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your life is your own, okay?
59
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Fourteen
Mob Psycho 100
Esper
Psychic/Student
Second (She/Her)
He/Him
Mob wasn't really certain what he was doing anymore? Someone had told him he needed to get out more, though. To be fair, lots of people had told him that he needed to get out more before he wound up in the multiverse, too, to varying amounts of confusion, since he was never entirely certain what they meant. He went out a lot, normally following after one of Reigen's schemes or an evil group of espers or something, but he didn't just spend all day in his apartment, like some people seemed to think.

Okay, actually, no, point, recently he had spending a whole lot of the day in his apartment, but he didn't really know anyone else? And it wasn't like he had anywhere in particular to go, and there didn't seem to be an equivalent to the body improvement club or something to join at his school yet and he couldn't make a sports team and his vague attempts to run a business weren't working very well. So he had, all in all, been spending a lot of time in his apartment, which apparently meant he hadn't been getting out much.

There were a lot of dimensions that weren't Hialao, too, and maybe it was normal to want to see what they looked like. Shigeo was a little curious, but mostly, Mob was indifferent. He mostly liked Hialao because it was kind of like home, and he knew how he was supposed to react to it a little better. He didn't really think about going other places, much, because this is where he'd arrived and there was a decent school here and really, his brother and his master would probably yell at him if he'd wandered off too far. Plus, he didn't entirely feel confident about things like advanced technology or magic or anything. He was just Mob.

Still, train tickets weren't very expensive and Hialao's train station didn't make them very hard to get, and people kept on telling him he needed to get out more, and someone had suggested he go visit whichever dimension seemed the most interesting to him over the weekend, just for a day. That same person had been fairly nice, having mentioned that Barrows was also the wrong dimension to pick, not that Shigeo was going to, it was just probably good to remember. So he'd looked over a few old fliers he'd been given when he first got off the train and picked Elestis with about the same enthusiasm he had for this whole prospect of 'getting out more' in the first place: not much.

The train ride by himself hadn't been all that bad, though, and he'd managed to exchange a small amount of money so that maybe if there was something he wanted, he could get it? He supposed he should maybe feel more excited about this, but, honestly, Mob wasn't very good at feeling excited, either. He may be visiting a whole new world, true, and he was sure it would have lots of interesting things in it! He wondered if it would still have milk and cats in it too, was all, if that made sense.

And, well, he'd meant to stay in town, really, and it was an interesting enough place. For a moment, he'd been startled by the sheer number of people that seemed to be espers, though, and had promptly given himself a rather bad headache on opening his senses to try to get a read on how many. The answer was: not all of these people who seemed to be were espers or spirits, but so many more than usual were around Mob that he'd momentarily overloaded, and then tried not to panic that he might have managed to hurt someone. He hadn't. Still. The day was off to a not-terribly-good start and he still didn't know what he was doing.

So he'd asked someone. Shigeo didn't really know anything about Elestis, and standing out here surrounded by the unknown without his family nearby was kind of making Mob's head spin. He needed some kind of guidance before he just... went back inside somewhere that wasn't making him feel so strange? Maybe it was the magic in the air- he was just getting weird feelings because he was just so, so very used to being the strongest esper in the area and the next-to-only esper in an area, while here, there was a strange sort of spirit energy everywhere.

Anyway, he'd asked someone what a good thing to do on a day out in the dimension was and next thing he knew he'd gotten himself dragged to some kind of very loud carnival. Which, okay, this was probably going to be okay as far as fun went, maybe? He supposed this was the kind of place he was supposed to have fun, at least, but somehow the guy who had gotten him here had also gotten him to already spend most of his money and somehow Mob just knew that if Master Reigen was here, this wouldn't have happened at all, and he wouldn't be stuck without really knowing his way back.

But, well, okay, he could probably figure this out anyway? Even if the carnival was absolutely full of people and trying to just kind of feel his way towards wherever he was trying to get back to was going to hurt his head. He could probably, maybe, coax a plant from the valley here and get it to take him where he wanted to go when he left? First, he should probably try to have fun at the carnival, like a normal, not dangerously psychic person might. And get out more. Wasn't that the whole purpose of this mess? To get out more? He supposed this probably counted as getting out more, at least...

Maybe he should try to play one of the carnival games? He'd try it, but he didn't have a very good throwing arm, or reaction time, or anything like that. (One could suggest that Mob use his psychic powers. To be honest, the thought of 'cheating' like that never even remotely crossed the child's mind). He just kind of wandered, instead, not able to quite work up the courage to get on a roller coaster without someone else nearby to push him onto one.

