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Rosalia "Rose" Rossellini ([personal profile] healeveryone) wrote in [community profile] anemoi2012-06-28 08:09 am

[Action]

[There's a man-sized caterpillar prowling around the Ermis Suites today. It's not doing much of note - mostly crawling about and munching on plants, and anyone who first encounters it from a distance will find...nothing of note. Just a big caterpillar-EVO doing regular caterpillar things.

Get too close or even just linger, however, and people may find that the world becomes a little different. A little more interesting.

Because that's when the voices start.]

(Note: Auditory hallucinations are go. Feel free to hear whatever you want!)
nomen_est_numen: (crazy eyes)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-06-28 02:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[Shen had simply gone home from a long night of somewhat drunken monster-hunting. Tired, too sober for his own liking, and vaguely unhappy, he makes his way into the building with every intention of just going home and sleeping this off.]

[Then he espies the giant caterpillar.]

[He stares at it for several beats and when it soundly fails to attack he continues on his way, accidentally brushing past it as it chewed on a potted plant. He makes it to his door and then he hears someone call his name.]

"Shen..."

[He turns, seeing nothing but empty hallway.] Who's there? Who said that?

[Again, he hears someone call his name, from another direction, now.]

"Shen..." [Still no-one about.]

Palom, is that you? I'm warning you, I'm not in the mood for games!

"Shen... You aren't worthy... you know you aren't worthy..."

Be SILENT, whoever you are!

"You'll only break her heart..."

THAT IS ENOUGH! [Several knives are now embedded in the wall, and he stares wildly about, eyes wide, breath harsh.]

"...Give up, Shen... before it's too late... before you hurt her..."

[He slumps against the door.] No... no, it can't be....
life_is_megas_wonderful: (holy crap)

[personal profile] life_is_megas_wonderful 2012-06-29 03:06 am (UTC)(link)
*Tsuruya is hearing the catchiest darned tune in her head. She's not sure where it's coming from, but it sure is catchy! But hey, at least she's enjoying it --

Unlike Shen.*


Y-yo! Shen! Shen! Pull yourself together, nyoro!
nomen_est_numen: (crazy eyes)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-06-29 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
[He's sitting on the floor and shaking violently.] That voice... I know that voice....

[After another beat, he finally looks up to see who's talking to him, now.] Wha... Ts-Tsuruya... is that you?
life_is_megas_wonderful: (A bit more serious for now)

[personal profile] life_is_megas_wonderful 2012-06-29 03:35 am (UTC)(link)
*Aw, the tune is gone. Must be that caterpillar! At least it seems pretty passive.*

Yep! You okay? You looked megas shaken there for a moment. Were you hearing weird stuff too?
nomen_est_numen: (ruffled birdie)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-06-29 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
Hearing... yes. I heard... I heard my father's voice....

[He shambles to his feet, leaning against the doorframe.]

What were you hearing?
life_is_megas_wonderful: (Eheheheh)

[personal profile] life_is_megas_wonderful 2012-06-29 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
*"Tourai... tourai... tourai! Wacchiki wacchiki boro mouke..."*

Oh, nothing important. Anyway, I thinks maybe we oughta get you outta here for now.

*She eyes the caterpillar.*
nomen_est_numen: (ruffled birdie)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-06-29 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
[Shen slumps against the doorframe, suddenly feeling more old and tired and hopeless than he could ever remember feeling.]

To where, though?
life_is_megas_wonderful: (y helo thar)

[personal profile] life_is_megas_wonderful 2012-06-29 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
We'll figure something out! But I think something around here's kinda got a bad influence.
nomen_est_numen: (ruffled birdie)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-06-29 04:52 am (UTC)(link)
It's that... giant grub, isn't it? It's too close for me to just ignore it and go home... not with that voice in my mind.

[He peels himself from the wall.]

Lead on, then.
life_is_megas_wonderful: (Eheheheh)

[personal profile] life_is_megas_wonderful 2012-06-29 06:09 am (UTC)(link)
Hmmm...

