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Who: Rin [revengeisalie], Kanda Yu [infiniillusion], later Iskierka [flightandfire]
Status: Closed. I guess someone can show up, but talk to us first if you want to?
Style: Third person, past or present tense, prose.
Where: THE WILD. Somewhere between Raisato and Hisato, in what's left of the forests or near mountain caves. You get the idea.
When: Week 14, day 6 (late evening). Some time after Road thoroughly fucks Kanda over.
Plot: Basically; Kanda's lost his senses due to imminent mindfucking, turning into a murderous drone, and accidentally runs into Rin, now forcing her into a kill-or-be-killed situation. What shall happen?
Warnings: Durr, madness and violence? (( And lol Doors lyrics everywhere. ))

~

Just... walking forwards through the burned, dead scenery now, not registering whatever's in front of him. Not knowing where he is, when he is, nothing at all. Just feeling the need for destruction, if you may. He didn't really see anything anymore, nor felt anything, either. There was just... too much of everything. Everything from all times, among with what was just repeatedly dumped on him all at once a couple of hours ago, flashing in his mind as continuous torment, until it all simply... shut down. It has happened a few times before, granted; unfortunately right now... right now there were no people capable of fixing it.

His looks reflected it quite well too; covered in blood, hair tangled and messy, ruffled up like angry bird's feathers, eyes bloodshot and expression twisted into a cruel grimace, teeth bared and breath heavy, halting - his whole posture reminding more of a dangerous animal than a person, really.

He had Mugen out in his right hand, it flickered light blue a couple of times but it went out. The atmosphere of this world was getting heavier and less welcoming, and erased most of powers anyone might have had. Innocence was no exception. Unfortunately, there was more to Kanda Yu's condition than just being able to use the material. He was also not quite human, and right now successfully rid of his consciousness.

And right now he wasn't going to differentiate between friends and enemies; he would eradicate whatever got in his way.

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revengeisalie
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Rin was pretty sure she was used to it by now: seven days -- or was it twenty? She still wasn't quite sure whether to believe her senses or the Hitomi, and that was because both seemed about equally unrealiable -- of this hell-on-earth type of thing were enough to get the general idea. She didn't dare allowing herself to think that she'd seen in all, because that was just inviting trouble, but she'd seen a number of things.

Right now, she and Iskierka were toughing it out in the plains of Kannagara, away from the populated areas that were the target of most of these terrors. Because one thing was clear: they were after people. So, even though they had helped people get to the safe places as much as they could, right now the dragon and the girl were just waiting until it was over.

Still, they needed to drink and eat lest they die of dehydration or starvation. So Rin made daily trips to Raisato to get what they needed, and right now she was walking through the grass plains of Lightning Country, back bent under the weight of several water containers. Her small body ached with the exertion and she was anxious, constantly aware that she might be attacked at any time, but she forced herself to focus on the task at hand.

Presently, she stopped in her tracks, allowing herself a short pause, trying to straighten as much as she could and shifting her load around a bit, trying to find some muscles that weren't tense and tight-strung yet. In doing so, she looked ahead -- and found herself squinting. That black shape in the distance, was that another person? She thought it might be, but she wasn't sure.

How to judge that -- was it likely to be a foe or someone in distress? She should probably offer her help.

"H-hello?" She said, in a voice much too small to reach the spot in the distance, so she swallowed, feeling the dryness of her throat, and started walking forward while yelling more loudly: "Hello? Do you need help?"

The hairs on the back of her neck were standing up all the same. This was a precarious situation. She mentally checked for the feel of her sword restling lightly at her left hip.
infiniillusion
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
After what might have been seconds or hours of moving through dried, grassy plains, Kanda finally saw, no, rather, sensed a presence. He tensed for a moment, facing the direction of whoever it was, stare empty and only nose twitching a couple of times, looking as if he was actually sniffing the person out. Maybe he was. Even though the shape got clearer as it got closer, he didn't recognize it. After all, he wasn't even sure what he was at the moment, so he simply followed the instinct.

