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    "Wrong, wrong, wrong." Shinobu lectured as he continued to walk alongside his "assistant." "You don't jus' get on and ride. How many times do I have to tell ya—ya gotta feel the Arcana first." Shinobu carried a rectangle-like board under his right arm with what appeared to be a skateboard's wheel at the underside of one end. "Otherwise, you're jus' using it like a Cierian whore. And as long as we're in Arcadia, you're not gonna find one of them—so don't use Arcana like that. We'll go to Ciera next then, I guess."

    Setsuna fumbled at his board and looked at his 'hero' with utter embarrassment. "Shinobu, I-I-I don't want one of those!" He flustered. Setsuna was a tiny young man, and he didn't seem to have the desire to look at naked women or anything. Shinobu would have thought the man gay had he not known why Setsuna was afraid of the naked form of women. It took him long enough to get used to Shinobu walking around shirtless. He'd probably have a grey beard by the time he was comfortable looking at bare, jiggling boobs. What a shame.

    Shinobu sighed and looked over his shoulder as he thought he heard something behind them. Seeing nothing, he turned back around. "Then ya have no reason to be using the Arcana around us like that. Treat it with more respect, else you'll just keep falling like ya did earlier."

    "Is that how you are able to lift like that?" Setsuna asked, quickly shifting the subject away from him.

    Shinobu shrugged. "Well, that's one reason."

    Setsuna arched an eyebrow and looked at Shinobu. "One reason?"

    Shinobu's teeth gleamed in the nearly-departed sunlight. "I'm also just that good."

    Setsuna sighed. "Of course that'd be why..."

    Shinobu used his unused arm to wrap around Setsuna's shoulder and pulled the younger man into him like a brother. "Don't ya worry though. Ya got talent, Sets. I bet you'll get to my level soon enough. You just gotta keep at it."

    Setsuna beamed a wide smile. He looked positively happy, like a kid that just got told they did a good job. "Thank you, Shinobu."

    Shinobu's rough hand messed up the dark hair of his apprentice and he was about to say something snarky before he was cut off by the sudden appearance of a pack of wolves. Only four of them, thankfully. But with their snarling, white teeth there might as well been a hundred. At least a hundred was worth telling a tale over. "Holy fuckmothering dragons," Shinobu swore. He couldn't fight off four wolves, and Setsuna could barely fight off a blanket if it got too tight at night.

    Thus there was only one option. "Fucking ruuuuuuun!" Shinobu screamed and continued to scream as he whirled around and began running in the direction they came from. Setsuna did the same at about the same pace. Shinobu was hoping for a bit more of a wide open area so he could use his board to get the hell away...

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    "Hikari. Come on. Now." Lucinda looked back to the tired young girl. Hikari was bent over, hands on her knees, and taking in a few deep breaths. "I'm trying, I promise! I just... can't. T-Too tired..." Hikari replied between breaths. Lucinda smiled and walked over to the girl's side before picking her up and placed Hikari on her back, almost too easily. "There. Now that the sun's going down, by the time we exit the forest it'll be pitch black..." "That's what's better for you, right?" "Haha... Yep." Lucinda carried Hikari through the forest and stopped when a strange scent hit her. Her nose twitched and she looked around. A moment later, she heard the voice of someone yelling. "Hikari." "Okay..." Hikari sadly jumped down off of Lucinda's back. Lucinda hid the girl behind a tree and a few bushes. "You know what to do." Hikari nodded and watched Lucinda run off to help another person they didn't know.

    Lucinda hurried through the trees, following a the scents she picked up. When she caught them in her sights, they were on a lower path running from wolves while she was running through the trees to their left. She ran with them for a moment, thinking on what to do. Reaching back, she grabbed onto the the small red colored pole that was hooked to her waist and waited for the right moment...

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    Running through a forest, even with paths, is not an easy endeavour. Trees exist all around, and roots are just as dangerous as any animal. But that's not what makes running so dangerous. Shinobu was huffing, puffing, and making noises reminiscent of a Zakatian steam engine running full throttle while he outran four wolves trying to make him dinner. All while yelling random obscenities—some that Setsuna had never considered words before.

