competent sniper in less than a year. You’re not sure if you want to find out.The café you’re in is straight across from a bakery. There’s apparently a sale right now for special melon bread. You mix yogurt with blueberry sauce and spoon it into your mouth and watch as the crowd around it gathers. Then your eyes widen. “Ah, your target. What now, boy?” A brown-haired girl is pawing at the counter, mumbling out her orders to the bakers. Her clothes are considerably more casual and she’s pulled a hoodie up, but that face is unmistakable. It’s Megumi.You tense. The girl is busy receiving her bread, but soon she’ll be gone. What should you do?>Go up and pretend to buy some bread.>Stay out sight and follow her.>Go up and attempt to make conversation.>Call Florence.>Call Airi.>Use your pistol for coercion.>Custom option.
>>773158>>Call Airi.>Stay out sight and follow her.Airi could always call Florence if she wants.
>>773158>>Stay out sight and follow her.>Call Florence.>Call Airi.
>>773158>Call Florence.>Stay out sight and follow her.
Going to take a lunch break for thirty minutes. Feel free to discuss shit when I'm gone.Seems like Sundays are rather quiet around here...
>>773158>Call Airi.>Stay out sight and follow her.
>>773158>>Stay out sight and follow her.It's better to not call Florence since the girl will recognize her
Back and writing...
>>Keiichi: Call Airi.“Onii-chan?”“Hey, Airi. I’ve found Megumi. She’s over in Harujuku.”“Oh, that’s great! What are you going to do now? Do you want me to run over?”You glance back towards the bakery, tense. Megumi has finished paying and is grabbing her paper bag full of bread. She’s walking away now, a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The crowd of Shibuya reaches out to swallow her. You slam down some cash, not bothering with the change and exit the café.“Nah, I’ll be following her. I’ll update you as I go.”“Should I call Florence?”“Maybe not yet, since this Megumi girl looks like she’s hiding something. If Florence appears, she might scarper.” You hurry along the sidewalk, ducking and weaving between pedestrians. Megumi’s brown hair is a dark guiding light in your vision. You focus on it and keep up the pace. “Look, I’ll catch you later. I have to move.”“Okay, then. Good luck!” You put your phone in your pocket and walk forwards. Out of the two of you, your sister is probably the one who is more suited to tailing. It goes with the blood kunoichi path her spirit partner seems intent on guiding her along. You’ve seen her scale the sides of buildings and dash over rooftops, using her chain as support. The only person in the class who would outmatch her is Hideki. On the other hand, you have keen observation skills, honed by years of staring down sights and hitting metal targets with bullets. “There will be enemies you can only defeat while their guard is down.” Akasha-Alea states in your head, “You will need to shadow them until you can find the right moment to strike. This scenario, while of considerably lighter difficulty, should provide ample experience to you.”“Do you have to make a training exercise out of everything?” You grumble back.“You will tail this girl until she reaches her destination. Blend in the crowd as much as possible, but do not lose your guard. If you fail, there will be extra training.”Typical. Well, there’s nothing to do but to get down to it. >Roll d30 to follow Megumi without being spotted.>Best out of three.
Rolled 13 (1d30)>>773465d30? Ok.
Rolled 8 (1d30)>>773465Here goes nothing.
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>773465D30?
Rolled 3 (1d30)>>773465welp
Subtle we aren't.
>>773549Time to go full retard?
“See how her steps hurry? She has spotted you out of the corner of her vision.”“It can’t be that bad.”“You should pick up your pace. Otherwise, you will lose her. Actually, never mind.”“Say what?”“Because that girl has just gone over to a nearby police officer.”“What?” >>Keiichi: Inspect the scenario.Your spirit mentor is correct. As usual. God damn it. “By the way, that counts as failing. There will be extra training tonight, I will come and pick you up. I think a review of semi-automatic rifles will do. Do try and not get arrested.” >Pull out your firearm.>Try to explain the situation as best as you can.>Run away in the opposite direction.>Call Airi.>Call Florence.>Duck into a near shop and pretend to be busy.>Custom option.
>>773581>>Duck into a near shop and pretend to be busy.
>>773581>Duck into a near shop and pretend to be busy.
>>773581>>Duck into a near shop and pretend to be busy.>Call Airi.
>>773581>>Pull out your firearm.This is the time to brute force it right?
>>773581>Run away in the opposite direction.>Call Airi.>Call Florence.I need an adult!
>>773581>Call Airi, check your surroundings, pass it off like you were trying to find your way around, and simply used her as sort of guide to get somewhere else, and when they ask why didn't you just ask, state that you didn't really want to bother her. Don't make yourself look suspicious, make yourself look awkward.
>>Keiichi: Duck into a nearby shop and pretend to be busy.Yeah, this sounds like a good idea, considering there’s a six-foot tall cop in a suit stomping through the crowd towards you this instant. You look sideways. Oh, wow, there’s a flower shop over there. How very interesting! Since the majority of your friends are girls (for some reason), it would be prudent to check it out in preparation for a certain day—the last iteration of which was around two months ago. Also, you better call your sister, because she’s feminine and feminine people know about flowers.“Hello, onii-chan?”“Airi, I think I might be arrested soon.”“W-what?” she exclaims.“Megumi caught me tailing her and there’s a policeman marching towards me.” Whoa, aren’t these the flowers Takai likes? You only know this because Airi brought some over to her pigsty of a room and Takai commented about how they were ‘okay’. Your city childhood friend can be so weird. “I’m near Parco at the moment.”You feel a hand clamp down on your shoulder. You fall silent.“Onii-chan?” Airi calls.Slowly, you turn your head around. You gaze into a policeman’s face, the creases on which are likes the ridges and grooves in a weathered boulder. His mustache is practically a small animal. Megumi is hovering behind him, hands together and sweating with nervousness.“Excuse me, young man, may I have a moment?” the policeman rumbles.You raise your mobile to your ear. “Call you back soon, sis,” You say, then hang up amidst her protests. You swallow and direct your attention to the cop. He looks far from happy. Those arms of his are like tree trunks. You get the impression that unloading the entire magazine of your Howa into this man wouldn’t slow him down for an instant. His circuits are probably buzzing with mana.“This young lady said that you have been stalking her for the past half hour.” The policeman states. Behind him, Megumi gulps. Resisting the urge to back away is getting harder by the second. “What do you have to say about that?”A small crowd of around half a dozen is gathering around you. The store clerk is looking your way, presumably because this is the most exciting thing to happen to her all day. Well, in a such a situation you better calm your quavering heart, think carefully and then respond with rationality and— “If you wish to incapacitate him, boy.” Akasha-Alea speaks up, “Remember that you possess metal bullets.” Not helping, dammit…>“Hey, aren’t you the girl Rutherford was looking for?”>“I think she must be imagining things.”>“I’m actually lost and I thought I could use her as a guide.”>“No, I’ve been looking for this flower shop the entire time.”>“I know a friend of hers.”>“Don’t you have anything better to do?”>Custom option.
>>773756>>“I think she must be imagining things.”>“No, I’ve been looking for this flower shop the entire time.”What could possibly go wrong?
>>773756>“I think she must be imagining things.”>“No, I’ve been looking for this flower shop the entire time.”>Girlfriend and I had a bad argument, was calling my sister for flower advice. Hey you wouldn't happen to know flower etiquette would you? She's big into that crap.
>>773756>“No, I’ve been looking for this flower shop the entire time.”Definitely just nervous because we're trying to surprise someone but don't know how. Definitely nothing to do with a secret fear of handcuffs. Nope.
“I think she must be imaging things.” You say, looking at Megumi. She makes a small ‘eep’ sound and ducks behind the policeman, like a cub bear retreating behind its big strong mother. “You see, I’ve been looking for this flower shop the entire time.”“Oh?” The policeman says, unconvinced.“Yeah, because this shop is pretty famous…” It is at that point you realize the flower shop is half-empty, “…and I like the atmosphere here?”“Really? Because when I saw you outside, you didn’t seem like you were heading into this shop.”“I was deep in thought!” You protest, trying your hardest to sound as put-upon and annoyed as possible. Akasha-Alea isn’t giving you any advice. You wonder if she’s laughing at you. Well, given her nature, the best she’d be able to do is a quiet snicker. “Because my girlfriend and I had a nasty spat and I was debating on what gift to get her. I called my sister because she’s good at flower symbolism and etiquette, that kind of stuff. Say, would you know anything about that crap?”“Uh-huh…”The faces of all the girls you know flash into your mind’s eye. You really have no idea what you’re saying. Maybe you should just drop everything and leg it.“Well son,” The policeman begins, folding his powerful arms, “Next time, don’t do anything that would cause a young lady to panic.”“I get you, I get you. I’ll be careful next time. Now, if you excuse me…” You move over to the flower stands and make a show and dance of browsing through them. The labels are as foreign to you as the names of the guns in Akasha-Alea’s armory during your first visit there. You glance over your shoulder to see that the policeman is still behind you, staring at your back. Megumi is fidgeting at the entrance.Wait, does he expect you to actually buy the flowers? Is he checking that your story is genuine? Hey, these are expensive, you know! You only have enough money to buy one set of flowers...[Make your selection]>Flowers that symbolize cheerfulness, for the one you offended and then reconciled with.>Flowers that symbolize friendship, for the one lurking in your past.>Flowers that symbolize glory, for the one you clash and enjoy with.>Flowers that symbolize gratitude, for the one who accepted you and whom you accepted back.>Flowers that symbolize elegance, for the one who observed and searched for you.>Do you really have to buy anything?>Call Airi for help.>Call Florence and tell that Megumi is here.>Run away.>Custom option.
>>774016>>Call Florence and tell that Megumi is here."You know that thing that you wanted? Found it right here."
>>774016>>Flowers that symbolize cheerfulness, for the one you offended and then reconciled with.>Call Airi for help.
>>774016>>Flowers that symbolize cheerfulness, for the one you offended and then reconciled with.>>Call Airi for help
>>774016>Flowers that symbolize cheerfulness, for the one you offended and then reconciled with.Now if you will excuse me I am off to that one famous chocolate shop right over ... that direction.
Out of curiosity, who do you guys think the flowers that symbolize cheerfulness are for? You don't have to answer this.Writing now...
>>774016>Flowers that symbolize cheerfulness, for the one you offended and then reconciled with.
>>774075Michiko. Offend her on the first day, gun her down easy, then make it up to her.
>>774016>>Flowers that symbolize elegance, for the one who observed and searched for you.
>>774075Michiko, most likely.
Flowers that symbolize cheerfulness? How does anybody get that from a green stick with leaves and petals on top? This label doesn’t mean anything! Whatever, you might as well pretend to take it. If you do end up buying this for whatever reason, you can just pawn it off to Michiko. Girls like her enjoy receiving flowers, right?>>Keiichi: Call Airi for the third time today.“Airi, do we have enough money back home?”“What’s going on now?” She asks, a little exasperated.“I’m being coerced by the biggest policeman on earth to buy some flowers.” “I don’t understand you at all, onii-chan.” You think Airi might be shaking her head. “You’re in the flower shop near Parco, correct?”“What about it?”“Is the Megumi girl there?”“Yeah, she’s still standing around the entrance of the shop, for some reason.”“Okay, I have a confession to make. I’m standing outside the shop.”“You what?’“Also, Florence is with me.”Oh, now that certainly changes things. A chime rings from behind and you turn around. Two girls are entering the shop: your sister and Rutherford. Airi looks a little apologetic whereas Florence has that expression sadistic hunters possess when they have successfully cornered their prey. Megumi shakes on her spot, the bag of bread threatening to slip from her hands.“F-florence…” She stutters, trembling.“Hello, Megumi.” Florence says, smiling like a predator, “Fancy seeing you here in Shibuya.”“T-that’s…”“Your parents are awfully worried about you. They have asked me to investigate you. May we have a private talk together?”“I…”“Now hold on a moment.” The policeman steps up, his footsteps thumping against the hard plastic ground. “You two better not be intimidating this poor girl. She’s been through enough—” he stops upon getting a closer look at Florence’s uniform. When he speaks again, it’s with uncertainty. “Are you from Stonewolf?”“Why, yes I am. This girl here happens to be underclassman. I am responsible for caring her. I do thank you for your assistance, good sir.” Her words are honeyed and sickly sweet. “If it weren’t for you, all manner of ruffians might have snatched her up. We will be taking our leave now. So please, if you will excuse us…”In a motion so smooth it could have impressed a stage critic, Florence ushers the Megumi out of the flower store and into the warm afternoon sunlight. Airi follows, nodding at you. The policeman seems a little bewildered. You put the flowers back in the stand and hurry up after them.
Minutes later, the four of you have crashed at yet another café, a wide one with those large puffy sofas that give off an air of privacy. If you had 100 yen for every eatery place in Shibuya…well, at the very least you could pay off the electric and gas bills for a long time. Airi orders green tea for everyone. Florence sits down next to Megumi, in the exact position to cut off means of physical safe. The poor girl looks like she’d rather take her final exams than be here. Florence smiles. Or maybe it’s a smirk, as Megumi squeaks and shrinks back. The aged waitress comes by with the green tea and is oblivious to her plight. Perhaps she has seen it all and no longer cares. >“Calm down. None of us are going to hurt you.”>“Why is a Shinjuku student here in Shibuya, alone?”>“Do you know anything about your brother’s activities?”>“Give her some space, Florence.”>“Who are you looking for?”>“Where are you living right now?”>Custom option.
>>774234>>“Do you know anything about your brother’s activities
>>774234>>“Calm down. None of us are going to hurt you.”
>>774234>>“Why is a Shinjuku student here in Shibuya, alone?”
>>774234>>“Calm down. None of us are going to hurt you.”>“Who are you looking for?”>“Where are you living right now?”>You haven't shacked up with a guy in a rival gang have you?
>>774234>“Give her some space, Florence." After she does so: "Now, please calm down. None of us are going to hurt you. Exact opposite, in fact. We're just trying to make sure you're safe. People are worried."Then:>"So, why the sudden change of attitude and vanishing act? Something's wrong, and we'd like to know what."
“Oi, Florence. Give the girl some space. She looks terrified.” You speak up. Florence obeys, by which she means she edges to the right a little, retaining her confident looks. Megumi relaxes a little. It’s like the difference between a grain of a sand and a slightly bigger grain of sand. “Megumi was it?” Airi begins, her tone warm and comforting, “It’s nice to meet you. I’m Airi Hirayama. This is my brother Keiichi Hirayama. We’re pleased to meet you.”“I’ve heard about you two,” Megumi says in a weak voice, “They say you’re both True Hearts’ top students and completely mad.” “That’s…quite far from the truth.” Airi says, trying to give a reassuring smile. “You needn’t be afraid of us. We aren’t going to hurt you.” “The exact opposite, in fact.” You say, “We’re just trying to make sure you’re safe. You’ve pulled a vanishing act and quite a few people are worried about you.”“I’ve never met you two before this.” Megumi points out, still retreating into herself, “W-why would you concern yourselves about me.”“Well, it’s a long story, but the two of us and Florence have teamed up. Besides, a student from Shinjuku coming to Shibuya in a disguise is clearly suspicious.” You say. “Knowing our luck, we’d probably have run across you sooner or later.”“Please do not get the wrong idea, Megumi.” Florence says, brushing her hand against’ Megumi’s own, “Your parents are concerned about you and I was asked to help. Nothing more, nothing less.”“Well you know that I’m fine, so you can go…” Megumi mutters.“I’m afraid I can’t do that. I must know why you haven’t returned home and why you have been avoiding others at school.”“T-that’s none of your business!”“When it concerns an underclassman of mine, it does.”“You might as well tell her, because Florence is persistent as hell.” You say. “Look, you can say anything you want here. We won’t judge you. If Florence does, we’ll tell her to shut up.”“So don’t be afraid.” Airi smiles, “You are among friends here.”Megumi doesn’t respond at first. She stares at the table top in silence. You glance over at Airi, whose smile is faltering. Did her words not work? In the distance, an antique clock ticks and customers enter and exit. Megumi then sits up straight, grabs the tea and downs half of it in one go. She then turns to face you and the others, a fragile determination within her.“I-I’ve got a boyfriend in Shibuya.” She whispers, “I’ve been visiting him.”“I see.” Florence nods in acknowledgement. “Is there any reason you didn’t share this with anybody else?”Megumi looks down, “I thought the others wouldn’t approve of him.”“So you’ve been visiting him in secret.” You say, “Who is he?”It’s clearly hard for her to spit it out. Her face goes all red. She manages it in the end. “He’s a delinquent.”
>>774449Anon called it
>>774449............Okay.I mean, kinda figured that one. Soooooo...yeah....I'm gonna be honest, I'm so completely nonplussed/whatever about this I'm having a hard time coming up with a response/reaction. I mean...I guess just stop acting so weird about it?
