[Dream] 28

Nov. 14th, 2011 12:56 am
souhi_no_arashi: (After the Battle)
[personal profile] souhi_no_arashi
Dream Effects: Non-Interactive. (Optional:) Freezing temperatures, pain, dizziness, but a driving force to push on and not give up.



He was alone, he could feel it through ever fiber of his being. He was leaving them behind. Or maybe he'd sent them on ahead...

Kurogane's narrowed gaze swept from side to side, finding nothing but empty halls in this castle. Nothing but ice and stone walls and crimson blood that matched his eyes greeted him here.

He trudged forward another step and it felt as if it took all his strength for that simple act, but he put the next foot in front of him. One step at a time with the drip drip drip of blood following him, streaming down from what used to be an arm, but now was just a severed stump. No matter how much blood poured from the wound, more seemed to come leaving a trail behind him in this labyrinth. Puffs of white fog came with each labored breath as well and yet he pressed on. He wouldn't give up here. There were things he still had to do.

Even if he couldn't remember what they were around the icy haze closing in on his mind.

The hallways and stairs of the castle became a blur of crushing cold and searing pain, trying to pull the man into hopelessness. It'd be so easy to just... lie down. But still Kurogane would not fall to such things. If he could just reach the... what was he looking for again...? It didn't matter. So long as he pressed on, he knew they would guide him to it.

And there were flashes of smiling faces. A pair of warm green eyes. A boy with rust-colored hair. A child-like laugh coupled with incessant teasing. A pair of startled blue eyes, filled with shock and tears that threatened to spill. That image lingered the longest before he shook it from his mind.

They'd guide him home somehow.

... Home? So that was what he was looking for...

The sharp longing accompanying that thought was enough to bring him to one knee. Or maybe it was the blood loss. Regardless, the ninja found himself gasping out in loud rasps as he tried to get back onto his feet. He had to keep moving. They'd bring him home.

... They were his home, he realized as his body gave out and he toppled to the ground. It took only seconds for him to lose feeling in his face as it laid there on icy marble, unable to summon the strength to drag himself up once more.

"Kurogane!"

And just as darkness was closing in on the scene, red eyes snapped back open. That voice...!

"Kuro-papa!"

"Please hang on... the princess... we.... need..." Their voices came in and out, but it was them. He knew they'd guide him.

Warm hands pulled him up and the same faces came into view, blurred though they may have been.

He wasn't alone any longer. They brought him home...

Finally he could rest...

And darkness closed in to the sight of a pair of worried blue eyes staring down into his and to the sound of cries for help carrying into the distance.

***

[The feed ends and the light cast by the phone shows Kurogane as he sits up in the darkness, breathing hard.] Haven't thought about that in a while...

[He ignores the phone, climbs out from under the warm futon and crosses the room to the sliding door and pushing it open to show the snow coming down outside. He takes a seat right there in the open doorway to watch the snow come down before the feed times out on its own.]

[Video]

Date: 2011-11-14 06:20 pm (UTC)
nightraysewerat: (looks so gentle)
From: [personal profile] nightraysewerat
[He's already sick enough, without being frozen and in pain from the dream on top of it. And the feeling of freezing isn't entirely foreign to him either, would bring up other thoughts if the whole thing weren't so overwhelming...

In the end, it's those red eyes that cause Vincent to actually respond. The video shows mostly just his face, a bedroom wall, not horribly interesting. But he opens and closes his own red eye in a slow blink before he speaks.]

Misfortune like me...

[The eyes, that's it. It's the eyes that make him think that. And truly the events of the dream seem quite misfortunate, though the fact that anyone cared enough to bring the man home means something, doesn't it? Those flashes of imagery, the faces and forms of those who care for the man, they're something that separates them.]

The cold really does bring back memories, huh? But you seem all right now.

[His voice comes out slightly flat and hoarse, thanks to the illness he's suffering, but he enunciates carefully.]

[Video]

Date: 2011-11-15 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
[His first instinct was to demand who the hell this was, a little touchy and annoyed at having a dream like that one broadcast, but the first words out of Vincent's mouth brought him up short.

Another one of these huh? It was almost ironic given the content of the dream and the events of that world. So instead, those red eyes just level at Vincent for a moment.]

Of course I'm all right. I don't let fate or fortune dictate my life.