    Setsuna was unable to keep up with Shinobu without more effort than he was probably usually capable of. But now, somehow, he was keeping up with the stronger, larger man. Of course, that's because Shinobu was actually holding back ever so slightly. It was just enough for him to be able to stop and become a target to allow Setsuna time to escape. It was stupid and selfless and he'd blame it on the smoking if he survived.

    But the reason running in a forest is dangerous... is the leaves. Setsuna's poor right foot hit a green leaf and his body did a cartwheel. Well, it did the second half of a cartwheel. He tumbled to the ground and the wolves beared down. "Fucking hell, Setsuna, no!" Shinobu screamed...
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    Re: Come Fly With Me [Closed]

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    As long as  Hikari was safe, Lucinda would not stop helping these people. They were doing well while running, but a rogue leaf decided the young one needed a major disadvantage. The young man fell and as the older one turned to yell, the following wolves went in for the kill. Three of them jumped in and with that opening, Lucinda darted forward and expanded her lance at the same time. With a loud click of metal snapping into metal, Lucinda ended up over the young man and with a whirling maneuver as both ends of her lance slammed into the three wolves and send them flying back. Sliding to a stop, Lucinda looked back to Setsuna and gave a quick smile before turning back to battle.

    "You're alright. I won't let them harm you guys. I can promise you that." Lucinda readied herself and watched the wolves as they began their growling. A moment later, they charged only to be knocked right back. Through the battle, Lucinda never seemed to truly strike to harm the animals. She kept knocking them back, waiting for them to be worn out. Finally, with a final growl, the four wolves ran off with minor injuries and whining in pain. Lucinda held out her lance and it shortened with another loud click of metal. "Alright. You guys okay?" Lucinda looked back to them. Although beautiful, she had a rather intimidating factor about her, especially with those red eyes.

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    Re: Come Fly With Me [Closed]

    Post by Tsubine on Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:33 am



    Setsuna saw his sad, pathetic life flash before his eyes as he brought up an arm in a futile attempt to block the maw of a wolf. It was a short flash, but it seemed like it took ages. He saw every hair on the wolf sway with the wind. And then he was blinded by the movements of a feminine form. She darted out of the underbrush and intercepted the first wolf with a long, crimson rod. The rod swung in ways that seemed inhuman, and Setsuna could barely make out its shape. The other two charging wolves also met their fate in the same way as the first. The fourth, however, was smart.

    Setsuna blinked as he was alive. He wasn't even coated in blood. The only pain he felt was from when he fell. Shinobu stared in awe as the female moved with blinding speed and a blur of red. As the battle finished, Shinobu helped Setsuna up and stood beside her. Their boards both lay on the floor, and Shinobu scooped them up. "Y-yes, I-I'm fine," Setsuna nervously replied. He stood beside Shinobu just enough that he could use the man's arm as a shield if need be.

    Shinobu cocked his head to the side a little. "I'm fine too. You sure you're fine, Sets?"

    Setsuna nodded. "Yeah. Just sore from falling."

    "Good. Can't have my assistant hurt, now can I?" Shinobu smiled and turned to the lady. She. Was. Fine. She might've been a bit shorter than him, but that's fine. Women are supposed to be. She had a body that made up for it. But more than that, it was inhuman. It wasn't natural. Not like she had some plastic surgery done or anything, but it was just odd. He'd have to know what it is that made her so... different. "Thanks so much for your help miss... uh..."

    Shinobu thought for a moment, and then let out an audible gasp of recognition. "Right! First, I'm Shinobu, and this young man that you saved is Setsuna. Introduce yourself, Sets."

    Setsuna hesitated and looked up at Shinobu, who only replied with a wave of his head for the lad to get on with it. "I-I'm Setsuna... and... thank you for saving me..." Shinobu expected that to be the last thing Setsuna said, but the young man actually continued... "Um... might I ask what kind of weapon you used there? You were moving so fast I could hardly make it out..." Setsuna wanted to make sure that he never felt helpless again. Unfortunately Shinobu wasn't the best teacher. Maybe she could be...


