*Atsuko is resonating red (for some reason that escapes me) and the entire Concept Space is actually shaking, if one could establish a fixed origin point to shake from*
Adam: Stop that!
*After a few moments, Atsuko does, shoulders drooping*
Adam: Now you've gone and tired yourself out, stupid. What did you go and do that for anyway? This ain't an illusion, y'know!
Adam: *ignoring her* She's not in here.
Where is she then?
Adam: Damned if I knew. Damned if I was going to tell you anyway.
*Instead of getting upset, Atsuko vanishes from Dot's Concept Space. After she is gone, Adam looks around. The Concept Space is still clean but yet...*
Adam: *english accent* 'ello, wot do we 'ave 'ere?
*Adam picks up a pokeball that has slipped through the cracks. He stares at it ponderously.*
[Scene: EGC, atop the Shinra Building]
*Atsuko appears and notices that half the building top is missing. She growls, floats over to the intact portion and lands on the roof.*
*Snow is falling all around EGC. In some areas, the snow has covered newspaper stands and trashbins.*
This isn't my city, why should I care? Hmmph.
*Atsuko pulls out the Sacred Tear and examines it.*
You're not much use, are you?
*Miraculously, it begins to whisper softly..*
Sacred Tear: Hatred...
What! Did you say that?
Sacred Tear: ... fear...
*Atsuko holds the blade up to her face*
What are you yammering about?
Sacred Tear: ... loathing...
*Atsuko suddenly sees her reflection in the blade change to a young boy.. the face of Kuu*
Cursed sword, so that was you inside there all along, huh?
Kuu: Free me! Use me! Release me!
*eyes narrow* Get real. I'll do no such thing until I figure out what you are. It's not safe tampering with things you no nothing about.
*Atsuko draws a line in mid air and sheathes the sword into it, disappearing*
I'll just keep you safe until I need you. Hmmph.
*Atsuko stares up at the snow falling. She pulls her arms back and whirls around playfully. Then, she stops and sticks out her tongue. Cross-eyed, she watches as a snowflake lands on her tongue and melts.*
*She sighs and sits on the ledge of the building, legs dangling hundreds of feet in the air. She checks her watch and sighs again.*
I hate waiting.