08 February 2013 @ 03:13 pm
[Having returned to the Pagoda after the Doctor left, Kariya wasn't aware of anything strange at first. She was often alone at the Pagoda, except for the dogs. But days passed, and the once lively Vine was still and silent. There were no messages. Hour by hour, she began to feel more alone and more puzzled.

So she left the Pagoda and the dogs that followed her like attendants while she was there. Surely someone was still around? Her shuffling, limping gait was unhurried. She'd been healed somewhat by the snakes, but the worms continued their interior assault, and she was growing worse again, day by day. There was another way to assuage the pain and halt her deterioration, but that wasn't an option she'd chosen to take, so this was her lot. She could bear it. If she died again, she'd be revived again, and it would continue until she was able to find her way home, back to the War. It was odd, to have such a distant feeling about her own death, but things were different here. Death was different.

It was so quiet in the Gardens. Among the trees and flowers, she heard birds calling but no human voices. She felt like the last person in the world. It was an odd, lonely feeling. Kariya made her slow way to the orchard, to the silent arcade, to the lake of blood, and finally, found herself at the pale crumbled ruins at the center of everything. She rested a hand on the cool, white stone to hold herself up. Where was everyone?

And last, she reached out for a tendril of Vine and asked:

Hello, is anyone there?
13 December 2012 @ 04:12 pm

[to find herself in an unfamiliar place and unable to sense Natori's presence was... just a bit worrying. but there was no immediate panic, no. Hiiragi had spent most of the day silently going about, searching for her master and an exit.

so neither could be found. alright then.

it isn't until a few hours of fruitless searching later that Hiiragi accidentally brushes against the vines, a scroll unfurling and a pen offered to her. there's a long pause of debate as to whether she should simply move on or investigate it further; the youkai takes her own brush and ink out of her sleeve, and after a moment of hesitation, experimentally swipes a couple lines across the surface. basically all you get to see is this:]


[a woman wearing a horned one-eyed mask can be found around the gardens, heading nowhere in particular yet with a sense of urgency. if she spots your character but they're human, she'll walk right past them without a second glance. but if they're anything other, she'll be turning her head in their direction and slightly slowing her pace.]
13 December 2012 @ 04:29 pm
[A. Video]
[From the looks of things, Nue isn't dressed in her usual dark colors today. Instead, she's wearing the red and white uniform of a Hakurei shrine maiden, meaning she must have finally taken Reimu up on the punishment she had ordered a while back. The fact that the image's backdrop is the Hakurei shrine and she has a broom in hand makes this pretty obvious, too.]

[That isn't what she wants to talk about, though. She just got bored with sweeping, and there's been something else on her mind, too.]

So... Do you think that Pirate Queen is actually going to keep her word? [Her wings flick back and forth like tails behind her, the movement seeming somehow irritable. Apparently, she's incensed just thinking about it.] It's not like I gave her something I can't just make more of, but still. I'm going to be mad if she doesn't come back like she said she would.

[The truth is, Nue is just impatient. It's been a week and a half, maybe, and she's already getting antsy. But she asked for something she hopes will cheer Sanae up, so she's anxious to get her hands on it now.]

[B. Action]
[Alternately, you could come see her sweeping at the shrine in person. Or you could catch her around the fortress later in the day; she still isn't living at the shrine 24/7 now, so she has to go back there if she wants to change out of those stupid miko robes after she's done with her stupid chores.]

[In any case, people picking this option should BEWARE OF ATTACKING MISTLETOE!! Indicate whether or not you want youkai smooches in either an OOC note or a PM.]
19 November 2012 @ 12:24 pm
-The voice on the other end is... tired. Weak from fasting. But probably from spending days upon days crying in her room as well. No one is keeping score.-

If my miracle powers were working... I could solve this famine. Why won't they work? Why can't I do any good here?

... I really am just taking up space, aren't I? A waste of everyone's time...
18 November 2012 @ 04:22 pm
Greetings, I am speaking today to ask what may seem like an odd question.

[Despite it being an odd question, Alice looks rather serious when she proceeds to ask it. The use of video was to hopefully get the attention of more people.]

