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Sinisquirrel (8:32:52 PM): "Hey, Miru... were you able to get into contact with Desdemona at all?" Mylene asks one of her traveling partners.
Hinoryu8 (8:33:56 PM): "Not yet." Miru shook her head.
Sinisquirrel (8:34:28 PM): "It's weird, too, 'cause my PDA shows that hers keeps movin' around. I think someone must've stolen it."
kwikkidus (8:34:43 PM): "So do we know where to look..?" Ed's gotten back to walking on his own.
Hinoryu8 (8:35:28 PM): "She's probably in the same place as before... I would think."
Sinisquirrel (8:35:55 PM): "Yeah, that's what I thought," Mylene agreed with Miru. "I mean, they've prob'ly got it set off from all the duel zombies, too."
kwikkidus (8:36:21 PM): "So where is the same place as before?"
Sinisquirrel (8:36:54 PM): "Not that far... I'm more concerned 'bout what t'say..."
Hinoryu8 (8:36:58 PM): "This way." Miru started walking towards said place.
Viewtiful Rekk (8:37:01 PM): The complete lack of Duel Zombies the closer they get, would support that theory.
Sinisquirrel (8:38:18 PM): "Hey, Miru... what's it you wanna bring up with 'er?"
Hinoryu8 (8:39:14 PM): "Why she did all this... What about you?"
Sinisquirrel (8:40:42 PM): "I guess... I wanna know what all this is for, too. An' I wanna know if she really means it about coexisting with Isabel..."
Sinisquirrel (8:42:25 PM): "I feel like such an' asshole 'bout just being 'okay' with it."
Hinoryu8 (8:43:00 PM): Miru nodded. "What about you?" This one directed at Ed.
kwikkidus (8:44:49 PM): "...I'm just... here." He thinks for a second. "I mean, Isabel's my friend and all... and I guess I want to know what happened?"
Viewtiful Rekk (8:45:19 PM): Light scoff behind Ed...that probably only he would be able to hear.
kwikkidus (8:45:53 PM): "..Reeeh?"
kwikkidus (8:46:45 PM): He looks around inquisitively. "Who said that?"
Viewtiful Rekk (8:47:08 PM): Celeste is floating right behind Ed. "I did. Do you see anybody else?"
Sinisquirrel (8:47:11 PM): "Who said what?" Mylene asked.
kwikkidus (8:48:03 PM): "Uuuh... R..right! Mylene... d-d-do you have that pendant still? Celeste-san is here."
Hinoryu8 (8:48:22 PM): "Who?"
kwikkidus (8:48:41 PM): "Isa-san's mother."
Sinisquirrel (8:49:23 PM): "Yeah, I do..." The girl doesn't seemed surprised to know that the Evil Hero has shown up. She pulls the necklace out of her jacket.
Sinisquirrel (8:49:39 PM): "It's okay," she says as she hands it over to Ed. "I said g'bye to Marron before."
Hinoryu8 (8:49:39 PM): "I don't hear anyone." Miru seemed doubtful.
kwikkidus (8:49:48 PM): He takes it, and hands it to the duel spirit. "This... is yours, right? So you should put it on!"
Viewtiful Rekk (8:50:05 PM): Celeste takes the necklace and throws it around her neck. A second later, she touches the ground.
Sinisquirrel (8:50:07 PM): "Celeste-san is a Duel Spirit, Miru. I can't see 'er, either."
Viewtiful Rekk (8:50:25 PM): "I can only assume you three are going to see the...thing that possessed Isabel."
Sinisquirrel (8:50:45 PM): "Yes, ma'am..." Mylene nods, hanging her head.
Hinoryu8 (8:51:00 PM): "Desdemona-san isn't a 'thing'."
kwikkidus (8:51:01 PM): "That's right."
Viewtiful Rekk (8:52:47 PM): Celeste scoffs. "She certainly isn't a person."
Hinoryu8 (8:53:28 PM): "How would you define a 'person'?"
Viewtiful Rekk (8:53:46 PM): "Someone who doesn't exist by leeching off others."
kwikkidus (8:54:07 PM): "S-so you know what she is?" Ed asks quietly, pushing up his glasses a little. "W-want to tell us, Celeste-san?"
Viewtiful Rekk (8:54:22 PM): "She's a demon."
Hinoryu8 (8:54:40 PM): "So those who can't walk, or those with no arms... People who can't function without help from others, aren't people either?"
Sinisquirrel (8:54:59 PM): "M-Mmn, the idea is different, Miru..."
Sinisquirrel (8:55:22 PM): "I said it too when Desdemona appeared... she just took over Isabel's body and left it at that."
kwikkidus (8:56:11 PM): "Y...yeah. She stole my friend for it... and then stole my other friend. ...She's not very nice..."
Hinoryu8 (8:56:52 PM): "..." Miru remained silent over it.
Sinisquirrel (8:57:06 PM): "I-I don't know that she's not nice... maybe just... misunderstanding."
Viewtiful Rekk (8:57:25 PM): "That is the place, is it not?" Celeste raises a clawed finger and points at the ruined temple that Mylene and Miru should recognize.
Sinisquirrel (8:57:56 PM): Mylene would upon seeing it, anyway. "Yeah... I guess... are you going to come like that?"
Hinoryu8 (8:57:59 PM): "We should be getting close, yes..."
Viewtiful Rekk (8:59:22 PM): " matters little how I come."
kwikkidus (8:59:50 PM): "Anyone in there would be able to tell. So we should just go now." Ed nods slightly. "That's the best plan... right?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:00:00 PM): "She knows I cannot attack her at full strength at risk of killing Isabel...and any prolonged fighting is impossible, as long as I am tied to this world by this." She fingers the necklace.
Sinisquirrel (9:00:25 PM): "Right... but I don't really think we're gonna fight."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:00:50 PM): "We shall see." Celeste begins walking towards the temple.
kwikkidus (9:01:02 PM): "We just intend to talk. I mean... nobody'd attack us. Right?" Pause. "...Right?"
Hinoryu8 (9:01:02 PM): Miru followed.
Sinisquirrel (9:02:03 PM): "I don't think she would, anyway, unless we did first..." Mylene does sound uncertain, though, as the four of them enter the place. "Hello...?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:03:47 PM): Desdemona is sitting against one of the walls. Elemental Hero Neos stands next to her, arms crossed.
Viewtiful Rekk (9:04:01 PM): "Ah...I was wondering if somebody would come to visit me..." She smiles just a bit.
Hinoryu8 (9:04:14 PM): "... Desdemona-san."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:05:35 PM): "Hello, Miru dear. Mylene dear. And....aaaah...Edward and Celeste...."
kwikkidus (9:06:51 PM): "Ed. Just Ed."
Sinisquirrel (9:07:16 PM): "H-Hey... Desda... Can we, uh, talk to you? 'Bout stuff?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:08:31 PM): "Of course, Mylene dear. I do believe that we can at least speak to each other civilly, after what we've been through."
Sinisquirrel (9:09:25 PM): "There's just some stuff we wanna know... G'head, Miru."
Hinoryu8 (9:11:16 PM): "H- Huh? Me first...? Well... All right then." She turned towards Desdemona. "... Why are you doing all this?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:13:03 PM): "All of what, Miru dear?"
Hinoryu8 (9:17:51 PM): "Everything... Sending zombies all over the island, or what you did to Honjou-san..."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:18:58 PM): "Ah...the zombies were Yubel's doing, not mine."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:19:27 PM): "What happened to the Honjou siblings was...unfortunate, I will king has a tendency of going overboard at times."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:19:38 PM): "But there is something about them you need to understand."
