"Perhaps if you have a home nearby? I'm afraid I'm not sure about the domestic habits of Earthlings just yet." She says as she smiles to the crowd around them, trying to wave them off as she offers the same gentle smile that she had before. "I shall follow you Miss Krim. I believe we have a lot to discuss." Brushing herself off, and offering the girl her hand, she takes a step out of the debris around them in order to escort her to where ever it is that she called home. Smiling to the people she offers them reassurances and platitudes as she moves to assist Krim step out of the debris of the former tree. There wasn't to much to say at the moment. Far to many locals curious at seeing such a spectacle in a park midday. It was nice to know that there existed worlds in the Universe that were so peaceful, a race that was so helpful as to come towards such an event to check on those involved rather than run away. It wasn't what she expected of mortals from the various records and books. Perhaps one really did need to experience the world of mortals for themselves before they cast judgement.
Unfortunately, Krim didn't have a home nearby to go to, seeing how her dorm was still quite a bit away, roughly an hour ride on her scooter. Still, there was surely a place out here that possibly could be private enough for them to get at least a bit of peace to speak freely. She didn't want anyone to hear what they had to say, especially when it was difficult to respond to herself. Nonetheless, she would briefly wrack her brain with any potential places they could go, eventually coming to the conclusion of the beach, right below the docks. It wasn't the best place, especially with how grimy and degusting it was typically but she knew that they could at the very least get a bit of privacy if they were going there.
"Yeah," she said as she gestured towards Hops with one hand and wiping away her tears with the sleeve of her other arm. "Follow me." Hastily she made her way out of the scene, moving away from the crowd that felt as if they had their eyes trailed on her. Knowing that perhaps one or two might follow her, she would purposely walk around the city a bit more intricately than usual, trying to lose any trailers which otherwise would be following the two. She only briefly looked over her shoulder every once in awhile, making sure that there was no other unwanted figure that could possibly following them. Eventually though, seeing that they were most likely all by themselves, Krim finally made her way to the location.
The walk to the beach was otherwise uneventful and done in silence if Hops didn't have anything to say. However, after about ten minutes of walking, Krim would lead Hops to a beachfront, bringing her underneath the sea worn docks where the sand was full of litter and the atmosphere was colder than the rest of the beach. However, most people still stayed away from this area of the docks and there was a worn out log where the two could sit and chat, making it a perfect place for a private discussion. "Sorry for the area, not the best I know. But I don't really live near here so this is the next best thing." Krim said, wiping off the sand from the log, before taking a seat. "I'm sure you want some explanations for that, although I really don't know what to say." She couldn't make eye contacts with Hops, instead she stared at her feet, silently shifting the debris around to distract herself from the event that just happened. She would let her take control of the conversation isntead.
"I see" the Shinjin said as she moved to one of the thick wooden support structures, running her hand down the worn wood as she examines the line of barnacles that nested neatly around the wooden pole. The path to get here had been...interesting to say the least. It seemed as though they hadn't really taken a direct route. Perhaps the girl was afraid of something else? Or maybe she just wanted to show off the hustle and bustle of an Earth city. Either way here on the grimy, barnacle ridden base of a local dock they stood. Certainly not the best place for tea but perhaps it could be managed.
"Well first do your best to describe exactly what it was that happened Ms. Krim. That didn't seem like a transformation or...usual sort of power up." She says, gathering bits of drift wood that had gathered and stacking them in front of where Krim sat. "Transformation when powering up isn't an unusual thing when a mortal species powers up. It's actually quite a common thing. But when one powers up in that way they usually experience some....dramatic physical changes as well as mental ones, at times." She continues as she forms the drift wood into a small circle in front of Krim. "It is not an entirely uncommon thing for a species to experience a mental change as well" She added on to the thought. "Many experience mental blockades that can at times drastically hold them back from their true potential. Was your sudden lust for blood and dramatic power up brought on by some sort of mental transformation rather than physical? It'd be the first time I'd heard of such." She finished as her hands glow, the wood she had gathered drying out, crackling slightly as she used her Ki to prepare.
