Rozen Maiden ~Träumend~ (Season 2)
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Tenshi's Defense Squadron
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Fighting against those who oppress the system
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w00t! I've been in a good writing mood lately.
Schware Feder des Shicksals ch6
Rozen Maiden: Schwarze Feder des Schicksals
typed by the.Merines
started: 08.19.06 17:15
finished: 08.21.06 22:19
disclaimed: Rozen Maiden, its scenario and characters belong to Peach-Pit, not me. Oh no.
Preliminary Note: I’m going to assume some of Kirakishou’s powers. Please bear with me. You may have already deduced this, but I’m trying to meld the anime and manga universes together, along with my own spice of course. I had to borrow a scene or two from the anime, so forgive me.
Sixth Thorn: Chess Pawns
Tsugumi sat down in the grass outside the building. The sprawling university campus before him was completely devoid of other students. The overcast skies let the filtered sunlight reach the ground, but just barely. It made everything appear to be almost greyscale. He picked a book out of his bookbag. ‘The Legend of Rozen’s Dolls.’ was the title. Surely, it was not a part of a normal curriculum. He set the book down.
“I must be dreaming,” Tsugumi stated to no one in particular. He had dreamed of attending this particular university many times before. He had even visited the campus after passing the acceptance exams. The young man put his hands behind his head and laid back. A gust of wind blew the pages of the open book, eventually landing on a chapter entitled ‘The Lost Seventh.’
“Hey, isn’t that Kashiwaba-senpai?” Tsugumi suddenly sat straight up again, but there was no one around.
“Who’s there?” he called nervously, jumping to his feet. No one had called him that since…
“Yes, it must be. His nose was buried in some book again,” another voice stated. The sources of the voices were standing, human-sized blocks of text. Upon further examination, they were the names of popular vacation spots. Tsugumi slowly began to remember the voices… the voices of his high school classmates.
“He’s unbelievably anti-social. I heard his parents refused to pay for his tuition, even though they just spent so much on a cruise in the Mediterranean. If I were him, I’d be getting some kind of job.”
“Yea, but it’s his own fault. He never filled out for any scholarships, remember?”
“That moron doesn’t even have any idea what he plans to do with his life. He just wanted to attend university because he was accepted. How can someone so smart be so stupid? If good grades came so effortless for me, you know I would have been doing something in the meantime to ensure my future! What an idiot, not planning ahead like that!”
“Everyone shut up!” Tsugumi yelled, clenching his hands into fists. The piles of letters all faded into the background. “What the hell is going on?!” A huge piece of paper was blown in front of him by another gust of wind. He leaned forward and read it. “My acceptance letter?”
“Kashiwaba-san, we look forward to having you at our university! Your academic records and community service have been wonderful!” Tsugumi recognized the voice as the Dean of Students’.
“I told you… I don’t have the money to…”
“Oh? But according to your financial reports, your parents have more than sufficient money-“
“I don’t have any parents! They…” he trailed off. He buried his face in his palms.
“We put our wishes ahead of yours?” his mother’s voice asked smoothly. “It’s our money that we work hard for. We can use it as we please! Don’t be such a stubborn, useless child! So
if you got good grades? You should have gotten a part-time job, and then you would have money to attend college!”
“Shut up! All those years… you told me to get good grades…”
“And if they came so easily for you, then it shouldn’t have been a problem for you to pick up a job,” his father’s voice added sternly. “Maybe then we would have helped in the cost of tuition.”
“But… I did my best…” His parents disappeared, an image of his sister appearing next. “Tomo-nee?” He slowly stood to face her.
“Why do you cause us so much trouble? I’m glad you left the house.”
“What? You are…? Tomo-nee?”
“Don’t call me that. You are no longer my brother.” Tsugumi’s eyes widened.
“I’ve had enough of this!” Tsugumi realized that, although this must be a dream, how does one prompt one’s self to awaken? And since when does the dreamer realize that he is in a dream?
“You are a lazy and unsightly part of my life that I want to forget. When you run out of money, you can just become a vagrant for all I care. You couldn’t even open your heart to your own family. Did you expect to live your life alone? Did you really think a helpless person like you could go on without relying on anybody?”