You aren’t surprised by this. At all. In your life, such a conclusion is more or less and inevitability. It was obvious in retrospect and it’s the same now. You demonstrate this with an unchanging expression and by tapping your finger on the side of the counter. All you have to do now is figure out how this could possibly benefit you.“Is that so…” Florence’s eyes narrow in what is clear displeasure. You shoot her a warning look, as if to say ‘don’t do anything stupid, you idiot’. To her credit, she takes the hint. She slips on a mask of cool professionalism and questions further.“Is there no reason why you can’t see him once school ends?” she asks.“He’s the one who suggested we should spend our days together. Because, you know, he’s the type of guy who skips school and stuff. I rejected it at first, but he persuaded me to do it and once I actually did it,” Her cheeks redden with a love-struck blush, “It was nice, so we started spending more and more time in our apartment. Since my parents were away, I thought it was the perfect opportunity.”You contemplate this. “Is he in the Red Skull Rockers?”“He is.” Megumi says, shocked, “How did you know that?”“There’s only one real delinquent biker gang around here, miss.” You reply. “It’s pretty damn obvious.”“Could we meet with him?” Airi asks.Megumi looks at your sister suspiciously. “Why?”“Well…”
>>Be someone somewhere else.That sounds like a good idea. You can’t be Keiichi Hirayama forever, even though most of the incidents in Shibuya’s youth are caused by him and his sister. Anyway, who would you like to be?[Input your selection]>Takiji, second-in-command of the Red Skull Rockers>Takiji, second-in-command of the Red Skull Rockers>Takiji, second-in-command of the Red Skull Rockers>Takiji, second-in-command of the Red Skull Rockers>Takiji, second-in-command of the Red Skull Rockers>Custom option (>Takiji, second-in-command of the Red Skull Rockers)Wow, it sure is stuffy in here. Also, the place seems to have constricted itself into a hallway, with darkness at the behindand light at the front. Guess you better get going, then?>>Be Takiji, second-in-command of the Red Skull Rockers.
“Goddamnit, what’s taking her so long?”It’s understandable that you are pissed. Anyone would be if their girlfriend promised to pop out for fifteen minutes, then didn’t come back for thrice that length. Megumi, what the hell are you doing? Does melon bread take that long to buy? Next time, you are coming with her, no matter how many customers you frighten with your ugly mug.You slump on your messy bed in your one bedroom apartment, clenching your teeth and feeling your muscles constrict in irritation. You roll over to the side. It, predictably, does nothing for your mood. What are you doing here, you think to yourself. Your girlfriend—sweet, precious, adorable Megumi Ito, who happens to be sister of the leader of your worst enemy’s gang and the woman who made you feel like the world isn't so shitty after all—is missing. She could be being mugged this very moment and here you are, sitting in your shitty apartment and doing absolutely fucking nothing. The mere thought causes your blood to boil like magma in a volcano. Seriously, what the hell are you doing? Get moving already, you dumbass! With a snarl befitting a beast, you swing yourself off your bed. You grab your jacket and gloves from the closet. This is a bad idea, part of you whispers. If you go out, there’s a risk that you might be spotted by fellow gang member. They might tell Kata—your best goddamn bro in the entire world whom you would never ever betray—and then…ugh, you don’t want to think about it. You’ve had nightmares over that kind of stuff. But you’ve also had nightmares over losing Megumi and you’d never, ever forgive yourself if you let her get hurt. Your knuckles whiten and your jaw clenches. Yeah, this is good. Your body is pumping with energy. It’s time to get out there and bust some heads of whomever is harassing your girlfriend.Your hands are wrapped around your bike keys when the doorbell rings.“Oh fucking hell, who is it now?”You stomp over to the door, anger rumbling through every footstep, undo the chain and yank the door open.“Whoever the hell you are, you better get out of my face or I’ll—”Your speech screeches to as a halt as your brain catches up with your rage and makes you comprehend who is exactly outside the door. It’s Megumi, those two weird siblings from earlier and a posh looking girl wearing the same type of uniform Megumi has.“Takiji, I take it?” The girl says, wearing a smirk that you hate on sight, “I am Florence Rutherford, your girlfriend’s upperclassman. It is a…pleasure to finally meet you.”"Hey," The other guy, the one who you think has all those guns, greets, "Nice to see you again."“Hi, Takiji.” Megumi says, in a quiet voice, “Um, can you let these guys in? They have something they want to discuss with us?”You get the impression that things are about to get real complicated.
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>>774657Thanks for running Thorn! See you then.
>>774657Looking forward to it.
>>774657Cool! Same thread? so far it's pretty good. Wonder where Yellingbird is though.
>>774657damn things will certainly be complicated next time. Thanks for running, Thorn!
>>774657Thanks for runnign.
>>Stop being Takiji, second-in-command of the Red Skull Rockers and go back being Keiichi Hirayama.“How did things come to this?” This is a question you have asked yourself multiple times during your enrollment at True Hearts. Without exception, it has been with no small volume of frustration and impatience. You asked it when, on your first day, you groped the soft breasts of one of the more popular girls at school. You contemplated it when events had somehow collapsed into you driving a van down the city at midnight, despite having no legal right to do so. You groaned it out aloud when you were behind cover, firing real bullets at heavily armed terrorists. When your sister blew up the Tokyo Dome during last year’s Festival of Magic, you felt like banging your head against a wall and muttering it. You moaned it out aloud when Akasha-Alea introduced you to your Ultimate Skill, a process that stretched the mana-infused circuits in your soul to breaking point. Every time you get caught up Florence Rutherford’s shenanigans, this question never failed pops into your mind. The accident occurred, and you awoke to find yourself wrapped head to toe in bandages like a makeshift mummy. You lacked the capability to speak, so you angrily thought the words at nearby doctors.Is this complaining? It might be. But you have been through too much shit, so shut up!At present, you are thinking the question. Given that you are seated a cheap plastic table with your blood-seeking sister, the heiress to a mighty business conglomerate, the heiress’s meek underclasswoman and the underclasswoman’s boyfriend—the second-in-command of a biker gang…it would be hard not to. Did you mention that you are the student of the only spirit of firearms, a position that many soldiers across the world would kill for?“Here…”At least things are relatively peaceful. Megumi is handling out mugs of steaming lemon tea. It’s the cheap kind, coming in teabags. The mugs themselves have seen better days. With an arm resting on the dented white table surface, you take the opportunity to survey Takiji’s apartment. It’s like the demented half-breed between a men’s locker room and a woman’s touch. The area is tidy, with the floor swept and objects placed neatly inside wardrobes and cupboards. On the other hand, there’s no getting rid of the peeling wallpaper, the dim light bulbs and the stink of testosterone—although an effort has been made for the last one, judging from the bottle of air freshener on the kitchen counter.To the right is the entrance to the lone bedroom. The bed is undone. There’s a futon lying to the next bed, which probably clears up one worry Florence must have.
Speaking of Florence, she takes a sip of tea. Her nose wrinkles slightly and she frowns, both in disgust. She tries to hide it by turning her head slightly. It doesn’t escape your perception. Well, it’s not like it matters. If she is too refined and hoity-toity to enjoy the pleasures of convenience store teabags, that’s her own damn problem.“Um, so where should we begin?” Megumi says the opening line. Her boyfriend slams his fist on the table and glares at you, your sister and Florence.“First of all, I’d like to know why the hell you three are here. Especially those siblings.” He snarls. You point your finger to yourself. For some reason, this irritates him. You can tell because his breath has gone all rapid.You shrug your shoulders. It’s not as if your reasons will take a long time to explain. Florence goes first.“I was investigating Megumi on the behalf of her parents, who had noticed her strange behavior at school.”“Oh…” Megumi looks down, sad, “I hope I haven’t disappointed them.”“Tch, they’re probably worried. Big news to me.” Takiji grunts, “Never thought of them as the caring type…”It’s your turn. “Basically, my sister and I have been asked by the Japanese government to put an end to the gang violence in Shibuya.”“…are you shitting me?” Takiji growls after he and his girlfriend take in your words. “I wish I was.” You grunt back, “If we don’t do this, we’ll be banned for every educational institute in the country. Which means we’ll never get jobs.”“The two of us are acquainted with Florence.” Your sister continues, “She asked to help us to find Megumi in exchange for her co-operation in our task. We then started looking for you over Shibuya and you know the rest.”“Oi, you better not have hurt Megumi here!” Takiji’s expression is frozen in a scowl. Megumi is quick to placate him, her hand resting on his. “It’s okay, they didn’t do anything to hurt me. They’re not bad people, actually…”Takiji doesn’t look fully convinced, but lets it go.“As for why finding Megumi could help us, well we thought that if we presented news of her safety to Doppo, it would calm him down and quell some of the violence in the streets.”
“As for why finding Megumi could help us, well we thought that if we presented news of her safety to Doppo, it would calm him down and quell some of the violence in the streets.”“That…might not work.” Megumi admits.“Why?”“Because she and her brother aren’t close.” Takiji scoffs. “He’s rarely around her home.”Is his remark a bit biased? Nah, Megumi is nodding, albeit reluctantly. “He does care. I know it. He sent me a present for my birthday and it was really nice. But, my big brother is hardly ever around. He’s always doing his own thing with the gang…” Maybe he’s bad at communication or embarrassed to show his affection? Some spirits can be like that. “Still, if he finds out how you two are in a relationship, he’s bound to listen, right?”The two of them flinch. They look away. Ah, you might have hit the crux of the matter here.“Yeah, that ain’t happening.” Takiji says.“And why not?”” Florence asks.“Because if we do that, we’re screwed!” Takiji makes a sweeping motion with his arm, almost knocking over his mug with his meaty fist. “How do you think Megumi’s bro gonna react if he finds out she’s with her family. That’s not even countin’ what my own bro will say about me!”>“Doesn’t change the fact that we need you guys to do this.”>“Somebody is going to find out eventually.”>“If you don’t tell, we will.”>“Don’t worry, we’ll help you guys as much as we can.”>“You’re betraying the ones around you by keeping this secret.”>“Will they really be that pissed?”>Custom option.
>>776164>“Somebody is going to find out eventually.”>“Don’t worry, we’ll help you guys as much as we can.”
>>776164>“Doesn’t change the fact that we need you guys to do this.”>“Somebody is going to find out eventually.”
>>776164>“Somebody is going to find out eventually.”If you don't try to control what happens, someone else will.>“Don’t worry, we’ll help you guys as much as we can.”Welcome to the special SPOOKY edition of Academy Tournament Organization Quest!
“Doesn’t change the fact that we need you guys to do this.” You say.“Then do it some other damn way!” Takiji yells.“Look, if you guys don’t spill the beans, somebody else will find out and tell.”“And how do you figure that?”Florence’s smile widens. Hook, line, sinker. “Because we are already here,” Florence answers, arrogance and self-satisfaction in her tone. The gears in Takiji’s brain spin, click and reach a conclusion. Everyone else in the room does the same. He opens his mouth to speak. He doesn’t get the chance. “Don’t worry, none of us will blackmail you. We simply aren’t that type of people. Though, I can’t say for others.”…she’s speaking for you. She always does that. “How long have you two been dating?” Airi asks.“Three months…” comes Megumi’s response. “That’s longer than I expected.” You remark, “Maybe someone’s already seen you two in that time.”The two flinch again. Takiji scowls and looks away. You’ve definitely hit a weak spot there. They don’t want to admit it, but the truth is staring at them in the face. Megumi is in the denial stage, while her boyfriend has already progressed to anger. “It’ll be fine.” Takiji says, “We’ll just keep our heads down and stay out of sight.”“That might be hard to do, though.” Airi says, “Aren’t the gangs getting more and more violent?”“If this Doppo truly does care about Megumi, then I’d imagine he would demand his younger sister to come home, out of fear of her getting hurt. He might even question her whereabouts.”“Yeah, things might erupt into a gang war and Takiji might be sent by his boss to fight against the Brave Ravens. When he meets Megumi’s brother there’s probably going to be a lot of awkward questions.” You mutter. Stab, shot, weak point damaged. Takiji is a lot less sure of himself. Megumi is starting to look dangerously close to tipping off an edge. “…we’ll be fine.” Nah, she dosen’t sound confident in herself. It goes with the type of girl she is, but this time her lack of confidence is deeper than before. “Is it really that scary, confessing to your friends about this?” You ask.“Yes!” They both exclaim. You raise your hands. Okay, maybe that was too sudden. You should have expected something like this.“You needn’t worry.” Airi smiles. “We’ll be helping out as much as we can. But we don’t really know much about you two, so why don’t you tell us about yourselves?”
“Their tale is an ordinary one.”“You listened to them explain how they fell in love and that is your response?”“You imply that you found it interesting.”“I did. I mean, I thought it was nice how Takiji rescued Megumi from five thugs who wanted to feel her up. How he got injured in the process, bleeding from a bunch of stab wounds. And how she took him to the hospital and came to visit during his stay. And how they started seeing each other more and more while trying to hide it from the people around them.”“I have read many similar tales in the books stored in my territory.”“No-one here is as old as you.”“It does not excuse the fact that it is something that many have seen before.”“Well I haven’t seen it before, so there.”“Expand your selection of literature.”“The last time I tried that you gave me this thick-ass novel written entirely in Russian. No thanks. Anyway, I think Airi is finding the stories of their dates cute. Florence looks like she isn’t having a good time. So they’ve been together for three months, huh? That’s longer than I expected.”“It is a good thing that I disagree with your sister.”“Meh, I find it kinda adorable. Part of it is cool. But uh…”“They have stopped using that tone. How very relieving.” “Yeah, I agree with you on that one. Is that how lovestruck couples talk to each other? It’s diabetes-inducing.”“Correction. It is irritating. Boy, when you find a suitable mate, do not use that tone when I am in the vicinity.”“You’re always in my vicinity, Akasha.”“I am glad you understand.”“Please be joking about it.”“I assure you, I am not.”………“I cannot say that their fears are unfounded.”“Megumi’s afraid of retribution by her brother? Eh, I guess she’s the type who used to look up to him. Did he really stand up to her in the past? I looked him up online and wow, the guy’s actually been in juvenile.”“Your azure-haired compatriot does not seem like the woman who let abuse to her underclasswoman slide.”“No, as scummy and tricky as Florence can be, she really wouldn’t.”“The male is afraid of being forced out of his gang.”“If his brother is really as nice to him as he says, Takiji wouldn’t have any reason to fear. Then again…”“…it may strain tensions between the lower-ranking gang members, some of which may riot against him?”“You didn’t have to finish my sentence.”“At least you are thinking carefully about this.”“You know Akasha, you’re surprisingly talkative about this. Did you have a similar experience in your past?”“That is for me to know and for you to speculate.”"No, then?"
>>776329Spirit best girl. Does she browse /k/ in her free time?
“We’ll be behind you all the way.”“Kata seems like an understanding guy, if he’s been with you since childhood. If he doesn’t accept your relationship, that’s his fault.”“Which is more important to you, your love with Megumi or your brotherhood with the Red Skull Rockers? Wouldn’t you like both? It may be possible.”“I know it sounds terrifying at first, but you need to have courage!”“Sis is right. If you keep running, you’ll end up nowhere.”“You both seem stressed. I don’t think it’s very good for your relationship. You might even break up because of it.”“Ugh, did you have to say that, Florence? Though, the gist is correct. You’ll probably enjoy yourselves more if you were more open about it.”“Yeah! You’ll be able to do whatever you want without fear of being hurt.”“If anyone tries to get in your way, we’ll beat them down. Florence, included.”“Oh my, are you accusing me or something, Keiichi?”“We all know what you’re thinking. You only know as much as we do, so keep it to yourself.”“It’ll be fine, trust us! My brother and I have a reputation of doing crazy things, but we’ve managed to pull them off…” You, your sister and Florence all throw these arguments at the couple. Bit by bit, word by word, you chip away at the barriers they have put up and let the arguments sink into their minds. You can’t help but feel sorry for the two. Having this sudden twist in their lives must be a harrowing ordeal. Even so, you and your sister have your own agenda to fulfil and you can’t let this opportunity to slip by.The room falls quiet. Megumi looks like she doesn’t know what to do. The tea mugs rest on the table, the contents growing cold. You wait for Takiji to respond. “One week.” He grits out, his fists curled, his body shaking. “Gimme a week, and we’ll be prepared. Gotta think of something good to say, first…”>“It’s not good to postpone things.”>“Okay, don’t rush yourself.”>“Four days.”>“Take as much time as you want.”>Custom option.
>>776397>“Okay, don’t rush yourself.”
