Post Reply [RP] Save The World Now To Destroy It Later
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This thread follows from the events of A Jelly-Filled Filler in which Takasugi and Sabu-chan resolved to kidnap and interrogate Elizabeth, believing Katsura's companion to still be a Renhou agent.



Welcome to Akiba Neo: Where Otaku mingle with Jouishishi. It's not so usual to see an official of the Bakufu stroll the streets of this electronic paradise. Out of the corner of his eyes, Sasaki Isaburou sees men start, then flee, afraid that he is here to arrest them, no doubt.

How ironic then that he's here to meet with the most wanted Joui shishi of them all.

The manager of the Karaoke club Sasaki's selected is surprised at his request for a private box.

"I'm expecting company," Sasaki explains, and takes possession of the room immediately, not waiting for the company to arrive.

It's a very comfortable large room with sofas. Much bigger than two people will need to discuss the matter in question. The refreshments he's ordered sit on the table. A supply of snack food surrounds two bottles of Yakult.

While he waits for Takasugi's arrival, there is the Karaoke machine to keep him company.

The truly elite must guard their dignity at all time, but alone, in a soundproof box? Greater men have fallen to much lesser temptations.

Soon the strains of "I Did It my Way" fill the box.

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Posted 8/21/13 , edited 8/21/13
If there was ever a prize for choosing the most ridiculous meeting places, its recipient would undoubtedly be Sasaki Isaburou.

Although, perhaps Takasugi should be grateful that it was a private place this time, at the very least. There were worse places to hold a meeting, a coffee shop filled with spies ranking near the top of that list. And that bastard knew the whole time... There was no trust here; Takasugi could only hope it would be easier to keep his emotions under tight rein in a locale without outside interference. The last thing he needed was for the elite to use them against him, after that slip-up last time.

Or maybe he was overthinking things.



The terrorist grumbled to himself as he walked down the crowded street, shooting an icy glare at the few passersby who had the gall to give him questioning looks. With his oddly effective disguise that required only a hat, his confident stride, and a hand hovering near the hilt of his sword at all times, he fit in with all the other Jouishishi in the area. Which were strangely plentiful, considering how they were supposed to be one of the Bakufu's main concerns. If only there was a way to rally them all behind him once more, and the war could begin anew. But there was no use in ramming his head against that same brick wall over and over again. No, the war had to be fought in a new way now, whether or not it was to his liking. And that brought him back to the present issue.

He entered the Karaoke club specified in the most recent stream of irritating text messages without drawing too much attention to himself, casually approaching the private box where the meeting was to take place. After a moment's pause to gather his thoughts, he knocked at the door.

Idiot -- it's soundproof!

With a sigh and extreme disregard for the elite's attention to manners, Takasugi opened the door somewhat forcefully...

... to find the ally he was so nervous about deeply engaged in singing Karaoke.

He froze in place, taken aback. Then the corners of his mouth twitched with suppressed laughter, for more than one reason. He held it back and greeted the man in a fairly usual fashion.

"Yo. If you don't mind my interruption of this incredibly elite musical activity, there are some things I believe we have to discuss?"
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Posted 8/21/13 , edited 8/21/13
The secret to Eliteness is that it's a state of mind: a complete assurance that whatever activities one chooses to engage in, they take on one's own Eliteness. Some might think Karaoke is not an Elite activity. But Karaoke sung by an Elite is necessarily the pinnacle of Eliteness.

So Sasaki shows no discomfort at being found out while channeling his inner pop star.



"Good evening, Takasugi-san. Are you sure you wouldn't like to take a turn with the microphone? I've heard rumours that you're quite musical yourself."
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Posted 8/23/13
"...No thanks."

Takasugi had sat through much more unseemly behaviour than this on many occasions. He did not allow the whole Karaoke business to faze him, whether that was the intention or not. Tossing his hat aside, he made himself comfortable on one of the sofas, eyeing the bottles of Yakult longingly but deciding to save them for later. This meeting was likely to be a lengthy one.



"None of the songs on there are to my tastes. Rather, how about we get this discussion started right away?"

Already his patience was wearing thin, and it hadn't taken any effort on Sasaki's part. A most clever gambit. This would end badly if he couldn't pull himself together quickly.

Maybe he would have that Yakult right away after all.

