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 Ghost of bookworms' pasts, Lavi
No regrets. No matter what happens now, I have no regrets.
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he
the old miserable me

He had a lot of cramming to do. Out of all the things he had been told not to strain himself over given his recent discharge from the hospital, studying was not one of them. He couldn’t run for extended periods of time, use his Stand for any kind of fighting for too long, or even eat certain foods because the mess that was now his internal organs were still clearing away scar tissue.

But Kakyoin was adamant about playing out the game with the cards he had been dealt. He really had no other choice. If he chose to stop, life would move on without him. And like hell he was just going to give up after those 50 days of struggling through enemy Stand users.

Kakyoin was going to enroll in the university Joutarou was in, granted he would be in an entirely different department, but he was excited. It was a fresh new start. He wouldn’t isolate himself like he had before, and he was free of his parents so he could study what he liked. Even if it wasn’t a “stable” line of work, art was still a passion of his, and he could manage the workload of it alongside his programming courses.

The problem just presented itself in his one year gap of being in a coma. It wasn’t like he had wanted to be a character pulled straight out of a television drama, but apparently, DIO had just hurt him that badly. The only way to spite the dead vampire now was to get up, study, and take those grade-skipping exams. It would be enough to get him entry.

Kakyoin had his arms piled high with Math books. He had just gotten through basic logic and coding, but he found that he would end up taking Differential Equations, so he’d need to brush up on his Calculus. He made his way slowly through the aisles, leaning against his forearm crutch as he located the textbook on a shelf a little too high for him to reach. Glancing around, Kakyoin decided that it wouldn’t hurt if he used his Stand for juuuust this little thing.

One of Hierophant’s tendril’s manifested itself from his outline, reaching up to slowly tug the book from the shelf. He lowered it carefully, allowing it to rest in his outstretched hand before pulling it towards his chest. Hierophant vanished, along with the green glow that outlined his form, not that anyone could see it. Not here.

Okay. He had to get back to studying. Kakyoin turned, hobbling back towards his seat when he noticed someone at the other end of the shelf. Ah, shoot. He hadn’t seen him earlier. Had he seen him grab the textbook?

@LAVI | Ghosty goos
As time passed, I soon came to the point where I didn't know whether my smiling face was a lie or not.
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So tell me how does it feel?
Lavi was constantly reminded that he came from a different time than a lot of people. To be granted, the transition wasn’t jarring -- he had seen televisions and mechas during this time at the Black Order – but that still didn’t change the fact that a lot of people had like… these fancy motor-controlled ‘cars’ when it was usually only the wealthy that could be bothered with a horse carriage? Or the fact that the trains weren’t steam powered. It could be just… strange dimensional magic powering them, but really what happened to the steam engine? It was the biggest thing back in the 19th century, at least for everyone else that didn’t have access to whatever the Black Order cooked up with the Vatican’s money.

Never mind him “fitting in” with the “current” time. That wasn’t his problem except for when he needed to learn about the conveniences better technology it brought. If anything, the Bookman apprentice was a whole lot more interested in what he missed. While this place was an amalgamation of people from different worlds, it was easy to learn that at least many of the non-original residents were from a version of 'Earth' similar to that of his.

Which would hint toward text existing about Earth and its history. Whether they came with the people that arrived at Hialao for the first time or something that was written after some time spent in the multiverse, it didn't really matter much. The man was on a search for knowledge.

The redhead already had a sizable collection back at his home, his money spent on getting any kind of publication that circulated. In a new and barren space, the only way he knew how to make it 'comfortable' was to fill it with books. Of course, it was just him grabbing too many things he could find after peeking at the spines or pages and determining if he could really read them (he didn't really expect to find strange languages that he can't read, but until he was probably taught them, he won't be spending unnecessary money). Eventually, he quickly ran out of material to read, and went to the library that resided in Iscantir's town square.

It was huge, comparable to what the Black Order had offered, but including a whole bunch of books about magic (and magical books, there's a difference he noted). But... he couldn't really quite put a finger on it. The library was great sure, but he didn't feel... comfortable in it? Or rather, it was probably too magical for him to really make it feel like an average library, a little bit like home.

That led him to expand his search, out into the dimensions and all. Not exactly the most ideal plan if he wanted a 'regular' spot to visit that wasn't his cluttered home, but when was Lavi ever deterred by 'not the most ideal of plans'? He went to Tethya a few times before, part sightseeing and all, and figured that even if the whole place was themed to be aquatic (creative, really architectures), the buildings were similar to the cities back at home. One submarine ride later with some foot work here and there found him actually in a library.

Mhmm, less magical floating things and more normalcy. Good, he wouldn't that too distracted then.

