DESPAIR! ON THE AIR!
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The Nexus is settling nicely into it's nightly routines. The wind is still and it's not terribly cold out. All is silent...or so it seemed.
"Helloooooooo Nexus! I'm your host Earworm Jim! And this is the Nexite Hot Mix! Sit down, jam out, and relax as I throw you the dopest tracks this side of the multiverse!"
A very loud and charismatic voice begins blaring from every set of speakers in the Nexus.
"Tonight is a treat from the Angel of Windy City, Wakana Sonozaki! This is her number one hit, Naturally."
A soothing tune wafts over the airwaves and sings to the hearts of all who hear it. The tune is simple and easy enough to get stuck in your head, however that might not be the only thing that gets caught in your head.
"So it begins. I knew that man was a good candidate."
A familiar looking man stands outside of the Nexite FM building. He hums along with the music and does a little dance for good measure. A thick blanket of fog descends upon the area as he dances.
"Don't let me down, Earwig."
As the man speaks, several small black orbs begin seeping out of the speakers around the Nexus. Slowly but surely, the orbs would find their way into the ears of anyone unfortunate enough to miss them.
OOC: For your listening pleasure.
Taiga walks down a street, simply enjoying the quiet night air as he hums to himself... And wonders why it's been so quiet lately, he hasn't seen the other Riders. Or Hans for that matter, all seems well. Right up until some weird radio show starts pouring from every speaker, and black orbs begin flowing towards people's ears like some kind of weapon. Taiga absently dodges one, before pondering his options.
"So then, this guy is broadcasting from... Nexite Hot Mix, where's that show hosted hmm?."
He'd quickly pull out his phone, and a few searches later he's running off towards the building,
ducking orbs all the way with a smirk on his face.
"Pretty kind of my foe to tell me where he is... Unless the show has nothing to do with it. But I guess I can't take that risk at this point!"
That said he'd arrive at the doors, gripping his Gashat and trying to walk into the place. Taiga prepares himself for whatever might come in this madhouse.
Earworm Jim? Multiverse? What kind of role playing station is this?
*Haruko seemed less interested in the music, and moreso in the bizarre station playing in the store she was shopping in. That was when a black orb wizzes just past her ear and buries itself in someone at the counter.*
Okay that's high on the "not normal" scale!
*She drops what she was looking at, turns on her heels, and speed walks her way out the door. Eventually, after asking enough people for directions, finds her way to what hopefully is the correct radio tower....*
Quintus as usual is taking a late night stroll. The cool air cooling his head as he walks by a nearby electronic store. From the radios they have on display he hears the message and turns to it with great interest as the black orbs fly around him through the air. His attention then turns to the orbs as he watches them with a curious look in his eyes.
Black orbs? Like the one I picked up before? No...these feel different...
Kaalib is seen leaning against the building as Taiga runs past. He enters the foyer of the building and is stopped abruptly by security. The secretary off to the left is visibly startled by Taiga's entrance, she shrinks behind her monitor and lowers the volume of her radio.
"Hey there! Where's the fire? You okay pal?"
The security officer holds a hand out to try and stop the man from continuing deeper into the building. It's around this time that Haruko shows up at the building and is greeted by the sight of security speaking to Taiga.
"Quintus was it? Those orbs are quite different from me.
They come from a host who is leagues above you and I in terms of power. Heh. Didn't think my siblings would grow so quickly!"
Quintus hears the voice inside him speak once more as he walks. The small orbs have an almost sad aura to them.
Sure there is malice, but it's coated in sorrow.
*Pants a bit as she bounds in, and upon spotting the security guard walks over to him.*
Um... excuse me, there wouldn't happen to be a "Nexite Hot Mix" that airs here, would there?
Quintus begins walking in the direction the orbs are blowing in from if there is one. To him there was no real point in growing worried about these orbs. If they were the siblings of the parasite already infecting him then he assumed the orbs wouldn't want much to do with him. Yet he was curious about these parasites anyway and considering what the man in red told him before he felt he should at least be a little cautious. Beyond even that though what hookworm said also caused him a bit of worry. He wondered if perhaps he wasn't strong enough yet and thus wanted to see this supposed stronger host for himself.
Seems you learned my name...what should I call you anyway? A name would make things easier since we're going to be working together.