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    Lucinda nodded and turned to take her leave, but stopped when they actually talked to her. This was sort of new. She watched the two interact before they introduced themselves and then chuckled. "Lucinda Blackbourne." she introduced herself as well. She "shared" the name of a rather well-known villian of old times. That is what she would tell you at least. She would not admit to being the actual Lucinda Blackbourne for multiple reasons, but would also not lie about her name. It is her burden and would not let it go lightly. The old Lucinda must be wiped from existence.

    "This weapon? It's the Crimson Lance. It's possible you've heard of it, but I wouldn't be shocked if you haven't." Lucinda held it out in front of her, "It grants it's user extra power, making them faster, stronger, and harder to damage. It's the perfect way to protect people you care abou-..." Lucinda's eyes widened and she looked backwards. "I left something in the woods and I must retrieve it. If you prefer an escort to the next town, I will be happy to oblige. A little extra company never hurt anyone." Lucinda smiled and motioned for them to follow as she went on walking. "Don't forget your things." she said, pointing to their boards, "So what are the two of you doing out here in the woods?"

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    Setsuna picked up on the fact that she used a villain's name. He didn't want to comment on it. He was terrified of the woman—and no one could blame him. Shinobu also caught it, but he didn't care. Why? To him, a person's name is just what they call themselves. It's just an ease of communication. He didn't care if they had the same name as Rydia herself. That's just what people would call them.

    Setsuna hadn't heard of the weapon, but still stared at it intently. Shinobu, on the other hand, had. "Got a nice relic there, Lucinda" He spoke with a tight smile, trying to keep up formalities. He'd rather not be all "proper." "I bet it likes having such a nice young," he didn't realize the irony of his words yet, "lady wielding it." Shinobu did follow, but he waved a hand when she mentioned something about the next town. "Nah, no need to go that far. Our home is here in the forest. Although an escort would still be preferred."

    Shinobu's smile turned empty as he looked up to the darkening skies. "I'm not a fighter of any sort." He stared up for a moment, then wrapped an arm around Setsuna and lightly tapped his head with the flat of his board. "Sets here wants to protect himself though. I think he's got some talent for it too, just... buried or something."

    "Shinobu, stop... T-that's embarrassing."

    Lucinda then asked about the reason of their incursion into the forest. "Well, we travel for one. I don't like staying in cities or towns—inns are far too expensive on my budget. But we were out near the cliffs about half a mile east of here, lifting." Shinobu held up his board slightly. "Not sure if you've heard of the sport, but we ride the Arcana in the air, sorta like those surfers on the coast. But this is so much cooler." Shinobu looked happy when he talked about the sport. It wasn't a smile, but the glint in his eyes that gave it away. "How about ya, what're ya doing out here?"



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    "You should not be embarrassed about wanting to better yourself. It's a wonderful thing and shows great character and determination." Lucinda replied to Setsuna as they walked along. "No... I have not heard of such a sport, nor have I seen one of those boards you hold before. I don't keep up with a lot of the current technology." Lucinda explained as she took in a deep breath through her nose. She suddenly changed direction and stepped into the forest on a small path. "Just traveling all over. I'm doing my best to help anyone I come across." Lucinda took in another deep breath and changed directions again. Soon the three were on a larger path and Lucinda walked up to a tree. She knocked on it three times in a little pattern and soon a young girl appeared.

    "Lucy!" a sweet voice echoed out from the shadows of the forest. "There you are." Lucinda smiled lightly and pulled Hikari up from her spot sitting behind the tree. She set the girld own on the path and walked her over to the two men. Hikari saw them and immediately hid behind Lucinda. "Who are they?" she whispered. "This is Setsuna and Shinobu." Lucinda introduced them and then pointed to Hikari, "This little shy one is Hikari." Hikari waved from behind Lucinda but kept her body hidden.

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    Post by Tsubine on Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:17 am



    "Not too surprising. It's still a minor sport, even here in Arcadia. It'd be nice to see other people enjoying the free sky like we do though." Setsuna blinked at Lucinda's answer. Helping anyone she came across? Even though Setsuna had positioned Shinobu between him and the woman, he couldn't help but to feel some sort of calm around her. She saved him, after all. "Huh, pretty noble of ya. Glad we were in your path this time."

    "A-again, thank you for saving us..." Setsuna's voice was quiet and respectful.