It was a difficult question to answer, especially since she hardly knew how to trigger it in the first place. While Krim knew that she grew faster and stronger in that state, she didn't know how it happened. It was as if she had this power with just a blink of the eye, nothing more or less. As much as she wanted to understand what Hops was saying, she was completely left in the dust. "I'm sorry?" She said rather hesitantly, her face scrunched up in confusion as she tried to follow what she had said. "I really don't know. I never really transformed on purpose before. I can't even do it on will." While she still wasn't sure whether or not this was exactly what Hops was asking for it was better than nothing.
Her mind wandered back to her childhood, remembering the moments when she had fits like these and how even experienced therapists couldn't explain it. While they primarily happened at random, Krim did remember moments where they were occasionally triggered, including one of her more recent episodes that had harmed another innocent badly. She still couldn't help but cringe at that memory. "Well, sometimes it happens when I'm feeling really upset, that's the only time it consistently happens." She began. "When it does, I just lose control of myself. I can't control my body and I forget who I am in the moment. It's as if I've become a different person."
No, that wasn't the truth. Krim knew by now that someone else was in this body of hers. Who they were, well she didn't know. She only recently learned of this truth and it was something that she was still grappling with understanding. While modern medicine could help with mental disorders, they certainly couldn't help with spiritual problems like this. "I met with a demon," Krim began after a bit more hesitation. "He told me that there's someone else in my body, although both of us don't know much about them to begin with." That was really the only information that she could provide, and as guilty as she felt there was nothing more to say in this situation.
This was certainly some interesting information. Two souls within the same physical form? She had never really heard about something like this, but there was an ancient weapon smithing technique that involved the sealing of a soul within the confines of blade... Perhaps this was some sort of similar works? Though what process it would take to seal a soul within organic confines must be some deep level of forbidden magic, and to manage to do to one that already had a soul inhabiting it? Whoever was responsible for this was either a genius or a madman, or perhaps a touch of both. Either way this Mortal, Krim, had just become very interesting indeed.
"You said you were only half Human correct?" She ask, arms crossed at her chest, left hand partially over her chin as the thumb and forefinger gently stroked the blue tinted skin. "Would you happen to know exactly what the other half is? This planet, Earth, it has a very...unique role in this Universe." She continued, her voice hesitant as she looked over Krim once again. "Let's just say that Earthling genetics are surprisingly accommodating. At least according to Ywa, the author of the Introductory text." She says, forgetting for a moment that she was probably talking nonsense to Krim's ears. "Forgive me" She says, moving her hand from her chin as she gets back to preparing tea. "I sometimes forget this is the Mortal World. The Introductory Text tells basic knowledge about the known Mortal races, past and somewhat current I suppose." She kneels before the wood again, holding her hand out as a blue glow envelopes the wood before finally they burst forth into flames with a slight pop. With that done her hands glow green, a small tea pot and holder appearing over the small fire. "I hope no one minds a bit of fire under here. I'm sure it'll be fine." she says, as she leans back to take a seat on a large bit of drift wood. "I asked if you knew what the other half is because learning that we might be able to figure out exactly what this..."Someone else" is."
"Yeah, that's right." Krim said, nodding to further affirm her statement. However, she was slightly confused, unsure of how her species had to do with all of this. She knew that she was a bit exotic, especially with her ears due to her Konatsian heritage, but she had mostly regarded it as an appearance and cultural change that she hardly was even aware of to begin with. "I'm part Konatsian, that's why I asked you earlier whether you were one as well." She began. Typically she would give a nervous giggle or some other sign at this, although she simply couldn't force herself to do such a thing now, especially after all that has happened. Instead, she would simply begin to thumb her pointed ear, playing around with it as that part of her heritage was brought into the conversation. "My dad and grandpa are both full blooded, although they don't really know much about their culture to begin with either. I was hoping to maybe meet one of my kind one day and learn more about them, although it was mostly just because I was curious."