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-11-17 09:24 pm (UTC)
nightraysewerat: (laughter)
From: [personal profile] nightraysewerat
Is that so?

[He laughs, though it's shallow, like much of what he does.]

I suppose one would have to be a fool to accept a thing like that. Still, that didn't look so pleasant.

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-11-20 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
Fools or people too weak to fight for themselves. [A hand unconsciously goes to his artificial arm at the shoulder where the cold weather is making the connection ache.]

Losing a limb isn't pleasant, no. But it needed to be done.

[That smile and laugh... irked him.]

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-11-23 05:43 pm (UTC)
nightraysewerat: (still smiling)
From: [personal profile] nightraysewerat
Strong one, aren't you?

[He can't help staring, really, at this man's eyes. They're red, and yet they're more than that.]

Do you dream about it often? Or is it just the cold?

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-11-27 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
Not that it's your business, but I haven't dreamed about that in a long time.

[He made a slight scoffing sound and glanced away, still annoyed. He wasn't about to explain that it wasn't just the cold but the disappearance of the last of his companions that likely prompted it.]

There isn't a lot of point in dwelling in the past. Don't forget it, but don't live in it either.

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-11-28 02:54 am (UTC)
nightraysewerat: (you know you love me)
From: [personal profile] nightraysewerat
Very strong then.

[He sounds almost honestly impressed, and there's a bit of an eye-rake in there, a moment of investigating what can be seen of the man through the Dreamberry.]

You do seem quite together, for someone who just relived such a thing. Would that we could all be so persevering.

[He coughs, softly.]

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-11-28 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
... I've been through worse.

[Not physically done to himself, no, but watching what had happened to others he loved and being unable to do anything about it - that was worse in the ninja's eyes.]

And anyone can be that persevering. You just do it. You don't give up. And you don't blame things like "fate" or "misfortune."

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-12-02 08:01 pm (UTC)
nightraysewerat: (Vince no likeys)
From: [personal profile] nightraysewerat
Oh? So you think it's all right to take everything on yourself that way?

[Not that he doesn't think the misfortune is his own fault, or that he doesn't deserve it, but...]

So what happens then, when your world falls apart? You keep going, even though it's all your own fault? How very selfish of you.

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-12-02 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
Tch. [Red eyes narrow again.] Who said anything about that meaning taking on everything. Take responsibility for yourself. That doesn't excuse others of their own actions.

If your world falls apart and you're to blame, you fix things your damn self. It still doesn't mean you give up and leave the mess to the people you left behind.

[This guy was definitely the kind he hated and after the dream, it was really starting to piss him off. Some things rang a little too familiar.]

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-12-10 12:54 am (UTC)
nightraysewerat: (still smiling)
From: [personal profile] nightraysewerat
Sure, of course that's what you meant.

[He doesn't sound the slightest bit convinced. He rolls his eyes.]

I see how your mind works now. One type of selfishness or another, it's still selfish.

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-12-16 08:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
[That earns Vincent a displeased and confused look. What the hell was this guy going on about now?]

What's selfish about expecting people to take responsibility exactly?

Re: [Video]

Date: 2011-12-19 03:12 am (UTC)
nightraysewerat: (that little smile)
From: [personal profile] nightraysewerat
Taking everything on yourself takes away from other people's choices, doesn't it?

[That's what he's accused of, anyway. Whether he agrees with the man or not is immaterial. That it's amusing to rile him up? That's what counts.]

Video

Date: 2011-11-15 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] highwarlockmb.livejournal.com
Oh, honey.

That was more depressing than Alec's wardrobe. {Magnus is sympathetic. It's on his face, even if the words sound sarcastic}

Video

Date: 2011-11-15 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
[Rolls his eyes. Lucky for Magnus Kurogane had a strong enough impression of Magnus to guess what he means. Still doesn't put him in the greatest of moods, but not much did.]

It wasn't anything other than a dream. Tch.

Video

Date: 2011-11-15 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] highwarlockmb.livejournal.com
Mm. But dreams come from somewhere, darling.

Video

Date: 2011-11-15 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
... Partial memory, fine. Whatever, it doesn't make any difference.

It's been a while since that time. [Rolls his left shoulder with a loud pop - the metal one.]

