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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.]


May. 13th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
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[Something about this post rubs Rin the wrong way. Just a little, and she can't exactly point her finger on what, but that's how it is.

The subject matter is strange, but it seems like a brilliant opportunity to get a better impression of Gau, who is now her teammate of sorts.

There's just one thing that Rin knows very well, and that is that Gau's description of what he is supposedly researching conjures up very specific images, all very closely associated with what serving and entertaining women of one persuasion or another often use.]

I suppose that kind of knowledge would be useful.

[What she doesn't say is: isn't it very outrageous to be using people's dreams like that? Mainly because she can actually see herself doing much the same thing, should it become necessary. There is a mental barrier, an inhibition, but still, she would be capable of doing it.]
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.

May. 13th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Ah, well. That's good, then.

I shall look forward to seeing your progress.

[Really trying to keep the sarcasm and the slyness out of her face. Trying very hard.]
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.]
May. 13th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
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[Just looks at the screen, altogether rather unimpressed.]

... yeah, I think some practice is in order.

No offense, of course.
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.
May. 13th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
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[This causes her expression to open; a more curious look.]

Glad to be of help, then. I guess.
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?
May. 13th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
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[Well, that is a sudden subject change. Rin, however, can roll with it. Will roll with it very gladly.]


Yeah. Plenty of times.

[Honest, here. She doesn't mind.]
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.
May. 13th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
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You think it has a point?

[But Rin's mood, too, is a little dampened at that.]
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.
May. 13th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Hmm... turn it into a learning opportunity. Probably the best you can make of it.

[A short laugh.]

But really, I don't think there was much purpose behind this on the gods's side.

[Not going to admit yet that yes, she'd like to know those things, too.]
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.
May. 13th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
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[That last remark causes Rin to flail.]

Let's not think too hard about that!

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