She didn't question too much though, believing that Hops was much more knowledgeable when it came to the grand scheme of things. The woman only further managed to prove Krim's point with the mention of something known as the Introductory text or whatever it was called in the first place. Even if she wasn't a Konatsian herself, maybe Hops was what held the key between learning the truth between these fits she had and what that side of her family were to begin with. After all, aside from a few random mentions in the textbooks and stray articles across the internet there was nothing telling Krim what she really was to begin with. Everything was a mystery, and now she finally had a chance to learn what it was.
"Konatsian?" She says, more to herself than as an actual attempt at reaffirmation of the statement. Her gaze turns from Krim in general to the girls slightly pointed ears. As they waited for the tea to come to boil the Shinjin once again crossed her arms over her chest, left hand near her chin as her thumb and forefinger once again gently rubbed against the skin. She spent a moment racking her brain for what she could recall off the top of her head regarding that particular mortal species. She remembered them being a fairly curious species, resembling Shinjin a bit actually if she were recalling the sketches correctly.
"Well I'm afraid I probably don't know enough to satiate your curiosity about where your Father and Grandfather come from." She began, breaking the bad news first as she continued. "But I can remember a little bit. The Konatsian come from a planet called Konats, sort of how Earthlings come from Earth." She says, tapping her right foot into the rocky sand as if to punctuate the point. "They aren't as sociable as most other mortal races though, and their planet is fairly far away from other planets that have so far evolved sentient mortal life. So I'd say it's fairly rare that one would appear on Earth unless they had some sort of business here." She sat quietly for a moment, eyes turned down to the crackling fire as she wondered whether or not to say what she was thinking. It wasn't really solid information that she'd like to offer the girl about her grandfather and father's people, but it was something.
"A long time ago, before the current ages." She began, her mind turning as she tried to remember the story as she told it. "Before the current ages there was a time where the Universe was a lot more chaotic. It was a time when there were being so powerful that they could destroy a planet with a flick of the wrist. There is a ring of asteroids in the very system that may be an example of this." She added, pointing upward at the underside of the dock, though she didn't notice as she was looking once again to Krim. "So in this age there was a demon that threatened the young universe. A literal God of Destruction that ran rampant and wild. It was a beast said to be born from the depths of hell, a land where wicked mortal souls are punished for eternity in Otherworld" She explained, picking up a stick to nudge a crackling branch back into place as she waited for the tea to boil. "So there eventually appeared from the planet Konats a young Prince who challenged this Demon and obliterated it, or so they say. In truth I'd call it little more than a tall tale I suppose." She finished as the tea kettle began to whistle.
With that her hands glowed green again as she produced two small tea cups, offering Krim one as she moved to pour her a nice cup. "So it is said anyway that even though they are a bit unsociable and isolated, the Kontasians have a long history battling the devils and demons that managed to crawl out of the deepest pits of the Universe. If I recall many races have stories of a pointed eared being from the stars who arrived to rid them of some great evil. But I can't speak to how true these tails are. I was told this one by an Elder when I was fairly newly ripened. Perhaps there are more ancient Shinjin who may be able to confirm such stories, but with that I have shared all I know about the Kontasians that I can. I apologize if it isn't to helpful."
Even though Krim hoped to learn more about her heritage from someone who was possibly much more knowledgable than her, Hops was unable to provide her with the information that she wanted. She knew the general history from both word of mouth but also from a few of the history texts from back at school, one of the short periods when she had actually paid attention in that class. Still, it did make sense why there were so little information about them on this planet seeing how... antisocial Hops made them out to be. Although strange, it did provide her with an incentive to maybe go and visit that planet one day, although that was something that she would worry about after she had managed to address this issue at hand.
