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There's snow in this particular corner of the Nexus, beautiful… 
11th-Feb-2010 10:04 pm
There's snow in this particular corner of the Nexus, beautiful rolling drifts that look like they belong on the cover of a Hallmark card. It's really quite picturesque and peaceful until a gash appears in reality about a foot above the highest of them, and a small figure tumbles through the opening. Since the sudden change in universe was as unexpected as the short drop, the child tumbles down the hill to end up sprawled in the snow. He lets out a yelp of surprise in Japanese that... probably should not be translated.

He hauls himself up to a sitting position, and shakes his head to get the snow out of his hair. He's lucky enough to be dressed for the cold, but the outfit looks like it was cobbled together from a lost and found bin. Even his gloves don't match each other. He looks around, takes in his surroundings, and asks no one in particular, "Does the cosmos freaking hate me?"
12th-Feb-2010 07:25 am (UTC)
::This child looks familiar, but it doesn't pay to assume in the Nexus.:: The cosmos hates everyone, just some people worse than others.
12th-Feb-2010 07:39 am (UTC)
"No shit." Nagi mutters, and yes, he is Nagi. Then he glances up, and snaps through emotional reactions fast enough to be Weiss something really emo. First is utter shock that Mastermind is standing in front of him. Second is utter fury with the universe for taking so long to give him a teammate again. Third is wariness, because Mastermind isn't exactly right. Nagi just came from a place where lookalikes are far too common.

Y'know, feeling that much stuff all at once is way too much work. Shutting down emotionally is a lot easier. And safer. Of course, that leaves Nagi with nothing in particular to say, so he just watching Schuldig warily.
12th-Feb-2010 07:44 am (UTC)
You asked. ::Schuldig considers whether he should wait a bit for the kid to get better possession of himself, but goes with his favorite reaction of "Nah.":: You can meet alternate versions of yourself here in the Nexus, and it's interesting how much better or how much worse their lives might be than yours.
12th-Feb-2010 07:52 am (UTC)
"I doubt they've had worse." Hey, sarcasm is a default setting.

Nagi intensely dislikes sitting in the cold snow, but he's not entirely sure about his legs being able to support him if he tries to stand up. He's really past worrying about being embarrassed, but staying like this probably won't help him build up the energy to move.
12th-Feb-2010 08:03 am (UTC)
::If Nagi were a regular kid, Schuldig might have helped him up. Given that Nagis rarely appreciate that kind of help, Schuldig doesn't try.:: You never know until you've met one.

Thus far, I'm the best Schuldig to have ever walked through here.
12th-Feb-2010 08:14 am (UTC)
Since Nagi isn't trying to shield his mind, the thought that at least other version of him can lift more than a sheet of toilet paper with their minds still, is loud and clear. There's a lot of other crap under that, including him being stuck in the snow right now.

"Of course you are." Nagi rolls his eyes. This old guy isn't his Schuldig, but he's obviously still a Schuldig.

Nagi wouldn't trust an offer of help from Schuldig just now. Schuldig probably has a perfectly good, not-practically-powerless Nagi somewhere. Nagi figures that makes this here Nagi someone that Schuldig wouldn't mind screwing with. He tries to stand up, and almost makes it before his knees start to buckle.
13th-Feb-2010 05:45 am (UTC)
You did get a raw deal.

::"Old" guy? Hmph. If the kid collides with his outstretched hand, Schuldig will stop him from falling all the way. If not....::
13th-Feb-2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Nagi's been wobbly for long enough that his reflex is to reach for the nearest thing that will keep him from falling over. Schuldig's hand is there, and even if Nagi half-expects it to be pulled away, he's got to reach for it.

He's completely unprepared for the memories that rise up and smack him, but he just spent several months trying to repress any thoughts of his team, and the cold and wet don't help much. Last time he reached for any Schuldig, it was underwater.

As the shittiest bonus ever, Nagi's lack of powers in general and current utter lack of strength mean that he won't last out at anything by accident as he freaks the hell out.

He's also not letting go of Schuldig's hand because at least that's real. And warm. Warm is definitely good in Nagi's book.
13th-Feb-2010 07:47 am (UTC)
::Schuldig's not letting go either. Even the tiniest, nastiest Nagi is still Team until consciously, violently proving otherwise. There might be some telekinetic backlash, but Schu's hoping that thing about being just strong enough to move toilet paper will help protect him from serious harm. Watching him Portal most of himself away while keeping his hand here coming out the hole might freak the kid out worse.::

::If Nagi is willing to be reeled in closer to Schu to have someone to lean on, that's cool as long as Nagi doesn't try to break any Schu-bits off.::
13th-Feb-2010 08:18 am (UTC)
Nagi doesn't have enough power to lose control of it, even if he wants to.

Since Nagi's first inter-universal trip he hasn't had physical contact like that with anyone bigger than him, aside from doctors. He stiffens in surprise, but considering that he's shivering, warm wins out over anything else. He doesn't come anywhere near snuggling, but Schuldig is much better for leaning against than a frozen wall.

Schuldig will probably also notice that Nagi is far lighter than he has any right to be. The stolen jacket has enough padding to hige just how badly Nagi is skin and bones right now, but he's not in good shape.

