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Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Raika » Thu May 16, 2013 2:11 pm

She'd fallen through a hole. Or been swallowed. Or--

Dark, dark, all around, terrifying, living dark, but no whispers, no screaming, no laughter, just dark dark dark and she didn't know where she was or how to escape and she screamed and lashed out with claws and fangs and something ripped at her, a predator too powerful for her, and--

She tasted death again, and reflex jammed calculations and chakra flow and she glowed and vanished.

Instinct heightened guided her, and then she slammed into the ground in twilight, bloodied but no longer bleeding though her vision was blurry and her head and chest ached and--

Her head turned just enough to see a tree open and a man freeze as he saw her.

And then quiet darkness fell.



An odd young woman lay on her side in the grass, clothing tattered and form bloody though utterly uninjured, crimson mingling with slate blue hair, twin hearts pulsing away....
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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Oddric » Thu May 16, 2013 5:26 pm

Stepping into the TASAM, Dokutoru ran a hand through his wet hair. A rumble of thunder was followed by a snap of the 92-year-old man's fingers. He looked to the door as it shut on its own, looking at the falling rain that fell onto an abandoned village.

He turned from the door and grabbed a towel that hung on the railing that led up to the raised platform of the main console of the TASAM. "All right, then. Where next?" Dokutoru rubbed the towel against his head as he used his other hand to unbutton his wet coat and eventually throw it onto the nearby railing. Underneath was a purple vest covering a white undershirt, part of the collar popped.

"I'm in the mood for soup. Where could I find some soup, eh?" He smirked flicking buttons, swiping his finger against a blank screen to form a seal, all before swinging a lever that caused the TASAM to groan and shake.

Towel on his shoulders, Dokutoru leaned back against the metal railing as he kept his legs stable against the rocking ship. Suddenly, the orange glowing "wisps" inside of the large central cylinder of the TASAM dispersed and then collapsed in on itself, the TASAM jeered and began traveling in a different direction in time and space. All the while an echoing ring begun to fill the room, an indication of a serious issue.



This jeering, of course, threw Dokutoru forward onto the console, his face smacking onto the controls. "Whoa, girl, whoa!" He shouted, one hand holding onto the lever he dropped moments ago while the other begun tapping at buttons on the console. "Come on old girl, calm down! There's a reason I don't set you to travel this faaaaaaast!" Losing his grip and balance, Dokutoru fell from the console and tumbled down the stairs and onto the maroon floor before the doorway.

It came to a rough stop, Dokutoru flicking the towel out of his face and back over his shoulders. His partially dry hair not willing to cooperate and fall completely down to his collarbone. "Oooh... something is seriously wrong." The man stood up, looking up to the orange wisps that had now stabilized. "I can feel it too, now. You brought me to it, didn't you?"

Turning on the heel of his shoe, Dokutoru moved to the TASAM's door, pressed a hand against it as it slid open to reveal a cloudy sky and a field of grass and scattered trees. But most importantly, a bloodied girl who lay just meters before the TASAM. "Oh Lord." He whispered, eyes widened as his body tensed up.

He moved over to the girl, kneeling by her as he took the slightly wet towel off of his shoulders. This girl was excreting time and space energy, the same that he could feel within himself, within the TASAM. But amplified, as if she had just gone through a serious ordeal. "You're going to be all right, I'm not going to hurt you, Miss." Dokutoru dabbed the towel against her cheek, removing it to notice the blood had been wiped clean but no wound remained. "Blood but no wounds... and that energy you're giving off and..." He paused, able to hear the distinct thumbing in her chest. Her hearts were racing "...two hearts. You are a Kouinjoutei. Just regenerated, eh? Doesn't look like you were in a good place when it all happened. Are you all right, Miss?" Had he known this woman had two hearts, that she was a Kouinjoutei, he likely would have shut the door to his ship and left her. He didn't want to get wrapped up in anything, in whatever it was her business on the Earthly plane was. Dokutoru didn't know a lot of things upon landing here, including that this woman was really someone he knew quite well.

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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Raika » Thu May 16, 2013 7:26 pm

A soft groan was his reply and she opened teal eyes, squinting as she slowly moved a hand to her head.

Her vision was blurry... or was it just more... human vision. She could hardly smell anything, and Dokutoru-san's voice was less sharp than she was used to.... And her chest ached with the throbbing of her new heart.