As the woman went into another story, speaking about beings with immense power that honestly Krim wasn't sure if she could believe. The story itself appeared too far fetched for someone like her and it sounded as if it had come straight out of a fairy tale rather than it being the truth behind the founding of Konats, although she wasn't one to talk considering she had something else inhabiting her body along with her. Still, she did appreciate the story at the very least. It managed to help her calm her nerves from the episode from earlier, allowing her to maintain her sense of mind and think a bit more properly despite the lingering anxiety. "What do you mean by that? Oh thank you." She asked once Hops had finished her story and handed her the hot tea. "Are you saying that maybe the Konatsian didn't kill all the demons in the story? That maybe some of them still are around?" The message of the tale was difficult for her to decipher, seeing how it felt nothing more than a bedtime story and she hoped at the very least she could get some elaboration on it.
Krim did her best to wrap her head around it, gently blowing on the tea that she was just handed. Was there a connection between her people and the demons that the shinjin mentioned? If so, what was it? As much as she wanted answers for her questions, she simply couldn't get them, too in the dark about the Konatsians to figure it out herself. Was there a connection between them and the other evil creature within her soul?
Pouring her own cup she looks down into the murky liquid, her mind going over what she could recall off the top of her head that may be able to provide more assistance to the poor girl. So far she's had yet to really get around to address the who, or more likely now what, this "Someone else" within her was. A being bound and sealed within another organic being was something she'd never really heard of before. The only experience she had with such a concept was the fashioning of a legendary Z Sword, a form of magical blade whose power came not from the user but from a being that was sealed within. She knew a fair bit about the Z Sword and if this were a blade with a "someone else" sealed within it'd be a fairly simple process to solve this dilemma. She would have to consult further text within the library to assist Krim further with this issue. But for now the planets rotation was turning away from the sun and towards the cold emptiness of space.
"Do you happen to have a place we may stay the night Miss Krim? Perhaps some place far away from other people? I think the best course of action right now is to get a good nights rest, for you anyway. I need to do some research regarding your....Uninvited?...Intruder?" She says, the inflection at the end becoming questioning as she was merely assuming from the way Miss Krim spoke that this binding of a soul within her soul wasn't something she had wished upon herself. "You see there is a type of sword, legendary even among the most legendary sorts of blades. This blade is made up of two parts, unlike other blades. You have the physical form, the raw material and Ki that is poured into its fashioning, and the spiritual, the soul of another that serves as its source of power. I suppose if I were to stretch a bit you are akin to a organic Z Blade. The Physical you and the spiritual...it." She continued, a bit unsure of what she was even saying. Something like Miss Krim's situation had to be mentioned in one the countless volumes of sacred and ancient knowledge that made up the great library. It was just a matter of finding the correct one.
With a sip of her tea she stood up, stretching her legs and arching her back slightly before the tea cup in her hand poofed away in a cloud of steam. "Let us find a place for you to rest for the night. I'll have your answer by the morning, I'm sure of it." She says, smiling with a reassuring confidence as she offers the girl her gloved hand.
Sipping at her tea, Krim allowed her mind to wander, doing her best to figure out the solution to all the questions that were laid out in her mind. When one small question was answered, it felt like many others had popped up, most of which whom she wished didn't bother her. She wasn't like her siblings that wanted to fight for the rest of their lives, no, she just wanted to continue her job as an actress yet she found herself in this situation like this.
When Hops asked her question, she simply responded by giving an absent minded nod. "Yeah, I'm from South City actually. I go to college there and I live in the dorm." Then the true extent of the question slowly dawned on her, causing her to give the woman a confused look. "Oh, away from people. Well, um, I live in the dorms at a nearby college. I don't really know any place else aside from there. That and, I'm sure my roommate would be worried if I didn't come home tonight." She said, mind drifting off to the memory of how worried her friend had been when she had come home late at night after her encounter with Meister. The poor girl probably worried her butt of and she didn't want to bring her any more trouble than she already had.
