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Mar 24, 2019 2:47 AM
a juliet reincarnates into the naruto-verse
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At the end of all things, there is a waiting room.

It's fairly typical, as these things go. Thin, scratchy carpet. Fish tank with still fish. Old gossip magazines. Incredibly uncomfortable chairs. The low buzz of a television or radio or something somewhere else, words indistinguishable. No windows, no clock, no door, and the receptionist's desk was shuttered.

This one's a bit special, though.

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-- she has no idea how she got here.

What. Did she get kidnapped again?

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A man walks through a door that suddenly has always existed, calling "Juliet?" in a very bored receptionist tone.

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Juliet stands, a little startled. She feels like she should be more alarmed than she currently is.

"That's me. I am the only one here though."

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"In one sense."

"We're ready for your consultation now."

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"Did I make an appointment?"

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"The same way everyone does."

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"I, uh, don't actually remember. What am I in for?"

She walks towards him.

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"You're here to discuss your afterlife options, Ms. Juliet."

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She blinks.

"-- I'm what?"

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"In for an afterlife consultation. Hm, let's see if I remember... Ah, yes. Magical burns, sustained in the course of fighting alongside a certain Klaus against enemies of his."

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"That... I don't remember that. Is Klaus okay?"

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"That information isn't in my file on you."

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"Can you find out?"

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"Not trivially. Our department handles over a hundred deaths a minute. You could spend karmic balance on such an answer, but your totals are rather... Low."

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"How is that calculated? Was it the vampirism? That wasn't exactly my idea."

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"You had a rather low total starting out, given your past lives' actions. During this life - numerous counts of murder, justified and not, self deception, using the sire-bond as an excuse for your actions, attempted murder, betrayal... We could be here all day, listing your many negative strikes, but I am quite busy."

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She sighs, frustrated and a little resigned. She isn't even going to bother defending herself. It's all true.

"Past lives? How many times have I died?"

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"According to my records, this is your seven hundred and eighty second time through this office."

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"Is that normal? Have we met before? Why don't I remember?"

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"Remembering past lives is unusual. And that is an oddly high number - most people either accumulate enough karmic balance to remove themselves from the reincarnation cycle, or else end up enough in the negatives to be removed by us, before that point."

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"Do you know why I'm still around then?"

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"Seems to be a habit towards taking on the morals of those around you - usually to poor ends, but not always, enough to balance things some."

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"It's kinda reassuring, actually. That I'm still me in whatever life I live. What happens now?"

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"We sit down, look over your options, and you make your decision on your next afterlife."

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