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    Blaise Pendragon
    Demonic Server, Hali Bay
    11/16/2026
    Afternoon, Heavy Winds


    ---He neither flinches or interrupts in the face of any of it.

    The almost shameless motions to retrieve the cigarettes and lighter that lead to a COMP screaming her virtual heart out into the sand, the somewhat clumsy words that appear in an attempt to compliment him, and the fist outstretched in a manner that you're not used to doing, yeah...

    ---To the first, he just takes it silently.

    ---To the second, he simply listens and accepts.

    ---And to the last, well...

    "...Heh."

    A fist meets a fist under the perpetually evening skies.

    "Had to do at least that much, got hit with a mind whammy right out the gate, so it'd be a bit pathetic if I got nothing done in the end," taking a breath from the cigarette, the youth chuckles again as he exhales skyward, aware of the rarity and fragility of this sort of moment, and thus, unwilling to do much that would compromise it, "So it's not big deal. If there's one thing I can do in life, it's swing a bat."

    He spins it once, and it fades away, reverting to low-power mode; the shape of a cell phone that he then pockets.

    "You sure are a beacon for trouble though, not that that's a bad thing."


    He laughs again.

    "Makes life more exciting, way more exciting than under the old boss. Mind punches or no mind punches."

    ---And with that...

    Quote Originally Posted by Blaise
    "... There's something over there that needs to be dealt with."
    ...He clasps you on the shoulder.

    "...Good luck with that one."


    Before marching off to intercept a useless 'guardian,' thus...

    "..."

    Time to see what sort of trouble the vampire is getting up to this time...

    Her behavior is clearly strange, and that's saying something, considering she's probably the biggest weirdo you know; the posture she's taken by the fire is that of a cat who has frozen up after spotting it's prey, body preparing to pounce as it starts moving slowly, and to that...

    You hurry up.

    Who knows what sort of nonsense she might have caught this time after all?

    Then...

    She actually pounces?! Or as close as a humanoid body can get to pouncing, and...

    There's flashes of something like white sparks, sand being kicked up amidst a struggle around the flames, and...

    "Hey, hey, hey, Blaise!"


    She seems to see you coming...

    And she sounds way too... Chipper?

    Way too youthful, like a young girl that has found a toy they have suddenly decided is cute?!

    "I know I'm like, super behind the times and all, but this isn't normal for people nowadays right?"


    And thus...

    With those words...

    She emerges, holding a struggling something to her chest with the sort of vigor one might use for a particularly loved stuffed animal, voice calm as ever, but face set in a girlish grin as the someone squirms in her arms, yes...

    At first, you had thought it really might be some sort of doll, it was rather small after all, but...

    No.



    It's definitely a young girl, a little kid, one who is struggling a bit...

    But only a bit...

    As if she wasn't too offended by her sudden imprisonment in a vampire's hug?

    "When I heard "Demonic Server," I didn't picture a place with wild fire-breathing children in it; that being said, this one is adorable, and I sort of want to keep her~ Is there a way to make that happen?"


    ...She must be joking, right?

    Right?
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Hyakka Onjouji
    Aoyama, Brighter Days Orphanage
    11/16/2026
    Monday - Early Morning


    Quote Originally Posted by Hyakka
    “What did we do?”

    Hyakka tilted her head in confusion, glancing around to follow the eyes of the panicked rabbit. Perhaps the Hare of Inaba was looking for that ‘he’ it mentioned.

    “We took a bath.”
    "..."

    The rabbit's eye twitches slightly at this, not to the left and the right as it had been, but rather in a strange way that made it seem like it was suppressing a scream again? Indeed, the look on her face quickly becomes one of disbelief, but all the same, it's also not like the rabbit would actually say anything to that effect, after all...

    It panics too easily to really do so!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyakka
    “But what a surprise to see you here, Rabbit-san! Is Onii-chan with you? And why are you on the moon? Do you live here? I thought you lived with Onii-chan, at that place he works.”
    Although at this, the panic starts clearly settling in again, in spite of her best efforts to hide it...

    "N-No he's not here, I thought he might be with you-!"

    Yes.

    Trembling...

    "But if he's not that's... Fine... I guess! Just gotta make sure nothing happens! You've lived through worse, Inaba, you can do it-!"


    And self motivation speeches!

    Complete with a clenched fist and closed eyes, as she does her best to convince herself more than anyone else, although...

    "Inaba-san, don't ignore the second part of the question please."

    ...When Alice brings up that she ignored a good chunk of your actual question, well...

    "Uh... Sorry... I uhm... No, I don't live here, I just uh... Visit, from time to time?"

    As she speaks, you move towards the window.

    ...You can't see much, even after purposefully looking for this so called palace, but...

    There is a definite silver glow in the distance...

    And something that vaguely looks like the outlines of a city?

    Although closer, and perhaps more notable...

    Patches of some sort of glass like substance on the rocks around?

