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[Dream | Week 16, Day 7] Future

It starts with a distant whisper, ambiguous words but cutting tenors swaying blades of grass under a moonlit and diamond sky. Sharp, razor like, these tenors that resonates like a distant grumble from what sounds like a majestic large beast, the notes of those distant words stronger than a desert storm's wind. It makes knees buck together and toes point inward in an attempt to hold the stances together.

Arms up, an attempt at a fleshy shield against the wind that blows and blows.

But there is nothing but an empty field of grass stained in inky blue and silver. Cold, almost medical.



It makes green irises haze and turn left and right, searchingsearchingsearching. Petrified. Alone. Trapped in this vista of green and perfection, the things that one sees in a botanical garden, or a Hollywood film and animation. Unreal, too beautiful, perhaps something that only exists within the mystical world of the Clow Cards. It feels a little like heaven, the overreaching beauty that spreads endlessly.

(Is mother here?)

Another voice joins the air, this time, the wind blowing against the sharp and almost esoteric words that she cannot understand. But they're angry sounds and they make her raise and clamp hands against her ears, knees folding and head burying against them.

(Ghosts! Monsters! Get away please get away!)

Angry sounds, yes, but something gentler underneath all the white hot and searing power. Warmer. More powerful (or is it just angry at being mocked?), like the sun rising and spilling gold over blue. Brightening. Divine.

(Is this heaven?)

She knows it's dark, she knows that the jungle and towering greens around her are like giants and monsters. But the warmth of what she hopes is the sun seems to continue to spread, fighting back the coldness of the blue and the curls of shadows that comes with roars of beasts and cutting notes.

(Is this hell?)

A blink, a heartbeat, and damp green eyes peel open.

Before her, the first strike starts with a flash of blinding white.


And ends with a streak of fiery red against gritty blue.


In its wake, there is a force that shakes the ground and splits it open, a force so strong that it wrecks the very core of the earth. A battle that splits the sky wide open, gold and white against silver and blue. Moon and sun. Veins forming and crawling like spiked vines closer and closer towards the soles of her feet, consuming. Destruction spreading like an ocean's flow and the pull of a strong current.

This battle between opposing dominions.

This war.

(But… why?)

And she stands right in the middle of it.


(What do i do? What do I do?)



[There is a girl, asleep and stirring, still in her school uniform, hat skewed on her head. Sakura pushes her face off what seems to be like a flowerbed of dandelions and a patch of grass, looks confused--

Soft ‘areh?’, blinking green eyes and puzzled and staring right ahead at the screen of the Hitomi. Disoriented movement, young hands moving to straighten. Hitomi gets knocked off the side and the feed goes off.]


Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
[It is a well-worn routine by now -- day after day, you check your Hitomi, you see what other people have to say on it, and sometimes, you stumble upon a dream.

This one grabs Rin's attention. Such a turbulent dream for a girl so young -- so nigh-earthshattering. Rin can feel the echo of it tingling through her body.

Come to think of it, she doesn't know this girl. Which is fair enough, seeing as she doesn't everyone in Kannagara by far -- but she needs to remedy that, anyway. So she might as well start here.]

Good morning.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
[A... female voice. Sakura perks a little bit because it sounds so polite and so nice. So of course, ah, ah, she should reply! A bit of a stumble on her words and then, ]

Good morning!

[And then... awkward pause...]

Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:29 am (UTC)
[That makes Rin laugh a bit. This girl seems adorable.]

Did you sleep well?
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
[Oh man, she's being laughed at. Sakura feels her ears burn a little and she nods, a little too rapidly. And then shakes her head and then... oh hell, hanging her head now.]

Y-Yes... though I didn't mean to! I was in class and... uhmm... somehow I am here.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm -- I'm sorry for laughing. I swear I wasn't making fun of you.

[She feels bad now, laughing at a poor, lost little girl. It's just that Sakura's open-ness is so refreshing.]