Instead, he finally settled by someone who was saying something about haunted houses. He blinked, and then frowned- that... that actually felt like a maybe actually haunted thing that the person was messing with? He was saying something about supernatural phenomenons and he sounded really, super earnest about it, like he really thought it would just be a fun time in his haunted building. Maybe he was actually calling it a house of fun? Mob wasn't really certain, but it was actually probably a little dangerous? He should probably warn the man.

"Um," he said, "your fun house is probably kind of dangerous, because it has real spirits in it," he said, quietly and nervously.

"Only the brave should enter!" he said, leering down at Mob. "And, f course, if you want to go in, you have to pay."

"But- there are actual evil spirits," Mob tried again.

"Kid, it's a haunted house full of the dangers of the world. Go on in, I have things under some control, but beware the danger within!" he said, looking down at Mob expectantly. Mob pulled out most of the rest of his money.

"I... I don't think I normally have to pay you for this kind of thing?" he said.

"Of course," the man said, rolling his eyes, and Shigeo felt like he might have managed to actually miss something of fundamental import somewhere in that conversation. Oh well? He went into the fun house, keeping his eyes peeled for the spirits that he could sense within. It wasn't a very strong evil spirit, it seemed, but even kind of weak spirits like Dimple could cause a lot of trouble, so he'd keep his eyes out.



Progress to Mob's Explosion: 26%

@LAVI

(Poor Mob is maybe a little bit in over his head. Mob, don't let obvious conmen start leading you places, not all of them secretly have a heart of gold even if you're all just absolute trainwrecks.)
As time passed, I soon came to the point where I didn't know whether my smiling face was a lie or not.
105
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Nineteen
D. Gray-Man
Human
Guards & Record Keeper
Captain (SHE/HER)
HE/HIM
So tell me how does it feel?
Lavi wanted to punch himself in the face right now.

But he wasn't going to do that, because that would mean damaging his handsome face as well as possibility knocking himself out in a 'haunted house'. That would be pretty bad news.

He swore on his life that getting scared never came easily for him. Like hell he was scared of ghosts or vampires. All of those were totally just make believe -- fake, outrageous stories people made up to try to understand something that could be rationally explained. Gee, if he was back at home in a "haunted house" in his own universe, he might have been bothered out by the decor, but that would be about it. Elestis was a new environment, where the supernatural wasn't rare, but common. Ghosts could definitely exist here.

The only reason why he was here was because Lavi was told that there might have been something fishy happening at this carnival. Some people claimed that the place has some evil dealings, the other say that there were freelancing con-men out there, robbing people of their money. He listened to numerous gossiping people and attending crowds all at once, sorting out what could be fact or myth. Mhmm, he might as well be working as one of the guardsmen in Elestis, but what better way to find the source of discord while pretending to be a normal civilian?

Of course, part of the job was to also just to goof around because Lavi wasn't even in clocking in for this scouting mission. He was here on his free day, where he could have perfectly been sleeping in bed for the whole day and probably move on with life. That could have meant not being here, and not currently wanting to yell on the top of his lungs.

The time before his biggest regret of the day have been a standard affair of checking out rides -- and yes, even the ones that were floating in the sky. Hah, take that levitation spells, hammer one and you zero. He wasn't quite hungry around that time, so he was able to save quite a bit of money with not spending it on overpriced carny-food and means to float. At his time at Elestis so far, Lavi managed fairly well in terms of living here as a non-magic using person.

And... no. He isn't using Big Hammer, Little Hammer by means of magic. The hammer's properties just so happen to include being able to extend and enlarge to any size at all, and control the forces of nature but that wasn't Lavi doing anything too special.

He gotta admit though, it was pretty hilarious to see people trying to offer him levitation spells to give him the "full taste", as they put it, of the carnival. His response was to just hold on to his hammer's handle as he shot off into the sky.

But all fun and games have to end though, and once again, he reeeeeaaaaally wanted to punch himself in the face.

Why hindsight, why make him judge his decisions so hard?

He thought he heard some people talking about how they thought the haunted house was far too expensive, but in the end it was super worth it because... it was more scary than normal? Geez, what kind of person would want to go through a haunted house in more than one occasion willingly? The redhead could have just decided "No." and went home from there, but no, he had to check it out. It was more so of curiosity if something was definitely fishy on how the place was ran than the wanting of the thrill of adrenaline pumping through his body. He experienced enough of that in a lifetime.

