Source: Root Double — Song: Pose The Question to The World
She couldn't hear them.
There was a ringing in her ears as if an explosion had gone off right next to her, deafening her to everything else. She stared at the man in front of her who was moving his lips, saying something, definitely making a sound yet one that would never reach her. What was he even trying to do? Trying to move her arm? It wouldn't move, not for him, not even for herself—she was like a statue despite how smooth and soft her skin seemed. He could struggle but he'd never manage to get anywhere. Her emerald hues glowed in the dark like phosphorescent lights, as the eyes of the Miyake all tended to. Even in the dim room he could tell how they quivered, threatening to release moisture. For as still as she was on the outside, the inside was a maelstrom of emotion and thought. Everything around her was complicated and upsetting her, no matter what it was they did. Was the man trying to calm her? Or maybe he was... scared of her?
The most important question was why could she not hear him? The ringing had begun of its own accord, shutting down her strongest sense just as it seemed like the man was about to tell her something important. This was the answer she was seeking! He knew! He knew! He knew!!! And yet it was precisely because of that that this was happening. Her body was using instinct to go ahead of her mind, trying its best to protect the girl on the inside. Call it intuition: it knew that the moment her mind discovered the truth, something terrible
would happen and there would no longer be any stopping it. So in its best attempt it tried to cut off her hearing before the revelation could reach her...
But Naomi already knew.
Just before she had been deafened, she had heard the name spoken aloud from behind her. The red-haired female who had followed her had known, knocking down the first domino in a long line of dominoes. At the moment that happened, the blue-haired woman gasped aloud, as the gates were finally opened. An onslaught of images flew by in her head like a slideshow, with every single memory Naomi has ever had with the man with the nice smile; every detail was clear as crystal as if she herself was reliving the past in reality, from his looks to his scent to his mere presence. She saw him as she first remembered him, registering that transformative moment when she determined how great of a person he was just from the feeling he gave off, like a premonition. It was just everything about him that felt right, causing her feelings to grow for him each moment she spent with him, from the very first. He didn't have to do anything special—because just being him was why she liked him so...
But Naomi didn't recall these memories with a golden yellow happiness... no, all of these recollections were tinged with a bitter blue shade, of sadness. As every second of the time they'd spent together passed by at the speed of lightning, Naomi could only tremble in hopelessness because of what she'd find at the end of this journey of remembrance. Dread encapsulated her as she took a few trepidatious steps backwards, bringing her hands to her face to hold it in her shaking fingers. She couldn't hear what Hayden was saying to her but she already knew what it was that he was saying, because it was right there; there
, in the forefront of her mind, the revelation of Azure Iramasha's fate. The reason she couldn't find the man with the nice smile was because he was dead, having died during a crisis between world powers. The day he was declared dead, Naomi had broken, abandoning everything that she had keeping her together, and having gone on a rampage where she thought nobody would get hurt. She lost herself there, becoming a beast far and apart from her human self... she could not recount her actions during that time. This was the aftermath of all of that.Snap!
Everyone in the room could tell the moment that Naomi's mood changed, as the entire atmosphere changed. When the woman brought her hands away from her face so Hayden could see, he would see the expression that she took when she devolved into that bestial form. Her eyes disappeared behind the veil of her eyelids but her lips parted as the woman began to cry, yell, scream. From the barest of whispers her wailing quickly grew louder, well enough hurt the ears of the others present... but it didn't stop there. The sound only continued to increase and increase, beyond the point when it was considered safe for human ears. The windows cracked, and anything not died down started to shake ever more violently. It was going beyond any normal person's capability to scream and into the realm of supernatural—Naomi's power was leaking out, alerting others to the danger that way yet to come!
After that point, it accelerated very suddenly as Naomi released all of the anger and sadness she had within her in one calamitous moment. There was a split second of time before it happened that both Hayden and Kimitsuki would be able to react to the sudden surge of energy... and then the pulse was released, violently
. The sound of her scream projected a kinetic force outward in every direction capable of obliterating everything in its path. It possessed the strength of a nuclear warhead going off—billions of TNT detonating in a single instant. Not only was the house that they were standing in instantly turned to dust, but several of the neighboring homes as well. The pulse continued to flatten structure after structure in its path as it carried out through the entire district, opening a hole in Karakura Central the likes of which is hasn't seen in centuries. In a matter of seconds, a significant portion of the city was destroyed, for Naomi had been a ticking time bomb waiting to go off, brought into Karakura by Hayden.
But the scream would eventually stop, collapsing in on itself as Naomi forced her mouth close with a pathetic wimper—paling in proportion to the sonic nuke that had just gone off. She collapsed to her knees in the middle of a newborn crater, her vibrant blue hair falling lazily around her shoulders. She could have kept going; could have taken out the whole of Karakura if she just let herself rampage like she wanted to... but she managed to reign in control of herself, at least as much as that. She had already gone through this once, after discovering the truth for the first time, and she had already caused more destruction than anybody really knew. Naomi had already lamented Azure's passing in anger, so she could stop herself this time. The lives of the innocents in this city weighed against her, which she managed to remember in a brief period of rational thought, and that's why she ceased her senseless attack... but the damage had already been done.
She broke into tears, sobbing on the ground... now having to live with the truth of Azure's fate instead of rejecting it with her violence. "Azuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure!"
she wailed, smashing her fist into the ground to pulverize the grated valley of the crater and turn it into a cracked pit, further digging her own hole. She couldn't even control her strength right to utilize normal movements. The slightest twitch of her muscles now could send a bone-shattering shockwave out. She was dangerous to be around; unstable, uncertain, and unhappy. She didn't even know what had happened to the others, or if they were still alive. Guilt and regret piled onto her along with the other emotions she was feeling, only worsening her condition. She didn't mean it... she couldn't stop herself... Why?
All she could do was whine Azure's name in a pained, desperate voice, and hope that everything would fix itself in a miracle.