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Aug 25, 2019 1:27 AM
Boogey Nausicaa imagines herself a hero
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They seem to be -

But there's more of the brick-tree-monsters, trying to slip by them towards the school.

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Well we can't have that, can we now.

She transforms in a flash, hits the ones further away with a blanket of crippling despair while building momentum with the chain of her kusarigama before throwing it to wrap around the closest one and pulling herself in to attack with the blade.

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The monsters seem highly perturbed by this, and stumble, many of them freezing.

The Beast redoubles her attacks. She keeps making aborted motions to drag monsters towards her mouth, then falling onto them with claws.

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Things are easier to kill when they can't move.

That abortive cannibalism thing is almost creepier than actual cannibalism.

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The Beast is feeling significantly frustrated right now! (Not eating things is hard and she's not even sure why the Small One doesn't want her eating Food.)

Still, with her help, dealing with the rest of the demons goes quickly.

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Well. That was fun, wasn't it?

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The glass-and-eyes thing buzzes, then wanders off (a bit slowly). The Beast turns to Makoto, tilts her head, seems to be struggling with something, before pawing at one of the monsters that had been frozen in despair.

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That was me. I can tell how people are feeling, and change it. I made those feel very, very bad.

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She rocks back, and seems to be thinking. (It's hard, thinking of things that aren't Food and the acquiring of it, but she pushed through for the Small One, and the ravenous is coming...).

'Me?'

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'I... could change your feelings, if that's what you wanted.'

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'Hungry.'

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'You want to not be hungry?'

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'Yes.'

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Okay. I'll try. Hold still.

She reaches out for the wendigo's emotions, prying deep to get at the core.

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Hunger hunger hunger, all consuming, muting everything else -

(She's screaming. She's desperate. She wants.)

(She's afraid.)

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Wow. That is... a lot. She starts by tamping down the hunger, gently, gently, waiting to see if anything rises in its place.

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Fear. Fear first. (She's going to die here - )

Impotent rage. She won't go out like this -

Grief. Strangling. Crushing. Dragging her down, swallowed only by the hunger -

But with the hunger fading, her ability to control her own emotions is - it isn't what it once was. But it's better.

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Walk before you can run. As Makoto pushes the hunger further down, she dulls the edges on the other negative emotions, adds a small boost to the positive.

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The only really positive emotion is love. She loves, and that's the only thing that survived, winning over even the hunger around the Small One -

No, that's not -

'The Small One. What. Is her name?'

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'Sue. Her name is Sue.'

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'Sue...' That's... That's familiar. Sue. She'd...

The grief lurks, like a madness worse than hunger, but... She thinks the woman's helping, with coming back to herself. There's a lot missing still, but -

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'It's all right. I'm here to help.'

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' - I. Knew her.'

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Oh no. Makoto readies for an empathic intervention.

Were you... not always like this?

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'...No. I... I was hungry. So hungry. And... I ate...'

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