After almost being shaken down by having to pay for the entrance fee for haunted house (Lavi with his chipper smile and quick talking was able to save himself a couple of quids -- ha, it was strange to see what was almost like British currency here), he first thought that it was going to be nothing. Like a denial that nothing here should be scary enough for the guy that pretty watched war and fought Akuma his whole life.

But after the third jump scare that had him releasing a shrill, he was starting to regret his very decision to come to the Carnival.

That was there we left our damsel in distress. Wanting to cry in a corner, and already given up to his fear, clutching on his now elongated war-hammer as a security blanket.

Let's just hope that he won't end up almost smacking upside the head in self-defense and fright.

@KAGEYAMA SHIGEO pls go save Lavi from his living nightmare.
captain.
your life is your own, okay?
59
POSTS
Fourteen
Mob Psycho 100
Esper
Psychic/Student
Second (She/Her)
He/Him
Mob had tried to make a haunted house for school once. He'd based the monster costume on a spirit he'd seen. It had been a pretty intimidating spirit, and also a weird one. There had also been a weirdo who was saying something about training his whole life to fight them or something with them that time, too. And Ritsu had dressed up like a maid for some kind of cafe while Mob was doing the haunted house? It was dark, that was the point, kind of like this haunted house, but no one could see anything because it was far too dark.

This haunted house wasn't actually that dark, though it was dark enough that it was a little difficult for Mob to see around the next corner. Also, it was actually haunted, unlike the haunted house Shigeo had made. People might not be able to see real evil spirits, after all, but they could still be plenty dangerous to non-espers if they tried. None of the spirits here seemed too horrible (Mob had yet to run across another Mogami, not again, never again), but Mob couldn't really extend his 'antenna' for other psychic activity for very far without getting a blinding headache around here, so who knew? Something could surprise him.

Oh. Some kind of cutout had jumped out at him. Maybe this was the part when most people jumped? And there was a person in a suit, maybe chasing him. That was a thing too, Mob guessed. He was really just trying to get to the actual ghosts, because they were dangerous and he had to exorcise them, really. And now the person in the suit looked upset for some reason. "Sorry for not screaming?" he offered, but he wasn't certain it would help much.

Multiple things kept on popping out at him. It was kind of annoying, really. But he was definitely getting close to the actual spirits, so it was probably worth it. He'd paid a lot of money for this, though- maybe it had been too much? He still had enough for the train, probably?- so he was kind of vaguely hoping the haunted house would elicit something stronger out of him than being kind of mildly startled. Maybe this just wasn't his kind of thing?

Oh, hey, the spirits were just ahead. They were probably only enough to elicit really bad feelings in people who were not espers, unless they made themselves visible. Still, they could grow more dangerous rather quickly if left to their own devices. So it was probably a good idea to go ahead and exorcise them. Although, wasn't this supposed to be a haunted house? Maybe he was supposed to leave them here? Except that could kill people. Still, he didn't want to ruin anyone's fun...

There was someone else still in the next room when Shigeo got there. Oh, and that was where the spirits were, too. Shigeo should probably deal with that, then. First, though, he should make sure this person was okay. He had a really big hammer, too? And an eyepatch. That was somewhat concerning, maybe. "Um," he started, "are you okay? The spirits here really aren't all that strong."



Progress towards Mob's Explosion: 27%

note: Don't worry, Lavi, this could totally still be a pretty terrifying haunted house despite the lack of reaction from this child. Part of Mob's just dead inside, is all.

@LAVI
As time passed, I soon came to the point where I didn't know whether my smiling face was a lie or not.
105
POSTS
Nineteen
D. Gray-Man
Human
Guards & Record Keeper
Captain (SHE/HER)
HE/HIM
So tell me how does it feel?
There was one bad thing about being a trained fighter -- one's senses often go highwire when one's panicking and freaking out. This was what Lavi was experiencing, ready for his soul to jump out of his skin at a slight movement or shift. While yes, this saved his skin in many life or death battles, he was more likely to get a heart attack instead of getting stabbed in the chest. Ha, another kind of heart attack Lavi would have mused, if he wasn't scared shitless.

The redhead wasn't intent on moving forward, unless he wanted to accidentally destroy his haunted house, and pay a whole lot more than what he did to get in here in the first place. After all, his hammer can be a pretty heavy thing, and if something spooked him good enough to have him drop--

"Um, are you okay? The spirits here really aren't all that strong."

