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Poem: Swarm

by shiori_makiba

Also known as Tsubasa and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

After finishing all my pending prompts of Thank Muse, I figured people might want to know what happened just before “Common Ground.”

Part of the Polychrome Heroics series in the Berettaflies thread.

Time: Week 3, Directly precedes “Common Ground
 

Warning!: Anti-soup bigotry, attempted kidnapping

 

 

“Swarm”

 

'This day sucks,' Tsubasa thought.

 

She was outside, in one of the gardens

SPOON had put in as a quiet space.

It had been recently converted

from butterflies to night-loving species.

But even in daylight,

it was still pretty.

And more important, empty.

 

She had been tired of

dealing with people

when the day started.

It was making her irritable.

And nothing about today

was improving her temper.

 

First, she had received an invitation to a party.

It was obviously some kind of political thing

as it was filled with a plethora of

politicians, talking heads, and journalists.

 

Tsubasa couldn't think of anything

she would rather do less than stand in a room

full of staring strangers asking nosy questions.

 

They didn't really want her there.

They were just doing it to try to look good.

If they really cared about the Berettaflies victims,

they would have invited all of them.

Not just the ones that could look pretty.

 

Just to add a nasty topping to that

already unappetizing sundae,

she had been right to be worried

about the extended family.

 

That branch of the family

had declared her dead.

Complete with a funeral.

And expressed 'sympathy'

to her parents and siblings

for their loss.

 

Her family hadn't wanted her to know.

At least not right now.

A position that was supported by Mint.

Better to wait until things

were more steady.

 

Too bad she had overheard them.

Which was why she in the garden.

She didn't want them to know

she had heard.

They'd want to talk about it.

She didn't want to talk.

She wanted to be alone.

 

Then came a most unwelcome sound, a human voice.

“Ms. Inoue?”

The speaker was male and looked blandly polite.

“What?”

Too bad Tsubasa was in no mood to be polite.

“I need you to come with me.”

“Why?”

Because if it wasn't important,

they could kiss her winged backside.

“Just came with me.”

 

That set off alarm bells in her head.

Nobody from SPOON or SPAZMAT or similar

would just expect her to go with them

without telling her why

outside of an emergency

where there was no time to explain.

 

She backed up.

“No.”

“Miss, I really do insist.”

“Leave me alone!”

“Miss – ”

“Go away!”

 

The yell was accompanied

by a intense flash of light.

And suddenly the air was filled

with black and white wings.

 

The swarm surrounded the stranger

who fell to the ground, silent and still.

 

Tsubasa fled, trailing butterflies in her wake

She might have run.

She might have flown.

She didn't know and didn't care.

She just wanted to get away.

 

NOTES:

And no, the person who tried to take her wasn't with Kraken. Kraken isn't that stupid.

Thoughts

Date: 2016-02-21 07:14 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>>They didn't really want her there.
They were just doing it to try to look good.
If they really cared about the Berettaflies victims,
they would have invited all of them.
Not just the ones that could look pretty.<<

Sadly so. Even Terramagne has its share of assholes. They just have a smaller share than here. I'm guessing this didn't happen there.

>>That branch of the family
had declared her dead.
Complete with a funeral.
And expressed 'sympathy'
to her parents and siblings
for their loss.<<

O_O And I thought Haruko's parents were horrible! Wow, that really sucks. But maybe he and Tsubasa can commiserate some time.

>>That set off alarm bells in her head.
Nobody from SPOON or SPAZMAT or similar
would just expect her to go with them
without telling her why
outside of an emergency
where there was no time to explain.<<

Yeah that can't be good. Yay for having a great sense of situational awareness!

>>The yell was accompanied
by a intense flash of light.
And suddenly the air was filled
with black and white wings.

The swarm surrounded the stranger
who fell to the ground, silent and still.<<

Aaaaaand that's why intelligent people do not antagonize soups. You never know what someone might have up her sleeve. And she might not know either!

>>NOTES:
And no, the person who tried to take her wasn't with Kraken. Kraken isn't that stupid.<<

Which does raise the question of how a hostile person got that close. I am suspecting another case of excellent fake ID, although he's not actually very good. Same problem as the other guy, in fact: terrific penetration, klutzy follow-through on contact.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2016-02-21 11:31 pm (UTC)
capri0mni: abstract butterfly shapes made from question marks & exclamation points (quester-flies)
From: [personal profile] capri0mni
Any connection with Ashley's John Dope?

(And are their two powers related?)

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2016-02-22 12:57 am (UTC)
capri0mni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] capri0mni
I'd say both idiots have the same boss. Their MO is too similar otherwise.

That was precisely my impression...

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2016-02-22 11:24 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
My thoughts exactly!

[Really going to have to do something with that plot thread.]
Edited Date: 2016-02-22 11:25 am (UTC)

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2016-02-22 03:21 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
The problem is, I have two ways to work "the boss" into the picture;

1. one of the minions is successful at kidnapping someone.
2. "the boss" gets fed up of minions failing and decides to do it themselves.

and so far, it's 50/50 which of those would work out from a plot point of view. I was thinking one more swing and miss and probably 'the boss' would get involved, unless they try again with Ashley and succeed. [or you know, if someone else wants to lend me a character].

Thing is, we've all written competent characters, and coming up with a believable way for them to get snatched isn't easy!

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2016-02-22 11:28 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
"Re: Hostile Person

I think the brains behind this is terrific at forward planning but absolute crap at picking good minions."

There is a reason for that... related to who & what the Boss is...and I'm wondering when you read my notes? ;-)

Date: 2016-02-22 02:26 am (UTC)
thnidu: A shield-shaped hunk of watermelon rind, with bits carved away to make 2 staring eyes and a mouth. By bensanaz (melonhead)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
So THAT'S how all those berettaflies... appeared... and swarmed around/after her. Wow!


• one of the gardens
SPOON had put it as a quiet space.
→ had put in

• Just add a nasty topping
→ Just to add

• A position that supported by Mint.
> ????? Doesn't parse, doesn't make sense any way I look at it.

• Then came as most unwelcome sound
→ a most unwelcome

• She might have ran.
→ might have run.

Date: 2016-08-12 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ala-bibi.livejournal.com
Missed one >>Tsubasa couldn't think anything<< 'of' anything

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