Hinoryu8 (9:19:55 PM): "What?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:20:11 PM): "The Honjou are...quite possibly this world's most renowned demon hunters. Because they never fail to exterminate any demons they find."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:20:34 PM): "My king and I were in mortal danger simply from them being here."
Sinisquirrel (9:21:08 PM): "'M not sure 'bout that..." Mylene tries to picture either Jin or Jo Honjou slaying anything and comes up with a blank.
Hinoryu8 (9:21:12 PM): "Who attacked first?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:23:12 PM): "Ah...that would have been my king."
Hinoryu8 (9:23:33 PM): "Without even trying to resolve it in any other way?"
Sinisquirrel (9:25:29 PM): "No 'ffense, but her king is kinda off his nut..." Mylene mutters to Ed.
kwikkidus (9:25:48 PM): "...W-who is it..?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:25:50 PM): "That is true, Miru dear."
Hinoryu8 (9:26:43 PM): "Then he was wrong. To do something like that as a first resort is... just evil."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:28:03 PM): Desdemona laughs a bit. "May I ask the three of you a question?"
Sinisquirrel (9:28:47 PM): Mylene holds back the urge to say "Y'just did," and instead nods.
kwikkidus (9:28:47 PM): "...D-do we get to say no?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:29:37 PM): "Have any of you ever been in love?"
Sinisquirrel (9:30:25 PM): "...!!" Mylene looks at Ed, but looks back just as quickly, face flushed. "Uh..."
kwikkidus (9:30:34 PM): "..." The motion is mimicked. "M-maybe?"
Hinoryu8 (9:30:57 PM): "Not really."
Sinisquirrel (9:32:44 PM): "What's that gotta do with anything, anyway!?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:32:46 PM): Desdemona smiles a bit at Ed and Mylene. "I see..."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:33:41 PM): "When you're in love...your entire outlook on the world changes."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:36:39 PM): "You find yourself willing to do anything for the one you see the greatness they're capable of all the times."
Sinisquirrel (9:37:12 PM): Mylene looks at Ed, not sure if what the demon saying applies to him, and wonders where this whole spiel is going.
kwikkidus (9:37:48 PM): "...Do you... have a point?"
Hinoryu8 (9:38:17 PM): "... I understand."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:38:28 PM): "Ah. Do you, Miru dear?"
Hinoryu8 (9:38:34 PM): "You're going to tell us you did all you did because you love the king."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:39:41 PM): She nods. "Yes."
Hinoryu8 (9:40:22 PM): "That's a flawed argument."
Sinisquirrel (9:40:46 PM): "Y-Yeah... I don't think that's... uh. Right."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:42:36 PM): "Is it?"
Sinisquirrel (9:43:06 PM): "Well... I don't think everybody on the island hates everyone else."
Sinisquirrel (9:44:42 PM): "'Cause... everyone was fighting to get back the people they cared about. Some were in love, I think... and even though one half said they were happy, the other half fought 'em..."
Sinisquirrel (9:46:18 PM): "I guess... if it's really love, and really true, why do y'hafta make everyone else unhappy?"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:46:48 PM): "As I said....when you're in love, you're willing to do anything."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:46:56 PM): "Even things that will make others despise you."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:47:31 PM): Suddenly, translucent orange walls shoot up around every exit of the temple, effectively stopping any attempt at escape.
Hinoryu8 (9:47:49 PM): "That's still no excuse to make everyone else miserable unquestioningly."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:48:13 PM): Desdemona slowly gets to her feet. "Whether you children understand it or sadly, little of my concern. But one way or the other, I'm afraid I cannot allow you to leave."
Sinisquirrel (9:48:35 PM): "No, I think we get it."
kwikkidus (9:48:46 PM): " what?"
Sinisquirrel (9:52:05 PM): "I should've known. Creatures who were too selfish to appear without taking over others... would have a sick notion of what love is."
Sinisquirrel (9:53:15 PM): "But if it's just love, you coulda gone along quietly. The Honjous would've never known. So what your REAL reason for making us all miserable?"
Sinisquirrel (9:53:25 PM): "After all, it's not like we're all demon slayers."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:53:51 PM): "...I suppose since you won't be a threat to either of us anymore, I can tell you."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:56:10 PM): "..." She then laughs. "I always wanted to say something like that...but, no, at this point, I don't think I'll be able to tell you."
Hinoryu8 (9:56:45 PM): "... I have one more question."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:57:00 PM): "I suppose I can allow that much."
Sinisquirrel (9:57:39 PM): If Meso had to release this one, and then they released Yubel... My bet is... "They're gonna release more, rival."
Hinoryu8 (9:57:40 PM): "When you said you would be my friend... Was that a lie?"
kwikkidus (9:58:14 PM): "...Then we have to... Uh-oh."
Sinisquirrel (9:58:36 PM): "'Uh-oh?'"
Viewtiful Rekk (9:58:38 PM): "I would've been glad to be friends with all of you, Miru dear."
Viewtiful Rekk (9:58:54 PM): "But..." Her eyes start to glow. "My love of my king outranks that."
Hinoryu8 (9:59:15 PM): "Then that's not love at all."
Hinoryu8 (9:59:40 PM): "Love that you would so easily cast aside friendship for isn't love, it's just an obsession."
kwikkidus (10:00:39 PM): "..." Ed looks down. "..."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:00:49 PM): "An obsession....perhaps. But, either way, I am happy as I am."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:01:17 PM): She raises a hand. "Now...I will ask the three of you to sleep. When you wake up...we can try this again."
Sinisquirrel (10:01:34 PM): "... it's different, rival. You always regrette-- what!?"
Y Ruler of Time (10:02:09 PM): Kwong.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:02:37 PM): Desdemona's eyes start to glow like bright silver flames...but suddenly stop.
Y Ruler of Time (10:02:46 PM): The wall behind Miru, Ed, and Mylene shudders.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:02:48 PM): "...what was that?"
Hinoryu8 (10:02:53 PM): "... What was that?"
Y Ruler of Time (10:03:13 PM): Kwong...Kwong...KWONG
Sinisquirrel (10:03:22 PM): "Uh, the wall behind us is sorta... shaking."
Y Ruler of Time (10:03:34 PM): On the other side, an armored figure smashes at the barrier repeatedly with a large sword.
Hinoryu8 (10:03:57 PM): "... I can feel that much."
Sinisquirrel (10:04:20 PM): "Well, what else can I tell ya? I got no idea."
Y Ruler of Time (10:06:05 PM): The beating pauses for a moment. The figure presses a hand against the barrier for a few seconds.
Hinoryu8 (10:07:33 PM): "Is there someone there?"
Y Ruler of Time (10:07:40 PM): The figure steps back, before lunging, plunging the sword into and through the barrier, halfway down the blade.
Sinisquirrel (10:07:56 PM): "It's... some guy with a sword."
kwikkidus (10:08:12 PM): "WE'RE SAVED!" Ed throws his hands into the air.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:08:25 PM): "Shh!"
Y Ruler of Time (10:08:34 PM): With a yank, the sword is torn out, ripping a small gash in the wall.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:08:45 PM): Desdemona is glaring at the beaten wall, trying to discern who it is attacking it.
Y Ruler of Time (10:09:07 PM): The figure's left hand lifts, and red energy fires from it, into the small dent, turning it into a good-sized hole.
Sinisquirrel (10:09:15 PM): "Hey, Miru, you don't have a Dragon spirit, do you?"
Hinoryu8 (10:09:42 PM): "No... As far as I know, I don't have any spirits at all, but Desdemona-san thinks otherwise."
Y Ruler of Time (10:10:15 PM): Stepping into the light, the figure's armor is not purple as Mylene might fear, but gray and gold.