“Four days.”“That’s way too short!”“No, it’s enough time. I think you guys can do that.” Also you don’t have to extend this task since there’s only two and a half months left and who knows how long the other tasks will take…but you refrain from saying that. There’s a bit more banter, but Takiji and Megumi agree in the end. The discussion is over, everyone is as satisfied as they possibly can and it’s about to get dark which means it’s time to go home. You wonder if you can eat out tonight without your spirit mentor going to a rant. “The weekend is coming up…” Airi remarks, “Onii-chan, I’ll try and help these two. Is that okay with you?”“Sure. What about you, Florence?”“Explaining the situation to Megumi’s parents and the school. I suppose I’ll assist Airi, if I have time. What will you do, then?”>“I want to investigate that Abe guy.”>“Maybe I should help out Takiji and Megumi too…”>“I wonder if the Internet has anything.”>“I think we should take a closer look at the Brave Ravens…”>“Hey Takiji, can we sneak into your gang’s base?”>Custom option.
>>776527>>“I want to investigate that Abe guy.”
>>776527>“I want to investigate that Abe guy.”
>>776527>“I think we should take a closer look at the Brave Ravens…”
>>Keiichi: Decide to investigate the Abe fellow.That’s what you do. Airi agrees to join you, when she isn’t busy helping Megumi and Takiji think of lines that won’t cause the two gangs to go into a berserker panic that is. You cannot believe this task has turned into a Romeo and Juliet situation. When boiled down to a couple of the words, this whole situation suddenly seems a lot simpler than it was at first glance. It’s practically manageable now. “I read that play. It was well-written, but did it not end in suicide?” That’s not comforting, Akasha. Why does the spirit of firearms have to be so morbid? Guns don’t kill, humans do. Then again, guns are a human concept and all concepts will manifest as spirits in the spirit realm… “Though, the two families at the end reconciled with each other out of mutual grief.” Yeah, but the two families in the play were (somewhat) rational grownups. If something like what your mentor described happened in real life, the two gangs would be tearing at each other’s’ throats. Which could be one way to resolve the violence. If the two gangs take each other out, there would be no more gangs and everything would become peaceful. Then again, that’s like saying the genocide of humanity is the easiest way to achieve world peace. Besides, Airi would never forgive herself if a bloodbath occurred in the streets and there was a way to stop it. You’d be less likely to care, but certain things might keep you awake at night. "That method may work in small, confined areas." What the hell, Akasha? Can you stop lecturing for five seconds?Your path is already set. Now it’s time to tie up one loose end: the lieutenant of the Brave Ravens you met, one mister Abe. He was cordial to you and your sister, but there’s something off about him you can’t quite describe. Takiji seems to agree.“Abe, huh? I met that guy before, a while back when the Brave Ravens weren’t such pieces of shit. I don’t like him. Guys like that always have a mask and you can never tell what they’re thinking. They’re slimy bastards, every one of them. They’ll smile prettily at you and then shank you in the neck when you’re not looking. Watch your back, Keiichi, or you’re fucked…”What a gentle reminder. It’s so nice to know that a blonde gorilla of a man cares about you. It’s even nicer to be back in your apartment, sipping orange juice and calling your friends.
>>776684lol blow it out your ass and fuck off
Reminder this is a law board
“Hey Michiko, I’ve got another favour I need to ask.”“Don’t tell me, you need me to find someone?”“Bingo. Here, I’ll send you the photo.”“Huh, it’s a guy this time. What’s with the torn jeans? And that hat…does he think it looks cool? All it does is make him look pretentious.”“He’s Abe. He’s a lieutenant in the Brave Ravens delinquent gang.”“Brave Ravens…oh, I think an acquaintance of mine was complaining about them on chat last night. Aren’t they located in Shinjuku?”“Yup.”“I hardly know anybody from Shinjuku. Why are you asking me?”“Just tell me if he’s even been to Shibuya. My sister and I think he’s suspicious. We’ve sort of made a breakthrough on the case we’re working on and we don’t this guy ruining it.”“Do you have any evidence that he’s suspicious?”“We met him. Also, a rival gang member thinks he’s a slimy bastard.”“That’s definitely going to be biased.”“Yeah, I know. Better safe than sorry, though.”“…alright, I’ll take care of it. Buy me some cake next time.”“If you eat too much sweets it’s not going to be good for you.”“You’re one to talk! You ate my chocolates, didn’t you?”
>>776735>Implying alignments exist
>>776736>"I never ate your chocolates, blow it out your ass."
>>776736Wonder when we'll have our rematch with her. Bound to happen sooner or later.
You also ask Hideki for help. “Leave it to me!” he says, “I’ll have things done in a jiffy!” He swears to have information on the Brave Raven’s lieutenant within days. You wonder if you’ll be visiting him in hospital any time soon. It won’t be from falling off a roof, because one of the power Hideki received from his contract with his spirit mentor is the ability to resist plummeting damage or something.While he’s working, you decide to look stuff up on the Internet. It’s full of garbage, as usual. But with any heap of garbage there’s a few diamonds in the rough scattered within. They’re covered in filth, but they’re valuables nonetheless.>Sorry guys, I think I need to vent for a moment. You know the Brave Ravens? The gang in Shinjuku? I’m glad this is anonymous because I think the gang is going downhill.>fuck off>tell us more anon>are there any cute girls in your gang>I don’t really know the specifics. It feels like the gang is being, I dunno, segmented? Is that the word? I was never good at spelling. We’re supposed to be this huge united gang, but lately it feels like some members are splitting up and doing their own thing. There’s a lot of tension. Guess that’s why the punch up with the Red Skull Rockers happened.>maybe they’re growing up and realizing that being in a delinquent gang is a huge waste of fucking time and money>this>this x2 combo>Man, I feel the same. I’m in a delinquent gang too and things haven’t been looking good either for us. We’ve got a really cool second-in-command, best buds with the boss. Lately though he’s been spending less time in the hideout. Jumps up and belts out whenever we ask him questions. Looks like he’s about to snap at any given moment. He’s an okay dude, but he’s just being so unresponsive and finicky.>most likely he hates talking to absolute retards like you and the other guy>ever heard of privacy bud?>delinquents are stupid as fuck so no>My condolences, brother. These are some dark times, huh?>Thanks. It’s nice to know there are some understanding people here.>gay>samefag>I think I just threw up>If we met on the street, I would buy you a drink.>Aye, it was good to talk to you.>2010+6, underage drinking>there's not a single reaction pic in my folder to express how disappointed i am with this board and its mods>get out >not your blog, faggots>[THREAD CLOSED]
On Saturday, Hideki returns with news. “Check this photo out, Keiichi. It’s that Abe guy you were looking for. He’s in an alleyway negotiating with some shady looking guys over some parcel. Didn’t get close enough to get a proper look, but it must be something illegal. Like drugs or explosive materials, maybe?”“Did you follow him?”“Nah, he vanished pretty quickly. It was getting real late too. So, what are you going to do about this?”>“Let’s go up and ask him to his face.”>“We should look into this a bit more.”>“I don’t think it has anything to do with the task we’re on.”>“I wonder who those dealers are…”>“If we break into the Brave Ravens’ hideout, maybe we’ll find something.”>Custom option.
>>776828>>“We should look into this a bit more.”>“I wonder who those dealers are…”
>>776828>>“We should look into this a bit more.”
>>776825>>are there any cute girls in your gangThese guys know what's up, asking the important questions. >those last few linesThis is totally /a/.
“I wonder who those dealers are…”“They’re criminals, no doubt about it.” “For all we know, this Abe guy could be embarrassed about something and he’s trying to get it in secret.”“Nah, Keiichi. This whole thing reeks of crime. My mentor agrees. Plus, I grew up watching all kinds of news. Whatever this Abe guy is doing, it’s not legal in the slightest.”“So, what do you want to do now?”“You’re the one hiring me, bud.”“Hiring? When did I start paying you?”“I suddenly realize that I’ve received zero cash and now demand all the valuables in your house. Just kiddin’. In the future, if you say that people are gonna realize so be careful.”“Thanks for the advice, smartass. So, if I told you to look further into this matter, would you do it?”“Yeah. My mentor thinks it’s good training for me and I get a good story. I wouldn’t mind if you paid for a couple lunches at school.”“I can do that. Be careful out there, Hideki.”“You’re not coming?” “I tried to follow a girl yesterday and a policeman found me. I don’t think stealth is my strong suit.” “Indeed. I will have to add stealth practise to your future training regime. How else will you become a proficient sniper?”“Shut up, Akasha!” “Man, that’s a shame. Wait, does that mean Airi-chan is available? I know she’s good at sneaking around.”“She’s busy with other stuff, so don’t even think about it, Hideki.”“Sorry, that’s a secret.” “A good decision. Your blonde friend is adequate at sealing his lips, but he has nothing to do with your sister's job.”
>>776916>I know crime is going down because I grew up watching all kinds of news!
On a cloudy Sunday afternoon, an ordinary high school girl is being tutored by an unordinary high school girl, whose scarf is alive and possesses five times as much blood as normal. They sit in the living room of a small apartment. The ordinary girl nervously paws over her notes, whereas the unordinary one merely smiles and gives her words of encouragement.Is honesty really the best way, the ordinary girl asks. What if they reject us?The unordinary girl reassures her that honesty is the best policy. For all their violence and vices, the delinquents in Shibuya and Shinjuku are at least straightforward men, who will appreciate if the words are told to them at face value. The ordinary girl calms down and goes back over her notes. The unordinary girl is warm and comforting, she thinks, not unlike Florence, who seems to put a measure of distance between them, even after all the time they spent in the orchestra together.Have you heard anything about your brother’s activities, the unordinary girl asks the other. The ordinary girl bites her lips and confesses that she doesn’t know much. But she does know that she once saw one of her brother’s lieutenants, the man in the top hat and torn jeans, in another part of Tokyo during an outing with her friends. The lieutenant had recognized her, nodded and went on his way. But there had been other men with him, men that she did not recognize as members of the Brave Ravens.Granted, she is not knowledgeable in her brother’s gang activity, but there was something off about those men. They were wearing hood and dressed in dark colors. The way they moved was not that of dignified men. They lacked the patch of her brother's gang. Plus, the gruesome smirk the lieutenant gave her as he left didn’t help.
>>776995>whose scarf is alive and possesses five times as much blood as normal5×0=0Scarves usually don't contain any blood.
“Good day to you, mister Takiji. This is Florence Rutherford, your girlfriend’s fellow orchestra member.”“What the hell do you want?”“I merely wish to confirm something with you. Once that is done, I’ll be out of your hair.”“What, then?”“Have there been any suspicious sightings around your little corner of Shibuya?”“Why are you poking your nose into our business?”“I thought you already knew. Or have you forgotten?” A dramatic, faked weary sigh, “Remember what the Hirayama siblings said. Their job was to quell the violence in Shibuya. To that end, they began investigating the Red Skulls and the Brave Ravens. Now, please answer my question.”He feels as if he’s being made fun off. His guess is not off the mark. “Tch, fine. On Friday, when I returned to the gang, some of the guys outside said they caught a guy in black lurking around. Bastard ran off before anybody could catch him. That answer your question.”“I see. Yes, that does match up.”“With what?”“A particularly adventurous friend of a female friend of Keiichi said that she sighted suspicious men in the more run-down streets of Shibuya. It seems that those men are targeting your gang.”“Son of a bitch…”“Similar reports have been sighted around Shinjuku, according to my investigations and another of Keiichi’s friends. I believe one even followed Megumi as she walked to school.”“The fuck? Where is that asshole? I’ll rip him to shreds.”“No need. He has disappeared. Since that is the end of what I have to discuss, goodbye.”“Wait, I’m not finished talking, you—”A click, then three beeps.“Bitch…”
Gonna take a break for thirty minutes. Sorry for the lack of choices so far, but one's coming up soon. Hope my writing hasn't been too shitty.
>>777110Heading to bed then. Thanks for running.
Sunday night. A blonde boy lies in an alleyway, gasping and moaning from his pain. He was careless and now he is paying the price. Shadowy figures hover at the corner of his vision, each one holding makeshift weapons. Baseball bats with nails, tire irons, chains and the lot. The boy curses his luck. Man, if only he was born a cool combat type. Then he could bust out some super cool move and fling all his assailants away.Alas, he is of the support type. Great parkour and observation skills, but little in terms of actual fighting.He hears them discuss. He tries to listen, but one of them stamps their boot on his head, grinding his forehead into the pavement. It hurts. His mentor tells him to be brave. He’s the one having his skin scraped against concrete. They reach a conclusion. One of the assailants lifts his tire iron like a sledgehammer. The boy’s mentor reassures him it won’t hurt. He’s right. Nobody can feel anything when they’re unconscious....Same Sunday night. A blonde girl with silver hairclips walks through the Shibuya streets. Her friends have departed and she is alone. Her parents send her a message, warning her to be careful. She laughs it off and says that she’ll the okay. Then the phone is ripped from her hands as numerous hands drags her into a nearby alleyway.Her first instinct is the correct one: self-defense. The magic in her soul flares to life and she summons her microphone stand. She drives the butt of it into the chest of one of her attackers. It causes to stumble. She brings the microphone to her lips and sings. C, D, E F, and G. The wind twists and slams the man over and over again, knocking him down. She grins. Then something wraps around her mouth.Her attackers have done their homework. They have figured out the greatest weakness behind her magic art: the fact that she needs to use her mouth. The blonde girl’s eyes widen as a pungent chemical worms its way into her body. Then her eyelids dilate, her vision turns blurry and the city goes black.They inspect her body, and find that it is not wanting. Orders are orders, so they drag her away into the back of a van.
Monday morning, seven o clock. You, Keiichi Hirayama, are in the middle of morning exercises when you receive a phone call.“You should turn your mobile phone off during these times.”“We talked about this, Akasha.” Huh, it’s from Michiko. You wonder what she wants now. The two of you normally chat when walking to school together. It must be something urgent.Michiko’s voice does not come out of the speakers. “Keiichi Hirayama, huh?” a gravelly, hoarse and male voice sounds. The complete antithesis to Michiko’s bright cheerfulness. Whoever this person is, his lungs are full of cigarette smoke. Your body tenses up.“Who is this?” You demand.“Someone who has that pretty lady friend of yours. Oh, and that blonde-haired rat, too.” The man says. He sounds pleased with himself. Too much to your liking. “Have I got your attention now?”>“You’re making a big mistake.”>“Gee, I wonder what the police will think about this.”>“You kidnapped Michiko? Do you have a suicide wish?”>“What are your demands?”>“Who’s paying you?”>Custom option.
>>777280>“You’re making a big mistake.”>"Release them now and I'll only break half the bones in your body."
>>777280>>Custom option.>"Yep.">Start plotting their immediate demise.
>>777280>>“You kidnapped Michiko? Do you have a suicide wish?”
>>777280>“You’re making a big mistake.”
>>777280>“You kidnapped Michiko? Do you have a suicide wish?”>"Wow, alright I'll humor you, what are your demands."
>>777280>>“You kidnapped Michiko? Do you have a suicide wish?”Time to murder!
>>777280>>“You’re making a big mistake.”>“You kidnapped Michiko? Do you have a suicide wish?”>"Yep.">Start plotting their immediate demise.
“You kidnapped Michiko.” You remark, “Hey, do you have a suicide wish?”“Ooh, is that a threat I hear?” the mystery man laughs, a booming croak. “You’re mad, aren’t you? Itching to get those guns of yours out, eh?”“Yeah, I think you’re making a big mistake.”“Fun fact, kid. Your little friends are tied and gagged and we’re standing around them with knives and bats. So if you don’t their faces to be slashed up, you better shut the fuck up and listen to what I say.”“…”“Good! Let’s get down to business. There’s a warehouse in Chiyoda. This is the address.” Something beeps on your phone. It’s a text message. “You and your little sister will come here unarmed with nobody else. If there’s any sign of a weapon on you, your friends are on a one-way trip to their personal hell. Same goes if you bring any friends along. If you call the police, then your friends are really in trouble. Got it?”“Who the hell are you people? What do you want?”“To both, it’s frankly none of your fucking business. Get here by around ten. Otherwise, who knows what might happen.” The line goes dead. You are left standing in your bedroom, your phone clenched in a single clammy hand. Gently, you rest it on the cupboard next to your bed. The air still. You breathe in, then out. You turn your head. Next to your clothes cupboard rests two oblong metal cases. You know what’s inside those cases. Beretta 92FS handgun, Remington 870 shotgun, Howa Type 89 automatic rifle and FN 303 grenade launcher. Your instincts are begging for you to retrieve them and run out the door.You hear Akasha-Alea’s voice, controlled and steady. “Boy.” “Yeah?”“Do you remember what I taught you about concealed carrying?”“Yeah.”“Then, you understand that it will allow you to carry all four firearms on your person at once?” “Will that be useful? They said I shouldn’t bring a weapon along.”“If you conceal it well enough, they won’t notice. You do not have to walk through the front entrance, either. Remember that your grenades have tear gas. Bring your gas mask if you wish to use them.”“Thanks.”“I will pray for your success. Best of luck, boy.” And then she’s gone.>Call Florence.>Call Takiji and Megumi.>Call the police anyway.>Wake up Airi and head out the door.>Bring all four of your firearms along.>Custom option.