(edited by Quintus_Geminus)
"Listen alright, I'm Taiga Hanaya a doctor with a special group. We got a call, about someone here in need of help... The host of Nexite Hot Mix I think? Sorry, I've never been great with names. Even doctors like me can't be great at everything after all."
Taiga smiles at the guard, attempting to seem harmless, at the moment. Too bad this isn't back home and a Bugster infection, be a lot easier to deal with.
"At any rate, we're a fairly new organization so you may not have heard about us. But I can assure you the Computer Rescue Center is here to help!"
He'd reach into his coat and pull out several papers, the files do in, in fact, contain his medical license among a few other things. It all looks very official and indeed is official... In another universe, he's just hoping an underpaid guard won't question too much. And he grins over at Haruko, a ploy to try and get the stranger into the place already forming.
"And ah I see my assistant has arrived! You're a bit later than I expected, but we haven't started the job yet so it's not an issue to me. Anyways, let's prepare for the examination shall we?"
Hopefully she'll figure out what he's going for, if not... Well, he can always do things the hard way if hell breaks loose.
The security guard just looks at Haruko before turning back to Taiga. He stares at the man blankly before looking at the papers.
"Hey doc. You mind speaking up? I didn't hear a lick of what you just said."
The guard's voice is noticeably louder, but oddly enough the secretary sits with a blank look too.
"Yes. Please do speak up! If this is a prank then it certainly isn't funny!"
The woman was even louder than the guard. And each of them could be seen with a small trickle of black ooze coming from their ears.
"Hookworm doesn't roll off the tongue, but that's my name. I suppose something more succinct would be appropriate. How about Hook? Simple and to the point!"
Sure enough, the orbs that begin climbing up Quintus would quickly jump off. The feeling of another inside him was enough to warn them not to touch him...for now. Quintus finds his way to the building after following a trail of significantly larger orbs. They were all seeping a black fluid, it was terribly gross all things considered. At the base of the building, Kalib is seen watching the orbs roll their way up the structure. He looks to Quintus and offers a theatrical bow.
"Oh! It's the Hookworm host. Good evening, sir!"
Taiga would quickly write out what he just said, namely by punching it into a phone and showing them the screen. Before pointing to their ears, and adding that perhaps given the trouble hearing they should seek medical attention quickly? He'd love to help, but he's only able to deal with one patient. With the typing done, he'd turn to Haruko and take advantage of the fact the other two can't hear them.
"So then lady what's your deal? I've come here to try and figure out what the hell is happening, and if possible treat whatever is causing this... Although, no telling if they even need treatment considering how weird this Nexus is. The place is filled with all kinds of crazy, so it might be a person doing this? Either way, sure as hell have victims in need of help."
Quintus looks towards the figure resembling Kalib and begins observing the area. The black liquid disgusted him to a certain degree but he thought nothing of it. He decided that this was a good chance though. He walked up to the look-alike intent on receiving answers on what these parasite were and why they even existed but he then noticed something strange about the figure.
Haven't I see you before the mall incident? You...look familiar...Uh, I guess that doesn't matter. What I really want to know in general is who you are and well, why all the parasites anyway? What kind of goal do you wish to achieve. If I understand maybe I'd be more willing to gather you despair for you but...That's a very low maybe considering the nature of that task.
What am I doing here? Weird black orbs attacking people, right after some weird DJ Earworm came on the air.
I mean the black orbs are an obvious sign of trouble, I might be reaching a biiiit connecting them to this place. Though given how those two are acting, I'm guessing this is the place. And the culprit is probably in the studio right now.
Taiga smirks and shakes his head, geez talk about missing the point of a question.
"I was more thinking of why you came, it's not as if everyone in the world just goes rushing towards danger or anything. You a Rider too or something?"
He'd then turn back towards the other two, wondering just what the hell he should do about this ooze. Maybe it'll fade once the source is defeated?
Fakelib's eyes narrow at the mention of meeting before.
"Ah. We have met before, yes. Granted...no it doesn't matter for now."
His expression softens as he grins.
"Well you see. I was born into an unfair world with one main task, but that one's a secret. So I'll tell you what this is all being used for."
He opens his hand and then clenches it fiercely.
"Power. A power source to rival hope and belief. A venom so potent it could slay the heavens! All this to create a world where life can prosper as it's meant to. Without pesky deities and their fates."
He brings a hand to his mouth as he smirks.
