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Warning: Passive-aggressiveness, and essentially a rather creative temper tantrum follow.



[Video Post|Public|Week 5, Day 6, Afternoon]

[There, on the screen, a teenage boy seated on a rock, in what looks like a rather nice backyard, with a small pond and a little zen garden. He is dressed neatly in an off-white sweater vest over a white short-sleeved dress shirt, a black tie, and black dress-pants.

His notebook is open in his lap, and in his hand, there is a black pen. Black, for objectivity, and that is very important, today. More important than anything else.]

Excuse me, please forgive any interruption to your daily lives.

[He gives a slight bow from his sitting position, with the grace and comfort of someone who is used to being very polite and proper.]

I have decided that for my own training it is important to analyze interpersonal interaction strategies, with a specific emphasis on manipulation, especially utilizing sexuality or the suggestion of such. Given the current... turn... that dreams as a whole seem to be taking in this world at the moment, I figured this would be a good time to conduct my research.

[He's doing this. And he knows it's a little passive-aggressive of him. And he knows that, black pen or no, this is not objective. But it is a learning experience, and he is grateful for it, just like in a way he is grateful for the dreams, as learning experiences.]

Now, the question is, why am I informing strangers of this intention? Quite simply, it's a warning. Lelouch-san is already aware of my... interest... in this field of research, and has kindly given me a lesson. Other nice people have given me lessons as well, via their public interactions on this network, even when not involving or directed toward me.

Please, carry on. And be aware that if I respond to something you say in a manner that seems inappropriate, why, it's all in the name of science, and I appreciate any feedback on such behavior.

[A pause. The pen lifts, jumps down the page a little, and is set against the paper again. It writes, the marks slow and careful, the movements showing a close observer that this is indeed neat handwriting, even though they cannot see the words themselves.]

After all, I have been set such a stunning example.

[And, very deliberately, he sets down his black pen, reaches for a pink one, and holds it up. He winks, sets it against the page, and gives his best imitation of Raikou's serene smile to the camera.

End of broadcast.]

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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
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[Gau smiles at her, easily and openly.]

I've seen it be very useful. Though, honestly, I'm not entirely sure that I can pull it off. Still, the way I see it, everything should be a learning opportunity.

Don't worry, you'll still see me in the back yard swinging around Haiirogamon until my arms are jello and I can't stand up.

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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
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[Gau's smile widens, and he leans toward the Hitomi a little, giving the impression of moving closer to her.]

I'll be glad to show you.

[He winks, though there's a flush on his face, and he's trying not to laugh.]
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
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[That does it. Gau cracks up laughing, rocking back a little, and reaches up to run a hand through his hair nervously.]

Well, I did say I was just starting on this!

[He tilts his head, smiling at her, a little more honestly now.]

I like when people are honest with me, Rin-san.
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
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[Gau shifts a little, his foot coming up to rest against his thigh, his bare toes wiggling against the dress pants.]

... you ever wish you were older, Rin-san?
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
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[Gau's smile drops a little, and he nods slowly.]

All this stuff, in the end, I think that's what it's about.
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
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[A pause.]

I don't know yet. But I saw something that... to me... was upsetting. And I'm trying to turn it into a learning opportunity.

I just want to know more about the things everyone else seems to know so much about.
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
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[Gau laughs and shakes his head.]

No, I wasn't saying that it was their purpose. Just mine.

[He chews his lip.]

I think they were just bored and horny.
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
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[And then it hits Gau, belatedly, just what he said and about who.

This world is getting to him. It is. So many people here view the gods as enemies, or puppetmasters who are just doing things for their own amusement.

And he's picked it up. Oh gods, he's picked it up. Years of respect toward the gods -- if not quite worship -- have gotten lost just like that in his emotional confusion.]

Oh... I... I can't believe I...

[And he turns away from the Hitomi, as if he's forgotten it, and bows his head, low, whispering a prayer, not quite heard.]
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
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[Gau's face is beet red when he reaches for the Hitomi again, and he nods slowly.]

It's just... my mother taught me better than that. TO be respectful, to the gods, to people.

And so many things have happened lately that just... make it hard to do that.

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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
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[Gau thinks about that for a second, really thinks. Does he want to let himself be changed that why by this world? But if, in meeting the gods, in really being close the gods here, he finds they're not what he thought...? Life isn't what he thought, not here, not at all. Even his friends are not what he'd expected.]

Life is hard here. I mean, to have everything you think you know turned upside down on you.
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
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[He smiles, because it's a learning experience. It is.]

We'll muddle through, Rin-san.
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 13th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
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[Gau winks at her again, but this time it's obviously meant in jest, his smile still his own, silly and real.]

Who knows, maybe we'll be great friends, huh?
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