    Setsuna darted behind Shinobu when the voice rang out from the other side of the tree. The two reacted about the same. Shinobu picked up on the similarities between Setsuna and Hikari upon seeing the girl dart behind Lucinda. "Nice to meet you, Hikari. I'm Shinobu and this," Shinobu side-stepped quick enough to leave Setsuna standing alone, "is Setsuna."

    Setsuna's heart skipped a beat in fear and something else as he looked at Hikari. "H-hi." His hands fidgeted with one another nervously, and Shinobu's face twisted into a lupine smile.

    Shinobu leaned down to be at eye level with Hikari, his smile turning gentle. "Your friend Lucinda saved our lives, Hikari. You're lucky to have someone as strong as she is to be traveling with you."

    Setsuna swallowed, and then spoke up soon after Shinobu finished talking to Hikari. "Miss Lucinda," Setsuna asked quietly, "um... why is it you want to help people?"


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    Hikari kept her head low and covered herself as much as possible. She wanted to stay hidden; She didn't want to see those stares again. Why did Lucinda have to bring these people along?! When Shinobu came close enough to be at eye level, Lucinda watched very closely to see how Hikari would react. Hikari froze. Her eyes were fixated on Shinobu, watching every move he made. She was hidden behind Lucinda, clothing, and thick hair, so her scars weren't visible. If they were, she'd be running away at this point, or he would be. She wasn't sure which kind of reaction she was going to get.

    "Hikar-..." Lucinda turned to Setsuna, "Yes?" She blinked at his question, slightly surprised. It wasn't a hard question to answer, but it was one that hit home for Lucinda. Instead of answering with her personal details, she did what she always did. "Why wouldn't I want to?" She raised an eyebrow at him and then smiled. "There is too much evil in this world. It's better to fight against it and show that hope and goodness is still around and just as powerful, if not more so, than evil. Don't you think?"

    "Now where to?"

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    Shinobu stood up as she answered, and he looked intently at Lucinda. His eyes were hard for once, as if he were inspecting a painting for flaws. Setsuna blinked. She sounded a bit like Shinobu... "Oh, I see... Yeah, I guess so..."

    A few seconds after Setsuna answered, Shinobu's hard gaze stopped. He didn't look as calm as he did before. "I can show you two to where we're set up for the night. If you don't wish to stay there, Sets can at least cook you a meal." He normally would have gone "right, Sets?" after that. But he didn't.

    Shinobu looked back at Lucinda as he returned to Setsuna's side. "Besides, I think we have a lot to talk about. You and I seem to have a very similar, if not the same, outlook on people." Setsuna knew what this calm Shinobu meant. This was his business face. "I'd like to interview you for my magazine. You can remain anonymous or use an alias. I just want your words on what you believe about people—how they can change from the dark side," he held up his left hand palm flat and horizontal, "to the light." He then did the same with his right hand in conjunction. He had no idea what kind of door he was opening...

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    Lucinda's answer was satisfactory in her mind, though she didn't know she had hit a personal nerve with Shinobu. Hikari kept nudging her back, but Lucinda was trying to ignore it. "Well, I've recently eaten, but this little lady could use a good meal." Lucinda said, patting Hikari's head. "Um... Interview?" Lucinda looked completely confused as she listened to this explanation. "I... guess? Hikari..." Lucinda looked back to the small girl, "What the hell is a magazine?" "It's one of those book things that I read some times... You said it was like a newspaper-book combination." "Oh, right. Those things with different articles about people... What's the point?" Lucinda looked back to Shinobu. "What kind of article is it? I mean, I have no problem with you doing the interview thing, but I'd like to know what my words will be featured in." Lucinda shrugged and turned toward Hikari, "Maybe we'll pick up a copy, huh?" "Yep!" Hikari nodded. "Lead the way." Lucinda said and would then follow.