Kill whoever gets near you before they kill you.

He exhaled loudly through his teeth, the corners of his mouth twitching just-so-slightly upwards in a form of a slight, morbid grin, and clenched the sword in his hand tighter, leaning forwards just a little bit as if crouching for a leap of attack. Just this small thing? He could handle it. He could handle it easily and survive.

He barely noticeably tilted his head and stepped towards the girl.
revengeisalie
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
That was a sign she was indeed facing a person. Probably -- unless it was a person-shaped oni. Was that a reaction? Perhaps. Even if he hadn't said anything. That was strange. Maybe worrying.

Rin swallowed and started walking to him as fast as the many water containers would permit her to, even as he seemed to be walking toward her, too. She noted he had an imposing stance. As the distance between them closed, at some point she was finally able to get a good look at his face.

And stopped immediately. What she saw was a human man, but one sporting a grin that told of no good things. It was dark, clouded, malicious. In fact, he seemed to veritably exude bloodlust. Rin knew that instant that she was in deep trouble.

Where was Iskierka when you needed her?
infiniillusion
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, many has called him a demon even before they saw him get like this. A demon created by the very same people's lust for power and victory in the war, who would then threaten to destroy them. The irony.

Kanda didn't seem to pay any attention to the fact that Rin had stopped and simply continued towards her, wearing the same expression. Nobody home, clearly. And that was definitely a bad thing.

He swung the blade back with a silent swish and simply looked at her for a while before suddenly charging at her.
revengeisalie
Nov. 23rd, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
In the meantime, Rin had found her feet again and started to go awkwardly backwards, trying not to stumble over her own feet, afraid to full-on turn her back to him and run. The man seemed utterly out of it, too blinded by whatever it was that clouded his judgement to even speak. Or maybe he was the silent sort. The silent dangerous sort. A little odd; for all the truly dangerous people had known had been very fond of their own voices.

Her thoughts were cut short when he charged in on her, and there was a split second in which she had to make the decision that might safe her life or doom it. She had the water containers which she needed to bring back to her and Iskierka's makeshift camp, but then she could go back to Raisato to get new water. In fact, getting back to Raisato might be her safest bet.

Now, if only she could outrun this guy for half an hour.

Rin threw every superfluous weight down, which took her longer than it would take him to come close enough to do her harm, so she started evading.
infiniillusion
Nov. 23rd, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Silent and dangerous, yes. Or maybe unable to speak anymore. But would it really be good to hear something from someone looking and behaving like this?

Luckily, right now the sword was no more and no less but just a sword, and therefore could be dealt with accordingly. Kanda didn't seem to pay any mind - if he even had any left - to the fact that the girl had started dodging; he simply brought the sword down the rest of the way in the same trajectory with force, not harming Rin this time as she moved, but fiercely cutting through one of the water containers. The now-gold's-worth liquid spilled out on the dried ground and was gone in an instant.

Kanda stayed still for a brief moment, breathing haltingly, the blade's tip embedded into the ground, then turned towards the girl, look never changing, however his lips seemed to start moving in an inaudible mutter as the grin faded from his face, instead replaced by a positively murderous insane glare. "Destroy." This was what he had to be repeating under his nose, finally spoken aloud. And then he charged again.
revengeisalie
Nov. 23rd, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
When the man's blade cut through her container, Rin gasped, hurrying more in getting rid of the rest. Finally done, she looked back at him, and saw his expression darken, and heard that one word.

Someone was taking that strange fellow's suggestion a little too much to heart. It was clear to her she had to do something -- anything!

Then she remembered something. Something of old. Anotsu Kagehisa had said it might work as a distraction, and she could really use a distraction now. Something to hold him off for a moment. Her hand had already been going to her sword, but she let it go and instead put her hands into her sleeves, easily sliding her ōgonchū out of their holsters in a familiar, swift motion.

Holding them out to each side of her head, presenting them to her opponent, she started: "Curtain of...," but then bit her lips; she did not want to kill! So she continued with the other part of the call: "Flight of the Golden Wasps!"