"Now, what is it you wanted me to hear? Other than your singing, that is. You had me very curious, and now it suddenly isn't a priority?"

Takasugi asked this in an offhand way, but he was in fact very anxious to hear the answer. As he had very little to report himself, it was very important to push the responsibility of starting the conversation onto his ally. To be unprepared for a meeting he had been anticipating for weeks, how unheard of. And he would make sure no one heard of it.
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Posted 8/23/13
"A few more minutes after all your years of waiting. No we couldn't possibly waste those minutes, could we?"

He takes a seat on the couch opposite Takasugi. Despite his relaxed demeanour, he is actually quite eager to share his news. As a point of protocol, he won't be rushed, but once he has the formalities out of the way . . .

"Please help yourself to refreshments, Takasugi-san. Yes, the Yakult is for you. I make a point of remembering my friends' little likes and dislikes."

He leans back against his sofa. His monocle catches the light of the lamp above them and gleams.

"There is no connection between the Tendoshu and the Renhou. You have an elite's guarantee on that."
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"Oh, really now?"

This did not come as too much of a surprise. But whatever an elite's guarantee was worth, it was a relief to hear a confirmation. There was no immediate threat from one of the dangerous groups out there.

"That's good to hear, but this is all still very suspicious."

He opened a bottle of Yakult, quieting his anxious thoughts. He was feeling much calmer already.

"This means Zura's Renhou is part of a different scheme entirely. I suppose we will have to ask it about its agenda ourselves..."

A smirk formed on his lips.

"But we'll be getting to that later, won't we?

And now, I have something to share as well..."


He pulled a piece of paper, somewhat crumpled from poor treatment, out of his yukata and offered it to Sasaki.

"After all those intercepted documents you have been providing us, I finally have one to show you. Bansai found it while on a job and felt it was interesting enough to hold on to." He frowned. "I can't make heads or tails of it, but maybe it means more to an elite. It appears to be a message, written in some kind of code..."
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Posted 8/24/13 , edited 8/24/13
The code was in fact familiar, though he wasn't going to reveal that immediately. It was one of the Naraku's most guarded, complicated codes. He could make out a few words: "Central" and "double agent" lept out at him, but Nobume certainly could read the whole thing. The Naraku were unaware that she'd ever learnt of the code's existence, let alone mastered it, so they continued to use it in their most secret communications.

"Intriguing. Let me scan this and I'll see what my Elite Cryptography Unit can make of it." He begins to take pictures with his phone. "My connection is secure and encrypted," he adds, in case Takasugi objected to his top-secret piece of information being sent by email.

"Nobu-chi, our new best friend just showed me this note. Please send me a translation ASAP.

\(^▽^*) Sabu-chan"



He hits the send button.

"Am I permitted to inquire where Kawakami-san ran across this piece of information?"
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Posted 8/25/13
Takasugi frowned but didn't comment, taking a sip of Yakult instead. Once again the elite had proven him less than capable of achieving his goal alone.

"As if I knew. You can ask him yourself, if the details mean anything to you. Most likely in the room of someone he killed recently, but I'll admit he's been getting around more than I'd like these days." He made a dismissive gesture, indicating that this was an issue he didn't want Sasaki involved in.

"So this is an even more important paper than I'd thought, how exciting."

This certainly seemed like something very serious, though Sasaki was keeping quiet about the exact implications. And here he'd thought it would turn out to be some bizarre Amanto love letter. There was no use in prying; the information would be made known to him only when it was seen fit to be.

"Then... while we're waiting to hear back on that message, how about we get to what we came here for? I'd assume by the fact that we're meeting at all that all the precautions have already been taken?"
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Takasugi's increased interest in the letter bothered Sasaki. He had hoped he'd been nonchalant and unobvious about the letter's significance, but it appeared Takasugi had picked up on his interest in scanning the letter right away.

But he still could hold back the translation if he felt necessary, or substitute a false translation. This was nothing to worry about, only a petty annoyance. This alliance with Takasugi was the source of a great deal of annoyance, and yet those annoyances were the smallest part of the terrible price Sasaki had willingly resolved to pay.

"You assume correctly," Sasaki conceded. "With the Tendoshu out of the picture, there is no reason for us to hold back. Any delay will only play into the plans of the Renhou, whatever they are. Are you committed to take immediate action, Takasugi-san?"
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