Not expecting a voice to be coming from which any direction, the Exorcist immediately shrieked at the top of his lungs, followed by the thumping sound of his weapon being free from his grasp. Bless whoever for the fact that the thing didn't end up breaking the floor. His one eye immediately shot towards the direction of the sound, and he was trying to calm his own breathing while clutching his chest.

He was pretty sure thirty years of his life had left him completely.

Upon realizing that it was only a child that was addressing him, Lavi swallowed down his nervousness. Or at least tried to, he was a little bit shaky, but not as quite as before, seeing as he wasn't alone now.

"I-I'm," He took a deep breath, "I think I'm okay now. His palms were a sweaty, his knees want to knock against each other, and he wouldn't be surprised if his hair turned white from all the stress, but he thought that okay was the best word for the situation.

He went to go reach for his hammer, until he just realized something. In his shock and fear, Lavi didn't truly register the second half of the boy's statement. Something about... something not being strong? Spirits...? "What?" His actions froze, and this time he was staring at the boy. A logical person would have dismissed such silly claim that spirits existed.

But this was Elestis, a dimension where things were whimsical and mystical, a world where dragons and unicorns were not myth, but facts. And even back in his own universe, Lavi knew fully well that souls existed, and there was as home somewhere for them after death. He was much more inclined to believe this kid about his claim just for the situation alone.

"Ghosts-- they, they exist? They're real?" He blinked, much more focused on Mob than his weapon, "They're actually... real?"

A part of him wanted to never know that ghosts were real, because even if he was afraid, it was just all a play of his mind. But for someone to confirm that the supernatural existed, that souls can truly linger to places and objects that were not Akuma, that's just opening a whole new can of worms.

@KAGEYAMA SHIGEO Lavi wishes that he didn't know that spirits are real pls. And he has no shame that he is obviously scared when this kid is as cool as a cucumber.
captain.
your life is your own, okay?
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Fourteen
Mob Psycho 100
Esper
Psychic/Student
Second (She/Her)
He/Him
Maybe Mob should have considered what suddenly saying something from behind someone holding a giant hammer might mean, but honestly he didn't think that far ahead. He was just thinking that there was someone else here and therefore he ought to say something, honestly. He didn't consider that perhaps walking up to and talking to someone from behind was a bad idea, really, because it wasn't a terribly frightening haunted house at all.

That didn't mean that the man holding the giant hammer suddenly dropping it and shrieking, though, wasn't startling. Mob yelped slightly, his face turning red as he realized that he'd probably been the one to scare this man and that he'd been startled by something like this. He stared at the hammer that had hit the ground and the man, who had made a somewhat girlish noise, for a second, taking a deep breath and coming back to himself again. That jump scare had worked, but he doubted this one was intentional.

The man seemed to calm down, too. And he had an eyepatch? Mob wondered about that. As far as he could tell, there wasn't anything all that unusual about the man, but he had a giant hammer and an eyepatch, which meant there was something odd about the man. At least he'd said he was okay! That was good. Mob would have hated it if he was not okay. Mob was about to express how happy he was that he was okay-

-and then he started freaking out about spirits. Oh yeah. Even where Mob was from, some people didn't believe in them, though the show that- that- Kenji Mogami- that person had on when Mob was a very small child had introduced a lot of people to them. He'd been very famous for his exorcisms, and most of them were very real ghosts. Then- well- they say his body was so cursed that- but really-

...it wasn't worth going there right now.

"Yes," Mob said. "Most ordinary people can't see them, but there are spirits. I'm an esper, so I can sense and see them." He shrugged. "Like I said, these ones aren't very strong, but I should probably exorcise them, because they are busy trying to kill people who come in here." Here, he looked up at where he happened to know the spirits in question were hiding. "They just haven't done a very good job yet."

He paused. "...I'm not entirely certain why the owner made me pay to come in, though..."



Progress towards Mob's Explosion: 27%

@LAVI
As time passed, I soon came to the point where I didn't know whether my smiling face was a lie or not.
105
POSTS
Nineteen
D. Gray-Man
Human
Guards & Record Keeper
Captain (SHE/HER)
HE/HIM
So tell me how does it feel?
He first only registered that it was some kid that was talking to him, but giving the nervous look over ago, this kid looks a whole lot younger than he was. What could have been baby fat, a noodle-like body, and just how small the other was (eyeballing it, Lavi could measure that there was about a twenty-eight centimeter difference between them) made the man assume that he was probably somewhere in his early teens? Maybe mid-way, if he was stretching it a bit.