Of course he would go to the historical section first. Eye scanning over the spines and fingers pulling them out of their tight spots. He'd gather a whole collection first before finding a spot to sit down. What he was really looking at were the dates the books seemed to cover, and if he could find anything interesting from his first read-through, he'll focus in down on probably specific parts in his next hoard.

Oh, while he was at it, he might as well drop by and see if there were any new discoveries in the field of Mathematics. Not that he would need to know, but Lavi liked numbers anyway. Him... let's see, there should have been a breakthrough somewhere after his time. After all, around his time he was pretty sure that Germany was driven to supporting pure mathematics for its own sake, compared to France's pursuit of its practical use.

Adjusting his pile of books so it would be at a less of a risk for slipping, the redhead strolled past the shelves while peeking into the aisles. He didn't memorize the whole layout of the library yet, so he was still doing a little bit of searching around. But, um--

This is exactly why he wanted to find another place not in Iscantir. His mind rationalized that it had to be magic -- hell he lived in a dimension where all of that existed. He saw more bizarre things that he couldn't really explain. But his logical side's attempt at keeping calm wasn't really going too well. He blinked, once then twice, and he realized that his jaws had been agape before snapping shut.

"I-- er--" Shit Lavi, get yourself together, "I just saw a floating book, didn't I?"

@KAKYOIN NORIAKI why so spook. this is what he wanted to avoid in elestis.
captain.

No regrets. No matter what happens now, I have no regrets.
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He looked shocked. Kakyoin paused, subconsciously worrying at his bottom lip with his teeth as he waited for a response from the man that was now staring intently at him. He had definitely seen.

Honestly, a part of him was glad that he was no longer going to school at home. Rumors about his creepiness and lonesome tendencies seem to spread all the time. When he had been a child, the kids had been terrified of him. All because the one time he had used Hierophant for something. He had never done it again, of course, but that didn't stop the crazy rumors that had spread or the bullying that came with it.

Kakyoin found himself getting slightly defensive. It seemed that even after his 50 days traveling with the other Crusaders and getting used to being accepted hadn't done much for his general social skills with strangers. But finally, the other spoke up, looking plenty frazzled.
"....Yes," Kakyoin replied after some hesitation, shifting a bit uncomfortably. "It's...an ability of mine--a Stand. It's normal to not be able to see it. I just... I couldn't reach so I..."
He hesitated. Why was he trying to justify himself to a complete stranger?

"I needed the textbook... I've got some tests to study for. Sorry, I didn't mean to surprise you."

@LAVI | RIP Lavi
As time passed, I soon came to the point where I didn't know whether my smiling face was a lie or not.
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D. Gray-Man
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Captain (SHE/HER)
HE/HIM
So tell me how does it feel?
At the first sign of the stranger starting to get distressed, Lavi felt a pang of guilt. Like, woah, he didn't mean to put the other guy on a spot like that. It was just... he just really didn't seem to expect to see a floating book -- at least not outside the bubbles.

He slightly nodded, accepting the explanation, tucking it aside for later. Better that he cleared things up first before jumping head first into a whole other can of worms. If his arms weren't full of books themselves, he would have rubbed the back of his head in embarrassment.

"I see, I mean--" The redhead took a breath, before actually pulling himself together, "I'm real sorry. Didn't mean to make too much of a big deal 'bout that. It's just that floatin' and magical books were sorta the reason why I'm takin' a break from Elestis, that one magical dimension place, for today." Okay, so now he was trying to (sort of) justify, or rather explain on why he pretty much freaked the fuck out -- aside from the back that he never really did too well with the idea of the classic scary stuffs people would throw around Halloween.

He worked onto shifting his pile onto one harm, and the weight wasn't bad, not as comparable to what his hammer usually was. The stack was further supported resting against his body as well. "How 'bout I make it up to ya? I can carry your books back to your spot, if that's fine with you." With a step forward, he knew how difficult it was to do normal, everyday things when people were recovering from their injuries. Especially with a crutch. "Ya don't need to worry 'bout me droppin' them. I carry a lotta books all the time."

@KAKYOIN NORIAKI please accept lavi's offer of help
captain.
No regrets. No matter what happens now, I have no regrets.
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Kakyoin watched the other carefully, expecting him to babble some excuses before making a retreat. He looked obviously busy, anyways, with the number of books in his arms, but he was surprised as he did the exact opposite.
He kept talking to him, explaining his surprise and making Kakyoin relax a little. Well, at least he wasn't scared of him or anything like that.

"You mean to tell me you're from Elestis, and floating things still freak you out?" Kakyoin asked dryly. His sarcasm had leaped straight to the forefront before he could stop it. Sometimes, he really didn't have a filter.
Quickly, Kakyoin rushed to continue so that he didn't offend the other. After all, he hadn't asked to be surprised. "I imagine all the magic must be a lot to take in. You're not used to it?"