Sinisquirrel (10:10:23 PM): "J-Just checkin'..." So it's probably not that Buster Blader guy.
Y Ruler of Time (10:10:54 PM): Through a white mask with red stripes, red eyes peer at Desdemona, as the figure shoulders its sword, a large cleaver.
Y Ruler of Time (10:11:39 PM): "Isabel. You look different. I suppose my source was correct."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:11:49 PM): Desdemona's eyes go wide.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:12:02 PM): "!"
kwikkidus (10:12:16 PM): "Th-that voice! It's..."
Sinisquirrel (10:12:21 PM): "Who is that?"
kwikkidus (10:12:21 PM): He throws up his arms again. "WE'RE DEAD!"
Y Ruler of Time (10:12:27 PM): With a single jerk of the mask, the armor falls away, revealing Kazimir Farkas.
Hinoryu8 (10:12:28 PM): "... Who is that?"
Viewtiful Rekk (10:12:42 PM): " died!"
kwikkidus (10:12:42 PM): "It's Kazimir Farkas!"
Hinoryu8 (10:12:48 PM): "... who?"
kwikkidus (10:13:08 PM): "The leader of the cult of holy suffering? The guy who did the fake exorcism?"
Y Ruler of Time (10:13:12 PM): Kazimir turns to look at Miru and Mylene, and inclines his head. "My apologies, we have not been introduced."
Sinisquirrel (10:13:23 PM): "Holy Suffering?"
Viewtiful Rekk (10:13:50 PM): Desdemona suddenly swings an arm, and a sphere of fire shoots out at Kazimir. " are DEAD!"
kwikkidus (10:13:51 PM): "He stabs himself and likes it."
Hinoryu8 (10:14:05 PM): "... Creepy."
Sinisquirrel (10:14:36 PM): "Whatever or whoever he is, if he's here to save us he's okay in my book!"
Y Ruler of Time (10:14:39 PM): "That statement is overly simpli-" Kazimir turns to the oncoming fireball and holds up a hand. A semi-transparent barrier ascends around him.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:15:33 PM): "This...this is impossible! You were killed in a Darkness Game!"
Y Ruler of Time (10:16:06 PM): "...Evidently, I was not."
Hinoryu8 (10:16:10 PM): "Apparently not."
Y Ruler of Time (10:16:34 PM): He chuckles. "I like her. She's quite astute."
Y Ruler of Time (10:18:12 PM): "But yes, I suppose I should explain why I am here, in flesh and bone, living and breathing."
Sinisquirrel (10:18:40 PM): "How about after y'get us outta here?"
kwikkidus (10:18:55 PM): "Right. Explanation later. Help now!"
Y Ruler of Time (10:19:19 PM): "..." He turns to look at Mylene and Ed, and his expression becomes...a bit less friendly. "I did not come for the two of you."
Y Ruler of Time (10:19:53 PM): "I did not even know you were here."
Sinisquirrel (10:20:09 PM): Some hero. Mylene scowls.
kwikkidus (10:20:38 PM): "WE'RE DOOMED!" Again with the hand-raising.
Sinisquirrel (10:20:48 PM): "STOP THAT!"
Hinoryu8 (10:20:55 PM): Miru looked in Ed and Mylene's directions.
Hinoryu8 (10:21:05 PM): "You both realize, of course, that since he broke down the wall, we can leave at any time?"
kwikkidus (10:21:16 PM): "...Let's run now."
Hinoryu8 (10:21:18 PM): With that, she started walking towards the hole in the wall.
Sinisquirrel (10:21:29 PM): "... Dang, you're good." Mylene follows suit.
kwikkidus (10:21:35 PM): As does Ed!
Viewtiful Rekk (10:22:03 PM): "NO!" Desdemona slams a hand to the ground. This time, a wall made of stone shoots up and impedes them.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:22:25 PM): "I will not be made light of by mere children...!" Her calmness from before seems to be completely gone.
kwikkidus (10:22:32 PM): "R-REEH!" And Ed goes THWAK right into the wall.
Hinoryu8 (10:22:32 PM): "... Farkas-san, can you get this one, too?"
Y Ruler of Time (10:23:30 PM): Kazimir turns to Desdemona. "I came for Isabel...You will find your own way out, or you will wait for me to do what I came for."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:24:07 PM): "You came for Isabel...?" Desdemona starts to laugh. " you could torture her again?"
Sinisquirrel (10:25:12 PM): "I guess we don't get much of a choice, then..."
kwikkidus (10:25:21 PM): "...Uhh... Hey. Mylene. You wouldn't happen to have a grenade or something, would you? Or something mechanical?"
Y Ruler of Time (10:25:42 PM): "...What I inflicted upon Isabel...I thought it would help her. But she didn't take to it well, and yet I persisted...which I admit now was a mistake."
Sinisquirrel (10:26:10 PM): "Well, yeah, but did you see what he had t'do t'get through? I don't think I have anything that'd blow without destroying more than th' walls."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:27:43 PM): "Heh...a mistake, you say?"
Viewtiful Rekk (10:28:17 PM): "Why don't you ask Mylene or Edward..." She gestures to the two. "About the nightmares that you're responsible for."
Hinoryu8 (10:28:35 PM): "Do either of you have Duel Spirits?"
kwikkidus (10:29:51 PM): "Uhh..." "Is someone asking about me, Ed?" "I have her." Thumb point at Doriado.
Y Ruler of Time (10:30:00 PM): "Hm..." he glances back at the two in question. "...You two...are Isabel's friends, aren't you?"
Hinoryu8 (10:30:55 PM): "... Can 'she' put a hole in the wall?"
Sinisquirrel (10:31:13 PM): "Ignore that question, Kazimir. Desdemona'll just turn whatever it is around until she gets to you."
kwikkidus (10:31:19 PM): "...Uhh..." Glance. A head shaking from the spirit. "She can't. But... maybe if we work together."
Sinisquirrel (10:31:51 PM): "Isabel's had her set of problems, but she can handle 'em!"
Hinoryu8 (10:33:33 PM): "..." Miru tried to think. If there was a spirit of The Earth with her, it would be helpful now, but...
Y Ruler of Time (10:35:18 PM): "...'Her set of problems'..." back to Desdemona. "And maybe that's why I came. Because I knew what she'd gone through, even before she came to the academy."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:36:55 PM): "And you know that she despised you...yet now you feel compelled to help her?"
Y Ruler of Time (10:38:11 PM): "She had every right to hate me, and she still does. It was my fault that she experienced a great deal of my hands, and at Hayden and Yubel's."
Y Ruler of Time (10:38:52 PM): "She is a strong woman who has endured much...and you are cutting her life short."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:41:06 PM): Desdemona smiles just a bit. " desire to save her from my clutches. Is that it?"
Y Ruler of Time (10:42:07 PM): "...Yes."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:44:00 PM): "...I can see there is no point in me remaining stagnant at this point."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:44:07 PM): She picks up a Duel Disk and places it on to her arm.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:44:15 PM): "I will simply have to defeat each one of you."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:44:43 PM): "Then I will personally hunt down every student in this academy who has not become a Duel Zombie, and I will defeat them as well.
Y Ruler of Time (10:45:06 PM): "You will not defeat anyone. Your first opponent is me, and I will end your reign here and now."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:45:26 PM): "You...cannot defeat me."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:45:41 PM): "As long as I have my love of my king behind me..." Her disk activates. "I am unstoppable."
Y Ruler of Time (10:46:04 PM): "...Love cannot win you everything."