    They look vaguely familiar, a bit like the gradient glass you had seen in those other dreams...

    Still...

    "This is the uhm... Dark Side of the Moon? I guess that'd be the most accurate thing to call it? It's a manifestation of the space humans couldn't see in their infancy... That sort of thing... Effectively another World entirely as far as humans are concerned, so you shouldn't be able to get here..."

    She sounds nervous.

    Then again, she always sounds nervous, since she basically always assumes the worst case scenario, so this is normal!

    "You uh... You don't want to go to the palace though... It'd be a really bad idea!"

    Although she does manifest some form of authority at this-!

    "Lunarians don't appreciate outsiders, I'm not sure what Lord Tsukuyomi would do to you! Memory wipes! Launching you into space to drift forever in exile so you can't spread the secret! Launching you into the sun so you really can't spread the secret! Beat you up without listening to what you have to say! Send you home with a pat on the head! It could go okay I guess, but the odds that it would go bad are just so much more likely!"

    She nods decisively, but...

    That's some twisted logic...

    As far as Alice goes, well...

    "Oh boy, here we go again..."

    Her head is buried in her hands, fingers rubbing her forehead to fight back the oncoming migraine...
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Hyakka Onjouji
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    Monday - Early Morning


    “Uwaaaah… it’s…” Grey, rocky, sandy. At the sight of nothing but the lunar surface, the girl’s voice began to get quieter, trying to hold onto hope that there might be… something. Something other than rocks and those gradient glass objects atop the rocks. “It’s…”

    “The moon.”

    “The moon…”

    Hyakka let out a sigh, slumping out of the window. The scenery was truly that of the moon overlooking the blue and green earth. Perhaps that would have been wondrous in its own right, but she had set her eyes on seeing a palace. One with kings and knights and maybe a dragon coiled around a watchtower. A moon-dragon.

    “Hm?” Her COMP called out to her. “There’s something in the distance.”

    With godspeed Hyakka’s head jerked back up and she stared out into the distance.

    “It’s…!” She leaned far out of the window, dangerously at risk of falling, even if there was no danger in such a thing at all. The girl narrowed her eyes and shielded them with her outstretched hand above. “A silver city!”

    The girl pulled herself back in.

    A silver city, and strange glass that reminded her of other dreams.

    “The Dark Side of the Moon… what a mysterious place…”

    “That raises another question. Book,” Tsubaki spoke up again, aiming her attention at the intelligent journal. “Honoka, correct? Why did you call this a nightmare?”

    “Oh, that is a good question. Honoka-san, is the Dark Side of the Moon a place that exists in nightmares?”

    Joining in, Hyakka held the book up.

    “Rabbit-san sure does seem worried about that ‘Lord Tsukuyomi’… Could it be that the Dark Side of the Moon is a scary place?” She tilted her head. “But I don’t think they would have any reason to be mean to us. I’m good at keeping secrets!”

    “…”

    The AI said nothing to contradict the statement, but its silence could be felt with a shiver.

    “I-I’ve never given away a secret before!” Hyakka spoke up to protest the chilly silence of her partner. “… Even if I’ve never had to keep a secret before either…


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    Hyakka Onjouji
    Aoyama, Brighter Days Orphanage
    11/16/2026
    Monday - Early Morning


    ---Again, attention is drawn to the enigmatic book.

    Having been quiet for quite a while now, the return of eyes to the pages of the journal are ones that it almost seems to notice, empty pages drifting back and forth in a manner reminiscent of a nervous tick... Like someone tapping a pencil on a desk, or twirling some part of their hair while deep in thought, but eventually...

    Honoka
    I referred to it as a nightmare because I sensed malicious intent.

    Someone made a shift in the cognition around you, thus, we appear to have wound up on the Moon, or rather this... Dark Side was it?

    I don't know if it naturally exists within nightmares, but every place I have been too so far has had the feeling of a 'dream' to it. This includes my journey with Lady Alice, the swirl of cognition is far too strong in the World for it to be 'reality,' thoughts are having too pronounced an effect... Or at least, that is the conclusion I have come too for now.

    In essence, I believe everything I have seen up to and including now has been a dream.

    That is worrying in it's own way, and means that someone is up to something absurd, but one thing at a time.

    If everything is a dream, that would explain how you got here...

    Worlds are normally separated by powerful dimensional barriers; your current society does not seem to have a way to brute force their way through them normally, but...

    In dreams, these barriers are weaker.

    It might be possible to 'slip' through them in that case, which would explain how you got here...

    Someone threw us here!

    Maybe!

    I am not sure.

    It is difficult to be one-hundred percent positive without a proper body.


    ...She gives a surprisingly verbose answer!

    The writing is almost excited, like she is pleased to be useful, and unlike a lot of other supernatural entities, she...

    Explains herself pretty clearly!

    Or at least, doesn't seem to be purposefully trying to obfuscate anything...