For this question, let us assume the following scenario. You find yourself in possession of a life sized replica, or puppet, of someone that you know. As it is a puppet of sorts, it is not a perfect recreation, but it appears to be the same until further investigation. You are able to control it's every single motion, but it is only able to do anything that you yourself are capable of doing,

If you were to be in this situation, what would you do?
18 November 2012 @ 05:30 pm

[Last time she did this it was through text, but now she’s shed that formality. Behind Black Jack is a decently sized wood and slate tiled home, placed precariously close to the Viridian Pavilion and in roughly the same patch of land where it had previously stood.]

I’ve remade my clinic, for anyone who cares.

[Apathy. She does it well.]

Although I’d put money on people preferring the local healer or Dr. Holiday over me, but my previous offer still stands.

There’s always a price for treatment.

12 November 2012 @ 01:08 pm
[Eiko doesn't look all that great as she frowns into the vine.  She went a little overboard after discovering sugar skulls with Shiiko's name on them and finding out she could relive some of their childhood memories through them.  Almost a dozen skulls later and...]

Is there a doctor of some kind in the Garden?
11 November 2012 @ 04:53 pm
[Ky knows her last question didn't exactly go well, or get her the answers that she wanted, but this time it's not about religion, so it should go better, right?

She thinks about filtering it from Dizzy, but she doesn't need to hide from Dizzy that she's working on this, not when she'd promised Dizzy she would.]

What do you do when you know what you're feeling is wrong, in order to stop feeling it?

Just trying to focus on other things isn't working.
02 November 2012 @ 06:26 pm
[When the Vine opens up, there's no one to be seen on screen. Instead, it simply displays what has probably by now become a familiar landmark in the Gardens — Jessica's fortress. Just when you might think this is an accidental video of some kind, Nue speaks. Her voice seems to come from somewhere directly below the recording mirror. The truth of the matter is that she's sitting with her back against whatever the Vine happens to be perched on on her end. This is the first anyone will have heard from her in the days since her death at the hands of the woman in the well, Nue having been staying out of sight and sleeping in public places rather than returning to what had been her home.]

Hey. This place is empty, right? I looked around inside, and all I could find were robots. [Though said robots seem to have been doing a good job of keeping the place clean. Not a lot of dust to be found, which just makes staying there all the more appealing to her.] Because... I don't think I'm going to stay at the shrine anymore. So if no one is using in this place, I think I'll just live here from now on.

[She goes quiet for a few seconds, the image on screen unchanging. Then, eventually, she says,] That's all I have to say. I just— I wanted to make sure it was empty, and I thought I should say something in case anyone actually cares where I am.

Voice - Private to Yuyuko )

Text - Private to Kariya & Reimu )

[ ooc: The public portion is also open to action. ]
21 October 2012 @ 05:30 pm
-Maybe you were just out for a walk. Maybe you had somewhere to be. Errands to run. Someone to visit. Food to obtain. Either way, odds were on that you were just minding your own business.

But all that changed when the Moriya Shrine Maiden attacked!-

Miracle "Mid-Day Supernova"!!!

Stop right there, youkai! It's my job to purify this land and that means exterminating you!!

-Wuh oh. Seems like someone's listened to the well woman's song. Any non-human character is in danger of being attacked. She'll be perfectly friendly with humans, though.-
20 October 2012 @ 07:05 pm
[With the singing, the woman in the well, and the nightmares, it's obvious that the Gardens are keying up for something to happen. But what? It's hard to say, but it can't be good. After all, it never is, is it?]

[Maybe you're on edge. Maybe you aren't. It doesn't matter, because either way, when you venture outside at night, there's a strange, otherworldly-sounding keening to be heard in the distance. It doesn't matter where you go; once it begins, it doesn't stop, no matter how hard you try to escape it. Did you think whatever is happening would be so easy to avoid?]

[Whether you expected it or not, the sound follows you, growing louder and louder as more time passes. Eerie wailing and unsettling moaning comes from one side, then another. Something crashes through the branches overhead, or maybe the foliage underfoot, and occasionally there's a whistling of air when that something swoops through the starry sky above. Gradually, the sounds begin to close in, cackling laughter occasionally heard among the other cries.]