But most of all--

"...dizzy...."

She could sense things entirely differently, and it was overwhelming. Not to mention whatever she had gone through that had forced her into this.

...and her voice was different. Her voice was different?

"...hm."

...yep. Different voice.

Pushing herself upright with a light grunt--she'd weakened--teal eyes stared at hands, counting as fingers wiggled.

"Ten fingers...." she pulled off the remains of her boots, "...and ten toes. Okay...." Hands passed over her face and through her hair, guessing at its length, feeling along her sides, visually surveying what she could... all different, though still lean, at least.

"Sorry, first time regenerati--" a gasp and grimace interrupted her words as she clutched the remaining fabric over her chest, her other arm quickly supporting her as she coughed up more glowy-stuff. "Owww.... Does that stop soon? I hope it stops soon. And I am covered in blood, aren't I... and... oh. May I borrow your shower and wardrobe?" She cleared her throat as her gaze met his, arms crossing over her chest to assist the bloodied remains of her shirt, cheeks coloring. Her scales weren't obeying her... and her body refused to reshape under her will.

She'd worry about that when she was clean and dressed, though. It'd been a while since she last wore normal cloth.
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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Oddric » Thu May 16, 2013 8:30 pm

"Oi, careful." Dokutoru warned as she sat upright. He knew how it felt, to be recently regenerated. It wasn't fun getting used to everything again. Putting the towel on his upper thigh of his bent leg, Dokutoru watched as the woman examined parts of body. "You seem okay by my account. It looks like it all went smoothly." His normal uppity attitude had dwindled quite a bit. It wasn't so much that he was with a stranger, but for as far as Kurokku knew, he was with one of his clansman.

He was exiled from the Time Village. From the pocket dimension that he called "Home" once. He had avoided coming across anyone from his home for the past two and a half years, not that it was terribly difficult. They hardly ever came here. Dokutoru had a punishment for what he had done, for hwy he was on exile, to map and detail the present happenings of Earth-- to put it simply. He had not even started. In fact, as he neared the halfway mark of his exile, he was considering defecting entirely. Something no one had done before, not in his village. This was why it was dangerous for Dokutoru to say his true name, because when the fifth year came and he had not returned home... they would search for him. And his name was a powerful thing, they could use its whispers to track him down. He prayed this woman wouldn't recognize him, for he had also regenerated, and that he could continue use of his alias, "Dokutoru".

Dokutoru nodded. "Of course you can. You look like you went through quite a bit. Luckily all your regenerative seals kicked in and had you transported." It was the natural process for the Kouinjoutei. Upon regenerating a seal within their body activated which starts the regenerative process and grants them the ability to transport themselves somewhere, away from any possible danger.

He stood up, whipping the towel around his neck again, not worrying about the spot of blood that now stained his white shirt. Extending his arm, he offered a hand to pull up the woman. All the while he awkwardly avoided looking at her tattered clothes.

Leading the way, Dokutoru tossed his towel across the room upon entering the TASAM and onto a railing. "It's a 920 model!" He yelled back at her as he hopped up the stairs, using one hand to pat the glass column in the central of the main console. "Old, I know, but she's so reliable. She actually took me off course to find you." Dokutoru, of course, wasn't about to mention how the TASAM was... "altered". A bit of living energy, natural and plant-based, had been absorbed into his ship. If the Kouinjoutei elders found out they'd probably have the poor TASAM destroyed.

Moving up another set of stairs, Dokutoru swung open a door and turned to look at his new companion. He gave her a smirk as he watched her fumble about. She was having some motor issues, it seemed. When Dokutoru regenerated he was tripping over his own feet.

Walking through the doorway, there was the usual hall of about a dozen doors before it split into a fork. Two different paths lead into a total labyrinth. A maze that Dokutoru had gotten lost in for days once.

Instead of proceeding down, Dokutoru opened one of the first doors and moved through it. On the right was a washroom, the left was a wardroom split into "male" and "female". It was very large, of course. The male section was noticeably more messy, clothes thrown about without care to put them back on the racks. "Uh... I had a gremlin infestation. Darn things were playing with the clothes." He rubbed the back of his head, messing his slightly wet, slate blue hair as he looked to the woman, neck craned slightly and a hint of guilt on his face. If she could sense when people were lying her signals would be flashing red.

