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Suzaku Kururugi ([personal profile] swordofzero) wrote in [community profile] towerofanimus2014-05-21 09:00 pm

For Diarmuid

Characters: Suzaku Kururugi and Diarmuid Ua Duibhne and potentially Waver if he is around
Setting: Diarmuid's room, mid afternoon
Format: Either
Summary: Suzaku returns, finds out about Rolo and Lelouch's disappearance and then goes to find Diarmuid
Warnings:

The only thing keeping Suzaku sane was the fact that he had never taken the new collar fluid. His power, his curse, was not real. If he was stuck on this dead world until the power left the tower he would die with everyone else... at least he hoped he would. It was the reason he had refused to take it, he didn't want to be forced to live on, stuck on a dead planet for all eternity if they failed.

Still he was relieved when he woke up in the tower once more. It was still here, there were still people. He dressed quickly and left his room, Arthur in his arms. The cat had attached himself to Suzaku's finger when he had woken and hadn't let go yet. Suzaku guessed that meant he had missed him.

The first room he went to was Rolo's his breath caught as he read the name plaque, no Rolo. There might have been another room change... but somehow he doubted it. He closed his eyes, then opened them and moved on to Lelouch. Same thing. He was gone.

Suzaku paused, his waking had been devoid of sullen angry comments about him having being gone. He returned to his room, heart heavy in his chest. He checked the plaque, Ventus- someone new, Sephiroth - of course he was still there... But no Shinji.

He tried to ignore the fear he felt as he moved towards the last room he had to check. He didn't know what he would do if Diarmuid was gone... He breathed a breath of relief when he saw his brothers name on the plaque.

Still it was a moment before he knocked, he stood outside, cat in arms focusing himself. He had been alone so long, and he had lost so many people. His face hardened, his posture straightened. The look of a perfect soldier. He needed to know what had happened when he was gone, from the look of those he had seen it had been something big. A report, that was what he needed and Diarmuid was the best person to ask for it.

That was why he was here. He knocked sharply.
oathshackledbird: Surprise (Surprise)

[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-22 01:00 am (UTC)(link)
Even though it has been several days since their victories above and below and Diarmuid has taken much needed time to rest, he still feels tired. Of course, at the same time, he is starting to get...jittery for lack of a better word. Time is so short and there is still so much to do. They need to be working, moving forward, but what exactly is the next step? Do they go after Ruana? Zo? And...what does Aria's sudden absence mean?

Diarmuid is running all these things through his mind mind when the knock on his door sounds. He tilts his head curiously and then stands to answer the door. When he sees who is there, Diarmuid is so glad to see him that he doesn't even notice how stiff and focused Suzaku is nor does he notice the cat.

He can apologize later for squishing both Suzaku and the cat in a giant hug. For now, he's just going to do it.

"I was starting to fear you were gone for good..."
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-22 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"It is late, but in no way too late. Not as long as there is still breath in any of us," Diarmuid gives Suzaku another squeeze and then steps back, motioning for him to come inside and sit. As he does, he finally notices the cat and makes sure to tell Mac an Chuill to stay so that there isn't a repeat of the time he chased poor cat Rick around.

"You just got back, didn't you? Let me see if I have anything to offer you in the way of food or drink," Diarmuid had burned most of his stores in the aftermath of the infiltration, but he manages to pull together a few things and the very last of the cider that Rick had given him shortly before his death. "Here, take this."
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-22 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Fortunately, Mac an Chuill is well trained enough to not react to the hissing. He just sits and wags his tail even though it looks like he would like to do nothing more than bound over to Suzaku and greet him.

When Diarmuid hears the short time Suzaku has been back and sees the wince, he winces himself, "Do you want me to get you some water instead? It won't take long and it might sit better than the cider."

There is a lot to fill Suzaku in on, but that can wait for the moment. First, Diarmuid wants to make sure his brother is comfortable and adjusting to being back in the Tower as easily as he can. Especially, with everyone who has left lately. He can't help but wonder if Suzaku already knows about Rolo and Lelouch or if that will have to be part of the news he breaks...
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-23 01:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Diarmuid smiles, both at the cat's odd affection toward Suzaku and at his brother's words. As he sits down, he can't help but think that some things never change not matter how other things might. It's comforting.

He tentatively reaches out toward the cat, "I don't suppose he will let me be his surrogate chew toy until you are finished eating, will he?"

Unlike Suzaku, Diarmuid isn't worried about the food or the trouble. Even if there was a shortage of food, he would want his brother to have what he needed. Thankfully, despite the monsters being gone, the normal creatures are still around. And, even if they weren't there is still water and nutrition bars. They might not be very appetizing, but they are better than nothing.
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-23 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Diarmuid is quite happy to pet the cat, though he has to admit it is very strange how quickly it goes from giving the painful sort of attention it gives to Suzaku to more normal forms.