Video

Date: 2011-11-15 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] highwarlockmb.livejournal.com
Oh? A "while" is a relative term for someone like me. {Magnus pointed out with a smirk}

Video

Date: 2011-11-15 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
[Gives him a look.] Yeah yeah. Considering I've been trapped here well over a year, let's just say long enough.

[video]

Date: 2011-11-15 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight-in-red.livejournal.com
...those were Kurogane-san's friends, right?

[Looks who's still in bed, but she felt a strong connection to Kurogane's dream, she could not ignore it.]

[video]

Date: 2011-11-16 07:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
Something like that.

Most of them have been here at some point or another. [But right now, it was just him...]

Have a feeling that you'd have gotten along with those two kids. Hell, the manjuu and the magician too.

[video]

Date: 2011-11-18 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight-in-red.livejournal.com
Well, maybe they will come back. You never know.

And you really think so? I wish I could meet them. I hope they do come back so I can get the chance. I'm sure, Kurogane-san's friends are great!

[Blinks] What's a manjuu?

[video]

Date: 2011-11-20 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
It's happened a few times. [Obviously they also left each time too...]

A manjuu? It's a pork bun, you never had one, kid?

[video]

Date: 2011-11-21 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight-in-red.livejournal.com
A pork bun? Isn't a manjuu filled with azuki bean paste? [Shakes her head, getting distracted talking about food.]

But the way you mentioned it, it seemed a manjuu was something else. Since I've been here not all things in my world are the same as another's. So sometimes it'll be really confusing. Thinking that people mean one thing, it turns out being another thing.[Laugh a little at that.]
Edited Date: 2011-11-21 03:35 am (UTC)

[video]

Date: 2011-11-23 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
(( Annnd that was a mun-fail right there. I mixed up two words and totally screwed that up. orz Ugh, stupid brain fart. Sorry about that. ))

[He pauses.] One of the ones I traveled with, it looked like a manjuu. White little thing, long floppy ears, red stone on the forehead... said lots of unnecessary things.

[video]

Date: 2011-11-23 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight-in-red.livejournal.com
[Eyes brightened up.]

Wow, that sounds a lot like Mokona.

(( It's okay. Happens all the time. Don't worry yourself))

Re: [video]

Date: 2011-11-23 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
[Brows furrow.]

.... that's it's name.

[video]

Date: 2011-11-23 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight-in-red.livejournal.com
...Really? [Blinks] Then have you been to Cephiro, too?

[video]

Date: 2011-11-27 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
Cephiro? No, don't think any of the worlds we went to were named that.

That where yours is from? There's more than one of the things.

[video]

Date: 2011-11-28 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight-in-red.livejournal.com
More than one Mokona? If you've encountered Mokona in another world than that must be true,too.

What was your Mokona like? In Cephiro I was the only one who could understand Mokona, and Umi always though it was convenient for him to disappear whenever there was trouble. Also his red gem had magical properties, mainly linking us to other people and leading us on our journey.

[video]

Date: 2011-12-01 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
[Brows furrow at that.]

Only one to understand it? Hn, that's different. Without the manjuu none of us could understand each other. But... the rest of it sounds suspiciously the same. Tch.

The other one than ours was a black one with a blue gem too. They were linked to one another so we could reach the Witch they came from.

[video]

Date: 2011-12-02 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight-in-red.livejournal.com
Well, Umi, Fuu and I, all came from Tokyo so we spoke the same language. So there was no need for Mokona to act as translator. In fact, Mokona couldn't speak words at all. He only made this one sound, but I was able to understand him.

[Hearing of the black Mokona, Hikaru gets a little excited. Her and the white mokona were good friends, after all.] There's a black Mokona?! I would like to meet it! [Blinks] But they came from a witch? That's very different from Cephiro then....

[video]

Date: 2011-12-04 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
Both of those things came from the Witch. She let us borrow the white one to travel with for a really steep price. The black one lives with her and that's how she kept harassing us.

Not surprising that it's that different though, kid. Things can vary from world to world.

[video]

Date: 2011-12-08 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knight-in-red.livejournal.com
That's what i'm learning, but it's interesting to hear you also had a Mokona! It makes me wonder about the other worlds that are out there. Maybe there's another version of me out there!

[video]

Date: 2011-12-13 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] souhi-no-arashi.livejournal.com
Wouldn't be surprised at all. I've met the same people in different worlds. Some things don't change.

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