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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Raika » Thu May 16, 2013 10:59 pm

So it was the seals that let me get here.... That was one mystery solved as she accepted his help to her feet, wobbling on her feet like a fresh hatchling. For all of Dokutoru-san's clan's genius, you'd think they'd find a way to make the transition easier, really. Her shapeshifting never resulted in feeling this clumsy....

But when she heard that the TASAM had gone off-course to come and find her, she couldn't help but smile as she gazed upon the pulsing orange lights, murmuring, "Thanks old girl...."

Up the familiar steps, Dokutoru-san smirking at her in the corner of her eye as she carefully wobbled along, and through one door followed by one of the first in the hallway and he was actually making excuses about the mess. She didn't need her nose to notice that little white lie as she grinned. "Gremlins, of course. Naughty little creatures. Now then, if you don't mind, kind sir... out."

A shooing motion with a smile to soften it; and when he had left the room, she moved to the washroom and disrobed in the shower, turning it on to let warm water wash away blood from skin, hair, and scale-cloth alike. She'd have to ask him for a blank scroll and some ink so she could store the remains properly until she could figure out how to reabsorb them....

A mirror in the bathroom came in handy after her shower, and she laughed. She nearly looked like she could be his sister, with her matching coloring and the way her body had altered... which was really to be expected. She'd had no time to pick apart what did what in his DNA since the last time she'd seen him, so she'd had to overwrite most of her own in order to be certain that regeneration would kick in in time. It was no wonder her senses had dulled and she was so weak.... Dokutoru-san could probably outmatch her in strength now. A lift of her bangs revealed her star-shaped seal to be hidden away as she'd hoped.

Steps that grew surer by the minute took her to the wardrobe, and soon the women's side looked just as messy as the men's.... By the end of it she was in a black leather jacket with a white tank top underneath, dark blue jeans, military boots, and fingerless black gloves. She ran her fingers through long hair, using a bit of red ribbon to tie it back into a ponytail.

A glance in the mirror and she nodded, pleased, before cleaning up the clothes and hanging them back up, even those on the men's side which had been practically in the same spot the last time she had been in this room; it was a good way to settle into this new body while she thought.

Her chakra still wasn't responding properly; she had no idea if elements remained the same after regeneration or not, but... it was perfectly possible that it had changed.

That meant that all of her shapeshifting and phasing and most of her healing capabilities... were gone, at least until she could reverse the process. Her castle's networks had everything she'd need, if she could figure out how to safely revert. She had a recent copy of her DNA in the system in case something like this ever happened, as well as all of the techniques she'd need sealed into the system for its use.

And yet... despite the dangers, and despite the fact that she'd be lying to Dokutoru-san... there was a wish to stay like this and adventure with the lonely time traveler. Pretend that she wasn't dealing with everything she was. At least for a little while... or a long while. After all, she could live for as long as she liked in the TASAM and still go back to the day she left, right?

A tired, sad smile formed on her lips for a moment. She was running away.

And then the moment passed, and her smile grew warm as she crossed the cleared floor and opened the door, promptly giving her old friend a handshake and a smile.

"Tenshi. And thanks a lot, really. I'm not sure what I would've done if you hadn't shown up."
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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Oddric » Fri May 17, 2013 7:44 pm

"Oh! Yes, of course." A faint blush colored the man's cheeks as he exited the expansive room, closing the door behind him. Back against the door, he bit his inner cheek as his eyes lowered. Something wasn't right.

Dokutoru walked through the open doorway that lead back to the main console room of the TASAM, quickly moving down the steps as he put his hands on the large control panel. His green-blue eyes looking up at the glass cylinder. "Why did you bring me to her? If she is a... clansman, and she's just regenerating, what's the danger? She was totally safe." His hands waved and arms extended as he spoke, mimicking his emotions.

He paused, looking away the glowing of the cylinder as he begun to circle the console. "So what is it. What is it about her? Something's off... and you could sense it. That's why you brought me to her. But what is it?" Dokutoru stopped, rubbing the back of head again. He gave an audible "ow" as he pulled his hand away from his hair, noting a couple stray blue strands tangled in his fingers.

