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Post by Sylvia and Arata on Oct 25, 2021 5:15:28 GMT
After dealing with Kuwagamon, the gang seems to have found themselves heading deeper into Server Woods. Though Sylvia was clearly not faring very well as her sounds of pain had gotten worse and worse as time went on. Eventually though, they came up on a river, and Sylvia just kinda muttered "Alright, let's go with here and call it a day..." before she slides off Blaster and onto all fours on the ground.
The girl was quite a bit paler than she really should be. Oh dear. She grits her teeth. "...Hey Kima...? I'm... I'm sorry. I was trying to play it tough for your sake." She grunts before she looks at Takoda and Blaster. "...Boys, would you mind just... looking away? I don't want to have to smack you around for being perverts." She says as she leans herself back a bit onto her knees and she starts working the zipper of her jacket... while keeping her gaze firmly on the boys in a further silent threat to turn around and not look despite how shaky she is.
Post by ricochet9-Kima on Oct 25, 2021 5:48:29 GMT
Kima's mind was swimming with thoughts of how the Kuwagamon was behaving before and after they battled him. First he was loud and belligerent even irritatingly so as no matter what was said he was determined to not only fight but tried to murder Arata with no shred of remorse. Then after he was docile as if he was a different being all together. What the hell? Did that bug have a mental disorder or was there more going on that she didn't understand?
Sylvia was looking worse than she did and Kima was surprised that the older girl was owning up to acting tough for her sake. "Sylvia, I understand you were trying to help me stay calm but it would of been better if you were honest from the start." Kima said sounding not angry but stressed but at least she had first aid training. It was one of the first 'command decisions' she made even though she was regularly a less than confident mess and she was glad she signed up for that training now since Sylvia was likely hurt.
Blaster nodded at Sylvia chuckling at Takoda's confused look regarding her words before Blaster said "Human thing." Upon hearing that Takoda turned without a word but it was clear Blaster knew more about humans than he did.
Post by Sylvia and Arata on Oct 25, 2021 5:59:19 GMT
Sylvia looks down. "...Yeah, I know. But I've... I've got my pride, okay? I'm not used to... anyone even being willing to help me..." She says as she sheds her jacket, and... Well, it isn't very pretty. Her light lavender tanktop is revealed to kinda be soaked in blood, as is the interior of her jacket. Well, it's uh, probably a good thing that they're by a river. Kima also can see marks and scars going down her arms a few inches. The blood seems to be mostly drying, but as soon as they peel off her tanktop to administer first aid, it's going to start up again.
Sylvia makes it a mental point to be thankful Arata is sleeping. He doesn't need to see this either. She shudders a bit and grits her teeth. "...It's... It's gonna hurt like hell to take it off. So just. Just do it. And pay no mind to how badly I might scream, okay? I'm sure you've done classes or something, so... yeah..."
Post by ricochet9-Kima on Oct 25, 2021 6:14:09 GMT
Sylvia's words resonated with Kima as the teen herself was rarely helped by anyone so it was still shocking to be around those that weren't bullying her was still something she was getting used to. When Sylvia's jacket came off those thoughts vanished from Kima's mind as she saw that Sylvia was much worse than she thought. There was blood everywhere but one thing she was glad about was that she didn't faint at the sight of blood or she wouldn't of been any help here.
Takoda, though remaining looking away, found it hard to resist looking when the smell of blood hit him. He was now worried and his claws were out clenching the grass tight from the difficulty of staying put. Blaster saw Takoda's reaction and, lacking some of Takoda's advanced senses, knew it was bad if the Pumamon was acting the way he was. He was glad Arata was asleep because the Ballistamon had no idea how well the bee digimon would take the situation at hand.
Kima stepped closer to Sylvia before taking a deep breath. The older girl was right. This was going to hurt like hell and there wasn't much that could be done to prevent that. She then grabbed the grabbed the tank top and pulled it off with all her strength since it was likely the blood had ruined it anyway.