"There's more to it than that. But one of the reasons I'm doing this is to destroy fate. Even my benefactor will perish. He knows this and has accepted that."
Meanwhile, inside the building, the security guard and secretary are visibly shaken by the news of their apparent deafness.
"No....no that can't be right....you're lying! This is a prank! A prank haha! Clever! Now knock it off!"
The man begins raising his voice, a beautiful fear gripping him. The woman just starts to cry. However the agony is short lived as the black ooze begins gushing harder and harder from their ears. The man drops to his knees as he claws at his ears, whilst the woman begins slamming her head against her desk.
"What's crackalackin'?! It's your host DJ Earworm! So kind of you dawgs to visit my humble abode! Here's a warm welcome for you lot!"
The radio comes to life with the DJ's voice before switching to the next song. As the song begins to play, the heads of the guard and the secretary burst. Out comes 4 massive black orbs that unfurl into large, monstrous earwigs.
Quintus seems a bit confused at the fake Kalib's words but still listening. He didn't want to be too hasty with his actions. It seemed like the end goal to this was in good intention as well though the phrasing could have been better.
The way you put it sounds kind of like a villain in some story. I do want to know though, what kind of world are you trying to make where life prospers as it's meant to? I don't really care how this world ends up but I don't want to end up hurt either.
The one thing I truly want to know about all this, I guess, is where will I end up at the end of all this?
W-what the hell!?
*Haruko had just witnessed two people die. Though at this point that was secondary to the two monsters that had emerged from their deceased husks.*
Well that proves the DJ's behind all this I guess! And that we'll have to kick some ass to get to him!
"Did you just kill those people? Tch, I can't say for sure if I'll be able to stop anyone else from getting hurt. But at the very least I'll save as many as possible... MISSION START!"
Taiga's stares at the things as he twirls his Gashat towards them. Aiming it like a gun before slamming down on its button and pulling his coat open, a large belt is visible on his waist, and the electronic voice of his Gashat shouts Bang Bang Shooting across the room. Various large coins with icons only Taiga knows the meaning of for sure scattering themselves around.
"I'll take you things down with my second tactic alone, easily."
He'd then place the Gashat into his drive as a blue hologram forms in front of him, Taiga quickly rolling through it before vanishing for a moment and reappearing in a suit of navy blue and green armor, a green cape hanging down from his shoulders and a large handgun rests in his hands.
"I sure as hell hope you can take care of yourself, lady, cause my powers aside... This is no game."
With that he'd click the handgun into its rifle form, energy shots flying towards one of the things as Snipe searches for cover to take. He'd then quickly cease firing and roll towards whatever seems passable, no sense just sitting out in the open like an easy target.
Fakelib ponders for a moment.
"Well, what I meant was that I wish for a world where life can develop at it's own pace. No divine intervention imposing its will upon us. A world that's truly free. Revel in chaos. Build order. Do whatever you desire without having to follow your fate. You shouldn't worry about getting hurt, Hookworm will see to it that you aren't left defenseless."
He gives an uncharacteristically warm smile to Quintus.
"Where you end up is just as I said. Wherever you so choose. I gave you the keys. And now the rest is up to you. Be a savior and reject my gift, making an enemy of me in the process. Or accept your new power and hone it until you no longer have anything to fear. Your life is yours. You'd do well to remember that."
Meanwhile, the foyer of the building is now the stage for a grim battle. The corpses are quickly tossed by the monsters to intercept the attack, while Taiga finds a thick coffee table. The large insects then split up, two of them lunge at Haruko with gnarled fangs.
Taiga, on the other hand, has his pair aim to destroy the table by crushing it in their terrifically powerful tail pincers.
*Haruko has to act fast! Summoning up her Persona to intercept the hit, but also to trike out with a hidden blade as the bugs approach. Haruko, for her part, spins a chakram of her own at the two bugs.*
Bugs aren't that hard to get rid of, I've seen tougher Shadows.
Taiga sighs and grabs hold of the table with one hand, chunks of the thing already falling off from their attack. His other hand flips his gun back to revolver form as he slams his makeshift shield towards both foes. Either way, he'd keep the table pointed towards them while poking his gun arm above it to take aim at the one he'd blasted a bit earlier.
"You say bugs aren't hard to deal with... But I say tell me that again after facing Gamedeus! Bugs are a real pain in the ass if they're allowed to run freely ya know!"
