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Phone post, so kinda without format and rather shortish. Well, at least Mana was glad that her wishes were understood. At least, in this manner, she'd have some time to think by herself. This was just so confusing that… she didn't know anymore, in all honesty. As much as she wanted to not to end up looking thankless ans impolite, but… that was just how things were. Soon enough, the memory or illusion or whatever ended up vanishing, just for them to find themselves back where they were.
Somewhat glad that this was over, the redhead heaved a sigh of relief. Finally…
She noticed the newcomer, even though she wasn't really interested in her, and while the digimon seemed to share some kind of link with Ryouta, she admittedly didn't recognize her, even on the slightest.
“Excuse me…” Without missing a beat, she made her way towards her room. She just wasn't in the mood to keep talking about this.
Suzuran, on her stead, quickly took interest in this sudden development. She had to admit that she hadn't expected it, and while she hadn't concluded on being pleased or displeased by it, at least she could say that this was… interesting.
“My, my. It certainly took you your sweet time, dear mother.” The Kodamon said with amusement. “How have you been? I see you have shed your previous costume. Intriguing.”
Well, that was rather sudden for her taste, but she guess that's fine. Isana sipped her drink elegantly while sending a glance at Ryouta that tells him to take a break. Of course the young man immediately do it, grateful for her sensitivity. Explanation can be asked later. Rather than that, she's more interested as of why Suzuran is here and not Ayaka of all people.
"My sweet time should be taken as long as it could, especially when we have been spared from Dark Area's harsh ground. Alas, your comment about my clothes only bring it to a point that I've actually died twice. It wasn't fun. Disregarding all of those,I've been well, o daughter. I see that yourself has gotten into a rather interesting arrangement. A lie I shall not spoke this time... I actually expected Ayaka instead of you. The girl herself has changed... Like, very changed. She's no longer the girl that seem would cry a lot. However I have no idea whether it's destiny's ill humor or not that she's partnered with you, exact opposite of the motherly Ayaka. Whether that will be good for her growth or not, we shall see. Still, it's a pleasure to see you here nonetheless."
Isana gently brushed some of her white locks away.
"...Well, then, daughter. Mind telling me what's going on? I need as much information as possible, of course. All for the sake of.... ah, curiosity."
Well, of course that the situation was kind of... curious, but also, it wasn't out of the ordinary, in a sense. Of course that this wouldn't faze Suzuran too much, given her mother's penchant for the dramatic.
Still, it was something she could say was too out of the ordinary.
"Of course, of course. Your nature has never been to hurry, so I did not expect for this time to be an exception. May I ask, what brings you to this place? I would not say that this "arrangement" is interesting, given that it's just humans being humans, but I digress. Whatever troubles them, they may or may not resolve it with the mere passing of time; I have more pressing matters to attend than this."
She made a pause, not really irked off at her mention of her sister but more like regarding that option with curiosity. In all honesty, she couldn't care less on who showed up and who didn't. Things had no reason for happening, so...
"Would not be the first time your expectations were not on spot, would they?" She smirked innocently at her own words. "Regarding what is happening in this place, I frankly cannot really tell. At plain sight, I would just say that it is... humans being humans, something that is not really a surprise."
"Why I'm here, you ask? Even though you heard it from the boy himself? I'm his employee and he's my employer, simple as that... and truth to be said, when I looked at the note left by Yuu, I know this would gone downhill, so I'm here to see whether they need my intervention or not. But looks like it's not really needed at the present so instead I'm here, drinking tea. Arrangement that I meant is that you being partnered, though. If there's someone I think is partnered among my daughters, you would enter one of the less likely. I didn't say least because I know fate is such a fickle mistress. It love to see people in strange arrangement."
She sipped her tea more, but chuckled at Suzuran's answer.
"Indeed, and it's not a bad one either. While I'm expecting Ayaka, it's more to inevitability if she's here, because she's partnered to that girl before you, so by nature I'm expecting Ayaka. However, when my expectation is overturned, that is not a problem the slightest. I'd rather see my daughter, no matter how much she called me old fogey rather than any stranger. Also, I've been with them longer, I know how... what does those human says in their french? Fucked up? their relationship is. The girl is often easily hurt, the boy is denser than any digizoid. Match made so awfully bad that it hurts you can say. Yet so sickeningly sweet that you can't help but to look at them warmly. Now that's not what I'm asking. What I'm asking is what happened until you returned here to the real world."