Post by Sylvia and Arata on Oct 25, 2021 6:22:59 GMT
And Sylvia screams. Very loudly, and very full of pain. She digs her fingers into the dirt below... And Kima sees what could really only be considered a nightmare. Nevermind the large cuts and scrapes from hitting the bushes and who knows what else was in there after Kuwagamon hit her, her back is a veritable mat of scars. "OH GODS! OW! Damn... dammit... dammit, that hurts. That hurts a lot. Ow. Ow. Ow. OW!" After a moment more of this, somehow with her restraining her swearing, she takes in a deep breath and trembles, while blood starts pooling in the cuts and scrapes, and out following the marks and wrinkles of her scars. ...And staining her poor bra as well.
There's a beep from her Digivice, which is held on a little apparatus on her wrist. "Nee-san?! What's happened?"
"N-Nothing Arata. Nothing. Just getting patched up... It's okay, go back to sleep."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes. Go back to sleep..."
"Okay..." The digivice then beeps again.
Sylvia grits her teeth... fully prepared to hear a barrage of questions from Kima. Or comments from Takoda and Blaster. "......I've got a spare shirt at least in my bag, Kima... just... just saying." She finally says through her teeth, hoping to lighten the mood a bit with some good news.
Post by ricochet9-Kima on Oct 25, 2021 6:37:07 GMT
What she saw was far worse than she expected as those injuries didn't make sense for what happened in the last battle. Kima gaped at her back in horror before she managed to sputter out "This....This was not all from a Kuwagamon. H-How did this all happen? I-I think I'm gonna be sick." Kima backed away to a nearby bush and began vomiting but it was more of a combination of stress and horror at the shape Sylvia was in then the wounds themselves.
After a few moments though she was able to compose herself somehow and make her way back over to Sylvia. Looking at Takoda and Blaster she asked "Can you two please bring me our bags and manage it without looking at Sylvia?"
Worried now that they had heard Kima barfing earlier they knew it had to be bad and did as she politely asked each taking a bag and bringing it to Kima setting it near their general before going back to their original posts again facing away. "I hope you have a spare bra too as I don't know if this one can be saved." Kima said while digging for her first aid kit.
Post by Sylvia and Arata on Oct 25, 2021 7:02:25 GMT
Yep, that's about what Sylvia expected. "...Yeah... I was... nh... trying to hide that too..." She keeps her gaze firmly on the dirt in front of her. "...I was... ...I..." She digs her fingers harder into the dirt. "...Dammit..." Sylvia slowly slumps herself down so she is resting on her forearms. "...I'm keeping a lot from you, Kima. I have to. You're so young, I don't want my history to taint your view of the world." Well, that seems a bit rich considering what's already happened.
"...I know it's gross. I'm sorry. Just... patch me up as best you can, okay?" She asks, her voice quiet. Almost meek. Very unlike the confident predator she's at least tried to present herself as. After a moment, she shifts her forearm so her digivice is pointed up at her face. It beeps and the screen comes on, where a full resolution image of Arata's face is staring at her.
"Nee-san..." He says, worriedly. Sylvia doesn't respond. She can't respond.
Post by ricochet9-Kima on Oct 25, 2021 7:24:39 GMT
Kima knelt down as Sylvia slumped down soon coming to a stop on her forearms. She had the first aid kit in her hand and set it on the ground before she said "I understand the need to keep things from people to appear less vulnerable but my view of the world and its people is far from pure. Being bullied most of my life showed me how cruel people can be for little to no reason. Maybe if I were stronger I wouldn't be the mess I am now." As she finished speaking that last sentence tears began making their way from the corners of her eyes causing her to wipe them to get herself under control.
At Sylvia's meek sounding request it caught Kima by surprise but she recovered quickly enough to open up the first aid kit and get started. Yes Sylvia was a mess but it was something she could manage. Treating the wounds wouldn't feel pleasant to the older girl but it was a necessary evil to stave off infections so the wounds would heal properly. As Kima worked on cleaning and bandaging she wondered silently what the hell happened that Sylvia looked like she lost a fight with a meat grinder? Deciding to worry about that later she gradually got all the wounds treated and bandaged up before putting the first aid kit away and standing up. Turning she noticed Blaster was not there and before she could ask Takoda where he went the Ballistamon came back with two full arms filled with firewood as it seemed Blaster found a way to deal with his unease at not being much help. Takoda, meanwhile, was laying in the grass still not facing Sylvia but definitely looking less tense though his claw marks in the dirt were easily visible.
