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Who: Marian Cross (purgingthree) and Asano Rin (revengeisalie)
Status: Closed.
Style: Third person, past tense.
Where: Bishamonten temple.
When: Week 12, Day 1, sometime between 10:30 and 11:00 A.M.
Rating: PG
Warnings: None, probably.
Summary Cross and Rin have a run-in at the temple.

The incense sticks flickered to life, the flame growing big before dying down, a tight bundle of orange-yellow dots beneath the shadow of the burner's small roof. Rin's eyes focused on the light, centering in on it, and the light became her anchor as she took slow, measured breaths. At first she didn't feel much of anything, but she kept focusing, and slowly her scattered, frayed self came together as one solid, compact whole. It didn't stop the stream of thoughts and issues and feelings running on in the back of her mind, but it did allow her to look away for a while.

Breathe in, breathe out.

The bundle was almost burned down when she came out of her meditative mood, and quickly she extinguished it by waving it back and forth. Finally, she threw them into the burner. She watched them being swallowed up by the flames for a moment, then she took a deep breath and puffed it it back out, taking a look at the sky beyond the burner's roof and the walls of the temple ground with a smile. "Well," she said, stepping back, "time to say hello to Bishamonten!"

She turned around on her heel and came face to face with her unicorn. The unicorn blinked at her and shook its mane, snorting. Then it not-quite-nibbled on her sleeve.

"Ah," she said.

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purgingthree
Sep. 21st, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
Turned out it was utterly useless.

Cross had really hoped that it would be possibly to shake off the rabbits, but after half an hour of walking so quickly it was nearly running it apparently wasn't going to happen. It wasn't a surprising thing exactly; rabbits were quick and since they really seemed so insistent of following him for whatever reason... Of course he wasn't going to manage to shake them off. He had even tried using Magdala Curtain but apparently they knew he was there anyway. Maybe he would have had a bigger chance if he ventured into the wilderness instead of just following the roads, but he rather... preferred not to.

The wilderness could be dirty, after all. Not to mention that maybe there were more rabbits lurking somewhere. Maybe. Who knew. He would really rather not find out, anyway.

He scowled back at the rabbits briefly, and in the distance Hisato could be seen. It was weird, somehow. He was fairly sure that the fur on these rabbits were familiar in a weird way, almost... And their colours varied so much; from yellow to red to black, and they had different eye colours and weird distinguishing features. And there was a couple who was very... alike each other. Two black rabbits with white fur on their faces, just that one of them almost looked like someone had neatly cut the ends of the fur around its face so it looked practically styled. And on that same rabbit it had a row of longer-than-anywhere-else fur that reached all the way to the tail and a few centimeters of it was on the ground.

And they acted all familiar with each other.

Some... people had unicorns. Creatures of purity and virginity and all that, right? Right. Those who had unicorns were probably virgins in that case. So then...

...

Oh fuck, for real? Did he have rabbits following him because he'd had sex? What kind of fucking joke was this?!

He looked more closely at the black rabbit with the strangely styled fur. Rabbits didn't look like that. Neatly-cut-looking, some sort of... ponytail almost. If this was because he'd had sex, then... The rest of the rabbits looked familiar too... Could they be...

Were they supposed to look like those he had slept with?

That rabbit did look almost too much like Anita, and then was the other one her mum?

...it sounded pretty stupid and far-fetched.

"Whatever," he grumbled and turned around to continue marching, and the rabbits followed of course.

After a while, he could smell something, and slowed down a little. There was some form of temple up ahead. Temple or shrine, whichever. For a moment, he considered turning away because he didn't want to have anything even close to do with any of those goddamn gods. But the smell seemed to come from there, and he didn't really see a reason to turn around and head back anyway. He wasn't too keen on walking around a village or being stuck inside a house where others could see it with these things around him; so he might as well just keep walking.

So he did, and as he came closer he was entirely sure the smell came from there. He just looked at the entrance to the temple for a while as the Anita-like rabbit seemed to intend to head inside, but then he turned to walk around the temple. The... Anita would just follow him anyway.