*She mulls the grub a bit.*

But ya know, it doesn't seem like a bad grub, does it? I mean, most of the monsters went all mean and stuff immediately. This one seems kinda timid.
nomen_est_numen: (wtf)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-06-29 11:54 pm (UTC)(link)
[He stares at Tsuruya as though she'd just grown another head, which would not be impossible at the moment, and then at the caterpillar. Back to Tsuruya.]

You... aren't suggesting we keep it, are you?

[It is, after all, a bit large.]
life_is_megas_wonderful: (It's brilliant!)

[personal profile] life_is_megas_wonderful 2012-06-30 03:23 am (UTC)(link)
Not KEEP it, per se! But maybes it'd be friendly enough to take back to the labs to get changed back from whoever it was! It'd certainly beat having to fight them, right?
nomen_est_numen: (contemplative)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-06-30 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
[Shen is loathe to do anything with the creature, seeing as the further away he got from it, the less he heard that voice whispering at him. Still, he couldn't make Tsuruya shift that thing all on her own. It would be ridiculous and utterly futile. He sighs.]

I suppose you're right. We can't just leave it like this, especially if there's a chance it's actually a person.

[He takes a few steps toward it.]
life_is_megas_wonderful: (y helo thar)

[personal profile] life_is_megas_wonderful 2012-06-30 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, hey! It's okay! Don't be afraid! Come here!

*She kneels down to a lower level, hands up.*

I won't hurt you, okay?
nomen_est_numen: (crazy eyes)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-06-30 04:24 am (UTC)(link)
[The closer Shen gets to the creature, the more distinctly he hears the voice in his head, haranguing, needling, endlessly whispering his worst fears about the past and the future.]

[He stops, shaking his head, trying to concentrate on the present.]
life_is_megas_wonderful: (A bit more serious for now)

[personal profile] life_is_megas_wonderful 2012-06-30 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
Do you understand us? We wanna help you, but you gotta trust me, okay?
nomen_est_numen: (crazy eyes)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-06-30 05:32 am (UTC)(link)
Yes... we need to ... to...

[He is so distracted. He stumbles away, leaning against the wall and hissing something under his breath that sounds a lot like the idea that he doesn't need to hear this right now...]
Edited 2012-06-30 05:33 (UTC)
life_is_megas_wonderful: (Eheheheh)

[personal profile] life_is_megas_wonderful 2012-07-02 12:15 am (UTC)(link)
*o/~ Ashita mata au toki warai nagara hamingu...o/~*

Um... Shen, maybe you oughtas go somewhere else for a bit. I can handle this pretty easy for now.
nomen_est_numen: (ruffled birdie)

[personal profile] nomen_est_numen 2012-07-02 11:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[He takes a few steps away and seems to breathe a little easier when the voice recedes again. Eyeing the caterpillar and his door, he figures home would be far away enough.]

Maybe... maybe you're right.

[Oh, gawd, it's been a day. He stumbles toward the door, then stops and looks back.]

...Thank you, Tsuruya.

[Then he vanishes into the apartment, letting the door swing shut behind him.]
has_a_blog: (what the fuck)

[personal profile] has_a_blog 2012-06-30 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
[Dave kind of edged the giant caterpillar, but didn't really pay it much attention otherwise, since it seemed content to not flip out and kill people.

He got close enough, though. He suddenly stops and looks around, looking a combination of baffled, upset, and angry.]

What the FUCK!?
theheirofbreath: (wonder what's behind you)

[personal profile] theheirofbreath 2012-06-30 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
What is that thing?

[John is similarly confused. But mostly by the caterpillar itself. He hasn't started hearing things. Yet. But Dave's reaction is a bit of a surprise....]


.....Hey, are you okay?
has_a_blog: (oh fuck)

[personal profile] has_a_blog 2012-06-30 06:40 am (UTC)(link)
You don't hear that?
theheirofbreath: (listen)

[personal profile] theheirofbreath 2012-07-01 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Hear what?

[Listening carefully now. Also looking around. Because you can totally see sounds.]