Y Ruler of Time (10:46:48 PM): Kazimir's left arm becomes encased in his armor again, and a blade drops out of the forearm, forming a Duel Disk which he slaps his deck into.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:47:35 PM): " are just a child."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:47:51 PM): "Love is the most powerful force in existence! There is nothing else!" She draws her starting hand/
Viewtiful Rekk (10:49:13 PM): "Field Spell - Advanced Neo-Space!"
Viewtiful Rekk (10:49:48 PM): A blue cloud of space expands around them, replacing the temple.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:50:05 PM): "Elemental Hero Neos Alius, summon!" A young hero in blue armor appears. (1900/300)
Viewtiful Rekk (10:50:22 PM): "Advanced Neo-Space increases the ATK of all Neos and Neo-Spacian monsters by 500!" (2400/300)
Hinoryu8 (10:51:23 PM): Strictly speaking... how would love help at all? It's a card game. Miru wondered.
Viewtiful Rekk (10:52:09 PM): "Set one card face down! End turn."
Sinisquirrel (10:52:24 PM): Mylene saw what she thought was a slightly confused expression on Miru's face. "It's kinda complicated," she said.
Y Ruler of Time (10:52:32 PM): "A different deck, is it? Draw."
Hinoryu8 (10:53:28 PM): "... Still, it doesn't seem like love would help in a game at all. If you get a bad hand, you get a bad hand."
Sinisquirrel (10:54:19 PM): "True, but it's, like, a matter of perception. If you're determined, you'll be able to see combinations that'd be less obvious if you were clouded with rage."
Y Ruler of Time (10:54:22 PM): "Well, you're not the only one. Summon, Masked Invader (600/500)." A short, reptilian being wearing a conical mask appears.
Hinoryu8 (10:54:47 PM): "... From how she's talking, it seems like her obsession will cloud her mind far more than rage."
Y Ruler of Time (10:55:05 PM): "Permanent spell, activate. Level Limit - Area B!"
Sinisquirrel (10:55:18 PM): "That's always somethin', too."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:56:05 PM): "I think not. Trap card, activate!"
Viewtiful Rekk (10:56:36 PM): A hurricane appears and destroys Kazimir's cards. "By paying 900 life points, Dust Hurricane negates your card." (7100)
Y Ruler of Time (10:57:22 PM): "...Very well then. One card, facedown. Turn end."
Viewtiful Rekk (10:57:30 PM): "Draw!"
Viewtiful Rekk (11:02:32 PM): "Activate Common Soul!"
Viewtiful Rekk (11:03:26 PM): A scarab appears on the field. "Special Summon Advanced Neo-Spacian Flare Scarab!" A line appears between Alius and the Scarab. (1000/500) (3400/300)
Viewtiful Rekk (11:04:44 PM): "Flare Scarab attacks Masked Invader!" As the scarab shoots forward, a ball of flame surrounds it. (2100/500)
Y Ruler of Time (11:05:03 PM): "Hold. I activate a card at the end of the Main Phase."
Y Ruler of Time (11:05:31 PM): Kazimir's set card flips up. "Fairy Box."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:05:57 PM): "I see."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:06:08 PM): "I suppose now would be a good time to ask the effect of that Invader."
Y Ruler of Time (11:07:22 PM): "Its effect prevents you from activating Traps during the Battle Phase. In addition, I can destroy a spell or trap card when it deals Battle Damage to your life points."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:08:05 PM): "Ah...I see."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:09:21 PM): "End turn."
Y Ruler of Time (11:09:29 PM): "Draw."
Y Ruler of Time (11:10:46 PM): "During my Standby Phase I pay the 500 life points required to keep Fairy Box in play."
Y Ruler of Time (11:10:49 PM): (7500)
Y Ruler of Time (11:13:31 PM): "...I must say, I was a little surprised by your greeting, Ms. Desdemona."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:13:42 PM): "Ah...and why is that?"
Y Ruler of Time (11:14:01 PM): "I had been informed that, while you were dangerous, your methods were...generally indirect."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:14:55 PM): She smiles just a bit. "I was surprised."
Y Ruler of Time (11:15:34 PM): "No, you were angry. Now tell me, why would you be angry that I was alive?"
Viewtiful Rekk (11:16:14 PM): "I was shocked. There's a difference."
Y Ruler of Time (11:17:20 PM): "Are you sure? You did try to incinerate me, after all...I have to wonder...if that was some sort of subconscious impulse of Isabel's..."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:18:33 PM): Desdemona frowns for just a sliver of a second...but immediately returns to her calm smile.
Viewtiful Rekk (11:18:41 PM): "I can assure you, it was nothing like that."
Y Ruler of Time (11:19:44 PM): "...If you are that certain, then...I will just take my move."
Y Ruler of Time (11:20:14 PM): "Masked Brigadier, summon!" a small man in a military uniform appears, a green mask covering his face. (200/200)
Y Ruler of Time (11:21:13 PM): "When Masked Brigadier is Normal Summoned, I can summon a 'Masked' monster from my hand. My choice, is Masked Sniper (800/800)!"
Y Ruler of Time (11:21:40 PM): Another masked figure, garbed in brown and holding a bow, appears third in line.
Y Ruler of Time (11:22:54 PM): "I activate Masked Sniper's effect!" the archer raises its bow and takes aim. "Once a turn, I can reduce the attack and defense of a monster to zero for the duration of the turn. I choose Neos Alius!"
Y Ruler of Time (11:23:06 PM): The Sniper fires a shot at the hero's leg.
Viewtiful Rekk (11:23:31 PM): The hero lets out a cry and drops to one leg. (1500/0)
Y Ruler of Time (11:26:27 PM): "Of course, Common Soul prevents me from capitalizing on this...for now I end."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:28:14 PM): "Draw."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:30:06 PM): She slaps her drawn card down. "Advanced Neo-Spacian Aqua Dolphin!" A blue dolphin appears, arms crossed. (1100/800)
Viewtiful Rekk (11:31:27 PM): "Aqua Dolphin, attack Masked Sniper!" The dolphin shoots out a loud wave of sound at the sniper.
Y Ruler of Time (11:31:43 PM): "I call heads."
OnlineHost (11:31:50 PM): Y Ruler of Time rolled 1 2-sided die: 1
Y Ruler of Time (11:32:21 PM): "Masked Sniper, counter-attack!"
Viewtiful Rekk (11:32:48 PM): Desdemona growls. (6300) "Flare Scarab!"
Y Ruler of Time (11:33:07 PM): "This time...tails!"
OnlineHost (11:33:12 PM): Y Ruler of Time rolled 1 2-sided die: 1
Y Ruler of Time (11:33:15 PM): "Kh..."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:35:25 PM): Scarab: (2100/500)
Y Ruler of Time (11:35:47 PM): Masked Sniper dies in a fire. (6700)
Y Ruler of Time (11:36:08 PM): (whoops)
Y Ruler of Time (11:36:13 PM): (6200)
Viewtiful Rekk (11:36:18 PM): ((Which one stops traps?))
Y Ruler of Time (11:36:23 PM): (Invader)
Viewtiful Rekk (11:36:43 PM): "Neos Alius, the Invader."
Y Ruler of Time (11:36:52 PM): "I call tails once again!"
OnlineHost (11:37:01 PM): Y Ruler of Time rolled 1 2-sided die: 1
Y Ruler of Time (11:37:09 PM): "Hmph..."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:37:13 PM): Neos judo-chops the Invader.
Y Ruler of Time (11:38:03 PM): (3400)
Viewtiful Rekk (11:38:17 PM): Desdemona smirks. "Set one reverse. End turn."
Y Ruler of Time (11:38:18 PM): Kazimir reels backward from the overflow.
Y Ruler of Time (11:38:59 PM): "...You're strong, then. Or at least, motivated."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:39:17 PM): "I told you already. I have the ultimate motivation behind me."
