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Anime:Unlike Pluto - Song: Villain Of My Own Story - Word Count: N/A
Looking at the rippling waves that lapped upon jagged shores, one wouldn't think that a once great nation had been housed upon this turbid inland sea. The call of gulls riding on the turbulent streams of wind, and the overcast clouds shining fleeting rays of light from the skies above framed the desolation, and beauty that lay in what was left. Ruby eyes framed by raven locks stared impassively upon this sight. Only the faint white-knuckled clenching of her fists would give away the underlying frustrations, and rage. "All of its gone."
The thought lay unbidden in the warrior's mind. The flare of ire in her ruby eyes framed her thoughts quite clearly. She had left weary and broken, defeated and lost, the memories of her failure were still fresh in her mind as she looked upon the broken landscape. Demonica had traveled the world after leaving, and the world-shaking explosion that lay at her back as she left was a sound she would never forget. The finality of that dome of annihilation was all-consuming. Zwei hadn't aided the Monsuta, and it had been left to her to fight the leader of the Gotei.
She had ground her own bones to dust, and resisted with every ounce of her being; fighting even as muscles ripped to ribbons, even as bones fragmented and blood flowed freely. Even then, she had failed; failed to hold back the relentless tide known as Ibiki Suika. That was something she regretted every day, but it was the past. Demonica's ruby eyes swept the oceans in front of her, narrowing imperctively as she picked up the form of familiar figures.
Adam, Jenny, and the enemy: Chifuyu Yuudeshi; Seeing a former member of the Vanguard wrapped delicately around one of the most respected members of the Monsutawas revolting, but understandable,
Demonica too had found unlikely allies to resolve her pain. Demonica did not fault the vanguard for their actions, but the memories of her home wrested from her, her single place of belonging had been harsh. Even when she had been betrayed and hunted like a stray dog by Shadow fall, she hadn't felt the same pain as when she lost the Monsuta. The organization had gone from a place to sleep, to a place of being. In its absence, a hole still lay in her heart, aching and empty.
The faint exhalation that left her lips would billow into the world in a puff of steam as she would steady her nerves and cross the gap of a few hundred yards that lay between them. She had no clue if Chifuyu would attack her, as it was a logical action given her destructive capacities and global reputation. Even if she did, however, the demoness would retaliate, as today was not a day for fighting; This was a day of mourning.
The screams and ranting of Adam rang in her ears like thunderclaps. The rawness of this normally calculative, outgoing person was a jarring reality that the demon had to take in stride as she closed the distance that lay between them. What could she say to alleviate them? The thoughts of words, of conversations she could have to justify what happened that day rippled through her mind at the speed of light; It truly would be a chaotic mess of emotions and words that rattled around violently inside her head, she had never been an eloquent talker after all.
Of the hundreds of things, she could say of the plethora of justifications Demonica could come up with, none of them would escape the notoriously barbaric woman's mouth. Especially when Jenny screamed at the top of her lungs hatefully about the former leader of the Monsuta, the words she wished to say died upon the tip of her tongue; If she had paid more attention to the deteriorating mental state of Azuma, could she have stopped this? She, after all, was far stronger than the former leader of the Monsuta, she had merely been afraid to stand up and lead.
So, what the fuck could she say to these two? Young and delicate, easily broken birds that still had the strength to soar once more? What fucking justification did she have to stand before them now? She could hear Chifuyu plain as day as she offered Adam a chance, a promise of a better future. She wanted to refute such claims, to talk about how to join the enemy that was part of their downfall was laughable, yet she just couldn't do it.
All of this was laughable, she had always had pride that was higher than the heavens themselves; her resolve had always been contingent of her tyrannical power, and yet, in the end, it had been smashed by an even greater strength. Honestly, could she offer them a better future than Chifuyu could? No, no she could not offer them something better, she was merely a loner, she did not have the numerous connections and alliances that Chifuyu had.
Numbness had settled over the lingering pain, as the woman thought about what she could
say. Not the excuses that had bounced about her brain earlier, those had been reflexive urges of a weak woman who still wished to hide behind the numerous reasons that she lost. Ironically all the grand speeches and words of comfort had escaped her mind, expunged by the sight of the three that lay infront of her. By now she had stopped before the father/daughter pair, her ruby eyes fleetingly glancing at the former vanguard operative before focusing in on the two former members of the monsuta.
She could see beyond the anguish there was still unyielding determination. She could see that Adam would rather die before he quit. Only then as the woman who couldn't even bring the lingering vestiges of a smile upon her lips would exhale shakely and say in a raw, dry voice. "I... Have failed both of you."
Yes, she had failed. Utterly and completely failed. And yet... "But I'll be damned if I fail a second time."
Her voice was soft. But it was a promise to the two of them. Whatever route they took, they had been a part of her
home, and they would always be a part of her
family. Whatever the future might bring, that would undoubtedly never change.