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    If Shinobu and Setsuna knew what the gods knew about Lucinda, they'd be horrified and wide-eyed at what Lucinda replied with. Shinobu and Setsuna both were curious as to how she didn't know what a magazine was. At least she didn't know what magazines were as a whole instead of just not knowing their magazine. Shinobu started leading them the best he could. "The article would just be about my encounter with a pretty," he meant that in the sense of her looks but that might be lost, " like-minded individual that hasn't read what I have to say. You're perfect for this since you haven't read it. My magazine is just a magazine for free-thinkers. I take away the cloud the governments put out and tell the truth like it is. I tell them that people do evil things, but that they themselves may not be evil. Look into the cause of their actions, you might find a grain of sand buried within their gears."

    Shinobu then realized that she might not know what a gear was. "Basically, I just tell people that there are very few inherently evil people—especially nowadays. There are always causes for someone's actions, and sometimes those actions can be fixed. Sometimes, you can help someone that might've harmed you. If the lion scratches at you because it has a thorn in its paw, don't you try to remove the thorn? It might strike you again, but wouldn't that be because of fear of the pain the thorn caused? In the long run, won't you be helping it? That's the type of thing I spread in my magazine. It's called RAY=OUT."

    "I also write tips on lifting and get pictures of beautiful landscapes. That's why some people buy it, but I like to believe that most people buy my magazine because they're wanting to live knowing that people can be good." Shinobu patted Setsuna's head. "It's helped Setsuna out, so I think it can help just about anyone."

    The quartet came to a clearing in the forest a few minutes away from where Lucinda met the two men. Sitting in the center of the clearing was an rounded, shiny, wheeled, rectangle. It sported two wide windows on the narrow end, and a few smaller windows spaced along the length of it. A single door was on the side they were face, and there was a fold-out table with two chairs sitting near the door. Shinobu's smile widened and he turned to the group, arms wide in a welcoming gesture. "This is my home, the Silver Streamer!"
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    "It sounds like you need to do an article on the fear of the unknown and lack of self-confidence." Lucinda spoke up and looked directly to Hikari as she said that. Hikari knew that was a shot toward her and looked shyly from Lucinda. Lucinda placed a comforting hand on Hikari's head and looked to the two men again. "That's something that Lucy knows lots about..." Hikari said and wrapped her little arms around Lucinda's waist. Lucinda stiffened, wondering where Hikari was going with this, but said nothing as they walked along, allowing the smaller woman to explain herself. "She helps me not be scared all the time and is teaching me to have more confidence in myself too." Hikari continued and Lucinda smiled, patting Hikari's head. Hikari looked up and smiled back up at her.

    They arrived at the two's 'home' and were utterly confused. "Silver... Streamer..." Lucinda and Hikari repeated the name in unison with disbelief at this. Their expressions dulled and the two looked to each other. Lucinda leaned down to Hikari and whispered to her. "Zakatian tech?" Lucinda asked. Hikari could be seen shrugging. "I don't know. I've never seen anything like it. Could be new?" Hikari replied and giggled. She always found it funny to see the confused looks on Lucinda's face when they encountered something new, especially if it was something out of Zakat. Lucinda stood up again and put a hand on her hip. "Well then. It certainly is a nice... silver... streaker." Lucinda said and Hikari laughed. "Streamer! He said Streamer!" Embarrassed, Lucinda nodded. "R-Right... So, the interview?"

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    Shinobu thought for a moment, and scratched his chin. "I've definitely done a lot on the fear of the unknown..." He smiled. "But I could definitely do more to help with people's lack of self-confidence." Shinobu nudged Setsuna, knowing that he had helped some with Setsuna's own self-depreciation. He and Setsuna both listened to Hikari. "Oh? Well, good fer ya both. Glad you have someone like that. I kinda do the same for Sets here."

    As the women stared in (what Shinobu saw as) awe, the silver-haired man smiled wide. As the women whispered between one another, Shinobu leaned over and whispered to Setsuna. "Told you women liked it." He said proudly.

    Setsuna had a forced smile on his face. He didn't believe Shinobu. "R-right..."

    Silver... Streaker... Shinobu obviously was holding in a laugh too. Setsuna just blushed. "Hah, yeah, the interview. We can sit out 'ere." He motioned to the table. "The other two can hang out indoors. It'll be more comfortable in there." And safer too, he thought. "An' don't worry about leaving Setsuna alone with her. I once had to save him from a Chull—he's harmless. A good trait, I suppose."