He had gone through 50 days of nonstop Stand attacks and weird phenomena, so seeing powers had stopped bothering him too much. He could understand, though, going somewhere and getting caught off guard by something new. It was part of the reason he liked traveling, though. He liked seeing new things. The new didn't startle him. Unless...it was new like DIO had been.

A part of him hesitated when the teen offered him help. It was just a moment, but he glanced at his arm crutches, slightly embarrassed. Well... this guy was being really nice to him when he really didn't have to. He couldn't just say no to his efforts.

"You're stronger than you look..." Kakyoin replied, finally relinquishing the textbook to him. He offered him a smile, finally, to try to clear some of the awkward tension between them.
"I'm Noriaki Kakyoin, by the way. Most people just call me Kakyoin, though." It was, after all, the formal way to address someone in Japan, by their surnames.

With a nod of his head, he started to hobble back to his seat, leading the other redhead along. "So, what brought you to Tethya out of all places?"

@LAVI | He accepted heeelp
As time passed, I soon came to the point where I didn't know whether my smiling face was a lie or not.
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Human
Guards & Record Keeper
Captain (SHE/HER)
HE/HIM
So tell me how does it feel?
Ha, that question sorta... yeah. He just, didn't really have much to say on that matter? Since, he'd figured that living in Elestis and doing some crazy feats of Innocence controlling (not magic) would get him better acclimated.

Lavi gave a weak laugh before answering, nothing like deflecting a little bit of judgement through laughing at yourself, "Er... somethin' like that. It's more like, I didn't expect floatin' things here, ya'know? Unless it's outside the bubbles and all." Gravity operated normally inside the bubbles, so the only 'floating' thing he expected to see were fish swimming in water and the occasional lost item drifting in the ocean.

Still, the redhead made way to take the books from the other, and sure while there was a sizable collection now with their combined piles, it wasn't so bad. "Heheh, I get that a lot." He looked skinnier than most, lankier, but as an Exorcist and Bookman's Apprentice he needed to be pretty strong than the Average Joe.

It was easy to return the smile, letting the name skin into his head. "One of those, last name preferred kinda deal, huh." It was just an observation, and he immediately thought back to Yuu and his constant insistence of not using his first name.

It was clearly a Japanese thing to refer to the other by their last names, but Yuu just hated how his first name was interpreted. He didn't count.

"The name's Lavi, nice ta meetcha~" He followed slowly, not wanting to feel like Kakyoin had to rush or anything. He did hum in thought at the quesiton posed at him, before answering, "Well, besides just wantin' a break from Elestis, Tethya's real similiar to home, minus the whole living underwater thing." The guard figured it didn't hurt to admit that, even if 'home' for him wasn't really a town or a city. He said it once before, that the only home a man should ever need is within his heart. "The architecture's a lot like the nineteenth century, yeah? So it's familiar."

@KAKYOIN NORIAKI
captain.
No regrets. No matter what happens now, I have no regrets.
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the old miserable me

He supposed he could have been a little nicer to the other redhead instead of blurting out what he had, but he was surprised to find that he was just laughed off like it was nothing. In the past, Kakyoin had always felt like an outcast. Being the only person who could see his Stand, he had become defensive of it, pushing others away and being rude to them because he could. It hadn't helped that he had been treated with disdain in the same manner. And it really hadn't helped when his mother had suggested pills or going to see a psychiatrist. He had kept Hierophant a closely guarded secret ever since, giving no indication that he had the Stand. And when DIO had come around...

"Yeah, makes sense," Kakyoin awkwardly cleared his throat, "Sorry." He added on the last word without thinking much on it, and he cleared his throat awkwardly before handing his book over.

Kakyoin's eyebrows shot up as Lavi commented on his name. So he knew about Japanese preferences, though the teen before him didn't look Japanese. Perhaps he had a friend who was. Either way, Kakyoin nodded in response, his shoulders lifting in a shrug.
"I've just gotten used to it."
It'd probably sound weird to him if a stranger he just met suddenly started calling him Noriaki like his mother did.

Kakyoin hobbled after Lavi on his crutches, appreciating the fact that the other was going slow enough for him to follow at a steady pace.
"It's nice to meet you, Lavi." he said, tilting his head slightly and allowing his bangs to flop away from his face. Although, he wasn't entirely expecting what he said next. After all, he often forgot Goss had taken people from many different worlds.
"You're from the 1800s?" He couldn't imagine that. Even if they were from different worlds, he couldn't help but picture his history textbook. "That last date I remember from my world was 1989. That's... actually really cool."

@LAVI | Gonna make him nerd out
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