Y Ruler of Time (11:40:50 PM): "...Falling in love can't make everything right in the world. Didn't Isabel hear that from me?"
Viewtiful Rekk (11:41:46 PM): "I do believe I recall her saying that after you struck her across the face."
Y Ruler of Time (11:43:51 PM): "Yes....Because she insinuated that it was my fault that the one I loved was suffering."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:45:44 PM): "Of course, you couldn't stand to have such a thing insinuated about the one you loved."
Y Ruler of Time (11:46:18 PM): "She was trying to get a rise out of me...And it worked rather well."
Y Ruler of Time (11:47:19 PM): He draws.
Y Ruler of Time (11:48:56 PM): "I fell in love, and yet the woman I loved fell into a coma, from which she has not awakened...I could not do anything to help her...Where was the power that love should have brought me?"
Viewtiful Rekk (11:51:54 PM): "It is simple. Your love must have been inadequate."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:52:10 PM): "Look at yourself. Are you attempting to help her right now?"
Viewtiful Rekk (11:52:28 PM): "No, you instead seek to intrude into a situation that is none of your concern to save a girl that hates you."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:52:46 PM): "That is not love by any definition I would use."
Sinisquirrel (11:52:49 PM): "Hey, you, knock it off!" Mylene yells, remembering again this particular tactic.
Y Ruler of Time (11:53:03 PM): "...Fu..." Kazimir closes his eyes. "You simply don't know what my motivations are..."
kwikkidus (11:53:13 PM): "...The definition of love YOU used ended up with Mylene kicking in my door and shooting me!"
Y Ruler of Time (11:53:28 PM): "You couldn't be further from the truth, Ms. Desdemona."
Hinoryu8 (11:54:00 PM): Miru just stayed silent, having nothing to add.
Y Ruler of Time (11:54:10 PM): "That day several months ago, when I was swallowed by the darkness...I was not killed because I was saved."
Y Ruler of Time (11:54:28 PM): "Saved by a person who saw potential in me, and wanted me to help accomplish a great goal."
Y Ruler of Time (11:54:48 PM): "My reward...would be Elsebeth's healing."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:55:06 PM): Desdemona scoffs.
Viewtiful Rekk (11:55:11 PM): "And they say I have a silver tongue."
Y Ruler of Time (11:57:26 PM): "...Perhaps you simply don't believe the deal will be completed, because you are unable to keep one yourself."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:58:20 PM): "I have not reneged on any deal I have made."
Y Ruler of Time (11:59:32 PM): "Now you are speaking in technicalities."
Viewtiful Rekk (11:59:44 PM): "..." Desdemona grins. "Are you even sure you want such a duel to be completed, Mr. Farkas?"
Y Ruler of Time (12:01:18 AM): "...I don't need it to be, you know. I don't have to win, or to lose, to complete my goal. Rather, doing either might result in my failing to accomplish my short-term goal."
Y Ruler of Time (12:02:59 AM): "My goal, is to ensure that Isabel Marias regains control of her body, and throws off your influence."
Y Ruler of Time (12:05:04 AM): "..." He carefully removes his Duel Disk without turning it off. "I believe Isabel is aware of what is going on...that is why you reacted at my appearance."
Viewtiful Rekk (12:05:28 AM): "I assure you, she is not."
Y Ruler of Time (12:06:07 AM): "...Oh?" He removes both of his almost ever-present gloves, baring his scarred hands.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:06:40 AM): "..." Desdemona stares and suddenly takes in a sharp breath.
Y Ruler of Time (12:06:58 AM): "Isabel stated that my figure reminded her of a traumatic event in her life...Her father's death."
Viewtiful Rekk (12:07:15 AM): "...a-ahah. I can see why it would."
Y Ruler of Time (12:07:30 AM): "Though it may make her hate me even more...I will provoke that memory again, if that is what it takes."
Y Ruler of Time (12:07:43 AM): He grips the bottom of his shirt, and lifts it over his head.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:10:17 AM): Desdemona just...stares.
Y Ruler of Time (12:12:53 AM): "This is how I dueled Isabel in our first match...and this is how I shall duel in your last."
Y Ruler of Time (12:14:11 AM): "I forego paying for Fairy Box," The trap explodes.
Y Ruler of Time (12:14:29 AM): "One monster in defense, and I move Masked Brigadier to defense mode. End turn."
Viewtiful Rekk (12:14:43 AM): "...." Desdemona clenches a fist, and tears the top card from her deck.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:15:39 AM): "Flare Scarab, attack the set!" (1600)
Y Ruler of Time (12:16:40 AM): A new masked creature is burned to the ground. (600/1400)
Y Ruler of Time (12:17:07 AM): "Masked Recruiter summons a second copy of itself from my deck, in defense." (600/1400)
Viewtiful Rekk (12:18:09 AM): "Neos Alius, destroy the Brigadier!"
Y Ruler of Time (12:18:32 AM): Brigadier is judo-chopped.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:19:07 AM): "End turn."
Y Ruler of Time (12:19:21 AM): "...Draw."
Y Ruler of Time (12:27:39 AM): "I summon Masked Trooper in defense (500/500)"
Y Ruler of Time (12:28:00 AM): A white-armored ,am with a full helmet appears in a crouch, holding a black rifle.
Y Ruler of Time (12:28:21 AM): "One card facedown."
Y Ruler of Time (12:28:47 AM): "End turn." A second Trooper appears. "Masked Trooper's effect summons another copy from my deck during the End Phase."
Viewtiful Rekk (12:29:07 AM): "...." Desdemona dras silently.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:31:03 AM): "Neos Alius. Second Summon." A blue aura surrounds Alius.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:33:36 AM): "Activate Wrath of Neos."
Viewtiful Rekk (12:34:02 AM): Neos Alius shoots up into the air and slams his fist down to the ground, sending shockwaves over the entire field.
Y Ruler of Time (12:34:49 AM): "...I see."
Viewtiful Rekk (12:36:15 AM): After the shockwaves destroy the field, Alius shoots back to the deck.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:37:51 AM): "Neo-Space Pathfinder." Another warrior wearing armor similar to Alius's appears. (1800/800)
Viewtiful Rekk (12:38:27 AM): "Direct attack!" Pathfinder whips a foot out at Kazimir.
Y Ruler of Time (12:39:07 AM): Kazimir is kicked, and stumbles.
Y Ruler of Time (12:40:17 AM): (1600)
Viewtiful Rekk (12:40:18 AM): Desdemona smirks. "yes, you see...! None of your tricks are able to do anything to me! My love for my king conquers all!"
Viewtiful Rekk (12:41:00 AM): "You've barely touched my life points, and soon, you will be the first to fall, Kazimir Farkas!"
Y Ruler of Time (12:41:33 AM): "...Hm...hehe...hehehe..."
Viewtiful Rekk (12:42:08 AM): "..." The smirk slowly vanishes. "What...what are you laughing about?"
Y Ruler of Time (12:42:29 AM): Kazimir looks up, a manic grin on his face. "Have you forgotten?" He wipes a bit of bloods from his lip, as his eyes begin to roll into the back of his head.
Y Ruler of Time (12:43:02 AM): "Pain only makes me better, stronger, more focused! I'm not about to fall, you've simply sealed your own fate by bringing me to a higher dueling state!"
Viewtiful Rekk (12:43:38 AM): "..." Desdemona stares, her mouth just hanging open for a moment.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:44:52 AM): "...stop..." Her eyes suddenly change from silver to brown. "STOP IT, FARKAS!" She screams, throwing an arm forward, shooting a a wave of solid force right at him.