Post by Sylvia and Arata on Oct 25, 2021 7:41:25 GMT
Sylvia hisses and squirms at the application of antiseptic stuff, but as she gets bandaged up, she relaxes significantly. She reaches into her bag once she is given the all clear and puts a shirt on, a light blue tanktop, before looking at her jacket.
"You're right. You're 100% right, Kima. ...Perhaps I'm just not ready to talk about it yet." She shakily gets up onto her feet and picks up her jacket again. "...Alright, boys, you can look now." She says. "...And sorry for making you two worry." She wanders over to the river before kneeling down next to the water. Arata is still staring at her through the screen. "...Arata, please stop that. Go help the boys." She flips up the digivice and holds it behind her. "FanBeemon, Realize!"
Arata appears in a sparkle of yellow particles and looks at his Nee-san, before moving over to help Blaster set up the fire by taking one of the logs and starting to break it down into kindling. Seems he gets a chance to show off his conversion skills, because he literally dissolves the data making up the wood into a little glowy packet and then reforms it into something more appropriate as kindling. Though his head keeps looking over at Sylvia's bag now on occasion, making him have to snap himself back to what he was doing.
In the meantime, Sylvia starts dunking her jacket in the water and begins scrubbing at it to get the blood out as best she can.
Post by ricochet9-Kima on Oct 25, 2021 8:02:58 GMT
Sylvia handled getting patched up fairly well and when Kima was finished the older girl grabbed a spare tank top and put it on letting Takoda and Blaster know they could look before getting up and taking her jacket to the water the intention clear. Blaster had begun working with the wood when Arata was brought out and ordered to help them. Takoda sat up before getting to his feet and said "I'm going to look for some food for us to eat. I should be back shortly if I can find something quickly." With that said he disappeared into the bushes to look for food.
Arata arrived and began helping with his unique ability and Blaster said "That's some awesome ability there, Arata. I have to admit I don't have a talent like that in my bag of tricks." Blaster watched as Arata would look back and forth at Sylvia's bag from time to time before curiosity called to him and he asked "What's wrong, Arata? Why do ya keep looking back at Sylvia's bag?" Though the large insect was curious he would not invade Sylvia's privacy by going through her things.
Kima walked over to the river and placed her hand in it and said "It's a good thing the water is cold so you might be able to get at least most of the blood out of your jacket, Sylvia." She stood up again shaking her hand dry.
Post by Sylvia and Arata on Oct 25, 2021 8:23:22 GMT
"I keep smelling something sweet. I wonder what Nee-san has in there." Arata's antennae twitch before looking back at Blaster as he keeps working. "But um... anyway, yeah, this is how I was taking the flowers out from around here to take to the Honey Base. Just, take plant data down, and reconfigure it to whatever. Most FanBeemon should have the ability to do it." He grins, and starts nudging the kindling in and around the built up fire.
Sylvia smiles a bit. "...Yeah, that's the idea..." She keeps scrubbing her jacket and shaking her head. "...So, Kima... What's driving you in this world? ...Meaning the Digital World, in this case." She asks, shifting a bit to keep herself somewhat comfortable while not aggravating her back any more than she needs to.
"I'm just here because the Real World doesn't have anything for me. Too much baggage, too much pain."
"and here you can get more powerful to get your revenge."
Post by ricochet9-Kima on Oct 25, 2021 8:42:12 GMT
"Smellin somethin sweet? That's weird. Takoda never mentioned anything like that before he left ta hunt." Blaster said scratching his head before shrugging his shoulders as he then said "Maybe she just has some candy stashed in there. Ya never know." Sure it was merely theory at best but it was the best the big guy could think of at the time. When Arata mentioned his ability was likely one normal for his species Blaster nodded before he said "It's like how Agumon can breathe fire and I can produce powerful soundwaves through my speakers. So it is a species thing for ya. Still a cool ability though."