"Don't worry about me. Because of recent events, I have eaten more in the last few days than I think I have in the whole time I've been here," Diarmuid pauses after saying that, concern on his face. Yes, it's true. He thinks he has eaten more recovering from the energy drain than he did even during the week his powers were gone while he was switching fluid. Is it just because he was in such a hurry to get back to full strength with time so short or something else?

"Eat as much as you need to recover your strength. It has been quiet the last few days and with time so short and Ruana in charge, that isn't necessarily a good thing."
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-24 06:28 am (UTC)(link)
Sadly, the Tower is very good at making people forget things they shouldn't forget and pets can be easy to overlook since they are small and can't speak. There are times when Diarmuid hasn't spend nearly enough time with Mac an Chuill. Thankfully, since the dog is trained to be a working dog and not a pet, he handles it better than other animals would.

"Yes, that is what the schedule information that Reno and the others found when they hacked into the computers the last time said. This would be her month normally anyway and it doesn't seem like the short time we have left has changed that. I would feel better if Zo was in charge considering all we have to do yet, but of course we can't be that lucky. Here's hoping the machine stays safely in our hands even with the change in power."
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-24 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
"Do you remember the machine that Riki used to steal our energy a few months ago?" Yes, they had offered at the time, but he lied to them about why. Diarmuid isn't sure if his brother knows about that, but he can't help but refer to it that way, "That one. It also helps give Zo fine control over his powers apparently. It was a hard fight, but hopefully with it in our hands now we are a very large step closer to restoring our worlds and going home."
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-25 09:46 am (UTC)(link)
Diarmuid nods, Suzaku's words confirming what he had suspected, "You weren't here when we found out, were you? Riki was lying when he told us the power we were giving him was to fix the Tower. It can't be fixed with our soul energy. He took it for another reason entirely. One we still don't know."

And they might never know at this rate, but...

"The machine is under our control, yes. Zo we still need to talk to, but he has helped us before. I don't see why he wouldn't help us now."
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-25 10:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"I know and there is so little time..." Diarmuid shakes his head. If only there was someway to give them more time, but would even more time free of Ruana's tricks be enough? There is so much to do and so few people left...

Diarmuid shakes his head to clear away the doubts. There isn't time for them now. He just has to keep focused on what they have gained and what can be done with it, "That is true. On top of being afraid of what she can do, Ruana is also his family and you don't start hating family just because they are acting weird. However, Zo has stated he realizes Ruana is changing and growing more dangerous. One might not start hating their family if they are doing wrong, but sometimes they do realize they must act to stop them no matter now much it hurts."
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-26 06:14 am (UTC)(link)
As odd and dysfunctional a family as the Administrators, they are still the only family Zo has ever known and this Tower his only home. How hard must it be on Zo to have things changing like this? For a moment, Diarmuid can't help but feel guilty since he had a hand in the start of it all, but would it have been better if things hadn't changed? If Zo grew up surrounded by people like Riki, Jason, and Ruana and eventually become like them himself?

No.

"I wouldn't give up on being able to give him that choice yet. Or at least, possibly being able to keep his role limited to just giving us information instead of actively having to fight anyone. It's not the best solution, " Giving information to the enemy is still a way of fighting, after all, "but it is better than him actually having to physically battle her."

Diarmuid pauses then, seeming to notice that Suzaku is uncomfortable. He reaches to put a hand on his brother's arm, "Are you okay?"
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-26 10:06 pm (UTC)(link)
"Sadly, I am only hitting the tip of what has happened while you were gone, but I don't want to overwhelm you. You have been away a long time," there is worry in Diarmuid's eyes. "Shall we talk about something else for the moment? Do you have something you would like to ask me about?"
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-27 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Diarmuid frowns at the question, but at least that answers one thing. Suzaku knows that they are both gone. After a moment of thought, he finally speaks, "I'm not exactly sure when they went, but I noted Rolo was gone near the end of last month. I think Lelouch left shortly before that. I remember talking to him during that whole mess with...Sephiroth's illness and that was the last time I saw him."

His frown deepens as he thinks back to that mess and its outcome. Sephiroth is probably lucky that things became so crazy after that because the fall out from all the angry residents would have surely put the fight that happened between them to shame.
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[personal profile] oathshackledbird 2014-05-28 09:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes, I don't know the details, and I don't really care. What I do care about is that Zo was hurt trying to stop him and as a result, a group of people in the Tower were sent outside of it..." Diarmuid pauses a moment, eyes growing sad and distant, "One of them...didn't come back. Rick died out there. Died...permanently."

There is another period of silence before Diarmuid adds, "I don't know if it helps any, but when I was sick and talking to Lelouch, he made it sound like he really did want to help you all start understanding each other and getting along again. I just wish you had gotten the time to do it."

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