Immediately, she bent her body back, stretching her arms out backwards as well, then threw her whole torso forward as she released a rain of small blades upon Kanda.

Edited at 2010-11-23 06:47 pm (UTC)
infiniillusion
Nov. 23rd, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, that fellow? Nah, this one's kind of always had issues. It just doesn't come out all too often.

Kanda stopped momentarily with a small, almost mocking grunt, and moved again, so quickly it was made clear he's at least definitely not a zombie. He deflected the first ones with apparent ease, but then simply lowered the sword, letting the rest hit him with no change of face, almost as if he didn't even feel it, and then simply marched towards Rin. In a, this time, rather slow pace that is, ignoring wherever the sharp things were embedded into his body, while the grin spread back onto his face. Futile resistance.
revengeisalie
Nov. 23rd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
That, in turn, cost Rin another moment of just staring. Did the man know no pain? And her hit rate was even good this time! She gaped, but finally noticed something; namely, that he was marching steadily toward her, and that she was lucky that he was being slow about it, whether that was deliberate or not.

Once having taken note of this, she unsheathed her sword and held it up before her, getting into a fighting stance. She swallowed and felt a drop of cold sweat run down her face while she tried to control an oncoming shiver. Right now, she was fully conscious that she might die here. And that whether she did or not depended entirely on her own ability.
infiniillusion
Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Kanda made a small snort, almost as if he was contented to see Rin take out the weapon; maybe some part of his consciousness was still alive and therefore insisted on fair fighting. Or maybe it was something else.

His expression nor his pace didn't change though, as he was completely oblivious to both the young woman's fear and determination, as if absolutely nothing mattered at the end. And, when he was close enough, he swung the sword at her again, now this he did quickly, despite of radiating the completely-not-in-a-hurry vibes otherwise.
revengeisalie
Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Already taut like a bowstring with tension and hyperfocus, Rin almost missed that strike, but managed to react in time. She blocked it, somewhat cleanly, even though she felt like she would break out in shivers any moment now. Her body was bundling its strength so much that it was tough to maintain, and bound to revert and leave her vulnerable at some point.

In fact, her block wasn't entirely strong enough, so she pushed back with all her might, trying to shove her opponent off and get an opening in which she might hopefully make good enough of a show to scare him off. Even if that was unlikely. Rin was highly aware that she wasn't the most imposing person to ever have graced the earth; even her anger was often just reason to laugh for others.

For a moment, she felt the whole frustration of that, and half-consciously used it to push back very strongly.
infiniillusion
Nov. 23rd, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, being an imposing person might not help when you're facing off against someone who, most likely, doesn't even see you, but some sort of manifested demons that might haunt their mind instead.

Kanda let the blade slide down against the non-very-firm block, not really expecting the push that followed, the strength beyond it more than one could expect from someone this small. Then again, wasn't he a bit like that, too? It wasn't giving him much trouble, but for now he turned and tried to parry the other sword while quickly making a slash from a different angle.

And through all of that, his expression didn't really change, as if it was some sort of a diabolic mask covering both his face and his brain.
revengeisalie
Nov. 26th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
That one, Rin wasn't able to parry, but instead narrowly dodged. "That was close," she muttered under her breath and refocused her regard, hardly daring to even blink. It was putting a strain on her eyes. She bit her lip, then noticed her breath was going faster, so she slowed it down very consciously to keep herself from hyperventilating.

In the distance, a bird of prey was flying its circles above the plain. Rin thought she could hears its shrill cry. There was a slight blow of win; enough to be bitingly cold at this time of year.