Y Ruler of Time (12:46:26 AM): Kazimir plants his feet and endures the wave of force, all the while grinning. "That's right, Isabel! Rage at me! Hate me! Use your emotions and break free of her hold on you!"
Viewtiful Rekk (12:47:26 AM): The wave suddenly stops, and Desdemona nearly pitches forward, a look of horror on her face as her eyes shift back to silver.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:47:31 AM): "How...what...what in the...!?"
Y Ruler of Time (12:48:50 AM): "I told you, didn't I? I don't even need to win this duel to defeat you...I just need Isabel to regain her freedom."
Viewtiful Rekk (12:50:54 AM): "...regain her freedom, is it...?"
Viewtiful Rekk (12:51:00 AM): "That will not happen..."
Y Ruler of Time (12:52:09 AM): "It will...because Isabel Marias, the woman I met, who endured so much...Her will is stronger than yours."
Viewtiful Rekk (12:53:27 AM): Desdemona scoffs, and starts laughing. "Her will?"
Viewtiful Rekk (12:53:38 AM): "She's a little girl. She's an INFANT!"
Viewtiful Rekk (12:53:44 AM): "Her will is NOTHING compared to mine!"
Viewtiful Rekk (12:54:07 AM): "NOR IS YOURS!" Her eyes suddenly start glowing fiercely.
Viewtiful Rekk (12:54:44 AM): Darkness suddenly starts curling around the two. Eventually, even the other three students and the dueling field is gone.
Y Ruler of Time (12:54:45 AM): It must be coming...her power...'
Viewtiful Rekk (12:58:13 AM): Desdemona slowly gets a grin on her face...and points over at a bed, of all things. "Look over there, Kazimir."
Y Ruler of Time (12:59:23 AM): "...This must be an illusion of some kind...Why should I cooperate with your false images?"
Viewtiful Rekk (1:00:58 AM): "Ah...something tells me that no matter what I tell you, you will."
Y Ruler of Time (1:01:39 AM): "..." He lowers his head. "...Yes...Because...I've looked there...thousands of times."
Y Ruler of Time (1:02:27 AM): He walks over to the bed, and looks.
Viewtiful Rekk (1:02:54 AM):'s empty.
Y Ruler of Time (1:04:00 AM): "...What is this? What happened to her?" he whirls back to Desdemona.
Viewtiful Rekk (1:04:04 AM): "...Kazimir?" A voice behind him says tentatively.
Y Ruler of Time (1:05:47 AM): "..." 'It...couldn't be...' He hesitantly turns to respond.
Viewtiful Rekk (1:07:30 AM): Standing there is a pale skinned brown-haired girl. "...Kazimir? Is something wrong?"
Y Ruler of Time (1:08:02 AM): "...You're awake..." he mumbles feebly. Then, "Elsebeth, you're awake!"
Viewtiful Rekk (1:09:22 AM): "Of course I a..." Her eyes widen. "What..." She looks over his body in horror. "What happened to you?!"
Y Ruler of Time (1:12:50 AM): Immediately, Kazimir looks away in shame. "...I-I..." He narrows his eyes. "...I was...looking for answers."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:13:13 AM): "...answers?" She asks, confused. "What do you mean?"
Y Ruler of Time (1:14:18 AM): "Life, death, right, wrong, everything-but-but it doesn't matter right now! You're awake! I haven't seen you for...for years..."
Y Ruler of Time (1:14:31 AM): "Five years, five months, twenty-three days..."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:14:55 AM): "Wait...are you saying, you did this to yourself?!"
Y Ruler of Time (1:15:32 AM): "..." Just like that, he loses his momentum again. "...I didn't want you to see me like this..."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:18:08 AM): "Why...why on Earth..." She seems to be at a bit of a cross between disgust and utter confusion.
Y Ruler of Time (1:19:37 AM): "...Because I was searching for enlightenment...I found it, if that changes things."
Y Ruler of Time (1:24:36 AM): "And I helped others find the path as well..."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:25:58 AM): "Enlightenment!?" Desdemona suddenly barks out in a more familiar tone. "Is that what you call 'kidnapping and torture', Farkas!?"
Y Ruler of Time (1:27:35 AM): Kazimir snarls. "You stay out of this, manipulative demon!"
Viewtiful Rekk (1:29:30 AM): Desdemona lets out a snort and brings up an arm, where a red mark rests. "Rope burn, from when he tied me up after he kidnapped me for his sadistic little cult."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:30:01 AM): Elsebeth stares at Desdemona in horror for a second, before snapping her gaze back to Kazimir. "Kazimir, is that true!?"
Y Ruler of Time (1:31:36 AM): "....I won't lie to you, Elsebeth." Yet, he is too ashamed to admit it, either.
Viewtiful Rekk (1:32:26 AM): " is, isn't it..." She suddenly starts to step backwards.
Y Ruler of Time (1:33:30 AM): "Elsebeth, please...I was...I was just trying to show them, the beginning..."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:34:45 AM): "...No..." She holds up her hands. "You're not Kazimir..."
Y Ruler of Time (1:36:30 AM): "What? What are you saying? You've known me almost your whole life..."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:37:35 AM): "'re not the person I knew..."
Y Ruler of Time (1:38:37 AM): "...I don't believe this..."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:39:23 AM): Elsebeth suddenly steps backwards into the darkness...leaving Kazimir alone with Desdemona.
Viewtiful Rekk (1:39:48 AM): "Don't worry. I have no intention of making any offers to you."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:40:08 AM): "I just want you to see. See what you have become. See what she will see you as if this deal of yours to awaken her succeeds."
Y Ruler of Time (1:40:15 AM): "NO!" Kazimir reaches after Elsebeth. "Bring her back!"
Viewtiful Rekk (1:40:36 AM): She's already long gone.
Viewtiful Rekk (1:41:13 AM): "How either live without her..or live with her hating what you have become."
Y Ruler of Time (1:41:54 AM): Kazimir falls to his knees. "...I...I didn't even...remember to tell her how I felt..."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:42:35 AM): Desdemona smirks as the darkness vanishes, and the two are suddenly back on the dueling field.
Viewtiful Rekk (1:42:37 AM): "End turn."
Hinoryu8 (1:43:16 AM): "... What happened?"
Sinisquirrel (1:43:30 AM): "What'ya mean, Miru?"
Y Ruler of Time (1:43:53 AM): "..." Kazimir holds a hand to his jaw. He looks around, his eyes having returned to normal.
Hinoryu8 (1:43:57 AM): "He sounds different."
Sinisquirrel (1:45:14 AM): Mylene looks at Kazimir, hard. "Yeah... I guess you're right..."
Y Ruler of Time (1:45:40 AM): "..." Kazimir looks down at his right hand, and seems to dwell on it.
Viewtiful Rekk (1:46:03 AM): "What's wrong, Kazimir dear?" She asks sarcastically. "It is still your turn."
Sinisquirrel (1:46:32 AM): "Hey, Kaz! Whatever th' heck it was, don't worry about it! Don't let 'er get t'ya!"
Hinoryu8 (1:46:37 AM): "His breathing is different... he seems shaken."
Y Ruler of Time (1:46:42 AM): A tear drop falls on the hand. Kazimir blinks in dull surprise, and several more hit his hand.
Sinisquirrel (1:47:26 AM): "He's cryin'..." Mylene states softly. "Miru, say something, too. An' you, Ed."
Y Ruler of Time (1:48:08 AM): He brings the hand up, and wipes it across his eyes, momentarily drying them.
Hinoryu8 (1:48:09 AM): "... I think I understand Desdemona-san's methods now."
kwikkidus (1:48:36 AM): "...Kazimir..."
Y Ruler of Time (1:48:50 AM): "She...she was here," he mutters. "It was an illusion...and she hated me...but she was there...she was...finally awake again..."