    As for Inaba...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyakka
    “Rabbit-san sure does seem worried about that ‘Lord Tsukuyomi’… Could it be that the Dark Side of the Moon is a scary place?” She tilted her head. “But I don’t think they would have any reason to be mean to us. I’m good at keeping secrets!”
    "It is... Uhm, not that they wish to be mean per say, I don't think they want to be scary, but..."

    The rabbit sort of taps her fingers together nervously...

    "Where humans go, their "Logic" tends to follow; the Dark Side of Moon does not follow the same laws as the Earth, but if enough humans came here or learned of it's existence, they'd want to learn more about it, and their thoughts would start to warp it too."

    She sighs.

    "That NWAB base being put on the 'light side' was almost considered an act of war, although Lady Kagura made it clear after an investigation that the humans were unaware of it... It was ultimately determined to be fine, they can have the light side, their own 'Logic' makes it difficult for them to observe the Dark Side anyway, since it is a manifestation of the part they couldn't see... Conceptually, it has that sort of anti-observation barrier over itself..."

    ...And is surprisingly technical, all things considered?

    Although Onii-san had always said rabbit-san was a "hero deep down," and had "seen some things," so...

    Perhaps it's not too surprising, seeing that she's at least competent when it comes to the workings of magic...

    "...I see. It's fine then."

    And finally...

    Alice speaks up again, removing her head from her hands.

    "If we simply keep this knowledge to ourselves, there is no threat here right?"

    She smiles.

    "Your little rant before seemed to imply that this 'Lord Tsukiyomi' could send us home, so if we speak with him reasonably, I'm sure he'd be understanding of our... Current plight... However it happened... A problem for after we get home..."

    And heads for the window herself, although...

    "Maybe..."

    Inaba says this in response, nervously biting at her own thumb and swaying back and forth, before...

    "Although, the city has been getting hit by weird monsters lately, so... I'm not sure how friendly they'll be..."

    ...Weird monsters huh?
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Hiyori
    SLEIPNIR - Bottom Level, Genesis's Lab/Engine Room
    11/16/2026
    Monday - Morning

    ---Your spell eventually breaks apart into spirit particles.

    Watching it, the magic certain heads into the distance, a bolt of power that becomes a pinprick of light, but much like you...

    It seems to be caught in this bizarre infinity loop.

    It never reaches it's destination, it never reaches anything, because it is not allowed to reach anything...

    Therefore, it's only recourse is to eventually run out of reiki and disperse; it's a bit of a strange sight, a thing that marks your situation as exceptionally bizarre, considering the fact that a Tamer Base should not be able to be compromised this easily (especially this one) and yet...

    That seems to be the case.

    Something very, very strange, and thus very very bad is going on, but...

    Never surrender!

    There are ways to do tricks like this with modern magic! There could be an armagus device you're tripping over and over again without realizing it, leading to you being in an infinite loop, or a bounded field made of runes that you happen to keep passing without realizing it, hell, if they were being particularly insidious, well...

    All of this could just be happening inside of your own head...

    ---That would be the worst case scenario, and thus, one you push to the side for now.

    For now, you check the hallway, at a much slower pace than before, much more meticulous, and...

    While you can't find any runes or hidden devices...

    You do notice that the hallway is an exact replica, that is, it is not like it is a hallway that changes as it goes on; it's more like someone is just copy and pasting the same eighty meters or so over and over and over again, to the point where even the weather outside continues to repeat, meaning that either the windows showing the outside were themselves an illusion, or some time manipulation nonsense was going on...

    Considering looping a "moment" over and over again would be magic of the highest tier, it was probably safe to go with the "this is all an illusion of some sort" theory, which meant time was still chugging along as usual, you had just been trapped in such a way as to be unable to call for help or escape through normal channels...

    Or at least, you couldn't escape through any of the methods you had thought of so far...

    There were always tricks to these sorts of things, so a method probably does exist, but...

    Thinking of it was proving problematic.

    As for other changes, well...

    There was one thing, or rather, one person...

    The woman from before, the strange one, the stowaway.

    At first she had simply closed her door and left you to do you, but as your meticulous search progressed, it seems that you had started to attract her attention again, especially when you wind up passing her door more than once, and...

    As you do, she starts to more blatantly come out of the room.

    First peeking at you, then standing in the doorway, and finally sitting in the office chair with one leg crossed over the other, watching you persist through this 'trap' with a hint of something like... Amusement on her face...?

    Although when you directly look at her...

    "..."

    She just makes the motion for you to keep trying, along with a thumbs up and a smile, so...

    ...One of those annoying ones, huh?
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Raz Stone
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    11/16/2026
    Monday - Noon


    "Oho! You challenge me again, Bard of the Golden City?!"

    ---As expected, Matador is about as over-the-top when it comes to this mundane sort of work as it is when challenging Tamers to duels-to-defeat; indeed, the skeleton's hand had come to hover automatically over the rapier as you had gone for your katana, ready for any sudden strike that might come heading it's way, but at the same time, when your hand skips the blade and moves to your clothes, it's own hand goes to readjust it's apron-!