“Is this… really how you feel?” Megu faded into sight at Tomoe’s left.
“Did you get some kind of sick satisfaction by coming to visit a dying person? Your heart is what’s dying!” Sakurada Jun appeared to Tomoe’s left.
“You make me sick. Playing such mind games, when you really can’t even control yourself,” Jun spat. His doll, Shinku, then appeared.
“As a Medium you rate very poorly. In fact I wouldn’t hesitate to call you worthless.”
“Quiet… you don’t even know me…” Suigintou appeared on Megu’s right side.
“Did you really think there was any kind of connection between us? I was just using you for your power, but you don’t even have any to give. Did you really believe you could fix me? You’re… what I would refer to as…
“I… I am junk…?” Tsugumi unconsciously rubbed his right leg before falling on his behind, eventually curling up into the fetal position on the ground. His eyes slowly began to unfocus. “I’m useless… to everyone… If I’m such a burden, what’s the point… of continuing…?”
On the roof of a nearby building, Kirakishou stood on the edge. A wide smile was painted across her pale face. “Soon you’ll break… little human. Then onee-sama will see me… then she’ll appreciate me… Ahaha… And then I’ll…” The laughter which followed fell upon Tsugumi’s ears, but he didn’t even hear it.
In his bedroom back in the real world, the rose vines which had entangled him began growing thorns. They pressed into his body, tearing his skin, causing blood to drip down his skin and onto his bed. He was beginning to break.
At that exact same moment, Suigintou felt a strange sensation. She first thought of Tsugumi, but upon examination of her ring she decided that wasn’t the case. It was glowing very faintly, just as it had over the past few days. It represented the bond between them, and it was weakening.
‘That idiot. If I lose him as my Medium, nothing will change. I can go on without that power, just like before,’
she lied to herself. In actuality the days since she had taken the Gardeners’ artificial spirits had been her most difficult in as long as she could remember, though she felt no reason to delve deeper and try to rationalize such feelings.
She found the nearest window and entered her n-Field.
As soon as she did, her misgivings grew. Something was very wrong. Suigintou flew over the city which comprised her personal world, heading towards an odd light in the distance. Within a couple minutes, as the strange sensation grew, she reached a street which was overgrown with purple crystals. “What is this? The irregularity which has been bothering me…?” she asked, becoming suspicious. Could one of the two other Sisters have done this?
Out of nowhere, a huge crystal pierced towards Suigintou. Flipping through the air, she dodged it easily enough, but the second one was a little harder to avoid. “Who’s there?!” she yelled angrily.
“Who’s there?” a bland yet breathy voice responded from the distance.
“Show… yourself…” Suigintou’s eyes narrowed. In the distance a light suddenly twinkled. A doll was revealed. The doll had white hair and a pale lavender dress which clung closely to her body and ended at her knees-high boots. Her right eye was covered by some kind of eye patch.
“Eh?! You are?!” Suigintou asked cautiously.
“Bara… suishou… The seventh doll of the Rozen Maiden,” the unfamiliar doll responded coldly.
“Seventh?” Several spires shot out from beneath Suigintou, then another set and another. They were easily dodged; this one must have just awakened if her power was so weak… “Enough of this. Play time is over!” She rushed towards Barasuishou, but a huge crystal seemed to grow directly out of the doll and sped towards Suigintou at incredible speed.
She folded her black wings around her body, successfully blocking the attack. Next it was her turn… Countless black feathers raced towards Barasuishou, but she effortlessly created an energy field to block them all. “You certainly are a pretentious little sister,” Suigintou growled. She unconsciously began to draw in more power, her Medium’s power. However… there was no response.
Suigintou drew a quick breath in shock.
‘He won’t give me any power? There’s no way the bond could be so weak… Something else is going on here.’
The feathers continued to bounce harmlessly off of Barasuishou’s shield until she swept them away in a gust of her power.
“You’re… so weak.”
‘Tsugumi… what the hell is going on?!’
She continued to dodge the blasts of crystals as she flew towards the church- only there would she be able to see what was going on with her Medium. Unexpectedly, as she was avoiding an attack from below, a barrier of crystal sprung up from the ground, catching Suigintou off guard. One of them grazed her arm, sending her spiraling to the ground. She cried out in pain as she slammed into the ground. A blast of many smaller crystals pierced into her clothing and body before she was able to pull her wings into a protective shell.