>>777454>>Call Florence.>>Bring all four of your firearms along.>>Wake up Airi and head out the door.
>>777454>Wake up Airi and head out the door.>Bring two firearms along.pistol and shotgun
>>777454>Call Florence.>Bring all four of your firearms along.>Wake up Airi and head out the door.
>>777454>>Call Florence.>Wake up Airi and head out the door.>Bring all four of your firearms along.
>>777454>Wake up Airi and head out the door.>Bring all four of your firearms along.
>>777454>>Wake up Airi and head out the door.>Bring all four of your firearms along.They can't detect our magical backpack.
>>Keiichi: Bring all four of your firearms along.Akasha-Alea once told you that your hyperspace was undetectable by anything except for those with the highest magical capabilities. Storing your shotgun, rifle and grenade launcher should be no problem. You slip your handgun in a pouch and store it inside your tracksuit. You check a mirror. Yeah, that looks concealed from a distance. At the very least, you should be able to get on the train without any pedestrians noticing.The problem is Airi’s magic art. Her blood weapons work best when her spirit partner is around. The trouble is, the spirit takes the form of Airi’s scarf and the kidnappers may have already realized this. It’s possible they’ll demand your sister to leave her scarf, rendering her defenseless. Maybe she can summon Shesmur and have the creature hide somewhere? …there’s no time to waste. You’ll have to think of something along the way.>>Keiichi: Wake up Airi.You barge into her room, screaming, “Airi, get your ass up! We’ve got a situation!”She rises from beneath her covers, still in her pajamas. “Fweh? What is it onii-chan? What’s with all the screaming…”When you finish explaining what happened, she’s instantly awake. She dresses quickly, grabs her scarf from her dresser and the two of you are out the door. A proper breakfast can wait. You’ll grab something along the way. >>Keiichi: Call Florence.“I see. I hoped this wouldn’t happen so soon, but I suppose it was inevitable.”“Do you know how to get there?”“I will arrange someone to drop me off close by and then I shall regroup with you on foot. This is quite the ample opportunity. It seems that I will have some live subjects for the newest iteration of my magic art. That is to say, you and your sister aren’t thinking of surrendering to these ruffians?”You scoff. “Who do you think we are, Florence?”“My apologies. Well then, I shall see you in a bit. Take care now.”She hangs up. >>Time: Pass.You, your sister and Florence have arrived at the arranged warehouse. It’s big, rectangular and grey and it’s covered in rust. It lies in a deserted section of industrial area with no other humans around in sight. The time is nine-thirty—thirty minutes before the meeting time. A ruined carpark lies in front, all the doors are shut and some of the windows are cracked. The roof doesn’t seem to be in a good condition, either.Are Michiko and Hideki really in here? Their assailants could have dragged them to a different building, then used this one as bait to trap you and your sister. But this is your only lead, so what other option do you have?The three of you lurk in the shadows. You should plan how you move ahead.>Climb up to the roof and see if you can peek in.>Try to spy through a broken window.>Cause an accident outside to try and divert the people in the warehouse outside.>Go through the front door, guns blazing.>Fire tear gas through the windows.>Call the police.>Custom option.
>>777586>>Climb up to the roof and see if you can peek in.
>>777586>Climb up to the roof and see if you can peek in.
>>Airi: Climb up to the roof and see if you can peek in.Your sister peeks her head out of the darkness, turning left and right to check for anybody. Her brown hair sways from side to side. There’s nobody about, but you do detect a ghastly burp coming from inside the warehouse. Somebody must be drinking. Depending on the type of magus, this could weaken them or make them the most aggressive fighter on the planet.Airi leaps from the shadows and dashes to the side of the warehouse. She finds footholds in pipes and a broken air-condition. She’s a blur of navy and red that scales to the top of the building within seconds. You watch her, a small ball in the distance, and see her press a head to the side of the roof.You then receive a text.>Can’t see Michiko or Hideki.>Heard somebody say that they’re in the same building because they want to parade them about>Both are unconscious they say.>Any entrances? …is what you reply.>There’s a hole here, big enough to fit a person.>Shesmur’s senses detects eight people down there. Some of them are magi.>There might be more. >Somebody could go through the broken windows as well.>These guys seem very sure of themselves.>They probably expect us to bow to their demands.>I don’t think they’re expecting Florence to be here.>They don't seem all that smart either.You reply with a ‘good work’. You then look at Florence. She’s gazing at the warehouse with a predatory grin. Her adrenaline must be bubbling way. Lots of magi are like that; give them battle and they will treat it as the most exciting thing for the next hour.The air around her plummets in temperature. Frost gathers on nearby glass panels. The stench of her mana wafts through your nostrils. Her ice magic art is strong indeed. So strong, that last year you only beat her at the very second. If you fought her now, you would lose and you would do so hard. You won’t admit this to her, but right now you’re glad she’s on your side.She might not be willing to climb up through the roof, though.What will you do?>Have Florence stride in through the front door, blasting away.>Stride in the front door yourself, firing your guns.>Drop yourself and Airi through the hole in the roof.>Drop Airi through the hole in the roof.>Drop yourself through the role in the roof.>Fire tear gas through the hole in the roof.>Fire tear gas through a broken window, then enter.>Have Florence lower of temperature inside the warehouse.>Have Airi throw one of her explosives through the roof.>Have Airi throw one of her explosives through the window.>Charge through, guns blazing.>Custom option.
>>777664>>Drop Airi through the hole in the roof.>Fire tear gas through a broken window, then enter.>Have Florence stride in through the front door, blasting away.
>>777664>>Drop Airi through the hole in the roof.>>Have Florence lower of temperature inside the warehouse.>>Stride in the front door yourself, firing your guns.
>>777664>Fire tear gas through a broken window, then enter.>Drop Airi through the hole in the roof.>Have Florence stride in through the front door, blasting away.
>>777664>Drop Airi through the hole in the roof.>Have Florence lower of temperature inside the warehouse.>Stride in the front door yourself, firing your guns.
In the warehouse, a thug grumbles to another thug.“Ergh, what the hell is taking those brats so long?”“Calm yer tits, there’s still fifteen minutes. What I wanna know is why we can’t get a piece of that blonde girl. Did you see the size of those melons on her?’“Yeah, too bad the boss prohibited it. Maybe when he’s not looking we can go and take a look.”“Heh, sounds like a plan. Say, is there any more beer?”“Sure, lemme get it…huh?” The thug stops as he sees two round, metal objects rushing towards him. They collide with a nearby table, smashing it to splinters. A second passes as the sight passes through their meaty brains. Then the tear gas canisters burst open and fire and acid in gas form envelops the area. There is the sound of multiple people screaming. “My eyes!”, “It burns!”, “An attack!” and so on. The two thugs grope their way towards the exit, only to find that someone is already standing there. A girl, slender of build and holding a rapier. “Good day to you, gentlemen. May I ask you to stand still?”The two thugs find themselves bewildered by the statement. They are shocked by the girl’s beauty. Then they notice the coldness in the air and look down to see a layer of ice creeping up their legs. Elsewhere in the warehouse, a number of other men are roused from their idleness by the chaos outside. They run towards the front. Their footsteps make ample cover for a lone figure leaping from a hole in the roof, a curved blade drawn. One thug hears the sound and turns around. He falls victim to a slash that cuts through his T-shirt and rips the skin from his flesh. Blood sprays and is devoured by the sword. His friend sees and charges with a tire iron. Two daggers slam into his chest, bowling up over. The tags attached explode with a bang, sending him flying in an arch through a plume of crimson smoke. He crashes to a halt against a rusting cabinet.A paint can falls on his head. There’s a meaty thunk and he goes still. Back outside, you reload your grenade launcher and slip on your gas mask. The scent of military-grade rubber fills your nostrils. Right, the front entrance is miniature blizzard, Airi is presumably slicing with her blade and absorbing blood and the whole room is in chaos from the tear gas. What will you do now?>Fire your guns at some filthy kidnappers to clear the area.>Take down the boss. He’s the one with the voice like a gravel dumpster.>Find Michiko and Hideki as quickly as possible. That’s your main priority.>More tear gas, please!>Search the place for valuables.>Custom option.
>>777757>>Find Michiko and Hideki as quickly as possible. That’s your main priority.>Fire your guns at some filthy kidnappers to clear the area.
>>777757>>Find Michiko and Hideki as quickly as possible. That’s your main priority.Always secure the hostages first
>>777757>Find Michiko and Hideki as quickly as possible. That’s your main priority.
>>777757>>Find Michiko and Hideki as quickly as possible. That’s your main priority.
>>777777>>777777>>777777>>777777>>777777congrats on the gets
>>777757>Find Michiko and Hideki as quickly as possible. That’s your main priority.>>777777Nice, luck is with you.
>>Keiichi: Secure the hostages.You vault through the broken window, careful not to cut yourself on the jagged glass. The thugs inside the warehouse are flailing about, their skin burning and blistering. Tears are streaking down their cheeks. They rub their eyes and it only makes things worse. Come on, it’s only a bit of tear gas. Akasha-Alea emptied the entire chamber when she was making you acclimatize to the spiciness.“Who the hell are you?”“He’s the one who fired the gas! Get him, boys!”Maybe you should have put your grenade launcher away. You quickly do that in exchange for your shotgun. There are three very pissed thugs running towards you with weapons held in their hands. You should shoot them before one of them beans your skull.>Roll 1d30 to shoot your targets.>Best out of three.
Rolled 5 (1d30)>>777812Headshot!
Rolled 7 (1d30)>>777812
Rolled 28 (1d30)>>777812
>>777826Thank you anon
You open fire with your Remington. Rubber slugs blast forward and stagger the three thugs. They go down, clutching their wounded chests. You step over their bodies and charge forward. In the distance, you hear the crinkling of rapid forming ice and metal crashing against other metal. There’s a door right in front of you. It’s locked. It’s also wooden. You remedy this obstacle by drawing your handgun and blasting the lock open. Shards of metal fly everywhere. Your gas mask protects your eyes, but some cut your skin. It matters little.You kick the door open. It slams against the wall with a bang. You see two figures lying on the floor, hands behind their backs, legs strung with wire and their mouths covered in duct tape. Michiko and Hideki. Their cheeks are pale. Their clothes are covered in dust and assorted bruises and lumps lie on their faces and limbs. Their eyes widen at the sight of you, then relax with relief. You crouch down next to them and rip the duct tape off.“Took you long enough,” Michiko rasps in a hoarse tone that begs for water. “I knew you would come, buddy!” Hideki cries, smiling wide.>“I’m really sorry for dragging you guys into this.”>“You guys want to fight, too?”>“Stay here. It’s not safe outside.”>“Come with me. We’ll get you guys out of here.”>“Who took you guys here?”>Custom option.
>>777881>>“Come with me. We’ll get you guys out of here.”
>>777881>“I’m really sorry for dragging you guys into this.”>“Come with me. We’ll get you guys out of here.”
“I’m really sorry for dragging you guys into this.” You undo their handcuffs, slice through the wire binding their legs with a piece of jagged metal lying around. They stand up, wobbly at first. Michiko summons her microphone to gain her balance. She coughs. Her usually smooth and maintained blonde hair is now a tangled mop of yellow dumped on her head. Her silver hair clips are missing, too. She’s dressed a casual dress with a white top and a pink skirt. Hideki, for comparison, is in dark clothes, blacks and greys. “Not your fault.” She says, wheezing, “My parents must be freaking out right now…”“I was careless.” Hideki grins, winking tiredly, “That’ll teach me to ignore my surroundings. Sorry!”“Are Airi and Florence Rutherford here?” Michiko asks, pointing to the door, “I can detect their magic.”“Yeah. Can you guys walk?” You ask. Both your friends nod. The fighting seems to have calmed down outside. Airi’s and Florence’s mana signatures are going strong, so you guess they’ve won. The weeping and screaming seems to be more evidence of that. The tear gas is also clearing, having flowed out of open doors, windows and the hole in the roof. At any rate, the entrance seems to be clear of the gas.“C’mon, we’ll get you guys out of here. Follow me.”With your guidance, Michiko and Hideki regain their senses and limp out the door. You then abruptly find yourself in another situation. “Don’t move! I’m telling ya!” You see your sister and Florence surrounding a thug. He’s decently built, but there’s more flab than muscle. His overall look reminds you of a fat weasel on two legs. His shirt is also covered in tomato sauce for some reason. That’s not important. What your eyes are focused on is the knife he’s holding and the neck he’s placed the it at. Namely, the neck of one of his own comrades.“You kids don’t want me to kill someone, huh?” The thug shouts. Hey, you recognize that voice. It’s the asshole who threatened you over the phone. “Then back away! Back out of this building and don’t come back!”He stamps the ground. There’s a tiny puddle of fresh blood there. His boots splash against it.“Oh god, please don’t do this.” His hostage whimpers. “I thought we were mates!”“Are you listening to me, you fuckers?” He screams, full of desperation, ignoring his hostage outright. “Get the hell out of here!”You reach for your handgun. Airi sees the motion and gives you the look. It’s one with determination and clarity. Is she telling you that she’s got a plan? Next to her, Florence is looking at the sight coolly, her hand having not moved from the grip on her rapier.>“My god, you are scum.”>Fire your handgun.>Let Airi handle it.>Let Florence handle it.>Let Michiko handle it.>“Let that guy go and we won’t call the cops.”>“Let that guy go and we won’t break all the bones in your body.”>Custom option.
>>777946>>Let Florence handle itI want to see what she does.
>>777946>Let Airi handle it.
>>777946>>Let Airi handle it.
“Now now, my good man. Won’t you please calm down.” Florence strides forward, her smile never faltering for an inch, “It isn’t as bad as you think.”“Get back, bitch!” The man screams, “Another step and I’ll cut this guy’s throat!”“If you do cut his throat, you’ll be charged with murder. But if you let go now, the worst you’ll get is simple assault and kidnapping. Which one sounds less punishing to you? The latter I believe, since there won’t be any blood on your hands.” She slides her rapier into its scabbard, then places her right arm by her side. You notice her fingers flex. The distance between her and the thug is closing meter by meter.“I’m warning you!” For all his bawling and shouting, the man and his hostage are retreating towards a wall. His eyes bug out like pods of their sockets at Florence’s continued advance. The undersides of his boots are still dripping blood, now drying. “Why aren’t you listening?’“You might be thrown in jail. That’s the fate of all kidnappers, I’m afraid. But at least you won’t have suffered the fate of killing your own comrade. I’ve read stories about what happens to people like those in prison. The details were quite graphical and interesting.”His back thumps against the wall. There are tears gathering in his eyes. “Back off!” he barks, the knife wavering. A jolt of pain then runs at him. He winces and looks down. “Wha—” He doesn’t get to finish that sentence, but presumably he was about to say, ‘Why is my arm covered in ice.’Behind Florence, Airi clenches her fist. “Detonate!” she whispers. The blood beneath the man’s feet promptly explodes. It’s a small explosion, pathetic compared to the blast of the grenade. Ah, you realize. The two girls were working in tandem. This is Airi’s final magic art ability at work. By exploding her own blood on the boots, the man is sent stumbling off balance, dropping the knife and releasing the hostage. Florence then reaches forward with her hand and touches the air. A wave of frost swarms across the man’s body, covering his limbs in seas of white. He falls forward, his teeth chattering and all the feeling vanishing from his body like storm water swirling down a drain. Florence draws her rapier and slams it on the ground, mere centimeters from the man’s narrow-shaped nose. You hear a whimper of fright.“See?” She says, leaning forward, “It wasn’t so bad. In fact, it was quite advantageous for us. We have a lot of questions we would like answers to, so please provide them, if you will…”
Damn, that was long. Thanks for playing, everyone! Academy Tournament Quest will resume this Friday, the 4th of November. 9:00pm UTC as usual. There will most likely be one or two snippets I'll post soon.Archived Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/771652Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Academy%20Tournament%20Organization%20QuestAsk fm: http://ask.fm/TwilightThorn441Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwilightThorn
>>778022Thanks for running Thorn!
>>778022Good stuff. Thanks for running, TT.
>>778012She was just as cool as I expected her to be, if we didn't have a QT spirit inside us she'd be best girl. Thanks for running Thorn. Pretty rare for me to catch the ending of the thread, feels nice.
>>778012Florence is really starting to grow on me.