Hinoryu8 (1:49:01 AM): "The duel... It was never important. The offer of friendship you showed was never meant to be real... It was all one psychological attack."
Viewtiful Rekk (1:49:02 AM): "Yes, children! Say something! Encourage him! I'm sure your words will be all he needs!"
Y Ruler of Time (1:49:08 AM): "...And then...I lost her again."
Hinoryu8 (1:49:14 AM): "... In other words, it becomes a battle of willpower."
kwikkidus (1:49:23 AM): Ed pulls a hand into a fist. "Desdemona... I called Amado a big bully.."
kwikkidus (1:49:44 AM): "But that was wrong. You're the real bully here!"
Hinoryu8 (1:50:22 AM): "Farkas-san. I don't know who the 'she' you are referring to is... But no matter who, how do you think she would feel if she saw your will so easily shattered?"
Y Ruler of Time (1:50:53 AM): "YOU GAVE HER BACK JUST TO TAKE HER AWAY AGAIN!!!!!"
Viewtiful Rekk (1:52:14 AM): "I assure you, I'm wounded, Edward." Desdemona says sarcastically, before glancing amusedly down at Kazimir.
Hinoryu8 (1:52:54 AM): "... Desdemona-san. A psychological attack is a risky method."
Sinisquirrel (1:53:30 AM): "N-No kidding..." Eesh, he sounds pissed.
Sinisquirrel (1:54:04 AM): "It's scary. Whatever it is she comes up with is and isn't real, y'know? But... whatever he saw..."
Y Ruler of Time (1:54:26 AM): "There can be no forgiveness for you..."
Hinoryu8 (1:54:28 AM): "A tactic you use to break people to your will... It's possible. Most people will fall for tactics such as the ones you used... But sometimes, there are those you will only infuriate, and drive to destroy you."
Hinoryu8 (1:55:04 AM): "... It would appear Farkas-san is of the latter type." She noted.
Y Ruler of Time (1:56:44 AM): Tears cloud Kazimir's vision, and he clenches his eyes shut, grits his teeth, and falls to one knee.
Sinisquirrel (1:57:05 AM): "Miru... all you wanted was friendship?"
Hinoryu8 (1:57:34 AM): "... Friendship without pity."
Sinisquirrel (1:58:17 AM): "I kinda don't get it... I liked ya from the start when I first saw ya."
kwikkidus (1:58:19 AM): "Then you've got friends."
Y Ruler of Time (1:59:13 AM): "...If thought your tricks would make me lose my will...then you understand nothing about the love you claim to drive you!"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:00:22 AM): Desdemona just continues smirking. "Lose your will or keep it, it matters little to me."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:00:30 AM): "You'll lie at my feet when this is done, all the same."
Hinoryu8 (2:00:59 AM): "... Thank you."
Y Ruler of Time (2:01:02 AM): "...No. That's not how it works. Because your ignorance is a weakness, which I will exploit!"
Y Ruler of Time (2:01:38 AM): "Because even if she hates me, for all that I have done to myself and others...if I can make Elsebeth live her life...That's enough for me."
Y Ruler of Time (2:01:59 AM): "Because I love her."
Y Ruler of Time (2:02:22 AM): "I love her enough that even if she won't accept me, I can be happy simply because she can."
Y Ruler of Time (2:03:42 AM): "That is what love is, and that is why you will fall, because you don't understand it!"
Sinisquirrel (2:04:18 AM): "W-Wow..." Mylene wants to clap, but feels the gesture is a bit out of place.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:04:28 AM): "..." Desdemona frowns ever so slightly.
Y Ruler of Time (2:05:34 AM): "For what you've done...I won't just pry you out of Isabel's body..." He holds a hand over his left eye.
Y Ruler of Time (2:06:02 AM): "I'll kill you afterwards!"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:06:33 AM): "..." Desdemona starts laughing loudly.
Y Ruler of Time (2:06:35 AM): His face glows, and half of the mask of the Masked Chopper covers the left side of his face.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:06:51 AM): "Do you even realize what that entails!?"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:07:17 AM): "My soul has been in this body since it was in the womb. My soul has become irrevocably tied to hers."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:07:23 AM): "Kill me, she dies."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:07:28 AM): "Remove me, she dies."
Sinisquirrel (2:08:02 AM): "H-Holy shit..." The girl's blonde hair is practically standing on end.
Y Ruler of Time (2:08:06 AM): "It doesn't matter...I will find a way. Because you misunderstood me from the beginning, Desdemona."
kwikkidus (2:08:25 AM): "...This duel... M...Mylene? Miru..? Maybe we should run now..."
Y Ruler of Time (2:08:30 AM): "You're not destined for anything beyond this night."
Hinoryu8 (2:08:32 AM): "How?"
Y Ruler of Time (2:08:39 AM): "You're a stepping stone for me. A test of my power."
kwikkidus (2:08:40 AM): "...Erm... We could try digging?"
Sinisquirrel (2:08:46 AM): "I don't wanna leave, Ed."
Hinoryu8 (2:09:05 AM): "The duel would be long over before we could make any progress."
kwikkidus (2:09:29 AM): "..J-just the same... I get the feeling that... something big is going to happen... no matter who wins."
Sinisquirrel (2:09:47 AM): "It's okay. I want... I want to stay, just in case... I can help."
Sinisquirrel (2:10:00 AM): "Even if I can't, if Isabel comes out of it... I wanna see her again."
kwikkidus (2:10:20 AM): "..Yeah... you're right."
Y Ruler of Time (2:12:50 AM): He holds a hand up, and one of the Masked Chopper's cleavers appears in it, which he thrusts into the ground point-first, planting it with the blade facing him.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:13:10 AM): "...what are you doing?"
Y Ruler of Time (2:13:25 AM): "Isabel Marias...Remember me, and throw out the witch so I may cut her down!"
Y Ruler of Time (2:13:57 AM): He holds his forearm up to the blade, at a perpendicular angle, and slides it down, all the way to the floor.
Sinisquirrel (2:14:39 AM): Mylene feels a bit of whatever she'd last eaten rise up.
Hinoryu8 (2:14:52 AM): "..." Miru looked rather pale herself, and that's just from the sound.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:15:03 AM): Desdemona suddenly claps a hand to her mouth, a look of abject horror on her face.
Sinisquirrel (2:15:33 AM): She clings to Ed, feeling a bit of reality slip away. Fainting? Probably.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:15:49 AM): She then takes a step back, almost slipping over her own feet. "Stop it....stop it...!"
Y Ruler of Time (2:16:43 AM): Panting, Kazimir looks down at his arm, watching the blood flow. "A scratch from the blade made a deer fall to the ground...This...Is perhaps the most painful moment of my life..."
Y Ruler of Time (2:17:04 AM): "...So let's continue it." He brings his other arm up.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:17:15 AM): "No...NO!"
Hinoryu8 (2:18:15 AM): Miru claps her hands over her ears and starts to look green.
kwikkidus (2:19:19 AM): Ed hugs her there, eyes wide. He found that he just couldn't look away, though... And that probably made it worse.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:19:52 AM): Desdemona drops to her knees, eyes tightly shut and hands over her ears. She opens her mouth to scream, sound comes out.
Sinisquirrel (2:20:14 AM): "Miru..." Mylene gets out to Ed, hoarsely. "G-Get Miru, too..." Safety in numbers?
Y Ruler of Time (2:20:38 AM): Gasping for air, Kazimir stumbles towards Desdemona. "Look at me, Isabel...look at me!"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:21:51 AM): " BASTARD!" Suddenly, Desdemona's Duel Disk is flyyying across the field at Kazimir's face.
kwikkidus (2:22:02 AM): "...Right..." He reaches out an arm, bringing Miru into the group hug.