[What do you do?]

ooc notes )
[It's Holiday! And she's walking around with two Halloween cupcakes in her hands. No, she wasn't going to eat both of them.]

Hey, everyone. I just wanted to let you ladies know that Alessa and me are moving into the clinic. And don't worry about it, I'm going to make half of it nice and homey, so it'll be fine. No one's going to go crazy staring at white walls all day.

[Her cupcake is moving.]

Sorry for such short notice to Jessica and Gal, though. I really appreciate you opening up your home to me, but I've been planning on moving into the clinic full-time anyway. Feel free to stop by and visit whenever. And that goes for all of-


[She finally noticed the spider trying to crawl up her arm. Now cupcakes are flying everywhere and she's stomping around. The Vine seems to get tired of this and stops the video.]
11 October 2012 @ 05:49 pm
[The image of a rather unhappy Sayaka fills the mirror. Some people have left, but one of those that managed to leave has left Sayaka in a bout of denial, with a rather easy idea to latch onto, even if it is false.]

Hey, something happened again and I missed it, right? Another mass abduction, or a note showing the way to some sort of treasure that went up when I was asleep? Or a multi day sleepover? Anything?

[Of course, nothing of the sort has actually happened. It's just that someone she had grown fond of is no longer there.

She's still handling it better than the last time part of her life went bad.]
08 October 2012 @ 06:31 pm
[Nue appears to be sitting somewhere high up, because the only thing that can be seen in the background is sky. Behind her back, her six red and blue limbs swish back and forth, the movement uncertain and a little agitated.]

Um... I guess I should apologize for the way I acted when our bodies were mixed up. [She sounds a little awkward as she says it, like she isn't used apologizing and definitely not for something like being a little cranky. For whatever reason, though, she doesn't want her behavior to reflect badly on Kariya, so this seems like the thing to do. She scratches her cheek a little.] I was the one in Kariya's body. So if I was cranky or snapped at you, you should be mad at me and not her, okay?

[...That's all she has to say, she guesses, but she doesn't wave the Vine away just yet. Instead, she mulls something over for a few seconds longer, and then she speaks again.]

...Er. Kariya! Are you feeling well, by the way? If you see this, I mean.
07 October 2012 @ 11:08 pm
[Here, have a "new" arrival. Her scarred visage may or may not look familiar to you, but boy does she look pissed.]

This again? I thought I was done with- [She makes a motion to encompass, well, all of the Gardens.] -this ridiculous place. What possible reason could warrent me coming back?

[A sigh.]

[Then, as an after thought:]

Are Kiriko and my house still here?
05 October 2012 @ 08:45 pm
{ vine }
Good afternoon, everyone! I'm really sorry to bother you all... I guess it's a bit weird to announce this? Today is my birthday! I'm turning fifteen! [ Sorta. ] And thinking about it, I realized that I don't know everyone else's birthdays yet... It's kind of a shame not to celebrate them, you know? So I guess what I'm asking is... well, would anyone mind telling me their birthday so I can make a list?

O-oh and... does anyone know where I could find some mint tea? And maybe... [ There's a bit of hesitance now. Madoka is embarrassed as she continues. ] A simple recipe that might be good for a date night..?

{ action ~ Homura & Madoka's apartment }
[ Birthdays felt strange when you were coming from post-death. Madoka's melancholy was short lived, however, in favor of cheerful baking. She had noticed Homura seemed to be up to something but did not voice her suspicions. Two and two had added up and Madoka realized that Homura was probably planning some sort of party... and she decided to play along with it. Maybe bake some cookies as well, to thank everyone for being so kind.

Which is what she is just finishing up now. With the cookies moved to a cooling rake, Madoka settles down to make some tea and... sit around anxiously. Not sure what to do. This whole suspecting a party thing is new to Madoka. Should she sit here? Maybe she should stop suspecting. That's rude. Her mother would scold her. Aah, what if she's ruining a sequence of events that everyone expects by sitting here making assumptions?