There’s a king in Shibuya. His throne is tiny; the populace is scorned by the general public and the extent of his kingdom ranges from dirty backstreets to a used warehouse with a single garage. But he’s content, standing beneath the emblem of a fiery red skull as his minions prowl the streets for cash and excitement.Kata, as they call him, has been compared to a bear. It is not an inaccurate statement. He’s big, he’s imposing and he’s quiet. Chill, as his underlings refer him. He’d choose sitting back and relaxing over going out and conquering new territory. He’s a man who is satisfied with what he has.When his underlings asked him about conquering Shinjuku, he responded as thus:“Think about it, boys. We’ve got our hands full with Shibuya. Shinjuku is a pretty damn big place, you know? We try to go in and claim it; we spread ourselves too thin. Then we’ll be easy picks for whatever group of meatheads is lurking around the corner.”“I’m already feeling pretty comfortable here. What about you guys?”And like a bear, he’s a force to be reckoned with when angered. His many rival and opponents in the past can attest. They will do so from their body casts in their hospital rooms.Monday morning, nine-thirty. Kata is resting in his little hide-out in the gang warehouse, a radio blaring the sports next to him and a can of beer in his lips. He notices someone come into the room. A smile graces his sharp features and he raises a hand in greeting.“Yo, brother.” He says through a row of sharp teeth.“Hey Kata.” Takiji, his childhood friend from all the way back in 2006, responds. His hands are in his pockets, giving him a mild hunched appearance that doesn’t suit his muscular physique. “Listenin’ to the game?”“Yeah.” Kata has always loved baseball. In his opinion, the American leagues are the best, “Wanna join?”“Uh, y’see Kata…” Takiji begins, swallowing. Kata’s smile fades a little and see sits up a little straighter. It’s rare that his best friend is this quiet. “I’ve got something I wanna talk to you about.”“What, man?” Kata asks, “You seem nervous about it.”Takiji glances downwards. “Yeah, no shit.”Huh. What could his best friend be embarrassed about? Did he screw up in something again? Nah, he’d be in a rage. Did he eat the last pudding in the fridge? No, Takiji doesn’t even like that stuff. Did he crash his bike? Yeah, no. That would never happen in a million years. Kata would never admit it, but Takiji was better at going fast on bikes than he was.
An invisible lightbulb flashes above Kata’s head. He gives Takiji a knowing grin. It isn’t reciprocated. “Did you find a girl?” he asks.Takiji’s face goes red. Bam, right on the target. Kata stands up and slaps his brother on the back. “Wow man, and here we were thinking you didn’t like girls…” he begins.“Shaddup!” Takiji splutters, “It ain’t like that!”“So who’s the lucky girl? Hey, bring her over so I can meet her, yeah?” “Goddamnit Kata, this isn’t what I’m here for at all!” Takiji shouts, “Look, I just…we’re gonna schedule a meeting together, the two of us.”“The two of us? What?” Kata asks.“Yeah, ‘cause this is private and shit.” Takiji says, huffing. “You’re…you’re the only guy I can trust with this.”“…so it ain’t a girl?” Kata says with a cheeky grin.Takiji slams his palm into his face. “You know the Super Seven café in Ginza? Let’s go there. Tomorrow, at four. Yeah?”“Sure.” Kata says, “Hey, you sure you don’t wanna tell me now? Nobody else is here.”“No, sorry man. I gotta prepare myself.”“Sounds heavy, whatever is.” Kata says and smiles, “Well, don’t worry. Take your time. And you know you can tell me anything. We’re best friends.”“Yeah, Kata, we sure are…” Takiji replies, quiet again.
If Kata is a bear, then Doppo, the leader of the Shinjuku’s Brave Ravens, is a wolf hopped up on steroids. He’s constantly sniffing around for threats. He asserts his dominance in the loudest, most ruthless way possible. He finds challengers and attacks them before he can strike. Impatience is secondary to rational thought. His vocabulary is half profanity, half words no less than five syllables. They say, behind his back, that caffeine runs through his veins instead of blood.They also say that Doppo has been in jail. It is true—juvenile, though. An accident in there caused the burn scar on his face. When he got out, he boasted how he got into a fight with three guys and won. He wore the mark with pride. His parents saw it and shook their heads in disgust. As opposed to his underlings, who gained the respect that can only be born from fear.“Fucking hell…”There’s a throne room in the center of the Brave Raven’s base. It is, in Doppo’s word, ‘a hella fucking cool-looking chair’. A real aristocrat (a certain heiress springs to mind) would scoff at it. Doppo will only care in the sense that he despises being insulted.His nails dig into his palms. Clenched fists tend to do that. He grits his teeth. Beneath his shades, his eyes are bloodshot. He tosses his phone onto the ground. A chip of plastic flies. “Goddammit, isn’t there anyone fucking smart in this gang?” he screams.“What’s up, boss?”Abe, one of the gang’s lieutenants, comes out of a hallway, dressed in his usual top hat and torn jeans, a concerned look present. “Something wrong?”“You fucking think?” Doppo snarls, “I tell the guys to do one thing and they fuck it up!”“What did you tell them to do?” Abe asks.“Find out who started the fight in Shibuya.”“You’re still looking into that? It’s been weeks.” Abe laughs. “Come on boss, it was probably an accident. You know the guys can get. They see red and fists fly.”“I’m not an idiot, Abe!” Doppo snaps, “Something is up and I fucking know it. Shibuya was peaceful that day and there’s no way one of our boys would’ve started it, not when I specifically told them to hold their shit in. No, someone definitely kicked it off for them. I’m gonna find out who it is if it’s the last thing I do.”Abe shrugs. “Whatever you say. Let me know if you need the help. By the way, what happened to that blue-haired chick? Did she ever call you back or anything?”“Why do you ask?” Doppo narrows his eyes.“Just checkin’.”“Haven’t heard a single shitting word from her.” Doppo snorts, “Guess she hasn’t found anything 'bout Megumi either.”
“So you’re concerned about her, eh?”“The hell I am.” Doppo huffs, turning away, “That girl can take care of herself. Seen it done lots of times already.”“I see…”“She don’t need to get involved in our business. Better to just stay in that gold cage and live out a normal life. It’s what the shitty old man wants anyway—”His rant is cut off by a sudden shrill noise. He silently glares at Abe’s pocket. Abe excuses himself goes to the side and picks up the phone.“Hey, it’s me. What happened? Uh-huh…right. So that’s how it is. Let’s meet up somewhere. How does the area near the usual Texas Fried Chicken sound to you? Got it? Good. See you then!”He hangs up. Doppo gives him an eye. “Who the hell was that?”“Just a friend, boss.” Abe laughs, pocketing his phone. He flashes a charming smile at the scowling, scarved figure, “So what was that about your sister again?”
“Hey, Abe, who the hell was outside that door?”“You mean other than that Rutherford girl?”“Yeah. You ain’t responding. What, you hiding something from me?”“Course not, boss.”“Then tell me, dammit."“It was just a bunch of private school kids. You shouldn’t worry about them.”
>>778228Well, fuck you too Abe.
>>778232So good ol' notsohonest Abe is working with the third party to spark some fights? Guess we really should look into this guy some more.
“…oh, and there’s another thing that must be mentioned.”Your name is Keiichi Hirayama and you are fourteen years old. You are seated in the living room of your little country home with your family—your younger sister Airi, your mother and your father. You can’t stop shaking and you don’t know if it’s out of fright or sheer anticipation.There’s a guest in your home today, one that you invited. It’s a girl with long black hair, violet eyes have searched the depths of your soul and clothed in a dark funeral dress embroidered with silk. She’s sitting in the seat next to you. Her hair smells of burnt metal instead of conditioner and her presence is far from human. She is Akasha-Alea, a spirit representing the concept of firearms. Given what she did before you invited here, you are inclined to believe her. She is discussing something incredible important with your parents—a spirit contract for you alone. Even a boy as naïve and useless as you recognizes this as a one in a lifetime opportunity.“If you are to contract with me, boy,” Akasha-Alea speaks to your unconvinced parents and your wary younger sister and the tense you. “Then you must keep my identity a secret.”“How come?” You ask.“Bear in mind that this is the first time I have revealed myself to humanity. No other humans are aware of my existence. Now, consider how consider how ubiquitous firearms are in modern human warfare. Understand the theories humans have devised about the potential spirit of firearms, in the same vein as the head spirit of blades or tanks. Know that certain sects of humanity revere and worship firearms. These humans pray to imaginary deities and visualize firearms in human form. I have collected their faith and they wish for me to embrace them with my presence.” Akasha-Alea explains, folding my arms, “Now think about what would happen if I revealed myself to be contracted to a mere child instead of them.”
There is silence around the table. “They would come for him.” Your mother whispers, horrified. Former battle mage, over thirty years of age. When Akasha-Alea appeared, your mother immediately stood on guard, firing up her long-unused magic circuits. “They would kidnap Keiichi and demand him to tell them about you.”“At the very least, there would be a lot of people coming here to ask questions.” Your father, a grocery store owner, murmurs.Akasha-Alea nods. “Precisely. By law of the Spirit World, spirit mentors are forbidden from directly interacting with their mentees, including rescuing them from abduction. Therefore, you must keep my existence a secret.”“How will he explain it to the government? They keep track of the spirit mentors contracted to children.”“Easy.” Akasha-Alea says, “You will feign my identity as a spirit of minor space manipulation.”“Will that work?” You ask, unconvinced.“It is not entirely a falsehood, given what I can bestow upon you.”“What’s that?” “Sign the contract and you’ll find out.”“Oh…” You pause and think. “Will there ever be a chance to reveal yourself?”“Do you want to?” Akasha-Alea asks, looking at you.“No, I’m just curious.”“If there ever is, it will be when you are older and stronger. Now then, onto the next topic of this discussion…”
2: When your agreement has been given, your parents have no more misgivings and your sister has stopped latching onto your side, Akasha draws a knife. You baulk at the sight of the steel blade, thinking for a moment that she’s going to slice off one of your fingers like a yakuza. Instead, the spirit girl takes out a piece of golden parchment and places it on the table.“Everything we have discussed is summarized here.” She points to the contract. “Read it, boy.”You do so, because you’ve heard that malevolent spirits enjoy exploiting loopholes. Akasha-Alea isn’t a toxic spirit, so you guess this must be her first lesson to you. When you’re done, she speaks again.“Give me your hand.” You do so with hesitation. She takes the blade and cuts the skin on your palm. It stings and you cringe, squeezing teardrops from the corners of squinting eyes. She does the same to her own and doesn’t even flinch as steel cuts flesh and precious redness flows down her delicate-seeming hand. Together, your blood mingles on the parchment, lighting it with an unearthly, ethereal glow that matches her eyes. It creates a wind that surrounds you and her, blowing your hair and scattering dust and cutlery. Something squeezes hard inside you and you feel the urge to scream. You probably do. Exhilaration, nausea and aggression have been rolled up into a big ball and forced its way down your throat. You cannot hear the shouts of your distressed parents, nor the tearful cries of Airi. You clutch yourself as your soul fragments and reassembles itself in a manner of seconds.
You smell, feel and taste ash and spice, metal and carbon, acid and plastic. You quaver and can’t but smirk. Ah, this sensation! The feeling of violence and protection, precision and madness, metallurgy and bloodshed, death and existence and so much more mixing and swirling, setting fire and bringing forth energy to pathways in your soul that have remained dormant since the very beginning…A hand is placed on your shoulder. It’s Akasha-Alea. You feel her grip tighten. Calm washes over you. The turbulence within your soul begins to relax. You feel your breath grow steadier and steadier until it all returns to normal.Furniture is everywhere. Your family is gaping in shock. Guess they hadn’t expected your awakening to be so violent; Airi’s didn’t even come close to this. Akasha-Alea rolls up the contract and stores it inside her dress, a motion so casual it is as if nothing had occurred. She extends a pale hand, the arm wrapped in elegant cloth and invisible ash. She stares at you and you realize a second late that you are supposed to do the same. You follow with haste.“The contract is sealed. I am Akasha-Alea, the spirit of firearms, and from this day forth I shall be your mentor.”Still reeling from shock, you nod dumbly. “I’m Keiichi Hirayama, your new spirit mentee. Um, nice to meet you, Akasha-Alea. Let’s get along.”“I will not go easy on you. I will expect nothing but your very best. Do you understand, boy?” Her words are cold, rigid and commanding, much like the weapons she represents. They do not seem like they should be coming from the mouth of a girl who is only a bit taller than you. Yet, their effect rings true. You gulp, because you feel as if you have plunged into a sea so much deeper than you initially believed.There’s only one path. “I understand.” You say, and Akasha-Alea nods, so it must be satisfactory.
3: Your new spirit mentor is not kidding. Your training begins on the same day as the contract. As soon as the living room is cleaned up, she takes you to your room and makes you sit down. She stands above you, lecturing. “This is how you will spend your days.” She draws up a plan. It has diagrams. Detailed instructions on your diet, sleeping times, exercise and rest are all there. The changes are to be made immediately, no questions asked about it. A sinking feeling makes itself known inside your stomach. “You need to be fit.” She makes you wake up an hour before usual. Running shoes on, out the door and into the cold. At her behest, you jog across country roads, open fields and through dense forests. Your legs and ankles burn and scream for mercy. She makes you rest, then orders you to do some more. Begging is useless, your body decides to toughen itself up. “Firearms are heavy, so you need to be strong.” Your father has a makeshift exercise section in your backyard. Some dumbbells, a metal bar for pullups and a stretch of concrete for push-ups and other exercises. From the day of the signing, it becomes yours. You didn’t realize your body could be so heavy until you faced the harsh reality of fifteen consecutive pull-ups. You go to bed with the complaints of multiple sore muscles. “Do not eat this.” You try and eat chocolate. She snatches it for herself, then replaces it with a muesli bar. It doesn't taste as good. “I will not let you harm yourself.” She doesn’t teach you how to fire a gun right off the bat. Instead, she asks you about what a gun is. Straightforward, no stepping around it. Your answer does not please her, so she informs you. Definitions, cartridge versus bullet. Primer, casing, gunpowder and bullet. Firing pins, hammers, bolts, breeches and more. The difference between clips and magazines. She teaches you the four important rules of gun safety and gives you an unloaded pistol to practice them on. When you slip up, irritation flashes across her face like a comet, and you groan and prepare for a lecture. “Remember what I have taught you.” Your first gun from her is a familiar revolver, a six-shot .38 from Smith and Wesson. The four rules repeat themselves in your head. Your mother works at a firing range part time and that is where she takes you. It’s a hot day, with the sun shining down hard through a cloudless sky. She reserves a metal target and tells you to fire at it. You promptly miss all your shots. More practice is needed.
“This is my blessing unto you.” It takes the shape of an invisible space that latches onto your back. Your magic has just awakened, so its powers are weak. You can only contain a single firearm, the revolver. Its weight presses down on you like a miniature troll. She makes you carry it everywhere, even at school and during relaxation at home. It’s not heavy, but the presence of a life-taking tool is disconcerting. You grow paranoid that someone will discover it, despite her constant reminders that the space can only be detected by high-level magic, and arrest you for being a school shooter. Sleep is the only time she grants release, and even then you still have to keep the cartridges. “Are you listening to me?” Most spirit mentors divide their attention among many students. She is different. She only has you and thus her voice is always in your head. It’s a pest, at first. You ask her why she can’t materialize herself in the real world. It’s because she has business to do in the spirit world, she replies. Don’t forget your training. You can run more. You can lift more. Eat slowly, otherwise you will get sick. Recite the lessons. Aim your shots correctly. Steady the hands. Practice your breathing. A swarm, that’s what it is. Sometimes, you wish you could silence her once and for good.It doesn't happen, because she claims to know what’s best for you. Deep down in your juvenile heart, you roll your eyes and agree.
Despite the hardship, you endure it all, because you signed yourself up for this and it’s your responsibility to see it through and you don’t want to let your parents down. You don’t want to let this opportunity to slip through these fingers. You don’t want to let her down, as weird as it sounds. You think guns are cool and it might become a talent you can be proud of. You want to do something with your life. But most of all you cannot stand the idea of being left behind.
Weeks pass since the beginning. One day, you manage to land all six shots on the practice target with your revolver. When the last of the gunshots echo away and your breathing drops to normal, you look to the side where she is standing and give her a tired grin.“Adequate,” She answers your unsaid question with the usual poker face. But there’s a hint of genuine pride and warmth in her tone and you don’t fail to miss it.
Akasha-Alea best girl.
So is Akasha-Alea ALWAYS watching Keiichi? Even when he needs some alone time with Rosie Palm?
>>784397Obviously. He just has to learn to live with the shameful faps.
>>784462Does she critique his fapping skills? That's my fetish.