    "Very well, I shall finish you here!"

    Before raising it's own gloved hand with all the force of a lawyer pressing the culprit on the stand-!

    That's right.

    It just goes along with it, as easily as breathing... If it could well, breathe, which it almost certainly could not. Still, the demon's tolerance for insanity was delightfully high, while it's own presence here was certainly absurd, and it had probably wanted to explain the circumstances behind why it happened to be behind a counter in a coffee shop in the center of Tokyo instead of challenging squires to fights on the beaches of Avalon, well-!

    It was challenged!

    And challenges cannot be rejected!

    That would simply be dishonor!

    Thus-!

    The battle begins-!

    ---Or it would have, yes, it would have...

    "...Sorry to burst your bubble here, but..."

    ...If Zerah didn't point a certain flaw out right away-!

    "You do realize we're supposed to be trying to avoid attention right now, correct? Do you want Winters to beat you up when she comes back?"

    He's far too reasonable of a person!

    Far too reasonable! Or perhaps simply obedient when it came to being ordered around by women?

    Either way-!

    "...There haven't been too many customers anyway, I think everyone is avoiding the rain."

    He also points out another problem, namely...

    That the customer base had been pretty spare today...

    There had been a few drifting in and out, but...

    Right now, it was almost dead silent?

    There were no people out and about in the storm, although the lights of the neighboring buildings were on, and...

    As it comes to attention, well...

    It starts raining even harder.

    "You two may just have to entertain each other for once..."

    Although, strangely enough...

    Zerah smirks as he says this...
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Monday - Noon


    If there was one thing that Raz and the matador had in common, it was a belief in setting the stage. So from a very limited standpoint, Zerah’s objection was quite reasonable.

    Indeed, even ignoring the practical difficulties have having a customer based contest without, you know...customers...

    Well, another similarity between the bard and the skeletal swordsman was a very sincere belief that’s duel was best fought with an audience!

    So certainly, as a chill rain kissed wind swirled through the nigh desolate shop, Zerah could be forgiven for reprising his oft held role as Avalon’s straight man. ...Incidentally Raz had been trying to stop being a “straight man” for years, but so far with little luck.

    At any rate there was however a mistake that had been made, one Zerah had not yet appeared to process. And it probably was not the fault of the winsome young swordsman, as he chided the black haired knight who was currently tapping away at a small smartphone, rather oddly reminiscent of his young protégé Sara Cross.

    No...the mistake had been made by...

    Erika Winters.

    She had worked with the bard on several missions, and likely was well aware that asking the black haired bearer of the HEAT microphone to keep a low profile was a fools errand. So presumably she had asked Zerah to keep a leash on the other knight (a thought incidentally Raz would have been entirely ok with, provided it was literal) but what she had actually meant was something like ‘when Raz goes insane, please try to mitigate damage.’

    That however did not appear to be what the light haired knight had heard and expected. He seemed to actually anticipate at least of level of quiet, care, and sober reflection.

    Moe.

    “Zerah, my dearest...” the black haired knight said in reply, honey in his voice after tapping a moment longer on his phone.

    ”Have you ever hear the expression, ‘to light a candle is to cast a shadow’?”

    Even Zerah, introverted and pure of heart, probably at some point or another would recognize on some level the threat the phone represented as a tool to reach the outside world...but he understood the knight’s heart well. Though Raz could have marshaled his fans by way of his fan site...doing so would arguably violate the knight’s code as it would likely give Raz an edge in the battle.

    Now, it could be argued Raz would be within his rights to do so, on the grounds that he had accepted a major handicap fighting the matador last time, two in fact, one by declining to have the other squires participate in the fight and second but by not only engaging the matador on the matador’s home turn of a pure martial brawl but actually buffing and enhancing the matador out of fairness.

    Buuuuut that would require forethought and a sense of reciprocity, and Raz didn’t have time fo’ that!

    Therefor, Zerah had probably correctly deduced that his musical counterpart would never stoop to summoning a throng of fans to his side.

    But...as if to mock his hopes...

    ”Being an idol is more about accepting the love of your fans...more then loving them in return. There would be no need for Tamers if it wasn’t for evil. Light is most precious when it is alone in the dark. Being an idol...means accepting hatred too! It means to take all the hatred and frustration that comes your way, accept it and love it till that love conquers hate. And as a knight...well...a real fight doesn’t start until your back is against the wall...!"

    At that rather ominous prediction, Raz tossed the phone in his hand over to the matador, a bit of forewarning offered in the sense of fair play. On it was the fan site.

    ...But not Raz’s

    Muscles, Yeah Yeah!!!
    (And then muscles took over the world)

    Yup! The page was open to a popular forum where Tamers and meat heads alike congregated to share work out tips and commiserate over their love of a well developed form...and trash talk those who could not appreciate a manly physique...