Well, sounds like you're new here. I can give you the rundown, if you'd like.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
Run down…?

[Just because the lady says she's not laughing at her, doesn't make the embarrassment ebb away. Inwardly, Sakura wants to melt and hide her face a little bit. She must have done something really embarrassing.



Maybe she can get some answers.]

Uhmm… if it's not so much trouble…?
Jan. 3rd, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
[Ohgod, the cuuute.

Granted, there is also a tiny, tiny mean edge to Rin finding Sakura cute. Because for once, she isn't the youngest and most ignorant person around.

Well, she doesn't intend to keep the girl ignorant about her situation.]

You're in a world that's called "Kannagara". It's run by Japanese gods -- you're from Japan, right? That should give you an idea of what they're like. Except they're really very present, and occasionally their whims have unpleasant consequences for us. Doesn't happen so very often, though.

You'll be able to go home, I think, but it may not be for a while. In the meantime, uhh, get situated. There's a map on your Hitomi; if you pull it up, you can see the different villages. They're all about equally good to live in, except Yomisato. I'd advise you to avoid it; it's full of outlaws. The rest is populated by people who have recently adopted a sometimes hostile view toward us people from outside, but that's not the case for absolutely everyone.

As for living... oh, I think Natsuno ryokan has opened again! It's in the village called Hisato, you can live there for a while until you find a place of your own.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
[Give her a second. Sakura is staring at the screen like someone just slapped her really hard. Because hey, she can take care of herself. But that had been because it had been easier. She had people around her who can help her. It is also an environment she is used to.

To be told this?




[No, no, it'll be okay. She'll be fine! She's not really alone. She's got her cards. She'll find a way back. In fact! This might be a Clow Card's doing right here! But sometimes it takes time to catch cards and Keroberos had always been present.

Big eyes. Listening to Rin with big eyes. But okay. Okay. The silence is basically a what-do-I-do kind of silence.

But okay. Okay.

Everything will be all right. Absolutely all right. It's okay! She can work. She'll figure out the card on her own and it's fine! Just fine!]


[Sakura stutters briefly, and then clears her throat.]

Natsuno-ryokan. Okay. I can do that! Thank you, Rin-san.

[Except... ahhhh, this isn't going to be easy!]
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
[Oh dear, those eyes. Those eyes. Rin cannot help being affected by so much cute, and so much devastation that Sakura very evidently feels at what she just heart. After all, Rin remembers all too well how that goes -- yet.

She laughs shortly.]

Say... want me to come get you? It wouldn't be a problem. I can be there in about half an hour.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
A-Ahh! Rin-san! I don't want to trouble you! I can -

[The Hitomi scratches with static for a bit and she clears her throat.]

-- I can find the ryokan! Rin-san has already helped so much!

[Besides, if it really is a card, she would rather no one gets close lest they see her doing something strange. And then how on earth would she explain that?

But wait a minute.]

B-But, if… Rin-san, do you live here? Kannagara…?
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Hey, I just told you, didn't I? It's no trouble. And really, a girl like you would do well to have [a chaperone] some company, anyway...

[Because there's things out there in the world of Kannagara. Even if most of the time, they seem to avoid people. But better to not let such a young girl roam about on her own and allow her to get hurt.]

Hm? Well, yeah -- at least for the time being.

And it's been a while.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
[Sakura could use the company. She really can and while she feels a little embarrassed for wanting to have some sort of adult around her, she hums a bit.

Stores that information. Wishes more than ever Keroberos is present.]

Then… if… Rin-san insists uhmm

[Ah, this is so embarrassing!]
Jan. 3rd, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
[A slightly awkward laugh, here.]

I think it really would be better.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
I don't really know where I am. But there is a... uhmm...

[A rustle, and a few footsteps.]

... a really big tree. A forest of some sort? I can walk towards the road if that'll make it easier.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
No, that's okay; I know where you are. That's where everyone arrives, you see. Just say where you are, I'll find you no problem.
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