He'd look over at the woman's battle, he still isn't entirely clear on these Persona things... And who the hell uses discs as weapons anyways? Madness he says.
Quintus turns away from the fake Kalib. He seems somewhat content with his choice now. Surely the world the fake Kalib described can't be that bad. He'd prefer to simply let things go there natural course wherever they may end up so for now he thought he'd simply focus more on learning about his new-found abilities.
I wonder if...maybe with all this chaos...some people are ,well, fearing for their lives...If it's already there then it's no harm right?
Quintus turns back to Fakelib.
Uh, I was told about a stronger host then myself around here. Do you know where I might find them? I want to see their power for myself.
The thick exoskeleton of the creatures seemed to ignore most of the strikes form Haruko and her Persona.
"Dayuuum! Look'atchu gurl! You could be a bona fide disc jockey with those spinnin' skillz! Awrite!"
Haruko's two foes then latch on to each other before rolling into a ball and charging once more at Haruko and her Persona.
"Look at you Mister Doctorman! You must be one of those Power Rangers right? Oh I'm just kidding baby cakes!
I know what you are and where you're from. How many of your friends are trapped here, Mr. Eye of the Taiga? And riddle me this...how do you think that Nico girl is doing?"
Snipe is having a better time fending off his insects. He manages to blast a hole right through the head of his previous target. Now enraged, the remaining insect jumps at Snipe with its tail end first. It makes an attempt to crush his legs.
The scene then shifts to Fakelib and Quintus talking. The man was happy to see Quin's resolve, but is caught off guard by the desire to meet the other host.
"Oh? Well sure I know where that guy is. Ya know...he reminded me of you. Granted, his heart was stained with jealousy like I've never seen before. But he was still quiet, unassuming even. He's in the studio on the fifth floor."
Fakelib leans back against the wall with a satisfied grin.
"Take care kid. I don't control the hosts, so be wary...I wouldn't want you to meet a bad end. I've high hopes for you."
The thing smashes into his legs and Snipe is sent flying back into a wall. Any normal person would be down, he on the other hand simply hears his Rider gauge tick down to 85% before standing up with a groan, shooting a glare at the source of the voice.
"I don't know who you are, nor do I care all that much... But know that I'll put an end to whatever plans you have. And you say trapped? I say we're here for a damm good reason! The world could always use more heroes after all... As for Nico? I'm sure she's fine, I've got faith in her after all. Now then, time for me to get the next level don't you think?"
As he finishes speaking Snipe would pull the Gashat from his Driver and quickly draw an unlabeled one. Crystals cover its surface... Though something of a name seems to be forming under the things, Taiga quickly slams the thing into his Driver without any fanfare. This time the hologram puts him into a suit of armor covered in blue crystals and his gun takes on the same part. Beyond that, it's the same as usual.
"Now then time to end this in an instant!"
Snipe would then draw his Gashat and toss it into the slot of his Gashacon Magnum. The electronic voice says something, but it can't quite be made out. More akin to meaningless chanting than an actual finisher call. What isn't meaningless are the portals that open above and to the sides of his foe, one linked to each appearing before the Rider as well while glowing energy forms inside of his weapon. It builds up for a moment before a sudden torrent of lasers flies from the thing, splitting off into 3 directions to blast right into his enemy from the portals floating around them. Burning heat leaving a trail of smoke from the barrel of his Gashacon Magnum, along with a cloud of smoke upon the ground where his foe stands. Taiga smirks behind his mask as it clears, he'd assume that it's dust now given their weakness. He sighs and looks over to where the girl once stood, wondering what the hell she went off for before quickly blasting away at other two foes with the last of his finisher. No time for fancy portals, but it's still a stream of lasers pouring from his rifle.
(edited by Kamen-Rider-Snipe)
Quintos walks up to the door of the building and tries to open it. If its open he'd walk inside.
There were still things he was unsure of as far as these parasites go but he knew that those answers either didn't matter or would come with time. Far be it from him to decide whether these parasites were necessarily right or wrong in their methods. All that mattered to him was what he could realistically do in that moment and for now learning more about the parasites was his first priority.
I'll be careful. Jealousy though, I can't even imagine what kind of despair comes from that but I guess I'm at least content with who I am. Anyway, I doubt they'd have anything to be jealous about with me. I'm just an ordinary guy for the most part. Thanks for answering my questions. I'll probably be seeing you again I imagine.