    Like for example, a certain knight whose difficulty accepting a body builder’s touch was well documented. There was a very new post at the top of the page.

    That wasn’t the only page open. A brief skim over the recent tabs would have listed interesting titles.

    Support group for men whose girlfriend left him after she had sex with Raz.

    Support group for men whose girlfriend left him after he had sex with Raz.

    Why today’s music is just noise, a forum for oldies, by oldies.

    Yes...Raz would never afford himself an edge in an honorable duel by rallying his fan base. But that just meant he had to reach out to those who were t his fans, but would still heed his call. As an idol, it didn’t matter why someone was in the stands. He would shine so bright, and smile his heart out until he had won their heart.

    ”By the way, Zerah? Snookums? Just so you know...while it is raining outside...” there was an audible thunk as the black haired bard pulled a large jar from underneath the counter, set it up be the cappuccino machine and then rotate it so the words ‘protein powder!’ were clearly visible. “Well, you are hearing the rain but...that isn’t thunder.

    And that was about the time when mostly empty, rain slicker streets began to fill. And what was approaching the small location, soon to be the sight of a duel...

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    The moment the opportunity arises for a pun, the one known as 'Taiga's Knight' will be there to deliver whether you like it or not.

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    Logan Starbright
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    11/16/2026
    Monday - Late Morning


    I guess she’s not ambidextrous.

    Despite his curiosity, that thought worms its way through his head as he watches Mokujima attempt and fail to multitask. Sure, multitasking was a myth, but that just meant one needed to have enough capability to do every task at once. Sarah’d made it look natural; he’d never gotten to her level. He blinks, refocusing on the woman in front of him. Flickers of emotions assert themselves on her stoic countenance, granting Logan a rare piece of insight into the reticent Tamer. She doesn’t trust easily, does she?

    "...exposed to mud. From Ruina."
    : Ruina? Eve mentioned that, said it’s where she was from.

    : Should I ask more questions?

    : ...Leave it, there’s bigger cows to grill.

    The lull passes, and the brunette continues to speak.

    "It's not an immediate threat. Lower priority. Spiritually, parasitic. A spell, or spell-like lifeform. Doesn't exert active influence, but... can't be removed. Yet. Separating limb... makes it appear elsewhere."
    Another blink. Then one more for good measure.

    : Logan, this chick’s a few Pikachus short of a PokeDex.

    “I’ve had it examined myself, not quite as in-depth as you have though due to the circumstances. It’s an ancient style of contract apparently, though I have no idea as to when I’ve accepted such a thing. It’s designed to funnel energy into the bearer; of what type, I’m unaware.” He brings his hand back to his side, unconsciously tightening it into a fist. Still, power is power. If it’s something I can use when the time comes, then I’ll use it. That’s the only recourse for a weakling like me.

    "...and Chris is fine.”
    Chris Mokujima is a strange one. By all metrics, she’s the very opposite of super duper casual: she shies away from the brilliant, speaks haltingly to others, thinks nothing of grievously injuring herself, and shuts herself away from all outsiders. There’s not a single respect in which she matches his idea of an SDCD Spirit Tamer. Yet, she was one all the same. Why? The only answer Logan can think of is that-

    She wants to change, so she went to a place that represented how she’d like to be. Like him.

    “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Chris.” He walks toward her before extending an open hand. "I'm Logan. We'll be working together, it seems, so I hope things go well."
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    "..."

    Chris stares at the proffered hand as if it's a sudden letter of resignation. She blinks, glances up at Logan's face, then quickly back down at the hand. Her expression is once again unreadable.

    After a few moments, though, she shifts the phone to her left hand, takes a few steps forward herself, and takes his hand, shaking it firmly.

    "Mm. Let's... get along."

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    Deciding to stand still while my Kouha went off in the distance, I watched the light spell disappear off into the distance and go way tooooo far for it to hit Genesis’s door. I stood there waiting for it to dissipate fifteen seconds later. Endless going off into the distance… Ahhhhhh! I really really didn’t want to play spot the difference between hallway loops! It takes way more time and effort to figure out how to break out and every second is crucial when people are in trouble!

    I started slowly going through the hallway a few times. Forward. Backwards. Flying right side up. Flying upside down. If it was normal magic, there should be something weird about this hallway! It’s more likely that there’s some piece that they left to let the spell automatically! Because the caster surely wouldn’t be dumb enough to center the spell on themselves and trap themselves in with their target. But! But! There wasn’t anything weird about the hallway just yet. In fact as far as I could tell, the hallway was perfectly normal! Nothing! Absolutely nothing weird or out of place!

    Actually there was that one weird person, but if they were the villain. Then they wouldn’t just casually look at me while I went back and forth in this endless hallway without a word. In fact, they casually gave me a thumbs up once I stopped to think once more coincidentally in front of their door. The only fishy thing about them was just the sheer SMUG aura coming from them while I was trapped in this endlessly looping hallway. It was almost like they knew something about this that I didn’t know. Sorry for being a baka COMP! Not everyone was born smart!