Well, the old lady definitely had, how could Suzuran put it delicately... fallen from grace in a rather steep manner? After all, for the Kodamon, one thing was to be bound to a human unwillingly due to the machinations of a mechanic contraption that didn't have anything better to do. And... another way different was offering your services willingly to a human and for payment, of all things.
She wasn't sure about the intent behind her words, however, and decided to not to pay them too much heed.
"Listening? Not really one of my strong points, in all honesty." Just like her description of the two bald monkey's relationship; in all honesty Suzuran would probably prefer to watch the grass grow rather than to hear the digimon's musings, but refrained to do so just because she had enough respect to not to. Not something too common, but not something that would last forever if her patience kept being tested.
Now, onto happier topics.
"I am afraid I do not understand your question, dear mother. What happened until I returned? How I am supposed to know the answer to that question? I mean, one of perks of non existence is that you are not very aware of what is happening until you exist. I thought that much was obvious."
"Despite your face is even I can say your heart already looking at my action in contempt," Isana commented, chuckling. "There's nothing wrong in you to think that I have no pride, but even so this old mother of yours will always say that this and that is unrelated thing. Professional wise, not even us can survive purely without give-and-take relationship... however, I'm not doing this professionally. If I want to do just that, I'd rather work for a bit, get some seed and roll from there. It's that the human interests me. Why your sister ties herself so much to a human? Why would she painstakingly ties herself to a human who would cry a lot? Even to me, it's illogical. Motherly instinct? We are not so motherly as other species if one can say. In itself, your sister is an enigma, truly like my sister. I can't help but to want to feel that for myself, so I offered my service to the boy. Although rather than my service, should I say that it's just formalities? In the end I can't even treat him like my superior when he's so much like a child being lost! All in all, it was a fun journey."
She chuckled at Suzuran's answer. "Yes, arrogant daughter of mine, such is your nature, to what human would say 'not giving any fucks'. In some way, I used to be like that also, hence I'm not too worried about it the slightest. Also, daughter, I'm not asking something that foolish. I'm asking what happened from when you hatched until this point, and if you know what happened to your sister and her retainer. Who was she called? Penny?"
She had hit the bull's eye, at least regarding how she felt. Well, coming from the old lady it wasn't something too much unexpected, but... what she could say, that was the truth.
"No pride, huh. Well, those are your words, not mine. If you think about you in such a way, it must be for a reason, do not you think?" One would say that that was almost circular logic, but Suzuran wasn't one who cared too much about that.
She sighed a bit, trying to follow her argument, but thinking that the point was missed nonetheless.
"I will not ever understand your or her posture regarding the humans, but I guess that you're free to do whatever you please, even though I would be inclined to agree that mixing yourself with this dysfunctional association is probably an utter waste of time."
For Suzuran, too was just too much needless complexity. Matters could be a lot simpler, and they could be resolved with a lot more ease with less words and more action, but she guessed that humans were dumb precisely for that reason.
"Well, what happened since my rebirth? Should have asked that earlier." She paused to think a bit. "We met some boring and rude people. We walked a bit, we met more boring and rude people, and we kept walking. Once I met a digimon that was strange in the sense it was somewhat humanlike, but it seemed to be dumber than your average. And... well, that blonde woman eventually found us and convinced my human to drag us here. That's how we arrived. Not the most exciting of histories, but the Digital World already lost most of its excitement a long time ago."
"Those are mine words indeed, Daughter, but I also spoke of what your heart says. Presumptuous as you might say, I'm still your mother, and while I have no idea of what inside of your heart, I can guess it from our shared time together. A reason for that is also something that I know, but unfortunately, your unwillingness to accept something out of your logic will not bridge our different ideals, hence rendering any arguments moot. You think of your ideal as fact, thus unwilling to test it. When it's tested, 99% you would most likely paid no heed to those opposing arguments. Listening was never one of your best point due to that, isn't it?"
Though, she laughed at her reply.
"Should I say that I wasted my time too hoping that you would at least give more than those overly glossed synopsis? O daughter of mine, you're truly true to your character. Boorish as it might be, you always have to make it a thousand times more unimportant than any rock on the roadside! Should I say this amuses me more than it should? Either way, I have heard about Yuu. The fair lady used to be a male, interestingly. I need to ask her what made her like that. Oh, but that's not important for now. Tell me more about this foolish humanoid Digimon you spoke of."