What was driving her in the Digital World? That was a good question as she didn't really know how to best answer it but, deciding to just say what made the most sense considering the craziness she had seen so far, said "You mean other than the wild mystical journey to form an army while finding four animals with specific animal powers? Other than that I'm not sure to be honest. I'm not exactly strong like you, Arata, Takoda, or Blaster. That and how can I best say this other than my confidence is absolute shit and I don't know how to lead a sports team never mind an army." Kima looked at the ground and sighed.
Meanwhile Takoda was returning with meat apples on his back secured somehow by his tail. Getting them down was less of a problem than getting them back to camp as he was able to easily climb up to them. He walked up to the campfire and dropped the food near it before helping set up to cook them. Meat apples were no good raw after all.
Post by Sylvia and Arata on Oct 25, 2021 8:56:00 GMT
Well, with a fire started and food going, Arata moves over to start digging into Sylvia's bag... and triumphantly holds up a bottle of Fountain Brew! The nuclear green color of the soda proudly declares it to be "Limewire" flavor. He bounces slightly. "Nee-saaan? Can I have this?" He calls out to her, holding up the soda.
Sylvia looks over her shoulder to see that Arata found it. She was about to say something else, but seeing as he did a good job of fighting Kuwagamon... "Yeah, take it. Call it your reward against Kuwagamon."
The bee cheers as he cracks open the soda and starts drinking it as he returns to Blaster. "Blaster-san, how do you know so much about humans and tamers and stuff?" He finally asks.
Meanwhile, Sylvia listens to Kima and giggles gently. "...Well. That's also why I'm trying to help you." She pulls her jacket up out of the water and shakes it off to see roughly where the laundry process is at. She seems satisfied as she sets the jacket on a nearby rock to dry. "...I've had to learn how to sustain myself. How to stand up for myself, with fists or words. I... I want to try and help you learn this too, without dragging you through the harshness I did." Sylvia blushes suddenly, but makes no further comment.
Post by ricochet9-Kima on Oct 25, 2021 9:16:54 GMT
Arata had made his way over to Sylvia's bag and dug in it before pulling something green out of its depths. Apparently the sweet smelling thing was a bottle of nuclear green soda and Arata was excited about it as it was easily noticed even in his slight bounce before he asked Sylvia if he could have it. When Sylvia gave Arata full permission he cracked it open and began drinking it as he returned to Blaster to ask about how he knew so much about humans. "It's quite simple if ya think about it, Arata. I was a DJ at a popular night club in a fairly big town. Even in Tenebrous tamers came and went. I also heard rumors of a slave trader trying to sell a human there but I wouldn't be surprised if that rumor was true as Tenebrous recieved its bad rep for many reasons. As for myself I used ta people watch while doing my job and heard a lot of things regarding tamers and spirit wielders but very little about xros generals I'm afraid ta say."
So like Zack a short time ago, Sylvia was trying to help her learn to stand up for herself. Two Fanbeemon tamers in a row wanting to help her in that way was a bit mind blowing. "The other tamer with a Fanbeemon partner suggested I learn to fight and offered to teach me. Though I understand the benefit I'm still not sure if I would have what it took to protect someone I care about even with such knowledge but I was afraid to admit it to him at the time." Kima said amazed at how she was able to admit that so openly. Sure she wasn't shy but tended to be more guarded than this.
Post by Sylvia and Arata on Oct 25, 2021 9:33:38 GMT
Arata nods. "Sooo, when the girls are done talkin', you'll be able to help teach Sylvia what it means to be a tamer then? Like what happened with me and that egg?" It seems Arata doesn't know anything about Digimentals either. Given how he's been acting, he seems like he's practically a child, both in literal age and in stage. He takes a sip of his soda, while looking up at Blaster with admiration. A student to a teacher, or maybe an older brother. It's kinda hard to tell.
Sylvia giggles. "...Well, I'm not gonna sit here and offer to teach you to fight unless you ask. I'll at least try and help you get more confident in leading. I've never been much of a follower, but honestly, I'm in over my head with all this too." She smiles and shrugs. "It's a whole new world after all."
"Hey, Arata? Toss me a granola bar? Should be near where you found the soda."
The bee suddenly leaps into action and digs around in Sylvia's bag for a moment, before throwing her her requested snack, which she opens and starts munching on it.