Who: Rei and...[open, yo]What: Nothing expect Rei's tattoo going nuts?Where: Erm. Let's say...around Upper DesaiWhen: Sometime during the eveningEven when things somehow settled down, garenteed there'd be someting to have Rei muttering and fretting under her breath. The bodies all around town, mutilated and torn up? That didn't suit Rei's stomach well, even if it was about a week ago. Rei had successfully blocked it out -- no, forced it out of her mind, so she could forget about it. But..Rei was coming down a small path, just past a few buildings. Taking her camera along in her backpack was a growing force of habit, just in case she would slip off again. The cold weather of fall had to be sinking in, to Rei, since it would explain the nipping cold feeling she was having. And there was snow? Rei had to glance back up to see a perfectly clear sky, when she swore a flurry of snow passed along her nose. The hell?Just when Rei was about to move forward again, that sharp jabbing pain was stabbing her in the back, causing Rei to step slowly forward, grasping her back (or sides, if anything), to do anything to ease the pain. The tattoo was manifesting again, crawling down her arms in a snake-like fashion. Great. Anywhere but here...when Rei had gotten off work. Slowly, but surely, Rei was going to ignore the ghostly figures in her eyesight now, taking a moment to hunch over and collect herself.It was covering her...
Right. Well, at least the body count was getting lower now. The young boy leaned an elbow on one of the trees, a small frown on his lips. He didn't suppose that was something he should brag about if anyone was to ask him how Desai was. 'Oh well, if you're impressed by a world where body pile-ups are clear in less than three days, I suggest you take a trip.' Hah. At least it would give some of those fuddy duddies back home something to think about. Some of those people back on the Legacy probably had no idea about how many worlds there really were.Lucky bastards.With an agravated sigh, Jay turned about, shaking his head. Maybe he should go home again... What if the Oresoren missed him? He snapped himself out of the thought quickly. Uh huh. Like they actually cared. No one really cared when it came down to it.Walking forward, he was caught slightly off guard by the woman near by. How long had she been there? He was never supposed to be the one snuck up on! Oh. No, wait. It seemed to be just another one of those hunched over bodies. Huffing, the boy shot forward, wondering if he should complain to the Mayor or not. Well, the right thing to do at least was to get it out of the way. With his arms forward he reached out to touch the figure, hesitated, and pulled back. "Are you -- alive?"
Any sort of contact, along with a sudden cold feeling? Yeah that was enough for Rei to snap her head up, having the tattoo barely touch her cheeks. Barely pressing off from the ground, Rei took a few steps away, hunched over, hearing those etheral cries of some restless spirits...No, she was awake. She had to be."Don't touch me!" Rei held out her palm, leaning against the wall. The tattoo by now had her arms decently covered. But she wasn't going to allow that demented shrine maiden pass her curse, right through her body. Especially from someone so young.The question was, was she even awake, not alive...
More puzzled than he was startled, Jay retracted his hands, studying the woman. Was she -- sane? And what was that strange thing on her arms? His violet eyes quickly scanned over her, trying to size her up. Was she a threat? Was she just playing in order to draw him in?"What's wrong with you?" he shot. It was better to know your situaiton before diving in head first. Instinctively, a hand reached into his sleeve and gripped his dagger.If she was going to strike, he had to be three steps ahead.
What the -- it wasn't like Rei was going to come after anyone right at the moment. Especially feeling so suddenly exhausted, with the new snow flakes flickering down. Oh, snow...it always--That didn't forbode well. In response, Rei inhaled sharply, closing her eyes, trying to regain the pain from the mark, "Just don't...touch me," Rei responded a little more testy than before. All she needed was for someone else to become cursed. She never meant to be rude, but that could solve the problem, keeping anyone away. From the looks of it, Rei was visibly tired, leaning against the wall with her eyes closed, crossed arms, "It's a curse."