Suzuran heaved a sigh. Sure, this was a dialogue that she had anticipated to have sooner or later, but that didn't make it any less pleasant. Oh well.
"That is not the case, dear mother." She answered flatly, her voice having pretty much no emotion. "You say that I have never listened to anybody. I just want to ask you; what is the purpose of doing such a thing? Erroneous opinions and thoughts are just boring. Why settle with an imperfect answer if my reasoning is what is the closest I have that makes sense? Listening to moronic statements is not bound to expand my horizons; it's just going to give me a migraine."
Of course, she wasn't all that happy with the response she had gotten. Isana had asked for the events that had transpired since her birth, Suzuran replying with more or less "nothing too interesting." Apparently, she wanted even more details. What a bother.
"I do not care about what these hairless monkeys call "gender", in all honesty. What I said was the truth, however; expecting anything exciting to happen from a world that has fallen into a lethargic state is daydreaming at best and plain stupid at worst. Regarding that digimon, he, for some reason thought I had to be afraid of it or something; quite entertaining at first, but annoying when it became too insistent. So, I left him to its own devices and kept on. Nothing to write home about, if you ask me."
She of course laughed harder. "Ah, amusing as always, my child. Very well, very well, each to their own. None can bend how tree grows unless with enough force. More than enough and they will break. Unfortunately we plant Digimons won't take breaking kindly, so I'll refrain from saying more. However, I'll just say, sometime listening to moronic statement can be source of humor, ufufufu."
Yet at the next sentence, her laughter broke harder. "You... YOU!? AFRAID!? I never heard something as hilarious as that for a while now! Honestly, what is that person thinking, scaring you!? I think your sister might be better target for that, you're another level entirely! Ah, never before I had such nice laughter like this! Oh my, this might prove to be more hilarious than that birdbrain! Ahhh... speaking of which, though, I think you missed the point. If the Digital World could change something then it's not exactly as silent or sleepy as we thought. There are still thrill out there. One that awaits to be unearthed. However, I thin this is difference in taste. Because you know, I enjoy the idyllic life more than the danger infested one, although I admit, at times world just tossed that to us when we're least expecting it."
Isana's reasoning was... interesting, Suzuran had to admit, but there was also a small detail that she didn't enjoy all that much.
"That is mind-numbingly boring, mother. This stagnation is not peace. At the very best it's a mockery of it. True peace has never been and probably will never be achieved. What we have now is mostly... an interlude, if you want to call it that. And do you know what to do when there's an interlude in a play? You just exit the theater and do something else until it ends. You cannot really do that when it comes to our existence, but in moments like these... it would surely be something I would be grateful about. Luckily, I feel like the play will resume soon enough. But, until that, I guess I got to be satisfied with the current events that are unfolding right now."
The fairy sighed a bit, not really wanting to delve in the current state of affairs, at least regarding her own life right now. Not news by an stretch, given that she really wasn't the talkative type, but... that was fine.
"So, besides that. Planning anything? I would be surprised if you were not."
"So calm before storm, is it?" Isana questioned, seem to be interested, yet at the same time pretty much already expecting it. "While I hope that this interlude will last longer, I'm actually hoping more that storm this time will not be some... prank sort.." her voice trailed off at the last part. "...Like a certain aves who seem to be so keen on his plan for world domination and defeating a certain big breasted butch of a woman... I can't believe those are natural. Or those a certain thing that happened in the plains. Those storms felt like prank. Just appear to destroy and suddenly vanish without trace... and gives no chance for those participating in bettering themselves."
She leaned forward now, as if telling Suzuran that she should pay attention now. "...I might ramble, but the last part is important for your partner, child. If you wish to know more about your sister's past, or that girl's past, going to the network plains might be your best bet. However, I doubt at this point the child is dear to you. Still, she's dear to me. I'll trust her safety to you, Suzuran."
She pulled back right after. "Plan is it? I'm just trying to get the blockhead and the amnesiac girl to be together again. Just that... other than that, I'm tempted to regain my power. My evolution stage seem to be... how to say, different this time around, child. I wish to grow stronger to support my longtime contractor."