    Setsuna flustered, and turned to Shinobu sharply. "Hey! It had my collar in its pincer... there wasn't anything I could do! And you were the one who got hurt in that, beating on its shell to annoy me." Shinobu awkwardly laughed, and then walked into the Silver Streamer, grabbing an inkpen and paper.

    "So, do you want to use the name you gave me, or go by a pseudonym?" Shinobu asked, his tone turning more serious. "So, what kind of darkness have you fought off? And what kinds of people have you spared or saved?" He was getting right to the point.

    Setsuna turned to Hikari, blushing a little. He hadn't been alone with a woman in quite some time. He was scared of her, even though she seemed to be just as scared of him. "So... Um.. I-I'm Setsuna..." He re-introduced himself awkwardly, not wanting to stand in silence. "Um... nice... weather... we're uh... having?" There was eventually a lapse in conversation, and Setsuna inhaled deeply. He'd have to ask an ACTUAL question. "Um... how... how long have you been traveling with Miss Lucinda?"

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    Hikari:

    She sat in the first seat she could find and stared at Setsuna the entire time. She was wary of him. The guy acted like he was scared of things, but Hikari doubted it. He was probably pretending to lure her and Lucinda into a trap, but they would feel stupid when they realize how powerful she really is. Hikari was quiet and kept her head slightly lowered. Her face was still covered mostly by the thick bangs she intentionally had hanging down. She didn't want him noticing her scars. She just blinked at the weather comments until he asked another question. "Um... A long time now." she glanced around and then glared at him, "You better not try anything. Lucinda will destroy you and Shinobu quicker than you could scream 'help me' if you dared hurt me. She would! I mean it!" Hikari puffed out her cheeks and pointed at Setsuna's face with a rather confident declaration about Lucinda.

    Lucinda:

    "You can use my name. That's fine. No reason not to. Most people are scared of it anyway..." Lucinda whispered the last bit and glanced away out of annoyance before sighing and looked back to Shinobu. "What kind of darkness..." she repeated, "Well a lot of 'kinds', I guess. Darkness isn't just the depths of a forest or cave. It's the evil intentions within everyone. You can fight off darkness by sticking up for a friend being bullied. You can fight darkness by saving the life of a hurt animal or defeating a dragon that's about to destroy a town." Lucinda thought for a moment, "The most difficult enemy that anyone will face is themselves. That's the darkness I fight. I help people realize what they're doing is wrong. Little Hikari was scared of everything, sometimes still is... Her darkness came from haunting memories and pain. She's finally getting the confidence to conquer them, to get rid of her own darkness..." It was then that Lucinda could hear what Hikari was saying to Setsuna and she had to fight a laugh. She doubted Shinobu would be able to hear it since her senses came from what she was. With a deep breath and sigh, Lucinda looked back to him, "What other questions do you have? I doubt an interview only has one." She crossed one leg over the other and began relaxing a bit.

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    Setsuna waved his arms furiously as he went pale. "IwouldnevertryanythingtohurtyouoranythingIswear!" He blurted out with a rushed, terrified voice. His eyes were wide with panic. He did not want to get on Lucinda's bad side. She was too scary. "I-I-I," he stuttered, then swallowed. "I don't... I can't even cause Shinobu to bruise, even if I punch him with all of my strength. You're probably stronger than I am..." He looked away from Hikari. "The only way I could hold you down is if a boulder was on top of me, haha..." Setsuna wasn't lying. "Sorry... I'm... not good at talking to people, but Shinobu wants me to get better... He says it's rude to just not say anything to someone when it's just the two of you..."

    Outside, Shinobu was writing down what Lucinda said in quick haste. He nodded along, an expression of excitement and curiosity etched into his face. This woman was the perfect subject for his magazine. She was a young, strong woman with experience battling the darkness that plagues this world. Not just the physical darkness of evil actions, but also the metaphorical darkness that dwells within people in the form of pain, depression, etc. She was a godsend. "Where are you from? What drove you to the traveling life?" There was a slew of further questions, mostly about specific events in her "fight against darkness." He asked questions about advice she'd give to the young men and women of the world, what she felt about current happenings, and even who she thought was the best sovereign of the four rulers. "And the last question, would you go to dinner with me?" He looked just as serious as when he had asked the other questions.
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    Inside...