>>784671She critiques his fapping the way she critiques his firearms skills: with shouting, pain, and great physical exhaustion.
http://www.strawpoll.me/11568745http://www.strawpoll.me/11568745http://www.strawpoll.me/11568745waifu poll 2: electric boogaloo
>>785385Imouto > Spirit > Ice > Diva
>>785385>>785402Diva > Ice > Spirit > Imouto
>>785402Yeah this is the right one. good job Anon.
Diva best girl
>>785812Diva a shit
>>786233You're a shit. No who gets someone chocolate when they didn't have to can be a shit.
>>785294>ice has literally no votes so farI'm not sure I should laugh or not.
>>786334She is my 2nd place
>>786271You just singlehandedly changed my opinion of herWhat is wrong with me
>>786334>diva ahead of iceI mean she's cute but Ice is way more fun. Spirit or imouto should be in first though, not Diva.
>>785294Wonder how the poll would look if you ranked the girls instead of just choosing one.
>>788075The poll IS a rankingImouto > Diva > Spirit > Ice
According to Michiko’s phone, it’s ten-thirty in the morning. She fished the object out of the bastard’s pocket as the frost held his limbs in place. The coldness of it all reminds you the northern fringes of Akasha-Alea’s domain—snowy battlegrounds that create a deserted snapshot of Europe’s Winter War, bordering an imaginary, irradiated Pripyat. You haven’t been to either. The radiation zone is strictly off limits, Akasha-Alea said, until I can trust you with it. And that won’t be until later. The man’s teeth are chattering like ice cubes clinking together. He’s teetering at the edge of hypothermia. You almost feel sorry for him. Then again, he kidnapped two of your friends and held them hostage, so you give him a kick in the side and leave him be.“It’s cold,” Michiko remarks, wincing at her grip against the phone. “Wow, the screen is covered in ice.”“My sincere apologies.” Florence says. “I hadn’t known your phone was in his pocket. The frost should melt if you place it in the sun.”Was that a white lie? You told Florence about how the ringleader had used Michiko’s phone to call you. Where else would he keep it? If you could figure that out, Florence, the girl who never fails to place in the top 10 in her academy, would. She’s not the type to care about such ‘trivialities’. Either way, Michiko doesn’t notice.“You don’t have to apologize. You never stole it, or kidnapped me for that matter.” She shoots a withering glare at the ringleader and for a second you think she’s going to summon her microphone and smash it into his crotch. She coughs instead, looking at Florence. “Florence Rutherford, right? I don’t think we’ve met before.” “Yes, that is true. So you are Michiko Tsukiwaki, the diva of True Hearts?” Florence gives Michiko a pleasant smile, “Keiichi has talked about you. When he heard you were kidnapped, I believe he dropped everything to come and rescue you.”“Well, yeah, he tends to do that.” Michiko answers, her cheeks going a little pink, “I would be pissed if he didn’t though.”What, does she think rescuing girls is your job? Because it isn’t, because you don't get paid. The fact you did it half a dozen times over the last year is irrelevant.Florence offers her hand. Michiko stares at it for a moment, unsure, before taking it. The two girls shake. “It’s pleasure to meet you.”
“Yeah, likewise.” You catch a glimpse of Florence’s eyes and you see only practiced cordiality within them. This is nothing special for her, you understand. Michiko is just another student, one amidst a line of thousands. There is no sense of equality here. Florence glances at you and a small grin appears. What, does she think this is your little private joke?You see Airi looking around the area, her lips curled in distaste. She’s searching if anyone is left. Nope, all of the kidnappers have been defeated, frozen by Florence, shot by you and cut down by a bloody blade. Not a single one has been spared. When you say that, it’s as if you have killed them. No, that’s silly. You’ve just incapacitated them. Some of them are still conscious.“Onii-chan, our fight was a little loud.” She says. She’s right. Tear gas and gunshots aren’t anything subtle. Akasha-Alea made you wear earplugs during the first few months of your training. After a while, she thinned them down until the staggering bang of gunfire became secondary over actually dodging bullets. “Yeah, I think we should get the hell out of here.” You reply. “But what about the rest of the bodies?” Airi asks.“Oh, you needn’t concern yourselves with that.” Florence says, happily.“And why?” You ask, “Is a truck going to show up at this spot with some undertakers riding on it?”“No, but I think you will find that the police activity in this area this morning is rather light.” Florence replies. Of course. The power of money strikes again. “Now, we should subdue the rest of the ruffians. Wouldn’t want them to interfere with our interrogation.”You and Airi look at each other, then shrug. “Sure.”“Well, then let us get to it.” The click-clack of elegant heels against a rough concrete floor, then come the hissing of fast forming ice and howls of pain from several directions at once. Yeah, you should have expected this. It’s sadistic, but sadistic. You and Airi get to work. You bash people over the head with the butt of your pistol. Airi makes a blunt sword and starts the whacking.Now everyone except you, your friends and Florence are unconscious. Isn’t that nice?>>Keiichi and Hideki: Go through the bodies and look for loose change.You do the thing that you have been anticipating. Airi sees and shakes her head, frowning. Michiko wonders yet again what the hell is wrong is you. Florence seems amused. Together, you and your blonde friend nab a number of rather chilly wallets. They yield spoils in the form of coins, bills and a couple of fast food coupons. You give them to Hideki, because there’s no way Akasha is letting you eat that greasy crap any time soon.“Is there food in here?” Michiko groans, rummaging around in a closet and getting her evening dress smeared with more dust, “I haven’t eaten in twelve hours.”
“I think I heard some of the men talking about beer.” Airi responds. She shudders, “No thank you.”“Tell me about it.” Michiko sticks out of her tongue and scrunches up her face. “Never again, right Airi?”“You said it, Micchan.”Michiko looks around the place some more. Her face brightens upon finding what’s inside a cardboard box. Two packages of lukewarm MgRonalds Big Mag meals. There’s also a pair of unopened Panta cans. On any other day, Michiko would have thrown these to the trash. But at present her hunger overrides any thought processes she may have.“Hey Hideki, get over here.” “Oh, awesome!”They scoff cold burgers and stale fries and wash them down with warm fizzy grape soda. It fills their stomach and restores vitality and brings color to their faces. You can’t help but grin a little. Airi certainly doesn’t try to hide it.Now then, since that’s all been taken care of…>>Interrogate. “Good man, what is your name?”“Go fuck yourself, ice bitch!’“Your parents have very strange tastes.” Florence muses, causing the ringleader’s head to swell into a tomato through all the ice and frost.Interrogation is not something you have been taught. You and your friends have access to a variety of weapons and tools, so maybe you can think of something?>“Hey Airi, is your spirit hungry?”>“Akasha, can you give me some tips?”>“Oh look, I just remembered I have a gun.”>“Florence, tell this guy a little bit about yourself.”>“Hideki, any ideas?”>“Michiko, you want a shot at this guy?”>“Hello, is this the police?”>Custom option.
>>788158>>“Michiko, you want a shot at this guy?”
>>788158>“Oh look, I just remembered I have a gun.”
>>788158>“Hey Airi, is your spirit hungry?”She can be scary when she wants to.Also, probably shouldn't say we have a gun. We've used it, so they probably know we ain't firing real rounds.
>>788158>>“Akasha, can you give me some tips?”I want to see how brutal her suggestion will be
>>788200Plastic bullets still hurts like hell.
>all votes differentI love how united we are
>>788246Bit late but I would have gone for Airi or Akasha.
Hey look, you just remembered you have a gun. Four of them actually. Guns are a universal truth, one that promises pain and bloodshed and tends to make people shut the hell up. You consider taking one out and shoving it in the ringleader’s face. “I would advise against that.” Akasha-Alea’s voice rings, “Why?” You ask, reaching into the depths of your tracksuit. “Because it may not work.”“Thanks, but that doesn’t actually answer my question.” A sigh, born from the dissatisfaction of stating the obvious. “Plastic bullets are meant to bruise rather than penetrate. He may understand that he’ll be wounded but not damaged to the point of being killed.” “You told me that plastic bullets can kill people too.”“If aimed correctly, yes. But you don’t have the disposition to kill anyone, correct?” She’s got a point there. “Okay, then what would you suggest, oh mighty spirit?” She considers this for a moment. “See if you can find a wet cloth.” “What the hell? ” You scream mentally, “That’s just as bad!"“If there isn’t one, I would suggest a pair of pliers.”“You’re doing this on purpose!” “My methods of interrogation are tried and tested and used by soldiers worldwide. It takes a certain type of person to appreciate them. Fine then boy, see if that spirit of your sister has any ideas.” Akasha-Alea huffs, and her presence vanishes. You snap out of your trance to hear a piercing scream filling the air.“What was that?” You demand.“Michiko just slammed her microphone stand into the guy’s crotch.” Hideki explains, pointing to the grisly sight. “The guy was mocking her and she couldn’t take it.”
Ah, you were wondering when that would happen. “Did it do anything?” You ask.“Not really, but I think my testicles are retreating into themselves.”“Never mind.” You turn to your sister. “Airi, do you have anything.”She raises a finger to her lips, questioning herself. Her lips twist themselves sideward and a contemplating hum leaks from them. “Shesmur is telling me something. It’s an idea, I don’t know how well it’ll work.”“My spirit mentor seems to have faith in him.” You reply, folding your arms. “Go for it.”“Alright.” Airi unwraps her scarf from her neck. The fabric withdraws into itself, curling up into a ball and congeals itself into a sphere of crimson goo. Legs, ears and mouth pop out from it and the bloody devil-beast is there, yipping and sniffing the air. Airi gently places her spirit partner on the ground. It shakes it head for a moment, then directs its invisible gaze to the man who kidnapped its partner’s friends.“The hell is that?” The ringleader asks, nervousness creeping into his voice.“A friend.” Florence replies, stepping back, grinning. “Please enjoy his hospitality.”“Go, Shesmur.” Airi gives the spirit a pat. It barks, then snarls at the ringleader. Much to your satisfaction, he flinches. Shesmur then treads towards the man, making sure to put weight into every step. It locks its gaze onto the part between the man’s legs. It unhinges its jaw, revealing twin rows of jagged teeth and drool dripping from every one of them.“What is it going to do?” The ringleader shrieks. “You haven’t noticed.” Michiko asks, “Seriously? It’s going to bite your dick off.”“Are you fucking kidding me?” He’s screaming now.It places its paws on the man’s crotch. It sniffs, then scowls in disgust.“Oh god, oh god…”Shesmur takes a moment to breathe. It opens its jaws and shoves the crotch in them. It then concentrates, then clamps down like an oversized bear trap…“Oh god, I’ll tell you everything! Just get that damn beast away from me!”[Ask your questions]>“Why did you attack my friends?”>“Are you a biker?”>“Where are the goods?”>Hit him some more.>“Who sent you here?”>“Where are your friends?”>Custom option.
>>788422>“Why did you attack my friends?”>“Where are the goods?”>“Who sent you here?”
>>788422>“Why did you attack my friends?”>“Who sent you here?”>“Where are your friends?”
>>788422>“Why did you attack my friends?”>“Where are the goods?”>“Who sent you here?”Hot Damn Airi is scary.
>>788422>>“Who sent you here?”>“Why did you attack my friends?”\>“Are you a biker?”Pretty sure he's not a biker but maybe he could drop some hints if a biker gang is involved.
>>788422WHO PAID YOU TO GRAB DR PAVEL?
>>788476A big guy.
“Shesmur, please stay there.” The spirit freezes upon hearing your sister’s face. It’s now in a position where its ravenous jaws are inches from crushing the ringleader’s balls and giving him the most painful experience in the history of mankind. You can hear the beast grumbling, as if to say ‘you’re lucky she’s so kind’.“So will you answer our questions now?” Airi asks, attempting to put on a warm smile and succeeding, which might not be the most normal thing to do right now. The ringleader nods like one of those toy cats in Chinese eateries. “Okay, go for it, everyone.”You decide to get the most obvious question out of the way. “Why did you attack and kidnap my friends?”“Because we were hired to!” The ringleader cries. “We’re a group of freelance kidnappers, you see. They pay us and we do their dirty work.”“And what were you going to do once you took us?” Michiko asks, “I ‘unno. Hold you to ransom or something?” The ringleader says, sheepishly. “You looked rich, girl.”“Keiichi, can I hit him again?” Michiko asks.“Do it afterwards.” You say.“Who hired you?” Florence asks, “Please do not try and lie to me. I am very skilled at detecting people who do.”The man hesitates. “I don’t know.”“Really, now…”“I really don’t! The guy who hired us never gave his name!” The ringleader protests. “We just received instructions from him along with photographs and a deposit and we got to work! He said that he wanted to use the blonde girl and the blonde guy as bait. He said to take out anybody who came looking for them. It all was from a few days ago!”“So, the intent of whoever your employer was was to get rid of us.” You mutter, “Hey Hideki, you were following that Abe guy on the night you got kidnapped.”“Yup.” Hideki nods. “It was going so well, too. He slipped out of my sight and then I found an iron pipe being whacked on my skull.” “Abe? Who’s that?” The ringleader asks, confused. “Never heard of anybody like that.”“Do you think that maybe he’s the one behind this?” Airi asks.“It sounds likely, but it also could be a coincidence.” You say, “Hey, asshole. How did you know where to find Michiko and Hideki?”“…by stalking them? We just sort of drove around and looked for those two. Part of it was up to luck...” The ringleader asks, weakly.Michiko stares for a moment, expressionless. Then she snarls and brings the back of her microphone stand down onto the man’s head. His forehead smashes against the concrete. He howls. “Disgusting!” she yells, the wind whipping up around her.“Damn it, I’m telling the truth!”“You’re all complete monsters!” Michiko hisses. “I can’t believe this!”
“Calm down, Micchan.” Airi exclaims. She reaches out and grabs the blonde’s shoulders. “We’ll finish up this and hand him over to the police.”“I won’t feel good until they’re all in a cell.” Michiko spits, jerking her head away. “Whoever your employer is, he underestimated the Hirayama siblings. Quite like a few others.” Florence remarks. “He, or she, may not have known that I was co-operating with them either.”“I’ve got another question!” Hideki says, raising a finger. “Where are the goods?”Everyone turns to look at him. “What?” You say.“Where are the goods, man?” Hideki repeats, smiling. “The cool stuff. Where is it?”“Hideki, are you alright—”“They’re back at base! The whole stash. It’s mostly coke, but we’ve got some weed there too!” The ringleader confesses. “Okay, cool. Got it!” Hideki. Your stare is now incredulous. Airi’s is seriously worried. Michiko wants to strangle someone. Florence looks as if she’s staring at a cockroach. “I guess that’s end of the interrogation, then.”The ringleader struggles against his bonds of ice. They are melting into a puddle. Florence snaps a finger and they freeze up again. He’s motionless now. “My buddies will come for me!” The ringleader shouts, his bravado returning all of a sudden. “Just you wait, you little shits!”“Are you sure about that?” Hideki says, “You’re the guy who held a knife to your own friend’s neck.”“They won’t know that.”A couple of seconds pass. Hideki rubs his chin. “Wow man, I didn’t think you would actually confess to that.” “What?”Hideki takes the hand behind his back and shows it to everyone. His cell phone is inside. A big red dot is centered on the screen. Beneath it is a rapidly increasing timer. “Oh ho…” Florence mutters, the hint of a smirk forming on her lips. “When the hell did you take that out!” The ringleader shrieks like a pig with a butcher’s knife to its neck.“Since the very beginning.” Hideki shrugs. “I can’t believe none of you guys ever noticed.”>Call the police.>Take Michiko and Hideki home.>Take only Michiko home.>Invite everyone to eat brunch together.>Go search for Abe.>Call Takiji and Megumi to tell them about this.>Custom option.
>>788807>>Call the police.>>Take Michiko and Hideki home.>>Call Takiji and Megumi to tell them about this.
>>788807>Call the police.>Take Michiko and Hideki home.>Go search for Abe.
>>788807>>Invite everyone to eat brunch together.Treat them to some food and sneak some in for ourselves.>Call Takiji and Megumi to tell them about this.
>>788807>Call the police.>Take Michiko and Hideki home.>Invite everyone to eat brunch together.>Call Takiji and Megumi to tell them about this.
>>788807>Take Michiko and Hideki home.>Go search for Abe.
>>788807>2016>Weed is STILL illegalI know its japan but damn guys.Now the coke, that's a fucking problem.
>Not wanting a team dinner
>>788982They were just kidnapped and probably just want to go home and have a shower. Team dinner can wait.
>>788958>[current year]>still wanting weed to be legal
>>789009All drugs should be legal.
>>789009>[current year]>Not wanting as little government involved in our personal lives as possible >Not understanding the price to keep weed illegal is far more than making it legal, taxing the shit out of it, and not filling our jails to bursting with stupid teens caught on drug charges.>>789080This is a bit too far.Don't give anyone free and easy access to shit like heroin or crack.Hard drug are too much of a social burden.Weed is on the level of Alcohol and Tobacco.