Y Ruler of Time (2:23:01 AM): Kazimir reflexively ducks. "Yes. Lash out! Take control of your body so you can strike at me!"
Hinoryu8 (2:23:18 AM): Miru lowers her arms from her head and glances around. "... Ed-san?"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:23:30 AM): "I'm...going to...NO!" She slams a fist to the ground.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:23:46 AM): "I am in control....I am not going to lose to a child!"
kwikkidus (2:24:17 AM): "It'll be okay... Don't worry. Don't worry... okay?"
Y Ruler of Time (2:24:21 AM): "Isabel, look at me!" He holds up his arms. "Look what's happened! Look at my scars, look at my injuries, and remember!"
Y Ruler of Time (2:24:32 AM): "Remember how it happened to your father."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:24:32 AM): "FARKAS!" She suddenly looks up at him, her eyes brown again. "SHUT YOUR FUCKING TRAP AND ATTACK ME! NOW!"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:25:07 AM): "No...! If you do that, she'll DIE!"
Y Ruler of Time (2:26:26 AM): "I'm not giving you the easy way out, Isabel!" he yells in her face. "No wound I inflict upon you can measure up to the suffering you felt when your father was beaten to death before your eyes!"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:28:08 AM): "NGH....!" She clutches her head tightly, and slams it on to the ground once, twice, three times.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:29:45 AM): She stays in that position for a moment, just shaking and not saying anything....until she says, nigh-inaudibly, "....Forgive king..."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:29:50 AM): Before collapsing in a heap.
Y Ruler of Time (2:30:31 AM): "..." Kazimir kneels over her. "...What happened? ...Isabel?"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:30:54 AM): ".....far...kas...."
Y Ruler of Time (2:31:13 AM): "Tell me what happened. Is she gone? Dead?"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:31:37 AM): "....she's...gone...."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:31:47 AM): "...but....that's...." She slowly starts moving up. "That's...."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:32:06 AM): Suddenly, both her hands are around his throat.
Sinisquirrel (2:32:22 AM): "I-Isa-chan!?"
Y Ruler of Time (2:32:47 AM): "Ggk-!?" He instinctively grabs her wrists in his bloody hands.
kwikkidus (2:33:28 AM): "I...Isabel?!"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:33:36 AM): "YOU LIKE PAIN, HUH, Y'LITTLE BASTARD!? WELL HOW DO YOU LIKE ASPHYXIATION!?" And she is indeed, wringing his neck very hard.
Sinisquirrel (2:33:46 AM): It is her, Mylene thinks as she gets up from that group hug, stumbling because she still feels woozy. "Isa-chan, let 'im go! He saved you!"
Y Ruler of Time (2:34:26 AM): "Gha-!"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:34:52 AM): She suddenly flips him around, grabs him by the waist....and falls backwards, suplexing him right into the stony floor.
Y Ruler of Time (2:35:22 AM): "Anh-!" Crack.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:35:26 AM): She then gets back up, and dusts her self off.
Y Ruler of Time (2:35:49 AM): "...Ah, collar bone...good..."
Hinoryu8 (2:35:50 AM): "... That sounded painful."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:35:51 AM): "And you're lucky I'm letting you off with that. Ass."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:36:19 AM): She then grabs a handful of the dress she's in. "...what...the fuck is this!?"
kwikkidus (2:36:39 AM): "You were... uhh... possessed. Are you okay now?"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:37:03 AM): "....I know I was possessed, Ed. I was there."
Sinisquirrel (2:37:06 AM): "Believe me, Miru, sometimes not seeing comes in handy," Mylene muttered.
kwikkidus (2:37:47 AM): "Then why did you ask about the dress..?"
Hinoryu8 (2:37:57 AM): "... I may not have been able to see it, but hearing it was more than enough."
Sinisquirrel (2:38:15 AM): "I know... jus' think of it as being two times th' worser."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:38:31 AM): "I didn't think I was being possessed into wearing some piece-a-shit dress!"
Sinisquirrel (2:39:15 AM): "But that's what the villainous sorts always do!" Mylene finally spoke up. "Welcome... welcome back."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:39:29 AM): "...." Isabel suddenly walks over to the two, and grabs Ed and Mylene in the tightest hug they've ever been in.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:39:34 AM): "....s'good to be back."
kwikkidus (2:39:46 AM): "GHHNKK!" Miru would probably be dragged along as well. "Y-you missed a lot."
Sinisquirrel (2:40:08 AM): "'M sorry, Isa-chan..." She muffles.
Hinoryu8 (2:40:27 AM): "..." Miru tried to breath in the midst of the crushing.
Y Ruler of Time (2:41:13 AM): "...A small reward, knowing I've been a help to the people I simply was an enemy to in the past..."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:42:08 AM): " don't have anything to be sorry for, stupid..."
Y Ruler of Time (2:42:59 AM): "...But I going..." he stands with some effort, and with a pop of his right shoulder seems to get it set in place.
Sinisquirrel (2:43:15 AM): "What? Where?"
kwikkidus (2:43:22 AM): "Ahh... Kazimir.. W-where?"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:43:47 AM): "...." Isabel ceases the hug, and stands up to look at Kazimir.
Y Ruler of Time (2:44:01 AM): "...I made some mistakes in judging the intentions of a number of people in my Order," he admits, "but I know I can depend on one to want to see me again."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:44:18 AM): "...Farkas..."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:44:23 AM): She starts walking towards him again.
Y Ruler of Time (2:44:43 AM): "..." He turns to her. "I am sorry for what I did...But, well, it worked..."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:44:52 AM): "..." She looks at his arms. " injured yourself to help me."
Y Ruler of Time (2:45:02 AM): "I do that a lot."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:45:19 AM): "...." She suddenly SLUGS him in the chest.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:45:33 AM): She then grabs him and, somehow, throw him over her shoulder.
Hinoryu8 (2:45:50 AM): "... She's good."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:45:54 AM): "I'm takin' you to the infirmary. You asshole."
Y Ruler of Time (2:46:08 AM): Although he only crumples slightly to the blow, he's caught off guard by that second part.
Y Ruler of Time (2:46:24 AM): " unnecessary...I will be fine..."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:46:43 AM): "Farkas. There's one of two ways that this happens."
kwikkidus (2:46:54 AM): "Sc-scary...!"
Viewtiful Rekk (2:47:05 AM): "I walk into that infirmary, toss you down on to the floor, and liberally gesture to an orderly to help you."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:47:21 AM): "Or I beat the shit out of you, drag you there, and toss you through the window like a rock."
Sinisquirrel (2:47:29 AM): "She'll do it, too."
Y Ruler of Time (2:47:44 AM): "I just want to see Ashley...let me find her first."
kwikkidus (2:47:50 AM): "A-actually..."
kwikkidus (2:48:08 AM): "I think... she was there when I went there after I got... well... beat up by Amado. While in the infirmary."
Sinisquirrel (2:48:35 AM): "Yeah, we can always call 'er, too, y'know."
Y Ruler of Time (2:48:55 AM): "...Very well...but I can still walk."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:49:10 AM): "Well, okay, I'll just break your legs then."
Hinoryu8 (2:49:20 AM): ... Scary...
Y Ruler of Time (2:49:33 AM): "..." he sighs.
Y Ruler of Time (2:49:41 AM): "You're welcome, Isabel."
Viewtiful Rekk (2:49:52 AM): Taking the sigh as a sign of compliance, she walks forward.
Viewtiful Rekk (2:49:57 AM): "Didn't thank ya yet, y'bastard."
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