    His reactions were kind of funny to Hikari. When Lucinda was around, Hikari was confident and felt safe. If Lucinda wasn't around, she'd be crying and huddled in a corner, but Lucinda was just outside, so nothing could happen to her. When he calmed down, Hikari smiled a bit. "You're funny." she said with a mousey tone, "I bet you're stronger than that... You have to be, right? You're a man, aren't you?" Hikari tilted her head, asking that question with such innocence behind it. "And I'm not that good at talking to new people I've met either, but it's okay. We'll learn together, okay?" Hikari smiled widely and tilted her head without thinking. Her bangs fell off to the side and revealed every scar her clothes weren't covering. She realized this a moment later and her eyes widened. Tears immediately formed and she curled up in her chair, wrapping her arms around her head. "DON'T LOOK AT ME!!"

    Outside...

    "Huh... I wasn't expecting questions about early history... I don't think I could tell you where I was from even if I remembered it... It's a village gone now, so unless people have rebuilt , you wouldn't have heard of it..." Lucinda crossed her arms and looked to the sky while explaining this. It was casual when she was as well, so it wasn't like she was hiding anything. "And I don't have a home to belong to anymore, so I make it on the road. If I find a place, I might settle down there, but that will likely be a long way off from now... if ever." And then that final question came. If she had been drinking, there would have been a spit take, but that didn't happen because there was no drink. "Dinner?" she blinked in surprise at his question, "Well I-..." And then Hikari yelled and Lucinda's eyes just closed. "One moment..." she said and stood up, walking over to the Streamer and opening it up.

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    While Shinobu was enthralled with Lucinda's answers, Setsuna was having a particularly difficult time inside. His lips faded into a thin line. "I suppose I might be... I... don't know though. I'm really not that strong..." Setsuna was telling the truth. He didn't quite know his own strength. He had something above someone else maybe, but it would not be much. Hikari was, however, perfectly kind to him. His eyes darted downward. "Even people I've known for a while I can't really talk to..."

    Setsuna only barely got a glimpse of Hikari's face before she screamed. Setsuna grabbed a box of cereal and held it tight against his face. It was the only thing large enough that showed he couldn't be looking through it at her. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry!" Setsuna just repeated those two words for a good five seconds. "I'm not looking. I've got something covering my face. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to see something I shouldn't have..." Setsuna had no idea what was going on, so he took a few steps back. He tripped over a shirt, but he kept his grip tight on the cereal as he backed into one of the rooms, tears forming in his eyes too.


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    The first thing Lucinda saw was Hikari curled up and then looked to Setsuna, who was backing away. She couldn't help it when a smile twitched it's way onto her face. Hikari looked over to Lucinda, uncovering her face when she did so. She had tears in her eyes. Lucinda just sighed and raised an eyebrow at Hikari. She used her head to motion Hikari over to Setsuna. Hikari looked over to the man behind the cereal box and Lucinda closed the door. "Let them deal with it." Lucinda said and sat down in front of the door. A moment later, you could see Hikari's little eye through a window looking at Lucinda, who intentionally looked away from her. "She knows what she needs to do and she's not coming out until she's done it." Lucinda added and crossed her arms sternly along her chest.

    Hikari sighed when she saw what was going on. Lucinda wasn't going to let her out of here until she apologized for scaring Setsuna. She looked over to him while he hid behind the cereal box and slowly moved over. "S-Setsuna?" she sat down next to him and pat at his knee, "You can look at me now... I'm sorry I yelled at you." Hikari lowered her head sadly. She kept her eyes looking toward him to see if he lowered the cereal box. He peeked out from behind it, so she moved forward, sort of crawling toward him and placed her hand on the cereal box, pushing it down a bit. "See... It's okay. I'm not scared anymore." she forced up a smile and sat back normally, pulling her bangs back with a shaky hand, "I don't usually let people see my face... It's ugly now, so I hide it behind my hair..."

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    Shinobu just raised an eyebrow at Lucinda. "I don't think that little one of yours will hurt Setsuna, but if she does..." Shinobu was dead serious. He'd fight them both if Setsuna was hurt. "So, about that dinner..."