And promptly tripped over a rabbit.

"You little--!" he growled as he stumbled and flailed his arms for a brief second to keep his balance.
revengeisalie
Sep. 21st, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Having burned her incense, Rin was about ready to head inside for prayer. There was just one problem. That being the unicorn. Back at the Amaterasu shrine, it had already followed her every step. Which had been just about tolerable, as the shrine had been built with little in the way of walls. But to go into a temple room with an animal in tow, even if that animal was a unicorn? It did feel a bit strange.

"Well, I suppose since you're sent by the gods..." she said, still staring it down. Since it was sent by the gods (probably, who else?), at least it wouldn't be disrespectful to allow it into the temple. Still, this wasn't going to stop feeling weird anytime soon, was it? She wondered how long she was going to have to deal with this.

Then, suddenly, she heard a racket, just outside the temple, and she turned towards the entrance just in time to catch a glimpse of some kind of stranger flailing about.

Wasn't that interesting. Almost automatically, she closed her left hand around the sword at her side, and hesitated. Fear was coloring her judgement once more, but she shook her head once, squared her shoulders and ran toward the temple's gate with steps that felt heavier than necessary. She really needed to get out more.

"Who's there?" And that sounded probably a bit more hostile than warranted, but oh well.
purgingthree
Sep. 21st, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
Oh.

Cross quickly gathered himself together and shoved the rabbit away with his boot as he straightened out his coat and turned to face the entrance to the temple again. So someone was there, huh? A native? Maybe.

His hand twitched a little towards his gun, because if it was a native... Well, he didn't trust them. But maybe he trusted un-natives even less. It didn't really matter which it was; he would still be on guard.

"No one dangerous," he answered, and that was half the truth at least.

He was of no danger if she, whoever it was, was of no danger to him. Of course, he was somewhat glad that it turned out to at least be a woman, yes.
revengeisalie
Sep. 21st, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
No one dangerous, huh? Three words, not a lot to go by. All Rin could glean from that was that they'd been sad in a matter-of-fact manner, with none of that crazy sing-song the really crazy types might display. Not that that said much of anything right now. Still, it wasn't alarming enough to warrant being on guard from the get-go, so Rin lowered her sword and eased her grip on it, and slowed her gait, finally coming to halt when she was within sight of the man, and close enough to not have to shout.

Behind her, the unicorn whinnied. Rin rolled her eyes, but said nothing. Instead, she gave the man a good once-over, jogging her memory to see if he was familiar. He didn't look like a native, at least. Not in the slightest. She thought she may have talked to him over the network, may have seen him there, but wasn't altogether sure.

Then she noticed the horde of bunnies around his feet. The horde of very strange-looking bunnies. She gave a short laugh, more like a snort. "Guess today is being-followed-around-by-weird-animals day, huh?"
purgingthree
Sep. 21st, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, not a native. Cross could recall having seen her on the network a few times. Ah, her name... No, he didn't manage to quite recall that. Possibly written down somewhere, but it wasn't like he had any notes here. Not that he had many notes in general; not the kind of guy who took make notes. He had a fairly good memory. Her name, though, he couldn't quite remember that... Something with R? Short and simple, or something like that?

Well, didn't matter as he was probably going to find out anyway. And if he actually gave away that he knew it he would probably seem like some form of creep, which he wasn't. He just kept a good eye on the network; didn't have all that much else to do.

He scowled a little, grunted in acknowledgement and moved to look behind her. So she had a unicorn too. She looked pretty young, so not a surprise, probably.

So far it seemed everyone that wasn't a native was followed by some form of animal... Or well, it seemed to be just rabbits and unicorns so far.

"So it seems," he said blankly.
revengeisalie
Sep. 21st, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Rin mulled the situation over, and the unicorn started rubbing her arm again. She absently began to pet it, if only to placate it. She still didn't know how to deal with this, and she was feeling a little weary.