"I know." Dokutoru moved his eyes from the blue hairs in his hand and to the towel on the railing. He needed some of her DNA. Running over, he picked up the cloth and then raced over to a small white pillar among the buttons and levers of the console. He placed the bloody part of the towel onto the blank screen at the top of the cylinder, causing it glow briefly as writing appeared on the screen and collapsed onto the area where the blood was pressed against before expanding and disappearing. Raising a hand, Dokutoru moved a monitor above the console toward him, adjusting the screen so he could look at it. "The blood on her face should be of hers, not this incarnation of her, but of her nonetheless. You have every existing Kouinjoutei on record in your database..." He looked up at orange glowing wisps of the TASAM. "...Tell me who she is."

INCONCLUSIVE

"What?" His eyebrows furrowed. "That doesn't make sense... unless the blood isn't her own. Or..." He bit his inner cheek, eyes suddenly darting to the open doorway that lead into the hallway of the TASAM. "...Or she doesn't exist in our database. She could not even be born yet, according to our village's present." He tapped his fingers against his cheek as he spun around to lean against the console. "I'll have to check the records again. I need to be sure, I need to get some DNA of her in this incarnation of her."

Of course, the TASAM wouldn't have Omoi in its database. Especially not the Kouinjoutei-based one. However, if Dokutoru was to get anything from her, a strand of hair, a spot of blood, he would give it the TASAM who would spit back the acknowledgement that this girl was indeed in the database. The TASAM would say that she was Kurokku Kouinjoutei.

Dokutoru's arm extended to tap against the blank cylinder as he heard his guest leave the wardrobe room, removing the program and the message on the monitor before using a single hand to slap it against the computer screen and move it a couple meters from its current position. "Not a bad clothing selection, eh?" He said, pushing off the console and walking to meet his blue haired mystery.

Tenshi... it didn't ring a bell.

It was a game now, in a way. A battle between "Tenshi" and Dokutoru, Dokutoru working to figure out who Tenshi was, what she was all about, and Tenshi working to keep her identity a secret. Dokutoru looked a mystery, he loved an investigation, he loved a challenge, he wasn't about to let her go so easily.

"What do you mean?" He laughed, giving Tenshi a handshake back. "It's only regeneration! You would have been all right! It doesn't take much to transport yourself back to the Time Village, anyway. It's true what they say about regeneration, you know. It really does work; any injuries you get after regenerating just... heals itself. Your excess regeneration energy really does protect you... for about a dozen hours anyway." Dokutoru smiled arm retracting back to himself as he looked over his new friend's interesting choice of clothing. "It can definitely be scary, though. I sort of felt like a new man walked away after I changed. I know I appreciated the company I had after going through that."

He was picking apart everything she said, how she acted, looking for clues. Nothing particularly jumped out at him but... he knew something would eventually. Something had to.

"Dokutoru, by the way." After a bit of inner turmoil of what to say his name was, he decided to go with the usual alias. It was his safest bet. "I don't mean to pry but... how exactly did it happen? I'm guessing it didn't happen in our village, but somewhere on Earth. Given that is where you 'landed'. And... covered in blood, no less. Was that your blood? It looked awfully serious." Genuine concern was in his eyes, but also an intense curiosity.

Who are you...?

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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Raika » Fri May 17, 2013 8:52 pm

"Yeah... all mine. One minute I was walking through a forest, the next... I was... falling? And then I landed, and everything around me was practically out of one of my worst nightmares." She shivered despite her jacket, hugging herself as she continued, "...something attacked me and I panicked. The damage was more than enough for regeneration to kick in, and then I was where you found me. Couldn't've landed more than a minute or two before you did. But... whatever that place was, it didn't feel like earth." She shook her head, trying to rid herself of the terrifying memory before smiling again, though a bit more timidly.

"Dokutoru.... I'm sorry to ask any more of you, but... could I perhaps travel with you for a while? If you'd rather not, that's fine, but...."

She hesitated, eyes growing downcast as her shoulders slumped ever so slightly, hands still holding onto the opposite arm's bicep.

"...I can't say I know where 'home' is anymore."

It was true. Ever since Kumo's destruction and her beloved's betrayal, she'd felt lost, going from one anchor to another to try to settle herself. So far... it hadn't worked well.

He didn't know who she was right now, but... even with how he felt about the rest of his clan, she couldn't imagine him ignoring someone in her position. It just wouldn't make sense given the man she knew. And yet... could she really say she knew him very well at all?
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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Oddric » Sat May 18, 2013 11:37 pm

How much could he pry, he wondered. As Dokutoru listened he tried picking apart everything she said. They were strangers, after all, he wasn't expecting a full blown explanation. It was wishful thinking, anyway. He was thrown out of his sort of trance as Tenshi popped the question.