The insect that was assaulted by the finisher is reduced to...there isn't anything left...just a burn mark. However, the other pair is turned into a pile of black ash before it could crash into Haruko.
"Well well well...that was impressive. You Kamen Riders are certainly the real deal. But I'm more happenin' than your scrawny laser light show. Just keep that in mind, Taiga Cub."
The radio goes silent as Quintus enters the foyer, which at the moment looks more like a hellscape. Beyond the foyer is a doorway that leads to a flight of stairs. If they attempt to open the door it would be unlocked.
"More than that one sure... But I have better tricks up my sleeve now, thanks to winning this fight... If I can call it a fight."
The man would smirk mockingly towards the voice, ejecting his Gashat as it shifts form. The crystal shattering and the faint writing becoming defined. BANG BANG GALAXY!Is now written on it in all white, the cover showing a man in a suit akin to Snipe's soaring through the stars as laser blasts fly around him.
"We'll see how "happening" my final game is soon enough, but till then how about you be quiet and stop this being an ear sore thing? I'd be very pleased with that."
Finally the doctor would toss his hands in his coat pockets, walking off for where he hopes his foe will be with a smirk on his face... And keeping an eye out for a map of the place.
Quintus moves towards the door and opens it up. He sighs as he sees the stairs but starts walking up them regardless.
Do I have to walk all the way up to the 5th floor? You'd think a place like this would have an elevator...
I hope I'm not wasting my time by coming here but there are some things I feel I need to know.
A fire map on the wall before the staircase reveals that most of the floors of the building have the same layout. A largre square hallway with offices sprinkled about the place.
However, the fifth floor is a large open floor with several different sections labeled on it, namely "Television" and "Radio". Next to the map is also a notice:
"To whom it may concern, the elevator has been out for some time and we're working on getting it fixed. I appreciate your patience."
Quintus begins his ascent with no issue. The floors passing him as he continues to his destination.
Quintus continues up the stairs growing slightly tired. He's never exactly been the athletic type but walks a fair amount. Despite his routine walks though he's never had a lot of physical stamina and thus is left breathing heavily as he climbs up the stairs in an attempt to reach the fifth floor.
I'm not used to this...Hey, Hook. Do you know anything about this guy's parasite anyway? I don't know if you want to tell me or not but it might be good to know what their parasite is if anything ends up happening.
I'm hopeful I won't have to fight but some people are a little unpredictable.
Taiga sets off for the part listed as radio, walking up some stairs with ease thanks to his usual combat training. Can't rely on his Rider armor for all the work, after all, the man spots Quin breathing with some effort and walks towards him.
"Oi, you okay over there pal? If you've got some kind of condition I'll do my best to take care of it, cause from where I'm standing it looks like you've got... Asthma? Or just happen to be outta shape, either is bad in this place."
Taiga opens with the start of a medical lecture. But quickly stops himself and bows to Quin, rubbing the back of his head for a moment before going on.
"Uh anyways, Taiga Hanaya nice to meet you. I'm a doctor so but uh no cause to open with medical crap right? Well, what brings you to this place anyways? You here to try and put an end to this madness too? I could use the help, what with these things killing people and all..."
(edited by Kamen-Rider-Snipe)
Upon hearing the voice Quintus turns as he tries to calm his breathing. He continues walking up as the doctor starts to give his lecture. In some regard Quintus is a little annoyed that someone else is here now too though also slightly relieved to know he sin't here alone. As the doctor introduces himself he finally makes eye contact with them.
I'm Quintus Geminus but you can just call me Quin. I wouldn't want to go too deep into my reasons for being here but there was something here I wanted to see for myself. It's not something as so selfless as wanting to end this chaos but I'm not gonna get in your way if that's your goal.
The voice inside of Quintus stirs once more.
"From what I can tell, it's Earwig. Not sure how they function exactly, but I assume it uses those smaller orbs to attack. Best to just squash any that come our way."
The voice stops for a brief moment.
"Kalib gave us a definite clue, I know that for a fact. Remember how he mentioned jealousy? I can't help but feel that its power may come from that emotion. As if they underwent a mutation of some sort. Remain on guard."
The voice goes silent as Taiga catches up to Quintus before the landing of the fifth floor. Before the pair is a glass door leading into a dark room save for the blinking lights of equipment.