Racking her head with any potential locations to stay the night that would fit the criteria, Hops then began telling her of a story of a legendary sword, something that piqued her attention. Even if she wasn't a full time fighter, Krim couldn't deny the fact that she had an interest in swords. She only recalled touching one a few times in her life, typically using wooden sword opposed to the real one. "It seems pretty neat," she commented until Hops would reveal the fact that she was a living z sword. What did that mean? A look of confused spread across her face as she tried to process this information. "An organic z sword?" She repeated aloud.
This information was hurting her head, and seeing as the conversation was reaching a close, Krim handed the tea cup back to Hops with one hand before accepting her outstretched one with the other. "Thank you for the tea, it was delicious." She said, "but before I do anything too crazy I have to let my roommate know that I probably won't be coming home tonight if that's the case." She commented, taking out her phone and readying a text. She couldn't help but wonder what Hops had in plan for the two of them soon.
"Well...I suppose it wouldn't hurt for you to spend the night with your friends." She says, noticing that the girl seemed to not quite understand the implications of what may one day come. Not yet anyway. It was rather sad actually. This girl just wanted a normal Earthling life it seemed, but she'd already been robbed of such an opportunity by whoever it had been who had sealed within her this 'Someone Else' she had mentioned. If she did not take steps to learn about and perhaps find a balance with that 'Someone Else' her dream of a regular Earthling life would end in tragedy. Judging by how quickly the 'Someone Else' had taken over to strike out at her it would likely not be to long before such a tragedy may happen, though at the moment she couldn't say exactly what may have triggered its release since she hadn't really even been pushing the girl that hard, or had she?
"I'll return home for the time being as well Miss Krim. Perhaps we can meet again some place that is a bit more isolated." She said as the teacup she had been handed poofed away into a cloud of steam. She stood awkwardly for a moment, looking down at her own gloved hand as the steam drifted upward. She was unsure if she should share her concerns or not. If she did it the concern it would surely bring may be just enough to trigger the incident she worried about, but then again was it fair to just not say anything? This must be how the Kai must feel when dealing with Mortal races she thought to herself as she offered a warm smile. "Here, take this button Miss Krim." She says, her hand glowing blue at first and then green as a small red button appeared in her right hand. In her left hand their appeared what seemed to be a small alarm of some sort. "W...when you are ready to..." She paused, her words hesitant as she thought about how to properly word her thoughts in the most delicate manner possible. "When you are ready to face your destiny just press the button and I'll be on my way." It was clear that Miss Krim wasn't yet ready to embrace the destiny that someone had thrust on her. It would be a cruel for her to thrust her into it before she was ready. "I...suppose then it is goodbye for now Miss Krim. It was truly a pleasure meeting you today." She says and she bows gently at the waist, body slightly stiff as she kept the warm smile on her face. The 'TP' medal on her white hat glint gently in the dying light of the day as the sun slowly set on the horizon.
Huh? As Krim looked up it seemed as if Hops had suddenly decided to change her mind. While she was already to prepared to let her roommate know what had happened to her, the woman instead pressed a button into her hand, urging her to press it if something were to happen to her in the future. Looking down at the button then looking back up at Hops, a look of confusion came across her face as she tried to make sense of the words. "What do you mean?" What was she talking about "facing destiny?" It seemed all too strange and odd, something that she hardly understood from all of this. But before any of her questions were answered, the woman had already walked away, leaving her standing there underneath the docks with the words echoed through her head.
Krim continued to stand there, completely baffled by this entire experience before looking once more at the button and then shoving it in her pocket. This wasn't something she could particularly think about right now, seeing how crazy everything was to begin with. No, whatever she meant, she didn't understand it and it wasn't a good idea to try and figure it out right now. Instead, she would simply grab her things and begin walking away, heading back towards the direction of her scooter. After everything that happened today, she was done with her trip and she just wanted to go back to her room and have a nap.