With his eyes planted firmly on his subject, Jay didn't move an inch. Something wasn't right here. None of this felt right. The snow fell in his pereferal vision, but still, he didn't move or turn to examine it more closely. And besides, this woman was far more interesting anyway.What was wrong with her? A curse? Right, well, it looked a little more serious than any little voodoo chant he had ever seen before. Of course, those never really worked anyway. Was her markings the work of Eres? No, she certainly didn't look like an Eren. Not special in the least."Mhm. A curse," the spy rolled his eyes, and moved closer towards her. "If you don't get out of here there's going to be a little bit more to worry about than your obvious need for a shower." That -- was dirt wasn't it? That was the only explination."Are you homeless? Is that the problem?" Jay was never one to just sit and wait for the answers that he wanted to come to him. "If you need some place to clean up I have a hotel room always available for cases like you," he reached forward, not having listened to her prior warning. "Just come with me."
And when he moved closer, Rei withdrew more steps back, keeping her eyes clear on her surroundings. Oh, yeah, no one was going to believe the curse thing, unless that Stroller Grandma of a ghost rolled by. Even then, Rei could hear one of the handmaidens of the shrine maiden whispering and giggling.Rei pulled her head back, groaning in pain, as the tattoo moved around on her arms, just like a snake. Dropping down, Rei sank her head in her free arm, while the other held her side, "No...!" Rei afirmed anymore ridiculous question, "I'm not going anywhere! Let me go home...on my own..."Homeless? God, if Rei wasn't so polite and gentle, she swore she'd bat his hand away.
Unfortunately for Rei, Jay wasn't the kind of boy who just listened and did as he was told. Far from it. The time for taking orders from others, for following them blindly -- was long since over for him. "Don't be stupid," he nearly hissed, getting agravated by her lack of compliance. "There's obviously something wrong with you," he spoke his accusations aloud. Not like he had to hide his opinions. ... not anymore, at least.With his frown deepening at the corners of his mouth, the boy lurched forward again, grabbing hold of the woman's arm tightly, and trying to pull her upwards. "If you refuse to come with me then at least get yourself out of this -- snow!"
Whatever. Rei didn't care if she looked mad, especially seeing one of those hand maidens, those freaky little girls with the hammer and chisel run pass by, right in front of Rei's eyes. She froze on the spot, failing to see the hand grabbing her. See, it wasn't supposed to snow, in the end of summer. At least, not in Japan, anyway. Feeling the hand on her, the tattoo was feeling like hot needles pinning her skin now, "What are you doing?!" Rei turned around, now panic settled in. She jerked he hand violently away, "Don't you see?! It doesn't snow like this! ...Ever!"And no, she wasn't the shrine maiden, either. Her camera that she had was useless, too. And when the maiden representing the south appeared again? Rei panicked, "I'm not your shrine maiden!" Rei whispered to the ghostly figure that appeared.
Having been shaken off, Jay took a half step back. He wasn't scared. No, of course he wasn't. Being scared was for people who still believed in emotions. For those that hadn't been trained enough to keep themselves in line.His expression turned down into a scowl. "Last I checked, there weren't supposed to be bodies lining the streets either," he retorted, "so unless you want to sit here with me and have a conversation about what's normal and what's not in Desai, I suggest you get back to where ever you call home." He wasn't much in the mood to help her anymore, anyway.Out of the corner of his eye, something moved. He snapped his attention in the direction in question, but saw nothing. ... Must have just been his eyes playing tricks on him. Right?"I didn't ask you if you were a shrine maiden," he was getting to be as confused as he was frustrated.
Normality was one thing that was few and a rare thing in between. Rei wasn't sure if she was asleep or awake anymore. Even the normal world was starting to blur now, "But now...you're going to be pulled in, too," Rei noted. She didn't care if she sound cryptic. Maybe a bit of her was irked now with her current presence.Rei should have been used to any sort of shadow beings, even as she was praying the shrine maiden wouldn't show herself. That might change, even when the handmaidens would appear so often, in Rei's dreams. And as fate would have it, Rei had jump away from a ghastly pair of hands with a hammer and spike at her feet, moving as far away as she could, "Not you -- them. They think I'm...her."She was sick of this, even as she could hear those girls giggle and whisper about her -- about Yuu or anything. Rei wanted distance, holding her head in her hands, "I just want to wake up...Let me wake up!"