Madoka gets up a few times and wanders in circles around the room
. ]
29 September 2012 @ 04:59 pm
[Covered in sand and utterly windswept, with her hair out of its habitual ponytail and tumbling around her face, Chihiro glowers tiredly into the Vine. It might be a bit hard to see that she's glowering, though, because her bangs are just about covering her eyes. Clenched tightly in both hands is a brown paper bag.

Just over her shoulder, a wolf might be seen loping off into the distance, its job done.]

...that was the Queen, right? Before everything...changed again?

[Her hands clench, to the point that the sound of crinkling paper might be audible over the Vine.]

Well, it didn't work for me. I'm still remembering someone else! Someone named Sen. She worked in a bathhouse, and she knew this boy, named Haku!

.It's not as bad as when I thought I was Zinc. But I just want to be...myself, again. [She sighs sadly, staring down at the bag for a few seconds, before looking back up with an air of hopefulness.]

...I got some sand. I thought I'd make myself some new clothes. Does anyone have any advice? Or...maybe I can make you something, too. Everyone else is okay, right? Are you all...you again, at least?

...that was horrible. I hope the Queen never makes us go through that again. Making someone forget their name...that's the worst thing in the world.

Current Mood: hopeful
[She shouldn't be so disoriented by the leaves, but her head feels muddled the moment they clear from her vision. She can't find the path she was on moments before, no matter how hard she looks. And something feels wrong, though she can't figure out what it is...]

[It's something she should notice immediately, but she feels confused and unbalanced. It's only when she tries to make her way back to her home—where was that, again?—that she realizes just what has changed. Or, at least, part of what has changed. Maybe the most important part.]

...It hurts a lot. It isn't supposed to hurt like this...

[She's seated in the grass when she appears on the Vine, trying to give her sore and aching limbs a rest.]

It's...not right. [Her hand curls against the Vine beside the mirror, like that'll help anything.] My body isn't right. Is that how it is for anyone else?

[ ooc: Nue is in Kariya's body! I'm pretty much too lazy to add icons in the comments, so you'll just have to make do with imagining Kariya's face making Nue's expressions. ]
12 September 2012 @ 05:28 pm
[Kariya is a little more willing to show her face on the mirror now, but her hood is pulled up, and she turns so the right side of her face is facing the mirror, the slack, ravaged left side only slightly visible.

She's sitting outside, near the Pagoda, with a red Chow Chow sitting beside her. The dog tries to climb onto her lap, but Kariya gently holds her back, smiling.

Hello, Hiro. Down, girl. It's all right, we can play later. [The dog is much stronger than she is, and she exhausts rather easily, but she does like playing.]

I'm Kariya, and this is my friend Hiro. She's a good dog. [The Chow Chow pants happily, standing by. She seems to have assigned herself Kariya-helping duty.]

I already know some of you here, but not all of you. I've been living at the Pagoda. I think that's what it's called. [She gestures toward the building in the background.] So if you need me, this is where I am. I like it here. It's quiet.

[She pauses for a moment or two to breathe deeply.]

I don't want to bother anyone, but... It's hard for me to walk sometimes. Is there something that could carry me around? The ground here isn't even, and I'm not sure how well the wheelchairs I know would work. I don't have any soil, and I don't know how to make something new. I don't mind if it's magic or technology. If you could help me, I'd be thankful.
10 September 2012 @ 04:12 pm
-The vine presents Sanae! In all her maidenly glory... sweeping the veranda of the shrine. It's not much glory, really. More mundane. But hey, that's not the point. Sanae seems to be deep in thought. She looks to her left, down one wing of the shrine. And then to her right, to the recently expanded wing of the shrine that way. What could she be thinking about.-

You know... um... Doesn't anyone think it's a little odd to have such a crowded shrine? It's one thing for one family, or one or two holy persons, or a kami of some kind to be living at a shrine, but last I counted, I think we have... six or so unrelated people living here, no gods, and none of us are related.

I'm not saying it's a bad thing. We can expand the shrine any time we want. But it just seems... odd. You know? Maybe it's just because I'm a country girl at heart... I'm not used to living with so many people.