"So," she said, after having mulled things over. "Any idea as to what this means? I haven't looked at the network yet."

Even if she had been kind of itching to, her curiosity demanding to find out more about this. However, she had, so far, managed to stick to her decision to stay away from the Hitomi, even if that curiosity was nagging at her.

She sighed deeply. This was going to prove a disaster for her concentration, she felt.
purgingthree
Sep. 21st, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
The Anita-like rabbit came out of the temple again and hopped over to Cross, nudging his leg with... her? Nose. He nudged her a little with his boot and sighed as he reached for a cigarette. He looked curiously at the girl as she petted the unicorn and shifted on his feet.

"I have a guess," he said blankly. "Unicorns supposedly like people who are... pure."

He wasn't sure how much of his fairly far-fetched theory he should share, though.
revengeisalie
Sep. 21st, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
That made her blink. "Well, yes," she said, regarding him with a sort of flat look. On second thought, though, he did come from an entirely different cultural sphere than her. "I mean, they say that where you're from, too?"

What an interesting thought. Apparently, some myths were universal. Even if they all had different gods, and in different numbers. She should sit down and have a good talk about that with someone one fine day. Not in the least because she wondered what mattered to the gods of this place, of Kannagara. So far, the people that had been brought here had come from vastly different walks of life. Yet at the same time, a good few of them came from the same homeworld -- and knew each other there.

Stuff to think about, for sure.
purgingthree
Sep. 22nd, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
"That they do," Cross said and nodded, lighting up the cigarette. "Guess they probably don't do that everywhere." He pauses for a moment and eyes the horn of the unicorn. "They also say that the horn is supposed to have magical healing powers." A snort. "Not that unicorns actually exist. But since they apparently do there, I wonder if their horns would make great medicine. ...just a thought."

He wasn't seriously thinking of cutting off the horn and pulverising it. Really, he wouldn't have any use for that, so, yes. Not that it was really needed, probably, with the kind of healers Kannagara had and that damn Himorogi place.
revengeisalie
Sep. 22nd, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
"Oh, do they say that where you're from? How interesting." She gave her unicorn a look, and for a moment she almost thought it looked angry. But then she blinked, and the expression was gone. Am I going mad or is that unicorn just really sneaky? She made a face at it, then turned back to Cross.

"Just a thought, huh? Well, it seems a little drastic, don't you think? Besides, I'm not sure I want to mess with these guys." Or their higher-ups. "After all, you never know," she continued and stared into the sky, framed by the gate's gently curved, ornate roof, "you never know."

Edited at 2010-09-22 08:10 pm (UTC)
purgingthree
Sep. 24th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Cross had to snort softly. "You never know", she said? And looked up at the sky and everything... Hah. What, did she expect for the gods' wrath to come down on her if she did something against her unicorn? What were they going to do; turn her into a puppy? He didn't see why they would pull anything worst since apparently killing was only bad enough to turn you into a kitten.

Hah. So pathetic.

"Right," he said blankly and folded his arms, pausing for a moment before deciding to build onto his theory. "Unicorns supposedly only want to be around virgins. If you don't mind me asking; are you?"
revengeisalie
Sep. 24th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
That made her eyes come back to Earth, and to Cross, very fast. It also made her face heat profusely. There was even a tremble in her lips and her torso with sudden outrage.

"I do mind! It's absolutely none of your business!" She said quickly, then crossed her arms and turned her head away for emphasis. Really, who did this guy think he was? Or rather, what world did he come from where asking such a thing wasn't a severe breech of propriety? Not that propriety always, unfailingly needed to be heeded, but there were some things you just didn't ask, period.
purgingthree
Sep. 25th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Whoops.

Cross raised his hands in surrender and shrugged. "Alright then," he said calmly. Well, it wouldn't be appreciated in his world either but really, he didn't exactly care. "Just trying to make sure my assumptions might be right. Of course, unicorns could be different in this world, but I'm not counting on that."

He prodded a rabbit with his boot and snorted softly.