Like that, Rin waited for her opponent's next strike. She wasn't going to attack. The recent broadcast was still fresh in her mind, and she was bent not to give in to that temptation. If you had asked her, she wouldn't have called herself an exceptionally virtuous person, but she was above that.
infiniillusion
Nov. 28th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Kanda, apparently, wasn't planning to make Rin wait long at all; growling a bit as she dodged the slash, he skidded sideways in a blink of an eye and made a stab at her side. Even if he couldn't be exactly thinking or knowing anything at the moment, he was aware that this sort of hit was much harder to block than a slash, and also he was trying to catch the opponent offguard, therefore kept moving around like some sort of carnivorous animal cornering its prey.
revengeisalie
Nov. 28th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Rin dodged that stab, too, narrowly and in a motion that sent her slightly off-kilter; she had to stumble a few steps to catch herself again. It knocked the wind out of her lungs and she was panting hard, struggling to even her breath and calm her heart.

Her eyes fell on one of the fallen water containers, and she got an idea. Quickly, she ran over and dug one of them loose with her foot, then kicked it and thus sent it rolling at Kanda. Hopefully that would succeed in distracting him -- unlike her ōgonchū.

"Take that!" She shouted for good measure. It slipped out just like that, seeming natural in this kind of situation. Rin wondered if she wasn't being too dramatic, but chased the stray though away and told herself to focus.
infiniillusion
Nov. 28th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Kanda just tilted his head a bit, quickly moving after her. A rolling water container? You've got to be shitting him. He didn't even seem to pay it any mind and simply jumped over it while delivering a powerful slash from the side once again aimed at the girl.

Oh, he wasn't taking that so easily, and you'll have to try harder than this.
revengeisalie
Nov. 29th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
"Hngh!" Rin was still marveling at his agility when his sword came swinging at her once more. She sidestepped in a few small jumps and brought her blade down hard to meet his. Not thinking for a moment, only driven by a need for survival, she let her sword slide off his and went offensive: she swung at him from above.

When she realized that she had become the aggressor in this, it was already too late to take back, and she could only hope that he would block it.
infiniillusion
Nov. 29th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Kanda was a little surprised by this turn, but not taken by surprise, especially considering that his battle instinct was now the main form of his consciousness. He probably could have blocked that hit, but he chose a different tactic.

That is, met the descending blade with the forearm of his free arm, just angling it so that it wouldn't get completely cut off, completely ignoring the splurt of blood and possibly broken bone, and used the opportunity to swing his own sword at the girl's now uncovered side.
revengeisalie
Dec. 11th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Rin wanted to stop that hit when she saw he was going to block it with his arm, his arm which had no protection she could discern, but it was too late -- she was unable to stop herself. So her eyes widened as her arms continued swinging downward, hitting the arm and, indeed, causing blood to gush forward. She could feel a few warm drops hit her face; she flinched and gasped.

Horrified at where this fight was going (because even if he had every intention of hurting her, she had none to return the favor), her concentration collapsed and left her wide open for his attack. When she did notice the sharp sound of the sword cutting through hair and the piercing gleam of sunlight reflecting on the blade, she had no time to do anything else but throw herself backwards in an attempt to avoid.

It wasn't quite enough; a sharp pain shot through her as the blade cut smoothly through her clothes and slashed open her skin. She bent over in pain for a moment, holding her sleeve to the wound. In an effort get back up and face Kanda once more, she clenched her teeth and tried her best to regain her pose. Couldn't leave herself any more open. At least the wound seemed to be but a flesh wound. Nothing that would immediately kill her.

She looked back up at Kanda and gripped her sword with trembling hands, breath going fast.
infiniillusion
Dec. 17th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Kanda's unfriendly grin grew wider as the hit connected; he didn't seem to feel any sort of pain in his somewhat-maimed arm at the moment, though it was hanging at his side a bit lifelessly for now. And, of course, he wasn't wasting any time and slashed at Rin again, the strength behind the slash quite unbelievable given it was done with a single hand.

It might have been a good idea to run - if you could outrun him, that is.
revengeisalie
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, Rin did consider fleeing. Approximately every ten seconds, she thought of just making a run for it. But she saw Kanda's movements, so swift and hindered by quite nearly nothing, and she knows she wouldn't stand much of a chance, especially not with her wound. It was not the first time she wished she had the skills of Makie or Dōa, but perhaps the time she felt it most intensely. The both belonged to Ittō-ryū, who were summa summarum her enemy, but she'd always kind of wished to qualify for entry in the sword school that wasn't a sword school. Others might see it as odd; she never did particularly.