    Eventually, I just gave a sigh before lightly saying.

    “I guess… It’s time to check the rooms. Maybe the thing trapping me here is in one of them...”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilia
    "I'd never make a deal with someone who made Cosmos cry."
    Silence.

    For just a moment, silence, and then...

    "...Of course you wouldn't."


    The clown speaks up, as gently amused as always, as if the patterns of human thought, the twisted loops that humans get themselves into, brought a smile to it's face. Because of course it did, no matter what anyone says does, it'll find some way to twist those actions and thoughts against you with words alone, effective mostly because it doesn't actually seem to do much on it's own, it just...

    Pokes holes in the lies you tell yourself... Or, perhaps...

    Just convinces you that that is what it is doing, either way...

    "That's convenient right? I made the kid cry, so you don't have to do the thing you secretly don't want to do; lets you dress it up as heroic in your head, like you're doing the right thing!"

    It giggles.

    "It's like you don't want the issue solved at all! Because you don't! It's better for you this way! Or maybe... Maybe it just feels good to feel so special? Like everything revolves around you? Not just for you, but for the brat too? A twisted masochism?"

    Empty eyes.

    Masks are already a tool one uses to hide their true self from the world, and thus, the look of that entity is one that lacks a distinct humanity to it, like a toy had simply come to life and started trying to tear your brain apart, but...

    For a moment, they do seem to grow colder, more empty.

    "Always easier to cry than to act! Find someone to blame for everything, and the easiest target is yourself! Such a delightfully stupid-"

    ---Perhaps that's why, someone finally gets tired of it.

    This cycle of malice, of listening to words that are designed to do nothing more than make someone drown themselves, yes...

    A voice cuts through it all, a stern voice, noble enough...

    "LOVELESS, cut power to the laboratory."

    ...Yes.

    Sofia is certainly tired of listening to that clown cackle and screech and dance and have it's way with a child's damaged mind, so...

    ---Everything goes dark.

    The clown doesn't get to finish it's taunts, and instead...

    "Nothing worth listening to in all of that, just a beast screeching up from the depths, calling the world a nightmare."


    ...LOVELESS's princess...

    Simply ends it in a literal flash, the room going dark just as that clown's face had grown to encompass the screen...

    "Daniel, go check the outside if you would? Make sure he's not blaring his nonsense on anything else?"


    She gives her orders.

    ---The fedora wearing man tips his hat at them, and then wanders off, while...

    "...Can you stand yet, Fairchild Girl?"

    ...The taller girl kneels down at her side, expression kind enough...

    But also firm...

    Just like a princess here, as well as everywhere else...

    "If not, I will sit with you until you can... Say as much or as little as you want."


    ...And then...

    Silence.

    Real silence, unbroken even by rain.
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Sofia
    "...Can you stand yet, Fairchild Girl?"
    The voice of the princess was akin to that of a lifeboat when she was stranded in the midst of the sea of her own thoughts and dreams, where she almost drowned and never to resurface.

    It was a funny thing. Cosmos didn't really remember what had happened or what she had dreamed, but she was sure she had accepted her fate. And yet when she found that lifeboat, she had immediately grabbed onto it with all her strength, and as a result, opened her eyes in reality, where she was hugging the blanket that Sofia must have provided her with at some point.

    With shuddering breath, she rose, still hugging the blanket like an extra layer of protection, and she almost, almost lost her self-control and hug the girl just because of her dress and blonde hair reminds her of her mother, but thankfully she managed to rein herself in. Her eyes slowly looked around, taking in the surroundings and reminding herself that she is currently in LOVELESS, though it seems that the conversation with JESTER is thankfully now finished.

    '... Illia?'

    'Yes, Cosmos?'

    Relief washed over her the moment she could hear the voice of her COMP, and she thanked God for the small blessing. 'Nothing. I just... just want to make sure you're here, somehow.'

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Sofia
    "If not, I will sit with you until you can... Say as much or as little as you want."
    Sofia's words then turned her attention to the princess, and with red eyes, she looked at the girl in silence for a few seconds, before she managed to articulate her thoughts and finally speak them out loud.

    "You are a kind person, Miss Sofia." She said, though it came out weak, more like a whisper. "Thank you for worrying about me." She managed to strain a smile before she started to wipe the remaining tears away with her sleeve.

    "--It's silly, really." She started suddenly. "It was... Miss Sofia had lost someone dear too, right? And yet you are holding yourself strong, gathering all these clues and doing something productive. It's really admirable." Cosmos looked down to the floor, idly swinging her legs a little. "Meanwhile, I just... broke and mope around all day. Even though so many people were hurt, and so many people are surely having a worse time than me, they're handling it much better. Even my sister, I bet."

    A mirthless chuckle. Or perhaps one that is directed at herself, before she face the concerned princess once again with a resigned smile, a smile of someone who seems to have come to an epiphany about themselves, before she got off and stand on her own two feet, shedding the blanket and folding it before putting it on top of the makeshift bed.

