Jul 06, 2022 10:24 PM
esther and ivy meet the Stage
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She grits her teeth. That bitch! I knew she was up to something.

She can't stop now, no way out but through her. A familiar pair of red stars glimmer from the top of the impossibly high tower, reflected in her blade. Her next lines are delivered clearly and with passion rarely expressed in the mundane world.

"I still can't reach that star, but
For the sake of that promise,
I'll keep on charging ahead!"

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Center to upstage center

"Come climb up here, if you have the resolve"

Brandish sword [Added loop 35 I.3.a]

"Try to tear me down, show me your fury"

Pitying sneer

"Do not be at the mercy of the beast that lies within you!"

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Something odd just happened. Suddenly, the glitter doesn't feel like enough, and she stumbles, tripping on the edge of a suddenly less-practical seeming cloak. She growls and charges up the stairs towards the stars Nana, the Stage's Rightful Champion. [editor's note: she will never reach the stars she claws for]

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"I have no need for those who lack willpower"

A playful shove down the stairs

"I want you to show you are fighting with your pride on the line!"

A sword scores a dark cut from shoulder to hip

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What the fuck is going on here. She gasps, stumbling in her charge as somehow, Nana slices a gash in her from twenty feet away. It stings, and leaks glittering fluid that rapidly spreads, suffusing her white costume with red and gold and silver and more red. She drops to one knee, staring upwards...

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- and the spotlight falls upon her, Zero behind it, eyes ablaze with power and purpose and control. The edges of the spot are cut sharp, a tight circle around her, light glancing off her bloodstained costume.

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And she meets the spotlight's single burning eye with avarice in her two, raising her talwar high. She drinks in the light, and feels her legs strengthen, becoming steady. She stands, and her costume begins knitting itself back together. And she begins to charge, angling away from Nana and instead towards the opening of the tower.

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It's hurtful to ignore a challenge! You might hurt your opponent's feelings!

She raises a hand, and the stage crew recognize their cue to

Raise the stairs, each block moving separately with those closest to the star moving fastest

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"Going higher, shining brighter"

She's leaping from block to block as she ascends. She has some friends on fly crew herself. And lighting.

"I will illuminate the horizon"

The stars glow red above her.

"A single step forward is a step closer to my dream"

Don't trip, don't trip...

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"That is pride!"

She's got the usurpser now, the story's on her side. She raises herMaya's sword, and cleaves downward [I.5.c], severing the cords raising each block below her, sending them plummeting downwards, away from her stars.

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It's a moment of weightlessness, and then the wind begins to rush past her, skirt and cloak flapping from the sickening fall.

"Going higher, shining brighter" she mutters, eyes upturned, hoping for another second wind that would bridge the gap.

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Didn't ask, don't care, plus that's not the script.

"Towards unreachable heights," she sneers.

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And the blocks hit the ground with a sickening thud, her legs buckling and cloth ripping as she plummets down, down, down

"That is my pride" she whispers, just before she hits the ground, and the lights go black.

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There's a smile in the darkness, and then a glittering hand gestures for the spot op.

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The spotlight is on her now, edges softer than when it was on S.

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Good enough. She'll get better with time.

"99th Class, Nana Daiba!"

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It leans forward. "I understand."

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And she reaches out to touch it, almost fondly.

"I will protect them. Forever."

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The curtains close, and the stage goes dark once more.

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And then there's a click, and a backstage light clicks on, pooling like poured milk on the darkened stage.

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He blinks, disoriented in the sudden light, and looks around.

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Nana's nowhere to be seen.

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And Esther's lying on the ground, very still and back in her stagehand clothes.

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Oh no.

He rushes over.

"S! Hey, S, are you okay, did Nana actually hurt you?"

 

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She's not making eye contact. "Kinda."

She doesn't seem to be bleeding, though.

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