And the last time Rin had tried to run away when cornered, it had only made things worse. Well, they might have gotten worse anyway, but her trying to run was certainly a trigger. The memory of that made Rin think, made her for the first time really dare to to consider that she might not make it out of this alive. She thought of that as she countered Kanda's strike, and the fear making her pulse beat faster, hotter through her veins gave her strength to repel him once more.

Still, one thing was becoming increasingly clear to her: she needed help. She needed it, would probably not survive without it.

Edited at 2010-12-17 09:25 pm (UTC)
infiniillusion
Dec. 22nd, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
The feral grin on Kanda's face only grew wider as he sensed the fear of the pathetic form in front of him, not really registering it as anything actually human, because that was how far he had gone at this point. Yes, he could feel it, the unsureness, the realization of vitality, the smell of blood, all of it, and it only seemed to be adding to the.. madness, was it? Enemies. They were all enemies. He was going to kill them all.

And so he didn't stop for a moment after his attack was parried, and just slashed again, and again, the force behind the hits growing with each attempt.
revengeisalie
Feb. 19th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Fear did have an advantage -- this kind of fear, at least. It put her into a mode that put the first priority in suriving, in resisting, no matter what. So she parried the next strike as well, just did it, before questions could even arise in her head. She leaned forward, into the hit, to back up her thin arms, thus managing to repel it.

The next hit, however, came too fast, so that, though she could catch it with her own sword, there was no strength behind it, and Kanda's blade slid along hers with a screech, pushing it and her backward, striking up a dull pain her wrist which was twisted a bit too much for comfort, forcing her to fall back -- on her behind.

She looked up at Kanda with big eyes, and a long, long moment passed. A moment in which she realized that, while she might have some chance against him if she forced him to the ground as well, it wasn't a very big chance, and if she couldn't do it in the next split second, that would be her end.

So she did that in which she put her last hope. She screamed for Iskierka, hoping against hope that her Hitomi would catch and send the call.
flightandfire
Feb. 22nd, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
It did, and thankfully Iskierka was close to Rin at that moment. Being far too large for the cities to accommodate, she stayed to the wilderness, speaking moreso with Yomites and Nomads than any of the Celestials. This suited her just fine: she found the Celestials to be a bit stuffy for her liking.

When Rin called for her, Iskierka was actually trying to make the ground comfortable enough to sleep on, digging up the dirt to make it softer and such. But when she heard Rin she knew right away that this was an 'I am in danger help me' scream just by the pitch of it, so she immediately took to the air to look for her lone crewman.

Following the path, it didn't take her long to find Rin and the man harassing her. She could see the swords and smell the blood, and she would have liked to just swat Kanda away from Rin, but they were far too close and Iskierka's clawed hands were far too large to try something like that while she was flying. So instead she landed just behind Rin and let out an ear-splitting roar, hopefully disrupting Kanda enough to give Rin a chance to get away.
infiniillusion
Feb. 22nd, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Kanda did momentarily pause at the roar, distracted a split moment before he probably would have ran Rin through with the blade. He didn't seem all that intimidated, though.

Instead, he stepped towards the dragon, holding the sword out as it flickered blue light a few times, nothing really happening just yet but apparently it might have soon enough and it was something that made him sure of himself even when facing a creature of this size.

Edited at 2011-02-22 05:58 pm (UTC)
revengeisalie
Mar. 5th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
It was only a split second that Rin hesitated. Somehow, she picked up on Iskierka's intention; she didn't know how and didn't care. Hastily, she scrambled to a stand, adrenaline pushing her up even as relief settled sluggishly in her limbs, introducing a desire to give in to exhaustion.

So she had to force herself the rest of the way, force herself to run past Kanda as fast as she could, which was, due to the exhaustion, not the fastest she could run, but she had bridged the greater part of the distance in just a few seconds, regardless.
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