    "Sorry you had to listen to that. I'm fine to go, now."

    Somehow, it seems rather sad.
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    “It’s…” Ayra pauses, words hard to force out of her throat. Has she overreached? She shouldn’t let Aster have pressured her into doing this. In fact, it’s not too late for her to get cold feet and clam up. Isn’t she doing that at this very moment?

    Yet, she can read the feeling in her own voice. A plea for help, as pathetic as it is. If she was stronger, more determined, she wouldn’t cave, even in a moment like this. But Aster has been the only one she has vented to this entire time, and she is just as much part of the problem as she herself is.

    “It’s best if I show you, I guess.”

    She adjusts the ring on her finger and prays.

    Aster, Ayra realizes, has changed her sense of style since they’ve last spoken. Much more normal than before, which is a huge relief, but at the same time it makes it all the more irritating that she’s Tsukiko in all but mannerisms. Like staring into a warped reflection of reality.

    Not that she can blame Aster for how she is. That’s her fault, after all.

    Aster stretches, mostly theatrics. It’s not necessary for a COMP’s AI to do these things, but enough research has been done that makes the issue simple—the less human you act, the stranger it looks. And for her, having served as Tsukiko’s double for when she slept through class, well, this sort of imitation was second nature in her programming.

    “It’s lovely to meet you, Miss Mikagura.” Aster gives a carefree curtsy, but truly, what bothers Ayra the most is just how polite her COMP sounds. She’s never heard Aster take that tone with her in her life. “I’m Aster, the manager of Ayra’s Twitter account.”

    Ah. Nevermind.

    Aster laughs at her own joke, covering her mouth with her hand in an attempt to seem dignified. She’s having too much fun, Ayra thinks, and she can feel her cheeks heat up. This is, without a doubt, the worst idea Aster has ever convinced her to do.

    “As you can see, my owner has a much more emotionally vested interest than she let on,” Aster says, a wicked grin on her face. “Any good at relationship counseling?”

    God, someone should just kill her already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmos
    "Sorry you had to listen to that. I'm fine to go, now."
    ---An arm ultimately stops you from rising.

    Certainly, the blonde girl had asked if you were capable of standing on your own, implying that she wished for you to do so... But the reality of the situation changes in the end as she listens to you, a firm but gentle arm moving reflexively to bar you from going ahead, not pushing, simply stopping, and...

    "Silly?"

    A question, a serious question, made with clear blue eyes that still show the strain of fatigue...

    "Why is grieving silly?"

    ---It's a question that doesn't have an easy answer, and indeed, after a moment, the girl simply shakes her head and continues after a brief moment of silence.

    "Everyone does it in their own way. You say I look strong...? Perhaps I do right now... But a few days ago I was inconsolable, I locked myself in here and refused to eat, I snapped at the only person that came to check on me, sometimes I broke things just because they were around, I couldn't sleep because it was all nightmares, but at the same time I didn't want to stay awake, so here I am right now, somewhere in between..."

    She's shockingly open about it.

    Perhaps it's simply in her nature? Choosing not to hide her weakness outright?

    Perhaps she thinks it has more control over her if she does? Or maybe she's simply trying to make some sort of point?

    Whatever it is...

    "Of course, Shuichi wouldn't want me to cry about it, and knowing that helped... But it can only help so much, you know? Sure, he wouldn't approve of me moping around, but the moron went and got himself killed... Still, he wouldn't approve of me lying around in bed all day, he definitely wouldn't approve of the crying, so I tried not to do that... It worked, a little, maybe a lot, if you're calling me strong... I'd say I'm simply putting on a good face."

    Eyes close.

    Another sigh, a brief shake... Like inner emotions surfacing for just a moment, traveling throughout the entirety of her body as she talks about them, then...

    "I'm sure Mary was the same, those that are gone don't want their loved ones to self destruct... Why would they want that? Grief is a heavy burden, but death is something you shouldn't chase..."

    A brief flicker of some emotion, a sad smile perhaps?

    "Not that I'm a counselor or anything... Although..."

    She shakes her head...

    "The Kingsleigh Girl... She is the type who throws herself into work, but she isn't handling it well at all... She is like a corked bottle, desperately holding everything in so she can appear strong for others, but shaking the bottle constantly by doing so... And when the bottle inevitably breaks, she'll be in trouble, perhaps more than you might realize... But if you're family it should be okay to grieve together no? Before it's too late to do that?"

    A sad laugh...

    "Or at least... That's what I've been told you should do... I wouldn't know nowadays, really. "
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    When Sofia pushed her back down and started to talk, Cosmos listened obediently - or at least, it appeared as such. Certainly, the words entered her ears and is understood in her head, and indeed knowing that Sofia is not as strong as she appears to be in handling this sent some form of relief in knowing that she's not alone, but for someone whose mind has entered a self-destructive spiral, most of the words that Sofia has said are dismissed as the words of someone who don't understand, in the end.