>>Shesmsur: Retreat.“Good boy.” Airi cooes, hugging the little blood spirit. “You did well. I better give you a bath when you get back.”That’s cold, sis.>>Keiichi: Call the police.Done and done. You turn to the ringleader. “Hey buddy. The police are coming. You’re going to tell them about everything you’re done.” “Why the fuck would I do that?”“Because if you don’t, I’m going to get Hideki to give them the recording. Also, Florence’s family is stupidly powerful and she might slip something on ‘accident’ that makes them very pissed at you.”Florence clasps her hands together. If she were less dignified, she would titter with joy and clap a bit. “And they we don’t know each other, Keiichi.”Not knowing her might be a good thing, in some respects. Still, she’s useful as a threat. You think those troublesome thoughts to yourself and prepare to leave. The little motley band of kidnappers are all stuck to the ground, so there’s little chance of them escaping before the police show up.“Will we have to make any statements?” Airi asks.“Probably not.” You whisper back. “Kushikawa said we were covered and Florence might want to keep this under wraps.”You, your sister and the rest flee before men in uniforms come to ask any awkward questions.>>Keiichi: Invite everyone to each brunch together. “Sorry, I think it’s better if I go home.” Michiko mutters, “My parents must be strangling themselves with worry.”“You sure you’re not hungry?” You ask, and she chuckles, half-amused, half-bitter.“That burger I ate will fuel me for a while. Don’t worry about me, Keiichi. You’ve already done enough.”You shrug. “If you say so Michiko.” “Are you sure you don’t want any of us to accompany you?” Airi asks.“Nah, I just said I was fine, Airi.”“Be careful on the way home, Micchan.”“I will.”“What about you, Hideki?” You ask.“Well, I live in the school dorms, so I don’t have any parents. I feel super banged up though, so I’ll head back as well. I’ll stick with Michiko for safety.” The blonde boy glances down at his phone. “Better get this recording backed up and uploaded soon.”“Be careful too.” You warn.“Yeah, I sure as hell wasn’t back then! Cat’s got a lot of words to say to me.” Hideki gives you a tired smile, but at the same time it’s full of gratification. “See you soon, buddy.”“Take care.”They prepare to depart. Michiko turns to you. “Oh, and Keiichi…”“What?”“We’re in the clear now. You don’t have to keep that gas mask on.”“…oh shit, sorry.”
>>Keiichi and Airi: Call Takiji and Megumi. “I can’t get to Megumi. Maybe she’s away?”“Try Takiji, sis.”“…”“…”“No, I’m afraid there’s no response.”“Let’s try again later. In the meantime, would the two of you care to join me for a quick brunch?”You, your sister and Florence eat brunch at a European café in the main square of Chiyoda. The food there is above what you usually eat, but Florence states that she’ll foot the bill, which you take as your cue to eat as much as possible. After all that running around, shooting and interrogating, your stomach is rumbling like mad. The curse of only eating a single energy bar before rushing out this morning. The staff turn their noses at the state of your clothes, but they serve the food without complaint. “Don’t eat anything too sugary.” Your mentor whispers. This is not a hypocritical statement in her eyes, because she never gets fat. There’s orange juice and fruit salad, which thankfully passes her requirements. There’s also croissants with cheese and ham in them. They’re delicious, but you can’t imagine someone going mad for them.As you eat, you look around the area. Tokyo is a busy city, but it’s past rush hour now and the crowds are subdued. Several adults throw you looks at they pass. They must be wondering why you’re out here instead of attending school.Your gaze falls on Florence. She’s picking at her food with a knife and fork. Every moment is controlled; nothing is left to waste. There are no messy chomps, no dreadful squelches or slurps. Even the way she slides the bread into her mouth and chews is neither too fast nor too slow and is thus thus elegant. Her school uniform is caked with a thin layer of powder like your tracksuit and pants, yet she pays no heed to them. With the bright sun shining down on her, she looks (dare you think it?) dignified and stunning. You once heard that children of the Rutherford family spend years practicing tableside manners and general nobleman’s etiquette. You can’t imagine yourself doing that. It would drive you mad. “Oh, I don’t know about that. It’s all about conditioning a child from a young age, which I did with you.” Her eyes flash up. The two of you lock gazes. She smirks. Is she expecting you to say something? If so, what will it be?>“Thanks, I guess.”>Stay silent.>“What are you going to do now?”>"You seem happy.">“You look like you’re scheming something.”>Custom option.
>>789158>“What are you going to do now?”>"You seem happy.">“You look like you’re scheming something.”
>>789124Just because I think consuming all drugs should be legal I don't think selling all drugs should be. Target the distributors, not the consumers.
>>789158>>"You seem happy.">>“You look like you’re scheming something.”
>>789158>“What are you going to do now?”>"You seem happy.">>789175Fair enough
>>789158>>“What are you going to do now?”>“You look like you’re scheming something.”
>>789131>>7891584/5 votes was for taking Michiko and Hideki home. Why do we then just let them walk off on their own?
>>789158>"What's on your mind?"
Oh god oh god what the fuck was that. How the hell do three high schoolers managed to take out an entire gang of men? I mean, they’re magi, but there’s a limit to how ridiculous the world can be! What the fuck?…crap, they’re coming this way. Hide in the dumpster, mingle among the trash! I can’t let them find me. I don’t want to be frozen into a snowman like the others! ………Good, they’re gone. I think I’ll be trash for a little longer, just in case. I wish I could help the others, but it’s too dangerous. They probably won’ Damn it, why do magi have so many rights than us normal people in today’s society?………Okay, I better call the boss. He knows what to do. He put me out here today. Gotta grab my phone. What was his number again?
“You seem happy.” You remark. Florence puts her knife and fork down and rests her hands on her lap. “Yes, today has been satisfactory. I got to practice my magic art and I got the chance to try out this lovely little café my colleague recommended. I also had the chance to play the good samaritan. There is much to feel delighted about, Keiichi.”“The first two are more important than the last, huh.”“Oh my, is that an assumption I hear?”“Yeah, but do you deny it?” She smiles at you, not responding. She takes another sip of your orange juice. Yeah, that’s more or less what you thought would happen. Still, that magic of hers. The part where she touched the air and made the water vapour freeze. She couldn’t do that last year. She must have developed it when you were recovering in the hospital.If she faced off against you now, how would she utilize that technique? Would she lock your legs into place or would she jam your gun with ice? Are there any other cards she has yet to reveal? One thing is for sure: with the skills you possess, you have little chance of winning against her. It’s truly prudent to be wary around her.“So, what are you going to do now?” “Finish my meal.” Florence replies. “After that, I will call Megumi. Or that boyfriend of hers, I suppose…”“You don’t like Takiji, eh.”“Do you?”“He’s loud as hell, but I’ve seen worse.” You answer sharply. “Answer the question, Florence.”She exhales. “To tell the truth, I do not. He’s brutish, arrogant and has a short-fused temper. He has not job other than riding that bike of his. I feel he’s a poor fit for Megumi.” Florence replies, her voice losing its levity.“Takiji really cares for Megumi.” You point out.“Yes, I suppose that is true, which earns him a few points. Suffice to say, it is Megumi’s choice and I do not know Takiji on a deeper level, so I will refrain from interfering with them.”“At least you’re courteous enough for that.” You mutter, “Because you always look like you’re scheming something.”“Oh Keiichi, when am I not?”“Hey, guys!” Airi exclaims, “I’ve got Megumi on the phone. Quick, let’s listen to her.”Your sister puts her phone on the speaker and you all lean forward to listen. Megumi’s stuttering, timid voice crackles from the speakers. “Hello? Florence, Airi, Keiichi? Is that you?”“We hear you.” You reply. “Did something happen.”“Yes!” Megumi cries. “In fact, it’s really bad!”Uh-oh. “What happened? Are any of you guys hurt?”“No, Takiji and I are fine. It’s just that…”
Smoke and ash. Concrete and carbon. A wave of heat and flame, twisting once proud machines into lumps of charred steel and melted plastic. The men inside the garage could only gape at the destruction, the acrid plumes rising like dark clouds and their unconscious fellows littered around the area. The silence hung in the air like layers of barbed wire. No-one dared to approach; their brains were busy scurrying after their frightened eyes.“They…they got our bikes.” A young delinquent wailed, tears gathering in the corners of his eyes. He fell to his knees and sobbed. “They got our motherfucking bikes!”“Who did this?” Another one roared, crushing the can in his fist. A rhetorical question. The answer was scrawled on the ground, in thick blue paint.The Brave Ravens were here!A man stood in front of the carnage. There was a cigarette in his mouth. Visions of embers reflected themselves off his sunglasses. He stubbed out the cigarette on the floor, crushing it beneath his boots.“Takiji.” Kata, leader of the Red Skull Rockers, said, in a steady, quiet voice.“What is it, boss?” “Get the others.”
There were many ways to hurt your fellow man, Abe mused. Bludgeon over the head, and they fall to the ground. Slice them with blades and they bleed. Crack the bones and they scream. Set them alight and they scramble around in search of water. It was interesting how the after-effects of all of them were displayed here, on a dozen different bodies in this little hideout of his gang. No-one was dead, but whoever did this to them probably wanted to make wish they were.“Motherfuckers!”There went his boss. Shrieking, howling and kicking tables around. A single blow reduced a chair to splinters. Scary, scary. He couldn’t blame the man. Anyone would get enraged after seeing their fellows reduced to such a pitiful state. The message across the wall in red didn’t help matters either.The Red Skull Rockers were here!“Abe!” Doppo screamed, causing the men behind him to flinch and tremble. “Yeah, boss?”“What the fuck are you standing around for? Call everyone back to the damn base!”“In a moment.” Abe replied. His eyebrows raised at what was on his phone. “Whoa, did they really upload this to the Internet?”“…what?” Doppo asked, fatally quiet.“Look.” The photo was on an image website, with the caption ‘Brave Ravens BTFO (sincerely Red Skull Rockers)’ and a number of comments below.>Brave Ravens BTFO>Repeating the title, how clever.>skulls: 1, ravens: minus infinity>always knew the red skulls were the patrician’s gang>Woooooowww the Brave Ravens are so pathetic! They should get a job changing nappies instead!>is that the best you could come up with? gtfoAbe had to yank his phone back, because otherwise his boss might have shattered it in half.“Call the others, you fucker! Anyone who’s a second late will have their head smashed against the wall!” Doppo shouted, “We’re going on the warpath and we’re wiping out every last one of those miserable motherfuckers!”
Taking a break for thirty minutes.
>>789586Well shit, shits going down for real now.
>>789586Abe just keeps on fucking shit up.
There never is a dull day around these two huh
>>790082Who else but the Hirayama's?
The three of you can only sit and listen in sincere, horrified silence. Megumi is as loud as a cat’s meow, but her shaking words seem to wipe out all other sound in your surroundings. Everything inside of you, from your firearms to your beating organs, goes cold. This was one outcome you hadn’t believe in. Now that it’s here, it is truly the worse possible one.“…and that’s what happened. Takiji and his friends are in uproar. When he saw the sight, he was choked in rage.”“Where are the two of you now?” Airi asks, staring at her phone with intensity.“I’m at Takiji’s apartment. He told me to stay there. He’s at his gang’s warehouse. I’ve tried to call him, but he isn’t responding.”“He must be too focused on what’s happening.” You murmur. “Can’t blame him. I would be so pissed if someone set fire to all of my guns.”“Has he seen the pictures online?” Florence asks. “I don’t think so.” Megumi replies. “But someone is definitely playing a trick of them.”“Yes, it’s abundantly clear that this is a massive setup.” Florence muses. “I’ve had my suspicious for a while. Not that it matters to the gangs. They’ll tear themselves to shreds without discovering the truth.”“What’s going to happen now?” You hear Megumi tremble on the spot. “What are we going to do?”“Well, the whole confession business is off.” You mutter. “Hey Megumi, you said the Red Skulls’ bikes are totaled. Meaning, they won’t be able to move?”“No, only some of them. They were really precious bikes, though. That’s what Takiji told me. Oh, they’ve put the fire out themselves. That’s good…a little.”Great, so it means the Red Skull Rockers can move, which means they’ll be speeding towards Shinjuku soon. And there is no doubt the infuriated Brave Ravens are headed straight to Shibuya. The conclusion is that the two gangs will clash at the border and kick up a maelstrom of violence and bloodshed. The government wants the gang violence to calm down, but somehow the situation has transformed into the exact opposite. You can feel a migraine creeping up the sides of your neck.“Onii-chan…” Airi murmurs, watching you sadly. “Give us a few minutes, Megumi.” You say to the phone, “We’ll figure out something.”“You will?”“It’s sorta out job to stop the violence in Shibuya, so yeah. See you soon.”“Please be safe.”
With that, Megumi hangs up. You sigh and let the background noises overtake you to a moment. Just a Options. What are your options? Abe pops into your head, with that irritating top hat and that stupid grin. Takiji was right, there’s something off about him. You don’t have any evidence, but it can’t be a coincidence that Hideki was kidnapped on the same night he was tailing Abe. Who hired those kidnappers in the first place? Was it him? “The confession need not be off.” Akasha-Alea is back. “Through the boy and the girl, you may be still able to unite the two houses. However, it would require the supervision of a neutral party.” “Are you suggesting tha't us?” “Are you prepared to face a hundred angered, violent men on two sides? It may be possible, especially if you convince the leaders first. Words have power.” She thinks. “Another alternative is to let the two gangs fight it out. Children like that are fated to wipe each out in the end.” “That sounds incredibly violent! A lot of people will get hurt!”“Yes, but this way your safety is assured. You don’t have to lift a finger. If you wish for combat, then direct the two gangs at yourselves. Let them be united in their mutual hatred for you.” “...” “If I may make a suggestion…” Florence begins.You crack open your eyes. “What is it?”“Why not simply call the police?”“Excuse me?’“I have been looking at the news and there’s no sign of a gang war occurring. It means that the two gangs have yet to move out. If we call the police now, they may be able to spring an ambush when the gangs do start fighting. They will be arrested for violence and the gangs will splinter. Would this not solve our problem of quelling the street violence in Shibuya?”That is one solution. There’s an obvious hitch, and that is…“Takiji.” Airi says, her eyes widening. “He won’t leave his leader’s side. He’ll be caught in the crossfire.”“Florence, what the hell are you thinking?” You demand, fists resting on the table. “The most convenient solution for us.” Florence responds. “You’re talking about throwing Takiji under a bus!”“Oh, I have no intention of doing that. Did I not say I would not interfere with his and Megumi’s relationship?” Florence replies, composed and cool. She looks at you and you scowl. Why is she still smiling? What enjoyment is there in this? “Before the ambush, I will warn him about what we will do. I will explain that if he does not participate in the war, he will be allowed to go free. Then, we will see what is more important to him: his gang lifestyle, or his love for Megumi.” She finishes off the last of her drink. “That, I believe, will be something to see. Wouldn’t you agree?”>“Why are you so evil? No.”>“The police could be used as a distraction…”>“…you might be right.”>Investigate Abe.>Sit back and wait for the fires to fade.>Announce the confession at the gang war.>Take on both sides by yourselves.>Custom option.
>>790136>>Investigate Abe.>Announce the confession at the gang war.
>>790136>“The police could be used as a distraction…”Or at least save up enough time to make peace>>Investigate Abe.>Announce the confession at the gang war.If all else fails>Take on both sides by yourselves.
>>790136>>Investigate Abe.>>Announce the confession at the gang war.
>>790136>>“…you might be right.”>>Investigate Abe.Why not give him a little push and see if he can man up and leave the gang, better this way. Why would we announce the confession though? Would that not just be throwing oil on the fire?
“I have a better idea.” You say. You look ahead straight. You’re confident in this. You have to be, otherwise some very bad things will happen. Airi and Florence have your attention. That’s good. “The Brave Ravens got their men beat up and the Red Skull Rockers had their bikes destroyed in a fire.” “Where are you going with this?” Florence asks, and from the way she stares at you and grins you know she has already figured out your intentions. “That’s violence and arson, right? So, shouldn’t the police investigate those?”