"Your own reasons hmm? I guess I won't pry too much, but yeah stopping this is what I'm here for Quin... Still, you sure this is a safe place to be?"
Taiga doesn't exactly approve of the man's answer to his question, but he'll let it slide all things considered. Not like everyone can be a hero after all.
"Anyways, if you feel like tagging along I'll do my best to make sure nothing happens to you. Or we can just go our own ways, I'll leave it up to you though. Just know tagging along with a guy like me is all kinds of trouble."
With that he'd notice the doors leading to the equipment, Taiga shrugs and walks through them with his Bang Bang Shooting Gashat at the ready. Wondering what exactly Quin will do, but he's not overly worried about it as his eyes scan around the things in this room. Taiga trying to see if anything stands out, even if he's no expert in radio.
Quintus walks in after Taiga. Its not as if he's choosing to tag along with him but there is only one way forward in this place. Whatever was ahead he decided to remain on guard and only enter after the doctor himself went in.
I guess it's time to see what'll end up happening. Can't be sure with cases like these sometimes. Though...I suppose this could still be a good learning experience if nothing else. Right, if things get tough I can always run away.
Quintus without any other delays enters the glass door.
As the pair enter the dark room, they can hear something moving in the darkness. However there's little time to worry about where or what it was. With a snap coming from the darkness, a flash of light illuminates the room as stage lights are turned on.
"So. You've finally come. You've done well to make it this far."
At the far end of the room where the lights converge, a single chair sits before recording equipment. And then it slowly begins to turn and reveals...a small child with headphones. He looks little over fourteen years old and has a quiet look on his face.
Quintus looks curiously at the child with a smirk on his face. He wasn't expecting to see a child here. He started to wonder though if this child was the supposed stronger host than him. Such a thought seemed silly to him but he didn't consider it as an impossibility.
Really wasn't expecting a kid to be a host...You are the one with Earwig, right?
Quintus speaks with a somewhat condescending tone unintentionally. It's as if a part of him wants to egg the kid on to draw out his parasite if he does have one. He did come here to see how strong other hosts were in comparison with himself.
Taiga simply stares at the boy in shock, wondering what in the fuck a kid is doing... It doesn't matter too much, in the end, he's got no choice but to do something. Damm well better hope these come out like Bugsters do or something.
"I don't know what in the hell you happen to be thinking kid, but I can't allow this madness to go on regardless of anything else. So then I guess I'll try and perform an operation now!"
Taiga would slam the button of his Gashat down and quickly transform, this time standing in some tiny almost chibi version of his Rider armor. An energy pulse flying through the air towards the boy, the exact same trick he'd used to force Bugsters out of hosts once upon a time... He's not willing to think about what'll happen if he can't remove the dammed thing.
The boy just looks at the pair before taking off his headphones. However, he doesn't speak. The boy simply hops off the chair and walks towards the pair, his mouth begins to contort into a disgusting pair of mandibles.
"Speak up my good people! Sammy here is suuuuuuuper deaf! BAHAHAHAHA!"
The boy merely rolls his eyes as though he heard the voice of the strange creature. However he glares at Quintus.
"Aha! The Hookworm host! How is it hanging my compadre? Kill anybody yet!? Huh huh!?"
Quintus is almost suprised by the strange mandables forming out of the boy's mouth. At this point though, he's seen plenty of disgustingly weird things in this world. His main concern is wether or not something like the weird mutation that occurred with the boy's parasite would happen to him.
Killed anyone? I think that'd only cause more trouble for me than good. Besides, with how Hook feeds I'd think keeping people alive would be more beneficial.
By the way...uh, what's up with the weird mouth thing?
(edited by Quintus_Geminus)
*Deploys to end the Danganronpa sounding madness*
The boy simply looks at Taiga and his transformation.
"Cute. But it'll take more than your theatrics to bust me out of this kid...that is if you're willing to botch another operation, you quack."
The mandibles speak before the boy turns his head again to Quintus.
"Oh! Sammy here can't talk without sounding like a...what's a politically corr- retard. He sounds like a retard.
But I can speak for him because of how well synched we are, I got the ability to move past Armed Mode. But it's no big deal, doesn't hurt Sammy any."
A distant rumbling sound is heard as a voice rings out with a flash of light from the stairwell, crashing into the room is a level 1 Brave on a yellow bike, fitted with his Taddle Quest gashat in his driver as he gets off the bike and turns to Taiga
Looks like I'm a little late, hopefully the operation isn't over yet. Taiga, what's the situation.