Suzuran nodded. "Affirmative. You could see it that way, even if it is rather more be a pause in a constant storm. A bit of a leap-year if you will." Somewhat amused at her mother's words, she shook her head at her next phrase. "There is no prank in the grand scheme of things, just clowns with delusions of grandeur. I will never understand how some people want to have the main role in this play, and why those are always found wanting. I can only assume that the saying about ignorance equaling to bliss might be a little too true to some. In the end, a bud pretending to be a tree is bound to end badly."
This felt obvious; way too obvious. In fact, Suzuran could but wonder how dumb somebody had to be to be blind to such blatant reality. Some beings' stupidity never ceased to amaze her. Still, she had a situation at hand, a situation that she'd have to handle somehow. "I will be completely honest. I do not despise the human that has been partnered with me. I despise humans as a species, and that makes me having anything more than an ounce of respect to any a hard task, but Mana at least is not doing anything to earn my contempt. So, I would say that you are right; she is definitely not somebody I would hold dear anytime soon." Shrugging a bit, she soon added. "But... who is? Nobody thus far. I still am her partner, though, and while I despise what that entails, I am not somebody who would rescind her duty, despite its unfair nature. The underlying meaning of your words is wasted, but I will look into learning about the fate this world has been confronting these years. At least that much interests me."
What she didn't expect though, was her mother acting as... a wingman. The Kodamon couldn't prevent her features contorted into an expression of mild disgust. "I thought you were more dignified than that, mother. If these two are destined to be reunited, so be it. I am not interfering in their affairs; whether they sort it out or not, that is their business, not mine. I would focus my strength on more productive endeavors. Like you said, not being stuck in a pitiful level such as child would be a good start, for one."
"A bud pretending to be tree will also be killed by other trees," Isana remarked "unless some miracle happened. However, we're not talking about miracle, do we? We're talking about grandeur and people who unaware of their place. It's painful for me to say this, but an old tree I am, worse than bud. Dying I am, thus my data unable to recover as fast as yours. You two have it easier than this old woman. That's why until the time is right, I shall not participate in anything other than building power. Still, amusingly I wonder if there will be a time where I'll find someone who have the power but act as if they're a bud?"
She snorted when Suzuran commented about all her relationship with Mana. "Nothing personal, instead something specieswide, is it? Blessed thou art not with human's sympathy or empathy, something like that? While you might say that it's a waste to sympathize or empathize with them, I wonder will you be able to say the same later on? Well, whatever, your single minded way of dealing thing is needed to balance your sister's overthinking way anyway..."
Isana gently swept any hair that obscuring her vision to the back.
"...I'm reassured, Suzuran. You might not want to hear this, but thank you nonetheless."
Though all that solemn mood broken by her laughter at her daughter's transparent show of disgust.
"Now, now, it's a joke. A joke it was, yet it's a privilege given to old people. Only those who are old enough can talk like this. But you know, Suzuran, certainly you know how bad your sister is with romance. I'm afraid that bad luck is a bit contagious... but never I've seen that girl happier than with that boy. That's why I probably wanted them to end up together again..."
But then she put down her cup of tea. "Still, I'll let them sort it out by themselves. I guess it's a fine time to test their love now, if that exist, obviously. Now, Suzuran, do you have any other thing to address? Unfortunately, I'm going to return to Digital World if there is nothing. Me and the boy need to attend to something important."
Now it was her turn to muse, clearly entertained. That latter case was definitely not something that was unheard of. "Personally, I would never accept my withering if it were to occur. The mere thought of being resigned to my own mortality is disgusting. What you do with it is your own business, however. Either way, beings humble about their power is not something really new, either. I consider it a waste myself, but I can understand the reasoning behind it."
Being a little at lost at Isana's logic, Suzuran then proceeded to shrug. "I do not feel empathy nor apathy for her, and that's enough for me, probably until whatever event do us part. I cannot envision that changing at any time soon, thank you very much. And whether that counterbalances Ayaka's way of thinking, I could not care less about, in all honesty." In all honesty, it seemed that her fellow digimon was acting just plain weirdly. "No need to thank me, for I have done nothing to gain your gratitude." Deciding to ignore the comments on getting the two humans together or whatever, she just decided to cut to the chase. "If you have matters to attend to, then by all means leave. I do not pretend to extricate you from your schedule. Until next time."