Lavi listened to the kid's explanation, in part curiosity because it was his nature to learn about anything really. Now, he could have easily dismissed that this kid was pulling his leg, since he claimed that he was an esper. In fact, this kind of prank would have been a perfect stunt to pull inside of a haunted house, but he still listened, still recorded the words of a boy he didn't even know his name yet.

Though, Lavi's fear happened to sobered up the moment Mob said "kill". Doing some scary shit was for all fun and games, even if Lavi didn't particularly understood that kind of version, but there has to be a line drawn somewhere. He became a guard at Elestis, with the intent that it was important to keep up with his physical training, but as of late, he's been enjoying the fact that he was helping people, period.

"No way..." His voice was a mix of apprehension and awe, and his one eye looked up to follow Mob's gaze. He saw nothing, probably felt nothing either. Lavi had his fair share of spooky shit blending into a crowd of people, but just thinking of some kind of malicious being that was invisible to the eye sent a sort of shiver up his spine. He certainly didn't want to think that a couple of ghosts actually wanted to take his life, and he wondered if his technically holy hammer can smite spirits.

Mhmm yes Lavi, just go ahead and blindly wave your hammer in the air in hope you hit something you can't see. That's totally safe.

"T-That's not good! This place was just advertised to be an average haunted house!" Bravery and concern were better in controlling the fact that he was still pretty scared. At least he won't be screaming hysterically now. So definitely, the kid should totally get to exorcising them, even if they' were pretty crappy at what they were trying to do.

Then came another statement, and Lavi blinked. He didn't think too much on it, because he thought that these people had to make a living one way or another. Even so, the price was pretty damned high, enough so that Lavi had to do a little bit of haggling to drop the price. What, did the guys outside ripped off this totally amazing savior that was going to exorcise the evil spirits? Huh, seems like his investigation here was heading somewhere.

"Hey... kid, how much did they end up takin' from ya? 'Cuz I'm actually lookin' into some scammers 'round these parts."

@KAGEYAMA SHIGEO
captain.
your life is your own, okay?
59
POSTS
Fourteen
Mob Psycho 100
Esper
Psychic/Student
Second (She/Her)
He/Him
The man started swinging his weird hammer around when Mob explained what was going on. That was going to help less than when Master Reigen threw salt around, but he supposed it might be making the man feel a bit better. The hammer wasn't going to do anything except annoy a spirit, really, as far as Mob was aware. He watched impassively.

Mob could understand the sentiment about the haunted house being supposed to be a normal one, too, if only because he'd helped build a haunted house for a school festival, once. Except he had made it rather dark so that people wouldn't get scared as easily, and he'd helped design the monster so that it looked like a real spirit.

"You don't have to worry that much," Mob pointed out. "They don't seem to be particularly dangerous. Still, I will go ahead and exorcise them." He paused. Here, one of the spirits tried to become both more visible and more dangerous, but none of these evil spirits were terribly strong. Indeed, most of them actually seemed like they were pretty weak for an evil spirit. Even Dimple was stronger than them

(Mob even missed Dimple just a little)

he lifted up his hand. For a moment, the hair around his head raised into the air. Color and light filled the darkened haunted house as the spirits realized what was happening. Mob would normally be a little more careful, but he wanted the red-haired man to be able to see that everything was fine now and that he didn't have to keep on swinging around his hammer like that. Not that he had to anyway, since it wouldn't do anything.

It only took a few moments, and the spirits were gone. They hadn't even done anything particularly interesting or fought much. They weren't terribly good evil spirits, were they? Good evil spirits would have at least threatened Mob or something- though only if they truly were evil spirits. Mob knew these ones were evil spirits, at least, because, like he'd said, they kept on trying to kill people. But good spirits were okay. He wouldn't have to exorcise those.

He turned back around to the red-haired man. "Okay. The spirits are gone now. You can stop being scared." He wasn't always good at emotions or tact but Mob was at least pretty sure? The redheaded man was scared? He didn't understand why the man would act like he was unless he was scared... Although maybe that was one of those things Mob wasn't supposed to say? He... wasn't really sure...

And then the man asked about the owner of the haunted house. "Oh! Ummm... He took... a lot of these coins?" He held up the coin. "I don't really know the money here very well. I think I still have enough to get back out of the park, but if I needed to, I guess I could levitate myself down... I don't like doing that much, though..." Moving himself around with telekinesis still made him feel a little motion sick, after all. "I guess he probably didn't realize I really intended to exorcise the spirits in here..."



Progress towards Mob's Explosion: 27%

I am so sorry this took two months.

@LAVI
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