>>Later…Ring, ring, ring. The screen slides up. An icon is pressed. A punch in the form of sound whacks you upside the head.“KEIICHI!” “Calm down, dammit!”“No, I will not fucking calm down! Do you know why? Because the pigs are standing outside our gang warehouse, sniffing around our crap!”“Well, if someone’s property gets caught on fire, you call the police, right?’“How the hell do you know about that?”“Why does everyone keep asking that?”“This is the first time I’ve asked you, you asshole!”“No, I mean in general…never mind.” A groan. “Your girlfriend told me about it.”“…oh.”“You’re not mad?”“I can’t get mad at Megumi. ‘sides, it makes sense. I told her and you’ve involved in this, so she would’ve told you.”“You still sound pissed, by the way.”“’Course I am! The pigs are here! Nobody in the gang likes the pigs!”“Yeah, sorry about that.”“So it was you!”“There’s a good reason. Before you ask what, let me explain. My sister, Florence and I believe that you’ve been set up.”“You think it wasn’t the Brave Ravens. Their name is literally in my face!”“It was probably written to confuse you guys. You know, like framing and shit. We’re trying to find out who the real culprit was, so sit tight.”“Grr…you guys better not screw this up, you hear!”“Don’t worry, we’ve already realized that if we do, a lot of people who might not have deserved it will get hurt.”
It’s a common fact that Doppo does not like cops. The reasons are obvious—Doppo spent time in a juvenile prison. The men who guarded him were wardens, but in Doppo’s mind all law enforcements are the same. This explains the torrent of verbal abuse he is hurling at the policemen in front of him, like muddy water flowing through a countryside tap.“Get the fuck out of here, you piece of shit!” The policeman is unflinching, much to his credit. He merely folds his log-like arms and looks at Doppo straight in the eye. “You need to calm yourself, son.”“Don’t tell me to calm down, you shitstain! And I’m not your fucking son!”“We heard reports of several youths maimed and knocked unconscious. Please step aside so we can investigate.”“Even if there was, I sure as hell wouldn’t you take another greasy step into my hideout!”“This is your last warning, son. Stand aside or we’ll arrest you for obstruction.”Doppo realizes he’s outmatched. He turns to the one man in his gang who possesses a brain. “Abe! Where the fuck are you?”“He’s not here, boss.” A henchman replies, one who apparently drew the short straw.“Then where the fuck is he?”“He said he had something to do elsewhere. I saw him catch a bus going to the Roppongi Hills…” “What? Are you fucking shitting me?”Amidst the colorful swears, a policeman’s sturdiness and a henchman taking his leave as quickly as his stubby legs allow, a young boy listens. He nods, then departs to give word to his friends.
“Hey Hideki, how you doing?”“Not too bad. Just had a shower. Ate some snacks. What’s up?”“Are you okay?”“Yeah, I’m feeling fine. What, you concerned about the kidnapping? It’s nothing. I’ve been similar situations, thanks to my mentor.”“Listen, we need you to continue your job.”“What, searching for that Abe fellow?” “Yeah. All you have to do is find him. Are you up for it?”“Well, I’m basically taking the day off school and have nothing to do, so sure!”“Alright. Look around the Roppongi Area. Don’t confront him. That’ll be our job.”
>>Some time: Pass, if you will. There he is. Strolling along the pavement, past the milk tea shops and shaved ice vendors, whistling as if he doesn’t have a care in the word. He bumps into a businesswoman under a hot noon sky and apologizes for spilling her coffee. He even gives her some cash to make for it. Watch as he smiles and readjusts his top hat. A red light turns to green and he mingles with the crowd. It’s so pleasant and carefree and it makes you want to sink the end of your shotgun into that stupid nose.“Are you Abe?”You come face to face with him in front of a supermarket. Airi and Florence are with you. You are all unsmiling. He notices this, grinning at you through a lit smoke. “Hey, you’re that boy I talked to a while ago.” He says. “With some lady friends, too. Lucky you.”“Answer my question.” You spit.“Yep, I’m Abe. What about it?” He sounds puzzled. It’s slimy like pond scum. “There’s a lot of people in Japan with that name.”>“Some of my friends got kidnapped. Know anything about it?”>“Why aren’t you with your gang?”>“What’s on your phone?”>“What’s your deal?”>Attack him.>Custom option.
>>790627>>“Why aren’t you with your gang?”>“What’s on your phone?”
>>790627>>“Why aren’t you with your gang?”
>>790627>Mind walking with us a bit?If he accepts, >"So what's your deal? And don't give us that innocent crap, we've mostly figured your game out." It's a bluff, somewhat, but...context clues can help if we need to justify our suspicion.If he doesn't,>“Why aren’t you with your gang?”>“What’s on your phone?”...Not that he's NOT gonna get his shit pushed in eventually today, mind.
>>790627>>>“Why aren’t you with your gang?”>>“What’s on your phone?”
“I apologize for Keiichi’s bluntness.” Florence says, “The truth is, we need something to discuss with you.”“Is there? Sorry, miss…”“Florence. Florence Rutherford.”“Miss Rutherford. The thing is, I’m in real hurry.”“With what?”“I’m meeting up with my friends.” He replies, still grinning. “We’ve having a little get-together.”“That’s interesting.” Your sisters says, quietly. “I saw on the Internet that the Brave Ravens had a number of their members beaten up and left unconscious in one of their hideouts. You’re a lieutenant there. Why aren’t you with them.”“Yeah, how come?” You ask, taking a step towards Abe, who doesn’t flinch, “Shouldn’t you be with them giving moral support?”“I thought you would be there urging them to crush to Red Skull Rockers.” Airi adds. "Isn't that what you gangs do?""Well, yeah, but maybe today is a special occasion--"“Do tell us why you’re here.” Florence says, “The three of us are very interested in your response.”Abe doesn’t speak. He pretends to fidget on the spot. He looks at the clouds passing through the air. He hums as the traffic whooshes past and as a bus unloads its passengers at a nearby stop.“Well?” You growl.“You know what I think?” Abe says, smiling at you.“What?”“I think you should get out my way and your mind your own business.”“Did you know that the Red Skull Rockers claimed to have been attacked by your gang? Someone set fire to their bikes. It happened more or less around the same time as the attack against the Brave Ravens. Almost as if someone intentionally set them up.” You mutter. “What do you think of that?”“Mate, I really don’t get what you’re saying. You should stop watching detective movies.” He laughs. It sparks off something inside you.Your glare at him. “What’s your deal? Don’t give us that innocent crap, we’ve mostly figured your game out.”“Yeah, a game. I was going to watch a game with my mates…” Abe sighs, making a dramatic motion and staring at the ground. “Sorry, I really have to go. Can we talk about this another time?”The two girls move forward. They surround him, boxing him in a triangle formation.
“Did you know that someone paid thugs to kidnap two of my friends?” Airi says. Her fingers are playing with her scarf. The air is cold. You twitch your fingers, wrapping them around an invisible grip. “When we interrogated the leader, he said that their client contacted them by phone. What’s on your phone, mister Abe?”“You’re asking for my phone now? That’s a breach of the law, you know. I could call you and have you arrested.”“How amusing.” Florence chuckles, but behind it is venom. “A lieutenant in a biker gang, talking about the law. By all means, call the police. If it means they’ll detain you, then we’re fine with it.”“Fun fact. Last night, our friends were kidnapped. One of them was investigating you. He was kidnapped on the same night he was following you. Crazy, huh?” You say.Silence. He stares at you.“Hey, what’s the matter?” You press. “Just show us your phone. If there’s nothing incriminating on it, you shouldn’t be afraid.”“You know kid, that’s the argument the government gives when they want to scour through our Internet history.” Abe replies.“Deflecting the argument, a classic logically fallacy.” Florence remarks. Her fingers move. The faint scent of mana, smaller than a breeze, flows from her right palm. “We are truly dealing with a master here.”“I try, miss Florence, I try.” Abe laughs. He reaches into his pocket. You tense up, the activation of your hyperspace dangling at the tip of your magic circuits. “Well, you three, if you want to know the answer, it’s that…”“What?”“See ya!” He slams something down on the ground and a torrent of smoke explodes through the air. You hear cries and curses and the screeches of metal being unsheathed. Twin slashes cut through the smoke, missing their targets. Airi stands with her blade drawn while Florence’s hand is covered in frost. A discarded coat, sliced and frozen, lies at their feet. You realize that your rifle is drawn and it’s pointing at your target: a swiftly retreating Abe, dashing into the crowds of Tokyo.“After him!”
I think that'll be it for this week. Thanks to everyone who participated! Next thread will be same time next week (10:00 pm UTC, 11th of November). It should be the end of this particular task. Please look forward to it!More snippets should be posted soon.
>>790884Thanks for running, Thorn!
>>790884>Please look forward to it!Will do.
>>790884Thanks for running
[Akasha-Alea 4] >>Be fourteen year old Keiichi Hirayama, a few months after the contract.A 49. That was the mark you received on your last history assignment. It was a D-, below a pass and your sister received almost twice the marks. These notions made you want to throw up. The teachers hated it so much they made you write it againYour parents scolded you and sent you back up to your room without dessert.Now you’re here, sitting at the desk in your room, staring into the screen of your crappy laptop. You scratch your head and wonder how the hell you should begin. You read the requirements and boredom slams into you like a sledgehammer. The urge to toss all your responsibilities out the window and spend the rest of the night watching stupid videos is growing more intense by the second. No, bad Keiichi, don’t fall into bad habits again. Did you not learn anything from history? If you don’t shake your thoughts and clear your head, a repeat of last week will happen. “What are you doing?” It’s Akasha-Alea. Her clipped, steady voice cuts into your daydreams like a blade. You concentrate and dive into the limbo that exists between your thoughts and the spiritual world. “Working on my homework.” You reply. “I can see that. What are the requirements?” You tap the paper next to you with your finger and grumble . “It’s the same as before. I failed it, so now I have to do it again. Got two weeks.” “A report on a famous historical person.” She reads the title of the assignment, “Yes, I remember this. You did Miyamoto Musashi, like most boys. Unlike the other boys, you spent all your time being idle instead of studying.”“Yeah, I remember that.” You snap at her. “You don’t have to rub it in my face. Mom and Dad already did that.”“It was entirely your fault.” Akasha-Alea observes. “Thank you, Captain Obvious. Can I get back to work now?” You slam your hand on the enter key a little harder than you would have liked. The plastic button squeaks beneath your might. You access an online encyclopedia. You hope it would tell you answers. It does, but they aren’t the ones you want and they’re coated in several layers of jargon. Your spirit mentor observes you for a while before she speaks up. “You know, boy, while you were slacking off your assignment, I put some thought into it. After some consideration, I figured there would be a much more relevant person for you to discuss.” “…and that would be?” You ask with uncertainty. Your spirit mentor has an idea. This can only end well. “Have you heard of John Moses Browning?” Akasha-Alea asks.You shake your head. “Can’t say I have.”
“He was an Americans firearms designer, living from 1855 to 1926. He developed many types of military and civilian firearms, cartridges and gun mechanisms, most of which are still used today. To list some of his achievements, he invented the telescopic bolt for semi-automatic weapons, designed 128 firearm patents and developed the M1911 pistol.” That…actually sounds pretty neat. “Okay, so he’s a very influential gun designer.”“One of the most influential, yes. He may very well be the greatest firearms designer who ever lived. Some humans even worshipped him as a saint. The man was so well regarded that a spirit of his likeness appeared in my realm, seeking my throne.” “Whoa, really?”“Indeed.”“And you killed him.”“The man was long dead. The challenger was merely a spirit born on the faith directed to him. I did not kill the spirit; rather, I assimilated it, like the others.” Your spirit mentor sounds somewhat proud of herself. That’s rare. She’s either in one of two moods: cool and composed when explaining something or irritated and wrathful when you screw up and get dealt a punishment. “Where are you taking this?”“I thought it was obvious. You are to write about John Moses Browning for your next report.” You blink. “Wait, what?”“You heard me.”“Is that even allowed?”“There are no restrictions on the nationality, so I don’t see why not.” This sentiment does not settle well with you. “Oh, come on! I learn about firearms all day and now you’re asking me to do more?” You protest. “Consider this part of your training.” She replies, swiftly. “No, I don’t want to consider this part of my training!” “Do you have any other options for a topic, then?” You have to pause. She’s right, you don’t have any other topics since you were banned from using the topic of your previous failed attempt. Nevertheless, you try and answer her despite not really knowing how. “…no, but I could probably come up with one!” “I do not understand you.” Akasha-Alea says and you can imagine her standing in front of her spiritual viewport, crossing her arms and staring with that steely, focused gaze of hers. “This topic is relevant to your growth as a magus and you are rejecting it.”“It’s complicated, alright?”“No, you are simply being contrarian. Enough of this. You will write a report on John Moses Browning and that is final.” Her words grow intense and now you can picture her burning glare, scorcher of hearts and the cause of much fear and 'you fucked up' statements blaring themselves in your head. She fires off her statements one by one, never missing the target. “I expect nothing less than a ninety, do you understand?” “…yes, Akasha-Alea.”“Get to work.” She snaps, and her presence vanishes.You swear beneath your breath and start surfing the Internet for resources.
[Akasha-Alea 5] “Hey Akasha…”“What is it, boy?”“Where does your name come from?”“Are you talking about the name ‘Akasha-Alea’?”“Yeah.”“That is not my full name. Rather, it is a portion of my true name translated into human tongue.”“Oh, so does that mean your true name is written in spirit language?”“That is correct.”“Then it’s like what Airi can say?”“No.”“How come?”“My true name is said in a different version of the spirit tongue. To elaborate, the spirit tongue has two main types: Common and Noble. Common is the most widespread, spoken by almost spirits. What your sister’s spirit partner speaks is the common tongue. Noble, as the name implies, is the language of the nobility. The aristocrats, the royalty, the nobility. As a result, very few speak it. The language has some similarities to Common, but there are many aspects that split the two. Common may in fact be a casual derivation of Noble, mutated through the centuries.”“…”“It is similar to the contrast between English and Latin in your world.”“No-one speaks Latin anymore.”“Very little, you mean. It is still used in the application of some magic arts. Although, anyone in your world can learn Latin. Not many commoners receive the chance to learn Noble over here.”“So, your true name is said in Noble spirit tongue?”“Yes. It also means that I am part of the Spirit World nobility, though the title means little to me. Why are you curious? Are you attempting to gain control over your own mentor?”“No, that’s not it! I was just wondering because I was talking to Airi about names.”“I know. I suppose it was foolish for me to ask. You never attempt such a thing, would you?”“Well, yeah I mean—did you just say a joke?”“You don’t sound very sure of yourself.”“That’s why I’m asking you!”“Ruminate it over some more. For added information, I do have other names, including a common spirit version.” “I thought spirits guarded their true names heavily. Doesn’t telling me the language your true name is in put you at a disadvantage?”“It is not uncommon knowledge. You are my mentee and deserve to know. Besides, the chances o you finding a tutor of Noble tongue in the human world is criminally small. I doubt you will ever need to learn the Noble tongue in your lifetime.”
“Oh, okay…”“Even if you learned the Noble tongue, there are the issues of length and pronunciation. Names of old spirits tend to be very long. Mine is no exception. When reciting the name, it must be perfect down to the last syllable, otherwise it will have no effect. So, to fully control me, you would need to learn the Noble tongue, recite my name its entirely and get all the pronunciation correct.”“That seems impossible.”“It was not stopped humanity from trying to control great spirits and the like. Perhaps humanity will succeed at some point. If there’s anything I have learned from observing humans, it’s that their collective consciousness does not believe that anything is impossible. By the way, my name is as long as the contents of a dozen A4 pages.”“Shit, that’s enormous.”“For reference, the true name of the Spirit King is said to be long as the human Bible itself.”“Holy shit!”“Indeed.”“…”“…”“What does your name mean? The Akasha-Alea one.”“A good question, boy. If you took the literal meanings of its Common spirit tongue version, you would receive a statement that would boil down to two parts: ‘To be First’ and ‘Existence’.”
>>791932>>791934It is suprisingly interesting to learn about this fictitious langauge and their naming conventions, even though she doesn't really tell us anything.
>>791942At least we know now that apparently people can summon and fully control spirits, and why ones on Akasha-Alea's level aren't going to fall under somebody's control OR WILL SHE
>>792148What would you even do with a controlled spirit? Force it to contract with you? Make it beat people up for you or something? Do lewd things with it?Can't the spirit just interrupt the guy spouting the name if it's super long?
>>792213>Can't the spirit just interrupt the guy spouting the name if it's super long?Unless they're unaware of it, and controlling a spirit would probably give you a leg up on all the people who don't have one, like having Shesmur or something.Wouldn't it be possible to just build a supercomputer and a text-to-speech program and have the computer spend its time speaking the name? No human error here.
>>791934>“For reference, the true name of the Spirit King is said to be long as the human Bible itself.”How long would it even take to say that?
>>794107>It takes just 70 hours and 40 minutes to read the Bible through "at pulpit rate," and aloud! >It takes only 52 hours and 20 minutes to read the Old Testament, and just 18 hours and 20 minutes to read the New Testament.
>>794107>>794204Argh, meant to link this: http://www.euxton.com/bible.htm