“Pathetic.” Barasuishou ceased her attack at once.
“You little…” The power inside her was decreasing at a rapid rate. There was no way she would be able to escape from this opponent, and without being able to draw more energy from her Medium... Barasuishou slowly lowered herself to the ground, mere meters in front of Suigintou. She held out a hand, summoning a crystal sword.
“I… expected more from you…” She drew the sword up. Her swing would surely be the last thing Suigintou ever saw. Barasuishou’s eyes widened, however, when she discovered that she was unable to move the sword at all. She looked over her shoulder. Most unexpectedly, it was Laplace’s Demon who was holding the weapon so steadfastly.
“Barasuishou, you are in danger,” he said grimly, confusing the doll. A slit in the n-Field appeared under her, pulling her out of the realm before sealing itself once more. The tuxedo-wearing rabbit then turned to a shocked Suigintou. “Jade Dream and Lempicka, they are not alone in their manipulations. The reason for your bond breaking… The truth and the lie, you will see both on this day. Which is which- that will be your decision to make.”
“You make as little sense as ever,” Suigintou grunted as she stood. He bowed deeply and disappeared into the darkness. Suigintou gave his words little thought. She grabbed her lacey headband off the ground and flew once more towards the church.
At the Sakurada household, Shinku’s case suddenly burst open to reveal its owner, wide-eyed and panting. The cases of Suiseiseki and Hina-ichigo subsequently opened, albeit those dolls were not so awake. “Shinku, what’s going on ~desu?” Suiseiseki asked in an unusually quiet voice.
“So sleepy…” Hina-ichigo yawned, rubbing her eyes. “Shinku? What’s wrong ~na no?” Shinku clasped her hands at her heart, quickly regaining control of her breathing. Just as she seemed to be ready to give an explanation, Jun quickly sat up from his slumber.
“Tsugumi-san!” he yelled, still caught half-way between being asleep and awake. Suiseiseki and Hina-ichigo were now very confused, but Shinku knew it was a validation. “Shinku, you too?” Jun asked after he caught his breath. Shinku’s eyes widened for a split-second; she was surprised at how easily Jun could read her emotions these days.
“Yes. All of you must get ready. We’re diving into the n-Field,” Shinku stated firmly as she stood. She immediately summoned Holie before closing her case and leaving Jun’s room. The two remaining dolls watched in a state of awe as Jun pulled his sweater on.
“You dolls- what are you waiting for?”
“What’s going on, chibi human?” Suiseiseki asked as he rushed out of the room without even giving an answer. She frowned and put her hands on her hips. “Honestly, ~desu, that rude human needs to learn some manners! Well? Hina-ichigo, we should follow them. There’s no telling what kind of trouble they’ll get into if we’re not there to check up on them.”
“B-b-but… Um… They are both so nervous… Is something bad going to happen to Suigintou’s Medium?” Hina-ichigo asked innocently. Suiseiseki looked back over her shoulder at the shorter doll.
“I… Maybe. But if we don’t go, Shinku might be in trouble, too.”
Back in Suigintou’s n-Field, the dolls and Jun warped in as usual. Jun actually did manage to land on his feet this time, though. Shinku took off and began flying through the air, followed quickly by Jun, Hina and Suiseiseki. “This is further proof that something is very wrong,” Shinku explained. “Usually Suigintou would not allow anyone to fly here except herself.”
“Plus the mirror city isn’t there anymore,” Jun noticed. Above them was a normal, albeit cloudy, sky.
“Probably her Medium’s influence. He was able to brighten her life…”
“Has something happened to that scary human?” Suiseiseki asked timidly. “Did… did Suigintou…” Suiseiseki imagined a grinning Suigintou standing above a blindfolded Tsugumi, holding a huge scythe over his head like some kind of Grim Reaper.
“No,” Shinku strongly disagreed. “This sensation I’ve been feeling… Both of them are experiencing terror, albeit in different ways.”
“Shinku, where are we headed?” Jun asked after some time.
“This field is patterned after the city where we last fought. If I know her, she’s probably made herself a home at the old church,” explained the leading doll. “It should be just over here.”
