"Ooh we can have a snow ball fight!" Sasha nearly yelled as she released Sheela before she could deafen her beloved companion. The idea tickled Sasha to think that they could be in a carefree sort of combat where everything wasn't life and death. Devon arched a brow and gave Nicholas a bit of a 'look what you did' expression but it was in good fun. It was fairly important to keep the mood light and not too weighed down with drama or angst. For now, they needed to enjoy themselves and their destination, whatever it would bring. They were on quite an adventure. "I wanna do some shopping for my mom and dad." Sasha also commented and then looked to the other four. "And you guys too of course." But Sasha wasn't too sure what she could get her friends, she would think of something though. Devon's ears had perked up at the mention of the aquarium. He held back before expressing his interest as it seemed Sasha had caught up to what Nathan had just previous stated about their hacker friend. "Oh well, I'm surprised there wasn't dramatic music and fireworks. Or something." She chuckled a little and stepped back a ways to give everyone some space. The vacancy left by Rey would be hard to ignore but there had to be faith that the cozy group would be able to truck on. Rey was going her own way and it wasn't really goodbye forever.
"Maybe there will be some upon our arrival." Devon suggested and turned back to Sheela. "I'm down for going to the aquarium. Not sure about everyone else..." He trailed off a little and looked toward the other three. Of course if it was just him and Sheela, it wouldn't be so bad. He was sure Nathan and Sasha could find something geeky to do like visit a manga store or something. Then of course there was Nicholas but he would probably be okay with doing either. Since it was their vacation, it was best to do whatever made them happy. And although being with Sheela made their leader happy, it might be best for them to separate for at least a few hours. "Anyway..." He trailed off again and moved over to sit near everyone, his back to the window which he didn't mind. He didn't need to look at the blurry gray scenery. He would much rather just look after his friends. "So the hot springs, at least everyone's agreed there." Devon said and took out his cell phone. It was hard not to go right to their application used for connecting, Cnnt, to the DgtWld. While things had been hectic online recently, he couldn't help but feel a void inside of himself. While he refused to make judgements so soon, he couldn't help but miss work...well back when it was black and white.
Sasha leaned over to Nathan who had shown his support in rejoining the Gvn should he have the chance to do so. Part of her wanted to make a joke about how it might just be the two of them taking down evil viruses and hackers but it seemed ill fitting so she just looked at everyone. Beyond Devon's blond hair, she saw the outside world. Never again she could view online or offline as harmless. Everyone was lucky, they were so ignorant. While their job was but a memory at the moment, Sasha didn't dare mention it to her loved ones. Not yet. Not until she was older, wiser, perhaps when they wouldn't scoff at her wild imagination. "You know...I've been meaning to move out of my parents' for a while so...if anyone wants a roommate..." She smiled a little and raised a hand. Maybe it was because Rey was off on her own or maybe because they just escaped a deadly situation or maybe it was because of the season, but Sasha felt like making a change and she couldn't help but cling to the only thing she knew best which were her friends. Of course it was likely that if no one spoke up, she would probably stay at home until she died. Maybe it was time though...to start to mature, to stand on her own. Maybe her own place was the first step.
The guy knew her baited comment all too well and just sighed. "Don't look at me." He muttered. He highly doubted that the twins had room as they seemed to have enough to deal with anyway. And Rey's apartment was too cramped already. If it really came down to it though, Devon was sure he would begrudgingly offer his place to Sasha if she really really needed it. He slipped his phone away and took another drink from his bottle. The rest of the ride wasn't too eventful. Someone did come in and offer their services but no one seemed too interested or needy. Devon was relieved that Sasha ended up dozing off in one of the beds. He feared she might just babble endlessly the entire time while trying to play "I Spy". 'Maybe the whole almost dying thing was a wake up call to not be such a child.' He thought. Devon ended up doing some reading from his phone, otherwise he played some video games or just mulled over their present position. When the train pulled into the Aomori Station, it was nearly five in the evening. "Well since Nelwa hasn't mentioned our hotel accomodations, I assume-" Just then everyone's phones went off with a text as they de-boarded the train.
Attached was instructions to the hotel. "Guess we go, drop off our things and head to the nearest hot spring huh?" He smirked.
"I wonder about the delay." Sasha noted. It just didn't seem like Nelwa to be sloppy like that. 'Maybe she's busy with all the other stuff she mentioned.'
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It had been such chaos.
There hadn't been much time to try and explain the misunderstanding that had taken place so long ago but the event played on a loop inside of Vypr's head.
The sound of the old voice, her old name, it had been so long since she heard it. In fact it had been so long that Vypr had feared she had gone mad, given herself some crazy story to justify all the hate that was pent up inside of her. That's all she could feel in a lonely digital world: fear, hate, confusion and madness. Her chest was heavy and she wondered if she might slip into comfortable unconsciousness. This meeting was long overdue, something she never thought she'd ever experience. And now here it was. Part of her wanted to run away, another part of her wanted to lash out and yet she couldn't move, it was as if she were unable to walk. This virtual reality was all she ever knew for so long. While Martha was off living, feeling, eating, breathing fresh air...Mela was stuck inside, left to rot for the criminal which she wasn't. She had been wronging accused and wrongly imprisoned. How could things change? What was change? Vypr was still very much uneasy about trusting anyone, let alone her old companion. Was Odyssey even real or was this another trap for her to fall into? Her heart couldn't take another blow, not that hard. When the young woman before her blurted out a flailing apology, she just stared, unable to hear anything but her own heart beat.
Mela was torn, in so many ways. The two old friends had so much to say, so much to do. It was almost too much. Slowly, she walked forward, her first instinct was ignored, which was to ignore Martha. Her second was also ignored, which was to lash out verbally as well as physically. She was very ambivalent. Somehow Martha was not. She was inviting, charming, commanded as usual. Vypr could only inch closer to her to make sure she wasn't dreaming, wasn't imagining some kind of mental oasis for herself. Maybe it was too late to be saved. "I thought I had killed you..." She whispered softly and reached out for the other's hand. She had been blaming herself, the Gvn, everyone for the wrongful deaths and isolation suffered. While she wanted to be angry, vengeful, a part of her mind wanted to rejoice in the reunion. "If you're real...then I'm not...crazy." She was trying to process everything, trying to be as assertive as she used to be but a caged animal over time, could lose itself. "I don't know what they told you...back then but it was lies, all of it was lies." Mela said and bit her lower lip. "I can't log out...I'm tired of being hunted. I'm tired of being alone." She pleaded and shut her eyes as real tears filled her eyes.
Everything was crashing down, this was too much.
"Why are you here?" She slowly opened her eyes. Memories of the past began to burn her heart and she looked off. Already she had forgotten that they were being watched. Vypr didn't care, this was her friend. She had a friend! They were foes for a frozen moment in time and there was hope, there it was standing in front of her. If only their eyes could speak a thousand conversations at once. If only. Mela sighed softly. "I tried to explain, you were..." She was now trying to justify the actions taken. "You were trying to do your job but...I...I was your friend." While she wanted to be hopeful and happy, she still had to let her anger out. "I was your friend! I didn't want to hurt you but all of you hurt me and then I thought-" She shook her head. "I thought I lost all of you and now here you are!?" She breathed in deeply. "Why...why did you wait? What happened to you?" She whispered painfully, eyes dead set on Martha.