And just to reiterate the important part. Nagi is sooo not letting go, even if he's doing it in the most independant way ever.
13th-Feb-2010 08:36 am (UTC)
::Schu came here directly from London in the winter, so he's wearing a long coat. It has a nice soft surface, actually. Snuggle away.::

::Schu's free hand reaches into his pocket on the unsnuggled side.:: Want some jerky?
13th-Feb-2010 08:49 am (UTC)
Nagi has to stop and think about food. His stomach has had a jihad against it until very recently thanks to the poison that was in his system. Jerky is completely not on the list of things that the hospital was giving him to get him weened back onto food, but why would a hospital serve jerky in the first place?

"Umm... maybe?" Nagi looks up at Schuldig. He wants to want food, but he's really not so sure how well he'll do with that. It's only been in the last week or so that he's been able to keep much of anything down.
13th-Feb-2010 09:07 am (UTC)
If you're willing to go to my apartment with me, I could see what more stomach-friendly food I have there. ::Schu is as reliable as any Schuldig ever is!::
13th-Feb-2010 09:17 am (UTC)
Nagi considers checking his head for bumps because he's going to be very unhappy if he wakes up and finds out that Schuldig isn't real. Nagi has had ample time to learn the difference between being alone and being lonely. Lonely really sucks.

On the other hand, he's nearly positive that Schuldig isn't messing with his head, and that offer also doesn't strike him as skeezy. The offer seems about as harmless as... well, Nagi wouldn't ever say that Schuldig is harmless, but there seem to be decent intentions?

"How far away is the apartment?" Nagi can walk a little if he needs to, but he's not too keen on being carried, and he doesn't see a car nearby.
13th-Feb-2010 09:23 am (UTC)
::The thing about Schuldig being an "old" guy is he's managed to develop nurturing instincts. Toward the right people, of course. Also, this Nagi is too young and small to attract Schu.::

Just a few steps! ::Schu opens a Portal. You can see his kitchen on the other side.::
13th-Feb-2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Nagi is definitely impressed, but strangely wary. Or not so strangely consider that his travels thus far have been involuntary and through things that were decidely one way only.

No, Nagi doesn't much want to move towards that Portal. It might not be safe, and the sensing part of his TK is totally on the fritz right now. "How did you do that?" The vocal tone is one of total distrust, but he'd really like that to be a safe way to travel. That kitchen doesn't have snow in it!
13th-Feb-2010 09:37 am (UTC)
::Nagis are so often skeptical.::

Wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey stuff. My psychic abilities give me an sense of where these things are and how to pull them closer to me. If that doesn't work or there aren't any nearby, I teleport places via my PINpoint. ::Schu exposes it from where it's clasped around his left wrist.::
13th-Feb-2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Nagi has reason to be, considering that the way Rifts and air particles interacted was enough to make him queasy if he got too close!

"So it's not going to shred us into a splatter on the ground if we try to go through it?" Doubtful Nagi is doubtful! Probably because he's forgetting that all of Schwarz has finely developed senses of self-preservation, instead of just him.
13th-Feb-2010 09:47 am (UTC)
I use these all the time and haven't lost any parts of me yet. I don't intend to get shredded or splattered either. I'm very fond of staying alive.
13th-Feb-2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Nagi refrains for smart-ass comments since that's about as close as he can come to saying thank you, and starts moving towards the portal. Slowly. And not just from distrust since falling onto the kitchen floor could hurt instead of just suck.

Also, still not letting go of Schuldig because Schuldig makes an excellent personal heater. And other reasons that are currently performing a tango with denial.
13th-Feb-2010 09:53 am (UTC)
::Schuldig starts moving through it first. See? Nothing fell off!::
13th-Feb-2010 09:59 am (UTC)
Hurrah! Nagi likes the kitchen. It's warmer than the snow. Of course sitting down, which Nagi's legs would appreciate, involves letting go of Schuldig. He eyes the chairs trying to decide which one will give him the best view of the kitchen.
13th-Feb-2010 10:02 am (UTC)
::Much warmer. Schuldig feels that kitchens should be warm.::

Maybe we should survey the cupboards and the fridge before committing to a chair. ::Especially considering his Nagi tether.::
13th-Feb-2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Nagi feels a flash of resentment at the universe because he shouldn't have to stay standing to explore things like cupboards, but he's slightly surprised that Schuldig is being this helpful. He's not used to this kind of coddling, but it makes sense that Schuldig won't play waiter for him, Nagi supposes he was getting slightly spoiled with meals coming to him in the hospital.

"Okay. Which ones have food in them?"

Nagi automatically listens for background noises, since he's paranoid for a reason. He's not sure if there should be other people in the apartment (house?). He's curious about his surroundings, but not up to exploring.
13th-Feb-2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
::Schuldig doesn't feel like playing Twenty Questions with him taking things out of the cupboards and fridge one by one in the hopes of Nagi's approval. Schu opens them up to reveal canned soups, crackers, a box of white rice, bread, and cookies. He's no chef.:: Anything look good?

You can relax a bit. We're the only ones here. Aya shows up now and then, but he's not here now.
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