    Setsuna cowered in fear of the tiny girl. He tensed up and yelped quietly when he felt a soft hand touch his knee. "I'm sorry!" He immediately exclaimed. Setsuna barely peeked out from the cereal box. "It's okay... I... I react badly when women yell at me... I don't like it." Setsuna breathed in and out hard while they shared a quiet moment. "Well... I... I think it makes you stand out. N-not in a bad way though. I know you don't like it, but the way you do your hair is nice." Setsuna was, simply put, an idiot when it came to women. "Miss Lucinda must be a big support for you..."

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    "You don't have to worry. The two of them seem rather similar."

    "Um... Wait, really?" Hikari was stunned. She smiled a little more and pointed at herself. "Does that mean I scared you? I never scare anyone..." She giggled a litte and pat his knee again. "You don't have to be scared of me, silly Setsuna. I won't do anything to hurt you. Even if I wanted to, I'm too little and not strong at all, I promise! And Lucinda says I'm too nice for my own good." And then it fell silent. The two shared a quiet moment. Hikari began feeling awkward, unsure of what to say until he spoke up. "It is...?" Hikari grabbed her hair and tugged lightly on it. Her cheeks turned a little red and she used her hair to cover her face and giggle. "Yeah, she's my best friend! Sometimes she's more like a Mom to me over anything else... Is Shinobu like a Dad to you? You seem really fond of him." Hikari leaned her back against a wall and crossed her legs. She looked like she was ready to have a long conversation.

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    "Shinobu says the same about me..." Setsuna actually felt a bit of relief wash over him over the next few moments of talking with Hikari. "Shinobu is... more like a big brother to me. He'll smack me lightly if I do something stupid, but he'll also talk me through when I'm having troubles."

    "I've been traveling with him for a good three years now. I didn't have anything good back in my hometown besides Shinobu and my parents, but I couldn't have a life there... Shinobu wanted to leave, and I had to follow him. I figure if there's anyone out there that can keep me safe, it's him. He's saved my life once or twice..." His expression darkened, then he shook his head. "Shinobu is a good friend though. Is that sort of how it is with you and Miss Lucinda?"
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    Hikari stared at him even after he finished. She blinked once after a bit of silence and then spoke up. "You're lucky." she said, staring seriously and directly at his eyes, "Your parents were good, you said. I wish mine were like that. My Mom and Dad were the most horriblest of people. I hate them. It's why I ran away to be with Lucinda. If it wasn't for her, they would have killed me." Hikari looked away from him and closed her eyes, placing her hand over her scars. "They're the ones who did this to me... Poured hot stuff all over me for some demon ritual thing... I woke up in the hospital... I think Lucinda saved me from them. I don't know. I'm kind of too scared to ask because the memories are kind of bad... Very bad." Hikari didn't realize she had just let slip the most horrid part of her past. If Lucinda heard that, she'd get scolded for being so open with someone she just met. That was the easiest way to get people to blackmail you for their own good. A moment later she did realize what she did and her eyes widened. "Please don't say anything... I'm not supposed to tell people I just met things that are so important and personal about me... Lucinda will get mad if someone blackmails me again." Hikari grabbed onto Setsuna's shirt in a panic, begging him with tears in her eyes, not to say anything.

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    Setsuna immediately regretted bringing up parents. Bad grammer aside, it was easy to tell that Hikari had the worst kind of parents. They were the kind that didn't care. "Uh'huh." Setsuna just couldn't turn away from Hikari as she spoke. She spoke of what caused those scars, and how she met Lucinda. It was a horrible story, but it showed just how strong Lucinda and Hikari both were. Maybe Hikari trained under Lucinda to be strong.

    Maybe that's how he could be strong.

    Setsuna tensed up hard when Hikari grabbed his shirt. Setsuna's body began to spasm on the inside. "I PROMISE I WON'T TELL JUST LET GO! LET GO LET GO LET GO!" His eyes were tightly shut, tears forming in them too. Once she did, Setsuna began breathing hard. "Sorry... I don't like being grabbed... I won't blackmail you or anything..." Setsuna curled up into a ball. "I need to be stronger," he mumbled to himself.


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