|Current music:||Megumi Hayashibara - Tamashii no Rufuran|
Please come back to me.
Picking up a few lost ideas, all at once...
[setting: the Bar]
Zeras: ...and then I lost him. Can you believe that?
Shinobu: *disinterestedly* Mm hmm.
Zeras: This Phibrizzo fellow is slick as butter! I don't suppose you could help me, could you?
Shinobu: Nope, never met the guy.
Zeras: Really? *points* 'Cause that boy over there said you were his priest.
*She jumps in her seat, then turns in the direction of another table. Laurence grins and waves back at her.*
Shinobu: You! *blinks over next to him* You lousy tattletale... can't you keep a secret?!
Laurence: *grinning* Oh, now really. It's not a secret that you're Phibrizzo's new priest. A secret would be something like, say, the identity of Phibrizzo's new general. Or are you going to enlighten me about that too?
Shinobu: Go to hell.
Laurence: Oh, you're inviting me home! I had no idea you liked me so much! <3
*She opens her mouth to say something scathing in return, when suddenly there is a loud cry from across the bar:*
*She's a short woman with short black hair and green eyes, dressed in long, white and green robes. Laurence and Shinobu turn towards the woman as she runs towards them... and slows down once within sight of the table.*
Woman: Yuuryou..sama? *glances about, confused* I... I sense him over here, but...
*Her jaw drops, and she stares at him as another woman-- the taller, red-haired Mimina --runs up beside her.*
Mimina: Aw, man, we've lost him! Now what are we going to do? ...Asako? *nudges her* Asako?
Asako: ...Yuuryou-sama? *eyes watering* Oh gods, what did she do to you?!
Laurence: ...she returned me to my natural form.
Asako: Your natural form? *lowering herself down to his level* You mean... you're really a child?
Laurence: Yes. I am. *quietly* I'm sorry, Asako.
*She winces, trying to hold back tears, and failing. Mimina stands completely still, her mouth wide in the shape of a large O, and Shinobu is quiet, with an indecipherable facial expression.*
Asako: I... I'm sorry, Yuuryou-sama... I don't know why I'm crying. I should be happy you're all right, but somehow, I'm sad...
*His only response is to reach up with one hand and brush a tear off of her cheek. Her eyes widen considerably.*
Laurence: *gently* Asako, you don't have to pretend around me. I already know.
Asako: You... you knew?
Laurence: Of course I knew. It's always been blatantly obvious that you like me, Asako.
Asako: I... I...
Shinobu: *huffing* Don't encourage him. He'll just go off again about how he's such a SEXY BEAST.
Laurence: *turning* Oh, my. It seems somebody is jealous.
Shinobu: Over my vanished and ruined existence, you creep.
Mimina: *regaining her senses* Ack, we don't have time for this! Asako, we need to tell him about--
*There is a great flash of green, and in the middle of the bar materializes White Alice, covered in blood. She falls immediately to the ground, and vomits up a bucket's worth more of blood and chunks.*
*She runs over to her, kneeling down and propping her head up on one knee.*
Mimina: White, White... can you hear me? Mimina desu...
White Alice: *weakly* It's... too... late.... they've...
*Her eyes glaze over, and her head grows slack.*
Mimina: WHITE! WHITE! ;,;
Laurence: *stunned* What... What just happened?
Asako: That's what we've been looking for you for. When you disappeared, the Midori that disagreed with your rule broke off and became militant. They're out to kill anyone that disagrees with them, and... anyone they deem to be an "enemy of the Midori".
Laurence: And you thought I was the only one that could stop this.
Asako: Yes... but... *lowers her eyes* ...with you like this...
Laurence: *firmly* I'll need a staff. A good, short staff I can whack with.
Shinobu: *laughing* Are you insane? You'll get yourself killed!
Laurence: Why? Just because I'm in this form doesn't mean I'm not the same person. Chatty wasn't able to destroy my advantage over the other Midori, anyway.
Asako: *overjoyed* YUURYOU-SAMA! *glomps him*
Laurence: *grins, patting Asako's head but looking at Shinobu* Now, now, dear... no need to let your emotions get the better of you.
Shinobu: *throws a coffee cup at him* I HATE YOU!
*He dodges it and simply laughs.*
He's a complicated character, he is. And the main backstory bit referenced is here and here (most blatantly in the latter). It's a two-year old idea, it is.