Brave then looks at the strange... thing, and stares at it for a second, trying to make heads or tails out of it
That is no bugster to say the least. What is it?
"Ah, so then it can, in fact, be done... Thanks for the helpful info Earwig. And don't compare yourself to Graphite either, I doubt an idiot like your self could hold a candle to that dammed Bugster. Besides, I've got a bit better since that one anyways."
Taiga glares at the wannabe Bugster, not even paying it's words mind beyond the simple fact that it can indeed be removed... But for some reason, he doesn't feel like he'll have the chance to try anything here. Either way, he looks over at Hiiro and sighs. What is it? Good question.
"Frankly I haven't figured the details out yet, but I'm aware it's killed at least two people and is inside that child's body. It resists the Bugster removal method as well, so we'll need to try some... More forceful ways of operating. Or so I believe off current information."
Tch... This is what I was worried about, some strange new infection springing up and our old methods won't work. Looks like we'll have to figure something out. I don't exactly care about the patient but as a doctor I can't let him die.
After looking up the location, an individual clad in brown, black, and grey armor finds their way to the buildingâ€™s exterior. They stand outside the front door and take a deep breath
O.... Ok. I J... I just need to go in there, and be a hero. Just like in all those stories... T... Thatâ€™s what this is all about, right?
The individual remains outside, taking a deep breath. If anyone could see them, theyâ€™d be visibly shaking as they consider walking inside
I... Itâ€™ll be just like the stories... B.... Besides. This is a game. Surely.....
The individual pauses as they remember a meeting with detectives. A single sentence rings out in their head. â€œIf you donâ€™t take off that suit, a loss will be the least of your worriesâ€. They begin to step away from the building
I.... I canâ€™t......
The figure proceeds to run back through the streets, just the way they came
"I'm not sure they're totally useless... Just might need to skip a step for this one, but we also have no way of knowing how much damage that'll cause the patient either. Quite the issue wouldn't you say?"
Taiga looks over the parasite and it's host, rather than actually doing anything with his weapons the man simply stands ready. Waiting for their foe to lash out.
The boy shrugs at Taiga.
"I can be removed yes. But let's just say, it won't end well for Sammy. He likes the power. I just oblige him. We're right on the cusp of something big too! It'll knock socks off for sure! People will be lining up to get an earful! HAH!"
He glances over to Hiiro.
"Ah! Speaking of your botched surgery. Good evening Hiiro! How are you today?"
"I don't care all that much what he likes... If he'll live through it that's better than letting you do whatever the hell you want. MISSION START!"
With that the Gashacon Magnum would form in Snipe's hands, bullets flying from the barrel with pinpoint accuracy right towards the parasite rather than the boy. He doubts it'll do the kid favors,
but this shouldn't be enough to kill either.
Hiiro thinks over the information Taiga gave to him as he responds to the parasite, clearly unamused by the monotone voice
I have no words for you. Only this. You'll either leave that boy willingly. Or forcibly. I honestly couldn't care if Sammy wants you around or not. Your killing people, simple as that, and that won't be tolerated.
Seeing Taiga strike, Hiiro follows as he ignites his sword with a press of the button, running towards the parasite and trying to chop a piece of it off
The mandibles harden as the boy catches the bullets in his mouth and spits them out.
"Sammy, Armed Mode!"
The mandibles retract from the boys mouth and the child puts up his dukes. His left arm is coated in a large spike and his right arm is equipped with the mandibles.
"Sorry docs, have an apple or something, we gotta bounce!"
The boy parries the flaming blade using his spike arm. Then he rolls towards a window and leaps out, fading into the fog.
Hiiro moves towards the window and tries to look around for the parasite before losing track of it and giving up, pulling the blue gashat out of his driver as a loud vacuum noise is heard
Looks like it got away... This is troubling, we have a parasite that seems to work together with it's host to do... something. Well, I'll go contact the ministry I suppose and try to find something on these parasites. Perhaps my detective contract could be of assistance. Well then, take care Taiga, I'll be off now.
Hiiro then walks away and out of the building, looking around intently as he takes mental note for a report to the ministry
OOC:I seem to be late to the party.Can I join in on the fun or are you guys done already?
(edited by Eito)