"Oh. Really?" Straightening his back, he briefly glanced away from the girl before looking back again. "I... suppose I know the feeling. As amazing as the Time Village is, as the Land of Space is, Earth is so much more exciting." He laughed, arms folding across his purple waist coat, a spot of blood still stained his undershirt. "I'm sure you've realized. People there know how to have fun, they know... emotions and love and loss and dancing and food!" He slapped his hands together, rubbing them as he gave his companion a smile, a fire in his eyes. "Soup! I was off to get some soup! A nice warm..." He clenched the air, "...meaty soup! Chicken, sausage... oh, oh and vegetables and just... everything!" He stopped, blinking once before looking away from Tenshi and rubbing his own face.

There it was. The comfortableness and the insanity that just had to follow it.

"Sorry. I'm just really hungry." He grinned, pointing at the main console before looking at Tenshi. His head nodded toward it. "What do you say, wanna drive her? Anywhere! Any time!" Dokutoru doubted there was a bad point in civilization for soup. "Unless you're all... wonky and still cooking on the inside. She is a bit sensitive anyway, my TASAM. Most times I have trouble getting her where I want to go."

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PostPosted by Raika » Sat May 18, 2013 11:56 pm

Almost as if her body were reacting to his words, pain flared in her chest and she grabbed the railing in a white-knuckled grip, hacking up more of the glowy-stuff. Was it excess energy from the regeneration? Maybe. Either way, it hurt like hell when it wanted to come up.

She waited with a grimace for any more signs of coughing up more energy before she relaxed with a sheepish smile.

"Still cooking and wonky, I think.... And I've never... actually... driven one," she blushed in embarrassment, glancing to the floor for a moment before looking up at her old friend. "But... maybe you could teach me? It'd come in handy, I bet." Her smile had turned hopeful, and a bit shy with the request, but maybe he'd agree.

Learning to drive the TASAM would honestly be amazing. Even if she'd only be able to use her skills when he showed up, the simple knowledge of how the TASAM worked would be more than enough, even if she could never allow herself apply it to her work on Earth.

Meanwhile, an angry growl alerted her to how empty her stomach was, though there was an odd craving for something fluffy and buttery and sweet all at once, though she hadn't the slightest idea what that could be. She'd have to ask Dokutoru later; for now, the soup would be more than enough as she smiled, again sheepish. "And... soup or any kind of food would be wonderful."
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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Oddric » Sun May 19, 2013 6:36 pm

Dokutoru shrugged at her comment at never having driven a TASAM before, giving her an expression that read "so what?" But, then it dawned on him, he would have to show her how to operate his old girl. Which would be interesting, given Dokutoru essentially taught himself how to drive the TASAM. He hardly knew more than just the pure basics, and even then his understanding was built on a rough foundation. But hell, why not?

"Sure, let's give it a shot!" Notice how he said "let's". "Come on!" Grabbing Tenshi's wrist, Dokutoru moved over the console system. Dimly lit buttons flashing, tons of levers and knobs, and blank surfaces on top of white columns to draw seals... it was all quite complicated.

"Before you start operating her like she's some sort of machine, you just have to sort of... feel the TASAM. And I don't mean that in a superficial way, I mean like the TASAM is actually a living thing. Not quite in the way we're used to, but living nonetheless, it has a soul." Dokutoru released Tenshi's arm, using his hand to pat the central glass cylinder. "And it's lifeblood is the time vortex itself. Kouinjoutei like us have a connection with the TASAM, any model variant of it. I think that's something a lot of them don't understand. Damn fools..." He muttered to toward the end. "There's a logical way to go about poking buttons and tuning knobs... and then there's the real way. Or the fun way, depending on how you looked at it." Cue the madman's grin as he stepped back from the console and leaned back against the railing. "Think of where you want to go, connect yourself with the TASAM, and let her guide you in operating the console to drive her. This takes practice, and there's always going to be mistakes, but this is how it's done. So, go ahead and give it a shot!" He pointed at a rather large lever a meter from the girl's grasp. "Don't forget to pull the lever at the end. Always pull the lever!" He found that out the hard way.