"I think rabbits are believed to be especially... keen on reproducing, for whatever reason. I think they might have been sent to people who aren't virgins. It's a bit of a far-fetched guess, maybe, but it connnects."
revengeisalie
Sep. 26th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
Pride still a little wounded, Rin turned back to him. "Who said anything about virgins, anyway?" What he said did sound like it made a modicum of sense, but she didn't feel like conceding so quickly. "Just because they like pure people doesn't... doesn't have to say anything about that."

Just as soon as she'd said that, she bit her lip. Was he going to draw conclusions about her own state of affairs from that, and possibly taunt her with those conclusions? Well. She had a clean conscience. After all, she hadn't yet gone through with anything of the sort. Even if she was perfectly aware that she might have. She rolled her eyes at herself and breathed out loudly through her nose.
purgingthree
Sep. 28th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
"Of course not, but that's how the saying goes," Cross said simply and shrugged. "It would make the most sense, from what I've seen on the network today."

So, yes, he was assuming Rin was a virgin; pretty sure of it. Of course, he highly doubted that was what bothered her; it wasn't a question you normally just asked, he knew that, so that was obviously the issue. There wasn't anything wrong with being a virgin... at whatever age she was (or being a virgin at all, maybe, but there had to be some form of line, really. ...yes, really). She looked young, so. Old enough, but young.

Hm, she was pretty good-looking, really~
revengeisalie
Sep. 28th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
"I guess that's how it goes where you come from," Rin insisted, though in a less sulky manner now. She was getting over it, really, promise. "Where I'm from, it really mainly says 'pure'. As in free of vices.

"Not," she continued, cupping the side of her face in her palm and putting on a grave expression, "that I could make any more sense of things that way than you do, if we take the -- the rabbits into consideration."

And here, she takes another good look at his army of rabbits. If things were indeed as he said, then why did he have so many? Oh, Rin could imagine the answer; her brain was much more imaginative on the subject than she currently wanted it to be and ran away with the idea. She hissed, cursing her own mind.
purgingthree
Oct. 2nd, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
Cross tilted his head at how Rin looked at his rabbits and then hissed. Huh. What now? "Something wrong?" he asked calmly.

Why yes, it was probably exactly like you thought, Rin. And he might have grinned a little.
revengeisalie
Oct. 17th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
"Oh, nothing!" Nervous, still -- he didn't need to know what she was thinking. And she didn't need to be thinking that.

Except she sort of did, if she wanted to figure this out; and her nature, always thirsty for knowledge, and for certainty, demanded it.

"So, uhm. These are... all beliefs that are common where you're from?"
purgingthree
Oct. 23rd, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Cross didn't comment on the tone Rin's voice had when she said it and how abrupt it was, just chuckled lightly and nodded. Despite how annoying those rabbits were, this was actually quite amusing. Perhaps not entirely bad.

"Common enough, at least," he said.
revengeisalie
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
That very apparent amusement of his (no the slightest effort to conceal it!) ticked her off, but she said nothing because she didn't want to lose her train of thought. Not that she have much of one, but it wouldn't do any good to stray from the topic at any rate.

"Huh, that's interesting," she said, and it was even half sincere. The other half was wondering whether he could tell her any more specifics and saw that it wasn't likely. She would've loved to know how widespread these beliefs exactly were.

Which wouldn't do her much good, as she didn't even know the dimensions of her own homeworld, she realized. In her world, there was Japan, and Ezo, China, Korea, the Ryūkyū kingdom, and... yes, Russia. The lands to the south and the west. And somewhere she didn't really know, the lands where the Christians came from.

Sure is weird realizing how little you know, she thought, pushing and pulling her lips in and out.
purgingthree
Nov. 29th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Cross could tell Rin a lot about the world, if their universes were anything alike. He had been practically everywhere, or at least where there was proper civilisation. He hated staying in one spot and his job as a General required that he moved around.

Now, Japan, he was a little unfamiliar with.

"Different from your own world?"
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