    But...

    But...

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Sofia
    "I'm sure Mary was the same, those that are gone don't want their loved ones to self destruct... Why would they want that? Grief is a heavy burden, but death is something you shouldn't chase..."
    The moment she said those words, it felt like someone had punched her right in the chest.

    Because at that moment, Cosmos understood that, to some extent, Sofia understood.

    "... So what did you do, then, Miss Sofia? To not chase death?" She quietly asked after the princess has finished speaking. "Do not misunderstand, I... I have no intention on chasing death, at least not until all this mess is finished, but..." She drew a sharp breath and and let out a heavy sigh. "I am a burden. I am not someone who matters. I am someone who, in the ten years she has existed, has only brought misfortune and tragedy to those closest to me. So really, me dying would be a great service for everyone involved." Another mirthless chuckle. "Mother is mother, so of course she wouldn't approve if I want to die, but that's because she cares about everyone." A pause. "I doubt she cared or loved me more than she loved everyone else."

    "As for Alyx... Well, she is a good and strong girl. Should be better than me on all fronts, at least." She said with a sad hum. "And while you might have a point on grieving together, I... I don't think that it would be a good thing. My relationship with her is rather complicated, you see." She stared at her feet, once again swinging them. "And I don't know what I'd do if I meet her when I am like this."

    And I'm scared to find out.

    "So it's okay, Miss Sofia." She said, once again giving a resigned smile as she laid her hands on top of Sofia's. "It's okay. I'll be okay, at least until all of this is finished. And then... And then I'd finally do the right thing, and find peace at long last."

    The implication is rather obvious.
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    “Ah! So it’s like that! Thank you, Honoka-san, I understand everything now!” Hyakka said, not actually getting it at all. Even though, she enthusiastically nodded along all throughout. “It’s very kind of you to explain it all so simply!”

    Even if, to her, none of it was simple. But it was true, a figure in her world that could speak clearly about the world around them was sorely lacking. She herself was one who knew little; her existence adrift in a corporeal plane to which she felt untethered, mentally, and physically. So too was her understanding of the world a shaky foundation of naively understood truths and simple acceptance of anything and everything.

    But where her understanding wavered, her joyous smile was stalwart.

    Except for the times she got scared.

    “I see. That still leaves the mystery of that ‘malicious intent’ that was detected.”

    The AI with far less joyous smiles commented on the matter. Now that the situation had fallen into one that Hyakka couldn’t keep up with, it was time for her to become more proactive. Unlike showering with dear friends, Camelia had more of a purpose in times like these. When ‘nightmares’ plagued her partner.

    “For now, I’m in agreement with Alice. Our priority is to return to Aoyama. If this Lord Tsukiyomi can get us back, we should meet with them.”

    “Yay!” Hyakka practically leapt with joy. “Moon Palace!”

    No, she did in fact leap with joy. Both fists shot up along with the rest of her frame as she jumped in excitement, like a child that suddenly discovered they not only had the day off school, but was going to the zoo as well.

    “Hyakka, you should treat this more seriously.”

    “Huh?” The girl tilted her head, then glanced down at her glowing blue brooch. “But why? Lord Tsukiyomi isn’t mean on purpose, right?”

    “Not them. Think about what the Rabbit just said. Recall the conversations with your classmates, that boy with the scarf. Look at the landscape.”

    “Hmmm…” Hyakka crossed her arms, eyes closed in thought. Her lips sealed together just like her eyes as she deeply contemplated, until… “Ah!”

    “It occurs to you now?”

    “Monsters attacking a city on the moon! Lunar!”

    “Very good. But that’s not all.”

    “It’s not?”

    “This situation is odd. The coincidences are uncanny. The Amala.net tagline was ‘Through the Looking Glass,’ a novel in which a girl named Alice,” the AI directed its focus on the tall girl headed for the window, “who finds herself in another world that she perceives through a mirror.”

    “That’s…”

    “Hopefully all coincidences. I would rather not be trapped in some ability that recreates the events of a story, forcing us into the roles of certain characters.”

    “How does the story end?”

    “I don’t know. I haven’t read it. I simply know of it, and I’m not sure why.”

    “O-oh…”

    “Either way, there are two ‘fictional’ scenarios that resemble the situation we’re in. Fiction is a nebulous thing. Too much widespread interest in a story from humans can make it more than just a story. We should be careful.”

    “Then we’ll be careful!” Hyakka pumped her fist, the hazy outline of obsidian wings flashing behind her back. “And if this is Lunar, we’ll defeat the monsters and tell Nakahara-senpai all about it! This is now official Occult Club activity! And so that means…”

    The COMP sighed, but were she to have a body, she would have had a faint smile on her lips.

    “This is an official Hero-In-Training expedition! To save the Moon from monsters!” She extended a hand toward the Hare of Inaba. "Rabbit-san, let's go!"


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