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PostPosted by Raika » Sun May 19, 2013 7:40 pm

Teal eyes stared at the layout of the controls for a moment before looking up at the pulsing orange lights, palms resting against the console's edge as she watched the colors.

...you heard me when I screamed, didn't you? That's why you came running, bringing Dokutoru with you.... He and I had to start you running again, way back at the time before anything existed. And you've carried him and I safely so many times. Him more than me, but still. Ne, TASAM... don't let me pilot you anywhere dangerous, alright? We're just hoping for some nice soup, after all, heheh.

She smiled slightly, her gaze turning back to the controls.

Ah, but where could we find good soup? Soup... soup....

In her mind's eye snow was falling quietly at night, lights shining along streets still bustling with villagers... and she remembered the scents of good food from one restaurant in particular.

She blinked back into awareness just as her hand pulled the lever, switches flicked and knobs turned in ways they hadn't been before, and the TASAM rumbled to life, shaking in a familiar way--as she lost her unfamiliar balance, stumbling back into her friend and nearly toppling them both before she grabbed hold of the rail.

It was only then that she realized something that she wasn't sure he had considered.

"Dokutoru... do you even have any money?"
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PostPosted by Oddric » Sun May 19, 2013 9:02 pm

Still leaning against the metal railing that provided as a barrier between the raised platform and the floor, Dokutoru watched Tenshi closely as she readied herself to operate the TASAM. His watching over her was more than just a teacher, or for concern of how she would handle his TASAM, but of how well she would do. How well she would connect the living ship, and vice versa.

"Woo hoo!" He couldn't help but shout as Tenshi put her hand on the final lever. The man had actually moved away from the railing in anticipation as she went to work, forgetting what was about to take place as the TASAM slipped into the time vortex and hurled through space. "Woo hoooo!" Shouted the man again as he stumbled forward, holding onto the edges of the console.

"That was wonderful, Tenshi! For your first time, you looked like you had a few hours of practice!" Laughing, his feet nearly slipped out from under him. "Maybe she just likes you!" He briefly glanced up at the glowing wisps. Almost falling forward, Dokutoru pushed himself back, he was careful not to touch any part of the console. Very careful; more so than usual, in fact.

Looking to Tenshi his mouth twitched to a grin. "Of course! I hardly ever use the stuff, but, I have some in my... oh, my coat!" Throwing himself off the console, Dokutoru stumbled over to the railing. "Oof!" Hitting the metal thing, Dokutoru reached out to grab his brown frock coat, just as the TASAM slowed to a stop.

Straightening out his back, Dokutoru threw the coat on himself, hiding the blood stain on his shoulder. One arm after the other as he bounced down the stairs and toward the exit door. Not before giving one the white columns near the console a pat, as if showing affection for his ship. "People give me money as gifts quite often... I always tell them no, but, they can be really convincing." He looked back at his companion and gave a smile before his eyes flicked to the monitor of the TASAM for just a moment. Thanks to the love tap, it was processing the DNA Tenshi had threw all over the console as she pressed buttons and tuned knobs. Dokutoru would access it later.

One hand on the door, it slid open and Dokutoru stepped outside. It was snowing, barely. "A bit chilly! They'll definitely have soup here." Stepping out of the doorway and into the narrow alleyway, Dokutoru turned to look at what the clever ship disguised itself as. "A chunk of the wall... hah. That's-- oh." Scratching his hairless chin, Dokutoru inhaled lightly as he clenched his teeth together in concern. A chunk of brick fell from the wall, several cracks spreading from the chunk of the wall that belonged to the TASAM. "Sort of a rough landing but... totally okay." A shrug indicated that he wasn't worried about it.

"This is the right place, isn't it? Not that I'd suppose you could tell from an alley." His voice softened as he turned on his heel, looking at the slim scenery. "Warm enough? You could always grab something from the wardrobe if you felt the need." She knew where it was, after all. The leather jacket seemed a good insulator, though.

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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Raika » Sun May 19, 2013 9:55 pm

She grinned at his praise, but....

The way he was being so careful not to touch the console....

A light laugh at his comments about money as she followed him downstairs, and teal eyes darted in the direction of his glance for a moment before looking back at him, as light-hearted as before.

...she'd been careless, and he was more sneaky than she'd ever realized; the latter was thought with a bit of fondness, though the former was still a cause for concern.

How would she stop it....

Her gaze looked up at the cracks in the wall and she grimaced for a moment before shivering.