The three dolls and their human companion landed in front of the church shortly afterward. Shinku pushed open the church’s creaky doors. Jun was amazed by the stunning scenery inside, especially compared to the dark and drab look Suigintou’s world had in the past. While he was gawking, Shinku’s eyes quickly sought out and found Suigintou. She stood unsteadily on the altar, looking through countless shards of glass which surrounded her.
The first Sister’s clothes were tattered, her headband noticeably absent. Her hands flew quickly through the air, as if she was searching through the fragments for something. Shinku realized that the fragments were glimpses into the real world and n-Fields. Suigintou didn’t even realize as the group approached her.
“Suigintou, what has happened to you?” Shinku asked daringly. No response came. “Suigintou? What are you searching for?”
“I thought you might come eventually,” she finally stated in a low voice, not looking away from her work. Jun realized that her wings looked much smaller than thinner than usual, perhaps a sign of battle. “The Seventh is awake.” They all took the information in stride; the outcome of the battle was obvious. “I can’t find him.” Her voice seemed almost… desperate?
“Who?” Jun asked. “Tsugumi-san?” She didn’t respond again.
“Have you checked his dream world? I thought I may have felt a dream door being opened, but it didn’t feel like Jade Dream or Lempicka,” Suiseiseki said, trying to be helpful even though she was standing a good deal further away from the altar than the others.
“There was some kind of interference,” Suigintou stated.
“No way ~desu, let me see my Jade Dream! I’ll get through whatever ‘interference’ you had ~desu!” Suiseiseki crossed her arms and turned around. There was no way Suigintou would ever willingly turn the artificial spirits over.
“Here.” Suiseiseki slowly turned around, scared of what might be waiting for her. Suigintou had pushed aside the mirror fragments. She held out her hand toward Suiseiseki, holding Jade Dream. Her face was sullen, but she didn’t seem to mind giving up what she had stolen not so long ago. “I’m doing this in a moment of weakness,” she pronounced. “Too much is going on for me to worry about defeating weak dolls like you. Take your artificial spirit back and use it to open Tsugumi’s dream.” She turned to the others. “I won’t ask you to help me, but…” She held up her left hand; her rose ring was beginning to crack.
“Something is happening to that Medium. Someone has trapped him inside his own dream. He is breaking, even now as we speak.” Her voice was low and deadly. Her other hand was shaking, tightly hanging on to her headband. “You there, Suiseiseki!” Jade Dream suddenly jumped from Suigintou’s hand and flew towards its old master. “Open the dream door, now!”
“Jade Dream!” she called, a small sense of relief in her voice. The spirit circled over and over until his dream door was opened. Suiseiseki suddenly groaned. “You’re right… There was some kind of barrier around his dream ~desu. But it was easily overcome by my experience. Ohohoho!” Suigintou gave Shinku one last pained glance before jumping into the dream world.
“Shinku!” cried Sakurada.
“Right! Everyone, let’s go!” One by one, they all dove into the dream door. In the back of the church, Laplace’s Demon stepped out of the shadows. His hands were clasped behind his back.
‘You’ll even help her after all these years of hostility? Or perhaps... Rozen's greatest wish will come true,’
he mused before disappearing.
In the Victorian mansion which resided in the n-Field he’d constructed, Enju sat in his rocking chair. Frustration and anger were written all over his face as Laplace’s Demon approached him. “Demon… how could this have happened?”
“From the beginning I told you there was a slight possibility,” the rabbit responded.
“This is a disaster,” the blond man growled. “All of my plans are in ruins. Hardly any part is salvageable. All these years have passed, Barasuishou is finally complete… I cannot wait any longer! If the true seventh doll is awake, then my Barasuishou will defeat it as well! All of that fool Rozen’s creations will fall at her feet! What’s one more Rosa Mystica?”
“Enju. Keep Barasuishou away from Kirakishou. If the two of them meet right now, your doll would surely be destroyed. Then the true seventh would be freed of her prison and escape to the real world.” The blond man sneered. He had no intention of listening to this apparition.
End of Sixth Thorn.
It's good! I am awaiting the eyepatch twin encounters.
hai, hai. Onii-chan has his work cut out for him.
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