"Actually... I think I will go grab a coat. Be right back!"

And then she was darting back inside, pausing by the console to place an affectionate kiss against the glass with its orange lights within.

Please, TASAM, don't let him find out about me yet. You know how much I care about him. But... I'm worried he'll start trying too hard and worrying too much if he finds out who I am. I just want to be able to be carefree for a while longer. Please... can you make that test be inconclusive? I'm not really him, after all, it'd be silly for him to think I am.... And there's still just enough of my own DNA in me, isn't there? Please.... But... even if you can't, it's not like it's your fault in the first place. It's all mine for being selfish and foolish. Either way... thank you.

And as she straightened, she could've sworn she saw a new pulse of orange within the light, and her lips curved back into a smile before she went into the hallway and the dressing room... only to stop and stare in bemusement at the man garbed in a red leather jacket.

"Who the hell are you?"
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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Oddric » Mon May 20, 2013 6:28 pm

With a raised eyebrow, he watched Tenshi dart back into the TASAM. "Oh. All right." Dokutoru took a small step forward, briefly extending one of his arms, as if to stop Tenshi and say something. "...I guess I'll wait here then." Giving up, the man took a few steps in reverse. Leaning now against the other side of the brick wall in the alley, he folded his arms across his very fashionable frock coat. Or at least, he thought it was in style.




Joining Tenshi in the wardrobe room was a man several inches taller than Dokutoru himself. His red overcoat was accompanied by a brown dress shirt underneath that all matched quite well with his auburn eyes and short auburn hair. "The TASAM interface system. Currently, the system shows itself as Myoushu Kouinjoutei. One of the top contributors to the building of this model of TASAM." The man flickered, indicating its reality was simply a projection. A hologram. "You have activated the 'Help' option in the interface. What support do you require?"




Stepping through the open door of the TASAM, Dokutoru swiftly moved up the steps to the raised platform and over to the monitor screen above the console. Eyes on the console, Dokutoru tapped the white column below it. "Quickly now. Show me who she is." He muttered, head leaning to the side to the stairs leading up to the long hallway.

KUROKKU KOUINJOUTEI

A picture of Dokutoru's first incarnation flashed on the screen, with his true name just above. "Oh, that can't be right." He chewed his inner cheek, shaking his head. "My finger prints are all over the place, she must have just read mine instead of her's." Dokutoru looked up to the door that lead to the hallway again, his hand pressing against the blank screen on top of the white pillar that caused the monitor screen to turn blank and erase the program.

Circling around the console and pausing at the bottom of the stairs, Dokutoru cocked his head to one side. "Tenshi?" He called out, taking the first step up the flight of stairs. "Are you all right in there? Don't go getting lost! ...Please!" He added.

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Re: Tick Tock Goes the Clock (Oddy)

PostPosted by Raika » Mon May 20, 2013 7:27 pm

"But how did--oh.... Oh, old girl, that wasn't what I meant... oh well," she laughed lightly.

Hopefully her companion wouldn't get too imaginative when he got the DNA result. Curiosity filled teal eyes as she met the hologram's gaze... before she shook her head.

Her best guess was that one of the TASAM's possible forms of "support" would be information access, and the questions she had.... Well, they were either questions she didn't want to find out from a source other than Dokutoru himself, or questions she didn't consider majorly important right now.

"Right now... I think I'm fine on my own, actually. Dokutoru and I have soup to find, and the restaurant'll only stay open for so long. If we can get there without some kind of craziness getting in the way," she giggled, grinning. "Thank you, though... for coming to find me. I probably would've been in real trouble if you hadn't, even if Dokutoru doesn't realize it.... Anyway, I'll just grab a coat and be on my way before he gets too worried. See you when we get back, old girl!"

And then she had pulled a dark blue trench coat from the wardrobe and was headed out the door, putting one arm and then the other into the sleeves overtop her leather jacket, getting it on just before she walked back into the control room, giving her friend a sheepish smile.

"Sorry. Got distracted when I accidentally activated the old girl's help interface.... Popped up as some guy named Myoushu who helped design this model. I consider myself pretty intelligent, but I can't even imagine the kind of minds it'd take to build a TASAM." She looked towards the console, giving a soft whistle of appreciation at the thought. She'd honestly never even thought about who had designed and made the old girl; the TASAM was just... so fantastic on its own.
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